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What Your Gift Means: A Letter

At Forward Movement, when we ask for your donation, we’re asking you to help us give the gift of prayer and practice to people in need. We often receive letters like the one below, sent to us in February by Michael Gilbert, who is incarcerated in Oklahoma. Michael’s words are a remarkable testament to the power of prayer in times of struggle—and to the impact of your gift.


Dear Forward Day by Day,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I noticed in the February, March, April edition of Forward Day by Day that you were looking for stories from your regular readers. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the impact your ministry has had on my life.

When I first arrived at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helene, Oklahoma as an inmate in 2005, I was a very angry person. I was angry with myself, our society, and with God. All human decency and any sign of God seem to be missing from our legal system when viewed from the perspective of a person on trial.

I began to see Christ when I was invited to attend a Kairos prison ministry four-day weekend. My sponsor, John Pearson, an Episcopalian, started providing me copies of Forward Day by Day. Through daily use of this publication I developed a spiritual practice of daily prayer, meditation, and scripture reading such as I had never known before. My thinking began to change. I began to change. I became less angry.

My pace of spiritual growth greatly increased when your ministry gifted me a copy of Hour by Hour. I began praying four times a day. With this addition to my life I began to focus more on Christ, to consider his point of view. I was soon praying even when the set times were not at hand.

I found myself feeling connected, a part of the Forward Movement family, a participant with the Episcopal Communion, and a member of the body of Christ.

Today I am thankful to be growing in Christ and worshipping him in fellowship with St. Patrick’s Community, the prison ministry sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. I am a much different person today than I was in 2005. I am less angry, less destructive, and more loving. I have been rehabilitated, not by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, but by the love of Christ shown to me through the Episcopal Church. Your ministry at Forward Movement started me down the path and nurtured me on the journey. I am profoundly grateful for all you have given me. May God bless everybody involved with Forward Movement.

Your friend and brother in Christ,


Will you consider making a donation of any size today, and help us send the gift of prayer to those in need?

Forward Today: God Works in Wondrous Ways

In this week’s edition of our weekly newsletter, Deputy Director Richelle Thompson writes about a remarkable encounter with a couple of longtime Forward Day by Day readers in an airport. It’s truly a moving testament to our mission, and a great story!

Dear friends in Christ,

Forward Movement isn’t a publishing company. We’re a ministry. Sure, we publish–in print, online, as apps and podcasts, ebooks and blogs. But our mission is to be a ministry that inspires disciples and empowers evangelists.

Deadlines and budgets sometimes cloud the focus. That’s why hearing from readers matters so much, fuels us and reminds us of our purpose.

I had the privilege of meeting devoted Forward Day by Day readers a few weeks ago in a chance encounter at an airport. At ages 89 and 102 (not a typo!), the couple serve as chaplains to retired clergy. I told them about my work at Forward Movement. The man’s eyes lit up. He reached into his bag. I never travel without these two items, he said. And he showed me a tattered Book of Common Prayer and the latest issue of Forward Day by Day, bound together by a rubber band.

FDDairport He uses Forward Day by Day in a Bible study that he has led at a mental hospital for more than twenty years. He mentioned that he needed to order some copies in Spanish for a few new residents. It was my privilege and honor to tell him that Forward Movement would send those for free as part of our ministry. I told him that we are supported by generous donors who enable us to send for free every year more than 100,000 resources for Bible study and daily spiritual reflection to prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals.

The chaplain smiled. It was God’s plan that we meet today, he said. God works in wondrous ways.


Yours faithfully,

Richelle Thompson
Deputy Director and Managing Editor

How you can help our ministry:

Forward Movement donates over 100,000 resources for Bible study, daily reflection, and spiritual nourishment each year to prisoners, hospital patients, and nursing home residents in fifty countries around the globe. This ministry is made possible through generous donations and product sales.


Your generous contribution helps Forward Movement to inspire more disciples and empower evangelists every day. We also invite our readers and supporters to remember Forward Movement in your prayers.

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