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700 Club Interactive: Letting Go of Guilt – December 2, 2015

A top cop develops PTSD after killing an unarmed man. Read Transcript


Gordon: A TOP COP

DEVELOPS PTSD AFTER

KILLING AN UNARMED MAN.

I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW

HURT I WAS IN MY MIND.

YOU HAVE THESE STRANGE

THOUGHTS WHEN YOU GO

THROUGH A CRITICAL

INCIDENT LIKE THAT.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

ENDED HIS NIGHTMARE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THIS

SHOW.

YOU MAY NOT REALIZE IT

FROM WATCHING THE NEWS,

WHERE STORIES OF COPS

SHOOTING CIVILIANS FLOOD

THE AIRWAVES, BUT THE

AVERAGE POLICE OFFICER

NEVER FIRES HIS WEAPON IN

THE LINE OF DUTY AT ALL

DURING THIS WHOLE CAREER.

Terry: UNFORTUNATELY,

THAT WASN'T THE CASE WITH

DEPUTY JOHNNIE ROSE.

HE SHOT AND KILLED A

SUSPECT WHILE ON

ASSIGNMENT, AND THE

NIGHTMARE OF THAT MOMENT

PLAGUED HIM FOR YEARS.

JULY 5, 1999, WE JUST

CELEBRATED FOURTH OF JULY

FESTIVITIES, AND BEING A

MEMBER OF THE S.W.A.T.

TEAM, I WAS CALLED OUT TO

A SUBDIVISION WHERE THERE

WAS A MAN THAT HAD HAD A

SHOTGUN AND HELD IT AT HIS

WIFE'S HEAD AND HE WAS

THREATENING TO KILL HER.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

DEPUTY JOHNNIE ROSE OF

GRANBURY, TEXAS, ARRIVED

ON THE SCENE, THE MAN HAD

FLED INTO THE WOODS.

MYSELF AND THIS OTHER

OFFICER NOTICED THERE WAS

A SHADOW COMING OUT OF THE

WOODS, AND IT LOOKED LIKE

HE WAS CARRYING WHAT WE

THOUGHT WAS A SHOTGUN.

AS HE WAS APPROACHING US,

HE RAISES THE SHOTGUN UP

TO HIS SHOULDER, AND WE

WERE PREPARING FOR OUR

LIVES, WE SHOT HIM AND

KILLED HIM.

Reporter: WHAT HE SAW

NEXT WOULD HAUNT HIM FOR

YEARS.

WE APPROACHED HIM TO

GET THE WEAPON AWAY FROM

HIM, AND THEN I SAW THAT

IT WAS A LARGE STICK.

HE WANTED TO DIE.

HE WANTED TO COMMIT

SUICIDE, AND I WAS VERY

ANGRY THAT HE USED ME AND

THIS OTHER OFFICER TO DO

THAT.

IT WAS A PRETTY ROUGH DAY.

I HAD NEVER BEEN THROUGH

THAT.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW HOW

TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THE

FEELINGS I WAS GOING

THROUGH.

YOU BECOME ANGRY OR

SCARED.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH AN

INVESTIGATION DEEMED THE

SHOOTING JUSTIFIABLE, THE

GUILT OF KILLING AN

UNARMED MAN WEIGHED

HEAVILY ON JOHNNIE.

I HAD NIGHTMARES AND

FLASHBACKS, JUST STRANGE

THOUGHTS.

YO Reporter: JOHNNIE WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER, BUT HE WAS

CONVINCED HE NEEDED NO

ONE'S HELP.

I WAS STUBBORN AND

THOUGHT I COULD HANDLE IT

ON MY OWN.

I DIDN'T REALIZE HOW HURT

I WAS IN MY MIND AND MY

HEART.

I STILL HAD PROBLEMS,

BURYING MYSELF IN

DEPRESSION AND BITTERNESS

AND ANGER.

Reporter: IT AFFECTED

EVERY AREA OF HIS LIFE.

HE BECAME DISTANT AND

IRRITABLE AND OFTEN LASHED

OUT AT THOSE AROUND HIM.

IT SHOWED IN MY

MARRIAGE AND IN MY WORK,

HOW I WAS TREATING THE

EMPLOYEES.

I JUST WAS SO ANGRY.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY

HE AND HIS WIFE DIVORCED.

IT HURT MY CHILDREN,

AND IT JUST UPSET ME SO

MUCH.

YOU FEEL LIKE A FAILURE

BECAUSE YOU MADE A PROMISE

TO THAT PERSON AND A

PROMISE TO GOD TO BE

MARRIED, AND YOU FEEL LIKE

QUITE A LOSER.

Reporter: JOHNNIE

SANK INTO A DEEP

DEPRESSION THAT WOULD LAST

FOR FIVE YEARS.

IT WAS A PIT I COULDN'T

GET OUT OF.

I JUST FELT LIKE NOTHING

REALLY MATTERED.

Reporter: AND THEN

AFTER A STRING OF FAILED

RELATIONSHIPS, HE REALIZED

HE NEEDED HELP.

I HAD JUST BROKEN UP

WITH A GIRLFRIEND.

AND THAT WAS JUST THE

STRAW THAT BROKE THE

CAMEL'S BACK.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS IS IT, I

CANNOT DO THIS MYSELF.

I THINK I AM A BIG, BAD

COP, AND I CAN'T HANDLE

THIS.

Reporter: JOHNNIE WAS

RAISED IN A CHRISTIAN HOME

BUT NEVER FELT HE NEEDED

JESUS IN HIS LIFE UNTIL

NOW.

I NEEDED TO TURN TO

JESUS.

JESUS, YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE

THIS AND HANDLE THIS FOR

ME, AND I'LL GIVE IT ALL

THAT I'VE GOT FOR YOU.

I NEED YOU, AND PLEASE

COME INTO MY HEART.

Reporter: AFTER HE

PRAYED, JOHNNIE DUSTED OFF

THE FAMILY BIBLE AND BEGAN

READING.

THERE WAS A WEIGHT

LIFTED.

I FELT DIFFERENT.

I FELT LIKE THE ANGER AND

BITTERNESS WAS GONE.

MY LIFE BECAME MUCH

BETTER.

YOU SEE THINGS DIFFERENT

AS A BELIEVER, AND I

WASN'T SURE WHAT WAS GOING

TO HAPPEN, BUT I KNEW THAT

IT WOULD BE OKAY.

Reporter: HE HAS

SINCE REMARRIED AND HAS A

GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS

DAUGHTERS.

HE ALSO CONTINUES TO WORK

IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN

TEXAS.

NO MATTER WHAT HE MIGHT

FACE, THOUGH, JOHNNIE SAYS

KNOW HE KNOWS WHERE TO

TURN.

THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING IS LIFE IS TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

BECAUSE HE IS TRULY THE

SECRET TO LIFE.

HE IS THE ONE THING THAT

WILL NEVER CHANGE.

Reporter: TODAY

JOHNNIE ENCOURAGES MEMBERS

OF THE MILITARY AND LAW

ENFORCEMENT WHO MAY BE

SUFFERING WITH PTSD.

IF YOU'RE NOT A

BELIEVER, YOU NEED TO BE A

BELIEVER THAT YOU'RE GOING

TO BE IN THIS PROFESSION.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR

GOD.

NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR

GOD.

HE CREATED ME AND YOU AND

HE IS WORRIED ABOUT US,

AND HE LOVES US.

THAT IS A PRETTY AMAZING

THOUGHT.

TURN TO JESUS, AND HE CAN

GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND.

THAT'S WHAT HE HAS GIVEN

ME, JUST PEACE OF MIND.

Gordon: AND HE CAN

GIVE YOU THAT SAME PEACE.

THE BIBLE CALLS IT THE

PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL

UNDERSTANDING, THE ONE

THAT YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND

BUT YOU HAVE BECAUSE YOU

HAVE HIM.

NOW, JOHNNIE SAID

SOMETHING VERY PROFOUND,

THAT AFTER HE ASKED JESUS

TO COME IN, AFTER HE SAID,

I BELIEVE, HIS THINKING

CHANGED.

HE SAW THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO

HAVE THAT REBIRTH

EXPERIENCE.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE IS

TALKING ABOUT.

YOU GET REGENERATED FROM

YOUR INNERMOST BEING.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU

CAN HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE

EVERY SINGLE DAY, WHERE

YOU CAN COME TO HIM AND

SAY, LORD, I CAN'T DO

THIS, BUT YOU CAN.

CAN YOU TAKE THIS FROM ME?

CAN YOU CHANGE MY THOUGHTS

ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?

THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE

HAUNTING ME, THE

NIGHTMARES, CAN YOU CHANGE

THEM?

CAN YOU CHANGE MY

THINKING?

THAT WAS THE FIRST MESSAGE

THAT JESUS DELIVERED TO

THE WORLD.

HE CAME OUT OF A TIME OF

TETEMPTATION.

HE CAME OUT OF 40 DAYS OF

FASTING.

HIS FIRST SERMON WAS

CHANGE YOUR THINKING AND

RECEIVE THE GOOD NEWS.

SOME PEOPLE GET IT EASILY.

THEY SAY, GOD HAS GOT IT.

I DON'T NEED TO CARRY IT

ANYMORE; I'LL LEAVE IT ON

HIM.

BUT FOR SOME OF US, WE

THINK WE HAVE GONE TOO

FAR.

THERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE

DONE THAT WE CAN NEVER

FORGIVE OURSELVES FOR,

THAT WE LIVE IN THIS

DEPRESSIVE NIGHTMARE OF

CONSTANTLY RELIVING WHAT

WE DID OR WHAT WAS DONE TO

US.

WELL, THEN YOU'RE TRAPPED,

YOU'RE TRAPPED IN THAT

THOUGHT.

JOHNNIE WAS TRAPPED FOR

FIVE YEARS BECAUSE THESE

NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CAN

LITERALLY CAN LEAD TO

CHEMICAL CHANGES IN YOUR

BRAIN, AND YOU GET INTO A

DEPRESSIVE CYCLE, AND YOU

KEEP BEATING YOURSELF UP

AND BEATING YOURSELF UP

AND BEATING YOURSELF UP

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET FREE

FROM IT.

WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS FOR

YOU, TOO.

JESUS PROMISED THAT HE

WOULD TAKE ALL OUR SINS,

ALL OUR MISTAKES, EVEN THE

ONES YOU CAN'T MAKE ANY

RESTITUTION FOR, THERE IS

NOTHING YOU CAN DO, YOU

CAN'T GO BACK IN TIME AND

CHANGE IT, AND HE SAYS,

I'VE GOT THAT.

I'VE TAKEN THAT ON MYSELF

SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO

BEAR IT.

HE HAS DONE THIS FOR US

BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU, AND

HE WANTS YOU TO BE WITH

HIM.

NOW, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO

DO?

THERE ARE SOME TECHNIQUES

FOR IT, WHERE YOU CAN

WRITE THEM DOWN ON A PIECE

OF PAPER AND THEN GO TAKE

THAT PIECE OF PAPER AND

BURN IT.

AND SAY THESE THINGS HAVE

BEEN CARRIED AWAY.

THEY'RE NO LONGER MINE

ANYMORE.

THERE ARE OTHERS, WHERE IT

IS THROUGH THE ACT OF

BAPTISM.

YOU REALIZE THAT YOU'RE

DEAD, THAT YOU DIED WITH

HIM.

YOU CAN EVEN ASK FOR THAT

REVELATION, LORD, SHOW ME

HOW I'M NEW, THAT I'M NO

LONGER THAT PERSON THAT

DID THAT?

AND YOU CAN SAY THAT OLD

PERSON, THE ONE WHO DID

THOSE THINGS, IS DEAD.

I'M ALIVE IN CHRIST.

I HAVE NEWNESS.

HERE IS A VERSE FOR YOU,

AND IT'S ONE FOR

MEDITATION.

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

SAYING, CAN I EVEN FORGIVE

MYSELF -- YOU MAY BE ABLE

TO ACCEPT GOD FORGIVES ME,

BUT CAN YOU FORGIVE

YOURSELF.

IT IS PSALM 103: "HE HAS

REMOVED OUR SINS AS FAR

FROM US AS THE EAST IS

FROM THE WEST."

AND JUST MEDITATE ON THAT.

WHEN THESE SINS COME BACK

TO HAUNT YOU, THE MEMORY

OF IT COMES BACK TO HAUNT

YOU, MEDITATE, HE HAS

REMOVED THAT FROM ME.

I NO LONGER CARRY THAT.

HE HAS REMOVED IT FROM ME

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM

THE WEST.

AND LET THE GOOD NEWS COME

TO YOU, THAT HE HAS

FORGIVEN YOU, HE HAS TAKEN

IT ALL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEAT

YOURSELF ANYMORE BECAUSE

HE WAS BEATEN FOR YOU.

YOU CAN LET IT GO AND HAVE

NEWNESS OF LIFE, WHERE YOU

CAN WALK FREE FROM IT.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THIS, I BELIEVE IN

CONFESSION.

THERE IS A SOMETHING TO

IT, WHERE IT RELEASES YOU.

IF YOU JUST WANT TO CALL,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE

YOUR NAME.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL US

WHO YOU ARE, OR ANYTHING

LIKE THAT.

YOU JUST WANT TO CALL AND

SAY, I NEED HELP WITH THIS

PARTICULAR SIN.

I THINK I'VE GONE TOO FAR.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE

FORGIVING MYSELF.

WOULD YOU HELP ME?

WOULD YOU PRAY FOR ME?

IT WOULD BE OUR HONOR AND

OUR PRIVILEGE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE:

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING

UP, AN EX-NAVY SAILOR

BECAME A BANK ROBBER.

IT SEEMED LIKE A

SOLUTION TO ALL OF MY

PROBLEMS, BECAUSE I HAD NO

MONEY, I HAD NO JOB, AND

THIS WAS AN EASY, QUICK

WAY TO GET MONEY.

Terry: FIND OUT HOW

THIS OUTLAW WENT FROM

BEHIND BARS TO STUDYING

FOR THE BAR.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS HIS

AMAZING STORY.

IT'S UP NEXT.

Terry: SEAN HOPWOOD

HAD A LENGTHY RAP SHEET,

FIVE BANK ROBBERIES, AND

11 YEARS IN PRISON.

TODAY YOU WON'T FIND HIM

BREAKING THE LAW; YOU'LL

FIND HIM PRACTICING IT.

HERE IS HIS STORY.

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT

GOES BY THAT I DON'T HAVE

REMORSE OVER THE

DESTRUCTION THAT I CAUSED.

Reporter: SEAN

HOPWOOD GREW UP IN A SEAN

TOWN OF DAVID CITY,

NEBRASKA.

E NEVER FELNEBRASKA.

HE NEVER FELT LIKE HE

MEASURED UP.

AFTER FLUNKING OUT OF

COLLEGE AND SERVING TWO

YEARS IN THE NAVY, HE

ENDED UP BACK HOME.

I WOKE UP WITH NO PLAN,

AND YOU THROW IN ALCOHOL

ADDICTION AND DEPRESSION,

IT WAS A RECIPE FOR

DISASTER.

Reporter: SO IT WAS A

HARD SELL WHEN A FRIEND

BROUGHT UP THE IDEA OF

ROBBING BANKS.

TO ME, IT SEEMED LIKE A

SOLUTION TO ALL OF MY

PROBLEMS BECAUSE I HAD NO

MONEY, I HAD NO JOB, AND

THIS WAS AN EASY, QUICK

WAY TO GET MONEY.

WE WOULD WEAR COVERALLS,

AND A MASK AND A HARD HAT.

Reporter: THE F.B.I.

LEARNED THE IDENTITY OF

THE MEN BEHIND THE MASKS,

AND HE RECEIVED 11 YEARS

FOR HIS PART IN THE

ROBBERIES.

HE SHAMED HIS FAMILY.

HIS MOTHER PRAYED

DILIGENTLY.

SHE CONTINUED TO PRAY

FOR ME EVERY DAY, EVEN

WHEN THERE WAS NO

INDICATION THAT I WOULD

EVER BECOME SAVED.

Reporter: BUT SEAN

WASN'T INTERESTED IN A

JAILHOUSE CONVERSION.

HIS WORK ASSIGNMENT IN THE

PRISON LIBRARY WAS KEEPING

HIM OCCUPIED.

HE BECAME FAR MORE SKILLED

AT THE FINER PARTS OF THE

LAW THAN HE EVER WAS AT

BREAKING IT.

I STARTED MEMOS FOR

OTHER PRISONERS, AND

EVENTUALLY WRITING LABEL

BRIEFS.

I ENJOYED THE PROCESS OF

FOLLOWING THESE LEGAL

PUZZLES AND WRITING OUT

THE ANSWER IN A FORM OF A

LEGAL BRIEF.

Reporter: THE FIRST

PETITION HE FILED FOR A

FELLOW INMATE MADE IT ALL

THE WAY TO THE SUPREME

COURT.

IN THE ONE PERCENTILE OF

CASES THEY DECIDED TO

HEAR.

THAT IS ONE PERCENT

CHANCE FOR LAWYERS THAT

ARE FILING.

FOR AN INDIGENT PRISONER

FILING WITHOUT A LAWYER,

IT IS ABOUT A ONE PERCENT

OF A ONE PERCENT CHANCE.

Reporter: HE WAS

BOMBARDED WITH REQUESTS

FROM INMATES TO FILE

PETITIONS ON THEIR BEHALF.

IT WAS THE FIRST THING

I HAD DONE IN LIFE THAT

WAS CHALLENGING AND I HAD

SUCCESS AT.

Reporter: AND HE ALSO

STARTED EXCHANGING LETTERS

WITH ANNIE, A WOMAN HE

KNEW FROM HIS HOME TOWN.

WHEN SEAN WAS RELEASED

FROM PRISON, HE KNEW TWO

THINGS FOR SURE: HE WANTED

TO EARN A LAW DEGREE, AND

HE WANTED TO MARRY ANNIE.

I WENT TO MY

SISTER-IN-LAW, BORROWED AN

ENGAGEMENT RING FROM HER,

AND DECIDED THAT I

COULDN'T REALLY MAKE A

GRAND PROPOSAL BECAUSE I

DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO

DO THAT.

Reporter: SEAN HAD

SERVED HIS TIME AND WAS

READY TO START A NEW LIFE

WITH ANNIE.

BUT HE STILL STRUGGLED

WITH WHAT HE HAD DONE AND

HOW THE ROBBERIES AFFECTED

HIS VICTIMS.

NO ONE WAS PHYSICALLY

HURT, BUT I SURE SCARED

PEOPLE.

Reporter: SEAN DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO GET PAST THE

GUILT, BUT HE TRIED TO PUT

IT BEHIND HIM AND GET ON

WITH HIS LIFE.

HE CALLED A FAMILY

MINISTER AND ASKED HIM TO

PERFORM HIS AND ANNIE'S

WEDDING.

AND HE SAID, SURE, BUT

FIRST YOU'RE GOING TO DO

MARRIAGE COUNSELLING.

THAT'S A REQUIREMENT.

I WON'T MARRY YOU

OTHERWISE.

THE FIRST DAY WE SAT DOWN,

WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT

MARRIAGE AT ALL.

HE JUST LAID OUT THE

GOSPEL AND ASKED US WHAT

WE BELIEVED.

Reporter: SEAN

REALIZED THAT BEFORE HE

COULD MOVE ON WITH HIS

LIFE, THERE WAS SOMETHING

HE NEEDED TO DO.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT

ALL OF THE THINGS I HAD

DONE, ALL OF MY

INADEQUACIES, AND THAT I

NEEDED JESUS BAD.

I JUST REMEMBER PRAYING,

PRAYING FOR FORGIVENESS,

PRAYING THAT JESUS WOULD

FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS.

AND IT FELT LIKE A WEIGHT

WAS OFF MY SHOULDERS.

THE GUILT AND THE SHAME.

Reporter: TODAY SEAN

AND ANNIE ARE MARRIED WITH

TWO KIDS.

HE GRADUATED FROM THE

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

SCHOOL OF LAW WITH A JURIS

DOCTORATE.

HE WILL SOON BEGIN

CLERKING FOR THE CIRCUIT

COURT OF APPEALS IN D.C.

WE JUST THROW PEOPLE

AWAY IN PRISON AND HOPE

FOR A MIRACLE TO OCCUR.

BUT WE KNOW THAT THAT

DOESN'T HAPPEN, SO I DO

FEEL LIKE GOD HAS GIVEN ME

THAT POSITION TO USE FOR

THAT PURPOSE.

Reporter: AND AS A

FATHER, SEAN NOW

UNDERSTANDS GOD'S LOVE FOR

HIM.

IT'S LIKE A FATHER'S

LOVE, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE,

NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

REJECTED.

THAT'S THE KIND OF LOVE

THAT I TRY TO HAVE WITH MY

OWN KIDS.

THEY MAY NOT LISTEN.

THEY MAY RUN OFF AND BE

VERY DISOBEDIENT, BUT AT

THE END OF THE DAY, I'M

GOING TO LOVE THEM

REGARDLESS.

I KNOW IT GIVES ME PEACE.

I THINK THAT'S ONE THE

THINGS THAT MOST

CHRISTIANS FEEL, IS LOVE

AND PEACE.

Terry: IT'S SUCH AN

AMAZING THING, GOD'S LOVE,

ISN'T IT?

NO MATTER HOW MANY

MISTAKES YOU MAKE, NO

MATTER HOW SERIOUS THEY

ARE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH

TROUBLE YOU HAVE FORGIVING

YOURSELF, THE ISSUE ISN'T

REALLY WHETHER THERE IS

FORGIVENESS AVAILABLE, IT

IS WHETHER YOU RECEIVE IT

BECAUSE GOD DOES FORGIVE

US.

IN FACT, HE WOOS US TO

HIMSELF, EVEN IN OUR

DARKEST, MOST LOST PLACES.

HE'S SAYING, I'M OVER

HERE.

I LOVE YOU.

I WANT TO FORGIVE YOU.

I WANT TO GIVE YOU A NEW

BEGINNING.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS IN

US -- I GUESS OUR SIN

NATURE -- THAT MAKES US

RUN THE OTHER WAY, WHEN IT

WOULD BE SO EASY TO BECOME

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE

LIVING GOD, OF THE ONE WHO

CREATED US, WHO KNEW US

BEFORE WE WERE FORMED IN

OUR MOTHER'S WOMB, WHO

CREATED US WITH A PLAN AND

PURPOSE AND WITH DESTINY

AND A FUTURE, AND WITH AN

INVITATION TO BELONG TO

HIM, TO BE EMPOWERED BY

HIM, TO BE TAUGHT BY HIM,

TO BE LOVED BY HIM AND TO

HAVE ALL OF OUR SINS

FORGIVEN.

YOU KNOW, THAT IS

SOMETIMES SO HARD TO

ACCEPT WHEN WE'RE STUCK IN

THE MIDDLE OF IT, ISN'T

IT?

BUT I LOVE THE PORTION OF

SCRIPTURE WHERE IT SAYS,

"HE PULLED ME OUT OF THE

MUCK AND THE MIRE AND

PLANTED MY FEET ON A

ROCK."

GOD WILL DO THAT FOR YOU

TODAY, JUST AS HE DID FOR

SEAN.

SEAN'S LIFE COULD HAVE

ENDED EARLY ON, HE COULD

HAVE STAYED IN THAT PLACE

OF LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND

MAKING MORE MISTAKES THAT

ADDED TO THE POOR IMAGE HE

HAD OF HIMSELF, BUT GOD

INTERVENED AND SEAN SAID

YES.

HE HUMBLED HIMSELF WHEN HE

SAID, GOD, FORGIVE ME.

I WANT YOU.

YOU CAN DO THAT RIGHT NOW,

TOO.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE

YOU'VE BEEN OR WHAT YOU'VE

DONE.

I KNOW THAT'S HARD TO

GRASP BECAUSE WE DON'T GET

THAT KIND OF LOVE FROM

ANYBODY ELSE ANYWHERE.

BUT GOD DOES LOVE US THAT

WAY.

BUD GOBUT GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.

BUT GOD WILL GIVE YOU A

NEW BEGINNING.

HE WILL EMPOWER YOU TO

THINK DIFFERENTLY, TO

BECOME WHAT HE CREATED YOU

TO BE.

CALL OUT TO HIM.

THERE IS NO FORMAL PRAYER.

YOU JUST CONFESS YOUR SIN.

YOU JUST CONFESS YOUR

NEED.

AND THEN YOU ASK HIM TO BE

YOUR LORD AND YOUR SAVIOR.

NOT JUST FOR THE WHOLE

WORLD GENERICALLY, BUT

SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

IF YOU HAVE A NEED IN YOUR

LIFE YOU WOULD LIKE TO

PRAY WITH SOMEONE ABOUT,

WE HAVE A TOLL-FREE NUMBER

AND FRIENDS STANDING BY

WHO HAVE ALREADY PRAYED

THE PRAYER WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT.

THEY ARE STANDING BY TO

TAKE YOUR PHONE CALL.

THERE IS THE TOLL-FREE

NUMBER, 1-888-777-1999.

YOU CAN CALL AND JUST SAY

I'M WATCHING THE PROGRAM

TODAY AND I JUST WONDER IF

YOU WOULD PRAY WITH ME?

YOU WOULD MAKE THEIR DAY.

THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO DO.

Gordon: COMING UP,

WE'RE GOING TO BE PRAYING

FOR YOU AND YOUR NEEDS,

BUT FIRST THE STORY OF A

FATHER WHO STRUGGLED TO

GET WATER FOR HIS FAMILY

AFTER NEARLY BEING KILLED

BY A LANDMINE.

SEE HOW YOU BROUGHT THE

WATER CLOSER TO HOME.

THAT'S NEXT.

Gordon: MANY PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD DON'T

HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN

WATER.

LIKE THIS CRIPPLED MAN IN

CAMBODIA WHO STRUGGLED

EVERY DAY JUST TO FIND

SOME FOR HER FAMILY.

Reporter: EVERY

MORNING AS SHE LEFT FOR

SCHOOL, 12-YEAR-OLD HATT

WATCHED HER DAD STRUGGLE

AS HE CARRIED A BUCKET TO

GET WATER FROM A DISTANT

STREAM.

MY DAD HAS ONLY ONE

LEG.

SO I WORRY ABOUT HIM

GETTING WATER ALONE.

I WISH I COULD HELP HIM

WITH IT, BUT HE WANTS ME

TO GO TO SCHOOL.

Reporter: TUNE LOST

HIS LEG WHEN HE STEPPED ON

A LANDMINE MANY YEARS AGO.

HIS WIFE WORKS IN THE RICE

FIELDS, WHILE HE TAKES

OVER THE HOUSEHOLD CHORES.

THAT INCLUDES LIMPING DEEP

INTO THE FOREST TO COLLECT

WATER THREE TIMES A DAY.

IT TAKES ME ALMOST ONE

HOUR TO GET THE WATER.

MY LEG AND MY WHOLE BODY

ARE IN SO MUCH PAIN I

CANNOT SLEEP AT NIGHT.

Reporter: TO MAKE

MATTERS WORSE, THE WATER

HE COLLECTS IS MERKY AND

FILLED WITH BACTERIA.

SOMETIMES WHEN THE WATER

IS LOW, HE HAS TO CLIMB

DOWN INTO THIS HOLE TO

COLLECT IT.

IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME

TO BEND OVER WITH JUST ONE

LEG.

SOMETIMES I SLIP AND FALL

INTO THE HOLE.

I DON'T WANT TO DRINK

THE WATER.

IT SMELLS LIKE MUD.

SOMETIMES I SEE BUGS AND

FROGS IN IT.

IT TASTES BAD AND IT MAKES

MY STOMACH HURT.

I GET SICK, AND MY MOM HAS

TO TAKE ME TO THE HEALTH

CENTER.

I FEEL SORRY FOR MY

DAUGHTER.

I'M AFRAID SHE WILL BECOME

SERIOUSLY ILL FROM

DRINKING THE WATER.

Reporter: SO CBN DUG

A WELL FOR TUNE AND OTHER

VILLAGERS RIGHT NEXT TO

HIM HOME.

THE WATER FROM THE CBN

WELL LOOKS SO CLEAR AND IT

SMELLS GOOD AND IT TAKES

DELICIOUS.

Reporter: NOW TUNE

NOT ONLY HAS FRESH WATER

TO DRINK AND BATHE, HE

ALSO HAD ENOUGH FOR HIS

VEGETABLE GARDEN.

OUR FAMILY EATS THE

VEGETABLES, AND WE HAVE

MORE THAN ENOUGH TO SELL

IN THE VILLAGE.

SOON WE WILL RAISE DUCKS,

PIGS, AND COWS.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR OUR

WELL.

Gordon: AND THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

THAT.

YOU'RE PART OF BLESSING

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT TO

"THE 700 CLUB" GOES INTO

THE WORK OF "OPERATION

BLESSING" TO HELP PEOPLE.

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL AROUND THE

WORLD.

YOU'RE A PART OF

EVERYTHING WE DO WHEN YOU

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS IT?

JUST $20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS

A DAY.

AND YOU JOIN WITH TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT

SAY, YES, I WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

I WANT TO SEE PEOPLE

HELPED AROUND THE WORLD.

IF THAT IS YOU, JOIN WITH

US.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO OUR

WEBSITE,

700clubinteractive.com,

AND THERE IS A PLACE THERE

WHERE YOU CAN GIVE.

IF YOU'RE ON THE WEBSITE

AND YOU WANT TO DESIGNATE

YOUR GIVING TO WATER

WELLS, THERE IS A PLACE

WHERE YOU CAN DO THAT.

DO IT NOW, CALL US:

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, THIS IS

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

AND WE'VE RECEIVED SOME

PRAYER REQUESTS ON

Facebook.

BILL WRITES, "I STRUGGLE

WITH GUILT OVER HOW I

RAISED MY SON.

HE IS NOT SERVING THE LORD

AND IS INTO ALL KINDS OF

PERVERSION.

NOW HE MAY GO TO JAIL

BECAUSE OF SO MANY

D.U.I.s.

I FEEL THAT SOMEHOW I

DIDN'T DO ENOUGH.

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON AND

ME."

HERE IS ANOTHER ONE FROM

CAROL, AND SHE SAYS, "I'M

PRAYING FOR SOMEONE I LOVE

THAT ALWAYS WANTS TO END

HER LIFE.

AND I PRAY TO GOD SHE

NEVER DOES.

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL, KIND,

AND LOVING.

SHE IS ALSO SAD,

BROKEN-HEARTED, AND FILLED

WITH PAIN."

WELL, WE'D LIKE TO PRAY

FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT UP BILL

TO YOU RIGHT NOW, AND WE

LIFT HIS SON TO YOU, AND

WE JUST DECLARE FREEDOM

FOR BILL.

THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO

WALK IN GUILT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WALK IN

SHAME.

IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.

THE ALCOHOL HAS GOTTEN

AHOLD OF YOUR SON AND IS

DICTATING HIS THOUGHTS.

IT'S NOT HOW YOU RAISED

HIM.

IT IS WHAT HE IS PUTTING

INTO HIS SYSTEM.

SO WE JUST DECLARE

DELIVERANCE OVER BILL'S

SON.

WE JUST ASK FOR MESSENGERS

AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART, TO

COME TO HIM, TO WITNESS TO

HIM, THAT GOD LOVES HIM.

THAT GOD WANTS TO SET HIM

FREE FROM THIS ADDICTION,

FROM ALL OF THE THINGS

THAT HE'S GOTTEN INTO.

WE PRAY DELIVERANCE OVER

HIM.

LET THERE BE A GREAT

FESTIVAL OF DELIVERANCE IN

THEIR FAMILY.

THE REJOICING AS THE

PRODIGAL COMES HOME.

AS FOR CAROL AND THIS

FRIEND, WE BREAK THE

SPIRIT OF DEATH AND

SUICIDE OVER HER.

WE BREAK DEPRESSION OVER

HER.

WE ASK FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,

PEACE AND JOY TO COME TO

HER.

LET THERE BE A BREATH OF

LIFE WITHIN HER.

LET HER WAKE ANEW, KNOWING

THAT GOD IS WATCHING OVER

HER.

GOD IS CONCERNED ABOUT

HER.

GOD WANTS TO BLESS HER.

GOD HAS HER FUTURE.

DO IT NOW, LORD, FOR WE

ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE

HAVE.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM ROMANS: "SO NOW

THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION

FOR THOSE WHO BELONG TO

CHRIST JESUS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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