History of New Life Prison Ministry
New Life Prison Ministry, (initially New Life Film Ministry), was born in 1980 when two young brothers, eager to share the good news of Jesus Christ, approached officials at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London for the purpose of showing monthly Christian films. With the chaplain providing direction and encouragement, the volunteers began to see the powerful impact the films had on many offenders. Within a very short time, they were asked to do one-to-one visitation with men who requested follow-up visits. As the number being visited increased, the Lord led more volunteers to the ministry.
In 1982, correspondence courses were made available to respond to the hunger for spiritual growth in the men and women in prison. The correspondence course program was gleaned from an existing curriculum of international Bible courses, along with other sources, and adapted for use in Canadian institutions by New Life personnel. Under the godly and visionary leadership of Gerrit and Susan Blok (1980-2014), the ministry grew rapidly as incarcerated New Life students spread the Bible courses throughout the prison system and requests for both programs and courses spread quickly! Inquiries were soon received from numerous chaplains and offenders across Ontario and eventually throughout Canada. God blessed the work, and lives were changed for eternity. Enough cannot be said about the important part played by the Blok's who, through their sacrificial and dedicated service, were used by God to build New Life Prison Ministry into the fruitful and influential ministry it has become. Their complementary spiritual gifts allowed them to manage New Life in such a way so that presently there are few correctional institutions that are not involved with New Life Prison Ministry through correspondence courses or the Christian DVD ministry.