Living on the Edge recently got behind an effort to stream ministry materials and audio files to prisoners throughout the United States by providing audio content from the ministry’s CEO & Teaching Pastor, Chip Ingram.
The Streaming Faith Initiative, spearheaded by the Liberty Quest Foundation, is a grassroots movement to appeal to the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to allow inmates the access to religious broadcasts, podcasts, and music at no charge.
Currently, prisoners have access to purchase MP3 players and can purchase downloads at above-market prices. There is, however, no religious programming – paid or otherwise – of any faith or any religious music of any kind that is available for download through the BOP’s closed music distribution system.
"The truth is that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and He promises to help those who cry out to Him,” noted Ingram. “There are many brokenhearted and dispirited in prison. It is a dark place. We are very pleased to be part of this initiative to be able to help bring more of the Life, the Way, and the Truth to those in such a desperate place, who are in need of light. Those incarcerated will find that when they cry out to Him and ask Him to help, He will.”
To date, Liberty Quest has partnered with a number of ministries for the Streaming Faith Initiative, including Stephen Davey’s Wisdom for the Heart Ministry, John MacArthur’s Grace to You, Jeff Schreve’s From His Heart Ministries, and June Hunt’s Hope For The Heart.
According to the foundation, the more support the initiative receives from well-established leaders in the religious community, the closer it is to strengthening souls and lowering recidivism rates. By being able to listen to sermons as well as hymns, those who have reading difficulties or are audio learners can still hear and benefit from the words of God, states the foundation.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 9, 2014