Noel is a talented artist in the Oregon Department of Corrections. He gave Prison Fellowship® permission to use these images of his artwork and told us what it's like to create art in prison.
This article was originally published in Prison Fellowship®'s Inside Journal®, a quarterly newspaper printed and distributed to corrections facilities across the country.
Can a Christmas gift help prevent crime?
Lieutenant Jim Quattrone, a sheriff’s deputy with 29 years of experience, believes it just might.
Jim has served communities in Chautauqua County, New York, on the coast of Lake Erie, for his entire career in uniform.
At the 11th annual Angel Tree Football Clinic on Aug. 27, Prison Fellowship and the NFL Alumni of Northern California joined forces to give more than 200 at-risk kids, ages 7 to 13, an unforgettable day away from stresses and pressures.
Prison can be a dark place, full of corrosive influences. Prisoners who want to follow Christ must fight against a tide that threatens to push them back into old behaviors and thought patterns. Other men and women might be curious about Jesus, but, cynical about the value of “religion,” they balk at the idea of attending a chapel service.
The following article appears in the Summer 2016 issue of Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication written specifically for incarcerated men and women. To learn more about Inside Journal, and to read or print out previous issues, click here.
William “Billy” Kidd used to live up to his outlaw name.
John Krause's grandmother didn't know what to do anymore. With John's father deceased and his mother a transient, the elderly woman had raised the boy from childhood in her Richmond, California, home. She did the best she could, but John still carried the weight of those early losses—burdens far too heavy for his slender shoulders.
David Padilla knew that he deserved to be punished for the drug dealing of his youth. But he didn’t see how it would benefit the community—or his wife Lisette and their four children—for him to die in prison.
After his third drug-related offense resulted in a life sentence, Padilla set out to become a model resident of the federal prison system.
“They say the truth sets you free, and it does,” reflects Audrey, “but first I had to go prison.”
With Christmas just a few weeks away, thousands of Angel Tree children are still unassigned. This means that boys and girls in your own community may not get to unwrap a gift from their mom or dad in prison and hear the Good News of our Savior. Will you help share the joy of God's greatest gift to us this season?