Thank you for not giving up on me


In Gideon Magazine, Autum 1995, was the following article about Lester Ezzell on death row in Florida. He was visited by his Sunday School teacher, Curtis Oakes. He had a real burden for Lester. With great difficulty he visited him in prison. Lester greeted him with the words: “You don’t give up do you? You have to my home. Now here you are, 750 miles from home.” Still Lester didn’t want to listen.

Curtis left a New Testament Bible with Lester. Some time later Lester wrote to Curtis about his conversion. In a final letter that he wrote to Curtis Oakes he said: “ By the time you receive this letter, my life will have been taken. I will have paid my dept to society for the wrong I have done. But I want you to know this, with that little Testament and the grace of God, I have led 47 people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ – one of them the newspaper reporter who came to interview me. I thank you for not giving up on me.”

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Bennie Mostert
By Bennie Mostert