Kingston Prison Ministry

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

Following many months and often even many years behind prison barriers, an inmate's next step in their correctional plan is to be granted day parole by the National Parole Board to a halfway housein an appropriate community.

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These halfway houses are located in most of our larger city centres across the country. (There are two different types of halfway houses. Some are managed by Corrections Canada and others by private organizations, such as the Salvation Army.)

No longer with the accustomed previous physical barriers, an inmate in a halfway house must now abide by new regulations, and time schedules. As they progress through this gradual reintegration into society, the actual physical time spent at the halfway house lessens and more time is granted outside in the community in places of employment and with family contact. While they are away from this new facility they still need to report their whereabouts and their activity. This begins stringently where they report at regular intervals every few hours but then lessens as they are allowed more time away with less reporting back to the officers on duty.

Some of the goals of a halfway house is to reestablish family contact if this is a possibility, secure employment, and to continue necessary correctional programming on the street that successfully allows them to display a pro-social attitude along with evidence of law-abiding choices.

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Personal life skills of grocery shopping, food preparation, clothes shopping, and money management are all skills they need to learn or begin to implement again after several years.

General restrictions during time at a halfway house would include no association with other inmates...which makes it very interesting/challenging when you are actually housed in the same facility with such a person! There may also be restrictions on certain food establishments, shopping malls, schools, playgrounds, or beaches, depending on the nature of their offence. They must report financial information, employment status, and any relationships they have. 

Moving forward in their correctional plan to a halfway house is a whole new learning curve.  It is a mark of progress but not necessarily an easy or successful venture.   Their parole can be revoked simply by a subjective decision from their parole officer accusing them of a  “deteriorating attitude”. 

One of the keys to success for an inmate's stay in a halfway house is to build a healthy, open and trusting relationship with their newly assigned parole officer.  

Over the last five months, 8 guys we have had close contact with have moved on to a halfway house environment.  At this point they are remaining successful in this next stage of their correctional plan.  All of these men have professed salvation.  

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Pray for an ability for each of them to adapt to this new environment, to be able to find suitable employment, and to continue to choose patience and submission to authority whether it is logical or fair.

Pray they will be able to continue to enjoy Christian fellowship, to be able to find churches that will love them and receive them, and that as they return to their families that they would have the ability to communicate the gospel not only by what they say but also by consistent evidence of a changed life.


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Pray for Ben, Liam, Sam, Silas, Dennis, Peter, Curtis and Simon.* May God help them to continue to run the race set before them, knowing that He never will leave them or forsake them. *names have been changed

... for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
— Hebrews 13:5b

Thank you for your prayers for us as we seek to share the gospel inside prison walls and as we encourage inmate believers in their walk of faith. Thank you for your financial support that enables us to do this in a full time way. We are grateful for each of you and ask that God would cause your lives to be rich and full of His blessing.

We would love to hear from you as well!

Blessings,

Robert and Susan

Trevor & Hannah - August 2019

PRAISE: That Trevor is recovering from his mental health crisis from the beginning of the year; that Hannah has had an encouraging summer meeting with students and helping student leaders at the University of Waterloo; that the outreach event, ‘Chill with a Christian’, helped Christian students take steps of faith in evangelism and started conversations with those who don't know Jesus. PRAY: For preparation for the fall as students prepare to return to University and College; that God would prepare Christian first year students to walk close to Him as many of them venture out on their own for the first time; that those who have never encountered Jesus before would be open to knowing Him; for favour in the eyes of the administration on the University and College campuses; that we would continue to know how to help Trevor's heal well and know at what pace to move forward; for patience and grace as we potty train Amelia.

Russ & Meredith - August 2019

PRAISE: That Wyatt and Gwenyth start classes at an international school on August 13; that three new teammates from the Philippines that have onboarded very quickly and are providing much needed capacity; that trips to meet teams in India, Thailand and Indonesia were very well received, new indigenous digital missionary leaders are being trained and raised up. PRAY: For a good adjustment for the entire family as we start a new routine as school starts and witnessing opportunities with parents at school; for God's provision as we engage ministry partners to help fund our increased cost of living in Singapore and serving leaders in 26 countries across Asia; Russ travels to Orlando, Florida August 26-29 for meetings with his global team.

Robert & Susan - August 2019

PRAISE: B has been released to a halfway house and “taking it slow getting used to all the new rules”. S is also at a halfway house and must adjust to his new surroundings which will be a challenge. The new sessions of group Bible studies at CBI Medium are encouraging with good attendance and positive discussion. PRAY: D is afraid of dying as 4 of his close friends have passed away in the last month. He is at a halfway house with high levels of restrictions. P is also at a halfway house with health issues, no social skills, rejected by family and very lonely. He literally begs me to spend time with him. I have recently met several men of other faiths who are asking questions and want to meet to discuss their concerns. Pray that the love of Christ will shine through me and the message of the cross will be central and clear.

Charlotte Martin - August 2019

PRAISE: July was a "lighter" month for me so I was able to get to some things that often get neglected - reading, organizing, and emailing etc. As I've been preparing for team meetings and training in August, I sense God's leading and I want to be faithful to him. PRAY: For our 6 international interns as they finish raising their financial support and seek to be ready to go overseas in August; for our week of intern training (August 12-16) followed by 3.5 days of team meetings (August 18-21). Pray as I prepare trainings, lead spiritual practice times, and plan meeting content. I want to help my team led from a place of Spiritual transformation. Pray also as we seek God in making plans for "the way forward" in our global missions team.