On the 6th of March, 2015 I traveled up to Virginia's death row to minister to two of the men there in the ice and snow! I am happy to say because of all of this faithful "showing up" I have added two more of the guys when I go on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. Sadly one of my beloved friends was executed. All of my friends know that I have made a commitment to be with them until the very end. Since November 2016, I have been seeing two of the guys on NCs death row as well almost every Friday of the month. I will be adding a third friend in December. I am hoping to visit one of my new friends on TNs row in Nashville, TN. He has not had a visit in over a decade. I also write to men on death row in NC, TN, PA, and TX. In addition, I have 2 friends in NC that I visit from time to time. And I write to over 20 friends on a regular basis.
Your continued financial support is needed in order to keep this ministry going. I also need your prayers as I go as I want Christ to go before me, behind me, and all around me. I always go with prayers for the families of the victims in my heart, But I also go with the unconditional love of Christ knowing that a single act does not define any of us. I have been transformed by listening to their stories and spending time with my friends.
The nuts and bolts of it: The journey to Virginia takes me about 2 1/2 hours each way. I stay over at a retreat center which will costs $75 in order to pray and to reflect on on that I saw and heard. Thankfully the price of gas has gone down, so the 310 miles doesn't cost as much, but it still will cost at least $30. Therefore, it costs me a little over $100 every time I go up to see my friends on Virginia's row. I also need gas money for my trips within the state to NCs death row and to see my other 2 friends. I am hoping to visit my new friend on TNs row in 2018. The car trip is 9 hours, so I will need money for gas and at least two nights stay at a hotel. And I need money for postage.
People always say "every little bit counts" - well if all of my Facebook friends only contributed $1, I would have enough for another 10 trips to Virginia! Soooo trust me, I really appreciate every dollar!