-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries --
-- From prison walls to the freedom found in Christ's boundaries -- 
July 24th, 2018
My Testimony
 
My name is Alec Thraen. I surrendered myself to Christ in September of 2016. I did this while I was incarcerated at the Mike Durfee State Prison.
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I went to prison at the age of 19. While I was in prison, I went through many trials and tribulations. I was not a believer and I was at the lowest point of my life. I had a bad temper and I did not respect the commanding officers in the prison system or any of my peers. I looked out only for myself. I was a liar, a deceiver, and I did whatever it took to get what I wanted. I was very angry at God for putting me in prison.
          
I was in prison from December 2001 to March 2014. When I was released in March 2014, I continued in the bad habits that I was addicted to. Alcohol was one of my addictions. When I was intoxicated, I was verbally abusive to my loved ones and occasionally physically abusive. At this time, I met my ex-girlfriend. We did not realize how toxic we were for each other. During this relationship, I was charged with a domestic abuse charge. Combined with this charge and my drinking addiction, my Parole Officer revoked my parole and I was sent back to prison. I had been out for 1 ½ years and now I lost everything. (I am thankful that my family continued to support me.)
 
During this time back in prison, one of my good friends asked me to
attend a "Brothers in Blue" (See below) weekend. At the time I was very reluctant, but I agreed to attend. In September of 2016 at a "Brothers in Blue" event, tired of the life I was living, I dedicated my life to Christ. 
 
Shortly after this I found out that God had blessed me with a daughter. He also has restored relationships with people that are important in my life like my daughter's Mom. And I now have a relationship with my step-Dad. (I had not talked to my step-Dad in 5 years.) 
               
During the "Brothers in Blue" weekend, I learned about Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare. I contacted Jeff and started the process to be accepted to KBPA. After visiting with Jeff several times, I was accepted into their program.
               
It's amazing what God can do! God took away my addiction to alcohol and porn. I thank God for everything He has done in my life. I've met some great men and women who have influenced my walk. If it wasn't for them, I would not be where I am today! I'm now 25 years old and living a happy God honoring life!
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
 
Alec 
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Brothers in Blue (BIB) is a 2 1/2 day spiritual renewal program pattered after Cursillo.  BIB was originally started in Iowa where the men wear blue jeans, which gives it the name Brothers in BLUE. The program was brought to South Dakota where several weekends have been held in three of the men's prisons and has been added to the women's prison  under the name "At The Well"
Brokenness can lead to wholeness

 

June 12th, 2018
"Current KBPA resident testimonial"
 
            Over 15 years ago, I was in a jail cell sitting lost and not knowing which way was up. A man came to the door and said God is calling you at this moment. I began to cry, and I haven't had this emotion for over 20 years. At that moment, I asked God to forgive me and to lead me to what he wanted me to, not what I wanted to do.
 
            I spent 297 days in jail before I was sentenced to 15 years in prison. There were times that God sent people to me for help. Other times God's helpers came to help me in time of need. In the 15 years in prison, I lost seven members of my family. God's helpers were there for me and God's helpers walked with me through these times. God's love got me through these times.
 
            My release date was approaching fast. One of God's helpers told me about Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare. He introduced me to Jeff, one of God's helpers. Jeff showed me compassion as none other has ever done since I was born.
 
            Jeff and Rhonda are the founders of KBPA. They listened to God's calling. They have helped so many. God has blessed this ministry in many ways. Since I've been living at KBPA, God has called me to become a mentor to those that are coming to KBPA.
 
            I have so blessed by KBPA and I thank God for all the things He has done and all the things He is doing in my life. I am looking forward to helping others through this program, Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare.
 
            1 John 1:5 says "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."
            May God bless those that read this. God bless all!
 
Mike Morse (current resident)
Every day we can reject destructive habits and experience new life in Jesus.
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