Charles Chuck Colson's condition has worsened after undergoing brain surgery two weeks ago, his ministries have confirmed.
Jim Liske, chief executive officer of Prison Fellowship Ministries, issued a statement on Wednesday noting that Colson will soon be home with the Lord. News of Colson's deteriorating health came after signs of improvement.
It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother, and founder will soon be home with the Lord, Liske wrote. Chuck's condition took a decided turn yesterday, and the doctors advised Patty and the family to gather by his bedside.
Colson, a Watergate figure, is a founder of the prison ministries. The 80-year-old was President Richard Nixon's special counsel. He also spent months in prison on a Watergate-related conviction, according to the Associated Press.
Colson became a born-again Christian, advocating for ministering to prison inmates.
Read Liske's full statement below:
It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother, and founder will soon be home with the Lord. Chuck's condition took a decided turn yesterday, and the doctors advised Patty and the family to gather by his bedside.
As you know, Chuck underwent surgery more than two weeks ago to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. And while we had seen some hopeful signs for Chuck's recovery-including his ability to talk happily with Patty and the kids-it seems that God may be calling him home.
I cannot tell you how much your prayers, cards, and well-wishes have meant to Patty and the family-and to Chuck. He loves you all deeply, and I know that his greatest desire beyond seeing Jesus is that the work he and all of us have been called to will continue. As Chuck would say, 'Remain at your posts and do your duty-for the glory of God and His kingdom'
As soon as we have more information, I will be sure to let you know. And as always, keep praying for Chuck and Patty.