Prison Fellowship has a strong desire to be the light that will go into the dark places and provide peace and comfort for the afflicted. With this goal in mind, Prison Fellowship has wanted to begin a “new work” in Darwin, where 1045 prisoners only have access to 1 chaplain to provide light in their dark worlds.
In recent months, Prison Fellowship’s ministry in Darwin has made considerable progress. We have received support from the Darwin Christian Ministers Association, invitations into the prison from the Deputy Commissioner Rob Steer, as well as support from other Senior Correctional Services Department staff who have welcomed us into Darwin Correctional Centre.
Nadia Burgess, a committed Prison Fellowship volunteer, recently ran a training session for 12 volunteers, and is currently working through the administrative challenges before we get inside.
A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful. He will give light to those who live in the dark and in death’s shadow. He will guide us into the way of peace.
Our plans are to run a number of church services each week, lead a Change on the Inside course, as well as The Prisoner’s Journey within the next 12 months.
The Darwin Correctional Centre provides unique opportunities, given that 87% of the inmate population are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, so our team are exploring culturally appropriate methods of sharing Gods Word and Prison Fellowship’s programs in this setting.