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700 Club Interactive: Raindrops on Roman - March 11, 2014

How one boy with pervasive developmental disorder now lives symptom free. Read Transcript


Terry: A MUSICAL

PRODIGY.

IT IS A GOD-GIVEN

TALENT.

Terry: FROM A BOY ONCE

CALLED AUTISTIC.

I JUST DID FEEL LIKE I

WAS GOING TO GIVE UP.

Terry: THE AMAZING

TURNAROUND ON TODAY'S "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: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

YOU KNOW, IF YOU TAKE A WALK

THROUGH HISTORY, YOU MAY BE

SURPRISED BY WHAT YOU FIND.

FOR EXAMPLE, TO THOMAS

EDISON WAS DYSLEXIC, AND

BEETHOVEN WAY DEAF.

AND THE PARENTS OF ALBERT

EINSTEIN THOUGHT HE WAS A

LITTLE SLOW.

ROMAN SCOTT ACHIEVED THROUGH

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

AND AFTER I PRACTICED HIS

THIS SONG A COUPLE OF TIMES,

I'M ABLE TO PLAY IT.

Reporter: AT JUST 11

YEARS OLD, ROMAN SCOTT IS A

GIFTED PIANIST.

HIS PIANO TEACHER AGREES.

THAT TALENT THAT ROMAN

HAS, IT IS A GOD-GIVEN

TALENT.

Reporter: PERHAPS WHAT

IS EVEN MORE AMAZING IS THAT

FOR THREE YEARS OF HIS LIFE

ROMAN STRUGGLED WITH P.D.

D., PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL

DELAY, A FORM OF AUTISM.

HIS PARENTS, TOM AND

ELIZABETH, REALIZED

SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT WHEN

ROMAN WAS 14 MONTHS OLD.

BEBESIDES HIS INABILITY TO

TURKEYS THE TALK, THEY HAD

OTHER CONCERNS.

HE CONSTANTLY CHOKED ON

FOOD, AND HE FIXATED ON

CEILING FANS, AND HE STARTED

RUNNING LAPS AROUND OUR

FAMILY ROOM, A LOT OF LAPS.

Reporter: ELIZABETH

TOOK ROMAN TO A PEDIATRICIAN

IN TEXAS.

ROMAN WAS NOW 18 MONTHS

OLD.

ROMAN WAS NOT REALLY

TALKING.

HE WAS VERY DEFENSIVE ABOUT

BEING TOUCHED.

AND SO INITIALLY I HAD A LOT

OF CONCERNS ABOUT ROMAN'S

ABILITY TO GET BETTER.

WHEN THEY SAID THE WORD

"AUTISM," WAS TERRIFIED AND

I WAS DEVASTATED.

THAT WAS SOMETHING I DID NOT

WANT TO HEAR BECAUSE I KNEW

HOW DIFFICULT THAT WAS GOING

TO BE.

MY FIRST REACTION WAS OF

CONCERN, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, IN THE BACK OF MY

MIND, THERE WAS A CALMING

FEELING THAT SOMEHOW AFTER

TIME THAT ROMAN WOULD

OUTGROW IT.

Reporter: ELIZABETH AND

TOM BEGAN PRAYING DAILY FOR

GOD TO HEAL THEIR SON.

I WAS PRAYING TO GOD

DAILY, AND ASKING HIM TO

PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME WITH

THIS AND PLEASE HELP MY SON

TO GET BETTER.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS

BIGGER THAN ME, AND BIGGER

THAN MY FAMILY COULD SOLVE.

I WAS JUST PRAYERFUL THAT

GOD COULD HANDLE IT.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

ROMAN NEEDED FULL-TIME

SPEECH AND OCCUPATIONAL

THERAPY.

THE INSURANCE DIDN'T COVER

THE $80,000 TO $100,000 A

YEAR IT WOULD COST.

SO ELIZABETH QUIT HER JOB,

AND WITH THE GUIDANCE FROM A

THERAPIST, THEY BEGAN

WORKING WITH HER SON NINE

HOURS A DAY.

IT WAS A TAUNTING TASK.

I WOULD TELL HIM, YOU

HAVE TO DO THIS.

AND HE COULD TANTRUM, AND I

WOULD STAND OVER HIM IN TIME

OUT.

THERE WERE DAYS WHEN I JUST

HAD IT.

I DID FEEL LIKE I WAS GOING

TO GIVE UP.

Reporter: WITH EACH

PASSING DAY, ROMAN STARTED

TO OVERCOME HIS CHALLENGES.

ELIZABETH CONTINUED TO PRAY

EVERY DAY.

AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS,

ALMOST ALL OF HIS SYMPTOMS

WERE GONE, AND IT SEEMED

THAT ROMAN WOULD BE

SYSTEM-FREE. SYMPTOM-FREE.

AND THEN WITHOUT WARNING, HE

HAD THE WORST TANTRUM HE

EVER HAD.

OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS, HE

COULDN'T BE CONSOLED.

HE WAS, LIKE, DON'T TOUCH

ME!

DON'T TOUCH ME!

I CAN'T.

AND HE WAS JUST CRYING AND

SCREAMING.

I JUST THOUGHT THAT WAS THE

END.

I THOUGHT WE HAD LOST HIM

FOR GOOD.

AND I SAID, WHY NOW?

HE IS ALMOST THERE.

HE WAS ALMOST HEALED.

AND THAT REALLY BROUGHT ME

TO MY KNEES AND I WAS

TERRIFIED.

Reporter: SHE TOTALLY

SURRENDERED EVERYTHING TO

GOD, INCLUDING THE

POSSIBILITY OF HER SON NEVER

GETTING HEALED.

AND I SAID, LORD,

WHATEVER BE, HELP ME TO

LEARN A NEW WAY IF THIS IS

THE LIFE YOU HAVE FOR HIM,

AND I WILL LOVE HIM, BUT

HELP ME TO ACCEPT IT.

Reporter: ROMAN

EVENTUALLY CALMED DOWN AND

ELIZABETH RESUMED WORKING

WITH HIM.

AND THEN ON HIS FOURTH

BIRTHDAY, SHE AND HER

HUSBAND TOOK HIM TO THE

DOCTOR, WHERE THEY HEARD THE

NEWS HE HAD BEEN WAITING

FOR.

ROMAN HAD NO MORE SIGNS OF

AUTISM.

I REMEMBER JUST CRYING IN

THE CAR.

I SAID, THIS IS IT?

HE'S FINISHED?

YOU NEED NO MORE THERAPY.

THAT'S SOMETHING ONLY GOD

CAN DO.

ONLY GOD CAN HEAL LIKE

THAT.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

EIGHT YEARS SINCE ROMAN WAS

FIRST DIAGNOSED.

TODAY HE IS STILL

SYMPTOM-FREE.

HE HAD 45 DIFFERENT

SYMPTOMS, AND AFTER THREE

YEARS OF INTENSIVE THERAPY,

WITH NO MEDICATION, ROMAN

WAS SYMPTOM-FREE.

LOOKING AT ROMAN TODAY, NO

ONE WOULD DIAGNOSE HIM WITH

AUTISM.

Reporter: ROMAN HAS

EXCELLED IN EVER AREA

DOCTORS THOUGHT HE WOULD

NEVER EXCEL IN.

IN FACT, HE IS AT THE TOP 5%

OF HIS CLASS.

HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT IS

TECHNOLOGY.

IN OUR TECHNOLOGY CLUB,

WE TAKE APART COMPUTERS.

Reporter: THE ALAN

ANDERSON SUMMIT SCHOOL HAD

THIS TO SAY --

IMMEDIATELY UPON MEETING

HIM, I KNEW HE WAS SOMETHING

SPECIAL.

ROMAN IS A GRADE "A"

STUDENT.

HE IS VERY CORDIAL AND

FRIENDLY WITH ME AND HIS

CLASSMATES.

Reporter: ELIZABETH AND

TOM BELIEVE THEIR SON'S

HEALING WAS A MIRACLE.

THEY KNOW IT WAS TRUSTING

GOD TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE AND

PRAYER.

ELIZABETH HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

AND A COMPANION GUIDE OF

ACTIVITIES SHE TAUGHT HIS

SON.

TODAY WHEN I LOOK AT

ROMAN, HE IS EVERYTHING I

COULD HAVE IMAGINED AND

MORE.

HE HAS SURPASSED ALL OF MY

HOPES AND DREAMS.

IT IS REALLY RARE TO HAVE

A CHILD RECOVER FROM AUTISM,

ESPECIALLY AUTISM THAT WAS

SEVERE AS MINE.

ONLY GOD COULD DO SUCH AN

AWESOME THING.

EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE DON'T

THINK IT IS POSSIBLE, WITH

CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

AND I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL

AND SO THANKFUL FOR WHAT HE

HAS DONE.

Terry: WOW!

NOT JUST THE MIRACULOUS

PART OF THIS STORY WITH

ROMAN, BUT IT IS VERY

INTERESTING HOW HIS PARENTS

GOT TO THE POINT WHERE THEY

SURRENDERED, AND SAID, LORD,

WE CAN'T HANDLE THIS ON OUR

OWN.

WE NEED TO YOU INTERVENE.

AND THEN THINGS IMPROVED,

AND THEN THEY SLOWED DOWN.

IT WAS ALL RIGHT, GOD, WE

WERE MOVING ALONG AND NOW IT

HAS STOPPED.

WHAT HAPPENED?

WE ALL FACE THAT IN VARIOUS

AREAS.

Terry: IT FEELS SO

TRITE TO SAY THIS ON THE

HEELS OF SUCH AN AMAZING

STORY, BUT WITHOUT A TEST,

THERE IS NO TESTIMONY.

GOD IS NOT ALL ABOUT OUR

LIFE BEING EASY OR OUR

CHILDREN BEING ALL WE WOULD

LIKE THEM TO BE.

HE IS ABOUT ALL OF US

UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNITUDE

OF WHO HE IS.

HEARING ROMAN SAY THAT IS

PRETTY ASTONISHING FOR A

YOUNG GUY.

TO RECOGNIZE AND UNDERSTAND

THAT I HAVE BEEN HEALED BY

THE LIVING GOD, AND NOBODY

COULD HAVE DONE THIS FOR ME

BUT HIM.

WE TALKED VERY RECENTLY

ON THIS PROGRAM HOW WE ARE

GOD'S MASTERPIECE.

AND LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL

THAT WAS IN ROMAN.

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE LIKE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

WE'VE HEARD FROM PARENTS,

JUST LIKE ROMAN'S, WHO ARE

ASKING FOR PRAYER FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

SUSAN SAYS, "I BELIEVE IN

PRAYER, SO PLEASE HELP ME

PRAY FOR MY LITTLE BOY, WHO

WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A

SYNDROME THAT CAUSES HIM TO

RETAIN BOTH SO SODIUM AND

WATER.

IT CAUSES HIS FACE TO SWELL

OUT OF PROPORTION, AND KIDS

TEASE HIM RELENTLESSLY."

AND WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM

ELAINE, "MY LETTER GIRL IS

FIVE AND SHE HAS CANCER.

PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SAYING GOD

WILL NOT GIVE ME MORE THAN I

CAN HANDLE.

I DISAGREE.

I CAN'T HANDLE THIS.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

DAUGHTER."

WELL, WE WANT TO PRAY FOR

SUSAN AND ELAINE NOW.

AND PLEASE JOIN US IN

PRAYER, AND WE WANT TO LIFT

UP YOUR NE AS WELL.

FATHER GOD, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS, WE LIFT UP SUSAN AND

HER LITTLE BOY DIAGNOSED

WITH THIS SYNDROME,

RETAINING SODIUM AND WATER.

LORD GOD, THIS SWELLING, WE

REBUKE IT IN JESUS' NAME,

AND PRAY FOR THE SWELLING TO

GO DOWN NOW, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

FATHER, WE PRAY FOR HIS

HEART, THE TEASING THAT HE

HAS EXPERIENCED, FATHER,

HEAL HIS HEART.

AND WE JUST PRAY FOR THE

TEASING TO STOP, THE ABUSE

TO STOP.

HELP THE FAMILY TO FIND

COMFORT IN YOU, LORD GOD.

WE PRAY FOR HIS PHYSICAL

CONDITION NOW IN THE NAME OF

JESUS, THAT IT CEASE NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

WE ALSO PRAY FOR ELAINE'S

FAMILY, AND HER LITTLE GIRL

WITH CANCER.

FATHER, WE REBUKE THAT

CANCER IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

WE KNOW JESUS IS A HEALER.

WE READ OF HIS MIRACULOUS

INTERVENTION IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE.

WE PRAY FOR THIS LITTLE

GIRL, FOR THIS CANCER TO BE

GONE IN JESUS' NAME.

AND ALL OF OUR VIEWERS

PRAYING WITH US NOW, NOR

THEIR VARIOUS NEEDS.

WE PRAY FOR AN ANSWER IN

JESUS' NAME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY,

LORD GOD, AND YOUR

COMPASSION.

WE LOOK TO YOU NOW, LORD

GOD, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

AND WE THANK YOU AND WE

PRAISE YOU, THAT WE CAN PRAY

TOGETHER AND SEEK YOUR FACE

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Terry: WELL, STILL TO

COME, AN AUTISTIC GIRL WHO

SPEAKS VOLUMES WITHOUT

OPENING HER MONTH.

THAT WAS ONE OF THESE

POIGNANT MOMENTS FOR ME,

WHEN SHE TYPED OUT

A-G-O-N-Y, AGONY.

AND HERE SHE WAS A

6-YEAR-OLD CHILD.

AND SOMA SAYS TO HER, DO YOU

KNOW WHAT AGONY MEANS?

AND SHE TYPES OUT, "QUITE

SO."

Terry: HEAR THE REST OF

HER AMAZING STORY WHEN WE

COME BACK.

NEARLY ONE OUT OF EVERY

100 CHILDREN IN AMERICA HAS

AUTISM.

ELIZABETH BONKER IS ONE OF

THEM.

THOUGH SHE CANNOT SPEAK, SHE

WRITES POETRY, AND OFFERS

READERS A GLIMPSE INTO HER

WORLD.

ELIZABETH WAS A VERY

GREGARIOUS AND WARM CHILD UP

UNTIL SHE WAS 15 MONTHS

OLD.

SHE SPOKE TO US, SHE HAD

SPARKLING EYES AND LOTS OF

ENERGY.

AND THEN WITHIN ONE WEEK ALL

THAT DRAINED FROM HER.

AND WE LOST HER.

SHE WOULD NOT EVEN RECOGNIZE

HER OWN NAME BEING SAID TO

HER.

WHEN SHE LOST HER LANGUAGE,

SHE STARTED TO BANG HER HEAD

ON THE FLOOR.

SHE STARTED TO HAVE VERY

REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS.

IT'S HORROR.

IT'S HORROR TO SEE YOUR

CHILD SLIP AWAY FROM YOU.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

HOPE FOR?

C-U-R-E.

A CURE.

FOR WHAT, LOVE?

FOR WHAT?

A-U-T-I-S-M.

YOU'RE DOING GOOD.

UP UNTIL SHE WAS SIX

YEARS OLD, WE HAD NO WAY OF

KNOWING WHAT SHE FELT, WHO

SHE WAS, WHAT SHE WANTED.

THERE WERE TANTRUMS ALL THE

TIME BECAUSE SHE HAD SUCH

FRUSTRATION.

I HAPPENED TO SEE A WOMAN

NAMED SOMA, WHO WAS ON 60

MINUTES, SHOWING HOW SHE

TAUGHT HER OWN SON WITH

AUTISM HOW TO TYPE OUT ON

SOMETHING SHE CALLED A

LETTER BOARD, WHICH IS

SIMPLY THE ALPHABET PUT ON A

PIECE OF PAPER.

AND WE SAW SOMA EVERY MONTH

FOR FIVE MONTHS, FOR A WEEK

AT A TIME.

AND SHE VERY QUICKLY TAUGHT

ELIZABETH THROUGH HER

EDUCATIONAL METHOD CALLED

"THE RAPID PROMPTING

METHOD," HOW TO LEARN, AND

HOW TO COMMUNICATE WHAT SHE

HAD LEARNED.

HAVE HER TYPE OUT THAT HER

FAVORITE COLOR WAS PINK.

IT WAS SUCH A GIFT.

AND QUICKLY SHE STARTED

TYPING OUT THINGS THAT WERE

MUCH MORE SERIOUS.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THESE

POIGNANT MOMENTS FOR ME,

WHEN SHE TYPED OUT

A-G-O-N-Y, AGONY.

AND HERE SHE WAS A

6-YEAR-OLD CHILD.

AND SOMA SAYS TO HER, DO YOU

KNOW WHAT "AGONY" MEANS?

AND SHE TYPES OUT, "QUITE

SO."

DESCRIBE THE CHALLENGES

THAT YOU HAVE HAD TO FACE

WITH AUTISM.

N-O-T-T-A-L-K-L-I-N-G.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN

ELIZABETH HAS BEEN SO ANGRY

AND FRUSTRATED BY NOT BEING

ABLE TO SPEAK, WHERE SHE HAS

SMASHED HERSELF IN THE

FACE.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS

ANY GREATER PAIN THAT A

PARENT CAN FEEL THAN FEELING

JUST TOTALLY UNABLE TO

RELIEVE THE SUFFERING OF

YOUR CHILD.

AND SO I HAVE TO BELIEVE

THAT GOD IS MERCIFUL AND

LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE IN

THIS WITH US BECAUSE THERE

ARE TIMES WHEN I JUST NEED

TO HOLD ON TO THAT BECAUSE

I'M TRYING TO PRAY WITH

ELIZABETH THAT SHE FINDS

SOME PEACE.

AND SOMETIMES IT JUST TAKES

THAT QUIET MOMENT.

AND GOD IS THERE WITH US.

AND SHE'LL STOP HITTING

HERSELF.

AND I'LL KNOW.

I'LL KNOW THAT GOD IS IN IT

WITH US.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

G-O-D.

AND?

YOU'RE DOING GOOD.

YOU'RE DOING REALLY GOOD.

A-T-U-R-E.

ELIZABETH STARTED WRITING

POETRY SHORTLY AFTER THAT

FIRST VISIT TO SOMA.

FOR HER TO TELL US ABOUT HOW

THE INNER WORLD OF AUTISM

LOOKS, IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT

WORLD.

AND HER POEMS TELL US ABOUT

THAT.

ME REVISITED.

I CAN'T SIT STILL.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?

MY BODY IS DOING THINGS I

CAN'T EXPLAIN.

MY DIGNITY, I'M TRYING TO

MAINTAIN.

PEOPLE STARE AT ME WHEN I

WALK AND SHAKE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE I

CAN TAKE.

SO MUCH TO DEAL WITH GOING

ON INSIDE ME.

I WISH I COULD GET BETTER.

I WANT TO BE SET FREE FROM

MY SILENT CAGE.

ELIZABETH WROTE HER HUNDRED

POEMS, AND WE WERE GOING TO

JUST PUBLISH A POETRY BOOK.

BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT THE

STORY OF OUR JOURNEY WOULD

BE OF INTEREST TO PARENTS.

SO I HAVE WOVEN STORIES

AROUND HER POETRY IN ORDER

TO TALK ABOUT THEM IN A

CONTEXT OF OUR JOYS AND OUR

STRUGGLES.

WE TRY TO BE VERY HONEST

ABOUT THAT.

ELIZABETH WANTS TO BE AN

ADVOCATE.

AND SHE TALKS ABOUT BEING A

VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS.

I THINK THAT HER MISSION,

MORE THAN ANYTHING, REALLY

IS THE TITLE OF HER BOOK.

"I AM IN HERE."

AND IT'S NOT JUST THAT SHE

IS IN THERE, IT'S EVERYBODY

WITH AUTISM IS IN THERE.

ELIZABETH WANTS TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

HER MISSION IS TO LET THE

WORLD ASSUME INTELLIGENCE

AND TO BE RELENTLESS IN

FINDING WAYS FOR PEOPLE WITH

AUTISM TO BE ABLE TO

COMMUNICATE.

SHE WANTS TO GIVE PARENTS

THE HOPE THAT THEIR CHILD IS

IN THERE.

AND THAT THEY KEEP TRYING TO

REACH THEM.

BOY, FOR ANYONE WHO LOOKS

AT ELIZABETH AND SAYS HE IS

VOICELESS, THAT POETRY TELLS

HAVE AA VERY DIFFERENCE

STORY.

Terry: WHAT A

DIFFERENCE, EVEN HELPING IN

BREAKTHROUGHS.

JUST UNDERSTANDING HOW A

PERSON WHO STRUGGLES WITH

THIS THINKS AND THAT THEY

ARE IN THERE.

THAT THEY KNOW WHAT IS GOING

ON.

AND VIRGINIA SAID

SOMETHING VERY PROFOUND.

SHE SAID AS A PARENT,

WATCHING YOUR CHILD SUFFER,

IS THERE ANY GREATER AGONY,

SO TO SPEAK.

IT MADE ME REFLECT ON WHAT

GOD DID FOR US IN

SACRIFICING HIS SON.

AND HIS SON WENT THROUGH

THIS AGONY FOUR OUR SAFE,

FOR OUR SAKE, AND IT MAKES

US THINK ABOUT WHAT JESUS

DID.

Terry: AND SEEING WHAT

IS POSSIBLE IN VIRGINIA, AS

SHE WALKS THIS JOURNEY WITH

HER DAUGHTER.

WHAT A STORY.

AND WE'VE GOTTEN SOME

QUESTIONS IN OUR IN-BOX

ABOUT THIS STORY.

MARTIN SAYS, "I HAVE A

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD.

I LOVE HIM WITH ALL OF MY

HEART, BUT IT CAN BE

INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING.

SOME DAYS I COME HOME FROM

WORK EXHAUSTED, AND THEN HE

PROCEEDS TO DRIVE ME UP THE

WALL.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO

DO, AND I'M GOING OUT OF MY

MIND."

TERRY, OBVIOUSLY MARTIN HAS

SOME REAL SIGNIFICANT

CHALLENGES TO DEAL WITH.

IT WOULD SEEM IN MARTIN'S

CASE, SOMETHING THAT IS SO

IMPORTANT, IF HE CAN MAKE

THE TIME, IS HE PERSONAL AND

PRIVATE TIME, ALONE WITH

GOD, SEEKING PEACE AND

GUIDANCE.

IN THAT TIME, MARTIN, ALONE

WITH GOD, WHERE YOU CAN SAY,

LORD, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO

DO.

HELP PREPARE ME FOR THESE

TIMES OF FRUSTRATIONS WITH

MY CHALLENGED SON.

AND, ALSO, DR. KEVIN LEMAN

HAS GREAT ADVICE FOR

PARENTS.

AND HE SAID GET IN YOUR MIND

THAT I'M GOING TO RESPOND

AND NOT REACT WHEN MY CHILD

IS FRUSTRATING ME.

AND THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT

THING.

Terry: YOU KNOW,

VIRGINIA TALKED ABOUT WHAT

YOU WERE JUST SUGGESTING TO

MARTIN, AND THAT'S HAVING TO

GO AWAY WITH GOD.

I THINK OF LIKE AN ELECTRIC

CAR, WHERE NO MATTER HOW

WELL IT DRIVES, EVERY ONCE

IN A WHILE, YOU'VE GOT TO

PUT IT BACK IN THE GARAGE

AND PLUG IT IN.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT HERE.

EVEN THE WOMAN WHO ASKED FOR

PRAYER AND SAID, GOD WON'T

GIVE ME TOO MUCH, BUT I

CAN'T DO THIS.

WE CAN'T DO IT.

THAT'S EXACTLY THE POINT.

BUT PLUGGED INTO HIM, WITH

HIS POWER AND HIS SPIRIT

ALIVE IN US, HE PROVIDES

HIMSELF WITHIN US TO DO IT.

THAT'S THE AMAZING THING.

CHRIST IN US, AND THAT'S THE

AMAZING TRANSFORMATION.

AND WHAT GREATER EXAMPLE

THAN JESUS, WHO FOUND IT

CRUCIAL TO SPEND TIME WITH

HIS FATHER ALONE.

UP NEXT, WE'LL HEAD TO

MONGOLIA AND WATCH A

7-YEAR-OLD GIRL TAKE HER

FIRST STEPS.

THAT'S COMING UP.

Terry: WHAT WOULD MAKE

A BUDDHIST MONK AND HIS

ENTIRE FAMILY CONVERT TO

CHRISTIANITY?

IT ALL STARTED WITH A LITTLE

GIRL WHO COULDN'T WALK AND A

MOTHER WHO PRAYED FOR

HEALING.

AISHA WAS BORN WITH CEREBRAL

PALSY.

AT TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLD,

SHE WAS BARELY ABLE TO ROLL

OVER.

LIVING IN THE DESERT OF

MONGOLIA, THERE WAS LITTLE

HER FAMILY COULD DO FOR

HER.

WHEN SHE WAS JUST A BABY,

I TOOK HER EVERYWHERE TO TRY

TO GET HELP.

TO BUDDHIST MONKS AND

HOSPITAL.

AND SHE WAS DIAGNOSED

INCORRECTLY.

AND HER LIFE SEEMED

HOPELESS.

Terry: ABOUT THAT TIME,

A TEAM OF DOCTORS FROM AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED

"REACHING THE LIGHT,"

TRAVELLED 12 HOURS BY TRAIN

FROM THE CAPITAL CITY TO THE

REMOTE TOWN.

AISHA WAS TOLD SHE COULD

RECEIVE THERAPY AT THE

CENTER SUPPORTED BY OR FROM

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." THE MOST

SPECIAL PART OF THE PROGRAM

IS THAT EVERY SESSION

FOCUSES ON JESUS CHRIST.

SO EACH TIME SHE AND HER

MOTHER CAME TO THE CENTER,

THE STAFF PRAYED FOR THEM.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THEY

EVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS.

I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT GOD,

BUT I CRIED OUT, ARE YOU

REAL?

ARE YOU REAL?

IF YOU ARE REAL, PLEASE HEAL

MY DAUGHTER.

Terry: AND THEN DID YOU

BEGIN TO SEE AISHA IMPROVE?

OH, YES.

IT WAS REALLY AMAZING.

Terry: FOR THE NEXT

SEVERAL YEARS, AISHA PRAYED

TO GOD.

AND THEY READ A BIBLE THAT

WAS GIVEN TO THEM.

WHEN THEY WERE IN THE CITY,

THEY ATTENDED A CHURCH IN

THE CENTER.

EVEN THOUGH HER FATHER WAS A

BUDDHIST MONK, SHANAE THREW

THAT OUT.

I LEARNED TO SHARE OF

GOSPEL.

Terry: AND AS SHE GREW

IN HER FAITH, SHE STARTED A

BIBLE STUDY.

SO FAR 30 PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN

THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST.

ONE OF THEM EVEN STARTED A

HOME CHURCH IN ANOTHER

VILLAGE.

SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL

SAY, SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF

A MONK, HOW CAN SHE SHARE

ABOUT JESUS TO OTHERS.

BUT THAT DOES NOT MATTER TO

ME.

I KNOW HE IS REAL, AND I

WILL JUST KEEP FOLLOWING

HIM.

Terry: BECAUSE OF THIS

OUT REACH, SHANAE'S FATHER

BECAME A CHRISTIAN, AS WELL

AS HER HUSBAND, HER MOTHER,

AND FOUR OF HER FIVE

SISTERS.

AND BECAUSE OF YOUR HELP AND

GOD'S GRACE, AISHA, WHO ONCE

COULDN'T SIT UP ON HER OWN,

IS NOW WALKING.

THESE ARE HERE FIRST STEPS

TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE AND A

WONDERFUL JOURNEY WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

THAT'S THE BEGINNING OF A

WHOLE NEW LIFE FOR THIS

LITTLE GIRL.

THANK YOU, THOSE OF YOU WHO

HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORK

OF CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU ARE TOUCHING LIVES AND

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

THERE IS AN EVEN DEEPER

MESSAGE HERE, THOUGH, I

THINK.

WITH ALL OF THE THINGS WE

TALKED ABOUT ANDREW, ON THE

PROGRAM TODAY, IS THAT GOD'S

WAYS ARE HARDER THAN OUR

WAYS.

THIS WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE

A TRAGEDY, BUT GOD USED THIS

IN POWERFUL WAYS.

AND TRUSTING HIM TO TAKE

WHAT IS NOT GOOD, AND EVEN

WHAT THE ENEMY HAS MEANT FOR

EVIL AND WORK IT FOR GOOD,

IS PART OF OUR INHERITANCE

AS HIS CHILDREN.

THE PROMISE HE GIVES US, WE

CAN CLAIM THAT AND THEN WALK

IN THE AMAZEMENT OF IT,

REALLY.

Andrew: AND DOZENS OF

PEOPLE AND FAMILY MEMBERS

WERE SAVED BECAUSE OF IT.

Terry: FOR ALL

ETERNITY, AND A LITTLE GIRL

WALKS.

Andrew: WE WANT TO

LEAVE YOU TODAY WITH A

WONDERFUL SCRIPTURE, IT IS

FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH:

"ALL YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE

TAUGHT BY THE LORD AND GREAT

WILL BE THEIR PEACE."

THAT'S A GREAT SCRIPTURE,

TERRY, FOR US TO CLING TO

AND PRAY OVER OUR CHILDREN.

Terry: AND FOR ALL OF

YOU WHO HAVE WRITTEN IN WITH

PRAYER REQUESTS AND WHO ARE

STRUGGLING, TAKE THAT, TAKE

THAT FOR YOURSELF, OWN IT,

AND WALK IN THAT PEACE AND

THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE IN

YOUR LIFE AND YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE WILL TAKE WHAT THE ENEMY

HAS MEANT FOR EVIL AND WORK

IT FOR YOUR GOOD AND THE

GOOD OF THOSE AROUND YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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