History

 

The idea for The Saints Prison Ministry came about in 1982, when God burdened our ministry’s founder with a desire to combine his love for Christ and his love for sports for the purpose of reaching the lost.

After thinking and praying about the idea for several years, the ministry was birthed in 1987. Forming an all-Christian softball team, leadership contacted several area prison chaplains and recreation directors to schedule games. The first game played by the team, originally named The South Jersey Saints, was on June 6, 1987. That day, eight prisoners accepted Christ as Savior at the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, NJ.

The Saints softball team played just five games that first season, but more than doubled its schedule the following year. A men’s volleyball team was also formed and visited correctional institutions for three years. In 1989, our basketball team was formed and soon supplanted the volleyball squad in popularity and effectiveness. In 2002, the Saints added a soccer team for the purpose of reaching Spanish-speaking inmates. Women’s volleyball followed shortly thereafter, and in 2010 the Saints expanded regionally by opening a Southeastern regional office in the Atlanta area. Most recently in 2012, Illinois was added to the family as a softball team was launched in the Peoria area.

Today, we operate five men’s softball teams, a soccer team, a basketball team, and two women’s teams – softball in the Southeast Region and volleyball in the Northeast Region. Our National Headquarters is located in New Jersey, as well as a regional office in Georgia, and a branch in Illinois.

Since 1987, The Saints have played more than 4,500 games in 465 different prisons in 33 states and Canada. During that time, over 34,000 prisoners have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Announcements

Travel…Preach…Repeat

It may seem like we are stealing our ministry mantra from the back of a shampoo bottle, but in this case the process is more similar than you might think.  Our Citrus Country 3 crusade was so successful that we are jumping back in with both feet and heading to the same area of Florida…in just two weeks!

Yes, from June 23-27 the Saints will be conducting the SONshine State crusade in central Florida.  We will be ministering in four prisons in four days – two that we visited in April (Polk CI and Hardee CI) and two that we have not visited in more than 15 months (Sumter CI and Zephyrhills CI).   You might ask why we would go right back to the same area, so I’ll answer the question in advance…they asked us to!

We received a tremendous response from the previous crusade, including an email directly from one of the wardens to our Director!  The entire region was buzzing with news of our visit, so we decided to “reward” them for hosting our team by jumping right back into the experience again.

We ask for your continued prayers for all involved, including:

– the 14 Missionary Athletes who will make the trip

– the families they are leaving behind

-the inmates that we will encounter on the yard

-the staff at each facility

-traveling mercies

-health/safety for everyone

Most importantly, pray that the gospel is preached boldly and penetrates the many hearts that long for a Savior!

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Text-to-give is possibly the most convenient way to support the Saints Prison Ministry – and we have it in place now! Yes, SPM is providing one more way for our faithful supporters to continue donating, even while on the run! It just doesn’t get any easier than texting a single number to a pre-assigned phone number.

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