Middle East and North Africa

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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 communitiesoften ostracized and without hopeNational 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 whregularly provide support to prisoners and their families. While many volunteers come from churches, even Muslims are stepping up to help facilitate Christian prison programsIn a region often characterized by its volatility, the restorative, peace-making power of the Gospel is being revealed. 

The Middle East and North Africa region is one of the most unique in the world. Our staff and volunteers in these countries face challenges unlike anywhere else, and yet they are incredibly resilient and committed to transforming the lives of prisoners and their children. Restoraitve justice is incredibly important in this region. Getting people to work together for the betterment of the most marginalized and creating more harmony between the Christian and Muslim communities has been one of our foremost focuses; and it’s working. The Prisoner’s Journey, Sycamore Tree and other restorative justice programs have a tremendous impact here. We are grateful for everyone who has a heart for this region and continues to support these teams to create a life-changing difference in the communities across these countries.
Roy Moussali

Director, Middle East and North Africa

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

Supporting Children

  • A National Ministry running Angel Tree 
  • More than 200 children served

Restoring Justice

  • 8 prisons running the Sycamore Tree program
  • 353 victims participating
  • 4,384 graduates of the program
  • More than 2,400 prisoners and victims participating in other RJ programs

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.


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