Hi family and friends! I trust you’re all safe and healthy, filled with overwhelming peace, while transitioning into all these unknowns and chaotic times.
We are blessed to have this rare opportunity to know our Lord while being still and accept His invitation to experience His Amazing Love on a completely different level. We are, after all, never alone…
This Easter we are celebrating the Ultimate Victory by being invited to rest in the Absolute Truth where God’s Great Love defeated death. Love showcasing how our God is able to do abundantly more than all we could ever ask, imagine or even dream about.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the wildest imagination with unbelievable dreams to boot, so…
From a distance, his muscular build, tattoos and shaved head misleads with intimidation. But redemption tells us another story. After all, He Is Risen! Jesus Is Risen and His Redemption Is Possible!
The founder of Blameless and Forever Free Ministries knows the power of transformation! She’s personally encountered, prayed with, instructed and continues to help invest in those who are feared and rejected. She has established Blameless to see others as Jesus does and introduce the love of Christ through introduction, invitation and instruction.
The founder is excited to be building a team with beloveds that Jesus Christ died for, President Donald J. Trump stands up for, and who Blameless and Forever Free Ministries invests in by offering the redemptive power of transformation for our returning citizens.
Helping tear down barriers through awareness regarding the importance of second chances for our returning citizens who continue to be discriminated against in securing housing, employment and education enables them in being successful and productive members of society which is vital for healthier and safer communities.
Redemption Is Possible!
April is Second Chance Month. Blameless believes in not only validating our victims, encouraging our communities through awareness and education, but transforming and rehabilitating the lives of our incarcerated both before their release and thereafter.
President Trump supports Second Chance Month and declares the importance of opportunities for redemption through the second chance initiative in becoming productive members of society in his declaration dated March 31, 2020.
Blameless and Forever Free Ministries believes in giving our prisoners a second chance after prison and that is why they are working relentlessly during the restrictions of this COVID-19 pandemic to continue to advocate and bring awareness towards restorative criminal justice.
Even though our fundraising capabilities are temporarily disabled due to social distancing, we continue to maximize this time in locating a building here in Placer County in order to secure a safe place for fellowship and comprehensive programming for our returning citizens to thrive and become successful members of society. Therefore, reducing recidivism rates where everybody wins!
An excerpt of President Trump’s proclamation declares, “While we must be tough on crime, we can also be smart about reducing recidivism. One of the best ways to break the cycle of crime is to help former inmates find rewarding work. That is why my Administration is promoting second chance hiring to build on the reforms of the First Step Act and help former inmates live crime-free lives.”
All Is Well Today When We Know God Is In Our Tomorrow’s…
Hi precious friends and family, I don’t know about you, but with everything going on in our world between COVID-19, social distancing and all the chaos and panic, if I don’t remember that God is with me today, I will never be able to rise up and not shrink back.
Remembering that with my marching orders, which includes being on the front lines combating this enemy as His pillar of strength, that requires walking out all is well today when we know that God is in our tomorrow’s.
As treasured possessions of God and His Works of Art, being God’s handiwork allows us to rise up and shine during crisis for our loved ones, friends and family.
As Christians, we have never been better positioned to rise up and shine and be the light of our Beautiful Jesus (Isaiah 60:1-2) as the glory of our Lord rises upon us.
And if we really think about it, our co-workers and the beloveds in our communities, they are going to be watching us now for hope. Being His vessels, they will lean in for strength, for love and for a calming comfort, seeking a compassionate ear when their lives are consumed and compromised by fear.
Our secret to a freaked out world: We know all is well today when we know that God is in our tomorrow’s.
Walking out Matthew 6:34 can lead us victoriously through the doors of peace and strength, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
COVID-19 Is Confirmed In Our California State Prisons!
Why do we need urgent prayers covering our state prison facilities? Because COVID-19 has been confirmed in our California State Prisons.
You might not be able to see when a silent killer like COVID-19 strikes in our state prison facilities, but you can hear this epidemic coming.
Even though the individuals tested positive were correctional staff, as of March 20th, that does not mean our incarcerated are not infected. Receiving proper medical attention in prison is like stumbling upon a hidden treasure.
Ask a mother whose son has a three-centimeter mass in his breast with a family history of breast cancer…
Unless you’ve walked through our prisons personally, either through work, tours and/or detention, you have no idea how close the inmate population is to one another and how stacked on top of each other they are. This is how viral epidemics spread and kill. It’s like living in a Petri dish.
I’m going to forewarn you, the below statement is repulsive and gross, but truth is empowerment.
This is how disgustingly close our incarcerated are: When they defecate in their cell toilets, or urinate for that matter, their cellmate’s head is less than two feet from the toilet. And no, there is no wall or barrier between either.
No privacy. No protection…
It’s like one person starts to cough and/or sneeze. Then a prison guard walks down the hall coughing every step they take. An inmate on the phone in the hallway coughs all over the mouth piece and wipes his nose with the hand holding onto the phone.
Germs are everywhere!
Then another inmate a couple tiers down starts to cough and before you know it, everyone is infected and there’s no escaping it in the wide-open space. Everyone is coughing, blowing their noses, spitting up phlegm. Petri dish of danger!
And if you think they’re equipped with extra bars of soap and hand sanitizer, paper towels to wipe dry their hands and dispose of, you couldn’t be further from the truth. They are only given limited bars of soap per month, and many of them use their bars of soap to wash their clothes.
Did you say wash their clothes?
Yes. If they have it laundered, most of the time they’ll never receive it back. Stolen laundry is a hot-ticketed item.
Many prisoners wash their two state-prison-issued clothing similar to Little House on the Prairie.
There is absolutely no way to participate in social distancing in our state prisons. They are literally on top of one another.
When they eat, they’re like a can of sardines packed together. They share trays AND food. They shower together without any separation. And with being in lockdown, it allows the contamination to spread through open air and tight spaces.
When they’re in lockdown, it does not keep them safe. It’s a cesspool of toxins.
You CANNOT ISOLATE over 2.3 million incarcerated beloveds from one another to contain and keep this virus from spreading, much less have adequate medical teams and/or facilities to treat those who will inevitably become infected.
Please pray for our prison population; they’re someone’s son, like mine…
With the CDCR placing all California State Prisons under lockdown, if you have further concerns or questions regarding COVID-19, you may contact the CDCR through email at COVID19@cdcr.ca.gov and they will direct all inquiries to the appropriate division.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has issued a COVID-19 Preparedness as follows:
As of March 17, 2020, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within CDCR institutions.
“Effective March 18, no volunteers or rehabilitative program providers will be allowed to enter state prison until further notice.
All rehabilitative programs, group events, and in-person education classes are cancelled.
The Office of Correctional Education is working to provide in-cell educational programs so as to not interrupt educational credit-earning.
The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will postpone all parole suitability hearings through March 20.
All Interstate Compact Agreement transfers of out-of-state parolees or inmates to California will cease for 30 days.
CDCR has activated an email box, COVID19@cdcr.ca.gov, to answer questions from the public, employees, and stakeholders related to COVID-19. This email address will be monitored and questions will be directed to the appropriate divisions.
CDCR’s inmate telephone network provider Global Tel Link (GTL) has offered the adult incarcerated population two days of free phone calls: from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 26. The youth within the Division of Juvenile Justice already receive free phone calls.”
Please continue to pray for those incarcerated, their families and our correctional staff.
Blameless and Forever Free Ministries will continue to monitor any and all updates and keep you informed.
Until next time…
At least we have some good news: As of March 17, 2020, there are currently no “confirmed” cases of COVID-19 within CDCR institutions. Thank you, Jesus!
Hi Beautiful, I’m going a little stir crazy today, so I wanted to invite you and others in helping me share my Happy Dance celebrating St. Patty’s Day.
Sorry to interrupt your scrolling – well, not really – but come do the happy dance with me as we shed a layer or two of these toxic germs and shackles while speaking a word or two of love and affirmations.
I just wanted you to know that I’m doing the Happy Dance praising God for you and your life. The world would be so much gloomier without your radiance and sunshine!
I know you don’t hear it enough, but YOU ARE ENOUGH just the way you are and SO LOVED!
Missing you dearly. This social distancing sucks. I guess we’re getting a taste of what it’s like being prisoners, so to speak, but it’s only for a short while. It just reminds me and emphasizes how much I am blessed to sojourn this side of heaven being friends with you.
You are so loved and precious! Never lose sight of that, okay?
I’m praying for a release of blessings, great favor, wonderful health and a soaking of God‘s Great Love to follow you everyday!
Being a catalyst of change requires strong influencers who stand on lasting values that the good news of the gospel presents.
God’s Great Love Changes Everything!
Bringing my Lord’s presence into a domain (prisons) that the enemy has held captive for centuries is daunting, but worthy of the challenge because after meeting hundreds of prisoners, they’re beloveds just like you and me who have made horrible mistakes and deserve a second chance.
Most prisoners develop a deep and sincere desire to change their life circumstances through hope and motivation from family and/or religion. Focusing on this link and alternatives opens many doorways of opportunities in having goals filled with lifestyle changes.
“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Prisons are set up for punishment, profit and containment. Prisoners need hope, motivation and rehabilitation.
Could you be caged up like an animal and live in close quarters with hundreds, if not thousands, of others and accept being told what to do, what to eat, what to wear, when to sleep, when to wake up, when to work, when to shower and when to talk to loved ones on the phone, while being surrounded by criminal conduct and make sound decisions once released?
You might begrudgingly say they’re lucky to have a cage to live in and food in their bellies after committing their crime, but…
How is that teaching them the power to rewrite their stories, you know, through recasting the drama and redirecting their actions?
Having the opportunity to impact their lives is the greatest reward possible and one in which requires softening up great opposition.
Discrimination, racism and negative social policies and laws have labeled returning citizens “once a felon, always a felon.” This caters to the belief and reason why our recidivism rates are so high.
When we force our returning citizens into this category, we wonder why they recommit and/or become homeless.
We are what we believe, and when we’re told over and over that we’re bad and menaces to society, it’s no wonder we find ourselves living under the spell of deceit and lies.
Good decision-making skills requires options. Surviving in prison surrounded by criminal conduct pretty much means association with the wrong crowd. It’s hard to make good choices when there are minimal options available to us. That requires many opportunities.
Prisons are full of beloveds who lack support, encouragement and visitation from loved ones.
Could you sustain hope and peace of mind without a covering of love?
When I was rejected and unloved, my decision-making skills needed help, too. Every decision I made was based on fear. That’s all I knew.
When you’re surrounded by criminal conduct, and most decisions are already laid out for you, without a covering of love, there is no hope or reason to strive forward in making changes.
Strong support and dedication is a rare and unique gift of hope that all incarcerated need.
Reentry process is more like a survival process. Survival of the fittest! This is why it’s imperative to surround ourselves with people who are going to lift us higher.
How can we expect our returning citizens to be productive members of society when we judge, ridicule and turn our backs on them? That doesn’t influence them to become better individuals, become assets to our communities or even make our communities safer.
Unconditional acts of kindness and love opens doorways to new lives and behaviors.
During times of challenge, frustration and failure, knowing that someone believes in you helps you try again. Introducing others to the love of Jesus provides this comfort in faith.
Every day we have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Replacing discrimination with rehabilitation and hate with love will restore precious lives and teach us a thing or two about ourselves, too.
Prisoners need society to understand, I am more than my mistakes!