At Church | Published 2011/11/15

Feeding the thousands in Prison

By Dennis Perry reporting from Bomana Prison, Port Moresby-Papua New Guinea
"I was in prison and you visited me"

Faithfully every week, Reuben Alu, Port Moresby Area Manager -  Operation Food for Life, visits prisoners in Bomana Jail in Port Moresby.

There are over 1000 prisoners in the Maximum, Medium Security Unit here. Reuben is not only well known and respected by every prisoner, but considered a spiritual father by all.

Annually Reuben hosts a special Operation Food for Life breakfast in prison.  All prisoners enthusiastically attend. Over the years, this annual event has been considered one of the prison highlights.

Reuben stated "The food in the prison is very basic. The breakfast we serve is fit for a king: Weet-Bix, milk, fresh fruit and juice, all which we purchase locally.

"We always have a special devotional period leading up to breakfast. An opportunity to share both physical and spiritual food together." Every prisoner says a very appreciative big " thank you" when coming for breakfast.  We respond, "Jesus loves you". he said.

This is part of the Operational Food for Life Mandate which Jesus inspired us to do. Feed the poor, the sick, clothe the naked, and prison visitation. And it is to our Savior we give all the praise, honour and glory for teaching us humility and how to serve others, with a humble spirit.