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700 Club Interactive: Change the World - April 9, 2014

Can one person make a difference? See how two people are helping to change the world. Read Transcript


Terry: THE PREACHER

WHO'S CHURCH IS HELD IN A

NIGHTCLUB.

IT'S EXTREMELY IMPERFECT,

AND THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY

FITS IN.

ONE TIME SOMEBODY WAS LIKE,

I DON'T GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE

THERE IS A LOT OF

HYPOCRITES.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WE'VE GOT

ROOM FOR ONE MORE.

Terry: MEET TODAY'S

UNCONVENTIONAL NEW YORK

PASTOR ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB."

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 OUR PROGRAM.

JUSTIN BIEBER HAS TWEETED

ABOUT HIS MUSIC AND HIS

DRINKING, AND ODDLY, HE HAS

ALSO TWEETED ABOUT HIS

FRIENDSHIP WITH A NEW YORK

CITY PASTOR NAMED CARL

LENZ.

THAT'S RIGHT, TERRY, AND

BIEBER ISN'T THE ONLY ONE

TALKING ABOUT HIM.

THE PASTOR HAS THOUSANDS

JOINING HIS CHURCH EVERY

WEEK.

AND MANY WOULD NEVER HAVE

STEPPED INTO A TRADITIONAL

CHURCH BEFORE.

CHARLENE AARON HAS MORE.

LORD, HERE I AM.

USE ME.

I KNOW YOU'RE NOT LOOKING

FOR PERFECT PEOPLE.

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AVAILABLE

ONES.

I WILL GO.

Reporter: EVERY SUNDAY

THOUSANDS FLOCK TO THIS

CHURCH IN NEW YORK CITY.

BUT THIS CHURCH IS COMPLETE

WITH STROBE LIGHTS,

CONCERT-LIKE WORSHIP, AND AN

UNCONVENTIONAL LEADER IN

PASTOR CARL LENZ.

HE LOOKS MORE LIKE A ROCK

STAR THAN A MAN OF THE

CLOTH, DONNING LEATHER

JACKETS AND JEANS INSTEAD OF

A SHIRT AND TIE.

AND HIS MESSAGE IS ALSO OUT

OF THE BOX.

OUR CHURCH IS AWESOME.

I ALWAYS SAY IT IS EXTREMELY

IMPERFECT, AND

THERE ARE A LOT OF

HYPOCRITES, AND I WAS, LIKE,

WE'VE GOT ROOM FOR ONE

MORE.

JUSTIN BIEBER VISITED

LENZ'S CHURCH LAST YEAR.

AND HE EVEN TWEETED ABOUT

THE SERVICE SAYING, "LOVE TO

MY GUY AT THE CHURCH THIS

MORNING.

LOVE YOU, MAN, I BROKE DOWN

TODAY."

THERE ARE NOW REPORTS THAT

BIEBER IS PLANNING TO BE

BAPTIZED BY LENZ'S CHURCH.

I LOVE JUSTIN.

HE IS A GOOD KID.

HE IS TRYING TO FIGURE HIS

OUT.

HIS BEHAVIOR -- HE IS

FIGURING IT OUT.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

PEOPLE ARE LIKE, IS HE EVEN

A CHRISTIAN?

WITH JUSTIN, I TELL PEOPLE,

GRACE AND ACCEPTANCE DOES

NOT MEAN APPROVAL.

I CAN ACCEPT YOU AS A HUMAN

BEING AND NOT APPROVE OF

YOUR ACTIONS.

THAT'S HOW WE'VE BEEN

LOVED.

WE LOVE BECAUSE WE WERE

FIRST LOVED.

WITH JUSTIN, IT IS NOT MY

JOB TO BE HIS POLICE

OFFICER.

IT IS MY JOB TO BE A FRIEND

TO HIM, AND THAT'S ALL I

AM.

Reporter: LENZ

CO-FOUNDED THE MEGA CHURCH

TWO YEARS AGO AS AN

EXTENSION OF THE MAIN HILL

SONG CHURCH IN SYDNEY,

AUSTRALIA.

BUT LENZ, WHO HAS NEARLY

70,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER

AND 59,000 ON INSTAGRAM IS

QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT HIS

CHURCH IS OPEN TO PEOPLE

FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

THERE HAPPENS TO BE

PEOPLE WHO ARE FAMOUS.

SO WE SHOULD BE REACHING

OUT.

THERE ARE ALSO PEOPLE WHO

ARE NOT FAMOUS.

WE SHOULD BE REACHING THEM.

SO WHEN IT COMES TO

CELEBRITIES, I ALWAYS SAY,

YEAH, BUT CELEBRITIES ARE

PEOPLE THE LAST TIME I

CHECKED.

Reporter: BUT HE IS NOT

SO QUICK TO ADDRESS MORAL

ISSUES LIKE ABORTION AND

HOMOSEXUALITY.

DURING AN APPEARANCE ON

KATIE COURIC, LENZ WAS ASKED

IF HE A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO

SPEAK PUBLICLY ABOUT

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES, TO

WHICH HE ANSWERED, NO,

BECAUSE WE TRY TO BE LIKE

JESUS.

Reporter: HE TOLD CBN

NEWS HE DOESN'T WANT TO MAKE

BLANKET STATES ABOUT

MORALITY, PREFERRING TO HAVE

CONVERSATIONS THAT CAN BUILD

BRIDGES.

HOMOSEXUALITY IS

SOMETHING RIGHT NOW THAT

PEOPLE ARE REALLY, REALLY

LOOKING AT.

I WOULD RATHER TALK TO THESE

PEOPLE ON MY OWN AND WALK IT

OUT THAN MAKE A BIG, BOLD

STATEMENT IN THE PAPERS,

WHERE SOMEBODY INTO IS

ALREADY OSTRACIZED -- I HATE

IT WHEN I TALK TO SOMEBODY

WHO HAS A PRECONCEIVED

NOTION OF WHAT I'M GOING TO

SAY OR DO.

AND I DON'T THINK IT IS

FAIR.

SO I DISRESPECTFULLY DECLINE

TO ANSWER IT IN MOST

FORUMS.

Reporter: FOR THAT AND

MORE HE HAS CRITICS, WHICH

HE SAYS HELP MAKE HIM

BETTER.

I DON'T HAVE IT ALL

TOGETHER.

AND THERE ARE AREAS IN MY

LIFE WHERE I'M TRYING TO DO

BETTER AS WELL.

I'M TRYING TO HANDLE

CRITICISM BETTER.

I'M SENSITIVE, AND I OFTEN

WANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD, WHICH

IS A PROBLEM IF YOU'RE A

CHRISTIAN.

I'M GOING TO TAKE IT ON

BOARD, AND I'LL DO MY BEST

TO WALK WITH THE HUMBLY AND

SAY -- I NEVER WRITE

CRITICISM OFF.

MOST PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE US

SIMPLY DO NOT KNOW US.

Reporter: WITH A

GROWING CHURCH AND HIS NAME

AMONG THE STARS, MANY ASK IF

CARL LENZ IS THE NEXT BIG

THING IN CHRISTIANITY.

TO THAT, HE SIMPLY SAYS --

I KNOW ME.

I DON'T THINK SO.

I DON'T THINK WE NEED

ANOTHER BIG THING.

I THINK WE HAD A BIG THING,

WHICH IS THE CROSS ON

CAVALRY.

THAT'S THE ONLY BIG THING

NEEDED.

I THINK I'M A SMALL THING

USED BY A BIG GOD.

WE'LL LET PEOPLE SAY WHAT

THEY WANT TO SAY.

IF YOU START LIVING OFF THE

PRAISES OF PEOPLE, YOU'LL

DIE FROM THE CRITICISM AS

WELL.

SO WE LIVE RIGHT IN THE

MIDDLE.

TERRY, IT IS VERY

INTERESTING WHAT IS GOING ON

IN CARL LENZ'S LIFE, AS HE

IS GETTING MORE AND MORE

ACCLAIM AND CRITICISM.

IT MADE ME THINK OF ANOTHER

PASTOR FROM SCOTLAND.

HE HAS BEEN IN OHIO FOR MANY

YEARS.

ALSTER BEGG IS HIS NAME.

AND HE TALKED ABOUT WHAT

HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY

GET PUT UP ON A PEDESTAL.

HE SAID, "FLATTERY IS LIKE

PERFUME, SNIFF IT, DON'T

SWALLOW IT."

I LOVE WHAT HE SAID

ESPECIALLY, I'M NOT A BIG

THING.

WE ALREADY HAD A BIG THING.

AND HE POINTS PEOPLE BACK TO

JESUS.

Terry: FLATTERY IS A

TOUGH THING TO CONTEND WITH,

BUT CARL DOES SEEM TO HAVE

HIS HEAD ON STRAIGHT.

YOU HOPE IT STAYS LIKE

THAT.

YOU KNOW, YOU JUST GET SO

SAD WHEN YOU SEE SOMEBODY

WHO HAS REALLY GOT SOMETHING

GOOD TO SAY, AND WE'VE SEEN

IT MANY TIMES IN THE PAST,

AND THEN THEY JUST GET

SWALLOWED UP.

AND LOTS OF TIMES

ENTERTAINERS WHO ARE REALLY

GIFTED, TALENTED, AND THEN

THEY WIND UP GOING DOWN A

PATH THAT DISAPPOINTS

PEOPLE.

SO YOU KNOW, KEEPING THEIR

EYES ON JESUS, I THINK

THAT'S WHAT CARL IS SAYING

AND IT IS A WORD FOR ALL OF

US.

KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS

TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A

MAN WHO CAME, HE SAID, TO

SERVE, AND NOT TO BE

SERVED.

AND THE FACT THAT JESUS

LITERALLY WASHED HIS

DISCIPLES FEET -- WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT JESUS, SOON TO

DIE, WASHING THE FEET OF 12

DISCIPLES, HOW LONG THAT

WOULD TAKE, AND THE HUMILITY

THAT SHOWED.

AND HE BACKED UP WHAT HE

SAID.

YOU REMEMBER, TERRY, WHEN

TEACHERS OF THE LAW WERE

ALWAYS TRYING TO BACK JESUS

INTO A CORNER.

AND WE SEE AN INCIDENT OF

THAT IN THE 22nd CHAPTER

OF MATTHEW.

ONE OF THE PHARISEES

SAYS, "TEACHER, WHICH IS THE

GREATEST COMMANDMENT IN THE

LAW?"

JESUS REPLIED "LOVE THE

LORD, YOUR GOD, WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART, WITH ALL OF YOUR

SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR

MIND."

AND HE SAID THIS IS THE

FIRST AND GREATEST

COMMANDMENT, AND THE SECOND

IS LIKE IT, "LOVE YOUR

NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."

THOSE ARE DAUNTING

CHALLENGES.

AND YOU HAVE TO SAY HOW DO I

LOVE JESUS WITH MY HEART AND

SOUL AND OTHER GOSPELS ADD

STRENGTH.

I SUPPOSE THAT'S WHY HE

FOLLOWED IT WITH "LOVE YOUR

NEIGHBOR," BECAUSE IF WE ARE

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR, IT IS A

GOOD GAUGE, ARE WE LOVING

GOD WITH OUR HEART, SOUL,

AND MIND.

Terry: AND THE PICTURE

OF JESUS WASHING HIS

DISCIPLES' FEET IS A GOOD

PICTURE TO KEEP IN OUR

MIND.

AND I LOVE THAT YOU BROUGHT

OUT IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN

TIME, AND HE TOOK THE TIME.

THAT'S ANOTHER ELEMENT.

TO BE THERE FOR THAT

SCENE, AND BEING A DISCIPLE,

WAITING FOR THE MASTER TO

COME AND WASH YOUR FEET IS A

HUMBLING THING.

STILL AHEAD, FIND OUT HOW

ONE ORPHAN BECAME AN ANSWER

TO PRAYER.

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

BUT SHE MISCARRIED FIVE

TIMES.

AND THEN ONE NIGHT SHE

RECEIVED A CALL AND SHE WAS

GIVEN THE GIFT SHE HAD

ALWAYS LONGED FOR.

I HAD GOTTEN A CALL, AND

THEY TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS

A LITTLE BABY GIRL,

ABANDONED, AND WOULD I BE

HER FOSTER MOTHER?

AND I HAD A FEELING THAT --

I HAD A FEELING THAT THIS

WAS SOMEONE SPECIAL.

SO I WAS, LIKE, ABSOLUTELY.

AND THEY TOLD ME SHE HAD

BEEN BORN ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

AND SO I WENT.

AND IT WAS THE NEXT DAY, AND

THEY TOLD ME I COULD GO TO

THE HOSPITAL AND PICK HER

UP.

SHE WAS JUST THE MOST

BEAUTIFUL BABY I'VE EVER

SEEN.

AND I JUST FELT INSTANT LOVE

FOR HER.

THEY SAID, WHAT WOULD YOU

NAME HER?

AND I SAID MARIAH, BECAUSE

MUSIC IS FROM GOD.

I HAD LOST FIVE BABIES, SO I

PRAYED FOR A LONG TIME FOR A

CHILD.

AND MARIAH IS, I BELIEVE,

THE ANSWER TO A MILLION

PRAYERS.

I'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH AN

AMAZING FAMILY AND AN

AMAZING MOTHER WHO ADOPTED

ME.

SO THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME

GOING.

WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE

GIRL AND FRIENDS WOULD COME

OVER TO PLAY, SHE WOULD

ALWAYS WANT TO BE GIVING HER

TOYS TO THEM.

AND I WOULD SAY, NO, YOU

CAN'T GIVE THEM THAT.

YOU GOT THAT FOR CHRISTMAS.

SO WHAT WE HAD TO DO WAS GO

TO A DOLLAR STORE AND GOT A

GIFT BASKET AND FILLED IT

UP, SO WHEN HE FRIENDS WERE

OVER AND THEY LEFT, SHE

COULD GIVE THEM A PRESENT.

MARIAH WOULD ALWAYS NOTICE

THINGS AND PEOPLE AND SHE

WOULD NOTICE SUFFERING.

AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS POINT

IT OUT.

SHE IS A VERY COMPASSIONATE

YOUNG LADY.

WE HAD GONE TO EAT, AND A

HOMELESS MAN CAME UP AND HE

HAD, WELL, PROBABLY

EVERYTHING HE OWNED WITH

HIM.

IT WAS TRAGIC TO SEE HIM

LIVING THAT WAY, WITHOUT A

HOME, WITHOUT ANY WARMTH,

WITHOUT ANY FOOD.

SO I JUST WANTED TO DO WHAT

I COULD.

WE HAD A BLANKET IN THE BACK

OF OUR CAR, AND I GOT OUT

AND GAVE IT TO HIM.

AND IT JUST BROKE MY HEART.

WHEN WE GOT HOME, SHE

WENT UPSTAIRS AND WENT TO

OUR LINEN CLOSET, AND SHE

CAME DOWN, AND SHE WAS STILL

IN TEARS, AND SHE HAD A BIG

PILE OF BLANKETS IN HER HAND

AND SAID, I DON'T EVEN

RECOGNIZE THESE.

AND THAT'S HOW "BLANKETS FOR

THE HOMELESS" WAS STARTED.

* SUN RISES INTO LIFE

*

* I SEE THE SUN, AND IT'S

COMING INSIDE *

* HIGHS AND LOWS AND

SORROWS *

WE TYPICALLY BUY ALL OF

THIS, BUT WE'VE BEEN --

WE'VE STARTED TO GET A LOT

OF DONATIONS.

WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY

HELPFUL.

IT USUALLY TAKES ABOUT TWO

AND A HALF HOURS TO LOAD THE

CAR WITH ALL OF THE BLANKETS

AND THE FOOD.

I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT.

* A HIGHER NEED TO BE

FREE *

EVERY HOMELESS PERSON

THAT I'VE MET HAS BEEN VERY

MEMORABLE AND HAS BROKE MY

HEART IN SOME WAY.

THEY HAVE COME AND

BROUGHT US BLANKETS AND FOOD

AND JACKETS.

AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE

WE STAY, THEY FIND US.

AND THEY COME TO US.

*

GOD BLESS YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

*

WOULD YOU GUYS LIKE A

BLANKET OR LUNCH?

EVERY TIME THEY HAVE SAID

YES, AND THEY'VE BEEN VERY

RECEPTIVE AND VERY

APPRECIATIVE.

THANK GOD THERE ARE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.

BECAUSE YOU ALL HAVE BEEN

SO GOOD.

IT'S WONDERFUL.

GOD BLESS YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

* TOUCH THE HAND I WILL

SEE *

WE KNOW THAT GOD IS

KEEPING US SAFE THE ENTIRE

TIME WE'RE GOING, AND HE

GUIDES US TO WHERE WE'RE

GOING.

AND WE JUST KNOW THAT IN

SOME WAY WE'RE GOING TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE WITH GOD'S

HELP.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID

TO ME, YOU'RE SETTING SUCH A

GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR

CHILD.

AND I THINK, NO, IT'S MARIAH

WHO IS SETTING THE EXAMPLE

FOR ME.

* LIKE TOMORROW, I WILL

FLY *

EXCUSE ME, WOULD YOU LIKE

A BLANKET OR LUNCH?

*

I HOPE THAT WE GET A LOT

MORE HELP TO HELP THE

HOMELESS.

AND I HOPE THIS CHANGES

PEOPLE'S MINDS ON HOW THEY

VIEW THE HOMELESS.

AND I HOPE IT CHANGES THE

HOMELESS PEOPLE'S EYES.

KNOWING HER

CIRCUMSTANCES, I DO THINK

THAT MAKES HER MORE AWARE.

IN REALITY, SHE WAS

HOMELESS.

IN THE BEGINNING OF HER

LIFE.

AND SO SHE FEELS A NEED AND

A DRIVE TO HELP AS MANY

PEOPLE AS SHE CAN.

*

Terry: BOY, I LOVE THAT

STORY BECAUSE I THINK MARIAH

IS SUCH A PICTURE OF THE

GRACE AND THE MERCY AND THE

GOODNESS OF GOD.

IT IS SUCH AN INDICATION,

ALSO, I THINK, ANDREW, OF

HOW GOD TAKES WHAT COULD

HAVE BEEN A VERY NEGATIVE

SITUATIONMENT AND

SITUATION.

AND IF WE'RE LISTENING, AND

WE HEAR THE VOICE AND LET

OUR HEARTS BE TOUCHED TO

WHAT HE IS TEACHING US

THROUGH OUR OWN

CIRCUMSTANCES AND THROUGH

HIS LOVE, WE CAN MAKE AN

IMPACT ON THE WORLD IN A

POWERFUL WAY.

SOMETIMES THE VERY WOUNDS

WE HAVE LEAD US TO KNOW HOW

TO HELP OTHERS.

ESPECIALLY TOUCHING THAT

HOMELESS WOMAN, WHO SAID,

THEY COME TO US.

THEY COME TO US.

Terry: WITHOUT

JUDGMENT.

WITHOUT SCORN, WITHOUT

LOOKING DOWN ON THEM.

BUT COME REALLY ON LEVEL

GROUND SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE

HAVE BROUGHT SOMETHING FOR

YOU.

AND AS WE LOOKED AT THE

WORDS OF JESUS EARLIER IN

THIS PROGRAM, "LOVE YOUR

NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," AND,

BOY, IS IT HUMBLING TO WATCH

THAT FAMILY.

Terry: I THINK MAR

MARIAH SETS THE BAR PRETTY

HIGH FOR THE REST OF US.

SHE SAYS, IT TAKES ABOUT TWO

AND A HALF HOURS TO DO THIS;

I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT.

WOW, WOW, WOW!

GOOD THINGS FOR US TO THINK

ABOUT.

WE'VE HAD SOME QUESTIONS

THAT HAVE COME IN IN OUR

CHATROOM.

CORY SAYS, "MY MOM IS REALLY

POOR.

SHE IS RAISING ME AND MY

FOUR BROTHERS ALONE IN

SECTION 8 HOUSING."

THIS IS A SINGLE MOM WITH

FIVE CHILDREN.

"I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE,

BUT I HAVE TO GET A JOB TO

SUPPORT MY FAMILY.

HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IN MY WORLD IF I CAN'T GET

OUT OF MY FAMILY'S

POVERTY?"

WELL, THAT'S A TOUGH ONE.

CORY, I WANT TO SAY TO YOU

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE

UP.

ASK GOD.

HE WILL OPEN A DOOR, HE WILL

MAKE A WAY FOR YOU.

I'VE SEEN HIM DO IT FOR

OTHER PEOPLE.

RIGHT HERE AT OUR CAMPUS AT

REGENT UNIVERSITY, I HAVE

SEEN PEOPLE COME IN, EVEN

FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, WITH

NOTHING, JUST FEELING THE

LIGHT OF THE LORD.

AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO PAY

THEIR FULL TUITION.

THERE IS MONEY AVAILABLE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, I WOULD

SAY TO YOU THAT YOU SHOULD

TAP INTO A SCHOOL.

SCHOOLS ARE LOOKING FOR AN

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF

YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU, WHO

HAVE PROMISE AND HOPE IN

THEIR HEARTS, BUT NOT THE

MEANS.

SOMETIMES THEY'LL HAVE AT A

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR A

UNIVERSITY SOMEONE WHO IS A

DONOR TO THE SCHOOL THAT

SAYS, I WANT TO MAKE IT

POSSIBLE FOR A YOUNG PERSON

TO GO TO COLLEGE THAT

DOESN'T HAVE THE MEANS

THEMSELVES.

AND I WOULD DO THAT.

AND, TERRY, ALSO PERHAPS

CORY CAN CONSIDER, AND IT

MAY NOT BE GLAMOROUS, BUT

STARTING WITH YOUR OWN

FAMILY.

YOU SAID HOW CAN I MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD?

YOU CAN MAKE A TREMENDOUS

DIFFERENCE IN YOUR WORLD

WITH YOUR OWN FAMILY.

I THINK TERRY, A LOT OF

TIMES WE THINK WHAT CAN I DO

OUTSIDE OF MY COMMUNITY OR

AREA, AND WE NEGLECT OUR

VERY OWN FAMILY ISSUES.

Terry: IT IS A BIG

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOMEONE

YOUR AGE, CORY, TO FEEL LIKE

YOU HAVE TO GET A JOB TO

SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY.

YOU'RE REALLY HELPING YOUR

MOM AND YOUR SIBLINGS, AND

THAT'S AN AWESOME, AWESOME

THING.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE LEFT

BEHIND IN THAT PROCESS.

GOD IS NOT GOING TO LEAVE

YOU BEHIND.

PRAY.

ASK THE LORD TO COME IN AND

GIVE HIM YOUR LIFE, AND SAY,

GOD, I WANT TO LIVE FOR

YOU.

SHOW ME HOW TO DO THAT.

ADAM SAYS, "I RECENTLY

TRIED TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY

TO GO ON A MISSIONS TRIP TO

UGANDA.

MY PASTOR SAID IF IT WAS

GOD'S WILL, HE WOULD

SURVIVE.

IN THE END, I WAS $500 SHORT

AND MISSED OUT ON THE TRIP.

WAS IT NOT THE WILL OF GOD

FOR ME TO GO?

I FEEL SO DISAPPOINTED."

THE BIBLE SAYS GOD WILL

DIRECT OUR STEPS IF WE LAY

IT BEFORE HIM IN PRAYER.

HE WILL DIRECT OUR STEPS.

AND SOMETIMES, I THINK,

TERRY, WE THINK THIS IS

SOMETHING THAT GOD WOULD

SUPPORT.

WHO WOULDN'T?

IT'S A MISSIONS TRIP, OF

COURSE HE IS GOING TO SEND

ME.

PERHAPS GOD HAD SOMETHING

BETTER FOR YOU, AND PERHAPS

THERE WAS DANGERS YOU

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO

FACE AT THE TIME.

Terry: AND, ADAM, I HAD

THIS HAPPEN IN MY OWN LIFE,

SO I SHARE IT FOR WHAT IT IS

WORTH, AND SOMETIMES GOD IS

TEACHING US, TRAINING US, TO

ACCEPT HIS WILL WHEN IT

DOESN'T FALL IN LINE WITH

OUR OWN.

TO KNOW GOD IS GOOD EVEN

WHEN THE ANSWER WE GET INTO

THE ONE WE WANT.

THAT'S PART OF OUR CHARACTER

BEING SHAPED BY GOD, DON'T

YOU THINK, IN ALL OF THAT.

I WOULD REST IN THAT.

IT'S NOT THAT GOD DOESN'T

LIKE UGANDA, OR YOUR ABILITY

TO BE A GAME CHANGER, BUT HE

IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR

HEART.

SALLY SAYS "I 16 YEARS OLD

AND I WANT TO BE A

MISSIONARY, BUT MY PARENTS

DON'T WANT ME TO TRAVEL

OVERSEAS.

THEY THINK I COULD BE

KIDNAPPED.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

SHOULD I PRAY AND SAVE MY

MONEY, OR SHOULD I HONOR

THEIR WISHES?"

Terry: MAYBE YOU COULD

DO BOTH.

IF GOD PUT THAT ON YOUR

HEART, YOU COULD QUIETLY

SAVE MONEY AND WHEN THE TIME

IS RIGHT, ASK GOD.

YOU'RE 16 YEARS OLD, AND

YOUR PARENTS LOVE YOU AND

ARE AFRAID TO HAVE YOU GO

OUT THERE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DAY

MAY COME, I WAS JUST WITH A

YOUNG GIRL WHO IS IN THE

PROCESS OF DOING A GREAT

WORK IN GHANA.

SHE IS HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES AND SHE IS DOING

FUNDRAISING FOR THINGS

NEEDED THERE, BUT SHE IS

GETTING HER COLLEGE DEGREE

TO PLEASE HER PARENTS.

IN THE END, YOU'LL BE WORTH

FAR MORE TO THE NEED YOU'D

LIKE TO MEET AROUND THE

WORLD ONCE YOU TAKE CARE OF

LEARNING AND GATHERING

INFORMATION AND BECOMING GOD

AT WHAGOOD AT WHAT GOD IS

LEADING YOU.

AND HERE IS ANOTHER, "I

WANT TO GO BLESS OTHER

PEOPLE, BUT IT IS NOT

HAPPENING, AND SHOULD I TILL

STILL PRAY."

YES, STILL PRAY, BUT TRUST

YOUR PARENTS.

Terry: SOMETIMES GOD

SAYS YES, AND SOMETIMES HE

SAYS NO, AND SOMETIMES HE

SAYS, NOT NOW.

IT DOESN'T MEAN IT IS NOT

GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT JUST

NOT TODAY.

STILL AHEAD, YOU DON'T

NEED TO GET ON A PLANE TO

TAKE CARE OF THE POOR AROUND

THE WORLD.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW OUR

VIEWERS ARE DOING JUST THAT

RIGHT FROM THEIR OWN HOME.

THAT'S NEXT.

STAY WITH US.

Terry: IN EASTERN

AFRICA, MEN OF THE MASI

TRIBE ARE RAISED TO BE

WARRIORS, AND THEY SPEND

MUCH OF THEIR TIME AWAY FROM

HOME.

THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN ARE

OFTEN LEFT BEHIND TO FEND

FOR THEMSELVES.

IN ONE KENYAN VILLAGE, THE

FAMILIES WENT WITHOUT BASIC

NECESSITIES, LIKE FOOD AND

WATER.

Reporter: IN THE FOOD

HILLS OF MT. KILIMANJARO,

WHERE THE MASI LIVE,

"OPERATION BLESSING" OWNED

50 ACRES OF LAND.

IT'S A POOR AREA, WHERE MANY

PEOPLE HAVE NO EDUCATION AT

ALL.

SO THE FIRST THING WE DID

WAS BUILD A SCHOOL.

I NEVER THOUGHT MY

CHILDREN WOULD GET AN

EDUCATION.

NOW THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" HAS BUILT A SCHOOL

HERE, I CAN WALK MY CHILDREN

TO SCHOOL.

THIS IS A GREAT BLESSING.

GOD HAS REMEMBERED US.

Reporter: UNTIL NOW,

THE CLOSEST SCHOOL WAS MORE

THAN FIVE MILES AWAY.

THIS AREA, WHERE DOZENS OF

MASI FAMILIES LIVE, IS RIGHT

IN BETWEEN TWO MAJOR GAME

PARKS, AND IT IS A HIGH

TRAFFIC ZONE FOR ELEPHANTS.

THE MASI I TALKED TO SAID

THE ELEPHANTS DON'T USUALLY

MESS WITH ADULTS, BUT THEY

HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ATTACK

CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE TO WORK SO HARD TO

MAKE A LIVING, THEY CAN'T

TAKE THE TIME OUT OF THEIR

DAY TO WALK FIVE MILES ADAY

TO AND FROM SCHOOL.

SO THIS SCHOOL REALLY

REPRESENTS THE ONLY

OPPORTUNITY THESE KIDS HAVE

AT GETTING AN EDUCATION.

[CHEERING]

Reporter: AS SOON AS WE

OPENED THE SCHOOL, FAMILIES

SIGNED UP MORE THAN 60

CHILDREN.

THEY LOVE GOING TO SCHOOL

HERE.

BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE THE

TEACHERS LONG TO REALIZE

THAT NO ONE WAS BRINGING

ANYTHING TO EAT FOR LUNCH.

THEY FOUND OUT FAMILIES

DIDN'T HAVE ANY FOOD TO SEND

WITH THEIR KIDS.

SO WE'RE GIVING THE KIDS

FREE LUNCHES AND TAKING FOOD

TO THE MOST NEEDY FAMILIES.

THE FAMILIES HERE ARE SO

GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP OF

"OPERATION BLESSING," THAT

WHILE WE'RE SERVING LUNCH TO

THE CHILDREN, THE PARENTS

CAME OUT TO SING A

TRADITIONAL SONG FOR US.

IT IS IN MASI, AND IT

TRANSLATES, "WE DIDN'T

EXPECT IT, BUT A BLESSING

HAS COME TO US."

FAMILIES ARE NOW FARMING A

LARGE PORTION OF "OPERATION

BLESSING'S" LAND SO THEY

ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO

EAT.

THIS IS A DRY PART OF

AFRICA, WHERE THE PLANTS AND

THE PEOPLE NEED WATER

DESPERATELY.

SO WE ALSO DUG A DEEP WELL

HERE.

AND WE STILL HAVE ENOUGH

LAND FOR JOB TRAINING

CENTERS, SCHOOL EXPANSION,

OR MORE FARMING.

AS WE KEEP WORKING,

"OPERATION BLESSING" WILL

CONTINUE TO GIVE HOPE TO THE

MASI IN THIS ISOLATED PART

OF KENYA.

THIS IS WHERE I WAS

BORN.

I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING

LIKE THIS HERE.

IT IS LIKE A MIRACLE COMING

INTO A PLACE WHERE THERE WAS

NOTHING.

WE ARE PRAYING AND THANKING

THE LORD FOR WHAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS DOING IN THIS

AREA.

Terry: THIS IS WHERE I

WAS BORN, AND I'VE NEVER

SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

IT IS LIKE A MIRACLE HAS

COME INTO THIS PLACE.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU ARE PART OF THAT

MIRACLE BECAUSE DAILY YOUR

GIFT TO "THE 700 CLUB"

ALLOWS US TO REACH OUT TO

PEOPLE IN NEED AROUND THE

WORLD.

NOT JUST WITH PRACTICAL

THINGS LIKE WATER AND FOOD

AND EDUCATION, BUT

ESPECIALLY WITH THE LOVE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

AND THAT MESSAGE GOES WITH

EVERY OUT REACH WE'RE

INVOLVED IN.

SO THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, IT IS A GREAT DAY TO

JOIN.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN.

IT'S 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

cbn.com AND JOIN US THAT

WAY.

BUT YOU REALLY CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

IT IS THE POWER OF ONE.

BE ONE OF THOSE WHO ARE OUT

TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

CALL RIGHT NOW, WILL YOU?

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE

HAVE FOR TODAY'S SHOW.

WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH

THESE WORDS OF JESUS: "LOVE

THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL

YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR

SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR

MIND."

THAT'S A BIG COMMAND, AS

ANDREW WAS SAYING EARLIER,

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT IS ONE

THAT WHEN WE ATTEMPT TO LIVE

BY IT, WHEN WE GIVE ALL THAT

WE KNOW HOW TO AND ALL WE

CAN TO THE LORD, HE COMES IN

AND MAKES SOMETHING THAT

MATTERS OUT OF OUR LIVES AND

TOUCHES OTHERS' LIVES AS

WELL.

MAKE THAT YOUR COMMITMENT

TODAY, TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR

GOD.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US.

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL

DAY.

AND WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

NEXT TIME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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