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Church Baptizes 51 At Gbarnga Central Prison
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 19 (LINA) - The Daughters of Faith Ministries in partnership with the Ambassadors for Christ Evangelistic Ministries has baptized 51 prisoners at the Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County.
The initiative, according to the Founder and Executive Director of the Daughters of Faith Christian Ministries, Justina Tubman, is part efforts to spread God’s message of salvation to prisoners across the country.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency following the baptismal ceremony in Gbarnga during the weekend, Madam Tubman explained that prisoners must be treated with care and respect, and be made to understand why they find themselves behind bars.
Tubman said her institution was founded in December 2015 to perform “holy water baptism” for prisoners at Liberian prison centers, despite the crimes they allegedly committed in society.
Tubman said her organization has conducted similar ceremonies in Grand Gedeh, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties.
Meanwhile, she has called on the Liberian government and philanthropic individuals and organizations to support her initiative to help improve the livelihood of prisoners at cells around the country.
She praised the team at the Gbarnga Central Prison for accepting her vision to baptize prisoners, describing this action as welcoming.
Also speaking, the Chief Superintendent of the Gbarnga Central Prison, Feshell Dean and the inmates noted that the initiative was indicative of the fact that they were still important to the Liberian society, irrespective of their imprisonment.
The prisoners appealed to the Ministry of Justice to help speed up the trial of their cases, noting that they continue to languish behind bars without hearing into their cases.
The Gbarnga Central Prison is one of the country’s biggest prison centers with over 150 inmates, predominantly pre-trail detainees whose cases have not been adjudicated for protracted periods.
Judicial officials have always attributed the situation to the overcrowding of the dockets of various courts in the county and the failure of some plaintiffs to pursue their cases.