There are twenty-nine countries across Africa where french is spoken as a primary or secondary language alongside indigenous languages. The Prison Fellowship International Francophone Africa region is comprised of fifteen chartered National Ministries, who have varying levels of impact serving prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families.
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Today, with the help of the Lord and thanks to the strategy of partnership with national ministries, the PFI family has something to celebrate—something to be grateful for in terms of transformed lives, new hope for prisoners and their families, improvement in each national ministry’s capacity and efficiency, and more. I am looking forward to the fruitful years to come, and I am thankful for what God is going to do.
Spreading the Gospel
- 54 prisons running The Prisoner’s Journey program
- More than 60,000 graduates
- More than 151,000 prisoners reached
- Two countries running the Children of Prisoners program (CPP)
- More than 1,100 children currently served through the program
- 13 National Ministries are running Angel Tree programs
- Reaching more than 4,200 children of prisoners annually
In Francophone Africa, more than 139,000 prisoners have been invited to participate in The Prisoner’s Journey program during promotional events, and more than 54,677 are course graduates. This success is due to our volunteers’ enthusiasm which was further developed during the training provided by program coordinators and executive directors.
The transformation in prisoners’ behavior is another ripple in the lake of the zeal that went into implementing TPJ. The testimonies of prison guards and prison directors is another ripple—evidence of the tremendous work that is happening inside.
Never forget that a prisoner is not born a prisoner, that grace is universal, and Jesus loves the prisoner. When violence rates are reduced in prisons and transformation happens in prisoners’ lives, it is beneficial to their families and the whole community. When children are sent to school, families are restored, and offenders are forgiven by victims; these are ripple effects of a National Ministry teams’ determination and love.
Ayéré Franck Baby, Associate Director, Francophone Africa