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Prayer at the Prison Gate this Saturday, December 7th

Contact: Kathleen Skaar, Christian Library International, 919-212-8122

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Prison chaplains, correctional officers, prison ministry volunteers, current inmates, former inmates, and relatives of inmates will gather at correctional facilities across the country at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, December 7th to sing Christmas carols and pray for revival in America's prisons.

An eclectic mix of prayer warriors will lift up the needs of inmates, victims of crime, and prison staff for one hour at various locations in Christian Library International's second Prayer at the Prison Gate event.

Last year in Bryan, TX, Mary Lou Nettles organized a diverse group of 20 prayer warriors, including the facility's chaplain and several correctional officers, to pray outside Brazos County Detention Center. Nettles said that she could feel a strong presence of the Lord's Spirit during the hour of prayer.

"We prayed that God would have the mercy to rehabilitate these inmates so that they would lead productive lives on the outside," said Nettles, administrative assistant for Restorative Justice Ministries of Brazos Valley. "Salvation is the most important part. If you have salvation, that changes your heart and you want to be a more productive person."

CLI volunteer Diane's 24-year-old son was incarcerated at Morrison Correctional Institution in Hoffman, NC. She and her husband, Frank, felt that Satan was desperately trying to prevent them from praying at their son's facility that morning. Still, they did not let the spiritual attacks prevail. "I prayed that the aroma of Christ would really be sensed there," Diane said. "We asked that everyone designated to be brought into His Kingdom would be saved this year."

The sites praying last December were:

Brazos County Detention Center, Bryan, TX
Caledonia Correctional Center, Tillery, NC
Central Prison, Raleigh, NC
Cibola Country Correctional Center, Milan, NM
Eastern Correctional Institute, Westover, MD
John E. Polk Correctional Facility, Sanford, FL
Lee Correctional Institution, Bishopville, SC
Lincoln Correctional Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
Los Angeles County Jail, Los Angeles, CA
MillCreek Youth Center, Ogden, UT
Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman, MS
Morrison Correctional Institute, Hoffman, NC
Mt. Sterling Correctional, Mt. Sterling, IL
NC Prison for Women, Raleigh, NC
Nebraska Correctional, Omaha, NE
Northeast Regional Correctional Center, Saginaw, MN
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Nashville TN
Salinas Valley State Prison, Soledad, CA
Scotland Correctional, Laurinburg, NC
Tallahatchie County Facility, Tutwiler, MS
Wake County Jail, Raleigh, NC

About CLI
The mission of CLI is to advance Christ's light in prisons. Since its founding in 1996, CLI has helped thousands of incarcerated men and women find new hope in the healing powers of Jesus Christ. We do this by collecting and distributing used Christian books and Bibles to over 1,100 prisons in all 50 states.

Since we stamp every book with our address, CLI receives thousands of letters and enrollments in the CLI Leadership Bible Study. This 15 lesson study is designed to lead inmates to Christ and enrich their prayer life and Christian walk.

Our success depends on the prayers and the partnership and generosity of individual donors as well as local churches, foundations and Christian publishers.
See the CLI website at www.cli-nc.org.

For additional information about praying in your community, contact Jeremy Watson at jwatsoncli@gmail.com or call 919-212-8122.