Most jail inmates view God as a judge or prosecutor, ready to convict and damn them forever. Tierra Nueva’s Skagit County Jail Ministry seeks out prisoners who feel rejected, condemned and forgotten. We consider them lost treasures, and our aim is to incorporate them into a community of faith. Through open discussion of scripture and healing prayer, many inmates are discovering a God who is eager to liberate, heal, love, and restore them.
Men's jail ministry
Each week on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons, Tierra Nueva staff lead Spanish- and English-language Bible studies in the jail, unveiling the good news that Scripture has for the most marginalized.
Women's jail ministry
On Sundays, Tierra Nueva staff and volunteers lead Bible studies and minister to women in the jail. We also meet with inmates one on one, accompany them to court, write to them in prison, and follow up with them upon release.
In juvenile detention, a Tierra Nueva team visits youth in crisis, forming relationships and leading Bible studies.
Washington State Reformatory
On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, Tierra Nueva staff minister to Spanish speaking inmates in Washington State Reformatory, Monroe, WA.