We’re “visiting those in prison” with literature. It started two years ago with a prisoner in Oklahoma who wrote to us asking for books. We sent a package of free literature to him, only to have it returned by the prison – twice. The second time, we were told “only chaplains are allowed to receive packages at this facility.”
This started a plan to send packets of How to Be Free from Bitterness to prison chaplains across the country for distribution in their facilities. After a year of praying, we received several donations which allowed us to start on this project. Our goal is to send 10 English copies and 2 or more Spanish copies of the booklet to every chaplain in every state and federal prison in the U.S. We also include a letter offering more free copies, as many as they can use, provided we can cover the cost of printing. (It is very rare for chaplains to have funds to purchase materials for prisoners.)
We have been sending books to prisoners in response to specific requests for many years, but this is our first serious attempt to paper the country with copies of How to Be Free from Bitterness. So far, we have sent packages to all of the prisons in 11 states. The response has been overwhelming and positive, with chaplains and prisoners both writing to thank us and request more copies. The letter above is one of those responses.
How can you help? Please pray for the chaplains who are distributing the booklets and for the prisoners who receive them. We at CCM also need wisdom for counseling the prisoners – many are writing to ask for our advice for their spiritual growth, and many more are simply lonely. Please pray also that we would have the funds to continue this work; many of the chaplains are able to use hundreds of copies.
If you feel God is leading you to support this work financially, you can donate through the button below or send a check to CCM, P.O. Box 9754, Moscow, ID. Donations should be marked for “prisoner literature.”
Our two current stores are the The Brushfire Coffee House in Gunnison, Colorado, serving Western State College, and Oasis Books in Logan, Utah, serving Utah State University with Brad Schelke and Eldon Peterson on staff. Oasis is located on Center Street. It is attached to a bakery with access both from the street and from the bakery.
Here in Moscow, Rodger Boothman has succeeded Matt Meyer as director. In addition to his responsibilities as director, Rodger is our main evangelist for both Washington State University and the University of Idaho.
Our other evangelist is James Urquidez, whose beat is the county jail and other places where you will find drunks and druggies.
My present ministry is in my house. I see three to five people every day, some by appointment, and some just walk in. I have a bookcase full of free books. The rest of my time is spent writing letters, booklets, and books. To set up an appointment, call me at (208) 882-4383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CCM continues to publish books. All of our books will be available here on our website as well as on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. Many of the titles will also be available on the Olive Tree app.