In 2004, Clayton Alexander -- a trust manager for real estate at a Midland bank -- was heading out of town on business. He had just finished teaching a Sunday school class to youth, had lunch, and was driving down the road in his Suburban. As Clayton approached an intersection, he was t-boned by a pickup truck. Clayton's Suburban went airborne, landing on its roof collapsing like an aluminum can as it skidded down the highway. The Suburban rolled four times and came to rest on the passenger side. A small group of motorists stopped and thought Clayton was surely dead. As he climbed out of the driver side window, one of the bystanders yelled, "He's alive!" Miraculously, Clayton only suffered a concussion and soreness.
The auto accident changed Clayton's perspective on a few things, including his level of involvement in ministry. He had already been active in prison ministry; however, he sensed God wanting him to take it to another level. Clayton told his wife that he wanted to buy a house for Christian men coming out of prison and help these men get back on their feet as productive citizens.
Clayton had a friend who wanted to sell some land outside of the city limits in Midland county. There was not a house on the land, but there was a nice unfinished frame. The friend agreed to owner finance the land with no payment due until six months after the contract was signed. Clayton began finishing out the existing frame with Sheetrock, plumbing, electrical, installing heating/ac, and painting -- all with personal investments and contributions from people God provided. A friend bought carpet, people donated their used furniture, and it was all starting to come together as a beautiful ranch style home. Clayton decided to leave his job at the bank and pour himself into Stepping Stone Ministry until his passing in January 2023.
Hundreds of men have come through Stepping Stone Ministry since it began. The majority of these men have moved on to become success stories. The founder of Stepping Stone Ministry, Clayton Alexander, enjoyed sharing these success stories. He recalled shopping at a grocery store in Midland when a man started pushing a cart next to his. Mr. Alexander looked over and recognized a face he had not seen in years – it was “Donald” a former resident of Stepping Stone. Donald was smiling from ear to ear. Mr. Alexander said, “It's great to see you! How have you been?” Donald held up his left hand to reveal a gold wedding band, then pulled out his wallet and said, “Would you like to see pictures of the wife and kids?” Donald is one of countless success stories coming through Stepping Stone Ministry.
We will continue to pursue the goal of equipping men like “Donald” to grow as God-honoring, productive, law- abiding citizens of the community. Stepping Stone Ministry, Inc. is a not-for-profit Christ-centered residential halfway house ministry in Midland, Texas and depends heavily on contributions to continue forward with our mission.
If you believe in the solution-based mission of Stepping Stone Ministry, please join us in this mission by sending a tax-deductible check or money order to:
Stepping Stone Ministry
PO Box 50092
Midland, TX 79710.
With your help, Stepping Stone Ministry can provide a path of success for these men; and in doing so, provide a safer Texas for its citizens. Thank you.
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P.O. Box 50092, Midland, Texas 79710, United States
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