Thank You – Simon Williams

To xtreme SOULutions program volunteer’s, the men of God that walk in obedience to his commands. Please know that I  Simon Williams is thankful to the Lord Jesus that he has filled you with his Life giving water, and I very very much appreciate you all for the time that you give to me out of your day, and are away from your families, to make a effort to give healing and strength to my Life, so I can Give God  thanks for my bad days as well as the good. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Fathers of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. I think you all for strengthening my faith in the Lord. With youre gifts of the Lord you all have in or Lord Jesus. Some of you or apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, yes different gifts but the same Loving spirit and the same Love for the Lord Jesus and God who gave you the gift of Love you men of God have prepare and build us up to Love and trust on the Lord Jesus and Love God with or all. Because it was God who gav us or Identity and or purpose in Life. I think you all for showing me the reflection of men who Love God who or good Husbands, Father, who or involved with there families. To me you have been like Eleiel’s and we were The dry bones, and the Lord sent you to us your gifts to restore us. Think you and please know that we all appreciate and Love you, Because God is at work bringing new Life and his spirit in to wot was one’s dry bones.

To, Pastor Blaine Whitt and Mac Macleod-on Monday.  On Tuesday Chris, and on Wednesday Reginald Butler And Thursday James Young

“Thank you all” God can take the past, The present and future pieces of our Lifes and fashin them into somthe now and Beautiful

— Simon Peter Williams {limited editing}

Faith – Pablo Mendez

Through out the Bible faith is spoken of, from the beginning of time God wanted man kind to trust in him believe that what he spoked was true. We as Christians must have faith in the promises of God without it we cannot receive the blessings God has for us. Our lives are to be totally surrendered to God if his plans for us are to pass. We trust what we of knowledge of and see, but total faith is to trust without knowing when and how something is going to occur. This is why when Jesus was on earth performed so many miracles to show that the all mighty God was true to his word, and all the non believers had to do was have faith and believe. When we have faith peace and happiness also comes with it. We trust  in the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way God has planned for us, we need to expect  what we ask for and wait knowing it will come to pass. We as Christians have to make a decision put our fears behind us and be strong in faith, that just as God gave Jesus the power to create miracles and raised him from the dead. God will also create miracles in our lives, but first we must believe this to be so.

— Pablo Mendez

Why Do You Want To Change – Gabriel Johnson

The answer to the question, “Why Do You Want To Change?” is a simple one. It’s because I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. My entire life, from 1st or 2nd grade, I’ve been the “loveable troublemaker”. As an adolescent a lot of my wrongdoing was chalked up to ADHD or just a kid being a kid, but the reality of it is that I didn’t fear consequences. I DID get punished, whooping, and restrictions were abundantly given, but I didn’t fear them, therefore I never learned from them. As I grew my wrongdoings progressed and became less harmless and more destructive. It was like quicksand, the more wrong I did the worse I felt and the worse I felt I did more wrong to cope. I didn’t like myself, many friends started not to like me, and my family didn’t like me – they loved me, but didn’t like who I was becoming. I ruined scholarship opportunities and relationships due to my anger and criminal behaviors. These patterns continued until 18 when I inevitably got popped hitting a lick and sentenced to prison. Prison does one of two things, it either makes you a better man or it makes you worse than before. I thank God everyday that I’m slowly but surely becoming a man worth being proud of. I’ve been saved. Every day is difficult, 19 years of worldly living left its mark on me. But my heart is focused on God so I KNOW  I’ll be able to overcome. Change isn’t over-night, much as I’d like that to be the case, but with persistence and Faith in the creator it’ll happen. I will be a man that God, my family, and myself can be proud of. I still fall short, matter of fact I smoked a rip about an hour ago after quitting for almost a year. It’s not a habit I’m going to pick back up but it was an eye opener, showing me that as a follower of Christ I must always be aware that Satan will never stop trying to get me to fail. But like the Apollo 13 slogan, “Failure Is Not An Option.”

–Gabriel Johnson

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  John 5:6

Wisdom – Eric Williams

Through this program:

I received wisdom, knowledge and understanding from each class. The classes gave me a collective view of each teachers ideas and interpretation of the scriptures, the word of God, in light of applying such scripture to our everyday lives.

I have learned a great deal of life changing wisdom. Wisdom that gives me a wider prospective when approaching issues in my life.

The class added on to the building and construction of my mind. I came into the classes as a whole, but each class caused me to renovate my mind and build on its structure. I have extra rooms now.

I thank all of the teachers in xtreme SOULutions.

–Eric S. Williams Sr.

Faith & Character – Charles Griffin

The Faith and Character program at MCI has changed my life for the better. My walk with Christ is only a year old, yet the curriculum, environment and people involved have solidified my faith. The secular and faith-based courses have provided insights into my crime’s impact, forced me to examine my behavior and changed my way of thinking. The program is also preparing me for the world outside these gates with many reentry classes. The Faith and Character program has turned my incarceration from something negative into something very positive. I have a purpose now and an inspired to do positive things for God, my family and the world.

–Charles Griffin

The Word -Beverly Kuhar

“The grass withers and flowers fall, But the word of our God stands forever” Isaiah  40:8

The way to Happiness is through the Word, and the Word is the light onto my path.

I have been very fortunate to attend xtreme SOULutions for the past 2 years. The instructors have taught me so much.

But, the simple joy of happiness can only be learned through the Word of God, and knowing that you are never alone.

–Beverly Kuhar

Behavioral Cancers – Joshua Heise

Decisions are made constantly by each of us. Decisions are choices we make, which result in a positive outcome or a negative outcome. If we can recognize the symptoms of our behaviors early enough, we may be able to correct our behaviors. We must locate and destroy the cause of these symptoms in order to overcome our strongholds.

There are steps leading up to our behavior and beyond. Once we can understand this process then we can begin to treat the problem and correct the issues. These steps are as follows…

  • A Good or Bad event Happens in ones life
  • Positive or Negative thoughts begin immediately within ones mind concerning this event, These thoughts can reproduce at an alarming rate, especially if one dwells on his thoughts, causing these thoughts to become truths to the person having them, even if they are not truth.
  • These thoughts will then transform themselves into feelings or emotions, (i.e. Anger, Rage, Joyful, Excited, Depressed, etc.etc.) Based on the event which took place.It is vital to note That even the tiniest thought can become an immensely Strong, Feeling, or Feelings. These feelings will spur symptoms or precursers to our behaviors. ( Anger, Your body may begin elevating blood pressure, or start sweating, or balling hands into fists)
  • These feelings can and will overpower our will if given the chance. What occurs next is a behavior, either Bad, or Good. Our actions are based on a decision of what to do with these feelings. We can choose a positive path or a negative. Communicate the Problem or Lash out.
  • These behaviors will always, always result in a consequence. This consequence will either be Positive, (i.e. reward) or Negative, (i.e. punishment). Now lets do a comparison study of behavior and cancers. After all, our negative behaviors done, are born from a cancerous process lets look…

Our bodies and our minds are incredibly similar. Both of them are LivingGrowing Complex Systems which Develop as a result of changes within the Process, Our bodies contain billions of individual cells, while our minds contain billions of thoughts. It is these cells and thoughts which carry out the functions of their own system. They both grow and develop by an increase in the number of cells and thoughts being “Processed”. Both these cells and thoughts become new process by transforming into different things. For example, in the body, the cells transform into different types of tissues, while in the mind, those thoughts transform into Different types of Feelings

New cells and Thoughts are created through a process we call Division. In the body, for example, a cell (single in unit) Divides and becomes two, two become four, so on and so forth. Our thoughts Do this Also. We may have a very Rapid thought After an event, but as we sit and dwell on that thought our mind creates new thoughts to fill in the voids in our original thoughts.

Unlike Normal Healthy cells and thoughts, cancerous cells and thoughts lack the controls that Stop, or “Switch Off”, Growth. They Divide and Multiply at an alarming Rate. These cancerous cells and thoughts Push Healthy neighboring thoughts and cell out of the way by overpopulating them. Because the Healthy cells and thoughts are being Pushed out. It Disrups their normal function and Growth because they must now compete with the overwhelming cancerous cells and thoughts, just to get what little nutrients they can.

These uncontrolled cells and thoughts can grow into masses, In the body, these masses are called tumors. They invade and Destroy normal tissues nearby. In the mind, these masses are uncontrollable feelings. You get groups of negative thoughts which invade and Destroy Healthy thoughts. Also, these uncontrolled cells and thoughts can travel and spread to other areas. For instance, in the body these cells may travel to the breast or colon infecting them with this cancerous tumor, whereas, in the mind these thoughts travel into our Attitudes, Feelings, and Emotions infecting them with cancer.

It is usually at this point that a diagnosis should be made to tell if a  cancer is present. We must Detect the cancer before it becomes too big and too Deadly. There are warning signs to watch for…in the body, there maybe a lump forming in a certain area, moles may change shape and size, excessive bleeding or discharges. Like in the body, in the mind, we also have warning signs that we must be looking for. For example, if you are angry, your tempature may Rise and you begin sweating. You may Grit your teeth or clench your fists, or if you are depressed, you want to hurt yourself or someone else,you may want to be alone, or do drugs. We must physically and mentally Search for these Cancerous Masses and Destroy them before they infect other areas. We must work to prevent this Cancer from Destroying us.

Once these signs appear and we notice them is when treatment should begin. Physically we would need to go to a Doctor for Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy… Transplants and transfusions mentally, when we notice these signs, we must stop, and go back and examine the thoughts going through our head and Destroy the negative thoughts. We must go back to our thoughts to correct our behaviors, it is a must. If we can Destroy the Masses of Cancerous thoughts and Develop new healthy thoughts then our behaviors will be healthy. Just as those bad cells in the body must be Destroyed and a Transplant or Transfusion to fill the voids with healthy cells. We must have a thought Transplant Done in our minds.

It is important to note, however that not all cells or thoughts that have Rapid or uncontrolled growth are cancerous cells. In the Body, cells may amass as benign tumors, which do not invade or Destroy surrounding areas. In the Mind, thoughts too may amass (lets say surrounding the death of a loved one). These thoughts, while not primarily Good, will not invade or Destroy other thoughts. It is not necessarily a Bad thing to grieve a loss, or be Sad for someone who is ill.

Some bodily Cancers can affect just one organ, while others are more generalized. The mind is the same, some thought cancers may invade only one area (feeling, attitude), while others may Disrupt the entire process creating uncontrollable feelings. Therefore if we can Detect the cancer at an early enough stage (i.e. before your thoughts become Feelings) and Diagnose what type of cancer it is. The easier it will be to treat it.

Lets look at this in Real Life Process… with a personal example from me! I was Married to my wife Lisa, on Oct.18,2003, at 4:00pm and to within 20 minutes, 8 years later, she passed away, Oct.18,2011 at 3:40pm. In Nov. of 2010 she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer of the Bodys Blood Forming tissues, includinf the Bone Marrow and Lymph System. This cancer forms huge numbers of Abnormal white blood cells. These Abnormal cells Reach high concentrations in the bone marrow, lymph system and blood stream, and their Accumulation can interfere with functions of other vital organs. In the end,  they overwhelm the population and production of Healthy Blood cells, including White and Red Blood cells and platelets. This causes an insignificant and insufficient number of Healthy Cells. Therefore, the Bodys Ability to Fight infection is Decreased and very minimal/

The Abnormal white blood cells interfere with the production of Red Blood Cells and Platelets in the Bone Marrow. The Deficiency in Red blood cells means that the bodys organs Do not receive enough Oxygen, the Lack of platelets makeds the Blood clotting process less effective. Allowing the Body to be more Vulnerable to Bleeding and Bruising. Due to these effects Leukemia is Fatal in many cases without successful treatment, Leukemia was my wife’s cancer.

Mine on the other hand is of the mind and thoughts. You see, Lisa’s Journey through this and her leaving here, was the single most, Greatest event of my Life. My mind then created many cancerous thoughts, such as, “If you Are God, Bring Her Back.” And “See I knew all along God was a conspiracy,” and “whats the point in this Pretty Life. To WATCH SHIT DIE. Is that All we are here For?” I cursed God, I Denied Gods Existance. I cursed Love. My thoughts were Deadly. (Remember it is at this Point where we must Return to Change our Behaviors.)

These thoughts massed together and became Huge immense feelings of Loneliness, Despair, Depession, Anger, Worthlessness, and yes even Hate. Those thoughts Literally overwhelmed All of my Feelings, infecting them with cancer. I quit caring altogether.

Those feelings Brought within me negative Actions, Day and Night. I walked around mumbling cursing the police. Casting off anyone who wasn’t there for her, including my mom, my sisters, Literally anyone who didn’t walk by her side until she LEFT! Now, thank GOD that it stopped there. Nothing Major, crime wise happened because about 3 months Later I received a letter from my Daughter Ashley and she asked me about having church together at visit. It was at this point when I reevaluated what happened and Removed those infected thoughts and Filling them with Gods word. I then began generating warmer and warmer feelings. And Ashley and I have been praying together since. But God Put Ashley there because He knew that that’s what it would take to Reevaluate the Situation.

So in a Sense, My wonderful Daughter became the Donor I needed for my Thought Transfusion. She Saved me from that Spiritual Death.

So you See, unlike my WIFE, I have been given a second chance. Thank You JESUS! Even though those cancerous thoughts took over my mind, like Lisas Leukemia

Took over her body, mine was caught and treated early enough to cure it.

Romans 12:2 Says”…Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

Renewing our mind is changing our thought pattern which will transform us From the old man to the new man.

–Joshua Heise

Thank You – Anthony Oats

Create in me a clean heart o God and renew a right spirit within me, PS 51:10.

I really want to thank you all for what you have brought into my life, God is so good and He uses brother’s and sister’s Like you all to help people like me. I am so glad that I was apart of this, and I pray that I am blessed to play a roll in xtreme SOULutions when I’m out of here. God is so good.

There’s something about the name Jesus.

With love from your brother in Christ.

Anthony L. Oats

Testimony – Karry Grant

First off let me start by saying that I come from a good family…

My mother & father were both very hard workers who loved their children very much, supplied us with everything that we needed, and just about everything else that we wanted, but they knew where to draw the line to keep us from becoming spoiled…

I was raised in Ocala, FLA.  This has been my home from the day of my conception, I grew up attending local schools and I was liked by many…

My life was Peaches & Cream until age 17 when I started to use drugs at first it was Marijuana and then I started using hard drugs, such as Cocaine & Crack which is another form Cocaine…

From that point on my life was in complete turmoil everything that I touched from that point on I destroyed…

My family had me placed in drug treatment programs both inpatient and outpatient, but they never seemed to work…

Then at the age of 37, 20 years later and after four times in prison, I was offered the chance to enter a program called Operation Launch…

Now that’s the name the prison uses but the actual name for this outreach program is xtreme SOULutions

Since joining this program I have learned a lot about myself, and now I can tell that for once in my life, I have purpose and now my life also has meaning…

And now I look forward to waking up every morning to face a new day and the first thing that I now say is Thank you God for giving me one more day…

I am also looking forward to getting out of prison because this time I know that I won’t be coming back because I now possess two things that I’ve always needed, but never had and these things are Jesus Christ and a support group…

I thank God daily for xtreme SOULutions and the volunteers who donate their time to help people like me…

My name is Karry L. Grant and this is the testimony of my life…

May God Bless you and yours…

–Karry L. Grant {limited editing}

Testimony – Sebastian Boswell

Life has took me on a real journey.  I was raised up in a church going family. This life I live, I choose; for the wrong reason.  It was really, really crazy as I sit back & think about who I use to be: God the father and his son Christ Jesus has brought me through a-lot; and why am I still here has to be a reason.  Through all of the shoot outs, the fighting, the robberies, the lieing, the Drug dealing, the cocaine snorting, the “I don’t care attitude” there’s got to be a reason; that God the father was standing in the mist for me.  I remember times I knew it had to be God’s hand on me; I have seen my friends survive shots to the head and live (what a blessing) I’ve seen some get stabbed and pull through, but my question is still the same “why was I spared?”  I’ve always had a soft spot for Christ Jesus to come in and dine with me.  But no matter that I will continue to hold on and call on the name of Jesus and thank him continually.!!!

–Sebastian Boswell