By now you may be wondering about Sowing Seeds, what we do and why we do it. And what about the future?
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This part is simple. Sowing Seeds Ministries exists to bring the message and love of Christ to prisoners, ex-offenders, children, the homeless and anyone willing to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts.
To do this we visit prisons, youth offender institutes, schools, churches and just about everywhere to deliver our message of hope and faith.
Gram alone currently sees some 200 people a week. Speaking to individuals and to groups, Gram talks of his belief in hope through faith.
Gram leads Alpha courses for those from a damaged and troubled past. During his talks, Gram tells of his life story, without glamourising his past, encouraging listeners to choose another life-style away from crime.
As well as all of Gram's work out and about we also have a Discipleship Centre based in Stockton-On-Tees, this is a place where anyone is welcome, we offer a support network to struggling people and are also in liaisons with rehabilitation centres and various shelters/organisations within the local community.
Our Discipleship Centre is also a place of worship as well as fellowship, we offer a range of events and activities ranging from weekly church meetings to yearly events such as pantomimes for local
families and Easter stalls with amazing activities, check out what we're up to here or feel free to just drop in any time, we're open 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday and everyone is welcome.
The simple answer is that we have to. But let Gram explain, in his own words;
"My heart beats every day for young people inside a cell. Less than a week after leaving hospital, after coming out of the coma, I was looking out of my bedroom window. I saw three young kids running over the bridge from Teesside Retail Park. They'd been shoplifting just like I used to do. I didn't have Christ yet but I knew it was wrong and that I must do something. I shouted after them but they just thought they were in trouble and ran off. So I got some people to spread the word that I wanted to talk to all the youngsters on the estate and that night more than 30 of them turned up in my street. I told them what they were doing was wrong. I said to them that, with my past, I was in no position to talk, and I couldn't explain why I was saying it, but what they were doing wasn't the right way to live and they must stop – and I was going to help them. From that day to this, that has been my mission."
Sowing Seeds Ministries has these main aims;
- To spread the moral teachings of Jesus Christ.
- To help those in finding a better path in life.
- To help those in need.
- To bring hope to young people in trouble with the law and help them find faith.
- Provide help and support for the families of young people in prison because they also suffer.
- Bring hope to the troubled youth in our schools and the community.
We believe that schools, families and communities suffer with the peer pressure of todays United Kingdom.
Be in no doubt about the scale of the problem - England and Wales have the highest rate of imprisonment in Western Europe.
At just one prison in the Tees Valley area alone (where Sowing Seeds Ministries is based) it's estimated that some 80% of the inmates have problems with alcohol, drug or violence related issues.
Many of these are people about to be released back into society and they need help.
They desperately need Sowing Seeds Ministries to be successful. We all do!