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ONE Man Freed: The Story of Louis Dooley

December 8, 2016

Louis Dooley was a young man who found himself imprisoned with a life sentence for theft and attempted murder. Through a miraculous turn of events, Louis received Jesus Christ in prison and recognized he had “new life” in Christ.

Like Louis Dooley, you can be ONE person making an exponential difference for the gospel.

A New Life in Prison

What impact does a Bible teaching radio program have on a listener? Louis Dooley’s story tells the tale.

After being incarcerated for attempted murder and theft, Louis was given a Bible by an inmate who held Bible studies in his jail cell. “I thought he was trying to get up on me and take advantage of me, so I felt that I needed to strike first. I went into his cell to take his life, and he was having a Bible study.”

Louis received Christ that day after hearing Jesus’ promise to grant new life to those who believe by faith. “At that moment, the phrase ‘new life in Christ’ meant something to me because I felt the life I had at that point was useless, was gone.”

While serving his 100-year sentence, Louis read in his Bible that Paul, the apostle, had learned to be content no matter his circumstances. “I started praying, ‘God, help me be content.’ I believe God answered that prayer because he gave me peace.” Not long after, 100 years turned into 15, and Louis was released from jail.

Ministering to Inmates

Louis eventually moved to Chicagoland, met his wife, got married, and joined a Bible study. While driving home one night, he flipped on Moody Radio, hearing the daily radio program Unlocking the Bible. “There was this guy with an accent that sounded pretty cool,” Louis says. “He brought the Scripture alive.”

Louis hungered for solid and reliable Bible teaching and became a fan and regular listener of Pastor Colin’s on Unlocking the Bible. Today, Louis is a free man providing pastoral council to current inmates, in hopes of the gospel setting them free.

What can you do where you are?

The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.

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