Paul & Peri Krueger

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Prison Discipleship Ministry Of The Navigators

Working nationally to equip Chaplains, volunteers and inmates to become disciple makers.

Current focus in Colorado prisons is a two year course on leadership and another weekend seminar on Fathering.

After 21 years with IBM, Peri and Paul were led into full time ministry with the Navigators.

Serving first in Russia the whole family saw God’s special provision and grace. Many opportunities to teach real life lessons as we continued to home school our four children through high school. Upon returning to the US after three years Paul was director of Glen Eyrie Conference Center while Peri supervised the transition back to the States and college.

Just as a specific call from the Lord led us to Russia another call led us into training inmates in prison.  The Prison Discipleship Ministry team has trained over 800 disciple makers in 23 states.

Currently in Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado we are building a team of 18-24 inmates that will be salt and light to the inmate community of 1800.  An inmate church is thriving and volunteers are always welcome.

By third grade the ingredients that might lead a young man to prison are becoming obvious;

negative father image, dis-functional home, poor reading skills, influenced by the wrong crowds.

In all inmate training the need to show them clearly how God wants a Father to lead, love, nurture and impact the next generation of 3.5 million children is essential.  On average the one million US inmates have three children but no idea how to influence them from inside prison.

We are utilizing an evidence-based (proven results) curriculum developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Inside Out Dad® gets rave reviews from inmates and facilitators alike. When incarcerated fathers are given the vision that they play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives, hearts change, men change—families’ and children’s lives change.

Inside Out Dad® is evidence-based and proven to develop pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills, which helps fathers successfully reenter the lives of their families and communities.

The core program sessions feature activities and research based tools and techniques to encourage fathering from the inside. The optional reentry sessions help fathers prepare for responsibilities and challenges they will face on the outside.

Join the thousands of jails, prisons, and reentry programs across the nation using Inside Out Dad® to give incarcerated fathers the tools they need to become involved, responsible, and committed dads.

Peri and I deeply appreciate the support, prayers, and volunteers from Woodland Park Community Church over the last seventeen years. Many volunteer opportunities are open for both men and women in the Colorado area.  Setting men and women FREE on the inside.

You see, prison ministry is not really just about inmates being changed by the Word of God but at a much deeper level it is seeing Jesus behind bars.

Prayer Requests:  
Health for Paul as he visits inmate cell blocks which can be a breeding ground for sickness.  Health for Peri as she continues her third round of chemo in the battle with cancer.
Wisdom to select the proper material to lead men closer to knowing Christ and making Him known in their community.
Increase prayer and financial support as request to expanded prison ministry continues to develop.
Willing and able men and women that are led to volunteer on a regular basis.
The men and women in classes to have open hearts to God's word as they learn about being a man, father, and leader in their own families and communities.

If you are interested in visiting the prison with Paul, please contact him directly.  It takes about a month to gain approval for a specific event. There are regular Monday night events and quarterly  Saturday events.   Contact: paul.krueger@navigators.org   or by cell: 719-440-2684 (leave a message).

August 13, 2018

To our partners in the Prison Discipleship Ministry of the Navigators:

It is exciting to see God's word touch 20 men’s hearts every Monday night in the Fremont Correctional Facility, the home of 1800 inmates. The first full semester is over. The sequence of study has been very impactful: 

First, we watched a video called, “Is Genesis History?” It laid the foundation for the reality of scripture. Then we went through a study guide that walked us through Genesis, clearly built on who is God and how he interacts with real men who mess up and use it all for the good of His people. The students saw the pattern of generational sin and rebellion to God. This has been at the core of our study each night.  Over 90% of the men turned in their weekly writing assignments. Clearly, this is a priority in their lives, even during their incarceration.

We taught them how to use One Verse Evangelism, so they could explain what it means to and how to become a Christian, using their own words. One man commented, "Hey Paul, I tried it with a friend and he seemed to really get it. He is not sure he needs a savior because his sins are not as bad as some other guys."

During our Saturday morning session, we focused on prayer by watching the movie “War Room”, followed by discussion and small group prayer time.  Many have never been in a prayer group of men nor had prayed out loud.  The more mature Christian men led the way by example.  The men have twice turned in prayer requests which have become more personal. One man said, "I have never prayed like this before."

Together we read through “The Disciples Personality” and saw the difference between a lost, saved, and carnal Christian. The men were wrestling with questions like “Why I am like this?” “Why can't I change?” “What does it look like to be Spirit filled?” They discovered that they were lost, that maybe they were open to the Spirit, but also open to their fleshly desires, and what it looked like to be open to the Sprit and to reject their lower nature.  An inmate said, "I did not realize there was a battle going on inside of me - I need to be saved from me."

The Saturday afternoon session combined current students and alumni from John Byrne's first two-year class. This session included a review of Genesis, written comments on why it is important to study Genesis and the impact on the rest of the Bible, and a review of the “Disciples Personality” illustration. We also Introduced the Train illustration and discussed which goes first - faith, fact, or feeling? A senior Christian inmate commented, "I can use this illustration in a few areas right now." During a special prayer time, we prayed for the whole group and focused prayer for inmate with stage 4 cancer. 

Introduction to next semester has been delayed by two Monday night “lock downs” that cancelled all scheduled programs.

This class of men represents 61 children ages 1- 48 and many more grand-children.  The next semester will be a study of fatherhood using an evidence-based Christian version of Inside Out Dad®.  The staff at Fremont is excited to hear we are using this material.  

Inside Out Dad® gets rave reviews from inmates and facilitators alike. When incarcerated fathers are given the vision that they play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives, hearts change, men change—families’ and children’s lives change.

Inside Out Dad® is evidence-based and proven to develop pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills, which helps fathers successfully reenter the lives of their families and communities.

The core program sessions feature activities and research-based tools and techniques to encourage fathering from the inside. The optional reentry sessions help fathers prepare for responsibilities and challenges they will face on the outside.

We will join the thousands of jails, prisons, and reentry programs across the nation using Inside Out Dad® to give incarcerated fathers the tools they need to become involved, responsible, and committed dads.

I cherish your prayers for wisdom, health, and clarity as I continue to meet weekly with these men. We will plan another Saturday session in mid-October and would look forward to your attending. 

Thank you again for your support, funding and prayers. 

Sincerely, 

Paul and professors.