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Comment by Mark H. Stevens, Th.D on November 9, 2009 at 9:44pm
Comment by Glenda Clare, Ph.D. on November 4, 2009 at 9:57pm
I would like to encourage others to participate in the reunification of incarcerated parents and their children. Recividism (return to jail/prison) is reduced by 40% when those who are incarcerated have a positive relationship with their relatives. Forgiven Ministry has been successful at getting into prisons in 9 states to reunite parents and their children. Contact Scottie Barnes to learn more. Her number is listed on the website.
Comment by Kishi Franklin on November 3, 2009 at 9:09am
Today is a day of letting go. Letting go of your past mistakes, relationships, letting go of people from your past, and present. Today is a day of releasing, setting the people and the things we have held captive free. Releasing them to the Lord, and allowing Him to set them free as well. Today is a day of binding the negative and breaking it's strongholds and a day to release the positive. Today, I choose to let go forgetting those things which are behind, pressing on towards that which is new, vibrant, and full of life. So when you find yourself holding on to people and things, let's try remember that letting go is the best thing we can do for or give them. If they are yours they will come back to you So today is a day of letting go, and a day of forgetting. Be blessed. For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Let go and let God. Don't try to fix whats not fixed. In other words "if it ain't fixed don't break it."


Kishi Franklin
Comment by Karlton Harris on October 1, 2009 at 10:23am

August 31, 2009

Karlton S. Harris Minister, Writer, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur

10-STEP Prisoner Guide to Reduce Recidivism

KANKAKEE, IL- After great anticipation, Karlton S. Harris released his first book “I’M FREE! NOW WHAT?” on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at Olivet Nazarene University’s Weber Center located One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL. In “I’m Free! Now What?” Karlton addresses the challenges that men and women encounter upon being released from prison. Based on Karlton’s personal experiences, “I’m Free! Now What?” gives 10 steps that ex-offenders can follow to remain free by becoming successful parents and law abiding citizens.

Growing up in a single parent home, Karlton was influenced greatly by lessons learned on the streets. Because of the lack of a male role model or “father figure”, he headed down the wrong path, which led to his arrest. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but through the grace and mercy of God, his sentence was reduced which led to his early release. After serving 5 years, he was released February 14th, 2000. While incarcerated, Karlton accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and has developed a passion and yearning to go back into the penal system and help those who are currently in the same boat that he was in.

Today Karlton has been free for over 9 ½ years, and because he was given a second chance, Karlton wants to help others with their transition back into society. He knows from first hand experience the challenges and obstacles that are waiting once outside the prison walls. From rejection, to
temptation to the biggest thing…..fear. His guide through the DAMASCUS RD experience will help others to take on all the challenges that they will face once free. This book will certainly serve as a guide to many.

Karlton is a great advocate for men and women everywhere who are or have been incarcerated. He has and continues to make a difference in numerous lives because he has found the answer to the question “Now What?” Karlton is committed to the Kankakee County Community, the State of Illinois, and to helping develop ways to reduce the prison recidivism rate. He is currently working with various community leaders and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department re-entry program. Karlton is the newly elected President of the KCRO (Kankakee County Renewed Opportunity) a non profit organization focused on providing services to offenders returning to Kankakee County. Because he’s so passionate about prison ministry, he goes back and visits with inmates that are incarcerated, giving Bible studies and offering much needed emotional support to those in need. For Karlton,

it is an honor and a privilege to be able to offer assistance to others who are in the shoes he once filled. Besides volunteering his time for prison ministry, Karlton also writes books, does motivational speaking and has completed a documentary film.
One week after his book, “I’m Free! Now What?” was released the Jerome Combs Detention Facility purchased 1000 copies. After reading Karlton’s book Chief Mike Downey of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department determined that this book would be an asset to the detainees. Since Aug. 17, 2009, Karlton has been teaching 2 weekly classes from his book. Each class consists of 20 men. This 6 week course is structured to equip the men and women with the ability to be able to remain free once they are released. Upon completion participants will receive a certificate. In addition to the men’s class, Karlton’s book is being taught weekly by Evangelist Carolyn Butler to the women in the Jerome Combs Detention Facility.


“Against All Odds“ is the story of Karlton Harris. At the age of 19, Karlton was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance and armed violence. While incarcerated, Karlton denounced his gang affiliation and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. After serving 5 years of his 18 year prison sentence, Karlton was miraculously released. It has been 9 years since his release and he has defied the odds by not returning. Instead of returning to prison with a new sentence, Karlton returns weekly educating prisoners from his new book “I’m Free! Now What?“ He teaches 10 steps that reduces the chance of them re-offending. Because Karlton has been given a second chance, he not only helps others like HIMSELF, he defies the odds thereby placing the odds in the favor of his sons NEVER being a part of the penal system. A trailer of this documentary can be viewed by clicking on the following link


“Karlton Harris represents a hope for others who have been caught up in the criminal justice system.“
Judge Clark Erickson
Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court

“Based on his books, he will do well!“ Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott, Chief Judge of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court

“It seems like everything is set up to get you behind bars, but when you come back to society its very difficult for you...Karlton has continued on with give someone the same opportunity he turn their life around!“
Elder Claudius Anderson, Pastor
House of Prayer Apostolic Church of God

“If people succeed then communities succeed! I look forward to continuing to work with Karlton....and be right there with them when we need legislative action and funding. I am honored to have met Karlton, who I think brought, even to me, an understanding I didn’t have before of how hard it can be. When people serve their sentence and have done their time, they have a right to be able to come back and make their life better.“
Lisa Dugan, State Representative
79th District, Illinois

“He really put some good motivation in people’s hearts! He should keep on doing it!“
Michael Crawford — Prisoner

CONTACT: Karlton Harris (815) 295-3331
Comment by DR. ROY KENNEDY FARLEY JR. on October 1, 2009 at 12:45am
Comment by Chaplain Yolanda Walker on September 16, 2009 at 7:17am
Good Morning,
There will be a faith in corrections conference in Nashville, TN Saturday, October 10, 2009 please visit the website for more information, and than click under the arrow under Nashville, TN.
Comment by Kishi Franklin on August 18, 2009 at 11:15am
Dear Friends of KWF International Prayer Ministries

Just stopped by to let you know that KWF International Prayer Ministries has launched a new ministry, which will be up and running soon.

If anyone would like to send me a letter or email of testimony I could use, with or without your name I appreciate it.

PhenomenalME was birthed out of our 1st Phenomenal Women’s Conference in July, 2009. The conference provided an abundance of rain, which produced an atmosphere for healing, deliverance, restoration, and more.

To be Pheno”ME”nal we have to come to really know ourselves, God 1st and foremost. This ministry is to help us and other women come to really know their value.

Our objective “You are One amazing Woman” –You are far more than the value of rubies!

Mission: To empower, educate, equip, and restore women, young or old that they might fulfill their purpose and God ordained destiny

Goal: To provide conducive workshops, lectures, educational seminars and more in order to equip and empower women of all ages and walks of life.

We are also asking anyone who has experience or would like to be a part of this great ministry in providing guidance for other women in the areas of finance, relationships, time management, family and a various other topics to join our team. We would love to have your input and you as a part of this great ministry. You do not have to be of a certain denomination or ministry, nor do you have to live in the city of Houston or the state of Texas. Women need each other all over the world. All you need is a desire to help another sister succeed in life.

Please contact me via email with your testimonies or a desire to help. I look forward to hearing from you.
Comment by Min.Tracey Estes on July 29, 2009 at 6:24pm
Thank You for allowing me to join, I am a level 1 with the Dept. of Corrections in Alabama... Looking forward to getting to know everyone here, especially others who may be in Alabama too..GOD BLESS YOU ALL...
Comment by Chaplain Edward K Langat on July 15, 2009 at 5:27am
I am a prison officer at the same time serving as a Pastor[Chplain]I thank God
for calling me in this neglated ministry.I have seen God save and changing those
who the world thought they can not.Praise God he is everywhere[omnipresent].
Be blessed my sister.
Comment by Kishi Franklin on July 8, 2009 at 6:57am
Good morning everyone,
We are soliciting corporate prayer for one of our very own. Ms Shalena R. Shalena is 26 y/o mother with stage 4 cancer in ICU at a local hospital here in Houston, Please pray and stand in agreement with the Word of God for a Miraculous/Divine Healing for here.
Thank you in advance for praying for her healing. To God be all the glory!


Apostle Kishi Franklin

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