GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS
This newsletter will be shorter than usual. We have been
running wild and growing rapidly. We are constantly amazed at what
God is doing through us. We are starting to make an expansion
move with Life Talk Radio and possibly Message Magazine as well.
The future is looking good.
While shopping with my bride I slipped and fell, ended up in
the hospital for a heart pacer implant. I am fine and the battery is
good for fifteen years. We are so glad that we have had this
blessing but I must admit I was a bit scared when I fell.
During the confusion I lost a deposit and the checks were
stamped. If your check did not clear last month, it is lost. Iím sorry
for the inconvenience.
God willing, I will live a long time and the ministry with us. We
never expected the Pen Friend Program to grow so big. I really
believe if everyone joined us the second coming will be sooner.
Many of you did not send back a form giving your pen name, your
inmate or we could not read the inmates writing. We may have a
stack of mail looking for you.
With prices going up, we
need a massive amount of
ď$5.00 a monthĒ donors and for
those that can afford it a bit
more. If all of you could donate
$5.00 a month now, that would
continue to jump start a couple
of large donations. No matter
what happens to me this
ministry will grow. Amen!
We want to thank you all for your prayers. They are
greatly appreciated. We want you to know that we pray for our
Pen Friends and supporters daily. Without you there would not
be a Someone Cares Prison Ministry. God is blessing this
ministry and also blessing our family members who have been
willing to step up and help, which really means a lot.
We would like each of you to take the challenge of writing
to a inmate as a personal ministry of your own. You will never
know how many lives you touch or how many lives God will
change because you took the time to write. May God Bless
each of you! Remember this is risk free. You never give your
address. Our new address is PO Box 25628, Fort Wayne
Indiana 46825. You have our phone number. We would like
yours too, please.
POEMS & STORIES
To help with fund raising we
are putting together both DVDs
and a book about our forty
years of ministering to inmates.
Please share with us both good
and bad experiences of your
personal ministry. Through us,
remember that this all started on
the cross. Jesus saved one lost
soul to open the door for
Someone Cares. Thatís you!
The following article is reprinted from our September, 2008 newsletter.
It is amazing how far God has taken us over the years.
Doing any amount of time is Hard Time.
The Prison system is set up for 6 levels. Level one,
low custody, to level Six, maximum custody.
We do not restrict who can be a part of this
Ministry. We do weed out and keep out known
trouble makers or those who request female
companionship. That does not mean that those
that request a Pen Friend do not try to get more
than friendly with a female. Most level 5 and 6
inmates are locked down 23/7.
We also have found hardcore inmates
come to God easier than those that can count
weeks to the street. With the idea that long sentences
will cut down on crime many serve rebellious
sentences. Thus their time is hard - very
hard. Asking you to enter this system can be hard
on you as nothing in your life can compare with
this. But! We have watched with amazement the
job some of you have done. Holy Boldness has
directed the conversion of many an inmate.
Serving double life and a gang leader, Jim wrote us.
I am writing this out on the yard on a sunny day in California.
I have in front of me a letter I received from a family about a year ago.
I joined your organization as I had many others as a scam to get
money. Instead I found out what real caring people there are in the
world. I have been stabbed many times. I am serving a forty year
sentence, and had I not met the Verbalís, I would have pulled every
day of that. Through them and your newsletters I do see a light at the
end of a tunnel and Jesus is there with arms out-stretched.
I left the gang and am still alive - a Miracle. I only make $22.00 a
month but am going to send you guys $2.00. Your Ministry shows