HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS - EVERY DAY
On this very special day we prayerfully hope that soon we
will be in Heaven with HIM. What must he be thinking, looking down
at what Christmas means to so many? His very name is often
replaced with “X-mas.” We decorate a tree - HE died on one. It has
so many gifts under it. He wants only one - us. Many go into debt
or may enter into deep depression. Too many of us are all alone
even though HE is always there. WE sing “Joy To The World” but
there is so much sorrow. Most of you know I did not believe in Jesus
until I met Yvonne. She and a lot of prayer led me to Christ. Way
back then we had ingathering. Groups went out caroling. Houses
were not lit up with lights but full of love. I don’t remember getting
more than one gift - often made by hand. Often it is the only day
some go to church. Jesus loves us still this we know, the Bible tells
us so. Jesus - the light of the world - is the purpose in everything we
do. The gift HE needs is us. He is the light of the world. This world
we live in really needs that light today.
SOMEONE CARES IS BORN
Never having been a member of a church I had to find
something to do. I tried every job the church had to offer, even youth
leader. I had never been a youth. I was studying the Bible and
taking notes. I wrote the words “GOD - GO DO.” “Jesus - just US.”
In a FLASH Someone Cares Prison Ministry was born. I taught the
Bible as I learned it. I quit a great paying job to be a volunteer at
Soledad Prison. $1.00 a year for each of us. Both Yvonne and I
became full time unpaid chaplains. Thank you Jesus. We put All
Faiths in our ministry and Jesus blessed us. That was forty years
ago. I am going to be 85 Yvonne 78. He truly is the reason for the
season. When a Merry Christmas is past we will look forward to
many Happy New Years.
As we close the year, we are wishing all of
you much happiness and God’s blessing.
THE MAIN LINE
I wish we could share all the
stories we could tell. The cold
dark dampness of prison, the
men and women begging
forgiveness and a second or
third chance. Let’s share a few.
Don Hawking, a very bad
person, raised bad, was bad,
kidnapped a wealthy women.
He tied her up and then tied her
to a tree next to a river. Then he
left her to arrange for ransom.
She got loose from the tree and
while still bound she rolled into
the river and died. Don
deserved the penalty he got.
He connected with our Ministry
and things happened. He
started a Bible study on Death
Row. He got a change of diet
and taught men to read and
write, eighteen of the men there
joined our Pen Friend Program.
All accepted Christ and we
could share the praise staff
PEN FRIEND PROGRAM
The inmate writes a letter
and fills out a detailed form (on
our web page left side). We
send both to you. You write or
e-mail letter, send it to us and
we mail it to the inmate. The
only address they have is ours.
We would like to match 1,000
inmates next year. This is a
great group Ministry. This
program is exploding and we
need Pen Friends!
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
We are a non profit ministry and all donations are tax deductible,
The ministry pays for all operating cost, postage, newsletter and
equipment. Medical expenses not covered by insurance. The
newsletter and postage takes a bunch. When we used to preach
and teach three times a month it was easier to raise funds but age
has slowed down our traveling. It is a joy each month to know we
are still in the black we have never had a month in the red.
We need a bunch of Pen Friends as we plan to get 1,000
inmates involved next year. You may write to your Pen Friends when
they are released as you do now - through us.
We ask each of you reading this to visit our web site,
www.someonecares.org. You will see a picture of a radio. Click on
the radio and you can hear a whole lot of radio shown we have done
over this last year. Each show is about twelve minutes long. Please
send that info to your address book.
WHAT THE NEW YEAR HOLDS
We would like to see 1,000 inmates join the Pen Friend
Program. We would like to see a Dress Out Program in every prison.
We would like to have again everywhere a one-to-one visitations.
The most importand part of prison ministry is one-to-one. All of you
doing Bible studies but can not have one-to-one with your group
could get that one-to-one through our ministry. That means churchs
working together. This is a big effort and with the proper funding,
we can provide CDs on each program. Away from religion, many
inmates can not read or write. Remedial reading can be another
step to Christ. Pray for a large donation that can make all this possible.