Johnny’s Story


Haiti’s prison system is the most congested of any country in the world, with a formidable 454% occupancy level.


Most incarcerated Haitians have not been convicted of a crime, but are imprisoned during lengthy pretrial detention, frequently for many years. Due to severe overcrowding and malnutrition-related illnesses and other preventable diseases, many Haitians die in prison while waiting to see a judge.


Each week, the Heartline Discipleship and Outreach team ministers at a juvenile prison that holds 370 boys ages 8-18 and a women’s prison with 350 incarcerated individuals. They deliver bread baked at the Heartline Beltis Bakery and lead worship, prayer, and Bible study. The team is focused on developing loving relationships that communicate the love of God through word and deed.


The Discipleship and Outreach team has had the privilege of ministering with 17 year old Johnny over the past two years during his incarceration.Before being imprisoned, Johnny spent most of his time alone and idle, as his parents left early in the day to sell items in the market and returned late after working. He stopped going to school at a young age because his family couldn’t afford to continue sending him. Johnny says he didn’t have anyone looking out for him and he began spending all of his time with a dangerous group of teenagers who frequently stole things and used drugs together.(Continue Reading) 

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