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700 Club Interactive: Undefeated – October 14, 2015

A top decathlete learns what it means to become a true champion. Read Transcript


YOU'RE FRUSTRATED RIGHT

NOW.

YOU THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY

ONE WHO HAS BEEN TOLD IT'S

OVER.

YOU THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY

ONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN TOLD

YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

YOU THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY

ONE THAT HAS BEEN TOLD

YOU'RE A FAILURE.

LOOK AT YOU!

YOU THINK YOU'RE THE ONLY

ONE THAT HAS BEEN TOLD

YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE

IT.

THAT THERE ARE SO MANY

OTHERS WHO ARE BETTER THAN

YOU.

JUST BECAUSE IT DIDN'T

WORK OUT TODAY, JUST

BECAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK OUT

THE WAY YOU WANTED IT

TO -- YOU WEREN'T CREATED

TO BE NORMAL.

YOU WEREN'T CREATED TO BE

AVERAGE.

YOU'RE NOT ME MEDIOCRE.

AND THE ONLY WAY TO THE

NEXT LEVEL OF YOUR

GREATNESS IS THROUGH YOUR

FRUSTRATION.

FOR THOSE FAITHFUL PEOPLE

ARE THE MOST FRUSTRATED

PEOPLE.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEY'RE COMMITTED

TO THE CAUSE.

THEY'RE DEDICATED AND

DEEPLY ENGAGED.

IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO,

YOU GIVE IT YOUR ALL.

WHEN YOU GIVE IT YOUR ALL,

YOU EXPECT RESULTS.

DEAL WITH IT.

DEAL WITH THE HURT.

[APPLAUSE]

LAY IT ALL ON THE LINE:

YOUR MIND, YOUR BODY, YOUR

SOUL, AND EVEN YOUR

SPIRIT.

THEY'RE WILLING TO DO

WHATEVER IT TAKES.

THEY'RE WILLING TO DO WHAT

NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO DO.

TELL YOURSELF, I'M GOING

TO FIGHT.

I'M GOING TO BE STRONGER.

I'M GOING TO BE BETTER.

I'M GOING TO KEEP

FIGHTING.

BE THANKFUL FOR THE

FRUSTRATION, BECAUSE

WITHOUT IT, YOU MAY NEVER

HAVE KNOWN HOW GREAT YOU

REALLY ARE.

LET THAT FRUSTRATION PUSH

YOU INTO GREATNESS.

IT IS EITHER GOING TO BURY

YOU OR MAKE YOU GREAT.

LET'S GO!

LET'S GO!

LET'S GO!

Andrew: HI, AND

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

FIRST WITH WANT TO GIVE

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DO.

THAT VIDEO YOU JUST SAW ON

THE TOP OF THIS SHOW WAS

PUT TOGETHER BY THE

INCREDIBLE MEDIA TEAM AT

ELEVATION CHURCH.

WE THANK THEM FOR LETING

US USE IT ON THIS PROGRAM.

Terry: THAT VIDEO IS

CALLED "THE FUEL OF

FRUSTRATION."

TODAY WE'LL HEAR HOW

FRUSTRATION HELPED ONE

DECATHALON BECOME A TRUE

CHAMPION.

AND WE'LL SEE HOW JEROME

WILLIAMS IS USING

BASKETBALL TO OPEN DOORS

AROUND THE WORLD.

SO DON'T GO ANYWHERE.

Andrew: BUT LET'S

REFER BACK TO THE VIDEO WE

JUST WATCHED.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PLAY

UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT

LIGHTS TO LEARN AN

IMPORTANT LESSON FROM IT.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF

THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM

FRUSTRATION.

FOR INSTANCE, WHEN YOU'RE

FRUSTRATED -- WHAT CAUSES

YOU TO BE FRUSTRATED?

WHAT CAUSES YOU TO BE

ANXIOUS?

THERE IS A PATTERN THAT

DEVELOPS, AND USUALLY IT

IS BECAUSE SOMEONE OR

SOMETHING IS KEEPING ME

FROM WHAT I WANT.

SOMETHING IS PREVENTING ME

FROM GETTING WHAT IT IS I

WANT.

THAT IS CERTAINLY CALLED

CONFLICT, RIGHT?

IT IS EASY TO THROW OUR

HANDS IN THE AIR AND SAY,

I CAN'T DO IT THE RIGHT

WAY, I CAN'T DO IT MY WAY,

SO I'M GOING TO BACK OUT

OF THIS.

WE HAVE TO THINK, DO YOU

REALLY BELIEVE PHILIPPIANS

4: 13: "I COUL CAN DO ALL

THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHO

STRENGTHENS ME."

WE TALK A LOT ABOUT

PRAYER.

IT IS EASIER TO PUT A NOTE

ON Facebook ABOUT

FRUSTRATION, THAN GETTING

INVOLVED IN THE BATTLE.

BUT AS CHRISTIANS WE KNOW

THE IMPORTANCE OF

SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND

PRAYER, BUT WE WOULD

RATHER BE OFF THE

BATTLEFIELD.

AND WE DON'T WANT TO PRAY

ABOUT WHAT FRUSTRATES US,

AND PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE

WE DON'T WANT TO BRING IT

BEFORE A HOLY GOD.

BUT MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE WE

DON'T WANT TO GET INTO THE

TRENCHES OF WHAT IS REALLY

FRUSTRATING US, AND SO WE

HANG OUT ON THE SIDELINES.

WE'RE ON THE SIDELINES, A

CORNER OF THE BATTLEFIELD,

AND WE WOULD RATHER WAIT

FOR THIS FRUSTRATION, THIS

BATTLE, TO BYPASS US.

BUT IT WON'T.

IT STAYS WITH US.

THE CHALLENGE IS STILL

BEFORE US.

AND WE CAN THINK OF

SOMEONE LIKE KING DAVID,

WHOM THE BIBLE SAID WAS A

MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART.

FOR A LONG TIME I WRESTLED

WITH THAT.

DAVID HAD SO MUCH SIN IN

HIS LIFE.

GOD, THIS IS A MAN AFTER

YOUR HEART?

AND AS YOU STUDY IT, I

FOUND AT LEAST A DOZEN

REASONS WHY DAVID WAS

AFTER GOD'S HEART.

HERE IS ONE REASON WHY I

THINK SO: YOU KNOW, GOD

DIDN'T NEED TO PUSH DAVID

ON TO THE BATTLEFIELD.

HERE WAS THIS GIANT WHO

FOR 40 DAYS, GOLIATH, WAS

HARASSING THE HEBREW ARMY,

AND 10 MILES AWAY YOU'VE

GOT THIS TEENAGER, DAVID,

TENDING HIS FLOCK, TENDING

HIS SHEEP.

AND HE IS SENT TO THE

BATTLEFIELD FOR ONE

REASON, BUT GOD HAD

ANOTHER.

HE WAS SENT THERE WITH

FOOD FOR HIS BROTHERS AND

FOR THE ARMY, BUT GOD WAS

CALLING A WARRIOR.

EVEN IF DAVID DIDN'T KNOW

WHY HE WAS GOING.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE

REASONS DAVID WAS AFTER

GOD'S HEART WAS BECAUSE

DAVID WASN'T STANDING

THERE WITH HIS ARMS

CROSSED.

HE DIDN'T NEED TO BE

KICKED IN THE BACK, WITH

HIS CHIN IN THE DIRT

BEFORE GOLIATH'S FEET.

HE VOLUNTEERED.

HE COURAGEOUSLY INITIATED

IT.

THIS FRUSTRATED HEBREW

ARMY THAT WAS FRIGHTENED,

WATCH THIS LITTLE BOY

VENTURE OUT AGAINST A

NINE-FOOT GIANT.

HE WORE 100 POUNDS OF

ARMOR AND HE HAD A

20-POUND SPEAR IN HIS

HAND.

THAT'S WHAT DAVID WENT UP

AGAINST.

DAVID SAID, YOU ALL BE

FRUSTRATED AND FEARFUL.

I'M GOING TO CONFIDENTLY

WALK OUT IN THE PRESENCE

OF MY GOD.

DAVID SAW THINGS FROM

GOD'S PERSPECTIVE, AND HE

SAW HIMSELF FROM GOD'S

PERSPECTIVE.

DAVID WOULD BECOME KING.

DAVID DEFEATED GOLIATH,

AND TWO ARMIES THAT DAY

REALLY STOOD AMAZED AT

WHAT THEY SAW.

UNTIL, TERRY, ONE OF THOSE

ARMIES SCURRIED AWAY IN

FEAR.

Terry: IT IS REALLY

SO TRUE.

BELIEVING IN GOD'S WORK,

STANDING ON IT, AND

BELIEVING WHO HE SAYS HE

IS A KEY TO MOVING AHEAD

CONFIDENTLY AND

VICTORIOUSLY.

WE WANT YOU TO CONTINUE

THE CONDITION WITH US

ONLINE.

HOW HAVE YOU USED THE FUEL

OF FRUSTRATION IN YOUR

LIFE, WHEN THINGS HAVEN'T

BEEN GOING THE WAY YOU

WANT OR GETTING YOU WHAT

YOU WANT.

LET US KNOW BY GOING TO

YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA

SITE.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

AND COMING UP, MEET THE

NATIONAL CHAMPION THAT IS

ALSO AN OLYMPIC HOPEFUL.

IT IS SOMETHING A LOT

OF PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED

TO DO.

THEY SAY, YOU DON'T CHOOSE

THE DECATHALON, THE

DECATHALON CHOICES YOU.

Terry: MIKE MORRISON

TELLS HOW HIS FAITH FUELS

HIS SUCCESS.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: IN 2011, MIKE

MORRISON WON THE NCAA

DECATHALON CHAMPIONSHIP.

BUT THEN INJURIES

PREVENTED HIM FROM

PURSUING THE 2012

OLYMPICS.

NOW MIKE IS BACK IN TOP

SHAPE, AND HE IS TRAINING

FOR THE 2016 SUMMER

OLYMPICS IN RIO.

HE TALKED ABOUT THE INNER

TRANSFORMATION THAT HAS

REPEATEDLY TAKEN HIM OVER

THE TOP.

Reporter: IT'S TRACK

AND FIELD'S MOST GRUELING

EVENT, THE DECATHALON, 10

DIFFERENT COMPETITIONS

OVER TWO DAYS, WITH SPEED,

STRENGTH, AND AGILITY AND

ENDURANCE.

THEY SAY YOU DON'T

CHOOSE THE DECATHALON.

IT CHOOSES YOU.

Reporter: MIKE

MORRISON, THE 2011 2011 NAACP

CHAMPION.

PEOPLE LOOK AT THE

DECATHALON AT 10

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS.

AS YOU GO THROUGH IT, YOU

REALIZE THERE IS THIS

TECHNIQUE OF MANAGING THE

EVENT AS A WHOLE.

Reporter: WHAT MIKE

HAS MANAGED TO DO IS EXCEL

IN THE POLE VOLT, THE

DECATHALON'S TOUGHEST

EVENT.

IT IS SOMETHING A LOT

OF PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED

TO DO.

A LOT OF TIMES THE MISSING

LINK IS THAT TECHNICAL

EXPERTISE.

Reporter: WHAT IS THE

ONE THING THAT EITHER

ALLOWS YOU TO SUCCESS OR

FAIL?

YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN.

HAVE YOU TO TOTALLY AND

COMPLETELY COMMIT TO THE

JUMP.

IF YOU DON'T, THE POLE IS

GOING TO SPIT YOU RIGHT

BACK OUT.

Reporter: PROVOKING

COMMON RELUCTANCE AND

FEAR, REMINDING

COMPETITORS OF THE EVENT'S

DANGER.

A YEAR AND A HALF AGO,

I DIDN'T QUITE MAKE IT,

AND I FELL BACK TO THE

RUNWAY AND BROKE A RIB AND

WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

Reporter: WHEN WAS

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE

AFRAID TO JUMP?

THIS IS SOMETHING I

STILL STRUGGLE WITH FROM

TIME TO TIME, YOU KNOW, AS

YOU START JUMPING HIGHER,

YOU HAVE TO GO UP TO

BIGGER POLES AND YOU START

QUESTIONING YOUR GRIP.

I THINK THERE IS ALWAYS A

SMALL ELEMENT TO IT.

Reporter: WHILE AT

THE UNIVERSITY OF

CALIFORNIA, MIKE FINISHED

RUNNERUP IN THE 2010

NATIONALS AND TORE A

LIGAMENT IN HIS ELBOW.

THEN IN HIS FINAL SEASON

THE FOLLOW YEAR, MIKE

BROKE SIX PERSONAL BEST TO

EARN THE NATIONAL TITLE.

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE

FEELING.

IT WAS LIKE EVERYTHING I

WORKED FOR FELT LIKE IT

WAS VALIDATED.

IT WAS THAT ONE DEFINING

MOMENT IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: WITH BOTH

THE U.S.A. AND WORLD

CHAMPIONSHIPS WAITING,

MIKE'S MOMENTUM HIT A

WALL.

HOW FAST THINGS COULD

CHANGE.

I FELT LIKE I WAS ON TOP

OF THE WORLD, AND NOT EVEN

10 DAYS LATER I HAD TO

PULL OUT OF COMPETITION

DUE TO INJURY.

I THOUGHT, DID I MISS MY

SHOT?

Reporter: BUT

LINGERING INJURIES AND

SURGERIES FOLLOWED.

THE 2012 OLYMPIC

OPPORTUNITY NEVER CAME.

MIKE MOVED TO GERMANY TO

TRAIN AND REGAIN HIS

CONFIDENCE.

RESTLESS AND UNHAPPY, HE

RETURNED TO THE U.S. AND

REUNITED WITH THIS HIGH

SCHOOL COACH, RICH

FULLFORD.

CONFIDENCE-WISE, HE

JUST WAS NOT THERE.

HE NEEDED STABILITY.

WE STARTED SEEING THAT HE

WAS ASKING SOME QUESTIONS.

WE COULD SEE THAT HE WAS

WANTING MORE.

HE GAVE ME A PEOPLE AND

SUGGESTED THE BOOK OF

ECLEASECCLESIASTES.

Reporter: MIKE

STARTED ATTENDING CHURCH,

WHERE A FRIEND HELPED HIM

PROCESS THE VOID IN HIS

LIFE.

SHE TOLD ME HER

RELATIONSHIPS WITH BASED

ON CHRIST, AND MINE WE

BASED ON THIS PURSUIT OF

THE OLYMPIC MEDAL.

THE NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP WAS THE

BIGGEST DREAM, AND HE WAS

SAYING HE STILL FELT SO

UNFULFILLED.

IT REALLY RESONATED.

I'VE GONE TO CHURCH, BUT I

NEVER HEARD LIKE THIS

BEFORE.

Reporter: CHELSEA,

HIS WIFE, ACTUALLY BROUGHT

HIM IN FRONT OF THE LORD.

AND HE ASKED JESUS INTO

HIS HEART.

Reporter: MIKE AND

CHELSEA LIVE IN KNOXVILLE.

HEALTHY AND FOCUSED, MIKE

IS TRAINING FOR THE

OLYMPIC GAMES NEXT SUMMER

IN RIO DE JANEIRO.

HE NOW DRAWS STRENGTH FROM

HIS PERSONAL BELIEF.

WHEN PAUL TALKS ABOUT,

I'VE FINISHED THE RACE, I

FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I'M

GOING TO PERSEVERE MY

SPIRITUAL WALK AS WELL.

I WOULDN'T BET AGAINST

MICHAEL BECAUSE HE IS NOT

DOING THIS FOR GLORY.

MICHAEL IS DOING THIS

BECAUSE HE IS VERY DRIVEN.

HE HAS 10 EVENTS, AND SOME

AREN'T GOING TO GO AS WELL

AS YOU HOPE.

BUT YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THAT

BEHIND AND BELIEVE I'M

GOING TO MAKE THAT UP THE

NEXT EVENT.

THE ONE THING THAT MAKES

HIM SUCCESSFUL IS FAITH.

THIS WHOLE JOURNEY HAS

BEEN SO ENCOURAGING TO ME.

IT HAS GIVEN ME A SECOND

HOPE.

IT HAS KIND OF RENEWED MY

SENSE OF, LET'S GO OUT

THERE AND DO THIS.

I KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO

GET THERE, AND I'M GOING

TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN.

LORD, IF IT'S YOUR WILL,

LET IT BE.

Reporter: DO YOU

PICTURE WHAT IT IS GOING

TO BE LIKE WHEN YOU'RE

THERE?

IT WILL JUST FEEL LIKE

THE ULTIMATE WORSHIP TO

GOD, OUR FATHER.

OFFERING OURSELVES UP TOS

A LIVING SACRIFICE.

THAT'S OUR TRUE AND PROPER

WORSHIP TO HIM.

I THINK I WILL BE SO

OVERWHELMED WITH

THANKFULNESS, I'M SURE I

WILL BREAK DOWN IN TEARS.

Terry: YOU KNOW, ONE

OF THE THINGS THAT STRUCK

ME EARLY ON AND WHAT MIKE

SAID, YOU HAVE TO BE ALL

IN.

TO DO WHAT HE IS DOING,

YOU CAN'T HESITATE.

YOU CAN'T BE UNPREPARED.

YOU CAN'T SECOND GUESS

YOURSELF.

YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN.

TO REALLY WALK IN VICTORY

WITH THE LORD, THAT'S

TRUE.

YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN.

THAT'S WHY HE TOLD US TO

PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF

GOD.

EVERY DAY, EVERY SINGLE

DAY, TO KNOW THAT WE'RE

SAVED.

TO KNOW THAT THE WORD HAS

POWER.

TO KNOW THAT HE WILL NEVER

LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US.

TO KNOW WE'RE CALLED TO A

PURPOSE.

AND SOMETIMES OUR PURPOSE

ALIGNS WITH WHAT HIS

PURPOSE FOR US IS.

AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO

GO THROUGH A PROCESS OF

FINDING OUT WHAT AM I HERE

FOR, GOD?

AND SOMETIMES THAT'S A

DAY-TO-DAY THING.

BECAUSE IT IS NOT ALWAYS

BIG.

IT IS NOT ALWAYS A GREAT

COMPETITION.

IT IS NOT ALWAYS A BIG

FINALE OR A TROPHY.

SOME DAYS IT IS JUST

LOVING HIM, WALKING BEHIND

HIM, SERVING OTHERS IN HIS

NAME.

IT IS FORGIVING

FORGIVENESS IN OUR OWN

HEARTS AND MINDS.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE ALL

IN TO DO.

BUT YOU CAN BE.

SEE, HIS COACH SAID, HE

CAME BEFORE CHRIST AND

JUST RECEIVED HIM INTO HIS

HEART.

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

AND THEN LETTING GOD BE

WHO GOD WANTS TO BE IN

YOU.

FORGIVING YOU AND

RECEIVING THAT

FORGIVENESS, AND THEN

ALLOWING US TO TURN AROUND

AND EXTEND OUR HANDS TO

OTHERS.

AS MIKE IS PREPARING FOR

THIS GREAT COMPETITION,

THE THING THAT HE KNOWS,

AND I WANT TO BE SURE YOU

KNOW TODAY, IS THAT WHEN

YOU BELONG TO THE KING OF

KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS,

NOTHING HAPPENS TO YOU IN

YOUR LIFE THAT DOESN'T

FIRST PASS THROUGH HIS

THRONE.

SO YOU NEVER NEED TO BE

CONCERNED.

YOU NEVER NEED TO WORRY,

HOW DID I MISS THAT?

IT IS NOT ABOUT THE THINGS

THAT ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF

US THAT WE SEE.

IT IS ABOUT ETERNITY.

IT IS ABOUT SPIRITUAL

THINGS.

IT IS ABOUT A SPIRITUAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

CREATOR OF THE WORLD AND

IT IS OURS FOR THE ASKING.

Andrew: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

UP NEXT, A FORMER NEW YORK

KNICKS BECOMES AN

AMBASSADOR.

THE DOG POUND HAS A

UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.

BUT IT IS THE LORD'S DOG

POUND.

Andrew: WE'LL SEE HOW

OTHER FORMER NBA PROS ARE

IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH

OTHER COUNTRIES ACROSS THE

GLOBE.

STAY WITH US.

Andrew: WELL,

REACHING PEOPLE WITH THE

GOSPEL AND IMPROVING

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES AT

THE SAME TIME COULD BE A

VERY DIFFICULT SIG ASSIGNMENT.

WELL, IF YOU THROW IN A

BASKETBALL, SUDDENLY

THINGS BECOME EASIER THAN

YOU THINK.

JENNIFER WISHON SHOWS US

HOW FROM THE EASTERN

EUROPEAN COUNTRY OF

BELARUS.

Reporter: SPORT, AND

THE PASSION THAT SURROUNDS

IT, IS A UNIVERSAL

LANGUAGE.

THIS WIDELY ANTICIPATED

BASKETBALL GAME PITS

FORMER NBA PLAYERS AGAINST

THE NATIONAL TEAM OF

BELARUS.

AND BEHIND THE KICKS,

ASSISTS, AND DUNKS IS AN

EXERCISE IN EVANGELISM AND

DIPLOMACY.

IT IS REALLY NEAT, THAT

THE AMERICAN NBA PLAYERS

CAME TO OUR BELARUSAN

LAND.

Reporter: SOME PEOPLE

IN THIS FORMER SOVIET

COUNTRY BECOME SKEPTICAL

OF AMERICA, BUT BRING IN

THE MEMBERS OF THE NBA,

AND THEY HEAR.

IT IS A UNIQUE MINISTRY

THAT CAN OPEN UP DOORS

THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN.

Reporter: 20 YEARS

AGO, BILL ALS ALLISON CREATED

THIS TEAM WHO TRAVELS THE

GLOBE, PLAYING THE GAME

AND SHARING THE GOSPEL.

THE REMARKABLE THING IS

THE NEARLY UNFETTERED

ACCESS THEY ENJOY IN THE

COUNTRIES THEY VISIT.

IT IS A PHENOMENAL

THING.

THE PRESS GOES EVERYWHERE

WE GO.

YOU SAY TO THE KIDS, JUMP,

AND THEY SAY HOW HIGH.

AND WE HAVE OUR LIVES

CHANGE IN THE PROCESS.

Reporter: SCHOOLS

SWING OPEN THEIR DOORS,

GIVING PLAYERS A CHANCE TO

WITNESS TO KIDS.

EVEN THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF

GOVERNMENT PAY ATTENTION.

JEROME "JUNKYARD DOG"

WILLIAMS IS ONE OF SPORTS

POWER'S STARS.

HIS MOVES ARE HIS

MINISTRY, AND HE IS

SHOWING HIS DOG POUND ONE

BARK, ONE PICTURE, ONE

INTERNATIONAL VENUE AT A

TIME.

YEAH, THE DOG POUND, IT

GROWS EVERY DAY.

BUT IT'S THE LORD'S DOG

POUND.

IT'S HIS.

Reporter: WELL, WHAT

IS IT LIKE PLAYING ON

GOD'S TEAM NOW?

IT'S AN HONOR.

I UNDERSTAND THAT MY

PLATFORM THAT THE LORD

GAVE ME WITH THE NBA PUTS

ME ON A PEDESTAL IN ANY

PART OF THE WORLD.

Reporter: FORMER PRO

PAUL GRANT GETS IT, TOO.

YOU CAN'T HAVE

EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE

MAGICAL THINGS HAPPEN THAT

WE CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE ON

EACH OF THESE TRIPS.

Reporter: BELARUS

ISN'T A PLACE WHERE

AMERICANS ALWAYS FEEL

WELCOME.

CBN'S PRESENCE IN THE

COUNTRY MADE NATIONAL

NEWS.

SEVEN YEARS AGO, BELARUSAN

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO

KICKED OUT THE AMERICAN

AMBASSADOR AND 30

DIPLOMATS.

SINCE THEN, THE U.S. HAS

BEEN WORKING TO IMPROVE

RELATIONS ONE PLAY AT A

TIMEMENT.

>TIME.

THE IDEA IS TO HELP USE

SPORTS AS THIS UNIVERSAL

LANGUAGE TO HELP PEOPLE

UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER

BETTER AND TO LEAD TO

BETTER RELATIONS IN

GENERAL.

Reporter: THIS

SUMMER, THE U.S. IS

FUNDING A THREE ON THREE

BASKETBALL COURT.

EVERYBODY IN BELARUS

KNOWS BASKETBALL.

SO SUCH EVENTS, AND, LIKE,

BEING ABLE TO HAVE THIS

PROGRAM TOGETHER WITH THE

UNITED STATES, ABSOLUTELY

IT WILL BRING THE

COUNTRIES CLOSER.

Reporter: IF THE U.S.

WANTS TO REACH BELARUSANS,

SPORTS MAY BE ONE OF THE

BEST WAYS.

PRESIDENT LUKASHENKO IS AN

AVID SUPPORTS FAN.

LOOK AT THIS HOCKEY ARENA

HE BUILT.

HE EVEN HAS A VICE

PRESIDENT OF SPORTS, WHICH

HAPPENS TO BE HIS CLOSEST

ADVISOR.

> I'M WONDERING WHAT

OPPORTUNITIES YOU SEE TO

USE SPORTS TO HELP BRIDGE

THE GAP BETWEEN THE UNITED

STATES AND BELARUS.

MOST OF THE TIMES MANY

PEOPLE LACK MUTUAL

UNDERSTANDING.

AND SPORTS ITSELF DOES NOT

BRING ANY POLITICAL COLORS

INSIDE OF IT, AND DOES NOT

MAKE PEOPLE TURN THEIR

BACKS.

AND THE BARKING OF THE

DOGS SHOWN BY JEROME, IS

MUCH MORE WORTH IT.

HEY, LISTEN, THE DOG

BARKING IS A UNIVERSAL

LANGUAGE.

Reporter: YEAGER IS A

PRODUCT OF SPORTS

DIPLOMACY.

A STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM

CALLED "SPORTS UNITED"

HUMIDITY HIM SHARPEN HIS

BASKETBALL SKILLS AND HE

EVENTUALLY PLAYED FOR

GEORGE WASHINGTON

UNIVERSITY.

SHORTLY AFTER THE FALL OF

THE SOVIET UNION.

IT WAS A DREAM COME

TRUE.

BECAUSE GROWING UP IN THE

SOVIET UNION, YOU DON'T

THINK OF GOING TO THE U.S.

BECAUSE OF THE VISA

PROBLEMS.

THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED.

Reporter: NOW HE

LEADS THE BELARUSAN

BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION,

SENDING THEM TO GAIN NEW

MOVES ON THE COURT.

I WAS ASKING THEM, WHAT

IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

WHEN YOU WENT TO THE U.S.

AND THE BASKETBALL

APPROACH OVER THERE,

COMPARED TO THE BELARUSAN

ONE, AND THEY SAID THE

COACHES WERE VERY

INSPIRATIONAL OUT THERE,

AND THEY ARE VERY INSPIRED

BY WOMEN'S SPORTS AND

WOMEN'S POWER, AN.

Reporter: BELARUS

HOLDS A STRATEGIC POSITION

BETWEEN EUROPE AND RUSSIA.

BUT AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAY

BELARUS MUST ADDRESS SOME

MAJOR CONCERNS, INCLUDING

RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

IT INCLUDES CONCERNS

ABOUT POLITICAL PRISONERS.

ABOUT THE RIGHT FOR

POLITICAL PARTIES TO

PARTICIPATE FREELY, FOR IT

TO HAVE ACCESS TO FREE

MEDIA.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

CHRISTIANS AND DIPLOMATS

WILL KEEP WORKING TO

CHANGE HEARTS AND MINDS

ONE GAME AT A TIME.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

MINSK, BELARUS.

Andrew: HOPEFULLY AS

A RESULT OF THIS, NOT ONLY

WILL THERE BE BETTER

RELATIONS WITH THE

COUNTRY, BUT THE GOSPEL

CAN GO THROUGH.

Terry: AND PEOPLE WHO

MIGHT BE AT ODDS WITH EACH

OTHER, TO BE IN ANOTHER

SCENARIO.

Andrew: AND FOR THESE

NBA PLAYERS WHO SAY MY

CAREER IS OVER, NOW WHAT?

Terry: MAKE IT

MATTER, FOR CERTAIN.

> NEXT, YOU'LL SEE HOW

CHILDREN HERE IN AMERICA

ARE LEARNING THE GOSPEL AT

A SPORTS CAMP.

Terry: RECENTLY KIDS

IN HOUSTON, GOT TO WATCH

EPISODES OF "SUPERBOOK" AT

A SUMMER SPORTS CAMP, AND

THEY LOVED IT.

TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF.

Reporter: THERE IS

NEVER A DULL MOMENT FOR

THOSE WHO COME TO

UNIVERSITY BAPTIST SPORTS

IN HOUSTON.

WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A

BREAK, THE GANG HEADS

UPSTAIRS FOR LESSON TIME.

THE CHURCH USES CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" TO TEACH THE

KIDS ABOUT GOD.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN

TODAY ABOUT DAVID AND

GOLIATH?

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

WITH GOD.

DAVID'S BROTHER DIDN'T

BELIEVE HE COULD KILL

GOLIATH, BUT HE TRUSTED IN

GOD AND WENT OUT THERE AND

FOUGHT AND KILLED HIM.

Reporter: CHILDREN'S

MINISTRY DIRECTOR KAREN

MURPHY SAYS THE KIDS LOVE

LESSON TIME.

I'M USED VIDEO SERIES

IN THE PAST, AND IT HAS

NOT GOTTEN THE ATTENTION

OF THE KIDS OR THE PARENTS

LIKE "SUPERBOOK" DID.

Reporter: CBN'S

NATIONAL CHURCH

REPRESENTATIVE, BRAD

GOODDALE SAYS HE IS

THRILLED THE NEW HIGH

DEFINITION, ANIMATED

SERIES IS WORKING LIKE

THIS.

WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO

BRING IT INTO A CHURCH

SETTING ON THE BIG SCREEN,

AND YOU HAVE THE DYNAMICS

OF EVERYTHING HAPPENING

AROUND YOU, THERE IS GREAT

SYNERGY.

AND WE SEE GREAT DITIONS DECISIONS

MADE BY KIDS IN LEARNING

THE BIBLE AND GIVING THEIR

HEARTS TO CHRIST.

Reporter: GREG AND

BECKY BRING THEIR KIDS TO

SPORTS CAMP, SO THEY

VOLUNTEER AND THEY WATCH,

TOO.

IT WAS SOMETHING WE

COULD WATCH TOGETHER.

IT WASN'T JUST FOR THE

6-YEAR-OLD OR THE

9-YEAR-OLD, BUT WE COULD

WATCH IT AS A FAMILY, AND

BOTH KIDS ENJOYED IT.

NOW THAT I'VE SEEN

"SUPERBOOK," I KNOW NO

MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU

CAN TRUST GOD.

Reporter: AND

"SUPERBOOK" HAS A BRAND

NEW EPISODE FOR EVERYBODY

TO ENJOY, "THE 10

COMMANDMENTS."

CBN CONTINUES THEIR

COMMITMENT TO WIN KIDS TO

CHRIST.

Terry: WE LOVE

"SUPERBOOK," TOO, BECAUSE

IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN

THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WHO

WATCH IT.

AND HERE IS THE GREAT

THING: IT IS WONDERFUL

ENOUGH THAT THEY'RE

HEARING BIBLE STORIES AND

THEY'RE LOCKING THOSE

TRUTHS AWAY IN THEIR

HEART.

BUT "SUPERBOOK" HAS

PREPARED ALL KINDS OF

AMAZING MATERIALS TO HELP

YOU HELP YOUR CHILD TAKE

THOSE TRUTHS AND INTEGRATE

THEM INTO THEIR LIFE AND

THE CHOICES THAT THEY'RE

MAKING TODAY.

BE A PART OF IT.

YOU CAN GET "SUPERBOOK"

FOR A GUEST OF $25.

YOU'LL GET THE LATEST THAT

WE HAVE, THAT HAS JUST

BEEN PRODUCED.

OR YOU CAN JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

WHEREVER SIX WEEKS OR SO

THEY'LL BE A NEW EPISODE

AND YOUR CARD WILL BE

AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED.

IT WILL COME IN THE MAIL.

YOU'RE KIDS WILL BE

EXCITED ABOUT IT, AND

THEY'LL BE CONSTANTLY

LEARNING THE WORD.

Andrew: "SUPERBOOK"

IS AWESOME.

MY WIFE AND I SIT DOWN

WITH OUR KIDS AND THEY

WATCH "SUPERBOOK."

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM MATTHEW 11:

"COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO

ARE BURDENED AND HEAVY

LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU

REST."

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, CALL

1-800-759-0700.

FOR TERRY, I'M ANDREW

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