On our program for August 14th, host Macy Jones speaks with Mike Farmer, President of Gracious Promise; a volunteer led, Christ-centered ministry serving the jails in Cass, Clay, Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Their mission is to help the incarcerated find hope and purpose through the Gospel of Jesus. They assist men and women from jail in their return to society.

Successful methods of rehabilitating prisoners can take the form of faith-based, medical care, or drug rehabilitation programs. The most successful types of programs are psychological, occupational-based, and education-focused programs, which focus on the issues of the prisoner to help them improve themselves and become ready to re-enter society.

For 34 years Mike was a self-employed commodity trader and a member of the Kansas City Board of Trade. Prior to that, he served as a CFP financial advisor, Series 7 Stock broker, comptroller and insurance agent. Today, Mike leads a multifaceted and growing ministry making a difference in the lives of the incarcerated and their families. Come hear great stories of transformation and discipleship in our jails.

On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society.  Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

Calendar for the week of August 14th:

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at  https://momsdemandaction.org/events/
  •  MON, Aug. 14th 6 PM, online, Issues2Action Night meeting. This is the best place to get engaged in More² organizing work around equity issues.     For more details, go to https://more2.org/calendar/.
  • THURS, Aug. 17th, 7:30 – 9:00 AM, KC Faith Labor Alliance – August Breakfast is at Trinity United Methodist, 620 E Armour Rd, KCMO. The intent is to build public relationships and take collaborative action to build an economy and a democracy that works for all Missourians. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am and the program will start at 7:50 am in the Fellowship Hall. The staff contact is the Rev. Teresa Danieley, MOJWJ, [email protected] 314-503-7415
  • THURS, Aug. 17th, 5 – 7 PM, Hope and Healing for Survivors of Homicide support group is at 3200 Wayne AVE, KCMO hosted by KC Mothers in Charge
  • SAT, August 19th, 1 PM film screening Bails & Bonds, hosted by Reale Justice at the KCMO Public Library, Bluford Branch, Library, 3050 Prospect AVE, KCMO
  • SUN, Aug. 20th, NOON – 6 PM, 44th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival is at the Swope Park Bandstand, Pavilion Road. Sorry, NO Pets Allowed.  Must show certificate for service/ comfort animals.  Join us as we celebrate all the wonderful cultures that make Kansas City a wonderful and diverse place to call home.  Enjoy food, music, crafts and dance from around the world.
  • SUN, August 20th, 4 – 6 PM, Please join MADP + Amnesty KC in a Summer Solidarity Postcard writing event to mobilize communities to show support for political prisoners and those on death row. This will be at Kinzi Restaurant: 5329 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS All you have to do is show up!
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/ It is updated daily.

Stay safe. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well!  No one should ever be wrongfully deprived of their rights to liberty and freedom without just cause, yet in the past 25 years alone thousands of people have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to tens of thousands of years in prison.

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