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700 Club Interactive: On The Brink - August 19, 2013

See how one woman found joy again after failing an attempt at suicide. Read Transcript


Gordon: A WOMAN ON THE

BRINK.

I WAS 40 FEET UP IN THE

AIR, AND I TIED IT TO WHERE

I WAS STRANGLING, AND I HAD

TWO VOICES ON EACH SIDE OF

ME.

ONE WAS SAYING, YOU'RE

ALMOST THERE.

AND ANOTHER VOICE WAS

TELLING ME, YOU STILL HAVE

LIFE TO LIVE.

Gordon: WHAT SAVED THIS

WOMAN FROM HERSELF 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

IT HAS BEEN SAID TOMORROW IS

PROMISED TO NO ONE.

AND ON TODAY'S SHOW, WE HAVE

STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE

COME FACE TO FACE WITH THAT

REALITY.

I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO

LISA GUNTER.

FROM A YOUNG AGE, LISA FELT

LIFE WAS MEANINGLESS.

Terry: SHE WAS

ABANDONED BY HER FATHER AND

REJECTED BY HER CHURCH.

WHEN LISA HAD NOWHERE LEFT

TO TURN, SHE WAS FORCED TO

CHOOSE BETWEEN LIFE AND

DEATH.

I WAS TRULY THE LOST

SHEEP.

I WAS THE LOST ONE OUT

THERE.

LOST IN THE DEPTHS OF

DARKNESS I NEVER THOUGHT I

COULD GET OUT OF.

AND I THINK MINE IS A STORY

OF LOVE.

MY DAD LEFT WHEN I WAS SIX.

WE WERE RAISED MORMON.

MY FAMILY'S BACKGROUND WAS

MORMON.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF RULES

AND RELIGIOUSITY, OR

WHATEVER.

WE WERE OUTCASTS.

MY MOM WAS DIVORCED AND SHE

HAD KIDS AND SHE WAS ON

WELFARE.

SO WE WERE REALLY SHUNNED.

AS A LITTLE GIRL, YOU DON'T

UNDERSTAND THAT KIND OF

STUFF.

YOU JUST FEEL LIKE THERE IS

SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU ALL

OF THE TIME.

AS I GREW OLDER, AND I WENT

THROUGH A LOT OF REJECTION

FROM PEOPLE AROUND ME,

FRIENDS, TEACHERS, AND I

WASN'T RESPECTED.

THE PEOPLE WHO RESPECTED ME

WERE THE ONES DOING DRUGS.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I

DRANK, I GOT COMPLETE RELIEF

FROM THE PAIN I WAS FEELING

INSIDE.

FROM THERE, I EXPERIMENTED

WITH EVERY KIND OF DRUG OR

ALCOHOL.

THE HIGHER I GOT, THE BETTER

I FELT.

IT TOOK THE PAIN AWAY.

I WAS IN AND OUT OF JAIL, IN

AND OUGHT OF TREATMENTS.

I WAS SEEING PSYCHOLOGISTS

BECAUSE I WAS SO HURT AND SO

BROKE INSIDE.

THEY COULDN'T FIX ME, BUT I

WANTED TO BE FIXED.

I WAS SO TIRED.

I WAS SO TIRED.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE

ANYMORE.

I HAD NO PASSION FOR LIFE.

I WAS ON 14 DIFFERENT KIND

OF PSYCH MEDS.

MY VISION THAT I SAW -- LIKE

WHEN PEOPLE SEE COLOR, I

DIDN'T SEE COLOR.

I JUST SAW BROWN AND HAZE.

I HAD NO LIFE IN ME.

I FELT LIKE, AND REALLY

BELIEVED, THAT DEATH WOULD

BE THE ONLY WAY OUT.

IT WAS, LIKE, OKAY, IF YOU

DO THIS, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

FEEL ANYMORE.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE OUT OF

THE PAIN.

I WAS WORKING FOR THE

GOVERNMENT, JUST, YOU KNOW,

CLEANING.

I CHOSE A BUILDING I KNEW

NOBODY WOULD BE IN.

I ATE A WHOLE BOTTLE OF ZANNAX.

AND I WAS LEANING OFF THE

EDGE OF THE LAD DEBRA

LADDER, AND I HAD TWO VOICES

ON EACH SIDE OF ME.

ONE WAS SAYING, YOU'RE

ALMOST THERE.

AND IT WAS SO COMFORTING.

PUSH YOURSELF A LITTLE

FURTHER, AND YOU'LL BE NO

MORE PAIN.

AND ANOTHER VOICE OVER HERE

TELLING ME, WHAT ABOUT YOUR

FAMILY?

YOU STILL HAVE LIFE TO

LIVE.

AND JA WAS JUST LIKE I WANT

OUT.

AND I WAS, LIKE, GOD THIS IS

IT, AND I THREW MYSELF

FORWARD.

SOMEONE FELT LIKE THEY

NEEDED TO GO TO THAT

BUILDING THAT DAY.

HE CAME IN AND FOUND ME,

KICKED THE LADDER OUT AND

GOT ME UP ON THERE.

I REMEMBER WHEN THE

PARAMEDICS CAME, I WAS SO

MAD.

I WAS SO MAD AT GOD.

THE FIRST THING I SCREAMED

OUT WAS, WHY DON'T YOU JUST

LET ME DIE!

MY MOM HAD HAD ENOUGH.

SHE SAID, I CAN'T DEAL WITH

THIS ANYMORE.

YOU'VE GOT TO GO.

SHE KICKED ME OUT.

AROUND CHRISTMASTIME, I

ASKED, CAN I PLEASE COME

STAY THE NIGHT AND SPEND

CHRISTMAS WITH YOU GUYS?

CHRISTMAS MORNING, MY

BROTHER KNOCKS ON THE DOOR

AND HE COMES IN, AND HE

WALKS IN, AND HE IS, LIKE,

OH, MY GOD, WHAT IS THAT

SMELL?

AND I'M THINKING, WHAT

SMELL?

I DON'T SMELL THING.

HE SAYS, IT SMELLS LIKE

SULPHUR AND SOMETHING DIED

IN HER.

HE WALKED OVER TO ME, AND HE

SAID, SIS, YOU PROBABLY WANT

TO GET IN THE SHOWER.

AND I REMEMBER I ASKED GOD,

PLEASE, CAN YOU JUST HELP ME

GET OFF OF THE COUCH.

I REMEMBER I HAD NO STRENGTH

IN MY BODY.

TO LIFT MY ARM OR LEG WAS SO

MUCH EFFORT.

I ASKED HIM EVERY STEP OF

THE WAY, CAN YOU HELP ME GET

MY SHIRT OFF?

THAT'S HOW EMPTY I WAS.

WHEN I GOT IN THE SHOWER, I

ASKED HIM, COULD YOU PLEASE

HELP ME GET THROUGH THE

SHOWER.

I TIPPED MY HEAD BACK, AND I

REMEMBER THIS SO CLEARLY,

AND I TIPPED MY HEAD BACK

AND I HEARD THIS POP.

IT LITERALLY SHOOK ME IN THE

SHOWER.

I LOOKED AT MY MOM'S SHOWER

CURTAIN, AND I COULD SEE

COLOR.

AND I WAS, LIKE, OH, MY GOD,

I CAN SEE.

I WAS, LIKE, SOMETHING JUST

HAPPENED TO ME.

SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED TO

ME IN THE SHOWER.

MY FAMILY LOOKED AT ME, AND

THEY WERE, LIKE, THEIR

MOUTHS DROPPED.

MY WHOLE DEMEANOR,

EVERYTHING ABOUT ME

COMPLETELY CHANGED.

WHERE I WAS THE WALKING

DEATH, AND HERE IS LIFE.

I NEEDED TO GET THE BIBLE

AND READ.

IT WAS LIKE DAY AND NIGHT.

FROM THE TIME I WOKE UP IN

THE MORNING, I WAS READING

THE BIBLE.

I WASN'T COMPLETELY HEALED

RIGHT THEN AT THAT MOMENT --

I WAS FROM CERTAIN THINGS,

BUT I STILL HAD A PROCESS TO

WORK OUT.

NEVER ONCE DID HE SAY THIS,

THIS, AND THIS ABOUT YOU.

THERE IS GRACE.

I UNDERSTAND GRACE NOW.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE

PERFECT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HIDE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP

THINGS PERFECT.

HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT,

EVEN IF YOU STILL MAKE

MISTAKES.

I WAS TRULY THE LOST SHEEP.

I WAS THE LOST ONE OUT

THERE.

LOST IN THE DEPTHS OF

DARKNESS I NEVER THOUGHT I

COULD GET OUT OF.

I THINK MINE WAS A STORY OF

LOVE, WHERE JESUS LEFT THE

99 AND HE CAME AND FOUND

ME.

AND HE LOVES ME.

UNCONDITIONALLY.

Gordon: AND HE IS

LOOKING FOR YOU, TOO.

HE DOES LEAVE THE 99 TO COME

SEARCH FOR THE ONE.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, I

NEVER FOUND GOD.

HE FOUND ME.

HE CAME SEARCHING FOR ME.

HE WANTED ME TO BE WITH HIM

FOR ALL ETERNITY.

YOU SAW THE CHANGE IN LISA.

HOW COULD YOU GO FROM THOSE

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, WHERE

THERE IS NO HOPE, THERE IS

NO COLOR IN YOUR LIFE, TO

THAT JOY, THAT INEXPRESSABLE

JOY THAT JUST SEEMS TO WELL

UP OUT OF HER AND COME

POURING OUT OF HER.

THAT CAN BE YOU.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT KIND OF

TURNAROUND IF YOU JUST ASK

GOD FOR HELP.

THAT'S WHAT LISA DID.

AND THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

JESUS SAYS, "BEHOLD I STAND

AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE OPEN THE DOOR,

I'LL COME IN."

AND THE AMAZING THING IS HE

IS STANDING AT THAT DOOR.

HE IS NOT SITTING DOWN AND

WAITING.

HE IS ACTIVE, AND HE IS

KNOCKING.

HE IS LOOKING, AND HE IS

SEEKING.

HE HAS LEFT THE 99 TO COME

FOR YOU.

AND HE IS KNOCKING AT THE

DOOR.

NOW, HE IS WAITING FOR YOU

TO OPEN, TO SAY, OKAY,

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU CAN

CHANGE ME LIKE YOU CHANGED

LISA, WILL YOU COME IN?

WILL YOU COME INTO MY LIFE?

WILL YOU COME INTO MY

HEART?

CAN YOU CHANGE ME AND CAN

YOU GIVE ME THAT SAME JOY?

THE BIBLE SAYS IT CLEARLY,

THERE IS RIGHTEOUSNESS,

PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY

SPIRIT, IN THE PRESENCE OF

GOD.

NOT A RIGHTEOUSNESS WE

MANUFACTURE BY TRYING TO

OBEY SOME RITUAL OR SOME SET

OF RULES.

RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT CAN ONLY

COME FROM HIM.

JOY THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM

HIM.

PEACE THAT CAN ONLY COME

FROM HIM.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO

GET THAT IS ASK HIM.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, RIGHT

NOW DON'T TURN AWAY.

DON'T SAY I WANT TO WAIT

ANOTHER DAY.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY THAT

YOU GET YOUR TURNAROUND,

THAT YOU DISCOVER THE REAL

PURPOSE AND MEANING OF

LIFE.

IT'S TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP

WITH YOUR CREATOR.

WHEN YOU OPEN YOURSELF TO

THAT, YOU OPEN YOURSELF TO A

GREAT ADVENTURE.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, BOW

YOUR HEAD.

LET'S PRAY A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER.

THE GOSPEL IS VERY SIMPLE.

GOD DOES IT ALL.

HE DOES IT ALL.

IT IS NOT BASED ON US.

IT IS JUST US SAYING YES TO

IT.

SO LET'S PRAY AND LET GOD DO

FOR, WHAT HE DID FOR LISA,

HE'LL DO FOR YOU.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, JUST

SAY HIS NAME OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU AND I

OPEN MY HEART AND I OPEN MY

LIFE, AND I ASK THAT YOU

COME IN.

I ASK THAT YOU GIVE ME THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY THAT I SEE IN OTHERS.

I WANT THAT.

I WANT THAT.

I WANT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,

NOT MINE.

I WANT YOUR PEACE, NOT

MINE.

I WANT YOUR JOY.

SO, JESUS, COME IN, CHANGE

MY LIFE, MAKE ME NEW.

AND IF YOU DO THIS, I WANT

TO FOLLOW YOU, I WANT TO BE

WITH YOU, ALL THE DAYS OF MY

LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN JOY, THAT YOU JUST LIFT

OFF ALL DEPRESSION, ALL

FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS,

AND LET THEM KNOW THE HOPE

AND THE FUTURE THAT YOU HAVE

FOR THEM.

BLESS THEM WITH THIS, FOR I

ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, I

WANT YOU TO DO SOMETHING

ELSE.

ITWANI WANT YOU TO CONFESS

WITH YOUR MOUTH.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF

YOU'LL BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART

AND CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH,

YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

DO THAT.

IT'S EASY.

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ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ANY, I

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I ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

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WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT

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NOT ONLY IS THE PHONE CALL

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IT IS A WAY TO RENEW YOUR

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DIFFERENT THOUGHT PATTERNS.

AND YOU'LL FIND THAT YOU

NEED TO CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT

PATTERNS, AND REALLY START

BELIEVING THE GOOD NEWS.

THE GOOD NEWS THAT GOD IS

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THAT'S NEXT ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Terry: 11-YEAR-OLD

DAISY IS AT THE TOP OF HER

CLASS.

BUT NOT LONG AGO, SHE NEARLY

DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL.

11-YEAR-OLD DAISY MARTINEZ

SIMPLY WANTED THE PAIN TO GO

AWAY.

HER FATHER DIED A YEAR AGO,

AND SHE HAS MISSED HIM EVER

SINCE.

I ONLY THOUGHT THAT IF HE

WAS HERE, THINGS WOULD BE

BETTER.

IF I KILL MYSELF, I'LL GO TO

HEAVEN AND I'LL BE WITH

HIM.

Terry: AFTER HER FATHER

DIED, DAISY WAS FORCED TO

DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AND STAY

HOME TO HELP HER MOM.

THERE JUST WASN'T ENOUGH

MONEY FOR UNIFORMS OR SCHOOL

FEES.

THAT'S WHEN A CHILDREN'S

HOME SUPPORTED BY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" OFFERED

SOME HELP.

THE PROGRAM PROVIDES TWO

MEALS A DAY FOR DAISY AND

HER SIBLINGS, AND A SAFE

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR

THEM TO STAY IN WHILE THEIR

MOM WORKS DOING LAUNDRY IN

OTHER PEOPLE'S HOMES.

AT THE HOME, WE RECEIVE

COMPUTER LESSONS.

AND WE ARE LEARNING

ENGLISH.

THAT'S MY NEW FAVORITE

SUBJECT.

Terry: IN ADDITION,

DAISY RECEIVED A NEW UNIFORM

AND SHOES AND SCHOOL FEES.

NOW SHE IS ABLE TO GO BACK

AND JOIN HER CLASS.

IN FACT, NOW THAT SHE CAN

FOCUS ON SCHOOL WORK AND NOT

WORRY ABOUT THINGS AT HOME,

DAISY IS RANKED NEAR THE TOP

OF HER CLASS.

I'M SO HAPPY BECAUSE I

THOUGHT I WILL NEVER ACHIEVE

THAT.

BUT NOW I KNOW WITH GOD IN

MY LIFE, EVERYTHING IS

POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Terry: I LOVE DAISY'S

STORY BECAUSE GOING TO

SCHOOL IS ONE OF THE PLACES

WHERE CHILDREN LEARN TO

DREAM ABOUT WHO THEY ARE AND

WHAT THEIR GIFTS ARE, WHAT

THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO IN

THROUGH FUTURE.

DAISY WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT

ON ALL OF THAT IF IT HADN'T

BEEN FOR YOUR HELP.

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ISN'T IT GREAT TO SEE KIDS

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I LOVE THAT AS WELL.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

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HELP CHILDREN AROUND THE

WORLD KNOW THAT THEY'RE

LOVED, HAVE A SENSE OF

BELONGING, UNDERSTAND THEY

HAVE A FATHER WHO LOVES

THEM, AND THEN HAVE

PRACTICAL OPPORTUNITIES LIKE

GOING TO SCHOOL, HELP

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WELL, UP NEXT, AN 18-WHEELER

CATCHES FIRE WITH TWO

PASSENGERS TRAPPED INSIDE.

FIND OUT THE KEY TO THEIR

SURVIVAL WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: MICHAEL AND

JANET CROSS HAD SECOND LEFT

TO LIVE.

THEIR TRUCK LAY JACKKNIFED

WITH GAS AND DIESEL FUEL

SPILLING ON TO THE ROAD.

THE MOMENT IT IGNITED, THE

TWO SHOULD HAVE DIED.

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS

INSTEAD.

Reporter: MICHAEL CROSS

HAD BEEN A GAS DELIVERY

TRUCK DRIVER FOR EIGHT

YEARS, AND HAD A SPOTLESS

RECORD.

WHEN DELIVERING FUEL, HE WAS

ALWAYS CAREFUL TO DO HIS

SAFETY ROUTINE.

I DID A TIRE CHECK.

I USUALLY DO A PRETTY

THOROUGH ONE, ESPECIALLY IN

THE SUMMERTIME.

Reporter: IT WAS

JULY 4th, SO HIS FIANCEE,

JANET, RODE WITH HIM.

THE COUPLE MET AT WORK AND

THEY MOVED IN TOGETHER.

SHE DIDN'T HAVE ANY

OBLIGATIONS IN THE OFFICE,

AND WE JUST WANTED TO SPEND

THE DAY TOGETHER.

Reporter: AS THEY

TRAVELLED THROUGH THE HILLS

OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, TWO

TIRES BLEW, THROWING THE RIG

INTO THE SHOULDER.

THERE WAS AN EMBANKMENT

THERE, AND THE SHOULDER ON

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD

DROPPED DOWN 20, 25 FEET.

WE ACTUALLY ROLLED DOWN

THAT, FACING THE DIRECTION

THAT WE TRAVELLED.

Reporter: THE TANK

CRACKED OPEN, THROWING

GASOLINE EVERYWHERE.

FINALLY THE TRUCK LANDED ON

ITS PASSENGER SIDE.

I IMMEDIATELY TOLD JANET,

WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE,

AND WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF

HER NOW.

Reporter: THE WRECK HAD

IGNITED THE DRY GRASS, AND

THE FLAMES WERE RACING

TOWARD THE TRUCK.

I HAD MY THUMPER THAT I

THUMP THE TIRES WITH, AND I

SMACKED THE WINDOWS WITH

THAT AND GOT THEM BROKEN

PRETTY GOOD, AND THEN I

KICKED THEM OUT.

I ACTUALLY CLIMBED OUT TO

ABOVE HER, AND SHE KIND OF

LAGGED BEHIND A LITTLE BIT.

AND I SAID, WE'VE GOT TO

GO.

WE'VE GOT TO GO.

Reporter: THEY GOT OUT

OF THE TRUCK'S CAB, BUT THEN...

MICHAEL AND JANET WERE

CAUGHT ON FIRE AND WERE IN A

FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES.

BOTH AIR AND HOPE WERE

FADING FAST.

BUT AMAZINGLY, HELP WAS JUST

MINUTES AWAY.

A FIRE TRUCK HAD BEEN

TRAVELLING BEHIND THEM, AND

A HELICOPTER THAT JUST

HAPPENED TO BE IN THE AREA

SAW THE WRECK.

THEY SPRANG INTO ACTION.

FIREMEN COULD NOT GO INTO

THE RAGING FIRE TO SAVE

THEM, SO MICHAEL AND JANET

HAD TO RUN THROUGH THE

FLAMES TO SAFETY.

UNFORTUNATELY, THEY GOT

SEPARATED.

I LOST TRACK OF WHERE

JANET WAS.

THE FIREMEN TOLD ME THEY

COULD HEAR US YELLING AND

CALLING FOR EACH OTHER.

IN THE FIRE.

SOMEHOW I RAN OUT OF THE

FIRE BEFORE SHE DID.

ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS

WHERE IS JANET?

Reporter: WHEN JANET

EMERGED FROM THE FIRE, SHE

WAS SEVERELY BURNED.

ONCE THE COUPLE WAS SAFE,

E.M.T.s POURED SALINE

WATER ON THEIR BURNS.

ABOUT A MILE AWAY, A FAMILY

OUT ENJOYING A HOLIDAY

PICNIC SAW THE SMOKE IN THE

DISTANCE.

IT WAS QUITE A LOT OF

SMOKE.

AND IT WAS CLOSE TO THE LAKE

WHERE WE WERE HEADED.

AND I JUST GRABBED MY

HUSBAND AT THE TIME'S HAND

AND SAID, MAYBE WE SHOULD

PRAY FOR THOSE PEOPLE.

Reporter: MICHAEL AND

JANET WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE

U.C. DAVIS BURN CENTRE IN

SACRAMENTO.

THEY SUFFERED THIRD AND

FOURTH DEGREE BURNS.

JANET SUFFERED BURNS ON OVER

60% OF HER BODY.

MICHAEL, 50%.

THE PART I REMEMBER IS

AFTER THEY ARRIVED.

THEY BOTH HAD EXTREMELY

SERIOUS INJURIES.

THEY BOTH NEEDED

EXTENSIVE SKIN GRAFTS TO

COVER THE BURNED AREAS.

JANET ACTUALLY HAD TO HAVE

SOME AMPUTATIONS OF FINGERS

BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T ALIVE

AFTER A WHILE.

Reporter: WHEN CHRISTA

AND HER FAMILY RETURNED

HOME, SHE GOT A CALL FROM

HER SISTER.

MOM AND MIKE HAVE BEEN IN

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AND

THEY'VE BEEN BURNED.

SHE STARTED GOING INTO

DETAIL ABOUT IT, BASICALLY

TELLING US TO COME DOWN AND

SAY GOOD-BYE, THAT THEY

PROBABLY WEREN'T GOING TO

MAKE IT.

MY GREATEST FEAR WAS NOT

BEING ABLE TO SAY GOOD-BYE.

IF THAT WERE TRUE.

AND FOR MY KIDS NOT TO KNOW

THEIR GRANDPARENTS.

Reporter: WHEN CHRISTA

LEARNED THE DETAILS OF THE

ACCIDENT, SHE REALIZED THE

SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT WHO

THEY PRAYED FOR.

WHEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS

AT THE LAKE, JUST AHEAD OF

US, THAT'S WHEN I PUT TWO

AND TWO TOGETHER AND

REMEMBERED, OH, MY GOSH,

THAT WAS THEM.

Reporter: HOSPITAL

STAFF WORKED AROUND THE

CLOCK TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.

MICHAEL STAYED IN A COMA FOR

25 DAYS.

WHEN HE WOKE UP, HE COULDN'T

WAIT TO SEE JANET.

WHEN I GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE I COULD WALK SOME

DISTANCE, I WOULD WALK BY

HER ROOM, AND I WOULD TRY TO

SNEAK PEEKS TO SEE HER.

BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, I MISSED

HER.

Reporter: JANET WAS

ASLEEP FOR TWO MONTHS BEFORE

SHE WOKE UP TO THE

HORRIFYING TRUTH.

I KNEW AT THAT POINT MY

FACE HAD BEEN BURNED.

BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO SEE

IT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LOOK.

AND WHEN I FINALLY SAID I

WAS READY, AND I LOOKED IN

THE MIRROR, I REALIZED, NO,

I'M NOT READY.

THIS IS SHOCKING.

Reporter: EVEN AS THEY

CAME TO GRIPS THAT THEIR

LIVES WOULD NEVER BE THE

SAME, THE LOVE BETWEEN THEM

REMAINED STRONG.

THEY MARRIED ON THE HOSPITAL

GROUNDS JUST PRIOR TO

JANET'S RELEASE.

WE DECIDED WE DIDN'T WANT

TO GO HOME AND LIVE

TOGETHER.

IF WE WERE GOING TO LIVE

TOGETHER, WE WERE GOING TO

BE MAN AND WIFE.

I SPENT THE FIRST NIGHT

BESIDE HER.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I GOT

TO SPEND THE NIGHT EVEN IN

THE SAME ROOM WITH HER FOR A

MONTH.

SO JUST -- IT DOESN'T SOUND

LIKE MUCH OF A HONEYMOON,

BUT JUST TO BE IN THE SAME

ROOM WAS PLENTY.

Reporter: AFTER THEIR

RELEASE, JANET ENDURED

NUMEROUS PLASTIC SURGERIES.

WE HAD A LOT OF PHYSICAL

THERAPY.

AND BECAUSE OF OUR SKIN

GRAFTING, YOUR SKIN WOULD

TEND TO CONTRACT, AND THEY

WOULD HAVE TO STRETCH IT.

Reporter: AND THEN

DEPRESSION SET IN.

THEY COULD NOT STAY OUTSIDE

FOR LONG, ESPECIALLY IN

WARMER WEATHER, AND THEY

LIVED IN ISOLATION.

NOW I HAD NOTHING TO

STRIVE FOR.

AND DISPAIR REALLY GRABS --

DISPAIR SITS IN.

I STARTED DRINKING A LOT.

SOME DRUGS, MARIJUANA, AND

STUFF LIKE THAT.

AND THEN THAT ONLY GOES SO

FAR.

AND JANET AND I -- IT WAS

BREAKING US.

Reporter: SO THEY MADE

A DECISION TO LIVE AGAIN.

WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF

THIS HOUSE AND WE'VE GOT TO

FIND A REASON.

WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.

AND IN 2007, WE SET OUT ON A

JOURNEY TO GO ACROSS THE

UNITED STATES.

Reporter: THEY VISITED

JANET'S DAUGHTER IN MONTANA,

WHO TOOK THEM TO A PRAYER

MEETING AT HER CHURCH.

JUST TO WALK INTO THE

BUILDING WAS LIKE WALKING IN

THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN.

I REMEMBER LITERALLY TAKING

A BREATH AND REALIZING, OH,

MY GOD, YOU'RE HERE.

YOU'RE HERE.

I'VE FELT THIS BEFORE, WHEN

I WAS A TEENAGER.

I RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AND I REMEMBER THAT FEELING

OF GOD BEING IN ME.

AND I FOUND HIM AGAIN.

AND I REMEMBER GLANCING

UP AT HIM, AND THINKING IT

WAS THE MOST NORMAL THING IN

THE WORLD.

THIS IS NORMAL.

EVEN THOUGH WE HAD NEVER

DONE THAT BEFORE, THIS IS

WHERE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

RETURNED HOME TO CALIFORNIA,

THEY JOINED A LOCAL CHURCH

AND BEGAN LEARNING MORE

ABOUT GOD.

I GAVE MYSELF.

I GAVE EVERYTHING,

EVERYTHING ABOUT ME.

I DIDN'T WORRY ABOUT ME

HAVING A PURPOSE OR WHO I

WAS.

I TURNED MY LIFE OVER TO HIM

100%.

WE JUST CONTINUED TO

LEARN MORE AND MORE ABOUT

GOD, AND WHAT HE IS REALLY

LIKE.

MY FATHER DOES LOVE ME, AND

I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT HE

DOES.

HE SAID HE DOES.

Reporter: IT TOOK

DETERMINATION NOT ONLY TO

LIVE, BUT TO LIVE WELL.

AND TODAY MICHAEL AND JANET

ARE LEADING HAPPY,

PRODUCTIVE LIVES.

I NEVER KNEW GOD COULD BE

SO GREAT.

AND I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME, AND I RAISED THE GIRLS

IN A CHRISTIAN HOME.

BUT I NEVER REALLY KNEW GOD

AND HIS HEART UNTIL

RECENTLY.

HIS LOVE IS SO TRUE THAT

I MAY NOT KNOW 10 MINUTES

FROM NOW IF I'LL BE

BREATHING OR NOT, BUT I KNOW

HE'LL BE LOVING ME, PERIOD.

Terry: GOD LOVES YOU

WITH THAT KIND OF LOVE.

WHATEVER YOUR NEED IS RIGHT

NOW, WE WANT TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

BUT WHAT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW

MORE THAN ANYTHING BEFORE WE

PRAY IS GOD LOVES YOU, RIGHT

WHERE YOU'RE AT.

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR

NEED.

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR

MESS, EVEN A MESS OF YOUR

OWN MAKING.

GOD LOVES YOU.

WE NEED TO PRAY.

Gordon: GOD DOES LOVE

YOU.

I THINK WE NEED TO PRAY

SPECIFICALLY FOR GOD'S LOVE

TO BE POURED OUT ON YOU.

THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT

MIRACLES, TO FEEL HIS

PRESENCE AROUND YOU.

ONE OF THE KEYS FOR THAT

COUPLE WAS JUST WALKING INTO

HIS PRESENCE AND

UNDERSTANDING WITHIN HIS

PRESENCE THERE IS FULLNESS

OF JOY.

YOU FIND PURPOSE.

YOU FIND MEANING.

SO LET'S JUST ASK FOR THAT.

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL IS

HIM.

HE IS OUR INHERITANCE.

HE IS OUR GREAT REWARD.

SO LET'S ASK FOR THAT.

LET'S PRAY FOR THAT.

LORD, WE LIFT UP THE

AUDIENCE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW,

AND WE JUST ASK THAT YOUR

PRESENCE WILL BE MANIFEST.

RIGHT NOW, WHERE THEY ARE,

JUST MANIFEST YOURSELF AND

LET THEM FEEL YOUR LOVE.

AND YOUR PRESENCE ALL AROUND

THEM.

CAUSE YOUR FACE TO SHINE

UPON THEM AND GIVE THEM YOUR

PEACE.

BREATHE ON THEM, THAT THEY

MIGHT RECEIVE YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT AND HAVE THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

THAT THEY SO DESPERATELY

WANT.

WE COME AGAINST ANY

DEPRESSION, ANY ILLNESS, ANY

PAIN NOW, IN JESUS' NAME.

AND WE SAY TO IT, YOU ARE

BOUND NOW.

YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY OVER

THIS CHILD OF GOD.

LEAVE NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AND LET YOUR PERFECT LOVE

CAST OUT ALL FEAR.

DO IT NOW, LORD, FOR WE ASK

IT ALL IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU'VE BEEN

TOUCHED BY GOD, WE WANT TO

SHARE IN YOUR REPORT.

SO GIVE US A CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 50: "CALL

UPON ME IN THE DAY OF

TROUBLE AND I WILL DELIVER

YOU.

AND YOU SHALL GLORIFY ME."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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