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Rafael Saracual: A Broken Man Forgives

Abused and manipulated by people that he trusted most, Rafael Saracual was a broken man. Could he find the power to forgive those who had hurt him? Read Transcript


I SAW MY MOM, THE PERSON

I LOVED THE MOST, BEING

BEATEN BY MY DAD.

SOMETIMES HE USED TO FIGHT

WITH MY MOM LIKE SHE WAS

ANOTHER MAN.

PUNCHING HER AND BEATING HER

VERY BAD.

THE ONLY THING I COULD DO

WAS CRY.

Reporter: RAFAEL GREW

UP IN VENEZUALA, IN A HOME

FULL OF FEAR AND VIOLENCE AT

HIS FATHER'S HAND.

I HATED HIM.

HE WAS MY DAD, BUT I HATED

WHAT HE WAS AND WHAT HE WAS

DOING TO US.

Reporter: WHEN RAFAEL

WAS 12, HIS MOTHER HAD

ENOUGH.

AFTER A SEVERE BEATING, SHE

CALLED THE POLICE AND HAD

HER HUSBAND ARRESTED.

WHEN HE WAS RELEASED FROM

JAIL, HE NEVER RETURNED

HYMN.

WHEN I DAD LEFT HOME, I

BECAME WILD.

I STARTED EXPERIENCING

SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS AT THE

AGE OF 12, 13.

I LOST MYSELF.

I LOST RAFAEL.

I LOST THE LITTLE BOY I

WAS.

Reporter: HE HAD A

FRIEND WHO TOLD HIM JESUS

LOVED HIM AND COULD HELP

HIM.

BUT RAFAEL WASN'T

INTERESTED.

AND ONE NIGHT HE WAS IN A

FIGHT OUTSIDE OF A

NIGHTCLUB.

WHEN I SAW THE PEOPLE

BEATING ME AND BEATING MY

BROTHER, I KNEW SOMETHING

WAS GOING TO END THAT DAY.

THEY HAD KILLED FOUR PEOPLE

BEFORE THAT FIGHT.

I CRIED OUT TO GOD, AND I

SAID, IF YOU SAVE MY LIFE

TODAY, I'M GOING TO LOOK FOR

YOU.

AND WHEN I SAID THAT PRAYER,

IT WAS LIKE THE TIME

STOPPED.

AND A LITTLE WAY OUT WAS

MADE.

Reporter: RAFAEL AND

HIS BROTHER RAN TO SAFETY.

THE NEXT SUNDAY, HE WENT TO

HIS FRIEND'S CHURCH.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST

THING I FELT.

IT WAS THESE GOOSE BUMPS ON

MY WHOLE BODY.

I HEAR PREACHING AND

PREACHING, AND I DIDN'T KNOW

WHY I WAS CRYING.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHY I FELT

WHAT I FELT, BUT I KNEW THAT

SOMETHING CHANGED IN ME.

AND I EXPERIENCED THE

PRESENCE OF GOD FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE.

AND I KNEW THAT IT WAS WHAT

I NEEDED.

Reporter: RAFAEL PRAYED

AND ACCEPTED JESUS AS HIS

SAVIOR THAT DAY.

HIS LIFE CHANGED

DRAMATICALLY.

BUT HE SAYS HE FELT THERE

WAS STILL SOMETHING BLOCKING

HIM FROM THE LIFE GOD WANTED

FOR HIM.

I HATED MY DAD WITH ALL

OF MY HEART, BUT I DIDN'T

KNOW I HURT HIM.

I REALIZED THAT I NEEDED TO

EMPTY MYSELF AND RELEASE MAY

DAD, RELEASE WHAT HE DID TO

ME.

WHEN I FORGAVE MY DAD, I

EXPERIENCED HEAVEN ON

EARTH.

I STARTED EXPERIENCING GOD

IN A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

NOW I WAS HAVING DREAMS

ABOUT HIM.

NOW HE WAS SPEAKING TO ME.

Reporter: RAFAEL WANTED

TO GO TO THE UNITED STATES,

AND HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH AN

AMERICAN MISSIONARY WOULD

MAKE THAT DREAM A REALITY.

HE STARTED A RELATIONSHIP

WITH ME, LIKE A FATHER-SON

TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP.

HE USED TO CALL ME SON.

HE SENT ME THE MONEY FOR MY

PASSPORT.

HE SENT ME THE MONEY FOR MY

VISA.

HE SENT ME THE MONEY FOR MY

TICKET.

AND I CAME TO AMERICA.

Reporter: THE MOMENT

RAFAEL GREETED THE MAN HE

CALLED DAD ON AMERICAN SOIL,

HE KNEW SOMETHING WASN'T

RIGHT.

WHEN WE GOT IN HIS HOUSE,

THE FIRST THING HE DID IS HE

CLOSED THE DOORS.

HE LOCKED THE DOORS.

AND THEN HE TOLD ME COME AND

SIT ON MY LAP.

Reporter: RAFAEL DIDN'T

KNOW IT, BUT FOR THE PAST

SIX YEARS THIS MAN BROUGHT

YOUNG MEN TO AMERICA WITH

THE PROMISE OF COLLEGE AND

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES.

BUT ONCE THEY ARRIVED, HE

USED THEM FOR HIS OWN SEXUAL

PURPOSES.

HE TOLD ME I'M GOING TO

CALL IMMIGRATION.

I'M GOING TO CALL THE POLICE

AND THEY'RE GOING TO DEPORT

YOU IF YOU DON'T DO WHAT I

WANT YOU TO DO.

I WAS CRYING OUT TO GOD.

I WAS WAITING FOR THE LORD

FOR DELIVERANCE FROM THAT

PLACE.

AT THE SAME TIME, I WAS

BEING ATTACKED.

Reporter: FOR OVER TWO

WEEKS, THE MAN WAS HELD IN

THE HOUSE, AND FOUGHT OFF

THE ATTACKS.

HIS CAPTOR WAS MARRIED, BUT

SHE WAS OUT A LOT.

ONE DAY THE WIFE CAME HOME,

AND RAFAEL CRIED OUT FOR

HELP.

IN MY BROKEN ENGLISH, SHE

HEARD ME.

Reporter: SHE KEPT

RAFAEL HIDDEN AT A FRIEND'S

HOUSE, AND BLEW THE WHISTLE

ON HER HUSBAND.

HUSBAND.

THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT

I KEPT.

IT WAS MY FAITH.

Reporter: THAN A MAN

WHO HEARD ABOUT RAFAEL'S

STORY, TOOK HIM TO A NEARBY

UNIVERSITY, AND ENROLLED HIM

IN CLASSES AND PAID HIS

$13,000 TUITION IN FULL.

HIS STUDENT SEE VISA WAS

GRANTED FOR YEARS.

OUT OF NOTHING, GOD MADE

MY LIFE.

HE TOOK MY SINS IN THE PAST

AND TOOK ME TO A WHOLE NEW

LEVEL.

BECAUSE NOW I MET HIM AS MY

DELIVERER.

Reporter: RAFAEL NEVER

PRESSED CHARGES AGAINST HIS

CAPTOR.

I WROTE A LETTER TO HIM

AND ACTUALLY FORGAVE HIM AND

TOLD HIM I DIDN'T HAVE

ANYTHING AGAINST HIM, AND I

WAS PRAYING HE WILL FIND

GOD'S MERCY.

Reporter: AFTER A YEAR

IN COLLEGE, RAFAEL MET AND

MARRIED "THE 700 CLUB"'S

TAHINA HARRIS, AND HE SHARES

AND THE MINISTRIES AND

SHARES HOW THE LORD IS

FAITHFUL TO HIS WORD.

HE USED EVERYTHING IN MY

LIFE TO SEE ALL OF THE PLANS

AND PROMISES HE HAD FOR ME

BEING FULFILLED TODAY.

JESUS IS ACTUALLY THE ONE

WHO CAN CHANGE ANYBODY'S

LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT THE

MESS IS IN THEIR LIFE.

HE DID IT WITH ME, AND HE

CAN DO IT WITH ANYBODY WHO

COMES TO HIM.

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