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700 Club Interactive - Keep Asking - March 31, 2016

Expectant mom of seven is miraculously healed from severe spinal pain. Read Transcript


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HER DOCTOR SAID SHE

NEEDED SPINAL SURGERY.

HE SAID HE NEVER HAD

SEEN A CASE THAT BAD.

Andrew: HE HAD

ANOTHER TREATMENT IN MIND.

SEE HOW THIS MOM OF

SEVEN WAS MIRACULOUSLY

HEALED.

AFTER THAT PRAYER, I AM

NOT HAVING BACK PAINS.

Andrew: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Andrew: HI AND

WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

HAVE YOU EVER ASKED GOD

FOR SOMETHING AND ASKED

HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN AND

AGAIN?

THAT'S WHAT SHAYLA BAKER

DID.

AFTER YEARS OF SUFFERING

WITH BACK PAINS, HER

DOCTOR SAID SHE NEEDED

SPINAL SURGERY.

BUT THIS MOTHER DID NOT

ACCEPT THAT DIAGNOSIS.

SHE DID THE ONE THING SHE

KNEW TO DO, SHE KEPT

ASKING GOD TO HEAL HER.

I NOTICED PROBLEMS WITH

MY BACK WHEN I WAS A

CHEERLEADER IN HIGH

SCHOOL.

WHEN I WAS MOVING AROUND,

IT WAS A LOT OF PAIN.

AND AFTER I HAD BEEN

MOVING AROUND FOR A COUPLE

OF HOURS AND SIT DOWN, IT

WOULD TURN INTO PAIN AND

STIFFNESS.

I WOULD BECOME REALLY

STIFF.

I NEVER HAD IT CHECKED

OUT.

I NEVER HAD IT LOOKED AT.

I NEVER TOLD MY PARENTS

ABOUT IT.

I ASSUMED IT WAS PART OF

BEING ACTIVE.

IT STARTED GETTING WORSE

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH

MY FIRST CHILD.

IT WAS PRETTY WELL INTENSE

WHEN I WAS PREGNANT,

COMPARED TO WHEN I WASN'T.

I HAD LOADS OF PAIN, FROM

THE BACK PAIN OF SEVEN

PREGNANCIES.

ALL SEVEN OF THEM.

AS A PARENT, YOU'VE GOT

THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR

KIDS, AND YOU SUCK IT UP

AND DEAL WITH IT.

AS THE CHILDREN'S PASTOR,

YOU CONSTANTLY HAVE TO BE

ON YOUR TOES.

I HAD BEEN HAVING LOTS OF

NUMBNESS IN BOTH OF MY

ARMS.

FINALLY, WHILE I WAS

LEAVING MY CHURCH OFFICE

ONE DAY, I HAD A SPASM IN

MY LEG, AND IMMEDIATE

ATROPHY IN MY LEG.

I WAS WORRIED ABOUT LOSING

MY ABILITY TO WALK.

I'M A CHILDREN'S PASTOR

AND A MOM OF SEVEN, AND

JUST BUSY IN GENERAL, AND

NOT TO BE ABLE TO WALK,

THAT DID CROSS MY MIND.

TWO WEEKS LATER, IT WAS

BOTHERING ME QUITE A BIT.

MY HUSBAND SAID, WE NEED

TO GET YOUR MOM TO WATCH

THE KIDS AND WE NEED TO GO

TO THE E.R.

THE M.R.I. SHOWED I HAD

LESIONS, WHICH POINTED TO

M.S.

AND THE DOCTOR WAS FAR

MORE INTERESTED IN THE

SPINE PORTION OF IT, WHICH

SHOWED I HAVE A CONDITION

CALLED SPONDEELOPTIOPTIS SIS.

SPONDEELOPTISSIS.

AND THE ONLY WAY TO FIX IT

IS TO HAVE A MAJOR

SURGERY.

I WAS TERRIFIED.

YOU CAN BE PARALYZED FROM

THE SURGERY.

AT THE TIME, I HAD TO DEAL

WITH PAIN, BUT I WASN'T

PARALYZED.

WE JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW IT

WAS GOING TO EFFECT US,

BUT THEY WERE POSITIVE I

NEEDED SURGERY.

THE NIGHT WE WENT TO THE

E.R., IT WAS ACTUALLY A

WORSHIP PRACTICE NIGHT.

SO WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO

GET OUR KIDS FROM MY

MOTHER-IN-LAW'S HOUSE, AND

PASTOR BRENT AND PASTOR

SHARON TEXTED US TO COME

OVER.

THEY WERE STILL AT

WORSHIP, AND THEY WANTED

TO PRAY FOR ME.

I STILL HAD THE PAIN.

I WOULD BE SO STIFF THAT

IT WOULD MAKE ME WALK

HUNCHED OVER, LIKE A

LITTLE OLD LADY.

IF I HAD SAT FOR ANY

AMOUNT OF TIME AFTER BEING

ACTIVE, SO I WAS JUST

FOCUSED ON THAT, AND I WAS

JUST PRAISING GOD THAT THE

STIFFNESS WAS GONE.

IT WAS ABOUT TWO MONTHS,

AND I WAS STANDING ON

STAGE, AND WE WERE

PRACTICING, AND MY BACK

STARTED BEING IN A LOT OF

PAIN.

SO THE WORSHIP TEAM JUST

GATHERED AROUND TO PRAY

OVER ME.

WELL, I DIDN'T FEEL

ANYTHING IN MY BACK DURING

THE PRAYER.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, ON

THE WAY HOME THAT EVENING,

I WAS IN SOME OF THE WORST

PAIN I HAVE BEEN IN IN A

REALLY LONG TIME.

ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS GET

HOME AND TAKE SOME SORT OF

MEDICATION.

I NOTICED SOMETHING WAS

DIFFERENT THE NEXT DAY.

I HAD TO GO GROCERY

SHOPPING AND FOR A LARGE

FAMILY, IT TAKES A LONG

TIME.

IT WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING I

WOULD COME HOME HURTING.

AFTER A TWO-HOUR GROCERY

TRIP, I DID ALL OF MY

SHOPPING AND I GOT IN THE

CAR AND I THOUGHT, MY BACK

ISN'T HURTING.

AT THAT TIME I DIDN'T KNOW

IF IT WAS GOING TO LAST OR

IF IT WAS JUST A FLUKE.

I THINK I WAS TESTING IT

ALL OF THE TIME.

I WOULD BEND OVER TO PICK

UP SOMETHING OFF THE

FLOOR, AND I WOULD JUST

WAIT FOR THE PAIN TO COME

BACK, AND THE PAIN

WOULDN'T BE THERE.

I WAS CONSTANTLY TESTING

IT, WAITING FOR IT TO COME

BACK, AND IT JUST NEVER

DID.

AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS,

AND THEN ESPECIALLY AFTER

I GOT THROUGH SUNDAY

SERVICE WITH THE KIDS AND

WAS ABLE TO CLEAN UP AND

NOT HAVE TO SIT DOWN, AND

NOT HAVE TO HAVE ANYBODY

HELP ME, NOT HAVE TO TAKE

A PAIN MEDICATION, THAT'S

WHEN IT REALLY STARTED TO

SINK IN THAT MAYBE THIS

WAS GOING TO BE PERMANENT;

IT WASN'T GOING TO COME

BACK.

I HAVE NOT HAD ANY BACK

PAIN SINCE THE DAY AFTER

THAT PRAYER.

MY EIGHTH PREGNANCY HAS

BEEN SO MUCH DIFFERENT

THAN THE FIRST SEVEN.

I'VE BEEN A LOT MORE

ACTIVE.

I DIDN'T ACTUALLY REALIZE

HOW SEDENTARY I WAS DURING

THOSE FIRST SEVEN

PREGNANCIES JUST BECAUSE I

WAS IN SO MUCH BACK PAIN.

I WONDER WHY HE CHOSE TO

HEAL ME A LOT BECAUSE I

WAS GOING TO BE A

CHRISTIAN AND BE HIS

SERVANT AS A PASTOR,

WHETHER HE HEALED ME OR

NOT.

AND I HONESTLY NEVER

REALLY EXPECTED HIM TO.

I WASN'T HEALED THE FIRST

TIME WE ASKED.

WE PRAYED A LOT BEFORE I

WAS EVER HEALED.

JUST KEEP ASKING HIM, AND

IN THE MEANTIME, JUST KEEP

SERVING HIM.

IT HAS CHANGED MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD A

LOT.

IT WAS A VERY DEEP

EXPERIENCE OF HOW MUCH HE

LOVES ME.

IT MADE IT REALLY TANGIBLE

TO ME.

INSTEAD OF JUST HEARING IT

AND KNOWING IT WITH MY

MIND.

NOW I KNOW IT WITH MY

HEART.

Andrew: ISN'T IT

INTERESTING, HEARING

SHALA'SHAYLA'S STORY, AND SHE

KEPT SEEKING AND PRAYING.

SHE EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED THAT

SHE DIDN'T EXPECT TO BE

HEALED.

SHE WAS QUESTIONING

WHETHER IT WOULD ACTUALLY

HAPPEN, AND KEPT TRYING

THINGS TO SEE IF IT WAS

ACTUALLY THE CASE.

WHY DO WE, AS CHRISTIANS,

WHEN WE PRAY, AND WE FIND

VALUE IN PRAYING,

OFTENTIMES WE DO NOT

EXPECT GOD TO RESPOND?

I THINK IT COMES DOWN TO

IF WE THINK PRAYER IS

SOMETHING WE NEED TO CARRY

OUT AS OF OBLIGATION.

GOD DOESN'T WANT US TO ACT

OUT OF OBLIGATION.

THAT DAMAGES A

RELATIONSHIP.

WHAT HE WANTS IS INTIMACY

WITH HIS CHILDREN.

WHEN WE PRAY AND APPROACH

THE THRONE OF GOD,

OFTENTIMES WE FEEL LIKE WE

GO THROUGH A LIST.

AND WE CHECK OFF THE LIST

OUT OF OBLIGATION.

HERE IS WHAT I NEED TO

TELL GOD ABOUT.

JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 6

THAT THE FATHER KNOWS OUR

NEED BEFORE WE EVEN ASK

HIM.

SO WE DON'T NEED TO INFORM

HIM.

THAT'S NOT THE PURPOSE OF

PRAYER.

BUT AS WE ARTICULATE OUR

NEEDS, THE HOLY SPIRIT

BEGINS TO SHOW US THE ROOT

AND THE CORE OF SOME OF

THESE ISSUES.

IF WE'RE BRINGING BEFORE

THE FATHER A FRACTURED

RELATIONSHIP, BROKENNESS

IN THE FAMILY, OR

ADDICTION, OR MAYBE EVEN

DEBT, WHEN WE'VE LOST OUR

WAY IN OUR RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD, AS WE PRAY AND

BRING OUR NEED TO THE

LORD, HE BEGINS TO SHOW US

THE CAUSE OF THESE THINGS.

PRAYER IS NOT TRYING TO

CHANGE GOD'S MIND.

THE PROCESS OF PRAYER

CAUSES A CHANGE IN OUR

HEART.

MAYBE YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH

PHILIPS BROOKS WHO SAID,

PRAYER IS NOT CONQUERING

GOD'S RELUCTANCE, BUT

TAKING HOLD OF HIS

WILLINGNESS.

IT IS HIS POWER, THE POWER

OF GOD, WITH OUR BELIEF

THAT BRINGS ABOUT MIGHTY

THINGS.

THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF

PRAYER.

SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, GOD

WANTS US TO CLIMB ON HIS

LAP AND FEEL SAFE AND

SECURE AND EXPRESS OUR

VERY DEEPEST HEART CRY.

BUT HOW DO YOU VIEW GOD?

THAT WILL DICTATE YOUR

PRAYER LIFE.

THAT'S THE JOURNEY I'VE

HAD TO GO THROUGH.

HOW DO YOU VIEW HIM?

YOU CAN VIEW HIM AS A

TYRANT WHO KIND OF MESSES

WITH YOUR LIFE OR YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES -- SOME

PEOPLE VIEW GOD THAT WAY.

SOME VIEW HIM AS A

PUSHOVER, LIKE A

GRANDFATHER-TYPE WHO IS

JUST GIVING THINGS AWAY.

OTHERS FIND HIM TO BE

SOMEONE, MAYBE IF THEY BEG

LONG ENOUGH, THEY'LL GET

WHAT THEY NEED.

WE TEND TO MEASURE THE

EFFECTIVENESS OF PRAYER

WITH DID I GET WHAT I WAS

ASKING FOR?

THAT'S NORMAL.

YOU EXPRESS YOUR NEED,

AND, GOD, DID YOU ANSWER

MY PRAYER?

WAS IT FRUITFUL.

PLEASE CONSIDER ONE OF THE

PURPOSES OF PRAYER, ONE OF

THE REASONS GOD DESIGNED

IT, NOT JUST SO WE SEE GOD

MOVE IN OUR LIFE, BUT HE

WANTS US TO BE MORE LIKE

HIS SON.

AS WE PRAY, LET'S CONSIDER

THAT IT IS THE PROCESS OF

PRAYER AND CRYING OUT TO

GOD, EXPRESSING OUR NEED,

FACING THE PAIN OF MANY OF

OUR CONCERNS.

THAT'S A TOUGH PART OF

PRAYER, THAT WE FACE THESE

THINGS.

SOMETIMES IT IS EASIER TO

PUSH IT ASIDE.

THAT GOD WOULD MAKE US

MORE LIKE HIS SON.

AS WE PRAY, WE KNEED TO NEED TO

CLAIM THE AUTHORITY THAT

JESUS HAS GIVEN US.

AS CHILDREN OF GOD, WE

HAVE AUTHORITY, AND CLAIM

IT AND USE IT.

BEFORE WE PRAY, WE NEED TO

FORGIVE OTHERS BECAUSE IT

STANDS IN THE WAY OF A

GRATEFUL HEART.

AND ALSO, PRAISE OUR

HEAVENLY FATHER.

IT IS VERY TOUGH TO LOOK

AT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES IF

WE'RE TAKING TIME TO SHOW

GRATITUDE TO GOD.

WHAT ARE YOU DEALING WITH

NOW?

A DEBT?

ADDICTION?

A MARRIAGE THAT IS TORN

APART?

FRACTURED RELATIONSHIPS

AND FAMILY?

LET'S BRING IT BEFORE GOD

NOW.

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, WHO

CARES FOR US AND DESIRES

TO HEAR OUR HEART CRY.

WE DON'T HAVE TO PERSUADE

HIM TO LISTEN OR LOVE US;

HE ALREADY DOES.

FATHER, YOU KNOW MY NEED

BEFORE I EVEN ASK.

YOU KNOW WHERE I AM IN

LIFE.

YOU KNOW THE JOURNEY I'M

ON WITH YOU.

LORD, YOU KNOW MY

CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND AS YOU TEACH ME TO

PRAY, LORD, CHANGE MY

HEART.

HELP ME TO BE MORE LIKE

YOUR SON.

AND, FATHER GOD, RIGHT NOW

WE TAKE THE AUTHORITY THAT

JESUS HAS GIVEN US AS HIS

CHILDREN, AND WE REBUKE

ADDICTIONS, WE REBUKE

CANCERS.

WE CLAIM THE LOVE AND

POWER OF GOD.

WE THANK YOU, LORD, THAT

YOU ARE POWERFUL.

THAT YOU LOVE US.

AND YOU DESIRE, ABOVE ALL,

INTIMACY WITH YOU.

WE CONTINUE TO ASK AND

SEEK AND KNOCK.

AND WE THANK YOU THAT YOU

DESIRE RELATIONSHIP WITH

US.

ALL THE TIME, NO MATTER

WHAT WE'VE DONE.

IN JESUS' NAME, WE PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER

PRAYER, I'D LIKE TO

ENCOURAGE YOU TO CALL:

1-888-777-1999.

AND I'D LIKE TO SEND YOU

SOMETHING, AND IT'S CALLED

"CAN I BE HEALED."

JUST GIVE US A CALL:

1-888-777-1999.

> COMING UP, AS A

9-YEAR-OLD BOY, HE

ACCIDENTALLY SET HIS HOUSE

AND HIMSELF ON FIRE AND

SUFFERED BURNS ON HIS

ENTIRE BODY.

HEAR JOHN O'LEARY'S

INCREDIBLE SURVIVAL STORY

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

HE'S OR SPECIAL GUEST.

STAY WITH US.

GUEST SAYS YOU CAN'T

ALWAYS CHOOSE THE PATH

THAT YOU WALK IN, BUT YOU

CAN CHOOSE THE MANNER IN

WHICH YOU WALK IT.

JOHN O'LEARY'S PATH IS

HARDER THAN MOST.

WHEN HE WAS JUST NINE

YEARS OLD, HE NEARLY DIED

IN A HOUSE FIRE.

Reporter: JOHN

O'LEARY WAS JUST NINE

YEARS OLD WHEN HE SUFFERED

SEVERE BURNS FROM 100% OF

HIS BODY.

HE HAD SEEN SOME OLDER

KIDS PLAYING WITH GAS AND

FIRE, SO HE TRIED IT IN

HIS PARENTS' GARAGE.

RECOVERY WAS PAINFUL AND

DEMANDING, BUT HE VOWED TO

PRESS ON.

WITH LITTLE MUSCLE TISSUE

LEFT IN HIS LEGS AND ALL

OF HIS FINGERS AMPUTATED,

HE LEARNED HOW TO WALK

AGAIN AND WRITE.

NOW AS A MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKER, HE ENCOURAGES

OTHERS TO LIVE THEIR LIFE

FULLY.

Andrew: WE'RE IN FOR

A TREAT.

JOHN IS AN INSPIRATIONAL

GENTLEMAN.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER THAT

DAY?

TELL US ABOUT IT.

MOST OF OUR MEMORIES AS

CHILDREN ARE WASHED AWAY

THROUGH THE GIFT OF TIME.

BUT THE BIG EXPERIENCES WE

REMEMBER FOREVER, GOOD AND

BAD.

I REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE

DETAIL OF THE DAY I WAS

BURNED.

I REMEMBER WALKING IN THE

GARAGE, BENDING OVER THE

CAN OF GASOLINE, I

REMEMBER LIGHTING A LITTLE

PIECE OF PAPER ON FIRE,

AND BEAR HUGGING THE

CONTAINER, AND I REMEMBER

WAITING FOR LIQUID, AND

THE FUMES CREATED A

MASSIVE EXPLOSION, PICKED

ME UP, AND LAUNCHED ME

20 FEET AGAINST THE FAR

SIDE OF THE GARAGE.

Andrew: FOR PEOPLE

WHO HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK,

WHY WERE YOU DOING THIS?

THE MEN ARE SAYING,

CLEARLY HE IS DOING IT

BECAUSE HE WANTS TO SEE

WHAT HAPPENS.

AND THE LADIES ARE

THINKING, BOY, THIS BOY IS

CRAZY.

I WAS WATCHING OTHER BOYS,

THEY WERE ABOUT 11 --

PRACTICALLY MEN -- AND I

THOUGHT IF THEY CAN DO IT,

SO CAN I.

THIS IS TYPICAL MALE

BEHAVIOR.

THAT'S OKAY IF WE'RE

FOLLOWING THE RIGHT

LEADER.

Andrew: FORTUNATELY,

A SIBLING WAS THERE, AND

PARENTS WERE NOT.

MOM AND DAD WERE OUT

RUNNING ER RANLDZ ERRANDS.

MY BROTHER, JIM, WAS

THERE.

AND HE HEARD THE

EXPLOSION, AND I RAN IN,

STOOD IN THE FRONT HALL,

AND HE SAW ME INFLAMED IN

FLAMES.

AND THIS LEAST LIKELY

AMONG US, THIS 17-YEAR-OLD

BOY, TAKES UP A RUG AND

BEGINS BEATING DOWN THE

FLAMES, EVEN THOUGH HE IS

BURNING HIMSELF IN THE

PROCESS.

HE SAVES MY LIFE.

IT CHANGES HIS LIFE AND

CERTAINLY CHANGED MINE.

Andrew: YOU'RE IN THE

HOSPITAL, AND YOUR MOTHER

WALKS IN THE ROOM, AND

BEFORE YOU TELL US WHAT

THE QUESTION WAS SHE

ASKED -- TELL US WHAT YOU

WERE THINKING AS A

9-YEAR-OLD?

I HAVE NO CLOTHES ON, I

HAVE NO SKIN.

IT'S AN ABSOLUTE MESS.

I SHUT MY EYES, AND FOR ME

MY THOUGHT WAS, OH, MY

GOSH, MY PARENTS ARE GOING

TO KILL ME WHEN THEY FIND

OUT.

THEY'RE GOING TO

ABSOLUTELY FREAK OUT AT

WHAT I DID.

MY DAD CAME IN FIRST,

ANDREW.

HE WALKED OVER TO ME, AND

THE FIRST THING HE SAID

WAS, JOHN, LOOK AT ME WHEN

I'M TALKING TO YOU -- I

LOVE YOU AND I'M PROUD OF

YOU.

AND I REMEMBER SHUTTING MY

EYES THINKING, OH, MY GOSH

NOBODY TOLD MY DAD WHAT

HAPPENED.

MAYBE MY BROTHER JIM IS

PAINTING THE HOUSE RIGHT

NOW.

AND RIGHT BEHIND MY DAD

CAME MY MOTHER.

SHE WALKS IN, TAKES MY

HAND AND PATS MY BALD

HEAD, AND SHE SAYS, I LOVE

YOU.

FOR US THAT DAY, IT WAS

ALL ABOUT LOVE.

ALL ABOUT LOVE.

AND IT STILL IS.

BUT I REMEMBER LOOKING AT

MY MOM AND SAYING, MOM,

KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE

LOVE.

AM I GOING TO DIE?

AND HER RESPONSE WAS,

BABY, DO YOU WANT TO DIE?

IT'S YOUR CHOICE, BABY,

IT'S NOT MINE.

I LOOKED AT HER AND SAID,

MAMA, I DO NOT WANT TO

DIE.

I WANT TO LIVE.

HER RESPONSE WAS SO

SPIRIT-FILLED.

SHE SAID, GOOD.

LOOK AT ME.

BABY, YOU TAKE THE HAND OF

GOD, YOU WALK THE JOURNEY

WITH HIM, AND YOU FIGHT

LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER FOUGHT

BEFORE.

SHE SAID, YOUR DADDY AND I

WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY

STEP ALONG THE WAY, BUT

THIS IS YOUR FIGHT.

CHOOSE IT.

Andrew: GOOD ADVICE

FOR ALL OF US.

AND IT IS A FIGHT WE

CHOOSE NOT JUST THE DAY

WE'RE BURNED, BUT DAYS AND

YEARS AFTER, AND IT IS

FIGHT WE HAVE IN OUR

MARRIAGES AGAINST THE EVIL

ONE, AND TOWARDS OUR GOD,

AND IN OUR MARRIAGES AND

TOWARDS OUR PARENTING --

IT IS A FIGHT WE HAVE TO

CHOOSE EVERY DAY.

Andrew: HOW SERIOUS

WERE YOUR INJURIES?

THE WAY TO FIGURE OUT

MORALITY WITH BURN CARE IS

THEY TAKE THE PERCENTAGE

OF THE BODY BURN, THEY ADD

YOUR AGE.

SO IN 2016, THERE IS 109%

LIKELIHOOD THAT THIS

PATIENT, SHOULD HE

PRESENT, WILL DIE.

30 YEARS AGO THERE WAS NO

REASON FOR HOPE.

THERE IS NO CHANCE.

I AM GOING TO DIE.

YET WE BELIEVE IN A MIGHTY

GOD.

WE BELIEVE HE WORKS

THROUGH ALL THINGS.

WE BELIEVE HE USES THE

HANDS AND FEET AND EFFORTS

OF NURSES AND DOCTORS AND

VOLUNTEERS.

WE BELIEVE HE USED A

LETTER FROM PRESIDENT

REAGAN, SAYING THAT HE AND

HIS WIFE, NANCY, WERE

PRAYING FOR US.

WE BELIEVE HE USED THE

VOLUNTEERS AND ALL OF THE

DONORS AND ALL OF THE MEN

AND WOMEN WHO MADE A

DIFFERDIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.

WE BELIEVE IN A GOD THAT

IS BIG ENOUGH TO USE OTHER

PEOPLE TO MAKE MIRACLES

HAPPEN.

Andrew: ONE WOULD

THINK IF YOU COULD DO THAT

DAY OVER YOU WOULD NEVER

GO NEAR THOSE FLAMMABLE

OBJECTS.

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

ANDREW.

I GET ASKED THE QUESTION,

WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN?

OF COURSE NOT.

I WOULD SURE LOVE TO HAVE

HANDS AND MY BEAUTIFUL

BODY.

AND I FELT THAT WAY FOR A

LONG TIME.

I WANTED MY LIFE BACK.

THEN EIGHT YEARS AGO IT

CAME TO ME THAT GOD USED

THIS STORY PERFECTLY FOR

HIS PURPOSES.

IT LED TO STRENGTH AND IT

LED TO MY PASSION, AND IT

LED TO WHERE I WENT TO

GRADE SCHOOL AND HIGH

SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, WHICH

LED TO A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL

I'D EVER SEEN, WHO SAID

YES WHEN I ASKED HER TO

MARRY ME, AND IT LED TO

FOUR KIDS.

IT LED TO YOU AND I

SITTING TOGETHER ON "THE

700 CLUB."

WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF

THIS?

AND GOD USED GASOLINE AND

AN EXPLOSION TO DO IT.

Andrew: YOU MOTIVATE

A LOT OF PEOPLE.

IN YOUR NEW BOOK YOU TALK

ABOUT SEVEN CHOICES THAT

WE'RE FACED WITH.

TELL US ABOUT THOSE.

WE CALL IT A RADICALLY

INSPIRED LIFE.

I THINK MOST PEOPLE LIVE

ON CRUISE CONTROL.

WE WAKE UP BECAUSE THE

ALARM CLOCK TELLS US TO.

WE SHOWER BECAUSE WE'RE

SUPPOSED TO.

WE GO TO WORK AND GET IN

TRAFFIC AND THAT STINKS,

BUT WE GET ON WITH LIFE.

AND ONE DAY WE'LL RETIRE.

THIS BOOK IS RATTLING THE

CAGE SAYING, PEOPLE, WAKE

UP AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

WAKE UP TO THE SACRED

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR

SAVIOR, THE RELATIONSHIPS

WE HAVE AT HOME.

ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE

WILL RECEIVE WHEN THEY

READ THE BOOK IS YOU DON'T

NEED TO BE EXTRAORDINARY.

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A

HALL-OF-FAMER.

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE IN

MEDIA.

YOU JUST NEED TO BE BOLD

ENOUGH TO SAY YES TO THIS

MOMENT RIGHT NOW.

Andrew: SPEAKING OF

HALL-OF-FAMERS, LET'S GO

TO BASEBALL.

YOU RECEIVED A VERY

SPECIAL GIFT -- TELL US

ABOUT THAT.

THE DAY AFTER I'M

BURNED, THEY HAVE TO TIE

YOU DOWN IN THE BED TO

CONTROL YOUR CONTRACTIONS.

FOR ME IT MEANS FOR FIVE

MONTHS YOU CAN'T MOVE.

THEY PUT A HOLE IN MY

NECK, CALLED A TRACH.

BUT I CAN'T EAT OR BREATHE

AND I CAN'T TALK.

THERE IS ONE MORE

CHALLENGE BECAUSE OF

SWELLING, I CAN'T OPEN MY

EYES.

SO I'M LAYING HERE IN

ABSOLUTE DARKNESS, AND I'M

BROKEN AND I'M MAD AND I'M

IN PAIN AND I'M DYING.

AND MY DOOR OPENS UP.

I HEAR THE DOOR AND I HEAR

FOOTSTEPS.

I HEAR A COUGH, AND THEN I

HEAR THE VOICE -- YOU'D

HAVE TO BE FROM THE

MIDWEST TO REALLY GET

THIS -- I'M A SAINT

MISSOURI GUY, AND WE

FOLLOW CARDINAL BASEBALL.

AND WE RED, CARDINAL RED.

THE VOICE I'M REFERENCING

IS JACK BUCK.

I HAD NEVER MET HIM LIVE

BEFORE THIS DAY.

HE WALKS IN AND SPEAKS

LIGHT INTO MY DARKNESS AND

WHAT HE SAID, ANDREW, WAS:

KID, WAKE UP.

YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE.

YOU ARE GOING TO SURVIVE.

KEEP FIGHTING.

AND WHEN YOU GET OUT OF

HERE, WE ARE GOING TO

CELEBRATE.

WE'LL CALL IT JOHN O'LEARY

DAY AT THE BALLPARK.

KEEP FIGHTING.

AND THEN THE OLD MAN WALKS

OUT, AND HE LEAVES ME TIED

DOWN IN DARKNESS, BUT

ABSOLUTELY ON FIRE FOR

LIFE.

WHEN HE LEAVES, HE PUTS

HIS HEAD AGAINST THE GLASS

DOOR OUTSIDE AND HE JUST

STARTS WEEPING.

WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS THE

SIGN OF GREAT WEAKNESS,

EXCEPT WE KNOW IT IS NOT A

SIGN OF GREAT WEAKNESS, IT

IS THE SIGN OF GREAT

STRENGTH.

THE SHORTEST VERSE IN THE

SCRIPTURE, HE WEPT.

IT IS NOT WEAK.

IT IS STRONG.

IT IS COMPASSION.

HE WEPT.

JACK WEEPS, AND A NURSE

COMES OVER TO HIM AND

SAYS, MR. BUCK, ARE YOU

OKAY?

WHAT SHE IS REALLY SAYING,

YOU'RE THE ONLY CELEBRITY

IN ST. LOUIS, WE CAN'T

LOSE YOU.

AND HE SAYS, IS THAT

LITTLE BOY GOING TO MAKE

IT?

AND THE EXPERT, ON HER

KNEES, LOOKS UP AND SAYS,

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT A

CHANCE.

JACK HEARS THE NEWS, HE

GETS THE DIAGNOSIS, HE

TAKES IT HOME AND PRAYS

ABOUT IT.

AND THE FOLLOWING DAY, A

LITTLE BOY IS LAYING,

STRETCHED OUT IN A BED,

DYING.

I GET EMOTIONAL THINKING

ABOUT IT.

AND THE DOOR OPENS UP AND

A GUY WALKS IN, A GUY WHO

IS BUSY AND HAS MORE TO DO

IN HIS LIFE THAN VISIT A

BURNED UP KID.

AND HE SAYS TO ME, WAKE

UP, KID, I'M BACK.

HE VISITED ME FOR THE FIVE

MONTHS WHILE I WAS IN THE

HOSPITAL.

WHEN HE HAD TO GO ON

TRIPS, HE SENT OTHER

PEOPLE IN HIS STED.

EVERY DAY THERE WERE

VISITORS BRINGING LIGHT

AND HOPE AND FAITH, AND

THE BEST IS YET TO COME,

BUT YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR

IT.

Andrew: PEOPLE WHO

FEEL LIKE THEY'RE IN

DARKNESS -- YOU TALK ABOUT

LAYING THERE IN DARKNESS,

PEOPLE IN THEIR

CIRCUMSTANCES WHO FEEL

HOPELESS, THEY'RE TOO FAR

GONE FOR WHATEVER REASON,

WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM?

I'VE BEEN THERE.

I AM THERE OCCASIONALLY.

AND YET WHAT I KNOW FROM

THREE YEARS OF BEING A

HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN, BECAUSE

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO

THAT, IS THAT GOD SEEMS TO

USE OUR DARK DAYS, MORE

THAN HE USES THE DAYS WHEN

WE ARE WALKING IN LIGHT.

IT SEEMS TO ME WE'RE AN

EASTER PEOPLE, BUT THE

ONLY WAY TO GET TO SUNDAY

IS TO ENDURE FRIDAY.

IT IS THE ONLY WAY.

MY ENCOURAGEMENT IS TO,

HEY, BE ON THAT CROSS

TODAY, BUT SUNDAY IS

COMING.

WAIT FOR IT BECAUSE THE

BEST IS YET TO COME.

Andrew: GUYS, GET

THIS BOOK, CALLED: "ON

FIRE, SEVEN CHOICES TO

IGNITE A RADICALLY

INSPIRED LIFE."

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

STILL AHEAD, A LITTLE BOY

STRUGGLES TO EAT BECAUSE

OF A BIRTH DEFECT.

SEE HOW YOU GIVE HIM A

HAPPY FACE.

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

Andrew: IN CHINA, A

2-YEAR-OLD BOY HAD A BIRTH

DEFECT THAT WOULD HAVE

MEANT A LIFETIME OF

SUFFERING.

BUT TODAY HE HAS A BIG

SMILE AND A BRIGHT FUTURE

BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE

YOU.

Reporter Terry: NOTHING COULD

KEEP TING-TING AWAY FROM

HER BABY BROTHER.

THE TWO WERE THE BEST OF

FRIENDS.

UNTIL PEOPLE STARTED

TEASING HIM ABOUT HIS

FACE.

ALL OF THE PEOPLE I

KNEW CALLED MY BROTHER AN

UGLY MONSTER.

AND ONE NIGHT I DREMPT HE

TRANSFORMED INTO A WOLF,

AND HE SCARED ME AND ALL

OF MY PEOPLE IN MY CLASS.

Terry: UTA WAS BORN

WITH A CLEFT LIP AND

PALATE AND NEEDED SURGERY,

BUT IT WOULD TAKE HIS

PARENTS ALMOST NINE YEARS

TO RAISE MONEY FOR THAT.

THE LEES LIVE IN A 260 260

SQUARE FOOT HOUSE.

MR. LEE FARMS AND CUTS

GRASS, BUT ONLY MAKES $250

A MONTH.

AND RELATIVES REFUSE TO

HELP.

HE HAD A HARD TIME

EATING.

I KNEW IF HE DIDN'T GET

SURGERY, THE PROBLEM IN

HIS MOUTH WOULD JUST GET

WORSE.

I WORRIED WHEN HE WAS

OLDER, HE WOULD NOT FIND A

WIFE.

AND WHEN WE WERE GONE,

THERE WERE BE NO ONE TO

TAKE CARE OF HIM.

HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO

SPEAK.

IT BROKE MY HEART, AND I

FELT LIKE I WAS A HORRIBLE

FATHER BECAUSE I COULD NOT

PROVIDE THE HAPPY LIFE FOR

MY SON.

I WISH THAT I COULD

TAKE UTA'S PROBLEM ON

MYSELF.

I JUST WANTED HIM TO GET

AROUND.

Terry: BUT THERE WAS

NO TIMELY SOLUTION IN

SIGHT.

THEN THEY HEARD THAT CBN

WAS CO-SPONSORING CLEFT

LIP SURGERIES FOR POOR

CHILDREN, LIKE UTAH.

UTAH.

AND HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO

WAIT UNTIL HE WAS NINE FOR

SURGERY AFTER ALL.

THE NEWS MADE ME THE

HAPPIEST MOTHER IN THE

WORLD.

MY LITTLE BROTHER'S

SURGERY SO WELL.

NOW NOBODY MAKES FUN OF

HIM.

HE LOOKS LOVELY.

AND NOW HE WILL BE ABLE

TO GO TO SCHOOL LIKE A

NORMAL CHILD AND HAVE A

BRIGHT FUTURE.

YOU HAVE GIVEN MY SON A

HAPPY FACE AND SET A

FOUNDATION FOR HIM TO HAVE

CONFIDENCE AS HE GROWS

OLDER.

YOU HAVE SHOWN US IN THE

MIDST OF DIFFICULT TIMES,

THERE REALLY ARE PEOPLE

WHO CARE AND WANT TO HELP.

Andrew: THANK YOU, IF

YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

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AND THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE

YOU, WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE A

TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE FOR

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WE WANT TO REMIND YOU,

EVEN WHEN THE SHOW IS

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WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH

MATTHEW 7: 7: "KEEP ON

ASKING, AND YOU WILL

RECEIVE WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

KEEP ON SEEKING, AND YOU

WILL FIND.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME ON "700

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