USA (MNN) — In jail, you dont must be on solitary confinement to really feel alone and forgotten. Nearly 70 % of inmates in america lose all contact with anybody within the exterior world.
This loneliness epidemic amongst prisoners is most evident at Christmas. Thats why Crossroads Jail Ministries works additional arduous in the course of the vacation season to let incarcerated women and men know they’re liked.
Every of the inmates that we’re serving shall be getting a Christmas card from Crossroads. This yr, it will likely be signed by all of our employees. It involves them as a tangible reminder that they haven’t been forgotten by society or by God, says Lisa Blystra, Crossroads President and CEO.
Crossroads will mail over 17,000 Christmas letters to inmates in 2,300 amenities throughout the US. The responses they get again make all of it value it.
It’s all the time enjoyable after we come again from our Christmas break. We shall be receiving plenty of mail from our college students thanking us for these playing cards, telling us that that is the one communication they’d from anyone wishing them a Merry Christmas and reminding them that Jesus did come for them.”
Blystra displays, As we method the Creation season, we’re conscious [of] the delivery of Jesus — a Savior who was born right into a secure, who left His throne in Heaven and entered right into a messy and damaged world. His consideration was centered on the very those that society tends to disregard, and that will be the prisoner.
Previously, Crossroads allowed volunteers to arrange Christmas playing cards exterior the workplace and convey them in for mailing. However as a consequence of strict jail mail restrictions, a number of of the playing cards werent delivered.
So this yr, Crossroads volunteers will put together the Christmas playing cards in-office. This may guarantee higher high quality management so every card reaches its recipient within the prisons.
Blystra says they may use extra monetary assist for the Christmas card mailing. Each donation means one other inmate will know their Heavenly Fathers love this Christmas.
Additionally, for those who dwell within the West Michigan space, you’ll be able to even be part of them as a Christmas card prep volunteer.
Then long-term, clearly, this system that we provide is that we join prisoners to mentors — volunteers on the skin that do Bible research by way of the mail and encourage them all through the remainder of the yr.
Finally this vacation season, Blystra says, Our prayer could be that these are obtained with not solely the phrases of encouragement which can be written on the playing cards, but additionally with an actual sense of readability that they arrive with an expression of Jesus’s love for every person who finds themselves in jail.
Header picture courtesy of Crossroads Jail Ministries.