Students Give Thanks
Students are very poignantly and articulately expressing their thanks for being in the Bachelors Degree Program at our Prison Seminary – Operation Transformation at Waupun Correctional Institution. All are serving either extended long-term or life-time sentences. Some entered the adult system as juveniles and quite literately grew up in the prison system, knowing only incarceration and hopelessness. They talk of the many years of hardship, including long periods in solitary confinement, and disciplinary actions, before turning their lives around to become examples for other prisoners. Impressively they give firsthand accounts of the value and impact of our program, starting with a new way to live. They talk about making good choices and encouraging others to do the same, to “walk a God path” and showing others the way out of pain and suffering by knowing our Lord. They acknowledge that they are already experiencing the “ripple effect” by redefining their kinship relationships outside of the prison walls, and reuniting with parents and children after years of estrangement. One is already preparing to address issues of addiction within his own family. Others are seeing a shift in their families as they set a powerful example of redemption for their children. For all of this we have you to thank. We are grateful for your prayers, your connections, and your generous donations. Without you the Wisconsin Inmate Education Association could not deliver on the promise and impact of Operation Transformation. We are very grateful for your continued support for this life changing ministry!
For our many supporters, that they feel the heartfelt gratitude expressed by our students and the WIEA family for their prayer support and generous donations.
For our 41 students, that they continue to find strength and thanks in the gifts of our Lord. That they grow in faith and community with each other, their fellow prisoners, and with those whom they seek a relationship with outside of Waupun.
For our Deans and faculty, that they are uplifted by the gratitude their students and the WIEA family feel for them.
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, unto thee we give thanks, for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.” -Psalm 75:1