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With 68 county jails, 39 state prisons and 2 federal penitentiaries in the state of Wisconsin alone, Correctional Care ministry is an enormous mission field. Not only is the prison population in excess of 23,000 inmates, most of the people we serve are either un-churched or do not have a church home.
People frequently seek out advanced medical procedures and specialized treatments beyond their local communities making it increasingly difficult for their pastors to serve them. Teaming up with local pastors, Institutional Ministries helps provide spiritual care for these individuals while they seek help in hospitals and mental health facilities that are often far from home.
With over 50 million Baby-boomers retiring in just the last two years, and 69 million more on their heels, the spiritual needs of this segment of society will soon increase exponentially. This presents us with a unique opportunity to prepare, evangelize and serve these soon-to-be Saints Triumphant who are living in nursing homes, rehab centers and hospice care facilities.
Today, more than ever, the number of people suffering in silence behind unseen walls of addiction, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and moral injury is simply staggering. Our chaplains and support groups offer spiritual guidance and caring support to those struggling with these issues.
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God used COVID to grow our email devotional ministry to inmates. GraceLinks now serves over 900 inmates, six days a week.
We have been blessed with many dedicated volunteers who are committed to the ministry of shining the light of Jesus' love to the walled-in souls of our community!
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When I first began leading Bible studies at the county jail, one concern I had was whether I could connect with inmates who had very different lives and backgrounds than mine.
The last time I visited Robert, he wasn’t his usual happy, outgoing self. He seemed depressed. So, I waited quietly, giving him time to gather his thoughts and share with me whatever he wanted to share, and that’s just what Robert did.
Every now and then, for any one of several reasons, Wisconsin’s prisons impose a lockdown.
As is often the case, new people show up for our weekly Bible studies every now and then. In one way or another, they have heard about our study of God’s Word and decide to join our group.
“Look, I stand at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in with him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 EHV)
Before leaving Corinth and making his way back to Jerusalem to close out his third missionary journey, the apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in Rome.
Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.