Kairos Prison Ministry is designed to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families and to assist the incarcerated in becoming productive citizens. It is a highly effective ministry that dramatically reduces the recidivism rate and generates significant and lasting changes in the participants. I’ve met countless prisoners who still cite Kairos experiences from years ago as major catalysts for their Christianity.
I was pleased to see that one of the many lessons during the course of a Kairos prison ministry weekend is on apologetics (a reasoned defense of the Christian faith). They basically use a minimal facts approach, noting how these are facts of history and that our faith is grounded in evidence.
The people who created and refined this course did a great job in covering a lot of theological bases. I’m disappointed that most churches are very weak on apologetics, so I was encouraged that it was highlighted in the midst of lessons on choices, forgiveness, study, service, etc.
The inmates will even note that there is a lot of bad theology in prison just like there is in the outside world. One of the themes I try to get across when giving a talk during the weekend is the importance of daily Bible reading and prayer. They are receptive to sound teaching. At the last weekend I worked I gave them my usual “Do you want to hear from God” bit and it resonated so well that one table mentioned it in the closing ceremony.
I ask, “How many of you would like to hear from God?” They all say yes or raise their hands. Then I say, “OK, read the Bible.” They chuckle.
Then I ask, “Oh, you meant you want to hear from God out loud. OK, how many of you would like to hear audibly from God?” Again, they respond affirmatively. Then I say, “OK, read the Bible out loud.” More chuckles, then I explain my point.
God could speak to you audibly, but it isn’t common and He doesn’t do it on demand. How about if we nail down the 31,173 verses He gave us before expect personalized revelations? If He does speak to you out loud, it will be unmistakably clear, just like in the Bible. It won’t be some sort of nudge or hint.
When we do our monthly follow up visits I’m encouraged by how much many of these guys read the Bible. Seriously, they put many Christians to shame with how much they read, understand and try to live out.
Please pray for this ministry and consider getting involved yourself. There are all sorts of opportunities both inside and outside the prison.