This prison population is the largest in the world. It is easy to enter and hard to escape. YELOline Initiative sponsors live concerts of original music to bring hope and healing to the men and women who for whatever reason have ended up incarcerated. We are convinced that the message of the Gospel shared through raw and honest songs touches hearts in ways that words cannot. We believe that offering the best we have to those in unfortunate circumstances helps to restore dignity and hope. The way we interact with those in prison is the way we interact with Jesus Himself......and it is always a humbling gift to spend time with Him.
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Addiction and the shame and powerlessness it produces is often a driving factor for many incarcerated individuals. It often leads to a cycle of repentance, then stumbling, followed by hopelessness and despair. Many of us struggle with this dynamic that isolates us from God, others and even ourselves. Our 2021 Volume 2 Music and Study Series will try to bring the light of Christ into this very painful topic. We are working hard to have it ready for distribution by early October.
We're pretty excited! It's been a long road with a lot of learning and growth..... and now the 2021, Volume 1, Music & Study Series is finally ready to go. It's not perfect, but it's a good start and it's headed out the door into the eyes and ears of inmates throughout the United States. These videos will initially go into 175 state correctional facilities throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio , New York, Texas, and Louisiana. Each video also has an associated study guide.
Volume 1 features three segments:
Please feel free to share these videos. We will be producing at least two more volumes this year.
We just completed editing a concert of edenlight and a few special guests performing some classic Christmas carols along with a a few originals! The concert is called "Tidings of Comfort and Joy", something we all need right now, but especially inmates who have spent the year extremely isolated. This will be distributed to state prisons throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Louisiana and Texas. Due to a lot of prayer and effort, despite the covid crisis, the number of prisons and inmates we are able to reach with the gospel has grown both in number and geographically.
In this time of pandemic, protest, violence and uncertainty that has gripped the globe, YELOline Initiative remains committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope it offers a world in turmoil.
Our trust is in the truth of the two simple statements Jesus gave to sum up all of scripture; “Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” We look no further than ourselves to see the beauty and breakdown of these two timeless commandments.
For the population of women and men behind bars that we are called to serve much of what is unfolding is not a new story. Violence, disease, abuse of power and injustice have plagued many inmates all of their lives. In light of the current institutional lockdowns we are actively developing new avenues to continue sharing the Gospel through the talents and resources God has given us. We ask for increased prayers for these men and women as the pandemic and civil unrest further increase their isolation and hopelessness.
We acknowledge systemic racism, abuse of power, and economic disparity, as well as a host of other ignored social and spiritual ills, that contribute to our current crisis. YELOline Initiative stands in solidarity with any institution, organization or individual that is guided by these words: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” We oppose, in love and prayer, any institution, organization or individual that acts in opposition to this guiding truth. For reconciliation and restoration to occur realities both physical and spiritual must be acknowledged and addressed in a spirit of cooperation and humility.