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She was ready to give up; then God met her in a prison cell

There are pivotal moments in our lives that forever mark the before and the after. For Nicole, that moment was four years ago when she woke up hungover and exhausted and got in her car to drive to work. “I had gone out the night before until very late and was running...

Crossroads Gaining Momentum in Peru Prisons

La Floresta is a small juvenile detention facility in Peru. It is smaller than most facilities because it houses only the most violent of young offenders. Most of the boys are between the ages of 13 and 18, and all of them have been convicted of homicide or other...

‘Crossroads has opened my eyes to see the light of truth’

After cycling in and out of jail for half of his life, Ernesto had finally stopped the cycle—on the wrong side of the bars. “I received my life sentence at the age of twenty-five,” he says. “However, it did not stop me from my gang and criminal mentality.” This...

From Prison Gang to Bible Study Group

To some, high school is a place to learn new things and explore new hobbies. To others, it is a place to make friends and socialize. To Jason, it was a place to sell drugs. “By sixteen, I was an accomplished drug dealer, using school for my client base,” he says. “I...

Abuse Survivor Finds New Life Through Crossroads

Growing up in a Catholic family in the Philippines, Aprubertito served as an altar boy at his family’s church. But he abandoned the church after suffering abuse from one of the priests. “I was traumatized,” he remembers. “My relatives didn’t understand why I stopped...

Former Crossroads Student Now Giving Back as Mentor

Crossroads mentor Richard knows how much a letter can mean to someone in prison. Because he’s been there. He’s been on the receiving end of simple acts of kindness from strangers, and now he’s giving back. As a Crossroads mentor, now he is the one writing letters that...

A Kind Letter Brought this Prisoner Back from the Brink of Suicide

Another day, another transfer. In his twenty-fifth year of incarceration, Dwayne was used to being moved from prison to prison, but that didn’t make it any easier. “I was in my lowest point in my twenty-five years in prison—no mail, no one who cared if I lived or...

Former Crossroads Student Serving God Through Social Media

By Aly Gagnon When Dr. Herbert McClain was released from prison, he prayed to the Lord for direction and guidance. But after 15 years of incarceration, Dr. McClain found it difficult to find familiarity on the outside. “I asked the Lord what to do, and he said just do...

Crossroads Nicaragua Pressing On Despite Incredible Challenges

The Crossroads Nicaragua team is facing immense challenges after the death of its leader and political unrest that is impacting their ability to reach men and women in prison with the Gospel. In November, Crossroads director Emerson Wilson passed away after a lengthy...

Crossroads Mentor Treasures Friendships with Prisoners

Vida Burgess has been a Crossroads mentor for 16 years, touching the lives of hundreds of men and women in prison. She also promotes the ministry every chance she gets, inviting people to experience the blessing she has experienced through writing to prisoners. We...

New Crossroads Database Will Benefit Students

This week, Crossroads Prison Ministries is launching its new database that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its ministry to men and women in prison. Crossroads has been growing at an incredible rate over the past several years. There are more students...

‘In that dirty, filthy cell I was made clean.’

By Aly Gagnon Throughout his whole life, David Springmeyer was surrounded by death and darkness. Dealing with the death of his father and personally finding three individuals who had committed suicide, David didn’t know where to turn. “There was this hole inside of me...

Crossroads Dominican Republic Meeting Tangible, Spiritual Needs

Since launching two years ago, Crossroads Dominican Republic has experienced massive growth. Dr. Luz Rojas, a medical doctor with a calling to prison ministry, and her husband lead a team of more than 200 mentors serving about 500 students. Crossroads Dominican...

Crossroads Never Gave Up on Me

Mark spent most of his life running away from his past. He grew up watching his father abuse his mother. When Mark was six, his father took off with their family’s only vehicle, leaving his family alone and in debt. His mother suddenly had to raise four children on...

Former Drug Kingpin Now Uses Leadership Skills for Good

Garner has always been a leader. As a young adult, he used his leadership skills and influence as a drug kingpin. Many of the drug deals he arranged turned violent. Between the ages of ten and twenty-nine, he was shot at twenty-five times. One of the gunshot wounds he...

Former Crossroads Student Launching Recovery Ministry

“You couldn’t even get yourself killed right.” The weight of his guilt, shame and hopelessness was unbearable. Sitting in a holding cell, CJ couldn’t believe how he got there. After stealing a car, he got in a high-speed chase with police and tried to commit suicide...

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