In reading STORIES OF FAITH AND COURAGE FROM PRISON by
CONNIE CAMERON and JEFF PECK, I was lead to MS KENT’S book, BETWEEN A ROCK AND
A GRACE PLACE. I hadn’t expected to get as much from it as I did. Not only are
you given a glimpse into the life of the Kent’s, but stories from others that
have gone through trials in their lives.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A GRACE PLACE by CAROL KENT is not just
for those with a loved one that’s incarcerated. It’s for those that volunteer in
the ministry, work in the system, or have experienced some really tough times
in their lives.
Chapter 1: Grace in the Hardest of Places, Surprised by
Chapter 2: Angels in Disguise, Surprised by Mercy
Chapter 3: Longing for a Better Life, Surprised by
Chapter 4: The Secret Power of Gratitude, Surprised by
Chapter 5: Unexpected Kindness, Surprised by Favor
Chapter 6: Why Do You Weep? Surprised by Joy
Chapter 7: A Different Kind of Liberty, Surprised by Freedom
Chapter 8: Dwelling in the Grace Place, Surprised by
Epilogue: The Ultimate Surprise
I included the contents because it really speaks of what’s
between the pages. Trust, compassion, faith, hope, joy, and love.
We all go through trials and tribulations at one time or
another in our lives. But what separates us is how we handle them, along with what
we take away from it. With God’s love and amazing grace, we can get through
anything He places in our path.
Our volunteers are GROWING Christians! Please join us in our journey to Christlikeness!
We need your fellowship and encouragement!
on the road to IL prisons
Presenting the Gospel in the context of Fatherhood
WELL-RECEIVED BY INMATES
who don't want their kids to follow them!
WELL-RECEIVED BY STAFF
because real change is promoted!
OUR FIRST ROAD TEAM - April 4-5, 2011
We really had no idea how well these 2-Day Seminars would be received. We had been presenting our eight Dads' Classes as weekly classes in some County Jails and in one prison - Stateville, a maximum-security facility in Joliet, IL. We tried holding weekly classes in the Minimum Security Unit (MSU) of Stateville, but with the inmates' work schedules, it just didn't work. At the suggestion of Stateville's Chaplain Adamson, we formatted the eight Dads' Classes into a 2-Day Dads' Seminar. Then, Stateville MSU just didn't seem to be able to schedule it. So, we reached out to Dr. Dee Dee Brookhart, the Clinical Services Supervisor (now Assistant Warden) of the Robinson Correctional Center, offering to bring the 2-Day Seminar "on the road." The response? "How soon can you do it?"
Four of us presented the first Dads' Seminar. We had 60 inmates in one crowded room. It was a bit hectic, doing something new for the first time. The whole seminar was observed by the Clinical Services staff, and in the end, it all worked very well! In fact, Dr. Brookhart's next response was, "Can you take this to all the men's prisons, statewide?" Hoorah! We had hit a "home run!"
24 ROAD TEAMS LATER...
40 VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED
These 40 men, all Dads themselves, have teamed up 24 times now, to present the DADS' SEMINAR. Now, not all 40 go each and every time...our ROAD TEAMS usually consist of 6 - 10 men for each prison. Inmate attendance has been up to 120, usually numbering 30 - 80. With Small Group discussions after each of the eight classes, the larger the ROAD TEAM, the smaller the Small Groups, and the smaller the Small Groups, the more effective is the Seminar.
Some of the volunteers present some of the classes, using Power Point. All of the volunteers facilitate Small Group discussions. We give each inmate brochures on each of the classes and some books to keep. After presenting and discussing all the classes, we watch the movie COURAGEOUS, and each inmate receives a Certificate of Attendance.
All of us on the ROAD TEAMS pay our own expenses, which of course, we keep to a minimum. We carpool to split the gas, and share motel rooms. We do "treat" ourselves to a good meal or two.
As stated above, the more volunteers we have on each ROAD TEAM, the smaller the Small Groups, and the more
effective is the Seminar. We've had a couple times when we've had 15 - 20 inmates per Small Group, and while it worked, it just was not the best. So, we're praying for 10 men per ROAD TEAM.
Born-again A Dad 18 years & older
Pastor's recommendation No felony convictions
CLASS 1 Defining the Problem & God's Plan to Solve the Problem
CLASS 2 Getting Started - Learning from our Past & Setting Goals
CLASS 3 Spirituality, Religion & Christianity
CLASS 4 Handling Anger, Drugs, Alcohol & Self-Control
CLASS 5 Distant Dad - Becoming a Specialist, Empathy
CLASS 6 Relationships - S-x, Marriage, Love & Lust
CLASS 7 Fathering - The Perfect Father, Being a Good Example
CLASS 8 Leadership & Discipline
CLASS 9 "Courageous" the movie
Small Group Discussions between Classes
May 6-7, Pekin Federal Prison - room/need for 4 more!
June 3-4, Pontiac State Prison - room/need for 3 more!
June 17-18, Dixon State Prison - room/need for 3 more!
July 1-2, Pekin Federal Prison Camp - room/need for 6 more!
August 5-6, Lawrence State Prison - room/need for 6 more!
Sept. 9-10, Greenville Federal Prison - room/need for 9 more!
October 7-8, Vandalia State Prison - room/need for 3 more
Nov. 4-5, Jacksonville State Prison - room/need for 6 more!
Dec. 2-3, Taylorville State Prison - room/need for 5 more!
More to be scheduled...
WILL YOU BE INVOLVED?
Step #1 - Pray! Does God want you involved?
I really don't have the spare time.That's OK. God doesn't want your spare time. He wants your prime time!
I really don't have the money!Did you do Step #1? I suspect that if God wants you involved, He will make a way! Please repeat Step #1.
I don't meet all the qualifications. Back to Step #1 - I suspect that God wants you involved, and you don't qualify to be on a ROAD TEAM, there are other ways He wants you involved. We also need prayer, money, and recruiters to tell others of the opportunities.
Step #2 - Decide which prison/date for which you want to apply. Mark your calendar. Repeat Step #1.
Step #3 - SendChaplain Tom your SSN & DOB, for the prison to run their security check on you. RepeatStep #1.
If you might be in the position to help financially with printing costs, etc., you could please donate online or you send a check to the NEW LIFE CORRECTIONS MINISTRY, 215 E. New York St., Aurora IL 60505. THANK YOU!