… “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)
So begins the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37. The story ends with Jesus asking, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” and the reply was, “The one who had mercy on him.” Then, Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”
Join us as we explore our call to healing ministry with people involved in the criminal justice system. Much like people living through a long-term illness, a fatal diagnosis, or a recent death, victims of crime and people (and their loved ones) transitioning through the criminal justice system are in need of aftercare from compassionate ministers.
In this Teaching Tuesday we will provide simple steps to begin caring for crime victims and justice-involved individuals. We will explore what it means to guide a person on the path to healing and wholeness following a crime. We will also explore opportunities for launching an All In Community “Good Samaritan” Care Ministry team in the Ohio River Valley District. At least 98% of our ORV congregations have a member, family, or neighbor who has experienced an arrest, incarceration, crime victimization, or return from incarceration. The All In Community “Good Samaritan” Care Ministry team would work with individuals in need of care and congregations who want to provide the care themselves.
Instructor: Reba Collins, All In Community Consultant
West Ohio Conference