For Sophia Pirelli, it all started in a Sunday school class. A young boy in that class taught by Pirelli offered a tearful prayer for his father, who had been incarcerated since 2002.  The prayer moved Pirelli, who says that God placed a passion in her heart at that moment to serve children who had a […]
January 28, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
The following article appears in the winter 2016 issue of Inside Journal, Prison Fellowship’s quarterly publication written specifically for incarcerated men and women.  To learn more about Inside Journal, and to read or print out previous issues, click here. Pauline Rogers’ first experience in a court room was testifying about her father’s murder. Then just 9 […]
January 20, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has a reputation as one of the hardest working basketball players in the NBA.  A tenacious rebounder and clutch shooter, “Z-Bo” has become a fan favorite in Memphis, reflecting the city’s blue-collar work ethic. Off the court, Randolph has further endeared himself to the local fans with his commitment to giving back to […]
January 11, 2016
Written by Steve Rempe
We often hear stories about how Angel Tree reconnected a child recipient with his or her incarcerated parent. But in this story we received from California, Angel Tree reconnected a volunteer with her formerly incarcerated father. We received the following personal account right before Christmas. It unearths the pain of a child who loses a […]
January 6, 2016
Written by Zoe Erler
This past Christmas, over 300,000 children of incarcerated parents were served by Angel Tree.  As they received gifts on behalf of their parents, they were reminded that they are loved—both by their moms and dads, as well as by their Heavenly Father, who provided the greatest Gift of all in His Son, Jesus Christ. Prison […]
January 6, 2016
Written by Prison Fellowship
In the summer of 1974, Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, the former special prosecutor for President Richard Nixon, entered the gates of Maxwell Correctional Facility in Alabama.  There he would serve seven months, having plead guilty to an obstruction of justice charge connected to the Watergate break-in and cover-up. Prison is, by its very nature, a […]
December 17, 2015
Written by Steve Rempe
My wife Cathy and I couldn’t tell if anyone was home. We walked up the cluttered approach to the old mobile home and knocked on the door. There was no car in the driveway and no tracks in the snow that had fallen overnight. Chilly wind whipped across an open field nearby as we waited, […]
December 10, 2015
Written by Jim Liske
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 […]
December 9, 2015
Written by Prison Fellowship
Across the nation—and around the world—Angel Tree parties and house deliveries are in full swing, both blessing the children and families of the incarcerated as well as leaving a mark on the volunteers that make it happen. In Detroit, a local chapter of the sorority Tau Alpha Omega has been hosting Angel Tree parties for […]
December 9, 2015
Written by Zoe Erler
Beth’s dad liked to drink. Sometimes he’d drink too much and end up behind bars. He wasn’t always there when Beth needed him. But he did something special for her while in prison—he signed up for Angel Tree. “Those presents meant so much to me,” Beth remembers. “I used to think he didn’t love me […]
December 2, 2015
Written by Prison Fellowship