Success Stories

Stories about some of the men and women who volunteer and those who are ministered to through the CJAMM ministries
Tara

Tara

There’s a Bible verse that could be the promise for Tara. It’s Philippians 1:6 (ESV) that says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Tara graduated from the Exodus House-Tulsa on July 14,...

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Lorena

Lorena

Want your eggs sunny side up? Or, would you like to have your life sunny side up? Say hello to Lorena (on the left). She recently graduated from the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) program at Exodus House-Tulsa. One of her major accomplishments, after...

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Horatio

Horatio

Six individuals graduated from the transitional program from incarceration to fresh start on July 14. The outdoor, socially-distancing, ceremony at Exodus House-Tulsa was attended by family, friends, and even seven former graduates. “They came to encourage and support...

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Reentry Photo Audio Essay (USAToday)

Reentry Photo Audio Essay (USAToday)

The apartment was temporary – a cramped living room with a couch covered by a tan sheet. A Bible sat in front of a large-screen television. The Exodus House dwelling is one of many that gives haven to former felons as they try to start over. This is where Melissa...

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Campers on a mission

A prayer circle with benches, flowers in planters, and a fire pit overlooking Lake Texoma now greets campers at Cross Point Camp. The serene spot to pray and meditate was built this summer by children attending New Day Camp I, a program related to the Conference’s Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM).

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Lives Changed @ New Day Camp

Each summer New Day Camp welcomes children (who have an incarcerated parent) to Lake Texoma to ride boats, take swimming lessons from an Olympic swim coach, bike, fish and so much more.

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Stillwater couple gets CJAMM award for service

Volunteer Jim Key made his first trip inside prison walls in 1994, at McAlester. He took with him food that Jean Key had helped prepare, as a United Methodist team introduced a Christian renewal weekend for men incarcerated at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Called Kairos, the program launched at a women’s prison the next year, at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. Jean was on that volunteer team.

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CJAMM’S New Day Camp

I hear stories that often include the phrase “I felt God’s call” or “God spoke to me” so often that I find myself slightly skeptical of God’s involvement in the event. With that said, lately when I am asked to move outside my normal routine, I find myself responding, “Is this you, God? Are you speaking to me? Is this a call?”

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Ex-offender says thanks for grant to Exodus House

Earlier this year, I received a wonderful letter from Meagan Gaddis, a 27-year-old woman from Oklahoma City. She was writing to thank the General Board of Church & Society for the Peace with Justice grant supporting Exodus House, part of Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) of the Oklahoma Conference.

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