June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017
Steven Carrington is an African -American from the island of Barbados. He was born July 24, 1967 and lived in Barbados until coming to the United States in 1975.
Steve was raised in a strict Christian household where his parents envisioned that he would become a successful professional and undoubtedly follow in their footsteps. Steve’s parents provided an environment where he was taught positive morals and values, to respect others, and more importantly to trust God.
As the son of a pastor, attending church was the cornerstone of his upbringing, and he valued the messages and examples that were given, but he also wanted to be accepted by his peers in the neighborhood. These peers did not have the same upbringing he had and at the time he didn’t fully understand or appreciate the way his parents were grooming his life. He failed to apply the morals and principles that were cultivated in him which led to a world of trouble.
In junior high school Steve got involved in certain activities he did not realize would forever change his life. He failed to consider the affects his actions would have on his family or the long term consequences on his life.
The life changes began with cutting classes, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. By the time he entered high school it eventually progressed to selling narcotics and committing robbery. The poor decisions to engage in this type of behavior led to multiple arrests. One of those arrests led to housing on Riker’s Island, and while in custody he had a traumatic experience. He was jumped, stabbed and robbed for a pair of sneakers. This could have taken Steve’s life that day, and all for what? This experience gave Steve the inspiration to reevaluate his life and the choices he made. He disassociated himself from the other misguided teens, then enrolled in a GED program and found a job.
The past, however, had to be accounted for so in 1989 Steve accepted responsibility and pled guilty to robbery and drug sale. He was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison, and during that time his conscience kept reminding him he had to do away with the criminal mentality he adopted. The first step was to reaffirm the life-giving values instilled by his parents. He realized that engaging in criminal activity was the worst thing he could have done. Consequently, Steve started to make the changes necessary to improve his life and his future.
Steve earned his certification as a residential electrician and enrolled in college. In 1991 he applied for and was accepted to the work release program. Later he enrolled in a training program to become a fitness instructor. Upon completing his training and certification as a personal trainer, he began work for Bally’s Jack LaLanne fitness center.
In 1992 Steve was paroled from work release. He got married and started a family. He enrolled in another training course to be certified as an emergency medical technician, while working security at Brooklyn Bargain Bazaar. Things were looking up and his past was further behind him. Having his sites on a bright new future, Steve began to forge a new life as a productive citizen in society.
On January 2, 1995, two neighborhood individuals who were attempting to rob a lumber yard caused the death of Mr. Campbell, and robbed a patron, Mr. Keizs. Steve was accused of committing this robbery and homicide at the lumber yard, a block from his parents’ residence. Although he had no involvement with this crime, he was sought as a suspect, due to the leading detective’s investigation of several neighborhood individuals. A detective came across his name and discovered Steve was on parole for a prior robbery.
Steve couldn’t believe what was happening to him. It took some time for him to consider and understand his past actions caused him to be placed in this predicament. He never considered the long term consequences of his actions, or how it would affect his life and his future. This was the most valuable lesson he had learned. If he had listened to his parents and never engaged in criminal activity, more than likely he would not have been placed in this position.
Steve is currently serving 23 years to life for a crime he did not commit. He will be considered for release in 2017, but has been incarcerated his daughter’s entire life. His son was four years old when his father was taken from him.
In coming to terms with his previous actions that caused him to be wrongly convicted, Steve began to gain the proper training to dispense his message. He started as a participant and then moved on to become a facilitator of the following programs: Breaking Barriers, Aggression Replacement Training and Alternative to Violence Project.
Today Steve shares his experience with the teens that attend the Youth Assistance Program at Shawangunk Correctional Facility. He hopes by sharing his story, the youth will learn from his experiences, and hopefully it will give guidance for them to make better decisions than he did as a teen.
Steve wishes to continue to educate the youth on the consequences of succumbing to peer pressure, and the pit falls of poor decision making.
Barbara Hust got to know Steve at the Sullivan Correctional Facility while she volunteered to teach piano to the inmates. These newsletters were sent to Steve and kept he and Barbara in touch during the last seven years.
The children at Hope House Orphanage are now under the care of a new Mother.
Her name is Mother Margaret. She is a trained Social Worker. She has completed a three-year course run by Teen Mission Zambia. Since her coming to the house there have been positive changes in the general welfare of the children.
1. They willingly wake up early for daily prayers.
2. They are more structured in their day to day activities.
3. The outside premises are well kept.
4. They have a big vegetable garden.
5. They have a better sense of family.
6. Mother Margaret is involved in intensive counseling of the children.
A donation was received from a Christian family to construct a new grade one class and also a kindergarten class. An adult class has started for those who want to learn how to read the Bible.
The school was on holiday and reopened a few days ago. All of the children at the school and Hope House are being screened at the clinic for Malaria. There have been student nurses from Chicago helping with the screening for a week.
Pastor Sam Sikapizye took a group of ten people to Zambia on June 18th for 10 days to spend time with the children and get acquainted with the ministry.
I have a new baby brother, Robert Richard Failla!!
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was almost 100 years old before he even got started.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a terrible liar.
Joseph was vain and later on abused and a prisoner.
Moses didn’t want to do what God asked.
Gideon was a coward.
Samson was intellectually dim.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were just boys when God called them to do a man’s work.
David was an adulterer and a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Jonah ran from God and was angry when God finally saved the Ninevites.
Naomi was a homeless widow.
Job was bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ three times.
The disciples denied Christ.
Martha was an obsessive worrier.
Mary Magdalene was an escort.
The Samaritan woman, the first evangelist, was a serial polygamist.
Zaccheus was a white collar thief.
Lazarus was dead!
If God can use people like these to create our Judeo-Christian history, and build the church, He can use you and me, too, no matter what we have done in the past.
Heaven has all the resources, and God has all the power. What more do we need to succeed?
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
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