Faith-based program helps prisoners change lives
By Bryan Ault | email@example.com
Kevin Mock says breaking addictions has to be more than just physical. It also has to be spiritual.
Mock runs the jail extension of the Martinsville Baptist Tabernacle’s Reformers Unanimous chapter. July 15, Reformers Unanimous held a cookout at the Morgan County Jail to thank the police and staff for welcoming them into the jail throughout the year.
“It’s pointing people to Jesus Christ, because ultimately, that’s the answer,” Mock said. “That’s what we teach — that ultimately Jesus Christ is the answer, a relationship with Christ is the answer.”
Brent Worth, captain of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, said the police appreciate what RU does for inmates.
“An intervention is going to impact the quality of people that are going back into the community and are incarcerated for those types of offenses,” Worth said. “It helps them reunite, obviously, with the resources outside in the county.”
RU, Mock said, is a faith-based addiction recovery program. A group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday nights at the church, but also has a jail extension. They work closely with the jail’s Residential Substance Abuse Program (RSAP).
“We provide the spiritual aspect, the Bible teaching as part of that residential program that they have in the jail,” Mock said. “It’s all about helping the community.”
Mock and 20 men and women go into the jail’s cell blocks on Sundays and Tuesdays. They pray, have a testimony time, teach a Bible study and pass out workbooks. Mock said the workbooks contain sections, which have lessons and a Bible passage. Sometimes they are asked to memorize verses.
“As they complete sections and books they get certificates,” Mock said. “Those certificates, actually, they keep. They actually can use that. Many of those in there that do it, they want to accomplish something. They want to show that while (they were) in here, (they) spent (their) time wisely and completed something.”
When they come out of jail, Mock said they can go to any local RU chapter, turn in the certificates and get awards. Those include lanyards, medallions and pins — all items that they aren’t allowed to have in jail. Mock compared the program to Awana, a non-denominational children’s program popular among Baptist churches.
“It’s Awana for adults,” Mock said. “It’s faith-based material, but it is focused on addictions.”
Mock said they have seen several former inmates come to church after they have served time. Those people, Mock said, have been baptized, attend church on a regular basis, become church members, go into the community and serve others.
“We also get connected to their families,” Mock said. “Not every case but we will also make contact with their families, with their permission. We tell them we are working with their spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend. Sometimes they make decisions in here that they want to share with their family, so we try to make that connection as well.”
Mock credited the sheriff’s department for their willingness to work with RU. He said the department and jail staff realize that the change is both physical and spiritual.
“They think outside the box,” Mock said. “I think they think about more than just incarcerating people. They think about how to break that cycle. It’s more than just about serving time. It’s about changing people.”
Martinsville, IND. – Deputies had an opportunity to
participate with the Morgan County Youth Council as
they filmed a public service announcement (PSA) for
their “Join the Majority” campaign. Once completed,
the commercial will be broadcasted locally.
Special thanks to Robin McDaniel, the Morgan County
Substance Abuse Council, and the teens of the Youth
Council for teaming up with us to impact our
Martinsville, IND. (MORGAN COUNTY) – Sheriff
Robert J. Downey invites Morgan County students who
are currently enrolled in the 7th and 8th grades to
register and attend this year’s law enforcement
leadership camp that will be held in July. Sponsored by
the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, students will have the
opportunity to meet law enforcement professionals and
learn about law enforcement through display, career
oriented classes, leadership skills, an obstacle course,
swimming, marching, and other recreational activities.
The Southern session will be held from
July 11-13, 2016 and will be located at Waycross
Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, Indiana (Brown County)
Those interested in attending the camp may contact the
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (765) 342-1080 or your
school counselor for an application or additional information.
The cost for attending is $25.00, and the applications are
due by July 1, 2016. For interested students who don’t have
the ability to pay, they may be eligible for sponsorship by