Imagine you’re cut off from the world, and a letter you wrote to a spiritual mentor weeks ago is still sitting unread.
That’s the reality for many Spanish-speaking prisoners in the US who are Bible study students with Crossroads Prison Ministries.
Crossroads has a Bible study correspondence program for students in prison to go through with a mentor outside of prison. The Bible study program is offered in English and Spanish. By writing letters and going through the program, students and mentors build relationships and grow spiritually.
However, around 1,000 completed Spanish Bible studies and letters are sitting in the Crossroads office — still waiting to go out to Christian mentors.
Jose Pichardo, the mentor training manager with Crossroads explains, “Unfortunately, we don’t have as many Spanish-speaking people available to help us with that backlog. Those lessons and all those questions that those men and women have are just sitting in the office currently.
“We strive to be a relational ministry through our letters, but the reality is that we have an eight-week backlog. That means lessons usually sit in our office two months before they can even go out to a mentor that can review that lesson and write an encouraging letter to that man or woman behind bars.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the spiritual encouragement of Spanish-speaking prisoners as they wait for mentors to respond.
- Ask God to lead more Spanish-speaking mentors to join Crossroads Prison Ministries.