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Only On 6: Allred Unit Kairos Prison Ministry

Only On 6: Allred Unit Kairos Prison Ministry

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Many look at a prison and see no hope, no future. Just concrete and bars filled with a criminal world most of us don't want to know about.

We went behind prison doors and found a different perspective on those serving hard time.

Webster defines change as to make radically different, but is it possible behind bars?

To the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Vega Robinson is just another number.

A man found guilty of taking the life of another, who's now serving his time behind bars.

"When I first entered the system I found it hard to forgive myself, for what I had done. I wasn't interested in anything that would change me that would take me in a different direction. I wanted to punish myself. I had already received justice of man, but I wanted to punish myself as well." said Vega Robinson.

The Allred Unit prisoner says even though he is physically locked up, he is breaking the "spiritual" chains of bondage. All thanks to Kairos.

" It was a good experience for me at the time, a season where I felt like I had no hope." said Robinson.

Which is the exact mission of Kairos. The prison ministry says it's hope is to change the hearts and lives of men who are incarcerated, by sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

"If I continued to live this way then what I did and that persons life that was lost, was in vain. If I wanted to make some sense of this, and I was asking God to make some sense of this, then change had to occur." said Robinson.

Unconditional love and forgiveness was something Robinson says he was searching for, and although it took some time it was something he was finally able to surrender to.

"Don't place a standard on yourself that's higher than God's standard," said Robinson. "God said hey here is a fresh start. you made mistakes, but receive this gift of grace and forgiveness and continue move on in my teachings. that you wont make those type of mistakes no more."

The groups meet every Saturday, it's completely offender run, but I'm told it's the volunteers that actually come in from what's called the free world, that offer a bit of hope.

Kairos International State Representative Tom Venhaus said they do the leadership because it's their program, and they stress whatever you want to happen, it's up to you to see that it happens

"Some of them have the change right away, but sometimes it takes them a little while. We have planted the seed "

A seed that seems to have blossomed in Robinson, over the last 3 years he has become a leader in the group.

Venhaus knows not everyone looking in, may jump on board.

"I was one of the people who didn't want to be associated with the offenders and once I got in I was hooked and it's the same way with many people," said Venhaus.

"You wouldn't know that these guys, except for their whites, that they had committed a crime if you were just sitting together and talking," said Venhaus.

He added this organization has brought about a change, even those on the outside can see is real.

Our extended interview with Tom Venhaus can be found at the top of this page. You can find more information about the organization by clicking here.

Ashley Fitzwater, Newschannel 6

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