“...I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:36)
Have you ever known someone who has never been made to feel special or worthwhile? Someone who has never had a party to celebrate a milestone or achievement?
I have met these people through the Kairos Prison Ministry. And through Kairos, I have seen their lives change for the better.
The ministry celebrates these people who never before had celebrations. It seeks to know their stories just as Christ sought to know the stories of the people around Him who were normally shunned – the tax collector, the leper, the woman at the well. And through periodic weekend gatherings in Fort Bend County at the Carol Vance Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice they often take their first steps on the journey to know and share the love of Jesus Christ.
The last story I heard was typical of many. The man struggled to accept Christ in his life after the weekend meeting but he persisted in attending the ensuing Bible Study meetings for prayer, reflection and group support. Slowly, he came to see God’s love at work in his life. Two years later, he has his own mechanic shop, his own apartment and a relationship with his children, whom he had never previously known.
These success stories and the lowered recidivism rates for those we serve are two of the reasons that I am a member of the Kairos Ministry support teams. There is another very important reason: Christ has called us to tell the Good News of the Gospel to ALL people – and that includes people in prison.