The Department of Community Supervision today approved Newpoint Partnership’s Christian Brother Program for inclusion in it’s T.H.O.R. directory. The Transitional Housing for Offender Recovery directory provides the Board of Pardons and Paroles with facilities that meet the DCS standards for both Residential Recovery and Structured Housing programs. Newpoint falls under the Structured Housing category, as we do not accept those who have mandated drug or alcohol treatment requirements. Newpoint Partnership’s program is the only structure housing program in southeast Georgia.
Julius Campbell runs a ministry out of Savannah called Inc to Inc (Incarcerated to Incorporated). Through it he produces a weekly podcast to encourage and edify everyone about the contributions released citizens are making to their communities. I was blessed to be on their October 1st podcast with Pamela Hillman, who leads Life Changers Legacy ministry in Cumming. Newpoint and Life Changers are complementary ministries in that a major function of Life Changers is to mentor those who are inside the prison, while Newpoint works to support after prison those who were transformed by Jesus in prison. The podcast can be accessed here (Scroll to start at 1:41):
Newpoint Partnership is seeking a Discipleship and Residence Director for Newpoint House. The man should be called to post-prison ministry and have skills appropriate for managing a Christian, post-prison transitional program. Please contact our Executive Director for further information.
Praise God, Newpoint Partnership has received its Certificate of Occupancy for Newpoint House and it is now ready to receive its first Christian Brothers! Please help us “Spread The Word”, as we’re eager to receive our first residents as soon as possible. Christian men who desire to live a life that reflects their true calling in Christ are encouraged to apply. Information regarding applying and requests for applications can be found at the Newpoint Partnership website, NewpointPartnership.org , or click here.
Newpoint Partnership is hosting dinners and Bible studies the next two Sundays for neighbors and friends, in preparation for Christmas. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of the season and lose track of the reason for the season. Jesus’ advent is foretold in the Old Testament and the fulfillment of these prophecies is chronicled in the New Testament. The first night we’ll focus on some of the many places in the Old Testament that foretells his coming. If you’d like to join us, please give us a call!
Three students from the College of Coastal Georgia have been helping out with Newpoint Partnership’s social media needs. It’s part of a program whereby the students gain experience and aid the community while solving real-life problems and needs. Many thanks to Misty, Bryson & Kailar for setting up MailChimp and improving our FaceBook page!
We are pleased to announce that First Baptist Church of Brunswick, GA has approved an $18,000 grant to Newpoint Partnership for use against the startup costs of the ministry. This infusion of cash will go a long way toward ensuring our start-up costs are covered. What a blessing, especially with our Discipleship & Residence Director starting on March 8th! This is another example of the support in our community for our ministry and a confirmation that this type of residential program is needed to ensure that Christian Brothers exiting prison will be supported, trained, and encouraged in the life to which Jesus has called them. Thank You First Baptist Church!
Mike Samulak has accepted the position of Disciple & Residence Director (DRD) at Newpoint Partnership. He will be the first DRD of Newpoint House. Born and raised in Michigan in a Russian-Polish family, he loves to study his heritage and it’s language. He accepted Christ as an early teen, but a few years later walked away from his faith. Later in life, after several re-attempts, he finally found himself facing the consequences of many poor choices and criminal charges, both state and federally. Upon incarceration, he began praying and reading the Word, daily. He felt the calling on his life to make a final change and recommit his life to the Lord. He began by facilitating different groups, such as A/A and N/A groups, in order to start sharing the love of Christ with fellow inmates. Through these groups and programs, he felt a heavy calling on his life, a life of ministry. After 5 years of confinement, he re-entered civilian life with a new perspective and a new love, one for sharing the gospel! He began facilitating men’s Bible study groups, began working in the field of construction, and continued to provide support of fellow parolee’s by attending state mandated groups once his parole was up. He has also joined fellow believers and some leaders of other denominations in other weekly prayer meetings. Newpoint has given Mike the opportunity to fulfill the calling God has placed on his life and allowed him the chance to give back what was given to him by the grace of God. The scripture placed on Mike’s heart, that describes him best is this: Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.”