Hear from women whose lives have been changed by B.I.R.D. Ministries programs and the House of Ruth.
When I first started to attend the "Who am I?" class in the prison, I was battling within myself. It was a struggle for me to let others teach me. I wanted to believe I knew it all and that these people didn't have anything for me. After a few classes, I knew I was to finish and stick with it. I knew that God had a plan for me, and it wouldn't happen until I learned about myself and found out who I was.
In the reentry class, I didn't know where to begin, but Linda took the time to show me things and help me discover my dreams and what I wanted for my life when I got out. She was faithful to tell me about how much God loved me and how special I was to Him always telling me about God. She always reminded us to Jeremiah 20:11 that "God has a plan for us and it is not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future."
I see Linda and the other women in the ministry as an example that I can learn from many times just by watching them! They are always there; their willingness to help and show the way is a blessing. They are a positive light in my life, giving so much love, they are genuine. They are true to their word, they say they are going to do it...they do it! They show the women the way of the Lord. They have been there for me every step of the way.
Before I knew Linda and the other women, I was a 39 year old woman going nowhere because I had allowed other things to control me. I found that I could talk to them and have a real friendship with them. I am comfortable with them and know that they genuinely care about me. Because of them, I am now willing and able to share with others where I have been and where I am going now. Because of God and knowing these women, I have been out of prison now for three years and have my own place and a wonderful relationship with my Lord and my family.
I know that everything that is good in my life is because of God and that through B.I.R.D. Ministries I have learned this and have found real friendships and good honest relationships with other women. I am trusting God, growing and with prayer, I know all things are possible.
In the "Who Am I?" class, I learned a lot about myself and God and who He is. I accepted Christ as my Savior and I now have a peace that I can't easily explain. I often look back at the wonderful times I spent in my cell praying and spending time with God. They were some of the best times in my life. I can say my time in jail was the best, because I came to know God and myself.
When I started the reentry class, I had no plans for my life. I believed that my daughter's father would have everything worked out for us when I got out. I asked God to help me know for sure what I was to do. Then my boyfriend was back in jail. At first, I was very angry and hurt, but then I realized that God answered my prayers. He was showing me that I had to trust Him that neither I nor my boyfriend was ready and that I needed to trust Him with my plans for the future.
I was a very negative person and the class has helped me to look inside of myself and understand that I am special to God and He is with me all the time. I am learning to be more positive about myself and life. I now have goals and know that God is in charge and that He loves me and wants what is best for me. I even learned that God has a sense of humor. I asked him to let me control some of the plans for my future and I heard him tell me...You have been controlling your life up to now and look where it got you! I got it and I remember that whenever I think I know better than God what I should do.
The women from B.I.R.D. Ministries are wonderful women of God who love and understand. They are very devoted to what they are doing and they help make life in prison better and are an example as to how we should live.
B.I.R.D. Ministries is different than other programs I have been involved in because they care about me and want what is best for me. They have helped me so much in getting to know God and understand and love myself as one of God's children. Through B.I.R.D. Ministries, I have come to recognize the truth of God and who I am in Christ.
I have learned a lot about my feelings and how important it is to listen and respond when God speaks to my heart. I learned that there is a lot I need to do when I get out if I don't want to come back to jail. I know that God is the one who can help me with my life.
I found the women from B.I.R.D. Ministries to be a great group of women and I look forward to spending more time when I am released. I am so glad that I got to know them and participate in their classes in the prison.
The classes were a great experience, getting to know everyone and becoming comfortable with the group. I learned that I am a valuable and unique person that is important to God. I am beginning to put God first in my life.
I would recommend this class to anyone who is serious about getting to know "Who They Are". I found all of the people very helpful and I can only say they are the best!
Meeting Linda Bird and the other women from B.I.R.D. Ministries has been a real blessing. I have learned so much about myself and my addiction. I am getting closer to God each day and am amazed at how much God loves me and forgives me.
I know that my being in LCP was God's intervention in my life and if I hadn't been there, I would never have met Linda and the other women who have given me so much love, prayer and time. I will always be thankful for what I have learned while at LCP and from the wonderful women in the ministry.
I will be getting out soon and I am so looking forward to continuing my relationship with everyone from the ministry, I can hardly wait. They are so helpful and are such an example of how God can work in our lives.
Words cannot describe my deepest gratitude for being a part of my life. All I can say is thank you. Sometimes,I want to ask you, "where are your wings"? You have truly been an angel in disguise.