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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...

Looking Ahead to 2019: Fruitful Longevity

While we celebrate the rapid ministry growth in the past year, we are not after a short burst of ministry excellence. We are committed to fruitful longevity. Many churches, nonprofits and even individual Christ followers have brief moments of ministry success before burning out. But Crossroads must be faithful and fruitful in caring for prisoner for the long haul.

What is Christmas Like in Prison?

Editor's Note: This letter from Doug Cupery, director of church mobilization at Crossroads Prison Ministries, was sent to all Crossroads mentors earlier this month. Dear Mentor, Christmas brings back both warm memories and icy cold memories for me. It was during the...

Will you partner with us in reaching more prisoners?

  Dear Friends, Most of Esteban’s life has been an ongoing battle against drugs and alcohol. By the time he was a teenager, he was an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. At age twenty-five, he landed in a drug rehab program. By his fortieth birthday, he had returned...

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...

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