Former Inmate, Wife Teach Freedom in Prisons

By Elizabeth Bahe

Mary Thompson frees inmates from prison -- the prison of eternal life without God. She wants them to know how Jesus Christ enables them to overcome their habits and addictions.

The Campus Crusade staff member works in partnership with the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association. Mary and her husband, Harold -- who became a Christian in prison -- travel around the country for prison outreaches called "A Weekend of Champions."

In 2002, at a Philadelphia prison, Mary ventured into the cafeteria to spend time with the women, instead of just setting up follow-up Bible studies -- her usual responsibility. Sitting across from 2 attractive, well-groomed women, Mary listened to Jane and Lisa explain their struggle with heroin.

"They said they were in their 40s, facing the fact they could end up dead with a needle in their arms," said Mary. "They told me they wanted to change."

Mary explained the gospel to the 2 women. After hearing how Jesus offers eternal forgiveness, they both accepted Christ.

"God made a tangible way for them to have hope," explains Mary.