15 20 AR -M E N SU JA IS FE U AT IN RE M IS TR Y FO CU S PRISON FELLOWSHIP SINGAPORE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER MINISTRY FOCUS | AT MISSION TRIP | PRISON MINISTRY CONFERENCE VISION, MISSION & CORE VALUES VISION To build a Christian community that embraces prisoners, ex-offenders and their families with God’s love and transformative power. MISSION To engage and equip the Christian community to minister to prisoners, ex-offenders and their families; enabling them to be a blessing to society. CORE VALUES LOVE 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Matthew 22:37-40 UNITY John 17:20-23 HUMILITY Micah 6:8, Mark 10:45 INTEGRITY Proverbs 20:7, Titus 2:7-8 STEWARDSHIP Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-28 Dear friends On behalf of the Prison Fellowship Singapore (PFS) team I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithfulness and support in 2014. I thought that it would be timely for our donors and volunteers to receive a summary of the key activities for 2015. It was a year of learning for me. What I found most encouraging was the unity that was displayed by our clients in their support for PFS. Here are some examples: at the men’s retreat in July, our clients came to stay with the team overnight and shared a good time of fellowship with board members and staff. The older and more experienced clients were mentoring the younger ones who were just released. The children of Care Club, together with Diamonds on the Street, supported our 60th anniversary dinner with their performance wholeheartedly. They rehearsed months in advance for the 10-minute event. Both the men’s and ladies’ support groups spent many weekends completing the door gifts for the dinner. A skit was also put up by the men’s aftercare clients for the volunteer and donor appreciation events. In short, our clients are paying it forward, stepping up, to give back to the community and blessing PFS in meaningful ways. Another important encouragement was the increase in the number of churches that came forward in support of PFS. These included churches that used to support PFS in the past and new ones. They represent the various denominations and their support reinforces our mission to engage and equip the Christian community. PFS has also received positive feedback about its programmes and events from the numerous church leaders, and organisations such as Singapore Prison Service, Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), The Association of Christian Halfway Houses (Singapore) and National Council of Churches of Singapore. All of us at PFS have been encouraged by what we have experienced and witnessed on the ground last year. God moved in significant ways and He showed up in more ways than we can imagine. We truly have much to be thankful for. There is still much work to be done in 2015 and we will continue to put in the effort that’s required. I thank you again for your continuous encouragement. This means a lot to us. We look forward to working with you this year and invite you to drop by our office for a visit. God bless. Christine Tan Executive Director ANGEL TREE MISSION TRIP PFS volunteers leading the families of prisoners in activities at the Angel Tree Camp in Sabah, Malaysia. The camp was organised in partnership with Prison Fellowship Malaysia in December 2014. PFS completed a successful mission trip to Prison Fellowship Sabah (November 30 to December 5). Our team of two staff and eight volunteers ran a five-day camp for 100 family members and children of prisoners in Kota Kinabalu. The trip was fully funded by donations raised by the volunteers themselves. Feedback from volunteers and Prison Fellowship Sabah was very encouraging. Not only were the families blessed, our volunteers left the camp feeling just as blessed. Here are some testimonies from volunteers who participated in this trip: “If we were to count, with understanding, the number of God-arrangements in this trip, we would find them more numerous than the number of sand that covered the beach we went to after the prison visit. I was personally moved by the testimony of W.K., the wife of P.K., and the early missional beginnings of their family ministry. Much of what they went through in those years resonated with my own family's journey and my being is encouraged by kindred beings who have journeyed before us and tasted God's faithfulness and provision.” - Felicia “His Favour, His Love, His Grace, His Mercy, His Faithfulness, etc. kept flowing even before we reached KK till the day we depart from there. The Lord has poured His favour upon us, provided a nice environment for us to sleep in so that we can minister to the families in the effective mode. The spiritual climate of the team changed and suddenly the whole team became so united with one heart and with one mind. “ - Eileen “I would say that this trip had been such a blessing for me and I was pondering what God has done in Malaysia. It was an awesome blessing for me. This was my journey to the deeper things of God. It was a miracle that God provided for all our expenses and tickets, because I had been longing to minister in a prison ministry and it came to pass that all our ticket and expenses were covered. “ – Gideon MINISTRY FOCUS How You Can Help PRAYERS IN-CARE • In 2014, 1,100 inmates attended our weekly in-prison Bible studies (31 weekly sessions), chapel services (36 weekly sessions), and one-to-one counselling. • Eight out of 28 inmates who attended the Christian Intensive Religious Counselling Programme (CIRCP) renounced their gang affiliation in 2014. • Currently, 38 inmates are attending the CIRCP, which started last August and will end on 8 April 2015. • We were invited by Singapore Prison Service to conduct four Anti-gang talks in prison. • 813 hampers were sent to families of inmates under the Angel Tree Project. All the hampers were distributed. AFTER-CARE • We greeted about 200 ex-offenders at the prison gate at the Changi Prison, Changi Women’s Prison, Tanah Merah Prison School and Admiralty West Prison. • In January 2014, we started a new English class and one-toone counselling for the men’s after-care group. • In July our after-care men’s group organised a retreat for 30 ex-offenders. Volunteers and board members also joined in the fellowship at this event, which was held at a chalet in Changi Village. • The ladies’ and men’s after-care support groups made 800 crystal crosses and 800 tiled crosses for the 60th anniversary celebration. • In addition to the regular weekly meetings for the after-care men and ladies, the team organised dragon boat outings and monthly social gatherings. In addition, meals were sponsored for our clients during the Chinese New Year and Easter. The Lawyers Christian Fellowship sponsored and organised a Christmas celebration for our After-Care clients at the Methodist Church of Incarnation. To do all that we need to effectively, the PFS team, its beneficiaries and volunteers will need your prayers. VOLUNTEERS We need more volunteers who are willing to befriend families of inmates. This means monthly visits to their homes and establishing a trusting relationship with these families that are often unseen in society. CHURCHES We seek support from more churches that are willing to welcome ex-offenders as part of their congregation. FUNDS We are seeking to raise funds for our annual budget of $1.2 million to run our programmes on an annual basis. In addition to our programmes mentioned above, the funds will also go towards the families and children of inmates through practical assistance schemes such as re-skilling, life coaching, healthcare, transportation and housing needs. For more information, please visit our website at pfs.org.sg MINISTRY FOCUS COMMUNITY AND CHURCHES • In addition to the more than 400 volunteers and 80 churches, several organisations, schools and institutions have also partnered with us in various ways. • New organisations that supported us included Cisco Systems, Salesforce, Kerbside Gourmet and the Rotary Club. • ACS (Barker Road) organised a musical in April to raise funds for PFS. • School of the Arts (SOTA) students worked with the Care Club children and helped to display their artwork for our 60th anniversary celebration event. • Students from the College of Alice and Peter Tan (NUS) organised a carnival in August for about 100 family members and children in our after-care and family care ministries. • Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College organised a series of Reading Programmes for Care Club in July. • In 2015, Anglo Chinese School (Independent) is partnering with PFS as part of its Values-in-Action programme for students. CHAPLAINCY Rev Lorna Khoo (Aldersgate Methodist), Rev Chng Siew Sin (retired from Methodist Chinese Annual Conference) and Rev Brenda Lim (Assemblies of God) have been appointed as PFS prison chaplains. MINISTRY FOCUS FAMILY CARE MONTHLY PRAYER MEETINGS We have moved the Prison Ministry monthly prayer meetings to the PFS office. The sessions are open to all volunteers, board members, donors, prison officers and prayer partners. It will be held every first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information, please contact us at [email protected] CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES – 2ND Quarter 2015 Thu 2 Apr: After-Care Men’s Support Group Easter Day Celebration Mon 6 Apr: After-Care Women’s Support Group Easter Celebration • About 90 families are part of our Angel Tree Fund. Visitations are conducted on a regular basis, led by Adeline and PFS volunteers. Under the Angel Tree, PFS provides practical and financial assistance as well as emotional support to these families. • In addition to the weekly Saturday Care Club activities, the children and youth were blessed with the following holiday programmes organised during June and December 2014: • June: Art Studio Workshop, movie treat, pasta workshop, Singapore Youth for Christ Teen Games and the Singapore Flyer. • November/December: Universal Studios Singapore, Camp Renovate @ Pasir Ris Bethesda Mission Church for KayCan youths, YWCA Baking session @ Youth Centre, Christmas Lunch at Katong Community Centre Hall, Wi-care Charity Film Preview and Celebrate Christmas in Singapore. Tue 7 Apr: Monthly Prayer Meeting Sun 12 Apr: Deputation: Solomon's Porch Wed 15 Apr, Sat 18 Apr, Wed 22 Apr and Sat 25 Apr Volunteer Training : Listening for Life (4 sessions) Fri 1 May: After-Care Men’s Support Group Birthday & May Day Celebration Tue 5 May: Monthly Prayer Meeting Sat 16 May: Volunteer Training : PFS Volunteer Orientation Wed 20 May: Volunteer Training : Preaching in Prison-Ps Caleb Howe Sat 30 May: Operation S.T.A.R. by NUSSU Sun 31 May: Deputation: Church of God Evangelical Mon 1 Jun: Care Club: Jason's A to Z of Classical Music by SSO Tue 2 Jun – Thu 4 Jun: Care Club: Joseph Camp Thu 11 Jun: Care Club: Cooking by YWCA Mon 15 Jun: After-Care Women’s Support Group Dumpling Festival Celebration Thu 18 Jun: Care Club: Playmax4 2015 by SYFC Sat 20 Jun: After-Care Men’s Support Group Dumpling Festival Celebration Tue 23 Jun & Wed 24 Jun: Care Club: Mosaik Workshop on Learning Financial Literacy in a Fun Way PRISON MINISTRY CONFERENCE AND 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION RESPONSE FORM I would like to partner with PFS by: Giving a one-time contribution of $ . Giving a monthly donation. Please send me a GIRO application form for monthly contributions. Donating in-kind (Vouchers, Products, Corporate Sponsorship). Volunteering with PFS. Praying for PFS at its prayer meetings. The prison ministry conference in August 2014 was a refreshing time for volunteers and churches involved in prison work. More than 230 delegates attended, some from overseas. PFS received positive feedback on the relevance of the topics covered during the event to the prison work in which churches and volunteers are engaged. The 60th prison ministry anniversary event was held on 17 October. President Tony Tan Keng Yam was the guest of honour and Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon delivered the keynote speech. Performances from the children of Care Club and Anglo Chinese School (Barker Road) were part of the programme. The event brought together people with a heart for prisoners, ex-offenders and their families. 600 guests representing halfway houses, churches, business organisations, donors and volunteers celebrated 60 years of prison ministry in Singapore that evening. Please make cheques payable to Prison Fellowship Singapore Ltd If you wish to donate via electronic banking, please credit to: DBS Current Account 025-901931-2 NAME (REV/DR/MR/MRS/MS) CHURCH / ORGANISATION CONTACT NUMBER MOBILE EMAIL ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS By sending this form, I consent to PFS using and/or disclosing my personal information to provide me information about its activities, to contact me regarding my interest as indicated here, and for all matters ancillary to my participation in its activities, programmes or training. Prison Fellowship Singapore volunteers, with President Tony Tan Keng Yam. PLEASE MAIL THE COMPLETED FORM TO: PRISON FELLOWSHIP SINGAPORE LTD PO Box 250 Tanglin Post Office Singapore 912 409 with 600 guests who attended an evening of fellowship. The even raised about $400,000 and it provided an inroad for PFS to continu gain traction with new donors and churches. Seventy Times Seven Victim Empathy Programme The Victim Empathy Programme (VEP) is an inprison restorative justice programme that brings inmates and unrelated noninmate victims together for eight sessions to talk about crime, the harm it causes, and how to make things right. It gives an opportunity for the inmates to offer symbolic restitution to the victims. It demonstrates that restorative justice offers hope to people touched by crime. 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For more information Seventy Tknown imes Saseven, please visit 70x7.sg. programme the Victim Empathy Programme (VEP). We will also be offering volunteer training for organisations that have an interest in equipping their volunteers for prison work. For ” more information about Seventy ... Times Seven, please visit 70x7.sg. ak IS PRISON FELLOWSHIP SINGAPORE LTD P.O. Box 250 Tanglin Post Office Singapore 912 409 T (65) 6475 6136 F (65) 6475 6130 E [email protected] VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.PFS.ORG.SG Copyright 2015. Prison Fellowship Singapore. All rights reserved. MCI(P) 084/09/2014 Seventy Times Seven launched its pilot run of VEP on 25 March 2015.
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