Heart Gifts - Prison/Jail ministries & Missions Outreach

"Right now, we are finding that more inmates are searching. They are hungry for God."

Chaplains who serve in Los Angeles jail system, the largest in the US, are saying that more inmates are desiring to know God in these trying times. God has made a way to reach out to those behind bars with messages of hope and encouragement through Christmas cards.

2017 Christmas cards are currently in design and production and will be available the end of this September, soon to be distributed among various prison/jail ministries throughout the country.

 These cards are given FREE OF CHARGE to prison/jail ministries made possible by supporters who partner with us in sowing "seeds" of God's Word. 

Over 573,000 Christmas cards have been distributed to prison chaplains, rescue missions, evangelism outreach, Christmas baskets/dinners/gifts. 

Inmates are searching. The opportunity is here to sow seeds of life that leads to transformation. The prisons and jails are like a revolving door. 75% of inmates return within 3 years after release. Unless there is a change, a transformation from within that truly sets them free, the cycle of repeat offenses goes on and on.

Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. - Transformation by renewal of the mind means a change from within that affects the outward way we live".

         

Keithian Starling (next to Helen) is just such a person changed and set free by God's grace. Keithian was in and out of jails and prison most of teenage/adult life until his life was changed. Keithian started Grace Ministries and works full time preaching, teaching, and training in Nashville prisons, other states and internationally.    

Heart Gifts is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 ministry in partnership with other reputable non-profit Christian organizations dedicated to sowing "seeds" of God's Word to the needy and neglected around the world. Heart Gifts welcomes donations, which are fully tax–deductible. 501(c)3 Status

Contributions can be mailed to address  below or donate online: Heart Gifts • 4045 SE Taylor St, Portland, Oregon 97214 

We are grateful for supporters who pray and contribute in this ministry. 

We invite you to partner with us. Regardless, if you intentionally came to this page or just happened to be browsing around, this is your opportunity to make a difference by participation in praying for those behind bars and with a financial gift which enables Heart Gifts to produce and distribute the cards. 

Take a LOOK INSIDE - These 2016-2015 Christmas cards have a unique message both inside and back

2015 Christmas Cards

Four unique cards - two in Spanish Each with a purposeful design to speak into the lives of inmates this Christmas season. This is a time when they are most open to receive a small gift that says we care and God cares.

2014 Christmas cards are out of stock but are still here to view them.

After we had published over 45 books with major Christian publishing companies, we began our own publishing company in 2006 to produce Christian books, Curriculum Lessons, and Missions Outreach resources at wholesale cost for distribution through churches and ministries. Over 3,000 Big Books (on Psalm 23, Genesis 1, Psalm 139) and 100,000 high-quality pocketbooks and paperback booklets have been distributed in the USA, Mexico, Central & South America, and Africa.

In 2013, over 44,000 Christmas cards were distributed to various prisons, jails, and ministries working with the homeless and destitute all over the USA.
In 2014, over 120,000 Christmas cards (4 English cards and 2 Spanish cards) were distributed. 
We have recently moved from Nashville, Tennessee, back to Portland, Oregon, where we continue our work of providing resources via digital ebooks, powerpoints, videos, and Christmas cards:  200,000 Christmas cards in 2015, 209,000 in 2016. Each card is designed with a unique visual message along with a Gospel message of love, hope, and forgiveness.

The Christmas cards have also blessed many prison chaplains. It provides them with another opportunity for ministry among inmates. Chaplains pray over the cards and then hand them out among the inmates. Several chaplains told us that the day on which cards are handed out is a day of joy and celebration that inmates look forward to each year. One chaplain said the Christmas cards were always “the HIGHLIGHT of the whole year!”

Various churches write encouraging notes in the cards and then give the cards to a prison chaplain to distribute, especially to give to those inmates who never receive any mail. But most prison chaplains ask for two to four cards to give out to each inmate so they can send a card to their friends and family members.

Ministries who used the Christmas cards for their outreach:

  •  Christian Library International mailed packs of 100 cards/envelopes to chaplains serving in about 40 US prisons (in various states)
  •  Commission to Every Nation — Missionaries took nearly 1,000 cards for distribution in English speaking countries in Africa (Kenya, Niger, East Africa, Cameroon, Liberia, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Madagascar, and South Africa)
  • Food Banks — Washington County, Oregon & Charlotte, NC, and in Texas
  • Over 20 ministries at US Digital Mission Outreach Center, Vancouver, WA

In 2016 Over 190,000 Cards distributed to inmates in 68 prisons and jails in 25 states:

Alaska (1 jail), California (13 prisons/jails), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Georgia (4), Illinois (3), Idaho (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (1), Michigan (3), Mississippi (3), Montana (2), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (1), New Hampshire (1), New Mexico (1), Nevada (2), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (10), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Virginia (2), Washington (3)

It is a great privilege to partner with chaplains who minister across the USA in such places as the Los Angeles jails, Limon Correctional Facility in Colorado, Louisana State Prison, Nashville jails and prisons.

Our teaching lessons, books, power points and DVDs are tools to plant "seeds" of God's Word in hearts and minds of young and old.
Hence, our name: "Seed Faith Books."
We partner with churches, schools, and other ministries like Christian Library International in the USA and around the world, providing books and teaching resources for Sunday School ministry, local missions, and outreach ministries. We partner with Amazon Xpeditions, Rio Grande Bible Institute, Foursquare Mission Press, Helping Hands International, Set Free Prison Ministry, Commission to Every Nation, plus Christian outreach along the Mexican border along with other teaching ministries in Mexico, Central and South America.

Our best-selling, CS Lewis Silver Award-winning Psalm 23 books, booklets, and lesson resources have touched thousands of lives, both young and old. These products help teach the meaning of Psalm 23 in depth. Our Psalm 23 resources help children easily memorize this beloved Psalm.
NOTE: All Psalm 23 resources have been given a
           'SEAL OF APPROVAL' by Focus On The Family ministry.
What does a Christmas card with a personal note mean to prison inmates? 

 

Gaile Owens who was on death row for 26 years. In this interview, Gaile poignantly emphasizes the importance of sending cards to prison inmates. Often forgotten or ignored, Gaile states that in her former prison - 85 to 87% of the women do not receive any mail at all.

 Heart Gifts founders, David & Helen Haidle, have illustrated and written 54 books for children and adults. During the past 13 years, Haidles and their ministry/prayer partners have given thousands of Christian books, Big Books, and over 75,000 pocketbooks to various ministries at home and abroad for distribution to children and adults in need. (www.seedfaithbooks.com/collections/heart-gifts

Founders of Heart Gifts   

Statement of Faith:
The Apostles Creed and Acts 4:10–12 “. . . There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” 

International Ministry:

•  Psalm 23CREATION - Psalm 139 - and Easter resources have been given for short-term mission trips and extended mission outreach in Alaska, Japan, the Philippine Islands, Cambodia (6 orphanages), Pakistan, Cuba, Thailand, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Hungary, France, Spain, Austria, Australia, India, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Hondurus, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, China, Kuwait, and the Middle East.

•  MERCY SHIPS uses Creation & Psalm 23 Big Books, Poster-cards, lesson CDs, pocketbooks and other resources to teach children who receive medical help on the ship. The resources are also used for ministry in villages.

Domestic Ministry:

•  Pocketbooks and DVDs of Christian Resources have been given to small mission churches, and distributed for hospital ministry, homeless outreach, Thanksgiving baskets, teen lock-down centers, Angel Tree ministry, migrant outreach, various shelters, special ministry outreach to women in need, care-packages to servicemen/women in Afghanistan.

•  Hundreds of Books and over 25,000 pocketbooks have been given to thousands of foster children in Oregon, Washington, and California

  Over 2,000 books, 1,000 pocketbooks, 150 Christmas DVDs, and 15,000 Christmas cards have been given to Christian Library International's library ministry in over 1,400 prisons and detention centers.

•  Over 503,000 Christmas cards have been distributed to prison chaplains, rescue missions, evangelism outreach, Christmas baskets/dinners/gifts.