In Australia, there are currently more than 43,000 prisoners in custody. While these people are incarcerated, there is a unique opportunity to reach them with the Good News of the Bible and God’s Word.
During February and March 2022, Bible League’s Bringing Hope Behind Bars Campaign will partner with 15 Christian radio stations across Australia. Aiming to meet an initial goal of 4,000 Bibles. Each year the total need in Australian prisons is about 6,500 – 8,200 Bibles.
Bible League CEO, Hilton Edwards, expressed his excitement at being able to partner with the radio stations and share God’s Word with so many. “I love it when Christian organisations partner for Kingdom Purpose and we are really excited to have 15 stations as part of the on-air radio campaign this year. Together we will make a real and lasting difference in thousands of prisoners’ lives,” Hilton said. “This ongoing work over the past seven years has seen amazing fruit, all praise to God!”
The Prison Bible is translated into a prisoner’s language, helping them to see that there is a loving God who cares about them and loves them.
One of our partners in the ministry to prisoners shared a story of one of the inmates they are working with:
“It is so easy to become overwhelmed with their stories – dysfunctional family lives, no homes, no jobs, no friends, and very few social skills. Yet I am convinced that Christ’s grace and forgiveness does cover every circumstance, without exception. Over the last 15 months I have mentored such a person, who is illiterate and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He can best be described as ‘a soul without a home’, yet I have excellent conversations with him as I tell him about the power of forgiveness. He says he has never been loved, so the concept of being loved, let alone forgiven, is totally foreign to him. Yet, I believe, Christ does provide hope. He also understands my capacity and ability to discuss the Good News of the Gospel with him. I know that God is at work. From my first meetings with him, God unfolded His Work of Grace” – Prison Fellowship Volunteer
You can partner with us today as we continue to Bring Hope Behind Bars. Every $15 donated will provide an inmate with their own Bible.
Our local target is to place 700 Prison Bibles this year as part of the overall target of 4,000 Bibles.
Partner with us today and Bring Hope Behind Bars. Every $15 donated will provide an inmate with their own Bible.
The Prison Bible
Bible League’s Prison Bible Project, Bringing Hope Behind Bars, uses this opportunity to shine God’s light into the lives of prisoners in Australia.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is on me. The Lord has chosen me to tell good news to the poor and to comfort those who are sad. He sent me to tell the captives and prisoners that they have been set free. 2 He sent me to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness, when our God will also punish evil people. He has sent me to comfort those who are sad”. Isaiah 61:1-2 ERV
Bible League has worked with a translation team to specifically design the Prison Bible for prisoners. The text is easy to read and understand. In addition, 52 lesson plans at the beginning of the Bible teach about topics such as:
- Following Jesus Inside of Prison;
- Seeking Forgiveness from Those You Have Hurt;
- Coping with Prison Noise;
- Understanding Compulsive Behaviour;
- Preparing for Release.
The Prison Bible also has other features such as:
- A goal setting chart;
- Scripture references for dealing with various emotions;
- An address book for family and friends.