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

January usually means winding down soccer season, the heart of basketball season, and the first mention of softball season in the way of preseason meetings. To no one’s surprise, soccer and basketball seasons have fallen victim to pandemic cautions.

That leaves the softball season preparation to “announce” and this will surprise no one either. Due to the incredibly unpredictable prison landscape today, the preseason meetings for softball season are postponed until further notice. We are optimistic that we will see some level in-prison activity this summer but, until we have some indication of what that may look like, we are going to move forward cautiously to avoid any confusion or misleading statements.

We appreciate your prayers for our missionary-athletes as they are anxious to once again meet inmates who are desperate for answers once again, face-to-face, in the furtherance of the Gospel.

Hot Topics

COVID-19 certainly qualifies as a Hot Topic, and even more so as it impacts not only our ministry but also the men and women to whom we minister.

Just this week, the first inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Fort Dix passed away as a result of COVID. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is a long-time partner of the Saints Prison Ministry and we have visited Federal prisons all over the country. But FCI Fort Dix is right in our backyard, a mere 15 miles from our headquarters in NJ, and we have developed many close relationships there over the years.

One inmate’s death is no more or less important than another, but this news reminds us that the incarcerated men and women we visit are living in perilous conditions. While we may choose to lock ourselves in our homes or wear a hazmat suit in public if we choose, prison conditions are so cramped that “social distancing” is almost impossible.

While our ministry is not allowed in-person visits at this time, prayer is a ministry unto itself and we ask all of our Saints family to be praying regularly for the mission field to which we are called.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them……” Hebrews 13:3 [Link to the nj.com article referenced above https://www.nj.com/news/2021/01/first-inmate-dies-at-nj-prison-ravaged-by-covid.html