Sunday Collectives 8/24/15 – 8/30/15
by Manny Mill
A Critical National Concern
The need for biblical and whole-life discipleship among ex-prisoners is becoming increasingly acute. Prisons are overcrowded and new ones continue to be built as a means of “solution” to the increasing crime and recidivism (return t o prison) rates.
Did you know that each year nearly 700,000 of the approximately 2.4 million individuals incarcerated in the department of corrections throughout the United States are released back into society? It is estimated that 10 percent, or 70,000 of those are Christians!
– by Dr. David Gieser, College Church Member via Koinonia House National Ministries
The sobering reality of our destination begin to sink in as we headed down the desolate 20 mile road that led to only one place: Louisiana State Penitentiary. Located on 18,000 acres with guard dogs that are a mix of German Shepherd and wolf, the average sentence of the 6500 inmates is 88 years. Ninety percent of the men will die behind bars.
Mary and I had been invited by Manny and Barbara Mill to join them for several days of ministry. Manny is the executive director of Koinonia House National Ministries, and receives some of his support as an evangelist to prisoners from College Church.
by Barbara Mill, College Church member and
Imagine you must leave the place you’ve called home for the last several years. You say goodbye to several Christian friends and the small church where you’ve been worshipping and serving. You arrive at your new location with few clothes, no transportation, no employment, no identification, and, quite possibly, no lodging.
What is your next step? Where do you begin? By now you may be thinking, “These are immigration and refugee resettlement issues.” True, but these are also some of the challenges facing the approximately 80,000 Christians being released from America’s prisons each year.
Denise has a personal testimony about her experience with RTO
– this is what she recently shared during Radical Time Out:
Here in this classroom, surrounded by chain-link fences, barbed wire and prison guards, the convicted murderer once known as “Sinister” by his fellow Latin Kings says he is trying to escape the name and live a more virtuous life….