November 2017 Newsletter - PDF File
ALL OF GOD’S BLESSINGS
We are truly blessed and really shocked at the results of our
Pen Friend Program. To say we are swamped is an understatement.
We really need help! We need writers, we need a bunch of $5.00 a
month Faith Partners and a ton of prayer. It will be hard to keep up
with requests if they continue like they are. Here is an example of
just one prison. We got a request for a Pen Friend and we filled it.
From that one prison, we now have fifty-five requests. Every time we
match an inmate they share the information. If each of you would
ask your pastor or send us your pastors name and phone number
we will contact them.
OLD SAYING “IF IT IS NOT BROKE
DON’T FIX IT”
In prison, are many bad people, many sick people and many
uneducated people. This is a problem that we can handle with your
help. We get a letter and an application from an inmate. We send it
out and for some reason the person receiving it does not write or
returns the information to us. This reflects on Christians and our
ministry. We ask each writer to write a letter and if no answer, write a
second letter. If still no answer, return all of the information to us and
we will rematch you and take the inmate. Keep in mind they may not
have paper, pen or pencil or even a stamp, or they may be of a
different race. We are so glad God is color blind. Today I mailed 100
letters from inmates to free folks. Then I mailed 46 letters from free
folks to inmates.
Your Pen Friend is writing you, so their envelope should not
have Someone Cares on it, just our name and our address. We
would like all of you to send us your pen name and phone number.
We have mail we can not match.
Many years ago God set us in the right direction. We got up
early to make the drive from Aptos, California to San Quentin, a long
drive. We parked and walked a distance to the entrance of the
prison, greeted by staff. Then we had prayer before we walked to C
Section. These are massive cell blocks, five tiers high, fifty cells to a
tier. Across from each tier there is a gun rail, guard walks, and a
guard who carries a loaded gun. Here, according to the state, was
the worst of the worst. We were briefed by staff leadership and went
on to serve God. The very first cell I will never forget. There was a
large man with hair to the ground and a beard almost the same. His
back was turned to me and the stench was terrible. I said “Hi” He
turned and charged at the bars as though they were not their!! His
hate was rampant and we went on. For months - twice week - we
visited C section carrying cases of things to pas out. One day we
had passed the cell we now always passed and a guard said, “He
wants to see you - be careful.” I made sure Yvonne stayed behind
me. The five gun rail guards were lined up behind us. He said, “I
want to buy what you are selling. I’m not broke and can pay.” I said
we are not and Yvonne moved in front telling him what we had was
free. “Jesus sent us here and what you have seen is other men
accepting that and changing.” We both chatted for quite awhile and
asked him to pray with us. I don’t know what he said. I said, “Hold
our hands and when it’s your turn after Yvonne, say what you feel.”
We put our hands through the bars. We listened as five bullets were
rammed into gun chambers. Yvonne prayed, he
chatted a bit I closed with prayer. From that day forth we always
stopped and got him two Pen Friends. We were invited to speak at a
convention and combined it with a vacation. It was six weeks before
we returned and the cell was empty. He has moved to the honor
block. Remembering the filthy cell, unshaven man we went to find
him. In a cell was a clean shaven man, a spotless man, clean inside
and out. God is so good. He was to die in prison but we know we
will see him in heaven.
Yvonne and Ronna handle
inmate mail requesting a Pen
Friend. If they request a female,
they are sent an application
telling them of all our rules. If
you go to our website,
www.someonecares.org, on the
left in red is the application you
can download. While there you
can click on the radio icon and
listen to some radio shows we
have done. If we match you and
you get a bad letter return it to
us and we will get you a new
person. Men and women are
not in prison for missing school.
You though may be the only
chance they have to make it.
Jesus was very firm on HIS
instructions to us. At 84 my
eyes are not as good as they
were, so I make a mistake or
two, three, four. Forgive me.
One thing we do not do as we
get older is give up doing what
God directs is to do.
As I face each new day, Lord, remind me that you care.
Teach me to depend on you through courage, faith and prayer.
Please help me read the Bible, then memorize it too. I need your
spirit’s power in all I say and do. Though others walk in darkness,
please help me walk in light. Give me strength and guidance to do
what’s good and right. Help me see my circumstance through your
eternal eyes, I don’t want to grow bitter or heed the devils lies. I may
be in prison, Lord, but you have set me free. You can give me all I
need to live in victory!
By Kelley Martin
to You and Your