Saturday, November 10, 2012

He Who Meets Our Needs

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

How has God met your needs in a seemingly hopeless situation?

For me it has been so many ways! A gift card that arrived just in time to get gas on my way home from work when I was almost out. A hug, a kiss and a "mommy you are so beautiful" from my daughter when I was feeling not so much. A job in an economy where jobs come few and far between. Our God has used friends, circumstances and people to meet my needs and even in my own time of need, he asks me to do the same. That is why this Christmas, we are supporting a ministry I have represented professionally for many years, Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree.

Families who have an incarcerated parent are often strapped financially and cannot afford food, clothing or Christmas gifts. Children often have behavior and performance problems at school and experience social stigma and shame. Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree, the only nationwide, year-round effort that reaches out exclusively to children who have a parent in prison, has served some 9 million children since 1982. This Christmas, Prison Fellowship seeks to meet the needs of some 475,000 children and they need our help!

Angel Tree needs churches and individuals across the counrty to sign up to bring a gift to a child this Christmas on behalf of their incarcerated parent. These parents are longing to connect with their children and have signed them up for Angel Tree in an effort to make a lasting connection and heal wounds caused by their imprisonment.

How Can You Help? 

  • Share about Angel Tree on your social networks.
  • Volunteer to coordinate Angel Tree in your church this Christmas. Angel Tree provides everything you need!
  • Get your small group involved to sponsor a group of children in your own community.
  • Take a tag and buy a gift if there’s already an Angel Tree program in your congregation or at a nearby church. Call (800) 552-6435 or email angel_tree@pfm.org to find a participating church in their community.
  • Donate online at AngelTree.org to provide a gift and the Gospel to a child in a state where there’s no church to help.