A young inmate thanked Prison Fellowship for the gifts his children received. His spouse told him the kids were actually jumping up and down with excitement when the gifts arrived, and started crying with happiness when they saw they were from Daddy.
For the delivery of gifts to one region in Western Australia, we encountered several problems in the process. It appeared the gifts would not get to their destination. Literally at the last moment arrangements were successfully put in place so the children could receive their presents for Christmas.
The father of the children just happened to be at the Wandoo Sunday Service the week after Christmas, and with a very humble, grateful heart, expressed his gratitude to Prison Fellowship that we would care enough about his children to arrange delivery of Christmas gifts to them.
I was the one arranging the gifts for his children to be delivered and nearly gave up in the process. When he told me they were the only gifts his children received, I thanked God that I didn’t give up and that he made me realise afresh just how special Angel Tree is.
To many of these families, Angel Tree is the only extension of God’s love that they will encounter during the Christmas season, and we must never forget that.
By Maria Raine, Prison Fellowship WA Staff