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How to Change a Life: Prison Fellowship Program Helps an Ex-Convict Turn His Life Around

November 30, 2011 2 comments

After being charged with first-degree murder and serving over twenty-two years in prison, Steven Gunning is now a new man. Gunning spent his sentence at the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility where he experienced a transformation in his life. In the time Gunning spent incarcerated he became a born-again christian and got involved with the Prison Fellowship program.

Gunning’s Path

Steven Gunning was sent to prison on April 17, 1989 for first-degree homicide. He was 32-years-old and faced many years in prison alone. He went in as an angry, difficult  and troublesome man. But through his hard times he found a light that helped him overcome this rough path. He gives the Lord all the credit for giving him the strength and courage to become a better man. And the Lord  lead him to the Prison Fellowship outreach program were he was given support and guidance. Gunning was released from prison on October 6, 2011. He hadn’t seen his family in well over 20 years. Gunning said that being with his family over Thanksgiving was the most emotional and joyful moment of his life.

 

 

The Impact and Affect of the Program

The program is formed to connect with inmates and help them overcome the mistakes that they’ve made in the past. Mentors work with different inmates in order to correct their bad behavior and give them the encouragement and support the inmates need to succeed in life and have a positive outlook. Gunning gives thanks to the program for providing him with a spiritual foundation.

What does Prison Fellowship Provide?

Prison Fellowship ministries is a christian-based outreach organization that focuses on criminal justice reform. The program provides the following:

  • Prison visitation
  • In-prison bible studies
  • Seminars
  • Mentoring
  • Educational training
  • Work and life-skills training
  • Counseling

With all that this program has to offer, inmates have the oppurtunity to do something positive with their lives and become more satisfied with themselves by learning what it means to be a better person and making a real connection with the mentors.

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aFirst-Time Tweeter: What I’ve Learned

September 15, 2011 1 comment

The world of Twitter has always been something that I’ve found to be repulsive, somewhat annoying and a waste of time. For someone like me who is more about the act of actually doing something, like hanging out with friends or going to an event, rather than informing people what I’m up to and being concerned with what others are doing, I just don’t feel the need to have Twitter as apart of my life. I’m not here to bash Twitter or the people who use it, because there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not for me. If I want to connect with friends and family, I’ll simply text or call them, chat on Facebook, write on there Facebook wall or occasionally update my status. These ways of communicating with the people I care about is sufficient enough for me.

With that being said I’ve recently created a Twitter account. Why you may ask? I’m currently taking an Online Media Writing class and my professor wants us to be familiar with how to “Tweet” and interact in the world of Twitter. I never had any intention in joining Twitter before, but now I’m giving it a shot, mainly because I have to. I hope to find what makes Twitter so amusing as so many others have found this too. A good amount of my friends are apart of the community known as Twitter, so it would be nice to see what it’s all about.

I haven’t learned much yet, but Tweeting seems to be a lot more complicated than the other popular social network, Facebook. It seems like there’s much to learn, such as re-tweeting, putting the @ symbol before the person you wish to tweet, putting the # symbol at the end of a tweet if you want to tweet to a keyword as well as the many other functions I’m sure I’m not yet familiar with. So my plan is to do some research so I can become a better Tweeter and also ask for some advice from my fellow Tweeter’s in order to polish up on my Tweeting skills and get this thing down. If you want to follow me or have any comments/suggestions about Twitter please feel free to contact me at my Twitter account, david_lundquist, thanks!

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