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.
Along with the students, our counselors are blessed also! Open this issue to see remarkable testimonies from both sides.
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 you can read of the effect of Hurricane Harvey on both our students and several of our branches. At the time of publication we have been able to track our students in their temporary locations. We have also been working with our branches that were most severely affected by the flooding.
On the second page of this month’s newsletter is an article written by one of the members of Write-Way Prison Ministries Board of Directors. It gives a succinct overview of our mission. It is the Lord’s doing and we give Him all the praise.
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.