Our Lady of the Gulf
Prison Ministry and Cookies?
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.
On April 19 - 22 Kairos Team #65 will be going to G.K. Fountain Prison in Atmore, AL. We go there to bring the love of God and the light of Christ into the prison. As an army of volunteers from many different churches, we go to become the hands and feet of Christ for 42 inmates who come seeking a new way of life. Kairos is a ministry of love - God's love! This ministry focuses on bringing His love to the inmates and to the prison officials who work with them.
When you did it (visited the prisoner on my behalf) to the least of these, you did it unto me.
You too can be part of this ministry.
"Oh, I can't go into the prison," you say to yourself. Well, yes, you can in several different ways. In Kairos anyone can be a prison minister for Christ! Some people actually go into the prison to work directly with the inmates while others make home-cooked meals in a local church. Others make cookies at home, and still others make financial contributions to the ministry or make posters or placemats or write letters that express the love of God for even the unlovable.
Handmade placemats or letters from children (no last names, please) are a powerful tool of the Holy Spirit that can break open a lifetime of sorrow. I know from personal observation how powerful these letters can be to open the hardened hearts of many of the inmates, bringing them to tears, tears that haven't been shed for many years.
COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES!
Yes, that's another way you can be part of this Kairos ministry. We will take hundreds of dozens of cookies to the prisoners and to the guards as well. You ought to see the inmates gobble them up. While many of the inmates will tell you that they signed up to attend the weekend for the food and cookies, by Friday evening or Saturday morning, most if not all will have experienced the love of Christ in a very special way.
So how do you want to participate in this Kairos weekend? If it is baking cookies or writing letters or making placemats, please have them ready for pickup at the church by the 18th of April. If you would like to be part of a prayer vigil, choose any hour or combination of times throughout the weekend. A prayer list will be available for you to sign in the Narthex. We start on Thursday at 4PM and continue through Sunday till 6PM.
Gathering and training dates for the Kairos weekend in April are as follows:
March 3, 17, 31
April 14 (at Kaiser Center)
Contact Deacon Walt Howard at home at (251) 463-5146 or by e-mail at
Sent by Suzette Taylor on Tuesday, March 6 at 3:40PM