About the Ministry

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Mission Statement

Love God Love People Be Real

 What We Do

Our ministry works with those incarcerated. Our mission is to encourage change from with-in.

Locally we are involved with the Orlando Community Release Center, { formerly Orlando Work Release Center },  which is a Department of Corrections facility that houses 84 women.  Upon their arrival from the state prisons they do not always have proper clothing, and such, to re-enter the job market. Several of them do not have families that are able to provide what they need to take this next step.  This is where we try to help.  Their needs vary and begin with the basics. Clothes, shoes, eye glasses, bus passes to be able to find a job and then bus passes to get to work, until they earn there first check.   Simple encouragement goes a long way when you are trying to start over.

We go inside every Saturday evening and provide mentoring, encouragement and life skills studies along with a bible study.

Then on Sunday our ministry will pick these women up and bring them to Journey Christian Church. 

During their time at church, they get to participate in the awesome praise and worship lead by Pastor Jeremy Tomlinson and team. Then they receive God’s word by our team of Pastors under the direction of Lead Pastor John Hampton.

Afterwards we continue the fellowship with them in the Anchor Room.  Our fellowship includes a time of sharing and encouraging, coffee, snacks. Periodically one of the Growth Groups from Journey will serve an incredible full course lunch. When this happens it is so special to witness because all who participate are blessed in so many ways.  You truly see the Love of Christ being poured out on all.

Opportunities in Serving and Giving back that we participate in @ Journey

Food For Life Ministry: The Thursday evening before F.F.L. we bring 8 to 14 ladies over to help prepare for Saturday’s Food For Life event. Then Saturday, day of event, Edna Kilsby brings 8 to 10 ladies @ 5:30 am to begin serving with whatever needs to be done. Then @ 7:30 Al & Sue Hoover bring another 8 to 12 ladies to help serving as the second shift.
                                                                                                                                                                              I – Serve on the third Saturday each month we bring 8 to 14 ladies to do whatever Don Haydon needs to maintain the Church building and grounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            During the Holiday season we will bring 15 to 25 ladies to help decorate the Church.

Jobs For Life    

Three times a year we conduct an eight week session called Jobs For Life. This is broken up into sixteen classes twice a week for eight weeks, 2 hours of instruction each class. This is a scripture based curriculum that has been around for almost eighteen years. The course works on discovering skills we may not know we have. Building a better self esteem and developing the confidence to present ourselves and skills to land that job. Resume building and what employers look for on them. Upon Graduation we have a full graduation ceremony that is wonderfully done at Journey by the efforts of all the volunteers.                                                                                                                                                                         


God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

 God doesn’t give you the people you want, He gives you the people you need – To help you, To hurt you, To leave you, To love you, And to make you into the Person you were meant to be!

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

You need Hope to Cope.

  • Items the Ministry provides

    Life Recovery Bibles

    Bible Study designed especially for women in these circumstances

    Printed out Daily Inspirational/devotionals

    Folders to keep printed material together

    Ink pens, highlighters

    Reading glasses if needed (help with prescription glasses)

    Help with obtaining birth certificates, social security cards, other forms of identification

    Ministry T- shirts for Church

    Inspirational movies and recovery documentaries

    Work shoes (very important and needed all the time)

    Clothing as needed

    Bus passes when needed

    Duffle style bag upon release

    Transportation when needed (upon release)

    Follow up care and mentoring as needed