BeaconLight update

02 Jun 2023

I have to say, John Phillips and Beaconlight have been an amazing blessing to CPA UK. The latest news from BeaconLight can be accessed by clicking here. John authored the Inner Struggles books alongside Lee Russell and thousands of copies have now been distributed to forces across the country.

John, has just completed publishing his new booklet called ‘Now What?’ Aimed at people who find themselves in police custody. Since our CPA National Conference we have distributed 2,500 of the brand new ‘Now What’ booklets into custody offices around the country to the following forces: Avon & Somerset, BTP, Gloucestershire, GMP, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leicestershire, London Met, Norfolk & Suffolk, Scotland and South Yorkshire.

2,500 books remain, please contact the office to get yours delivered to force. This is a fantastic evangelistic tool that will reach prisoners at their lowest point. Who knows what could happen. Imagine the most prolific offender in your police area coming to know Jesus. What impact would that have on the communities you serve?

John Phillips of BeaconLight shared this encouraging message for your attention:

Now What? Booklet

I am delighted that a printed booklet has finally emerged, about 20 months after my initial scribblings. I frequently expressed my frustration that it was taking too long; you were always wise with your response – it is the Lord’s timing that matters.

And that comment is very significant. It was about ten years ago that a Senior Chaplain in the Prison Service recommended that we should produce a tract/booklet for police custody cells. I didn’t know how it could happen and never expected it would. It is true; the Lord’s timing is always perfect. That gives me the added confidence that He will use Now What? to draw many men, women, and young people to Himself.

BeaconLight has really appreciated its partnership with the CPA over the last two years, initially through the publication of the Police Edition of Inner Struggles, generously funded by the Naval & Military Bible Society. I hope that, together, we may identify other literature opportunities to help your members in reaching colleagues with the good news of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus

One request, if I may. Although produced primarily for prisons, most of our materials are equally suitable for churches and ministries working with ‘ex-offenders’ and the marginalised. I will be very grateful to any of your members who can recommend our resources (all free of charge) to any such ministries in their local area. We have produced a flyer for this purpose and all the materials can be viewed as PDFS on our website.

Alternatively, if any members can let me know of local ministries that may be interested in using our publications, we will gladly contact them ourselves.

I pray that the Lord will continue to use the CPA to equip and encourage its members in their walk

with Christ and as they live for Him amongst those with whom they serve.

Yours in Christ.

John Phillips, Director (Prison Ministry)

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