This was me today. Outside the barbed wire fence of Oahu Community Correctional Center.(OCCC, One of our prisons here in Hawaii). I joined a team of about sixty people all led by Life Church Hawaii . Led by Pastor Shannon, we paced the perimeter fence from 5pm to 5:30pm –
One thing evident today was the diverse group of people walking outside the perimeter of OCCC. We had pastors, teachers, blue-collar workers, musicians, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties and prison guards to name a few. Yes… prison guards. We also had a family visiting from Alaska walking and praying with us. We even had a group of young men representing a traveling music group called Become . We also had 1,600 live viewers in attendance via Periscope! Crazy stuff.
After many years of working in the state prison system Pastor Shannon has been a part of many ground breaking ministries. Todays event was birthed out of a passion to be Gods hands on the ground. Anyone that knows the prison system knows that it can be a dark place. What many don’t realize is that it’s a dark place for inmates and guards. Suicide is a common and unfortunate outcome of both sides of the law.
We had one mission: to infiltrate the walls of OCCC… After speaking with Pastor Shannon (who is a guard here) I got a glimpse into his heart and passion for todays “prayer walk”. Inmates need prayer to be free from spiritual and physical bondage. Pornography, Drug abuse, gang violence, mental bondage, and loneliness are a few of the massive lies the enemy has placed on our inmates and guards here. Walking and praying on the outside of OCCC started what we believe to be a TSUNAMI of breakthrough of Gods love over our prison system. Pastor Shannon likened todays inaugural prayer walk to the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6).
“Our mission today was not to infiltrate and destroy the physical walls of our prison. We do need the walls there. There are people inside for a reason, and they need to do their time. But we are here to break down the spiritual walls that the enemy has placed upon our prison system”
Pastor Shannon envisions teams eventually traveling throughout the state doing exactly what we did today. To petition the courts of heaven on behalf of our inmates and guards. What is really amazing is that the warden had mentioned that today’s event was urgently needed. Another epic point to bring out is that you rarely hear about prison guards walking the perimeter of their workplace to pray for the environment they are in daily.
By keeping the event outside the walls tons of red tape was avoided. No permission was needed. We were on public grounds. And that’s okay… we have men like Pastor Shannon taking the roles of special ops while we take it on from the outside! God is definitely a God of BREAKTHROUGH.
Much mahalos to Pastor Shannon to being obedient to Gods word and leading the charge today. After seeing many men in the prison system fall prey to spiritual bondage it was time to take authority and say “enough is enough” .
Those of you that witnessed this event today on periscope… Mahalo! If you missed it you can watch it here –> Outside the Prison Walls Hawaii