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YOU CAN BE A BLESSING!
In the State of New Jersey there is a substantial opportunity to help people of faith who are coming out of the criminal justice community. Please note the following statistics*:
ุ In New Jersey there are 28,000 men and women incarcerated.
ุ About 14,000 are released each year.
ุ 30-35% of prison inmates profess Christianity.
ุ An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Christian inmates are released each year.
ุ 41% of New Jersey ex-offenders will return to jail.
(*Information provided by several NJ prison Chaplains.)
These estimates demonstrate that there is a large number of people who need help in making the transition from a system of incarceration to a lifestyle of faith and freedom.
THE JOSHUA NETWORK
The Joshua Network can enhance the efforts of a faith-based community that is trying to help a parolee to succeed in todays world. Such networks function properly with several elements in place:
ุ Spiritually mature mentors who will take a personal interest in the person released from jail.
ุ A congregation committed offering discipleship to an ex-offender.
ุ Prayer support
ุ Coordination & assistance with: Housing; meals; job interviews; transportation; personal management skills (i.e., laundry, buying and preparing food, etc.); and family reconciliation.
ุ A commitment of six months of time to get a recently released person on track.
The Joshua Program can offer informational support and training for interested congregations. The training covers: (1) the corrections system & environment; (2) parole rules & regulations; (3) mental health issues; and (4) mentorship styles.
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
JOSHUA, working with Jericho Prison Ministries selects suitable candidates that have:
(1) made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ;
(2) shown evidence of a personal relationship with the Lord;
(3) demonstrated trust;
(4) a background compatible with placement; and
(5) agreed with the goals of Joshua Ministries.
FREEDOM FROM THEIR EARTHLY BONDS
JOSHUA MINISTRIES is a program of JERICHO PRISON MINISTRIES. It seeks to encourage and facilitate the process of churches ministering to those released from jail. Joshua seeks to support churches that have responded to the call of helping ex-offenders to build up their faith in God and reduce their likelihood of returning to the kinds of associations and activities that led them to incarceration.
P.O. BOX 465
35 GARDEN STREET
MOUNT HOLLY, NJ 08060
TEL: (609) 261-2045
FAX: (609) 261-2145
MATTHEW 25: 34 & 35
Then the King will say to the people on his right, Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you received me into your home, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.
This type of service is the goal of
Helping men and women,
who are about to be released
obtain true freedom.
Getting out of jail can be
more traumatic than
Nevertheless, whomever the
Lord sets free, is free indeed!