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700 Club Interactive: Money, Money, Money - September 30, 2014

William was a millionaire – who was completely bankrupt. See how he found true riches! Read Transcript


HE

BECAME RICH AFTER LOSING

MILLIONS.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

WILLIAM SURREL'S JOB WAS TO

MAKE MONEY, AND HE WAS GOOD

AT IT.

HE SACRIFICED EVERYTHING AND

POCKETED MILLIONS ALONG THE

WAY.

Terry: BUT WHEN THE

MARKET CRASHED, WILLIAM LOST

A LOT MORE THAN JUST HIS

BANK ACCOUNT.

IT WASN'T LIKE ME TO WORK

10 TO 12 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN

DAYS A WEEK -- I CAN SAFELY

SAY MONEY BECAME MY GOD.

ROW HE DECIDED

Reporter: HE DECIDED TO

DO EVERYTHING HE COULD TO

MAKE MONEY AND HAVE THE

THINGS THAT CAME WITH IT.

I WAS THE GUY WHO HAD

EVERYTHING, THE BIG HOUSE,

THE BIG CAR, THE BIG JOB.

Reporter: HE QUICKLY

MOVED UP THE CORPORATE

LADDER.

AND IN TIME, YOU KNOW, IT

WENT FROM BEING A

STOCKBROKER TO BEING A

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT WITH

SEVERAL OFFICES UNDER MY

CONTROL.

AND WITH THAT CAME A LOT

MORE MONEY.

Reporter: HIS WIFE GREW

TIRED OF TAKING A BACK SEAT

WHILE WILLIAM FILLED HIS

FINANCIAL EMPIRE.

SEVERAL TIMES SHE WOULD

SAY, YOU'RE GOING TO REGRET

IT.

THESE KIDS ARE SMALL, AND

YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH

THEM.

Reporter: WILLIAM'S

DRIVE TO MAKE MONEY HAD

TURNED INTO AN OBSESSION.

IT IS A BIG CYCLE.

YOU GET, NOT NECESSARILY

ADDICTED TO MAKING MONEY,

BUT THE THINGS THAT COME

WITH IT AND THE DRIVE TO

MAKE MORE.

IT IS LIKE A COMPETITION.

KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES ON

STEROIDS.

Reporter: IN 2000, THE

STOCK MARKET CRASHED, AND

WILLIAM LOST MILLIONS.

HIS REACTION WAS CONSISTENT

WITH HOW HE DID THINGS.

I WOULD SAY IT WAS MORE

LIKE A GAMBLING ADDICTION.

AND WHEN GAMBLERS LOSE, THEY

HAVE A TENDENCY TO THINK

THAT BRIGHTER DAYS ARE

COMING AND THEY START

CHASING.

AND WHEN I STARTED LOSING, I

WAS CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR

THIS REBOUND.

Reporter: WILLIAM

IMMEDIATELY TURNED HIS

ENERGIES TO REBUILDING HIS

EMPIRE.

SOON AFTER, HIS WIFE LEFT

AND THEY DIVORCED.

RIGHTFULLY SO.

SHE HAD HAD ENOUGH.

AND WE PARTED WAYS.

Reporter: WILLIAM'S

PLAN TO MAKE BACK THE

MILLIONS HE HAD LOST STARTED

OUT LEGITIMATELY.

BUT WILLIAM WASN'T MAKING

MONEY LIKE HE DID IN THE

1990s, AND SO HE

COMPROMISED.

I STARTED TO BORROW MONEY

TO REINVEST THAT MONEY.

IT WOULD BE VERY EASY TO SAY

I'M GOING TO BORROW IT, MAKE

"X" IN INTEREST, AND REPAY

THE MONEY UNTIL THE THINGS

TURNED BACK TO NORMAL.

Reporter: THEY DIDN'T.

STILL, WILLIAM CONTINUEED

CONTINUED TO VEST FRIENDS'

AND HIS FAMILY'S MONEY,

HOPING THINGS WOULD PAY OFF,

BUT THEY DIDN'T.

I GO SO DEEP INTO IT, I

BORROWED FROM ONE TO NOT

HURT ANOTHER ONE.

AND IT GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE THERE WAS NO RETURN.

Reporter: WILLIAM LOST

MILLIONS IN INVESTMENT

DOLLARS.

WHEN YOU TAKE A

COMBINATION OF PRIDE,

STUPIDITY, AND EGO, THEY

DON'T SIT WELL TOGETHER.

I DISAPPOINTED A LOT OF

PEOPLE VERY, VERY CLOSE TO

ME.

Reporter: HE REALIZED

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

BEFORE AUTHORITIES WOULD

CATCH UP TO HIM.

I SAY IT GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE I HAD ENOUGH.

I COULDN'T DO IT ANYMORE,

REGARDLESS OF THE

CONSEQUENCES.

I HAD TO STOP THE TRAIN, GET

OFF, AND FACE THE MUSIC.

AND WHILE DOING THAT, FACE

THE CONSEQUENCES.

Reporter: ON

SEPTEMBER 20th, 2006,

WILLIAM TURNED HIMSELF IN.

HE SERVED 52 MONTHS IN

FEDERAL PRISON FOR WIRE

FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING.

IT GAVE HIM TIME TO THINK

ABOUT HIS LIFE AND FUTURE.

THE BOMB FOR ME WAS THAT

WILLIAM SURREL ISN'T THE

CENTER OF EVERYTHING.

Reporter: IN PRISON,

WILLIAM MET CHRISTIANS AND

HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

IN TIME, HE STARTED

ATTENDING A BIBLE STUDY,

WHERE HE LEARNED ABOUT

FAITH.

I KEPT READING THE BIBLE,

READING THE BIBLE, SPENDING

MORE TIME WITH CHRISTIANS,

AND MY FAITH CONTINUED TO

GROW.

TO ME, FAITH IS AN ABSOLUTE

SENSE OF CERTAINTY, THAT GOD

IS WHO HE IS.

HE IS GOING TO DO WHAT HE

SAYS HE IS GOING TO DO.

WE ALL HAVE ACCESS TO THAT

THROUGH HIS SON, WHO DIED

FOR ALL OF US.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY.

WILLIAM GAVE HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

AND THEY HE STARTED MAKING

THINGS RIGHT TO THE PEOPLE

HE HURT AND ACCEPTED GOD'S

FORGIVENESS.

FOR ME TO CARRY THAT ON

FOR YEARS WAS RIGHT IN THESE

PEOPLE'S FACES.

IT IS SOMETHING I HOPE THAT

I CAN DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO

EARN THAT RESPECT BACK UP.

I'M STILL IN TOUCH WITH A

LOT OF THESE PEOPLE, AND I

RECEIVED A LOT OF

FORGIVENESS.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WANT

TO WORK HARD ENOUGH TO MAKE

EVERYTHING RIGHT.

Reporter: AFTER SERVING

THREE YEARS, HE MADE AMENDS

WITH HIS EX-WIFE AND

RECONCILED WITH HIS

DAUGHTERS.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

DAUGHTERS IS BETTER THAN IT

HAS EVER BE.

I TOLD THEM EVERYTHING.

AND THAT WAS PROBABLY THE

SINGLE MOST DIFFICULT

CONVERSATION I'LL EVER HAVE

IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: TODAY WILLIAM

IS A SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR AND

IS IN THE PROCESS OF PAYING

BACK THE MONEY HE TOOK.

WHILE HE ADMITS HE IS NOT

PERFECT, HE PUTS HIS ENTIRE

FAITH IN GOD.

I STILL CONSIDER MYSELF

TO BE A WORK OF PROGRESS.

I STILL STRUGGLE WITH A LOT

OF THINGS FROM MY PREVIOUS

LIFE.

RIGHT NOW, WHEN I WAKE UP

EVERY MORNING, THE FIRST

THING I DO IS PRAY AND READ

MY BIBLE, AUTOMATICALLY.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

IS MORE OF HE IS WALKING

RIGHT BESIDE ME, AND WHEN I

GET IN THESE SITUATIONS, I

ALMOST STEP BACK AND LET HIM

STEP IN FRONT OF ME AND SAY,

WHAT WOULD YOU DO HERE.

AND DON'T GET ME WRONG,

THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE I

SKIP OVER THEM AND MAKE

MISTAKES ALL OF THE TIME,

BUT HE IS RIGHT WITH ME.

AND HAVING HIM WITH ME,

RIGHT AT MY SIDE, IS A HUGE

AADVANTAGE FROM BEFORE.

Gordon: WE HAVE

QUESTIONS SO WE'LL GO TO

JESSICA.

ROBERT WRITES, "I KNOW

THAT THE LOVE OF MONEY IS

BAD, BUT CAN YOU BE A STRONG

CHRISTIAN, LOVE AND SERVE

THE LORD, AND STILL BE

FATALITY RICH?"

GORDON?

Gordon: I LOVE THE

QUESTION.

IT'S OKAY TO BE RICH.

AND JUST BY CALLING IT

FILTHY RICH -- YOU LOOK IN

THE OLD TESTAMENT, WERE

THERE RICH PEOPLE WHO LOVED

GOD WITH ALL OF THEIR

HEARTS, AND THE ANSWER IS

YES.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK

ALTER ABRAHAM.

ABRAHAM, FOR HIS DAY, WAS

EXTRAORDINARY WEALTHY, AS

WAS JOB.

AND BOTH OF THEM HAD THEIR

HEART SET ON THEIR CREATOR,

AND NOT ON MONEY.

SO GET IT IN YOUR HEAD,

MONEY IS NOT A BAD THING.

MONEY, IN AND OF ITSELF, IS

NEITHER GOOD NOR EVIL.

BUT IT IS WHAT YOU DO WITH

THE MONEY THAT CAN EITHER

LEAD TO GOOD OR TO EVIL.

SO IF YOU VIEW IT AS A TOOL,

THEN HOW DO YOU USE IT, AND

USE IT EFFECTIVELY.

HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE HAS

TO SAY ABOUT IT.

YOU FIND IT BOTH IN THE NEW

AND THE OLD TESTAMENT.

THE FIRST ONE IS FROM THE

NEW TESTAMENT, 1 TIMOTHY 6:

"FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS

THE ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF

EVIL, FOR WHICH SOME HAVE

STRAYED FROM THE FAITH IN

THEIR GREEDINESS AND PIERCED

THEMSELVES THROUGH WITH MANY

SORROWS."

LET'S BREAK THAT APART.

FIRST IT IS THE LOVE OF

MONEY.

IF YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH

MONEY, YOU PUT YOUR HEART ON

MONEY, LITERALLY, YOU'RE

MAKING MONEY YOUR IDOL.

AND IF YOU THINK THAT MONEY

IS SOMEHOW GOING TO GET YOU

HAPPINESS, THINK AGAIN.

IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

HAPPINESS COMES FROM YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD.

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY COME FROM THAT.

IT DOESN'T COME FROM HOW

MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR

BANK ACCOUNT.

SO WHEN YOU GET YOUR HEART

RIGHT, IT IS THE LOVE OF

MONEY.

SO IF YOU THINK MONEY IS

GOING TO LEAD TO SOMETHING

REALLY GOOD FOR YOU, THINK

AGAIN.

IT'S NOT.

AND IT IS A ROOT.

THAT LOVE, THAT GREEDINESS

IS THE ROOT FOR ALL KINDS OF

EVIL.

BECAUSE IF YOU PLACE YOUR

HEART ON MONEY, YOU'RE GOING

TO DO THINGS YOU NEVER

THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO.

JUST LIKE THAT STORY WITH

WILLIAM, HE DID SOME THINGS

HE NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD DO

BECAUSE HE JUST WANTED TO

GET IT BACK.

HE JUST WANTED TO HAVE THAT

NUMBER IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT.

HE THOUGHT IF HE HAD THAT

NUMBER, EVERYTHING WAS GOING

TO BE FINE.

HIS FUTURE WAS GOING TO BE

FINE.

IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

AND REALIZE THAT.

IT IS WHEN YOU HAVE GOD

FIRST THAT EVERYTHING ELSE

WORKS OUT.

ECCLESIASTES HAS THE SAME

THEME.

YOU FINDS IT IN THE FIFTH

CHAPTER: "HE WHO LOVES

SILVER WILL NOT BE SATISFIED

WITH SILVER.

NOR HE WHO LOVES ABUNDANCE

WITH INCREASE.

THIS ALSO IS VANITY."

AND YOU SEE THAT.

YOU SEE THAT EVEN IN THE

SUPER RICH, WHERE HOW MANY

BILLIONS DO YOU NEED?

AND THEY SPEND THEIR TIME --

AND THAT'S THE MOST PRECIOUS

THING WE HAVE -- ON HOW DO

YOU GET EVEN MORE.

AND WHEN YOU GET THE MORE,

THAT DOESN'T SATISFY.

LET'S GET SOME MORE.

AND THEN THAT DOESN'T

SATISFY, SO LET'S GO GET

SOME MORE.

REALIZE IT IS ONLY OUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR

CREATOR THAT LEADS TO TRUE

HAPPINESS, THAT LEADS TO

THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE,

AND JOY.

SO IF YOU WANT THAT, DO WHAT

WILLIAM DID.

HE SAYS EVERY MORNING, IT'S

AUTOMATIC, I GET UP AND I

SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD.

I OPEN MY BIBLE AND I READ

IT EVERY DAY.

I HAVE MY PRAYER TIME WITH

HIM.

I PUT HIM FIRST, AND WHEN

YOU DO THAT, WHEN YOU PUT

THE KINGDOM FIRST, THEN ALL

THESE OTHER THINGS WILL BE

ADDED UNTO YOU.

WELL, WE HAVE ANOTHER

QUESTION ON MONEY, SO LET'S

GO BACK OVER TO JESSICA.

GORDON, WE'VE GOT ANOTHER

QUESTION FROM LAURIE, WHICH

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN

RELATE TO: "HOW DO I PRAY

FOR MONEY WITHOUT IT BEING

THE FOCUS OF MY PRAYERS.

I DON'T WANT IT TO BECOME MY

EVERY CONSUMING THOUGHT, BUT

WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE IT AND

NEED IT, IT IS HARD."

Gordon: LAURIE, THIS IS

ONE I SHARE WITH YOU.

IN THE EARLY DAYS IN

MINISTRY IN MANILA, WE ENDED

UP IN DEBT FOR SOME

DECISIONS THAT I DIDN'T

MAKE, THAT WERE MADE FOR

ME.

AND SO WE ENDED UP IN DEBT.

AND THEN I HAD TROUBLE

MAKING PAYROLL.

WE HAD TO MAKE PAYROLL EVERY

THURSDAY.

SO EVERY WEDNESDAY WE WOULD

GET TOGETHER AS A STAFF AND

WE WOULD GO THROUGH HOW MUCH

WAS IN THE BANK ACCOUNT.

IT DIDN'T TAKE TOO LONG.

EVERYBODY NEEDED THE NUMBER

WE NEEDED IN ORDER TO MAKE

PAYROLL.

WE HAD SOME VERY WONDERFUL

PRAYER MEETINGS.

GOD WAS FAITHFUL.

WE NEVER MISSED THE

PAYROLL.

THERE WAS ONE WEEK IN THIS

PERIOD OF TIME WHEN IT CAME

A LITTLE LATE.

IT WAS DUE AT NOON, AND

THERE WAS ONE WEEK WHERE IT

GOT PAID AT 1:00, INSTEAD OF

NOON, BUT GOD WAS FAITHFUL

THROUGH ALL OF THAT.

HERE IS THE LESSON I'VE

LEARNED: WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING

FOR PROVISION, PRAYING FOR

WHAT YOU NEED -- I WASN'T

PRAYING FOR GREED.

I WANTED TO MAKE PAYROLL.

THERE WAS A WHOLE STAFF

DEPENDENT ON THAT H'MMM

MONEY FOR THEIR DAILY

BREAD.

WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING, MAKE

SURE YOU ARE LISTENING TO

WHAT GOD HAS TO TELL YOU.

PUT YOUR REQUESTS OUT THERE

WITH THANKSGIVING, AND THEN

LISTEN AND THEN WAIT.

AND WAIT FOR HIS PROVISION.

THERE IS ANOTHER STORY WITH

THIS.

DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, I

GOT A CALL ON A WEDNESDAY

AFTERNOON, AFTER THE PRAYER

MEETING, FROM A WEALTHY

BUSINESSMAN.

AND I THOUGHT, OKAY, MY

PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.

HE IS GOING TO GIVE ENOUGH.

WE CAN GET OUT OF THIS

DEBT.

WE CAN MAKE THE PAYROLL.

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE

WONDERFUL.

WE SCHEDULED A LUNCHEON

MEETING, AND I SHOW UP FOR

THE LUNCH.

HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK

ABOUT GIVING MONEY.

HE WANTS TO GIVE NOODLES.

HE OWNED A NOODLE FACTORY,

AND HE DISCOVERED THERE WAS

A SPAGHETTI-MAKING MACHINE

THAT WOULD LOOP THE NOODLE

OVER A METAL ROD, AND THAT

TOP, THE CURVE OF THE

NOODLE, WAS BEING WASTED AND

HE WAS JUST THROWING IT

AWAY.

HE SAID, I WANT TO GIVE YOU

NOODLES.

AND THEN HE WANTED ME TO PAY

FOR LUNCH.

SO I WAS ALREADY IN DEBT,

AND I WAS ALREADY HAVING

TROUBLE MAKING PAYROLL, AND

HERE I HAVE TO GO FURTHER

INTO DEBT TO PAY FOR THE

LUNCH, AND HERE WAS I GOING

TO GET A BUNCH OF BAGS OF

NOODLES, AND WHAT DO I DO

WITH THE NOODLES.

AND IT CAME TO ME -- I CAN'T

SAY I HAD THIS IDEA, IT CAME

TO ME -- THERE ARE

ORPHANAGES IN MANILA THAT

HAVE TROUBLE FEEDING THEIR

ORPHANS.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I PUT

THE NOODLES WITH SOME

VEGETABLES AND SOME MEAT AND

PROVIDED FOR THESE

ORPHANAGES?

WELL, THAT GOT ME ON A WHOLE

TRAIL.

I FOUND OUT THERE ARE A

WHOLE BUNCH OF ORPHANS IN

MANILA WHO WERE PRAYING FOR

FOOD.

AND SO WHILE WE'RE PRAYING

FOR OUR DAILY BREAD, I FOUND

OUT THERE WERE ORPHANS WHO

WERE PRAYING FOR THEIR DAILY

BREAD.

SO THESE NOODLES BECAME A

GREAT SOURCE OF BLESSING.

AND TO MY HORROR, I WAS

FOUND OUT I WAS KNOWN AS

MR. NOODLE IN ALL OF THESE

ORPHANAGES BECAUSE WE WOULD

SHOW UP WITH THESE BIG BAGS

OF NOODLES.

BUT THE ORPHANS DID

SOMETHING UNUSUAL.

WITHOUT ANYONE ASKING THEM,

THEY STARTED PRAYING FOR CBN

ASIA.

THEY STARTED PRAYING FOR US

BECAUSE WE WERE MR. NOODLE.

AND THEY WANTED GOD TO

PROVIDE THEM WITH MORE

NOODLES.

AND BEFORE LONG THOSE

PRAYERS GOT ANSWERED IN A

WAY THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY

ASTOUNDING TO ME.

IF I HADN'T BEEN WILLING TO

GO ALONG, IF I HAD ALLOWED

MY EXPECTATION TO OVERRULE

THIS BUSINESSMAN WHO WANTED

TO GIVE ME NOODLES, IF I

DIDN'T SEE THAT THIS WAS A

WAY TO BE A BLESSING -- OPEN

YOURSELF TO GOD'S INFINITE

POTENTIAL.

HE HAS WAYS THAT AREN'T YOUR

WAY.

HE HAS THOUGHTS THAT AREN'T

YOUR THOUGHTS.

SO IF YOU'RE PRAYING FOR

YOUR NEED, MAKE SURE YOU'RE

LISTENING, AND MAKE SURE YOU

CAN FOLLOW THROUGH AND YOU

CAN BE A BLESSING TO OTHER

PEOPLE.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, WELL THEN

YOU'LL HAVE PROVISION.

WELL, WE ALWAYS LOVE

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS, SO

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR

US, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO

TO OUR Facebook PAGE.

YOU CAN ASK THEM THERE.

OR YOU CAN GO TO THE

INTERACTIVE WEBSITE.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES

WHERE IF YOU WANT YOUR

QUESTIONS ANSWERED, WE LOVE

TO DO IT.

Terry: WELL,

MR. NOODLE, COMING UP, AN

EX-NAVY SAILOR WHO BECAME A

BANK ROBBER.

TO ME, THE SAME MICRO

SOLUTION WAS TO ALL OF MY

PROBLEMS.

THIS WAS A QUICK, EASY WAY

TO GET MONEY.

Terry: FIND OUT HOW

THIS OUTLAW WENT FROM

ROBBING BARS TO STUDYING FOR

THE BAR.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS HIS

AMAZING STORY.

IT'S NEXT.

Gordon: SEAN HOPWOOD

HAD A LENGTHY RAP SHEET.

11 YEARS IN PRISON.

TODAY YOU WON'T FIND SEAN

BREAKING THE LAW.

YOU'LL FIND HIM PRACTICING

IT.

HERE IS HIS STORY.

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BACK THAT I DON'T HAVE

REMORSE OVER THE DESTRUCTION

THAT I CAUSED.

Reporter: SEAN HOPWOOD

GREW UP IN THE SMALL TOWN OF

DAVID CITY, NEBRASKA.

HE NEVER E FEL FELT LIKE HE

MEASURED UP.

AFTER FLUNKING OUT OF

COLLEGE AND SERVING TWO

YEARS IN THE NAVY, HE WAS

BACK HOME.

I WOKE UP EVERY MORNING

HAVING NO PLAN WHATSOEVER,

AND YOU THROW IN SOME

ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND

DEPRESSION, IT WAS A RECIPE

FOR DISASTER.

Reporter: SO IT WASN'T

A HARD SELL WHEN A FRIEND

BROUGHT UP THE IDEA OF

ROBBING BANKS.

TO ME, IT SEEMED LIKE THE

MICRO SOLUTION TO ALL OF MY

PROBLEMS BECAUSE I HAD NO

MONEY, I HAD NO JOB, AND

THIS WAS AN EASY, QUICK WAY

TO GET MONEY.

WE WOULD WEAR COVERALLS AND

A MASK AND A HARD HAT.

Reporter: .

F.B.I. LEARNED THE IDENTITY

OF THE MEN BEHIND THE MASKS,

AND SEAN RECEIVED AN 11-YEAR

SENTENCE FOR HIS PART IN THE

ROBBERIES.

HE SHAMED HIS FAMILY, AND

HIS PARENTS HOPED THIS WOULD

BE HIS WAKEUP CALL.

HIS MOTHER PRAYED

DILIGENTLY.

SHE CONTINUED TO PRAY FOR

ME EVERY DAY, EVEN WHEN

THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT

I WOULD EVER BECOME SAVED.

Reporter: BUT SEAN

WASN'T INTERESTED IN A

JAILHOUSE CONVERSION.

HIS WORK ASSIGNMENT IN THE

PRISON LIBRARY WAS KEEPING

HIM OCCUPIED.

HE BECAME FAR MORE SKILLED

AT THE FINER POINTS OF LAW

THAN HE EVER WAS AT BREAKING

IT.

I STARTED WRITING MEMOS

FOR OTHER PRISONERS AND

EVENTUALLY STARTED WRITING

LEGAL BRIEFS.

I ENJOYED WRITING OUT THE

ANSWER IN THE FORM OF A

LEGAL BRIEF.

Reporter: THE FIRST

PETITION HE FILED FOR A

FELLOW INMATE MADE IT ALL

THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE 1% OF THE CASES THEY

DECIDE TO HEAR.

FOR AN INDIGENT PRISONER

FILING WITHOUT A LAWYER, IT

WAS A 1% CHANCE OF 1%.

IT WAS THE FIRST THING I HAD

DONE IN LIFE THAT WAS

CHALLENGING AND THAT I

ACTUALLY HAD SUCCESS AT.

Reporter: HE ALSO

STARTED EXCHANGING LETTERS

WITH ANNIE, A WOMAN HE KNEW

FROM HIS HOME TOWN.

WHEN SEAN WAS RELEASED FROM

PRISON, HE KNEW TWO THINGS

FOR SURE: HE WANTED TO EARN

A LAW DEGREE, AND HE WANTED

TO MARRY ANNIE.

I WENT TO MY

SISTER-IN-LAW, BORROWED AN

ENGAGEMENT RING FROM HER AND

DECIDED THAT I COULDN'T

REALLY MAKE A GRAND PROPOSAL

BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE THE

MONEY TO DO THAT.

Reporter: SEAN HAD

SERVED HIS TIME AND WAS

READY TO START A NEW LIFE

WITH ANNIE, BUT HE STILL

STRUGGLED WITH WHAT HE HAD

DONE AND HOW THE ROBBERIES

AFFECTED HIS VICTIMS.

NO ONE WAS PHYSICALLY

HURT, BUT I SURE SCARED

PEOPLE.

Reporter: SEAN DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO GET PAST THE

GUILT, BUT HE TRIED TO PUT

IT BEHIND HIM AND GET ON

WITH HIS LIFE.

HE CALLED A FAMILY MINISTER

AND ASKED HIM TO PERFORM HIM

AND ANNIE'S WEDDING.

HE SAID, SURE, BUT FIRST

YOU HAVE TO DO MARRIAGE

COUNSELLING.

I WON'T MARRY YOU

OTHERWISE.

THE FIRST DAY WE SAT DOWN,

WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT

MARRIAGE AT ALL.

HE JUST LAID OUT THE GOSPEL

AND ASKED US WHAT WE

BELIEVED.

Reporter: SEAN REALIZED

THAT BEFORE HE COULD MOVE ON

WITH HIS LIFE, THERE WAS

SOMETHING HE NEEDED TO DO.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT ALL

OF THE THINGS I HAD DONE,

ALL OF MY INADEQUACIES.

AND THAT I NEEDED JESUS

BAD.

I JUST REMEMBER PRAYING,

PRAYING FOR FORGIVENESS.

PRAYING THAT JESUS WOULD

FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS.

IT FELT LIKE A WEIGHT WAS

OFF MY SHOULDERS.

THE GUILT AND THE SHAME.

Reporter: TODAY SEAN

AND ANNIE ARE MARRIED WITH

TWO KIDS.

HE GRADUATED FROM THE

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

SCHOOL OF LAW WITH A JURIS

DEGREE.

HE WILL SOON BEGIN CLERKING

FOR THE U.S. COURT OF

APPEALS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

I BELIEVE

WE THROW PEOPLE IN PRISON

AND WAIT FOR A MIRACLE TO

OCCUR, BUT WE KNOW THAT

DOESN'T HAPPEN.

I FEEL LIKE GOD HAS GIVEN ME

THIS POSITION FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

Reporter: AS A FATHER,

SEAN NOW UNDERSTANDS GOD'S

LOVE FOR HIM.

A FATHER'S LOVE,

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO,

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

REJECTED.

THAT'S THE KIND OF LOVE I

TRY TO HAVE WITH MY OWN

KIDS.

THEY MAY NOT LISTEN.

THEY MAY RUN OFF AND BE VERY

DISOBEDIENT, BUT AT THE END

OF THE DAY, I'M GOING TO

LOVE THEM REGARDLESS.

I THINK THAT GIVES -- I KNOW

THAT GIVES ME PEACE.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT MOST

CHRISTIANS FEEL, IS LOVE AND

PEACE.

Gordon: YOU CAN HAVE

THE SAME THING.

WE'RE WATCHING THIS STORY

AND WE'RE SAYING, IT IS

ONLY -- NORMALL GOD.

NORMALLY FELONIES PREVENT

YOU FROM HAVING ANY CAREER

IN THE LAW.

ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT KIND OF

CHANGE, THAT KIND OF

RESTORATION.

REALIZE WITH HIM, HE STILL

THINKS OF YOU AS HIS CHILD.

THE ONE THAT HE LONGS TO

HEAR YOUR VOICE.

HE WANTS TO HAVE THIS

RELATIONSHIP.

HE LOVED YOU INFINITELY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TRUST

HIM.

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

SO LET'S GO BACK OVER TO

JESSICA.

GORDON, RICHARD

WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY FOR MY

SON.

RECENTLY I'VE NOTICED THAT

HE HAS A LOT OF MONEY AND

YET HE HAS NO JOB.

I AM WORRIED HE IS STEALING

OR SELLING DRUGS FOR MONEY.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

CONVICT HIM AND HE WILL GET

A JOB AND WORK HARD LIKE

EVERYONE ELSE."

AMY SAYS, "MY HUSBAND IS

ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND WAYS

TO MAKE MORE MONEY.

HE TAKES HIS SALARY AND

SPENDS IT ON THE LOTTO, COCK

FIGHTING, OR ONLINE

GAMBLING.

AND HE IS BECOMING AN

ADDICT.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS TO

STOP."

AND ADAIR SAYS, "I HAVE

FAMILY MEMBERS FIGHTING OVER

MONEY.

IT SADDENS ME TO SEE THEM

ALL FIGHTING.

PLEASE PRAY THEY REALIZE THE

FULL VALUE OF FAMILY AND NOT

FOCUS ON THE VALUE OF

MONEY."

IF YOU ARE WATCHING AND YOU

NEED A FINANCIAL

BREAKTHROUGH, JOIN WITH US

IN PRAYER.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK

YOU THAT YOUR WORD SAYS, DO

NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE

GOING TO EAT OR WHAT YOU'RE

GOING TO DRINK OR WHAT

YOU'RE GOING TO WEAR.

LOOK AT THE BIRDS OF THE

AIR.

THEY DON'T SOW OR REAP OR

STORE IN BARNS, YET YOUR

FATHER FEEDS THEM.

THE FATHER FEEDS THEM.

AND AREN'T WE MORE VALUABLE

THAN THEY?

FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT WE

ARE SO PRECIOUS TO YOU, AS

YOUR SONS AND YOUR

DAUGHTERS, AND THAT YOU HEAR

OUR NEEDS.

YOU SEE THE DISNE DESIRES

OF OUR HEARTS.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP

EVERYONE WHO IS IN A

FINANCIAL CRISIS.

FATHER, PEOPLE WHO ARE

STRUGGLING TO STEWARD THEIR

FINANCES, WHO ARE LOST IN

ADDICTIONS.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU COME

AND YOU BRING BREAKTHROUGH.

THE BREAKTHROUGH THAT ONLY

YOU CAN GIVE, LORD.

FATHER, WE ASK FOR DOORS TO

BE OPENED FOR JOB

OPPORTUNITIES, THAT YOU'LL

GIVE THEM WISDOM, LORD, ON

HOW TO PREPARE, WRITING

RESUMES, AND TALKING TO THE

RIGHT PEOPLE.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU COME

IN AND THAT YOU PROVIDE

BECAUSE YOU ARE OUR GOOD

PROVIDER.

YOU ARE OUR JEHOVAH JIREH,

AND YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT

FOR US.

WE THANK YOU, AND WE PRAY

ALL OF THESE THINGS IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

GORDON?

Gordon: IF YOU NEED

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

JUST CALL US.

1-800-759-0700.

1-888-777-1999.

STILL TO COME, A MOTHER WHO

CAN'T AFFORD MUCH.

I DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH

MONEY TO BUY BREAD.

AND SOMETIMES I CAN'T AFFORD

ELECTRICITY, EITHER.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

LIGHTS NOW STAY BRIGHT, WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Terry: FRANKY AND GRACE

ARE TWIN BROTHERS, AND BOTH

WORK HARD TO HELP THEIR

SINGLE MOM.

AND YET THE FAMILY HAS A

TOUGH TIME EVEN GETTING

ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT.

Reporter: LIKE MOST

TWINS, FRANKY AND GREY LOVE

HANGING OUT AND PLAYING

TOGETHER.

BUT ASK THEM ABOUT THEIR

MOM, AND THEY GET VERY

SERIOUS.

FRANKY WORRIES ABOUT HOW

HARD HIS MOM HAS TO WORK.

MY MOM CLEANS PEOPLE'S

HOUSES.

I KNOW SHE WORKS HARD

BECAUSE SHE IS REALLY TIRED

WHEN SHE GETS HOME.

Reporter: THE TWINS ARE

11 YEARS OLD.

GREY, THE OLDER TWIN BY A

FEW MINUTES, WONDERS WHAT HE

CAN DO TO MAKE THINGS EASIER

FOR HIS MOM.

I WANT TO GROW UP BIG AND

STRONG, SO I CAN HELP HER

WITH MY MUSCLES.

Reporter: LOURDES

BECAME A SINGLE MOTHER AFTER

SHE WAS FORCED TO LEAVE HER

HUSBAND BECAUSE OF ABUSE.

I DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH

MONEY TO BUY BREAD.

AND SOMETIMES I CAN'T AFFORD

ELECTRICITY, EITHER.

ONCE WE WERE GOING THROUGH A

VERY HARD TIME.

I WENT TO THE WORD OF GOD,

TO THE 23rd PSALM, AND I

KNEW HE WAS WITH US AT ALL

TIMES.

Reporter: WHEN WE

LEARNED ABOUT THE FAMILY'S

SITUATION, WE ENROLLED

LOURDES IN AN "OPERATION

BLESSING" BAKING WORKSHOP,

WHERE SHE LEARNED TO MAKE

BREAD AND PASTOR TREES.

PASTRIES.

WE THEN HELPED HER LAND A

JOB AT A BAKERY, WHICH

PROVIDES MONEY FOR FOOD AND

OTHER LIVING EXPENSES.

I LIKE THAT MY MOM WORKS

AT THE BAKERY.

THE BREAD SHE MAKES IS

DELICIOUS.

NOW MY MOM SPENDS MORE TIME

WITH US.

Terry: AN OPPORTUNITY

TO CHANGE LIVES, THAT'S WHAT

FALLS INTO THE LAP OF PEOPLE

WHO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB"

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE DO

HERE.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO DO

THAT.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS JUST

ONE OF THE MANY ARMS OF

MINISTRY REACHING TAU OUT

TO THE WORLD.

CALL RIGHT NOW,

1-888-777-1999.

OR LOG ON TO CBN.COM.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS WORD FROM 1

TIMOTHY: "FOR THE LOVE OF

MONEY IS AT THE ROOT OF ALL

KINDS OF EVIL, AND SOME

PEOPLE CRAVING MONEY HAVE

WANDERED FROM THE TRUE FAITH

AND HAVE PIERCED THEMSELVES

WITH MANY SORROWS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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