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Genesis One Network to Host BBQ Fundraiser and Free Concert in Mena


Genesis One Network, founded by John Easley in 2001, has established itself as one of the leading prison ministry programs in the state of Oklahoma. Genesis One meets offenders while still incarcerated and gives them tools to make positive changes in their behavior and outlook on life. Meeting regularly, Genesis One members use Biblical teachings and encouragement from volunteers to make a fresh start upon release. After six months of documented attendance, an offender is considered in good standing and receives the full assistance of the Genesis One Network. This assistance includes letters to parole boards, assistance in finding transitional housing, finding a church home, and mentorship.

Support this vibrant ministry Sunday December 6th, starting at 5:00 pm at First Christian Church, 1010 Port Arthur Ave., in Mena. Genesis One graduate, Rodney Frick, will be on hand serving up his Hot Rod Classic BBQ for $10 a plate. The Redeemed praise band, made up of Genesis One graduates, will kick off the evening. Playing popular contemporary worship music these true success stories will also share their testimonies of where they were in the past and how God has changed their lives for the better. This event is sure to inspire. Genesis One Executive Director and former prison chaplain, Jimmie Don Gibson, will also speak.

Oklahoma is fourth in the nation for the incarceration of men and first in the world for the incarceration of women. Without intervention more than 68% of all offenders go back to prison within three years. G1 has a 10.1% recidivism rate, breaking the cycle of the repeat offender by implementing discipleship and personal accountability programs.

A recent survey was taken of Genesis One members asking them how the program made a difference in their lives. One offender said, “It’s great to be held accountable for my actions, it keeps me close to God.” Another offender added, “I’ve drawn closer to God than I’ve ever been. I have brothers I can go to if I need to, and I have peace knowing I have help if I need it when I get out.” A third offender added, “Genesis One opened my eyes to a new way of looking at things. It has given me discipline and self control and helped me realize that God does have a purpose and direction for my life.”

Everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference by donating or getting involved as a volunteer. Come out Sunday December 6th to learn more about Genesis One and its vital ministry to the incarcerated. To make a direct contribution click the Donate button on our website at If you have questions or comments email Josh Gibson at


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