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Kindway Matters Newsletter
Spring 2019

Our mission is to invest in the lives of those impacted by incarceration.
 
In Spring 2019, Kindway Welcomes Home:

Mike     Jeff     Tiffiny     Danielle     Cathy     Glen     Luis     Keith     Heather
 
Your prayers and support for their successful transition are much appreciated.
Kindway/EMBARK Men Restored
The Kindway/EMBARK family never fails to mobilize, showing up once again to welcome Luis, Mike, and Glen to the EMBARK house in May. It's always an amazing time shared in the love of Christ when our brothers come home. We appreciate your continued prayers as the month of May brings us to the 120th person entrusted to and restored through the Kindway family.
Welcome Home (Women)
Kindway EMBARK has partnered with the Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church's "WELCOME HOME"  fellowship to host a monthly gathering to celebrate and offer support to the EMBARK women who have returned to the community. We are excited to share how blessed we are to welcome home Kathy and Danielle. 

The fellowship is hosted by two EMBARK Navigators and Maynard Ave UMC members, Hope Roberts and Diana Kubovic and is open to EMBARK graduates and volunteers. 
 
A monthly gathering, which is held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.,  provides a safe space for women to offer support to one another, share resources, and build an extended social network.
The Miracle of Lee
 
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12
 
When trials come, it is normal to pray that God would intervene and minimize the suffering. Sometimes we avoid trials and thank God for deliverance, then offer ourselves to be available to God’s call. When we can not avoid suffering, however, it is hard to find much to be thankful for and it is easy to become dismissive to God’s call.
 
What makes this passage so significant this spring is that May 2nd marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend Lee Tolbert. Lee was less than a month from realizing his freedom from prison when cancer took him from us. As with many we know serving life sentences, we continually pray for deliverance from prison, but for Lee, we also prayed for deliverance from a terminal disease. We all had hopes that God would intervene and when Lee passed, we could not understand why a miracle was not in store for him.

The fact is that we were experiencing a miracle every day Lee was with us. Under extreme pain suffering, Lee never let his circumstances keep him from being available to God’s calling. The easy path would have been to curse God and die, but Lee was cut from a different cloth. Lee knew that he was destined to receive the crown of life and spend eternity with Christ who had forgiven and redeemed him from sin and death. Lee had passed from death onto life and even in the face of such trials, he remained faithful to Christ as a witness to the power of God’s grace. Few experiences have inspired us as has experiencing Lee’s devotion to Jesus through suffering.

A year after Lee’s transition into the Father’s presence, we were humbled to receive a significant gift from Lee’s estate. Even as Lee was coming to terms with not overcoming cancer or experiencing freedom beyond the razor wire, Lee made himself available to answer God’s call and thought of Kindway. We all prayed for a miracle in Lee’s life. It seems the miracle was not that he would be released or healed, but that Lee would remain faithful under extreme trials and suffering.  What an amazing testimony and lesson. We are all blessed to have experienced the Miracle of Lee.
 
Reunions
Thanks to Bethel International United Methodist Church for continuing to host Kindway Reunions. 
Thank you to Stonybrook United Methodist Church for providing and serving the meal at the February 2019 Reunion.
Leave a Mark Church provided and served the meal at the April 2019 Reunion. Thank you.
Upcoming 2019 Reunions:
June 19     August 21     October 16     December 18
Shaping Clay and Hearts at Polymer Clay Workshop held at ORW
Marysville women and Kindware volunteers share the day with Lindly Haunani, co-author of,
Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes. A day to learn about color theory became much more. There was, as one participant puts it, "an unspoken awareness of the promises of God's loving care thru a 'rainbow', becoming part of the Kindway 'family', developing Christ-centered 'values', and becoming 'saturated' by the Holy Spirit also rested gently upon the room."
Kindware Featured in an International Exhibit
Polymer clay creations by the ORW Kindware team were featured at the international polymer clay art exhibit "Into the Forest" at the Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh from November 10 through December 3, 2018. Also featured at the exhibit were over 300 contributors from 36 states and 26 countries.

The sponsors of the exhibit: Julie Eakes, Emily Squires Levine, and Laura Tabakman traveled to Ohio and put on a workshop for the ORW Kindware team on April 22 and 23, 2019.
Cooking and Food Prep Workshop
March 20, 2019 - Whitehall United Methodist Church hosted a cooking workshop with Cathy Presper where Cathy walks attendants through proper food preparation and cooking techniques. On this day's menu:
Veggie and Rice Stir-fry and Massaged Kale Salad.

 
Lessons Learned
I have been spending a significant amount of time in prison over the last 38 years. I have learned many lessons that I would like to share.

God is there; I saw Him everyday.

When personal possessions need to fit in a foot locker "things" become almost meaningless and relationships with God, family, and friends are everything.

I believe God has a very special place in His heart for His incarcerated children.

The most passionate worship on earth takes place in prison chapels.

Prison holds some of the most resilient men and women I have ever men. 

Even in light of the extreme hardship that accompanies incarceration, primarily separation from loved ones, hope and joy live.  
We thank the Lord for our Church Partner In-Kind Contributions
The Transitions ministry at Vineyard provides all the housewares our men and women who are moving into their fist apartments or homes. This includes everything needed to set up a kitchen, one bed room, and a bathroom.
Lifepoint makes backpacks filled with necessities like toiletries, umbrella, wallet, towels, and gift cards available immediately as one is in transition from prison. 
CONGRATULATIONS!
Deidre Radford's graduates from Ohio Christian University with her BA in Drug and Alcohol Counseling! Way to go, Deidre! You make us all proud.
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