Fifteen years ago, one Seed was sent to one prisoner at the request of his mother, a longtime friend of the Ministry. We send nearly 3,000 copies of Seeds of Hope and our monthly publication, Sowing and Reaping, directly to the prisoners on our mailing list, as well as 17,000 copies of the materials for general distribution to others through chaplain’s offices and various prison staff members.
Each day we receive many prayer requests and letters from prisoners sharing their personal needs and issues. It is essential for us to show them how important they are to the Lord and to us as well. Not only do we pray for each one, but we also respond to their individual requests for study Bibles, correspondence courses, and literature relating to their concerns and questions and the difficulties they may be experiencing. At Christmas, we send books that contain the Gospel message and a detailed plan of salvation for them to return to us if or when they make a profession of faith in Christ. We’re happy to say that hundreds have accepted Christ due to encountering God’s Word through the materials and plan of salvation. Upon their profession of faith, then send them “The New Believer’s Packet,” enroll them in a correspondence course, and add them to the mailing list.
A significant part of our ministry to prisoners is “The Guido Girls,” a group of dedicated believers who meet to pray over the requests and letters and then respond to each one with a personal handwritten letter. The issues addressed include questions about what it means to be saved, how to become a Christian, the Bible, their walk with the Lord, abandonment, and rejection from their families and friends, fear for their well-being and life, the threat of gangs, and other concerns. For many, we are the only ones who write them and let them see God’s love, compassion, and concern.