One Parish, One Prisoner
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
OPOP stands for “One Parish – One Prisoner"
Have You Heard of OPOP?
It’s a radical movement based on admonitions sprinkled liberally through scripture expressing God‘s heart for those in prison. (See Psalm 79:11; Hebrews 13:3; Matthew 25:35–46; and more than 20 other scripture verses.) OPOP stands for “One Parish – One Prisoner.”
Did you know there are about as many churches in Washington state as there are prisoners? What could it look like if each church was partnered with a prisoner preparing for life after incarceration?
OPOP, run by Underground Ministries (an organization engaged in this type of ministry for many years), partners churches with prisoners and offers a curriculum to guide the church in growing a supportive relationship with an incarcerated individual.
Our first OPOP team was assembled in early 2022 and has 6 members, including our pastor. We were matched with a woman incarcerated at the WCCW (Washington Correctional Center for Women) scheduled to be released in April 2023.
We have found the experience of corresponding with “our prisoner” deeply gratifying. As the time approaches for her release, we will invite the rest of the congregation to aid in supporting her as she readjusts to life on the “outside.”
In early 2023, we hope to launch a second OPOP group to work with another prisoner.