This is from Don Nichols’ letter: “I was a career smuggler for eighteen years. While I was still recovering from open heart surgery, my wife left me. Two weeks later the FBI arrested me and seized all my properties and money. “Feeling scared for the first time that I might spend the rest of my life in prison, I jumped bond and started to run. As a fugitive I continued to believe only in myself. “Feeling down one day I broke one of the cardinal rules of being a fugitive and phoned home to talk to my older sister who had always been my mentor and confidant. My mother answered and said immediately: ‘Your sister has just been killed in an automobile accident.’ I was devastated. But my friends felt threatened by associating with me. I was all alone. I had no family or friends.
“As I drove, I began to feel a need inside me. I stopped at a hotel - The Last Chance Resort – where I was the only patron. “As I stepped into my room, a feeling of elation came over me. I felt safe and secure. I sat on the bed and switched on the lamp. There on the table sat a Bible. “For the first time in my life my path became clear. I knew God had brought me through all my difficulties to that place. I picked up the Bible and started to read. I fell on my knees in prayer with tears running down my cheeks. I gave my life to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Before I got up, I gave thanks to God for the people who placed that Bible in that room, for it was my last chance. “Shortly after my conversion, I was tracked down by federal agents. But I was no longer afraid. A tremendous calm had come into my life. I had become a different person. “I am still in prison, but I don’t feel incarcerated. I am at home at last. I am no longer alone.” The Gideons International