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An Execution, 19 shootings and 6 losses

Yesterday was a sobering day. News of the death of Tyron Davis reached us early in the day. He was the 18-year-old who was shot in the parking lot of the Middle River McDonalds in December. It was not a stray bullet but, horrifically, a bullet at close range to the back of his head.…

Water of Life

When I “retired” from the pastorate in 2014 I wasn’t quite sure what might lie ahead by way of continued ministry to and with others. Among other opportunities that have come my way I’ve been gladly volunteering with unCUFFED Ministries for the past three years. You can find me and others on our team at…

Open Doors

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 As 2019 winds down unCUFFED has much to be thankful for. God has opened doors for us to reach more incarcerated boys and girls. New Programs In a partnership with Fellowship of…

“This is my beloved Son..”

I could not have said this any better. An excerpt from Earl Hipp’s Man-Making blog: “An engaged and loving father is the most powerful man-making force on the planet. The opposite is also true. When fathers are absent, physically or emotionally, the wounds that results are profound. It touches a man to his core and…

unCUFFED’s Time of Need

Hebrews 13:3 ‘Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” In December of last year, we sensed God drawing us to serve more kids. After a successful fundraising event we took a step of faith and moved…

Why I Work with unCUFFED

 Thirty years ago, I met a woman named Raine Mullen who changed the trajectory of my life. I was working in East Baltimore at a Christian Community Center and learning about a culture vastly different from the white suburban culture that I understood. From her, I learned how to teach reading to children and adults…

“Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” -Francis of Assisi?

This very popular Christian quote has been attributed over the years to theologian Francis of Assisi but he never said it. As the linked article states, “it is intended to say that proclaiming the Gospel by example is more virtuous than actually proclaiming with voice.” At unCUFFED we walk the walk. We come alongside kids…

unCUFFED’s Golf Tournament and the Power of Giving

When Danny Reedy, unCUFFED board member, first suggested and chaired the ministry’s annual golf tournament back in 2016, he faced a challenge. With only six months to plan and business owners “over saturated” by giving opportunities and requests, Danny found it “difficult to get sponsorships,” which are essential to successful golf events. Nevertheless, God provided…

First Impressions

Going into Hickey School for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been inside a correctional facility before, so I was nervous and full of questions—where should I park? What would security be like? What would the inside actually look like? Would I feel safe? Would the guards be…

Continued Connections

            “This is Prince from Towson. I know this letter is coming out of the blue. But I wanted to make sure you knew I am more than grateful for everything you have done for me. I was blessed to have you on my side even though my outcome was what it was. I am…