Susan trusted herself over God, and it led her to a life of crime and incarceration. In this letter, she writes to her younger self what she has learned over the years.
"I've known God throughout my life but never on an intimate level."
Kelly from Shakopee shares how she deals with loneliness while serving her prison sentence.
"Over time our love for each other became weaker, and our love for drugs became stronger."
"I may not understand the purpose for this right now, but I can trust Him with my health and life."
I am not proud about coming to prison and the time I've spent away from my only son, but God needed to save me from the life I was living or I wouldn't have been a mother much longer.
My name is Angelina, and I have complete freedom, even though I am in prison at Shakopee.
It wasn't until I was 15 years into my 30-year-plus life sentence before I gave my life to Christ.
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Meet Casey Irwin. She served time in three separate facilities for "a couple of drug possessions and a DUI or two." A self-proclaimed hermit, she didn't want help from others in staying clean. But when she ended up in Shakopee for 14 months, Casey knew something had to change.
I have been incarcerated for four years. I have learned that God doesn't see me as a [number], but He sees me as Emily. I am a child of the one true King, highly favored and dearly loved!
In June, six women graduated from Prison Fellowship’s InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), an intensive faith-based program, at Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. One of the graduates shared how participating in the program has changed her entire perspective:
“Before coming to IFI, I was a self-centered, egocentric, selfish woman.
On a recent trip to Minnesota, I visited with the ladies who are part of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) unit in Shakopee, the only women’s prison in the state. I asked them, “If you could tell the people who support this program anything, what would you say?”