Lifeline Global Ministries

Building a Legacy of Hope in Christ.

aka Lifeline Global, Awana Lifeline   |   Wichita, KS   |  www.lifelineglobal.org

Mission

To restore and equip incarcerated men and women to become godly parents, so that the generational cycle of incarceration can be broken.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Dr. Romney Ruder

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Rev. Mike Broyles

Main address

8918 W. 21st St. N. - Suite 200 #179

Wichita, KS 67205 USA

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Formerly known as

Awana Lifeline

EIN

46-0588427

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to a report released in February, 2008, more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison (Pew, 2000). This accounts for 2,319,258 adults held in American prisons or jails (Mumola, 2000).  In 2008 alone, states spent more than $49 billion on corrections, an increase from $11 billion 20 years before (Mumola, 2008). However, the national recidivism rate remains virtually unchanged, with about half of released inmates returning to jail or prison within three years (Mumola, 2008).  More than 1.5 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18 – approximately two percent of minor children – have a parent serving a sentence in a state or federal prison. This number increases to 2.2 million if one includes jail sentences (Mumola, 2008).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lifeline Global

Lifeline Global recognizes the generational problem of incarceration. Nearly 3 million children in the Us today have a parent in jail or prison. Children of inmates are seven time more likely to end up in prison than their peers. We address the problem at the spiritual level.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Parents

Malachi Dads “Turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” --Malachi 4:6a, NIV

This multi-book curriculum develops purpose and direction in the lives of inmates, elevates the biblical role of fathers and strengthens their life-long influence on their children..

Inmates are then motivated to take steps toward restoration with their children, through letter writing, phone calls and eventually personal face-to-face conversation at events like the Returning Hearts Celebration.

Go to the Lifeline website and click on the “Stories” tab to listen to men express their appreciation for what they’ve learned through being a Malachi Dad.

The program can be tailored to have inmate or outside volunteer facilitators, depending on the rules at your corrections facility.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Hannah's Gift teaches incarcerated mothers to foster a healthy relationship with her child.
Most mothers are the primary caregiver of the home and their absence, due to incarceration, has a great impact on the stability of their children. The life of Hannah and her son as told in 1 Samuel 1-3 serves as a model for this program. Though Hannah did not raise her son in the traditional sense, her role in his life surely shaped the person he became. Despite parenting from a distance, Hannah gave her child a legacy of faith.
Incarcerated mothers have discovered a new hope when they realize that they, like the biblical Hannah can parent from a distance. Similar to Malachi Dads, Hannah's Gift is becoming a thriving ministry bearing much fruit in the lives of incarcerated moms and their children.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Families

Lifeline Global addresses the problem at the spiritual level. Lasting transformation is the result. The Returning Hearts Celebration events allows inmates opportunities to take the necessary steps towards reconciliation.

Whether a fun-filled carnival-like day or an end of the year Christmas party, a Returning Hearts Celebration offers a one-day opportunity for inmate fathers or mothers and their children to experience Christ’s heart for reconciliation, to laugh and cry, play and hug and “ feel like a real parent again.”

“Today is the best day of the year for me. I love this day.” -Rachel Lesley (Rachel has attended Returning Hearts Celebration with her inmate dad for 12 years.)

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of inmates served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Religious groups

Related Program

Lifeline Global

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We measure inmate served by the number of curriculum sold per given month and year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

While this program cannot promise one hundred percent prevention, if a fraction of the 1.5
million children of incarcerated parents are led to a different path than that of crime, the number
of people institutionalized will decrease, including a decrease in the national budget for those
facilities. Additionally, the program reduces recidivism, thus further reducing the number of
inmates. We aim to teach incarcerated mothers and fathers to become godly parents thus changing the lives of their children.

The challenges of any prison rehabilitation program are numerous: what curriculum will
effect real change, how to fund something that many funders believe is a lost cause, what can be
implemented to prevent recidivism—the list goes on. However, Malachi Dads and Hannah’s
Gift are proven programs. The curriculum is tested and has demonstrated real results in the
behavior of the graduates, with prison staff and family members alike attesting to the change.
Both Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift provide graduates skills to parent from a distance, in an
effort to bring about moral rehabilitation and family restoration and reunification. The Returning Hearts Celebration is the culmination of a year’s worth of study thatincludes four quarters: “The Heart of the Father” – covering practical biblical advice for life,
marriage, and parenting; “The Heart of a Man (Part I)” – covering trustworthiness, temptation,
purity, and prayer; “The Heart of the Man (Part II)” – covering the development of godly
character and integrity, and how to be godly examples in their families and community; and
“Malachi Dads Family Restoration” – covering how to pursue healthy relationships in family
both while in prison and upon release. Successful completion of the curriculum allows the men
participation in the Returning Hearts Celebration.

The challenges of any prison rehabilitation program are numerous: what curriculum will
effect real change, how to fund something that many funders believe is a lost cause, what can be
implemented to prevent recidivism—the list goes on. However, Malachi Dads and Hannah’s
Gift are proven programs. The curriculum is tested and has demonstrated real results in the
behavior of the graduates, with prison staff and family members alike attesting to the change.
Both Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift provide graduates skills to parent from a distance, in an
effort to bring about moral rehabilitation and family restoration and reunification. We partner with churches
and other ministry's to accomplish our programs.

Lifeline Global, started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Angola State
Penitentiary--home to over 5,000 inmates--the largest maximum-security prison in the United
States. Collectively, the inmates have over 20,000 children. The fifty-two week curriculum,
Malachi Dads, was brought in by the warden to give these men the tools to recognize their role
as head of the family, to shepherd their children, and to end the cycle of incarceration, whether or
not they will leave the prison in their lifetime.
The program is such a success that it has been replicated in prisons across the country,
having been invited by the current wardens, and expanded to include programs for women as
well: Hannah’s Gift. Lifeline Global programs are currently in 220 prisons, in 29 states, and in 9
countries (Lifeline Global). This ministry is so different from other programs in that it aims to
shift the focus for inmates; rather than focusing on themselves or their own rehabilitation, the
Lifeline Global program forces fathers and mothers to recognize their responsibility and charge
to end the cycle of crime and incarceration. Additionally, other rehabilitation programs focus on
rehabilitating the inmate themselves, so they are not reincarcerated. By reconciling parents with
their children, the rehabilitation of the inmate is attained, but the cycle of crime is also
terminated.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The incarcerated, their families and ministries/organizations that serve them.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Program Partnership Engagements,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are in the process of redesigning our Program partner agreement.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    No essential shift in power as we aim to come alongside our partners and clients. THe feedback though has allowed us to determine ways to better serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Lifeline Global Ministries

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Kulick

Retired Owner of Cici's Pizza

Term: 2018 - 2021

Steve Dixon

CEO &b President of P.B Holdale Co. Inc.

Dr. Kristi Miller

New Orleans Baptist Seminary

Audra langford

iHeart Media

Harold Grier

19th Judical District Court Re-Entry Program

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data