Letter to heaven:
My dear brother Maurice, how time flies! I can hardly believe that it was five years ago today that you walked out of the prison hospital. Your cousin Mary and I were at your side. I've never experienced anything like it before or after that date, July 24, 2004! After 29 years, you were free. Your smile told it all! A book and a stage-play assure that the story will never die.
And oh, the dreams we had: We would carry our new organization, INNOCENT, to a new level; we would travel the country so that you could give lectures, speak to students, make radio and television appearances, and meet with church leaders. I just want you to know that, because your health problems prevented the two of us from carrying on that mission, one of us is still on the battle front. Liver disease and other complications may have allowed you to live for only three months, my friend, but your dream is alive and well. Perhaps I shouldn't say "well," because we face a serious financial struggle. But thanks to you and your dream, more prisoners have been freed, some are now getting proper medical care, and many have new hope!
Your constant advice to me: "Just leave it in God's hands."
The organization has a different name now, and the mission has been modified to cover not only the wrongly convicted, but those prisoners who have special needs, regardless of guilt or innocence. Because you set the bar so high, those of us at HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS---staff and volunteers and consultants---are doing everything humanly possible to carry out our mission statement. May we never weaken. May we never forget your sage advice, and always place our future in God's hands.
Our lives will never be the same, because of the example of your life!
While safe in the arms of Jesus, I believe you're smiling on us.
In life and in death, Carter changes lives! Grand Haven Tribune, October 26, 2004
You may order copies of the book SWEET FREEDOM at 616.935.0075
You may send a contribution in honor of Maurice's memory to P.O. Box 687, Grand Haven, MI 49417