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700 Club Interactive: Young and Sick - June 30, 2014

Is God always good? See how Matt Chandler, pastor of Village Church, was able to believe in God's goodness while battling brain cancer. Read Transcript


A YOUNG FATHER RECEIVES A

SHOCKING DIAGNOSIS.

HE VERY BLUNTLY SAID IT

LOOKS REALLY BAD.

STATISTICS SAY I HAVE TWO TO

THREE YEARS OF LIFE.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW HE

BEAT THE ODDS 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, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

TODAY IT IS MY GREAT

PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU.

WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THE

ENTIRE SHOW ON PRAYER AND

MIRACLES.

AND GOD WANTS TO DO MIRACLES

TODAY.

AS LONG AS WE UNDERSTAND

THAT, WE CAN APPROACH HIM

BOLDLY AND GET THE ANSWER TO

OUR PRAYERS.

WELL, IN OUR FIRST STORY,

WE'VE GOT A 38-YEAR-OLD,

WHO'S NAME IS MATT CHANDLER,

AND HE SEEMED TO HAVE IT

ALL, A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, A

GROWING CHURCH, AND ONE OF

THE MOST POPULAR iPODS ON

ON iTUNES.

Terry: MATT HAD A GREAT

LIFE, UNTIL HE CAME FACE TO

FACE WITH DYING.

NOBODY RUNS YEARS WITHOUT

SOMEBODY DYING, WITHOUT

GETTING SICK, WITHOUT

SERIOUS TRIALS.

NO ONE MAKES IT CLEAN

THROUGH LIFE IN A FALLEN

WORLD.

THANKSGIVING MORNING I

WAS GETTING READY TO

ACTUALLY -- I ACTUALLY FELT

REALLY GREAT.

I WORKED UP BEFORE

EVERYTHING ELSE.

CRACKED OPEN THE CINNAMON

ROLL THING AND PUT THEM IN

THE OVEN.

I WAS GOING ABOUT MY MORNING

IN THE KITCHEN, GETTING

READY.

I GOT UP AND POURED

MYSELF A CUP OF COFFEE.

AND I ASKED HOW I COULD

HELP, AND SHE ASKED ME TO

FEED NORA.

SO I FED NORA, AND BURPED

HER, AND WALKED OVER AND PUT

HER IN HER JOHNNIE JUMP-UP.

AND I TURNED TO GO BACK TO

MY CHAIR AND --

AN ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEAR

THIS CRASH.

AND I'M WAITING TO HEAR MATT

SAY, IT'S OKAY, BABE, I'VE

GOT IT.

I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING.

AND THE NEXT THING I HEAR IS

AUDREY, OUR THEN 6-YEAR-OLD,

SAY DAD?

AND THAT WAS ODD BECAUSE I

DIDN'T HEAR MATT'S VOICE.

AND I WALK IN, AND MATT IS

ON THE GROUND, CLOSE TO THE

FIREPLACE, AND HAVING A

GRANDMAL SEIZURE.

WHEN WE TOLD AT THE

HOSPITAL, WHEN I STARTED

COMING THROUGH, THEY HAD

ALREADY DONE A C.T. SCAN,

AND THEY SAW A SHADOW AND

WANTED TO DO AN M.R.I.

THEY TOOK HIM BACK FOR

TESTS AND THEY DID FIND A

TUMOR.

AND THE E.R. DOCTOR

RECOMMENDED THAT WE SEE A

NEUROSURGEON AS SOON AS WE

COULD.

LIFE FOR ME, UP UNTIL

THAT POINT, HAD ALWAYS BEEN

BEST-CASE SCENARIO.

SO I THOUGHT, WE'LL GO SEE

THE NEUROSURGEON AND HE'LL

GIVE ME THE RIGHT MEDS, AND

WE'LL KEEP TRUCKING ALONG.

SO WHEN WE GOT INTO HIS

OFFICE AND HE STARTED

SHOWING US THE FILM, IT IS

EVIDENT IT IS LARGE.

HE VERY BLUNTLY SAID,

THIS LOOKS REALLY BAD.

WE'VE GOT TO GO IN PRETTY

QUICK.

IN FACT, I MADE ROOM FOR YOU

ON FRIDAY.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A

CRANIOTOMY ON FRIDAY.

WHEN FRIDAY MORNING CAME,

I GOT TO PRAY WITH MATT AND

SING OVER HIM.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS

THIS QUESTION OF WHO WILL HE

BE WHEN HE COMES OUT.

IT WAS AN EIGHT AND AND

A HALF HOUR CRANIOTOMY.

THE DIAGNOSIS WE GOT FROM

THE DOCTORS IS ANAPLASTIC,

WHICH MEANS MALIGNANT, TYPE

OF PRIMARY BRAIN CANCER.

STATISTICS SAY I HAVE TWO TO

THREE YEARS OF LIFE.

THE DAYS AFTER THAT, HE

DIGRESSED.

MY BIG FEAR WAS THAT YOU

JUST DON'T DIE PRETTY FROM

THIS ONE, AND YOU LOSE PARTS

OF YOUR MIND.

YOU STOP BEING YOU.

AND MY GREAT FEAR WAS THAT

MY KIDS WOULD WATCH ME WASTE

AWAY AND WOULD GROW VERY IM

BITTERED TOWARDS THE GOD I

LOVE SO DEEPLY AND

DESPERATELY, AND IT WOULD

UNNERVE ME.

AND, SO, MAN, I WOULD JUST

PUT ON WORSHIP MUSIC AND PUT

ON MY HEADPHONES AND I WAS

WITHDRAWN.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO COPE.

I GAVE HIM THE SPACE, BUT

THEN THERE WAS A POINT WHERE

I FELT LIKE HE WAS AT A

PLACE THAT HE COULD ENTER IN

BACK WITH US.

I TRIED TO GRACIOUSLY

APPROACH HIM AND SAY, BABE,

I KNOW THIS IS A LOT TO DEAL

WITH, BUT YOU'RE HERE WITH

US NOW AND WE NEED YOU TO BE

PRESENT BECAUSE YOU'RE

HERE.

YOU'RE NOT GONE.

AND SO SHE WAS REALLY THE

ONE THAT KIND OF SAID, HEY,

LET'S DO THIS.

LET'S PUT JESUS IN IT, AND

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE DID.

I NEVER FELT FRAGILE, I'M 6'

5," 200 POUNDS.

WHEN THEY STARTED THAT FIRST

ROUND OF FULL-DOSE CHEMO, I

FELT VERY DEPRESSED, AND I

FELT LIKE MY INSIDES WERE

ROTTING OUT.

OFOR THE FIRST TIME IN

ABOUT EIGHT YEARS, I WAS

JUST DONE.

YOU START TO SEE WHAT IS

REALLY IMPORTANT AND WHAT IS

NOT IMPORTANT.

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE,

IT IS ME AND THE LORD.

THAT'S WHAT IT IS, ME AND

GOD.

THAT IDEA EVEN WHEN I WAS

WALKING THROUGH IT'S FOR MY

GOOD AND HIS GLORY, AND

TRYING TO GET MY HEAD AROUND

THIS BEING FOR MY GOOD AS

AWFUL AS IT WAS.

AND THEN I WOULD START TO

SEE IT.

AND IN THOSE MOMENTS WHERE

I'M LIKE, I'M REALLY ALL IN

HERE.

I REALLY BELIEVE THIS.

THE EMPATHY THAT WAS CREATED

IN MY HEART FOR OTHERS WHO

SUFFER, THE IDEA OF BEING

ABLE TO MOURN WITH THOSE WHO

MOURN -- ALL OF THAT CAME

OUT OF THIS SEASON.

DURING THAT SEASON, WHEN

I WAS ASKING THE LORD THAT

HE WOULD JUST USE OUR STORY

TO GLORIFY HIM.

AND THAT OTHER PEOPLE WOULD

FIND COMFORT IN IT.

WE ARE PAST THREE YEARS

NOW, IN FACT, COMING UP ON

FOUR YEARS.

AND THERE HAS BEEN NO

RECURRENCE.

AND ALL OF MY SCANS HAVE

COME BACK PERFECTLY CLEAR.

AND I'VE BEEN OFF CHEMO AND

EVERYTHING SINCE -- FOR OVER

A YEAR NOW.

TO HAVE MATT LONGER AND

TO HAVE CLEAN SCANS, THAT

EACH SCAN I AM GRATEFUL.

EACH DAY THAT WE HAVE WITH

OUR KIDS AS A FAMILY, I'M SO

MUCH MORE GRATEFUL.

THE SINGLE GREATEST THING

I LEARNED THROUGH IT ALL, I

REALLY BELIEVE THIS.

I'VE REALLY GOT ALL OF MY

CHIPS IN.

I'M NOT -- THE THOUGHT OF

STANDING IN FRONT OF GOD AT

EARLY 30s WITH THREE SMALL

CHILDREN AT HOME AND A

BEAUTIFUL WIFE, WHO NOW IS

HUSBANDLESS -- I WAS ABLE TO

LAY THAT DOWN AND SAY, HEY,

I'M YOURS.

YOU'RE WHAT I WANT.

YOU'RE MY TREASURE.

YOU'RE WHAT I'M AFTER.

AND THE THING IS, OH, MY

GOSH, I BELIEVE IT.

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY

BELIEVE IT.

Gordon: YOU HAVE TO

REALLY, REALLY, REALLY

BELIEVE IT.

WHEN YOU'RE ALL IN, THAT'S

WHEN YOU GET THE MIRACLE.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD

CONTROLS EVERYTHING AND HE

IS THE SOVEREIGN LORD, AND

YOU SAY, I TRUST YOU.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY FUTURE.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY HEALTH.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY FAMILY.

I TRUST YOU WITH MY SPOUSE.

I TRUST YOU WITH

EVERYTHING.

AND YOUR PLANS FOR ME ARE

GOOD.

AND WHEN YOU'RE ALL IN THAT

WAY, THAT'S WHEN YOU GET THE

MIRACLE.

I KNOW FOR ME, IN MY OWN

LIFE, THE NUMBER OF TIMES

THAT I'VE FACED DEATH AND

SAID, LORD, IF THIS IS WHAT

YOU WANT, IF THIS IS YOUR

WILL FOR ME, I'M OKAY WITH

IT.

AMAZINGLY, I FOUND THAT IT

WASN'T HIS WILL FOR ME TO

DIE.

IT WAS HIS WILL TO HEAL ME.

AND WHEN I FINALLY SAID

OKAY, WHATEVER THE OUTCOME

IS, I'M WITH YOU -- IT COULD

BE LIKE SHADRAC, MISHAC,

WHEN THEY WERE FACING SUDDEN

DEATH IN A FURNACE, THEY

SAID IF GOD DOESN'T DELIVER

US, WE'RE STILL GOING TO BOW

DOWN, WE'RE STILL GOING TO

WORSHIP HIM.

WHEN YOU GET TO THAT LEVEL

OF FAITH, THAT'S WHEN JESUS

SHOWS UP AND HE DOES

INCREDIBLE MIRACLES.

WE'VE GOT SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS, THIS IS

INFRACARRIE, "I'M 13 YEARS

OLD, AND I'VE GOT A BAD

BACK.

AND I HAVE A PAIN IN MY

RIGHT HIP BECAUSE OF THE

BONE GRAPH I JUST GOT.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME TO BE OUT

OF PAIN."

AND GRACIE SAYS, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY BABY.

HE HAS A CO CONGENITAL

HEART CONDITION AND THE

DOCTORS SAY HE NEEDS

OPEN-HEART SURGERY.

MY HUSBAND AND I DON'T HAVE

THE MONEY, BUT MY SON MAY

NOT LIVE WITHOUT IT PLEASE

PRAY FOR US."

Gordon: WE'RE GOING TO

PRAY.

YOU CAN GET ALL IN WITH GOD,

AND SAY, REGARDLESS OF THE

OUTCOME, I'M STILL GOING TO

TRUST YOU.

I'M GOING TO TRUST YOU WITH

MY FUTURE.

I'M GOING TO TRUST YOU WITH

MY HELP.

AND I'M GOING TO COME BOLDLY

TO THE THRONE OF GRACE

KNOWING THAT YOUR PLAN FOR

ME IS GOOD.

SO LET'S PRAY AND LET'S

AGREE IN PRAYER.

THE BIBLE SAYS, IF TWO OR

MORE AGREE TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE DONE.

TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO

AGREE, DIMITRIUS IS HERE,

AND SHE'S GOING TO AGREE,

AND THE AUDIENCE IS GOING TO

AGREE, AND IN AN ACT OF

FAITH, YOU REACH OUT AND

TOUCH.

IF YOU NEED A HEALING IN

YOUR BODY, TOUCH THAT AREA

THAT NEEDS HEALING.

IF IT IS THROUGHOUT THE

BODY, LAY YOUR HAND ON YOUR

OWN HEAD AND SAY, WE'RE

GOING TO BELIEVE.

WHEN TWO OR MORE BELIEVE

TOUCHING ANYTHING, IT SHALL

BE DONE.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

AND YOU CAN RELY ON IT.

SO LET'S AGREE AND LET'S

PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST REACH OUT NOW,

AND FOR CARRIE, FOR TRIXI,

FOR ALL OF THOSE POSTING

PRAYER REQUESTS ON

Facebook AND IN OUR

CHATROOM, WE COME INTO

AGREEMENT WITH THEM.

AND FOR THOSE LAYING HANDS

ON THEIR BODY NOW, WE AGREE

WITH THEM.

WE CLAIM THE WONDERFUL

PROMISE YOU HAVE GIVEN US,

THAT WHEN TWO OR MORE AGREE

TOUCHING ANYTHING, IT SHALL

BE DONE.

SO WE COME INTO AGREEMENT

RIGHT NOW WITH KARRI CARRIE

AND HER BACK AND HER HIP.

WE SAY TO THAT BACK, BE

HEALED NOW.

AND FOR THOSE DISCS AND THAT

SPINE TO JUST COME INTO

PROPER ALIGNMENT, AND THERE

WILL BE NO MORE PAIN AND

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT.

LET THERE BE JOY IN HER

LIFE.

AND FOR THIS GRAPH AREA IN

HER HIP, BE HEALED NOW.

NO MORE PAIN OR DISCOMFORT

IN JESUS' NAME.

FOR TRIXI AND HER BABY, WE

JUST ASK FOR HEALING FOR

THAT HEART NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

BE HEALED.

BEAT NORMALLY.

AND BE EVERY BIT WHOLE.

WE SPEAK LIFE, AND LIFE MORE

ABUNDANTLY BECAUSE THAT'S

WHAT JESUS CAME TO DO FOR

US.

AND NOW FOR HEALING, FOR

THOSE WHO ARE LAYING HANDS,

WE JUST COME INTO AGREEMENT

WITH THEM, AND WE SAY TO

THEIR BODIES NOW, BE HEALED

AND BE MADE WHOLE.

THERE IS A WOMAN, YOUR RIGHT

HAND IS ON THE BACK OF YOUR

HEAD, YOU'VE GOT LITERALLY

PAIN THAT GOES FROM YOUR

FOREHEAD TO THE BACK OF YOUR

HEAD, AND GOD IS JUST

HEALING THAT AND TAKING THAT

PAIN AND SINUS PRESSURE AWAY

FROM YOU NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME, BE HEALED.

TERRY?

Terry: THERE ARE TWO

SCRIPTURES THAT REALLY

AFFIRM WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

ALL OF YOU RIGHT NOW.

ONE IS THAT YOU ARE

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY

MADE BY THE LORD, YOUR GOD.

THAT HIS PERFECTION IS

FLOWING THROUGH YOU RIGHT

NOW.

AND THAT YOU WERE COMMIT

KNIT TOGETHER IN YOUR

MOTHER'S WOMB, AND GOD SAW

EVERY FIBER, EVERY CELL, AND

THAT GOD IS MAKING YOUR BABY

WHOLE.

Gordon: GOD, WE REJOICE

IN WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN THE

WORLD FOR YOU ARE THE SAME

YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND

FOREVER.

SO THANK YOU.

WE PRAISE YOU IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

AND WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24

HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A

WEEK.

AND IT'S A TOLL-FREE

NUMBER.

IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER, STAND

WITH YOU IN PRAYER -- WE

BELIEVE IN PREVAILING

PRAYER, AND WE BELIEVE IN

ASKING PRAYER, AND KEEP ON

ASKING UNTIL YOU GET THE

ANSWER.

SO IF YOU NEED PRAYER, JUST

CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, STILL

AHEAD, FIND OUT HOW A NEW TV

SHOW HELPED HEAL A CHILD'S

BROKEN ARM, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHILE WATCHING

THE MEXICAN PREMIERE OF

"SUPERBOOK," 5-YEAR-OLD

VALENTINA LEARNED THAT JESUS

COULD PERFORM MIRACLES.

AND HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN SHE PUT THAT KNOWLEDGE

INTO PRACTICE.

Terry: VALENTINA ENJOYS

HELPING HER FATHER TAKE CARE

OF THEIR HORSE.

HE PRACTICES THE MEXICAN

SPORT OF CHARARIA.

IT IS OUR NATIONAL

SPORT.

IT IS PART OF WHAT

REPRESENTS US AS MEXICANS.

WE WORK WITH HORSES AND

BULLS.

CENTURIES AGO IT WAS PART OF

CATTLE RANCHING, BUT NOW IT

IS A SPORT.

Terry: IT CAN BE

DANGEROUS, SO HIS LITTLE

GIRL WORRIES SOMETIMES.

IF HE DOESN'T COME BACK

ON TIME WHEN HE IS RIDING,

VALENTINA GETS VERY

ANXIOUS.

Terry: BUT AROUND THE

BARN, IT WAS VALENTINA WHO

ENDED UP GETTING HURT.

MY FATHER WAS FEEDING THE

HORSE AND MY MOM WAS DOING

LAUNDRY.

I WAS PLAYING AND RUNNING,

AND I TRIPPED.

I FELL AND BROKE MY ARM.

THE DOCTOR TOLD US HE

WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO PUT

PINS IN THE BONE TO FIX IT.

Terry: FOR THE TIME

BEING, VALENTINA'S ARM WAS

PLACED IN A CAST.

ONE DAY, AS SHE WAS WATCHING

TV, SHE SAW THE NEW

"SUPERBOOK" THAT AIRED FOR

THE VERY FIRST TIME IN

MEXICO.

IT WAS ESPECIALLY MEANINGFUL

TO HER WHEN JESUS PERFORMED

MIRACLES.

JESUS HEALED A MAN WHO

COULD NOT WALK.

LATER THESE MEN WERE IN A

BOAT WHEN A BIG STORM CAME.

THEY WOKE JESUS UP, AND HE

MADE THE STORM AND THE WAVES

STOP.

Terry: VALENTINA

THOUGHT IF JESUS COULD DO

ALL THAT, HE COULD ALSO HEAR

HER PRAYERS.

I TOLD GOD I DIDN'T WANT

TO HAVE SURGERY ON MY ARM.

Terry: A FEW DAYS LATER

SHE GOT GREAT NEWS.

SHE DIDN'T NEED THE

SURGERY.

BECAUSE OF THESE

DIAGNOSTICS AND "SUPERBOOK,"

SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD IS

WITH HER.

Terry: VALENTINA KNOWS

GOD ALWAYS LISTENS TO HIS

CHILDREN, SO SHE NEVER

MISSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO

PRAY FOR HER FRIENDS AND

FAMILY.

PRAYING IS PART OF HER

LIFE.

SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING

WITHOUT PRAYING.

IF WE RIDE A HORSE OR IF WE

GO OUT, SHE PUTS EVERYTHING

IN GOD'S HANDS.

FOR HER "SUPERBOOK" IS A

CONFIRMATION THAT JESUS

PROTECTS AND TAKES CARE OF

HIS CHILDREN.

IT ALSO REINFORCES WHAT WE

TEACH HER ABOUT GOD.

Gordon: WE WANT TO TAKE

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE TO

THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

AND YOU CAN HELP US WITH

THAT BY JOINING THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

NOW, WHAT THAT MEANS IS AS

EPISODES ARE PRODUCED AND

RELEASED, WE'VE ALREADY GOT

14 OF THEM FINISHED.

AND AS THE NEW ONES ARE

BEING DONE -- WE'RE DOING

SEASONS 2 AND 3 RIGHT NOW,

AND AS THEY'RE BEING

RELEASED, YOU'LL BE THE

FIRST IN LINE TO GET THE NEW

EPISODES OF "SUPERBOOK."

IF YOU WANT TO GET CAUGHT UP

AND GET THE FIRST 14

EPISODES, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING FOR?

WE'RE ASKING FOR $25, AND AS

EACH EPISODE IS RELEASED,

YOU'LL NOT JUST GET ONE COPY

OF IT, YOU'LL GET THREE

COPIES OF IT SO YOU CAN

SHARE IT WITH YOUR CHURCH,

OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS AND

FRIENDS, SO YOU CAN BE PART

OF GETTING THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE OUT AROUND THE

WORLD.

THE STORY FROM MEXICO, WE

AIRED THAT ON EASTER WEEKEND

AND HAD ONE MILLION PEOPLE

THROUGHOUT MEXICO WATCH THE

STORIES OF JESUS, THE

MIRACLES, HIS BIRTH, HIS

DEATH, AND RESURRECTION.

IT IS ALL MADE POSSIBLE

BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU GIVE

AND HELP US WITH THE

PRODUCTION COSTS AND

DISTRIBUTION COSTS.

WE JUST LAUNCHED IN THE

PHILIPPINES ON JUNE 1, AND

THAT EPISODE HAD

1.25 MILLION PEOPLE WATCHING

IT.

OUR GOAL IS FOR 300 MILLION

CHILDREN TO SEE THESE

STORIES OVER THE NEXT FIVE

YEARS.

AND THE GREAT NEWS IS YOU

CAN BE PART OF IT BY JOINING

THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

CLUB.

CALL US, 1-888-777-1999.

SAY, I WANT TO JOIN, I WANT

TO HELP, AND FOR A GIFT OF

$25 OR MORE, WE'LL SEND YOU

THE LATEST EPISODE IN THE

D.V.D. CLUB.

AND YOU CAN BE PART OF EVERY

EPISODE AS THEY'RE RELEASED,

AND YOU CAN GET CAUGHT UP

ON CBN.COM.

CALL US NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, COMING UP, MORE

PRAYERS AND MORE STORIES

ABOUT MIRACLES.

AND IN THIS NEXT ONE,

DOCTORS SAY HIS RECOVERY IS

AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE.

FIND OUT HOW A YOUNG BOY

SURVIVED A DANGEROUS STROKE,

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: ONE MOMENT

ANDREW WAS AN ACTIVE

8-YEAR-OLD, AND IN THE OTHER

MOMENT, HE WAS IN THE FIGHT

FOR HIS LIFE.

FOR HIS MOTHER, IT WAS

ALMOST SURREAL.

Reporter: IT WAS A

SEPTEMBER DAY IN KNOXVILLE,

TENNESSEE.

ANDREW FRANKLIN RODE HIS

BIKE AS HIS FATHER, TOM,

LOOKED ON.

NEITHER KNEW THEIR LIVES

WERE ABOUT TO CHANGE.

APPE ANDREW STARTED

PUSHING ON HIS HEAD ANYWAY

IT HURT.

HE WAS HAVING ALLERGIES, SO

I PUT A WET CLOTH ON HIS

HEAD.

Reporter: THIS WAS NOT

A CASE OF ALLERGIES.

ANDREW'S PARENTS DIDN'T KNOW

IT, BUT A CLOT STOPPED THE

FLOW OF BLOOD ON THE LEFT

SIDE OF HIS BRAIN.

ANDREW WAS HAVING A MASSIVE

STROKE.

TOM WAS BENT OVER,

TALKING TO HIM, AND WHEN HE

RAISED UP, HE HAD THIS LOOK

ON HIS FACE AND IT WAS PURE

TERROR.

HE SAID, I CAN'T GET HIM TO

RESPOND TO ME.

HE WOULD THROW UP AND SUCK

IT BACK IN BECAUSE HE WAS

BREATHING SO HARD.

IT WAS VERY SCARY.

I SAID, WE NEED TO GO TO THE

HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: FOR THE NEXT

TWO DAYS, THE DOCTORS AT

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL USED

EVERY TOOL THEY HAD TO

DIAGNOSE ANDREW'S

CONDITION.

THE BLOOD PRESSURE WAS

NORMAL.

THE TEMPERATURE WAS NORMAL.

THE PUPILS WERE REACTIVE,

AND THEN THEY TRIED TO GET

HIM TO STAND ON THE SCALE,

AND HIS LEGS JUST WENT LIMP,

AND HE COULDN'T STAND.

THEY DIDN'T NO WHAT WAS

GOING ON.

Reporter: CRITICAL TIME

WAS PASSING.

FINALLY AFTER TAKING AN

M.R.I., ANDREW'S DOCTOR

DELIVERED THE DEVASTATING

NEWS.

HE SAID, ANDREW IS IN

TROUBLE AND IT'S REALLY

BAD.

HE'S HAD A STROKE AND IT IS

A REALLY BAD STROKE AND HE

IS IN BIG TROUBLE.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE HE WAS

TELLING ME MY LITTLE BOY WAS

ABOUT TO DIE BECAUSE HE WAS

FINE TWO DAYS BEFORE.

THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH

HIM.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE, THIS

CAN'T BE HAPPENING.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE WATCHING

IT ON TV.

Reporter: THE ONLY HOPE

THE DOCTORS OFFERED WAS A

RISKY BRAIN SURGERY, RARELY

PERFORMED ON CHILDREN.

ANDREW HAD SUFFERED WHAT

WE DOCUMENTED WAS A VERY

LARGE STROKE IN A BIG BLOOD

VESSEL IN THE LEFT SIDE OF

HIS BRAIN.

THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BRAIN,

FOR MOST PEOPLE, ABOUT 95%

OF THE PEOPLE, IS THE

DOMINANT PART OF THE BRAIN

THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST

THINGS LIKE SPEECH AND

LANGUAGE.

AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME,

ANDREW WAS VERY CRITICAL.

THE CHALLENGE WITH ANDREW

WAS NOT ONLY ARE WE WORKING

ON SMALL ARTERIES IN A

NORMAL HUMAN, NOW IT'S

SMALLER BECAUSE IT IS INSIDE

A CHILD.

I WALKED OVER, AND AS HE

WAS LAYING ON THE TABLE, HE

LOOKED SO SMALL.

I STILL COULD NOT BELIEVE

THIS WAS HAPPENING.

AND HE HAD ALL OF THESE

I.V.s, AND THEY HAD A CAP

ON HIS HEAD.

AND I WAS JUST TALKING TO

HIM.

AND I SAID, JUST DON'T LEAVE

ME.

YOU COME BACK TO ME, OKAY.

WE GOT TO KISS HIM AND TELL

HIM WE LOVED HIM.

AND THE DOCTOR SAID, WE'VE

GOT TO GO.

Reporter: AS THEY

ROLLED ANDREW AWAY FROM THE

OPERATING ROOM, THE ONLY

THING ANDREW'S FAMILY AND

FRIENDS COULD DO WAS PRAY.

EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM

GATHERED AND HELD HANDS IN A

HUMONGOUS CIRCLE AND SAID

THANKS.

WITH EACH PRAYER THAT WE

SAID, IT TOOK THE SADNESS

AND THE FEAR AWAY.

IT TOOK IT COMPLETELY AWAY.

AND IT WAS REPLACED WITH

LOVE AND JOY AND HAPPINESS.

AND IN THE SADDEST TIME OF

MY LIFE, IT WAS THE HAPPIEST

TIME OF MY LIFE, TOO,

BECAUSE THERE WAS SUCH

POWER.

I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED

ANYTHING LIKE IT.

Reporter: TWO HOURS

PASSED.

ANDREW SURVIVED THE SURGERY,

BUT HIS PROGNOSIS REMAINED

GRIM.

AND HE SAID, IF HE EVEN

SURVIVES MOST LIKELY HE'LL

BE IN A WHEELCHAIR.

HE COULD BE BLIND.

HE MAY NEVER WALK, NEVER

TALK.

PEEL BHE'LL BE SEVERELY

DISABLED.

HE WON'T BE THE SAME BOY.

I ALMOST JUST LET IT GO IN

ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER

BECAUSE I PRAYED NON STOP.

AND THAT'S NOT WHAT GOD WAS

TELLING ME.

Reporter: ANDREW SPENT

TWO WEEKS IN INTENSIVE

CARE.

HE WAS IN AND OUT OF

CONSCIOUSNESS, BUT STILL

UNRESPONSIVE.

ONE OF THE LAST NIGHTS HE

WAS IN INTENSIVE CARE, HE

WAS AWAKE, AND I NOTICED HE

WAS LOOKING AT THE TV.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, AND I

HANDED HIM THE REMOTE

CONTROL.

AND HE CHANGED THE CHANNEL.

SO I KNEW HE WAS IN THERE.

I KNEW HE WAS IN THERE.

Reporter: OVER THE NEXT

FEW DAYS, ANDREW'S RECOVERY

PROGRESSED DRAMATICALLY.

HE BEGAN BREATHING ON HIS

OWN, SO THE DOCTOR REMOVED

HIS VENTILATOR, AND THEN HIS

FEEDING TUBE.

SOON HE WAS ABLE TO SPEAK

AND MOVE WELL BEYOND THE

EXPECTATION OF THE DOCTORS.

HIS PROGRESS IS

REMARKABLE, COMPARED TO WHEN

I FIRST SAW HIM.

HE COULD NOT TALK OR SPEAK

OR UNDERSTAND SPEECH.

AND HE COULD NOT MOVE HIS

RIGHT ARM OR RIGHT LEG AT

THAT POINT.

Reporter: WITHIN A

MONTH OF THE STROKE, ANDREW

WAS WALKING AGAIN.

AND IN JUST FOUR MONTHS,

ANDREW MET ALL OF HIS

REHABILITATION GOALS.

MOBILITY ON HIS RIGHT SIDE

CONTINUES TO IMPROVE.

HE DOES EVERYTHING A

REGULAR 10-YEAR-OLD BOY CAN

DO.

GOD SHOWED ME SO MANY THINGS

IN THAT SHORT AMOUNT OF

TIME, I KNOW I CAN TRUST

HIM.

AND HE WAS TELLING ME TO

TRUST HIM, AND SO I DID.

I HOPE WE'RE NEVER, EVER PUT

IN A POSITION LIKE THAT

AGAIN.

BUT I KNOW NO MATTER WHAT

COMES, GOD IS THERE.

HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US

ALONE.

AND HE WILL GET US THROUGH

IT AND SEE US THROUGH TO THE

OTHER SIDE.

Terry: AND YOU'RE NOT

ALONE IN YOUR NEED, EITHER.

I HOPE THAT BRINGS YOU PEACE

TODAY, AS YOU LISTEN TO THIS

MOM WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH A

VERY DIFFICULT TIME, SAYING

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TRUST

HIM.

AND HE IS TRUSTWORTHY.

Gordon: WE HAVE A

COUPLE OF CHAT REQUESTS.

MARY CHATS IN ABOUT HER

16-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER,

SAYING SHE HAS SEIZURES,

ASKING FOR PRAYER.

AND CHRIS WRITES IN, NEEDING

PRAYER FOR HER SHOULDER AND

ALSO PRAYER FOR HER

FINANCES.

WE WANT TO AGREE WITH THAT.

ONE OF THE TAKE-AWAYS FROM

THAT LAST SEGMENT IS THE

POWER OF OUT-LOUD PRAYER.

AND HOW THAT BROUGHT PEACE

INTO ONE IS ONE OF THE MOST

TRAGIC THINGS THAT CAN

HAPPEN TO A PARENT.

SO LET'S PRAY OUT LOUD, AND

LET'S SPEAK TO THE PROBLEM

AND SPEAK OUT LOUD TO IT,

AND SAY IN JESUS' NAME BE

HEALED.

AND DO THAT.

AND DO THAT OUT LOUD.

TERRY AND I WILL AGREE, AND

YOU AGREE WITH US, AND LET'S

JUST PRAY OUT LOUD AND

RECEIVE WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY

PROVIDED.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THE NEEDS

OF THE AUDIENCE TO YOU, AND

WE SAY OUT LOUD TO THESE

BODIES, BE HEALED NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

SEND PROSPERITY NOW TO THOSE

WHO NEED FINANCIAL MIRACLES

IN THEIR LIFE.

WE ASK FOR EMPLOYMENT.

WE ASK FOR A RELEASE OF ALL

OF THIS STRESS AND STRAIN OF

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY.

IN JESUS' NAME, SUPPLY THEIR

NEED ACCORDING TO YOUR

RICHES AND GLORY.

WE ASK IT ALL IN THE NAME

ABOVE ALL NAMES, JESUS, THE

SON OF GOD.

DO IT NOW, LORD.

DO IT NOW.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR MIRACLE STORY.

AND WE WANT TO TELL OTHERS

ABOUT IT.

SO GIVE US A CALL AND LET US

KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR

YOU TODAY.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

1-888-777-1999.

AND, AGAIN, IT'S OUR HONOR,

IT'S OUR PRIVILEGE TO PRAY

FOR YOU.

SO IF YOU NEED PRAYER, JUST

CALL US.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS WORD

FROM EISENHOWER ISAIAH:

"DON'T BE AFRAID, FOR I AM

WITH YOU.

FOR I AM YOUR GOD.

I WILL STRENGTH YOU AND HOLD

YOU UP WITH MY VICTORIOUS

RIGHT HAND."

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