The holiday season can be hard when you’re missing loved ones, mourning broken dreams, or feel forgotten. But there’s a group of people struggling with all of these things: Prisoners.
Doug Cupery with Crossroads Prison Ministries says, “Especially at this time of year, it’s really a struggle inside prisons and jails…. It tends to be a season of grieving for those we serve — grieving for what has been, what could have been, for the things that they have done that brought themselves into incarceration. Many of those that we serve are parents, brothers, and sisters.”
Crossroads recently mailed 17,000 Christmas letters to men and women in prison.
Cupery says this is the first year the ministry has taken on such a massive Christmas card endeavor in-house.
“Many changes have happened with the mail systems within prisons and jails,” Cupery says. “They have become rather rigid on what can come in. So, historically, we asked our mentors to go ahead and send a card in, but many of those were not getting inside the facilities. They would have glitter on them or they would have color on them. These things just can’t go in anymore. So we made these 17,000 cards in such a way that they could actually get inside the facilities.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for men and women in prison to sense Christ’s comfort this Christmas.
- Ask God to soften the hearts of prisoners with His love.
- Pray for opportunities to love on those in prison and let them know they are not forgotten.