One of the most exciting things that is happening in Tasmania for Prison Fellowship is a monthly get-together to pray for our in-prison ministries. Corporate prayer has always been a priority for our ministry, but somehow our endeavours have not really caught fire… until now!
The format is simple. We meet at the Christian Family Church in Risdon Vale, next door to Tasmania’s prison complex, at 7:00am on the first Tuesday of each month, for coffee, a pastry, and great fellowship. We pray for an hour from 7:15am, for the inmates, their families and for Christians as they minister in the prison.
Meeting for fellowship before prayer time is a great opportunity to catch up on what is going on in the prison, amongst the prisoners, and in their families whom we serve. This provides a focus for the prayer that follows. It’s a great start to the day and a great foundation to ministry!
Many of our supporters, around the country and throughout the world, spend time in individual prayer for Prison Fellowship Australia and for those whom we serve. Some also have the opportunity to pray with others, either at church, in home groups or in other gatherings.
Our prayers, and yours, are making a difference. I was very excited when I first learnt that The Prisoner’s Journey was coming to Australia, because I could see its potential to change lives in the Tasmanian prison system. However, we all agreed that our limited resources meant that it would be many years before the course could be offered in Tasmania.
Even if the resources were available, our expectations were influenced by the long lead time normally required to obtain approval to run new programs. Nevertheless, we committed the opportunity to prayer. God is great! Amazingly, we were able to run TPJ in Tasmania in just the second year of the national rollout. This is just one example of the open doors for ministry that are emerging on the foundation of our renewed focus on regular prayer.
The other stories in this edition give more testimony to the fruit of your prayers and God’s power at work through His people. Thank you!
If you are local to the Hobart region, please consider joining us in prayer at these prison ministry gatherings or by including prayer for prisons at your small group or church service. Contact us at the Tasmanian office firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.