An Evening With Kairos Angola Prison Ministry

The next Kmainlogoairos is right around the corner: November 10-13, 2016 and will be led by Mike Schultz.

As always, we need more volunteers.

More specifically, we need new volunteers!

With that in mind, we are pleased to invite the community to An Evening With Kairos Angola Prison Ministry.

Wednesmic-1132528_1280day, September 7, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge

There will be a dinner and social time beginning at 6:00pm

Following the dinner, there will be a moderated panel discussion followed by questions and answers from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

This is your opportunity to invite someone you know who you think would be great for the ministry.

He or she will get a chance to visit with other team members, ask questions and, of course, enjoy some great food.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Blackstone
225-205- 9376
rwblackstone@gmail.com

Matthew Zylicz
(504) 906-6288
matt.zylicz@gmail.com

Kairos #62

It is time to start planning and recruiting for Kairos 62 this November.IMG_1665

Team leader Mike Schultz has released the training schedule:

  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • October 29
  • November 5 (if needed)

These meetings will start at 8:30 am and will be complete by 3 pm.

Team formation meetings will be held at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, 930 North Boulevard.

A team application can be found here.

Here is a message from Mike:

Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to join team #62. Let me know your decision either by calling me or returning the enclosed Team Application as soon as possible. Also, pray about other qualified volunteers God may be calling to this ministry, pass along their information, and talk to them about joining the team.
Saturday, I was blessed to go to Angola along with 11 other Kairos brothers for the one-day retreat. We met with 7 men from Camp J along with men from Main Prison and Camp C at the Bible College. God was present as always, even showing off a little with thunder and power blips to punctuate talks. It was an awesome experience, generating excitement and anticipation for the weekend this fall.
I am excited and honored to be leading this team in the fall and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your brother in Christ,
Mike Schultz

 

The Motto Is Simple

At Kairos, the motto is simple: Listen. Listen. Love. Love. clasped_hands

We share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ at Angola State Penitentiary in south Louisiana.

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,recidivism_stats
• Discussions,
• 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.

Kairos #61 Postponed, Set for March 17-20

As Team 61 gathered in St. Francisville, ready to meet and depart for the upcoming Angola, the dreaded phone call came from the chaplain.

Chaplain Sumrall meets with the Kairos team, informing us of the cancellation

Chaplain Sumrall meets with the Kairos team, informing us of the cancellation

“We are going to have to cancel the Kairos retreat.”

The prison, as is almost all of Louisiana, is dealing this weekend with potential flooding and power issues. To be on the safe side, the warden and his staff cancelled all outside events, including Kairos.

Rodney Young, Kairos 61 leader, immediately gathered the team to share the news and, most importantly, pray.

His prayer was quite simple – “we are your vessels God, use us as you wish and as you please – we are here to serve your will, not ours. While we desire to serve this weekend, in the end, we will yield to your will in your time.”

Thanks to Hotel Magnuson for the gracious hospitality in allowing us to store cookies and more for next weekend.

Thanks to Hotel Magnuson for the gracious hospitality in allowing us to store cookies and more for next weekend.

In a flurry of phone calls, the leadership team was able to secure the prison for the following weekend (March 17-20) but the question remained – how many team members were going to be able to make the following weekend work?

Amazingly, nearly every team member will be able to adjust their schedules and be a part of what is most certainly promising to be an exciting weekend as God is living up to his nickname – “surprise”.

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Rodney Young and Mike Schultz, observing leader (Captain Chronos) prepare for next weekend.

The team made the most of the time and immediately went to work, planning for the rescheduled Kairos.

That work included the unloading of supplies and cookies. 

In yet another blessing, the staff of Magnuson Inn is graciously allowing Kairos to store the entire stash of cookies and all supplies.

Kairos is defined as God’s time and, now more than ever, we are living into that spirit. As Ecclesiastes 3 states for everything there is a season and a time for every matter and we are convinced that God is up to something special.

Please remain in prayer for our team, and most importantly, the residents at Angola who will soon hear the message of love, forgiveness and healing through Kairos.

The Power of Cookies!

It’s that time!

COOKIE TIME! 

All across south Louisiana – from Baton Rouge to Lafayette to New Orleans, ovens will be working overtime this weekend- baking dozens upon dozen of cookies for the residents of Angola State Penitentiary.

From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin to peanut butter (a favorite inside Angola) to plain old sugar cookies…

Here is how you should pack your cookies in a quart size bag. Don't worry about labeling them - although you get bonus points if you do! :)

Here is how you should pack your cookies in a quart size bag. Don’t worry about labeling them – although you get bonus points if you do! 🙂

Each team member tries to get 100 dozen cookies baked and prepared.

It always sounds like a daunting task, but somehow, the cookies arrive; seemingly like magic, but we know it’s not magic. Instead, it’s the power of the Holy Spirit.

Each and every cookie will be carefully prepared and intentionally prayed over, two characteristics that mirror the team itself.

Kairos team members will tell you, as a retreat begins, there are always a handful of incredibly honest residents who say, “I’m just here for the cookies.”CookiesPrep

Well guess what? So are we!

Because Kairos cookies have more than just flour, sugar and butter.

Kairos cookies are filled with prayer, compassion, grace and love.

And guess where those ingredients come from?

So yes – come for the cookies! Enjoy every bite because we promise you – these cookies have Jesus in ’em and you’ll be filled in more ways than one.

For more on how to bake or how to prepare cookies, please visit our comprehensive cookie page.

 

Iron Sharpens Iron

For the men in Kairos, we value the chance to worship and work together as a body of men, witnessing to other men.

For those of you who will be craving that fellowship but will not be on the upcoming team, there is a great event in Baton Rouge that you could attend. Iron

The Iron Sharpens Iron Conference will be March 12th at Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They will also be in New Orleans April 16th.

The Mission of the Iron Sharpens Iron is to mobilize regional ministries to resource local churches with a first class one-day equipping conference that is specifically designed for men (age 13 and older).

And here’s where Iron Sharpens Iron can help Kairos – since the event will be happening during a Kairos weekend, the entire team could be lifted in prayer!

Forever Bound

Team 61 had another fantastic meeting Saturday and the team continues to bond over fantastic music, great fellowship and a focus on our mission inside Angola.

Our team meeting had a fantastic prelude in the form of a letter from Ralph Picou to the team. We wanted to share it with the larger Kairos audience.

To my fellow servants,

Each person we will encounter during our Kairos weekend was created in the image of God and is a fellow brother in the family of God.

Just as we are forever bound to our natural family brothers due to our being born to the same earthly mother, we are forever bound to our spiritual family brothers due their being born of the Holy Spirit to the praise and glory of our Heavenly Father.

Through the blood of Jesus Christ, the walls of separation are forever removed and there is only one body of Christ.

At a recent Kairos weekend, one of the residents at my table asked about how the outside world view them and what do our family and friends tell us when they find out that we minister to inmates at Angola, men who have committed all kinds of crime and hurt so many people.

It was not easy to give him one all encompassing answer.

I have been told by “the world” that I am crazy, that I am “wasting my time” on criminals when there are more deserving ministries, that I have been conned by the inmates and am a fool, and that there was no way they would ever get involved in prison ministry.

I have also been told that I was doing a good work and that they are glad that someone is ministering to the prisoners.

I have been blessed by God to be able to see the great potential for good in these men, to be able to see beyond their crimes and current circumstances and accept them as works in progress as they are being transformed into the image of Christ by the power and love of our Heavenly Father.

Each of these men has a place and a purpose in God’s Kingdom. They are the “neighbors” that God has commanded me to love.

It is not an easy or glamorous task which God has placed on my heart.

I will not get many “atta boys” from the world. It will not fulfill my need to be esteemed by my family, friends, and co-workers; however, I am always spiritually encouraged and refreshed when my Heavenly Father tells me “well done, my good and faithful servant, in whom I am well pleased.”

Your fellow servant,

Ralph

What a Start!

Team 61 got off to a fantastic start.

Here are some notes from the first meeting.

We will meet again this Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge – fellowship begins at 8:30am.

PRAYER

First, do not forget about our prayer chain. It is incredibly important to pass this link around to your friends and family. As you know, the entire weekend (every single minute) will be covered in prayer.

This prayer chain is a fantastic way for friends and family to get involved in Kairos.

The prayer chain can be found here.

CLOSING

Speaking of friends and family, do not forget about Closing.

For those of you new to Kairos, this is an opportunity for friends and loved ones to attend the closing ceremony at Angola. More information on closing, including the closing application, can be found on our closing page.

COOKIES

100 dozen. That’s 1,200 cookies.

Here is how you should pack your cookies in a quart size bag. Don't worry about labeling them - although you get bonus points if you do! :)

Here is how you should pack your cookies in a quart size bag. Don’t worry about labeling them – although you get bonus points if you do! 🙂

The number is intimidating, isn’t it?

Don’t worry – folks love to help and they love to bake cookies and we have all the answers you need on our cookies page.

Also – don’t forget about Kathy Michael’s invitation for the Cookie Bake/Potluck March 1 and 3 from 2pm-8pm at Mount Pilgrim Baptist, 9700 Scenic Highway.

Bring your cookie dough, if you have it, quart-sized ziplock bags, cardboard boxes, postage tape and POTLUCK DISH.

If you don’t have everything, don’t worry. Bring what you have and some food and drink to share.

DOC TRAINING

For those of you who missed the Department of Corrections training in January, Saturday’s meeting (February 13th) is mandatory.

This training will be conducted by the chaplain at Angola is required for anyone who is to serve on the team and enter the prison.

Please don’t miss Saturdays meeting.

STAY UP TO DATE

The best way to stay up to date with the business of Angola Kairos is to subscribe to our web page for updates.

To do that, please click here.

 

 

Kairos #61

Does your 2016 have plans for Kairos? kairos (1)

If so, here is the information you will need to help plan.

Rodney Young will be leading Team 61 and can provide a team application.

He would love to hear from you. His email is: surodneyyoung@att.net

The trainings will take place at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge on the following dates:

  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 5

The Kairos 61 weekend at Angola will be March 10-13.

The prayer chain is already in place and can be found here.