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700 Club Interactive: The Spirit of Christmas - Dec. 24, 2015

The staff of 700 Club Interactive deliver a big surprise to a needy community – while helping them discover the true meaning of the season. Read Transcript


Gordon: CHRISTMAS ISABOUT GIVING. JESUS FEEDS THE PEOPLE.SO THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

Gordon: SO WE SURPRISEDTHESE FAMILIES WITH AFOUR-STAR DINNER. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH, SO

THIS WAS TREMENDOUS. Gordon: SEE HOW AWEEKLY OUTREACH BECAME ANIGHT TO REMEMBER.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUBINTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAYFOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORETOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING INTHE WORLD TODAY.

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TOTHE SHOW.CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THECORNER.

ONLY 15 MORE DAYS TO GO, ANDPEOPLE EVERYWHERE AREGEARING UP TO CELEBRATE. Terry: IT'S ALSO THE

TIME OF YEAR FOR GIVINGBACK, SO THE STAFF OF "700CLUB INTERACTIVE" WANTED TOSURPRISE SOME LOCAL NEEDY

FAMILIES WITH A NIGHT THEYWILL NEVER FORGET.TAKE A LOOK.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE,AND WELCOME TO THE BETHELBISTRO. Terry: DID YOU EVER

WISH YOU COULD DO SOMETHINGSPECIAL FOR SOMEONE THEYDIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUTBUT THAT WOULD BE A REAL

BLESSING?WELL, TONIGHT WE'RE GOING TODO THAT. Andrew: TONIGHT "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE," MERCYCHEFS, AND "ORPHANS'PROMISE" HAS PARTNEREDTOGETHER TO GIVE PEOPLE A

NIGHT TO REMEMBER. WE NOT ONLY SERVEHOMELESS, BUT PEOPLE WHO AREMARGINALIZED, THEY MAY BE

MENTALLY CHALLENGED, AND WEHAVE PEOPLE COME IN FROMGROUP HOMES.WE'VE BEEN AVERAGING AT

ABOUT 100 OR SO OF PEOPLE.FROM BABIES TO SENIORCITIZENS.WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR

FIVE YEARS NOW.THE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY'REFAMILY.WE SERVE ANYBODY, ANYBODY

WHO HAS A NEED, THEY'REWELCOMED HERE WITH OPENARMS. WE DO THIS EVERY WEEK.

WE HAVE THE CLOTHINGMINISTRY, HAIRCUTS, JUSTDOING THE WORK OF THE LORD.I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED

ME.I WAS HUNGRY, AND YOU FEDME. YOU SEE THE PEOPLE OUT

THERE, AND THEY DON'T HAVEMUCH.THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLELIKE THAT, MORE AND MORE IN

OUR COMMUNITY, RIGHT IN OURBACKYARD.I COULDN'T IMAGINE BEINGHUNGRY, NOR MY CHILDREN.

JESUS SAID FEED THEPEOPLE, AND THAT'S WHATWE'RE DOING. WE'RE JUST PASSING ON THE

LOVE. WE MINISTER TO THEM, WEPRAY OVER THEM, WHATEVERTHEIR NEEDS ARE.

AND THAT DOES MY SOUL GOOD. WOULD YOU CAUSE THEM TOSEE JESUS? WE OPEN UP OUR DOOR.

I HAVE HAD A LOT OF GUYSCOME IN AND THEY WANT THEIRHAIR CUT FOR EMPLOYMENT, ANDWE PRAY FOR THEM.

I'VE SEEN A LOT OF GUYS MOVEON TO DO BETTER FORTHEMSELVES.SOME OF THEM REALLY

DIDN'T REALLY NEED A FREEHAIRCUT, THEY JUST WANTED TOBE SPOKEN TO. TONIGHT WE'RE DOING A

PLATE OF DINNER. WE ARE MAKING A SOUP.AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVEROASTED POTATOES AND

BROCCOLI.AND THEN FOR DESSERT, WEHAVE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATECREAM PUFFS.

I'M NOT OPPOSED TO SERVINGDESSERT FIRST.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU FORTHE OPPORTUNITY TO BETOGETHER TONIGHT.WE THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE

WHO MADE THIS EVENINGPOSSIBLE.LORD JESUS, I PRAY THATPEOPLE FEEL LOVED AND CARED

FOR AND THEY KNOW HOWVALUABLE THEY ARE TO YOUTONIGHT, IN JESUS' NAME.AMEN.

GOD BLESS YOU.I HOPE YOU ENJOY. WHEN I CAME IN, IWAS, LIKE, WOW, WHAT'S GOING

ON?ARE WE IN HEAVEN ORSOMETHING? WHEN I CAME IN HERE A FEW

MONTHS AGO, IT DIDN'T LOOKLIKE THIS. YEAH, I'M EXCITED.

IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFUL. WE CAN TAKE THIS LIKE AGIFT. TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY.

THIS IS COOL.IT'S LIKE AN EARLY BIRTHDAYDINNER. I FEEL HUNGRY, AND I'M

STARVING. I'M READY TO EAT. THIS IS SO GOOD. OOH, VERY NICE.

LOTS OF FLAVOR. THAT'S DELICIOUS. IN MY MILITARY CAREERI'VE EATEN A LOT OF STEAKS,

AND THIS HAS GOT TO BE THEBEST. I FEEL LIKE I'M IN ONE OFTHOSE FANCY RESTAURANTS.

YOU'RE COOKING FOR A LOTOF PEOPLE. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH, SOTHIS IS A TREMENDOUS,

HEART-FELT THING. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOROUR FAMILY TO BE TOGETHER.WE'RE VERY APPRECIATIVE, SO

THANK YOU SO MUCH.THANK YOU. Terry: DID YOU ENJOYYOUR MEAL?

[APPLAUSE][CHEERING] Terry: I KNOW YOURECOGNIZE THESE THINGS

BECAUSE THEY'RE HERE EVERYWEDNESDAY.WE WANT TO PRESENT A CHECKTO BOTH OF YOU SO YOU CAN

CONTINUE YOUR WEDNESDAYNIGHT DINNER FOR ALL OFTHESE FINE PEOPLE.[APPLAUSE]

Terry: WE HAVE HAD AFABULOUS NIGHT HERE ATCHAPEL CHURCH.I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY A

GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.THE STAFF HERE DOES THISWEEK AFTER WEEK, EVERYWEDNESDAY, FOR THE WONDERFUL

PEOPLE HERE. WE RAMPED IT UP A LITTLEBIT TONIGHT.IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL

EVENING WITH A LOT OF GREATFOOD.I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING,TERRY, WE CAME TO BLESS

OTHERS, BUT THOSE WHOVOLUNTEERED WERE REALLYBLESSED TONIGHT. Terry: IT'S ALWAYS THAT

WAY, ISN'T IT? THE FOOD WAS GREAT. Gordon: TERRY, THATLOOKED LIKE A WONDERFUL

EVENING. Terry: IT WAS SO MUCHFUN. Gordon: WE'VE GOT TO

ACKNOWLEDGE A SPECIAL THANKYOU TO BETHEL CHURCH ANDALSO TO MERCY CHEFS FORTHEIR PART.

Terry: AMAZING. Gordon: AND THAT WAS ATRUE GOURMET MEAL.THAT WAS FILET MINGON.

THAT WAS CIDER, THOUGH, NOTCHAMPAGNE. Terry: BECAUSE IT WASSO WONDERFUL.

AND IT WAS GREAT TO SEEFAMILIES RELAXING.IT WAS A VERY COLD NIGHT,AND PEOPLE CAME IN.

AND THEY WERE JUST AWED, ITHINK, BY THE CHRISTMASLIGHTS AND THE CELEBRATIONATMOSPHERE.

AND IT WAS WARM ANDEVERYBODY HAD A WONDERFULTIME WITH EACH OTHER.IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL.

Gordon: AND IT LOOKSLIKE YOU HAD A WONDERFULTIME. Terry: I HAD A

WONDERFUL TIME. Gordon: AND YOU HADYOUR WAITER UNIFORM ON? Terry: YES.

AND I'M STILL HERE. Gordon: I THINK THAT'SONE OF THE KEYS, TO REALIZEWHEN YOU GIVE BACK, YOU

ACTUALLY GET. Terry: THAT'S SO TRUE. Gordon: WHEN YOU'REDOING SOMETHING WONDERFUL

FOR SOMEONE ELSE ANDEXTRAVAGANT -- NOT AHANDOUT, BUT, HERE, HAVE ASPECIAL NIGHT, YOU GET

BACK.I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU, IFYOU'RE A PART OF A CHURCH,WOULD YOU CONSIDER DOING

SOMETHING SIMILAR?DO YOU HAVE A HAIRDRESSER?DO YOU HAVE A BARBER?DO YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO HAS

SKILLS WITH JOB TRAINING?CAN YOU DO SOMETHING MORE?LET'S ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHERFOR OUTBURSTS OF LOVE, WHERE

WE GO OVER THE TOP TO HELPTHOSE AROUND US.I THINK THIS CHRISTMAS YOUCAN BE REALLY BLESSED IF YOU

DO THAT. Terry: I TOTALLYAGREE.WELL, FOR MANY, THE TIME

BETWEEN THANKSGIVING ANDCHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUTSHOPPING AND SETTING UPDECORATIONS.

MAYBE YOU'RE A BUSY WORKINGMOM WHO DOESN'THAVE TIME TO DECORATE FORCHRISTMAS.

THAT HAPPENED TO ONE OF OURPRODUCERS, SO WHEN HERHUSBAND RECRUITED SOMESO-CALLED EXPERTS TO HELP

HIM DECORATE, THINGS WENT ABIT CRAZY.TAKE A LOOK. HEY, HAVE YOU EVER

NOTICED HOW PRECISE ANDTIME-CONSUMING IT IS FORLADIES TO DECORATE FORCHRISTMAS.

ANGEL CALLED US, AND WE'REGOING TO DECORATE HIS ENTIREHOUSE WHILE HIS WIFE, ANDOUR WIVES, ARE OUT

SHOPPING.ALL RIGHT, EVERYONE, OURTREE IS TRIMMED.WE'VE GOT LIGHTS ON IT, BUT

YOU REALLY WANT TO FILL ITOUT WITH MORE MAGIC OF THESEASON.ANGEL TOLD US HE ACTUALLY

GAVE HIS DAD A PARTY.HE IS NOT ONLY A CLIENT, BUTHE IS OUR LIGHTING EXPERT.COME ON IN WITH THE LIGHTS.

NOTHING SAYS FELÍZNAVIDAD LIKE JALEPEÑOS. WE NEED MORE. MUI BUENO.

ARE YOU EXCITED? YEAH. HAND US THE ORNAMENTS.ANGEL, WE'LL LET YOU DO THE

HONOR.THAT'S HERE.YOU CAN PUT THAT WHEREVERYOU WANT TO.

GRAB ANOTHER ORNAMENT. THANK YOU. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TOPLACE ORNAMENTS CLOSE TO

EACH OTHER OR THEY GETLONELY.THAT'S MY MOST FAVORITEORNAMENT OF ALL.

♪♪♪ ALL RIGHT, WE'RE NOWREADY FOR THE REST.WE DON'T NEED ANYTHING.

WE'VE GOT POPCORN.WANT SOME POPCORN?GUESS WHAT, IT GOES ON THETREE.

POPCORN GOES ON THE TREE.THROW IT ON THE TREE.HERE WE GO. I WANT TO EAT SOME.

NO, ON THE TREE.ON THE TREE.ONE, TWO, THREE.AND NOT ONLY DOES IT GO ON

THE TREE, IT GOES IN YOURMOUTH.YOU DO THE HONORS.LET'S PLUG IT IN.

PLUG IT IN.COME ON.WE'RE GOING TO SING.♪ O CHRISTMAS TREE, O

CHRISTMAS TREE, HOW LOVELYARE YOUR BRANCHES ♪♪ O CHRISTMAS TREE, OCHRISTMAS TREE, HOW LOVELY

ARE YOUR BRANCHES ♪[APPLAUSE][CHEERING] GOOD JOB!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! FELÍZ NAVIDAD! FELÍZ NAVIDAD! JOSHUA, IS THIS A NICE

TREE? NO. WOULD YOUR MOM LIKE THETREE?

UH-HUH. WHY WOULD YOU THINK SHEWOULD LIKE IT? BECAUSE YOU MADE IT.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHATTHAT THING ON THE TOP OF THETREE IS.I THINK IF I TURNED MY TREE...

IT MIGHT BE OKAY. Gordon: (laughing) IDON'T KNOW IF THAT ONE ISGOING TO BE OKAY.

I THINK WE ENCOURAGED AWHOLE LOT OF BAD HABITS INCHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA.YOU DON'T THROW POPCORN AT

THE TREE.YOU DO IT THE OLD-FASHIONEDWAY: YOU GET A NEEDLE ANDTHREAD AND STRING IT

TOGETHER. Terry: BEEN THERE, DONETHAT. Gordon: I THINK WE'VE

LOST THAT.I'VE NEVER DONE IT WITH MYKIDS. Terry: WELL, ME,

NEITHER, BECAUSE I AS ANADULT DID IT, BUT YOU WERERAISED DOING IT -- Gordon: WE DID IT EVERY

YEAR.THINGS WERE A LITTLE TIGHTWHEN WE WERE GROWING UP, SOTHE ABILITY TO AFFORD

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ANDTHINGS -- SO THAT WAS PARTOF THE TRADITION.MOM HAD SOME FEW CHERISHED

TREASURES SHE HAD GOTTENFROM HER PARENTS, AND SOTHEY ALWAYS WENT ON THETREE.

AND THE ANGEL WAS ON THETOP.BUT IT WAS UP TO US TOSTRING THE POPCORN TO MAKE

ALL THAT HAPPEN. Terry: I STRUNG MINEWITH CRANBERRIES THE ONLYTIME I EVER DID IT, AND

AFTER MY NEEDLES HEALED FROMTHE POKES, I DECIDED I WASGOING TO THE STORE FORLIGHTS.

[LAUGHTER] Gordon: YOU CAN GO TOTHE STORE AND FIND THEPOPCORN, TOO.

Terry: PLASTICPOPCORN.THAT WORKS FOR ME. Gordon: FROM A

DISTANCE, AND YOU GET THATFEEL. Terry: IT'S TRUE. Gordon: COMING UP, A

VOLUNTEER WHO HELPS THESALVATION ARMY BECAUSE ONCETHE SALVATION ARMY HELPEDHER.

I WAS ACTUALLY HOMELESS.I LIVED IN A HOMELESSSHELTER, AND I LIVED INHOTELS.

MY KIDS WOULDN'T HAVECHRISTMAS. Gordon: HEAR HERINSPIRATIONAL COMEBACK STORY

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: SINCE 1891, THESALVATION ARMY'S RED KETTLESHAVE BEEN FILLED WITHDONATIONS TO HELP THE POOR.

THESE DONATIONS ARE MADEPOSSIBLE BY A DEDICATEDGROUP OF VOLUNTEER BELLRINGERS, PEOPLE LIKE JEAN.

SHE LOVES HELPING THESALVATION ARMY, AND SHE HASA GOOD REASON WHY.WE EXPECTED TO HEAR BELL

RINGING, AND WE EXPECTED TOSEE WARM GREETINGS, ANDPEOPLE PUTTING MONEY IN THERED KETTLE, WHICH IS THE

ICON FOR THE SALVATIONARMY.BUT WE DIDN'T EXPECT TO FINDTHIS BUNDLE OF CHRISTMAS

CHEER, A BELL RINGER NAMEDJEAN.♪♪♪ I COME OUT HERE AND I

SHAKE THE BELL AND I SINGUNTIL I CAN'T SING ANYMORE.BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLESMILE.

I GUESS THEY LIKE MY VOICE.I DON'T KNOW WHY BECAUSE ICAN'T SING.BUT WE SING FOR THE LORD.

I HAD ONE LADY COME TO ME,AND SHE WAS, LIKE, YOUREALLY DID PUT ME IN A GOODMOOD FOR CHRISTMAS.

I WASN'T IN THE MOOD UNTIL IHEARD YOU SING.I WAS, LIKE, OH, WOW! Terry: WE COULD TELL

FROM THE BEGINNING THERE WASSOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUTJEAN.IT WAS MORE THAN JUST

CHRISTMAS CHEER.IT WAS A GENUINE SPIRIT OFTHANKFULNESS. THANK YOU, MA'AM.

Terry: SO WE ASKED JEANTO TELL US HER STORY. A YEAR AGO, I WASACTUALLY HOMELESS.

I LIVED IN A HOMELESSSHELTER.AND I LIVED IN HOTELS FORSEVEN TO EIGHT MONTHS.

I DIDN'T HAVE A WAY TO GETMY KIDS ANY CHRISTMASBECAUSE WHATEVER I HADRECEIVED, I HAD TO TRY TO

GET A HOUSE OR PAY A BILL.MY KIDS WOULDN'T HAVECHRISTMAS IF IT WASN'T FORTHE SALVATION ARMY.

Terry: JEAN IS RAISINGHER THREE GRANDCHILDREN,AGES EIGHT, FIVE, ANDTHREE.

THEY'RE WELL-MANNERED KIDS,A CREDIT TO HER FAITH, HERFAMILY VALUES, AND HERTENACIOUS SPIRIT.

THEY ARE MY WORLD.MY GRANDKIDS ARE -- THAT'SWHO I WAKE UP FOR IN THEMORNING.

I'M TRYING TO GIVE THEM ABETTER WAY.THEY JUST MAKE ME HAPPY.I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE

THEM WHAT I NEVER HAD. Terry: YOU CAN'T DENYTHE JOY OF HELPING CHILDRENAT CHRISTMASTIME.

BUT SMILES ON CHRISTMASMORNING WON'T KEEP THELIGHTS ON AND THE HOUSE WARMTHROUGH THE WINTER.

MAJOR LOUIS OF THE SALVATIONARMY SAYS THEIR MISSIONCONTINUES LONG AFTER THECHRISTMAS DECORATIONS COME

DOWN. THEN THE MONEY THAT ISLEFT OVER GOES BACK INTO OURSOCIAL SERVICES OPERATION,

SO WE CAN HELP PEOPLE WITHRENT, UTILITIES, FOOD,CLOTHING, BEDDING, DIFFERENTTHINGS PEOPLE NEED ALL YEAR

LONG. SALVATION ARMY HAS HELPEDME WITH MY LIGHT BILL IN THEPAST, TO KEEP MY LIGHTS ON.

I KNOW HOW IT IS, THAT'S WHYI DO WHAT I DO. Terry: SO WHILE JEANWAS DOING WHAT SHE DOES,

SINGING AND SMILING ANDRINGING HER BELL, WE ASKEDPEOPLE WHY THEY DROPPEDTHEIR MONEY IN THE RED

KETTLES. I ALWAYS GAVE TO THESALVATION ARMY.IN FACT, OUR CHURCH EVEN

DOES IT.EVERY MONTH WE GIVE THEM ADONATION. WE'RE JUST A VERY

FORTUNATE FAMILY, AND I WANTTO HOPE THAT EVERYBODY ELSECAN BE AS LUCKY AS WE ARE.AND MAKE SURE ALL OF THE

LITTLE KIDS GET GIFTS FORCHRISTMAS. I'M A CHRISTIAN PERSONAND I BELIEVE IN GIVING.

IF I CAN GIVE TO HELPSOMEONE, THAT HELPS ME FEELBETTER INSIDE. ALL OF MY GRANDKIDS AND

STUFF ARE GROWN, AND THEYHELPED ME FOR MANY YEARS.I THANK GOD FOR THEM.THE BLESSING IS WITH YOU ALL

FOR HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.I THANK GOD FOR YOU.THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY.MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY

NEW YEAR. Terry: SO THE NEXT TIMEYOU SEE A RED KETTLE ANDHEAR THAT FAMILIAR BELL

RINGING, CONSIDER THE REASONJEAN SINGS ON A COLD WINTERDAY UNTIL HER VOICE ISALMOST GONE.

IT'S ABOUT GIVING.IT'S NOT EVEN ABOUTRECEIVING.IT'S ABOUT GIVING.

IT'S ABOUT FAMILY ANDUNITY.I'M A FAMILY PERSON.I LOVE MY FAMILY.

AND CHRISTMAS IS TO GIVE ANDTO UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS ISREAL.YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE DON'T

THINK SO, BUT IT IS ALLABOUT THE MAN UPSTAIRS, NOTABOUT US. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Terry: WHAT A GREATFAMILY.I LEF THE BELL-RINGERS.

THEY ARE A PART OF CHRISTMASAND THEY'RE A REMINDER TOALL OF US ABOUT EXACTLY WHATYOU SAID BEFORE: THAT IT IS

REALLY A SEASON OF GIVINGAND IT IS A GREATOPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.AND YOU CAN SEE THE BLESSING

THAT IS ALL YEAR LONG TOFAMILIES. Gordon: I THINK IT ISTHE FUNDAMENTAL MESSAGE OF

CHRISTMAS, FOR GOD SO LOVEDTHE WORLD THAT HEGAVE...WHEN YOU UNDERSTANDTHE PRICE OF THAT GIFT, THEN

ANYTHING THAT WE GIVE --IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE'VETURNED IT MATERIALISTIC.I HAVE A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE

ON CHRISTMAS BECAUSE OF MYYEARS IN ASIA.AND TODAY IN AMERICA, YOUCAN'T HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE

IN A PUBLIC PLACE.BUT IN ASIA, THAT'S ALL YOUHAVE, LITERALLY FROM BANGKOKTO BEIJING.

IN JAPAN, CHRISTMAS IS AHUGE HOLIDAY.BUT THEY CAN GET CONFUSEDBECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THE

UNDERLYING STORY.THE MALLS, THE RETAILERSHAVE ALL SAID, YEAH, THIS ISA GREAT IDEA.

LET'S DO THIS.IT WILL BOOST SALES.SO LET'S HAVE AS MUCHCHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AS WE

POSSIBLY CAN.BUT THEY DON'T UNDERSTANDTHE UNDERLYING STORY.WE DO, AND WE NEED TO SAY,

THIS IS WHAT THE SEASON ISABOUT.IT IS ABOUT GIVING TOOTHERS.

AND GIVING NOT JUST TO MAKEOUR CHILDREN HAPPY, BUT TOREALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE INOUR COMMUNITY.

Terry: AND THAT KEEPSCHRIST AT CHRISTMAS. Gordon: IT DOES.WELL, THE MAKE A WISH

FOUNDATION FULFILLS THEDREAMS OF YOUNG CHILDRENBATTLING CANCER.PAIGE MADE A WISH THAT WAS A

BIT DIFFICULT TO COMPLETE,BUT IT WOUND UP GIVING HERFAMILY A CHRISTMAS THATTHEY'LL NEVER FORGET.

SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A LOTOF PERFORMING ARTS ANDDANCE.SO WHEN HER KNEE WAS

AGGRAVATED AND GETTING ALITTLE SWOLLEN, WE TOOK HERTO THE DOCTOR.AND HE SAID, WELL, IT IS

PROBABLY BECAUSE OF ALL OFTHE DANCING SHE IS DOING.PERHAPS IT IS GROWING PAINSAND SO FORTH.

BUT IT JUST DIDN'T GOAWAY.AND IT WAS A STRANGE PAIN,TOO.

AFTER SEVERAL X-RAYS ANDSEVERAL APPOINTMENTS ANDFINALLY AN M.R.I., YOU KNOW,WE LEARNED THAT THERE WAS A

SMALL TUMOR THERE THAT HADTO BE INVESTIGATED AND ABIOPSY HAD TO BE DONE. THERE WAS ABOUT A WEEK OF

WAITING.THE DOCTORS TOLD MY FAMILYIT WAS SARCOMA, WHICH IS ABONE CANCER.

YEARS AGO, EWING SARCOMAWAS TREATED WITH AMPUTATION,AND THERE WAS A VERY LOWSURVIVAL RATE.

SO IT WAS JUST BEFORE MY11th BIRTHDAY WHEN I FOUNDOUT I HAD CANCER. IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT

EMOTIONAL RIDE TO UNDERSTANDTHAT YOUR CHILD IS VERY,VERY SICK.AND THE MEDICINES AND THE

DRUGS THAT ARE REQUIRED FORCANCER ARE VERY TOXIC. MY WHOLE WORLD STARTED TOBE KIND OF PLUCKED APART.

EVERYTHING THAT I HAD KNOWNJUST STARTED TO KIND OF FALLAWAY INTO THIS NEW WORLD OFCANCER.

JUST THE REALIZATION OFWHAT WAS BEING INJECTED INTOMY DAUGHTER'S LITTLE BODYWAS HORRIFYING.

I COULD NO LONGER WALK ONMY LEG.I WOULD HAVE TO LOSE MYHAIR.

I WOULD HAVE TO GET BLOODTRANSFUSIONS, PLATELETTRANSFUSIONS, EVERYTHING TOBUILD MY SYSTEM BACK UP TO

RECEIVE THE NEXT CHEMO. I FELT VERY ANGRY WITHGOD INITIALLY.BECAUSE WHY WOULD HE LET

THIS HAPPEN TO A CHILD? SO I WOULD GET SEVENCHEMOTHERAPIES, AND THEN ASURGERY TO REPLACE THE BONE

IN MY LEG WHERE THE TUMORWAS, AND THEN SEVEN MORECHEMOTHERAPIES. I MEAN, I GLADLY WOULD

HAVE TRADED PLACES WITH MYDAUGHTER.I WOULD HAVE TAKEN ALL OFTHIS.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TOME?WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVETHIS?

I THOUGHT GOD WAS PUNISHINGME.WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG, YOU KINDOF THINK YOU'RE INVINCIBLE.

YOU CAN GET IT TOGETHERLATER.THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, YOU'RENOT PROMISED TOMORROW.

AND SO THOSE REALITIES BEGANTO SINK INTO ME AND BEGAN TOREALLY JUST MAKE ME DESIRETO LIVE DIFFERENTLY.

AND SO THAT'S WHEN I TALKEDTO GOD AND SAID, LOOK, IFYOU GET ME OUT OF THIS, IFYOU ALLOW ME TO LIVE, THEN I

DON'T WANT TO WASTE THISTIME. WHEN PAIGE WAS IN THEHOSPITAL, SHE WAS VISITED BY

A GENTLEMAN NAMED WOODIE.HE WROTE SONGS ABOUTHOSPITAL FOOD, FEELING SICK,FEELING BAD.

HE WAS JUST A GREATENTERTAINER FOR THE KIDS ANDSPIRIT-LIFTER FOR THE KIDS. ONE DAY AROUND

CHRISTMASTIME, HE CAME INAND SAID, HEY, I'VE GOT SOMECHRISTMAS SONGS.DO YOU WANT TO SING A COUPLE

WITH ME.SINGING, THAT WAS SOMETHINGI HADN'T DONE IN MONTHSBECAUSE I HAD BEEN SO SICK.

MY SISTER JENNA, AND MY MOM,WERE THERE, AND THEYENCOURAGED ME TO SING A SONGWITH HIM.

SO I SANG THE SONG "MARY,DID YOU KNOW," WHILE HE WASPLAYING THE GUITAR.AND I WAS SO FREEING.

I COULD STILL SING.I STILL HAD A PIECE OF METHAT I USED TO, AND THECANCER HADN'T TAKEN

EVERYTHING. AND HE RECORDED PAIGE INTHE HOSPITAL ROOM.TOOK IT HOME AND HAD A

FRIEND ADD SOME TRACKS TOIT, AND THEY PRODUCED A C.D.OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC. WE KEPT IT A SECRET FROM

MY DAD BECAUSE I WANTED TOGIVE THIS TO HIM ONCHRISTMAS EVE.HE HAD ACTUALLY BEEN LOOKING

FOR A WAY TO EXPRESS OURTHANKS TO SO MANY PEOPLE WHOHAD BEEN SUPPORTING US ANDPRAYING FOR US.

AND HE WAS LIKE, YOU KNOWWHAT?WE'RE GOING TO MAKE HUNDREDSOF COPIES OF THIS AND SEND

IT OUT AS A THANK YOU. WE WERE FLOORED AT HOWMANY PEOPLE WERE SO THRILLEDTO GET THE C.D.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE JUSTTHE IMPACT THAT IT HAD.THAT'S REALLY WHAT GOT METHINKING ABOUT DOING MUSIC,

AND SAYING, YOU KNOW WHAT?I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.I WANT TO TRULY JUST FOCUSON MINISTERING TO PEOPLE AND

ENCOURAGING THEM.ABOUT HALF WAY INTO MYTREATMENT, ALL OF A SUDDENWE GET A CALL FROM THE "MAKE

A WISH FOUNDATION."THEY BASICALLY ASKED ME THEQUESTION, IF THERE ISANYTHING IN THE WORLD THAT

YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO, WHATWOULD IT BE?WHOA, I DON'T KNOW.SO I THREW OUT A COUPLE OF

IDEAS OF MEETING ACELEBRITY -- I DON'T KNOW,YOUR MIND JUST GOES BLANK,WHICH IS SILLY, BUT IT

DOES.AND MY PARENTS AND I WEREKIND OF TALKING ABOUTIT.

AND WE THOUGHT, WE NEED TOTHINK BIGGER.AND GOD SORT OF TAPPED US ONTHE SHOULDER AND SAID, WHAT

ABOUT THE C.D. YOU DID WITHWOODIE?WHAT IF YOU DID A REAL C.D.,REAL SONGS IN A REAL

RECORDING STUDIO.SO MY WISH WAS TO COME TONASHVILLE FROM MY HOME INPENNSYLVANIA AND RECORD A

PROFESSIONAL C.D. IT TOOK ALMOST A YEAR FORTHE "MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION"TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

BECAUSE THEY HAD NEVER DONETHAT BEFORE. AND BY THE TIME THEYCALLED AND SAID, WE'VE GOT

YOUR WISH SET UP, I WAS ABLETO BE A YEAR OFF OF MYTREATMENTS.I WAS ABLE TO LEARN TO WALK

AGAIN AND MY HAIR HAD BEENGROWING BACK.SO I WAS READY, MORE THANEVER, TO GO ON THIS WISH

TRIP AND TO SING WITH MORESTRENGTH AND MORE FERVORTHAN EVER.SO AFTER THAT WAS ALL DONE,

WE CAME BACK, PUT THE C.D.TOGETHER, AND WE JUST KINDOF SENT IT OUT, AGAIN, TOPEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN

SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGINGME.THIS ONE JUST WENT SO MUCHFURTHER.

ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WERERECEIVING CALLS FOR ME TOSING AND SPEAK AT PEOPLE'SCHURCHES, FOR ME TO SHARE MY

TESTIMONY."MAKE A WISH," WHEN THEYHEARD THE C.D., THEY SAID,THIS IS AWESOME.

WE WANT HER TO COME ANDSPEAK AT OUR EVENTS.SO I STARTED SPEAKING ATTHESE HIGH-PROFILE BUSINESS

EVENTS.I WAS THE WISH KID THEREGETTING TO SING MY CHRISTIANSONGS ABOUT THE LORD AND

SHARE IN MY TESTIMONY OFGOING THROUGH CANCER AND HOWGOD GOT ME THROUGH ANDHEALED ME.

AND SO IT WAS JUST LIKE THISDOMINO EFFECT OFOPPORTUNITIES THAT JUSTERUPTED OUT OF THIS "LIFT"

C.D.I LOVE THAT HE CAN BRINGABOUT SO MUCH GOOD THROUGHOUR TRIALS THAT WE NEVER

COULD HAVE IMAGINED WHILEWE'RE GOING THROUGH THEM.EVERYTHING I THOUGHT WASBEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME WAS

BEING PRESERVED AND GROWN,ONLY FOR GOD TO GIVE ITRIGHT BACK TO ME IN THE MOSTABUNDANT, BEYOND WHAT I

COULD IMAGINE WAY POSSIBLE. Gordon: THAT'S HOW HEWORKS.HE IS CALLED THE RESTORER OF

ALL THINGS.WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THEMESSAGE THAT HE IS TRYING TOGIVE US ALL, THAT HE HAS

SO MUCH MORE FOR US IF WEJUST LET HIM.IF WE JUST LET HIM COME IN.IF WE JUST SAY YES TO AMEN,

GOD, TO SAY YES TO WHAT HISPLAN AND PURPOSE IS FOR OURLIVES.HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING

GREATER.IN THE MIDDLE OF ANYSTRUGGLE YOU'RE IN, REALIZETHAT.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER THISCHRISTMAS, GIVE US A CALL.THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,1-888-777-1999.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESEWORDS FROM JOB: "YOU HAVEGRANTED ME LIFE AND FAVOR,AND YOUR CARE HAS PRESERVED

MY SPIRIT."MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GODBLESS YOU.

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