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The Baton Rouge Gideon Camp sponsored a Gideon Day at Angola Penitentiary. They took Bibles into the cells of prisoners to tell them about the love of God. One of these Gideons was named Luther. When he walked into Charlie Frazier’s cell, the prisoner started cursing him. Charlie Frazier was a notorious criminal, having been in solitary confinement for twelve years. He didn’t want to talk about God. So he ordered Luther to get out. “You religious people come down and talk about the love of God. It’s easy for you. Just get out.”


Luther put his hand on Frazier’s shoulder, looked him in the eyes, and said, “Fellow, I just want to tell you that I love you.” Frazier ordered Luther out of the cell again. He left, but as he did, he laid a Bible on the bunk. “This is the Word of God,” he said in parting. “I hope you read it.”


A few days later, Luther received a phone call from the chaplain at Angola Penitentiary. He informed Luther that Charlie Frazier had been converted to Jesus Christ. Frazier became superintendent of the Sunday School at Angola Penitentiary, a position he held until stricken with cancer. After Frazier’s death, the Louisiana attorney general was quoted as saying in the New Orleans paper, “We don’t know what changed Frazier. He was a notorious criminal. He killed two guards in an attempt to escape from our penitentiary, but in the past few years he has been a new man. I don’t know what came over him, but whatever it was changed his life.”


We know what it was. It was Christ, for he is the answer to man’s deepest needs. That is why we must never quit (Brian Harbour, "Cover to Cover" 102).

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