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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

Inmate Letters

I received your Birthday card last night and it was a unexpected surprise. I wanted to send a brief thank you and let you know what it meant to me; the small things sometimes means so much. Your organization has been a beacon through these tough times, and it’s the things like this card that set you apart from the rest. Thank you again for the card and for everything you do. God bless you. – Antonio R, Dillwyn CC, VA

I just wanted to say thank you, brothers and sisters at Saints Prison Ministry for the Birthday card you sent me. It’s a blessing that you remembered my Birthday. It’s so awesome to have brothers and sisters in Christ like you. I wish everyone had love in their hearts for prisoners as you do. Please keep up the good work you are doing for our Lord. And thank you for reaching out to us Spanish brothers. That’s a blessing. I also want to know if you have any Bible studies you can send me. If you do, can you please send it to me in English? Again thank you for your wonderful ministry. And may God bless your ministry always. And please keep in touch. – Milton M., Lunenburg CC, VA

Last year, I went to the ball field here at Concord State Prison with the expectations of seeing an outside ball game from a local team, like I have heard about from a long time ago. I am new to the system but the church I belong to helps out with the kiros program. I was surprised at the very pleasant response from the team players when I went up to watch the great game. Boy, do you have some great hitters and the fielding was also wonderful. The message that you have brought helped not only me but others also, I am glad that you came to our little place and spent time with us. I did fill out a prayer card and I did talk with a few nice gentlemen. Please keep up the great work. – Timothy B., New Hampshire State Prison for Men, NH

I just wanted to give glory to God in acknowledging the awesome work that you Saints are accomplishing. For the past few years, your ministry has been the only one who has sent me written correspondence on my Birthday. In this digital day and age, you, your ministry, and “The New Creation” are truly a blessing! This shows me your commitment to God’s creations, and for that I thank you. Your works have revealed to me that even if I don’t get a miracle, I can still be a miracle to someone else… please continue to allow God to use you and may the Creator of our being continue to bless you and yours. – Carl C., Federal CC, FL

In trying times, people often become complacent and forget about others. It is amazing and by God’s timing that I received the birthday greeting that you sent me on 9/11. I can never thank all of you enough for the prayers and concerns you have for all of us in this delusion of a false hope. We are all in darkness with the restrictions that are continually placed upon us, but life will always find a way with the great love God has for us. I enjoyed doing the Bible Trivia you sent me. I knew all of the answers without looking in my Bible except for the last question, which was how many years did Adam live. I figured that Adam passed on from this life in the world when he was somewhere around 900 years. But the correct answer was 930 years so I was a little off. I also enjoyed reading the New Creation article that is based on 2 Corinthians 5:17. Along with knowing that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, I like what it says in Jeremiah 29:11. The Lord, Jesus Christ reveals the thoughts he has for us, which are of peace, and not evil, to give us an expected end. The way I see it is that God has a purpose for each and every one of us to give us an expected end of His greatness that is waiting to unfold in our lives when we are ready and willing to receive it. I appreciate the time and concern you have in this matter. God will surely bless you and increase your territory so you can witness to others just like He did for Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. I will also be praying for all of you. – Albert Y., SCI Smithfield, PA

Inmate Letters

THANK YOU!!!!!  For remembering my B-Day .  I wasn’t expecting this lovely card coming from Saints Prison Ministry.  54 years young!!!  Is still a big blessing from the Lord and Savior AMEN.  I’m also sending y’all my sincere greetings of peace and love during this time of total devastation around the world with this very ugly CORONAVIRUS.   Our country isn’t looking good right about now!  However, I’m still believing Scripture 1 TIMOTHY 2:8.  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.  John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in GOD, believe also in me. So YES!!!  I’m standing on the only thing I can stand on and that’s the Word of GOD AMEN.  I’m hoping and praying that you’re standing with e and agreeing with me on this topic of praying for the world healing asap?  The power of prayer is truly powerful…being incarcerated at this present time is rough.  All safety procedures are being taken for all inmate and staff members!!  Social distancing and masks on 24/7 Amen.  To be very honest with the ministry?  I don’t know when we’re going to play another baseball game around here, or have another big gathering of men.  Keep us in prayer and I’ll do the same for y’all on the streets.  Please stay safe and CORONAVIRUS FREE.
– Lenny M., SCI Frackville, PA

This is my first time writing you guys.  I should have done so many times ago. I am writing to thank you for sending me a birthday card.  Every birthday since Tucson, AZ to Petersburg, VA and to my present facility of Seagoville, TX, I have received a card from the Saints on my birthday.  Thank you so much.  It’s been a long time since I received a birthday card from anyone else outside.  Most of my family have gone to be with Jesus.  Some just don’t care anymore.  The Saints never forget and I am blessed to be connected with such a fine organization of friends.  The memories of playing against the team in Tucson, AZ and Petersburg, VA will always be etched in my heart. You guys couldn’t play softball here.  You all hit too many home runs and they would have to shut down the whole yard. I’ll never forget your kindness and your prayers.  Be well and be safe, God is still on the throne.
– James V., FCI Seagoville, TX

Thank you for remembering my birthday again this year.  I turned 50.  My second 25th birthday…As the years go by, less people remember this day and it means so much that you do.  Also thank you for coming to see us and play ball.  I can’t play, but I love to watch the game and hear your ministering. I spend my time writing to people that have less fortunate situations than I.  My celly’s nephew died from overdose, so I minister to his sister who was the you man’s mother.  That’s one example of many.  Anyway, I look forward to the day I can help with ministry from outside the jail fences.  Incidentally, I was born and raised in Woodbury, New Jersey!  I lived in South Jersey for 31 years.  I used to attend Gloucester County Community Church when it was in a movie theater in Pitman, NJ.
– Paul B., SCI Waymart, PA

I am very thankful for your birthday cards in which you all have sent me all through the years along with the Creation pamphlets.  I have enjoyed each and every card and pamphlet you all have sent me. I am sorry that I took too long to reply back to you, all moving from institution to institution.  I go up for parole in August of this year, will you please pray that I will be able t make it (God willing).  I love you all and I miss you all, the good time playing softball and watching you all play against the d/m in the gym.  It was fun along with the Word of Life.
– George J., Broad River CI, SC

I sincerely hope this letter finds the entire Saints Prison Ministry Family well in health and high in spirit, as for myself and the prisoners here at Lincoln CC with you all well during this difficult time. I will also like to extend our thanks to you all for sharing time with all prisoners around the world, especially those times you all came to the prison to play baseball.  The presence of you all touched us in so many ways, and through the prayers that were given, God heard them and blessed us in this journey of incarceration. Thank you for the birthday cards you all send out each year, hopefully when I am released we will continue to communicate and perhaps have service together.
– Michael B., Lincoln CC, IL

I just wanted to say thank you to everybody involved in your ministry.  It has been a breath of fresh air getting to play softball with you guys these past few years.  It is nice to interact with people that genuinely care about your well being and are not sinister in nature.  I’ve been locked up for 8 ½ years.  This is my last year here.  I will be home for Christmas. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the birthday greetings you send me every year.  This year really hit home with Isaiah 40:31.  I have been blessed with a family that loves me and a great support system and there is no doubt in my mind that this was my first and last time in prison.  There is also no doubt in my mind that without the strength God has given me day after day, I would still be the same thought process I had when I entered this place. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life and will be forever grateful to you guys for the part you played in my rehabilitation.
– James E., Centralia CC, IL

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the card you sent me for my birthday.  I hope and pray that this short letter finds you all in the best of spirits, well and health due to this situation that we are going through because of the coronavirus.  This is all for now.  May God bless you all and continue to prosper you all in every area of your life.
– Ramon M., SCI Phoenix, PA

 

Inmate Letters

Thank you so, so, so very much for the birthday card.  I must say that during the time that my name was being called, for mail call, I was in a depressed mind state, and feeling like no one thought of me and remembered my birthday.  But my Heavenly Father and you guys showed up, and made my day, and I want to truly thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.  Enclosed with this letter are words of encouragement for Rev. Tom Cox.
– DeAndre F., Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center

Prayer for comfort and hope in the darkness of prison.  SAINTS!!  Thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement throughout the years.  I cannot thank you enough.  Every year on my birthday I am reminded that I have not been forgotten.  Peace and love!
– Carl G., Eastern CI East

Thank you for the birthday card, means a lot.  Also thanks for your prayers and support.  Your thoughtfulness is truly a blessing, especially in moments of despair.”
-Trevion E., FCI McKean, PA

Thank you for the birthday wish and the New Creation pamphlet.  I was very surprised when I looked at the address.  As for me, the usual.  Just hoping and praying to one day have the chance to walk out of this place.  I’ve kept my faith throughout these 21 years and to me it doesn’t matter how much more I have to sit and wait my faith in God won’t fade away not now, not ever.  Well thank you again and may God bless everyone at Saints, bye!
-Edwin DeJesus, SCI Benner, FL

In writing I can not express the warmth and joy the birthday card brought to my “spirit”.  I thank you for the card and for being my best friends, for I love all those that love and do the will of our Lord Creator and Savior Jesus Christ.
– Norman H. , Ware State Prison, GA

A Heartfelt Thanks

by Robert C., CFRC Main Unit, FL

I am writing you in regard to all the birthday cards I have received from you all throughout the years. God has placed it on my heart to reflect back to the very day we met. I was housed at Okeechobee CI and the Saints showed up to play us a game of softball. I believe the year was 2007. I was already a Christian so I fully understood the love from Jesus that all of you showed us. What I never thought about was the dedication the Saints have shown me over the years by making sure I felt loved and thought of on my birthday. No matter if I changed institutions, six times since 2007, the Saints birthday card always found me at the right address and with a smile on my face. You all have a better record than bill collectors. Ha Ha. I just wanted you all to know how much these cards have meant to me. Thank you. I have another seven years to go before my release date and carry the joy of Jesus with me every day and will never stop praying for all of you at the Saints Prison Ministry. God is shining down on all of you at the Saints. Keep up the great work for God. “We are saved to serve.”

 

Inmate Letters

How are you today? I’m just dropping you a few lines to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the card. You all have been sending me a card every year since 2000 and it’s appreciated. I’ve been in prison for 33 years now. I’m 53 years old and because I walk with the Lord, I walk with my head up and chest out. – Derrick K., Sing Sing CF, NY

I am sending you this message to thank you for enrolling me in your Bible study program, thank you for signing me up for your Pen-Pal program, and thank you for sending me the first lesson. Thank you for helping me with learning more and getting closer to our God. But most of all, thank you for your service to God. The Bible says this service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourself, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the grace God has given you. Thanks to God for his indescribable gift (vs 2 Corinthians 9:12-15 NIV). On that note I am going to end this by saying: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. (vs. 2 John 3, NIV) God bless you! Please keep me in your prayers and know you will remain in mine. – Willie B., ADTC, NJ

I have received your birthday thought expressed to me. A very wonderful surprise – thank you. My daughter, Shanell, shares the same birth date as me. At my age then I didn’t realize this great gift God has bestowed upon me. My family intended to visit on the 5th, however they weren’t aware of the traffic blockage due to the bicycle marathon that day. They had to turn back. I was blessed to see them on Mother’s Day. Just wanted to share my blessings with you. The newsletter/article written by Rev. Tom Cox is a touching story. It’s good to hear of Jenna being able to recover enough vision to enjoy some of life’s gifts. Faith is a strong instrument in religion. He has presented “Facing Fears” easy for one to understand and implement. I will pass it to others to read. I enjoyed the basketball game. Prayerfully, I may be home before your next visit at Otisville. We (I) appreciate you. – Daren J., Otisville CF

Hi! How are you doing? I hope that all of you are doing fine, I’m good, thank God. I just want to thank you for your birthday card. It was so thoughtful to take time to send a card. Well, here I want to send you a photo of me and some brothers (BELOW). It was from last December 24th. We can’t wait to see you again and enjoy some softball games. I just want to let you know how thankful I am to have shared some time and that is so kind of you to visit us in here. Thank you once again and God bless you brothers. – Jaime P., FCI Tucson

Enclosed is my original artwork (BELOW). I hope you like it enough to publish it in your publication. Thank you and God bless you. I enjoy reading articles in the New Creation that I received from our chaplains in prison. Thank you for my birthday card you sent in January, and I look forward to you coming to play volleyball here again! – Faith H., EMCF

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