I am going to prison in February.
Like each one of you, I am a broken person. My life is filled with bad decisions, poor excuses and moral failings. I was handed an amazing life — a life that I did not deserve — a life that I constantly took it for granted.
I messed up. I made mistakes.
And now I am headed to prison.
But unlike the other 2.3 million people who are currently behind bars, I will be able to leave.
Why? Because I am going there to work.
After months of prayer and conversation with many of you, I am accepting the role of Chief Development Officer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. I have been involved with PEP as a volunteer since 2007, and have worked very closely with them in my role as Executive Director of The PLAN Fund. In fact, nearly 40% of our loans went to graduates from PEP (click here to learn more).
I have never seen an organization that can so effectively transform the lives of both its supporters and its clients. That is why I am making this change:
- Nearly 1% of the US population is incarcerated — the highest percentage on the planet.
- Around 45% return to prison after release (usually within 3 years).
- At the time of their arrest, nearly 90% of them are unemployed.
By contrast, less than 10% of PEP’s graduates will re-enter the justice system. 100% are employed within 90 days of release from prison. Best of all, PEP’s graduates have successfully launched around 100 businesses; some are generating over $100,000+ in annual revenues, and are now employing other PEP graduates.
I am deeply excited about this opportunity for me and my family. I invite you to join me in prison, where you can witness the transformational power of this organization within your own heart. I have a number of “Get INTO jail free” cards ready to offer to those of you who want to join me!
See you in prison!
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