Best practices are specific, discrete ministry activities that measurably increase program scale, effectiveness, and/or efficiency, and can be replicated by other National Ministries. Best practices should be supported by evidence (data).
The idea of visiting a prison can be intimidating. Providing volunteers with a prison tour or opportunity to observe other volunteers in advance creates confidence, safety, and security for new volunteers. Creating safety for volunteers increases the likelihood of their long-term commitment.
Our featured Best Practice is fitting for this season of Advent. As you incorporate prison orientations into volunteer training, you are preparing your volunteers to walk sure-footedly through shades of prison darkness so that they can effectively engage prisoners as witnesses to the Light.
The Q&A with Rev. Francis S. Kollie provides perspective on how PF Liberia has successfully used prison orientations to do just this. In the short time since 2017 when they began carrying out prison orientations, PF Liberia has brought together its staff, church volunteers and corrections officials in a shared ‘partnership’ where prison authorities see PF Liberia ‘as partners and not spies.’ And where prisoners see PF Liberia volunteers and staff as ‘key stakeholders in bringing hope for them while in prison.’ Praise God.
As the true Light told us in His Sermon on the Mount, ‘You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 14, 16). May God bless and guide you and your ministry this season and all year through, as you and your volunteers bear witness to the Light who has come, is with us and will come again.
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
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