Crossroads for Prisoners Canada connects people in prisons with mentors from churches to develop Christ-centered relationships as they study God’s Word together.
Crossroads for Prisoners Canada envisions a world in which the Church answers God’s call to remember people who are incarcerated by cultivating Christ-centered relationships through which God transforms lives, prisons and churches throughout the world.
prisons and churches throughout the world.
Honor the God-given dignity in all people
Recognizing that everyone bears the image of God, we unconditionally respect, love and accept all people. We endeavor to restore dignity that the criminal justice system has removed, believing that God offers redemption and renewed purpose to each person who is incarcerated. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
Serve churches around the world
We equip and empower the Church outside correctional facilities to fulfill God’s call to remember those who are incarcerated. We provide resources to help churches grow spiritually and develop mutually enriching relationships with incarcerated men and women around the world. “Then the righteous will answer him, . . . ‘When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:37–40).
Steward resources faithfully and partner intentionally
We faithfully steward the financial and human resources God has given us and use them in a way that ensures the greatest benefit to His Kingdom. While recognizing our ministry’s strengths and abilities, we also seek to partner with others in humility and transparency to maximize our reach and impact. “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1–2).
Treasure God’s Word
We center our lives and our ministry around the belief that, through the Gospel, God changes lives. As we immerse ourselves in God’s Word, we also provide the Gospel message to incarcerated people around the world in a way that helps them understand it and apply it to their lives. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Fulfill our mission with excellence and urgency
Because we are aware of the great need for God’s love in dark places throughout the world, we aim to accomplish all our endeavors with excellence and with intentional urgency. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23–24).
Because we believe that prayer is powerful, we regularly bring our praises, laments and requests to God, both individually and collectively. We encourage everyone involved in the ministry to practice the spiritual discipline of prayer. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).