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700 Club Interactive: What Can Money Buy? - August 9, 2013

If money can't buy you happiness, what can it buy? Hear what happened when one man chose to share his wealth. Read Transcript


Terry: HE HAD A

WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION AND

THE SUCCESS TO PROVE IT.

I WOULD DO MY JOB, HAVE

THE RIGHT BUSINESS CARDS.

AT NIGHT, GO TO THE

NIGHTCLUBS AND THE I.P.

LOUNGE, AND WAKE UP HUNGOVER

THE NEXT DAY AND THINKING,

THIS ISN'T ENOUGH.

Terry: DISCOVER THIS

MAN'S GREATEST

ACCOMPLISHMENT, THAT'S TODAY

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: 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.

Terry: HI, EVERYBODY,

AND WELCOME TO TODAY'S

SHOW.

THANKS FOR SPENDING YOUR

MORNING WITH US.

AND TO TELL US WHAT IS

COMING UP ON TODAY'S SHOW, I

WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME CBN

REPORTER SCOTT ROSS.

WE DON'T GET TO DO THIS VERY

OFTEN.

NO, WE DON'T.

I WAS TRYING TO REMEMBER THE

LAST TIME, AND I CAN'T

REMEMBER.

Terry: THAT FREQUENTLY

HAPPENS TO ME.

BECAUSE WE GO FLITING

AROUND THE WORLD, TOO.

Terry: YOU FLIT MORE

THAN I DO --

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT'S OKAY.

THAT'S NICE TO KNOW.

HERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF

INFORMATION FOR YOU, FOLKS,

IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW.

NELSON MANDELA ONCE

SAID, "EDUCATION IS THE MOST

POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU

CAN USE TO CHANGE THE

WORLD."

HOWEVER, DOMINIC DURE, HIS

WORLD CLASS EDUCATION SET

HIM UP FOR FAILURE.

FROM THE MOMENT YOU GET

THERE, YOU'RE TOLD YOU'RE IN

THE TOP TWO% TWO PERCENT,

AND YOU'RE REMINDED YOU'RE

THE BEST AND YOU'RE GOING TO

BE IN THE POSITION OF

LEADERSHIP AND

RESPONSIBILITY.

REALLY GREAT THINGS TO

HAPPEN IN YOUR EDUCATION.

I WENT OFF TO BOARDING

SCHOOL WHEN I WAS 13.

THE SCHOOL THAT I WENT TO

WAS VERY HIGHLY THOUGHT OF.

IT IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE

MOST FAMOUS SCHOOLS IN THE

WORLD.

IT HAS A HUGE HISTORY OF

SUCCESS TURNING OUT NATIONAL

LEADERS, PRIME MINISTERS.

I WAS SURROUNDED BY 1200

OTHER BOYS WHO WERE ALL

GROWING UP AND FINDING

OURSELVES.

WE WERE ALL LOOKING FOR

EXPERIENCE.

I THINK THAT WAS THE KEY

WORD, EXPERIENCE.

WHAT COULD I EXPERIENCE?

WE WERE LOOKING FOR

ADVENTURE.

WE WERE GROWING UP, BECOMING

MEN.

WHEN I DO SOMETHING, I WANT

TO DO IT PROPERLY.

I'M A BIT OF A RISK TAKER.

I LOOK SUCKING THE MARROW

OUT OF LIFE.

TO ME, SUCKING THE MARROW

OUT OF LIFE MEANT TAKING

DRUGS.

I THINK WHEN I GOT TO

UNIVERSITY, THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING FOR ME WERE

MY FRIENDS, HAVING A GOOD

TIME.

LIVING FOR THE MOMENT.

MY LAST TIME AT UNIVERSITY,

I DID QUITE A LOT OF WORK

AND I GRADUATED REALLY

WELL.

A LOT OF MY LIFE WAS

FEAR-DRIVEN AT THAT STAGE IN

MY LIFE.

I NEED TO GET A JOB.

I NEED TO MAKE SURE I'VE GOT

THE RIGHT JOB THAT GETS ME

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY,

THAT MAKES ME LOOK GOOD.

UNTIL I STARTED WORKLY.

WORKING.

I WOULD DO MY JOB, HAVE THE

RIGHT BUSINESS CARDS, FANCY

SUIT, GO TO THE NIGHTCLUBS,

THE I.P. LOUNGE, AND WAKE UP

HUNGOVER THE NEXT DAY SAYING

THIS ISN'T ENOUGH.

I NEED ANOTHER ADVENTURE.

I NEED TO MOVE INDUSTRY.

I QUIT MY JOB IN CORPORATE

MARKETING AND I TRAVELLED TO

NEW YORK AND WENT TO FILM

SCHOOL IN NEW YORK.

THE RECREATIONAL DRUG TAKING

CONTINUED, THE PARTYING AND

THE DRINKING.

AND I LOVED THIS NEW

EXPERIENCE OF FILM PRODUCING

AND THE CREATIVITY, BUT

THERE WAS STILL A SIDE OF ME

THAT WAS UNSATISFIED.

SO I LEFT NEW YORK AND

LANDED MYSELF IN A REALLY

GOOD JOB AT A TOP PRODUCTION

COMPANY.

I WAS ON THESE FILM SETS

WITH SUPER MODELS AND FAMOUS

FILM DIRECTORS.

I REALLY THOUGHT THIS IS IT,

I'VE LANDED.

SUDDENLY YOU REALIZE IT IS

WORTHLESS, AND YOU'RE LEFT

GOING, WHAT DO I DO?

WHAT DO I LIVE FOR?

I WOULD GO DO THESE FILM

SHOOTS, AND GO OUT

AFTERWARDS, AND GO TO THESE

GREAT NIGHTCLUBS AND BE

SURROUNDED BY THESE PEOPLE I

THOUGHT I WANTED TO BE

SURROUNDED BY, BUT I WOULD

WAKE UP THE NEXT MORNING AND

FIND A CHURCH.

ANY CHURCH.

I DIDN'T REALLY CARE WHAT

THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT, BUT

I JUST WANTED TO BE AROUND

PEOPLE WHO WERE WORSHIPPING

SOMETHING BESIDES

THEMSELVES.

I CAME TO A CROSSROADS, AND

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'RE

READY, I'M READY TO MEET

YOU.

GOD WAS PULLING ME.

I THINK AT THIS TIME IN MY

LIFE, I WAS READY.

I WENT AND DID THE ALPHA

COURSE.

A WEEKLY COURSE THAT

INTRODUCES THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

I HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD.

I HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE

AFTER LIFE.

AND FOR ME, THE FIRST PERSON

I NEEDED TO LOOK AT WAS

JESUS CHRIST.

AND I RIGOROUSLY PURSUED THE

TRUTH.

I MEAN, I WAS RIGOROUS IN

THE INTELLECTUAL BATTLE.

CHRISTIANITY HAD TO BE

INTELLECTUALLY PLAUSIBLE,

AND I READ DIFFERENT

BOARDS.

I READ C.S. LEWIS.

I READ QUANTUM PHYSICISTS,

ONCE THAT WERE CONVERTED,

AND ONES THAT WERE

ANTI-CHRIST.

I CAME TO A PLACE WHERE I

WAS READY TO ESSENTIALLY

RISK MY LIFE.

AND I REMEMBER BEING MAD.

ON NOVEMBER 23rd, 2002.

I WAS GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY

TO PRAY.

I WAS WITH A BUNCH OF

PEOPLE.

A VICKER WAS THERE, AND HE

WAS GIVING THIS OPPORTUNITY

TO PRAY.

HE WAS SAYING, OKAY, YOU'VE

HEARD THE GOSPEL, YOU'VE

HEARD THE TALKS.

WE HAVE EXPLAINED WHO THE

HOLY SPIRIT IS.

DO YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR

LIFE TO JESUS?

AND I THOUGHT, WELL, MY LIFE

WILL CHANGE AND IT WON'T BE

FUN ANYMORE.

I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO THE

THINGS I WANT TO DO.

AND THIS KIND OF FEELING

CAME OVER ME WHERE I

WAS, LIKE, THIS IS HOW YOU

WORK ALL THE TIME.

DOMINIC, YOU ALWAYS HAVE A

GET-OUT CLAUSE AND ANOTHER

OPTION.

WHY DON'T YOU PUT YOUR MONEY

WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS FOR

ONCE.

AND I THOUGHT, HERE WE GO.

THAT'S IT.

I'M OVER THAT.

I SAID TO THE LORD, I SAID

FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS.

I SAID COME INTO MY LIFE.

I MAKE YOU MY LIFE AND MY

SAVIOR.

I SAID, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL

ME.

AND A FEW SECONDS LATER THIS

GLORIOUS POWER AND LOVE AND

JOY AND PEACE JUST FLOODED

MY ENTIRE SOUL.

IT WAS THE MOST GLORIOUS

EXPERIENCE I'VE EVER HAD IN

MY LIFE.

AND I JUST OVERWHELMED EVERY

PART OF ME.

MY HEART JUST KIND OF BROKE

AND I STARTED TO CRY.

AND MY BODY WENT WEAK.

IT WAS GOD.

AND I JUST FELT THIS KIND OF

STILL, SMALL VOICE JUST

SAYING, I'VE BEEN HERE ALL

ALONG, WAITING, AND I'M SO

GLAD YOU'VE COME.

AND I WALKED OUTSIDE THAT

DAY, AND EVERYTHING WAS

ALIVE.

EVERYTHING WAS COLOR WHERE

IT WAS BLACK AND WHITE

BEFORE.

HE IS VERY REAL.

HE IS NOT JUST A KIND OF

INTANGIBLE, IMPERSONAL

CRUST.

CRUTCH.

HE IS MY LIFE FORCE.

IF WE'RE REAL WITH GOD AND

WE ASK HIM THE QUESTIONS,

HE'LL MEET US WHERE WE'RE

AT.

WHAT SERVICE M SATISFIES ME

IS I'M ULTIMATELY APPROVED

BY GOD UNCONDITIONALLY, AND

THAT I CAN ENJOY HIS

PRESENCE AND DO HIS WORK.

WHAT WAS MOST INTERESTING

TO ME, THE PARALLELS OF THIS

MAN'S LIFE AND MY OWN,

FORGIVE THE PERSONAL

REFERENCE HERE FOR A

MOMENT.

BUT I CAME TO A VERY SIMILAR

JOURNEY.

HE IS AN ENGLISHMAN -- I

FORGIVE HIM -- AND I'M FROM

SCOTLAND.

IT IS THE SAME ISLAND, BUT

WE'RE VERY DIFFERENT TRIBES

OF FOLKS.

BUT IT IS THAT JOURNEY OF

LIFE THAT SO MANY OF US ARE

ON.

MANY PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW

WHY THEY'RE HERE ON THIS

PLANET.

I WAS JUST TALKING TO PEOPLE

RECENTLY ON THE STREETS IN

ISRAEL, AND I ASKED THEM,

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

YOU'VE BEEN TOLD BY A

CERTAIN OTHER FACTORS IN THE

WORLD AND OTHER PEOPLE THAT

YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXIST.

WHAT KIND OF A STATEMENT IS

THAT?

WELL, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO

EXIST.

GOD HAS PUT YOU ON THE

PLANET FOR A PURPOSE.

YOU'RE HERE.

I ASKED SOME PEOPLE RECENTLY

AT A DEDICATION OF A LITTLE

BABY, HOW MANY OF YOU CHOSE

TO BE HERE ON THIS PLANET?

WELL, NONE OF US DID.

YET WE CAN CHOOSE RIGHT NOW

WHERE OUR LIVES ARE GOING TO

TAKE US ULTIMATELY.

AND YOU CAN MAKE THAT

CHOICE, AS DOMINIC DID.

HE CAME THROUGH THE DRUG

CULTURE.

HE CAME THROUGH INTELLECTUAL

PURSUITS.

AND, FRANKLY, I SPENT TIME

IN DRUGS MYSELF.

AND I THOUGHT THIS WOULD

LEAD ME TO SOME HAPPINESS

AND JOY AND PEACE AND ALL OF

THAT FOOLISHNESS.

AND IT WAS FOOLISHNESS.

IT LED ME TO A DEAD END.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THE WAY

THAT SEEMS RIGHT TO MAN ENDS

IN DEATH.

JESUS CAME TO BRING YOU

LIFE.

PEOPLE RIGHT NOW MAY BE

STRUGGLING WITH WHY AM I ON

THE PLANET, WHO AM I, ALL OF

THOSE QUESTIONS, GOD HAS THE

ANSWERS FOR THEM.

THERE IS A PHRASE PEOPLE

USE, WHEN DID YOU FIND

JESUS?

WELL, I WASN'T EVEN LOOKING,

BUT HE FOUND US BECAUSE HE

KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT

NOW.

HE KNOWS EVERY HAIR ON YOUR

HEAD, AND THEIR NUMBER.

SOME HAVE LESS AND SOME HAVE

MORE.

BUT HE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE.

HE KNOWS WHY YOU'RE HERE.

HE KNOWS WHY YOU'VE BEEN

CREATED BECAUSE HE IS THE

CREATOR.

SHE HERE TO GIVE YOU LIFE --

HE IS HERE TO GIVE YOU LIFE

AT THIS VERY MOMENT IN

TIME.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR LIFE

TAKE A LEAP, LIKE IT DID

WITH DOMINIC, HE WILL TAKE

THE LEAP WITH YOU.

JESUS SAID, COME FOLLOW ME.

THAT WAS NOT A SUGGESTION.

BUT HE DID SAY, COME FOLLOW

ME.

THAT IS, IN FACT, A

COMMANDMENT.

BUT YOU CHOOSE, DO YOU WANT

TO FOLLOW OR NOT FOLLOW.

THERE IS A TELEPHONE NUMBER

THERE RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL

TALK TO YOU ON THE PHONE.

YOU CAN GO ON Facebook.

YOU CAN TWEET.

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS YOU

CAN COMMUNICATE.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING,

COMMUNICATE WITH GOD.

YOU CAN DO THAT NOW IN THE

NAME OF JESUS.

AND YOU CAN SAY THIS, GOD,

DO YOU HAVE A SON?

THAT'S A BASIC QUESTION.

AND HE WILL SHOW YOU.

SO DO IT NOW.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP, AND WE

HOLD OUT A HAND TO YOU IN

THE NAME OF JESUS.

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, FIND OUT HOW JUST A

FEW DOLLARS BROUGHT FRESH

WATER TO AN ENTIRE VILLAGE,

AFTER THIS.

Terry: IN PARTS OF

NIGERIA, IT IS HARD TO FIND

EVEN THE MOST BASIC

NECESSITIES.

PEOPLE IN ONE VILLAGE

BATTLED BEES, WASPS, AND

EVEN WORMS, JUST TO GET A

DRINK OF WATER.

Reporter: EVERY DAY,

HELENA HAD TO WALK MORE THAN

A MILE TO HIS VILLAGE AS

ONLY WATER SOURCE.

THE ANIMALS ALSO DRUNK

IT.

THE WATER SMELLED LIKE WORMS

GROWING IN IT.

BUT WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO

DRINK IT THAT WEEK.

WE NEVER HAD ENOUGH WATER

FOR DRINKING, COOKING, OR

BATHING OUR BABIES.

Reporter: WHAT MADE THE

PROBLEM EVEN WORSE WERE THE

WASPS AND BEES THAT COVERED

THE AREA AROUND THE STREAM.

THEY TOR TORMENTED EVERY

ONE WHO CAME THROUGH.

GETTING WATER WAS

TERRIBLE.

THE BEES STUNG US ALL OF THE

TIME.

IT WOULD GIVE YOU A FEVER

AND CAUSE A BAD RASH THAT

GOES ALL OVER YOUR BODY.

Reporter: A LOCAL

MISSIONARY CONTACTED

"OPERATION BLESSING," AND

BEFORE LONG, HELENA AND THE

OTHERS HAD A NEW WELL.

NOW THEY HAVE PLENTY OF

FRESH, CLEAN WATER RIGHT IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE VILLAGE,

AND AWAY FROM THE BEES AND

WASPS.

WE SUFFERED SO MUCH THAT

WE CRIED OUT FOR GOD FOR

HELP.

THEN HE SENT YOU.

OUR JOY KNOWS NO BOUNDS.

WE'RE GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR

WHAT HE HAS DONE THROUGH

"OPERATION BLESSING."

WE WILL ALWAYS BEEN

GRATEFUL.

Terry: NOW, I LOVE WHAT

SHE SAID.

WE CRIED OUT TO GOD IN OUR

NEED, AND HE SENT YOU.

I MEAN, YOU CANNOT LOOK AT

THAT HORRIBLE WATER AND

THINK THAT THAT'S THE ONLY

SOURCE THOSE PEOPLE HAD.

WE GO TO THE FAUCET, WE GO

TO THE SHOWER, WE GO

WHEREVER WE HAVE A SOURCE OF

WATER AND WE TURN IT ON AND

WE USE IT WITHOUT THINKING.

IT IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE.

NOT JUST IN OUR HOMES.

IN PUBLIC PLACES.

THESE PEOPLE HAD NOTHING,

AND YET YOU WALKED RIGHT

INTO THE MIDST OF THAT, IF

YOU'RE A "700 CLUB" MEMBER,

AND YOU CHANGED THEIR

LIVES.

AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING

YOU IF YOU'RE NOT A "700

CLUB" MEMBER, HELP US TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE

LIVES OF PEOPLE IN NEED

AROUND THE WORLD.

PROVIDING CLEAN WATER IS

JUST ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

"700 CLUB" MEMBERS DO.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF THAT.

IT'S 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

MOST OF US CAN AFFORD TO DO

THAT.

AND WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN

THE ARMY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

OUT TO LOVE THE WORLD WITH

THE LOVE OF CHRIST, AND TO

CHANGE VERY PRACTICAL, EVERY

DAIDAY NEEDS AS WELL.

YOU CAN HELP PROVIDE THAT

CLEAN WATER FOR THAT

VILLAGE.

JOIN WITH US.

THE NUMBER IS ON YOUR

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST CALL AND SAY, I WANT TO

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB," AND WE

WELCOME YOU TO THE FAMILY OF

MINISTRIES HERE.

SCOTT?

I WAS IN INDIA, AND WENT

AND DEDICATED WELLS FOR

PEOPLE, AND IT'S

MIRACULOUS.

I CAN ONLY TELL YOU, AS

TERRY SAID, WE JUST TURN ON

A FAUCET, AND THERE IT IS.

AND SOME PEOPLE TAKE

SHOWERS.

[LAUGHTER]

OKAY, STILL AHEAD, A

DICTATOR WHO STRUCK FEAR

INTO THE HEART OF HIS

ENEMIES AND HIS FRIENDS.

SOMETIMES HE USED TO PUT

HIS GUN ON ME, AND HE USED

TO BEAT ME VERY MUCH.

HE WAS VERY CRUEL.

SEE THE RISE AND FALL OF

THIS RUTHLESS TYRANT RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: MICHAEL VIJAY

RULED HIS TOWN IN INDIA WITH

AN IRON FIST.

HE SILENCED ANY OPPONENTS

THROUGH INTIMIDATION,

THROUGH VIOLENCE, EVEN

MURDER.

NO ONE WAS IMMUNE TO

MICHAEL'S THIRST FOR POWER,

NOT EVEN HIS OWN FAMILY.

Reporter: MICHAEL VE

VIJAY WAS HATED AND FEARED

IN INDIA.

HE WAS A RUTHLESS POLITICAL

DICTATOR.

HE WAS SENT INTO POWER

THROUGH BRIBE RE,

INTIMIDATION, AND MURDER.

MICHAEL'S PARENTS WERE

CHRISTIANS, BUT HE REJECTED

THEIR FAITH EARLY IN TIME.

AT THE TIME, I USED TO

THINK THAT JESUS WAS BELOW

GOD, AND HE DIDN'T HAVE THE

STRENGTH, AND THAT'S WHY HE

DIED ON THE CROSS.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

MAN, MICHAEL WAS SURROUNDED

BY PEOPLE WHO WERE

INFLUENTIAL IN POLITICS, AND

HE ENVIED THEIR WEALTH AND

POWER.

I WANTED TO BECOME A

MINISTER IN THE GOVERNMENT.

I WANTED TO RULE THE

PEOPLE.

THAT WAS MY AMBITION IN

LIFE.

SO I INTERNED INTO POLITICS

AND BECAME ON THE LIST.

Reporter: HE SET UP HIS

SECTION IN THE AREA OF

PREDESH, AND HIS CRUELTY

KNEW NOW GROUNDS.

HE WAS SURROUNDED BY A GROUP

OF BODYGUARDS WHO CARRIED

OUT HIS COMMANDS, TO SQUELCH

OPPOSITION.

I HAD A LOT OF HENCHMEN,

AND THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING

IF I TELL THEM TO DO IT.

AND I USED THEM TO KILL MY

ENEMY.

Reporter: ON MANY

OCCASIONS, HIS OPPONENTS

MADE ATTEMPTS ON HIS LIFE,

BUT NONE WERE SUCCESSFUL.

THEY TRIED POISONING HIS

FOOD AND PLACING EXPLOSIVES

IN HIS PATH, BUT IN EVERY

INSTANCE, MICHAEL WALKED

AWAY UNHARMED.

ON ANOTHER OCCASION, THEY

SHOT AT ME WHILE I WAS GOING

IN MY JEEP.

THE BULLETS PIERCED THROUGH

THE FRONT OF MY JEEP, BUT

THE BULLETS DID NOT HARM

ME.

Reporter: HE EVENTUALLY

OBTAINED THE POWER AND

WEALTH HE DESIRED, BUT HE

STILL WASN'T SATISFIED.

HE BECAME ADDICTED TO DRUGS

AND ALCOHOL, WHICH FUELED

HIS ANGRY TEMPERMENT.

EVEN HIS WIFE, PUSHBA, AND

HIS CHILDREN, DIDN'T ESCAPE

HIS WRATH.

SOMETIMES HE USED TO PUT

HIS GUN ON ME, AND EVEN ON

MY CHILDREN.

AND HE USED TO BEAT ME

PRETTY MUCH.

HE WAS VERY CRUEL.

Reporter: ALL THE

WHILE, PUSHBA, WHO WAS A

CHRISTIAN, CONTINUED TO

BELIEVE HER HUSBAND WOULD

CHANGE.

EVERY DAY I USED TO PRAY

FOR HIM.

STILL, IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT

FOR ME.

BUT GOD GAVE ME PATIENCE.

Reporter: MICHAEL'S

DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE

INCREASED.

EVENTUALLY ENEEDED SEDATIVES

TO SLEEP EACH NIGHT.

EVEN THOUGH HE FEARED DEATH,

HE TRIED TO TAKE HIS OWN

LIFE SEVERAL TIMES.

I THINK I WAS HAUNTED BY

THE DEVIL, AND THERE WAS A

LOT OF TROUBLE TO SLEEP.

I DID NOT HAVE PEACE.

AND SOMETHING WRONG WENT

INSIDE MY BRAIN.

I DID TRY TO COMMIT SUICIDE

MANY TIMES.

Reporter: BY 1993, THE

LOCAL POLICE CONSTABLE HAD A

VEVENDETTA AGAINST

MICHAEL.

SO HE FLED.

FOR THE FIRST TIME HE

EXAMINED HIS LIFE.

I WAS SITTING UNDER A

TREE ON THAT DAY, AND I

REMEMBER I JUST CRIED OUT IN

THIS HELPLESS SITUATION,

THINKING, WHAT HAS HAPPENED

TO ME?

WHAT IS MY LIFE?

AND THEN I STARTED PRAYING.

Reporter: ALSO IN

CHENIE, HE SAW HOW TRUE

CHRISTIANS LIVED.

THEY WERE NOT TROUBLED,

LIKE I WAS.

SO WHEN I OBSERVED THEIR

LIFE, I THOUGHT THAT

SOMETHING WAS VERY GOOD IN

THEM.

Reporter: ONE SUNDAY

MORNING, PUSHBA TOOK HER

HUSBAND TO THE ELDERS OF THE

LAYMAN'S EVANGELICAL

FELLOWSHIP IN JENAI, AND

ASKED THEM TO PRAY FOR HIM.

I USED TO THINK, EVEN IF

THEY TAKE ME OUT IN THE CITY

AND STONE ME TO DEATH, THERE

IS NO FORGIVENESS FOR ME,

THAT WAS MY THINKING.

Reporter: HE STAYED FOR

THE SERVICE, AND THE ELDERS

LAID HANDS ON HIM.

THE ELDERS TOLD ME THAT

JESUS FORGIVES MY SINS AND

THAT GOD LOVES ME AND THAT

GOD WOULD SPEAK TO ME.

I BELIEVED WHAT THEY SAID TO

ME.

Reporter: MICHAEL THEN

ASKED IF THERE WAS A ROOM

WHERE HE COULD GO TO PRAY.

THOUGH I DID NOT KNOW HOW

TO PRAY, I PLEADED TO THE

LORD, WILL YOU SAVE A SINNER

LIKE ME?

WILL YOU SPEAK TO ME?

IT WAS A MIRACLE OF MY

LIFE.

GOD SPOKE TO ME IN THAT

ROOM.

Reporter: HE SPENT DAYS

IN FASTING AND PRAYER.

WHEN GOD STARTED SPEAKING

TO ME, AND WHEN I REALIZED

HE IS THE TRUE GOD, I WAS

AWAKE.

AROUND 10:00 IN THE NIGHT,

THE SUICIDE MENTALITY, THE

CRUEL MENTALITY -- AT ONE

INSTANCE THIS BIG LOAD CAME

OUT OF MY HEAD, AND THE

PEACE OF GOD WAS GIVEN TO

ME.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH HE

RISKED IMPRISONMENT AND

POSSIBLE MURDER, HE WENT

BACK TO PREDESH, AND

PERSONALLY SPOKE TO OVER 200

PEOPLE, ASKING THEM TO

FORGIVE HIM.

THEY DID FORGIVE ME.

IT WAS A MIRACLE OF GOD.

NOT ONLY THEY FORGAVE ME,

THEY FELT HAPPY THAT I WAS A

CHANGED MAN.

Reporter: MANY MIRACLES

FOLLOWED MICHAEL'S

SALVATION.

THE WIFE OF MY MAIN ENEMY

WHO WANTED TO KILL ME, SHE

WAS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH

SEVERE CANCER.

I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND

PRAYED FOR HER.

GOD HEALED HER OF THAT

DISEASE.

Reporter: INCREDIBLY,

MICHAEL WAS EVEN GIVEN A

PARDON FOR HIS PREVIOUS

CRIMES.

THE GOVERNMENT, THEY

MOVED THE COURT CASES WHICH

ARE PENDING ON ME.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT

HAPPENED.

BUT SUDDENLY IT HAPPENED.

THEY WITHDREW ALL OF THE

CASES ON ME, ALL OF THE

CASES.

Reporter: SOON AFTER

THAT, MICHAEL STARTED

TRAVELLING THE WORLD TO

SHARE HIS STORY.

I STARTED WITNESSING TO

PEOPLE, AND MANY PEOPLE

STARTED ACCEPTING THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST.

I ONCE ASKED THE LORD, LORD,

I HAVE GRIEVED YOU SO MUCH;

HOW CAN I MAKE YOU HAPPY?

AND GOD SAID, THROUGH YOU,

IF ONE SINNER IS CONVERTED,

THAT WILL MAKE ME HAPPY.

THAT WAS MY MISSION IN

LIFE.

THAT'S MY AIM, TO MAKE GOD

HAPPY.

Terry: MICHAEL IS A

MIRACLE.

A MIRACLE.

THIS IS A GUY WHO GREW UP IN

A CHRISTIAN FAMILY, KNEW

SOME ELEMENT OF TRUTH,

DIDN'T REALLY HAVE

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD.

HE TOOK SOME BIG, WRONG

PATHS.

MADE LOTS OF MISTAKES.

WHEN I HEAR HIS STORY, THE

TWO TRUTHS FROM THE WORD OF

GOD THAT COME TO MIND ARE:

THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN

SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF

GOD.

THERE IS NO SIN YOU OR I CAN

HAVE COMMITTED THAT WILL SO

SEPARATE US THAT WE CANNOT

BE RESTORED TO THE FATHER

HEART OF GOD.

HE IS ALWAYS THERE, ALWAYS

REACHING OUT, ALWAYS WANTING

THAT FORGIVENESS, THAT

RESTORATION, THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

AND THE SECOND THING THAT

COMES TO MIND AS I WATCH

THIS IS THAT GOD IS ABLE,

THAT HE CAN REACH DOWN INTO

ANY SITUATION, PICK US UP,

AND SET OUR FEET ON A ROCK.

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT

MICHAEL HAD DONE SEPARATED

HIM FROM GOD IN HIS OWN

MIND.

BUT IN THE MINDS OF ALL OF

THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM, HIS

IS A MARVELOUS STORY OF

RESTORATION, OF RE

REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION.

SETTING HIM FREE FROM WHAT

HELD HIM, AND THEN RESTORING

HIM.

IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

FIRST, AND THEN IN GOD'S

MERCY AND HIS GRACE.

EVEN WITH THOSE AROUND HIM.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS NOTHING

IN YOUR LIFE THAT CAN

SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE

OF GOD.

HIS ARM IS NOT TOO SHORT TO

REACH YOU EXACTLY WHERE YOU

ARE, TO PULL YOU OUT OF THE

PIT THAT YOU'VE MADE FOR

YOURSELF, AND TO SET YOUR

FEET ON A ROCK.

TO GO FROM CONSIDERING

TAKING YOUR LIFE TO

UNDERSTANDING THAT UNTIL YOU

RECEIVE HIS LIFE, YOU HAVE

NOT LIVED.

BUT THAT'S THE INVITATION

OFFERED TO YOU TODAY.

IT'S NOT BASED ON YOUR

PERFORMANCE.

YOU CAN'T EARN IT IN ANY

WAY.

IT IS FREE.

BUT RIGHT NOW, THIS MOMENT,

GOD IS STAYING TO YOU, I'M

HERE.

WILL YOU RECEIVE MY LOVE?

WILL YOU RECEIVE MY

FORGIVENESS?

WILL YOU BE IN RELATIONSHIP

WITH ME?

YOU SEE WHO SO EVER WILL,

MAY COME.

IT IS THE QUESTION THAT

CONFRONTS ALL OF US.

BUT THIS IS YOUR MOMENT,

THIS IS YOUR TIME, AS GOD

SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART TODAY.

WILL YOU COME?

IT'S A RELATIONSHIP, SO IT

IS AS SIMPLE AS SAYING YES.

WE CALL IT SURRENDER.

BECAUSE IT MEANS TURNING

AWAY FROM HOW YOU LIVED

BEFORE AND WHO YOU WERE

BEFORE AND JUMPING OFF THE

CLIFF INTO THE OVERWHELMING

LOVE OF CHRIST AND LETTING

HIM DEFINE WHO YOU ARE, AND

LETTING HIM SHOW YOU WHO HE

IS.

IT CHANGES WHO WE ARE, AND

WE BEGIN TO TAKE ON THE

SHAPE OF WHAT HE CREATED US

TO BE.

MADE IN HIS IMAGE AND

LIKENESS.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PRAY THAT

PRAYER, JUST OPEN UP URE

HEART BEFORE THE LORD.

GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES.

OPEN UP YOUR HANDS AND SAY,

GOD, I'M A SINNER IN NEED OF

A SAVIOR.

FORGIVE ME.

COME INTO MY LIFE.

I WANT YOU, AND I GIVE YOU

ALL OF ME.

AND THEN BEGIN TO READ THE

WORD OF GOD.

GET INTO A BIBLE.

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING

SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU FEEL IS KIND OF A BUMP

IN THE ROAD, A CLICH THAT IS

HOLDING YOU BACK, CALL THAT

TOLL-FREE NUMBER YOU'RE

GOING TO SEE COME UP ON YOUR

SCREEN, 1-888-777-1999.

THE PERSON ANSWERING THAT IS

SOMEBODY WHO HAS ALREADY

PRAYED THAT PRAYER.

THEY WOULD LOVE TO PRAY WITH

YOU TODAY.

SO, PLEASE, CALL NOW.

JESS IS IN OUR CHATROOM.

YOU'VE GOT SOME PEOPLE TODAY

WHO ARE CALLING IN WITH

QUESTIONS, I GUESS?

YES.

TERRY, RACHEL WRITES, "I'M

GOING TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH

SCHOOL NEXT YEAR, AND MY

FAMILY EXPECTS ME TO GO TO

COLLEGE IN THE FALL.

I REALLY WANT TO GO TO

MOZAMBIQUE FOR A YEAR AND

WORK WITH ORPHANS, BUT MY

FAMILY WILL GO BALLISTIC.

HOW CAN I TELL THEM AND

STILL HONOR THEM?"

Terry: SCOTT, YOU HAVE

BEEN AROUND THE WORLD.

I THINK HONORING OUR PARENTS

IS AN IMPORTANT THING, BUT I

ALSO THINK AT 18, WHEN

YOU'RE HEADING OFF TO

COLLEGE, CAN WE OPEN A

DIALOGUE SO I CAN SHARE MY

HEART WITH YOU.

I CONCUR 100%.

AND IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN

FAMILY, LIKE IT SEEMS LIKE

YOU ARE, PRAY.

AND IT WILL BE HARD FOR THE

PARENTS, LET GO OF THE

CHILD.

AS YOU KNOW, MOM --

Terry: YES, I DO.

THAT TENSION BETWEEN

LETTING THEM GO AND REINING

THEM IN, THAT'S A BIG, BIG

STEP.

Terry: I LOVE WHEN YOU

SAY PRAY.

GOD CAN PREPARE THE HEART OF

YOUR PARENTS BEFORE YOU EVER

SPEAK THE WORD.

I'M GOING TO JUMP IN AND

SAY SOMETHING.

THERE IS SOMEONE WATCHING

WHO IS SUICIDAL, AND WHEN

THE GENTLEMAN WAS TALKING

ABOUT THAT DARKNESS THAT

CAME OUT OF HIS HEAD.

CALL THE NUMBER RIGHT NOW.

BECAUSE CHOOSE LIFE.

JESUS SAID, I'VE COME TO

GIVE YOU LIFE.

THAT'S FREE.

Terry: THERE IS SO MUCH

THAT IS RICH IN THE WORD OF

GOD.

THAT'S WHY WE SEND YOU TO

THE WORD OF GOD AND SAY

PLEASE READ IT.

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH

YOU SOMETHING FROM

PHILLIPIANS: "EVERYTHING

ELSE IS WORTHLESS WHEN

COMPARED WITH THE INFINITE

VALUE OF KNOWING CHRIST

JESUS MY LORD.

FOR HIS SAKE, I HAVE

DISCARDED EVERYTHING ELSE,

COUNTING IT ALL AS GARBAGE,

SO I COULD GAIN CHRIST."

GAIN CHRIST TODAY.

BLESS YOU.

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"THE BRODY FILE," AUGUST 8,

2013.

THANK YOU, MICHAEL!

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