Meditating With God

It’s no secret that we all get distracted with our day-to-day lives and issues. And the fact that we are all connected to each other with our phones and computers gives even further distraction to what’s important: spending time with God. The only way to do this is to take time to unplug and unwind.

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Tera Swigart
July FRUIT. magazine Club

This month’s FRUIT. magazine Clubs were indeed productive ones! With Issue 19, we sat with the attending young ladies to discuss the toxic relationships and what to do about them.

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Tera Swigart
The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Unfortunately this is a common misconception but there are NO benefits to using e-cigarettes. This should be an obvious fact, but justifications have been made for using them. Middle schoolers and high schoolers are using e-cigarettes more and more. In fact, they are the most-used tobacco product by kids today. We need to talk about the dangers that go with them.

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Hannah Johnson
Kids Art and Writing

We are always amazed at the submissions we receive from our readers. The art and writing can be thought-provoking, like we can see into the life of the child through their work. These kids want to be heard.

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Hannah Johnson
Human Trafficking

We want to help the youth we work with to find their way to God with as many resources as possible. Most of the topics we discuss are not just fun and games. The teens we work with face real and serious issues so we address those issues to help them get through whatever they are facing.

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Tera Swigart
Talent Show

We recently had the privilege of partnering with Youth for Christ Houston and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department to showcase the talented young singers, dancers and rappers in the facilities.

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Tera Swigart
Ministry Spotlight: Eyes On Me

Eyes On Me is a ministry that we partner with. They have a similar vision as we do: to help kids who are in severe situations and are in need of the guidance of Christ. The ministry goes to “statistically low-income, high crime, overlooked, and under-served” areas.

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Tera Swigart
Testimonies from FRUIT. magazine Club

We work to make FRUIT. magazine more than just something to read but a tool to help kids in juvenile facilities to make positive life changes. One way we make FRUIT. magazine more tangible to our kids is through FRUIT. magazine club. We open up with an ice breaker to connect with the students, read and discuss articles from the magazine, and then close in prayer.

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Tera Swigart
How To Get Involved With Freestyle Ministries

We understand people may be interested in getting involved with our ministry but may feel like they don’t have the time to commit or don’t know how to get involved. The truth is, we have plenty of ways to get involved! Some ways are quick and easy and some ways take more time depending on your schedule and what you are most interested in. Read all of the options!

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Tera Swigart
Impact of FRUIT. magazine

When finding out about Freestyle Ministries and FRUIT. magazine, it is only natural to wonder what the actual impact is of the magazine. We have seen FRUIT. magazine impact many people from the kids we work to serve to the facilities they are in as well as the ministries we partner with and even adult inmates! Read about the impact of each group!

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Tera Swigart
Why Fund The 5th is Needed

Did you know that roughly 80,000 youth are in the juvenile justice system annually? Did you know that about 70% of them are headed to prison? That is the equivalent of over 74 average sized high schools full of kids heading for prison.

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Tera Swigart
Fund The 5th Launch at SXSW

This month, we had the amazing opportunity to help bring Christian Hip Hop to SXSW, a music festival in Austin, TX, as a sponsor for the Reflect Greatness Showcase put on by Reflection Music Group, Rapzilla, and HipHopDX. We had SO much fun and we were honored to be part of a showcase that was full of talent but also full of artists wanting to share their heart for Jesus.

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Tera Swigart
An Inspiring Submission


Many of the at risk youth we work with in juvenile facilities are very talented artists, poets, rappers, and writers. These teens have the ability to mail us their work to submit into FRUIT. Magazine for our thousands of readers across the nation to see. We get so many amazing, breathtaking, beautiful, and thought provoking submissions for each issue. We wanted to share with you something we received from a talented and wise young lady.

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Tera Swigart
Bryan Stevenson - Human Rights Hero; Issue 17 Feature Article

As I drove along the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in the fall of last year, I was filled with a sense of adventure. I had secured an interview with one of my personal heroes just a few weeks before. Not having the money to fly, I drove. As I got closer to my destination I began to wonder what it would be like to meet this man whom I’d looked up to, read about, watched interviews of, and was the author of the critically acclaimed book I was currently reading, Just Mercy.

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Tera Swigart