After spending over 25 years in full-time ministry, Peter Kim (Ministry Director) was sentenced to 12 years of incarceration in the Colorado Department of Corrections. In the gospel of Mark, the writer shares the story of a large crowd following Jesus as He traveled to the home of Jairus. The crowd was thick and the road was narrow – people pressed and bumped into each other as they positioned themselves while hanging around Jesus. But only one person in the crowd stopped Jesus while He walked; a woman who had suffered for years. Why? Why did Jesus stop for this woman? Because she made a choice to fight through the crowds, reach-out and touch Jesus! Peter shares that he was like many of the nameless in the crowd – just hanging around Jesus but never reaching out to touch Him. He goes on to share that his “ah-ha” moment came in a prison cell on Christmas morning when the shock of his life truly settled in his heart. The truth of the story of the crowd and the healed woman resonated deeply and Peter knew the time had come to move from being a person who just hung-out with Jesus to someone who would make a choice to fight through the crowds, reach-out and touch Jesus.
Fast forward 10 years. After completing his prison sentence and motivated to proclaim Jesus, honor the prison chaplains and to assist those who struggle with incarceration, Connections Prison Ministry was birthed.
The mission of Connections Prison Ministry is to introduce RESCUE through the grace and agape love of Jesus; to inspire a heart and life of REDEMPTION through the study and prayer of God’s word; and to invest in RESTORATION through fellowship and accountability.
Peter often states that DOC offers many great programs and educational opportunities but having skills and smarts isn’t what brings about change. The only true lasting change…changes that affect the heart comes from knowing and living for Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Connections was developed with the ultimate purpose of sharing Jesus through relationships with individuals and in many cases, their families. Providing this kind of tangible support as parolees begin the next chapters of life, has given Connections the opportunity to be a vital voice as Jesus is shared and the Gospel is preached.