“I never got to see my son the whole time I was incarcerated. God didn’t grant me that then. God granted me a much greater moment.” —Derek
It’s not surprising that Derek and Molly Schaefer found each other: They both grew up in Vancouver and attended the same schools. After high school, they realized they had a lot in common and began a relationship.
When Derek and Molly first got together, they were already heavy drinkers. Alcohol was their way to unwind and have fun—and, for Molly, a way to cope after her abusive upbringing. Derek had also gotten into hard drugs during a brief stint in the military. As a pair, he and Molly only fueled each other’s habits.
For several years, the Schaefers struggled to nurture a growing family while sinking deeper into addiction. Their unfaithfulness and abuse toward each other worsened. Over time, their relationship was tearing at the seams.
There are a lot of kids to reach, but we can do it with your help! Your gift will help deliver a gift, the Gospel, and a personal message of love from their incarcerated parent to a child this Christmas. Will you give today to ensure a prisoner's child has an Angel Tree Christmas?
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