In Freedom For Life Ministries we strongly believe that every person matters and has the potential to live life to the full. We therefore will treat people with respect and without prejudice; we will listen to their story and try to understand their issues. Developing wholesome relationships is key to successfully helping individuals live a life of freedom and purpose. It is a relationship built on honesty, respect and the mentor’s unwavering belief in the client’s potential to move forward into a new and better future.
As a Christian organisation, Freedom For Life Ministries believes very much in the power of prayer. We believe that through prayer we can access the love and power of God and see circumstances and people change as we bring them to God in prayer. Praying for the Ministry and for individuals is a central part of the work.
Freedom For Life Ministries does not ignore the practical and physical needs of individuals. The challenges for those being released from prison are significant: Addictions, homelessness,
inadequate financial resources, unemployment, family difficulties and negative relationships from the past are all factors which contribute to high re-offending rates during the immediate period after release.
We work holistically with prisoners to prepare them for a positive resettlement in the community and after their release to counter these pressures. We have developed a strong programme of practical assistance that helps reduce some of the anxieties and fears.
For those in the community, we will continue to meet with them through our mentoring/befriending scheme if that is what they desire. This would include working through practical and life-skill issues.
There continues to be an increasing number of people wanting support from FFLM both on a pastoral level during the time of their sentence but also on a practical level as they prepare to be released from prison.
In preparing someone for their release from prison, we will meet with them several weeks prior to their release and help find accommodation if required, liaise with Social Security regarding any benefits that they may be eligible to receive as well as liaise with family, friends and other agencies in order to make the transition back to the community as successful as we possibly can.
A Prison Officer once commented how he greatly valued the work of FFLM with prisoners. He said, “It’s great that you not only do the God stuff, but you also help people practically”. We serve prisoners with “no-strings attached” simply because we see that is how Jesus ministered and we want to represent Him as closely as we can.
As well as supporting individuals FFLM also have the privilege of working within group settings.
- Leading Sunday Chapel services at least once a month.
- Leading a weekly discussion group called “Life Matters”. It is a course based on developing positive values and pro-social attitudes and character. This proved extremely successful on the Young Offenders Wing. The course is now being delivered on the Women’s Wing with great response from those who attend.
- FFLM have also led other groups including the internationally acclaimed “Freedom in Christ” course for those who want to grow in their Christian faith. Comments from those who have participated in that course include:
“The best course I have ever taken”
“Through this course I have changed so much”
“The course has been excellent!….Dealing with past trauma and wrong thinking has been an eye-opener and an emotional roller-coaster, but my thinking on these matters is now far more clear.”
“Even though I am in prison my soul is at peace…I know what I am doing, where I am going and most importantly who I am.”