What is GraceLinks?

Devotions that Reach Behind Bars

GraceLinks is IM’s daily devotional email program for inmates. Six devotions are sent per week, designed to bring hope and healing to state and federal inmates whose correctional facility uses either the CorrLinks (state) or TRULINCS (federal) software program. This exciting opportunity both impacts inmates’ hearts and has far-reaching potential, as it grows subscribers in WI and across the US.

The devotions consist of several types of messages, including:

  • Encouragement that Jesus’ forgiveness and grace is for EVERYONE.
  • Simple Bible explanations, providing basic faith-building blocks.
  • Topical devotions that help offer practical advice for faith growth and development.
  • Sincere, honest prayers of confession and worship.
  • Explaining the parables.
  • Teaching about Biblical figures and historical events.

The best part is this: Each and every devotion is drenched in the Gospel message – the good news that Jesus died for us ALL, while we were still sinners. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 NIV)

How it Started...

In 2019, we began to send email devotions behind prison walls.  We named our devotions GraceLinks because we bring God’s grace to his people. Little did we know that God would use COVID-19 to create spiritual hunger and cause many to subscribe.

...How It's Going

Over the years, GraceLinks has seen tremendous growth. As of November 2023, GraceLinks has close to 900 email subscribers across the country. Our GraceLinks devotions are also available in a hard-copy format in both English AND Spanish for prisoners who don’t yet have access to a secure email system. Over 5,000 hard copies of our devotions have been printed and are ready to be distributed to jails and prisons in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas.

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How Can You Help?

If, as you read through this, you feel the urge to help support this ministry, we fully support you! There are several ways that you can help us grow GraceLinks.

Contact us to learn more! We would be thrilled to have you join us on our GraceLinks adventure.

Sample Devotion: Do You Ever Wonder if You’re REALLY Forgiven?

Some people wonder if they really are forgiven, especially if they don’t feel forgiven. They know in their heart that they continue to sin. It bothers them that they fall into the same kind of sin over and over even though they know it is wrong....

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Sample Devotion: Dealing With Our Past

Some people struggle with memories of the past. Maybe there are people that come back in our dreams that we would rather not think about. When thinking about things in our past, we might be haunted by sins. Maybe we....

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Sample Devotion: God’s Love is Greater than our Sin

Have you ever wondered, “How can God forgive me for some of the things I have either done or left undone in my life?” These thoughts can be very depressing. When we do this type of thinking, it is part of the process we....

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Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.