Kairos Prison Ministry International serves nearly 500 prisons and communities in 37 states and 9 countries. It is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer, international ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families.
Kairos consists of three programs:
KAIROS OUTSIDE—the program featured on this website—provides spiritual healing to families of the incarcerated who often feel that they too are "doing time." Spouses and other female relatives and friends of prisoners meet with teams of Kairos volunteers to share their faith and gain strength from Christian community.
Kairos Outside is a 2½-day Christian Weekend designed to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support for women who have been impacted by incarceration.
In a safe environment with loving people, women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small support groups to give them strength for the challenges they face in their lives.
Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their loved ones. It is important for them to know that they are not alone, and that there is a Christian community that cares. Any 20-year-old or older female, whose life has been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one, or a woman who was unable to attend Kairos Inside while in prison, is eligible to attend Kairos Outside.
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KAIROS INSIDE is for men and women and addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals, and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on Christianity. Subsequent visits are monthly 2-hour evening reunions with the prisoners which occur over a twelve-month period as well as a weekly meeting with the inmates for "Prayer and Share."
KAIROS TORCH provides a ministry to youthful offenders which is the most rapidly growing segment of the prison system. This branch of Kairos has developed because to be successful, ministry to our youth (13 to 19 years of age) needs to have a very different tone than our methods directed toward adult offenders.