Hello Brothers in Christ!
Thanks for faithfully sending me a card on my birthday. You all take time out to show us that people still care for and about us. This ype of love is what keep people like me grounded. Thanks come from me and all the brothers here at Macon State Prison. Let me not forget, the card you all send me every year is the first one that I receive and sometimes the ONLY one! When I am released from prison I will make sure to be one of your many donors for such a great cause. All of you are inded a Saint to me!
My brothers and sisters at the Saints Prison Ministry
As I begin this letter, I want you guys to know that I am truly blessed – the day I met your team at Greene Correctional Facility in the summer of 2011 changed my life. Even though your ministry softball team put a beating on us, my blessing began that day because I finally found myself and found out that even thought I am in prison I can still be free, as long as I believe and have faith in our Lord and Savior. You guys have shown me the light, opened my eyes, and given me the direction to be closer to our maker…God. Thank you!
Anyway, for the last few years you guys have always remembered my birthday and always remember to send a card when everyone else has forgotten my existence. But I know my friends at Saints Prison Ministry never forget that I am their brother in Christ who is “lost behind prison walls”. I am so honored and blessed to have met those brothers in 2011 – because of them I am a new man, changed forever, and a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ!
The beautiful Study Bible you sent me has exceeded all expectations and has become a very valuable tool in further building a fertile relationship with God – thank you! I also appreciate your referring me to Risk Takers for Christ here in Florida for possible visits or re-entry help when released. I will write to them as soon as I finish your letter! I know God will bless you and those who support you, just as surely as I know that the devil will try to tear down and destroy those very same efforts. I will lift you up in prayer to continued success in doing God’s work. I thank God for you and for the things you have done to lend assistance at such a dark time inmy life, and in such a very dark place.
I would like to thank God for blessing me with another day on this Earth, and thank everybody at the Saints Prison Ministry for the simple fact that you guys thought of me on my birthday. You made me feel like somebody at my most depressed state because no one I know even called the prison to check on me or see if I was still alive. Not one person in my family cared, so for some people I never met to take time out from their families or busy schedule is very considerate and a real blessing in my book! I am at the bottom of the totem pole – out of sight, out of mind seems to be the way it is.
I’m not mad at anyone but myself for jeopardizing my freedom and being taken away from my family. I believe everything happens for a reason. I’ve matured in many ways but still feel lost at times. I consider myself a student because I am willing to learn something every day, even every hour – especially if it is beneficial to my spirit in a positive way. I’m not pretending to be a Saints because no one is perfect except Jesus, but I am trying to be more like Him. Thank you again for thinking about me on my birthday and have a blessed day.
I would like to start off by saying thank you for the birthday card and the letters you have been sending. Your letters have been very helpful to me because I am a person with no family or relatives that I know of in the state of Pennsylvania. I feel pretty much alone. When I receive letters from your ministry I do not feel alone any more. I also received the Winter edition of the New Creation newsletter with the birthday card and as I read the newsletter I realized I can relate to it. As I read on I found myself smiling and said “You’re not alone!” I thank your organization from the heart and I am very thankful for your prayers and hopes.
(Ed. note: the letters he refers to are because Frankie has a Saints pen pal – hint, hint)