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700 Club Interactive: Encounter Jesus in Your Weakness – October 29, 2015

A missionary's two week trip turns into terror after being locked up abroad. Read Transcript


THEY FINALLY CAME BACK

TO US AND SAID, THERE IS A

PROBLEM WITH YOUR

DOCUMENTS.

Gordon: LOCKED UP

ABROAD...

AND I REALIZE THIS IS

FOR REAL.

Gordon: ...AND

AMERICAN IS THROWN INTO

IRAN'S TOUGHEST PRISON.

THEY BEAT ME FOR ABOUT

HOURS.

IF I'M GOING TO BE HERE

FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE,

WHY NOT CHECK OUT.

THE ONLY WAY NOT TO STAY

THERE WAS TO DIE.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: GOOD MORNING

AND WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

DAN BOWMAN HAS TRAVELLED

THE WORLD PREACHING THE

GOSPEL.

ALTHOUGH THERE HAS ALWAYS

BEEN AN ELEMENT OF DANGER

TO THAT, NOTHING COMPARES

TO THE TRIP HE TOOK TO

IRAN.

HIS TWO-WEEK TRIP TURNED

INTO NINE WEEKS OF TERROR.

ME AND A FRIEND FELT

LIKE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO

GO ON A TWO-WEEK VISIT

INTO IRAN.

AND I HAD A GREAT TIME.

AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH

THE COUNTRY.

FELL IN LOVE WITH THE

PEOPLE.

WHILE WE WERE LEAVING THE

COUNTRY, IT WAS CROSSING

THE BORDER, AND WE HAND IN

OUR DOCUMENTS TO BE

STAMPED OUT OF THE

COUNTRY, AND WE DIDN'T GET

THEM BACK.

AND IT WAS ABOUT SIX HOURS

LATER THAT THEY FINALLY

CAME BACK TO US AND SAID,

THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH

YOUR DOCUMENTS.

AND THE REALITY IS THAT I

HAD DEALT WITH BEFORE I

WENT, LIKE WHAT IF YOU HAD

A PROBLEM, WHAT IF THERE

COULD BE COMPLICATIONS

BEING AN AMERICAN -- YEAH,

IT ALL CAME TO THE

SURFACE.

I REALIZED, I COULD REALLY

HAVE A PROBLEM.

LIKE THIS IS FOR REAL.

EN MY WALIN MY WALK WITH THE LORD

IN MANY DANGEROUS PLACES,

I'VE ALWAYS SEEN GOD COME

THROUGH.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE

THOUGHT HIT ME, WHAT IF

THIS IS DIFFERENT.

THEY SEPARATED ME AND MY

FRIEND.

THEY TOOK ME INTO ANOTHER

ROOM AND THERE THEY BEAT

ME FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS.

KICKING ME AND HITTING ME.

AFTER THOSE SIX HOURS,

THEY DRAGGED ME BACK DOWN

TO THE LOBBY WHERE I MET

MY FRIEND AGAIN, WHO HAD

BEEN BEATEN IN ANOTHER

ROOM.

THEY PUT US IN PRISON

CLOTHES, AND THEY

BLINDFOLDED US AGAIN, AND

THEN THEY LED US DOWN THIS

BASEMENT.

THEY PUT ME IN THE ONE

PRISON CELL AND MY FRIEND

INTO ANOTHER ONE.

AND THERE I WAS IN PRISON

IN IRAN.

IT WAS OUT OF MY HANDS.

THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD

DO.

EITHER GOD WOULD DO A

MIRACLE, OR I WOULD STAY

THERE.

THERE WAS NO SENSE OF

FEELING GOD.

I FELT LIKE GOD WAS FAR

AWAY.

ALL I COULD REALLY TRUST

IN WAS HIS CHARACTER.

AND THAT HIS CHARACTER

WOULD BE TRUE NO MATTER

WHAT I WAS FEELING AND NO

MATTER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCE I

WAS GOING THROUGH.

THEY PUT ME IN A CELL IN

ISOLATION.

IT HAD A LIGHT IN ONE

CORNER, AND THAT WAS ON 24

HOURS A DAY.

IT WAS IN THE WINTERTIME.

THERE WAS ACTUALLY SNOW

OUTSIDE, BUT THE HEATER

DIDN'T WORK WELL.

THEY ONLY LET ME OUT OF

THE ROOM TO BE

INTERROGATED, WHICH WAS

SOMETIMES ONCE A DAY AND

SOMETIMES NOT AT ALL.

THEY WOULD LEAD ME DOWN

THE HALL INTO THIS

INTERROGATION ROOM.

IT HAD BLOODSTAINS ON THE

FLOOR.

IT WAS VERY DARK AND

MERKY.

IT WAS DEFINITELY THE MOST

TERRIFYING PART OF THE

WHOLE EXPERIENCE.

THE BEATINGS WOULD START,

AND THERE WOULD BE

SLAPPING IN THE FACE,

HITTING IN THE STOMACH,

SOMETIMES KICKING.

I STRUGGLED WITH FAITH.

WAS GOD WITH ME?

DID HE LOVE ME?

IF GOD IS GOOD, WHY WOULD

HE A ALLOW ME TO BE IN

THIS SITUATION.

I REMEMBER ONE DAY I WOKE

UP AND I WAS DONE INSIDE.

I REMEMBER WAKING UP THAT

DAY, THINKING TO MYSELF,

IF I'M GOING TO BE HERE

THE REST OF MY LIFE, WHY

NOT CHECK OUT.

MY ONLY THOUGHT WAS NOT TO

STAY THERE.

AND THE ONLY WAY NOT TO

STAY THERE WAS TO DIE.

I STUCK MY HEAD IN THE

SINK.

I FILLED IT UP AND TIED

ONE END TO A BRACKET, PUT

IT OVER MY HEAD, AND THEN

HOPEFULLY WOULD TIE THE

OTHER END TIGHT, THINKING

WITH MY HEAD IN THE WATER,

IN A FEW MINUTES I'D BE

GONE.

FOUR TIMES I TRIED TO KILL

MYSELF, BUT EVERY TIME I

TRIED, I WAS TOO SCARED TO

TIE THE OTHER END.

I'LL NEVER FORGET THE LAST

TIME.

AGAIN, I TRIED, AND AGAIN

I WAS, LIKE, COME ON, DO

IT.

AND, AGAIN, I COULDN'T DO

IT.

I COULDN'T TIE IT TIGHT.

I REMEMBER AT THAT MOMENT

JERKING MY HEAD OUT OF THE

WATER.

AND IF I WAS EVER AWARE OF

MY BROKENNESS, I WAS AWARE

OF IT AT THAT MOMENT.

AND I REMEMBER FALLING

DOWN ON THE GROUND, AND I

WAS BROKEN.

AND IF I WAS EVER AWARE OF

MY SHAME, I WAS AWARE OF

MY SHAME AT THAT MOMENT.

AND I REMEMBER LYING DOWN

ON THE GROUND, IN THAT

MOMENT, ALL OF A SUDDEN

THE ROOM FILLS WITH THIS

GLORIOUS LIGHT.

AND I TURN AROUND TO SEE

WHAT IS GOING ON, AND

THERE IS JESUS.

AND HE IS STANDING IN

FRONT OF ME WITH THIS BIG

GRIN AND SMILE ON HIS

FACE.

AND IT WAS AT THAT LOWEST

POINT THAT HE MET ME.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME, AND

HE STRETCHES OUT HIS HANDS

AND HIS PUTS THEM

UNDERNEATH ME, LIKE THIS.

IN THE VISION, AS I SEE

JESUS, HE LOOKS AT ME AND

SAYS THIS: HE SAYS, "DAN,

I LOVE YOU AND I PROMISE

TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS

TIME."

AND FROM THAT DAY UNTIL

THIS DAY, I'VE NEVER HAD

THOSE THOUGHTS AGAIN.

AND THAT'S WHO JESUS IS.

HE MEETS US AT OUR LOWEST,

AND HE CAN RESCUE US FROM

THE DEPTHS OF US.

AND HE WANTS TO GIVE US

LIFE IN THE MIDST OF THE

PAIN OF LIFE.

AND HE MEETS US AND HE

LOVES US AND HE WANTS TO

RESCUE US NO MATTER WHAT

WE'RE GOING THROUGH.

Gordon: DAN'S STORY

DOESN'T END THERE.

COMING UP, WATCH AS HE

BOLDLY CONFRONTS HIS IN

INTERROGATORS.

SOMETHING ROSE UP

WITHIN ME, AND I REMEMBER

LOOKING AT THE JUDGE AND

SAYING THIS: "I CAME TO

IRAN TO TELL YOU ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST."

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENS NEXT, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: LET'S GET

BACK TO DAN'S STORY.

GOVERNMENTS FROM AROUND

THE WORLD NEGOTIATED FOR

HIS RELEASE, BUT NOTHING

HAPPENED.

THE DAYS SPENT BEHIND BARS

SOON TURNED INTO WEEKS,

AND DAN FOUND HIMSELF

FACING TWO DEATH

SENTENCES.

GOD BEGAN TO CHALLENGE

ME WITH HIS LOVE FOR OUR

ENEMIES.

AND HE SAID THIS -- HE

SAID, DAN, ASK ME WHAT I

THINK ABOUT THIS MAN?

AND HE ASKED ME THE

QUESTION ABOUT THE MAN WHO

WAS MY IN INTERROGATOR,

THE MAN WHO BEAT ME, THE

MAN MOMAN WHO SEEMED TO HATE ME

THE MOST.

FINALLY I ASKED GOD, OKAY,

YEAH, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF

THIS MAN?

AT THAT MOMENT, MY HEART

OPENED UP AND I BEGAN TO

SEE GOD'S LOVE FOR THIS

MAN.

HOW HE LOVED HIM FROM THE

BEGINNING.

HOW HE MADE HIM.

HOW HE LOVED HIS FAMILY.

AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE

LAST DAY I SAW HIM.

I REMEMBER ON THIS DAY

THINKING, OH, MY GOSH,

WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO

TODAY.

AT THAT MOMENT, I REMEMBER

LOOKING AT HIM, AND I SAID

THIS: I SAID, SIR, IF I'M

GOING TO SEE YOU THE REST

OF MY LIFE EVERY DAY, WHY

DON'T WE BECOME FRIENDS?

HE WAS, LIKE, NO, THAT'S

IMPOSSIBLE.

I SAID, SIR, YOU CAN START

BY TELLING ME YOUR NAME.

AND I STUCK OUT MY HAND TO

HIM, AND I SAID, SIR,

LET'S BE FRIENDS.

AND AS I STUCK OUT MY HAND

TO SHAKE HIS HAND, HE JUST

STOOD THERE AND HE FROZE.

AND AFTER A FEW MINUTES,

HE STARTED TO SHAKE.

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I

SAW HIS HAND CREEP TOWARDS

MINE, AND HE SHOOK MY

HAND.

AND AS HE IS SHAKING MY

HAND, I SAW THESE TEARS

START TO ROLL DOWN HIS

FACE.

FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, HE

JUST SHOOK MY HAND, TEARS

STREAMING DOWN HIS FACE.

AND HE FINALLY LOOKS AT ME

AND HE SAYS THIS: HE'S,

LIKE, DAN -- AND HE CALLS

ME BY MY NAME -- MY NAME

IS ROZOK, AND I WOULD LOVE

TO BE YOUR FRIEND.

IT CAUSED ME TO SEE THERE

IS NO HEART TOO HARD FOR

JESUS.

HE CAN CHANGE THE HARDEST

HEART.

I HEARD THESE GUYS TALKING

ABOUT ME AND MY FRIEND,

THEY'RE CHRISTIANS, THEY

FOLLOW JESUS.

THESE FOREIGNERS, THEY

KNEW THEY COULD HAVE

PROBLEMS WHEN THEY CAME

HERE, BUT THEY HAVE

PURPOSE.

THEY HAVE A REASON TO LIVE

AND A REASON TO DIE, AND

THAT'S WHAT I WANT.

AND I HEARD THREE OF THESE

MEN SAY, YEAH, TODAY WE

ARE GOING TO FOLLOW JESUS.

WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW

THEIR WAY.

AND IF THAT WAS PART OF

THE REASON WHY GOD ALLOWED

ME DOWN THERE, YEAH, SO BE

IT.

JUST LIKE THOSE GUARDS IN

PRISON, I LONG FOR PEOPLE

TO KNOW TODAY HOW JESUS

IS, THAT HE CAN RESCUE US

IN THE MIDST OF PAIN.

IN THE MIDST OF OUR SHAME,

OUR BROKENNESS, HE WANTS

TO MEET US, AND THAT HE IS

GOOD, NO MATTER WHAT WE'RE

GOING THROUGH, AND THAT HE

LOVES US.

I FOUND OUT INDIRECTLY

THAT I WAS UNDER TWO DEATH

SENTENCES, ONE FOR BEING A

MISSIONARY, AND ONE FOR

BEING A SPY.

IN THAT PRISON I HEARD

EXECUTIONS QUITE

REGULARLY.

THERE WAS THAT MOMENT IN

THE COURTROOM, AND I STOOD

ON THE STAND, AND THERE

WERE VIDEO CAMERAS AND

JUDGES, AND THEN CAME THE

QUESTION: TELL US TODAY,

SIR, WHY -- WHY DID YOU

COME TO IRAN?

SOMETHING ROSE UP IN ME,

THE POWER OF GOD.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THE

JUDGE AND SAYING THIS: "I

CAME TO IRAN TO TELL YOU

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST."

AND WHEN I SAID THAT, I'M

LIKE, OH, WHAT DID I SAY?

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I SAID

IT AGAIN.

AND THEN I SAID IT AGAIN.

AND THEN SOMETHING STARTED

TO GROW IN MY HEART.

AND FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES,

I JUST PREACHED THE

GOSPEL.

AND I TOLD EVERYONE IN

THAT COURTROOM, AND I TOLD

EVERYONE WHO COULD HEAR

ME, ALL ABOUT WHO JESUS

IS, ALL ABOUT HOW MUCH HE

LOVED THEM.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I REALIZED

SOMETHING: I AM FREE.

I AM FREE.

SO WHAT IF THEY KILL ME.

MY LIFE IS BOUGHT BY THE

BLOOD OF JESUS.

MY HOME IS IN HEAVEN.

AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT

AWAY.

AND I REALIZED IN THE

MIDST OF DEATH ITSELF, GOD

GAVE ME THE GRACE TO STAND

UP AND SPEAK THE TRUTH.

AND IN DOING SO, IT

BROUGHT FREEDOM IN MY

HEART, KNOWING THAT THIS

LIFE DOESN'T END.

THERE IS MORE.

AND I'M GOING HOME ONE

DAY, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE

THAT AWAY.

Gordon: WELL, DAN IS

WITH US HERE, AND THAT IS

ONE INCREDIBLE STORY.

AS YOU WERE SAYING THAT, I

JUST HAD THIS -- THIS IS

PSALM 118: WHAT CAN MAN DO

TO ME?

THE REALIZATION THAT EVEN

THOUGH YOU DIE, YOU WILL

LIVE, AND YOU'LL LIVE WITH

HIM.

WHAT DID THAT -- IN THE

TIME SINCE THAT, HOW HAVE

YOU CHANGED?

I'VE MOSTLY CHANGED

JUST WITH SUCH AN

AWARENESS OF THE

GREATNESS, YEAH, AND THE

BIGNESS OF GOD.

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD.

BECAUSE I SAW JESUS RESCUE

ME FROM MYSELF AND FROM

DEATH SENTENCES, AND FROM

THAT PRISON CELL.

AND THAT MIRACLE HAS

CAUSED ME TO SEE THAT GOD

IS BIG, AND THAT HE IS

GREATER THAN ANYTHING WE

EVER FACE.

Gordon: IN THE MIDDLE

OF THAT, THERE WAS A POINT

WHERE YOU THOUGHT DEATH

WAS GOING TO BE THE ONLY

WAY OUT.

AND YOU WERE ACTUALLY

THINKING, HOW CAN I DIE?

YOU WANTED OUT?

YEAH.

IT WAS THE GREATEST TIME

OF DEPRESSION IN MY LIFE.

I WAS AT THE END OF MY

ROPE.

AND AT THAT POINT I

THOUGHT ONE DAY, WHY NOT

TAKE MY LIFE?

WHY SPEND THE REST OF MY

LIFE THERE.

THERE WAS A SINK IN THE

ROOM.

I KNEW IF I FILLED IT UP

AND PUT MY HEAD INTO THE

WATER, THEY HAD GIVEN ME A

TOWEL AND I COULD TIE IT

OVER MY HEAD ON BOTH SIDES

OF THE SINK.

IF I DID THAT, IN FOUR OR

FIVE MINUTES I WOULD BE

GONE.

AND FOUR TIMES I TRIED TO

DO IT.

AND EVERY TIME I TRIED, I

WAS TOO SCARED.

I WAS TOO SCARED TO TIE

THE TOWEL TIGHT ON THE

OTHER END.

SO WHEN I WOULD GAG, I

WOULD BE ABLE TO JERK MY

HEAD OUT.

IT WAS ON THAT FOURTH TRY

THAT I FAILED, AND THAT'S

WHEN MY HEART BROKE.

AND I FELL ON THE GROUND,

FULL OF SHAME, FULL OF

BROKENNESS.

AND IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT

THAT I STARTED TO SHAKE.

AND I LOOKED UP FROM THE

DIRT, AND THE ROOM WAS A

GLORIOUS LIGHT.

AND THAT'S WHEN I HAD A

VISION OF JESUS.

AND HE STOOD IN FRONT OF

ME.

LOVE AND MERCY COMING FROM

HIS EYES.

AND I FELT HIS HANDS COME

OUT UNDERNEATH ME, LIKE

THIS, AND THESE WORDS

COMING FROM HIS MOUTH,

"DAN, I LOVE YOU AND I

PROMISE TO CARRY YOU

THROUGH THIS TIME."

AND FROM THAT DAY UNTIL

TODAY, I'VE NEVER HAD

THOSE THOUGHTS AGAIN.

Gordon: AMEN.

HE SCARED YOU THROUGH.

A LOT OF PEOPLE, IF THEY'D

GONE THROUGH WHAT YOU WENT

THROUGH WOULD SAY, I WANT

TO STAY WITHIN THE UNITED

STATES.

I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE

AGAIN.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: I'VE LEARNED

MY LESSON.

BUT YOU CHOSE TO GO BACK

TO AFGHANISTAN.

WHY?

I WOULD ACTUALLY SAY

AFGHANISTAN IS HARDER THAN

IRAN, ISN'T IT?

YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO GET

KILLED, NOT BY A COURT,

BUT THEY'RE JUST GOING TO

MURDER YOU.

YEAH, IT HAS BEEN EARLY

ON IN MY LIFE WHEN I BEGAN

TO DISCOVER THE LOVE OF

JESUS.

THE MORE I GET TO KNOW WHO

JESUS IS, MY HEART COMES

ALIVE AND WANTS TO LOVE

GOD BACK.

AND THAT COMPELS ME.

IT COMPELS ME TO DO

WHATEVER HE LEADS ME TO

DO.

EVEN IN FACING HORRIFIC

CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND WHEN I WAS RELEASED

FROM PRISON IN IRAN, MY

HEART WAS STILL ALIVE WITH

WANTING TO SERVE THE LORD

AND WANTING TO SEE HIS

NAME KNOWN ON THE EARTH,

EVEN IF IT MEANT GOING

BACK TO HARD PLACES.

SO THAT'S WHY I WENT BACK

TO AFGHANISTAN.

Gordon: OKAY.

LET'S LOOK AT YOUR BOOK,

"A FRESH LOOK AT FEAR,"

AND I WOULD SAY YOU HAVE

PROBABLY SEEN MORE FEARFUL

SITUATIONS THAN PROBABLY

ANYBODY ELSE.

AND YET YOU WANT TO PUT

YOURSELF BACK INTO THOSE,

BACK INTO THOSE MOMENTS

WHERE IF GOD DOESN'T SHOW

UP, THEN YOU'RE IN

TROUBLE.

WHY?

ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT

IN MY JOURNEY, IS GETTING

OVER FEAR REALLY THE MAIN

ISSUE?

DO I REALLY WANT TO -- IS

GETTING OVER FEAR THE END

GOAL?

AND WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE,

IT IS REALLY NOT THE END

GOAL.

WHAT WE WANT IS PEACE,

JOY, AND CONTENTMENT.

AND AS I AM DISCOVERING

WALKING WITH JESUS, THAT

HE OFFERS PEACE, JOY, AND

CONTENTMENT.

SO GETTING OVER FEAR IS

REALLY NOT THE GOAL.

IT IS KIND OF AN END

PRODUCT, BUT IT'S NOT WHAT

WE REALLY WANT.

AND I HAVE FOUND IN

FOLLOWING JESUS, FOLLOWING

HIM AND OBEYING HIM IS

REALLY THE JOY OF LIFE.

AND THAT INCLUDES WALKING

INTO HARD SITUATIONS,

WALKING INTO THINGS WHERE

FEAR IS REAL.

BECAUSE JESUS IS MORE

REAL.

AND THAT'S BEEN MY JOURNEY

OF DISCOVERING THE

GREATNESS OF GOD OVER AND

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Gordon: WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY TO SOMEBODY WHO

FEELS THE PROMPTINGS, AND

THEY'RE HAVING ENCOUNTERS

WITH THE LORD, BUT THEY'RE

FEARFUL, IS THIS REALLY

HIM?

CAN I REALLY TRUST IN

THIS?

SHOULD I REALLY STEP OUT

AND DO WHAT HE IS ASKING

PLEA TME TO DO?

BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE

THAT -- FAITH CAN BE

SPELLED R-I-S-K, AND IF

YOU DON'T HAVE THAT

CHECK -- HOW DO YOU GET

THROUGH THAT?

IN MY OWN JOURNEY, IT

HAS REALLY STARTED AND

ENDED WITH MORE AND MORE

REVELATION OF GOD'S

CHARACTER.

GOD'S CHARACTER IS THE

MAIN THING.

AND AS I'VE DISCOVERED

THAT HE IS GOOD AND

DISCOVERED THAT HE IS FOR

ME, IT GIVES ME HEART HOPE

TO STEP OUT IN WHAT I

THINK HE IS SAYING, HOPE

TO STEP OUT IN WHAT I HOPE

HE WANTS.

BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME

WE'RE NOT EXACTLY 100%

SURE.

BUT WHAT I CAN BE SURE OF

IS HIS CHARACTER, AND THAT

HE IS FOR ME AND THAT

HE'LL TAKE CARE OF ME.

AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

I'VE SEEN GOD TAKE CARE OF

ME AS I HAVE STEPPED OUT

IN WHAT I THOUGHT HE TOLD

ME TO DO.

Gordon: ONE CHAPTER

YOU'VE GOT DEALS WITH OUR

PERSONAL WEAKNESSES, AND I

THINK THAT IS SOMETHING

THAT EVERYBODY HAS.

THAT'S A REAL UNIVERSAL.

IF PEOPLE REALLY KNEW ME,

THEY WOULDN'T LIKE ME.

OR IF THEY REALLY

UNDERSTOOD HOW WEAK I AM

IN THIS AREA, THEY

WOULDN'T ACCEPT ME.

BUT YOU HAVE COME TO THE

POINT WHERE YOU ACTUALLY

EMBRACE IT.

JUST LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL

SAYS, I GLORY IN THIS

BECAUSE IN THIS IS WHERE

JESUS REALLY GETS TO BE

MAGNIFIED.

HOW DID YOU GET TO THAT?

WAS THAT IN A PRISON CELL

IN IRAN?

OR WAS THAT ON A MISSION

TRIP IN AFGHANISTAN?

WHAT GOT YOU THERE?

IT HAS BEEN A JOURNEY

FOR ME.

I MEAN, I GREW UP REALLY

SHY.

I NEVER TALKED TO ANYONE.

I GREW UP FEELING VERY

INSECURE, NEVER FEELLY

CONFIDENT.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE THAT

GUY WHO WAS CONFIDENT, AND

I NEVER REALLY FELT I HAD

IT.

AS JESUS WAS REALLY

CAPTIVATING MY HEART, I

JUST WANTED TO SERVE HIM,

EVEN IF I STILL HAD

WEAKNESS, EVEN IF I STILL

FELT AFRAID.

AS I MOVED TO AFGHANISTAN

WHERE I LIVED FOR 10

YEARS, AND THEN BEING

IMPRISONED IN IRAN AND NOW

AS I CONTINUE TO TRAVEL

AROUND THE WORLD, YEAH, I

STILL FEEL WEAK AND

VULNERABLE IN MANY WAYS.

BUT I FOUND OVER AND OVER

AND OVER AGAIN THAT JESUS

MEETS US IN OUR WEAKNESS.

AND IF I'M WEAK, I'M GOING

TO RUN TO GOD.

IF I RUN TO GOD, I'M GOING

TO GET TO KNOW GOD.

AND KNOWING GOD IS LIFE.

Gordon: IT IS.

AMEN.

Gordon: HAVE YOU RUN

INTO PEOPLE TRYING TO HOLD

YOU BACK?

JUST SAYING, DAN, ARE YOU

SURE ABOUT THIS?

IS THIS REALLY GOD?

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT?

YEAH, I'VE RUN INTO IT

A LOT.

IN HUMILITY, I WANT TO

TAKE WHAT PEOPLE SAY REAL

SERIOUS.

AND SO I LISTEN AND I TAKE

IT BACK TO GOD.

AND I PRAY AND I GIVE IT

SOME TIME.

MANY OF MY FRIENDS --

THEY'RE VERY

WELL-MEANING -- HAVE

CHALLENGED ME NOT TO DO

CERTAIN THINGS I'VE DONE.

BUT ULTIMATELY, AS I'VE

RUN BACK TO GOD, I'VE HAD

GOD'S SENSE ONE WAY OR THE

OTHER TO CONTINUE TO OBEY

HIM.

AND ULTIMATELY OBEYING GOD

IS WHERE I LAND AND I WALK

FORWARD.

Gordon: WHAT'S HE

CALLING YOU TO NOW?

I TRAVEL HALF THE YEAR

SPEAKING AROUND THE WORLD,

TEACHING, AND ENCOURAGING

PEOPLE TO DISCOVER LIFE

WITH JESUS, HELPING PEOPLE

DISCOVER JESUS IN THE

MIDST OF THEIR FEAR.

AND THE OTHER HALF OF THE

YEAR, I'M WITH YOUTH OF

THE MISSION IN OUR MAIN

TRAINING CENTER IN KONA,

HAWAII.

Gordon: THE BOOK, "A

FRESH LOOK AT FEAR,

ENCOUNTERING JESUS IN OUR

WEAKNESS," IT IS AVAILABLE

NATIONWIDE, WHEREVER BOOKS

ARE SOLD.

IF YOU WANT TO ENCOUNTER

YOUR FEAR, AND THROUGH

THAT ENCOUNTER JESUS INT

MIDDLE OF YOUR WEAKNESS,

GET A COPY OF IT.

IT WILL ENCOURAGE YOU.

IF GOD IS PROMPTING YOU,

IF YOU'VE GOT A MISSION

CALL ON YOUR LIFE, OBEY

IT.

ALWAYS GET TWO OR THREE

WITNESSES TO CONFIRM, BUT

ONCE YOU'VE GOT THAT

CONFIRMATION, NOW IT IS

TIME TO GET REALLY BOLD

AND SAY, I'M GOING TO DO

IT.

I'M GOING TO GO FORWARD

WITH GOD.

DAN, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: THANK YOU FOR

YOUR LIFE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY.

AND PRAISE GOD FOR YOU.

THANKS.

THAT'S SO GOOD.

Gordon: JESSICA, OVER

TO YOU.

STILL TO COME, WE'LL

PRAY FOR YOU, BUT, FIRST,

A LITTLE GIRL AFRAID FOR

HER LIFE.

I THOUGHT A MAN MIGHT

BREAK IN AND ROB US,

KIDNAP US, AND HURT MY

BROTHER AND ME.

SEE HOW VIEWERS LIKE

YOU HELPED HER OVERCOME

HER FEARS.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: 9-YEAR-OLD

GABRIELLE AND HER LITTLE

BROTHER WERE NEARLY

STARVING AND SCARED TO

STAY HOME ALONE.

BUT TODAY THEY HAVE PLENTY

OF FOOD AND A SAFE PLACE

TO STAY, THANKS TO VIEWERS

LIKE YOU.

Reporter: FOR

9-YEAR-OLD GABRIELLE,

THERE IS ONLY WAY TO COPE

WITH HER FEAR.

EACH MORNING AT HER MOTHER

LEAVES FOR WORK, THE

LITTLE GIRL LITERALLY

BARRICADES HERSELF INSIDE

THE HOUSE.

LOCKING AND DOUBLE

CHECKING DOORS AND

WINDOWS.

I THOUGHT A MAN MIGHT

BREAK IN, ROB US, KIDNAP

US, AND HURT MY BROTHER

AND ME.

Reporter: GABRIELLE'S

MOTHER HAS NO OTHER CHOICE

BUT TO TELL THE CHILDREN

TO LOCK THEMSELVES IN THE

HOUSE AND DON'T ANSWER THE

DOOR.

I FELT TERRIBLE AND I

WAS SO AFRAID FOR THEM.

I WAS AT WORK, BUT I WAS

THINKING, WILL GABRIELLE

AND ANTHON BE OKAY.

Reporter: AND EACH

MORNING BEFORE LEAVING,

SHE ASKS GOD TO PROTECT

THEM.

I KNEW IF I DIDN'T GO

TO WORK, THEY WOULDN'T

EAT.

I HAD TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.

Reporter: ONCE HER

MOM LEAVES, THE LITTLE

GIRL CARES FOR HER

BROTHER, UNTIL IT IS TIME

TO EAT.

SOME DAYS THERE ISN'T ANY

FOOD LEFT.

WATCHING HER BROTHER CRY

IS THE HARDEST THING FOR

THIS TENDER-HEARTED BIG

SISTER.

I WOULD TRY TO TELL

HIM, ADRIAN, THERE IS NO

FOOD.

AND SOMETIMES I WOULD

START CRYING WITH HIM,

TOO.

MANY TIMES I WOULD ASK GOD

TO HELP US.

Reporter: ONE SUNDAY

AFTER CHURCH, THE PASTOR

STOPPED GABRIELLE'S MOM

AND TOLD HER SOME GOOD

NEWS.

CBN OF PROCTOR PROC PROM PROM'S "ORPHANS'PROMISE"

WOULD BE PROVIDING HELP IN

THEIR COMMUNITY.

THEY PROVIDED A SAFE PLAY

FOR THE KIDS TO GO TO PLAY

WHILE THEIR MOMS GO TO

WORK.

FOR OLDER CHILDREN LIKE

GABRIELLE, A CHANCE TO GO

TO SCHOOL.

AND FOR HER BROTHER, A

CHANCE FOR CHILD CARE, SO

HE CAN PLAY WITH OTHER

KIDS HIS AGE.

MY KIDS CAN GO TO

SCHOOL, AND AFTER SCHOOL,

THEY CAN COME HOME TO BE

WITH ME.

THANKS "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," I AM NO LONGER

SAD AND AFRAID FOR MY

LITTLE BROTHER.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO BE A PART OF HELPING

PEOPLE, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

CALL US, THE NUMBER IS

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AND YOU CAN ALSO LOG ON

TO

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AND IF YOU WANT TO

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

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100% OF IT WILL GO TO HELP

CHILDREN AT RISK AROUND

THE WORLD, DO IT NOW.

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WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU,

SO LET'S GO TO JESSICA IN

THE CHATROOM.

WE HAVE MANY VIEWERS

WHO STRUGGLE WITH FEAR.

BELINDA SAYS, "I'M AFRAID

OF SOMETHING HORRIBLE

HAPPENING TO MY CHILDREN.

I WON'T LET MY KIDS OUT OF

MY SIGHT.

THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO

LEAVE MY HOME, ACCEPT TO

GO TO SCHOOL.

THEY'RE STARTING TO REBEL

AND TELL ME THAT I'M

SMOTHERING THEM.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.

I KNOW IT IS AN UNHEALTHY

FEAR, AND I NEED TO TRUST

GOD WITH MY KIDS."

JONATHAN WRITES, "I HAVE

FEAR OF FAILURE.

I WANT EVERYTHING A

CERTAIN WAY AND GET VERY

ANXIOUS.

I DRIVE MY FAMILY AND

FRIENDS CRAZY WITH MY

PERFECTIONISM ATTITUDE.

I AM STARTING TO PUSH AWAY

THE ONES I LOVE, AND I

FEEL DEPRESSED.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME."

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY FOR

THOSE NEEDS.

AND IF YOU'RE WATCHING,

AND MAYBE YOU CAN RELATE

TO HAVING FEAR OR ANXIETY

IN YOUR LIFE, WE'RE GOING

TO PRAY AND WE'RE GOING TO

BELIEVE GOD FOR A MIRACLE,

AND FOR BREAKTHROUGH IN

YOUR LIFE TODAY.

LET'S PRAY.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE JUST

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FATHER, THAT WE CAN TRUST

IN YOUR CHARACTER.

JUST LIKE DAN BOWMAN SAID,

WHEN HE WAS IN THAT DARK

PRISON CELL.

WE KNOW WHEN WE'RE IN THE

BARDARKEST PLACES OF LIFE,

THAT IT IS JESUS, AND

JESUS ALONE, WHO CAN CARRY

US THROUGH.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT

YOUR WORD SAYS THAT YOU

WILL NEVER LEAVE US, YOU

WILL NEVER FORSAKE US,

THAT NOTHING IN HEAVEN OR

ON EARTH CAN SEPARATE FROM

THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

FOR BELINDA, LORD, WE PRAY

YOUR WORD OVER HER THAT

SAYS I HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN

A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT A

SPIRIT OF POWER AND LOVE

AND OF A SOUND MIND.

FATHER, FOR JONATHAN WHO

IS STRUGGLING, I PRAY HE

WOULD FIND THE SAME PEACE

THAT DAN FOUND.

PEACE TO SAY, YES, I AM

WEAK IN MY OWN STRENGTH,

BUT WITH YOU, I CAN DO ALL

THINGS.

FATHER, WE PRAY THAT HE

WOULD RECEIVE YOUR GRACE.

THAT HE WOULD KNOW THAT

YOUR LOVE, YOUR

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR HIM

COMES FROM YOU AND NOT

FROM HI HIS PERFORMANCE.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO ARE

BOUND IN FEAR, WE PRAY

RIGHT NOW THAT YOU POUR

OUT YOUR JOY.

THAT YOU WOULD POUR OUT

YOUR PEACE AND CONTENTMENT

UPON THEM AS THEY PURSUE,

AS THEY CHASE AFTER YOU,

THE AUTHOR AND THE

FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM

PSALM 34: "I PRAYED TO THE

LORD AND HE ANSWERED ME.

HE FREED ME FROM ALL MY

FEARS."

PRAY TO HIM.

HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

GOD BLESS YOU, WE'LL SEE

YOU AGAIN TOMORROW.

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