Prisoners raise money for charity?  It's true; see the following story.  This remarkable story is a tribute to the  Christian gospel.  Some of the people in your congregation may wish to sponsor such a charity fundraiser (tax receipts are provided).  Please forward this email to other congregations at your discretion, with contact information of your choice.  Thank you, and have a good day.  --  Jim Komar


Not all prisoners are incorrigible criminals. With support from their churches, increasing
numbers of inmates find faith behind prison walls and become productive members of
society upon release. Last September, alumni of Experiencing God, a Christian renewal
program offered to inmates of the Bowden Institute, Innisfail, Alberta, walked 200 miles
around the prison exercise yard. With help from outside sponsors, they raised over $3600
to purchase school supplies for refugee children in war-torn Sri Lanka.
This year, the alumni will hold their second annual walk-a-thon on Saturday September 
13, rain or shine, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. As the Philippines have been devastated by
typhoons and are suffering very high unemployment, this year’s proceeds will go to help
rebuild a vocational training centre (VTC) there. The VTC teaches practical skills and
trades to the underprivileged to improve their job prospects. Incidentally, the Bowden
prisoners also make crosses for church buildings; and the VTC has requested one of the
crosses for the roof the building.

To make a donation to this project, send a cheque marked “Walk-a-Thon” and payable
to the Innisfail Church of the Nazarene. Mail directly to the Innisfail Church of the
Nazarene, 4904-48 Street, Innisfail, AB, T4G 1V1. Tax receipts are available on request
for donations over $10.00. For more information, contact Jim Komar (306-665-6913).

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