Prayer Calendar for August Focuses on Prison Ministry

The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global. Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.

The U.S. criminal justice system has become anything but 'just.' With only 4.4% of the world's population, the United States contains nearly 25% of the world's prisoners, imprisoning its residents at a higher rate than countries such as China, Russia, and Rwanda. In the past five decades, the U.S. prison population has quintupled, from 330,000 to 1.57 million, while crime rates have remained fairly steady. The War on Drugs, 'tough on crime' politics, and mandatory minimum sentences mean those convicted of crimes - many of them non-violent offenses - stay in prison for longer periods of time. At the same time, few programs exist to help inmates better themselves, or to prepare for life on the outside, even though 96 percent of prisoners will eventually be released back into their communities. And those communities are hurting, with families torn apart, heads of households taken away, children growing up without knowing one or both of their parents. West Ohio's All In Community is part of The West Ohio Conference's response to the needs of those inside and outside of the prison walls.

For specific ways to pray, click here.