Letter #29 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #29 of 36. 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 ______,

So many of us seek for “God’s will” for our lives as if that were a destination we arrive at. The truth is, we should seek to walk in God’s will throughout our journey of life. God’s will isn’t a destination. It is a state of being as we live life.

How do we know we are living in God’s will? Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 tells us, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

So what does God want from our daily lives? The answer is in Micah 6:8, “He has told you what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to act justly, and to love mercy and kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Fear God, keep His commandments, act justly, love mercy and kindness, and walk humbly with God. When we focus on pleasing God in these ways, He will lead us deeper into His love and we will grow closer to Him daily.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Micha 6:8

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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 #28 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #28 of 36. 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 ______,

I went to visit my brother today. He is a Georgia state prisoner. His attitude always amazes me. He keeps his focus on the positive as much as possible.

Today I was telling him I started taking several vitamins. I started listing them out… B6, B12 . . . He interrupted me with, “Better watch out, you’ll turn into a BINGO card!”

He caught me so off guard. I was so not expecting that! I shared his line with the family and friends online and many people responded with laughs.

It wasn’t easy to laugh when my brother first went to prison. It’s still not easy many days, but through these past few years, I’m learning to appreciate the little things and find joy even in the toughest situations.

You can survive by keeping your head above water, but keeping laughter in your heart is the key to thriving.

Job 8:21 (NLT) says, “He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman

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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.

Letter #27 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #27 of 36. 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 ______,

I’ve been praying about a situation that’s been on-going for a while in my life. I have been seeking full-time work. Today I received an email asking if I could be in Texas in two days for a face-to-face interview. I emailed back asking for an online interview if that is possible. Then I went to take a nap.

Before falling asleep, I prayed about the situation. As I slept, God gave me an answer. He told me that if they try to rush me, not to go. If they can’t wait, or make an accommodation, then I don’t need to re-arrange my life for them. If they are in a rush, that’s not my issue. My job is to honor my commitments, and what God has placed in my hands.

I feel at peace with the word I received. I know it was the Lord because He gives me rest, and He leads with a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12). We can be in such a hurry to get what we want, that we miss the voice of God. The Bible says His sheep know His voice and follow Him (John 10:27).

Stop pushing for what you’re praying for, trust the Lord will work it out. You are His child and He loves you. He is all powerful. Let Him fight the battle.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman

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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.

Letter #26 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #26 of 36. 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 ______,

Have you ever heard the saying “the truth hurts”? Sometimes truth does hurt, but sometimes it’s exactly what we need to hear.

Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

I had a friend tell me some truths he felt very strongly. I didn’t fully agree with what he had to say, but I appreciated that he was brave enough to tell me what he was really feeling. I acknowledged his feelings and thanked him for being honest with me. I told him I wasn’t sure how I would handle the situation, but that I appreciated his friendship and respected him.

Have you ever been in the place where you were the friend that had to speak the truth, and were afraid of hurting your friend? Have you ever been the one on the receiving end of a truth that hurt to hear?

I hope and pray that you will not lose your friend over the situation. You will have to decide what is most important, risking losing your friend and telling the truth? Or losing your friend because you are hurt and angry they took a risk and told you the truth?

True friends are honest, even when it hurts. Go forward with love and forgiveness. Make amends with your friend, and keep the friendship honest.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Proverbs 27:6

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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.

Letter #25 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #25 of 36. 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 ______,

My friend posted a funny story on Facebook today. Her neighbor, who has been banned from coming over to my friend’s house, went to their other neighbor and complained that he could smell their dog’s poo from that morning. He was complaining that he smelled it coming from their yard – it wasn’t even in his yard!

The other neighbor then texted my friend’s husband letting him know what the complaining neighbor said. My friends just had to laugh at the text. You see, they’ve been going through some very terrible things–cancer in three family members, one passing away–and here was their neighbor coming up at the worst possible time and complaining their dog had pooped.

Why is it that some people complain about petty things in life that don’t even matter? They make a big deal and try to control other people, making everyone around them miserable.

I sent my friend a text with Proverbs 25:17. It says, “Seldom set your foot in your neighbor’s house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.”

If you have a neighbor like my friend’s neighbor, I’m sorry. If you are a neighbor like my friend’s neighbor, I’m praying you will heed the wisdom of Proverbs 25:17.

Either way, run to God and talk to Him about what’s wrong in your life. Bring the people that get on your nerves to the Lord. Ask Him to soothe your frustrations and to give you peace and patience to ride the situation out. It will not always be like that. Things will change.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Proverbs 25:17

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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.

Letter #24 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #24 of 36. 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 ______,

I have two little dogs, Danny and Darla. They are dachshunds. I like to call them weenie dogs. When they come in panting from being outside in the heat, I ask them if they are “hot dogs.” When the come in cold in the winter, I ask them if they are “chilli dogs.” 🙂

They are my sweethearts. When I’m working at my computer, they are always at my feet. They like to sleep under my desk behind the trashcan where it’s safe and cozy. There is something secure about the feeling of having a safe space to hide.

God understands our need to feel safe, and He provides Himself as our safe place. Psalm 17:8-9 says, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”

Can you imagine a bird with her chicks, how she keeps them safe and dry in a rain storm by keeping them under her wings? That’s what God does for us spiritually when we hide in Him.

Psalms 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Rest in the fact that God is watching over you. He is your Strength, Salvation, and Song of Deliverance.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 17:8-9 and 32:7

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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.

Letter #23 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #23 of 36. 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 ______,

Do you, or someone you know, like to draw? There’s a new trend happening with artists; it’s called Bible Journaling. What they do is as they meditate on a scripture verse or passage, they begin to draw whatever comes to their minds. There are some really beautiful creations.

They actually draw and use colored pencils or watercolor paints right onto the page in their Bibles. Some Bible companies are making Bibles with a really wide margin so that the Bible journaling people can draw in the margin – the drawings usually always still go on top of some of the text.

I’m not a great artist, but I still enjoy Bible journaling. I don’t do my drawings directly into my Bible because I’m afraid I’ll mess up! But I do have a separate journal I use just for my Bible drawings. I was making one drawing every night for a while.

A friend of mine was just talking to me about Isaiah 61:3 – the “beauty for ashes” verse. Apparently, back in the day, people would take ashes and add colors from berries or other natural sources, mix in some water, and create paint. They would make beautiful paintings from the ashes. God does that with us too. He can turn what we think of as a pile of ashes into a beautiful creation.

Try Bible Journaling. See what you think!

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Isaiah 61:3

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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.

Letter #22 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #22 of 36. 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 ______,

Do you have a Bible? If not, we can get you one if you want one. Have you ever tried to read the Bible through? It’s not an easy task. I have done it one time, but it took me a year. I do try to read at least a verse in my Bible every day. Somedays I read a lot more or focus on a particular book or passage of scripture.

My favorite way to read the Bible is a little bit of Psalms and Proverbs every day. In fact, there are exactly 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, so if you read one chapter in Proverbs every day, you can read the book of Proverbs in one month. I used to read the book of Proverbs over and over again – a chapter each day, once a month.

Reading the Bible every day is like taking a multi-vitamin for your soul. It keeps you balanced and gives you the strength you need to make it through the day without depleting all of your energy.

I hope you will consider starting this “One-A-Day” routine with me. As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we shall be filled. The Bible is the source to fill our souls with life and health.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Matthew 5:6

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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.

Letter #21 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #21 of 36. 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 ______,

I’m sitting here with an ice-pack strapped to my face. I bit my lip the other day and the swelling seems like it is getting worse. I was not sure what I was going to write to you about, but I for sure thought it would not be my ice-pack and swollen lip. But then I randomly opened my Bible and this is the verse I saw:

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth: Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

It’s circled in my Bible. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I happened to have this ice-pack strapped over my mouth at the moment. I think it is a confirmation from God that I need to watch what I say.

It’s a fitting time too, because today someone is coming over to stay at my house for a week, and I’m a little concerned that I might say something I should not. It’s so easy to do when personalities clash . . .

I’m sure you’ve experienced something similar. I am praying the Lord would help us both to keep quiet when we need to. Maybe I should keep this ice-pack strapped on all week!

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 141:3

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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.

Letter #20 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #20 of 36. 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 ______,

Have you seen the popular way to paint furniture nowadays? It’s to make it look “distressed.” There are all sorts of “how to” and Do It Yourself articles and videos on the internet and in magazines to teach us how to make “an instant antique.”

The distressed look is also popular when it comes to jeans and hairstyles. Do you know someone who has bought a brand new pair of jeans that has perfectly ripped holes in them? You can actually learn how to fix your hair in a “messy bun.”

What’s the deal with messy and distressed being popular? Maybe it is because life isn’t perfect, and we don’t feel “put together” inside.

No matter what we look like on the outside, there is only One way to put our lives in order, and that is by lining up to the Word of God. When we find our lives in distress, we can turn to the God of order who can pull us back together again. Allow Him to turn your stress and distress into peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
1 Corinthians 14:33

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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.