Submitted by: Sandy Misshula
In January 2019, our church donated 24 devotional books call Jesus Calling to the women’s prison. The Chaplin recommended these books after Betty Barry and I asked the Chaplin for recommendations on how to help the ladies. The Chaplin at her discretion gave out the books.
In the months before Christmas 2019, our church donated items that would go into holiday gift bags to be distributed to the inmates in December. A total of 190 gift bags were given to the women at the prison. The bags included a pair of socks, two bars of soap, tissue packs, a washcloth and pencil erasers.
The prison chaplain left at the end of August 2019 that resulted in a great loss of guidance for our volunteer teachers. We went through several months of uncertainty, but a new Chaplin was hired in March 2020. I recently spoke to the new chaplain, and we are looking forward to new projects and ideas that will allow our church to be more involved.
One of the new projects will hopefully involve our church’s Ladies’ Ministry. We will soon be able to email the chaplain with our prayers for the women at the facility to include devotions and words of encouragement. The chaplain will upload these things to the ladies’ tablets so they can read them. If there are ladies who do not have access to tablets, the chaplain said she would make copies of the email and personally hand them out to those individuals.
The women’s prison was closed to volunteers on March 16 because of COVID19. Currently there is no sure date for re-opening, but we are hopeful for a return to active ministry.