Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus outbreak, Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution has informed us that weekend #8 will not be taking place this spring. Our next weekend is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 17-20. We are disappointed, but we trust that all things are perfect in God’s timing. We hope and pray to have your continued support in the fall.


Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. Kairos at AOCI serves Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, OH.Paragraph

The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to be a participant.

The programs involve a structured model that includes the weekend experience, followed by guests or participants gathering regularly for accountability, support, and prayer.

What is Kairos?

In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us that when he returns in His Glory, he will separate all gathered before him, the sheep from the goats.  He will tell the sheep “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt 25:40 (NIV).  We know that God cares for each of His children.  Even the prisoners.  In fact, Jesus was a prisoner Himself.  

Kairos takes this charge to “do unto the least of these” and takes the life changing power of Jesus Christ into the prison walls attempting to establish a Christian community in which those incarcerated can worship and grow while serving their sentence.  Kairos consists of volunteers from the free world working with incarcerated persons chosen by prison staff (usually the warden and chaplain) to participate in a Kairos 3 1/2 day weekend.  After going through a Kairos Weekend, the participants are part of the greater Kairos community and then participate in weekly prayer and share groups, the basic unit of Kairos and monthly reunions.  

Serving in Kairos Prison Ministry is a calling with huge rewards.  Being in the front row of God’s work is a blessing few get to experience, yet we witness it during every Kairos Weekend.  Ask God if He wants you to serve Him in this ministry.  If you feel God is calling you, then reach out to us at  We’d love to hear from you and talk to you about oppotunities to serve.