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Banquet, 7th Annual Banquet & Fundraiser October 27, 2017

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

 

 Our Special Guests Will Bless You Richly!

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Senator John Whitmire,
Senior Warden Burl Cain (Retired) from the “Angola” Prison in Louisiana, and others!

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You’re invited.  Dress business casual.  Would you consider donating a table for family members of Darrington Seminary Students?

  • Date: October 27, 2017
  • Time: 6-9 PM
  • Where:  Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Address:  13223 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478– pull under the church’s front entrance awning and step into the lobby!
  • Tickets: Single Tickets: $200 Donation; Table for 8 of your Guests: $1500. See below on this page to order tickets online!
  • For info, call 979-865-4683
  • Email us at:  info@heartoftexasfoundation.org
  • CATCH UP ON THE NEWS.  Catch up on the incredible news within The Heart of Texas Foundation since last year’s banquet.  
  • HOW TO RESERVE A SEAT OR A TABLE?  For more information, email Michelle at  michelle@heartoftexasfoundation.org.  Or call us at 979-865-4683. 

Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Women’s Prison Seminary Initiative

After six years of having our Southwestern Seminary at Darrington prison — for men — we have now gone to work to establish a similar seminary for the women in Texas prisons.
With the full cooperation of our partners — TDCJ, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Senator John Whitmire of the Texas Criminal Justice Committee — we are now going through the prayerful process of establishing the Texas Women’s Prison Seminary.  More on this effort in future Newsletters!  The above picture was taken on our first visits to identify in which of our women’s prisons the new seminary will be located!  Pictured above are Regional Warden Melodye Nelson and other TDCJ officials, as well as Southwestern Seminary Women’s Dean Dr. Terri Stovall and her associate, Dr. Candi Finch, who along with other female faculty will be teaching in the new women’s seminary.  Of course, we know that the greatest asset any prison system has is the inmate who has been spiritually transformed into a moral inmate.  And we know there is no better way to help that process that to expose inmates, both male and female, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s a proven fact.  The changed lives prove it.
Please pray for funding and favor as we proceed with this incredible opportunity.  It is something only our God could do.  And years ago He did it in the men’s prison at Darrington.  We’re trusting He will do it again, in the women’s prison at Hobby.
>The location has been chosen for the new women’s seminary:  The Hobby Women’s Unit, in Marlin, Texas.  There are approximately 1325 women here, in this maximum-security penitentiary.  This selection was made through the combined input from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Southwestern Seminary, and The Heart of Texas Foundation.
>The process.  We will be working carefully and thoughtfully with all of our key partners as we move forward.  There are many moving parts to creating a seminary within a prison system.  We are thankful for the success of the men’s seminary at Darrington, and pray our experience there will help this process go smoothly.
>The Funding for this second school is now needed.  Funding needs here will be significant:  it will be a second fully-accredited seminary for us to undertake.  If you feel like you would be ready to make an investment into our ongoing, proven work, we encourage you to call or write us at POB 110, Bellville, Texas 77418.  Email is grove@heartoftexasfoundation.org, or please call Grove Norwood on his cell phone at 281-850-8103.

The Hobby Unit for Women, a maximum-security facility in Marlin, Texas.

 

Click here to read a summary of recent research on the incarcerated women in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation at Darrington, 2016! Thirty-Three new Texas Inmate “Field Ministers”

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Our Graduation this year marked the second class of thirty-three inmates who are now equipped with four-year Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degrees, awarded by the accredited Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Seminary PhDs taught these men for four years of full time study.  These men are now approved by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to be transferred to other prisons in Texas, in teams of 4-5 men, where they will be given unprecedented access to move about their prisons and minister to the inmates.  With this second graduating class, we are now in thirteen prisons in Texas with Field Ministry teams.  God willing, each year in May we will graduate another senior class and send them out to multiple prisons where they will actually LIVE full time as inmate “pastors” and mentors.

The Field Ministry Support Kit

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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When our teams of inmates graduate from our Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary, and they are transferred to other prisons in Texas, they need resources for beginning their new ministries.  We have developed the concept of the “Field Ministry Support Kit”, which we take to every Field Ministry Team in each new prison to which they go.  Each Kit costs approximately $7,000, and each Kit is provided by one or more of our donors.

Each Kit contains:

  • Two Dell Optiplex computers with monitors, keyboards, mice
  • One Dell Printer with supplies, extra toner, copy paper
  • 100 selected Theological resource books for pastoral work
  • 800 special counseling booklets which the Field Ministers may leave behind with inmates they counsel

The Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary — the engine for new changes in the Texas prison culture.

January 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Heart of Texas Foundation welcomes Governor Rick Perry to the Darrington Seminary, an extension campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

~View the Fox 26 Special News Story of the Darrington Seminary, the historic fully-accredited (SACS) Seminary provided through an historic partnership between the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Heart of Texas Foundation.  The Darrington Seminary is entirely privately funded by The Heart of Texas Foundation donors.

~See Houston’s Fox News 26 Video Special on the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary

~See the Men Say “Thank You!” to the Donors Who Make the Darrington Seminary Possible

~Texas Prison 4-Year Seminary ~ The Reason Why: “A Proven New Hope”.

Why have we worked so hard to bring an historic 4-year Seminary into the Texas prison system? Stop for a minute and see this amazing 26-minute documentary, recently released by the North American Home Mission Board— it’s the story of the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s historic Seminary Bible College, how it got started some 17 years ago, and how it has helped transform the most infamous of America’s prisons.

Click here to view the amazing new documentary on the Angola Prison Seminary
and how it became the genesis of the Texas Seminary Model:
“A New Hope.”

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More About the Angola Seminary “Model”

Here’s a quick way to see why, after our 4-day visit with Burl Cain and his inmates back in February of 2010, we at the Foundation came back to Texas with an exciting vision in our hearts to build a 4-year Bible Seminary in a maximum-security Texas Prison.

Watch the the video below, and let Franklin Graham, Angola Chaplain Rentz, and the Inmates themselves tell you why the Prison’s 4-year Bible College has changed their culture, and their lives, forever. This will give you a glimpse of why top executives from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, Senators John Whitmire and Dan Patrick, Senior Warden Burl Cain, the State of Louisiana, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, churches, and individual volunteers, led by the Heart of Texas Foundation– have all worked together to bring this “Texas prison miracle of 2011” into being. And now, private funding from the precious Texas citizens is what is needed to grow, and expand, the Seminary. It is and will be a positive catalyst for change from the inside out.

We are now doing it! Seventeen years of testimony at Angola proves that moral rehabilitation works. As we have seen happen in Louisiana prisons, our Seminary will help save Texas lives, reduce victims, reduce violence, save money, and save children of incarcerated parents from following in their parents’ footsteps. As the Angola Seminary has done, we will do. Our Seminary will help save Texas families from being victimized.

Join us– no monthly or annual contribution is too small. We truly need your support to help us meet our goals and the doors that have been opened to our organization. Click here to Donate.


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