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‘I Did Not Know Such Love Even Existed’

‘I Did Not Know Such Love Even Existed’

You’re worthless. You’re stupid. You’ll always be a failure. These were the words Terry heard over and over as he grew up. Longing for love from his father, he instead received emotional and physical abuse. “I became angry and started hating my father, wondering why...

How COVID-19 is Affecting Crossroads International Extension Centers

How COVID-19 is Affecting Crossroads International Extension Centers

COVID-19 has ravaged many prisons in the United States. Most facilities are closed to visitors and many are on lockdown. Now is the time to lift up our incarcerated brothers and sisters in prayer. But don’t limit your prayers to the United States. Prisons all over the...

COVID-19: Prayers from Behind Bars

COVID-19: Prayers from Behind Bars

One of the silver linings in the COVID-19 crisis is that it has called the Church to prayer. As people wrestle with anxiety, uncertainty and fear, followers of Jesus are crying out to God with prayers of lament, thanksgiving and petition. Crossroads students too are...

As the COVID-19 crisis rages on, everything is being disrupted. Many of us are quarantined. Some of us have lost our jobs. We are worried about friends and family who are at-risk of being infected. Churches are figuring out what it means to be the Church when you...

COVID-19: How to Pray for People in Prison During Pandemic

COVID-19: How to Pray for People in Prison During Pandemic

As the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic through closing schools, restaurants and bars and restricting gatherings, people are becoming more aware of the need to protect those who are most vulnerable. The population that is sometimes absent from this...

Crossroads Events Postponed

Crossroads Events Postponed

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone two upcoming Crossroads Prison Ministries events. The Crossroads chapel with Joe Williams, scheduled for March 17, and the Ignite Unite Volunteer Summit, scheduled for April 25, will be moved to...

Prison Poetry Sparks Creativity in High School Classroom

Prison Poetry Sparks Creativity in High School Classroom

A group of high school students have found creative inspiration in the unlikeliest of ways. An English class at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids spent some time reading and discussing poetry written by men and women in prison. After engaging with the...

Former Crossroads Student Has Fiery Passion for God’s Word

Former Crossroads Student Has Fiery Passion for God’s Word

Richard was on the run. Determined to avoid a third trip to prison, he was dodging police who were tracking him on an attempted murder charge. Scared and not sure what to do, Richard called his mother. “The only one who can help you is God,” she told him. Richard...

Newest Crossroads Bible Study Now Available in Mandarin

Newest Crossroads Bible Study Now Available in Mandarin

The newest Crossroads Bible study course is now available in Mandarin. The translation project for Who are You? was completed last month. This will greatly benefit Crossroads extension centers in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia where there are Mandarin-speaking...

Crossroads Sierra Leone Celebrates Christmas with Children in Prison

Crossroads Sierra Leone Celebrates Christmas with Children in Prison

More than 100 children locked in prison in Sierra Leone were not forgotten this Christmas, thanks to Crossroads Prison Ministries. Lahai Kargbo, director of Crossroads Sierra Leone, said his team was able to celebrate Christmas with 112 youth in two prisons in which...

You Can Help New Believers in Prison

You Can Help New Believers in Prison

Crossroads mentors play an important role in encouraging new followers of Jesus in prison. People like Jesse... As an infant, Jesse was abandoned in a dumpster by his biological parents. Knowing this, Jesse grew up believing he had no value. “I grew up with the belief...

‘I was not arrested. I was rescued.’

‘I was not arrested. I was rescued.’

Armando wasn’t looking for God. In fact, he was running in the opposite direction. His only acknowledgement of God was throwing up an occasional prayer that he would not get caught after committing a crime. But one evening in 2011, he prayed a different type of...

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances, Even Prison

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances, Even Prison

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” The Apostle Paul didn’t write these words to people who had a lot of reasons to celebrate. He wrote these words to the church in Philippi that was facing persecution. How could he say such a thing to people...

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...

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