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How a Prison Riot and Lockdown Helped a Man Encounter God

How a Prison Riot and Lockdown Helped a Man Encounter God

Maurice may have been locked up, but the luxuries of the streets were still available to him. Even while in prison, he was still smoking the best weed, making alcohol so he could get drunk on weekends and was writing letters to various women who would send him money....

Kenyan Prisons: If We Don’t Go, Who Will Go?

Kenyan Prisons: If We Don’t Go, Who Will Go?

Jefferson Gathu and his Crossroads Prison Ministries Kenya team face great challenges in their work to share the hope of the Gospel with men and women in prison. But it's nothing compared to the difficulties the men and women they serve face day in and day out. Prison...

Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Words of a Man in Prison

Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Words of a Man in Prison

Rick's family suffered two terrible tragedies in a short amount of time. First, his daughter-in-law lost twin babies five and a half months into pregnancy. Then his brother-in-law died hours before a family reunion. Rick and his family were filled with grief. Rick has...

I Was a Gangster Ready to Kill in a Heartbeat

I Was a Gangster Ready to Kill in a Heartbeat

Most of Isaac’s young adult life revolved around partying, fighting, drinking, abusing drugs, womanizing and stealing. But that fast life came to a sudden stop when the gang he was associated with was involved in a homicide. Isaac found himself in prison on a 40-year...

What’s in a letter? For men and women in prison, hope

What’s in a letter? For men and women in prison, hope

Letter writing is a lost art. In a world of email, text messaging and social media, many of us are missing out on the joy and intimacy that can be found in the exchange of letters. Remember what it feels like to open your mailbox and in the middle of a pile of junk...

Crossroads Mentor’s Legacy Lives On

Crossroads Mentor’s Legacy Lives On

At a certain point in a Crossroads student’s relationship with their mentor, they become more than Bible study partners. They become friends. Bryan, a Crossroads student in Illinois, and his mentor Betty are a good example. They developed a close relationship as they...

Can Life be ‘Awesome’ Behind Bars?

Can Life be ‘Awesome’ Behind Bars?

“My life is awesome!” This is not a statement you would expect from someone who is serving a twenty-five-year prison sentence and has been isolated in solitary confinement for the past year and a half. But it is exactly what Crossroads student Buddy wrote in his...

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

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

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’

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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