Syndeo Ministries is a non-profit organization focused on helping women who are incarcerated and transitioning out of prison. Too often women who are convicted of crimes are forgotten by everyone, including their own family. We are compelled to remember and be a demonstration of Christ’s love. Without a support system, these women often feel hopeless. Our goal is to change that dynamic so they can flourish! We feel called to achieve this goal by; “Remembering those in prison as if we were bound to them.” (Hebrews 13:3) The term Syndeo is a Greek word meaning bound with them. This word has two meanings:
- bound as one prisoner is to another
- bound, connected in heart, as all should be!
Our on-going ministry includes a Bible Study and a Pen Pal ministry, connecting Christian women on the outside with our sisters in white. The ministry began with Hannah teaching 2 women, and currently over 750 incarcerated women are involved in studies. Holiday cards are sent to all ladies involved in Bible Studies, and a Pen Pal program is available to connect them with Christian women on the outside, for encouragement and discipleship. Syndeo is continually growing. We also visit and disciple a group of these ladies in prison, who in turn disciple those inside. We help provide financial support for needs such as: medical care, hygiene products, and phone calls for women in the prison who don't have anyone to help provide for them. Bibles to children of inmates are supplied as well. We maintain communication through visitation, email, mail, and phone calls both to officers and inmates.
Discipleship Home for Women Coming Out of Prison
We are in the process of remodeling a 6 bedroom house on 3 acres of property in east Texas that has been donated to the ministry. Our family and ministry team are currently living in this home, which will be used as offices, a worship center, and a place to enjoy meals together. We’ve built a workshop/office and are in the process of building a bunkhouse, all in preparation to open a discipleship home for ladies transitioning out of prison. We are working on drywall, plumbing, bathrooms, and bunks, pending building funds.
Edifying and Encouraging
Larry, Hannah and the Syndeo team travel and speak to churches and other venues about God's love and faithfulness and the directive to “Remember those in prison as if we were bound with them” (Hebrews 13:3). The documentary film, “Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story,” is being shown at various locations followed by a question and answer time which gives opportunity to share God’s faithfulness even through difficult times. Hannah also speaks at women’s conferences across the country, gently conveying the hope and trust she encountered in Jesus throughout exceptionally hard and fearful times, and His character in our pain. Larry is available to speak at men's conferences to share his story and challenge men to follow God’s call to lay down their lives.
Refresh Summer Outreach & Christmas in White
Twice a year, we hold outreaches into prisons, with the help of volunteers from all over where we distribute needed items while encouraging 8000-9000 women with the love of Christ. In the summer, women receive cooling towels and water bottles/cups, and at Christmas, they are given hygiene products, chocolate and Christmas cards.
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