Wednesday, August 24, 2011

From Professional Football to Prison Ministry – Mike Barber Speaks at Mercy

Mike Barber
After an incredibly successful career in the NFL, Mike Barber walked away from his dream of coaching and responded to God’s call on his life and a new dream of starting a prison ministry. Staff and residents at the Nashville home were hanging on every word as Mike spoke yesterday about ATTITUDE! Mike challenged everyone that you can either compliment or contaminate the atmosphere around you. He also shared a very powerful seven-step prayer that comes directly from Colossians 1:9-12 and encouraged everyone to use it daily. Here’s what some of the residents had to say about Mike’s powerful message:

I loved his heart. He was an amazing speaker. It really impacted me that he gave up his dream to coach football to minister to thousands of prisoners about Jesus Christ. I plan to pray the seven step prayer every day, have a positive attitude, even in negative circumstances, and declare truth over my life and forgive! – Michelle

This is one of the best teachings I have heard since I have been at Mercy. I was hanging on every last word. I am grateful that I can be at a place like Mercy. Just seeing Mike, and who he is, ministered to me that there are good godly men in the world. – Andrea

Everything about today spoke to me about letting go of the way I used to live and moving forward! I really want to explode with faith. I know I have the choice and the power to live out the will of God. – Julie

This was so encouraging! I really love the passion Mike and DeAnne have for their ministry. Mike challenged me to always have the attitude of Christ, and I want the presence of God in me to shift the atmosphere. I am going to claim my victory and move forward. I am going to walk in integrity and obedience and make a difference in others’ lives! - Jena

For the past 25 years, Mike and his wife DeAnne have traveled to prisons all across the country sharing the love of Christ with thousands of inmates. Three years ago, their son Brandon also joined the ministry and now works with the youth in prison. Mike Barber Ministries' PRO-Claim TV hosts church services that are televised from inside prison on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) every Wednesday at 12:30pm EST. Click here to find your local listing.

Mercy Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, recently had the honor of speaking alongside the Barbers at four different Texas prisons. Check out this video of Nancy going back to her roots and sharing a message of hope and healing with female inmates:

Pro-2011-20 from Pro-Claim on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Mike and DeAnne for sharing this powerful teaching with our staff and residents. You definitely complimented the atmosphere at Mercy and had a huge impact on everyone! For more information about Mike and DeAnne and PRO-Claim ministries, go to

Nancy with DeAnne and Mike Barber