To “Remember them that are in bonds,…” (Hebrews 13:3) with the Word of God!
The words of Jesus in the Bible text of Matthew 25:34-40 give meaning to our purpose:
34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 . For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 . Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38. When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39. Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The ministry of the Prisoners Bible Crusade is to distribute Bibles to people in prisons and jails. We also seek to give salvation tracts and sound religious books and literature for Christian education in correctional institutions only in the United States of America.
Union Correctional Prison Raiford, Florida
The Prisoners Bible Crusade was born of a burden of Brother Chester C. Lee, a Christian Lay-worker in the Leetown community east of Picayune, Mississippi, USA. In 1972 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that capital punishment was unconstitutional, meaning that states could not execute any one for crimes they had committed. The state of Florida said that they were not going to abide by that ruling. At the time Florida had 92 men on death row in Raiford , Florida. This was big news at that time and Brother Lee hearing about the people on death row became burdened from God about them. He and his wife, “Miss Effie” went to the local TG &Y store and order 100 Bibles and sent them to the prison Chaplain at the Union Correctional Prison at Raiford, Florida in time for Christmas of 1972.
God continued to burden them for people in prisons without Holy Bibles, the Word of God. On May 4, 1973 they made a visit to Union Correctional Prison at Raiford, met with the Chaplain and spoke in the chapel to prison Inmates. We count this trip by Brother Chester C. Lee and Miss Effie as the beginning of the Prisoners Bible Crusade. God used Brother and Sister Lee to begin a great work in His Kingdom, that of giving God’s Holy Word, the Bible to prison Inmates In the USA. As of 12/31/2013 214,447 Bibles have been donated to Prisoners across our land. A total of 633,353 Bibles and Christian literature has been given to Prisoners in 38 years. The giving of God’s Holy Word is made possible by God’s Grace and Christians giving their prayerful support to this Bible Ministry.
Our practice is found in the Word of God in the book of Hebrews 13:3, That is to “remember them that are in bonds…” with the Word of God.
This is a work of faith that God will supply the needs of this Bible Ministry to the many thousands of prisoners in the United States of America. We seek to make it a true labor of love for our Lord and His Holy Word.
We do not have the resources to process individual requests for Bibles from prison Inmates. Our Bibles and materials are given to the prison and jail Chaplains for the Inmates.
We operate on a request basis only, sending Bibles and materials when Chaplains and Workers writes to us with their request. Those request must be made on the prison or ministry stationary by the chaplain We do not discriminate, our purpose is to give Bibles to chaplains so they can give them to the Prisoners that they are over seeing. We will exchange information by email but, all request for Bibles must be made through Post Office.
We give the King James Version of the Holy Bible!
We do a great work, yet it is also a simple work; We give Bibles to Prisoners.
Recognizing the scriptural principal that Jesus Christ gave the ‘GREAT COMMISSION’ to His Churches, the Prisoners Bible Crusade is an outreach ministry of and had its beginning under the authority of the LEE’s CHAPEL #2 BAPTIST CHURCH in Picayune, MS. We believe that the Word of God is the final authority on all things. We believe that the Word of God has the answer for the sin problem that is in all of mankind. We believe that the Word of God has the answer for the crime problems that sin has caused in the world.
We understand that Rehabilitation does not always work in the lives of those men and women who have committed crimes and have been put into prison. But, we know that Regeneration in the hearts of a criminals by the Holy Spirit of God does work because of the many testimonies that we have received from Inmates.