What do you envision when someone says the word “prisoners”? Drug addicts, murderers, pedophiles, thieves? If you’re anything like the Apostle Paul, you probably think of people who are not so very far removed from yourself. Once an accomplice to murder and always aware of his own sinful nature, he reminds us, “to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:2–5)
Clearly, as violators of God’s Law, our attitude towards those who have broken earthly laws matters. That’s why, this week, we’re featuring the work of Prison Fellowship. Since 1976, these workers for Christ have been entering prisons around the world in an effort to bring the Gospel message to men and women in need of a Savior. Through their efforts, thousands of prisoners have come to faith in Christ and received the assistance necessary to reenter a society which does not always look like the one which they left.
The job isn’t an easy one and more volunteers are needed if those behind bars are to be effectively reached. Through the following links, you can Get Involved as Prayer Partners (committing to faithfully pray for the needs of individual prisoners), Angel Tree Coordinators (helping to bring Christmas to the children of inmates), as In-Prison Team Members (working with inmates in groups or one on one), or even helping out as a Re-Entry Team Member! Those who play a part will know the joy of making a real difference in real lives – right now!