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Ministry of the Arts

MOTA Prison Ministry

Ministry of the Arts' Prison Ministry

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

—Matthew 25:36

You're Invited to Join our Prison Ministry

Prison MinistryAs many of you know, a few years ago we began donating copies of our annual Calendar to prison inmates. We are now working directly with chaplains who must authorize distributions and who also ensure the Calendars are going where they are most needed and desired within their institution.  We have been moved by responses from both inmates and chaplains. (See examples below). We have also reflected on "how" we might engage our readers to help support this emerging ministry. If you would like to partner with us, please consider joining this outreach to both women and men inmates with two actions: 1.Donate any comfortable amount to help offset printing and shipping costs. 2. Include inmates (their families and any victim’s families also) in your prayers.  We especially want them to know that along with making their Calendars possible we are all keeping them in our prayers. 

The 2016 Edition was sent to the cells of 20,350 inmates.  The other image shows a UPS outbound shipment leaving our Center. While many customers, our "Prison Ministry Partners," are donating funds to help offset printing costs, one of the greatest expenses is the actual shipping of the Calendars to the prisons. We are actively seeking corporate donors who could help fund this portion of the project. Please keep this entire ministry in your prayers!

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Inmate Testimonials:   Here are excerpts from notes that inspire us:

It's words of inspiration help me through difficult days... know that inspiring words can change individuals because I am one of them... —David F.

...I have learned to be grateful for the most basic of items and this calendar with its inspirational quotes and beautiful art is most appreciated... due to my incarceration I have become homeless, lost possessions, dignity and I must admit a little hope. But practicing gratitude will give me strength to persevere. I leave here in a month to try to start over and I will remember to thank God every morning for the blessings I do have. (Jennifer)

I am a prisoner serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole. I have been in prison since 1991.... I had a cell mate a few months ago who had a calendar from you... with some beautiful art work and quotes on it. I liked it so much Gratefully (E.O. Soledad, Ca.) 

We would like to extend to you our thanks for the beautiful calendars we received a short time ago. The spiritual reflections in them are wonderful and provide us with much needed daily refreshment. They are not only helpful and informative, but also are lovely works of art. Thank you so much for thinking of us so consistently. We are grateful. God Bless You  Always!  Your loving gift of our beautiful calendars reminds us each day to celebrate life, no matter where we find ourselves.  (Federal Prison Danbury CT) 

Chaplain Testimonials: 

“... “I am an outpatient  Addiction Counselor at York Correctional. I have been using the calendars’ inspirational writings to conduct some groups in conjunction with the curriculum. The ideas and concepts that are in them have helped me bring a different approach to our groups as they help and inspire everyone to dig deeper.”   –  Maria Rodriguez, CSAC

“... how encouraged he was for the daily messages he would read for strength. He felt hopeless and discouraged for being so selfish and getting into criminal behavior. Now the messages lifted his spirit and his outlook was not so bleak. Rev./Chaplain Henrietta Pua Hashimoto, MCCC volunteer

 The colorful and beautiful art designs and meaningful quotes inspire the women at York Correctional. The women use the calendars to bring life and adorn their solemn cells; the daily wisdom to enhance their lives.  Because of the positive impact the calendars have and the joy they bring, we run out of calendars very year.  The demands of the calendars are overwhelming. Rev. Burnette Mdiv., MEd.