Some years back, a friend who was a social worker requested our help to start a library for the men's prison, and we organized a campaign to collect donated books toward this end.
We delivered the first load of books and then continued to visit this men's prison to further minister to the inmates, as well as stock the library. These included schoolbooks, educational and research books, dictionaries, as well as Bibles and Gospel literature.We also delivered arts and crafts supplies and paper to a woman's prison and delinquent home for girls, which they use to manufacture assorted articles to sell and help support their families and relatives.
In another prison we visited Justin (see photo above), an American held for drugs, and found him extremely thankful for our visit. Justin has been here for six months and barely getting by with beginner's Spanish. He spoke a lot about his past and the addictions that he has had since he was 13 yrs old. We prayed with Justin and arranged to bring him a Bible. When his visiting time was up and he was called to leave, we gave him a hug and he said, "I haven’t had a visitor or a hug in six months!" He confided in us that he has been keeping a diary and the night before we came he wrote in it that he really needed to talk and bare his heart.
So for a number of years now, Silver Lining volunteers have carried on an Institution Visitation Program.
We offer counseling to inmates of three institutions, a Juvenile Home, a men’s prison and a women's prison.
Additionally, we offer programs for the families of inmates, utilizing theater, music and literature.