What Is Syndeo Ministries Up To?
We are so excited about all that is happening at Syndeo Ministries. Lots of progress is being made on the bunkhouse that will house 25 women transitioning out of prison, who will become a part of Syndeo Discipleship School. Skilled laborers from different churches are coming to Syndeo Ranch, and are helping us to build as funds are donated. The building is dried in, the siding is up, and the electricity and air conditioning system are in. The walls and ceiling have spray foam insulation, but the floor insulation isn't in yet. We currently are putting in dry wall, and would love help with that. If you are interested in construction or funding the projects, please let us know.
Groups Working with Syndeo
College groups, women's groups, and youth groups come to Syndeo too. We always have stuff to do. The ministry is growing by leaps and bounds, so if your church is looking for a stateside missions outreach, feel free to contact us.
Summer Refresh Outreach
We've been in touch with all of the chaplains in preparation for the Summer Refresh Outreach, as well as with all of our volunteer leaders, with plans on distributing cooling towels and translucent, plastic cups. And, there are a couple of additional units that have expressed interest in being a part of our biannual outreaches. That's very exciting!
Everything was approved, however, as you might expect, with the current social distancing and limits on any visitation, our plans have changed. Since the ladies are on lockdown, current needs are cups to stay hydrated, and soap to clean with. Syndeo would like to try to meet that need by providing 9,000 reusable cups and 9,000 bars of soap. We plan to purchase and collect enough of these items and deliver them by July. We will not be able to take volunteers into the units this year, but will deliver the items to the chaplains of each unit, who will then distribute them to the ladies.
By this time each year, we have already done quite a bit of fundraising for this event to take place, but since most of our fundraising occurs with the help of various churches who "sell" water bottles that we provide, donations are behind, since churches haven't been meeting. God has always provided through His people to help our sisters in need, so we are moving forward as He has lead. So, please join us in keeping this outreach in your prayers, and if God lays it on your heart to donate to Syndeo or to even send bars of soap for us to deliver, we would be so grateful. Read more about Summer Refresh by clicking here and download a brochure.
Christmas In White Outreach Opportunity
The Christmas in White Outreach went great! We distributed hygiene products, Christmas cards, and Hershey Kisses to 8000 women. Whew! That's right...8000. It was a huge endeavor, but so very successful, incredibly touching. Most of the toiletries you and I use on a daily basis, are not available to the women, unless they have money, and can purchase them in the commisary. Most of the ladies, though, do not have the funds. The ladies cried while standing in line to receive these items. Our volunteers shook each woman's hand, and reminded them that Jesus Christ loves them. They are definitely not forgotten! What a huge blessing to be a vessel of His love. Find out more here.
Syndeo is already planning for next year. We'll tell you more about what's happening soon! If you are interested in being a volunteer, we will need more people to help to deliver all of these gifts, since there will be additional units then the 13 different units in Texas we went to in 2019. If you would like to be a volunteer, a three hour training by Texas Department of Criminal Justice is needed. Write to us and we will connect you with a volunteer team member.
Churches all over the nation help us to raise funds for this project. Would you like to help? If your church can partner with us in fundraising, we would so love your help. It's a huge endeavor, so we can use all the help we can get! Individuals are welcome to donate too. Click here to donate online.
You can also help by collecting or sending us the exact items that we will be delivering to the ladies. Check out the list of items!
Speaking Engagements and Conferences
What an honor it has been to be a guest speaker at a number of conferences. The "Innocence Network Conference" in Atlanta where hundreds of exonerees gather for encouragement, the "Surrender to His Grace" woman's conference in El Paso, and the GetReal conference in Alburqueque were just a few of the gatherings we had the pleasure of participating in. Anyone interested in having Hannah and Larry speak can just email us, and we would be happy to schedule an event with you.
Quarterly Bible Studies to Women in Prison
Did you know we provide Bible Studies to ladies in prison? Hannah started a Bible Study with two ladies and now there are over 750 women who are involved. The studies go out to every woman who requests them about three to four times a year. Each woman who participates also receives a handwritten holiday card with Scripture and encouraging words for 5 holidays during the year. Since this has grown so quickly, churches have signed up for particular holidays, and do the holiday card writing. It's a really neat opportunity!
Syndeo Sister Pen Pal Program
Speaking of opportunity, how would you like to be a Pen Pal and help us disciple these ladies through Syndeo Ministries' Syndeo Sister "Pen Pal" program. We need a lot of help here! If you are a woman over 18 years of age, you can sign up on our quick sign up page. Once you do, you will receive the guidelines in an email. After you return the email and agree to the guidelines, you will be connected to your "Pen Pal." We would also love for you to do the Bible Study your Syndeo Sister is doing. It's a great way to disciple, plus it gives you ideas of what to talk about.
Being a Syndeo Sister "Pen Pal" is more of a ministry of encouragement. Not all of the women in prison have money to buy stamps, and it is possible some of them are unable to write back. Since so many of these women feel forgotten, they still need to receive encouragement and know they are remembered. Please prayerfully consider being part of this selfless ministry.
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OUR MINISTRY IS BASED ON THIS VERSE
Remember those in prison as if you were bound with them!
Hebrews 13:3 NIV
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SYNDEO (Greek) Bound with them
This word has two meanings:
1. bound in chains; to a prisoner, as a prisoner
2. bound, connected in heart, as all believers should be