_ Kairos is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer
international prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s
love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. Kairos
consists of three programs: the Men’s and Women’s Ministry, begun in 1976,
Kairos Outside, begun in 1991, and Kairos Torch, begun in 1997.
The Men’s and Women’s Ministry addresses the spiritual needs
of prisoners. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray,
share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals, and fellowship
with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day
event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on
Christianity. Subsequent visits are monthly half-day reunions with the
prisoners over a twelve-month period.
Kairos Outside provides spiritual healing to families of the
incarcerated, who often feel that they too are "doing time". Spouses,
parents and other relatives of prisoners meet with teams of Kairos volunteers
to share their faith and gain strength from Christian community.
Kairos Torch provides a ministry to youthful offenders, the
most rapidly growing segment of the prison system. Because young people between
the ages of 13 and 19 are generally housed in smaller institutions than adult
offenders, smaller-sized teams participate in this ministry.
Georgia Foothills Walk to Emmaus participates with other communities in
Kairos ministry in several Georgia
prisons. Contact Bill Goodman for information on how you may help.