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Mariam Tripp: Freedom Like She's Never Known

Her strict Islamic religion left her abused and a prisoner in her own marriage. A vision of Christ set her free. Read Transcript


GROWING UP AS A MUSLIM IN

IRAN, MARIAM TRIP WAS TAUGHT TO

HATE.

ISLAM IS A VERY, VERY

PREJUDICE RELIGION.

AS A CHILD I WAS TAUGHT TO HATE

JEWS.

ALSO CHRISTIANS.

AS A TEEN SHE STRUGGLED ABOUT

THE BELIEFS AND THE ROLE OF

WOMEN IN ISLAM.

I HAD A PROBLEM WITH ISLAM.

IT IS SO CRUEL TOWARD WOMEN.

WHY AM I A SECOND GRADE CITIZEN.

MARIAM MARRIED AT 17.

SHE AND HUSBAND MOVED TO THE

STATES AND HAD A SON.

WHILE AT SCHOOL HER HUSBAND MET

RADICALS.

HE CHANGED INTO THIS DOMINANT

MEAN MAN AND PUT A SPECIAL LOCK

ON THE FRONT DOOR I NEEDED A KEY

TO GET OUT.

I WAS A PRISONER IN MY OWN HOME.

THERE WAS NO LOVE ANYMORE.

IT WAS LIKE HIS LOVE WAS A

PRIVILEGE.

MARIAM PRAYED TO ALLAH.

I PRAYED HE WOULD PUT LOVE IN

MY MARRIAGE.

THEIR RELATIONSHIP DIDN'T

CHANGE.

SHE ASKED FOR A DIVORCE.

HE BEAT ME SO HARD I COULDN'T

GO TO SCHOOL, HALF OF MY FACE

WAS BLACK AND BLUE.

HE SAID, NO, NO, I AM TAKING YOU

TO IRAN AND UNDER KHOMEINI, I AM

MAKING A GOOD SUBMISSIVE WIFE TO

YOU.

I SAID I AM NOT COMING.

HER HUSBAND KIDNAPPED HER SON

AND MOVED TO IRAN.

SHE NEVER SAW HER SON AGAIN.

SHE TRIED TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY

BY WORKING TWO JOBS.

AFTER FIVE YEARS SHE MET A MAN

NAMED CARVER WHO BECAME A

FIANCE.

SHE SAW HIM PRAYING TO ALLAH

ABOUT FINANCES.

I AM PRAYING TO ALL THE

PROPHETS.

ALL OF A SUDDEN, I LOOK TOWARD

THE FRENCH DOORS AND THERE HE

WAS STANDING, LORD JESUS.

I RECOGNIZED HIM.

I WASN'T PRAYING TO HIM.

HE WAS THE FURTHEST THING FROM

MY MIND.

SHE SAID I SEE JESUS.

HE IS STANDING RIGHT THERE.

HE IS ALL DRESSED IN WHITE.

I KNEW HE WAS JESUS CHRIST.

I DIDN'T KNOW MUCH ELSE ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY.

I KNEW FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I

WAS GOING TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

MARIAM AND CARVER SOON

MARRIED AND CONTINUED TO GROW IN

HER DESIRE TO LEARN ABOUT JESUS

AND CHRISTIANITY.

I BECAME SERIOUS ABOUT

PRAYING TO THE LORD JESUS AND

SEEKING CHRISTIANITY.

MARIAM BEGAN WATCHING

CHRISTIAN PROGRAMS, INCLUDING

"700 CLUB."

I SAW PAT ROBERTSON.

HE MADE THE ALTAR CALL.

I RECEIVED JESUS OFFICIALLY INTO

MY HEART AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR

AND AS MY GOD.

IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED,

MARIAM READ THE BIBLE AND

PRAYED.

I SAID FATHER, I DON'T WANT

TO OFFEND YOU, PLEASE, TELL ME

IF JESUS IS YOUR SON, IF JESUS

IS DIVINE.

I WOULD OPEN THE BIBLE AND GO TO

BOOK OF JOHN.

WORDS BECAME FLESH.

HOW CAN IT GET ANYMORE CLEAR

THEN THAT?

MARIAM AND CARVER HAD A SON,

TAUGHT HIM ABOUT JESUS AND WENT

TO CHURCH.

MY SON LOOKED ME IN THE EYE

AND SAID DAD, WHY CAN'T WE GO TO

CHURCH?

I JUST DIDN'T HAVE A GOOD

ANSWER.

I SAID CARVER, WE CAN, AND WE

WILL.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME

CARVER

STEPPED INSIDE A CHURCH SINCE HE

WAS A CHILD.

THE MESSAGE SOAKED IN HIM.

HE RECEIVED THE LORD JESUS IN

HIS HEART AND BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

SIX MONTHS LATER THE ENTIRE

FAMILY BAPTIZED TOGETHER.

IT WAS WONDERFUL BECAUSE WE

WERE -- IT WAS A FULL EMERSION

BAPTISM.

I DIED WITH CHRIST AND

RESURRECTED A NEW CREATION IN

CHRIST.

OVER THE YEARS THEY CONTINUE

TO GROW IN THEIR NEWFOUND FAITH.

MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT GOD

HAS DONE FOR ME WAS TO SAVE MY

SOUL TO COME TO THE LORD JESUS

WHO KNOWS THAT ETERNITY IS SAFE.

I WOULD SHARE WITH PEOPLE OF

OTHER FAITHS LIKE MUSLIMS WHICH

HAVE NO SAVIOR.

LIKE BUDDHIST AND HINDUS WHO

HAVE NO SAVIOR.

THE ONLY FAITH THAT YOU HAVE A

SAVIOR IS CHRISTIANITY.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IS TRUE.

JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS SO WE

WILL BE FORGIVEN.

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