President’s Corner2022-04-28T13:44:15-05:00

President’s Corner

Welcome to the President’s Corner – a space for updates, reflections, and insights from Lifeline Global President Dr. Romney Ruder. This space will include reflections on prison ministry, stories of restoration, and the impact of incarceration. Some of these articles have also appeared in our newsletters.

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Increasing ministry opportunity

Friends, Well, I do not want to get ahead of ourselves and say that our schedule is the same as pre-Covid, but we are certainly excited about all the activity that is taking place. While many of our Program Partners remain on the sidelines for a variety of reasons, some partners are using this time to accelerate their local ministries, and our partners in Georgia, Florida, and Washington continue to add to the size and depth of the number of facilities and/or inmates that they serve. Likewise, our statewide programs continue to gain traction. In fact, we recently had

August 29th, 2022|

Parental training context and studies

Friends, We make it no secret that our programs at Lifeline Global are intentionally Christian-based. Our Malachi Dads curriculum was developed around the verse of Malachi 4:6, and our Hannah’s Gift program is rooted in the Biblical story of Hannah. It is evident that God paints a clear picture in scripture of how a man and woman are supposed to be in the eyes of the Lord. Just as important is how they are called to be as parents of their children. Once in a while, though, it is important to provide context to our ministry that looks beyond

July 27th, 2022|

Lifeline Global Ministries: Opportunities after COVID

In the next few weeks, Lifeline will be re-engaging with the state of Oklahoma, for a rollout of our Malachi Dads and Hannah's Gift curriculum. Our initial start had been postponed in 2021 due to Covid protocols. The chaplain’s staff has now given the green light that they are ready to renew state-wide programs in the facilities we had yet to reach. In partnership with Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, we have just completed the translation work of the Malachi Dad curriculum, "The Heart of a Father" into the Russian language, and are eager to begin utilizing our

July 1st, 2022|

Mid-Year Check-In on 22K in 2022 Goal

Dear Friends, After coming off of a record year of enrollment of students, we set a Big Hairy Audacious Goal for 2022 to reach 22,000. Hopefully, you have been made aware of this goal by our hype around “Reaching 22,000 in the year 2022” in much of our promotional efforts. To reach this goal means that Lifeline would need to raise almost $700,000 just to cover the cost of materials for these students. I would love to say that we are well on our way to meeting and exceeding this goal, the truth is that we are on pace

June 27th, 2022|

Living into the Kingdom Story

What storyline are we a part of? This Lent, I have benefited significantly from the writings and teachings of others.

March 22nd, 2022|

Staying Ahead Through Wise Decisions

Technology continues to impact all our lives. Some for the better, like advances in medicine or enhanced safety. Some for the not so better, like phone chimes during church service or mindless games that waste our time. Lifeline Global’s ministry to the incarcerated and their families is not immune to these advances.

February 15th, 2022|

22,000 in 2022

At Lifeline Global Ministries, we serve a God that there are no goals that are too big for. That’s why I wanted to make public our organizational goal for 2022: TO REACH 22,000 INCARCERATED STUDENTS!

January 7th, 2022|

Liberty in the Light

“For every thousand people hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the roots” H.D Thoreau.

November 1st, 2021|

Cross-Cultural Ministry

I used to have a boss who started a large, nationwide ministry to urban communities. He argued that the Christian church could be most effective in global evangelism and discipleship if it focused on the large, urban areas of the United States.

September 30th, 2021|

God Loves the Incarcerated

How does God feel about the incarcerated...The Message goes even farther in its statement. It says that “God leads the prisoners to freedom”.

September 24th, 2021|

Life Together-Remembering the Inmate

This summer, I spent some time with members of our church doing a book study on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. If you have not had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it; especially during these times of isolation due to COVID-19. The piece spells out the importance of Christian community and that we belong to one another through and in Jesus Christ. 

September 1st, 2021|

We Strive Without Reciprocation

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the live-streamed event of the Global Leadership Summit with about 150 men serving sentences at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Hutchinson, KS. After not being allowed into prisons or jails around much of the country, it was great to finally get an opportunity to have some fellowship; even if only for a few days/

August 18th, 2021|

Find a Good Coach

In all aspects of life, if you want to be successful it is going to take hard work, dedication, commitment, and perseverance.

August 11th, 2021|

Ministry Update, Spring 2021

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, there were an estimated 2.3 million males behind bars in the U.S. in 2020.

July 12th, 2021|

Incarceration and Easter

Easter has always been my favorite time of year. The 40 days leading up to Easter offer time to praise and worship the Lord.

March 23rd, 2021|
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