In 1990,Darryll Davis was sentenced to 35 years in prison. This young man would be no ordinary inmate. While on bond before his trial, he put all his trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. In a spiritual sense, he entered prison a liberated man. Wasting no time while incarcerated, Davis earned his GED, an Associates of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, a Master’s Degree in Divinity, a 4 year degree from the American Association of Biblical Counselors, and certifications in 5 different vocational trades. During the 22 years of his served sentence, Christ was at work in his heart and led him to begin developing The Prisoner’s Hope, the non-profit organization he now directs. Here at GivApp, we are proud to be partnering with Davis and The Prisoner’s Hope.
Davis describes TPH as a pre-incarceration, incarceration, and post-incarceration ministry. This holistic approach provides a close partnership with those incarcerated during a time of uncertainty, fear, and confusion. Jail time is where clients dive into the breadth of TPH’s ministry which requires the prisoner has at least 2 years remaining in their sentence. During this time, they have 8 mandates clients must follow:
- You must complete your GED
- You must complete a life skills class
- You must participate in a Moral Recognition Therapy class
- You must be a core member of the body of Christ
- You must study a 2 year vocation
- You must be transparent with your accountability mentor
- You must meet at least 1 time per week with 2 other accountability partners
- You must take a 2 year seminary course
A rigorous regimen by any definition, this process gives TPH their 71% success rate for societal reintegration. Davis also credits this success to the power and work of the Holy Spirit in himself, his volunteers, and his clients.
A client named Tony testifies to the fact that post-incarceration is a critical time for former prisoners. Originally sentenced to 17 years, Tony recounts a rough childhood – a heart that learned anger from his step-father. By God’s grace, Tony came to know Jesus as his savior while in prison. While enjoying the joys of recent salvation, the legal system noted his good behavior and the possibility of probation became a reality. If the state granted probation, Tony would have no clothes, food, money, job, or family to take him in. This is the story of many inmates. Enter The Prisoner’s Hope ministry. Within the week of his release, Tony had clothes, food, some money, and a prospective employment opportunity. Not only this, but his post-incarceration mentoring included use of TPH’s computer lab and training from a qualified technician. Tony recently has reconnected with his two children and is sharing with them how Jesus has changed his life. Powerful stories like this one are what Davis calls, “living this close to the fire of God.”
Davis has big plans for 2019. He plans on using his vocational trade skills to completely build out the second floor of their office with leasable space which will cover the overhead costs of running the organization. He estimates needing about $85,000 to complete this project.
Davis desires three kinds of partnership for TPH:
Funding – as a non-profit organization, their services do not bring in revenue. While he has creatively come up with ways of monetization, donor funding is critical to their mission.
Volunteers – Davis currently has about 60 volunteers working for TPH. He needs volunteers of every capacity and any skill level. You can contact him directly at 502-609-1013.
Prayer Partnerships – To Davis, this is as important as funding and volunteers. He desires prayer for The Prisoner’s Hope, their clients, and their general administrative tasks.
GivApp is honored to partner with The Prisoner’s Hope ministry, if you would like to donate your spare change to The Prisoner’s Hope you can download the app here.