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Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Religion, Unknown, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Our mission is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.

Target demographics: the incarcerated and those affected by incarceration

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27000 people in 494 communities

Geographic areas served: 37 states and 9 countries currently

Programs: Kairos Inside for incarcerated men and women, Kairos Torch for incarcerated youth, and Kairos Outside for those impacted by incarceration.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This will be my 19th year of serving those impacted by incarceration through the programs of Kairos Prison Ministry. I have been able to minister to inmates that were as young as 12 and a few men older than me. I never asked any of them what their crime was, but some shared the information without hesitation. All have been convicted of something pretty serious or they wouldn’t be where they are. I have never felt threatened, at risk or in danger of any kind. I have found that everyone of them is just like you and me, they have made some bad choices in life. The difference between us is that my bad choices, which may have been even worse than theirs, just didn’t have the same outcome. To a man, all have been thankful that other Kairos volunteers and I showed up to visit them. I have seen numerous lives changed in the process, on of them was mine. We are always looking for volunteers, maybe this ministry is what God redeemed you for.

1 Errol C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos Prison Ministry brings the hope found in Christ to some of those who are society’s “throwaways.” To be listened to, to be understood, to be told “God loves you, and so do I” breaks some stony hearts. And the benefit isn’t just to the inmates: Volunteers also often find themselves transformed in unexpected ways!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Kairos Prison Ministry, we get to see tough shells melt and reveal the profoundly wounded people beneath - all in response to the love of Jesus.

Are there fakers and takers? Sure. Are there frustrations? In abundance. But there's hardly a better endorsement than to see Kairos members who began a change many years ago and have never returned to the people they used to be.

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1 Kim Gering D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This ministry has changed my life. It brings hope to the hopeless.

1 Jen W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos really helps those who need Jesus in touch with Him. It is truly breathtaking seeing the men and women in action spreading the love and word of our Lord and Savior. Seeing men and women on the inside being loved on and watching them in their walk with Christ. I am so blessed to be a part of the team!

1 David D.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos is truly a blessing for everyone involved. It's life changing and is truly a non-profit that operates from the heart with the best of intentions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited as a guest 2004 Elako #13 my experience was so touching and eye opening that It started me on the road to live a better life
Ive worked on teams in West Louisiana and East Louisiana I've Angel and I have also taken a break but sometimes you just have to get back to.it .I returned to work a team so I could experience this moment with my cousins before I knew it i was in rotation for Leadership God has given me a second chance I was to lead Elako #5 a few years back and cancelled because I knew I was not spiritual ready and my granddaughter was making her first communion I had to choose and I chose my family
This past March I lead ELAKO #19 my walk with Jesus and allowing God to be in control was the most passionates Moment in my life
In this entire experience I truly learned what giving God complete control and the blessing which will follow are real
If you are an upcoming leader Let God he will.walk you through and your blessings will be pouring in
getting new team members to work
come from the presentation and love you and your team give out
As a team we gained 6 new team members without all of our Ko sisters working together no matter what issues arise we would not have made it Let God Listen Lisren Love Love
KT Elako #19

1 Shari H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband attended Kairos Inside and I attended Kairos Outside. Although he is still incarcerated, he is now FREE on the inside! This ministry is helping families to see God’s unconditional love, that AGAPE love! We both have stayed involved and connected to this ministry and we have found a new family in the Christian community.

1 Gypsy Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Of all the groups that I have worked with, or been a part of... this group has brought more excitement, encouragement, camaraderie, and strength to my life than any of the others. I went to Kairos thinking I had something to give, something to contribute, that I knew what I was talking about... but I left my first weekend and every month since with the absolute understanding that these women refresh, renew, and reteach me my place, my faith, they have changed my focus and my path. I have redefined my relationship with God through this ministry. And I have watched so many other lives change. I can't even imagine going back to where I was before I met Kairos.

1 Bartholomew James P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you have never been invited to attend a Kairos event in prison, you have been cheated out of one of the most spirit filled and amazing things you will ever witness. I have attended 2 walks and many prayer and shares, and watching the transformation of some hardened hearted criminals into praising and crying worshippers of Jesus is awe inspiring. And there's cookies!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with Kairos for the past 5 years and have found it to be one of the best run nonprofits that I have been associated. Low overhead and focused on the mission. A limited number of dedicated staff that are visionary.

1 Walt K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for 3 years now and have never had a more fulfilling Christian experience. I have seen men's hearts change in the course of a weekend experience where they encounter Jesus (maybe for the first time). Then, after the weekend, there is continued support and discipleship. It is what Jesus asks us to do! ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching the participants is like watching a microcosm of the entire Christian experience. As Christians sharing Jesus we usually only get to see a portion of this. We plant a seed here, we assist in a harvest there (mostly from seeds we never planted ourselves). Yet, that is not the case on a Kairos weekend. Thursday begins with men who are guarded (figuratively and literally) , timid, unsure what to expect, doubtful, untrusting, some only there for the cookies. By Sunday, these same men are joyously singing to God, embracing each other, loving on each other, expressing a closeness to Jesus that they never knew. There is laughter, tears, forgiveness, and joy. It is like watching time lapse photography of a flower growing, starting from the seed...pushing through the earth...reaching toward the light...and opening into a beautiful bloom. It is miraculous!

1 Keith M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos is such a blessing to me and so many others. To be able to tell offenders about the love and grace of Jesus is comforting to my soul. Kairos is my calling and I'm glad to be a part of it.

1 Scott M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to partner with this non profit organization to enter a youth detention facility. I was able to witness some amazing things that can’t really be explained by natural processes. From guards and residents doing a dance off, to hardened youth breaking down in tears when you bring them a cake with their name on it. It was one of the greatest experiences in ministry that I have been able to be a part of,

1 Mike S.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a volunteer on a Kairos Prison Ministry event and I got to know one of the inmates well enough that the "mask" of being a strong, tough guy came off. By the end of the Kairos Weekend event, with tears in his eyes, he said that every single male in his family - father, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and cousins - every one in his family was incarcerated. He was serving his third time, but this time he met the Lord through the Kairos experience, and something was different.

So, he said, all his family males were incarcerated, but now, he was going to break the cycle of incarceration and brokenness so no more from his family would end up in prison. I couldn't imagine how, with his background, that he could realistically think that he could make a difference in his family like that. I'll never forget his reply. He simply turned and looked at me with those tears in his eyes and said "But it is different now because I know Jesus, and He will restore my family and He will use me to do that."

It is so incredible to see the Holy Spirit working through Kairos Prison Ministry to redeem broken lives that society has locked up and thrown away the key, but the Lord hasn't forgotten them.
Mike Springer
Kairos Prison Ministry Volunteer

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry has been a godsend to me. I attended my own weekend (Kairos Outside) as a guest in 2017 after my son was incarcerated. I truly experienced God's love through the volunteers on that weekend. For the first time since my son's incarceration, I didn't feel ashamed & sad. The volunteers helped me to understand that I am special & loved by God. Because this ministry means so much to me, I wanted to give back... So, I have now had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer on a Kairos Outside team & a Kairos Inside Team. I have experienced lives transformed through this ministry! AMEN!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my son was incarcerated, I was filled with shame. I felt like the world was judging me & I couldn't show my face. When I attended a Kairos Outside weekend (a weekend they sponsor for female family members whose loved ones are incarcerated) it was the first time I felt loved and accepted. The volunteers went out of their way to create a non-judgmental place where we could feel God's love wrapped around us. I was able to lay everything down at the foot of the cross that weekend & came to know the depth of God's love & grace for both me & my son. That weekend changed my life, and I am forever grateful for this ministry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a single Mom of an incarcerated son, I was isolated and alone. The Kairos Outside ministry changed my life by coming to my side as a support network. In return, I have volunteered my time to other women experiencing similar life changing family issues.

3 Stacy C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just served on my first Kairos Team and I plan to be involved in this special ministry ongoing. Kairos takes the hope of God’s love into the dark place of prison, showing the people there who they are in Christ and that no one and no situation is irredeemable or hopeless.

1 Alejandra Amador L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It had been life changing. What a better way to be the church than to visit the I encarcerated

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I didn't recognize my family or myself after my brother was sentenced to prison. He was the man of the house and now we didn't have that role filled anymore. We were at a loss. We felt shame, rejection, anger and became isolated not only from those outside of our family but within our family too. We went on day to day with our lives with no healing in site. Then came Kairos Outside! A coworker suggested it and to say I was apprehensive and unsure is an understatement. I agreed to give it a chance but had every exit strategy in place.

The weekend came and I was unsure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! From beginning to end I was graced with Gods presence. I've never felt so much love in my life! I've never shed so many tears that were from a place of love and healing. Every part of my experience that weekend changed my life. For so long I was angry at God and even questioned my beliefs. But come Sunday at closing I had a renewed faith in God that could only come from God. I not only found God again but I also gained a family of sisters. I knew my journey didn't end there. I knew i wanted to give to others what I received as a guest.

I've now served for 7 years on Kairos Outside weekends and have gained so much more serving than i did receiving. During these 7 years of serving, my sisters have been my rock through many difficult times. Through the death of my little brother who was only 25 years old (yes the one who brought me to Kairos), through my divorce, through my depression, a few job changes and now the inevitable incarceration of my older sister (waiting sentencing).

After the death of my brother I questioned my place in Kairos and whether it was time to sit out. But God said No! There is still so much more of Gods love to share. As a part of our Advisory Council I look forward to how God will use me in this ministry! I can't imagine my life without being a part of Gods work, Kairos, and blessing future guests as I have been blessed for so many years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kairos holds such special memories for me. I’m out of prison on a Appeal Bond. I cherish every day that I’m home but I do miss my Kairos family and especially my 2 sisters. My daughter is a Associate Minister at a church in the Ft Worth Tx area and since my experience she is now volunteering to help as Clergy. So very proud that she will be blessed with this Ministry Prayers go out to everyone who is in this Ministry