Gary Koly featured at the Behind the Walls Crusade

With a dedicated staff and volunteers numbering in the thousands, Bill Glass’ ministry is known for its high-energy Day of Champions and Weekend of Champions events conducted inside prisons across America.

Recently, Chaplain Gary Koly of True Freedom Ministries accepted an invitation to be the featured platform speaker for the Bill Glass, Behind the Walls Crusade at Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio. More than 2,500 male residents gathered to hear Gary’s message and to see Ride for Life Motorcycle Association. More than seventy Volunteer Teammates visited with residents and recorded 288 decisions for Christ.

For these men, this was the beginning of a long and sometimes difficult journey of faith. Please pray that God will strengthen them, increase their faith, and provide the discipleship and encouragement that they will need as they live their new lives in Christ.

For more than 35 years the Lord has used Gary Koly to serve those incarcerated. True Freedom is blessed to have Gary leading our Men’s prison ministry. He spends countless hours laboring among the least of these, feeding men’s souls the Gospel of Christ. Gary’s joy and huge smile are contagious. He loves the men he serves and is specially gifted in the art of encouragement. May God continue to glorify Himself through the ministry of Gary Koly.



New Board Member at True Freedom Ministries

We are excited to introduce Jessica McCamon as our newest Board member at True Freedom Ministries. Jessica is first and foremost a child of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is the wife of Curt McCamon, CEO of Superior Beverage Group in Cleveland and Columbus. They have three children, John, Caylah, and Joey. Jessica has recently accepted the role of Director of Community Affairs at the Superior Beverage Group. She also serves on the UH Rainbow Babies Community Outreach Committee and is looking forward to volunteering with the City Mission. Jessica is an active member at Fellowship Bible Church where she and Curt serve the middle and high school youth. She also sits on the church’s Go Team missionary council.

We praise the Lord for sending Jessica to True Freedom Ministries. She will be an asset to us, as she truly has a heart to serve the broken.

Playground Opens at Grafton Reintegration Center

Try to imagine how difficult it must be for a child to visit an incarcerated loved one. A prison visiting room is sterile, intimidating, and cold, and it eliminates the possibility of normal human interaction. To rectify this deplorable situation, True Freedom Ministries installed a playground at Grafton Reintegration Center. This is a pilot program we hope to roll out across the state in the months ahead. This remarkable achievement was made possible by the generous contributions of our True Freedom partners.

To celebrate this exciting addition, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication service for the True Freedom Playground. Inmates who previously graduated from True Freedom programming and their families were invited to the ceremony and a cook-out reception., Me Swiger, and Gary Koly, both of True Freedom Mia Grafton Reintegration Center on Thursday.

True Freedom’s Executive Director, Mike Swiger, was quoted by the Elyria Chronicle Telegram as saying: “The way people interact with their families has a big effect on how they see themselves, and the vision for the playground was to allow dads in prison to be dads, to go out — and maybe sometimes have the first opportunity — to push their daughter on a swing or sit down at a picnic table and have lunch with their son. We’re allowing families to have a more natural environment to engage with.”

One of those dads is Zachary, who has been at the center for 18 months and will be there until September. He and his 2-year-old daughter have watched the playground go up, as she has visited him every weekend since his incarceration. He said it’s hard to keep a 2-year-old still, so now the playground will help her run out some of her energy.

“It’s absolutely amazing, this being a reintegration camp we’re afforded more opportunities than most to help reconnect with our family,” he said. “And an opportunity like this playground gave me something to hold onto while I am incarcerated and build new relationships with my daughter that I wouldn’t have anywhere else but here in Grafton.”

 

Dearest True Freedom Partners, please recognize the amazing picture of God’s grace, the abundant overflow of His love, that is represented by your gift of this playground. Through your donations, you are the beautiful hands and feet of Jesus, stepping into an otherwise cold, dark world with the message of hope for a new beginning. May the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ melt the heart of every inmate and family that is touched by this playground, by the power of His Holy Spirit. Please rejoice greatly for the integral role God has enabled you to play in this love story. Praise His Holy Name!