Bible Correspondence

We operate a free Bible Correspondence School for inmates, ex-offenders and their families. When inmates fill out a response card at one of our games, we send a package of information to them including the opportunity to enroll in this program. Students complete Bible studies and then mail them to us for grading and review. We currently have 800 English and Spanish-speaking inmate students enrolled.

“I will count it as one of God’s bigger blessings in my spiritual growth to be affiliated to your ministry through your Bible studies. Jesus is the only reason I have been able to survive these last twelve years of incarceration in man’s prison. I’m not perfect except Christ in me. Thank God for ministries such as yours that help inmates such as myself to stay focused on His word.”

~ Michael R., Union CI, Raiford, FL


Pen Pal Program

Many of the men and women behind bars are lonely and long to correspond with someone on the outside. Our Pen Pal Program serves as a safe outlet for volunteers to correspond with inmates. Our Pen Pal Program provides an opportunity for people “on the outside” to encourage and show Christ’s love and forgiveness to prisoners.


Birthday Card Ministries

It may seem simple, but one of our most effective ministries is sending birthday cards to inmates. Each of the 25,000 inmates on our mailing list receives a hand-signed birthday card on his or her birthday. Each card sent also includes a newsletter designed specifically for inmates. This outreach to the incarcerated is one way to remind them that they are loved and thought about even though they seem separated from the “outside” world.

“I recently received my birthday card from your organization. I must admit however, that I was taken back and surprised that you all remembered and cared enough to send me one. I must also admit that I was overjoyed because of it. Moreover, the newsletter enclosed in the card helped me and gave me timely encouragement over a situation I was going through.”~ Omar B., South Woods SP, Bridgeton, NJ
“This is just a note to say thank you for the birthday card. The card has special meaning because I was not expecting anyone to wish me a happy birthday. I’ve been locked up for a long time and have since stopped receiving mail.”~ Terell M., Kinross CF, Kincheloe, MI
“By the grace of God I am able to correspond to you and give praise and thanks for your organization. I have consistently received a birthday card for about 13 years. You may not be aware of how much it can mean to receive that one card, even if it’s from someone you don’t know. Thank you for being there all these years.”~ Gilbert W., SCI Dallas, Dallas, PA
Announcements

God’s Got This!

As the impact of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 continues to unfold before our eyes, I keep hearing the same voice in the back of my head.  A former teammate of mine, and a friend to many in the Saints family, offers the same deeply held belief every time the ministry (or he personally) must face a difficult situation… “God’s got this!”

As a child of the King, that is our reality; and those words bring comfort and peace in a plethora of situations.  Yes, this virus is nasty. Yes, we must exercise caution and be part of the solution, not the problem.  Yes, the situation is unprecedented for most of us.  But none of this changes the fact that “God’s got this”.

As I have reminded you of this before, my chief concern as the Director is guiding this ministry as God is leading it; never to force my agenda or ideas, but diligently trying not to lag behind His plans either”.  I am more committed to that than ever, and through this “crisis” I have felt God’s Spirit guiding our staff and Board at every turn.

Recently, the prisons have begun closing their doors to visitors and volunteers.  As news came out that state after state was taking this necessary step, our staff took the initiative to contact the prisons where we had softball games already scheduled.  As a result of taking this action, we were able to shift the opening of our softball season back from April 25th to June 4th.  Will the doors be open by June 4th?  I have no idea.  But clearly the Spirit was leading this decision, as evidenced by this email received from a Recreation Supervisor in IL:

Thank you for reaching out to us to reschedule.  You are the only one that has so far, and I think most are just waiting to see what happens.  Look forward to seeing you guys again sometime this summer”

Or this phone message from a Chaplain in Delaware:

“Thank you for taking the time to call me.  I just assumed we would lose the games because I didn’t think rescheduling would be an option with how busy you guys always are.”

Given the uncertainty of the next few weeks and months, it is important that you know we continue to serve those behind bars as much as we are able.  The other aspects of our ministry (birthday cards, follow up discipleship, fall scheduling, etc.) go on as always.  We have taken necessary steps to be ready for mandatory work-from-home announcements and our Board has reviewed our budget for potential modifications should the current financial uncertainty become a prolonged situation.

As partners with us in reaching men and women behind bars, you may rest assured the Saints Prison Ministry maintains committed to our mission and we value our partnership as much as ever.   For understandable reasons we will have no personal interaction with any of you soon, but there are two things you can do to continue working with us. First, include the inmates we serve in your prayers.  In grim times we all suffer from tunnel vision a little bit, so I’m going to suggest a way to be intentional about this.  Think back over the stories you’ve heard or articles you’ve read and come up with one item: a crusade, a prison name, a Missionary-Athlete’s name, a program like Birthday Cards or the Glove Exchange, maybe even an inmate’s name.  Make that single item the focus of your prayers for the ministry over the next few weeks.  Thank God for His providence and pray for His direction.

Second, if you are able, please make your regular gifts online instead of mailing in a check.  Obviously, we want to make supporting this work as easy as possible; if you are not comfortable online feel free to continue to use the US mail.  But in the interest of caution, the less mail our staff handles at this time the better.  Who knows – you may find you like it!

“God’s got this” – and He has all along.  It is the greatest comfort I can offer you and at the same time the only comfort any of us should need.

Serving Him gladly,

 

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