GATHER and pray for the prison ministry—specifically that God would open doors for the outreach of Bible study courses to inmates locked behind bars. Pray that such regulations would not block the outreach of God's Word to those seeking answers against hopelessness.
GIVE financially—To enable these studies to be
GO into prisons and jails—That's right, Emmaus Prison Ministry can help you through the process of actually visiting and ministering to inmates inside prisons and jails.
GRADE courses — The amazing part about this correspondence ministry is that you don't have to personally set foot inside an incarceration center. You can have an entire prison ministry without ever "going on the inside". You can get involved with grading, commenting, mailing, administration, etc., from the comfort of your own home or office.
Back in the 1970s, God opened the door for the establishment of the Emmaus Prison Ministry. The goal of the ministry was, and continues to be, to reach inmates with the gospel through the free distribution of Emmaus Bible study courses. Through the cooperation of the Emmaus International's home office and a network of local volunteer prison ministries and coordinators, inmates in more than 3,000 institutions can study an exhaustive curriculum of courses, including specific ones that relate to prison life: Born to Win, Doing Time with Jesus, How to Succeed
More than 17 million American inmates behind concrete walls and iron bars have been reached by Emmaus courses. What's more, the ripples of influence extend to the families of inmates as well when they see the effect of the gospel of Christ
Nearly 100 courses are currently available in English, and over 50 in Spanish. From an academic standpoint, the courses offered are “popular” level and not for college credit. However, many of them are quite challenging, and the transcripts from Emmaus International are often used for parole hearings and to gain entrance into further educational programs. The common intent of the authors of the courses is the spiritual growth of the
A number of dedicated volunteer Emmaus Impact Partners who are passionate about spreading the news to prison inmates of how they can truly be "free" distribute the courses into prisons. To find contact information for your nearest Prison Coordinator, click here.
Each coordinator offers a curriculum which begins with basic instruction about God and Christ in which salvation is emphasized (usually Born to Win) and then provides for more advanced study as the student progresses. Volunteers (individuals and church groups, etc.) do all the grading and commenting of courses.
"Born to Win . . . is a mind and heart opener for lost sheep." –Prisoner