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700 Club Interactive - A Father for the Fatherless - April 20, 2016

Abandoned by his own father, Luis Reyes shares his heart to reach the fatherless generation. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS 16

YEARS OLD, WHEN HE CAME

HOME FROM SCHOOL TO AN

EMPTY APARTMENT, AND

DISCOVERED THAT HIS

PARENTS HAD ABANDONED HIP.

LOUIS REYES TELLS US HOW

HE RESCUES AT-RISK

CHILDREN.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

AMERICA LEADS THE

INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD IN

FATHERLESSNESS, ACCORDING

TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR

HEALTH STATISTICS.

40% OF ALL BIRTHS ARE TO

UNMARRIED WOMEN.

FOR WOMEN UNDER 30, THAT

RATE IS 53%.

WELL, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

FOR THE GENERATION COMING

UP?

WELL, ONE THING WE KNOW

FOR SURE IS THESE CHILDREN

WILL NEED MENTORS.

Terry: WHEN PASTOR

REYES REACHED OUT TO

CHILDREN AND THE SAME

STREETS WHERE HE GREW UP.

Reporter: HE GREW UP

IN A POOR FAMILY IN

CHICAGO.

ONE DAY AT 16, HE CAME

HOME FROM SCHOOL TO AN

EMPTY HOUSE.

HIS MOTHER AND STEPFATHER

HAD ABANDONED HIM.

FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS,

LOUIE HAS TRIED TO BRING

HOPE TO ABANDONED AND

ABUSED KIDS.

IN THE PROCESS, HE HAD

BECOME A FATHER FIGURE TO

THOUSANDS.

I STARTED REACHING 30

CHILDREN IN WAKEGIN ON A

SATURDAY AT 1:00 AND THE

AFTERNOON.

Reporter: IN HIS

BOOK, LOUIE SAYS KIDS NEED

A FATHER'S LOVE, AND

OFFERS IDEAS TO HELP MEN

BECOME BETTER DADS.

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

TO "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

PROGRAM, LUIS REYES.

I'M A WISCONSIN GIRL, SO I

KNOW WHERE WAKEGIN IS.

REALLY?

I TELL A LOT OF PEOPLE I'M

FROM CHICAGO.

WE ACTUALLY REACH CHILDREN

IN WISCONSIN.

Terry: I'M SURE YOU

DO.

"THE SPIRIT AND THE POWER

OF ELIJAH," YOU'RE BOOK IS

OUT ABOUT A YEAR NOW, BUT

FOR A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR

CHILDREN TODAY AND THE

YEARS TO COME.

YOU'VE BEEN WORKING WITH

CHILDREN FOR 20 YEARS.

WHAT DO YOU SEE IS THE

GREATEST NEED?

I THINK THE GREATEST

NEED IS FOUND IN THE WORD

OF GOD.

GOD SAYS THERE WOULD BE A

TIME WE WOULD BE LIVING

IN, WHERE THE HEARTS OF

MEN WOULD NEED TO BE

TURNED BACK TO THE CHILD.

AND I SEE THE GREATEST

NEED NOW BEING WHERE MEN

NEED TO PUT A PRIORITY

AGAIN ON LOVING CHILDREN.

SO OFTEN IT IS EASY TO ASK

A MOM TO LOVE A CHILD.

BUT A FATHER, IT'S GOING

TO REALLY TAKE A

COMMITMENT ON HIS END.

THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN

SEEING AS I'VE BEEN

MINISTERING TO MEN AND

SHARING ABOUT THE BOOK.

THEY'VE GOT TO MAKE A

COMMITMENT.

THEY'VE GOT TO TAKE

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS

UP-AND-COMING GENERATION.

Terry: WHAT DOES THAT

LOOK LIKE?

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BEING

A FATHER TO A CHILD?

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE

MARRIED TO THE MOTHER OF

THE CHILD -- NOT THAT

WOULDN'T BE YOUR FIRST

CHOICE FOR THE FAMILY --

OF COURSE.

Terry: -- BUT MAN UP

AND BE THE FATHER TO THE

CHILD --

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE.

HE NEEDS TO BE THERE.

I'M ABLE TO REACH

THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN

BECAUSE I'M THERE.

I'M AVAILABLE.

I'M AREN'T.

PRESENT.

AND SO MANY KIDS WANT TO

KNOW THAT DAD IS GOING TO

BE THERE.

HE IS STILL GOING TO BE

AVAILABLE WITHIN MY LIFE.

THAT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR

DADS TO KNOW THAT.

HIS PRESENCE, HIS TIME,

HIS AVAILABILITY.

I SAY THIS ALL OF THE

TIME: YOU DON'T NEED TO BE

GIFTED.

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE

ANOINTED.

YOU JUST NEED TO BE THERE

FOR YOUR KIDS.

Terry: I THINK THAT

IS A MESSAGE FOR PARENTS

IN GENERAL ABOUT BEING

THERE.

BEING THERE MEANS THIS.

I'M CONNECTED TO YOU.

I'M LISTENING TO WHAT

YOU'RE SAYING.

MY HEART IS OPEN TO YOU.

I MEAN, WHAT DOES

FATHERING LOOK LIKE FOR

THESE KIDS?

I THINK DAD GIVES AN

IDENTITY.

WHEN I LOOK AT SOME OF THE

AILMENTS RIGHT NOW IN OUR

CULTURE AND IN OUR

SOCIETY, DAD IS SO

IMPORTANT.

WHEN I LOOK AT THE CRIME

THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN

CHICAGO AND OUTSIDE OF

CHICAGO -- I KNOW.

I SEE IT FIRSTHAND.

I'VE MINISTERED TO A LOT

OF THE KIDS.

I'VE EVEN HAD TO BURY SOME

OF THE KIDS WHO HAVE SEEN

VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS.

THIS IS A VIOLENT ISSUE.

THIS IS A CRIME ISSUE.

THIS IS A GANG ISSUE.

IT'S NOT.

IT IS A FATHERLESS ISSUE.

AND THE FATHERS HAVE TO BE

INVOLVED.

THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN

RECENTLY WHO WAS GUNNED

DOWN IN CHICAGO, CALLED

McJUAN McDONALD.

HE GOT SHOT 17 TIMES.

EVERYBODY SAW THAT.

REAL QUICK, I DID A

BACKGROUND CHECK ON THE

YOUNG MAN.

EVERYBODY MADE A BIG DEAL

ABOUT THE POLICE OFFICER

WHO TOOK HIS LIFE.

I SAID, FIRST, LET'S SEE

WHO McJUAN WAS?

HE WAS A VICTIM BEFORE HE

EVER WAS A VICTIM.

HIS FATHER LEFT HIM.

HIS MOTHER WAS A DRUG

ADDICT.

HE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY

HIS UNCLE.

AND HE WAS IN AND OUT OF

THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.

BY THE TIME HE WAS 17, HE

IS NOW AWARD OF THE STATE.

WHY?

BECAUSE HIS FATHER WAS

GONE.

HE WAS ABANDONED AND

REJECTED BY HIS FATHER.

THUS HE SURCAME TO THE

VIOLENCE IN THE STREET,

EVEN BY A POLICE OFFICER

AT THAT TIME.

Terry: AND HE, LIKE

SO MANY, IS ANGRY.

VERY ANGRY.

Terry: SOMEBODY

BROUGHT ME INTO THIS WORLD

AND LEFT ME HANGING.

OH, YEAH.

Terry: BUT THIS

HAPPENED TO YOU.

YES.

Terry: WHAT DID THIS

HAPPEN TO YOU?

I GAVE MY LIFE OVER TO

GOD.

I CAN REMEMBER, TERRY,

ENCOUNTERS I HAD AT A

YOUNG AGE, GOD PRESSING IN

ON ME.

I NEVER REJECTED THE LORD.

WHEN CHRIST WAS PRESENTED

TO ME AT 12 YEARS OLD, I

WAS VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE

HIM AS MY PERSONAL LORD

AND SAVIOR.

Terry: AND

RECOGNIZING GOD AS YOUR

FATHER TAKES ON A WHOLE

NEW MEANING WHEN YOU'RE

DAD IS NOT THERE.

YEAH.

YEAH.

Terry: I WANT YOU TO

TALK WOULD YO ABOUT THE PROGRAM YOU

HAVE IN YOUR CHURCH.

YOU HAVE A SUNDAY SIDEWALK

MINISTRY --

SUNDAY SIDEWALK

MINISTRY TO KIDS.

19 YEARS AGO, MY WIFE AND

I STARTED IT AND WE CALLED

IT "SIDEWALK SUNDAY

SCHOOL."

I TOOK THE CONCEPT, WE

MADE IT OUR OWN AND PUT IT

IN THE STREETS.

OUT OF THAT THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN CAME THAT WE

WOULD MINISTER TO.

WE'VE GOT A FLEET OF

VEHICLES, OVER 30 BUSES

AND VANS THAT WE RUN,

PICKING CHILDREN UP.

IT IS A POWERFUL MINISTRY.

I TELL PEOPLE, DON'T GET

SO CAUGHT UP IN ALL THAT

WE HAVE AND ALL THAT WE

DO.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT --

THE KEY THING IS I TURNED

MY HEART TO THESE KIDS.

I WASN'T A PROGRAM

DIRECTOR.

I BECAME A SPIRITUAL

FATHER.

THE BIBLE SAYS YOU HAVE A

LOT OF INSTRUCTORS, BUT

YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF

FATHERS.

I BECAME A SPIRITUAL

FATHER TO THESE KIDS.

TERRY, OUT OF THE

PROGRAMMING CAME WHEN I

SAW THESE KIDS START TO

GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL.

I SAID, GOD, WHAT CAN I

DO?

HE SAID, WHY DON'T YOU

BUILD A SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

THEY CAN ATTEND AT YOUR

CHURCH.

I BUILT A SMALL BIBLE

COLLEGE THAT KIDS WHO

COULD NEVER GO TO COLLEGE

COULD GO TO.

I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT

APARTMENTS AND WE RENT

APARTMENTS SO THESE YOUNG

PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN THEM.

AND WE GIVE THEM

OPPORTUNITY IN OUR

MINISTRY OR OTHER

FULL-TIME MINISTRY.

Terry: OFTEN WE

THINK, I CAN'T DO THAT.

I DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO

DO THAT.

YEAH.

Terry: YOU LIVED IN

THE CHURCH BASEMENT FOR A

LONG TIME.

OH, YEAH.

Terry: IT IS NOT LIKE

YOU WERE A PERSON OF

MEANS.

MARK 9: 37 SAYS THIS:

"IF YOU'VE REACHED ME" --

MEANING JESUS "IF YOU'VE

REACHED A CHILD, YOU'VE

REACHED ME."

JESUS SAID IF YOU REACH

THAT LITTLE KID, YOU'RE

ACTUALLY REACHING ME.

JESUS PROVIDES FOR HIS

OWN.

HE PROVIDES FOR HIMSELF.

I LIVED IN THE BASEMENT,

BUT HERE IS THE MIRACLE:

GOD BROUGHT MY WIFE OUT OF

THE BASEMENT OF ALMOST

LIVING THERE FOR FIVE

YEARS -- HE BROUGHT US OUT

WEN WERE BLESSED WITH A

AND WE WERE BLESSED WITH A

HOME WE DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY

FOR.

TODAY I HAVE AN $8 MILLION

FACILITY THAT WAS BOUGHT

CASH, AND MY MINISTRY

STARTED OFF REACHING KIDS.

GOD WILL MAKE SURE THAT HE

WILL FUND THE VERY

OPERATION THAT YOU DO FOR

CHILDREN.

PASTORS NEED TO KNOW THAT.

LEADERS NEED TO KNOW THAT.

Terry: HE ACTUALLY

WANTS TO.

HE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO DO

IT.

HE WANTS TO DO IT FOR YOU.

HE WANTS TO SO THE

MIRACLE CAN BE TALKED

ABOUT.

THIS IS WHAT GOD WILL DO

IF YOU REACH A GENERATION.

ALL THROUGH THE OLD

TESTAMENT, GOD SPEAKS

ABOUT HE DOESN'T WANT A

GENERATION TO PASS WITHOUT

THEM KNOWING HIM.

Terry: WOW.

WOW!

WE HAVE JUST TOUCHED THE

TIP OF THE EISENBER I'S ICE BURGBURG.

YOU TOOK IN A 2-YEAR-OLD

LITTLE BOY -- LET'S SAY

THAT FOSTER CHILDREN ARE

SO IN NEED OF NOT JUST

FAMILIES, BUT DADS.

WHAT DID GOD SHOW YOU

THROUGH THAT LITTLE BOY?

HIS NAME IS TREY, AND

HE IS STILL WITH OUR

MINISTRY.

AND HE IS GOING TO WATCH

THIS BROADCAST.

HE WAS TWO YEARS OLD.

HE NEEDED A FATHER.

HIS FATHER WAS IN PRISON.

HIS MOTHER WAS STRUGGLING

TO RAISE HIM.

AND SHE COULDN'T DO IT.

SO MY WIFE AND I SAID,

WE'LL TAKE HIM.

SO WE TOOK TREY FROM THE

AGE OF TWO UNTIL ABOUT

FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD, TO

ALLOW HIS MOM GET STABLE.

AND GOD SHOWED ME HOW TO

LOVE HIM.

GOD SHOWED ME HOW

IMPORTANT MY ROLE WOULD BE

IN HIS LIFE AT THAT TIME,

AND EVEN TODAY.

I'M EXCITED TO LET YOU

KNOW HE IS STILL PART OF

OUR MINISTRY.

AND I GET TO IMPART INTO

TREY'S LIFE AND GIVE HIM

AN IDENTITY THAT GOD

INTENDED.

Terry: AND WHO KNOWS

HOW GOD IS GOING TO USE

TREY IN THIS NEW

GENERATION COMING UP.

THE SCRIPTURE IS SO STRONG

ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO

HAPPY IN THE END DAYS --

THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE

READY FOR THIS.

THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO

RESPOND TO THIS YOUNG AND

UP-AND-COMING GENERATION.

GOD WANTS THEM REACHED.

AND MEN NEED TO TURN THEIR

HEARTS BACK TOWARDS

CHILDREN.

Terry: IT IS ALL

RIGHT HERE.

LUIS' BACK IS CALLED "THE

SPIRIT AND MINISTRY."

GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Terry: WE'RE GOING TO

BE BACK WITH MORE "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE" RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" IS INTRODUCING

THE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

TO CHILDREN ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

AND HERE IN AMERICA, ONE

TEACHER IS USING

"SUPERBOOK" TO HELP HER

STUDENTS MEMORIZE BIBLE

VERSES.

Reporter: WHEN LENA

WHITE FIRST HEARD ABOUT

"SUPERBOOK" ON "THE 700

CLUB," SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO

GET IT FOR HER

GRANDCHILDREN.

I WAS JUST IN AWE

BECAUSE IT IS THE BIBLE

VERBATIM.

AND I JUST COULDN'T WAIT

TO ORDER IT.

THE QUALITY OF THE

PRODUCTION IS SUPERB.

THE PRODUCERS OF THE

D.V.D. HAVE DONE A

SPLENDID JOB.

Reporter: SHE DECIDED

TO USE IT IN PART OF HER

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS.

I HAD THE SAME TWO

STUDENTS WHO MEMORIZED THE

BIBLE VERSES, SO NOT ONLY

DID I WANT TO REWARD THEM,

BUT I WAS TRYING TO THINK

OF A WAY THAT WOULD

MOTIVATE THE OTHER

STUDENTS.

THEN I REMEMBERED

"SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: LENA

CREATED MRS. WHITE'S

"SUPERBOOK" CLUB.

STUDENTS WHO MEMORIZED

THEIR BIBLE VERSES COULD

CHECK OUT ONE OF HER

D.V.D.s FOR A WEEK.

LENA WANTED ALL OF THE

CHILDREN TO HAVE A CHANCE

TO WATCH "SUPERBOOK."

SO SHE LET THE WHOLE CLASS

CHECK IT OUT.

MY EXPECTATION IS THAT

YOU LEARN A BIBLE VERSE

EVERY WEEK.

I'M STILL EXCITED, BECAUSE

NOT ONLY DO I GET TO TEACH

MY CURRICULUM, BUT THEY

ALSO GET TO LEARN THE

BIBLICAL LESSONS FROM

"SUPERBOOK."

NOT ONLY ARE THEY GETTING

ONE BIBLE LESSON A DAY,

THEY'RE GETTING TWO.

Reporter: AND THEY'RE

ALSO SHOWING "SUPERBOOK"

TO OTHERS.

THEY HAVE SHARED WITH

ME HOW THEY HAVE WATCHED

IT NOT JUST WITH THEIR

FAMILY MEMBERS, BUT ALSO

WITH THEIR FRIENDS.

LIKE A DOMINO EFFECT OF

BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.

SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE

EPISODES, "JONAH" AND

"NOAH'S ARK" ARE BEING

SHARED.

THERE IS JUST SO MUCH

EVIL IN THE WORLD TODAY,

THROUGH "SUPERBOOK" IT

TEACHES OUR CHILDREN

MORALITY, AND HOW TO APPLY

GOD'S WORDS IN THEIR LIFE.

THAT'S THE REASON I LOVE

"SUPERBOOK."

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO MENTOR A GENERATION OF

CHILDREN, IF YOU WANT TO

GET THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THEM, IF YOU WANT

TO GET THEM MEMORIZING THE

BIBLE AND THEN KNOWING

THAT THERE IS A GOD WHO

LOVES THEM, WHO IS GUIDING

THEM, WHO CAN BE THEIR ALL

IN ALL -- HOW DO YOU DO

THAT?

HOW CAN YOU BE THAT FOR AN

ENTIRE GENERATION?

I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY

EASY FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS JOIN

THE "SUPERBOOK" D.V.D.

CLUB.

AND YOUR GIFT WILL GO INTO

THE PRODUCTION COSTS, WILL

GO INTO THE DISTRIBUTION

COSTS, WILL GO INTO THE

TRANSLATION COSTS.

WE HAVE NOW FINISHED 38

LANGUAGES.

AND BY THE END OF THIS

YEAR, WE'LL BE UP TO 50

LANGUAGES WITH SEASON ONE.

WE'RE WORKING ON SEASON

TWO AND THREE.

I'M GOING TO A MEETING

LATER TODAY ABOUT SEASON

FOUR.

ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE

ENOUGH TO GIVE.

CARE ENOUGH TO BE A PART

OF IT.

SO IF YOU WANT TO JOIN,

CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

AND WHEN YOU CALL AND

JOIN, THE COST IS $25.

FOR YOUR GIFT OF $25, WE

HAVE A SPECIAL NEW EPISODE

FOR YOU, AND IT'S CALLED

"DAVID AND SAUL."

AND WE'LL SEND YOU THREE

COPIES OF THIS D.V.D. SO

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

SHARING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE WITH CHILDREN IN

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, IN YOUR

FAMILY, AT YOUR CHURCH,

AND AT YOUR SCHOOL.

AND WE'VE GOT AN EXTRA

SPRING BONUS.

WE'LL SEND YOU TWO

ADDITIONAL EPISODES, "THE

LAST SUPPER" AND "HE IS

RISEN," AND THAT'S FIVE

D.V.D.s FOR JUST A $25

GIFT WHEN YOU JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

SO DO IT NOW.

1-888-777-1999.

> WELL, STILL AHEAD,

WHAT'S THE CURE FOR THIS

FATHERLESS GENERATION?

WELL, IT MILITANT BE AS

SIMPLE AS SHOWING UP IN A

CHILD'S LIFE.

YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW YOU

CAN HELP AT-RISK YOUTH

RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: LET ME TELL

YOU A STORY.

A LITTLE BOY IS ABANDONED

BY HIS FATHER.

HE STOPS PAYING ATTENTION

IN SCHOOL.

HE DOESN'T PLAY SPORTS

BECAUSE THERE IS NO ONE TO

TAKE HIM TO PRACTICE.

AS HE GETS OLDER, HE

STARTS GETTING BULLIED, SO

HE DECIDES TO JOIN A GANG.

NOW, LET ME TELL YOU

ANOTHER STORY.

A LITTLE BOY HAS A MENTOR.

I GREW UP IN A HOME

RAISED BY A HEROIC MOM AND

A GRANDMOTHER.

AND I DIDN'T HAVE A DAD

AROUND.

WHEN I WAS FIVE, MY MOM

SIGNED ME UP FOR A MENTOR.

THIS GUY, TOM, SHOWS UP AT

MY DOOR AND TAKES ME TO

BASKIN-ROBBINS.

WE TALK, AND HE GETS ME

TWO SCOOPS OF CHOCOLATE.

ON THE WAY HOME, WE'RE IN

HIS PICKUP TRUCK, AND I

LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID, IN

AN HONEST FIVE-YEAR-OLD

MIND, WHY ARE YOUR LEGS SO

HAIRY?

AND HE SAID, BECAUSE MY

MOTHER IS A MONKEY, AND I

BELIEVED HIM.

SO YEARS LATER, HE SENDS

ME CARDS WITH HAIRY

THINGS.

EVERY KIDDIE SERVES A

MENTOR.

KIDKID -- EVERY KIDDESERVES A MENTOR.

WHEN YOU SHOW UP FOR

SOMEBODY, IT SAYS I'M HERE

FOR YOU, AND I LOVE YOU.

HE IS GOD WITH US, AND HE

GIVES US THIS PROMISE

HE'LL BE WITH US FOREVER.

WE TALK ABOUT HOW MENTORS

WIN BY SHOWING UP.

ANYBODY CAN SHOW UP.

WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO

SHOW UP FOR KIDS.

IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD,

WHEREVER YOU LIVE, THERE

ARE KIDS WHO NEED YOU.

THERE ARE KIDS ON WAITING

LISTS FOR MENTORS.

WE HAVE OVER 100 KIDS HERE

ON WAITING LISTS FOR

MENTORS.

THEY'RE JUST WAITING FOR

ANYONE TO SHOW UP FOR

THEM.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE

FANCY.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE COOL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE

SMART.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A

GOOD JOB.

YOU JUST HAVE TO SHOW UP.

AS YOU SHOW UP FOR THEM,

THEY SLOWLY BEGIN TO TRUST

YOU AND YOU BEGIN TO

CHANGE THEM.

YOU BECOME LIKE THIS

SILENT ANCHOR IN THEIR

LIFE, OF SOMEONE WHO CARES

FOR THEM AND LOVES THEM.

WHO ARE YOU SHOWING UP

FOR?

WHO ARE YOU GIVING YOUR

LIFE FOR?

FOR THIS GENERATION, TO

BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN BE

THEIR FATHER, WE HAVE TO

SHOW UP IN THEIR LIFE THE

SAME WAY GO GOD SHOWS UP IN

OUR LIFE.

AS YOU BEGIN TO TRANSFORM

SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE,

YOU'LL SEE THEIR LIFE TAKE

A DRAMATIC TURN.

AS YOU SHOW UP AND YOU SEE

GOD USE YOU TO TRANSFORM

THE LIFE OF ANOTHER,

YOU'LL BE CHANGED.

YOU'LL BE TRANSFORMED.

YOUR OWN HEART WILL COME

ALIVE AS YOU GIVE YOUR

LIFE FOR THE LIFE OF

ANOTHER.

Terry: THE MAN OF

THAT VIDEO IS JOHN SOWERS,

WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF THE

MENTOR GROUP.

STATISTICS TELL US THAT

CHILDREN FROM FATHERLESS

HOMES ARE MORE LIKELY TO

DROP OUT OF SCHOOL, TO

JOIN GANGS, TO BECOME

TEENAGED PARENTS, AND TO

TRY DRUGS.

LIKE HE SAID, A MENTOR

COULD BE JUST AS EASY AS

SHOWING UP.

MY PARENTS WERE BOTH

PRESENT.

THAT WOULD BE THE TERM I

WOULD USE FOR MY MOM.

SHE WAS PRESENT IN MY

LIFE.

SOMETIMES I THINK THA ABOUT

THAT TODAY, MOMS THAT ARE

PRESENT, BUT THEY'RE ON

THEIR CELL PHONES.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

SAYS TO A CHILD THAT

YOU'RE SIGNIFICANT IS WHAT

YOU HAVE TO SAY, WHAT YOU

THINK MATTERS TO ME.

SO I'M GOING TO CONNECT

WITH YOU.

Gordon: LISTENING IS

PART OF IT.

JUST BEING AVAILABLE.

YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT

QUALITY TIME.

BUT I THINK JUST TIME

TOGETHER.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T MIND THE

TIME WHERE A PARENT IS ON

A CELL PHONE, JUST IF

THEY'RE IN THE SAME ROOM

BECAUSE THAT IS A STEP UP

FROM WHAT A LOT OF KIDS

ARE GOING THROUGH WHERE

THEY'RE NOT EVEN THERE,

THEY'RE NOT EVEN IN THE

HOME.

SO TO SAY -- THE EMPHASIS

ON QUALITY -- LET'S JUST

HAVE EMPHASIS ON TIME.

ARE YOU THERE TOGETHER?

Terry: PRESENCE.

Gordon: SAME HOUSE,

CAN YOU BE IN THE SAME

ROOM?

CAN WE GET TO THAT LEVEL

WHERE EVERYBODY IS NOT

SPLITTING OFF INTO THEIR

OWN SCREEN WORLD.

BUT CAN YOU BE IN THE SAME

ROOM?

CAN EVERYONE HAVE SUPPER

TOGETHER.

SIT AROUND THE TABLE AND

PUT ALL OF THE SCREENS

AWAY, AND LET'S GO THROUGH

A MEAL TOGETHER.

Terry: AND

SPIRITUALLY, OF I THINK OF

LUIS REYES AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE

PROGRAMME -- PROGRAM -- I HAD A MENTOR,

AND SHE WAS A LITTLE

OLDER, BUT SHE WALKED WITH

THE LORD LONGER.

I JUST WATCHED HER DO LIFE

WITH JESUS, AND IT REALLY

MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

I KNOW YOU HAVE HAD

SPIRITUAL MENTORS IN YOUR

LIFE.

Gordon: THERE ARE A

FEW.

I'VE HAD THREE MAJOR ONES.

I'LL TALK ABOUT ONE.

HAROLD BRADISSON.

HE WAS ON THE FOUNDING

BOARD OF CBN.

MY FATHER WAS HIS

ASSOCIATE PASTOR IN NEW

YORK, AND HE USED TO

REMIND DAD OF THAT.

AND HE USED TO REMIND ME,

I KNEW YOU WHEN YOU WERE

IN YOUR MOTHER'S WOMB.

SO I GREW UP WITH UNCLE

HAROLD.

BUT HIS REAL IMPORTANCE

CAME IN 1994, WHERE I CAME

BACK TO THE LORD AND

DECIDED TO GO TO MANILA

AND START A MISSIONS

TRAINING SCHOOL AND START

CBN IN ASIA.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW

INTENTIONAL HAROLD WAS

GOING TO BE.

AND IN THOSE FORMATIVE

YEARS, 1995, 1996, 1997,

HE WOULD COME REGULARLY TO

MANILA, PAYING HIS OWN

WAY.

AND HE WOULD STAY AT OUR

HOUSE, WHICH SOMETIMES WAS

GOOD.

YOU HAVE TO KNOW HAROLD.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: HE IS A VERY

FREE SPIRIT AND NOT BODY

CONSCIOUS.

BUT HE WAS A TRUE MENTOR

TO ME BECAUSE THE

ENCOURAGEMENT THAT THAT

WAS, HERE IS SOMEONE WHO

IS AT THE FOUNDING OF CBN

AND WALKED THROUGH AND

PROPHESIED OVER MY FATHER,

PROPHESIED OVER CBN, AND

SAW THE EARLY STRUGGLE

YEARS, WAS HERE NOW, IN

MANILA, WALKING WITH ME,

PROPHECYING OVER ME,

SHARING HIS INSIGHTS INTO

THE KINGDOM.

NOT LOOKING FOR ANYTHING.

NO AGENDA.

JUST WANTING TO BE AND

EXPRESS LOVE.

Terry: INVESTING

HIMSELF IN YOU AND WHAT

GOD WAS DOING IN YOUR

LIFE.

Gordon: AND BEING

VERY INTENTIONAL WITH

THAT.

IN RETROSPECT I CAN

UNDERSTAND HOW INTENTIONAL

HE WAS BEING.

AND IT HAS INSPIRED ME.

CAN I DO THAT FOR OTHERS?

YOU DO RUN INTO --

PARTICULARLY WITH MEN --

THE WHOLE SENSE OF FATHER

AND HOW AUTHENTIC THAT HAS

TO BE.

THAT CAN'T BE ACCIDENTAL.

AND WHEN YOU BECOME IN A

ROLE OF FATHER, YOU HAVE

TO TAKE THAT VERY

SERIOUSLY.

YOU CAN'T PLAY AROUND WITH

IT.

AND BECAUSE THAT'S SUCH A

DIFFICULT ROLE TO ACHIEVE,

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE WHO

WANT TO BE MEMBERS, START

THINKING OF YOURSELF AT

UNCLE, GO THAT ROUTE.

THAT IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED

TO ME A COUPLE OF TIMES.

THAT UNCLE RELATIONSHIP

CAN REALLY BE SOMETHING

VERY SPECIAL.

Terry: THE POWER OF

THAT, YOU REALLY CAN SAY

CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF

YOUR LIFE.

Gordon: HAROLD

DEFINITELY CHANGED MINE.

IT WAS WATCHING HIM TEACH

ON THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT -- THE HOLY SPIRIT

WHISPERED TO ME WHILE HE

WAS DOING IT.

IT IS THE SAME FOR EVERY

GIFT, WHICH BLEW MY MIND.

AND COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED

WHAT I WAS DOING BECAUSE

I -- YOU WALK AROUND WITH

THESE CONCEPTS THAT YOU

DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT

YOU'RE -- YOU DON'T REALLY

KNOW, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

IS NOT TAUGHT; IT'S

CAUGHT.

YOU NEED AN ANGEL TO

APPEAR AND GIVE YOU THE

SCROLL AND ALL OF THAT

KIND OF STUFF.

AND HERE WAS HAROLD

TEACHING THE BAPTISM OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH WAS

HIS SPECIALTY.

AND THAT EACH GIFT,

WHETHER IT IS WORD OF

KNOWLEDGE, WORD OF WISDOM,

HEALING THE SICK -- ALL OF

THESE THINGS CAN BE

TAUGHT.

Terry: HIS TEACHING

ON CASSETTE, AT THE TIME,

THAT I LISTENED TO, WAS

PROBABLY THE MOST

WONDERFUL TEACHING ON THE

HOLY SPIRIT THAT I EVER

HEARD ANYBODY GIVE.

IT WAS HIS GIFT TO EMPART

THAT KNOWLEDGE TO PEOPLE.

Gordon: SO BE A

MENTOR AND SHOW UP IN

SOMEBODY'S LIFE.

IT IS JUST YOUR TIME, YOUR

LOVE, YOUR ENERGY.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALMS: "GOD IS A

FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS,

A DEFENDER OF WIDOWS.

IT'S GOD IN HIS HOLY

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