J.A.I.L Ministry prepares for memorial golf tournament
Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Tanner Clarke
Jesus Acts in Inmates Lives (J.A.I.L.) Ministry, Inc. is holding their annual Harold Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament on April 23 to raise funds to support their ministry.
Founded in 1987 by Chaplain Harold Ellis, the J.A.I.L. Ministry has been ministering to and helping people affected by the criminal justice system. The golf tournament to raise funds has been going on for 14 years and benefits the children of inmates, families of inmates, the inmates themselves, the Bell County jailers and the community.
"We believe that real change in the lives of inmates and their families comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ," Steve Cannon Executive Director of J.A.I.L. Ministry, Inc. and Chaplain at the Bell County Law Enforcement Center said. "Wherever you see Godly fathers and mothers in a family living by and bringing up their children using Biblical principles you lessen those who choose a life of crime, abuse and violent anger."
The ministry holds individual Bible studies, church services and one-on-one encouragement inside the Bell County Law Enforcement Center and Juvenile Justice Center. From October of 2010 to September of 2011 the ministry saw 1,809 services, 547 professions of faith and 87 baptisms at the Bell County Law Enforcement Center and 688 services, 340 professions of faith and 81 rededications at the Juvenile Justice Center.
The golf tournament for this ministry will be held at Mill Creek Golf Club, 1610 Club Circle, in Salado. The schedule of the event is: at 11:30 a.m. registration, lunch and range balls will begin; at noon there will be a putting contest for free; and at 1 p.m. everyone will tee off for a scramble shotgun start.
The tournament will be $100 per player and will benefit the ministry directly. Door prizes will also be given out with a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro from Don Ringler Chevrolet-Toyota and other prizes awarded if you get a hole-in-one.
"We encourage people who enjoy having fun and playing golf to participate. We not only have golfers play during the tournament, but we have volunteers who don't play participate in helping put on the tournament," Cannon said.