For the over 2.7 million kids in the United States under the age of 18 with an incarcerated parent, children’s books depicting families with with mom and dad both at home ring a little hollow. Rarely do they see characters struggling with the absence of a parent, or the embarrassment that comes with admitting that mom or […]
April 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Every year, we look forward to receiving letters from those who were touched by Angel Tree during the most recent Christmas season. Particularly, we love hearing from prisoner parents who express how Angel Tree helped strengthen or rebuild a relationship with their children. Earlier this year, we received a letter from a prisoner named Bill who […]
April 26, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
In celebration of Prison Fellowship’s 40 years of ministering to prisoners and their families, we will be taking a look back at the early days of the ministry and remembering the people and the stories that have helped to make Prison Fellowship the nation’s largest prison outreach.  In the following reflection, Mark Hubbell, Prison Fellowship’s area director […]
April 22, 2016
Written by Mark Hubbell
By the time she turned 27, Mary Kay Beard had established herself as one of the most notorious criminals in the country. Along with her husband, Mary Kay was wanted in four states for a string of bank robberies and was the target of a mafia “hit” for double-crossing the mob on a diamond heist. She appeared on the […]
April 18, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Loneliness could hardly describe the feeling Mercedes experienced when her husband was arrested. Isolation was probably closer to it. Not only did she and her two daughters lose their main source of income, but she said she also lost the respect of her friends and family. “You tell someone that your husband is incarcerated, who […]
April 5, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
Every year after finishing his own prison sentence, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson returned behind bars for Easter services, sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with incarcerated men and women.  Rather than celebrating in more comfortable surroundings with people of means and influence, Colson opted to worship in crowded prison gymnasiums surrounded by orange jumpsuits […]
March 25, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For many family members of incarcerated men and women, the barriers to staying in contact with their loved ones behind bars can be tough to overcome.  Separated by long distances and inflexible schedules, these families ultimately lose touch with each other, depriving prisoners of the support and encouragement needed to make a break from past […]
March 16, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
Children who have at least one parent behind bars face many challenges that their friends and classmates do not.  Studies indicate that they are more likely to have attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, or developmental delay.  Those with a mother in prison graduate from college at only a 1-2 percent rate—a percentage that improves to […]
March 15, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Prison Fellowship.  Throughout the year, we will be sharing some reflections and stories about the history of the ministry, as well as some thoughts by our founder, Chuck Colson.  The following story describes an encounter Chuck shared with a prisoner in Atlanta. Chuck Colson loved to tell the story […]
February 12, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
For Sophia Pirelli, it all started in a Sunday school class. A young boy in that class taught by Pirelli offered a tearful prayer for his father, who had been incarcerated since 2002.  The prayer moved Pirelli, who says that God placed a passion in her heart at that moment to serve children who had a […]
January 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe