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700 Club Interactive - Fight for the Forgotten - April 5, 2016

Hear why an MMA fighter stopped fighting for himself and started fighting for others. Read Transcript


THEY FELT FORGOTTEN,

FORGOTTEN BY PEOPLE, BUT

EVEN MORE SO FORGOTTEN BY

GOD.

Gordon: AND ULTIMATE

FIGHTER GOES TO THE CONGO.

THEY'RE PROBABLY THE

MOST BULLIED OR HATED

PEOPLE ON EARTH.

Gordon: AND MEETS THE

PYGMIES.

MY HEART WAS BROKEN FOR

THEM.

Gordon: HEAR HOW HE

FIGHTS FOR THE FORGOTTEN

HERE ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

JUSTIN RENN HAS SPENT MOST

OF HIS LIFE FIGHTING.

TO BECOMING BULLIED AS A

CHILD TO BECOMING A

STANDOUT WRESTLING

FIGHTER, TO NOW AN M.M.

U.F.C. FIGHTER.

Terry: BY PEOPLE ARE

SURPRISED TO FIND THIS

FIGHTER HAS AN EVEN BIGGER

HEART.

AFTER A SIX-YEAR STRUGGLE

WITH ADDICTION AND

DEPRESSION, RENN SPEND

AWAY FROM THE M.M.A., AND

HE SAYS GOD SHIFTED HIS

FOCUS AGAINST FIGHTING

AGAINST OPPONENTS TO

FIGHTING FOR THE MOST

BULLIED PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD.

TAKES A LOOK.

TAKE A LOOK.

IF YOU THINK YOU'RE TOO

SMALL TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE, TRY SLEEPING

IN A CLOSED ROOM WITH

MOSQUITOS.

HE HAS RAINED DOWN HARD

RIGHT NOW.

I WAS A DEPRESSED,

DRUNK, DRUG ADDICT, AND I

LIKE TO SAY THAT GOD LOVED

THE HELL OUT OF ME.

IN A VERY INTIMATE AND

REAL WAY HE CAME INTO MY

LIFE.

ALL I HAD SEEN UP UNTIL

THAT POINT WAS A LOT OF

THE FAKE STUFF.

BUT WHAT GOD SHOWED ME IF

THERE IS SOMETHING FAKE,

THERE HAS GOT TO BE

SOMETHING REAL.

I DECIDED TO TAKE A STEP

AWAY FROM FIGHTING.

I HAD A VISION.

I SAW MYSELF WALKING IN

THE RAINFOREST.

I HAD NO CLUE WHERE I WAS,

BUT I MET THESE PEOPLE AND

I INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE

WITH THEM.

I SAW THEIR SUFFERING.

THEY WERE SICK.

MOST OF ALL, MY HEART WAS

BROKEN FOR THEM BECAUSE

THEY FELT FORGOTTEN.

FORGOTTEN BY PEOPLE, AND

EVEN MORE SO FORGOTTEN BY

GOD.

THREE DAYS AFTER THE

VISION, I DECIDED TO TELL

A GUY I MET, CALEB.

I FOUND OUT HE WAS A

MISSIONARY.

I TENTATIVELY TOLD HIM

BECAUSE I FELT A LITTLE

CRAZY.

BUT AS I EXPLAINED THE

VISION, HIS EYES GOT BIG

AND HE SAID, THAT'S THE

PYGMIES.

AND I SAID, WHO?

AND HE SAID, THEY'RE IN

THE CONGO.

HE SAID, I'M SUPPOSED TO

BE GOING BACK IN THREE AND

A HALF WEEKS.

SO THREE AND A HALF WEEKS

LATER, HE AND I WENT TO

THE CONGO AND THAT VISION

CAME TRUE.

THE PYGMIES ARE THE MOST

AWESOME AND AMAZING

PEOPLE.

I CAN'T HELP BUT SMILE

WHEN I TALK ABOUT THEM.

BUT THEIR STRUGGLES ARE

VERY, VERY REAL.

THEY'RE PROBABLY THE MOST

BULLIED OR HATED PEOPLE ON

EARTH.

THEY'RE A HUNTER-GATHERER

SOCIETY.

THEIR AVERAGE HEIGHT FOR

THE MEN IS 4' 7."

THEY LIVE DEEP IN THE

RAINFOREST, AND THE PEOPLE

GROUPS THAT SURROUND THEM

BELIEVE THEM TO BE ANIMALS

OR HALF MAN/HALF ANIMAL.

REBEL GROUPS AROUND THEM,

EVEN IN 2012 HAVE KILLED

AND EATEN THE PYGMIES

BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THEY

GET SUPER NATURAL POWERS

GOING INTO WAR IF THEY

CONSUME THE PYGMIES'

FLESH.

AND THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS IN

THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

UNTIL RECENTLY, THEY

WEREN'T EVEN CALLED

CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY.

THEY DON'T HAVE LAND OF

THEIR OWN.

SO THEY'RE MADE TO BE

DEPENDENT ON WHO ARE NOW

THEIR SLAVE MASTERS, THE

NON-PYGMIES.

THE PYGMIES ARE MY FAMILY.

I LOVE THEM WITH ALL OF MY

HEART.

MY NAME IN THE TRIBE IS

AFAOSA, AND THAT MEANS

"THE MAN WHO LOVES US."

MY HEART FOR THE PYGMIES

IS JUST TO LET THEM

NOMINEKNOWTHEY'RE NOT FORGOTTEN.

THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE

WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THEM

AND WHO WILL LOVE THEM.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE HAVE

TO FIGHT THROUGH TO GET

THERE, THE CORRUPTION, THE

SURROUNDINGS, THE

ENVIRONMENT, AND WE'RE

GOING TO DO WHAT GOD TELLS

US.

SO FAR THAT HAS BEEN LAND,

WATER, AND FOOD.

AND SO MY WIFE AND I

STARTED TO FIGHT FOR THE

FORGOTTEN.

AND WE FUND RAISED FOR

300 ACRES OF LAND AND TO

WATER WELLS.

GOD HAS JUST BLESSED IT

AND MULTIPLIED IT.

BY THE END OF THIS YEAR,

WE'LL HAVE TO CLOSE TO

3,000 ACRES OF LAND IN THE

NAME OF THE PYGMIES.

AND THEY'LL PASS IT DOWN

FROM GENERATION TO

GENERATION.

WE'VE TRAINED UP 18 PEOPLE

IN THE CONGO THAT ARE

FULL-TIME STAFF.

WE PARTNER WITH A

CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, AND

WE PUT THE TOOLS IN THEIR

HANDS, AND WE TRAIN THEM

UP AND PUT THE KNOWLEDGE

IN THEIR HEADS AND SEND

THEM OUT.

YOU CAN BE THE HANDS AND

FEET OF JESUS, GIVING

PEOPLE A CUP OF CLEAN

WATER.

AND WE'RE CLOSE TO 30

WATER WELLS RIGHT NOW.

AND WE HAVE THREE

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

PROJECTS.

AND WE ESTABLISHED 10

BRAND NEW VILLAGES THAT

NEVER EXISTED BEFORE.

THESE WERE ALL PEOPLE WHO

LIVED AS SLAVES BEFORE,

AND NOW THEY'LL TELL YOU

THEY'RE LIVING A LIFE OF

FREEDOM ON THEIR OWN LAND,

WITH LIA THEIR OWN WATER AND

THEIR OWN FARM.

AND THEY'RE BEING ABLE TO

PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILY

AND THEY'LL BE ABLE TO

PASS THAT DOWN GENERATION

TO GENERATION.

PARTNER WITH GOD AND

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

YES, WE ARE TOO SMALL, WE

ARE TOO WEAK, WE ARE TOO

DUMB TO DO THINGS IN THIS

WORLD, BUT IF WE PARTNER

WITH HIM, HE'LL DO AMAZING

THINGS WE CAN'T TAKE

CREDIT FOR.

GO ON AN ADVENTURE WITH

GOD.

LOVE HIM, LOVE PEOPLE, AND

GO OUT THERE AND MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

Gordon: GO OUT THERE

AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

HERE HE IS, JUSTIN,

SAYING, WHAT HAS GOD

CALLED ME TO DO?

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

AND HE HAS AN INCREDIBLE

VISION.

AND SOMEBODY FILLS IN THE

BLANK FOR HIM AND SAYS,

WHAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING

HERE ARE THE PYGMIES, THE

FORGOTTEN PEOPLE.

HERE THEY ARE, SLAVES,

LITERALLY BEING EATEN BY

THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM.

AND HE SAYS, YOU'RE THE

ONES THAT GOD HAS CALLED

ME TO.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

SLAVES ANYMORE.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE LAND

OWNERS.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

SLAVES TO THOSE AROUND

YOU.

YOU'RE GOING TO OWN THE

LAND.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR

OWN WATER WELLS.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE NOW

FRESH DRINKING WATER FOR

YOUR CHILDREN, FOR YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO

HAVE A LEGACY.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO

WORK THE LAND.

ALL OF THAT SEEMINGLY

IMPOSSIBLE, BUT JUSTIN

ARRIVES ON THE SCENE, NOT

ALONE, BUT WITH GOD.

AND THINGS START TO

HAPPEN.

AND MIRACLES START TO

HAPPEN.

HEALING STARTS TO HAPPEN.

THERE IS A WONDERFUL

VERSE, IT'S AT THE END OF

THE BOOK OF HEBREWS.

IT COMES FROM THE 12th

CHAPTER.

AND IT IS VERSES 12

THROUGH 13.

"THEREFORE STRENGTHEN THE

HANDS, WHICH HANG DOWN,

AND THE FEEBLE KNEES, AND

MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR

YOUR FEET.

SO THAT WHAT IS LAME MAY

NOT BE DISLOCATED BUT,

RATHER, BE HEALED."

AND HERE ARE THE PYGMIES,

AND THEY'RE IN DANGER OF

BEING COMPLETELY CUT OFF,

HAVING NO LEGACY, NO REAL

EXISTENCE.

NO REAL HOPE.

NO REAL FUTURE.

BUT GOD WANTS TO MAKE A

WAY FOR THEM, SO THEY

WOULDN'T BE DISLOCATED,

BUT, RATHER, WOULD BE

HEALED AND HAVE A LAND

THAT THEY COULD CALL THEIR

OWN.

HAVE A LEGACY.

HAVE A HOPE.

HAVE A FUTURE.

HAVE THE ABILITY TO

PROVIDE FOOD.

WONDERFUL THINGS HAPPEN

WHEN WE SAY YES TO GOD,

AND SAY THERE IS A GREAT

ADVENTURE WAITING FOR US

IF WE JUST LOOK UP AND

SAY, WHAT CAN WE DO WITH

GOD'S HELP?

IT'S SO EASY TO TURN AWAY.

IT'S SO EASY TO START

SAYING HOW WEAK YOU ARE,

OR HOW INCAPABLE YOU ARE,

AND ALL OF THOSE OTHER

THINGS -- WE TEND TO PILE

IT ON.

WE'RE NOT SMART ENOUGH.

WE'RE NOT RICH ENOUGH.

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME.

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH

ENERGY.

ALL OF THESE THINGS.

BUT WHEN WE JUST SAY YES

TO GOD, AN INCREDIBLE

ADVENTURE AWAITS US.

AND IT WILL NOT JUST BRING

HOPE TO THE PYGMIES, IT

WILL BRING HOPE TO YOU.

AND YOU'LL REALIZE A

PURPOSE AND A DESTINY THAT

IS BEYOND ANYTHING YOU

COULD EVER ASK OR EVEN

IMAGINE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY

YES.

SO IF YOU SEE HANDS

HANGING DOWN, IF YOU SEE

PEOPLE DISRESPONDENT

AROUND YOU, THAT'S EXACTLY

WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO;

LIFT THOSE HANDS UP SO

THAT HE CAN COME AND FILL

THEM.

IT IS AN ADVENTURE, JUST

WAITING FOR US TO SAY YES.

TERRY?

Terry: UP NEXT, A

COUPLE WHO ARE MAKING

STRAIGHT PATHS AS THE

PARENTS OF 32 CHILDREN.

Through Translator:

MY ADOPTED CHILDREN WERE

LIVING ON THE STREETS.

SOME OF THEM WERE AS YOUNG

AS FOUR AND FIVE.

SOME AS YOUNG AS TWO.

BUT WE KNEW IF WE DIDN'T

TAKE THEM OFF THE STREETS,

MOST OF THEM WOULD BE DEAD

OR IN PRISON.

Terry: HEAR HOW THEY

AND OTHERS ACROSS THE

GLOBE ARE ON A MISSION TO

CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT

ORPHANS.

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: AN ESTIMATED

EIGHT MILLION CHILDREN

WORLDWIDE ARE LIVING IN

ORPHANAGES, AND SOME

CHRISTIANS ARE SAYING

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

THEY'RE LEADING A MOVEMENT

TO PUT THESE CHILDREN IN

SAFE, STABLE, AND

NURTURING FAMILIES.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS MORE ON

THIS VISION TO CREATE A

WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS.

*

George: THIS MAN IS

ON A MISSION.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

THE STATISTICS SHOW THAT

IF ONE OR TWO CHRISTIAN

FAMILIES WILL TAKE ONE

ORPHAN, WE WILL HAVE A

WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS.

George: HE IS A

PASTOR FROM EASTERN

UKRAINE.

BACK IN 1998, HE SAW

FIRSTHAND THE PLIGHT OF

CHILDREN LIVING ON THE

STREETS AND IN ORPHANAGES

IN HIS HOME TOWN OF MARIO

PORT.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator: I

JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW I

COULD HAVE LEFT THEM ON

THE STREETS.

WHEN I SAW THEIR EYES, I

UNDERSTOOD THE FATHER'S

HEART OF GOD.

IT WAS A CRAZY IDEA, BUT I

KNEW WE HAD TO DO

SOMETHING.

George: WHAT HE AND

HIS WIFE, LENA, DID WAS

REMARKABLE.

OVER 18 YEARS, THEY HAVE

BECOME PARENTS TO 32

CHILDREN.

THAT'S RIGHT, 32.

MOST ARE ADOPTED.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

MY ADOPTED CHILDREN WERE

LIVING ON THE STREETS.

SOME OF THEM WERE AS YOUNG

AS FOUR AND FIVE.

SOME AS YOUNG AS TWO.

BUT WE KNEW IF WE DIDN'T

TAKE THEM OFF THE TREATS,

MOST OF THEM WOULD BE DEAD

OR IN PRISON.

George: TODAY THE

FAMILY RUNS THE LARGEST

REHABILITATION PROGRAM FOR

STREET YOUTH IN UKRAINE.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

NOBODY NEEDS TO ADOPT 32

CHILDREN LIKE WE DID.

MY FAMILY IS NOT THE NORM.

BUT I STRONGLY BELIEVE

THERE ARE ENOUGH CHRISTIAN

FAMILIES IN THE WORLD WHO

CAN ADOPT ONE, MAYBE TWO,

AND THEN THERE WILL NOT BE

ANY ORPHANS LEFT IN THIS

WORLD.

George: HE TOOK THAT

MESSAGE TO CHIANG MAI, TIE

THAILAND, WHERE 450

LEADERS MET FOR A FORUM

FOR A WORLD WITHOUT

ORPHANS.

THIS MAN HELPED ORGANIZE

THE GATHERING.

I PURPOSE IS VERY

SIMPLE: TO ACTIVATE,

CONNECT, AND CREATE THE

BODY OF CHRIST TOWARDS

THIS VISION OF EVERY CHILD

HAVING A NURTURING AND

SAFE FAMILY.

George: HE BELIEVES

CHURCHES AND CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS HAVE TO

CHANGE THEIR APPROACH FROM

INVESTING IN ORPHANAGES TO

INVESTING IN FAMILIES.

IT IS NOT EASY.

KYOU CANNOT JUST CLOSE AN

ORPHANAGE.

THE MESSAGE IS NOT CLOSE

ALL OF THE INSTITUTIONS.

THAT'S A WRONG IDEA.

WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY

PEOPLE THINK FIRST.

George: CRAIG

GREENFIELD WORKS AMONG

VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN

ASIA.

AND HE SAYS THE CHANGE HAS

TO START WITH FAITH-BASED

GROUPS.

UNFORTUNATELY IT IS

STILL CHRISTIAN MISSIONS

AND CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE

PERPETUATING THIS MODEL OF

ORPHANAGES.

IN LARGE SECULAR

DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS,

THEY HAVE NOT SUPPORTED OR

DONE ORPHANAGES FOR MANY,

MANY YEARS.

George: THE CHANGE IS

HAPPENING, ALL B ALBEIT SLOWLY,

SAYS REBECCA NAPE, WHO

WORKS WITH AUSTRALIAN

CHURCHES.

THERE IS A GROWING

AWARENESS TAKING PLACE IN

THE CHURCH THAT THIS ISN'T

THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR

CHILDREN.

AND THAT A LOT OF THE

CHILDREN BEING CARED FOR

IN ORPHANAGES OR OTHER

TYPES OF RESIDENTIAL CARE

AREN'T ACTUALLY ORPHANS.

THEY'RE CHILDREN WITH

FAMILIES.

THEY'RE CHILDREN WITH

PARENTS.

THERE ARE REASONS, SUCH AS

POVERTY, DISABILITY, OR

ACCESS TO EDUCATION THAT

ARE O. George: THIS IS HOME

TO ROUGHLY ABOUT

1.6 MILLION PEOPLE, AND

THERE ARE 600 PRIVATE

ORPHANAGES, AND MANY OF

THEM, LIKE THIS ONE, ARE

RUN BY CHRISTIANS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator: I

GREW UP IN AN ORPHANAGE AS

WELL.

SO MY DESIRE IS TO TAKE

CARE OF ORPHANED CHILDREN.

George: THIS MAN RUNS

THIS CHILDREN'S HOME.

HIS FAMILY WAS TOO POOR,

SO THEY SENT HIM AWAY.

Through Translator:

THERE WAS NO SCHOOL IN MY

VILLAGE.

MY PARENTS SENT ME TO AN

ORPHANAGE WHERE I WAS ABLE

TO GET AN EDUCATION.

George: HE ADMITS, IT

WASN'T IDEAL.

NOW HE AND HIS WIFE TRY TO

CREATE A FAMILY-LIKE

ATMOSPHERE FOR THE 30

CHILDREN THEY CARE FOR.

HE SAYS THEY ONLY TAKE

THOSE WHO ARE TRULY

ORPHANED.

THE TRUTH IS, CHILDREN

SHOULD LIVE WITH THEIR

FAMILY.

BUT IF THAT CAN'T HAPPEN,

TO WHATEVER REASON, THERE

HAS TO BE PLACES LIKE THIS

THAT CAN BE ANOTHER CHOICE

FOR THEM.

George: BACK AT THE

FORUM, PARTICIPANTS FROM

60 COUNTRIES ATTENDED

WORKSHOPS ON RAISING

AWARENESS OF FAMILY AND

COMMUNITY-BASED CARE.

SEVERAL LEADERS ADDRESSED

THE FORUM, INCLUDING OUR

COHOST, TERRY MEEUWSEN, A

MOTHER OF SEVEN, FIVE WHO

ARE ADOPTED.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THAT WAS GOOD ENGLISH.

George: SHE STARTED

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IN

2005.

SHE LEARNED EARLY ON THAT

BUILDING AND FILLING AN

ORPHANAGE WASN'T ALWAYS

THE BEST THING DO DO.

Terry: PEOPLE STILL

COME TO ME AND SAY, I'D

LIKE TO BUILD AN

ORPHANAGE.

CAN WE DO THAT THROUGH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE"?

I SAY, YOU CAN HELP US

BUILD FAMILIES AND HELP US

HELP CHILDREN, BUT WE'RE

NOT REALLY BUILDING

ORPHANAGES.

AND THE ORPHANAGES THAT

EXIST, WE'RE HELPING TO

CHANGE HOW THEY THINK AND

FEEL INTO THAT FAMILY POD.

George: "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" WORKS IN 60

COUNTRIES.

Terry: HOW MANY WAYS

CAN WE PREPARE POTATOES?

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Terry: I TOLD YOU SHE

IS RESOURCEFUL.

George: SHE SAYS

WHILE THIS NEW SHIFT

DOESN'T ALWAYS GUARANTEE

THAT CHILDREN WILL HAVE

HEALTHY FAMILIES TO GO

BACK TO, IT IS IMPORTANT

THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST

STEPS IN TO FILL THE GAPS.

Terry: LET'S STEP UP,

AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, IN

WHATEVER CULTURE WE'RE IN,

AND LET'S TAKE THESE

CHILDREN AND DO FAMILY

SETTINGS.

LET'S HELP THEM FIND HOMES

SO WE'RE CREATING A WORLD

OF HEALTHY FAMILIES.

* HALLELUJAH

George: MALUTA IS

EXCITED TO SEE MORE AND

MORE PEOPLE EMBRACE THIS

NEW MINDSET OF ORPHAN

CARE.

* HALLELUJAH

HERE IS THE GREAT PART

ABOUT THIS, NOT EVERYONE

CAN ADOPT, NOT EVERYONE

CAN FOSTER, NOT EVERYONE

CAN ENGAGE IN A

SUBSTANTIAL PROGRAM, BUT

EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING.

EVERYONE CAN BE A AN

ADVOCATE AND EVERYONE CAN

PRAY.

IT IS A LONG AND

COMPLICATED PROCESS, BUT

WE HAVE TO START

SOMEWHERE.

George: THE FORUM, HE

SAYS, IS A NEW PHASE OF

THAT LONG AND DIFFICULT

JOURNEY TOWARDS A WORLD

WITHOUT ORPHANS.

*

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS, CHIANG

MAI, CHINA.

Terry: ALL GREAT

MOVEMENTS START WITH A

DREAM, WITH A VISION THAT

THINGS CAN BE BETTER.

AND WITH MEN LIKE GANOTTI

AND MALUTA WHO SAY, LET'S

JUST TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

LET'S DO WHAT GOD SHOWS US

WE CAN DO.

AND HE'LL KEEP OPENING

DOORS AND PROVIDING.

THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A HUGE

CHANGE.

GORDON, 1 13 YEARS AGO, WHEN

WE ADOPTED OUR DAUGHTERS

FROM UKRAINE, THIS WASN'T

THE GENERAL THOUGHT.

Gordon: IT WASN'T THE

PREVAILING WISDOM?

Terry: NO, NOT AT

ALL.

MAYBE BY A FEW PEOPLE, BUT

GENERALLY SPEAKING IN THE

PUBLIC, YOUR OWN MOTHER

AND FATHER DIDN'T WANT

YOU, WHY SHOULD I BE

CONCERNED ABOUT YOU?

YOU GET A STIPEND FROM THE

GOVERNMENT, AND MY

CHILDREN GET NOTHING.

AND NOW, BECAUSE OF

LEADERS LIKE YOU JUST SAW,

WE SEE YUKO UKRAINIAN FAMILIES

ADOPTING AND FOSTERING

CHILDREN, THE CHURCH

STANDING UP AND SAYING,

THIS IS OUR

RESPONSIBILITY.

GOD HAS BREATHED THE

SPIRIT OF ADOPTION ACROSS

THE NATIONS.

THIS GLOBAL FORUM OF WORLD

WITHOUT ORPHANS I THINK IS

EVIDENCE OF THAT.

Gordon: WHAT HAPPENED

IN YOUR OWN THINKING OVER

THESE YEARS, WHERE YOU

WENT FROM HOW DO I SUPPORT

ORPHANAGES TO HOW DO I

CREATE FAMILIES?

Terry: WELL,

PARTIALLY SEEING THAT WITH

MY OWN CHILDREN, THEY --

EVERY CHILD WANTS A PLACE

TO BELONG.

THERE IS A POWER THAT

COMES WITH BELONGING.

BUT WHAT I REALIZED WAS

THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO BE

FAMILY.

THEY WANTED SOMETHING THEY

DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT

LOOKED LIKE OR HOW TO

UNDERSTAND IT.

AND THEN SEEING THAT TO

PUT A CHILD -- MY CHILDREN

CAME FROM AN ORPHANAGE OF

350 CHILDREN -- THAT'S AN

INSTITUTION.

AND TO SEE THAT THEY COULD

GROW UP AND GET TO 16, BUT

WITHOUT LIFE SKILLS,

WITHOUT KNOWING SIMPLE

THINGS, LIKE HOW TO DO

YOUR OWN LAUNDRY, HOW TO

BUDGET, HOW TO INTERACT

WITH PEOPLE, AND ON TOP OF

THAT, HOW TO PARENT.

SO THINK ABOUT THAT

SOCIETALLY.

WHEN ALL OF THESE CHILDREN

GO OUT INTO SOCIETIES AND

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO

HAVE FAMILIES OF THEIR

OWN.

IT IS A MULTIPLICATION

PROCESS THAT IS DEADLY.

Gordon: AND A

GENERATIONAL PROCESS,

WHERE IF YOU DON'T KNOW

HOW TO PARENT, WHETHER YOU

WANT TO OR NOT, YOUR

CHILDREN ARE ESSENTIALLY

GROWING UP WITH THAT SAME

ORPHAN MENTALITY BECAUSE

YOU NEVER HAD IT MODELED.

YOU NEVER UNDERSTOOD IT.

Terry: YOU LIVE OUT

OF YOUR BROKENNESS.

WE ALL DO, UNTIL WE GET

HEALED, BUT ESPECIALLY

CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN

ABANDONED OR REJECTED IN

THOSE DEVELOPMENTAL YEARS.

THERE REALLY IS A

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, NOT

JUST IN THE LIVES OF THESE

CHILDREN, BUT IN NATIONS

AND IN CULTURES.

AND THAT CHANGES

EVERYTHING.

IT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Gordon: AND GOD IS

ALL ABOUT THAT.

Terry: HE SURELY IS.

HE SURELY IS.

Gordon: IT IS AS

SIMPLE AS THE LORDS

PRAYER.

"OUR FATHER," HE REALLY

WANTS TO IMPRESS UPON US

HE IS OUR FATHER.

HE IS NOT SOME DISTANT,

FAR OFF, ANONYMOUS GOD.

Terry: A DADDY.

Gordon: HE WANTS TO

BE DADDY.

HE WANTS TO BE ABBA.

AND THAT SPIRIT OF

ADOPTION, WHERE HE ADOPTS

US INTO HIS FAMILY, THAT

HERE IS HOW YOU'RE

SUPPOSED TO ACT.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO ACT

LIKE ME.

AND, HERE, I WILL MODEL IT

FOR YOU, HOW TO CARE FOR

YOU.

Terry: YOU SAW

GANOTTI, WHO IS VERY

FAMOUS IN UKRAINE FOR WHAT

HE HAS DONE, AND THAT'S

WHAT HE IS SAYING TO THOSE

CHILDREN, FOLLOW ME.

I'M YOUR DAD.

I'M THE ONE WHO IS GOING

TO SHOW YOU HOW TO BE A

MAN, HOW TO BE A WOMAN.

WE'RE GOING THIS WAY.

AND, BOY, IT'S AWESOME TO

WATCH.

PRETTY SPECIAL.

Gordon: WELL, WE'VE

GOTTEN SOME QUESTION FROM

SOCIAL MEDIA.

IF YOU WANT TO INTERACT

WITH US, IF YOU WANT TO

POST PRAYERS, IF YOU WANT

TO POST COMMENTS OR

QUESTIONS, ALL YOU HAVE TO

DO IS GO TO OUR Facebook

OR OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE.

IF YOU MISS ONE OF OUR

EPISODES, YOU CAN ALWAYS

WATCH US LIVE ON THE MY

CBN APP.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

DOWNLOAD THE APP TO YOUR

PHONE OR COMPUTER AND YOU

CAN GET CAUGHT UP.

OUR FIRST QUESTION IS FROM

JOHN: "MY WIFE AND I HAVE

RAISED THREE CHILDREN.

ALL ARE NOW IN COLLEGE OR

MARRIED, AND I'M LOOKING

FORWARD TO THIS NEW SEASON

WITHOUT KIDS.

MY WIFE, ON THE OTHER

HAND, RECENTLY WATCHED

YOUR SHOW AND TOLD ME SHE

WANTS TO ADOPT A BABY.

I KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS WE

HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE

ORPHANS, SO IS IT WRONG

THAT I DON'T WANT TO

ADOPT?"

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO JOHN?

Terry: JOHN, IT IS

NOT WRONG THAT YOU DON'T

WANT TO ADOPT.

I WOULD SAY TO YOU AND

YOUR WIFE, ALSO, COUNT THE

COST BEFORE YOU BUILD THE

HOUSE.

TO START OVER WITH A BABY

AFTER YOUR CHILDREN ARE

GROWN IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE AT

ALL, BUT IT SURELY WILL

CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

I UNDERSTAND YOUR WIFE'S

FEELING, YOU KNOW?

THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE

HEART OF A MOTHER, I

THINK, THAT WANTS TO TAKE

CARE OF CHILDREN THAT YOU

FEEL DON'T HAVE ANYONE

CARING FOR THEM.

THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO

DO THAT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ADOPT.

YOU CAN FOSTER, IF YOU

WANT TO.

BUT YOU CAN ALSO BECOME

VERY INVOLVED IN PROJECTS.

WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO GET

INVOLVED IN PROJECTS IN

SPECIFIC CITIES AND

SPECIFIC COUNTRIES WITH

SPECIFIC CHILDREN, AND

THEY VISIT AND THEY

UNDERGIRD, AND THEY HAVE

BECOME PARENTS OF MANY IN

SUCH A WAY.

Gordon: YOU CAN BE A

GRANDPARENT.

Terry: AND MAKE A

DIFFERENCE, MAKE A HUGE

DIFFERENCE.

Gordon: THE NEXT

QUESTION COMES IN FROM

DOROTHY: "I'M 18 AND EYE

WAN18 AND IWANT TO MOVE OVERSEAS AND

MOVE TO AFRICA KA.

AFRICA.

I HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA

AND DO MISSIONS.

MY PARENTS DON'T SUPPORT

MY DREAM.

HOW CAN I SHOW THEM THAT

THIS IS FROM GOD?"

Terry: I KNOW SEVERAL

PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD SUCH A

CALL ON THEIR LIVES.

ONE WOUND UP GOING AFTER

BEING COMPLETELY MISERABLE

FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEIR

PARENTS RELEASING THEM AND

SAYING OKAY.

ANOTHER WHO HONORED HER

PARENTS' DESIRE SHE FINISH

COLLEGE FIRST AND THEN

WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO GO.

YOU'RE 18 YEARS OLD.

IF I WERE YOU, IN THE

SUMMER I WOULD FIND A

WONDERFUL MISSION SOME

PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE I

COULD GO SPEND MY SUMMER

AND DEVOTE MY TIME.

TRY THAT ON FOR A LITTLE

WHILE, AND BE SURE ABOUT

IT AND DO IT IN A SAFE

WAY.

AND YOUR PARENTS WILL BE

INVOLVED IN THAT WITH YOU.

AND MAYBE WILL LISTEN A

LITTLE BIT AFTER YOU'VE

HAD SOME EXPERIENCE UNDER

YOUR BELT.

Gordon: I COULDN'T

AGREE MORE.

DOROTHY, YOU'RE 18.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS

TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHERE

YOU GET TO HAVE AN

EDUCATION.

JUST BUILD YOURSELF AND

GET PREPARED.

VOLUNTEERS ON THE MISSION

FIELD WITHOUT ANY SKILL

SET AND WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

OF WHAT THEIR DOING, YOU

REALLY NEED TO THINK LONG

AND HARD.

YOU CAN GET A DEGREE IN

HOW TO DO THIS, AND HOW TO

DO IT EFFECTIVELY.

AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO

THAT.

AND YOU CAN DO IT AT THE

SAME TIME.

YOU CAN GO ON THESE

MISSION TRIPS WITH HEIDI

BAKER --

Terry: IT MIGHT EVEN

DIRECT YOUR STUDIES.

FIND OUT WHAT THEY NEED

AND THEN GET REALLY GOOD

AT THAT AND THEN COME

BACK.

Gordon: IF YOU'VE GOT

QUESTIONS FOR US, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS POST THEM ON

Facebook OR YOU CAN PUT

THEM ON INSTAGRAM.

WE WANT TO ANSWER YOUR

QUESTIONS.

> STILL TO COME, TWO

BOYS WITH BARELY ANYTHING

TO EAT.

ON THE DAYS WHEN THERE

IS NO FOOD, MY STOMACH

HURTS AND I FEEL SICK.

Gordon: SEE HOW THEY

WENT FROM SICK AND HUNGRY

TO FULL AND HAPPY, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Gordon: IMAGINE

GETTING ONE SANDWICH ADAY

TO EAT?

THAT'S WHAT TWO BROTHERS

FROM HONDURAS STRUGGLED TO

SURVIVE ON.

UNTIL VIEWERS LIKE YOU

GAVE THEIR SINGLE MOTHER A

HELPING HAND.

Reporter: THERE IS

ONLY ONE THING THAT

EDUARDO AND JIRE THINK

ABOUT AS THEY WALK TO

SCHOOL EACH MORNING: FOOD.

ONCE THERE, THEY RECEIVE

THEIR FIRST, AND SYMES SOMETIMES

ONLY, MEAL OF THE DAY, A

SANDWICH PROVIDED BY THE

GOVERNMENT.

BUT SOME DAYS THE

GOVERNMENT FOOD DOESN'T

COME.

ON THE DAYS WHEN THERE

IS NO FOOD, MY STOMACH

HURTS AND I FEEL SICK.

Reporter: LEILA IS A

SINGLE MOTHER, RAISING HER

CHILDREN WITH HELP FROM

HER MOM.

EVER SINCE SHE WAS LAID

OFF FROM THE FACTORY, HE

SAYS THEY HAVE MISSED

SEVERAL MEALS.

SEVERAL TIMES SHE SAYS SHE

HAS HAD TO BEG A NEIGHBOR

TO HIRE HER.

I ASKED HER TO LET ME

WASH CLOTHES AND CLEAN HER

HOUSE.

Reporter: LEILA'S

INCOME ON AVERAGE IS ONLY

ABOUT $50 A MONTH.

8-YEAR-OLD JIRE KNOWS HOW

TOUGH THINGS ARE, SO HE

DOESN'T MIND PITCHING IN

TO HELP.

I LIKE TO GO GO TO THE

HILLS AND PICK FIREWOOD

WITH MY GRANDMA.

Reporter: ONE

MORNING, JIRE'S OLDER

BROTHER WAS SO HUNGRY, HE

FAINTED AT SCHOOL.

JIRE PANICKED.

I DIDN'T REALIZE HE HAD

FAINTED.

I THOUGHT HE WAS DYING.

I STARTED TO CRY.

Reporter: A SHORT

TIME LATER, "OPERATION

BLESSING" LEARNED THAT THE

FAMILY WAS STARVING AND

PROVIDED SOME HELP.

WE GAVE LEILA AND HER MOM

EVERYTHING NEEDED TO MAKE

TORTILLAS AND TAMALES TO

SELL.

EVERY DAY THEY MAKE A

LARGER NUMBER OF

TORTILLAS, AND PREPARE

CORN FLOUR DOWH FOR THE

TAMALES.

AND THE BOYS HELP TO SELL

THEM ON THEIR NEW

BICYCLES, A GIFT FROM

"OPERATION BLESSING."

EVERYBODY LEVELS MOM'S

TORTILLAS, AND WE USUALLY

SELL ALL OF THEM.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

NOW EARNS $200 A MONTH,

SOMETIMES MORE, AND JIRE

HAS NEVER GONE TO SCHOOL

HUNGRY AGAIN.

THANKS, "OPERATION

BLESSING," FOR HELPING MY

MOM, AND THANKS FOR MY NEW

BIKE.

Gordon: AND THANKS TO

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB".

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM ISAIAH: "LEARN

TO DO GOD.

SEEK JUSTICE.

REBUKE THE OPPRESSOR.

DEFEND THE FATHERLESS.

PLEAD FOR THE WIDOW."

FOR ALL OF US HERE, GOD

BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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