We are happy you are
interested in the Pen Pal Ministry. “The harvest is plentiful,
but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37. Many inmates are already
Christians and some are new Christians. There are unsaved inmates
who are in need of that someone to show them how to be born again.
We are so blessed and privileged to be allowed to lead many inmates
to the Lord. They all need encouragement and prayer!
Since we started keeping record by computer in 2000,
we have ministered to over 6,500 inmates in over 1,500 institutions
in all 50 states as well as England; Thailand; and Zambia, Africa
with our pen pal ministry, our intercessory prayer, and our correspondence
The Pen Pal Ministry has over 100 volunteers. Twenty-five
of those volunteers serve as intercessors (along with many others)
for prayer requests of inmates. At this time, we have volunteers
in 14 different states across the US.
Most inmates we minister to are lonesome from non correspondence.
They are sometimes deserted by their families when they become
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Does the inmate have to know my name and whereabouts?
Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, we ask you to use a nickname.
All inmates mail are sent to the church post office box for your
Do I need special training? Training is provided
and support is on going. We are always available for guidance
I don’t have anything in common with an inmate.
What can I say to them? You will receive the inmate’s
application which includes his born again testimony, hobbies and
his spiritual needs.
How much time is required of me? On the average,
the inmate writes once a month and it may take you no longer than
30 minutes to an hour to write them back. You can also type your
letters if you like.
Do I have to belong to Evangel to be a pen pal?
We have pen pals from many other states and churches. We welcome
all born again believers.
Can I visit or call the inmate? No. Each prison
facility has many restrictions such as: no photos, no visits,
no money sent, no phone calls, no stamps, and no books from the
pen pal volunteers. We could possibly lose our good standing with
the prison facility if these rules were violated.
What if I get too busy one month to write? You
may want to send a greeting card and let them know you will write
soon. Or you can send various Christian articles along with a
I am very busy, do I have to come to meetings?
No. The best part of being a pen pal is that you can have your
own ministry right out of your own home. It’s a great ministry
for shut-ins, stay at home moms, the handicapped, someone who
has no transportation, retirees, people who have free time on
their job, or for someone who wants to be in ministry but has
little time for ministry meetings, events, fundraisers, etc.
What can I expect to receive out of this ministry?
According to one of our volunteers, “You will receive blessings
on top of blessings, new friends, the joy of being used by God
in the life of a needy person…. small things I have said
in a letter are appreciated beyond my wildest expectations!....
that’s when I know the Holy Spirit is working through me
and this ministry!”
We are constantly in need of more pen pal volunteers.
At this moment we have many new letters from inmates waiting in
our office for volunteers to begin writing them. Some of our volunteers
are writing to as many as 30 or 40 inmates because we just don't
have enough help. God is truly bringing in a harvest through this
ministry - and we need workers to help bring it in!
If you think you might be interested in helping in this
area of our ministry, please fill out the Volunteer
Information Form, or if you have any questions not answered
by this page, please call 502-964-3304, ext. 1227. If we are not
immediately available, please leave us a message and we will get
right back to you. If you have email, you may email us with your
question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God Bless you!