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700 Club Interactive: Holiday Cheer – December 16, 2015

The 700 Club Interactive staff and Orphan’s Promise team up to deliver a memorable Christmas party for a local women’s shelter. Read Transcript


Gordon: A PASTOR

REACHES OUTSIDE THE WALLR

WAYS ANWALLSOF HIS CHURCH.

GOD CALLED US TO BE THE

CHURCH AND TO LOVE

EVERYONE.

WE SHOW UP, AND THEY COME

RUNNING TO RECEIVE A GOOD

DINNER.

WE AVERAGE BETWEEN 100 AND

300 PEOPLE AT A TIME.

Gordon: SEE HOW HE

SPREADS A LITTLE HOLIDAY

CHEER ALL YEAR AROUND ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

FOR MANY PEOPLE, CHRISTMAS

IS THE BEST TIME OF THE

YEAR.

THERE IS A HOUSE TO

DECORATE, PARTIES, FAMILY

GET-TOGETHERS, AND LOTS OF

BAKING.

AND IF YOU WANT TO WATCH

CHRISTMAS MOVIES,

CHRISTMASTIME IS THE TIME

TO SEE THEM ON THE TV.

Terry: AND CHRISTMAS

IS ABOUT GIVING BACK AND

SPREADING A LITTLE HOLIDAY

CHEER.

OUR TEAM HERE AT "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" ALONG WITH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" DID

JUST THAT, TAKE A LOOK.

I ESTELA HERE WITH "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

I STARTED 21 YEARS AGO.

I HAD OVER 2,500 PEOPLE

EATING IN THIS HOUSE.

WE HAD 10 LADIES AND

ABOUT 12 CHILDREN.

WHAT I HAVE FOR EACH

MOTHER COMING IN IS

THEY'RE GOING TO FIND OUT

ABOUT JESUS.

THAT'S THE FIRST THING WE

TELL THEM.

WE JUST GIVE THE SEED.

THE SECOND THING IS THEY

SAVE THE MONEY, AND WE

REQUIRE THEM TO SAVE AT

LEAST 25% OF THEIR INCOME,

AND THEN WE SAVE IT IN A

MONEY ORDER.

AND WHEN SHE HAS ENOUGH,

THEY MOVE FROM HERE TO THE

HOUSING.

AND SOME OF THEM CAN EVEN

THEN BUY THE HOME.

IF THEY'RE REALLY DOING

GOOD.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

EXCITED TO BE PARTNERING

WITH "THE 700 CLUB"

TONIGHT, THE HOLIDAY

SEASON, TO BRING LOVE AND

CARING MINISTRY.

A NEW STOVE.

[CHEERING]

WE NEVER HAD A BRAND

NEW STOVE, AND TODAY I AM

SO THANKFUL.

THE STOVE MEANS SO MUCH,

NOT JUST FOR ME, BUT FOR

ALL OF THE MAMAS HERE.

I AM SO THANKFUL FOR "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE" AND

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" FOR

THIS SEASON, HELPING US.

* IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A

LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS *

* TOYS IN EVERY STORE

* BUT THE PRETTIEST SIGHT

TO SEE IS THE HOLLY THAT

WILL BE ON YOUR HOMEFRONT

DOOR *

[CHEERING]

FATHER, WE PRAY THAT

THIS FOOD WOULD JUST BE

NOURISHING TO OUR BODIES,

AND THAT WILL WOULD BE

GREAT JOY AND GREAT

CELEBRATIONS.

AMEN.

I AM SO EXCITED TO BE

HERE.

WE GET TO HELP OUT THE

PEOPLE AND EAT SOME GREAT

FOOD.

SHARE SOME GREAT FOOD.

I'M REALLY PUMPED TO BE

HERE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I OWN A LOCAL SALON.

AND I FELT BLESSED TO

DONATE 12 MAKEOVERS.

GROWING UP, MY MOM WAS A

SINGLE MOM.

THERE WERE TIMES THAT WE

DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD.

I'M VERY THANKFUL THAT,

YOU KNOW, WE HAD PEOPLE TO

HELP.

GOD HAS BLESSED ME NOW AND

GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY

TO GIVE BACK.

I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO

HELP GOD'S WORK IN MAKING

THESE WOMEN BEAUTIFUL

TODAY.

I THINK IT IS

WONDERFUL.

I THINK IT IS A TIME OF

CELEBRATION OF CHRIST.

*

IT IS ABOUT GETTING

PEOPLE TOGETHER AND SEEING

THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

AND THE FOOD THAT YOU

PROVIDED TONIGHT WAS

EXCELLENT.

AND I THINK EVERYBODY

ENJOYED IT.

I GOOD A "SUPERBOOK,"

AND I GOT ANOTHER ONE.

I JUST WANT TO SAY

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I ENJOYED EVERYTHING.

AND MY CHILDREN ENJOYED

IT.

I DON'T HAVE FAMILY

HERE, SO I THINK IT IS A

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE

TOGETHER AND ENJOY THE

FOOD TOGETHER.

IT'S A BLESSING.

I JUST WANTED TO BLESS

YOU ALL SO YOU ALL CAN

WATCH "SUPERBOOK."

[CHEERING]

WE'VE HAD A FABULOUS

NIGHT HERE TONIGHT.

YOU KNOW WHAT, STACEY, I

THINK IT WAS A GREAT TIME

HAD BY ALL.

ABSOLUTELY.

YOU COME TO AN EVENT LIKE

THIS, AND YOU REALLY HOPE

TO BE A BLESSING TO

OTHERS.

BUT I THINK WE ARE LEAVING

HERE SO BLESSED TONIGHT.

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT'S IT FOR TONIGHT, AND

WE HERE WISH YOU A MERRY

CHRISTMAS.

Gordon: THAT'S A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO ON

CHRISTMAS.

WHAT A WONDERFUL

PROGRAMME.

PROGRAM.

AND YOU THINK ABOUT THAT,

HERE IS SOMEBODY WHO SAYS

I'M GOING TO DEVOTE MY

LIFE TO THIS AND DO THAT

AND REALLY HELP THE WOMEN.

Terry: MARIA IS AN

AMAZING LADY.

SHE IS FROM PORTUGAL.

AND THIS ALL BEGAN WALKING

INTO A 7-ELEVEN STORE AND

SEEING A HOMELESS PERSON

ASLEEP ON THE SIDE OF THE

STORE, AND GOD TOLD HER TO

GO SPEAK TO THAT PERSON.

AND SHE WENT INTO THE

STORE THINKING, I CAN'T DO

THAT.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW THIS

PERSON.

AND IT HAS ALL GROWN INTO

THIS AMAZING MINISTRY FOR

WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

WHO COME OUT OF DIFFICULT

PLACES AND NOW HAVE THEIR

FUTURE RESTORED.

THEY LEARN ABOUT THE LOVE

OF CHRIST, THEY'RE GIVEN

HOPE, THEY'RE CHILDREN ARE

TUTORED AFTER SCHOOL, AND

THEY'RE WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" ON A REGULAR

BASIS.

AND MARIA CONTINUES TO

BLESS SO MANY FAMILIES

BECAUSE OF HER COMMITMENT.

Gordon: MARIA'S STORY

IS UNIQUE, BUT I WOULD

CHALLENGE YOU, CAN YOU

FIND SOMEONE LIKE THAT IN

YOUR AREA?

CAN YOU FIND A WOMEN'S

SHELTER?

CAN YOU FIND SOMEONE WHO

IS REACHING OUT TO THOSE

IN NEED?

AND IN THIS HOLIDAY

SEASON, MAKE SURE YOU

UNDERSTAND THE REASON FOR

THE SEASON: FOR GOD SO

LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE

GAVE...

IT'S ALL PART OF THAT

MESSAGE.

WHATEVER IS NEEDED FOR

THEM TO BE RESCUED.

SO FIND A WOMEN'S SHELTER

IN YOUR AREA, AND SEE WHAT

THEY NEED AND SEE IF YOU

CAN BE A PART OF THEIR

SOLUTION.

> COMING UP, AN ALABAMA

CHURCH SPREADS SOME

HOLIDAY CHEER ALL YEAR

AROUND.

IF YOU LISTEN, YOU'LL

HEAR A NEED ALL YEAR LONG,

AND YOU JUST TRY TO FILL

THAT UP.

Gordon: SEE WHAT THEY

DO AND HOW THEY DO IT,

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WHEN PASTOR

THOMAS MARTIN SAW AN ALL

SALVATION ARMY FOOD TRUCKS

FOR SALE, HE SAW MORE THAN

JUST A BEAT UP TRUCK.

HE SAW A NEW WAY TO SERVE

HOPE TO THE LOCAL

COMMUNITY.

Reporter: LIKE ANY

GOOD PASTOR, THOMAS MARTIN

HAS A HEART FOR HIS

COMMUNITY.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,

WE'LL COME GET YOU TO COME

OUT SUNDAY MORNING.

Reporter: AND IT IS

SOMETHING HE SHARES WITH

HIS CHURCH.

WE'RE FROM PASTOR HILL

CHURCH, AND WE WANT TO

BLESS YOUR COMMUNITY.

Reporter: FROM YARD

WORK TO MINOR MAINTENANCE,

THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO

SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

GOD DIDN'T CALL US JUST

TO BE THE CHURCH, BUT TO

BE THE COMMUNITY.

AND PART OF THAT IS THE

FOOD TRUCK MINISTRY THAT

WE FIND OURSELVES IN NOW.

Reporter: YOU HEARD

HIM RIGHT, A FOOD TRUCK.

IT STARTED WHEN A FRIEND

TOLD PASTOR MARTIN ABOUT

AN OLD RUSTY FOOD TRUCK HE

WAS SELLING.

IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH.

Reporter: BUT A NEW

WAY TO FEED THE COMMUNITY

WAS BORN.

I FELT LIKE GOD WAS

SAYING, WHY DON'T YOU DO

SOMETHING.

THOMAS, WHY DON'T YOU DO

SOMETHING.

Reporter: HIS LITTLE

CHURCH CAUGHT THE VISION,

TOO, AND RAISED $15,000 IN

ONE WEEK, ENOUGH TO BUY

AND FIX THE TRUCK.

WE BEGAN TO EQUIP THE

TRUCK AND PUT IN

APPLIANCES AND CLEAN IT

UP.

THE TRUCK IS AWESOME.

IT HAS A SIX-BURNER STOVE

AND A FLATTOP.

AND WE SHOW UP AND THEY

COME RUNNING TO RECEIVE A

GOOD DINNER.

WE AVERAGE BETWEEN 100 AND

300 PEOPLE AT A TIME.

Reporter: SO HE PLANS

ON RENOVATING PART OF

THEIR NEW CHURCH, A

RECENTLY PURCHASED

60-YEAR-OLD WAREHOUSE.

WE NEED A BIG

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN AND

PREP AREA THAT WE CAN FIX

BULK FOOD, PUT IT IN THE

WARMER DRAWS ON OUR FOOD

TRUCK, AND GO OUT INTO THE

COMMUNITY AND SERVE HOT

FOOD ONE PLATE AT A TIME

FOR THE PEOPLE.

WE HAVE A HEART TO OPEN UP

A TRUE SOUP KITCHEN TO

OPEN DIFFERENT DAYS OF THE

WEEK TO SERVE FOOD

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CHURCH

AS AN EXTENSION OF WHAT WE

DO.

OUR HEART IS TO BE ABLE TO

FEED AND LOVE THIS

COMMUNITY.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO US

TO HAVE YOU ALL COME.

IT IS JUST WONDERFUL.

AND WE LOVE IT.

THANK YOU.

Reporter: AND THE

FOOD TRUCK HAD AN

UNEXPECTED EFFECT.

AS WE BEGAN TO SERVE

AND DO THIS MINISTRY,

OTHER CHURCHES IN OUR AREA

HAVE STEPPED UP AND SAID,

HEY, WE CAN HELP YOU WITH

THIS.

I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF

GOING OUT AND REACHING

INTO THE COMMUNITY, TO

OTHER CHURCHES, AND

TEAMING UP WITH THEM TO DO

MINISTRY.

IF YOU LISTEN, YOU'LL

HEAR A NEED WHEREVER YOU

GO.

AND YOU NEED TO TRY TO

FILL THAT.

WE NEED TO HELP OUR

HELLO MAN.

THAT'S ONE OF THE MAIN

REASONS FOR BEING HERE ON

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

PEOPLE, NOT JUST HERE IN

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

JASPER, BUT ALL OVER THE

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

PLACE THAT ARE LIVING A

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

LIFE THAT IS HOPE

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

DEFERRED.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

THEY REALLY CAN'T SEE THAT

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

TOMORROW WILL BE A BETTER

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

DAY.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

I CAN TELL YOU FOR SURE

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

WHEN THAT TRUCK PULLS UP

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

INTO AN AREA WHERE SOME

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

PEOPLE ARE REALLY NEEDY,

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

AND WE FLIP DOWN THAT

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

COUNTER AND THE SMELLS OF

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

HOT FOOD BEGIN TO GO OUT

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

THOSE WINDOWS, I BELIEVE

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

THAT SOMEHOW WE'RE MAKING

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

THEM UNDERSTAND THERE IS

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

HOPE FOR ME.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

SOMEONE LOVED ME.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

SOMEONE SAW MEAL.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

ME.

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

SOMEONE WAS WILLING TO

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

DRIVE UP HERE AND SHOW THE

THE EARTH.

THE EARTH.

LOVE OF CHRIST TO ME.

LOVE OF CHRIST TO ME.

Reporter: SERVING UP

CHRIST'S LOVE TO JASPER

WITH A SIDE OF HOPE.

Gordon: PASTOR MARTIN

IS DOING A WONDERFUL

THING.

THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT

WERE SAID IN THAT PIECE.

ONE, I REALLY HOPE YOU'LL

LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE IT IS

REAL SIMPLE: IF YOU

LISTEN, YOU'LL HEAR A

NEED.

IF YOU LISTEN, YOU'LL HEAR

A NEED.

ANYWHERE YOU GO, IF YOU

LISTEN, YOU'LL HEAR A

NEED.

AND THEN CAN YOU RESPOND

TO THAT NEED?

AND THEN PASTOR MARTIN IS

SAYING GOD DIDN'T CALL US

TO COME TO CHURCH.

HE CALLED US TO BE THE

CHURCH.

HE CALLED US TO BE HIS

HANDS EXTENDED, HIS FEET,

HIS BODY.

SO WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO

WHAT JESUS DID.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO ACT LIKE

HIM.

WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO

THINGS THAT SHOW GOD'S

LOVE TO PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD.

SO DO THAT.

GO OUT AND LISTEN.

YOU'LL HEAR A NEED.

AND THEN START ASKING GOD,

HOW DO I MEET THIS NEED?

HOW CAN I BE PART OF THIS?

HOW CAN I BE PART OF YOUR

PLAN TO BRING A SOLUTION

TO THIS NEED?

IF YOU'D LIKE TO HEAR MORE

ABOUT, AND LEARN MORE

ABOUT, THE FOOD TRUCK

MINISTRY AND MAKE A

DONATION, YOU CAN GO T TO

WWWLOVESANDFISHTRUCK.COM.

Terry: AND THANKS TO

"OPERATION BLESSING,"

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WILL

HAVE DINNER ON THEIR

DINNER TABLES.

Reporter: HERE ON

HAMPTON ROAD, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS GETTING INTO

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.

THEY PARTNERED WITH THE

SALVATION ARMY TO RUN THE

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DEPOT.

WE'VE BEEN INVOLVED

WITH "OPERATION BLESSING"

OVER THE YEARS.

IT HAS BECOME A CBN YEARLY

CHRISTMAS TRADITION.

WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE OUT

CHRISTMAS TO THOUSANDS OF

FAMILIES, AND AT THE SAME

TIME SHARE THE GOOD NEWS

OF JESUS CHRIST.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

TRAGEDIES IN OUR SIGH,

QUOTE,".

SIGH, SOCIETY.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE

PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THOSE

TRIALS KNOW THEY HAVE SOME

FRIENDS AROUND.

Reporter: 2014 WAS A

TOUGH JEE YEAR FOR JAMIE.

ON TOP OF BEING A SINGLE

MOM, JUST LAST MONTH SHE

NEARLY DIED OF A BRAIN

ANEURYSM.

IT HURT A LOT.

AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND

WAKING UP FROM SURGERY.

IT WAS VERY SCARY.

Reporter: SHE WAS

ALREADY BEHIND ON HER

BILLS.

NOW WITH BIG MEDICAL

EXPENSES, SHE PREPARED HER

KIDS FOR A LEAN CHRISTMAS.

WE HAVE A CHRISTMAS

TREE BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER

BOUGHT IT.

SHE WORKS AND SHE BOUGHT

US A CHRISTMAS TREE.

Reporter: MORE THAN

120 "OPERATION BLESSING"

AND CBN STAFF MEMBERS AND

THEIR FAMILIES CAME OUT TO

HELP FOLKS LIKE JAMIE.

WE GET SO BUSY WITH

LIFE.

AND THEN YOU NEED SOMEBODY

LIKE JAMIE, AND I FELT

PEACE IMMEDIATELY.

ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT

TO DO IS SHOW PEOPLE THE

LOVE OF GOD.

AT THE END OF THIS, I LOVE

TO ASK IF THEY'RE OKAY IF

YOU PRAY.

WHEN YOU PRAY, YOU REALLY

JUST PUT IT AT THE FEET OF

THE LORD.

YOU KNOW HE IS TRUSTWORTHY

AND HE IS GOING TO TAKE

CARE OF IT.

Reporter: "OPERATION

BLESSING" ALSO MADE SURE

EVERY FAMILY LEFT WITH

ENOUGH GROCERIES TO HAVE A

REAL CHRISTMAS DINNER.

THIS YEAR WE HAD OVER

$18,000 WORTH OF DONATED

FOOD.

AND WE CAN CREATE

CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR EVERY

SINGLE FAMILY WHO WALKS

THROUGH HERE.

I WANT TO THANK

EVERYONE WHO DONATED AND

GAVE THEIR TIME AND EFFORT

TO DO ALL OF THIS.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE

IT.

Reporter: AND THANKS

TO "OPERATION BLESSING"

AND ITS PARTNERS, MORE

THAN 5,000 FAMILIES WILL

HAVE THEIR OWN CHRISTMAS

MIRACLE THIS YEAR.

Terry: IT IS

WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ISN'T

IT?

ALL OF THE OUTREACHES THAT

YOU SAW FEATURED SO FAR IN

OUR PROGRAM TODAY HAVE

HAPPENED BECAUSE PEOPLE

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB" AND

SAY, WE WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

WE WANT TO BRING HOPE TO

PEOPLE'S LIVES.

WE WANT THEM TO KNOW THE

LOVE OF JESUS.

WE WANT TO TOUCH THEIR

LIVES RIGHT AT THE POINT

OF NEED.

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB," IT

IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH.

IF YOU HAVEN'T JOINED YET,

IT IS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR

TO DO IT BECAUSE YOU

REALLY CAN IMPACT LOTS AND

LOTS OF LIVES.

YOU JOIN BY CALLING OUR

TOLL-FREE NUMBER,

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

700clubinteractive.com..

BUT DO SOMETHING TODAY TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

WE STILL HAVE TIME BEFORE

THE HOLIDAY, AND YOU CAN

BE THE HOPE IN SOMEONE'S

LIFE RIGHT NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, ONE PERSON'S

CAMPAIGN TO LIFT THE

SPIRITS OF OUR TROOPS.

I ALWAYS HEARD MY

HUSBAND SAY THAT MAIL CALL

COULD MAKE OR BREAK YOUR

DAY.

Gordon: GET A PEEK AT

THE 15,000 LETTERS SHE

SENT TO MEMBERS OF OUR

MILITARY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THIS WONDERFUL STORY.

IT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: THERE ARE

MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION

MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED

SERVICESMENSERVICES.

AND TO EVELYN BREWER,

THESE MILITARY MEN AND

WOMEN AREN'T JUST THE ONCE

WHO PROTECT HER FREEDOM.

THEY ARE 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

THE SACRIFICES YOU HAVE

COMMITTED FOR THE FREEDOM

OF AMERICA.

ANYTHING I CAN THINK OF TO

UPLIFT THEM AND ENCOURAGE

THEM.

AND OF COURSE I WILL TELL

THEM A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT

IS GOING ON AROUND HOME.

BUT 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 HER

TWO UNCLES WHO WERE IN

EUROPE SERVING THE U.S.

NAVY.

POPOSTAGE WAS ONE CENT.

AND MAMA WOULD SAY,

WRITE TO MY BROTHERS

BECAUSE I'M SO BUSY.

SO I LOVED WRITING TO

THEM.

I LOVED THE SAILORS.

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 I

LEFT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

HERE IS MY ADDRESS, WRITE

TO ME.

I SAID IT IS NOT EDIQUETTE

FOR A GIRL TO WRITE TO A

BOY FIRST.

THAT'S WHAT THE ETIQUETTE

BOOKS USED TO SAY.

AND HE SAID, HONEY, IF YOU

WANT TO HEAR FROM ME, YOU

WRITE ME.

AND SO I SENT THAT LETTER

THAT NIGHT.

THE NEXT WEEKEND HE CAME

IN, HE ASKED ME TO MARRY

HIM.

Reporter: SHE WROTE

HIM FAITHFULLY UNTIL SHE

MARRIED.

OVER THE YEARS, 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

TO MAKE OR BREAK YOUR DAY.

Reporter: THEN IN

1998, EVELYN WROTE AN

ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPER

ABOUT NAVY LIEUTENANT MIKE

RUSSO.

HE WAS DEPLOYED IN THE

PERSIAN GULF ABOARD THE

U.S.S. GEORGE WASHINGTON.

THE ARTICLE SAID HE WOULD

LIKE MAIL.

I SAID TO MY HUSBAND, I

ALREADY WANTED TO WRITE

SOMEONE I DIDN'T KNOW.

HE SAID, WELL, RIGH WRITE THAT

ONE.

I'M READING THIS

LETTER, AND I'M LIKE AS

BAD AS I THINK I'VE GOT

IT, HERE IS A WOMAN WHO

HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO WALK

SINCE SHE WAS SEVEN, OR AT

LEAST WITHOUT THE AID OF

CRUTCHES OR BRACES, AND

NOW SHE'S IN A WHEELCHAIR.

I'M THINKING, WHAT IS SHE

THANKING ME FOR.

LET ME WRITE HER BACK AND

I'LL THANK HER.

Reporter: A YEAR

LATER, EVELYN'S HUSBAND

DIED AND SHE MOVED TO A

NURSING HOME IN NORFOLK,

VIRGINIA, AND THAT'S WHEN

SHE DECIDED TO WRITE

LETTERS AND CARDS TO

MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN

STATIONED AROUND THE

WORLD.

DEAR HEART, 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, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND SOME WILL WRITE BACK

AND SAY, THANK YOU FOR

PRAYING FOR US.

Reporter: OF ALL OF

THE PEOPLE SHE'S 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.

THROUGH MY RELATIONSHIP

WITH EVELYN, I GOT TO

UNDERSTAND A LOT OF THE

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES THAT

SHE DEMONSTRATED HERSELF.

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.

SO DOES HE.

Reporter: TODAY SHE

IS STILL AT IT.

IN THE LAST THREE YEARS,

SHE HAS SENT OVER 15,000

LETTERS AND CARDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO

ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

SO THAT IS OU MY MAIN

OBJECTIVE, TO LET THEM

KNOW THEY ARE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

THAT'S WHY I WORK SO HARD

TO MAKE AS MANY AS I CAN.

THERE IS A HEART

SATISFACTION.

REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

MANY PRAYERS IN MANY

PLACES ARE SENT OUT FOR

YOU.

THANKS AGAIN FOR SERVING

OUR COUNTRY.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL MINISTRY.

WHAT A WONDERFUL

REALIZATION, THAT YOU MAY

BE STUCK IN A WHEELCHAIR

BUT YOU'RE NOT STUCK.

YOU CAN STILL REACH OUT

AND TOUCH THE WORLD.

YOU CAN HAVE A MASSIVE

MINISTRY RIGHT FROM WHERE

YOU ARE.

> WELL, MICHAEL WROTE A

BOOK BASED ON HIS AND

EVELYN'S STORY.

AND IT'S CALLED "EVELYN'S

SKY," AND IT'S AVAILABLE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

TERRY?

Terry: WONDERFUL.

> UP NEXT, OUR FAVORITE

WAY TO START OFF THE

CHRISTMAS SEASON: WE'VE

GOT A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO

THE GRAND ILLUMINATION AT

FOUNDER'S INN, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Terry: FOR MOST

FAMILIES, GETTING READY

FOR CHRISTMAS, IT MEANS

SETTING UP THE TREE.

HEHERE IN HAMPTON ROADS,

ANOTHER GRAND TRADITION,

THE LIGHTING OF THE TREE

AT FOUNDER'S INN.

Reporter: FAMILIES

GATHER TO USHER IN THE

CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THE

ANNUAL FOUNDER'S INN

ILLUMINATION.

IT WAS A FESTIVE OCCASION

AS CAROLLERS, DANCERS, AND

JUGGLERS DELIGHTED THE

CROWD.

MANY ENJOYED A RIDE IN A

HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE.

ARTISTS WERE ON HAND TO

THRILL CHILDREN WITH FACE

PAINTING, BALLOON

CREATURES AND CARICATURES.

AND AT THE CENTER OF THE

CELEBRATION TOWERED A

MAJESTIC, FOUR-STORY

CHRISTMAS TREE.

AND THERE SURROUNDED BY

CHILDREN, PAT ROBERTSON

READ THE STORY OF JESUS'

BIRTH TO REMIND EVERYONE

OF THE TRUE MEANING OF

CHRISTMAS.

IT IS THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING IN ALL

HISTORY, THAT GOD SET HIS

SON INTO THE WORLD.

AND THAT'S WHY CHRISTMAS

IS SO IMPORTANT.

Reporter: LATER THAT

EVENING EVERYONE GATHERED

FOR THE BIG MOMENT.

THREE, TWO, ONE!

[CHEERING]

Reporter: JUST LIKE

THAT, 100,000 SPARKLING

LIGHTS CAME TO LIFE,

CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Terry: IT IS A

WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS AND

DECORATIONS, AND IT'S SO

BEAUTIFUL.

AND WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO

IT EVERY YEAR.

SO IF YOU'RE EVER IN THIS

AREA, DOWN IN THE

TIDEWATER, VIRGINIA AREA,

STOP BY AT THE FOUNDER'S

INN, STOP BY AND SEE THE

LIGHTS.

Gordon: WE ACTUALLY

TAKE IT ALL THE WAY PAST

NEW YEAR'S.

Terry: I LOVE THAT

THAT YOU'RE NOT THERE

TEARING IT DOWN ON

DECEMBER 26th.

Gordon: YOU'VE GOT TO

SPREAD THE CHEER.

SO IT IS THERE FOR YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO GO, JUST

COME TO FOUNDER'S INN IN

VIRGINIA BEACH.

> TODAY WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT SPREADING HOLIDAY

CHEER, AND ONE OF OUR

PRODUCERS HERE AT "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE" HAS

SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

HER SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

MESSAGE ON OUR Facebook

PAGE AT F

acebook.com/700clubinter

Facebook.com/700clubinter

active.

AND WHILE YOU'RE THERE,

YOU CAN POST SOMETHING

ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE HAPPY

ABOUT THIS CHRISTMAS

SEASON.

LET'S HAVE A JOYOUS

CHRISTMAS AND REMEMBER ALL

OF THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD

HAS GIVEN TO US.

HE HAS GIVEN US LIFE.

HE HAS GIVEN US BREATH.

HE HAS GIVEN US HIS SON.

WHAT A WONDERFUL MESSAGE

FOR THE WORLD, THAT GOD SO

LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE

GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN

SON.

AND THE PURPOSE OF THAT

GIFT IS TO BRING PEACE ON

EARTH, GOODWILL TO ALL

PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.

THAT'S WHAT GOD HAS FOR

YOU.

HE HAS GOT GOODWILL FOR

YOU.

BELIEVE IT.

RECEIVE IT.

HE HAS PLANS FOR YOU, A

HOPE AND A FUTURE, NOT TO

DO YOU HARM, BUT TO DO YOU

GOOD.

SO REALIZE THAT AND

REJOICE IN THE GREAT

MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM AN ANGEL, FROM

LUKE 1: "THEN THE ANGEL

SAID TO HER, DO NOT BE

AFRAID, MARY, FOR YOU HAVE

FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD.

AND BEHOLD YOU WILL

CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB AND

BRING FORTH A SON AND

SHALL CALL HIS NAME

JESUS."

GOD BLESS.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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