I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine was blessed especially with my 91-year-old mom, Mary, visiting from Henderson, NV.

With the now past Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas, a hard time of the year arrives for my students and other inmates. Please be sure to pray for the loneliness, regrets, and despair that they'll encounter in the upcoming weeks. Also please pray for prison staff, especially the correctional officers.

With the Christmas season, my students and other inmates emotions are often expressed in negative ways causing a stressful job as a correctional officer to become even more stressful. One statistic states the suicide rate for Corrections Officers is 39% higher than the average for other occupations. Please be mindful of including them and the rest of the jail and prison staff in your prayers.

As always with a heartfelt gratitude thanks for your prayer support.

To Him be the glory!

Scott Kalas
Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries

Discipleship - Studying, Interpreting, & Trusting the Bible

Dixon Correctional Center

George - Pray that I will be having an address to parole 2/22/19

A. C. - Dear Lord, I come to you to ask that you be with my friends back home. Please comfort Tommy and his kids during their loss of Erin. Please be with Damien and help heal his wounds while in hospital. Please be with Michelle and help her heart heal so she can leave ICU and return home to her kids. And will you comfort all their friends and family during this time of need? In Jesus name, Amen.

A. C. - Heavenly Father, bless this day which was given to us. Thank you for our lives, family and friends. Please bless Scott, his family, and ministry. Thank you for helping him come to us each week to bring us Your Word. Please watch over each of us, keep us out of harm's reach, and help us to be a light for others in need of your love and grace. In Jesus name, amen!

Bruce - Thank you, God, for all You have done for us in, all that's to come, from your love, mercy, and grace. We all thank you, we love you. And we shall always and continue to. Every word above goes with, the authority, warden, staff, volunteers, etc. Especially the lady that was in person and put Christ's work for all woman to stay faithfully strong in Christ.

George - pray for Kelvin and Destiny and Cameron who are struggling with drug addiction. May our Heavenly father grant them freedom drug addiction. Pray for Karen and all the breast cancer ladies that our Father will heal them.

Wesley - Can You pray for me and my family and friends to come closer together this time of year and can come closer to God this time of year. Thank you.

Ernest - Will you say a special prayer for my friend Jay? She has lupus and is struggling now. Pray for my continued strength and favor with God. Pray for my mother Josephine; she's struggling now. Pray for my fiancé Renata and all 14 of my children.

Randy - Family for salvation, nephew Bradley for guidance, protection due to overseas deployment. Kent’s family for the loss of a loved one. Guidance from Holy Spirit daily. Wardens and COs at Dixon for understanding and compassion and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Ron - Brother’s salvation, mom's health, Ruth, she's on oxygen and has emphysema. Scotty's mom, she's dying in the hospital. Pray Scotty makes it home in November 2019 before she passes. Ride home other than the boss. Kenny as he continues his physical therapy.

Richard - Prayer for my mother Lorene, that God will touch her heart and caused her to come to Jesus. Pray for my son Brian and his family, freedom from addiction and spiritual healing. Pray for reconciliation between myself and my son and my mother. Pray for myself that God will give me freedom from bondage to lust and masturbation and that God will help me to draw closer to Him.

Sheridan Correctional Center Afternoon

Gregory - prayers for my family and friends.

Ronald - Please pray for my walk to continue in God’s will and that He not lead me into temptation but deliver me from evil. Thank you, and God bless you.

Thomas - Please pray for my family. My wife Amy, my son Luke, and my daughter Bailey. That the Lord will keep them safe and healthy throughout each day. And that our Heavenly Father will continue to guide them and protect them. Thank you, sincerely.

Luke - Lord I ask you to keep my family safe. My mom as healthy as possible. I prayed to keep my grandma strong during these holidays as I know she's missing my grandfather. I might need even some strength myself as I get stressed and overwhelmed through these holidays. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jason - Please pray for my mother. She has a drinking problem and has been in the hospital for liver problems. Not good, it's been going on for a while.

No name - God, please watch over me these next few months so that I can get home safely.

John A. - I really need a blessing with this work. Please keep my family healthy.

John A. - please help me, by keeping me on course to achieve my goals.

No name - Please bless me with a positive mindset, not negative emotions, feelings or not what is currently floating around.

Sheridan Correctional Center Evening

Noah - please say a prayer that I Noah am able to recognize God’s guidance and Providence in my life. Thank you

Michael - Truly I Michael, pray that my understanding will broaden my review of these text of the Father as they are supposed to be as they are written by Him that I place myself in His meanings and not that of my own. I need it as it is meant to be read and I am learning to truly to apply it to myself more and more every day. I see true interpretation and by no means false. I understand by its truth, and no one else will change that. In Jesus Christ name I pray.

Louis - I would like for you to pray for my family, my mom is struggling since my dad passed. Continue to pray for me to get closer to God and doing His will. Pray for all the Saints! God bless!

Burkett - I would like prayer for healing both physically and mentally. I would like a prayer for strength, that God continues to work in my life removing my evil ways, help me to change and become a positive person. I would also like prayer for my family that God continues to move in the lives of them all, protecting them, uplifting them, and healing those that are sick.

Frank - I would like prayer for my kids more so my boys to receive and get to know God and serve him wholeheartedly and my daughter to acknowledge him and accept Him as their Father. Pray that my kids are covered, and my wife gets closer to Him, and He be that void that they need. Also, help my mother and brothers with their health issues. Touch my grandma continue to give her the strength to be the woman that she is. Watch over my whole family and help me to let His will be done and let me have a clear conscience.

Derek - Please pray that my 10-year-old daughter Ella has a great Christmas, stays healthy and doesn't start to forget about me. Please pray that my mom, Anna, stays healthy and that she and my sister Becky are able to visit soon. Please pray that my peer friend and classmate David get over his depression. Please pray my daughter Sarah can forgive me. Please pray my brother Tim spends his Social Security wisely. Please pray that God will favor me. Please pray for Scott to have energy. Thank you.

Aaron - my name is Aaron, please pray for my mother's health and for me to gain understanding and faith through my Bible studies.

Christian Living: Malachi Dads - The Heart of a Man

Dixon Correctional Center

William - Can you please pray for my family to be safe on this holiday season, also, that Jesus will protect them keep dem out of harm's way. Thank you.

Lewis - Well it is another holiday season, and I'm all alone. Thankfully this is the last one I have to spend in here. This place is very chaotic. I need a permanent place to live. Somewhere I can call home. I've been through hey hole lock the past 4 1/2 years. Plus God has called me to be a minister. I signed up for the course through the college in Florida. However, I do not have $8000 and change light around to pay for this. Hey God bless you always! Revelation 4:5

Christian Living: Malachi Dads - Family Restoration

Sheridan Correctional Center Early

James - Pray for my well-being.

Allen - May you pray for us that we all change for the better. And that we succeed successfully In a productive manner upon being released from prison. And may the Lord protect our families from Satan's hands of harm and destruction and may you pray to strengthen our relationships with our better halves. And not let the devilish things or other people tear us apart or get in the way of what God has brought together. And may He protect our children from the violence in the streets. Amen.

Frank - I need prayer for patience, hope, faith, understanding, knowledge, peace, wisdom, pray for me and my heart and pain I have and have caused people. Help my wife and children get close and get to know God and for them to be covered. Watch over my family and keep them safe. Pray that I have a one track mind and not be double-minded take away my anxiousness and guilt. I need guidance in forgiveness. I want to become a child of God again.

Robert - Pray to instill more of a positive attitude and outlook. Relieve me of my sarcastic tendency toward others. As well say a prayer for Grannie Loretta. From a participant of Malachi Dads at Sheridan C. C.

Kevin - A prayer request for God to forgive me. Forgive myself. Help with controlling my anger, and to have a quiet spirit. Remove my resentments, give me a good cellie, let me get out early, peace of mind, pray for my kids, my sister and brothers, a place to live, a job, new friends, a sponsor, men's group, free from active addictions, and lust.

Sheridan Correctional Center Late

Mitchell - Happy birthday mother! I pray for your safety and good memories for today. I'm getting involved in the ways that are involved in God's word. I just put it all up to Jesus that there will be much better days. I love you mother! Thank you God for another birthday for my strong and courageous mother! Amen.

Brother Jeffrey Ray - I play with the prayer team and I do know the Lord Jesus will hear and answer our prayers how the Lord Jesus knows is best for us all. I embrace the trials and tribulations of life that build us stronger and closer to the Lord Jesus. Amen. The Word lives within my spirit of my heart and soul as I live life accordingly, knowing the Lord Jesus has "Grace sufficient for us: for our strength is made perfect in weakness. Most godly therefore will I would rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ Jesus may rest upon me.” Yes I give my trust and faith in the Lord Jesus, but I will suffer and suffer that the Lord Jesus will be glorified in praise in my life. I thank the Lord Jesus for all my blessings of hardships as I have joy peace, hope, faith and love. In Jesus name, we pray amen amen amen

Isiah - I would like for you to pray for my father, Frank. He is a heroin user and lives on the street. I want him to get clean and be a man of God. Also, pray for my family to forgive each other and reunite under God. Also, pray for my maturity in the Word of God and on my path of righteousness. Thank you so much for your prayers. God bless you!

Alex - I just want to ask for some prayer for the mother of my sons Melanie. Hope that she's doing good, happy, and healthy. Hope that her relationship is going the way she wants it. Hope that my sons Mason and Alex Junior are doing very well and are happy, healthy, and are doing good mentally. I haven't heard from them in months just hoping for some prayers that they're doing good. Also, some prayer that I keep doing God’s will and continue to make Him happy. Also, prayer for my mother Madeline because she has surgery today. Pray that everything goes good and that she has a speedy recovery. God bless amen!

Nicholas - I ask for prayers to go out for my daughter, Nova, my child's mother Hayley, and for me Nicholas. So that we can get back to communicating hopefully as a loving family. Thank you amen.

SOCPM Alumni

New Life Corrections
Western Illinois; 03/2013
Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan: 08/2017 thru 09/2017
Transferred to Pontiac MSU 11/19/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 05/2015 thru 10/2016
Discharged 11/19/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 05/2016 thru 07/2016
Discharged 11/20/2018

Soldiers of Christ
Sheridan; 02/2016 thru 11/2016
Discharged 11/20/2018

Wesley Ministries

Illinois River Correctional Center

No name - Pray for my wife's good health.

No name - For all inmates, my family, my strength in Christ.

James - For things to open for me to go home, my family, our new baby, my parents.

No name - For my family, especially my uncle as his girlfriend died last Sunday.

No name - For my wife and our family, she's filed for divorce.