Brian is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for drug trafficking. One Thursday afternoon, he decided to use his few minutes of phone time to connect with The Upper Room Living Prayer Center.
Most who call the prayer center ask for healing, strength, or divine guidance, so Brian’s request caught our volunteer off guard, especially when Brian identified himself as a prison inmate.
“Will you pray a prayer of gratitude with me?” Brian asked.
Brian told the volunteer, “I am where I need to be, and I am making a difference in the lives of men I meet here in prison. I am thankful that God has guided me to do the right thing. While other guys get shorter sentences, I am thankful to be serving my time. It’s the right thing to do.”
Brian and the volunteer prayed together. They prayed that Brian would have strength and courage, and that he would be a good example to those around him. The volunteer reminded Brian that the prayer center network would continue to pray for—and with—him.
Like Brian, I am grateful. I give thanks for our network of volunteers and prayer groups who sustain the prayer center. I’m grateful that when Brian called, we were able to offer a restorative and prayerful experience.
We provide a community of prayer to nearly 800 people every day because of generous donors like you. YOU make it possible for us to recruit and train volunteers, sustain the communication technology needed for our prayer partners, and provide administrative support for the volunteers.
When you give to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center, you make God’s love real for Brian and others in need of a praying friend. Your gifts matter.
by Sherry Elliott
Executive Director of Interpretation and Development
The Upper Room