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Inmate Letters

I would like to thank you for all of the birthday cards you have sent me over the years and the concern and care that goes with them. Although I have never written back to thank you before this, it has really touched my heart to know that someone cared enough to remember me, especially since some years yours is the only card I get for my birthday.

I have been incarcerated for approximately 34 years now. My parents have long since died, and the only family I have left now are my sister and her son, so it is very nice to hear from someone else in addition to them. Thank you for caring.

Joseph A., CTF North Facility, California

Thank you so much for the Bible Studies I’ve done with y’all. After doing these Bible Studies I feel like I have a new life now. I’m a child of God and the Holy Spirit is working in me. I did enroll in Crossroads Bible School as you suggested and I am now working on their lessons. I study the Bible every day, go to church every week, and pray many times a day. I feel my faith life growing and I look at things much different now.

I wake up each morning with a positive attitude, I’m happy, and I love my life. I have so much love in my heart, I just hope and pray that I find a safe place to go to when I am released. I am putting it all in God’s hands because as long as I trust in God, he will never turn His back on me. I still have 18 months left but meeting y’all was the best thing that has ever happened in my life. Thank you again, and please keep in touch.

Joseph B., Caroline CU #23, Virginia

Thank you for not only the birthday card, which made me feel very special, but also for the information that was included with it. I enjoyed the pastor’s message and it was all very encouraging. I embraced every bit of it and read it multiple times, meditating on it each time. Within the near future, I will submit some of my artwork for you to include in that newspaper. I don’t consider myself an artist, but the guys here say I draw pretty good so maybe you can use it. Again, thank you for the birthday blessing and keeping me in your thoughts.

Paris D., Broad River CI, South Carolina

Thank you for the birthday card –you are very good people. May God bless you with good health for many years to come. I am 68 years old and have been down for 35 years so God is good to keep me healthy this long. I would have wrote sooner but I had to trade my dinner tray for the envelope and stamps to write to you and one other friend who sent me a birthday greeting. Both of you are appreciated very much because I don’t get any other cards or letters except your two on my birthday. My sister don’t write to me and she is very busy working and taking care of the house. They don’t have much too so they can’t send anything. I’ve got no money in here but God is good and I survive by exchanging some of my food for things – I don’t need that much to eat anyway. Say “hello” to all the brothers in Jesus and maybe you can come play ball here someday.

Carlos P., Okeechobee CI, Florida

Inmate Letters

Brothers and sisters I thank you all for the card, but even more for the New Creation that came with it. The Fuel for the Soul part came exactly when I was going through a little problem, but God answered my question through you all. Don’t lose heart, trust in the Lord for deliverance, and stay on the attack is the way to renew our inner man each day. And the only way to do that is to spend time with God each day!

“Thank you Jesus for all that you are. Show me more of Yourself as I read your Bible and pray. Help me to pursue you with all of my heart and mind. Amen.”

Curtis T., Danville CC, Illinois

Hello! Since my encounter at Allen CC with those faithful brothers that glorious day in 2014 so much has happened in my life. I was a really confused man and I didn’t know what I wanted. Things started happening in my life that I felt was dragging me to a very dark place and when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, my mother passed away. That put me over the edge. I stayed in a pit of hurt, pain, and anger for a long time.

One day the end of last year I was walking past the church when I felt a force pulling me in. As I walked in, it was like every word spoken that day was directed towards me. I fell to my knees that night and accepted Christ in my life! Hallelujah! I know I have a battle ahead of me as a young Christina, but being a soldier for Christ is already being a winner. I was a loser long enough.

I wish I could remember the brother’s name that spoke to me that day at Allen so I could tell him the good news. Satan is no longer in control of my life and I intend to keep it that way!

Kenneth T., Louisiana SP (Angola), Louisiana

I am one of the soccer players from the varsity soccer team and we enjoy every time the Saints come to visit us. We appreciate the time that you devote to us every year for all the sports, but I’m more touched by your efforts spiritually. It can’t be easy to stand in front of a group of people and put your not-so-perfect life on display for people to hear, but last year you had a guy that gave his testimony that touched me in a way that made me come to attention. He caused me to realize what I already knew in my head – that God is truly real and very much alive! I hope to stay in contact with you and I want to be enrolled in your Bible Studies (I lost the card you sent me). I look forward to seeing your guys come again soon.

Will S., SCI Mahanoy, Pennsylvania

Inmate Letters

I pray this letter finds y’all in the best of health physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  As for me, I am blessed – and I received a beautiful birthday card and the New Creation today!  I want to thank all the Saints who mail out every one of these cards, every year.  Thank you for my card and y’all are appreciated!   The card made my day!

 

I’ve been incarcerated since I was 19 years old, and I just turned 44 this month.  I’ve learned so much wisdom, understanding, and knowledge from God and His Word, and the Saints like y’all.  Continue to let y’alls light shine everywhere you go,  May God bless y’all and keep y’all always.  He watches over you!

Anthony M., SCI Frackville, Pennsylvania

 

 

It is always pleasant to hear from you guys on my birthday.  I receive each one of you to be my birthday gift from heaven!  Since the day I first met you at Belle Glades CI you haven’t given up on me.  This is what God’s loyalty means, which you have demonstrated toward me while I’m in prison – thank you kindly for that!  I’ve just turned 55, praise the Lord, and you are my truest friends in the Lord.  I appreciate al the prayers and encouragement that come in the cards throughout the years and the prisons I have seen you at.  God bless!

Willie M., Jackson CI, Florida

 

 

I’m very blessed to have friends like you in my life, friends that are real.  Thank you for thinking of me and remembering my birthday.  That shows that you really did read the little card I filled out that day and you kept it!  I remember you all because you came at a perfect time in my life to encourage me when I was waiting on a response to my appeal.  I was 17 years old when I was locked up and now I’m going on 20 years in prison.  I’m hoping to go home to my mother this year,  she needs me because her health is bad. Thanks for everything you do!

Stephone J., Lawrenceville CC, Virginia

 

 

I hope this letter reaches you in good health and God’s blessing.  I’m writing this to my friends at the Saints because I have received my parole and will not be in prison on my birthday this year!  I have appreciated the love and dedication that you have shown for me over these 10 years.  Your cards meant so much to me when I felt forgotten.  I hope to be able to continue to correspond with you when I get home.

Jeffrey F., Newberry CF, Michigan

 

Thanks for the birthday card.  It means so much to me because I don’t get no mail or nothing from the remaining living relatives I have on the outside – they done left me for dead.  But I still pray for them because I can only do what’s right and let God handle the rest.  Thanks again for your love and care for me.  I ain’t giving up because I know God hears me when I pray.

Allen D., Charlotte CI, Florida

Inmate Letters_Winter 2016

I would like to thank you for sending me a birthday card ON my birthday!  It means a lot to me when I receive a letter or card from your ministry.  It lets me know there is still hope and I know someone is still praying for me to see a brighter day – a wonderful future with God by my side.  I would ask that y’all continue to pray for me and my family and I will continue to keep your ministry in my prayers.  I hope that you al have a blessed end of the year and a wonderful 2017.  Thanks again for remembering me and may God bless everyone that is involved in the ministry!

Charles R., Stanton CF, Alabama

God bless you and thank you for the consistent birthday wishes for the past 10 years. If no one else, I could always depend on my friends at the Saints Prison Ministry for sincere birthday wishes.  I’m also writing to inform my friends that I have been granted parole after 19 years!  By the time Christmas gets here, I will be with my family at home and embarking on continuing to pay my debt to society from the outside, Lord willing!  Thank you again for helping me to get through and for your continuous prayers, friendship, and generosity of time.it will always be remembered and highly appreciated.

Anthony W., Gouverneur CF, New York

Inmate Letters_Fall 2016

I just received your letter today and I am so thankful for your presence in my life.  Your birthday card and well-wishes made my heart full of joy.  Thank you so much for what your ministry does for prisoners.  I especially enjoyed reading The New Creation and the word search you included.  May God bless your hearts and those of your ministry’s volunteers.

Luis R., High Desert SP, California

I pray that this letter reaches you all in health and good spirits.  And that our Lord is with you always!  The reason I am writing this letter is to give you thanks.  I thank you because every year for the last eight years I have gotten a birthday card from you – and every year it brings a smile to my face!  It lets me know that someone out there remembers me.  If no one else ever sends me a card, I know without a doubt that I’ll get one from you.  So once again I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a beacon of light the week of my birthday each year.

Quintant E., SCI Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I would like to thank your basketball team for taking time out of their lives to come to North Central Camp and spend time with us.  The game was a blast, even though you guys stomped us, but the halftime was a special one.  The story that “Q” shared with us really spoke to me because it was real talk, straight from his heart.  Then when Kyle took the mic, I felt like I was the only one in the gym and he was speaking directly to me!  I wasn’t even going to play in this game but something kept pushing me to go to the gym and get in the game.  Now I know it was our God that wanted me to go and shake hands with some mighty fine men!  Keep up the good work and God bless you all.

Justin M., North Central CI, Ohio

I got it in my heart to write to you and just say thank you for your visit.  I really had a wonderful time playing softball but I had an even better time just talking and hearing your stories.  All of the guys that came that day will forever have an impact in my life.  I can’t thank you enough for all the love and compassion that emitted from each of you.  I can’t express how much of a class act you were.  I hope and pray God continues to use each and every one of you and I know I will see you in heaven one day!

Joe S., MacDougall CI, South Carolina

I so appreciated the New Creation letter you sent me, especially the article called, “O God, please don’t let Jesus come today”.  I cannot even come close to expressing my gratitude.  You folks are definitely doing God’s will with the dedication that you are putting towards reaching out to prisons.  Whether you know it or not, you have inspired the brothers here at Chillicothe to reconsider their walk of faith, or even if they have one.  It was especially wonderful to see black men doing something so positive (Ed. note: he is referencing the SPM basketball team that visited last March).  Where I’m from all we get credit for is stabbings, stealing, and running out on our babies – so please keep inspiring people and speaking the Word with your testimonies and talents!

Yohnus C., Chillicothe CI, Ohio

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.)

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