Remembering the Prisoner
For more than 16 years, Parkside Church has partnered with Crossroads Prison Ministries to provide biblical instruction to people in prison. Our volunteers currently serve 155 prisoners, both men and women, out of the 50,000 individuals that Crossroads reaches each year. While these numbers represent significant and meaningful help, more volunteers are needed to reach the more than 2.4 million people who are incarcerated in the United States alone.
Serving in a Different Way
Location: The Venue at Parkside Church
Start Time: Sun 25, March 2018, 12:30 p.m.
End Time: Sun 25, March 2018, 1:30 p.m.
We will hold a free luncheon on March 25 at 12:30 pm for anyone currently involved with Crossroads Prison Ministries or for those who would like to find out more about it. Douglas Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization at Crossroads Prison Ministries will be here from Grand Rapids, MI for the luncheon, which will be held in the Venue.
This event is also open to those outside of Parkside Church who are interested in attending.
Location: The Venue at Parkside Church
Start Time: Sun 4, Feb. 2018, 12:30 p.m.
End Time: Sun 4, Feb. 2018, 2 p.m.
We will hold a free luncheon on Sunday, February 4 for anyone with a heart to reach those in prison with the Gospel. It is for those who are involved with any type of prison ministry, as well as for those who want to learn more about the kinds of prison ministry happening in NE Ohio. The luncheon will be at 12:30 pm in the Venue.
Only 12% of prisoners in Michigan get regular visitors. The story is similar across the country.
When you consider this statistic, you begin to realize how life-giving a simple letter from the outside can be for a prisoner. Letters written by Crossroads mentors are read over and over by their students. The encouraging and guiding words have a deep impact, providing a vivid picture of the unconditional love of Jesus. The words of hope, prayers and scriptures scribbled on paper are written on prisoners' hearts.
This correspondence would not happen without the support of our dedicated mentors and office volunteers!
One student said:
"The letter and booklets couldn't have arrived at a more necessary time, as my faith has been tested and attacked as of late. I have been assailed by doubts, fears and feelings of loneliness and anger so strongly in past weeks that I was starting to lose faith. My faith is now being re-strengthened and my hope rekindled."
"When we get in there [prison], no one is going to gift wrap their pain for you. When we are talking to people who might not know the Lord, we have to realize there are a lot of sins and decisions they made to get there, but there's all kinds of hurts that they didn't choose that drove them that way."
Chris was about to lose all the progress he'd made. He had been sober for four days, but the temptation to drink was consuming him. Something inside him told him to pray.
"Each [mentor] has been down to earth, helpful and caring and has shown the love of Christ in their hearts. . . . They listened to me with the love of Christ and prayed with me on certain matters."
Each month, Crossroad Connection, the broadcast ministry of Crossroad Bible Institute, offers inspiring messages, interviews, letters from prison and news about restorative justice. New episodes are available online every week at www.cbi.tv.
Recent episodes include:
Special Guests: Burt and Anita Folsom
Special Guests: Frank and Judy Palermo
Special Guest: Ronald Simpson-Bey
Greetings from Crossroad Bible Insititute!
Thank you for your continued support of CBI's ministry. Each month, Crossroad Connection, the broadcast ministry of CBI, offers inspiring messages, interviews, letters from prison and news about restorative justice. Episodes are available weekly at www.cbi.tv and on six West Michigan cable stations.
Week of April 5: Making Disciples of All Nations
Week of April 12: A Politician's Perspective on Prison Reform
Week of April 19: Helping Kids Find Christ in Chaos
Week of April 26: Are All Americans Treated Equally in Court?
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Start Time: Tue 18, Nov. 2014, 6 p.m.
End Time: Wed 19, Nov. 2014, noon
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7:00 pm - 30th Anniversary Celebration