Published: February 15, 2021
Challenge Prison Newsletter
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The broken and lonely find hope behind bars
Video: Kairos Story from Lockhart Prison
Video courtesy of Kairos Prison Ministry International
Prison ministry shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Offenders often show up feeling broken and alone. Many are depressed and ashamed as they carry a lot of guilt.

“I wouldn't look people in the eye because I was so ashamed I was angry. I know I was missing something but I didn’t know what. I knew God but I didn't have a relationship with him. I felt broken and lonely.”

Through prison ministries like Kairos, offenders encounter the unconditional love of God.  

“I was broken but I got to see the love of Christ and it made me want to open my Bible and get to know more about God. I did and He transformed my life like you wouldn't believe, but what I didn't expect was that all-consuming love that I felt the minute I walked in. It was just so powerful. It was like I was in this big bubble of love. People who didn't even know me, strangers, just showed me love. I can't even explain it is indescribable. I found peace. I found myself again. I found Jesus.” 
Beyond Bars: Prison Ministry Starts with a Simple Act of Faith
By Bob Smietana

Robert and Pat Vinroot sometimes skip church on Sundays, but they almost never miss services at Transformation Church on Friday and Saturday. Especially since they get to go to jail.

For the last five years, the Vinroots have worshiped almost weekly with inmates at Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina, about an hour outside Columbia.
About 300 inmates, known as the “Mighty Men of Kershaw,” attend the services, and many are now official members of the church. Inmates help lead worship for the services and facilitate small groups, which study the Scriptures and points from that week’s sermon.

Transformation Church has developed ministries at four other prisons in South Carolina.
And it all started with a simple step of faith by the Vinroots.

A retired missionary friend asked them to hand out gift bags at Kershaw prison at Christmastime, and on a whim, they decided to go along. Robert, a retired airline pilot, and Pat, a former teacher and counselor, had never been inside a jail before. But they thought highly of their friend, says Robert, so they decided to go with her.

“I didn’t think we had a calling for [prison ministry],” he says. “But God works in mysterious ways.”

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