There are a lot of lost men and women in prison as there are lost people throughout the world. But the good news is that the good shepherd is there to seek out the one who is lost.
By Rev. Margaret O'Neal, friend of PCA
23 After they had been severely flogged, [Paul and Silas] were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/singing-prison/
For me God was a lifeline to sanity in a crazy place. And God never let me down. I would get mail from strangers and friends when I needed it most. Another inmate would be friendlier than usual. And I learned to love those gals in there. I learned to…
By Gloria Gurwell, PCA Board Member
We have just finished our last Lenten service at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ. We have been using the Holden service. I think … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/easter-prison/
I suppose, like most individuals who have not served any time, when I first became involved it was with the attitude that I would be bringing something into the lives of the inmates and that somehow, my involvement would translate into a blessing for them…
By Mark Juhl, PCA supporter and volunteer for the reentry program at The Church of the Damascus Road in Fort Dodge, IA
With my eyes watering, I gave a hug to Brian and then ano… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/03/watery-eyes/
Prayer has the power to bring us together in mindful acceptance of our present moment together in the presence of God. We surrender to and confess how we both are of sinful nature. In the face of this confession, we are thankful for a saving grace that …
by Dennis Hoffman, PCA Board of Directors
As he approached me in his orange prison jumpsuit with eyes filled in tears, it was quite obvious that we were about to engage in an e… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/03/pain-does-not-last-forever/
I confess that for years, I really didn’t like Lent with all its somberness and minor chorded music. I would be impatient with the season, because I knew the rest of the story and just wanted to run with those other Marys to the empty tomb. Then a few y…
By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America
For the liturgical types in our midst, we are soon in the season of Lent, that time of introspection and … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/02/ahlent/
Do you know what living stones are? It is the priesthood of all believers, whose faith is in Christ, the chief corner stone,and who then work together to spread the gospel. We are living stones. We are the body of Christ. Many people and many congregati…
By Margaret O'Neal, Lakewood, Washington
It was on September 10 of last year that the Living Stones Congregation at the Washington Correction Center in Shelton celebrated its 1… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/02/we-are-living-stones/
Left alone and depressed in a jail cell in Nashville after getting a DUI, I had no hope to go forward in life. Most of my family and friends had shunned me. I had no one that would take my calls while I was incarcerated...Someone invited me to attend your…
by Pastor Scott Jamieson, Church of Another Chance, inside the Nashville, TN men's jail
This unedited letter from one of [Church of Another Chance] members speaks to the powerf… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/do-you-hear-what-i-hear/
The Advent season teaches us to be patient. It instructs us on the importance of waiting prayerfully. It reminds us that God’s goodness unfolds in God’s time and not ours. Perhaps the greatest lesson that emerges during Advent each year comes as we watc…
Rev. Dean W. Bucalos, Executive Director of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond and Founding Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/advent-teaches-us-patience/
The story of the Samaritan woman in John 4 is a familiar one to most Christians. I began my journey as pastor of the Church of Hope that is held inside the South Dakota Women’s Prison with little or no knowledge of what it would mean to spend a large maj…
By Rev. Dr. Kimberly Kaveny-LaPlante, Church of Hope: South Dakota Women’s Prison.
“A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?”… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/please-can-i-have-drink/
Wow, things are really going on at Church of the Damascus Road, Texas! We are excited about the growth of Church of Damascus Road ministry. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
By Dan Lund, Church of the Damascus Road, inside the walls of the Texas prison system
Wow, things are really going on at Church of the Damascus Road, Texas! We have Bible base… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/god-good/
Not just in prison, but in all walks of life, God is looking for people who are willing to share what God has done in their own life and for the world.
by Pastor Rick Van Ravenswaay, Cornerstone Prison Church, inside the walls of the SD State Penitentiary
Many people have heard that “God so loved the world that he gave his one … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/whats-point-sharing/