The month of November, among other things, is Non-Profit Organization Appreciation Month. Non-Profit Organizations play a vital role in the daily lives and overall wellbeing of our nation and the world.
Although you may not realize it Non-Profit Organizations touch everyone's, including yours, life. Non-profits engage in innumerable activities. Non-Profit organizations feed, shelter and cloth those unable to provide for themselves: long and short term. Others provide medical care for those unable to afford it. Some non-profit organizations engage in medical research seeking cures for currently incurable disease. Many seek to influence the way the world is viewed and how people interact with one another. The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries falls into the later category of non-profit organization. The list of what non-profit organizations do is limitless and surely not exhausted here.
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has a passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, everywhere. Our mission is to support and encourage those who have acknowledged Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. For those who have never encountered Jesus Christ our desire is to introduce you too Him through the Gospels and a study of His word, the Holy Bible. Jesus teaches us that He is the way, the truth, and the life for all who come to Him with an open mind and a sincere heart. Our mission as a non-profit is to change the world for the better one person at a time through helping all come to Jesus Christ. We share our passion through our website: http://www.theforgivenessfoundation.org. Our website allows us to reach the world without leaving our office. Praise the Lord!
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has a burden. The burden is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every man and woman on death row in the United States of America. We do this by corresponding with death row inmates about anything they chose with the inmate knowing we will be sharing the Gospel with every letter.
As Christians the Bible instructs about our duty to care for all God's creation:
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, nor shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and alien: I am the Lord your God." (NRSV, Leviticus 19: 9-10) (The Hungry)
"And the crowds asked [John the Baptist], "What then should we do? In reply he said to them, "whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." (NRSV, Luke 3:10-11) (Clothing and Food)
"But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in Him?" (NAS, 1 John 3:17) (All Needs)
"I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and came to me. ... And the KIng [Jesus] will answer them, "truly, I say to you, as you did to the one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.”" (ESV, Matthew 25:36, 40) (All done to help mankind is done unto Jesus Christ Himself)
"And he [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole of creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”" (ESV, Mark 16:15-16) (Share the Gospel)
What is your passion? If you share the same passion and burden The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has I encourage you to pray for us and assist us in our ministry through your financial support.
You can make a gift online by clicking on the donate button situated on the left side of your computer screen. If you prefer to mail your gift you may make your check payable to: The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, P. O Box 25113, Washington D. C. 2027. We appreciate your support! (Your gift is tax deductible - The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)
Don't be lukewarm! Unleash your passion and let your love for Jesus Christ grow.
All non-profit organizations share one common characteristic: Their leaders, workers, and supporters are dedicated to and are enthusiastic about the cause the non-profit organization is pursuing. What is your passion? There is a non-profit organization in the United States that shares your passion! We encourage you to take the month of November, Non-Profit Organization Appreciation Month, to connect with a non-profit organization and pursue your passion.
Did Abraham always know he was going to father a nation? Did David always know he was going to be king? Did Jonah always know he was going to be a prophet for the Lord? Did Esther know that her being queen was going to save the Jews from extinction? God had plans for each of their lives - and yours! Like Abraham, David, Jonah, Esther, we may not know the plans the Lord has for us, but He has one!
In the Old Testament, God spoke to reveal His word and His plans to His chosen. How does God speak to us today? From the scriptures! We can only learn to hear Him through study of His word! Let us help you in your study! Every year, we at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, invite you to participate in our “52 Week Bible Reading Plan” (available here). By using this plan, you will, within one year, have completely read through the entire Bible! No matter if this is your first time - or one-hundredth time! - reading through the Bible, a daily study is the only way to hear God’s word!
Diligent study of God’s word does not end upon reading the Bible. As with any subject of study, once you have grasped the basics, you dig deeper and increase your learning! In addition to a brief commentary on each day’s reading, we also provide focus verses for each day. After reading the through the day’s passages, go back and re-read the focus verses. Contemplate on the questions asked. What questions does the text pose for you? Check back to our website, www.theforgivenessfoundation.org, for each day’s reading. If you miss a day, past commentary can be found under our “Scriptures” tab.
Additional, we provide a weekly verse or verses for study. Consider this passage each day as well. Pray, meditate, and reflect each day on the weekly verse or verses.
Our 2017 plan began on January 1, 2017, but it is never too late to join! The Bible is not a book to be read once, but a book to be read again and again (and again and again) - learning something new and gaining deeper understanding each time it is read! Join in our Bible study at any time and discover God’s plan for you!
Updated: November 21, 2017
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 11:00 am EST
Juan Edward Castillo is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-six-year-old Juan is convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia, Jr., on December 3, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas. Juan has spent the last 12 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Juan had previously worked as a cook and a laborer. He was previously convicted of deadly conduct with a firearm. During the trial, witnesses also testified that Juan was a violent man, threatening and beating the mother of his child. Additionally, he had previously shot a man during a road rage incident, boasted about similar crimes, and bragged about committing home invasions and robberies.
In December 2003, Juan Castillo was dating Debra Espinosa. Late on December 2, and during the early morning hours of December 3, 2003, the couple was with Francisco Gonzales, a friend of Castillo, and Gonzales’ girlfriend Teresa Quintero. The four of them created a plan to rob Tommy Garcia, Jr., with whom Espinosa had previously been intimate.
Espinosa was to take Tommy to secluded spot in a residential neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas. Castillo and Gonzales, in masks and armed with guns, would storm the car and rob Tommy. Espinosa would play along, as if she were a victim too. Quintero would serve as the get away driver from Castillo and Gonzales. During the ensuing robbery, Tommy was shot and killed by Castillo, according to the others.
Gonzales was arrested by the police as he fled from the scene, with Espinosa arrested a short time later. Both agreed to testify against Castillo in exchange for a reduced charge and a sentence of forty years in prison. Gonzales and Espinosa testified that Castillo took the lead in planning the robbery. They also testified that he was the person who shot and killed Tommy.
Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can anyone hope to separate themselves from the power of sin in this world. Through Him, all things are made new. For a complete listing of readings, please download our Bible Study.