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700 Club Interactive: Turning Your Calling into a Ministry - September 3, 2012

Entrepreneur Jordan Wagner shares about his personal background and his non-profit organization "Generosity Water." Read Transcript


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[APPLAUSE]

Terry: HI, EVERYBODY,

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WHAT DO POP STARS KATY

PERRY, ACTOR JASON BIGGS,

AND COMEDIAN BOB SAGET HAVE

IN COMMENT?

THEY'RE JUST A FEW OF THE

STARS JOINING WITH

"GENEROSITY WATER."

Gordon: NEARLY ONE

BILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD LACK FRESH DRINKING

WATER.

RECENTLY JORDAN WENT TO

ETHIOPIA TO VISIT A

COMMUNITY RECEIVING CLEAN

DRINKING WATER FOR THE FIRST

TIME.

THE EXCITEMENT WAS

CONTAGIOUS.

TAKE A LOOK.

Gordon: PLEASE WELCOME

THE ENERGY BEHIND GEN JEN

GENEROSITY WATER, JORDAN

WAGNER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HAVING ME, GORDON.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU GET

INVOLVED IN THIS?

AS I UNDERSTAND YOUR LIFE,

YOU WERE ALWAYS SORT OF A

ENTREPRENEUR, AND YOU WERE

RUNNING A MORTGAGE COMPANY,

AND YOU TOOK A SHORT-TERM

TRIP AND YOU COME BACK AND

YOUR LIFE CHANGES.

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIT OF

AN ENTREPRENEUR.

WHEN I WAS 18, I GRADUATED

FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND GOT MY

REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE

LICENCE.

AT 18?

Gordon: AT 18, .

AT 18.

I WENT STRAIGHT INTO IT.

WE MADE SOME MONEY, AND I

SAVED ALL OF THE MONEY I

MADE AND STARTED MY OWN

MORTGAGE COMPANY WHEN I WAS

19 YEARS OLD.

I GOT A BROKER TO BE

INVOLVED WITH ME THERE --

Gordon: WOW.

NOT TOO MANY 19-YEAR-OLDS

START THEIR OWN COMPANY.

WE HIRED ABOUT 12 PEOPLE,

AND WE HAD A LOT OF SALES

PEOPLE CLOSING DEALS.

IT WAS AT THE PEAK OF THE

REAL ESTATE MARKET.

AND WE OPENED THE SECOND

OFFICE IN SAN DIEGO, AND I

THOUGHT, MAN, THIS IS WHAT

GOD CALLED ME TO DO.

I'M GOING TO BE IN BUSINESS,

MAKING ALL OF THIS MONEY.

AND THEN MY DAD IS A

PROTESTOR OF A -- PASTOR OF

A CHURCH IN LOS ANGELES, AND

WE WERE DOING A LOT OF WORK

WITH GREAT PROGRAMS IN

UGANDA AND EAST AFRICA, AND

SO I WENT OUT THERE IN

OCTOBER OF 2008 FOR THE

FIRST TIME.

IT REALLY KIND OF SHOCKED

ME.

WHEN I FIRST WENT TO AFRICA,

I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE SOME

OF THE THINGS I HAVE SEEN IN

DOCUMENTARIES, AND EVERYBODY

IS GOING TO BE IN SOME KIND

OF WAR, AND THERE WILL BE

MACHINE GUNS EVERYWHERE.

AND THERE WILL BE HOPELESS,

DEPRESSED PEOPLE.

BUT WHEN I GOT THERE, IT WAS

QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

I REMEMBER SEEING THESE KIDS

THAT LITERALLY OWNED

NOTHING, AND THEY WERE TOO

POOR TO DRINK CLEAN WATER,

BUT THEY POSSESSED THIS

GENUINE HAPPINESS AND

FAITH.

AND IT INSPIRED ME TO THINK

THE PROBLEMS I THOUGHT I HAD

ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE

PROBLEMS THESE PEOPLE ARE

FACING.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST IMAGE I

HAD, AS WE WERE DRIVING

THROUGH THIS DIRT ROAD IN

UGANDA, WE SAW HUNDREDS OF

WOMEN CARRYING THESE FUEL

CANS ON TOP OF THEIR HEAD.

I WAS ASKING MY DRIVER WHAT

THEY CAN DOING, AND HE WAS

EXPLAINING TO ME THEY WERE

CARRYING THEIR WATER FOR

MILES.

AND BEING THE CURIOUS KID, I

ASKED THEM IF WE COULD

FOLLOW THESE WOMEN AND SEE

WHERE THEY GOT THEIR WATER

FROM.

WE WERE GOING FOR FOUR OR

FIVE MILES, AND WE CAME UPON

THIS DITCH, AND THAT'S WHERE

THEY WERE GETTING THEIR

WATER.

AND GORDON, I KNOW YOU'VE

SEEN THAT, THE WATER IS SO

BROWN, WE WOULDN'T EVEN LET

OUR PETS DRINK IT.

AND THIS WA WAS THEIR ONLY

HOPE.

Gordon: WHAT GOT YOU TO

THE POINT WHERE YOU THOUGHT

YOU COULD DO SOMETHING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THIS

IS SO HORRIBLE AND SO

PERVASIVE, THERE IS NOTHING

WE CAN DO.

WHAT GOT YOU TO THAT POINT

OF DOING SOMETHING?

BEING THERE AND SEEING SO

MANY NEEDS FROM THE H.I.V.

EPIDEMIC, AND SEEING THE

WATER CRISIS THAT AFFECTS

NEARLY ONE BILLION PEOPLE.

ALTHOUGH IT IS THE LEADING

CAUSE OF DEATH AROUND THE

WORLD, THE LACK OF CLEAN

WATER, THERE IS ALSO A REAL

SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THAT

PROBLEM, WHICH IS CLEANING

DRILLING A CLEAN WATER

WELL.

IT WASN'T LIKE WE WERE

TRYING TO RESEARCH AN

ANSWER.

WE WERE LIKE FOR $3,000,

$4,000, WE CAN DRILL AND

BRING CLEAN WATER TO A

VILLAGE.

IT WAS A MASSIVE CRISIS WITH

A SIMPLE SOLUTION.

Gordon: BUT FROM A

VILLAGE STANDPOINT, WHEN YOU

SAY IT IS $3,000, OR

$4,000 --

EXACTLY.

Gordon: THEY SAY

IMPOSSIBLE.

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LIVING

ON LESS THAN A DOLLAR A

DAY.

SO THERE IS NO WAY THEY CAN

FATHOM SAVING $3,000 OR

$4,000 FOR A WELL.

I REMEMBER BEING IN THIS

VILLAGE AND WHERE ABOUT A

THIRD OF THE PEOPLE DIED OF

CHOLERA.

IT WAS AROUND CHRISTMASTIME,

AND I SAID, INSTEAD OF

GIVING A CHRISTMAS GIFT,

WOULD YOU MIND DONATING

SOMETHING SO WE COULD GO

BACK AND DRILL A WELL.

AND PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY

WOULD HAVE NEVER GIVEN MY A

GIFT DONATED.

WE DRILLED TWO WELLS IN THIS

VILLAGE, A LITTLE OVER

$6,000, AND I TOOK PICTURES

OF THE COMPLETED WELLS, KIND

OF THE BEFORE AND AFTER OF

WHAT THE GIFT OF CLEAN WATER

CAN REALLY DO FOR A

COMMUNITY.

Gordon: WHAT DOES IT

DO?

AND, SPECIFIC MANY, WHAT'S

THE IMPACT ON THE WOMEN IN

THE VILLAGE, BECAUSE THEY'RE

THE PRIME ONES THAT HAVE TO

TRAVEL TO GET WATER, AND

CARRY IT BACK.

YES.

Gordon: HOW DOES IT

TRANSFORM A VILLAGE?

WE FOUND THAT BUILDING A

WELL AND GIVING CLEAN WATER

IS THE FIRST STEP TO

COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION.

IF THE U.N. SAYS THAT HALF

OF THE WORLD'S HOSPITAL BEDS

ARE FILLED WITH PATIENTS

AFFECTED BY WATER

WATER-BORNE ILLNESSES.

SO WE COULDN'T BUILD A

VILLAGE IF WE WEREN'T

STOPPING HOW THEY WERE GOING

TO THE HOSPITAL.

WE COULDN'T BUILD A SCHOOL

IN A VILLAGE IF WE WEREN'T

BUILDING A WELL, FREEING UP

THE KIDS' TIME TO GO TO

SCHOOL IN THE FIRST PLACE.

THIS WAS REALLY JUST THE

FIRST STEP TO BRINGING A

VILLAGE OUT OF EXTREME

POVERTY.

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT INSPIRED

US TO START THERE.

Gordon: WHAT GOT YOU TO

THE POINT WHERE YOU THOUGHT

THAT YOU COULD RAISE MONEY?

BECAUSE THAT'S A BIG ONE,

TOO.

THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY

INSPIRE PEOPLE TO GIVE TO

HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.

MY MINDSET FROM THE GIENG

WA BEGINNING WAS NEVER THAT

WE HAD ALL OF THE RESOURCES

IN THE WORLD OR ALL OF THE

MONEY IN THE WORLD.

IT WAS THE SIMPLE IDEA THAT

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WE CAN

DO.

WE HAVE SOME TALENT OR GIFT,

AND IN MY CASE, A CHRISTMAS

GIFT.

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WE CAN

DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WE NEVER WANTED TO LET THIS

MASSIVE STATISTIC -- I THINK

A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN SEE

NUMBERS, LIKE ONE BILLION

PEOPLE, OR HUNDREDS OF

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE

SUFFERING, AND LET IT SEEM

LIKE IT IS TOO BIG TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

BUT IF WE CAN REPRESENT ONE

PERSON AT A TIME, ONE

VILLAGE, ONE STORY, AND

REALIZE THESE ARE MOTHERS

AND KIDS AND BROTHERS AND

FATHERS, LIKE WE HAVE HERE

ON THE STAGE, WE CAN

SIMPLIFY IT AND MAKE IT MORE

TANGIBLE.

WE STARTED SHARING

INDIVIDUAL STORIES.

YOU SAW THIS ETHIOPIA

VIDEO.

AND THERE WERE SO MANY

REMARKABLE STORIES.

THEY KNOW HOW TO PARTY IN

ETHIOPIA.

THEY BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE OUT JUST FOR AN

OPENING OF A WELL.

THIS ONE WOMAN, SHE WAS 72

YEARS OLD, AND SHE TODD UP

-- STOOD UP, AND SHE HAD

THIS HUNCHED BACK, AND SHE

SAID ALL MY LIFE I HAD TO

WALK FOR HOURS TO FIND

WATER, AND THIS WHOLE TIME I

WAS CLIMBING UP A HILL WITH

A 45-POUND CLAY JAR ON MY

BACK, AND THAT'S WHY MY BACK

IS A LITTLE HUNCHED OVER,

AND I'VE SEEN MY KIDS AND

GRANDKIDS GET SICK AND DIE

BECAUSE OF THE WATER.

YOU'VE LITERALLY TAKEN THE

WEIGHT OFF MY BACK.

YOU'VE GIVEN OUR KIDS A

CHANCE.

IT IS STORIES LIKE THAT THAT

REMINDS ME IT IS ONE PERSON

AT A TIME.

ALTHOUGH WE CAN'T SOLVE THE

WHOLE CRISIS OVERNIGHT, YOU

CAN HELP ONE PERSON, ONE

VILLAGE.

Gordon: YOU CAN HELP

ONE VILLAGE AT A TIME, AND

YOU BREAK IT DOWN THAT WAY.

THAT'S HOW GENEROSITY

WATER HAS BEEN BUILT, BY

ORDINARY PEOPLE GIVING UP

THEIR WEDDING GIFTS OR

BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

GIFTS.

Gordon: AND YOU'VE

GOTTEN A GREAT

BREAKTHROUGH.

YOU'VE GONE TO CHRISTMAS

GIFTS, AND DRILLING A WELL,

AND NOW YOU'VE GOT SOME BIG

NAMES.

YOU'VE GOT SOME HOLLYWOOD

STARS, AND YOU'RE ON "E,"

AND YOU'VE BROKEN INTO THE

BIG TIME.

HOW DID YOU GET ENTRY INTO

THAT WORLD?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME WHAT MY

FAVORITE PART OF THIS JOB

IS, AND HANDSDOWN, IT IS

GOING INTO THE FIELD AND

SEEING THE WELLS BEING

DRILLED.

BUT A VERY CLOSE SECOND TO

THAT IS I GET TO SEE THE

GENEROUS SIDE OF PEOPLE.

WHETHER IT IS WORKING WITH A

SCHOOL TEACHER OR A

CELEBRITY LIKE KATY PERRY.

WE HAVE TRIED TO BE GENUINE

AND AUTHENTIC IN HOW WE TELL

STORIES.

I JUST TOLD YOU THIS STORY

FROM ETHIOPIA, AND SHARING

PHOTOS.

ONE OF OUR ADVISORY BOARD

MEMBERS WORKS AT CAPITOL

RECORDS, AND SHE PITCHED

THIS IDEA TO KATY PERRY AND

SAID THIS IS A VERY

IMPORTANT CAUSE TO MY HEART,

AND WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED

IN SUPPORTING THIS.

KATY SAW THE VIDEOS, AND SHE

FUNDED A WELL ON THE SPOT.

WE WENT BACK AND SHOWED HER

THE COMPLETED PHOTOS OF HER

WELL, AND THAT REALLY

INSPIRED HER TO GET INVOLVED

EVEN MORE.

SHE DECIDED TO TAKE US ON

HER TOUR, AND SELECT US AS

ONE OF HER CHARITIES THAT

SHE IS GOING TO RAISE MONEY

FOR ON TOUR.

SO A PORTION OF SELECT

TICKET SALES GO TO

GENEROSITY WATER.

AND SO WE RAISED NEARLY

$50,000 IN THE FIRST COUPLE

OF MONTHS OFORY TOUR.

AND OBVIOUSLY, BEING BASED

OUT OF LOS ANGELES, WE HAVE

A LOT OF DIFFERENT

INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE THERE AND

WE THROW DIFFERENT EVENTS

AND FASHION SHOWS, AND WE

WANT TO ENGAGE PEOPLE WHO

ARE NOT TIED TO ANY

CHARITY.

AND THEY FEEL SOMETHING

SPECIAL LIKE THIS AND THEY

CAN GET INVOLVED.

Gordon: WE CAN CHANGE

THE WORLD.

WE CERTAINLY CAN.

Gordon: IT'S BETTER

THAN SELLING MORTGAGES?

YES.

IT IS A LOT MORE REWARDING.

Gordon: IF YOU WOULD

LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON

GENEROSITY WATER, GO TO

700CLUBINTERACTIVE.COM.

TERRY, OVER TO YOU.

Terry: WHEN WE COME

BACK, A LEAP OF FAITH TAKES

ONE MAN FROM A SUCCESSFUL

CAREER IN ADVERTISING TO A

MISSION VENTURE IN SOUTH

AFRICA.

WE'LL HAVE HIS STORY NEXT ON

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Terry: IT'S A QUESTION

THAT MANY WOULD LIKE AN

ANSWER TO: WHAT DOES GOD

WANT US TO DO?

FOR THE COUPLE IN OUR NEXT

STORY, IT WAS A LEAP OF

FAITH INTO THE UNKNOWN, AN

ADVENTURE THAT CHANGED THEIR

LIVES FOREVER.

WATCH THIS.

MY STORY IS ABOUT

ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY AND

BEAUTY.

A DAILY LEAP OF FAITH.

I BELIEVE THAT EVERY DAY IS

A CHANCE.

IT'S AN OPENING.

IT'S AN INVITATION TO

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW AND

TO MOVE INTO THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE WITH THE HOPE THAT

YOU HAVE IN YOU.

EVERY DAY I HOPE TO FIND

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, BUT I

DIDN'T ALWAYS SEE IT THAT

WAY.

I WAS ACTUALLY WORKING FOR

NIKE, SONNY, AN SONY AND

SOME REALLY BIG BRANDS.

AND I FOUND WHILE IT WAS

REALLY EXCITING AND THERE

WAS LOTS OF MONEY AND LOTS

OF ACTION DOING THAT KIND OF

THING, I WAS EMPTY BECAUSE I

WAS TELLING THESE STORIES TO

SELL SHOES AND TVs AND

CELL PHONES.

I FELT GOD PULL ME AWAY FROM

THAT PARTICULAR LIFESTYLE

AND INTO A PLACE WHERE I

COULD BE A VOICE FOR THE

VOICELESS.

SO I MOVED TO SOUTH AFRICA.

AND WHEN I WAS THERE, GOD

REALL REALLY OPENED UP A

SPACE FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO

TELL THESE STORIES I'VE BEEN

WANTING TO TELL.

THE IMAGES, THE PHOTOGRAPHY

I WAS TAKING, AND THE WORDS

I WAS WRITING, THEY WERE

COMING OUT OF ME IN A VERY

NATURAL AND EXCITED WAY.

I COULDN'T NOT BE TELLING

THE STORIES THAT I WAS

COMING ACROSS IN SOUTH

AFRICA.

I'M THANKFUL EVERY SINGLE

DAY THAT I WAS PAYING

ATTENTION TO GOD WHEN HE WAS

TELLING ME TO GO.

AND REALLY JUST PAY

ATTENTION LISTEN, AND FOR ME

THAT WAS AFRICA, AND TAKING

A LEAP OF FAITH AND GOING

OVER THERE.

I'M SO THANKFUL THAT I DID

THAT BECAUSE IT CHANGED MY

LIFE IN THE BEST POSSIBLE

WAY.

IN THAT YEAR I MET MY

WIFE, MARIAH, AND TOGETHER

WE REALIZED THIS WAS GOING

TO BE A CALLING IN OUR

LIVES, TO BE IN CAPE TOWN

AND TO BE TELLING THESE

STORIES, TO BE EXPLORING

BEAUTY IN A WAY THAT DREW US

INTO THE MARGINS, INTO THE

ALLEYWAYS, INTO THE STREET

CORNERS, THE PLACES WHERE WE

WERE HOPING TO FIND A WAY TO

BE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE,

TO UNCOVER THE BEAUTY THAT

WAS IN THEM.

BEFORE I WENT TO AFRICA,

I THINK I PROBABLY HAD A

PRETTY STANDARD OR NORMAL

VISION AND DEFINITION OF

WHAT BEAUTY IS.

AND THAT IF SOMETHING IS

AESTHETICALLY PLEASING TO

THE EYES, THEN THAT'S

BEAUTIFUL.

WHETHER IT IS A PAINTING OR

A FLOWER OR ARCHITECTURE,

BUT AFTER I SPENT TIME IN

AFRICA, AND AFTER I SPENT

TIME AROUND ANDREW, I THINK

GOD STARTED TO REVEAL TO ME

WHAT TRUE BEAUTY IS.

I THINK THE MOST

BRILLIANT IMAGINATION TO

EVER HANDLE BEAUTY COMES IN

JESUS CHRIST.

IT'S THROUGH MY BELIEF IN

JESUS THAT I FEEL THE

STRENGTH TO BE ABLE TO EVEN

GO INTO THESE SITUATIONS.

HE NAMES THE POOR WHEN HE

SEES THEM.

HE UNVEILS THE TRUE

INHERITANCE OF THE OUTCAST.

HE SITS WITH HIS DISCIPLES

ON THE STEPS OF THE TEMPLE,

AND POINTS OUT THE WIDOW WHO

GAVE TWO COPPER COINS AND

SAYS THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

THIS IS A WOMAN WHO HAS

GIVEN EVERYTHING.

AND WHEN I WALK WITH JESUS,

HE OPENS MY EYES TO THE

THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE

AREN'T SEEING.

I THINK WE'RE MEANT, AS

CHRISTIANS, TO REALLY PUT UP

SIGN POSTS THAT POINT TO

THINGS THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL.

THAT POINT TO GOD.

THAT SAY, LOOK, HERE IS GOD

MANIFEST.

HERE IS THE KINGDOM OF

HEAVEN ON EARTH NOW.

THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO

IN AFRICA.

AND SO WE GIVE OF

OURSELVES.

WE GIVE TO OTHERS WHAT IT IS

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US.

WHEN WE EXTEND OUR ARMS,

THEY GO OUT INFINITELY.

WHEN WE DRAW THEM BACK AND

HOLD THI THEM CLOSE, IT

DEAD-ENDS INTO OURSELVES.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS DID, HE

EXTENDED HIS ARMS.

THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL LIVING

OF LIFE.

Terry: WHAT A GREAT

MESSAGE.

WHAT A GREAT VISUAL.

I'M THINKING HOW EVERYTHING

THAT ANDREW AND MARIAH JUST

SHARED SO FALLS IN LINE WITH

WHAT JORDAN SHARES.

AND WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY WE

HAVE TO EXTEND OURSELVES, TO

REACH OUT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

AND THEN HOW STARTLING AND

SURPRISING IT IS THAT

SUDDENLY ALL THAT WE WERE

LOOKING FOR, ALL THE JOY,

ALL OF THE SATISFACTION, ALL

OF THE PURPOSE IS THERE, AND

IT WAS ALWAYS THERE.

WE JUST HADN'T SEEN IT OR

EMBRACED IT BEFORE.

Gordon: WELL, WE DIDN'T

TRUST GOD.

I'LL CONFESS TO THAT ONE.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WE DIDN'T TRUST

GOD, THAT THE CREATOR OF THE

UNIVERSE COULD ACTUALLY TAKE

CARE OF YOU IF YOU TOOK THE

ADVENTURE.

BUT LIVE A LIFE.

IT'S ONE OF THE GREATEST

GIFTS YOU HAVE, IS YOUR

LIFE.

AND WHEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING THAT IT WAS

GIVEN TO YOU, WELL THEN IT'S

NOT A BIG DEAL TO GIVE IT

BACK TO HIM.

AND SAY, YOU CREATED ME.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO

MAKE ME HAPPY.

SHOW ME YOUR PLAN.

I WANT TO BE A PART OF YOUR

PLAN, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST

PRAYERS YOU CAN PRAY.

COMING UP, A FATHER AND

DAUGHTER ARE REUNITED AFTER

YEARS OF SEPARATION.

THEIR COURAGEOUS STORY RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

TODAY A MAN NAMED TUS SON

AND HIS DAUGHTER LIVED IN A

SMALL SOUTH AFRICAN VILLAGE,

UNTIL A MIRACLE AND THEY

WERE REUNITED.

Reporter: TUSSON LOVED

HIS DAUGHTER, SUSANNE AND

DID ALL HE COULD HUNTING FOR

THEM.

ONE DAY A HUNTING EXPEDITION

CHANGED HIS LIFE.

EARLY ONE MORNING, I SAW

SOMETHING THAT LOOKED LIKE A

LARGE ANIMAL.

I AIMED AND SHOT.

AS I WENT CLOSER, I

DISCOVERED I HAD SHOT A

MAN.

Reporter: THE MAN WAS

DEAD, AND TUSSON WAS SOON IN

PRISON FOR MURDER.

HE WAS GIVEN A 20-YEAR

SENTENCE.

HIS WIFE LEFT HIM AND

ABANDONED THEIR DAUGHTER

WITH A RELATIVE.

I WAS VERY LONELY.

THROUGH OTHER PRISONER'S

FAMILIES, I LEARNED THAT

SUSANNE WAS CRIPPLED IN BOTH

LEGS.

I WORRIED ABOUT HER EVERY

DAY.

EVEN MORE THAN I WORRIED

ABOUT MYSELF.

Reporter: SUSANNE GREW

UP WITH FOSTER PARENTS WHO

ABUSED AND NEGLECTED HER.

SUSANNE WAS SO CRIPPLED, SHE

THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE

CRIPPLED FOR LIFE.

I HAD TO BEG ON THE

STREETS FOR FOOD.

Reporter: SAYS SHE

BEGGED ON THE ROAD, SHE MET

A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS.

ONE WAS A PASTOR, SUPPORTED

BY CBN.

HE INVITED HER TO A

GATHERING, WHERE HE WOULD

SHOW CBN PROGRAMS AND PRAY

FOR PEOPLE'S HEALINGS.

AFTER HE SPOKE TO ME, I

HAD HOPE.

I TOOK MY BROOM ALONG WITH

ME.

I HAD NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER,

BUT I KNEW I COULD HELP

CLEAN UP THE PLACE.

Reporter: THE FIRST DAY

NOTHING HAPPENED, BUT

SUSANNE WAS DETERMINED TO GO

BACK EARLY THE NEXT DAY.

THAT'S WHEN SHE FOUND HER

BROOM HAD BEEN PUT HIGH OUT

OF THE REACH.

AS ONE OF THE "THE 700 CLUB"

TAPES PLAYED IN THE

BACKGROUND, PAT ROBERTSON

BEGAN TO PRAY.

WHEN I SAW THE BROOM HIGH

UP THERE, I REACHE BELIEVED

IN MY HEART I COULD REACH

IT.

AS THE HOST PRAYED, I FELT I

WOULD BE HEALED.

I FELT ELECTRICITY THROUGH

MY LEGS AND I JUMPED TO MY

FEET AND GRABBED THE BROOM.

Reporter: AND THEN THE

PASTOR GAVE SUSANNE A VERY

SPECIAL SURPRISE.

HE TOOK HER TO MEET HER

FATHER.

I NEVER KNEW MY DAD, BUT

THE MOMENT WE WERE

INTRODUCED, I WAS FLOODED

WITH JOY.

I FELT GOD'S GREATNESS.

WHEN I SAW THEM, I WAS

OVERJOYED TO SEE HER.

Reporter: TUSSON WAS SO

AMAZED AT SUSANNE'S

MIRACULOUS HEALING, HE ALSO

DECIDED TO GIVE HIS HEART TO

GOD.

I FELT A SURGE OF JOY AND

PEACE AFTER I PRAYED.

AND I BEGAN TO SHOUT

HALLELUJAH.

Reporter: THE PASTOR

SAID GOD WAS TELLING HIM HE

WOULD BE RELEASED SOON.

AND THEN A MONTH AFTER HE

GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST,

TUSSON RECEIVED A STATE

PARDON AND WAS SET FREE.

THE JOY I FELT COVERED UP

MANY YEARS OF PAIN.

I WAS EVEN TOO EXCITED TO

PACK MY THINGS.

Reporter: FATHER AND

DAUGHTER LIVE TOGETHER IN A

SMALL VILLAGE WHERE TUSSON

MAKES A LIVING AS A FARMER.

I THANK GOD AND CBN FOR

SAVING US.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

CHANGING OUR LIFE.

Terry: IT'S AN AMAZING

STORY OF RESTORATION, ISN'T

IT?

AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT

CBN IS ABLE TO BRING TO

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE,

LITERALLY, AROUND THE WORLD,

THAT GOD WILL RESTORE THE

YEARS THAT THE LOCUST HAS

EATEN.

THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THEIR

SAVIOR, THEIR LORD, AND THAT

HE HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE

FOR THEM.

THERE IS PRAYER FOR HEALING,

AND GOD IS POWERFUL AND CAN

CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

WILL YOU HELP US CONTINUE TO

BRING THAT MESSAGE TO PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD?

IT HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE

JUST LIKE YOU SAY I WANT TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND I

WANT TO JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

IT IS SOMETHING TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT OTHERS, BUT

IT IS ANOTHER THING TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

SO TODAY IF GOD IS SPEAKING

TO YOUR HEART, DON'T JUST

HAVE COMPASSION, DO

SOMETHING.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

GO TO YOUR PHONE AND CALL.

WE'VE MADE IT SO EASY.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

YOU CAN LOG ON TO cbn.com

AS WELL.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, AND

$20 A MONTH TO JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

BUT WHEN YOU DO, YOU PARTNER

WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

JUST LIKE YOU WHO CARE TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WHO ARE

SAYING, LET ME BE ONE TODAY

WHO STANDS UP TO CHANGE THE

WORLD.

SO PLEASE CALL NOW.

WE WAIT FOR YOUR CALL AND WE

WELCOME YOU TO THE FAMILY OF

MINISTRIES HERE.

GORDON?

Gordon: IT IS TIME TO

TAKE SOME MINISTRY CALLS.

HERE IS LINDA FROM TEXAS.

HI, LINDA.

Caller: YES.

Gordon: HOW CAN WE PRAY

FOR YOU.

Caller: I HAVE A

4-MONTH-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER,

AND SHE WAS BORN 10 WEEKS

EARLY.

EVERYTHING IS FINE, EXCEPT

SHE HAS SEVERE HEARING LOSS

IN ONE EAR, AND MODERATE TO

SEVERE IN ANOTHER.

THE DOCTORS -- THE

AUDIOLOGISTS AT THE

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND THE

PEDIATRICIAN SAYS SHE CAN BE

FITTED AT A YOUNG AGE FOR

HEARING AIDS.

BUT WE TOOK HER TO AN EAR,

NOSE, AND THROAT SPECIALIST,

WHICH THEY TOLD US TO DO,

AND HE WAS NOT HOPEFUL.

WE HAVE A SECOND OPINION

TODAY ON THAT, BUT I BELIEVE

IN GOD, AND I WOULD LIKE TO

PRAY FOR JUST COMPLETE

HEALING OF HER HEARING.

Gordon: OKAY, LINDA,

WHAT IS HER NAME?

Caller: ALANA KAY.

Gordon: LORD, WE JUST

LIFT ALA NNA KAY TO YOU

RIGHT NOW.

WE JUST PROCLAIM OVER HER

THAT EARS WERE MADE TO

HEAR.

AND WE PROCLAIM OVER HER THE

ABILITY TO DEVELOP WHATEVER

IS NEEDED TO HEAR.

AND SO WE SPEAK TO HER INNER

EAR.

WE SPEAK TO ALL OF THE

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE

EARDRUM AND THE INNER EAR.

WE SPEAK TO ALL OF THE

NERVES, FROM THE INNER EAR

TO THE BRAIN.

AND WE SAY TO YOU BE WHOLE,

BE FORMED, BE NORMAL NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

LORD, WE JUST DECLARE

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH

YOU.

WITH GOD, NOTHING IS

IMPOSSIBLE.

AND WHATEVER THE DOCTORS SAY

IS IMPOSSIBLE, IS POSSIBLE

WITH YOU.

AND SO WE JUST I EMBRACE

THAT, HOW BIG POSSIBLE IS.

HOW BIG YOU ARE.

HOW GENEROUS YOU ARE.

WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

AND WE JUST PROCLAIM IT OVER

THIS CHILD NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

BE HEALED AND BE MADE

WHOLE.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

THANKS FOR CALLING, LINDA.

Caller: THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

Gordon: LET US KNOW

WHAT HAPPENS.

Caller: I WILL.

Gordon: THAT'S ALL THE

TIME WE HAVE FOR THIS

PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM 1 THESSALONIANS

5: "ALWAYS BE JOYFUL.

KEEP ON PRAYING, NO MATTER

WHAT HAPPENS.

ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR THIS

IS GOD'S WILL FOR YOU WHO

BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

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