After our first publication "How To Do a Pen-Pal Ministry" I
received many letters.
As we have announced, we will go through the entire article
together, paragraph-by-paragraph, discussing it, giving feedback and
bringing samples from our experience to prove the point.
But first we have to clarify one issue.
Much of first-wave mail came criticizing Church-based approach to
Pen-Pal ministry. I deeply respect all opinions, as they have come
from concerned people who took their time to share a thought. I
really appreciate all the mail. I think we have a mixture of
opinions coming from two perspectives. (There are values in both!)
Let's have a subject for our discussion in the upcoming week - "What
is the difference between Secular Pen-Pal letter-writing and Pen-Pal
All opinions, even controversial ones, will be published!
It will be conducted here:
Suggested Prison Ministry newsgroups:
PS. If you are reading this message and not a part of Pen-Pal
Ministry group (maybe you simply have a loved one in chains!),
listen to your heart - it might be God, Who is calling you to
contribute to this conversation and be heard! You are much welcomed
to join us!
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I pray to our Lord Jesus right now, as I type this message:
"Father, make this discussion available to a broad audience, bring
new people, let us be guided, sharpened as Your tools as we learn
from You, through mail from participants, how to do a Pen-Pal
ministry - not our humanistic way, but Your way! Show us how to
reveal Your Good News of Salvation, Your forgiveness and mercy to
lonely astonished hearts in remote forgotten cells! Give us
knowledge how to speak in Love to someone who did a horrible crime,
as well as to an innocent, who is behind a barbed wire fence by
mistake or circumstances. Teach us how to be helpful as You bring
back home inmates not as criminals who "have served time", but as
new creatures in Christ, as new law-abiding citizens of this society
and saints of Your Kingdom! Amen!"