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700 Club Interactive: Thankful to be Alive - July 28, 2014

One moment, Barbara was getting out of the shower – the next, she drops to the ground. She spent months in a coma and struggling with a rare disease… until she had a little talk with Jesus. You won’t want to miss this! Read Transcript


Gordon: A PATIENT ON

HER DEATHBED.

IF THIS IS THE WAY IT IS

BEFORE YOU DIE, THEN, LORD,

TAKE ME.

Gordon: SHE HAS A

CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

TAKE CARE OF MY HUSBAND.

GIVE HIM A GOOD WIFE WHEN

I'M GONE.

Gordon: HER MIRACULOUS

RECOVERY, 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.

HI, AND WELCOME TO "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

BARBARA HERNANDEZ WAS UNDER

ATTACK BY HER OWN BODY.

SHE WAS PARALYZED,

UNCONSCIOUS, AND ON LIFE

SUPPORT.

Terry: STILL, BARBARA

COULD FEEL TERRIBLE PAIN,

AND WHEN THAT PAIN BECAME

UNBEARABLE, SHE WAS READY TO

DIE.

Reporter: THE MORNING

OF FEBRUARY 6, 2008, BARBARA

HERNANDEZ COLLAPSED AFTER

TAKING A SHOWER.

I COULDN'T MOVE.

I LOOKED AT MY LEGS.

I WAS TRYING TO WAKE THEM

UP, YOU KNOW.

I WAS HITTING THEM.

NOTHING -- I COULDN'T EVEN

FEEL THAT.

Reporter: AT THE

HOSPITAL, TESTS SHOWED

BARBARA HAD GIAN BARRE

SYNDROME, OR G.B.S., WHERE

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACKS

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.

THIS NEUROLOGIST, KEN

ELINGTON, EXPLAINS.

YOU CAN THINK OF A NERVE

AS A COPPER WIRE WITH RUBBER

INSULATION AROUND IT.

IN THIS DISEASE, THE BODY

ATTACKS THE INSULATION AND

STRIPS IT OFF, AND SO THE

SIGNAL DOESN'T GET THROUGH

TO THE MUSCLES VERY WELL,

AND THAT MAKES YOU APPEAR

WEAK.

Reporter: THEY TOLD

BARBARA IT COULD ALSO RESULT

IN PARALYSIS.

YOU THINK, PARALYZED,

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WALK

ANYMORE.

THE FIRST THING I WAS ASKING

IS, AM I GOING TO WALK

AGAIN?

Reporter: AS WITH MOST

CASES.

G.B.S., DOCTORS EXPECTED THE

SYMPTOMS TO PASS WITHIN A

FEW MONTHS.

BARBARA, ALONG WITH HER

HUSBAND, CARLOS, AND HER

FAMILY BEGAN TO PRAY.

I HAD COMMUNICATE WITH

GOD, HELP ME HERE HOW TO

APPROACH THIS, HOW TO TAKE

THE PAIN IN STRIDE.

BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO BE A

LONG TRIP.

I COULD SENSE IT.

Reporter: HE WAS

RIGHT.

BARBARA'S CONDITION DECLINED

RAPIDLY.

WITHIN TWO WEEKS, SHE WAS

PARALYZED, UNCONSCIOUS, AND

ON LIFE SUPPORT.

SHE WAS MOVED TO SETON

MEDICAL CENTER IN AUSTIN,

TEXAS.

THE HOSPITAL STAFF WORKED

AROUND THE CLOCK TO KEEP HER

ALIVE.

CARLOS STAYED AT HER

BEDSIDE.

THE LORD GAVE ME SO MUCH

STRENGTH THAT I WAS SO

FOCUSED ON WHAT I NEEDED TO

BE DOING.

Reporter: DOCTORS WERE

VERY CONCERNED.

THEY HAD SEEN CASES OF

G.B.S. BEFORE, BUT NOTHING

LIKE THIS.

SO SHE HAD A VERY, VERY

SEVERE FORM OF IT.

AND THAT'S ONLY BEEN

DESCRIBED IN THE MEDICAL

LITERATURE SIX OR SEVEN

TIMES.

SHE HAD A FULL LUNG

COLLAPSE.

THE OTHER ONE WAS PARTIALLY

COLLAPSED.

SHE DEVELOPED SOME BLOOD

CLOTS, TOO, AS WELL.

HER BLOOD PRESSURE WAS SO

ERRATIC.

THEY WOULD TRY TO LEVEL IT

OFF, AND IT WOULD BOTTOM

OUT, AND IT WOULD JUST GO

SKY-HIGH.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

BARBARA WAS LIVING HER OWN

NIGHTMARE.

ACCORDING TO DR. ELINGTON,

SHE WAS IN A DREAM-LIKE

STATE, WHICH MEANS SHE COULD

FEEL PAIN.

THE SEVERITY WAS LIKE

PEOPLE WERE STABBING ME.

BURNING, LIKE MY SKIN WAS ON

FIRE.

Reporter: STILL, CARLOS

BELIEVED GOD WOULD ANSWER

THEIR PRAYERS.

THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH

AGAINST HER, THAT STARTED

DEVELOPING WITHIN THOSE FEW

MONTHS.

WE, AS A FAMILY, STARTED

PRAYING TO GOD TO HELP US.

Reporter: FOUR MONTHS

PASSED.

BARBARA SAYS SHE COULDN'T

BEAR THE PAIN ANY LONGER.

I WAS TIRED NOW.

I SAID, IF THIS IS THE WAY

IT IS BEFORE YOU DIE, THEN,

LORD, TAKE ME.

AND I HAD MY CONVERSATION

WITH THE LORD AT THAT TIME.

I SAID, TAKE CARE OF MY

HUSBAND.

GIVE HIM A GOOD WIFE WHEN

I'M GONE, SO HE IS NOT

ALONE.

TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN.

AND AS I TOLD HIM THAT AND I

FELT SUCH A PEACE, SUCH A

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PEACE.

I HEARD A VOICE VERY CLEAR.

IT WAS LIKE A SONG.

LIKE SOMEBODY SANG IT.

SO BEAUTIFUL, AND IT WAS A

MAN'S VOICE.

AND I BELIEVE IT WAS THE

LORD.

AND HE TOLD ME IT'S NOT YOUR

TIME.

AND THERE WAS A CLICK IN MY

EARS, AND MY HEARING WENT

ON.

MY SIGHT, I BELIEVE, DIDN'T

RETURN UNTIL A WEEK OR TWO

LATER.

Reporter: AFTER SUCH A

LONG TIME, BARBARA COULDN'T

WAIT TO TALK TO HER FAMILY

AND THE HOSPITAL STAFF.

OH, YES, A BEAUTIFUL,

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL DAY.

ALL OF THE NURSES THAT I HAD

CAME IN THE ROOM.

EVERYONE WAS SURROUNDING

ME.

SHE JUST GOT WARMED UP

AND TOOK OFF.

AND IT WAS BARBARA ALL BACK

AGAIN.

IT WAS JUST A GREAT GIFT

THAT I GOT BACK.

Reporter: BARBARA

STARTED THE LONG PROCESS OF

RECOVERY.

CONSIDERING THE SEVERITY OF

HER CASE, DOCTORS WEREN'T

SURE HOW WELL SHE WOULD DO.

THAT LED TO ME TRUSTING

THE LORD, YOU KNOW, PUTTING

ALL OF MY FAITH IN HIM.

I STARTED LOOKING BACK AT

THE WHOLE MEMORY OF IT

SAYING, YOU KNOW, IF YOU GOT

ME THROUGH ALL OF THAT,

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH

YOU, LORD.

NOTHING.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

YOU'LL GET ME OUT OF THIS,

TOO.

Reporter: BARBARA

RETURNED HOME DETERMINED TO

WALK.

AFTER MONTHS OF THERAPY AND

PRAYER, SHE DID.

GOD HAS MANY GIFTS FOR

YOU IF YOU ASK AND RELY ON

HIM.

HE'S THERE.

EVERY MORNING WHEN I WAKE

UP, OF COURSE I'M THANKFUL.

I'M THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE,

THAT I'M HERE.

THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT I AM

NOT THANKFUL TO THE LORD.

I AM TRULY THANKFUL THAT I

CAN GET A FORK IN MY SHAND

AND BRING FOOD TO MY MOUTH.

THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT,

THAT I COULDN'T DO, THAT WE

TAKE SO MUCH FOR GRANTED.

I'M SO GRATEFUL AND SO

THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE.

WE'RE REMINDED IN

BARBARA'S STORY THAT GOD

NEVER GIVES UP ON US.

HE DESIRES TO HEAL US

PHYSICALLY.

IN THE DARKEST DAYS WE HAVE,

SOMETIMES WE FORGET THAT GOD

LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY.

TORY TEMBLOOM SAYS, REMEMBER

IN THE LIGHT WHAT GOD TOLD

YOU IN THE DARK.

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US.

THAT IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

HERE IS JEFFREY FROM

PARKVILLE, MARYLAND, WAS

HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING.

DOCTORS WERE WORRIED IT WAS

CANCER AND SCHEDULED A

BIOPSY.

AND JEFFREY WAS SCARED UNTIL

HER HEARD GORDON ROBERTSON

GIVING A WORD OF KNOWLEDGE.

HE SAID, "YOU'RE FACING A

BIOPSY, AND YOU'RE WORRIED

ABOUT A NEGATIVE RESULT.

GOD HAS HEALED YOU IN JESUS'

NAME."

SO JEFFREY RETURNED TO THE

DOCTOR AND THEY TOOK FIVE

TESTS, AND THEY FOUND NO

TRACES OF CANCER, AND HE HAS

NOT HAD BREATHING PROBLEMS

AGAIN.

NOW LET'S GO TO JESSICA IN

THE CHATROOM.

ANDREW ON Facebook

POSTS, "MY DAUGHTER IS TWO

YEARS OLD, AND HAS HAD A

FEVER FOR THREE WEEKS.

IT JUST WON'T BREAK.

I'M REALLY WORRIED.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HER TO BE

HEALED AND HEALTHY."

TERRY?

Terry: THAT IS SO

SCARY, WHEN YOU HAVE A

LITTLE ONE WHO IS SICK LIKE

THAT.

I HATE FEVERS.

THEY'RE THE HARDEST.

THERE IS SO LITTLE YOU CAN

DO ABOUT THEM.

SUSAN, WE ARE GOING TO PRAY

FOR YOUR DAUGHTER, EVEN AS

WE PRAY FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS

A NEED OUT THERE.

LET'S JUST JOIN OUR HANDS

TOGETHER AND OUR HEARTS

TOGETHER, AND ASK THE LORD

TO REACH INTO THE POINT OF

NEED THAT YOU'RE AT.

WE'RE GOING TO START BY

PRAYING FOR SUSAN AND HER

DAUGHTER.

GOD, I JUST PRAY YOU WOULD

TOUCH THIS LITTLE ONE'S

BODY, THAT WHATEVER HAS BEEN

WRONG IN HER THAT HAS CAUSED

HER TO HAVE THIS ONGOING

FEVER, SET IT RIGHT.

WE SPEAK TO HER BODY NOW IN

JESUS' NAME, AND SAY ALIGN

YOURSELF WITH THE PERFECT

WILL OF JESUS CHRIST.

WE PRAY HEALTH AND

WHOLENESS, HEALING OVER

HER.

WE PRAY FOR HER MOM, FOR

ENCOURAGEMENT AND STRENGTH

SAYS SHE MINISTERS TO HER

DAUGHTER.

GOD, WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

FOR PERFECT HEALING FOR THIS

CHANCE.

WE THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR

BEING HER DADDY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LORD.

FATHER GOD, FOR ALL OF

THOSE WATCHING THIS PROGRAM

WHO HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOU BUT

NEVER EXPERIENCED YOUR LOVE

FOR HIMSELF, WE PRAY FOR AN

ENCOUNTER TODAY WITH YOUR

HOLY SPIRIT.

PREPARE THEIR HEARTS.

MAKE THEIR HEARTS OPEN,

LORD.

AND WE ASK YOU NOW,

COLLECTIVELY, TO REVEAL

YOURSELF TO THOSE SEEKING

YOU IN JESUS' NAME.

Terry: AND THERE IS

SOMEBODY, YOU HAVE A VERY,

VERY SORE THROAT.

IT IS NOT LIKE A LITTLE SORE

THROAT.

YOU'VE HAD IT FOR QUITE A

WHILE.

THE WHOLE INSIDE OF YOUR

THROAT CAVITY IS RAW AND IT

IS HARD TO SWALLOW.

YOU HAD A DROP IN YOUR

IMMUNE DEFENSE, AND GOD IS

BUILDING THAT UP FOR YOU.

AND IT IS GOING TO GRADUALLY

GO AWAY, BUT IN SHORT

ORDER.

YOU'RE GOING TO TO BE ABLE

TO SWALLOW AND YOUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM WILL BE STRONG AND

HEALTHY AGAIN.

I FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT

SAYING THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE

SAYING THEY WANDERED TOO FAR

FROM THE LORD, AND THE HOLY

SPIRIT SAYS TODAY, I STILL

LOVE YOU DEARLY.

COME HOME.

Terry: I WANT TO REMIND

YOU THAT JESUS SAID, ASK

WHAT YOU WILL IN MY NAME.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK.

ASK EVEN FOR FAITH TO

BELIEVE.

FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT GOD

WILL BE WHO HE SAYS HE IS,

DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO,

AND IT WILL HAPPEN FOR YOU.

NOT BECAUSE YOUR WORTHY, BUT

BECAUSE HE IS MERCIFUL.

THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR BEING

OUR FATHER, FOR YOUR POWER

ALIVE IN US.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST

OR A PRAISE REPORT, WE WOULD

LIKE TO HEAR THOSE, TOO.

YOU CAN GO TO

Facebook.COM/INTERACTIVE.

OR YOU CAN TALK TO US

DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE.

JESSICA HAS SET UP HER

TWITTER ACCOUNT, AND HER

HANDLE IS CBN JESSICA, AND

YOU CAN CONTACT HER THAT

WAY.

COMING UP, AN ATHLETE LOSES

HIS LEG AND HIS EYESIGHT AND

FINDS OUT WHAT HE HAS BEEN

LOOKING FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE.

YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS

AMAZING STORY, AND IT'S

NEXT.

Terry: CORY REID WAS

SPEEDING ALONG THE ROAD AT

100 MILES PER HOUR, AND YET

HE WAS GOING NOWHERE FAST.

AFTER THE TRUCK HE WAS IN

WENT AIRBORNE, CORY HAD TO

FIND DIRECTION IN HIS LIFE

OR DIE TRYING.

MY NAME IS CORY REID.

I AM 31 YEARS OLD, FROM

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

I AM A SPONSORED ADAPTIVE

ATHLETE.

I AM A RIGHT LEG AMPUTEE, AS

WELL AS COMPLETELY BLIND.

I REMEMBER IN 12th GRADE,

WE HAD TO WRITE A PAPER

WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10

YEARS.

AND I COULDN'T -- I HAD THE

HARDEST TIME WRITING THAT

PAPER.

I WAS ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS

WHO HAD NO CLUE WHERE I WAS

GOING TO GO.

WHEN I WAS 23 YEARS OLD, I

WAS INVOLVED IN AN

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT.

MY BUDDY AND I WERE LEAVING

A BAR.

AND HE LOST CONTROL OF THE

VEHICLE AT OVER 100 MILES

PER HOUR.

WE ENDED UP SIDESWIPING A

TREE, AND WE ROLLED SEVERAL

TIMES.

AND I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL

FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

AND A MONTH OF THAT WAS

SPENT IN A COMA.

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I

REMEMBER IS MY LEG FELT

WEIRD.

I WENT TO GRAB FOR IT, AND

IT WASN'T THERE.

IT HIT ME LIKE A TON OF

BRICKS.

AND IT ABSOLUTELY FLIPPED MY

LIFE UP SIDE DOWN.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, I HAD

ALSO REALIZED THAT I

COULDN'T SEE.

EVEN THOUGH I WAS A

PASSENGER AND I DIDN'T HOLD

ANY SORT OF ANGER TOWARDS MY

FRIEND, AND I THINK THAT SET

ME UP FOR THE REST OF MY

RECOVERY.

I REMEMBER JUST REFLECTING

ON MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I REALIZED THAT I HAD A

CHOICE TO MAKE ON HOW I WAS

GOING TO HANDLE COMING OUT

OF THIS.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO LIE.

THAT FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS

WERE TOUGH.

ESPECIALLY THE FIRST YEAR,

IT WAS REALLY TOUGH.

I WAS INTRODUCED TO A

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY THAT HAD

AN ACTION SPORTS CAMP.

THAT SORT OF OPENED THE DOOR

TO ALL OF THE ADAPTIVE STUFF

THAT I DO NOW.

WE WERE GIVEN SENSES, AND IF

WE LOSE ONE, BELIEVE ME,

THOSE OTHER ONES PICK UP AND

DO THE JOB.

I STARTED TRAINING FOR

ACROSS LOS ANGELES, AND I

BECAME THE FIRST ADAPTIVE

ATHLETE TO COMPETE.

I WAKE UP EVERY SINGLE DAY

AND I'M SO STOKE.

I'M, LIKE, WHAT'S TODAY

GOING TO BE?

HOW AM I GOING TO PUSH

MYSELF?

WHAT'S THE NEW ADVENTURE

GOING TO BE?

IF I HAD ONE WORD TO

DESCRIBE MY LIFE NOW, IT'S

RICH, FULL, COMPLETE.

I TRULY BELIEVE THAT GOD DID

GIVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE.

AND HE GAVE ME THAT STORY TO

SHARE, TO GIVE PEOPLE

PERSPECTIVE.

BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S

POWERFUL.

AND IT'S A CHOICE.

IT WAS A CHOICE THAT I

MADE.

AND WITHOUT A DOUBT, I KNOW

THAT I'M WALKING MY WALK.

I'M DOING EXACTLY WHAT I'M

SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS AT

ALL.

Terry: BOY, CORY'S

STORY IS PRETTY AMAZING, AND

IT HOLDS SOME PRETTY AMAZING

ELEMENTS WITHIN IT, THAT I

THINK ARE ARE FOR AL FOR

ALL OF US.

NOT JUST SOMEBODY WHO HAS

GONE THROUGH A CRISIS

SITUATION AND WON'T UP TO

FIND OUT HE IS MISSING PART

OF A LEG AND CAN'T SEE

ANYMORE.

SOMETIMES IT IS IN THE LOSS

OF THINGS THAT WE LEARN THE

VALUE OF THINGS.

AND, YOU THOUGH, HE TALKED

ABOUT HIS SENSES.

WHEN YOU LOSE ONE, THE REST

KIND OF ARISE TO THE

OCCASION AND BECOME EVEN

MORE INTENSE.

I THINK THAT'S TRUE IN OUR

LIVES, TOO, IF WE'RE WILLING

TO LET IT.

HE HAS LEARNED TO DO ONE DAY

AT A TIME.

HE HAS LEARNED TO PUSH

HIMSELF, TO DO EVERYTHING HE

DOES E IN THAT DAY WELL.

HE HAS LEARNED TO DO THINGS

THAT MATTER.

HE HAS LEARNED TO TAKE ON

CHALLENGES.

HE HAS LEARNED TO STOP

FOCUSING ON WHAT HE DOESN'T

HAVE, AND START FOCUSING ON

WHAT HE DOES HAVE AND WHAT

HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

IT IS SO EASY TO GET CAUGHT

UP IN THE RANDOMNESS OF

LIFE, THE BUSYNESS, THE

STUFF THAT JUST KIND OF

TAKES YOUR FOCUS AWAY AND

KEEP YOU MOVING FROM THING

TO THING.

AND YOU NEVER GET TO THAT

PLACE WHERE YOU UNDERSTAND

WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'RE

HEAR FOR.

DID YOU HEAR HIM SAY, I KNOW

WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO BE

DOING.

I KNOW I'M WHERE I'M

SUPPOSED TO BE TODAY.

I THINK GOD WANTS ALL OF US

TO KNOW THAT.

WE JUST FEED TO STAY FOCUSED

ON WHAT MATTERS.

I WAS READING IN MY

DEVOTIONS THE OTHER DAY

ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS FOR US

TO BE DISTRACTED BY THE

STUFF, TO BE FILLED WITH

ANXIETY BECAUSE OF THE

CIRCUMSTANCES.

TO BE FOCUSED ON THINGS THAT

DRAIN US.

AND PUTTING OUR EYES ON

JESUS, REMEMBERING NOT JUST

THAT HE IS THE AUTHOR AND

FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, AS

AMAZING AS THAT IS, BUT HE

IS THE ANSWER.

HE DOESN'T GIVE US THE

STRENGTH.

HE IS THE STRENGTH.

HE DOESN'T GIVE US PEACE.

HE IS OUR PEACE.

HE DOESN'T GIVE US HOPE.

HE IS OUR HOPE.

SO APART FROM HIM -- THAT'S

WHY JESUS SAID, "APART FROM

ME, YOU CAN DO NOTHING."

HE IS THE VINE.

WE'RE THE BRANCHES.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO SUCK OUR

VERY SUBSTANENCE FROM HIM.

TODAY, IF YOU DON'T KNOW

WHERE YOU'RE GOING, WHAT

YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT, I

SUGGEST YOU REALLY GET INTO

HIM.

GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES IN

FRONT OF HIM AND SAY, JESUS,

I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS

WITHOUT YOU.

YOU PUT ME HERE FOR A

REASON.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE

REASON IS.

I GET THAT I AM A FLAWED

HUMAN BEING.

I'M A SINNER IN NEED OF A

SAVIOR.

LOTS OF TIMES WHEN WE GROW

UP IN CHURCH, WE KNOW WHO HE

IS UP HERE, BUT WE HAVEN'T

GRABBED HOLD OF WHERE HE IS

RIGHT HERE.

NOT FOR THE WHOLE MASS, BUT

FOR ME.

TODAY I WANT TO ENCOURAGE

YOU TO DO THAT.

ASK HIM TO BE THE SAVIOR OF

YOUR SOUL, THE LORD OF YOUR

LIFE.

SURRENDER IT TO HIM.

HE IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

WE WANT TO THANK ELEVATED

MEDIA PRODUCTIONS FOR THAT

STORY.

IT IS A STORY THAT BRINGS A

LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL

OF US.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

CORY IS QUITE AN

INSPIRATION.

COMING UP, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO

A HOME WHERE CHILDREN ARE

LEARNING HOW TO WALK OVER

AND OVER AGAIN.

THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.

BRITTLE BONE DISEASE IS

RARE, BUT IT IS ALL TOO

COMMON AT ONE HOME NEAR

BEIJING.

WHILE THERE IS NO CURE FOR

THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE THIS

CONDITION, THERE IS HELP.

Terry: STEPHEN WAS BORN

WITH AN AMAZING GIFT TO PLAY

THE PIANO.

AT 14 YEARS OLD, WITH NO

FORMAL TRAINING, HE PLAYS

BEAUTIFULLY AND WRITES HIS

OWN MUSIC.

BUT STEPHEN WAS ALSO BORN

WITH A RARE GENETIC DISORDER

CALLED OSTEOGENESIS

IMPERFECTA, OR BRITTLE BONE

DISEASE.

THAT MEANS HIS BONES ARE NOT

STRONG ENOUGH TO SUPPORT HIS

WEIGHT.

ANY ATTEMPTS TO WALK ARE

VERY PAINFUL, AND CAUSE HIS

BONES TO BEND.

HE STARTED LIFE IN A CHINESE

ORPHANAGE, AND UNTIL HE WAS

EIGHT YEARS OLD, HE WAS

CARRIED FROM PLACE TO

PLACE.

THEN SIX YEARS AGO, STEPHEN

CAME TO LIVE AT AGAPE FAMILY

LIFE HOUSE, AND HIS LIFE

CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.

IMMEDIATELY HE WAS GIVEN A

WHEELCHAIR AND A FREEDOM HE

HAD NEVER KNOWN.

HE IS ONE OF 29 CHILDREN WHO

LIVE IN THIS "ORPHANS'

PROMISE"-SPONSORED HOME,

LOCATED OUTSIDE OF BEIJING.

MOST SUFFER FROM SEVERE

FORMS OF BRITTLE BONE

DISEASE.

HERE IN THIS RESIDENTIAL

COMPLEX, THEY ATTEND

CLASSES, RECEIVE THERAPY,

AND LIVE A RELATIVELY NORMAL

LIFE, WITH LOVING HOUSE

PARENTS.

WITHOUT THIS OUTREACH, MOST

WOULD BE SITTING DESTITUTE

IN GOVERNMENT-RUN ORPHANAGES

WITH VERY LITTLE PROMISE.

THE REAL HOPE FOR THESE

CHILDREN STARTED 10 YEARS

AGO, WHEN AGAPE HOUSE

DIRECTOR KEITH WEISS BROUGHT

AMERICAN DOCTORS TO TRAIN

THE CHINESE IN SURGICAL

PROCEDURES.

THEY LEARNED TO USE RODS TO

STABILIZE AND STRENGTHEN LEG

AND ARM BONES.

IT HAS BEEN A VERY

SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM, AND HAS

BECOME WELL-KNOWN ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

BECAUSE CHILDREN GROW SO

QUICKLY, SURGERY IS AN

ONGOING PROCESS.

A PROCEDURE IS FOLLOWED BY

MONTHS OF HEALING AND

PHYSICAL THERAPY.

FINALLY THEY MIGHT BE ABLE

TO WALK FOR A SHORT TIME.

BUT WHEN THE BONE BEGINS TO

GROW AGAIN, WALKING BECOMES

PAINFUL, AND THE CHILD

RETURNS TO THE WHEELCHAIR.

SINCE WE LAST SAW STEPHEN,

HE HAD SURGERY NUMBER SIX,

REPLACING THE RODS IN HIS

LEFT LEG BECAUSE HE HAD

OUTGROWN THEM.

HE HAS ONE MORE SURGERY

PLANNED, TO CHANGE THE RODS

IN HIS RIGHT LEG.

HIS BONES WILL ALWAYS BE

FRAGILE, SO HE WILL HAVE TO

BE CAREFUL.

BUT HE HAS EVERY HOPE OF

WALKING NORMALLY.

IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE THIS

BRIGHT, FUNNY, SOMETIMES

SHY, YOUNG MAN, STUCK IN AN

ORPHANAGE WITH LITTLE HOPE

AND NO FUTURE.

INSTEAD, HE IS LEARNING HE

HAS VALUE AND IS FREE TO

DREAM.

HIS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE ARE

TO ATTEND A MUSIC

CONSERVATORY AND BECOME A

MUSIC TEACHER.

TRUE TO THE WORDS OF

"AMAZING GRACE," I ONCE WAS

LOST, BUT NOW I'M FOUND.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS HAPPY

TO PLAY A PART IN RESCUING

THESE CHILDREN FROM HOPELESS

ORPHANAGES INTO HAPPY AND

PRODUCTIVE LIVES.

Terry: THE BIBLE SAYS

GOD PUTS THE LONELY IN

FAMILIES, AND, BOY, THAT'S A

FAMILY THAT A CHILD LIKE

THAT WOULD NOT HAVE.

YOU LOOK AT A STORY LIKE

THAT, TERRY, AND YOU

CERTAINLY KNOW THIS, IT IS

HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO LOVE

OTHERS IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

THAT PRACTICAL HOPE AND

PROMISE "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

IS GIVE THOSE CHILDREN.

Terry: STEPHEN IS ABOUT

TO HAVE SURGERY NUMBER SIX,

AND HE KNOWS HE HAS TO HAVE

MORE, AND HE IS WILLING TO

DO THAT IN ORDER TO BE ABLE

TO WALK.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF WHAT "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" IS DOING IN THIS

AREA OR AROUND THE WORLD,

YOU CAN CALL THAT BY GIVING,

BY CALLING 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO OR

"ORPHANS'

ORPHANSPROMISE.ORG.

CAROL WRITES IN, "MY

MOTHER IS GRAVELY ILL AND

SHE IS A CHRISTIAN AND KNOWS

WHERE SHE IS GOING WHEN SHE

DIES.

BUT I'M GOING TO MISS HER.

DO I PRAY FOR COMPLETE

HEALING OR FOR HER TO JUST

GO PEACEFULLY?"

TERRY?

I WAS IN A VERY SIMILAR

SITUATION AS MY FATHER HAD A

MASSIVE STROKE AND LAY

THERE, THE HOLY SPIRIT MADE

IT CLEAR TO ME HE WAS

GOING.

AND I PRAYED THAT THE HOLY

SPIRIT WOULD TAKE HIM

PEACEFULLY.

BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO PRAY

THAT TOO SOON.

EVEN WHEN WE DON'T KNOW WHAT

TO PRAY, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN

INTERCEDE.

PERHAPS THE PRAYER CAN BE,

GOD, LET THE HOLY SPIRIT

SPEAK TO ME AS TO HOW I CAN

ASSIST IN THIS PROCESS.

WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO

PRAY, PRAISING GOD IS A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO.

Terry: I JUST LOST A

DEAR FRIEND.

SOMETIMES I THINK YOU ASK

GOD TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR

YOUR FRIEND.

IN THIS SITUATION, FOR YOUR

MOM.

YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES GOD'S

ANSWER IS YES, SOMETIMES IT

IS NO, AND SOMETIMES IT IS

MAYBE.

I ALWAYS ASK GOD FOR

HEALING.

AND THEN I ASK HIM TO GIVE

EVERYTHING THAT IS NEEDED TO

THE SITUATION.

THOSE ARE HARD THINGS

BECAUSE OUR HEARTS ARE SO

CONNECTED TO PEOPLE THAT WE

LOVE.

BUT, YOU'RE RIGHT, THE HOLY

SPIRIT SHOULD BE THE GUIDE.

WE PUT PRESSURE ON WHAT I

SAY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE,

AND THERE IS POWER IN

PRAYER, BUT JESUS LOVES

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER.

AND FOR HER TO SAY, LORD,

YOU KNOW THE SITUATION.

I LIFT MY MOTHER UP TO YOU.

Terry: HE WANTS IT TO

BE ON HIM.

HE REALLY DOES.

THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH SCRIPTURE

FROM 21 REVELATION 4: "GOD

WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR

FROM THEIR EYES.

THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH

NOR SORROW NOR CRYING.

THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN,

FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE

PASSED AWAY."

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING TO

KNOW, THAT WE CAN SPEND

ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD AND

SAVIOR.

AND WE SUGGEST YOU FOCUS ON

THAT TODAY, THE HOPE FOUND

IN JESUS CHRIST.

FOR TERRY AND JESSICA, WE'LL

SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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