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Incarcerated Youth

With your help, we’re changing lives.

We help

Incarcerated Youth

With your help, we’re changing lives.

Finding Freedom & Forgiveness Through Jesus

Teams of trained Faithful Friend volunteers routinely go into state and county juvenile prison facilities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Small Group & One-on-One Mentoring

We mentor students still held in incarceration through correspondence, small group Bible studies, one-on-one mentoring visitations, and vocational training and experience workshops.

Talented Performers & Artists

Les, Pepper and other talented performers and artists entertain with illusions, music, athletic demonstrations, and motorcycles to establish a foundation upon which relationships can be built.

Reduced Violence & Recidivism

Our program has publicly documented, proven results in reducing inmate violence and recidivism through programs for youth during their incarceration, partial furlough, and post-adjudication release.

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We pledge to go to as many opportunities for ministry as possible, to educate and encourage lay persons to become involved in juvenile assistance programs, and to raise financial support for juvenile programs.

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If you have a heart to reach troubled youth, please consider becoming a Faithful Friend Volunteer! The gift of your time and enthusiasm can really make a difference in the lives of young people who need your help.

In this lesson

Focus on Jesus Christ

In this illustration, students are introduced to Pepper. Her English command “come” is explained. Les spells out Pepper’s assignment, which is to lie down and stay. The students’ job is to coax her to get up from her position and come to them.

To emphasize the temptations the world brings, Les hands dog treats to the students to arm them with what would be tempting to most dogs. Les highlights how to Pepper, treats are just as enticing as drugs, sex, or gang violence can be to students.

After the students call to her a few times, they usually notice she is not looking at them at all and is still lying down as previously instructed. Les has been giving her a subtle hand signal throughout the exercise, and she is watching for that signal to change.

To enliven this point, Les suggests perhaps a bigger temptation would work, so he throws a slice of hot dog meat in front of Pepper. In obedient fashion, she stares intently at the food and may even drool, but she will always stay put and look back at her master. The parallel is drawn that when focused on the temptation, the sin nature will cause one to fall every time. However, focusing on our heavenly Father and His Word will never lead one astray.

Les takes out his Bible and talks to the students about the importance of reading God’s Word. God’s instructions are clear, but if one never reads the Bible, it is impossible to know what is pleasing to God. More importantly, if you have no relationship with Him, how can one know His direction for life?

The world has much to offer, and the voices inside our heads may seem to be telling us what God would have us do. However, His word is as plain and clear as Les’ hand signal to Pepper. To demonstrate further, Les will ask Pepper to lie down like before. She is given same hand signal to stay, followed by a voice command to come. She will look directly at Les but will not move an inch. Les demonstrates that Pepper may think she hears Les’ voice, but she has learned to discern the true and right command, which is to stay.

“ I was in prison and you came to me… ”

MATTHEW 25:36

In this lesson

Drop Bad Habits

With this lesson Les asks if the students have ever tried to teach a dog to fetch a ball and return it. Most have and many of them will laugh when Les demonstrates with Pepper a dog’s propensity to hang on to the ball instead of letting go. Les asks Pepper to drop the ball, and she immediately complies.

Les will throw the ball for her, and as she is bringing it back, Les asks her to drop it. She is again obedient and drops it. The first ball is a small, worn, dingy ball, and Les compares this ball to a bad habit. Dogs (and people) will hang on to something which they are used to, whether or not it is a wise choice. Les then demonstrates how smart Pepper is and how she has learned to drop a bad habit.

Les takes out a new larger ball and throws it for her. When she brings this one back, Les asks her to drop it. When she does, she gets a tasty treat. This shows Pepper’s understanding that there are better things to fill her life (or mouth) with if she will be obedient. Les emphasizes that when good things fill our lives, there is no room for the bad habits.

“ Remember those in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. ”

HEBREWS 13:3

In this lesson

Controlling Your Anger

All dogs bark and Pepper will bark when a command is given either using a hand signal or verbal command. The students are asked which of the two methods they would like to see that will cause her to bark. Les gives the command and Pepper will bark but while she is barking Les will give her another hand signal to lie down and be quiet. She will drop immediately and even lay her chin between her paws.

Les speaks about how easy it is sometimes for us to lose our temper but can we turn it off as quickly as Pepper can. Les can make a humorous or serious visual lesson out of this to fit the situational need of his audience.

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10aug9:00 am12:00 pmEvangelism9:00 am - 12:00 pm John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center, 4700 Community Avenue, McKinney, TX 75071

12oct9:00 am12:00 pmEvangelism9:00 am - 12:00 pm John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center, 4700 Community Avenue, McKinney, TX 75071

14dec9:00 am12:00 pmFeaturedChristmas Celebration9:00 am - 12:00 pm John R. Roach Juvenile Detention Center, 4700 Community Avenue, McKinney, TX 75071

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