Stories from the outside.

Telling stories is the best way to teach, persuade, and even understand ourselves.

Mainstream media has published a couple of articles lately, that deserve a look - especially if prison, and patches are foreign to you. These stories are digitally rich and engaging - there are videos, quotes, podcasts (audio), and links to share. There are a variety of ways this material could be used, for instance as a reflection and prayer, a small-group discussion, or stories within a sermon.

Stuff NZ - The Priest with a patch

He became a reverend in 2006. 
It’s a job he does for the people. 
But Greg Koroheke’s life before faith was less than holy.

This is his story, a man who came from the gangs and is now ministering to them.

Radio NZ - ‘On the outside: the problem with life after prison’

If you serve time in jail there is a nearly one in three chance that you'll end up back behind bars in the first year after release. For many, it seems the pull to return to their old ways is almost inescapable. Leigh-Marama McLachlan speaks to former prisoners trying to build a life outside the gates.