Who We Are
Welcome, my name is Christina and for over fourteen years we have been ministering to women inmates in Oregon. Our ministry is called Oregon Women's Prison Ministry. We have been trained to minister by the Washington Correctional Center for Women, the Department of Corrections (DOC) as well as the Washington and Multnomah county jails. God's grace, mercy, forgiveness and joy are what we want these women to experience for themselves.
God has given me a deep passion to reach the women inmates of Washington and Multnomah counties and Oregon and Washington state prisons for Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, "preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction."
OWPM visits each facility once a week. We sing, pray, read, and study God's Word. After the service, we have many opportunities to listen, counsel, and share one on one with the women. We always ask them to receive Christ and have had 30 women pray to receive Christ in one week. Most women who come to the Bible study and pray to receive Jesus continue to show up until they leave the prison. Hundreds have been saved. 1 Tim. 2:3-4 "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth".
When the women return to the study each week, we see on their faces how God is softening their hearts and changing their lives. This is done by the power of God's Word as they read and study, for themselves, the Bible. Every week we try to give these new women a Bible so that they can take it back to their cells to read and study on their own.
Three times a week we go to the state prison at Coffee Creek, conduct private counseling, and provide Recovery Bibles. We also lead praise and worship, provide personal one-on-one counseling, lead a Bible study and give the incarcerated women an invitation to receive Christ.
In addition, OWPM begins personal mentoring relationships with inmates. These mentoring relationships allow trust to be established between prisoner and the OWPM volunteer of their choice prior to release, and form an action plan which will greatly assist her successful transition back into society. This unique form of personal support acts to increase public safety by decreasing recidivism.
At the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility State Prison in Wilsonville, there are over 1,000 female prisoners and many are given Bibles by OWPM.
God has used this ministry over the years to give these women hope and encouragement. Would you please pray for this ministry? If the Lord is leading you to help, please make your check payable to:
Oregon Women's Prison Ministry
P.O. Box 91186, Portland, OR 97291
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