by Inkwon Kim
Its been over a year now since I began ministering to the inmates at HIGH POINT CORRECTIONAL and nearly 90% of the inmates I’ve spoken to have been incarcerated before…nearly 90%!
According to the NCDOC, in 2012 drug charges were the most frequent type of crime, followed by breaking and entering, larceny (15%), and DUIs. And the root of these crimes that re-incarcerates the inmates…is their dependence on drugs and alcohol, which is a form of escapism from the hopelessness they’re sent back to. Once released, these men are thrown back to the same environments, situations and influences. From my observations, it’s pretty evident that these men without a strong Christ centered base, arsenal or support will be devoured by the wolves.
I know I was led to this ministry by the Spirit, because by his grace he saved me from the same trappings that the inmates face. He gave me a sense of prolonged hopefulness, peace and joy that I once sought from things of the world. But my GOD has a knack for turning someone that is rotten, gangrened and rancid and uses it for his greater good…how AWESOME is he! With what he did in me, how can I keep this witness to myself? Our journey is not meant to be a solitary one but a walk with other brothers and sisters.
This ministry constantly encourages my growth in Christ with seeing the transformation of others and I feel great privilege and honor that God chose me to bring hope to the hopeless.
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3 NIV).
If you want to take part serving prisoners by sharing with them the love God has for them and hope He offers, begin by filling out the interest form below. Inkwon Kim is a Covenant Member of Mercy Hill and champions our community ministry to the incarcerated.