Crossroad Prison Ministries

I remember the first time I read Hebrews 13:3:  “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them.”

I wondered, “How can I do that?  I don’t even know anyone in prison.”  Then I learned about a ministry where volunteers can go into the county jail and share God’s Word with inmates.  I began doing that—and continued for many years, later focusing on incarcerated teens.  I realize this is not something everyone can do.

Yet there is something followers of Jesus CAN do from the safety and comfort of their homes:  Years ago I became a mentor for Crossroad Prison Ministries!  … https://cpministries.org/    CPM Bible studies go to participating prisoners throughout the U.S.  and beyond.  The Bible studies are available in the English, Spanish, Mandarin and Indonesian languages.

Typically, a mentor new to CPM will correct one Bible study per week and write a letter of encouragement to that prisoner who is taking Tier 1.  When students reach Tier 2 and 3, they are connected with a personal mentor who journeys with them in their studies throughout the entire tier.

The best part?  The recidivism rate drops for prisoners who study the Bible, come to know the Lord and are born again.  What is recidivism? Recidivism refers to a tendency to relapse into criminal behavior.  Inmates who are released and later relapse into criminal behavior,  are re-arrested and re-imprisoned.

In order to become a mentor, one must contact CPM and complete their online form, view the 90-minute training DVD sent to your home which also comes with a manual with an answer key and everything you need to know to become a mentor.  You must indicate agreement with CPM’s Statement of Faith and receive endorsement from your pastor or church board.

The studies always include some essay questions which take longer to assess. Prisoners will often submit prayer requests or share their situations, which helps when composing your letter of encouragement.

Currently there are over 40,000 students enrolled. More prisoners request to be enrolled daily and more mentors are always needed.

How safe is it?  Very!  The prisoner completes his/her Bible study and sends it to CPM headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There it is checked for contraband and sent to a mentor to correct.  Headquarters also sends the mentor an envelope to use with CPM’s return address in Michigan.  When you write your letter you do not sign your name. Instead, you sign it, “Your CPM Mentor.”

God uses CPM to impact the lives of both prisoners and mentors. Testimonies come from students who say their mentors had just the right words to say when they needed to hear them or that their mentor was like the father or mother they never had.  Mentors write to say they thought they would be the ones ministering but discover the prisoners are also ministering to them!

Is this something the Lord is putting on your heart? For more information go to http://cbi.fm/get-involved.

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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17 Responses to Crossroad Prison Ministries

  1. Lisa S. says:

    Dear Kathleen,
    Your writings encourage me to share Christ’s love more openly with strangers. Thank you for all the creative ways you show how to do that!

  2. Everest says:

    Thanks for sharing, Kathleen! This is great information! I’m interested and will definitely check it out! God bless!

  3. Noah says:

    Encouraging one from you kathleen, at least this is a challenge for every christian. Keep it up and may your knowledge never run dry in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

  4. MEL says:

    I have a niece who is actively participating in ministering to women incarcerated in prison through her church in Waco, Texas. Thanks Kathleen for reminding me the importance of prayer for those who are ministering through organizations such as CPM.

  5. Florence says:

    Love hearing about your work with the prisoners. It is one of the commands of Christ. Reminds me so much of my own mother’s work with prisoners. It was the greatest joy of her life for over 50 years. God Bless you.

  6. Kristy says:

    Amen! Thank you for sharing this important ministry.

  7. Frank says:

    Love to read your posts that testify of your service to the Lord. CPM seems like an effective and rewarding ministry. The wonderful thing about serving the Lord is that in doing so we receive more than we give. May the Lord continue to use you in His matchless service.

  8. Kathleen says:

    That’s true, Frank. We do indeed receive more than we give. God is good that way.

  9. Vida says:

    I have been a CPM mentor and coordinator for almost ten years. Being a pastor’s wife for 62 years, I have been involved in many ares of ministry. None has been as rewarding as this prison ministry, nor have I felt the impact that God’s word has had on so many. Most of whom society would cast away as completely incapable of being redeemed. I remember a Tier 2 student,a big handsome career service man, who would do his lesson, but not include a letter. After about 6 months, he wrote that he had a hard time believing that anyone could care about him. He became a wonderful student of the Word, and wrote that when he had finished Tier 2, he sat in his cell and cried. How unworthy I felt to have the privilege of influencing one such life! Come and join us!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Vida, for your encouragement in this most worthwhile outreach.
    Indeed, this is a ripe field, just waiting to be harvested. I too have experienced great joy as I see the power of God’s Word transform these lives.
    We are blessed so we can be a blessing to others. When we see others being blessed then we are blessed again. It’s a circle of blessings!
    May God draw many more onboard to participate in this vital ministry.

  11. Frank King says:

    According to the comments above, I have already commented on this post. Anyway, CPM sounds like a good ministry many Christians can get involved with in the service of the Lord. As you said, The recidivism rate drops for prisoners (or anybody) who study the Bible, come to know the Lord and are born again.

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