As Prison Fellowship International looks forward, we are excited to advance the strategic shift of PFI 2.0. PFI’s new strategy takes a focused approached to supporting three programmatic expressions that have demonstrated significant impact, enabling national ministries to measurably enhance their capacity to bring hope and healing to more prisoners, their families, and victims of crime.
The Prisoner’s Journey®
The Prisoner’s Journey® is putting the Word of God into the hands of prisoners, often for the first time. That’s powerful! It’s systematic approach and scalable design allows national ministries to run the course, which introduces thousands of prisoners to the Gospel, multiple times per year. Currently, 20 national ministries are embracing this transformational programme—with dozens more ready to join. By the end of 2016, over 120,000 prisoners will have been invited to participate, and more than 55,000 will have embraced the course and graduated. As we continue to work together, we expect more than 60 national ministries will introduce 1 million men and women in prisons around the world to Jesus Christ by 2020.
Children of Prisoner’s Programme
Children of prisoners are experiencing hope, as national ministries assure their essential needs for safety, health, education, and emotional and spiritual care are met. Currently, 10 national ministries are successfully running this programme for nearly 4,300 children.
We are encouraged to hear families, who once felt isolated and rejected, say the programme has helped them feel accepted, loved, and hopeful.As national ministries continue to join us in this strategic partnership, we plan to bring comprehensive care to 20,000 children by 2020.
Sycamore Tree Project®
This flagship programme has created a safe place for nearly 12,000 victims and offenders to have difficult conversations about the impact of crime. In South Africa, 900 prisoners in a singleprison graduated from the course in 2015, and prison officials are asking for more! It is truly remarkable how God has rescued and redeemed these men and women, and brought healing and forgiveness. We’re now redesigning Sycamore Tree Project® to help national ministries expand their reach to prisoners and victims. With an increasing demand for this incredibly effective programme, we believe we can grow it from 34 countries to 60, facilitating 100,000 restorative conversations by 2020.
While programme growth is surely admirable, and a worthy pursuit, growth for its own sake is not what we seek. Our goal is to serve the 120 national ministries as they serve prisoners and their families around the world in all ways. All of us at the PFI Secretariat are honored to work alongside you as we pursue this strategic shift for PFI 2.0, encouraging and supporting one another as we fulfill our God-given mission to reach the least of these.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV).