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How COVID-19 is affecting U.S. prison ministry - Mission Network News

How COVID-19 is affecting U.S. jail ministry – Mission Community Information

USA (MNN) — One of many hardest issues about being in jail is the loneliness and sense of being lower off from the world. However its even worse throughout a pandemic lockdown.

Due to COVID-19, guests to prisons are restricted;Crossroads Jail Ministries was even anxious that the mail system could be shut down. Crossroads connects women and men in jail with Christian mentors by way of mail-in Bible research.

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(Picture courtesy of Crossroads Jail Ministries)

Nonetheless, Brenda McGowan, Crossroads Vice President of Programming says, Thank God we’re nonetheless in a position to ship the Bible research as a result of we depend on the US Postal Service with our program mannequin being mail correspondence. What we’ve skilled is that there has not been a lower in our programming on the U.S. aspect.”

Additionally, McGowan says, We’ve got reinvented and responded to the distancing by participating our mentors just about by way of video convention name platforms. Over the past…six or seven weeks, we’ve had a lot of weekly digital group gatherings and have engaged over 1,000 mentors in conversations, discussions, [and] numerous prayer.

Crossroads has nonetheless been affected by the pandemic in different methods. At their principal workplace in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Crossroads closed their workplace to employees and roughly 140 volunteers. These serving with the jail ministry now do what they’ll from house.

Then there are the chaplains that Crossroads works with throughout the U.S. Their chaplains function non secular programming managers in prisons and usually have a military of volunteers to assist ship programming to prisoners, handle courses, and construct relationships.

How COVID-19 is affecting U.S. jail ministry - Mission Community Information

(Picture courtesy of Crossroads Jail Ministries)

Sadly, McGowan says, They’ve misplaced these volunteers. They’re the one individuals who the inmates have entry to ship non secular programming. So we spend quite a lot of time praying for our chaplains [and] for our corrections officers.

Within the early phases of the pandemic when its results had been nonetheless simply displaying up, Crossroads took preemptive steps to verify they didnt depart their college students at the hours of darkness.

We wished to be sure that within the occasion that the mail service was delayed or ceased, our college students had some Phrase devotions that they’d be capable of depend on for a few months, McGowan says. So we partnered with Our Every day Bread to ship over 20,000 college students a devotional. We’re in a position to proceed to ship the mail and they also have each.

We’ve acquired numerous communications from our college students saying thanks. They’re grateful, hopeful, [and] they’re sharing with different inmates within the prisons.

How COVID-19 is affecting U.S. jail ministry - Mission Community Information

Crossroads Jail Ministries VP of Programming, Brenda McGowan (Picture courtesy of Crossroads Jail Ministries)

Proper now, Crossroads largest wants are your assist and prayers. While you give to Crossroads, you might be telling women and men in jail they aren’t alone and they’re nonetheless considered and liked by Jesus.

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You can too study extra about changing into a Crossroads mentor right here!

Then, please pray for Crossroads college students in jail to sense Gods love presently and share His love with others. Pray for the employees and volunteers at Crossroads to be spiritually inspired as they proceed ministry.

We’ve got geared up the women and men in jail to develop the Church behind the partitions.

McGowan says, Whereas we are able to’t go in, we’ve got completed as was mentioned in 2 Timothy when Paul mentioned to Timothy, ‘You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.’

So for a few years, we’ve got entrusted the Phrase of God to women and men in prisons and now we’re trusting them to be dependable in that they’re going to have the ability to educate and minister to one another.

 

 

Header picture courtesy of Crossroads Jail Ministries.



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