Hosanna Prison Ministry has several ways that it reaches out to incarcerated women and their families.Mentoring
Mentors are needed for women in prison and those that have been released back into society. Mentoring includes one-on-one encouragement to grow in Christ using Biblical standards. Mentors meet with their partners every two weeks.
Recognizing that Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state, Hosanna Ministries is working to improve the lives of women inmates. Because 60 to 80% of inmate population cannot read or write and approximately 60% of the inmate population never went beyond the 6th grade, Literacy Missions is at work in this area as well. There currently are several Bible studies at the Mabel Bassett Prison. We teach Beth Moore Bible studies on Monday afternoons. Everyone is invited to attend, but there is limited seating available in the chapel area. The Hosanna Prison Ministry is an important factor in reaching the inmates for Christ. Nearly every religion has some form of ministry in the prison. Therefore, we need to be teaching the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Angel Tree is a ministry to the children of female inmates. Eighty percent of inmates leave behind children under 18 years of age. These children are taken care of by family members or foster parents. Often, inmates do not get to see their children because of the cost of transportation or the distance the children live from prison. Many children do not understand why their Mommy can not come home with them. It is difficult to maintain a bond with your children from prison. Approximately, 60% of children who have parents that are in prison will eventually become inmates themselves. Ministering to these children can break that cycle.
Mommy and Me
Mommy and Me tape ministry allows an incarcerated mother to read a book to her children. Recording equipment is used to make a cd that is sent along with a book directly to the children of these incarcerated mothers. If you have any books that you would like to donate, please contact Polly Ward at 405-387-5556.