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Chuck Colson in Critical Condition After Brain Surgery

Chuck Colson, the evangelical leader and founder of Prison Fellowship, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery following a brain hemorrhage on Friday.

Chuck Colson. Photo via Getty Images.
Chuck Colson. Photo via Getty Images.

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According to The Christian Post:

"Colson is listed in critical condition at this point but has shown some early signs of potential for recovery," said Michelle Farmer, Colson's spokesperson.

The 80-year-old Colson fell ill while addressing a conference in the Washington, D.C. area over the weekend. He underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Earlier this week, an update on Colson's Facebook page showed that he did not have a stroke and was resting comfortably.

Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, who has been on a writing sabbatical since January, offered his prayers for his friend and brother in Christ: "I am in my last days of sabbatical and heard about the critical condition of Chuck Colson. I want to offer my prayers for Chuck and his wife Patty, hoping for his speedy healing and recovery."

A former advisor to President Nixon, Colson was convicted and served seven months in prison in connection with the Watergate scandal. He became a Christian shortly before his time in prison, and since his release has worked with prisoners and ex-prisoners through Prison Fellowship, which calls itself “the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries.

All of us at Sojourners offer our thoughts and prayers to Colson, his family, the organization he has been at the center of for so many years, and all affected at this difficult time. We pray that God’s healing hand would be on his child, Chuck, and that God's peace would be upon all of those who know and care about our dear brother in Christ. 


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