How to Be Involved
Welcome! We pray that you'll partner with us to reach the world with the testimony of Jesus Christ. We're reaching over one hundred countries, but we need your help to reach your family, friends, fellow workers and those at church in the following ways:
A Personal Touch...
While technology is wonderful for sharing the testimony of Jesus, the personal touch must not be left out of our witness. Recently, the Lord provided me with a new ministry card to share with you, which is a combination of technology and a personal touch. Also, I have a blurb for posting on your social media or website for easy access to this ministry. These are ways you can help:
Ministry cards: This is a beautiful card in color, with the ministry logo, QR code and how to contact me. The back of the card encourages folks to check out the podcast and to share the ministry with others. I send these out in my letters, plus you can ask for a few to give out to your family, friends and others.
Ministry blurb and link: Maybe you have a social media account or website to help spread the word by giving direct access to this website and podcast? Even some who don’t profess Christ are posting it because they want to help those who need recovery. Jesus said, “So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.” 2 If you desire to plant seeds by posting it, e-mail Access Prison Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start a Bulletin Board Ministry
You may be asking yourself how you can be useful in the work of the ministry, especially if you are young or even retired, past your prime.
My friend Brian came up with the idea to print ministry cards, laminate them and post them on bulletin boards around his hometown of Washington, DC. I told John about it in Pennsylvania, and it only took a few minutes for him to get started. Others are doing the same.
By using the QR code, there has been an uptick to my Linktree account where folks have access to the website, podcast and other areas of ministry. It's easy to get started:
* PRINT 6 Ministry Cards per page, cut out, laminate and post.
If you have successfully done this, Contact Charles. You'll find yourself excited how God is using you to plant Gospel seeds in your neighborhood. START NOW!
Print & Pass Out Brochures
As Christians, we have a desire in our hearts to minister to those around us, but sometimes intimidation gets in the way. It's easy to be a blessing by passing out tracts and brochures with a message that you know will be appreciated by those who receive them. Our brochures can be easily printed from the website for this purpose. Please uncheck "fit to page" and set margins to no more than 1/4 inch in your print options before printing in order to fold the brochure properly. Click here.
Help Us Perfect The Site
As you view the site, please let us know by email of any errors that you see. It could be a broken link, misspelled word or something that would make the site function better. It would be a big help to have you proofing the site. Thank You!
Show Our Video
So, you are a friend of the ministry, and now you're having a hard time explaining how someone like Charles can be forgiven. Order a DVD of the video "Forgiven: the Charles Watson Story" and show it to individuals and groups. Call 800-272-9673.
Write a Prisoner
Our new correspondence, visiting and sponsorship outreach is designed to connect members of the Body of Christ inside and outside of prison.
For information on this exciting ministry, go to Connect Two (C-2), and see how you can be a part of this prisoner outreach.
Sponsor an Inmate
A large percentage of inmates have no income. There are few paying jobs in prison. The State provides for the most basic needs, but not all. For instance, California supplies soap and tooth powder, but not toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant. Some inmates help the less fortunate with their needs, especially the Christians. For more information, click here.
Start Up a 12 Step Group
It's easy to start a Christian 12 Step group by enlisting committed Christians in your church or prison by placing an advertisement sign-up sheet on the bulletin board with the place and time of the meeting. See Christian 12 Step Resources.
Suggest and Supply Resources
Help us get the Chaplain's Ministry Helps link or brochure out to prison chaplains by email or snail mail. Being a chaplain among prisoners is a very honored position in the eyes of God, yet sometimes undervalued in the eyes of men. To be involved, you'll need to make yourself familiar with the resources under the above link or in the brochure. Then, email it to a chaplain or snail mail a specific resource or brochure to an inmate suggesting they use the resources, such as a sheet of prayer request slips. Before you realize it, you'll be supplying resources to both inmates and chaplains for their and your prison ministry. Plant a seed:
"For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God" (2 Cor. 9:10, 11).
Help Find My Stolen Bible
In my October Monthly View, I share how my Bible of forty-two (42) years was stolen during Sunday service at Mule Creek State Prison. People desiring memorabilia is one of the many downsides of being infamous. I'm told it could come up on eBay or a site where memorabilia is offered. For a description and documentation of the theft, click here. I'd appreciate if you'd help look for it, report it by sending the documentation to any website selling the item, then contact Charles by email or U.S. Mail.
Pray for Us
"And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before" (Job 42:10).
What a promise contained in this verse! Not that we pray to be blessed, but what is promised when we pray for one another.
Pray for God's love to flow through us in such a way to bring souls to Him.
- That from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower us with inner strength through His Spirit.
- That our roots will grow down into God's love and keep us strong; spirit, soul and body.
- That those we minister to may have the power to understand, as all of us should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is.
- That we all may experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
- That we will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God (Ephesians 3:16-19).
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20,21 NLT).