Christian men, soldiering together in the cause of Christ!
JAIL-MAILfrom Chaplain Tom, NEW LIFE CORRECTIONS MINISTRY
July 30, 2012 at WAYSIDE CROSS MINISTRIES, AURORA IL
TRANSFORMING INCARCERATED DADS
An Historical Perspective of Fathering
God's Plan to
Solve the Problem Pride, Humility & Grace
What is a Real Man?
Spirituality, Religion & Christianity
Christianity & Change
Alcohol & Drugs
More "Distant Dad" Activities
Marriage,Love & Lust
The Perfect Father
How did I Learn
to be a Dad?
Being a Good Example
Dad is a Leader,
Courageous, the Movie
We'll usually car-pool to prison on the Sunday afternoon/evening before the seminar, and stay in a motel for two nights, returning on the Tuesday evening after the seminar. We share the motel expenses - two men to a room - and the gas expense. We pay for our own meals. As a "co-leader," you'll be expected to facilitate small-group discussions with the inmates between the classes.
Our first "Road Team" adventure consisted of four of us going to the Robinson Correctional Center (prison) in Robinson, Illinois, in April, 2011.
OUR FIRST "ROAD TEAM"
Brian Polencheck Dave Haidle Chaplain Tom George King
We presented our first "Dads' Classes" in a 2-Day Seminar format to 60 eager inmates.
SINCE THEN, OUR "ROAD TEAMS" HAVE BEEN TO 14 MORE PRISONS!
WE HAVE 13 MORE ALREADY SCHEDULED!
WITH MORE TO COME!
"ROAD TEAM" MEMBERS
On our Dads' Classes "Road Teams," we present the same Dads' Classes we have weekly in many local County Jails, but we present them in a 2-Day Seminar. We visit Prisons, where weekly classes simply are not an option for us. Our purpose is to:
Bring the Gospel to the inmates in the context of fatherhood,
Spark an interest in the men to become better Dads, break the generational cycle of crime, reduce recidivism, and
Spark an interest in the Prison Staff to welcome the year-long Malachi Dads' Program.
George King:"I found that the time we spent together was very enjoyable and rewarding. What was accomplished more than achieved all of our expectations. It was the perfect way to reach out and I felt we really touched the lives of the men. In fact they asked if we are coming back and said they would spread the word how helpful we were to them." (Note: We've been invited back to Robinson twice since then.)
Dave Haidle: "The majority of men in prison are fathers and contrary to what many might think, these men are eager to be good fathers to their children. Our communities can only benefit from these men becoming better fathers. I can't think of a better investment of time than to be teaching eager men about God's perspective on fathering. It is challenging, humbling and rewarding; plus you get to know other brothers in Christ on a deeper level as you soldier together."
We have small-group discussions between the classes, and with 60 or 80 inmates and 4 volunteers, leads to "small groups" of 15 - 20! We need some more volunteers!
Brian Polencheck:"I think I believed that most of the inmates would be there as a way to have this look good on their record. What I found was that the majority really wanted to learn how to be a good fathers and men. I could see the hurt in many of their eyes and voices because of not having those relationships with their children and wives. I believe many really had no idea how to fix the hurt and pain they had or inflicted on those they cared about. I also discovered, after experiencing the small group sessions, how many of these men had no father or male role models and the ones they had were quite the opposite of good role models. I wondered how I would have turned out if I would have experienced the same as them. I realized I could be in their place."
PLEASE PRAY that more prisons will welcome us to do our Dads' Classes as a 2-Day Seminar.
PLEASE PRAY that God works in the hearts of the inmates & staff, that the Gospel is clearly heard & that many men receive Jesus Christ as their Savior & Lord.
Kym, one last item: PLEASE PRAY about supporting the New Life Corrections Ministry financially. We're really in need of monthly contributors. If you could make a donation, perhaps the easiest way is to click here. Please designate for New Life Corrections. THANK YOU!
SAVE THE DATE!
Dr. Gene Getz (Measure of a Man) will be the Keynote Speaker at our