“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I strongly believe that attending and participating in all the different programs offered by Prison Fellowship did more to help me during and after my incarceration, as well as for my reintegration into society, than any of the programs that are offered by the prison system.

Through word of mouth from inmates I heard a Bible study was being held once a week. When I finally got the chance to attend I learned that it was hosted by Prison Fellowship and that their involvement was not limited to the Bible study group.

Bible study is something I always look forward to during the week. I have seen people transformed time and time again after seeds were planted in their souls because of attending Bible study and being exposed to the word of God in a non-judgmental environment. Through prayer, worship music, Bible reading and discussions, we helped each other learn and understand a deeper meaning of Scripture that we could apply to our lives. It is relevant.

It helps us become more compassionate people, and heal the wounds from our past. It is a place where we all feel like humans again & not convicts or outcasts from society. We became a close-knit group that supports each other in prayer, in and outside of Bible study. Completing correspondence courses gave me a sense of accomplishment as I receive certificates and testimonial books. Stories from real people that I can relate to and see how God has transformed and blessed their life. It helped me understand that Christ is always waiting with open arms and in Him hope is never lost.

We became a close-knit group that supports each other in prayer, in and outside of Bible study. Completing correspondence courses gave me a sense of accomplishment as I receive certificates and testimonial books. Stories from real people that I can relate to and see how God has transformed and blessed their life. It helped me understand that Christ is always waiting with open arms and in Him hope is never lost.

The one-on-one sessions were very helpful as well to deepen my faith, understanding and trust in God on a more personal level. It gave me a safe place to share, cry, reflect on my life and situations (past, present and future ) through a new perspective and pull life lessons from the Bible. It also gave me a chance to ask questions and clarify what I was reading in the Bible.   It was very encouraging and up lifting.

When it finally got time for me to get back into the community, I had no one to turn to and nowhere to go. I had no fear, I only had trust in Jesus. It came as a blessing from God when Prison Fellowship provided me with clothes, food and connected me with a place to stay. They were there to help me get back on my feet when no one else was.  

All the different facets of Prison Fellowship’s programs and involvement with people in the prison system helped spark the flame that revived my faith and tore down my harden, bruised heart to open it fully to Christ. It gave me the strength and courage to pray and have a personal relationship with Him. I have come to realize that the Bible transcends time. That it is alive, relevant and useful for all facets of life.

Prison Fellowship helped me on my spiritual journey to come to a point where I fully and deeply trust in Jesus. I have become a new person. My incarceration turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it brought me back to God.

I thank God for Prison Fellowship and all their staff who are vessels for God’s work in a place where it is easy to give up and feel like all hope is gone. Thank you for all the help, love, support and prayers. God bless.    

Jennifer, Former Inmate, Ontario