Oregon Prison Ministries endeavors to bring hope to the incarcerated and their families by demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ in meaningful, tangible ways both inside prison walls and out in communities where we all live.
History of Oregon Prison Ministries
Oregon Prison Ministries originated in the year 2000 at a series of basketball tournaments at the Oregon State Penitentiary.
God used the relationships developed on the basketball court to nurture a desire to see Jesus in the lives of our brothers in prison. What began simply out of a willingness to play hoops in prison grew into a multifaceted ministry to inmates and their families. Over time God faithfully brought together willing hearts from many walks of life to demonstrate His love throughout the prison so as to “remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them.” (Hebrews 13:3)
OPM Statement of Faith
These core beliefs are agreed upon by all in order to maintain unity amongst the staff and volunteers:
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the trustworthy and infallible authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and conduct.
The Trinity: We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ: We believe Jesus Christ to be God’s only begotten Son, eternal, conceived by the Holy Spirit with two inseparable natures, one human and one divine. He alone is the savior of the world, having lived in sinless perfection, his death was a substitutionary atonement for sin providing forgiveness to all who believe.
Humanity: We believe God created man in His image, without sin. Adam sinned, and in him we are all born into sin, both in nature and by deed. All humanity stands in need of God’s mercy and grace in order to be reconciled to Him.
Salvation: We believe that justification (salvation) is provided wholly by God’s grace and is received solely through faith in Jesus Christ, not a result of any good works. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of salvation, that He is committed to our sanctification and that He seals us until the day of our glorification. Good works are the fruit of salvation and will be evidenced in the life of the believer.
To find out more about this ministry, visit https://oregonprisonministries.com