New Life Prison Ministries offers Bible study correspondence courses primarily to offenders, ex-offenders, their families, and chaplains in institutions all across Canada.
Do the courses cost students money?
No. All New Life Bible correspondence courses are provided free-of-charge to all students, regardless of whether or not they are currently incarcerated.
Each course package includes a free postage-paid reply envelope for the student to mail their exam and questions to the New Life office.
We gratefully acknowledge and thank our donors who through their generosity make New Life correspondence courses available to thousands of inmates and ex-offenders annually.
How do instructors protect their privacy?
Instructors only use their first names when corresponding with students. If the instructor feels uncomfortable using their first name, a pseudonym may be used.
We understand that privacy is important and discourage instructors from divulging personal information at any time.
Please contact us to learn more.
Do students really change?
Absolutely yes! The comments we receive from chaplains, volunteers, and the offenders themselves are encouraging and positive regarding 'life-changes'.
Inmates often share that they learned valuable skills from use of the studies, such anger management and learning to forgive, to name a few.
For many students, learning about walking with God (from a Christian perspective) is an entirely new experience. New Life statistics show that inmates who use our study courses result in many good life-changes due to key-learning and renewal of thought-processes.
I studied New Life Prison Ministry courses while incarcerated. How do I access Aftercare support if I have just been released from prison?
If you are still enrolled in our study courses, you can ask your instructor for contact information.
If you aren’t currently working on the New Life study courses, you can email us at: email@example.com
My family member is in prison. How can he/she connect with Aftercare support?
Immediately after sentencing, please ask your friend or loved one to ask the chaplain or correctional officer for contact information to New Life Prison Ministries.
The best strategy is to start planning for release and reintegration from day one. Contact us to learn more.
How can my church and I support the work of NLPM Aftercare?
There are always many financial needs within our growing Aftercare programs. Please contact us to learn more about current needs.
Donations for Aftercare can be designated to “NLPM Aftercare”.
Why should I attend a Dismas Fellowship meeting?
Dismas Fellowship meetings provide ex-prisoners with the opportunity to meet Christians from a variety of churches in their community in a non-judgmental setting. You also have the opportunity to meet with others who have experienced the criminal justice system and can share their experiences with you and others - so that together you can support each other. Dismas is a place to find spiritual encouragement to help you develop and work through your reintegration plans.
Here are some of the ways we help with aftercare support:
- We can assist you to find a church in your community or put you in touch with an aftercare ministry that can support you. - We can help you with information about resources in your community of choice and where possible, introduce you to a network of people to help get you started. - We can offer counsel as you deal with issues common to many who are seeking re-integration into the community. This advice is based on years of experience working with ex-offenders reintegrating. - We will pray with you and for you - We will try to meet with you for mentoring purposes where we have persons involved in our aftercare programs or connect you to those who can mentor you in the community you have chosen -We follow all legal guidelines and report behaviours that put either you or anyone else at risk or could cause harm to children as defined by the laws of Canada.
What can’t NLPM Aftercare do for me?
We do not offer transitional housing. It may be true that we know of housing options (and even some landlords in some communities) but we do not rent rooms or apartments.
-We do not offer employment. -We are not lawyers, but can advocate for you with Parole or Probation officers. -We will not support illegal behaviours and will withdraw our Aftercare support if you choose to break the law.