CBY Pulaski State Prison, Hawkinsville, GA
History of the Ministry
In 2009, G-d called me (Suzy Varner), to minister at Pulaski State Prison. I began as part of the ministry team to Disciplemakers, a large, well-established women’s Bible study. In less than a year, G-d called out two Messianic inmates, Rachel and TIP.
The three of us prayed fervently for six weeks that G-d would raise up a Messianic congregation at Pulaski, thinking that the chances were slim since our group was so small. Miraculously, without anyone saying a word to the Chaplain, she announced to me that we were going to begin a Messianic congregation at Pulaski. Our joy overflowed as we realized that G-d was birthing something amazing.
Rachel, TIP and I began meeting weekly in September 2010, and we spent about nine months in deep discipleship. I sensed that G-d wanted to strongly equip Rachel and TIP to minister and reach out to the inmates and staff at Pulaski. These two ladies began taking Rabbi’s messages to everyone who will listen in the prison, and continue to do so today.
The prison set a very high bar for anyone wanting to join our congregation — they had to complete paperwork to change their religious affiliation to Messianic Jew. As a result of the Ruach’s wooing, and Rachel and TIP’s efforts, 14 inmates have recently joined us and we have a waiting list! I see letters almost every week from women begging to be included. There is an air of joyful expectancy when we meet, and these women are so grateful to be learning Truth. They know that they are G-d’s ambassadors to carry his Light into the darkness of the prison. They are G-d’s special treasures who are hungry and thirsty for a face-to-face relationship with their ABBA, and I would go to the ends of the earth to help them discover that their Father G-d adores them.
Shalom and blessings!
Suzy Varner, Pulaski State Prison Ministry Coordinator