Are you familiar with Prison Fellowship? Started by Chuck Colson in 1976, Prison Fellowship serves prisoners behind bars and their families (as well as former prisoners) in the world outside. FlyBy/Propeller Promotions sent me the first part of Prison Fellowship’s new documentary entitled “The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk,” which shares the story of one man and his experiences as part of Prison Fellowship’s new program, The Academy. Read on for more!
About Prison Fellowship and Jonathan’s Walk
So…what does Prison Fellowship do? Here’s what I found at their website (you can check it out yourself at Prison Fellowship’s Our Beliefs page). They believe that:
- All people are created in God’s image
- No life is beyond God’s reach
- Those affected by crime can be reconciled to God, their families, and their communities (that’s actually Prison Fellowship’s vision)
- Jesus can bring the most broken situations and people to be whole again
- Those who broke the law can be restored and healed to serve
So what does this ministry and service look like? Prison Fellowship serves both people convicted of crimes and in prison for those crimes, as well as the families of those people who are separated from those they love. This can look like:
- Prison Fellowship Academy, in certain prisons across the country, where inmates can participate in programs designed to help them transform and grow
- Angel Tree, where donors purchase gifts for children on behalf of parents who are in prison, to give to these kiddos for Christmas
- Re-entry programs for inmates who are about to be released
- And more
About “The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk”
This inspiring new documentary from Prison Fellowship introduces us to Jonathan, who has been in prison for years because he was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time; and who became involved in a carjacking and was then arrested and incarcerated for that crime. During the years since that time, he has been separated from his wife and family. He has missed so many moments that parents treasure with each other and with their kids; the first day of school, his daughter’s serious facial injury from a burn, his wife’s being alone during their daughter’s healing, and the daughter’s needing to transfer schools because of bullying.
However, Prison Fellowship has been there to support him, to aid in his transformation, and to help him to prepare to be released from prison and to be reunited with his wife and daughter, as well and giving him tools to stay away from the devastating cycle of returning to crime (recidivism) and prison.
Did you know that over half of all release prisoners commit crimes and return to living lives of incarceration? According to Prison Fellowship, the U.S. is home to only 4% of the world’s population. But at the same time, U.S. prisons contain more than 20% of the world’s prisoners. So, Prison Fellowship has created a new program for prisoners called The Academy. It is designed to combat incarceration and recidivism. And “The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk” introduces us to one man who has participated in this program. We meet Jonathan and his wife, as well as his daughter, as they prepare to be reunited again.
This series is fantastic. It offers and provides hope not only for incarcerated prisoners, but for their families, for a life after separation and division; and for a life not marred by repeat offenses, crimes, and a return to prison.
So you can watch…
Prison Fellowship has provided a video so that you can check out the first part of this documentary series yourself! Simply click on the arrow in the video above to watch the first part of this encouraging and inspiring series.
In addition, if you’d like to see the whole 5-part series you can sign up at Jonathan’s Walk entire. That is completely free, and you’ll also receive access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
Thanks so much for checking out this neat series and ministry to prisoners and their families!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this video. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.