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The 700 Club - May 10, 2013

Christian Alliance for Children head Jedd Medefind shares his insights on the foster care system. Plus, mother of 11 adopted children, Dana Steele tells the story of her heart for orphans Read Transcript


THIS TIME SOMEONE WANTED ME

AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO SAY

GOOD-BYE.

GORDAN: MORE THAN 400,000

CHILDREN ARE IN THE FOSTER CARE

SYSTEM HERE IN AMERICA.

CHILDREN IN THE FOSTER CARE

SYSTEM HAVE THE ONE THING THEY

SHOULD BE ABLE TO COUNT ON FALL

APART.

GORDAN: THEY NEED STABILITY.

THEY NEED LITTLE PIECES THEY

HAVEN'T GOTTEN.

GORDAN: QUESTION IS, HOW WILL

YOU HELP?

SOME OF US SAY WE WILL CARE

FOR YOU NO MATTER HOW HARD IT

IS.

GORDAN: WELCOME TO "700

CLUB." IMMIGRATION REFORM IS

ADVANCING THROUGH CONGRESS.

STILL PLENTY OF ROADBLOCKS.

TERRY: SOME ARE SAYING

EVANGELICALS COULD BE THE KEY TO

SUCCESS.

DAVID BRODY HAS THE STORY FROM

WASHINGTON.

DAVID: FIRST, THERE IS AN

844-PAGE BILL TO GO THROUGH.

OUR STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING

FOR DAYS TRYING TO DECIDE.

DAVID: REPUBLICAN SENATOR

MARCO RUBIO KNOWS THE KINKS NEED

TO BE WORKED OUT.

IT IS NOT IDEAL.

IT IS TOUGH AND FAIR AND

ENFORCEABLE.

DAVID: MAKE NO MISTAKE,

RECENT CLIMATE HAS BEEN

PROPELLED BY WHITE EVANGELICAL

CHRISTIANS, THEY SUPPORT AS LONG

AS THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS IN THE

BILL.

INITIALLY EVANGELICALS WERE

WAY BEHIND.

NOW EVANGELICAL LEADERSHIP IS

WALKING IN TANDEM.

WALKING AT THE RHYTHM OF THE

BEAT OF IMMIGRATION REFORM.

MANY CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN

GROUPS LIKE FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

ARE ON BOARD.

RESPECT THE GOD GIVEN DIGNITY OF

EVERY PERSON AND RULE OF LAW.

THIS BRINGS TOGETHER

CONSERVATIVES AND EVANGELICALS.

THEY ARE PUSHING CONGRESSIONAL

LEADERS HARD WITH A NATIONAL

RADIO AD COME PAIN SITED IN

MATTHEW 35.

SENATOR GRAHAM TOLD THE NEWS IT

HAS BEEN LOUD AND CLEAR.

THE EVANGELICAL SUPPORT HAS

BEEN CLEAR, THEY WANT TO BE

PRACTICAL AND RECOGNIZE THESE

PEOPLE ARE HUMAN BEINGS.

DAVID: THERE IS A POTENTIAL

STUMBLING BLOCK.

LATEST TALK ON CAPITOL HILL

CENTERS ON A BILL THAT WOULD

ALLOW GAY COUPLES TO SPONSOR

THEIR PARTNER.

THEY WILL NOT TURN A BILL

INTO A SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DEBATE.

THAT IS NOT GOING TO -- THE

MARKET WILL NOT BEAR THAT.

DAVID: SUCCESSFUL IMMIGRATION

REFORM COULD BE A POLITICAL WIN

FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

AT LEAST HALF THE HISPANIC

COMMUNITY HAS BEEN PROGRAMMED TO

BE A REPUBLICAN PARTY.

THEY ARE PRO-LIFE.

DAVID: PROVIDING BORDER

SECURITY IS STRENGTHEN, IT WILL

GET DONE.

IF THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE

BEING PROTECTED AND FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT IS DOING THEIR JOB,

WE'LL FIND A WAY TO DEAL

HUMANELY AND COMPASSIONATELY

WITH THE 12 MILLION PEOPLE HERE.

DAVID: DAVID BRODY CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

GORDAN: YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

AT "THE BRODY FILE" THERE IS A

LINK AT THE CBNNEWS.COM.

COULD THE BOSTON MARATHONS

COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED?

REPORTER: BOSTON AUTHORITIES

SAID THE FBI NEVER WARNED THEM

ABOUT THE POTENTIAL TERRORIST IN

THEIR MIDST.

GEORGE THOMAS IS FOLLOWING THE

HEARINGS ON THE BOMBING.

REPORTER: THREE WEEKS AFTER

THE BOSTON MARATHON TERRORIST

ATTACK.

COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND

SECURITY WILL COME TO ORDER

REPORTER: CONGRESS WANTS

ANSWERS.

ANYONE THAT THINKS THAT CAN

DO THIS HAS UNDERESTIMATED

AMERICA.

REPORTER: A BREAK DOWN IN

INTELLIGENT SHARING.

OFFICIALS DIDN'T KNOW UNTIL

THREE DAYS AFTER THE BOMBING

THAT THE OLDER BROTHER, TAMERLAN

TSARNEAV, HAD BEEN FLAGGED BY

THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.

MY FEAR THAT IS THE BOSTON

BOMBERS MAY HAVE SUCCEEDED

BECAUSE OUR SYSTEM FAILED.

WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER.

REPORTER: IN 2001, RUSSIA

ASKED FBI AND C.I.A. TO LOOK

INTO TAMERLAN TSARNEAV'S

BACKGROUND.

THE CASE WAS CLOSED AND NEVER

SHARED WITH THE BOSTON POLICE.

WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE

HAD THAT INFORMATION?

IN HINDSIGHT, YES.

REPORTER: ADMINISTRATION

CONTINUES TO DOWN PLAY THE

THREAT POSED BY RADICAL

ISLAMIST.

FROM THE ATTACK AT FORT HOOD

TO TRAGEDY AT BOSTON, BENGHAZI,

WE MUST CALL TERRORISM FOR WHAT

IT IS IN ORDER TO COMFORT IT.

LIEBERMAN SAYS EXTREMIST IS

ALIVE AND WELL AND THE

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO MORE.

I BELIEVE, THOUGH IT WOULD

NOT HAVE BEEN EASY, IT WAS

POSSIBLE TO PREVENT THE

TERRORIST ATTACKS IN BOSTON.

REPORTER: GEORGE THOMAS, CBN

NEWS.

REPORTER: A GANG OF CRIMINALS

MADE OFF WITH 45 MILLION

DOLLARS, THE LARGEST ATM CYBER

HEIST IN HISTORY.

HACKERS BROKE INTO DATA BANKS --

AGENTS AROUND THE WORLD CREATED

DEBIT CARDS AND DRAINED CASH

MACHINES.

ONE CELL OF THIEVES STOLE 3

MILLION DOLLARS.

SEVEN PEOPLE ARRESTED IN THE

CASE.

AUTHORITIES PREDICT WE'LL SEE

MANY MORE CYBER CRIMES LIKE THIS

ONE.

MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING THREE

WOMEN IN -- ARIEL CASTRO WILL BE

CHARGED WITH HUNDREDS OF CRIMES

INCLUDING MURDER.

AUTHORITIES SAY HE FORCED ONE

VICTIM TO HAVE MISCARRIAGE ON

FIVE BABIES.

EACH DAY OF KIDNAPPING, EVERY

FELONIOUS ASSAULT, ALL ATTEMPTED

MURDERS AND EACH ACT OF

AGGRAVATED MURDER BY TERMINATING

PREGNANCIES THAT THE OFFENDER

PERPETUATED AGAINST THE HOSTAGES

DURING THIS DECADE LONG OR DEAL.

REPORTER: INVESTIGATORS SAY A

LETTER REPORTEDLY FOUND INSIDE

ARIEL CASTRO'S HOME OFFERS ONE

CLUE ON MOTIVE, THEY SAY HE

CLAIMS TO BE A SEXUAL PREDATOR.

AMERICAN PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI

SPENT MORE THAN A WEEK IN A

SMALL DARK HOLE.

THAT TIME INCLUDED HIS 33RD

BIRTHDAY.

NOW BACK IN THE MAIN PRISON.

HIS WIFE IS CALLING ON PRESIDENT

OBAMA TO SPEAK OUT FOR HER

HUSBAND.

NEGHMEH ABEDINI SAYS THE

PRESIDENT HAS BEEN QUICK TO

OFFER SUPPORT TO OTHERS

INCLUDING GAY BASKETBALL PLAYER

JASON COLLINS AND IGNORING HER

HUSBAND'S PLIGHT.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

AND JAY CARNEY HAVE CALLED ON

IRAN TO RELEASE THE PASTOR.

NEGHMEH SAYS IT WILL HAVE MORE

FORCE COMING FROM THE PRESIDENT.

SOUTH AFRICAN ANGUS BUTTKINS

FIRST IN THE U.S. EPHRAIM GRAHAM

HAS MORE.

*

REPORTER: THERE IS A TANGIBLE

EXCITEMENT INSIDE THIS TENNESSEE

SPORTS ARENA.

JOY.

I AM LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT

IS JUST MAGNIFICENT.

THAT IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN ALL DAY

I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO COME

HERE.

YOU KNOW, JUST TO SEE WHAT I CAN

GET, WHAT I PRAY TO GET.

ONE OF 10,000 MENU -- MEN

UNITED COME TO PRAY.

REPORTER: WHAT IS YOUR

MESSAGE TO AMERICAN MEN?

HOT OFF THE PRESS, WE HAVE TO

SPEAK THE TRUTH.

THY WORD IS TRUTH.

THIS IS MY AGRICULTURAL MANUAL.

THIS IS THE BOOK THAT TELLS YOU

TO LOVE YOUR WIFE, SUBMIT TO

YOUR HUSBAND, RESPECT YOUR

ELDERS.

THIS IS THE BOOK THAT SAYS A

LAZY MAN DOESN'T DESERVE TO EAT.

A FAIR DAY'S WORK FOR A FAIR

DAY'S PAY.

LET ME GET BACK TO THE TRUTH,

THEN WE'LL HAVE REVIVAL.

TRUTH OF THIS NATION IS THE

FAMILY.

REPORTER: HIS MASSIVE

MEETINGS, MIGHTY MEN'S

CONFERENCE.

THE FIRST WOULD YOU SAY ON HIS

FARM IN SOUTH AFRICA.

IT DREW 400,000 MEN.

IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT, IT

IS THE FAMILY!

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

REPORTER: CRIES OF MEN IN

THIS ARENA ARE LOUD AND EACH HAS

A STRUGGLE HE HAS TO OVERCOME.

I WOULD SAY THE PEER PRESSURE

OF THE PEOPLE AT SCHOOL.

A LOT OF LADIES ASKED ARE YOU

A MALE CHAUVINIST.

I SAID NO, I CAN'T SPELL THE

WORD.

THESE MEETINGS ARE NOT FOR THE

MEN BUT FOR THE WOMEN AND

CHILDREN TO TEACH MEN HOW TO BE

PROPHET, PRIEST, AND KING.

PROPHET, LEAD THE WAY.

PRIEST, TO LEAD CHILDREN AND

WIFE IN THE THINGS OF GOD

EVERYDAY.

KING, TO PUT THE BREAD ON THE

TABLE.

REPORTER: EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN

NEWS, MURFEESBORO, TENNESSEE.

LEE WEBB: GORDON, THAT IS

EXCITING.

REMINDS ME OF PROMISE KEEPERS

FROM BACK IN THE 90S.

GORDAN: NOW MORE THAN EVER

THE FAMILY IS THE BACKBONE OF

ANY CULTURE.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT HISTORY,

CULTURES THAT WERE STRONG

BECAUSE FAMILIES WERE STRONG.

SO MANY SINGLE HOMES IN AMERICA

WHERE THE FATHER HAS LEFT.

WE NEED TO REMIND ALL OF US,

THAT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN.

DADS NEED TO STAY HOME AND BE

PART OF THE FAMILY AND RAISING

THE CHILDREN, PART OF EVERYTHING

AND THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE IN

THE FOREFRONT OF THIS.

TODAY WE ARE GOING INTO THIS

TOPIC.

BOTH IN TERMS OF FOSTER CARE

PROBLEM IN AMERICA.

PRAY FOR OUR FAMILIES.

PRAY FOR FATHERS WHO WILL RISE

UP TO REALLY LEAD AND BE AN

EXAMPLE FOR ALL.

TERRY?

TERRY: COMING UP, THEY ARE

AMERICAS INVISIBLE CHILDREN.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF KIDS

LIVING WITHOUT A PLACE TO CALL

HOME.

FIND OUT HOW ONE GROUP IS

HELPING THEM, THAT IS NEXT.

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TERRY: YOU MAY NOT KNOW

THIS, MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER

CARE MONTH.

EVERY MONTH THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN ENTER AMERICA'S FOSTER

CARE SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY.

FINDING A SAFE HOME FOR THESE

KIDS CAN BE OVERWHELMING WITH

THE SOCIAL WORKERS TASKED WITH

THE CHALLENGE.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, CHURCHES ARE

EASING THIS BURDEN.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS THE STORY.

REPORTER: THESE ARE JUST A

FEW OF THE ALMOST HALF MILLION

CHILDREN IN U.S. FOSTER CARE.

WILL I EVER BE ENOUGH TO BE

LOVED?

I HAVE A DREAM.

THIS TIME SOMEONE WANTED ME AND

I DIDN'T HAVE TO SAY GOOD-BYE.

REPORTER: BIBLE SPEAKS OF

THESE CHILDREN AND THE ANSWER TO

THEIR NEEDS.

RELIGION THAT GOD, OUR FATHER

ACCEPTS AS PURE AND FAULTLESS IS

THIS: TO LOOK AFTER ORPHANS AND

WIDOWS IN THEIR DISTRESS.

HERE IN COLORADO, THE FAITH

COMMUNITY IS ANSWERING THE

BIBLICAL CALL TO CARE FOR

ORPHANS BY CONNECTING CHILDREN

IN THE SYSTEM WITH FAMILIES IN

THE LOCAL CHURCH INTERESTED IN

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE.

SHARON FORD OVERSEAS FOSTER CARE

FOR COLORADO HUMAN SERVICES.

WE TRY TO REACH OUT TO

RELATIVES.

SOMETIMES THEY ARE NOT EQUIP SO

WE BRING THEM INTO FOSTER CARE.

THESE TWO YOUNG PEOPLE --

REPORTER: IN 2004, THAT

INCLUDED 900 CHILDREN AND

TEENAGERS.

PASTOR OF DENVER'S CHURCH WANTED

TO GIVE THOSE CHILDREN A BETTER

LIFE.

IN 2007, HE STARTED PROJECT 127,

A FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION THAT

ENCOURAGES CHRISTIAN PARENTS TO

RESCUE KIDS FROM THE SYSTEM.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SHEER

NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS OF JESUS,

SHEER NUMBER OF CONGREGATIONS

OUT THERE.

IT IS VERY POSSIBLE FOR A

PARENT.

REPORTER: PROJECT 127 STARTED

OUT RECRUITING ADOPTING KIDS.

FINDING PARENTS WILLING TO

FOSTER KIDS TEMPORARILY OR LONG

TERM.

SHELLY RADIC SAYS PARENTS ACROSS

THE STATE HAVE STEPPED UP TO

HELP.

WE HAVE OVER 400 FAMILIES

ENGAGED.

REPORTER: KEVIN AND JANNEL

LUST HAD EIGHT KIDS OF THEIR

OWN.

WE WERE CHALLENGED BY 127 TO

CONSIDER OBEYING THE WORD THAT

SAYS, TRUE RELIGION IS TO

MINISTER TO WIDOWS AND ORPHANS

IN THEIR NEED.

WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?

THEY NEED THOSE PIECES THEY

HAVE NOT GOTTEN.

PART OF THAT IS UNCONDITIONAL

ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE AND

PLAYFULNESS AND LIFE GIVING THAT

A FAMILY CAN GIVE, NOT ALWAYS

PERFECTLY, BELIEVE ME.

WE CAN GIVE PEACE A TASTE OF HOW

GOD DESIGNED IT TO BE.

REPORTER: THEY NOW USE THIS

SCHOOL BUS TO GET AROUND AFTER

OPENING HEARTS AND HOMES TO

FOSTER KIDS.

RIGHT NOW EIGHT CHILDREN,

FOUR BIOLOGICAL OR HOME GROWN,

TWO HAND PICK, FOSTER

AND

OTHER SIDE OF THE BODY.

AND SHE'S LOOKING AT ME LIKE,

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

WHY FOSTER CHILDREN.

HOW DID YOU GROW SO FAST?

BIOLOGICAL SON, ZACH ENJOYS

SIBLINGS.

I LOVE THEM WITH ALL MY

HEART.

IT JUST FEELS GREAT.

REPORTER: JOHNATHON GOOD

CALLS ON THE BODY OF CHRIST IN

HIS FILM "FAULTLESS."

ALSO HOMES FOR OLDER FOSTER KIDS

THAT ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED.

WE WILL CARE FOR YOU NO

MATTER HOW HARD IT IS BECAUSE WE

THINK YOU ARE WORTH IT

REPORTER: WORTH IT BUT NOT

ALWAYS EASY.

MANY BELIEVE CHURCH IS THE

ANSWER.

CHURCHES ARE USED TO HELPING

FAMILIE

FAMILIES.

WHEN A FAMILY GOES THROUGH A

DIFFICULT TIME, ADOPTION OR

FOSTER CARE MAY GO THROUGH

CHALLENGES, PROJECT 127 IS

SEEKING TO BRING A WHOLE CHURCH

TO A CHILD.

NOT JUST A FAMILY, THERE IS A

WHOLE CHURCH AROUND THAT FAMILY.

REPORTER: CHARLENE ISRAEL,

CBN NEWS, DENVER, COLORADO.

TERRY: PROJECT 127 IS ONE OF

MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE

HELPING.

JEDD MEDEFIND IS THE WITH

CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS

AND JOINING US, JEDD, WELCOME TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU, TERRY.

TERRY: YOU SAY OFTEN IN THE

FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, CHILDREN ARE

INVISIBLE, WHY?

THE STORIES OF THE FOSTER

CHILD DON'T MAKE THE FRONT PAGE,

QUIET HURT, ACHE.

I THINK OF A GIRL THAT BEAT THE

ODDS, MADE IT TO EARN

GRADUATION, SHE DIDN'T WANT TO

WALK ACROSS A STAGE, I DON'T

WANT TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE,

NO ONE WILL BE THERE TO CLAP FOR

ME.

THAT IS NOT A STORY THAT MAKES

THE HEAD LINES, THAT HURT IS

WHERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD SHOULD

BE.

TERRY: ANOTHER HURT IS WHEN

SHE WALKS ACROSS THE STAGE AT

18, IF SHE DOESN'T HAVE A PLACE

TO BELONG TO, SHE IS AN ADULT ON

HER OWN.

TALK ABOUT THE PROFILE OF KIDS

IN FOSTER CARE.

THE KIDS ARE THERE BECAUSE OTHER

PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS THAT SHOULD

BE TAKING CARE OF THEM.

ABSOLUTELY.

SOMETIMES WE THINK THE KID ENDED

UP BECAUSE THEY DID SOMETHING

WRONG.

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO

LOVE THEM DIDN'T.

THEY WERE EXPOSED TO NEGLECT OR

ABUSE.

THEY ARE HURTING CHILDREN.

YET THEY ARE PRECIOUS CHILDREN.

TERRY: OFTEN BOUNCED AROUND

SO MUCH, JEDD.

SOME KIDS HAVE BEEN IN 11

DIFFERENT FOSTER HOMES BEFORE

THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL.

THAT IS A TRAVESTY.

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT IS TYPICAL OF A CHILD THAT

GREW UP IN THE FOSTER SYSTEM.

SOME OF WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN

LOVING AND WELCOMING, MANY OF

WHICH HAVE NOT.

TERRY: YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR

BOOK.

A YOUNG PAINTER IN THE

WORKSHOP OF MICHAEL ANGELO, THE

WAY HE MIXES PAINTED AND FLICKS

HIS WRISTS.

THAT IS HOW WE SHOULD THINK

ABOUT JESUS.

HOW TO LIVE LIFE WELL AND HOW TO

LOVE AND CONNECT WITH THEM.

IF WE COME TO JESUS, ULTIMATELY

HOW TO LIVE DAILY LIFE WELL.

THAT UP ENDS THE MAY WE

EXPERIENCE NORMAL LIFE.

TERRY: THEN IT BECOMES THE

MANDATE OF THE CHURCH TO STEP IN

AND BE THE ANSWER FOR THESE

KIDS.

ABSOLUTELY.

LOVING ORPHANS IS NOTHING NEW

FOR THE CHURCH.

THROUGHOUT HISTORY, CHRISTIANS

HAVE SOUGHT OUT THE CHILDREN

THAT NO ONE ELSE WANTED AND

FOUND THEM AND LOVED THEM

BECAUSE WE WERE LOVED FIRST THAT

WAY.

THAT IS HOW GOD HAS DRAWN US TO

HIMSELF.

WHEN WE UNDERSTAND HOW WE HAVE

BEEN LOVED, IT IS NATURAL, WE

WOULD SEEK OUT KIDS IN THE

FOSTER SYSTEM, ORPHANS AROUND

THE WORLD AND SEEK TO LOVE THEM

JUST LIKE WE HAVE BEEN LOVED.

TERRY: YET, NOT ALWAYS EASY

TO FOLLOW THAT MANDATE.

WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST PEOPLE

CONSIDER BEFORE THEY DECIDE TO

TRY TO FOSTER?

ABSOLUTELY, LOVE IS ALWAYS

COSTLY.

NO EXCEPTION LOVING CHILDREN

COMING FROM DIFFICULT PLACES.

IT IS A SPECIAL CHALLENGE.

THEY OFTEN HAVE DEEP HURTS.

DRAWING THEM INTO OUR HOMES OR

LIVES IF WE CAN BECOME THEIR

MENTORS, WE WILL TASTE SOME OF

THAT HURT.

THAT IS WHAT LOVE DOES.

THAT IS WHAT GOD'S LOVE DID FOR

US.

HE ENTERED INTO OUR HURT.

AT THE SAME TIME, KNOWING THAT

IS HOW WE HAVE BEEN LOVED, THAT

IS THE WELL SPRING OF LOVING

LIKE THAT.

TERRY: I CAN'T IMAGINE, YOU

KNOW, FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THAT

ADOPT, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO

ENTER INTO THIS EXPERIENCE

KNOWING IT IS GOING TO BE THE

LONG TERM, LONG HAUL.

FOSTERING ALMOST REQUIRES IN

SOME WAYS A DEEPER SENSE OF

COMMITMENT, IT MAYBE TEMPORARY.

THESE CHILDREN, MANY HAVE

FAMILIES.

THE GOAL IS ALWAYS TO RESTORE

CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

LOVING THEM FOR A SEASON WELL

CAN CHANGE THEIR LIVES, CAN'T

IT?

ABSOLUTELY.

ONE YOUNG WOMAN HEADED INTO THE

FOSTER SYSTEM.

A COUPLE SAID COME AND LIVE WITH

US.

SHE EXPRESSED TO ME, ALL MY

LIFE, I HEARD ABOUT GOD AS

FATHER, GOD IS LOVING ME.

I DON'T THINK I BELIEVED IT

UNTIL THIS COUPLE SHOWED THAT

AND WIELCOMED HER IN.

TERRY: YOU HEAD THE ALLIANCE

AND FOSTER CARE IS PART OF THAT.

WH TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING?

SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A MOVEMENT

IN THE CHURCH.

THEY ARE SEEING THESE KIDS IN

THE PIECES, THEY ARE HEARING

THEM SAY I NEED A PLACE TO

BELONG, SOMEBODY TO LOVE ME.

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK THE CHURCH IS REEARNING

ITS HISTORIC REPUTATION AS A

PEOPLE THAT TAKE SPECIAL CARE

FOR THE FATHERLESS.

JAMES 1:27, PEER AND FAULTLESS

RELIGION.

THERE WAS A GATHERING MORE THAN

2500 PEOPLE FROM 49 STATES, 25

COUNTRIES GATHERED TOGETHER IN

NASHVILLE, HOW TO LOVE THROUGH

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE AND

MENTORING.

YOU SEE THE HEART OF GOD

PULSING.

TERRY: I WAS AT THE

ALLIANCE, I SAW PEOPLE NOT JUST

FROM UNITED STATES, BUT ALL

AROUND THE WORLD, ALL UNITED IN

THIS PASSION HEART TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF KIDS.

PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT.

LESS RESOURCES AVAILABLE, TOO.

YOU ARE NOT THE LONE RANGER IF

YOU ARE OUT THERE.

BECAUSE IT IS A COSTLY

CHALLENGING ROAD, WE NEED THE

COMMUNITY.

CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS

SEEKS TO EQUIP COMMUNITIES TO DO

THIS TOGETHER, EVEN THOUGH WE

ARE NOT ALL CALLED TO FOSTER, WE

CAN PLAY A ROLE IN LOVING THE

ORPHAN.

TERRY: YES, MORE AND MORE

SIGNIFICANT.

EVEN JONATHAN GOOD'S "FAULTLESS"

FILM, SOMETHING EVERY BELIEVER

OUGHT TO SEE.

THAT IS THE BEGINNING.

IT ABSOLUTELY IS.

OUR PRAYER IS THE LOCAL CHILDREN

IN EVERY NATION WOULD BE KNOWN

AS THE PRIMARY ANSWER FOR

ORPHANS IN THEIR MIDST.

FOR US IN AMERICA, THAT IS THE

FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.

TERRY: JEDD MEDEFIND, WE

WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US AND THE GREAT MESSAGE IN YOUR

BOOK HOW FOLLOWING JESUS REMAKES

YOUR WORDS AND WORLD.

IF YOU WANT TO LOOK INTO FOSTER

CARE, WE HAVE RESOURCES

AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, LOG ON

TO CBN.COM GORDAN?

GORDAN: COMING UP, WE MEET A

WOMAN THAT ADOPTED 11 CHILDREN

AND FOSTERS 28 MORE.

HOW SHE DOES IT AND MAINTAINED

HER SANITY WHEN WE COME BACK.

TERRY: THE FIRST CHILD DANA

STEELE BROUGHT INTO HER HOME WAS

A BABY GIRL NAMED AMY WHO WAS

EXPOSED TO DRUGS IN UTERO.

CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA

AT A YOUNG AGE OR NEVER HAD A

CHANCE OUTSIDE THE WOMB.

I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK

WITH DANA, WHILE IT IS

CHALLENGING, SHE STILL CONSIDERS

IT A GREAT BLESSING.

INITIALLY I DIDN'T WANT TO

HAVE CHILDREN.

THEN ADOPTED ONE AND KEPT

GETTING CALLS, OKAY.

WE HAVE A PRETTY BIG HOUSE, WE

CAN PUT AN EXTRA CRIB HERE OR

BUNK BED HERE.

IT KEPT GOING.

GOD DOES THINGS IN YOUR LIFE

THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO IDEA.

[LAUGHTER] SO AND THEN TEN MORE

LATER.

TERRY: ELEVEN ADOPTED

CHILDREN, DANA CLEARLY HAS ME

BEAT.

WHAT IS MORE, SHE AND HUSBAND

ALLEN HAVE FOSTERED 28 CHILDREN.

I HAD TO FIND OUT WHY.

DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD BE

DOING THIS WHEN YOU STARTED OUT

AFTER YOUR LAW DEGREE?

NOT A MILLION YEARS.

I WAS AN ATTORNEY AND JUDGE IN

SAN DIEGO KNEW THERE WAS SO MANY

CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE IN SAN

DIEGO COUNTY, ESPECIALLY BABIES.

WE WANTED A BABY AT THE TIME.

WE WENT WITH THERAPEUTIC FOSTER

CARE BABIES.

TERRY: STEELES MOVED FROM

CALIFORNIA TO VIRGINIA.

SOME ARE GROWN, AND STARTED

MILITARY FAMILIES, BUT SIX STILL

LIVE WITH THEM, AND SOON TWO

MORE.

WE FINALLY REALIZED THESE ARE

THE CHILDREN HE WANTED IN OUR

FAMILY.

WE COULD HAVE ADOPTED GOBS OF

KIDS FROM SAN DIEGO.

THESE ARE THE SPECIFIC KIDS HE

WANTED TO BE STEELES.

U IN .

I AM TONY AND NINE YEARS OLD.

I AM CALLY AND 11 YEARS OLD.

I AM JAKE AND I AM 9.

I AM REBECCA AND I AM 16.

TERRY: WHAT?

[LAUGHTER].

I AM TAYLOR, I AM 8.

I AM AMY AND I AM 13.

TERRY: THOUGH THESE CHILDREN

ARE CLEARLY HAPPY, OVER THE

YEARS, DANA AND ALAN HAVE TAKEN

ON TOUGH CHALLENGES, FETAL

ALCOHOL, SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME,

LEARNING DISABILITIES.

SIX CAME AS OLDER TEENS.

UNFORTUNATELY YOU HAVE TO

LEARN BY DOING JUST LIKE YOU DO

AS A PARENT.

WE DO GET TRAINING.

WE GO TO CLASSES AND LEARN ABOUT

HOW TRAUMA AFFECTS THE BRAIN.

THAT DOES HELP.

AND LEARNING WHAT KIND OF OTHER

HELPS, COMMUNITY, THERAPEUTIC

THAT WE CAN GET.

TERRY: DANA IS A BIG

ADVOCATE FOR FORMAL THERAPY WITH

TRAINED COUNSELORS, A LITTLE PET

THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE AS WELL.

THE STEELES INVITE OTHER AT RISK

FROM THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

TERRY: WHEN I HEAR ABOUT THE

FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, THEY ARE

JOSTLED AROUND A LOT.

ONE THING WE LEARNED IS HOW

DETRIMENTAL IT IS FOR CHILDREN

TO BE MOVED EVEN ONE TIME.

WE DETERMINED THAT WHEN A KID

GOT HERE THIS WAS THEIR HOME.

WE WERE NEVER GOING TO PICK UP

THE PHONE AND CALL SOCIAL

SERVICES AND SAY COME GET THIS

KID.

WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SURE THIS

WAS THEIR HOME.

TERRY: TELL ME ABOUT FAITH

AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS.

I KNOW FOR A FACT WE COULDN'T

DO THIS WITHOUT FAITH IN GOD.

GOD STILL HAS EVERYTHING IN HIS

HANDS.

I JUST HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, MY

HEART BREAKS THAT I WASN'T ABLE

TO PARENT YOU SINCE YOU WERE A

BABY.

BUT YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO

ACCEPT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOUR

LIFE AND MOVE ON.

JUST KNOW GOD HAS HAD YOU IN HIS

HAND THE WHOLE TIME.

TERRY: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST

CONCERN FOR YOUR KIDS?

WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO BE

LIKE WHEN THEY GROW UP?

ADEQUATELY FIT INTO SOCIETY AND

INCORPORATE THE GIFT GOD HAS

GIVEN THEM INTO THEIR LIVES?

HOW IS GOD GOING TO USE EACH ONE

OF THEM.

HOW ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE AN

IMPACT ON SOCIETY?

WE CAN'T PARENT THESE CHILDREN

LIKE WE WERE PARENTED AND NOT

EVEN LIKE EACH OTHER.

THEY HAVE SUCH DIFFERENT NEEDS.

WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE FAMILY,

YOU DIDN'T DO THIS FOR THIS ONE?

I DIDN'T GET THIS.

WE HAVE TO SAY TO THEM.

YOUR SISTER OR BROTHER HAS A

DIFFERENT SPECIALNESS, A

DIFFERENT NEED THAN YOU DO, THIS

IS WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR THIS

ONE.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE A MOM AND

DAD BECAUSE I CAN DEPEND ON THEM

WHEN I AM UPSET AND SAD.

THEY CARE ABOUT ME.

SOMETIMES THEY LET ME RIDE

THE HORSES.

THAT IS AWESOME.

BEING IN A BIG FAMILY IS

EXTREMELY FUN.

THEY SAY THEY LOVE ME.

I KNOW THEY MEAN IT.

TERRY: DANA AND ALLEN

STEELE, ONE COUPLE MAKING A HUGE

DIFFERENCE.

PART OF THE SECRET TO THEIR

SUCCESS, GORDAN, THEY DON'T

CONTEMPLATE IT COULD BE ANYTHING

BUT A LONG HAUL FULL TERM IN

COMPLETELY COMMITMENT.

GORDAN: COMMITMENT IS THE

RIGHT WORD.

THEY SEEM TO BE INCREDIBLY

COMMITTED TO A DEGREE YOU ARE IN

AWE OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE R.

YOU GOING TO TRY TO CATCH UP

WITH THEM?

TERRY: NO.

[LAUGHTER] I WILL PRAY FOR THEM.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STRUCK

ME, I WAS THERE WATCHING THEIR

BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN IS HOW THESE

KIDS ARE LIKE SPONGES, IT IS NOT

HARD TO MAKE THEM FEEL AT HOME.

IT IS NOT HARD FOR THEM TO CALL

THEM MOM AND DAD.

IT IS NOT HARD TO FEEL LOVE AND

CONNECTED.

SOMETIMES THE NEED CAN BE

INTIMIDATING SOUNDING.

THE ANSWER --

GORDAN: YOU HEARD IT IN THE

VOICES OF THE CHILDREN, THAT

LAST QUOTE "I KNOW THEY LOVE

ME."

NEWEL

TERRY: PSALM 68, FATHER TO

THE FATHERLESS, THIS IS GOD

WHOSE DWELLING IS HOLY, GOD

PLACES THE LONELY IN FAMILIES.

FAMILY IS A GOD IDEA.

HE CALLS ALL F US TO IT.

I PRAY THIS MONTH AS WE

CONTEMPLATE FOSTER CARE, YOU

WOULD CONSIDER WHAT GOD WOULD

HAVE YOU DO EITHER IN FOSTER

CARE OR SUPPORTING SOMEONE WHO

IS, GETTING YOUR CHURCH INVOLVED

AS WELL.

GORDAN: IF YOU WANT

RESOURCES, GO TO ORPHAN'S

PROMISE WEBSITE LISTED ON

CBN.COM.

THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN GET A DVD

ON HOW TO DO THIS.

PREPARATION FOR BOTH ADOPTION

AND FOSTER CARE.

WE WANT TO GET YOU INFORMED.

IF YOU HAVE A HEART AND WANT

MORE INFORMATION, JUST GO TO

ORPHAN'S PROMISE AND THERE WILL

BE A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GET

THIS WONDERFUL FOUR DISK DVD

SERIES, FOR A GIFT OF $35 OR

MORE AND WE'LL SEND IT OUT TO

YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP ORPHANS

AROUND THE WORLD, ORPHAN'S

PROMISE IS IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES

AND ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE ENOUGH TO

GIVE.

IF YOU WANT TO DESIGNATE A GIFT,

100% WILL GO TO HELP ORPHANS

AROUND THE WORLD, CALL US,

1-800-759-0700.

SAY I WANT TO GIVE TO ORPHAN'S

PROMISE.

YOUR GIFT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO

IT.

ALSO A PLACE ON CBN.COM.

THERE IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO ORPHAN'S

PROMISE.

STILL AHEAD, SHE IS A MILITARY

MOM WHO LEFT A BATTLEFIELD, CAME

HOME TO A WAR ZONE.

HEAR HOW SHE WON THE FIGHT, UP

NEXT.

Ñ

REPORTER: WELCOME BACK TO

"700 CLUB." MINNESOTA MAY BECOME

THE 12TH STATE TO APPROVE GAY

MARRIAGE PASSING 75-59.

SENATE IS EXPECTING TO PASS THE

BILL NEXT WEEK AND GOVERNOR MARK

DAYTON SAID HE WOULD SIGN IT.

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK,

PRESIDENT OBAMA CAME OUT IN

SUPPORT OF THIS.

TWO STATES APPROVED SINCE THEN

AND BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ARE

DECIDING WHETHER TO ALLOW

OPENINGLY GAY MEMBERS.

ONE MOTHER ABLE TO CONTINUE

FEEDING HER FAMILY, OLIVIA,

SINGLE MOTHER OF THREE.

SHE WAS WORKING AT A BANK AND

WORKING AT A FOOD PANTRY.

SHE HAD TO STOP WORKING AND NO

LONGER SUPPORT HER FAMILY.

THANKS TO OPERATION BLESSING,

SHE WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE FOOD

FROM THE SAME ONE SHE WAS

VOLUNTEERING.

TODAY HER MEDICAL CONDITION HAS

IMPROVED AND BACK TO WORK AND

VOLUNTEERING.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT OB.ORG.

GORDAN AND TERRY WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF THE "THE 700 CLUB"

AFTER THIS.

TERRY: RAISING A FOSTER

CHILD CAN BE HARD, FOR ONE

MOTHER NAMED CAMILLE, SHE HAD TO

FIGURE OUT HOW TO BRING A CHILD

INTO HER HOME AFTER SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN.

WHEN WE FIRST MET HER, SHE WAS

WITH A FOSTER FAMILY AND THINGS

WERE NOT GOING WELL ON THE DAY

WE GOT CERTIFIED AS FOSTER

PARENTS WAS ALSO THE DAY I HAD

TO TELL OUR ADOPTION AGENCY I

WAS GOING TO AFGHANISTAN.

I WENT TO AFGHANISTAN AND MY

HUSBAND AND DAUGHTER STAYED IN

TOUCH WITH HER.

A LOT OF BAD THINGS HAPPENED TO

HER DURING THAT TIME.

DURING THAT NINE MONTHS SHE HAD

THREE MORE PLACEMENTS.

FIRST NIGHT I GOT BACK, WE WENT

TO GO VISIT HER STILL CONVINCED

SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WITH US.

SHORT SIX WEEKS LATER IS WHEN

SHE MOVED IN.

WE WERE HER 11TH PLACEMENT IN

FIVE YEARS.

I PUSHED PEOPLE AWAY.

THEY DECIDE THEY DON'T WANT ME.

THIS IS WHAT I'LL DO FOR THE

REST OF MY LIFE.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE SKILLS TO

COMFORT.

SHE HAS NEVER HAD TO WORK

THROUGH TOUGH ISSUES BECAUSE

WHEN YOU ARE IN FOSTER CARE, IF

THINGS GO SOUTH, YOU OR THE

FOSTER PARENTS CALL THE

CASEWORKER AND THEY GET YOU OUT.

SOMETIMES WHEN I HAVE RANDOM

OUTBURSTS OF ANGER OR SADNESS.

I DON'T KNOW WHY I AM CRYING, I

AM SAD.

SHE HAS NO REASON TO TRUST

ANYBODY.

A LOT OF ADULTS IN HER LIFE DO

NOT HAVE HER BEST INTEREST AT

HEART.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE A REASON TO

TRUST.

I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE HIGH

POINT REALLY IS PROBABLY THE DAY

THAT SHE SAID I AM DONE.

I KNOW YOU GUYS AREN'T GOING TO

QUIT ON ME.

I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO ADOPT

ME.

THAT SORT OF VALIDATED WHAT WE

REALLY FELT LIKE GOD WAS CALLING

OUR FAMILY TO DO.

IT WAS JUST SUCH A JOYOUS TIME.

EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT WITH MY

BIOLOGICAL FAMILY IN ANY WAY I

HAVE FAMILY NOW.

I AM HAPPY.

A FAMILY THAT LOVES ME AND

CARES.

WELL, SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP

AND WARN THIS PERSON, WHEN YOU

GET THIS CHILD, THEY WILL BE

SWEET AND TURN INTO COMPLETE AND

LITTLE -- THEY'LL JUST TURN

REALLY MEAN AFTER THAT.

PROBABLY WON'T BE NICE.

A LOT OF SCREAMING AND YELLING.

IF YOU TRULY LOVE THIS KID, DO

NOT GIVE UP ON THEM.

IT WILL GET BETTER.

DON'T GIVE UP.

TERRY: HOPE IS THE MILLION

DOLLAR WORD.

YOU AND I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY

AND BLESSING TO DELIVER THAT TO

CHILDREN WHO HAVE NEVER KNOWN

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WANTED,

LOVED, TO HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO

CALL HOME.

WE HOPE YOU CONSIDER FOSTERING A

CHILD IN THE UNITED STATES.

ALMOST HALF A MILLION KIDS

LOOKING FOR HOMES.

GORDAN MENTIONED WE PUT TOGETHER

A DVD SERIES.

THIS IS BASED ON MY MISTAKE.

[LAUGHTER].

AFTER MAKING MANY I DIDN'T WANT

YOU TO DO THE SAME.

WE GATHERED THE TOP

PROFESSIONALS WORKING IN THIS

AREA WITH KIDS WHO ARE

CHALLENGED, IN NEED, KIDS WHO

HAVE BEEN LOST IN THE SYSTEM AND

PUT IT TOGETHER FOR YOU.

FOUR DISK, SEVEN SESSION DVD

SERIES.

THERE IS A DOWNLOADABLE WORK

BOOK.

IT IS DONE CONVERSATIONALLY.

OUR GOAL IS TO HELP YOU FIND THE

TOOLS YOU NEED TO DO THIS

SUCCESSFULLY.

YOU ARE SAVING A LIFE WHEN YOU

MAKE A DECISION TO DO THIS.

AS GORDAN SAID VISIT ORPHANS

ORPHANSPROMISE.ORG WEBSITE.

GORDAN?

GORDAN: A FOSTER CHILD WAS

BEYOND NO CONTROL WITH NO

FUTURE.

FIND OUT WHY HE IS NOW BEING

CALLED A HERO WHEN WE COME BACK.

PASS

GORDAN: FAITH, FAMILY.

I SAID MISS KAY, WE ARE

ROLLING.

I SAID WE ARE GOING TO STARVE

TO DEATH.

GORDAN: AND DUCK.

KIND OF LIKE A DUCK CAUGHT IN

A TRAP.

[LAUGHTER].

STARS OF TV'S HOTTEST SHOW.

HUNTING DUCKS, HOPE FOR US

ALL.

GORDAN: NEXT WEEK ON "THE 700

CLUB."

TYRON FLOWERS BORN OUT OF

WEDLOCK TO TEENAGE PARENTS.

BOUNCED AROUND THE FOSTER CARE

SYSTEM AND DIAGNOSED WITH

BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS.

WHEN HE WAS 17 HE WAS SHOT THREE

TIMES, THE BULLET NEARLY KILLED

HIM AND ALSO SAVED HIS LIFE.

I TOLD THE KIDS I WANTED TO

BE A POLICE OFFICER,

FIREFIGHTER.

THEY SAID YOU CAN'T DO IT.

YOU ARE GOING TO BE DEAD BY 18

REPORTER: TYRON GREW UP POOR

AND IN THE GHETTO IN KANSAS

CITY.

MY MOTHER MADE IT CLEAR SHE

DIDN'T WANT TO BE A PARENT.

MY GRANDMOTHER STEPPED IN AND

TOOK CUSTODY AND RAISED ME WITH

HER 12 OTHER CHILDREN.

LIVING IN A HOME WITH RATS AND

ROACHES AND NO AIR IN THE

SUMMERTIME.

SOMETIMES YOU HAD TO BORROW FOOD

FROM NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS TO

HAVE THEMSELVES OF THAT DAY.

REPORTER: GRANDMOTHER WORKED

TWO JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

HE WAS IN THE CARE OF UNCLES AND

AUNTS.

AT AN EARLY AGE I WAS EXPOSED

TO DRUGS ALCOHOL.

I GOT HIGH AT THE AGE OF SEX.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS SUCCESS,

POSITIVE

REPORTER: WHEN HE WAS SEVEN

YEARS OLD, HIS GRANDMOTHER

BECAME TOO SICK TO CARE FOR HIM.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

REMOVED HIM FROM HER CUSTODY.

HE SPENT THE NEXT THREE YEARS IN

FOSTER HOMES.

I WAS TOLD I COULD NEVER

AMOUNT TO ANYTHING.

I WAS ABUSED PHYSICALLY,

MENTALLYING AND EMOTIONALLY.

I WAS PLACED IN A BASEMENT

OVERNIGHT.

I REMEMBER BAMING ON THE DOOR

AGE OF EIGHT, PLEASE LET ME OUT.

TYRON BECAME A WARD OF THE

STATE.

TRANSFERRED TO EIGHT DIFFERENT

GROUP HOMES.

HE CONSTANTLY FOUGHT RESIDENTS

AND STAFF.

I BECAME VERY ANGRY, I DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY I WASN'T LIVING

WITH ONE OF MY RELATIVES AND

FAMILY MEMBERS.

LABELED WITH BEHAVIOR AND

EMOTIONAL DISORDER.

I HAD A STRONG AUTHORITY

PROBLEM.

I WASN'T GOING TO LISTEN TO

NOBODY.

CONSTANTLY GETTING KICKED OUT OF

SCHOOL.

I WAS TOLD TO DEFEND YOURSELF.

DON'T LET NOBODY TALK BAD TO YOU

OR WALK OVER YOU.

I THOUGHT IT WAS ME AGAINST MY

WORLD

REPORTER: ONE BRIGHT SPOT WAS

THE ABILITY TO PLAY BASKETBALL.

AT 17 OFFERED THREE COLLEGE

SCHOLARSHIPS.

ONE DAY HE GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT

WITH A TEAMMATE OFF THE COURT

THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HIS

LIFE.

HE PULLED OUT A 357 MAGNUM

AND SHOT ME THREE TIMES.

[GUNSHOTS] I THOUGHT THEY WERE

GOING TO TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL

AND PATCH ME UP.

I AM GOING TO HEAL HIM

REPORTER: A BULLET STRUCK

TYRON IN THE SPINE AND

PARALYZED.

HE WAS TOLD HE WOULD NEVER WALK.

FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS HE

PLOTTED HIS REVENGE.

I COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL I GOT

THROUGHOUT HEALING PROCESS SO I

COULD KILL THIS GUY OR PUT HIM

IN A WHEELCHAIR.

IT WAS A TWO-YEAR PROCESS TO TRY

TO GET HIM BACK.

REPORTER: HE STARTED GOING TO

CHURCH.

FOR THE FIRST TIME HE SAW MEN HE

COULD LOOK UP.

TYRON WANTED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN BUT THERE WAS

SOMETHING HOLDING HIM BACK.

PART OF SALVATION IS

FORGIVENESS.

I HAD TO GO TO GOD ON HIS TERMS.

REPORTER: THAT AFTERNOON

TYRON TALKED WITH GOD.

I WANT THIS RELATIONSHIP.

I WANT IT AUTHENTIC.

I DECIDED RIGHT THEN AND THERE,

I PRAYED, GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST

AND FORGAVE THE GUY THAT SHOT

ME.

I CALLED HIM UP AND TOLD HIM, ON

MY END, I AM LETTING IT GO.

ONCE I RECEIVED SALVATION, I WAS

BIG ON FINDING MY PURPOSE.

BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE GOD

SAVED US FOR A REASON.

I COULDN'T USE MY BODY, I HAD TO

USE MY MIND.

I WANTED TO GET OUT OF POVERTY.

REPORTER: HE WENT TO

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AND

DISCOVERED HE WAS A NATURAL

LEADER.

TYRON EARNED A LAW DEGREE AND

STARTED AN ORGANIZATION TO HELP

AT RISK KIDS IN KANSAS CITY.

NOW WHEN A KIDS I SAY I WANT

TO BE A DOCTOR OR LAWYER, I AM A

LIVING TESTIMONY THEY CAN.

I TELL PEOPLE, THE ONLY TIME YOU

ARE DISABLED IN LIFE IS WHEN YOU

ARE WORKING OUTSIDE OF GOD'S

PURPOSE.

WHATEVER GOD CALLS YOU TO DO, HE

WILL ENABLE YOU TO DO IT.

I AM PER FACULFECTLY ABLE.

REPORTER: TYRON SAID

FORGIVING THE MAN THAT SHOT HIM

OPENED HIS DOOR FOR --.

OUT OF THE 22 YEARS BEING IN

THIS WHEELCHAIR, THE GUY THAT

SHOT ME, WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS.

IT ONLY EATS YOU UP ON THE

INSIDE.

YOU WILL NEVER BECOME WHOLE BY

GETTING SOMEONE BACK.

YOU BECOME WHOLE BY ACCEPTING

JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE.

GORDAN: YOU DO BECOME WHOLE

BY ACCEPTING HIM.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND PLOTTING

REVENGE, HOLDING BITTERNESS,

UNFORGIVENESS, IT IS LIKE TAKING

POISON AND EXPECTING THE OTHER

PERSON TO DIE.

JESUS TALKED ABOUT THIS.

JESUS TALKED ABOUT OUR NEED TO

FORGIVE.

THEN HE SAID IF WE DON'T, WE ARE

DELIVERED OVER TO THE TORTURERS.

SO EVERY TIME YOU RELIVE IT,

EVERY TIME YOU THINK ABOUT IT,

EVERY TIME THOSE FEELINGS OF

ANGER, BITTERNESS, RESENTMENT,

WHENEVER THEY COME UP, ALL THEY

ARE DOING IS TORTURING YOU AND

ROBBING YOU OF YOUR FUTURE.

WHEN YOU LISTEN TO WHAT GOD SAYS

AND IF YOU FORGIVE, IF YOU

FORGIVE FROM YOUR HEART, THEN HE

COMES IN AND SAYS I KNOW THE

PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU.

PLANS TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE, AND

A HOPE.

HERE IS TYRON, YOU KNOW, IN HIS

CHILD THAT WOULD MARK HIM HE

COULD BECOME A GREAT LEADER, HE

WAS CONSTANTLY TOLD YOU'LL NEVER

AMOUNT TO ANYTHING.

THE ONE THING HE THOUGHT HE HAD

THAT HE COULD GET AHEAD,

PHYSICAL ABILITY.

ALL OF THAT WAS ROBBED FROM HIM

IN ONE DAY.

NOW WHAT DO YOU DO AND WHERE DO

YOU GO?

HE FOUND THE ANSWER AND WENT TO

GOD.

HE SAW WHAT CHRISTIANITY REALLY

MEANS BECAUSE HE SAW IT IN THE

MEN HE WENT TO CHURCH WITH.

FINALLY HE SAW SOMEBODY HE COULD

LOOK UP TO.

WAS IT SOMETHING THEY HAD DONE?

NO.

IT WAS SOMETHING JESUS HAD DONE

FOR HIM AND THROUGH THEM THAT

TRANSFORMATION THAT HAPPENS WHEN

YOU ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART.

TYRON SAID I WANT THAT IN MY

LIFE.

HE WENT FOR IT.

THEN GOD STARTED SHOWING HIM

GREAT THINGS.

THINGS HE COULD DO, GO TO

COLLEGE, LAW SCHOOL, GRADUATE

AND START A MINISTRY OF HIS OWN.

HE FOUND PURPOSE, HE FOUND

MEANING EVEN THOUGH HE IS

TRAPPED IN A WHEELCHAIR.

HE FOUND IT ALL.

NOW, YOU CAN FIND THAT SAME

THING, TOO.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

SAME THING TYRON DID.

BOW YOUR HEAD, PRAY A VERY

SIMPLE PRAYER.

IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS THIS.

JESUS, IF YOU ARE REAL, IF YOU

REALLY WANT ME, IF YOU REALLY

WANT ME TO BE WITH YOU FOR ALL

ETERNITY, I WANT THAT.

SO I OPEN MY HEART TO YOU.

AND I ASK THAT YOU COME IN.

IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART, YOU'LL FIND IT.

YOU'LL FIND THE GREATEST SECRET

THERE IS IN THE UNIVERSE, A

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CREATOR.

IF YOU PRAYER, GIVE US A CALL,

1-800-759-0700.

WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU, "A

NEW DAY."

ALL FREE, PHONE CALL FREE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH PSALM 55, CAST

YOUR BURDEN ON THE LORD AND HE

SHALL SUSTAIN YOU, GOD BLESS

YOU.

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