Kairos of NH
Message From the Chair of Kairos
I was speaking with Evelyn Lemly, our CEO recently, and she spoke about the blessings we share as all of us
in Kairos serve the incarcerated and their loved ones. She went on to say how incredibly fortunate we are not only to serve Jesus in this most excellent Minis- try, but to come to know and love one another through that service. As we spoke, a picture in my mind came to light... TOFU! Now before we carnivores are tempted to press the “delete” button, please read on. I have a theory: Alone, each of us in Kairos is like Tofu. Yes, that bean curd stuff with little to no taste of it’s own. But mix Tofu with wonderful ingredients and a little miracle happens. It takes on the flavor of each of the mixed ingredients and becomes quite excellent and so much better than by itself. This is what happens to us. As we serve Jesus in Kairos and “mix” together in His love, each of us takes on the “flavor” of one another and becomes so much be er than by ourselves. My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, as we approach the coming of Jesus this Christmas, as we open our gifts and spend me in worship to God and family love, please remember that each of you are a most treasured gift with a most excellent “flavor”. Because of your love and because we are willing to “mix” with one another, we are so much better than we could ever be alone. Speaking for myself, I am a better husband, father, worker, friend, neighbor, and on and on...because of each of you. Thank you so very much. May God con nue to bless you and your families as we recall, once again, the birth of His Son. Alleluia! Peace,
In Loving Memoriam
In Memory of Fern Sherman Fern was my mom's cousin, but she was only 14 years older than me. Growing up, I never really got to know her because she very rarely came to family events. Her mom
bragged about how smart she was and kept us updated about the latest fantastic and responsible job she was doing. I also noticed there seemed to be a different one each time. After I married, my husband and I visited with her and her parents one time when she was out of work and living with them. I remember being shocked at the disrespect she showed her mother. I decided we didn't have much to talk about and didn't want to get too close to her. Then came the day that my great uncle quietly and confidentially revealed the family secret that Fern was in prison. Her parents didn’t talk about it but I noticed that my great aunt looked at me with great love and sadness in her eyes. She stroked my blonde hair tenderly. It was the same color and length as her daughter's. We had met at that same great uncle's house and although I can't remember the comment he made, I remember that my reply included the parable of the workers and the pay they received at the end of the day. It made him angry enough to leave the room. He was a very hard worker. The next time I saw my cousin I mentioned that I volunteered with Kairos and her face lit up. She was a graduate of Kairos Inside. She had never known that kind of love before. I noticed a difference in her. She was more respectful and grateful. We talked more frequently and became friends. We talked about many things including family history and things she remembered that I had been too young to know about. Then she got cancer. And she beat it. And then it came back. Although she never found a church where she felt comfortable, she knew Jesus loved her. I give the credit for that to Kairos. She died on December 1, 2017, at peace with her Savior knowing full well that she was going to see Him face to face.
– Submitted by Karen Stage,
Secretary for Kairos State Chapter Committee.
International Council Update
As we draw ever nearer to celebrating what the incomparable C.S. Lewis termed the greatest of all miracles, let me share with you a story that never grows old.
“Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth, His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched; all the navies that were ever built; all the governments that ever sat; and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of mankind upon this earth as powerfully as has that...ONE SOLITARY LIFE.” by James Allen Francis
What a strange way to change the world!
Merry Christmas. “Because Jesus lives, Christmas is forever.”(From my prison pen pal)
– Submitted by Chris Young
IC Rep - Kairos Rep Kairos of NH
2018 Kairos Spring Weekends
NHSP for Men - Concord Leader: Dave Hemeon - Date: May 17—May 20 2018
Federal Prison Berlin - Leader Jeff Towne - Date: May 3—May 6 2018
For many things in life, there are no do-overs. Take the situation of an elderly woman, sitting by the hospital bed of her semi-conscious husband. Her daughter pressures her to leave because she has many things to do. Once home, the woman receives a call from the hospital saying that her husband had died, but that when he briefly regained consciousness, he had asked for her. Upon hearing this, the daughter is filled with remorse, thinking, What did I do? But instead of being angry with her daughter, the woman comforts her, saying, My God knows. Obviously, God wasn’t a stranger to this woman, and she trusted that God was there to ease her husband's passing.
Mary of Magdala, a well-known scripture figure, gives us an example of how a nurtured faith can strengthen us, even when we feel almost hopeless. She seeks Christ with the fervor of someone searching for a missing member of the family; a person she cannot fathom living without. Mary of Magdala perseveres in looking for her Lord, and Jesus calls out her name, releasing her from her anguish. She didn’t desert the Lord, and her faith is rewarded beyond all her human expectations, when she encounters the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Is our relationship with the Lord strong enough to trust he is alive in our hearts, even when all evidence seems to tell us otherwise? Perseverance in faith, no matter what, will result in our experiencing the Lord's power and presence. Because of this, we can view the empty tomb as a sign that we are justified in our boundless hope and trust in God.
Submitted by Chaplain Jim Daly, Chaplain NHSP for Men Concord NH
Report on Kairos # 62 Scott Fitzpatrick
NH Kairos #62 took place October 19 - 22, at the NH State Prison for Men, in Concord, NH. It was a Spirit-filled, joy-filled weekend with a full complement of 24 residents and a Team of 29 men from outside the walls. All 24 residents stayed for the complete weekend, and were renewed in Christ. The bonds that grew at the Family Tables are strong, and I expect that the Lord will continue His work in them.
I am excited to return to the Monthly Reunions to see these men again and learn how they are doing in their walk with Jesus. They have a stong community of Kairos brothers inside, and it is my prayer that that they will be li ed up by these men and keep connected to the Lord through the many activities at the Chapel.
There one thing I would like to share in reflecting on my service as Weekend Leader. On a personal note, from the very start of my me as Leader, I felt bathed in what I came to call "Prayer Soup". The Prayers and Agape of the Kairos community around the world had an almost physical presence. I could feel it enveloping me at times, like I had to push my way through it. In feeling that presence, I knew that the Spirit was in control of this Kairos, and I just needed to let Him do His work!
I thank God for this opportunity, and for once again showing me that if I say "Yes" to His call, He will give me whatever I need to be successful in His work. In this case, it was a Team who totally surrendered Self to His will, a group of Guests open to His love, and the Prayers and Agape of thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ, who filled the Chapel and our hearts with the Holy Spirit. Praise God for these Blessings and more!
With the Peace of Christ, Scott Fitzpatrick
Editors Note: All of the Advisory Councils and the State Chapter committee need men and women that can help Kairos in getting the best ministry for the inmates. Listed below are those needs. If you feel that you can help in any way you are invited to contact Kairos.
Needed for the State Chapter committee:
--- Outreach/Volunteer Recruitment (Voting position)
--- Programs (Voting position)
--- Website Development (Non voting position)
“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”
Kairos Outside Advisory Council Wants YOU!
Come join us and see how you can serve the Lord and His people
impacted by the incarcera on of a loved one.
There is a place for you and your gifts.
Come and share the love that Jesus has shown you.
Where: Bow Mills United Methodist Church
When: 2nd Wednesday of each Month
Time: 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Benefits: Out of this world, including:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self Control. (Gal. 5:23)
Contact: Cecilia Camire, Kairos Outside Advisory Council Chair
Thankful for Forgiveness
A thoughtless word, well meaning gesture, tasks forgotten, promises broken, all failings of human beings. We search our hearts to confess our short comings to our Holy God and ask for forgivenesss. He willingly comforts us in our sorrow and regret. We meet each day imploring the Holy Spirit to help us do better. Yet, there seems to be a blockage to the free flowing of God’s Grace to us and our ministry. We ask ourselves why, what have I done that keeps me in this valley of despair? Our first thought maybe that my feelings have been hurt, my toes stepped on, my serving unnoticed, unappreciated. Maybe the question should be “what have I left undone”? Have I gone to my fellow believers and asked forgiveness for those times when I have knowingly, or unknowingly, hurt someone who is serving the same God and Savior that I serve? On the other hand, if I’ve been hurt, have I gone to that sister or brother and shared my feelings about some trespass, real or imagined, that they have done to me? God instructs us in Mathew 18:15 to go to our brother or sister and gently, kindly, talk things out. Come to an understanding, forgive each other and move forward to serve God together with the same spirit of love. Then we must forgive and forget so that God can work through us to flourish His Ministry. It is only through forgiving others, and yes some mes ourselves, that true healing can happen. Healing brings encouragement and edifica on. We minister to the broken hearted, but also to each other. Let us remember to always encourage one another in our efforts to serve God and Jesus. We must keep in mind that the enemy of our souls likes nothing better than to cause dissention among the brothers and sisters. Recognize it when it happens and nip it in the bud before it festers and infects our lives and our ministry. My prayer is “let me, oh Lord, be an instrument of Your peace, Your love, Your hope, all for the Glory and Honor of You and Your Son Jesus.
Submitted by Cecilia Camire Roger.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kairos Blessing Before Meals
Gathered at this table
Holy Spirit Come
Fill us with your Presence
Bind our hearts as one
Bless this meal together
Jesus give us peace
Come Lord be with us
Join us as we meet
Note: Blessing taken from: MY Kairos
Please pray for the upcoming weekends and for Kairos of NH as we work to meet the challenges of 2018.