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Lillian Beatty is the President and Founder of Forgiven Ministries.

She was born in Eden, Mississippi on a farming plantation. She was given to her cousin at four months old, by her mother who had 13 children and Lillian was the 8th child. Her mother used to bring Lillian’s siblings to visit up until her until death in 1965. Lillian was 10 years old and she lost all contact with her brothers and sisters. She was molested by three different men from age 6 to 12 and at the ages of 14 & 16 she was raped by a fourth man on the plantation, who were all were considered to be friends of the family.

At age 15 Lillian ran away from home with a man that was 25 years old. The abuse started that same night. She was beaten on a daily basis with whatever was in his hands and locked in the house when he was away. This continued for nine months. She escaped from him and ran back home at age 16. The eight relationships that followed were all abusive, either mentally or physically or both.

Lillian’s last abusive relationship lasted eight years and some broken bones later! She started drinking from sun up till sundown. Alcohol had always been her live-in boyfriend’s best friend, and that is what they had in common. Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse in her life, she was in a house fire in July of 2001 and received 2nd & 3rd degree burns to her right and left arm, forehead, nose, lips, and all her fingertips.

The doctor said that Lillian had died. He also told her that God has sent her back and that two cups of soot had been scraped off her lungs. In her near death experience, Lillian was surrounded by total darkness, which embraced her. It was so dark there that she could feel the darkness under her feet as if she was standing on it. There were no bright lights. It was so dark that she could reach out and touch the darkness with her hands, and she could feel the darkness brushing up against her naked body. The only way that she knew which direction she was facing was by touching her shoulders. There were no spoken words, as she knew them, but somehow in her mind she knew that she was being called.

To Lillian’s left she sensed chaos but over her right shoulder there was a softer luring directing her to come in that direction. She never moved from the spot that she was standing in, except to turn in a circle. When she stepped in the direction of the softer luring over her right shoulder there were bright lights shining in her face with two people in masks standing around her bed.
Lillian tried to get up, but her hands and feet were bound to the bed by some type of soft straps. She came out of the coma 13 days later on August 8, 2001 only to face more excruciating and painful skin grafts. She went to a place that she believes was a chamber of Hades.

On April 2, 2002 Lillian and her liv-in-boyfriend began arguing early in the morning over the cable bill and a beer. Her boyfriend went out so she lay down. Sometime after midnight, she was awakened to him shouting as he always did just before he was going to hit or choke her. Lillian decided that she had better get up when she noticed that he was standing in the hallway at the top of the stairs cursing her.

Even though she was tired from the lack of sleep and being hung over, she decided it would be better for her to leave the house as she had always done in the past so he could calm down or go to sleep. She noticed the knife lying on the bed that he always kept there in case someone tried to break in. Lillian picked the knife up off the bed with the intentions to keep him at bay until she could leave the house.

She wanted to get down the stairs so she could exit the house but he was blocking the way. He made some type of motion with his hand. She thought he was going to throw her down the stairs. She ended up stabbing him in his left shoulder.
It happened so fast that she couldn’t believe that she had actually stabbed him until she saw his knees begin to buckle. She caught him in her arms and laid him on the floor. She called for the police and ambulance. On April 3, 2002, he died at 6:03am and Lillian was on her way to prison. She went from being a free dysfunctional imprisoned person in her own mind, to a world that had all types of dysfunctional and hurting people there.

Lillian was 47 years old and was mentally in bad shape when she first arrived at the Philadelphia County Prison. She had no family that she could call or count on. She didn’t believe she could call on the name of God because she thought that she committed the ultimate sin against God. She was charged with first degree murder.

The District Attorney charged Lillian with first degree murder and third degree murder. Under those charges Lillian was facing life in prison without the possibility of parole or 20 to 40 years. Her mind ended up shutting down like a computer screen. She had periods of speechlessness, staring and immobility.

Lillian was like a zombie. She was told that she didn’t know who she was for a while and she couldn’t even feed herself. Some of the other inmates feed her. Even though she couldn’t call on the name of God, He showed up any way! She couldn’t call out verbally, but it was her heart that cried out.

Psalms 34:18 says, “The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.” The dictionary defines the word contrite as “the kind of spirit, or heart, pleasing and acceptable to God. People who have a contrite spirit weep over wrong doing and express genuine sorrow for their sins as Matthew. 5:4; Luke 6:21; 2 Cor. 7:10 states.
The Lord gave Lillian the best lawyers that Philadelphia County had to offer. One of the lawyers assigned to her case to defend her was a minister. She had visitors every day of the week even though she thought she wouldn’t have any visits at all. The first degree murder charge that carried the life sentence was dropped down to 20 to 40 years.

On June 6, 2002, Lillian accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized November 11, 2002. All her life, she had been looking for a man that would love her just for who she was. Jesus became that man for her, so she knew that whatever time she received, it would not be man’s time, but God’s time.  Instead of receiving 20 to 40 years, she received a sentence of 5 to 15 years.

In the end praise the Lord, Lillian only served 4yrs and 9mos. On August 31, 2008, she met and fell in love with a wonderful man of God, even though she was so unprepared. But God knew what He was doing. They were married November 1, 2009. How they met was all orchestrated by their Lord.

Lillian wasn’t looking for a man, or any man except Jesus and that was all she needed. But, we know that Gods thoughts are above what we can think or imagine. Currently, the ministry that the Lord has entrusted Lillian and her husband with is called Forgiven Ministries. It is an incorporated non-profit Christian organization formed to provide life-changing opportunities to individuals being released from Pennsylvania prison systems. God has called FORGIVEN to Love and Encourage the Hurting, the Broken, the Forgotten, the Lost, and the Lonely.

You might ask where Lillian saw God in all these tragedies. In the beginning she didn’t see him. It was after she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior that she could see that He was there all the time protecting her to keep Satan from killing her.