What is Prison Ministry?
Prison Ministry is fellowshipping, mentoring, listening, teaching, caring from the heart with a passionate desire to simultaneously meet Jesus and demonstrate Jesus to jailed and imprisoned inmates.
Prison Ministry is offering encouragement, comfort, and exhortation to people who have all but lost hope.
Prison Ministry is exhibiting the love of Jesus. The men and women in these places may be society's outcasts, but Jesus died to save them too. The ministry's job is to allow the Holy Spirit to demonstrate God's love in and through us toward them.
Just as there are only certain individuals who are called to the mission fields of the Amazon Jungle, not every Christian is going to have the desire to minister to prisoners. And that's ok. But for those who are the called, there is a passion that wells up from within that draw you inside prison walls - past the barbed wire, past the concrete walls - to share the love of Jesus Christ to a generation of men and women who are desperately hurting to know and experience that love.
For those who are not called to minister to prisoners but have a desire to help the ministries that do, may we suggest that you can support prison ministries and Chaplains with your prayers and financial support?
One way to support prison Chaplains and ministries is by supporting the distribution of the Challenge Prison newspaper in prisons and jails. The Challenge encourages inmates and strengthens the message given in the Chaplain's sermons. It reaches into every cell and ultimately every heart. It tells a story of redemption and shows that our Lord is loving and will forgive their sins when they repent.