‘A Brighter Place’: Women’s Ministry Expansion Brings Restoration
Women in prison find few rehabilitative options that meet their unique needs. That’s why we are dramatically expanding our ministry to incarcerated women through programs like Create: New BeginningsTM, the restorative, in-prison art workshops co-authored by artists Stephanie Logan Segel and Martha Ackerman, wife of Prison Fellowship’s president and CEO.
This year, God opened the doors of prisons in California and Minnesota for these workshops, which use art as a means of expression, communication, and healing. Participants work on modules that cover issues like shame, accountability, and reconciliation as they create their own artwork in harmony alongside volunteers and prison staff.
6,634 women attended 65 Hope Events, and 1,869 made decisions to entrust their lives to Christ.
199 women prisoners participated in 16 restorative art workshops.
The Prison Fellowship Academy expanded to 7 new women’s facilities.
Prison Fellowship® women’s Hope Events also multiplied this year. Grammy-winning recording artist Lauren Daigle performed at California’s Folsom Women’s Facility in February. Kay Warren, a best-selling author and Bible teacher, appeared as part of the Good Friday lineup at the California Institute for Women. Overall, 6,634 women attended 65 Hope Events, and 1,869 made decisions to entrust their lives to Christ.
The women’s edition of Inside Journal continues to grow in popularity, and the Women’s Devotional Bible is also a favorite offering shared by dedicated Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers. Your generosity impacts incarcerated women across this nation, helping them build futures that shine bright—for them, their families, and their communities.