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Ray Pritchard pastored in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Married to Marlene for 38 years, he enjoys being a husband, a father and a grandfather, riding his bike, and playing with Dudley and Gary, beloved basset hounds.

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"What I Do Have Is Jesus”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, February 22

"What I do have is Jesus."That’s what a prisoner named Zach told us.

What’s Brown, Six Feet Tall, and Holds the Answer?

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, October 28, 2013

These books are on the way to Naval chaplains around the world.

Dear Hero

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We’re partnering with our friends at 3 Minutes Out to send care packages to the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.

100,000 Anchors on the Way!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, July 18, 2013

The new shipment of Anchors arrives in 3 weeks.

Anchor Across America

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Last Saturday at our KBM board meeting Doreen Mahlstedt shared this map showing where Anchor for the Soul has been distributed since our last printing of 100,000 copies a year ago this month. You’ll note that we have mailed Anchors to ...

Anchor Books for Prison Fellowship

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ten years ago we started a ministry partnership with Prison Fellowship that continues to this day In the beginning we gave away copies of “What a Christian Believes” and “Keep Believing” to inmates who responded to an offer in the Inside Journal, a newspaper published by Prison Fellowship and distributed in prisons across t ...

Anchor Books for Prison Fellowship

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ten years ago we started a ministry partnership with Prison Fellowship that continues to this day In the beginning we gave away copies of “What a Christian Believes” and “Keep Believing” to inmates who responded to an offer in the Inside Journal, a newspaper published by Prison Fellowship and distributed in prisons across t ...

“You’ll Need This Someday”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How do you get professional hockey players to take a free book about the gospel?That’s the dilemma Alex Pirus faces every time he speaks at a chapel service sponsored by Hockey Ministries International. Despite the fact that he played hockey in the NHL and can therefore relate to the players, Alex still faces hurdles ...

“You’ll Need This Someday”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How do you get professional hockey players to take a free book about the gospel?That’s the dilemma Alex Pirus faces every time he speaks at a chapel service sponsored by Hockey Ministries International. Despite the fact that he played hockey in the NHL and can therefore relate to the players, Alex still faces hurdles ...

“You’ll Need This Someday”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How do you get professional hockey players to take a free book about the gospel?That’s the dilemma Alex Pirus faces every time he speaks at a chapel service sponsored by Hockey Ministries International. Despite the fact that he played hockey in the NHL and can therefore relate to the players, Alex still faces hurdles ...

Always Hope

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last September when I spoke at a conference in Colorado, I met a prison chaplain who asked if we would donate 3000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from the Anchor Book Depot to be distributed in New Mexico prisons. We were happy to comply with that request, and early this year we received a letter from an inmate named Will ...

Always Hope

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last September when I spoke at a conference in Colorado, I met a prison chaplain who asked if we would donate 3000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from the Anchor Book Depot to be distributed in New Mexico prisons. We were happy to comply with that request, and early this year we received a letter from an inmate named Will ...

Always Hope

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last September when I spoke at a conference in Colorado, I met a prison chaplain who asked if we would donate 3000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from the Anchor Book Depot to be distributed in New Mexico prisons. We were happy to comply with that request, and early this year we received a letter from an inmate named Will ...

Florida State Fair Photos

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, February 16, 2008

Located on the midway, the Live Prayer Gospel Tent covered5000 square feet and seated 300 people. This young man and his mother helped prepare the books for distribution. These four teens received copies of An Anchor for the Soul. A gospel group prepares for a concert inside the tent. Marlene Pritchard, Lee Fay, Scott an ...

Florida State Fair Photos

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, February 16, 2008

Located on the midway, the Live Prayer Gospel Tent covered5000 square feet and seated 300 people. This young man and his mother helped prepare the books for distribution. These four teens received copies of An Anchor for the Soul. A gospel group prepares for a concert inside the tent. Marlene Pritchard, Lee Fay, Scott an ...

Florida State Fair Photos

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, February 16, 2008

Located on the midway, the Live Prayer Gospel Tent covered5000 square feet and seated 300 people. This young man and his mother helped prepare the books for distribution. These four teens received copies of An Anchor for the Soul. A gospel group prepares for a concert inside the tent. Marlene Pritchard, Lee Fay, Scott an ...

Florida State Fair—Gospel Outreach Update

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Florida State Fair opened its 12-day run in Tampa today. By the time the fair closes on February 18, total attendance will top 500,000. Last week we sent 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to be used as part of an evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer Gospel Tent, a 5000-square foot tent seating 300 people right o ...

Florida State Fair—Gospel Outreach Update

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Florida State Fair opened its 12-day run in Tampa today. By the time the fair closes on February 18, total attendance will top 500,000. Last week we sent 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to be used as part of an evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer Gospel Tent, a 5000-square foot tent seating 300 people right o ...

Florida State Fair—Gospel Outreach Update

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Florida State Fair opened its 12-day run in Tampa today. By the time the fair closes on February 18, total attendance will top 500,000. Last week we sent 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to be used as part of an evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer Gospel Tent, a 5000-square foot tent seating 300 people right o ...

Anchor at the Florida State Fair

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Last Thursday we shipped 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from our Book Depot in Chicago to Tampa, Florida where the Florida State Fair begins this Thursday. The books will be used as part of a daily evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer gospel tent on the fairgrounds.This is an amazing opportunity because over 500, ...

Anchor at the Florida State Fair

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Last Thursday we shipped 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from our Book Depot in Chicago to Tampa, Florida where the Florida State Fair begins this Thursday. The books will be used as part of a daily evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer gospel tent on the fairgrounds.This is an amazing opportunity because over 500, ...

Anchor at the Florida State Fair

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Last Thursday we shipped 4000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul from our Book Depot in Chicago to Tampa, Florida where the Florida State Fair begins this Thursday. The books will be used as part of a daily evangelistic outreach at the Live Prayer gospel tent on the fairgrounds.This is an amazing opportunity because over 500, ...

“I Understand What I Have Missed All These Years”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, February 1, 2008

Last night I read this remarkable letter from a prisoner in Michigan who read An Anchor for the Soul on Christmas Eve. Written in pencil (as most prisoner letters are), the letter describes how he ended up reading the book, a remarkable experience with the Lord, and how God used the book to bring him to a new understanding ...

“I Understand What I Have Missed All These Years”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, February 1, 2008

Last night I read this remarkable letter from a prisoner in Michigan who read An Anchor for the Soul on Christmas Eve. Written in pencil (as most prisoner letters are), the letter describes how he ended up reading the book, a remarkable experience with the Lord, and how God used the book to bring him to a new understanding ...

“I Understand What I Have Missed All These Years”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, February 1, 2008

Last night I read this remarkable letter from a prisoner in Michigan who read An Anchor for the Soul on Christmas Eve. Written in pencil (as most prisoner letters are), the letter describes how he ended up reading the book, a remarkable experience with the Lord, and how God used the book to bring him to a new understanding ...

Life’s Grace

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, December 27, 2007

We received a letter from a prisoner in California named Rocky. After reading An Anchor for the Soul, he wrote a poem called “Life’s Grace” and sent it to us.This poem captures a sense of what it is like to try to live for the Lord in prison. There may be no darker spot on earth than the inside of a prison cell. That& ...

Life’s Grace

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, December 27, 2007

We received a letter from a prisoner in California named Rocky. After reading An Anchor for the Soul, he wrote a poem called “Life’s Grace” and sent it to us.This poem captures a sense of what it is like to try to live for the Lord in prison. There may be no darker spot on earth than the inside of a prison cell. That& ...

Life’s Grace

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, December 27, 2007

We received a letter from a prisoner in California named Rocky. After reading An Anchor for the Soul, he wrote a poem called “Life’s Grace” and sent it to us.This poem captures a sense of what it is like to try to live for the Lord in prison. There may be no darker spot on earth than the inside of a prison cell. That& ...

Anchor in Iraq

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, December 8, 2007

A few years ago we sent 5000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to Word of Life in New York where they were bundled with a New Testament and a Quiet Time Diary. These Solider Quiet Time Packs were then sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just received this report (via Wayne Lewis) from a soldier serving in Iraq:I j ...

Anchor in Iraq

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, December 8, 2007

A few years ago we sent 5000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to Word of Life in New York where they were bundled with a New Testament and a Quiet Time Diary. These Solider Quiet Time Packs were then sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just received this report (via Wayne Lewis) from a soldier serving in Iraq:I j ...

Anchor in Iraq

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, December 8, 2007

A few years ago we sent 5000 copies of An Anchor for the Soul to Word of Life in New York where they were bundled with a New Testament and a Quiet Time Diary. These Solider Quiet Time Packs were then sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just received this report (via Wayne Lewis) from a soldier serving in Iraq:I j ...

“I Have Only 2 Dollars to Give”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Here is a check we received from an inmate at a prison in New York. After reading “An Anchor for the Soul,” he decided to send a donation to our ministry. “I have only 2 dollars to give but it is the thought that counts,” he said. His letter illustrates why we started the Anchor Book Depot. And it stands as a reminder of ou ...

“I Have Only 2 Dollars to Give”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Here is a check we received from an inmate at a prison in New York. After reading “An Anchor for the Soul,” he decided to send a donation to our ministry. “I have only 2 dollars to give but it is the thought that counts,” he said. His letter illustrates why we started the Anchor Book Depot. And it stands as a reminder of ou ...

“I Have Only 2 Dollars to Give”

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Here is a check we received from an inmate at a prison in New York. After reading “An Anchor for the Soul,” he decided to send a donation to our ministry. “I have only 2 dollars to give but it is the thought that counts,” he said. His letter illustrates why we started the Anchor Book Depot. And it stands as a reminder of ou ...

Trading Food for Books in Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A few months ago we opened the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago to give away copies of a simple gospel book called An Anchor for the Soul. This is a continuation of a ministry that started seven years ago. Since then we have given away over 350,000 copies, mostly to prisoners across America. Sometimes the prisoners find the boo ...

Trading Food for Books in Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A few months ago we opened the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago to give away copies of a simple gospel book called An Anchor for the Soul. This is a continuation of a ministry that started seven years ago. Since then we have given away over 350,000 copies, mostly to prisoners across America. Sometimes the prisoners find the boo ...

Trading Food for Books in Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A few months ago we opened the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago to give away copies of a simple gospel book called An Anchor for the Soul. This is a continuation of a ministry that started seven years ago. Since then we have given away over 350,000 copies, mostly to prisoners across America. Sometimes the prisoners find the boo ...

Anchor in a Laundromat

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Several years ago we donated copies of An Anchor for the Soul to the “Glory to Thee” missionary boat run by John and Gaydean Nolte. Their unique ministry takes them to various ports on the Gulf Coast and also along the inland waterways (including the Great Lakes), sharing the Good News of Jesus. John left a copy of the book ...

Anchor in a Laundromat

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Several years ago we donated copies of An Anchor for the Soul to the “Glory to Thee” missionary boat run by John and Gaydean Nolte. Their unique ministry takes them to various ports on the Gulf Coast and also along the inland waterways (including the Great Lakes), sharing the Good News of Jesus. John left a copy of the book ...

Anchor in a Laundromat

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Several years ago we donated copies of An Anchor for the Soul to the “Glory to Thee” missionary boat run by John and Gaydean Nolte. Their unique ministry takes them to various ports on the Gulf Coast and also along the inland waterways (including the Great Lakes), sharing the Good News of Jesus. John left a copy of the book ...

Anchor Updates

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Sunday, September 9, 2007

Here are two quick updates:1) An Anchor for the Soul has just been published in French by a publisher in Montreal. We received our copy a few days ago. Originally the book was published to coincide with a conference where I’m speaking in Montreal in November but now the book has been released for the general public.2) ...

Anchor Updates

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Sunday, September 9, 2007

Here are two quick updates:1) An Anchor for the Soul has just been published in French by a publisher in Montreal. We received our copy a few days ago. Originally the book was published to coincide with a conference where I’m speaking in Montreal in November but now the book has been released for the general public.2) ...

Anchor Updates

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Sunday, September 9, 2007

Here are two quick updates:1) An Anchor for the Soul has just been published in French by a publisher in Montreal. We received our copy a few days ago. Originally the book was published to coincide with a conference where I’m speaking in Montreal in November but now the book has been released for the general public.2) ...

Anchor in a Texas Women’s Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, August 27, 2007

Over the weekend we received this email from a volunter chaplain in Texas:I am a volunteer Chaplain at the Henley State Jail in Dayton, Texas. We house approximately 550 women. We received a box of your books, An Anchor for the Soul", a while back and our ladies have been requesting it constantly. We are totally out and we ...

Anchor in a Texas Women’s Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, August 27, 2007

Over the weekend we received this email from a volunter chaplain in Texas:I am a volunteer Chaplain at the Henley State Jail in Dayton, Texas. We house approximately 550 women. We received a box of your books, An Anchor for the Soul", a while back and our ladies have been requesting it constantly. We are totally out and we ...

Anchor in a Texas Women’s Prison

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, August 27, 2007

Over the weekend we received this email from a volunter chaplain in Texas:I am a volunteer Chaplain at the Henley State Jail in Dayton, Texas. We house approximately 550 women. We received a box of your books, An Anchor for the Soul", a while back and our ladies have been requesting it constantly. We are totally out and we ...

Anchors Away!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 17, 2007

The Anchor Book Depot has been busy recently. Here are some of the places we have sent the books:1) Military Torch Ministry, Norfolk, Virginia. The books are sent to sailors serving on ships deployed around the world.2) Camp Nathanael, Emmalena, Kentucky. We provided copies for a group of women completing a drug rehab progr ...

Anchors Away!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 17, 2007

The Anchor Book Depot has been busy recently. Here are some of the places we have sent the books:1) Military Torch Ministry, Norfolk, Virginia. The books are sent to sailors serving on ships deployed around the world.2) Camp Nathanael, Emmalena, Kentucky. We provided copies for a group of women completing a drug rehab progr ...

Anchors Away!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 17, 2007

The Anchor Book Depot has been busy recently. Here are some of the places we have sent the books:1) Military Torch Ministry, Norfolk, Virginia. The books are sent to sailors serving on ships deployed around the world.2) Camp Nathanael, Emmalena, Kentucky. We provided copies for a group of women completing a drug rehab progr ...

Anchor in Hong Kong

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 3, 2007

We received this note from a woman in Hong Kong:I wanted to let you know that I have given your book, Anchor for the Soul, to several inmates in prison here in Hong Kong. I have been visiting prisoners since moving back to Hong Kong last year and have been blessed by it. I visit those with no family—-a Vietnamese (in for m ...

Anchor in Hong Kong

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 3, 2007

We received this note from a woman in Hong Kong:I wanted to let you know that I have given your book, Anchor for the Soul, to several inmates in prison here in Hong Kong. I have been visiting prisoners since moving back to Hong Kong last year and have been blessed by it. I visit those with no family—-a Vietnamese (in for m ...

Anchor in Hong Kong

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Friday, August 3, 2007

We received this note from a woman in Hong Kong:I wanted to let you know that I have given your book, Anchor for the Soul, to several inmates in prison here in Hong Kong. I have been visiting prisoners since moving back to Hong Kong last year and have been blessed by it. I visit those with no family—-a Vietnamese (in for m ...

An Atheist Finds Christ in New Zealand

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Robin Brooks, a missionary serving in New Zealand, sent me the following story:Tracey is a university student in New Zealand. She claimed to be an atheist, but had some very unusual life goals. One of them was to attend a church sometime in her life. In February, a week before university started, Tracey advertised for a &ld ...

An Atheist Finds Christ in New Zealand

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Robin Brooks, a missionary serving in New Zealand, sent me the following story:Tracey is a university student in New Zealand. She claimed to be an atheist, but had some very unusual life goals. One of them was to attend a church sometime in her life. In February, a week before university started, Tracey advertised for a &ld ...

An Atheist Finds Christ in New Zealand

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Robin Brooks, a missionary serving in New Zealand, sent me the following story:Tracey is a university student in New Zealand. She claimed to be an atheist, but had some very unusual life goals. One of them was to attend a church sometime in her life. In February, a week before university started, Tracey advertised for a &ld ...

God Did It!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A few days ago I posted some pictures from the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago. That day we were shipping books to Dr. Bob Cosby in Logansport, Indiana. Here is an email we received from him this morning:Got the Anchor books the other day and have already had an inmate relate his testimony of having been saved as a result of h ...

God Did It!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A few days ago I posted some pictures from the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago. That day we were shipping books to Dr. Bob Cosby in Logansport, Indiana. Here is an email we received from him this morning:Got the Anchor books the other day and have already had an inmate relate his testimony of having been saved as a result of h ...

God Did It!

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A few days ago I posted some pictures from the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago. That day we were shipping books to Dr. Bob Cosby in Logansport, Indiana. Here is an email we received from him this morning:Got the Anchor books the other day and have already had an inmate relate his testimony of having been saved as a result of h ...

Pictures from the Anchor Book Depot

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, July 16, 2007

This morning I visited the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago for the first time. I traveled to the storage facility with Cliff Raad and Skip Olson. Ernie Schulz met us at Hall’s Self-Storage Facility where we rent a locker. Ernie is amazingly organized. He came with UPS shipping labels already filled out. But best of all, ...

Pictures from the Anchor Book Depot

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, July 16, 2007

This morning I visited the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago for the first time. I traveled to the storage facility with Cliff Raad and Skip Olson. Ernie Schulz met us at Hall’s Self-Storage Facility where we rent a locker. Ernie is amazingly organized. He came with UPS shipping labels already filled out. But best of all, ...

Pictures from the Anchor Book Depot

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Monday, July 16, 2007

This morning I visited the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago for the first time. I traveled to the storage facility with Cliff Raad and Skip Olson. Ernie Schulz met us at Hall’s Self-Storage Facility where we rent a locker. Ernie is amazingly organized. He came with UPS shipping labels already filled out. But best of all, ...

Anchor and Prison Fellowship

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, July 12, 2007

In 2001 we began providing Prison Fellowship free copies of An Anchor for the Soul for distribution in prisons across America. We started this ministry through the Book Depot at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL and it continues today through the Keep Believing Book Depot in Chicago. Over the years we have received ov ...

Anchor and Prison Fellowship

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, July 12, 2007

In 2001 we began providing Prison Fellowship free copies of An Anchor for the Soul for distribution in prisons across America. We started this ministry through the Book Depot at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL and it continues today through the Keep Believing Book Depot in Chicago. Over the years we have received ov ...

Anchor and Prison Fellowship

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Thursday, July 12, 2007

In 2001 we began providing Prison Fellowship free copies of An Anchor for the Soul for distribution in prisons across America. We started this ministry through the Book Depot at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL and it continues today through the Keep Believing Book Depot in Chicago. Over the years we have received ov ...

Anchor Books Being Sent Out

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, July 7, 2007

Now that the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago is operational, we have started sending out shipments to the following ministries:Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago)Pontiac (IL) Bible ChurchThe Mailbox Club (Valdosta, GA)A church in Kansas City, MOA jail in Santa Rita, CAAnd there are othe requests pending.

Anchor Books Being Sent Out

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, July 7, 2007

Now that the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago is operational, we have started sending out shipments to the following ministries:Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago)Pontiac (IL) Bible ChurchThe Mailbox Club (Valdosta, GA)A church in Kansas City, MOA jail in Santa Rita, CAAnd there are othe requests pending.

Anchor Books Being Sent Out

Posted by Ray Pritchard on Saturday, July 7, 2007

Now that the Anchor Book Depot in Chicago is operational, we have started sending out shipments to the following ministries:Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago)Pontiac (IL) Bible ChurchThe Mailbox Club (Valdosta, GA)A church in Kansas City, MOA jail in Santa Rita, CAAnd there are othe requests pending.

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