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Review for Bridges To Life, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My attitude used to be, lock'em up and throw away the key...that was until I realized that when they get out, they come to live in your neighborhood and mine! In the fall of 2011, in God's perfect timing, I was invited by a victim volunteer to a Bridges to Life graduation. We listened to man after man tell how their involvement in BTL had made a powerful and positive impact in their life. The quote I wrote down that evening from a graduating offender was "I now realize that my family is my biggest victim because I am not there for them."
Because of that evening and my on-going 2 year involvement as a volunteer, I support Bridges to Life both financially and as a volunteer group facilitator in a unit. I am blessed to watch men begin the 16 week program very reserved, suspicious, hard, and closed. By program end these same men choke back tears because someone has loved them at just the right time in their life as they experience personally a part of the BTL mission statement "...transforming power of God's love and forgiveness."
Furthermore the BTL Book and Study guide have opened their hearts and minds to accept responsibility for their actions, confess and repent of past wrongs, ask for forgiveness and pursue reconciliation and restitution where possible. It is hard to believe a program could be this effective to turn the hearts of men towards God and their families but it happens time and time again. Men for the first time in their life have a vision of themselves out of prison, back in their families lives and making a positive difference in their community. I simply have not found a better use of my time and treasure than investing in the least of these.

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Role:  Volunteer