My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I will be joining 70 other Kairos volunteers at the Lebanon Correctional Institution (LeCI) for Kairos Weekend #44, March 15th thru the 18th, 2012.
LeCI is classified as a “Close Security” institution for adult men. The next higher security level is “Maximum,” so the men housed at LeCI are “In” for more serious crimes than those in “Medium” security institutions, but not bad enough to be placed in the 23 hour lock-down environment at “Maximum Institutions.”
As a team of volunteers, we will be taking somewhere around 10,000 dozen home-made, prayed-over cookies into the institution. This collection of cookies will fill a small room! We will be ministering directly to 42 inmates who will be selected to attend the weekend by the LeCI administration. However, EVERY inmate at LeCI will receive some cookies, depending on how many we are able to bring in to the institution. Over the past 20 years of being a Kairos volunteer, I have been one of the 5 volunteers who take bags of cookies around to the various inmate living quarters and personally hand cookies to the inmates. At LeCI, that means taking cookies to several “cell blocks,” each of which each have three tiers of 2 man cells. At first this was very traumatic for me because when we make this distribution, the inmates are “Locked-Down” in their cells for one of the five times a day they are “Counted.” The officer in charge of the block unlocks each cell door and slides it open so we can hand a bag of cookies to each inmate…you never know what mood they may be in at that time. Currently there are in excess of 2000 inmates housed at LeCI.
My portion of the 10,000 dozen cookies is 200 dozen. I’m requesting your help in attaining at least that amount. Chocolate Chip cookies are preferred, packed 2 dozen cookies per each one-gallon bag. Please do not make cookies with nuts, peanut butter or any kind of icing. They pack and survive the necessary handling, counting and travel pretty well two dozen per bag. Please write on the bag the amount of cookies placed in each bag. Also, DO NOT include any paper plates, notes or any other items in the bags; I will just have to open the bag and remove them; the officers at the receiving dock and/or main entrance may visually examine each bag for possible contraband.
I will be picking up the cookies brought to the church this Sunday, March 11th. I hope you will be able to help me reach my 200 dozen goal.
Also, I will have a form for anyone who is willing to sign-up to pray for the weekend. Time segments are one hour each. We want the entire weekend covered in prayer, so you will find that prayers are requested for each off the 24 hours of each day. We will only list your first name when preparing a large chart which shows the inmates that someone somewhere is praying for them during the entire weekend. Also, I will have a sheet which lists some suggested reasons/topics you may find helpful during your prayer time.
Thank you for any support you are able to provide during this spirit-filled Kairos Weekend.
In His love and service,