>Prison and Christian Camp

>I was captured by Christ while in jail awaiting a prison sentence. I now work in both youth ministry and prison ministry.

I’m struck by the similarities…it is relatively easy to make “decisions” for Christ in prison and in Christian camps.

It is a different story to live out those decisions when returning to the real world…whether from a Christian camp or a prison sentence.

As the inmates are always told just before they get out, “Don’t leave Jesus at the gate.” The same thing applies to students leaving Christian camps.

Of course a week of summer camp doesn’t compare in most ways to a 3, 5, 10 or more year prison sentence.

But the fact remains – going back to the “real” world is where the decision must be lived out in dependence on God, in discipline, in accountability, and in community.

Author: jackhager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for 30 plus years. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things.

One thought on “>Prison and Christian Camp”

  1. >Hello.My name is Tonya. My son is currently involved in quizzing and is part of the Maysville youth group.I have known about you for a long time as I was a YFC kid.I look forward to reading your posts. I hope that you post about your prison ministry as that really interests me. My husband works in the Cameron facility and I try to do my part. (LOL–I make blankets for the prison dogs–but the prisoner dog handlers really appreciate them.) I have another follower of my blog because of my prison dog ministry that works with woman prisoners. I will send her your blog link.I hope that you will truly reach your goal of being the oldest youth minister ever.

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