Today was the last day of our cardmaking classes at the Georgia state prison in our area. There were 15 inmates in the session. We had a wonderful time! Everyone was so attentive! The participants followed the instructions and created several really pretty Christmas cards!
One woman was so happy about the class. She had a family member that would soon have a birthday and she did not have a card to send. She made a really pretty birthday card instead of a Christmas card. She was so excited about making the card! Two other inmates were amazed they were allowed to use scissors! One had not had a pair of scissors in her hand in 2 years, the other inmate in 7 years. Wow!
Cheryl is our church librarian. She brought several boxes of books for the various libraries in the prison. The books were well received!
I have been blessed in so many ways through this activity. I have a renewed appreciation for our penal system in Georgia. It was wonderful to witness the compassion that the employees have for the inmates. Yet, a sense of "law and order" is dominant in all areas of the prison. Cheryl and I will probably be going back to conduct more classes. Scrapbooking, paper quilling, and cardmaking are the topics that are most popular!
This three-day activity would not have been possible without the support of so many people. Many members of the Cricut Circle Message Board, especially, Softbrn, were major supporters through their donation of papercrafting supplies and equipment. Another message board member, Quiltfrog, donated 221 rubber stamps! Cheryl and I belong to the same Sunday School class and "Singing Saints" choir. The members of these organizations were wonderful benefactors, too! A local printing service donated cardstock scraps. Thank you to all who had a part in this project! We could not have done this without you!
Cheryl and I had a glimpse into the life of the inmates at this prison. It was our pleasure to be a brief distraction for the daily routine of these inmates. The director promised to take pictures of some finished cards and email them to me. When I get these pictures, I will share them with you! It is our desire that something we taught has stirred the creativity in these inmates and they will want to continue to make handmade cards!
My Life Scripture
Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.