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October 2, 2014

From personal experience I can tell followers there are some wonderful people from the Christian Community working both as paid members of chaplaincy teams and as volunteers in various capacities. There are also a number of truly excellent organisations working in the field such as the Prison Fellowship and it is really important that what all these people are doing is fully recognised. It is only by recognising what is being done that we will encourage more from our great Christian family to think about also helping prisoners and ex prisoners.
So much could be achieved if we can only bring ourselves, as Christians, to accept offenders without being prejudiced or judgmental. Yes, it can be very hard, many is the occasion when whilst in prison I have counselled or given an advice to someone serving a sentence for an offence which attracts hate, perhaps child abuse or something similar and I have been approached by ‘ordinary’ prisoners asking me why I have even talked to the ‘nonce’, it is hard to understand but behind the label is a person crying out for help and who am I to judge whether he is worthy of that help or not?

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