Jail Ministry for Women- Called 4
The jail ministry story:
In January of 2015, the Lord led me into prison ministry, first volunteering for Christian Library International, as a local Georgia board member and doing book and bible drives in churches around Atlanta. Then in February 2018, as I was attending a meeting of the Greater Gwinnett Reentry Alliance, the Lord challenged me to go INTO the jail, and do church for the women.
I have been providing church services for the women’s “pods” for several years. I would hear bits and pieces of the women’s stories, until one day, about a year ago, one of the ladies who faithfully attended church services every week asked me “Do you do minister visits?” I said “NO, I don’t know what that is, but I will if you need me to.”
That sent me on a journey to figure out how to do it, to go deeper and really “walk with the ladies”. The Lord had me go get ordained as a minister. He then impressed on my heart to “care for his daughters” and provide for their needs during their transitional time in jail.
Caroline Mendez is a disciple of Jesus Christ, Ordained Minister, wife, mother, businesswoman and champion for Christian women.
Caroline spent twenty-one years in Corporate America, starting in the mailroom and working her way up to executive management positions in the High Tech industry. For the past 20 years she has joyfully coached women in their lives and businesses, challenging and stretching them to be fully who Christ has created them to be. “Retired” at the age of 55, she now at the Lord’s leading, coaches women in jail.
She holds certifications as a Professional Certified Coach, Certified Gospel Coach & Certified Coach Facilitator. She has recently published her life’s work at the Lord’s leading, the book: Threads of Wisdom: Real World Journeys to Leadership of Christian Women Marketplace Leaders, And Their Best Advice for Glorifying God in Your Calling. Caroline is most passionate about discipling and coaching women in jail, women’s biblical equality, and her other calling, to transform the workplace of every Christian (50 million of them) into a mission field with iWork4Him.com.