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COVID-19 Update

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Field Ministers continue to remain strong during the Covid Crisis. Several Field Ministers and the women among the Hobby 9 are able to show a different side of their service—cleaning, sweeping, picking up trash, and even volunteering to do so on medical wings.

Several Field Ministers and students in the Texas Field Ministers Program have tested positive for Covid-19 across the state. We pray for their speedy recovery and for the continued protection of all of the Field Minsters and for the Hobby 9, as well as, everyone in TDCJ.

Taking the Gospel into the Darkest of Places

What drives us in this calling?  It is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places. For us, those places are where men in solitary confinement live out their days, and often years, alone. Totally alone. They are not allowed to go to church, to attend bible study, to take classes, go to the library, the recreation yard, the cafeteria.  They are locked up inside the lockup.  

The Field Minister Visits

The Heart of Texas Foundation regularly visits the Field Ministers in their respective prisons in Texas.  There are thirty-three prisons in Texas who have their own team of Field Ministers. Currently there are 162 Field Ministers serving in those 33 prisons, where a total of over 78,000 men are housed.

The Donor Visits

“Seeing is believing.” There is no more powerful proof of that old expression than to go into a men’s maximum-security prison with us.  We often take new friends of our work into the prisons to visit our Field Ministers. We often take donors as well. And our visitors encounter experiences they never could have imagined. 

The Hobby Unit for Women

The Heart of Texas Foundation | College of Ministry begins at the Hobby Unit for Women in 2021!

We are now developing a Field Ministers Program for the women in Texas prisons.  The Hobby Unit for Women, in Marlin (30 minutes south of Waco) will be the location of The Heart of Texas Foundation | College of Ministry for women where the Class of 2025 will begin their studies pursuant to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry.  

We look forward to releasing updates as we go. Please pray for the women students and faculty as we move forward together to equip women to serve skillfully and with joy under the cross of Christ anywhere a woman lives in the prison.