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Report from the CRI seminar in North Carolina
Saturday, 10 May 2008

The CRI seminar in North Carolina went very well. There were 108 registrants in attendance and 7 inmates were brought from Gaston Correctional Center that has been doing CR to give their testimony as to what God has done in their lives through CR. Two people from the North Carolina Department of Corrections, a regional programs director and a programs director from the Gaston Correctional Center, were there and also talked about CRI and how it had helped in accomplishing what the department wanted to see happen--a postitive transition back to the community. Both of these ladies were Christians and were extremely open to CRI and understood the spritual dimention.

Recovery Pastor Ernie Holland and his crew of volunteers from Catawba Heights Baptist Church in Belmont, NC had it well organized and a great praise team was available to bring the seminar into a worshipful attitude.  Senior pastor Raymond Johns is a real recovery pastor in every sense and has promoted CR as a main tool of the church.

CR baptized 84 people last year and so far 35 this year.  That is CR alone--not counting the baptisms of the church as a whole.  Pastor Raymond said that CR is the reason CHBC is making an impact in the community.  They are very open to prisoners coming out and becoming part of the church.

One side note: Early Friday morning (May 9) a tornado touched down just to the west of the church building, skipped over the church and again touched down on the east side, completely missing any part of the church.  They were expecting to be without power for CR on Friday evening, but it was only out for 50 minutes on Friday morning!  They were praising God for his favor.

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