Towards a strategy for effective conversion of prison inmates in a Philippine jail : a case study
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inmates of Philippine jails. The main objectives of the study are: to provide a pastoral strategy in response to the challenge of helping bring conversion to inmates in the Philippines and to explore the biblical and theological nature of conversion. The study is made up of four components: description; analysis; interpretation; and action plan. Part one introduces the study and outlines t he mechanics of the research . The case of Mario Pastrana, a prison inmate , is presented and highlights the challenges of helping prison inmates experience genuine conversion. Part two examines two dynamics relevant to the Gase: socio-cultural and religio-psychological dynamics. The analysis reveals factors that might have influenced the situation of Pastrana. Part three probes the biblical and theological nature of conversion . It provides biblical- theological undergirding for the suggested strategy. Part four prov~des a suggested strategy .and action plan based on the findings of the study, the problem, and pastoral- theological issues presented .