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At Mission Gate Prison Ministry, we need all the donated items you can offer to support the ex-offenders in our program. Our prison ministry in St. Louis, Missouri, survives because of your generosity. Some of the items we need include the following.

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Bibles and Commentaries

We need all the Bibles and Christian commentaries we can get for those in prison and for those that come out and join us in our aftercare program. Any translation will do but we prefer NIV and NAS because most of our classes uses them. And you would be surprised at how much of the Word they know! That is why we need the commentaries because they have had the baby food for years and now they are ready for meat. We prefer fundamental teachings that we all believe in and we leave the denominational distinctives to the pastors in the churches they choose to join. Put a box in the lobby of your church and ask your fellowship to bring those in that they are no longer using for our use.

Vans, Trucks, & Busses

With upwards of 100 residents from both our St. Louis City outreach and the Fort Good Shepherd Ranch, we need transportation to take them to work, shopping, and church. We also need them to pick up and deliver donations from various churches and Christians that help us with our ongoing needs. We can only accept vehicles that can pass a state inspection because we have no location to repair them and lack a budget for repairs. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible because we use them in our ministry.

Canned & Packaged Food

No residents that come to us from treatment centers or jail have anything except change in their pockets. We need to keep them supplied with food to get them going. Also, those who have had a conviction for drugs are not eligible for food stamps and sometimes their new employer holds back two weeks of earnings so they have no money to buy food. We need food that is imperishable which would include canned and packaged meats and meals on an ongoing basis. You could have a food drive at your church and I'm sure your fellowship would be blessed to participate.

Lawn Care Equipment

We own and manage nine residential buildings in St. Louis and have a capacity of 50 residents in cabins at our ranch in Cuba, MO. We want our properties to be the best in the neighborhood to demonstrate that Christians care for all that the Lord has blessed them with. And our ranch has 100 acres that need to be maintained. All the residents donate two hours per week doing chores but they need good working equipment to accomplish this ongoing need to maintain the lawns.

All Musical Instruments

Since God inhabits His praises, we sing a lot at the Mission Gate and sometimes we sing so out of key that we all start laughing and have to start all over again! Musical instruments and those that are skilled in playing them, would at least give us a key to aim for. These would include guitars, pianos, drums as well as the sound equipment necessary to reach a large area. We especially enjoy outdoor worship services and the floaters on the Meramec River often stop and take pictures of us and join us in worship.

Computers and Christian Software

Nowadays, computers are a necessity at home and work. We need working computers that we can give to the residents and teach them how to use. It is wonderful when we receive Christian software to help us study the Word and assist with classes. Anything Pentium and up will do, and we would be most grateful if you include Christian software.