Inmate parents and kids are the heart of a special ministry partnership.

By December 5, 2005

USA (MNN)–Prison Fellowship’s Project Angel Tree brings the love of Christ to inmate children.

Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.

Now, a partnership between Prison Fellowship’s Project Angel Tree and Crossroad Bible Institute brings that hope to the parents, too.

Crossroad’s David Schuringa explains what’s behind the project. “When a parent has been helped to reach out to their children, they will be perhaps more open to the idea of studying God’s Word and being discipled through our program.”

Schuringa hopes that it will help them get inmates who ordinarily wouldn’t have gotten involved. The partnership between Crossroad and Project Angel Tree was a natural fit. “It’s a marvelous symbol of hope and reconciliation to get a gift from their parents.”

The ministry concept goes beyond the here and now. Schuringa says it gives hope to the future of these families. “What greater gift could the Angel Tree kids have, than a parent who’s heart has been changed, who has received the gift of faith, and, upon release, be the parent that they ought to be, rather than be the parents who made the choices that got them incarcerated.”

If you’d like more details, go to the Crossroad Bible Institute website.

Leave a Reply