By Submitted Story on February 3, 2020
Kairos (pronounced “Kī– Rōs”) may be a strange sounding word but it simply means “God’s Special Time,” and that is exactly what over 150 participants experienced on Saturday evening, January 25th, 2020 at the Currituck County Center in Barco. Amazing food by BJ’s Café, engaging and fun entertainment, an incredible 65 item auction along with special presentations given by Pastor Jeff Wortman, of Evangelical Methodist Church, Cody Marks, upcoming Leader, Kairos PCI #40 along with Kelley Buffaloe, guest speaker on behalf of Kairos Outside, were all enjoyed during an evening that featured 20 individual table themes that were decorated beautifully for all.
An all-inclusive community of various Christian faiths, consisting of over 25 churches from more than nine geographical areas throughout Northeastern North Carolina held its inaugural Tables of Hope Dinner and Auction Fundraiser, which successfully raised close to ten thousand dollars for Kairos Prison Ministry International.
Kairos is a Christian, lay-led, interdenominational, volunteer, international prison ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. Kairos consists of three programs: Kairos Inside Ministry, the men and women’s programs, which addresses the spiritual needs of prisoners, began in 1976. Kairos Outside Ministry, which began in 1990, provides spiritual healing to the families of the incarcerated who often feel that they too are “doing time.” Kairos Torch has provided a program to youthful offenders since 1997, and is known to be the most rapidly growing segment of the prison system.
Fundraisers support the establishment of Kairos communities “inside prison”, including programs locally at Pasquotank and Bertie prisons. Two times a year, at both prison locations, Kairos volunteers go into the prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, and share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. They share meals, and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. Also funding is allocated to the Kairos Outside Ministry which helps pay for the two and a half day weekend designed to support women who are impacted by the incarceration of a relative or friend (or who were once in prison themselves.) The weekend is held in a safe environment where women interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn to form small support groups to give each other strength for the challenges they face in their lives. The third tier of the fundraiser provides support for the ministry’s program for incarcerated youth, which includes a two ½-day introduction that encourages the participants to remove their masks, so that the real person can shine forth — rather than who they are pretending to be. Kairos Torch creates a safe place for the youthful offender to realize their God given potential, encourages the sharing of their life’s journey, and moves them toward making better choices for their lives.
Kairos Prison Ministry is seeking volunteers to serve on weekend teams, to bake cookies, and to pray for the success of the programs. For more information and/or to support these ministries go to http://www.kairosprisonministry.org/ or locally contact: Cody Marks, upcoming Leader PCI #40 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cody at 252 619-8614 and/or please contact Sheri Dennis, Ad Council Chair, Kairos Outside at email@example.com or call her at 252 562-0490. In addition, tax-deductible donations can be made out to Kairos Outside, Northeast NC (KONE), and mailed to PO Box 395, Herford, NC 27944.