On behalf of our partners around the world we would like to offer our sincere thanks for your generosity this Christmas. This year we felt led to give our Christmas offering towards ministries working into prisons. Hebrews 13:3 says, ‘Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them…’ Often those who suffer the most are the families at home struggling, particularly at this time in the year. We will be giving £3000 divided between a ministry in Colombia and work among the prisons here in the UK, specifically into Ford and Lewes prison.
‘Walk To Freedom’ is a Christian ministry in Colombia reaching out to convicts and their families in some of the most dangerous prisons in Colombia. The situation for prisoners in Colombia is very complex for various reasons such as the complete overcrowding of prisons, lack of reform programs and help to re-integrate prisoners back into society and the lack of judicial process means many people are living in tragic circumstances. However God is moving powerfully through Christian ministries such as ‘Walk to Freedom’ who are seeing revival in the prisons, many of which are being held up as examples to all Latin America of how the culture in the prisons can change as people turn to Christ.
The funds have been used to:
– Provide presents to children of convicts who wouldn’t otherwise receive any
– Buy toiletries for prisoners
– Pay for a Christmas and End of Year celebration for convicts
– Buy Christmas groceries for families of convicts
– Provide gifts of Bibles and Christian resources for the prisoners
United Kingdom: Here in the UK, our very own Andy Kerr works as a Chaplain in both Ford and Lewes Prison and together with him we are channeling our funds through an organisation called Angel Tree who provide gifts for children of prisoners. Through your giving we have been able to give 35 presents sent to children of prisoners in Ford and 130 presents sent to children of prisoners in Lewes through Angel Tree.
We are also investing into the Sycamore Tree course being run in both prisons. This course is a victim awareness programme that teaches the principles of restorative justice.
A huge thank you on behalf of all the people who have received these blessings!