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Voices for Justice: Overcoming Stigma Through Understanding

Voices for Justice: Overcoming Stigma Through Understanding

SHOW NOTES From Surviving to Living Spotlight: Breaking Stigmas and Building Bridges with David Boehnke This episode of 'From Surviving to Living Spotlight' features a dialogue with IWOC coordinator David Boehnke, who discusses his journey from experiencing bullying...

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God is interested in you! My story is not fiction. I am a woman, a felon, a sex-offender; I did hard time. It was a living hell. I am so awed by Jesus I will risk reputation, everything, to tell you about my personal transformation for His glory. God changed me. He will do that for you, your family. I trust Him. I hope you do too!!

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“What were you thinking? Why did you do that?”

My family asked me often after my arrest. They were mystified. Me too! At that time I had no answers.

Prison doesn’t change lives. People’s lives can be changed while incarcerated.My life didn’t end when I went to prison, it began while I was there.

Are you struggling to survive today? Are you sick of just moving from one day to the next?

How does one go from surviving to really, truly living?

When I entered prison I was unaware I needed to change. Change is possible.
Let me tell you how it happens…


A brief note or two for first time visitors. First, welcome! I'm so glad to see you! Are you in need of rescue? Here is my rescue story. I share it because I know it can be your story too! It is my prayer that every post lead you one step closer in your walk with...

Born Bad: Transforming Darkness into Light

“I was kicked out of Anthony.” I turned in my chair to see who was speaking. Vikki, one of the ABE students, was talking with the teacher, Ms. Shaibley. It was a Monday afternoon in August 2016 and the school day was nearly over. I’d been reviewing a kite to me from...

“Passing” Summer: Surrendering To Obedience And Experiencing God

“Noel, do you have Tim’s newest phone number?” I asked my oldest son. I was concerned about Tim and felt certain additional support from family and friends would help. “I do,” Noel replied. “I have not called him lately though,” he added. I imagined Noel busy with his...

Meeting Mr. Bot: A Journey of Unexpected Connections and Spiritual Growth

At my desk, I finished another letter to my children. Suddenly, movement was called over the P.A. system. I looked over at my clock radio to check the time. It was noon, time to pick up my canteen in the Core building. I did a quick scan of my room, which was clean...

Projecting (Hope): The Journey Through Adversity and Faith

“Hi, It’s Holly! How are you?” I was reaching out to every family member, friend and organization I could remember, trying to find a place for Tim to live. It was May 2016 and 13-year-old Tim had been in foster care for a miserable 2 and half years.   So far,...


It was April 2016, and I'd spent the past three months trying to find a home in Minnesota for my son Tim. It was not going well. Tim, now age 13, seemed despondent. He'd spent the past 2 and a half years in a slew of foster and group homes in Washington, so many we'd...


A battle was on the horizon, one I hoped to avoid. In January 2016 I'd received news about my youngest son, Tim, who had been in foster care for 3 years. Social Services was seeking to terminate our parental rights to make Tim more desirable as a potential adoptee, or...


February 2016 and another birthday in prison. When I first arrived to prison it had been March. I'd had an entire year before my first birthday there and I had watched all year, interested as other women celebrated birthdays and tried to make them special. Holidays,...


I think of this as the beginning. I was asleep, maybe dead all my life, before 2016. I was 40 years old. "Mom, I'm not sure I believe in God anymore," my oldest son Noel explained on the phone. It was October 2015, and Noel had just turned 21. Trying to remain calm I...


"Come work with me!" Jae urged. "We need another tutor." I shuddered at the thought. "Not a chance," I threw back. Jae was a tutor in Adult Basic Education (A.B.E). It could be argued prison has neighborhoods - UI (the unemployed) its roughest and Education - UI's...


"Mommy? Do you still love us?" Vivi's little voice sang out across the phone lines. Summer 2014. Timmy, under supervision of Child Protective Services, was in foster care. My heart ached as each month new reports from Social Services arrived documenting their life....

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