Project Mañana RHC

Project Mañana is our Program Partner in the Dominican Republic and October 16th was the 4th Annual Returning Hearts Celebration, and what a day! 

As part of Project Mañana’s Prison Project, the annual Lifeline Global Returning Hearts Celebration is one of the most anticipated days of the year by inmates and their children. More than 300 people (Project Mañana staff, a short-term mission team, Prison staff & volunteers) participated at the event held at the maximum-security prison in San Francisco de Macoris.

This year’s event was extra special as the prison has been on lock-down with no visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Returning Hearts Celebration was the first time inmates and their children were able to see (and hug) each other in two years.

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The goal for the day centered around two things: Family Restoration: allowing inmate fathers to reunite with their children; and Evangelism: sharing the gospel message of Jesus with inmates, their children, and prison staff. 

Throughout the day, inmates who graduated from Project Mañana’s Institute for Authentic Manhood™ had the opportunity to spend the day with their children; with the purpose of fostering a closer and healthier family relationship and bond. Together, they enjoyed playing, talking, and laughing; while the inmate had a relaxed environment to encourage their children and begin to demonstrate how they’re making changes to their behavior.

It is hard to put into words the full magnitude of the impact in these men’s and children’s lives.  It was such a pleasure to see the joy in their hearts as they had the opportunity to spend a fun filled day with one another.  It shows how much our heavenly Father loves these men and their families.

Our continued prayer is that they will develop their relationships with the Lord and understand the fullness of His healing, forgiving great love.  It was a blessing to be part of God’s work in one prison in the DR.

Your Humble Servants,
David Montgomery
Travis Ochowicz
Chris and Sheree Howes
(Volunteers from Illinois and California)

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