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To understand Prison Fellowship we will start with our underlying purpose, Restoration.

RES-TO-RA-TION  is:
1. The act of restoring; renewal, revival or re-establishment.
2. A return of something to a former, original or unimpaired condition.
3. Restitution of something taken away or lost.

The role of Righteousness in Restoration

RIGH-TEOUS-NESS is:
1. To be in a state of right standing or peace with those around us.
2. To be in a state of right standing or peace with God.
3. To work at or bring about which is right in each situation.

Why is Restoration integral in Prison Fellowship Cambodia’s plans and goals?

Biblical justice is less to do with punishment and more about what brings about ‘peace’ in relationship between God and man, amongst each other and our environment. Justice and righteousness are pillars of our theological foundation.
– Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; love and faithfulness go out before you.”
– Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

The process of Restoration in Crime and Punishment

When an offence occurs – peace is broken. Relationships become damaged and the result is injustice or unrighteousness.
When an offence occurs – establishing guilt is to be done impartially without thought of social status.
When an offense occurs – if punishment is to be used, it must contribute to the restoration of relationships, with peace and righteousness being the ultimate goal.

Therefore, in the area of crime and punishment, PFC believes that as each of these items occurs we are to be a part of establishing justice and restoring relationships. Therefore, we believe Justice and righteousness are the foundations of God’s throne and foundational to what we do towards restoration.

So, as PFC develops each service and programs our foundations are:
– Righteousness; actively participating in the journey, personally and with others towards Christ likeness (what is right).
– Restoration; God wants to make all things right (new) again.
– Justice; working to rebuild peace and what is right.

 

OUR VISION

To see those affected by crime and imprisonment restored and empowered to improve their communities.

Therefore we see:
– Our work inside and outside the prison as holistic to be impacting.
– All work inside the prison walls must help bring restoration in the prisoner’s life.
– Our work outside the prison with former offenders, their families and victims must help establish peaceful, positive communities with sustainable futures.
– We are committed to help provide a justice system that works toward providing holistic to restorative justice.

MISSION STATEMENT

Restore the lives of those affected by crime and imprisonment by holistically addressing their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.

This looks like:
– Develop and implementing restorative services inside and outside the prison walls.
– Creating a network of self-sustaining partners outside, to deliver and support restorative services inside prisons and communities throughout Cambodia.
– Initiating and continually evaluating our services inside and outside of prison
– Communicating successful restorative models to government and NGO’s to help foster better practices.
– Advocating for long term sustainability for the work of Prison Fellowship Cambodia through initiatives inside and outside the prison walls.