“I was in prison and you came to me,” this word of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew resonates with us when we see the work of these Christians in American prisons for 40 years. Jail Fellowship fully enters into Jesus' call to visit prisoners, those whom society as a whole rejects.
LThe inmates are for the vast majority guilty of felonies or misdemeanors, and are serving their sentences while awaiting their release. And after ... The circle of incarceration resumes. Marginalized, the former detainees resume their former life, before breaking the law again and finding themselves once again in a situation of detention. It is this vicious circle that some Christians began to break 40 years ago.
Each month, the Prison Fellowship ministry now reaches 26 prisoners with the gospel message. Tens of thousands of detainees bear witness to their conversion of their transformed and restored lives, while they are still in detention.
The 10 volunteers do not stop at evangelism, even if Jesus always remains at the heart of each of their actions. They then equip the inmates, provide them with Bible training, prepare their reintegration into society by giving training, following them and advising them.
The organization also impacts the families of detainees, testifies to them of Jesus, accompanies them, supports them at all levels and prepares with them, the return of the husband or the father to the home.
The goals of Prison Fellowship are to lead prisoners to Jesus, to break the cycle of incarceration, and to give everyone a fresh start after their sentence is served.
When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you? And the king will answer them, Truly I say to you, whenever you have done these things to one of these least of my brethren, you have done them to me.
Matthew 25: 39-40
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