Sponsor an Inmate
The inmates are people from all walks of life who’ve made a mistake, sometimes a small one, sometimes huge and heart-wrenching ones. All of them need Jesus, and often, because of their current circumstances, many are much more willing to give Him an ear. Some are indifferent, and yet after a bit, you’ll see the light go on and watch God change that indifference into an intensity to seek for answers. Inmates are sometimes one of the most grateful groups of people we’ve ever ministered to. They often can’t believe that people would voluntarily spend so much time in a prison, especially eating prison food ;), just to show them the love of God.
What are you actually covering?
o Journey workbook They use their workbook each day for the Journey, and then they take it back to their bunk where they can keep studying and processing through it. Sometimes they share it with others who aren’t even on the Journey!
o Messages and DVDs The impact some of these DVDs have on the inmates is astounding. God’s truth through the various messages penetrates so deeply!
o Picture This is a really special aspect of the Journey for the inmates. We get special permission from the authorities to bring a camera inside the prison and take a group shot of all the inmates and volunteers doing the Journey. Then we have them printed, and on Graduation day we give them out to each person. They treasure those pictures!
o Songbook When we’ve had the funds, we’ve printed out mini hymnbooks for each inmate so they can keep the songs that become so precious to them over the course of the Journey.
o Team Leaders During the Prison Journey all the inmates are put in teams of eight to ten with at least two volunteers as the team leader and assistant. What’s awesome about this format is that it enables the inmates to have people to talk with one-on-one, it gives a smaller group setting for really deep and personal discussion about the powerful topics that are being covered. It also ensures that there’s someone available to answer questions and get issues resolved. Having volunteers makes the biggest difference in the world because the inmates can see normal, faulty people who are filled with the love of God, and it impacts them hugely!
So when you sponsor an inmate, you’re also helping to cover costs like food, housing, transportation, and materials for the volunteers as well!
Sponsor a Volunteer
During the Prison Journey all the inmates are put in teams of eight to ten with at least two volunteers as the team leader and assistant. What’s awesome about this format is that it enables the inmates to have people to talk with one on one, it gives a smaller group setting for really deep and personal discussion about the powerful topics that are being covered, and it also ensures that there’s someone who’s there to answer questions and help resolve issues. Having those volunteers there makes the biggest difference in the world because the inmates see normal faulty people, who are filled with the love of God, and it impacts them hugely!
What it covers.
o Food You’re helping to pay for the two meals the volunteers have each day that aren’t prison food. J It’s literally a highlight at dinner to eat a hot meal with meat you can actually identify. 🙂
o Housing We stay at a beautiful camp for a really minimal cost thanks to the generosity of the camp leadership. When you sponsor a volunteer, you’re helping pitch in for the cost of where they all stay.
o Transportation The camp is about 45 minutes (sometimes even further) from the prisons so you’re helping to cover the cost of gas to and from the prisons each day, plus the airport runs all over the place as volunteers come and go. J
o Materials Our volunteers lead each team through the Journey program, so they need Journey workbooks and songbooks too! You’re helping to not only pay for the printing and purchasing of that material, but also transporting it down to the Journeys!
o Equipment Sound systems, projectors, computers, DVD players, electric keyboards, and a whole load of stuff (literally :)) is used by the volunteers to run these Journeys. You’re helping to get all that stuff where it needs to be in order for these Journeys to happen!
o Things for the Inmates Chipping in for a volunteer even helps cover costs for some of the inmates’ part of the Journey, like the materials, pictures, etc.
Buy a Journey Workbook
The Journey workbook makes up the core of the Journey material. It leaves a physical reminder of what God did during the Journey, and it allows both the leaders and the attendees to go back and be blessed by the truth in its pages!