From California Institution for Women
Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His continence upon thee, and give thee peace.
I just wanted to say hello, let you know how much we love you here and to express how we thoroughly enjoyed your Pastor. Wow! I wish he would’ve had more time. Prayerfully he will visit us again soon. Thank you for sharing him with us.
God bless you Act 13 family. We love with the love of Christ.
A letter received from a sister at CIW in February 2016
I would first like to express my gratitude to you and everyone who works or volunteers at Acts 13. I look forward to receiving mail from you. I am spirit filled reading the sermons, I have and have all of them in folder. I bring them out and utilize as a sharing opportunity when I see a fellow peer needs an uplifting in the word. I love being able to reflect back on the past topics you’ve covered over the past few years. I have been receiving mail from you since 2013. I also am grateful for the calendars you’ve sent me each year. I recycle the calendars by using the photos to make various crafts at year’s end. Being in a cell with stark white walls the photos add color and bring much needed inspiration. I appreciate your devotion in continuing to provide prison outreach. I have taken classes to learn how to be a leader in Ministry. I have learned that God has a purpose for each of us. I look forward to using my purpose each & every day. I want to share the Good News with people when I see pain, hurt, strife, and struggle on their faces. I am a teacher and a tutor. I receive a great reward when a student grasps the love, depth, and sacrifice God has made for us all.
So that is my primary reason for wanting to write to you. I wanted you to know that I’ve been your student and I’ve learned and grown so much in God’s word since you started supporting me by sending me the topical messages, sermons and further study questions. You have answered many questions I have had through your thorough, in depth, typed, works. I thank you and appreciate your leadership in directing me in the only book I need, the Bible. I always take the time to look up the scriptures you’ve referenced. Your work is so important, I hope you feel supported as well. God is good, all the time. May God bless you and the entire body (church) as I continue to keep you in my prayers.
Parts of a letter received from a sister in one of the institutions received in December 2015
Thank you for such a wonderful service yesterday, and please thank the whole Acts 13 family for their prayers.
I also need to let you know how much the literature means to me. Pastor Fred wrote 2 papers that really helped me to overcome my latest deepest valley. One paper was “Waiting and Prayer,” the other was “Open Ears” I don’t know how long they have been sent, I simply know they were a blessing to me. Thank you, so much. Just wanted you to know your endeavors are not in vain.
Parts of a letter received in December 2015
Dear sisters and brothers of Act 13
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I was so blessed to get the letter from you. It arrived the day before my 37th birthday? what a gift! Thank you for encouraging words. At a time when I really needed uplifting God was right on time.
Letter of encouragement from a dear sister who is in one of the correctional institutions in California
I am doing very well! I love life every day and I see great purpose for me here now and being prepared like Joseph! Your Ministry is such a great blessing to us! We are soooo honored to have you come see us all year long! I have been seeing your ministry for 2 years now! I am beginning to feel like family! And it’s because you make me feel that way