Inmates Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

from Sep 25, 2020 Category: Ministry News

The need is urgent to reach those within prison walls with the comfort and truth of God’s Word. Prison inmates, chaplains, and volunteers have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are requesting resources from Ligonier to help them think biblically in this challenging season.

One inmate wrote in:

“Once again, I thank you for the marvelous tool of Tabletalk magazine, a matchless instrument for those who really want to learn the Word of God and, like me, have no church because of COVID-19. I’m spiritually hungry, and my source of the spiritual truths of Scripture is through Tabletalk, which you have been able to bless me with faithfully.”

Prisoners across the United States need your help now more than ever.

  • As a result of COVID-19, inmates are even more isolated than usual, leading to depression and suicidal tendencies.
  • Inmates are not allowed visits from family or volunteers.
  • Chaplains who work at facilities are limited in their contact with inmates, preventing adequate ministry opportunities.
  • Chapel services and Bibles studies are canceled or limited in size and frequency.

Thomas, a Correctional Officer in Kentucky, wrote:

“Many of our inmates have benefitted from and have changed their lives due to the local church and pastor volunteers that have come in the past to teach and worship with them. Our problem is that we need the resources for our library that all our inmates will have access to in the area of biblical knowledge and spiritual growth, especially during this time that the volunteers are not allowed to enter the prison complex.”

Every day, we receive dozens of letters like this one. Prisoners and chaplains are asking for help, but the need is greater than our current funding can serve. Without your support, many will struggle to access the resources they need to grow. But with your help, gospel ministry can flourish inside these facilities.

That’s why Ligonier launched the Truth for Inmates campaign to raise funds to supply theologically sound resources to inmates and the chaplains who minister to them across the country. Ligonier seeks to send resources to as many prisoners as possible in order to help them grow in Christ—even behind bars.

We are thrilled to announce that a generous Ligonier supporter has offered a seed gift of $25,000 to our Truth for Inmates four-day campaign. As we are looking to raise $80,000 in total, we ask that you consider joining in our efforts to raise an additional $55,000 to meet the needs of our prison outreach during this pandemic and into 2021. Will you help reach this goal?

Your gift will allow us to respond to the over 4,500 letters a year we receive from inmates. These letters result in over 3,500 Reformation Study Bibles, 800 free-of-charge subscriptions to Tabletalk, various other teaching resources, and theological correspondence. In addition to continuing this yearly resourcing, we are also working to produce paperback editions of La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma for Spanish-speaking inmates.

Think of the impact your donation will have as these inmates study the truth of God’s Word and, by His grace, see their minds renewed and lives transformed. Indeed, this is the only comfort that will sustain them in this trying time.

Cody, an inmate in Texas, wrote to Ligonier Ministries after studying The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul:

“Thank you so much for sending those copies of Dr. Sproul’s book. Many men in here do not receive much of anything, and so such a free gift means a lot. And how much more since it spreads the Word of God! Thank you for your contributions, and thank you for not giving up on us; change by God is possible and is happening!”

You can help Cody and many others when you donate to the Truth for Inmates campaign this month. Please consider supporting this outreach. Together, we can fulfill the admonition to “remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them” (Heb. 13:3). Thank you.