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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…

Watching God Answer Prayers

“I pray that God can help me to positively, handle my anger and emotions, to be able to identify positive and negative people in my life, to help me stay focused on my music and getting in to Bowie State University and that God can make something positive out of my situation and that everything…

Be an imitator of me

In 1 Corinthians, Paul boldly states, “I exhort you, be imitators of me.” This is what we are called to in our Christian walk, to set an example for others by imitating Christ and imitating mature believers who have lead us. Leading up to my incarceration, Joe Ehrmann was a man who gave me great…

Listen, speak, listen, listen, listen

I went to my first unCUFFED court appearance last week to speak as an advocate for one of the boys I mentor. I’ve attended many sentencing hearings with youth at my last place of employment, but this was quite different. I have come to know this kind, humble, standoffish kid. When I heard the specifics…

New Guy on the Block

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” How wonderful it is to work for a ministry, that IS a ministry! Although I have yet to meet everyone, I know that everyone whom I have…

Mental Illness and Incarcerated Youths

Psalm 34:17-18 “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” A boy can be understandably depressed, upset or angry when he is incarcerated. Perhaps he is remorseful for his actions, feeling guilty and…

What Photo Represents God to you

Sometimes, when we have Bible study with the youth we do a warm up where we spread a collection of 30 photographs on a table and ask the guys, “What photo represents God to you?” This short exercise gives us a window into their spiritual journey and perception of God. Below are some of their…

Let’s take the ‘dis’ out of DISCONNECTED

Have you heard the term disconnected youth? That is the latest sociological term for youth between the ages of 16-24 who are either not in any school or are unemployed. So they are disconnected from educational and employment opportunities and really disconnected from achieving their goals and dreams. So many of the youth we work…