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700 Club Interactive: Redeeming Rejection - June 3, 2014

CBN's own George Thomas shares how Christians all over the world are being persecuted and what believers in the US can do to help. Read Transcript


Gordon: HIS DAD WALKED

OUT AND LEFT NOTHING BUT

BAGGAGE.

IN MY MIND, I WAS, LIKE,

I'M GOING TO MAKE IT WITHOUT

YOU.

SO I WOULD FIND MYSELF

SAYING, I'M GOING TO PROVE

YOU WRONG.

YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED.

Gordon: HOW DERWIN GREY

FOUND PEACE, 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, GLOORN GOOD MORNING

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THERE

ARE MILLION OF CHILDREN AT

RISK, AT RISK FOR A LIFE OF

POVERTY, A LIFE OF CRIME,

ALL BECAUSE THEY WERE

ABANDONED BY THEIR FATHERS.

Terry: WHEN DERWIN GREY

WAS A CHILD, HIS DAD WALKED

OUT ON HIM.

SO HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS

FATHER HE WAS SOMEONE.

HE WORKED HARD AND MADE IT

TO THE NFL, BUT WHEN HIS

DREAMS STARTED TO SLIP AWAY,

DERWIN REALIZED HE HAD ONLY

ONE PLAY LEFT.

Reporter: TO DERWIN

GREY, FOOTBALL WAS MORE THAN

JUST A GAME.

FOOTBALL WAS MY GOD.

FOOTBALL WAS TICKET TO THE

HEAVEN CALLED "THE AMERICAN

DREAM," TO ESCAPE THE HELL I

WAS IN.

Reporter: FOR DERWIN,

HELL WAS A POVERTY STRICKEN

AREA OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

HIS DAD LEFT WHEN HE WAS A

CHILD, AND HIS MOTHER

STRUGGLED TO TAKE CARE OF

HIM.

HE SAYS EARLY ON HE FELT THE

STING OF REJECTION.

WHY ISN'T MY DAD AROUND

AROUND?

I DON'T LIVE THAT FAR FROM

HIM.

WHY ISN'T HE COMING TO MY

GAME?

Reporter: IT WAS HIS

GRANDMOTHER WHO KEPT HIM

FOCUSED ON SCHOOL AND TOLD

HIM HE COULD BE GREAT ONE

DAY.

SHE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED

ME.

EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE

BOY, SHE WOULD SAY, YOU'RE

GOING TO BE SOMEONE.

I REMEMBER TELLING HER, I'M

GOING TO DO SOMETHING WITH

MY LIFE.

Reporter: THAT

"SOMETHING" WAS FOOTBALL.

I LEARNED REAL QUICK THAT

FOOTBALL GIVES ME AN

IDENTITY.

I'M A FOOTBALL PLAYER.

FOOTBALL GIVES ME

SIGNIFICANCE.

I AM A GOOD FOOTBALL

PLAYER.

Reporter: IT WAS HIS

BITTERNESS TOWARDS HIS DAD

THAT FUELED THE FIRE TO

SUCCEED.

IN MY MIND, YAW I

WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING TO MAKE

IT WITHOUT YOU.

I'M GOING TO PROVE YOU

WRONG.

YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED.

I THINK WHAT WAS HAPPENING

IN ME WAS I WAS TRYING TO

PROVE TO HIM I WAS WORTH

STAYING FOR.

Reporter: DERWIN ALSO

SAW FOOTBALL AS HIS

TICKETOUT.

HE WORKED TIRELESSLY AND

EARNED A SCHOLARSHIP TO

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY.

I CAN GO PLAY FOOTBALL, I

CAN PLAY FOR A GREAT COACH,

I CAN BE ON TV, AND I CAN

GET A GOOD EDUCATION.

Reporter: ON CAMPUS, HE

MET HIS FIANCEE.

THEY MARRIED AFTER HE

GRADUATED.

HE WAS DRAFTED BY THE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS IN IT WAS

A DREAM COME TRUE.

IT WAS A DREAM.

IT WAS VINDICATION.

MY FAMILY MAY HAVE BEEN

HAPPIER THAN I WAS.

WE DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF GOOD

NEWS TO SHARE OUT OF THE

GREY FAMILY.

AND THIS WAS GOOD NEWS.

Reporter: AS HIS NFL

CAREER TOOK OFF, DERWIN

ADMITS HE WASN'T A GOOD

HUSBAND.

BECAUSE I REALLY DIDN'T

CARE.

ALL I CARED ABOUT WAS

FOOTBALL.

AND SO, YEAH, I LOVED MY

WIFE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT

LOVE WAS.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT A HUSBAND

WAS.

Reporter: ONE DAY A

TEAMMATE ASKED HIM IF HE

KNEW JESUS.

EVERY DAY AFTER PRACTICE,

HE WOULD TAKE A SHOWER, WRAP

A TOWEL AROUND HIS WAIST,

AND ASK MY TEAMMATES, DO YOU

KNOW JESUS?

I DIDN'T WANT NOTHING TO DO

WITH JESUS, AND I DIDN'T

WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH A

HALF NAKED PREACHER.

Reporter: AT HOME,

VICKI, HIS WIFE, STARTED TO

PRAY FOR SALVATION.

I JUST WANTED DERWIN TO

HAVE THE SAME PEACE AND HOPE

THAT I HAD.

Reporter: AS THE

VIOLENT COLLISIONS BEGAN TO

TAKE THEIR TOLL ON HIM

PHYSICALLY, DERWIN REALIZED

HIS NFL CAREER WOULD COME TO

AN END.

I KNEW ONE DAY THEY WOULD

TELL ME YOU CAN'T PLAY

ANYMORE.

AND THAT WOULD JUST BLOW

AWAY THIS GOD OF FOOTBALL I

HAD CONSTRUCTED.

BECAUSE TH IF THEY TAKE

FOOTBALL FROM ME, THEY TAKE

MY IDENTITY, THEY TAKE MY

SIGNIFICANCE, AND THEREFORE

THEY TAKE ME.

Reporter: DERWIN NEEDED

ENCOURAGEMENT.

SO HE STARTED ASKING HIS

TEAMMATE ABOUT JESUS.

I SAW THE WAY HE LOVED

HIS WIFE.

WE WOULD TALK ABOUT

SPIRITUALITY AND STUFF.

WHEN I STARTED GETTING HURT,

I STARTED LISTENING.

SO WE GO THROUGH YEAR FOUR

AND IT IS GOING PRETTY

GOOD.

WE MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS,

BUT, MAN, I GET HURT AGAIN.

Reporter: DERWIN'S

HEALTH CONTINUED TO

DETERIORATE.

HE REALIZED HE NEEDED MORE

THAN JUST FOOTBALL.

I JUST HAD THIS FEELING I

HAD NEVER FELT BEFORE.

IT WAS LIKE THIS CASAM O OF

EMPTINESS.

I KNEW I REALLY NEED TO BE

LOVED.

I NEED FORGIVENESS.

I NEED REST FOR MY SOUL.

I NEED TO FORGIVE MY DAD.

AND I RECOGNIZED THAT I HAD

THIS WOMAN THAT I COULD NOT

LOVE, NO MATTER HOW HARD I

TRIED.

Reporter: THEN HE

CALLED VICKI.

AND I SAID, I WANT TO BE

MORE COMMITTED TO YOU.

AND THEN BEFORE SHE COULD

EVEN SAY ANYTHING, THESE

WORDS ROLLED OFF MY TONGUE.

"AND I WANT TO BE COMMITTED

TO JESUS."

AND, MAN, WHEN THAT

HAPPENED, THE BEST WAY I CAN

DESCRIBE IT IS I KNEW FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I

WAS LOVED.

THAT WHEN JESUS WENT TO THE

CROSS, THAT WAS GOD THE

FATHER SAYING, DERWIN, I

LOVE YOU.

ONCE DERWIN CAME TO FAITH

IN CHRIST, I THINK SOME OF

THE BIGGEST CHANGES THAT I

SAW WHERE WERE HE VALUED

CHANGED.

I WAS WATCHING DERWIN'S

PASSION TO BE A HUSBAND AND

A FATHER GROW, AND HIS

PASSION TO BE A FOOTBALL

PLAYER STARTED TO LESSEN.

Reporter: HE WENT ON TO

FINISH HIS CAREER WITH THE

CAROLINA PANTHERS BEFORE

INJURIES FORCED HIM TO

RETIRE.

BUT THAT DECISION WAS AN

EASY ONE.

AT THAT TIME JESUS WAS MY

GOD.

SO, MAN, I WAS HAPPY.

I WAS SMILING.

THE MORE I STUDIED, THE MORE

I LEARNED.

IT WAS LIKE, I WANT TO KNOW

JESUS MORE.

THE MORE I KNEW HIM, THE

MORE I LOVED HIM.

THE MORE I LOVED HIM AND

KNEW HIM, ALL OF A SUDDEN MY

LIFE WAS BEING TRANSFORMED.

IT CHAIMPLE CHANGED THE WAY

I ACTED AS A HUSBAND, A

FATHER, AND EVEN MY PURPOSE

FOR LIFE.

Reporter: DERWIN SAYS

HE ALSO FORGAVE HIS FATHER

AND PUT AWAY THE

BITTERNESS.

NOW WITH TWO CHILDREN, HE

AND VICKI STARTED A CHURCH.

THE VERY GOD OF THE

UNIVERSE SAYS I'M GOING TO

LIVE IN YOU, I'M GOING TO

HOUSE IN YOU.

HE DEFEATED MY PAST, HE

DEFEATED MY SIN.

HE BROKE THE CHAINS IN MY

LIFE.

LOOKING BACK, I SEE THAT

EVERY REJECTION THAT I

RECEIVED WOULD MAKE THE

INVITATION OF CHRIST SO MUCH

BETTER.

BECAUSE REJECTION MEANT THAT

SOMEBODY DID NOT WANT ME.

BUT CHRIST'S INVITATION

SAYS, I WANT YOU.

Gordon: AND THAT'S THE

INVITATION TO YOU.

HE IS SAYING TO YOU, I WANT

YOU.

NOW, DOES JESUS KNOW WHAT

REJECTIONS ALL ABOUT?

HE SURE DOES.

HERE IS THE PROPHECY OVER

HIM.

AND IT IS A HORRIBLE

PROPHECY.

YOU FIND IT IN ISAIAH 53.

"HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED

BY MAN, A MAN OF SORROWS AND

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF.

AND WE HID, AS IT WERE, OUR

FACES FROM HIM.

HE WAS DESPISED.

AND WE DID NOT ESTEEM HIM."

THAT IS A PROPHECY OF WHAT

IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE

MESSIAH.

AND THERE WERE ALSO

PROPHECIES ABOUT THE

CRUCIFIXION.

BUT JUST IMAGINE BEING GOD,

BEING JESUS, BEING SENT AS

THE MESSIAH, LIVING THE

SINLESS LIFE.

ALL YOU DO IS GO AROUND

DOING GOOD AND HEALING ALL

WHO ARE OPPRESSED BY THE

DEVIL.

YOU SET PEOPLE FREE.

YOU HEAL THEM OF THEIR

DISEASE.

YOU RAISE THE DEAD.

AND YET WHEN YOU'RE

PRESENTED BEFORE THE HIGH

PRIEST, WHEN YOU GO TO THE

VERY TEMPLE THAT YOU ASK TO

BE BUILT, YOU'RE REJECTED.

YOU'RE DESPISED.

YOU'RE GIVEN OVER TO

CRUCIFIXION.

NOW, THAT, IN ITSELF, IS A

FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY.

HERE IT IS FROM PSALM 118.

AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE SING

THIS.

THIS IS PART OF THE HALLEL,

AND IT IS SONG AT EVERY HIGH

FESTIVAL.

IT IS SONG AT ROSH HASHANAH

AND PASSOVER.

IT IS THE CONCLUSION OF THE

HALEL.

THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS

REJECTED HAS BECOME THE

CHIEF CORNERSTONE.

THIS WAS THE LORD'S DOING.

IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR

EYES.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE

CHIEF CORNERSTONE IS THE

VERY STONE THAT IS REJECTED,

THAT GOD TURNS THAT AROUND

AND MAKES HIM THE

CORNERSTONE, THEN YOU

UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS FOR

YOU.

BECAUSE I THINK ALL OF US

DEAL WITH REJECTION.

ALL OF US HAVE BEEN REJECTED

AT ONE POINT IN OUR LIVES.

THERE IS NOT ONE OF US THAT

YOU'VE GONE THROUGH LIFE

WHERE EVERYTHING YOU DID WAS

ENTIRELY UNDERSTOOD AND YOU

WERE COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY

LOVED.

THAT'S JUST NOT HAPPENING.

SO WE ALL IDENTIFY IT.

THERE ARE JUST DIFFERENT

DEGREES.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE

DEGREE THAT JESUS WAS

REJECTED, AT THE VERY PLACE

HE COMMANDED TO BE BUILT BY

THE VERY PEOPLE HE REDEEMED

FROM SLAVERY IN EGYPT, AND

THEN HE COMES TO THEM AS

THEIR MESSIAH AND HE IS

REJECTED, AND THEN HE IS

CRUCIFIED BY THE ROMANS --

WELL, START FEELING THAT

KIND OF REJECTION.

DOES JESUS UNDERSTAND WHAT

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH?

AND THE ANSWER IS YES.

NOW PETER -- HE IS ONE OF

THE CHIEF DISCIPLES -- HE

MADE A WHOLE ALLUSION TO

WHAT JESUS MEANS TO

CHRISTIANS, FOR THE VERY

PEOPLE HE WAS SENT TO, AND

HOW INSTEAD OF BUILDING A

TEMPLE WITH ROCK, HE IS

BUILDING A TEMPLE WITH

PEOPLE.

AND YOU HEARD DERWIN PREACH

ON THAT, THAT WE'RE A HOUSE,

WE'RE A TEMPLE -- WE'RE A

HOUSE FOR A LIVING GOD WHO

WANTS TO COME AND NOT JUST

LIVE AROUND US, BUT LIVE IN

US, THAT WE'RE HIS TEMPLE.

AND THEN YOU START

UNDERSTANDING WHAT PETER'S

TALKING ABOUT.

IT SAYS, "COME TO HIM, AS TO

A LIVING STONE, REJECTED

INDEED BY MEN, BUT CHOSEN BY

GOD AND PRECIOUS.

YOU ALSO OF LIVING STONES

ARE BEING BUILT UP A

SPIRITUAL HOUSE, A HOLY

PRIESTHOOD, TO OFFER UP

SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES

ACCEPTABLE TO GOD THROUGH

JESUS CHRIST."

SO HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE

TEMPLE THAT EXISTED IN

JERUSALEM, AND HE IS SAYING,

YOU'RE THAT TEMPLE NOW.

AND INSTEAD OF US GOING AND

OFFERING SACRIFICES OF LAMBS

AND BULLS AND DOVES, IT IS

OUR SACRIFICES.

IT IS OUR SACRIFICE OF

PRAISE, IT IS PRESENTING

OURSELVES AS A LIVING

SACRIFICE.

AND THAT JESUS IS THE CORNER

STONSTONE OF THAT, AND WE

ARE TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS

LIVING STONES, SO THAT WE

CAN BE MADE INTO THIS

WONDERFUL TEMPLE.

PETER GOES ON, "THEREFORE IS

ALSO CONTAINED IN SCRIPTURE,

BEHOLD I LAY THE CHIEF

CORNERSTONE, ELECT,

PRECIOUS, AND HE THAT

BELIEVES ON HIM WILL BY NO

MEANS BE PUT TO SHAME.

THEREFORE TO YOU WHO

BELIEVE, HE IS PRECIOUS, BUT

TO THOSE WHO ARE

DISOBEDIENT, THE STONE WHICH

THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS

BECOME THE CHIEF

CORNERSTONE."

SO HAD IS QUOTING PSALM

118.

AND "THEY STUMBLE, BEING

DISOBEDIENT TO THE WORD TO

WHICH THEY WERE ALSO

APPOINTED."

SO HE IS MAKING AN

INCREDIBLE STATEMENT THAT

ALL OF US ARE APPOINTED.

ALL OF US ARE CHOSEN.

SOME OF US CONTINUE TO

REJECT JESUS.

BUT SOME OF US CHOOSE HIM.

AND IN THAT CHOICE REALIZE

THAT HE CHOSE US FIRST.

TO BE PART OF HIM.

AND TO BE PART OF THIS NEW

TEMPLE.

UNDER GOD.

TO GIVE IT ACCEPTABLE

SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES.

AND THEN HE CONCLUDES, "YOU

ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION.

A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY

NATION.

HIS ONLY SPECIAL PEOPLE,

THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE

PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED

YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS

MARVELOUS LIFE, WHO WERE

ONCE NOT OF PEOPLE, BUT WHO

ARE NOW THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

WHO HAVE NOT OBTAINED MERCY,

BUT NOW HAVE OBTAINED

MERCY."

HERE IS DERWIN GROWING UP,

FEELING REJECTED BY HIS OWN

FATHER, AND THEN HE FOUND, I

AM ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.

I AM A CHOSEN PERSON.

I'M CALLED OU OUT OF THIS

DARKNESS AND INTO HIS

MARVELOUS LIFE.

AND WHEN YOU FIND THAT AND

YOU FIND THAT ACCEPTANCE,

AND YOU FIND THAT WORD, I

DON'T CARE WHAT REJECTION

YOU'VE GONE THROUGH IN LIFE,

YOU'RE NOW ACCEPTED IN GOD.

AND HE WANTS TO DO GREAT

THINGS WITH YOU.

REALIZE YOU'RE A CHOSEN

PERSON.

YOU'RE PART OF THE ROYAL

PRIESTHOOD.

YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD.

AND IF GOD BE FOR YOU, WHO

COULD BE AGAINST YOU?

WELL, STILL AHEAD ON THIS

PROGRAM, WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU.

AND IF YOU'VE GONE THROUGH

REJECTION, STAY TUNED

BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING A ESPECIALLY FOR

YOU.

AND WE'VE GOT THIS OTHER

STORY ABOUT A MAN WHO'S

FATHER WALKED OUT AND THEN

HE WENT WILD.

I STARTED DOING ECSTASY

ECSTASY, TAKING THREE, FOUR

PILLS A DAY.

MY LIFE WAS SO DARK.

DRUGS DIDN'T HELP.

Gordon: WHAT DID HELP,

AFTER THISCH

THIS.

Terry: EARLIER IN THE

SHOW, WE MET DERWIN GREY,

AND LIKE HIM, VISNA WAS

ABANDONED BY HIS FATHER.

THAT HAD PLUNGED HIM INTO A

LIFE OF DARKNESS, UNTIL A

VOICE LED VISNA INTO THE

LIGHT.

I WAS BORN 1979, IN

THAILAND REFUGEE CAMP.

I CAME TO THE STATES IN

1980s.

MY FAMILY WAS SETTLED DOWN

IN A TOWN IN SAN FRANCISCO,

IN THE INNER CITY.

MY DAD WAS THE MAIN

SUPPORTER.

HE WAS THE MAIN PROTECTOR.

HE WAS THE MAIN PERSON THAT

KEPT OUR FAMILY TOGETHER.

TIME PASSED, AND HIS PASSION

KIND OF DWINDLED AWAY, HIS

LOVE FOR OUR FAMILY KIND OF

DWINDLED AWAY.

HE KIND OF LOVED THE COUNTRY

MORE.

CAMBODIA.

I REMEMBER THIS CONVERSATION

WITH HIM AND MOM TALKING.

HE FELT, LIKE, HEY, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

I'M GOING TO LEAVE THE

FAMILY.

WITHOUT EXPLAINING TO ANY OF

US WHY HE HAD TO GO.

THE NEXT DAY HE

DISAPPEARED.

I WAS, LIKE, 15 YEARS OLD.

MY FAMILY BECAME BROKEN WHEN

HE LEFT.

EVERYBODY WAS GOING TO

UNCLES AND AUNTS BECAUSE MY

MOM WENT A LITTLE CRAZY.

SHE COULDN'T HANDLE THE

STRESS.

SHE BECAME REALLY DEPENDENT

ON ALCOHOL.

THAT'S HOW EVERYTHING

STARTED.

THAT'S HOW I STARTED JOINING

THE GANG.

THAT'S HOW DRUGS CAME IN.

THAT'S HOW, YOU KNOW, THE

RAGE SCENE CAME IN.

IT WAS JUST MY TIME TO

EXPLORE, BUT WE DIDN'T

EXPLORE IN THE RIGHT WAY

BECAUSE EVERYTHING AROUND US

WAS NEGATIVE.

MARIJUANA WAS A START-UP

DRUG, AND THEN I STARTED

DOING ECSTASY, TAKING THREE

OR FOUR PILLS A DAY.

AND THEN LACING THE ECSTASY

AND MARIJUANA WITH CRYSTAL

METH.

BY 21, MY LIFE WAS SO DARK.

DRUGS DIDN'T HELP.

THE SCENE AROUND THE LADIES

DIDN'T HELP.

THE ALCOHOL DIDN'T HELP.

AND AT ONE POINT MY MOM CAME

HOME, AND I WAS 21, AND SHE

WAS SUFFERING.

AND I WAS, LIKE, MAN, HOW

CAN I HELP MY MOM?

AND ME AND MY BROTHER THAT

NIGHT, HAD THE THOUGHT TO

KILL HER, TO HELP HER IN HIS

MISERY.

I WOKE UP WITH A CONSCIENCE

IN MY HEAD, LIKE, HEY, DID

YOU KNOW LAST NIGHT YOU WERE

THIS CLOSE TO KILLING YOUR

MOM?

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHAT?

THAT WAS MY TIPPING POINT,

OH, HECK NO.

WHY IN THE HECK IN YOUR MIND

WOULD YOU KILL YOUR OWN

MOTHER.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

THAT'S HOW DARK I WENT.

SO I WENT TO THIS RAGE SCENE

THE NEXT WEEK.

AND I DID ALL THESE DRUGS,

JUST TO DROWN OUT MY

SORROW.

AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS

SMALL MANSION IN SANTA ROSA,

I HEARD THIS VOICE IN THE

BACK OF MY HEAD.

IT SAYS, GO TO CHURCH.

GO TO CHURCH?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN GO TO

CHURCH?

AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE

NIGHT, TWO OR THREE MORE

HOURS, THIS VOICE WAS

GRABBING ME, GO TO CHURCH.

I WOKE UP ALL OF MY COUSINS

AND BROTHERS, AND I SAID, GO

TO CHURCH.

AND PEOPLE STARTED LAUGHING

AT ME, LIKE WHAT THE HECK.

I WAS, LIKE, LET'S GO.

WE WERE GOING 110, FLYING,

STILL SMOKING WEED.

WE DIDN'T CARE.

WE WERE RECKLESS.

WE OPENED THE DOOR, AND THE

INTERCESSOR SAID, WHAT DO

YOU WANT?

I JUST SAT DOWN AND I FELL

ASLEEP.

I HEARD SOME CYMBOLS AND

DRUMS, AND I GOT UP, AND IT

WAS THE END OF THE SERVICE.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS PURE

HIGH.

I FELT GOOD.

I WAS IN THE HOLY GHOST

PRESENCE, AND I DIDN'T KNOW

IT.

TO MY LEFT WAS AN EXIT.

I THOUGHT I WAS WALKING IN,

GOING TO THE LEFT, AND I

ENDED UP IN THE ALTER.

I LOOKED AROUND, AND WHAT

THE HECK, I'M IN THE FRONT.

THE PASTOR GOES, YOU'RE

GOING TO RESPENT.

WE'RE GOING TO KNEEL AND GO

ON OUR KNEES.

AND AROUND FIVE OUR SIX

PEOPLE AROUND ME WENT ON

THEIR KNEES.

SO I JUST DID IT.

I JUST WENT ON MY KNEES.

THEN MY RIGHT KNEE TOUCHED

THE FLOOR.

BAM!

THERE WAS THIS HEAVY WEIGHT

THAT JUST GOT LIFTED OFF

ME.

AND CHAIRS STARTED DROPPING,

BUT IT FELT GOOD.

AND THEN ONE OF OUR CHAPLAIN

CAME AND PUT HIS HAND ON MY

SHOULDER, AND HE GOES,

YOU'RE GOING TOB CALLED TO

GOD'S WORK.

YOU'VE GOT TO LAY DOWN YOUR

LIFE.

IF YOU SERVE THE LORD, GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOM.

I LOOKED AT THEM, LIKE, WHAT

THE HECK?

HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MY

FAMILY ISSUE?

AND HE GOES, BECAUSE GOD

TOLD ME.

SO I WENT ON MY KNEES AND I

WAS CRYING AND CRYING.

I GOT UP AND I SAW THIS

PUDDLE OF TEARS.

AND I SAID, WHAT JUST

HAPPENED?

AND THE PASTOR GOES, YOUR

ENCOUNTER WITH THE LORD.

I GO, I WANT THIS.

I WANT MORE OF THIS.

HOW DO I DO IT?

I WAS SO IN AWE OF GOD'S

MERCY AND GOD'S GRACE.

I FELT WHO I WAS IN CHRIST

JESUS.

I WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

IT HAS BEEN 13 YEARS THAT

I'VE BEEN SOLID.

AND BECAUSE OF AWFU ALL OF

MY TRIALS AND ALL OF N MY

SORROW, I REALIZE THE GRACE

HE HAS GIVEN ME.

IT IS AMAZING.

I CAN'T REPAY HIM.

Terry: WE CAN'T EVER

REPAY HIM, BUT WHAT GOD

OFFERS TO US, WHAT HE GAVE

TO VISNA, IS AVAILABLE TO

ANYONE WHO CALLS UPON THE

NAME OF THE LORD.

GOD LOVES US MORE THAN WE

CAN IMAGINE.

HE IS ALWAYS THERE.

TODAY WE WANT TO TAKE SOME

TIME TO PRAY, BUT WE'RE

GOING TO GO OVER TO JESSICA,

AND SHE IS GOING TO READ

SOME OF THE PRAYER REQUESTS

THAT HAVE COME IN.

CARL WRITES IN, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY SON.

HIS FATHER LEFT HIM, AND HE

HAS BEEN STRUGGLING FOR THE

LAST 12 YEARS.

HE IS NOW DEPRESSED, HAS LOW

SELF-ESTEEM, LEARNING

DELAYS, ANGER, AND SO MUCH

MORE.

I PRAY ONE DAY HE WILL TRULY

KNOW AND ACCEPT WHAT A

WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, INSIDE

AND OUT YOUNG MAN HE IS."

LONI SAYS, "PLEASE, CAN YOU

PRAY FOR ME AND MY

CHILDREN.

WE ARE ALL STRUGGLING WITH

REJECTION SINCE MY HUSBAND

LEFT US FOR ANOTHER WOMAN.

PLEASE PRAY THAT MY CHILDREN

WILL LOOK TO GOD AND HAVE

HOPE IN HIM."

TERRY?

Terry: THANKS, JESS.

LET'S PRAY RIGHT NOW AND

LIFT UP THESE NEEDS.

IF YOU HAVE NEEDS, LET'S

LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS AS WELL.

FATHER, WE WANT TO PRAY FOR

CAROL, AND ASK FOR HER SON

TO COME TO JESUS AND

UNDERSTOOD WHO HE IS.

WE HOPE YOU WILL REDEEM THE

12 YEARS THAT THE LOCUST HAS

STOLEN AND HE HAS FELT

UNWORTHY.

GOD, WOULD YOU DO A

TURNAROUND IN THIS BOY'S

LIFE, THAT YOU'RE HIS

FATHER, THAT HE CARRIES YOUR

NAME, AND THAT YOU WILL COME

INTO HIS HEART AND SET ALL

THINGS IN ORDER.

AND, FATHER, WE WANT TO PRAY

FOR LONI AND THEIR FAMILY,

AS THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED,

LEFT BEHIND, BEEN REJECTED,

AND FEEL SUCH LOSS.

FATHER, WE THINK OF WHAT

VISNA SAID IN HIS STORY, OF

WHAT AN AMAZING ENCOUNTER IT

WAS WHEN HE CAME RIGHT INTO

YOUR PRESENCE, AND YOU

ENTERED HIS PAIN.

WE ASK FOR LONI AND HER

FAMILY, THAT YOU WOULD HEAL

THE HURT THAT IS IN THEIR

HEARTS, AND THAT YOU WOULD

ESTABLISH A NEW NAME FOR

THEM.

YOU WOULD GIVE THEM A NEW

IDENTITY IN YOU, FATHER.

THAT YOU WOULD GIVE THEM

PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE

PAIN AND THE STRUGGLE.

THAT YOU WOULD LEAD THEM

DOWN PATHS OF NEW LIFE, THAT

YOU WOULD CAUSE THEM TO

REALIZE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE

CONNECTED INTO YOU AS THE

VINE, THAT EVERYTHING WE

NEED, EVERYTHING THAT WE

ARE, EVERYTHING THAT WE HOPE

FOR IS IN YOU.

AND WE NEED TO JUST STAY

CONNECTED INTO THE CENTER OF

WHO YOU ARE AND ALLOWING YOU

INTO THE CENTER OF US.

SO BLESS THAT HOUSEHOLD,

LORD.

LAY YOUR HAND UPON IT, AND

WE JUST PRAY THAT YOU WOULD

REDEEM WHAT HAS BEEN LOST

THERE.

THANK YOU, GOD, THAT YOU ARE

MORE THAN ENOUGH.

THANK YOU, THAT IN OUR

DEEPEST, DARKEST PAIN, AND

THE HURT OF OUR MOST

HORRIFIC MOMENTS, YOU ARE

THERE, THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS

WITH US.

YOUR HAND ALWAYS EXTENDED TO

US, YOUR LOVE NEVER ENDING,

AND YOUR HEALING POWER

ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO US,

GOD.

HEAL NOW, GOD, THE CHILDREN

WHO ARE LISTENING, YOUR

CHILDREN, WHO ARE HURTING

AND BROKEN AND LOSS, AND

BRING THEM HOME TO YOUR

FATHER HEART, GOD WE PRAY.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR LETTING

US KNOW OF SOME OF YOUR

PRAYER NEEDS.

NOW WE WANT TO SHARE A STORY

WITH YOU ABOUT OLIA.

FOR YEARS OLIA AND HER

DAUGHTERS LIVED ON THE RUN.

HER HUSBAND OWED MONEY TO

THE MOB, AND EVEN THEIR OWN

HOME WASN'T SAFE.

OLIA AND HER THREE DAUGHTERS

HAVE A HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER,

IN SPITE OF THE PAIN OF

THEIR PAST.

MY HUSBAND DEALT WITH

CRIMINALS ALL OF THE TIME

AND HAD A LOT OF DEBTS.

WE WERE ALWAYS HIDING

BECAUSE PEOPLE HE OWED MONEY

TO US THREATENED US WITH

GUNS.

Terry: OLIA AND THE

CHILDREN OFTEN LIVED WITHOUT

MONEY, FOOD, OR HEAT.

THE PEOPLE HER HUSBAND OWED

WANTED THEIR HOUSE, AND

PLANNED TO KIDNAP THEIR

DAUGHTERS AND FORCE THEM

INTO PROSTITUTION.

OLIA'S OLDEST DAUGHTER,

DASHA, REMEMBERS THE FEAR

SHE FELT AS A LITTLE GIRL.

IT WAS SO SCARY.

THEY BROKE OUR DOOR DOWN

ONCE AND CAME INTO OUR

HOUSE.

BUT FORTUNATELY WE MANAGED

TO ESCAPE.

IT WAS TERRIBLE NOT BEING

ABLE TO PROTECT MY OWN

CHILDREN.

Terry: THEN OLIA MET

SOME PEOPLE FROM A CHURCH

SUPPORTED BY CBN.

THEY SAID GOD COULD SAVE

US, HEAL US, AND SET US FREE

FROM CURSES.

Terry: OLIA GAVE HER

LIFE TO CHRIST AND ENTRUSTED

HER CHILDREN TO GOD'S CARE.

I PRAYED THE LORD WOULD

FORGIVE US, SHOW US MERCY,

AND PROVIDE A WAY OUT.

Terry: OLIA'S CHILDREN

GAVE THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST,

TOO.

I PRAYED THE LORD WOULD

NEVER LET ME GO, AND THAT I

WILL BE WITH HIM NO MATTER

WHAT HAPPENS.

Terry: WHEN OLIA'S

HUSBAND ABANDONED THE

FAMILY, SHE AND HER

DAUGHTERS WENT TO LIVE AT

"FATHER'S HOUSE," A SHELTER

SUPPORTED BY "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

I WAS FILLED WITH JOY

WHEN I WAS TOLD WE WERE

MOVING TO THE CENTER.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT AT

FIRST.

WE WERE WARM, AND WE HAD

BEDS WITH CLEAN, WHITE

SHEETS.

Terry: OLIA AND HER

DAUGHTERS LOVE LIVING AT

FATHER'S HOUSE.

THEY HELP TAKE CARE OF OTHER

CHILDREN, TEACHING THEM

CRAFTS AND OTHER SKILLS.

AND "ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

ALSO HELPING DASHA PAY FOR

COLLEGE.

MY LIFE HAS TOTALLY

CHANGED.

I'M HELPING OTHER CHILDREN,

AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU

FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND LOVE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY KIDS ARE SAFE.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO HIDE

ANYMORE.

THEY LIVE OPENLY AND TELL

OTHERS ABOUT GOD AND WHAT HE

HAS DONE IN THEIR LIVES.

YOU BROUGHT US BACK TO

LIFE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Terry: FROM A LIFE OF

DESPERATION, TRAUMA, AND

FEAR, TO NEW LIFE.

THE ONE THAT THE SON SETS

FREE IS FREE INDEED.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, YOU'RE THE ONE THAT

MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO BRING

THAT HELP TO PEOPLE IN NEED

AROUND THE WORLD.

CALL US, IT'S TOLL-FREE, OR

LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

SO CALL NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS CALL THAT SAME

NUMBER, 1-888-777-1999, AND

SAY, I WANT TO GIVE SO THAT

ORPHANS CAN HAVE PROVISION.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF

IT, GIVE US A CALL.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 68: "GOD IS

A FATHER OF THE FATHERLESS,

A DEFENDER OF WIDOWS IS GOD

AND HIS HOLY HABITATION.

GOD SETS THE SOLITARY IN

FAMILIES."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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