Now Playing What just played?



Listen Live

Chaplain Oscar Boloko was called to go to prison. Today, he provides a light to every convict, especially over Christmas.

Chaplin Boloko came from the Democratic Republic of Congo 24 years ago and moved into Ottawa. There, he served at Shalom Community Church. But he felt a calling on his life, so he came to Winnipeg and became the Site Chaplain at Stoney Mountain Institution.

"[I] provide religious services, spiritual guidance, counselling to inmates and educational programs," Boloko explained. "[We] assist the managers, staff, correctional officers, elders and nurses. You work with all those people in a collaborative way."

Boloko says that many of the prisoners are looking for something. Some are trying to get back to Jesus, while others are looking for meaning, which he believes can be found in Jesus. Because of that, Boloko makes sure that every convict is included in his ministry.

"It's a challenging ministry, but someone should step up and do it. It's only by the grace of God that we step up and do it every day."

Prison ministry can be even more challenging during the Christmas season. While families gather to put up decorations and eat, prisoners must stay inside the walls. Some may not even be able to see their families. Others don't have families.

"We [are] a light to the inmates and to the people that work there," Boloko said. "We decorate the chapel for Christmas [and] do our best to have a celebration on Christmas Eve."

They also work with the Salvation Army to bring small gifts to the inmates and even deliver gifts to children the prisoners may have.

"We create an atmosphere to make them not feel abandoned or by themselves."

Boloko pours himself into these prisoners every day because he believes the future of the church is in prison.

"We have seen people who have turned from who they used to be and who are looking [for a] way to see Jesus," he said.

Those in prison appreciate his work as well. Boloko says he received a homemade Christmas card from a prisoner, wishing him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Others come into his office and ask about his family and how they are doing.

As the Christmas season continues, Boloko knows that Jesus' name needs to be spread throughout the prison.

"Around us, there are so many negative things happening," he said. "But we can believe that with the hope of Jesus coming, the light that we see should not only be decorations but should be the real light of Jesus Christ bringing the light in the darkness. And prison is dark. We need the light over there."

"I'm a Canucks fan now"

It was a dream come true for Matthew Thiessen Saturday when the Altona native was…

Two tragedies on Manitoba highways over weekend

RCMP were kept busy over the weekend dealing with a pair of fatal collisions.

PHOTOS: Indigenous Day Live

Thousands of Winnipeggers went to The Forks Saturday, June 23 for Indigenous Day Live.

Missing senior located "safe and sound"

The Winnipeg Police Service (WSP) says that the story of a missing senior over the…

Bike tour teaches Metis history

A bike tour taking place Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Winnipeg wants to educate people about…

Prov graduate still unconscious after horse-riding accident

A Providence graduate remains unconscious after a horse-riding accident on Sunday. Her…

Tabs turn into wheelchair for Steinbach family

Pop-can tabs meant a huge blessing to one Steinbach family Thursday afternoon.

Improvements made to Waverley Heights park

A public recreation space and park in the Waverley Heights neighbourhood has received…

RCMP search for teen who may be in Winnipeg

St. Pierre RCMP report a teenage girl has gone missing.

Bowman talks busy construction season

Winnipeg’s mayor reiterated today that this year will be the busiest ever when it comes…

Iceland soccer pride strong in Gimli

As Iceland kicks off their second match of the World Cup Friday morning, former…

Metis culture celebrated in new panel display

A space recognizing the Metis Nation has been opened at the St. Boniface Heritage Gardens.

"We can bring with us God to the public square": local professor on Pratt's speech

The public has been buzzing about Chris Pratt's latest acceptance speech, but what does…

Winnipeg celebrates first "National Indigenous Peoples Day"

There are several events going on around Winnipeg today for National Indigenous Peoples…

Winnipeg chefs cooking for mental health awareness

Two Winnipeg chefs have teamed up to shine a spotlight on mental health issues within the…

Heaving pavement not unusual, City says

A major roadway was reduced to one lane Wednesday because the pavement heaved, but the…

Police forces renew call for unwanted guns

Representatives with the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), Manitoba RCMP and Brandon Police…

Walking humbly with God through reconciliation

On National Indigenous People's Day, one Winnipeg Indigenous Christian leader is pleased…

Late Darcy Haugan receives Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award

Darcy Haugan, late head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, was posthumously awarded the…

Buckling pavement forces closure of lanes on Portage Ave.

Downtown traffic will be slower than usual after a section of Portage Avenue buckled in…