Prison Fellowship Angel Tree

Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Equips churches to strengthen relationships between incarcerated parents and children year-round.

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"Having a parent in prison is a heartache that no child should have to bear, but unfortunately, (over) two million child...
10/31/2021

"Having a parent in prison is a heartache that no child should have to bear, but unfortunately, (over) two million children have this hardship forced upon them. By reminding them that their parent is still with them in their heart, and that God loves them and will always watch over them, it helps make the hurt a little easier to handle. Just one simple thing makes such a difference." #AngelTree #hope #parents #children #itstartswithagift #incarceration

"Having a parent in prison is a heartache that no child should have to bear, but unfortunately, (over) two million children have this hardship forced upon them. By reminding them that their parent is still with them in their heart, and that God loves them and will always watch over them, it helps make the hurt a little easier to handle. Just one simple thing makes such a difference." #AngelTree #hope #parents #children #itstartswithagift #incarceration

Photos from Prison Fellowship's post
10/28/2021

Photos from Prison Fellowship's post

10/28/2021
A great time was had by all at last weekend's Prison Fellowship Angel Tree basketball sports camp!
10/26/2021

A great time was had by all at last weekend's Prison Fellowship Angel Tree basketball sports camp!

“I’m actually an ex-felon, and you know, knowing that there’s an agency that’s willing to give to the children and provide to the children while their parents are incarcerated, that’s awesome.” Last weekend Prison Fellowship Angel Tree held a basketball sports camp in Kansas City, Missouri, for children with an incarcerated parent. Thank you to our volunteers, staff, United Believers Community Church, Betty Lennox, former WNBA player, and Hy-Vee Arena! Read the story: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article255236651.html

When it comes to facing adverse childhood experiences, Suzanna Jacobson doesn’t shy away. What happens when summer camp ...
10/24/2021
Overcoming Trauma at Angel Tree Camp - Prison Fellowship

When it comes to facing adverse childhood experiences, Suzanna Jacobson doesn’t shy away. What happens when summer camp gets real about pain?

When it comes to facing adverse childhood experiences, Suzanna Jacobson doesn’t shy away. What happens when summer camp gets real about pain?

Thank you to everyone involved!
10/19/2021
Paycom Center Hosts Angel Tree Sports Camp For Girls With Incarcerated Parents

Thank you to everyone involved!

The Paycom Center was filled with young ladies participating in the angel tree sports camp. The camp benefits kids with parents that are incarcerated. “As they started walking down, seeing the lights and the jumbotron you can see their eyes lighting up. It’s a pretty cool experience to be able t...

“It was a drive-through last year; they put gifts in the trunk or backseat. Prior to that, at church there was a party w...
10/17/2021

“It was a drive-through last year; they put gifts in the trunk or backseat. Prior to that, at church there was a party with food and refreshments and raffles. It was nice, like a family gathering. The kids were excited—they loved it. They were appreciative. Everyone does not understand that the lifestyle [of having an incarcerated loved one] is very different. You can’t talk to people about it. You can become offended by what their reaction might be. It’s better to communicate with people who are in that seat with you.” #AngelTree #hope #Christmas #community

“It was a drive-through last year; they put gifts in the trunk or backseat. Prior to that, at church there was a party with food and refreshments and raffles. It was nice, like a family gathering. The kids were excited—they loved it. They were appreciative. Everyone does not understand that the lifestyle [of having an incarcerated loved one] is very different. You can’t talk to people about it. You can become offended by what their reaction might be. It’s better to communicate with people who are in that seat with you.” #AngelTree #hope #Christmas #community

10/16/2021

In honor of what would have been Charles “Chuck” Colson’s 90th birthday today, here’s an excerpt from our website about how he responded to God’s purpose for his life:

In 1974, while serving time in prison for his role in Watergate, Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson was wrestling with thoughts about what he would do with his life after his release.

“Here I was in prison, public enemy number one, the notoriety of the Watergate publicity, and the most depressing thing to me was the realization that I probably couldn’t ever do anything significant with my life again.”

But God had something in mind. “God used my greatest defeat,” Chuck said, “for His greatest glory.”

An unlikely encounter was one of the early signs to Chuck that God was going to do something he didn’t expect.

“There were tremendous racial tensions in the prison,” Chuck said. “I can remember one time in the dayroom, I was writing a letter home to Patty and some of the guys were listening to the television, which was turned up very loud, and others were playing cards.“

One black man shouted so loud that it brought silence to the room: "Colson, what are you going to do when you get out of here? How are you going to help guys like us?“

His name was Archie. "I said, ‘Archie, I won’t forget you guys. I’ll do something to help you.’ He threw the deck of cards on the floor: 'Ah, bull! Big shots like you leave the prison and you forget little guys like us.'”

Chuck didn’t forget. He responded to God’s purpose for his life and formed Prison Fellowship. And he returned to prison with the Gospel message—and much more.

Today, Prison Fellowship is active in all 50 states, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to prisoners and their families. With the help of churches across the country, thousands of volunteers are continuing Chuck’s call to “remember the prisoner” and to turn defeat into glory.

#ChuckColson #rememberthoseinprison #prisonfellowship #incarceration #happybirthday #hope

10/15/2021

The world is a better place because of what Jesus did in the life of Chuck Colson, the founder and namesake of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Though many in younger generations aren’t as familiar with Chuck’s Born Again story, his legacy is one we are proud of and committed to stewarding for the glory of God.

Tomorrow, October 16, would have been Chuck Colson’s 90th birthday. His legacy continues, not only in the ongoing work of the Colson Center, but also the continuation of Prison Fellowship, especially the Angel Tree ministry. Here’s why that ministry is so important, direct from our founder, Chuck Colson:

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There are few things that thrill me more at Christmas time than Angel Tree! When I went to prison [in 1974], my greatest concern was not for myself, but for my family. I and other inmates anguished over ways to show our families we still loved them.

That’s why, when Prison Fellowship staffer and ex-bank-robber Mary Kay Beard began Angel Tree [in 1982], I knew immediately that we could reach those families who suffer so much at Christmas. Since that beginning, Angel Tree has brought the message of Christ’s love to millions of prisoners’ children through volunteers who deliver gifts to them on behalf of their incarcerated parents.

Every year, Patty and I bring gifts to one or two of these children. For me, it just wouldn't seem like Christmas without Angel Tree.

The same is true for a young man named Robert. At 10, Robert watched his dad handcuffed and driven away to prison. To keep the family afloat, Robert’s mom packed up and moved them from their comfortable home in the country to a gang-ridden urban neighborhood. As she struggled to put bread on the table, she warned her children that Christmas might not look like much that first year without their dad.

On Christmas morning, Robert woke up to find a bare room and his mother crying on the couch. He went over to her and wrapped his arms around her. He told her that he did not mind that they didn’t have any gifts; that they were not all that important.

But her tears were tears of joy. She told Robert to go look out on their front porch. There he saw gifts piled high, some with labels with his dad’s name on them. They were Angel Tree gifts, given by volunteers from a local church. But Robert did not know that at the time. All he knew was that his dad loved him and remembered him.

Robert and his family began attending the church that had been so generous. And when Robert’s father was released from prison, he began attending the church as well. Over the next few years, Robert dabbled in gang activity and even dropped out of high school, but through it all, the church was there supporting his family and reminding him of Christ’s love.

Robert became a committed believer and eventually signed on as the youth pastor of that same church. And every year, he and his wife sign up to purchase gifts for Angel Tree children.

Doesn’t that give you a marvelous picture of what the Advent season is really all about? God entered into our darkness with light in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ. And that light, the Light of the world, changes us and enables us to spread the light to others.

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That was Chuck Colson, sharing about Angel Tree, a ministry dear to his heart. In remembrance of Chuck’s 90th birthday tomorrow, would you consider participating in the ministry of Angel Tree? To learn more, please visit www.angeltree.org.

“I heard about the Angel Tree sports camp when someone with Angel Tree reached out to me. I asked my son, and he said ‘O...
10/10/2021

“I heard about the Angel Tree sports camp when someone with Angel Tree reached out to me. I asked my son, and he said ‘Of course!’ With the pandemic, we had been shut down, and he was so glad to interact with other people, especially because he has a lot of energy. I spoke with multiple people at the sports camp. I haven’t been around that many people that were so positive within their spirit at one time in a long time. The energy was so positive. It was like you didn’t want to leave. It’s very deep, considering what we are going though.” #AngelTree #PrisonFellowship #sportscamp #kids

“I heard about the Angel Tree sports camp when someone with Angel Tree reached out to me. I asked my son, and he said ‘Of course!’ With the pandemic, we had been shut down, and he was so glad to interact with other people, especially because he has a lot of energy. I spoke with multiple people at the sports camp. I haven’t been around that many people that were so positive within their spirit at one time in a long time. The energy was so positive. It was like you didn’t want to leave. It’s very deep, considering what we are going though.” #AngelTree #PrisonFellowship #sportscamp #kids

“It does make a difference with children. Kids hear what other people say, what other people think. They hear what famil...
10/03/2021

“It does make a difference with children. Kids hear what other people say, what other people think. They hear what family members say about their parent. But kids still have their own opinion in their heart, because that’s still their parent. Angel Tree gave me that little bit of hope that my dad still loved me. He did make an effort as a parent to do something for me, even when the whole world was telling me otherwise. I wouldn’t have known that as a kid otherwise.” #AngelTree #PFAngelTree #ItStartsWithAGift #hope #family #incarceration

“It does make a difference with children. Kids hear what other people say, what other people think. They hear what family members say about their parent. But kids still have their own opinion in their heart, because that’s still their parent. Angel Tree gave me that little bit of hope that my dad still loved me. He did make an effort as a parent to do something for me, even when the whole world was telling me otherwise. I wouldn’t have known that as a kid otherwise.” #AngelTree #PFAngelTree #ItStartsWithAGift #hope #family #incarceration

At a Prison Fellowship Angel Tree sports camp in Texas, Bethany discovered it's not only the children who need hope—care...
09/26/2021
An Ordained Friendship Blossoms at Football Camp - Prison Fellowship

At a Prison Fellowship Angel Tree sports camp in Texas, Bethany discovered it's not only the children who need hope—caregivers often need it, too. "I feel like God put me in her life just to encourage her to have that hope. … I feel like she was the reason I was there that day.”

At an Angel Tree sports camp, two mothers forged an unexpected friendship ordained by God: “She was the reason I was there that day.”

Photos from Prison Fellowship's post
09/07/2021

Photos from Prison Fellowship's post

“I have been facilitating the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program here for many years, and it is very much appreciated ...
09/05/2021

“I have been facilitating the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program here for many years, and it is very much appreciated by the inmates. The program goes smoothly, and Angel Tree is very accommodating. This program assists in fostering good parent-child relationships while the parent is incarcerated. Obviously, maintaining these family relationships is extremely important. Angel Tree provides a welcome lifeline between prisoners and their children, and is a much-anticipated highlight of the year in many lives.” – Prison Chaplain. #AngelTree #PFAngelTree #ItStartsWithAGift

“I have been facilitating the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program here for many years, and it is very much appreciated by the inmates. The program goes smoothly, and Angel Tree is very accommodating. This program assists in fostering good parent-child relationships while the parent is incarcerated. Obviously, maintaining these family relationships is extremely important. Angel Tree provides a welcome lifeline between prisoners and their children, and is a much-anticipated highlight of the year in many lives.” – Prison Chaplain. #AngelTree #PFAngelTree #ItStartsWithAGift

09/02/2021
"We thought we'd be bringing Jesus in, but He was already here"

Another of our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Parent Day events, this one in Texas. We're assisting incarcerated men and women with signing up their children for Angel Tree Christmas, and educating them on how to parent from prison with Angel Tree year-round.

“Angel Tree let my family know that I was still there no matter what. Angel Tree really paved the way for that, and let ...
08/29/2021

“Angel Tree let my family know that I was still there no matter what. Angel Tree really paved the way for that, and let my children know that they were cared about, were thought about, and were important enough to receive the gifts from me.” Incarceration can take a toll on families and children. Our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Christmas program helps ensure children with incarcerated parents receive a gift and a personal message of love from their parent in prison.

“Angel Tree let my family know that I was still there no matter what. Angel Tree really paved the way for that, and let my children know that they were cared about, were thought about, and were important enough to receive the gifts from me.” Incarceration can take a toll on families and children. Our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Christmas program helps ensure children with incarcerated parents receive a gift and a personal message of love from their parent in prison.

The three sisters were too big to believe in magic. Could the God their grandma told them about make an impossible hope ...
08/22/2021
Three Girls and a Texas Miracle - Prison Fellowship

The three sisters were too big to believe in magic. Could the God their grandma told them about make an impossible hope come true?

The three sisters were too big to believe in magic. Could the God their grandma told them about make an impossible hope come true?

08/21/2021
Photos from Prison Fellowship's post
08/16/2021

Photos from Prison Fellowship's post

“It’s really about character development, about getting a chance to hear about the Good News of Jesus, and just be in a ...
08/15/2021
Serving Children Impacted By Incarceration with OKC Thunder and Life.Church

“It’s really about character development, about getting a chance to hear about the Good News of Jesus, and just be in a positive environment.” – Will Riddle, VP Church Programs for Prison Fellowship. Check out this great video summary of our day with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Life.Church, and Kenny Dobbs in Oklahoma for a fantastic Prison Fellowship Angel Tree basketball camp!

In June 2021, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree partnered with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Life.Church to host a sports camp for children with incarcerated pare...

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