I have just returned from my bi-annual visit to a large correction centre in Washington State. As one of a team of thirty-five volunteers for Kairos Prison Ministries, I go in to work with a group of inmates who espouse Christian values and reach out to those who are looking to change for the better. Prison is an environment where negative social forces mimic all to well life on the street. The predatory law of the jungle that governs criminal gangs across America today has found its way into prisons simply because it seeks to control or dominate all those it sees as weak, vulnerable, and unsure of themselves. While correction officials try their best to eliminate drug dealing, ¬†intimidation, and violence amongst its population, statistics show that, at best, they are barely keeping even in the fight. Large numbers of inmates, cramped living conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, mental health trauma, long sentences, limited training programs, and poor food all contribute to an opportunity for crime to find an easy foothold. Effectively countering all this depressing negativity is the Kairos outreach which has, over the years, helped to build a fully-fledged church inside that is committed to sharing God’s unconditional love. The appeal is one of coming to faith in Christ so that He can give the individual a better reason to leave without fear or guilt, who, in turn, share the Good News to fellow prisoners. A pretty hard challenge if the gang culture is seen as the obstacle; much easier if the individual offender is usually a person who is looking to make some big changes in his life. We go in to help train, encourage and counsel this band of Christian brothers in their efforts to make a positive difference. This has been my fourth visit – twelve days in all – over the last three years, and each time I learn something new about my God-given ability to relate to others, adjust to new circumstances, and overcome momentary problems. This time, our training program was threatened, on three occasions, with a shutdown because fights had broken out in other parts of the prison. Prison rules are such that when such incidents breakout, whole units are immediately locked down, sometimes for days. It was truly divine intervention that these disruptions did not ruin the weekend, and we we were able to finish the sessions and see 21 very fine men graduate in the principles of living for Christ behind the wall.