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unCUFFED reWIRED

We are thrilled to announce that unCUFFED’s new website, which was generously designed through donation by Zest Social Media Solutions, is now live at www.uncuffedministries.org . The website offers information on our ministry for volunteers, sponsors, partners, and, most importantly, parents and guardians of youth with whom unCUFFED works. “This new website is so essential…

A Kairos Moment

Let me take a moment and introduce you to Ramone. He is from California, he is Latino and his father is a Pastor. He grew up in a church as a child, but got mixed up in the wrong group of friends. He ended up chasing heroin across the country and found himself on the…

Girl, Incarcerated.

I’ve been trying to imagine making a bad choice with ‘friends’ and spending the next 9 months in jail; at the age of 15. No doubt I have made bad choices, I have given in to peer pressure, and I have raised teen girls. So, I’m trying to relate to what these young ladies might…

Highs & Lows through Snapshots

A popular warm up question to a small group is often, what was the high and low of your week? Another warm up question might be, describe a significant event in the form of a photograph or snapshot. Given that as a backdrop, I wanted to share two recent snapshots from working with detained youth…

Too Many Hats

These are real text messages from my daughter that I read after leaving Baltimore City’s Youth Detention Center: Daddy, where are you? DADDYEEEE!!!!! Call me back HELLO!!!! I’m really worried you’re not responding Daddy please just write me back Are you dead? When I finally called her, she was legitimately upset with me so I…

Fruit

Week after week we talk to the boys at Hickey hoping that the message of Jesus will make a difference in their lives. We know that they are listening, discussing, and connecting to the message but we often don’t always know if it is making a difference, if there is fruit. One young man, Terrell,…

In My Times of Trouble Father Guide Me

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 Working with young boys, incarcerated and charged with egregious crimes can sometimes feel like a recipe for…

I Know Why

On July 14th 2017, I officially became a member of the unCUFFED Ministries staff. At that time we were in 3 correctional facilities. Eighteen months later, we are active in 8 different facilities, with no end in sight, as God has continued to open doors for those in need. Of course, this means that more…

Wow What A Party!!

On December 22nd unCUFFED partnered with the Youth Detention Center in Baltimore City to host a Christmas party for incarcerated youth. James McCray, Tim Schriver, Chris Duncan, and Timothy Lamp arrived at 2:45 pm to unload our large load of gifts along with much tasty fried chicken from Royal Farms! We were all a bit…

Joshua’s Baptism

This post was originally written in 2015, and now we will be telling Josh’s story at our Celebration on 11/15! I’m locked down in a room for 45 minutes with Pastor George Hopkins because there has been a fight on one of the tiers and they cannot transport young Joshua to see us. It’s a…