Letter #10 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #10 of 30. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

When Adam and Eve first sinned, what was their response? It was to hide from God. What was God’s response? (Remember, He already knew what they did.) God went looking for them, calling out to them.

When we feel ashamed of our sin, we try to hide it from God, as if we could. But God never desires to be apart from us. He still calls for us, even when we have made mistakes.

Psalm 139 is a beautiful passage of scripture that perfectly describes God’s love for us in the midst of our brokenness and disobedience. God already knows every thought, every way, every word. There is nowhere we can go to get away from God’s Spirit. Verses 7-10 say if we go to Heaven, or if we make our bed in Hell, God is there.

Darkness and light are the same to God. He can see just as clearly about our heart’s condition when we are honest with Him, or when we hide things from Him. And through it all, He has precious thoughts toward us (verse 17).

We can trust God’s love for us so much, that it is safe to pray the prayer written in Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Sure, we have problems. But God loves us anyway. And He’s right there where we are at, ready to lead us to a better place.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 139

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

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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Letter #9 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #9 of 30. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Quiet times. Do you have them? What do you do with your quiet moments?

I’m a quiet person. I like being quiet. I like quiet people. I like loud people too, but I can only be around them for short periods of time because I like the quiet.

I have a family member who seems to be the exact opposite of me. She constantly has the TV going. If the TV isn’t going, she’s talking. It’s as if she doesn’t like the quiet. She even likes to sleep with the TV on.

Even when I’m quiet, sometimes my brain isn’t quiet. My brain is constantly processing everything in the past, present, and future. It’s difficult for me to turn my thoughts off. Do you ever experience that?

When things get quiet and settled down, it gives me a chance to listen to what my heart and mind need to say. It’s also a time when I can clear my thoughts from everything the world has sent my way, and take some time to listen to God and what He has to say.

In 1 Kings 19:11-12, the Bible describes the voice of God as a “still small voice.” Some people say that your conscience is the voice of God, that little voice that tells you what is wrong and what is right.

Every thought we have comes from one of three sources: God, the devil, or ourselves. If the thought we have is in line with the Bible, then it is from God or from ourselves as we seek to glorify God.

If the thought we have is a lie, or is against the Word of God, then it is from the devil. If we try to justify our thoughts or twist the Word of God to please ourselves, then we are falling into the devil’s trap of deception. Like with Eve, the devil tells us what he is saying is coming from God, but he’s lying.

When we are quiet, one of the best things we can do is meditate on the Word of God, the Bible. We can re-program our thoughts to be in-line with the Word of God.

What are your quiet thoughts saying to you today? Where are they coming from? What would God’s response be?

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
1 Kings 19:11-12

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I’m raising money to help pay for the prison ministry weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

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.

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.