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Ariana was a teenage girl who had been repeatedly sexually abused. Being a devout follower of her nation’s religion, Ariana struggled in her soul. Why would God allow this? Why did men of her same faith devalue her and all women? Twice she tried to take her own life.
Desperate, she sought answers from the leader of her religious center. She explained her depression and asked for help. His reply: “You have been cursed. Go see the shaman. He will cast spells over you.” She did and nothing changed.
Discouraged, while walking past a house, Ariana noticed a small sign tacked up outside: “Jesus is Love.” She knocked on the door. The family invited her in and explained the gospel. She left feeling better, but now was also confused.
A few months later, Ariana failed a critical test at school. Her suicidal thoughts came back. With nowhere else to turn, Ariana cried out: “Reveal yourself to me ‘Jesus of Love’, if you are real!”
When she fell asleep, the Risen Christ appeared, saying, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Jesus called Ariana by name, took her by the hand, and led her to the edge of a pond filled with murky sludge. Jesus said, “Jump in.” She did and instantly the dirty water became clean and fresh.
“Ariana, I will wash away your dirty sins and make you clean as this water.” Then He showed her a choice: heaven or hell. Ariana responded, “Jesus, I want to follow you, what must I do?” He said, “Accept Me as your Lord and Savior.”
Ariana awoke, startled. Her pajamas and sheets were soaking in sweat. She immediately went back to the home of the Christians. They gave her a DVD of “Magdalena”.
She watched the DVD three times. Ariana was overwhelmed by Jesus’ love for women and could not stop crying for two days. Transformed, she led her mother and sister to the Lord. Ariana played the DVD for her fellow students. In just one week, 25 other students came to Christ through Ariana’s testimony and that single DVD!
Ariana is now a first-year student at a university. She leads a group of 30 women on her campus. They boldly tell others that “Jesus is Love.” They pass out DVDs of “JESUS” and “Magdalena” throughout the campus.
You can watch and share “Magdalena” and “JESUS” by going to jesusfilmmedia.org.
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