are held inside the prisons and jails with praise and
worship music, testimonies from volunteers or from prisoners,
preaching of the Word, altar call, and corporate and individual
prayer. As permitted, some services are held weekly and
others monthly. The prayer teams consist of two and up
to six people. On special occasions, we are permitted
to take as many as 15-20 people to the prisons, depending
on the institution and its rules. These services bring
forth much fruit, not only first time salvations and rededications,
but also, growth and stability in the inmate's relationship
with God. We average 150-200 inmates per month in salvations
and rededications! Praise God! Most of these are either
in the jails or in (what is called) the "Fish Tank".
Bible studies are
held in both the prisons and the jails. Some are general
information Bible studies and some are on-going Bible
studies - a study on the entire book of Revelation.
Classes are offered on "Anger
Control" based on Scripture. We also offer a special
Bible study class for the women prisoners -The "Preparing
for Life". This Bible study is a ten week course
that teach women on good grooming, how to dress, how to
fill out forms, how to write resumes, and how to prepare
for a job interview. The Bible study courses are administered
by the Prison and Jail Ministry volunteers who have been
cleared by the system and our ministry.
Since Bibles are not available
to inmates, we extend our resources and give a bible to
each inmate as they attend Bible study classes or Chapel
are held in the prisons. Inmates share specific needs
and make requests for prayer for themselves or their families.
The Holy Spirit really move on these occasions. It is
very touching to see inmates with tears streaming down
their faces and holding their hands up to the Lord in
Prayer request forms are given
at each service or Bible study. Turned in forms are prayed
over for 30 days by prayer intercessors at our Tuesday
morning intercessory prayer meetings. The prisoners seem
to really appreciate knowing that someone is lifting their
needs to the Lord.
TO PRISONERS top
available, Bibles are given to each inmate as desired.
We supply them with a new NKJV complete with study notes.
A person can't grow in the Lord without reading His Word.
Amen? The Bibles are kept by the inmates and are taken
with them wherever they go (whether they return back into
society or whether they transfer to another facility).
If you would like to be a partner in this soul winning
work for the Lord, please go to the Donation
Page of this website.
ON ONE MINISTRY top
The One on One
Ministry is a volunteer adoption ministry. A volunteer
"adopts" an inmate and becomes a special friend
to him. The volunteer goes to the institution at a specified
time to see the inmate, to talk with that inmate, and
to pray with that inmate. This has been very effective
in the spiritual growth of the prisoners. Those inmates
who receive this extra touch usually do not have a family
or do not get visitation from their families very often,
for various reasons. Some inmates may not get visitation
BLOCK MINISTRY top
Cellblock, or Solitary
is termed "Lockup". Inmates are locked in for
different reasons. Volunteers with special clearances
are allowed access to these cells. Prayer request forms
are given to the prisoners to be filled out and returned.
The Volunteer pray for those prisoners who are receptive
to prayer, and in so doing, many of them are lead to the
Lord. In fact, we have never gone back to any of the units
in the cellblock without leading at least one person to
AND REVIVALS top
Concerts are scheduled
during the year and at Christmas time. Concerts are one
of the most popular programs we offer and are held either
in the chapel or in the gym lasting from 1-2 hours. Depending
on the individual prison, concerts are sometimes held
in conjunction with a revival. Inmates respond well to
the music, as well as the invitation given at the end.
Revivals last from 1-3 days. Afternoon services, as well
as, evening services are held. Revivals are very successful
with the large crowd and the invitation. The average number
of people allowed to go to the prisons from the ministry
is 15, singers and musicians included.
PAL MINISTRY top
see Pen Pal Ministry page.
now have ten free correspondence courses!
1 - 5 Part Christian Life Study Course
- Booklet titles: Your New Life In Christ: Your Best
Friend (The Holy Spirit); You, Your Family & Marriage;
Learning to Pray Effectively; and The Church.
2 - 90 Days of Change - Discipleship
3 - Betrayal to Forgiveness - Insights
from the Life of Joseph
4 - Get In Line With God's Word
5 - God Chose David, The People Chose Saul
6 - Lessons from the Lives of Biblical Characters
7 - Praying Effectively for The Lost
8 - Praying in Faith - How to Receive
9 - Seven Steps to Answered Prayer
10 - Total Victory - Ephesians and
the Armor of God
AND AUDIO MINISTRIES top
Audio visuals are
given to various prisons to be placed in the chapel library
and are available for checkout to the inmates. We obtain
these audio visuals from the Sunday church services, from
special guest speakers and from popular ministries who
have visited the church such as, Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth
Copeland. Music of Carmen and other great Christian music
artists are also given to our ministry to be donated to
the prisons as well.
During the year,
our ministry distributes two newsletters. The "SET
FREE--Inside Edition" goes into the prisons and jails.
(See the newsletter page
for a full copy of this month's issue). The purpose of
this Newletter is to get the Word of God out to the prisoners.
The response has been phenomenal! Newletters are sent
to 70 institutions across the USA, and counting. With
each new issue, more institutions are making new inquiries
on receiving our newsletter. Many new pen pals are added
to our still ongoing list. Response to articles in the
newsletter have been tremendous. We have received many
letters from inmates with testimony as how an article
or teaching really touched them. Some inmates proclaim
that God had been dealing with them on some of the very
issues that are in the newsletter. The "SET FREE--Inside
Edition" has been the most successful ministry we've
had to date.
The ""SET FREE"
newsletter, a quarterly newsletter, is sent out to our
contributors purposing it to keep our partners up to date
on what God is doing in this ministry.
STOCKING PROJECT top
The Christmas Stocking
Project has been an annual event since Christmas of 1983.
It is an anual event where we come together to make, fill,
and deliver Christmas stockings to the children of inmates
at prisons and jails here in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
This year, our goal is 10,000 stockings. Any help you
can give us will be greatly appreciated. All donations
are totally tax deductible. (Checks should be made payable
to "The Christmas Stocking Project").
TO FAMILIES top
Help is provided
to families of an inmate, who are in need. We provide
clothes, food, prayer, and encouragement. Each case is
handled individually and is thoroughly checked for legitimacy.
Toys, clothes, food, and etc are
distributed at Christmas time to families in need. We
give special attention to those families with an ongoing
need for food and we refer them to
The Lord's Kitchen. When distributing toys to a family,
our concerns are whether that family is being provided
for by another ministry. Since there are so many real
needs, but not an endless supply of money, we give only
to those families that have not been helped. We go by
the Lord's leading as much as possible.
TO CHAPLAINS top
funds are provided to chaplains, as needed. If we can
help, we will pay for shipping charges on Christmas cards,
as well as, on all occasion cards. These cards are given
to the inmates by the chaplain at Christmas time and on
Wilhite, our Intercessor Coordinator, assumes all
prayer requests that come in to our ministry from inmates
and their families. Requests of inmates from various prisons
and jails in the nation and some parts of the world are
distributed to our intercessors. Prayer requests are prayed
over every day for a period of 30 days. We also have prayer
meetings each and every Thursday morning in the main sanctuary
at our Minors Lane campus at 1030 AM to 1130 AM. Prayer
requests are prayed over in these meetings as they come
into our office. This prayer meeting is open to anyone
who is interested in becoming a part of our prayer group.
Come join us in prayer. If you are interested in becoming
an intercessor for this ministry please contact this office
at (502) 964-3304 ext. 1227 to inquire about how you can
become a vital part of this prayer ministry.
Join the Prayer Line Ministry, (download
an application) get a partner, begin to pray and see
the hand of God move in your life and your family.
TO GROUPS top
are available to speak on the details of this ministry
to other churches, to other groups and to those who are
interested in being a part of this ministry. Volunteers
are available to speak at a church service, a Bible Study,
or a prayer meeting. If you are interested in having one
of our volunteers speak to your church or to your group,
please contact us.
are being blessed in many ways to help finance the ministry.