Ilene and Peter Ray James live in Grants, New Mexico, where they attend a church with a congregation of 17 people. But the six families of Victory Church of God know that although they are small in number, God has equipped them to share the Gospel in big ways.
Ilene serves as an Angel Tree area coordinator, and her husband, Peter Ray, serves as the Angel Tree church coordinator and a pastor for Victory.
Peter Ray says, “We are a very little church, with a very large heart!”
Last year, Victory Church of God served 13 local children of prisoners with the Gospel message and gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parents. That’s more than two children per church family! This year, Victory is serving all nine eligible Angel Tree children in their area.
Each year, Victory throws an Angel Tree Christmas party a few Sundays before Christmas. They invite the Angel Tree children and their families to attend the church service, where they hear how much God loves them. Then they all enjoy a meal together and a fun time of gifts and treats.
“We can step in and show them the love of Jesus Christ by giving them gifts and making them snacks,” says Peter Ray.
And he knows just how much Angel Tree means to these families. Angel Tree served his son while he was incarcerated many years ago.
No matter the size of your congregation, God can use your church family to reach out into the community and minister to Angel Tree families this season, just like Victory is doing. No church is too small!
Christmas is fast approaching, and there are still thousands of Angel Tree children around the country that need a church to come alongside them and serve them this season.
Will you join the thousands of churches who are working to share Christ’s love by ministering to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of the incarcerated?
You can register your church here!