Pastor Steven G. Simmons of Fifth Street Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Tyler, Tex. relayed a letter from a prisoner requesting a copy of Dr. Pipa's book to which he had become acquainted through a fellow inmate.
In his handwritten letter to Pastor Simmons, the inmate stated:
I have been attending your Monday night Bible Study Class at Powledge Unit since I arrived about a month ago. First, let me thank you for your time & energy in your ministry to me and my fellow inmates. I am a 39-year-old first-time offender & also aware that the only reason I was placed in such a "pleasant" unit is by the grace of God.
I look forward to you and the other teacher's weekly class time. It provides additional instruction & learning to my daily study & meditation in the Word. A fellow classmate ... has also been a great benefit to me in my new road to salvation. He showed me a study book you sent him to complete called the Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book by Joseph Pipa. I guess what I'm really getting at is if you would be so kind as to do the same for me in order in order for me to gain [further] knowledge. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
God bless you.The Powledge Unit is an 1,100+-inmate prison with a wide variety of rehabilitation and religious ministry programs and a faith-based dormitory. Among the institution's best known and secured inmates is Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader serving a life sentence for sexually molesting one of his child "brides."