Waseca Federal Women's Prison
At the end of July, I had the privilege of going back to Waseca to celebrate with 60 inmates who graduated from their 12-step Christ-centered recovery program called Celebrate Recovery. Our time together included getting to lead the girls in worship through music, hearing 2 of the inmates share their testimonies, a praise dance by 3 of the inmates, and get this--the WARDEN came to join the graduation ceremony and even shared a message of hope and encouragement with the women! This was the first time she (the Warden) has joined a graduation ceremony since I've been going. So awesome to see this ministry gaining the attention of the leadership staff at the prison and for them to see Christ's power to change so many lives through this ministry!
Shakopee State Women's Prison
When I moved to the Twin Cities last summer, I began praying for opportunities to go inside more prisons in the metro area. I was loving my continued experiences of ministering to the women in the Waseca Prison and wanted to start expanding beyond that location. I met someone who had been going there on a regular basis, also doing music ministry with his worship team. He invited me to go and play keyboard/sing and we've continued to partner together at this prison ever since, as well as the Lino Lakes Men's Prison. We went in early August and hosted a worship time here with about 200 women and I'll be returning again in November. Another group of women I'm excited to continue to build relationships with!
Lino Lakes State Men's Prison
Coming with me on a prison visit:
If you would like the opportunity to observe and be part of a worship experience inside, or would be willing to share your testimony with the inmates, please let me know. Upcoming dates are:
Friday, Oct. 18: Lino Lakes, 5:45-8:00pm.
Monday, Nov. 18: Shakopee, 5:30-9:00pm.
Studies are showing that mentoring is greatly reducing the rate of return to prison. All 3 of these prisons are looking for people to mentor the inmates either as a pen pal or in a one-on-one setting. This is a great opportunity to be part of someone's complete rehabilitation and recovery. This would be a monthly commitment for one year, must be 21 or older, orientation training required.
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