In Memory of Chuck Colson
Prison Fellowship organizations all over the world are mourning the death of Charles W. “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship in the US, who died on Saturday, 21 April, from complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage. Colson was 80.
Chuck Colson founded Prison Fellowship in the United States in 1976 following his release from prison after serving a sentence for a "Watergate" related crime. Prior to his imprisonment, he served as chief counsel for President Richard Nixon. During his imprisonment, Chuck had seen and experienced the difference that faith in Jesus Christ makes in the lives of people and he became convinced that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal.
Three years after the formation of Prison Fellowship in the United States, representatives from similar organisations in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Bahamas met to form Prison Fellowship International as an association of national Prison Fellowship organisations. Now, there are 124 national, independent PF organisations throughout the world.
PF INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS REMEMBER CHUCK COLSON:
We are very sorry for the passing away of Chuck. We regret his departure. But we Christians live in the hope of resurrection of the saints. Chuck can be counted among them. Our prayer are for consolation and strength for Patty, children, grandchildren and relatives. We cry out to God"..goor and faithful servant, you were faithful in the little, I will put you on the high. Come into the joy of your Lord." Amen
Dr.Carlos Lopez. PF PUERTO RICO
In the name of all members of Prison Fellowship Israel I would like to express our sympathy to the decease of the founder of PF and our brother Chuck Colson. We are sure that he will be well received, after a life of service and devotion. May his soul rest in peace.
We pray to the Holy Spirit, that He may console his family and all the sisters and brothers. God bless you Agnes Shehade, PF ISRAEL
We learnt of the passing of Chuck with shock. We shall remember a man who demonstrated to the world his passion, love and service to people in prison as taught by Christ and invited the whole world to share in this inspired mission.
May His Soul Rest In Peace. Rodrick Zalimba, PF MALAWI
Click here to read a letter from the Most Revd Ian Ernest, Bishop of Mauritius and Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean
In the Pacific island cultures there is a saying when a great person dies, that…. a mighty tree of the forest has fallen.
Chuck’s faith in Christ in whom his hope was so deeply vested takes that lovely cultural picture a step further and enables us to say that …..the mighty tree will stand again !!!
We like so many have been blessed and inspired not only in prison ministry in our countries, but also in our personal commitments to Christ, by the utter majesty of Chuck’s testimony of God’s grace spoken into the entire world over 3 decades, and we are profoundly thankful to God for Chuck’s strength and leadership.
Our prayers continue to be with Mrs Colson and the family at this time.
--The Pacific Regional Leadership Team on behalf of PF Australia, PF CNMI Saipan, PF Fiji, PF Guam, PF New Zealand, PF Palau, PF Papua New Guinea, PF Solomon Islands, PF Tonga