Connections Prison Ministry (CPM) exists to introduce RESCUE to those in need of hope 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.
We started with a passion to draw alongside those struggling with incarceration to successfully re-enter society and begin a journey paved with freedom and hope. We accomplish this by taking all the excuses previously used off the table, i.e. “I have no clothes, no cell phone, no place to live, no job, no food, no transportation, no support, etc.” by providing them with individualized support plans and resources tailor-made for each individual. In doing so, we earn the right to be heard in their lives, thus opening a door to share the great love of Jesus with them.
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, to reach-out and touch Jesus! We are wanting to challenge individuals to not just hang around Jesus but reach-out to touch Him.
There are many great programs and educational opportunities but just 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 for those struggling with the cycle of incarceration has given Connections the opportunity to be a vital voice as Jesus is shared and the Gospel is preached.