Division and Restoration

Trust can be lost in the blink of an eye, but there is work in restoration. It’s a process that is long and often tiresome. One man in our program admits that for many years he was responsible for bringing division to his family. He caused extreme amounts of pain. And that pain had its […]

WIEA 2019 Event (53)

Not Alone

In September, 200 of WIEA’s friends and partners gathered together where they were given a glimpse of what life is like inside the classroom of our BA in Biblical Studies program within the walls of the Waupun Correctional Institution.  During my next visit to Waupun, I shared with our 42 students how many people had […]



The excitement is building as we are now onlyfour weeks away from our second annual fundraiser scheduled for September 25th.  There is growing momentum behind our relatively new initiative, “Operation Transformation” where inmates at the Waupun Correctional Institution are earning a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University.  The stories we hear of the “ripple effect” of life […]


More Free

Many of us would define freedom as the ability to go where we want to go, when we want to go, and with whom we want to go. But for one inmate, he says it wasn’t until he started our Operation Transformation program with Trinity International University that his life became “more free”. For the […]


Living with Purpose

Locked behind bars for the majority of an adult life, one may have lost hope long ago about living a life with purpose. Yet, when we ask the men what they think success would look like in our program, we hear so little thought of themselves and more about what the program means to those […]

Pastor Jonathan Misirian

A Word From A Church Partner….

On a monthly basis,  our students at Waupun Correctional Institution are visited by a pastor or community leader for a devotional filled with wisdom, teaching, advice, and encouragement. Our ability to bring in a variety of voices allows the men to learn from gifted individuals. Each time, the message resonates with different students and it is often followed […]

Pastor Robin Knoll

Beams of Light…Called Dreams

On my first visit to our classroom, I was taken back a bit about how spacious it felt. Not in terms of physical space, for prison is not a place that physically allows much space, but in thoughts, knowledge, and…dreams. Each man shared with me what he dreamed to do one day and how this […]


Why our Program is Unique and Why it Works

There are six key evidence-based elements to our program that take prison inmates through our four-year in-prison seminary and grants them a BA in Biblical Studies when they complete the program. Upon graduating, students go on to become Field Mentors, caring  for the needs of fellow inmates, their families outside the prison walls, and even personnel. […]



At WIEA we are encouraged when we hear from our students. We thought you would be as well. We often hear stories of success and gratitude, like: The student that was incarcerated at the age of 15 in a maximum-security adult prison and would spend the next 15 years of his life in isolation before […]