My name is Clint Price and I’m a graduate of IFI Group 16. When God was calling me to become a part of the ministry, I didn’t know who I was. Originally, I was located in Hutchinson Correctional Facility and I was immersed in an alternative lifestyle. The spirit told me in my heart, that if I wanted out, IFI was the way.
I signed up for the program and it must have been destined, because I’ve never seen a transfer approved so quickly. I was on my way to Ellsworth Correctional Facility within the week. At the time, my reputation was well known in the Department of Corrections, but I was determined to rise above the label.
You see, I was serving a 15 year prison sentence for burglaries throughout the State of Kansas. My partner and I went on a crime spree in order to fuel his drug habit. So, even when I was part of the IFI program (now known as Brothers In Blue Reentry), I acted out and was punished both by the program and KDOC. I am very grateful for the men of God that assisted me, including Warden Kline, Don Raymond, and Larry Furnish. They never gave up on me.
In 2006, I was able to go to work release and get a minimum wage job. During this time, I really started to feel and adopt a change in my appearance and in my walk with the Lord. My mentor, Robert Schmidt, took me to church every Sunday and always brought me McDonald’s, which was really a treat. After visiting with him, the general manager of Spears Restaurant and Pie Shop, Dan, gave me an opportunity to work there.
As the months went by, Dan became a Christian friend to me. On top of giving me a job, Dan also set me up with an apartment for me to live in when I got out. And after I was released, my mentor brought a car to me that he wasn’t using. He insisted that the Lord was telling him to give me the car. My parents had a lot of things for my new apartment that they put back for me during the years I was incarcerated. So, I was blessed with an apartment, car, and the money I had saved.
It was fun, yet scary. I really had to rely on God because I was a New Creation. I knew that it would not be an easy task. I started going to the St. Mark Men’s Group and was surprised to see the support by the men in the group. We started to develop a Godly friendship.
I continued to work daily and the years went by. I started to feel a deep loneliness, so I spent a lot of time asking God for direction in my life. With a lot of patience, accountability, and my support group, I was given an opportunity to start a ministry outreach through Word of Life Church (www.wolm.org). I started classes at Butler Community College, as well.
I look back at my life the last ten years, from the time I joined the ministry to now. I am so grateful for where the Lord has brought me in my life. I was blessed with a beautiful lady who shares the desire to serve in the ministry with me. We are to be married on November 3, 2012. I thank the Lord for her daily as she accepts my past. We look forward to the many things that God has in store for us, as we become man and wife.