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Free Care Packages For All


Christmas Behind Bars Outreach Ministries provides gift packages to all of your inmates.....the care packages consist of:

  • “Thinking of You” Cards
  • Letter of Encouragement
  • Bibles (as funds permit)
  • Picture of Nature Scene
  • Pretzels - Chips - Granola Bars
  • Candy Bars - Misc. Snack Items
  • Hot Cocoa - Soup Packets - Crackers
  • Misc. Candies & Chip Items
  • Different Hygiene Items (as funds and facilities permit)

Why We Visit

Letting them know they are not forgotten; that lasting, positive changes are attainable through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sharing with them the path to true freedom for all people

We are no longer a seasonal ministry - we are serving 365 days a year. Get your facility booked.

Please contact us by using our form or call phone: 260-827-8835

Warehouse Desperately Needed!


We have to relocate from our 7,000 sq. ft. warehouse We are looking to build a 12,000 to 15,000 sq. ft. facility that will enable us to meet our ministry needs and the projected growth of Christmas Behind Bars.

Christmas Behind Bars started over 20 years ago in a classroom at a local church. It has grown every year and is now reaching yearly over 50,000 prisoners across the country. Care Packages to each prisoner include Bibles, devotional books, hygiene items and miscellanoous snack items. These Care Packages are a blessing to those behind bars, letting them know that they are not forgotten, God loves them and there is hope in Him.

Mini Van Needed

We are still in need of a nice car and a minivan we currently have a family that has two children and they could use the minivan and we just have a man that got out of prison in January he has a job and a drivers license but he needs a vehicle.

Please contact us by using our form. or call phone: 260-827-8835

Recent Package Delivery


Packages for prisoners.

Correctional Industrial Facility

February 12, 2016 (Pendleton, IN) - The Correctional Industrial Facility (CIF) in Pendleton recently hosted “Christmas Behind Bars” Lemuel Vega’s program which is about sharing love to those behind bars not just on Christmas, but 365 days a year. Lemuel Vega, a former offender himself, began the group 20 years ago after being released from prison and becoming a Christian. Before the program Superintendent Wendy Knight presented Mr. Vega with a $1250 check on behalf of CIF’s American Legion Post 503. Superintendent Knight commented “Lemuel’s dedication to this prison ministry is unmatched in anything I have ever seen. He works tirelessly to bring his message to these men and this program is a multi-state success because of his commitment to Christ.”

An offender that was deeply touched by Lemuel’s program wrote this” There just aren’t enough words to express all the appreciation we hold in our hearts for you and the volunteers who came into our world and brought us the best Christmas that so many of us have ever had in so many years. Thank you sincerely for your love, your presents and your words.”

Christmas Behind Bars is a Christ-centered ministry focused on bringing the gospel to inmates. The program promotes hope so inmates can learn that there is a different way than turning to crime to cope with their problems. Approximately 1300 offenders from the Correctional Industrial Facility attended the program. Gift bags were distributed to the offenders at the conclusion of event.

Christmas Behind Bars is in its 20th year of service to those who are behind bars. Since Christmas Behind Bars is a not for profit program, they rely on donations to keep this ministry going. If you are interested in donating bibles, hygiene items, snacks or a tax deductable financial gift that will help them in purchasing much needed equipment such as a semi and refrigerated trailer and/or a forklift their contact information is below.

email: phone: 260-827-8835

Pictured from left to right: Assistant Superintendent Delana Ritchie, Superintendent Wendy Knight, Lemuel Vega of Christmas Behind Bars, CIF American Legion Coordinator Ofc. David Tesdal, Chaplain Jeff Hinshaw"

Plainfield, Indiana


We just visited the reception diagnostic center in Plainfield Indiana on Saturday, Every inmate received a Bible a gift package a toothbrush and toothpaste a bar of soap a homemade thinking of you card and more than that we pray a great blessing through the songs that were sung the scriptures that were shared and testimonies that were given. If you would like to be a part of this project we need your help to sponsor a women's prison in central Illinois. They have approximately 1800 women and we are trying to raise $12,000 before Christmas to make this project possible. You can donate online or send your tax deductible love gifts to Christmas behind bars PO Box 474, Bluffton, IN 46714

SPECIAL MESSAGE to all of our sponsors...

Greetings and blessings to you this day.

Your sponsorship has brought one individual hope in this world in which we live, we say thank you... For making it possible,that we could go to this prison in some faraway place, 1800 inmates are incarcerated in this Supermax prison, 547 I believe is the number of people that are housed in the solitary confinement units within this prison, We can only estimate the value of this one person through the cross of Calvary, May our own lives contemplate today the freedom that we have been granted Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ... from a solitary confinement cell...

Christmas Behind Bars We are in need of a semi tractor, to help lighten the load for some of these long-distance journeys, As the Lord would impress you / your tax deductible donations can be sent to Christmas behind bars, Please mark your donations for this special project.

Sincerely love and prayers your friends,

Christmas behind bars / Free Indeed
Lemuel and Donna Vega

Minivan Needed, Matching Donation

We have been so blessed! We've recently received funds from Switzerland to assist in purchasing a minivan for this ministry. We are looking for a recent model minivan in good condition, which will allow us to travel many miles visiting men and women in prison, as well as churches across the country.

If you feel inspired to help match the funds we've received please let us know. Any amount will be a blessing!

Also, if you know of anyone with a good quality minivan with low mileage that would be interested in donating, we'd be happy to talk with them.

Once again, thank you for your support and prayers, and may God bless and keep you!


(Feb 2013 - Whitney Riggs)

Inmates at the White County jail received a holiday surprise when "Christmas Behind Bars" visited them on Wednesday afternoon singing Christmas carols, handing out snacks and spreading inspirational words of hope.

Christmas Behind Bars is a Christ-centered ministry focused on bringing the gospel to inmates. They have traveled all over Indiana and soon Virginia stopping in jails and prisons to send a bit of hope to the inmates during the holiday season.

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Christmas Behind Bars • PO Box 474 • Bluffton, IN 46714 • Ph: (260) 824-3182

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry and you will receive a tax deductible receipt for any donations, whether monetary or gift in kind.