Inmate Letters

Hello again! (smile) I pray that this letter reaches you all happy, healthy and surrounded by God’s blessings. I just wanted to send a quick correspondence letting you all know how much I appreciate your ministry remembering my birthday every year. As you can imagine, being incarcerated can be extremely lonely and the only card I received this year was from your organization which really touched my heart. So, thank you again and may God’s blessings be upon you all! (smile) – Troy M., SCI Dallas, PA

Hi, I want to thank you for all the cards over the years. It’s meant a lot to me to get them. I want to let you know that I am going home this month and that I have a home address. I am looking forward to a new start in life and now that I’m giving my life to the Lord I know He will be with me in whatever is going to go on in my life. I am blessed that I have my whole family in my corner now. Thanks for caring about us people that are in prison. – Dave R, released

I’m writing your ministry to thank you very much for remembering me on my b-day. I’ve spoken to a few of the softball players who have come into the Illinois River CC to share the Word, and play softball. What great days we’ve all had the three times they’ve visited! GREAT GUYS!!! With the Covid virus going on this year we weren’t able to have one of those gatherings, but God willing we’ll share them again. Just wanted to express my thanks for remembering my b-day. Be safe and God bless you all. – Bob “Crash” H., Illinois River CC, IL

I hope when you receive this letter all of you are well. I want to thank you very much for all the years you’ll have sent e a card on my B-day. This is a true blessing. Thank you so much for making my day and for cheering me up. Please take good care of yourselves and be safe. God bless all of my friends at Saints Prison Ministry. – Luis V., FCI Ft. Dix, NJ

First, I want to thank you all for the card for my birthday. I really needed the support. I’m trying hard to put God first in my life and become successful. So I really appreciated that. It’s a little tough in here but I have faith that God will strengthen me to get through. I’m not going to take up too much more of your time, but I would like to request a Bible because I do not have one. Please and thank you. Well, have a blessed day and thank you again for the birthday card. – Harold H., Indian Creek CC, VA

I want to thank you for your love and support through this journey, it’s been a blessing from Jehovah to have you take the time to pray for me and to give me the courage to pursue my purpose and stay firm in my walk with Jesus, our Lord in heaven. I pray that God will bless you all with many more blessings as you go through this life and journey and to strengthen you in every area of your lives to let everything you touch prosper, whether it’s financial, your business, household, the ministries. I look forward to hearing from you all and give you all my love. I also send you these two portraits from the heart and hope that you like them and may God bless you all. I’m sending a few stamps, may God bless you! – Roy J.,Macon SP, GA

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