Kairos Torch: for young offenders
KAIROS TORCH is a mentoring ministry to incarcerated offenders age 25 and under that addresses mental health, socialization and decision making.
The Kairos Torch program creates a safe environment for young offenders, allowing them to learn what life can be like in a loving, caring and trusting community.
The goals of Kairos Torch are:
> enhancing self-esteem,
> promoting constructive life choices
> developing relationships and community.
> stopping the downward spiral that leads to further trouble.
Mentors are screened and trained Christian volunteers, men and women of diverse denominations, races and ages. Each adult or couple mentors a young person, sharing Scripture and discussions to help youth build self esteem, manage anger, improve relationships with parents and others, set short and long-term goals, forgive others and make constructive life choices. The mentoring program continues once a week for six months.
All of this provides hope for the future and a chance to break the cycle of crime.
I want to escape. I want to get out.
I can't take it, I say. "Help me!" I shout.
I'm afraid to be alive. I'm afraid to die.
Afraid to believe and I just don't know why.
The truth. I've found so real.
Even more genuine than the pain that I feel/
For so long I've lived free,
answering to no one but me.
I can't live this life now that I know what is real.
I'm trying my best, but Man, what's the deal?
Am I destined to lose my life for what's true?
Or am I burdened to live not knowing what to do?
I can no longer deny the God that I've met.
I'm just a gambler who's lost the last bet.
My heart is aching to be closer to him.
My body is longing for the world I live in.
The prayers that I pray haven't fallen on deaf ears.
But I have ignored the answers for many years.
I'm crying out now, though it's taken a while.
I've strayed so far, my life seems so vile.
The things I praised were not of the Lord.
The things I did he would not have adored.
But now God, I only want to follow you
and do only the things you ask me to do.
Testimonial from Keith, Age 16