Using God’s Word and the time, talents, and treasures He has given us, we endeavor to minister to those incarcerated and/or affected by their incarceration.
For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. Psalm 69:33
Members as well as pastors of some Central Illinois District congregations are involved in jail and prison ministry as volunteers. The District also continues to employ two workers to conduct Prison Ministry part-time. See their information below.
Consider donating printed Gospel-centered materials to a nearby state or federal prison or county jail. Thanks to central Illinois LWML, you or your CID congregation can make such a donation and receive at least partial reimbursement from the District.
This is important work. The materials you donate can get into a facility even if something like a COVID spike occurs and keeps chaplains from getting in. Here is an opportunity for you to participate in prison ministry, even if you yourself never personally visit an inmate.
Voucher, Guidelines, and List of Approved Materials
In this video, CID Prison Ministry Coordinator Rev. Rodney Blomquist interviews veteran CID Prison Chaplain Rev. Charles Olander. Pastor Olander describes his route to prison ministry and his observations on its ongoing importance. He offers several suggestions for pastors and others who want to get involved in bringing God’s Word to the incarcerated.
View this video, and tell others about it! You can watch it by clicking here.
The District has many people in our congregations who are involved in volunteer jail and prison ministry. We also have two workers employed by the District part-time to conduct Prison Ministry, the Rev. Charles Olander and the Rev. Stephen Southward. As they share Christ with prison inmates, they truly are seeing lives changed and transformed by the power of God's Word.