John Mosher, a Lexington, Kentucky, architect, agreed to help counsel inmates during a three-day evangelistic crusade at the Kentucky State Prison at Eddyville last month but added a proviso: under no circumstances would he witness to one of the inmates, a convicted murderer who had killed a minister and his two children and mutilated several other victims.
Nevertheless, Mosher joined other crusade counselors in the solitary-confinement cell block—and found himself next to that inmate’s cell. That afternoon, the murderer became one of the nearly 250 inmates who made decisions for Christ during a weekend crusade led by evangelist Bill Glass. And to Glass, a former pro football star, that one acceptance of Christ underscored the validity of his unusual ministry, a ministry that is indicative of an increased interest in prisons by churches and lay people.
Eddyville, a fortress-like maximum-security prison in the rolling countryside of western Kentucky, was the sixth prison Glass has entered since he started in July, 1972 (see following story), and his visit followed the typical Glass pattern: sports clinics and demonstrations by Christian athletes (at Eddyville that meant basketball with former Milwaukee Buck McCoy McLemore and baseball with former New York Yankee relief pitcher Steve Hamilton, among others), a message by Glass, and “one-to-one” counseling by some forty laymen who paid their own expenses to attend the crusade.
In the weeks following the crusade the effect was still being felt, said Eddyville’s Protestant chaplain Don Tabor, a Cumberland Presbyterian clergyman. There was “somewhat of a letdown feeling” after the crusade, he said, and inmates told him they wished the team ...1