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Our correspondence ministry receives many letters each month from prisoners, chaplains, family members, and friends. We answer all the letters we receive and accommodate as many requests as possible. We publish some of the letters in Good News, the JIPM monthly newsletter, but space is limited. Here on our Internet site we have more room and are able to include a broader sampling of the letters we receive.

 

       

Dear Pastor Bumphus,

Hello, my name is -, I'm an inmate here in Mississippi. The prison is located at Parchman, Ms. You have been here spreading God's Word. I am on death row and you talked with me a few years ago.

Brother Bumphus, I have one of your tracts that details the history of your ministry. Ten years as a heroin addict; God surely has carried you a long way from those days! I've been locked up since February 3, 1983 and even though I may never get out of prison alive physically, I am doing my best to ensure that regardless of how I leave this prison, God will accept me into the Kingdom of Heaven when I leave this world. Brother Bumphus, I am 47 years old and my eyesight is not very good anymore. Brother Bumphus, is there any possibility that you could send me a large print King James Version Bible? The 1611 King James version is the only Bible I've ever used. But having said that, I am aware that I'm not in any position to be picky. Also, if you are not able to send me a large print Bible, perhaps you would know someone that could? Either way, in advance I thank you for any and all help.

Please pray for all of us here in Mississippi. I do hope that you and your ministry will be able to visit Parchman again soon. I send my prayers to you, your family and ministry. May God continue to bless each of you. With Prayers and Best Wishes, Sincerely, John 16:2-3, Matthew 25:36.

An Inmate
Mississippi State Prison; Parchman, Mississippi

 
     

 
       

Dear Pastor Bumphus,

I just wanted to write you a short note to say thank you for the Lord sending your wife to us last Saturday along with the other member of your church. Your wife was on fire with the Lord that day. She recharged my battery. Man, she was great for us and just what the Lord ordered for this facility that day.

I'm also writing hoping to get your help and some information on possible jobs that you or your ministries might be able to help me obtain if I get my work release from this facility. They are not making it easy for me to become eligible but the Lord is working on that part right now. Remember we prayed on this matter at the end of Bible study the last time you were here. I was just sitting here and the Lord put it on my mind to let you know how thankful and blessed we are to have you and your ministry coming to this facility. Please keep coming.

God bless, your brother in Christ,

An Inmate
Indiana State Farm

 
     

 
       

Dear Sister Bumphus,

I wanted to take the time and write to you to thank you for the books you sent me. I will use them in my daily Bible study here at Pendleton. I was looking for a book that would provide me with a daily guide to Bible reading. I watch Kenneth Copeland on TV. This book with the daily reading will help me.

Since I have been locked up I have tried to rebuild my life. I turned my life over to Christ during this time. The days are not always easy. I get discouraged easily. There are thime when I don't feel anyone cares about my future. I know that during these times, God is carrying me in His arms. I will be going back to court and I have to stand trial for false charges that were brought against me at the prison I left. I am praying that God will protect me through these times. At the present time, I don't know what my furure will hold. I have two lovely daughters that are 13 and 10. I want to get out of here so that I can get home to them.

I want to thank you for your help in my struggle to turn my life around. I know that God has a plan for me. I trust that He will look after me. Thanks again, I hope to hear from you again soon. Praise God. Your brother in Christ,

An Inmate
Pendleton Correctional Facility; Pendleton, Indiana

 
     

 
       

Dear Brothers & Sisters of Jesus Inside Prison Ministry,

I would like to join in the learning of Christ from your church. I also would like to receive a pen pal if this is possible.

Before I go on, I would like to say this prayer for your group:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Shine on these people who come with knowledge of Your word; not keeping it but sharing it. Give them the strength to help other receive Your love for us and may we, through the grace of God, know You also so we can give of this love also. In the name of the Son, Jesus Christ, we pray.

Amen, amen!

I want to thank you now for whatever material you might send. I have a King James Version Bible I read daily. It's been a comfort in my time of need. God bless you,

An Inmate
Texas Prison; Navasota, Texas

 
     

 
       

Dear Sister Anita Bumphus,

Praise God! I received a newsletter from you Monday with Pastor Bumphus's prayer book and your testimony. As I look at your picture on the front of your testimony, I think, "That's cool". Apostle Paul said to the weak in the book of Corinthians (I Cor 9:22), "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak..." He went on to say, "I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some".

So not only do you have a powerful testimony, you are not a legalistic Christian with a holier than thou attitude. Praise God! I pray all is well with your loved ones as well as your church and out-reach ministries. I got blessed this summer, my "out date" is coming up soon and I will be a resident at Jesus House. So it will be a blessing to be able to see you as well as fellowship with your Brother Kevyn Cameron.

I also received a card and a book by Kenneth Copeland called You Are Healed from your ministry. I am so forever grateful to all of you at Jesus Inside Prison Ministry. In His love,

An Inmate
Pendleton Correctional Facility; Pendleton, Indiana

 
     

 
       

Dear Pastor Bumphus,

I've read your autobiography, Delivered, the book based on your life and Now That You Have Prayed The Prayer, and they touched me. If your goal was to change a man or woman from bad to good and save their soul not just their life then you have accomplished it. I can write all day thanking you and Jesus (my Lord and Savior) but I just want to testify. The day I bowed my head and asked Jesus to come into my hear, everything changed for me. I started praying at the beginning of the day, reading and studying the Word, and sharing the Gospel.

I've noticed a difference in me and in blessings. I was here in jail blind and didn't know what was going to happen next. I had no lawyer, just a public defender, and thought the Lord over looked and just forgot me. I got your package and I asked Jesus to be my savior and guide me righteously. I started showing the books you sent to other inmates and was hold of Bible studies and meditating on the Word. Later, the Lord blessed me with a paid lawyer (a friend of the family) and she represented me for free! Hallelujah! I've also shown witness to this and have gotten the attention of others, more believers. So, we ask for more literature on the Word.

Pastor Bumphus, on behalf of myself and other inmates of my block, we say thank you and God bless you, your family, and ministry,

An Inmate
Marion County Jail; Indianapolis, Indiana

 
     

 
       

Dear Sister Anita,

You came to see us yesterday. I am the small blonde lady who was sitting right next to you and who had your hand during prayer at the end of the service.

During the prayer, I asked the Spirit to let just some of your strong belief rub off on me. Yes, I am a believer and very spiritual but have never "experienced" faith as strongly, I'm sure, as you and your husband Pastor Bumphus. That is "tongues" etc. Much else though, I take on faith.

A strange thing happened this morning. I went to put your bookmark and red pamphlet in my Bible and it opened to Ezekiel 36. At the place where I had shaded in verses 25-29. It gave me chills. It speaks of your story. Read 25-29 in Ezekiel and that is where it opened and I put your booklet on that page.

You know I may net get an early release in a few weeks but may have to stay six more months; 13 months by then. But everyday God shows me how close He is. How much He hears me always. Like He did when I stood by you, you were here still today. I want to thank you again for coming. It is not clear how yet but I feel it will make some difference in my future. A part of you was here today when I opened the Bible. God bless,

An Inmate
Uneida County Jail; Utica, New York

 
     

 
       

Dear Pastor Bumphus,

I want to thank you for coming to visit our jail and would like to know just what do I have to do to feel God in my presence. Ever since you left, I've been studying my Bible. It's like Satan tempts me constantly. My wife's given up on me. So all I have now is to trust God. Sometimes, with everything that's going on in my life it's hard to not worry about things.

I feel like my life is nothing without my wife. But I know my life will not bet better until I accept God. I guess I just don't know how. Please pray for me. With being moved from facility to facility, I am so confused and lost. Please, Pastor Bumphus, pray for me. God bless your ministry,

An Inmate
Grayson County Jail; Sherman, Texas

 
     

 
       

Dear Pastor Bumphus,

Hi, how are you doing? I know you do not know me but I have read your book, Now That You Have Prayed The Prayer, and it touched me. I have asked and prayed for forgiveness of my sins and for the Lord to be my savior and give me guidance to turn my life around and take my heart and walk with me. I believe Jesus died for my sins and He is going to return in due time. I want to be ready to go with Him and my fellow believers to the richly prepared place He has made ready in Heaven.

I have two beautiful children to get out to, one will be three and the other is four. I'm 21 and have a pretty long sentence but believe the Lord will make a way for me and my family.

I was writing to seek Bible study and Bible correspondence classes from you. I would appreciate it and it will help me in my walk with the Lord and help mature my faith. May God bless you and your wife and give you many more years to help turn people's lives around,

An Inmate
Indiana State Prison; Michigan City, Indiana

 
     

 
       

Dear Brother Bumphus,

How are you doing? First of all, I hope when you receive this letter you and your family are in the best of health and in good spirits. It has been a while since we met. I was in prison then and you did your introduction of Now That You Have Prayed The Prayer.

I would like you to pray for me. I am a backslider and want to change my life style and live a victorious life for Jesus Christ. I need some help with my self esteem and I am having a problem meeting good people. I know you have a powerful anointing and I need your prayers. Please write to me or call me and please send me some more literature and God bless you,

An Ex-inmate
Bronx, New York

 
     

 
       

Dear Reverend Bumphus,

Peace and grace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Bumphus, I want to thank you for the testimony Delivered and the other Christian literature that your ministry sent me.

I am grateful to my Heavenly Father that He has shed His grace upon us and allowed us to repent and submit to His will. I hope and pray that one day I can be a living testimony to Him on the outside of these prison gates. In the mean time I will be that living testimony of Him in here.

This race we are running, just a Paul did, certainly is not easy and nobody said it would be. The Word of God tells us that (II Timothy 3:12). But thanks to His promises, He tell us that He will deliver us out of all our troubles (Psalm 34:19).

I want to continue to correspond with your ministry Reverend Bumphus because I want to strengthen my walk in Christ but I don't want to be taught a false doctrine which will later hinder my walk. If your ministry has Bible studies that I could join, I would truly love to be a part of them. I am basically past the elementary principles of Christ and I would like to get into an advanced discipleship course which will enrich my walk with my Lord and help me to find new ways to proclaim His word with boldness in the face of opposition.

I was reading your testimony about when you were a Muslim. I would like to minister to those who are in the Nation of Islam and proclaim Jesus to them but they are very fixed on the doctrine that Jesus was just a prophet and not the Son of God. If my any chance, you have any helpful material that will help me reach those in the Nation of Islam, I would appreciate it.

I am doing fine Reverend Bumphus, although I am in my room 24 hours a day on maximum security (not disciplinary). I praise the Lord because I know that I am here to fulfill His purpose. That purpose is to proclaim His word.

Thank you for your time and help Reverend Bumphus. I hope that your testimony will touch many other prisoners so that they can see what the Power of God can do for those who submit to His will. Peace, grace, and mercy to your ministry in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ our Savior. Ambassador for Christ,

An Inmate
Union Correctional Institution; Raiford, Florida

 
     

 
       

Dear Mrs. Anita Bumphus,

I would like to say, "Thank you", for coming to Marion County Jail. I read the book Delivered. It got me to look at my life. Life can be monotonous, the road that lies before us seems to stretch mile after mile across a flat, barren desert with no oasis in sight. How then are we to handle wearisome responsibilities when there is not foreseeable relief from our burdens?

I know that if William can make it, so can I. Because God supplies all our needs, one day at a time. I know about hard luck and I know about the whiskey and the reefer and so on. I can relate to everything in the book and God make me look at my life and say, "what are you going to do?" I surrendered my life to God after seeing what God has done for William. In his book I found strength, salvation, faith, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I know that the crimes I've committed, I have no doubt, have hurt a lot of people besides myself. I know that my actions have hurt God. But I know He has forgiven me of my sins. I know he has! Well, soon I'll know if I am going to prison or not. You know, I was afraid at first of facing imprisonment and facing life alone but, with Jesus inside me, He will help me.

As I end this letter, I want to again let you know how thankful I am that you visited the jail. See you soon. Will you please send me more information about JIPM. Thank you and may God be with you always,

An Inmate
Marion County Jail; Indianapolis, Indiana

 
     

 
       

Dear Brother William,

Thanks so much for being here at Kentucky State Penitentiary recently. Your testimony and preaching truly touched my heart. The whole revival was a blessing to many here and on behalf of the population here, we thank you for the work you are doing for the Lord.

I hope someday you can return and share with us again. I read your book, Delivered, and it touched my heart. I'm doing life+25 years, have known the Lord for the past 14 years, and try to minister to the men here. Jesus changed my life and I'm eternally grateful to Him for this. I just praise the Lord in love and what He is doing in my life today.

I would like to have any literature you may be able to let me have. I will share it with the men here. I just wanted to thank you for coming here. May God continue to bless you and keep your ministry alive. Your brother in Christ,

An Inmate
Kentucky State Penitentiary; Bodyville, Kentucky

 
     

 

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