Prison Fellowship International operates within 15 countries and territories throughout the Caribbean. Where 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, governments show 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 programs within 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)
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Virgin Islands (UK)|
|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.
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
- 12 National Ministries participating in Angel Tree
- 2,000 children of prisoners served