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Kairos Prison Ministry: Where Prayer Is Central
Ever since the late 1990s, I have been part of this mostly laymen-run interdenominational ministry. I have written about it here:
Kairos operates in over half of the states. Its branches' Web sites are all over the Web. It has branches all over the world. It is highly decentralized. The money is raised locally.
It costs a lot of money: food. Twice a year, teams of "free worlders" go inside the walls of the toughest prisons for a weekend. They eat meals with the "residents," sing songs, and hear simple messages. Then mixed groups sit at tables to discuss them.
Outside the walls, the spouses of the free worlders cook and pray, cook and pray, three times a day for a weekend. The residents know that these outside teams of the opposite sex are doing this for them. I am told that some female residents don't believe it until they see photos of the men in aprons, cooking. This is outside their experience with men.
If you are called on to speak, you introduce yourself to the crowd. I am a graduate of the Table of St. Luke, Michael Unit, Tennessee Colony, Texas, Meeting #10.
The men and women in these prisons have a hard life. The weekly Kairos meetings are a sanctuary. Small groups break off for an hour to pray and share.
The meetings pray for meetings scheduled around the world. It is serious prayer. They produce simple written messages of encouragement. These are sent by the free worlders to the other meetings.
The hard-core convicts at the other meetings are astounded. They see the testimonies taped all over the walls. They have never seen anything like this. Other prisoners are praying for them. It breaks down their resistance.
Without prayer and free food, the ministry would not work. The outsiders supply the food. The residents supply the prayer. This division of labor works, all over the world.
These people have time on their hands during the week. They could be turned into prayer warriors. Some already are. In prisons around the world are armies of people with time on their hands. They are potential recruits for a program of sustained prayer for sustained revival.
Here is one of the greatest speeches I have ever heard. The speaker is not a trained professional. He is a former resident. If you want to know what prayer can do, watch this.
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