To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Father Stuns Courtroom with His Message for the Drug Dealer Who Killed His Daughter

Jessilyn Justice : Jul 14, 2017  Charisma News

"We learned that Ashlynn had a terrible misfortune happen to her personally during high school and she just could never get over it. She would use drugs to hide her pain and her self-hate. She had used most every kind of drug, but the hook, line and sinker was her drug of choice: HEROIN! … Looking back at Ashlynn's life and her personality, we truly believe that she had addictive tendencies all along, and it took one time of the right drug for her to be ever hooked on it and the constant craving of that first experience with heroin…”

[Charisma News] Drugs stole his 20-year-old daughter's life years before natural causes could take her. (Photo: Ashlynn Bailey Foundation.com/ via Charisma News)

He faced off against the man responsible for her death, the man who sold her the fatal dose.

Mike Bailey sniffed back tears and prepared to read his family's words to Rodrigus Lee Pearson.

"As a family, we write this letter to you hopefully through the eyes of Christ, not to condemn you, but to allow your conviction to change your heart and your life," Bailey read.

"By God's love and grace we are saved and forgiven," the family said, according to the statement. "Forgiveness doesn't right a wrong, but it frees us from the bondage of that wrong. It also does not free you of the consequences of sin here on earth, but it allows you to be right with God as He walks with you through your trials. You need to know that we do not hold any ill feelings toward you as a person created by God. We extend forgiveness to you for the wrongs against our family in the same way that Christ has forgiven our wrongs, even without asking for that forgiveness. We neither hate nor condemn you in any way, but hope that through your conviction you will seek your own personal forgiveness from God. We pray that you will seek Him and walk with Him as you carry out the consequences of your actions."

Ashlynn Bailey died in January 2016 at age 20, five years after she first began dabbling with drugs, her father says.

Pearson, who dealt her the drugs, pleaded guilty in March to selling her fentanyl, a powerful painkiller Ashlynn reportedly thought was heroin.

An Alabama judge sentenced Pearson to 20 years on Wednesday.

Though the Bailey family is devastated by their loss, they are determined to let Christ shine through.

"Anyone who doesn't think it will happen, be real careful," Mike Bailey says. "She was a good Christian girl that grew up at Green Valley Baptist Church. She went to Hoover High School, was a cheerleader there for a few years, ended up going for a semester at Alabama."

They founded the Ashlynn Bailey Foundation to help others affected by the rampant drug epidemic in Jefferson County, Alabama.

"She grew up in the church, learned about God, and became a Christian at an early age—just after the 9/11 event that forever changed our peaceful world here in America. She loved God and had a real anointing for leading others to Christ. She felt that everyone needed to go to Heaven. She led several of her friends to Christ," according to the foundation's website.

"We learned that Ashlynn had a terrible misfortune happen to her personally during high school and she just could never get over it. She would use drugs to hide her pain and her self-hate. She had used most every kind of drug, but the hook, line and sinker was her drug of choice: HEROIN! It is a very difficult drug to rehab from, especially in a true addict's brain. Looking back at Ashlynn's life and her personality, we truly believe that she had addictive tendencies all along, and it took one time of the right drug for her to be ever hooked on it and the constant craving of that first experience with heroin. As we look back, we believe the devil used the drugs to devour Ashlynn because the devil knew she would be a great Christian warrior. She was a threat to him and he went after her with a vengeance. As a family, we claimed the verse Jeremiah 29: 11 over her life and our life: 'For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.' We were going to hold onto God's Word no matter what the devil was throwing at us."

To read more of Ashlynn Bailey's story click here.

Charisma News







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Texas Governor Signs Bill Banning 'Abortion Inducing Drugs' after Seven Weeks of Pregnancy

Biden Endorses Controversial Bill Guaranteeing Abortion 'Without Limitations'

Another BOMBSHELL: FDA Staffer Suggests Nazi-Style Registry during Undercover Video

Florida Judge Halts City's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

PRAY: 'She Was the Best Mother'; Special Police Officer Murdered, Killer Still at Large; 'I'm gonna let God have the vengeance' Says Husband

Democrats Introduce Bill to Provide $1 Billion for Israel's Iron Dome after Progressives Had Eliminated It

Thousands Attend Sukkot Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem

FDA Panel Unequivocally Rejects COVID Vaccine Booster Shots for Most Americans

Experts Warn of COVID Vaccine Risks at FDA Hearing: 'The Vaccines Kill More Than They Save'

Federal Govt Whistleblower Goes Public with Secret Recordings: 'Government Doesn't Want to Show the [COVID] Vaccine is Full of '----'

Is Australia Under Lockdown Still a Free Country? 'The Media Has Just Scared People Senseless'

Dems to Vote on Iron Dome Funding This Week after Nixing it from Spending Bill: 'Iron Dome Saves Lives. Blocking Funding for Iron Dome Helps Terrorists Kill Civilians'

Biden Admin Says It's Sending Bridge Migrants Back to Haiti, but Thousands Actually Being Released into US

'Satan's Power Was Defeated Tonight': Tennessee HS Football Team Defies School Board, Holds Post-Game Prayer

Skillet's John Cooper Was Promised Fame if He Stopped 'Talking about Jesus' – It Was a 'Turning Point in My Career'

Oregon Senators File Grand Jury Petition Alleging CDC, FDA Violated Federal Law By Inflating COVID Death Data

Virginia Introduces QR Codes to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination

New York, California Hospitals Reverse Religious Exemption Denials after Workers Fight Vaccine Mandates

Biden Tells UN 'America Is Back' But Foreign Leaders Fume after 'Greatest Debacle in NATO's History'

'Gigantic Fraud the Media Perpetrated on the Country': Indictment in Russia Hoax Investigation Points to Hillary's Camp



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com