Letter #35 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #35 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 like to read? I love to read. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Have you ever noticed mistakes in a book? I do. Every book has at least one mistake in it – even best-sellers have mistakes.

It’s nearly impossible to make a book perfect because human beings are the ones writing it and editing it. Even when computers are involved, there are still mistakes.

That’s how it is when we are living life. We need God’s grace because we are human and we make mistakes. We will never be perfect, and that is OK. Like a book with a mistake here and there, we can still be effective.

Your faith journey is like a book, and Jesus is the author, editor, and publisher (Hebrews 12:2 says He is the “author and finisher of our faith”). He wrote the story we believe in. He didn’t just write it, He lived it. He came, lived, died, and rose again so that we can have new life.

Our faith story IS His story! Our lives bring Him glory as He saves us by His grace. Keep your eyes on the Lord and your life will becoming a living book “known and read” by the people whose hearts are touched by your witness (2 Corinthians 3:2).

You are the only Bible some people may read. Allow the Holy Spirit to live and love through you.

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 #34 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #34 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 ______,

Did you ever watch the Disney cartoon, Bambi? My favorite line of the whole movie is where the bunny, Thumper, tells Bambi, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

It’s hard to control our mouths when we are frustrated. Usually when I’m frustrated, even if I try to be nice, my words come out wrong and my frustration shows itself. If we can’t say something nice, it’s better not to say anything at all

Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent (wise).”

Take your words to God before you take them to other people. He will give you His words, which are sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103).

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Proverbs 17:28 and Psalm 119:103

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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 #33 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #33 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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Last night, I was talking to a friend about the power of our words. What we say shapes what we believe, and our experience of life. Our words are powerful.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

The Bible also says our tongues are small, but can change the direction of our lives. Just like a ship’s rudder is small, and the bit in a horse’s mouth is small, but both have the power to change direction. In the same way, the tongue is like a spark that can set a forest on fire (James 3:3-5).

Watch the words that come out. They will create your world.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Proverbs 18:21 and James 3:3-5

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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 #32 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #32 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 accidentally bit my lower lip. The cut was bad and developed into a painful sore. At first, I swished with peroxide. Then, I started using a numbing medication. Finally, I broke down and went to the old-fashioned salt water rinse multiple times a day. A week and a half later, it’s finally starting to heal.

I did everything I could to avoid the salt water rinse because it hurts! Sometimes caring for the wound is even more painful than actually receiving the wound, maybe because our wounds are raw, and infection is setting in.

The same principal applies to heart-wounds. Sometimes God needs to touch the wound, to pour in the salt water, and it hurts! Even though it’s the best thing for us, we often don’t want the pain of caring for our wounds.

Bear through the pain. Allow your salty tears to flow. God will rinse out all the infection from your spirit, heal you, and make you whole. It may require time and rinsing out the heart every day for a while, but it is worth it.

God will forgive all your sins and heal all your diseases (Psalm 103:3).

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 103:3

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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 #31 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #31 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 ______,

When life breaks us down, God builds us up.

A friend of mine recently gave a great analogy for life after divorce. He said, a storm comes in and knocks the house down. You build a new house later on the same land.

It may not be a divorce that you’re facing, but there are many devastating life events that can destroy your “house.”  Don’t give up hope, even though it may feel like all is lost. You can rebuild, and rebuild on a solid foundation–Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus said that anyone who follows His teachings is wise, and like a person who builds a house on a solid rock. Anyone who hears His teachings and doesn’t obey is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rain comes, the house on the rock will stand, but the house on the sand will collapse.

We don’t throw away the land just because something built on it comes crashing down. We may need to strengthen the land, fortify it, and make the foundation firm, but the land is valuable.

You are valuable, no matter what has been ripped away from your life. Your life is worth saving. God will rebuild your life, and the foundation will be solid.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
In Matthew 7:24-27

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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 #30 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #30 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 ______,

There’s a famous saying that has always struck me. It says, “Hurt people hurt people.” I found that to be true. When I’m hurting inside, I am more apt to hurt others with my angry bitterness.

A couple of years ago I heard the second part of that saying, which really settled deep into my heart. It says, “Healed people heal people.” As I go forward in my life, I want to heal so I can be a conduit of healing for others.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Let God heal your land (your heart, mind, and body). I’m praying for you to be healed, so that you will be able to reach the world around you with a heart and hands that heal.

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.

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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.

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.