Families Of Alabama Inmates Mobile , Al Is in need of a place to hold our meeting and covered dish night once a month. We are open to anyone whom has a loved one or friend incarcerated or that has a passion for helping. If you can help with a place for our support group please contact Ms. Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance. God Bless.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — With bills piling up, an ailing elderly relative and her own son to care for, April Terry was feeling the full brunt of her husband’s imprisonment.
Kairos, the Greek word meaning “in God’s special time,” couldn’t have been a more fitting name for the prison ministry that one year ago began transforming the Terrys’ lives.
“I grew up in the church, but neither of us attended church” as adults, Terry said of herself and her husband. “We weren’t necessarily living an obedient life before he got incarcerated; we were just living. When he got incarcerated, the changes started happening. I started going to church and getting stronger, and then he found out about Kairos. After that, it snowballed.”
Kairos Prison Ministry International is a three-pronged, faith-based program whose volunteers aim to positively alter the lives of incarcerated men, women, juveniles and their loved ones with weekend spiritual retreats.
Kairos Inside brings a trained volunteer team of clergy and lay people into a prison to offer 42 of its inmates a three-day course in Christianity, according to the Kairos’ website. Kairos Outside also involves lay people and clergy in a weekend, but works as a support group for the female family members of the incarcerated. Kairos Torch starts with a weekend retreat inside the prison and continues with a mentorship program for six months thereafter, according to the website.
Known as KPRMI, the organization is carefully structured, its curriculum set forth by a manual every Kairos program in the world uses, said Rex Mason, coordinator of regions for Kairos of Texas.
“The structure is set up so that the inmates inside the prison should not be able to tell that everybody on the team has not been there since Day 1,” Mason said. “When you’ve got people in lots of states working from the same book, it’s not always easy to get the things done that we need to. We have some additional opportunities to excel … but we make a go of it.”
Mason, a Ballinger resident, began volunteering with Kairos Inside in 2000. Explaining to a nonmember the experience of being part of the Kairos team is difficult, he said, and not unlike a Navy SEAL describing to a civilian why he does what he does.
“Going into a Kairos weekend is different than any ministry I have ever been involved in,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to walk beside the Holy Spirit and watch Him work miracles in one of the most miserable places in the country.”
Terry, who lives in Big Spring, can attest to the changes Kairos invokes. More than a year ago, Terry attended Kairos Outside in Andrews while her husband participated in Kairos Inside at the prison where he is incarcerated.
“My husband can be very ‘it’s my way or no way’,” Terry said. “He’s the type that doesn’t apologize even if he knows he’s wrong. He has really softened. He does daily devotionals now. I’ve been here trying to take care of the bills and his granddad and our son, and I was overwhelmed; he could tell over our phone conversation. He called me back and said, ‘I have a Scripture for you.’ For him to go to the Bible and say, ‘This is what I want to read to you right now,’ it’s (proof that Kairos) just really opened him up.”
For Terry, the personal changes the Kairos Outside retreat prompted were just as amazing, she said.
“You are surrounded with a bunch of women that feel what you feel being the loved one of an incarcerated person,” she said. “It’s a chance to bond with other women who know what you’re going through and continue that relationship with (them). It’s great support because now there are people I met on my weekend that — if I need prayer for anything, or I’m going through a struggle — I can email them or pick up the phone and it’s an automatic support.”
Julie Cole, who lives in Midland and has been a Kairos volunteer since 1999, said feelings of isolation are common among women who are grappling with a loved one’s incarceration.
“They’re embarrassed to tell people what’s going on in their life,” Cole said. “It’s really sad to say that some churches, when they find out (a church member is related to an incarcerated person) really discourage them from attending. Instead of embracing them, they shun them.”
Kairos Outside, however, takes the focus off the participants’ loved ones and puts it back on them, Cole said.
“Most of them seem really grateful; they come with the idea that the weekend is going to be about their loved one in prison and they find out the weekend is about them,” she said. “It’s about making them stronger. The majority of women that come are Christians. Some are very strong Christians; some have been to church but have fallen away, and this brings them back to that. They usually all say they feel more worthy because of what they’ve learned during the weekend.”
Terry was so touched by the love and support she received at the retreat that she decided to join the Kairos Outside team.
“For a long time I struggled with ‘Where am I supposed to be in ministry?'” she said. “As soon as the weekend was over, I said, ‘This is it. This is why I have gone through what I have gone through,’ and I want to give back to women what I had been given during that weekend.”
Establishing a support system also is an integral component to Kairos Inside, Cole said.
“It’s been proven: If (released inmates) don’t have family or close friends, somebody to go back to, a potential job or something, their chances of success are very, very low,” Cole said. “Men and women are getting out of prison every day, and those people could easily end up being our next-door neighbors. We need to teach them how to be productive, decent members of our society. It’s a segment of the population that shouldn’t be ignored.”
While relationships — with others and, primarily, Christ — are at Kairos’ core, Mason said the ministry is different from most like-minded Christian endeavors because it is not evangelistic.
“We don’t teach them a lot of Scripture,” Mason said. “Some Christian people who don’t know anything about it are hesitant to get involved because they think if it’s not evangelistic, you’re not going to get the job done. But I would guarantee that there is as much evangelism going on in the unit on a one-on-one basis as there is in any church service you might get involved in.”
Added Cole: “It’s an interdenominational group as opposed to nondenominational. There’s Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics (involved). We focus on what we have in common, and what we have in common is a belief of Jesus Christ. We do not do baptisms or have communion. We don’t have all this peripheral extra stuff out there so it makes for a very simplistic, good weekend.”
For the Terrys, Kairos’ format was just what they needed.
“It’s been beneficial to our marriage, our relationship; all the way around it has really blessed us,” Terry said.
I do prison ministry and 98 percent of the men that we meet in the prisons have gotten there while under the influence of alcohol, or and drugs.
I asked some years ago to see what got them on that path, and everyone that I asked said they started out drinking and then grew from there.
I met a man in a prison six years ago doing ministry work and saw him again this past month in another prison.
When he was 20 years young, he was drinking and driving, had an accident and killed two people.
He was later got sentenced to life, he is now 34 years old, and from that alcohol sale that night there was three families ruined, the two that died and his family from their loss of him.
What is the message we are sending out to our youth, our kids?
It is alright to sell alcohol and it’s OK because we need better places to eat.
Would you want your child to die premature, or before their time do to a drunk driver?
Or would you want your child to spend life in a prison because you voted yes?
I say, vote no!
Servant Rider Ministries
Last year when Joshua (14 years now) was reporting to school (Wells of Hope
Academy) for the second term, he was given a loaf of bread to take to his
father ,Charles who is on death row .Since our children visit their
parents in prison once in a term of three months, Joshua had to wait for
another 7 weeks before he could visit his father and give him the Bread .
Joshua’s mother had thought that we would take the children to see their
parents in prison a day after they report to school,so that is why she gave
the bread to Joshua and a letter to deliver to his father during the visit.
When they assembled to get into the bus to go,we were amazed to see that
Joshua was carrying bread as old as 7 weeks along with his school report
and the letter from his mother .It was tightly packed in a polythene bag.
When asked, Joshua said that, when he was leaving home at the beginning of
the term, he was given this bread by his mother to take to his father. He
was sad when we told him that he was not going to take the bread to prison
because it had gone bad, so we counseled him, before we could throw away the
Since they take years to visit Charles in Prison, relatives back home
benefit from Joshua’s visit to send letters to him and to find out how he
is fairing in prison. Charles, Joshua’s father hails from Lira, Northern
Uganda and has been in prison for close to 11 years.
Before Joshua came to Wells of Hope, the relatives Back home, thought
Joshua’s father had already been hanged. So,Joshua ‘s visit is the source of
Hope for the relatives, they will always get to know that he is not yet
On the 5th July 2012,which is on Thursday, the children will be visiting
their parents in prison. This is the second visit in the year. Please pray
for financial provision to enable us to transport all the children.
Children visiting their parents in prison is one thing children and their
parents in prison look forward to, and it’s the highlight of what goes on
here at Wells of Hope.
Our Children are already counting the days to the visit.
Wells of Hope Ministries
Waterville, OH women share pain of desired ones in prison
Joyce Pierce, left, and Carol Michel, both of Waterville, know what it’s like to have a desired one incarcerated, and they wanted to share their believe and feelings with others in a same situation. At times, it felt as if Joyce Pierce, not only her daughter, was in jail during those dual years.
She mourned a detriment of her daughter a many during holidays, when it was time to do a family tradition of baking Polish cookies or go to midnight Mass.
But in her circle, few accepted what it felt like to have a desired one jailed — solely her crony Carol Michel.
Ms. Michel, whose adult son served 5 years in jail and was expelled 6 weeks ago, knew all too good those feelings of anguish, loneliness, and worry.
“There’s a anguish process,” Mrs. Pierce said. “For a family who has never gifted carrying a desired one in a jail system, it’s overwhelming.”
It’s also tough for people to speak about since of a tarnish compared with it, pronounced Germaine Kirk, who oversees a jail and jail ministries for a Catholic Diocese of Toledo.
“What I’ve found is there’s an component of shame. There’s really an component of isolation,” pronounced Ms. Kirk, a diocese’s amicable method module coordinator. “It’s not something we speak about openly.”
And not many resources are accessible for a families of a 50,000 prisoners in Ohio state institutions, she added.
That’s because Mrs. Pierce and Ms. Michel pronounced they felt compelled to start a nondenominational Christian support organisation for families this summer.
The group, that is to reason a second assembly this month during a Waterville Branch Library, is open to a public. The jail method is scheduled to accommodate during 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 2, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3 during a library, 800 Michigan Ave. in Waterville, according to a support group’s organizers.
The support organisation is essentially for families, like a Pierces and Michels, traffic with a jail complement for a initial time.
Both women pronounced they come from well-respected families. Ms. Michel, 67, is a late purebred helper from Monclova Township. Mrs. Pierce, 69, is a late worker of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Maumee and lives in Waterville.
They devise to offer a question-and-answer event to assistance those know a manners trimming from visiting hours to promulgation mail and to following a prison’s despotic structure, that can be treacherous to families thrown into that universe for a initial time.
The dual women also devise to share their stories and to remind others they are not alone.
“We share a story, a experience, a fears and hopes, and a fact we get by this,” Mrs. Pierce said.
"Champions For Today" is representing the preventative arm of Bill Glass Champions For Life in youth programs in schools bringing a message of hope. The Lord continues to open doors into our nation’s schools for our former professional athletes to address students with a faith-based message based on our own life experiences.
We had volunteers sponsoring our programs in their local areas who are veterans with “Champions For Today” as well as those from eight cities who were rookies! In total, our numbers were the largest for any school year to date since our inception in 1993.
Brazil, Jamaica and South Africa were our international outreaches recently.
We were blessed to be part of an outreach to young people in the hurricane-ravaged Gulfport & Biloxi, MS. schools. Through the years and throughout the globe, our message has remained consistent in an ever-changing world. Young people are looking for answers and hope. We count it a privilege to be a vehicle God uses to communicate His unchanging and unconditional love.
National Director of Champions for Today,
My experience mentoring weekly with the Ring of Champions was very rewarding. I witnessed a young man with a bad attitude about himself gradually gain hope and confidence for the future as we visited about God's love and plan for him over seven months.
Two members of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton helped make a week of summer camp possible for 22 children who have parents in prison.
Camp Amazing Grace, in its third year, was held this month at the Bishop Claggett Center near Frederick. The Rev. Phebe McPherson, Epiphany's rector, is co-chairman of the Prison Ministry Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which sponsors the camp.
A member of the congregation, Maryellen Polvino-Bodnar, who was program director last year, coached the kids in fishing at the pond. The children also took part in a ropes challenge course, swimming, soccer, storytelling, magic, art, crafts and music.
The camp theme this year was "Make a Joyful Noise!" Funds, supplies and camp staff volunteers come from nearly 40 churches in the Maryland Diocese, including half a dozen in Anne Arundel County.
Cub Scout Pack 209, sponsored by Odenton Masonic Lodge 209 AF&AM, recently went on an Urban Pirate Adventure at Fells Point in Baltimore.
"We went aboard our pirate ship The Fearless and met the members of our crew including First Mate Peppercorn, Bountiful Bonnie and Red-eyed Sam. Our captain for the cruise was Cap'n Bones," said Debbie Huprich, pack committee chairman.
The boys and their families went on a one-hour adventure, touring the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry area on the pirate ship. The Scouts and their siblings fired water cannons at the tourists on the docks at the Inner Harbor, in preparation for fending off an attack by a marauding pirate in a red speed boat, who wanted to take their treasure.
The Cub Scouts and their siblings also learned how to tie some knots and learned some history about Baltimore and its shipbuilding past.
The Scouts and siblings learned some pirate songs and learned how to talk and act like pirates.
"They helped First Mate Peppercorn take our treasure back from Red-eyed Sam after Sam announced that he was actually Slippery Sam and was stealing the treasure from us," said Debbie.
Sibling Caitlyn Dye provided a drink for Sam, which turned him into a very friendly pirate and allowed the crew to take control of the treasure.
All-in-all, although the weather was 97 degrees, everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves.
Other activities Pack 209 has planned for August include white-water rafting in the Poconos, another week at Cub Scout Day Camp, the annual Raingutter Regatta, and camping at Gettysburg during the Labor Day Weekend.
If you are interested in joining Pack 209, or would like more information about the pack, contact Committee Chairman Debbie Huprich at 410-969-7414 , or visit twww.packsonline.com/MD/209.
Odenton Baptist Church, located at 8410 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton, is holding its Vacation Bible School from 6-9 p.m. July 27-31.
The theme this year is Summer Olympics. Lots of fun activities are planned with songs, treats and prizes.
For more information, call the church at 410-551-9852 .
The program the Ring od Champions has been a great success and I look forward to expanding the program in the future."
– Juvenile Center Administrator