Christian Ministries to Offenders, Inc. (CMO) is a volunteer ministry devoted to evangelizing the inmates of the Sedgwick County Detention Facility (SCDF). CMO operates under the authority of the Sedgwick County sheriff's office and the detention facility and is the approved ministry for all religious and spiritual programming.
CMO Inc., a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that has been serving inmates in the Sedgwick County Jail for more that 30 years. CMO's main office is located within the jail. The mission of CMO is to minister to inmates as they deal with emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. The vision of CMO includes visiting with each person being detained and sharing with them the love of God; having churches involved, with church members serving as mentors for recently released individuals and creating life-skills classes to help ex-offenders make choices that will help prevent them from returning to jail. Daily, CMO works toward this vision by answering Inmate Request Forms for things such as bibles, bible studies, chapel services, ministerial visits and hygiene items for those that are indigent.
Scott Davis, chaplain.cmowichita.com has served as a volunteer with CMO for over 30 years. A few years ago God impressed upon Mr. Davis to serve at the jail in full-time ministry. He shut the doors of his business and accepted the chaplaincy of the detention facility (jail). Since Mr. Davis has become chaplain the number of religious services offered to inmates of the jail has increased from eleven to 25 services weekly, including two services for Spanish speaking inmates and four services at the Sedgwick County Work Release Facility. Because of Mr. Davis' efforts and foresight, there are no longer waiting lists for inmates to get into chapel services and, thankfully, God has provided the needed volunteers (300 percent increase) during Mr. Davis' six years as jail chaplain.
The office work is done by Chaplain Davis, Pastor Tina Williams and Mrs. Sandra Kasper, and several faithful volunteers who perform data entry, prepare indigent packets, and maintain the library. Chaplain Davis oversees both the office work and the direct ministry to inmates provided by licensed and/or ordained ministers. Additionally, he schedules chapel services, approves/disapproves ministerial applications, meets with inmates to approve/disapprove requested religious diets, counsels those receiving death notifications, and serves as liaison between the Sheriff's department and CMO.
Because of the efforts of CMO and its volunteers, on the average, two to three inmates come to know Christ each day. Additionally, many other inmates choose to return to the relationship they once had with Christ by rededicating their lives to Jesus.
CMO and its staff wish to offer grateful thanks to those faithful servants and volunteers that make the work of CMO possible and are the true "laborers to the harvest." May God richly and mightily bless each one of you! Certainly, you are laying up treasure in heaven.
Bringing Jesus Christ to the incarcerated of Sedgwick County