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I’m writing you sir to say that the things you said to me will stay with me for the rest of your life, such as “put yourself in the right position.” After your service I find myself on the yard using football analogy as an example for various situations that will occur while serving Christ. We will continue to be touched by your commitment to us. You’re awesome sir, and I hope to serve Christ as well as you are one day. I am 26 and I have been locked up since I was 17 for second-degree murder. I have 80 more years. I know what it feels like to be forgotten about so I extremely appreciate anyone blessing me with their time for my benefit. Thank you so much! I know that you don’t have to do what you do, but you are a great example of what a Christian man should be. Thank you!
Salinas-Valley State Prison
I had a really hard time forgiving myself, until you came along. The day I got to the Woodman State Jail in Gatesville, I was terrified. But, by the glory of God, you were actually setting up the day I came. It was hard for me to be alone, but around you guys it felt like I wasn’t a horrible person.
Thank you so much for what you do for inmates. You helped make me feel like a human being and not a number.
I was with Mike Barber Ministries in Northern Virginia several years ago as a volunteer. After giving my testimony several hours straight I felt that it became really mechanical. “Hi, I’m blah, blah, blah.”
The entire experience made me realize listening and having a good word and some scripture memorized is what it’s all about. You can’t play that famous Christian game “topper” with these guys. They don’t want to hear about how you almost landed behind bars and really were a mean party animal before being saved. Topping anything they say really doesn’t impress anyone.
It made me start thinking about Jesus. He never won a convert by telling them about how bad He was when he was young. Being involved for that one day changed everything about my witness. I encourage anyone to support Mike and his ministry. It will change and strengthen you in ways you can never imagine. (Lord, You are a great and loving God. Bless Mike Barber Ministries for Your glory. Amen.)
Jay R., Jr.
My name is Cedric, and I am a blessed man to have met Mike Barber Ministries. I first met them in prison at the Wynne Unit in 2009. The first person I met was Mike Barber, who out of the clear blue sky gave me a nice Bible and told me he loved me. I never knew that day would be the beginning of a relationship that would grow into a father/son relationship. Brian Sanders was the next person I met, who in time has become my closest friend, who sometimes believes in me more then I do myself. This whole ministry has affected my life when I was on the inside and they are still a blessing now that I am out. They are not only still a part of my life but I was employed with them as well. Only God can do something like that!
You spoke before us here at CTF-Central in Soledad, California. I want to share my good news of what happened as a result of that service and your time spent with us.
My cellmate, John, and I have been watching together over the institutional channel the New Testament called the Watchword Bible. Because of that experience, John understood precisely what you shared from God’s Word AND related to you as real in your words as well. The impact was great….. in that service John personally accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior!! If you know John, this is a miracle. He was not one to be pushed to such a decision.
That day was my own earthly birthday. What a present! I wanted to share with you the fact that your time, effort and expense of coming to visit us was truly well worth it. In short, thank-you for aiding in the saving of John. I can’t thank you enough. May God continue to bless your ministry and ministry team.
I was born prematurely, causing my brain cells to be under developed. The doctors told me if I took my medication regularly, there was a possibility that my brain cells would develop by my 30’s, but even so, I would have emotional problems, due to the years of only “acting on impulse”, due to my under developed brain cells. Those cells are fully developed now, and it didn’t come by staying on the medication regularly, but by God, the Healer. Only He can do a work like that.
Due to the various issues I was born with and lived with, I began a cycle of withdrawing from others, causing loneliness and pain, which then led to my rebelling and acting out more and more as I grew up. There seemed to be no way out.
During this time, I began starting fires. Garbage fires and even larger fires than that. One of the results from this was I wound up getting arrested, and sentenced to a 5 year prison term for second degree arson. My time there was spent between isolation and the state mental hospital, then back to the general population in prison.
I attempted suicide repeatedly, and continued to hate myself, bringing me to a deeper place of hopelessness. (I kept the Lord extremely busy during this time period)
I began to heal, but it was the start of a long process. No matter how far I tried to run, God was there, carrying me into abundant life. His love and grace changed me, and freed me from my suicidal thoughts and actions, as well as all the issues that had been going on in my life. He delivered me and gave me an abundant life in Him!
The Lord has blessed me immensely, and I have been able to step out into prison ministry as directed by the Lord, including several Weekends of Excitement with Mike Barber Ministries. There is a revival in prison. Souls are being saved, lives rededicated, and inmates are being filled with the Holy Spirit!
I recently served time in prison for a crime I did not commit. It was a heinous crime to be accused of, and even though I had some fault, I had a very rough time forgiving myself. Until you came along. The day I got to the Woodman State Jail in Gatesville, I was terrified. But, by the glory of God, you were actually setting up the day I came. It was hard for me to be alone, but around you guys, it felt like I wasn’t a horrible person. You wouldn’t believe how many people were angry I was sent to jail, but I am telling you I thank God that I got a chance to become closer and learn from the mistakes I made. Thank you so much for what you do for inmates. You helped make me feel like a human being and not a number.
I attended a Mike Barber Christmas Program at the Wynne Unit. At that time, I had been incarcerated for 10 years on a 50 year prison sentence for aggravated robbery. The night I attended the MBM function, I surrendered my life to Christ Jesus and He has looked after me constantly, making my path.
I was released from prison January 2002 and have been free for the past 14 years. There have been many rocky times in my life, both in prison and since being released, however, I have been protected and blessed by our Lord Jesus.
Today I have a wonderful and beautiful wife, a 8 year old son and a life to truly be thankful for. So, thank you Mike Barber and staff for being there for me and the others who needed to hear the message of Hope you brought to us.