Who are We and
What do We Believe in the
Kairos Outside of East Texas Ministry!
We believe that the families of the incarcerated are "doing time" right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside is designed to let those families know that there is a community that cares about them and their needs. The Weekend is a way to help strengthen the family unit and encourage small support groups for women whose relatives are learning a new way of life by being accountable to their Kairos Prayer and Share Group at their facility. We provide a secure place for women to share their struggles with each other and with those who are empathetic to their situations. The women on the outside, in many ways, have to be stronger than their relatives inside to survive in today's world. We hope Kairos Outside will help them find strength for their life journeys and give them a chance to find and build friendships within the Christian community that may last a lifetime.
Kairos Outside is designed to support the female family members of men, women, and youth who are, or have been incarcerated in our country’s state and federal correctional facilities.
THE HISTORY OF KAIROS OUTSIDE
Kairos Outside began in California in 1989 as an idea from the Chaplain at San Quentin State Correctional Facility. After the first Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend, he felt, along with others involved in this ministry, that those who became involved in the Kairos program were now open to family unity, more so than ever before. Jo Chapman, a Kairos volunteer from California, took the Chaplain’s idea and developed KO. James Rowland, then Director for the Department of Corrections for California, has often said, “Three things will help keep an inmate from coming back to prison: The first is some type of spiritual awakening while in prison; the second is support by their family during and after incarceration; and the third is a skill to find a job on the outside after release.”