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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible time with my “brothers in white” at the C. T. Terrell Unit; tdcj.state.tx.us/unit_directory… We had a packed house & the Holy Spirit was moving. Thanks to all the KAIROS members for allowing The Bear Man (www.thebearman.com) to participate. KAIROS is a undeniable faith-based God centered group of men. #GodIsMoving

1 Dennis Michael M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served my community in many ways. However I must say that giving hope and respect to these “good and bad guys in another shade of blue” has been most rewarding thanks to KAIROS which means love that was not asked for but given freely.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1986 my father was murdered by an 18-year-old boy who was looking for drug money. It was a devastating experience for me, as I was very close to my father. During my prayer time after this terrible experience, I felt God was leading me to pray for the boy who killed my dad. I knew that He loved this boy because he was created by Him. I knew that he was as much God's child as I and my father. This act of obedience led me to the most amazing ministry I could ever imagine, the Kairos Prison Ministry. God graced me by allowing me to share His love with prisoners and their female loved ones. Words cannot describe the joy of sharing Him and being a conduit of His love. During the weekend experience we share God's love and our own experiences with those who have been marginalized by the incarceration of themselves or their loved ones. We develop a sense of trust and openness with those who often feel isolated because of rejection by others and their feelings of anger and loneliness. We develop a sense of community of shared experiences and God's love and healing grace. We leave feeling loved and accepted completely by God and by women who become our sisters in Christ. I have developed many friendships with these sisters, women with whom I can share my deepest thoughts and know they will still love and accept me. God has enabled me to heal from the devastating loss of my father by leading me to share my story and witness the healing in others who needed to feel God's forgiveness and unconditional love. He protected me from the self-destructive need for revenge and the bitterness that destroys the soul. All of this through the Kairos Prison Ministry. Miracles do happen through this ministry and the joy that encompasses those who say yes to it is immeasurable.

5 dianekaufman

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2010 my loved one attended Kairos Inside in Ohio during a 20 to 50 year incarceration. I watched him change for the better. He continued to talk about his weekend and he shared letters with me that Christian's had written to him for his weekend. He wanted to gift me with the same weekend he had been given. I was extremely reluctant to attend. After 3 years of talk and continued visible change from my loved one, in God's perfect timing....I attended Kairos Outside in 2013. My life was changed forever. I was showered with God's unchanging, never ending love from absolute strangers. All because they too knew God's love.
From that moment on I knew I wanted to give back all that I had received. The following year in 2014 I served on my first team and accepted a position on advisory council. I have continued to serve both as a team member and council member. I can honestly say that I was given so much as a guest. I found so much hope, love, acceptance and joy. But as a team member. I have gained so much more as I share that same hope,love, acceptance and joy. I can see it all over the ladies faces. I can feel their excitement and rejoice with them and for them. I have been able to deal with incarceration so much differently than before Kairos. Kairos is hope. It is love. Kairos developed an amazing program with God's love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oh my heaven I cannot say enough about Kairos prison Ministries in every single thing is so incredibly positive that I can say. What a life-changing experience. I was a guest at Kairos Outside MCI number 16 in 2013 and I sat at the table of integrity. That weekend changed my life period while I grew up in a home or we went to church but it was more religion and not the spirituality that has been awakened in my soul. That weekend was the start! Every single thing about the program is completely thought out.... thought it through as a preliminary introduction to Christianity. It's done in such a way that showed me that I'm worthy He died for me He loves me so much. I've seen the positive positive impact of Kairos Ministry inside the prisons and on the outside. Since 2013 I have served on a team every year and I am on our advisory Council. What an amazing amazing Ministry. I am incredibly blessed to be a part of it!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so blessed to be a witness to the unconditional love and joy Kairos Prison MInistry spreads by sharing the Word with so many. Before my interactions with this organization i had never realized the depth of God's love, or even that I was loved. It has been 10 years or so since I was selected to participate in events with Kairos, and I am thankful DAILY still for the skills and guidance they have given me in my life. I learned from them the importance of carrying the mission to others, to help others stay out of prison and lead a decent, centered life. The sacrifices of time and money the volunteers unselfishly give of themselves is beyond amazing. While they don't seem to seek rewards or recognition, Kairos deserves much thanks and recognition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Experiencing Kairos gave me hope. It made me know I was not alone, Gid was always with me. Through the weekend, Prayer and Share, reunions and retreats, I was strengthened and encouraged. I've been home over 4 years. I give talks at churches, bake cookies, make agape and sign up for prayer chains.. I learned you don't just leave prison, you turn around and share the gift you've been given to help the next person. God is good, all the time. What a blessing Kairos is!

2 Carol Moore P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is my opportunity to see God in action as we help the incarcerated.

1 David B.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most rewarding programs I know of. Many men and women after being released have rebuilt their lives. Also many have found a way to live a better life inside a prison

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely by far the most beautiful and blessed ministry I have ever witnessed! God takes these broken and often angry men and washes them in the love and blood of Jesus right before your eyes! Miracles are happening during these Kairos Prison Ministry Weekends, not only for the men and women being ministered to but also for the Kairos Team!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos is spiritually strong. Miracles happen.
This group is scriptural. They have a solid stand on the Bible and are in unity with a variety of Christian religions, that share a common solid rock.
This group is has a great amount of rules, safeguards, and accountability checks to a fault. It is not a quick flashy event that will disperse. If you are called, there are long term commitments that will help you to do God's will for others all your life.
There is a vast amount of prayer support for this ministry.
There is plenty of training. It is handicap accessible. You can do this.

1 Stephenie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for Kairos. This ministry changed not only my life, but my husband. He loves that I am involved and I have a passion for serving other ladies experiencing the same thing I have.

1 Charley M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing ministry! Very well run, well organized, great materials, and changes lives for the better. Kairos uses a four day spiritual retreat inside of prisons to demonstrate the transformative love of Christ, in order to draw the incarcerated into a supportive community that holds one another accountable. Kairos also has bi-weekly or monthly follow-up programs, depending on the Institution, to continue growing and encouraging the inmate participants to live according to Christian principles.

They have excellent custom software to help the volunteers plan the retreats and manage the finances involved with such a large scale event. They also have regularly scheduled training for volunteers and post-retreat assessments to ensure that the very-well defined guidelines were followed.

Kairos is one of the best-loved and most-respected programs in the prison system, by the inmates as well as the wardens, officers, and chaplains.

1 Mark B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported Kairos Prison Ministry for almost 30 years. It has been a rewarding experience. I have learned so much through serving on teams and my faith in Christ has matured significantly. This is an awesome, God-led Ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Kairos outside on October 6-8 2017. My experience was absolutely amazing. I have never felt so much love and compassion from total strangers that are now my sisters. My new family.❤
I was sad and emotionally broken. The sincere prayers, love and beautiful smiles have me feeling like a true overcome. I came home with so much joy in my heart. I thank God for each and everyone of the ladies involved.

1 Martha Ammon F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kairos is an amazing ministry. You see hearts healed and lives changed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served with Kairos for over 20 years. I is a ministry that provides programed training for all volunteers that support all of its programs. The program benefits the participants with spiritual knowledge and personal growth to help them deal with the conditions of their lives. The KPMI staff and volunteers are dedicated too serving to the best of their ability.