Beyond our Borders

When Lifeline first began reaching beyond our U.S. borders, we had no idea how the curriculum would be received. The first international Returning Hearts Celebration was looked upon with utter amazement. Prison officials saw how, under their new model of corrections reform, the Malachi Dads program was having a real impact on men desiring to…

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Mississippi Update

Recently I traveled to Mississippi to train 80 men and women inmates at the invitation of Mr. Burl Cain.  Cain is the former warden at Angola state prison and is now the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.   He invited me to train inmate seminary graduates and students in their three major prisons…

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Governor’s Award

In Texas, Lifeline Global’s Malachi Dads received the “Best Family Program” award during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program. The award was presented by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. “Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Board Chairman, O’Daniel. Executive…

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Rolando

Childhood Crime Rolando Cisneros shot his first robbery victim when he was just nine years old. “I wanted respect, and I used the power of the gun to get it. My opinion was my gun.” he said.  Growing up was “pretty rough.” “My mother was an alcoholic. I had no father.” By the time he…

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“Hurting People, Hurt People”

by Reginald Watts, Returning Citizen Reginald Watts was just a teenager when he was arrested on charges of first degree armed robbery. But it wasn’t his first run-in with the law, so as a repeat offender, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  “There is a lot of darkness in…

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Inmate Challenge

By Jennifer Smith What do you do when an inmate challenges you to come and serve God at a prison? You pray for God’s direction and then you come, and bring others with you to serve! This is exactly what Whitney Alexander, the Associate Pastor of Missions, and a group of men from First Presbyterian…

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A Great Way To Restart

By Jeff Steele John Reed and I were excited when we were finally allowed to restart our ministry at North Jail after a ten-month absence because of the pandemic. We were given permission to restart Malachi Dads and our TUMI (The Urban Ministry Institute).   Because TUMI is a theology course, all the guys had to…

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Pray for a Parole Hearing

Hi Praying Friends, This week, November 8, two Malachi Dads in Angola Prison, men who were on the original leadership team and organized the first classes, may be released. A parole board hearing will review their cases to make a determination. These men have served time for 25 years, and one was given a life…

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