The mission of Abe Brown Ministries is to compassionately demonstrate the Love of Jesus Christ by helping offenders, ex-offenders and their families to achieve productive and fulfilling lives. We provide outreach to evangelize, counsel, and restore families that are broken as a result of incarceration. We strive to provide comprehensive services that allow patrons of our Ministry to make their freedom in Christ a reality. Helping ex-offenders establish an intimate relationship with Christ, while learning life skills and the value of gainful employment gives them hope for sustaining their family, occupational and financial futures. The end result is productive citizens in our communities, improving the quality of life for all. One in every one hundred forty-two people in the United States is incarcerated in our nation's prisons and jails. There are some 2.3 million Americans in State and Federal Prisons. Florida has the third largest penal system in America, and its 121 State Prisons are home to 81,000 men and women. Approximately, 12,000 of these men and women are released annually to Hillsborough County. Many of them fall through the cracks of society and return to a life of crime.
Abe Brown Ministries is aware of the struggle that ex-offenders face. We continue to strengthen our position as a master referral agency by identifying churches, organizations and agencies in the community which can provide ex-offenders with: basic needs (food, shelter, clothing), housing, education, employment, healthcare (especially treatment for substance abuse, mental-health, and HIV/AIDS problems), legal assistance, and discipleship.
Over the next 3 to 5 years, we intend to establish excellence in prison ministry beyond an offender's release from prison. As offenders transition back to the community, we are seeking to establish a community of compassion that will provide both a residential safe-haven and transitional training. In conjunction with preparing these individuals for productive living, we will build relationships with employers in the community who will gainfully employ graduates of the program. At the core of our model is Discipleship. Discipleship comes from both mentors and peers alike. This critical component fosters continued spiritual growth, accountability, and service to others.
Our model is replicable. We believe successful restoration, transition and
empowerment of ex-felons in Hillsborough County can be implemented
throughout the State of Florida and the United States.
History of the Ministry
In 1976, Coach Abe Brown picked up a newspaper and was shocked to see that one of his former football players had been charged with murder. Upon visiting this young man in prison, Coach Brown realized that he had taught young men how to play football, but he had failed to teach them how to live. Coach Brown was also deeply impressed with the tremendous spiritual needs of those confined to penal institutions. As a result of this experience, Coach Brown committed his life to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ that young men will know God’s rules of life. Coach Brown was eventually called to God’s Vineyard and is now "Rev. Brown." Abe Brown Ministries, Inc. is an extension of the Body of Christ, which God is using to free the “spiritually incarcerated.”
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© 2002 Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.
Web Site created by Morning Star Interactive, Inc.