On the tenth anniversary of Charles Colson’s release from prison, the former aide to President Richard Nixon broke ground for a 37,000-square-foot headquarters for his burgeoning Prison Fellowship Ministries. The new offices will join a historic manor house, renovated by Prison Fellowship, on more than five acres in Reston, Virginia.
The renovated mansion was named for the late Arthur S. DeMoss, a Christian businessman and philanthropist who ministered to prisoners. Prison Fellowship spent $200,000 to restore the home, scarred by vandalism and five years of abandonment. The organization purchased the property for $1,050,000. Adding new buildings will bring the total to $5 million, of which $3.5 million has been raised.
The DeMoss house already is being used for training sessions that Prison Fellowship offers to inmates. Two-week seminars are held five or six times each year for inmates who want to learn how to share their faith behind bars. In addition, the property will accommodate visitors and volunteers from among the 30,000 who are active in Prison Fellowship’s work in the United States.
Colson founded the organization in 1976 after serving a seven-month prison term for his part in crimes that drove Nixon from office two years earlier. Prison Fellowship offers Bible studies and training both inside and outside of prison, assists families of inmates, and helps prisoners who are released make the difficult transition back into society. Prison Fellowship International is an affiliated network active in 48 nations outside the United States.
Upon completion of the mansion renovation project Colson said, “Now our dream for an international home for this ministry is being realized. This facility is the first of its kind ever devoted ...1
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