Called to Change, more than a Prison Ministry

Called to Change, more than a Prison Ministry


Hi Ladies! I wanted to share my big excitement this morning. My first novel is now a real thing! It is officially available for preorder through Amazon. A Firm Place to Stand is about forgiveness--giving it as well as allowing ourselves to receive it. And it is now in God's hands to use as He will. Please pray with me that it makes a difference to at least one person! #liveforgiven
I'm so excited to be adding a "splash of pink" to my professional profile on behalf of the "women in white"!
"In much travail Christ is born in many hearts." ~Pastor Richard Wurmbrand reflecting on the 14 Christmases he spent in prison
Today only, you can partner with us to bring lasting change to a women behind bars for only $5. For just $5 you can provide a copy of Captivating to one of our confrenece attendees! Just click the link below to order and ship it to Called to Change PO Box 841363, Houston TX 77284
A Warrior Arises, giving thanks ... #fruit #laborisnotinvein So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures. 1 Cor. 15:58
WHAT IS HOLINESS IN SIMPLE EXPLANATION. Holiness is the nature and character of God manifested to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness. Holiness, or Sanctification is the process of God's grace sanctifying (making holy) a person who was justified and regenerated (1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:5). Holiness or Sanctification is God's perfect will for all Christians (Rom.12:1-2; 1Thes.4:1-7). God ordained His people to bear fruit, and this includes maturity through sanctification. Holiness is BOTH consecration to God and separation from the world and all sins, it is always a command by God to man (Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Matthew 5:48; 2Cor.5:17). Without Holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Mat.5:8; Heb.12:14; Rev. 22:10-12). God requires Holiness better than spiritual gifts, and is actually the basis of God's moving in the life of a person or church (Joshua 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23). Holiness is both partaking of God's divine nature through the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:4), and the actual decision of man to submit to God's control (Rom.12:1). Therefore, a Christian is expected to leave sin and worldliness in pursuit of God's holiness. Separation from sin, wickedness, and worldliness is both a principle of Holiness and a command to obey (2 Cor.6:14-18; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16). If a Christian is truly living in the principles of the Bible concerning Holiness, then he will practically obey the standards of God's Word that pertains to holy, righteous, and godly living which includes moral standards, standards of godly clothing and adornment, and prohibition of worldly lifestyles and fashion. Holiness affects all areas and aspects of our lives, including our thoughts, words, actions, dress, lifestyles, relationships, and our outlook in life. In short, Holiness is both inward transformation toward Christ-like character and outward transformation that is different from the ways of the world and unbelievers. That's Holiness.
What do a cave, a whisper, and destiny have in common? They all scream, get some rest!
"It is both the series of circumstances and life events that wound our tender hearts. Is it any wonder they require a series of encounters with God to heal." - Coach Adams

Our mission is to inspire life transformation, encourage family restoration, and heal communities. We are all "called to change", that we might become the living testimony. 2 Cor. 3

Whether in the crux of change brought on by incarceration, hospitalization, marriage or separation, our goal is to serve as conduits for change through the expression of God’s unconditional love and acceptance, leading others to a future filled with hope. Our principles are based on II Cor. 3:18 CJB So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit.

Mission: OUR VISION - To see lives, families, and communities changed for the glory of God. OUR MISSION - To inspire life transformation, encourage family restoration, and build community through leadership, education, and living life by example.

John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries

Enjoy following John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries for daily dialog from John & Stasi.
#consecrate #intentional #selfcare #bekind #mercy #eyesonchrist #invokelove

We need to invoke love into our kingdoms, our souls, and our families. John and Stasi give a quick recap on the topics covered this week and an invitation to pray love into our homes through this season.

Programming and family visitation may be temporarily postponed, but praise God the mail hasn't stopped!
... preparing Captivating Follow Up resources to be mailed out tomorrow. #seen #notforgotten #makeaway #usps #pisonministry

Alumni Mail:

I speak to you from the depths of your being. Hear me saying soothing words of Peace, assuring you of My Love. Do not listen to the voices of accusation, for they are not from me. I speak to you in love-tones, lifting you up. My Spirit convicts cleanly, without crushing words of shame. Let the Spirit take charge of your mind, combing out the tangled of deception. Be transformed by the truth that I live within you.
The light of my presence is shining upon you, in benedictions of peace. Let My light shine in you; don’t dim it with worries and fears.
#jesuscalling #pause #peace #love #light #worry #fear

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Mail: Hobby Captivating Alumni
Re: Praying for the next participants

"I was glad to hear the Captivating Experience class "called forth" (Feb. 14-15). I am praying on behalf of ya'll, Hobby, and the Lord God's loving ministry teams. Please continue." - K. Diane

#Captivating #Hobby #mailbag #alumni #prayerpartner

In spite of much adversity (lockdowns to lodging challenges and even team members battling illness), we are excited to be returning to Marlin for the Captivating Follow Up. Why? Well, besides the obvious, living out our mission, we are gifted with the opportunity to influence and connect with women who are preparing to return to their homes and community very soon! In fact, 9 have already gone home since the January Captivating Experience! Can I get an Amen & Praise the Lord? Your prayers and support are vital for the mission, the ministry, our team of volunteers, and our sisters ... on both sides of the bars!
#thankyou #prayer #support #mission #volunteer #serve

A clear word produces clear expression.
#words #answers #gift #clarity #timely #communication
Everyone enjoys giving great advice. But how delightful itnis to say the right thing at the right time. Proverbs 15:23


eNews: Opportunities, Results & Thank You

The women are heavy on my heart this morning, will you join me in lifting them before the Father? - Coach
#armyrisingup #breakeverychain #freedom #Hisdaughters

Band of Brothers Bootcamp Trailer

Fantastic video from the Band of Brothers Bootcamp. I know it's for the dudes, but it is too awesome not to share here.

Band of Brothers is a movement of freedom. All men die, few ever really live. To live a life of true freedom, you will need to fight! There will be a great b...

Texas Hearts of Beauty | Texas

Some if us were discussing other events nearby that teach the Captivating content. Here's one in Tyler. An experience designed to restore the hearts of women We invite you to take the risk of coming alive as a woman! This three-day journey is designed to recapture your heart. We offer you the opportunity to step outside your everyday hustle and just take a few moments to be still. This experience ...

Captivating Experience 2020 attendee feedback, gratitude, and encouragement for Called to Change, more than a Prison Ministry

[02/17/20]   While Called to Change was ministering to the women at the Hobby unit this past weekend, my son (Jeff Altebaumer) was ministering to the men at the unit in Brownwood through the Jubilee. This was his first time to participate in something like this and you asked for report on what he thought... "It was amazing!"

God is so, so good!

The war is real. Sh*t is flying. You read Daniel 3, not just because it’s an old favorite, but because you need to remember that surviving the fire is possible. And then the full throttle assault comes, striking those closest to you.
Barely breathing now, you hear, so just quit. It’s not worth it. Give up. The price is too high. Then you remember ...
It’s a prison ministry week. Now it all makes sense. Knowing doesn’t make it feel any better, the circumstances any smaller, or the impact any less costly.
#fire #fourthman #rescue #mission #promotion #promised #surrender #reset

Connecting with community on behalf of our returning sisters, daughters, and mothers behind prison bars.
1 in 4 know someon in prison.
1 in 56 women will be incarcerated.
1 in 14 children have a parent who has experienced incarceration.
The rate of incarceration of women up 750%
#prisonministry #womensministry #families #community #transformation #restoration #healing #freedom #beauty #irreplaceablerole #reentry #reducerecidivism#success

Doing double time! Tonight I was blessed to help promote @lori_altebaumer ‘s new book, “A Firm Place to Stand”
@magnoliasfirst for the
@ifgathering. Returning tomorrow to enjoy the great teachings brought by amazing women and share the ministry of C2C.
#Christian #romance #suspense #forgiveness #pain #circumstances #choices #powertochangetheworld #freedownload #studyguide #author #life


The Father’s heart is revealed in how fathers handle the hearts of their children. #forus #kind #generous #gentle #loving #present Gifs And More

A great big thank you to all our prayer warriors that supported the restorative work delivered by a great team of allies. #irrelplaceablerole #beauty #romance #adventure #battle

He cares for the branches connected to me (Christ) by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. John 15:2 (TPT)
Have you (I never have) considered that before He prunes or takes away, He PROPS up?
That’s how The Passion Translation reads. Really? I checked several other translations and it’s the only one (I could find) that reads this way. So, is TPT wrong? A poor translation? I’ve decided no! Why? Because that’s what a vine dresser does... giving the vine or branch (choose your translation) every chance, and all the support necessary to produce ... to thrive!
So here’s to our propping, as well as others! 🍷 May we bear much fruit 🍇, only to be pruned ✂️ ... that we might become & do all He intended!

When you don’t know what to say, simply stop! The greatest gift to give the suffering is to listen ... to hear.

[12/30/19]   I love this quote - let it motivate you as we prepare to share our “sturdy stories” in less than 3 weeks, with women who need joy!

“The victims of injustice in our world do not need our spasms of passion, they need our long obedience in the same direction- our legs and lungs of endurance; and we need sturdy stories of joy.” Gary Haugen

The Word of Creator Yahweh

Be Inspired

HOPE Haven


‘Tis the season... to start shopping for our next prison outreach (Jan 18-19) AND take advantage of the 50% off sale at Kroger’s… AND get fuel points too! #shop #save #earn #rewards #nonprofit #donations

This is why we (C2C) do what we do ...

"4 felonies, 8 misdemeanors, 2 hit and runs, 4 DUI's, 5 car wrecks, broke into churchs at 2am in the morning high off pills. Was sent to prison at 17 . . .

And somewhere along the road Grace showed up and changed my whole world."

4 felonies, 8 misdemeanors, 2 hit and runs, 4 DUI's, 5 car wrecks, broke into churchs at 2am in the morning high off pills. Was sent to prison at 17. Lost 2 brothers one murdered and one who passed away in a car wreck late at night, lived with a foster family I never heard of before, didn't go to college, didn't have a dad around to show me how to do this thing called life, all I had was an amazing mother who did her best and my decisions.

And somewhere along the road Grace showed up and changed my whole world. I'm engaged to a beautiful woman who loves Jesus. I'm going on my 3rd year as a business owner. I've been a youth pastor here in Anderson, South Carolina for over 15 months and God has given me the opportunity to speak and share my story with 100s of people.

Life isn't fair. This is a fact. I was 17 years old headed to prison because of my stupid decisions. 22 years old addicted to alcohol and xanax bars because I let the enemy trick me and now here I was In a rehab wondering what it is I'm going to do with my life when I get out. Then Jesus showed up. I said yes to the offer He gave me and I've never went back since.

Quit playing with life. Living for the pleasures of now and forsaking your God given destiny. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

By yourself it's pointless, but if you give it over to Him, you will have peace that's unspeakable and joy that's uncontainable. Don't fight on your own. There is a God above who loves and wants you but he will not force his way into your life. You'll have to make the decision just like I did and run after Him with everything inside of you.

So very excited to be sharing the mission & heart of C2C with the ladies of Magnolia and the surrounding area.

Every dollar counts! From stamps for inmate correspondence to filling the gas tank, your financial gift is vital to the ministry and necessary for the work. Would you consider a “book of stamps” or a tank of gas on the one day a year it has the potential to be matched by @facebook ?
#GivingTuesday #missional #prisonministry #makingadifference
. @ Marlin, Texas

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Enjoying a “late night” bite with Lesli after a night of Fellowship & Worship at the TDCJ Hobby Unit. #wow #wrecked The ladies #broughtit

Shop Small for More!
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My thank you for supporting small business, which helps to support the work of @called2change

The other day I met a gentlemen at the gym ... is how my short blog begins. It ends with ... how betrayed one must feel when ones body won’t let you do what you spent a lifetime being known for. How sad and lonely it must be to reach a point in time when vitality is required for words or purpose. And how disappointing to reach the point in your life that you have the extra time, experiences to share, and yet when you look around, no one‘s there...
unless you believe.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime - until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:4
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

New Female Village Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Puts Girls Back In School

Amazing testimony of one women transforming lives, restoring families, and healing community. #changeagent #mission #purpose #legacy Most people have never heard of a hero quite like Theresa Kachindamoto. She was the youngest of 12 kids who were descendants of village chiefs who presided over Monkey Bay in Malawi, Africa. When she found out that it was her turn to serve as the new senior village chief, Kachindamoto had been worki


How College In Prison Turns Around Lives And Saves Taxpayers Money

It is natural that some object to college prison programs ... but such thinking is short-sighted. ... if saving taxpayers $60,000 a year is not enough, how about the basic idea that changing a life impacts a family, generations to follow, and our neighborhoods. #prochange #proopportunity #proforgiveness Bard College's astonishingly successful prison in college program is turning around lives and saving taxpayers money.

Do you know that preachers (ministers in general) tend to be one of the most insecure groups of people on the planet?

Ironic, don't you think? Especially if you realize that insecurity might be the ultimate insult to God.

Think about it. If I believe the lies of my insecurities, it's as if I believe God didn't quite get it right when He put this calling on my life.
The Chatterbox loves to point out those things I see in myself as imperfections and convince me that's who I am. And sometimes I can be tricked into believing it.

What's interesting is that God also sees all my imperfections. As a matter of fact, He knows what they are better than I do. He knows everything that's wrong with me and why it's wrong. Yet, when God talks about who I am, he says things such as:
I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.�I am sealed with His promise.�I am redeemed.

In Matthew 4, the devil had no chance against Jesus when he tempted him with lies in the desert, because at the end of

Matthew 3, when Jesus was baptized, He heard the simple affirmation of God's word:
"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Jesus understood that, before His ministry began, His Father loved Him and was pleased with Him. So, when it came to defeating the devil, Jesus did not draw his strength from his own opinion of himself, or from the opinion of the people around him. He drew strength from His Father's words.

God speaks the same word over us every day. We just have to hear it.
If we push aside the lies of the Chatterbox and focus on the words, "God says I am," we don't have to live up to anyone else's expectation, or even our own. Instead, we can begin to live out of the perfect affirmation's already given us.

God, thank you for making me unique. You have a purpose for my life that far exceeds my own ability or expectation. Teach me to lean solely on what you say about me. In Jesus name.
#crashthechatterbox #devotional

Love Books?

Shop & save $10 at Book Outlet on an order of $25 or higher. In return, C2C will earn 200 points ($10) to use on our next order of Captivating Books ($7.59 each). We will need 100 books for the first quarter of 2020. Every "point" counts! #shop #save #give Get your next read for 50-90% off list price, plus $10 off your first order at Book Outlet!

Sometimes it takes a picture to open our eyes.

The power of stepping away!

Stasi Eldredge

Thank you to all those who we are blessed to call allies!

God created us in freedom to be his intimate allies, and he will not give up on us. He seeks his allies still. Not religion. Not good church people. Lovers. Allies. Friends of the deepest sort.

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (Jer. 24:7)

Shop pink and you support those in white!
Whether you buy a simple mascara, entire skin care line, or Mary Kay’s newest product, Hydrogel Eye Patches, your purchase gives back! First to the Mary Kay Foundation in support of Cancer research and ending domestic violence. Second by sending C2C behind prison bars to support, encourage and influence generations!
#shoppink #giveback #giftgiving #fundingmission #pinkfriday #sale
*gift wrapping, shipping, and personal shopping available, simply private message me

Shop Pink Friday Sale Nov. 22nd, the Friday before Black Friday!
Save 10-30% off your entire purchase & receive free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Send me your shopping list (text, pm, or email) or shop online (discount applied before card is processed) between: 5am - Midnight! As a special thank you, one lucky shopper will get their order at 1/2 price!

Do you have a high yield color printer you aren’t using? Or maybe you need an end of year tax deduction? C2C needs a print solution for our event materials as well as our inmate quarterly newsletters (500+). If you can help or have questions, please email or call. Thank you!
[email protected] 972.232.9734

This is the very first word I read (postcard in the mail) when I got home...
“Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body... (and in property & land) for the Lord will AGAIN rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;” Deut. 30:9
No matter what the enemy throws at you or steals from you, God’s Word is true and will prevail!
#myhope #myfaith #mytrust #myeverything #inchristalone

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