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Man who served 33 years in prison for murder leads inmates to Christ

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A man who served 33 years in prison for a murder he committed in 1987 has since helped lead hundreds of other inmates to faith in Jesus Christ through his work with a prison ministry.

Stanley Stever, a 52-year-old former inmate, has worked with Kindway, a Christian prison ministry based in Westerville, Ohio, founded in 2009.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Stever said he believes that God has forgiven him for the murder he committed and that there is hope for others who have committed crimes to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

“Becoming a Christian was almost like being a recipient of a heart transplant, and it gave me the ability to come to the understanding that I have a new heart. And with that new heart, there’s a new responsibility,” Stever said.

Stever became a Christian in 1999 while still imprisoned at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion County. Since he started telling other inmates about his testimony, Stever said he found healing. He said it’s amazing to see how many lives he has changed through his redemption story.

“I’ve heard it said several times that ‘forgiveness is not forgetfulness.’ This means that you overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the words of your testimony,” Stever said.

“But, don’t ever forget the things that the enemy did through you, in order that you might show the power of Christ to others in the Word through Him.”

Looking back on his troubled past, Stever believes that many factors led him to kill another person.

He said he had deep anger that he kept bottled inside as a teenager. He said he was also bullied, which meant he was isolated from his peers in school.

“It was always the name-calling. I was a bigger kid. My name is Stanley Stever. So, they called me ‘Stanley Steamer.’ I became the joke of the school. And every day I went to school, I hated it,” Stever recalled.

“I would physically get sick walking into school because of the anxiety that I had about going to school and knowing that I was going to be teased and belittled the whole day. And really, that’s when the anger and the rage first started, which changed my mindset as a child.”

‘Sticks and stones will break your bones’
Growing up in Northern Sycamore, Ohio, Stever had six sisters and one brother. He remembers his mother and father were workaholics. He considered them “old school” because they thought that the more money they could bring in, the better off the family would be.

In his younger years, Stever said the relationship with his mother was great, and he looked up to her as a role model because of her selflessness.

“But to have a role model, you have to be a willing vessel in that also, and I wasn’t a willing vessel,” Stever recalled.

Stever said his father was another role model who respected women and loved his family. However, Stever said his father never disciplined him.

“Whenever I would fall short or do anything wrong, it would be, you know, ‘boys will be boys’ [or] ‘he’ll grow out of it.’ He didn’t have a clue what I was going through,” Stever said.

“I guess you would call it a normal childhood, except for the different things that would happen at school,” he added. “I felt like everybody was always making fun of me and was always belittling me. … I was always in turmoil.”

Being raised in the ’70s, Stever said, didn’t help his life at school because counseling and in-school intervention for bullying were not common during that time.

“The tagline for that generation was ‘sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you’ and ‘knuckle up and be a man.’ And these are the things that they would tell the young boys that were going through it,” Stever said.

“I alienated myself. I didn’t like people. I didn’t like being around people. I brought a lot of that on because of what I was going through because I had no idea how to deal with it.”

As Stever reached his mid-adolescence and started attending high school, the bullying continued. To mask his pain, Stever turned to drugs and alcohol.

“I would do just about anything that was put in front of me: from marijuana to beer to whiskey, cocaine, LSD, weapons and wet. I hated myself and I hated everything about me and I would do anything to get rid of that pain,” Stever detailed.

‘I could be whoever I wanted to be’
Doing drugs and alcohol, Stever said, made him feel as though he could leave his pain behind for short periods, telling CP that “it let me not be the person that I hated.”

“And not being that person, I became someone that I could make up. At the drop of a hat, I could be whoever I wanted to be that day. I could be the mean, hateful, resentful guy. I became a chameleon,” Stever recounted.

“And then, there was also the selfishness, the self-desires — everything that goes along with that part of a life attaches itself to you, and it attached itself to me.”

About two years later, at age 17, Stever’s bottled-up anger turned to rage and led him to commit a murder. After his arrest and during the trial, Stever turned 18.

As a result, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He wound up serving 33 years before his release in October 2020.

When Stever thinks back on his crime, he thinks about how he didn’t have an outlet to properly release his anger during his youth, noting that he “had no idea what life was.”

“I said in my testimony that ‘I wasn’t born a murderer.’ I didn’t wake up one day thinking, ‘you know what, I’m going to take someone’s life today.’ That’s not who I am,” Stever shared.

“The reasoning behind what I did is [that] I was a child with no sense of direction, with no supervision, with no identity, with no respect for life. And if you add all of that up, it’s a recipe for tragic results. And that’s what happened.”

Something ‘contagious’
During Stever’s time at Marion Correctional Institution, he joined a neo-Nazi gang called the Aryan Brotherhood to find protection and a sense of community behind bars.

After a decade of being a gang member within prison walls, Stever said the gang leader came to know Christ through a four-day Christian retreat for inmates from Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Stever said there was something “contagious” about the change he saw in the ex-gang boss, which led him to attend a Kairos four-day Christian retreat.

For the first time in his life, Stever learned about the concept of forgiveness. Shortly after that, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior on Oct. 31, 1999.

Stever began working with Kindway while in prison. He eventually met his wife, Amy, through the prison ministry. The couple married in 2012.

Stever will continue to disciple inmates through Kindway for as long as he can, saying it’s “awesome to bring the love of God into other people’s lives.”

“We’ve actually expanded the prison ministry into a reentry ministry that helps the men and women transition from prison out into society and become successful,” Stever said.

“My job involves going in and working with incarcerated men and women, and we meet them where they are and help them work through their past. And then, we help them transition back into communities. It brings peace to my spirit to know that I am making a difference, one person at a time.”
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വധശിക്ഷകള്‍ ഒഴിവാക്കിയാൽ കുവൈറ്റിന് യൂറോപ്പിലേക്ക് വിസ രഹിത യാത്രയ്ക്ക് അനുമതി

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കുവൈറ്റ്: ഖത്തർ, ഒമാൻ, ഇക്വഡോർ എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലെ പോലെ വധശിക്ഷ നിർത്തിവച്ചാൽ കുവൈറ്റ് പൗരൻമാർക്ക് 90 ദിവസം വരെ വിസ രഹിതമായി യാത്ര ചെയ്യാൻ അനുമതി നൽകുമെന്ന് യൂറോപ്യൻ പാർലമെന്‍റ് അറിയിച്ചു. കുവൈറ്റ്, ഖത്തർ, ഒമാൻ, ഇക്വഡോർ എന്നീ രാജ്യങ്ങളിലെ പൗരൻമാർക്ക് 90 ദിവസത്തേക്ക് വിസ രഹിത യാത്ര അനുവദിക്കാനുള്ള നിർദ്ദേശത്തിന്‍റെ കരട് യൂറോപ്യൻ പാർലമെന്‍റിന്‍റെ സിവിൽ ലിബർട്ടീസ് കമ്മിറ്റി അംഗീകരിച്ചു.

വ്യാഴാഴ്ചത്തെ വോട്ടെടുപ്പിൽ സിവിൽ ലിബർട്ടീസ് കമ്മിറ്റിയിലെ 42 അംഗങ്ങൾ പിന്തുണച്ചപ്പോൾ 16 പേർ എതിർത്ത് വോട്ട് രേഖപ്പെടുത്തി. കുവൈറ്റിന്‍റെ കാര്യത്തിൽ വധശിക്ഷ നടപ്പാക്കുന്നത് നിർത്തിവയ്ക്കണമെന്ന വ്യവസ്ഥയിൽ വിസ രഹിത യാത്ര അനുവദിക്കുന്നതിനെ അനുകൂലിക്കുമെന്ന് യൂറോപ്യൻ പാർലമെന്‍റ് അംഗങ്ങൾ പറഞ്ഞു.

വിസയില്ലാതെ യാത്ര അനുവദിക്കുന്ന തീരുമാനം എടുക്കുന്നതിന് മുന്നോടിയായി ഉഭയകക്ഷി ചർച്ചകളിലൂടെ വധ ശിക്ഷകള്‍ നടപ്പാക്കുന്നത് നിര്‍ത്തിവെച്ചുകൊണ്ടുള്ള തീരുമാനം പ്രാബല്യത്തിൽ വരികയും വേണം. കുവൈറ്റ്, ഖത്തർ, ഒമാൻ എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലെ മനുഷ്യാവകാശ ലംഘനങ്ങൾ, മൗലികാവകാശ ലംഘനങ്ങൾ, സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യ ലംഘനങ്ങൾ എന്നിവയെക്കുറിച്ച് ഗുരുതരമായ ആശങ്കകളുണ്ട്. അഞ്ച് വര്‍ഷത്തിന് ശേഷം ഈ നവംബറില്‍ കുവൈത്തില്‍ ഏഴ് പേരുടെ വധശിക്ഷ നടപ്പാക്കിയതാണ് യൂറോപ്യന്‍ യൂണിയനെ പ്രകോപിപ്പിച്ചത്.
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1000 ദിർഹമിൻ്റെ പുതിയ കറൻസി പുറത്തിറക്കി യുഎഇ

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1000 ദിർഹമിൻ്റെ പുതിയ കറൻസി പുറത്തിറക്കി യുഎഇ സെൻട്രൽ ബാങ്ക്. രാജ്യം 51ആം ദേശീയ ദിനം ആഘോഷിക്കുന്നതിൻ്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് നടപടി. ഇന്നാണ് യുഎഇയുടെ 51ആം ദേശീയ ദിനം.

പോളിമർ ഉപയോഗിച്ചാണ് പുതിയ കറൻസിയുടെ നിർമാണം. അത്യാധുനിക സുരക്ഷാ സംവിധാനങ്ങളും നൂതന ഡിസൈനുമൊക്കെയാണ് പുതിയ കറൻസിയുടെ പ്രത്യേകത. അടുത്ത വർഷം തുടക്കം മുതൽ കറൻസി ലഭ്യമായിത്തുടങ്ങും. നിലവിലെ 1000 ദിർഹം കറൻസി പിൻവലിച്ചിട്ടില്ല.

നിര്യാതനായ ഷെയ്ഖ് സയിദ് ബിൻ സുൽത്താൻ അൽ നഹ്യാൻ്റെ ചിത്രമാണ് നോട്ടിൻ്റെ മുൻവശത്ത്. ഒരു സ്പേസ് ഷട്ടിലിൻ്റെ ചിത്രവും ഈ ഭാഗത്തുണ്ട്. 1976ൽ ഷെയ്ഖ് സയിദ് ബിൻ സുൽത്താൻ അൽ നഹ്യാൻ നാസ സന്ദർശിച്ചതിൻ്റെ ഓർമയാണ് ഇത്. ബറക ആണവോർജ പ്ലാൻ്റിൻ്റെ ചിത്രം കറൻസിയുടെ പിൻവശത്തുണ്ട്.
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Christian Man Brutally Injured in Attack by Somali Herders

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Kenya – David is a survivor of a heinous attack by Somali herders on October 20, 2022, in Kitui South, a province in western Kenya. He shared with an ICC staff member about the horrific incident that left him with scars that shall forever remind him of the Lord’s goodness.

David said, “I am a survivor of the recent attacks on Christian farmers here in Kitui South by the Somali camel herders. I was on my farm in Mutha and, at around noon, I got thirsty and decided to walk to the next farm about 2 kilometers away to borrow clean water. Along the way, I found Somali Muslims herding their camels onto someone’s farm. I did not talk to them since they usually kill people who question why they are invading people’s farms and grazing illegally. I went around the camels quietly and, just as I thought I had escaped unscathed, I felt a piercing pain in my back and something like a stone coming out of me.”

David managed to run away from his attackers who seem to have also fled after shooting him.

He continued, “I did not fall down immediately because I knew they would come and slaughter me. I ran away as I held my chest, but I did not manage to reach home. I fell under a tree, helpless, and gasping for air. I could not help myself. I was bleeding profusely.”

He lay in the forest from noon until the following day at noon when other farmers passed by and were able to rescue him.

“I thought someone would just pass by, but I spent the night lying down in the thick forest. I was writhing in excruciating pain, hungry, and thirsty and at that time I asked the Lord to just take my life. I have never been so helpless. Every single breath was supposed to be my last breath. At night, wild animals were approaching me. Hyenas from the nearby rocky forest caves were coming near me and I wanted them to just devour me so that I could escape from the pain I was going through. They did not even sniff me. They would come to check on me and leave before dawn. I will never forget that horrible experience.”

He continued, “I heard people passing by and I tried to call for help. My voice was weak, but they heard and saw me. They fled because they thought someone was trailing them. I called again in a much louder voice asking for help and they finally heard me and came. The first thing I asked for was water. Those people saved my life. I was dying. They raised me up so I could sit, gave me water, and called the police.”

David was taken to the hospital near his home, but they could not treat him since he was in critical condition. He was referred to another larger hospital, but they could not treat him as well.

He spent another day at this hospital waiting to be referred to Kenya’s largest medical facility located in Nairobi. On the third day, he finally got to a hospital that could handle him.

“I knew that I had a few hours to live since the hospitals could not attend to me. My condition was worsening. Once again, God gave me another chance, and after three grueling days, I was taken to the operating room in Nairobi.”

After spending three weeks at the hospital David was discharged and he is recovering at home. He is thankful to God for saving his life from the Somali herders, whom he describes as terrorists disguised as ranchers.

For several years, Somali Muslim herders have harassed Christian farmers in Kenya by letting their cattle graze on local Christians’ farms, falsely claiming that the Christians do not own the land. Please pray for those who are suffering in this conflict.
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