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700 Club Interactive: Freedom From Fear – January 12, 2016

The real daughter from the hit film “Not Without My Daughter” remembers her harrowing escape from Iran. Read Transcript


Gordon: A LITTLE

GIRL'S LIFE OF FEAR AFTER

A DANGEROUS ESCAPE FROM

IRAN.

SEE HOW FORGIVENESS SET

HER FREE ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE

THE MOVIE "NOT WITHOUT MY

DAUGHTER" WAS RELEASED.

THE SUSPENCE THRILLER

SHOWED THE HARROWING

ESCAPE FROM IRAN OF AN

AMERICAN MOTHER AND HER

6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

AND LET'S GO OVER TO TERRY

FOR MORE.

Terry: THANKS,

GORDON.

THE MOVIE THAT STUNNED THE

WORLD AND THE BOOK THAT

INSPIRED IT WAS TOLD FROM

THE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE.

NOW, TWO DECADES LATER,

HER DAUGHTER, MAKMUDI,

TELLS HER OWN STORY.

Reporter: 20 YEARS

AGO, SALLY FIELD STARRED

IN "NOT WITHOUT MY

DAUGHTER."

IT WAS BASED ON A TRUE

STORY.

BETTY WAS MARRIED TO AN

ABUSIVE MUSLIM HUSBAND.

NOW MATHAB SHARES HER

ORDEAL IN "MY NAME IS

MATHAB," AND HOW SHE

FORGAVE THE FATHER WHO

SHATTERED HER LIFE.

Terry: POLICE WELCOME

TO "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

MATHAB, IT IS SO WONDERFUL

TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

IT IS MY PLEASURE.

Terry: THAT MOVIE WAS

ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING.

YOU COULDN'T WATCH IT

WITHOUT FEELING SO MUCH

EMOTION.

YOU LIVED THROUGH THAT.

WE SAW THE MOVIE AND THE

ORIGINAL BOOK YOUR MOTHER

WROTE, "THROUGH THE EYES

OF A MOM."

AND HOW WAS IT DIFFERENT

THROUGH THE EYES OF A

6-YEAR-OLD?

I THINK WAS BLESSED AS

A CHILD TO SEE THINGS IN

BLACK OR WHITE.

THINGS OR RIGHT OR THINGS

ARE WRONG, AND I WANT TO

GO HOME.

SO I DIDN'T KNOW THE

DANGER LURKING IN BETWEEN

THAT MOM HAD TO GRAPPLE

WITH.

Terry: SO WHAT MADE

YOU DECIDE TO WRITE THE

BOOK?

FIRST OFF, I HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY, AND WHAT AN

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY.

SO I APPRECIATED THAT.

BUT THE TIMING WAS BECAUSE

THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO WAS

VERY DEAR TO ME, WHO WAS

MOM'S EDITOR IN JOURNEY,

AND IT WAS HER DREAM FOR

ME TO WRITE A BOOK.

AND ANYA WAS DYING AT THE

TIME OF THE MOST RECENT

REQUEST, SO WHEN I KNEW

SHE WOULDN'T BE AROUND

MUCH LONGER, I THOUGHT

THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO

HONOR HER.

Terry: SO IT IS A

LEGACY AND HONOR TO HER.

WHEN YOUR MOM FIRST

MARRIED YOUR DAD, HE

WASN'T REALLY AN EXAMPLE

MUSLIM.

DID HE EVEN PRACTICE HIS

FAITH?

AS I UNDERSTAND IT, NO,

HE DIDN'T, UNTIL THE TIME

OF THE REVOLUTION.

Terry: SO WHAT DO YOU

THINK IT WAS THAT GRIPPED

HIM AND MADE HIM SAY, YOU

KNOW, I AM A MUSLIM

IRANIAN?

I THINK AT THE TIME OF

THE REVOLUTION, AND I

SUSPECT THIS IS HAPPENING

ALL OVER THE WORLD

TODAY -- THERE ARE

REVOLUTIONS ALL OVER THE

WORLD -- AND HE WAS

REMOVED FROM HIS COUNTRY.

AND I THINK HE FELT A

RESPONSIBILITY.

HE FELT THIS TUGGING OF

HIS ROOTS AND WAS DRAWN

BACK TO HIS HOMELAND, HIS

CULTURE.

Terry: HIS FAMILY WAS

THERE, RIGHT?

HIS FAMILY WAS THERE.

Terry: DID A LOT OF

THAT PRESSURE COME FROM

THEM, DO YOU THINK?

I THINK SO.

BUT I THINK THIS WAS

DEFINITELY HIS PLAN, NOT

HIS FAMILY'S PLAN.

HE MADE THAT DECISION, AND

IT WAS HIS RESPONSIBILITY.

AND HE MADE HIS DECISION

WHEN I WAS BORN, AND HE

WAS WORKING FOR FOUR YEARS

SECRETLY TO PUT IT INTO

ACTION.

AND I COULD SEE THAT HE

WANTED TO RAISE ME WITH

HIS VALUES.

AND THAT IS AN ADMIRABLE

THING, FOR A PARENT TO

TAKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY

SO SERIOUSLY, TO INSTILL

THEIR VALUES INTO THE NEXT

GENERATION.

BUT HIS VALUES WEREN'T MY

VALUES, AND THE WAY HE

WENT ABOUT IT WAS NOT

ACCEPTABLE.

Terry: WAS NOT

ACCEPTABLE.

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

LIFE IN IRAN AS YOU

REMEMBER IT.

BECAUSE YOU WERE ONLY SIX,

AND YOU SAY IN YOUR BOOK

YOU HAD SORT OF SNAPSHOTS

OF WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER?

MY MEMORIES ARE VERY

VIVID AND THEY'RE

COMPLETELY DISTORTED.

LIFE WAS VERY DIFFERENT.

OPENING A COLORING BOOK,

ONE PAGE WAS COLORED AND

THE OTHER WAS BLACK AND

WHITE.

CHILDREN WEREN'T ALLOWED

TO CHOOSE OR MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

AND EVEN IN THE SIMPLEST

THING OF WHAT COLOR THE

FLOWER WAS GOING TO BE.

AT SCHOOL, WE HAD TO STOMP

ON THE AMERICAN FLAG IN

ORDER TO ENTER THE

COMPOUND.

IT WAS LIKE A MILITARY

COMPOUND.

WE HAD TO MARCH IN THE

COURTYARD AND SHOUT,

"DEATH TO AMERICA."

AND BOYS AND GIRLS WENT TO

DIFFERENT SCHOOLS AND IT

WAS VERY DIFFERENT.

THE TEACHERS ASK THE

QUESTION AND GAVE THE

ANSWER.

Terry: YET IN THE

MIDST OF THAT INTENSITY,

YOU NEVER BOUGHT INTO IT.

I FOUND THAT QUITE

REMARKABLE FOR A

6-YEAR-OLD.

I COME FROM A LONG LINE

OF STUBBORN PEOPLE.

I BELIEVE THAT'S -- THAT'S

THE GRACE OF GOD.

Terry: WHEN YOUR MOM

DETERMINED THAT SHE WOULD

MAKE A PLAN AND THAT YOU

ALL WOULD ESCAPE, AND SHE

PRAYED AND ASKED GOD TO

SHOW HER A WAY, WERE YOU

EVER AWARE OF THE

INCREDIBLE DANGER INVOLVED

IN THAT?

I KNEW IT WAS VERY

DANGEROUS.

I WAS WITH HER WHEN SHE

WAS MEETING WITH THESE

PEOPLE SECRETLY, TRYING TO

ARRANGE AN ESCAPE MANY

TIMES OVER THE 18 MONTHS.

AND I KNEW SEVERAL OF THE

PLANS THAT HAD BEEN PUT

INTO PLACE THAT FELL

THROUGH.

AND I KNEW ALL ALONG THAT

THIS WAS THE MOST

DANGEROUS ROUTE.

NO ONE WANTED THIS TO BE

THE ROUTE WE HAD TO TAKE,

OVER THE MOUNTAINS INTO

TURKEY.

Terry: WERE YOU

AFRAID?

I WAS AFRAID, BUT I

WANTED TO GO HOME.

Terry: EVEN AS I WAS

READING YOUR BOOK, I

THOUGHT EVEN TO GET A

6-YEAR-OLD TO, NUMBER ONE,

NEVER MENTION ANY OF THE

PEOPLE YOU MET THAT WERE

HELPING YOU WITH THIS, AND

TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

WITHOUT CRYING AND HAVING

A LITTLE ATTACK --

I DID CRY.

I WANTED MY BUNNY.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE

THAT.

Terry: I REMEMBER THE

BUBUNNY.

BUT THROUGH ALL OF THAT

TRAUMA, YOU CAME TO THE

UNITED STATES OUNITED STATES, AND PEOPLE

WOULD THINK, WHEW, YOU'RE

FREE, BUT YOU WEREN'T FREE

BECAUSE YOUR DAD WAS

INSISTENT HE WOULD FIND

YOU AND RETURN YOU.

HOW DID YOU LIVE DURING

THOSE YEARS?

UNTIL THE TIME HE DIED,

HE WAS STILL TRYING TO

HAVE A REUNION.

WE LIVED BY FAITH.

Terry: AND YOU HAD AN

ASSUMED NAME FOR YOU AS A

CHILD.

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN

STRANGE.

YOU KNOW, IN SOME WAYS

I THINK IT WAS HELPFUL.

I HAD TWO DIFFERENT ROLES

IN MY LIFE, LIKE A JOB.

THE DOCTOR IS A DOCTOR AND

THEN THEY GO HOME AND

THEY'RE MOMMY OR DADDY.

SO I HAD A DIFFERENT NAME

FOR EACH ROLE.

WHEN I WAS AT HOME IN MY

REAL LIFE, I WAS USING A

FAKE NAME.

AND I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT

DETAILS TO BE SHARED.

BECAUSE EVEN EARLY ON THE

PEOPLE AROUND US DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT WE HAD GONE

THROUGH.

AND THEN WHEN I WAS

TRAVELLING WITH MOM AND WE

WERE DOING INTERVIEWS,

THEN I'M MAHAB ANMATHAB AND I'M MATHAB AND

I CAN

SAY ANYTHING.

Terry: WHEN YOU WERE

LITTLE, YOUR DAD DID FIND

YOU.

WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

IT WAS INFURIATING.

HE LEFT A MESSAGE ON MY

MOM'S MACHINE, AND HE SAID

I WAS 21 AND I COULD THINK

FOR MYSELF, AND HE WAS

GOING TO TELL ME THE TRUTH

BECAUSE I'VE BEEN TOLD A

LIE.

I TURNED TO MOM AND SAID,

DID HE FORGET I WAS THERE?

Terry: EXACTLY.

IN SPITE OF THAT, YOU SAW

YOUR FATHER PHYSICALLY

ABUSIVE TO YOUR MOTHER,

VERBALLY ABUSIVE TO BOTH

OF YOU --

UH-HUH.

Terry: --

DISCONNECTED FROM YOU

DURING YOUR TIME IN IRAN.

HOW DID GOD INTERVENE IN

YOUR HEART SO YOU DIDN'T

WIND UP FOREVER BITTER AND

FOREVER BROKEN.

I WAS EXTREMELY BITTER

AND FILLED WITH HATE.

TO THE POINT WHEN MOM TOLD

ME THERE WAS A PLANE CRASH

AND A LOT OF IRANIAN

PEOPLE HAD DIED, AND I

SAID, GOOD, I HOPE MY DAD

WERE YOU ONWAS ONE OF THEM.

SO I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE

OTHER PEOPLE.

BUT IT WAS THROUGH MY

TEACHERS AND MY MOM

HELPING ME APPRECIATE THE

HERITAGE THAT IS MINE.

Terry: SHE DID AN

AMAZING JOB OF HELPING YOU

BECOME SET FREE FROM ALL

OF THAT, HELPING YOU

UNDERSTAND THE GOODNESS

THAT WAS IN YOUR FATHER,

AND HELPING YOU APPRECIATE

THE BEAUTY OF YOUR PERSIAN

CULTURE.

SHE DID.

SHE DID.

SHE NEVER SPOKE

DISPARAGING OF HIM.

SHE WAS HONEST AND

FORTHRIGHT ABOUT THE

WRONGS HE HAD DONE, BUT

SHE WAS EQUALLY FORTHRIGHT

ABOUT HOW MUCH HE LOVED

ME.

Terry: WE HAVEN'T

EVEN TOUCHED YOUR HEALTH

AND ALL OF THE THINGS

YOU'VE GONE THROUGH, BUT

I'M GOING TO ENCOURAGE ALL

OF YOU TO READ MATHAB'S

FASCINATING STORY.

IT IS CALLED "MY NAME IS

MATHAB," AND WATCH THE

MOVIE, "NOT WITHOUT MY

DAUGHTER."

IT IS A WONDERFUL STORY.

IT IS WONDERFUL TO MEET

YOU AND HAVE YOU HERE AS A

GUEST.

IT IS MY HONOR.

Gordon: WELL,

REFUGEES ARE FLOCKING TO

AMERICA, AND ONE GROUP IS

MAKING SURE THEY FIND A

HOME.

AND WHEN WE KNOW THAT

THEY'RE GOING TO COME,

WE'LL GET AN ARRIVAL

NOTICE.

AND THAT'S WHEN WE'RE

GOING TO START HITTING THE

GROUND RUNNING.

Gordon: WATCH THEM

REUNITE FAMILIES FROM

AROUND THE WORLD WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Gordon: THOUSANDS OF

SYRIANS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED

IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER

THE REFUGEE CRISIS BEGAN,

AND ALL OF THEM AFTER

GOING THROUGH THE VETTING

PROCESS.

ONE CHRISTIAN GROUP WORKS

WITH THESE REFUGEES TO

MAKE SURE THEY ADJUST TO

THEIR NEW LIFE.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON SHOWS US

THAT LED TO A SUCCESSFUL

TRANSITION FOR ONE SYRIAN

FAMILY HERE IN THEIR NEW

COUNTRY.

Reporter: THEY'VE HAD

ESCAPED WAR ZONES,

SURVIVED REFUGEE CAMPS,

AND JUST ARRIVED IN THE

UNITED STATES TO START A

NEW LIFE.

NOW MIDDLE EAST REFUGEES

FACE A NEW LIST OF

CHALLENGES: WHERE WILL

THEY LIVE?

HOW WILL THEY PAY THE

BILLS?

WHERE DO THEY LEARN

ENGLISH?

AND HOW DO THEY ENROLL

THEIR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL?

DAUNTING QUESTIONS IF SOME

CHRISTIANS GROUPS ARE

HELPING THE EFFIGIES

ANSWER.

>REFUGEES

ANSWER.

THIS IS VERY

SIGNIFICANT WORK RIGHT

NOW.

Reporter: IT IS

AMAZING WHAT CAN BE DONE

WHEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER.

WHAT BETTER WAY TO MAKE A

REFUGEE FAMILY FEEL AT

HOME IN AMERICA THAN BY

WELCOMING THEM WITH A

FURNISHED APARTMENT AND

FOOD ALREADY IN THEIR

FRIDGE?

THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT

CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE

NATION ARE ACCOMPLISHING,

BY COMING TOGETHER,

SERVING PEOPLE AND SHOWING

THEM THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

CHURCH WORLD SERVICES

WORKS WITH CHURCHES AROUND

THE COUNTRY TO HELP

REFUGEES FROM THE MOMENT

THEY ARRIVE AT THE

AIRPORT.

WHEN WE KNOW THAT

THEY'RE GOING TO COME,

WE'LL GET AN E-MAIL, AN

ARRIVAL NOTICE, AND THAT'S

WHEN WE'RE GOING TO START

HITTING THE GROUND

RUNNING.

Reporter: THE FIRST

STEP: FINDING A HOUSE FOR

THE FAMILY TO RENT.

THEN STOCKING IT WITH

NECESSITIES LIKE

FURNITURE, FOOD, AND

TOILETRIES.

NEXT, C.W.S. PARTNERS EACH

FAMILY WITH A CHURCH

FAMILY.

A WELCOME TEAM IS

USUALLY A CHURCH GROUP,

BUT SOMETIMES SMALL

GROUPS, VERY INTENTIONAL

GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO COME

TOGETHER AND SAY WE'RE

GOING TO WORK WITH A

FAMILY.

IT ADDS THIS HOLISTIC

ELEMENT OF COMMUNITY.

Reporter: C.W.S.'S

END GOAL IS SIMPLE: TEACH

EACH INCOMING FAMILY HOW

TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT IN

AMERICA.

THAT HAPPENS THROUGH

RESETTLEMENT, EMPLOYMENT

COUNSELLING, AND

IMMIGRATION LEGAL

SERVICES.

THEY WORK CLOSELY FOR UP

TO FIRE YEARS WITH EACH

FAMILY AS THEY ACCLIMATE

TO THEIR NEW SOCIETY.

IT IS VERY, VERY

ENCOURAGING TO WATCH

FAMILIES REACH MILESTONES.

Reporter: FARHAN, A

SYRIAN, ARRIVED WITH HIS

FAMILY FIVE MONTHS AGO.

THEIR JOURNEY HERE BEGAN

IN 2011, WHEN THE U.N.

APPROACHED THEM ABOUT

RESETTLEMENT IN THE U.S.

THEN CAME FOUR YEARS OF

VETTING OVERSEAS UNTIL

THEY RECEIVED CLEARANCE TO

COME TO AMERICA, WHERE

THEY FOUND AN UNEXPECTED

AND LOVING WELCOME.

WE HAD A MISCONCEPTION

ABOUT THE PEOPLE HERE, BUT

THAT ALL CHANGED.

Reporter: THANKS TO

C.W.S., FARHAN BECOMES

MORE COMFORTABLE EVERY

DAY.

HIS ENGLISH IS IMPROVING,

HE IS WORKING, AND HIS

DAUGHTER MADE IT TO THE

TOP OF HER HIGH SCHOOL

CLASS.

BEFORE BEING GRANTED

REFUGEE STATUS, MANY

FAMILIES WAIT AN AVERAGE

OF THREE YEARS AS THEY GET

HEALTH AND SECURITY

CLEARANCES.

FOR MANY OF THEM, THAT

TIME IS SPENT INSIDE

REFUGEE CAMPS OR HIDING IN

THE SHADOWS OF OTHER

MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES

ALREADY OVERWHELMED BY THE

REFUGEE EXITOUS.

WHILE FARHAN AWAITED

REFUGEE STATUS, ONE OF HIS

SONS TURNED 18 AND WAS

SEPARATED FROM HIS

FAMILY'S CASE.

HE IS IN JORDAN ALONE.

NO ONE IS THERE TO SUPPORT

HIM.

HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO WORK

IN JORDAN.

HIS SITUATION IS VERY

DIRE.

Reporter: C.W.

W.S."

S."TRIES TO BRING FAMILIES

TOGETHERS.

THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH

THE SAME EXACT BACKGROUND

PROCESS AS REFUGEES

ARRIVING WITHOUT FAMILY

MEMBERS ALREADY HERE.

SO ON AVERAGE, THAT STILL

TAKES THREE YEARS.

WE HAD A RECENTLY ARRIVED

WOMAN WHO CAME TO

LANCASTER, AND WE DID NOT

KNOW SHE WAS SEPARATED

FROM HER HUSBAND AND

CHILDREN.

THIS MOTHER WAS JUST

RECENTLY REUNITED WITH HER

16-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

AND SHE HAD NOT SEEN HER

16-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN

PERSON FOR SIX YEARS.

BEING ABLE TO OFFER A

SPACE WHERE FAMILIES CAN

BE REUNITED AFTER BEING

SEPARATED FOR SO LONG IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

I HAVE NO WORDS FOR IT.

Reporter: CHRISTINE

SEES THE PERSEVERANCE OF

THESE VEF UE REVS JESUS REFUGEES AS A

POSITIVE AND ASKS

CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR

THEM THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE

JOURNEY.

THESE FAMILIES ARE VERY

RESILIENT, SURVIVORS IN A

LOT OF WAYS, AND NOT IN

ANY WAY HELPLESS.

Reporter: FARHAN

WANTS AMERICANS SHOULD

KNOW WITH A LITTLE HELP IN

THE BEGINNING, SYRIAN

REFUGEES CAN ADJUST JUST

FINE.

MY CALL TO THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE IS WE NEED HELP IN

THE BEGINNING, AND THEN WE

WILL STAND ON OUR FEET AND

DO OUR PART, AND WORK.

AND WE WANT TO WORK SO WE

CAN BE BETTER AND BETTER.

Reporter: FARHAN'S

FAMILY'S JOURNEY HAS BEEN

FAR FROM EASY, BUT THE

SUPPORT THEY HAVE RECEIVED

FROM CHURCH WORLD SERVICES

HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO

HELPING THEM ADJUST TO

THEIR NEW LIFE IN AMERICA.

REPORTING FROM LANCASTER,

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON, CBN

NEWS.

Gordon: THAT'S A

STORY YOU WON'T SEE

ANYWHERE ELSE.

SO OFTEN OUR FOCUS IS ON

TERRORISM.

AND YOU LOOK AT THE VISA

MISTAKES IN SAN

BERNARDINO.

AND YOU LOOK AT THE

HORRIBLE MASSACRE THERE.

AND YOU SCRATCH YOUR HEAD,

AND YOU WONDER, HOW IN THE

WORLD COULD THIS HAPPEN?

HOW COULD WE LET OUR GUARD

DOWN?

AT THE SAME TIME, HOW DO

YOU OVERCOME EVIL?

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

AND FOR THESE REFUGEES, IF

I WAS A SYRIAN, I WOULD BE

A REFUGEE, TOO.

I WOULDN'T WANT TO STAY IN

A WAR ZONE.

I WOULD WANT TO LEAVE.

I WOULD WANT TO PROTECT MY

FAMILY.

I WOULD WANT TO FIND A

REFUGE.

I WOULD WANT TO FIND IF

THERE WAS ANY WAY I COULD

GET TO AMERICA, AND I

WOULD WANT TO DO IT.

AND I WOULD WANT TO HAVE

THE HELP OF PEOPLE AROUND

ME.

I WOULDN'T DEMAND IT, BUT

I WOULD WANT IT.

AND SO HOW DO WE OVERCOME

THIS EVIL, THIS GREAT EVIL

THAT HAS BEEN UNLEASHED?

WELL, THE BIBLE SAYS WE

OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD.

AND IF WE CAN BE A PART OF

PROVIDING THAT GOOD, TO

SAY, YES, THERE IS A

DANGER, BUT CAN WE FIND IT

IN OUR HEARTS TO PROVIDE

GOOD, WE CAN OVERCOME THIS

EVIL.

WE CAN DO IT.

WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER.

> WELL, AT ONE CAMP IN

THAILAND, REFUGEES SAW A

FIRE DESTROY THEIR SCHOOL

AND THEIR DORMS, AND HERE

IS HOW YOU HELPED THESE

FUTURE MISSIONARIES RISE

FROM THE ASHES.

Reporter: TUCKED

ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN

THAILAND AND BURMA, ALSO

CALLED MYANMAR, LIES A

REFUGEE CAMP.

INSIDE A MISSIONARY BIBLE

SCHOOL IS TRAINING

STUDENTS TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL IN SOME OF THE MOST

BUDDHIST COUNTRIES ON

EARTH.

THIS IS NONA.

SHE HAS BEEN ATTENDING THE

SCHOOL FOR ABOUT A

YEARMENT.

YEAR.

I WANT TO BECOME A

MISSIONARY AND SHARE THIS

GOOD NEWS WITH MY COUNTRY

MEN BACK IN MYANMAR.

Reporter: FOR YEARS,

THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN

LIVING IN A DORMITORY

INSIDE A CAMP, THAT IS

UNTIL A FIRE DESTROYED IT

AND NEARLY EVERYTHING THEY

OWNED.

I HAD NEVER SEEN A FIRE

LIKE THAT BEFORE.

I CRIED SO HARD, MY HANDS

WERE SHAKING.

EVERYTHING IN OUR

DORMITORY TURNED TO ASHES.

MY CLOTHES, MY BOOKS, MY

BIBLE FROM MY PARENTS WAS

GONE.

Reporter: FOR MONTHS

THE STUDENTS WERE FORCED

TO SLEEP AT A CLEARING

NEAR THE RIVER.

WE LAID DOWN ON BANANA

LEAVES AND ALSO USED THEM

AS BLANKETS.

Reporter: AT FIRST A

CBN DISASTER RELIEF TEAM

CAME WITH FOOD, BLANKETS,

MEDICINE, AND CLOTHING.

EVERY DAY I HELPED

BRING FOOD TO THE OLDER

FOLKS, AND I ENCOURAGED

THEM TO ASK GOD FOR HELP,

AND TO REMEMBER THAT BE

ARWEARE IN HIS HANDS.

Reporter: INT WEEKS

THA Reporter: IN THE

WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED, WE

BUILT A NEW DORMITORY FOR

THE STUDENTS.

AND NONA CONTINUES TO

TRAIN TO BE A MISSIONARY.

WE HAD ANOTHER SMALL GIFT

FOR HER: A NEW BIBLE, TO

REPLACE THE ONE THAT HAD

BURNED IN THE FIRE.

THIS IS SUCH A PRECIOUS

GIFT FROM CBN.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME

BECAUSE IT IS A LAMP TO MY

FEET.

I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY.

Reporter: IN THE NEW

PRAYER ROOM INSIDE THE

DORMITORY, SOMETHING ELSE

IS HAPPENING.

TWICE A MONTH WE JOIN

TOGETHER FOR A 24-HOUR

PRAYER MEETING.

WE ALWAYS PRAY FOR CBN AND

CBN PARTNERS.

THANK YOU FOR BEING GOD'S

HAND WHO HELPS US.

Gordon: THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

THAT.

JUST IMAGINE THAT GROUP

PRAYING FOR YOU, SAYING

GOD BLESS YOU, REACHING

OUT WITH HANDS TO YOU TO

SAY WE WANT TO BE A

BLESSING TO YOU BECAUSE

YOU'VE BEEN A BLESSING TO

US.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER,

JOIN WITH US.

JOIN WITH ALL OF THE

PEOPLE THAT SAY, YES, WE

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IN THE WORLD.

WE WANT TO OVERCOME EVIL

WITH GOOD.

WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.

IF THAT'S YOU, GIVE US A

CALL.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-888-777-1999.

ANOR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

700clubinteractive.com.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY.

AND YOU JOIN WITH SO MANY

PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HELP

PEOPLE.

AND A PORTION OF EVERY

GIFT GOES INTO THE WORK OF

"OPERATION BLESSING."

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL AROUND THE

WORLD.

AND WHEN YOU CALL AND

JOIN, I'VE GOT SOMETHING

FOR YOU.

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

"POWER FOR LIFE".

IF YOU JOIN VIA PLEDGE

EXPRESS, WE'LL SEND THESE

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TO YOU EVERY SINGLE MONTH.

THIS ONE IS THE LIFE

TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

IF YOU WANT MONTHLY

TEACHING C.D.s, ASK FOR

PLEDGE EXPRESS WHEN YOU

CALM, AND ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS SAY, I WANT TO DO

THIS THROUGH PLEDGE

EXPRESS.

THAT MEANS THE BANK DOES

ALL OF THE WORK.

NO CHECKS TO WRITE.

NOTHING TO MAIL IN.

AND WE SAVE SO MUCH ON THE

PROCESSING, WE CAN SEND

YOU THESE MONTHLY TEACHING

C.D.s.

SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE

THOSE, ASK FOR PLEDGE

EXPRESS.

DO IT NOW: 1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, BACK

PAIN SO SEVERE IT HAD THIS

ELECTRICIAN CONTEMPLATING

SUICIDE.

I WAS TOLD, YOU'LL HAVE

TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN

MEDICATION AND DEPRESSION

MEDICATION FOR THE REST OF

YOUR LIFE.

Terry: SEE HOW HE

FINALLY GOT RELIEF.

STAY WITH US.

STAY WITH US.

Terry: TIM WHITAKER

ONLY GOT THREE HOURS OF

SLEEP EVERY NIGHT.

TIM'S BACK WAS KILLING

HIM.

UNTIL ONE DAY, WHEN HE

HEARD GORDON GIVE A WORD

OF KNOWLEDGE.

WHEN I WAS DOWN HOOKING

UP THE GAS LIGHT TO THE

STOVE, I COULD FEEL

SOMETHING IN MY BACK, LIKE

A BIG BULGE BROKE LOOSE

AND IT WAS VERY PAINFUL.

I NEVER HAD ANY PAIN LIKE

THAT.

IT WAS EXCRUCIATING.

Reporter: TIM

WHITAKER HAD BEEN DEALING

WITH PAIN FROM A SPINAL

CONDITION FOR YEARS, BUT

THIS WAS WORTH.

THE ELECTRICIAN COULDN'T

WORK FOR A MONTH

AFTERWARDS.

WHEN I WENT TO THE

NEUROSURGEON, HE TOLD ME I

HAD A BULGED DISC AND HE

JUST GAVE ME PAIN

MEDICATION.

AT THAT TIME HE WAS PER

PERCOCET.

HE SAID YOU'RE GOING TO

HAVE SOME ISSUES DOWN THE

ROAD.

Reporter: ALTHOUGH

TIM COULD FUNCTION, SHE

WAS STILL IN CONSTANT

PAIN.

EVEN THOUGH IT WAS

PAIN, YOU KIND OF PUT IT

OFF AND PUT EIGHT OFF

BECAUSE YOIT OFF BECAUSEYOU DON'T HAVE TIM

E TO

QUIT.

Reporter: FOR THE

NEXT SEVEN YEARS, TIM

DEPENDED ON PAIN

MEDICATION TO MAKE IT

THROUGH THE DAY.

FINALLY HE HAD SURGERY,

WHICH GAVE HIM RELIEF, BUT

ONLY FOR A COUPLE OF

YEARS.

IT STARTED GETTING SO

EXCRUCIATING, IT WOULD GO

RIGHT BACK INTO THE

NUMBNESS OF THE LEG AND I

COULDN'T BEND MY TOE ON MY

LEFT FOOT.

THE LOWER BACK WAS JUST

TIGHT.

I WAS TOLD, YOU'LL HAVE TO

DEAL WITH PAIN MEDICATION

AND DEPRESSION MEDICATION

FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Reporter: DESPITE HIS

PAIN AND FRUSTRATION, TIM

TRUSTED GOD AND PRAYED FOR

HEALING.

I JUST KNEW GOD HAD

SOMETHING IN STORE FOR MY

LIFE.

Reporter: IN

JANUARY 2015, TIM SAYS

THAT GOD ANSWERED HIS

PRAYERS.

Gordon: LORD, WE LIFT

THE NEEDS OF THE AUDIENCE

TO YOU.

I WAS WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB" THAT NIGHT, AND

GORDON HAD PRAYED.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU HAVE

DETERIORATING BONE IN THE

VERTEBRA OF YOUR BACK.

AND YOU JUST LIVE IN

CONSTANT PAIN.

GOD IS HEALING YOU.

I SAID, THAT'S FOR ME.

JUST A REALLY GOD

PEACEFUL, AT EASE -- IT

WAS A RELIEF.

I DIDN'T FEEL THE PAIN.

I FELT GREAT.

I NOW CANNOT BE SUCH A

BURDEN ON MY WIFE.

NOW I CAN GET IN THE CAR

AND RIDE SOMEWHERE.

IT IS A MIRACLE OF GOD.

Reporter: TIM HASN'T

HAD TO TAKE ANY MEDICATION

SINCE AND FEELS BETTER

THAN HE HAS FOR YEARS.

HE HAS A WORD OF

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ANYONE

WHO NEEDS GOD'S HEALING.

IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH

CHRONIC PAIN AND YOU'RE

GETTING BAD NEWS FROM THE

DOCTOR EVERY DAY, DON'T

GIVE UP.

DON'T GIVE UP.

HE WILL GIVE YOU SOME

PEACE AND COMFORT THROUGH

YOUR TRIALS.

AND DON'T THINK, I'M NOT

GOING TO GET A MIRACLE.

I PRAYED AND I HAVEN'T

SEEN ANY RESULTS.

DON'T DO THAT TO YOURSELF.

STAY IN THE WORLD OF GOD.

Terry: THAT'S A GOOD

WORD FROM TIM, NEVER GIVE

UP.

GOD SEES YOU.

HE KNOWS YOU.

HE UNDERSTANDS YOUR

STRUGGLE.

HE IS WITH YOU THROUGH IT.

BUT GOD CREATED THE

UNIVERSE.

DO YOU THINK IT IS TOO

MUCH FOR HIM TO MEET YOUR

NEED?

WELL, WE HAVE OTHER PRAYER

REQUESTS THAT HAVE COME

IN.

I'D LIKE TO SHARE ONE WITH

YOU.

AMBER WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY HUSBAND, ANDREW.

HIS WHOLE BODY NEEDS

HEALING.

TWO RARE AUTOIMMUNE

DISEASES HAVE HIM IN PAIN

24 HOURS A DAY.

YET HE PUSHES THROUGH AND

WORKS HARD FOR HIS THREE

CHILDREN.

HIS SPINE IS FUSING INTO

ONE OF HIS LUNGS.

BUT GOD IS NOT DONE WITH

HIM YET."

SHE IS ASKING FOR PRAYER.

Gordon: PLEASE JOIN

US IN PRAYER, IF YOU'VE

GOT CHRONIC PAIN OR YOU

HAVE A NEED FOR HEALING.

REALIZE GOD WANTS TO HEAL

YOU.

IT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU

HAVE TO CONVINCE HIM OF.

HE WANTS TO HEAL YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS OPEN

UP YOUR HEART AND RECEIVE

IT.

LORD, WE PRAY ESPECIALLY

FOR ANDREW, THAT YOU WOULD

HEAL HIS BODY TOTALLY,

FROM THE TOP OF HIS HEAD

TO THE SOULS OF HIS FEET.

NO MORE HARDENING OF HIS

LUNGS OR FUSING OF HIS

SPINE, BUT LET EVERYTHING

BE NORMAL FOR ANDREW.

WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD

BLESS HIM.

AND FOR THOSE --

PARTICULARLY THOSE

SUFFERING WITH CHRONIC

PAIN, WE JUST JOIN WITH

THEM IN AGREEMENT.

AND WE SPEAK TO THIS PAIN,

BE GONE NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

BE HEALED AND BE SET FREE.

THERE IS A WOMAN NAMED

DOROTHY, YOU'VE GOT AN

IRRITATED NERVE AROUND ONE

OF YOUR RIBS, AND GOD IS

HEALING THAT FOR YOU RIGHT

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

Gordon: AND AMEN.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE

HAVE.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM ROMANS: "IF GOD

IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE

AGAINST US?"

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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