OneLife Church in Springfield, Missouri, was still excited about Christmas months after it ended—all because of Angel Tree.
At the 11th annual Angel Tree Football Clinic on Aug. 27, Prison Fellowship and the NFL Alumni of Northern California joined forces to give more than 200 at-risk kids, ages 7 to 13, an unforgettable day away from stresses and pressures.
When a mom or dad is sentenced to time behind bars, the intent is to punish that person for criminal behavior, and, hopefully, to deter them from future crimes. What is too often forgotten is that while they might go to prison alone, incarcerated parents aren’t the only ones that pay the price for their past behavior.
As concert goers were serenaded by Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Crowder, and many more Christian artists, they also got to witness a very touching moment.
“They say the truth sets you free, and it does,” reflects Audrey, “but first I had to go prison.”
I have been an Angel Tree church coordinator for many years, but 2014 has to have been the best ministry year yet.
Every week, the Lord is using Camp David of the Ozarks to reach Angel Tree kids like Caysha -- to show them His plans for them.
While most children with a parent in prison wouldn't be able to afford attending a summer camp, church sponsorships allow the kids to get away from home and leave their worries behind.