Dear Friends and Supporters of PiFO,
The mission of PiFO is to provide an opportunity for Oregon adults in custody (AICs) to obtain an accredited college degree. The goal is a BS degree emphasizing biblical training in Psychology, Social Services and Leadership. The vision of PiFO is to transform these AICs into spiritual and moral leaders within Oregon’s prison system.
Prisons are not only buildings that house men and women convicted of crimes, but prisons can also be invisible and of our own making—feelings of bitterness, hatred and especially unforgiveness. Signs of these invisible walls and bars can manifest in confusion, panic, bewilderment and anger.
I want to share with you a one-minute video. I took it several days ago. It depicts a sparrow that had flown into our house through an open door. I decided to try to capture it so I could release it outside.
The sparrow was frantic, flying into windows. It was panicking, to the point of potentially harming itself. So I turned my phone on and began to film. My sole intent was to gently grab the sparrow and release it outside. Here is the video:
When I finally had the sparrow in my grip, it suddenly relaxed. I could feel it give in. It seemed like it could sense it was no longer in harm’s way.
How much are we like the sparrow in this video? Crashing into walls and doors. Panicking in situations of our own making. Dazed and bewildered. Bitter and resentful. Angry and hateful. When all we need to do is trust in Him. He will rescue us from whatever situation we are in.
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Our world, both inside and outside the walls, is confused and dazed and bewildered. Now is the time to point people to Jesus.
Please continue to pray for the students in the Corban extension at OSCI. Pray that they can be the catalyst of change, that they can gently grip their fellow AICs and graciously point them to eternal hope.
Thankful for your support,