Ministry to Mothers
In addition to caring for children of incarcerated mothers, we also strive to minister to the mothers while in prison. Every week, we visit the mother in prison, allowing her to bond with her child. We also personally mentor the mother in caring for her child, opening her eyes to a new way of living. We also have a fifteen-minute “Mom’s Inspiration” time that allows us to teach practical and spiritual lessons to equip them with the tools they need to be a good mother and a successful person in society.
Outside the Camp
A passage that captures the heart of prison ministry is Hebrews 13. After being sacrificed, the animals were burned outside the camp. Jesus went outside the camp to make us holy by his blood, and we are called to follow him outside the camp. But what does it mean to be outside the camp?
In the Hebrew culture, unclean people were required to stay outside the camp lest they pollute the rest of the people. In fact, lepers had to cry out, “Unclean! Unclean!” to warn passersby of their disease. However, the power of Jesus broke the power of the law. When Jesus touched lepers, He didn’t become unclean. Rather, He cleansed them!
Our desire is to be like Jesus in everything we do. His mission to earth was to seek and to save those who are lost, the people who are outside the camp. They are the addicts, the prostitutes, the drunks, the murderers, but they are even more than that. They are the unrefined, the untaught, the arrogant, and the broken. Like the lepers, these are the people who often seem unclean. Our call is to follow Jesus outside the camp, seek out the lost, and be the hands and feet of Jesus to bring His healing touch to these broken lives.