Sharing Hope in Prison

Reaching women behind bars with Bibles.  That's what the local Sharing Hope ministry is doing.

It started as a small group but it now has sent over 75,000 Bibles to women across the country.

Their mission is simple: to spread the Gospel to women in the prison system.

Inmates send letters to Sharing Hope requesting a Bible.

And within weeks they receive the Life Recovery Bible, which incorporates the twelve steps of recovery.

The women in the ministry say they try to be personal, and write a note or a Bible verse, something to encourage them.

It all started in 1999 when a woman in an Amarillo jail requested a Bible from a local church.

Turning a three bedroom house into a makeshift office complex, the ministry has fewer than 10 women working full time.

But they say they are making a huge difference.

In October alone, they sent almost 950 Bibles to women in prison in 16 different states.

And locally, they also hold Bible studies for women in Potter and Randall county jails.

They also have services like an aftercare program.  It is aimed at helping an ex-offender transition back into the community.

Sharing Hope says it always welcomes volunteers.  Their website is for more information.