We exist specifically to provide a compassionate recovery community for returning residents (men & women coming out of prison) who are willing to take responsibility for themselves and to learn to make good choices while striving for success.
The vision of Free By The Truth Ministry, Inc. is to be part of God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. II Corinthians 5:19 Our mission is to create a community here in San Antonio of the formerly incarcerated and their families who will help each other to lead abundant lives in Christ. Our plan is to help men and women by showing them how to Love God, Love People, and Disciple Others. Equipping people with the tools to succeed in every area of Life.
What We Believe
It is through my own experience with my encounter with God, how His truth has been revealed to me and has Set Me Free! I have seen the same experience in others who have come to know God in their life. How does this happen? I have been asked when I talk about our main verse for our ministry name. "How does John 8:31-32 apply to me? I say it this way, I'm a Christian but I am still afflicted with the sin in my life", I still struggle and wrestle with sin every single day. The Bible tells me that I am a sinner. (Romans 3:23) But I strive to live my life to follow Jesus every day. We can do this through the power of God.
John 8:31-32, "Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings". "And you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you FREE".
The reason why people are going through so much in their lives is that they are not adding both verses together in their life. Jesus was talking to believers, Christians or followers of Christ, that if they remained faithful to his teachings, they were truly Jesus' disciples. In verse 31 Jesus used the big word, "IF", this is huge because we have to make a choice in our life if we are going to follow Jesus or we are not.
This goes for us as well, if we remain faithful to God he will remain faithful to us. We must choose to follow Jesus and when we do the truth of his word becomes real in our lives.
John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing".
When we know the Truth of God's Word, our mind is open to understanding what God's will is for our life. And we are changed and no longer want to be the same, but live a changed life.
Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will".
When we choose to follow God, he changes us from the inside out. This ministry is so important. I have seen how God has changed the lives of men in the Prison Unit. Because of this relationship with God, They no longer want to go back to their old life of crime, drugs, sin, and things they used to do. So please join me and let's together share the love of God with others, so that God can change lives, save families, and mend broken relationships and keep them from going back to prison.
Chaplain Fernando Charles II