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Miracles Prisoner Ministry
in Colombia, South America

by Leda

 

An instrument for His Grace

 

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 prisoners.

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 us.


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 laughing together.

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.
 

Their hearts 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 receptivity.

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.

Leda Glodell
Colombia
http://www.uncursodemilagros.com

International Day of Peace in Colombia

Un Curso de Milagros Internacional
Centro de Milagros de Bogotá
Contact: Jorge Raul Hennandez
Carrera. 21#86a-50
Antiguo County
Bogotá, Colombia
Informes: 616-8377
http://www.uncursodemilagros.com
 

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