(PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest religious broadcaster and America's most watched faith channel, will host an inspirational pre-Super Bowl program live from Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary Friday February 1, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (9 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Eastern).
Hosted by former NFL great Mike Barber, the special edition of TBN's signature “Praise the Lord” show will welcome Angola's warden, Burl Cain, along with an audience of 800 inmates from Louisiana's maximum security prison. The program, co-hosted by Ken Johnson and Brandon Barber, will feature testimonies from Angola inmates who have come to faith in Christ, on-field NFL player interviews from the New Orleans Superdome, and music from Christian singer/songwriter Vicki Yohe.
“God is doing great things in America's prisons, and nowhere is that more evident than at Angola,” said Mike Barber, whose ministry reaches out to prisons and inmates across the nation. “We're thrilled to join Warden Cain and many of the men at Angola whose lives are being changed through the hope of the gospel.”
Angola was one of the early success stories for TBN's Second Chance program, which partners with correctional officials and cable and satellite companies to take Christian television into prisons across America. TBN covers the cost of equipment and installation, providing inmates with its four top faith networks: TBN’s flagship channel; JCTV network for teens and young adults; the Church Channel, featuring the best worship services and ministry programs from across the nation; and Enlace, TBN’s exclusive Spanish-language affiliate network.
Since its launch in 2007 TBN Second Chance has brought 24-hour inspirational programming to prison facilities in California, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri — 31 states so far.
Mark Reynolds, director of TBN Second Chance, said that chaplains, wardens, and other corrections officials have emphasized the important role TBN Second Chance plays in helping inmates make positive and lasting changes in their lives. “The installation and launch of these networks is an important step in planting seeds of hope and healing in the lives of inmates at Angola and scores of other facilities across America,” he said.
TBN founder and President Paul Crouch said that TBN Second Chance represents the heart of the mission the network has pursued since its launch almost 40 years ago. “Broadcasting the life-changing message of the gospel to every corner of the earth, and into the most desperate of situations — that has been God's call to TBN from day one,” he said. “And we never cease to thank Him for the success He has given us through all of our networks, as well as through programs like TBN Second Chance.”
For more information on TBN's prison outreach, visit http://www.tbnsecondchance.org.