CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Social distancing and stay at home orders are not stopping pastors from reaching thousands of households and Texas prison inmates as church leaders have moved worship services online.
About 6 years ago Church Unlimited started services at the Connally Unit in Kenedy, Texas. Now they have expanded to 4 other prison units in South Texas.
“We see about 1,500 men a week in service, and we have upwards of 80 volunteers every week doing 9 services in prisons,” said God Behind Bars Pastor Nick Indridson.
In the middle of March, due to the COVID-19, prisons went on lockdown.
“We were kind of scrambling on how we are going to get our service to these men, and through a partnership we have with GOD Behind Bars TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) reached out to us and asked if we are willing to send our service into over a 100 units. So now, after the last 3 and a half to 4 weeks, we have actually sent out 104 DVDs to prisons all across the state of Texas,” said Indridson.
Pastor Nick Indridson says not being able to gather with prisoners has caused his church to redefine how they minister
“I have so many volunteers that feel lost because part of their weekly routine was going to prison to service these men, and we can’t wait to get back in. But we really feel that God has opened a door for us to continue to service all these 100 plus prisons every week,” said Indridson.
Church Unlimited says even after things go back to normal, they will go back in person. However, they will still keep sending DVDs to prisons they are not able to visit in order to give inmates hope
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