The Mighty Men of Muskegon
Dear Brothers of the Peace Project,
Welcome to all of you. We are writing to you from a prison in Michigan, USA. Kit Cummings calls us the “Mighty Men of Muskegon.” Yes, we are tattooed on Kit’s arm, but it is Kit’s 40 Days of Peace Program that has left a permanent mark upon our lives.
Kit Cummings has been coming to our prisons for 4 years spreading his message of peace, freedom and prayer to hundreds of inmates. Through Kit’s help we have replaced violence with peace, hate with compassion and retaliation with communication. We seek to understand and listen to our adversaries before we judge and disrespect them. We learn that peace is an inside job and that Hope is the New Dope!
Before Kit came, many inmates felt lost in the chaos of our prison’s violence. In prison, we are taught to maintain respect through violence, to trust no one and to live only for ourselves. Kit showed us through the lives of the world’s greatest peacemakers that many of their greatest achievements began with a single action of peace. One example was Cesar Chavez who achieved great social and work reform for US Latino workers through aggressive yet peaceful measures.
Now, when we walk in the yard, we see our fellow brothers of the Peace Project wearing the wristbands and we talk. We have found a new brotherhood of men who want to get more out of life. We want better marriages. We want to be great fathers. We want to experience hope and freedom. We want to live with peace in our hearts and lives.
Things are changing here in Michigan. With Kit’s leadership, they can change for you, too.
Hope is the New Dope
Amy L. Ast
The Power of Peace Project was introduced to over 100 youth who are served by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. These young men, alongside of approximately fifty staff (representatives from Custody, Behavioral Health, & Education) committed to 40 days of peace and during that time, studied the value of gratitude and integrity, while also learning to examine how perseverance and resiliency can bond individuals together and make room for understanding to be the foundation of living violence free. In my eyes, the most rewarding aspect of this program was seeing the meaningful relationships that were developed between the staff and youth who committed to the program and traveled the journey together.
I have been in Sales for 30 years and spent thousands on seminars, books and tapes. I was also an instructor for the Colorado Association of Realtors. Your presentation was the BEST I have ever experienced… You motivated me to ACT!
Kit Cummings spoke for our Organization, National Association of Professional Mortgage Women Atlanta, and he was a HIT!!! People were talking about his presentation for weeks after! He knows how to get the crowd involved and inspired! Kit has an open invitation to speak for our group and we certainly hope to see him again next year!
Your seminar today was one of the most inspiring three hours that I have spent in my industry. You helped me understand what makes me tick! Now I am going to put your techniques into action to create a higher good for my clients and myself. Thanks again for a terrific workshop on how to deal with stress and turn it into positive energy.
A Grateful Parent
My teenage child came out to the car with all her teeth showing, smiling at me. She actually did not bite or growl when she got in the car! She told me what a positive day she had with a man who came and spoke at her school about being positive… How do I say “thank you” or ask that you all keep doing what you’re doing? Kit Cummings would do a great service to share on a quarterly, if not monthly basis. Could I bring him home? “Joy” to a teenager is like parting the Red Sea. Again, thank you so much!
For me, the simplest way to describe the impact that the Power of Peace Project has meant to our men comes from my account of a conversation with one of them I had during the early stages of partnering with the project. To paraphrase him, “I have seen so many good programs in all my years of being in prison. This is the best thing that I’ve ever been a part of.” To put it into perspective, this came from a man that has been incarcerated for a violent crime since the age of 20 and he was age 50 at the time of his participation. That same man, who was never known to take the imitative to lead or take up any cause, has gone on to lead the Power of Peace initiative at our prison. A testimony of this magnitude clearly states the profound impact and ability this project can have on an incarcerated individual.
From an institutional standpoint, seeing men proudly wear their bracelets or shirts throughout their daily activities sends a clear message of where men stand in their values and beliefs when it comes to the practices of this project. To see a man share his bracelet with another man in a sense of support and encouragement displays the understanding of this “movement” and the potential importance it can bring to an individual to change their life or behavior. To have men ask me routinely during rounds, “When is Kit coming back?” and “When is the next Power of Peace?” shows the significance of this project to our population. Finally, the Power of Peace Project is another significant activity we routinely utilize to support prison violence reduction not only for its structured content provided but for the residual impact it has left in aiding to keep our staff and offenders safer.
Kit is a power-packed stick of dynamite. He’s fun, thought provoking and engaging. His delivery is personal and meaningful and in perfect alignment with what our firm holds true. Kit has the perspective, energy and delivery to significantly alter perspective within any organization. He’s the perfect springboard for taking your organization to the next level. With proper mindset, purpose and action plan, ANYTHING is possible. Thanks Kit!
Thank you Kit. You may never know how your words are encouraging and changing many lives all over the world; I am one of those that you affect positively. God bless you.
Your CD message ‘Unshackled’ is the most moving and inspirational message I have heard in years! It’s not unusual for me to cry; what IS unusual for me is to cry for 10 minutes during a message– thanks, you moved me! Buy Kit’s CD and you will be blessed.
Kit has a fantastic delivery and creates an amazing connection with his audience. His message is fun, optimistic and very impactful. It takes a lot to impress me, and I am encouraging each of you to offer Kit’s course in YOUR next seminar.
You were awesome as our guest speaker at our Corporate Retreat last night, Kit. You did a FABULOUS job! I laughed and laughed and could not stop writing your great ideas and thoughts down. The world does need people who come ALIVE and you are one of those people. May the blessings keep coming!
Jon L. DeWaal
On behalf of Eagle Ranch School I want to express our sincerest appreciation for sponsoring Kit Cummings to speak at our school. Kit did a wonderful job connecting with our students and speaking truth into their lives. I was personally impressed in the manner Kit came across to our students by demonstrating that respect is a two-way street and resonating with our students’ lives. His personal stories of working with inmates and at-risk students held their attention. I believe it was Kit’s down-to-earth approach and sincere concern for them that drew students into the message. Thank you again for taking the initiative to have Kit come to our school. Perhaps in the near future we can have Kit come again to speak to Eagle Ranch School.