Tuesdays & Saturdays
Currently we conduct 2 services on Saturday in Spanish, one English service on Tuesday, and two more English services on Thursday. Our goal is make known Jesus Christ through the power of His precious word, for only by Him is there reconciliation for sin and the means to be changed from within.
The passage that we adhere to is: “And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
As mere men our job is nothing more than to make Jesus Christ known to the inmates, for only out of Him comes salvation and change.
The jail ministry is not for everybody, but to those who are truly called to it, it is an awesome means for serving the Lord. However, the weekly services stated above means having to commit to being at the jail to give a chapel service fully prepared--week in...and week out!
Also, it is in an environment that is sometimes very difficult to deal with, and for many it is a very uncomfortable place. For this reason the ministry maintains a low profile in the church believing that if one is truly called then he will find his way to us, wherein we'll then require a long range, very time consuming commitment from that individual. After a serious talk concerning the commitment that'll be expected from them most do not peruse the ministry any further.
Our members are Juan Carlos Garcia, Gilberto Hinojosa, and Jim Malaby. Currently we are in the process of adding another member who is in the process of becoming badged through the Maricopa County Jail System. We teach the Bible in the Towers and Lower Buckeye Jails. We also conduct one-on-one visits with the inmates. I've been active now for 6 years, Juan Carlos for 4 years, and Gilberto for 2.5 years. Currently we are conducting 5 jail services weekly, 2 in Spanish and 3 in English.