God Gets A Drug Dealer’s Attention

by The Gideons International on August 7, 2015

By the age of 27, Phil DelRe was a cocaine addict and a major cocaine dealer in the Chicago area. He survived three overdoses that should have killed him. After one overdose, he looked up to the heavens and said, “Father, I know what I’m doing is wrong, but I can’t stop it.” Three days later on November 10, 1981, a team of special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided his home and arrested him for conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

At the time, Phil’s case represented the largest cocaine seizure in Illinois’ history. He was facing a sentence of six to 30 years in the state penitentiary. One morning, while locked up inside the Cook County Jail, Phil turned around and saw a little brown book on a table. It was a New Testament placed by The Gideons International. God now had his attention. To see what happened next, watch Phil’s inspiring testimony recorded this July at our International Convention.

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Nixon Alfred - Gideon August 7, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. All Honor, Praise & Glory to JESUS CHRIST.

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ROBERT B. August 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

All glory to Mighty God for his love to sinner!

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Roy Abraham September 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

All Glory and honor be to Him alone…God Bless the Gideons and strengthen them to distribute more bibles and gather souls unto His Kingdom

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josephat November 27, 2015 at 2:28 am

we thank God and our prayer is that more cross-overs happen

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Audrey Bruner November 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

This is one of the most heart moving testimonies Ihave ever heard. May God use this man of God to reach many more for Him. May it also move many Pastors to even greater support of the Gideon Work.

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Cesar January 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Praise God! Christ came to seek and save sinners.

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crey April 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

our GOD is great He always save sinners

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Bongani May 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

Glory be to God. He is a faithful and loving Father. We thank God for Phil’s life.

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