Debbie Baigrie was in her car one night when she saw three guys walk up to her car and heard someone ask her for change. Then she heard him insist “I’m serious give it up.” When she realized she was being robbed she screamed and then a gunshot.
Debbie was shot in the face. Thankfully she survived the attack and then she learned that the person who shot her was only 13 years old.
Ian Manuel had earned quite the reputation in his neighborhood of being fearless, but he never imagined that being fearless would lead to him shooting at a woman at only 13.
When the time came for Ian to stand trial for what he did, he pleaded guilty and received a life sentence. A year into prison around Christmas Ian realized that in his paperwork was Debbie’s phone number, so he gave her a call.
And to everyone’s surprise, she answered. After he apologized he asked if he could write her, and she said yes. The two of them began corresponding for years and Debbie happily forgave him.
She never gave up on Ian and stood by him when he was able to challenge his sentence, and she was there for him the day he was set free. Ian spent his young life in prison and being back out in the world had its own struggles. But Debbie has helped him along the way.
She even considers him like a son as she helps teach him the little things like cooking for himself. Their friendship and their story is a testament to the power of forgiveness. you do not want miss this one!