As my friend Quovadis Marshall, the director of spiritual development at Prison Fellowship Ministries, likes to say, Christians aren’t primarily saved from something – we are saved for Someone. Yes, Jesus, redeems us from our sins, and that’s hugely important. But we are saved in order to have a relationship with the living God who loves us. In John 17:3, Jesus prayed: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Recently I met a father whose son is incarcerated. In spite of the embarrassment and shame that the son’s crime has brought to their family, the father has persevered in visiting his son. He rejoiced when his son came to saving faith in Christ, but that was only the beginning of his son’s salvation story. He believes that God has a calling on his son’s life while he is behind bars, and after he is released to the community. He knows that his son is made for ongoing, loving communion with the triune God, a relationship that will yield fruit and bring blessing to the community that surrounds him!
Prison Fellowship Ministries is committed to bringing restoration to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and the communities that surround them, so they can heal from the damaging effects of sin and rise to the full potential God has given to them. This happens through relationships: a growing relationship with God and relationships of caring and accountability within the Church and the community.
Will you be part of helping us build relationships that redeem and restore whole communities through the Gospel? Learn how at www.prisonfellowship.org.