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 below!
We have received tons of mail from kids all over the United States. Some are submissions, but many are letters thanking us for FRUIT. magazine and sharing how hit has helped them. Some of them are just asking for prayer, advice, or just simply want to share their stories. The response has been incredible.
One young man wrote us that while he was locked up, another kid in his unit gave him a copy of FRUIT. magazine (in this facility we have only been able to provide 1/3 of the population with a copy of FRUIT.) The kid shared that he was so far away from God and had such a hard time growing up that he tore up the magazine and threw it in the trash. Then, that night when he went to his bunk, sitting on his desk was another copy of FRUIT. magazine. He said he stayed up all night thinking about it and finally decided to give it a shot and read it. He shared that he is glad he did because now he is a soldier for Christ and has started attending Bible studies. He finished by encouraging other kids to make the decision to follow Jesus and thanking us for FRUIT. magazine. We have had several other teens write us and say how the magazine changed their mind about God which then changed the way they live their life.
God is not only using FRUIT. magazine to minister to youth, He's also using it to give hope to adult inmates. We get a lot of letters from inmates requesting a copy of FRUIT. magazine. The magazine manages to get passed around to different prisons. One testimony we received was about a man who had received a copy of the FRUIT. magazine 10 with Pyrexx on the cover. In the article we discussed how people don’t have to look a certain way to be a Christian – how Pyrexx can minister to a whole group of people some Christians may not be able to reach. He’d never heard that before and always thought he couldn’t be a Christian because of his past and how he looked. God used FRUIT. to open his eyes and he became a Christian.
All of the facilities we have worked with love FRUIT. magazine. We’ve even had to remind staff that the magazines are for the kids. Perhaps the best testimony we can give to show how the facilities themselves value FRUIT. magazine is to share that several sponsor the facilities themselves for the youth they serve. That is HUGE! We even have heard of kids starting their own Bible studies in the facilities using FRUIT. magazine.
The ministries we work with such as Youth For Christ, Eyes On Me, and Free The Captives all have stories of how FRUIT. has helped the kids they serve or how we have helped to share the mission of their organizations with our readers. One example is from James Odom, Executive Director of Alternative Behavior and Gang Educator. While he was working with youth in Harris County's gang unit, he met a young man who wouldn't open up and talk to him. He was very deep into the gang lifestyle. James tried different ways to engage this young man, then brought FRUIT. magazine with him one day and asked the young man if he'd ever read one. The young man responded, “Yeah, I’ve read that – that’s real... they know.” James then shared that he was the author of the Gangs 2 Glory column. After that, the kid opened up and was completely different toward him. The kid even encouraged other people to open up when talking to James allowing him to work in more lives.
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