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700 Club Interactive: Tornado Alley - Feb. 28, 2014

Hear how one woman found God after a tornado took everything. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP --

WE HAD NO IDEA THAT WHAT

WAS HAPPENING WAS HAPPENING

RIGHT THEN.

Gordon: A FAMILY RIDES

OUT ONE OF THE DEADLIEST

TORNADOES ON RECORD, FROM

THE CENTER OF THE STORM.

LORD, PLEASE PROTECT OUR

FAMILY.

WE ARE IN OVER OUR HEADS

HERE.

Gordon: TODAY ON "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 "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

BACK IN MAY 2011, DANIELLE

STAMMER HAUTE HER LIFE

STAMMER THOUGHT HER LIFE WAS

ABOUT TO END.

SHE WAS LYING ON THE FLOOR

WITH HER BODY PROTECTING HER

BABY, WHILE AN F-5 TORNADO

CAME SLAMMING THROUGH THE

WALLS AROUND HER.

EVEN THOUGH HER HUSBAND AND

3-YEAR-OLD WERE NEARBY, SHE

NEVER EXPECTED TO SEE THEM

AGAIN.

Reporter: ON MAY

22nd, 2011, ANDREW AND

DANIELLE STAMMER WERE

DRIVING TO A FRIEND'S HOME

WITH THEIR TWO CHILDREN WHEN

THEY HEARD TORNADO SIRENS.

I HEARD THERE WAS A

TORNADO POSSIBILITY, JUST A

WARNING COMING THROUGH THE

NORTH SIDE OF JO JOP PLIN,

WHERE WE WERE HEADING.

Reporter: THEY DECIDED

TO TAKE SHELTER AT THE

HOSPITAL WHERE ANDREW WAS

EMPLOYED.

UNAWARE OF HOW IMMINENT THE

DANGER WAS.

THEY FIRST STOPPED BY THEIR

HOME FOR PERSONAL

BELONGINGS.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE

HAD OUR ESSENTIAL THINGS,

LIKE THEIR PASSPORTS AND

BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

THERE WAS REALLY NO FEAR

AT ALL.

EVERY OTHER STORM THAT WOULD

COME WOULD CIRCLE JOPIN.

WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS

HAPPENING WOULD HAPPEN RIGHT

THEN.

Reporter: AS THEY BEGAN

THEIR RIDE, THEY REALIZED

HOW QUICKLY THE STORM WAS

APPROACHING.

I DIDN'T SEE ANYBODY

OUTSIDE.

I DIDN'T SEE ANY OTHER

CARS.

IT WAS JUST A QUIET.

WE COULD SEE LIKE A WALL OF

BLACK IN FRONT OF US.

Reporter: THERE WAS NO

WIND. EVERYTHING WAS

STILL.

EVERYTHING WAS QUIET, BUT

EVERYTHING WAS CHARGED.

I COULD FEEL IT CHARGED.

THEN WE SAW, JUST OUT OF THE

BLACK SKY, A SHOOT OF LIGHT

GOING TRAI STRAIGHT UP, AND

THEY CALL THEM POWER SURGES,

I THINK.

THAT'S ONE OF THE INDICATORS

THAT A TORNADO IS ON THE

GROUND.

AND I PRAYED OUT LOUD, LORD,

PLEASE PROTECT OUR FAMILY.

WE ARE IN OVER OUR HEADS

HERE.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

MADE IT TO THE ENTRYWAY OF

ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL WITH

MERE MINUTES TO SPARE.

SHE GRABBED 1-YEAR-OLD ETHAN

AND WENT INSIDE.

I TURNED AROUND, AND THE

WIND WAS SO STRONG, ANDREW

WAS HAVING A HARD TIME

GETTING INTO THE BUILDING.

SHE WAS HUNCHED OVER WITH

EMILY, WHO WAS THREE YEARS

OLD AT THAT TIME.

AND HE WAS TAKING A STEP AT

A TIME TO TRY TO GET WHERE

WE WERE.

Reporter: WHEN ANDREW

MADE IT INSIDE, HE REALIZED

THE HOSPITAL WAS ON LOCKDOWN

AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO GET

PAST THE ENTRYWAY.

I BASICALLY WAS THINKING,

I NEED TO GET MY FAMILY TO

SAFETY.

AND THIS WAS NOT SAFE.

I HAD EMILY IN MY LEFT-HAND

AND I JUST STARTED SLAMMING

MYSELF AGAINST IT.

AFTER ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN

TIMES, THE DOOR BROKE OFF

THE BOTTOM TRACK.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

SLIPPED UNDERNEATH THE

CRACKED DOOR SECONDS BEFORE

THE F-5 TORNADO, ONE OF THE

DEADLIEST IN HISTORY,

SLAMMED DIRECTLY INTO THE

HOSPITAL.

AS SOON AS I SLIPPED INTO

THE DOOR, NO SOONER HAD I

GOTTEN PAST IT, AND ALL OF

THE LIGHTS WENT OUT.

AND I WAS THROWN DOWN ON THE

FLOOR WITH MY SON BENEATH

ME.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

WAS SEPARATED IN AN

INSTANT.

AS SOON AS I WALKED IN,

THE LIGHTS WENT OUT AND I

HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO

THEM.

I WAS PICKED UP OFF MY

FEET, AND WENT ABOUT 10 OR

15 FEET ACROSS THE FLOOR,

AND I GOT SLAMMED INTO THAT

DOOR.

AND ALL THE WHILE, I WAS

STILL HOLDING EMILY.

AND THEN I -- THE NEXT THING

I KNEW, I WAS ON THE BOTTOM

STAIR, THE OUTSIDE

STAIRCASE, WITH MY DAUGHTER

UNDERNEATH ME.

AND I WAS HOLDING THE

RAILING.

Reporter: IN THE MIDST

OF THE RAGING STORM, THE

COUPLE CRIED OUT TO GOD.

I WAS JUST CRYING OUT,

GOD, SAVE US.

PLEASE HELP.

WITH MY BABY NESTLED

UNDER ME, I WAS JUST SINGING

WORSHIP SONGS, WHATEVER CAME

TO MIND.

AND I FELT SO PEACEFUL.

AND I FELT LIKE I COULD

ALMOST TOUCH PEACE.

AND THEN IF I HAD LIFTED MY

EYES, I WOULD HAVE SEEN

GLORY.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, THIS IS

HOW MY STORY ENDS.

I NEVER KNEW WHAT IT WAS BOG

TO BE.

AS I WAS SINGING, I THOUGHT,

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK THEY'LL FIND HIM.

HE'LL BTHEY'LL BE OKAY.

Reporter: ST. JOHN'S

HOSPITAL WAS SEVERELY

MANGLED BY THE STORM.

UPPER STORIES COMPLETELY

DESTROYED.

CARS IN THE HOSPITAL PARKING

LOT WERE TOSSED AND

DISFIGURED BEYOND

RECOGNITION.

WHEN I COULD NOT FIND MY

WIFE AND SON, I WAS VERY

NERVOUS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO BE BACK

WITH HER.

SO I JUST WENT BACK INTO THE

HOSPITAL.

THE DOOR WAS ALREADY

OPENED.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF I CALLED

OUT FOR HER OR SHE CALLED

OUT FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT ANDREW

AND DANIELLE STAMMER'S

PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

THEY SUCCESSFUL HELD THEIR

CHILDREN IN THEIR ARMS, AND

THE FAMILY WALKED AWAY WITH

ONLY MINOR CUTS AND

BRUISES.

WE FINALLY GOT BACK

TOGETHER, AND I THINK I

REMEMBER HUGGING HER.

IT WAS VERY SHORT-LIVED.

Reporter: AFTER THEIR

REUNION, THE COUPLE HAD TO

QUICKLY FACE THE REALITY OF

THE STORM AND ITS WIDESPREAD

DESTRUCTION.

IT JUST LOOKED LIKE A

TOTALLY DIFFERENT

LANDSCAPE.

THERE IS NO HOUSES.

THERE ARE TREES THAT ARE NOT

THERE ANYMORE.

AND AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN

SEE.

Reporter: THEY SAY

WHILE PRAYER OFFERED THEM

SUPER NATURAL RAL PROTECTION

PROTECTION DURING THE STORM,

IT ALSO BROUGHT COMFORT

AFTER THE STORM.

BOTH OF US HAD THE SAME

REACTIONS TO IT ALL,

REPLAYING WHAT COULD HAVE

HAPPENED, WHAT COULD HAVE

HAPPENED, AND BOTH OF US

FOUGHT AGAINST IT AND

PROCLAIMED TRUTH.

NEITHER OF US HAD NIGHTMARES

ABOUT THE TORNADO AFTER THAT

AT ALL.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH THE

FAMILY LOST THEIR HOME,

THEIR CARS, AND ALL OF THEIR

BELONGINGS THAT DAY, THEY

SAY THEY ARE STILL THANKFUL

FOR THE BLESSINGS THEY AND

THE HELP THEY RECEIVED FROM

OTHERS.

IT PROVES THAT PEOPLE ARE

SO BEAUTIFUL.

PEOPLE CAME TO OUR HOUSE TO

HELP US.

PEOPLE WHO WE DIDN'T KNOW

WERE DOING OUR LAUNDRY.

PEOPLE WERE JUST EVERYWHERE,

LINING THE STREETS, DOING

WHAT THEY COULD TO HELP.

I THOUGHT, I'M TAKING

NOTES.

BECAUSE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS

SUFFERING, I WANT TO DO

THESE KINDS OF THINGS.

Reporter: DANIELLE

WROTE ABOUT THEIR MIRACULOUS

SURVIVAL IN HER BOOK

"SINGING OVER ME."

SHE HOPES THE BOOK WILL SHOW

THEM HOW PRAYER BROUGHT THEM

COMFORT AND THE STRENGTH TO

CARRY ON.

IN THE MIDST OF HIM

SAVING US, HE HAS GIVEN US

THIS GIFT OF THIS STORY THAT

WE HAVE, THE STORY OF

TRIUMPH THROUGH TRAGEDY.

AND SURVIVAL IN THE MIDST OF

HORRENDOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE HOPE THAT I HAVE FOR THE

FUTURE, THE HOPE THAT I HAVE

FOR NOW IS SO MUCH GREATER.

I DEFINITELY SAW THAT HE

IS NEAR ME, WHETHER I LIVE

OR WHETHER I DON'T LIVE.

I KNOW THAT GOD HEARD US.

I DEFINITELY BELIEVE THAT

PRAYER CHANGES THE WORLD.

Gordon: PRAYER CHANGES

THE WORLD, BUT IT ALSO

CHANGES YOU.

AND YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE IS OUR VERY PRESENT HELP

IN TIME OF TROUBLE.

AND SO OFTEN IN TIME OF

TROUBLE WITH WANT TO START

BLAMING GOD FOR IT.

INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR HIS

DELIVERANCE, AND LOOKING FOR

HOW HE CAN SAVE US FROM IT,

LOOKING TO HIM, WHOEVER

LIVES TO GIVE INTERCESSION.

FOR WHO?

FOR YOU.

JESUS IS RIGHT NOW AT THE

RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER,

AND HE EVER LIVES TO GIVE

INTERCESSION FOR YOU.

THAT MEANS JESUS IS PRAYING

FOR YOU.

THEN THE BIBLE ADDS, HE

SINGS OVER YOU.

HE SINGS SONGS OF

DELIVERANCE.

SO START REALIZING HE IS

PRAYING FOR YOU.

HE IS SINGING OVER YOU.

AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

REACH UP INTO THAT AND

PRAYER IS HOW WE DO IT.

AND YOU REACH UP INTO THAT,

AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEG

HIM FOR HELP.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BARGAIN

WITH HIM.

YOU JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE

HIM.

AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS,

THAT'S WHEN THE MIRACLES

HAPPEN.

NOW, THAT'S WHEN ALL HEAVEN

COMES TO YOUR ASSISTANCE.

HE WANTS TO DO THAT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO START

THINKING, WELL, THERE IS AN

ANGRY GOD UP THERE, OR MAYBE

I'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG,

OR THIS IS SOME KIND OF

JUDGMENT ON ME.

NO.

NO.

HE EVER LIVES TO GIVE

INTERCESSION FOR YOU.

AND THAT IS GOOD NEWS.

THAT'S NOT BAD NEWS.

THAT'S GREAT NEWS.

SO HE CAN BE YOUR VERY

PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.

AND THAT CAN HAPPEN FOR YOU

RIGHT NOW.

NOW, SOME OF YOU, YOU'RE NOT

IN AN F-5 TORNADO, BUT IT

MAY SEEM LIKE THAT.

THERE MAY BE ISSUES IN YOUR

FAMILY, ISSUES IN YOUR

MARRIAGE.

YOU MAY HAVE A DIAGNOSIS AND

YOU'RE GOING, HOW DO I GET

THROUGH THIS?

WHAT DO I DO?

THERE MAY BE TROUBLES

FINANCIALLY.

THERE MAY BE TROUBLE WITH

YOUR CHILDREN.

BUT REALIZE GOD IS THE

ANSWER.

HE IS NOT THE CAUSE OF THAT

TROUBLE.

HE'S THE ANSWER FOR THAT

TROUBLE.

START THINKING ABOUT HOW HIS

GLORY IS GOING TO BE

REVEALED IN THE MIDST OF

YOUR NEED.

AND WHEN YOU THINK THAT WAY,

FAITH JUST STARTS TO

AUTOMATICALLY COME.

WHEN YOU SEE JESUS PRAYING

FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU HEAR HIM SINGING

OVER YOU.

THEN FAITH COMES.

SO LET'S PRAY.

AND I'M GOING TO PRAY

SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

BUT RIGHT NOW LET'S JUST

BELIEVE, AND ASK GOD TO OPEN

OUR EYES THAT WE MAY SEE.

OPEN OUR EARS THAT WE MAY

HEAR.

GIVE US A HEART OF

UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY

KNOW THE GREATNESS OF HIS

POWER TOWARDS US WHO

BELIEVE.

AND WHEN YOU HAVE THAT, YOU

HAVE ALL THE FAITH YOU

NEED.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, I JUST LIFT UP THE

NEEDS OF THE AUDIENCE, AND

FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING

THROUGH TORNADOES IN THEIR

LIVES, WE JUST ASK THAT YOU

STILL THAT STORM.

THAT YOU SPEAK TO IT, AND WE

SPEAK TO IT IN YOUR NAME.

AND WE REBUKE IT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

AND WE SAY, PEACE, BE STILL

BY THE POWER AND AUTHORITY

GIVEN TO US AS BELIEVERS IN

JESUS CHRIST.

PEACE, BE STILL.

AND NOW, LORD, WE ASK FOR

HEALING.

WE ASK FOR DELIVERANCE.

WE ASK THAT THE SHACKLES OF

BONDAGE BE BROKEN NOW.

WE COME AGAINST ALL

UNBELIEF, AND WE REBUKE IT.

AND WE ASK THAT YOUR FAITH

WOULD FILL EACH ONE OF US.

THAT YOU'R YOUR GIFT OF

FAITH WOULD BE POURED OUT ON

US.

THAT WE WOULD HAVE EYES TO

SEE, EARS TO HEAR, AND A

HEART TO UNDERSTAND.

BE WITH US, FOR WE ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

AND IT'S A TOLL-FREE CALL.

WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU.

IT'S OUR HONOR, IT'S OUR

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY WITH YOU.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

UP NEXT, A MAN RUNNING FROM

A TORNADO RUNS SMACK INTO AN

ANGEL.

HIS SUPERNATURAL SURVIVAL

STORY IS COMING UP NEXT.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Gordon: WHEN DELIVERY

TRUCK DRIVER JIMMY JONES

TOOK OFF DOWN THE

INTERSTATE, HE NEVER DREAMED

HE WOULD SOON BE ABANDONING

HIS TRUCK AND RUNNING FOR

HIS LIFE.

BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN AN F-4 TORNADO CAME

BARRELING TOWARDS HIM.

YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY IT IS

SOUNDS LIKE A TRAIN.

IT SOUNDED LIKE 40 TRAINS.

Reporter: IT WAS THE

LARGEST TORNADO OUTBREAK IN

U.S. HISTORY.

OVER A FOUR-DAY PERIOD, THE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

CONFIRMED 358 TWISTERS IN 21

STATES, FROM NEW YORK TO

TEXAS.

ON APRIL 27, 2011,

DELIVERYMAN JIMMY JONES

FOUND HIMSELF RIGHT IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE CHAOS.

IT WAS F-4, OVER 180

MILE-AN-HOUR WINDS, I WAS

TOLD.

BUT IT GOT WIDER AFTER IT

HAD JUST TOUCHED DOWN

PROBABLY A HALF MILE FROM

WHERE I WAS AT.

IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS 250,

300 YARDS FROM ME WHEN I

FIRST SAW IT.

Reporter: JIMMY WAS

DRIVING HIS DELIVERY TRUCK

DOWN THE INTERSTATE.

HE THOUGHT HE ONLY HAD ONE

OPTION, TO MAKE IT TO AN

UNDERPASS.

THEY SAY GET IN A DITCH.

BUT ONE OF THAT MAGNITUDE, I

NEVER WOULD HAVE SURVIVED

THAT.

BUT I FELT I HAD TO GO TO

THAT BRIDGE AND I KNEW I HAD

TO GET THERE.

THEY TELL YOU DON'T GET

UNDER A BRIDGE, THAT'S THE

WORST THING YOU CAN DO, BUT

WHEN THAT'S ALL YOU'VE

GOT...

Reporter: ONCE JIMMY

MADE IT TO THE UNDERPASS,

THE TORNADO WAS ALREADY ON

HIM.

I GET OUT OF THE TRUCK,

JUMP OVER THE GUARDRAIL AND

STARTED UP THAT HILL.

THAT HILL IS ABOUT AS STEEP

AS THESE WALLS IN HIS HOME.

THE WINDS WERE ALREADY

HITTING ME IN THE FACE AND

THROWING THINGS.

DEBRIS WAS COMING AT ME.

AND I MEAN, I'M DIGGING,

TRYING TO GET UP THAT HILL.

AND I DIDN'T THINK I WAS

GOING TO MAKE IT.

Reporter: WHEN HE MADE

IT TO THE TOP OF THE

UNDERPASS SOMEONE WAS

ALREADY THERE.

WHEN I GOT UP UNDER

THERE, I SEE THIS FELLOW

SITTING ON THIS BLANKET.

I WAS SCARED OUT OF MY

MIND.

I RUN UP AND GOT RIGHT IN

HIS FACE AND I SAID, SIR,

WE'VE GOT THAT TORNADO

COMING.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND HE

STOOD UP, AND IT WAS LIKE

EVERYTHING SLOWED DOWN AT

THAT MOMENT.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND HE

SAID, IS THAT RIGHT?

HE SAID IT WITH NO CONCERN.

Reporter: DEEP WITHIN A

CREVICE UNDER THE BRIDGE,

JIMMY GRABBED A METAL

PIPEMENT.

> PIPE.

IT FIL FELT LIKE A METAL

ROB.

Reporter: DEBRIS PELTED

JIMMY'S BACK.

I WAS FAR ENOUGH BACK UP

IN THERE, AND I REMEMBER I

WAS PULLING HARD INTO THAT.

Reporter: AFTER WHAT

FELT LIKE AN ETERNITY, THE

WIND FINALLY ENDED.

THE MAN WAS STILL NEARBY.

WHEN I WAS ALL OVER WITH,

AND I COME OUT FROM THAT

LITTLE CUBBY HOLE THAT I WAS

IN, I REMEMBER LOOKING AND

SEEING HIM STAND BACK UP

OVER THERE.

I DIDN'T SEE HIM GET UP

UNDER ANYTHING.

I DIDN'T SEE HIM CRAWL OUT

FROM ANYTHING.

JUST WHEN I GOT OUT AND

LOOKED OVER THERE, I SEEN

HIM STAND BACK UP.

Reporter: SOON AFTER

THE TWISTER LEFT, EMERGENCY

PERSONNEL ARRIVE ON THE

SCENE.

I SAW MY TRUCK TORE UP.

THERE WERE PEOPLE

SCREAMING.

PARAMEDICS AND POLICE WERE

THERE AT THE SCENE ALREADY.

THERE WERE A LOT OF CARS

FLIPPED UP SIDE DOWN.

THE PARAMEDICS WERE LOOKING

INTO VEHICLES AND THEY WERE

ASKING WHERE I WAS.

AND I HEARD THEM, AND I

SAID, HERE I AM.

I RUN DOWN THE EMBANKMENT,

AND I SAID, I WAS UP HERE

WITH THIS FELLOW, AND I

TURNED AROUND AND POINTED,

AND THERE WASN'T NOBODY UP

THERE.

THERE WASN'T NO BLANKET UP

THERE.

THERE WASN'T NO MAN UP

THERE.

THE ONLY WAY HE COULD HAVE

COME DOWN WAS WITH ME OR

BESIDE ME.

HE HAD TO COME DOWN THE SAME

WAY I DID BECAUSE THERE WAS

SO MUCH DESTRUCTION ON BOTH

SIDES OF THE EMBANKMENT OF

THE OVERPASS.

AND I ASKED PEOPLE THERE,

DID YOU ALL SEE ANOTHER

FELLOW?

NO, NO, WE DIDN'T SEE HIM.

HE MAY HAVE GOT SUCKED UP IN

THE TORNADO.

I SAID, NO, HE WAS THERE.

I KNOW WHAT I SAW.

Reporter: JIMMY

REMEMBERS IN THE MIDST OF

THE STORM, HE CALLED OUT TO

GOD.

I WAS PRAYING, LORD, SAVE

ME.

Reporter: HE BELIEVES

THAT GOD SENT HIM AN ANGEL

TO HELP HIM.

A FRIEND OF MINE SAYS HE

BELIEVES GOD SENT HIM THERE

TO CALM ME.

GOD IS AND HAS BEEN

WONDERFUL TO ME.

HE IS A LOVING GOD.

HE IS A CARING GOD.

HE IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR.

WE NEED TO BE DOING THINGS

FOR HIM.

BECAUSE WHEN IT IS ALL SAID

AND DONE, NOTHING ELSE IS

GOING TO MATTER.

Gordon: HE HAS PLACED

HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU.

REALIZE THAT.

IT'S PLURAL.

IT'S NOT JUST ONE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT A

GUARDIAN ANGEL.

IT IS ACTUALLY ANGELS,

ASSIGNED BY GOD, PUT IN

CHARGE -- HE HAS PUT HIS

ANGELS IN CHARGE OVER US.

THAT IS NOT TO RUN US, BUT

TO PROTECT US.

TO KEEP US ALL FROM ALL

HARM.

IN FACT, THAT VERY VERSE WAS

USED BY THE DEVIL TO TEMPT

JESUS IN THE DESERT.

IF YOU JUMP, YOU KNOW, THE

ANGELS WILL CATCH YOU.

WHY DON'TGO AHEAD AND JUMP.

AND JESUS SAID, YOU

SHOULDN'T TEST THE LORD YOUR

GOD.

BUT HERE IN A TORNADO, THE

ANGELS OF GOD WERE THERE,

CHARGED OVER HIM IN ORDER TO

DELIVER HIM, IN ORDER TO SAY

TO HIM YOU'RE SAFE HERE;

YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE IT

THROUGH THIS.

SO WHATEVER YOUR GOING

THROUGH, SO OFTEN WE GIVE

EVIL MORE POWER THAN IT

REALLY HAS.

WHATEVER YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH, REALIZE THE ANGELS

ARE WITH YOU.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY

OUTNUMBER THE DEMONS TWO TO

ONE.

THEY'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE IT.

WALK THROUGH IT.

AND REALIZE GOD IS WITH

YOU.

THE ANGELS ARE WITH YOU.

THEY'RE PROTECTING YOU.

WELL, WE'VE GOT QUESTIONS,

AND THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT

DISASTERS THAT REALLY

TRIGGERS QUESTIONS IN

PEOPLE'S MINDS, WHERE PEOPLE

START SEARCHING FOR

ANSWERS.

WHERE IS GOD?

WHERE IS FAITH?

PEOPLE START WONDERING, IS

THIS THE END?

HAS GOD ABANDONED US?

IS THIS JUDGMENT OVER US?

ALL OF THESE THINGS.

AND THERE SEEMS TO BE A SORT

OF LACK OF PERSPECTIVE.

AND HAVING GONE THROUGH

SEVERAL DISASTERS MYSELF, I

UNDERSTAND HOW YOU LOSE

PERSPECTIVE IN THAT MOMENT,

WHEN THE WIND IS BEATING

DOWN AND YOU WONDER ARE YOU

GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH?

ARE WE SEEING MORE?

YES.

THIS PAST DECADE HAS BEEN

QUITE A RIDE.

AND IT'S JUST BIRTH PANGS.

IT IS BIRTH PANGS FOR THE

COMING AGE.

IS THE END NEAR?

YES.

BUT ARE DISASTERS A PORTENT

OF IT?

JESUS TELLS US ALL THESE

THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.

THERE WILL BE WARS, RUMORS

OF WARS, AND ALL KINDS OF

EARTHQUAKES, AND ALL OF THIS

IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

BUT EVEN IN THAT, HE IS

SAYING, BUT THIS ISN'T THE

END.

THE REAL SIGN OF THE END,

WHEN THE SUN NO LONGER

SHINES, THE MOON NO LONGER

GIVES ITS LIGHT.

BUT WHILE WE'RE GOING

THROUGH A SERIES OF

INCREDIBLE DISASTERS, GOD IS

STILL WITH US.

KAREN WRITES IN "OUR TOWN

HAS BEEN HIT HARD BY A

FLOOD.

I CAN TELL THAT MY CHILDREN

ARE SHAKEN, NOT JUST BY THE

FLOOD, BUT SHAKEN IN THEIR

FAITH IN GOD.

I ALWAYS TELL THEM THAT GOD

IS A GOOD GOD, SO HOW CAN I

HANDLE THEIR SPIRITUAL

QUESTIONS?"

WELL, GO TO THE BIBLE.

THAT'S HOW YOU HANDLE

SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS.

AND YOU'LL FIND YOUR ANSWERS

THERE.

NOW, DOES GOD PROMISE US A

CUSHY LIFE?

DOES HE PROMISE THAT THERE

IS GOING TO BE NO TROUBLE

FOR YOU IF YOU'RE A

CHRISTIAN?

NO.

HE ACTUALLY PROMISES THE

EXACT OPPOSITE.

HERE IT IS IN PSALMS, PSALM

34: 19: "MANY ARE THE

AFFLICTIONING OF THE

RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE LORD

DELIVERS THEM FROM THEM

ALL."

THE PROMISE IS YOU GET

DELIVERED FROM IT.

AND THE PROMISE FOR YOUR

CHILDREN IS, WE'RE STILL

HERE, AREN'T WE?

GOD HAS SEEN US THROUGH.

WE'RE STILL HERE.

SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

HOLD ON TO THAT PROMISE AND

YOU SEE THE DELIVERANCE.

COMING UP, A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY

LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE TO SAVE

OTHERS.

WE SALUTE THIS HERO AND HELP

OUT HIS FAMILY.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: DANNY AND ROSS

AND TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN

ARE TORNADO SURVIVORS.

THEIR 9-YEAR-OLD SON,

CHRISTOPHER, THOUGH, DIED IN

THE STORM SAVING A FRIEND.

THIS IS A STORY OF THE

FAMILY'S STRUGGLE TO REBUILD

THEIR LIVES, WITH THE HELP

OF THRE PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

Reporter: WHEN AN F-4

TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH THEIR

HOME, IT SEEMED TO TAKE

EVERYTHING PRECIOUS TO ROSS

AND DANI LEGG.

THEIR 9-YEAR-OLD SON

CHRISTOPHER WAS KILLED,

ALONG WITH SIX OTHER

STUDENTS AT PLAZA TOWERS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

HE ACTUALLY CHOSE TO GO

DOWN THE HALL AND SIT BY A

FRIEND THAT WAS CRYING.

HE WAS ALWAYS A GIVING

CHILD.

VERY BRAVE.

AND HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT.

HE ACTUALLY ENDED UP SAVING

A LITTLE GIRL THAT WAS

SITTING BESIDE HIM.

EMOTIONALLY FOR US, IT

HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING GRIEF

AND ANGER AND FRUSTRATION.

Reporter: AFTER THE

TRAGEDY, "OPERATION

BLESSING" CONNECTED WITH

DANI AND ROSS AND THEIR TWO

SURVIVING CHILDREN.

OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL

MONTHS, THEY HELPED MEET

THEIR BASIC NEEDS, LIKE

GROCERIES AND ITEMS FOR

THEIR HOME.

THEY OFFERED SPIRITUAL

ENCOURAGEMENT AS WELL.

WHEN "OPERATION BLESSING"

SHOWED UP, THEY WERE, LIKE,

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

HOW CAN WE SERVE YOU?

THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SOME OF

THE FAMILIES THAT WERE

AFFECTED, BUT ALSO TO DO

SOMETHING THAT MAKES A

DIFFERENCE IN THE

COMMUNITY.

Reporter: ALSO, AFTER

THE SCHOOL REMOVED THE

ORIGINAL MEMORIAL FOR

CONSTRUCTION, "OPERATION

BLESSING" SURPRISED THE

FAMILY BY BUILDING A

MEMORIAL FOR CHRISTOPHER

RIGHT IN THE BACKYARD OF

THEIR NEW HOME.

WOW.

THEY WOULD SHOW UP ON MY

DOORSTEP, IF NOTHING ELSE,

TO GIVE ME A HUG AND TELL ME

IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY.

AND WHERE I MISSED MY SON SO

MUCH, THEY WOULD MISS HIM

WITH ME.

BECAUSE THERE IS SOMEONE

WHO HAS GOT A STRONG FAITH,

A STRONG COMMITMENT TO HELP

US, TO BE OF SERVICE.

EVEN THE SMALLEST THING CAN

MEAN THE BIGGEST

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 18: "IN MY

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GOD.

HE HEARD MY VOICE FROM HIS

TEMPLE, AND MY CRY CAME

BEFORE HIM, EVEN TO HIS

EARS."

REALIZE TODAY GOD HEARS ALL

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SO ASK HIM.

ASK HIM WITH THANKSGIVING.

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