Inside the Mind of Gibby

Supply Chain Blues
By Tom Gibson, IL Saints Softball Coach

Here’s the deal: when there is a nationwide shortage on random supplies, it is bound to catch up with everyone eventually. Despite the stockpile of toilet paper and ranch dressing that we have here in the Mind of Gibby headquarters, we find ourselves short overall on a few critical things. So, grab your Sam’s Club card and let’s go hunting for some much needed – and hard to find – things for our ministry!

Pencils – Ok, you didn’t expect to see this one, did you? We use pencils to have the men and women we visit fill out response cards, which in turn generates follow up packets, birthday cards and a newsletter. If we don’t have those graphite sticks, it is hard to capture that information. Are we low on pencils? Not yet, but at the rate they get left in hotels and vans, we should start looking now! That leads us to our next item…

Patience – I’ve been on several trips and have managed to test the patience of pretty much everyone I’ve come in contact with. Let’s face it, 2022 is a year that we will really need some patience. Maybe you have a rookie on the team who doesn’t pay attention to the 3rd base coach. You will need patience. Maybe your Crusade roommate snores like a Caterpillar D10 bulldozer. You need patience… and earplugs! Maybe you are the editor for the newsletter and the one guy who has a consistent column is three weeks overdue for his 500-word article. Let’s hope that guy has some patience!

Cattle – This item actually has us really nervous. We are an athletic ministry that refills our hungry missionary athletes on mostly cheeseburgers. If we can’t find cattle, we won’t have cheese or burgers! However, the most unnerving cattle shortage issue of all is having to explain to Butch Smith that we might not have ice cream on Crusades!

Honey Mustard Pringles – This isn’t ministry related, but I can’t find them on the shelves here. If you find some, please mail them to the Mind of Gibby office located at 2200 W Nebraska Ave, Peoria, IL 61604.

Rest on Crusades – I just came off an intense trip to Indiana. We were a little short on ballplayers so all of us who went got to play… a lot! By the end of the trip, we were all a little banged up and could have all used a little more rest. Thankfully, there isn’t anything to do in Indiana in the evenings, so we did manage to get some sleep!

A Few Good Men – Some of us, including me, are starting down the slippery slope we like to call “being over the hill.” We could use some fresh new legs to join the ministry to help us out on the long prison visits. Just in case you were wondering, we could use some mid-twenties athletes, in a size Mike Trout or Joel Embiid.

I’m not sure what the rest of 2022 will hold but if you happen to see any of these things while you are out and about, let us know!

Inmate Mail

I greatly appreciate the love each year that y’all show me. I know that due to the Covid, it’s a really hard time in the world. I still battle through my demons and the ups & downs of living life, so it’s tough. For the lack of love and support I don’t receive from family, I cannot thank y’all enough for what you do for me. I hope that we get to meet again and start a new chapter in our relationship. – Willie B., SCI Rockview, PA

I would like to thank you for all the cards you have sent me over the years, they were very uplifting. I have received good news… I’ve been granted parole! I still have to wait 120 days for the process and approval from the higher-ups, but I’m going home! I still can’t believe that after being locked up for 41 years, I am going to be free. But I put my faith in God a long time ago and let Him handle it and He did! Once again, thank you for always being there for me. – Markham A., CA Institute for Men, CA

My name is Lance and I have always meant to say “thank you” for your cards, visits, and work. A long time ago I prayed really hard, reciting the 35th Psalm beforehand, I can honestly say God spoke back to me and I received the miracle of salvation. I’ve since lost everything these 16 years in prison. I know I’m on a list, but even so you remembered my birthday. When NO ONE was left to say anything encouraging to me, you guys did. Thank you. – Lance B., Eastern CI, MD

Just a short note to say Thank You for the cards I’ve received. I tis always nice to be remembered, especially by Christian brothers and sisters. I’m doing pretty well on my end. I got involved with a logistics class and I get a certification for completing it. The certification is good for 5 years and I get out before then, so it should help me get a job (or better job) faster than many ex-cons I’ve heard from. Thank you for thinking of me, my friends. Take care of yourself and be blessed. – Dale G., USP Terre Haute, IN

I am respectfully writing, in the name of Jesus and His love. Your ministry has sent me several birthday cards, but I have never written back until now. But God intends His people to team up to encourage each other as well. The apostle Paul urged the Thessalonians to encourage one another and build each other up (I Thess 5:11). God has put us – ministries like yours and people like me – into each other’s lives for support; we need each other to keep walking the path of life in Jesus. So, on behalf of all the many men and women behind bars, fences, and walls today…THANK YOU for your prayers, visits, services, and support. We don’t always acknowledge your thoughtfulness as we should, however I know many who deeply appreciate your genuine love in Christ. – Jimmy A., DeSoto CI, Florida

by Alejandro S.




We’re hiring!

Saints Prison Ministry is seeking one part-time staff member to join our team in serving the Lord through our work in prisons throughout the US. The candidate will work out of SPM’s Hainesport, NJ office during typical business hours.

For more information, email Frank Zeidler, Executive Director, at [email protected]

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