An Introduction to Becoming a Devotional Pen PalDear Servant of Shri Shri Radha Krishna,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Shri Gauranga. Shri Rupa Goswami ki Jaya! Shri Rupa Manjari ki Jaya!
Welcome to our prison program pen pals presentation. We hope that you have arrived here because you have already decided to become a prison program pen pal and you are now seeking instructions on how to get started. If you haven't already made a commitment, we hope you’ll read this introduction and consider becoming involved in this rewarding seva . Perhaps someone has prompted you to check us out, or maybe you have landed here out of your own curiosity. Regardless, we feel you have been led here by Shri Guru and Shri Gauranga, and we are extremely pleased that you have made it. Thank you for being here.
We want to encourage and excite you as you explore the possibility of becoming a devotional pen pal. So, even though our presentation may take a little of your valuable time to read over and consider, we ask you to please bear with us and to read through the entire presentation.
To those of you who have already decided to become a devotional pen pal, we offer our deepest and most sincere thanks. The intention of this presentation is to support you completely as you embark on this amazing journey in devotional service. We will do everything we can to facilite your success and provide as much support as possible along the way.
We hope you will leave the presentation feeling inspired!
The Instructions section of this presentation will tell you all the steps you need to follow in order to select a pen pal. It will also tell you how to register your selection. This step- by -step process will allow us to track the names of inmates who have pen pals and those who are still seeking one. It will also prompt you to enter your contact information into our files so we can keep in touch with you as needed.
The Suggestions sections of this presentation will to give you the basics on how to begin. This will include everything from what to consider when selecting your pen pal to effective means of building your relationship with an inmate. We'll also share a few things that should be avoided that we've learned from our experience.
The "Reasons to Become" section will give you more great reasons to jump in with both feet. We hope to appeal to the Gaudiya Vaishnava qualities in you, that is, the desire to spread Lord Caitanya's message of Love. We will also share with you, from an inmate's perspective, how devotional pen pals can play a very significant role in an inmate's life.
At the conclusion of this section, we will ask you to move straight into the "Reasons to Become" section. The inmate who wrote this section has over a decade of prison preaching experience. His "from the inside" viewpoint of the valuable service you can provide as a devotional pen pal is well worth reading, even if you have already decided to join us. He wrote this section from the first person angle of vision in order to give you a real snapshot of prison life and show how a simple letter can bring real joy into an inmate .
After Reasons to Become", we ask you to go over the "Instructions" section again as we will refer to it in the Suggestions section.
We thank you once again for your interest, and we hope that when you leave our site you will feel that the time you spent here was well invested. We pray that you will find it in your heart to become a devotional pen pal. Hare Krsna!