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January 17, 2012

Traveling old paths to help others find their way

Giving back what was once given

GREENVILLE —

Susan Neyra is the founder of Disciples 4 Christ Outreach, a non-profit ministry with a heart and a call to reach incarcerated juveniles, women and men locally throughout the state of Texas.

It was shortly after her first husband’s passing that Neyra was called to create this ministry.

God laid it on my heart to reach out to some ministries that had discipled me and one of those was Mike Barber Ministries,” she said.

Mike Barber Ministries is a prison ministry that touched Neyra deeply during her time spent incarcerated.

Yes, Neyra spent time behind bars, though you couldn’t tell it to look at her. That, however, is exactly the point.

The goal of the ministry that spoke to her and made such a difference in her life is to teach those incarcerated that while they may be in prison, prison doesn’t have to be in them.

This ministry, and this statement, made a tremendous impact on Neyra and was, in fact, one of the reasons for her creation of Disciples 4 Christ Outreach.

They saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” said Neyra. “I was like a sponge and they just kept feeding me. I soaked up the word to the point that when it came time for my release, God showed me the path I’d been on and the path He wanted me to follow.”

Before beginning her own ministry in 2005, Neyra teamed up with Mike Barber Ministries, three years after her release, and went into the prisons to assure the women there that there was life after incarceration.

I call it the ripple effect and I believe there will be people that I’m speaking with now that will turn around and do the same thing upon their release,” said Neyra.

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