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All articles by Gerard Chrispin

Gerard Chrispin is enthusiastic about the Christian message! He feels the greatest joys are to receive Christ and to help others to do so. He is fully involved in this work through his local church, his writing ministry, Christian Prison Resources Ministries, United Beach Missions and Christian Answer. A qualified lawyer, he is convinced that the evidence for the truth of the Bible and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is rock solid.

World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!

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August 2010
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World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!

We cannot stay out of prison!   ‘Hi Tim. What on earth are you doing in here again?’      ‘Breach of licence. This geezer said I had threatened him, and I’m back inside. You know me, Gerard. He was lying’.      Tim smiled wryly and looked knowingly at me. At previous prisons he was known as the gentlest prisoner on the block. Some chaplains wondered if his proneness to suggestibility produced a wrong conviction for his original crime. His unusually long recorded police interview is to interviews what Wimbledon’s recent marathon first round match between Isner and Mahut is to tennis. After it, he confessed...

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News – What a weekend!

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July 2009
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News – What a weekend!

What a weekend! I am convinced that the UK needs young men more concerned about reaching the lost with the gospel than about whether the guitar is in tune or amplification working properly!      It was a pleasure, therefore, to join 80 young folk, men and women, motivated to make Christ known, at Speakers' Corner,…

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Missionary Spotlight – Discharged

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April 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Discharged

Discharged   Gerard Chrispin has recently retired as General Director of DAYLIGHT Christian Prison Trust – but not from sharing the gospel! Here he challenges his ‘fellow dinosaurs’ to use their retirement to serve the Master.   How easy it is to get institutionalised! It is sad to see men and women who were once dynamic and innovative reduced to creatures of unimaginative habit. We know one man who manages to get himself back into prison soon after every release because he has grown so accustomed to being there.      Inside, he didn’t need to think for himself. He had worked in the City before...

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Missionary Spotlight – Captive audience, with liberty to stay away

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July 2008
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Captive audience, with liberty to stay away

Captive audience, with liberty to stay away!   Gerard Chrispin discusses a unique prison double mission   During DAYLIGHT’s Easter Mission at HMP Verne and Young Offenders Institute (YOI) at Portland, one inmate called Bert (all prisoners names changed) declared that the Christianity Explored (CE) course – modified for prison use – had ‘filled in the cracks’ in his gospel understanding.      Fred, a mature man but young Christian, was euphoric about how God had blessed him. A former brawler, his newly gained loving patience already testified to God’s saving grace in Christ. But the DAYLIGHT mission and integrated CE course opened his eyes to...

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News – Britain’s young offenders

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November 2007
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News – Britain’s young offenders

Britain's young offenders  Murders involving teenagers are in the news repeatedly these days. British youth behaviour must be among the worst in Europe. Teenage pregnancies are at an unprecedented level. Binge drinking spawns immorality and criminality, and youngsters now boast about their drug habit. Yet there is pressure to lift the age of criminality…

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

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April 2007
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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or key persons in their lives have been killed or seriously harmed. Family, friends, work colleagues and many more are included in this larger category. Television and press coverage have highlighted that some offenders leave prison better qualified and with a higher potential earning capacity than when they went in. Others are...

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

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April 2007
General

Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or key persons in their lives have been killed or seriously harmed. Family, friends, work colleagues and many more are included in this larger category. Television and press coverage have highlighted that some offenders leave prison better qualified and with a higher potential earning capacity than when they went in. Others are...

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