Transforming The Lives of Juvenile Offenders by Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” John 8:32
(left to right) Julie Paul, Board Member Brenda Nolish, and Erica, a missionary from Africa, was given a copy of The TRUTH Bible studies curriculum to take back to Africa.
Many detained individuals lack proficient reading skills so, to maximize effectiveness, The Truth was written at a grade level the majority of residents can read and comprehend. The Truth topical Bible Studies are non-denominational and applicable to all new converts.
Although written at approximately 3rd grade level, The Truth educates participants in life-changing spiritual truths from the word of God while teaching how the truth from the Bible contradicts the mentality and code of conduct that is prevalent on the streets.
Over the past several years, The Truth has been used to lead thousands to Christ and to make disciples in detention centers, teen substance abuse programs, jails, prisons, and at new convert classes. To date, The Truth has been very effective in ministering to individuals and groups in several locations in Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and foreign countries such as Costa Rica and Africa.
After 14 years of working one-on-one with juveniles in detention, The TRUTH Bible Studies were completed.The TRUTH consists of 20 Bible studies that address the most relevant topics facing juvenile offenders. Each is an independent study which was written with the specific needs of incarcerated individuals in mind. Over the years, it was also very helpful to write or design several complementary visual aid papers to hand out when ministering to residents in correctional facilities.
The 1st Bible study is a powerful method of sharing the gospel message using illustrations residents in a correctional facility have experienced and can relate to. For example, part of the gospel presentation brings participants to the conclusion that they have broken God’s laws and must face the consequences and then uses the word-picture of standing before a judge awaiting sentencing. They are then taught how Jesus came and took their punishment, the death penalty, for them. Bible studies 2-20 were written to “make disciples” of the new converts and help them to realize spiritual growth.
The TRUTH Program offers youth in detention the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a FYM mentor. The mentor’s goal is to provide spiritual education and guidance using The TRUTH Bible Studies curriculum. The curriculum consists of 20 topical Bible Studies specifically written to address the needs and issues of detained individuals. First, The TRUTH explains the gospel message using illustrations and examples individuals in a correctional institution are able to identify with. Then, residents work through the curriculum as they are awarded New Testaments, Promise books, Bibles, and other incentives, all carefully chosen to assist them in their journey of spiritual growth and education.