If the changing leaves and cooler temperatures across much of the country are any indication, winter is coming. Soon, thoughts will turn to the holidays and the joys that come with having friends and families together for Christmastime.

But for 2.7 million children with at least one parent behind bars, the reality is quite different.

October 20, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

Every year, Prison Fellowship assists churches in ministering to the families of incarcerated parents through its Angel Tree program.  Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ, offering churches an opportunity to share Christ's love by serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

October 18, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship

A man lies awake in his prison cell at night. With no light, no company, and no chance for a restful night’s sleep, he reaches for what he does have—crochet hooks and some yarn.

By morning, he has crafted a blanket.

October 12, 2016
Written by Emily Andrews

One of the most endearing stories Chuck Colson shared is found in his book Loving God. He wrote of Myrtie Howell—a 91 year-old woman he met in an “old folks’ home” in Georgia.

Myrtie was born poor, had only one year of schooling, and was married at age 17.

October 11, 2016
Written by Mark Hubbell

At the end of the summer, Joe, long-time Angel Tree coordinator from Colorado, received a letter. It was from 17-year-old DuPree.

DuPree wrote:

“I would like to thank you again for another amazing year at camp. I actually would like to thank you for the 8 years you have sponsored me and given me the opportunity to enjoy fun activities, meet awesome, encouraging people, and become closer to Christ …”

DuPree’s father went to prison when he was a toddler.

October 8, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler

For the last nine years, Denise Harris has served as Prison Fellowship’s field director for the Detroit metro area. In that role, Denise has been a tireless advocate for men and women behind bars in Michigan, a source of encouragement for families with an incarcerated loved ones, and a valuable resource for former prisoners as they seek to become productive members of their communities.

October 6, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

International human rights activists have named parental incarceration “the greatest threat to child well-being in the U.S.,” according to The Osborne Association. Today, there are 2.7 million children with a parent behind bars.

Luna Garcia has carried that burden since the day she was born.

September 30, 2016
Written by Emily Andrews

“Justice that restores. What does that mean?  Who are we restoring? Where are we restoring them to?”

Prison Fellowship President and CEO James Ackerman asks these questions to a recent gathering of volunteers in Tampa, Florida. The answer, he suggests, can be found in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do right.

September 26, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

“Generation to generation, it all stems from me.”

The lament of Sheldon Johnson, Sr. is a familiar one for many families stuck in a cycle of crime and incarceration. A deaf child raised by parents who showed little interest in communicating with him, Johnson struggled with feelings of inadequacy and nonacceptance.

September 24, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe

Anthony “Spice” Adams has experienced things that are the stuff of dreams for many. For nine seasons, he terrorized offenses in the National Football League as a defensive tackle the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.  After announcing his retirement (in a self-effacing, humorous YouTube video that has been viewed well over a million times), he started a second career as a television host in Chicago, covering his former team. 

September 16, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe