Jesus Dancing in Prison (Part 1)

Dear Supporters of PiFO, On occasion, I have used quotes from Dr. Amit Bhatia, who is the Director of the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Here is a copy of an article Dr. Bhatia wrote. This article goes to the heart of our program and also reveals Dr. Bhatia’s heart for…

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Beyond expectations!

Dear Supporters of PiFO, I want to share a note from Dr. Amit Bhatia, the Program Director for the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership the program is excelling beyond what was ever expected! Here is an excerpt from a report Dr. Bhatia recently gave to the Salem…

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The Chosen…Our Second Cohort

Dear Supporters of PiFO, Last year, PiFO inaugurated the first Corban college extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution with its first cohort of adults in custody (AICs). These 25 men began classes during the first week of October, 2019. They are presently in the process of finishing their first year of college in prison.…

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Remorse, regret, hope

Dear Supporters of PiFO, As you all know, I frequently write about students in our first cohort at the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Let me introduce you to Michael. Michael was driving a vehicle that crashed and resulted in the death of his wife and his seven year old step-son.…

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Don’t call me a “guard!”

Dear Supporters of PiFO, Throughout my travels to prisons across the country I have encountered stories of rehabilitation, redemption and restoration. Most of them have involved inmates. But this story is about a corrections’ staff person that I met in another state. Fortunately, it represents only a small percentage of attitudes among some staff. But…

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WAY-FM Episode 1

WAY-FM at 96.3: PiFO is being highlighted as the nonprofit of the month for August on the WAY-FM. Here is a link to one of the airings: LISTEN HERE FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Our fundraiser on September 26 will be a virtual event. We are excited about the opportunities that will be generated!

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For my children

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…

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I was filthy

Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of my daughter, Megan. The Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) would not have happened but for the brutal murder of Megan. God took a tragedy, a parent’s worst nightmare, and turned it into a triumph. During my travels to speak to inmates in…

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Back to the classroom, but first …

In the beginning, one of the first tasks for PiFO was to raise enough money to fund the remodel of classroom space designated by the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). The remodel is located in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem. This space is designated for use by Corban University to educate Oregon…

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