by Richard L., Arkansas Valley CF, CO by Angelina A., SCI Muncy, PA
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
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.)
At the time you came to Michigan to spread God’s love I was a new believer, recently reborn in Christ. You encouraged me and since then my life has been devoted to living for Him and spreading His love. I have been working to spread the message to my children and grandchildren, even strangers, but it isn’t easy. Being in prison for 25 years and with no chance f parole makes it hard.I am a lifer but I have found the positive note to being locked up. I tell people I am doing “life with Christ”! Being in here with Christ is not a death sentence but a life sentence at Bible camp!
– Jaime R., Alger CF, Michigan
Just dropping you guys a few lines to let y’all know how much it means to us when y’all come play ball with us. Not just about the game – which is good – but the love y’all bring with you for each of us no matter how bad. Seeing how the Lord has changed some things in y’alls life is wonderful and makes us stronger and stronger. From all the guys here at Morgantown that believe in the Lord we want to thank y’all very much!
– Ricky N., FCI Morgantown, West Virginia
I’ve attended the last two softball games you had here and they are fun, but the fellowship with the guys on your team is outstanding. Thank you very much for reaching out to us here in prison. Very often we feel we are completely forgotten. Keep doing what you are doing because you are reaching a lot more people than you realize!
– Lacy P., Phillips SP, Georgia
I received a card from you exactly on my birthday. I wasn’t expecting any mail from anyone except my parents and my beautiful girlfriend, so your card was a real blessing in disguise. See, I not only hung your card on the board over my bed, but I also used it as an instrument to share who God truly is. The impact was far greater than you could expect! I just thought you should know that.
– Michael M., Canon City CF, Colorado
I pray that when this letter touches your hand that you will be in good health and in the Spirit of God. I really appreciate you taking the time to send me a birthday card. I must saying that hearing from you really put a smile on my face! Please keep us prisoners in your prayers, that God would open these doors for us to get out and serve Him. I’m closing this letter now but our friendship will never end!
– Anthony S., FCI Terre Haute, Indiana