On July 10, Theo, I, and 10 other brothers from ACIMI
BOGOTA set off for a little town called Facatitiva, to visit the
Penitenciaria de la Policia National /the Policemen’s Prison. Corruption
among policemen has been a major problem here in Colombia; much of it in
connection with the drug trafficking underground. 160 policemen are housed
together in this Policemen’s Prison.
We were invited to the prison by Major Leon, the Director, to introduce our
Spiritual Recovery Program called “A Way Out,” utilizing ACIM and the 12
Step Program. He has invited all the administrators to attend as well as the
Major Leon is also helping us in our endeavor to apply to the Colombian
Government for the use of one of the farms as our new ACIMI COLOMBIA center.
These farms have been seized from drug lords and are being made available to
service organizations. Major Leon hoped to help us cut through some of the
red tape to acquire a farm center.
Our morning session was attended by about 80 prisoners and administrators.
Theo and I each spoke about our own spiritual recovery through ACIM and the
12 Step program. Several brothers offered their personal testimonies, and we
heard from the participants what they were hoping to gain from our program.
Their cries for help could be heard loud and clear; we were definitely in
the right place.
The sincerity and earnestness that
was expressed by the participants as we all explored the depravity of our
human condition was a true impetus for the holy instant that soon engulfed
About 25 participants returned for the afternoon
workshop. Our discussion of Step One in small groups was the perfect
platform for a joining to occur beyond all the usual parameters. Step One of
the 12 Step Program is as follows: “Admitted we were powerless over our
addiction, and that our lives had become unmanageable”. The sincerity and
earnestness that was expressed by the participants as we all explored the
depravity of our human condition was a true impetus for the holy instant
that soon engulfed us. We all came together in the shared recognition of
pain and suffering, of anger, guilt, and frustration… and with all of our
feelings laid bare we together shared in the release of the weight of these
emotions. We knew we were not alone and the experience was transformed to a
certain recognition of the presence of love and acceptance. Our gratitude
for the opportunity to witness to God’s certain solution… to our perfect
creation by a perfect creator, to our freedom from guilt through the action
of forgiveness… was immeasurable. The light was apparent, and soon the
discussion turned to the expression of a burning desire on the part of the
prisoners to know more about the Course In Miracles. Our participants wanted
more materials, and immediately. The sense of urgency was a clear reflection
of the depth of their need, and likewise was the source of our immense
appreciation and gratitude.
So many of the participants expressed a clear recognition of their own
unmanageability in regards to their anger, aggression, and drug use… and it
was very clear that they wanted help, and now. The energetic charge that was
generated by such a passionate desire was felt by all. The joyful experience
of knowing there is a way out of the hell of this world was contagious, and
by the end of the session we had all fallen in love with each other and were
We spoke with the Director a few days later, and he confirmed his
wholehearted support of our program for this prison and all the prisons in
Colombia. He felt every prisoner should have a chance to participate in “A
Way Out, Spiritual Recovery Program,” knowing the need is so great. We will
continue visiting the prison every week… it is our great joy to do so.
and minds are so very open…
they teach us so much in their receptivity.
Our work in the Woman’s Prison in Bogota, Colombia continues to be a source
of great inspiration and joy. About 25 women eagerly await our arrival every
week, grateful to practice Jesus' message of love and forgiveness. Their
hearts and minds are so very open… they teach us so much in their
All of us who participate in the prisons agree that there is no greater joy
than to give what we have been given; which is our certainty that the only
solution lies in God dependency. As we do this we experience such a greater
recognition of all of God’s grace. Nothing compares to the sense of
completion and fulfillment that comes of serving, giving, and loving… giving
ourselves away with no thought of exchange… what a magnificent plan for
salvation we have entered into… what a delight to know and be an instrument
for His Grace.
International Day of Peace in Colombia
Un Curso de Milagros Internacional
Centro de Milagros de BogotĂˇ
Contact: Jorge Raul Hennandez
The Miracle Times