Reaching out to prisoners and former inmates

Success Stories -- Lives Being Transformed

I would like to express my appreciation for the dedication and effectiveness of Alpha Prison Ministries in discipling inmates in their Christian faith. After many years, Alpha continues to be an active volunteer ministry at this facility which I highly value. Thank you for your excellent contribution into the lives of those who are in prison.

Institutional Chaplain (DRF)

Alpha Prison Ministries is privileged to be on the front lines and see the power of God, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, at work in lives of prisoners. Our volunteers get to witness the light and life in the eyes of men who at one time had no hope, they get to hear first hand the stories of how God has done for them what no one else could do.

There are times when we at Alpha Prison Ministries receive letters, and the evidence of God's handiwork is put into print, even though words fail to adequately express his glory. We have shared these success stories in previous newsletters, and are excited to share them here as a reminder that God is using all of us to make a difference.

For those who have prayed for us, prayed for the men we minister to, volunteered in any way, donated goods and services, provided jobs for ex-offenders, and/or given financially to Alpha Prison Ministries, these testimonies are to your credit as well. You have helped make this all possible.


Left to the Streets at Age Two

My name is Mez, My mother ran away with the best man in my parent's wedding. My father was an alcoholic and a gambler who abandoned me and my disabled sister. I was left to the streets at age two. More..


I Had Everything and Lost It

My name is Brad. I am 43 years of age, born and raised in Houston and currently reside in Grand Rapids. More..


I Am Ashamed of This Crime

My name is Justin, I'm 39 and have been incarcerated since October 15, 2011. I'm here on a sexual charge that happened in 2006. I am ashamed of this crime. The very thing I looked down on all my life, I had committed. More..


Life After Hitting Bottom

Some bad things happened to me when I was a young child that I allowed to affect my life. My uncles used to get me drunk for their own amusement and my babysitter's boyfriend physically abused me. More..


Every Pet I Ever Had This Man Killed

Growing up for me was fast and hard. I grew up in a brutal home where I endured physical and mental abuse from my stepfather. More..


The Man Who Thinks He Can

I was raised in Los Angeles, California by my mother and a host of friends and family. I now realize that these people who God put into my life were to become my teachers and mentors. More..


New Life, Eternal Life, and a Mom

For as long as I can remember, I have gone to church. Yet outside of Sunday morning, there was no desire or instruction involving a daily walk with God or Jesus in my family, and life was pretty hectic. More..


Spiritual Journey

Prior to getting saved, I grew up going to church with my family, but after church, I would do what I wanted to do. Pleasing my own flesh, this life I lived led me to prison. In prison, I went to church, but after service, I went back to my cell to do what I wanted to do. More..


No Longer Self Reliant

I used to think that I can do it on my own. I did not need anyone. I knew of God, but I did not know God. I always thought, I don't need God's help. I am just fine. This was my way of thinking for the majority of my life. I was a loner. I did things the way I wanted to. I lived for my self satisfaction. I lived for my flesh, and I lived for the ways of the world. More..


Son of a Drug Dealer

When I was a teenager, I had a really tough time in school, so I ended up giving up and dropped out at the age of 16. My mom had no money for clothes, food, or anything. I started selling drugs when I was 14 years old. I sold drugs to survive and put clothes on my body. More..


Prison Was a Blessing

I was adopted when I was 1½ years old from Colombia. I was adopted by good Christian parents. I was in church every time the doors were open. I regularly attended Royal Rangers and other youth programs. I always knew that there was a God who created everything we see today, but I never had a personal relationship with Him. More..


Peace and Confidence of a Prisoner

I grew up going to church regularly, attended Sunday School, went to Catechism, got confirmed, and all that, but I was just going through the motions. I felt that God wasn't concerned with my small issues, and that he had his hands full with the old people who were getting ready to die and go be with him. Well, such is a child's thoughts, but it's only been in the last couple years where I've come to realize the monitoring that God does in my life. More..


God's Word Wins Over An Atheist

Before October 19, 2005, I was an atheist, believing that when you died, it was over. In September 2005, I was convicted and placed in the Allegan County Jail until sentencing in October. I was in a cell with 4 others for 30 days listening to them say that the Lord would get them out of their mess. My opinion was, if they had the Lord in their life, they wouldn't be in here in the first place. More..


From Cocaine To Christ

"Give me the money!" I demanded as I waived a gun in the face of the bank teller. "Everybody on the floor, now!" More..


Alpha Helps To Shape a Life

I'd like to express my sincere thanks to Alpha Prison Ministries and the many volunteers who so faithfully give of their time, money and heartfelt prayers. Alpha has been instrumental in allowing my transition from prison to society to occur smoothly. More..


Jesus Is Lord Of My Life

All my life I only cared about myself—how I could get what I wanted, whether it was my own way, money or held in high esteem. There were many years when money was my god and; when money is your god, there is no such thing as enough. More..


Someone Was In Prayer For Me

Even before I knew He was there, someone was in prayer for me. I wish I knew who so I could thank them. More..


What An Awesome God I Serve!

I lived 25 of my 43 years behind the walls and fences of the prison system of Michigan. But my life didn't start out on the hard streets. I can point to no hungry nights, bad neighborhoods or anything of that sort, and in fact, my early years were spent living in an affluent neighborhood where the biggest problem was me. More..


Greed Was My Downfall!

I was in a county jail in Michigan on possession of cocaine charges and facing prison. I was only eighteen and my life was in complete chaos. I had nowhere to turn and wished I had listened to my grandmother and mother. More..


Prisoner Grateful For Alpha Ministries

The words of your most recent letter brought tears to my eyes especially when you said Tonya was looking forward to be reunited with me. It is difficult to express with mere human language just how much your words lifted a heavy burden from my shoulders. More..


Jesus Christ Frees Murderer

Dead on arrival! With no desire to see 1976, I attempted suicide. A Christian woman 300 miles away saw me at death's door. God told her I would not pass through until 2000 plus (Jeremiah 29:11). Her call had alerted officials in time. They were able to revive me. I hated God! More..


I Was a Time Bomb Ready To Go Off...

I was raised on a small farm in Northwest Michigan. As a child growing up on a farm, I learned a lot of different skills that would help me find jobs as an adult. I had three brothers and was the middle child. When I turned five and started school, there were lots of kids that would pick on me and start fights with me. So my grade school years were spent in withdrawal. At home I was the black sheep of the family. More..


Christ Changed My Life!

My earliest memories are from about age four or five. At that age and through childhood my father was an alcoholic. When he got drunk, he became mean. He would beat up my mother and beat us kids. More..


These are just a few examples of the lives of prisoners being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and the gospel. We will continue to add more success stories and testimonies to this page. Over the years, Alpha Prison Ministries has received many letters and witnessed miraculous transformations in the lives of prisoners.

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