Wood describes his pursuit as “pastor/teacher/administrator” of a Vanderburgh County trickery that houses, on average, “about 700 inmates any day, nonetheless 10,000 to 12,000 come by here any year,” he said.
About 29 percent of that array attend one or some-more of a programs his method offers there, he added. Those programs operation from church services and Bible investigate to one-on-one conversing and operative a “Twelve Step Program,” or during slightest a initial 3 of those steps, he said.
“(Jail ministry) is a unequivocally large need that many people don’t grasp,” pronounced Jon Kostbade of Henderson, Ky., a member of a Good News board. “People (in jail) are during rock-bottom, and it’s not only about them; they have kids, families and parents. For everybody in there, there’s a damaged heart on a outside.”
Board member Steve Bass of Evansville certified that he didn’t grasp a need until a family member became incarcerated.
“When we see someone with a drug or other problem and they make bad decisions, afterwards they go to jail and come out and turn a really prolific member of multitude … we wish to insert yourself to those agents of change.”
And that’s how he sees a Good News ministry.
Good News is a Christian ministry, Wood said, “We are here to accommodate a devout needs of both inmates and staff by a method that includes evangelism, discipleship and rural care, though we also promote other eremite faiths within a discipline determined by law and a trickery … I’m a Christian though I’ll call someone (else, of a opposite faith tradition) if it is requested.”
Wood does not work for a city of Evansville or Vanderburgh County. He does not work for Henderson County either, nonetheless he is concerned in a identical jail method there — and has been for a past decade.
His income and that of his wife, Sandi, who serves as his executive assistant, is not paid by any local, state or sovereign money: The integrate are employees of Good News ministry.
Nor did he actively request for a container in Vanderburgh County. He was invited, in May of 2008, by Sheriff Eric Williams, who was informed with a work Wood was doing in Henderson County.
Good News Ministries never relates to enter a new market, Wood explained; it always is by invitation of law coercion in any given community.
Vanderburgh County is a initial venue in Indiana for a Good News ministry, Wood said, adding that both Posey and Warrick counties recently have non-stop discourse with him per programs in their facilities.
In a minute antiquated progressing this month, Williams pronounced of his invitation, “… we did so with some hostility as a classification did not have a participation in any other Indiana jail (but) after estimable investigate and meetings with several member of a Good News organization, we was assured it was value giving them an opportunity.
“That is a preference we do not bewail and am really grateful for … Good News … has done a estimable certain impact on a invalid race …”
The Good News method idea matter declares a purpose: “To yield spiritually mature, versed and encouraged Christian chaplains to offer in correctional comforts nationally and internationally.”
To accommodate this goal, a method relies heavily on proffer chaplains, Ward said, adding that he is operative in a Vanderburgh County Detention Center along with a cadre of 70 volunteers from 26 internal parishes. (See www.goodnewsjail.org for information.)
Wood pronounced a standard weekly report includes Bible investigate (“We have 28 units with 8 lessons in any section covering 16 books of a Bible); church services (13 via a week); an “incredibly successful ‘Celebrate Recovery Inside'” array that covers a initial 3 of a 12 stairs in a AA lexicon; and for women, who comment for about 15 percent of a daily population, a array called “Renewed Thinking: Changing Dysfunctional Thinking Patterns.”
Wood pronounced that in 2011 his method conducted 1,075 classes and reached 16,246 individuals.
Wood and his volunteers also yield one-on-one conversing (to 1,069 inmates in 2011); and clergyman services, including genocide notices and anguish conversing (4,154 served in 2011).
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
Alan Wood pronounced his annual bill for a Vanderburgh County Good News Jail and Prison Ministry in Vanderburgh County is $224,000 a year “and we have to lift all of it on a own, locally.
“We rest on annual contributions from individuals, churches and businesses and we get a extend any year from a Welborn Foundation.”
The method hosts a (free) party annually in March, in Evansville, and another in October, in Henderson, Ky., to widespread a word about a work and inspire new volunteers and donors to step forward.
And it hosts a golf eventuality in Henderson any year in May.
Wood is accessible to pronounce to church groups about a Good News ministry, he said. He can be reached during a Vanderburgh County Detention Center, 812-421-6200.