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700 Club Interactive: Beating the Odds - March 18, 2015

A child of thalidomide tells us why she’s ‘unarmed but dangerous’! Read Transcript


I JUST LOVE THE GIFT OF

I JUST LOVE THE GIFT OF

DRAWING.

Gordon: A CHILD OF

THALIDAMIDE.

I WAS BORN WITHOUT ARMS

AND IMPAIRED USE OF MY

LEGS.

Gordon: HER LIFE...

OUTSIDE WAS HARD.

I HAD TO FIT IN.

Gordon: AN

INSPIRATIONAL STORY.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS

THROUGH CHRIST, WHO

STRENGTHENS ME.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

Gordon: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: 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 "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

TODAY YOU'RE GOING TO MEET

PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEFIED

INCREDIBLE ODDS.

LIKES TAWANA WILLIAMS.

SHE IS AN AMAZING ARTIST,

AND WHAT MAKES IT MORE

AMAZING IS SHE WAS BORN

WITHOUT ARMS.

Terry: HER ARTISTIC

TALENT SOON TOOK A BACK SEAT

TO ANOTHER PASSION: SMOKING

CRACK COCAINE.

DRUGS BECAME A WAY FOR

TAWANA TO FIT IN WITH THE

CROWD AND GET THE ACCEPTANCE

SHE SO DESPERATELY CHANGED.

THEN ONE DAY HER LIFE WAS

INSTANTLY CHANGED.

I JUST LOVE THE GIFT OF

DRAWING.

IT SOOTHES ME.

IT RELAXES ME.

IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT

WHO I AM.

I WAS BORN WITHOUT ARMS AND

IMPAIRED USE OF MY LEGS

BECAUSE OF THE DRUG

THALIDAMIDE THAT WAS GIVEN

TO MY MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS

PREGNANT WITH ME.

Reporter: FOR MOST OF

HER LIFE, TAWANA WILLIAMS

WAS DETERMINED TO PROVE SHE

WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE

ELSE.

BUT AS A CHILD, IT WAS

HARD.

GROWING UP, IT WAS TOUGH

FOR ME.

AT HOME WAS GOOD.

THE HOME SETTING WAS GOOD.

THE LOVE, THE SUPPORT.

BUT OUTSIDE WAS HARD.

I HAD TO FIT IN.

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

IF THEY DID IT, I WANTED TO

DO WHAT THEY DID.

I BECAME A FOLLOWER.

I STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA

AND DRINKING.

Reporter: IN HIGH

SCHOOL, SHE LEARNED THAT

FOLLOWING OTHERS ALSO CAME

AT A COST.

ONE NIGHT A FRIEND INVITED

HER TO A PARTY.

SHE DIDN'T TELL HER IT WAS

AT A CRACK HOUSE.

SMOKE WAS EVERYWHERE.

THE ROOM WAS FULL OF SMOKE.

AND MY GIRLFRIEND SAID,

TAWANA, TRY IT.

IT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU FEEL

GOOD.

SHE PUT THE CRACK PIPE TO MY

MOUTH, HELD IT, LIT THE

LIGHTER, AND IT WAS OVER.

THE FIRST HIT, I WAS

HOOKED.

Reporter: THE ADDICTION

QUICKLY TOOK OVER TAWANA'S

LIFE, DERAILING THE DREAMS

SHE HAD FOR HER FUTURE.

I DID NOT PURSUE THE

COLLEGE AND THE ASPIRATIONS

THAT I HAD IN MY HEART, AND

KNOWING WHAT I WANTED TO

DO.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO STOP.

I JUST GOT STUCK IN MY

LIFE.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

SHE GOT PREGNANT BY A MAN

SHE WAS DATING.

TAWANA WAS TERRIFIED.

I WAS AFRAID TO HAVE

HER.

BECAUSE I THOUGHT SHE WOULD

BE BORN LIKE ME.

HONESTLY.

WHEN SHE WAS IN MY STOMACH,

I WAS, LIKE, SHOULD I ABORT

THIS BABY?

OR SHOULD I HAVE THIS BABY?

Reporter: FOR THE SAKE

OF HER BABY, SHE STAYED OFF

THE DRUGS.

AND HER DAUGHTER, APRIL, WAS

BORN HEALTHY.

HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE

CARE OF HER?

I DON'T HAVE ARMS?

HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE CARE

OF A BABY?

BUT I DID IT.

I FIGURED IT OUT.

Reporter: THOUGH TAWANA

WAS A GOOD MOTHER, SHE STILL

STRUGGLED WITH OCCASIONALLY

GETTING HIGH.

EVENTUALLY SHE STARTED

DATING A CHILDHOOD FRIEND,

TOBY, WHO WAS ALSO IN THE

AIR FORCE.

SHE SAW BEYOND HER PHYSICAL

APPEARANCE AND HER

ADDICTION.

I REALLY DIDN'T LOOK AT

HER AS NOT HAVING ARMS.

I LOOKED AT HER AS BEING

ANOTHER PERSON.

I KNOW SHE WAS A GOOD PERSON

ON THE INSIDE.

Reporter: THEY TALKED

ABOUT MARRIAGE, BUT HE TOLD

TAWANA SHE HAD TO GET CLEAN

FIRST.

HE KEPT TALKING TO ME.

HE KEPT PRAYING FOR ME.

IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, I

KNEW THAT ONE DAY I WOULD BE

SET FREE, THAT IT WOULD BE

OVER, THE DRUGS WOULD BE

HISTORY FOR ME.

I KNEW IT.

Reporter: WHEN TOBY WAS

DEPLOYED TO SAUDI ARABIA FOR

30 DAYS, HE GAVE TAWANA

MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF BILLS

WHILE HE WAS AWAY, BUT THE

TEMPTATION BECAME TOO

GREAT.

I BETRAYED TOBY.

THE TEMPTATION WAS TOO

MUCH.

I WAS FIGHTING TO NOT GET

HIGH, BUT I DID IT.

Reporter: WHEN TOBY

RETURNED HOME, TAWANA

COULDN'T WITHHOLD THE

TRUTH.

HE KNEW.

WHEN HE LOOKED ME IN THE

EYES, TOBY KNEW.

HE KNEW.

THAT NIGHT WE CRIED AND WE

PRAYED.

AND I CRIED OUT TO GOD.

I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'RE REAL,

YOU'VE GOT TO HELP ME.

I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE.

I SAID, I WANT YOU TO EITHER

KILL ME IN MY SLEEP OR

DELIVER ME FROM THIS

LIFESTYLE, FROM THESE DRUGS,

FROM THIS CRACK ADDICTION.

I HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD

THAT NIGHT AND WENT TO

SLEEP, AND IT WAS DONE.

THE ADDICTION WAS DONE.

GOD DELIVERED ME INSTANTLY.

Reporter: TAWANA NEVER

TOUCHED DRUGS AGAIN.

SHE AND TOBY WERE MARRIED.

THEY ALSO STARTED GOING TO

CHURCH, AND TAWANA

SURRENDERED HER LIFE TO

CHRIST.

I STOOD AND I CAME TO

HIM.

I GAVE MY LIFE TO CHRIST.

AND I TOLD HIM THAT I NEEDED

HIM.

MORE THAN EVER.

AND I DID.

I DID.

ONCE SHE GAVE HER LIFE TO

CHRIST, I KNEW WE WAS ON THE

RIGHT TRACK.

AND I WAS, LIKE, SHE GOT

IT.

SHE FINALLY GOT IT.

Reporter: SHE STARTED

TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH GOD

LOVED HER.

I REALIZED THAT GOD WAS

THERE ALL OF THE TIME.

AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHO

HE WAS.

BUT HE WAS THERE.

Reporter: TAWANA SAID

SHE HAS FOUND A TRUE

ACCEPTANCE AND PURPOSE

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN I REALIZED THAT I

COULD DO ALL THINGS THROUGH

CHRIST, WHO STRENTHENED ME,

THAT RESONATED IN MY HEART

IN IN MY LIFE AND IN MY

SPIRIT.

AND THAT'S WHO I AM.

I'M UNARMED, BUT I'M

DANGEROUS.

Gordon: UNARMED BUT

DANGEROUS.

WHEN SHE REALIZED, WHEN IT

RESONATED WITH HER THAT SHE

CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH

CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS HER,

THAT WAS THE BREAKTHROUGH.

THAT WAS THE POINT WHERE ALL

OF THE HANDICAP, ALL OF THE

ADDICTION, ALL OF THAT

THOUGHT PROCESS PASSED

AWAY.

AND A NEW TAWANA WAS BORN.

SO OFTEN WHEN WE LOOK AT

THINGS, LIKE HER LIFE, AND

YOU START SAYING, THIS IS

HOPELESS, HOW CAN THIS BE?

WHAT HAPPENED HERE?

AND IN THE BIBLE, THE

DISCIPLES DID THE SAME

THING.

YOU LOOK AT JOHN CHAPTER 9,

THE STORY OF A MAN BORN

BLIND.

AND AS JESUS PASSED BY HIM,

HIS DISCIPLES ASKED HIM, AND

THEY SAID, WHO SINNED HERE?

WAS IT HIM OR HIS PARENTS?

THAT HE WAS BORN BLIND.

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

AND THEY WERE GETTING INTO A

THEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT BECAUSE

THAT WAS THEIR -- THERE HAS

TO BE SOME SIN FOR THIS

GREAT THING TO HAVE HAPPENED

TO HIM.

AND WAS THIS A SIN THAT HE

WAS GOING TO COMMIT AFTER HE

WAS BORN, OR WAS IT A SIN

THAT HIS PARENTS COMMITTED?

AND IN EITHER SIDE OF THAT,

YOU GO, WHAT'S THE FAIRNESS

HERE?

WHY SHOULD HE BE JUDGED FOR

WHAT HIS PARENTS DID, OR WHY

SHOULD HE BE JUDGED AT BIRTH

FOR WHAT HE MAY DO IN HIS

LIFE?

I LOVE THE ANSWER JESUS

GAVE.

NEITHER THIS MAN NOR

HIS PARENTS SINNED, BUT THAT

THE WORKS OF GOD SHALL BE

REVEALED IN HIM.

WHEN YOU START THINKING

ABOUT WHATEVER OBSTACLE

YOU'RE FACING, WHATEVER HAS

HAPPENED TO YOU, WHATEVER

INJUSTICE HAS HAPPENED TO

YOU, YOU START THINKING THIS

HAPPENED SO THE GLORY OF GOD

COULD BE REVEALED IN ME.

HERE IS A THOUGHT FOR YOU:

JESUS ASKS US TO PRAY, AND

HE SAID, PRAY THIS WAY: THAT

GOD'S WILL WOULD BE DONE ON

EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

AND THAT GIVES US A VERY

DEFINITE CLUE THAT GOD'S

WORD IS NOT ALWAYS BEING

DONE ON EARTH, BUT THE

WONDERFUL NEWS IS THAT HE

HAS EMPOWERED US TO PRAY,

THAT HIS WILL WOULD BE DONE,

THAT HIS GLORY WOULD BE

REVEALED ON EARTH AS IT IS

IN HEAVEN.

NOW, START THINKING ABOUT

HEAVEN.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE A BIRTH

DEFECT?

IS ANYBODY OPPRESSED?

IS ANYBODY ADDICTED?

THE ANSWER IS NO.

SO THAT'S GOD'S WILL.

AND WE'RE AUTHORIZED TO PRAY

IT HERE ON EARTH.

NOW, ALL OF US GO THROUGH

TROUBLE.

ALL OF US HAVE PROBLEMS.

AND HERE IS WHAT THE APOSTLE

PAUL SAID ABOUT IT IN 2

CORINTHIANS: "WE DO NOT LOSE

HEART.

AND THOUGH OUR OUTER MAN IS

THE KING --" AND ANYBODY WHO

IS AGING YOU KNOW -- "YOUR

OUTER MAN IS THE KING, AND

YET OUR INNER MAN IS BEING

RENEWED DAY BY DAY.

BECAUSE THE MOMENTARY LIGHT

OF AFFLICTION IS PRODUCING

FOR US AN ETERNAL LIFE

BEYOND ALL COMPARISON.

WHY DO WE LOOK AT THE THINGS

THAT ARE SEEN, BUT THE

THINGS THAT ARE NOT SEEN.

THE THINGS THAT ARE SEEN ARE

TEMPORAL, BUT THE THINGS

THAT ARE NOT SEEN ARE

ETERNAL."

WHEN YOU GET YOUR EYES ON

HEAVEN, WHEN YOU GET YOUR

EYES ON JESUS, AND START

ASKING THIS QUESTION: HOW

CAN GOD'S GLORY BE

REVEALED?

HOW CAN HEAVEN BE REVEALED

ON EARTH THROUGH ME?

HOW CAN JESUS, THE AUTHOR

AND THE FINISHER OF MY

FAITH, HOW CAN HE WORK

THROUGH THIS?

HOW CAN HE BE GLOR NIDE

GLORIFIED TODAY IN ME.

THIS VERSE CAN BE TRUE FOR

YOU: I CAN DO ALL THINGS

THROUGH CHRIST, WHO

STRENGTHENS ME.

IF YOU NEED HELP TODAY, IF

YOU NEED PRAYER, IF YOU NEED

ENCOURAGEMENT AND YOU NEED

YOUR FAITH TO BE STIRRED,

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, STILL TO

COME, A MOM RECEIVES A

FRIGHTENING PHONE CALL ABOUT

HER 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

I WAS TERRIFIED.

SHE HAD NEVER SHOWED SIGNS

THAT SOMETHING MIGHT BE

WRONG.

SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HEALTHY

AND ACTIVE.

Terry: SEE HOW YOU

HELPED CALM HER FEARS.

PLUS, WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU, SO DON'T GO

AWAY.



Terry: MRS. YANG IS A

SINGLE MOTHER WHO EARNS ONLY

$70 A MONTH.

SO WHEN SHE FOUND OUT HER

TEENAGED DAUGHTER NEEDED

HEART SURGERY, SHE

PANICKED.

UNTIL VIEWERS LIKE YOU

OFFERED TO HELP.

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

Reporter: IT WAS THE

MOST FRIGHTENING PHONE CALL

MRS. YANG EVER RECEIVED.

HER 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAD

PASSED OUT AT SCHOOL AND HAD

BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

I WAS TERRIFIED.

SHE HAD NEVER SHOWN SIGNS

THAT SOMETHING MIGHT BE

WRONG.

SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HEALTHY

AND ACTIVE.

Reporter: A DOCTOR

DIAGNOSED DAMING WITH

A SERIOUS HEART CONDITION.

THEY TOLD ME HEALTHY

PEOPLE'S HEARTS BEAT AN

AVERAGE OF 50 TO 60 TIMES A

MINUTE.

BUT MY DAUGHTER'S HARD WAS

BEATING 150 TIMES A MINUTE.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

ASKED DAMING TO REDUCE ALL

FAVORITE ACTIVITIES,

INCLUDING CHINESE TABLE

HARP.

AT FIRST SHE REFUSED TO

STOP.

I WAS ALWAYS A STRAIGHT

"A" STUDENT, SO I DIDN'T

LISTEN TO WHAT THE DOCTORS

SAID ABOUT HOW SERIOUS MY

HEART PROBLEM WAS.

I JUST DECIDED TO WORK AS

HARD AS EVER.

BUT PRETTY SOON MY HEART

HURT SO MUCH, AND MY BODY

GOT SO WEAK AND TIRED THAT I

HAD TO GIVE EVERYTHING UP.

Reporter: DAMING NEEDED

HEART SURGERY, BUT MRS. YANG

COULDN'T AFFORD IT.

SHE IS A SINGLE MOM AND ONLY

MAKES $70 A MONTH.

I BURST OUT CRYING

BECAUSE THE HEART SURGERY

WOULD COST OVER $3,000.

Reporter: AS TIME WENT

ON, DAMING'S HEART CONDITION

ONLY GOT WORSE.

AND THEN SOMEONE AT THE

HOSPITAL PUT MRS. YANG IN

TOUCH WITH CBN.

THAT WAS THE BEST PHONE CALL

SHE EVER RECEIVED.

CBN TOLD ME THEY WOULD

HELP MY DAUGHTER WITH THE

SURGERY.

Reporter: DOCTORS

REPAIRED HER HEART, AND

TODAY SHE CAN WALK BACK

AND FORTH TO SCHOOL WITH NO

PROBLEMS.

AND SHE CAN PLAY HER TABLE

HARP AGAIN.

I HOPE ONE DAY I CAN COME

TO AMERICA AND MEET THE

PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME.

I WILL PLAY THE CHINESE

TABLE HARP AS A WAY OF

SAYING THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU

HAVE DONE.

Terry: NO MATTER WHERE

YOU HAVE HEART SURGERY, IT

IS EXPENSIVE.

BUT WHEN YOU MAKE $70 A

MONTH, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

THIS LITTLE GIRL'S LIFE WAS

ON THE LINE.

AND THEN YOU, IF YOU'RE A

"700 CLUB" MEMBER, CAME

RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF

THAT NEED AND YOU GAVE HER

LIFE, REALLY, AND HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

AND WHAT A BURDEN LIFTED

FROM THE SHOULDERS OF HER

SINGLE MOM.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

AND WE WANT YOU TO KNOW

THAT'S THE KIND OF WORK CBN

IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

IF YOU'RE NOT A PART OF WHAT

WE'RE DOING, WHETHER IT IS

SURGERY OR BRINGING CLEAN

DRINKING WATER TO PEOPLE, OR

EDUCATING CHILDREN WHO HAVE

NO HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, OR

HELPING ORPHANS -- AND THE

WORK GOES ON AND ON AND

ON -- THEN YOU'RE REALLY

MISSING OUT.

BECAUSE YOU AND I CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE WHEN WE PARTNER

TOGETHER.

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A

CLUB.

FOR 65 CENTS A DAY, $20

A MONTH, YOU CAN BECOME A

MEMBER.

YOU CAN DO IT BY CALLING OR

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LOGGING ON TO CBN.COM.

BUT DO SOMETHING TODAY TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

CALL OR LOG ON AND SAY, I

WANT TO JOIN "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WE SAY THANK YOU.

GORDON?

Gordon: WELL, WE HAVE

SOME PRAISE REPORTS FROM

VIEWERS ON Facebook WHO

HAVE BEATEN THE ODDS AND

LEARNED HOW TO DO ALL THINGS

THROUGH CHRIST WHO

STRENGTHENS THEM.

SO LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA

AND CHAT.

GORDON, FIRST WE HAVE

SUSAN WHO WRITES, "WHEN I

WAS 19, A DOCTOR TOLD ME I

WOULD BE IN A WHEELCHAIR AND

NOT BE ABLE TO WALK.

I TOLD THE DOCTOR HE WAS

WRONG.

I'VE STRUGGLED MY ENTIRE

LIFE WITH SPINAL ISSUES, BUT

I AM STILL UPRIGHT AND

WALKING.

I WILL BE 62 THIS MONTH.

I AM PRAISING GOD FOR

HELPING ME BEAT THAT

DOCTOR'S DIAGNOSIS."

DOMINIQUE WRITES, "I WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE FORM

OF DWARFISM.

ONLY ROUGHLY ABOUT 60 PEOPLE

IN THE U.S. HAVE THIS.

I KNOW I WAS MADE FOR A

SPECIAL PURPOSE, AND THAT

GOD HAS AMAZING PLANS FOR

ME.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET MY

DISABILITY SLOW ME DOWN FROM

WHAT GOD IS DOING, AND WHAT

THE LORD HAS CALLED ME TO

DO."

GORDON?

Gordon: THOSE ARE

WONDERFUL REPORTS.

IF YOU HAVE A PRAISE REPORT

YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO OUR

Facebook PAGE AT "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" ON Facebook,

AND POST YOUR STORY THERE.

UP NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO BE

PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

FAMILY.

BUT, FIRST, HEAR FROM A

COUPLE WHO WERE TOLD TO

TERMINATE THEIR PREGNANCY.

I SAID, WELL, I'LL DEAL

WITH WHATEVER COMES.

HE SAID, YOU SAY THAT NOW,

BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW HARD

IT REALLY IS GOING TO BE.

Gordon: HOW THEY WON

THE BATTLE FOR THEIR SON'S

LIFE, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: IDA WENT TO

EIGHT DIFFERENT DOCTORS, AND

THEY ALL SAID THE SAME

THING.

ULTRASOUNDS SHOWED THAT

IDA'S UNBORN CHILD HAD A

HEART THAT WAS TOO SMALL.

THE DOCTORS SUGGESTED AN

ABORTION.

BUT IDA AND HER HUSBAND TOOK

A DIFFERENT APPROACH.

Reporter: OCTOBER 17,

2008, WAS IDA'S BIRTHDAY.

SHE AND HER HUSBAND, JOHN,

WERE EXPECTING THEIR SECOND

CHILD.

AND THE COUPLE HAD GONE IN

FOR A ROUTINE ULTRASOUND.

THEY LOOKED A LITTLE BIT

CONCERNED ABOUT ONE ISSUE,

AND THEY WANTED TO FIND OUT

MORE ABOUT THAT.

Reporter: AS THE COUPLE

PREPARED TO GO TO DINNER

THAT NIGHT TO CELEBRATE

IDA'S BIRTHDAY, THEY

RECEIVED A CALL FROM IDA'S

DOCTOR, WHO INFORMED HER

THAT HER SON HAD HYPOPLASTIC

LEFT HEART SYNDROME.

WE OPENED UP THE COMPUTER

AND WE JUST STARTED ALL OF

THESE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT THE

CONDITION IS, AND IT WAS

HORRIBLE NEWS.

WE WERE DEVASTATED.

THE DOCTORS WERE SPEAKING

TO US ABOUT ALL OF THE

DIFFERENT CHROMEZONAL

ISSUES.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

EVEN SUGGESTED TO IDA THAT

SHE CONSIDER TERMINATING HER

PREGNANCY.

I SAID, YOU KNOW, WE'RE

NOT GOING TO TERMINATE THIS

BABY.

I CAN'T IMAGINE DOING THAT.

I SAID, WELL, I'LL DEAL WITH

WHATEVER COMES.

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS.

AND HE SAID, YOU SAY THAT

NOW, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW

HARD IT REALLY IS GOING TO

BE.

Reporter: THAT EVENING

IDA'S FATHER, WHO WAS OUT OF

TOWN ON BUSINESS, TURNED ON

"THE 700 CLUB."

I HAPPENED TO TURN ON THE

TELEVISION, AND THE END OF

"THE 700 CLUB" PROGRAM WAS

ON.

AND TERRY MEEUWSEN WAS

SPEAKING AT THE END OF THE

PROGRAM.

Terry: SOMEBODY ELSE,

YOU'VE JUST GOTTEN A

DIAGNOSIS, YOU'RE PREGNANT,

BUT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG

WITH YOUR BABY.

IT HAS EVEN BEEN SUGGESTED

THAT YOU CONSIDER ABORTING.

BUT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU,

TRUST ME.

HAVE FAITH.

WHAT THEY'RE TELLING YOU IS

THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHILD

IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

TRUST GOD.

Reporter: GEORGE CALLED

IDA, AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND

WENT ONLINE TO WATCH AND

CLAIMED IT FOR THEIR BABY.

OVER THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS,

THEY ASKED THE CBN PRAYER

PARTNERS TO STAND WITH THEM

IN PRAYER.

EVERY TIME THERE WAS A

DOUBT, GOD WOULD PLACE

SOMEONE WITH ENCOURAGING

WORDS OR WITH A BIBLE VERSE,

AND I KNEW GOD WAS SPEAKING

TO ME.

Reporter: AS IDA'S

PREGNANCY ADVANCED, DOCTORS

WARNED HER TO PREPARE FOR A

SERIES OF SEVERAL SURGERIES

AFTER BIRTH.

THEY WERE SUGGESTING WE

NEED TO DO A THREE-STAGE

SURGERY ON HIM TO MAKE ALL

OF HIS HEART WORK ONLY FROM

THIS RIGHT SIDE.

SO EVERY ULTRASOUND WE WENT

TO, THEY WOULD PRETTY MUCH

SAY THE SAME THING.

Reporter: BUT THE

COUPLE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE

GOD.

NO MATTER WHAT THESE

TESTS WERE SHOWING AT THE

DOCTORS' OFFICES, MY DOCTOR

WAS BIGGER THAN THESE

TESTS.

HE GAVE US THAT PROMISE THAT

HE WAS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF

HIM AND HEAL HIM.

MY PRAYER WAS

SPECIFICALLY, LORD, GIVE

THIS CHILD A WHOLE HEART SO

HE CAN WHOLEHEARTEDLY

SERVE YOU IN THE FUTURE.

Reporter: LITTLE JOHN

WAS BORN, AND DOCTORS

PREPARED THE COUPLE FOR WHAT

WAS AHEAD.

THE WHOLE ISSUE WAS THE

MITTRAL VALVE.

AND THEY SAW THE MITRAL

VALVE WAS SMALLER THAN IT

SHOULD BE.

THERE WAS ABOUT A SIX-DAY

WAITING PERIOD BEFORE THE

SURGERY WAS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

I ASKED ONE OF THE PEDIATRIC

CARDIOLOGISTS IF THEY WOULD

DO ANOTHER ECHOGRAM THE

NIGHT BEFORE.

AND HE SAID THERE WAS NO

NEED TO DO IT BECAUSE THE

MITRAL VALVE DOESN'T GROW.

Reporter: THE NEXT DAY

JOHN WENT INTO SURGERY AND

HE WAS TAKEN OFF THE

MACHINES AFTER JUST 20

MINUTES.

HE SAID, EVERYTHING IS

GOING TO BE FINE.

I ASKED HIM, WHAT ABOUT THE

MITRAL VALVE?

AND HE SAID IT MEASURED AT

LEAST A NINE MILLIMETER, SO

IT WAS A LITTLE LARGER THAN

WHAT WE EXPECTED IT TO BE.

WE WERE REJOICING.

THERE IT IS.

THE LORD SAID IT IS NOT

GOING TO BE WHAT THE DOCTORS

SAID IT IS.

Reporter: TODAY LITTLE

JOHN IS A PERFECTLY HEALTHY

4-YEAR-OLD.

IDA AND JOHN SAY THEIR

EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT THEM

TO TRULY TRUST GOD.

THIS WHOLE PROCESS JUST

EXPLODED OUR FAITH, TO KNOW

THAT HE IS GOING TO DO IT.

WE ALWAYS KNOW HE COULD DO

IT, BUT NOW WE KNOW HE IS

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US.

WE DON'T LOOK AT OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

WE LOOK AT GOD, AND WE FOCUS

ON JESUS, AND HIM TELLING

US, HIS PROMISES IN THE

WORD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

WITH ME.

I'M WITH YOU ALWAYS.

AND HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US.

Gordon: YOU CAN JUST

SEE THE FAITH ON HER FACE,

WHERE SHE KNOWS THAT HER

REDEEMER LIVES.

SHE KNOWS.

AND THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES TO

GET THE BREAK-THROUGH

MIRACLE THAT YOU NEED.

STOP THINKING ABOUT THE

PROBLEM.

START THINKING ABOUT THE

SOLUTION.

START THINKING ABOUT WHAT

JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE.

IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO

BELIEVE THAT YOUR SINS ARE

FORGIVEN, YOU HAVE ALL OF

THE FAITH YOU NEED TO

RECEIVE HEALING INTO YOUR

BODY.

NOW, TERRY AND I ARE GOING

TO PRAY.

JESSICA IS GOING TO PRAY.

AND WE'RE GOING TO BELIEVE

GOD FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN TWO OR

MORE AGREE, TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE DONE

BY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF

JESUS.

YOU CAN DEPEND ON THEM.

YOU CAN TRUST THEM.

SO WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

AND I BELIEVE FAITH IS AN

ACT.

YOU CAN SEE IT.

AND YOU JUST SAW IT.

YOU CAN SEE IT, YOU CAN

TOUCH IT.

YOU CAN FEEL IT.

YOU CAN SENSE IT.

SO IN AN ACT OF FAITH, LAY

YOUR HAND ON THAT AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING.

AND WE'RE GOING TO AGREE.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TOUCH

IT.

AND WE'RE GOING TO BELIEVE

GOD.

AND THAT WILL BE YOUR

MIRACLE MOMENT.

RIGHT NOW DO THAT.

LAY HANDS ON IT, BELIEVING,

AND LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW, AND WE COME TO YOU

BELIEVING -- BELIEVING THAT

YOU SENT YOUR SON, BELIEVING

THAT YOU SO LOVED US THAT

YOU SENT HIM TO DIE FOR US.

SO WE BELIEVE THAT BY HIS

STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.

WE BELIEVE THAT HE HAS BORNE

AWAY ALL OF OUR INFIRMITIES,

ALL OF OUR SICKNESS, ALL OF

OUR PAIN.

WE BELIEVE IT NOW AND WE

RECEIVE IT NOW.

AND WE LAY HANDS ON THAT

AREA OF THE BODY THAT NEEDS

HEALING, AND WE SPEAK OUT

LOUD TO IT, BE HEALED AND BE

MADE WHOLE NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

TERRY, GOD HAS JUST GIVEN

YOU SOMETHING?

Terry: SOMEONE, YOU'VE

BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A VERY

SERIOUS BRAIN TUMOR, AND YOU

ARE SO WANTING HOPE BUT

FILLED WITH FEAR.

GOD HAS TAKEN CARE OF THIS

FOR YOU.

RELEASE IT TO HIM.

YOU ARE HEALED IN JESUS'

NAME.

AND SOMEONE ELSE, YOU HAVE

CHRONIC ULCERS IN YOUR

MOUTH.

GOD IS HEALING THAT FOR YOU

NOW.

THEY'LL NOT REOCCUR AGAIN.

Gordon: JESSICA?

I SAW AN IMAGE OF SOMEONE

WITH A LUMP IN THEIR BRAIN,

MAYBE A TUMOR.

AND I SAW SOMEONE WITH A

LUMP, IN THE BACK OF THEIR

HEAD, RIGHT HERE.

JUST CLAIM YOUR HEALING

RIGHT NOW.

THE LORD IS TOUCHING YOU.

AND ANYONE WITH SKIN DISEASE

OR SKIN CANCER, RECEIVE YOUR

HEALING RIGHT NOW.

THE LORD IS TOUCHING YOU.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'RE PRONE TO

SINUS TROUBLE AND IT IS

CAUSING INFLAMMATION AND

PAIN.

GOD IS HEALING YOU RIGHT

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME, JUST RECEIVE

IT.

WE PRAISE YOU FOR IT.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED, GIVE

US A CALL.

1-888-777-1999.

WE ALWAYS SHARE IN THE

WONDERFUL THINGS THAT GOD IS

DOING TODAY.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PHILLIPIANS: "I

CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH

CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS

ME."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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