Faith Behind Bars: Additional Resources

Julia Ireland

INPM (International Network of Prison Ministries)

The INPM’s purpose is to bring prison ministries involved in crime prevention and rehabilitation through the Word of God worldwide to one Internet site to facilitate communication. It also provides easy access for inmates and their families to get effective help from prison ministries that best serve their needs either by counseling services or to locate a nearby ministry to request literature, join Bible study courses or ask for prayer support. The website can be translated in 35 languages, and provides contact information for prison ministries worldwide: Africa (149), Central America and Caribbean (40), Europe (109), North America (3,677), Oceania (28), and South America (13). The page also has featured prison ministries, one being Persekutuan Oikumene Hidup Baru (New Life Eucomenical Union). This ministry formed in 2004 by a group of former prisoners in Medan, Sumut, Indonesia. They use the INPM website to connect with other prison ministries worldwide to ask for guidance and suggestions on how to improve their ministry.

Prison Fellowship is a national organization created to seek transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ. Its mission is to reconcile relationships with God through Jesus Christ to correct distorted moral and spiritual values. Local churches and Prison Fellowship partner to restore prisoners to Church and community as contributing members, because “no life is beyond the reach of God’s power.”

“I was in prison, and you came to visit me,” Jesus told His followers. Then he clarified, “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

 

 

 Click this link to see Easter Sunday at Jesse R. Dawson, Sr. State Jail, Texas.
“Isn’t it just like God to transform a roomful of downcast women clad in shabby prison garb into women adorned with the hope of the risen Christ? It was an Easter unlike any we’ve witnessed in 30 years!” –  Mark Earley, President of Prison Fellowship

 
These are Links to Prison Fellowship programs created to meet the rapidly evolving needs of prisoners and their families and to increase awareness among the free population:

 

  • www.angeltree.org
    Angel Tree reaches out to children with parents in prison by sharing Christ’s love during the Christmas season by giving gifts and restoring families.

 

  • www.ifiprison.org
    InnerChange Freedom Initiative provides programming for prisoners to help them transform their lives and re-enter society successfully.

 

  • www.justicefellowship.org
    More than 700,000 prisoners are released from prison every year and more than half go back in prison within 3 years. Justice Fellowship believes in correcting the US prison system, making communities safer, and reconciling victims and offenders.

 

  • www.operationstartingline.net
    Operation Starting Line is partnerships between Prison Fellowship and Christian ministries to bring the transforming message of Jesus Christ to prisoners across the country though in-prison outreaches.

 

  • www.out4life.com
    Out4Life is a program in which Prison Fellowship teams up with corrections officials, community leaders, and other faith-based organizations to try to stop the trend of former inmates going back to prison  

 

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~ by David on April 3, 2010.

 
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