Our Story

How it all started...

My name is Ira Lawrence, also known as Ira Dubb. I'm a film director, recording artist, and the founder of Bunk 57 Ministries. Actually, God is the founder, but He has appointed me as the shepherd. I accepted Christ at a young age, but to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. For far too long, my faith was misplaced, and as a result, I walked a dark path. My ministry education was at a state penitentiary, and my ordination is from God himself. I did my three years in “Arabia”, just like Paul, and I'm a new man. Call it jailhouse religion if you want, but I know I'm living a new way of life that isn't based on rules and regulations, but on a genuine relationship with God. You will be unable to comprehend this unless you have the spirit of God within you.

For a while, I slept in Bunk 57. It's also where I spent a lot of time praying, studying the Bible, and meditating. The Holy Spirit began revealing things to me more quickly than ever before, and as I continued to grow in Christ, I came to realize my calling, which I began to walk in even while incarcerated. So here we are, spreading the gospel through music, film, and other forms of media, engaging in various forms of community outreach, engaging in philanthropy and activism, and, most importantly, engaging in spiritual warfare.

It is time for the body of Christ to take a bold stand like the first apostles and act in the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority we have in Jesus' name. The day of conforming to a corrupt society has passed, and Christ has risen. To the believer, the supernatural should feel natural. The darkness cannot defeat the light. The sick need healing and demons must flee! As minds are renewed, lives must be transformed. This is God's written word! If you didn't already know, you do now. Someone reading this is obviously depressed, and someone else reading appears to have it all together, but the truth is that you're both unhappy for one reason or another. The real reason is our common enemy, Satan, and Jesus is the only solution. Today's worldview holds that all roads lead to God. The truth, according to God's word, is that the only way is through Jesus, so repent of your sins and come to Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven has arrived.

Expanding the vision...

Bunk 57 Ministries has been blessed by God with the opportunity to launch a successful Youth Discipleship Mentoring Program in the midst of a pandemic, continue to provide care packages to returning citizens, and release new hip-hop & cinema projects, expanding our influence in the community and changing lives for the better.

We've also added new members to our board of advisors and formed new partnerships. We remain steadfast, faithful, and excited about what God can do through us this year as we expand our services for returning citizens to include mental health counseling, entrepreneurship training, and other initiatives.

Where we are headed...

We know not to belittle small beginnings because the Lord rejoices when the work begins. As a result, we are continuing our efforts to establish a Youth Discipleship Division on each side of the city, to build a network of entrepreneurs who hire ex-offenders because they are ex-offenders, and to spread the gospel globally through media. We are grateful to every donor, volunteer, and ministry partner who is assisting us in realizing this God-given vision and restoring greatness to our communities by literally changing stories and changing destinies.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.