THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME
We are more than excited at the results of our efforts - with
your help. Here is a reminder of the difference between prison
ministry, which we do, and ministry in prison. The latter is giving a
Bible study or preaching a little, one-to-one, which is vital. Yvonne
and I do preach and teach. We also go into all parts of the prison
including the yard and death row. We are well trained having
attended three different police academies. We draw keys and move
around a lot. You, from the comfort and safety of your home, can do
what Jesus asked us to do - risk free.
We do not receive any pay from prisons, states or our church.
For years we did receive a dollar a year salary. We have never had a
year in the red - AMEN. We are in dire need of supporters as we are
receiving an average of thirty requests a day. Listen to preachers
making appeals saying you will get thus, and so with us you will
know someone in prison will hear about Jesus. When released they
will be a new person prayerfully. We love it when we are on radio -
not often enough - and we hear from an inmate who has been
touched by this ministry or one of you may write inmates when
JESUS ON THE MAINLINE
The inmates in
today’s prisons are in a
real mess. Most are lock
in their cells twenty-three
hours a day, maybe a
shower once a week.
Since there is little effort to
rehabilitate we must try to
share the love and power
of Jesus. Trying to be a
friend to a stranger is not
easy but the reward is
great. Overcrowding is a
massive problem. Gangs
are the biggest problem.
When we started almost
forty years ago prisons had schools, some jobs and a bit of a
chance. But men and women in prison are looking for???? Stay in
control, don’t be preachy. Work on friendship and bring the love of
Christ in slowly. This is not the love they are used to. Paper stamps
are tough but they will get them. Send them if their application says
they can have them. The application explains who we are, but you
might have to remind them more than once. Do not write two inmates
in the same prison. Do not write the friend of the inmate you
are matched with. If you are not sure call us. Book must come from
a vendor. Tell them they don’t have to give up but five in.
Many have signed up for this
program and not written or
returned the information, to us.
Also, we have a lot of mail from
inmates that need claiming. If
not sure ask. Prison rules are
changing rapidly and we need
to update. Again, if not sure ask
us by e-mail or phone. If you
use a pen name, please use
both a first and last name. Read
the application carefully. Keep a
record of your writing. Do not
send anything unless you are
sure. It is vital that you put the
inmate’s number on everything.
Your Pen Friend may be moved.
Call the Department of Corrections
in the state they are in with
name and number and they will
SATAN AT WORK
Ronna, Jake and one other member have had accidents that
totaled their two cars and a truck. When we all get to heaven movement
will be easy. Donations toward replacement of a used vehicle
will sure help. My eyes are getting older and not working as well so I
don’t drive anymore. But I still hope to beat Jake at golf and bowling.
If its Christians we need it. It would be nice to be in a warm
climate again. Never had snow or ice in California or fires and mud
slides. We pray for all hurt or having property damage everywhere.
We also pray for those effected by the confusion in Washington. We
could say more but.!
We received a gift of old
stamps, all brand new with a
value of $1,347.00. We could
use them as postage but a
collector may want them.
Donations are gladly accepted
online through our website:
We are getting an average of thirty requests a day from
inmates for Pen Friends. That my friends will increase a lot. Jesus
asked for a visit in prison. You can fulfill that from the comfort and
safety of your home. So many of you are so faithful. A few large
donations will help us advertise. If all would ask pastor to support or
let you make an appeal. $5.00 a month from a lot will help so much.
Religion in prison is difficult to explain. The men and women, boys
and girls locked up are given few choices. A Bible study may be
arranged and an inmate stabs another. The prison is locked down.
The chaplain may be over worked as believe. Thirty-eight years ago
we striated All Faiths Chapel. Then we taught what Jesus is all
about. The Bible says every knee will bow. Not might bow. The
Bible tells of a better life not in prison. To be free in Jesus is to be
free indeed. When we go cell to cell in the lock down units we carry
tracts Bibles, magazines, pens, pencils and might even have a
rosary. We teach what I learned. You don’t have to give up but give
in. All of the answers to all of the problems are in the Bible. Marcel
had never read the bible, and we got an easy reading one for him.
He read three pages every day. In three weeks he accepted Christ.
If you become a Pen Friend walk slowly. Don’t let your doctrine be a
barrier but a bridge to Christ. Many will try to use us but they can’t.
It still amazes me…I was led to Christ. An atheist, a terrible back
ground, I smoked, drank and did drugs. At forty I became a Christian
and have worked for Jesus since then. I did not give up. I gave
in each time I claimed a Bible promise. Sure is a bunch. of them.
Now well over 300,000 inmates have accepted Christ. Some joined
churches I have never heard of but thy go to church.
We have been blessed by
doing a few shows on Life Talk.
You can hear them on your
computer by going to our web
clicking on the radio icon and
then listen. Please share these
with friends. If you are aware of
anyone doing prison ministry
give us info. As I near 85, I
would, with your help, have one
million inmates complete Bible
studies. We may have already
done that. Yvonne and I both
are working on long life ideas if
Jesus tarries. If he does not
maybe an inmate will be the last
knee that bows before HE
We are so pleased that this
ministry is so successful, thanks
to you. If each one world
reaches one Amen. We have
also lost quite a few friends last
year and send love and prayers
to the families.
Reprinted from our February, 2009 newsletter.
The basic idea of this ministry was to establish a friend for any
inmate. This is something many have never had, since they come
from all walks of life. Your friend is chosen by a two-pile experience.
When an inmate sends an application, we put it on the bottom of Pile
1. When you request an inmate, your application goes under Pile 2.
This is very scientific, as God does the matching. When the names
reach the top, a packet is sent to the inmate with the Pen Friend’s
information, in care of Someone Cares, of course.
A problem we have is a problem I had many years ago. Every
Christian told me the “don’t-do’s.” I already really knew that drinking,
drugs, etc., were not good for me. But could dancing really keep me
out of Heaven?
Well, when you accept
Christ and start learning HIS
Word, all the broken pieces
come together. We had a
Grandma who did it right. She
wrote, asking questions about
the inmate’s past, not his crime.
She told about her life, and what
Jesus meant to her. It took two
years and a lot of time, but they
established a friendship. After
that he took a Bible study and
the Lord took over.
Then there are inmates
who know the Bible very well,
and can give you a run for your
money. We have had a pastor or
two stonewalled. I’m lucky to
have a bunch friends who help
me if I get stuck.
A STEP BACK IN TIME
This article is reprinted from our February, 2009 newsletter.
I was born in Canada and came to the United States after the
deaths of my father and sister, 38 days apart.
My mother moved to California thinking her father would take
us in. Not so. My mom had to work and I was headed for reform
school. I learned to hate at a very early age. My mom met and married
a man who had lost a son he loved very much, and he was not
about to let me take his place. At thirteen, I beat him up and ran. The
running took me to the inner cities of the U.S. ... Gangs and trouble.
... Busted so many times I still don’t know how God put the pieces
together. But He did! Prison or jail was not a problem. I made big
bucks and lived a high life on Satan’s fast track.
When I was seventeen, a judge said to me, “I should send
you to prison but I’m going to give you one more chance, if you join
the service (military). I did and my problems now took me to a military
jail and prison. Somehow I got an honorable discharge and
went right back to the fast track of life.
I met Yvonne, a preacher’s daughter, and things really
She had gone through a bad marriage and divorce. Her
church blamed her. Out of her secure world and into the world of
mine, was a fantasy trip. I lost everything, through drinking and
drugs. We ended up in a dump of an apartment with no furniture, no
job, and no friends. I remember contacting a friend for help during
this time. He said, “Sorry, Don, I can’t help you. You’re not far
It was from there that Yvonne went back to her roots and tried
to being me to Jesus. Then an army of her family and friends tried to
help me. They told me what not to do. They told me what Jesus
wanted me to be. But no one thought that there were people like me
who knew nothing about Jesus.
Thanks to Euell Atchley and Darryl Retzer, my final plunge
was into a baptismal tank. I came up out of the water higher than I
had ever been, but a new kind of high. To be free in Jesus is so
I mentioned a few months ago, when I was locked up in
reform school, a man came by where I was sitting on the yard. He
tried to tell me about Jesus, but I would not listen. As he left, he said,
“God Bless You.”
If only he had come back again. My prayer is that some day
I’ll meet him in Heaven and let him know that God did bless me.
BREAK INTO PRISON
Reprinted from our
December, 2012 newsletter.
Paul and Silas were thrown
into prison for preaching Jesus,
after being severely beaten, but
they stayed in when they had
the chance to escape. You can
read the whole story in Acts,
chapter 16. The part I like best is
when the jailer asks them,
“What must I do to be saved?”
They respond, “Believe in the
Lord Jesus, and you will be
saved - you and your household.”
This story demonstrates
the power Christians can have
when they show Jesus by just