GOD SAID AND WE BELIEVED
We ask you to take a trip with us. The end will be out of this
world. We do pray that it will allow all of you to become a larger part
of this ministry. God called Yvonne and I to this ministry. I met
Yvonne and glory filled my soul. She led me to Christ and the rest is
here. Having lived the life I had left behind, I was a mess. Being a
Christian was not easy. Yvonne led me to the man who led me to
Christ and a book, the Bible. “What says the Bible, the Bible to me?
Words of men so often deceive us, what says the Bible to me?” Our
growth has been amazing. Again, thanks to each of you.
DO NOT LET DOCTRINE
Do not let doctrine be a barrier but a BRIDGE to Jesus.
Yvonne and I happen to be Seventh Day Adventist. Almost every
religion known to man is involved with this ministry. Over the forty
years of ministry we have not had any problems. Because of all of
you, God has and will continue to bless this ministry. We do not
know what the future holds be we know who holds the future.
Always remember Jesus directs us.
We believe the Pen Friend
Program is the best prison
ministry around. It would be
wonderful if you could put an
article about Someone Cares in
your local newspaper’s religion
section or your church’s newsletter.
Talk to your pastor about
us and get your church involved.
Ask friends and families
to join. We have videos that
when funding increases we will
put on CD’s. We have tons of
letters, poems and stories
written by inmates we what to
Pen Friend’s George and
Betty wrote to us. “Friends, we
have belonged to Someone
Cares for many years, We have
and are writing to hundreds of
inmates. We love writing but if
we were handy with a computer
we would write more.”
It has really never changed.
We have served the Lord in
more than one house.
FROM START TO ???
When we started and became a non-profit ministry, our board
set us up with a salary of $1,000 a month, covered our medical
expenses, health insurance and provided us with a manufactured
home, which is free and clear. We have gone through five donated
cars. When younger and able to drive, we put on a program at least
three times a month. The Central California Conference of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church guaranteed this for us. If we came up
short for a month they paid us. If we were over for a month we paid
back the difference. Now Satan was not happy with our success.
California became too expensive, so we decided to move to another
area of the country. The President of the Kentucky Seventh Day
Adventist conference agree to follow California’s lead. We sold our
house and moved. However, the wife of the couple who bought our
home in California died and the deal fell through. We lived in
churches basement for three months until our house was re-sold
and we bought another one. Then we found out the agreement
made with the Kentucky conference was rejected. We put our house
up for sale. We also found out two prisons in Michigan were without
chaplains. There was no salary but on faith we took the job. Yvonne
reminded me I was also interim pastor for three churches with no
pay. The move to Michigan was great and we were blessed again. I
took on the men’s prison and Yvonne the woman’s prison. The
structure of our arrangement fell apart and Yvonne’s health problems
grew. I started working the men’s and women’s prisons.
Yvonne helped and along with our grandson Jake did the mail.
Everyone kept writing and/or supporting us and we ended up in
Indiana. Each move we made was positive and grew the ministry.
The shock hit hard when a reporter called telling us Yvonne’s
daughter had been murdered. We moved back to Indiana to be
around family and God blessed us. We were in a mobile home in
Arizona which sold twenty minutes after I put up a homemade “For
Sale” sign. We bought a manfuctured home in Indiana over the
phone after a friend had it inspected. Lots of miles, a ton of joy, a lot
of sadness. Now something strange happened. I called the Pastor
here in Indiana to see if he got our membership transfer. He told us
“Yes,” but he would not accept it. We had always worked very hard
in prison and were always treated with great respect. This pastor
wanted to know what we could do for HIS church. We were amazed
and so were many of our friends. Several years ago, an organization
call Jesus Behind Bars was robbing our churches blind. We alerted
them but they got stung anyway. We asked for nothing. We pray for
our church and every church involved. We ask for special prayer for
all churches’ leadership.
There is a place that is hell on earth, C section at San
Quentin. It is five stories high and there are fifty cells to a tier.
There is a gun rail across from each tier. I met a man that had
never received mail or a visitor. That is when the Pen Friend
Program was started. It is very big and getting bigger.
This is how it works. The inmate gets an application.
This tells them we are a Christian ministry. We asks them to fill
out both sides which gives us an impression of them. We send
this to them and ask for them to add letter as well. When this is
returned we put it on the bottom of a pile. We have three large
piles. You then - PLEASE - join us. You read all the information
and decide. When you write, the first envelope has your name
or pen name (make your pen name a first and last name.) You
now write the inmate. Put the inmate’s letter in an envelope
with your pen name (don’t use silly names) and then our address
here in Indiana. The letter to the inmate has their full
name and numbers, their address, and for the return, your
name or pen name and the address. Someone Cares should
not appear on anything the get. We suggest you go to our web
page and read archived newsletters gives you direction. You
can also e-mail them. Write letter and e-mail it to us, one again
with their full name, number and address. We will “snail mail”
to you and scan their answer and email to you.
We would like to update our records, so please send us
your full name, address, phone number and church affiliation if
you have one. Also, let us know who you are writing. We have
a bunch of letters and we have no idea where they go. And
remember, your pen name must be two names.
HOW OLD IS TOO OLD?
I am! When you get this, I am going to be 85 and Yvonne is
78. I will still preach when asked but travel will be limited. At this
moment I am in very good health. We have help here and need to
expand, as nothing is going to slow us down. The $5.00 monthly
donations really helped! E-mailing will add expenses and
equipment. We have never asked for larger donations but a couple
large contributions will keep us on solid ground. Here is an
example. Yesterday I sent 401 letters from inmates to free folks.
Yesterday 105 people asked for Bible studies.
A post office has opened
near us and we have a new post
office box number. The new PO
box number is 65629. However,
our old box number will be good
for the next six months. Note:
P.O. Box 65629, Fort Wayne
A CHRISTIAN IS AS
A CHRISTIAN DOES
This article is reprinted from our
June, 2009 newsletter.
A young man who knew
the Bible well started his own
Bible group and was doing a
good job. Then he was seen
doing drugs and all the good
The Bible says through
Jesus “follow me”.
I learned a long time ago if
asked a question and you are
not sure of the answer, say - I’ll
have to check it out and get
back to you. Too many volunteers
answer without guidance.
If you teach a class, make sure
you stay in control and on the
subject. Inmates often will try to
make a fool of volunteers. They
ask questions hard to answer so
just tell them you will get the
answer, and make sure you do.
THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE
Yes, it is hard to think of what prisons are full of. We tell you
50% of the men and women in prison are really neat. Sure, they
made a mistake but without us they have no chance. Prisons are so
full they pull dead time. No school, no jobs, and believe me, it is big
business. There are laws like this. An inmate is arrested for stealing
so his family can eat. He does not make enough. He is sent to
prison for a year, and the family in a goes also. They go on welfare
and it cost tax payers. $40,000 per welfare recipient plus another
$15,000 for dead time. When we started 40 years ago an inmate
could go to school, get a GED and learn a trade. Now they spend 23
hours a day in a cell with two bunks and a sink/toilet combination.
Recidivism is about 62%. Most people arrested today cannot afford
an attorney, so they get a public defender. A couple of years ago a
friend of ours did a study and found ten men committing a similar
crime got ten different sentences. Let’s call him Jesus sent to prison.
No visits, no job, no school. Read all of Mathew 25. We have a
video of a gang member teaching another inmate. They had bread
and peanut butter sandwich’s which they made. They knew who had
money and went to sell them for $4.00. A reporter asked what if they
did not pay. They cut their throat. Prison is a terrible place. I know - I
was there. Yvonne and I have walked the yards at Soledad, San
Quentin, Corcoran, Eddyville Jackson and many others. We go into
cell blocks and death rows. We pray with those who belong in
mental facility, not prison. Will we see all in heaven. No - Satan is to
strong? But with you and your help we can cut the numbers.
Yvonne and I talk about getting to heaven and having mass of exconvicts
coming toward us. What a day that will be.
ALL FAITHS CHAPEL
This article is reprinted from
our June, 2009 newsletter.
One big learning experience
in prison is when you carry the
title “Chaplain”, you had better
know you are the Chaplain of all
In training volunteers we try
to teach: Do not let your doctrine
be a barrier but a bridge to
Jesus. Chaplain Reed during
one service asked me to preach
a whole service not mentioning
Jesus. The Chapel was jammed,
and I started and in a flash had
Jesus up front. Chaplain Reed
stood. I started again and again,
but Jesus kept popping out.
Reed stood up as 5 Muslims
came forward and told him - let
him Preach we all have to
account to one God. Amen.
Yvonne with her new title
was given a section of the
Prison as her own “800 men.”
She chose a Muslim as her
clerk. He attended all her
We were part of an effort that
put the first ever Indian Sweat
Lodge in a California Prison.
This article is reprinted from our June, 2009 newsletter.
Being an Atheist at forty, becoming a Christian took a lot of
Bible Study. I took every study course I could get my hands on. I
studied and taught them at the same time. Then I preached them
and taught them again. Not too bad for a kid who dropped out of
school in the 6th grade.
Yvonne was such a great help and helpmate. Chaplain Stan
Reed was a helper and a pusher. After ten years a church organization
we worked with took our ten years of on-the-job training, the
courses I took through Home Study, Andrews University, Liberty
Bible, “AA” , “E.A” “ N.A” and ordained both Yvonne and me. Several
Courses in Pastoral Counseling were vital and the knowledge gained
was often used when working one to one with inmates.