Dear Prison Fellowship,
In your latest letter, with survey, you said you would like to get to know your supporters better. So I am writing this letter in response.
I do not consider myself a great supporter of Prison Fellowship as I have many monthly financial commitments. However, I have supported Prison Fellowship since its early days.
[Many years ago] I witnessed an accident involving Owen Davidson*. He was riding a stolen motor bike and crashed into an oncoming car at a T-intersection. He lay for a time on the road in front of my stationary car. (I was waiting for the car to pass that he hit as he sped past me). I thought he looked like a person no one could love. (Isn’t it strange the thoughts that enter your mind). Straight away God spoke to me and said, “I want you to pray for this person that he would come to know that I love him and that I can make something good & beautiful of his life.” I began to pray for him not knowing who he was. Nearly a year later I was summoned to appear at his court case, but in the end, I didn’t need to attend as he pled guilty. I then knew his name though.
When [a serious crime received significant media coverage], Owen’s name was mentioned on the news & I checked and sure enough he was the person I had continued to pray for.
I guess it’s nearly 30 years I have prayed for Owen. I never see any results but I know God doesn’t send us on fools’ errands and one day Owen will know how much God loves him, and God will “restore to him the years the locusts have eaten”.
So yes I am interested in Prison Fellowship ministry and give every now and then. I believe it is a wonderful ministry.
I am 83 years old and have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.
Blessings on your ministry, volunteers, and prisoners.
Yours in Christ,
Unbeknownst to Elsa, two Prison Fellowship volunteers have been visiting Owen regularly, since he entered prison. The beauty of the body of Christ is that each part has a vital role in the Great Commission. Without both prayer and action, the work of Prison Fellowship would be ineffective. Praise God for his faithfulness to Owen and for raising up workers for the harvest, both in prisons and in prayer.
*Names have been changed
To find out more about Prison Fellowship’s annual Week of Prayer, go to https://prisonfellowship.org.au/week-of-prayer/