Forty inmates at Valley State Prison took part in a prison ministry program.

Forty inmates at Valley State Prison took part in a prison ministry program.

By Lt. David Barksdale, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison

Dozens of inmates took positive steps toward rehabilitation by participating in a recent four-day ministry effort.

Kairos, an international prison ministry program, began ministering to inmates at Valley State Prison (VSP) in 2013 through monthly chapel reunions to help inmates become productive citizens.

Kairos held its second Kairos Prison Ministry at VSP from April 23-26, 2015, with nearly 40 inmates participating.

VSP Chaplain D. Grajales is the Kairos staff sponsor overseeing the program while Randy Larson, is the Kairos Chair at VSP for the Kairos Advisory Council.

Kairos is in over 10 countries, 35 U.S. states and is a lay-led Christian ministry conducting  structured programs in medium-to-maximum security correctional institutions, according to organizers.

“Kairos weekend events allow inmates to witness Christ’s love through the servitude of Christian Kairos volunteers including coordinated talks, discussions, chapel meditations and music,” organizers said.

The weekend retreat theme was forgiveness and thanksgiving with family table time including talks by Kairos team members followed by discussion, written summaries and poster-making to illustrate key talking points. The goal was to build up family groups for support and encouragement.