Each day, a new beginning, and so it should be with relationships.

Oregon / Washington CRI Quarterly Meeting April 11th. Beaverton, OR.

CRI Quarterly Meeting to be held at:

SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, 97007

Coffee & refreshments from 9:30.
Meeting begins promptly at 10am.

CRI National Director, Adam Rodriguez, will be there and has indicated he will be making some big announcements. CRI Reps from Oregon & Washington will be available to answer questions.

Everyone welcome! Please bring / include anyone you feel might be interested in CRI activities.

AGENDA

Morning
10:00 Welcome & Opening Prayer
10:05 Worship, Steven Hardgrove
10:20 Introductions
10:40 Overview, Kent Whitaker
10:45 Re-Entry Update, Mike Cross
10:55 Open Topic Discussion

11:55 Lunch Prayer
12:00PM Lunch Break

Afternoon
12:30 Open Topic Discussion
12:45 Adam Rodriguez, CRI National Director
1:10 Inside Group Reports
1:45 Summary & Goals
2:00 Closing Prayer

‘Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, & those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’ Hebrews 13:3

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Why Volunteer inside? A Woman’s Perspective…

CRI participates in reentry programs where we can. CRI to CR, is one example. There are others.

At the Clark County Jail in Vancouver Washington, CRI ministers to the ladies from 1-8 weeks before they are released. In the Spring of 2014 we met a lady who was eight months pregnant.  She was working as a jail trustee to earn time to get an early release. She wanted so desperately to have her baby on the “outside.”

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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Mt. 25:40

Trustee labor is typically arduous.  On Thursday nights she would come to CR exhausted from working all day, but happy we were there. We prayed for her new life as a Christian and the new life inside her. After about a month of regular attendance she didn’t show up to CR. Her cellmates told us her prayers were answered and she was able to be released in time to deliver her baby on the outside, in a loving environment. They said Jesus through CR changed her life.

Perhaps six weeks later, when I was preparing dinner for my CR group outside, a beautiful young lady asked me if I knew who she was. I apologized and told her I work with so many women that I couldn’t recall where I met her.

She said “I’m Jessica, from jail,” and she placed her newborn baby in my arms.

Life has not been easy for Jessica in the year or so since her release. She continues to attend our CR and so has a Godly support group. She is beautiful, courageous and continues to make good choices. Her baby is starting to walk!

I am so grateful to watch Jessica grow in the Lord.  Jessica and her child are evidence of the healing power of God.

This is why we do what we do.


Submitted, with permission by: Nicole Davis

Nicole is a volunteer with CR / CRI. Her roles:

  • Women’s CRI Ministry Leader, Clark County Jail. Vancouver WA.
  • CRI State Rep for Washington.
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Call for First Quarter 2015 Content Submittals

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“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” 1Cor 14:16

As 1Q winds down, we need to hear about what’s been happening “out there” and “inside the gate.”

Here’s a reminder: The NW CRI Newsletter exists as a funnel for stories, events art, poetry and other Godly content in service to the National Newsletter.

Our Regional Newsletter is intended to be a news pipeline to the National Newsletter.  The national staff relies regional sources on to monitor the CRI pulse across the US.

Please, if you have something to share, do so!

And / or remember that you’re welcome share the the submittals email address with anyone in CR / CRI who might wish to add to our dialogue:

submit@nwcrinewsletter.us

Thanks for reading!  Thanks in advance for your contributions to NWCRINewsletter.us