What does the Bible say about prison ministry?
Volunteering with Working Men of Christ is a great way to help our residents and community while, at the same time, find fulfillment in doing the righteous work of God.
If Jesus were on earth today, would we find Him in the prisons? Of course we would. He would be there "to seek and to save the lost" and to restore them to discipleship, just as He did with Zacchaeus.
There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” 6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. 8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” 9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost.”
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
And because the Church is now His representative on earth, prison is where we should be as well—calling the sick to the healing touch of our Lord and Savior; still recognizing in them the dignity of God's creation, no matter how far they have fallen; trusting that no one—NO ONE—is beyond Christ's love and power to redeem.
We have now taken over 1,440 prisoners through the Captivity series and paid out over $20,970 in incentives to help the newly released start their new lives.