On March the 8th 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation A Prison Release Ministry was formed as a non-profit Christian organization with the express purpose of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every man and woman sentenced to die for crime committed in the United States of America. Since March 8, 2005, thousands of letters, Christmas, and birthday cards have been sent to the men and women who are serving time on death row. Our ministry is simple: we share God's love for them through Jesus Christ in letter and pray for a reply. Every reply receives a personal response to the letter received addressing the concerns or conversation in the letter received. We are not timid. We tell them we are about Jesus, all about Jesus. This does not stop us from exchanging letters with a Muslim who wants to exchange letters but is fearful we will drop him because of his faith. We will exchange letters with him until he tells us to stop. Our ministry to the death row inmates has grown to contacting Chaplains regarding spiritual needs of an inmate or contacting prison administration when an inmate complains that his/her health needs are not being met. All we pray is that the love of Jesus Christ shows through us.
Little did we know that this letter writing ministry would take on the dimension of spiritual counseling to the families who call regarding an inmate who is getting close to his execution date. I will never forget the first call we received. It was from the twenty-year old daughter of an inmate from Oklahoma. He had never written to us but had shared the letters with his daughter who called to ask us to pray for her father and for her to have the strength to endure her father’s execution only a few days away. It turns out that first call was not our last but I will never forget that call or the daughter and the father who was put to death three days later. I thank the Lord that we were there to pray with and for her.
I could go on and on about what we do, but the truth is that without your prayers and financial support we can do nothing. Would you like to share the love of Jesus? We can use your help.
Pray for us! That’s right! Pray for us. Every letter that leaves our office has an express purpose and we pray that the letter we send meets that purpose. It may be a letter that nudges someone toward salvation. It may be a letter that makes an inmate decide against suicide. It may be a letter that supports and shows love. God has a purpose for every letter we mail and although we prayerfully seek God’s guidance in our response to letters we receive it is awesome to know that we have prayer warriors seeking God’s direction and purpose for every letter that leaves Charlottesville for a prison.
Although we do not get a lot of phone calls from family members, the calls are challenging and the very first thing we do after answering the call and getting a little information from the caller is to pray with them before continuing our conversation. We need prayer for God’s wisdom in handling those calls. Consider being a prayer warrior for The Forgiveness Foundation.
The Forgiveness Foundation is totally supported by gifts of fellow believers in Christ Jesus. Every piece of paper, every ink cartridge, every birthday and Christmas card, every envelop, every postage stamp, the office rent, the telephone, internet and web site is paid for by generous gifts from fellow believers in Christ Jesus. If you are not already a contributor to The Forgiveness Foundation I encourage you to seek the Lord’s direction in considering making a regular gift to our ministry. Follow His direction.
Thank you for taking the time to check out our web site. May God bless.
If you would like to make a contribution to The Forgiveness Foundation you may do so by check, debit or credit card. Checks should be made payable to The Forgiveness Foundation and mailed to:
The Forgiveness Foundation
100 2nd Street NW
P. O. Box 2634
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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