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Children of inmates are seventy percent more likely to go to prison than their peers without a parent in prison.

The mission of Lifeline Global is to glorify God by inspiring and equipping men and women, with church and community involvement, to become the godly parents, whom God has designed them to be. Our vision is that every child of an incarcerated parent would have a mother and father who will build a legacy of faith in Christ for their families, regardless of their circumstances.

“Art Rorheim knew something we didn’t know.” says Burl Cain, former warden at Angola State Prison. “He knew that the children were the key to the inmates’ heart.”

The inmate realized he had abandoned his children, and that he was only thinking about himself when he committed his crime. Awana became a key agent in moral rehabilitation and prison rehabilitation. Remember, without morality you’ve only made a smarter criminal, says Cain.

Children desperately need their fathers and mothers to lead and direct them. The longest serving warden at Angola prison went on to say that Malachi Dads and the Returning Hearts Celebration are the most profound, important programs we could do for prison rehabilitation.

Lifeline Global is inspiring and equipping men, women, families, churches and communities to develop godly fathers and mothers regardless of their circumstances.

The principles of Lifeline Global are founded upon a spiritual truth from Malachi 4:6

“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers...” Malachi 4:6

There are three unique programs to Lifeline Global: Malachi Dads, Hannah’s Gift and the Returning Hearts Celebration. Click on the video for a brief 2 min. overview.

The Malachi Dads program offers five books that guide inmate fathers to become godly men and fathers. Psalm One-The Blessed Man is a six-lesson study written by the Malachi Dad inmates at Angola Prison.

The women's program, Hannah's Gift offers inmate mothers the opportunity to have a spiritual impact on their children's lives following the example of Hannah in 2 Samuel. This program has two books plus the Psalm 23 book, written by women at the Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women.

Today (Jan 2019) Awana Lifeline became Lifeline Global, an independent ministry and has programs in about 200 prisons and jails in 30 US states and in 9 prisons internationally: Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Malachi Dads and the Returning Hearts Celebration are the most profound, important programs we could do for prison rehabilitation. ---Burl Cain, Angola Prison Warden (ret.)
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Volunteers play an important role at a Returning Hearts Celebration, and in other capacities. Megan Archer is one of 600 volunteers who will spend one day at Angola. Watch as she shares her experience.

CONTACT: John Walton, Director of Marketing, johnw@lifelineglobal.org (817) 704-2386

Quick Facts about Lifeline:

The ministry effort that has began as Awana Lifeline launched at Angola Prison in Louisiana in 2004. In 2019 it became an independent ministry, Lifeline Global, located in Wichita, KS.

To date, over 200 jails or prisons have used our Malachi Dads and Hannah’s Gift programs, with over 1,500 men having graduated.

The Heart of a Father was the first book in the Malachi Dad curriculum. Currently, there are five Malachi Dads books and four Hannah's Gift books available for purchase. Click on the Curriculum Tab on our website.

Hannah's Gift launched in December 2013. Take a few minutes to watch the video on this program for incarcerated mothers.

In July of 2016 Awana Lifeline held the first international Returning Hearts Celebration in the Dominican Republic. Take a few minutes to watch the video.

While Lifeline Global was launched from Awana Clubs International, Lifeline Global is now its own nonprofit organization and relies completely on the generosity of donors to sustain the ministry and expand its reach. Click here to make a donation.


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