June 05, 2017

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"How great is the LOVE the Father has lavished on us ..."

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us ..." As we come upon the end of our season with our featured nonprofit, HOPE for Prisoners, take a moment to Lavish Your Soul with inspirational stories of HOPE & lives transformed ... View full article →
June 02, 2017

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"Lavish Your Soul" ... HOPE for Prisoners ~ Mario's story

"The home that I thought awaited me was unlike anything I could ever imagine. I found myself faced with adversity. My father and my mother were both abusing drugs which forced my older brother to be the one to fend for the both of us. Before long, I was involved in a gang and the lifestyle that came along with it. At 15 years old I found myself on my way to prison, sentenced as an adult to 20-90 years ..." View full article →
May 23, 2017

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"Lavish Your Soul" ... "HOPE" for Prisoners ~ Shauna's story

"I was once married, had two little boys, owned my own home, etc... However, I found myself in the grips of a drug addiction and in time, I lost everything! I wound up homeless and sleeping in a park on Boulder Highway. I was in a very dark place, one that I thought I would never escape from! I was a slave to my addiction and drugs were my master...." View full article →
April 15, 2017

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"Lavish Your Soul" ... "HOPE" for Prisoners ~ Marshay's story

In college I met a man who I allowed to become a big influence in my life. We dated for 6 years & 3 years into our relationship he experienced a few challenges & made a decision to go back to the streets & hustle. My choice to stay in that relationship led me down a path of prostitution, domestic violence, homelessness, jail & three separate arrests ... View full article →
April 07, 2017

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"The Thief" . . . an Easter story by our friend Karen's father, Karl Ogg

"Look at the people, some are still crying and standing quietly, looking up at him, others are still shouting at him and shaking their fists. What are they saying? You can save others, come down and save yourself, or something like that. Too many are shouting, can’t quite make everything out. Is someone calling him Jesus?... View full article →
April 03, 2017

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"Lavish Your Soul" ... "HOPE" for Prisoners ~ an interview with Chaplain Debbie

Please take a moment to rest your heart, lavish your soul & read a story of HOPE from Debbie Damron, an ordained chaplain with Chaplaincy Nevada. Debbie works with juveniles incarcerated as adults at the Clark County Detention Center, (CCDC) as well as devotes much of her time to help the population that HOPE for Prisoners serves. View full article →
March 17, 2017

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"Lavish Your Soul" ... "HOPE" for Prisoners ~ Marcus' testimony

My name is Marcus Jacquette and I graduated from the HOPE for Prisoners workshop last year. I had recently been released after serving 11 years in prison. I grew up in a single-parent home and my mother worked two jobs to support me and my sister. She worked hard to make sure we didn't want for anything growing up. We were growing up on the streets of Compton and I found myself running the streets at a very young age. I joined the Southside Compton Crips when I was just 14 years old. I began to sell drugs and became more deeply involved in the violent street life ...

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February 20, 2017

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Lavish Your Soul... Jon's story ~ Everything's going to be alright!" Part II

“I was sent to United States Penitentiary Allenwood, a maximum security prison in Pennsylvania,” Jon explains. “I’d been on the wrong side of the law long enough to know that the reality of a maximum security prison was a thousand times worse than it’s portrayed on television. I was in prison with about 950 Muslims. In Prison you have to be affiliated with a group to survive. You can associate yourself with the Crips, the Bloods, the Aryan Nation or whatever, but if you don’t pick one you will face consequences...” View full article →
February 17, 2017

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HOPE for Prisoners . . . Jon's story ~ "Everything's going to be all right!" Part I

Lights from the Las Vegas strip shined in the distance as the sound of the helicopter overhead sent Jon Ponder’s beating heart into overdrive. Jon squinted his eyes as flashing police lights flickered and sirens screeched around him. Police dogs barked and officers surrounded his vehicle. “Get out of the driver’s seat!” The thunderous and demanding voice sounded like God to Jon’s flustered brain. Distorted, he climbed out of his car... “Raise your hands! "Get on your knees! "On the ground!” ...

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December 24, 2016

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A Christmas story ... "Mary's love for her baby boy" ~ by Karl Ogg

"It was a beautiful day, but not like other days, it was a beautiful summer day. The clouds floated overhead. The sun was warm. A slight breeze carried the sweet small blossoms in the air... Mary enjoyed walking to the well as it gave her time to reflect on her day and her love for God. She was able to enjoy her walk as she visited with friends. She is not aware how this day would change her. This will be a most wonderful day for Mary..." View full article →
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