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Hindu Woman Finds Peace When She Learns to Forgive

A native of India, Tina never thought her new life in America would include an abusive husband. She found courage to leave him, but only supernatural encounters with Jesus could help her find salvation for herself and forgiveness for him. Read Transcript


I WAS VERY, VERY REVENGE

FULL AT THAFUL AT THAT

TIME.

VERY UNFORGIVING.

I WAS GOING AFTER MY

EX-HUSBAND AND DOING

EVERYTHING POSSIBLE LEGALLY

TO AVENGE MYSELF.

I GREW UP AS A HINDU, AND

HINDUISM IS ALL ABOUT IDOLS

AND RITUALS AND CEREMONIES.

Reporter: IN 2000, TINA

WIGG MOVED TO AMERICA FOR A

JOB.

AND A YEAR LATER SHE MARRIED

HER HUSBAND.

SHE WAS BROUGHT UP IN A

SIKH FAMILY.

Reporter: HER HUSBAND

SOON BECAME ABUSIVE.

MY CULTURE TAUGHT ME THAT

MARRIAGES ARE TO BE KEPT, SO

I KEPT TO TOLERATING IT FOR

MANY, MANY YEARS.

I WAS VERY, VERY BROKEN AND

VERY, VERY HURT, VERY ANGRY

WITH MY HUSBAND.

Reporter: BUT IT WASN'T

UNTIL HER LIFE WAS

THREATENED THAT SHE TOOK OUT

A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST

HER HUSBAND.

I HAD THE COURT GIVE ME

CHILD CUSTODY, AND I GOT THE

HOUSE.

AND I GOT EVERYTHING THAT

FROM THE WORLD'S PERSPECTIVE

WAS A WIN.

BUT INSIDE I WAS JUST

DYING.

I WENT INTO DEEP DEPRESSION

AT THAT POINT.

I JUST WANTED TO END IT

ALL.

DURING THIS TIME MY REALTOR

CAME TO VISIT ME.

AS I TOLD HIM ABOUT THE

SITUATION, HE TOLD ME THAT I

NEED TO FORGIVE MY HUSBAND.

AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT JESUS

AND HOW HE EXTENDS GRACE,

AND SO WE NEED TO EXTEND

GRACE.

I SAID, HE NEEDS TO SEEK MY

FORGIVENESS.

Reporter: AS AN ESCAPE,

TINA DECIDED TO TAKE HER TWO

DAUGHTERS ON A VACATION TO

DISNEYLAND.

BUT THE REALTOR WANTED TO

MEET BEFORE SHE LEFT.

HE SAT ME DOWN IN A

CONFERENCE ROOM AND READ TO

ME ABOUT THE ARMOR OF GOD.

HE TOOK TWO HOURS,

EXPLAINING EVERY WORD IN THE

ARMOR OF GOD.

AND WAS QUITE IMPRESSED BY

WHAT HE HAD TOLD ME.

I THOUGHT IF THE BIBLE -- IF

JUST A SMALL PASSAGE IS SO

INTRIGUING, THE BOOK WOULD

BE AMAZING.

I NEED TO READ WHAT THE BOOK

HAD.

I FOUND A BIBLE APP, AND THE

BEST PART WAS THAT IT WOULD

READ TO ME.

SO I GOT THE BIBLE APP AND I

STARTED LISTENING TO IT

WHILE DRIVING TO L.A., FOR

SEVEN HOURS.

Reporter: THEY REACHED

THEIR HOTEL AND TINA PUT

THEIR KIDS TO BED.

EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS DRIVING

ALL DAY, SHE HAD A DESIRE TO

KEEP READING THE BIBLE.

I READ UNTIL ABOUT 3 A.M.

AND AT SOME POINT I FELL

ASLEEP.

IN THE MIDDLE OF MY SLEEP, I

HAD JUST WOKEN UP.

I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS AWAKE

OR WAS A DREAM.

THE ROOF OF THE HOTEL ROOM

LIFTED UP, AND A HAND

REACHED DOWN ON ME.

AND THAT HAND TOUCHED MY

FOREHEAD AND SAID, YOU ARE

MY DAUGHTER AND I WILL NOT

LET YOU DIE.

I WOKE UP AND IT WAS ALMOST

AS IF A BACKPACK FULL OF

WEIGHTS HAD BEEN LIFTED OFF

OF ME.

I FELT VERY, VERY LIGHT IN

MY SPIRIT.

AND I DID NOT FEEL

DEPRESSION AT ALL.

SO WE WENT OFF TO

DISNEYLAND, AND EVERY TIME I

WOULD SEE A LONG LINE, I WAS

SO HAPPY BECAUSE THAT WOULD

GIVE ME 45 MINUTES OF

LISTENING TO THE BIBLE.

I WOULD LISTEN TO IT ALL DAY

AND THEN COME BACK AND

LISTEN TO IT IN THE NIGHT.

Reporter: WHEN TINA

RETURNED HOME FROM THE

VACATION, SHE DECIDED TO

BREAK HER RESTRAINING ORDER

AND MEET HER HUSBAND.

I HAD REHEARSED A LINE

ALL DAY, AND I HAD WRITTEN

IT ON MY PALM, THAT THIS IS

WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY.

I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND HE

OPENED IT, AND I COULDN'T

SAY A WORD.

Reporter: TINA IN HER

HUSBAND SAT DOWN, AND THEN

JUST LIKE IN HER HOTEL ROOM,

GOD SHOWED UP.

THERE WAS A MAN SITTING

RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, BY THE

FIREPLACE, WEARING A WHITE,

SHINY COAT, AND HE HANDED ME

A SCROLL AND ASKED ME TO

READ IT.

ON IT WAS WRITTEN A THING

THAT I HAD DONE IN MY PAST,

WHICH WAS WRONG.

I SAID, I'M SORRY THAT I DID

THIS.

AND AS AS SOON A AS SOON AS

I SAID, I'M SORRY, THE SHEET

BLANK AND THERE WAS ANOTHER

LINE THAT APPEARED, WHICH

WAS ANOTHER SIN.

AND THIS WENT ON FOR TWO

HOURS.

Reporter: HER HUSBAND

NEVER SAW THE MAN IN WHITE,

BUT TINA'S REPENTANCE

TOUCHED HIM DEEPLY.

AT THE END OF THE TWO

HOURS, THIS MAN WHO WAS

SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME

SAID, IT'S FINISHED, AND HE

LEFT.

RIGHT THEN I FELT LIKE

EVERYTHING IN MY PAST HAD

BEEN WIPED OFF.

IT WAS A NEW START.

I FELT MY HEART HAD BEEN

CLEANSED.

A PHYSICAL CHANGE I FELT IN

MY SPIRIT AND MY BODY.

I FELT FORGIVENESS FOR MY

HUSBAND FROM THE BODY OF MY

HEART.

Reporter: IN THE MONTHS

AHEAD, TINA TRIED TO

RECONCILE WITH HER HUSBAND,

BUT HE WANTED NOTHING TO DO

WITH CHRISTIANITY.

I COMPLETELY FORGIVEN MY

HUSBAND.

I WANT HIM TO EXPERIENCE GOD

THE WAY I HAVE.

MY DAUGHTERS AND I ALL PRAY

FOR HIS LIFE TO BE CHANGED,

FOR GOD TO TOUCH HIS LIFE.

I REALLY BELIEVE ONE DAY IT

WILL.

GOD HAS REALLY STRENGTHENED

ME AND MADE MY WALK VERY,

VERY STRONG WITH HIM.

HE HAS BLESSED ME IN MANY,

MANY WAYS.

BOTH MY DAUGHTERS HAVE

ACCEPTED CHRIST.

AND MY MOM ACCEPTED CHRIST A

YEAR AGO.

MY SISTER ACCEPTED CHRIST A

FEW MONTHS AGO.

SO I CAN SEE GOD MOVING IN

MY FAMILY AND THINGS

CHANGING.

UYOU CAN BE FROM A

DIFFERENT CULTURE FRRK,

FROM A DIFFERENT RELIGION,

BUT GOD CAN STILL TOUCH

YOU.

AND GOD CAN STILL HEAL YOU.

GOD CAN BRING YOU OUT OF

THAT.

I BELIEVE FOR WOMEN OUT

THERE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH

AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP,

THAT GOD CAN REALLY HEAL YOU

IF YOU GIVE IT TO HIM.

IF YOU SURRENDER, HE CAN

TAKE THAT AND MAKE YOUR LIFE

VERY BEAUTIFUL.

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