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Rebuild Safer Communities

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] How do we bring good people back? “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” – Isaiah 1:18 Approximately 1,900 prisoners a day return from our jails and prisons to our communities each year. Many of these prisoners commit the same crimes after release because their hearts aren’t changed or they carry the

Provide Bibles and Christian Resources

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] Provide Bibles and Christian Resources “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” – 1 Timothy 3:16-17 Reading the Bible satisfies longing souls in need of God’s truth. For many prisoners, the gift of the Bible is the first critical step to dedicating their lives to Him and the only avenue in which they

Teach the Gospel

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] Teach the Gospel “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness…” – Hebrews 5:13 In Hebrews, believers are encouraged to mature in their faith, and as men and women in the free world, we are blessed with access to an endless supply of resources that will help us grow in our knowledge of God and His Word. Prisoners

Give a Life-Saving Message

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] Give a Life-Saving Message “…He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” – Isaiah 61:1 There is only one power that can break through the darkness and hopelessness of prisons and that is the restorative power of Jesus. Prisoners become acutely aware of a need for love

Where Needed Most

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] Give Where Needed Most [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] Your gift to Where Needed Most enables Prison Fellowship Ministries to deliver the news of God’s redemption to every group affected by incarceration – the prisoners, the prisoners’ children, the caregivers at home, and even the victims affected by crime. Here are just some highlights of what your gift can help deliver to prisoners and their families: The Gospel presentation Bibles and Christian resources

Monthly Partner

Posted October 29, 2013
Giving Catalog Previous Category | Full Catalog | Next Category [row style=”margin-bottom: 0px;”] [col span=4] [/col] [col span=8] Become a Monthly Partner Incarceration is a national crisis directly impacting 7.2 million Americans. Families are broken. Children are left without a parent to care for them. When you become a Monthly Partner, you help remove the crippling power of crime from neighborhoods across our nation. Your faithfulness: Shares the Gospel with prisoners and their families. Distributes Bibles and resources. Delivers discipleship and practical skills classes. Ministers to hurting

Racing Toward Redemption

Posted October 10, 2013
Burning lungs. Leaden legs. Pouring sweat. Why is anyone crazy enough to be drawn to running a race? Why is it such a timeless pursuit? There’s an excellent quote from the book Born to Run that’s hard for any runner to forget: “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other… but to be with each other.” Even for the severely competitive, it’s memorable because it’s true. Running a race, like so much else, is

Life at the Center

Posted October 6, 2013
There are two basic ways of approaching our lives. One has to do with borders. When we are preoccupied with borders, we constantly ask ourselves, How close can I get to the edge? How fast can I drive and not get pulled over? How long can I look and still be faithful to my spouse? How little can I give and still be generous? Focusing on borders drains the joys from our lives. It’s not about

Jesus Was a Volunteer

Posted August 15, 2013
Volunteer. It’s a word we hear frequently. We volunteer at church, at our children’s schools, and around the neighborhood. But is it a word we associate with Jesus? “Volunteer” comes from a Latin word that means “willing” or “acting without compulsion.” My dictionary gives this compelling definition: “one who intrudes into a matter that does not concern him or her, as a person who pays the debt of another where he or she is neither legally

Forward Together

Posted July 18, 2013
My Prison Fellowship Racing teammates and I had to help one another get over an eight-foot wall just to get into the race orientation area. At the Tough Mudder challenge race in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last month, teamwork was key right from the beginning. Unlike a traditional race, where the speed of the individual is all that counts, we needed one other in order to scale walls, crawl through mud, and swim through icy water

Not One Should Perish

Posted December 21, 2012
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? … In the same way your Father in heaven is

Who’s the Greatest

Posted December 14, 2012
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.” – Matthew 18:1-2 (NIV) It’s easy to judge the success or failure of a ministry based on numbers: How big is the building? How many people are in the choir? How much money is in the budget? But as Jesus reminded his disciples,

Notable Housing Programs Across the Nation

Posted February 16, 2011
Housing is a transitional service that is an important component for long-term reduction in recidivism. Nationwide, state agencies and secular and faith-based organizations are taking different approaches to the housing challenges facing returning offenders. Here are a few examples. Houston, Texas State Departments of Corrections operate halfway houses; however, need exceeds capacity. For example, the nation’s second largest correctional system, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, operates seven halfway houses in the state. Only one is located in

Bridging the Reentry Gap

Posted October 13, 2010
Over the next year, 650,000 prisoners will be released across the United States. And, unfortunately, their likelihood of returning to prison is high—unless someone steps in to help them out. Bridge churches around the country are taking on that role. A bridge church, according to Prison Fellowship® Executive Director Mark Hubbell, is a church that’s “passionate about ministering to former prisoners.” This passion spills across all areas of their ministry, from sharing the Gospel message to

Unified Congress Repeals First Mandatory Minimum

Posted August 13, 2010
For more than 14 years, Prison Fellowship’s reform arm, Justice Fellowship, has worked to make sentences for drug crimes fairer. We have been part of a large number of groups working to narrow the disparity in sentences between crack and powder cocaine. I am pleased to report that Congress has responded to this reform effort by passing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. With a strong bi-partisan majority, the House of Representatives addressed the injustice of

 

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