Our New Hope For Women Team serving Riverside Correctional Facility
Chaplain JoAnn Muller
I have been serving at Riverside Correctional Facility as a chaplain since 2005. A big part of my job is counseling. Many times (more often than you would think) women come into my office after learning that a loved one has died. It is my job to help them through their grieving process which is complicated due to their separation and feelings of isolation from their family. Sometimes women come to see the chaplain because they are very confused about God and questioning how He can forgive them because of the crimes they have committed. I have written 2 Bible Studies specifically for incarcerated women and teach a weekly class. One study is "Overcoming Bitterness", a biblical approach to dealing with forgiveness and the roots of bitterness. The other class concerns the " Issues of the Heart" which lays a foundation of the tenets of the christian faith. As a chaplain, I have the freedom to hold special services which we call "Big Events" allowing for groups to come inside on special occasions and host religious services. As relationships with inmates are developed on the inside, I encourage them to stay connected with us when they leave. Accountability and commitment is key to their success. Making disciples is more than a short term project. It is a huge investment of your time and biblical knowledge. Go ye therefore into all the world making disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.