First Quarter Report
Bridge 2 Hope began in March 2011 with the full endorsement of West End Assembly of God in Richmond, Virginia. The ministry is led by David Cheyne along with three Board members: Dave Berger, Tom Bond, and Charlene Bragg.
The work really began in June of 2009 when David initially took on a ministry reaching prisoners on a part time basis. That ministry has now expanded it into a comprehensive ministry reaching folks primarily in prisons, but also ministering to others in local area jails and hospitals. A number of folks pray for the work and keep abreast of what the Lord is doing through Bridge 2 Hope.
There are approximately 35 volunteers assisting the ministry in some form or another: teaching, preaching, donating Bibles, donating equipment, etc. A few have even made a financial commitment. David is also networking with a number of reentry efforts around the Richmond area. These organizations focus on assisting folks immediately upon their release from incarceration. During the first quarter 5913 contacts were made through the ministry of Bridge 2 Hope. 73 inmates made decision for Christ, including one that was a former Muslim.
Our regular activities include: 6 worship services a week, 3 Bible studies a week, numerous counseling sessions, training sessions for leaders, Bible correspondence courses, baptisms, weddings, a 2 year Bible College program, a Christian library where inmates can check out materials, a prison choir, maintenance of pass lists for inmate movement to religious activities, assistance in the reentry process and connection to local churches, coordination of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program and their Faith Based Reentry program at Deep Meadow Correctional Center, and other related activities.
- Prayer support from anyone interested in what God is doing to reach this population of needy folks.
- Study Bibles and Christian literature: English or Spanish.
- Financial support as the Lord leads.
- Volunteers who can assist either with the ministry on the inside or with those who have recently been released.