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Onesiphorus Prison

 
Maggie Jacobs - Ministry Chair
Maggie Jacobs
Ministry Chair
Kenny Gibbs
Kenny Gibbs
Co-Chair
Wanda Cooper
Wanda Cooper
Treasurer
Gisele Bell
Gisele Bell
Secretary

Telephone: 919.489.4184
E-mail: prison@firstcalvary.org 

Vision Statement
Our vision is to be a faith base community that provides and support a ministry that assist the men and women who are returning back into our society after incarceration.

Mission

Prevention
To prevent youth and young adults from entering the criminal justice system through guidance, encouragement and mentoring.

Re-Entry
To equip the offenders with the necessary support and resources needed to become productive membes of society.

Trained mentors will provide guidance, encouragement, counseling, coping and life coach skills in collaboration with Division of Prisons, Chaplaincy Services support.

Prison
To provide ministries that will support the prison facilities in our community.

Why Should You Care?
The transitions from a life of confinement and institutionalization to freedom comes with a great deal of new responsibilities and a maze of conflicting emotions. For the average everyday citizen surviving and thriving in the outside world is a day to day challenge. It is not wonder that those leaving a period of incarceration will find it very difficult, on their own, to obtain the things that we take for granted - food, clothing, housing, job assistance, family integration and emotional support. Reentry into society can very difficult for these men and women.
 
Prison Ministry Opportunities includes:
  • TAN team coordinator (i.e. phone calls, follow-ups, coordinating events, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • To be an inmate sponsor
  • Donations coordinator (i.e. clothing, time, monies, etc.)
  • Mentor/Prayer Warrior
  • Clerical support skills (i.e. data entry, secretarial, office equipment, etc.)
  • Job Specialist
Onesiphorus Prison Ministry
Onesiphorus, from the Greek name pronounced on-ay-sif-or-us, meaning to bring joy, was a Christian man from Ephesus who provided help and support to the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) when he was a prisoner at Rome. Onesiphorus was among those who had both the faithfulness and the courage to stand as Bulwarks Of The Truth, not just in Paul's time, but through all time.

"The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain"

Onesiphorus was among the few who did all that he could to support Paul while he was held prisoner by the Romans because he knew that, even though Paul was the one being detained, it was the Romans who were the criminals, not only in the eyes of all the other nations who were subject to "law of the jungle" Roman imperialism and occupation but in the eyes of God because the Romans imprisoned Paul, and many other true servents of God like him, for the "crime' of preaching the Truth of the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to this earth.

Scripture of the Month


Job 26:1-3 (NKJV)
 
1 But Job answered and said:  

2 How have you helped him who is without power?
How have you saved the arm that has no strength?

How have you counseled one who has no wisdom?
And how have you declared sound advice to many?

Additional Resources
National Reentry Resource Center


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