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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

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

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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