We're Looking for Penpals!
An Encouraging Word Ministry is looking for penpals to Christian prisoners. This is a wonderful opportunity to be the hands and heart of God by merely investing in a stamp. Encouraging Word is a wonderful opportunity for adults who enjoy writing or emailing, as projects for share groups or Sunday school classes, as well as individuals who have busy schedules. It only takes a moment to write a note to a very lonely, often neglected Christian brother or sister. Assignments are women to women and men to men only; based upon the Stephen Ministry model of companioning others.
Lifting Up Others With an Encouraging Word
An Encouraging Word Ministry is a one-to-one correspondence ministry to Christians who are incarcerated and provides encouragement and written companionship. Through the mail, by the use of personal letters full of scripture and personal prayers, Encouraging Word Ministry uses professionally designed brochures, original cards for Christmas, Easter and Birthdays to send hope to those who need it most. As a non-denominational, Christian, Biblically based ministry, An Encouraging World is a registered 501(c)3 organization launched on November 15, 2013 from St. John’s Lutheran Church. An Encouraging Word Ministry has an independent board, pastoral advisors, and lay members and is currently a registered international prison correspondence ministry serving 375 Christian men and women in 50 prisons in 20 states.
Currently, 60 men and women Encouraging Word volunteers, called Encouragers, gather for educational seminars, signing parties, quarterly meetings, and fundraising events. Volunteers do not need professional training, state regulated training, or be professional counselors or ministers. They need to CARE! Financial commitment is limited to postage when mailing correspondences. Time commitment is adjusted to personal schedules and not tracked. Identity of volunteers is protected through the use of a Ministry P.O. Box and only first names are used.
For more info, please go to www.prisonministry.net/encourage.