Since its foundation in 1927, Emmanuel Press has placed gospel and discipleship material into prisons.
In 2003 Emmanuel Press was invited by the South African Correctional Services to place as much Christian material as possible into the 245 prisons in the Country.
Despite a slow start at the beginning, today Emmanuel Press can bulk post to as many as 156 prisons in any one week, not only in South Africa but also Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Early in 2009, contact was made by a group of prison workers from a large church in São Paulo, Brazil with the result that our material in Portuguese is now being used in eleven prisons in the region. Further expansion into all of the 145 prisons in the São Paulo area is anticipated. Eleven of the inmates in one prison have recently been baptized.
Over the last 6 years, prison-related material has been created in order to impact as much as possible on the hearts and minds of the inmates.
Our vision is that we reach as many as possible behind bars, lead them to salvation and disciple them to become mature believers so that on their eventual release, they will be ready and prepared to take their place back in society.