What drives us in this calling? It is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places. For us, those places are where men in solitary confinement live out their days, and often years, alone. Totally alone. They are not allowed to go to church, to attend bible study, to take classes, go to the library, the recreation yard, the cafeteria. They are locked up inside the lockup.
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry
The Heart of Texas Foundation College of Ministry provides the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry to women with extremely long prison sentences. Women with extremely long prison sentences must qualify according to educational and behavioral standards set by and agreed upon between the college and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Each application year, incarcerated women from all over the state of Texas are given the opportunity to apply. A class of up to 40 women are carefully selected. The new class is transferred from all over the state of Texas to the Hobby Unit in Marlin, located one hour north of College Station.
The course listings in the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry degree plan::
The Heart of Texas Foundation regularly visits the Field Ministers in their respective prisons in Texas. There are thirty-three prisons in Texas who have their own team of Field Ministers. Currently there are 162 Field Ministers serving in those 33 prisons, where a total of over 78,000 men are housed.
“Seeing is believing.” There is no more powerful proof of that old expression than to go into a men’s maximum-security prison with us. We often take new friends of our work into the prisons to visit our Field Ministers. We often take donors as well. And our visitors encounter experiences they never could have imagined.