February Mission – Kairos

Kairos of Indiana is a Christian prison ministry based on the Cursillo method. Methodists know this method best as Walk to Emmaus. Kairos Inside operates in 16 prisons in Indiana, including two women’s facilities. Kairos Torch operates in four juvenile facilities and Kairos Outside serves females who are affected by the incarceration of a family member.

Most facilities have two Kairos weekends each year. The weekends include lots of singing, prayer, discussion, food, and group activities that enable offenders to develop a closer relationship with God. The volunteer team on the weekend usually includes 30 to 45 people. But Kairos is not just a weekend event. Kairos volunteers are also present for a weekly “prayer and share” session and a monthly “reunion,” events which are also designed to nurture Christian relationships. And Kairos works! Some people have described Kairos as having a “front-row seat to a miracle,” and data show that Kairos “graduates” are much less likely to return to prison after release.

Currently, Jim Birch is a volunteer at Putnamville Correctional Facility and Peter Bartczak is a volunteer at Heritage Trail Correctional in Plainfield. Kyle Landgrebe has been a volunteer at Plainfield Correctional. There is more information in several brochures posted on bulletin board #3 across from the church office or check at:  http://mykairos.org or http://kairosofindiana.org/. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Your financial gifts may be given using the yellow mission envelopes in the pew racks at church. Please mark “Kairos” on the monthly mission line.