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700 Club Interactive : Bully Free - June 19, 2014

He had girls, parties and drugs – but he never felt like he fit in. See how he finally got what he was looking for. Read Transcript


Gordon: GROWING PAINS

FOR THE NEW KID ON THE

BLOCK.

I WAS PUT BACK A GRADE,

WHICH FOR ME WAS VERY HARD

TO SWALLOW.

MY ACCIDENT WA ACCENT WAS

SO THICK I WAS BEING MADE

FUN OF.

Gordon: HOW HE FOUGHT

BACK THE BULLIES 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.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

THE SCHOOL YEAR IS COMING TO

AN END, AND MANY STUDENTS

ARE EXCITED THERE WILL BE NO

MORE CLASSES, HOMEWORK OR

TESTS.

AND FOR SOME, NO MORE

TORMENT.

Terry: NEIL WAS

CONSTANTLY TEASED BY HIS

CLASSMATES.

AS THE NEW KID FROM JAMAICA,

HE WAS LAUGHED AT AND

RIDICULED, SO HE STARTED

THINKING OF A WAY TO STOP

THE BULLYING ONCE AND FOR

ALL AFTER HE GOT HIS HANDS

ON A GUN.

MY NAME IS NEIL HALL, AND

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN

JAMAICA.

LIFE FOR ME IN JAMAICA WAS

ACTUALLY AWESOME.

BY THE TIME I WAS 10 YEARS

OF AGE, MY MOM AND MY SISTER

AND I ALL RELOCATED TO NEW

YORK CITY.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED SCHOOL

IN THE BRONX, I WAS PUT BACK

A GRADE.

WHICH FOR ME WAS VERY HARD

TO SWALLOW.

MY ACCENT WAS SO THICK, I

WAS BEING MADE FUN OF.

I LOST MY COOL AND I GOT

INTO THIS HUGE FIGHT WITH

THESE TWO KIDS.

I GOT SOMEWHAT PARANOID, AND

I FOUND A WEAPON -- I FOUND

IT FROM A FRIEND OF MINE, I

TOOK IT FROM HIM.

AND THAT BECAME MY DAY TO

DAY PROTECTION.

AND I WOULD GO TO SCHOOL

WITH IT EVERY SINGLE DAY.

SO MY MOM HAPPENED TO STAY

HOME ONE WEEK, AND I JUST

HAPPENED TO LEAVE MY WEAPON

TUCKED UNDERNEATH MY

MATTRESS.

SO I COME HOME FROM SCHOOL

AND SHE IS SITTING ON THE

EDGE OF HER BED.

AND THE GUN IS ON THE FLOOR

IN FRONT OF HER.

AND SHE IS JUST BALLING.

AND WHEN I SAW HER IN TEARS,

I JUST SAW THE HURT THAT SHE

FELT.

I FELT HER PAIN.

I SAW HER DISAPPOINTMENT.

SHE IS THE STRENGTH, THE

ROCK, FOR OUR FAMILY.

AND KNOWING THAT I'M THE

REASON WHY SE I SHE IS

BREAKING DOWN WAS VERY

HARD.

AND I THREW IT IN THE

GARBAGE, AND MY VERY FRIENDS

I HUNG OUT WITH, I WENT BACK

AND TOLD THE PERSON WHO I

STOLE THE GUN FROM TO BEGIN

WITH THAT I HAD IT.

IT WAS A SUNDAY NIGHT, AND

HE RANG OUR DOORBELL, AND I

OPENED THE DOOR AND HE PUT A

GUN TO MY FOREHEAD.

AND HE SAID, YOU OWE ME

$850.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THIS WAS

REALLY HAPPENING TO ME.

AT THIS POINT HE SAID I HAD

TO SELL WEED FOR HIM, AND I

DID WHATEVER I NEEDED TO

DO.

I KNEW I WASN'T GOING TO

MAKE IT TO 18 -- THERE IS NO

WAY I WOULD SEE 18.

I SAID TO MY MOM, IF YOU

COULD JUST DO ME A FAVOR,

GET ME OUT OF NEW YORK FOR A

COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND SHE

SAID SHE WOULD CALL MY AUNTS

IN JAMAICA, AND I WAS

ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT.

BUT I WAS STILL LIVING AN

IMMORAL LIFE BECAUSE I

THOUGHT IT WAS FUN.

IF THERE IS A PARTY OVER

THERE, YOU CAN GO, BUT JUST

COME HOME.

AND GIRLS -- OKAY, GREAT.

HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND OR TWO

GIRLFRIENDS, OR WHATEVER THE

CASE MAY BE, IT WAS OKAY.

I KNEW MY TIME WAS COMING TO

AN END IN JAMAICA.

AND A COUPLE OF MY

CLASSMATES, WE POODLE OUR

POOLED OUT MONEY TOGETHER

AND WE RENTED THESE HUGE

SOUND SYSTEMS.

AND THAT NIGHT WE PROMOTED

IT.

THAT NIGHT THAT YARD WAS

FULL.

YOU COULDN'T FIND AN EMPTY

SPACE.

AND I WENT TO BED, AND

IMMEDIATELY, AS SOON AS I

FELL ASLEEP, I HAD THIS

VIVID DREAM THAT I WAS BACK

IN THE PARTY.

AND I NOTICED THAT THE SKY

BURST OPEN.

AND FROM THE SKY CAME THESE

THREE HUGE FIREBALLS.

THEY WERE JUST SHOOTING DOWN

TOWARDS WHERE I WAS.

AND THEN THERE WAS A HUGE

LIGHT.

AND I WAS TERRIFIED.

SO THE WAY I WAS POSITIONED

IN THE PARTY, I STARTED

RUNNING FROM ONE END THROUGH

THE PARTY, TRYING TO GRAB

EVERYONE'S ATTENTION, BY

SAYING, HEY, GOD IS COMING,

BUT NO ONE CARED, NO ONE

CARED.

I GOT UP AND I WENT TO THE

BEACH.

AND I SAT AT THE EDGE OF

THIS TREE.

RIGHT NOW THE LORD DIDN'T

WANT ANYONE'S ATTENTION.

HE WANTS MY ATTENTION.

IT BECAME MORE EVIDENT THAT

WHAT I WAS DOING WAS WRONG.

AND I STARTED TO CRY AND I

SAID, LORD, IF YOU GIVE ME A

SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE, I

WILL LIVE FOR YOU.

I APOLOGIZED TO GOD FOR ALL

THE WRONGS THAT I'D DONE.

I ASKED GOD TO COME INTO MY

LIFE.

TO CHANGE ME.

IMMEDIATELY I WAS --

LITERALLY, IT WAS LIKE A

360.

I WAS A COMPLETE DIFFERENT

PERSON, AND THE FOLLOWING

WEEK, I FLEW BACK TO THE

STATES.

I WAS COMPLETELY A DIFFERENT

PERSON.

NO INTEREST IN GOING OUT.

NO INTEREST IN REHASHING ANY

OLD HISTORY.

I JUST WANTED TO SERVE GOD.

I JUST WANTED TO TELL PEOPLE

MY STORY.

I JUST WANTED TO ENCOURAGE

THEM IN RELATION TO WHAT

I'VE BEEN THROUGH.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU

ARE IN LIFE, HOW FAR YOU

THINK YOU ARE FROM GOD, HOW

MESSED UP YOU THINK YOUR

LIFE IS, YOU'RE NOT FAR FROM

GOD.

GOD IS RIGHT NEXT TO YOU,

AND HE IS READY FOR YOU TO

JUST OPEN YOUR HEART AND LET

HIM IN.

Gordon: AND HE IS

WAITING FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE IS

STANDING AT THE DOOR,

KNOCKING, AND IF ANYONE

HEARS THIS VOICE AND OPENS

THE DOOR, HE'LL COME IN.

I THINK NEAL'S STORY IS

GOING TO BECOME INCREASINGLY

COMMON IN OUR WORLD TODAY,

WHERE YOU'RE PUT INTO A

SITUATION WHERE NO ONE

AROUND YOU IS A BELIEVER.

YOUR LITERALLY AT A HOSTILE

WORLD THAT WANTS TO TAKE

AWAY YOUR FAITH, WANTS TO

BULLY YOU OUT OF BELIEVING.

AND WHAT DOES NEIL DO WITH

THAT?

WELL, HE MAKES A VERY BAD

DECISION, THAT HE IS GOING

TO GO GET A GUN.

HE IS GOING TO STOP ALL OF

THE TEASING ABOUT HIS

JAMAICAN ACCENT, ABOUT HIS

DIFFERENT WAYS.

AND HE HAS GOT THIS UNDER

CONTROL.

AND HE CAN HANDLE THIS.

WELL, IT TURNS OUT REALLY

BAD FOR HIM.

BUT HE STARTS TO HAVE

SUCCESS IN DOING THE THINGS

OF THE WORLD.

AND THAT CAN HAPPEN.

WHERE IF YOU PURSUE THE COOL

LIFE OR BEING PART OF THE

IN-CROWD, YOU CAN HAVE

SUCCESS FOR A SEASON.

BUT THEN GOD SHOWED HIM THE

DESTRUCTION THAT WAS

COMING.

IT WAS A GREAT REVELATION.

GOD SPEAKS IN DREAMS.

HE SPEAKS IN VISIONS.

HE STILL SPEAKS TODAY.

AND IN THAT REVELATION, NEIL

CHANGED.

AND NO LONGER DID HE WANT TO

DO THE THINGS THAT HE DID

BEFORE.

HE WANTED TO PURSUE GOD.

AND HE WANTED TO PURSUE

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

NOW, IF THIS IS A MESSAGE

FOR YOU, IF YOU'VE BEEN

TROUBLED BY WHAT YOU'RE

DOING, AND YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR A WAY OUT, REALIZE JESUS

IS STANDING AT THE DOOR AND

KNOCKING.

AND HE IS CALLING TO YOU.

AND HE IS SAYING, IF YOU'LL

JUST OPEN THAT DOOR AND COME

IN, I'LL TAKE CARE OF THIS.

I CAN BE YOUR ALL IN ALL.

IF YOU WANT TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE AND SAY I NEED TO

FIND GOD, I NEED TO GET

RIGHT WITH GOD, WE'RE HERE

FOR YOU.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

PICK UP THE PHONE AND GIVE

US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, TODAY WE'VE GOT SOME

QUESTIONS FROM OUR VIEWERS

ON BULLYING.

SO LET'S GO TO TERRY.

Terry: WELL, TIFFANY

SAYS, "MY HUSBAND IS IN THE

MILITARY, AND WE MOVE EVERY

THREE YEARS.

MY SON, CHRISTIAN, HAS A

HARD TIME ADJUSTING AND

MAKING FRIENDS EACH TIME WE

MOVE.

HE IS A SWEET TEENAGER WHO

LOVES THE LORD AND WAS VERY

OUTSPOKEN ABOUT HIS FAITH,

BUT HE KEEPS GETTING BULLIED

AND HAS SLOWLY BECOME SAD

AND WITHDRAWN.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP HIM

SEE THAT HE WAS DOING THE

RIGHT THING BY BEING

OUTSPOKEN AND TRUE TO

HIMSELF?"

Gordon: I THINK WE NEED

TO TAKE A LOT OF WISDOM FROM

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ABOUT

HOW TO LIVE AS CHRISTIANS IN

A CULTURE THAT INCREASINGLY

IS BECOMING ANTI-CHRISTIAN.

AND THEY'RE VERY SUCCESSFUL

WITH IT.

AND THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO

HOLD ON TO FAITH IN THE

MIDDLE OF EXTREME

PERSECUTION.

AND THE KEY IS IN THE HOME.

THAT'S THE ABSOLUTE KEY TO

IT.

THEY RAISE UP THEIR CHILDREN

IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD.

AND IN THE ADULTHOOD THEY

DON'T DEPART FROM IT.

AND SO WE ALL WANT OUR

CHILDREN TO BE POPULAR.

WE ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN TO

HAVE FRIENDS.

WE ALL WANT THAT.

BUT I THINK WE NEED TO HOLD

TO THE FUNDAMENTALS HERE.

WE ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN TO

BE WITH US IN HEAVEN.

AND SO WE NEED TO SPEND MORE

TIME RAISING THEM UP IN THE

THINGS OF THE LORD.

THAT'S WHERE TORAH

INSTRUCTION HAPPENS, IN THE

HOME.

AND WHAT ARE THE FIRST

PRINCIPLES?

AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

TO YOU?

AND WHY ARE PEOPLE GOING TO

RIDICULE YOU?

WHY ARE YOU DIFFERENT?

AND WHAT IS THE VALUE IN

HOLDING ON TO THIS AND NOT

GETTING ASSIMILATED IN A

CULTURE THAT IS LITERALLY

AGAINST GOD?

SO JUST KEEP TRAINING HIM

UP.

DON'T LOOK FOR HIM TO BECOME

OUTWARD.

HE IS WOUNDED.

KEEP TRAINING HIM UP IN THE

WAYS OF THE LORD.

ENCOURAGE HIM AND COMFORT

HIM, AND YOU'LL SEE THAT

OVER TIME HE'LL GROW BACK

AND HE'LL BECOME YET AGAIN

THE OUTSPOKEN YOUNG MAN HE

IS.

Terry: YOU HAVE STUDIED

JEWISH LIFE A GOOD BIT, AND

ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT

STANDS OUT TO ME ABOUT THAT

IS THE COMMUNITY FACTOR IN

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO -- I'VE

HAD FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN

KIDS OF MILITARY PEOPLE, AND

IT IS HARD.

YOU MAKE FRIENDS, AND YOU

GET UPROOTED.

AND YOU MAKE FRIENDS, AND

YOU GET UPROOTED.

BUT THESE ARE BELIEVERS.

EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE IS A

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

NO YOUNG PERSON WANTS TO BE

ISOLATED AND ALONE, BUT YOU

SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONNECT

WITH A GOOD CHURCH

COMMUNITY.

Gordon: YOU NEED TO

FIND A CHURCH COMMUNITY.

I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A

MESSAGE TO CHURCH

COMMUNITIES, WE NEED TO BE A

COMMUNITY HERE.

WE DON'T JUST NEED TO BE A

PLACE WHERE YOU GO SUNDAY

MORNING.

WE NEED TO BE A COMMUNITY

AGAIN.

AND IN THAT LEARN THAT WE

PROTECT ONE ANOTHER.

Terry: AND REACH OUT TO

THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE

TRANSFERRING AND COMING IN

AND OUT.

WE'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE FROM

ALICIA WHO SAID, "I HAD A

GOOD FRIEND WHO TEASED ME IN

FRONT OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE

ABOUT MY HAIR AND WEIGHT AND

IT REALLY HURT MY FEELINGS

AND MADE ME ANGRY.

IN ORDER TO PROTECT MYSELF,

I DO THE TEASING IN ORDER TO

PROTECT MYSELF.

I GAINED THE REPUTATION OF

BEING A BULLY AND LOST ALL

OF MY FRIENDS.

HOW CAN I CHANGE THINGS?"

Gordon: CHANGE YOU,

WHICH IS PROBABLY THE

ORIGINAL YOU.

YOU'LL FIND THAT PEOPLE WILL

ADJUST TO YOU AND THEY'LL NO

LONGER ANTICIPATE THAT

YOU'RE GOING TO ENGAGE IN

BULLYING BEHAVIOR.

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH

ABUSE IS THAT IT CREATES

ABUSERS.

IF YOU'VE BEEN WOUNDED, IF

YOU'VE BEEN HURT, YOU WANT

TO GO BACK AND EMPOWER

YOURSELF IN THAT SITUATION.

YOU KEEP TRYING TO MAKE UP

FOR IT.

WHY WAS I SO HELPLESS?

WHY DIDN'T I STAND UP?

WHY DIDN'T I HIT BACK?

WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY?

AND SO YOU ADOPT LITERALLY

THE BEHAVIOR PATTERN THAT

HURT YOU AND YOU, IN TURN,

HURT OTHERS.

THE CURE FOR THAT IS JESUS.

AND JESUS, WHAT WERE YOU

FEELING AT THAT MOMENT IN

TIME WHEN I WAS BEING

BULLIED.

SOLOMON SAID SOMETHING OF

GREAT WISDOM, THAT HE LOOKED

TO THE TORMENTORS -- HE

LOOKED FIRST TO THE

TORMENTED AND HE FOUND NO

COMFORTER FOR THEM.

AND THEN HE LOOKED TO THE

TORMENTORS, AND HE FOUND NO

COMFORT FOR THEM.

IF YOU'RE A BULLY, YOU'RE

TORMENTED.

AND NOT JUST TORMENTED FROM

EEXTERNALS, YOU'RE

TORMENTED BY YOU AND WHAT

YOU'VE DONE AND THE

CONSEQUENCES OF THAT, AND

YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT.

THE GOOD NEWS FOR ALL OF

THAT IS WE NOW HAVE A

COMFORTER.

WHO CAN COME AND CHANGE OUR

INNERMOST BEING AND

REGENERATE US TO BEING THE

LOVING, CARING PEOPLE THAT

GOD INTENDED US TO BE.

SO LET THAT REGENERATION

HAPPEN.

GIVE THAT AREA BACK TO THE

LORD.

DON'T HIDE IT OFF IN SOME

LITTLE ROOM, EXPECTING IT

WILL STAY IN THE DARKNESS.

IT WON'T.

IT WILL BE JUST LIKE A

COCKROACH.

IT IS GOING TO COME BACK AND

KEEP COMING BACK UNTIL YOU

OPEN THE LIGHT THERE AND LET

JESUS COME IN AND HEAL YOU.

YOU CAN DO THAT IF YOU JUST

TRUST HIM.

STILL AHEAD, WE'RE GOING TO

BE PRAYING FOR YOU, AND IF

YOU'RE SUFFERING THROUGH

THIS, WE WANT TO PRAY

ESPECIALLY FOR US.

BUT FIRST WE'VE GOT A

STORY.

MEET A BULLY WHO WAS AFRAID

FOR HIS LIFE.

IT WOULD BE ABOUT 3:00

AND THE MORNING, AND THEY

WOULD SAY HE WAS GOING TO

KILL ME, KILL HIS KIDS.

SEE WHAT PROTECTED HIM

AND HIS FAMILY, UP NEXT.

Gordon: BYRON WHITENER

WAS ONCE CALLED ONE OF THE

MOST VIOLENT WHITE

SPREMISTS.

HE WORE THAT TITLE AS A

BADGE OF HONOR.

HE EVEN HAD THE WORD "HATE"

TATTOOED ON HIMSELF.

UNTIL THE DAY HE WAS THE ONE

BEING TORMENTED.

MY NAME IS BRIAN, AND I'M

A FORMER NEONAZI SKINHEAD.

AND NOT ONLY DID HE CHANGE

ME PHYSICALLY, HE BROUGHT

LOVE INTO A WORLD OF HATE

AND VIOLENCE.

WHEN MY RELATIVE INTRODUCED

ME TO BEING A SKINHEAD, IT

WAS 14.

WE WERE CALLED SOLDIERS OF

THE NEW RITE.

AND IT WAS A PREDOMINANTLY

MEXICAN AREA OF TOWN, AND

VIOLENCE WAS A VERY, VERY

COMMON THINGS.

AND YOU EITHER GET HARD OR

YOU DIE.

Reporter: BRYAN

WHITENER CAME FROM A BROKEN

HOME.

RAISED BY AN ALCOHOLIC

GRANDMOTHER, HE LEARNED FROM

AN EARLY AGE HE HAD TO TAKE

CARE OF HIMSELF.

AND SO I LEARNED HOW TO

HATE.

I STARTED GETTING TATTOOS AT

ABOUT 14, 15.

THE TATTOO THING WAS JUST TO

SIGNIFY THE WHOLE TOUGH GUY

LOOK.

AND THE SWASTIL SWASTILA

THING WAS AT ABOUT 16.

AFTER THAT, THAT'S WHEN I

DECIDED, WELL, I SHOULD

PROBABLY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE

ABOUT.

AND THAT'S WHEN I STARTED

HITTING LIBRARIES AND

STUDYING THEM.

THAT'S WHEN I STARTED

GETTING INTO THE POLITICS OF

EVERYTHING.

BEFORE IT WAS JUST TO PISS

PEOPLE OFF, HONESTLY.

EVENTUALLY I DECIDED THAT

THAT WASN'T THE PLACE FOR ME

AND STARTED TRAVELLING

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

I MET MY FIRST HAMMER SKIN

OUT IN AN AREA.

AND THEY WERE ORGANIZED AND

THEY WERE TOUGH.

THIS IS LIKE EVERYTHING THAT

A SKINHEAD WOULD WANT.

WHEN I GOT INTO THE HAMMER

SKINS, A LOT OF THE GUYS

HAVE FACIAL TATTOOS, THEIR

HANDS DONE.

I HAD MY HANDS DONE, BUT I

ENDED UP GETTING MY NECK

DONE, JUST FOR THE SHOCK

VALUE OF IT, SO IT STARTED

CREEPING UP ON TO MY FACE,

AND GETTING THAT DONE.

WE WERE PRETTY OUT OF

CONTROL.

Reporter: WHEN THE GANG

DISINTEGRATED, BRIAN AND

FORMER MEMBERS CREATED A NEW

GANG, CALLED THE VINLANDERS

SOCIAL CLUB.

I WAS IN CHARGE OF GOING

TO DIFFERENT TOWNS IN

INDIANA AND SETTING UP

CHAPTERS.

I WAS THE ENFORCER.

AS A SKINHEAD, MY THINKING

WAS THE WHITE RACE BLOOD WAS

THE MASTER RACE.

AFTER MY FIRST DECADE, I

DIDN'T REALLY SEE IT THAT

WAY ANYMORE BECAUSE I JUST

KNEW SO MANY WHITE PEOPLE

THAT WERE JUST SUCH

SCUMBAGS, I COULDN'T SAY

THAT EVERY WHITE PERSON WAS

SO MUCH SUPERIOR TO EVERY

BLACK PERSON.

I'M SEEING KIND OF THE

COMPLETE OPPOSITE.

AND I REALIZED THE ONLY

THING I ACHIEVED IN MY LIFE

WAS A BUNCH OF SCARS, AN

ILLEGAL RECORD, AND HALF WAY

SCLEROSIS OF THE LIVER.

THAT'S IT.

I HAVE ACHIEVED NOTHING ELSE

IN LIFE, NOTHING POSITIVE.

I ACTUALLY LITERALLY TRIED

TO DRINK MYSELF TO DEATH.

I WAS JUST LOOKING FOR A WAY

OUT.

I WAS DONE. I HAD GIVEN UP

ON LIFE, I WAS GIVING UP ON

EVERYTHING.

IF I WOULD HAVE TALKED TO

ANYBODY ABOUT THOSE

FEELINGS, THEY WOULD HAVE

CALLED ME A TRAITOR AND I

WOULD HAVE BEEN BRANDED AS

SUCH AND PROBABLY SUCH.

SO I BOTTLED IT UP AND

DRANK.

Reporter: BRIAN WAS ON

THE EDGE OF SUICIDE AND THEN

HE MET JULIE.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER.

AFTER WE GOT MARRIED, MY

FORMER GANG GOT REAL JEALOUS

OF THE FACT I GOT MARRIED

AND MOVED 10 HOURS A WAY

BECAUSE I WAS NO LONG

AVAILABLE FOR THEIR

BUSINESS.

I STARTED TO START WORKING

FULL-TIME CONSTANTLY TO PUT

FOOD ON THE TABLE.

RIGHT WHEN MY SON WAS BORN,

THE PRESIDENT GAVE ME AN

ULTIMATUM, TO CHOOSE BETWEEN

THEM, THE GANG, OR MY

FAMILY.

SO I CHOSE MY FAMILY.

AND THEY SAID, OKAY, THAT'S

FINE.

WE'LL GIVE YOU A PROPER

RETIREMENT.

WHICH I DID.

Reporter: BUT IT WASN'T

THAT SIMPLE.

DEATH THREATS STARTED

IMMEDIATELY AND THEY NEVER

STOPPED.

THEY WOULD CALL AT 3:00

IN THE MORNING AND SAY THEY

WERE GOING TO KILL ME AND

KILL THE KIDS.

FOR YEARS JULIE AND I LIVED

LITERALLY ON RED ALERT, AND

WE WOULD TAKE TURNS STAYING

UP ALL NIGHT.

IT WASN'T A MATTER OF IF, IT

WAS A MATTER OF WHEN.

I KNEW THESE GUYS, I KNEW

WHAT THEY WERE CAPABLE OF.

I'M A PRETTY TOUGH GUY, AND

I CAN HANDLE MYSELF PRETTY

WELL, BUT AGAINST SEVEN,

EIGHT GUYS, THERE IS NOTHING

I COULD DO.

FOR ONE REASON JULIE PICKED

UP A BIBLE ONE DAY.

IT WAS AN OLD GERMAN BIBLE.

AND SHE STARTED READING A

LITTLE BIT.

AND SHE SHOWED ME A COUPLE

OF PRAYERS, THE SERENITY

PRAYER, AND I STARTED SAYING

THAT TO CALM MYSELF IN THE

MORNING, BEING CURIOUS MORE

THAN ANYTHING.

AND WE WENT DOWN TO

TENNESSEE FOR CHRISTMAS ONE

YEAR, TO MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S,

AND HE TOOK US TO HIS

CHURCH.

IT IS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST

CHURCH OUT THERE.

AND SOMETHING HAPPENED.

BUT THE STRANGE THING WAS

THAT JULIE FELT THE SAME

THING.

AND I THINK IT WAS ALMOST AT

THE SAME TIME.

SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID,

DID YOU FEEL THAT?

AND I SAID, YEAH.

WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.

SO WE STARTED PRAYING AT

THAT POINT, AND PRAYING AND

PRAYING AND READING THE

BIBLE.

AND WE ACTUALLY MADE A

PROMISE TO GOD.

IF YOU HELP US GET OUT OF

THIS ALIVE, WE'LL GIVE OUR

LIVES TO YOU.

WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS,

WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE TO

TENNESSEE, AND WE DID.

AND THE FIRST THING WE DID

WAS GAVE OUR LIVES TO GOD

BECAUSE THERE WAS NO WAY I

COULD HAVE DONE IT BY

MYSELF.

ONCE I WAS ABLE TO ACCEPT

JESUS IN MY LIFE, I WAS

ACTUALLY ABLE TO SMILE, TO

ENJOY A DAY.

I WAS ABLE TO BE POLITE AND

BE HAPPY.

I WAS ABLE TO ENJOY MY

CHILDREN AND ENJOY THINGS.

AND HE DID THAT.

WHEN HE FILLED ME IT

FILLED.

IT PATCHED THE HOLE THAT WAS

ALWAYS LEAKING.

AND IT'S BEEN AMAZING,

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

WELL, WHEN I CHANGED INSIDE,

WHEN MY SOLE CONCERN WAS MY

FAMILY AND IT WAS LONGER

ABOUT RACE AND VIOLENCE, I

HAD TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR

AND SEE THIS THING I MADE

MYSELF.

I GOT TO SEE WHAT KIND OF A

MONSTER I WAS ACTUALLY

PROJECTING TO THE OUTSIDE

WORLD.

Reporter: WITH THE PAST

LINGERING ON HIS FACE,

BRIAN'S DESIRE TO LIVE A

NORMAL LIFE SEEMED

HOPELESS.

I WOULD GO OUT AND TRY TO

GET JOBS, AND NOBODY WOULD

TALK TO ME.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

WERE ALWAYS A MESS.

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE

NIGHTMARE.

AND I STARTED LOOKING INTO

LASER REMOVAL, WHICH WAS

ENTIRELY WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.

THERE WAS NO WAY I WOULD

EVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT.

AND I LOOKED AT MEANS OF

JUST BURNING THEM OFF MY

SKIN.

I WAS GOING TO GO AHEAD AND

SUCK UP THE MOVE.

Reporter: IN A

DESPERATE MOVE, JULIE

CONTACTED A COMPANY, AND

THERE WAS AN ANONYMOUS

DONOR.

THE DOCTOR NEVER SEEN

ANYTHING LIKE ME WALK

THROUGH THE DOOR.

I HAD SO MUCH COVERAGE, HE

HAD NEVER, EVER TAKEN ON

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

PHYSICALLY, IT WAS

INCREDIBLY PAINFUL.

IT TOOK ABOUT 23 TO 25

TREATMENTS, BUT EVERYTHING

THAT HAS HAPPENED HAS BEEN

LITERALLY A MIRACLE.

THE REMOVAL.

MY FAMILY IS SAFE.

WE ARE SAFE.

WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME.

I'M WORKING.

AND IT WASN'T MY DOING.

I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

I'M BARELY A HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATE.

I'M A FORMER STREET KID.

GOD HAS DONE JUST MIRACULOUS

THINGS IN MY LIFE.

AND NOW I CAN FINALLY GIVE

GLORY WHERE IT IS DUE.

I CAN FINALLY GIVE HIM THE

CREDIT.

Gordon: WHAT A

REMARKABLE STORY OF CHANGE.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT

CHANGE CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT, HE

WANTS TO CHANGE YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO FIND THAT, IF

YOU WANT TO GET THAT PEACE,

GIVE US A CALL.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO GET

RIGHT WITH GOD.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, WE'RE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" AND WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

SO LET'S GO TO JESSICA TO

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING

ONLINE.

Reporter: WELL, GORDON,

ROBERT POSTS ON OUR

Facebook PAGE, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR ME.

I'M A BIGGER GUY, SO MANY

PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF ME.

I HAVE TO ADMIT IN THE PAST

I DID PICK FIGHTS WITH

PEOPLE, SO I HAVE A BAD

REPUTATION.

I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT I

HAVE CHANGED AND I AM NOT

THAT SCARY, MEAN GUY

ANYMORE.

PLEASE PRAY THAT PEOPLE WILL

SEE THE NEW ME."

LYDIA WRITES IN, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY SON, RAYMOND, HE

IS ALWAYS GETTING BULLIED.

HE SUFFERS FROM EPILEPSY, SO

KIDS CALL HIM MENTALLY

RETARDED.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM TO BE

HEALED FROM EPILEPSY AND TO

BE FREE FROM THE BULLYING."

GORDON?

Gordon: RAYMOND, WE

WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU AND WE

WANT TO PRAY FOR ROBERT.

SO LET'S DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

LORD, WE LIFT RAYMOND TO YOU

AND WE ASK FOR HEALING OF

THIS EPILEPSY.

THAT THESE ELECTRICAL

CHARGES ARE NO LONGER

DISORDERED, BUT ARE ORDERED

IN HIS MIND.

NO MORE SEIZURES.

WE ASK FOR CLEAR THINKING.

AND, LORD, WE ASK THAT THE

SCHOOL WOULD BE A PLACE OF

COMFORT, NOT A PLACE OF

BULLYING.

TRANSFORM THE LIVES AROUND

HIM, AND LET HIM GROW UP

KNOWING THAT YOU LOVE HIM

AND HE IS IN A COMMUNITY

THAT CARES.

AND, LORD, FOR ROBERT, WE

PRAISE YOU FOR THE

TRANSFORMATION.

AND WE ASK THAT THE PEACE

THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING WOULD SURROUND

HIM, WOULD BE IN HIM, WOULD

GUARD HIS HEART AND MIND,

AND GUARD EVERY INNER ACTION

HE HAS.

LET THERE BE PEACE THAT

FLOWS LIKE A RIVER.

LET HIM BE KNOWN AS A MAN OF

PEACE.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, IN

CAMBODIA, THE ENTIRE VILLAGE

TURNS OUT TO CELEBRATE THE

BIRTH OF A BABY.

BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE FOR

SAMBA.

WHEN HE WAS BORN, THE

NEIGHBORS SAID HE WOULD

BRING THE VILLAGE BAD LUCK.

SO FOR THE NEXT 16 YEARS HE

WAS KEPT IN HIDING.

Reporter: 16-YEAR-OLD

SAMBA OF CAMBODIA RARELY

ATTENDS PUBLIC GATHERINGS,

LIKE THIS HOUSE WARMING

PARTY IN HIS VILLAGE.

WHEN HE DOES GO, HE WEARS A

MASK TO HIDE FROM THE

CROWD.

THAT'S BECAUSE HE IS ASHAMED

OF HIS CLEFT LIP.

NEIGHBORS TOLD THEM THAT

SAMBA WOULD BRING THEM BAD

LUCK.

NEIGHBORS SAID WE SHOULD

NOT FEED HIM AND JUST LET

HIM DIE.

BUT MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE

SAMBA AND WE TRIED TO TAKE

GOOD CARE OF HIM.

Reporter: SAMBA DIDN'T

FEEL HE WAS DIFFERENT FROM

OTHER CHILDREN UNTIL HE

TRIED TO GO TO SCHOOL.

MY CLASSMATES MADE FUN OF

ME AND CALLED ME NAMES.

I CRIED AND RAN HOME.

Reporter: HE WAS ONLY

SIX YEARS OLD AT THE TIME

AND HE NEVER WENT BACK TO

SCHOOL AGAIN.

SINCE THAT DAY, HE HAS BEEN

WORKING WITH HIS PARENTS,

WHO ARE POOR RICE FARMERS.

FOR YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN

SETTING ASIDE THEIR MEAGER

EARNINGS TO PAY FOR THE

SURGERY.

BUT AT 16, SAMBA WAS STILL

WAITING.

IT SEEMS HOPELESS.

I FEEL SAD AND BAD FOR MY

HOME.

I FEEL VERY DISCOURAGED.

I HAVE NO FRIENDS AND I

DON'T GO TO SCHOOL LIKE

EVERYONE ELSE.

I'M AFRAID THAT I WON'T FIND

A GOOD JOB AND THAT I'LL

NEVER GET MARRIED.

Reporter: ONE DAY A

LOCAL PASTOR PAID THE FAMILY

A VISIT AND TOLD THEM ABOUT

A MINISTRY CALLED CBN, AND

EVEN CALLED TO SEE IF CBN

COULD HELP THE YOUNG MAN.

WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT CBN

WOULD HELP ME GET SURGERY, I

COULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

Reporter: CBN BROUGHT

THE FAMILY TO A CITY

HOSPITAL, WHERE WE HAD

ARRANGED FOR SURGERY.

SAMBA AND HIS FAMILY ARE

THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS.

SAMBA IS VERY HAPPY.

HE IS NO LONGER ASHAMED TO

BE WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

Reporter: TODAY SAMBA

IS BACK IN SCHOOL

PART-TIME.

HE HAS MADE NEW FRIENDS, AND

HE NEVER MISSES A VILLAGE

GATHERING, LIKE THIS WEDDING

RECEPTION FOR A FRIEND.

I THINK I WILL HAVE A

BRIGHT FUTURE.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR GIVING

ME HOPE.

Gordon: AND THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

GIVING HOPE TO PEOPLE AROUND

THE WORLD.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER, JOIN

WITH US.

CALL US NOW,

1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH

THESE WORDS: "HE WILL WIPE

AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR

EYES.

THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH

OR SORROW OR CRYING OR

PAIN.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE GONE

FOREVER."

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