Rhema Interventions is a ministry of Harvest Renewal Church that targets mainly, but not exclusively, prison inmates.
Pastor Rifle Schutte
Men's Transitional Home
Rhema also has a Christian men's transitional home for men who are just getting out of prison and are seeking to transition and become contributing members to society.
Rhema Prison Ministry
Why the name Rhema Interventions?
RHEMA – the direct spoken word of God. Rhema is for the building up of the whole body of Christ. It is imperative to know that in today’s world not only the men, women and children who find themselves behind physical bars are “imprisoned”. Prison takes on many different faces in the lives of different people today. Some people find themselves trapped in a prison of drugs or alcohol. Others are trapped in a horrific marriage. Many people are stuck in a prison of pornography while others in a life sentence of poverty, not being able to rise above their circumstances. It makes no difference whether the prison is physical or not, Jesus is the only way to break the chains of bondage.
One of the main tools (other than the Word of God) we at Rhema Interventions use to help set people free are proven STUDY METHODS that help people renew their minds according to God’s Word. Many people have never been taught how to study properly. They don’t realize how marvelous the Lord has created their brain.
Many people have been told all their lives they will never become anything in life. Others have been told that they just don’t have what it takes to be great and fulfill their destiny and make a mark in this world that will last for generations to come.
Why is this important?
· Research in regard to personal growth during the formative years of child development has proven beyond a doubt that a positive self image is a prerequisite for the successful development of an individual.
· Society is acutely aware of the crucial role played by the family in early childhood development.
· Society is also aware of the far reaching influence of the environment on the formation of either a positive or negative self image during the formative years.
· Research also shows that a healthy self image more often results in a close relationship between a positive self-esteem and genuine life satisfaction which ultimately leads to success.
· Low self esteem leads to a personality that excessively craves approval and exhibits an extreme desire for personal achievement. Such individuals tend to overcome their perceived inferiority through the development of strengths and talents that oppose the norms and values embraced by society. The outcome of this is detrimental to both the individual and society.
· It can only be through a process of “renewing of the mind” that such an individual will be transformed into possessing a positive self-image of “I am Able, Valuable and Responsible”.
Why we use Study Techniques:
· There is a close relationship between academic failure at school and potential negative behavior.
· There are many reasons why students at school/college/university struggle to study which often results in the failure to achieve required grades and resulting in failure.
· Failure is primarily linked to a lack of motivation due to the absence of sound study techniques.
· Many inmates gratefully accept opportunities to “start all over again” in their studies. They realize that knowledge is power and they develop an intrinsic motivation to succeed.
· Academic failure for such individuals will result in the lowering of an already negative self image.
· Academic success can be achieved through the introduction of proven Study Techniques such as the SQ3R Method and Mind Mapping.
· Personal motivation and examination techniques will further stimulate a positive mindset.
· Academic success will have a snowball effect and lead to a meaningful relationships where trust and mutual respect form a bond between facilitators and students inmates.
Workshop Sessions: In addition to individual study, we also host workshop sessions for students. These workshops will:
1. Provide personal interaction and a hands-on experience at all times.
2. Cater to separate groups for male and female inmates.
3. Require two 3-hour or three 2-hour sessions limited to 20 participants