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Second Chance Month 2018

Posted February 9, 2018
Every person has dignity and potential. But one in four American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Join with Prison Fellowship in celebrating "Second Chance Month" in April! Together we can unlock brighter futures for 65 million Americans who have repaid their debt to society. HELP BREAK DOWN BARRIERS AND TRANSFORM LIVES Prison Fellowship works to change lives by breaking down

Joy in the Heart of a prisoner

Posted September 26, 2017
"Letters from Inside" is a blog series featuring incarcerated women at Minnesota Correctional Facility–Shakopee, where Prison Fellowship® runs one of its Academies. Over the coming months, you will hear perspectives from women who are not only serving time for crimes but are now trying to live their lives for Jesus behind bars. For more "Letters from Inside," click here.  JOY IN THE HEART OF A PRISONER By Angelina of Shakopee, paraphrased as a letter My name is Angelina, and

From Out of the Depths: Ocean’s Story

Posted August 28, 2017
FROM OUT OF THE DEPTHS: OCEAN'S STORY As told to Emily Andrews by Ocean Lehauli In high school if you had asked me if I was Christian, I would have said, "Yes." But if you had challenged me for what I said I believed in, chances are it would have ended in a fight. I didn't understand what being a Christian meant. LOOKING FOR HOME Growing up around Valentine, Nebraska, I had no real influence of a higher power. The

Drugs, Cancer, and Prison: From Hopeless to Hopeful

Posted August 23, 2017
Lorie Longoria came from a broken home. Her father, steeped in alcoholism and addiction, abused her mother. To escape, Lorie decided to leave home at a very young age. She hit the streets hard. Soon she was doing drugs. "Everything just ignited at the age of 18," she says. 'IT JUST GOT WORSE' A life of drug addiction eventually sent Lorie to prison. She served two years on a 5-year-sentence for cocaine possession. "When I got out, I thought

Verses on Family

Posted July 7, 2017
These verses showcase the love and forgiveness that God has given to men and women and his commands for them to forgive and seek reconciliation.  FAMILY Exodus 20:12—Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Joshua 24:15—But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Proverbs 22:6—Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they

Second Chances 5k – Denver – Church Partners

Posted January 4, 2017
THREE WAYS YOUR CHURCH CAN SUPPORT SECOND CHANCES FORM A TEAM Recruit members of your congregation to be a team and participate in either the run or the walk.  FORM A TEAM! VOLUNTEER We need volunteers to help with a variety of elements before, during, and after the event. SIGN-UP BELOW   SET UP A TABLE Consider setting up an informational table at the event to let returning citizens know more about your church. SIGN-UP BELOW ABOUT THE SECOND PRISON PROJECT Every person has God-given dignity and

Second Chances 5k – St Paul – Church Partners

Posted January 4, 2017
THREE WAYS YOUR CHURCH CAN SUPPORT SECOND CHANCES FORM A TEAM Recruit members of your congregation to be a team and participate in either the run or the walk.  FORM A TEAM! VOLUNTEER We need volunteers to help with a variety of elements before, during, and after the event. SIGN-UP BELOW   SET UP A TABLE Consider setting up an informational table at the event to let returning citizens know more about your church. SIGN-UP BELOW ABOUT THE SECOND PRISON PROJECT Every person has God-given dignity and

Working Together for Prisoners in Zambia

Posted July 11, 2016
The year was 1990. Bishop Enocent Silwamba was a new Prison Fellowship Zambia staff member. He was eager to make a difference, and his mission was clear: engage the Zambian church to help “transform criminal offenders, reconcile broken relationships, and restore wounded communities.” But it did not take long for him to encounter the unseen obstacles of his mission. Bishop Enocent Silwamba poses with children of prisoners in Zambia. Silwamba joined Prison Fellowship Zambia during an exciting time of

Consumed by drugs, violence and crime… only God could reach him.

Posted December 11, 2015
“I finally get a chance to see how beautiful life is.” — Anthony, former prisoner Anthony had the opportunity for parole: something most prisoners only dream of. A chance to step outside…to be free. But he didn’t want it. To Anthony, the pain, agony, and homelessness that waited outside those prison walls wasn’t freedom. That’s why he chose to stay behind bars. Since he was born, Anthony had been exposed to drugs and alcohol abuse. He smoked his first

PF Rave Card

Posted August 13, 2015
REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON You Can Make a Difference! PRAY Join us in lifting up the men and women behind bars, that God might transform these lives, and in turn use them to transform their prisons, their families, and their communities.ADVOCATE Join us in lifting up the men and women behind bars, that God might transform these lives, and in turn use them to transform their prisons, their families, and their communities.GIVE Join us in lifting up the men and

Should We Keep Our Faith to Ourselves?

Posted April 8, 2015
A version of the following post originally aired as a BreakPoint commentary on April 8. Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” showed a despairing George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, learning how the world would be without him. Well, perhaps we need a similar cinematic telling for all those currently telling Christians to stay out of the public square and to keep their thoughts about marriage, religious freedom, and the dignity of human

Out of the Depths

Posted March 2, 2015
“To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.” – Jonah 2:6, NIV The wayward prophet Jonah had to go into the belly of the whale before He really understood the message of redemption God wanted him to preach in Nineveh. It’s probable that when he looked back on his life, Jonah thought of those three days,

Jim Liske Talks Compassion in Real Simple Magazine

Posted October 22, 2014
Thinkstock.com/kevron200 A few months ago, the editors at Real Simple asked our very own Jim Liske to share his take on the virtue of compassion with their eight million readers. In the November issue, now on newsstands, Prison Fellowship‘s president and CEO voices the importance of caring for prisoners and their families. The article, “5 Small Ways to Show Compassion,” features the wise words of five diverse leaders who each share their best tip for expressing compassion. Jim’s advice

Where Restoration Starts

Posted October 20, 2014
When Israel was almost overcome by surrounding nations, Gideon and his 300 men encircled the enemy camp with torches hidden inside of earthenware jars. On a signal, they broke their jars, began to yell, and let their torches shine forth. The enemy army, convinced they were about to be attacked by a superior force, fled in confusion (Judges 7). In a similar way, the restoration of hurting communities starts with brokenness. When He wants to bring

Second Chances

Posted July 17, 2014
Marlon is a living testament to second chances. Born in Central America, Marlon arrived in the United States at age 6. As a child, he suffered as a victim of abuse. And when he was 7, he witnessed his first drive-by shooting. He watched a man die just feet away from him. During his adolescence, Marlon was exposed to the world of gangs, and he began selling drugs on Los Angeles street corners. He got heavily involved in the cocaine trade and dropped out