The Redemption of "Bonnie and Clyde"

A modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde,” Ora and Mike were literally partners in crime. They met on the streets of Chicago, and Ora would serve as lookout while Mike committed robbery. 

Eventually, prison time separated the couple, and during a drug treatment program, Ora met a personal God who deeply loved her. Through the testimony of Navigator Connie Milton, a former drug addict and past inmate, Ora realized God could give her new life, one free from past and the control of drugs.

Connie introduced Ora to Breaking Ground, a ministry of The Navigators. She completed the APL Teaching Factory job readiness program, graduating with perfect attendance, yet she was unable to find a job. The Teaching Factory promises to help its graduates find work, so Ora in faith went back to Breaking Ground to see what they could do for her. She volunteered to work for Breaking Ground, and after two months of selfless giving she was offered a full-time position.

Meanwhile, Mike saw his life transformed by God’s grace, and in August 2008 Mike and Ora were married.

“Today they are a core part of Breaking Ground, they belong to a good church, and are being mentored together weekly by Navigators Peter and Naomi Payne,” says Navigator Jeff Dennis of Breaking Ground. “Mike and Ora are living a life that pleases God and blesses people. There is no miracle greater than a life transformed by and for the glory of God.”

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