There is more than one part to the prison ministry of Austin South Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it all starts with our LAMB program.
The acronym “LAMB” stands for “Love A Mother’s Baby.” Many women in prison have children they are rarely allowed to see. Some give birth while in prison but must give up the babies immediately after. With the LAMB program, the church gives incarcerated mothers the opportunity to connect with their babies by giving them gifts of a blanket, a stuffed animal, a small book, and a copy of Steps to Christ for the mother herself. A mother participating in the program may visit the prison chaplain where they may choose the blanket and stuffed animal to be sent to their babies. The blankets and stuffed animals used in the program come from a variety of sources, but many are made by members of the church themselves. They may be sewn, crocheted, or knitted, but each one goes to bring a bit of comfort and hope to both mom and baby alike.
Along with the LAMB program, we also have our Knitting Hearts program, where volunteers come together to teach knitting to inmates at the Lockhart Correctional Facility. Don’t know how to knit? That’s fine! Many of the women who participate in the LAMB and Knitting Hearts programs are looking for Bible studies as well.
Are you looking for a rewarding ministry? We need YOU!! Jesus says, “I was in prison and you visited Me!”
To find out more information about these programs, contact Carol Paden at the number listed above.