Sunday, September 28, 2008

Civil Rights Restored to 11 Former Felons

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
On September 18th, after an inquiry to Governor Steve Beshear’s office, I learned that civil rights are being restored to 11 former felons who submitted applications for restoration of civil rights through the Jesus Saves Ministries partnership with St. Stephen Church this spring. The applicants began receiving their packets from the governor’s office on September 20th, which includes an order and certificate from the governor and secretary of state restoring the rights to hold public office and vote, and a voter registration card.
Four applicants are members of St. Stephen Church, two are members of Pleasant View Baptist Church, one a deacon with Bates Memorial Baptist Church, and the others do not have a church home.

Simmons College of Kentucky employee and St. Stephen Church member Luther Anderson was one of the first to receive his packet in the mail. “This is indeed is a blessing for me. I gave my life to the Lord and was baptized last year, and now I plan to vote for the first time in my life on November 4th,” Anderson stated.

“It is a blessing from God that Rev. Price is helping former felons like myself be able to vote. I haven’t voted since Jimmy Carter ran against Ronald Reagan in 1980,” said St. Stephen usher and Mighty Men’s Choir member John R. Williams, III.

In the spring, Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with St. Stephen Church, the Department of Corrections and WLOU Radio to assist former felons in regaining their civil rights. We received 21 applications in all through this second initiative. St. Stephen Senior Pastor Rev. Kevin Cosby will recognized the new voters at the church’s 9:40 worship service on Sunday, October 5th.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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