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When Justin was 17, he was tried as an adult for a gang-related shooting and was given 82 years to life. “I cried out to God and said, ‘This is not who I want to be. I repented, and God met me.’” After embracing the Gospel, a door opened for him to start taking classes through The Urban Ministry Institute.
When Derek started attending Church-Based Seminary classes in prison, he was afraid. He struggled in school his whole life because of his learning disabilities, so he often kept quiet out of fear of giving the wrong answer.
Joel was on a dark, destructive path but going to prison saved his life. Your generosity gave him the opportunity to attend seminary classes and find salvation through Christ.
In her most recent article, “Justice Involved Individuals’ Perceptions of a Prison Theological Education Program,” she shares feedback about TUMI from those involved in the effectiveness study.
In Part Two of a two-part series, “God Behind Bars,” Robin LaBarbera shares the ways that World Impact is addressing all eight factors contributing to recidivism through The Urban Ministry Institute.