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Just Another Ministry

Watch the evening news and it seems like crime is everywhere. Chances are either you or someone you know has been a victim of crime. You may even know someone who is or has been incarcerated. In 2014, almost 3% of the adult population in the US was in jail or prison, or on probation or parole. In 2018, about one in four American adults lived with a criminal record. While the US represents only about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. In 2015, nearly one third of working age adults had a criminal record.

According to the US Department of Justice, over 95% of all state prison inmates complete their sentences and are released to go home — and become your neighbors. State budgets for prisons have been decreasing of late, and prisons have fewer rehabilitation programs than they used to. Recidivism is a constant problem: the Bureau of Justice Statistics says that 77% of released prisoners are rearrested for parole violations and/or new offenses within five years of release.

Is there any hope? We say YES!

Just Another Ministry (aka JAM) is committed to the belief that reform is indeed possible, and that reform begins within the individual him/herself. JAM goes inside the prison with Bible studies and life skills courses to help inmates change their lives and learn to live a better life when they are released. JAM provides resources for inmates and their families while incarcerated, resources for planning as the inmates come closer to release, and resources for newly-released inmates.

JAM believes that this is true crime prevention, true prison reform.

Mission and Purpose

Mission

Prison Ministry

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist victims of crime. (Source)

TDCJ Chaplaincy Department

The mission of the Chaplaincy Department of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to positively impact public safety and reduce recidivism through moral rehabilitation by rendering pastoral care and quality programming to facilitate spiritual transformation. (Source)

Just Another Ministry

The mission of the prison ministries of Just Another Ministry is to promote the missions of TDCJ and its Chaplaincy Department on both the outside and the inside.

Purpose

Just Another Ministry’s primary purpose is to provide services to prison and jail inmates, ex-inmates, and their families. We may also provide services to corrections (prison) personnel, military personnel, veterans, and first responders and their families; immigrants and refugees; shut-ins and the elderly; and the homeless, poor, and needy.

Services may include worship services, Bible studies, mentoring and counseling, life skills classes, literacy and ESOL education, literature distribution, and pen pal and friendly visitor programs.

With respect to inmates, services may also include pre-release preparation and post-release aftercare assistance and programs. Services may be provided in-prison/jail, in the community, and/or via correspondence.

With respect to immigrants and refugees, services may also include translation and interpretation assistance, and cross-cultural education programs.

Services may be provided bilingually when appropriate team members are available.

Just Another Ministry may assemble a team of musicians to perform at worship services and other events in and out of the prison.

To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities which shall provide opportunities for involvement in said activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change.

Scriptural Foundation

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
  because the Lord has anointed Me
  to bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted,
  to proclaim liberty to captives,
  and freedom to prisoners.
Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1 NASB

Do you not know that the unrighteous
  will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
  neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
  nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
  nor homosexuals, nor thieves,
  nor the covetous, nor drunkards,
  nor revilers, nor swindlers,
  will inherit the kingdom of God.
Such were some of you;
  but you were washed,
  but you were sanctified,
  but you were justified
  in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
    and in the Spirit of our God.
I Cor 6:6-11 NASB

Therefore as you go,
  make disciples of all ethnic groups,
  baptizing them in the name
    of the Father
    and of the Son
    and of the Holy Spirit,
  and teaching them to obey
    everything I have commanded you.
Matt 28:19-20

I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Matt 25:35-36

If we say that we have no sin,
  we deceive ourselves,
  and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
  He is faithful and just
  to forgive us our sins
  and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 Jn 1:8-9 NKJV

So if the Son sets you free,
  you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 NIV

And Jesus said,
  “Neither do I condemn you;
  go, and from now on sin no more.”
John 8:11 ESV

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.


Videos


Mike preaching at church


Mike playing music at church


Narrow Trail Cowboy Church videos on YouTube

Blog Articles and Podcasts

Jim Buffington, Bridges To Life COO, interviewed about BTL

Mike's Answers to Questions on Quora.com


Other Articles on Criminal Justice Issues
Our Partner Ministries

Bridges To Life  Bridges To Life  Mike Barber Ministries  Bill Glass Behind The Walls  Kairos Prison Ministry

Other Prison Ministries

Prison Fellowship (Chuck Colson's ministry), USA
The Marshall Project (criminal justice reform), USA

Useful Links
Special Event Calendar

NOTE: This is an UNOFFICIAL calendar based on information collected from various, usually reliable, sources.
  • August, 2020 — Kairos walk canceled. Details to be updated when available.
  • September 8, 2020 (Tuesday) — Volunteer training at Hutchins State Jail. See additional information above. Note that chapel programs will be canceled that evening. This training is extremely likely to be canceled. If you are due for training, you can use the online training, even if you were due for on-unit training.
  • October 15-17, 2020 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) - Mike Barber Ministries at Hutchins State Jail. Note that all chapel programs will be canceled this weekend, except for Jumah (which will meet in the C2 MPR), and Jehovah's Witnesses (which will meet in the C2 MPR).
  • November 7, 2020 (Saturday) — Bill Glass Day of Champions at Hutchins State Jail. Note that chapel programs will be canceled that day, except for Jehovah's Witnesses (which will meet in the C2 MPR).
  • November 10, 2020 (Tuesday) — Volunteer training at Hutchins State Jail. See additional information above. Note that chapel programs will be canceled that evening.
TDCJ Holiday Schedule for Fiscal Year 2020

Who We Are


Our team is headed by executive director Mike, an ordained minister and former part-time pastor of a Lao (refugee) Baptist church. Mike is also a retired software developer who has committed to full time prison ministry. Mike is a trained and approved TDCJ Volunteer, and a Certified Volunteer Chaplain Assistant (CVCA), currently full-time at the Hutchins Unit in Dallas and a member of the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association. Mike holds the BA in Biblical Studies from Criswell College (1986) with further study in theology and missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister (1988). Mike is associated with Homprakhoun Baptist Church in Dallas and the Narrow Trail Cowboy Church in Plano.

Jim and Susan are retired accountants in Wyoming. They serve as board members, managers and advisors to JAM. Jim is active in nursing home ministry, and Susan is the treasurer of the Meals On Wheels Foundation in Casper. They are also trained and approved TDCJ Volunteers. They are associated with Grace Lutheran Church in Casper.


Donate

There are several ways to donate funds to Just Another Ministry. At the bottom of this page you will find buttons for a number of fundraising sites that support JAM.

If you use PayPal regularly, you can also designate Just Another Ministry as your favorite charity. This will allow you the easy option of donating a dollar each time you use PayPal for a purchase.

Click on Legal Notices below for information about tax deductibility.

Contact Info

Just Another Ministry
P.O.Box 942063
Plano TX 75094-2063