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Celebrate Recovery® Principle 8 says, “Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.” There is no better way to be used by God to carry his message of love to others than by helping with Angel Tree, a program run by Prison Fellowship that brings Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents. When Prison Fellowship partnered with Celebrate Recovery to help meet the needs of these children, it was a match made in heaven.
What makes Celebrate Recovery perfect for Angel Tree? Our focus on healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are the secret sauce of Celebrate Recovery. These relationships include a healthy relationship with God as well as with others in the CR family. Angel Tree is acting on Principle 8 by taking the healthy relationships of our CR family into the lives of children and families with a mom or dad in prison.
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This is a vital service because mental health researchers have shown that when a child experiences the separation and incarceration of a parent, it can lead to increased physical and mental health problems throughout the child’s life. It can also lead to less resistance to peer pressure and a greater likelihood of entering a life of substance abuse and incarceration. In other words, unless there is a positive intervention in the child’s life, a cycle of generational incarceration begins to unfold.
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