“I have always liked to help people who are broken-hearted and need someone to reach out to them. That is what attracted me to working with Prison Fellowship,” says Peter Abood, new NSW/ACT State Manager.
“I believe that people deserve a second chance! I have a heart for people no matter what they’ve done. I have the same compassion that Jesus had to reach people, no matter what their past.”
Peter comes to us from many years in the construction and sales industries as well as serving as a pastor, preacher, evangelist and in various ministry leadership and volunteer roles for over 20 years. He is a widower and father of two adult daughters. Peter is a Parramatta local and attends Awesome Church at Five Dock.
“The biggest impact on me, during my brief time with Prison Fellowship thus far, has been to see so many passionate people dedicated to giving their time and of their finances to reach inmates. I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who give so much of their time to help.
“One volunteer shared a well-known quote by Sherry Anderson which sums it up very well, ‘Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless but because they are priceless.’ It’s so true.
“I recently made a visit to a prison for our Art From Inside exhibition and was able to interact with the prisoners. There was one inmate who spoke to me about Angel Tree and he began to cry. He said, ‘If it wasn’t for Prison Fellowship organising a gift for my children, they would never get a gift for Christmas.’ I started to cry with him.
“I’m looking forward to visiting more inmates and learn how Prison Fellowship is helping them, and hearing their perspective. I am also looking forward to speaking to people in churches, to make them more aware of what we are doing, and to enable people to get involved, through prayer, volunteer work, or financially to support the ministry.
“Being involved with prison ministry has helped me a lot personally. I feel stronger in my walk with the Lord.”