I had heard several podcasts about prisoners receiving letters and I thought about writing one for months but I really had no idea what to say, it sounded complicated, I wondered how expensive it was to send these letters all the way across the world. One day I logged onto http://www.prisoneralert.com and found out it was so easy. On the site you will find a list of prisoners along with their stories. When you click on Write a letter, they give you verses and encouraging sentences to choose from. You compose your letter from these and it translates it into their language. Its super easy and all my letters have been under a dollar to mail.
There are four reasons I urge you to write to prisoners in jail for their faith in Jesus.
- It will change you. This week I wrote to Asia Bibi. She is a mother in Pakistan. Her crime was telling a neighbor, “Jesus is alive, Muhummud is dead.” For this she was beaten, thrown into jail and was to be executed. I believe she is still alive today because of prayers and international outrage. It has been 8 years this mother of five has been in prison. As I spend the day with my son and enjoy pouring into his life, I am reminded she has missed 8 years of raising her children. 8 years of being with her husband. 8 years of freedom. It changes me. It makes me complain less about my “hardships and suffering”. It makes me bold in my faith and want to shout from the rooftops, “Jesus is alive!!!!” I am so grateful for all the freedoms we have in this country.
- Encouragement to the prisoner. When a prisoner gets a letter, they know they are not forgotten. They have scriptures in their hands to remember God’s promises. This is a HUGE encouragement to them, many who have been in prison many years.
- Better treatment for prisoners. When the prison guards see letters, some coming from very far away, they know the prisoner is not forgotten, people know and care. This can directly affect their care. More letters often means less beatings. More letters can mean more food and better conditions.
- Hebrews 13:3 tells us to Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
I urge you to log onto http://www.prisoneralert.com. Pick a prisoner, read their story, write a letter, mail it and pray. You never know what this will do!
Please note this on the site: When printing this page, a line that includes the site name “PrisonerAlert” may appear on the bottom of your letter. We strongly suggest that this link be removed so we do not tie your correspondence to any organization. The link may be removed either by cutting off the bottom of the page, or by making a change to your browser settings.
You can also sign up for them to email you prisoner alerts with new prisoners to write to.
The following is a video of a true story of a man imprisoned for his belief in Jesus and the difference letters made in his life in jail. Please note this is not a G rated video, please preview before showing to children.