‘That Saved My Life’: Addicted Homeless Man Transformed After Cop Gifts Bible

Holman-compressedGREENVILLE, S.C. — A video released this week by a police department in South Carolina tells the story of a formerly drug addicted homeless man whose life was transformed after a police officer took the time to talk to him and gift a copy of the Bible—the officer’s own personal Bible.

The video by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shares footage of a phone call from Robert Morris, whose life was touched in 2014 after Deputy Matt Holman found him walking the streets alone and soaking wet.

“He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life,” Morris stated in a call to express gratitude.

He explained that he had been living in a tent after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, and after he was flooded out, he began walking the streets.

Deputy Matt Holman saw Morris out walking at 2 a.m. and stopped to talk. The two went to a nearby church, where Morris shared his life story.

“He had lost his mom and dad. He had lost his sister,” Holman recalled. “After losing his sister, he got addicted to drugs and alcohol.”

Morris said that his addiction harmed his relationship with his two remaining siblings.

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During the discussion, Holman asked Morris what his needs were.

“[The deputy] said, ‘You need anything?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I need a Bible,'” Morris remembered. “So he got in his trunk, and he thought he had an extra Bible back there that he keeps for those occasions, but he couldn’t find one.”

Holman stood for a moment contemplating what to do as all he could find in the trunk was his own personal Bible.

“I wrestled with the fact that I knew my personal Bible was in the car and I didn’t necessarily want to give that up,” Holman explained. “I wrote in this Bible, done Bible studies out of it with my brothers [and] highlighted things, and it meant a lot to me. I was really attached to that Bible.”

But Holman ultimately decided to give Morris his Bible.

“But I kind of felt like God was telling me, ‘He needs this more than you do,’” he recalled.

The deputy also bought Morris a meal before going on his way.

Six months later, Holman received a call from Morris, who wanted to say thank you and let him know how much his life had changed since that night.

“He said, ‘Officer, you don’t understand. Because of what you’d done, I checked myself back into mental health, I was able to get regulated with my medication [and] I reconciled my relationship with my brother [and] my sister,” Holman remembered, adding that Morris was also no longer homeless.

“Because of what you had done that night,” Morris said, “that saved my life.”

He also sent Holman a card that read in part, “I just needed to let you know you will be very rewarded in Heaven. … I was at my lowest. Never had hopes or dreams. I still can’t believe a sheriff’s deputy was going to be my hero.”

Morris passed away in March of last year, but the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office notes that he did so “a changed and renewed man.”

The video has received over 7,000 views since being posted on Tuesday.

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  • Josey

    This is what being a follower of Christ is all about, doing the Father’s will daily and going the extra mile. Because of Christ in this police officer, he will see this man in Heaven. Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
    We serve an awesome, merciful and mighty God, glory to His name forever! Thanks Christian News for sharing such an awesome story of victory in this mans life. 🙂

  • Becky

    Praise God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God bless Officer Holman!

  • The Guest

    It is Christ and His Holy Spirit working through us, and His word that has the power to set us free. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

    “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. ***And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, “How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.***” Mark 2:15-17

    “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; ***and all that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.***” John 6:37

    “***No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.***” 6:44

    “***For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that faitheth;*** to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

  • Nidalap

    Cool. 🙂

  • Toro Keng

    Thanks Christian News Network for encouraging all brothers and sisters by telling the story!

    We need more of these kind of news nowadays.

  • micahel porter

    grass roots evangelism. praise God.
    its so nice to see a positive story about an american copper.