Category Archives: Evangelism

Pioneering Form of ‘Conversational’ Christian Broadcasting Makes an Impact in Eastern Europe

Secular music mix approach developed with Reach Beyond’s help to encourage listeners to ‘think for themselves’ spreads in parts of former Soviet Union
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 15, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — A pioneering form of evangelistic Christian radio is spreading across parts of Eastern Europe, asking questions instead of giving answers.
Photo: Reach Beyond trainer Dave Jolly at the Joy FM studios in Romania.
Mixing secular and Christian music with conversation-starting commentary about life, Joy FM is breaking new ground and winning an audience in Romania and neighboring Moldova.
A partnership between Colorado Springs, Colo.-headquartered media and medical ministry Reach Beyond and local Christian ministries in both countries, Joy FM broadcasts 24/7 on eight stations under the tagline, “Music. Life. Community.”
The target audience is the majority unchurched population in each country, both of which were long under communist rule.
“The people were told what to think for a long time, but now we are encouraging them to think for themselves, so we ask a lot of questions on air,” said Reach Beyond’s Dave Jolly who helped launch the project.
“We’re a very different kind of station because we are not telling people what to think or believe; we want to ask questions to bring people into conversation and hopefully point them to a relationship with Jesus.”
Joy FM first went on the air in Arad, in western Romania, in late 2014. The response was positive with the phone calls, emails and social media responses. Then operators of seven Christian radio stations in neighboring Moldova–which was part of Romania until 1991–learned about the project and wanted to be part of it.
Those stations dropped their former, more traditional format of Christian music in June, becoming part of the Joy FM partnership. Now they carry the programming from Arad, whose Romanian-speaking presenters can be understood by many Moldovans who speak Romanian.
The opportunity in each country is big. According to Operation World, evangelical Christians account for only about 5 percent of Romania’s almost 20 million population and just 4 percent of Moldova’s 4 million people.
The Moldova expansion has been welcomed as an early affirmation of the new broadcast approach with hopes that it might be extended to other parts of the region.
The Joy FM menu is mainly English and Romanian secular music plus some Christian songs in both English and Romanian. “It’s a good mix of carefully chosen secular music,” said Jolly. “We don’t want it to detract from the main purpose, so we screen it very carefully.
“You can always find ideas in secular songs that can jump-start conversations, whether they are about relationships, broken relationships or love,” he continued. “We take them and use them as jumping-off points for dialogue.”
A former station manager in the U.S., Jolly has served in various duties with Reach Beyond, the latest one based in Arad since 2014. Originally the station manager, he has since moved into a consultancy role after helping train national staff.
He asked Reach Beyond supporters to pray that financial support would be forthcoming to keep the Joy FM stations on air, and for the development of a network of supporters to help befriend listeners who seek more information about faith through the broadcasts and connect them with local churches.
“It’s very exciting to see how Joy FM is being received because of its completely unique approach,” Jolly said. “It is an affirmation of the vision that we have to see God use us to communicate His truth in a different way and a confirmation that asking questions and trying to build relationships is working and impacting people, probably more so than preaching in this particular region of the world.”
Reach Beyond ( is a media- and medical-based evangelical ministry with operations on five continents. It spreads the message of Jesus in places that are primarily unreached or unengaged in the gospel. Reach Beyond uses media, including radio broadcasts, webcasts, social media and the distribution of solar-powered radios. It also reaches out to the needy throughout its growing network of healthcare services.

INOE Organizes Maiden International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved!

INOE International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved is being organized by The International Network of Online evangelists (INOE).
INOE is an online evangelism-based global Christian organization founded in 2016. It is a global network of Christians, who share the Gospel of Christ on the Internet.
According to John Adelakun, INOE Co-Founder and Int’l. President, the organization’s vision is to help Christians effectively reach out to, win and disciple souls for Christ through the Internet by equipping them with the knowledge of the effective methods of online evangelism, and by giving them all the needed spiritual, moral and ministerial support. It also works to facilitate the spreading of the Gospel of Christ around the world.
INOE International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved is aimed at encouraging Christians globally to  pray for the salvation of others for at least 5 minutes on the same day.
INOE International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved is believed to connect Christians from different locations all over the world on the same day through intercessory prayer, so as to contribute immensely to world evangelization.
In the words of Peter Adelakun, INOE Co-Founder and Int’l. Vice President (Africa), “Christians all over the world can choose to pray for their relatives, friends and others, who are yet to be saved on this day.” He further disclosed that, “if millions of Christians across the globe could dedicate at least 5 minutes of their time on a particular day of the year to pray for the salvation of others, hundreds of thousands of hours would have been judiciously spent in getting the hearts of thousands of sinners ready to respond favourably to the Gospel of Christ. This, we believe, would contribute immensely to world evangelization.”
As the inaugural INOE International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved comes up 20th August, 2017, those participating in the prayer event have the opportunity to choose the time that is most suitable to them to pray on the above-mentioned day.
Christians, Christian churches, Christian evangelism-based organizations, Christian mission agencies, Christian organizations, Christian schools, colleges, etc, around the world, are encouraged and expected to actively participate in this one-day spiritual exercise.
Those interested in the maiden INOE International Day of Prayer for the Unsaved are enjoined to contact the event’s Global Co-ordinator, Shem Mutulu, who also doubles as INOE Secretary-General, for more information. They can contact him thus:

New Film from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s ‘My Hope’ Ministry Launched Online Sept. 1

“Decisions” film available as a free evangelism tool for churches, individuals and organizations

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 1, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Over the last 12 years, millions around the world have heard the Gospel through My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope is set to launch an all-new 30-minute program entitled “Decisions” which will be accessible-free of charge-anywhere via television broadcast, internet streaming and DVD.

“Decisions” features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ.

“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.”

Through the Decision America Tour, Franklin Graham is holding prayer rallies in each state capital encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation. As the tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham is presenting the simple truth of the Gospel-the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Decisions,” the 2016 installment of the evangelistic films available from My Hope, follows in succession of previous films: “Value of a Soul” (2015); “Heaven” (2014); and “The Cross” (2013). Beginning Sept. 1, churches and individuals will be able to download the full program or view it at that time at A free DVD version of “Decisions,” including “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour, will also be available. Pre-orders are now being taken with shipment expected in early fall.

“Decisions,” will also be shown as the Billy Graham television special airing on local and Christian networks beginning Oct. 10. Check local listings for airings in your area.

“We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Steve Rhoads, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is responsible for My Hope globally. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.”

For more information on My Hope, including tips on how the available free resources can be used, visit You can participate by pre-ordering your free copy of “Decisions” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community.

About My Hope
Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million salvation and rededication decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. My Hope was first implemented in United States in 2013, and has since resulted in more than 200,000 decisions for Christ.

This year, My Hope field representatives across the nation have been meeting and encouraging local pastors in their efforts to reach people with the Gospel. In addition to last year’s film titled “Value of a Soul,” churches continue to use other films like “Heaven,” “Defining Moments,” and “The Cross,” which collectively have seen nearly 2.25 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million copies distributed on DVD.

Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the UK in conjunction with My Hope UK.

Pat Boone on Youtube Discussing Ark of Noah Travels to Brazil and USA

PASADENA, Calif., June 8, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Legendary American singer, composer and actor Pat Boone recently endorsed The Ark of Noah Foundation ( encouraging viewers to join him in supporting the life-size Ark of Noah replica, which is preparing to take sail across the Atlantic. The 2,500-ton ark is larger than a football field and stands 410 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 75 feet tall. It can carry more than 5,000 people at a time.

“My friends at the Ark of Noah Foundation plan to bring a life-size Biblical replica of Noah’s Ark from the Netherlands to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil,” said Boone. “From there, it will go through South America, Central America and then the United States.”

Transportation of the Ark of Noah from The Netherlands to Brazil, is 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, will be a massive undertaking that will be streamed live on the Internet. According to Boone, the vessel will be docked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will bring real hope to a country and world in need.

“The proceeds from the Ark will be used to build Hope Centers in the underprivileged areas of Brazil,” said Boone. “These hope centers will provide food, education, as well as the Gospel for the unreachable children and families.”

Boone ended the video encouraging viewers to go to and join him in supporting the Ark of Noah Foundation.

The profit foundation is a 501c3 charity based out of Pasadena, CA and is raising money to fund the trip, which will eventually end in the United States.

The Ark has been getting worldwide attention as it prepares to take sail. Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers built the Ark of Noah four years ago as a religious attraction and now has partnered with The Ark of Noah Foundation,

Hundreds of thousands have already visited the Ark of Noah in The Netherlands to see the Biblical reconstruction and hear the story of Noah and the great flood. To be in line with the Biblical story, the ark includes artificial replicas of animals paired two-by-two as described in Genesis.

For more information, photos and video on the Ark of Noah, visit

Virginia Ministry Celebrates 6,000 Churches Built or Under Construction in 81 Countries

HAMPTON, Va., May 17, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), a Virginia nonprofit with only 43 employees in the U.S., now has 6,000 church projects built or under construction in 81 countries. The ministry, which is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary, reached its 5,000 project milestone only 18 months ago, near the end of 2014.

Dois Rosser, founder of POMOCO, established ICM in 1986 at the age of 65. His daughter, Janice Rosser Allen, is ICM’s CEO and Executive Chair. The ministry’s purpose is to equip Christian congregations in Third World areas with churches, Bible study materials, and resources for outreach and mercy ministries. To date, ICM has established relationships with 190 indigenous ministry partners who oversee projects in the field.

The 6,000th church was approved for construction in the rural, Hmong-speaking community of Bao Yen in North Vietnam (pictured). Nearly a third of the congregation’s 285 members are children, who will benefit from children’s ministry programs the new building will facilitate. The congregation has desired a chapel for years, but lacked resources to build one on their own. This church will give them a safe place to gather as a community and establish their presence in the community as followers of Christ, allowing them to reach others with the Gospel message. The legitimacy that comes with having a house of worship is vital in countries like North Vietnam, where Christian persecution remains a reality.

“Our vision is to use any available method to share the Gospel, nurture believers and advance the Kingdom…nation by nation. Just as Jesus told His disciples, He tells us today to ‘go and tell them who I am.’ The tools He has given ICM are being used to do precisely that. We are going into all the world as He opens doors, using the vehicle of His Church and His Word to tell them who He is. I stand in complete amazement at the greatness of God and the power which brings all of this into being. It can only be of God,” says Rosser.

In October, ICM will hold a special event to celebrate 30 years in ministry. Its goal is to reach 10,000 church projects built or under construction by 2020.

International Cooperating Ministries is a ministry of the Rosser Foundation, a public charity tax-exempt 501(c)(3), located at 1901 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton, Va. For information, visit

By Faith: With Frank Shelton:Episode 21

I hope you enjoy the latest episode of my friend Frank Shelton’s show ByFaith. He describes this one as follows, “Frank Shelton shares about prayer, perseverance and promises of God. In this episode he notes, “God is never in a hurry but ALWAYS on time.” Special Guest is Matt Gaines, Director of Southern Maryland Christian Academy. They trusted God for 30 years for a gymnasium for their school and the Lord provided! This show will encourage you to know that God is good and can be trusted. Visit”


Watch it and be blessed right now !

Aiming to Make History: First Pastor-Led Indianapolis 500 Racing Team Inching Their Way to the Big Race

Kingdom Racing based in Katy near me is participating in the entire IndyCar season including  the Indianapolis 500. This new team will make two Christian teams at that historic race this year. My prayers go out  for the success of both efforts being made in Christ’s name. To HIM be the glory !-Pastor Crutchfield

Marotti Racing, Based in Connecticut and Led by Pastor Will Marotti, is Working its Way to this Year’s Indy 500 and is Seeking Prayer from Christians Nationwide

WALLINGFORD, Conn., Feb. 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — On May 29th, 2016, the 100th Indianapolis 500 Race will take place in Indiana with a high probability that for the first time ever in the history of the race a Pastor-led racing team will be in the starting lineup.

Marotti Racing, based in Wallingford, CT, is raising sponsors and prayer support in their effort to be the first Pastor-led Christian racing team to participate in the famous Indianapolis 500. Will Marotti is Senior Pastor of New Life Church in Wallingford, CT, a congregation of 1200 members that sits on a 56 acre campus that includes a daycare, a private school, a summer day camp, and various community-based programs.

“There has never been an Indy racing team led by a minister,” says Marotti. “It may seem unusual that a pastor would lead a racing team, but I have been a racing fan since I was a young boy and it’s a prime missionary field. My father took us to watch races at the Silver City Quarter Midget Track in South Meriden (where Daytona 500 Champion Joey Lagano raced as a boy). And I listened to my first Indy 500 live, on the radio in 1969, the year Mario Andretti won. I attended the Skip Barber Racing School in 1979 and I attended my first 500 in 1982. The moment I walked into the speedway I totally fell in love with Indy Car racing and have been ever since. Now, as a pastor, I see the race as a place to reach out with the Gospel as well – and that is what my team is praying we can do!”

Marotti Racing is positioning to enter, compete in and win the 100th Indy 500. They are teaming up with Bryan Herta Autosport for racing operations. Bryan Herta Autosport is a well-respected leader in Indy Car racing. They won the 2011 Indy 500 with driver Dan Weldon. And in 2015’s Indy 500 race, Bryan Herta Autosport driver, Gabby Chaves, won the 2015 Indy and Verizon Series Rookie of the Year Awards.

It’s been fifty years (1966) since a rookie Indy 500 car owner (John Mecom, Jr.) and a rookie Indy 500 driver (Graham Hill) won the race. Marotti feels it’s time once again for rookie’s to repeat that historic win of 1966.

According to Marotti, “Indy has historically been a place of new beginnings for grassroots teams. We want to bring back that raw, innovative spirit and help make the fan experience be the very best it can. After all, without the fans, none of us would even have the chance to race.”

As much as Marotti loves auto racing, he’s a pastor at heart, and wants to reach all those involved with the Indianapolis 500 with the Gospel. And he is asking that Christians throughout the nation sign up to be prayer warriors by going to their website at  Besides prayer, Marotti said there is still a need for sponsors as well.
“We are looking for sponsors who are not just interested in getting the car team into the race but to also get countless millions to hear the Gospel,” said Marotti.

Not only is Marotti racing seeking sponsors,social media followers, and prayer warriors, but they are also “paying it forward” with actively raising funds through their Indy 500 project for Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide free temporary lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis. Since inception, the program has saved military and Veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Marotti states, “Since 1990 Fisher House has been one of the most transparent and truly helpful charities for our veterans. The Indy 500 is held on Memorial Day Weekend, and what better time or better way to honor those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice, then by caring for their needs.”

The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world with more than 300,000 people in attendance; a television viewership of 7 million; and a radio listenership of 3 million.

For those interested in supporting or praying for this race team, they can go to

MEDIA NOTE: Marotti Racing owner, Will Marotti, is available for interviews. Please contact Melinda Kay Ronn at 917-743-7836 or to schedule.

About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $282 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

Kingdom Racing — Dreyer & Reinbold Launch 2016 Season with Sage Karam as Indy 500 Entrant

HOUSTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing – DRR announced today their entrant to compete in the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29, 2016. Kingdom Racing will once again partner with Dreyer & Reinbold with Gas Monkey Garage as the primary sponsor for the No.24 car piloted by Sage Karam.

This will mark Kingdom Racing’s ninth year competing at the Indianapolis 500. “Again teaming up with the Dreyer & Reinbold team and Sage is a great combination for Kingdom Racing,” said Kingdom Racing’s founder George Del Canto, whose team first entered the Indy 500 in 2008. “We are here for a Higher Purpose, but we’re also here to win the 500. We believe that with Dennis and Sage we can run the 500 to win it. We can’t wait to see the Gas Monkey Garage Special car on the track in May.” This will also mark the fifth year that Kingdom Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold team up for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

This season, Kingdom Racing plans to host multiple ministry events, festivals and appearances throughout the United States. Kingdom Racing will continue to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Trackside Fan Festivals, Infield Ambassadors, Miles of Smiles ministries, and other events in partnership with churches and ministries.

About Kingdom Racing:
Kingdom Racing’s mission is to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports. Their unique approach combines racing and ministry outreach with the goal of reaching one million men for Jesus Christ. For more information, visit or join their social media fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.

About Gas Monkey Garage:
In 2002, Richard Rawlings launched Gas Monkey Garage. The Garage created and transported automobiles for customers worldwide. Since 2012, the facility has been the focus of the Discovery Channel series Fast N’ Loud. In 2016, Gas Monkey Garage will serve as the primary sponsor for the Kingdom Racing – DRR No.24 entrant piloted by Sage Karam.

About Sage Karam:
Karam, 20, is one of the top young open-wheel drivers in the world after an impressive teenage career with championships in Firestone Indy Lights and US Formula 2000. The Nazareth, Pa., former high school wrestling star made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500 for Kingdom Racing –DRR with a sensational drive from 31st to ninth. Karam won the “Hard Charger” award for his stellar performance as well as he and his crew placing second in the Indy 500 Pit Crew Championship. Karam returns to the Indianapolis 500 for his third appearance in the world’s biggest auto race with Kingdom Racing –DRR in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Garage Special.

About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 2000 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s of which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Ryan Briscoe, Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell and Sage Karam.

Christian Song Funds Bible Translations

SWINDON, England, Nov.23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The Christian song “Your Word” that reaffirms the truth and hope found in the Bible will be released in the top 10 languages of Bible readers from November 20, 2015 and the following week onwards. Written and produced by a multi-award winning production team led by Billy Dorsey, the worship song will be commercially released to iTunes and other digital music retailers around the world. The English version of the song will feature Billy Dorsey, together with Lakewood Church Senior Worship Leader and international recording artist Cindy Cruse Ratcliff. Other language versions will feature vocals by award-winning Christian music veterans from around the world including:
·  Pastor Marcos Witt, 27 million album selling, five-time Latin Grammy Award winner (Spanish)
·  Sefora Nelson, four-time German Billboard #1 album charting (German)
·  André Valadão, 15 million album selling member of Diante do Trono (Brazil)
·  Thierry Ostrini (France)
·  Lidia Genta (Italy)
·  Darina Kochanzhi (Ukraine)
·  Israel Roytman (Israel)
·  Stream of Praise (China)
The project was born in partnership with United Bible Societies, which believes the Bible is for everyone and is working towards the day when everyone can access the Bible in the language and medium of their choice. Net proceeds from each song will go to the Bible Societies in the countries of the featured musicians to support Bible work in their local languages. In a small way each person purchasing the song, and each radio station playing it, will support new Bible translations and provide Bibles to those who still do not have their own personal copy of the Scriptures.
Billy Dorsey:
Billy Dorsey, who became widely known and awarded for his work on LeCrae’s Rehab: The Overdose album, was delivered from homelessness 14 years ago to working on albums that have won a Grammy, two Dove awards, two Stellar Awards, and a host of other awards, producing records for Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Tenth Avenue North, Needtobreathe, Da’Dra Crawford Greathouse and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff of Lakewood Church, and many others. Dorsey is also a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award winner. Read more:
United Bible Societies:
United Bible Societies is a global network of Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories across the world. Together, they are the world’s biggest translator, publisher and distributor of the Bible. Bible Societies are also active in areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, trauma healing and literacy. Bible Societies work with all Christian Churches and many international non-governmental organisations. Last year saw the highest number of printed Bibles ever distributed by Bible Societies around the world. Nearly 34 million full Bibles were distributed, a rise of 6% over figures from a year earlier, and 14% higher than the number distributed in the first year of the decade. Read more:

Prison Fellowship International Rescues Children of Prisoners in Africa

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The quality of life for hundreds of children in Zimbabwe is about to improve thanks to a new partnership agreement between Prison Fellowship International (PFI) and Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe. After a year of preparation, PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program launched in Zimbabwe on September 19 with the enrollment of the first 50 children.

There are 12.4 million children outside of the U.S. who have lost one or both parents to imprisonment. Many struggle to live a normal, safe, healthy life while their parent—often the family’s breadwinner—is behind bars. Over 1 million of these children live in particularly horrific circumstances—forced to beg for food, or drop out of school to work in dangerous conditions. They are stigmatized and discriminated against for being associated with a criminal.

PFI’s Children of Prisoners Program works in partnership with Prison Fellowship affiliates around the world to rescue, restore, and rebuild the lives of poor and vulnerable children of prisoners. The program ensures children have safe housing and protection from exploitation, and abuse, as well as proper nutrition, medical care, access to education, and the opportunity to develop emotional and spiritual strength.

Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe Executive Director Peter Mandianike is excited for the opportunity to care for this often forgotten margin of society. “Many deal with those in prison,” he says. “But no one thinks of what happens to the family left outside.”

The Children of Prisoners Program currently serves over 4,000 children throughout Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Over the next three years, Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe plans to care for 1,000 children. And through partnering affiliates like Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe in other countries, Prison Fellowship International is on track to care for 20,000 children of prisoners by 2020.

CEO Frank Lofaro says, “As a father, I often think, ‘What if these were my children?’ I’m blessed to be a part of helping these precious children is such a significant way.”

About Prison Fellowship International: Founded in 1979 by Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship International is dedicated to helping alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families, and advance restorative justice in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit

Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe: Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe was founded in 1986, and is actively ministering in 36 of the country’s 64 prisons.