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Inmate Art_Fall 2017

Hector M., location unknown

Kevin W., Lee CI, South Carolina

Arthur M., SCI Mercer, Pennsylvania

Jason S., Ulster CF, New York

Michael V., Cotton CF, Michigan

Ken S., SCI Rockview, Pennsylvania

Louis P., Cross City CI, Florida

 

Inmate Art_Winter 2016

michael-m_sterling-cf_colorado Michael M., Sterling CF, Colorado

lorenzo-m_allendale_south-carolinaLorenzo M., Allendale CI, South Caroina

kenneth-w_autry-sp_georgia Kenneth W., Autry SP, Georgia

kevin-w_lee-ci_south-carolinaKevin W., Lee CI, South Carolina

eric-r_sci-smithfield_pennsyvaniaEric R., SCI Smithfield, Pennsylvania

Inmate Artwork

manuel-r-kern-valley-sp-californiaManuel R., Kern Valley SP, California

richard-r-rogers-sp-georgiaRichard R., Rogers SP, Georgia

milton-m-dooly-sp-georgiaMilton M., Dooly SP, Georgia

 

Inmate Letters_Spring and Summer 2016

I am writing to say thank you for the birthday card that I received this past week.  I think it is great that you take the time to go around to the prisons and devote your personal time to those of us that society turned their backs upon.  I honestly believe this world needs more people like you who are willing to devote their time to those in need and not pass judgment on others.  Again, thank you to all of you at the Saints Prison Ministry.

Ian E., SCI Albion, Pennsylvania

I am a prisoner at EKCC in Kentucky and I wanted to write to say thank you.  I received your card for my birthday and it meant a lot – you are the only ones who remembered!  You remembered my birthday when my family didn’t.  Well, they probably remembered but it meant the world to me to get a card from someone I don’t even know.  Thank you for peppin’ up my birthday (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  Keep it up and God bless every one of you.

James H., Eastern Kentucky CC, Kentucky

Well, the reason for this letter is thanking you for putting a smile on my face and my heart on my birthday.  I really appreciate y’all for that.  The birthday card was beautiful and I enjoyed the newspaper too.  I just had to write y’all this letter to let y’all know that what y’all do for us really goes a long way.  God bless you and thank you for all y’all do for us.

Arnaldo G., FCI Fort Dix, New Jersey

I would like to take time out to say thank you and thank God for such wonderful people as the Saints Ministry team softball players.  I thank you all for playing such a big role in my life and the life of my family.  From reading the Word of God I have learned that having God in your life is the answer to our heart.  We all face many choices daily but having God in your life daily is the difference in making good decisions.  I have a wonderful wife and three beautiful children who I will be returning home to this summer.  They have stayed with me through this journey and the Saints Prison Ministry has never forgotten me and been there for me too.  Thanks a lot and God bless you all.

Stacey C.,Washington SP, Georgia

I pray this letter finds you in good spirits.  Thank you for your Bible Study.  I don’t know how I skipped doing lesson #7, but I guess I’m showing my age.  Big booboo!  Anyway, it shows I’m human and God is good, so patient with his children.  You are doing a good thing, being stewards in God’s work.  We might be incarcerated but we are still people too.  Society and families might have written us off, but we are still somebody in God’s eyes.  Be safe and keep fighting the good fight.  God loves me and you.  Because He lives, we live too!

Michael S., CTF Soledad, California

I must thank you for the thought of sending me a birthday card because my family doesn’t seem to have the time for me. Since my mother passed away six years ago, my family doesn’t write me. Three months ago, my brother wrote me after 15 years. He sent me two letters. He had a drug problem and is two years clean. He got married in April and now after only two letters, I’m still waiting to hear from him again.  I pray he didn’t backslide. Anyway, I’m sending you all this drawing (see drawing below) and I pray that I will hear from you again.

Johnson A., SCI Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

Johnson A, SCI Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

Hello and God bless You all. How are you doing? I hope and pray that you are all great. I want to first thank you for the Birthday wishes. God bless You all and may he continue to bless You as much as you bless all of us! I hope that the basketball is going great as well and it’s always a blessing when you come in here to play. God is great and no matter where we are at, He is always taking care of us. I thank you for all you do for so many people and all Glory be to God!

Norman G., SCI Coal Twp, Pennsylvania

Thank you all for helping make my birthday special and fun!  I appreciate you all and thank the Lord for bringing us together in His timing and ways. My family and friends helped me bring much joy for my 52nd birthday and we played cards, ate good food and we loved the fellowship in the Lord. Again, thanks for being there for me in love, prayer and support. I was in prison and you came and visited me! You all will hear those words when you see Jesus! Smile!

Rocha R., Thumb CF, Michigan

I just wanted to say thanks for the birthday letter you guys were nice enough to send me. You came to this prison in Maryland three years ago and I went to the baseball game and for the two years you sent me a birthday greeting. Makes you feel good to be remembered.

Harden R., Eastern CI, Maryland

Just a brief note to say thank you for sending me a birthday card once again and for remembering me. I truly feel blessed. I’m not sure anymore just how much longer I’ll be on this globe, but I know God has a plan for me which he wants fulfilled before He calls me home. Things have gone a whole lot smoother since I’ve given myself over the Him and have let him guide me. Thanks again for the card and remembrances.

Grover S., SCI Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

(Editor’s Note: This gentleman is living for the Lord in prison at 73-years-old.)

Announcements

God’s Got This!

As the impact of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 continues to unfold before our eyes, I keep hearing the same voice in the back of my head.  A former teammate of mine, and a friend to many in the Saints family, offers the same deeply held belief every time the ministry (or he personally) must face a difficult situation… “God’s got this!”

As a child of the King, that is our reality; and those words bring comfort and peace in a plethora of situations.  Yes, this virus is nasty. Yes, we must exercise caution and be part of the solution, not the problem.  Yes, the situation is unprecedented for most of us.  But none of this changes the fact that “God’s got this”.

As I have reminded you of this before, my chief concern as the Director is guiding this ministry as God is leading it; never to force my agenda or ideas, but diligently trying not to lag behind His plans either”.  I am more committed to that than ever, and through this “crisis” I have felt God’s Spirit guiding our staff and Board at every turn.

Recently, the prisons have begun closing their doors to visitors and volunteers.  As news came out that state after state was taking this necessary step, our staff took the initiative to contact the prisons where we had softball games already scheduled.  As a result of taking this action, we were able to shift the opening of our softball season back from April 25th to June 4th.  Will the doors be open by June 4th?  I have no idea.  But clearly the Spirit was leading this decision, as evidenced by this email received from a Recreation Supervisor in IL:

Thank you for reaching out to us to reschedule.  You are the only one that has so far, and I think most are just waiting to see what happens.  Look forward to seeing you guys again sometime this summer”

Or this phone message from a Chaplain in Delaware:

“Thank you for taking the time to call me.  I just assumed we would lose the games because I didn’t think rescheduling would be an option with how busy you guys always are.”

Given the uncertainty of the next few weeks and months, it is important that you know we continue to serve those behind bars as much as we are able.  The other aspects of our ministry (birthday cards, follow up discipleship, fall scheduling, etc.) go on as always.  We have taken necessary steps to be ready for mandatory work-from-home announcements and our Board has reviewed our budget for potential modifications should the current financial uncertainty become a prolonged situation.

As partners with us in reaching men and women behind bars, you may rest assured the Saints Prison Ministry maintains committed to our mission and we value our partnership as much as ever.   For understandable reasons we will have no personal interaction with any of you soon, but there are two things you can do to continue working with us. First, include the inmates we serve in your prayers.  In grim times we all suffer from tunnel vision a little bit, so I’m going to suggest a way to be intentional about this.  Think back over the stories you’ve heard or articles you’ve read and come up with one item: a crusade, a prison name, a Missionary-Athlete’s name, a program like Birthday Cards or the Glove Exchange, maybe even an inmate’s name.  Make that single item the focus of your prayers for the ministry over the next few weeks.  Thank God for His providence and pray for His direction.

Second, if you are able, please make your regular gifts online instead of mailing in a check.  Obviously, we want to make supporting this work as easy as possible; if you are not comfortable online feel free to continue to use the US mail.  But in the interest of caution, the less mail our staff handles at this time the better.  Who knows – you may find you like it!

“God’s got this” – and He has all along.  It is the greatest comfort I can offer you and at the same time the only comfort any of us should need.

Serving Him gladly,

 

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