THE DINER in Sevierville will once again be hosting a Colson Prison Ministries angel tree at the restaurant. The 2015 tree is up and ready for customers and friends to visit and take a name off the tree. Each card on the tree is about $40.
“Christmas is coming soon, and our goal is to have gifts for all the Sevier County children whose parents are incarcerated,” says Howard Kingsbury. “We will buy gifts for these kids, put their parents’ names on them, and deliver them in time for Christmas.”
Founded by Chuck Colson, the Prison Fellowship believes that no life is beyond the reach of God’s power, and envisions a future in which countless prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, are redeemed, restored, and reconciled through the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
Prison Fellowship ministry equips local churches and thousands of trained volunteers to spread the Gospel and nurture disciples behind prison walls, so that men and women become new creations in Christ – not repeat offenders. The fellowship prepares Christian inmates to become leaders of their families, communities, and churches once they are released back into the community, and supports inmates’ families, helping them become reconciled to God and one another through transformative relationships with local churches.
“These boys and girls feel abandoned and confused for their parent’s incarceration and hope that their parent in prison remembers them,” says Kingsbury. “They need to know that Jesus Christ can fill the void in their hearts and that God can bring healing to their families broken by crime.”