Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson has been honored with the Presidential Citizens Medal. The honor, which was awarded last Wednesday during an Oval Office ceremony, recognized Colson's work to bring the gospel of Christ to prisoners, former inmates, and their families.
Colson, who was a top aide to President Richard Nixon, was the first member of that administration to go to prison for Watergate-related crimes. Colson became a Christian and, after his release from prison, founded Prison Fellowship, which conducts outreaches to inmates and their families.
The ministry's success, says Colson, is an act of God. "The credit, if any is due for what's happened in Prison Fellowship, goes of course to God first; but then to the staff of people we have," he shares. "We've got a wonderful team that have [sic] been working at this -- the donors, the...50,000 volunteers across America that are involved in the ministry.
"As I told the president, I received [the Presidential Citizens Medal] on behalf of all those, like myself, who have had broken experiences, but know that redemption is possible...mainly the ex-convicts and convicts that I work with."
Colson was among 23 individuals who were recognized during a private ceremony in the Oval Office. The medal is one of the highest honors the president can give a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.