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700 Club Interactive: Whole Life Change - September 19, 2014

Josh lived a life of destruction and drugs – find out how he broke the addiction once and for all! Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP...

I LIVED TO USE, AND USED

TO LIVE.

Gordon: AND HE KNEW

WHERE IT WAS GOING TO LEAD.

JAIL, REHAB, OR THE

GRAVE.

Gordon: HOW ONE MAN

CHANGED COURSE.

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE

CLOSER TOWARDS GOD, YOU'RE

TAKING ONE TOWARDS YOU.

Gordon: 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

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

FOR 30 YEARS EUGENE BROWN

HAS BEEN SAVING LIVES.

HE IS NOT A MEDIC, AND HE IS

NOT A COP.

HE IS A CHESS PLAYER.

AND HIS STORY HAS BEEN TOLD

IN A MOVIE FEATURING

OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR CUBE

CUBA GOODING, JR.

WE SAT DOWN WITH THE MAN WHO

INSPIRED THE STORY.

Efrem: WASHINGTON,

D.C., HOME TO MORE THAN A

HALF MILLION PEOPLE, AND AT

LEAST A MILLION STORIES.

THIS ONE BEGINS AT A LITTLE

WHITE HOUSE, JUST SEVEN

MILES FROM 1600 PENNSYLVANIA

AVENUE.

THIS IS THE STORY OF A

CHESS CLUB, BOUND FOR INNER

CITY YOUTH.

IT IS DIFFERENT FROM MOST,

AND IT IS DISTINGUISHED FROM

NOT JUST TEACHING CHESS, BUT

IT TEACHES YOUNG CHILDREN

LIFE, AND TO USE GOOD

SENSE.

AND SO AT THIS CHESS CLUB,

WE'RE ON A MISSION TO SAVE

THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN.

TO TEACH THE UNTEACHABLE,

REACH THE UNREACHABLE, AND

ALWAYS THINK BEFORE YOU

ACT.

Efrem: EUGENE BROWN

BOUGHT THE OLD HOUSE IN THE

EARLY '90s, AND THEN

TRAVELLED TO THE CITY'S

TOUGHEST NEIGHBORHOOD,

RECRUITING KIDS TO LEARN

CHESS AND JOIN HIS CLUB.

I'M GOING INTO MY THIRD

DECADE OF TEACHING CHESS.

I CAN ACTUALLY SAY THAT WE

HAVE CHESS EAST OF THE RIVER

OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

Efrem: YET THIS IS MORE

THAN JUST A GAME TO THE D.C.

NATIVE, IT IS A LIFESAVER TO

THE THOUSANDS WHO SAT DOWN

WITH HIM OVER THE YEARS.

SOME OF THEM NEVER

LEARNED HOW TO BE REAL GOOD

CHESS PLAYERS.

BUT THAT IS NOT OUR

MISSION.

OUR MISSION IS TO GET THEM

TO THINK.

BECAUSE I'VE SEEN TOO MANY

KIDS IMPULSIVE DECISIONS

THAT ENDED UP COSTING THEM

THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

Reporter: IMPULSIVE

DECISIONS PUT BROWN'S SON'S

IN JAIL FOR 15 YEARS, AND

HIS GRANDSON IS BEHIND BARS

NOW.

AND DESPITE HIS MOTHER AND

GRANDMOTHER'S HARD WORK,

EUGENE DID HARD TIME, TOO.

I DID SEVEN YEARS HERE,

EIGHT YEARS HERE, SIX MONTHS

HERE.

Reporter: WE VISITED

ONE OF THOSE STOPS WHERE

EUGENE WENT AFTER TRYING TO

HOLD UP A BANK FOR $3200.

I WENT TO THE TRENTON

STATE PRISON IN NEW JERSEY

IN 1969.

I WAS A YOUNG GUY.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE IN THAT

PRISON.

Efrem: EUGENE BROWN

SPENT MORE THAN A DOZEN

YEARS LOCKED UP HERE AT THE

NEW JERSEY STATE PRISON FOR

THAT BOTCHED ROBBERY

ATTEMPT.

HE STILL TOOK SOLACE IN

PLAYING THE GAME OF CHESS.

THAT'S HOW I DID MY TIME,

ON A CHESS BOARD.

I SEEN THE MUSLIMS, I SEEN

THE CHRISTIANS, I'VE SEEN

THE STICK-UP GUYS, I'VE SEEN

EVERYBODY HAD THEIR CLICKS,

AND MY CLICK WAS CHESS.

AND THAT'S WHAT I CARRIED

AROUND.

Efrem: THE BIG CHANGE

CAME WHEN ANOTHER INMATE

TAUGHT BROWN TO APPLY THE

GAME TO HIS LIFE.

I SAID, MAN, I'M LOST.

HE SAID, MAN, YOU NEVER

LOSE.

YOU EITHER LEARNING LESSONS

OR YOU'RE TEACHING LESSONS.

CHESS IS THE ONLY GAME THAT

CAN ONLY BE WON, LIKE LIFE.

THREE STAGES OF LIFE, THE

OPENING, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG.

THE MIDDLE GAME, WHEN YOU'RE

MIDDLE-AGED.

AND THE END GAME.

Efrem: HE HAS BEEN

SHARING THOSE LESSONS WITH

CHILDREN SINCE HIS RELIEF.

THE WORK HAS EARNED HIM

AWARDS AND RECNITIONS TO THE

RECOGNITIONS FROM THE CITY.

AND NOW HIS STORY COMES TO

THE BIG SCREEN, STARRING

CUBA GOODING, JR.

YES, THE PAWNS, THEY ARE

THE FRONT LINES.

THERE WILL BE CASUALTIES.

IT'S A KID'S GAME.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL

EXPERIENCE TO WATCH THE

FIRST TIME.

Reporter: GOODING

COMPARES THIS ROLE TO THE

NOBLE CHARACTERS HE'S PLAYED

IN FILMS LIKE "MEN OF

HONOR," "RED TAILS," AND

"GIFTED HANDS."

Efrem: YOU'RE A MAN OF

FAITH AND YOU MAKE NO BONES

ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN IN

HOLLYWOOD.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Efrem: THAT'S ONE OF

THE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT

YOU.

I'M SURPRISED MY PASTOR

SEES ALL OF MY MOVIES.

[LAUGHTER]

Efrem: THIS FILM

DOESN'T BLATENTLY DISPLAY

FAITH, BUT SURELY YOU SEE IT

IN THE FILM.

IT'S GOD'S WILL.

IT REALLY IS.

THAT'S WHAT IS SO COOL ABOUT

STUFF LIKE THIS.

IT IS LIKE I KNOW -- I MAKE

MISTAKES AND I SIN

CONSTANTLY.

THAT IS MY RELATIONSHIP THAT

I HAVE, WHERE YOU LEARN

ABOUT PEOPLE DOING GREAT

THINGS LIKE THIS, WHO HAVE

BEEN INCARCERATED -- IT'S

EASY TO SAY OH, HE'S A

FELON, HE IS AN EX-CON.

BUT THIS IS AN EX-CON WHO

MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE

LIVES OF THESE KIDS, WHO ARE

NOW CONSIDERED

INTELLECTUALS.

AND THAT CONNECTED TISSUE OF

SOCIETY IN LIFE IS WHAT IT

IS ABOUT.

I HOPE THAT PEOPLE FIND

HEALING IN STORIES LIKE

THIS.

KING PERRY IT IS.

NOW, KING PERRY HAS AN ARMY,

AND YOU'RE PART OF IT.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS YOU THINK

YOU'RE OUT THERE DOING THE

KING'S BUSINESS, AND ALL

YOU'RE REALLY DOING IS

SACRIFICING YOURSELF, LIKE

THE PAWN YOU TRULY ARE.

IT AIN'T LIKE THAT,

TEACH.

IT IS EXACTLY LIKE THAT,

PARTNER.

I DIDN'T KNOW I LOOKED

THAT GOOD.

Efrem: BROWN LOVES THE

FILM, BUT SAYS HE CAN'T TAKE

CREDIT FOR THIS LATEST MOVE

IN HIS END GAME.

THE ONLY REASON THIS

MOVIE WAS MADE, THE ONLY

REASON I'M HERE IS BECAUSE

OF AN A AN ANCESTORY OF

PRAYING.

MY MOTHER PRAYED FOR ME AND

MY GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT

GRANDMOTHER WHO PRAYED FOR

OUR FAMILY, WHO PRAYED FOR

ME.

Efrem: AND HE THANKS

GOD FOR TURNING HIS TALE OF

DISGRACE INTO A STORY OF

DIGNITY.

ONCE YOU ACCEPT GOD,

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT

YOU CAN DO.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL STORY.

THE MOVIE, "LIFE OF A KING,"

IS OUT ON D.V.D.

YOU CAN GET IT IN STORES

NATIONWIDE.

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ACTIVE.

WELL, LATER IN THE SHOW,

JESSICA WILL BE PRAYING FOR

YOUR NEEDS.

WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HEAR A

REMARKABLE TURNAROUND OF A

FORMER DRUG ADDICT.

ALL OF THAT IS UP NEXT.

Gordon: COMING UP...

YOU CAN SEE THE PATTERN.

Gordon: ...AND AMERICAN

CRISIS.

HEAR HOW ONE SIMPLE PROGRAM

COULD SAVE OUR NATION.

IT'S DOABLE.

Gordon: NEXT WEEK ON

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: JOSH GREW UP AS

A HAPPY KID, AND THEN HE

ALMOST DIED AS A HEROIN

ADDICT.

THE DRUG HAD TAKEN

EVERYTHING FROM HIM, HIS

FAMILY, HIS MONEY, HIS

FREEDOM.

AND IT WOULDN'T BE LONG

BEFORE IT TOOK HIS LIFE.

I NEVER SAW MYSELF

GROWING UP TO A HEROIN

DROICT.

THER ADDICT.

THERE ARE ONLY THREE PLACES

THEY GO, JAIL, REHAB, OR THE

GRAVE.

Reporter: JOSH DOTTO

GREW UP IN A NICE MIDDLE

CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD.

MY DAD WAS A SALES

EXECUTIVE, AND MY MOM WAS A

SCHOOL TEACHER.

I WAS EXPECTED TO GET GOOD

GRADES.

I WAS KIND OF WELL-KNOWN,

POPULAR WITH THE KIDS IN

SCHOOL.

AND THEN WHEN I MOVED ON TO

HIGH SCHOOL, MY MOM WASN'T A

TEACHER THERE.

I WASN'T VERY WELL-KNOWN.

Reporter: HIGH SCHOOL

WAS HARD FOR JOSH.

HE WANTED FRIENDS AND

EVENTUALLY FOUND SOME, BUT

HIS NEW FRIENDS ENJOYED

DRUGS.

ONCE ON STARTED USING THE

DRUGS, MY FOCUS SHIFTED AWAY

FROM FAMILY, AWAY FROM

ACADEMICS, AND AWAY FROM

SPORTS.

TO PARTYING AND HANGING OUT

WITH MY FRIENDS.

ALL OF THE TIME.

Reporter: AFTER HIGH

SCHOOL, JOSH ENROLLED IN

COLLEGE, BUT HIS ADDICTION

FORCED HIM TO DROP OUT.

I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO

WITH LIFE AT ALL.

ON MY 20th BIRTHDAY

SOMEBODY BROUGHT SOME HEROIN

IN BAGS OVER.

I DECIDED I WOULD TRY IT.

I FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING

THAT FILLED THAT HOLE INSIDE

AND MAKES ME FEEL SO

CONFIDENT, AND MAKES ME FEEL

GOOD, AND ALL OF THESE

FEELINGS THAT I'VE BEEN

SEARCHING FOR FOR ALL OF

THESE YEARS.

I THOUGHT I HAD FOUND IT IN

HEROIN, I GUESS.

I DID IT EVERY DAY FOR A

MONTH, AND I WAS PHYSICALLY

ADDICTED.

I LIVED TO USE, AND USED TO

LIVE.

MY WHOLE LIFE WAS ABOUT

GETTING HEROIN, AND I

COULDN'T LIVE MY LIFE

WITHOUT USING HEROIN.

I STOLE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS, MAYBE MORE, FROM MY

MOM AND DAD'S BANK ACCOUNT.

IDENTITY THEFT.

JACKING UP CREDIT CARDS IN

MY DAD.

IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT WAS IN

MY WAY, I WOULD DO WHATEVER

IT TOOK TO GET WHAT I

NEEDED.

AND FINALLY I THINK MY MOM

AND DAD HAD HAD ENOUGH.

THEY SENT ME TO TEAM

CHALLENGE IN WEST VIRGINIA.

I LASTED ABOUT 23 HOURS AND

I CAME HOME AND RANSACKED

THE HOUSE, TOOK THE CAR,

CHECKBOOKS, A BOTTLE OF

PILLS, ANYTHING I COULD

FIND.

THAT'S WHEN MY DAD SENT ME

TO JAIL FOR THE FIRST TIME.

WHEN I GOT OUT, I DID HEROIN

WITHIN TWO HOURS OF GETTING

OUT.

DURING ONE OF MY OUTINGS

WITH MY BEST FRIEND, CHAD,

HE INTRODUCED ME TO MEGAN.

AND SHE AND I BECAME USING

BUDDIES, AND THEN IT

BLOSSOMED INTO A

RELATIONSHIP.

AND FROM THERE SHE AND I

WERE LIKE BONNIE AND CLYDE.

ONE OF US WOULD BE IN JAIL,

ONE OF US WOULD BE OUT

USING.

Reporter: WHILE OUT ON

PROBATION, JOSH TESTED

POSITIVE FOR DRUGS.

HE WAS GIVEN THE CHOICE, GO

TO REHAB OR GO TO JAIL.

HE CHOSE REHAB.

HE DECIDED THAT THIS WAS

IT.

HE WAS GOING TO CHANGE.

AND THIS TIME WE HAD IN

OUR MINDS THAT NOTHING WAS

GOING TO STOP US.

AND WE WERE GOING TO GO TO

A.A. AND N.A. MEETINGS, AND

WE WERE GOING TO GET

SPONSORS AND WORK OUR 12

STEPS, AND WE WERE GOING TO

DO IT RIGHT.

Reporter: AT THE

MEETING, A STRANGER INVITED

JOSH AND MEGAN TO ANOTHER

MEETING.

DETERMINED TO GET CLEAN,

THEY WENT.

WHEN WE GOT THERE, I WAS

A LITTLE OFF-PUT BY ALL OF

THE JESUS TALK, THE

REGENERATION.

THE FOCUS IS STRICTLY ON GOD

AND MOVING FORWARD.

AND MOVING CLOSER TO HIM.

I WAS SAYING PRAYERS, EVEN

THOUGH I DIDN'T REALLY

BELIEVE IN THEM.

AND I STARTED GAINING SOME

CONSISTENCY IN OUR LIVES AND

SOME ACCOUNTABILITY, AND

REALLY STARTED DIVING IN

HEAD-FIRST.

AND I STARTED TO SEE, LIKE,

A FAMILY HERE.

THESE PEOPLE WERE ALL

CLOSE.

AND I HADN'T HAD ANY FAMILY

IN SO LONG, AND HADN'T HAD

ANY REAL FRIENDS IN SO LONG,

I JUST WANTED TO BE A PART

OF THIS.

IT SEEMED THESE ARE GOOD

PEOPLE, AND THEY LOOKED

HAPPY.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT BEING A

CHRISTIAN WAS BORING AND

STUFFY.

AND THESE PEOPLE WERE HAVING

FUN.

AS A TEENAGER AND A YOUNG

ADULT, I WAS EMPTY.

I HAD A BIG HOLE INSIDE ME

THAT I TRIED TO FILL WITH

EVERY KIND OF DRUG AND

SUBSTANCE IMAGINABLE.

AND AS I STARTED ON THE

JOURNEY TO BECOMING A

CHRISTIAN AND WALKING THE

CHRISTIAN WALK, I STARTED

PRAYING FOR SELF-CONFIDENCE

AND SELF-WORTH.

AND THAT WAS MY PRAYER EVERY

MORNING.

AND EVERY EVENING.

AND I PRAYED THAT PRAYER

HUNDREDS OF TIMES THROUGH

THE DAY.

I JUST WANTED

SELF-CONFIDENCE.

I JUST WANTED TO FEEL GOOD

ABOUT MYSELF FOR ONCE IN MY

LIFE.

TO FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY.

AND JUST THE MORE I PRAYED,

THE MORE I BECAME PART OF

IT, AND THE MORE I STEPPED

OUTSIDE OF MYSELF TO HELP

THE GROUP, INSTEAD OF

HELPING MYSELF, WHAT FILLED

THAT HOLE IS 100% GOD'S

LOVE, GRACE, FORGIVENESS.

I SHOULD NOT BE SITTING HERE

RIGHT NOW.

I SHOULD BE DEAD OR IN JAIL,

ONE OF THE TWO.

GOD REALLY HAS GIVEN

EVERYTHING BACK THAT I

LOST.

GOD GAVE ME A TOTALLY NEW

HEART, A TOTALLY NEW LIFE.

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE CLOSER

TOWARDS GOD, HE IS TAKING

ONE TOWARDS YOU.

WHEN YOU MEET GOD, YOUR

WHOLE LIFE WILL CHANGE.

Gordon: WHEN YOU MEET

GOD, YOU'RE WHOLE LIFE WILL

CHANGE.

HE'S IN THE BUSINESS OF

REGENERATION.

THAT'S WHAT THE GREEK IS

BEHIND THE "BORN AGAIN."

IT LITERALLY MEANS YOU'RE

REGENERATED FROM THE INSIDE

OUT.

HE GIVES YOU A NEW LIFE.

THE APOSTLE PAUL KNOWS ABOUT

IT.

HE SAID, "BEHOLD, ALL THINGS

ARE MADE NEW."

AND THE WONDERFUL THING

ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS IS HE

CAN DO THAT FOR YOU EVERY

SINGLE MORNING.

EVERY MORNING HIS MERCIES

ARE NEW.

IT'S NEW.

IT'S A FRESH RELATIONSHIP.

IT'S A NEW START, EVERY

DAY.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

SELF-WORTH, IF YOU'RE

WONDERING, HAVE I DONE SO

MANY THINGS, HAVE I GONE TOO

FAR?

AM I JUST A PIECE OF TRASH

NOW?

REALIZE THAT IN GOD'S EYES

YOUR WORTH WHAT HE PAID FOR

YOU.

YOUR WORTH IT.

HE WENT TO THE CROSS JUST

FOR YOU.

THAT'S WHY THE BIBLE SAYS,

THIS IS LOVE, THAT WHILE WE

WERE YET SINNERS CHRIST DIED

FOR US.

LOOK AT WHAT HE DID, THE

PEOPLE THAT HE SAVED.

LOOK TO THE DEMONIAC OF THE

CATERINS.

HERE IS A MAN, THEY HAVE HIM

IN CHAINS.

HE HAS GOT TO LIVE IN A

CEMETERY.

HE IS UNCONTROLLABLE.

JESUS WENT TO HIM, HE WENT

TO THE CEMETERY, TO DELIVER

HIM, TO SET HIM FREE, TO PUT

HIM ON A NEW TRACK.

REALIZE YOU'RE MADE IN GOD'S

IMAGE.

REALIZE THAT YOU'RE

INFINITELY VALUABLE TO HIM.

THAT GIVES YOU WORTH.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND JUST HOW

MUCH HE LOVES YOU AND WHY HE

LOVES YOU, THEN YOU HAVE ALL

OF THE PURPOSE, ALL THE

MEANING, ALL THE SELF-WORTH,

ALL THE CONFIDENCE YOU COULD

EVER ASK FOR.

WHEN JESUS COMES AND MEETS

WITH YOU, HE DOESN'T WANT TO

TALK ABOUT YOUR SIN.

HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THE

GREAT THINGS THAT YOU AND

HIM CAN DO TOGETHER.

ALL THINGS BEING MADE NEW,

THE RESTORATION OF ALL

THINGS.

HOW HE WANTS TO MINISTER

THROUGH YOU.

THAT IS GOOD NEWS.

AND THAT'S AVAILABLE FOR

YOU.

NOW, HOW DO YOU GET IT?

WELL, DO THE SAME THINGS

JOSH DID.

NUMBER ONE, HE SAID, I'M

GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT

MY RECOVERY.

I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY AROUND

WITH IT.

I'M GOING TO WORK THE 12

STEPS.

I'M GOING TO GO TO THE

MEETINGS.

I'M GOING TO DO THAT.

EN THEAND THEN THROUGH THAT

PROCESS, HE FOUND

SOMETHING.

HE FOUND THAT HE COULD HAVE

A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS

CREATOR.

AND THAT SET HIM ON FIRE.

THAT PUT HIM ON THE TRACK.

DOES HE STILL NEED TO CHANGE

HIS THINKING?

YES, WE'RE ALL WORKS IN

PROGRESS.

DOES HE STILL NEED TO DAILY

REALIZE HOW MUCH HE IS WORTH

IN GOD'S EYES?

YES.

WE ALL NEED TO DO THAT.

IT'S IN THE FELLOWSHIP OF

BELIEVERS, IT IS IN THE

READING OF THE WORD EVERY

DAY, IT'S THE CONSTANT

REMINDER I'M A CHILD OF GOD,

GOD WANTS TO DO GREAT THINGS

THROUGH ME -- IT'S THAT

REMINDER THAT KEEPS US ON

TRACK.

NOW, HOW DO YOU START THIS?

WELL, THE FIRST STEP IS COME

TO REALIZE YOUR POWERLESS.

AND THEN COME TO REALIZE

ONLY A HIGHER POWER, ONLY

JESUS, CAN RESTORE YOU TO

SANITY.

ONLY HE CAN RENEW ALL THINGS

FOR YOU, MAKE YOU NEW

AGAIN.

HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH,

AND THE LIFE.

IT'S THOSE REALIZATIONS THAT

PUT YOU ON THE TRACK.

NUMBER ONE, YOU CAN CONTROL

IT.

IT'S NOT ABOUT WILLPOWER.

IT'S ALL ABOUT GOD, AND IT'S

ALL ABOUT WHAT HE CAN DO FOR

YOU.

IF YOU WANT THIS, IF YOU

WANT TO GET SET FREE, IF YOU

WANT THAT NEW LIFE, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND GIVE US A

CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-888-777-1999.

NOW, WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO LECTURE

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT

GOD LOVES YOU.

JESUS DIED FOR YOU.

AND HE WANTS TO SET YOU

FREE.

NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU'VE

BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS, IT

DOESN'T MATTER TO HIM.

HE IS ABLE.

THE OTHER GOOD THING IS HE

IS WILLING.

AND HE WANTS TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.

HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU DIGNITY

AND A PURPOSE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

THAT'S WHAT JOSH STARTED

DOING.

HE STARTED ASKING EVERY

MORNING, EVERY NIGHT.

HE ASKED.

AND THAT'S HOW YOU GET THE

ANSWER.

YOU KNOCK.

IT'S OPEN TO YOU.

YOU ASK, YOU RECEIVE.

THAT'S HOW THE RELATIONSHIP

WORKS.

SO START IT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

LET'S GO OFFICE OVER TO

JESSICA FOR SOME PRAYER

REQUESTS.

MICHELLE SAYS, "THERE IS

NOTHING THAT SEEMS TO BRING

ME ANY JOY.

I MET A TERRIFIC MAN, BUT HE

DIED OF CANCER AFTER ONLY

FOUR MONTHS.

I FEEL LIKE I'M ONLY

EXISTING.

I DON'T EVEN LIKE TO BE

AWAKE.

I'M SO DEPRESSED AND I FEEL

SO EMPTY."

JEFF SAYS, "IN A PIT.

NOTHING I DO SEEMS TO WORK

OUT.

I FEEL LIKE JOB ALL OF THE

TIME.

SOME PEOPLE SAY I'M IN A

STATE OF BROKENNESS, AND

OTHERS SAY THAT GOD IS

TESTING MY FAITH.

I FEEL LIKE MY LIFE WILL

NEVER AMOUNT TO MUCH.

SOMETIMES I FEEL AS IF THAT

PART OF GOD HAVING A GOOD

PLAN FOR MY LIFE IS NOTHING

BUT RUBBISH.

I'M IN A STATE OF TOTAL

DISPAIR."

AND CHARLOTTE WRITES IN, "I

WAS ALWAYS A VERY POSITIVE

PERSON, BUT THE LAST FEW

YEARS, I FOUND MYSELF

DISCOURAGED AND FULL OF

ANXIETY.

MY YOUNG GRANDSON TOLD ME I

NEVER SMILE.

I NEED SOME PEACE IN MY

LIFE.

PLEASE PRAY I FIND A WAY TO

DEAL WITH PROBLEMS AND HAVE

JOY AGAIN."

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND YOU

CAN RELATE TO THOSE PRAYER

REQUESTS OR YOU NEED A

BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR LIFE,

JOIN WITH US.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE JUST

THANK YOU THAT YOUR WORD

SAYS YOU ARE THE HEALER OF

OUR HEARTS.

THAT YOU BIND UP OUR WOUNDS

AND YOU HEAL OUR HEARTS.

SO, FATHER, FOR JESS AND FOR

JEFF AND FOR CHARLOTTE, WE

ASK THAT YOU COME TO THEM

AND HEAL THEM IN JESUS'

NAME.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU

REMOVE THE GREASE OUT OF

THEIR HEARTS.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU

TOUCH ALL THREE OF THEM,

LORD, THAT YOU WOULD REMOVE

THE DEPRESSION, DISPAIR, AND

HOPELESSNESS.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU DO

WHAT ONLY YOU CAN DO.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU

REVEAL YOURSELF TO THEM, AND

THEY WOULD TAKE TIME TO GET

INTO YOUR PRESENCE.

AND TO KNOW, FATHER, IF IT

MATTERS TO US, IT MATTERS TO

YOU.

THAT YOU ARE THE COMFORTER

AND THE LIFTER OF OUR HEAD.

YOU REPLACE OUR GRIEF AND

GIVE US JOY.

YOU GIVE US BEAUTY FOR

ASHES.

SO WE THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR

ALL OF THESE THINGS IN

JESUS' NAME.

GORDON?

Gordon: IF YOU WANT US

TO PRAY FOR YOU, WE HAVE A

NEW WAY FOR YOU TO SEND US

YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SEND A

TWEET TO JESSICA.

HER TWITTER HANDLE IS CBN

JESSICA.

OR YOU CAN CALL US AT

1-888-777-1999.

COMING UP, A BOY WHO HAD NO

FOOD, NO HOME, AND NO

CLOTHES UNTIL YOU HELPED HIM

GET OFF THE STREETS.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: THE NATION OF

KENYA HAS MORE THAN A

MILLION ORPHANS.

EVERY DAY THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN ROAM THE STREETS

HOMELESS AND BEGGING FOR

HELP.

Reporter: WHEN NELSON'S

PARENTS DIED, HE WAS FORCED

TO LIVE ON THE STREETS AND

BEG FOR FOOD.

SOMETIMES I HAD NO

CLOTHES TO WEAR.

I JUST WALKED NAKED IN THE

STREETS.

AT NIGHT I GOT SO HUNGRY, I

WOULD KNOCK ON DOORS AND BEG

THEM TO FEED ME SOMETHING.

Reporter: NELSON WAS

STARVING, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS

STRANGE BEHAVIOR, PEOPLE IN

THE VILLAGE ACCUSED HIM OF

BEING A WITCH.

I REALLY DIDN'T LIKE THE

WAY PEOPLE TREATED ME.

IT MADE ME SAD.

Reporter: THEN ONE DAY

HE HEARD A PASTOR PREACHING

ON A STREET CORNER.

HE BEGGED HIM FOR SOMETHING

TO EAT.

THE PASTOR TOOK HIM TO A

CHILDREN'S HOME SUPPORTED BY

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." HERE

NELSON FOUND A HOME.

I HAVE EVERYTHING I NEED,

FOOD TO EAT, A PLACE TO

SLEEP, AND EVEN CLOTHES TO

WEAR.

Reporter: NELSON IS

STUDYING HARD IN SCHOOL, AND

IN HIS SPARE TIME HE LIKES

TO READ THE BIBLE.

THE CHILDREN HERE ARE HAPPY

AND WELL-CARED FOR.

MOST OF THEM WERE FOUND

LIVING IN THE STREETS,

PRACTICALLY STARVING.

SOME MIGHT NOT EVEN BE ALIVE

IF FO NOT FOR "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

ALL OF THEM SAY AT NIGHT,

WHEN THEY PRAY, THEY THANK

GOD FOR THE PEOPLE THAT

SUPPORT THEM.

NOW MY LIFE IS VERY

GOOD.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME.

I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS

YOU.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE A

MEMBER OF "THE 700 CLUB,"

THANK YOU, BECAUSE YOU'RE

PART OF THAT.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT GOES

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GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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