The week of April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. This month’s newsletter highlights some of the earliest volunteers of Writeway Prison Ministry. It also highlights the impact that our volunteers have made on the lives of many of our students.
At WPM we get many letters from our students which encourage us as they tell of their walk with Christ and how they are growing in “grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 4:18). In this month’s newsletter a student, George, wrote “Our Lord Jesus Christ lived out perfect humility. He was willing to give up Himself out of love for God and others. Like Him, we should have a servant’s heart.” Read the rest of his letter and those of other students in the March 2018 Newsletter and be encouraged.
Prisons today have become a spiritual battleground. Our Lord is working and many are coming to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior while others are growing in their faith. At the same time, Satan is battling to keep this from happening. As you read this month’s newsletter, look for phrases like “the prisons have become so demonic” and “there are a lot of heretical views and cults taking over the faith-based Christian prison population”. Others battle temptations and depression. Keep our brothers and sisters behind bars in your prayers.
At the beginning of a new year, it is always good to look back at the previous 12 months and see the Lord’s hand as He guided this ministry for His glory. In this month’s newsletter we get a glimpse of how many lives were touched in 2017 through the ministry of Write-Way Prison Ministries, including those who came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, those who have grown and matured in their faith, and the testimonies of those who were blessed as they studied the Word of God.
As we enter the holiday season our hearts are full of thanksgiving as we meditate on all that God has given us so freely, but we also remember our students. As you read this month’s newsletter you will meet Richard, who has grown in his walk with the Lord through the Bible study courses offered through Write-Way Prison Ministries. We give thanks for what God has done in his life. You will also meet Mary Helen, who asks us to be especially diligent in prayer for our students as the holiday season is often a time of sadness and longing for their families.
In this newsletter Michael says, “Your work is not in vain”; Lyman says, ” Emmaus Bible studies are at the top of the list”; and Paula says, “In the free world I was lost; in prison I am found”. We praise God that He has given us the privilege of providing Bibles studies to inmates in Texas and Louisiana free of charge so they can come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and can grow in the grace of knowledge of Him Who has saved us.
The world we live in is often chaotic. What can we do? God’s Word reminds us that He is present with us so we need not fear (Psalm 46:1-2a). We should replace worries with Scripture to guide our thinking (Philippians 4:8). Through the studies offered by Write Way our students are learning to depend on the Word of God to direct their thinking and to change their outlook on life.
God is at work in the prisons of Texas and Louisiana today. Much like in the free world, God has gifted some of the inmates with the spiritual gift of evangelism. You will be inspired as you read how God is using Matthew to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Another testimony tells us ways that Satan is fighting back. As God’s Word goes into the prisons and jails, pray with us that His Word will not return to Him empty but will achieve His purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
Our blessed Lord gives us many reasons to rejoice at Write-Way Prison Ministries. One cause for rejoicing is the number of inmates who come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior each month. The second testimony in this month’s newsletter is from one of our students who came to know the Lord by reading a Bible while in solitary confinement (interesting sidelight – note how he got the Bible). Another cause for rejoicing is when we see a student apply Scripture to his or her own life, resulting in spiritual growth. The first testimony in this month’s newsletter is an excellent example of this. God is at work in the prison system!
Giving thanks: the Psalmist tells us to give thanks to the Lord and to praise His Name (Ps. 100:4) and Paul told the church at Colossee to be thankful (Col. 3:15). As our students get into the Word of God and discover new life in Christ, they often cannot help but express thanksgiving to the Lord. Read this month’s newsletter to catch this spirit of thanksgiving – and then give thanks yourself for His great work in their lives and ours.