Pastor Ruben and Joel Solis will be starting a training seminar for those volunteer group leaders wishing to reach out to the families of Angel Tree on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Downtown Site from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. We hope to continue this on a monthly basis. Group leaders are encouraged to attend this two hour session, as well as those wishing to refine their Spanish speaking skills in sharing the gospel. Register by calling the church office- 714.542.2219 or register at the meeting.
Who We Are
- Through the love and power of Christ, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program seeks the reconciliation of the incarcerated parent with his or her children and caregiver; and
- Seeks the transformation of children’s lives so that they will choose to follow Jesus Christ, becoming the next generation of committed laborers in His harvest instead of the next generation of lawbreakers.
What We Do
- It starts with a gift. It leads to lives transformed by Jesus Christ
- Angel Tree is not just a ministry to the children of incarcerated parents; it seeks to minister to the family as a whole-child, inmate, and caregiver
- Christmas is a first step for a church to minister to families with an incarcerated family member
- The first Christmas connection can be the beginning of a rewarding, ongoing relationship between the church and an Angel Tree child and family
- This ongoing relationship can lead to transformation in the lives of Angel Tree families and help to foster family reconciliation
- Reconciliation is a spiritual process by which two or more individuals are able to resolve past hurts, offenses, bitterness, and lack of forgiveness. Restoration, as it relates to the prisoner and his or her family, takes reconciliation to the next level and rejoins the individuals in a harmonious relationship (such as remarriage, living together in the same household).
- Through continued care, church volunteers nurture prisoners’ children as they grow in their faith and their character, strengthen their relationship with their incarcerated parents, and fulfill the purposes that God has for their lives.
How We Do It
Getting Started at Christmas
- Prisoner Participation Forms are mailed to prisons in June
- Prisoners complete the Prisoner Participation Form, requesting that ANgel Tree serve their children at Christmas through a local church
- Staff retain and recruit churches to participate in Angel Tree
- Names and contact information of families are provided to each participating church
- Churches recruit volunteers from their congregation
- Church volunteers purchase a gift for each child, valued at $15-$25 each
- Churches make home visits or host parties to deliver gifts and share the Gospel.
Where It Leads
Through the grace of God, as ANgel Tree and local churches partner in ministry:
- Prisoners will be reconciled with and, when possible and appropriate, restored to their families
- Prisoners’ children and their caregivers will be transformed as they put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
- Prisoners’ families will become active members of the local church, growing in faith and sharing their gifts within the body of Christ.
- Prisoners’ children will group up to be committed disciples of Christ, breaking the generation cycle of crime and becoming the next generation of laborers in His Harvest.