By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter, SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020
Notable inmate ministry Prison Fellowship will be showing their annual Easter Hope event online in at least 20 states, making it available to more inmates than ever before.
Every year since the early days of Prison Fellowship, the late Chuck Colson, the organization’s founder, held an Easter celebration event at prisons in one of the 50 states.
But due to coronavirus concerns and state lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus, Prison Fellowship had to cancel their in-person Easter Hope event, scheduled to take place in Georgia.
In response to the shutdown, the ministry produced an Easter celebration video featuring music, personal testimonies, and an altar call that will air in prisons across the nation.
James Ackerman, president of Prison Fellowship, told The Christian Post that unlike past years, when they focused on one state, Easter 2020 will have “a broader reach” in states ranging from “California to Georgia.”
“It is amazing to me that the doors the Lord is opening for Prison Fellowship at a time when the gates of the prisons are closed,” said Ackerman.
“We want people to see that everyone has value in God’s eyes and even if you find yourself in a place like prison, even today, this weekend, Easter Sunday can be a point of new beginning for you when you step into a new beginning and step into the purpose and plan that God has always had for your life.”
Ackerman also told CP that his ministry is open to continuing to do online Easter Hope events each year, in conjunction with an expected return to in-person events focused on a given state.
The means through which this was being handled was a video portal platform that Prison Fellowship launched earlier this month called Floodlight.