Learn more about the Prayer Covenant Children Ministering to Children in Jail
Sharing the Hope of the Gospel!
Welcome to Teach us to Pray with The Prayer Covenant ministry. I’m your host Candy Marballi and I’m so happy you’ve joined us.
Our passage today is found in Zephaniah 3:17. It reads, The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty One who saves. He takes great delight in you. He quiets you with his love. He rejoices over you with singing.
Denise Apetogbo, National leader for the Prayer Covenant in Togo, West Africa is the wife of Elias Apetogbo, our continent leader for Africa. They have 4 children. He serves as a senior pastor of his church and serves as General Secretary of the All Africa Baptist Youth Fellowship. They are an amazing family and have done a wonderful job raising up children to be on mission throughout Togo. They serve as an example to many nations.
The Prayer Covenant for Children
Their Prayer Covenant children are engaged in evangelism outreach—including Sunday mornings where they pass out prayer covenant cards and begin Jesus conversations with those passing by. But on many Saturdays when given the opportunity, they visit the Brigade Pour Mineur, a jail for children and youth who have committed crimes from theft to rape.
Elias shared, “We were a team of 24 (20 children and 4 adults) that ministered to 24 children in thd jail ranging in age from 11 to 16 years old. After showing The Jesus Film, we shared the gospel using the Prayer Covenant themes. Ten inmates made decisions to follow Jesus including a Muslim boy.
One boy who has no father and had not known who his mother was shared, “When I came to this place, some people brought a certain lady to me saying she is my mom, but since meeting her she has never come back.” This boy is in jail for raping a young girl.
Another boy who received Jesus was in jail for assaulting his friend with a knife when he was angry.
We know heaven is rejoicing over each one of these children that were lost and now have been found just like the lost sheep.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Mighty One who saves! Thank you for redeeming our lives from the pit and giving us a hope and a future. We ask your protection over these children that have made decisions to follow you. We ask that their faith will take root and grow strong. We ask that they will grow in conviction, courage and confidence in who they are in you. We pray that you will protect them from the evil one. We ask your special blessing on the messengers – every boy and girl, man and woman who ministered the gospel message. May you continue to bless them and use them mightily for your glory. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.