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700 Club Interactive: The Prodigal Returns - April 4, 2014

She went from sitting in the first pew at church to dancing at a strip club. See what brought her back. Read Transcript


Gordon: FROM CHURCH TO

THE STRIP CLUB --

I WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING TO

DO WHAT I WANT TO DO, AND

YOU CAN'T STOP ME.

TAKING DRUGS, DRINKING

ALCOHOL, USING MEN FOR SEX,

WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE.

Gordon: SEE WHAT

BROUGHT HER HOME 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.

LIFE IS FULL OF CHOICES.

WE CHOOSE THE FOODS WE EAT,

THE JOBS WE TAKE, AND WHERE

WE GO ON VACATION, AND WE

ALL WANT TO MAKE SURE THE

CHOICE WE MAKE IS THE RIGHT

ONE.

Terry: AS A TEENAGER,

NADIA WANTED TO MAKE GOOD

CHOICES.

SHE WAS ACTIVE IN HER CHURCH

AND TOLD OTHERS ABOUT HER

FAITH, BUT THEN SHE MADE ONE

BAD CHOICE, AND BEFORE TOO

LONG SHE WAS TRAPPED IN

DARKNESS AND FAR FROM HOME.

I CALLED THESE

PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND THEY

WOULD COME FROM ALL OVER AND

SHOOT TOPLESS AND NAKED

PHOTOS OF ME.

AND THEY SAID, OH, YOU'RE

GOING TO LAND GREAT GIGS.

AND I BELIEVED IT, SO I LET

THEM DO THAT FOR FREE.

Reporter: NADIA COHEN

WAS NOW ENTERING THE WORLD

OF NUDE MODELING, VERY

DIFFERENT FROM THE VALUES

SHE GREW UP WITH.

EVERY YOUTH GROUP OR

ANYTHING WITH GOD, I WANTED

TO BE THERE.

I WOULD BE PRAYING IN SCHOOL

AND DO ALL OF THAT STUFF.

AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS COOL,

YOU KNOW, I'M GOING TO STAND

FOR CHRIST, AND NEVER

IMAGINED I WOULD GO THE

OPPOSITE WAY.

Reporter: NADIA FOUND

HERSELF BEGINNING TO RESENT

HER STRAIGHT CHRISTIAN

UPBRINGING WHEN SHE WASN'T

ALLOWED TO JOIN HER FRIENDS

IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF

CHURCH EVENTS.

I WANTED TO BE POPULAR.

I THOUGHT, SURELY THEY HAVE

BETTER LIVES THAN I DO.

BECAUSE NOBODY EVER SAW OUR

CONTROLLING LIFE.

THEY THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A

PERFECT FAMILY.

I DEALT WITH A LOT OF

IMPERFECTION IN MY LIFE, AND

I BECAME VERY ANGRY AT

THAT.

Reporter: IN HIGH

SCHOOL, A YOUTH LEADER TOLD

NADIA HE BELIEVED SHE HAD

IMPROPER MOTIVES FOR

ATTENDING A RETREAT AND

DIDN'T WANT HER TO GO.

I THOUGHT, THEY DON'T

WANT ME.

IT WAS SO HURTFUL, I STARTED

SHUTTING DOWN MY EMOTIONS

WITH GOD.

I BECAME ANGRY AND SAID, I'M

GOING TO DO WHAT I WANT TO

DO AND YOU CAN'T STOP ME.

I WENT AWAY FROM EVERYBODY

THAT WAS GOOD FOR ME.

Reporter: WHEN SHE WAS

18, SHE LEFT HOME TO PURSUE

A CAREER IN MODELING.

BUT THE PROMISE OF

HIGH-PAYING PHOTO SHOOTS

NEVER MATERIALIZED.

DESPERATE FOR WORK, NADIA

FOUND WORK AT A STRIP CLUB.

IT WAS EVERYTHING SHE

THOUGHT SHE WANTED.

I FELT LIKE A CELEBRITY.

I REMEMBER WALKING DOWN TO

THE POLE, AND WE WOULD HAVE,

LIKE, A GIRLS' PARADE.

I FELT BEAUTIFUL.

I FELT LIKE I HAD POWER AND

I HAD AUTHORITY.

AND I COULD MANIPULATE GUYS

INTO GIVING ME MONEY OR

GETTING ME ANYTHING I

WANTED.

I LEARNED HOW TO ROLE PLAY

AND TRICK PEOPLE OUT OF

MONEY.

I ENJOYED IT.

IT WAS LIKE A PARTY EVERY

NIGHT FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT AFTER A

WHILE, SHE REALIZED THE LIFE

OF A DANCER WASN'T AS

GLAMOROUS AS SHE FIRST

THOUGHT.

I DIDN'T REALIZE THE

CRIPPINES CREEPINESS OF THE

GUYS UNTIL LATER.

ALL THEY WANTED WAS YOUR

BODY.

THE FALSE IDENTITY, TAKING

DRUGS, DRINKING ALCOHOL,

USING MEN, SEX, WHATEVER IT

MIGHT BE, JUST REALLY MAKES

YOU BROKEN AND HARD.

IT MAKES YOU ALMOST

ANTI-HUMAN.

I JUST STARTED FEELING

LONELY AND DOWN BECAUSE I

DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANY

FRIENDS.

AS SOON AS THEY FOUND OUT

YOU WERE A DANCER, THEY

WOULD JUDGE YOU.

I TRIED TO PUSH PEOPLE AWAY

FROM ME BECAUSE I DIDN'T

WANT ANYBODY GETTING CLOSE

TO ME, EITHER.

Reporter: NADIA SAYS A

DARKNESS ENVELOPED HER

LIFE.

I WAS SO SCARED.

I WAS SO SCARED THAT

SOMEBODY WOULD COME IN OR

FOLLOW ME HOME.

I FELT A BLACK SPIRIT OVER

ME.

EVERY NIGHT I CAME HOME, I

REMEMBER CRYING.

AND I HAD TO HAVE LIGHTS ON

AND THE TV, SOME NOISE, I

WAS THAT SCARED.

I REMEMBER SITTING THERE ON

THE COUCH, DRINKING A WHOLE

BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE BY

MYSELF.

AND I REMEMBER JUST FEELING

THE LONELINESS AND I HIT

BOTTOM.

I REMEMBER IT FELT SO DARK.

I HAD NO ONE THERE.

I HAD NO FAMILY.

I JUST, LIKE, HOW COULD I

HAVE NOTHING IN MY LIFE?

AND I CONTEMPLATED ON ENDING

MY LIFE.

IT WAS JUST, LIKE, YOU CAN'T

POSSIBLY LIVE IN SUCH

LONELINESS.

Reporter: NADIA LONGED

FOR THE LOVE AND PEACE SHE

HAD WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER,

BUT SHE FELT SHE HAD RUN TOO

FAR FROM GOD.

I WAS TOO SCARED TO EVEN

TALK TO GOD OR EVEN PRAY.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I HAD

THAT LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS, AND SO I MISSED

IT.

AND FOR SO LONG I THREW IT

AWAY, I JUST WALKED AWAY

FROM GOD.

OF ALL OF THE THINGS I DID,

I'M, LIKE, THERE IS NO WAY

GOD CAN TAKE ME BACK NOW.

Reporter: A NEIGHBOR

INVITED HER TO A WOMEN'S

BIBLE STUDY AT A SUMMARY

TREAT.

SHE WENT.

AT THE RETREAT, NADIA FELT

THE LOVE OF GOD, SOMETHING

SHE HAD NOT EXPERIENCED FOR

A LONG TIME.

AFTER SO MANY PAINFUL

EXPERIENCES, AND JUST

LONELINESS, I WAS

JUST, LIKE, I FINALLY

UNDERSTOOD WHY THE PRODIGAL

SON STORY MEANT.

WHEN I CAME BACK TO GOD AND

JUST FELT THE LOVE THAT HE,

YOU KNOW, POURED OUT.

HE NEVER LEFT.

I LEFT.

AND SO WHEN I STARTED

FEELING THAT LOVE, I DIDN'T

FEEL ANY JUDGMENT UPON MY

LIFE.

I JUST GAVE HIM BACK MY LIFE

AND MY HEART.

AND ALL OF THE MESS I MADE

AND STUFF, GOD JUST ERASED

ALL OF THAT AND REBUILT MY

LIFE.

HE BROKE MY HEART AND MADE

IT HIS.

Reporter: NADIA

RECOMMITTED HER LIFE TO

JESUS AND QUIT HER JOB AS A

DANCER.

TODAY SHE GOES BACK TO THE

NIGHTCLUBS BUT WITH GIFTS OF

LOVE FOR THE WOMEN WHO NEED

TO KNOW THERE IS A GOD WHO

LOVES THEM.

I'M JUST TOUCHED EVERY

TIME THAT HE WOULD CALL ME

TO GO BACK AND SHOW LOVE TO

THESE WOMEN.

THIS IS REAL.

I'M JUST, LIKE, AMAZED AT

WHAT HE HAS DONE.

I'M SO IN AWE THAT GOD WOULD

JUST USE PEOPLE LIKE US,

PEOPLE LIKE ME.

Gordon: GOD WANTS TO

USE PEOPLE LIKE US.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

AND LET THAT SINK IN.

THAT HE TAKES WHAT'S

BROKEN -- HE TAKES EVEN THE

LIVES THAT WE'VE CASUALLY

THROWN AWAY, AND HE SAYS, I

CAN USE YOU.

I WANT YOU.

I CHOOSE YOU.

MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE NADIA.

MAYBE AT ONE POINT IN YOUR

LIFE YOU KNEW THE LOVE, YOU

KNEW THE ACCEPTANCE.

YOU KNEW ALL OF THESE

THINGS.

AND THEN FOR WHATEVER REASON

YOU WENT AWAY.

MAYBE LIKE HER SOMEONE HURT

YOU AT CHURCH.

MAYBE SOMEBODY HURT YOU AT

HOME.

BUT GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW

THAT HE STILL LOVES YOU.

AND HE NEVER WENT AWAY.

NADIA HAS GOT IT RIGHT.

SHE'S THE ONE THAT WENT

AWAY.

JESUS NEVER WENT ANYWHERE.

HE DIDN'T WANT THOSE BAD

THINGS TO HAPPEN TO HER.

BUT HE WAS THERE THROUGHOUT

IT, TO SAY, I'M HERE.

I'M KNOCKING ON THE DOOR.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HEAR

MY VOICE, OPEN THE DOOR, AND

I'LL COME IN.

AND I'LL TAKE WHATEVER IS

BROKEN AND FIX IT AND MAKE

IT NEW AGAIN, FROM THE

INSIDE OUT.

NOT SOME PATCH JOB, BUT A

NEW CREATION.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID,

BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE NEW.

AND THAT CAN HAPPEN FOR

YOU.

AND JUST LIKE NADIA, YOU CAN

SMILE AGAIN.

YOU CAN BE AROUND HIM AND

HAVE HIS PRESENCE AND HIS

LOVE.

NOW, IF YOU'VE BEEN SAYING,

I'VE GONE TOO FAR.

GOD DOESN'T WANT ANYTHING TO

DO WITH ME, LISTEN TO THIS

STORY.

HE DIED FOR YOU.

HE CAME JUST FOR YOU.

ONE OF HIS NAMES IS HE IS A

FRIEND OF SINNERS.

HE JUSTIFIES THE UNGODLY.

AND THAT'S ME AND THAT'S

YOU.

IF YOU JUST LET HIM.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, WHAT

I WANT YOU TO DO RIGHT

NOW -- DON'T TURN AWAY, BUT

RIGHT NOW, BOW YOUR HEAD.

ASK HIM IN.

ASK HIM TO RENEW YOU.

AND HE'LL DO THAT.

A BROKEN AND CONTRITE HEART,

BROKEN AND CONTRITE, HE WILL

IN NO WAY DESPISE.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

SO IF YOU WANT THIS, LET'S

PRAY.

AND LET'S LET JESUS DO ALL

OF THE REST.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, JUST

SAY HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I OPEN THE DOOR TO

YOU.

AND I ASK THAT YOU COME IN.

I ASK THAT YOU MAKE ME NEW

AGAIN.

I ASK THAT YOU TRANSFORM ME

AND BE IN ME AND BE ALL

AROUND ME.

AND FORGIVE ME AND SET ME

FREE.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO FOLLOW

YOU ALL OF THE DAYS OF MY

LIFE.

SO HEAR MY PRAYER.

RENEW ME.

LET ME KNOW THE JOY OF

SALVATION, THE JOY OF

KNOWING YOU.

DO IT NOW, FOR I ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A BAPTISM

IN YOUR HOLY SPIRIT, A

BAPTISM IN LOVE.

SURROUND THEM WITH YOUR

PEACE.

AND LET THEM KNOW THAT

THEY'RE PRAYER HAS BEEN

HEARD AND HAS BEEN ANSWERED

TODAY.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, I'VE

GOT A FREE PACKET FOR YOU.

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING ON

WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE PILL LERS

PILLARS OF THE FAITH.

IT IS ALL FREE.

THE PHONE CALL IS FREE,

TOO.

THERE IS NO FINANCIAL

OBLIGATION AT ALL.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, HIS

FAMILY WANTED HIM OFF DRUGS,

AND HE JUST WANTED TO GET

HIGH.

MY PARENTS CAME TO ME AND

SAID, WHERE DO YOU THINK WE

SHOULD GO?

AND, OF COURSE, I SAID

JAMAICA.

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS

JAMAICAN, AND I LOVED

MARIJUANA.

AND I KNEW JAMAICA WAS

WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS

HIGH-GRADE MARIJUANA.

Terry: HIS HOMECOMING

STORY AFTER THIS.

Terry: THESE DAYS MARK

MOORE IS THE LEAD SINGER FOR

A REGGAE BAND, BUT IT WASN'T

LONG AGO HE WAS A HUGE FAN

OF THE ROSTA MUSIC HIMSELF.

IT WAS IN REGGAE MUSIC I

THOUGHT I FOUND THE PERFECT

MARRIAGE OF USING THE DRUG

OF MY CHOICE AND MUSIC THAT

QUOTED THE BIBLE.

Reporter: MARK MOORE IS

THE LEAD VOCALIST AND

FOUNDER OF THE REGGAE BAND,

CHRISTOFARI.

REGGAE MUSIC QUOTES

SCRIPTURE, AND MISQUOTES

SCRIPTURE, AND YOU SMOKE

MARIJUANA.

Reporter: MARK GREW UP

SOUTH OF L.A. IN THE

1980s, WHERE HE SAYS HE

WAS A CLASSIC CALIFORNIA

STON STONER.

I BECAME A REAL REBEL.

IT STARTED OFF WITH

MARIJUANA, ESCALATED TO

COCAINE.

EVENTUALLY TO CRACK AND

CRYSTAL METH.

I WAS GROWING MARIJUANA IN

MY PARENTS' BACKYARD.

I WAS DEALING MARIJUANA.

I WAS A MESSED UP KID.

Reporter: HIS PARENTS

WERE CHRISTIANS, BUT MARK

SAYS HE COULDN'T RELATE TO

THEM.

I COULDN'T RELATE TO THE

TRUE JOY THAT WAS INSIDE OF

THEM BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE

THAT INSIDE OF ME BECAUSE I

WAS USING DRUGS.

AS I LOOKED BACK IN MY LIFE,

I REALIZED THERE WAS TWO

CRUCIAL THINGS THAT WOULD

CAUSE SOMEONE TO DO DRUGS OR

TO STRAY AWAY.

AND ONE IS TRYING TO FIT

IN.

AND IN MY CASE, I WAS TRYING

TO FIT IN WITH AN OLDER

CROWD.

I WAS TRYING TO BE

ACCEPTED.

AND THE OTHER IS TRYING TO

ESCAPE.

THEIR EFFORTS TO GET MARK

INTO A DRUG REHAB PROGRAM

WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.

ONCE MARK RAN AWAY FOR AN

ENTIRE SUMMER.

I STARTED TO FIND OUT

WHERE THE PARTIES WERE AND I

WOULD SPEND THE NIGHT AT THE

PARTY, WHICH IS EASY DURING

THE SUMMER.

Reporter: MARK'S

PARENTS EVENTUALLY TALKED

HIM INTO COMING HOME.

THEY SAID, WELL, JUST

COME BACK HOME.

WE JUST NEED YOU BACK HOME.

WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE.

WE WANT YOU TO BE HEALTHY.

SO I ACCEPTED THEIR

INVITATION AND ONLY UNDER

ONE PRETEXT, THAT EVERY

WEDNESDAY I WOULD SIT RIGHT

HERE IN THIS LIVING ROOM,

AND THEY WOULD HAVE ME READ

THE BIBLE WITH THEM AND

SHARE THE WORD OF GOD WITH

ME.

Reporter: WHEN MARK WAS

16, HE DISCOVERED HIS TRUE

PASSION DURING A FAMILY

VACATION.

ONE YEAR I REMEMBER MY

PARENTS CAME TO ME AND SAID,

WHERE DO YOU THM THINK WE

SHOULD GO?

AND, OF COURSE, I SAID

JAMAICA.

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS

JAMAICAN AND I LOVED

MARIJUANA.

I KNEW JAMAICA WAS

WELL-KNOWN FOR THE

HIGH-GRADE MARIJUANA.

AND JAMAICA IS WHERE I FIRST

GOT INTRODUCED TO THE ROSTA

CULTURE AND TO REGGAE

MUSIC.

IT WAS JAMAICA THAT THIS BUG

GOT IN MY TO DO REGGAE

MUSIC.

AND EVENTUALLY I STARTED TO

WRITE SONGS.

Reporter: MARK'S DRUG

USE CONTINUED THROUGH

SUMMER.

THEN ONE SUMMER HIS PARENTS

CONVINCED HIM TO GO TO A

CHRISTIAN CAMP.

AND HE MET A COUNSELLOR

NAMED MARCUS.

WE LIKED THE SAME MUSIC

AND WE HAD THE SAME PAST,

AND WE HAD SO MUCH IN

COMMON.

IT WAS THE COMMONALITIES

THAT MADE ME CONNECT IN

HIM.

ONE DAY I LOOKED AT HIM AND

I SAID THERE IS SOMETHING

DIFFERENT BETWEEN YOU AND

I.

AND I SAID, WHAT'S THE

DIFFERENCE?

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND HE

DIDN'T GIVE ME A SERMON, BUT

HE SAID, IT'S THE LOVE OF

GOD.

AND I REALIZED HE HAD

SOMETHING I NEEDED.

HE HAD HOPE IN HIS LIFE.

HE HAD A FUTURE.

Reporter: AT THAT

POINT, SOMETHING IN MARK

BROKE.

RIGHT AFTER MARCUS SAID

IT WAS THE LOVE OF GOD, I

HEARD A MODERN DAY RENDITION

OF THE PRODIGAL SON.

AND THIS GUY HAD DONE ALL OF

THE STUFF I HAD DONE.

AND YET HIS FATHER ACCEPTED

HIM WITH OPEN ARMS.

I REALIZED AT THAT MOMENT,

THAT NOT ONLY HAD MY EARTHLY

FATHER ACCEPTED ME WITH OPEN

ARMS, BUT MY HEAVENLY FATHER

HAD.

I FELL ON MY KNEES AND

PRAYED THE SINNERS' PRAYER.

THIS TIME IT WAS GOING TO BE

DIFFERENT.

I WAS GOING TO READ THE

BIBLE EVERY DAY.

I WAS GOING TO SUBMERSE

MYSELF IN GOD'S WORD AND

SPEND TIME WITH GOD EVERY

DAY.

AND THAT WAS THE

DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: WHEN MARK GOT

HOME FROM CAMP, HE BEGAN

INVITING HIS FRIENDS TO HIS

HOUSE TO STUDY THE BIBLE.

HE SAYS HIS ENCOUNTER WITH

MARCUS HAS ALLOWED HIM TO

RELATE THE GOSPEL IN WAYS

THEY CAN UNDERSTAND.

ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS

MARCUS SAID TO ME IS HE

DIFFERENT PREACH TO ME.

HE GAVE AN ANSWER IF I ASKED

THE QUESTION.

Reporter: MARK ALSO

CREDITS THE POWER OF PRAYING

PARENTS IN HIS EVENTUAL

TURNAROUND.

MY PARENTS NEVER GAVE UP

ON ME.

THEY PURSUED ME IN LOVE AND

IN DISCIPLINE, UNITED AS A

FRONT.

THEY CAME TO ME WITH THE

LOVE AND COMPASSION OF

CHRIST.

Reporter: LATER THAT

YEAR MARK SHARED HIS

TESTIMONY AT ANOTHER

CHRISTIAN CAMP.

THERE A CASUAL REMARK BY A

WORSHIP TEAM LEADER CHANGED

THE COURSE OF HIS LIFE.

I ASKED THE WORSHIP TEAM

AT THE CAMP IF THEY COULD

BACK ME AND DO MY REGGAE

MUSIC.

AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD

TRY.

AND THEY SAID YOU'RE A

CHRISTAFARI NOW.

Reporter: AND SINCE

THEN, THEY HAVE WON NUMEROUS

AWARDS.

WE HAVE BEEN TO 16

COUNTRIES, AND PLAYED BEFORE

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

WE'VE HAD SOME TREMENDOUS

OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH

ROSTAS, AND SEE THEM GIVE

THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST.

Reporter: AND HE HAS

SINCE MARRIED.

THE LORD HAS DONE SOME

INCREDIBLE THINGS, SIMPLE

YOUTH CAMP TO A MAN JUST

GIVING AN ANSWER TO HIS

FAITH.

WE'RE TWO IN THE WORLD DOING

THE DOING THE MUSIC THAT I

LOVE, WITH A WIFE THAT I

LOVE, FOR A LORD THAT I

LOVE, MINISTERING TO PEOPLE

I LOVE.

THAT'S THE BEST POSITION.

Terry: YOU KNOW, WHAT'S

SO FUNNY ABOUT ALL OF THAT

IS THAT MOST OF US WHEN

WE'RE YOUNG ARE LOOKING FOR

ADVENTURE.

WE THINK THAT WE HAVE ALL

THAT IT TAKES TO GO OUT AND

KIND OF FIND OUT WHAT THE

WORLD HAS TO OFFER.

AND IN THAT ADVENTURE WE

WILL FIND FUL FULFILLMENT.

YOU WERE CREATED FOR A

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

IT IS THE ANSWER TO ALL OF

THE THINGS YOU'RE SEARCHING

FOR.

THE EMPTINESS, THE SENSE OF

LACK OF FULFILLMENT -- ALL

OF THAT LIES IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

THAT'S WHAT MARK WAS TALKING

ABOUT, IN THE END HE FOUND

EVERYTHING IN HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

Gordon: WE GOT SOME

PRAYER REQUESTS ON

Facebook.

GREG SAYS, "I RAISED MY

DAUGHTER IN A CHRISTIAN

HOME.

SHE IS NOW IN HER TEENS AND

HAS NO CHRISTIAN FRIENDS.

RECENTLY SHE TOLD ME SHE

WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH

CHURCH AND IS NOW SMOKING

POT, DRINKING, AND WHO KNOWS

WHAT ELSE.

PLEASE PRAY WITH ME THAT SHE

WILL COME TO HER SENSES AND

THAT GOD WILL PROTECT HER

FROM THE BAD CHOICES SHE IS

MAKING."

YOU'VE GOT ONE, TERRY?

Terry: SANDRA

WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

SON, JAMES.

MY HUSBAND AND I GOT SAVED

WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY,

AND WE'VE RAISED OUR

CHILDREN TO LOVE JESUS.

BUT JAMES STILL STRUGGLES

WITH HIS FAITH.

PLEASE PRAY HE HAS AN

EXPERIENCE WITH GOD AND THAT

HE WILL KNOW THAT JESUS IS

REAL."

Gordon: LET'S DO THAT.

JOIN WITH US IN PRAYING FOR

THESE CHILDREN.

MY HEART BREAKS FOR WHAT'S

GOING ON IN AMERICA TODAY,

WHERE LITERALLY WE'RE HAVING

A FATHERLESS GENERATION.

LET'S SHOW THEM THE LOVE OF

THE FATHER AND HOW MUCH

JESUS WANTS THE PRODIGALS TO

COME HOME.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT UP THE NEEDS

FOR PARENTS WHO ARE CRYING

OUT FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE

SINGLE PARENTS WHO ARE

CRYING OUT FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

LORD, YOU PROMISED TO BE A

FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS.

YOU PROMISED.

AND WE TRUST IN YOUR

UNFAILING PROMISES.

AND IN YOUR UNFAILING LOVE.

SO, LORD, WE ASK THAT THEY

WOULD COME TO THEMSELVES AND

REALIZE YOU CAN RAISE THEM

UP.

YOU CAN SET THEM IN HEAVENLY

PLACES WITH YOU.

THEY NO LONGER HAVE TO BE

WITH THE PIGS.

THEY CAN BE WITH YOU.

AND THEY CAN HAVE A LIFE OF

ADVENTURE.

AND THAT YOU WANT TO LEAD

THEM.

SO, LORD, EXTEND FORTH YOUR

HAND.

AND WE ASK FOR MESSENGERS

AFTER YOUR OWN HEART TO GO

TO THEM AND LET THEM KNOW

THAT YOU LOVE THEM, THAT YOU

ACCEPT THEM.

AND THAT YOU CHERISH THEM.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, COMING UP, A MAN

STRUGGLING WITH TYPHOID

FINDS LIFE'S GREATEST GIFT

IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS

SICKNESS.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Terry: FOR YEARS A

NIGERIAN MAN NAMED KWAME

BATTLED TYPHOID FEVER.

THE LOCALS COULDN'T HEAL

HIM, SO KWAME TURNED

SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR HELP.

I BATTLED WITH TYPHOID

FEVER AS A CHILD AND AS AN

ADULT.

I ALWAYS FELT SICK.

MY MOTHER TRIED TRADITIONAL

MEDICINES, BUT NOTHING

HELPED.

AS AN ADULT, I EXPERIMENTED

WITH SMOKING, DRUGS, AND

ALCOHOL TO ESCAPE THE PAIN.

BUT THESE ONLY WORSENED MY

HEALTH CONDITION.

Reporter: SHARMAN'S

PROMISE TO HEAL KWAME FROM

HIS PAIN AND SICKNESS, AND

THEY SAID THEIR SPELLS WOULD

BRING HIM WEALTH AND FAME.

I SPENT ALL I HAD AND YET

I GOT NO RELIEF.

Reporter: THEN KWAME

WENT TO A CHRISTIAN CRUSADE

AND LISTENED TO A PASTOR

SPONSORED BY CBN.

HE SAW PEOPLE GETTING HEALED

OF THEIR SICKNESSES, AND

HEARD TESTIMONIES OF PEOPLE

WHO HAD GIVEN THEIR LIFE TO

CHRIST.

HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

GIVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST, BUT

KWAME SAID NO.

THEN A FEW DAYS LATER, HE

TURNED AND THE TELEVISION

AND "THE 700 CLUB" WAS ON.

THE HOST, A WHITE MAN,

PRAYED FOR PEOPLE.

I JOINED HIM.

SOMEHOW I BELIEVED I WOULD

BE HEALED.

AFTER THE PRAYERS, I

SUDDENLY FELT RELIEF.

Reporter: KWAME

ACCEPTED JESUS INTO HIS

LIFE, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME

IN YEARS HE WASN'T IN PAIN,

AND HE COULD BREATHE AND

SLEEP BETTER.

HE SAYS HE FELT A RELIEF HE

HAD NEVER KNOWN.

MY LIFE HAS REALLY

CHANGED.

NOW I KNOW THAT GOD EXISTS.

HE HAS MADE A GREAT

DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: EVERYONE HE

KNEW NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE

AND ASKED HIM WHAT HAD

HAPPENED.

AS HE SHARED HIS TESTIMONY

WITH PEOPLE, MORE THAN 70 OF

HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY

MEMBERS GAVE THEIR LIVES TO

CHRIST, TOO.

I'M TRULY GRATEFUL TO GOD

FOR MY SALVATION ON FOR

CBN'S PROGRAMS.

I HAVE WITNESSED THE AMAZING

IN MY LIFE.

THANK YOU.

Terry: I LOVE THAT.

"I HAVE WITNESSED THE

AMAZING IN MY LIFE."

GOD DID AN AMAZING THING FOR

KWAME, WHO HAD SUFFERED WITH

THIS ILLNESS THROUGH HIS

CHILDHOOD AND EVEN THROUGH

HIS ADULTHOOD.

NOT ONLY DID GOD SAVE HIM,

BUT WHEN OTHERS SAW THE

AMAZING THING HE HAD DONE,

THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHO IS

HIS JESUS?

AND AS KWAME SHARED THAT

TRUTH, OTHERS AROUND HIM

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Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM

MATTHEW 11, VERSE 28, AND IF

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CHRISTIAN WALK, REMEMBER

THIS ONE: "COME TO ME, ALL

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MAY YOU ENTER FOR ALL THOSE

THAT BELIEVE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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