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.