Dear Madrina, I pray when this letter touches your hands it will find you and your friends and family in the very best of health and the greatest of spirits. As for me, not so great. Health wise I’m o.k. Gracias a Dios. I’m speaking about my current situation. I’m in the Hole (segregation) in “protective custody”. Somebody told on a lot of people and put the blame on me. So now I have the whole yard wanting to kill me, and I mean literally . . . When I received the GNL, it instantly lifted my spirits! It couldn’t have gotten to me at a better time . . . Tell my friend J.A. that I miss him terribly . . . Thank you so much . . . my regards to everyone at Saint Dismas. God Bless, Your brother in Christ, Chris.
As Orthodox Christians, we are told to “remember death”. In prison no one needs reminding that every new day could be their last. Several years ago, Chris was recommended by another participant as a person with “a good heart but no family that wrote him”. The Good-NewsLetter is probably the only mail he gets. When Chris was moved to a new prison he lost touch with his friends and had to start over, something that is particularly difficult in prison. Inmates are not allowed to write other inmates, so old friendships are hard to hang on to. As part of our ministry we occasionally send a “SHOUT OUT PAGE” with pictures, greetings, artwork and poetry, helping friends stay connected to each other. Please pray that the Theotokos encompass Chris beneath the precious veil of her protection, delivering him from every form of evil by entreating Christ, her Son and our God on his behalf."