Prison Fellowship Canada's vision is to be a national community of reconciliation and restoration to offenders, ex-offenders, their families and victims using a faith-based approach to transformation.
I participated in their training course to teach the Gospel of Mark at Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario
Remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body - Hebrews 13:3 ESV
What a prisoner thinks about themselves versus what God says about them
Jesus, united with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
give us your compassion for those in prison.
Mend in mercy the broken in mind and memory.
Soften the hard of heart, the captives of anger.
Free the innocent; parole the trustworthy.
Awaken the repentance that restores hope.
May prisoners’ families persevere in their love.
Jesus, heal the victims of crime.
They live with the scars.
Lift to eternal peace those who die.
Grant victims’ families the forgiveness that heals.
Give wisdom to lawmakers and to those who judge.
Instill prudence and patience in those who guard.
Make those in prison ministry bearers of your light,
for ALL of us are in need of your mercy. Amen.
In 1974 , Charles W. Colson, one of President Nixon's top aides, entered a plea of guilty to obstruction of justice related to the Watergate scandal. Having already become a Christian, he entered Maxwell Prison in Alabama where he served seven months of his sentence.
When he left prison in 1976, Chuck Colson founded Prison Fellowship, an outreach to offenders, ex-offenders, and their families.
At Colson’s invitation, Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian cabinet minister, and a small group of friends in Ottawa, inaugurated the work in Canada in 1980, forming Prison Fellowship Canada.
Today Prison Fellowship Canada is a community-based movement of volunteers in every province and territory. From the Yukon to Southern Ontario and from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes, PFC is touching the lives of offenders, ex-offenders and their families through this remarkable ministry.
In light of ever-increasing need, PFC prides itself on being contextually relevant, providing programming or partnering with others to meet the needs of offenders, ex-offenders, their families and victims.
With a foundational belief in the transformational power of God in bringing true justice to bear, PFC looks forward to Serving Life alongside whole communities as we bring significant social change to Canada’s justice landscape.
Prison Fellowship Canada was incorporated in 1980, and is a charter member of Prison Fellowship International. With over 100,000 volunteers in 125 countries, together we form the largest prison ministry network in the world.
This expanded edition includes a new introduction and epilogue by Colson, recounting the writing of his bestselling book and detailing how his ministry has brought hope and encouragement to so many.