This year, Prison Fellowship Australia launched an exciting new development:
The Prisoner’s Journey – Indigenous Version!
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.
In 2019-2020, The Prisoner’s Journey was run in 25 prisons, with 464 graduates across the country, and 183 prisoners continuing on to further discipleship courses!
While the program is already reaping incredible life changes, there continues to remain a significant need. Aboriginal people represent 3% of Australia’s population, but make up more than 27% of Australian prison populations. To begin to address this devastating disparity, The Prisoner’s Journey is now also available in a culturally relevant format, with beautiful, specially designed Aboriginal artwork and plain English to explain the story of Jesus.
Mick* is an Aboriginal inmate in maximum security. He was previously a Christian, but had deserted his faith in his descent to alcohol and domestic violence. After completing The Prisoner’s Journey, Mick came back to his love for Jesus and now wants to be baptised!
The course is well-placed to meet needs for many more Aboriginal prisoners in this new format. The program is the culmination of 12 months’ work in partnership with Bible League and Christianity Explored, as well as Prison Fellowship International.