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More than "Prison Ministry": Biblical Stories That Champion What is Possible

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

Prison Ministry Graduates
Prisoners No More! All are employed and active serving in a local church!

The Christian journey invites us all to participate in God’s transformative work. When someone chooses to support JUMPSTART, they join in on God's mission of profound impact.

JUMPSTART is committed to discipling incarcerated individuals and providing essential transitional services upon their release. Drawing on biblical stories that echo JUMPSTART's mission, we can see the powerful impact that can be made through such a partnership.

Guiding the Lost Sheep Back to the Fold

By supporting JUMPSTART, someone becomes a part of the shepherd's mission in the parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7), actively guiding the lost back into the fold. Their aid helps individuals to overcome past mistakes and successfully transition back into society, mirroring the shepherd's joy at the return of the lost sheep.

Living the Golden Rule

When someone applies the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12, "do to others what you would have them do to you," their support ensures the extension of empathy, respect, and care to the program's participants. They become instrumental in providing the much-needed assistance for the participants' journey, from incarceration to reintegration into society.

Becoming a Good Samaritan in Action

Contributions to JUMPSTART enable someone to embody the enduring compassion of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Like the Samaritan who not only rescues the injured man but ensures his recovery, their support allows JUMPSTART to provide continuous assistance to its participants during and after their imprisonment. Volunteer opportunities with JUMPSTART allow someone to serve as a Good Samaritan in action.

Offering the Living Water of Hope and Renewal

Support for JUMPSTART allows someone to partake in Jesus's mission in the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-26), offering the 'living water' of hope and renewal to those burdened by their past. Their aid ensures this life-sustaining water continues to flow even after the individuals are released, nourishing their path towards a new beginning.

Building Bridges of Forgiveness and Reconciliation Like Joseph

Like Joseph's commitment to his family despite their past actions, support to JUMPSTART ensures a sustained commitment to its participants throughout their transformative journey. Someone supporting this program becomes a part of building bridges of reconciliation, enabling individuals to move beyond their past and embrace a hopeful future.

Fostering Transformations Like Paul’s

The story of Saul's transformation into Paul (Acts 9:1-19) speaks volumes about God's unwavering faith in our capacity for change. In today's world, the media headline about Saul would be, "A terrorist in Syria capturing Christians." Yet, an encounter with Jesus changed everything.

By supporting JUMPSTART, someone partner's with God in ensuring the God news is shared with those who are far from God. The donor and volunteer become a part of enabling transformative journeys that change the course of lives, just as Paul's was changed.

Supporting JUMPSTART transcends the act of giving and serving. It ushers someone into a divine partnership, aligning them with God's mission of redemption, forgiveness, and transformation.

With every contribution, they become a part of real-life stories that reflect the essence of biblical teachings, and facilitate life-changing new beginnings. This is more than a call to action—it's a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference, experience the fulfillment of partnership with God, and witness the power of transformative love. By partnering with JUMPSTART, someone steps into an extraordinary journey of impact, shaping futures, and turning the tide for those who are yearning for a second chance.

I'd love the opportunity to discuss opportunities to partner with all God is doing through JUMPSTART. You can learn about opportunities to serve with JUMPSTART by clicking here or you reach me at

Join us in the exciting journey by volunteering or giving,

By: Dr. Cary Sanders

P.S. - If you have ten minutes, watch the video below if you want to see two stories of life change that were made possible because people decided to partner with what God is doing through JUMPSTART.

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