This Christmas Eve 2013 audio podcast is a recorded conversation with Shelly and Wesley Fryer, reflecting on their recent experiences on December 9th with the “Redeeming the Family” outreach ministry at Mable Bassett Women’s Prison in McCloud, Oklahoma. Redeeming the Family is an organization serving the innocent children of incarcerated parents in Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Messages Project. The Oklahoma Messages Project provides opportunities for mothers and fathers in prison to choose a free book for their child/children and read the book (or an excerpt) for them as part of a DVD message. These DVDs are delivered to the child/children’s caregivers before holidays like Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Research shows that increased communication between incarcerated parents and their children can reduce the chances those children will become incarcerated themselves. Redeeming the Family ( provides opportunities for volunteers to serve in the Oklahoma Messages Project multiple times each year at different Oklahoma prisons around the state.

Show Notes:

  1. Redeeming the Family’s website: (Now the Oklahoma Messages Project)
  2. Redeeming the Family on Facebook
  3. Redeeming the Family (now “The Oklahoma Messages Project”) on Twitter: @OKMessagesProj 
  4. Redeeming the Family on YouTube
  5. Impact of Redeeming the Family programs
  6. Redeeming the Family: Blessing Children of Incarcerated Parents (14 minute video reflection, May 2013) – Internet Archive Wayback Machine archive available
  7. Mable Bassett Correctional Center
  8. Positive Tomorrows School in Oklahoma City
  9. City Rescue Mission of Oklahoma City
  10. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma
  11. Kairos Prison Ministry International
  12. Shelly Fryer on Twitter: @sfryer
  13. Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  14. Wesley Fryer’s Christian blog, “Eyes Right” (now “Pocket Share Jesus”)

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