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Reckless Life Finds New Course

Bunty's pursuit of reckless living earns him time behind bars, which is exactly where he needs to be to transform his life. Read Transcript


IF WE DIDN'T SAY THE

PRAYERS RIGHT OR THE QURAN

RIGHT, OR WE WEREN'T DOING

THE PRAYERS FIVE TIMES ADAY,

MY MOT WA MOTHER WAS VERY

STRICT ON ME AND MY

SIBLINGS.

Reporter: BUNTI HAS

REASON TO BE AFRAID.

HIS MOTHER, A MUSLIM,

SUFFERED FROM MENTAL

ILLNESS.

AND NOTHING ANGERED HER MORE

THAN DISOBEDIENCE AGAINST

THE QURAN.

WE WOULD GET A BEATING IF

WE ATE ANY KIND OF PORK

WHILE WE WERE AT SCHOOL.

I REMEMBER ONE TIME MY MAMA,

YOU KNOW, KICKING MY BROTHER

IN THE STOMACH BECAUSE HE

HAD EATEN PORK AT SCHOOL.

Reporter: HIS FATHER

RARELY INTERVENED.

HE PRETTY MUCH LET MOM

RUN THE HOUSE WITH ISLAM.

Reporter: BUNTI'S MOM

SUFFERED A NERVOUS BREAK

DOWN AND RECEIVED

TREATMENT.

WHEN SHE FINISHED, SHE NO

LONGER ABUSED HIM.

BUNTI USED HIS NEWFOUND

FREEDOM TO GET ATTENTION HE

WAS MISSING.

WHEN I WAS 12, I STARTED

USING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

EVENTUALLY I GOT INVOLVED IN

MARIJUANA AND CRIMINAL

ACTIVITY.

I WAS GETTING ATTENTION THAT

I NEVER GOT BEFORE FROM MY

PEERS, AND IT WAS FUN.

Reporter: WHEN HE GOT

OLDER AND MOVED OUT, HE

DISCOVERED A DARK AND GRITTY

WORLD HE KNEW NOTHING

ABOUT.

PROSTITUTION AND PEOPLE

SCAMMING AND PEOPLE

MANIPULATING, AND PEOPLE

GETTING SHOT AND PEOPLE

GETTING ROBBED.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

19, HE HAD A SON, DEVIN,

WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND.

BUT HE DIDN'T STOP HIS WILD

LIFESTYLE AND IT WAS

CONSTANTLY IN AND OUT OF

JAIL.

I WAS ARRESTED 49 TIMES

FOR 29 OFFENSES.

IT WAS FOR POINTING A

FIREARM, DISPATCHING A

FIREARM, POSSESSION OF

ALCOHOL BY A MINER,

POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE

WITH THE INTENT TO

DISTRIBUTE.

Reporter: HE ALWAYS

MANAGED TO GET OFF EASY, SO

HE SAW NO REASON TO STOP.

THERE IS A HIGH, A RUSH.

YOU HAVE THE POPULARITY, YOU

HAVE THE MONEY, YOU HAVE THE

CARS, YOU HAVE THE HOMES,

YOU HAVE THE GIRLS.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LIKE

YOU.

SO IT IS AN ALLURE.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

HIS LIFESTYLE CAUGHT UP WITH

HIM.

HE WAS 20 WHEN HE WAS

ARRESTED AGAIN FOR DEALING

DRUGS.

THIS TIME THE JUDGE WASN'T

SO LENIENT.

I WENT TO COURT AND THE

JUDGE TOLD ME I WAS A MENACE

TO SOCIETY AND HE SENTENCED

ME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS FOR 16 YEARS.

WHEN I GOT BACK TO THE JAIL

CELL, I WAS BROKEN.

I HAD NEVER BEEN BROKEN

BEFORE.

THIS PARTICULAR THING, I

DIDN'T SEE A WAY OUT OF.

Reporter: THEN HE

REMEMBERED A STORY HE HEARD

ABOUT ANOTHER DRUG DEALER.

I HAD HEARD THAT THIS

INDIVIDUAL THAT WAS SELLING

DRUGS HAD GIVEN THEIR LIFE

TO CHRIST, AND CHRIST HAD

CHANGED HIM.

AND IN MY HEART, I BELIEVED

IF CHRIST COULD DO IT FOR

HIM, CHRIST COULD DO IT FOR

ME.

Reporter: THAT DAY

BUNTI DID SOMETHING HE HAD

NEVER DONE BEFORE.

I GOT DOWN ON MY KNEES,

AND I SAID, LORD, JESUS,

COME INTO MY HEART.

I KNOW YOU'RE REAL.

I HAVE LIVED FOR ALLAH ALL

OF MY LIFE AND I'VE GOTTEN

NOTHING BUT PAIN AND TROUBLE

AND I'M ADDICTED.

I WANTED GOD TO GIVE ME A

NEW LIFE.

EYI WANTED GOD TO HELP ME

THROUGH THE 16 YEARS.

IN MY MIND, I COULDN'T WALK

THIS JOURNEY.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS ON

THE OTHER SIDE, AND I NEEDED

GOD'S HELP TO GET THROUGH

THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

Reporter: THE FIRST

THING HE DID WAS GET A

BIBLE.

HE HAD QUESTIONS BECAUSE OF

HIS ISLAMIC UPBRINGING.

ACTUALLY, I HAD SOME

CONCERNS ABOUT, LIKE, THE

DEITY OF CHRIST.

I HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT

THE TRINITY OF GOD.

THERE WERE SOME FACES THERE

THAT WERE GREY FOR ME AND I

DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

BUT I KNEW WHEN I WENT TO

CHURCH AND I KNEW WHEN I

READ THE WORD, THERE WAS A

BASE PEACE I HAD THERE

THAT I DIDN'T HAVE APLACE

ELSE.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS HE GREW IN HIS FAITH.

IN SPITE OF SEEING PEOPLE

GETTING STABBED AND ROBBED

ALL AROUND ME, I FOUND A

SECRET PLACE I COULD GO WITH

GOD.

Reporter: HE ALSO USED

THE TIME INSIDE TO EARN A

DOCTORATE IN MINISTRY.

AND WHILE STILL IN PRISON,

HE SHARED HIS FAITH WITH HIS

PARENTS AND LED BOTH OF THEM

TO CHRIST.

I'M JUST SO BLOWN AWAY BY

THAT.

TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

LEAD MY MOTHER TO CHRIST,

AND TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY

TO SAY THE SINNER'S PRAYER

WITH MY FATHER.

Reporter: AFTER 14

YEARS, BUNTI WAS RELEASED,

AND HE IS NOW MARRIED.

AND HE AND HIS WIFE STAY

BUSY.

HE SAYS GOD HAS GIVEN HIM A

NEW LIFE.

I HAVE A BRAND NEW LEASE

ON LIFE.

HE HAS GIVEN ME A BRAND NEW

START, AND I'M FOREVER

GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR THAT.

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