“Now the real work of Christmas begins...”
The Timothy's Gift vans are back in their garage -- but the afterglow continues from our Emmanuel, God With Us tour, where we covered 900 miles visiting 10 prisons and over 2,000 inmates! With depression, despair, and suicides hitting all-time highs in 2020, the inmates and staff have been echoing what we've known all along: That this was our most important tour to date.
We sang, we shared, and we met the weary and the shamed right where they were... and for many, the first glimmer of hope appeared. Please watch this page for an upcoming link where we'll publish excerpts of letters from inmates and their families so you can get to know the lives whom you've touched so deeply this holiday. We also have a new gallery page in-progress, with a heap of photos from our journey... the hugs, the tears, the laughs... they'll all be there! Details coming to Facebook soon!
In 2022 we'll continue to bring messages of Hope and Worth to inmates and families through ancillary projects such as --
Cooper & Boone
When your life is spent looking at the world through steel bars at an animal shelter, it’s easy to think you’re not worth very much -- especially when every other dog seems to be going home to loving families. But when Cooper finds himself in the care of a giant, freckle-faced inmate named Boone, he comes to realize it’s not the so-called good dogs who find family... it’s the ones brave enough to love.
Chainbreaker: A Prison Podcast
Talk to any professional, and they'll tell you the vast majority of inmates experienced trauma in their early lives. From the stress of being raised in a violent home, to sexual grooming and rape, the needs of their hearts are wide and deep. Even so, most of these men and women will slip through the prison system without getting personal and attentive care -- meaning they will struggle to recover a sense of worth for themselves and others, and the generational chains of emotional and spiritual poverty will remain unbroken upon their release.
The first inklings of Timothy’s Gift began in 1998, when Nashville businessman, Ron Miller, found himself unable to pull away from an NBC Dateline broadcast. On screen was Timothy Kane, a 14 year-old boy who had just been tried as an adult and given a life sentence, despite the courts agreeing he'd never touched a victim.
The boy’s spirit of humility and hope in the face of his circumstances, took ahold of Ron, and their lives became forever intertwined.
“The thrill of hope. A weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
Cantique de Noël