Our students love it when we have guests in our Transformational Rhythms program. Tom Decker shared in three of our classes yesterday and they were still talking about him in today's classes and how his visit impacted their future outlook. The guys were very inspired. Thanks, Tom.
Last night we were invited to attend a play at the Dixon Correctional Center. The play was written and directed by the inmates in the prison. The cast and stagehands consisted of over 30 prisoners who participated in the Dixon Theater Workshop. Two unexpected and humbling surprises. 1: We were honored with a certificate at the beginning of the play. 2: The storyline was about a guy who gets out of prison, struggles to make it and finally encounters success by living our Transformational Rhythms framework. The same framework we teach to over 300 students each week in prison. #freedomfromwithin.org ... See MoreSee Less
Our class was canceled today for security reasons. So now with some extra time on our hands, here is a long overdue update for #FreedomFromWithin
As of last week, 12 classes with about 350 total students across three prisons are in session.
Last week we also launched our first Bilingual Foundations For Life class in the Dixon Correctional Center. It is hard for the Spanish speaking population to find programs that focus on life skills.
The class was translated, as we don't speak Spanish. We think the first class went very well because there were a lot of emotionally filled guys coming up to us at the end of the class saying something like ".....muchas gracias!" ... See MoreSee Less
Bummer on the cancel, SWEET on the Spanish class!!
Freedom From Within
3 months ago
It's been a great year for Freedom From Within. Thank you to all of our supporters who make Freedom From Within possible inside prison. If you haven't seen it, check out our End Of Year Newsletter Please click: ow.ly/lEnb50xKJ5B
Preaching a One Word sermon tomorrow at Sheridan Correctional Center. What One Word, if consistently lifted up in prayer throughout 2020 could make next year the best year ever? For me, this is my 5th year doing this exercise. 2016 - Ollin, 2017 - Balance, 2018 - Trust, 2019 - Multiply and for 2020 my one word is "Partnerships." God's plan is so much better when we all come together. What's your One Word for 2020? #freedomfromwithin.org ... See MoreSee Less
Well...since u won't be here today, 2020 word for 7 mountains church unveiled today is "transference".
Freedom From Within
3 months ago
"The First Time I Went to Prison" Justin Ahrens who was one of our guests last month for the Shark Tank event at the Dixon Correctional Center reflects on his first visit to prison. #freedomfromwithin.org ow.ly/vZAg50xFL6Y... See MoreSee Less
Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, there are prisoners a stirring including a mouse. You see it was the last Celebrate Recovery night in the Sheridan Correctional Center for the year, so this evening was filled with song and cheer. The video fireplace was burning bright while the PA system made crackling sounds all night. Then before the end, we all shared as men. Singing Silent Night with paper candlelight. Though the fire was fake, the reflection on Jesus was real. their behavior was warm and grateful knowing their Saviour is here. #freedomfromwithin.org ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations goes to the 55 men at the Sheridan Correctional Center!
Yesturday, we celebrated graduation from our Foundations For Life class. part of our Transformational Rhythms program. During this ceremony, each graduate shared their Personal Mission Statement. Nothing pumps me up more than watching first hand the growth from a broken prisoner to a healthy man presenting their life's mission statement in front of their peers.
Most of these guys will be released shortly and I am confident, their future is bright. #freedomfromwithin.org ... See MoreSee Less
Wow. That’s awesome. I saw them at the Ottawa Christmas parade.
That’s awesome! Praise God!!!
We saw them at the Christmas parade . They are awesome.
Freedom From Within
4 months ago
Most of our students in prison we talk with desire the opportunity to give back to those hurt by their past.
As I ponder Giving Tuesday, I think of the healing we all receive by giving from a free heart. In week three of our Transformational Rhythms classes, we discuss our personal values by asking, "are your values just desired or are they real and evident in your life?"
As I ponder this day, I am perplexed by how so many who desire to give never give and those imprisoned who desperately want to give, can't. #freedomfromwithin.org ... See MoreSee Less
College Behind Bars - Check out this documentary on PBS on Nov 25th and 26th.
Many of our students in our Transformational Rhythms program at the Stateville Correctional Center (maximum security prison) are also involved in one of several college degree programs available behind the prison wall. It's been amazing to watch their journey. #freedomfromwithin
Explore the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs.
First Place from our Transformational Rhythms Shark Tank in the Dixon Correctional Center was awarded to a prisoner for intrapreneurship (a person whose mission is to develop and innovate value to the betterment of an existing organization.) In this case, the organization is the Department of Corrections.
Mission Statement: To offer a platform providing prisoners with transformative therapeutic rehabilitation through the arts, by developing content that addresses the root cause of incarceration.
Last February during Black History Month, the first play was launched called, "Who Are You?" It was received so well, the play has started to reach outside community theaters.
A recent quote from one of the cast members inside, "I use to just do life and now after 50 years of incarceration I am now living life for the first time"
Congratulations to our first place Shark Tank Intrapreneur, the mission is coming together. Transformative therapeutic rehabilitation is happening inside and out. #freedomfromwithin... See MoreSee Less