In recent years the Diocese of Hawai'i has become heavily engaged in a Prison Ministry at our correctional centers that has grown and continues to flourish. The program, which involves a deep connection to Hawaiian cultural practices, is interwoven with a Hawaiian Bible (Baibala) Study Program.
The Rev'd Kaleo Patterson, who has been instrumental in building this ministry, is seeking to obtain Hawaiian Bibles for the Baibala Bible Study Project at the Halawa and Waiawa Community Correctional Centers. The program emphasizes the weekly study of the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Lessons, and Hawaiian language/vocabulary. Hawaiian Himeni, Mele and pule (prayers) are also taught and practiced.
The program is seeking donations to purchase a special Hawaiian and English New Testament Bible that they use in their Baibala Study. These Bibles normally retail for $45 but are being provided to the program by Mutual Publishing on O'ahu for only $13.75.
Many thanks to those who signed up to sponsor Bibles. St. Mark's has sent a check for 50 bibles to the Diocesan Prison Ministry.