Aggrey – 35 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
My name is Aggrey, I’m 35 and have been incarcerated since July last year. I’m here on a attempt Murder charge. I got married at a young age and knew nothing about marriage or how to raise a family And Both of us had came from broken homes. We fought daily, we had a rocky and unstable Marriage which ended in a few months that left me frustrated and I started drugs and Alcohol which led me in and out of the prison, until I was in for Long on a bigger crime, I know I am not Innocent and I deserve this, But I have found the one who loves me unconditionally, I Found God at the prison hall when I attended the Freedom team show, I was at the very bottom of the barrel, This team led me to my creator again and as they prayed for me after the show I said within me “You know what Lord, I messed up and I do need your help!” and indeed He helped me, He came to my rescue, I am in cell 249001 I attend the morning and evening services and I read my Bible most of the time and pray, I have learnt to pray for long and I am grateful to God for a new chance.
Richard, 50 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
I was watching the freedom team Film at the hall. While I was watching, it felt like someone asked questions, I felt were being asked directly at me. At the time I was living the homosexual lifestyle. My heart was talking to me, I felt it in my heart, but I tried to resist the voice, when it was time for accepting Christ, I tried to resist the voice calling me to raise my hand, but in my cell that night, I went to my knees and asked him to forgive me and save me. He did that because my need for sex was that night quenched. I have since joined my cell church at Kakiika prison 2016577, we have the good news of Jesus Christ preached to us every morning and evening, we also share encouraging testimonies, this has impacted me greatly with every story, every parable, every lesson taught at the church, I could see myself in all of that. I am reading my bible and staying in the word, I am going to be leading guys to Christ as well I know.
Alex, 33 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
Exactly one year ago, I got caught with components for manufacturing Meth and other illegal drugs like opium in my one room rental after a police check-up, so I got arrested for manufacturing and delivery. (Destroying lives as it is termed in my country) Two weeks later also my wife got arrested for theft. While here at the Kakiika county jail, I was invited for the preaching visitors at the hall, there I watched the film and later gave my life to Christ, Recently I was added to the church in my cell 45203, and here at church, it seems like all these church services were made just for me, I got anew family of brothers and sisters here at church, my heart is peaceful and this was what I’ve been missing my whole life, it was God, I don’t feel alone any more. I have been reading my new Bible page to page. And I chose not to fight my case, God will put me where I need to be. I was sent to prison to hopefully get this kind of help that my friends and relatives could not offer. I have no doubt in my mind now it was God. He put me here so I could get help, get healthy, and most of all get to know him. Being on the outside this would never have happened.
Herbert, 46 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
I’m Herbert, was charged of first-degree murder, I have been preparing myself to face death for the past 18 years because I Know I may not go back home, I was arrested on many different charges which will keep me here for many many years, but most importantly God has given me another chance to life in him. Last Wednesday I received Jesus and I thank you for the gift of the Bible and the booklet, it was my first time to read the bible publicly in a gathering at our cell church service in the hall on Sunday, they asked me to read, I held the microphone and read from 2 Corinthians 5:17, I feel loved with my new church family and fellowship is warm and good, I leave the rest to God.
Caleb, 39 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
My name is Caleb -39 years of age, and I was detained 15 years ago when I was 24 years, I had just got married to my wife and had a 2-year-old son. It Started as a temporary detention but it has resulted into 15 years in jail now. Two weeks ago when I accepted Jesus as my saviour through Freedom team Film, I had a mind that Jesus will help me come out of this physical prison to re unite with my family, Since then I have been in Cell K-205600 for church service daily and I realise there is more in Salvation than just being delivered from a physical prison, I got peace, overcame Anger, bitterness, and resentment, overcame suicidal thoughts, I was delivered from a spiritual prison, I use 90 percent of my time to Read my Bible and the booklet instead of thinking about revenge, I feel at peace.
Umar, 33 years old, male, Kakiika Prison:
My name is Umar, was formerly a Muslim when I came here, But God led me to Salvation last week when the Freedom Team Visitors came with the Film at the Hall and they gave me a Gift of a Bible at the Hall, It was my first time to hold the Bible because My parents are strict Muslims, but Islam did not stop me from using and selling drugs, living carelessly, I was a danger to myself and others, I also belonged to kiffesi gang, I feel that my Life and destiny has changed by believing Jesus Christ as my Lord and saviour,I have anew family at Cell K-3067500 where we go for church daily, am encouraged in my new Hope and while am still here , I am going to pursue this WAY that I have found in Jesus, and when I am Released I need a Church Like this in my Village of Kakooma.
Karim, 37 years old, male, Kakiika Prison:
Born in a Muslim family, driven by domestic violence, I left home and went to the streets, Drugs and alcohol drove me from juvenile detention to prison. I spent 5 years here in the Kakiika Department of Corrections. Now facing a life sentence, hopeless and tired of life, I picked up myself and came for the prisoners of pain Video show, and that is when I gave my life to Jesus because I realised, I could not have it on my own any more, I normally come out for any form entertainment to help me think about something else other than my mess of a life.... But while sitting there on the floor and watching the Video, God delivered me and I have been attending daily morning service at cell K-12 until they changed me to come here with you. Thank you for my bible gift, please pray that I get out of here and reunite with my family, that is my greatest wish.
Ireene - 17 years old, female, Kakiika Prison
I think I’m the youngest here, I’m only 17, Domestic Violence led me here, My dad was a drunkard and him and my mom’s fights were a daily business in our home, My dad later died mysteriously and me and mom were suspected of poisoning him, we were sentenced to 25 years on murder charges, I lost my youthful and useful days, I hated my mom, I wished to die, when you visited us on Sunday at the hall with the Film of Prisoners of pain, I received Christ, my prayer is to get out of here and have a chance to live a successful life and live my dreams, please pray for me, I read my new Bible every day and pray at the cell church every day, I want God to hear my prayers and get me out of here.
Kohasi - 42 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
My name is Kohasi, 42-years-old, I was detained 15 years ago after the Armed robbery at Kariro that Claimed the lives of at least 4 residents, this has resulted in 25 years Jail sentence, before meeting with the Freedom Team at the hall, I had spent the last 15 years filled with Anger, bitterness, and resentment, against my family who could not help me, and I wished to die and never see anybody again, Until two weeks ago when I was invited to the hall to watch the Prisoners of Pain Documentary, I Received Christ Jesus, I felt renewed and my peace begun to be restored. The last two weeks I have been attending the church service and I got a new family of born-again people, I get courage to pray during services and to believe God for my release soon and I ask God to forgive me and my family, I read my Bible daily, and I appreciate the gift of my Bible.
Kemikyingo - 48 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
Praise the lord for saving me from heartache, sorrow, worry, Bitterness, Heaviness of Heart and Unforgiveness, I have been hopeless and looking forward to when I will die and be at peace for the last 21 years. From childhood I was using and selling drugs, the same Job my father was doing for survival, we did all sorts of things to survive including highway robbery, This life style made me to be in and out of prisons many times as a youth and Later I was sentenced to 25 years in jail, I had never seen peace since then until last week when I met the Freedom Team at the hall and as if they knew me, the commentator of the video spoke about my past life, I decided to try the Jesus that they were talking about, I took Jesus as my saviour, Received a bible and Started attending the Morning and evening prayers at my cell church 24630, and since then I feel I have a new family that loves me and I feel I have many more years to live and I know I will get out of Here one day to go back and live a responsible and happier life.
Oduke - 31 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
My both Parents died of HIV AIDS, when I was still very young about 9 years, My uncle sold all our parents property, we were thrown out of our home, no school, no shelter, no food, Me and my little sister Joined a street gang for survival through prostitution and selling drugs, As we grew up we developed a lot of bitterness towards my uncle and I was seeking revenge when we had a physical fight that left him injured and he later died in the hospital, I was then arrested and put on murder charges, I have been here for 13 years. However, I begun a new life since I met the Freedom team people and watched the video at the hall, they prayed for me, and gave me a Bible, at first, I did not know how to begin reading the bible, I had never read it, but I Just started from the verse they talked about of John 3:16, and since then the morning and evening services have taught me how to read the Bible and I Thank the freedom team for the gift of my first bible ever.
Henry – 40 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
When my wife Anne passed away, we had no children, no family, and our few Friends left me because there was nothing good left, I started to use alcohol and drugs to deal with the loneliness that I felt at that time, they were expensive pills I was using, I sold all I had to get the pills because that was the only source of comfort I had found. I became so addicted and was in and out of jail because I could do anything to get these drugs, I finally ended up here at Kakiika Prison five months ago after being charged with attempt murder during a robbery in our neighborhood that I was involved in, when I got here, I had no access to drugs so I felt hopeless and I wished to die, but the good news is that I have Recently in the past month been at the freedom team show at the hall where I was convinced and I accepted Jesus as my lord and saviour, I regret my past life but I feel at peace and hopeful that the reason I am Here was to know Jesus as my best source of Comfort and not drugs and Alcohol, I love to read my bible, it has taken away the bad thoughts, whenever the bad thoughts come I get up, sit, and read my bible.
Agnes – 37 years old, female, Kakiika Prison
At my first meeting with the Freedom Team at the hall on Saturday, 12 March, I was frustrated, and hopeless and Wished I was never born instead of wasting all my life in prison, but how the Lord has made dramatic changes in my life in the past month is amazing, I have new friends at the cell church and we are always planning on how to sing and praise God and testify every morning and evening, I think This is what I want to do when I leave prison, to be a church leader, during these services I have experienced God in ways like never before, I shared my testimony of how me and my sister have been freed from Drug addiction during our last service at the prison cell church and We thank the Lord for being at work in our lives, thank you for the Bibles, we are doing Bible study with my sister, this has kept us busy, in these different studies. Praise the Lord for His goodness to us!!!
Laurence – 43 years old, male, Kakiika Prison
I thank God for my Christian walk which would not have begun If I had not come to prison. I was living at the sea shore making wine and drinking all day, living for my own selfish pleasures, these pleasures caused me to commit a crime which tore apart my family and sent me to prison. When I came here, I had already lost my marriage, my children walked out of my everyday life and became merely weekend acquaintances, my life had begun to fall apart, with no job, no home, no family, no friends, I had lost everything in my world. There, broken, I was again arrested and put in Jail, My Turning Point was when I was Invited at the hall on 12th March and watched the Film by the Freedom Team Preachers and I finally surrendered my life to Christ, I was Given a Bible which has since become my best friend, I attend the daily prayers at the cell church and feel a peace. It has been a sweet experience learning about this new life in Christ daily during Morning and Evening prayers.
Asiimwe, 36 years old, male, Kakiika prison
Thank you for coming to us here; you brought life to me again. Now I know there is a God in heaven. I won’t say I understand it all but after watching the Prisoners of Pain documentary and accepting Christ, I feel that Jesus has spared me from death, hell and the grave. God has been so good to me, allowing me to live until now to be able to meet Jesus in this place. I was a violent person years ago, as you know drugs change a person’s nature. I witnessed my friends getting gunned down in the streets for not paying their drug bills to the gang leaders. Drugs are a tool of the devil; drugs change and destroy human nature. I became violent. I was insane on drugs. I had no pity for anyone yet the Lord Jesus has shown me so much pity today. I want to say without hesitation that coming to the weekly Sunday services has changed my life and given me hope. My immediate need now is a Bible. Reading it is all I want to do this whole next year.
Dennis, 43 years old, male, Nyabuhikye prison
After the death of my wife and daughter in separate car accidents in 2009 I lost hope and tried to take my life 3 times in vain. Then I found “friends” who introduced me to drugs and alcohol. Little did I know that I was walking a road of gradual self destruction. I have been sitting here in prison for about 13 years serving a 15 year sentence for a crime I did not commit. But because of the people I associated with I was rounded up with them under a cloud of shame. In fear and depression I wanted to take my life and quit the world. That is when Jesus met me in the service hall when you visited last Wednesday with the documentary, Prisoners of Pain. You said my life will never be the same again when I received Christ. And yes, now I believe it. I feel peace in my soul. I thank the Warden for letting me in here for the service and please keep letting me in for Sunday service. Keep coming to us.
Abison, 49 years old, male, Kakiika prison
I thank God for my new found hope and life in Christ Jesus. I can boldly say: I feel peace in my heart, I don’t remember feeling this peaceful in over 20 years. I started using and selling drugs when I was 13 years old after growing up in a violent and broken home. I cared less if tomorrow ever arrived. I later joined a neighborhood gang and was taught to sell heroin, to rob or steal and bring the money to the leaders. One evening we staged a road block that went very bad. Our target was a government official who had heavily armed escorts. We were over powered and arrested. I ended up in prison. I have tried several times to take my life over the past 20 years but somehow failed. Last month when I met the Freedom Team and watched the documentary it was like a replay of my past life. I took Jesus into my heart and even though I am still in my prison cell, I have experienced freedom in my heart that is beyond anything I’ve known.
Janan, 39 years old, male, Kakiika prison
I was a witness to a robbery in my neighborhood. At first I collaborated with the police and then I was a suspect. Now I am doing 10 years in prison. I was filled with anger, bitterness and resentment because the system would not fight for my innocence. I wished to die many times and had suicidal thoughts because I saw no meaning to life. Until yesterday when you invited me to watch the Prisoners of Pain….God’s Grace documentary. I received Christ Jesus. I am just a day old in salvation but the peace I felt last night, I never felt before. For the past 10 years I have not slept for more than 3 hours at night but yesterday I had a peaceful sleep until morning. I also had a dream that I was released from prison and back at home. I know I am out of prison in my soul and am peaceful even though I’m here physically.
James, 39 years old, male, Nyabuhikye prison
As a teenager I lived a wild life of drinking, drugs and crime which led to a charge of armed robbery and facing 26 years in prison at the age of 19. While sitting in a jail cell recently I heard the warden call us for prayers at the hall. I came out just to feel the sun outside and not to pray. Little did I know that God would give me this wonderful salvation and the peace that I felt from that day after watching the documentary that showed me that I had been living in sin and that I could not live that way anymore. I surrendered my life to Christ. Since then I have found a new meaning to life and am looking forward to being in the weekend service with you again.
Catherine, 48 years old, female, Kakiika prison
Since the age of 18 I have been a drug dealer and user. My life has been full of crime. Spending time behind bars has not been in itself enough to stop me from a life of bad choices. My turning point was in December when I experienced the transforming grace and power of God through the ministry of the Prisoners of Pain documentary and the preaching of the Freedom Team that delivered me. I feel empowered to live a better life and if I ever get out of here, I want to serve the Lord with the same urgency that I previously served sin. Praise God that now I am at peace. I’ve been set free in my spirit and soon I will be set free from the
Joseph, 52 years old, male, Kakiika prison
From my youth my life was marked by drugs, alcohol, crime and violence. I was arrested and imprisoned many times. I continued my bad lifestyle that eventually led to my final arrest. I was looking for satisfaction in money, drugs and women. However, the void inside remained….until the day I stepped into the prison hall in November and watched the Prisoners of Pain documentary. I heard several testimonies of people that lived a life like mine. I surrendered my life to Christ and the next day I was in the hall for church and felt a power greater than drugs, guns and violence. God delivered me and filled me with His peace. I look forward for the time I will be in the church service.
Atwine, 43 years old, Male, Nyabuhikye prison
After my strong addiction to meth and cocaine, I left home and family and quit school. I was arrested for street crimes and selling drugs. Facing up to 25 years in prison, I have been covered by a cloud of shame, disappointment, fear and depression all these years and I have always wanted to commit suicide. That’s where Jesus found me in November at the prison hall during the Freedom Team’s visit. I received Christ and I am convinced that God does more than deliver from sin. He gives lasting peace. I feel at peace. I need to be baptized soon. I can’t wait to get out of here and reunite with my beautiful daughter.
Jeremiah, 46 year old, Male, Kakiika prison
I have been a drug dealer and user for almost half my life, coming here in prison has not stopped my business because I have a network outside of here. I continued to order my property to be sold to bribe prison staff to get me drugs inside here, and so spending time behind bars has not been enough to stop me from a life full of bad company and choices. Last Saturday during the video show some one kept saying: “Mbabazi za Ruhanga” -meaning: “Gods Grace’’, I don’t expect anyone to have mercy upon me because I don’t remember having mercy upon anyone, I did all I did to anyone mercilessly. As the video was ending and I was told to repeat the words of repentance and receive forgiveness, I felt broken down at the thought that, someone can forgive me, or have mercy on me. I started crying tears in an experience that I can’t describe how I felt, but I was feeling like a young child crying to the father for help, I could not write my name on the card, I asked the lady to help me write my details. I think in that film was the transforming grace and power of God that delivered me, and empowered me, I want to serve the same Lord who has forgiven me after all I did, I want to keep coming here for Sunday prayers and learning the Bible.
Mugera, 46 year old, Male, Kakiika prison
Born in a Muslim family, my mother was the sixth wife to my dad. I lived with my ever-drunk step mum who would beat me up and leave me with bruises and cigarette burns all over my body. I left home and went to the streets. My juvenile detention began at 10 years old. Drugs and alcohol drove me from juvenile detention to prison. I spent 12 years in the Kakiika Department of Corrections. Now am here facing a life sentence. I picked up myself and came for the Prisoners of Pain video last Saturday, I did not expect much but entertainment to help me forget about life. But while sitting here on the floor and watching the video, I begun to pray, I have never prayed this way, because I was a Muslim from childhood but I said “Jesus, I don’t know how to get to You, but if You are real like they say You are real in this video, come out and please help me.” And immediately I was lost in prayer as tears kept flowing freely, all I remember is that I was like some little child being helped to take a bath, and after all this I felt very light and peaceful. This is my second time in the service of Sunday and its priceless to be here, and I want the warden to please keep giving me a chance to attend the service, I missed last week, but please don’t let me miss again to attend the service.
David, 33 year old, Male, Kakiika prison
I have been here for 19 years, charged with first-degree murder which may result in my death. I have been living in fear of death for the past 19 years, my heart felt so cold all these years. My first arrest came at age 14 which was the first of over 30 different charges and arrests leading to my incarceration. The void inside me and the fear that held me captive left me on the day I stepped in this hall for the Saturday Prisoners of Pain video and surrendered my life to Christ, I have continued to feel the same peace in my heart even now. I have read the booklet on the new life in Christ Jesus that you gave me. I love to know more about Jesus and I pray that they will always allow me to be part of the Sunday Service.
Ann-Maria, 41 year old, Female, Kakiika prison
It was Saturday morning on November 27th at the cell dinning corridor as I walked in with my metallic dish to pick my usual dry food only good to keep me alive, I heard a song play in the hall, and a friend told me I could ask the warden to let me in, there is a Christian event. I did just that. Little did I know that there was better food for my soul than that which I had gone for in the dinning hall. After watching the Prisoners of Pain video, together with Alice my friend and we gave our lives to Jesus, we have not tested any cigarettes or drugs since Saturday, now a week, and we have promised ourselves to live a clean life from last Saturday. Thank you for coming and keep coming to us.
Henry, 28 year old, Male, Nyabuhikye prison
My name is Henry, my father was an alcoholic and a gambler who abandoned me at age 4 with my disabled young sister. I was left to the streets and then taken in and I grew up in children’s home until 14, I was back on the streets when I was 15, and then in prison at age 18 and I became a drug addict, which has gone on for 8 years. I have always blamed this on my terrible childhood and resented my father for abandoning us. But since the day I was invited in the Christian video show in the prison hall, I received Christ Jesus and I realized I had to take responsibility for my own rebellion against God, and seek forgiveness and restoration. Most people would consider prison a misfortune, but for me, after knowing Jesus through the Prisoners of Pain event, I see a life changing blessing and a chance to begin life again, I am hopeful that I am going to live a better life in Christ.
Kevon , 37 year old, male, Kakiika Prison
I have been a proud atheist for many years, and I thought I was in control of my own life, growing up, always felt unloved, unwanted and alone, I started to use alcohol and drugs at the age of 16 to deal with the loneliness. I became an addict and was in and out of jail, falling deeper and deeper into my addiction and feeling more unloved and unwanted, and alone, my life was out of control. Few months later I was arrested and incarcerated, while on my journey through incarceration I was recently invited to attend the Saturday prisoners of pain Christian event in the hall, and as I focused on the video, I felt something moving inside me, as the man in the video talked, I started realizing that I was loved and wasn’t really alone, I decided to take this Jesus that loved me, and though my body is in chains but my mind and body is free from the addiction and misery, I am trying not to do drugs again and I know Jesus will help me.
Gertrude, 34 year old, female, Kakiika Prison
I am Gertrude, 34-years-old, I was a nurse at the main Hospital, I came here after I helped a young Girl student in Abortion, that ended up costing her life, this resulted in 12 years imprisonment, I regretted my actions and I wished many times to die and be at peace, But when I was invited at the Prisoners of pain Video show, in the hall, some one talked of Peace, and while I was wondering whether I can ever be at peace again, an inner voice prompted me to Repeat the words after the man in the video and I Received Christ Jesus, I cannot describe how I feel Right now, I feel safe and at peace when I am with you here in the hall. There is a kind of power that I left the hall with that day that has given me peaceful sleep ever since. Thank you for coming and keep coming, I would love to join you and do what you do someday.
Eliphaz, 31 year old, male, Kakiika Prison
I was Born in a Christian Family, but as I grew up, I saw no need to be Christian, I desired to look like everybody else around me and fit in the community of my agemates, I Joined the Kiffesi-gang which introduced me to Alcohol and drugs, I left school at 18 and married, I was proud and I worshipped myself. Two years later my wife and children walked out of my daily life and became just weekend acquittances because of my conduct, few months later my addiction left me with no home, no Job, no family and no friends. Was later arrested in a gang round up on the street, and ended up here in Prison seven years ago, at the point of no return, the rest of my life begun falling apart in this jail cell, I tried to take my life several times, I have felt useless and hopeless for these last seven years, Until Yesterday when I was invited to the hall and I felt like someone was speaking to me directly as I was watching the documentary of Prisoners of pain, I felt someone asking questions that I felt were being asked directly at me. I felt something in my heart and spirit, I broke. I went down on my knees and repeated the words with the man in the video, I received Christ yesterday, I feel encouraged and hopeful, i would very much like to be apart of you, bringing people’s lives in line with Christ.
Matthew, 41 year old, male, Nyabuhikye Prison
My name is Matthew -I’m 41 years old, and I was detained 13 years ago, it was First a temporary detention but weeks later, it resulted in my 13years in jail now, I’m not Going to talk about my pain anymore but I’am going to talk about my victory, because it has more power than the pain I went through. And the victory I got in Jesus has given me peace, I have overcome Anger, bitterness, and resentment that filled my heart in the past, I have overcome suicidal thoughts, I see a new meaning of Life, I have Learnt to Read my Bible everyday and pray.
Alex, 38 year old, male, Nyabuhikye Prison
I’M Alex and I thank God for my Salvation last weekend and the Gift of my Bible from the Visitors at our Prison Hall last weekend. I ended up here because I was Using and selling drugs, I had a care less living. I also belonged to a gang of highway robbery though I had not become a very active member, I have been here for Eight years and I still have more eight years to come out of hear, But what matters most to me is that my Life and destiny has changed by believing Jesus Christ as my Lord and saviour, Thank you for my Bible Gift and the pen and book. May God bless you.
Arnold, 45 year old, male, Kakiika Prison
My name is Arnold, my brief past is that I was Born and left to the streets to take care of me at a very tender age by my careless parents , and I learnt that no one loves me or even cares about me from childhood then Anger Filled my heart, I later was taken to the children’s homes until I was 15, But came back on the streets to do anything to earn a living, But ended up in prison months later at the age of 21 and I was a Heroine drug addict, I have always blamed this on my terrible childhood and resented my parents for abandoning me. But like you said I feel I am anew creature now, and I have decided to forgive everyone including my self and start a new life, The bible I Received has been my source of encouragement and comfort, I thank you for the bible and the small book and pen. God bless you.
Davis, 44 year old, male, Nyabuhikye Prison
My name is Davis, I’m saved now, I have been here for 13 years, charged of first-degree murder, I have been living in fear of death for the past 13years because I Know they may kill me here, I was first arrested at age 14 which was the first of over 20 different charges and arrests which led to my incarceration. I started taking drugs in order to overcome Fear of death, but the more I took the drugs, the more Fear builded up in my heart, From Last Saturday when I confessed salvation prayer, I decided never to test any cigarettes or Drugs since Saturday, now two weeks, and I have promised myself to live a clean life from last Saturday. Thank you for the Gift of bible and keep coming to us and to pray for us.