Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Meets With True Freedom

True Freedom was one of only two organizations selected by the Ohio Department of Corrections to meet with Ohio Attorney General and candidate for governor, Mike DeWine, during a recent visit to Cleveland. ODRC featured True Freedom for its leadership, impact, and innovation re-entry programming. True Freedom’s Executive Director, Mike Swiger, gave presentations on our proposed Pre-Release Employment Training program as well as our virtual program that is currently being delivered on the prison system’s close-circuit television system and the inmate’s hand-held devises.

Our proposed Pre-Release Employment Training will take current inmates and allow them to leave the correctional institution during the last six months of their sentences to learn a trade or a manufacturing job. The current unemployment rate for ex-offenders is 75%! We believe pre–release education is imperative to a successful re-entry and job placement. This program will help with unemployment for those formerly incarcerated and should reduce recidivism. We praise God for the opportunity to meet with Mike DeWine. Please pray that God would continue to open doors for True Freedom so that many lives might be restored.

Baptism Service at Juvenile Justice Center

On August 24th, 9 young men were baptized at the Juvenile Justice Center in Cleveland. After making first-time professions of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they were instructed about the significance of baptism, and then they were immersed. We praise the Lord that He is using our chaplains, Mark Stradiot and Jimmie Smith, to change lives as these young men repent of their sins and surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

Please pray that these new believers will continue to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and that God would place a hedge of protection around them.

If the Son Sets You Free, You Will be Free Indeed

True Freedom Ministries continues to fight addiction with the cross of Christ. Our Reformers Unanimous meetings take place on Thursday evenings with approximately 70-80 people in attendance. After establishing relationships with our clients through RU, we direct them toward detoxification resources in Cleveland.

Next, through your generosity, True Freedom provides funding for these clients to go to Bethel Colony of Mercy, a faith-based residential treatment center in North Carolina.

Northwestern University recently published a study showing that a faith-based approach to addiction treatment has an 86% success rate. This is significantly higher than the success rate for secular programs. Christ alone changes lives. Since June, we have had five addicts complete the program at Bethel Colony of Mercy. One more is currently there. All five who completed the program are no longer using drugs. Four of these are walking with Christ.