Called to Jail Ministry
In 2014, I was invited by a friend to teach about I Have Ears at a super-max prison outside of Houston, Texas. It was in that prison chapel that I met men so intensely focused on their relationship with God that I was rightly humbled. While many of the inmates in that facility would never see the light of day outside a prison wall, they were truly free in Christ. I was forever shaken by this experience.
I had read Matthew 25 where it states that when we visit the imprisoned, we visit Jesus Himself. It is so true. However, it wasn't until this day that those verses made total sense. Upon returning to Knoxville, I contacted the local jail and was connected with FOCUS Ministries, a Christ-centered prison/jail and reentry nonprofit serving Knoxville and East Tennessee. Each week, I lead a Bible Study and teach through I Have Ears to groups of extraordinary men.
I would love for you to partner with me in this venture. See the giving options below.
Shawn Stutz & FOCUS Ministries partners together to provide inmates with a copy of I HAVE EARS: Learning to Hear from God.
Listed below are the two primary ways to give:
1) BOGO (BUY One/GIVE One): Buy a book to enjoy & provide a copy for an inmate ($15)
2) GIFT BOOK: To donate a book ($5 each).
Click below to visit the bookstore today.
The Matthew 25 Message :: Texas Prison Experience
My first true adventure into a prison led to a reshaping of my life. God's calling on my life led me to volunteer for FOCUS Ministries. In a matter of time, I became the Executive Director of this great prison and reentry nonprofit.