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|About||After-Care Ministries Society is a not-for-profit charity ministry that exists for the purpose of assisting offenders and ex-offenders find meaning and purpose in life through Christ.|
|Mission||The mission of After-Care Ministry is to see the incarcerated and ex-offenders pointed to Christ, to disciple them and to assist them in a successful transition to freedom, in the adoption of the Christian life-style and in becoming productive, community builders.|
Through involvement in the prison ministry and the fellowship following incarceration, After-Care Ministries has become more familiar with the plight and special circumstances of the offenders, ex-offenders, and their families.
The after-care needs are numerous and significant, and the opportunities for Christian service virtually unlimited. They include the following:
· pointing individuals to the transforming power of Christ and
· assisting the new believers in “one-on-one” on going, long term friendships, providing discipling and guidance through incarceration and the transition to freedom.
Personal observations, experiences shared by both offenders and ex-offenders, and current literature are agreed that at present few Christian ex-offenders survive the challenges and demands of their return to society, and invariably the goal of sound, successful, and lasting integration is being thwarted. While some commit their lives to Christ and make new beginnings while incarcerated, this apparent success has not translated into transformed, lasting commitments in the past. With alarming regularity the inmates have tended to drift towards the friendships and vices that have enslaved them in the past, and repeat offenses lead to further charges and repeat prison sentencing.
The integration of these individuals back into the community, and the various elements of that integration, need to be addressed.
In short, there is an obvious need for assistance and involvement of the Christian community; opportunities for the involvement of caring individuals, Christian groups and the larger, corporate Christian body. The needs include an army of volunteers to provide the discipleship, care and the nurture of people in need.
Even more important, this work came into being, premised on a commitment to prayer; seeking wisdom and guidance, so that it might be a ministry of reconciliation. This needs to be ongoing.