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Lives are truly being impacted by the prison outreaches around the world. During Joyce's last women's conference in St. Louis, Missouri, several of the women came to express their gratitude for being helped while incarcerated through Joyce Meyer Ministries.
One of the ladies we had visited quite frequently while she was incarcerated told us the services and books we gave her had made a powerful impact in her life—preparing her to face the challenges for her future.
To date we have reached 2,200,296 inmates, distributing hygiene gift bags, which include personal care items, an encouraging note and one of Joyce's books. We've visited inmates in all 50 states, every Central American country, all of the Canadian provinces and a total of 35 countries worldwide. In all we have seen 104,938 come to Christ at the services we have been privileged to hold.
I receive so many letters from inmates we've reached, letting us know the importance of what we are doing. Here are just two of those stories...
"I had my first alcohol around age six. By age 14 I was drinking all the time. In 2001 I beat a man with a brake drum from a car, and went to prison. While in prison I received a care package. (I still have the bottle of "God Bless You" shampoo.)
"Two months ago, I was again searching for a way to be free from the bondage of alcohol and started reading the Bible and watching preachers on TV, including Joyce. Luke 12:31 says, "But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you." Today I have no desire to drink. God delivered me from the bondage of alcohol. Thanks Joyce! Praise God Almighty!!"
"In 1999 I went to prison for several crimes of forgery and fraud. I knew the Bible, but had become the prodigal daughter who found myself pregnant and alone while facing the endless days of being behind bars. After giving birth to my daughter and having her taken away at two days old, I was taken back to prison. All I wanted to do was end my life and I tried. One evening in my deepest hurt I was scanning through TV and I saw your show was about Beauty for Ashes. I also heard you mention the book. I wrote the ministry, and it was sent to me.
"For the next seven years while incarcerated I would read [Joyce's] books and then would pass them on to others. I would like to say I never strayed from God again… but it's not so. However, God never left me, I left Him. I continued living life how I felt I needed to—just playing church—not living in the fulfillment of all God had for my life until 2011. I am now in ministry. Joyce Meyer Ministries has been a catalyst in my healing and recovery and has impacted me deeply."
These are just two of the many lives being impacted through prison ministry—an outreach you are helping make possible through your prayers and support. Thank you so much for helping us reach the hearts of inmates all around the world.
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.