Prison Fellowship Australia
- National Reach
Our Mission is to exhort and serve the Body of Christ in prisons and in the community in its ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families; and in its advancement of biblical standards of justice in the criminal justice system. Prison Fellowship Australia (PFA) was incorporated 15 July 1981, the result of prayer and action by many people across Australia inspired by Charles Colson who visited Australia several times between 1978 and 1980 when the film 'Born Again' was launched. Colson was formerly an Advisor and hatchet man to President Nixon and having committed his life to Christ pled guilty to charges at the time of Watergate in the early seventies. He served 16 months in prison where he became aware of the plight of prisoners. He promised he would come back and visit them.
From this small beginning, Australia became one of the founding nations to form Prison Fellowship International (PFI) which expanded rapidly around the world.
The impact in each State has varied according to the opportunities presented and the volunteers available. These avenues include; personal mentoring, in-prison life skill programs and spiritual ministry through chapel and Bible Study.
As a Public Benevolent Institution the work of PFA has included support for families and children’s camps. Angel Tree has provided Christmas presents for the children of prisoners. PFA is a national volunteer movement with over 1,200 volunteers and paid leadership in each State. The vision of PFA is to be the most effective national prison ministry.
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