To share God's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them; and to assist their transition to become productive citizens.
How We Operate
The Rio Grande Valley is home to the Segovia Correctional Unit. Kairos volunteers work to make the transition back into society as successful as possible for inmates. We do this by bringing them the love of Christ in a three-day weekend experience inside with volunteers from a number of Christian churches throughout South Texas. This weekend involves sharing the message of God's love and bringing home cooked food and cookies to the participants.
There are two groups who make this work: the Inside Team and the Outside Team. The Inside Team works directly with participants while the Outside Team prepares food and prays for the success of the Inside Groups and the participants.
Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in men's and women's correctional institutions. The ministry is conducted, in cooperation with chaplains of correctional institutions, by teams of laity and clergy who are qualified by their experiences in Christian renewal movements.
The Kairos experience for residents starts with a 3 1/2 day short course in Christianity. This weekend involves 24 to 42 inmates screened by the Chaplain and a team of 30-60 lay and clergy Kairos volunteers. The weekend is modeled after renewal weekends like Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus.
Through this systematic structured program, God helps Kairos volunteers provide Residents the opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ and/or to renew their relationship with Him. During the weekend and subsequent follow-up spiritual growth activities facilitated by Kairos volunteers and prison chaplains, residents are challenged to accept God's call to be disciples of Christ in a life of Christian witness and service to one another and to the prison staff during their stay in the institution and beyond. Christians and non-Christians are invited to attend and encouraged to participate.
After their Kairos weekend, residents continue their faith walk by participating in small Prayer and Share Groups. These groups meet weekly to share their lives on a deep spiritual level and to pray for one another. The entire Kairos experience is meant to encourage the participants to live in Christian community inside the prison. Kairos participants also attend monthly reunions in the institution with Kairos volunteers.
- To bring the word of the Lord to inmates so they can know that they are loved and worthwhile.
- To assure a smooth transition back into the "free world" society for participants.
Praise God! Warden Givens has agreed to let us bring home made cookies for Segovia #11. So if you want to get a jump on cookies or organize some cookie parties, we have the go ahead to prepare cookies at home or church. Commercially prepared dough is available through your local supermarkets, Sam's or Costco.
-- Ken Wilson