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700 Club Interactive: I’ve Been to Heaven – September 4, 2015

90 Minutes in Heaven author Don Piper takes us into the upcoming movie adaptation of his best-selling book – and the day that changed his life. Read Transcript


Andrew: HE WENT INTO

THE HOSPITAL FOR A ROUTINE

PROCEDURE.

HE WAS REALLY, REALLY

DEAD FOR A LONG TIME.

AND WOUND UP IN HEAVEN.

I WAS AFRAID.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JESUS

WAS MY FAMILY.

AND IT WAS LIKE, WHOA!

Andrew: HOW THIS MAN

TOOK A TRIP TO HEAVEN,

WHAT HE SAW, AND WHY HE

CAME BACK DOWN TO EARTH.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS,

PEOPLE HAVE DREAMED OF A

PLACE UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

PASTORS HAVE TAUGHT ABOUT

IT.

MUSICIANS HAVE DESCRIBED

IT IN SONGS, AND ARTISTS

HAVE TRIED TO CAPTURE ITS

BEAUTY.

HOWEVER, FEW HAVE ACTUALLY

SEEN HEAVEN.

Terry: HEAVEN WAS THE

LAST THING I DEAN

BRAXTON'S MIND.

HE CHECKED INTO THE

HOSPITAL JUST TO HAVE A

KIDNEY STONE REMOVED, BUT

WOKE UP IN A PLACE THAT

CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS

OUT OF THIS WORLD.

DEAN WANTED TO STAY THERE

AND FOUND HIMSELF MAKING A

CHOICE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND

EARTH.

TAKE A LOOK.

I COULDN'T CATCH MY

BREATH.

IT WAS GETTING SHALLOWER

AND SHALLOWER.

AND I CAN REMEMBER SAYING

TO MYSELF, I AM DYING.

AND THEN MY BLOOD PRESSURE

DROPPED.

AND I LOOKED AT THE

DOCTOR, AND I SAID, WHAT'S

WRONG WITH HIM?

HIS HEART STOPPED.

AND HE SAYS, WELL, WE

NEED TO INTUBATE YOUR

HUSBAND RIGHT NOW OR ELSE

HE COULD DIE.

AND THEN WE STARTED

DOING THE CHEST

COMPRESSIONS.

Reporter: DEAN

BRAXTON'S SYSTEM WAS

SHUTTING DOWN.

IT STARTED AS A ROUTINE

PROCEDURE TO REMOVE A

KIDNEY STONE.

AND NOW HE WAS DYING.

DR. MANUAL IRIGI WAS ON

DUTY IN THE CRITICAL CARE

UNIT AT ST. FRANCIS

HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON.

HE EXPLAINS WHAT WENT

WRONG.

AS IT TURNS OUT WITH

HIM, WHAT HE RECEIVED WAS

NOT GOOD FOR THE SYSTEM.

Andrew: DEAN'S BODY

WENT INTO MULTI-ORGAN

FAILURE AND HIS BODY

FLATLINED.

THE TEAM WORKED FURIOUSLY

TO REVIVE HIM.

DEAN'S WIFE, MARILYN,

PRAYED.

I DID SAY TO THE LORD,

LORD, YOU SAID IN YOUR

WORD THAT HAVE COME TO

GIVE DEAN LIFE, AND LIFE

ABUNDANTLY, AND I CLAIM

THAT ABUNDANT LIFE FOR

HIM.

Andrew: AT TIMES, THE

UNIT WAS AND CHAOS AS THEY

WORKED TO SAVE DEAN'S

LIFE.

BUT HE WAS EXPERIENCING

SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT.

I WASN'T AFRAID.

IT WAS, LIKE, I'M GOING

HOME.

Reporter: DEAN

BELIEVES HE WENT TO

HEAVEN.

WHEN I FIRST ANSWERED

IN, IT WAS JUST BRIGHT.

IT WASN'T SO MUCH WHAT I

SAW AS MUCH AS WHAT I

EXPERIENCED.

THE FIRST THING I COULD

SEE WAS EVERYTHING WAS

RIGHT.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG

HERE.

I SAID, IT IS PAST PEACE.

THERE IS A SCRIPTURE IN

THE BIBLE, PHILIPPINES,

THE FOURTH CHAPTER, PEACE

PAST UNDERSTANDING.

IT IS LANDSCAPE BUT MORE

BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS

ALIVE.

EVERYTHING IS ALIVE.

NOTHING IS DEAD.

IT IS INTELLIGENT, AND IT

CAN MOVE.

AND SOMEONE SAYS, THAT IS

WAY OUT THERE.

AND IT WAS WAY OUT THERE

FOR ME, TO TELL YOU THE

TRUTH.

WE GOT A PULSE.

Reporter: DEAN SAYS

HE FELT LIKE HE WAS BEING

PULLED BACK INTO HIS BODY.

THEN HE FLATLINED A SECOND

TIME.

AGAIN, HE WAS IN HEAVEN.

THIS TIME HE SAW JESUS.

THE FIRST THING THAT

COMES TO ME IS HE IS

BRIGHT.

JUST LIKE JOHN SAYS, HE IS

BRIGHTER THAN A NEW DAY'S

SUN.

IN THE NEXT PHRASE, I SAY,

I WISH PEOPLE COULD GRAB

IT, AND IT'S THIS ONE: AND

WE COULD LOOK AT HIM.

AND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT

IS NOT SO MUCH THE

PHYSICAL PART OF IT.

YOU'RE REALLY EXPERIENCING

THE LOVE HE HAS FOR YOU.

I TELL PEOPLE IT'S LIKE HE

ONLY LOVES YOU AND NO ONE

ELSE.

I SAW HIM COMMUNICATING TO

ANGELS.

HE WOULD JUST LOOK AT

THEM.

THE COMMUNICATION THERE

WAS THOUGHT TO THOUGHT.

THEY WOULD ACKNOWLEDGE AND

RECEIVE HIS INFORMATION,

AND BOW BEFORE HIM LIKE

THIS, AND THEN BACK OUT.

AND IT WAS, LIKE, WHOA!

Reporter: DEAN ADMITS

HE DIDN'T WANT TO COME

BACK.

AND I'M GOING TO TELL

YOU THE TRUTH, I WAS

HAPPY.

I WAS PLANNING ON STAYING,

YOU KNOW.

AND PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY,

DIDN'T YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE

AND YOUR CHILDREN?

YES, I LOVE THEM MORE THAN

I EVER COULD.

BUT I WAS THINKING, YOU

COME HERE, WHERE

EVERYTHING IS RIGHT.

Reporter: THEN DEAN

SAW FAMILY HE HADN'T SEEN

IN A LONG TIME.

AND YET, ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF JESUS WAS MY

FAMILY.

MY GRANDMOTHER, MARY, BUT

WITH HER WERE OTHER

RELATIVES.

AND SOME I HAD RECOGNIZED.

I HAD BEEN ON THIS PLANET

WHEN THEY WERE HERE.

BUT THEN THERE WAS

GENERATION AFTER

GENERATION AFTER

GENERATION AFTER

GENERATION OF THOSE WHO

ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS

LORD AND SAVIOR, THAT

HELPED TO PRODUCE ME ON

THIS PLANET.

THEY CAME TO GREET ME IN.

AND IT WAS, LIKE, GOD.

Reporter: WHILE DEAN

WAS IN HEAVEN, MARILYN

CONTINUED ASKING GOD FOR A

MIRACLE.

I PURPOSED IN MY HEART

THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME,

I WAS GOING TO FOLLOW GOD

ALL THE WAY.

Reporter: AFTER AN

HOUR AND 45 MINUTES, DEAN

CAME BACK WITH A WEAK BUT

STEADY HARTBEAT. HEARTBEAT.

BUT THE BACTERIA HAD DONE

A LOT OF DAMAGE AND HE HAD

TO GO ON DIALYSIS.

I DID NOT THINK HE WAS

GOING TO SURVIVE.

IN A WAY, I TOLD HIS WIFE

THAT NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO

IS PRAY AND WAIT BECAUSE

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE I

CAN DO.

I BELIEVE IN HEALING.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS A

HEALER.

AND I WAS TRUSTING GOD FOR

DEAN'S HEALING.

Reporter: THREE DAYS

LATER, DEAN WOKE UP.

HE WAS SO EAGER.

WE'VE GOT TO GET PEOPLE

SAVED.

WE'VE GOT TO LET PEOPLE

KNOW ABOUT JESUS.

Reporter: DESPITE

DOCTORS' CONCERNS THAT

DEAN'S PROLONGED ORDEAL

WILL LEAVE HIM IMPAIRED OR

EVEN WORSE, THERE ARE NO

SIGNS THAT DEAN EVEN HAD A

BRUSH WITH DEATH.

HE IS THE PICTURE OF

HEALTH.

IN FACT, THE STAFF AT

ST. FRANCIS' HOSPITAL

DUBBED HIM THE MIRACLE

MAN.

IT IS A MIRACLE HE IS A

LIVE.

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

THAT HE IS ALIVE, THAT HE

IS TALKING, THAT HE HAS NO

BRAIN DAMAGE.

BUT THIS IS VERY

EXCEPTIONAL BECAUSE HE WAS

REALLY, REALLY DEAD FOR A

LONG TIME.

Reporter: SO WHAT

DOES A MAN DO WHO HAS

EXPERIENCED HEAVEN AND

STILL WANTS TO BE THERE?

DEAN SAYS JESUS TOLD HIM

SOMETHING THAT KEEPS HIS

FEET FIRMLY PLANTED.

I FELT LIKE HE WAS

SAYING, I NEED YOU THERE

MORE THAN I NEED YOU HERE.

AND I CAME TO UNDERSTAND

THEN HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS

FOR ME TO COMPLETE WHAT

GOD HAD PUT ME ON THIS

PLANET TO DO.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS: UNTIL

I'M FINISHED HERE, I

CANNOT GO BACK HOME.

I TELL PEOPLE MOST OF THE

TIME, I'M ON MY WAY HOME.

DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M ON

MY WAY HOME.

THIS IS THE PATHWAY MY

FATHER SAYS I HAVE TO GO

TO GET HOME.

Terry: WOW!

AMAZING.

Andrew: AND SO

OFTEN -- I KNOW IN MY

LIFE, TERRY, I DON'T GIVE

ENOUGH THOUGHT TO HEAVEN

AND MY TRUE HOME.

THIS ISN'T OUR HOME.

WE GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE

CIRCUMSTANCES WE'RE IN,

GOOD OR BAD, BUT OUR TRUE

HOME IS WITH JESUS IN

HEAVEN.

Terry: AND YOU KNOW,

WE GET CAUGHT UP IN OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT WE ALSO

GET CAUGHT UP IN OUR PLANS

AND OUR AGENDA AND, YOU

KNOW, MISGUIDED

UNDERSTANDING OF WHY WE'RE

HERE.

EVERYTHING HERE IS TO TAKE

US THERE.

AND IT'S JUST -- WE'RE SO

OFF THE MARK SOMETIMES.

Andrew: AND I LOVE

WHAT DEAN SAID, IT FELT

LIKE HE LOVED NO ONE BUT

ME.

THAT INTENSE LOVE OF JESUS

CHRIST.

Terry: LOTS OF HOPE

IN THAT.

Andrew: ABSOLUTELY.

> COMING UP, HE DIED IN

A CAR CRASH AND WENT

STRAIGHT TO PARADISE.

DON PIPER TALKS ABOUT HIS

"90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN" AND

THE BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION

OF HIS LIFE.

THAT'S ALL NEXT.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: ON JANUARY 18,

1989, DON PIPER WAS KILLED

IN A CAR ACCIDENT.

HE WENT TO HEAVEN AND THEN

CAME BACK TO EARTH.

HIS REMARKABLE STORY WILL

SOON BE SEEN IN MOVIE

THEATERS ACROSS THE WORLD.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: DON PIPER

WAS KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN

HIS FORD ESCORT WAS

CRUSHED IN A HEAD-ON

COLLISION.

PARAMEDICS DECLARED HIM

DEAD, BUT DON CAME BACK TO

LIFE.

THIS REMARKABLE STORY IS

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

BASED ON THE BEST-SELLING

BOOK "90 MINUTES IN

HEAVEN" STARS HAYDEN

CHRISTENSEN AND KATE

BOSWORTH, AND IS COMING TO

THEATERS ON

SEPTEMBER 11th.

Terry: JOINING US IS

AUTHOR DON PIPER.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US

TODAY.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Terry: TALK A LITTLE

ABOUT THAT DAY.

I WOULD IMAGINE -- LOTS OF

TIMES PEOPLE WHO ARE IN

TRAUMATIC ACCIDENTS SAY

THEY HAVE NO RECOLLECTION,

BUT DO YOU REMEMBER SEEING

THE TRUCK COMING AT YOU?

I DO AND I DON'T.

I MUST HAVE REMEMBERED IT,

OR I MUST HAVE SEEN IT,

BECAUSE I PUT MY ARM UP IN

THE AIR.

AND WHEN THE TRUCK RAN

OVER ME, THAT'S THE MOMENT

THE TRUCK RAN OVER ME, IT

TOOK MY ARM INTO THE BACK

SEAT.

I MUST HAVE SEEN SOMETHING

OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY

EYE.

BUT I DON'T REMEMBER THE

COLLISION, THANKFULLY.

I THINK GOD SOMETIMES

REMOVES THAT FROM OUR

MINDS.

OTHERWISE WE'D BE SO

TRAUMATIZED WE COULDN'T

FUNCTION ANYMORE.

Terry: OF COURSE,

THERE WAS THE TRUCK DRIVER

INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT

AND THERE WERE TWO OTHER

CARS HE HIT.

BUT YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE

WHO SUSTAINED REALLY

SERIOUS INJURIES.

THAT IN ENCEPHAL I ITSELF IS A

MIRACLE.

BECAUSE YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT A HEAD-ON COLLISION,

AND HE RAN OVER ME AND

SWERVED BACK OVER AND HIT

TWO MORE CARS.

THE TWO GENTLEMEN IN THE

OTHER CARS WERE NOT

HARMED.

THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS TAKEN

BACK TO PRISON.

HE WAS A PRISONER DRIVING

A PRISON TRUCK.

THEY WERE NOT HURT, BUT I

WAS KILLED INSTANTLY.

Terry: AND THEN --

EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW,

AND THEN WHAT?

WHAT DID YOU SEE?

I DIDN'T GO TO THROUGH

A LONG TUNNEL.

I DIDN'T HAVE A NEAR-DEATH

LIFE EXPERIENCE.

I WAS JUST THERE, JUST

LIKE THAT.

I TOOK MY LAST BREATH ON

THE BRIDGE.

I TOOK MY LAST BREATH AT

THE GATES OF HEAVEN.

THERE WERE 12 OF THEM.

THERE WAS ONE THAT WAS

BRIGHT, IT LOOKED LIKE A

PEARL.

GOD ILLUMINATES IT.

IT WAS REFLECTING OFF THE

GATE.

I WAS DAZZLED BY THAT, AND

I'M PANNING DOWN AND I'M

LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF

MY GRANDFATHER.

I HAD BEEN WITH HIM WHEN

HE DIED.

I WAS VERY CLOSE TO HIM, I

ADORED HIM.

I TELL PEOPLE I HAVE A LOT

OF BROKEN BONES, BUT IT IS

NOTHING LIKE A BROKEN

HEART.

THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM,

HE WAS IN A CASKET.

AND HE DID NOT LOOK GOOD.

NOW I'M THERE IN HEAVEN

AND HE IS THERE TO GREET

ME.

HE WAS MISSING FINGERS,

AND HE WAS FINE.

AND HE SAID, WELCOME HOME.

I LOOKED DOWN ON HIS HANDS

AND HIS FINGERS WERE

THERE.

Terry: REALLY?

I DON'T THINK YOU SNEAK

UP ON HEAVEN.

I THINK EVERYBODY KNOWS

WHO IS COMING.

THEY DON'T MISS US.

Terry: TIME DOESN'T

EXIST FOR THEM.

NO TIME.

SO WE'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND

THEM IN A HEAVENLY SENSE.

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WHO

GREETED ME EXPECTED ME AND

THEY KNEW I WAS COMING.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW EACH

OTHER IN THIS WORLD, BUT

IN HEAVEN, OF COURSE THEY

DID.

AND THEY WERE IS A PEOPLE

WHO PLAYED A PART IN MY

SPIRITUAL LIFE.

THEY TOOK ME TO CHURCH AND

GAVE ME A BIBLE AND TAUGHT

ME ABOUT JESUS.

I WAS GREETED BY THOSE

PEOPLE AT THE GATES, AND

WHAT A GREAT FAMILY

REUNION IT WAS.

AND I LEFT THERE THINKING,

WHO AM I GOING TO GREET.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE STILL

HERE, TO HELP EVERYBODY

ELSE GET THERE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO

DO.

Terry: WE HAVE A LOT

OF WORK TO DO.

IT IS INTERESTING YOU SAY

YOU FELT LIKE THAT GATE

WAS ALIVE.

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF

THINGS THAT STOOD OUT TO

ME AS I READ YOUR BOOK

AGAIN.

ONE WAS IS YOU SAID THAT

IN THE BOOK.

AND YOU HEARD DEAN BRAXTON

SAY HOW EVERYTHING SEEMED

TO BE ALIVE.

EVEN IN ANAMATE OPTIONS.

EVERYTHING IS ALIVE.

THE SMELL IS BEYOND

EVERYTHING I'VE EVER

SMELLED HERE.

THE COLOR IS BEYOND

ANYTHING I'VE EVER SEEN.

AND THE MUSIC IS BEYOND

ANY MUSIC I'VE HEARD HERE,

AND I'VE HEARD THOUSANDS

OF SONGS HERE.

I COULD DISTINGUISH EACH

SONG, EXCEPT ONE SONG THAT

WAS ABOVE ALL OF THEM,

"HOLY, HOLY, HOLY," AND

THAT SONG PERMEATED.

Terry: YOU WERE DEAD

90 MINUTES.

NO ONE WOULD HAVE

ANTICIPATED YOU WOULD COME

BACK FROM THAT.

NO HEARTBEAT, NO PULSE.

NO.

Terry: YOU WERE JUST

AS INSTANTLY BACK IN YOUR

BODY AS WHEN YOU DIED?

YES.

I HAD SUCH CATASTROPHIC

INJURIES BECAUSE OF THE

ARM BEING TWISTED OFF.

AND MY LEFT LEG BEING

TAKEN OFF.

ANYBODY WOULD HAVE BLED

OUT IN A MATTER OF

MINUTES.

BUT MY HEART WASN'T

BLEEDING, SO I DIDN'T

BLEED OUT.

FOUR PARAMEDICS PRONOUNCED

ME DEAD.

A GENTLEMAN WHO CAME FROM

THE SAME PASTOR'S

CONFERENCE I CAME FROM,

WALKED UPON THE ACCIDENT,

AND ASKED THE POLICEMEN IF

HE CAN PRAY FOR THE

VICTIMS.

HE SAID, THERE AREN'T ANY

VICTIMS.

EVERYONE ELSE IS ALIVE,

BUT THE MAN IN THE RED CAR

IS DEAD.

HE HEARD GOD SPEAK TO HIM.

GOD SAID, PRAY FOR THE MAN

IN THE RED CAR.

HE CRAWLED IN TO THE BACK

OF THE CAR, HE LIFTED UP

THE TARP I WAS COVERED UP

WITH.

AND DISCOVERED THE ONLY

THING I DIDN'T BREAK WAS

MY RIGHT ARM.

HE PUTS HIS HAND ON MY

RIGHT SHOULDER AND HE

BEGAN TO PRAY FOR ME AND

SINGING HYMNS.

HE IS SINGING "WHAT A

FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS,"

AND SUDDENLY I STARTED

SINGING IT WITH HIM.

HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR

REALLY FAST AND RAN OVER

TO THE POLICEMAN AND SAID,

THE DEAD MAN IS SINGING.

AND THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE

HIM.

THEY THOUGHT HE WAS MAYBE

HALLUCINATING OR

SOMETHING.

BUT I WAS.

I REMEMBER SINGING.

Terry: THE STORY IS

SUCH AN INCREDIBLE ONE.

IT IS GOING TO BE AN

AMAZING MOVIE.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT.

I WANT TO TELL ALL OF OUR

VIEWERS TODAY, IF YOU'D

LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT

THIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND

YOU NEED TO FIND OUT MORE,

WE'VE GOT TWO SOURCES FOR

YOU.

ONE IS HIS BOOK, "90

MINUTES IN HEAVEN", A TRUE

STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH.

IT IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE DEAD.

AND THE MOVIE, STARRING

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN AND

KATE BOSWORTH STARTS ON

SEPTEMBER 11th.

GET OUT THERE AND SEE IT.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

IT IS A PRIVILEGE.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: THANK YOU

BOTH SO MUCH.

> STILL AHEAD, A DIVER

TAKES HER LAST BREATH.

I WAS STARTING TO GET

WINDED AND TIRED.

THAT'S WHEN I DRIFTED OFF

INTO ETERNITY.

Andrew: DON'T MISS

HER AMAZING EYE WITNESS

ACCOUNT.

THAT'S RIGHT AFTER THISCH

THIS.

Andrew: DARNISHA

TAILER WAS ON A FISHING

TRIP WITH HER HUSBAND WHEN

SHE RAN OUT OF OXYGEN.

SOON SHE SANK TO THE

BOTTOM OF THE LAKE AND

OPENED HER EYES IN HEAVEN.

Reporter: HAWAII,

BAHAMAS, THE VIRGIN

ISLANDS, THESE ARE JUST A

FEW PLACES THIS COUPLE HAD

SCUBADIVED.

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE

PREPARED FOR ANYTHING, BUT

IN THE WATERS OF LAKE

MICHIGAN, DEATH LURKED

UNDER WATER.

WE GOT PREPARED AND PUT

ON OUR GEAR AND WE STARTED

WADING OUT INTO THE WATER.

WHAT YOU DO IS GET TO A

LEDGE.

AT THE LEDGE, IT DROPS

DOWN 50 FEET.

Reporter: THEY

EXPLORED THE BOTTOM OF THE

LAKE FOR 30 MINUTES.

THE LEDGE IS YOUR

MARKER.

IF YOU STAY ON THE LEDGE,

YOU'RE ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT

PLACE, BASICALLY.

BUT THIS DAY WE LOST TRACK

OF THE LEDGE.

AND SO MY HUSBAND TURNS

AROUND TO ME, AND LOOKS AT

THE COMPASS AGAIN, AND

WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME, HE

SEES MY EQUIPMENT IS NOT

WORKING, THAT I'VE GOT

BUBBLES COMING OUT, AND

AIR SCAPING FRO ESCAPING FROM SOME

PLACE.

WHEN I SAW THE CONSTANT

STREAM OF BUBBLES COMING

OFF -- NOT THE AIR HOSE,

BUT THE HOSE THAT CONNECTS

TO HER B.C., OR BOUYANCY

CONTROL, VEST --

HE GESTURED TO ME TO

ASCEND TO THE SURFACE SO I

COULD FIX MY COUP PLER ANDLER WHERE

WE WERE IN THE LAKE.

Reporter: DARNISHA

SURFACED WHILE SCOTT

WAITED FOR HER.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT SCUBADIVING, YOU

KNOW YOU ADD EXTRA WEIGHT

IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO

STAY ON THE BOTTOM.

UARI WAS CARRYING AT LEAST 50

TO 60, TO 70 EXTRA POUNDS

OF WEIGHT.

AND I WAS FIGHTING AGAINST

THAT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE

WATER.

AT THAT TIME, I TRIED

TO START A CLOCK IN MY

MIND TO KNOW THAT SHE IS

GOING TO DO A SAFETY STOP,

WHICH IS BETWEEN THREE AND

FIVE MINUTES, WHICH IS

STANDARD IN DIVING.

AND THEN SHE IS GOING TO

BE ON THE SURFACE AND

CLASP IT HEAD BACK DOWN.

I'M TRYING TO RUN THESE

NUMBERS IN MY HEAD BECAUSE

I KNOW IF IT GOES BEYOND

THIS, THERE IS SOMETHING

WRONG AND WE NEED TO CALL

OFF THE DIVE.

I WAS STARTING TO GET

WINDED AND TIRED.

I THOUGHT, BEFORE I RUN

OUT OF AIR, LET ME FILL UP

MY B.C. MANUALLY, WHICH IS

THE FIRST THING YOU'RE

SUPPOSED TO DO.

SO I WENT TO DEPRESS THE

VALVE TO FILL IT UP, AND

NO AIR WOULD GO IN.

THAT WAS, LIKE, OKAY, THIS

IS NOT GOING TO WORK.

I STARTED REALLY FEELING

LIKE I'M IN TROUBLE.

I STARTED PRAYING, GOD,

PLEASE SEND MY HUSBAND TO

THE SURFACE.

PLEASE LET HIM KNOW THAT I

NEED HELP.

Reporter: DARNISHA

STRUGGLED FOR SEVERAL

MINUTES.

SHE HAD NO MORE STRENGTH

TO STAY AFLOAT.

I REMEMBER ONE OF MY

FINAL PRAYERS TO THE LORD

BEING, OKAY, FATHER, IF

THIS IS YOUR WILL, THEN

I'M GOING TO TRUST YOU TO

TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING

THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN

CARE OF.

THAT'S THE MOMENT I SHUT

MY EYES AND SAID, OKAY,

LORD, JUST HELP ME TO SWIM

STRAIGHT.

AND THAT'S WHEN I DRIFTED

OFF INTO ETERNITY.

I GOT UP TO THE

SURFACE, BUT I WAS KIND OF

SURPRISED WHEN AS I WENT

UP, THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE

WAS NOT AROUND OR NOT

HANGING ON THE LINE.

I DID A 360 A COUPLE OF

TIMES, LOOKING AROUND.

SO I STARTED LOOKING FOR

AIR BUBBLES ON THE

SURFACE.

I WOKE UP ON MY KNEES,

IN THIS PLACE THAT WAS --

THE ONLY WAY THAT I CAN

DESCRIBE IT IS IT WAS A

ROOM BUT IT HAD NO WALLS.

IT WAS JUST A WIDE OPEN,

BRIGHT SPACE.

IT WAS SO PEACEFUL.

IT WAS VERY PURE.

IN THE DISTANCE, I COULD

TELL THERE WAS THIS GREAT

DESTINATION, THIS GATEWAY,

THIS PLACE THAT PEOPLE

WERE ENTERING INTO.

I REMEMBER FEELING LIKE I

WAS HOME.

EVEN THOUGH IT DIDN'T

NECESSARILY LOOK LIKE MY

HOUSE, IT WAS A PLACE THAT

I KNEW I WAS WELCOMED.

Reporter: DARNISHA

SAW OTHER PEOPLE IN HER

VISION, AND ONE OF THEM IN

PARTICULAR GOT HER

ATTENTION.

WE DIDN'T TALK, THOUGH,

BUT WE COMMUNICATED.

AND IT WAS AS IF SHE WAS

ASKING ME, ARE YOU COMING?

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

SAY.

THE ANXIETY STARTED

INCREASING A LITTLE BIT

MORE.

I STARTED DOING A SPIN.

I STARTED YELLING, YELLING

HER NAME OUT.

Reporter: SCOTT

FINALLY SAW HIS WIFE.

SHE WAS 200 YARDS AWAY.

HE SWAM TOWARD HER.

I KEPT POPPING BACK UP

TO THE SURFACE TO ADJUST

MY BEARING, TO MAKE SURE I

WAS SWIMMING IN THAT

DIRECTION.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

SCOTT REACHED DARNISHA,

SHE WAS SINKING TO THE

BOTTOM OF THE LAKE.

EVERYTHING WENT BLACK.

AND I STARTED REACTING

LIKE, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

I'M HOME.

WHY ARE THEY BOTHERING ME?

THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT I

REMEMBERED WHAT HAPPENED

WITH THE ACCIDENT.

AND THAT I HAD DROWNED.

BEFORE THAT, IN THIS

PEACEFUL PLACE, I DIDN'T

REMEMBER ANY OF THAT.

I REMEMBERED HAVING TO

TALK TO MYSELF AND SAYING,

OKAY, I HAVE A DECISION TO

MAKE.

AND I REMEMBER ACTUALLY

HAVING TO SPECIFICALLY

MAKE THE DECISION, DO I

STAY OR DO I COME BACK?

I HEARD CLEARLY, YOU NEED

TO RELAX AND LET HIM BRING

YOU BACK.

AND SO I SAID, OKAY.

AND I INHALED AND ALLOWED

THE PROCESS TO HAPPEN.

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE

MIRACLE THAT I EVEN FOUND

HER IN THAT LAKE.

SO I HAD HER -- MY ARM

AROUND HER, AROUND HER

BACK, AND JUST POUNDING AS

HARD AS I COULD ON HER

CHEST.

AND I BREATHED INTO HER

MOUTH.

AND THAT FIRST BREATH

JUST -- THE FIRST AIR

COMING BACK OUT OF HER

LUNGS WASN'T HER BREATHING

IN.

IT WAS JUST HORRIFYING

BECAUSE ALL I COULD HEAR

WAS THE WATER GURGLING IN

HER LUNGS.

Reporter: SCOTT

SPOTTED A BOAT AND HE

SCREAMED FOR HELP.

AS SOON AS THE BOAT CUT

ITS ENGINES, THE FIRST

THING I HEARD WAS PRAYERS

OF ALL THREE PEOPLE ON THE

BOAT, PRAYING AND CRYING

OUT TO JESUS FOR HELP.

AS SOON AS WE GOT HER UP,

SHE COUGHED UP ALL OF THE

WATER OUT OF HER LUNGS AND

STARTED BREATHING.

Reporter: SCOTT AND

DARNISHA WERE TAKEN TO

SHORE.

HE DROVE HER TO THE

NEAREST HOSPITAL, 45

MINUTES AWAY.

AFTER M.R.I. TESTS AND

X-RAYS, DARNISHA WAS

TREATED AND RELEASED THE

SAME DAY.

THE REPORT THAT THE

DOCTOR GAVE BACK WAS, IT

LOOKS REALLY GREAT.

IT DOESN'T EVEN HARDLY

LOOK LIKE SHE HAD THIS

TYPE OF AN ACCIDENT.

THERE ARE SO MANY

PEOPLE THAT GOD HAS BEHIND

THE SCENES ON HER, THAT

ARE WORKING FOR OUR

BENEFIT AND FOR OUR GOOD.

HE DOES NOT EXPECT THAT

OUR WILLPOWER WILL GET US

THROUGH DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THERE

IS A PROCESS, THAT THERE

ARE EMOTIONAL THINGS THAT

WE'LL HAVE TO WALK

THROUGH, THAT THERE ARE

CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE

DIDN'T FORESEE, THAT HE IS

STILL MORE THAN CAPABLE OF

GIVING US GRACE TO BE ABLE

TO GET ON TO THE OTHER

SIDE.

IT'S ABOUT WHATEVER IS

DEALT TO YOU, THAT YOU ARE

ABLE TO WALK THROUGH IT

WITH THE LOVE AND THE

GRACE OF GOD.

AND HE WILL GIVE YOU WHAT

YOU NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE

IT.

Andrew: TERRY, AN

AMAZING SHOW TODAY.

EVEN WITH THESE THREE

ACCOUNTS WE'VE SEEN, JUST

THE SURVIVAL STORIES ARE

MIRACULOUS ENOUGH.

AND THE STORIES COULD ALL

END THERE, AND THE HEALING

POWER OF GOD.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE

HEAVENLY VISITS, WHICH ARE

ANOTHER STORY ENTIRELY.

Terry: I THINK ALSO

THAT YOU'RE SO AWARE IN

ALL OF THESE CASES HOW GOD

DID HAVE EXACTLY WHAT

DARNISHA JUST SAID, AND

WHAT HE SAID.

PEOPLE LINED UP.

THERE WERE PEOPLE IN

POSITION, BOTH ON THE

HEAVEN SIDE AND ON THE

EARTH SIDE FOR GOD'S WILL

TO BE ACCOMPLISHED.

I THINK OF HOW MUCH WE

WORRY IN OUR LIVES,

WHETHER THINGS ARE GOING

TO WORK OUT RIGHT.

WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO BE

IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

WHEN GOD ALREADY HAS IT

HANDLED.

HE HAS GOT OUR BACKS.

Andrew: THE STORIES

MADE ME RECONSIDER JOHN

14: 27, WHERE JESUS SAYS,

I LEAVE YOU PEACE.

AND IT IS PEACE THAT THE

WORLD DOES NOT UNDERSTAND.

AND THEY KEEP TALKING

ABOUT THE PEACE, THE

PEACE, AND IT IS BEGINNING

TO MAKE MORE SENSE AS WE

HEAR ABOUT THIS.

Terry: AND I THINK,

ALSO, JUST, AGAIN, THE

DEPOSIT OF UNDERSTANDING

THAT WE ARE ON A JOURNEY.

WE ARE ON A JOURNEY FROM

HERE TO THERE, BUT THERE

IS THE DESTINATION.

WE ONLY GET TO DO IT ONCE.

WE NEED TO DO IT WELL AND

RIGHT.

Andrew: A VERY

ENCOURAGING SHOW.

> WE LEAVE YOU TODAY

WITH THIS FINAL VERSE FROM

PHILLIPIANS 3: 20: "BUT WE

ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN,

WHERE THE LORD JESUS

CHRIST LIVES.

AND WE ARE EAGERLY

AWAITING FOR HIM TO RETURN

AS OUR SAVIOR."

I WANT TO REMIND YOU IF

YOU NEED PRAYER FOR

ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE,

GIVE US A CALL,

1-888-777-1999.

FOR TERRY MEEUWSEN, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE WILL

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