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New Life Prison Ministry is an exciting Canadian organization which provides Christian videos/DVDs and Bible correspondence courses to inmates, their families, and chaplains across Canada. New Life also actively participates in chapel services in institutions and one-on-one visitation with inmates (as personnel allows). Although this ministry has been in operation for over 25 years, some would describe it as a well-kept secret! Please take a moment and acquaint yourself with the amazing work God is performing in Canadian prisons today.

New life Prison Ministry, formerly known as New Life Film Ministry, began in 1980 when two volunteers began showing monthly Christian films at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. With the chaplain’s direction and encouragement, the volunteers began to see the powerful impact the videos had on many inmates. 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 many more volunteers to the ministry.

In 1982, correspondence courses were made available in addition to the monthly film showings and visitations. The correspondence course program was derived from an existing curriculum of international Bible courses. The curriculum was used in more than 85 countries and was adapted for use in Canadian institutions by New Life personnel. As inmates in the correspondence program were transferred between institutions, requests for programs and courses spread rapidly! Inquiries were soon received from numerous chaplains and inmates across Ontario and eventually throughout Canada. Presently, there are few correctional institutions that are not involved with New Life Prison Ministry through correspondence courses or the Christian video/DVD ministry.

NLPM volunteers work in mutual cooperation with other Christians who are involved in various prison ministries, such as Bridges Of Canada (formerly Cons For Christ), Bridges to New Life, Gospel Echoes, Prison Fellowship, and in conjunction with prison chaplains across Canada. The number of volunteers from many communities continues to expand as NLPM attempts to respond to new requests for programs.

Purpose and Vision

1) To present the message of Christianity to prisoners (including Young Offenders), ex-offenders, and their families.

2) To offer support to prisoners, Young Offenders, ex-offenders, and their families, through fellowship, counselling, visitation, and practical help.

3) To be involved, from time to time and whenever possible, in Circles of Support, Restorative Justice initiatives, and Community Service Orders.

The hope is, that with the fulfillment of the above, lives of law offenders and their families will be changed and that crime and the number of victims of crime will be reduced.

Management and Orgaization

New Life is managed and organized by a group of experienced and actively involved individuals who comprise the Board of Directors. These individuals are responsible for general policy procedures and spiritual and financial direction.

The organization also relies on the advice of a Council of Reference made up of nine individuals who work closely with correctional services, pastoral services, and the Ontario Court of Justice.

Three of the New Life directors work in the ministry on a full-time basis, ably assisted by 11 other full-time staff, as well as a large number of volunteers. The ministry thrives largely because of the time, effort, and experience that volunteers contribute to the ministry. Correspondence course counsellors usually come in to the office once a week to mark and counsel their students’ courses. Approximately 25 volunteers presently volunteer as counsellors, while others complete the myriad of secretarial tasks, and yet others volunteer their time running programs in prisons.

You can assist New Life Prison Ministries

Through literature:
Prayer Partnering
We believe in the power of prayer and would greatly appreciate your prayer support! New Life creates a Monthly Prayer Guide which includes daily prayer items involving students' prayer requests and other concerns. It is available by email or Canada Post. Please take a look at the Guide and partner with us in prayer.

Request Quarterly Newsletter
"Reach Through the Bars" is New Life's quarterly newsletter which is full of exciting, inspirational, and educational information concerning the programs and advancements in our ministry. Each issue includes updates from the director, student testimonials and comments, prayer items, and much more! Share the enthusiasm and experience the difference God is making in prisons across Canada.

Through volunteering:
If you feel the Lord has called you to prison ministry and you would like to get involved, please contact us by phone or e-mail. We will be glad to meet with you, give you a tour of the New Life office to explain the ministry, and discuss volunteer opportunities. Your time will be greatly appreciated and you will be contributing to the work of the Lord whether you volunteer in a background capacity or participate in a more visible area.

New Life has developed two training manuals and also provides “must-read” books. If a new person is going to be volunteering inside a prison, the local institution also provides training.

Through donations:
New Life Prison Ministry is a Canadian registered charity, and issues tax receipts in January (unless someone prefers an immediate copy). Since New Life Prison Ministry receives no government funding, it depends totally on the Lord's people to meet the needs. As funding increases, so does the outreach! And as the ministry grows, the gospel is presented to more Canadian inmates! There are numerous ways to donate to New Life Prison Ministry so please call the Ministry to make arrangements for the donation method that best fits you.

Contact Information:

We would really like to hear from you. Please contact us by mail, phone, fax, email or the contact form below.

By Mail: P.O. Box 123, Arva, Ontario N0M 1C0

By Phone: 519-666-1950, 519-666-2999

By Fax: 519-666-1101

By E-Mail: