Washington Witness: Prison impacts families

Sep 10, 2018 by

With more than 2 million men and women held in U.S. jails and prisons, the need for criminal justice reform has become evident. But legislators disagree on what these reforms should look like. Some believe...

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Former inmate leads a church inside a prison

Jul 23, 2018 by and

Pastor Ignacio Chamorro Ramírez’s flock isn’t typical. “My members are rapists, kidnappers, murderers and fraudsters — all washed by the blood of Jesus our Lord,” he said. Chamorro directs an...

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Prisoners set free in Haiti

Jun 4, 2018 by and

Rene Amizial was selling cooking charcoal on the roadside in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2015 when he was wrongfully accused of stealing 19 sacks of charcoal from a friend and competing business owner. The...

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Kraybill: Awaiting an earthquake in Indiana?

Jan 15, 2018 by

In the name of Jesus, Paul and Silas healed a slave girl at Philippi whose owners exploited her for money as a fortune-teller (Acts 16). When the owners “saw that their hope of making money was gone, they...

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Washington Witness: An end to private prisons?

Sep 26, 2016 by

On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in...

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Lockdown puts new twist on Bethel prison theater

Feb 15, 2016 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — When professor of communication arts John McCabe-Juhnke put his former “pilot project” into Bethel College’s interterm curriculum, he knew his students would learn things that...

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Abide in love

May 13, 2015 by

1 John 4, the passage we are focusing on today, is deceptively simple, in that while is sounds easy enough, it’s actually quite complicated when it comes to our lived experiences. Statements about love, like...

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Too many of the ‘least’ in prison

Mar 30, 2015 by

“When was it that we saw you . . . in prison and visited you?” the righteous ones asked Jesus. Jesus responded, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it...

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Bethel writing class helps unheard group find a voice

Jan 5, 2015 by and

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Whatever Ami Regier, Bethel College professor of literary studies, might have expected from venturing into prison, it wasn’t that the experience would make her a better teacher and...

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A report from prison in Burkina Faso

Dec 30, 2014 by

Today I am in prison in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. I walked into the Maco prison, the oldest and biggest prison in the city, with a Mennonite Central Committee partner who works with juvenile offenders, but now...

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Revolution of values

Jul 21, 2014 by

On May 19, the faith and civil rights community mourned the passing of Vincent Harding, a prophetic theologian and social activist known particularly in the Mennonite world as a co-leader of a Mennonite...

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Go to hell

Jul 16, 2014 by

For every season, there is a message. “Do not be afraid.” “Let my people go.” “Take up your cross.” “I have a dream.” In America today, I’ve come to believe, God’s Word for us is, “Go to...

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Called to visit prisoners — even a terrorist

Jun 23, 2014 by

“I was in prison and you visited me.” Christians have used that verse as a reason to serve prisoners across North America. But does that include someone convicted of terrorism? Arlette Zinck believes it...

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