Historic Partnership Announced Between Prison Fellowship and Moody Bible Institute

24 June, 2021
Today In the Word
Two men studying.

Prison Fellowship®, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, along with Moody Bible Institute, a higher education and media ministry based in Chicago, Ill., announced today a historic partnership.

Prison Fellowship is partnering with Moody to create a series of devotionals based on Moody’s popular Today in the Word daily devotional. With this new partnership, Moody and Prison Fellowship will produce two distinctive, 120-day Today in the Word devotionals—one for men and one for women—that will include testimonials, a Bible study through the four gospels, and discussion questions.

Two devotional books with the words "Today in the Word" devotion for women (upper left) and men (lower right) will be distributed to more than 100,000 inmates around the U.S. by Prison Fellowship chaplains starting July 1, 2021.

“The needs of men and women in prison are very unique and these devotionals will serve as another way God can move and work in their lives—providing hope while behind bars,” said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship.  “During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the Lord work in miraculous ways, despite prisons denying access to nonessential personnel. Prison Fellowship has distributed more than 120,000 Life Recovery Bibles to prisons across America in the past 11 months. Now, those who receive these Bibles can have devotionals—specific to their needs—thanks to our new partnership with Moody.”

This Bible distribution and follow-up resource to people in prison with the Today in the Word devotional is one of the largest outreach projects in Prison Fellowship’s history.

“We are humbled and honored to partner and collaborate with Prison Fellowship, and have a deep appreciation and high respect for their decades-long work,” said Dr. Mark Jobe, president of Moody Bible Institute. “As an inner city pastor for more than 30 years who has worked with many men and women in prison as well as helping returning citizens, a resource such as Today in the Word is vital to help them understand the Gospel of King Jesus and grow in their walk with Him. I’m delighted to see this partnership come to fruition and the Moody family is praying fervently for the chaplains, men and women using this resource, and those in our prison system.“

A group of women outside

In addition to testimonies of life change and discussion questions on each of the four gospel studies, the men’s and women’s edition also features articles on how to know Jesus and how to read the Bible and pray. Each study is written by faculty of the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary, and incorporates Prison Fellowship’s “Values of Good Citizenship”.

Prison Fellowship Chaplains will begin distributing these custom Today in the Word devotionals beginning July 1, 2021.

Today in the Word devotional can be found at www.todayintheword.org.