Ministry Update – Religious Volunteers Return to Chester County Prison!
Praise the Lord!
Friday afternoon (8/4) we got word from officials at Chester County Prison that effective Monday, Aug 7th, cleared volunteers may resume our weekly inmate church services in the prison Chapel. The Onesimus/Prison Fellowship team is preparing to hold 2 worship services on Monday evenings, at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.
Please join us in thanking our Heavenly Father and pray for the teams going in. We pray all will go well as we resume our first inmate church services after 3.5 years.
Onesimus Ministries exists for the purpose of introducing prison inmates, ex-inmates, and their families to the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ, as well as spiritually supporting and assisting anyone in becoming faithful in their daily walk as Christ’s disciples.
Why Are Onesimus Chaplains Needed within Chester County Prison?
“The truth about ministry is that it rarely occurs with power without the actual presence of the laborer”.
You may have heard the term, “It takes a village to raise a child”, well it takes a team of Chaplains to minister to a prison. The county prison has contracted to County Corrections Gospel Mission (CCGM) to supply Chaplains and ministries to care for the religious needs of the inmates. Onesimus Ministries is blessed to supply Pastoral Chaplains to Chester County Prison.
Jack Crans is the Administrative Chaplain and is responsible for coordinating religious programs, services, and volunteers at CCP as well as his many other branches of CCGM.
Chaplain Heinrich Botes of Onesimus Ministries is the Pastoral Chaplain ministering to the many personal, religious and transitional needs of male inmates every day.
Chaplain Rhonda Soland of Onesimus Ministries is the Pastoral Chaplain ministering to the many personal, religious and transitional needs of female inmates.
There are many volunteers helping with the many ministerial needs of the prison, but that is only an hour at a time. The reason Chaplain Heinrich is able to be in CCP full time every day and Rhonda part time is because of the support of churches, individuals, and partners in ministry contributing to Onesimus Ministries.