2020 has been a different year for all of us, and for our prisons team it was a year with more challenges than any other. Since the pandemic first hit the UK in March some people in prison have had to stay alone in their cells for over 23 hours a day to reduce infection risk.
With many classes and activities cancelled, it has been harder than usual for our team to meet people face-to-face. However, it’s not stopped us and we’ve seen God move in incredible ways, with the team finding new and creative ways to continue sharing the gospel and build relationships.
Here’s just some of what’s been happening over the past 12 months:
- Despite restrictions we have managed to engage and build relationships with over 2,000 prisoners, both face-to-face, through letters and in other ways too.
- We’ve launched The4Points course in prisons and as a church resource, sharing the gospel with men, women and young people.
- Working with Junction 42 and local churches we’ve sent packs filled with Bibles, music, encouragements and the good news of Jesus to every prisoner across the country.
- Prison radio has given us a new way to connect with men and women. Each week our show is reaching 1,600 prisoners. On one Sunday this autumn we had the opportunity to broadcast a Sunday service into every cell in the country.
- 4,500 prisoners have also heard the gospel through our Christmas ‘Gifts of Hope’ project, sharing resources and Bibles to prisoners over the festive period.
- And through all this we’ve seen 131 people give their lives to Jesus for the first time!
We’re so thankful for all God has done in the lives of prisoners this year. Whilst not much of this was what we had planned at the start of the year, we have found many new opportunities to share the gospel and see lives transformed.
This Christmas, please do pray for those in prison across the country and that our team are filled with fresh ideas about how to share the love and hope of Jesus in 2021.