Why do I invest in SHIELD Ministries? In the spirit of the Season and because I personally have so many reasons why I invest in SHIELD Ministries I have condensed all my whys by Hope Past, Hope Present, and Hope Future.
Almost 20 years ago, my husband David was charged with a felony, just one year after we were married. I not only witnessed first-hand the devastation that his sin caused him and others but experienced it myself. I remember writing in my journal during that time that, "it was as if I was crawling on broken glass". But the devastation was not all that I experienced, I experienced God in such deep and profounds ways that I cannot even begin to describe. I obeyed God and was able to witness an outpouring of God's Love, Grace, and Mercy which did not just transform David, but it transformed me! David went from suicidal, walking in repentance by true godly sorrow and began to overflow with Hope in Jesus, that could not be contained, it had to be shared. God strategically placed His people in David's life to invest in David's transformation process from devastation to a thriving present and future. This investment was the blueprint God used to call us to join Him, in Christ Jesus' work in and through SHIELD Ministries.
The investment that was made in one man's life has now exponentially increased as over 2,000 men have been served through SHIELD Ministries and have experienced hope and transformation through the devastation of their past to a thriving future. SHIELD Ministries provides comprehensive services categorized by 5 pillars of service. Crisis Stabilization, Regulatory Compliance (helping men successfully complete Probation/Parole), Biblically based Life Skills, Workforce Development and Spiritually Development. Men are taught scientifically proven cognitive behavioral skills that are Biblically based. Research has proved God's instructions work and Science explains how it works. Men walk through a healing process when taking the Healing for Damaged Emotions and Healing of Memories. Men learn how to think, build and choose wisely. Individual spiritual counseling is available. Men are provided a mentorship program by His Way Ministries a partner ministry. When asked, "Do you really do all that you say?" Our response is 'no', we do more.
We have the honor and privilege to offer Christian worship services. During each service we are so humbled and honored that we experience, and witness God pour out His love, mercy, grace and compassion in so many ways to our participants. We have witnessed men who come in and believe their lives are over that there is no hope for them and then we witness the transformation, and we not only believe God and His Word, but we have witnessed it -- the Word which says:
"For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity." Jeremiah 29:11-14a (Amplified Version)
Sum up My Why
For me, personally, I am honored to join in what God is doing and as I experience - see and hear what God desires to do and what He does for each of the men who enter the program when He gives them Hope through our meager service and sacrifices, the joy that it brings, this is my why!