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700 Club Interactive: Rewrite Your Life - March 24, 2014

Model-turned-writer Jennifer Strickland shares how she had to lose her value to find it. Read Transcript


Gordon: SHE MADE IT TO

THE TOP.

WELL, I HAD THE ARMANI

SHOWS.

I HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE

KING OF FASHION.

Gordon: BUT IT CAME

WITH A COST.

I DON'T THINK I EVER FELT

GOOD ENOUGH.

I KNEW THAT I HAD TO KEEP

THE WAY THAT I TRULY FELT

UNDER A MASK.

Gordon: HOW SHE FOUND A

NEW LIFE 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, GOOD MORNING, AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF

YOUNG HOPEFULS AUDITION FOR

THE SHOW, "AMERICA'S NEXT

TOP MODEL."

THEY WANT THE FAME, THE

GLAMOUR, AND THE LIFESTYLE

OF A RUNWEAR MODEL RUNWAY

MODEL NO MATTER THE COST.

Terry: JENNIFER

STRICKLAND DOESN'T DREAM OF

BEING THE NEXT TOP MODEL

BECAUSE SHE USED TO BE ONE.

SHE WAS DISCOVERED YOUNG,

AND BECAME ONE OF ARMANI'S

FAVORITE GIRLS.

SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS LIVING

THE DREAM, BUT IN REALITY

SHE WAS LIVING A SILENT

NIGHT MAYOR.

> MAYOR.

NIGHTMARE.

MY DIARY WAS MY VOICE.

IT WAS THE WAY I COULD

SPEAK.

I HAD FRIENDS THAT WERE

CHEERLEADERS OR PROM QUEENS

OR VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS, AND I

WAS NOT THAT.

I JUST WANTED TO BE LIKE

EVERYBODY ELSE.

I DIDN'T DREAM ABOUT BEING A

MODEL, BUT IT WAS THIS PLACE

WHERE I WAS ACCEPTED.

I KNEW THAT I HAD TO KEEP

THE WAY THAT I TRULY FELT

UNDER A MASK.

I DON'T THINK I EVER FELT

GOOD ENOUGH.

I BUILT MY CAREER ON TV

COMMERCIALS AND CATALOGS.

AND THEN WHEN I GRADUATED

FROM COLLEGE, I STARTED TO

DO THE RUNWAY.

I SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE TO GET

TO THAT STAGE, AND WHEN I

GOT THERE, I FELT SO EMPTY.

I LOOKED AROUND AT ALL OF

THE GIRLS BEHIND THE

SCENES.

YOU COULD SEE EVERY RIB DOWN

THEIR BACKS.

YOU COULD SEE THEIR LONGING

TO BE APPROVED IN THE WAY

THEY WOULD LEAN INTO THE

MIRROR AND LEAN INTO THE

CAMERA.

AND I BECAME SO

UNCOMFORTABLE IN MY OWN

SKIN.

TO THE POINT THAT ULTIMATELY

THAT MADE ME SICK.

AND I THOUGHT, WELL, I HAVE

THE ARMANI SHOWS.

I HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE

KING OF FASHION.

I'M FINE.

BUT I WOULD GO HOME AND I

WOULD WRITE ON THE PAGES OF

MY DIARY.

THEY WERE THIS RECORD OF

THIS CONVERSATION BETWEEN MY

BODY AND MY SPIRIT.

MY BODY HAVING TO BE

SOMETHING THAT IT WAS NEVER

GOING TO BE, WHICH WAS

PERFECT, AND MY SPIRIT

SAYING, I WANT TO BE FREE.

MODELS DON'T SPEAK.

YOU JUST WEAR THE OUTFIT AND

TAKE THE PICTURE.

BUT I HAD THIS LONGING TO

SAY SOMETHING.

I TRIED TO FILL THE

EMPTINESS WITH EVERYTHING

OUR WORLD SAYS IS GOING TO

FILL IT.

I'M STANDING ON THE STAGE OF

ARMANI STUDIOS, AND HE

NOTICES THAT THE WAISTLINE

IS NOT HITTING ME THE SAME.

I'VE GAINED ABOUT THREE OR

FOUR POUNDS.

BUT HE CAN SEE IT, AND HE'S

LIKE, OH, NO, NO, NO.

AND MY AGENCY WAS ANGRY WITH

ME AND DISAPPOINTED WITH ME,

AND MY JOBS STARTED DROPPING

OFF.

AND MY CAREER WENT ON A REAL

DOWNHILL SPIRAL.

I RAN.

I WENT TO ROME.

AND IT WAS THERE IN ROME

THAT MY BACKPACK WAS

STOLEN.

AND I REALIZED THAT MY

BRIGHT YELLOW DIARY WAS IN

THE BACKPACK.

I STARTED TO CRY.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT, I

DON'T EVEN KNOW IF GOD IS

REAL.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF YOU

HEAR ME.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU SEE ME.

BUT IF YOU DO, WILL YOU AT

LEAST SAVE MY DIARY?

IT WAS LIKE SOMEBODY STOLE

MY VOICE.

AND I JUST WANTED TO KNOW

THAT SOMEONE WOULD HEAR IT.

ONE DAY I WENT ON A WALK IN

THE PARK, AND THERE WERE

SOME PEOPLE HANDING OUT

BIBLES.

THEY BARELY SPOKE ANY

ENGLISH, BUT THEY LOOKED

INTO MY EYES, AND THEY

SEEMED TO CARE.

I STARTED READING THAT THERE

WAS THIS WIDE ROAD AND THIS

NARROW ROAD.

AND THE WIDE ROAD IS EASY,

AND EVERYBODY IS ON IT, BUT

IT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION.

AND THEN THERE WAS THIS

NARROW ROAD THAT LEADS TO

LIFE.

I'M WALKING DOWN THIS REALLY

WIDE ROAD ONE DAY, INTO THE

CENTER OF MUNICH, AND AS I'M

WALKING ALONG, I'M HOLDING

MY LITTLE PORTFOLIO, AND

SUDDENLY THIS MAN JUST STOPS

ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

ROAD.

HE WAS REALLY SORT OF OUT OF

TIME.

AND HE SAYS TO ME, WHERE ARE

YOU GOING?

AND I SAID, WELL, I'M GOING

TO A CASTING.

AND HE SAID, MY DEAR, YOU

CANNOT SELL BEAUTY.

YOU CANNOT SELL YOUR FAITH.

TURN AROUND.

GO TO THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

IN ALL OF MUNICH, BUT THEN

GO HOME.

IT WAS LIKE HE GAVE ME THE

COURAGE.

HE SAID, YOU'RE WORTH MORE

THAN THAT.

AND SO I TURNED AROUND AND I

TOOK MY LITTLE "GOOD NEWS

BIBLE," AND I WENT TO THE

MOUNTAIN.

AND I LAID DOWN ON THE SNOW,

AND I GAVE MY LIFE TO

CHRIST.

WHEN I WENT BACK TO MY

APARTMENT, THERE WAS THIS

LITTLE BROWN PACKAGE ON MY

DOO DOORSTEP.

AND INSIDE WAS MY YELLOW

DIARY.

SOMEBODY FOUND IT 300 MILES

SOUTH OF ROME, UNDER THE

SEAT ON A TRAIN.

I KNEW THAT GOD HEARD ME.

AND I KNEW THAT GOD HAD A

PURPOSE FOR ME.

WHEN I LEFT, I WAS THE CAGED

BIRD, FREED.

I WAS GOING TO FIND WHAT I

WAS GOOD AT.

I WAS GOING TO HAVE MY OWN

DREAMS.

I HAVE SO MUCH RESENTMENT,

AND I WENT THROUGH A LONG

PERIOD OF FORGIVENESS.

GOD HAS HELPED ME TO RELEASE

MY PAST.

AND I AM NOT DEFINED BY THE

FACT THAT I WAS A MODEL.

I AM DEFINED BY MY HEAVENLY

FATHER.

I HAD TO LOSE MY VALUE TO

FIND IT.

AND I FOUND IT IN CHRIST.

AND IN THE PAGES OF THAT

LITTLE "GOOD NEWS BIBLE."

WHEN HE SAYS, IF YOU'RE

BROKEN, I LOVE YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE LOST, I ADORE

YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE POSSESSED, I

CAN FREE YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE SICK, I CAN

HEAL YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE AFRAID, I'LL

BE YOUR COURAGE AND YOUR

KING.

Gordon: I'LL ASK YOU

THE SAME QUESTION THAT WAS

ASKED JENNIFER, WHERE ARE

YOU GOING?

SO OFTEN IN LIFE WITH THINK

WE WANT THINGS THE WORLD HAS

TO OFFER.

WE THINK WE WANT SUCCESS.

FOR JENNIFER THAT SUCCESS

WAS DEFINED AS, WELL, I'M A

MODEL.

I'M ARMANI'S FAVORITE GIRL.

BUT THEN WHEN YOU REACH

THAT, AND YOU REACH THAT

POINT, THEN YOU FIND OUT,

WELL, THIS REALLY DOESN'T

SATISFY.

WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING

TO GET, I DIDN'T GET.

AND THEN THE WORLD ALWAYS

SAYS, WELL, THERE IS

SOMETHING MORE, THERE IS

SOMETHING MORE, THERE IS

SOMETHING MORE.

AND YOU KEEP LOOKING AND

STRIVING.

AND AS YOU CLIMB THIS LADDER

OF SUCCESS, YOU START TO

REALIZE, WELL, MAYBE MY

LADDER IS LEANING AGAINST

THE WRONG BUILDING, AND I'M

NOT GETTING THE THINGS THAT

I WANT.

IT'S NOT SATISFYING ME.

I'VE ACHIEVED THINGS, BUT IT

DOESN'T LAST.

IT DOESN'T BRING ME JOY.

IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T BRING

ME PEACE.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED

WITH JENNIFER.

AND AT THE TOP, SHE FOUND

OUT IT IS ACTUALLY VERY

CRUEL THERE.

THE DIFFERENCE OF THREE

POUNDS IS THE DIFFERS OF

RAGING SUCCESS AND ABSOLUTE

FAILURE.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

AND DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

FOR ALL OF US THE THE

DESTINATION IS ETERNITY.

AND IS YOUR MIND FIXED

THERE?

BECAUSE IF IT IS, THEN YOU

KNOW RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE,

AND JOY.

YOU KNOW THAT NARROW PATH.

YOU HEAR HIS VOICE AND YOU

FOLLOW IT.

BUT IF YOU DON'T KNOW, THEN

YOU'RE IN THE BROADWAY.

START TO REALIZE, AND START

TO REALIZE TODAY THAT THAT

WAY LEADS TO DESTRUCTION.

THERE IS NOTHING AT THE END

OF THAT ROAD.

I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH MONEY

YOU MAKE, HOW MUCH FAME YOU

HAVE, IT DOESN'T SATISFY.

THE ONLY THING THAT

SATISFIES IS THE

RELATIONSHIP YOU WERE MADE

FOR.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT, WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HE

HAS PUT ETERNITY IN YOUR

HEART, AND THE ONLY THING

THAT SATISFIES THAT IS THE

ETERNAL ONE -- WHEN YOU

REALIZE THAT, THEN YOU HAVE

FOUND THE GREAT SECRET, THE

MYSTERY OF LIFE, THAT WE

WERE MADE FOR A RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

AND WITHOUT HIM, THERE IS NO

PEACE.

THERE IS NO JOY.

BUT WITH HIM THERE IS

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

IF YOU WANT IT, PRAY THE

SAME PRAYER THAT JENNIFER

PRAYED.

HERE SHE IS, DESPERATE, AND

SHE HAS LOST HER MOST

TREASURED ITEM, HER DIARY.

AND SHE PRAYS OUT, GOD, IF

YOU'RE REAL, IF YOU HEAR ME,

IF YOU KNOW I'M HERE, COULD

YOU RESTORE THAT TO ME?

WELL, GOD ANSWERED HER

PRAYER.

BUT FIRST HE HAD TO SHOW HER

THAT THERE IS SOMETHING FAR

GREATER THAN A DIARY, FAR

GREATER THAN A CAREER, AND

THAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

SO HERE IS YOUR PRAYER.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW ME

AND HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH

ME, IF YOU REALLY WANT ME TO

KNOW YOU, CAN YOU SHOW ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, THE BIBLE

SAYS THAT YOU'LL FIND HIM.

AND WHEN YOU FIND HIM, YOU

FIND THE ANSWER TO EVERY

HUMAN NEED.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO HELP

YOU WITH THAT PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

AND THE NUMBER IS

TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

AND IF THERE ARE THINGS

WEIGHING YOU DOWN, IF YOU'RE

WONDERING, CAN JESUS FORGIVE

THAT?

CAN I REALLY BE MADE NEW

AGAIN -- WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU GOD

LOVES YOU AND HE MADE YOU

UNIQUE.

AMONG ALL HIS CREATION, HE

MADE YOU UNIQUE FOR A UNIQUE

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

SO CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-800-759-0700.

AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT JENNIFER'S

STORY, HER BOOK, "GIRL

PERFECT," IS AVAILABLE

NATIONWIDE.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL AHEAD, HER

MOTHER WAS A PROSTITUTE, AND

SHE WAS DETERMINED TO BE

DIFFERENT UNTIL THE

UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED.

I WAS LOOKING AT MY

MOTHER, AND IT DEEPLY

DISTURBED ME BECAUSE I HAD

BECOME HER.

Terry: HOW SHE WAS

RESCUED FROM HER MOTHER'S

FATE WHEN W, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Terry: BY THE TIME

SHEILA WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD,

SHE WAS TAKING CARE OF

HERSELF AND HER SIBLINGS.

SHE VOWED NEVER TO FOLLOW

HER MOTHER'S PATH INTO

PROSTITUTION, BUT AS AN

ADULT, SHE HEADED IN THAT

DIRECTION UNTIL A VOICE

CALLED HER BACK.

Reporter: SHEILA GREW

UP THE DAUGHTER OF A

PROSTITUTE IN LOS ANGELES.

AS THE OLDEST OF SEVEN

CHILDREN, THE BURDEN OF

PARENTING OFTEN FELL ON HER

YOUNG SHOULDERS.

I HAD NO CHILDHOOD.

I REMEMBER BEING, ON A

SATURDAY, THAT I WANTED TO

GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY.

I THOUGHT, I'LL JUST PUT

THIS BASKET OF CLOTHES

DOWNSTAIRS AND I'LL SNEAK

OUT FOR A MINUTE.

I'LL WALK AROUND AND GET

SOME FRESH AIR AND THEN COME

BACK.

I DON'T THINK I WAS THERE

FOR MAYBE THREE MINUTES WHEN

I HEARD MY MOM YELL MY NAME,

AND I FELT MY HEART DROP.

SHE DIDN'T TAKE IT TOO WELL,

AND I PAID FOR IT.

I PAID FOR IT.

THERE WERE TIMES LIKE THAT

THAT IT WAS HARD.

Reporter: WHEN SHEILA

WAS SEVEN, HER MOTHER HAD A

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.

THE CHILDREN WENT TO LIVE

WITH DIFFERENT RELATIVES.

MYSELF AND MY OLDEST

BROTHER STAYED WITH MY

GRANDMA.

AND I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF

THE HAPPIEST TIMES OF MY

LIFE, ACTUALLY.

BECAUSE I GOT TO BE A LITTLE

GIRL THEN.

Reporter: SHEILA

ATTENDED CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND

LEARNED ABOUT GOD.

SHE VOWED HER LIFE WOULD BE

DIFFERENT FROM HER

MOTHER'S.

I LOVED GETTING UP AND

GOING TO CHURCH, YOU KNOW.

IT WAS JUST MY TIME, YOU

KNOW.

AND IF ANYBODY ASKED ME WHAT

ARE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU

GROW UP?

I'M GOING TO BE A NUN.

Reporter: DESPITE HER

GOOD INTENTIONS, SHEILA GOT

PREGNANT WHEN SHE WAS 15.

HER MOTHER WAS NOT HAPPY.

HER FIRST RESPONSE WAS,

OF COURSE YOU CAN'T KEEP

IT.

BUT I TOLD HER, I SAID, I

DON'T WANT TO GET RID OF

IT.

I WENT TO THE YOUNG MAN AND

SPOKE TO HIM.

AND HE, UM, HE SAID, OH, NO,

I WANT THIS BABY.

IN FACT, HE GAVE ME A RING.

AND HE SAID, YOU'RE GOING TO

KEEP THIS BABY.

YOU'RE GOING TO FINISH

SCHOOL.

AND WHEN YOU FINISH SCHOOL,

WE'RE GOING TO GET MARRIED.

Reporter: TWO MONTHS

AFTER HER DAUGHTER WAS BORN,

SHEILA'S FIANCE GOT INTO AN

ARGUMENT WITH SOMEONE AND

WAS SHOT AND KILLED.

AAT 16, SHEILA FELT LIKE

HER LIFE WAS OVER.

I FELT LOST.

I THE FELT LIKE AT ONE POINT

I HAD SOME HOPE.

ALL OF MY HOPE WAS JUST

GONE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Reporter: SHEILA'S

MOTHER TRIED TO CONVINCE HER

TO TRY PROSTITUTION, BUT

SHEILA RESISTED.

SHE FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL,

MOVED OUT AND MARRIED.

AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER

SECOND BABY, SHEILA FELT HER

LIFE WAS FALLING INTO

PLACE.

I'M FINALLY HAPPY.

I'M FINALLY GETTING THE

BRASS RING.

YOU KNOW, I'M FINALLY AT A

PLACE WHERE I HAVE SOME

PEACE.

I HAVE SOMEONE WHO LOVES

ME.

Reporter: THEN ONE

MORNING AFTER HER HUSBAND

LEFT FOR HIS JOB, SHEILA GOT

A PHONE CALL.

IT WAS THE PRESIDENT OF

THE COMPANY, AND HE SAID,

THERE HAS BEEN AN ACCIDENT.

SO I GET TO CALIFORNIA

HOSPITAL, AND THERE HE IS.

I WAS 21 YEARS OLD.

AND I REMEMBER I JUST FELL

TO MY KNEES, AND I SAID, NOT

AGAIN.

NOT AGAIN.

Reporter: AFTER HIS

DEATH, SHEILA WAS

DEVASTATED.

I THINK AT THAT TIME I

BEGAN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL

BECAUSE I COULDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHY IT WAS

SNATCHED AWAY.

SO I WENT INTO A STATE OF

DEPRESSION.

AND I STAYED THERE.

I JUST STAYED THERE.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO GET

OUT OF IT.

AND I STARTED RELYING ON

MEDICATION.

Reporter: SHEILA WENT

FROM TAKING PAINKILLERS AND

SMOKING POT TO USING

COCAINE.

DURING THE DAY SHE TRIED TO

BE A GOOD MOM.

AT NIGHT, SHE PROSTITUTED

HERSELF FOR DRUGS.

I WAS NO BETTER THAN MY

MOTHER, AND IT DEEPLY

DISTURBED ME BECAUSE I HAD

BECOME HER.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

SHEILA WENT TO A HOTEL WITH

A CUSTOMER.

AFTER THEY ARRIVED, SHE

DISCOVERED IT WAS A SET-UP,

AND SHEILA WAS RAPED BY A

GANG OF 15 MEN.

PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND

SPIRITUALLY AT THE END OF

HER ROPE, SHEILA CRIED OUT

TO GOD.

I LOOKED UP TO GOD AND I

SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, GOD?

I'M HURTING, AND I DON'T

WANT TO HURT ANYMORE.

I'M TIRED OF THE LIFE THAT

I'M LIVING.

THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN HELP

ME RIGHT NOW IS YOU, GOD.

AND THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME

I EVER HEARD GOD SPEAK TO

ME.

AND I HEARD THAT VOICE LOUD,

AND IT WAS AUDIBLE.

AND HE SAID, I'M HERE.

AND IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.

AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT.

I'LL NEVER FORGET IT.

AND THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME

IN MY LIFE I FELT SECURE.

Reporter: SHEILA MOVED

IN WITH HER GRANDMOTHER AND

STARTED GOING TO CHURCH.

MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED.

I JOINED A CHURCH, AND GOD

SPOKE TO ME.

WHEN GOD CALLS US, WE HAVE

TO HEED.

Reporter: TODAY SHE IS

AN ORDAINED MINISTER AND

HAPPILY MARRIED TO DONALD.

HE IS A MAN AFTER GOD'S

HEART.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A

RELATIONSHIP BASED ON THE

LOVE OF GOD.

AND THAT MAKES A

DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: SHEILA IS

GRATEFUL FOR THE NEW LIFE

SHE HAS FOUND IN CHRIST.

YOU KNOW, LIFE IS LIKE A

BUTTERFLY.

A BUTTERFLY HAS TO GO

THROUGH A METAMORPHOSIS.

HE HAS TO STRUGGLE TO GET

WINGS.

WHEN WE STRUGGLE, WE GET OUR

NEW WINGS BECAUSE WE ARE

THAT CREATURE IN GOD.

AND GOD HAS BUILT US UP FROM

INSIDE OUT, JUST LIKE THAT

BUTTERFLY.

Terry: WHAT A JOURNEY

SHEILA WENT ON.

I LOVE HER ANALOGY ABOUT THE

BUTTERFLY.

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, I

BOUGHT BUTTERFLY LARVA FOR

MY KIDS.

AND WE RAISED THEM.

IT WAS SURPRISING THAT WHEN

THEY BROKE OUT OF THAT

COCOON, THERE WAS BLOOD ON

THEIR WINGS.

IT REALLY TOOK EFFORT FOR

THEM TO DO THAT.

THE EFFORT THAT I THINK IS

SO POWERFUL, AND WHAT SHE

SAYS, GOD SPOKE TO HER.

I'M HERE.

I'M WITH YOU.

AND HE IS WITH US THROUGH

ALL OF THE PAIN, ALL OF THE

HEARTACHE, ALL OF THE

METAMORPHOSIS THAT LIFE

SOMETIMES PUTS US THROUGH.

HE USES IT ALL.

THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT TO

BE PRAYING FOR YOU WHEREVER

YOU'RE AT IN YOUR LIFE.

WE HAVE A REQUEST THAT HAS

COME IN FROM ANDREA WHO

SAYS, "INSID, "MY DAUGHTER

IS A PEOPLE PLEASER, AND SHE

IS ALSO INSECURE.

I WORRY THAT SHE WILL FIND

HER VALUE IN MEN AND BECOME

PROMISCUOUS.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

PROTECT HER."

Gordon: TYLER SAYS,

"PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR

FAMILY.

MY OLDER SISTER PASSED AWAY

FIVE YEARS AGO FROM A DRUG

OVER DOSE.

SHE WAS ONLY 19 WHEN SHE

DIED.

MY YOUNGER SISTER IS NOW OUT

OF CONTROL AND DOING DRUGS.

SHE SAYS THAT SHE IS MARTYR

SMARTER AND WON'T OVERDOSE.

I'M SCARED FOR HER AND I

DON'T WANT TO LOSE ANOTHER

SISTER.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

BECOME REAL TO HER AND

CHANGE HER LIFE."

TYLER, YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR

YOUNGER SISTER THAT YOUR

OLDER SISTER DIDN'T MAKE A

MISTAKE.

OVERDOSE IS NOT SOMETHING

STUPID PEOPLE DO.

OVERDOSE IS A REGULAR PART

OF DRUG ADDICTION, WHERE YOU

THINK YOU KNOW THE DOSAGE,

AND YOU DON'T.

WE SHOULD ACTUALLY GET

OVERDOSE OUT OF THE LANGUAGE

OF WHAT WE DO AND SAY IT IS

THE DRUG THAT KILLED HER,

NOT THE OVERDOSE THAT KILLED

HER.

IT IS THE DRUG THAT KILLED

HER.

AND IT IS SO HARD FOR US

TO -- YOU'RE DEALING WITH

STREET DRUGS.

IT'S NOT LIKE THIS IS

SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE

CAREFUL MEASURE OUT.

LET'S PRAY.

LET'S PRAY FOR PEOPLE.

AND IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

HARD TIMES, TAKE THAT SAME

WORD FROM JESUS.

HE IS WITH YOU.

HE IS WITH YOU.

AND HE IS ABLE TO MAKE

EVERYTHING OKAY IF YOU'RE

WILLING.

IF YOU WANT TO RUN AWAY, IF

YOU WANT TO DO YOUR OWN

THING, IF YOU WANT TO HIDE

FROM GOD, OKAY.

HE'LL LET YOU DO THAT.

HE IS A GENTLEMAN.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO TURN

AROUND AND TURN YOUR LIFE

OVER TO HIM, WHERE IT IS NOT

YOUR WILL ANYMORE, BUT IT'S

HIS WILL, THEN THE CHANGE

COMES.

AND THEN EVERYTHING WILL

WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR

GOOD.

HE IS ABLE TO TAKE THE

NIGHTMARE AND MAKE IT A

DREAM.

IF YOU JUST LET HIM.

SO LET'S PRAYER.

PRAY.

YOU PRAY, AND WE'LL PRAY

FOR THESE PEOPLE AND THESE

FAMILIES, AND WE'LL JUST

BELIEVE GOD FOR YOU.

LORD, WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW.

WE JUST SPEAK OVER THEM

PEACE.

THE PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING.

AND WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD

GIVE THEM THE BLESSING OF

HEARING YOUR VOICE.

Terry: YES.

Gordon: OF SEEING YOUR

FACE.

SO LIFT UP YOUR COUNTENANCE

UPON THEM AND GIVE THEM YOUR

PEACE.

NOT WHAT THE WORLD GIVES,

BUT WHAT YOU GIVE.

YOUR PEACE.

AND NOW FOR THESE TROUBLED

HEARTS, FOR THOSE WHO ARE

USING DRUGS, FOR THOSE WHO

HAVE SELF-IMAGE BASED ON THE

WORLD'S VIEW AND NOT YOUR

VIEW, LORD, TURN THEIR

HEARTS.

GIVE THEM A GLIMPSE OF HOW

MUCH YOU VALUE THEM.

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, GIVE US

A CALL.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL AHEAD, TWO

YOUNG BROTHERS WHO WERE

BEGGING FOR FOOD ON THE SIDE

OF THE ROAD AFTER BEING

ABANDONED BY THEIR PARENTS.

FIND OUT HOW THEY GOT A MEAL

AND A NEW LIFE.

THAT'S COMING UP.

Terry: EVERY DAY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" PROVIDES

SAFE HOMES FOR THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD,

LIKE THESE TWO BROTHERS FROM

VIETNAM.

AT THE AGES OF JUST FOUR AND

ONE, THEY WERE STARVING ON

THE STREET.

LOM WAS FOUR YEARS OLD AND

VON WAS ONE WHEN THEIR

PARENTS ABANDONED THEM NEAR

THEIR HOME IN VIETNAM.

WE WERE SO HUNGRY.

I TOOK MY BROTHER TO MY

AUNT'S HOUSE TO ASK FOR

FOOD.

BUT SHE DIDN'T LET US IN.

Terry: THE BROTHERS SAT

NEXT TO THE STREET, HOPING

THAT SOMEONE WOULD SEE THEM

AND HELP THEM.

VON WAS CRYING SO HARD

BECAUSE SHE WA HE WAS

STARVING.

I COULDN'T DO ANYTHING TO

HELP HIM.

Terry: ANOTHER AUNT

FOUND THEM AND TOOK THEM IN,

BUT OVER TIME SHE WASN'T

ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM,

EITHER.

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE

DIDN'T HAVE FOOD TO EAT FOR

TWO DAYS.

MY STOMACH HURT A LOT.

Terry: EVENTUALLY, THE

BROTHERS CAME TO LIVE HERE,

AT THIS HOME SUPPORTED BY

CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

THE FOOD HERE IS SO

GOOD.

AND WE GET TO EAT THREE

TIMES A DAY.

ON OUR FIRST DAY HERE, THEY

ALSO GAVE US CLOTHES AND NEW

TOWELS.

Terry: IN ADDITION TO

FOOD AND SHELTER, THE BOYS

ARE ALSO EXPERIENCING LOVE.

TODAY LOM AND VON ARE

HEALTHY AND ACTIVE BOYS.

THEY BOTH DO WELL IN SCHOOL

AND ENJOY PLAYING WITH THEIR

FRIENDS.

I WANT TO THANK THE

PEOPLE WHO CARED FOR US AND

HELPED US.

THANK YOU, CBN.

Terry: A SAFE PLACE TO

LIVE, FOOD ON THE TABLE, AND

AN EDUCATION THAT GIVES THEM

HOPE FOR TOMORROW.

AS WELL AS THE KNOWLEDGE OF

GOD'S GREAT LOVE.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

WHAT "ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

DOING AROUND THE WORLD, YOU

CAN DO THAT RIGHT NOW BY

GIVING YOUR GIFT AND CALLING

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

cbn.com AND GIVE THAT WAY.

WE THANK YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM

EPHESIANS 5: "FOR ONCE YOU

WERE FULL OF DARKNESS, BUT

NOW YOU HAVE LIGHT FROM THE

LORD."

SO LIVE AS PEOPLE OF THE

LIGHT.

FOR TERRY, FOR ME, FOR ALL

OF US, GOD BLESS YOU, AND

MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL

DAY.

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