Letter from Federal Detention

by Enrique Leal August 25, 2020

This letter was written by a Christian who is in prison in Philadelphia. He explains what life is like during the Corvid-19 Pandemic, and how the Prison Outreach from “The Tenth Volunteers” supports him during these dark days, and how his love for the Lord has grown.

Dear Brother,

I hope this letter finds you well. It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to get together for a bible study, but I kept you in my thoughts and prayers. I truly hope that you have been able to stay healthy during this time! Things in here have been exceedingly boring.

For our safety, they keep us locked up in our cells 22.5 hours out of the day. Unfortunately, that means we haven’t been allowed to meet for religious services or our Prayer Circle since March. Since I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve found those times of Faith to be most uplifting, so it’s been a bit rough not having the same level of support. 

I still receive Bible Studies in the mail periodically through an organization called “Life’s Key”, which has just been wonderful. It’s just not the same as being able to meet with all the other brothers and experience that comradery of Faith.

There’s a lot going on in the world and a lot of personal anxiety dealing with my legal situations that it’s been easy to feel down. Being stuck in your cell all day makes it difficult to distract yourself from the gloom.

I still find so much strength in reaching out to God and my love for Him grows each and every time I come to rely on Him.

Thank you for helping and being a guide for me and a beacon of hope on this journey.

I’m not sure how long it will be before we are able to meet as a group again or when they will declare it safe to have visitors again, but we all miss you. I also know you miss your time with us and I‘m sure we would all benefit from some fellowship, encouragement, and brotherhood.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  Please stay healthy. And know that you are very important to us. Take care and God Bless.   

signed, C.

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