Angel Tree

Through Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program, churches are coming alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long.

This month, correctional facilities will begin to distribute prisoner participation forms to incarcerated mothers and fathers for Angel Tree Christmas. Please pray the chaplains and program coordinators who promote and facilitate the Angel Tree program will encourage all eligible parents to make this loving connection with their children. Learn more about Angel Tree on our website: https://bit.ly/2T21gFf

"Without Angel Tree, these kids wouldn't get to know God … Without camp, I probably would not have God in my life." ---AT camp child, who became a camp counselor.

We often share prayer requests on the Prison Fellowship page. This week, we received prayer requests from Angel Tree caregivers. Please pray with us for them, and if you need prayer, comment below. You can also join our prayer team: https://bit.ly/3bbtpQg

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Serena’s Story: Letting Go and Making Room - An Angel Tree Story

Even though they were physically far apart, Angel Tree connected Serena and her children in a special way. The program also gave her a way to share with her children about her faith in Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.

prisonfellowship.org After a life in and out of prison, Serena Steenholdt has found God and reconnected with her children... “God is so much bigger than I ever thought.”

As America continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, Prison Fellowship is working tirelessly to serve prisoners and their families in the most effective ways possible. We are in constant evaluation of the best way to help children who have a parent in prison. One thing we know for certain: the boys and girls need Jesus.

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Reaching Out From Behind Bars: Angel Tree Helps A Father Connect

When Richard found out about Angel Tree, he knew it would be one way to help his wife from a distance. "I thank God for my family having the opportunity to receive gifts from their dad even though he was not in the home."

prisonfellowship.org Christmas without a parent at home is hard. Christmas with a parent in prison is harder. Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree helped Richard be there in spirit.

“Angel Tree helped me to see my dad in a different light. I realized he really was thinking about us at a time as important as Christmas. I could appreciate how much he loved us, and how sorry he was. And I believed God was working on his heart.”

Join us for our Hope Inside Prison webinar this Thursday, May 7, at 1 PM EDT. We’ll be talking with Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers defensive tackle. Kenny, a former Angel Tree child and current Angel Tree advocate, will discuss his experiences sharing football drills, encouragement, and hope in Christ with prisoners’ children. The webinar is free but you must RSVP to get the link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5135921473608520461

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, help Prison Fellowship continue bringing the hope of the Gospel into prisons and Angel Tree homes. Remember those in prison and join us in our support of incarcerated men and women and their families. GIVE TODAY: https://bit.ly/2KL7y7q

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, help Prison Fellowship continue bringing the hope of the Gospel into prisons and Angel Tree homes. Remember those in prison and join us in our support of incarcerated men and women and their families. GIVE TODAY: https://bit.ly/2KL7y7q

"It was time for us to start [participating in] another ministry to connect with people where they are—not where we are. And it's not about having endless resources. It's about outreach. … It’s about building bridges with families.”

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#Insider | Kerri's Story - Neglected Daughter Finds Her Place

“The first time I knew I was loved was during high school camp and we were in the chapel, and we’re all singing ‘You Are More.’ I had never experienced a moment like that where I’ve had a group of people singing for God and His joy…” Angel Tree made a difference in Kerri’s life. Wartch her story:

Both of Kerry's parents struggled with drug addiction and her dad spent most of her childhood in and out of prison. She and her siblings were often in foster...

"I have a 23-year-old son [that] I literally used the [Angel Tree] program for 17 years of his life. It never failed that somebody was there to reach out for my son. It was very important to me since I was unable to be there for him."

Children with a parent in prison remain a key focus of Prison Fellowship throughout the year, but especially now, as in-prison visits with parents are being canceled. Prayerful preparations continue to send thousands of children to an Angel Tree Camping partner during the summer months on an Angel Tree scholarship, and churches can sign up now to deliver a gift and the Gospel to the children of prisoners during the 2020 Christmas season. Please pray with us! https://bit.ly/2K6lNUn

"Angel Tree helped mend our relationship because every time she signed us up, she made me know she wasn't just thinking about herself that holiday. She was thinking about us, too. It made me feel loved and cared for."-- child of an incarcerated parent

"Angel Tree gifts were really the only gifts we received at Christmas, so it was easy to remember," she says. "I remember when I got the Velveteen Rabbit … I still have [it]; it's on my daughter’s bed right now." Read her story: https://bit.ly/2VfpBrj

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Weekly Update on Prison Fellowship and COVID-19

Check in with us each week for an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Prison Fellowship and correctional facilities.

prisonfellowship.org Check in with us each week for an update on how the COVID-19 is affecting Prison Fellowship and correctional facilities, events.

Across the country, Angel Tree hosts sports clinics where children of prisoners gain skills in various sports and learn about God's love. Through lessons, drills, and fun competition, kids who might not otherwise have a chance to attend a day camp are treated like champions. It's a unique opportunity for youth of all ages and abilities to learn from seasoned college players and former professional athletes.

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4 Ways You Can Minister to Children with Incarcerated Parents

After witnessing the impact of Angel Tree at Christmas, many churches and individuals feel called to extend their ministry to prisoners' families all year long. Here are some ideas for staying involved in the lives of the children and caregivers you meet through Angel Tree.

prisonfellowship.org Check out these four ways you can help the children and families of prisoners through the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program throughout the year.

“Angel Tree showed my family the love of God. If it wasn’t for Angel Tree, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”—Incarcerated Parent.

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It's Never Too Late to Make a Difference - Angel Tree Volunteers Step In

At 87 years old, Angel Tree volunteer coordinator Nedra Angel is proof that it’s never too late to make a difference.

prisonfellowship.org Angel Tree volunteer Nedra Angel is proof that it’s never too late to make a difference. “I do what God lets me do, and He has a purpose for all of us.”

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How Is Angel Tree Different From Other Programs? - Prison Fellowship

Many organizations have a mission to help children in need. What makes Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree unique?

prisonfellowship.org Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree's distinct core mission is to create pathways of reconciliation between incarcerated parents and their children.

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Prison Fellowship mourns the passing of the beloved Patty Colson, who was married to our founder, Charles “Chuck” Colson, for 48 years. Patty walked side by side with Chuck through his incarceration, the ups and downs of the founding of Prison Fellowship, and decades of successful outreach to men and women in prison and their families. Each Christmas, Patty and Chuck brought gifts and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in the name of their incarcerated parents. Even after her husband’s passing in 2012, Patty continued to be an important part of Prison Fellowship’s ministry of redemption and restoration. In 2013, she celebrated Christ’s resurrection with incarcerated men in Florida, speaking briefly with them about her husband’s legacy. Her words were “an echo of her husband’s lifelong vision,” a prisoner named Carlos later wrote. “I want to thank her for all Prison Fellowship does, because her efforts have helped change my life.” As Patty’s friends, family, and the ministry of which she was such an important part grieve her loss and seek to honor her life, we find comfort in the words she shared after Chuck’s death: “It’s been a rough year, but God is good. He has been with me all the way, holding my hand.” And we rejoice that she and Chuck are now together again in the presence of their Savior.

“I knew Jesus before camp, but not as much as I do now.” -- Angel Tree Camper in Texas.

Children with a parent in prison remain a key focus of Prison Fellowship throughout the year, but especially now, as in-prison visits with parents may be canceled. Churches can continue to sign up to deliver a gift and the Gospel to the children of prisoners for the 2020 Christmas season. The Angel Tree Christmas team is preparing back-up plans to counter any impact pandemic closures and restrictions may place on prisoner sign up and church participation. Preparations continue to provide thousands of children scholarships to attend an Angel Tree Camping partner during the summer months. So far, half of our camping partners report having no plan to cancel or delay camps, and half have said they will reevaluate in April and then decide. For more information about Angel Tree programs, visit: https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/

At Angel Tree Sports Clinics, kids don’t just build skills—they learn valuable lessons about hard work, perseverance, and overcoming difficult circumstances, from caring coaches and mentors who share their own stories of trials and triumphs. Before the day ends, each child has a chance to hear a message of hope and learn about God's love. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2x8ixEv

Prison Fellowship works with Celebrate Recovery (CR), a biblically based program that guides men and women in overcoming hurts, habits, and hang-ups. CR promotes Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program through CR chapters at churches and groups nationwide. If you’re a coordinator for a CR chapter and want to join the Angel Tree program, fill out the application at the link: http://bit.ly/2HEqiE7

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Angel Tree Helped Make This Family Whole Again - Prison Fellowship

“Camp helped encourage them to continue to do better and not feel alone—that they were not the only ones walking down this road.”

prisonfellowship.org Facing three years in prison, David could not possibly have imagined what God was about to do in his life and in the lives of his children.

“Camp brings me hope, joy, faith, love—everything. Camp is everything to me.” – Pennsylvania Angel Tree camper.

On Saturday we held another basketball Angel Tree Sports Clinic in Arizona, this time for young adults in grades 9 - 12 with an incarcerated parent. Thanks again to Kenny Dobbs for joining us!

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Former Olympians teach ice skating to kids of families that faced prison

In case you missed it: Angel Tree Sports Clinic joined forces with JoJo Starbucks, former Olympian skater, to bring a second year of “Angels on Ice” to Detroit-area children with incarcerated parents. "If we can lighten their load and give them joy and let them know that they're cared about and they're important and valuable, that's the message."

freep.com The day of skating with the likes of JoJo Starbuck was the second clinic, a part of the Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Sports Camps.

“[Angel Tree] helped my relationship out with my dad and my family, because I remember all the Christmases and birthdays growing up, I was always like, ‘Oh, Dad sent this? How’d he send this?’” Clark recalls. “I never knew until I got older, but I know it put a smile on my face growing up. So, I always wanted to show my appreciation for that once I found out Angel Tree was the one.” -- Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark. Read more: http://www.mkelifestyle.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=AHeartOfGreenandGold&category=Milwaukee%20Resources

"[God] always takes those who have 10 talents and gives them more. Angel Tree is a lot of work. But at the end of the day, our Father is glorified. And I thank Him so much for His strength, and He does it each and every time. He always brings Angel Tree together for these hurting families." – Angel Tree volunteer

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What Is Angel Tree Camping?

From rope swings and ziplines to horseback riding and swimming, a week with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Camping is a chance for kids to have fun, fellowship with their peers, build relationships with caring camp counselors, and just "be a kid."

prisonfellowship.org Youth across America are packing for a week away at camp. What is Angel Tree Camping®, and how is it helping at-risk children embrace hope-filled futures?

God has granted Prison Fellowship Angel Tree opportunities to operate more sports clinics than ever before, blessing 2,035 children this past year through activities like cheerleading, ice skating, soccer, basketball, bowling, and football—all thanks to your generous partnership.

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Can a Family Separated by Prison Walls Survive? Life on the Outside

An incarcerated father. A mom left on her own. Could Diane and her girls survive life on the outside without John? An Angel Tree story of hope.

prisonfellowship.org An incarcerated father. A mom left on her own. Could Diane and her girls survive life on the outside without John? A story of hope for Valentine's Day.

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An estimated 1.7 million children have a mom or dad in prison. The number is huge – but so is the opportunity. Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. In Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” There are children right in your community who are among the most at-risk children in the nation. Angel Tree provides an opportunity to connect with those families and begin ministering to them at Christmas and then continue through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities.
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