Prison Fellowship International is active within four countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The region, known for its cultural and geopolitical complexity, presents both tremendous challenges and opportunities for prison ministry and reform.
The concepts of honor and shame are woven tightly into the fabric of Islamic culture and society. As a result, prisoners and their families are left on the fringes of their communities, often ostracized and without hope. National ministry teams within the Middle East and North Africa region are developing both short-term and long-term strategies to serve these marginalized groups. Their work with prisoners has earned them allies from other faith backgrounds as well as global recognition. In 2019 Prison Fellowship Lebanon received United Nations Consultative Status for their work with drug offenders and abuse victims, and for their successful efforts in reducing recidivism.
Ministry leaders in the Middle East and North Africa Region continue to bridge religious divides with a shared mission to serve and advocate for the marginalized, and to promote restorative justice. The region currently includes more than 840 volunteers and 438 churches partners who regularly provide support to prisoners and their families. While many volunteers come from churches, even Muslims are stepping up to help facilitate Christian prison programs. In a region often characterized by its volatility, the restorative, peace-making power of the Gospel is being revealed.
Spreading the Gospel
- National Ministries are sharing the Gospel in 100 prisons
- 37 prisons running The Prisoner’s Journey program
- More than 10,000 graduates
- More than 14,000 prisoners reached