On the night of the National Prisoner Census, 30 June 2020, Queensland prisons held 8,657 prisoners. This was 21.1% of the 41,060 prisoners in Australian prison.
Last year Universal Church agreed that it would work toward serving the spiritual needs of prisoners in Queensland. We are excited to announce that our team will have completed the Prison Circle Facilitator Program by 12 February 22. The program is geared toward working with incarcerated men and women and their families. The program is designed to provide transformative spiritual tools and practices that create positive change in the lives of prisoners and their families. The Prison Circle curriculum brings understanding of the prison systems and culture for the facilitator, as well as practical applications for inmates. The intent of this program is to support imprisoned men and women to learn and apply spiritual principles and practices to disrupt the cycle of crime and incarceration, by promoting a principled and transformative process for all those called to participate.
If Jesus were on earth today, would we find Him in the prisons, talking and dining with criminals and outcasts? Of course we would. He would be there "to seek and to save the lost!"
I was in prison and you came to visit me ... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:36, 40)
The Scripture passages in this article give us insight into God's heart for prison ministry. We hope you will be encouraged to follow Jesus into the prisons as well as into your community to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.