1st Quarter 2023 – TPH Newsletter

Published On: April 12, 2023|Categories: Newsletter|

From Executive Director, Darryll Davis

I love this passage because of my own imprisonment. I understand how imprisonment can and does serve to further or advance the gospel for those Christ has used behind the walls. Many who have not seen such have asked: how can Paul’s imprisonment have served to advance the kingdom? Wouldn’t it have been better for Paul to be free?

The Greek word for “advance” is a military term, prokope—taking ground against an opposing force. Paul declares that against all odds (even behind bars), it has become wildly clear to the whole palace guard why Paul is locked up. I imagine that those in the church of Philippi who were reading his letter were, like most, struggling to believe that Paul’s imprisonment could have actually advanced the gospel.

Why wasn’t it hindering instead? What’s fascinating is that the Greek word for “hinder” is proskope, which describes an obstacle or stumbling block that prevents one from moving forward. Paul is making a play on words here that I believe is crucial for everyone to wrestle with. Are your circumstances dictating how you act, think, and feel about Christ? Are your circumstances dictating whether the gospel is advanced or hindered?

Today when circumstances become difficult, may the Holy Spirit whisper to us how He so often uses adversity for opportunity. It’s always a matter of the lens we see through and how we view it. This was surely how Paul lived his life. In the face of adversity, he saw an opportunity for redemptive potential. In the face of adversity, he saw an opportunity to grow his character and trust in what God could do. When adversity comes and we shrink back, we don’t just hinder the gospel, we also hinder our own personal growth.

What made Paul’s life so inspiring was the strong conviction he had—his theology was battle tested, rock solid, and a true embodiment of the crucified life. This is where our struggles will provide us a stage, our pain a platform, our mess a message, our test a testimony, our peril a podium, and our misery a microphone to point people to God. These are the stories that most inspire and attract, the ones that advance and are not hindered, the ones that change adversity into opportunity.

Prokope or Proskope? Advance or hinder? Whatever adversity we face, we get to decide what it will be—for our character, our spiritual formation, and what kind of life we will bear witness to! Coram Deo

Success After Release

Ronika was released from KCIW one cold January morning in 2022. One of our staff members picked her up and took her to Walmart to pick up clothing, shoes, and groceries. “I remember her crying on the phone when she was talking to her sister, telling her she didn’t know why strangers were helping her, ” Lindsey said.

 

Ronika

Ronika really wanted to go back to Somerset, KY after her release. Her son was there, and he had been raised by her sister for most of his life since Ronika had been in and out of jail and prison for drug charges. “Because I had the support, I was able to stay here and keep going, rather than run back to where I came from. I would have probably gone back to trafficking drugs and been caught again. I don’t have a lot of

support down there, and it is hard for families to get jobs. It would have been impossible for me with my record.”

TPH stepped in with basic needs to provide solid ground and found her safe housing and a reliable job in Louisville. When Ronika considered going back home, our team was there to urge her forward and to keep going. And keep going she did. Ronika has worked her way up in accomplishments and has astounded us all. “I’m officially full-time for Seven Counties of Louisville Recovery Community Connectors. I have my Peer Support Specialist certification as well as I passed my KFCLA exam. I’m attending the UofL Trager Institute and I also work a 3rd shift job for extra income.” On top of all these accomplishments, Ronika is also renting her first home. We are so proud of her dedication to growth and change.

Perhaps more important than any of these accomplishments, her sister and son are proud of her and fully support her in her recovery and growth. Fittingly, she wants to give back by working with troubled youth and teens. It’s important that clients who go through our program emerge as givers back into the community.

“Our communities need TPH because it is a good support network that a lot of people don’t know about and it gave me hope when I probably wouldn’t have had any. Most importantly, you’re accepted with love and not judged.”

Check out her extended story on the “Commonwealth Journal” – Former Addict Makes .

News & Events

We are gearing up for our annual Derby fundraiser May 4th-6th and our golf scramble on May 15th! Visit our website theprisonershope.life and fairwaysofhope.com for more information or to sign up.

We partnered with Dream.org and Smart Justice Advocates to bring directly impacted people to Frankfort to educate their representatives on changes that need to be made for our released citizens to see success. We helped host Day of Empathy where we brought people with lived experience and advocates from across the state together to share in one collective voice. We participated in PAR’s Recovery Advocacy Day where people recovering from substance abuse disorder gathered at the Capitol to have their stories heard. We are helping close the gap. People with lived experience are closest to the problems and need to be heard by the legislators who have the power to make changes and find solutions!

We would love to hear your mentee, mentor, volunteer, or donor story! To share a few sentences or a few paragraphs, please email lindsey@theprisonershope.life.

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