Beginning Easter weekend, Prison Fellowship and Provident Film will offer prisoners a chance to view the new film Unconditional, the inspiring story of “Papa Joe” Bradford, a former inmate who is making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in Nashville, Tennessee.
The film will be shown on March 30 at Orlando’s Central Florida Reception Center and March 31 at the Desoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia, Florida, a part of Easter celebrations in the two facilities. Both “Papa Joe” and Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske will be present for the viewing.
A young African-American with unlimited potential, Joseph Bradford landed in prison among violent offenders after putting his considerable computer skills to work hacking into a bank and robbing it of about $200 (which he paid back). Released, in kidney failure, on disability and living in Nashville’s notorious projects, Bradford and his wife’s hearts were touched by the many fatherless children around them. Simple acts of kindness brought one after another of these kids to their door. They formed a choir for the kids and soon he was their “Papa Joe,” providing the love and stability he never knew. Today, they continue this work through Elijah’s Heart Ministry, showing love to underprivileged children and their families, assisting them with practical needs and inspiring others to act by raising awareness of these often-desperate situations.
For more information about Easter celebrations at Central Florida Reception Center and Desoto Correctional Institution, read the press release here. To learn more about the movie Unconditional, visit https://www.unconditionalthemovie.com/.