Volunteers like Wendy are bringing unconditional love to prisoners...
“I was a very black and white judgmental person before I went into prison. When you hear their stories... now, I understand how people get to where they are. I’ve been talking to women for 11 years in prison, and that’s thousands of women, and I’ve only found six that weren’t sexually abused as a child.
“Jesus went back for the one that was lost. At some stage, every inmate is lost. Jesus went back to get the one that was lost, and as volunteers, we’re there to get that one. To give them hope that Jesus died for them as well as us.”
Volunteers like Lynton are helping to minister God’s grace to inmates...
“As a facilitator of the ‘Change on the Inside’ course, in many cases we hear and see the cry of their hearts. It’s the price of poor decisions, often made in a ‘mad minute’, paid out in the loss of valued relationships with the ones they love, especially those with children. There are also lost opportunities, messed up careers, financial costs and damaged reputations.
“For too many in society, these people in prison are considered an irredeemable failure. In contrast, Prison Fellowship is a ministry that operates from a perspective of ‘by the grace of God I am forgiven and can therefore forgive’. We all need a second (or more) chance.”
Volunteers like Bob are giving inmates a Christian friend
who will walk their journey with them...
“Rick has been in prison for more than 20 years. He’s struggled with addiction and addiction-related crimes. He became a Christian in prison... During his last release period, I supported him in getting and keeping a full-time job – the first he’s ever had. I also managed to link him up to a church. Here is a quote from one of his letters to me while in prison:
’Thank you for mentoring the understanding of Scripture, foremost Jesus’ words. Now comes the challenging part, to follow those words... To be truthful, reading the Bible has taken my life from way down and out to still in prison but happy.’”