God Pods - Biblical Life Principle Pods - Community Reentry Pods
Depending on the jail, you might find the name differs, but the concept is the same, give men and women a chance for deep change.
Many inmates find it hard to make a total life turnaround when they are in the general population of a local jail. That's why FMM works with sheriff departments in several counties to give inmates and opportunity for intensive study of God's word and how they can apply it to life.
When they discover that the Bible has practical value for their lives, their hearts, minds, and worldview begins to change. With the help of Bible teachers, chaplains, and the growing fellowship of other believers in their faith pod, the Lord works miracles.
Faith comes by understanding the Word of God. Our FMM chaplains make bibles readily available to anyone who requests one, which is just the beginning of pointing people to Jesus Christ.
As our chaplains receive requests for bibles, we respond with grace-filled conversations with inmates about their relationship to God. We teach that God loved the world so much that he gave his Son, Jesus, and that whoever trusts in him will live forever. God continues to love the world and is saving all creation through the risen Christ and restoring God's original intent for human relationships and society. God's plan to reconcile all things to him through Christ includes men and women in jail.
Countless inmates have found saving faith in Jesus Christ through FMM’s ministry. Freedom from sin is the beginning of a new life in Christ where inmates’ hearts and minds are transformed by the Gospel. Our chaplains are available for follow up questions, biblical counsel, and spiritual growth through group bible studies, and FMM correspondence bible courses. Some inmates are eligible to develop their christian worldview deeper through intensive teaching on biblical life principles, called “God Pods.”
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Self-study Bible Course
FMM self-study Bible courses are available to inmates in jail, prison, and even at home upon release. Over 200,000 lessons are graded each year by volunteers across the state. Our initial course covers 10 different studies, while our Advanced Bible course has 73 studies. On average, it takes an inmate 2-3 years to complete the full gamut of FMM Bible Courses. Along the way, they are awarded a Bible and eventually a special Bible Dictionary for completing the courses with satisfactory grades of 75 or better.
This ministry is so important to introducing inmates and their families into God's Word. Many inmates write how encouraged they are by what they learn through the coursework.