JUST FOR MENTORS
Volunteer mentors are the heart of Crossroads Prison Ministries. In order to provide ongoing training and encouragement for volunteers, we provide monthly newsletters called Just for Mentors. Each newsletter includes tips, ideas and encouragement from Doug Cupery, director of church mobilization at Crossroads, and important news and reminders for mentors. We hope these newsletters help you become the best mentor you can be!
Just for Mentors: JANUARY
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug speaks on the effects that the prison environment has on so many people in prison. The constant vigilance, oppressive routines and a lack of freedom to make your own decisions can cause severe damage over time. Many people who are released from prison are incarcerated again within three years! As you think about what to write in your letters this month, Doug encourages mentors to try a “breath prayer.”
Just for Mentors: DECEMBER
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the dark and somber experiences that people in prison have during the holidays. How can we as mentors be a light to our students during this difficult time?
Just for Mentors: NOVEMBER
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug brings up the topic of confronting our legacies. For many of our students, this can be a painful process because of the hurt that they have caused others. As you write your students this week, remind them that the broken pieces of their past do not need to define their legacy. God’s glory shines brightly in and through us when we are made new in Christ and live out this new identity.
Just for Mentors: OCTOBER
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug defines encouragement and the integral role that it played in his reentry journey. How can we as the Church encourage those that are struggling? What encouragement can we give our students?
Just for Mentors: SEPTEMBER
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug addresses the difficulties in writing to a student that claims they are innocent. What is our role as the Church in responding to this? What does Jesus Christ ask us to do?
Just for Mentors: AUGUST
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the role of the Church as it responds to the ongoing tragedies in the world. Some our students may not understand that the Church is not a building, but the reflection of Jesus in His followers. As His followers, how we act and how we serve others is our way of embodying the love of Jesus in the world!
Just for Mentors: JULY
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug brings up the steps to writing a letter to a Crossroads student. A letter can be simple but powerful. When you write a letter to a Crossroads student, a piece of yourself travels—sometimes great distances and beyond prison walls—to be with that student.
Just for Mentors: JUNE 2020
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses the difficulties that formerly incarcerated individuals face with being told they are unwelcome. It is the role of the Church to tell them, “You belong here! We care about you. So does God.”
Just for Mentors: MAY, Part 2
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug discusses processing grief and how Jesus helps us to heal from it. In the same way, we can encourage our students to seek Jesus and bring their pain to Him. Only Jesus can bring true healing!
Just for Mentors: MAY, Part 1
In this month’s Just for Mentors, Doug encourages us to persevere amidst this season of uncertainty. In Romans 5, the apostle Paul offers us a reminder that suffering can produce perseverance, character and hope.
Just for Mentors: Weekly 4
In this week’s Just for Mentors Weekly, Doug encourages mentors to be in the community of the Body of Christ despite the space of social distancing. During this time, it’s especially important to share with students that they are brothers and sisters in Christ despite the physical wall that separates them!
Just for Mentors: Weekly 3
In this week’s Just for Mentors Weekly, Doug discusses facing the difficulties with forgiving, comforting, and helping those who have harmed individuals and society. Doug brings to mind the passage of Jesus remembering the prisoner from on the cross.