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Prison Ministry

Charity International believes that at its core, crime is a moral and spiritual problem. Out of distorted character values, people make poor moral choices that cause harm and destruction. Therefore, authentic and lasting change must take place from the inside out, beginning with a reconciled relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Then, as people learn more about the truth and power of Christ, they learn to think in a new way, act in a new way, and relate to others in a new way. Prison can be a dark place, but we believe that there is a light that shines brighter than the shadows of prison.

REACH PRISONERS WITH THE GOOD NEWS by introducing them to Christ through Bible studies and written correspondence with believers who are dedicated to minister to them in their place of need.

DISCIPLE THE NEW BELIEVERS by educating the prisoners with a structured set of doctrinal studies that are geared to enhance their growth as new believers in Christ. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2)."

SUPPORT THEM AS THEY "GO AGAINST THE FLOW" by encouraging offenders and ex-offenders through Bible Study and personal correspondence as they struggle in the prisons to live according to Christian principles.

Working with children with parents in prison

There are as many as 2 million children in the U.S. alone who have one or more parents in prison or jail. That's close to two out of every 100 children.

Children whose parents have been arrested and incarcerated face unique difficulties. Many have experienced the trauma of sudden separation from their sole caregiver, and are vulnerable to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, depression and guilt. They may be moved from caretaker to caretaker. The behavioral consequences can be severe. Without positive intervention–emotional withdrawal, failure in school, delinquency and risk of generational incarceration is high. Yet these children seem to fall through the cracks. Police do not routinely ask at the time of arrest whether their prisoners have children, nor do sentencing judges or correctional agencies regularly raise this question. Since no agency collects data about these children, it is unclear how many are affected, who they are, or where they live.

Charity International is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.

To save the child, we must first save his dad or mother behind bars. Prisoners' children are in critical need of fatherly and motherly love and biblical guidance. Otherwise, as many as 7 out of 10 of these children will end up in prison themselves.

They're a generation on the verge of being lost to crime – they must be rescued!

Discipleship must be ongoing so prisoners and their children can continue to walk with Christ and hold God's Word in their hearts for a lifetime. You can help these families beat the odds and find success through:

  • Parent training and support
  • Church collaboration so released prisoners and their families are surrounded by a community of believers
  • Faith-based rehabilitation programs, job training and housing assistance


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