HAPPINESS IS TO KNOW THE SAVIOR
We look back over the past
forty years in amazement. I travel
through life with Yvonne at my side,
in front of me or way ahead. Yvonne
led me to a pastor who lead me to
Christ. At 50 I became a Christian. I
went to church for the first time. With
a lot of help I studied Godís word. Being an atheist was easy. Becoming
a Christian a was lot of work. I was actively working on
learning the Bible. I did not fit into the Church. I listened one day to
a man who was in prison ministry. Amen! I called Chaplain Reed at
Soledad Prison and asked if I could teach Bible. To my great surprise
he accepted me. Two days later I was at Soledad teaching the
Bible. I was still learning. I had to let the inmates know that I was
new, and if they asked a question I could not answer I would answer
it next time. On our web page are a bunch of newsletters to bring
you up to date. While there you will also see a radio icon. Click on it
and you can hear a bunch of miniature radio shows. Visit us at
WHOíS GOING TO PAY THE BILLS?
Yvonne had been going to minister with me, playing the
piano and also teaching. I quit my very good job and decided to do
this work full time. I answered the question with Godís saying that
we have the cattle on a thousand hills. She has been with me all the
way. We were both made full time chaplains and went to the police
academy for training and we also attended staff meetings. Chaplain
Reed gave Yvonne the South Facility at Soledad with its 800 inmates.
I worked with him on the rest. We were now both ordained
but thatís a story for another time. We became a 501C3 and Someone
Cares Prison Ministry was formed. Again, the archieved newsletters
on our web page will bring you up to date.
THE BIBLE SAYS
The Bible says a lot about
prison and prisoners. HE tell us
to go there and to treat them as
if you were chained with them.
Some are called, some are sent,
some just got up and went. We
give you a chance to go as
Jesus asks from the comfort
and safety of your home. We
have more than one way to have
you go. We also will be there to
help. Will it be easy? Will it be
Sitting in cells are two million,
five hundred thousand
inmates. When we started so
many years ago an inmate had
a chance to work or go to
school. They were allowed on
the yard, could play handball, lift
weights and play basketball.
Now they spend most of their
time locked up, as much as
twenty-three hours a day. Most
are estranged from family and
friends. There is little rehabilitation.
There are gangs who prey
If you choose to use a pen name, make
it have both a first and a last name. We are
swamped and cannot read inmateís letters.
Do not promise anything unless sure. Books
must be soft back. If their app says they can
have stamps, send a couple. When you write
wait thirty days and write again if no answer.
Call us or return all and we will send a new
name. The packet we send will include much.
You may write as many as you can. We are
swamped. If you get information and are not comfortable return all.
Some do not. It is important
that you remember in
prison are some very bad
people. Many are not
guilty of any crime but did
not have an attorney.
This newsletter has a new address. A post
office was put in much closer to us. Do not
worry as letters to the old PO Box will be
forwarded for a year.
Each of us belongs to a
church. Each church has
different doctrines. The confusion
of doctrines really affects prisons.
We believe that you should not
let your doctrine be a barrier but
a bridge to Jesus. I will use a very unfortunate example. A group
going into a prison for a long time had a new member. The new
members were asked to lead out in prayer. He asked for prayer
requests and there were several. One young man stood up and said
his mother just died and is in heaven and for them to please pray for
her. I would have had prayer but instead he gave a lesson on the
state of the dead. Being told his mother was not in heaven he later
committed suicide. If you write an inmate, please do remember this.
I have never spoken in tongues but have friends that have. All we do
starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation. Most prisons have one
chaplain and often their doctrine rules. If asked a question by an
inmate or your Pen Friend we pray answer as you believe.
WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER
We need to be in touch with other prison ministies and prison
workers. Prison are now over crowed and withWashington having no
idea what they are doing we need to unite.
IF YOU DONíT ASK
If someone has a home in warm climate and they arenít using
it, that would be neat!
WE HAVE A STACK OF MAIL AND CANíT FIGURE
OUT WHERE IT GOES
This is a flaw you
writers can help with. If you
use a pen name makes it have
both a first and last name.
Here they are, pen name first
and inmateís name second:
Tony Benton V
Darmello/ Kathy McBride
Ruby Lavoi Lyn
ShawnShugart Shirley Defoss Nat Barnes Delia Lee D McurryD
Lee Rbt Piirk Netty Lost Ronrosale Chad Kline Wm WardBlue Jay
Geo Wilder Andrew Jab Phillip Moore Paul James Doug Eddie G
Gee R Moss Eva M Reeder Grandma Betty Kelley Greenwell Ruth
Weaver Cynthia Hotfic Sherry Lynn L vega Acro mac Dale Jones
Lyn Prier Prosper Delia lee Dexter McCurry TJ Friend L Butler
Shirley G Math Barnes Hannah Evans Wynona Ellen J Mary
Shelton Linda Daisy Banks Mary Buchanan Brian sturgeon Shirley
Dawn D Curtis Jen Carlsom Mike WarringJ Carlson Frank Teri D
James Garcia Blue jay Simmons Blue Jay Geo Wilder Evans Lucy
My name you know and I want to thank you and Yvonne for
thirty years of enjoyment. I have probably written to fifty inmates and
not one problem I could not handle. I have five a friend has taken. I
wanted you to be aware I have left your ministry in my will. In a day I
pray is not far off I will see you both again. You have been a blessing
to me as has your ministry. You might tell this to others who
have no family.
REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS?
We had Dorcus or Community Service. We had jail bands.
We had all kinds of things. We are so often told that your Pastor was
not interested or ďWe do not want those kind of people on our
church.Ē Jesus does!
We would like working with a lot of folks to make a video or
CDís on each program. We all want to end up in Heaven. It takes a
Church. Donors who are interested in making a large donation,
please call us.
As we have grown and will
keep growing our expenses are
also growing. If everyone receiving
this newsletter gave $5.00 a
month that would do it. Our
grandson Jake is joining us and
he needs a good computer. For
your information we do not
receive a dime in any form of
pay and never have. It is all
done with free-will love offerings.
The computer and the programs
we use are very old.
Yes, I will be 85 in June and
am still in great health. I need to
beat Jake at golf, bowling and
All donations are tax
deductible. If you did not get a
receipt for last year, contact us.
We had an attempted hack of
IT TAKES A CHURCH
We are in prisons all over the
United States, maybe a prison
near your church. We could
start a visitation program. Ask
your pastor. What a draw to
your church if everyone was
involved. Sabbath and Sunday
schools could write or visit. Your
church coule have the Two Care
Program. Once a month a
member or couple could visit an
inmate in the visiting room. How
about all the churches in your
are getting together and providing
Free Dress Outs to the
released inmate. Yvonne and I
did this and provided Dress
Outs for 100,000.
TALK THE TALK AND
WALK THE WALK
Many, especially in prison
talk a lot about Jesus and the
Bible. Many have put their own
spin on what the Bible says.
Many tell others what they think
the Bible says. What says the
Bible, the Bible to me? Words of
men so often deceive us, what
says the Bible to me. Both in
prison and in many churches,
self integration is confusing. The
Bible says do not SIN but if we
do we still have a Savior. Living
a Christian life in prison is tough
and there is little help. Teaching
Godís word and doing wordily
things send out a very poor
message. We knew a Chaplain
who went through the motions
of his job. Too often he was
drunk or near it. How could he
say Jesus says and does what
Jesus said not to do. Many in
prison know the only chance
they have of getting out is
Devine intervention. They know
that as Godís word says - to be
Free in Jesus is to be free
This article is reprinted from our April, 2008 newsletter.
Most of you are like I was when God called Don back to
Prison to Minister! God had not called me but I went to see.
What could some Bible Study two nights a week lead to? Soon
Don told me he wanted to go into fulltime Prison Ministry. He
quit a very high paying job and did just that. My background as
a Pastorís daughter, raised in Church schools had not prepared
me for what was ahead. Donís past and his massive time spent
in the Bible brought about many changes. Like once he told an
inmate if he kept on interrupting the service he would take the
guy outside, and then he did just that. Soon working with
Chaplain Read at Soledad Donís transformation was
completed. We ended up as fulltime volunteer Chaplains,
unpaid by Church or State.
We both learned a whole lot. In my case it was much
more difficult, but all the inmates respected us and really
treated us well. They knew we were there for them. Then we
started The Dress out program providing inmates with neat new
clothes upon release. Remedial reading using the Bible as a
text book. We worked with M2 which is a one to one visitation
program. Finally we helped establish a re-entry program. I will
tell a bit each newsletter as maybe you can do the same where
you are. Donís conversion was a miracle and we both are
happy God endorsed all our programs and made them work. A
smile always when Don ran into men from his past life and said,
Iím a Prison Chaplain and work for God. We do welcome all
new folks and invite all to contact us if any problems should arise.
We wish you and your family a
blessed Easter season.