The Power of a Letter

The Power of a Letter

At an early age, Lee’s parents separated, and his home became a toxic environment of drinking and violence. Resentful of Lee’s father, Lee’s mom was physically and emotionally abusive toward her son and ended up abandoning Lee when he was only eight years old. He...
Behind Bars or Not, ‘Free is Free’

Behind Bars or Not, ‘Free is Free’

For the first five years of his life, Forrest lived with his family in a one-room shack on a cranberry farm. It wasn’t until they moved to a new farm that he first experienced indoor plumbing and electricity. His father was an abusive alcoholic, and Forrest grew up...
In Prison, He Learned Jesus Was There All Along

In Prison, He Learned Jesus Was There All Along

Crossroads student artist: Matt S. in Oklahoma By Ellie Wayner Crossroads Intern Bobby was a “good kid.” He loved life, his family and God. He attended church throughout his childhood, seeking to please God and his family—especially his dad. “Dad was our cornerstone...
Imprisoned but Free from Depression

Imprisoned but Free from Depression

Matthew grew up feeling trapped, stifled and lonely. “I wasn’t really allowed to be a kid,” he remembered. “I couldn’t do what other kids my age did. I was confined to the house all the time. My only friends were school friends, but I couldn’t see them outside of...
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