You have read many times that the Saints Prison Ministry is appreciated by inmates, officers, and administration. You may have read letters to the ministry, written by inmates, thanking us for coming. But recently we received a letter unlike anything this ministry has ever seen before! We were copied on a letter written from an inmate at the Federal prison in Terre Haute, IN – a letter he wrote to the Warden!
While I realize this letter may be atypical coming from an inmate, I feel the need to express my gratitude for the action of your staff this weekend.
The Saints Prison Ministry had a scheduled softball game between them and the inmates, to take place at 1300 hours. Upon their arrival, they were informed that the game had been canceled due to events that had occurred at the FCI. It should be noted that they drove over two hours to get here. As they began to load their equipment back into the vehicles, your officers were persistent in making contact with a supervisor, who ultimately granted the game to be played.
Due to the actions of B. Reese (Recreation Director), J. Skinner, and C. Howell, the game was not only salvaged but several of the inmates re-dedicated their lives to the Lord! Unfortunately, Teat Terre Haute lost that day 26-12.Officer Reese indicated to us that it had been 10 years since a game by outside players had been allowed to occur against the inmates! It is my hope that the Administration will continue to allow outside ministries to spread the Word of Jesus Christ, as it was a moving moment to see fellow inmates re-dedicate themselves. If not for the persistence of your staff, this would not have happened.
While I hope this becomes an annual event, I also hope for a victory for Terre haute next year!
How humbling! To see that an inmate was so moved by a visit from our team that he would take the time and resources to write a letter encouraging the Warden to “keep up the good work.” He also copied not only us, but also the Director of the Bureau of Prisons!
We know God works through our missionary-athletes every time they set foot on the field, court, or pitch. This only serves to remind us that we don’t know how He is working each time – and for that reason we will continue to answer every invitation to the best of our ability and make every trip we have scheduled, regardless of circumstances. Praise God, His ways are clearly higher than our ways!