I said, “I haven’t bathed in two or three days, the clothes I have on are dirty. I probably stink, you wouldn’t want to be around me.” And you said, “I just want to love on you.” That was Christ showing up to me. “Men of Valor has loved me when I couldn’t love myself and no matter where I was.” Dan had gone to church and attended Sunday school, but he still lacked a personal relationship with Christ. Through Men of Valor and the power of the gospel, Christ became personal to Dan in a way that He had never been before.
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Men Of Valor Program Director Curt Campbell, discuss what Curt had to learn from God before he could be used for the glory of the Lord. He shares why he does what he does now. Curt also puts a word on it!
In the Season 1 Finale, Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Men Of Valor House Monitor Ray Tullos, discuss Ray’s prison ministry accountability that rehabilitated him. He also talks about his brain aneurism. Ray also puts a word on it! Season 2 kicks off in July with the return of a very special guest!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Al Jackson, discuss Al’s time as a young man in New Orleans, voodoo, alcoholism, God’s reminder to him that changed him, and mentorship. Al also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Tyler Blevins, discuss Tyler’s athletic years, pain killers, opioid addiction, shoplifting, incarceration, and what changed. Tyler also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Chad Daniels, discuss Chad’s jacker years stealing from drug dealers, incarceration, God’s pursuit, Carl Carlson, and Men Of Valor. Chad also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Former NFL Player Chris Spencer, discuss Chris’ early years, NFL career, dyslexia, and how Christ strengthens him. Chris also puts a word on it!
We are still smiling with the joy of Valor Ridge’s ribbon cutting event, where so many were able to gather to celebrate the opening of Valor Ridge—a project for which Carl Carlson and others planted the seeds, others watered, and God caused the growth. We invite you to join us in this next phase of living in the land and pushing into the redemption and restoration to which God has called us! Whether or not you were able to attend the Valor Ridge ribbon cutting, don’t miss these highlights that were featured in local and national news outlets. To God be the glory!
Listen to a quick update from Curt Campbell, Programming Director at Men of Valor.
Víctor vivió con ocho familias adoptivas y nunca encontró el amor que buscaba. Un veterano de los Estados Unidos convertido en delincuente, sabía que esta no era la vida que quería y empezó a sentir Dios se acercaba a él. Salió de prisión después de 22 años tras las rejas y se fue a vivir a Valor Ridge, de Hombres de Valor. “Estar en Hombres de Valor es una de las mejores decisiones que he tomado en la vida. Esto es lo más importante: ellos cambiaron mi vida por completo. Mi objetivo final es poder ser un discípulo de Cristo, y lo he encontrado aquí en Hombres de Valor”, dice Víctor.
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Joyed to know that I can call on Jesus.” Darrell was hurt badly as a child. He found himself in prison as a result of that fear, shame, and guilt. Today he lives in an environment at Men of Valor that is filled with love, encouragement, and hope. “I have peace now because I know the Prince of Peace through a personal relationship, and that is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today I trust God wholeheartedly
Throughout his life Lance suffered from anxiety. He always felt the need to help others and be a hero, but battling for control of his life left him missing out on God’s beautiful moments. “God had his plan for me and I had to accept it on his terms and his time.” Lance realized he had been trying to fix others when he needed to fix himself and his relationship with God first.
Before coming to Men of Valor, Leo did not understand self-control. He was using drugs and every bit of his money went to supplying his addiction. This lifestyle eventually left Leo with nothing. “I have developed a relationship with God since joining Men of Valor.” Now, Leo has been employed for over a year and has money, earned honestly, to support himself.
Growing up Lewis did not know what true love was. He saw entanglement in his parents’ relationship and began to drift further away from love, and closer to lust and manipulation. While incarcerated, God worked to bring Lewis closer and led him to Men of Valor where we could show him love and hold him accountable for his actions. Lewis shares he is not the same person he was 20 years ago or even 36 months ago. “Love has changed me for the better,” says Lewis.
“It is only because of the goodness of the Lord that I am standing here today.” The day Malcom was released from prison he was able to drive to Portland, TN for his father’s funeral visitation. When Malcom was introduced to Men of Valor he was shown God’s goodness through love. “We all have that same goodness in us because we share the goodness of Christ.”
Matt grew up in a rough neighborhood were getting into physical fights daily was the norm. He felt no sense of gentleness. Since being with us at Men of Valor, Matt sees there is another way to live life. Now, the people he grew up with are more receptive to the Christ-like changes in his personality and are loving him for all the right reasons. “I am a gentle spirit of God,” says Matt.
Before he came to Men of Valor, Sherrod prayed for a place that would draw him closer to God. Sherrod met Tommy Mathis while in prison and learned more about Men of Valor. He was accepted into our programming and has been at Valor Ridge ever since. “The Faithfulness of God in his word and returning to God has been the greatest joy of my life,” says Sherrod.
There are currently over 30,000 inmates in Tennessee prisons. In 2018, 1 out of every 9 children in Tennessee had a parent incarcerated. Nearly 50 percent of inmates in Tennessee will return to prison in 3 years. Men of Valor saves Tennesseans over 1 million dollars for every 7 men who stay out of prison for 5 years. We are part of the solution. Thank you for your donation to Men of Valor!
Raul and Larry introduce you to the Men of Valor ‘God is MOVing’ fundraising campaign that is replacing our annual fundraising breakfast this year due to continued COVID-19 restrictions. We will be sharing weekly videos and testimonials so you can get to know our ministry, staff, and participants during #secondchancemonth. Join us in seeing men and their families find true freedom that only exists in a relationship with Jesus!
What are the costs of incarceration? The economic costs? The societal costs? How do you measure these costs? How does Men of Valor make a difference?
In early March we broke ground on Dogan-Gaither Flats as we expand our reach to serve men coming out of prison in Knoxville, TN. Thanks to 4th Purpose Foundation and many partners, Dogan-Gaither Flats and Men of Valor will provide support to former offenders in Knoxville as they reenter society!
In a path of extreme addiction leading to an overdose while in prison, Clinton Romines knew God had a different plan for him. While in prison isolation, he reached out to his brother who had been in Men of Valor’s faith-based program. Men of Valor staff members, Brian and Marcus, were Clinton’s first visitors in 10 years. Now released and living at Valor Ridge, Clinton continues to grow in his faith towards Christ.
Spearheading Men of Valor’s Spanish Ministry, Tommy shares his mission to provide a change of life for the Hispanic community. Visiting prisons across Tennessee, he realized there is no faith-based outreach solely for Spanish speakers. During the pandemic Men of Valor spent time translating all program materials into Spanish in order to take the gospel to these men in their own language.
Being raised in a single parent home, Joshua was left to roam freely while his mother worked long shifts. At the young age of 13, he began his journey in and out of Juvenile hall. When Joshua was 16, he joined a hate group while struggling with a meth addiction. He eventually went to prison at 19 years old. Seeing Joshua’s path of destruction, his fiance would not let him around his daughters. A Men of Valor participant (Elgin Horton), who was at the same prison, introduced Joshua to Men of Valor Ministry and God’s love. With the help of Men of Valor he realized that God’s grace and mercy was for everyone. Joshua shares that the quality of men and staff at Men of Valor was who he wanted to be surrounded by- Men of God!
Growing up with out a father, Elgin sought out men his age in his community for guidance. Surrounded by drugs and alcohol, Elgin endured multiple incarcerations. Joining Men of Valor brought authenticity to his life through faith. Elgin enjoys speaking about the Lord as he describes that’s what brings him joy!
Recently completing phase 3 which includes townhomes for Men of Valor participants on Valor Ridge, Development Director David Miller shares the program’s next steps of Carl Carlson’s vision of building a ministry center that will house all classrooms, worship spaces, and staff offices. Men of Valor shares their gratitude for everyone that has made Valor Ridge what it is today
Chad walks alongside Men of Valor participants as a counselor at Valor Ridge. In group counseling sessions, he helps men learn and apply biblical truth in their lives. Chad also shows them on a personal level, in one-on-one counseling, how they can slow down and deal with their inner troubles. God has not forgotten them on their journey towards redemption!
Working to improve criminal justice reform, Carrie spends her time advocating for those not only inside of prison but outside in local communities, as well. Carrie and her husband work with Tennessee Prison for Women inmates to help piece together what each individual needs for a successful reentry. Without support such as transportation, employment, and housing, most inmates released from prison won’t succeed with the $75 given to create a new life. Recognizing and addressing these needs will help reduce recidivism rates.
Gifted with a large physical appearance, Vernon was led into accepting a scholarship to play college football. He was exposed to and began selling drugs which eventually led to several police cars pulling him over. God had finally arrested him! Introduced to Men of Valor in prison, Vernon spent 5 months learning about the Lord while serving his sentence. Now at Valor Ridge, God is helping him get back the life he had lost.
The #1 indicator that a child will end up incarcerated is if their parent is currently incarcerated. The 30,000 Tennessee prison inmates and the 19,000 inmates in local jails, is a staggering predictor of the generational cycle of crime in Tennessee. For Men of Valor’s family ministry staff member Janna, her job is to help break that cycle. While Men of Valor knows they cannot replace a parental figure, they work to ensure that void is addressed by providing care packages and hosting family fun days. Connecting families through a fall fishing day and back to school drives, Men of Valor hopes to show the families of their participants that there is more to life than a future of incarceration.
Men of Valor graduate and House Manager, Darrell Anderson introduces the newest members of the Valor Ridge community. Gabriel and Michael (the Archangels) will help participants heal and provide them with responsibility during their time at Valor Ridge. Darrell has trained dogs while incarcerated and has seen firsthand the impact therapy dogs have on broken and hurting men. Welcome home Gabriel and Michael!
With the pandemic restricting visitors, it has been an especially challenging to reach men behind prison walls. An alternative method of contact, using prison broadcast systems, led to the creation of Valor Life, a faith-based program of inspirational testimonies and worship materials all hosted by Men of Valor’s Rudy Kalis. Currently in Tennessee prisons and Davidson county jails. Now Valor Life is hosted in all of CoreCivic facilities nationwide, potentially reaching over 70,000 inmates. Men of Valor truly has enjoyed thinking outside the box during the pandemic.
Don Bruce is the founder and CEO of American Home Design. American Home Design has partnered with Men of Valor for many years. Don is a mentor in our program and has seen first-hand the difference we make at Men of Valor. Men in prison have commonly been traumatized by adverse childhood experience and their attempt to cover up the pain with drugs, violence, alcohol is what lands them in prison. These men have little-to-no resources and often are back in jail later in life. Men of Valor breaks that cycle of recidivism. We give men an opportunity to change their lives through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We introduce you to Mike Baas, Vice President of VanMeter Insurance. VanMeter has been a corporate partner for a little over three years! Mike says he “left a changed man’ after his first day behind prison walls ministering to men with Curt Campbell. After that experience, he knew their organization needed to be involved. If you are interested and would like to learn more about how God is MOVing at Men of Valor we encourage you to visit our website at men-of-valor.org.
Rudy and Tevin share examples of how God is MOVing at Men of Valor- through their hearts and the hearts of our participants. If you have any interest in being a part of what Men of Valor is doing for men in prison and how God is MOVing, please reach out to us. If you are able to give financially, April is our month of giving. We’re raising money all month long in replacement of our annual fundraising breakfast. None of this work would be possible without your support and the support of our incredible volunteer team. DONATE: https://movnashville.salsalabs.org/2021godismoving **Take a few minutes to check out our God is MOVing playlist on YouTube. Have questions or want to volunteer? Email Tevin@movnashville.com
Don Ware of Clemons Concrete Coatings shares why he supports Men of Valor! Don’s company has sponsored our annual Prayer and Fundraising Breakfast for the last 3 years. Don was moved after attending our breakfast in 2018 and hearing the testimonies of men who had successfully transitioned back into society through Men of Valor. He also saw how impacted the mentors were through spending time with men in prison and discipling them to Jesus. Don is convicted that God is alive and moving in the lives of men at Men of Valor! Last year, Don was fortunate enough to hire a graduate of our programming to work at CCC. He has been a great success at the company and recently received a promotion for more responsibility. God is Good! Our Breakfast Is Cancelled. Join us in April for our month of giving! DONATE TO MEN OF VALOR: https://movnashville.salsalabs.org/2021godismoving/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=de70ddbf-764a-4caa-8263-0255c67ba0a3
We are continuing with our God is MOVing campaign during the month of April. This fundraising campaign is our major fundraising event of 2021 and takes place of our annual breakfast this year. Meet Steve Merryman of Merryman-Farr heating and cooling. Merryman-Farr has been a corporate sponsor for nearly 15 years and employed several Men of Valor program graduates! We can’t do what we do without YOU! With YOUR help God is MOVing! Every year at our annual breakfast we have the chance to tell our story. We encourage you to subscribe to our channel to follow along or donate here: https://movnashville.salsalabs.org/2021godismoving/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=87e16a56-9047-489c-b6c9-af468486ac09
Jeff Dobyns with Southwestern Investment Group shares that together we are making a difference in the lives of men leaving prison. Jeff has been coming to Valor Ridge weekly for the last 15 years as a fan and encourager to the men in our program. “Men of Valor is the one charity in Nashville I’m most proud of because they have their hands dirty, their sleeves rolled up and they are in the trenches with these men, ” says Jeff.
We love seeing you at the Annual Breakfast every year. It is a critical part of Men of Valor. Sadly we couldn’t have the breakfast this year – but we’re having a monthly long God is MOVing campaign to raise money for our ministry.
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Eddie Hutton of Interstate AC Service got involved with Men of Valor after he felt MOVed to go behind bars to mentor men. He has been involved with Men of Valor ever since! Eddie proudly employ’s several of our graduates at Interstate AC Service. He says if you get involved with Men of Valor you will know God better than ever! We’re wrapping up an incredible month of God is MOVing that replaced our annual breakfast for this year. The breakfast is crucial to the ongoing work of God at this ministry and we need your financial help! DONATE TODAY! God is MOVing because of your help and partnership! Glory be to God.
By the time James turned 18, he was a drug addict staring at a 25-year prison sentence for a homicide conviction. James’ parents describe their son’s addiction to a big mountain impossible to move. Jesus tells us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. When James took the step to grow closer to Jesus, his addiction to substance abuse slowly began to wane. The Turley family story is remarkable.
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with special guest Karen Carlson, discuss her marriage and ministry with late husband, Carl Carlson, founder of Men Of Valor. Karen also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Marvin Howe, discuss everything from Marvin’s bad boy days to his work with the gentlemen at Men Of Valor. Marvin explains his turning point and dependence on the Lord. Marvin also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with Justin Johnson (JJ), discusses incarceration, Men Of Valor, and the dream that changed Justin. JJ also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis, with kickboxing world champion Eric Melton, discuss Eric’s career, prison fighting, learning to fight back, Mpact Sports where every kid matters, and depending on God. Eric also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis with Marcus Martin, long-time staff member of Men of Valor, discuss his incarceration and transformation. Marcus also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis sits down with music artist, Ben Fuller, to discuss what led to years of cocaine addiction, his present work with Men Of Valor, and his powerful voice. Ben also puts a word on it!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis sits down with John Sapp, a Men of Valor mentor, to discuss his early prison ministry, the internal adjustment the Lord made in him, and why he mentors today. John also puts a word on it! Want to mentor? Go to: movnashville.com
In this short segment, you can hear in-depth details of the transformed life that 5 of our men are experiencing by the grace of God and the power of His perfect love!
Sportscaster Rudy Kalis sits down with Brian Belser, of Men of Valor, to discuss his younger years, selling drugs, a murder charge, time in almost every prison in the state of Tennessee, and his transformation in Christ. Brian also puts a word on it!
Would you like to change a man’s life? Sign up to volunteer with Men of Valor at www.movnashville.com.
In this episode, Rudy sits down with Stan Mills, a volunteer at Men of Valor, to discuss how his life has led to serving the men of the program the way he does. Stan also puts a word on it!
In this episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with John Hodge to talk about growing up with a single mom, life on the streets, during and after incarceration, faith, and fatherhood. John also puts a word on it!
In this special podcast episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with fellow sports broadcaster Hope Hines to talk about his work in training up young men to become authentic, Christian men. He and Rudy also discuss prison ministry and their work with professional athletes over the years. Hope also puts a word on it!
In this podcast episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with Vernon Bee to talk about working on a plantation, the drug life that once fascinated him, the loss of his grandmother and wife during his time in prison, his almost NFL career, Men Of Valor, and his new life. Vernon also puts a word on it!
In this podcast episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with Raul Lopez to talk about his early days in Cuba, coming to Miami, and going to LA, becoming a gang member. He also opens up about his important work at Men Of Valor. Raul also puts a word on it!
In this podcast episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with JR Davis to talk about the personal reason that got him involved with prison ministry, ultimately leading to his ongoing volunteer work at Men Of Valor. JR also puts a word on it!
Some of our men take a moment to express gratitude and put their own word on it.
In this new podcast episode, Rudy Kalis sits down with Men of Valor’s own, Anthony Charles, to talk about life before, during, and after incarceration. AC also puts a word on it!
In today’s Valor Life episode you’ll get to meet an incredible man that has helped us tremendously – Pastor John Yancey. This man and his church body have been real-life examples of the love of Jesus Christ. As we watch our men being transformed, it always takes a team effort and there’s always many beautiful God sightings along the way. A critical component to successful re-entry is finding an accepting church home – listen to what happened when this church opened their doors (and hearts) to the Men of Valor men. What a cool story!! We are so thankful for our friends at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Antioch, TN! What a huge blessing you all are to our staff and our men!!
In today’s Valor Life episode you’ll have the chance to meet long-time volunteer and mentor, Reggie Hickman. As you’ll hear, Reggie’s life experienced some deep trauma early on and since that time he’s had an amazing journey moving away from anger and retaliation and fully into giving back to his community! This kind-hearted man has been a model of faithfulness and joy while serving inside the prisons dating all the way back to 2007! Today, he is a passionate leader on our Valor Ridge campus and has been a true mentor to many Men of Valor men.
At Valor Ridge, we get to meet lots of men and hear quite a variety of stories. Often, we’re deeply impressed with the amazing talent and intelligence that our men display as you get to know them. Many times however life has been a very tough road, childhood was a battle and a guy had to begin fending for himself from a very early age. Those coping skills are hard to unlearn, but God is faithfully equipping our men and training all of us here to trust in His name and in his character! Not to run back towards the “strength” that we had repeatedly observed as a youth – see Psalm 20:7-8! This becomes a brand new journey and an entirely new life that we hope every man will pursue with all of his heart. In this episode, Rudy will introduce you to Joshua Wiggins, another remarkable story that you don’t want to miss!
We wanted to share a quick update from the men at the Ridge. While it’s certainly been a challenging season for the guys in recent months, most have stayed very focused and are still joyful. God’s Word is being proclaimed faithfully and our men are taking steps of growth every day. As Nehemiah shared with God’s people long ago, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10) We are blessed to watch our men learning to live out this truth and many others. God is at work! In today’s video we want to share some of the fun from our recent MOV fishing day – it was an awesome day!
Our campus is growing! Watch this video for the latest update on the progress of construction at Valor Ridge. We thank God for the opportunity to house an additional 32 men on campus. We could not do this without His favor and the generous contributions from our supporters!
In today’s podcast you’ll hear from Men of Valor staff member Brian Johnson as he passionately shares how we can “leave a lasting mark.”
In today’s Valor Life episode we get to hear from a long-time member of the Men of Valor staff team, Marcus D. Martin. The men at Valor Ridge have been reading through Psalm 119 this week as part of our Bible reading plan. The author of this Psalm continually expresses: his love for God’s words, how much he delights in them and his deep desire to keep them or obey them! It’s interesting and instructive to consider just how many times he repeats these concepts. Love for the words of God – 11 times! Delight in God’s commands – 10 times! Desire to obey / keep His statutes – 29 times! Just as this ancient writer has done, Marcus prompts us to look back at the perfect message that God has already given us and remember to allow it to lead us forward through the current challenges we face. Let’s never forget that God has given us a PERFECT word (verse 7) to instruct us on how we should live our lives – no matter what may come.
Our men are striving to do more than just survive. They want to THRIVE in Christ and that brings us joy and hope for the future! In today’s video you will meet Malcolm Crawford. Malcolm says, “When I came here I established a relationship with Christ that I had never had before in my life. Now I really understand what the cross and what the blood of the cross really means to me.” Malcolm’s story reminds us of the scripture in Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Just like Malcolm, we must all learn to relinquish control in order to grow in Christ. Both inside the prison walls and at Valor Ridge, our men continue to learn about hope and trust. In these days, we are leaning on the truth of God’s word and trusting that He will take care of us, no matter the circumstances.
In spite of the anxiety over coronavirus, our men are finding ways to stay focused on God and to lift their spirits during these difficult times. While some of our men now find themselves without jobs, our staff is making the most of their time, holding one-on-one meetings with the men, talking about worship, their belief, and their faith in God. To have a little fun, they had their own March Madness at Valor Ridge with a free throw shot and a three-point competition. It was a great time just to get their minds off of things and to remind them that they are children of God, and that God loves them. This is where our men get the opportunity to stand on what they have been taught, believing and trusting that God will take care of them. Hope you enjoy the update from Valor Ridge on this edition of Valor Life!
Listen to a quick update from Curt Campbell, Programming Director at Men of Valor.
In this episode of Valor Life, Allan Brooks describes a life he lived before coming to know Jesus: a life of drugs and self. “It was all about me. All about me that whole time. I blamed my parents; I blamed everyone for everything.” Eventually, Allan came to see that the God he had been searching for had been present all along. “I was alone in my cell and I gave it up. I’d been searching for a God who wasn’t lost, and He’d been looking out for me. He took away my desire to smoke marijuana, my profanity, my desire for vengeance, and he brought my step-father back into my life, the one I had hated the most.” Allan knows he has forgiveness of his past mistakes through Jesus.
Kevin Williams describes the habits and life choices that landed him in prison, as well as the seed of Christ that was planted in him as a young boy in church. “Men of Valor helped me change. I didn’t want to change.”
Hear long-time sports journalist Rudy Kalis, a Men of Valor volunteer, talk about the impact of mentoring in the prisons on his life.
Lance Roy talks about his struggles with alcohol and his recent arrival at Men of Valor. As he contemplated coming to Men of Valor, he was presented with a life-changing question: “Do you just want to be sober, or do you want to be whole?” That’s when the decision was made clear.
“My heart was crying out. Something was pulling me towards the Lord.” Hear from Michael Gupton about his experience as part of Men of Valor’s Jericho Project, and how he wants to show others that there is another way out through God.
Hear from Paul Chartrand about what God is doing in his life and in the lives of his family.
Hear from Michael Hutchison about his experience as part of Men of Valor’s Jericho Project, and how God literally brought him back to life.
The 2019 Criminal Justice Reform and Addiction Conference brought together faith, community and government leaders who are committed to reducing the recidivism rate and the addiction epidemic plaguing our local communities. Please share this video with others so that they can see how God is using Men of Valor to transform lives and equip the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated so that they can re-enter society as men of integrity.
Long Hollow Baptist Church shares a moving story featuring one of Men of Valor’s dedicated volunteers, Shane Nikolic.
Hear from James Smith about the changes he has experienced in his life since becoming part of Men of Valor, and how he now is a man who walks by faith.
Hear from Ray Tullos about the changes he has experienced in his life since becoming part of Men of Valor.
We are still smiling with the joy of Valor Ridge’s ribbon cutting event, where so many were able to gather to celebrate the opening of Valor Ridge—a project for which Carl Carlson and others planted the seeds, others watered, and God caused the growth. We invite you to join us in this next phase of living in the land, and pushing into the redemption and restoration to which God has called us! Whether or not you were able to attend the Valor Ridge ribbon cutting, don’t miss these highlights that were featured in local and national news outlets. To God be the glory!
Men of Valor hosted a Criminal Justice Reform Symposium on February 21, 2018. Keynote speaker Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Vikrant Reddy of Charles Koch Institute. Panelists included: – Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County Sheriff – Verna Wyatt, Tennessee Voices for Victims – Anthony Charles, Men of Valor – James Amundsen, Americans for Prosperity-TN
HIGHLIGHTS from the 2018 Men of Valor Criminal Justice Reform Symposium. Men of Valor hosted a Criminal Justice Reform Symposium on February 21, 2018. Keynote speaker Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Vikrant Reddy of Charles Koch Institute. Panelists included: – Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County Sheriff – Verna Wyatt, Tennessee Voices for Victims – Anthony Charles, Men of Valor – James Amundsen, Americans for Prosperity-TN
Being meaningfully employed is key to becoming contributing members of society. Men of Valor is helping men, like Frankie, connect with employers to find work. We are fortunate enough to have developed a relationship with Graceful Tables, a specialty linen rental company that is open to hiring the formerly incarcerated. We praise God for this partnership.
Scripture says that if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! We rejoice because these words are true and we have seen this play out countless times among the men we minister to. This is the true definition of transformation.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Men of Valor. They bring hope to the hopeless and serve as a tangible reminder to the men we are ministering that they are loved by their God and Creator. But it’s not just the men that are being blessed in this relationship. Our volunteers are also growing in their faith and being convicted in powerful ways each and every day they are a part of our ministry. We praise God for our volunteers and the men they mentor.
The first few months after being incarcerated is critically important in determining whether the formerly incarcerated will return back to a life of prison. This is why Men of Valor works hard to create a safe housing environment for the formerly incarcerated to live and grow in their faith. Discipleship and service are important tools in the transformation of lives. We are blessed to walk alongside our brothers in their journey.
Carl Carlson, a former prisoner and the Founder of Men of Valor had a vision. He saw a day when MOV would be able to build a campus for the formerly incarcerated MOV members. Today, this dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to the generosity of our supporters and neighbors that are contributing for the construction of this campus. But despite the generosity, there is still more that is needed to fulfill this mighty endeavor. Will you consider providing MOV with a gift to fulfill Carl Carlson’s dream?
Did you know that it costs Tennessee’s taxpayers at least $28,000 a year to house an inmate? And with nearly 30,0000 Tennesseans in prison, this adds up to millions of dollars over the years. Unfortunately, the vicious cycle of incarceration repeats itself as research has found that 70% of all children that have at least one parent incarcerated will end up in prison themselves. But through Men of Valor, God is transforming lives. We are seeing men surrendering themselves to Jesus to become Godly men. And in the process, we are saving our state hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Will you consider supporting Men of Valor so that we can continue in the work of transforming communities and changing lives?
What does it mean to be a man of God? What does it mean to be a husband and a father following in God’s footsteps? These are the same questions Chad Daniels was asking after turning over his life to Christ. Thanks to Men of Valor, Chad was able to be mentored and discipled by God-fearing men that supported him every step of the way as he grew in his faith. Today, Chad is employed by Men of Valor as an After-Care Counselor and is serving the Lord by discipling the formerly incarcerated. Please prayerfully consider giving to Men of Valor so that we can continue providing hope to the hopeless.
In the words of Curt Campbell, Men of Valor’s Program Director, “…We are crazy excited about what God is going to do.” The simple fact is that God has blessed Men of Valor tremendously and we are thankful for His provisions. Which is why we continue to trust in the Lord courageously. Our heart desires to create a Men of Valor campus that will house the formerly incarcerated so that they can live their lives for Christ and become gainfully employed. Come learn about our vision. To God be His glory!
For most of his adult life, Darnell Ford was in and out of prison. The way he describes it, the only time he wasn’t being arrested was when he was already incarcerated. What changed? For Darnell, the answer is simple: “Through Christ, I learned I could make better decisions.” Today Darnell works for Men of Valor and is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the incarcerated. This is what Men of Valor is doing thanks to your generosity. Please prayerfully consider making a gift so that we can continue bringing hope to the hopeless.
In his 25 years working in the criminal justice system, Sheriff Daron Hall has learned why the prison recidivism rate remains so high: If no one is at the door to meet an inmate when they are released, no one should be surprised when they come back. But according to Sheriff Hall, Men of Valor is having a profound impact. Find out why he thinks highly of Men of Valor, and please prayerfully consider making a tax-exempt gift so that we can continue bringing hope to the hopeless.
Without mentors, many of the men at Men of Valor would likely not be where they are today. Through a mentoring relationship, men like Allan are learning what trust looks like. It doesn’t happen overnight, but as trust develops, the changes in a man’s life are profound. Here is Pete and Allan’s story.
To understand why we have the highest recidivism rate in the country is to understand that many former inmates are not able to find work, once released. To break this chain, it is imperative that the recently incarcerated receive the proper job training and skills to enter the workforce. Men of Valor is doing precisely this with our job placement partners, through the grace of God. Find out how.
Marcus Martin was once incarcerated. Today, he is an indispensable staff member of the Men of Valor Ministry and sharing the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ with the incarcerated. For his commitment and service to the ministry for the past 12 years, Marcus was recently awarded the first ever Carl Carlson award; named after the founder of Men of Valor who also came to know the Lord in prison and dedicated his life to sharing the Good News with others. We praise God for the life of our brother in Christ, Marcus.
God’s love is often shown best and most profoundly through His people. For Wyndell Voorhies, God’s unconditional love was revealed though Melvin Richardson, a Men of Valor mentor. As Wyndell describes it, ”the love Melvin showed me, helped me learn what I needed to be doing.” Today, Wyndell is out of prison, is a disciple of Jesus Christ, and is having a profound impact on his family, his church, and his community. Praise God! Thank you for partnering with Men of Valor – there are thousands of “Wyndell’s” out there waiting to encounter the love of God.
Although Ike and Ed have lived vastly different lives, they have found a common bond thanks to Men of Valor and the Jericho program. As many who are incarcerated, Ike had seldom felt encouraged or loved. As he describes it: “I never felt like I could be of value to anyone else.” Men of Valor mentors provide an invaluable service in showing God’s unconditional love.
Anthony Charles “A.C.” might have spent his entire life going in and out of prison had he not experienced the overwhelming power of a God who loves him. But it was in prison, after living a life driven by an addiction to drugs and alcohol, that A.C. learned of the Lord’s unconditional love through Men of Valor. There are many other A.C.’s.