"Texas Prison Ministry"
Agape Bible College in Gatesville, Texas has a ministry serving the women's prison, where they use Greater Than Gold studies as part of biblical education classes.
Dr. Karen Pelizzari, president of Agape Bible College, recently told Greater Than Gold: “I started it all with your Bible studies.”
“I have close to 900 students that have gone through our school [in the women’s prison],” said Pelizzari. “Some could only read at a second grade level when we first started. Most didn't have parents, or were drug addicts or alcoholics. [These studies] give them a fighting chance.”
“When the school first started, the return rate to prison was 92 percent. Within the first year of offering the school, it went down to 22 percent recidivism. Some have started their own Bible studies within the prison for those who are too afraid to come to class. The message is spreading farther than we know!”
Agape was also able to get the biblical education classes accredited, allowing inmates to pursue a degree while in prison, which can lead to early release and better job prospects after prison.
“We are very appreciative to get the studies from you”, said Pelizzari. “You have definitely changed lives. There is no telling how many will meet [Greater Than Gold] in heaven and say thank you!”