On a dark night in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a lawless man broke into a humble house where a single mother and her children lived. In the chaos that ensued, the oldest son recognized that the intruder intended to molest his mother. The Congolese boy heroically defended her and successfully thwarted the attacker’s evil plans.

But the young hero would suffer for his courageous deed. Unknown to the family, their attacker had influence over city officials, and a corrupt twist in the law system sent the innocent boy to jail. He was only 12 years old.

Days after the young innocent’s release date, an Adventist prison ministry team providentially found him. The dejected 12-year-old remained in confinement because administration required proof of a purchased bus ticket for his journey home! The boy was penniless; his family could not afford the expense even if he could find a way to contact them. Without hesitation, the Adventists reached into their own pockets to provide funds (almost two weeks’ worth of wages) to satisfy the requirement. He returned home to rejoin his family with deep gratefulness: A mere fifteen dollars had carried a twelve-year-old to freedom.

Train Them 2 Fish began prison ministry in 2014 by focusing on the largest prison in DRC. The outreach team found the notorious establishment crowded with inmates in unsanitary conditions and decided to follow Jesus’ method of meeting physical needs first. Seeing that the 8,000 prisoners were without so much as clean water, they provided a fresh water supply by piping city water inside. Train Them 2 Fish offered free haircuts, distributed clothing, gave away Bibles and Great Controversies, and then assigned a full time Bible worker to spiritually nurture the new interests. The harvest has been plentiful: Today there is an active Seventh-day Adventist church in this prison with 400 baptized members. For a growing number of inmates in both Kinshasa and Kenge prisons now, an eleven-dollar Bible and a devoted Bible worker carried them to spiritual freedom.

Train Them 2 Fish would like to reach more people in the Congo prisons with a message of hope. I know that you agree with me that while spreading the gospel costs, it doesn’t cost much when compared to the value of a single soul. When I consider the plight of the 12-year-old Congolese who waited for days before finding the key to his freedom, I wonder how many more are waiting behind bars for the true freedom that only sacrificial love can give. Will you join me in taking the gospel to the Congolese prisons? Nothing is impossible, one Bible at a time.