August 2016
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Children are a gift of the Lord……Psalm 127:3

At the Forsyth Correctional Center (prison), Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries offers several programs that have a positive impact on families of inmates. In preparation for these programs, chaplains and volunteers teach parenting classes, discuss healthy relationships, and the value of encouragement. Below are brief descriptions of these programs that instill Godly principles and have positive effects on families.

Visitation Activities - Summertime

Twice a month during the summer months, we schedule groups to lead a Bible story lesson for children of inmates when they visit an inmate. This is an opportunity to share a Bible lesson and create a craft relevant to the story. While the children are busy, the inmate and caregiver have an opportunity for private conversation. On Wings Like a Dove volunteers led this recent session with the children.
Fun with Father August

In August team leaders from the YWCA, along with FJPM volunteers, led recreational activities for eleven fathers and twenty-two children on the prison grounds. The activities were designed to create teamwork, use reasoning and problem solving skills, and encourage one another. Here’s a comment from a father: A proud moment for me was playing basketball. He couldn’t get the ball to the goal. I gave him tips and encouraged him to not give up. He kept trying and finally made a shot. The smile on his face when he looked at me said it all. Take time to read Chaplain Robert Wolfe’s blog describing this special day.

Daddy Daughter Dance
September 23-24

Most girls love to dress up. On September 24th, daughters of inmates will have that opportunity to dress, dine and dance with their fathers at our second Daddy Daughter Dance. They will learn manners, etiquette, and ballroom dance. This special time with fathers will make a lasting impact on the daughter’s self-esteem and instill value. If you would like to financially support this outreach, visit our website or call us to make a donation. Above is a picture from our first daddy/daughter dance two years ago.

Power Outage Leads to Outdoor Worship

On August 21st, I participated in one of the most inspiring and Spirit filled church services I’ve experienced in a long time, and it just so happened to be at the Forsyth Correctional Center.

After the chapel and the rest of the camp lost power at 3:15pm on Sunday, we were unsure if we would be able to have service. To exasperate the situation, a rain storm hit causing us to question whether the guys would show up if we were allowed to have service. We pressed on and the choir came in to practice as scheduled.

At 6:30pm, our chaplain’s assistant told me that he heard the service had been canceled since there was no power on the camp or in the chapel. After calling the sergeants office to confirm, I let the choir know that service had been canceled. They were disappointed but they kept singing and practicing which inspired me to ask the sergeant if we could have service on the prison yard.

The sergeant allowed us to have the service near the horseshoe pits and what followed was an awesome encounter with God for me and most of the camp.

After praying and asking for God to have His way, the men sang and testified with immeasurable energy and excitement and listened intently as I shared a message guided by the Holy Spirit, since, I couldn’t print the sermon I intended to preach. The power and presence of God was evident as the worship service was moved from the confines of the chapel and relocated outside where the entire camp had the opportunity to hear the praise and worship that the men offered up to the Great I AM, God Almighty.

God is truly doing a mighty work at Forsyth Correctional Center and I am excited to see what God has in store for us as we continue to minister to the men that God has sent us to serve and disciple.   -Rev. Martin L. Lawson, Assistant Program Director, Transition to Work

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Website Blog: God Overcomes the Storms of Life, by Chaplain Robert Wolfe
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Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries
PO Box 11802, Winston Salem NC 27116
phone (336)759-0063; email:

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