Australian Prison Inmate Evangelizes
With Adventist Lessons
MAN MADE NEW: Australian prison inmate Matthew J. Baronet is a jailhouse evangelist who shares via Seventh-day Adventist Bible lessons.long-term student of Seventh-day Adventist Church-sponsored Bible lessons, Matthew J. Baronet, has become an evangelist from within his prison cell while serving time at the Wolston Correctional Centre in Queensland, Australia. His vehicle: lessons provided by theAdventist Discovery Centre, an Australian ministry of the church’s South Pacific Division.
In his six years studying through the Discovery Centre, Matthew has recruited close to 150 students and has conducted prayer/study groups from within his cell, and through his time behind bars he has initiated the JAILMAIL ministry. Starting out as a simple pen-pal service, the JAILMAIL ministry within its first 11 weeks spread to seven prisons in Queensland and another in New South Wales.
“I do think that prison is God’s training ground, and there is a lot of work to be done behind these walls of razor wire,” said Baronet. “The amount of pain, suffering, hurt souls, and damaged people in here is a true sign [of] the work of Satan. I have seen firsthand [the] power of the Lord Jesus at work here in my new home.”
Baronet views the JAILMAIL ministry as a way to bring happiness and support into people’s lives both from within prison and on the outside. “The good Lord is blessing my work here in prison, and I feel a close connection to the team there at Discovery,” he added.
—Tammy Zyderveldt, South Pacific Division