Jack and June Robson
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry
June and I have been involved in our monthly services at either the downtown jail facility, or at the Correctional facility in Henrietta, New York for over 40 years.
We do not have a large team of volunteers, but there is usually 4 or 5 of us on the team that visits the jail on a 3rd Sunday evening of the month, and spend about an hour and a half with the 60 to 70 male and female inmates that usually show up for the service.
We have hymnals and will sing several of the more popular hymns that the inmates would know, have a time of prayer, sometimes giving several minutes to a few of the attendees that would like to sing, read a poem, or give some sort of testimony, and then present one of our “guest” speakers who will bring a 15 to 20 minute message from God’s word.
From time to time, we have had a former inmate visit our Northridge church, when released into society, and always encourage those getting out of jail to find a good bible believing home church to attend, or to come over to a place where they will feel most welcomed and benefit spiritually.
“Transforming lives behind bars here and around the World” is the theme most shared with people involved in Jail ministry.
We are very privileged to have had the opportunity to be a small part of this world-wide ministry, and to see how folks that are incarcerated and behind bars in the local jail institutions are given the chance to change their lives by trusting in a Savior, who can release them from the bonds of sin that has put them into a jail institution in the first place, rehabilitate them through the Word of God and counseling, and to see these folk coming back into society and rejoining their families with a desire to change their lives under God’s leadership.
Our Pastor’s recent sermons mention missions in our own back yard, and surely this jail ministry is a mission field that beckons to us to give help to these citizens, just like ourselves, who strayed from the straight and narrow road, have reached rock bottom, and need the help of folk like you and I to help them to rehabilitate themselves. Seeing the joy of one whose life has been changed through trusting Christ as Lord and Savior, is a real blessing to us involved in this work.
We can use more help in our program. All it takes is filling out an application, which is sent to the jail section for approval, attending a special information class (1 hour), and then when approved, to come along to a Sunday Evening service and let God show you the many blessings that we have found from participation in this Good News mission program.
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