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Justice Fellowship

In Exodus 21:23-25 God commands, “But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”  Surrounded by cultures which thrived on revenge and the escalation of conflict, it was a phenomenal judicial concept – that one who had harmed another was to suffer no more for his crime than its equivalent and that the one who had been harmed should be provided with adequate compensation for their loss.  Yet today, our judicial system frequently fails to provide adequate care and protection both for those whom it incarcerates (many of whom become victims of violence and discrimination while in prison) and those whose lives have been affected by crime.

Justice Fellowship, in association with Prison Fellowship, is committed to advocating for criminal justice reform, helping victims of crime to heal as well as ensuring that those who are incarcerated for their crimes receive care and protection behind bars.   Through their website, you can access information on Criminal Justice in the States, join the fight to ensure that those who are guilty of assaulting and harming fellow prisoners are held accountable for their actions, become an Advocate for Religious Freedom for those who are imprisoned, and provide help and support to those who have become Victims of Crime.  Visit their website to discover even more ways that you can be a voice!

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Prison Fellowship

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!