129. Somewhere Out There In Prison

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Mary Z Longstreth

Mary Z. Longstreth is a Deaconess and United Methodist missionary serving as the Director of Faith in Community Ministries, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  However, Missouri is her home state.  We caught up with Mary Z at Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church, in Columbia, where her father served as pastor when she was growing up.  She was invited to Wilkes to share her story while itinerating in Missouri.
Her ministry involves the formation for Faith Care Teams.  Faith communities identify 6-8 individuals committed to developing a supportive, caring relationship with an incarcerated person who will be returning to their community as their neighbor.  Trained care team members regularly visit and correspond with the incarcerated neighbor and help him/her prepare for release.  Prior to release, the care team and neighbor develop a covenant agreement of expectations and commitment to activities necessary for successful re-entry, reintegration and restorative relationships.  The care team provides practical, emotional and spiritual support throughout the transition to community life.In this MissionCast Mary Z tells about Buddy and the congregation that prepared for “someone out there” who became a part of their church family.More information may be found on the Faith in Community website at http://www.choicesteam.org/fcm.htmlFor information about providing support for Mary Z as one of our Missouri missionaries contact Alan Pruitt, who serves as the Missouri Conference Secretary for Global Ministries at pruitta1@yahoo.com  Her missionary support advance special number is #982982.

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