In the spirit of Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you visited me…, ” we the members of First Community Church strive to follow Jesus’ example to visit the imprisoned, offering fellowship, a compassionate listening ear, and simple presence. It is our mission to listen and respond with love for the goodness and humanity in all people. God offers forgiveness and grace to all. We, as members of the body of Christ, emulate God’s grace to those who are alone, afraid, and incarcerated. As Jesus ministered to the outcast of society, we offer our presence regardless of a person’s crime, belief, religion, gender, or sexual preference.
No special talents are required for this mission. The men we see are just lonely for human companionship. They have few or no visitors from the outside, and would cherish a “normal” conversation from time to time with someone. Imagine catching up over coffee with a friend you haven’t seen for awhile. That’s what our visits are like.
To learn more about the ministry and how you can get involved, contact Jeff Leister.