Good Samaritan Outreach
Good Samaritan Outreach is a ministry to incarcerated men and women in the state of Illinois and Indiana. The work of this ministry is conducted primarily in maximum-security prisons and jails, with occasional opportunities to serve in work-release centers and halfway houses.
The mission of Good Samaritan Outreach is to bring the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ to individuals who are often products of dysfunctional family backgrounds, addictive and criminal behaviors, and fatherlessness.
In addition to the evangelistic work of Good Samaritan Outreach, there is a strong emphasis on follow-up and ongoing discipleship of men who come to Christ. This is accomplished through correspondence as well as personal visits. Instruction, support and encouragement are provided during the time of incarceration and often upon release from prison as well.
The ministry of Good Samaritan Outreach is responsible for having assisted in planting at least six house churches that function within the Illinois and Indiana prison community, and strives to raise up and train leaders behind prison walls, who continue the work within their communities.
This prison ministry has always functioned under the covering of a local church body (previously at All Nations Community Church in Homewood, Illinois) and has sought to involve called and equipped believers in the work of visitation, letter writing (pen pal ministry) and supplying Bibles and study materials.
Additional Outreach Opportunities and Special Projects:
- partnering with the international prison ministry if Champions for Life when they conduct evangelistic programs in local prisons
- participating in special programs (such as Christmas caroling) that are organized and overseen by the Salvation Army
- partnering with Chaplains for Christ International in overseas missions to plant and establish prison ministries
- writing teaching articles for Fishers of Men, a Christian newsletter that is distributed within U.S. jails and prisons
- recruiting inmate involvement with Project Raise the Standard*, a ministry of strategic intercessory prayer