Words of Hope

Words of Hope is the pen pal network for supporting prisoners in Thailand.

Through the power of words we aim to give voice to Isaiah 61: 1 which urges us to proclaim freedom for the captives and release the prisoners from darkness. By writing a letter to somebody in prison on a regular basis we want to:

  • Establish a friendship
  • Communicate the love of Christ by reaching out to the seemingly “forgotten”
  • Encourage prisoners and be a window to the outside world

As a result of our letters, many inmates come to faith. As the number of prisoners grows and the word spreads of the availability of pen pals, the requests stream in. Today more than 200 Australian volunteers write to prisoners on a regular basis.

We are blessed by their encouraging letters and them sharing their faith with us in the face of such horrendous adversities.

The blessings we receive are mutual and the joy to receive mail by air, worth experiencing.

How it works

If you would like to write to somebody in prison please contact the branch facilitator nearest you. They will send you out some guidelines and then assign you a name of a male or female to write to. Once part of the team you will receive regular updates via the local newsletters and gatherings. Your contribution is most valued and appreciated.


Every six weeks a letter writing session takes place at the home of Ellen Broerse. This is a time of fellowship, prayer and intentional writing to prisoners. New volunteers are most welcome.


We encourage you to write to us. We would like to share stories from our pen friends, get to know more about the prisoners in Isaan and exchange ideas on how to encourage our friends inside prison.

Please see some of the feedback we receive from prisoners in their letters to us under snippets from letters or be encouraged by reading the testimonies section.