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Matthew was incarcerated at Mid State Correctional Facility, in which time, former NBA player and All-Star Jayson Williams was rebounding from his own personal tragedy, and in God’s sovereign plan he was placed on Matthew’s tier. They became immediate good friends and work out partners. They began a group called MBS (Mind, Body, Spirit), which was a daily regimen of challenging the other inmates in thought, exercise, and infusion of the Word of God.
During Jayson’s professional basketball career, he wore the number 55 on his jersey. Matthew wore the number 11 during his soccer career. Inmates would jokingly make reference to them as “Team 5511.” This led Matthew to search the Scriptures of all chapters and verses in the Bible that held this combination of number and verses—and there it was! Isaiah 55:11, which speaks of God’s Word not returning to Him empty:
“So is My word that goes out from My mouth:
It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire,
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
It was upon that “fingerprint of God” moment that Matthew envisioned a company that would use HIS WORD in publications to change the WORLD through one WORK at a time. And thus the birth of 55:11 Publishing Company, which purposes to point to Christ in all that is promoted, produced, or printed. The 55:11 Team is committed to excellence in the publishing industry, and through its publications seeks to be a vehicle to promote accountability by actions and integrity by instigation.
His WORD. Our WORLD. One WORK.
~it will not return to HIM empty~