Who We Are
New Harvest is dedicated in restoring the lives of detained youth and adult inmates, through God's word by sharing the love of Jesus Christ through evangelism, discipleship and one-on-one counseling. We seek to disciple them and bring about the full transformation of character that only true faith in Jesus Christ can provide. We desire to assist them in fulfilling God's calling for their lives, whether in juvenile hall or in prison or out of prison.
More than 2.5 million juveniles are arrested every year in America and 70% of juveniles convicted of crimes have gone on to commit crimes again. With our U.S. prison population increasing 15 times faster than the general population; the urgency for youth intervention has never been greater! Statistics tell us that over 80% of the people who ever come to Christ do so by the age of 18. If we don't reach young people by this age, our chances of reaching them later are very slim. Detained youth have been entrusted to us by the County of Los Angeles and the Chaplains Eagles Inc. Our aim is to produce a generation of young men and women who succeed in serving God with all their heart, mind and soul.Statistics say that most of the kids incarcerated today will become repeat offenders. New Harvest is there to show kids that statistics don't determine their future, their choices do!
Prison and Jails
New Harvest Prison Ministry is having an impact in the men's correctional facilities in Los Angeles County. There are deputies co-laboring with Protestant Chaplains of New Harvest Christian Fellowship. We have the privilege to continue to minister to men who are incarcerated in the Los Angeles County Jail and Kern County Prison in Delano, CA. The Los Angeles Men's Central Jail is the largest populated jail system in the world. The facility holds a maximum of 7,000 inmates. Throughout the Los Angeles County Jail systems there is a total of 20,000 men, women, and youth incarcerated. For every person who is arrested and convicted, three to five others are affected such as husbands, wives, children, and other loved ones.
The epidemic of drug abuse and gang violence has had a catastrophic toll in our society and communities which has led to the overcrowding of our jail and prison systems. One man said; "The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation, someone has failed miserably to bring them to know God. It is found prisoners who receive Biblical instruction while incarcerated have a lower rate of returning to crime or prison after being freed than those who have no spiritual instruction." As chaplains God has entrusted us to give inmates Godly instruction and teach them the Word of God. Through the Word of God we are able to reach out, encourage, and give hope to inmates who are looking for answers for the turmoil in their lives. There has been many salvations and great responses to the Word of God. We have received many letters from inmates to correspond with and inform them about our self help programs. We are also able to inform them about are men's transitional homes, times of our worship services, and other programs that can be of help to their loved ones.
Our goal for this year is to pray that God continues to open doors and allow us to minster in more prison facilities and have more volunteers. The work of prison ministers maybe overwhelming at times, but with the help of faithful and committed volunteers we are reaching and winning as many souls as possible for the Kingdom of God. Our main goal is to give every inmate the gift of salvation and instill the Word of God in their lives. Through God's grace and compassion many inmates have been able to be released back into society and become productive and profitable citizens. We are grateful that God allows New Harvest Prison Ministry to continue to reach those who are lost and incarcerated through the Gospel of Jesus Christ!