Rescued Not Arrested (RNA) reaches out to men who are incarcerated at Maricopa and Coconino County jails. Some of the inmates are juveniles who are being charged as adults for their crimes. Most of the ministry is done in the form of one-on-one visits, Bible studies with individual inmates who have requested someone from RNA to meet with them, and weekly church services. These visits typically last from 30 to 90 minutes.
Individual men or husband and wife teams are allowed to lead these one-on-one visits and Bible studies. The RNA prison ministry is very conducive to husband and wife teams and provides the opportunity for couples to minister together. We highly recommend and encourage couples to get involved in one-on-one visits. We do not allow individual women to visit alone with the male inmates.
All volunteers must be active members at their home church for at least one year. One must be sponsored by their pastor for accountability reasons in writing on their church letterhead. Badge qualification is subject to governing agency guidelines and limitations.
RNA county badged volunteers are allowed to use the private visitation rooms reserved for legal and privileged visits to see the inmates if that particular jail has such facilities. These are face-to-face visits with the inmates in a private room that is divided off into two sections that prevents actual physical contact with the inmate. The inmate is not handcuffed. And if the volunteer has a “Blue Badge” he can actually meet face-to-face with the unshackled inmate in an available room such as a classroom, chapel, or chaplain’s office if he chooses to do so.
Weekly church services are conducted by individual men or by a pair of men selected by the RNA director. Each service typically includes worship through music using a Christian music DVD, worship through prayer, and worship through preaching and teaching God’s word. The Lord’s Supper (communion) is also offered once a month. Services are held in the chapel at the jail and the inmates are typically unshackled. There are no guards in the room during the service. It is a great opportunity for group Bible study and group sharing / participation in God’s word.
If you have a passion for reaching lost men who are earnestly seeking God’s truth and who are hungering and thirsting for God’s righteousness, this is the ministry for you or for you and your wife. It will hone your Bible study skills and increase your knowledge of God’s word dramatically. You will witness changed lives on behalf of those with whom you visit and will receive genuine appreciation from the inmates. Remember, they are asking for you to come see them. You will be blessed beyond belief as you experience the joy of sharing God’s word with the lost who are in such great need. And as one of our inmates puts it, “You get to help turn a ‘mess’ into a ‘message’ ”.