April 27, 2017
JW Ledford, Jr., is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 7 pm CDT, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Forty-five-year-old Ledford is convicted of the murder of 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, Jr., on January 31, 1992, in Murray County, Georgia. Ledford has spent the last 24 years on death row in Georgia.
According to psychologist who examined JW Ledford, JW had a history substance abuse that included the regular consumption of marijuana, whisky, and beer. JW was also known to experiment with consuming acid, cocaine, and Quaaludes. JW began using alcohol and drinking heavily at the age of eight. Two years later, he began using marijuana. He also used other drugs, such as speed and acid at a young age, according to testimony from his childhood friends. JW’s father was also a drug dealer and dealt out of the house.
On January 31, 1992, JW Ledford, by his own confession, drank a six-pack of beer, smoked ten joints, and possibly took some pills. Ledford further admitted that he was really “messed up” and could not remember the drugs he took that day. Ledford had lived next door to Dr. Harry Johnston, Jr., and his wife Antoinette for most of his life.
Ledford confessed that he had asked Dr. Johnston to give him a ride to the grocery store. They left the doctor’s house around 2 pm. During the drive, Dr. Johnston accused Ledford of stealing and turned the vehicle around. Once back in the garage and out of the truck, Ledford alleges that Dr. Johnston smacked Ledford, causing him to fall to the ground. Ledford then alleges that Dr. Johnston pulled a knife from his belt and cut Ledford’s hand. In response, Ledford pulled out his own knife and “stuck” Dr. Johnston in the neck. Ledford then continued to stab the doctor repeatedly. Ledford then dragged the body away and covered it with tree branches.
Around mid-afternoon, Antoinette saw her husband drive off in his pick-up truck with an unidentified person in the passenger seat. Fifteen to twenty minutes later, Ledford knocked on the Johnston’s front door. Antoinette answered. Ledford asked if her husband was home. When Antoinette said he was not, Ledford left. Ledford returned about ten minutes later, asking that Dr. Johnston come over to his house when he returned. Antoinette promised to give her husband the message and Ledford left again.
Updated: April 28, 2017
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
April 21, 2017
Tilon Lashon Carter is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Walls Unit in the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-seven-year-old Tilon is convicted of the robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Tarrant County, Texas. Tilon has spent the last 10 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Tilon did not graduate from high school, dropping out after the 11th grade. He worked as an auto mechanic and a roofer. Tilon was previously arrested for robbing a couple at gunpoint and using the stolen money to pay off a drug debt. While in prison, he led a riot. Tilon was also convicted of indecent exposure and assault against his girlfriend.
On April 28, 2004, Tilon Carter and his 31-year-old girlfriend Leketha Allen were discussing how they needed money. Allen’s mother overhear them and suggested that they rob James Tomlin, and elderly man who lived nearby and was known to keep large quantities of cash in his house. Allen’s mother then drove them by the house, pointing it out.
Carter and Allen returned to James’ home the next day, forcing their way inside after James opened the door. Cater bound James’ hands and feet tightly with duct tape. Duct tape was also placed over his mouth. Carter and Allen then searched home, discovering approximately $6,000 in cash.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
Did Abraham always know he was going to father a nation? Did David always know he was going to be king? Did Jonah always know he was going to be a prophet for the Lord? Did Esther know that her being queen was going to save the Jews from extinction? God had plans for each of their lives - and yours! Like Abraham, David, Jonah, Esther, we may not know the plans the Lord has for us, but He has one!
In the Old Testament, God spoke to reveal His word and His plans to His chosen. How does God speak to us today? From the scriptures! We can only learn to hear Him through study of His word! Let us help you in your study! Every year, we at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, invite you to participate in our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here). By using this plan, you will, within one year, have completely read through the entire Bible! No matter if this is your first time - or one-hundredth time! - reading through the Bible, a daily study is the only way to hear God’s word!
Diligent study of God’s word does not end upon reading the Bible. As with any subject of study, once you have grasped the basics, you dig deeper and increase your learning! In addition to a brief commentary on each day’s reading, we also provide focus verses for each day. After reading the through the day’s passages, go back and re-read the focus verses. Contemplate on the questions asked. What questions does the text pose for you? Check back to our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, for each day’s reading. If you miss a day, past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Additional, we provide a weekly verse or verses for study. Consider this passage each day as well. Pray, meditate, and reflect each day on the weekly verse or verses.
Our 2017 plan began on January 1, 2017, but it is never too late to join! The Bible is not a book to be read once, but a book to be read again and again (and again and again) - learning something new and gaining deeper understanding each time it is read! Join in our Bible study at any time and discover God’s plan for you!
Have you ever had a bottle of beer? A glass of wine? A shot of liquor? Did it result in you doing something abnormal? Reckless? Stupid? Perhaps you laughed about it later, thinking of that time as fun indulgence - no lasting harm. But are you sure? No lasting harm, are you sure?
Throughout the years, alcohol has become a staple on college campus, and it is becoming increasingly common among high schoolers as well. Many hold the opinion - whether admitted or not - that what happens in high school and/or college stays in high school and/or college. Yet, the damage caused by excessive use, or even one night of overuse, can haunt a person forever! Especially in the age of social media! Even mild or infrequent use can impact emotional stability, finances, your career, family, friends, and co-workers.
Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness. (Genesis 9:20-23, ESV)
Through the consumption of alcohol, Noah behaved in a manner in which he would not have normally engaged. The consequence of his action was not limited to himself, but affected his children, their offspring, and, eventually, the entire nation of Israel. We can never be sure of how our actions, although seemingly innocent at the time, may affect others, or how far the consequences may spread.
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, with over 100,000 deaths from alcohol-related causes each year. Approximately 30 people die every day from a motor vehicle crash involving an impaired driver. That is one needless death every 51 minutes! And alcohol use among teens (where it is illegal!) kill more people each year than all illegal drugs combined! Thirty-six percent of those in prison were drinking or had consumed alcohol prior to the offense for which they have been convicted. Are you still laughing?
Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day. The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day. (Genesis 19:30-38, ESV)
Lot also behaved abnormally after drinking. Like Noah, his actions also led to lasting consequences for his offspring and the nation of Israel. Drinking excessively also put him in the position to be taken advantage of - sexually. A frightening correlation that is all too common.
Drinking alcohol lowers a person’s inhibition and decision making skills. It can also make an individual more aggressive and violent. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately half of sexual assault cases involve alcohol (the NIAAA does note that it is difficult to collect exact figures on the relation between alcohol and sexual assault). Nearly 700,000 college students (ages 18-24) are assaulted each year. Of those assaulted, nearly 100,000 are sexual, including being raped.
April has been proclaimed both Alcohol Awareness Month (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (http://www.nsvrc.org/saam). Organizations for both use this month to increase public awareness and understanding. Part of achieving that goal is encouraging parents to talk early and often with children. The dangers of alcohol present to everyone who consumes alcohol: first time drinkers and life-long alcoholics.
Sexual assault can occur to anyone: male or female. It is important that everyone understands what constitutes sexual assault, especially if alcohol is involved, as state laws may vary. All should be aware of situations that may place a person at greater risk for sexual assault and what to do if it should occur to them, someone they know, or if they witness it.
This month, we at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, encourage you ensure that you and your children are familiar with the laws governing alcohol use and sexual assault in the state you live. Examine your lives. Are your actions harming others? Start the education and awareness now! We also ask that you pray for those whose lives have been changed forever due to alcohol and/or sexual assault.