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700 Club Interactive - Military Kids - July 4, 2016

Military kids face tough challenges. See how “comfort kits” help them through difficult times. Read Transcript


Terry: TWO MILLION

CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY

ARE MILITARY KIDS.

I SOMETIMES GOT SO SAD

IT HURT INSIDE, AND I WAS

DEPRESSED.

BUT IT FEELS LIKE HE IS

NOT MY SAME DAD.

Terry: SEE HOW ONE

GROUP IS HELPING THEM DEAL

WITH THEIR PARENTS'

DEPLOYMENT.

I SAT THERE AND JUST

CRIED BECAUSE IT IS THE

KINDNESS -- IT COMES FROM

A GREAT PLACE AND IT IS

THERE TO HELP OUR CHILDREN

WHEN WE'RE NOT STRONG

ENOUGH TO BE THE ONES THEY

GO TO.

Terry: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Andrew: GOOD MORNING,

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

HAPPY 4th OF JULY.

AND IN CASE YOU DIDN'T

WAKE UP FEELING PATRIOTIC

TODAY, WE HAVE A FEW

STORIES TO CURE THAT.

Terry: THAT'S RIGHT,

ANDREW, AND STARTING WITH

THIS ONE.

STARR SWAIN AND THE

ASSISTANT FROM

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, WAS

VISITING THE LINCOLN

MEMORIAL ON JUNE 15th,

AND THAT'S WHEN HER

FRIENDS ENCOURAGED HER TO

START SINGING.

SHE HESITATED, AND THEN

THIS HAPPENED.

I KNOW.

> SHE'S AFRAID.

* OVER THE LAND OF THE

FREE *

* AND THE HOME OF THE

BRAVE *

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERING]

Terry: AMAZING.

Andrew: AMAZING.

STARR'S IMPROMPTU

PERFORMANCE OF "THE

NATIONAL AT ANTHEM" HAS BEEN

SEEN BY OWN 30 MILLION

PEOPLE.

AND SHE CREDITS THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

TO SEE THE FULL VIDEO, GO

TO cbnnews.com.

IF PEOPLE CHECK OUT THE

INTERVIEW, THEY WILL SEE

SHE LOVES JESUS WITH ALL

OF HER HEART.

AND SHE SEEMS REALLY

TICKLED BY WHAT IS GOING

ON HERE.

Terry: I LOVE THAT

SHE JUST KIND OF PUT HER

GUARD DOWN AND SANG.

Andrew: AND I THINK

PEOPLE HAVE A HUNGER TO

REALLY FEEL PATRIOTIC

AGAIN.

A LOT OF TIMES WE'RE TOLD

TO KIND OF STUFF THINGS

DOWN, AND DON'T TALK ABOUT

GOD AND DON'T TALK ABOUT

LOVE FOR COUNTRY.

AND YOU CAN SEE THE

RESPONSE FOR PEOPLE AT THE

MEMORIAL.

THEY LOVED IT.

Terry: KUDOS TO HER

FOR SHARING THAT GIFT THAT

GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.

IF THAT DIDN'T LEAVE YOU

FEELING PATRIOTIC, WE'RE

GOING TO TRY FOOD.

80% OF YOU WILL ATTEND A

BARBECUE, PICNIC, OR A

COOKOUT.

ARE YOU DOING THAT?

I HOPE TO ATTEND.

IF IT IS UP TO ME TO DO

THE COOKING, THE OUTSIDE

IS BURNED AND THE INSIDE

IS STILL FROZEN.

MY FATHER-IN-LAW HAS BEEN

A CHEF, AND I'M AMAZED AT

WATCHING HIM AT THE GRILL.

I'M HOPE HE WILL TAKE CARE

OF US.

Terry: THERE REALLY

ARE GRILL MEISTERS.

Andrew: ARE YOU ONE?

YOU'VE GOT A LARGE FAMILY?

Terry: NO.

BUT I DO HAVE FAMILY THAT

LOVE TO GRILL.

I THINK A LOT OF GUYS

THINK THAT IS THEIR

BAILIWICK.

Andrew: IT MAKES THEM

FEEL MANLY.

Terry: AND SPEAKING

OF BARBECUE, HAVE YOU BEEN

TO MISSION BARBECUE IN

VIRGINIA BEACH.

Andrew: YES.

ONE TIME.

IT WAS DELICIOUS.

IT WAS DELICIOUS FOOD AND

THE INSIDE IS JUST --

THERE IS ARMY, NAVY, AIR

FORCE, MARINE ME MEMORIBILIA

EVERYWHERE.

IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE.

Terry: I'VE GOT TO

VISIT NOW THAT I'M HEARING

ABOUT IT.

NOT ONLY IS THE BARBECUE

OUT OF THIS WORLD, BUT

THEY LOVE TO HONOR OUR

SOLDIERS, POLICE,

FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST

RESPONDERS.

AND EACH DAY THEY STOP AT

EXACTLY NOON TO REMEMBER

WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY

GREAT.

ONE OF OUR PRODUCERS

CAPTURED THIS TRADITION ON

HIS PHONE.

SO TAKE A LOOK FOR

YOURSELF.

WITH THE SINGING OF OUR

"NATIONAL ANTHEM."

* O SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE

DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT *

* WHAT SO PROUDLY...

[APPLAUSE]

Terry: LOOKS

WONDERFUL.

GOT TO GET THERE.

Andrew: IT'S A REAL

FEEL-GOOD TIME, AND THE

COSTUMERS LOVE IT.

AND THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS.

I'VE GOT TO GET BACK

THERE, TOO.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

IF YOU WERE A MILITARY OR

ANY OF THE FIRST

RESPONDERS OR PEOPLE IN

SECURITY, I THINK THAT

WOULD MAKE YOU FEEL SO

GREAT, ESPECIALLY IN THE

COUNTRY TODAY, SOME OF THE

CHALLENGES WE SEE.

Andrew: TODAY IS A

GREAT DAY TO GO.

MISSION BARBECUE IS IN 11

STATES ACROSS THE NATION.

I'M SORRY FOR YOU FOLKS

OUT ON THE WEST COAST,

THEY'RE NOT OUT THERE YET.

TO FIND ONE GO TO

mission-barbecue.com.

Terry: I DON'T KNOW

IF I'VE EVER SEEN A MOM

MORE EXCITED TO SEE HER

SON THAN THIS ARMY MOM.

HI, MOM.

[SCREAMING]

OH, MY GOSH!

OH, MY GOSH!

[SCREAMING]

OH, MY GOSH!

[SCREAMING]

I DON'T BELIEVE IT.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

OH, OH, OH!

IT'S TOO MUCH!

[SCREAMING]

OH, MY GOSH, YOU'RE

OKAY.

Andrew: WELL, THAT

SOLDIER ON THE RECEIVING

END OF THOSE SCREAMS IS

U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST KYLE

CROTT.

HE FLEW FROM HIS BASE IN

EL PASO, TEXAS, TO HIS

MOM'S HOME IN UTILIT IN UTAH LAST

WEEK.

HIS STEPDAD HELPED

COORDINATE THE SURPRISE

AND HELPED FILM THAT

REACTION.

ONE OF THE GREATEST THING

ABOUT THE CELL PHONES IS

WE GET A PEEK OF WHAT GOES

ON AT THE REUNIONS.

Terry: IT IS SO

PRICELESS.

SHE HADN'T SEEM HIM FOR

FOUR YEARS.

YOU CAN IMAGINE HER

MOTHER'S HEART PROBABLY

PRAYING FOR HER BOY EVERY

DAY, AND BELIEVING IN HIS

SAFETY, AND THEN WATCHING

HIM WALKING IN.

IT KIND OF MAKES YOU TEAR

UP A LITTLE BIT.

HOW ABOUT YOU, DAD?

Andrew: I WAS JUST

HUM MEDICALHUMBLED, TO THINK OF THE

SACRIFICE THAT THE

FAMILIES WHO ARE PRAYING

AND MISSING THEM ARE GOING

THROUGH.

AND ON THIS SPECIAL DAY,

WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF

THE MEMBERS OF OUR

MILITARY FOR YOUR SERVICE.

LET'S NOT FORGET THE

UNSEEN MEMBERS OF OUR

ARMED FORCES.

THERE ARE TWO MILLION

STRONG.

THEY DIDN'T SIGN UP TO

SERVE AND THEY DON'T GET

PAID.

WHO ARE THEY?

THEY ARE OUR MILITARY

KIDS.

WATCH HOW ONE GROUP IS

LOOKING OUT FOR THESE

LITTLE HEROS.

THE WHOLE FAMILY SERVES

WHEN THERE IS SOMEONE IN

THE MILITARY.

THERE ARE EXTRA CHALLENGES

THAT KIDS FACE THAT A LOT

OF PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE

AWARE OF.

Andrew: TWO MILLION

CHILDREN IN AMERICA ARE

SERVING IN THE ARMED

FORCES.

THEY DON'T GET RECOGNIZED.

THEY DON'T GET PAID.

THEY DIDN'T EVEN SIGN UP.

THEY JUST HAVE PARENTS WHO

ARE IN THE MILITARY.

LIKE THEIR MOTHERS AND

FATHERS, THEY KNOW THE

MEANING OF SACRIFICE.

MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE

THAT THIS GENERATION OF

KIDS KNOW THEY'RE NOT

ALONE.

Reporter: RHONDA

CO-FOUNDED THE COMFORT

GROUP, DEDICATED TO

HELPING COMMUNITIES

UNDERSTAND, NURTURE, AND

CARE FOR THE NEEDS OF

MILITARY KIDS.

WE HAVE SEVERAL

PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT OUR

MILITARY FAMILIES.

ONE IS A U.S.E A U.S. A U.S. SPONSORED

TOURED, GOING INTO SCHOOLS

AND HELPING THE STUDENTS.

Reporter: THIS MOTHER

OF THREE YOUNG BOYS IS

MARRIED TO AN ARMY E.C.,

CURRENTLY ON HIS THIRD

DEPLOYMENT.

IT IS A FUN WAY FOR

CHILDREN TO KNOW IT IS

OKAY TO BE SAD, TO HAVE

THIS HUGE RANGE OF

EMOTIONS, AND IT IS OKAY.

FOR MY OLDEST, THE MOST

RESPONSIBLE, WHO DIDN'T

WANT TO BURDEN ANYBODY

ELSE, IT HAS CHANGED HIM.

I FEEL LIKE HE IS MORE

COMFORTABLE SHARING THIS

FEELINGS, OR MORE

COMFORTABLE SAYING, MOM,

CAN YOU LISTEN TO ME.

CAN YOU COME IN HERE?

CAN YOU HOLD ME?

CAN YOU WORK WITH ME ON MY

HOMEWORK?

HE IS MORE COMFORTABLE

KNOWING THAT IT IS FINE.

Andrew: IN ADDITION

TO THE TOUR, THEY OFFER A

SERIES OF KITS TO HELP

CHILDREN DEAL WITH

DEPLOYMENT, REINTEGRATION,

AND EVEN THE LOSS OF A

PARENT.

THE KIT HELPED SARA AND

HER FAMILY THROUGH AN

ESPECIALLY LOW TIME WHEN

HER HUSBAND WAS DEPLOYED

TO AFGHANISTAN.

I HAPPENED TO ASK ONE

OF THE PEOPLE AT THE FRONT

DESK IF THEY HAD A KIT.

I REALLY NEEDED HELP.

I WAS HAVING A LITTLE PITY

PARTY, AND LO AND BEHOLD

THEY CAME OUT AND OFFERED

ONE THAT OFFERS A D.V.D.,

AN INTERACTIVE D.V.D., AND

A TEDDY BEAR, AND THEY

GAVE IT TO MY MIDDLE SON,

AND I SAT THERE AND JUST

CRIED BECAUSE IT IS THE

KINDNESS.

IT COMES FROM A GREAT

PLACE, AND IT IS THERE TO

HELP OUR CHILDREN WHEN

WE'RE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO

BE THE ONES THAT THEY GO

TO.

> AND WE'RE JUST ALSO

PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO

SERVE OUR MILITARY

FAMILIES.

IT IS A REAL HONOR.

IT ALL COMES FROM A

VERY PERSONAL PLACE FOR

THEM.

BECAUSE ONE OF THE

FOUNDERS IS A MILITARY

CHILD, AND SHE LOST HER

DAD IN THE VIETNAM WAR.

MY DAD, ROCKY, HE FLEW

MEDIVAC DIVISION.

UNFORTUNATELY HE DIED IN

THE LINE OF DUTY.

HE SERVED IN VIETNAM.

AND NO ONE REALLY TALKED

ABOUT VIETNAM WHEN I WAS

GROWING UP.

AND I TRULY THOUGHT THAT I

WAS THE ONLY KID WHO LOST

A PARENT IN VIETNAM.

I REALLY DID.

AND IT WAS REALLY LONELY.

> THIS IS A MEMORY BOX.

WE PROVIDE THIS TO

FAMILIES WHEN THERE IS A

LOSS OF A LOVED ONE.

IT IS INTENDED TO BE A

SAFE PLACE TO STORE

IMPORTANT ITEMS TO

REMEMBER YOUR FAMILY

MEMBER.

I REALLY DIDN'T TALK ABOUT

MY DAD OR THE SERVICE.

AND GROWING UP, WE DIDN'T

TALK ABOUT IT, SO I DIDN'T

REALLY GRIEVE FOR MY DAD

UNTIL I STARTED WORKING ON

THIS PROJECT.

AS A RESULT OF THAT, I'VE

LEARNED HE CAN BE A PART

OF MY LIFE.

WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS NOW

FOR CLOSE TO 10 YEARS.

WE'RE A SMALL NON-PROFIT,

SO WE OPERATE ON THE

GENEROSITY OF THE GENERAL

PUBLIC ON DONATIONS.

RIGHT NOW THE REQUESTS FOR

OUR RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

IS OUTPACING OUR

DONATIONS.

YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE

TO GIVE MONEY, JUST TO BE

ABLE TO SUPPORT MILITARY

KIDS; KEEP THEM IN YOUR

PRAYERS.

SAY, I'M PRAYING FOR YOU.

YOU'RE IN MY THOUGHTS.

WE'RE ALL REALLY

HONORED, AND IT IS REALLY

HUMBLED WHEN FAMILIES

REQUEST OUR RESOURCE AND

WE HEAR BACK FROM THEM.

I WOULD LIKE TO READ FROM

A LITTLE GIRL.

"YOU SPOKE AT MY SCHOOL

WHEN I GOT THE "WITH YOU

ALL THE WITH" BOX AND THAT

JOURNAL.

I SOMETIMES GOT SO SAD IT

HURT INSIDE, AND I WAS

DEPRESSED, BUT IT FEELS

LIKE HE IS NOT MY SAME

DAD.

YOUR BOX HELPED A LOT.

I WROTE MY STORIES DOWN IN

MY JOURNAL, AND WHEN MY

DAD READ IT, HE CRIED.

IT HELPED A LOT TO KNOW MY

DAD GOT HIS FEELINGS BACK

AND I GOT MY DAD BACK."

Terry: AND WE WANT TO

HONOR THEM NOT JUST ON THE

4th OF JULY, BUT ALL

YEAR AROUND.

STILL AHEAD, A MARINE

SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN

BRINGS THE WAR HOME AND

ALMOST LOSES HIS FAMILY.

MY ANGER WAS OUT OF

CONTROL.

MY CHILDREN WERE SCARED OF

ME.

MY WIFE WAS SCARED OF ME.

Terry: HEAR HOW

SOMETHING HIS WIFE SAID

SAVED THIS WARRIOR WHEN WE

Andrew: WELL,

MILITARY LIFE TOOK ITS

TOLL ON CHAD AND CATHY'S

MARRIAGE.

AFTER MULTIPLE

DEPLOYMENTS, PTSD, AND

MARITAL INFIDELITY, THEY

FOUND THEMSELVES AT A

PAINFUL CROSSROADS.

WE DECIDED WE WERE

GOING TO HAVE KIDS PRETTY

QUICK, SO WE HAD THREE

CHILDREN, BACK-TO-BACK.

I DID A LOT OF

DEPLOYMENTS OVERSEAS, AND

I WOULD BE GOING FOR A

COUPLE OF MONTHS AND HOME

FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND

THEN GONE AGAIN.

I WAS FEELLY REALLY

DEPRESSED.

I THOUGHT, ALL I AM IS

MOM.

9/11 HAPPENED, AND HE CAME

HOME AND SAID THAT HE

WANTED TO BE ABLE TO HELP

FIGHT THIS WAR ON TERROR.

WITH MY JOB IN

AFGHANISTAN, I BELIEVE IT

WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING AND THE WORLD AND I

WAS PRIVILEGED TO GET TO

DO IT.

I KNEW HOW TO TAKE CARE

OF MY HOME AND TO TAKE

CARE OF MY FAMILY, BUT ONE

THING I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

DO WAS REALLY SUPPORT MY

HUSBAND WITH THE STRUGGLES

HE WAS DEALING WITH.

COMING HOME FROM

AFGHANISTAN WAS THE HARD

PART.

I FELT LIKE THINGS MADE

SENSE THERE.

WHEN I CAME HOME, I'M

GOING IN MY WIFE'S WORLD,

WHERE I'M IMPEDING ON HER

SYSTEM OF BEING A MOM.

I FELT LIKE I WAS IN THE

WAY.

HE KEPT HIMSELF

DISTANT.

I COULD NEVER REALLY FEEL

A CONNECTION.

JUST LIKE IN EVERY

MARRIAGE, YOU START

BECOMING DISTANT FROM EACH

OTHER, AND YOU'RE FEELING

UNSATISFIED.

I DIDN'T HAVE JOY WITH MY

MARRIAGE.

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

PTSD.

I FELT THE PHYSICAL

SYMPTOMS OF MY FACE GOING

NUMB AND MY ARMS GOING

NUMB.

I FELT IN A STATE OF

COMPLETE DES PIRATION.

DESPERATION.

THE FIRST MONTH OR TWO,

I WAS ABLE TO COMFORT HIM

THROUGH IT, BUT IT WASN'T

LONG BEFORE THE ANGER

WOULD START.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW

WHAT TO DO, BUT I HAD DONE

MARTIAL ARTS MY WHOLE

LIFE, I WRESTLED AND THEN

JEJUJITSU, SO MY COUNSELLOR

AND MY WIFE RECOMMENDED TO

DO THAT.

I FELT LIKE I FOUND THE

CURE.

BECAUSE WHEN I WAS

WRESTLING, I COULDN'T

THINK ABOUT THE THINGS

THAT WOULD GIVE ME

ANXIETY.

I WOULD SPEND 10, 12 HOURS

A DAY WRESTLING.

AND CATHY ENCOURAGED ME TO

OPEN A SCHOOL.

SO I STARTED FIGHTING

PROFESSIONALLY AGAIN AND

TEACHING.

HE PUT EVERYTHING HE

HAD INTO THAT, LIKE

EVERYTHING ELSE.

BUT I WATCHED HIM DO ALL

OF THESE THINGS, AND NEVER

DID HE PUT THAT EFFORT

INTO OUR MARRIAGE.

AND I CRAZED THAT.

CRAVED THAT.

AND NOW HERE WE ARE, 10

YEARS INTO OUR MARRIAGE,

AND IT IS STILL NOT

HAPPENING.

AND ONCE THAT FAME CAME

WITH HAVING THAT GYM AND

THE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTS,

WOMEN CAME INTO HIS LIFE.

I SURROUNDED MYSELF

WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO

JUST TOLD ME EVERYTHING I

WANTED TO HEAR, AND NO ONE

THAT WAS TELLING ME THE

THINGS I NEEDED TO HEAR.

MY ANGER WAS OUT OF

CONTROL.

MY HOME WAS NOT A HOME --

IT WAS NOT A HAPPY PLACE

TO BE.

MY CHILDREN WERE SCARED OF

ME.

MY WIFE WAS SCARED OF ME.

I PRETTY MUCH CAME TO A

POINT WHERE I SAID, CHOOSE

OUR FAMILY, OR ENOUGH IS

ENOUGH.

HE CHOSE THE DIRECTION HE

WAS GOING, AND SO WE

SEPARATED.

AND WE SOLD OUR HOME.

AND MY CHILDREN

EXPERIENCED THE PAIN THAT

CAME WITH A BROKEN HOME.

IT WAS PROBABLY THE

HARDEST THING I EVER DID,

SITTING MY KIDS DOWN AND

EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW THIS

WAS GOING TO BE BETTER,

AND IT WASN'T.

AND I BECAME VERY

DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL AND

REALLY STRUGGLED WITH

TAKING MY OWN LIFE.

I WAS SO BROKEN.

I WAS SO HURT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE LORD.

I LOVED THE LORD.

I KNEW THE LORD.

BUT I NEVER TRULY NEVER

GOT ON MY KNEES TO

SURRENDER TO THE LORD.

MY KIDS WOULD SEE ME JUST

LAY IN THE BED, CRYING ALL

OF THE TIME.

I COULDN'T FUNCTION.

AND SO I OPENED THE BOOK,

CALLED "POWER OF A PRAYING

WIFE," AND I BEGAN PRAYING

FOR MY HUSBAND.

AND THE LORD BEGAN TO SHOW

ME MY FAULTS IN THE

MARRIAGE.

AND THAT TURNED INTO, GOD,

ALLOW ME TO SEE CHAD THE

WAY YOU SEE CHAD.

AND HELP ME TO LOVE HIM

THE WAY YOU LOVE HIM.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING IS, HELP ME TO

FORGIVE HIM THE WAY YOU

FORGAVE HIM BECAUSE I

CAN'T LIVE A LIFE LIKE

THIS FOR THE REST OF MY

LIFE.

AND ONE DAY WHEN THE

DIVORCE PAPERS WERE ALL

SIGNED AND READY TO

EXECUTE, CATHY CAME TO ME.

I SAID TO HIM,

EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO,

YOU ACCOMPLISH, YOU

ACHIEVE.

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR

FAMILY, YOU QUIT.

IT REALLY CONVICTED ME.

I MEAN, SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY

RIGHT.

AND I MADE A DECISION

RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT THAT

I WAS GOING -- THAT I

CAUSED THE DAMAGE AND I

WAS GOING TO FIX IT.

I BEGAN TO RENEW MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ON A

LEVEL I HAD NEVER

EXPERIENCED BEFORE.

THAT'S WHEN THE REAL

RESTORATION CAME.

IT WAS ALMOST HARDER

TAKING MY HUSBAND BACK AND

WORKING THROUGH

RESTORATION THAN IT WAS

ACTUALLY GOING THROUGH IT

AND BEING HURT.

BUT I WAS TO A PLACE THAT

I WAS ABLE TO BRING IT TO

THE CROSS EVERY MORNING.

AND I WAS READY TO MOVE

FORWARD.

I WOULD NEVER HAVE

DREAMED THAT I WOULD BE IN

THE MARRIAGE I AM IN NOW.

OUR MARRIAGE AT THIS

POINT IS JUST OUTSTANDING.

I HAVE A MARRIAGE THAT I

HAD ALWAYS WISHED FOR.

NOW, AFTER STARTING OUR

FOUNDATION, WE'VE HAD 838

GRADUATES COME THROUGH OUR

PROGRAM.

OUR GOAL IS TO NOT JUST

WORK WITH THE PTSD VICTIM

AND MOVE ON, WE ACTUALLY

WANT TO GET IN AND WORK

WITH THE FAMILY AND

RESTORE THE WHOLE FAMILY.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.

GOD TAKES OLD THINGS AND

MAKES THEM NEW, AND NOT

ONLY MAKES THEM NEW, BUT

MAKES THEM BETTER THAN YOU

CAN EVER IMAGINE.

Andrew: WE CELEBRATE

WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN CHAD

AND CATHY'S MARRIAGE.

MARRIAGE IS A WONDERFUL

THING, BUT IT CAN BE VERY

DIFFICULT.

WE LIVE IN A COMMUNITY

HERE WHERE THERE IS A

GREAT DEAL OF MILITARY

PRESENCE.

I LEARNED FROM TALKING TO

PEOPLE AT MY CHURCH AND

OTHER MILITARY FAMILIES,

THAT IT'S WONDERFUL WHEN

THE SAILORS COME HOME, BUT

THERE IS A WHOLE OTHER

TRANSITION PERIOD.

FAMILIES SEPARATED FOR

YEARS AT A TIME, NOW

FORCED TO BE BACK IN A

RELATIONSHIP.

IT CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING

FOR ANY MARRIAGE.

Terry: AND I ALWAYS

HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR

THESE FAMILIES WHERE

EITHER THE HUSBAND OR WIFE

GOES ON DEPLOYMENT BECAUSE

IT FORCES THE OTHER ONE TO

TAKE ON THE ROLE OF

LEADERSHIP, OF PROVISION,

OF PROBLE PROBLEM SOLVING, AND

THEN WHEN THE OTHER

PARTNER COMES HOME, TO

FIGURE OUT HOW TO CONNECT

THAT ALL BACK TOGETHER IN

A WAY THAT WORKS FOR THEM

AS A COUPLE, FOR THEM

INDIVIDUALLY, FOR THE

CHILDREN -- I CAN'T EVEN

IMAGINE IT MYSELF.

Andrew: AND A LOT OF

TIMES IN MARRIAGE, WE MAY

THINK, WHAT'S WRONG WITH

THE OTHER PERSON, WHAT CAN

THE OTHER PERSON DO TO

STOP THIS OR THAT?

BUT THEIR TESTIMONY SHOWS,

WHEN WE GET BEFORE THE

LORD, WE NEED TO SAY, WHAT

ABOUT ME THAT NEEDS TO

CHANGE?

BY FOCUSING ON YOU AND NOT

THE NEGATIVES OF THE

SPOUSE, THAT MAKES THE

REAL DIFFERENCE.

Terry: THAT TAKES A

LOT OF MATURITY.

AND THERE ARE SOME OF YOU

WHO MAY PRAYER RIGHT NOW,

AND OUR NUMBER IS

1-888-777-1999.

THE BIBLE SAYS WHERE TWO

OR MORE OR GATHERED

TOGETHER, THERE GOD IS IN

THE MIDST OF US, AND HE

HEARS WHAT WE PRAY.

SO WE WANT TO SHARE WITH

YOU CINDY, WHO WRITES IN,

AND SAYS, "PLEASE PRAY FOR

MY MARRIAGE AND PRAY WE

CAN RELOCATE CLOSER TO

FAMILY."

MICHELLE SAYS, "I NEED A

MIRACLE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HIS WILL

REGARDING MY MARRIAGE.

I DON'T BELIEVE IN

DIVORCE.

I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WITH

EVERYTHING I HAVE TO END

THE DIVORCE CYCLE IN MY

FAMILY.

AM I DOING THE RIGHT

THING, LORD?

I NEED HELP."

Andrew: OSCAR SAYS,

"MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN

MARRIED FOR 10 YEARS, BUT

WE STILL DON'T HAVE

CHILDREN.

I KNOW JESUS HAS A GOOD

PLAN FOR US.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US."

FATHER GOD, I BEGIN WITH

OSCAR AND HIS WIFE, AS

THEY DESPERATELY WANT

CHILDREN.

FOR THIS PRECIOUS COUPLE,

AND SO MANY COUPLES THAT

DESIRE TO HAVE CHILDREN,

LORD GOD, WE PRAY FOR

PEACE IN THEIR LIFE, THAT

YOUR PRESENCE OVERWHELMS

THEM WITH HOPE AND JOY AND

LOVE.

AND THAT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT

PROVIDES THE JOY THAT THEY

MAY BE LACKING, FATHER

GOD.

WE PRAY, LORD GOD, FOR

ANSWERED PRAYER.

JESUS, COUPLES THAT TRUST

IN YOU, SEEK YOU, ARE

SEARCHING TO YOU FOR HELP,

LORD GOD, WE PRAY FOR

ANSWERED PRAYER.

Terry: FOR MICHELLE,

WE WANT TO ASK FOR THAT

CYCLE OF DIVORCE IN HER

FAMILY TO BE BROKEN.

THAT SHE WOULD, THROUGH

YOUR STRENGTH, GOD,

THROUGH YOUR WISDOM AND

POWER, DRAW A LINE IN THE

SAND AND SAY NO MORE.

IN HER OWN SITUATION,

WOULD YOU COME ALONGSIDE

AND LIFT HER ARMS UP?

WOULD YOU GIVE HER WHAT

SHE NEEDS?

PROVIDE FOR HER EVERY

NEED, EMOTIONALLY,

PSYCHOLOGICAL,

SPIRITUALLY.

AND, FALTER, W FATHER, WE WANT TO

PRAY FOR CINDY.

WE PRAY FOR HER MARRIAGE

TO ENDURE AND ONCE AGAIN

BE FILLED WITH THE JOY OF

THE LORD.

AND THAT YOU WOULD RESTORE

THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM

TO LIVE NEAR FAMILY.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US

TO BE NEAR PEOPLE THAT WE

KNOW AND LOVE, ESPECIALLY

WHEN WE'RE GOING THROUGH

DIFFICULT TIMES, THAT

THEY'LL STAND WITH US.

THAT'S WHY YOU PUT US IN

FAMILY.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR CINDY,

THAT YOU WOULD PUT HER

NEAR FAMILY, SO SHE COULD

HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT SHE

NEEDS.

AND FOR ALL OF THESE

PEOPLE, LORD, THAT YOU

WOULD BLESS THEIR

MARRIAGE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE

LISTENING AND WATCHING

TODAY, GOD, STRENGTHEN AND

GIVE US THE CHARACTER THAT

WE NEED TO BE THE PEOPLE

THAT YOU CALLED US TO BE,

SO WE CAN BRING HONOR TO

YOUR NAME.

AND IT IS IN YOUR NAME

THAT WE PRAY.

AMEN.

Andrew: AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, GIVE

US A CALL ANY TIME:

1-888-777-1999.

> COMING UP, WHEN HER

HUSBAND, MAR MARCUS, GOT

ORDERS TO DEPLOY, MARSHA

WANTED TO LIVE NEAR HER

FAMILY.

SO HOW "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT" HELPED HER GET

Terry: MARCUS IS A

MARINE WHO WAS FACING A

LONG MILITARY DEPLOYMENT.

HE WANTED HIS WIFE AND

THEIR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN

TO BE NEAR FAMILY WHILE HE

WAS AWAY.

THEY WERE ABOUT TO GO INTO

DEBT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

INSTEAD, THIS MILITARY

FAMILY RECEIVED A HAND-UP

FROM CBN'S "HELPING THE

HOMEFRONT."

Reporter: BEHIND

EVERY FRONTLINE MARINE

MILITARY OPERATION STANDS

A READY TO SUPPORT GROUP

WITH HUNDREDS OF MARINES

WORKING HARD TO ENSURE THE

MISSION IS A SUCCESSMENT SUCCESS.

ONE SUPPORT TEAM INCLUDES

FLIGHT EQUIPMENT MECHANIC,

MARCUS.

THE TROOPS CAN'T GET ON

THE GROUND WITHOUT THE

PLANES WORKING.

THE PLANES CAN'T WORK

WITHOUT THE MECHANICS TO

FIX THE PLANES.

EVERYONE IS AN INTERGAL

PART OF MAKING THE WHOLE

PROCESS GO.

Reporter: WHEN HE IS

AWAY, MARCUS RELIES ON HIS

WIFE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR

SON ZAVIER, AND THEIR

TWINS.

MY WIFE DOES AN

EXCELLENT JOB.

Reporter: OSHA RELIES

ON HER FAITH IN GOD TO

HELP HER GET THROUGH THE

MONTHS WHEN HE IS AWAY.

WITHOUT THE LORD, I

WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET

THROUGH OUR FIRST

DEPLOYMENT.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

DECIDED TO MOVE OSHA AND

THE CHILDREN TO BE NEAR

FAMILY DURING THE

DEPLOYMENT.

THEY PLANNED TO TAKE OUT A

LOAN TO DO IT.

TO THEM, GOING INTO DEBT

WAS WORTH IT.

IT MAKES ME FEEL A

LITTLE MORE AT EASE,

KNOWING IF SOMETHING WERE

TO HAPPEN TO HER, THEY

HAVE COUSINS,

GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS,

UNCLES, RIGHT THERE IN THE

VICINITY.

Reporter: THE COUPLE

ATTENDS "RIVER OF LIFE

CHURCH."

WHEN THEIR PASTOR LEARNED

ABOUT THEIR DECISION TO

TAKE OUT A LOAN, HE

CONTACTED CBN TO ASK FOR

FINANCIAL HELP.

PASTOR CHRIS TOLD THE

COUPLE THE GOOD NEWS.

WE WANT TO PAY FOR THE

U-HAUL RENTAL, TO GET YOU

LOADED UP AND GET YOU OUT

OF TOWN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S A BLESSING.

THAT'S AWESOME.

AND IN ADDITION TO

THAT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE

THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THE

EXPENSES THAT ARE RELATED

TO THE TRAVEL, SO THAT

NOTHING WILL COME OUT OF

YOUR POCKET TO GET YOU

DOWN THERE.

IT'S A BLESSING.

A RELIEF.

I'M NOT DONE YET.

JUST BEFORE YOU DEPLOY, WE

WANT TO PAY THE EXPENSES

TO FLY YOU FROM

JACKSONVILLE TO DALDOSTA,

SO THAT...YOU'LL BE ABLE

TO SEE YOUR FAMILY ONE

LAST TIME BEFORE YOU'RE

SEPARATED FOR MONTHS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Reporter: OSHA CAN

NOW GET THROUGH THE

DEPLOYMENT WITHOUT

WORRYING ABOUT DEBT.

I AM SO GRATEFUL TO

CBN, THAT THEY HAVE THIS

PROGRAM, TO SHOW THE

MILITARY THEY DO SUPPORT

THEM, AND THAT YOU CAN

HELP THEM OUT AS WELL.

IT JUST MEANS SO MUCH.

Terry: IT'S EVIDENT,

YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH IT

MEANS ON THE FACES OF THIS

COUPLE.

IT IS OUR GREAT PRIVILEGE

TO BE ABLE TO STEP

ALONGSIDE OF THEM AND SAY,

LET US HELP YOU.

LET US SUPPORT WHAT YOU'RE

CALLED TO.

LET US MAKE IT POSSIBLE

FOR YOU TO DO SOME OF

THESE THINGS, WITHOUT

INCURRING DEALT.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU,

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

MEMBER, BECAUSE "HELPING

THE HOMEFRONT" IS ONE.

THINGS THAT YOU DO THAT

CHANGES PEOPLE'S LIVES.

IF YOU'RE NOT A "700 CLUB"

PARTNER, TODAY IS A GREAT

DAY TO JOIN.

IYOU CAN DO IT BY CALLING

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

700clubinteractive.com.

WHEN YOU JOIN, WE WANT TO

SEND YOU "VICTORY THROUGH

LIFE'S STORMS."

WE ALL HAVE THEM.

HOW DO YOU WALK OUT

VICTORIOUS ON THE OTHER

SIDE.

THIS IS OUR GIFT TO YOU

WHEN YOU JOIN "THE 700

CLUB."

SO CALL NOW.

Andrew: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

WE LOVE TO HONOR THE

MILITARY THROUGH "HELPING

THE HOMEFRONT."

I ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY,

JULY 4th, THANK A

VETERAN.

IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN

UNIFORM, STOP AND SHAKE

THEIR HAND AND SAY THANK

YOU.

WE WE'VE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS: "IT IS FOR FREEDOM

THAT CHRIST HAS SET US

FREE."

FOR TERRY MEEUWSEN, I'M

ANDR

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