We are honored to welcome Mark Casson as key note speaker at our 2017 Power Breakfast. He is a husband, father, businessman, author and church leader who also happens to have spent over 15 years serving a life sentence in California’s prison system. Come and hear Mark’s message of hope and life change that is possible through Jesus Christ. Please consider sponsoring a table, inviting your friends and helping us to fulfill our mission to “empower formerly incarcerated mothers and their children to achieve a productive and fulfilling life through Jesus Christ.”
My time at Exodus has been a life-changing experience. I have learned more about myself each day. In addition, it has taught me humility, self-worth, structure for me and my children, responsibility, priorities, learning how to budget, and gaining a community of sisters whom I love so much.
I learned that Exodus in the Bible means exit from slavery, and for me, this is my living testimony. I came from a dysfunctional home, and never really had God as a foundation in my life. By the age of 14, I was set on my own ways, experiencing alcohol and drug use which led to me going in and out of jail. I had three handsome boys along the way – Aiden (11), Aaron (10), and Austin (8). My last time in incarceration, I came to a place of surrender. I knew that God’s ways were better than mine and got on my knees, telling God “I can’t do this anymore; I can’t live my life in destruction. Not my will be done, but Yours, God.” I gave my life to Jesus Christ in October of 2014 and got baptized in the Henderson County jail. God gave me a new life, and since then, He has shown me blessing after blessing. [I want to give a special thanks here to Catherine, who has been such a support throughout the whole time. She wrote to me and took care of my kids while I was incarcerated. And I thank her so much for that.]
I heard about Exodus in a pamphlet and wrote to them, not knowing where I would go. They didn’t have any openings and put me on a waiting list, but I had faith that God would make a way for me to get into Exodus. Eventually, Exodus called me for an interview. During the interview, Miss Courtney told me there was a certain Scripture that helped her through her time at Exodus: Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.'” When I left her office after the interview, I picked up a passage from her bowl of Bible verses. It was the exact same one, Jeremiah 29:11. I had tears of joy because of God’s love, and I knew that I was supposed to be at Exodus. They later told me that they wrote me a letter that said they still didn’t have space for me, but I never received that letter. I arrived at Exodus on September 9, 2016, and my children joined me two days later.
Since I’ve been here, God has molded me in every way possible, and He keeps molding me every day. I chose to step out in faith and keep trusting Him, seeking His kingdom first, and everything else will follow. I’ve learned the truths about how God sees me – how I am chosen by God, born again, and adopted into His family.
God placed wonderful people that love us and believe in us in our lives, and that is something we’ve never had before.
Rebecca, a September 2017 graduate of Exodus Ministries