Seven Silent Witnesses: Finding Freedom Through The Power of Forgiveness

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Compelling and deeply moving, Seven Silent Witnesses is the story of one girl's emotional journey from extreme brokenness to remarkable wholeness.

Told from the perspective of Cheryl, the oldest of seven siblings, there are glimpses into the heart and soul of each of the other children as they experienced unimaginable abuse and pain throughout their childhoods.

This book is a message of hope and unexpected joys as you experience the journey with Cheryl as she discovers the road to freedom through the Power of Forgiveness. Cheryl learned to forgive her abusers and her past, and it opened up opportunities for her life to change. In speaking and sharing all over the United States and in other countries, for so many years, her story has powerfully impacted thousands of other hurting people all over the world.

IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING WITH UNFORGIVENESS, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ. Counselors, teachers, parents, people working with children and youth can all gain insight and understanding of the abused and abusers in reading this book. It gives practical, down to earth steps to finding freedom and wholeness. Be a VICTOR...NOT...A VICTIM!

Cheryl's bold message that she so eloquently conveys to the reader is that they must not remain just victims, or survivors - they can become healers of themselves and others, just as she has done. The book resonates with the colors of triumph, courage and life-sustaining caring for others.

We hope the message of this book spreads like wildfire and helps win many battles for the war on abuse, and will help restore THOUSANDS of Walking Wounded.

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Cheryl Bramlett is a writer, television producer, and motivational speaker.  After leaving home at seventeen and then working in the business world for many years, she found a place for her creative talents as a television producer/editor by documenting massive humanitarian outreaches for a large international ministry.  She frequently shares her inspirational story to groups of all sizes.  She currently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with her husband, Tom.  This is her first full length book.

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CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Colors in my Life Rainbow

In trying to determine how best to end the book there just wasn’t a way I could make peace with. Then one morning I awakened with this whole “Rainbow” chapter in my head. Rainbows have always been very important in my life. It seemed they always came when I needed encouragement most. Color also was very symbolic for me. So in summing up the victorious chapter of my life I have chosen to share stories of people I met when telling my story around the world. These incredible stories are from people that impacted my life, because they allowed me to impact theirs.

RED – BAMBI – SIERRA LEONE

Bambi was a young man I met in Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa. It was 1998 and the rebels had descended on his village and massacred his entire family in front of him. It was hard to imagine this handsome, smiling young man in front of me had witnessed and experienced such horror. But his body bore witness to the crimes of abuse. His arms had been cruelly amputated with a machete, cut off halfway between the wrist and elbow. He had heard my story in the big outdoor crusade and the Bible school leader brought him to me for an interview.

Bambi said he had heard my story on forgiveness and wanted to tell me his story. It had been a year since his family had been murdered in front of him. He was only eighteen at the time.

With machetes the rebels slaughtered his entire family in a killing frenzy that lasted only a few minutes. They chopped off both of Bambi’s arms midway between the wrist and elbow. Then the rebels somehow got distracted, and ran outside. Bambi used the opportunity to escape.

Desperately he ran with all his might, away from the screams and terror, leaving a trail of blood. The sun was sinking on the horizon and he had been running for a while. Bambi was weakening, and his heart pounding in terror kept the blood pouring down what was left of his arms.

He fell to his knees on the side of the road, still trying to hold up what was left of his arms. Suddenly a man appeared and stood in front of him. Bambi knew about God, but this man said his name was Jesus, and he was there to help Bambi. He told him how to tear his shirt with his teeth and tourniquet his arms, and assured Bambi he would guide him to safety.

Bambi felt new strength surge through his body and felt somehow comforted by this stranger’s presence. Suddenly the man was gone, but Bambi now knew what direction to go. He made it to a refugee center and got medical help. The Germans sent a medical team to Bambi’s refugee camp. They did surgeries on the refuges that helped them regain small use of their hacked off limbs. Bambi’s surgery had separated the muscle of his forearms so that he could pick up objects and feed and dress himself.

Some months later he met a missionary and learned about the man he had met on the road – Jesus – someone he had never heard of, and then he truly realized what a miracle he had experienced.

As Bambi told me his story, his whole face was just glowing with joy and peace, especially as he related the part about Jesus, the man he had never known or heard of, that rescued him on that road. He was attending Bible school, and the school director said Bambi was their most excited, exuberant student. He was a strong leader, and a messenger of hope to all who knew him.

So Bambi is RED to me – a reminder of the blood that he shed, but the life and joy he brought to others hearts as he shared his heart and the power of the help that Jesus gave him. People may doubt Bambi’s story and his experience, but Bambi doesn’t mind. It’s real to him, and that encounter on the road running away from Makeni changed him forever. Now Bambi’s life and story are changing others’ lives.

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