|"Therefore, if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all
things have become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17
| An ex-offender who involves himself in
Bible study and a commitment to Jesus
as their Lord and Savior is between 80
& 95% less likely to perpetrate a crime
-Justice & Mercy, Inc.
When possible we offer support to the students we have discipled or established relationships with while they were incarcerated. We offer friendship and discipleship and help in the ex-inmate's transition, assistance with resumes, interview skills and job coaching and we offer a save, healthy social outlet through various ministry and recreational activities, as well as some transportation needs. Through networking, we also refer participants to other ministries and agencies. On occasion we also provide clothing, food and other immediate needs. We also provide some aftercare support to students beyond our region. Some of the support includes transportation from prison to transition and fellowship during that time. Visits for fellowship when possible and availability for phone support. We make ourselves available to pray for ex-inmate's requests or to pray and support them in times of crisis or struggles. Top
Modeled after and inspired by the Barnabus Ministry at Shiloh Baptist Church in Elizabeth NJ. The purpose of this ministry is to provide a "Barnabus" to ex-inmates. Barnabus means "Son of Encouragement" (Acts 4:36). Barnabus not only encouraged the Apostle Paul, but when Paul became converted, the original apostles were afraid of Paul and were skeptical of him because of his past. So God provided Barnabus to testify of Paul's conversion and what God was doing through him. God was glorified, the churches were encouraged and Paul was accepted by the apostles and used mightily by God! (Acts 9:26-31). Just as Barnabus gave Paul encouragement, accountability, teaching and conciliation with the church, we endeavor to do the same for ex-inmates who are authentic disciples of the Lord--those who have demonstrated to us a true conversion, repentance and desire to love and serve the Lord. We provide a safe place for sharing the struggles of transition and the opportunity for everyone to bear one another's burdens. We also integrate Barnabus members into our friendship circle, providing a "family" to them, especially those who have no current family. Top
Currently Ed and Mel minister once a month at the New Person Center, a Christian transitional home located in Reading PA., and operated by New Person Ministries, Inc. For more info on the New Person Center go to www.newpersonministries.org Top