In the summer of 2001, Jeff Park, who was then Director of the Coalition of Prison Evangelists (COPE), informed Dr. Harry Fletcher, Vice President of International Ministry, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, of workers in Kyrgyzstan who were involved in prison ministry, but needed recognition by the government, training, and resources.
Dr. Fletcher began communicating with Chris Istrati, an American missionary serving with Pioneers Mission Board in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Chris was also the liaison between Dr. Fletcher and AhmedKojo, the national leader in prison ministry.
In September 2002, Dr. Fletcher
traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and just before arriving in Bishkek, Dr. Fletcher
trained 300 ministers gathering in Izhevsk, Russia who were interested in prison ministry.
was one of the participants in the conference.
After the meeting, Dr. Fletcher
met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with several Christian leaders and government officials, including Lieutenant General Tashtemir Aittbaen
, Deputy Ministry
of the Department of Justice
with responsibilities for Kyrgyzstan prisons.
Dr. Fletcher and Mr. Cameron Abell, Director of Training, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in January 2003 to train 5 potential chaplains.
returned to Kyrgyzstan in November of 2004 and at a meeting with Lt.