The landscape of volunteer service is changing. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by VolunteerMatch showed that 93 percent of nonprofits significantly reduced their operations. Additionally, 85 percent of volunteers were worried about getting sick or exposing others, and 45 percent of volunteers said they wanted to serve remotely.
If you are looking for a way you can serve others from home, consider becoming a penpal with a prisoner!
Crossroads Prison Ministries needs more people to write letters to prisoners in their Bible study program. When you volunteer to mentor a Bible study student in prison through Crossroads, you are tangibly showing them God’s love.
Doug Cupery, Crossroads’ church mobilization director, says, “We do biblical studies with prisoners through correspondence through the mail. A key piece that we do is build relationships with those that are participating with us through letter writing. So really, what you are doing is you are journeying with prisoners through their Bible studies and speaking truth, encouraging, [and] offering hope.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for prisoners to know they are not alone and they are loved by God.
- Volunteer with Crossroads Prison Ministries to write letters to men and women in prison!