At Kairos, the motto is simple: Listen. Listen. Love. Love.
While this is the motto we live by during team formation and one that we try to live by as we witness to those inside Angola, it’s certainly a motto worthy of modeling in every day life.
Quite simply, we at Kairos share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ at Angola State Penitentiary in south Louisiana.
But ask any of us, it’s hardly simple – it takes patience, discipline, sacrifice and teamwork.
Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is behind everything we do.
The Kairos program is a lay-led, ecumenical organization and we are constantly looking for volunteers.
There are countless ways you can help.
In short, the Kairos weekend brings positive and negative leaders inside Angola together for a 3 ½ day Weekend led by same gender Kairos volunteers.
The Weekend is based on:
• A series of talks,
• Chapel meditations, and
• Creating a Christian community.
For many participants, the Kairos Weekend creates the desire to become a Christian, and for others the desire to continue his/her spiritual growth.
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (KPMI) is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth and, their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world. KPMI sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room’s Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ’s call to action in Matthew 25:36.
KPMI is a ministry of the church … a ministry of the apostles whom Jesus, the Christ, has called into community and sent forth into the environment of the correctional institution. KPMI has been called the best example of the early church in existence today.
The Kairos program incorporates curriculum designed to build and encourage pro-social character and behavior. Society spends over $60 billion/yr. to keep 2.3 million inmates incarcerated, whereas the Kairos program is offered at no cost to State and Federal Institutions. It’s been said that it cost the government $1 million to keep “me” locked up and a $100 program from Kairos set “me” free.
KPMI is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of Florida. The word, Kairos, is a Greek word meaning in God’s Special Time or in the Fullness of Time indicating an opportunity for our participants and guests to re-consider their life choices – as hearts are changed, inmates begin to take responsibility for their actions – it’s like a front row seat at a miracle – transforming lives and impacting the world.