In the summer of 2010 a dream was birthed in the heart of Scott Wright. It was the dream of a ministry that exists to help those who are, or have been, incarcerated, who need help understanding their worth, and need assistance reintegrating back into the community. A ministry to come alongside those who have made some significant mistakes in life but deserve another chance.
In the beginning stages of the dream, the name Removing Dross was echoing in Scott’s spirit. The name came from a Bible verse; Proverbs 25:4. The scripture reads: “Remove the dross from silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel”.
Dross is the impurity found in precious metals that must be removed so the metal can be used to create a thing of beauty. It is important to understand that the metal already has significant value before the dross is removed, but it’s removal reveals the true value of the precious metal, which can then be molded into something of beauty and purpose.
The Bible uses this metaphor of a silversmith removing the dross from silver as an illustration of our own lives. We all have dross in our lives that must be removed in order to reveal our true value and purpose, so we can be molded into the thing of beauty we were created to be. There is no dross, no matter how ugly, that cannot be removed through this refining process. While it takes much work, and is painful to go through, the refiner’s fire produces a result that is well worth it!
Removing Dross Ministries, Inc. (RDM) was officially born in January of 2018 as a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in downtown New Port Richey, Florida. While at the time of this writing RDM is still in its humble beginnings, our dreams are HUGE! Here are some of the things we are envisioning for the future:
· Partner with those who are currently incarcerated to bring encouragement and assistance with moving into a life of personal freedom.
· Partner with those who are about to be released from prison to assist with their reintegration back into the community (understanding how to navigate probation / registration requirements, finding housing, getting basic necessities, finding a church family, assistance with finding employment, etc.)
· Partner with the families who have an incarcerated loved one to navigate life pre, during, and post incarceration.
· Establish Nehemiah’s House, a transitional facility that will help those released from prison to become productive members of society.
Ultimately our goal is to see restoration in the life of the person who is, or has been, incarcerated; restoration with their family, restoration with society, and most importantly, restoration with The Lord.
While this writing is very brief, it gives a small snapshot of what RDM is all about.
If you know someone who is, or has been, incarcerated and needs assistance, or know their loved ones who could use an understanding ear and some advice on how to navigate the many challenges of having a loved one in prison, then please reach out to us!
If you are interested in partnering with RDM in our cause, contact us!
Feel free to check out a video of from the director of Removing Dross:
Main website: www.removingdross.org
Of important note: While our organization is built firmly on Christian principles, one does not have to ascribe to this belief system for RDM to assist them. We genuinely have a heart for all people who have been incarcerated, as well as their families, and want to do all we can to help them, regardless of demographics or religious beliefs.