"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor” ….Isaiah 61:1
God seeks to set prisoners free—not always from their physical prison, but certainly from their imprisonment by sin, ignorance, rebellion, hopelessness, and poor choices. Jesus identified Himself as the source of freedom for everyone, including prisoners.
Since 1980 the number of female prisoners has increased by more than 700 percent and has outpaced male prisoner growth by more than 50 percent. Did you know male prisoners receive 10 times the number of visitors per person in prison than women do? The women are neglected on every level as few ministries or agencies focus on these teens, mothers, and grandmothers.
We are beginning in Women’s Prisons, one of the most neglected areas of ministry. MINTS has successfully pioneered Christian study centers in 10 men’s prisons. Now we have permission to start in the women's facilities in Homestead Correctional in Miami, and we have a new center underway in Ocala, FL.
We offer disciplined academic studies with Certificates, BA, and MA degrees in Theological Studies, combined with prayer and care, to show prisoners how to discover Biblical truth for themselves, apply it to their lives and share it with their families and others. We help them discover forgiveness, love, strength, and encouragement for living the life they were intended to live. And then to minister to others and to multiply themselves spiritually.
We need your help. Lives are depending on it – the women themselves, their children, and their families. We need books, basic study items like pen and paper, and operational funds to move the program forward. Nationally three-fourths of women prisoners are mothers, and two-thirds of them have children under 18. Shockingly and sadly, those who deliver in prison are not allowed to see the child they have just given birth to, or to have any role in raising them. If a relative cannot take them the state does and most are put up for adoption. Seems impossible, but it is true. You can imagine what this does to the heart of most mothers, and the fear and anxiety they face.
We can help them.
We have the teachers. We have the leadership. Now we need some tools and support.
Help us help them. Support this ministry today.
This effort is being led by Karen Jones, the MINTS executive director. She has a heart for those in need.
|10 donors pledging $50 per month to train women in prison||$50||Donate|
|Whatever you are able to give||$1||Donate|
|Books and courses for 1 prisoner for 1 year||$100||Donate|
|1 donor giving $2,000 to help start up the women's prison ministry||$2,000||Donate|
|25 people giving one time gifts of $100||$2,500||Donate|
|25 people giving $25 a month for a year.||$25||Donate|
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