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700 Club Interactive: Inside Our Schools - June 6, 2014

What happens when you give your all? How one man went from cleaning the lunchroom to running the school. Read Transcript


Gordon: AMERICA IS THE

LAND OF THE FREE, BUT IS

IT?

A LOT OF SCHOOL TEACHERS

JUST GET IT WRONG.

THEY'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT

LAWSUITS OR THE THREAT OF

LAWSUITS, BUT A STUDENT CAN

ABSOLUTELY USE RELIGIOUS

LANGUAGE IN THEIR SPEAKING

ROLE.

Gordon: A LOOK INSIDE

OUR NATIONS' SCHOOLS 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 "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

THE MOTTO, "IN GOD WE

TRUST," IS KNOWN BY MILLIONS

OF AMERICANS.

IT CAN BE FOUND ON EVERY

DOLLAR BILL AND COIN, AND IT

DATES BACK TO THE BATTLE OF

1812.

AS FAMILIAR AS THAT PHRASE

MAY BE, STUDENTS ACROSS

AMERICA HAVE BEEN

DISCIPLINED FOR SHARING

THEIR FAITH AT SCHOOL.

AND HERE IS ANDREA GARRETT

WE MORE.

Reporter: GRADUATING

SENIORS WHO WANT TO PRAY OR

MENTION THEIR FAITH DURING

GRADUATION EXERCISES MAY

FACE LAWSUITS OR THREATS

FROM SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

BECAUSE MANY OF THEM WRONGLY

BELIEVE THAT THOSE

EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH VIOLATE

THE SO-CALLED SEPARATION OF

CHURCH AND STATE.

BUT JORDAN SECULO FROM THE

AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE SAYS STUDENTS DON'T

HAVE TO BE AFRAID, THE LAW

IS ON THEIR SIDE.

A LOT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS

JUST GET IT WRONG.

THEY'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT

LAWSUITS OR THE THREAT OF

LAWSUITS.

THE STAFF AND FACULTY CANNOT

START THE PRAYER, THEY

CANNOT MAKE A PRAYER EVENT,

THEY CAN'T FORCE THAT.

BUT A STUDENT CAN ABSOLUTELY

USE RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE IN

THEIR SPEAKING ROLE.

Reporter: SO WHEN ROY

COPNER WAS TOLD GRADUATION

PRAYERS WERE BEING REPLACED

WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE,

ROY WAS WELL WITHIN HIS

RIGHTS WHEN HE TORE THE

SCHOOL'S PREPARED SPEECH AND

PRAYED "THE LORD'S PRAYER"

INSTEAD.

THY FATHER, WHO ART IN

HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THIGH

THY NAME.

Reporter: A COUPLE OF

YEARS AGO, A JUDGE

THREATENED TO THROW VA VAL

VALEDICTORIAN IN JAIL.

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT

DISAGREED WITH THAT ORDER.

THE APPEALS COURT SAID

SHE IS ALLOWED TO SAY

WHATEVER SHE WANTS, AND YOU

CAN'T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST

HER MESSAGE JUST BECAUSE IT

IS RELIGIOUS.

IT IS IN JESUS' NAME I

PRAY, AMEN.

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: AND WHILE

GRADUATION PRAYER GETS THE

ATTENTION TIME OF YEAR,

STUDENTS FACE OTHER KINDS OF

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION ALL

YEAR LONG, AND BOTH THEY AND

THEIR PARENTS NEED TO BE

AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS.

12-YEAR-OLD JIOVANNI WAS

TOLD BY HIS TEACHER HE WAS

NOT PERMITTED TO READ THE

BIBLE DURING A FREE READING

PERIOD AT HOME.

HIS TEACHER LEFT HIS MESSAGE

ON THE HOME VOICEMAIL.

I NOTICED HE HAS A

RELIGIOUS BOOK IN THE

CLASSROOM.

HE IS NOT PERMITTED TO READ

THOSE BOOKS IN MY

CLASSROOM.

Reporter: GIOVANI'S

PARENTS CONSULTED A LAWYER,

AND THE LAW SAYS THEY CAN

READ ANY BOOKS DURING FREE

TIME.

YOU CANNOT BAN STUDENTS

FROM BRINGING THEIR BIBLES.

YOU CAN'T STOP THEM FROM

READING THEIR BIBLES DURING

FREE TIME.

Reporter: SO THE BOTTOM

LINE FOR STUDENTS IS THIS:

REGARDLESS OF THE TIME OF

YEAR, YOU DON'T HAVE TO

LEAVE YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH

OR YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOOR.

ANDREA GARRETT, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: WE'VE GOTTEN A

LOT OF QUESTIONS ON THIS

TOPIC, SO LET'S GO OVER TO

JESSICA TO FIND OUT MORE.

GORDON, WE HAVE SOME

QUESTIONS COMING IN FROM OUR

Facebook PAGE.

LYNN POSTS, "I AM MOM OF

THREE CHILDREN WHO ALL

ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL.

I DON'T WANT TO RAISE THEM

TO FEAR SCHOOL, BUT I AM

CONCERNED WITH SOME OF THE

UNGODLY PRINCIPLES THEY'RE

LEARNING.

WHAT CAN I DO?"

Gordon: LYNN, THE FIRST

THING, AND I ENCOURAGE ALL

PARENTS TO DO THIS -- MAKE

SURE THAT YOU'RE THEY'RE

PRIME SOURCE FOR THE BIBLE.

MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THAT

JESUS HAS SAID, "I AM THE

WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE

LIFE.

NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER

BUT BY ME."

IF YOU DO YOUR JOB RIGHT,

REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY'RE

TAUGHT IN SCHOOL, AND WHICH

WAY THEY GO, IF YOU RAISE UP

A CHILD IN THE WAYS OF THE

LORD, THE BIBLE PROMISES

THAT THEY WON'T STRAY FROM

THAT.

AND IF THEY EVER DO, THEY'LL

COME BACK TO IT.

SO MAKE SURE YOU'RE DOING

YOUR JOB, AND YOU WON'T HAVE

TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT'S GOING

ON IN SCHOOL.

LET'S GO BACK TO JESSICA FOR

ANOTHER QUESTION.

Reporter: GORDON,

STACEY SAYS, "I WENT TO GRAD

SCHOOL SO THAT I COULD

BECOME A HIGH SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL IN THE PUBLIC

SCHOOL SYSTEM.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD WANTS ME

TO BE A LIGHT IN A DARK

PLACE.

HOWEVER, SINCE I'VE

GRADUATED, I FOUND IT HARD

TO GET A JOB ANYWHERE, AND I

THINK IT IS BECAUSE I'M A

CHRISTIAN.

SHOULD I HIDE MY FAITH SO I

CAN GET MY FOOT IN THE

DOOR?"

Gordon: STACEY, I WOULD

NEVER ENCOURAGE YOU TO HIDE

YOUR FAITH.

THERE IS DIRECT SCRIPTURE

FOR THAT.

YOU DON'T PUT A CANDLE UNDER

A BUSHEL.

YOU DON'T DENY IN FRONT OF

MEN.

IF YOU DO THAT, YOU'RE GOING

TO VIOLATE YOUR OWN

CONSCIENCE.

AT THE SAME TIME, YOU DON'T

HAVE TO WEAR IT ON YOUR

SLEEVE.

SO ASK GOD FOR WHERE'S THE

OPEN DOOR.

AND USE THAT.

USE THE HOLY SPIRIT AS YOUR

GUIDE.

HE'LL BE THAT FOR YOU, IF

YOU JUST ASK HIM.

AND LET THE PEACE OF GOD

GUARD YOUR HEART AND MIND.

THAT PEACE IS -- THE GREEK

WORD IS, INSTEAD OF GUARD,

IT SHOULD BE REALLY UMPIRE.

LET THE PEACE CALL THE BALLS

AND STRIKES, IF YOU WILL.

THAT THAT PEACE LET'S KNOW

WHERE IS THE OPEN DOOR AND

WHERE SHOULD I APPLY.

LET'S GO BACK TO JESSICA FOR

ONE MORE QUESTION.

GORDON, NICKY WRITES IN,

"MY OLDEST CHILD, OLIVIA, IS

IN THE FIRST GRADE.

SHE ENJOYS SCHOOL AND WE

LIVE IN A GOOD SCHOOL

DISTRICT.

BUT MY HUSBAND AND I ARE

CONCERNED SHE WON'T GET

TAUGHT CHRISTIAN

PRINCIPLES.

WE'VE HEARD MANY STORIES OF

CHILDREN GIVING UP ON GOD,

AND WE WANT TO GIVE OUR KIDS

THE BEST START IN LIFE.

DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD

PRIVATELY EDUCATE OUR

CHILDREN OR KEEP THEM IN THE

PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM?"

Gordon: NICKY, THAT IS

A QUESTION THAT IS ALWAYS

GOING TO BE UP TO YOU.

I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT

THE SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA OR

THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN YOUR

AREA.

BUT YOU'VE GOT THREE

CHOICES: ONE IS GO TO THE

PUBLIC SCHOOL.

AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE

THAT CHOICE, I WOULD

ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO YOUR

RESEARCH.

WHO IS THE PRINCIPAL?

WHAT DOES THE PRINCIPAL

BELIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE TEACHERS LIKE

IN THAT SCHOOL?

WHAT'S THE OVERALL

ENVIRONMENT?

IS IT AN ENVIRONMENT THAT

CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO

LEARN?

THAT'S PRIMARY.

AND STUDY AFTER STUDY SHOWS

THAT'S THE REAL KEY FOR

EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT.

IF IT'S A PLACE WHERE YOU'RE

WAREHOUSING CHILDREN FOR A

FEW HOURS IN THE DAY, AND

YOU'RE TRYING TO KEEP

EVERYBODY SAFE AND NOBODY

FIGHTING, WELL, YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO SEE EDUCATIONAL

ADVANCEMENT.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SEE REAL

LEARNING IN THAT KIND OF

ENVIRONMENT.

SO CHECK THAT OUT.

THEN LOOK AT THE PRIVATE

SCHOOLS.

THAT'S ALWAYS A COST

INVOLVED, AND SO I DON'T

KNOW YOUR FINANCES.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

ABLE TO AFFORD.

AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO

AFFORD THAT, SOMETIMES YOU

GET A VERY GOOD LEARNING

EXPERIENCE IN THOSE

ENVIRONMENTS BECAUSE THEY'RE

SPECIFICALLY GEARED TO

CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO

ACHIEVE AT EVERY SINGLE

GRADE LEVEL.

THERE'S WONDERFUL LEARNING

ENVIRONMENTS THAT YOU CAN

FIND IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

AND THEN THE HOME-SCHOOL

ENVIRONMENT, IF YOU'RE WILL

TO TAKE THAT ON.

BUT THAT HAS TO DO WITH,

AGAIN, YOUR FINANCES.

ARE YOU ABLE TO STAY HOME

AND DO THAT?

AND THEN, DO YOU HAVE THE

WILLINGNESS TO TAKE THAT

ON.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF

CURRICULUM AVAILABLE ONLINE,

WHERE YOU CAN TACKLE THAT IF

YOU WANT.

AND HOME-SCHOOLED CHILDREN

DO VERY WELL IN COLLEGE AND

VERY WELL IN LIFE.

SO IT IS YOUR CALL.

LOOK AT ALL OF THE OPTION,

AND THEN PRAY AND ASK GOD,

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR

MY CHILDREN?

AND IF YOU DO THAT, HE'LL

LEAD YOU.

AND HE'LL LEAD YOU IN A WAY

THAT WILL BE A BLESSING, NOT

JUST TO YOU, BUT TO YOUR

CHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDREN'S

CHILDREN.

STILL AHEAD, SEE HOW VIEWERS

LIKE YOU ARE GIVING AN

EDUCATION TO CHILDREN ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

Gordon: IN EASTERN

AFRICA, THE MEN OF THE MESSI

TRIBE ARE RAISED TO THE

WARRIORS.

AND THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN

ARE OFTEN LEFT BEHIND TO

DEFEND FOR THEMSELVES.

IN ONE KENYAN VILLAGE, ONE

FAMILY WENT WITHOUT THE

BASIC NECESSITIES, LIKE FOOD

AND WATER.

Reporter: IN THE

FOOTHILLS IN

MT. KILIMANJARO, "OPERATION

BLESSING" OWNS 50 ACRES OF

LAND.

IT IS A POOR AREA, WHERE

MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO

EDUCATION AT ALL.

SO THE FIRST THING WE DID

WAS BUILT A SCHOOL.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT 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

MISI FAMILIES LIVE, IS RIGHT

IN BETWEEN TWO MAJOR GAME

PARKS, AND IT IS A HIGH

TRAFFIC ZONE FOR ELEPHANTS.

THE PEOPLE I TALKED TO SAID

THE ELEPHANTS DON'T USUALLY

MESS WITH ADULTS, BUT THEY

HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ATTACK

CHILDREN.

THE MESI HAVE TO WORK SO

HARD TO MAKE A LIVING, THEY

CAN'T TAKE THE TIME OUT OF

THEIR LIVING TO WALK THEIR

KIDS FIVE MILES TO AND FROM

SCHOOL.

THAT WOULD ADD UP TO

20 MILES OF WALKING A DAY.

SO THIS SCHOOL REPRESENTS

THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY THESE

KIDS HAVE AT GETTING AN

EDUCATION.

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 IN

MESI.

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 SILL HAVE ENOUG WE

STILL HAVE ENOUGH LAND FOR

JOB TRAINING EXPANSION OR

MORE FARMING.

AS WE KEEP WORKING,

"OPERATION BLESSING" WILL

CONTINUE TO GIVE HOPE TO THE

MESI 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

COMMUNITY.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

BE A PART OF THAT, TAKING

EDUCATION, TAKING FOOD,

TAKING CLEAN WATER TO PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

IT IS 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.

SO IF THAT'S YOU, IF YOU

WANT TO SEE PEOPLE HELPED

AROUND THE WORLD, JOIN WITH

US.

JOIN IN EVERYTHING WE'RE

DOING.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE

A PART OF IT.

AND YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

AND ON THE GIVING PAGE

THERE, IF YOU WANT TO

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT INTO

WATER WELLS, THERE IS A

PLACE ON THE GIVING PAGE

WHERE YOU CAN DO THAT.

UP NEXT, A PRINCIPAL WHO IS

FAMILIAR WITH THE HALLS, THE

CLASSROOMS, EVERY CLOSET AND

EVERY BATHROOM BECAUSE HE

USED TO CLEAN THEM.

HE SAID, I WOULD RATHER

SEE YOU GRADING PAPERS THAN

PICKING THEM UP.

AND THAT SEED WAS PLANTED

BECAUSE IT STAYED HERE AND

HERE.

Gordon: HOW THIS

JANITOR WENT FROM MOPPING

FLOORS TO RUNNING THE

SCHOOL, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: DURING THE

MONTH OF JUNE, MANY STUDENTS

ARE CELEBRATING THE

COMPLETION OF ANOTHER YEAR.

AT ONE SCHOOL A FORMER

JANITOR COMPLETED HIS

BIGGEST MILESTONE.

HIS FIRST YEAR AT

PRINCIPLE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS HIS

INSPIRATIONAL STORY.

Reporter: HERE AT

LOUISIANA'S PORT BERRY

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, JOSEPH

SONYA IS THE NEW PRINCIPAL.

BUT HE HAS BEEN WALKING

THESE HALLS FOR A LONG

TIME.

FOR 27 YEARS, THIS WAS

MR. SONYA'S OFFICE, IF YOU

COULD CALL IT THAT.

THIS IS THE JANITOR'S

CLOSET.

I WAS USED TO IT.

I WILL TELL YOU WHY.

MY DADDY DID IT ALL HIS

LIFE.

Reporter: THE PROMOTION

FROM CUSTODIAN TO PRINCIPAL

WAS THE DREAM JOB MR. SONYA

NEVER FELT HE COULD REALLY

DREAM ABOUT.

THAT'S BECAUSE AFTER HIGH

SCHOOL, A COLLEGE DEGREE

SEEMED OUT OF REACH.

THIS IS WHERE IT ALL

STARTED, RIGHT HERE.

MY MOTHER AND FATHER

SEPARATED, AND SO WE WERE

FIVE SIBLINGS, AND MY MOTHER

WAS A HOUSEKEEPER.

AND SHE COULDN'T AFFORD TO

HAVE ME IN COLLEGE AND HAVE

MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

GRADE SCHOOL.

SO I HAD TO DROP OUT OF

COLLEGE TO GO INTO THE

WORKFORCE.

Reporter: IT JUST SO

HAPPENED THAT THE MAN WHO

TAUGHT JOSEPH IN FOURTH

GRADE WAS PRINCIPAL AT PORT

BERRY.

WESLEY JONES HIRED HIM AS

JANITOR.

I WAS THE ONLY JANITOR

FOR EIGHT YEARS AT THIS

CAMPUS.

Reporter: AND THEN

ENCOURAGED HIM TO DO MORE.

HE SAID, I WOULD RATHER

SEE YOU GRADING PAPERS THAN

PICKING THEM UP.

AND THAT SEED WAS PLANTED

BECAUSE IT STAYED HERE AND

HERE.

Reporter: THE SEED

STAYED HIDDEN FOR ABOUT 15

YEARS, UNTIL SONYA ENROLLED

IN COLLEGE WITH HIS YOUNGEST

SON.

FOR EIGHT YEARS HE CLEANED

CLASSROOMS FULL-TIME, TO

CLASSES PART-TIME, AND

STUDIED WHENEVER HE COULD TO

EARN HIS DREA.

> DEGREE.

AT TIMES I WAS OPERATING

ON THREE, MAYBE FOUR, HOURS

OF SLEEP A NIGHT.

Reporter: YET HE NEVER

ONCE THOUGHT OF QUITTING.

WHEN YOU'RE DETERMINED

AND YOU PERSEVERE AND YOU

STEP OUT ON FAITH, YOU'RE

GOING TO GET IT DONE.

Reporter: MR. SONYA DID

MORE THAN JUST GET THE JOB

DONE.

THIS IS THE FIRST

CLASSROOM I TAUGHT.

THE VERY FIRST ONE.

Reporter: HE TAUGHT

THIRD GRADE FOR THREE YEARS

AND FOURTH GRADE FOR TWO

YEARS, WHILE WORKING ON HIS

MASTER'S DEGREE.

WHO IS THE BEST

PRINCIPAL?

THERE YOU GO.

THERE YOU GO.

Reporter: THESE WERE

HIS STUDENTS BEFORE HIS RISE

TO PRINCIPAL IN NOVEMBER.

MONTHS LATER, HE IS STILL

PINCHING HIMSELF.

I SAT BACK AT MY DESK IN

DECEMBER, WHEN WE WERE ON

CHRISTMAS BREAK, AND I HAD

MY BLINDS OPEN AND I LOOKED

THROUGH MY BLINDS, AND ALL I

COULD SAY WAS THANK YOU,

GOD.

THANK YOU, GOD.

I KEPT SAYING IT OVER AND

OVER UNTIL TEARS JUST

STARTED COMING DOWN MY EYES

BECAUSE I WAS GRATEFUL.

I WAS HAPPY.

AND I DO GET A LITTLE

EMOTIONAL BECAUSE IT MEANS A

LOT TO ME THAT GOD HAD THESE

PLANS FOR ME THAT 33 YEARS

AGO I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD

BE DOING THIS.

Reporter: LOOKING BACK,

SONYA SAYS THE SCHOOL'S

PREVIOUS PRINCIPALS PREPARED

HIM, SHARING UNFORGETTABLE

LESSONS, LIKE --

IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START

BUT HOW YOU FINISH, BUT YOU

HAVE TO STEP OUT ON FAITH.

BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE DREAMS,

BUT THEY GIVE UP ON THEIR

DREAMS BECAUSE THERE ARE SO

MANY OBSTACLES.

YOU'RE GOING TO FACE THOSE

OBSTACLES.

BECAUSE NOTHING IN LIFE

COMES EASY -- OR NOTHING

GOOD IN LIFE COMES EASILY, I

SHOULD SAY.

I DID A REDEDICATION OF MY

CHURCH.

I OFFICIATED HIGH SCHOOL

BASKETBALL AND COLLEGE -- 22

YEARS I'VE BEEN DOING THAT.

Reporter: STILL, IN ALL

OF THAT BUSYNESS, SOME OLD

HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK.

THIS SCHOOL PRINCIPAL STILL

CLEANS HIS OWN OFFICE.

I TELL THE JANITOR, DON'T

WORRY ABOUT THIS.

I CAN TAKE CARE OF THIS

MYSELF.

I DO MY CLASSROOM AND ALL OF

IT.

I'M NOT ABOVE THAT.

Reporter: JOSEPH SONYA

IS A HOMETOWN HERO, WITH A

HEART AS BIG AS HIS SMILE.

AND YET HE TAKES NO CREDIT

FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

PEOPLE MAKE UP IN THEIR

MINDS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO,

BUT IT IS GOD WHO DECIDES

WHAT THEY WILL DO.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, PORT

BERRY, LOUISIANA.

Gordon: IT IS GOOD WHO

DECIDES.

NOW, WHAT HAS GOD DECIDED

ABOUT YOU?

HAS HE DECIDED HE IS NOT

GOING TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND

A FUTURE, THAT HE IS NOT

GOING TO GLORIFY HIMSELF IN

WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DO?

HAS HE DECIDED THAT?

THE ANSWER IS CLEARLY NO

BECAUSE THE SCRIPTURE SAYS

HE DOES HAVE A HOPE AND A

FUTURE FOR YOU.

THAT HE KNOWS THE PLANS THAT

HE HAS FOR YOU.

GOD DOESN'T MAKE SMALL

PLANS.

HE MAKES VERY BIG ONES.

AND BEFORE HE CREATED THE

EARTH, BEFORE HE LAID THE

FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, HE

CREATED GOOD WORKS FOR YOU

TO WALK IN.

THINGS THAT WOULD SATISFY

YOUR SOUL, SATISFY THE

DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.

THINGS YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW

ABOUT.

HE CREATED FOR YOU.

WHY?

BECAUSE IT GIVES HIM GLORY.

THAT'S NUMBER ONE.

BUT, AN EVEN BIGGER REASON,

HE LOVES YOU.

HE WANTS YOU TO BE

SATISFIED.

HE WANTS YOU TO HAVE JOY.

HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO BE

TRODDEN DOWN.

HE DOESN'T WANT THOSE THINGS

FOR HIS CHILDREN.

NO GOOD FATHER WOULD.

NOW, HERE'S THE PROMISE.

YOU FIND IT FROM 1 SAMUEL 2,

AND BEFORE WE READ THIS, LET

ME GIVE YOU THE CONTEXT.

THIS IS THE PRAYER OF

HANNA.

HANNA WAS THE MOTHER OF THE

PROPHET SAMUEL.

AND SHE HAD A VERY UNUSUAL

PRAYER.

"LORD, IF YOU GIVE ME A

CHILD" -- HERE SHE WAS

BARREN.

SHE WAS DESPISED IN HER OWN

FAMILY BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T

HAVE ANY CHILDREN.

SHE WAS TEASED BECAUSE OF

IT.

SO SHE BEGGED GOD AT THE

TEMPLE, BEGGED HIM SO HARD

THAT THE PRIEST AT THE TIME

THOUGHT SHE WAS DRUNK AND

THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO

HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH

YOU.

BUT GOD ANSWERED HER PRAYER,

HER CRY OF DESPERATION.

AND AFTER HE HAD SAMUEL,

HERE IS HER PRAYER.

1 SAMUEL 2: 8: "HE RAISES

THE POOR FROM THE DUST AND

LIFTS THE BEGGER FROM THE

ASH HEAP, TO SET THEM AMONG

PRINCES, AND MAKE THEM

INHERIT THE THRONE OF

GLORY."

LET THAT BE YOUR GUIDING

VERSE, THAT GOD WANTS TO

MAKE YOU INHERIT A THRONE OF

GLORY.

IF YOU'RE A JOINT HEIR WITH

JESUS CHRIST, YOU HAVE A

RIGHT TO A THRONE OF GLORY.

AND IT'S NOT ABOUT WHERE YOU

COME FROM.

YOU CAN COME FROM THE ASH

HEAP.

YOU CAN BE A BEGGER, AND GOD

WANTS YOU TO INHERIT THAT

THRONE OF GLORY.

SO IT'S NOT WHERE YOU'RE

FROM.

IT'S ALL ABOUT WHERE YOU

FINISH.

AND DO YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO

STEP OUT, TO BELIEVE?

GOD HAS A THRONE FOR ME.

HE WANTS TO SET ME AMONG

PRINCES, ALL I HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE HIS PROMISE.

AND THEN DO MY PART, DO THE

HARD WORK, TAKE WHAT'S

NECESSARY, TAKE THE COURSES

THAT ARE NECESSARY.

GET THE QUALIFICATIONS THAT

ARE NECESSARY.

WITH GOD'S HELP, I CAN DO

IT.

FOR WITH HIS HELP, I CAN DO

ALL THINGS.

IF YOU HAVE THAT IN YOU,

THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU

PROPOSE TO DO THAT WILL BE

WITHHELD FOR YOU.

BECAUSE IF GOD BE WITH YOU,

WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU?

SO BE ENCOURAGED TODAY.

NO MATTER WHAT YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, REALIZE

THAT'S NOT HOW YOU'RE GOING

TO FINISH, BECAUSE THAT'S

NOT HOW GOD WANTS IT.

GOD WANTS TO PUT YOU ON A

THRONE OF GLORY.

WELL, TODAY WE'VE BEEN

GIVING YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT

OUR NATION'S SCHOOLS, AND

WE'VE GOT SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS SPECIFICALLY FOR

SCHOOLS.

SO LET'S GO BACK OVER TO

JESSICA.

WELL, GORDON, KAREN

WRITES IN, "IT IS MY HONOR

TO SERVE GOD IN THE PUBLIC

SCHOOL SYSTEM, BUT IT CAN BE

HARD.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

CONTINUE TO LEAD ME AND OPEN

DOORS FOR ME."

AMETHYST WRITES IN, "I HAVE

RAISED MY KIDS TO FOLLOW THE

LORD, BUT THEY'RE STARTING

TO FOLLOW AWAY AND ALL OF

THE BAD INFLUENCES ARE

COMING FROM THE PUBLIC

SCHOOL.

I WANT TO PUT THEM IN

PRIVATE SCHOOL, BUT I CAN'T

AFFORD THAT.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY KIDS.

I KNOW THEY ALL HAVE

CALLINGS IN THEIR LIFE."

COLIN WRITES IN, "I'M A

SCIENCE TEACHER AND A

CHRISTIAN.

I WANT TO SHARE MY BELIEFS

WITH MY STUDENTS.

PLEASE PRAYER I CAN SHARE MY

BELIEFS WITH MY STUDENTS."

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND

YOU CAN RELATE TO THOSE

PRAYER REQUESTS, PLEASE JOIN

WITH US.

HEAVEN FATHER, WE THANK YOU

SO MUCH.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH

THAT YOU HAVE A PLAN AND A

PURPOSE FOR EACH ONE OF

THEIR LIVES.

FATHER, WE LIFT UP KAREN TO

YOU.

SHE HAS ASKED THAT YOU OPEN

DOORS THAT ONLY YOU CAN

OPEN.

FATHER, WE JUST ASK THAT YOU

COME AND MAKE A WAY.

GIVE HER FAVOR, LORD.

AND FOR AMETHYST, WHO IS

CONCERNED ABOUT HER

CHILDREN, LORD, WE JUST ASK

THAT YOU WOULD DESCEND GOOD,

GODLY FRIENDS, THAT YOU

WOULD SEND GOOD TEACHERS.

FATHER, THAT THEY WOULD BE

ABLE TO HAVE PEOPLE IN THEIR

LIVES THAT LEAD THEM AND

DISCIPLE THEM AND POINT THEM

TO YOU.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU GIVE

THEM WISDOM.

AND FOR CIRSTEN, WE ASK THAT

YOU GIVE HER -- FATHER, WE

ASK THAT YOU BE GLORIFIED IN

ALL OF THESE AREAS, LORD.

WE ASK FOR THE CHILDREN IN

THESE SCHOOL SYSTEMS, THAT

THEY WOULD BE A LIGHT, THAT

THEY WOULD NOT HIDE THEIR

LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL, BUT,

FATHER, THAT THEY WOULD

SHINE FOR YOU.

FATHER, WE ASK ALL OF THIS

IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

Gordon: AMEN.

IF YOU HAVE A STORY FOR US,

A STORY OF SOMEONE WHO GOD

HAS TAKEN FROM VERY HUMBLE

BEGINNINGS AND HAS PUT THEM

WITH PRINCES, PUT THEM ON A

THRONE OF GLORY, SHARE IT

WITH US.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

OUR Facebook PAGE.

Facebook700CLUB.

WE WANT TO SHARE THE

STORIES.

GOD WANTS TO DO WONDERFUL

THINGS FOR YOU.

HE HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE

FOR YOU.

AND IF YOU HAVE A LIFE

VERSE, LIKE THE ONE WE

SHARED FROM SAMUEL, THE

PRAYER OF HANNA, AND IT HAS

GUIDED YOU, LET US KNOW

ABOUT IT.

WE ALWAYS LIKE TO DO STORIES

ABOUT HOW GOD USES SCRIPTURE

TODAY TO GUIDE PEOPLE.

BECAUSE IT IS IN HIS WORD.

HIS WORD IS A LAMP UNTO OUR

FEET.

HIS WORD CAN GUIDE YOU IN

LIFE, THROUGH ALL OF THE

DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE.

SO IF A PARTICULAR VERSE HAS

BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR YOU,

SEEING YOU THROUGH A

DIFFICULT TIME, OR SEEING

YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE,

SHARE IT WITH US.

WE'D LOVE TO TELL YOUR

STORY.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM COLOSSIANS 3:

"WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT

HEARTEDLY.

AS TO THE LORD AND NOT TO

MAN.

KNOWING THAT FROM THE LORD

YOU WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD

OF THE E INHERITANCE FOR

YOU SERVE THE LORD CHRIST."

REALIZE YOUR DESTINATION IS

A THRONE OF GLORY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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