Volunteers Are the Heart of ARM
Each year ARM places over 4,000,000 Greeting Cards in American Correctional Facilities. DaySpring Outreach in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, donates these beautiful all-purpose greeting cards to encourage prisoners to keep in touch with their loved ones.
But ARM takes the greeting card ministry one step further. Instead of sending the cards directly to the prisoners, we send them to the prison chaplains, which means the prisoner has to go through the Chaplain’s office to receive a card. We have received letters from prisoners who have stated that their present walk with Christ began with such a simple thing as going to Chapel to get a card.
It takes a lot of people to make this program move smoothly … 202 of them last year, to be exact. These men, women, boys and girls come from all walks of life and from various Church affiliations. They travel to Joplin from four different states … some once a month, some once a week and others every day. We call them VOLUNTEERS IN NATION-WIDE EVANGELISM (V.I.N.E.).
Each year VINE members contribute over 13,000 hours sorting and counting cards and envelopes so they can be packaged and shipped to America’s jails and prisons. If ARM paid minimum wage for their labor it would cost the ministry in excess of $100,000. Praise God for DaySpring Outreach and for each member of the VINE. Their true contribution to the Kingdom of God trough ARM’s Christian greeting card ministry is priceless.