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700 Club Interactive: I am Loosed – March 27. 2015

A young boy from the streets of Chicago tries to leave the gang life. Read Transcript


Andrew: A YOUNG BOY

Andrew: A YOUNG BOY

GROWING UP ON THE STREETS OF

CHICAGO.

A LOT OF NEGATIVE THINGS

GOING ON.

Andrew: HE NEEDED TO

PROVE HIMSELF TO SURVIVE.

I WAS ALWAYS READY TO

SHOW I WAS THE PREFERENCE.

Andrew: HOW HE FOUND A

WAY OUT ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

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Gordon: WELCOME TO THIS

SHOW.

TRENT DAVIS LIVED IN THE

FAST LANE.

HE RAN WITH GANGS AND THEN

RAN AWAY WITH COPS.

AND HE EVEN GOT A LITTLE

QUICK MONEY FROM DRUGS ON

THE SIDE.

Terry: FOR TRENT, THAT

WAS JUST A NORMAL PART OF

LIFE, GROWING UP ON THE

SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO.

HE NEVER SLOWED DOWN UNTIL

THE PAIN OF A BROKEN HEART

LED HIM TO A PATH

HE NEVER COULD HAVE

IMAGINED.

I GREW UP ON THE SOUTH

SIDE OF CHICAGO.

I WAS ABOUT 11 YEARS OLD

WHEN I STARTED TO BECOME

GANG AFFILIATED.

IT WAS WHAT MY OLDER BROTHER

WAS DOINGMENT IT WAS.

DOING.

I WAS THE TOUGHEST.

AND MY BROTHER GOT ME

SELLING DRUGS IN HIGH SCHOOL

OUT OF THE HOUSE.

THERE WAS A BACK WINDOW IN

THE HOUSE WHERE WE WOULD

SELL DRUGS AND STUFF.

IT WAS LIKE THE LITTLE,

QUICK MONEY, THE FAST

MONEY.

MY BROTHER CAME IN THE

HOUSE, ALONG WITH A FRIEND,

AND I COULD SEE THAT THEY

WERE KIND OF, YOU KNOW,

HISTORICAL.

I SEE LIGHTS, AND I LOOK,

AND ALL I SEE IS LIGHTS AND

GUNS HANGING OUT.

THE POLICE RAIDED THE

HOUSE.

AND THEY CAME IN AND THEY

WAS LOOKING FOR MY BROTHER,

AND THEY WAS LOOKING FOR A

GUN.

AND THEY THREW EVERYBODY ON

THE GROUND AND IT WAS TOTAL

CHAOS.

THEY TORE THE HOUSE UP.

I MOVED TO ENGELWOOD WITH MY

DAD AND I WAS STILL

ACTIVE.

I WAS KICKING WITH THE

FELLOWS, AND STUFF LIKE

THAT.

MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HAD A

KID ON THE WAY.

SHE CAME TO LIVE WITH MY DAD

AND I.

IF I WAS OUT AND I WOULD GET

A CALL, I WOULD CURSE HER

OUT.

I DIDN'T WANT ANYBODY

QUESTIONING ME ABOUT WHAT I

DID OR WHERE I WAS.

IT BECAME TOO MUCH, THE

RELATIONSHIP ENDED.

I REMEMBER FEELING SO

CRUSHED, IT HURT ME.

IT HURT MY HEART SO MUCH

THAT I STARTED PRAYING TO

GOD.

I WAS REALLY SEEKING GOD

DURING THIS TIME PERIOD.

I WAS READING MY BIBLE, I

WAS IN THE WORD, AND I

ACTUALLY FELL ASLEEP READING

THE BIBLE.

AND THE VOICE OF THE LORD

CAME TO ME AUDIBLY.

AND IT WAS AT NIGHT, AND HE

SAID, I'M GOING TO SAVE

TRENT.

AND HE SAID IT THREE TIMES.

I WAS LIKE I WANTED TO WAKE

UP AT THAT MOMENT, BUT IT

WAS JUST LIKE A PEACEFUL

SLEEP OVER ME.

I HEARD THE VOICE, BUT I

COULDN'T GET UP.

THE NEXT MORNING I WAS

THINKING GOD.

AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE

LIFESTYLE THAT I WAS LIVING,

AND THAT WAS HEADED DOWN.

AND THEN I THOUGHT ABOUT THE

GUYS THAT I KNEW GROWING

UP.

THEY LOST THEIR LIFE DURING

THE SAME THING.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME.

GOD SPARED ME.

AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON,

IT'S LIKE I COULD NOT DO

WHAT I WAS DOING ANYMORE.

I COULDN'T TALK ABOUT THE

GUNS AND THE DRUGS AND

EVERYTHING.

I COULDN'T GO OUT THERE AND

GANG-BANG ANYMORE.

I WAS MORE CONCERNED WITH

BEING IN THE

CHURCH, AND BEING AROUND

GODLY PEOPLE, TO BUILD A

STRONGER RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

AND EVEN GUYS I HUNG OUT

WITH, GUYS THAT I

GANG-BANGED WITH, EVEN THEY

NOTICED, SOMETHING IS

DIFFERENT ABOUT YOU.

I COMPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED

TO ME, AND WHY I AM THE WAY

I AM.

WE GO INTO NEIGHBORHOODS AND

TALK TO KIDS THAT ARE HEADED

DOWN THE WRONG PATH.

I THOUGHT MY STORY WOULDN'T

APPEAL TO THEM.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU

WEREN'T SHOT.

YOU HAD A BROKEN HEART.

BUT THEY, DUE, HAVE BROKEN

HEARTS.

THEY SAD ABOUT SOMETHING.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE

WITH BROKEN HEARTS, GIVE GOD

A TRY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

I BELIEVE A TRANSFORMATION

WILL COME IF THEY DILIGENTLY

GIVE IT TO GOD.

"THE LORD IS CLOSE TO THE

BROKENHEARTED, AND HE SAVES

THOSE WHO ARE CRUSHED IN

SPIRIT."

IF GOD CAN CHANGE ME, HE CAN

CHANGE YOU.

IF GOD CAN CHANGE ME, HE CAN

CHANGE ANY GANG-BANGER, ANY

THUG, ANYBODY.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE BEEN

IN.

Gordon: HE CAN SAVE

ANYBODY.

START REALIZING YOU WERE

MADE FOR SUPER NATURAL

EXPERIENCES.

YOU CAN HAVE THE SAME THING

TRENT HAD, THE SAME

EXPERIENCE THAT CHANGED

HIM.

SO OFTEN WE LOOK AT RELIGION

AS HERE IS SOMETHING I'VE

GOT TO DO.

AND I'VE GOT TO WALK THROUGH

ALL THESE RULES.

AND I'VE GOT TO DO THE RIGHT

THING.

BUT JESUS ISN'T --

CHRISTIANITY ISN'T THAT.

IT IS JESUS COMING TO YOU

AND SAYING, JUST AS HE SAID

TO TRENT, I WANT TO SAVE

YOU, TRENT.

I'M GOING TO SAVE YOU,

TRENT.

AND HE KNOWS YOU BY NAME.

ALL THE OTHER RELIGIONS OF

THE WORLD ARE ALL ABOUT HOW

CAN WE PERFECT OURSELVES.

HOW CAN WE DO ENOUGH GOOD

THINGS, OR ENOUGH

SELF-DENIAL.

THAT SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER A

GOD WAY UP IN HEAVEN WILL

SOMEHOW PAY ATTENTION TO

ME.

BUT IN CHRISTIANITY, WE KNOW

GOD'S ALREADY PAYING

ATTENTION TO YOU.

HE IS ALREADY LOVING YOU.

HE HAS ALREADY DIED FOR

YOU.

AND HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW

IT.

NOT IN SOME FAR OFF WAY, BUT

KNOW IT DEEP IN YOUR HEART,

THAT KNOWING THAT HEALS ANY

WOUND, ANY GRIEF, ANY

SORROW.

AND HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU

RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND

JOY.

HE GIVES IT TO YOU.

YOU DON'T EARN IT.

HE GIVES IT TO YOU.

HE CHANGES YOU FROM THE

INSIDE OUT.

AND JUST LIKE TRENT, YOU CAN

HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

WELL, YOU DO WHAT TRENT

DID.

IT SEEMS STRANGE, HERE IS A

GANG-BANGER, AND WHAT DOES

HE DO AT NIGHT?

HE READS HIS BIBLE.

AND HE FALLS ASLEEP READING

THE BIBLE.

AND THAT NIGHT HE GETS A

DREAM FROM GOD.

AND GOD SPEAKS TO HIM.

YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CRY

OUT TO HIM.

JUST AS TRENT SAID, JUST CRY

OUT TO HIM.

DADDY, I NEED YOU.

MY FATHER, MY HEAVENLY

FATHER, I NEED YOU.

IF YOU'RE THERE, IF YOU CAME

FOR ME, IF YOU'RE MY SAVIOR,

COULD YOU SHOW ME?

IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO PRAY

WITH, TO WALK YOU DOWN THIS

PATH OF LETTING YOU KNOW

THAT YOU CAN HAVE A

SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE, YOU

CAN MEET JESUS, YOU CAN HEAR

HIS VOICE, YOU CAN SENSE HIS

PRESENCE -- IF YOU WOULD

LIKE HELP WITH THAT, JUST

GIVE US A CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

Terry: LIKE THE STORY

WE JUST SAW, KIRBY ANTHONY

WAS ALSO A GANGSTER.

HE WAS JUST 14 WHEN HE WAS

INITIATED INTO THE BLACK MOB

POSSE.

WE WANT YOU TO HEAR HIS

STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS.

TAKE A LOOK.

EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE

KID, I LONG FOR AFFECTION.

MY MOM GAVE ME UP WHEN I WAS

SMALL, AND IT LEFT ME

FEELING UGLY UNWANTED, THAT

LED TO MISDIRECTION.

LONGING AFFECTION EVEN THOSE

WHO ARE REVERENT.

THE AUTHENTIC FORM OF LIFE,

I KNOW IT WASN'T CLEVER, BUT

ANY FORM OF SHELTER FEELS

RIGHT IN STORMY WEATHER.

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT THE

TRASH I WOULD BEHOLD WAS A

DISEASE REMOVING EASE, I HAD

A THRASH ON MY SOUL, BUT I

COULDN'T BREAK THE HOLD.

LORD, IF LIFE HAS A RESET

BOTTOM, WOULD YOU BREAK THE

MOLD.

THE LURE WAS THE OPPOSITE

SEX WITH NO CLOTHES.

AND WITH EVERY LOOK, THEY

TOOK SOME MORE INNOCENCE

FROM MY SOUL.

I HAVE SO MANY SECRETS, IF I

TOLD THEM, I WOULD BE A

REJECT.

AND I CAN'T HANDLE THAT

REGRET.

STILL LONGING FOR

ACCEPTANCE, I BEGAN TO LIVE

RECKLESS, CHAINS AROUND MY

NECK AND I AIN'T TALKING

ABOUT A NECKLACE.

IT WAS ALL AN ACT I

PERFORMED TO ATTRACT MORE

AND PASSED ON THE BEST.

I LOVED BEING LIKED, AND THE

ADDICTION WAS LIKE CRACK.

A LONGING TO BE HELD WITH

ALL OF THIS FILTH.

I'M ABOUT TO SLIT MY WRISTS,

AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE MY

LIFE, BUT I JUST WANT TO

ESCAPE.

BUT DEATH IS PROBABLY BETTER

BECAUSE THE PAIN IS JUST TOO

GREAT.

BUT THEN I HEAR ANOTHER

VOICE SAYING, CHILL, HOLD

UP.

AND THIS VOICE ISN'T

FAMILIAR.

I DON'T RECOGNIZE IT.

ALTHOUGH IT COMMANDS

REVERENCE, MY SOUL IS NOT

AFRAID.

I CAN HEAR IT IN THE

STILLNESS, I CAN SENSE IT.

LORD KNOWS I'M REALLY

TRYING, BUT I'M UP AGAINST A

GIANT.

SO I CHOOSE TO BE QUIET.

WHAT IS IT DO I HEAR?

A STILL, SMALL VOICE

EXTENDING GRACE.

DRAWING NEAR, SAYING, JUST

TAKE MY HAND.

JUST TRUST, DON'T FEAR.

LORD, I'M ALL MESSED UP.

AND MY LIFE IS JUST

SMEARED.

I'M JUST A BROKEN PIECE OF

JUNK, AND IT'S JUST TOO

SEVERE.

I'M TOO FAR GONE TO BE

CHANGED.

YOU DON'T WANT TO

INTERFERE.

THE LORD SIMPLY REPLIED, FOR

ALL OF THIS JUNK AND TRASH

YOU SEE, I'M GOING TO MAKE

IT DISAPPEAR.

NOW, I AIN'T GOING TO LIE.

I WAS SKEPTICAL BECAUSE I

ALWAYS FELT UNACCEPTABLE.

TO LOVE SOMEONE LIKE ME IS

UNETHICAL.

BUT HIS LOVE FELT CREDIBLE.

BUT CAN I BE LOOSE FROM

MEMORIES ARE THAT ARE

UNFORGETTABLE, HATE THAT IS

INTESTINAL.

I KNOW YOU DELIVER PEOPLE,

BUT IS THAT JUST

THEORETICAL.

AND ALL HE SAID WAS ONE

VERSE, AND THAT WORD WAS

LOOSE.

AND HE SAID LOOSE FROM YOUR

ADDICTIONS.

LOOSE FROM YOUR PAINS.

YOU'RE LOOSE FROM OUR

EMBARRASSMENT AND ALL OF

YOUR SHAME.

YOU'RE LOOSE BY MY POWER AND

THERE IS POWER IN MY NAME.

JESUS.

THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO, AND I

AIN'T NEVER BEEN THE SAME.

AND NOW I'M HERE TO GET THE

WORLD KNOW HE LOOSED ME FROM

MY PAIN.

AND NOW I'VE GOT A NEW

ADDICTION.

I'M ADDICTED TO TELLING THE

WORLD THAT JESUS REIGNS.

SOMETIMES THE WORLD IS

MESSY, BUT I'M REMINDED MY

WORST DAY IS BETTER THAN THE

BEST DAY WHEN I WASN'T

SAVED.

BY HIS SPIRIT, I AM

SUSTAINED.

NO MATTER HOW THE ROAD HAS

BEEN PAVED, HE CAN FREE YOU

FROM THE GRIP OF DEATH AND

CALL YOU FROM THE GRAVE.

A NIGHT OF BONDAGE, YOU'RE

LONELY IN YOU'RE CAVE.

I TELL THEM, I'M LOOSE.

Gordon: I LOVE THAT.

LOOK THEM IN THE EYE AND

WAVE THEM GOOD-BYE.

Terry: WHEN JESUS SETS

YOU FREE, AND YOU REMEMBER

WHERE YOU CAME FROM, THAT

WONDER IS ALWAYS IN YOUR

HEART.

THAT GRATITUDE IS ALWAYS

THERE.

WHAT A GREAT, GREAT

TESTIMONY.

WELL, IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE

OTHER SPOKEN WORDS LIKE

KIRBY'S, YOU CAN GO TO OUR

NEW WEBSITE,

WWW.700GLUBINTERACTIVE.COM

.

INTERACTIVE.COM.

Gordon: HEAR HOW AN

ORPHAN FOUND A NEW HOME

AFTER HER FAMILY WAS RUINED

BY ADDICTION.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: THE COUNTRY OF

UKRAINE HAS ONE OF THE

HIGHEST RATES OF ALCOHOLISM

IN EUROPE.

IT RUINED THE PARENTS OF A

YOUNG GIRL NAMED OXANA, AND

IT NEARLY RUINED HER.

Reporter: OXANA WAS

BORN INTO A FAIRLY WEALTHY

FAMILY IN UKRAINE.

BUT ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

EVENTUALLY MADE HER AN OR

PHANE.

ORPHAN.

WE USED TO BE RICH.

WE OWNED THREE HOUSES.

BUT THEN MY MOTHER STARTED

DRINKING AND DOING DRUGS.

MY PARENTS FOUGHT ALL OF THE

TIME AND WE LOST

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: WHEN OXANA

WAS SICK, NEIGHBORS CALLED

SOCIAL SERVICES AND SHE WAS

TAKEN TO AN ORPHANAGE.

IN THE ORPHANAGE, MY

GRANDMOTHER DIED.

Reporter: IT WAS

WINTER, SO THEY LEFT HER

BODY OUTSIDE FOR THREE

DAYS.

EVERY TIME OXANA HEARD A

STORY ABOUT HER FAMILY, IT

WAS PAINFUL.

MY FATHER DROWNED WHEN HE

WAS DRINKING BY THE LAKE.

MY MOTHER WAS HOMELESS AND

DIDN'T DRINK THAT MUCH

ANYMORE.

Reporter: JUST LIKE HER

PARENTS, SHE TURNED TO

ALCOHOL.

WHICH IS READILY AVAILABLE

ON THE STREETS.

I WANTED TO BE HAPPY, BUT

I HAD SO MANY BAD MEMORIES.

Reporter: THEN SHE WAS

INVITED TO A SUMMER CAMP,

SPONSORED BY CBN'S "ORPHANS' PR"

I LEARNED THAT YOU DECENT

DON'T HAVE TO

SMOKE OR DRINK TO HAVE FUN.

I DIDN'T KNOW PEOPLE LIKE

THIS EXISTED.

Reporter: DURING THE

CAMP, OXANA GAVE HER LIFE TO

CHRIST.

I BELIEVED IN GOD BEFORE,

BUT IN THE CAMP, I REALIZED

GOD WAS MORE REAL FOR THEM

THAN FOR ME.

FOR THEM, HE WAS ALIVE.

Reporter: SHE HAS BEEN

COMING TO THE "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" SUMMER CAMPS FOR

THREE YEARS.

THEY TELL US GOD CAN

CHANGE OUR LIVES, WHICH IS

ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR

CHILDREN LIKE ME.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY

WHO MAKES THESE CAMPS

POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: OXANA STORY'S ON

THE HEELS OF KIRBY'S

TESTIMONY IS QUITE POWERFUL,

ISN'T IT?

TO KNOW THAT GOD CAN CHANGE,

CHANGE EVERYTHING ABOUT US,

CAN CHANGE THE BLOOD LINE WE

COME FROM, CAN CHANGE AND

DRAW A LINE AND THE SAND FOR

THE THINGS WE HAVE FALLEN

VICTIM TO.

AND WE ARE NOT VICTIMS, BUT

VICTORS.

THAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU'RE

HELPING US BRING AROUND THE

WORLD.

KIDS IN THE "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" SUMMER CAMP ALL

COME FROM ORPHANAGES, WHO

ARE AGING OUT AND DON'T KNOW

WHERE THEY'RE GOING.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO

BECOME A PART OF THAT

BECAUSE WHEN JESUS SETS YOU

FREE, YOU ARE FOREVER FREE

INDEED.

SO WILL YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB" TODAY.

YOU MAKE PROGRAMS LIKE THAT

POSSIBLE.

YOU DO IT BY CALLING THE

TOLL-FREE NUMBER ON YOUR

SCREEN: 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO THE

INTERNET AND DO IT THAT

WAY.

FOR 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, YOU CAN JOIN WITH

THOUSANDS OF US.

WE ARE TOUCHING THE WORLD

AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

GOD'S POWER IS AT WORK AND

AVAILABLE IN THE LIVES OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE HUNGRY TO

KNOW THEY CAN BE FREE.

WHEN YOU JOIN WITH US AND

BECOME A "700 CLUB", WE WANT

TO SAY THANK YOU BY SENDING

YOU "BE HEALED."

THIS IS PAT'S LATEST

TEACHING.

HE SHARES WITH US WHAT THE

WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE

POWER OF HEALING.

YOU'LL SEE SOME PEOPLE WHO'S

LIVES WERE POWERFULLY

CHANGED BY KNOWING THE

WORD.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

YOUNG GIRL SPENDS OVER

$2,000 ON DRUGS IN JUST

EIGHT DAYS.

FROM AGES 14 TO 19, I

STARTED DOING DRUGS EVERY

CHANCE I COULD GET, TO JUST

NUMB THE FEELING OF PAIN

THAT I HAD.

SO I ENDED UP EXTREMELY

ADDICTED TO COCAINE AND

HEROIN.

I WAS SHOOTING UP EVERY DAY,

MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

FORMER DRUG ADDICT FINALLY

FOUND FREEDOM.

PLUS, WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

YOU RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHEN WHITNEY

LONG STARTED DOING DRUGS,

SHE DIDN'T DO IT BECAUSE SHE

WANTED TO GET HIGH.

SHE DID IT BECAUSE SHE

WANTED TO EASE HER PAIN.

SOON DRUGS BECAME HER MAIN

RELIEF, UNTIL HER PARENTS

PAID A VISIT TO HER DORM

ROOM AND LEARNED THEIR

DAUGHTER WAS AN ADDICT.

I WAS RAISED IN A

CHRISTIAN HOME, WHERE I WENT

TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY AND

EVERY WEDNESDAY, BUT WHEN I

WAS 13 YEARS OLD, I WAS

BABY-SITTING.

AND A FRIEND OF MINE ASKED

ME IF HE COULD COME OVER AND

SEE ME AND HANG OUT.

AND SO I SAID YES.

THIS GUY CAME OVER, AND HE

ENDED UP RAPING ME WHEN I

WAS 13 YEARS OLD.

I FELT SUCH SHAME AND SUCH

JUST DISGUST.

AND I FELT LIKE EVERYTHING

HAD BEEN STRIPPED FROM ME.

THAT I DIDN'T THINK THAT THE

LORD COULD POSSIBLY WANT

ME.

IT JUST WENT DOWNHILL.

I STARTED DOING DRUGS EVERY

CHANCE I COULD GET TO JUST

NUMB THE FEELING OF PAIN

THAT I HAD.

FROM AGES 14 TO 19, I WAS

EXTREMELY ADDICTED TO DRUGS

AND DRINKING.

I WOULD GIVE MYSELF TO GUYS

CONTINUOUSLY FOR SOME TYPE

OF FULFILLMENT.

FOR SOME KIND OF LOVE I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

I WAS SHOOTING UP EVERY DAY,

MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY.

MY PARENTS THAT ENROLLED ME

IN COLLEGE, AND IT WASN'T MY

CHOICE, BUT THEY WERE, LIKE,

YOU REALLY NEED TO GO.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY HAD NO

CLUE WHAT WAS GOING ON.

THEY WERE LIVING IN THEIR

OWN BUBBLE OF WHITNEY IS

OKAY, AND WHITNEY IS

PERFECT.

THE ADDICTION WAS COMPLETELY

TAKING OVER ME.

EVERY BIT OF MONEY THAT MY

PARENTS SENT ME, I WOULD

TAKE IT AND SPEND IT ON

DRUGS.

I SPENT $2500 IN EIGHT DAYS

ON HEROIN AND COCAINE.

TWO WEEKS LATER MY DAD CAME

TO VISIT ME.

WHEN HE SAW ME, MY DAD

IMMEDIATELY KNEW.

HE SHOOK ME, AND HE

WAS, LIKE, YOU LOOK LIKE A

JUNKY.

YOU ARE A JUNKY.

AND HE BROKE DOWN AND

STARTED CRYING.

AND WE TALKED ALL NIGHT

LONG, AND THEN HE TOOK ME

HOME.

HE SAID, YOU NEED TO GO TO

REHAB, WHICH WAS THERE FOR

FIVE DAYS.

AND ALL THEY DID WAS DETOX

MY SYSTEM AND THEN PUT ME

BACK OUT AND SAY COME TO

THESE 12-STEP MEETINGS THAT

ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP YOU.

THE DAY THAT I GOT OUT OF

THE REHAB, I WENT AND USED

AND GOT VERY HIGH.

MY MOM HAD INVITED ME TO

GO TO A AN

CONFERENCE IMMEDIATELY AFTER

I GOT OUT.

SO I GOT ABOUT $5,000 WORTH

OF DRUGS AND I TOOK IT ON

THE AIRPLANE WITH ME AND GOT

HIGH THERE AND WHILE I WAS

THERE.

AND MY MOM HOOKED UP WITH

HER FRIENDS, AND WHEN KAREN

MET ME, SHE TOLD MY MOM, I

REALLY THINK YOUR DAUGHTER

IS THE REASON WE ARE HERE

THIS WEEK.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, THEY

STARTED PRAYING FOR ME.

I DIDN'T KNOW ALL OF THIS

UNTIL AFTERWARDS.

> BUT THEY WERE

MINISTERING TO ME THROUGH

THEIR PRAYERS.

I THINK IT WAS A WEDNESDAY.

AND MY MOM AND I HAD GOTTEN

IN A HUGE FIGHT.

AND I FELL ASLEEP ON THE

COUCH IN THE HOTEL ROOM.

AND MY MOM JUST BEGAN

PRAYING THAT NIGHT.

SHE STAYED UP UNTIL 4:00 IN

THE MORNING, PRAYING AND

INTERCEDING OVER ME.

AND THE NEXT MORNING I WOKE

UP AND I WAS COMPLETELY

DELIVERED AND SET FREE.

AND I HAD NO CRAVINGS FOR

THE DRUGS ANYMORE.

I DID NOT GO THROUGH ONE

WITHDRAWAL.

THE LORD DELIVERED ME AND HE

TOOK MY HAND AND JERKED ME

INTO A DEEP RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIM.

I FELT LIKE I HAD TO HAVE

BEEN SUBMERGED.

IF I HADN'T BEEN SUBMERGED

IN THAT RELATIONSHIP, I

PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GONE

BACK TO THE DRUGS.

IT STARTED THE DEEP PROCESS

OF HEALING.

I JUST GOT MARRIED THIS

YEAR, ON MARCH 13th, TO A

MAN WHO WAS A VIRGIN.

THAT WAS JUST A HUGE

TESTIMONY IN ITSELF, OF THE

RESTORATION THAT GOD

BRINGS.

AND IT WAS A HUGE DEAL TO ME

JUST BECAUSE OF MY PAST.

IT JUST SPOKE VOLUMES TO ME

ABOUT GOD'S LOVE AND HOW HE

DOESN'T HOLD US -- HE

DOESN'T HOLD US CAPTIVE TO

THE PAST.

AND HE DOESN'T REMEMBER OUR

SINS.

BUT HE FORGIVES US.

IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH

SHAME AND PAIN FROM THE

ADDICTION AND THE LOSS OF A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD OR

NEVER HAVING A RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD, I WOULD SAY THERE

IS HOPE AND THERE IS

FREEDOM.

AND TO NEVER -- TO NEVER

BELIEVE THE LIE OF THE ENEMY

THAT YOUR LIFE IS WITHOUT

PURPOSE.

BECAUSE THERE IS A PURPOSE

FOR EVERY PERSON ON THE FACE

OF THIS EARTH.

AND GOD HAD A DESTINY WHEN

HE CREATED EVERY ONE OF US.

Gordon: THERE IS HOPE

AND THERE IS PURPOSE.

AND YOU CAN FIND IT THROUGH

PRAYER.

WE WANT TO PRAY WITH YOU, SO

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA AND

CHAT.

GORDON, WE RECEIVED LOTS

OF PRAYER REQUESTS ON

Facebook.

CHRISTOPHER

WRITES, "I'VE BEEN

STRUGGLING WITH ALCOHOL AS

FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER.

I DON'T GET DRUNK OR CAUSE

FIGHTS.

BUT I HAVE TO DRINK EVERY

DAY.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.

I DON'T WANT TO LIVE LIKE

THIS."

SHEILA WRITES, "PRAY THAT MY

CHAINS BE CUT OFF.

I'M ADDICTED TO CIGARETTES

AND CAFFEINE.

MY DAUGHTER IS ADDICTED TO

DRUGS AND CIGARETTES.

PLEASE PRAY THAT IT

WILL BE TAKEN ALL AWAY."

HEAVENLY FATHER, LIKE THE

SPOKEN WORD, YOU CAN SPEAK

IN A MOMENT AND SET US

FREE.

AND FOR SOME IT MAY TAKE

LONGER, AND FOR SOME IT

MIGHT BE INSTANTANEOUS; BUT,

GOD WE KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS

WITH US.

IT IS BY YOUR POWER AND YOUR

STRENGTH AND YOUR LOVE WE

CAN BE DELIVERED AND SET

FREE.

SO FOR SHEILA AND

CHRISTOPHER, LORD, WE ASK

THAT YOU DO A MIRACLE IN

THEIR LIFE.

THEIR LIVES.

FATHER, WE PRAISE YOU AND

THANK YOU FOR THOSE LIVES

THAT ARE GOING TO BE

CHANGED.

IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS WORD FROM ISAIAH:

THIS IS THE KIND OF FASTING

I WANT: FREE THOSE WHO ARE

WRONGLY IN PRISON, LIGHTEN

THE BURDENS OF THOSE WHO

WORK FOR YOU, AND LET THE

OPPRESSED GO FREE AND REMOVE

THE CHAINS THAT BIND

PEOPLE."

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