The View from Here

This is an article by a female detainee that we have had the pleasure of working with for a year. God has truly ministered to her through the faithful commitment of unCUFFED volunteer, Sarah Molling. Amanda also created the painting above with Sarah’s help. It is a great symbol of hope in the midst of adversity!

I’m Amanda Johnson*. I’m 17 years old and I have a 3 year old son. I’m currently incarcerated. I grew up in Baltimore. I like to read, write and I also like to be helpful.

Why being in jail is a blessing

For me being in jail is a blessing because the life I lived I could have been dead or on real bad drugs or anything. The year of 2015 has been real disappointing because of “the Freddie Gray situation.” That situation caused a lot of killings, robberies and a lot of confusion. Being around that would have made me want to do things that everyone else was doing. This is the best blessing because it saved my life. I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t get incarcerated.

What is unCUFFED to me?

unCUFFED to me is a mentoring program that helps us juveniles get a better relationship with God, learn to trust others, open up to people and to know you are not alone. unCUFFED is a loving and caring program. Ms. Sarah has helped me grow a lot for the past year that we have been working together. I grew to trust in her and believe her. I love unCUFFED!

How has unCUFFED helped me with my relationship with God?

Ms. Sarah (my mentor) helped me because she herself is a faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without her preaching the Word to me, working with me and being patient, I would still not believe there is a God. To her I owe a big thanks.

My goals that I’ve accomplished are:

  • Moving up to the next level in Celebrate REcovery (a 12 step Christian program)
  • Graduating in Anger Management
  • Trusting in God
  • Improvement in my attitude
  • Finished the Book of John
  • Mentoring sessions with unCUFFED for one year

I don’t think I could have done it without the support and help from Ms. Sarah and Ms. Kim. I will never forget this year of 2015 and 2016 of accomplishments.