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The 700 Club - May 22, 2015

Author and San Francisco 49ers chaplain Earl Smith shares stories from his time at San Quentin in his new book Death Row Chaplain. Also, when Marshall admitted cheating on his wife Mary, she had a tough choice to make. Read Transcript


Wendy: TODAY, THE WIFE

OF THE AMERICAN SNIPER.

CATAYA KYLE KYLE SALUTES

HER HUSBAND.

THEY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS

GOING ON IN THE UNITED

STATES.

Wendy: PLUS, ONE

WOMAN'S QUEST TO THANK OUR

MILITARY, ONE LETTER AT A

TIME.

MY MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO

LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

Terry: HELLO, EVERYONE,

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB."

ISIS IS ON THE MARCH IN IRAQ

AND SYRIA, TAKING OVER KEY

CITIES AND KILLING ITS

OPPONENTS.

BUT DESPITE THE RADICAL

ISLAMIC GROUP'S VICTORIES,

THE WHITE HOUSE REFUSES TO

ADMIT ITS STRATEGY TO STOP

ISIS ISN'T WORKING.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: WITH THE FALL

OF THE ANCIENT CITY OF

PALMYRA, AND A NEARBY

MILITARY BASE, ISIS NOW

CONTROLS HALF OF SYRIA.

THERE ARE FEARS ISIS

SOLDIERS WILL DESTROY THE

CITY'S PRICELESS ARTIFACTS,

AS THEY HAVE DONE IN OTHER

CITIES BECAUSE THEY VIEW THE

HISTORIC TREASURES AS SINFUL

IDOLS.

THIS AFTER ISIS FIGHTERS

SEIZED THE CITY OF RAMADI

AND IRAQ OVER THE WEEKEND.

CRITICS ARE AGAINST SAYING

THAT THE WHITE HOUSE

STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS IS NOT

WORKING.

THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT

IS, AND NO FORMAL STRATEGY

REVIEW IS PLANNED.

PRESIDENT OBAMA DOESN'T

THINK AMERICA IS LOSING, AND

TOLD THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE

THE FALL OF RAMADI IS JUST A

TACTICAL SETBACK.

DEFENSE EXPERTS DISAGREE,

TELLING LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL

HILL THURSDAY THAT THE U.S.

STRATEGY IS FAILING.

AND THAT'S WHY THE U.S. IS

LOSING TO ISIS.

LOOKING AT THIS STRATEGY

TODAY, WE KNOW NOW THAT THE

CONCEPTUAL PLAN IS

FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED.

WE ARE, IN FACT, LOSING THIS

WAR.

MORE OVER, I CAN SAY WITH

CERTAINTY THAT THIS STRATEGY

WILL NOT DEFEAT ISIS.

ISIS IS NOT LOSING.

I BELIEVE THAT THE U.S. HAS

CONTINUED TO UNDERESTIMATE

THE ISLAMIC STATE, WHICH I

SUSPECT SHOWS A LACK OF

UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE

ISLAMIC STATE, ITS

CAPABILITIES, STRENGTHS AND

WEAKNESSES, AND HOW IT SEES

THE FIGHT AND A PATH TO

VICTORY.

Reporter: THE

ADMINISTRATION WOULD LIKE

THE WORLD TO FORGET THAT

PRESIDENT OBAMA ONCE

BELITTLED ISIS AT JUST THE

J. V.TEAM, THE JUNIOR

VARSITY.

THIS IS A GROUP OF

UNFATHOMABLE EVIL.

THIS IS A SERIOUS THREAT.

WHAT I WANT DISCERN IS ANY

COHERENT AMERICAN STRATEGY

TO RESPOND TO THIS THREAT.

Reporter: IT IS

ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT ISIS

KNOWS WHAT IT IS DOING.

CRITICS WARN IT IS LESS

CLEAR THAT THE WHITE HOUSE

DOES.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Terry: WHATEVER YOUR

POLITICAL LEANINGS, CAN I

SUGGEST THAT YOU PRAY FOR

OUR COUNTRY.

PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS.

WHETHER YOU'RE IN LINE WITH

THEM OR NOT, WE NEED TO ASK

FOR GOD'S WISDOM TO RESONATE

IN ANYTHING THEY DO.

WE NEED TO PETITION HEAVEN

AT THIS TIME FOR THE

DIRECTION OUR COUNTRY IS

GOING IN, AND FOR THE REST

OF THE WORLD.

AND LET'S GO TO JOHN JESSUP

AT OUR CBN NEWS BUREAU IN

WASHINGTON.

John: THE SLAUGHTER,

PERSECUTION AND FORCED

MIGRATION OF CHRISTIANS AND

OTHER RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS AN

ISSUE BRINGING REPUBLICANS

AND DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL

HILL TOGETHER.

MORE THAN 70 HOUSE LAWMAKERS

ARE WORKING TO REAUTHORIZE

AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD

PROTECT RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY

GROUPS IN IRAN.

IT WOULD ALLOW AT-RISK

GROUPS, LIKE THE CHRISTIANS,

BAHAS IN JEWS, TO APPLY FOR

ASYLUM IN THE U.S.

RANDY HOLCIN TOLD CBN NEWS

THAT AMERICA NEEDS TO BE A

SAFE HAVEN FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

SO MANY OF OUR FOUNDERS

CAME HERE BECAUSE THEY

DIDN'T WANT A STATE CHURCH

AND TO BE FORCED TO PRACTICE

A CERTAIN TYPE OF RELIGION.

THEY WANTED TO COME HERE TO

BE FREE IN ALL AREAS OF

LIFE.

John: HOLCIN ALSO SAID

PERSECUTION IS ON THE RISE

IN IRAN.

AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

HAVE FEWER PLACES TO FLEE.

JOSH DUGGAR, THE OLDEST

CHILD FROM "19 KIDS AND

COUNTING," HAS CONFIRMED

ALLEGATIONS OF MOLESTING

UNDERAGE GIRLS 13 YEARS

AGO.

HE WAS INVESTIGATED IN 2006

FOR ALLEGED MISCONDUCTMENT

MISCONDUCT.

HE POSTED ON Facebook "12

YEARS AGO AS A YOUNG TEEN, I

ACTED INEXCUSABLELY, WHICH I

DEEPLY REGRET."

DUGGAR ADDED THAT HE AND HIS

PARENTS SPOKE WITH THE

AUTHORITIES AND HIS PARENTS

ARRANGED FOR COUNSELLING FOR

HIM AND THOSE AFFECTED BY

HIS ACTIONS.

MICHELLE AND JIM BOB SAID,

THAT DARK AND DIFFICULT TIME

CAUSED US TO SEEK GOD LIKE

NEVER BEFORE.

YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THE

DUGGAR STATEMENTS BY GOING

TO CBNNEWS.COM.

AND HE HAS RESIGNED IN THEIR

LOBBYING ARM, F.R.C.

ACTION.

THIS LAND IS OURS.

SHE SAYS ISRAEL OWES NO

APOLOGIES.

ZIPPY HOTAVELLI MADE THOSE

REMARKS IN A SPEECH ON

THURSDAY.

SHE IS AN ORTHODOX JEW AND

SHE REFERENCED THE BIBLE

SEVERAL TIMES IN HER

SPEECH.

SHE REPRESENTS BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU'S LIQUID CUD PARTY

WHO SUPPORTS NEW SETTLEMENTS

IN THE WEST BANK, AND SHE

OPPOSES SURROUNDING IT TO

THE PALESTINIANS.

WE EXPECT, AS A MODEL OF

PRINCIPLE, THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S

RIGHT TO BUILD HOMES FOR

JEWS IN THEIR HOME LAND

EVERYWHERE.

Efrem: SHE IS CURRENTLY

THE COUNTRY'S TOP FULL-TIME

DIPLOMAT.

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CAME

TO JERUSALEM TO CELEBRATE

PENTECOST IN THE CITY OF

PENTECOST.

IT IS PART OF A MOVEMENT

CALLED "EMPOWERED 21."

THEY WANT A FRESH TOUCH

2,000 YEARS AFTER THE CHURCH

FIRST RECEIVED THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US

THAT STORY.

Reporter: THEY CAME TO

WORSHIP, PRAY, AND CELEBRATE

PENTECOST 2015.

ORGANIZERS OF "EMPOWER 21"

BELIEVE THE GATHERS

REPRESENTS THE LARGEST

MEETING OF BELIEVES IN

JESUS, TO CELEBRATE

PENTECOST, SINCE THE FIRST

ONE NEARLY 2,000 YEARS AGO.

THEY REPRESENTED EVERY

CONTINENT.

WE ARE FROM AFRICA.

AND BEING HERE FOR THIS

CONFERENCE IS VERY, VERY

MEANINGFUL BECAUSE WE ARE IN

THE HOLY LAND.

Reporter: WHAT DOES IT

MEAN FOR YOU TO BE HERE?

I WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

WE CAME WITH A

SPIRIT-LIKE CHURCH FROM

ARIZONA, AND THE ROCKS FROM

ANAHEIM.

[YELLING]

EMPOWER 21 IS A

RELATIONAL NETWORK.

WE'RE RELATING TOGETHER IN

THE SPIRIT-FILLED,

SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MOVEMENT

FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

THIS IS THE BRINGING

TOGETHER OF PENTECOSTALS AND

CHARISMATICS TO TALK ABOUT

UNITY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE MOVEMENT IS GROWING

DYNAMICLY.

IT IS THE GROWING EDGE OF

CHRISTIANITY.

IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED BY

VARIOUS SCHOLARS THAT THE

SPIRIT EMPOWERED MOVEMENT

EMBRACES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

600 MILLION TO 700 MILLION.

Reporter: SPEAKERS CAME

FROM AROUND THE WORLD,

INCLUDING GORDON ROBERTSON.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

THINGS I WANTED TO

ACCOMPLISH HERE WAS TO

PRESENT "SUPERBOOK," AND TO

PRESENT IT TO A GLOBAL

CHRISTIAN AUDIENCE, TO LET

THEM KNOW THEY CAN GET THE

STORIES OF THE BIBLE IN

THEIR LANGUAGE, FOR THEIR

COUNTRY, FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

Reporter: "SUPERBOOK"

REACHED MORE THAN

100 MILLION CHILDREN LAST

YEAR.

IT IS ONE SIDE OF WHAT SOME

SAY IS THE GREATEST HARVEST

IN THE HISTORY OF THE

CHURCH.

Gordon: AT THE SAME

TIME, THERE IS A GLOBAL

OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT, WITH SIGNS AND

WONDERS.

AND THIS CONFERENCE IS ALL

TESTIMONY TO THAT.

WE'RE HEARING SPEAKERS FROM

NATION AFTER NATION, TALKING

ABOUT THE GREAT MIRACLES GOD

IS DOING IN THEIR COUNTRY.

Reporter: AND

ORGANIZERS EXPECT THE BEST

IS YET TO COME.

OUR GOAL, IN THE SPEARED

SPIRIT EMPOWERED MOVEMENT

AND EMPOWERED 21, IS TO SEE

THAT IN 2023, THAT EVERY

PERSON ON THE PLANET EARTH

WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

John: IT LOOKS LIKE A

GREAT TIME.

TERRY, YOUR LADDER WILL BE

GREATER.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

Terry: I'M GOING TO

AMEN THAT, BROTHER.

I WANT TO SAY THERE IS

SOMETHING INCREDIBLY

INSPIRING TO BE IN ISRAEL TO

CELEBRATE ANY BIBLICAL

FEAST.

AND HOW GREAT TO SEE SO MANY

OF THE WORLD LEADERS COME

TOGETHER TO ASK GOD FOR MORE

OF HIS PRESENCE AND POWER.

> CHRIS KYLE WAS KNOWN AS

THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN

U.S. HISTORY.

HIS BUYIN BIOGRAPHY BECAME

A BEST-SELLER AND THE MOVIE

A BEST SELLING HIT.

WE CAN SEE HOW GOD WILL

MAKE SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF

IT.

Terry: WE'LL TALK WITH

THE AMERICAN WIFE, TAYA KYLE

KYLE.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: AMERICANS POURED

INTO THEATERS IN

RECORD-BREAKING NUMBERS

EARLIER THIS YEAR TO SEE THE

MOVIE "AMERICAN SNIPER."

IT TELLS THE STORY OF NAVY

SEAL CHRIS KYLE.

BUT HIS OUTSTANDING SUCCESS

ON THE BATTLEFIELD LED TO

TROUBLE AT HOME, AND

ULTIMATELY HIS DEATH.

NOW HIS WIDOW, TAYA KYLE,

TELLS HER OWN STORY IN A

MEMOIR ENTITLED "AMERICAN

WIFE."

JENNIFER WISHON BRINGS US

THAT STORY.

Reporter: IT IS NOT THE

LIFE SHE EXPECTED, BUT TAYA

KYLE IS COMING INTO HER OWN

AS A SOUGHT-AFTER SPEAKER,

PHILANTHROPIST.

HOPEFULLY IT IS

MEANINGFUL AND EMOTIONAL,

BUT HOPEFULLY BEING ONE STEP

REMOVED IT DOESN'T RIP YOUR

HEART OUT.

THAT IS NOT THE INTENTION OF

THE BOOK.

Reporter: YOU WERE VERY

HONEST ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE,

THE UPS AND DOWNS.@

AND YOU INCLUDED SOME OF THE

LETTERS CHRIS WROTE TO YOU

WHILE HE WAS DEPLOYED.

WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO

YOU?

HE WAS SO UNIQUE.

HE WAS SO ROMANTIC AND

SOFT.

I THINK THAT IS A LOT OF OUR

VETERANS AND FIRST

RESPONDERS.

AND THEY CARE ENOUGH TO TAKE

LESS MONEY AND GO PUT THEIR

LIFE ON THE LINE.

Reporter: YOU STARTED

THE CHRIS KYLE FROG

FOUNDATION, AND WHY WAS IT

IMPORTANT TO YOU TO FOCUS ON

STRENGTHENING MARRIAGES AND

HELPING FAMILIES RECONNECT?

IN MY EXPERIENCE, THERE

WAS A NICHE THAT WASN'T

QUITE BEING MET.

IT IS VERY PERSONAL TO ME

BECAUSE THESE GUYS, AGAIN,

AND WOMEN, THEY ARE STRONG

PEOPLE.

AND THEY GET MARRIED AND

LOVE EACH OTHER ENOUGH TO

TAKE THAT ON.

AND THEN THEY'RE TORN APART

BY THINGS THAT ARE OUT OF

THEIR CONTROL.

Reporter: FINDING

BALANCE IN THEIR MARRIAGE

PROVED DIFFICULT FOR THE

KYLES.

CHRIS DEPLOYED SHORTLY AFTER

THEIR WEDDING, AND JUST DAYS

AFTER THE BIRTHS OF THEIR

TWO CHILDREN.

EACH TIME HE RETURNED HOME,

IT WAS A DIFFICULT

TRANSITION FOR BOTH OF

THEM.

THE TAG LINE IS "HONORING

GOD AND COUNTRY BY SERVING

THOSE WHO SERVE."

WHEN WE HEAL THE MARRIAGE,

IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE, GOD

FIRST, MARRIAGE SECOND, AND

CHILDREN THIRD.

A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU'RE

SEPARATED FOR SO LONG, ONE

OF THE SPOUSES, WHOEVER IS

HOME, IS PUTTING THE KIDS

FIRST, AND THEN TRYING TO

PUT THE MARRIAGE FIRST AND

TRYING TO FIGURE IT ALL OUT,

AND IT CAN BE A BIT OF A

MESS.

Reporter: FOR HER

EFFORTS, TAYA RECENTLY

RECEIVED THE GABBY GIFFORD

AWARD.

I ADMIRE THE PEOPLE FOR

SERVING, AND THE TYPE OF

WIVES FOR BEING ABLE TO STAY

WITH THEIR MARRIAGE.

I KNOW IT IS NOT EASY.

I FEEL LIKE IF I CAN DO ANY

GOOD FOR ANY WIFE BY LETTING

HER KNOW SHE IS NOT ALONE IN

THOSE MOMENTS WHERE YOU HAVE

YOUR FEARS OR YOU HAVE YOUR

DISAPPOINTMENTS --

Reporter: OR FEEL

UNPATRIOTIC.

IT IS HOW TAYA SAID SHE

SOMETIMES FELT WHILE

OVERWHELMED AT HOME AND

LEAVING TO UNLOAD ON HER

HUSBAND WHO WAS RISKING HIS

LIFE FOR THEIR COUNTRY.

I WISH I CAN REPRESENT

YOU ALL WELL BECAUSE I HAVE

A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

RESPECT FOR EVERYBODY IN

THIS ROOM.

Reporter: WHEN CHRIS

WAS KILLED, GRIEF INFIDELITY

TAYA, AND SHE HAD TO DEAL

WITH A MURDER TRIAL AND TWO

LAWSUITS.

YOUR HUSBAND, A NAVY SEAL,

THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN

U.S. MILITARY HISTORY, HE

SURVIVED SO MUCH AND WAS

MURDERED.

AND YET YOU WRITE THAT YOU

NEVER GOT ANGRY WITH GOD.

RIGHT.

NO, BECAUSE I FEEL THE THING

IS GOD PROMISES FREE WILL.

AND WITH THAT PEOPLE HAVE

THE CHOICE TO DO EVIL.

AND HE DOESN'T JUST PROMISE

THAT FOR ONE PERSON OR IN

THIS -- IT IS FREE WILL,

PERIOD.

IT'S YOUR CHOICE.

SO WITH THAT, WHAT HE DOES

PROMISE IS HE'LL BRING

BEAUTY THROUGH THE ASHES.

GOD KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

I CAN TELL YOU THE WAYS AND

THINGS HE DID TO PREPARE ME

FOR IT, THE GIFTS I WAS

GIVEN BEFOREHAND THAT I CAN

HANG ON TO.

HE WAS WITH ME THROUGH THE

PROCESS OF LOSING CHRIS.

AND HE IS WITH ME NOW, TO

FULFILL THAT PROMISE THAT

THERE WILL BE BAD THINGS

THAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU ON

EARTH, BUT I WILL BE THERE

AND I WILL TURN SOMETHING

BEAUTIFUL OUT OF THAT.

Reporter: GOD DID THAT

JUST BEFORE CHRIS DIED.

SHE SAID AT THAT TIME HER

MARRIAGE WAS IN THE BEST

PLACE IT WOULD EVER BEEN.

SHE NEVER THOUGHT SHE WAS

FACE THE GUT-WRENCHING

DECISION OF MOVING HER

WEDDING RING TO HER RIGHT

HAND.

IT IS ALL VERY FOREIGN TO

ME.

I FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T EVEN

PREDICT GRIEF.

AND THAT'S WHY I CAN BE

HARD-HEADED AND DRIVEN, AND

I FEEL LIKE THE BLESSING IS

THAT I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN

SO BROKEN THAT I HAVE HAD NO

CHOICE BUT TO TRUST THAT GOD

WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.

I HAVE TO KEEP TRYING TO DO

MY BEST WITH WHATEVER IS IN

FRONT OF ME.

AND I'M STILL OKAY WITH

FINDING JOY, TOO.

BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE I

SHOULD NEVER HAVE JOY AGAIN

BECAUSE I MISS HIM.

BUT I KNOW THAT'S NOT A

REALISTIC THING.

AND I HAVE TO DO IT FOR MY

KIDS, TOO.

AND WHEN I SAY JOY, I MEAN

TRUE JOY.

WE'VE LAUGHED.

WE'VE HAD FUN AND DONE FUN

THINGS.

BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN THAT AND A REALLY

DEEP JOY THAT I USED TO HAVE

MORE OFTEN.

Reporter: FOR NOW, TAYA

SAYS SHE IS THANKFUL FOR THE

OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE AND CREATE

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL OUT OF

THE ASHES.

THE TRUTH IS I COULDN'T

SURVIVE IT WITHOUT MY

FAITH.

AND IF WE'RE OPEN TO IT,

WHEN WE STRUGGLE, WE CAN

STILL SEE HOW GOD WILL MAKE

SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF IT.

MAYBE NOT WHAT YOU WANTED,

BUT STILL SOMETHING THAT IS

A BLESSING.

Terry: PROFOUND

THOUGHTS FROM TAYA KYLE.

HE'LL GIVE US BEAUTY FOR

ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR

MORNING, AND THE GAMENT

GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR A

SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS.

> COMING UP, ONE PERSON'S

MASSIVE CAMPAIGN TO LIFT THE

SPIRITS OF OUR TROOPS.

I ALWAYS HEARD MY HUSBAND

SAY THAT MAIL CALL COULD

MAKE OR BREAK YOUR DAY.

Terry: GET A PEEK AT

THE 15,000 LETTERS SHE SENDS

TO MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY,

AFTER THIS.

Terry: THERE ARE MORE

THAN 1. 3 MILLION MEMBERS OF

OUR ARMED SERVICES, AND THEY

SERVE IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN.

MORE THAN 150 COUNTRIES

ACROSS THE GLOBE.

TO EVELYN BREWER, THESE

MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN ARE

MORE THAN JUST THE ONES WHO

PROTECT THEIR FREEDOMS.

THEY'RE ALSO HER PEN PALS.

TAKE A LOOK.

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

WHAT A WONDERFUL PERSON YOU

ARE.

I KNOW THAT BECAUSE YOU

SERVE OUR COUNTRY WITH SUCH

LOYALTY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL

YOUR SACRIFICES TO KEEP

AMERICA FREE.

Reporter: FOR OVER A

DECADE, EVELYN BREWER HAS

BEEN WRITING CARDS AND

LETTERS TO U.S. MILITARY MEN

AND WOMEN OVERSEAS.

I ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU

FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL OF

YOUR SACRIFICES YOU'VE

COMMITTED FOR THE AMERICA.

ANYTHING I CAN THINK OF TO

UPLIFT THEM AND ENCOURAGE

THEM.

AND, OF COURSE, I WILL TELL

THEM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT

IS GOING ON AROUND HOME.

BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER

WHERE THEY'RE FROM.

THEY LIKE TO HEAR WHAT IS

GOING ON IN THE UNITED

STATES.

Reporter: SHE GOT HER

FIRST TASTE OF

LETTER-WRITING WHEN SHE WAS

SEVEN AND STRICKEN WITH

POLIO.

IT WAS 1945, AND WORLD WAR

II WAS IN ITS FINAL MONTHS.

EVELYN STARTED WRITING TO

TWO UNCLES SERVING IN THE

U.S. NAVY.

AND MAMA WOULD SAY, WRITE@l@l

TO MY BROTHERS BECAUSE I'M

SO BUSY.

SO I LOVED WRITING TO THEM.

THAT'S WHEN I FELL IN LOVE

WITH WRITING TO SAILORS.

AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO MARRY

A SAILOR.

BUT IT TURNED OUT I MARRIED

A SOLDIER.

Reporter: THAT SOLDIER

WAS RICHARD BREWER.

THEY HAD JUST MET WHEN HE

MADE HER PROMISE TO WRITE.

HE SAID TO ME WHEN HE

LEFT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON,

HERE IS MY ADDRESS, WRITE TO

ME.

I SAID, IT IS NOT RIGHT FOR

A GIRL TO WRITE TO A BOY

FIRST.

WELL, HE SAID, IF YOU

WANT TO HEAR FROM ME, YOU

WRITE TO ME.

SO I SENT THAT LETTER THAT

NIGHT AND WE WROTE BACK AND

FORTH.

AND THE NEXT WEEKEND HE CAME

IN AND ASKED ME TO MARRY

HIM.

Reporter: SHE WROTE HIM

FAITHFULLY WHILE HE WAS

STATIONED AT FT. BRAGG,

NORTH CAROLINA, UNTIL THEY

MARRIED.

RICHARD OFTEN TALKED ABOUT

HOW MUCH THOSE LETTERS MEANT

TO HIM WHEN HE WAS IN THE

ARMY.

I ALWAYS HEARD MY HUSBAND

SAY THAT MAIL CALL COULD

MAKE OR BREAK YOUR DAY.

Reporter: AND THEN IN

1998, EVELYN READ AN ARTICLE

IN THE NEWSPAPER ABOUT NAVY

LIEUTENANT MIKE RUSSO.

HE WAS DEPLOYED ABOARD THE

U.S.S. GEORGE WASHINGTON.

AND THE ARTICLE SAID HE

WOULD LIKE MAIL.

I SAID TO MY HUSBAND, I

ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE

SOMEONE I DIDN'T KNOW.

AND MY HUSBAND SAID, WRITE

THAT ONE.

AND I'M READING THIS

LETTER, AS BAD AS I THINK

I'VE GOT IT, HERE IS A WOMAN

WHO HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO WALK

SINCE SHE WAS SEVEN, AND AT

LEASAT LEAST NOT WITHOUT

THE AID OF CRUTCHES, AND NOW

SHE IS IN A WHEELCHAIR.

AND I THOUGHT, I'LL WRITE

HER BACK AND THANK HER.

Reporter: A YEAR LATER,

EVELYN'S HUSBAND DIED, AND

SHE MOVED TO A NURSING HOME

IN VIRGINIA.

AND THEN SHE DECIDED TO

WRITE CARDS TO U.S. MILITARY

MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE

WORLD.

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW

HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOUR

MANY SACRIFICES TO KEEP

AMERICA FREE.

I ALWAYS SAY GOD BLESS YOU,

WE'RE PRAYING FOR YOU, AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND SOME WILL WRITE BACK AND

SAY, THANK YOU FOR PRAYING

FOR US.

Reporter: OF ALL OF THE

PEOPLE SHE HAS WRITTEN SINCE

THEN, THERE IS ONE WHO STILL

HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HER

HEART, MIKE RUSSO.

THEIR LETTER EXCHANGES

TURNED INTO A FRIENDSHIP

THAT HAS LASTED OVER 17

YEARS, A FRIENDSHIP THAT

BROUGHT MIKE CLOSER TO GOD.

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH

EVELYN -- WITH THAT I GOT TO

UNDERSTAND A LOT OF THE

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES THAT SHE

DEMONSTRATED HERSELF.

AND SO SHE HAS BEEN A BIG

PART OF MY TRANSFORMATION

AND MY COMING TO CHRIST.

I HONESTLY BELIEVE WITH

ALL OF MY HEART THAT THIS IS

A GOD-GIVEN, ORDAINED

APPOINTMENT, TO MEET MIKE.

I BELIEVE IT WITH ALL OF MY

HEART.

Reporter: TODAY SHE IS

STILL AT IT.

IN FACT, IN THE LAST THREE

YEARS, SHE SENT OVER 15,000

LETTERS AND CARDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO

ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

SO THAT IS MY MAIN

OBJECTIVE, IS TO LET THEM

KNOW THEY ARE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

AND THAT'S WHY I WORK SO

HARD TO MAKE AS MANY AS I

CAN.

THERE IS JUST A HEART

SATISFACTION THAT I'VE DONE

SOMETHING REWARDING.

REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

MANY PRAYERS AND MANY PLACES

ARE SENT OUT FOR YOU.

THANKS AGAIN FOR SERVING OUR

COUNTRY.

Terry: QUITE AN

OUTRAGE -- WHAT A GREAT WAY

OF USING WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN

YOU TO BLESS SOMEONE ELSE.

WE LIVE IN A MILITARY

COMMUNITY HERE, AND SO WE

SEE FIRSTHAND THE LONELINESS

THAT IS A PART OF SERVING

OUR COUNTRY, BOTH FOR THOSE

WHO ARE DEPLOYED AND GO

AWAY, AND FOR THE FAMILIES

WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND.

SO THIS MEMORIAL DAY, WE

WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO

UP AND SAY THANK YOU TO

THOSE THAT YOU SEE OR KNOW

WHO ARE SERVING OUR

COUNTRY.

AND WE WANT TO SAY TODAY TO

ALL OF YOU, BOTH THE

FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO ARE

ACTIVE IN THE MILITARY OUT

THERE AROUND THE WORLD,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ALL OF

US.

AND WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU

DO.

> AMERICA'S MILITARY

FAMILIES ARE MAKING

EXTRAORDINARY SACRIFICES ON

BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY, AND

YET MANY OF THEM ARE

STRUGGLING JUST TO MAKE ENDS

MEET.

RECENTLY WE MET ONE AIR

FORCE MOTHER WHO COULDN'T

EVEN AFFORD TO BUY BEDS FOR

HER CHILDREN.

Reporter: STAFF

SERGEANT DELINDA IS HONORED

TO SERVE HER COUNTRY IN THE

AIR FORCE.

SHE HELPS KEEP THE PLANES

FLYING SAFELY AS AN AIRCRAFT

MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST.

I'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK

WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT,

SKILLED PEOPLE, AND IT TRULY

HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK

WITH ALL OF THEM.

Reporter: SHE STAYS

BUSY AS A SINGLE MOM TO

JACKSON AND PHOENIX.

MY KIDS ARE VERY

IMPORTANT TO ME.

THEY'RE THE MOST IMPORTANT

THINGS THAT I HAVE IN MY

LIFE.

Reporter: SHE ADMITS IT

IS TOUGH RAISING TWO KIDS ON

HER SALARY.

THE CHILDREN SLEEP IN CRIBS

BECAUSE SHE CAN'T AFFORD

BEDROOM FURNITURE.

SHE SLEEPS ON BORROWED

MATTRESSES.

AND EVERY OTHER MONTH, SHE

HAS TO WORK A WEEKEND, BUT

THE AFFORDABLE DAYCARE IS

CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS, SO

SHE DRIVES AN HOUR AND A

HALF TO DROP OFF HER

CHILDREN AT A COUSINS.

IT IS HARD NOT TO HAVE

THE TIME OFF WITH MY KIDS.

BUT, INSTEAD, THEY'RE WITH A

FAMILY MEMBER WHILE I HAVE

TO WORK.

Reporter: CBN'S

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT"

LEARNED OF HER SITUATION AND

TEAMED UP WITH HER LOCAL

CHURCH IN WASHINGTON TO GET

HER SOME HELP.

PASTOR JOHN SHIRE HANSON

TOLD HER CBN WAS PAYING FOR

WEEKEND CHILD CARE FOR TWO

YEARS.

IT WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY

FOR YOU TO SEE YOUR KIDS IN

THE EVENINGS ON YOUR WORK

WEEKENDS.

OH!

AND WE JUST HOPE WE CAN

CONTINUE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR

MIDST AND EXTEND YOUR CIRCLE

OF SUPPORT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

Reporter: WE TOOK HER

TO A LOCAL FURNITURE STORE,

AND THEY SURPRISED HER WITH

NEW BEDROOM FUR FURNITURE

FOR HER FAMILY, AND A FULL

SUITE FOR HERSELF, A LITTLE

GIRL'S SET FOR PHOENIX, AND

A BIG BOY'S BEDROOM FOR

JACKSON.

LOOK AT THAT, HUH?

Reporter: SELLDON'S WAS

SO IMPRESSED WITH WHAT

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT" WAS

DOING, THEY DONATED MOST OF

THE FURNITURE, AND CBN PAID

FOR THE REST.

I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR

"HELPING THE HOMEFRONT".

I REALLY HOPE THIS PROGRAM

CAN CONTINUE TO HELP OUR

MILITARY.

Terry: "HELPING

THE HOMEFRONT" IS ONE OF THE

THINGS YOU PARTICIPATE IN

WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

WE'RE OUT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE WITH THE LOVE OF

CHRIST, REACHING INTO THE

NEED OF PEOPLE'S LIVES

AROUND THE WORLD, AS WELL AS

HERE AT HOME.

SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE,

YOU KNOW, IT IS A WONDERFUL

THING TO KNOW YOU REALLY CAN

TOUCH AND CHANGE SOMEONE'S

LIFE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB"?

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO

JOIN WITH THOUSANDS OF US

WHO ARE OUT TO DO JUST THAT,

BRINGING THE HOPE OF CHRIST

INTO THE MIDST OF NEED AND

HOPELESSNESS.

JOIN WITH US TODAY, WON'T

YOU?

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

YOU JUST CALL IT, IT'S THERE

ON YOUR SCREEN:

1-800-759-0700.

CALL AND SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

AND, BY THE WAY, WHEN YOU

DO, OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK

YOU TO YOU FOR CARING ABOUT

OTHER PEOPLE IS TO SEND YOU

PAT'S LATEST TEACHING,

""THE TRANSFORMING WORD,"

VERSES FOR HEALTH AND

HEALING.

THERE IS A D.V.D., AS WELL

AS A C.D., IN HERE.

AND WE WANT TO SHARE WITH

YOU THE POWER OF THE WORD OF

GOD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO

CHANGE YOUR LIFE, TO CHANGE

THE LIVES OF YOUR LOVED

ONES.

CALL NOW AND WE'LL SEND IT

OUT TO YOU RIGHT AWAY.

AND YOU CAN JOIN "THE 700

CLUB" BY LOGGING ON TO

cbn.com, IF YOU PREFER TO

DO IT THAT WAY.

BUT DO SOMETHING TODAY TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

> STILL AHEAD, HE IS THE

LAST FACE YOU'LL EVER SEE

BEFORE THE LAST FACE YOU'LL

EVER SEE.

THEDEATH ROW CHAPLAIN FROM

ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS

PRISONS SHARES HIS STORIES

AFTER THIS.

Efrem: AND WELCOME BACK

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE

CRITICIZING BOY SCOUTS

PRESIDENT ROBERT GATES AFTER

HE SAID THURSDAY THE BAN ON

GAY ADULTS IN THE SCOUTS IS

NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE.

HE DID SAY LOCAL GROUPS THAT

SPONSOR SCOUT TROOPS SHOULD

BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN

DECISION WHETHER TO FORBID

OR ALLOW GAY LEADERS.

THAT WOULD ALLOW LOCAL

CHURCHES WITH SPONSOR ABOUT

70% OF SCOUT UNITS ACROSS

THE COUNTRY TO UP HOLD THEIR

RELIGIOUS VALUES.

THE VICE PRESIDENT SAID HE

IS DISAPPOINTED, BUT NOT

SURPRISED BY THE MOVE.

> "OPERATION BLESSING" IS

HELPING TO PROVIDE FRESH

VEGETABLES TO FAMILIES IN

NONORFOLK, VIRGINIA.

THEY BUILT THIS COMMUNITY

GARDEN SIX YEARS AGO, AND IT

CONTINUES TO GROW AND GIVE

BACK TO STRUGGLING FAMILIES

IN THIS URBAN COMMUNITY

EVERY YEAR.

THIS SPRING VOLUNTEERS AND

AREA RESIDENTS WORKED

TOGETHER TO RESTORE AND

REPLANT THE GARDEN,

PROVIDING FRESH PLANTS AND

PREPARING THE COMMUNITY FOR

A NEW GROWING SEASON.

> YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT "OPERATION BLESSING"

BY GOING TO ITS WEBSITE,

OB.ORG.

TERRY IS BACK WITH MORE OF

Terry: EARL SMITH HAS

WALKED THE GREEN MILE.

HE HAS SEEN THE INSIDE OF

THE EXECUTION CHAMBER.

BUT EARL SMITH ISN'T A

CONVICTED KILLER; HE JUST

MINISTERS TO THEM.

Reporter: HE WAS A

CHAPLAIN AT SAN QUENTIN, ONE

OF AMERICA'S MOST NOTORIOUS

PRISONS.

FOR OVER TWO DECADES, HE

PRAYED WITH DOZENS OF

DEATH-ROW INMATES.

TO MAKE A POSITIVE

DIFFERENCE, HE STARTED A

BASEBALL TEAM AND A CHOIR,

AND EVEN PLAYED CHESS WITH

CHARLES MANSON.

HE SHARES THESE AND OTHER

TRUE STORIES ABOUT BRINGING

HOPE INSIDE THE WALLS OF

WHAT SOME HAVE CALLED THE

MOST FRIGHTENING PLACE ON

EARTH.

Terry: EARL SMITH IS

HERE WITH US NOW.

WE WELCOME YOU TO "THE 700

CLUB."

WELL, THANK YOU.

Terry: YOU, AS PART OF

YOUR JOB, TALKED TO, MINGLE

WITH, GET TO KNOW CRIMINALS

AND GANG MEMBERS.

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOU.

THERE WAS A TIME IN YOUR

LIFE WHEN YOU WERE WALKING

DOWN THE WRONG PATH.

IT COULD HAVE GONE

DIFFERENTLY, COULDN'T IT?

YES.

TERRY, AS I SHARE WITH A LOT

OF PEOPLE, AND IN MY BOOK I

TALK ABOUT AS I GREW UP, I

HAD A LOT OF ANGER

ASSOCIATED WITH MY MOM.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW --

Terry: UNDERSTANDABLY.

WELL, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

A LOT ABOUT MY MOM.

THAT WAS THE THING.

I TOLD MY MOM A COUPLE OF

DAYS AGO THAT THE BEST THING

THAT HAPPENED TO ME WAS

HER.

Terry: WOW.

BECAUSE I NOW UNDERSTAND

WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY

MOM -- MY JOURNEY WOULD NOT

BE WHAT IT IS WITHOUT MY

MOM.

AND BEING A GANG MEMBER, I

WAS ANGRY.

THE VIOLENCE -- IT WAS

ALMOST LIKE TRANS

TRANSFERENCE.

AND I TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE

BOOK.

YET AT THE SAME TIME, I

THINK ABOUT WHERE GOD HAD ME

AND WHERE HE HAS ME NOW, AS

I TOLD MY MOM, HE USED HER

TO GET ME TO WHERE I AM.

Terry: HE IS THE GOT OF

RECONCILIATION.

YES, HE IS.

AND I TOLD HER THAT.

Terry: I'M SURE THAT

WAS VERY HEALING TO YOUR

MOM.

YOU SAID SOMETHING

INTERESTING, "AS A CHAPLAIN,

MY JOB IS TO REPRESENT

HOPE."

SASAN QUENTIN, HOW DO YOU

BRING HOPE?

WELL, WE TALK ABOUT

INCARCERATION.

AND PEOPLE THINK THE PRISON

IS THE INCARCERATION.

PRISON IS JUST DETENTION.

GUYS ARE INCARCERATED BEFORE

THEY GET TO PRISON.

Terry: TRUE.

FOR ME, AS A MAN OF

FAITH, I HAVE TO TELL THEM

THERE IS SOMETHING BEYOND

THE BARS.

THERE IS SOMETHING BEYOND

BEING INCARCERATED.

AND THAT IS HOPE.

THAT'S THE ETERNAL HOPE IN

JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND

SAVIOR.

Terry: JUST WALKING

INTO SAN QUENTIN, YOU WERE

PRETTY YOUNG WHEN YOU BECAME

THE CHAPLAIN.

WHAT WERE YOU, 27?

YES.

Terry: TO WALK INTO A

PLACE WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE

HARDENED BY THE HARD KNOCKS

OF LIFE AND HAVE THEM ACCEPT

YOU, HOW DID YOU DO THAT?

WELL, I WAS LIKE THEM.

Terry: IS PART OF IT

THAT YOU DIDN'T SEE YOURSELF

AS DIFFERENT?

I WASN'T ANY DIFFERENT.

MANY OF THE THINGS THEY HAD

DONE I HAD DONE.

THE SEPARATION WAS I HAD AN

I.D. CARD THAT LET ME GO IN

AND OUT.

AND THE SEPARATION IS THAT

CHRIST HAD DONE SOMETHING IN

MY LIFE TO SEPARATE ME FROM

MY DEEDS.

AND THEY HAD NOT YET BEEN

SEPARATED.

SO IT WAS BASICALLY TO MAKE

THEM SEE THAT THE CHRIST

THAT I SERVE COULD SEPARATE

THEM FROM THEIR DEEDS AS

WELL.

IT DOESN'T CHANGE WHAT

YOU'VE DONE, BUT IT MAKES

YOU UNDERSTAND WHO CHRIST

IS.

Terry: WHEN YOU BECAME

CHAPLAIN, THERE HASN'T BEEN

AN EXECUTION IN A LONG, LONG

TIME.

SINCE THEN YOU'VE

EXPERIENCED A DOZEN OF

THEM.

WHAT WAS LIKE THAT FOR YOU,

THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU KNEW

YOU HAD TO WALK THROUGH THAT

WITH SOMEONE?

WELL, THE FIRST EXECUTION

I WALKED WAS WITH ROBERT

ALTON HARRIS.

IT WAS TROUBLING BECAUSE

ROBERT WAS ON MY CASE LOAD,

AND I HAD DEVELOPED A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM,

BEYOND JUST HIM BEING A

PRISONER.

HE WAS SOMEONE I SPENT HOURS

WITH.

SO FOR ME TO WALK HIM INTO

THE CHAMBER AND FOR HIM TO

LOOK AT ME AND BASICALLY

TELL ME IT WOULD BE OKAY,

AND YOU'RE GETTING READY TO

DIE, AND YOU'RE TELLING ME

IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY.

HE STOPPED TO TALK TO THE

OFFICERS AND TELL THEM IT

WASN'T PERSONAL.

THEY WERE JUST DOING THEIR

JOB.

FOR ME, IT WAS PAINFUL.

IT'S SOMETHING YOU NEVER

FORGET.

YOU NEVER FORGET WATCHING

SOMEONE DIE.

Terry: THAT IS A PRETTY

INTENSE EXPERIENCE.

AS USED EXPERIENCED THIS

NUMEROUS TIMES, WHAT ARE THE

LAST THOUGHTS THAT A LOT OF

THESE MEN HAVE BEFORE THEY

GO TO THEIR EXECUTION?

THEY REFLECT ON WHAT

THEY'VE DONE.

THEY REFLECT ON THE FACT

THAT IT IS CLOSE.

AND THEY REFLECT ON WHAT

THEY COULD HAVE DONE

DIFFERENTLY.

IN OUR CONVERSATIONS, IT IS

AMAZING HOW MANY OF THEM

WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR

CHILDHOOD AND THEIR PAST AND

THE PAIN THAT THEY'VE

ASSOCIATED THEMSELVES WITH

AND THE HURT THAT THEY HAD.

AND HOW THEY TRANSFERRED

THAT.

IT IS NOT THAT THEY -- THE

DEEDS AND THE EXECUTION --

THE EXECUTION WAS A

BY-PRODUCT OF THEIR DEEDS.

THEY TALKED ABOUT THEIR

YESTERDAYS MORE THAN

ANYTHING.

Terry: WE JUST HAVE

SEEN THE BOSTON BOMBER

SENTENCED TO DEATH AT THE

SAME TIME NEBRASKA HAS

BANNED THE DEATH SENTENCE.

YOU'RE SOMEONE WHO HAS

WALKED THE HALLS OF ALL OF

THIS.

WHAT IS YOUR OWN PERSONAL

POSITION ON THE DEATH

PENALTY?

AS I TOLD MY AUNT, THERE

IS A GUY ON DEATH ROW AT ONE

TIME KILLED TWO OF MY

RELATIVES.

WHAT I TOLD HER IS -- SHE

TOLD ME, BABY, YOU NEED TO

BE THERE WHEN THIS GUY IS

EXECUTED.

AND I SAID, WHY WOULD YOU

WANT TO BE THERE FOR THAT?

CLOSURE IS NOT A PART OF THE

DIALOGUE.

AND WHEN SOMEONE IS

EXECUTED, THAT PERSON DIES

BUT DO YOU REALLY LIVE ON?

OR IS SOMETHING LINGERING?

FOR A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT

HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY GUYS

ON DEATH ROW, THEY'RE STILL

HELD HOSTAGE BY THAT CRIME.

EVERY TIME THERE IS AN

APPEAL, EVERY TIME THE

PROCESS TAKES PLACE.

SO FOR ME, IN TERMS OF

RELEASING AND LETTING GO, I

TRUST GOD.

Terry: YEAH, IN THE

PROCESS OF ALL OF THAT.

YOU'VE PLAYED CHESS WITH

CHARLES MANSON?

I'VE GOT TO ASK YOU ABOUT

THAT?

WHAT IS THAT LIKE?

CHARLES WAS A VERY

INTERESTING GUY.

I PLAY CHESS WITH A WHITE

GUY, HISPANIC GUY AND BLACK

GUY EVERY WEEK.

I SAID, IT'S YOUR TURN.

AND HE STARTED SCREAMING AND

YELLING AT ME.

THE NEXT WEEK, I COME BACK

AND HE SAID, ARE WE GOING TO

PLAY TODAY?

WELL, HE WAS NOT A VERY GOOD

CHESS PLAYER.

HE HAD AN INTERESTING MIND,

BUT I EXTENDED THE GAME TO

HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH HIM.

I LEARNED ABOUT HIS

ORPHANAGE, HOW HE GREW UP,

AND SOME OF HIS LIFE.

FOR ME, I USED CHESS AS A

WAY TO GET TO LEARN CHARLIE

A LITTLE BIT.

Terry: I WANT YOU TO

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

"PROJECT IMPACT," BECAUSE A

POWERFUL THING YOU HAVE

ESTABLISHED.

I WENT TO A PROMISE

KEEPER'S CONVENTION, AND I

CAME BACK AND TOLD THE GUYS,

I GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU.

FOR ME, IN PRISON RACE AND

RELIGION SEPARATE.

SO HOW DO WE BRIDGE THOSE

TWO THINGS, TO BRING MEN

TOGETHER ON A COMMON CAUSE.

SO WE STARTED THIS THING

WITH GUYS FROM DIFFERENT

CHAPEL CLERKS, AND "PROJECT

IMPACT," IS INCARCERATED MEN

PUTTING AWAY CHILDISH

THINGS.

WE DECIDED WE'D GET TOGETHER

AND BE ACCOUNTABLE AND WORK

WITH EACH OTHER.

HOW DO WE GET MEN TO BE

ACCOUNTABLE?

WE CAME UP WITH THIS THEORY

CALLED "AIR."

HOW DO YOU CLEAR THE AIR

UP?

AND THOSE ARE THE PRINCIPLES

WE BUILT IT ON.

Terry: THE SAME THINGS

THAT YOU TALK ABOUT BEING

DEVISIVE IN PRISON SEEM TO

BE DEVISIVE IN OUR CULTURE

TODAY.

MAYBE GOD HAS GOT BIGGER

PLANS FOR YOUR PROJECT THAN

YOU MIGHT REALIZE.

YOU ALSO SAY MEN WOULD NEVER

BE PAROLLED UNLESS THEY CAN

FIRST ENVISION THEMSELVES ON

THE OUTSIDE.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

IN MANY CASES, PEOPLE WHO

ARE DETAINED ARE LOCKED UP

BY THEIR PAST.

AND BECAUSE YOU'RE LOCKED UP

BY YOUR PAST, YOU'RE HELD

HOSTAGE BY YOUR YESTERDAYS.

AND IF YOU'RE HELD HOSTAGE

BY YOUR YESTERDAYS, YOU

CAN'T SEE YOUR TOMORROWS.

SO WHEN I TALKED TO THE GUYS

WHO ARE INVOLVED IN OUR

IMPACT GROUP, THE FOUNDING

MEMBERS OF THAT GROUP, I

TOLD EACH OF THEM THEY'RE

ALL DOING LIFE SENTENCES.

AND I SAID, UNTIL YOU SEE

YOURSELF OUT, YOU'LL NEVER

GET RELEASED.

EACH OF THOSE GUYS CAME BACK

AND TOLD ME WHERE THEY WERE

WHEN THEY SAW THEMSELVES

OUT.

THE AMAZING THING I TALK

ABOUT IN THE BOOK IS EACH OF

THOSE GUYS, WHEN THEY GOT

OUT, THEY CALLED ME FROM THE

SAME LOCATIONS THEY SAW

THEMSELVES OUT AT.

THEY WERE RELEASED.

Terry: I WANT TO

MENTION YOU'RE ALSO THE

CHAPLAIN OF THE NBA'S GOLDEN

STATE WARRIORS.

THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY,

HOPEFULLY, TO A

CHAMPIONSHIP.

ARE YOU PRAYING FOR

THAT?

Terry: I MIGHT BE.

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT

THOSE KIDS.

WE HAVE AN UNBELIEVABLE

GROUP OF YOUNG MEN WHO ARE

PLAYING TOGETHER.

THEY LOVE EACH OTHER.

THEY LOVE WHAT THEY'RE

DOING.

AND THERE IS AN UNBELIEVABLE

CHEMISTRY.

AND WE WON A GAME LAST

NIGHT.

AND WE HAVE SIX MORE TO WIN

IN ORDER TO HAVE A

CHAMPIONSHIP.

Terry: LIGHT AT THE END

OF THE TUNNEL, RIGHT?

WE'RE BELIEVING FOR IT.

THOSE YOUNG MEN LOVE EACH

OTHER, AND THAT'S

IMPORTANT.

Terry: VERY EXCITING.

EARL, THE STORY OF WHAT GOD

HAS DONE IN YOUR LIFE IS

JUST REMARKABLE, AND HOW HE

HAS USED YOU.

GOD WANTS TO DO THAT WITH

ALL OF US.

HE TAKES OUR EXPERIENCES IN

LIFE AND WILL USE THEM TO

MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER

PLACE AND TO CHANGE PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR

BEING HERE AND SHARING A

LITTLE BIT OF YOUR STORY.

YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE THING

BY GETTING HIS BOOK.

IT'S CALLED "DEATH ROW

CHAPLAIN."

AND IT'S A GOOD READ.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

Terry: UP NEXT, A

HUSBAND WHO CHEATED ON HIS

WIFE WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHER

WOMEN.

I CONFESSED IT ALL TO

HER.

I HAD BEEN HOLDING IT FOR

YEARS.

AND I SAID, IS THIS

RECENT?

AND HE SAID, NO, OUR WHOLE

MARRIAGE.

Terry: HEAR HOW AND WHY

THIS FAMILY STAYED

TOGETHER.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: MARSHAL ACRES

WAS JUST LOOKING FOR A WAY

TO HANDLE THE PRESSURE.

HE WORKED ODD HOURS AT HIS

JOB AND CAME HOME TO FOUR

NEEDY KIDS.

SO ONE NIGHT MARSHAL DECIDED

TO HAVE AN AFFAIR, SOMETHING

HE DID AGAIN AND AGAIN,

HUNDREDS OF TIMES.

Reporter: MARY AND

MARSHAL ACRES HAVE ALWAYS

ENJOYED WALKS IN THE PARK.

BUT DOING ONE OF THOSE

OUTINGS IN 2006, MARY HAD AN

UNEASY FEELING THAT THEIR

LIVES WOULD NEVER BE THE

SAME.

HE SAID, LET'S GO TO A

PARK.

AND I NEED TO TELL YOU

SOMETHING.

AND SO WE DID.

MY HEART IS POUNDING

90 MILES PER HOUR THE HOME

TIME.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS UP.

I TOOK MARY, AND I SAID,

I HAVE TO COME CLEAN WITH

THE MANY, MANY INFIDELITIES

I HAD.

I HAD BEEN HOLDING THIS FOR

YEARS.

I CANNOT CONTINUE THAT.

AND I SAID, IS THIS

RECENT?

AND HE SAID, NO, OUR WHOLE

MARRIAGE.

AND MORE TIMES THAN I CAN

COUNT.

Reporter: MARY WASN'T

COMPLETELY BLINDSIDED.

SHE HAD EXPERIENCED THE

FEELINGS OF BETRAYAL AND

HURT BEFORE.

I WAS GOING THROUGH HIS

CLOTHES TO SEE WHICH SHIRT I

SHOULD WASH, AND I NOTICED

ONE OF THE SHIRTS SMELLED

LIKE WOMEN'S PERFUME.

I PANICKED, BUT I NEVER

CONFRONTED HIM ON IT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW THE

TRUTH AT THAT POINT.

I HAD FOUR BABIES.

WHAT WOULD I DO IF HE DID

WALK?

I WAS SCARED.

I WAS REALLY SCARED.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

MET AT A CHURCH CAMP WHEN

THEY WERE TEENAGERS.

THEY WERE BARELY OUT OF HIGH

SCHOOL WHEN THEY MARRIED.

WE WEREN'T EVEN CLOSE TO

BE BEING READY TO GETTING

MARRIED.

WE WERE TWO KIDS IN LOVE

WITH BEING IN LOVE.

AND HE WAS STILL VERY MUCH A

SINGLE GUY.

I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST

HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE AND

THINK, HEY, I'VE GOT A WIFE

NOW, SHE IS LIVING WITH ME,

AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SEX

AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT

GO ALONG WITH MARRIAGE.

Reporter: WITH CHILDREN

CAME THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF

FATHERHOOD.

GETTING OFF THE GRAVEYARD

SHIFT AT 8:00 IN THE MORNING

WITH FOUR SMALL KIDS, AND WE

HAVE TO GO DO THIS OR THAT

WITH THE KIDS, THE PRESSURES

I COULDN'T DEAL WITH, BUT

ALSO A CONTROL ISSUE.

Reporter: AFTER A

ONE-NIGHT STAND, MARSHAL

DISCOVERED AN ESCAPE THAT

BECAME A LIFE-LONG

ADDICTION.

CONSTANTLY BEING THIS

GUY, SWITCHING TO THIS GUY,

SWITCHING TO THIS

PERSONALITY, WHAT I FOUND

OUT THROUGH THE YEARS, ALL

OF THIS STUFF WITH WOMEN AND

THE SEXUAL ADDICTION AND

EVERYTHING, I WAS LOOKING

FOR GOD, BUT I WAS LOOKING

IN THE WRONG PLACES.

Reporter: TO HIS FAMILY

AND FRIENDS, MARSHAL KEPT UP

APPEARANCES AS A DEDICATED

CHRISTIAN FAMILY MAN, BUT

HIS MARRIAGE AND FAITH

ALWAYS CAME SECOND.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT I WAS

MOVING INTO THAT

DOUBLE-SOULED PERSON, AND I

WAS LIVING TWO DIFFERENT

LIVES.

I DIDN'T REALIZE IT BACK

THEN, BUT THAT IS WHAT I WAS

DOING.

Reporter: HE KNEW HE

HAD TO TELL MARY THE TRUTH.

IT IS PROBABLY THE

HARDEST THING I HAD EVER HAD

TO DO.

BESIDES GETTING ALL OF MY

KIDS TOGETHER AND TELLING

THEM WHAT DAD HAD DONE.

IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT.

AND HOW SORRY I WAS.

WHAT I HAD DONE TO THEIR

MOTHER -- THAT WAS EXTREMELY

DIFFICULT.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

MARY BEGAN THE PAINFUL

PROCESS OF DECIDING WHAT SHE

SHOULD DO.

THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE

ULTIMATE TEST OF NOT JUST MY

LOVE FOR MY HUSBAND, I KNOW

THAT, BOTTOM LINE, THAT IF

WE DIVORCED, THAT THE ENEMY

WOULD START A CHAIN REACTION

IN OUR FAMILY.

AND I REFUSED TO LET THAT

HAPPEN.

LET'S FIGHT THIS OUT.

LET'S WIN SO WE CAN PUT THE

ENEMY IN HIS PLACE AND TELL

HIM, NO, I DON'T THINK SO.

Reporter: SHE KNEW SHE

WOULD NEED TO FORGIVE HER

HUSBAND.

EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

OF COURSE I HEARD EVERY

SERMON ON FORGIVENESS THAT

YOU WOULD NEED, SO I DID.

I DID MY BEST.

BUT INSIDE, MY HEART WAS

BREAKING.

Reporter: MARSHAL KNEW

HE HURT HIS WIFE AND FAMILY

DEEPLY, AND ONLY GOD'S GRACE

COULD RESTORE THEIR

RELATIONSHIP.

I TOLD THE LORD -- I

SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M

DONE.

DONE.

I HAD TOLD GOD THAT I'M SO

SORRY FOR WHAT I'VE DONE AND

THE PEOPLE I'VE OFFENDED.

I'VE OFFENDED YOU AND THE

CROSS.

AND I ASKED FOR

FORGIVENESS.

AND HE SHOWED ME, LITERALLY,

ALL THE SIN IS LAID OUT AND

IT IS ALL ON LEVEL GROUND,

AND IT COVERS IT ALL.

IN MY MIND, IT HAS CHANGED

100%.

AND I THOUGHT IT NEVER

COULD.

Reporter: MARSHAL HAS

BEEN FAITHFUL IN HIS WALK

WITH THE LORD AND HIS

COMMITMENT TO MARRY SINCE

HIS CONFESSION IN 2006.

AND NOW GOING ON 45 YEARS OF

MARRIAGE, THE ACRES ARE

LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY

MORE.

IT IS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU

START EVERY DAY WITH HIM

FIRST.

THAT MAKES ALL OF THE

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

YUP.

AND READING THE WORD AND

JUST SPENDING TIME.

AND I LOVE HIM WITH ALL

OF MY HEART.

AND I KNOW WE'VE GOT A LOT

OF YEARS AHEAD.

YEAH?

AMEN.

AMEN.

Terry: WELL, AS I

LISTEN TO THE MARSHAL'S

STORY, I THINK WHAT TANGLED

WEBS WE WEAVE.

HE SAID SOMETHING THAT I

THINK IS TRUE FOR ALL OF US:

I WAS LOOKING FOR GOD, BUT

IN ALL OF THE WRONG PLACES.

WE DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND

THAT THE PEACE AND THE

MEANING AND THE PURPOSE AND

THE JOY THAT WE'RE LOOKING

FOR ISN'T IN WHAT WE DO OR

IN OTHER PEOPLE.

IT'S IN BECOMING ONE WITH

OUR CREATOR.

IT IS UNDERSTANDING HOW

DEEPLY HE LOVES US, HOW

SUFFICIENT AND OVERFLOWING

HE IS FOR EVERY NEED WE HAVE

IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR

LIVES.

SOME OF YOU TODAY ARE

WATCHING THE STORY, AND

MAYBE SOMEBODY HAS WRONGED

YOU.

YOU KNOW, MARY WAS WRONGED.

NOBODY WOULD HAVE FAULTED

MARY IF SHE HAD WALKED.

BUT WHAT VISION SHE HAD TO

SAY, THIS IS A TEST.

LET'S WIN THIS.

ALL OF LIFE IS A TEST.

IT IS A TEST FOR WHAT ARE WE

GOING TO DO WITH GOD?

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH

ETERNITY.

AND THERE IS A HUGE

INVITATION FROM OUR FATHER.

HE SAYS, COME UNTO ME, ALL

YOU WHO LABOR AND WHO ARE

HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE

YOU REST.

MAYBE YOU'RE FEELING LIKE

THAT TODAY.

GOD, I WANT TO KNOW THAT MY

LIFE HAS MEANING.

I WANT REST FROM ALL OF THIS

TURMOIL INSIDE.

THAT'S WHAT MARSHAL WAS

FEELING EARLY ON.

WE CAN'T GET IT OURSELVES.

AND MOST OF US ARE, AS

MARSHAL SAID, CONTROL

FREAKS.

WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE'VE

GOT THE ANSWER, THAT IF WE

JUST DO IT RIGHT, DO ENOUGH,

PAY THE PRICE, THAT WE CAN

HAVE WHAT WE WANT OR WHAT WE

NEED.

GOD IS OFFERING IT TO YOU

FOR FREE TODAY.

YOU SEE, JESUS DIED ON THE

CROSS BECAUSE OF OUR SIN,

YOURS AND MINE.

AND IT'S VERY SPECIFIC.

IT'S NOT JUST THE WORLD'S

SIN GENERICALLY.

I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF A

SAVIOR, AND SO ARE YOU.

SO TODAY RECEIVE THE

SACRIFICE FOR YOURSELF.

LET THE BLOOD OF JESUS WASH

OVER YOU AND CLEANSE YOU

FROM YOUR SIN.

YOU GET A NEW BEGINNING.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

IF ANY MAN IS IN CHRIST, HE

BECOMES A BRAND NEW

CREATION.

OLD THINGS PASS AWAY, AND

EVERYTHING BECOMES BRAND

NEW.

THAT CAN BE YOURS TODAY FOR

THE ASKING.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE AND INVITE CHRIST

INTO THE MIDST OF YOUR MESS,

RIGHT INTO THE CENTER OF

YOUR HEART, CALL OUR

TOLL-FREE NUMBER.

THE FRIEND WHO ANSWERS ON

THE OTHER END OF THE LINE IS

SOMEBODY WHO HAS ALREADY

PRAYED THAT PRAYER, AND

THEY'RE WAITING TODAY TO

TALK TO YOU.

THEY HAVE SOME WONDERFUL

THINGS TO GIVE TO YOU.

A PACKET CALLED "A NEW

DAY."

WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER YOU

MAKE THIS COMMITMENT TO

CHRIST, AFTER YOU RECEIVE

FORGIVENESS.

AND IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING

WITH YOUR OWN MARRIAGE, WE

HAVE A PAMPHLET WE WOULD

LOVE TO SEND TO YOU AS

WELL.

GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

HE IS MORE THAN ABLE TO

TOUCH YOU RIGHT AT YOUR

PLACE OF NEED, GIVE YOU A

NEW START, AND FILL YOU WITH

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING

FOR, THE HOPE, THE PEACE,

THE JOY.

TRUST HIM.

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ROMANS 5: 5: "THE

LOVE OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED

OUT IN OUR HEARTS BY THE

HOLY SPIRIT, WHO WAS GIVEN

TO US."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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