This past weekend while many went about their normal everyday lives local Inmates from Dismas Charities, Residents from St. Benedicts Homeless Shelter, Lighthouse Recovery, and Friends of Sinners got what some would call a blessed "Spiritual" experience.REC (Residents Encounter Christ) started here in 2009 and has been a ministry of Christ to prisoners and those in recovery in Owensboro.

The mission of (REC) is to empower the residents to develop a Christian identity to encounter Jesus Christ. All who attend are encouraged to share Christ with others, which helps to change the environment of prison, recovery, and other places in which they live, eat, sleep, and work. REC strives to build strong Christian environments in the prisons and recovery programs.  All who attend are encouraged to build accountability groups for discipline and support in prayer and their walk with Christ.

It takes many individuals to put on a retreat like this in our community.  There are members of local churches and lay members of the community.  They all come together to help bring the gospel to the lives of men and women who so desperately need it and can share it with others.

REC retreats are held not only for men but women as well and take place all over Owensboro-Daviess County and in Kentucky at Fresh Start, Daviess County Correctional Center (men and women), Blessed Mother, St. Pius, and Green River Correctional Institute.

It is such a blessing to know that these men and women are educated in knowing that there are seconded chances and forgiveness offered to them through the love of Jesus Christ.

"Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." - Hebrews 13:3

 

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