Chuck Colson's condition worsened Tuesday and he may be "with the Lord" soon, according to a new announcement by Prison Fellowship Ministries.
"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," said Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship, on Wednesday.
Doctors have advised Colson's family to gather at his bedside after the evangelical leader's condition "took a decided turn," according to Liske.
"[W]hile 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," the CEO added.
Liske has asked for continuous prayers for both Colson and his family.
"I cannot tell you how much your prayers, cards and well-wishes have meant to Patty and the family – and to Chuck," he said. "He loves you all deeply, and I know 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.'"
Colson, 80, fell ill while speaking at the Breaking the Spiral of Silence conference on March 30 in Lansdowne, Va. The Prison Fellowship founder suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage and underwent surgery the following morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on his brain.
During his recovery, he has been able to talk, hear, and process information as well as execute demands, doctors reported.
Colson served as an aide to President Richard Nixon and pleaded guilty to Watergate-related charges in 1974. He converted to Christianity in the wake of the Watergate scandal.