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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Congratulations Class Of 2017: Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative!


Reader Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter house of Dallas were truly proud of the hard work, tenacity and achievement of the 160 individuals who was graduating from T.O.R.I. today.  During the Potter's House Sunday Service they celebrated the achievements of  the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative - TORI.


Over the last 12 years, T.O.R.I. has provided housing, employment, healthcare, family reunification and spiritual guidance to over 10,000 people! This program has made a significant impact in the reduction of recidivism rates in the State of Texas. We celebrate our Executive Director, Tina P. Naidoo, the staff, and countless others who work tirelessly to continue reaching our community in this profound way.

As today’s Commencement Speaker, Bryan Stevenson @eji_org so eloquently stated, “Broken people are the ones who are really going to show us how God’s grace works!” We encourage each of the graduates, families and supporters to keep these important points as they move forward in life:
Stay Prayerful
Change the Narrative
Don’t Lose Hope
Be Willing to do Uncomfortable Things to Create Hope
Don’t Measure Yourself the Way the World Measures You
2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is make perfect in weakness
The broken people will show us how grace and compassion works. The opposite of poverty is justice. 

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  1. THAT IS WHAT MINISTRY IS ALL ABOUT. MORE AND MORE CHURCHES NEED TO HAVE A PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. MINISTRY IS MORE THAN THE PASTORS FAMILY.

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  2. Miss Ann,

    TORI is a good social initiative, but it doesn't teach the graduates the importance of keeping God's commandments.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 is for those who have come to the saving knowledge of Christ and have purposed to live according to the precepts of God (2 Corinthians 12:10 Paul is willing to suffer all for the sake of Christ). Have these graduates been made ready for this?

    No! Because the important points they have to remember do not include obedience to God's commandments above all!

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