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article imageChristian woman stops Florida robbery with faith?

By Mary Keshishian     Jul 31, 2010 in World
Pompano Beach - When a man tried to rob a Metro PCS cell phone store at gunpoint in Pompano Beach, Fla., store manager Nayara Goncalves, 20, calmly talked to the man about Jesus and her faith until the suspect left, empty-handed after thanking and apologizing the woman.
A store surveillance camera captured the whole exchange between Goncalves and the would-be robber.
The man entered the store and made small talk about the rainy weather. He asked to see a phone, and then showed Goncalves a gun and nervously asked for the money in the register, reported ABC News.
"I really hate to do this," the gunman told Goncalves.
She slowly walked towards the register and started to speak to the man, who told her not to be afraid.
"I'm not," she said. "I'm just going to talk to you about the Jesus I have."
"May God Bless you for that," the robber said in return. "Just know in mind that I absolutely hate doing this... I'm embarrassed I have to do this and I have no choice."
The man apologized over and over to Goncalves, who stayed positive and calm throughout the ordeal. She even offered to help find him a job, but the man said he already had one.
"Then what are you doing here?" she asked.
"Cause I'm going to be evicted if I don't come up with $300," the robber said.
Goncalves continued to talk to the man about God and it started to work. Already nervous and reluctant, the man slumped onto the counter and looked more and more defeated, until he apologized, told her the gun was only a BB gun.
Though the man clearly felt guilty about trying to robbing the store, he hadn't given up on his original goal. When Goncalves showed him the money in the register, he told her he had to take all of it. Once she told him that it would come out of her paycheck, however, he backed down and left without robbing any money.
Goncalves said she doesn't know why she began to talk to him about Jesus.
"I believe it was the Holy Spirit of God that really made me want to tell him about Jesus," Goncalves told ABCNews.com.
"I would never be able to do that myself. I would never think that God could use me the way that he did," she said.
"God impressed me."
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