LEON’S STORY

“Going through Knights, men were crying, breaking down, and changing all over the place. People were noticing the changes in the men, even the toughest gangsters.”

Leon, a former inmate at a prison in Louisiana, went through three years of a Knights (K21) video program while incarcerated. He recently called us to express his gratitude for K21 and inquire about the location of a group he could join now that he is out. The conversation that ensued blew us away.

A former military ranger in Germany, Leon tragically lost his wife and son years ago. Coincidentally, Keith Walker, the main presenter of the K21 program Leon was part of, had also experienced the death of his son and talked freely about his grief throughout the program. This connection helped Leon recognize his pain and courageously enter his own grief process.

“Knights needs to be in every prison,” Leon said. “The way Keith broke it down helped the men understand the concepts. The heart of every man was touched no matter where he was at in life.”

One of Leon’s tasks in prison was to deliver death notices to inmates when a family member passed away. He expressed how the K21 program helped him with this responsibility as it taught him to calmly deliver the news and empathize with the grief of his fellow inmates.

As Leon’s story shows, God is alive and well in the prison system. All glory to God for how He uses this program to transform so many men!

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • We raised enough funds to send thirty-eight workbooks to Limestone Correctional Facility, the largest state prison in Alabama. The program grew so rapidly they had to split up and start a second class! They also decided to meet three times a week instead of one so that men could have the opportunity to make it through all five years of the program.
  • One inmate didn’t speak at all during the first five weeks of the K21 program. But then, with tears in his eyes, he said, “I’ve been an immature male my whole life. I don’t want to be this way anymore.” After dedicating himself to the program, he began reading his workbook to his family members over the phone.
  • One inmate was so inspired by Squire, year one of the program, that he purchased the second year for his group using his own money.
  • One inmate sent us a copy of his new life goals after participating in a K21 program. They covered seven handwritten pages!

“Through Knights, I realized I was living my life without principles. I now not only know the 15 Principles of Manhood, but I share them outside of class with my fellow inmates.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

By supporting Servant’s Oasis, a nonprofit organization that makes it possible for us to further our mission, you can help:

  • Provide LiveUp Resources materials for men and women in prisons and other countries.
  • Translate ministry materials into Spanish and the Ugandan language of Runyankole.
  • Fund our retreat center for missionaries and ministers.

You can make a difference for eternity today! Help bring hope, encouragement, and direction to men and women in need with prayer and any tax-deductible gift you feel led to provide. For only $10 you can sponsor an inmate by providing them with a workbook; for $100 you can sponsor an entire prison group with the gift of a life-changing video program. No matter the amount you give, you will help change a life.

We appreciate you and all you have done for us.

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