*After spending years locked up for a crime he did not commit, Brian Banks who made national headlines, has been given the opportunity to try out with four NFL teams.
He was accused and unjustly convicted of raping a girl he kissed under a school stairwell at the age of 16. However the case had several holes, including a changed story by the alleged victim and lack of DNA evidence. In 2002 the teen was advised by his lawyer to plead ‘no contest.’
“She told me I was a big black teenager and no jury would believe anything I said.”
Brian then served five years and two months in prison and spent another five years on probation for a crime he didn’t commit. But surprisingly, he was not bitter and credits that to his relationship with God.
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It truly was a miracle how his name was cleared.
One day, his accuser made sent him a friend request on Facebook. He paused for a moment and had a talk with God. He decided that this may be an opportunity to clear his name. So he proceeded with becoming her ‘friend’ but secretly recorded their conversations. She confessed via the social media site in private chats that the rape claim was a lie.
He then presented the evidence to the judge who then exonerated him.
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Before being thrown in jail, Brian had a future in football and showed great promise to one day be a professional in college.
Now he’s able to pursue his dreams with a rare opportunity to work out with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins.
He’s ready for it.
*While reaching for his gun to commit suicide, his hand stumbled on a Bible and he ended up grabbing it first – a decision that would give birth to an inspirational graphic novel adaptation of the gospels.
King of Kings: The Chronicles of Jesus is a four-part graphic novel based on the life of Jesus. The project began in 2007 and was completed in 2010 and since the beginning of its publication it has made an impact on the world, reaching at least 22 countries.
It landed the cover of Inspire magazine, England’s largest Christian publication, and is currently being used as a fundraiser for Kenton United Methodist Church in Delaware to help fund a mission trip to Tennessee to build lower income housing.
Of course, he never imagined he would be making graphic novels when everything in his life had reached the nadir of despair. After a bad divorce in 2005 he fell into a life of drug and alcohol abuse, leaving him with practically nothing overnight.
Read the full story here.
*September 11th claimed the lives of 2,752 people. But 10 years later, one person of 16 miracle survivors on the North Tower in stairwell B, has passed on.
She was said to have saved the lives of the others because had they been travelling any slower or faster, they’d all be dead.
Her exhaustion and the use of only one leg gave them the perfect tempo to keep from being crushed by the collapsing tower above and below the group.
Josephine Harris, 69, was a strong Brooklyn grandmother who had been struck by a car just a few months before (more…)