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|The MBC Prison Ministry began in 1998 in answer to the calling found in Matthew 25: 36 “I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” The mission of the prison ministry is to give encouragement and hope to “the least of these”, which society deems worthless and undeserving. Without hope spirits die and lives spiral into ruin.
Lives can be touched and changed when what is given can’t be returned and what is received can’t be paid for. This is accomplished by shining the love of Christ into the darkness and reclaiming territory lost to the enemy.
The ministry focus is preparing offenders for reentry back into society. This accomplished through several program activities. General chaplaincy operations include counseling, administrative support and religious program for the 1050 men on the unit. Each Christmas gift bags are distributed to each inmate which is in many instances the only Christmas that some will have.
Marriage seminars are hosted to provide inmates soon to return to their families a day with their spouse to reconnect and begin the reintegration process. One wife commented that the seminar saved her marriage. A program for incarcerated veterans provides trauma and benefit counseling and preparation for reentry into society. The veteran’s group hosts special programs, Veteran’s and Memorial Day observances which are inmate led and give a sense of meaning and purpose to the members of the group. A color guard provides support for official functions on the unit. One member once said that “I feel as of I am worth something again.”
If you want to come and check out how we “have church” either for a regular Sunday service from 2:00 – 4:00 PM or for a quarterly “5th Friday” praise and worship 6:30 – 9:00 PM contact Bill Curry at 972.951.3122 or at firstname.lastname@example.org a week in advance. Anyone 18 and over can come even if you are a former inmate that has been out for at least 18 months.