Monday, March 01, 2021

Death Row Support Project – be a pen pal

Did you know that the Church of the Brethren sponsors a ministry to death row prisoners? This is a ministry that has been coordinated by Rachel Gross of Liberty Mills, Indiana. She receives requests for pen pals from persons on death row and then passes along that contact information to persons who are willing to commit to writing letters. This project provides connection and friendship for those who often have been incarcerated for many years, perhaps even decades, and who may be confined for up to twenty-three hours each day alone in a small cell. Letters from a pen pal can bring a ray of hope to the darkness of death row. Sometimes prisoners have little contact with family or friends, and a friendly, kind letter gives them a connection that can make a difference in their lives. For those on the outside, learning to know just one prisoner can dispel some of the misconceptions and fears about prisons and the people locked away inside of them. Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic Sister who has ministered to death row inmates for years puts it simply, “Everybody on death row needs someone at their side.”

Are you desiring to expand your connections and do a ministry in this time of pandemic? This is the perfect time to begin! You can do it in your home and reach out to the world of someone in need to a positive relationship in their life. Contact Rachel Gross through the information below for more information or to become a pen pal through DRSP.

Death Row Support Project
PO Box 600
Liberty Mills, IN 46946