With a few phone calls, she found a women’s correctional center three hours away that needed their help.
“It was amazing,” Sarver recalls. “We would go in and minister to 200 women, offering them words of encouragement, praying with them. That’s where it started, and we kept adding more prisons, and got bigger teams together. But I would go to each one myself, to be part of it.”
The ministry now tends to nine prisons in the area, opening Sarver’s eyes to a huge well of need among this population and their families. Each time a story touched her heart, she looked for a way to help.
She met a young woman who had been incarcerated since the age of 13. Now the woman was 30 and had not been able to communicate with her brother in all that time. Sarver wrote to him to let him know his sister was doing well, which led her to start a pen pal program for prisoners’ families.