Restoration

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

All of PFC's services are designed to holistically restore lives and relationships affected by crime and imprisonment. To achieve PFC's vision this project focuses meeting the physical and mental needs through prisoner education. Ultimately, using education to break the crime and poverty cycle by providing increased work options for the prisoner.

The education programs being offered will be in accordance with national academic standards. This will allow prisoners who do not complete their education in prison to transfer directly into the public school system to complete their studies.

Expected Spiritual Impact:

“Restoration” is a foundational theme of the work of PFC and the term is to be found throughout our strategy documents.

res·to·ra·tion

–noun

1.     The act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.

2.     The state or fact of being restored.

3.     A return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition.

4.     Restitution of something taken away or lost.

5.     Something that is restored, as by renovating.

6.     A putting back into a former position, dignity, etc.

Why is it a key theme for Prison Fellowship Cambodia?

Isaiah 59:14 “Righteousness and Justice are the foundations of your throne; love and faithfulness go out before you.”

Justice and Righteousness as defined biblically are the pillars of our theological foundation

Justice is less to do with punishment, and more concerned with what is right or what is ‘peace’ – an overall wellbeing of all relationships between God and man, between people, and between people and the environment.

An offence occurs when “peace” is broken – relationships are damaged and the result is injustice or unrighteousness. When an offence occurs, establishing guilt is to be done impartially without thought of social status.  However, restoration of relationships and peace should be ultimate goal. 

If punishment is to be used it must contribute to achieving that goal, not detract from it by making things worse. Righteousness on the other hand, is both the description of peace and the behaviour required to re-establish peace – or ‘rightness’. It describes action.

Righteousness is more fully and richly defined as being, doing, declaring, and bringing about that which is right.

Justice is concerned with peace, and what is right.  Righteousness is concerned with not only being right, but actively participating in informing others of what is right and actively bringing about what is right.  It is about restoration.   God is not only concerned about what is right, he is concerned about how to make it right.

If Justice and Righteousness are the foundations of God’s throne – how much more should it be the foundation of all that we do in establishing his Kingdom?

In the area of criminal offence, PFC should be concerned that guilt and innocence be established impartially, but that once this has occurred then we are to be a part of restoring relationships and establishing justice.

In regards to righteousness, we are to be inwardly focused on our standing before God as individuals and our moral behaviour as we journey towards Christ likeness.  However, to be fully embracing righteousness we must also be actively engaged in the restoration of what is right in the lives of others.

Thus, we are in the business of restoration, of making God known by making things right and this serves as the spiritual foundation and impact for all of our plans and goals.

 

Joseph Arnhold