For my children

For my children

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By Jerel Skeith


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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dear Supporters of PiFO,

Over the last year, I have been sharing some of the stories of the students in our first cohort in the Corban extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Some stories, I have learned about through face-to-face conversations and others I have learned about by reading their responses found in the written application to attend the Corban extension. Here is the question:


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595894742434{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3277″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595892312187{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]And here is the response of Richard:

“First and foremost I want to serve my Lord. Nothing comes before this. I want God to use me, so I can spread his word and do his works. I truly believe this is where God wants me to be. The Lord has given me the gift of being a leader, and now he is giving me an opportunity to use it.

I also want to do this for my children. The Lord says we must teach our kids, and I’m going to do that. I want to show my kids what it means to love, and to even love our enemies. I want to teach them about Jesus.

I want to help my fellow inmates. I want to love them and show them there is a better way. I want them to know that they are not alone and can be forgiven. I want them to know we have an amazing, loving, forgiving and awesome God.

I want to do all of this for God’s glory.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595892322618{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3295″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeIn”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Richard has been an exemplary student since day one. His attitude is that of a servant leader. Just think about this—Richard is serving God in a very unique community. Richard, along with the other students in our first cohort, are receiving a Biblically-based education which is possible only through your generous giving and God’s grace.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595893989411{margin-top: 50px !important;margin-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”3″ el_width=”60″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595894833013{margin-bottom: 60px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]The cost (scholarship) for educating one student per year is $5500. Please pray about providing a scholarship, a half scholarship or even a quarter scholarship for one of our students.

On behalf of all the students in the Corban extension at OSCI, thank you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator border_width=”3″ el_width=”60″ css=”.vc_custom_1595894789488{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”3286″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1595894643372{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text]PiFO ON RADIO: PiFO has been selected as the featured nonprofit of the month for August on WAY-FM at 96.3. Tune your stations there![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator border_width=”3″ el_width=”60″ css=”.vc_custom_1595894797059{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”3287″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_rounded” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1595894666617{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text]FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Due to the changing conditions of group gatherings in our state, PiFO has decided to change the format of our fundraiser on September 26 to a virtual event. More to come on this![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1595894084998{margin-top: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Grateful as always,