What is the problem?

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners . . . To comfort all who mourn . . . Giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning."

- Isaiah 61:1-3

Testimonies > The Problem

"After 4-1/2 years in a Florida State prison for a financial crime and losing everything, I was given my freedom along with 10 years of probation. Thankfully, my last 10 months in prison I was given "work release" with a company that offered me the opportunity to show both that I still had much to offer and that I can also be respected as a human being. Two years after my release, I often deal with the fact that even though I held a Management position, when it comes to my social and financial aspects of life, my past often gets in the way and sometimes there's no solution other than to accept that I am a former felon. Perhaps it will be this way for a while. I have to say, that there is no system to help us get reestablished."

Sent by Enrico J | 8:46 PM | 4-30-2008

POB Restoration Center will help men and women who have either been caught in the web of addiction or who have experienced incarceration.

Addicts will find release from bondage and former offenders will find a way to generate income, rather than through committing a crime. Both will find healthy positive alternatives to the destructive choices that have plagued their lives and help their children from repeating the cycle of their parents. 

Recently, Lynda was part of a working team for a Kairos weekend. Many denominations now offers this awesome weekend.The Baptist denomination, calls it “Sonshine”, the United Methodist Church holds a “Walk to Emmaus”, and the Catholic, Episcopal, and Anglican churches refer to this weekend as "Cursillo". The prison weekends are called "Kairos".

Kairos represents a moment in time—not in clock time, but God’s time. It is a moment when your path and God’s path crosses and, for a moment, your two worlds collide. These worlds collided for a weekend this past April when 18 women who has recently either been incarcerated or who has had an immediate family member in prison.

If only you could hear the stories of these beautiful women, you would understand why we want to establish the Pools of Bethesda Restoration Center.While most of us grew up in imperfect homes with imperfect parents. This is normal, as we live in an imperfect world. However, some people don’t just grow up in imperfect homes, but in abusive homes. Homes in which dysfunction is the norm. 

How do you think you would have turned out if one or both of your parents were addicts — were drug dealers, or physically, mentally or 


"My name is Brandy. I have a wonderful family and am currently attending college. My biggest fear is not being able to find a job after I have earned my degree. When I was younger, I got into trouble for meth use. I have no problem admitting to my mistake but sometimes it seems like a horrible dream that it ever happened. Reality hits, though, when I apply for a job. I'm currently a work-study student at the college I attend. Sometimes students will be hired for a part-time position, however, I can't help but wonder if they would hire me. They know about my felony but, in my town, I couldn't even get a job as a hospital housekeeper. Is there life after prison? Am I gonna be stuck being a waitress or bartender all my life? Will I ever get a "break"? Why should ex-cons have to pay for something we did for the rest of our lives?  More important, are my children going to pay for their mother's mistake? Can anyone give me advice?"

Sent by Brandy M | RedBud, Illinois | 9:38 AM | 7-11-2014

Mark & Lynda Hensley

sexually abusive?  We believe that only God can step into the lives of those we seek to serve. We also contend that a 30, 60 or 90-day program cannot change a person from a self-centered person with a worldly mindset, to a Christ-centered mindset.

Our mission can be yours.

As we see God's vision of Pools of Bethesda Restoration Center become a reality, we hope to offer to those “pilgrims” who come to us  time to find healing for abuses they've endured, freedom from addictive behaviors as well as time to learn to live life and make decisions from a new, Christ-centered mindset.

We are continually seeking those in whom God has placed this same passion for those who are in prison, to join us in this endeavor. We need prayer partners, financial partners and God-called leaders to head a number of departments. What gifts has God given you? And, is He calling you to use your gifts in this ministry? If so, we invite you to go to our Contact page and let us know.

Many Blessings,

We exist to improve life for our communities, one person at a time!