In the dusty, parched outback of southern Kenya an oasis of new life has sprung up. It’s called Philemon House, and it's a place of both refuge and rebirth for Kenya’s youth who were once incarcerated (aftercare), or beforehand if their probation officers believe they can be rehabilitated—and to avoid making they into hardened criminals as a result of prison time (this is mainly done for the girls).
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Prison & Rehab Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
Graduating from high school, or even receiving certification for a vocational training course, is a significant achievement for most young people. But for Abedi—whose future had once seemed so dark, so unpromising—many had said such an accomplishment was impossible. That's because Abedi had been rescued from a life of abandonment, drug use, mental/emotional problems and, finally, incarceration in the prison system of Kenya.
You may recall that Carole and I went to Israel last September. I love what my partner, Dov Bikas, is doing among the addicts and homeless, and the Prison & Rehab Ministry is supporting his work there as God provides. I thought you’d appreciate another testimony from the land of our spiritual forefathers.
I wonder what Abraham, David or Elijah would think about the Promised Land today. The truth is, modern Israel is not the romanticized place we learned about in Sunday School. On the contrary, I've learned it's a messy melting pot of people who often carry a lot of pain—many of whom have found various self-destructive, addictive ways to numb it.