Volunteering is at the heart of Prison Fellowship’s ministry, and we look forward to honouring our volunteers and acknowledging their value to prisoners and their families. A great formal opportunity to do this is coming as we celebrate National Volunteer Week 21st -27th May 2018.
In South Australia, and in the Adelaide office in particular, volunteers experienced a unique if not unusual approach in recent weeks.
At a recent Advisory Council meeting, Ian Townsend, SA/NT State Manager, arrived early and set up the tables. He then went to great lengths creating piles of newsletters, boxes of envelopes, rubber bands, more envelopes and more boxes, lots of empty boxes – Ian had a treat for his team. As each member arrived with their printed agenda and minutes from the last meeting, they realised that this wasn’t going to be a normal meeting. The gathering coincided with the release of the latest addition of Set Free, and the Advisory Council was about to experience the joys of stuffing 900 envelopes of the magazines for supporters in South Australia and the Northern Territory. So with typical Prison Fellowship volunteer spirit, the team not only considered matters for the coming months for Prison Fellowship, but also diligently avoided potential paper cuts and stray rubber bands.
In John 13:14-15 we hear the words of our Lord Jesus as he served us, his very own children.
“I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you.”
Each one of us has role within Prison Fellowship; some are called to visit people in prison, some to pray for the ministry, some to provide financially, some to offer good governance, and some to stuff envelopes! Before our Lord Jesus there is no task that is beyond our status when it comes to serving.
Thank you to all the wonderful people that in some way serve our Lord Jesus Christ as a volunteer with Prison Fellowship Australia.
– Ian Townsend, SA/NT State Manager