Hi! I’d like to share with you a mission that is dear to my heart. Kairos Prison Ministry. In Greek, there are two words for time…chronos and Kairos. Chronos is the time on your watch and Kairos has a meaning more close to “the right or opportune moment.” Any expectant mother can tell you about waiting for Kairos time while being on chronos time.
Kairos Prison Ministry delivers a little bit of God’s time to those who are incarcerated. It offers a short course in Christian love and unity to people who have little experience of a supportive, loving community. Often, lives are transformed.
Kairos Torch is a ministry for juveniles who are incarcerated. Hey, youth need God’s love too! In Torch, not only are the youth given a Christian retreat, they are given a mature Christian mentor that they meet with for one year. This can often be one of the most stable relationships that a youth may have.
This year, here in Washington, Kairos Prison Ministry is holding Torch #1 at King County Youth Detention Center in Seattle. We hope to interrupt the cycle of recidivism that so many youth become trapped in. Kairos for adults has been shown, statistically, to lower the recidivism rate from 70% (or so) to 30%. This is significant! And you can be part of it!
There are several ways to support Kairos Prison Ministry. Prayer, Volunteering, and Financial Support just to name a few! If you are interested in any of these, please contact Roberta Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terri Stewart at YCC-Chaplain@thechurchcouncil.org.