Biblical Restoration: receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition
Peace be with you and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness. This month I started a new partnership with Good News Jail and Prison Ministry (GNJPM). Ministry Care partners with a variety of missionaries and organizations to offer support, care, encouragement, and training and we are excited about this latest partnership!
Here the vision of Good News: That every inmate in the world is reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ and that they might become growing disciples. Also, that Christian chaplains are placed in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff. Good News has just recently partnered with the American Bible Society and Trauma Healing Institute to bring a contextualized version of Healing the Wounds of Trauma into the correctional setting. Chaplains within Good News are also considered missionaries and their field is a challenging one.
One question to ask is why focus on inmates? Research shows that 97 percent of women who are incarcerated in the United States have a background of physical or sexual trauma. It is their pathway to the criminal justice system. Rutgers University did a recent study on men and found that 85 percent of them had street violence trauma and 75 percent had sexual abuse in their background. Trauma is also then in fact their pathway to the criminal justice system. As a reminder, trauma can be a barrier to hearing the Good News. When healing begins, an individual is more receptive then to the Gospel.
Good News, American Bible Society and Ministry Care share a common bond in our desire to see the Word of God bring transformation to the lost of this world. We also share a common audience—those who have suffered significant man-made and natural trauma. A cooperative program to bring trauma healing to jails and prisons in which chaplains serve will be powerful as we see the eyes of men, women, and children open to experience biblical, life-changing healing. The goal of this partnership is to integrate the trauma healing program model into the ongoing ministry of the Good News chaplain network so that traumatized inmates and staff in the U.S. jail and prison system can experience healing in Christ. Eventually the hope is also to implement this in the international Good News community too.
Here are some of the following outcomes that are prayerfully desired:
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.