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Our friends at the YMCA (East Akron) came out to enjoy the day on our farm. After meeting with staff and board members at their YMCA location, they decided to come out to our facility and take a closer look at what True North is doing to make Ohio a better place. In the months to come we will be forming partnership of some kind, in hopes of making our community a better plac
Our friends from Dayton had the opportunity to visit the True North farm and speak to the young men from Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility. These fine folks have the heart to partner with True North in terms of implementing similar programming to youth in the Dayton area. It is such a joy for us as a ministry to find like minded people who share our passion for liberation. We know that fruit will come from this meeting and we look forward to more interaction with them!
Do you love to cook? Do you love having your hard work appreciated? True North Ministry is looking for individuals, Sunday school classes, and Bible study groups to Adopt-A-Lunch once or twice a month for the young men we minister to on the farm.
Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, youth from two different prisons are bused to our farm in Green to experience God in nature. They work hard around the property and have a BIG appetite. The youth then get to experience a family-style, sit-down meal. In this day and age, families rarely stop to enjoy each other’s company over a hot-cooked meal. This may seem like a simple gesture, but for many of these youth, this is their first exposure to how a godly family operates.
We have a calendar in place with meal suggestions. You would be in charge of providing lunch for 8-15 people, clean up, and showing the love of Christ to our young men.
Call us right now at 330-896-2700; we would love to talk more with you about this special opportunity! Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve the Lord by providing some meals.
Yesterday True North Ministry had the privilege of bringing staff, mentors, and mentees to a recognition banquet on the 31st floor of the Vern Riffe building in downtown Columbus. Youth Da’shawn and Shaqueill, who have been in the program for up to a year, were awarded a certificate and enjoyed a day of great speakers. They also had the opportunity to connect with youth in the program from other cities in Ohio.
The fact that these young men woke up at 6:30 am and rode two hours to the banquet speaks volumes of their desire to change their lives as well as their love for the mentoring program. Since their release from prison Da’shawn is finishing his high school diploma and Shaqueill has started working a job.
True North is impacting the lives of youth. Thank you to all the mentors who have made it possible for imprisoned youth to be successful in Jesus Christ!
Perhaps Charles Dickens read this particular Proverb when writing dialogue for “A Christmas Carol,” one of his most famous works. For at Christmastime, the wants and needs of people are most keenly felt. Whether to a prisoner of the world’s idols or an incarcerated youth, the words of the Lord are a message of hope and delight. And faithful are those who bring the message to a wanting world.
God gave us the means to host Christmas parties at four youth facilities (Cuyahoga Hills, Indian River, Dan Street and Scioto) this Christmas season. As we finished our Harvest year, our prayer was that each visit brought a harvest of souls into the Kingdom, all for God’s glory. Donors and volunteers provided Christmas cookies and other goodies for the parties, “Wise Guy Bags” which included socks, toothpaste, candy bars, gloves, writing tablets, Christian literature and other useful items, and personally signed cards and letters. Games were played and songs were sung, and the love of Christ was shared with each participant. Thank you for participating with us by both giving of your time and/or resources
While we had a large number of youths who joyfully raised their hands to receive Jesus as Savior, in Heaven “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10b). We rejoice with them and share with you some of the [unedited] responses we have received from the youth. Please keep them covered in prayer.
Happy New Year!
“Just wanted to thank Mark, Nate, Bryson, Paul and Bron for taking time out of their day to come kick it wit us. It helped me to see that people do get 2nd chances.” Derrick
“Everyone from C-unit want’s to thank you for everything you’ve done.” Danny
With a hand-drawn picture of a very happy snowman, Devante says, “Merry Christmas, this is the dancing tree J. In Indian River, we do thank all of you again for bringing the Christmas Spirit 2 us. So again, I would like to thank you, Dave, Terri and Brandon. We truly do appreciate y’all comin to see us! I want to be a son of God. Do you think you could help me get write with the Lord and get to know yall?” (TNM, Praise God!)
“Thank you all so much for taking the time & effort to reach out to those of us away from our families, especially so far away from where you’re headquartered. Thankfully, this is not only my last Christmas away from home, but after today I’ve only got one more holiday left.” Tyler
“I send my thanks to all the individuals that took money out of their pockets to make this kind and thoughtful gift possible. May God bless those individuals and protect them and their families.” Matthew
“Hi. Thanks for the items you’ve to us. Although I am of a different religion I still respect your courtousy. I am a ****. i will never forget what I believe in, nor should you. Amen brothers, amen.” Taylor
“Thank you so much for everything. I feel so blessed to have people that I don’t know that would donate a bunch of stuff and write a Christmas letter. I appreciate it so much my God be with you and Merry Christmas.” Dakota
“I want thank all of you for Christmas gifts that we got at Indian River. I hope see all again. It fun when all are here. Thank you God for have people deliver your message to us. Thank to all churches and true north. Thank you all and the Lord”. Maurice (TNM-Maurice invited Christ into his life the day of the party)
“Hey how y’all doin me good now that I’m into the bible. I’m reading it every day and I’m starting to understand it a little…thank y’all for taking your time to give me all of this things. Because y’all didn’t have to do none of this stuff for some inmates and some kids. …well thank you for all the stuff and prayers let God bless you all.” B (believe) I. (in) G. (God).
“thank everyone that help with this and this really made me happy and am praying for your everyday and night. Thank you very much.” N.E.
As many of you know True North has recently started a mentoring group on the outside of the prisons. This is to accommodate the large number of youth who want a mentor but are not matched up before they leave due to the lack of mentors. The group provides them with a fun way to stay plugged in to True North Ministry.
This past Monday we took the boys to a recording studio in Cuyahoga Falls and let me tell you they had a ball! Mark and I facilitated a song called “The Overcomers”. The young men were challenged to write a positive rap verse about how they had overcome challenges in their life. John (who’s picture is below, on the right) told me that he was not planning to rap. When he saw how much fun the others were having, he worked up the courage and delivered a few lines, they were actually really good!
Chad, mentor of Rasheed (bottom picture), told me that on the ride home Dennis was calling his friends saying things like “hey man I was just in the studio!!”.
It’s my hope that the church will rise up and mentor these youth, but until then we appreciate the mentors who are faithful to come to our groups and hang out with the youth who do not yet have a mentor.
John and Jared writing lyrics
Rasheed in the Studio
Special thanks to all the volunteers who came out and enjoyed the Dusty Donkey Festival on October 6th. It was truly a great time for everyone who attended. The day included face painting, games, food, camp fire, hayrides, and our homemade apple butter and apple sauce. Friends and family of True North were able to enjoy the property as well as learn more about the mission field we work with.
Some Youth who were in True North Ministry programming during their time in prison, came out to enjoy the event in freedom, now that they are released from prison. It was special to spend the day with them and see the progress God is making in their lives. If you missed it, there’s always next year!!