Fifteen years ago, one Seed was sent to one prisoner at the request of his mother, a longtime friend of the Ministry. We now send 2,834 Seeds of Hope and our monthly publication, Sowing and Reaping directly to prisoners by name as well as 17,000 copies of the materials for general distribution to prisoners through chaplain’s offices and other prison staff members. Each day we receive many new requests from prisoners who ask to be added to the mailing list to receive the Seeds in their cells.
Each day we receive many prayer requests and letters from prisoners sharing their personal needs and issues. It is essential to 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, literature relating to their concerns and questions, and the problems and difficulties they are having. We average sending three study Bibles to prisoners every week. We also send books at Christmas that contain the Gospel message and a detailed plan of salvation for them to return to us when they make a profession of faith in Christ. Hundreds have accepted Christ as a result of the books and plan of salvation. We then send them “The New Believer’s Packet” and 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 saints 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, issues of abandonment and rejection from their families and friends, fear for their wellbeing and life, threat of gangs, and others concerns. For most, we are the only ones who write them and let them see God’s love, compassion, and concern.