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A Touch of Green in a Sea of Gray

by Jimmy Cochran, Director of Team Operations

For most of 2020, we have been hit from all sides with bad news, terrible numbers and a virus which seems to be relentless in its attack on people around the globe. The coronavirus has taken this once beautiful and colorful world and covered it in a mire of negativity and painted it gray.

However, on August 24, 2020 the Lord dipped His paintbrush and dripped a bit of color on Canton, GA! The 2020 Saints Prison Ministry SE Golf Classic, sponsored once again by our partners at Real Momentum, took place at the beautiful Fairways of Canton and what a wonderful turnout we had for the event. Eighty-four golfers signed up to play, beating our previous high of 60 in 2017, and they were not disappointed. Magnolia Golf Group did a fantastic job with team pictures and played our 5-minute video shot by Liberty University on one of their giant electronic leaderboards, a new addition the event! Low scores were the norm, with the winning foursome shooting a 47 and taking home some terrific prizes. In addition to some fantastic golf, we were able to share how God is transforming lives behind bars and that no virus will stop the expansion of His Kingdom.

Overall, it was a great day as we were able to taste, for but a moment, some semblance of normalcy. The small bit of rain we had in the morning was not enough to dampen the spirits of those who came out to support the ministry. In the end, everyone was able to enjoy a great day on the course, helping in our efforts to share the gospel behind bars!

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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