My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc., DeBary, FL, USA
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.