Mathew 25:35-36 "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and ye clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." (The Reformation Bible).
This ministry started in 2013 to 2016. Then it restarted in 2019 at the prison penitentiary of Granada with the approval of the Ministry of Governance of Nicaragua. This ministry focuses on reaching out to young men that are serving a long sentence due to the consequences of their addictions, domestic violence, distribution, or consumption.
It is not a ministry that uses only a deductive method: Sharing the word of God from the scriptures to their reality; It is a ministry that tries to implement an inductive method; parting from reality to the scripture, from the general of one's life and its context to the light of the scriptures, this includes knowing and understanding our own culture and history.
Visiting these men who are there because of their wrong choices and consequences of their addictions; gives us opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ and bring hope to their lives. These are advantages that help us systematize and put into practice our methodology as we care for them in the love of Christ. The fact that they have been there for quite some time without their drug of choice or substance; allows them to rethink and meditate why they are there? We take advantage of that and create an atmosphere of dialogue, acceptance, inclusion, education, engagement, and participation through a classroom that the prison has provided.
Our strategy is to educate them. Starting with our life example and how God has given us a new opportunity at life through the redemptive work of Christ. As we get to know them, we start sharing topics on God's forgiveness, respect, love, discipline, trust, honesty, identity, responsibilities, qualities, doubts, self-steam. One of our goals is to earn their trust, so they can open up and help them come out of denial. Once they start opening up, then they ask us if we can give a teaching on some area of the Bible that they want to understand.
Some of these young men feel alone; parents have passed away due to natural causes or illnesses; in other cases, their wives have left them. It is a reality they have to face while being imprisoned; their main concern is what they will do once out, or where they will go. On the other hand, those who have families have some sense of security but lack direction. These are the main reason why Who Am I Ministries is there: to let them know that they are not alone, that everything begins at the way we look at life and how we confront it, that there is more to life than what it seems; that hope is not far away but very near. We are not there to share only the word of God and leave but to build relationships, to be that extended hand if they are willing to believe in God and themselves.