CPP News


NEWS and SHARING from CPP PRISON MINISTRY OUTREACH!

Greetings Beloved in Christ,
Happy Spring!! The birds are singing outside my window; I think we’re all glad to see spring, I know I am!! The Easter season with celebrations of Christ’s resurrection and life is still the top reason to rejoice and I Raise a Hallelujah, The King is Alive!! The worship singers at our church have been singing that song and I have been blessed by it. I’ve always loved the Resurrection songs, the old hymns and the new songs that tell of the wondrous, glorious Lord Jesus Christ. THANK YOU JESUS!!!
Our Lord has promised that He will be with us always in life, then we will forever be with the Lord for eternity! Because we know He rose and lives, we can also know death is defeated.
On that first Easter morning Mary Magdalene announced the good news of the resurrection when she told the disciples: “I have seen the Lord”. Seeing our Lord personally insists that the ways of love will win over the ways of hate, the ways of light will win over the ways of darkness. The Prisoners need us to give them this same announcement: I have seen the Lord! (John 20:18)

I Raise a Hallelujah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNIxrxBCpjk

PRAYER REQUESTS:
Inmates:

Vincent L. Schafer is asking for prayer for his health, he has a bad heart and was told he needs a transplant. He has 50 months left on his sentence, not likely to get help while in prison. God is our Healer.
Marcellius Kyles is asking for prayer for spiritual deliverance, feeling alone, scared, and ashamed. Pray God to minister His truth, power, and bring through to victory.
Please keep praying for Christopher; we’re asking for justice and pleading for truth. God’s grace and light upon him as a witness to God’s goodness and power to deliver in answer to prayer. We are waiting for the judge’s decision on his case of innocence.

Volunteer Pen Pals
Several of our volunteers are having health issues. Please pray for Peggy, Angela,
Sandy, new CPP volunteer, recuperating from pneumonia, pray for healing.
CPP Ministry:
We are entering partnership with Kristi O. Johnson’s ministries to the prisoners. She publishes “Victorious Living” magazine for inmates. She is sharing ways for us to promote CPP Ministry by having event “Shine Bright & Write“ to recruit new volunteer writers since the need is so great. Please pray for God’s leading and church participation.

Please pray for the church groups and ministries who have been working with CPP to get the inmates matched with a Christian pen pal; the strength to endure trials, to equip and provide, and bless each one with a bountiful harvest. The church ministries are really working out great!
KEEP PRAYING!!!!!!! Asking God to send more and more new volunteer pen pals and churches faithful to His work! Sign-ups have been slow since before Christmas.


LETTERS RECEIVED

From Inmates who got their Christmas card:
Pastor Lyn, Jesse & Beth,
Thank you for the wonderful card you sent me. I like the 3 angels very much & the words of encouragement listed my spirits profoundly. Although the works of the lord are often mysterious, they are always decreed with absolute purpose. I received your card at a time when my spirit was very low. For most the holiday season is a time to rejoice. But in here, things can get a bit depressing. And I really needed the smile that you put up on my face. Sometimes the slightest gesture of kindness can make all the difference in the life of someone who is struggling to increase their faith. And once again I just want to thank you for reminding me of how much God loves us.
Well I’m not really sure of what else to say. So I’m going to end this letter. But I would like to share a couple of poems I wrote about my relationship with God. I hope you like them. God bless and have a Merry Christmas.

Respectfully, Victor #257549

Dear Beth & Jesse,

I got a beautiful Christmas Card from you, the other day. Thank you for thinking of me I’m very grateful!
The pen pal you helped me with is great! We’ve become good friends in a short time. Hope all is well with you & your family. I have been watching the news & I know you have been plummeted by many storms in the past month. We had a little snow a week ago, but it didn’t stick. Anyway I shall keep you in my prayers during the rest of the Holiday season.

God Bless You!
Mike ?? Rejoice, as Christ was born this month.

 

Hello Jesse & Beth,

My name is Dieg. I wish you all blessing & good health in the name of Jesus. I hope your holidays are full of cheer & joy. Pray for me to receive a Christmas miracle. Penpal friend; to build a friendship that will continue even in heaven ?

I am a lifer in California state prison, so I have much time to devote towards Jesus & a pen pal to share the blessing of life. I invest my time in education attending Bakersfield College in hopes of earning & a degree to further become a published writer. I have finished a romance memoir & began a Science-Fiction novel. I enjoy reading & learning: Westers, fantasy books, & the Bible for encouragement. James is my go to book, I confess I have a black belt in Origami ? I am also trying to learn Mandarin Chinese. Anyways, thank you for your time.
God bless all of thee,
Sincerely, Diego

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From a CPP Pen Pal:

Hi Beth! Just wanted you to know that all the Christmas cards for the list of 50 inmates have been mailed. I also included a little Bible verse “journal” in each card. I did the project with my niece, my two nephews (ages 11, 14, & 15) and my sister. I was so proud of them! I explained the ministry and talked to them about my pen pal. I wrote out information that they could write on the cards, and also asked them to say a prayer for each person to whom they were writing a card. When I checked what they all wrote, I found that none of them followed my example exactly. Their messages were appropriate, of course, but I was shocked to see the compassion and Christian maturity in their messages. We all held hands and prayed together afterward, thanking God for each other and asked for peace and comfort for the inmates. It was an amazing experience, and I’m hoping they may want to make it an annual tradition. Thank you for the opportunity for my family to be blessed, to reach out to the lonely, and hopefully make a difference in just one person’s life!!!
Laura D
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I write to my pen pal at least once a month. While giving them mail the joy it brings to me is beyond measure. I am so blessed. If you want to grow your walk with the Lord start writing. God will bless you. And you will store up treasures in Heaven. Debby O.

OH GOODNESS BETH, this is wonderful ! Will surely make a few copies and give it to the ladies who wrote cards. It is a sweet blessing to so many who need encouragement!
Love in our Lord,
Lucy A

Beth, sometimes it’s difficult to sit down and write ALL those letters. But it is so rewarding to know that so many lives are touched by God. Our prayer is that it will make an impact on their journey through life. Geri H.


Dear Jesse and Beth,
I wanted to let you know that I have heard back from both pen pals and I have also replied to them. It all seems great! So, apparently, you seem to take the information you gather and match similar traits/interests? Both of my pen pals were very happy. One is also a photographer and shot for the Navy (so did I) and the other has multiples degrees and likes the arts, same as me. You could “feel” their sense of… I don’t know… relief?… connectedness? I can imagine in prison it’s a major “free for all” as far as personalities, interests and education, and you are probably very alone when no one is “like you,” or you can’t relate 1 to 1 with other inmates.
Thank you!
Best, -Edward
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From an Inmate
Dear Jesse, Beth & Michael,

I would like to thank you for giving me some hope. Just the fact that you responded to my letter made me feel that there is someone interested in giving me some hope. This place is so violent & evil. I am so grateful to you for your help. I just have someone to correspond with means so much. I’ve been here for 3 years now and there hasn’t been much contact with the outside world and it’s kind of had an effect on my faith, but then you wrote me back and my prayers were answered. I have enclosed my application and I hope it is ok, because I spilled coffee on my original that you sent. If it’s not ok, can you please send me another one and I will send it back quickly. I found the order form for study materials to be very resourceful and placed on order for some books. Again I want to thank from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely, Jason

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Happy Birthday CPP Ministry!!

Please rejoice with us to celebrate God’s grace & faithfulness to establish this fruitful outreach ministry and to bring us this far! It is hard to believe it’s been 20 years!! We know it’s only possible through y’alls prayers and devotion to our Lord who put the same earnest care into your hearts for the prisoners, the least of these whom Jesus loves.
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“The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion.” – Hudson Taylor
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: If you have some time to spare, and/or some stamps, please pray about serving on the CPP staff. We are currently in need 1 additional Administrative Support helper and a helper to do resource searches for a few inmates who are planning their reentry & aftercare.
Contact Beth for more information & opportunities: cppministry@gmail.com
THANK YOU
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Book: “YOUR CRY HAS BEEN HEARD” by Beth Michael can be ordered from www.christianbook.com or by mail from: CBD, PO Box 7000, Peabody, MA 01961 ($15.29 + $3.99, Stock #WW93570X or order from Amazon.com
Hello Beth, I’m almost finished with your book (Your Cry Has Been Heard); Very powerful stories. I greatly admire your ministry. Feel free to send me the names of 3 more inmates. I’ve been searching for a ministry for years that I love and that utilize my spiritual gifts. I finally found it, and let me tell you it feels great! I’ve tried doing everything, but when I came across your website I knew that was it. Thank you for allowing me to serve the Lord in the way that maximizes my strengths and abilities. Like I told Gene Mooney, I got just as much out of his letter as he got out of mine. Bless you for your ministry; I’m sure it hasn’t been an easy one.
David S. (CPP volunteer pen pal)
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PEN PALS NEEDED: For special needs inmates struggling with depression, addictions, homosexuals, physical disabilities or mental illnesses, and need Biblical guidance and Christ’s wisdom & strength. Also some in a false religion are asking for a Christian pen pal – Muslim or other.

Good Advice: “Never yield to gloomy anticipation. Place your hope and confidence in God. He has no record of failure.” Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
RESOURCES:
Christian Library International (CLI) Spiritual Growth Resource.
Resource Bible Lessons: https://cli.world/volunteering/inmate-bible-study-lessons/
https://cli.world/ministries/prisons/

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Victorious Living Magazine
Victorious Living encourages hearts and equips minds through testimonies of God’s grace and love in the lives of everyday people. https://www.kojministries.org/prison-ministry
https://victoriouslivingmagazine.com/
Writing Ministry to Inmates Event “Shine Bright & Write”
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FREE Bible: I found Bible Truth Publishers online, and to request a Bible for an inmate(s) you just contact them at the e-mail address below with the complete mailing address for the inmate(s): BTPmail@bibletruthpublishers.com
From Jackie S.

IDEAS to Share CPP MINISTRY
There are Christians throughout America and the world who love Jesus and would serve but many don’t know about CPP Ministry opportunity to serve Jesus behind prison walls.
Please pray with us asking God for ways we can each share this outreach to the least of these are brethren incarcerated. Most who contact us are already Christians or seeking to know the Lord. The enemy is pulling them in the opposite direction. It is the children of God that makes the huge difference to help them turn from their old ways to follow Jesus.
Think about all the grace and mercy our Father has extended to you out of His great love; God loves these inmates just as much as He loves you and me! Amen?
We want your IDEAS!
Media, church, publications, anywhere that Christians can be found to hear and be moved of God’s Spirit calling them to get information or to visit the web site and join with us.
It’s Resurrection Sunday, lives need resurrection!!

WORDS TO ENCOURAGE:
Safely Back Home – Read John 14:1-7
Jesus said to [Thomas], “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
-John 14:6 (NRSV)
WHEN I began my morning walk around the lake, I noticed that the fog was unusually heavy. I could hardly see 10 feet in front of me. When the weather is clear, I can see buildings and homes and the sparkling waters of the lake. None of this was visible on this morning.
When I arrived on the opposite side of the lake, I looked out into the fog toward my home across the water. I could not see it, but I still knew it was there. I also knew that if I followed the walking path, I would arrive safely back home.
In our Christian walk, sometimes the hurts, fears, and frustrations of life are like that heavy fog. We cannot see our way clearly. But if we follow the path our Lord has laid out for us, we will arrive safely at our destination, a destination that brings healing and peace and joy.
And at the end of this life’s walk, we are assured that Christ has prepared an eternal home for us where we will see him face to face. The fog will be lifted forever.
Woody A. Adams (North Carolina, U.S.A.)
Prayer
O God, we thank you that in Jesus Christ we discover “the way, the truth, and the life.” Amen.
Thought for the day
Following the path God lays out will always lead us home.
Prayer Focus
Those searching for “the way home”

POEMS:

Without Easter

Without Easter,
there would be no hope of heaven.
Without the hope of heaven,
there would be no repentance,
no personal transformation,
no attempt to follow biblical principles.
Without Easter,
the world would be in chaos
and darkness.
Jesus’ death and resurrection
means we can be reborn,
to live better, to do better,
to shine light into the shadows.
Hallelujah!
Happy And Happy Easter.
By Joanna Fuchs

Forgiveness Undeserved

I don’t deserve forgiveness and
I don’t deserve His love.
I don’t deserve His blessings that
He showers from above.

My greatest deeds have missed His mark.
My works were just my will.
My life appears so very dark.
Guilt haunts me even still.

Except for Jesus on the cross,
except for loving grace,
except forgiveness undeserved –
a hope? No, not a trace.

by louis gander © 2017

AMEN!

 

CLOSING:
We witness God’s power, love, mercy, and faithfulness are displayed through CPP Ministry nearly every day. Most often through the letters we receive from the prisoners or the e-mails we receive from the CPP volunteers. It would not be possible without the many of you who followed Jesus into the prisons. Jesse & I always thank God for you and keep you in prayer, asking our Father’s best blessings upon you; may He give us all the staying power to finish the race.

A big Thank You all the Volunteer CPP Staff, pen pals, all our supporters, prayer partners, and friends on Facebook and CPP Chat Room. Together God is working great things behind the prison walls!!
Please submit any ideas for promoting CPP. Also if you have inmate art, poems, or other to Beth at cppministry@gmail.com
May you and your family have a blessed Easter!!!

In Christ’s love,
Jesse & Beth,

Jesse & Beth Michael, Executive Directors
Christian Pen Pals / Pen Pal Connection
cppministry@gmail.com www.christian-penpals.com
Member of International Network of Prison Ministries
www.PrisonMinistry.net/cpp

You can help

CPP is a faith based ministry which depends on donations to help with the costs of mailing. We need your help to keep this service available to inmates without charge. If you believe this work is worthy, please consider giving!

Thank you in advance and may God bless you!

Send stamps or checks made out to:
Christian Pen Pals
PO Box 11296
Hickory, NC 28603

 

Member of The International Network of Prison Ministries

The  Gift That Keeps On     Forgiving: Jesus.