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700 Club Interactive: Breaking the Cycle - May 8, 2014

Do you ever feel like you are in a rut? What you can do to break your cycle? Read Transcript


Gordon: AN EXPECTANT

MOTHER, TARGETED IN A

DRIVEBY.

AND THEY STARTED

SHOOTING.

AND MY CAR GOT SHOT UP.

I'M DRAGGING MY DAUGHTER

WHILE I'M EIGHT MONTHS

PREGNANT, RUNNING BEHIND A

BUILDING TO TRY TO GET INTO

THE APARTMENT.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

SHE FOUND SAFETY AND BROKE

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.

ANTANINA WAS A SINGLE MOM.

SHE WAS LIVING AND THE

PROJECTS, AND SHE SPENT HER

TIME CLUBBING, FIGHTING,

SELLING DRUGS, AND THEN

DREAMING OF A BETTER LIFE.

AND SHE FELT STUCK IN A

CYCLE SHE COULDN'T ESCAPE

UNTIL SHE REMEMBERED A WAY

OUT WHILE WATCHING TV.

Reporter: ANTANINA

GRIFFIN REMEMBERS GROWING UP

IN THIS HOUSING PROJECT IN

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.

MOST OF HER MEMORIES ARE OF

THE CHAOS IN THE COMMUNITY

AND AT HOME.

I WOULD LOOK OUTSIDE ON

ANY GIVEN DAY AND SEE THE

FIGHTING.

I CAN SEE THE GUN.

WITHIN THE HOME, THERE WAS

TIMES WHEN MY AUNTS AND

UNCLES WOULD FIGHT EACH

OTHER.

YOU DON'T OWN ME.

THE HECK I DON'T.

Reporter: SHE AND HER

MOTHER LIVED WER WITH A

HOUSE FULL OF PEOPLE.

SHE AND HER MOM WERE NEVER

CLOSE BECAUSE HER MOM

PARTIED CONSTANTLY.

IT WAS HER GRANDMOTHER WHO

WANTED ANTANINA TO BREAK THE

FAMILY'S CYCLE OF POVERTY

AND VIOLENCE.

MY GRANDMOTHER INSTILLED

IN ME WANTING MORE TO LIFE

THAN THIS.

SHE USED TO HAVE US TO DRAW

A PICTURE OF OUR HOUSES THAT

WE WANTED TO LIVE IN.

AND I USED TO ALWAYS DRAW

THIS BIG OLD PRETTY HOUSE,

WITH SUNSHINE IN THE

CORNER.

WITH ME AND MY GRANDMOTHER

AND MY BROTHER STANDING

THERE.

Reporter: DESPITE HER

DREAM OF A BETTER LIFE.

LIFE, SHE WAS DRAWN IN BY

OTHER INFLUENCES.

GROWING UP, GOING TO

SCHOOL, I GOT INTO FIGHTS.

AS A YOUNG ADULT, I GOT INTO

FIGHTS.

THAT WAS A WAY OF SHOWING

WHO I REALLY WAS.

Reporter: AFTER HER MOM

DIED, HER GRANDMOTHER

STARTED TAKING HER TO

CHURCH.

BUT SHE ALWAYS FELL BACK ON

THE LIFE SHE KNEW.

AND SHE HAD HER FIRST CHILD

AT 17.

EVERYBODY I HUNG WITH

ALREADY HAD A CHILD.

AND SO IT WAS, LIKE, NOW I'M

PART OF THE CLICK.

I CAN GET ON THE SYSTEM.

I'LL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF

MONEY COMING IN.

I'M NOT WORKING.

Reporter: AND THEN HER

GRANDMOTHER DIED, AND SHE

WAS DEVASTATED.

I GOT MAD AT GOD.

I WAS REALLY UPSET.

HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY --

OKAY, I UNDERSTAND MY MOM.

I DIDN'T HAVE A CONNECTION

WITH MY MOM.

BUT MY GRANDMOTHER?

LIKE, REALLY, GOD?

Reporter: ANTANINA

STOPPED GOING TO CHURCH AND

STARTED GOING TO THE CLUBS

AND FIGHTING CONSTANTLY.

I LOVE CLUBBING, AND I

LOVE THE FIGHTING, I LOVE,

YOU KNOW, BUMPING INTO GIRLS

AND STARTING FIGHTS.

THAT WAS MY HIGH.

Reporter: SHE TRIED TO

WORK, BUT HER HABIT OF

PARTYING ALL NIGHT GOT HIS

FIRED.

OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS

SHE HAD THREE KIDS.

MY MOTHER HAD THREE KIDS

BY THREE DIFFERENT MEN.

I DIDN'T WANT THAT, ALTHOUGH

I ENDED UP FOLLOWING HER

FOOTSTEPS IN THAT AREA.

BUT I ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED

MORE.

Reporter: GETTING OUT

OF THE PROJECTS WOULD COST

MONEY, AND ANTANINA WAS

WILLING TO USE ANY MEANS

NECESSARY.

I GOT MY FIRST OF THE

MONTH CHECK, AND I TOOK THAT

MONEY AND I BOUGHT SOME

DRUGS.

AND MY YOUNGER COUSIN TAUGHT

ME HOW TO CUT IT UP, BAG IT

UP, AND SELL IT.

IT WAS LIKE A HABIT.

THIS IS MY HUSTLE.

MY JOB WAS TO SELL DRUGS TO

TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS.

Reporter: THE COCAINE

BUSINESS WAS LUCRATIVE, BUT

HER JOB WAS NOT WITHOUT

CONSEQUENCES.

WE WERE STANDING ON THE

SIDE OF THE ROAD, TALKING,

AND HERE COMES A CAR AND

THEY JUST STARTED SHOOTING.

I'M DRAGGING MY DAUGHTER,

WHILE I'M EIGHT MONTHS

PREGNANT, RUNNING BEHIND THE

BUILDING TO TRY TO GET INTO

THE APARTMENT.

Reporter: SHE KNEW SHE

WAS PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME

SELLING DRUGS, BUT TO HER,

THE RISK WAS WORTH THE HOPE

OF A BETTER LIFE FOR HER

FAMILY.

I'M NOT SURE IF THE DRUG

MONEY IS GOING TO GET ME THE

BIGGER HOUSE, BUT I SAW THE

BIGGER HOUSE.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME, HER HAIRDRESSER

STARTED INVITING HER TO

CHURCH.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

GOING TO CHURCH WITH ME?

I DON'T FEEL LIKE GOING

TO CHURCH, NOT RIGHT NOW.

SO EVERY TIME I WOULD GO GET

MY HAIR DONE, SHE WAS, LIKE,

ANTANINA, YOU NEED TO COME

WITH ME TO CHURCH.

Reporter: SHE STARTED

HOSTING GAMBLING PARTIES TO

MAKE MORE MONEY.

BUT ONE NIGHT THINGS GOT OUT

OF HAND.

THEY WERE SO LOUD AND

BEING DISRESPECTFUL, AND MY

KIDS WERE BACK THERE,

ASLEEP.

SO I SHUT THE WHOLE CARD

GAME DOWN.

I WENT IN MY ROOM AND DUMPED

MY MONEY OUT ON THE BED.

Reporter: AND THEN SHE

NOTICED A PREACHER WAS ON

THE TV, AND HE WAS

SPEAKING.

IT WAS LIKE WHAT MY

GRANDMOTHER INSTILLED IN ME

WAS AWAKENED BY HIS VOICE.

HE WAS DRAWING ME IN AND

DRAWING ME IN.

BEFORE I KNEW IT, I WAS

LITERALLY CRYING AND BALLING

IN TEARS.

I STARTED THINKING MORE

ABOUT MY CHILDREN.

WHAT IF THEY WOULD HAVE

STARTED SHOOTING AND

SOMETHING HAPPENED TO MY

KIDS?

HOW AM I GOING TO LIVE WITH

THAT?

THAT'S WHEN I SAID, I CAN'T

DO THIS ANYMORE.

I'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

Reporter: THAT MESSAGE

WAS NOT JUST A WAKE-UP CALL;

IT CHANGED HER LIFE.

I JUST STARTED PRAYING.

AND I SAID, GOD, I PROMISE

I'M GOING TO CHURCH

TOMORROW.

LIKE, MAYBE TWO SUNDAYS

LATER IS WHEN I WENT UP AND

REALLY GOT SAVED, REALLY

DEDICATED MY LIFE TO CHRIST

AND PROMISED THAT I WOULD

SERVE HIM.

Reporter: SHE REALIZED

THAT GOD HAD BEEN PROTECTING

HER AND HER FOUR CHILDREN

ALL THE TIME.

I JUST STARTED THINKING

ABOUT TIMES THAT I COULD

HAVE BEEN KILLED, OR TIMES

THAT I COULD HAVE, YOU KNOW,

GONE TO PRISON.

OR TIMES THAT MY KIDS COULD

HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM

ME.

I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IT WAS

NOBODY BUT GOD.

Reporter: LATER SHE

MARRIED DARREN, WHOM SHE MET

AT CHURCH.

HE WAS ALSO A SINGLE PARENT,

AND TOGETHER THEY BUILT THE

DREAM THAT ANTANINA ALWAYS

WANTED.

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY

HUSBAND.

HE IS AMAZING.

HE WAKES UP AND PRAYS OVER

US.

ME GROWING UP CLUELESS, I

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO BE A

MOTHER.

I STARTED YOUNG.

I THANK GOD AND I THANK MY

HUSBAND BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY

TAUGHT ME.

AND IF IT WASN'T FOR JESUS

LOVING ME, DYING ON THE

CROSS FOR ME -- I UNDERSTAND

THAT EVERYTHING THAT JESUS

WENT THROUGH WAS FOR ME.

HE IS EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE,

LIKE EVERYTHING.

I WOULD GO ALL OUT FOR HIM,

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HE HAS

BEEN JUST THAT GOOD TO ME.

JUST THAT GOOD.

Gordon: EVERYTHING

JESUS WENT THROUGH ON THE

CROSS WAS FOR YOU.

UNDERSTAND THAT.

LET THAT REALIZATION COME TO

YOU.

THAT HE LEFT THE 99 TO GO

FIND YOU.

YOU WERE THE LOST ONE HE WAS

LOOKING FOR.

THE BIBLE SAYS SOMETHING

AMAZING, YOU FIND IT IN

ISAIAH 3: 53, THAT WHEN HE

OFFERS HIS SOUL AS A

SACRIFICE FOR SIN, HE SHALL

SEE HIS DESCENDENTS AND BE

SATISFIED.

JUST THINK OF JESUS, FROM

THE CROSS, LOOKING AT YOU,

BEING ABLE TO SEE YOU.

SEE HIS DESCENDENTS.

SEE THE RESULT OF HIS

SACRIFICE.

HEBREWS SAYS, "FOR THE JOY

SET BEFORE HIM, HE ENDURED

THE CROSS."

YOU -- YOU ARE THAT JOY.

THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM.

WHAT HE WAS DOING WAS

CREATING THE ABILITY TO

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, TO

FORGIVE YOUR SINS, TO MAKE

YOU NEW AGAIN.

IT TOOK HIS SACRIFICE TO DO

ALL OF THAT.

AND YOU GIVE HIM GREAT JOY.

NOW, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH

THAT INFORMATION?

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THAT?

WELL, ANTANINA, SHE TOOK IT

AND SAID, OKAY.

IT'S CALLING BACK TO ME, THE

REMEMBRANCE OF MY YOUTH,

WHAT MY GRANDMOTHER TAUGHT

ME.

FOR SOME OF YOU, YOU DIDN'T

HAVE THAT.

THIS IS BRAND NEW NEWS TO

YOU, AND IT IS GOOD NEWS.

SO IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE

BROUGHT BACK TO

REMEMBRANCE.

YOU JUST NEED TO LOOK AT IT

AND SAY, THAT'S PRETTY

AMAZING.

THAT GOD WOULD COME AND MAKE

ALL THINGS NEW FOR ME.

THAT HE COULD BE ABLE TO

FORGIVE ME, TO SET ME FREE,

AND PUT ME ON A PATH WHERE

I'LL HAVE A FAMILY, I'LL

HAVE A HOPE, I'LL HAVE A

FUTURE.

THAT IS WHAT JESUS DID.

AND HE DID IT FOR YOU.

NOW, IF YOU WANT THIS, IF

YOU WANT THIS TURNAROUND,

DON'T COME AND PLAY GAMES

WITH GOD.

REAREALIZE HE WASN'T

PLAYING GAMES WITH YOU WHEN

HE DIED ON THE CROSS.

SO DON'T PLAY GAMES WITH

HIM.

AND IF YOU WANT THIS CHANGE,

IT'S REAL SIMPLE.

JESUS, IF THIS IS REAL, IF

YOU CAME FOR ME, IF YOU WANT

TO BE MY SAVIOR, WELL, THEN

SHOW ME.

I OPEN MY HEART TO YOU AND

ASK THAT YOU COME IN AND YOU

FORGIVE ME AND YOU SET ME

FREE.

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT TO HIM

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, THE

BIBLE SAYS THAT HE'LL COME

TO YOU.

THAT HE'LL FORGIVE YOU.

THAT HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

HE'LL MAKE YOU NEW.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP A PHONE AND CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY IS, I

WANT TO KNOW IF JESUS IS

REAL.

THAT IF HE CAN REALLY BE MY

SAVIOR, IF HE CAN REALLY SET

ME FREE.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE'VE GOT

SOMETHING FREE FOR YOU.

IT IS A C.D. TEACHING.

HOW DO YOU LIVE A CHRISTIAN

LIFE?

IT IS CALLED "A NEW DAY."

THE C.D. IS FREE, THE CALL

IS FREE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT

GOD LOVES YOU, AND YOU'RE

THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM.

SO IF YOU WANT THIS, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS CALL.

COMING UP, HE TOOK TO THE

STREETS WHEN HE WAS ONLY 15

YEARS OLD.

I HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO

SURVIVE, SO, OF COURSE, I

STARTED SELLING WEED.

AND EVENTUALLY I STARTED

SELLING COKE.

Gordon: SEE WHAT SET

HIM STRAIGHT WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: EARLY IN THE

SHOW, WE MET A WOMAN WHO WAS

RAISED IN THE PROJECTS AND

WAS ABLE TO BREAK THE CYCLE

OF DRUGS AND VIOLENCE IN HER

LIFE.

WELL, EDDIE VARGEZ'S LIFE

WAS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT.

HIS FATHER ABANDONED HIM,

AND BY THE TIME HE WAS 13,

HE WAS THE LIFE OF THE

PARTY.

HE SMOKED WEED ALMOST

DAILY.

BUT EDDIE'S STORY DOESN'T

END THERE.

HERE IS HOW HE FOUND HOPE

AND A BRAND NEW LIFE.

Reporter: COMING UP AGE

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN

THE '80s WAS A GOOD TIME

FOR EDDIE VARGEZ.

I WAS HAVING FUN.

THERE WAS WEED, THERE WAS

COKE, THERE WAS BEER, THERE

WAS GIRLS, AND IT WAS THIS

CULTURE THAT DEVELOPED IN

REDONDO BEACH AT THIS TIME.

Reporter: EDDIE'S FIRST

EXPERIENCE WITH DRUGS

HAPPENED AT AGE 13.

I GO TO ONE OF MY

FRIEND'S HOUSE AND HE AND

ONE OF MY OTHER FRIENDS ARE

SMOKING WEED.

I WAS, LIKE, HEY, LET ME TRY

THAT.

AND I LOVED IT.

Reporter: DURING

EDDIE'S EARLY TEEN YEARS,

HIS FATHER ABANDONED THE

FAMILY.

WITHOUT A POSITIVE MALE ROLE

MODEL, EDDIE SLIPPED DEEPER

INTO SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

BY THE TIME I WAS 15

YEARS OLD, I WAS SMOKING

WEED ALMOST EVERY DAY.

AND THEN IT WENT FROM WEED

AND BEER TO SOMEONE POPPED

OUT WITH SOME COKE.

AND THEN I TASTED THE COKE,

AND THEN THAT JUST TOOK ME

FOR A WHOLE OTHER SPIN.

Reporter: EDDIE'S

UNWILLINGNESS TO STOP

PARTYING AND CONFRONT HIS

ADDICTION LED TO CONSTANT

STRIFE AT HOME.

SO AT AGE 15, HE LEFT.

I HAD TO DO SOMETHING TO

SURVIVE, SO I STARTED

SELLING WEED.

EVENTUALLY I STARTED SELLING

COKE.

Reporter: BUT THE GLITZ

AND GLAMOUR BEGAN TO FADE

OVER TIME, AND EDDIE WAS

LEFT ALONE AND HURTING.

I WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF

THE BARREL, AT THE END OF

THE ROPE.

I TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

I O.D.'d ON MORE THAN ONE

OCCASION.

I HAD DRIVEN CARS WHEN I

SHOULDN'T HAVE DRIVEN THEM.

Reporter: BUT HE DIDN'T

KNOW A WAY OUT.

AND THEN ONE DAY A FRIEND OF

A FRIEND CONSTRUCTIVE HIS

PATH.

THERE WAS THIS GORGEOUS

GIRL THAT WAS DRIVING THIS

CAR, AND I JUST SAW HER, AND

I WAS, LIKE, WOW.

I KIND OF BRIEFLY MET

HIM.

AND, OF COURSE, WAS

INSTANTLY ATTRACTED TO HIM.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT AND

I DON'T KNOW WHY, IN THE

BACK OF MY HEAD I'M

THINKING, I'M GOING TO MARRY

THIS GIRL.

I JUST FELL RIGHT THERE, FOR

THE VERY FIRST TIME.

I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED THAT

IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

BUT I FELL FOR THIS GIRL.

Reporter: ROX SAN

ROXANNE WAS A NEW

CHRISTIAN.

AND EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS

ATTRACTED TO EDDIE, SHE KNEW

SHE COULDN'T GET INVOLVED

WITH SOMEONE SO IMMERSED IN

THE DRUG SCENE.

WE WERE JUST HANGING

OUT.

AND I SAID, I JUST WANT TO

GET TO KNOW YOU.

AND MY HEART WAS SAYING

AND I WAS SAYING, NO, I

CAN'T.

AND HE SAID, WHY?

AND I SAID, BECAUSE YOU'RE

NOT A CHRISTIAN.

AND I SAID, WHAT DO I

HAVE TO DO TO BECOME BORN

AGAIN.

AND SHE SAID, WHY DON'T YOU

COME TO CHURCH WITH ME ON

SUNDAY.

Reporter: AND GOD WAS

ABOUT TO CHANGE HIS LIFE IN

A BIG WAY.

I'M SITTING THERE, AND I

HEAR A MESSAGE.

A MESSAGE OF HOPE, A MESSAGE

OF SALVATION, A MESSAGE OF

RESTORATION AND HEALING AND

OF POWER.

AND I'M HEARING THINGS LIKE,

YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN OF

EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER

DONE.

MIND YOU, I'VE DONE A LOT OF

WRONG IN MY LIFE.

I'VE BEEN ADDICTED.

I'VE HAD SEX.

I'VE HURT PEOPLE.

I'VE DONE WRONG.

I'VE DONE DIRT.

I'M LISTENING TO ALL OF

THESE THINGS, AND I'M BEING

DRAWN INTO IT.

Reporter: FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN HIS LIFE, EDDIE FELT

HE NEEDED TO MAKE A CHANGE.

I HEAR HIM SAY, IF YOU'RE

HERE THIS MORNING AND YOU

NEED TO BE FORGIVEN, AND YOU

NEED GOD TO DO A MIRACLE IN

YOUR LIFE AND YOU WANT A NEW

LIFE, AND I'M SITTING THERE

THINKING, CAN I REALLY HAVE

A NEW LIFE?

I REMEMBER GOING TO THAT

ALTER AND GETTING ON MY

KNEES AND SAYING, GOD, IF

YOU'RE REAL, THEN YOU'LL

TAKE ALL OF THIS AWAY FROM

ME.

GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL, YOU'LL

CHANGE ME.

I SAID, GOD FORGIVE ME FOR

EVERYTHING THAT I'VE EVER

DONE.

AND I FELT LIKE WARM OIL

BEING POURED OVER ME.

AND IT WAS JUST LIKE THE

PRESENCE OF GOD JUST CAME

OVER ME.

AND LITERALLY I FELT

FORGIVEN FOR EVERYTHING THAT

I'D EVER DONE.

Reporter: FINALLY EDDIE

KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE

BORN AGAIN.

IT IS A MIRACLE.

IT IS A BONAFIDE MIRACLE.

BECAUSE WHEN I GOT UP FROM

THAT ALTER, I DID NOT WANT

TO BE THE PERSON THAT I WAS

WHEN I WALKED IN THOSE FRONT

DOORS.

Reporter: WITH THE HELP

OF HIS NEW CHURCH FAMILY,

EDDIE DISCOVERED THE HOPE

AND PEACE OF BEING A

CHRISTIAN.

AND HE CLOSED THE DOOR ON

HIS WILD PAST.

I WAS JUST AMAZED BECAUSE

IT HAPPENED TO ME, BUT I'M

NOW SEEING HIM.

AND LITTLE BY LITTLE, I

STARTED SEEING THAT

TRANSFORMATION IN HIM.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY,

THE TWO BEGAN DATING.

SIX MONTHS LATER, HE

PROPOSED.

AND SIX MONTHS AFTER THAT,

WE GOT MARRIED.

HERE WE ARE, GOING ON 20

YEARS OF MARRIAGE, AND GOD

HAS DONE SOME AMAZING

THINGS.

Reporter: TODAY EDDIE

TELLS EVERYONE THERE IS HOPE

IN GOD IF YOU LOOK TO HIM.

YOU HAVE TO DECIDE TO

ALLOW GOD.

GOD IS A GENTLEMAN.

HE WON'T FORCE HIMSELF ON

ANYBODY.

BUT HE WILL COME INTO

ANYBODY WHO ASKS.

IF YOU ALLOW GOD TO COME IN,

HE'LL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR

THE BETTER.

I'M A LIVING TESTIMONY OF

THAT.

Gordon: HE WON'T FORCE

HIMSELF ON YOU, BUT HE IS

WAITING FOR YOU TO ASK.

HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:

"BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR

AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE HEAR MY VOICE AND

OPEN THE DOOR, I'LL COME

IN."

IF YOU'RE HEARING THAT VOICE

TODAY, TODAY, DON'T LET

ANOTHER DAY GO BY.

IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST

ADVENTURES YOU CAN HAVE,

WHERE YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR

CREATOR.

HE'LL DO INCREDIBLE THINGS,

AND HE HAS AN INCREDIBLE

PLAN JUST FOR YOU.

HE TELLS US THAT HE KNOWS

THE PLANS THAT HE HAS FOR

US, TO GIVE US A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

AND HE WANTS TO SATISFY YOU

WITH GOOD THINGS.

NOT THE THINGS THE WORLD

OFFERS, BUT THE GOOD THINGS

THAT LEAD TO HAPPINESS, THAT

LEAD TO TRUE JOY.

IF YOU WANT THAT, IF YOU'RE

HEARING THAT VOICE, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS OPEN THAT

DOOR.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE WOULD BE GLAD TO PRAY

WITH YOU.

IT WOULD BE OUR HONOR AND

PRIVILEGE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," THE SHOW WHERE

WE WANT TO INTERACT WITH

YOU.

AND WE RECEIVED PRAYER

REQUESTS ON TODAY'S TOPIC.

SO LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

GORDON, MARSHA WRITES IN,

"MOST OF MY FAMILY HAS DRUG

ADDICTIONS, AND MOST OF US

CAN'T FIND WORK.

ON TOP OF ALL OF THAT, I

JUST FOUND OUT I'M A

DIABETIC AND NEED MONEY FOR

MY MEDICATION.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY

FAMILY.

I'M TIRED OF LIVING LIKE

THIS, AND WANT TO BREAK OUT

OF THIS HORRIBLE CYCLE OF

ADDICTION, POVERTY, AND

SICKNESS."

WE HAVE ANOTHER PRAYER

REQUEST IN FROM TRISH, AND

SHE SAYS,xD "MY SON JUST GOT

OUT OF JAIL FOR DRUG AND

PROBATIO PRO PROBATION

VIOLATIONS.

AT TIMES HE IS VIOLENT

TOWARDS ME.

I WANT HIM TO STOP THE DRUGS

AND NOT BE VIOLENT."

Gordon: PRAY FOR THEM,

JESSICA.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE JUST

THANK YOU SO MUCH, THAT WE

CAN COME TO YOU AS YOUR

CHILDREN.

KNOWING, LORD, THAT WHAT WE

CANNOT DO IN OUR OWN

STRENGTH, THAT YOU CAN DO.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU LORD,

THAT YOU SENT YOUR SON TO

COME AND BREAK THE CHAINS OF

ADDICTION AND VIOLENCE AND

ABUSE.

LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU GO TO

THE PAIN PROBLEM, TO THE

ROOT OF THIS ADDICTION.

THAT YOU WOULD GIVE THEM THE

ASSURANCE OF YOUR LOVE, THE

ASSURANCE OF YOUR UNFAILING

MERCY.

FATHER, WE JUST COMMAND

THOSE CHAINS OF ADDICTIONS

AND THOSE CYCLES TO BE

BROKEN IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT TODAY BE

A NEW DAY.

FATHER, THAT THEY WOULD

BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND YOUR

VAST AND UNFAILING LOVE,

THAT WHEN WE ARE FAITHLESS,

THAT YOU REMAIN FAITHFUL,

THAT YOU ARE A GOOD FATHER.

THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEY'VE

ENCOUNTERED IN THE PAST, NO

MATTER WHAT PAIN THEY'RE

TRYING TO NUMB OUT, WHETHER

IT BE WITH ALCOHOL OR PAIN

PILLS, OR WHATEVER IT IS,

FATHER, THAT YOU CAN FILL

THAT VOID.

SO, FATHER, WE JUST ASK YOU

TO COME, MINISTER TO THEIR

HEARTS, MINISTER TO THEIR

MINDS, FREE THEIR BODIES.

AND WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

FOR YOUR GREAT LOVE.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Gordon: STILL AHEAD ON

THE PROGRAM, HER FATHER WAS

AN ABUSIVE ALCOHOLIC.

AND HER SISTERS WERE

STARVING.

FIND OUT HOW VIEWERS LIKE

YOU GAVE A BRAND NEW START

TO A FAMILY IN MEXICO.

Gordon: WHILE OTHER

CHILDREN ARE IN SCHOOL EVERY

DAY, 7-YEAR-OLD ANGELICA IS

OUT ON THE STREETS OF

MEXICO, TRYING TO EARN MONEY

TO SUPPORT HER FAMILY.

Terry: 7-YEAR-OLD

ANGELICA WORKS HARD SELLING

CANDY AND GUM ON THE STREETS

OF OAXACA, MEXICO.

SADLY, SHE AND HER SISTERS

DON'T GET TO KEEP ANY OF THE

MONEY THEY MAKE.

MY DAD TAKES ALL OF OUR

MONEY TO BUY LIQUID TO

DRINK.

SOMETIMES MY GOD BEATS US

IF WE WENT TO SCHOOL AND

DIDN'T GO TO SELL CANDY.

Terry: THE GIRL'S

MOTHER NEVER WENT TO

SCHOOL.

SHE IS FORCED TO SELL CANDY

ON THE STREETS, TOO.

ONE DAY SHE FINALLY FOUND

THE COURAGE TO FLEE FROM HER

ABUSIVE HUSBAND.

SHE BROUGHT THE GIRLS HERE,

TO THIS CHILDREN'S SCHOOL

SUPPORTED BY CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

A NICE LADY LET MY SISTER

AND I STAY HERE.

Terry: AT THE

CHILDREN'S HOME AND SCHOOL,

THE KIDS RECEIVE A GOOD

EDUCATION, IN EDITION

ADDITION TO NUTRITIOUS MEALS

EACH DAYMENT.

WHAT I LIKE THE MOST IS

NOW I CAN GO TO SCHOOL.

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE

A TEACHER.

Terry: AND 10-YEAR-OLD

PAULINE HAS ALREADY FOUND

HER FIRST STUDENT, HER

MOTHER.

SHE IS TEACHING HER TO READ

AND WRITE.

THANK YOU, "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," FOR MY NEW

SCHOOL.

NOW I CAN LEARN AND TEACH MY

MOM, TOO.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: GOD BLESS YOU.

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700 CLUB," YOU'RE A PART OF

THAT.

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INVITE YOU TO JOIN NOW.

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AND SAY, I WANT TO BE A

MEMBER OF "THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS THAT?

IT'S JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY, AND YOU JOIN

WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE THAT WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD

TODAY.

AND IF YOU HAVE A HEART FOR

ORPHANS, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO

SAY, I WANT TO GIVE

SPECIFICALLY TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

YOU CAN DESIGNATE YOUR

GIVING, WHERE ALL OF IT WILL

GO INTO THE WORK OF

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," WHICH IS

NOW IN OVER 50 NATIONS

AROUND THE WORLD, HELPING

THOSE IN NEED.

HELPING WIDOWS, HELPING

ORPHANS, HELPING FAMILIES

STAY TOGETHER, GIVING THEM

THE HELP THAT THEY NEED SO

THEY CAN HAVE A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

THE BIBLE CALLS THAT PURE

AND UNDEFILED RELIGION.

WHEN YOU HELP ORPHANS AND

WIDOWS, YOU'RE FULFILLING

THAT WONDERFUL PROMISE IN

THE BIBLE.

SO YOU CAN DO IT BY CALLING

US, 1-888-777-1999

1-888-777-1999.

SAY, EITHER, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB," OR I WANT TO

GIVE SPECIFICALLY TO

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." THERE IS

ALSO A WAY ON cbn.com, ON

THE GIVING PAGE ON OUR

WEBSITE, YOU CAN EITHER

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT, GIVE A

SINGLE GIFT, OR YOU CAN JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

EITHER WAY, DO IT NOW.

DO IT NOW.

AND REALIZE THAT YOU'RE

GOING TO BE BLESSING PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM EPHESIANS: "THROW

OFF YOUR OLD SINFUL NATURE

AND YOUR FORMER WAY OF LIFE,

WHICH IS CORRUPTED BY LUST

AND DECEPTION.

INSTEAD, LET THE SPIRIT

RENEW YOUR THOUGHTS AND

ATTITUDES.

PUT ON YOUR NEW NATURE,

CREATED TO BE LIKE GOD,

TRULY RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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