A Time to Heal, A Time to Recruit
Dear Kairos Volunteer,
As the world begins to open up once again, we’re now back in the prison enjoying Prayer and Share on Tuesdays, and it’s time to collectively look toward our Kairos future.
We still don’t know if and / or when we’re going back for a weekend – stay tuned as AC members are currently knocking on the warden’s door. We’ll know soon.
But one reality has already arrived: the need for new recruits.
Several AC positions need filling next year, even after volunteers donated an extra year due to the pandemic. Our over-all NECX Kairos numbers are down – both inside and out — due to folks moving, dropping out, or going to the Better Place.
So it’s time to act.
If you know folks holding a servant’s heart – folks willing to visit our prison community, as we’re called to do – it’s time to introduce them to Kairos.
Give potential volunteers specifics about what this ministry means to you, and what a difference it’s made in your life. Personally, whenever I stop thinking about myself and focus on helping others, all my personal “issues” dissolve into thin air. Whenever I’m working on Kairos, my heart immediately tells my legs to get moving. Whenever a Prayer and Share participant praises God for the work we do, that blessing amplifies the need to introduce the grace of Christ to more who need it.
We can also give specific examples of the followers you’ve met in prison, and what positive changes you’ve seen in them. When I last talked to a Prayer and Share group, I learned that a group of Kairos insiders made a great effort to share Christ last Christmas will ALL the people in their pod, taking two weeks to gather food and to make presents, and then throwing a party to celebrate The Birth. They told me the work we’ve done to inspire them carried over to weekly prayer sessions they’ve held on their own throughout the pandemic year.
We all have our stories.
Just share them, and reap the harvest.
Yours in JC,
The Lifers’ Club
Here’s a piece that examines The Lifers’ Club at NECX. There are Christians EVERYWHERE doing God’s work. Amazing!
Dear Men of Kairos,
We’ve recently focused on recruiting and fundraising. I fear both. Can’t say why. Just hate asking folks for favors, I reckon.
But God sent me Brian Rosecrance, who can do both. He recruited himself, by the way. Arg.
So we met before church yesterday with cookie recipes and prayer vigil slots printed out.
Then we visited Sunday School classes and gave the Kairos pitch: Brian stated facts, figures, and the needs.
I told a story about a resident who basically scared the whole prison for years, and then calmed the whole prison back down when he came to Christ.
We each have a Kairos story — or ten.
Don’t know how many cookie bakers we have yet, but I was given a check for $250 from one class, our SS class pitched in $400, three folks chipped in $55 each for meals, and it’s still rolling in. Prayer vigil slots are filling fast.
For just asking.
Storytelling is key. You already have those stories; now they can work for you. Be clear, be sincere, be seated. Make them realize why they have a heart in their chests. God’s already performing the miracles: we’re merely sharing how He does it.
Take two people to your SS classrooms. Have your organized person pitch the facts. Let the storytelling person appeal to the heart.
Says the man who was afraid to ask for money, afraid to ask for help.
Yours in JC,
Dear Men of Kairos,
We’ve enjoyed great success over the years, seeing hundreds of men come to Christ, witnessing their dramatic change in outlook, spirit, and behavior, all of us reveling in the blessings that flow from servanthood linked to Him.
But now we’re in a spot.
After Kairos #41 – captained by Scott Hale next fall – we have ZERO (nada, cero) leaders scheduled for upcoming weekends.
Many capable members are not at “the right place” to lead at this moment, myself included. Take that as you may, but it’s an important job, and full attention must be applied. Honestly, for many of us in this organization, Kairos is not their sole Christian endeavor. A few carry much, indeed.
Looking around the Administrative Council table, I see long teeth flashing above the bacon biscuits. Long teeth growing longer, even those sporting denture caps like mine.
Which brings us to the point: we are all recruiters.
And I reckon we all agree our youngest members – think K39 – are highly capable and enthusiastic, so how do we lead them to recruit more of the same? How do we recruit members of the black and Hispanic communities?
One idea arose at the last AC meeting, handed to us from our newest member, Melissa Noble, the new Outside liaison: create a small committee made up of volunteers whose sole purpose is to recruit and train weekend leaders. This worked for our local Kairos Outside.
Please consider serving on this committee – pray over it – and we’ll discuss it further at K-40 training as we’re already assembled.
God bless you as it takes us all – each and every one carrying a lantern and walking together into those dark spaces – lending His light to those who rarely see it. Servanthood links our spirits, links our allegiance to God, and it’s time for those hearing the call to step up.
Thank you! The love and passion you give this ministry feeds all our spirits.
Yours in JC,