Any married inmate or their spouse can tell you that. If you are one of these couples, and you’re serious about staying together and strengthening your marriage, National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry can help. It is our hope to provide meaningful support while you are suffering the stress of incarceration.
NMEPM OFFERS HELP IN 4 FORMS:
- THIS WEB SITE: www.prisonmarriageministry.org offers short segments of the Marriage Encounter program, plus support materials which enable couples to discover God’s vision of marriage, thereby leading them to a clearer understanding of their relationship with each other and with God. For more information: Help Pages , Marriage Encounter , Help Each Other and Going Home
- BOOK OFFER: T.I.M.E. By Mail (The Inmates Marriage Encounter by Mail). The complete Marriage Encounter experience is in book form with presentations that were given by inmates and their spouses at a Marriage Encounter program in their institution. For more about the book and ordering information: Book Offer
- MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER PROGRAMS FOR CHAPLAINS: To meet the needs of chaplains Marriage Encounter and Sampling Of ME Chaplain’s Packfor our programs, National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry has now produced the complete Marriage Encounter program on DVD. Three DVD programs are available: Marriage Encounter (2-day program), Sampling Of Marriage Encounter (one-day program), and Oasis (for inmates only). We encourage you to bring awareness of our programs to the attention of a prison chaplain. If you’re financially able, talk to the chaplain and offer to purchase the Marriage Encounter and/or Oasis DVD programs. This is a gift that keeps giving over and over to strengthen the marriages and personal lives of inmates. For more information: Programs for Chaplains
- MARRIAGE MANSION PROGRAM FOR CORRECTIONAL STAFF: The program we presented for staff was the same as the program used for all National Marriage Encounters on the outside, with the addition of material that addressed the problem of the stress that is often created as a result of working in a correctional institution. For the Marriage Encounter for staff, we use all of the presentations on the 2 DVDs, and, we use the name Marriage Mansion instead of Marriage Encounter to distinguish it from the inmate’s program. Then if inmates see the posters, they are very different.You can make this DVD program available to your staff. We provide very detailed instructions, which enable you to provide the program yourself over-and-over. Or, if you prefer, we will do our best to provide an experienced team couple for a fee to lead the program, depending on your location. If you’re interested, call Denny Bosse at 513-383-9724, or email Jane Katenkamp firstname.lastname@example.org
Several married couples in Cincinnati, OH, and a chaplain from Lebanon Ohio prison, who experienced the benefits of the popular Marriage Encounter program on the outside, responded to the appeal of a chaplain at a federal prison in Lexington, KY to help married inmates who wanted desperately to save their marriages. As a result, in 1981, the first Marriage Encounter was presented in a prison and National Marriage Encounter Prison Ministry, Inc. was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational organization. Since then, our all volunteer group has presented several hundred Marriage Encounter programs in over 50 state and federal prisons throughout the U.S. We are happy to now offer our complete programs on DVD.