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A Prisoner’s Letter to Jesus

Brian, a Crossroads student in Canada, wrote this letter to Jesus. It has been edited for length and clarity. Dear Jesus, I always knew You existed. I’m a sixty-one-year-old man doing life fifteen. I’m twenty-one years in. I wish, in my younger days, when mom asked me...

‘I’ve never felt as close to God as when I am writing prisoners’

When Fran was first approached about becoming a volunteer mentor for Crossroads Prison Ministries 23 years ago, she worried that she wasn’t qualified to teach men and women in prison about the Bible. “I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I wasn’t confident in my knowledge...

Planting Seeds of the Gospel

Frank was raised in a family of drug addicts. Life at home was so rough that when he was thirteen, he ran away from home. “I was basically raised by people on the streets who were gang members, pimps, drug dealers, prostitutes, and criminals,” Frank says. “I was...

‘I Was the Worst Cop in the Whole World’

Maqhawe was a crooked cop and he knew it. As a police officer for the South African Police Service (SAPS), he used his position of power to break the very laws he was entrusted to enforce. “I wasn’t honest in the SAPS at all,” Maqhawe remembers. “Illegal selling of...

Serving God in Solitary Confinement

Francisco is locked up in solitary confinement in an Alaska prison. He is on 24-hour lockdown. But you wouldn’t know it by the way he writes to his Crossroads mentors. Francisco’s Bible lessons and letters are filled with hope, life and even joy. “I am prepared to be...

‘If God could turn my dad’s life around, He will do it for them’

Rebecca* has been a Crossroads mentor for five years. She decided to become a mentor after watching God transform her father’s life while he studied the Bible as a Crossroads student. After seeing the powerful impact that Christ-centered mentorship had on her father,...

‘My Life Has Just Started Now That I Have Jesus’

Gerardo’s mind was spinning. He had been arrested once again with a prison sentence likely ahead. He could feel the emotions brimming to the surface -- shame, fear, anger. No, rage. When he was put in the holding cell, he let it all out. He began screaming and hitting...

New Course on the Way!

We are excited to announce that we will be adding a new introductory course to the Crossroads Tier 1 program in the early part of spring 2018. The course is called Who Are You? It will serve as an introduction to studying the Bible and will provide the tools and...

Prison is My ‘Training Ground’ for Sharing the Gospel

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” – Psalm 119:71 (NASB) Esteria learned from a young age how alcoholism can affect a family. Her father was an alcoholic. Although her mother encouraged Esteria and her siblings to love him and...

‘Something as Small as a Stamp Seems Big to Me’

David is locked up in a prison in Missouri. For about a year, he has been growing in his relationship with Jesus through the Crossroads mentorship program. But it’s been difficult to stay involved in the program. David has struggled to pay for the stamps to return his...

While on Death Row, His Soul Came to Life

Billy spent most of his life on the run. In 1988, he had a dramatic encounter with God in church but he didn’t make a commitment to follow Him. The event shook him up so much that he moved out of town. One day while walking the streets of his new city, he heard music...

An Urgent Call to Prayer

Dear Friends, This past November, the Michigan Department of Corrections implemented a new mail policy that directly impacts Crossroads Prison Ministries students. The new policy doesn’t allow materials with colored ink to be delivered to prisoners. So we have...

Crossroads Donors Now Covering Postage for All Students

By Doug Cupery Church Mobilization Director I recently took a tour of Rikers Island, an overcrowded jail facility in New York City that holds an average population of nearly 10,000 prisoners. As I met with some of the men and women locked up in this facility, I faced...

Ministry is Fruitful in Kenya

Crossroads Prison Ministries staff and volunteers in Kenya are making an incredible impact in the lives of men and women in prison throughout the country. The team of 25 volunteer mentors travel, sometimes great distances, to prisons to hand deliver Crossroads Bible...

You Can Make an Impact: A Letter from the Director

Dear Friends, When heavy rains and mudslides devastated Sierra Leone in August, killing more than 1,000 people, most relief efforts ignored the people who are so often forgotten -- prisoners. But Lahai Kargbo, the young director of Crossroads Sierra Leone, was filled...

Crossroads Student: ‘I Have a Family Again’

Vinson found himself in prison again, convicted of driving while intoxicated—his sixth DWI offense. This time, he was sentenced to twenty years. Looking back on this cycle throughout his life—getting arrested, going to prison, being released and then...

Take a Look at This Stunning Piece of Prisoner Art

See full art piece below At Crossroads, every month we receive dozens of pieces of artwork from prisoners all across the country. We share this art in the Crossroads Journal of the Arts, on our Facebook page and in our Prisoner Art Project Gallery. We recently...

‘I Started Seeing God’s Hand in Everything’

Art by Cesar, a Crossroads student in Texas Michael grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a predominantly Islamic family. Exposure to both Islamic and Christian culture left him confused, and he sought answers by turning to drugs at the age of twelve. By sixteen, he was fully...