Rehabilitation through Jesus Christ

Director of Mission Advancement

Bill Cariano

A Word from Bill Cariano 

 

First of all, I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to serve our Lord in this capacity at Forgotten Man Ministries. In a time where ongoing budget constraints have eroded the government-funded rehabilitation efforts in jails the need for faith-based ministry to fill the void has never been greater. I pray the Lord will use me in contributing to the continued advancement of our mission of "Rehabilitation Through Christ Jesus" as the arm of the local church into jail throughout Michigan.

What is my role? Primarily to develop and coordinate the execution of the annual fundraising plan by initiating and securing both prayer and financial support from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations in collaboration with the efforts of our chaplains.

How did I get here? After 35 fulfilling years in sales and marketing of industrial woodworking machinery, I prayed the Lord would lead to the place where His purpose and my passion intersected. Looking back He simultaneously initiated my journey to that place six years ago when my wife and I moved to Spring Lake from Grand Rapids; and joined Spring Lake Wesleyan Church. With the pledge that ‘We all are ministers,’ I was looking for a place to plug in, but I never thought it would be with the church’s prison and jail ministry. However, the prompting of the Lord delivered through several persons; led to action; which has developed into passion. At the end of 2010 I left the corporate world to follow my passion. Suddenly a few weeks ago, after a few years in prison ministry and a year as a volunteer at the FMM - Ottawa County ministry, I was led to the place where my passions (marketing and jail ministry) intersected with purpose … Forgotten Man Ministries.

Where are we going? I am currently training hard so that we can run hard and fast in the race to rehabilitate lost souls following a course God has marked out for us. As you spur us on with your devoted prayers and generous giving, we will expand our efforts in the name of Jesus Christ. By doing so we will see changed hearts, transformed families and communities renewed. So, save some space for FMM on your prayer list as we will be periodically providing updates and requesting intercession.

Daily we give thanks to our Savior for our faithful contributors of prayer, time, and funds who with willing hearts are living out the commission of Hebrews 13:3 to "Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison." I offer this final advice, "There’s a place for everyone to plug into our ministry — pray and listen to God’s whispers."

I look forward to meeting many of you at our many events in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact me anytime. I not only value your input, I am in great need of it.

Thank you for your faithfulness to support God’s ministry through FMM.

Bill Cariano

Director of Mission Advancement

616.607.4800 (cell) billcariano@forgottenman.org