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Praise Report from DRCI

Scott Patterson, Oregon State Rep for Celebrate Recovery Inside shares this praise report:

Sunday June 25th we had our CRI meeting at DRCI and hosted Dusty Marshall  (Irregular4Christ). We blew the roof off the Chapel with his Hip Hop Style of bringing Glory to the Father with over 100 men in attendance. Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag teamed the

Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag-teamed the altar-call with many new faces – at least 60 fellows we have not seen before – coming to know Jesus and others making recommitments to the LORD.

We had a great time praying for the men and their new walk with God. Not living life looking through the rear view mirror any longer, but rising above their situations and circumstances to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1

Less than Four Weeks Until the CRI Quarterly Meeting July 8th in Salem!

Hello Washington & Oregon CR Inside Friends!

Since we’re now only one month away from the CRI Quarterly, on Saturday July 8th, we wanted to make sure the word gets out to everyone. We’ve attached a flyer which can be copied & available on your group’s literature table. Please help us to make this the best attended Quarterly yet, we’ve moved further south down the I-5 corridor to have the larger venue at the Salem Nazarene Church, 1550 Market St NE.

We start at 10am sharp, so come early at 9:30am for coffee & donuts.. this is a free meeting.

Over the last few months we’ve seen several new correctional groups start-up both in Washington & Oregon. At our community CR’s, many dedicated members are interested in coming alongside those re-entering their group, hopefully including their families too, our Quarterly helps prepare these community CR group’s CRI Teams in many ways. Of course, everyone involved in CR will benefit by their attendance & is certainly encouraged join in with us as we build this important mission into our local prisons & jails. Also remember, many who have a related ministry, counseling service, or organization focused on the incarcerated & those in the process of transition, will benefit by attending on July 8th. So spread the word to all those you know who might have an interest!

Agenda:

  • Worship by the ‘Lost & Found’
  • Reports from all the areas correctional CR groups
  • Two inspiring testimonies
  • Free light lunch
  • Ample Q&A session
  • Much more!

Remember our Quarterly is open to anyone who has an interest in the CRI ministry both inside our correctional facilities & at the community CR working with men & women transitioning back home, everyone is welcome!

We’re asking you to be in prayer for all those participating as they ready themselves & make their preparations, in Christ. More info will be sent out over the next few weeks, but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

7_8 CRI Quarterly Flyer

Reality Check – An Inmate message to CR/CRI

In 2007 I committed a felony that resulted in my incarceration and the requirement to register each year with the Oregon State Police.

I received an 18-month sentence and 5 years probation. I served 12 months before being released with “good time” and truly believed that I was a different person who would never again end up in prison.

However, I found myself severely unprepared for life under supervision. What ended my probation was what my probation officer termed “a lie by omission.” The officer claimed that if I had only come to him admitting my strong temptation toward pornography, he would have worked with me and helped me steer clear of that constant stumbling block.

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Part of me was relieved — at least in prison I had no probation officer to report to. However, because my particular felony attracted great animosity by a majority of the prison population, I was concerned that my second incarceration would be extremely difficult.

Since my probation came with a 5-year “downward departure” stipulation, this imprisonment would not be a short stretch like my first one. I could accumulate good time, but would still be looking at a minimum of 3 ½ years. For someone who had never done any time other than the previous 12-month term, several years seemed like an eternity.

The prison I was housed in had recently started a Celebrate Recovery Inside meeting.  I heard nothing but praise for this program from the Chaplain.  So I decided to check it out, although I felt intimidated by the CRI Meeting Leader. I had been incarcerated for a little over 3 of the 3 ½ years and had been threatened by others more than once. The inmates who threatened me believed their crimes to be somehow “better” or “less worthy” of punishment.

Downward departure is a term used in criminal law to refer to departing downward from the applicable sentencing guideline range for a statutory minimum sentence. A request for downward departure is typically made by motion and is often referred to as a downward motion. Downward Departure Law and Legal Definition | USLegal, Inc. https://definitions.uslegal.com/d/downward-departure/

So, knowing that The CR Meeting Leader was a former prisoner,  I expected that he was yet another person who would judge me as not worthy of redemption. Against this unreasonable fear, I decided to trust God and met privately with the Meeting Leader to explain my situation to him. What I received was nothing less than one man’s true love and acceptance of what he saw as another brother in Christ. It is because of his expression of God’s love that I was brave enough to get involved in Celebrate Recovery after my release.

I am now graduating from a 12-step course and looking forward to being a TEAM member at my home Celebrate Recovery. It is my hope that at some point I can return to the prison system as part of a Celebrate Recovery Inside ministry so that I can “be the hope” to others like that CRI Meeting Leader was for me. He was the first restored link in a broken chain.

(Names, places, dates and other identifiable information – redacted by the Editor.)

CRI Quarterly Meeting July 8th in Salem!

Hey NW CRI friends!

Below, you’ll find a link to the flyer for the next CRI Quarterly on July 8th. Please print this and leave copies of the flyer for your CR meeting literature table.

The July 8th meeting will be hosted by the Salem Nazarene CR.  The facility is a larger venue and our agenda is going to be excellent!

Who can you invite? Can you bring a couple of newcomers to the Quarterly? We hope to make this Quarterly the best attended yet.

7_8 CRI Quarterly Flyer

CR Inside announcement – New S. Central Region Team Lead

Hey CRI NW Teammates,

Thanks to many of you for helping us have a successful CRI lunchtime breakout this last Saturday at the CR OneDay! Headcount for our breakout was 145 and I think it was the best one yet. Special recognition and thank you to Brian Marti, Kent Kilgore, James Ellis and Danny Duchene for blessing us all with their mini-monies.

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