Editor’s note: Inspired by the meditation for June 2, we asked our colleagues in the development office to write a short message about the work of The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry. For more information on this important program, visit: upperroom.org/donor/chaplains-ministry. Some people do not know that our work at The Upper Room extends beyond publishing the devotional guide to include many other programs and ministries. For more information on our various program and ministry offerings, visit: upperroom.org.
The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. — Proverbs 23:18 (NRSV)
Through The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry many people behind bars find strength and comfort in the daily devotional guide as a reminder of God’s love and presence. Richard Sievers, a prison chaplain for 23 years, says that The Upper Room helps to “plant the word of God in [inmates’] lives.” The practice of spending time with God each day in the pages of The Upper Room is something that men and women who are incarcerated can take with them as they return to society.
Rich in history and connection, the Chaplains’ Ministry began in the wake of World War II when staff worked with chaplains to provide copies of The Upper Room to U.S. military personnel. Due to the generosity of donors, the ministry has grown over the years.
Each year, The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry distributes 270,000 copies of The Upper Room daily devotional guide to chaplains across the United States. Military, Veterans Administration hospital, and prison chaplains who use The Upper Room in their ministries are able to give the men and women in their care a tangible reminder of God’s presence in their time of need — a wonderful gift of hope.
If you would like to support The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry and give the gift of hope, please visit upperroom.org/chaplains or call 877-899-7212, ext. 7530, or 615-340-7212. This ministry depends solely on the generosity of donors to send copies of the daily devotional free-of-charge to chaplains. For $42 a year, you can provide one chaplain with 10 copies of The Upper Room per issue. Your gift of any size will make a difference, and we value your partnership and dedication to this long-standing ministry.
— Nicole Corlew Curtis, Communications Manager
— Amy Skerratt, Donor Relations Manager
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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