I am ready

I am ready

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By Jerel Skeith


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Dear Supporters of PiFO,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that all of our students in the second cohort (our Freshman class this year) had been transferred to the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in preparation for the beginning of classwork. I misspoke. There are still some students who have not been transferred due to COVID restrictions. Hopefully they will all be transferred to OSCI and be ready to start classes in January. Please pray that these transfers will take place soon.

As we prepare for one of our oldest holiday traditions in the history of our great country, let’s remember those in prison. “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison…” Hebrews 13:3.

As part of the application process, all applicants are required to answer, in writing, why they want to be part of the Corban University extension in OSCI. I have showcased several of our students’ responses over the last year. Here is Tyler’s answer to that question.

Tyler said that his main reason for wanting to attend the college degree program was to spread the “awareness to my fellow inmates that they can improve their lives through Jesus Christ…This program is what we need. To help inmates find their faith and their purpose in life. There is no better way than through Jesus.”

Tyler further stated that “Prison has a way of making people bitter, not better. But with this program, and learning more about Jesus, men in prison will find a new life. I want to use this program to help change lives, I truly do. I am young and ambitious with a willingness to learn. With this opportunity I can help impact lives and change mine. I am ready for this and for what the Lord has planned for me.”

Are we ready for what the Lord has planned for us? Will we remember those in prison as if we were with them? PiFO has been given a wonderful opportunity by God to be a catalyst for change in the Oregon prison system. God’s fingerprints are all over this project.

Your prayers and financial assistance are having a ripple effect in the system. A pebble here, a pebble there, a prayer here, a prayer there, a dollar here, a dollar there. All of these are creating ripples that will eventually impact the lives of men in prison and the lives of their families outside prison.

Keep throwing pebbles, keep praying prayers, keep giving dollars!

Ever grateful,