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Two faith-based groups share ideas over meals in Oklahoma City

Religion Editor Carla Hinton attended two banquets in one evening held by groups that each have something special to share with the Oklahoma City community-at-large.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm •  Published: October 27, 2012

He now is a successful author, screenwriter and producer, but it didn't take long for the personable Fisher, speaking frankly, to take his audience back to the days when he was a young boy enduring horrible abuse.

Fisher spoke words of encouragement to the crowd that included clergy and churchgoers interested in the One Church, One Child mission as a minority adoption recruitment program. He said each person could encourage families to foster or adopt a child after hearing his story, which emphasized the need for good people to reach out to youths in foster care.

However, I thought the most poignant portion of his speech was when he spoke about forgiveness. He said he has found that “forgiveness is a process.”

Fisher said he felt nothing but compassion for his mother (who died last year), who did not attempt to retrieve him after she was released from prison. He said he also forgave his foster parents for years of abuse.

“I would not have the testimony I have if I had not had all those things happen to me,” he said. “I would not have a chance to explain how I have come to a place of forgiveness. I am free.”

Free, indeed.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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