Looking for a unique volunteer experience?
Kairos Prison Ministry (Kairos) is a interdenominational Christian ministry where men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. Kairos is a Greek word meaning “God's special time” or in the “fullness of time.”
Kairos began inside Union Correctional Institution in, Raiford, Fl., in the fall of 1976, where it was originally called Cursillo in Prison. By 1978, six states were presenting a Cursillo short course in prisons. The national Cursillo office asked the Florida Cursillo group to design a program that would be supervised by central authority and modified to closely align with inmate needs.
Thus, nine volunteers affectionately called the “Nine Old Men” redesigned the program and renamed it Kairos.
Kairos operates in prisons in 35 U.S. states and nine countries, including Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In total, volunteers conduct nearly 500 programs in prisons and communities annually in the U.S. and worldwide.
Kairos has three programs in the Kairos Prison Ministry: Kairos Inside, Kairos Outside and Kairos Torch. Kairos Inside gives volunteers the opportunity to minister to both men and women in prison, while Kairos Outside ministers to women who have been impacted by incarceration. Kairos Torch ministers to incarcerated youth in prisons and correctional facilities.
Kairos is always looking for volunteers to serve in Kairos Prison Ministry. They all share a desire to follow Christ's admonition of Matthew 25:36, "I was in prison and you visited me."
If you feel God's call to minister to men or women in prison or incarcerated youth, contact Kairos Prison Ministry at (407) 629-4948 or visit their website www.kairosprisonministry.org, and fill out a contact form.
Additionally, First United Methodist Church of Madison is looking for more volunteers for Kairos Prison Ministry. If interested, contact the church at (850) 973-6295.