Prison

Unveiling the Church Behind Bars

What if the Key to Transforming a Prison Was Simply Building a Kingdom Church Behind Bars?

John was notorious for being a top prison gang leader.  Once he turned his life over to Christ, the hate and anger melted into a tender heart filled with humility and praise. He is now a leader of a different breed, ushering his fellow brothers into God’s presence through worship. God has blessed John with an exceptional musical gift that was eclipsed by a false identity.  Connecting with his true identity and purpose not only has changed John, but now impacts each person that touches his life. To talk with John today, you’d never guess his past had been so violent. The miracle of salvation unleashed a spiritual giant behind bars.

There are many gifted leaders locked behind bars, paying the price for their crime, and rightfully so. However, their identity isn’t tied to their crime anymore than our identity is tied to the sin in our past. God doesn’t disqualify them from the Body of Christ. The fact that they’re in prison doesn’t mean they can’t accomplish great things–that’s just a zip code change.  Prisoners are reminded everyday of their failures and serious mistakes, but there comes a point when they become equipped to join us in advancing God’s kingdom.

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Healing Wings Ministries invites you to participate in planting The Church Behind Bars in the state of Florida. This is NOT another prison program. This is a church plant opportunity to raise up an army of end time warriors. Your financial partnership will enable prisoners like John, to be groomed in leadership as God’s champions.

Solid Rock Ministry in partnership with Healing Wings Ministries will adopt:

  • Men’s Correctional Institution: TBD
  • Lowell Correctional Institution: USA’s largest women’s prison and home of Florida’s death row.

We need to raise a total of 100 K to resource the Church Behind Bars Initiative.  

This amount will be broken into 4 fundraising phases to cover:  
Development ~ Annual Operating Budget ~ Administrative Upgrades ~ Launching ~ Evaluation

OUR GOALS:

  • Plant a prototype church inside 2 prisons to raise up incarcerated leaders to cross over into their inheritance, and occupy the territory of these church plants.
  • 144 training sessions over a 12 month period to equip leaders to be evangelists and missionaries.
  • Teach inmates to expand the Kingdom through discipleship and ministering to new believers.
  • Intensive Bible training and teaching on the roles and sacraments of the Church.
  • Equip the Church Behind Bars how to operate in community as the Body of Jesus Christ.
  • Publish the documented results in a book to motivate a paradigm shift in prison ministry methods within the U.S.
  • Distribute this book to prisons, wardens, chaplains and those in prison ministry.

Will you join us in partnering with God in prison as we plant and unveil the Church Behind Bars?

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Our fundraising strategy is to launch 4 campaign phases, each broken down into segments in order to raise a total of $100 K to resource this vision.

Visit our fundraising campaign at: GIVESENDGO

Because this is a crowdfunding campaign, we not only count on your donations, we need you to share our heart and vision with others!

During our first Phase, we will concentrate on the annual operating budget necessary to enable us to focus on developing the curriculum and tools required for adequate training and equipping leadership in these 2 prisons.

PHASE 1- DEVELOPMENT PHASE (will consist of 3 segments)

  • Develop the Prototype Church Model
  • Develop Strategic Curriculum
  • Develop the External Resources we’re bringing into both prisons: Men and Women
  • Develop Assessment Tools and Measuring Methods to Gauge the Success of This Model

♦  Segment I       $12,977samp70d0a1604f2cba39

  • A portion of our annual budget 
  • Funds to hire people that can oversee components of this project  

♦  Segment II       $12,977

  • A portion of the annual budget
  • Resource materials

♦  Segment III      $12,977

  • A portion of the annual budget
  • Transportation and expenses for out of state strategy meetings

PHASE 2– ADMINISTRATIVE UPGRADES (will consist of 2 Segments)

**All Healing Wings Systems and ministry equipment must be upgraded to support this 12 month project, as well as continue to raise funds to cover the annual budget

♦  Segment I       $12,730

  • A portion of the annual budget $9000
  • Administrative Systems: 
    • Accounting and Bookkeeping services- $1730
    • Website Overhaul- $2000

♦  Segment II       $12,700

  • A portion of the annual budget $9000
  • Equipment Upgrades:   
    • RV Service (150 Point Inspection), Maintenance & Tune-Up- $2000
    • Buy the correct 5th Wheel Receiver Hitch- $1200

PHASE 3– LAUNCHING PHASE 2017

PHASE 4– EVALUATION and DISTRIBUTION 2018

 

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Look at the Fruit We Harvested TOGETHER…

Mission Accomplished!

Mission Accomplished!

What an amazing work God accomplished inside these prisons in just 2 weeks! Each event was packed to capacity! We told the men, “People back home have donated their hard earned money just so you would know God has not forgotten you behind these walls!” Because of you, there were many who surrendered completely to Christ; some for the very first time, and many others who surrendered un-yielded areas in their life.

The Ministry

Music evangelism– testimonies– preaching the WORD!

A former Satanist got saved after hearing Mark preach from Romans. He said, “Thank you for making that clearer than I’ve ever heard it put. I’ve been in prison for 39 years. I’ve doubted God all my life. I was a hardcore biker and a Satanist. I actually helped Anton LaVey start the Church of Satan in Orlando, Florida. I never really understood what Jesus did, but tonight it hit me while you were talking.

Biblical teaching to equip the indigenous church behind the walls:

We saw HUGE breakthrough in the area of shame and forgiveness. Debbie had just finished teaching on the importance of forgiving oneself, and not allowing the shame of our failures to disqualify us from our God given assignment. Robin taught on identity, then shared a traumatic event that happened years ago at the hands of a stranger. She said, “Some of you need to hear the words…” And so, side by side, we told these men,  “I FORGIVE YOU…on behalf of every woman you’ve hurt”

Activating and empowering:

Debbie had lost her voice and asked the men to stretch their hands forth in faith and pray for healing in her vocal chords. The men got to see immediate fruit from that prayer! God uses EVERYTHING to show HIMSELF glorious!

One on One ministry time:

We prayed for pictures of their children. We ministered healing to tPraying For Childrenheir brokenness; touching and loving the untouchables, breaking off chains of condemnation and setting the captive free!      

Baptisms:

We were thrilled to work with Chaplain Spanos again at one of the prisons! It was a unique opportunity to follow up on the fruit from our time there last October. We discovered some of those we had equipped last year began to “father” those new in the faith! On the last day we held baptisms once again. These proud “fathers” stood on the front row, as their “students” went into the water dead to sin, only to come up alive in Christ!

The response was over-the-top surrendered lives! †

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A good majority of these prisoners have received life sentences. But I have to tell you, the church within the prison system in the state of Florida is rising up from the ashes!

The challenge in prison ministry isn’t getting prisoners saved, God has gotten their attention! Many wind up in prison because they can’t outrun God. I believe the challenge lies in helping them understand their crime hasn’t disqualified them from their purpose or assignment in this earth. That’s just geography! God hasn’t changed His mind about them or His plan for them. This kind of impact takes forgiving themselves, and coming into alignment with their God-given identity. It means taking their life off “hold,” and embracing the call upon their life. If those assignments were insignificant, why then would the devil try so hard to take them out? It takes breaking off the chains of shame and condemnation so they can be free and empowered to influence the mission field all around them, every single day!

What better way to change prison statistics? The ones who parole out, DON’T COME BACK! And those who stay, get to change the whole atmosphere inside the walls of their mission ground. I like those statistics!

It is with great love and appreciation for your role in our ministry that I say… THANK YOU FOR SENDING US…THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US and THANK YOU FOR PRAYING!

Together, we are making a difference!

Debbie, Randy and Robin

We still have $9000 more to raise in order to cover this year’s outreach commitments. Would you consider making a donation today?  

Please help us get the word out by forwarding this blog or sharing with your friends on Facebook. 

You can donate through our fundraising campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/HW-Untouchables

Or send us a check through the mail: HEALING WINGS MINISTRIES — PO Box 11182 — Englewood CO — 80151-1182 

303.789.0950 —  www.healingwings.com

OUR TEAM

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 James & Brittany Cox [Life on the Verge]–Robin D’Haillecourt [Healing Wings]— Scotty Hazen–Mark Mason [Life on the Verge]–Harley Lamoureux–Michael Traylor–Debbie Milligan [Healing Wings]–Suzan Mason [Life on the Verge]–Not shown but equally present: John and Raylene Swanger [Cross and Clef]

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Seven Streams of Ministry For Greater Impact

Mission Statement: Healing Wings Ministries reaches out worldwide to the broken, bound and spiritually lost by offering hope through Jesus Christ.  Our mission is not only for wounded hearts to be healed, but for people to be transformed and connected with their true identity, so they can be fully equipped as God’s Ambassadors.

Vision Statement: The vision of Healing Wings Ministries is to see people restored back to God’s original design: healed, set free and made whole. We envision them transformed, operating in community, and rising up in their Kingdom identity to accomplish their purpose and dance in their destiny.  

Isaiah 11:15~He will break it up into seven streams, so that men can cross over in sandals.

Our vision is designed to channel through seven streams of ministry to set the captives!  Up until now, we have been very active in missions work both internationally and nationally. We have been involved in countless prison events, community outreaches and motorcycle rallys. We are now expanding into greater territory of operation by activating “Wings on the Ground”, our Rapid Response Stream, as well as expanding our missions department and establishing our Sozo Center.

    1. MUSIC AND WORSHIP

  • Sozo Gatherings: House Concerts as a tool for outreach in an intimate setting and Worship Gatherings used as a vehicle to create greater unity within communities.
  • Community Outreaches
  • Biker Events
  • Recovery Groups
  • Covert Worship and Intercessory Operations in partnership with missionaries and other organizations in order to plow the spiritual ground they are called to.
  • Internship to mentor and activate musicians through a tangible experience of ministry.

2. PRISON

  • Prison Concert Events
  • Prison Aftercare Program

3. SOZO [Wholeness] CENTER  To help individuals and families move towards freedom and transformation through the following:

  • Counseling
  • Healing and deliverance
  • Training and equipping

4. MISSIONS DEPARTMENT To provide short term resources for missions organizations and churches

  • Develop musicians and worship teams to be used for short term missions opportunities
  • Utilize each opportunity as a tool to mentor and connect musicians experience of doing ministry

5. RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

  • Transport supplies and emergency aid to comminutes in crisis
  • Provide on-site teams for assistance and support
  • Network with organizations to provide emotional and trauma relief

6. PROJECT RESTORATION

  • Restore communities through a series of events involving intercession, networking, worship and ministry to usher in healing and greater unity within the Body of Christ.
  • Equip and empower Believers, enabling them to maximize their  impact, and expand the Kingdom within their community

7. W3 COMPANY [Worship-Word-Warrior] 

  • Establish an internship program for young adults who are called to ministry, missions or worship.
  • Equip and activate them as the next generation of worship warriors by providing ministry opportunities in the field.

Will you help us launch the next phase of Healing Wings Ministries in order to make a greater impact? You can help us make a bigger difference in this world by donating today! 

Healing Wings Ministries is a 501 c3 organization. All Gifts are tax deductible

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We Now Interrupt Your Program for a Florida Missions Update!

We are finally home and thrilled to have been used so mightily to advance God’s kingdom. There were so many men and women who responded to the Gospel message that we stopped counting!  Really, it’s not about the numbers anyway. Instead, it’s about each heart being touched by a loving God in such a radical way that it forever changes that life! Regardless if that happens for one person or many, it is worth the price of admission.

We were able to do multiple events in each prison, enabling us to build a level of trust and confidence with the inmates.

God knit together a phenomenal ministry team that traveled from all parts of the country:  John Swanger, our “resident” ex-offender, made the road trip with us from Denver; Rob Horton flew in from Colorado; Kenny Selweighardt flew down from New Jersey; both Marco DeSciscio and Scott Hazen were from the Florida area. These team players were able to light up the sky with their passion and their musical talent.

Here are some of the prison highlights from partnering with Solid Rock Ministry:

  ♦ At the men’s facility, we spent 2 days bringing men back into their destinies through music, teaching and prayer. Randy hosted the prayer room for one-on-one time with these men. Each event was packed to capacity. What an amazing display of God’s tenderness as grown men, who survive in prison by wearing a tough facade, broke down in tears when we prayed for them and their families. Many responded to the invitations given; not only salvation, but as Debbie taught on the importance of renewing the mind and taking thoughts captive, there was an overwhelming response!

♦ We spent another 2 days at the women’s facility. There was such a move of God that we’re still spinning! In the spirit, doors that had been locked down for years burst wide open. It was a time ordained by God for life changing experiences and the results were massive! In fact one of the guards came up to us exclaiming, “I’ve never seen anything like it…”

♦  John told the women they could fire the guard who has been holding their hearts and get a new boss, “Jesus,” who would protect it from then on.  Many did just that and entered a new walk in the Lord!

 Debbie taught on God’s design for wholeness and the barriers (brokenness–shame/fear–unforgiveness) that block freedom and transformation.

♦ Robin illustrated how shame and fear keep you bound by sharing her story of being brutally raped at knife point. In this kind of vulnerability, many women asked for their hearts to be healed as well!

♦ Randy shared on the importance of forgiveness, then stood in the gap for all the men who had ever hurt them, then got down on his knees asking for forgiveness….oh my! Chains began breaking off these incarcerated women. All across the chapel this breakthrough anointing was busting people out of captivity!

Later that evening, we were privileged to hear many stories of how God radically touched these women.

→ Her daughter’s boyfriend had just murdered her 2 year old grandbaby 2 days ago, and the emotional pain that tormented her was horrendous. The Lord touched her heart with His comfort and healing.

→ Another was able to forgive a grandfather who had molested her for so many years.

→ She had been married to a man who abused her and wound up sentenced to prison. She was able to finally forgive him after struggling with bitterness for 37 years.

→ Another was terrified to give all her life to Christ because she had been so wounded it was hard to trust anyone. Jesus radically set her free!

→ Still another woman’s heart received such a healing touch from the Lord that it physically burned for hours.

→ One woman testified to being healed of 28 tumors when Tony had prayed for her last year!

→ Healing, comfort, forgiveness, and liberty all branded the lives of these precious women, ushering in transformation.

→ It also created a rippling effect as these women carried the message to others who hadn’t been able to come, and they too were set free and present to testify about it!

Thank you to those who participated in this extraordinary mission’s trip! Your prayers plowed the field and many, many lives have been transformed because of your loving support. Together, we have taken back ground from the enemy and tasted the fruit of victory!

Co-Laboring Together for HIS Sake,

Debbie, Randy and Robin

Healing Wings Ministries

Texas or Bust

We finished strong today! I know you have been waiting to hear the wonderful things the Lord has done on this trip, so here I sit in a little corner at Starbucks trying to pull up all that is stored in my heart. To be able to have played a role in prisoners and the homeless opening their hearts to God and His outrageous love has been a tremendous privilege! We have ministered in many different settings, and though the settings have been diverse, the message of hope for healing and wholeness has been consistent. We have sowed seeds in the fertile soil of great need because of your prayers, support and your contributions.

Here are a couple of highlights:
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  • Jewel had come to Haven For Hope to get protection from a family that abused her and to start a new life. The unbearable pain in her heart was etched deep in her countenance. We prayed for the healing hand of Jesus to reach into those deep places and begin His work of redemption and restoration.
  • Susan wept from the shame of abandoning her children to pay the price of crime. Crack had cost her everything, not only her family, but also her vocal chords. As I prayed for her, God began to loose that which held her throat in bondage. She began to cough and gag, spitting out what appeared to be “scales” that covered her vocal chords. As people starting running over to help, I leaned down and asked her, “Is this normal?”  She said, “No, God is healing me!” I quickly reassured the many other women waiting for prayer not to be afraid. 🙂 The Chaplain told us with a grin, “I’m not letting you pray for me!”
  • Robin shared her testimony as well as her passion everywhere we went. Several women connected with the trauma of being kidnapped and violated at knife point.
  • In a few short days, many entered into the Kingdom by saying YES to Jesus!
  • Our Sozo Gathering at the Crews’ home was an amazing time of strengthening and refreshening for us as well as this house church.
  • We also experienced a weekly gathering at Smokey John’s BBQ in Dallas that calls themselves “God’s hospital.” Gathered in this place are people all ages, from different ethnic backgrounds that bring the sick and the wounded for prayer.

This has been the most unstructured trip we’ve ever done. Robin and I left home last week knowing that God would put the right people in our path with the right invitations to accept.  The new relationships we have established are enabling us to lengthen the cords and expand the tent pegs of Healing Wings. God has directed each step and provided for us in the journey. We have felt the faithful praying and have moved in strength and confidence.  This is only a beginning; there are many prisons here in Texas that were not able to accommodate us at this time due to being short handed or in “lock-down”, but next year is full of rich possibilities!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am especially thankful for you and all who have participated in advancing the Kingdom of God in Texas.  This my friends is the Body of Christ in action, working together as God’s torch bearers to bring hope and light!

Robin and I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with reflection, for we really do have much to be thankful for!
For His Sake and Theirs,
Debbie Milligan and Robin D’Haillecourt

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We finished strong today! I know you have been waiting to hear the wonderful things the Lord has done on this trip, so here I sit in a little corner at Starbucks trying to pull up all that is in my heart. To play a role in prisoners and the homeless opening their hearts to God and His outrageous love has been a tremendous privilege! We have ministered in many different settings…from church to prison to a homeless shelter to a house church to a lunch Bible study at Smokey John’s in Dallas. And though the settings have been diverse, the message of hope for healing and wholeness has been consistent. We have witnessed many entering into the Kingdom through a relationship with Christ and we have had the opportunity to pray for many as well.  We have sowed seed in the fertile soils of great need because of your prayers, support and your contributions.

For more on the trip:

This has been the most unstructured trip we’ve ever done. Robin & I left home last week knowing that God would put the right people in our path with the right invitations to accept.  God has directed each step and provided for us in the journey. We have felt the faithful praying and have moved in strength and confidence.  This is only a beginning…there are many prisons here in Texas that were not able to accommodate us at this time due to being short handed or in “lock-down”, but next year is full of rich possibilities!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am especially thankful for you and all who have participated in advancing the Kingdom of God in Texas.  Yeah! The Body of Christ in operation, working together as God’s torch bearers to bring hope and light!

Robin and I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with reflection of all the Lord has done for you!

For His Sake,

Debbie Milligan