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Homosexual rights activists gain influence in public schools (10/17/04)

Church’s prayer births children’s ministry (10/17/04)

Partner program revitalizes dying church (10/10/04)

Church music festival attracts variety of visitors (10/10/04)

Churches urge compassion for alienated smokers (9/19/04)

Youth ride wooden waves in church parking lots (9/12/04)

A/G, COGIC join forces through inner-city campus (9/12/04)

Christians respond to victimized women and children (8/29/04)

Growing slavic church shares new facility (8/29/04)

Couple embarks on capitol prayer tour (8/29/04)

ADHD requires multifaceted treatment approach (8/22/04)

Small congregation grows — by planting churches (8/22/04)

‘Under God’ stays in Pledge of Allegiance, at least for now (8/8/04)

Church reaches out to those feeling loss (8/8/04)

Churches act pre-emptively to reduce risk of abuse (7/25/04)

Credit cards ensnare record number of Americans (7/25/04)

Church helps out with donated CD, recycled buses (7/25/04)

New wave of pastors minister to emerging adults (7/18/04)

‘Walking Witnesses’ raise thousands for missions (7/18/04)

Healing center offers alternative medicine (7/18/04)

Growing number of Hispanics impact economy (7/11/04)

'Busy' couple finds time for compassion ministry (7/11/04)

Hand-copied Bible leaves 40-year legacy (7/11/04)

Pastor ends hunger strike when strip club promises to sell (6/27/04)

‘Military survival kit’ requests inundate A/G (6/27/04)

Fourth of July outreach draws thousands (6/27/04)

Drivers warned to steer clear of distractions (6/27/04)

Pastors face more counseling demands (6/20/04)

Church uses touch of ‘flavor’ to reach community (6/20/04)

Outrageous self-expression often starts, stops at home (6/13/04)

Runner raises $5,200 for Convoy of Hope (6/13/04)

Euphemisms tempt Christians to conveniently shed sin, guilt (5/30/04)

Funds for Easter play buy groceries instead (5/30/04)

Identity theft threatens millions of Americans (5/23/04)

Spanish speakers face challenges, opportunities in United States culture (5/16/04)

Health experts implore Americans to get fit (5/9/04)

Leaders say Christian faith stems recidivism (4/25/04)

Riders feel at home in Orlando sanctuary (4/18/04)

Churches try to keep human touch with new media (4/11/04)

Christians see Passion as ministry opportunity (3/28/04)

Tutoring improves lives, opens doors for evangelism (3/21/04)

Cybertheft costly — especially for Christians (3/14/04)

A/G women seize new ministry opportunities (2/29/04)

Investment in early spiritual maturity reaps rewards (2/22/04)

Christian families respond to foster care opportunities (2/15/04)

Childless couples grapple with emotional roller coaster, faith challenges (2/8/04)

Few men seek help from abortion grief, guilt (1/18/04)

Women who answer God's call provide valuable local ministries (1/11/04)


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Mentoring translates into lower recidivism rate

By Isaac Olivarez (9/19/04)

With the help of the Assemblies of God, more than 125 institutional chaplains and missionaries and hundreds of volunteers are sharing Christ’s salvation message with inmates who are desperate to change their lives.

“It’s more important now than ever to have chaplains in place to minister to these inmates,” says Robert Durham, an endorsed A/G chaplain since 1983 at Cape Vincent (N.Y.) Correctional Facility. “The recidivism rate is reduced to 10 percent or lower for those men and women who have genuine experiences in the Lord and are mentored.”

In fiscal 2002-03, the number of state and federal prisoners increased by 57,600 inmates, or 2.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

A contributing factor to the prison population increase is the rise in recidivism. Each year, prisons in the United States release more than 600,000 people back into society. But a BJS report shows that more than two-thirds of inmates released a decade ago landed back in prison within three years. There are nearly 2.1 million people incarcerated in local, state and federal facilities.

Next month Durham and his wife, Florence, will launch From the Inside Out Ministries to raise scholarship support for inmates to take Bible college courses to prepare for the ministry. They also will develop courses through Global University to help inmates make successful transitions back into society and family life.

September 19 is Prison Ministry Day in the Assemblies of God.

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