Striving to Give God Our Best

Every year we include an article in our newsletter and online to let our supporters know we have earned renewal as members of ECFA – the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. This watchdog organization regularly monitors the stewardship practices of thousands of Christian organizations, including many of the largest in the world. Renewal is earned by meeting the ECFA Seven Standards (https://www.ecfa.org/Standards.aspx) and the review is quite thorough.

We not only boast continuous membership in the organization since 1997, but throughout the year we also take advantage of many resources they offer to make the Saints Prison Ministry stronger and more effective. To that end, several our Board members recently attended an ECFA Forum on Board Governance, on their own time and in various locations, to ensure that we are doing all that we can to give God our very best efforts. Even though they are entirely volunteer, those charged with overseeing the organization do not take the responsibility lightly.

Shown here is Rev. Jim Korth attending the event in Charlotte, NC. Rev. Korth was instrumental in the formation of the ministry in 1987, has filled a few roles in the ensuing years, and recently joined the Board again after a few years serving the Lord in other capacities.

“…And I’m Even Worse”

by H.C., a federal inmate, current location withheld Thank you very much for the Birthday card. It was almost two or three years ago when you guys pulverized us on the softball field here. Your card could not have come at a better time in my life. I am currently in the SHU, not for disciplinary or anything such as that, I am in what I like to call mental cleansing. I checked in on Wednesday August 14th. See I have come to a point in my life that I realized I need to change my whole process. I have been a white supremacist for the last 13 years. I just really feel in my heart that’s not the right way for me to believe. For the last year, I have noticed that these people “black, Mexican, Jews” that have been my sworn enemies have been the nicest and most helpful people to me. I have just ran that through my mind over and over. I really am tired of being the way I have been and would like to confess to you and God that I wanna change myself and become what God wants me to be. It’s gonna be a long, hard road. The other gang members ain’t gonna like it very much. But I really don’t care. But I would ask that you put me in your prayers. And I welcome any inspiration that I can get. As well as any spiritual guidance. I have and do read GOD’s Word but I have been brain washed pretty good. I have just turned 45, I wanna do the rest of my years for GOD.

Inmate Letters

Wanted to send this letter out to you all, thanking you for the consistency in communicating with me on my birthday since 2009. I’m grateful for your faithfulness to Christ, and for your loyalty in doing His will. I can only continue to pray that God blesses you all on a daily basis and beyond human comprehension. Mostly I’ve learned to appreciate guys like you who do not have to do all that you’ve done, and do, to make my life better, as well as others. So I want to say thank you all for being my friend (Proverbs 17:17). I appreciate you all, if no one else does, and know that I love you all too. I remain a faithful, humble servant of Christ. God bless you! “More Lite!” – Cameron L., London CI, OH

 

I pray all is well for each of you and to whomever God gave the thought of sending me a birthday card…God bless you! Just the thought of someone thinking of us at times like these is amazing. It lets us know that God is real and encourages us not to give up. I’m now in my 23rd year in prison and I finally come up for parole in two years – May 2021. I know this is all in God’s hands and in His timing, but please keep me in your prayers because the prayers of the righteous avails much! – John I., Wilcox SP, GA

 

I hope and pray this letter finds all of you in great health and spirits. My name is Daniel and I am writing to thank y’all for your genuine love and service. I wasn’t saved when we played softball together a few years ago…or I should say I was saved but not being deliberate in walking with the Lord. My address has changed a few times since then but your message hit home, and somehow, some way, your cards and letters have always found me – and always at the perfect time! So from deep in my heart, thank you to all the beautiful Saints members who have never forgotten me! My walk with Jesus is strong and beautiful today, and it is because of your love, prayers, and Christ-like example that encouraged me to push my standards of living in Him to a higher level. – Daniel A., Smith SP, GA

 

I just want to say “Thank You” for the birthday cards I get from y’all every year. The card is special but I really liked the Bible verse! It’s always nice to just get mail, but to get mail from someone I don’t even know means you believe I deserve a birthday card. Thank you for caring about me – it’s lonely in here and getting mail makes it so much better. I’ve got 10 more years so it’s nice to know I have some people thinking of me and showing me God’s love no matter what. – Julie M., Camille Graham CI, SC

 

I’m taking this time out to thank you and God for all my friends on my Birthday for more than 20 years. You never forgot me by making my birthday card reach me on time and I’m so grateful for this so thank you on my behalf, and for all the other inmates who your ministry makes sure they are not forgotten. Therefore may the Lord keep blessing y’all for making sure we are loved by Him and not forgotten. No matter what we go through in life this is the best gift ever. Take care and may y’all and your families be blessed forever. – Jorge R., Five Points CF, NY

 

I thank God for this ministry. The Saints Prison Ministry changed me to be a better man within and uplifted me when nobody else didn’t [sic] by sending birthday cards throughout my prison bid. I have been down for over 13 years and it took most of those years for me to find my purpose and calling from God. I hope I get to see your team again before I get out in a couple years. – Leonard C., New River CI, FL

 

Thank you for the birthday card and your kind words of love and appreciation. It’s nice to be thought of on my birthday! My family and I had a sudden surprise come our way – on February 23, 2019, my Dad, Fred Rocha, went home to be with the Lord. As much as we will greatly miss him, we all rejoice that he made it home to be with Jesus!! That is great news to us as we know we will see him again. God has been leading us through our times of mourning, and ever present help He has been. Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. I love you all Saints!! We have it made with Jesus. – Robert R., Gus Harrison CF, MI

Announcements

Our Annual Celebration Banquet will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Easton Bible Church in New Jersey.

Join us for a ministry update and hear from some of our coaches from across the country!

For more information please email us at [email protected]

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