CPP News

  NEWS and SHARING from CPP PRISON OUTREACH MINISTRY!

 Greetings Beloved in Christ,

 We trust you had a blessed summer and that you are enjoying the beauty fall brings, if you live in an area with the four seasons as we do in North Carolina. In August, Jesse and I took the longest vacation ever since CPP Ministry started 17 years ago. We visited family and friends in Maine; then a repeat honeymoon to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. With the beautiful scenery and weather, we enjoyed treasured memories of this time away together. However, it tired us out; we learned we are no longer the kids first married 42 years ago.

 It’s good to be back. Y’all are special—having the love of Christ and willing to serve God on behalf of those behind prison walls. We do appreciate you! I know it gets discouraging at times; sometimes I get discouraged when my words seem to fall on deaf ears and I see no change or spiritual growth in my beloved pen pals. I wonder what I am doing wrong. But then God will whisper His promises such as: His Word does not return void, and in His time, we will reap if we faint not. (Isaiah 55:11; Galatians 6:9) God is faithful, Amen!

 This week I was so blessed in going through the inmates’ mail. God uplifted me through several letters letting me know that this DOES works and that YOU are ministering to the pen pals assigned. Different ones wrote that their friends were being blessed and helped, so they too wanted a Christian pen pal. A couple inmates stated that “CPP / Pen Pal Connection” has the reputation of being the best group of pen pals around. I do know God wouldn’t have us here doing this if it wasn’t working, wasn’t His will, His way to reach out to the prisoners. “

 1 Peter 2:9-10 “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the Praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

 PRAYER REQUESTS

 Inmates:

 Patrick in LA is asking prayer for his father who is very sick – kidney failure and needs Jesus, someone to share the Gospel with him; pray for salvation. His father’s name is Calvin.  Patrick has been waiting over a year and could use a pen pal. He is 38 years old, Christian in Louisiana State Prison.

Guerry H, death row inmate, needs to have ears and heart opened to hear the Gospel truth of Christ unto salvation. Pray his pen pal to help him, God to lead her and give right words.

I would like to ask for prayer for 3 of the young men I write: Jason H., Justin M. and Kesaun S., could you please pray for their salvation.

Please pray for Elizabeth and Emmanuel. Elizabeth has been my pen pal for almost 5 years. She got out of jail about 15 months ago and is currently homeless, with her “fiancé”, riding trains back and forth throughout Los Angeles to stay off the street. I’m very concerned for her. Thank you. Kerri

Pray for all the brothers and sisters who are ministering in prison to others, leading Bible studies and witnessing, God’s hand upon them for protection and guidance, and to see fruit for their labor.

 Volunteer Pen Pals:

 Kat, recovering from knee surgery, God’s grace, strength, and healing, knee to be restored, God to keep her close and safe in life changes, help her continue in God’s work with the veterans.

Jenn, also asking prayer for knee, had surgery, then accident injured her bad knee, pray God to intercede and bring healing, prevent bleeding.

Julie, God’s strength and grace through the storm she’s facing, standing in Faith, she is in a battle at this time to keep the custody of her daughter, trusting God to intercede in the court, answer her prayers for her daughter and herself, that they not be separated.

 Kirk, several health problems, God’s leading for best care and treatment, healing, strength and grace to serve Jesus.

 CPP Ministry:

 “Remember Them Christmas Project” will be starting soon, please keep this in your prayers. We together send over 3,000 cards to the inmates yet unmatched with a pen pal.  God always provides and blesses this work, we expect 2016 to be another great year!

 CPP staff, prayer partners, and volunteer pen pals, God to keep each strong in the strength of His might with Godly wisdom.

 KEEP PRAYING!!!!!!! Asking God to send more and more new volunteer pen pals faithful to His work! God is hearing our prayers, more people are joining and we are getting groups, churches and ministries that take several inmates to minister to!! THANK GOD For His Increase!!!!

 Q&A and TIPS

 Question from CPP Pen Pals on Church Ministry:

 I see the value for this ministry from my experience and I would like to share it at my church to get more Christians involved in reaching out to the prisoners. Can you give me some guidance?

Thanks Brian

 Hi Beth – I am looking to present this ministry to our church body next Sunday. I am going to include the handout you sent in each of the church bulletins that are given out. I will have them fill out the forms on the back of the handout and was then going to meet with them the service. I am not sure what the next step is. Also, names, addresses, and emails are requested on the forms. I am sure that everyone will want to stay basically anonymous to inmates (with exception to first names). How does this all work out, in case these questions come up?  Chuck

Answers

To:  Brian and Chuck,

 Thanks for your e-mail, we are blessed to hear you want to share CPP Outreach Ministry with your church! This is great, we have so many inmates, especially the guys, who have to wait about 2 years because of the many inmates asking for Christian support.

We have the CPP Brochure, Press Release, and other documents available;. It is good to share with churches, just make some copies to pass out.

The information asked is only for a record of the volunteers, it is confidential. It will be OK with a church name and address for the pen pals to use only a first name.

 Any members who are online, it is good to send them to the web site ww.christian-penpals.com Or they can also e-mail me, here or at: cppministry@gmail.com

We appreciate your help in ministry and pray God’s Spirit to move in the hearts of those in your church as they hear of this opportunity to serve Jesus!!!!!

 God bless you, Jesse & Beth

 LETTERS RECEIVED  

 From an Inmate:

 Hi,

I was sitting in the dayroom looking lost and this guy came out of nowhere and asked me how I was doing & I told him I was still trying to get over the shock of being back in prison & the fact that I haven’t received any mail in the four months I’ve been back.  He said, ‘Man I hate to hear that, cheer up because God loves you and so do I man!”  At that moment it brought joy into my life & he told me he had a penpal program he wants to me to write & I told him I would be glad to.  I’ll answer any & all letters and hopefully I can put a smile on someone’s face & they can do the same for me!

I hope when you received this letter the blessing of the Lord is with you & he will keep you near to thee.  Hope to hear from someone soon!  I close with love, peace & understanding.

Bye,Danny

Polunsky Unit

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From an Inmate:

 Hello Jesse & Beth,

I hope when this letter reaches you, it finds you both doing well & in good health as well as spirits also.  I want to thank you for what you are doing, it is a blessing to so many because throughout my time of incarceration there are so many people I see who don’t get mail.  They don’t have family or their family just chose not to have anything to do with them, whatever the circumstances, is you can just see the let down in their whole body language & then when you see some like that get their name called for mail the joy & happiness it is so good to see even if you are in the same situation.

So I just want ya’ll to know if you don’t hear it from anyone else that ya’ll are appreciated & I thank ya’ll.  I would have liked to send ya’ll some stamps but these people think that I am trying to solicit ya’ll have  tried to send them out before & they turned it around but I do want you to know you are appreciated and ya’ll be in my prayers.  Done did those 3 studies.

 God Bless all ya’ll do,

Harold  B, FL

 From A CPP Pen Pal:

 *NOTE:  Thank you to all the volunteers who wrote asking for a death row prisoner!

 Dear Beth,

I have been praying about taking on two pen pals that are on death row, I know it will be a challenge for me, but I feel this is what God is calling me to do.   Part of me is excited and part of me is apprehensive, but I will trust God in what He is doing.  I enjoy writing and have a closer relationship with some of my pen pals then others.  I find it so rewarding.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Happy New Year to both you and your husband and I thank God for what you do.  I didn’t do extra Christmas cards this year because it would of been to much for me at the time.  Blessings!!!

Serving Christ,

Anna M

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From CPP Pen Pals:

 Hello Beth,

How are you? I pray that you and your family are well and that God’s favor is upon you. I wanted to give you an update on my pen pals and how everything is going. I have been writing Paul and also last week received a letter from Francisco. I have been writing and receiving letters from 11 pen pals. I still haven’t heard from Ralston but am going to reach out to him again this week and I will let you know how that goes.  I have been truly blessed by these men; I have one who calls me his big sister! I have received cards for mother’s day, cards for no reasons, drawings; some have shared things they haven’t shared with no one. I am touched and thank God for using me, being a part of this ministry is life changing for me.

I will keep you posted on if I hear from Ralston.

Love, Nona

Hi Beth,

Guess what-I finally heard from Jeffrey; I got his letter yesterday.  I was so excited.  He has been working on his appeal.  That is why he couldn’t write.  He wrote a very long letter to me. I will keep in touch with him even if he doesn’t write back in a timely manner.

I will write to Larry too.  I just absolutely love this ministry.  I am writing to 11 inmates and just love it.  Every time I receive a letter

I feel like it is Christmas!!!!!

God bless you!  Renee

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Christmas Card Volunteers

2016 “Remember Them” Christmas card project is coming up, please be praying about this, and if you can help, let us know. We will be sending out a special e-mail with more information soon.

 PLEASE Contact Beth at CPPMINISTRY@GMAIL.COMThank you in advance!!!!!!!!

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 Praise Report! It always amazes me how faithful God is to provide the help for the ministry work! We prayed la for 2 Administrative Support workers and God sent 3, to cover all the tasks including the Prisoner Resource Directory! Thank you Debbie O, April, and Shannon. THANKYOU!!! Debbie F. for updating our Resource Directory. I have not as yet been able to get it posted at the web site, but you can ask for  it in email – to cppministry@gmail.com So glad to have this done!

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NEEDED:   Pen pals for inmates of other faiths: Muslim, Native American, Wiccan, other. If you can relate with, be patient & understanding, and/or have compassion in reaching these souls for Christ. Prayerfully seek the Lord in becoming a pen pal and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Also, needed are pen pals for “special needs” inmates: depression, addictions, HIV & other illnesses, handicaps, death row, grief, mental illness, homosexuality, etc.

RESOURCES:

 Bible Puzzles http://biblewordgames.com/

Many of the inmates like to do puzzles, or they might like to try doing them as a tool to learn more Bible knowledge. (Crossword or Word search)

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Christian Literature

Daily Devotional “Seeds from The Sower” and monthly Sermons free from The Guido Evangelistic Association, Inc., PO Box 508, Metter, GA 30439-0508

WWW.GuidoGardens.com or E-Mail: thesower@thesower.com

Newsletter Inmates can write to and request this Christian newsletter:

Jail House Rock Prison Ministry, Pastor Clayton Hernandez, PO Box 530622, Harlingen, Texas 78553

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Prisoner Resource Directory  – CPP Volunteer Debbie F has worked diligently to update the Prisoner Resource Directory. It is available now by requesting it (email cppministry@gmail.com)  It is not as yet posted at the CPP web site. It is very helpful to the inmates, we believe they appreciate having a copy.

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 Prison Talk This site is really helpful for inmates and their loved ones: It’s got forums for every state! It was conceived in prison. www.prisontalk.com from Ann R.

Also, this man, Stephen C. Richards was in prison for nine years and got a criminal justice degree and now teaches at the University of WI, Oshkosh. He heads up the New School of Convict Criminology. He allows any former inmates to give input to him. He was an orphan. Please pray for him. He also wrote helpful books. I’m going to get Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society after Prison. I want to use it to prepare my pen pals for when they get out.  Love, Ann

WORDS TO ENCOURAGE:

 Walking in the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

 The fruit of the Spirit is a reflection of our inner man and character. Those characteristics that exemplify Christ-like behavior and reveal our true walk.

 When we have a divine connection with our Savior and walking faithfully in a personal relationship, being obedient to His ways and will, He promises us that we will bear these fruits (John 15:5).

 Let’s examine ourselves and check our fruit stash:

 Does the love of God flow from your heart to family and others consistently?  Do you walk around with joy in your heart—not what the world considers joy, but Jesus joy no matter what you’re are going through?  Are you at peace with yourself and what you’re sending out into the world—the peace that surpasses all understanding? Are you patient and willing to suffer long especially for Christ’s sake?  When you encounter others, does kindness and goodness resonate from you? How do you respond to that difficult manager or colleague—are you gentle and display self-control?

 Although there will always be a war between our flesh and Spiritual man, we must strive at all times to walk in the Spirit. Our Savior has the resources and power for us to overcome when we fall short and drop our fruit basket as we sometimes will. We can lean on His holy and divine Word. In it, He has provided for us everything that we need to pick up our fruit and keep on walking in the Spirit.

 Be encouraged.

J. Stinson

CPP Volunteer

 “When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be.”
-Woodrow Kroll

 

 

 

 

POEMS

 

Jesus Makes It Right

  I will praise my Jesus

For He is my Lord.

Knowing that on earth

There is no reward.

 Heaven is where

My reward will be

For it is His face

That I long to see.

 My Lord Jesus, makes

This world bright

And with Him

I will always win the fight.

My loneliness and heartache

My regrets and pain.

Will all be replaced

When I see my Lord’s face.

 Yes, Jesus makes it right

I praise His name.

I have no more sorrow,

And no more pain.

 Normand Paul Duhaime, inmate (Lucy Adams’ pen pal)

(Written Aug, 6, 2014)

My Solution

Psalms 73:17   I was deeply troubled; “Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood…”

Writing can be easy
pouring out your heart

When bottled up inside
it’s tearing you apart

Start by taking notes
Of why you cannot rest
What chaos all around you
Took away your rest

Think about the good times
and why so much went wrong

Then who it was you prayed to
And who has made you strong

You really want to thank Him
And know no other way

Than to read His Holy Scriptures
And follow them each day.

Many have forgotten
The Gift he’s given man

A Paradise destroyed
by the evils of the land

Who now do you blame
for destruction of God’s Gift

Men with hatred in their hearts
Who think God is just a Myth

Things are soon to change
For God’s Wrath has reached it peak

He is coming for the righteous
The humble and the meek

The servants of Our Father
And the people who are loved

Will soon share joy and harmony
With those we love above

By Leonna Brandao

 

 CLOSING:

 My prayer is that of King David’s “Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

We would love hearing from you! Your thoughts, testimonies, or any submissions you’d like to share with the rest, will be a blessing. If you want to help with the Christmas cards and gifts or anything else, please contact Beth:

cppministry@gmail.com

 “May The LORD Bless you and keep you;

The LORD make HIS Face shine upon you,

and be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up HIS countenance upon you,

and give you peace”, Numbers 6;24-26

from Brother Ted

 THANKS BE TO GOD WHO PUTS THE SAME EARNEST CARE INTO YOUR HEARTS FOR THE PRISONERS!”  (As Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church)

 Happy Thanksgiving!  You are in our prayers, we always thank God for you!!!!!!

May you and your family have a blessed celebration day of Thanks!

 http://www.link4u.com/thanksgiving.htm

  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Col 3:15

 GOD BLESS YOU & Keep you close!!!!!!!!

In Christ’s love,

Jesse & Beth, Directors

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.