In this week's Insider, Doug Gillquist, the executive director of strategic gifts at Prison Fellowship®, shares the story of a woman whose life seems hopeless at first glance.
"This gal had an incredibly tough background," Gillquist shares. "An abusive marriage. A second relationship outside of marriage where there was perhaps even more abuse …
A version of the following article originally aired as a BreakPoint commentary on August 18, 2016, and is reproduced here with permission.
Charles W. “Chuck” Colson was packing his bags to go home, having served his time for a Watergate-related offense.
On August 9, 1976—two years to the day that President Richard Nixon resigned from as President of the United States—Charles Colson founded Prison Fellowship. The former Nixon adviser, who spent seven months in a federal correctional facility after pleading guilty to Watergate-related charges, left prison a changed man, committed to “remembering the prisoner” and honoring the God-given value and potential of every person affected by crime and incarceration.
In 1987, Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson established the Wilberforce Award, an honor intended to celebrate and acknowledge men and women who have publicly lived out their Christian faith, and have had a positive impact on their communities and the world.
When Charles W. “Chuck” Colson entered the Maxwell Correctional Facility in July 1974, he did so as a humbled man. The former special prosecutor for President Richard Nixon had pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice during the ongoing Watergate scandal investigation, and was preparing to serve a one-to-three-year sentence in the Montgomery, Alabama, facility.
Time magazine reporter Amy Sullivan recently interviewed Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson for the magazine’s website. Read what Chuck has to say about the new Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and its roots in prison ministry.
Click here to read the Time magazine interview.