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700 Club Interactive: Unbroken - Dec. 15, 2014

The incredible true story of the Olympic hero who met Hitler – and then became a war hero who survived shark-infested waters. Hear the “unbroken” tale of Louis Zamperini you won’t see on the big screen! Read Transcript


Gordon: THE TRUE STORY

OF AN OLYMPIC HERO AND A WAR

HERO.

I OPENED UP MY EYES AND

I'M IN A LITTLE CELL.

Gordon: THE UNBROKEN

TALE OF LOUIE ZAMPORINI.

YOUR ATHEISM ISN'T GOING

TO HELP 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.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HOLLYWOOD IS BUZZING ABOUT

"UNBROKEN."

IT IS THE NEW MOVIE DIRECTED

BY ANGELINA JOLIE THAT COMES

OUT ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

EARLY REVIEWS SAY THIS IS A

MUST-SEE.

THERE IS ALREADY TALK THAT

THE FILM WILL BE NOMINATED

FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD.

THE MOVIE IS THE REAL-LIFE

STORY OF OLYMPIC RUNNER AND

WORLD WAR II HERO, LOUIE

ZAMPORINI.

HE IS NO LONGER WITH US.

BACK IN 2003, OUR OWN ANDREW

KNOX SAT DOWN WITH THE

LEGEND TO HEAR HIS HORROWING

STORY OF SURVIVAL.

OUR STORY ALSO INCLUDES A

PART YOU WON'T SEE IN THE

THEATERS, AND WE THINK IT'S

THE BEST PART.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: LOUIE'S LIFE

SEEMED TAILOR-MADE FOR THE

BIG SCREEN.

FROM A REBELLIOUS YOUTH --

I'M ALWAYS FIGHTING.

-- TWO A COLLEGE TRACK

CAR.

I GOT A CALL FROM THE

OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.

Reporter: AFTER H HIS

BOMBER CRASHED IN WORLD WAR

II, HE SPENT 47 DAYS LOST AT

SEA, ONLY BE TO CAPTURED BY

THE ENEMY.

UNIVERSAL DECIDED IT WAS

TIME TO TELL HIS STORY IN

THE FILM "UNBROKEN."

IN 2003, I INTERVIEWED

LOUIE, AND I FOUND OUT HIS

JOURNEY TO FAITH IN HIS OWN

WORDS IS OWN MORE

EXTRAORDINARY.

SO YOU WALK INTO HIS HOME,

KNOWING ABOUT THIS AMAZING

LIFE, AND LOUIE REALLY IS A

COMBINATION OF GENTLITY AND

SWEETNESS, AND YET THERE IS

A REAL TOUGHNESS THERE,

OBVIOUSLY, AND IT SHINES

THROUGH IN HIS LIFE.

TOUGHNESS THAT WAS TESTED

WHILE DRIFTING IN THE

PACIFIC.

HE TOLD US, I DON'T CARE

WHAT YOUR VIEW ON GOD IS, IF

YOU'RE IN A RAFT AT SEA WITH

NO FOOD AND SEEMINGLY NO

HOPE OF BEING RESCUED, YOU

WILL PRAY.

YOU'R YOUR ATHEISM ISN'T

GOING TO HELP YOU HERE.

ALL WE DID ON THE RAFT WAS

PRAY, MORNING, NOON, AND

NIGHT.

Reporter: WHEN LOUIE

WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE

RAFT WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER

WEEK, HE SEEMED DETERMINED

TO DO WHAT HE NEEDED TO

SURVIVE.

I THINK HIS FRUSTRATION WAS

THE GENTLEMEN WITH HIM IN

THE RAFT WERE NOT AS

CONFIDENT THEY WERE GOING TO

GET OUT OF THE SITUATION.

I THINK IT TESTED PATIENCE.

TO HEAR HIM TALK THAT AN AL

BBARTRAS WAS OVER HIS HEAD,

AND HE MADE THE DECISION WE

NEED TO EAT THAT.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS

THAT ARE NOT PART OF OUR

FOOD CHAIN, BUT WHEN YOU'RE

STARVING, YOU EAT IT.

EVENTUALLY, ANOTHER ALBATRAS

LANDED, AND THIS ONE WE

DEVOURED LIKE A HOT FUDGE

SUNDAE.

FOR 47 DAYS HE IS LOST AT

SEA, AND THEN HE IS

CAPTURED, AND THROWN INTO A

TINY, TINY CELL.

I CAME FROM THE VAST

PACIFIC, AND WHEN I OPEN MY

EYES, I'M IN A LITTLE CELL.

Reporter: THEY WERE

VERBALLY ABUSE HIM, THROW

THINGS AT HIM, MOCK HIM.

YOU NEVER SEE PRISONERS,

SO YOU CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THEY

LINE UP IN FRONT OF YOUR

CELL.

LINED UP LIKE THEY'RE GOING

TO A MOVIE PREMIERE, AND

EVERY ONE OF THEM IS EITHER

THROWING STUFF AT YOU, AND

HERE YOU ARE 65 POUNDS.

YOU'VE GOT CONSTANT

DIARRHEA.

YOU'RE STARVED.

THEY THROW A RICE BALL, AND

IT FALLS ON THE FLOOR AND

YOU SPEND HOURS PICKING UP

EVERY GRAIN, MIXED IN WITH

THE DIRT.

Reporter: WITH ALL

LOUIE HAD TO ENDURE, IT

SEEMED THE THING ON THE DAY

WE TALKED, WHAT SADDENED HIM

THE MOST WAS BEING IN THAT

LITTLE CELL, MOCKED BY HIS

ENEMIES.

Reporter: BY THE END OF

1944, THE JAPANESE TOOK

ADVANTAGE OF THEIR FAMOUS

PRISONER'S STAR POWER.

PROVING LOUIE WAS ALIVE, HE

REFUSED TO READ A SECOND

BROADCAST FILLED WITH

JAPANESE PROPAGANDA.

I SAID, THERE IS NO WAY I

CAN READ THIS.

BECAUSE OF THAT, I'M SENT TO

A SLAVE LABOR CAMP.

AND THE DOOR OPENED, AND OUT

STEPPED THE BIRD.

Reporter: THE BIRD, ONE

OF THE LEADERS OF THIS CAMP,

FOR VARIOUS REASONS,

INCLUDING THE FACT LOUIE WAS

AN OLYMPIAN, THE BIRD MADE

LOUIE HIS TARGET AND MADE

HIS LIFE MISERABLE WITH

TORTURE.

ONCE LOUIE FINALLY GOT AWAY

FROM THE BIRD, HE FINDS

HIMSELF BACK IN HIS PRESENCE

WEEKS LATER OUT OF

PUNISHMENT BECAUSE HE

WOULDN'T DO THIS RADIO

BROADCAST.

THAT BUCKLED ME.

AND THEN IT STARTED ALL OVER

AGAIN, AND EVEN WORSE.

Reporter: THIS CONFLICT

IS DRAMATICALLY DEPICTED.

BY DIRECTOR ANGELINA JOLIE.

BUT AS THE FILM AND THE WAR

CONCLUDES, LOUIE'S INTERNAL

STRUGGLE INTENSIFIES.

I THINK MANY OF US HEAR

LOUIE'S STORY AND WE BREATHE

A SIGH OF RELIEF, THE WAR IS

OVER AND LOUIE IS BACK

HOME.

WE THINK, LOUIE, YOU'RE

HOME, YOU'RE RESCUED,

EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

BUT IN MANY WAYS, THE

EMOTIONAL JOURNEY FOR HIM

REALLY KICKED IN.

AND IN OUR CONVERSATION,

WHAT HE WAS EXPRESSING WAS

SOME OF HIS MOST PAINFUL

MOMENTS WERE WHEN HE WAS

BACK ON AMERICAN SOIL.

Gordon: WELL, WHEN WE

COME BACK, WE'RE GOING TO

SHOW THAT.

I'VE GOTTEN A SNEAK PREVIEW

OF THE MOVIE THAT I AGREE IS

A MUST-SEE.

BUT THE MOVIE LEAVES OUT

WHAT HAPPENS TO LOUIE AFTER

HE COMES HOME, AND HIS

NIGHTMARE CONTINUES.

WAKING UP SCREAMING,

STRANGLING FROM THE BIRD,

AND ONE NIGHT I ACCIDENTALLY

STRANGLED MY WIFE IN MY

DREAM.

Gordon: SEE THE PART OF

LOUIE'S STORY THAT THE MOVIE

LEAVES OUT.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: AFTER WORLD WAR

II, LOUIE RETURNS HOME TO A

HERO'S WELCOME.

BUT THE MEMORY OF SOMEONE

ELSE CAME HOME WITH HIM,

TOO, HIS WAKING NIGHTMARE,

THE BIRD.

IN OUR CONVERSATION, LOUIE

SIMPLY SAID, THE WAR IS

OVER.

I'M HOME.

I'M DONE.

I'M BACK.

AND IN THE VERY NEXT THING

OUT OF HIS MOUTH WAS, BUT

THE NIGHTMARES, THE

NIGHTMARES EACH AND EVERY

NIGHT.

HE COULDN'T GET THE BIRD OUT

OF HIS HEAD.

AND NOW I GOT MARRIED AND

I HAVE A LITTLE GIRL, AND

I'M STILL SUFFERING

NIGHTMARES.

WAKING UP SCREAMING, AND

STRANGLING THE BIRD.

ONE NIGHT I ACCIDENTALLY

STRANGLED MY WIFE IN MY

DREAM, AND SHE GOT SCARED.

Reporter: IT AMAZED ME

THAT FROM ALL OF THE

SURVIVAL SKILLS HE HAD, THE

ONE SU SURVIVAL SKILL HE

DIDN'T HAVE WAS HOW TO COPE

WITH HIS PAIN, SO HE DID IT

OUWITH ALCOHOL.

IT AFFECTED HIS

RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS

FAMILY, AND CERTAINLY

AFFECTED HIS RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIS GOD, WHOM HE

REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE, EVEN

WITH ALL OF THOSE PRAYERS.

EVEN WITH ALL OF THE THINGS

LOUIE BATTLED AND OVERCAME,

IT WAS WHAT WAS GOING ON IN

HIS HEART THAT PROVED TO BE

THE BIGGEST ENEMY.

I FIGURED THE MORE I

DRANK, THE BETTER I WOULD

SLEEP AT NIGHT.

I WENT OUT EVERY NIGHT

GETTING DRUNK, AND MY WIFE

REFUSED TO GO WITH ME.

MY WIFE DECIDED ON A

DIVORCE.

AND SOMEBODY TALKED HER TO

GO SEE A NEW EVANGELIST,

BILLY GRAHAM.

AND HE TALKS ABOUT ONE

PERSON, AND ONE PERSON ONLY,

THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST,

FOR 30 MINUTES.

HE READ THE SCRIPTURES.

Reporter: LOUIE'S

SALVATION EXPERIENCE IS ONE

OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL I

HAVE HEARD.

HE IS LISTENING TO BILLY

GRAHAM TALK, AND HE SAID,

WOW, I THOUGHT BACK TO BEING

IN THAT RAFT, AND THAT CELL,

ALL OF THE PRAYERS I SAID

AND ALL OF THE PROMISES I

MADE.

AND I DIDN'T KEEP ANY OF THE

PROMISES.

GOD GOT ME HOME AND I HAD

FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEM.

ALL OF THOSE THOUSANDS

AND THOUSANDS OF PRAYERS --

GOD, SPARE MY LIFE FROM THE

WAR AND I'LL COME BACK AND

SEEK YOU AND SERVE YOU.

AND I NEVER KEPT ONE

PROMISE.

Reporter: HE SAID HE

ACCEPTED JESUS IN HIS HEART

AND NEVER HAD A NIGHTMARE

AGAIN.

I GOT UP OFF OF MY KNEES,

AND I KNEW I WAS STILL

GETTING DRUNK.

I KNEW IT.

AND I ALSO KNEW I FORGOT THE

BIRD.

AND PROOF OF THAT IS I HAD

NIGHTMARES EVERY NIGHT ABOUT

THE BIRD, SINCE THE WAR AND

AFTER THE WAR.

AND THE NIGHT I MADE MY

DECISION FOR CHRIST, I

HAVEN'T HAD A NIGHTMARE

SINCE.

Reporter: HE SAID HE

KNEW HE WAS DONE DRINKING,

AND HE SAID HE KNEW HE

FORGAVE THE BIRD.

AND TO TRAVEL BACK TO JAPAN

AND MEET MANY OF THE MEN WHO

MADE HIS LIFE SO HORRENDOUS

AND TO FORGIVE THEM ALL,

WHAT A LESSON FOR US ALL.

THIS FILM WAS 40 OR 50 YEARS

IN THE MAKING.

I REMEMBER HIM TELLING US

WHEN WE MET HIM, HE HAD

ALREADY, YEARS BEFORE,

LICENSED THIS TO BE FILMED

FOR THE BIG SCREEN.

AND IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO

GET THERE.

AND THE FILM DOES AN AMAZING

JOB OF SHOWING US WHAT LOUIE

WENT THROUGH.

I HOPE PEOPLE CAN WATCH OUR

INTERVIEW WITH LOUIE AND SEE

THE TYPE OF MAN HE WAS AND

WHAT GOD REALLY DID IN HIS

LIFE.

I BELIEVE IN ALL MY HEART

THAT ALL THINGS WORK

TOGETHER FOR GOOD FOR THOSE

WHO LOVE THE LORD, FOR THOSE

WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO

HIS PURPOSE.

CHRIST TELLS US IN THE

SCRIPTURE, I AM THE WAY, I

AM THE TRUTH, AND I AM THE

LIGHT.

CHRIST IS THE WAY TO GOD.

HE IS THE WAY AND THE

TRUTH.

PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SEEKING

TRUTH.

WELL, THE TRUTH IS CHRIST.

AND HE IS THE LIFE.

BUT I THINK OUR ETERNAL LIFE

STARTS NOW BY FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST.

SO THAT IS THE STRENGTH WE

LIVE BY, AND DEATH NO LONGER

HAS A STAND, NOT TO THE

CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: WHAT I HOPE

PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM

WATCHING LOUIE'S STORY IS

DETERMINATION CAN GO A VERY

LONG WAY.

AND SEE THE REDEEMING LOVE

OF GOD, THAT JESUS GOT LOUIE

THROUGH MANY SITUATIONS, AND

WAS VERY PATIENT IN WAITING

FOR LOUIE TO FINALLY

ACKNOWLEDGE HIM.

LOOK AT THE MODEL OF

FORGIVENESS.

WHAT ARE WE HOLDING AGAINST

PEOPLE THAT WE WON'T FORGIVE

THEM, AND THIS MAN GOES BACK

AND FORGIVES HIS CAPTORS,

THE MEN WHO TORTURED HIM?

AN AMAZING EXAMPLE FOR ALL

OF US.

Gordon: TRANS

TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF

THE GOSPEL.

WHAT HAPPENED IN LOUIE'S

LIFE, THE PRAYERS HE MADE ON

THAT RAFT, DRIFTING IN THE

PACIFIC OCEAN, HE FINALLY

CAME THROUGH ON THEM, TO

SAY, OKAY, JESUS, I'M HOME

NOW.

I'M ON SOLID GROUND.

I'M NO LONGER CAPTIVE, BUT

I'M STILL CAPTIVE WITH THE

MEMORY OF IT.

COULD YOU SET ME FREE?

AND IN AN INSTANT HE KNEW

THAT HE WAS DONE, THAT HE

WAS DONE HOLDING ON TO IT.

HE WAS ABLE TO FORGIVE THEM

ALL.

HE WAS DONE DRINKING.

HIS LIFE HAD CHANGED.

AND THAT SAME CHANGE IS

AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOU DO

THE SAME THING THAT LOUIE

DID.

WHICH IS TO HUMBLE YOURSELF,

TO BOW YOUR KNEE AND SAY,

JESUS, I CAN'T DO THIS.

BUT WITH YOUR HELP, I CAN.

YOU CAN DO IT.

YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE IT.

YOU HAVE ALREADY SHOWN THE

WAY.

COME INTO MY HEART, CHANGE

ME, MAKE ME NEW AGAIN.

AND YOU'LL GET THE SAME

RESULT.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, LOUIE'S STORY, WHILE

IT HAPPENED IN WORLD WAR II,

IS OF INTEREST TO US TODAY

BECAUSE WE'VE GOT BOTH SIDES

OF THE STORY.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE HAVE

RETURNING VETERANS COMING

BACK FROM IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN.

WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH THE

SAME POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDERS THAT LIEU WEIGH

WAS GOING THROUGH.

AND THE TRAGEDY IN TODAY'S

AMERICA IS THAT THEY'RE

COMMITTING SUICIDE IN RECORD

NUMBERS.

AND WE NEED TO REACH OUT AND

HELP THEM AND LET THEM KNOW

THAT THERE IS HOPE FOR THEM,

THAT IF LOUIE COULD CHANGE,

IF LOUIE COULD LOSE THE

NIGHTMARES, THAT THEY CAN,

TOO.

ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TO

TAKE THE SAME STEP.

THE OTHER SIDE OF IT IS,

UNFORTUNATELY, AMERICA HAS

ENGAGED IN TORTURE.

WHAT WE CONDEMN THE NAZIS

FOR, WHAT WE CONDEMN THE

JAPANESE FOR, WE'RE DOING

AND HAVE DONE.

WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO

THAT.

TORTURE HAS NO PART IN THE

AMERICAN DREAM.

YOU DON'T OVERCOME EVIL WITH

EVIL.

YOU OVERCOME EVIL WITH

GOOD.

AND WE NEED TO SHOW PEOPLE

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN WHAT THE TERRORISTS

ARE DOING AND WHAT WE'RE

DOING.

AND YOU DON'T DO THAT BY

WHATEVER EUPHEMISM YOU WANT

TO PUT ON IT, ENHANCED IN

INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES IS

STILL TORTURE.

AND WE ALL KNOW IT DOESN'T

WORK.

WHAT IT DOES DO IS LEAVE

PERMANENT SCARS, NOT JUST ON

THE PERSON TORTURED, BUT

ALSO ON THE TORTURER.

THE UNTOLD STORY HERE IS

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE

BIRD.

WELL, BIRD COULDN'T EVEN

FACE LOUIE.

WHEN LOUIE CAME TO FORGIVE

HIM, THE BIRD SAYS, I CAN'T

EVEN MEET WITH YOU.

I CAN'T EVEN BE AROUND YOU.

YOU REMIND ME OF HOW

HORRIBLE I WAS.

THIS TORTURE HAS BOTH

SIDES.

AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND

THAT AND SAY NEVER AGAIN.

WELL, THE MOVIE IS COMING

OUT.

IT'S CALLED "UNBROKEN."

IT OPENS IN THEATERS ON

CHRISTMAS DAY.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEE IT.

I THINK YOU'LL BE INSPIRED

BY IT.

BUT IT WILL ALSO CAUSE YOU

TO THINK ABOUT A LOT OF

THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN

AMERICA TODAY.

AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

LAST-MINUTE STOCKING

STUFFER, YOU CAN GET THE

BEST-SELLING BOOK ON LOUIE'S

LIFE.

IT'S CALLED "UNBROKEN," AND

IT'S BY AUTHOR LAURA

HILDENBRAND AND IS AVAILABLE

IN STORIES NATIONWIDE.

STILL AHEAD, A FIGHTER PILOT

WHO CRASHED AFTER HE LEFT

THE MILITARY.

YOU HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE

SAY GOD IS MY CO-PILOT.

THAT'S ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

GOD IS MY PILOT.

HE GIVES ME THE SKILLS TO

FLY.

HE WAS ALWAYS PRESENT IN MY

COCKPIT.

Gordon: HEAR HOW MARK'S

PILOT SAVED HIS LIFE.

UP NEXT.

Gordon: IT HAS BEEN

SAID BY MANY PILOTS THAT

FLYING IS THE SECOND

GREATEST THRILL ON EARTH,

AND LANDING IS THE FIRST.

WELL, MARK HARDING KNOWS

FROM EXPERIENCE BECAUSE WHEN

HIS PLANE STARTED LOSING

ALTITUDE OVER HOT SPRINGS,

ARKANSAS, ANY LANDING WOULD

DO.

33 YEARS OF FLYING SINGLE

ENGINE FIGHTERS ALL OVER THE

WORLD, NEVER HAVING TO SHOOT

ANYBODY, AND I'M ALIVE AND

I'M DOING WELL.

I NEVER HAD TO EJECT OUT OF

AN AIRPLANE.

I'VE HAD PARTS AND PIECES

FALL OFF AIRPLANES LIKE

THINGS DO, BUT THEY TRAIN US

WELL ENOUGH.

TO BE ABLE TO LAND AN

AIRPLANE WITHOUT AN ENGINE

ON A RUNWAY, YOU'RE READY.

YOU'RE READY.

Reporter: MARK HARDING

AND HIS WIFE ATTRIBUTE HIS

YEARS OF SAFETY WHILE FLYING

FIGHTER JETS IN THE AIR

FORCE TO TWO THINGS: HIS

MILITARY TRAINING AND GOD'S

HAND OF PROTECTION.

I CAN HONESTLY SAY I

NEVER WAS AFRAID.

I WAS IN CONSTANT

COMMUNICATION WITH GOD WHEN

HE WAS UP IN THE AIR.

SAYING, ALL RIGHT, YOU'RE

WITH HIM NOW.

I DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT

THAT OR WORRY ABOUT THAT.

YOU HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE

SAY GOD IS MY CO-PILOT.

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

GOD IS MY PILOT.

HE GIVES ME THE SKILLS TO

FLY.

HE WAS ALWAYS PRESENT IN MY

COCKPIT.

Reporter: MARK RETIRED

FROM THE AIR FORCE IN 2011,

BUT HE HAD A HARD TIME

STAYING OUT OF THE COCKPIT.

HE TRAINED TO BECOME AN

AERIAL FIREFIGHTER, FLYING A

MODIFIED CROP DUSTER.

IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

I WAS VERY PROUD OF HIM.

VERY HAPPY TO BECOME THE

WIFE OF AN AIRBORNE

FIREFIGHTER.

I THINK IT WAS THE SECOND

AIR DROP THAT I DID, AND I

MISDROPPED, AND I WAS A

LITTLE LATE.

AND THREE DAYS LATER I FOUND

OUT IT WASN'T A LATE DROP AT

ALL.

IT WAS BASICALLY GOD'S DROP,

WHERE THERE WAS A FIREMAN IN

A BULLDOZER WHO WAS TRAPPED

AND LOST HIS RADIO AND

THINGS, AND BECAUSE OF ALL

OF THE SMOKE OF THE FIRE, HE

COULDN'T COMMUNICATE WITH

ANYBODY.

AND I HIT HIM RIGHT ON THE

HEAD, AND HE SAW WHAT HE

NEEDED TO DO AND BACKED

OUT.

THAT'S WHEN I THOUGHT, I'M

RIGHT WHERE GOD NEEDS ME TO

BE.

Reporter: IN THE SUMMER

OF 2011, MARK'S FLIGHT GROUP

WAS CALLED TO FIGHT FIRES IN

ARKANSAS.

AFTER SEVERAL LONG DAYS OF

SUCCESSFUL DROPS, MARK TOOK

OFF AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME

SOMETHING WENT VERY WRONG.

I'M CLIMBING OUT, AND THE

TREES ARE DISAPPEARING, AND

I'M LOOKING FOR TRAFFIC,

LEFT AND RIGHT, AND GOING TO

START MY TURN IN A LITTLE

BIT, AND THAT'S WHEN THE

WORLD CHANGED.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE AIRPLANE

DROPS AND I LOST ABOUT

75 FEET OF ALTITUDE.

AND INSTEAD OF HAVE A CLEAR

COCKPIT, NOW IT IS FULL OF

TREES.

Reporter: HE DUMPED THE

WATER, HOPING THE PLANE

WOULD RESPOND AND RISE UP.

IT DIDN'T.

I KNOW I'M OVER THE

TOWN.

HOUSES ARE GOING UNDER ME.

THERE IS NO WAY THIS

AIRPLANE IS GOING TO

OUTCLIMB THIS.

Reporter: MARK LOOK FOR

A PLACE TO CRASH THE PLANE.

HE SAW A SMALL BACKYARD, BUT

KNEW IT WOULD TAKE A MIRACLE

TO AVOID HITTING HOUSES AND

HURTING PEOPLE ON THE

GROUND.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO

HAVE TO CRASH AND NOT TAKE

ANOTHER HOUSE OUT.

I'M DOING 80 MILES PER

HOUR.

IT IS NOT LIKE THIS THING

JUST STOPS.

Reporter: MARK'S TALE

SECTION GLANCED OFF A POWER

LINE, HELPING HIM TOWARDS

HIS TARGET.

THEN HE CRASHED HARD,

DESTROYING THE PLANE.

I HIT THE SIDE OF THE

AIRPLANE WHERE THE ROLL BARS

WERE.

NOW I'M BLACKED OUT.

I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING BECAUSE

I'VE TAKEN PART OF THE

BACKYARD OUT.

I'M SLIDING, AND I DON'T

KNOW WHERE OR WHATEVER.

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT

JUST STOPPED.

Reporter: HE THREW OPEN

THE DOOR AND GOT OUT OF THE

PLANE UNHURT.

THE WATER AND FOAM PREVENTED

ANYBODY FROM GETTING HURT.

MEANWHILE, COLLEEN GOT A

CALL THAT MARK THAT

CRASHED.

WHEN I HEARD THE WORDS,

THERE HAS BEEN A CRASH, MARK

HAS CRASHED, I WOULD BE

LYING IF I SAID I DIDN'T

THINK, WELL, HE'S DEAD.

BUT I FELT LIKE SUCH A PEACE

WASHING OVER ME.

IN A MOMENT YOUR LIFE

CHANGES.

BUT IN THAT INSTANT GOD HAS

HOLD YOU.

AND HE HAD HOLD OF ME.

I KNOW THE ANGELS WERE

AROUND ME, AND THEY DID A

FANTASTIC JOB TO GET ME TO

THAT LAST PLACE.

WHEN I WENT BACK A COUPLE OF

DAYS LATER, ABOUT THREE DAYS

LATER, I LOOKED AT THE SITE

AND I WAS STANDING IN THE

STREET, JUST CRYING.

I'M GOING, HOW DID YOU GET

THAT AIRPLANE WITH ANOTHER

TREE OFF TO THE SIDE IN THAT

BACKYARD?

GOD HAS GOT TO GET THE GLORY

ON HIS ONE BECAUSE I DID MY

PART, BUT I COULDN'T PUT

THAT AIRPLANE BACK IN THAT

HOLE.

I COULDN'T.

WHEN I SAT THERE AND LOOKED

AT THAT SPOT, I THOUGHT,

MARK, YOU'RE NOT THAT GOOD.

I'M GOOD, BUT I'M NOT THAT

GOOD.

GOD WAS TOTALLY INVOLVED IN

WHAT WAS GOING ON.

HE WAS THE PILOT IN THAT

AIRPLANE, TO PUT IT WHEN HE

WANTED ME TO PUT IT.

MY JOB WAS JUST TO FLY THE

AIRPLANE.

Reporter: THE REASON

THE PLANE SUDDENLY LOST

ALTITUDE IS STILL UNDER

INVESTIGATION.

MARK AND COLLEEN SAY THEY

ARE GRATEFUL FOR GOD'S GREAT

LOVE AND PROTECTION THROUGH

IT ALL.

WE'RE FOREVER IN AWE OF

HOW HE HAS WORKED ON OUR

LIVES, AND EXCITED ABOUT

WHAT HE HAS IN THE FUTURE

BECAUSE IF YOU CAN SURVIVE A

PLANE CRASH, LIKE MARK DID,

THEN GOD HAS SOMETHING EVEN

GREATER FOR US.

TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO

LIVE ON THIS EARTH, TO

IMPACT LIVES FOR GOD, IS A

BLESSING.

BUT TO KNOW HE IS THAT

MERCIFUL AND THAT GRACIOUS

AND THAT LOVING THAT HE

WOULD SACRIFICE HIS SON FOR

SOMEBODY LIKE ME, IT BLOWS

ME AWAY.

SO WHILE I'M ON HIS EARTH,

WHAT CAN I DO FOR GOD?

BECAUSE WHAT HE HAS GIVEN

ME, LIFE IS TOO BEAUTIFUL

AND TOO SHORT NOT TO DO

THAT.

BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT LIFE

WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT GOD.

I'M SO BLESSED THAT HE IS

THE FOCAL POINT OF MY LIFE.

Gordon: AND HE CAN BE

THE FOCAL POINT OF YOUR LIFE

IF YOU JUST LET HIM.

IF YOU JUST ASK FOR IT.

THAT SAME GUIDANCE CAN BE

YOURS, THE SAME ASSURANCE

THAT YOU'RE HIS.

IF YOU WANT PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU AND WE'RE HERE

FOR YOU 24 HOURS A DAY,

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, WE'VE GOTTEN A FEW

PRAYER REQUESTS FROM OUR

FRIENDS ON Facebook, SO

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA AT

THE CHAT DESK.

GORDON, WE'VE GOT SOME

PRAYER REQUESTS IN.

CHRISTY WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR OUR DAUGHTER, VIVIENNE,

WHO IS STILL IN THE

HOSPITAL.

SHE RECENTLY RECEIVED A

HEART TRANSPLANT AT 10 WEEKS

OLD AND NEEDS PRAYER FOR HER

LUNGS.

I PRAY ALL DAY LONG FOR HER,

EVEN WHEN HE TAKES SEVERAL

STEPS BACK AND MY HEART

STARTS TO BREAK.

SHE HAS ONLY LEFT THE

HOSPITAL TWO DAYS IN HER

THREE MONTHS OF LIFE.

SHE NEEDS PRAYERS, PLEASE."

AND DANIEL WRITES IN, "MY

WIFE ABANDONED MY CHILDREN

AND ME ON THANKSGIVING

MORNING.

I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD THAT

MISSES HER SO MUCH.

WE STILL HAVEN'T HEARD FROM

HER AT ALL.

PLEASE PRAY FOR

RESTORATION.

THAT IS CORRECT."

AND MARY RIGHTS IN, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY DAUGHTER,

CRISTINA.

SHE IS LOSING HER SIGHT

BECAUSE THE RIGHT EYE'S

RETINA HAS DETACHED.

SHE HAS ALREADY HAD THREE

SURGERIES."

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND YOU

HAVE A PRAYER NEED OR KNOW

SOMEONE WHO DOES, JOIN WITH

US.

AND YOU CAN POST YOUR

PRAYERS ON Facebook, ALSO,

LIKE THESE VIEWERS AND WE'RE

HAPPY TO PRAY WITH YOU.

LET'S GO TO PRAYER.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE JUST

THANK YOU, GOD, THAT WE HAVE

SEEN IN THOSE LAST TWO

TESTIMONIES, THAT, LORD,

WHEN WE ARE IN OUR DARKEST

PLACE THAT YOUR WORD SAYS

YOU NEVER LEAVE US OR

FORSAKE US.

THAT IN OUR DARKEST MOMENTS,

THAT YOU ARE THERE, GOD.

YOU NEVER ABANDON US.

AND, LORD, YOU HAVE HEARD

THE CRIES OF CHRISTY FOR HER

DAUGHTER VIVIENNE.

LORD, SUCH A PRECIOUS

CHILD.

AND, LORD, WE THANK YOU THAT

YOUR DESIRE TO HEAL THIS

CHILD IS EVEN GREATER THAN

OUR OWN.

FALTERFATHER, WE ASK THAT

ERY KINGDOM COME AND YOUR

WILL BE DONE, LORD, THAT YOU

RESTORE HEALTH TO THIS CHILD

SO THAT YOU WILL BE

GLORIFIED.

FATHER, WITH A MIRACLE LIKE

THIS, ONLY YOU GET THE

GLORY.

SO, GOD,WE COME INTO

AGREEMENT WITH YOUR WILL AND

WE THANK YOU FOR HER

HEALING.

FOR DANIEL WHO IS

HEARTBROKEN OVER HIS ISSUES

WITH HIS WIFE AND LEAVING,

FATHER, WE ASK FOR

RESTORATION.

AND FOR HEALING FOR

CRISTINA'S EYES.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM 2

CORINTHIANS: "THEREFORE IF

ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A

NEW CREATION.

OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED

AWAY.

BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE

BECOME NEW."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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