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Rise, Church, Arise and Set The Captive Child Free
by Connie Walcott
11/15/12
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Have you ever thought about the good that is accomplished when you give a Christmas gift to families in need?

Have you ever considered the long term benefit of sharing Christmas presents with children whose holidays are filled with challenges that lie beyond your imagination?

Do you ever wonder about families who are deprived of the joy that should be the hallmark of the Christmas season?

Celebrating Christmas should be one of the most joyous times of the year, but is actually one of the most painful seasons for families whose lives are touched by poverty, abuse, abandon, illness, divorce or incarceration.

Christmas is the time of year when Angel Tree collects gifts for children of inmates, and provides volunteer opportunities to help meet the overwhelming needs of these children.

An incarcerated parent’s absence from the holiday celebration is a certainty, but the sad fact is, most children of inmates can also expect an absence of gifts from those parents. A gift from the Angel Tree can help ease the pain of what is often one of most dismal times of the year for families with an incarcerated loved one.

The issues faced by families of prisoners are difficult and complex, and it’s often impossible to know where to begin to lend your assistance.

If you are willing to lend a hand, you can help make a real and lasting difference by volunteering with Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree.

Jesus told us that He came that we might have not only life, but an abundant life; and Christmas is the season we celebrate the promise of that hope. The hope for a gift under their tree lights the imagination of children of all ages, and creates an atmosphere of joyous expectancy.

Holidays bring the expectation of gifts, time spent with loved ones and a festive dinner table filled with an abundance of good food and favorite desserts. Christmas is a once a year celebration that should be filled with joyous memories, but memories for children of inmates are often as dark as the life circumstances that have been thrust upon their young lives.

What better way to exemplify the love of Christ than by reaching out to those whose lives are plagued by the bitter realities of imprisonment. The hope offered by Angel Tree continues throughout the year, and you can become a part of their efforts by serving as a mentor, volunteering to be the Angel Tree Coordinator for your local church or by taking part in numerous other activities that can be found on the Angel Tree website.

Changing the life of a child can begin with a Christmas gift, but what these children really need is the gift of our presence in the challenges of their everyday lives. Visit Angel Tree to learn about the many ways you can become involved in their efforts to meet the practical needs of families whose lives are clouded by a prison sentence.

Offering hope can be accomplished by taking the time to seek out and help care for a child in need. The attention of a caring adult can help create a lifelong sense of belonging and well being for children of prisoners.

Commitment is key when helping a child learn to build trust, and the need for mentors is critical. Like never before, the opportunity is before us to rise, Church, arise; and set the captive child free.

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”James 1:27 KJV

  





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