What has Crossroads Connection done for me? Wow that is a loaded question. I guess I should start with a brief explanation of my circumstances. I am currently on work release, residing at the Community Corrections Center, completing a ten year sentence. Before I was arrested I was a violent out of control drunk. I hurt those closest to me and I bullied those around me. I said I was a Christian, but that was just lip service, I followed only the rules I wanted to follow and blatantly disregarded the rest.
When I was arrested I hit the proverbial brick wall. There was no doubt in my mind I was completely responsible for my circumstances, and the hurt I had caused. Everything in my life had come crashing down and for the first time in my adult life, I was absolutely terrified. I had no idea what to do, or what would happen next. I felt utterly helpless. So I did the only thing that made sense to me at the time. I got on my knees in my red prison jumpsuit, and prayed for Jesus to take over my life.
Over a year ago I was in the chapel at the Omaha Correctional Center and participated in a service hosted by Crossroads Connection. I heard about the services and fellowship they offered on Sunday nights. To those on work release and recently released. By that time I was already enjoying a productive walk with Christ, and praying regularly for knowledge of his will in my life, but I was stagnating.
Eight months ago I was blessed to be granted a final parole hearing as was transferred to work release. I was invited by a fellow inmate to Crossroads Connection and that began a wonderful relationship. Every Sunday night I have attended their outstanding services which provide me consistently with perspective on my problems with the previous week, and rejuvenation for the week ahead. There is a different church every week on a five week rotation, preventing the same old rhetoric that I recall from my childhood. There is food and fellowship after the service where I have been able to cultivate the kinds of relationships I shied away from before my arrest so I could do what I wanted.
In preparation for my expected parole, I was accepted to the Crossroads transitional program. In that time I increased my faith, and felt more and more comfortable with my ability to live a healthy and meaningful life centered on God.
Unfortunately I was denied parole. I was deeply troubled by this, but I was calmed by a common scripture Romans 5: 3-4. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character and hope. The relationships I have built through Crossroads Connection, their support, and my faith in Jesus Christ saved me from disaster. I will be completing my entire sentence shortly, and Crossroads Connection has extended its invitation for me to transition through their housing program. What has Crossroads Connection done for me? They have shown me incredible mercy and love, saved me from slipping back to my old ways, and given me a bright future. I do not have the room to write it all out, but I think what an even more complete definition of what Christ has done in my life through Crossroads Ministries can be found in 1 Timothy 1:15-17.