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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

Inmate Letters

Wanted to send this letter out to you all, thanking you for the consistency in communicating with me on my birthday since 2009. I’m grateful for your faithfulness to Christ, and for your loyalty in doing His will. I can only continue to pray that God blesses you all on a daily basis and beyond human comprehension. Mostly I’ve learned to appreciate guys like you who do not have to do all that you’ve done, and do, to make my life better, as well as others. So I want to say thank you all for being my friend (Proverbs 17:17). I appreciate you all, if no one else does, and know that I love you all too. I remain a faithful, humble servant of Christ. God bless you! “More Lite!” – Cameron L., London CI, OH

 

I pray all is well for each of you and to whomever God gave the thought of sending me a birthday card…God bless you! Just the thought of someone thinking of us at times like these is amazing. It lets us know that God is real and encourages us not to give up. I’m now in my 23rd year in prison and I finally come up for parole in two years – May 2021. I know this is all in God’s hands and in His timing, but please keep me in your prayers because the prayers of the righteous avails much! – John I., Wilcox SP, GA

 

I hope and pray this letter finds all of you in great health and spirits. My name is Daniel and I am writing to thank y’all for your genuine love and service. I wasn’t saved when we played softball together a few years ago…or I should say I was saved but not being deliberate in walking with the Lord. My address has changed a few times since then but your message hit home, and somehow, some way, your cards and letters have always found me – and always at the perfect time! So from deep in my heart, thank you to all the beautiful Saints members who have never forgotten me! My walk with Jesus is strong and beautiful today, and it is because of your love, prayers, and Christ-like example that encouraged me to push my standards of living in Him to a higher level. – Daniel A., Smith SP, GA

 

I just want to say “Thank You” for the birthday cards I get from y’all every year. The card is special but I really liked the Bible verse! It’s always nice to just get mail, but to get mail from someone I don’t even know means you believe I deserve a birthday card. Thank you for caring about me – it’s lonely in here and getting mail makes it so much better. I’ve got 10 more years so it’s nice to know I have some people thinking of me and showing me God’s love no matter what. – Julie M., Camille Graham CI, SC

 

I’m taking this time out to thank you and God for all my friends on my Birthday for more than 20 years. You never forgot me by making my birthday card reach me on time and I’m so grateful for this so thank you on my behalf, and for all the other inmates who your ministry makes sure they are not forgotten. Therefore may the Lord keep blessing y’all for making sure we are loved by Him and not forgotten. No matter what we go through in life this is the best gift ever. Take care and may y’all and your families be blessed forever. – Jorge R., Five Points CF, NY

 

I thank God for this ministry. The Saints Prison Ministry changed me to be a better man within and uplifted me when nobody else didn’t [sic] by sending birthday cards throughout my prison bid. I have been down for over 13 years and it took most of those years for me to find my purpose and calling from God. I hope I get to see your team again before I get out in a couple years. – Leonard C., New River CI, FL

 

Thank you for the birthday card and your kind words of love and appreciation. It’s nice to be thought of on my birthday! My family and I had a sudden surprise come our way – on February 23, 2019, my Dad, Fred Rocha, went home to be with the Lord. As much as we will greatly miss him, we all rejoice that he made it home to be with Jesus!! That is great news to us as we know we will see him again. God has been leading us through our times of mourning, and ever present help He has been. Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. I love you all Saints!! We have it made with Jesus. – Robert R., Gus Harrison CF, MI

Inmate Letters Summer 2019

I pray all is well for each of you and to whomever God gave the thought of sending me a birthday card…God bless you! Just the thought of someone thinking of us at times like these is amazing. It lets us know that God is real and encourages us not to give up. I’m now in my 23rd year in prison and I finally come up for parole in two years – May 2021. I know this is all in God’s hands and in His timing, but please keep me in your prayers because the prayers of the righteous avails much!
John I., Wilcox SP, Georgia

This is a heartfelt thanks to all those people who have been riding this train with me; the people who send the card on my birthday, the men who come to play ball and visit with us, and those who pray for me. The greatest gift ever is Jesus Christ but your kindness is also a special blessing!
Thomas T., Marion CI, Florida

To special friends, you guys are the ones who always know what to do and suggest. How lucky I am to call you guys my friends. Each time I wish upon a star…wish that I could be where you guys are. I miss you guys, and I thank you for the wonderful birthday card. I turned 75 years old on May 20th. I have a court hearing pending to be released from prison. Please pray for my release from prison. God bless you guys for the extraordinary work you are doing for the inmates in prison.
Robert T., Orleans CF

I just want to say “Thank You” for the birthday cards I get from y’all every year. The card is special but I really liked the Bible verse! It’s always nice to just get mail, but to get mail from someone I don’t even know means you believe I deserve a birthday card. Thank you for caring about me – it’s lonely in here and getting mail makes it so much better. I’ve got 10 more years so it’s nice to know I have some people thinking of me and showing me God’s love no matter what.
Julie M., Camille Graham CI, South Carolina

I’m taking this time out to thank you and God for all my friends on my Birthday for more than 20 years. You never forgot me by making my birthday card reach me on time and I’m so grateful for this so thank you on my behalf, and for all the other inmates who your ministry makes sure they are not forgotten. Therefore may the Lord keep blessing y’all for making sure we are loved by Him and not forgotten. No matter what we go through in life this is the best gift ever. Take care and may y’all and your families be blessed forever.
Jorge R., Five Points CF, New York

I thank God for this ministry. The Saints Prison Ministry changed me to be a better man within and uplifted me when nobody else didn’t [sic] by sending birthday cards throughout my prison bid. I have been down for over 13 years and it took most of those years for me to find my purpose and calling from God. I hope I get to see your team again before I get out in a couple years.
Leonard C., New River CI, Florida

Thank you for the birthday card and your kind words of love and appreciation. It’s nice to be thought of on my birthday! My family and I had a sudden surprise come our way – on February 23, 2019, my Dad, Fred Rocha, went home to be with the Lord. As much as we will greatly miss him, we all rejoice that he made it home to be with Jesus!! That is great news to us as we know we will see him again. God has been leading us through our times of mourning, and ever present help He has been. Thank you all for your love, prayers and support. I love you all Saints!! We have it made with Jesus.
Robert R., Gus Harrison CF, Michigan

I thank you all so much for sending me a wonderful card and the sermon Facing Fears by Rev. Tom Cox. This letter acknowledging my birthday would be a third, and this letter is my first response back, sorry. Well, I wrote to say thank you very much and also for coming to play and compete physically and preach spiritually. Your sermons are always awesome. Seeds are planted, for many do come to me and share how it has impacted their lives. Heavenly Father, I thank you for establishing such ministries. I ask that you would bless Saints Prison Ministry to reach out to every prison in the United States, for there is nothing impossible with, or in Jesus’ name. Amen!’.
Jeromi D., Downstate CF, New York

Announcements

We must regretfully announce that the SPM softball season 2020 is officially cancelled.  After previously announcing the cancellation of many crusades – and the softball seasons for IL, NJ, and PA – this message serves to inform everyone that all softball events still pending are now also cancelled.

We have been in touch with the DOC Volunteer Coordinators on a weekly basis since early July, and more recently have received counsel from a high-ranking DOC official that nothing is likely to change until at least October, leading us to this painful decision.

Thank you all for your patience, as well as your passion. We do not know what the future holds, except to say that we anticipate being “back in business” in 2021 and every prison we talked to is anxiously awaiting the day we can return.  There may be new protocols in place by then, but there is no virus strong enough to stop the Gospel message from reaching those who need to hear it!

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