Ways to Minister to Families of Prodigals/Prisoners

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless”

-Mother Theresa

  • I’ve had people say noth-ing because they said that didn’t know what to say. That hurts.
  • Treat to a meal, especially if it is the family of an incarcerated spouse. They are struggling to make ends meet and would enjoy an outing.
  • Don’t say you understand if you don’t.
  • Don’t quiz.
  • Don’t try to analyze.
  • Send a card or letter, especially on special occasions.
  • Support in Court Room.
  • Pray – Both for and with them. James tells us that when we are suffering; we need someone who will pray for us. The ministry of listening and praying is one of the highest callings of spiritual friendship. Through prayer we take their need to the healing heart of Jesus and enter into His healing ministry.
  • touch. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
  • If you have a lost sheep in your youth group or Sun-day school class, please, please, please reach out to them.