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Former Mexican Mafia Gang Member Finds New Life in Christ

Edward will never forget the day his mother called him the devil. Addicted to all kinds of substances and running with a notorious gang, Edward was in and out of prison. “I was very ruthless,” Edward said. “My own mother called me the devil when I shot one of my older...

Crossroads Student Becomes Prison Missionary

When Fernando came across a Bible a few weeks into his incarceration, he angrily kicked it across the room. The Bible was never part of Fernando’s early life. Abused by a family member when he was four years old, he grew up with twisted ideas of right and wrong, which...

‘Crossroads studies are the only reason I am alive today’

Most of Esteban’s life has been an ongoing battle against drugs and alcohol. At age 12, he began experimenting with marijuana and other drugs. By age 17, he was an alcoholic and cocaine addict. At age 25, he landed in a drug rehab program. He would return to rehab...

Crossroads Kenya Team Survives Terrorist Attack During Ministry Trip

The Crossroads Kenya team survived a terrorist attack during a recent ministry trip to several prisons. Earlier this month, Jefferson Gathu and his Crossroads ministry team set out on a nine-day trip to nine prisons with the goal of expanding their reach to more...

Writing Letters to Prisoners Impacts Their Families Too

Not long ago, Brandi and John Jonathan opened up a bin overflowing with letters. Their 7-year-old daughter, Eden, approached them and asked, "What's that?" "Eden, these are all the letters daddy had written to him while he was in prison," Brandi said. Eden's face lit...

God Met Him in the Loneliness of a Prison Cell

Solomon’s earliest memory is stopping his father from strangling his mother to death. He was three and a half years old. He managed to distract his father long enough to allow his mother to flee to a neighbor’s house and call the police. However, his father was...

Crossroads Student Forgives His Mother’s Killer

“Thank goodness he’s dead. Now I don’t have to forgive that man.” The thought popped into Douglas’s head the moment he heard about the death of the man who had killed his mother. Douglas had harbored spite and hatred toward this man since he was four years old, the...

Finding True Happiness in Prison

As a young man, Mervin was on a constant search for more stuff. He accumulated as many possessions as he could, believing that it would bring him happiness. But no matter how hard Mervin tried to find satisfaction in the things he bought, nothing seemed to work. “I...

True Transformation

Josiah wanted revenge. After multiple stints in prison earlier in his life, he had found himself behind bars again because his fiancée had called the police to report the crime. “I hated her,” Josiah says. “I asked my brother to post bail so I could seek vengeance...

Let’s Finish the Ministry Year Strong!

Dear Friends, Francisco is a former Crossroads student I met recently. He spent several years in prison and is now released. As we talked, he vividly described to me the anticipation he felt every day during mail call when prison guards delivered the mail to...

Why Do You Write Letters to Prisoners?

Every day, at dining room tables, couches and porches all over the country, men and women are slowing down. They are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. They are prayerfully putting pen to paper, writing to people they have never met and...

‘I just couldn’t shake the name Jesus from my mind’

E.T. Lim grew up in a Buddhist and Taoist family in Malaysia and Singapore as the youngest of eight children. He struggled in school academically and socially. He was bullied relentlessly by older schoolmates until one day he challenged the bullies to a fight and...

After Five Times in Prison, Crossroads Student Now in Prison Ministry

As soon as Bruce was released from prison, he forgot everything. Distracted by the outside world and his newfound freedom, he forgot about all of the suffering he went through while he was in that Singapore prison. He forgot about the pain his family endured because...

Thailand the Site of New Crossroads Extension Center

First Love Church is a small congregation in Bangkok making a huge impact in Thailand prisons. The church has assembled a team that goes into prisons and gives concerts, shares testimonies and distributes personal items to hundreds of prisoners. The already effective...

Living on Gifted Time

John stepped out of the pay phone booth with his emotions running high and his anger running hot. Three gunshots rang out.

Bang. Bang. Bang.

Bullets whizzed past John’s head. Car tires screeched and John turned to see a car carrying several of his former drug dealing associates peel out down the road.

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...