I blogged previously on the Kairos Prison Ministry weekend program that I participated in. We also do follow up visits once per month and I enjoy those even more.
We visit with the inmates for a couple hours. There is some singing (it is a good chance for me to play my guitar), small group sharing and various testimonials.
I won’t romanticize this endeavor because it is still a bunch of imperfect people trying to live out their faith the best they can. But I see and experience a lof of things that churches outside the prison could emulate.
On average, the inmates we visit with are heavily in the Bible, praying, practicing forgiveness, not retaliating the way they used to, supporting each other and more. I am not exaggerating to say that on average these guys know the Bible better than the people in my church.
I witness many dramatically changed lives. They truly love Jesus and are passionate about sharing the Gospel. They are working hard to prepare themselves for release so they can stay out this time. As mentioned on the previous post, this program dramatically reduces the recidivism rate.
The thing I like best is encouraging them. One gentleman who is over 50 got his GED and seemed very pleased that someone acknowledged how challenging and scary that must have been, was proud of him and rejoiced with him in his accomplishment. Even little things like telling them you missed them or that you prayed for them or their families seem to make a big impact.
Prison ministry isn’t for everyone, but if you have any questions then please leave them in the comments section or check out the previous post.