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Jimmy Broyden: Courageous Living

Years of pain and rejection from childhood ushered Jimmy into a life of drug abuse that plagued him as a professional Hollywood stuntman, until one day a friend challenged him to read a Bible. Read Transcript


Reporter: JIMMY HAS

BEEN DAZZLING AUDIENCES FOR

20 YEARS AS ONE OF

HOLLYWOOD'S MOST DARING

STUNTMAN.

AND HE HAS BEEN THE STUNTMAN

PERFORMING PRECISION

DRIVING, AND FULL-BODY BURNS

IN MOVES LIKE "I, FIRE" AND

HE JUST FINISHED STUNTS IN

THE MOVIE "COURAGEOUS."

ONE OF THE HIGHEST GROSSING

FILMS.

I LOVE THE ACTION OF

GETTING IN THERE.

THE HEART RATE UP IN

MOTION.

IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DO

SOME STUNTS.

Reporter: I'M GOING TO

DO SOME STUNTS?

ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP ME

SAFE?

OH, ABSOLUTELY.

READY?

Reporter: ONE, TWO,

THREE.

OH, MY GOODNESS, ARE YOU ALL

RIGHT?

I'M OKAY.

Reporter: WHAT IS YOUR

FAVORITE STUNT OF ALL TIME

TO DO?

I JUST LIKE FALLING

THROUGH THE AIR.

I LOVE THAT FEELING OF

FLYING LIKE A BIRD.

YOU CAN'T BEAT IT.

Reporter: JIMMY GREW UP

IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, WITH

HIS GRANDPARENTS.

HE SUFFERED ABUSE AT THEIR

HANDS.

TO ESCAPE, JIMMY WOULD DREAM

ABOUT BECOMING A STUNTMAN.

THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT

WATCHING THESE GUYS JUMP AND

CRASH CARS.

I WOULD JUMP OFF MY

GRANDPARENT'S HOUSE.

Reporter: JIMMY STARTED

LIVING WITH HIS MOTHER WHEN

SHE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE

ABUSE.

HE BECAME VERY REBELLIOUS.

AT AGE 11, HE STARTED USING

DRUGS WITH NEIGHBORHOOD

KIDS.

AT 15, SHE STARTED BEING A

DRUG DEERLG.

DEALER, AND WHEN HIS MOTHER

FOUND OUT, SHE KICKED HIM

OUT.

BASICALLY, SHE SAID I

DON'T LOVE YOU.

THAT HURT.

Reporter: HE CONTINUED

USING AND SELLING DRUGS.

I DID DRUGS AS IF I WAS

ON A SUICIDE MISSION.

BUT NOT EXTERNAL, WHERE YOU

SLICE YOUR RISKS OR SHOOT

YOURSELF.

NO, INSIDE.

I WANTED MY HEART TO BLOW

UP.

AND MAN, HE WOULD BE LIKE

YOU COULDN'T GET YOUR

BREATH.

YOU THOUGHT YOUR HEART WAS

GOING TO EXPLODE.

Reporter: AT AGE 24,

JIMMY MOVED TO VANCOUVER,

AND WITHIN THREE YEARS HE

STARTED EARNING A LIVING AT

A POTENTIAL STUNTMAN.

HE REMEMBERS THE FIRST

STUNT, WHERE HE HAD TO TAKE

A BULLET HIT TO THE BODY.

IT WAS SUCH A POWERFUL

HIT, POW!

AND STUFF CAME FLYING.

AND I LAUNCHED MYSELF IN

MID-AIR.

Reporter: BUT AFTER THE

STUNTS WERE OVER, JIMMY

RETURNED TO HIS DRUG USE.

ALTHOUGH HE WAS LIVING HIS

DREAMS OF BEING A STUNTMAN,

HE KNEW SOMETHING WAS

MISSING.

I'M GETTING MORE

EXPERIENCE.

IT LOOKS LIKE I'M GOING TO

BE DOING IT FOR A WHILE.

BUT DEEP INSIDE, THERE IS AN

EMPTINESS.

Reporter: JIMMY STARTED

TO QUESTION WHAT LIFE WAS

ALL ABOUT, INCLUDING WHO GOD

REALLY WAS.

UNTIL A GUY NAMED BILL TOLD

HIM THAT JESUS WAS REAL AND

CHALLENGED HIM TO READ THE

BOOK OF JOHN.

HE SAYS, THIS IS A NEW

TESTAMENT.

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GOD, AND

HERE IS YOUR ANSWER RIGHT

HERE.

I SAID, OKAY, MR. FERGUSON,

I'LL GIVE YOU MY WORD I WILL

READ THAT.

Reporter: JIMMY KEPT

HIS PROMISE AND HE BEGAN TO

READ THE BOOK OF JOHN.

FOR THE FIRST TIME HE

REALIZED THE UNCONDITIONAL

LOVE OF GOD.

WHEN I REALIZED THAT

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR MY

SINS.

I KNEW JESUS CHRIST WAS

GOD.

IT BLEW MY MIND.

I CLOSED THE BOOK.

I SAID THIS IS CRAZY.

HOW CAN A BOOK HAVE THIS

KIND OF POWER.

Reporter: THE NEXT STEP

FOR JIMMY WAS BREAKINGINGXx

FREE FROMXx HIS DRUG

ADDICTION.

I SAID, I'VE BEEN A DRUG

ADDICT FOR 16 YEARS.

I NEED YOU TO GET ME OFF

DRUGS.

Reporter: GOD ANSWERED

JIMMY'S PRAYERS AS HE WAS

RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE ONE

DAY.

I HAD BEEN A DRUG ADDICT

FOR 17 YEARS.

AND I HADN'T DONE DRUGS.

I IMMEDIATELY PULLED OVER TO

THE SIDE AND I WEPT LIKE A

BABY BECAUSE I KNEW THAT THE

LORD WAS REAL.

SO I SAID, LORD, WOW, I'LL

FOLLOW YOU.

I BOWED MY KNEE RIGHT BESIDE

MY BIKE AND I GAVE MY HEART

TO THE LORD THAT DAY.

I EXPERIENCED THAT LOVE THAT

SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING.

I STILL GET CHOKED UP, 16

YEARS LATER.

THE LORD TOUCHED MY HEART.

AND I'VE NEVER BEEN THE

SAME.

Reporter: TODAY JIMMY

IS MARRIED WITH SEVEN

CHILDREN.

HE HAS HIS OWN FILM

PRODUCTION COMPANY CALLED

"GOLD FIRE FILMS."

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO

CHRIST.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE BEEN

THROUGH IN LIFE, NO MATTER

HOW FAR GONE YOU'VE GOTTEN,

THERE IS REDEMPTION.

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