Reaching those in prison

Kairos #51 is coming up at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville is coming up at the end of the month, and, Pat Linder, who attended Kairos ORW #50 last spring, shares below how we can help:

Thank y’all for everything you did to help me with Kairos ORW #50 last spring. I was overwhelmed with such generous support from this congregation. The Lord did indeed move among the participants and team members working His way and even some miracles. I’ll be happy to share those experiences if you ask.

Several of you have already contributed decorating talents, prayer commitments, and money to  donations to Kairos ORW #51. Again, thank you so much. Kairos still needs prayers to cover everyone during the weekend and monetary donations to pay for all the food and materials.  I will be at church on Sundays, Oct. 13 and 20, during the coffee time soliciting prayers and donations. I can accept cash donations of $10 each for meal tickets for the participants as well as checks (in any amount) made out to Kairos of Ohio with Kairos ORW #51 in the memo line. If you wish to contribute through St. Andrew’s, please write Kairos ORW #51 in the memo line and St. Andrew’s can write a composite check for the total.  

Thank you again for opening your hearts and your wallets to help bring the message of Jesus’s love and peace to those who struggle.

Blessings, Pat Linder

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. During the initial Kairos weekend, Kairos volunteers serve as God’s instrument through which His love, grace and mercy are expressed to the participants/guests in a real and profound way. God begins changing hearts.

Following their weekend experience, participants/guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their life choices and their relations with God; they are invited to engage in small accountability groups. 

There are two Greek words for time. One of them, with which we are all familiar, is “kronos,” meaning linear time … clock or calendar time. The other is “kairos,” used in the sense of a time set by God for a particular occurrence. “Kairos” is considered “God’s Time” and was found to be a word of very special significance in the environment of the correctional institution where the word “time” is what all the residents are doing.

Since Kairos came to Ohio, hundreds of residents have participated in the 3-day Kairos weekends. Kairos is now in 25 Ohio institutions.