Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

We are so grateful to our God for your faithful service to Him through Restorative Justice Ministries.

Each volunteer is invited, plus one guest.

Date:  Saturday, January 18. 2014
Time: Noon
Place:  Westminister Presbyterian Church
3333 Oak Ridge Dr.

Oak Ridge Road is located off Briarcrest between Walmart and Bryan High School. If the front parking lot of the church fills up, you may use Bryan High School’s parking lot right next to the east side of the church.

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship, food, and fun including a few door prizes.

RJM will furnish the turkey and ham, bread, and drinks.

Volunteers, please bring a side dish of either salad, vegetable, or starch. A few volunteers are going to be asked to bring a dessert.

Please bring your own serving spoons and/or forks for serving your dish.

Very important: RSVP by noon Tuesday, January 14, to  let Luncheon Coordinator, Carolyn Carroll, know if you will be attending and if you are bringing a guest, so the correct amount of meat can be prepared.

Prayer at the Prison Gate

Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Brazos County Detention Center
(inside the Visitation Lobby)
1835 Sandy Point Road, Bryan, Texas 77807

(Download poster)

Join jail ministry volunteers, detention officers, believing inmates, and Christians from across the country as we intercede for prisoners, staff and their families (Isaiah 59:16; Ezekiel 22:30).

God is changing lives through Bryan/College Station’s own jail ministry. This year in Bryan/College Station, through the gifts and prayers of local Christians, more than 3,000 jail inmates have received Bibles, and almost 200 have been baptized. Each month nearly 100 volunteers lead more than 75 Bible studies and church services at the Brazos County Detention Center.

For more information, call (979) 361-4852 or e-mail prayer@rjmbv.org.

Sponsored by Restorative Justice Ministries of the Brazos Valley and Christian Library International

Teach Life Skills

Life Skill classes are held once each week for 6 weeks. The classes are usually made available separately to both male & female inmates. Classes are offered in the following subjects:

  • Communication Skills/Anger Management
  • Personal Finances
  • Parenting
  • Career & Job Goals
  • Health
  • Thriving Inside
  • Sewing
  • Healed Hearts
  • Celebrate Recovery

If you are interested, or know of someone interested in teaching one of the life skills classes, please contact our office for more information.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in serving in our ministry, please have them complete the volunteer application and return to the Chaplain’s office as soon as possible, keeping in mind that the approval process takes a few days.

Volunteer in the Office

Dear Volunteers,

We would love to have some volunteers help us out occasionally in the office during the week.  If you are only available once a week for a few hours or once a month, that would be so helpful.   If you are interested, please let me know the days and times when you would be available.  You may email or call our office (979-361-4852) and leave a message if we are not in.

Please let me know if you are interested and if you have any questions. Thanks for your support!

God’s Blessings to you,
Jennie Garner
Interim Administrative Coordinator

Donate Bibles for Jail Inmates

Each year, almost one third of the inmates at Brazos County Detention Center – about 3,500 – request a Bible or other spiritual books while incarcerated. Your donations make that possible, not tax dollars.

Each week, volunteers process the requests from inmates, attaching each original request to the Bible with a rubber band and placing it on a cart so Chaplain Dan can deliver it.

Churches and individuals can make financial contributions so we can purchase these Bibles, or you can donate your own softcover Bibles or other favorite Christian books (with personal identification removed).

Why Jail Ministry?

by Frank Mastrolonardo
Senior Chaplain, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Years ago I discovered that prison inmates are a field ripe for the harvest. Many of them have hit bottom, ruined their families, and wrecked their lives. When I am proclaiming the gospel to someone outside of jail, I often have to start by convincing that person of the reality of sin. Generally that is not the case with inmates. For the most part, they know they have sinned. If they forget that fact, they have an orange jumpsuit to remind them.

Jail ministry has given me the opportunity to meet men behind bars who have lost everything — family, relationships, and worldly processions — but the Lord used their circumstances to humble them and lead them to faith. In the words of one 40-year-old inmate serving a life sentence, “I would rather spend the rest of my life behind bars knowing Jesus than be back on the outside without Him.”

While it may seem ironic that jails are one of the most fruitful places for evangelism, it actually makes perfect sense… Jails are full of people with lots of time and little distraction. They come to Bible study, church services, or [other] classes curious and looking for answers. They are often desperate and broken, and the Lord has used their circumstances to prepare them to receive the gospel. It seems like every week someone behind bars asks me, “What must I do to be saved?” Answering that question is the biggest joy of my life.

(Full text at gracechurch.org)

Being on time

Remember that the officers are doing their best to line up the inmates for our various chapels, Bible studies and Life Skill classes.  Please be understanding and patient if the escort officer is sometimes delayed due to some unexpected disturbance or emergency.  Also, be on time.  For example, if you are volunteering for a chapel service on Sunday morning, be present and available to be escorted at 8 am. If not, the officer may have to ask you to come back next week.