From Executive Director, Darryll Davis
Men and women behind bars, victims of crime, families torn apart by incarceration—all are loved by God and worthy of help. Our ability to help is in direct proportion to the empathy and compassion we extend.
“Remembering those that are in prison (as if) it were you,” is a good starting point. This is where true servitude begins for any ministry outreach. But someone may say, “How can I care on that level if I‟ve never been there?” But, oh saint, were you always saved? Were you always considered saintly? Of course not. We were all in prison, a prison of depravity and a prison of our own making. Are we so far removed from those days that we forget what bondage feels like? Of course not. So when we think of those in prison as if it were our own lives, let us serve the way we‟d hope to be served...Coram Deo
What a night of praise and worship! Louisville-based Hush Harbor provided us with an unforgettable evening of
uplifting worship music. Fern Creek Christian Church hosted the event, generously providing their sanctuary, and volunteers from TPH came through to make everyone‟s experience a blessing. Lots of great conversation and new connections were made. Thank you to our donors and ticket purchasers! You raised over $13,000! God is Good!
This giving day has become an annual affair for us, with 2022 being our 7th time participating with over 400 non-profits in our community. Through your generosity we raised $40,000 (a 20% increase over 2021) with the help of 20 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Champions. These volunteers worked hard to engage their friends and family members in their passion for the re-entry work we do. Several sponsors pooled their resources to provide us with $5,000 in matching funds to encourage others to make a gift. The generosity of our community was shown in the fact that 138 unique donations were made this year, 21 were first time donors. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville for hosting an event that raises funds for these good works and also allows us to share our mission with a wider audience!
These words were the theme we shared during both events. This is what we offer to men and women wanting a second chance for themselves and their families; a chance to write the next chapter in their story, and leave behind the old life. This will remain the theme for our final community event on December 7th, our Fourth Annual Breakfast for Hope. Please mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information coming soon.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”Hebrews 13:16
After 18 years of incarceration my wife, Tammy, divorced me. That‟s the toughest loss I‟ve had to deal with so far, and I‟m still not over her. As I think of losses, I remember when my dad died and I couldn‟t attend his funeral. I think of my mother at 88 years old whom I haven‟t seen for the last 4 years due to finances and health. In prison, I have very little control and few rights. I have become desensitized to hurts because they will keep me in misery.
It normally begins with a phone call, then an officer comes to you and says, “The chaplain needs to see you,” or “You need to report to the chapel office.” This usually means there has been a death in the family.
God loves me so much; He prepared me. My mother was 92 years old. She was at my sister‟s house and caught covid. While in the hospital, she seemed to be doing well. All the nurses loved her and did everything they could. My mother began to deteriorate and they called for my sister and her husband to come to the hospital at 11pm. When my sister arrived, my mother was sleeping. My sister said that mom was talking in her sleep, laughing, giggling and carrying on. When mom woke up and saw my sister standing by the bed, she said, “I was just talking with my mother and she had passed in 1979, right?” My sister looked at her and nodded her head, “Yes”. Looking at each other, they just smiled. Mom went back to sleep for a little while and then woke up and said, “It‟s wonderful, so wonderful!” Then she drifted off to sleep and went to be with Jesus.
Mom didn‟t suffer. Instead she talked, laughed and giggled. Mom wasn‟t scared as she said, “It‟s wonderful, so wonderful!” Mom was a Christian and she loved Jesus. I have great peace and comfort in my heart knowing where she is.
But what about all the other „dead notices‟ the chaplain has to deal with? A lot of them are not Christian; they have no hope and don‟t experience the peace and joy of knowing their loved one is with Jesus. I‟ve noticed that people who receive „dead notices‟ often isolate themselves away from normal everyday life. All of us grieve in our own way. I choose to share how my mother died because I want you to know Heaven is “...wonderful, so wonderful”; my mom told us so. Even if I didn‟t have good Christian brothers to help me while I grieve, I am never alone, and I can comfort myself with my mother‟s words, “It‟s wonderful, so wonderful!”
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father‟s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”John 14:1-4
My heart is not troubled. I know where mom is and I plan to go there, too.