Ministry needs servants to go to prison

The Rev. David Hanshaw says that one of the most common questions he received as a pastor was, “Why doesn’t God still do miracles like He did in the Bible?” His answer is that God still does, and he has seen them happen.

In his retirement, Hanshaw sees miracles in his work as part of a Kairos ministry team that serves inside the Pine Bluff Correctional Unit.

“As I sit at a table with my brothers in white, I see God transforming them from the inside out!” he says. “I watch them as they enter the conference room on a Thursday night looking a bit hesitant, perhaps even a bit frightened. Then for the next three days I get to see God working His grace on them and in them, and watch the light come on! It is awesome to behold!”

Hanshaw invites both clergy and laity to participate in what God is doing inside prison walls right here in Arkansas and says participating in a Kairos team provides rich spiritual blessings. Kairos is an offshoot of the Walk to Emmaus ministry, but Kairos teams are open to anyone wishing to serve, whether or not they have experience with the Walk to Emmaus.

There are currently eight teams working in different prisons throughout the state, with hope for expansion into more prison units.

“Remember that our Lord said that when we visited the prisoner we visited Him,” Hanshaw said, citing Matthew 25:41-43.

To learn more about working with a Kairos team, contact Jim Dalton at jim.dalton1953@gmail.com (clergy); Dave Yacko at dyacko@hotmail.com (laity); or Hanshaw at dkhanshaw@suddenlink.net or 479-214-3388 (general inquiries).