From Enterprise Staff
In celebration of having served at the local Polunsky Unit for over 25 years, the
Kairos Prison Ministry recently held its 50th Kairos Weekend, a three-and-a-half-day event inside the prison led entirely led by volunteers that often transforms the lives of those who are incarcerated.
Kairos Prison Ministry is an international nonprofit organization and leading prison ministry with over 30,000 volunteers.
Hundreds of inmates throughout the years have participated in the weekend program which includes a series of talks, discussions and prayer that creates or continues a desire for spiritual growth. This has enabled Kairos to establish a Christian community inside the prison by bringing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to those in darkness, resulting in an improved prison living environment, reduced recidivism, a safer community and countless healed families.
Kairos achieves this impact by being the ministry that keeps going back into Polunsky for prayer and share groups as well as monthly reunions.
“We are excited to be celebrating our 50th weekend of bringing light to those in darkness within prison walls. Our ministry continues to transform the lives of inmates and volunteers alike and will for many years to come.” Kairos Prison Ministry International Inc. CEO Evelyn Lemly said.
There are many ways the Livingston community can get involved in future Kairos Weekends, of which there are generally two per year. Ways to get involved include joining the team that goes into Polunsky, as part of the support team, baking Kairos Cookies that are given to participants, creating agape (letters, posters, placemats, banners, prayer chains) which are physical representations of love, prayer vigil participation and through financial support as each Kairos Weekend is funded by donations and grants.
Kairos Prison Ministry International Inc. is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families through three programs: Kairos Inside, for incarcerated men and women; Kairos Outside, for female relatives/friends of the incarcerated; and Kairos Torch, for incarcerated youth. From simple beginnings as a short course in Christianity inside a Florida prison in 1976, Kairos has grown to serve more than 500 prisons and communities in 10 countries and 37 states. Each year more than 30,000 volunteers donate 3 million hours of service with an estimated dollar value of $36 million. To learn more, visit www.kairosprisonministry.org.