Prayer services are being held in Cayman this week for the country’s prisoners as part of a worldwide event.
Prison Fellowship, which has members in 108 countries, is celebrating a worldwide week of prayer from 10 to 17 April.
In Cayman, the week of prayer will include mid-day prayers on Radio Cayman and open prayer services at 9am on Saturday, 16 April, in Northward, Fairbanks and Eagle House.
There are about 10 million prisoners throughout the world, with more than 200 in the Cayman Islands, says a release from Prison Fellowship Cayman Islands.
‘These are people who are routinely abandoned, forgotten and ignored by society yet the majority of them will eventually be released back into their communities – ready or not,’ the release says. According to recent statistics, 67 percent of those released will return to prison within three years.
‘These people will one day be part of our community so the support and encouragement they receive from the community is crucial,’ said Robert Thompson, president of Prison Fellowship Cayman Islands.
Prison Fellowship’s annual week of prayer reminds the church and the community of its role in the restoration of prisoners to a productive place in society, the release said.
Prison Fellowship Cayman Islands will join with local churches and community members to pray for and make an effort to help prisoners as well as those affected by crime.
That includes prisoners’ families, ex-prisoners, corrections and criminal justice officials, prison chaplains and victims of crime.
With more than 100,000 volunteers and 500 staff throughout the world, Prison Fellowship is the largest prison ministry organization in the world. The annual week of prayer involves national Prison Fellowship ministries in 108 countries around the world.
‘We are pleased Cayman Islands will be part of this worldwide prayer effort,’ said Mr. Thompson.