Did you know that people go to jail 11 million times a year? This year alone there are over two MILLION people in this country entering or remaining in the prison system, numbers which include state and federal prisons as well as local jails. These men and women face day after day behind bars, many feeling far from the comfort of their friends and families. Even worse, many feel cut off from God’s grace. Anger and hopelessness abound in prison.
And while 641,000 inmates are released and under correctional supervision, many of these folks are not much better off than they were in the prison system. Many have lost their jobs, their families, their hope, losses that lead to a tremendous amount of recidivism or repeat offenses.
Help for Those Trapped in Darkness
Forever Forgiven Ministries wants to turn this pattern around by turning hopelessness, despair by introducing prisoners to new life in Christ.
Our ministries are based on the promise of 2 Corinthians 5:17 : “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We believe that anyone who finds the grace offered by our Lord Jesus Christ can not only become fully functioning citizens of society, but also become evangelists in their own communities.
God has a plan for every life!
Prisoner Renewal Ministries
While much of our ministry takes place within the walls of the prison, we are developing new forms of outreach to offer continuing programs to keep released inmates growing in Christ, offering assistance through positive role models, ongoing correspondence, and counseling.
Our current ministries include:
- Bible Ministry – Purchasing and distributing hard-to-obtain study Bibles to inmates in need of God’s word
- Prison Ministry – Holding weekly Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring
- Letters of Compassion –Writing motivating and inspiring letters to the men and women who want to build a relationship with Jesus Christ
- Sermon/Lecture Ministry – Spreading God’s Word and building awareness about the need for God’s presence in our prison systems
To learn more about Forever Forgiven Ministries or to find out how you can get involved, please call 570-966-7017. We would love to talk to you about our mission!
One of the primary goals of Forever Forgiven Ministries is to obtain and distribute individual study Bibles to every prisoner.
Bringing Light to the Darkest Souls
Do you turn to the Bible for guidance and comfort? Daily delving into God’s good news can be one of the most rewarding and life-changing things you can participate in. It feeds your mind and soothes your spirit. More importantly, it can keep you firmly set on the right path, guiding you and illuminating the way to avoid stumbling blocks. As Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Unfortunately, for those in prison – those who need it the most – finding and reading a Bible can be difficult, if not impossible.
Why? There are several obstacles presented an inmate desiring to read the Bible including:
- Restricted access to prison libraries
- High costs of new copies and limited funds to purchase them with
- Limits on the number of books inmates can possess at a time
- The banning of hardcover books
- Severe damage to existing Bibles including torn, defaced, and missing pages
Clearly, the relief and salvation found in God’s word is hard to come by.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 : All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Each of us on the Forever Forgiven Ministries team has seen the transformative power of scripture on prisoners, and we want to be sure that every inmate has access to the light, comfort, truth, and training so richly available in those holy pages. Won’t you help? Call 570-966-7017 to learn more.
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Do you attend a weekly worship service? How about a Bible study? If you do, you know how faith-affirming hearing and studying God’s love letter to the fallible human race can be.
This is the gift Forever Forgiven Prison ministries aims to bring to our incarcerated brothers and sisters through in-prison group Bible studies and one-on-one mentorship. Jesus came to minister to sinners. We are here to follow in his steps.
Turning Lives Around
Imagine that you have never heard the Good News of Jesus’ love. Imagine you have never held a Bible. Imagine that you are locked away from home and family, locked in darkness, locked, not only in jail but also in the prison of your own soul. That is the experience of many inmates right here in the United States.
We rejoice daily in the truth that God can set even the most trapped mind free and soften even the hardest heart. In Christ, all things can become new: “18 Do not remember the former things,nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Is. 43:18-19)
Our God is life changing!
Forever Forgiven currently offers weekly Bible studies in five prisons, but we are growing and expanding as rapidly as working within the prison system allows. It is our hope and prayer to bring these Bible studies, along with our one-on-one mentoring, guidance, and support ministries, to every prison in Pennsylvania and all over the United States, to help as many inmates as possible find salvation and grow in their Christian faith.
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Letters Of Compassion
One of the most personal and effective ways Forever Forgiven ministers to prisoners is through our Letters of Compassion.
The Importance of Personal Contact
Feelings of isolation are a severe problem for inmates. Contact with the outside world can be difficult and costly: visits and telephone calls can be prohibitively expensive. Because of this, mail is precious, one of the most reliable ways to feel in touch with the world beyond prison walls.
The truth is, mail from the outside world is not only a solace, it can also offer a certain level of security – other prisoners and staff are made aware of the fact that someone cares and is paying attention. Reports indicate that prisoners who regularly receive mail are less likely to be targeted for abuse.
“7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. 8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.” (Psalm 146:7-9)
A Constant Christian Support System
When a prisoner receives Forever Forgiven Ministries Letters of Compassion, he or she receives more than communication and protection – they receive the nourishment of God’s word and personal, one-on-one mentorship with one of our staff. The ultimate goal of correspondence is to further spiritual growth by answering questions, imparting wisdom, and showing support. Ultimately the goal is to inspire and motivate inmates to build an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ during incarceration and after release.
Do you feel led to help these prisoners? Talk to us about opportunities to get involved.
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Would you like to learn more about Forever Forgiven Ministries? Why not invite one of our speakers to visit your church, Sunday School, or Bible study? We hope you will be inspired by the story of the ministry’s beginnings and moved by the spiritual needs of U.S. prisoners.
The Dramatic Story of Forever Forgiven
Our founder, Ted Cresswell was in prison himself, separated from his church, his family, even from access to a usable Bible. Ted had never been incarcerated before, and the experience was disorienting and lonely.
Nevertheless, The Lord was with him and revealed how the choices Ted had made in the past did not have to define his future. “God was looking out for me from the first day to the last day of my incarceration. He had a plan for my life! One that I would never have imagined He would have for me… to that point, I always had to be in control, but now all self-control was stripped away from me, and the only one I could look to was Jesus.” As fellow inmate after fellow inmate shared their stories of literal and spiritual incarceration with Ted, he began to see a need – one that he could fill even after his prison term was completed.
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Our speaking events are designed to bring awareness to the needs of prisoners – the need for salvation and redemption. These sermons or lectures also give you the opportunity to hear Ted’s remarkable story, discover how our ministry is bringing Christ into prisons, and find out how you too can become involved in growing our programs and outreach. Is God calling you?
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