We help restore justice and healing to families and communities in response to crime. Prison Fellowship International is a global association of 120 national affiliates, working with the assistance of over 45,000 volunteers, to promote human dignity and the transformation of prisoners.
Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry.
Mission: The mission of Prison Fellowship International is to proclaim and demonstrate God's love by reaching out to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, victims and the community. PFI is a ministry of transformation and reconciliation. The heart of Jesus' teaching is love and forgiveness - living in peace with God and with one another, even those who offend us.
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Prison Fellowship Brazil created this beautiful video to promote The Prisoner's Journey (A viagem) and show how it is impacting lives in Brazil ❤️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFcREuhlaQQ&feature=youtu.be
For more than 40 years, Prison Fellowship International has built programs in prisons around the world that are restoring prisoners’ lives, helping their families, and successfully integrating them back into the community—for good.
It starts with people like you. You give us the ability to accelerate a global movement among our more than one hundred partner prison ministries around the world. We thank you for helping us speak up on behalf of some of the world's most marginalized and vulnerable people. ❤️
Yesterday we received this photo and story from Florence, a former prisoner and mother to two wonderful children. I hope that you will take the time to read and that it touches your heart like it touched ours.
“My name is Florence; I am a mother of two beautiful girls, Ketty and Chisenga. I was sentenced to three years sentence in prison with hard labour.
Life became hard for my children, even to the extent of them stopping school because no one was helping them to pay for their school fees. When I heard the news of my children stopping school, I was so annoyed with myself because I was the one who had been providing for them. But now I couldn’t.
The team from PF Zambia came to Prison to inform the inmates about the Children of Prisoners Program. I was among those who registered their children. Since 2018, they have received school materials, had school fees paid for them, received food supplements, and been visited at home and school to see their wellbeing and performance.
I have seen the hand of God in my life. I saw it while in prison, because that is a place where I got saved and came to know the Lord Jesus as my Lord and personal Saviour. Volunteers from Prison Fellowship Zambia, help prisoners in a lot of ways. After hearing the word of God, I was among those who gave their lives to Jesus Christ. That very day was the beginning of my transformation. Later on I decided to join those who were doing The Prisoner’s Journey. I was trained and graduated with a certificate. Thereafter I also did the Sycamore Tree Project, glory be to God. The greatest desire of my heart now is the Bible.
I am very grateful to God and to Prison Fellowship for their life saving programs that they came to our aid and to the support of my children. I have carried on doing a skill in tailoring in prison despite being discharged from prison on presidential amnesty in May. PF Zambia is indeed doing amazing things in the lives of inmates and the children of inmates.”
The Juvenile Restorative Justice program of Prison Fellowship Colombia was created in 2019 with the goal of positively impacting society through teaching restorative processes and principles to Colombian youth.
Congratulations to Laura Cano Ruiz, Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Mexico, as she recently completed her master's degree in Restorative Justice Conflict Resolution! 🎉
We are proud to partner with Biblica, the International Bible Society, to introduce the transformative power of God’s Word to 40,000 children who have an incarcerated parent. Under the agreement, Biblica will provide age-appropriate Scripture resources for children and caregivers which will then be distributed through our Children of Prisoners Program. http://ow.ly/ELTu50BQoBE
We received this beautiful message from one of our sponsors who sponsors the child of a prisoner. It made our hearts happy and we hope it brings some joy to you as well! We are so grateful to all of the caring sponsors who make our work possible. To learn more about our sponsorship program, visit https://pfi.org/what-we-do/rescuing-children/ ❤️
Prison Fellowship Scotland volunteer, Sarah, is so passionate about transforming the lives of prisoners that she walked 150 miles to raise funds for their programs https://ccdconnect.church/2020/10/03/sarah-supports-prison-fellowship-scotland/
ccdconnect.church Sarah chats to us about how she has been helped and supported by Prison Fellowship Scotland. She goes on to tell us about her plans to raise money for this fantastic charity by doing a lot of walki…
Prison Fellowship International (PFI) and Biblica, the International Bible Society, recently announced a strategic partnership to introduce the transformative power of God’s Word to 40,000 children who have an incarcerated parent. The partnership is part of a new PFI program in which children of prisoners are connected with a local church-based volunteer who will mentor each child throughout the year. Check out this article for more: http://ow.ly/Q4Dy50BQow0
Peace is one of the primary values of restorative justice. Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace focuses on forgiveness, whether it is self-forgiveness or forgiving another, with both victims and offenders in order to facilitate peace. Learn more at pfi.org
Prison Fellowship International (PFI) and Biblica, the International Bible Society, recently announced a strategic partnership to introduce the transformative power of God’s Word to 40,000 children who have an incarcerated parent. The partnership is part of a new PFI program in which children of prisoners are connected with a local church-based volunteer who will mentor each child throughout the year. Check out this article for more: http://ow.ly/SeYz50BQov0
Join us in praying for the recent graduates of The Prisoner's Journey in Papua New Guinea, that they would continue their walk with the Lord and that their lives would be transformed through the love of Christ 🙏💛
Restorative justice doesn't exist in a criminal justice vacuum, its values of peace, respect, solidarity, and responsibility have a place in all areas of society. To learn more about restorative justice, visit restorativejustice.org
Prison Fellowship Venezuela is continuing to hold COVID-19 prevention trainings and providing the families of prisoners with hygienic materials to help them stay safe and healthy.
When prisoners are cut off from society and kept in an environment that breeds hostility and violence, it's unsurprising that they continue to exhibit aggressive behavior. We believe in change. In addition to running programs that work to restore prisoners, many national ministries have programs where volunteers can write letters of hope and encouragement. The simple act of showing a prisoner that they haven't been forgotten can be life changing.
Our Children of Prisoners Program provides children with one or both parents in prison, who often fall between the cracks of what other child-focused programs provide, with care in their specific areas of need. We are uniquely equipped to meet these needs through our 40 years of serving and caring for children of prisoners worldwide. We pair each child in our program with a dedicated caseworker, and ensure they receive support in these four essential areas: Safety, Health, Education, and Spiritual Care. To learn more about what you can do to help these children, visit https://pfi.org/what-we-do/rescuing-children/
Prison Fellowship Rwanda recently held a graduation ceremony for prisoners who had completed The Prisoner's Journey. Each was gifted with a Bible in their heart language and given a certificate. They will now be invited to continue their walk with Christ in other programs that are offered by PF Rwanda ❤️
A key part of restorative justice is having the various parties affected by crime encounter one another. Restorative justice processes are more inclusive than the traditional criminal justice processes. They actively invite all affected parties--victims, offenders, and community members--to participate in resolving the crime. The Sycamore Tree Project - Justice and Peace includes victims in two of the sessions to encourage healing, reconciliation, and understanding.
PFI's overarching vision is to break the cycle of crime and restore lives, worldwide, through Jesus’ love. We believe in the restorative power of grace and hope. God has not forgotten those affected by crime and neither will we. Find out more about how we serve prisoners, their families, and victims at pfi.org.
The Juvenile Restorative Justice program of Prison Fellowship Colombia was created in 2019 and since then it has been growing and positively impacting society through restorative processes, leading to social transformation.
It has been a year since the pilot programs of Prison Project Philip were launched! Prison Project Philip is offered through PFI's partnership with Bible League International (BLI). The heart of BLI's global strategy is Project Philip, a program that trains local church members in evangelism and discipleship. Inspired by the story of Philip and the Ethiopian and Act 8, Project Philip focuses on making the Gospel comprehensible to all who read it. In 2019, Project Philip was adapted for use inside of prisons as a continued discipleship program for graduates of The Prisoner's Journey®.
📷: Prison Project Philip volunteer training in Chile - Sept 2019
Today, we would like to give a shout out to our staff and thousands of volunteers who reach out to prisoners, victims, and their families to show them support, grace, and love in 116 countries. From delivering food, to writing letters, to leading courses, they put their heart and soul into what they do and we are grateful ❤️ 📷: Prison Fellowship Colombia
We ask you to take a couple of minutes to watch this powerful video. This father was in prison, but he joined The Prisoner's Journey and his heart and life changed. After graduating from TPJ, he continued his journey of transformation in Sycamore Tree Project and Public Reading of Scripture. His children were enrolled in the Children of Prisoners Program and they were cared for until his release. Now he participates in a farming program offered by Prison Fellowship Zambia and he is able to support his family. A special thanks to PF Zambia for helping us receive this encouraging story and for everything that they do to change and restore the lives of prisoners by showing them the love of Christ ❤️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_XaQNJz41E&feature=youtu.be
The story of a man whose life was forever changed when he learned about the power of Jesus's love through The Prisoner's Journey.
Many people who have been victimized by crime feel like they don't have a voice. They are often neglected by the state unless their testimony is needed for the criminal proceedings and they may be denied the right to give a victim impact statement. One of the goals of the Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace is to give a voice to victims. They join offenders for two of the 8 sessions in order to share their stories and give a face and voice to the impact of crime.
Prison Fellowship Rwanda worked with other organizations to put together socially distanced events to celebrate International Day of Peace in refugee camps and cities across the country. The theme for this year was "Shaping Peace Together".
Jesus was a prisoner. And like many prisoners around the world, he was jailed unjustly. Around the world, men and women live in prisons because of their political opinions, religious beliefs, or because they have been wrongfully accused. Even those who committed a crime can often be in prison for much longer than the maximum sentence because of backlogged court systems. We believe all people have value, deserve mercy, and are loved equally by God—even the most outcast. It can be easy to dismiss the idea of reaching out to prisoners, to just call them bad people, but even if someone has committed a crime, are these not the people that need to hear about Christ? We believe that the love of God can change hearts and lives - we've seen it. For more than 40 years, PFI has built programs in prisons around the world that are restoring prisoners’ lives, helping their families, and successfully integrating them back into the community—for good. Help us break the cycle of crime. Join us in praying for prisoners today.
“I had no idea where I was going to get money to buy food to feed my children. I couldn’t have done it without you," said the mother of a child in the CPP Zimbabwe program. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly exacerbated the difficult circumstances that families of prisoners were already facing. The Zimbabwean government mandated that only essential workers could work, resulting in many of the children’s caregivers to be unemployed. With one parent in prison and the other unable to work, many of the children were subsisting on one meal a day, if that. In response, CPP Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe staff distributed food to families in the program. When the children's caregivers came to collect and pack the food and wave goodbye, they couldn’t keep back their smiles and tears of joy. To find out more about how we are caring for the families of prisoners, visit pfi.org.
We hope your day is as awesome as this picture of Chaplain Gabriel making friends with a wild zebra!
Chaplain Gabriel is the new prison chaplain for the Kansenshi Correctional Facility, but he is not new to the works of Prison Fellowship Zambia. Gabriel has been a supporter and
volunteer with Prison Fellowship Zambia’s other programs, including Sycamore Tree Project: Justice and Peace, and he is currently training new STP facilitators at the Mwembeshi Correctional Facility.
Matías’s mother wanted a better life for him. However, her misguided effort to provide for her son resulted in her being detained at an airport and separated from her son. They’ve been separate ever since. Matías lives with his grandmother, but growing up without his mother wasn’t easy. His grandmother knew the struggles that he faced and tried to give him the best care and encouragement she could. When she found out about the Children of Prisoners Program, she enrolled him. When he first joined the program, Matías hardly spoke to anyone. Little by little, and by providing Matías with psychological support, the program staff were able to get closer to him and visit him. Matías began to take an interest in his toys, with a special attention to dinosaurs and cars. He interacted better with others because of the love and care he was receiving. Through program support, Matías has flourished. He is now 9 years old. He studies, talks more, plays, and shares with others. Matías is just one of many children who, from a young age, experience the loneliness of having an incarcerated parent. Through the Children of Prisoners Program, Matías and other children are visited regularly, encouraged, taught the Word of God, provided with food, and shown the love of Jesus. ❤️
Prison Fellowship Nigeria is working to reduce the stigma of being formerly incarcerated through their Yellow Ribbon Project. They recently paid a visit to the Controller of Corrections, Kano State command, Suleiman T. Suleiman to discuss the matter.
Prisoners around the world are cut off from society and left alone to cope with their feelings of hopelessness and despair. The Prisoner’s Journey® is proven to transform the lives of prisoners, from the inside out, by introducing them to restorative relationship with the person of Jesus. Prisoners are invited to join the 8 week course and, if they choose to join, they are guided through the weekly lessons in groups of 10 - 12. Upon completion of the course, there is a graduation ceremony where each participant receives a certificate and a Bible in their native language. They are then invited to enroll in a discipleship course to develop a deeper knowledge of the Bible, theological topics, and how to continue their journey with Jesus. To date, almost 350,000 prisoners have completed TPJ, Valentin is one of them. To find out more, visit https://pfi.org/what-we-do/spreading-the-gospel/!
Tens of millions of prisoners around the world are locked away and forgotten. Cut off from society, they reside in a culture that does not rehabilitate and is pervaded by the threat of violence. To survive, they learn to protect themselves through the same means that got them into prison, perpetuating a culture of violence and retaliation. So, it’s not surprising that 75% of these men and women will reoffend within 5 years of their release—and the cycle continues. We seek to break this cycle by reaching out to prisoners and their families. By providing restorative programs, family assistance, spiritual care, skills training, and education, our national ministries are bringing hope and helping prisoners change their lives for good.
Prison Fellowship International is the world's largest and most extensive criminal justice ministry. We help to restore justice and healing in response to crime for all those impacted: prisoners and their children and families, victims of crime, and communities. We do this through humanitarian outreach and Bible-based programming both inside and outside of prisons. To learn more, visit pfi.org.
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