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The Prison Erupted

June 5, 2014

Being a prison guard is a dangerous job.  In many prisons, violence can erupt without warning creating a frenzy of death and mayhem.  But in a maximum security ward in Fiji, something had radically changed the lives of many inmates.

Reach Beyond provided SonSet radios (small, solar-powered, fixed tuned radios) to partners from a local radio station that had access to the prison.  In the hope that prisoners would listen to the message of Jesus, the station distributed them, but they could never have imagined the transformational impact these tiny, solar-powered “missionaries” would have.

So many lives were changed by the message the inmates heard, that the guards called the station and requested more radios.  One year later, a presentation ceremony was held in the maximum security ward where inmates were gathered to receive more radios and celebrate those they had already received.

Following the presentation, something broke out—but it wasn’t violence.  It was worship, singing and fellowship.  Rather than fighting, the inmates were praising God for their newfound life in Christ.

One inmate wrote, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank your ministry for giving me this solar radio so that I can listen to Christian songs and the message of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I no longer worry or fear anything. The radio that you give me has taught me how to keep my faith and my eyes open to the Lord.”