Kairos Inside @ Avery Mitchell
Read the following testimonials from offenders who have participated in a Kairos weekend. As Kairos team members we are blessed to be "front row center" to miracles as they occur.
“When I arrived at [this prison] in September of 2009, I was alone, uncertain, and in need of something positive. I had heard all the horror stories that would rival a Stephen King novel of what life behind bars was going to be like. So here I am, in the middle of nowhere, with no family or loved ones in the state (all my family resides in WV) and with very little hope. I was truly alone.
But then, some guys on the camp told me about Kairos and the group of men who come here every week to spend time with us, people society are taught to hate. “Why,” I wondered. “If they knew what I did, they would run for the hills!”
But the guys kept telling me to check it out. So, I began going to [Kairos] Prayer and Share. Guys I never met before were welcoming me – truly happy to see me. However, it wasn’t just me. Every resident that came into the room was greeted with a friendly word, a handshake or a hug. I felt joy for the first time in a long time. That night, when I got back to my room, I cried. I wrote my family and told them about what I found at [prison].
That November, I attended the four day retreat and had one of the best experiences of my life. Previously, on May 14, 2008, I gave my life to Christ and had been attending study groups. But, with the help of Kairos, and the love for fellow mankind, regardless of their race or crime, I found real peace and joy in an additional tool in God’s toolbox. My family is glad for the positive changes in my life, my attitude, and my walk with Christ. Because of distance and health issues, my family is unable to visit. Yet, every Monday night, I get a visit from my Kairos family.