Jail/Prison Ministry

Kairos #3 at Decatur Work Release October 26-29

There are two major ways that you can help our local Kairos Team #3 as they are preparing for sharing the Gospel with 40 inmates at our local Decatur Work Release Correctional Facility:  Pray, Pray, Pray and Bake Cookies.

–Please be in prayer for this ministry as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through words and deeds.  If you have 30 minutes to spare between Thursday, October 26 at 4pm and Sunday, October 29 at 5pm for the Kairos Prayer Vigil, please call the NCC at 256.351.7633 or email decaturncc1994@gmail.com.  It is a powerful site for the men to see the bright, colorful construction paper prayer link chain with all the names of people praying for this gathering while it is taking place.

–We need dozens and dozens of homemade cookies.  During this special weekend, we share cookies with the participants as a tangible gift of love.  Below is the recipe for cookies.  They need to be at the NCC no later than noon on Thursday, Oct. 26.
1. The Key Ingredient-Prayer: Pray individually or as a family over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the cookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets and bake them. Ask God to use your cookies as a source of His love. Pray that each cookie brings the inmate, officer or warden who eats it closer to God.
2. Cookie Preparation: The types of cookies that are generally acceptable and appreciated are: Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Ginger, Sugar (see rules below), Rice Krispy Treats and Brownies (without frosting) to name a few. You are NOT limited to these. Nuts and coconut are allowed. Be creative but be careful. Almost all cookies can be adapted to go in. Just remember to follow the PRISON RULES and KAIROS RULES listed below. Check with your Kairos team leaders if you have additional questions.
-No sugar coating, powdered sugar, sprinkles, or icing on cookies or brownies.
-No fruit or raisins in or on the cookies.
-Cookies should be medium sized; no extra-large or extra-thick ones.
-No store bought cookies. Not even from a bakery.
-Make cookies from a mix or from scratch if possible.
-And dont forget to PRAY!!
3. Packing the Cookies: Bag completely cooled cookies in gallon-sized Ziploc bags (no twist ties), a dozen cookies to a bag. Label each bag with the kind of cookies contained within. Freeze any cookies that won’t be delivered within three days.
4. Delivering the Cookies: Bring them to the NCC no later than noon Thursday, October 26.  Thanks!

 

How can you help?

  • Pray for the volunteers as they are meeting weekly for their training and the inmates that they will be ministering too; that God will transform lives during this weekend.
  • Bake homemade cookies. (see above)
  • Decorate placemats…children or youth, Sunday school classes, and others that would like to decorate placemats. We will provide the paper placemats.
  • Sign-up for a prayer chain that will go from 4pm Thursday, October 26 through 4 pm Sunday, October 28.

 

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“Sing to the Lord, Praise His Name; Proclaim His Salvation Day after Day”
Psalms 96:2

Every day we stand in awe of the mighty work that God is doing to build up His Kingdom. We have watched Him transform people’s lives, and we are thankful that He allows us the opportunity to watch Him do glorious things in the lives of those we serve. We continue to give God the Glory for the fruit blooming through the Educational and Discipleship classes and programs. Our hearts leap with joy when we see those come to faith in Jesus Christ. As one of the staff expressed the other day after the news of recent salvations at the Decatur Work Release Kairos #2, Back Yard Bible Club, the women’s Hispanic class, and classes at the Morgan County jail, “there are no words for what my heart feels right now.” It is so true. God has blessed us with many opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witness His saving grace.
We recently had the opportunity to participate with many others across this community in the Decatur Work Release Kairos #2, sharing the Gospel of Jesus with 21 male inmates over four days. Many of you prayed, baked cookies, participated in coordinating the meals, and so much more. At the end of the retreat, the leader asked the 21 male inmates three questions:

1) Why did you come to Kairos?
2) What did you find in here?
3) What will you leave with?

To hear so many share that they came broken, confused, curious, without Jesus; then to hear them say they found Agape Love, Healing, Jesus, and more. One young man shared that he came without Jesus, he found Jesus, and he was leaving with Jesus. Wow! Another saint added to the Kingdom. Within the same week, we had children pray to receive Christ through the Back Yard Bible Club after hearing the message of Jesus Christ and His love for them. Three women in Hilda’s Hispanic class prayed to receive Christ and kept texting her about their excitement in their new walk with Jesus and being overcome with His love. And to make the week even sweeter, we had the opportunity to participate in 8 baptisms (three men and five women) at the Morgan County Jail, either through salvation or re-dedication of their life with Christ. Our weeks are not always like this. We often move forward daily in planting, weeding, and other times watering the seeds of the Gospel. We don’t always get to witness the harvest of those seeds planted, but we rest in assurance that God will bring about a harvest. To God Be The Glory Great Things He Has Done (and continues to do).

     Thank you for partnering with us in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those we serve.   How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Is 52:7

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The staff and volunteers stay busy teaching classes on the inside. Currently, we teach:

25-28 classes weekly to males & females at Morgan County Jail

2 classes weekly to 27 females at Limestone County Jail

62 men weekly at Limestone Prison

Once a month at Tutwiler Prison

We also teach 21 women three times weekly from Decatur Dream Center and partner with with Morgan County Drug Court, Community Corrections, DA’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program and other judicial programs to teach Life Skill Programs. We are also able to check out inmates and take them to classes at the Center, church, and Celebrate Recovery.

Some of the classes we teach on the inside are:
Job for Life Classes
Work Life Class
Life’s Healing Choice Class
Celebrate Recovery Inside
Life Skills Class
Relapse Prevention Class
Purpose Driven Life Class
Relationship 101 Class
Parenting 101 Class
Wounded Woman Class
Inside Matters
Faith & Finance Class
Powered for Life
5 Love Languages
Topical Bible Studies
Every Woman’s Battle
nger Management
Grief Class
Forgiveness
Sexual Abuse Class
Reading Prep

 

Not only do we teach inside of jails and prisons, we want to continue with education and discipleship when they are released and back in the community. We offer classes at the Center for the community and especially encourage our friends from the inside to join us.

Our class schedule at the Center (call before you come to your first class to make sure schedule has not changed):

Tuesday:
8-9am
-Female only class, usually covers topics about addiction (breakfast is served)
12-2pm-Males and Females, Adult Bible Study covers a variety of topics (lunch is served)
6-7:30pm-Males only, usually covers biblical studies (dinner is served) meets upstairs
6:30-8pm-Females only, usually covers biblical studies (dinner is served) meets downstairs

Wednesday:
8am-9am
-Females only, usually covers a variety of  topics like anger management, life skills, etc (breakfast is served)
11:30am-12:30pm-Women’s Hispanic class (lunch is served)

We also offer appointment only guidance with workforce development, financial classes, life skills, counseling and more.