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700 Club Interactive: Streams in the Desert - April 23, 2014

Are you searching for grace? Peace? Find out how you can find strength to carry on in the midst of a challenge. Read Transcript


THE STORY OF A MIRACLE

OUT OF KENYA, IN AFRICA.

I REALIZED MANY PEOPLE

DID NOT HAVE EASY ACCESS TO

WATER.

SEE HOW WATER COMES TO A

DRY LAND 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.

Gordon: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THERE IS A SILENT KILLER

ACROSS THE GLOBE, CLAIMING

MILLIONS OF LIVES EVERY

YEAR.

AND THREATENING NEARLY A

BILLION OTHERS, AND THAT

KILLER IS UNCLEAN WATER.

Terry: GROWING UP IN A

SMALL VILLAGE IN KENYA,

EMILY NEVER HAD ACCESS TO

RUNNING WATER OR EVEN A

WELL.

SHE MOVED TO THE UNITED

STATES WITH HER HUSBAND 10

YEARS AGO, BUT SHE NEVER

STOPPED PRAYING THAT WATER

WOULD FLOW IN HER VILLAGE,

AND HIS IS EMILY'S

REMARKABLE STORY.

MY NAME IS EMILY GLUTA,

AND I LIVE IN THE UNITED

STATES, BUT MY STORY BEGINS

IN AFRICA.

I GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE

IN KENYA.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I GOT UP

EARLY AND FETCHED WATER FROM

A NEARBY STREAM.

AS I GOT OLDER, I REALIZED

MANY PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE

EASY ACCESS TO WATER.

THIS IS THE WAY IT WAS IN MY

HUSBAND'S VILLAGE.

IT IS A DRY PLACE, WHERE

THEY HAVE LIVED.

ONCE IN GENERATIONS LONG

PASSED, WATER WAS ABUNDANT

DANT HERE, BU HERE, BUT THE

RIVERS HAVE RUN DRY.

AND SOMETIMES THE EARTH IS

ALL THAT FLOWS.

THE SUN BAKES ALL THAT IT

TOUCHES.

AND THE BLOWING DUST LEAVES

DEATH IN ITS PAST.

WHEN MY HUSBAND, GABRIEL,

MARRIED, I STAYED HERE AND

FETCHED WATER WITH THE OTHER

WOMEN.

THE WATER WAS A LONG WAY

OFF, AROUND A DISTANT

MOUNTAIN.

EVERY DAY THE WOMEN OF

MORENGE MADE THIS JOURNEY.

AFTER WE MARRIED, GABRIEL

AND I MOVED TO THE UNITED

STATES.

GABRIEL STUDIED AND BECAME A

PASTOR.

LIFE IS EASY IN THE UNITED

STATES, BUT I'VE NOT

FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE WOMEN OF

HIS VILLAGE.

WOMEN LIKE ELIZABETH AND

CRISTINA.

I WAKE UP AT 7:00 IN THE

MORNING AND I GO TO FETCH

WATER FOR THE DAY.

I DO NOT GET BACK HOME UNTIL

11:00.

I HAD A DONKEY, BUT IT

DIED.

NOW I MUST CARRY WATER

MYSELF.

SOMETIMES I HAVE TO GO TWICE

TO GET ENOUGH WATER FOR THE

DAY.

ON THOSE DAYS I AM SO TIRED,

I CAN DO NOTHING ELSE.

I'M A TEACHER, BUT I ALSO

HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF MY

HOUSE AND MY FAMILY.

I CAN ONLY TEACH IN THE

MORNING.

BECAUSE EVERY AFTERNOON I GO

TO THE BASIN TO GET WATER.

IT IS DIRT.

MANY CHILDREN GET SICK AND

MISS SCHOOL BECAUSE OF

STOMACH INFECTIONS.

WITHOUT WATER, EVEN THE

ANIMALS GET SICK.

IN THE UNITED STATES, I

WORK AT THE CAMPUS OF CBN.

I POUR WATER EVERY DAY, AND

I REMEMBER MORENGE.

I JUST STARTED THINKING OF

IF I WAS STILL LIVING THERE

WITH MY KIDS AND DRINKING

THE SAME WATER, AND THEM

GETTING SICK.

MY HUSBAND AND I STARTED TO

PRAY AND ASK GOD, HOW CAN WE

BE OF HELP TO OUR

VILLAGERS?

AND I KNEW IF THEY WOULD GET

CLEAN WATER, THAT MAY HELP

THEM GIVE THEIR LIVES TO

JESUS.

MY HEART WAS TROUBLED, SO I

FASTED AND PRAYED THAT THE

LORD WOULD SHOW ME THE WAY

TO HELP MY PEOPLE.

ON THE THIRD DAY OF MY FAST,

THE HAND OF GOD MOVED.

WE WERE SITTING THERE

HAVING BREAKFAST, AND THIS

PRECIOUS YOUNG WOMAN CAME

AND WE STARTED TALKING.

THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHERE

I WAS FROM, AND I SAID I'M

FROM KENYA.

AND SHE WANTED TO KNOW

WHAT WE WERE DOING THERE,

AND WE SAID WE WERE A

MINISTRY THAT DUG WELLS IN

PLACES THAT DIDN'T HAVE

CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

SHE BURST INTO TEARS.

I THOUGHT, WHAT DID I SAY.

SHE SAID, I HAVE BEEN

FASTING AND PRAYING FOR

WELLS IN MY AREA IN KENYA.

AND I SAID, SWEETHEART, GET

US YOUR INFORMATION, AND WE

WOULD LOVE TO DO SOMETHING

TO HELP YOU.

THIS WOMAN I MET WAS THE

HEAD OF A CHARITY THAT

RAISES MONEY SO CBN CAN DIG

WELLS AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT IN MORENGE, IT IS SO

DRY, WELLS MUST BE HUNDREDS

OF FEET DEEP.

IT SEEMS IT WOULD BE

IMPOSSIBLE TO DIG A WELL

THERE.

AND AS HARD AS IT LOOKED, I

NEEDED A GOD THAT NOTHING IS

HARD FOR HIM.

IN TIME, THE MONEY WAS

RAISED AND THE DEEP WELL WAS

DUG.

GABRIEL GOES BACK TO KENYA

EVERY YEAR TO VISIT A CHURCH

HE STARTED IN MORENGE.

HE WAS THERE WHEN THE WATER

FLOWED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU THE

LIVING WATER OF ETERNAL

LIFE.

THE WELL WAS DEDICATED TO

GOD.

HE TOLD ME STORIES OF THE

CELEBRATION AND THE

REJOICING.

I GOT WATER THREE TIMES

THAT DAY.

WE'RE LAUGHING AND PUSHING

EACH OTHER TO SEE WHO WILL

BE THE FIRST TO GET WATER.

I LIKE THE STORY, BUT TO

ME THE PEOPLE SEEMED SO

DISTANT.

NOW AFTER 12 YEARS IN THE

U.S., I'M RETURNING TO

MORENGE, TO SEE THIS MIRACLE

THAT THE LORD HAS DONE.

I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO

EXPECT WHEN WE ARRIVED IN

THE VILLAGE.

WOULD ANYONE REMEMBER ME?

DID THEY CARE THAT I HAD

COME HOME?

WOULD ANYONE COME TO WELCOME

ME?

I WILL BE PRAYING THAT

GOD WILL BLESS HER.

THAT HE WILL JUST LET HER

GET SO EXCITED IN KNOWING

THAT HER FAITHFULNESS

BROUGHT IT ALL ABOUT.

[SINGING]

I WAS SO SURPRISED.

I DID NOT KNOW WHETHER TO

DANCE OR CRY.

I WISH ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT

ARE HERE TODAY, AS MUCH AS

THEY'RE HAPPY ABOUT THIS

WATER, WHAT A BLESSING.

WATER HAS COME TO A DRY

PLACE.

WE HAVE SEEN A MIRACLE OF

GOD.

I HAVE SO MUCH MORE FREE

TIME NOW.

I MAKE THINGS TO SELL IN THE

MARKETPLACE, AND I HAVE TIME

TO WORK IN THE FIELDS.

OUR ANIMALS ARE HEALTHY

BECAUSE THEY HAVE WATER TO

DRINK.

AND WE CAN ALL GIVE WATER TO

OUR CHILDREN WITHOUT

WORRYING THEY WILL GET

SICK.

GOD IN HEAVEN GAVE US THIS

WATER BECAUSE OF HER

PRAYERS.

I SPEND A LOT OF TIME

WATERING THE GARDEN NEXT TO

MY HUSBAND'S CHURCH, AND I

TAUGHT THE WOMEN OF THE

VILLAGE WHENEVER I COULD.

BUT SOMETIMES I COULD NOT

HELP BUT CRY.

THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF

GOD'S LOVE.

IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME TO

MAKE CORNBREAD FOR MY

FAMILY.

JUST POUNDING THE CORN AND

SEPARATING IT IS HARD, BUT

I'M HAPPY TO DO IT.

AND BECAUSE OF THE WATER

WELL, I HAVE THE TIME.

I USED TO THINK ABOUT WATER,

EVEN WHILE I WAS TEACHING.

NOW I CAN FOCUS ON EDUCATING

THE CHILDREN.

I HAVE A LOT MORE ENERGY.

AND I CAN TEACH ALL DAY.

THE CHILDREN ARE HEALTHY AND

DO NOT MISS SCHOOL.

TRULY THIS IS A GIFT FROM

GOD.

TODAY THE WOMEN OF

MORENGE WORK IN THE FIELDS,

DIGGING, PLANTING, AND

WATERING, KNOWING THAT SEEDS

WILL BEAR GOOD FRUIT.

THERE IS A LOT OF LAND

AROUND THE CHURCH.

WE DREAM THAT IN THE FUTURE

THERE WILL BE A CLINIC HERE

AND PERHAPS A CHRISTIAN

ACADEMY TO TEACH THE YOUNG

PEOPLE ABOUT THE WORD OF

GOD.

WHEN I RETURN HOME TO THE

UNITED STATES, PART OF MY

HEART WILL REMAIN IN KENYA.

THESE ARE MY PEOPLE.

THIS IS MY FAMILY, AND I

LOVE THEM.

I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

ELIZABETH, CRISTINA, AND THE

OTHER, AND PERHAPS GOD WILL

WORK EVEN GREATER MIRACLES

HERE.

Gordon: AND HE WILL

WORK EVEN GREATER MIRACLES

THERE BECAUSE OF YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," THANK YOU.

YOU'VE GOT A PORTION OF THAT

WONDERFUL WELL AND THAT

WELFARWONDERFUL STORY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US, 1-888-777-1999, AND SAY

I WANT TO JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY, AND YOU JOIN

WITH TENSE TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WANT

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

IF YOU WANT TO SPONSOR A

WATER WELL -- I THINK THE

FIGURE FOR THAT ONE WAS

AROUND $30,000, BUT THAT'S A

WATER SYSTEM FOR AN ENTIRE

VILLAGE.

OUR AVERAGE PRICE FOR A

WATER WELL IS $1800.

SO IF YOU WANT TO SPONSOR

ONE IN A VILLAGE, YOU CAN.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

CBN.COM.

THERE IS A PLACE ON THE

GIVING PAGE, WHERE YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT INTO

WATER WELLS, AND WE'LL DO IT

IN YOUR NAME AND SEND YOU

PICTURES OF WHAT YOU'RE

WATER WELL IS DOING AROUND

THE WORLD.

STILL AHEAD, A WEALTHY

AMERICAN FINDS OUT HE IS

BROKE AFTER A TRIP TO EL

SALVADOR, AND FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: PARIS THE THIRD

IS A MAGICIAN, WHO THOUGHT

HE HAD IT ALL, FROM THE

HOUSE TO THE CARS TO THE

BIG-SCREEN TVs.

AND DURING A TRIP TO EL

SALVADOR, HARRIS SAW RICHES

HE NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD

IMAGINE.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION.

IT IS EASY TO BE DECEIVED.

WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS

ISLAND, ALOLD, ALL I ASKED

FOR CHRISTMAS WAS A BASEBALL

GLOVE, AND THE BOX WAS THE

PERFECT SIZE, BUT WHEN I

OPENED IT UP, IT WAS A MAGIC

BOX.

I GO TO PERFORM FOR MOM AND

DAD, AND THEIR EYES LIT UP,

AND MY EYES LIT UP.

I KNEW FROM THAT MOMENT I

WANTED TO DO MAGIC FOR THE

REST OF MY LIFE.

GROWING UP AS A KID IN A

SMALL TOWN IN SOMEWHAT OF A

POOR FAMILY, ALL OF MY STOVE

CAME FROM YARD SALES AND

HAND-ME-DOWNS.

IN HIGH SCHOOL, I REMEMBER

GOING INTO THE CAFETERIA,

AND NO ONE WANTED TO COME

SIT WITH ME, BUT IF I

REACHED INTO MY POCKET AND

PULLED OUT A DECK OF CARDS

OR A PIECE OF ROPE, IF I

STARTED DOING MAGIC TRICKS,

ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING

CHANGED.

ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL OF THE

POPULAR KIDS IN MY SCHOOL

WANTED TO COME SIT AT MY

TABLE.

MY FIRST SHOWS WERE IN

CHURCH BUILDINGS.

AND THAT MADE MY PARENTS

REALLY HAPPY.

THE ENTREPRENEUR SIDE OF ME

REALIZED THERE WAS LOTS OF

BIG CHURCHES WITH A BIG

BUDGET, WILLING TO PAY FOR A

GOOD PRODUCT.

AND THE GOSPEL BECAME MY

PRODUCT, AND THE MEGA CHURCH

BECAME MY MARKET.

I COULD PUT ON THE SHOW THEY

WERE LOOKING FOR, BUT FOR ME

IT WAS, HEY, I'M GETTING A

REALLY GOOD PAYCHECK.

IT STARTED WITH PURE

MOTIVES, BUT EVEN THOUGH I

STARTED PERFORMING CORPORATE

DATES IN SCHOOLS AND CRUISE

SHIPS, IT WAS JUST LIKE IN

THE CHURCHES.

I WAS ABLE TO TRICK

EVERYBODY AROUND ME,

THINKING THIS MESSAGE IS

COMING FROM HIS HEART, A

GENUINE PLACE, BUT I HAD

THESE OTHER MOTIVES THAT

WERE MUDDYING THE WATERS.

I WAS A FAKE, WHICH IS

REALLY THE BEST WAY TO SAY

IT.

BY THE TIME I HAD GRADUATED

FROM HIGH SCHOOL, I STARTED

TRAVELLING THE WORLD DOING

MAGIC SHOWS.

BY THE AGE OF 18, I'D BEEN

BOOKED TO PERFORM IN ALMOST

ALL 50 OF THE UNITED STATES

BY REQUEST.

I STARTED DOING TOURS IN

ASIA AND CANADA.

I HAD MORE MA MONEY THAN

ANY 18-YEAR-OLD KID COULD

POSSIBLY HAVE.

I HET THIS GIRL, AND WE GOT

MARRIED AFTER DATING FOR A

FEW YEARS.

WE BUILT THIS BIG HOUSE, AND

I REMEMBER FILLING IT UP

WITH COOL STUFF, LIKE

BIG-SCREEN TVs, AND

PARKING A LOT OF EXPENSIVE

CARS IN THE DRIVEWAY.

SUCCESS ALWAYS BRINGS A

CERTAIN SHORT-LIVED

HAPPINESS.

THE PROBLEM IS IT IS NOT

GOING TO GIVE ME EVERLASTING

JOY.

OUT OF THE BLUE, I GET THIS

PHONE CALL.

IT IS FROM A FRIEND OF

MINE.

HE WAS, LIKE, HEY, HARRIS, I

WANT YOU TO GO WITH US DOWN

TO EL SALVADOR.

I WAS, LIKE, AREN'T THEY

REALLY POOR DOWN THERE?

HE WAS, LIKE, STOP THINKING

ABOUT MONEY FOR JUST A

MINUTE.

COME DO MAGIC FOR THESE

LITTLE KIDS.

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE

SMILES ON THESE LITTLE KIDS'

FACES.

THEY KIND OF EXPERIENCED

MAGIC FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THEY INVITED US TO COME WALK

IN SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES

AND VISIT SOME OF THE

FAMILIES AT THEIR HOMES.

THIS VERY LAST HOUSE, JUST A

ONE-ROOM HOUSE, AND THERE

WAS JUST A DIRT FLOOR.

THE FOUR WALLS WERE JUST

PIECES OF METAL AND WOOD,

AND THE ROOF WAS A PIECE OF

METAL, STRAPPED DOWN, AND IT

WAS LEAKING WHEN IT WAS

RAINING.

I THOUGHT, I HAVE IT REALLY

EASY BACK HOME IN AMERICA.

I SPOKE UP AND SAID, HEY, DO

YOU GUYS HAVE ANY PRAYER

REQUESTS?

AND SHE SAID, WE DON'T

REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO ASK

FOR.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST PRAY TO

GOD AND THANK HIM FOR

BLESSING US SO MUCH.

WHEN YOU SIT WITH A FAMILY

WHO HAS SEEMINGLY NOTHING,

AND THEIR ONE SINGLE PRAYER

REQUEST TO THE GOD OF THE

UNIVERSE IS JUST TO SAY

THANK YOU FOR BLESSING US SO

MUCH, IT'S HARD TO COME BACK

TO AMERICA UNCHANGED.

I CAME BACK TO MY CUSHY,

COMFORTABLE AMERICAN

LIFESTYLE AND REALIZED I HAD

BEEN CLEVERLY TRICKED AND

DECEIVED INTO BUYING THE

LIES.

IN 2 CORINTHIANS, 4, PAUL

SAYS, FIX YOUR EYES NOT ONLY

OON WHAT YOU SEE BUT ON

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE.

BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE IS

TEMPORARY, BUT WHAT IS

UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.

THIS LITTLE LIGHTBULB WENT

OFF, AND IT WAS PROBABLY THE

HOLY SPIRIT, AND HE JUST

SAID, HEY, YOU TRICK PEOPLE

ON STAGE THE EXACT SAME WAY

YOU WERE TRICKED BY THE

WORLD.

THAT THE DECEPTION, THE

STUFF WE GET TRICKED INTO

BELIEVING, THOSE LIES WILL

ENTANGLE US AND KEEP US FROM

LIVING THE LIVES WE WERE

MEANT TO LIVE OUT.

I REMEMBER THIS EXPERIENCE

OF BEING FIVE YEARS OLD, AND

I GOT UP OUT OF MY SEAT AND

WALKED FORWARD AND PRAYED A

PRAYER WITH SOMEONE, AND I

WOULDN'T SAY THAT WASN'T

GENUINE, BUT I DON'T THINK I

REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT

MEANT TO REALLY FOLLOW JESUS

UNTIL I WAS IN MY EARLY

20s.

HE DIED ON A CROSS LITERALLY

TO RESCUE ME, TO RESCUE ALL

OF US, SO OUR LIVES COULD

MATTER.

I HAD TO SHATTER THE

ILLUSIONS.

WE SOLD ONE OF OUR CARS, WE

SOLD OUR TV.

WE SOLD THAT BIG, FANCY

HOUSE.

NOT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT GOD

ASKS EVERYONE TO DO, BUT IT

IS WHAT HE ASKED US TO DO.

I DISCOVERED TRUE,

ABUNDANT-FILLED, PURPOSEFUL

LIFE.

AND NOW MY IDENTITY IS FOUND

IN THE EYES OF MY CREATOR

BECAUSE THAT TRUTH REALLY

HAS SET ME FREE.

Terry: YOU CAN SEE THE

PEACE AND YOU CAN SEE THE

JOY IN HARRIS' FACE, IN HIS

EYES, CAN'T YOU?

YOU SEE, HE HAS BEEN THERE.

HE HAS HAD WHAT LOOKS GOOD

TO MOST PEOPLE, MOST OF US,

YOU KNOW, THE BIG HOUSE, THE

CARS, THE SUCCESS, AND FOUND

THAT WHEN YOU CLIMB TO THE

TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN,

SOMETIMES IT IS NOT ONLY

LONELY UP THERE, BUT IT IS

EMPTY UP THERE.

THERE IS NOTHING AT THE TOP,

EXCEPT WHAT YOU ALREADY

HAVE.

YOU KNOW, SO OFTEN WE CAN

LONG FOR THINGS AND THINK,

IF I ONLY HAD THIS, IF I

COULD ONLY DO THAT, IF I WAS

ONLY GIFTED IN THIS WAY.

IF I ONLY HAD SOMEONE,

SOMETHING, COULD GO

SOMEWHERE, THEN MY LIFE

WOULD HAVE MEANING.

THEN I WOULD FIND WHATEVER

IT IS THAT THAT EMPTINESS

INSIDE OF ME IS YEARNING

FOR.

THE LIE IS THAT WE BUY ALL

OF THAT.

THAT IT KEEPS US RUNNING AND

STRIVING AND REACHING FOR

THINGS THAT WILL NEVER FILL

US UP.

THE TRUTH IS THERE IS A

YEARNING AND A LONGING

INSIDE OF EVERY SINGLE ONE

OF US.

AND IT'S TO UNDERSTAND WHO

WE ARE, WHO MADE US.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

WHAT'S LIFE ABOUT?

AND THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE

PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE'RE

MADE IN THE IMAGE AND

LIKENESS OF GOD.

THAT WE HAVE A FATHER WHO

LOVES US, WHO THOUGHT OF US

BEFORE CREATION EVER

HAPPENED.

THAT ALL OF THIS IS A PART

OF HIS PLAN, AND THAT WE ARE

AT THE TOP OF THAT PLAN.

THAT HE HAD ETERNITY IN MIND

WHEN HE CREATED US, AND

RELATIONSHIP.

IT'S NOT ABOUT RELIGION.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT

DENOMINATIONAL NAME YOU WANT

TO PUT ON ANY KIND OF

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM AND US.

ONE-ON-ONE.

HIM AND ME.

HIM AND YOU, EXPECTING WITH

EACH OTHER.

IT IS ALL ABOUT

UNDERSTANDING THAT WE FALL

SHORT OF THE MARK, THAT I

THINK EVERY ONE OF US, IF

WE'RE REALLY HONEST WITH

OURSELVES, KNOWS THAT.

WE DON'T MAKE IT.

SO JESUS CAME TO COVER OUR

SIN.

AS HARRIS SAID, HE DIED ON

THE CROSS FOR ME.

FOR YOU.

SO THAT OUR SINS COULD BE

FORGIVEN, SO THAT WE COULD

HAVE A START-OVER.

SO THAT EVEN MORE THAN THAT,

WE COULD SPEND ETERNITY WITH

HIM.

IF THERE IS A LONGING INSIDE

OF YOU, AND YOU HAVEN'T

FOUND WHAT IT IS YOU THINK

IS GOING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY,

CAN I SUGGEST THAT YOU GET

DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND HAVE

A HEART TO HEART DISCUSSION

WITH THE ONE WHO CREATED

YOU.

JUST SAY, GOD, I GET THAT

I'M A SINNER.

I GET THAT I NEED YOU.

AND I GET THAT I'VE BLOWN

IT, SO WILL YOU FORGIVE ME,

JESUS.

WILL YOU COUNT THE PRICE YOU

PAID ON CAVALRY AGAINST MY

OWN SIN?

WILL YOU BE MY LORD, MY

SAVIOR?

WILL YOU FILL ME WITH YOUR

SPIRIT AND SHOW ME HOW TO

LIVE?

I WANT TO START OVER AND I

WANT ETERNITY WITH YOU.

THE ANSWER TO THAT IS ALWAYS

COME, YES, YOU HAVE IT.

IF YOU BELIEVE AND YOU ASK,

YOU RECEIVE.

THAT'S GOD'S PROMISE TO

YOU.

SO PRAY TODAY.

IF YOU'D LIKE SOMEONE TO

PRAY WITH YOU, YOU CAN CALL

THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER THAT IS

GOING TO COME UP ON YOUR

SCREEN.

IT IS 1-888-777-1999.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, WHEN WE

COME BACK, AN 8-YEAR-OLD

SHARES WHY SHE LOVES TO GO

ON MISSIONS TRIPS.

THAT'S RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: MOST 8-YEAR-OLD

GIRLS LIKE PLAYING WITH

THEIR FRIENDS, WATCHING TV

SHOWS, AND DRESSING UP LIKE

PRINCESSES.

BUT NOT SHANNON.

HER FAVORITE THING TO DO IS

TRAVEL AND TO PRAY FOR

PEOPLE, AND HERE IS WHY.

GOD IS SO GOOD.

GOD IS SO GOOD.

GOOD IS SO GOOD, HE'S SO

GOOD TO ME.

MY NAME IS SHANNON, AND I AM

8 YEARS OLD.

I REALLY LIKE TO DANCE AND

SING FOR GOD.

WHEN HE'S WITH ME, I FEEL

LIKE I CAN GO ANYWHERE.

I'VE BEEN TO INDIA, SOUTH

AFRICA, AND SINGAPORE.

WHEN WE WENT TO INDIA, A LOT

OF PEOPLE GOT SAVED.

AND WHEN I SING, I WAS HAPPY

TO SEE THAT EVERYBODY --

MOST OF THE PEOPLE SANG

ALONG WITH ME AND THEY WERE

RAISING THEIR HANDS AND

WORSHIPPING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE THE

FIRE OF GOD.

AND THERE WAS A PERSON WITH

A HUGE LUMP RIGHT HERE.

IT WAS SO BIG IT CLOSED HER

EYE.

AS SOON AS WE PRAYED, IT

STARTED GOING DOWN.

WHEN YOU PRAY FOR SOMEONE,

YOU'LL GET, LIKE, A GOOD

THING BACK.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T, YOU JUST

FEEL GOOD FOR DOING

SOMETHING GOOD TO THEM.

* GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.

*

* GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS

* HE'S SO GOOD TO ME

Gordon: OUT OF THE

MOUTHS OF BABES.

IT IS WONDERFUL WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN CHILDREN GET INVOLVED

IN MINISTRY.

DON'T KEEP THEM FROM IT.

BUT RELEASE THEM INTO IT.

BECAUSE WHEN THEY SEE GOD

ANSWER PRAYERS, THEN FOR THE

REST OF THEIR LIVES THEY'LL

HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE THAT HE

IS REAL, THAT HE WORKS.

THAT HE IS IN THEM.

AND IT IS AMAZING WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN CHILDREN PRAY.

JESUS COMMENDED THEIR

FAITH.

IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH OF A

LITTLE CHILD -- AND THAT'S

THE FAITH HE IS LOOKING

FOR.

IT'S THAT TRUST THAT DADDY

SAID IT, GOD SAID IT.

I BELIEVE IT.

LET'S DO IT.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN

YOU RELEASE CHILDREN INTO

MINISTRY.

WE STILL HAVE TIME TO TAKE

QUESTIONS.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

ANDY WRITES IN, "MY

PASTOR SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD

GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY ON A

SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TRIP AT

LEAST ONCE IN A LIFE.

BUT WHAT'S THE POINT?

THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE IN

AMERICA WHO NEED CARE, SO

WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL TO

ANOTHER COUNTRY TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE?"

Gordon: PERHAPS YOUR

PASTOR WAS SPEAKING NOT

LITERALLY.

I AM A BIG SUPPORTER OF

LONG-TERM MISSIONS BECAUSE I

THINK THAT'S WHAT ULTIMATELY

LEADS TO CHURCHES BEING

PLANTED IN OTHER CULTURES.

BUT JUST THE EXPOSURE TO THE

NEED.

WE SAW A PIECE EARLIER WHERE

IT RADICALLY TRANSFORMED A

MAN'S LIFE.

NOT THE PEOPLE HE WAS GOING

TO IN EL SALVADOR, BUT HIS

OWN LIFE.

SO LOOK AT IT THAT WAY, CAN

IT TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, JUST

TO BE AWARE OF THE BLESSINGS

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.

AND TO OPEN YOUR EYES, THERE

IS MAYBE A WHOLE NEW WAY OF

LIVING.

IT DID FOR ME.

I WAS A LAWYER, AND I WENT

ON WHAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING

TO BE A SHORT-TERM MISSION

TRIP.

IT TURNED OUT TO BE FIVE AND

A HALF YEARS.

BUT THAT'S HOW WORKS.

AND HE WORKED ON MY HEART.

AND MAYBE HE'LL WORK ON

YOURS, TOO, IF YOU JUST GIVE

IT A SHOT.

LET'S GO BACK TO JESSICA FOR

ANOTHER QUESTION.

IDA WRITES IN, "I'M ALL

FOR SUPPORTING MISSIONARIES,

BUT I HAVE A ISSUE WITH

GIVING MONEY TO THE YOUTH IN

MY CHURCH.

THEY DON'T DO FUNDRAISERS OR

YARD SALES.

ISN'T IT WRONG TO EXPECT A

HANDOUT AND NOT WORK FOR

MONEY?"

Gordon: IDA, I WOULD

ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT IT

ANOTHER WAY.

HOW CAN YOU HELP THEM HAVE A

DIFFERENT VIEW OF

FUNDRAISING.

IF YOU THINK YARD SALES AND

CAR WASHES AND THOSE KINDS

OF THINGS WOULD BE GOOD FOR

THEM, I AGREE WITH YOU.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER

DIFFERENT WAYS TO RAISE

FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION

TRIPS, MISSION

OPPORTUNITIES.

BUT WHY DON'T YOU TAKE IT ON

YOURSELF.

SAY, LET ME HELP YOU WITH

THIS.

AND WHAT ABOUT A CAR WASH?

WHAT ABOUT YARD SALES?

WHAT ABOUT GOING TO YOUR

PARENTS AND SEEING WHAT

YOU'VE GOT IN THE GARAGE OR

THE ATTIC THAT YOU COULD

DONATE.

AND LET'S DO A BLIND AUCTION

AT THE CHURCH AND HAVE IT BE

A CHURCH SOCIAL, AND SEE

WHAT WE CAN RAISE FOR OUR

SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES AND

FOR OUR YOUTH.

BUT REALIZE THIS, THAT IF

YOU HAVE AN IMPACT ON

SOMEONE WHEN THEY'RE YOUNG,

JUST IMAGINE THE LIFETIME OF

SERVICE THEY CAN HAVE FOR

JESUS.

AND SO START THINKING OF IT

THAT WAY.

HOW CAN I HELP SHAPE THEM?

HOW CAN I HELP MOLD THEM.

HOW CAN I EXPOSE THEM TO

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES,

KINGDOM OPPORTUNITIES,

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

AROUND THE WORLD?

IF YOU TAKE THAT ATTITUDE

AND DO IT IN LOVE, YOU'LL

SEE AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN.

WELL, WE LEAVE YOU WITH

THESE WORDS FROM MATTHEW:

"GO THEREFORE AND MAKE

DISCIPLES OF ALL OF THE

NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN

THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND

OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO

OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I

HAVE COMMANDED YOU.

AND KNOW THAT I AM WITH YOU

ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF

THE

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