This project has taken off after two years of deliberation, training programmes, and co-ordination work. The inspiration for the project came after some members of our Womenâ€™s Fellowship were invited to participate in an â€œEnrichment Programme for Prison Ministryâ€ conducted in Bangalore by the CSI Womenâ€™s Fellowship of Bangalore. On their return, our members expressed their interest in starting such a programme in Trivandrum. Our Church Committee welcomed the suggestion and promised their support. The Committee appointed Mrs. Omana Abraham as the Coordinator of the project. So far, 26 members have come forward as volunteers.
By the grace of God, we have received permission to visit the Womenâ€™s Prison, Attakulangara, between 2 p.m and 3.30 p.m on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, in groups of 7 to 10 members at a time.
It has been decided to hold discussions with the inmates, during our sessions with them, on topics such as the following: Beginnings, Denial, Deception, Guilt and Shame, Fame, Self-pity, Power and Control, â€œEffects of my behaviour on those whom I loveâ€, Victims, Boundaries, Loneliness, Forgiveness, Trust, Love and Respect, Community and Celebration. We hope this will help the prisoners find joy and hope even though their freedom is curtailed.
The broad Vision Statement is as follows: Christ Church Prison Ministries strives to help the prisoners through prayer, counselling, and material help, to bring about their renewal.
We have begun this ministry without any initial capital. But we are certain that God will guide us to find a way to make this mission a purposeful and fruitful one.