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Local Ministry Involvement

Our church serves the homeless, helps do chores for the elderly and has an international ministry to assist people in India and Tanzania. We continue to look for ways to serve. Last Sunday, I went to Donovan Maximum Security prison. One of our congregation volunteers at Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. I was pretty blown away by the response of these gang-members, murderers, and the like who moved into the Kingdom of God. It was powerful to see men in tears as they made a life change. More on Kairos:

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is the parent organization of a body of ministries addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, to their families and to those who work in the prison environment. The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.

Care House Life MinistryAs we consider ways to serve beyond handing out food/supplies we are looking into Care House Life Ministries. One person is signing up to mentor homeless teens. About:

“We are a Christian organization dedicated to serving homeless teens, teens in crisis and young moms in crisis pregnancies throughout San Diego county. We meet the kids where they are, love them unconditionally, provide for their needs as best we can, and tell them about Jesus. We do this through a network of churches, faithful supporters, and people like you. Why? Because that’s what Jesus would do… how about you?”

Please pray for us as we continue examine ways we can serve God’s Kingdom through local & international ministry opportunities.

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  1. Here are some of the inmates comments:

    “We’ve all been down the wrong road. We finally went down the right road. Everyone here is a sinner. It takes time to get here. We didn’t get here overnight. You came here to pick us up to take us where we need to be,” said Larry.

    This has been a new experience for me. I always refer to myself as a convict, even when I’m out on the street. I have had a life of gang involvement and drug addiction. This weekend I have seen that I am a human. Some of us have never seen this type of love in our lives,” said Don.

    “When I came here I knew something wasn’t right in my life. I’ve been trying to get back on the right track,” Joshua remarked. “Coming here, I found what I was missing and it was the Lord Jesus.”

    One of the prisoners said he was touched by the children’s work. A placement drawn by a student had a stick-figure in a prison cell and read, “Please give up your life of crime.”

    Donnell “I gave myself to the Lord two days ago. This is amazing. I was in tears. I’ve been in prison 13-and-a-half years. I am scheduled to be out in 4 months. I’m scared, I don’t know what’s out there for me but as long as I keep walking with God, I’ll be alright.”

    Dexter ‚Äì “God’s been patient with me. I thought I hit rock-bottom. I had been released from jail and was involved in a ministry outside. I left the ministry after a while and got back into my sinful ways. Now I’m back in prison for nine years. Kairos has given me the love I needed.

    Carlos ‚Äì I’m somebody. Most of my life I’m alone. People have told me I’m a loner. I’ve always felt alone. The Lord God has made me whole. I now know that I am a child of God. I came from empty dreams and hope of abandoned lives. I never appreciated my wife and children. This ministry has opened up my heart to these things.

    Jamie “I found a way for Governor Schwarzenegger to get us out of the deficit. Instead of locking us up for five, ten or fifteen years or even life, he should send us all away to a Kairos weekend.”

    Jamal “I‚Äôm no longer an inmate. I’m a soldier for Jesus.”

    David “One of the letters I read was a hand-written note from a five-year-old kid who wrote, “I love you and God loves you too.” I’m through playing with God. I’ve taken all these other roads and I don’t want to go down them anymore. One thing I’m still working on is my attitude. I’ve got a bad attitude to a lot of people. Today, I woke up and I felt good. I apologized to anther guy. It’s a big start of my life. I’ve never asked another person for their forgiveness before.”

  2. Sir;

    I would like to find out more about serving the prison ministry. I am a divorced, 54 year old white educated male…A Christian Non-Denominational Charismatic Church background affiliate…and yes I have been in jail…although it was a tax case, it’still jail(prison)…I have been out for 11 years and have yet to find where I belong…Having been laid off from a middle range five figure income, a divorced and a custody battle..let alone depression…I can see that there is a better purpose for me…I remember being incarcerated and waiting for the Wednesday Bible fellowship, the Sunday morning Worship…It(God) sustained me…But until now, I was always a coward about going back.

    I live in Warrenville, Il 60555.

    Thank You,

    Jay Heflin

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