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As many of you know, Chuck Colson, found of Prison Fellowship and one of the conveners of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, has been in critical condition following a surgery. Prison Fellowship released the following statement on his worsening condition:

Dear Friends:

It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother, and founder will soon be home with the Lord. Chuck’s condition took a decided turn yesterday, and the doctors advised Patty and the family to gather by his bedside.

As you know, Chuck underwent surgery more than two weeks ago to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. And while we had seen some hopeful signs for Chuck’s recovery—including his ability to talk happily with Patty and the kids—it seems that God may be calling him home.

I cannot tell you how much your prayers, cards, and well-wishes have meant to Patty and the family—and to Chuck. He loves you all deeply, and I know that his greatest desire beyond seeing Jesus is that the work he and all of us have been called to will continue. As Chuck would say, ‘Remain at your posts and do your duty—for the glory of God and His kingdom’

As soon as we have more information, I will be sure to let you know. And as always, keep praying for Chuck and Patty.

My heart is heavy for the whole Colson family. Of course, Chuck would be the first to encourage us to remain steadfast in hope of the resurrection. Oh death, where is thy victory, thy sting?

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