Christmas with the Incarcerated

Greg Friesner

Director of Incarcerated Ministries

  • Evangelism

Christmas is a season of giving, time with family, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Each year the chaplains group that serves those incarcerated in our prisons and jails packs and distributes a Christmas treat sack to every inmate in the facilities where we minister.  (SD State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls; Mike Durfee State Prison, Springfield; the minimum-security unit in Yankton; the Women's Prison, Pierre; County Jail, Sioux Falls)

This year with your generous gifts, we raised over $25,000 and distributed over 3,600 Christmas sacks full of goodies for the inmates to enjoy. This project appreciates great success through gifts of finances and time from many people. Palpable joy fills the room as volunteers and inmates package the Christmas sacks to be given out.

The smiles and the words of appreciation from the inmates receiving the sacks full of goodies indicate that in that moment, they know they are not forgotten. Our hope and prayer is that through this small gesture, they will embrace the full meaning of Christmas and the freedom that comes with faith in Jesus Christ.

Greg Friesner, Director of Incarcerated Ministries

Dr. Greg Friesner directs both the jail and prison ministries of the Converge Heartland district. He pastors the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship church that meets within the prison walls of the South Dakota State Penitentiary and leads teams of volunteers for our prison and local jail ministries.

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