Letter #8 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #8 of 30. Every woman who attends Kiaros prison ministry will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare to go and serve these women.

piper.jpgHave you heard of the cycle of abuse? Or the cycle of addiction? Sometimes we are on the receiving end; sometimes on the giving end.

I never considered these cycles when it came to my relationship with God until today. I am always saying “I’m sorry” and going right back to the same old sin.

The book of Hosea in the Bible tells the story of a prophet (Hosea) who God called to a very unconventional life. God told Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Hosea loved Gomer, married her, and brought her into his home.

There was a problem though: the woman was restless. Bored. Gomer left her husband and went back to being a prostitute.

But Hosea didn’t stop loving Gomer. In fact, he pursued her even more. He went and bought her back out of prostitution and took her back home. He forgave her, and continued to love her even though she continued to make mistakes.

God has a reason for sending Hosea to love Gomer. The point was for Hosea’s life to be a picture of God’s love for us. God loves us with the same kind of unconditional love Hosea loved Gomer with.

That’s how God loves you. That’s how God loves me. We keep messing up, going back to old idols, and sinning. But God relentlessly pursues us. He loves us with an everlasting love.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Jeremiah 31:3

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I’m raising $150 to pay for one female inmate to attend the Kiaros prison ministry I’m volunteering at. It may not seem like a lot of money, and you may think I should just pay it myself, but I can’t pass up this opportunity to share the blessing of having you join with me in prayer and support for this weekend. As well, if you understood the time, energy, and travel commitments of each of us volunteers, you would understand why I’m asking for help in raising the financial piece.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

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