Michigan Church Volunteers Write Letters to Lonely Prisoners thru Crossroads Prison Ministries

Marlene Tebben, a Crossroads mentor from South Church. (Photo courtesy of Crossroads Prison Ministries)

South Church in Lansing, Michigan has truly embraced the biblical command to remember those in prison. With the help of Crossroads Prison Ministries, they’re encouraging incarcerated men and women through mail-in Bible studies and letters.

Doug Cupery, Director of Church Mobilization with Crossroads, says, “South Church is a significant volunteer group that reaches about 40 prisoners every month with biblical truth, with words of encouragement, words of hope, words of peace, and I think really most of all, they reach them and just say, ‘I see you and you are important to me.’”

There is something powerful about a group of believers unified in prison outreach, especially during the pandemic. Prison visitors are even more restricted and loneliness is common.

Writing letters is a unique opportunity for the Church to show God’s love to those who desperately need it. 

“Most of those men and women that we incarcerate do not receive words from outside the prison walls,” says Cupery. “They don’t get letters and they have nobody to call. So often, we’ll hear from our students that the letters that our mentors…write them along with the Bible study [are] the only words they hear all month from outside those walls.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


  • Pray for prisoners to sense God’s presence and love.
  • Ask God to use Crossroads Prison Ministries to encourage men and women in prison.
  • Thank the Lord for mentors

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