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Prison Fellowship International operates within 15 countries and territories throughout the CaribbeanWhere pristine beaches and sapphire waters epitomize beauty and tranquility, the region’s overcrowded and archaic prison system stands in stark contrast. Several prisons still operating in the Caribbean were established in the 19th century as holding cells for slaves and remain as unwelcome reminders of freedom lost. 

While the friendly people of the Caribbean are generally welcoming and accept ex-prisoners back into their communities, governmentshow more resistance. Ex-prisoners are legally banned from holding any type of government job, a sector which makes up a
large portion of the employment market. Such limitations combined with the precarious economic climate of many Caribbean territories make finding reliable jobs extremely challenging for ex-prisoners. PFI’s national ministry partners seek to provide a
holistic approach to
 ministry and reintegration. This involves programwithin prisons to care for spiritual needs, as well as assisting
prisoners with skills
 and entrepreneurial training pre- and post-release. Without such opportunities, prisoners are more likely to return to
a life of crime in order to survive. 
Prison Fellowship International strives to ensure that economic factors will not deter former prisoners from their new lives and new faith.  

“During graduation, we concluded session eight and all attendees asked for prayer to accept Christ. One participant asked whether he could put his cross right in the center of the field. He was Muslim but wanted to accept Christ. He rejoiced when I nodded.” – Isaac (TPJ, Trinidad and Tobago) 

Antigua and Barbuda
Belize
Curaçao
Jamaica
Trinidad and Tobago
Bahamas
Bermuda
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands (UK)
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Guyana
Suriname
Virgin Islands (USA)

The Caribbean region has engaged 233 churches and 828 volunteers to reach prisoners and they will let nothing stop them from their mission. If they find themselves unable to enter the prisons due to lockdowns, they join and pray outside the gates or record materials to send inside. Thanks to the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers, thousands of prisoners have found hope and a future. This indigenous leadership and engagement ensures that these prisoners are being served in culturally relevant ways by people who understand their unique challenges. Our prisons are archaic and overcrowded. But part of the rehabilitation process that we encourage and work towards is skills training – so when they leave there is some level of empowerment. While in the Caribbean, prisoners are more readily re-embraced by the community than perhaps in other regions, they are often shunned by employers. So, this critical skills-training intervention gives them a chance at a different life.

Mark Hardy

Caribbean Regional Director

Exposé Prison Fellowship Belize

Spreading the Gospel

  • 7 countries running TPJ
  • 15 prisons where TPJ is running
  • Over 2,100 TPJ graduates
  • Over 6,700 prisoners reached
  • 70% of prisoners continuing to further discipleship courses

Supporting Children

  • 12 National Ministries participating in Angel Tree
  • 2,000 children of prisoners served

Restoring Justice

  • 6 national ministries participating in week of prayer
  • Over 1,200 church members participating in week of prayer
  • A national ministry participating in Sycamore Tree Project reaching 120 prisoners and victims

Stories Around the Ministry

Changing Lives, For Good

We are deep in gratitude to all of our partners for bringing hope to prisoners and their families around the world, making way

for a brighter future and helping to restore their trust in people—and in a heavenly Father who loves them.

THANK YOU!

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