A Crossroads Prison Ministries Mentor Shares her Story

Photo of Marlene Tebben (left) and her friend, Julie (right), both mentors with Crossroads Prison Ministries. (Photo courtesy of Marlene Tebben.)

Ever feel like you want to share your faith with others, but you don’t have many opportunities? Or maybe having a Gospel conversation seems intimidating when you have to think of what to say in real-time?

Crossroads Prison Ministries connects Christian mentors with men and women in prison through mail-in Bible studies. And it’s the perfect opportunity to encourage someone else with the Gospel.

Last week, we talked about volunteers from South Church in Lansing, Michigan who partnered with Crossroads to encourage inmates by writing letters.

Today, we’re sharing the experience of Marlene Tebben, a South Church volunteer who has been with Crossroads on-and-off for 30 years.

Tebben explains, “I have the tier-one students. I write to a different one every week. And then I have two tier-two students, and those are ones that are specifically paired with me. I’m the only one that writes to them. I get about one a month from each of them. So that’s an opportunity to build a relationship with one prisoner in a deeper way.”

As Tebben engages the students in prison and leads them through the Crossroads Bible studies, it fosters authentic conversations about life and faith.

“It’s just an incredible blessing. I think if you’re praying about how you can share your faith with someone, this is a wonderful opportunity because you’re sharing with new believers, you’re encouraging them, you’re giving truth to seekers, and then you’re also discipling people who have been in the faith but find themselves behind prison walls.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


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