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How Patty Hearst's Sister, Victoria, Came to Know Jesus

Michael Ireland : Aug 10, 2010  ASSIST News

"I was a mess...I went into the kitchen. I grabbed the Bible and in my spirit I just said I need to hear Jesus. I went upstairs to my bedroom and I opened it up to Matthew chapter one and I read through the Gospel, the Epistles, and for five days I just read and cried and read and cried, and read and cried...I was just a sponge; I just said 'teach me, teach me.'"

REPORTER'S NOTE: Those who are old enough to remember the 1970's will never forget the high-level drama played out across the nation when wealthy heiress was kidnapped by domestic revolutionary terrorists. Had she been brainwashed, or had she really taken up with the terrorists? As the grand-daughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst?the man who built the legendary Hearst castle on the California coast?it was sensational news. Read this report in its entirety to find out the details of the abduction and subsequent court ruling, how William Randolph Hearst became a Christian before he died (I didn't even know that!), and other fascinating tidbits from the Hearst family. -Teresa Neumann, BCN.

Victoria Hearst(Ridgway, Colorado)?The kidnapping of Victoria Hearst's sister, Patty, by terrorists in 1974 thrust the Hearst family into the public eye. From the pain of the kidnapping to the alleged "sham trial" in San Francisco's federal court where Patty, according to her sister, was "wrongly convicted" of bank robbery, the Hearst's always knew that Patty was an innocent victim, and they fought for her freedom. The battle was won when President Jimmy Carter commuted Patty's sentence of seven years and she was finally able to come home!

Along with the rest of her family, Victoria stood by Patty during that traumatic time and many years after the kidnapping and trial, Victoria made a decision that was to change her life?she became a believer in Jesus Christ.

In an extraordinary interview with Dan Wooding, founder of the ASSIST News Service, for his Front Page Radio program on KWVE 107.9 FM, she explained that "it was a bad relationship with a man" that caused her to say the sinner's prayer and give her life to Jesus Christ in December, 1995.

Victoria broke off her relationship with the man, let go of her own plans for her life, and, in her own words, prayed, "God, I don't know what I'm doing anymore. You take the wheel. You drive. I'll go wherever You lead."

Victoria also explained that she is the daughter of Catherine Campbell Hearst and Randolph Apperson Hearst. Randolph and his twin brother David (not identical) were the youngest of five boys born to Millicent and William Randolph Hearst.

W.R. Hearst, the only child of George and Phoebe Hearst, is best known as the head of a media empire and creator of the famous estate that was referred to as "The Ranch" by W.R. and "Hearst Castle" by the millions of visitors who have enjoyed visiting the site since it was donated to the State of California by the Hearst Corporation and Millicent Hearst in 1953 after W.R.'s death (1951). The ranch, on which the "Castle" is located, still belongs to the Hearst Corporation and encompasses approximately 80,000 acres.

Victoria spoke about the time that she says the Lord led her on her first trip to Israel in 1996. There she met Dr. Billye Brim who became her mentor and "Christian Mom." She says that the Lord then sent her to Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral School (her great-grandmother Phoebe Hearst was instrumental in its founding) where she taught karate, choreographed dances for the cathedral, and learned about spiritual warfare.

In the Spring of 1997, she stated that God told her to go to Colorado where she owned a vacation house, live there, and teach an after-school jazz dance program at Ridgway School to middle school girls. During that time, Victoria opened a Christian bookstore called Praise Productions Christian Store.

Randolph Hearst passed away in December, 2000, at the age of 85. He had accepted Jesus during his marriage to his third wife who was a born-again Christian! She says that the Lord instructed her to use her inheritance to buy a 10,000-square-foot building in Ridgway called the "Big Barn" (built by the late actor Dennis Weaver as a dance hall/saloon).

The community had been in need of a youth center for a long time, so Victoria thought, "Lord, You want to make this a youth center?" God, she states, said, "No. It's going to be a ministry, and I'm going to put you at the head of it." Victoria's reaction was, "I'm sorry. What?!" She telephoned Billye Brim, told her what the Lord had said, got Billye's advice, and obeyed God.

Victoria formed Praise Him Ministries in 2001, which includes Praise Productions Christian Store and Ridgway Christian Center.

Victoria has a Sunday morning radio show called Praise Him. Being a strong conservative, Victoria preaches the Gospel, as well as covering today's issues, both moral and political.

Victoria is also a volunteer for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. She is a member of the ministry's Western Slope President's Council. Every weekend, she works with Chaplain Bill Potter at Delta Correctional Center for men as choreographer and director of the facility's Chapel of Hope Choir.

Patricia (Patty) Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber.

The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and great-granddaughter of millionaire George Hearst, she gained notoriety in 1974 when, following her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), she ultimately joined her captors in furthering their cause. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank robbery with other SLA members, Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was later granted a presidential pardon by President Bill Clinton in his last official act before leaving office.

Read Victoria's exciting interview with Dan Wooding by clicking on the link provided.

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