College library resources find new home inside Texas prison
The Master's College library recently donated 300 pounds of Bible-based books to a prison in Texas. The package, which was sent via U.S. Media Mail in late August, represents the first phase of a relationship that began with a letter from an inmate expressing a desire to build a prison library of Christian resources.
The inmate, who was seeking donations for the new chapel library the prison allowed him to establish and oversee, sent letters to several dozen Christian colleges hoping for a response. The Master’s College is one of a few schools to respond so far.
Specifically, the inmate wanted extra biblical and theological resources – books that John Stone, Director of The Master’s College library, says the college was happy to pass along. Some of the books were commentaries, study Bibles, reference tools and books on apologetics.
According to Stone, the college library staff was able to gather a large number of volumes from the school’s collection. That, along with private donations from TMC faculty and staff who heard about the project, allowed the school to respond to the request.
“We are trying to reach every soul that we can,” Stone said. “It’s a privilege to plant seeds, particularly in this prison ministry where they are limited in resources.”
Stone said the ministry opportunity will continue to bear fruit as more books will be sent to the prison. Since that first shipment, Stone has already sent a second – this one consisting of two boxes. He says a third shipment is almost ready to go.
“If someone has finished a book they think is a great read, but they don’t need it as an asset for the rest of their lives, they can pass it on,” Stone said.
Stone believes the outreach is a good fit for the college.
“We are commanded to go out and make disciples,” he said. “Jesus doesn’t limit the context of how that is supposed to happen. This is anchored into the reality of the Great Commission.”
- Cari Logston