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700 Club Interactive: Everest - April 19, 2013

When Eric Alexander risked life and limb to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, he realized that God wasn’t impressed with his life achievements. Instead, he discovered just what it takes to please God. Read Transcript


Gordon: RUNNING OUT OF

OXYGEN.

YOU CAN'T SURVIVE FOR

LONG UP THERE.

Gordon: ONE CLIMBER IS

STRANDED ALONE.

I JUST TOOK DEEP BREATHS

OF, YOU KNOW, THIN AIR.

NOTHING COMING IN.

SPHWOORMTD ON

Gordon: ON THE HIGHEST

MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD.

I YELLED OUT I AM NOT

GOING TO DIE ON THIS

MOUNTAIN.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

YOU'RE GOING TO MEET TWO MEN

WHO HAVE BEEN ON TOP OF THE

WORLD, LITERALLY.

THEY CONQUERED MOUNT EVEREST

AND LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT.

Terry: HE IS A FORMER

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE WORKER AND

AN ELITE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER.

SO BRIAN WAS ESTATIC WHEN HE

REACHED THE SUMMIT OF MT.

EVEREST, BUT HIS JOY WAS

SHORT-LIVED.

I'M ON TOP OF THE WORLD.

THERE IS NO ONE COMING TO

GET ME.

AT ONE POINT, I YELLED OUT I

AM NOT GOING TO DIE ON THIS

MOUNTAIN.

Reporter: BRIAN

DICKINSON IS A VERY

SUFFICIENT MOUNTAIN CLIMBER,

BUT IN 2011, AT THE TOP OF

MT. EVEREST, HIS SURVIVAL

WAS OUT OF HIS CONTROL.

HIS WIFE, JOANNA, REMEMBERS

HIS DECISION TO ATTEMPT TO

CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

IN THE WORLD.

WHEN HE DECIDED TO CLIMB,

I THOUGHT, THIS IS WHAT YOU

WANT TO DO.

I HAVE TRUST IN YOU YOU ARE

GOING TO MAKE THE RIGHT

CHOICES.

I HAVE PEAKS IN MY

BACKYARD, AND I'LL THROW

50 POUNDS IN A PACK AND

CLIMB UP IN THE MORNING, AND

COME BACK DOWN, AND BE BACK

HERE AT 8:00 FOR A MEETING.

Reporter: BRIAN'S

INTENSE PHYSICAL TRAINING

HAD HIM READY.

BUT NOTHING CAN PREPARE A

CLIMBER ON THE DEATH ZONE ON

EVEREST.

THEY CALL IT THE DEATH

ZONE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT

SURVIVE FOR LONG.

IF YOU CUT YOUR FINGER, IT

WON'T BLEED BECAUSE THERE IS

NOT ENOUGH OXYGEN.

IT IS REALLY MOVING IN SLOW

MOTION.

Reporter: HE BEGAN HIS

CLIMB WITH HIS FRIEND,

DENIS, AND THE LOCAL

MOUNTAIN GUIDES.

BUT DENNIS BECAME ILL, AND

SO THE OTHERED CONTINUED.

AND WHILE HE WAS CLIMBING,

HE SLIPPED AND LOST HIS

GOGGLES.

I REPELLED DOWN, AND

REACHED MY GOGGLES, AND I

LOOKED AT THEM, AND THEY'RE

CRACKED RIGHT THROUGH THE

MIDDLE.

NOW THEY'RE FREEZING BETWEEN

LAYERS.

AND IT WAS CREATING THIS

ICE.

I HAD ABOUT A DIME-SIZED

HOLE IN MY LEFT EYE, AND THE

REST WAS PRETTY FROZEN.

Reporter: HE REMOVED

THE INNER PROTECTIVE LAYER

OF HIS GOGGLES TO LET HIM

SEE BETTER.

HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE

FURTHER DAMAGE THE U.V. RAYS

WOULD CAUSE HIS EYES.

IT WAS FRUSTRATING, BUT I

HAD TO KEEP MOVING.

I HAD TO STAY FOCUSED TO

KEEP MOVING UP THE HILL.

Reporter: AT 26,000

FEET, BRIAN AND HIS SERPA

RESTED.

AT NIGHT FALL THEY MADE

THEIR SUMMIT ATTEMPT.

BUT JUST 1,000 FEET SHORT OF

THE TOP, THE SANG BECAME

ILL, LEAVING BRIAN WITH A

TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE.

DO I CONTINUE UP?

I HAD TO EVALUATE THAT, RISK

VERSUS REWARD.

I FELT REALLY STRONG AND I

WAS VERY MOTIVATED.

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, CAN

SANG GET DOWN BY HIMSELF,

AND HE SAID YES.

AND HE PUT AN EXTRA OXYGEN

BOTTLE RIGHT THERE IN THE

SNOW.

HE WENT DOWN AND I WENT UP,

AND WE DIDN'T LOOK BACK.

WHAT IS INTERESTING DURING

THIS WHOLE CLIMB, WHEN I WAS

BY MYSELF, I ALWAYS FELT

THIS PRESENCE, LIKE I WAS

NEVER ALONE.

Reporter: BRIAN CLIMBED

THROUGH THE NIGHT.

THE NEXT DAY HE MADE IT TO

THE TOP OF MT. EVEREST, THE

HIGHEST POINT ON EARTH.

I WAS EVERYTHING FROM

PROUD TO EXHAUSTED, AND I'M

ONE OF, I GUESS, ONLY TWO OR

THREE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EVER

TRULY GOTTEN TO THE ACTUALLY

SUMMIT.

IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN.

TEARS ARE FORMING, AND BEING

AWAY FROM MY FAMILY FOR SO

LONG, AND KNOWING I HAD TO

GET DOWN SAFELY AND GET BACK

TO THEM.

I TURNED TO GO DOWN, AND I'M

ATTACHED TO THIS ROPE, AND I

TAKE A NEW STEPS, AND

EVERYTHING JUST GO WHITE,

JUST COMPLETELY WHITE.

AND IMMEDIATELY I DROPPED

DOWN, AND I GRABBED THE

ROPE.

I WENT SNOW BLIND.

I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING.

IF I LOOK OUT, IT IS JUST

BRIGHT WHITE.

MY EYES ARE BURNING.

IT FEELS LIKE IT IS

SCRATCHING THE INSIDE OF MY

EYE LIDS.

Reporter: BRIAN SLOWLY

STARTED DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

AND THE WINDS WERE JUST

KICKING UP, TRYING TO KNOCK

ME OFF MY FEET.

I WAS VERY, VERY TIRED.

I COULD HAVE EASILY CLOSED

MY EYES AND BECAME A

PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE

MOUNTAIN.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY

PEACEFUL.

Reporter: HE PRESSED

ON, BUT THINGS WENT FROM BAD

TO WORSE WHEN ONE OF HIS

SPIKES UNDER HIS BOOTS CAME

OFF AND SLID DOWN THE HILL.

I JUST STARTED FALLING

HEAD OVER HEELS, AND THE

ROPE SHOCK ROPES ME, AND MY

ARMS AND LEGS ARE SPRAWLED

BACKWARDS, AND I'M UP SIDE

DOWN, AND MY MOUTH GETS

RIPPED FROM MY FACE, AND MY

OXYGEN IS COMING OUT OF MY

PACK.

I'M BREATHING REALLY HARD.

Reporter: HIS FALL

STOPPED NEAR THE MISSING

CRAMPA.

HE FIXED HIS BOOT AND GOT

BACK ON TRACK.

BUT HE COULD NOT GET OXYGEN

TO FLOW.

WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT THE

EXTRA WEIGHT, HE PUT IT IN

HIS PACK.

I GET ON THE ROPE AND I

START REPELLING DOWN.

ABOUT 20 YARDS IN, MY MOUTH

STARTS SUCKING INTO MY FACE,

AND I RAN OUT OF OXYGEN.

AND I RIP IT FROM MY FACE,

AND I TAKE THESE DEEP

BREATHS OF IT.

YOU KNOW, INTO THIN AIR.

NOTHING COMING IN.

AT THAT POINT, I DROPPED TO

MY KNEES.

I JUST SURRENDERED.

AND IT WAS A SIMPLE PRAYER.

I SAID, GOD, I CAN'T DO THIS

ALONE.

PLEASE HELP ME.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF

THE WORLD, FRIENDS AND

FAMILY WERE SUDDENLY

COMPELLED TO PRAY FOR

BRIAN.

I FELT GOD JUST TALKING

TO ME, SAYING YOU NEED TO

PRAY FOR BRIAN.

TO GET UP AND MOVE.

THINGS ARE GOING TO BE HARD,

BUT HE HAS TO POWER

THROUGH.

THIS SORT OF WHAT I PRAYED

FOR.

I JUST GOT THIS FEELING

THAT MAYBE SOMETHING WAS

WRONG.

AND I KEPT PRAYING ABOUT

IT.

FOR GOD TO BRING HIM HOME

SAFE.

AND AT THAT MOMENT, I

WITNESSED A MIRACLE.

IT WAS AS IF GOD, LIKE,

REACHED DOWN BY THE BACK OF

MY DOWN SUIT AND LIFTED ME

UP.

I HAD THIS UNEXPLAINED

ENERGY.

TO HAVE THAT LIFE RE-ENTER

MY BODY WAS JUST

UNEXPLAINABLE.

YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO

STAND UP, FEEL STRONG, AND

JUST HAVE HOPE.

YOU KNOW, I'VE NEVER REALLY

HAD A SITUATION THIS

INTENSE, WHERE I COULDN'T

TAKE CREDIT FOR DOING THINGS

ON MY OWN.

AND AT THIS POINT, I NEEDED

HELP.

AND I GAVE IT TO GOD.

I SURRENDERED.

Reporter: THEN BRIAN

TRIED THE SAME OXYGEN TANK

AGAIN.

THIS TIME IT WORKED.

HE MADE IT DOWN TO THEIR

CAMP AT 25,000 FEET, WHERE

BISSANG WAS WAITING.

I WAS SO FOCUSED ON MY

FAMILY, GETTING BACK TO

THEM.

FROM THE TENDER A TENT AT

THE TOP, TO THE BOTTOM.

I WAS JUST IN TEARS, YOU

KNOW, THINKING ABOUT WHAT I

WENT THROUGH, THINKING ABOUT

MY FAMILY.

AND THE MIRACLE.

Reporter: WITH THE HELP

OF BISSANG AND DENNIS, BRIAN

MADE IT DOWN EVEREST AND TO

HIS FAMILY.

ONE MONTH LATER, HIS SIGHT

RETURNED TO NORMAL.

BRIAN SAYS HE IS THANKFUL

THAT GOD WAS WITH HIM EVERY

STEP OF THE WAY, TO THE TOP

OF THE WORLD AND BACK DOWN

AGAIN.

IN MY MOMENT OF NEED, HE

WAS THERE.

I BELIEVE HE WAS THERE THE

ENTIRE TIME.

HE IS ALWAYS THERE.

THAT PRESENCE I FELT, I WAS

NEVER ALONE.

WHEN I NEEDED TO BE LIFTED

UP, HE WAS THERE.

HE GOT ME DOWN THE

MOUNTAIN.

I'M SO THANKFUL THAT HE

IS HERE WITH US, AND THAT HE

MADE IT BACK SAFE.

PEOPLE GIVE UP ON

THEMSELVES, BUT, YOU KNOW,

GOD'S NOT GIVING UP ON YOU,

NO MATTER WHAT.

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE.

.

TO LEAD YOU THROUGH THE

TOUGHEST TIMES, AND HELP YOU

SURVIVE THE IMPOSSIBLE.

Gordon: HE WILL LEAD

YOU THROUGH.

HE'LL HELP YOU SURVIVE THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

THIS STORY ILLUSTRATES THE

GREAT MYSTERY OF

INTERCESSION, WHERE IT IS

BOTH US CALLING TO GOD IN

PRAYER, IN DESPERATE PRAYER,

AND THEN GOD, IN TURN,

CALLING US TO PRAY.

AND IT'S THAT INTERCHANGE,

IT'S THAT COMMUNION WITH

HIM, THAT COMMUNICATION WITH

HIM, WHERE WHO INITIATES THE

PRAYER, WHO INITIATES THE

CALL TO PRAYER.

WHEN WE REALIZE THE ORIGINAL

WORD FOR CHURCH IN THE GREEK

IS ECLECLEESIA, MEANS TO

SHARE IN HIS LOVE.

WHEN HE CALLED US TO BE PART

OF HIS GREAT HOUSE OF

PRAYER.

FOR HE SAYS, MY HOUSE SHALL

BE CALLED A HOUSE OF

PRAYER.

IT IS BOTH A CALL TO PRAYER,

AND US CALLING TO HIM IN

PRAYER.

NOW, HERE ARE SOME PROMISES

FOR YOU IF YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME IN

LIFE.

START MEMORIZING THE GREAT

PROMISES TO KNOW THAT GOD IS

LISTENING AND HE WANTS TO

ANSWER PRAYER.

HERE IS ONE FROM ISAIAH 30:

19: "HE WILL BE VERY

GRACIOUS TO YOU AT THE SOUND

OF YOUR CRY.

WHEN HE HEARS IT, HE WILL

ANSWER YOU."

UNDERSTAND GOD WANTS TO BE

GRACIOUS TO YOU.

HE WANTS TO POUR OUT HIS

LOVE ON YOU.

HE WANTS TO POUR OUT

DELIVERANCE.

HE WANTS TO BE YOUR VERY

PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF

TROUBLE.

WHEN YOU START UNDERSTANDING

HE IS GRACIOUS WHEN YOU

CALL, THEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO

WORRY ABOUT ARGUING WITH

HIM, CONVINCING HIM,

BARGAINING WITH HIM.

YOU CALL UPON HIM IN A VERY

SIMPLE PRAYER, JUST LIKE

BRIAN DID.

LORD, I CAN'T DO THIS

ALONE.

THAT'S WHEN GOD SENT HELP.

HERE IS ANOTHER PROMISE FOR

YOU PSALM 50: 15: "CALL UPON

ME IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE.

I WILL DELIVER YOU, AND YOU

SHALL GLORIFY ME."

THAT'S WHAT BRIAN DID.

HE CALLED UPON THE LORD IN

THE TIME OF TROUBLE.

IT'S GETTING BAD, HIS HEART

IS RACING.

HE IS GOING THROUGH

RESPIRATORY FAILURE, WHERE

HIS BODY IS NOT GETTING

ENOUGH OXYGEN, AND HE SAYS,

GOD, I CAN'T DO THIS ALONE.

I NEED YOU.

WELL, GOD ALSO DID SOMETHING

FOR BRIAN.

HE SENT OUT A CALL TO

PRAYER.

HE BROUGHT PEOPLE INTO THIS

PRAYER GROUP, SO IT IS NOT

JUST BRIAN PRAYING, BUT

PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM.

AT THE VERY INSTANT BRIAN

SAID THAT, THE CALL TO

PRAYER FOR OTHER

INTERSESSORS TO JOIN IN.

WHY IS THAT?

IT IS A GREAT MYSTERY TO

ME.

BUT GOD WANTS PEOPLE TO

PRAY, TO BE A GREAT UNISON

OF PRAYER.

WHEN WE AGREE IN PRAYER,

WHEN THERE IS MORE THAN ONE,

THERE IS A POWER THAT IS

RELEASED FROM THAT.

GOD KNOWS IT, AND THAT'S WHY

HE ISSUES A CALL TO PRAYER.

HERE IT IS FROM EZEKIEL 22:

30: "SO I SOUGHT FOR A MAN

AMONG THEM WHO WOULD MAKE A

WALL, AND STAND IN THE GAP

BEFORE ME ON BEHALF OF THE

LAND."

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH

BRIAN.

HE SENT OUT A CALL.

HE WENT LOOKING FOR PEOPLE

WHO WOULD STAND IN THE GAP

AND PRAY FOR BRIAN IN HIS

TIME OF NEED.

REALIZE THAT HAPPENS, AND IT

CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

IF YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD,

UNDERSTAND HE WILL BE

GRACIOUS TO YOU.

WHEN YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, CALL

TO HIM.

HE WILL THEN ISSUE A CALL

FROM HEAVEN.

HE'LL GO OUT SEARCHING FOR

OTHERS TO INTERCEDE FOR YOU

AND CREATE GREAT CIRCLES OF

PRAYER AROUND THE WORLD.

HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD,

PEOPLE WERE PRAYING FOR

BRIAN BECAUSE GOD CALLED

THEM TO PRAYER.

IT IS ONE OF THE GREAT

MYSTERIES.

WHEN WE START UNDERSTANDING

THIS CALL AND RESPONSE,

WHENEVER GOD PROMPTS YOU TO

PRAY, MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER

THAT CALL.

WHEN GOD IS LOOKING FOR

SOMEBODY TO STAND IN THE

GAP, HE KNOWS HE CAN DEPEND

ON YOU.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU KNOW

YOU HAVE A SECURE PLACE IN

THE HOUSE OF GOD.

IF YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR

LIFE VERSE THAT HAS HELPED

YOU GET THROUGH A PARTICULAR

TOUGH TIME, WE WANT TO HEAR

ABOUT IT.

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CLUB."

UP NEXT, A MAN WHO DIDN'T

JUST CLIMB MT. EVEREST, BUT

HE SET FIVE RECORDS ALONG

THE WAY.

HE'LL SHARE HIS STORY WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Terry: THERE ARE SOME

PEOPLE WHO LIVE FOR

ADVENTURE, AND FOR OTHERS,

THAT ISN'T ENOUGH.

ERIC ALEXANDER LEARNED THAT

LESSON CLIMBING THE HIGHEST

MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD.

Terry: ERIC IS JOINING

US NOW.

ERIC, IT IS NICE TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

TERRY, IT IS GREAT TO SEE

YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

Terry: I WANT TO TALK

TO YOU ABOUT JUST THIS WHOLE

IDEA OF GETTING READY FOR

THIS.

ONE DOESN'T JUST SAY, GEE, I

THINK THAT IS A GOOD IDEA

AND HEAD FOR MT. EVEREST.

YOU HAVE TO DO SOME SERIOUS

PREPARATION.

YOU ALMOST DIED DURING THE

PREPARATION.

WHAT HAPPENED?

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

YOU DON'T WANT TO JUST ONE

DAY UP AND LEAVE FOR MT.

EVEREST.

YOU SHOULD HAVE YEARS OF

EXPERIENCE UNDER YOUR BELT

BEFORE YOU DO THAT.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE

DOING AS A TEAM WAS BUILDING

SOME OF THAT EXPERIENCE ON

AN EXPEDITION IN A THE

HIMALAYAS ON A MOUNTAIN CALL

HAMABIGAN.

AND WE WERE THERE WITH ONE

GUY WHO WAS COMPLETELY

BLIND, AND OUR GOAL WAS TO

GET HIM TO THIS PEAK, AND

EVEREST WOULD BE THE NEXT

YEAR.

I WAS STUCK WITH ERIC UP

HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN, AND

THE TWO OF US REALIZED THE

MOUNTAIN WAS NOT IN

CONDITION FOR US TO SUMMIT,

AND WE DESCENDED AND TURNED

BACK, AN INCREDIBLY HARD

THING TO DO WITH ALL OF THE

NAY-SAYERS AND CRITICISM WE

RECEIVED IN TERMS OF HAVING

A BLIND PERSON CLIMBING THE

HIMALAYAS.

ON THE WAY DOWN, I STEPPED

ON A ROCK, AND IT SENT ME

FALLING DOWN A 600-FOOT

CLIFF.

I FELL 150 FEET AND LANDED

ON A SMALL LEDGE.

IT WAS MORE LIKE LANDING

RIGHT AND THE HAND OF GOD.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CALL IT A

MIRACLE, BUT I DO CALL IT

DIVINE INTERVENTION.

IN THAT MOMENT HE SAID, I'VE

GOT PLANS FOR YOU.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU

FALL ANY FURTHER.

THAT TURNED INTO MY BODY

BASICALLY GOING INTO SHOCK.

I HAD HIGH ALTITUDE

PULMONARY EDEMA.

AND AS IF THE FALL WASN'T

BAD ENOUGH, BUT NOW MY LUNGS

WERE FILLING WITH FLUID, AND

IT LOOKED LIKE I WAS GO TO

DIE HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN.

THE LORD TOOK CARE OF ME.

I WAS ABLE TO BE EVACUATED.

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GO

TO EVEREST THE NEXT YEAR, AS

FEAR AND DOUBT WERE GETTING

A GRIP ON ME.

Terry: I THINK THAT A

LOT OF US, AS WE'RE

LISTENING TO THAT ENCOUNTER,

ARE GOING, WHY DID YOU GO

BACK TO EVEREST THE NEXT

DAY?

FOR THOSE OF US WHO DON'T

CLIMB, I THINK THAT THING

THAT YOU FEEL THAT DRAWS YOU

TO THE SUMMIT OVER AND OVER

AND OVER AGAIN IS A

MYSTERY.

CLIMBING EVEREST IS HARD

ENOUGH, BUT YOU DID IT AS

PART OF A TEAM, THE TEAM

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, AND

THE OTHER ERIC, WHO IS

SIGHTLESS, WENT WITH YOU.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO CLIMB

EVEREST WITH A MAN HA MAN

WHO HAD NO VISION?

IT IS AN INCREDIBLE

EXPERIENCE.

I'M INSPIRED BY BRIAN'S

STORY, WHICH WAS ON HERE A

FEW MINUTES AGO.

I KNOW BRIAN ONLY BY THE

FACT WE TALKED ON THE PHONE

AND WE HAVE MUTUAL FRIENDS

IN COMMON.

HIS STORY IS INSPIRING.

JUST AS HIS IS A STORY OF

FAITH, I THINK MINE IS, TOO,

ESPECIALLY CLIMBING WITH

ERIC.

SO MUCH OF CLIMBING FOR ME

IS ABOUT CAMARADERIE AND

TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP AND

FACING OBSTACLES TOGETHER,

AND FINDING A WAY TO PUT THE

PUZZLE TOGETHER AND OVERCOME

THOSE OBSTACLES.

SO FOR ME GOING BACK TO

EVEREST, I PRAYED ABOUT IT A

LOT, AND I FELT EVERYTHING I

PRAYED ABOUT, I WAS HOPING

THESE DOORS WOULD SLAM SHUT

IN MY FACE.

INSTEAD, THEY SEEMED TO OPEN

WIDE FOR ME.

I FELT IT WAS GOD SAYING

JUST TRUST ME.

I DON'T FEEL AS THOUGH HE

EVER SAID, ERIC, I'M GOING

TO PUT YOU ON THE SUMMIT

BECAUSE THAT'S MY PLAN FOR

YOU.

I THINK HE WAS TELLING ME MY

PLAN FOR YOU IS FOR YOU TO

TRUST ME.

SO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP.

I PUT THAT IN FRONT OF ERIC,

MY BLIND FRIEND, AND I SAID

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

DO YOU WANT ME BACK ON THE

TEAM?

AND HE SAID, BEING BLIND, MY

WHOLE LIFE PEOPLE HAVE MADE

JUDGMENTS ABOUT ME, WHAT I

CAN AND CAN'T DO, AND I'M

NOT ABOUT TO DO THE SAME

THING TO YOU.

MY RESPONSE IN RETURN TO HIM

WAS, ERIC, I DON'T KNOW IF

I'M STRONG ENOUGH TO GET TO

THE TOP, BUT I KNOW I'M

STRONG ENOUGH TO YOU.

"TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE

BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BETTER

RETURN FOR THEIR WORK.

IF ONE FALLS DOWN, ONE CAN

HELP HIM UP.

BUT PITY THE MAN WHO FALLS

AND HAS NO ONE TO PICK HIM

UP."

AND IT WAS ERIC WHO PICKED

ME UP DURING THAT

EXPEDITION.

Terry: WHAT ARE SOME OF

THE THINGS YOU LEARNED

DURING THAT EXPEDITION.

I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD,

I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MY

FAITH AND TRUSTING HIM.

I LEARNED IT IS A DAY TO DAY

PROCESS.

THERE IS GOING TO BE A STEP

BACK, THERE ARE GOING TO BE

MOMENTS OF DISBELIEF, BUT

YOU KEEP ON TRUSTING HIM.

THERE IS A VERSE IN PSALMS

121: "THE LORD WATCHES OVER

YOU.

THE LORD IS THE SHADE AT

YOUR RIGHT HAND.

THE LORD WILL KEEP YOU FROM

ALL HARM.

HE'LL WATCH OVER YOUR

LIFE."

THAT PSALM 121 WAS REALLY

IMPORTANT TO ME ON THAT

EXPEDITION.

AND MT. EVEREST IS NOW A

PILE OF ROCKS THAT I LOOK

BACK ON AS A REMINDER OF

SOMETHING GREAT GOD HAS DONE

IN MY LIFE.

Terry: IT IS QUITE AN

ACCOMPLISHMENT TO HAVE

CONQUERED EVEREST, BUT

YOU'VE REACHED MANY OTHER

SUMMITS ACROSS THE WORLD.

OBVIOUSLY, GOD CONTINUES TO

PULL YOU INTO THAT AND TO

TEACH YOU LIFE LESSONS.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?

YOU'RE RIGHT.

I'VE HAD A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY.

I'VE BEEN ABLE TO CLIMB

MT. KILIMANJARO WITH FOUR

BLIND TEENAGERS, AND ANOTHER

WITH NINE BLIND TEENAGERS,

WITH SOME HIGH SCHOOL PEERS

AS THEIR GUIDE.

I CONTINUE TO CLIMB AROUND

THE WORLD.

COMING UP THIS SUMMER, I'M

GOING TO PERU TO CLIMB WITH

SOME OTHER BELIEVERS, SOME

FATHERS AND SONS, AND

HOPEFULLY WE'LL FIND SOME

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT IN

MINISTRY, TOO.

JUST CONTINUING TO CLIMB AND

PURSUE THE PASSIONS AND

DESIRES THAT GOD HAS GIVEN

ME.

Terry: BRINGING YOU

LITERALLY CLOSER TO GOD.

ERIC, IT IS AN AMAZING

STORY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR

MORE OF THE STORY BECAUSE WE

HAVE JUST TOUCHED THE

SUMMIT, OR THE TIP, AS YOU

MIGHT SAY, ERIC HAS WRITTEN

A WONDERFUL BOOK CALLED "THE

SUMMIT, FACE BEYOND

EVEREST'S DEATH ZONE."

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH

US.

Gordon: UP NEXT, A NEW

TV SHOW AIRING AND THE

SHADOWS OF MT. EVEREST.

HOW IT IS CHANGING LIVES.

UP NEXT.

CLR

Terry: FOR CENTURIES

NEPAL HAS BEEN THE WORLD'S

ONLY OFFICIAL HINDU NATION,

BUT THANKS TO A NEW TV

PROGRAM FROM CBN, CHILDREN

ALL OVER NEPAL ARE HEAR THE

NAME OF JESUS FOR THE VERY

FIRST TIME.

IN A SMALL VILLAGE JUST

OUTSIDE NEPAL'S CAPITAL CITY

OF CA KATHMANDU, WE HAVE

MET WITH THIS BOY AND HIS

PARENTS.

OUR PARENTS MAKE LITTLE

SOUNDS AND USE THEIR HANDS

TO TALK TO US.

Terry: THE BROTHERS

LIKE TO WATCH TELEVISION IN

THEIR SPARE TIME, BUT ONE

DAY THEIR SET WOULDN'T

WORK.

SO WE WENT TO MY UNCLE'S

HOUSE TO WATCH TV.

Terry: WHEN THEY GOT

THERE, THEY WATCHED CBN'S

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM "HAPPY

WORLD."

THEY MADE SURE THEY SAW IT

EVERY WEEK.

I LOVE JESUS BECAUSE HE

GAVE HIS LIFE AND WAS

CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SINS.

I LEARNED THAT I SHOULD OBEY

MY PARENTS.

I ALSO LEARNED TO NOT FIGHT

WITH MY FRIENDS OR SAY BAD

THINGS TO THEM.

WHEN I SAW HOW MY BROTHER

HAD CHANGED, I ALSO WANTED

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JESUS AND

GO TO CHURCH.

Terry: SHANCAR AND

SALINE WERE EXCITED TO FIND

OUT MORE ABOUT JESUS.

SO THEY SAT DOWN AND WROTE

LETTERS TO CBN'S OFFICE IN

NEPAL.

AND SINCE THE SHOW HAS BEEN

ON THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE

RECEIVED LITERALLY THOUSANDS

OF LETTERS FROM CHILDREN AND

THEIR PARENTS, FROM HINDUS,

BUDDHISTS AND MUSLIMS, AND

PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST CURIOUS

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT JESUS.

NOW SHANGCAR AND SALINE ARE

URGING ALL THEIR FRIENDS TO

WATCH CBN'S "HAPPY WORLD."

I TELL MY FRIENDS ABOUT

"HAPPY WORLD" BECAUSE I WANT

MY FRIENDS TO GO TO HEAVEN

WITH ME.

IF THEY SEE THE PROGRAM,

THEY CAN LEARN HOW TO LIVE

WITH JESUS FOREVER.

I HAVE LEARNED MANY

THINGS ABOUT GOD.

THANK YOU "HAPPY WORLD."

Terry: TWO PRECIOUS

BROTHERS WHO'S LIVES ARE

FOREVER CHANGED, AND WHO,

UPON HEARING THE GOSPEL, AND

SHARING IT WITH ALL THEIR

FRIENDS.

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO ASK

YOU TO DO.

WE WANT TO ASK YOU TO HELP

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1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," AND WE

WELCOME YOU TO THE FAMILY OF

MINISTRIES.

Gordon: THIS IS "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU.

LET'S GO TO OUR CHATROOM AND

JOSEPH,.

DAVID SAYS,.

I HAVE A LOT OF DESIRES

TO TRY DIFFERENT THINGS.

ONE OF THEM IS TO BECOME A

NAVY SEAL.

THE PROBLEM IS I CAN'T SEEM

TO ACT ON MY DESIRES NO

MATTER HOW HARD I TRY.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS

THAT WILL GET ME OFF THE

COUCH?"

Gordon: IT IS GOING TO

BE TOUGH TO GO FROM A COUCH

TO NAVY SEAL.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO

SETTING YOUR SIGHTS LOWER.

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

GETTING OFF THE COUCH, SET A

MINOR GOAL.

JUST SAY, CAN I WALK AROUND

THE BLOCK TODAY.

IT IS THROUGH THE EXERCISE

OF USE, IS WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS IN TERMS OF SPIRITUAL

GIFTS -- IT'S THE EXERCISE

OF USE.

THAT'S COMPARABLE TO

ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT

WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY

LITERALLY DETERMINES YOUR

FUTURE.

SO IF YOU'VE GOT DREAMS OF

BEING A NAVY SEAL, WELL,

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY TO

GET IN SHAPE?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY TO

VOLUNTEER AND SAY, I'M GOING

TO GO TO THE RECRUITING

OFFICE AND SIGN UP?

UNTIL YOU TAKE THOSE FIRST

INITIAL STEPS, YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO SEE THAT LONG-RANGE

GOAL.

AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DO IT

EVERY SINGLE DAY SO THAT

IT'S PART OF THE DAILY

ACTIVITY.

YOU CAN'T MISS A DAY WITHOUT

DOING IT.

WELL, THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME

WE HAVE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 46: "GOD IS

OUR REFUGE, AND STRENGTH AND

VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIMES

OF TROUBLE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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