Will you help this year?
Or commit to having a Christmas Card writing event at your home or church?
Contact: [email protected]
Here’s how we do it!
Each fall, volunteers all over the United States commit to sending messages of hope to prisoners through our Annual Christmas Card Campaign. It’s very simple. We ask each volunteer to commit to writing and mailing hand-signed cards to people incarcerated during the holidays. We provide the address and return address labels – volunteers supply the cards, stamps, and a heartfelt message. All mail uses the ministry’s return address to keep volunteers’ information confidential.
Dear Friend of HEART,
Thank you so much for participating in the Annual Christmas Card Campaign. Through our cooperative efforts, we will have the opportunity to touch the lives of isolated prisoners simply by sharing the love of Jesus. The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for inmates. Many have no contact with friends or family. The message you write in your Christmas card can be a connection to the family of Christ. During this time, incarcerated persons feel most broken and are more receptive to the message of redemption and the love of Jesus Christ.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Prayerfully compose a message sharing God’s love with your prisoner. Prayer is vital to communicating the appropriate message, along with any scriptures God gives you. We ask that you are intentional in your message and avoid using typical Christian cliches, such as “Jesus Loves You.” Instead, consider using the words, “You are not forgotten!” These four powerful words mean a great deal to the prisoners at Christmastime. Please do not refer to why a person is in prison.
- Sign only your first name. If an inmate responds to your card, the reply will be sent to Heart Prison Ministry and then conveyed to you.
- Commit to writing messages in the cards for which you receive labels. We do not want anyone to be left out or forgotten. If you cannot fulfill your commitment, please let us know or find someone willing to take over for you.
One inmate wrote: That night, when all was quiet, I put my head under my blankets and cried. I was feeling so unloved. Thank you all so much for caring for the undesirables. It’s been 30 years since I wept. What a release it brought.
Another one writes: Well, I was very surprised when I received a beautiful Christmas card. I want to say thank you very much for the thought! It was really nice, so, in return, I am sending you the one I’ve made myself to show my appreciation. All the best wishes for you and your family through the Christmas season, and may God bless you in all you do in this New Year.
Contact us: [email protected]
INSPIRATIONAL BIBLE VERSES
Examples of Scriptures to include.
Deuteronomy 31:8—The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Psalm 23:4—Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 86:5—You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 118:5—Out of my distress, I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.
Psalm 145:18—The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 147:3—He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Jeremiah 29:11—”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Isaiah 43:19—See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Romans 8:38-39—For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 12:12—Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:13 —May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope.
2 Corinthians 3:17—Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Philippians 4:13—I can do all this through him who gives me strength
Hebrews 11:1—Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
James 1:12—Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him
Revelation 21:4—He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away
We very much appreciate your support of this outreach to God’s forgotten children behind prison walls. Your words have the power to impact these people’s lives and spark a desire
to learn more about Christ’s redemptive love.
Contact us: [email protected]
Christmas Card Program Leaders
Janet Moore – Kansas City
Rachelle Andres – Orlando, FL