The Prisoner’s Journey is an eight-session program that introduces prisoners to a fellow inmate –Jesus! Prisoners explore the Gospel of Mark and find out just how much Jesus loves them – no matter what.

Why focus on bringing the Gospel to Aboriginal inmates?

In prison ministry, we often find Aboriginal people have great openness to God and spirituality. They’re far more comfortable talking about Christ and faith than most Australians.

Aboriginal men are incarcerated at 11x the general male population. Aboriginal women are incarcerated at15x the general female population. Aboriginal youth are incarcerated at 25x the rate of non-aboriginal youth. The Indigenous version of The Prisoner’s Journey helps to reach this over-represented group of prisoners. Using their cultural framework, it shows them the reality of who Jesus is, why he came, and what the Gospel means to them.

Aboriginal inmates are among the most disadvantaged and forgotten people in our society. But they’re precious in the sight of God. He knows each of them by name. And He wants each of them to be reconciled to Him. 

The Indigenous version of The Prisoner’s Journey helps to reach Aboriginal prisoners. Using their cultural framework, it shows the reality of who Jesus is, why he came, and what the Gospel means to them. This course is the culmination of 12 months’ work, in partnership with Bible League and Christianity Explored, developed to be culturally relevant and to cater to the low literacy levels of many Aboriginal inmates.

What is unique about ‘The Prisoners Journey – Indigenous Edition”?

Jesus used stories and illustrations relevant to the people he wanted to reach. The new Indigenous version illustrates key Gospel concepts and stories using beautiful Aboriginal art. It also uses a simple English translation that reflects the words and terminology that most Aboriginal people can relate to. We don’t want any prisoner to miss out on meeting Jesus simply because they can’t understand or relate to the Western version of The Prisoner’s Journey!

Why have we pioneered the Indigenous Edition?

This is the first time Prison Fellowship internationally have specifically tried to address the needs of indigenous people. In many countries, indigenous people groups have rates of incarceration far higher than the general population.

Will you be part of this pioneering work to reach Indigenous inmates with the Gospel? As soon as coronavirus restrictions are lifted, we want to be ready to take this into prisons all over Australia!