Simple gestures of Christian Fellowship can mean so much to believers in prison. Just receiving an encouraging note or card from a fellow Christian can bring hope and comfort to someone who is living the nightmare of prison. So many people go about living their everyday lives without ever thinking of their brothers and sisters behind bars. It certainly is understandable, given the fast pace of life today, and the many stresses that we face.
It is easy to forget the Christians in prison, because they are “unseen”. They have very little impact on our everyday lives, and therefore are generally forgotten by society. Often they have made a very bad mistake–one that they sincerely wish they could undo. These repentant individuals are not the hardened criminals that are portrayed on television “lockup” shows. Surely, they also are in the same prison, but they have completely different hearts.
I have gotten to know a few of the men that are part of the Christian Mission Board at a State Correctional Institute, and the relationships have been a blessing to me. I have seen their charitable work, donating much of their meager salaries (ranging from 21 cents to 42 cents per hour) to help poor and disadvantaged children in their local communities.
But, most of all, I have witnessed the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and I have felt their joy and gratitude in their salvation. That is pretty amazing, given their Spartan existence; but in another sense it is easily understandable. They don’t have all of the luxuries and distractions that we have in society, and it may be easier for them to focus on their relationship with God. And, that is probably why I have found so much inspiration in trying to encourage them–only to discover that they encourage me with their joy and gratitude.
So, I can highly recommend that you write a note of encouragement or just send a card to a fellow Christian in prison. Just a few words of scripture or a short paragraph expressing God’s love for them would do so much to bring hope to their journey. It really doesn’t take much time or effort…
PrisonMentoring.com has two programs that list fellow Christians who have been recommended by members of a Christian Ministry Board, who would enjoy a card or note from you. Just go to www.PrisonMentoring.com and click on “Connect With Inmates” to choose men’s or women’s birthday lists–or “Christmas” to choose men’s or women’s Christmas Card list. There are many men and women to choose from, along with their addresses and simple instructions. Not all inmates will write back to you, but some do. You can be assured that all of them will appreciate your reaching out to them.
When you share your Christian love with a brother or sister behind bars, I know you will be blessed!
Mathew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Hebrews 13:3 “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison…”
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