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.

 

Escape

 

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

 

Contact persons:   Northern Illinois - Norm Reuter      Central and Southern Illinois: Duane Weeks

Kairos of Illinois, P.O. Box 574, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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