Volunteer

volunteer

There are always opportunities to volunteer with The Saints Prison Ministry. No matter what area you choose to serve in, you are sure to find ministering to inmates very rewarding.

Athletics

Use your basketball, soccer, softball or volleyball talents for the Lord. We are always looking for new missionary athletes to join our teams. Your involvement allows us to expand into new regions of ministry impact, as well as continue to deepen relationships in areas currently being served.

Board Service

Potential Board members are interviewed and considered at regular intervals throughout the year. Requirements and qualifications aree available upon request.

Bulk Mailing Assistant

Volunteers who gather in key regions to assist with bulk mailings are very much appreciated, as the need is greater than our staff can accomplish alone.

CyberSaints

If you are computer-savvy, there are a number of areas that offer the opportunity to volunteer from the comfort of your own living room. Reviewing electronic records, social media, and website updates can be done from anywhere.

Event Support

Every prison event in which we engage offers multiple opportunities for service beyond athletics. Volunteers are need for assistance in distributing literature, sharing the Gospel one-on-one, driving the bus, and visiting with spectators during the games.

Financial Support

Give to The Saints Prison Ministry as the Lord leads. If you do not have the ability to give yourself, perhaps you could mention us to your church family, your friends or even your employer. Whether you choose to support a specific missionary-athlete, a particular special project or trip, or provide Bibles, Gospels of John, athletic equipment or other materials your financial support is greatly appreciated and always tax-deductible.

Host a Dessert Night

Open your home and invite your friends and family over for an evening of introduction to our ministry. We will provide a speaker to explain what we do and how you can get involved. We will even supply the dessert!

Jericho Team Member

Jericho Discipleship Teams provide regular face-to-face mentoring for men and women behind bars. These teams meet either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to conduct worship services and Bible studies with inmates. Join a Jericho team and help reach inmates today!

Office Volunteers

Bible Correspondence Courses may be graded in our New Jersey office during normal business hours, or general office work such as folding, sorting and filing is always helpful.

Pen Pal

Reach out to lonely men and women behind bars though our pen pal program. Our policy is for men or married couples to write to male inmates and for female pen pals to write to female inmates. Other security precautions are in place to make this a safe and enjoyable experience.

Prayer

Prayer Partners – We send an updated Prayer & Praise list to our Prayer Partners on a weekly basis via email and monthly for those who prefer regular mail. You can also access our Prayer & Praise requests online.

Prayer Warriors – Prayer Warriors pray specifically for inmates who have filled out response cards at our games. We send five cards to each Prayer Warrior monthly and ask that they pray for these prisoners at least once a week. At the end of the month, each Prayer Warrior receives five new cards.

Spanish Correspondence

An estimated 20% of the inmates who are enrolled in our Bible Correspondence School are Spanish speaking. We always have openings for people who know Spanish and are willing to grade Bible courses and to serve as pen pals.

Special Gifts

Perhaps you have a unique skill set that can be used for His service. Examples include graphic design, website design, IT, and more. We are open to whatever God leads you to offer!

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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