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Charity Gibson: Forgiving Her Abductors

Charity was in her final semester at college when she was abducted by three guys trying to impress members of the Crips gang. Read Transcript


IT WAS A CONSTANT

BURNING.

SOMETHING WAS ABOUT TO

HAPPEN.

I COULDN'T TELL WHAT.

I HAD NO IDEA.

I JUST KNEW THAT WHATEVER IT

WAS, GOD WAS TRYING TO WARN

ME.

Reporter: WHEN CHARITY

GIBSON ARRIVED HOME FROM HER

COLLEGE CLASSES ONE DAY, SHE

COULDN'T SHAKE THE FEELING.

SO SHE PRAYED FOR GOD TO

HELP HER.

I TURNED THE CAR OFF,

FINISHED MY PRAYER, AND WHEN

I SAID AMEN, THE LORD SPOKE

TO MY HEART, AND HE SAID,

LOOK UP.

AND WHEN I LOOKED UP, IN MY

REAR-VIEW MIRROR, I SAW THIS

GENTLEMAN APPROACHING MY

CAR.

I HAD HEARD SOME POLICE

DETECTIVES SPEAK BEFORE.

THEY SAID IF YOU ARE FORCED

INTO A VEHICLE, IF SOMEBODY

IS WILLING TO KIDNAP YOU,

CHANCES ARE THEY ARE GOING

TO KILL YOU.

I DID NOT WANT MY VEHICLE TO

BECOME MY PRISON.

WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE CAR, I

HAD MY BACK TO HIM.

WHEN I TURNED AROUND, HE HAD

A GUN ON ME.

HE BEGAN YELLING.

HE SAID, GIVE ME YOUR F-ING

PURSE.

I RAISED MY HANDS AND SAID I

DON'T HAVE A PURSE.

HE WALKED UP AND PUT THE GUN

IN MY LOWER STOMACH, AND HE

TOOK MY CELL PHONE AND MY

KEYS AND HE POPPED THE

TRUNK.

I'M THINKING, YOU GET INTO

THE VEHICLE, YOU'RE DEAD,

YOU'RE DEAD, YOU'RE DEAD.

IT'S VERY SURREAL.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE LORD

WAS SPEAKING TO MY HEART AND

SAYING YOU HAVE A TROUNG

RELEASE.

I WAS GOING TO FIGHT HIM

WITH ANYTHING I COULD.

AND AS I'M ABOUT TO ACT ON

THIS PLAN, THE LORD SPOKE TO

MY HEART IN A FIRM, POWERFUL

WAY AND SAID, DON'T DO IT.

SO I CLIMBED INTO THE TRUNK,

AND I'M LAYING THERE,

LOOKING UP AT MY CAPTOR, AND

HE LOOKS DOWN AT ME AND

GIVES ME A LITTLE SMIRK AND

SAYS DON'T F-ING MOVE AND

DON'T MAKE A NOISE.

I DON'T WANT TO HURT YOU.

I PUT MY HAND ON THE TRUNK

RELEASE, AND I STARTED TO

PULL EVER SO SLIGHTLY.

AND, AGAIN, GOD STOPPED ME.

I FELT LIKE GOD WAS WITH ME

IN THE TRUNK.

SO I STOPPED PULLING ON THE

TRUNK RELEASE.

EVERYTHING THOUGHT ABOUT ME

GETTING SHOT AND KILLED.

Reporter: CHARITY

CONTINUED TO PRAY.

THIS TIME THAT GOD WOULD

TELL HER THE RIGHT MOMENT TO

ESCAPE.

WHEN I FELT HIM SLOW

DOWN, I PULLED THE TRUNK

RELEASE.

BUT I KEPT THE TRUNK KIND OF

CLOSED.

I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT A SOUND

GOES OFF IN MY CAR.

WHEN THE SOUND WENT OFF IN

MY CAR, HE HIT THE GAS AND I

PUSHED OPEN THE TRUNK AND

JUMPED OUT.

Reporter: CHARITY SAW

ANOTHER CAR BEHIND HIM.

I FELT THE LORD SAYING

THAT THAT CAR IS WITH HIM.

I REMEMBER LOOKING BACK AS

I'M RUNNING, AND I SEE HIM

TAPPING THE BRAKES.

AND I THOUGHT, OH, GOD, WHAT

IS GOING TO KEEP HIM FROM

COMING BACK AND SHOOTING

ME.

I STARTED RUNNING BETWEEN

PEOPLE'S YARDS, BETWEEN THE

VEHICLES.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE AN EASY

TARGET.

I LEANED ON DOORS UNTIL

SOMEONE CAME AND CALLED

9-1-1.

Reporter: THE POLICE

RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY, BUT

THEY DIDN'T KNOW IF THEY

WOULD BE ABLE TO CATCH THE

SUSPECTS OR GET CHARITY'S

CAR BACK.

I DIDN'T WANT THIS TO

HAPPEN TO ANYBODY ELSE.

I WAS PRAYING THAT THE LORD

WOULD ALLOW THEM TO GET

CAUGHT.

Reporter: THE NEXT DAY,

ALL THREE SUSPECTS WERE

ARRESTED.

WHEN THE CASE WENT TO TRIAL

AND THEIR SENTENCES WERE

BEING DECIDED, CHARITY MADE

A DECISION OF HER OWN.

I FELT GOD WAS CALLING ME

TO FORGIVE.

FORGIVENESS ISN'T SOMETHING

OH, I'M GOING TO BUILD UP

TO.

AND ONE DAY I'M GOING TO GET

OVER THIS.

AND ONE DAY -- IT'S NOT LIKE

THAT.

FORGIVENESS IS A DECISION.

YOU FORGIVE.

YOU JUST DO IT.

Reporter: CHARITY

FORGAVE HER ATTACKER AND HIS

COMPLICES.

IF I HAD LISTENED TO

MYSELF, WHAT I WAS PLANNING

ON DOING THAT DAY, INSTEAD

OF LISTENING TO THE LORD, I

DEFINITELY DON'T THINK I

WOULD BE SITTING HERE.

PRAY AND TRUST GOD.

IT MIGHT NOT TURN OUT THE

WAY THAT YOU WANT, BUT

BELIEVE GOD CAN DO WHAT HE

SAYS HE CAN DO BECAUSE HE CAN.

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