Offering HOPE and HEALING for inmates and their families

Have you unexpectedly found yourself with a loved one in prison?

Let these 5 free devotions from Carol Kent bring comfort and healing to your heart!

The Kent Family Story

Sometimes we choose to make sacrifices; we tighten our belts to pay for the education of our children, or we give up a treasured day off to help a friend in need. Then there are sacrifices for which we have no say–like “Isaac experiences” as described in Genesis 22–which are thrust upon us without warning or survival instructions. We eventually discover we are living in “a new kind of normal.”


Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice. Stand up for the poor and destitute.
Proverbs 31:8-9 MSG


How Inmates Are Encouraged

 "I thank God for you all being rich in blessing me for all these years.  Thanks for not forgetting us.  Hebrews 6:10. PS I appreciate the gift." --Mauriac, an inmate

 "It was more difficult than usual deciding on who to bless since so many of my friends have nothing.  But I made a decision and blessed several guys." -- Gary, an inmate (After receiving a gift from Speak Up for Hope where we suggest that they use half of the money on their needs and bless someone else with the other half.)

 "I think I might have some fun passing stuff out to other inmates.  My first thought was, 'Oh, man, I don't wanna do all that.', but the more I thought on it the more I liked it.  This place is so down in the dumps, any ray of hope is a welcome relief." --Tom, a 60+ year old inmate

 "Thank you very much for thinking of me this year.  The money is appreciated and I have been able to bless several men who don't have any help.  I still have about four or five more that I will help this week." -- Jon, an inmate

About Speak Up for Hope

We exist to provide hope to inmates and their families

through encouragement and resources.

Gene & Carol Kent


Provide encouragement, ideas, and resources needed by inmates and their families.


Assist churches or individuals with information on materials to educate and equip.


Communications training for people doing evangelism and Bible teaching.

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Boxes of Hope

As Gene and Carol Kent continue to share their story, letters and e-mails pour in daily from people who are experiencing their own “new kind of normal” as a result of facing devastating circumstances. As a result of these needs, Speak Up for Hope began a mission project that reaches out, offering special encouragement to inmates and their families, and to prison chaplains.

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