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700 Club Interactive - Make a Difference - August 1, 2016

See how an entire family serves their community without leaving their front porch. Read Transcript


Gordon: A

QUESTIONABLE

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT.

TO ME, IT DIDN'T EVEN

LOOK LIVABLE.

Gordon: LEADS TO

WORDS OF CONCERN.

NOBODY THOUGHT IT WAS A

GOOD IDEA, FROM FRIENDS,

FAMILY, PASTORS -- NOBODY.

AND PEOPLE HERE, THE

ADULTS DIDN'T WANT US

HERE.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

THE DEAL PAID OFF, BUT NOT

IN THE WAY YOU MIGHT

EXPECT.

GOD TOOK THE REINS, AND

HONESTLY, IT TOOK ON A

LIFE OF ITS OWN.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: GOOD MORNING

AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

MOST PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE AND LIKE TO

HELP OTHERS.

BUT SOME THINK THAT

HELPING THE HOMELESS BY

GIVING CASH IS LIKE

THROWING MONEY AWAY, OR

POSSIBLY CONTRIBUTING TO A

BAD HABIT.

ONE MAN PUT THAT BELIEF TO

THE TEST.

AND HIS SURPRISING VIDEO

SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS AFTER

HE GAVE A HOMELESS MAN

$100.

TAKE A LOOK.

THIS IS 100 BUCKS HERE.

OH, NO WAY.

KEEP IT.

IT'S YOUR MONEY NOW.

OH, WOW, THAT'S --

REALLY?

ARE YOU SURE?

GO AHEAD.

I'M STARTING TO TEAR UP

OVER HERE.

THAT'S, LIKE, INCREDIBLE.

IT'S OKAY.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

I NEVER -- THAT'S NEVER

HAPPENED IN MY LIFE.

NICE MEETING YOU.

I HOPE YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD

USE OF THAT MONEY.

IT WILL BE, SIR.

OKAY, GREAT.

JUST MAKE SURE HE

DOESN'T SEE YOU.

WHAT DID YOU GET?

I SAW HIM GO ACROSS THE

STREET.

WOW.

I WAS FOLLOWING YOU THE

ENTIRE TIME.

OH, YEAH?

MY CAMERA IS RIGHT

THERE.

OH, YEAH.

DID YOU EVEN NOTICE?

NO.

I FEEL LIKE I OWE YOU AN

APOLOGY.

YOU WENT TO A LIQUOR STORE

EARLIER --

YOU THOUGHT I WAS GOING

TO GET ALL SMACKED UP,

DRUNK.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE

GOING TO BUY ALCOHOL.

YEAH.

BUT THERE ARE THINGS MONEY

CAN'T BUY.

NO, NO, NO, I'M FINE.

HERE.

YOU TOUCHED MY HEART.

HERE IS ANOTHER 100 BUCKS.

I'M STUNNED.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

BASICALLY I WAS LIVING

WITH MY PARENTS, AND MY

STEPDAD HAD CANCER, AND

THEY WERE GETTING HOSPICE,

SO IT DIDN'T COVER IT.

THE INSURANCE ONLY PAID SO

MUCH.

I QUIT WORK BECAUSE I HAD

TO BE AVAILABLE.

SO HE PASSED AWAY.

AND THEN TWO WEEKS LATER,

MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY FROM

KIDNEY FAILURE.

SO THEIR CONDO IS BEING

SOLD, SO I ALL OF A SUDDEN

FOUND MYSELF HOMELESS.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

THAT ARE JUST VICTIMS OF

CIRCUMSTANCES.

THEY DIDN'T GO HOMELESS

BECAUSE THEY'RE LAZY.

IT COULD BE A DIVORCE, AND

ONE THING LEADS TO

ANOTHER, AND A MAN SELLS

HIS BOAT, HIS HOUSE, AND

HE FINDS OUT ALL OF A

SUDDEN HE HAS NO MONEY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD

PEOPLE THAT ARE HOMELESS.

Gordon: THERE ARE A

LOT OF GOT PEOPLE THAT ARE

HOMELESS.

AND IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE

THAT WHEN THEY RECEIVE

GENEROUSLY, THEY BECOME

GENEROUS.

A MOM IN KENTUCKY WAS

TRYING TO PUNISH HER SON,

TRAVIS, BY MAKING HIM MOW

LAWNS FOR FREE.

THAT KIND OF BACKFIRED

BECAUSE TRAVIS ENJOYED IT,

AND THEN HE RECRUITED HIS

BROTHER AND HIS COUSIN AND

HIS FRIEND, AND THEY ALL

STARTED TO MOW LAWNS FOR

FREE.

WHEN HE NOTICED SOME OF

THE NEIGHBORS WERE UNABLE

TO MAINTAIN THEIR LAWNS,

HE SAID, I CAN DO

SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.

SOME ARE ELDERLY AND CAN'T

WORK IN THE HEAT, AND SOME

CAN'T AFFORD MOWING

EQUIPMENT.

AND SO TRAVIS SAID, WE'RE

DOING IT FOR THE

COMMUNITY, FOR PEOPLE WHO

CAN'T GET OUT AND DO IT.

THEY ARE JUST $14 AND $15

YEARS OLD, AND THEY'RE

GOING DOOR TO DOOR,

SPREADING THEIR NEWS ABOUT

FREE WORK.

AND THEY RECEIVED LOTS OF

POSITIVE COMMENTS.

ONE NEIGHBOR SHARED THIS

ON Facebook: "IT HAS

BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE I HAD

MY GRASS CUT.

I CAME HOME FROM WORK

TODAY, AND IT HAS BEEN

MOWED.

I SAID TO MY FAMILY, I SEE

MY BROTHER CAME BY."

AND THEY SAID, "NO, WE GOT

OUT AND FOUND THIS FLIER

IN THE FRONT DOOR.

THE YOUNG MEN MOWED THE

LAWN AND DIDN'T WANT A

DIME.

THEY SAID THEY DO THIS FOR

JESUS AND TO KEEP THE

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN."

THANK YOU, YOUNG MEN, FOR

THE SERVICE.

AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE

DONATED FOOD, WATER,

EQUIPMENT, OR EVEN THEIR

SPARE TIME TO HELP OUT.

YOU CAN SEE A NEIGHBOR

HERE TEACHING THE BOYS HOW

TO FIX THE EQUIPMENT.

THE BOYS SAY THE MAIN

REASON THEY DO IT BECAUSE

THEY CAN.

THEY SAY THERE ARE THINGS

THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH

CONTROL OVER, BUT THINGS

LIKE OFFERING A NEIGHBOR

WITH YARD WORK, OFFERING

HELP OR FOOD OR PRAYER,

WELL, THAT'S FREE.

REALIZE YOU HAVE WITHIN

YOUR CAPACITY TO CHANGE

LIVES.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

REACH OUT.

AND SOMETIMES IT'S IN YOUR

NEIGHBORHOOD.

SOMETIMES IT'S IN A

NEIGHBORHOOD NEXT TO

YOURS.

SOMETIMES IT IS JUST IN

YOUR CITY.

TO SERVE THE LORD, YOU

DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT,

WELL, I NEED TO GO TO

AFRICA AND LIVE IN A

JUNGLE IN SOUTH AMERICA.

YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT IN

YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY,

LORD, WHO DO YOU WANT ME

TO HELP TODAY?

AND HE'LL SHOW YOU.

AND WHEN YOU OPEN YOURSELF

UP AND YOUR LIFE TO SAY,

LORD, HOW CAN YOU USE ME,

WHO DO YOU WANT TO HELP

TODAY?

CAN YOU USE ME TO DO THAT?

HE'LL SHOW YOU SOME

AMAZING THINGS AND YOU'LL

GO ON AN INCREDIBLE

ADVENTURE.

> FOR MOST OF US, OUR

HOME IS A PLACE OF SAFETY

AND SECURITY.

YOU CAN IMAGINE MICHELLE'S

CONCERN WHEN HER HUSBAND,

TOM, ASKED HER TO MOVE TO

A DANGEROUS INNER CITY

NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE COUPLE WOULD SOON SEE

RENOVATIONS TAKING PLACE

ON MORE THAN JUST THEIR

HOUSE.

TAKE A LOOK.

JUST TO FLIP A HOUSE,

YOU LOOK AT THE REAL

ESTATE MARKET.

AND WE HAD NO INTENTIONS

OF STAYING HERE BEYOND AN

HOUR A DAY.

I STARTED MEETING SOME OF

THE PEOPLE AND STARTED

THINKING, WE COULD LIVE

HERE.

I HAD THE SAME DREAM FOUR

NIGHTS IN A ROW, THAT WE

WERE LIVING IN THIS HOUSE.

THIS HOUSE HAD BEEN

CONDEMNED FOR 16 YEARS.

AND I FELT LIKE I NEEDED

TO TELL MY WIFE ABOUT

THIS.

SO SHE RELUCTANTLY AGREED

TO COME DOWN.

TO ME, IT DIDN'T EVEN

LOOK LIVABLE.

IT LOOKED LIKE IT NEEDED

TO BE TORN DOWN.

YOU COULDN'T TELL FROM ONE

ROOM TO THE NEXT, IS THIS

A BATHROOM OR A KITCHEN?

THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF

WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE

WHERE.

I WAS OPEN TO DIVERSITY

AND RAISING OUR CHILDREN

IN A MULTI-CULTURAL

NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT 12 YEARS

AGO, THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WAS

DANGEROUS.

THERE WAS NO LOGICAL

REASON TO MOVE HERE.

IT CAME ABOUT WHERE I

HAD TO MAKE A DECISION TO

BUY THE HOUSE OR NOT.

AND SO SHE AGREED ENOUGH

FOR ME TO BUY THE HOUSE,

NOT TO MOVE HERE.

ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AFTER

TOM HAD BROUGHT THE IDEA

TO ME, AND I WAS SITTING

IN A COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

SESSION, AND THIS AM

PAVING LEADEAMAZINGLEADER WAS TALKING.

AND I DON'T REMEMBER

ANYTHING ELSE SHE SAID,

BUT SHE SAID, SOMETIMES

GOD CALLS YOU TO LIVE

DISPROPORTIONATE TO WHERE

YOU ARE.

THINGS DIDN'T GET EASIER,

BUT I JUST FELT THIS FIGHT

TO BE HERE.

NOBODY THOUGHT IT WAS A

GOOD IDEA, FROM FRIENDS,

FAMILY, PASTORS, NOBODY.

AND PEOPLE HERE, THE

ADULTS DIDN'T WANT US

HERE.

WE HAD TO BE READY TO WALK

INTO THE WIND, IF WE

BELIEVED GOD WAS CALLING

US TO SOMETHING.

ODDLY ENOUGH, THE

CONCERN FOR SAFETY STARTED

TO GO AWAY SHORTLY AFTER

WE MOVED HERE.

I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE A

SENSE OF FEAR BEING HERE,

AND YET KNOWING SOME OF

THE KIDS AND HAVING THEM

IN OUR HOME, WE'VE HAD A

PIECPEACE ABOUT IT.

THERE WOULD BE A BUNCH

OF KIDS IN OUR YARD, AND

WE WOULD GE GO ON THE FRONT

LAWN AND PLAY DIFFERENT

KINDS OF GAMES WITH THEM.

WE JUST GOT TO KNOW THEM.

AND ONCE YOU GOT TO KNOW

THEM, YOU COULDN'T HELP

BUT GET INVOLVED IN THEIR

LIVES.

ONE DAY THERE WAS ABOUT 35

KIDS OUTSIDE.

MICHELLE WAS COMING

THROUGH THE HALL, AND SHE

SAID, I DON'T WANT TO GO

BACK TO WORK.

I WANT TO BE OUT HERE.

AND SO THAT WAS VERY

SCARY FOR ME.

SO WE FILED FOR THE

NON-PROFIT.

GOD KIND OF TOOK THE

REINS, AND HONESTLY IT

TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN.

WE NEVER HAD AN INTENTION

OF STARTING A MINISTRY.

AND YOU HAVE TO BE

ORGANIZED TO ALLOW PEOPLE

TO HELP, ESPECIALLY AT THE

LEVEL THAT WE NEEDED.

I'M STILL SURPRISED AT THE

NUMBERS OF KIDS.

WHEN WE HAVE OUR ICE CREAM

SOCIALS, WE HAVE SOMEWHERE

BETWEEN 80 AND 100 KIDS.

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE

HAVE FELT LIKE THE FIVE

LOAVES AND THE TWO FISH.

BUT SOMETIMES IT IS ALWAYS

ENOUGH.

IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE

TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DO

UNLESS THEY'RE HERE.

WE'RE JUST

RELATIONSHIP-BASED.

WE LIVE WITH THE KIDS.

THE WAY IT IS DEVELOPED

IS WE'RE KIND OF LIKE A

NEIGHBORHOOD MOM AND DAD.

THERE IS A GAP BETWEEN

WHERE A PARENT CAN HELP

AND WHERE SOCIAL SERVICES

DROP OFF.

AND WE HAVE TRIED TO STAND

IN THAT GAP.

AND THAT GAP MAY BE A PROM

DRESS.

THAT GAP MAY BE, I NEED A

JOB SO I CAN MAKE MONEY TO

TAKE MY GIRLFRIEND TO THE

PROM.

AND WE'RE A GREAT

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM.

SOMETIMES IT IS SITTING IN

COURT WITH SOMEBODY, BY

THEIR SIDE.

SOMETIMES IT IS ANSWERING

A CALL FROM JAIL BECAUSE

ONE OF OUR BOYS HAS BEEN

ARRESTED.

MY HOPE IS WE CAN HOLD A

HAND WHILE THINGS ARE

HARD.

I HOPE THE BOYS THAT I

MENTOR OR SPEND TIME

WITH -- I HOPE THEY BECOME

DADS.

I HOPE THEY LOVE GOD.

I HOPE THEY'RE COMMITTED

TO THEIR LIVES, COMMITTED

TO THEIR CHILDREN, AND

THEY'RE COMMITTED TO

LOVING.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT

CHANGES THE GENERATIONS.

IT CHANGES THEIR LIVES,

BUT IT ALSO CHANGES THE

LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND

THEM.

MY ULTIMATE HOPE IS

THAT WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS

FOR ETERNITY, THAT WE HAVE

KIDS AND MOMS THAT WE CAN

SPEND ETERNITY WITH.

I WISH THERE WAS A

FRONT-PORCH MINISTRY EVERY

10 BLOCKS, AS FAR AS KIDS

ARE ALLOWED TO WALK.

I DON'T WANT TO PUT A LID

OR CAP ON GOD.

BECAUSE IF YOU TOLD ME 10

YEARS AGO THAT WE WOULD BE

DOING THIS, I WOULD SAY

YOU'RE CRAZY.

THERE IS NO WAY.

THE GREATEST NEED IN

THIS IMPOVERISHED

NEIGHBORHOOD THAT'S FULL

OF PROBLEMS, DRUGS,

PROSTITUTION, AND YOU HEAR

ABOUT DROPOUT RATES AND

ALL KINDS OF STUFF, BUT BY

FAR THE GREATEST NEED IS

LOVE.

IT SOUNDS SIMPLE, BUT IT

IS NOT.

CARING FOR KIDS, THE MOMS

AND WHAT THEY GO

THROUGH -- WHEREVER PEOPLE

ARE, THEY CAN LOVE ON

PEOPLE.

ALL OF US HAVE A PORCH

MINISTRY.

ALL OF US HAVE A PLATFORM.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO

SOMETHING BIG.

YOU CAN START WITH

SOMETHING SMALL AND GOD

WILL GROW THAT.

Gordon: YOU CAN START

WITH SOMETHING SMALL AND

GOD WILL GROW THAT.

I HEAR A LOT ABOUT HOW CBN

STARTED, BUT I BET YOU

HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS

STORY.

CBN STARTED BECAUSE A

BAPTIST MINISTER'S WIFE

DECIDED TO SHARE TEA WITH

MY GRANDMOTHER.

AND IN THAT PROCESS

INTRODUCED HER TO THE

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

HER SHE WAS, HER HUSBAND

WAS OFF IN WASHINGTON,

D.C. AND SHE WAS IN

LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA, KIND

OF ALONE.

AND SO A BAPTIST

MINISTER'S WIFE SAID, I'M

GOING TO TAKE YOU UNDER MY

WING.

I'M GOING TO BE YOUR

FRIEND AND I'M GOING TO

INTRODUCE YOU TO A MUCH

BIGGER FRIEND, NAMED THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

IN THAT, OVER TEA, THEY

STARTED PRAYING FOR A

REBELLIOUS SON, MY FATHER.

AND IN THAT PRAYER, THEY

IENLISTED PEOPLE TO PRAY.

LET'S PRAY.

GOD'S GOT SOMETHING GREAT

HERE.

AND SO THEY PRAYED MY

FATHER INTO THE KINGDOM,

AND THROUGH THAT CBN

STARTED.

CBN STARTED BECAUSE

SOMEBODY SAID, I'LL GO

SHARE A CUP OF TEA.

NOW, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

WHAT GREAT THINGS CAN YOU

DO WITH GOD IF YOU JUST

SAY YES?

COULD IT BE SOMETHING AS

SIMPLE AS BAKING A PIE AND

DELIVERING IT TO A

NEIGHBOR.

AND OVER PIE, LET ME TELL

YOU ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS

DONE FOR ME, HOW HE HAS

CHANGED MY LIFE.

IT IS THESE RELATIONSHIPS

THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN

THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

IT CAN BE ON YOUR FRONT

PORCH.

IT COULD BE ON YOUR BACK

PORCH.

IT COULD BE ACROSS A FENCE

TO A NEIGHBOR.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

REACH OUT.

YOU JUST HEARD ME SHARE MY

THOUGHTS ON THIS, BUT IF

YOU WANT TO HEAD OVER TO

Facebook, YOU CAN HEAR

FROM SOME OF OUR

PRODUCERS, WHO WILL BE

SHARING MORE IDEAS ON WHAT

YOU CAN DO TO HELP OTHERS

FROM RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.

AND ALL OF THAT IS

STREAMING LIVE FROM THE

STUDIO.

SO YOU DON'T WANT TO

MISIT.

MISS

IT.

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE'S"

Facebook PAGE AND IT

WILL ALL BE THERE RIGHT

AFTER THE SHOW.

> COMING UP, A

13-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS TO

DROP OUT OF SCHOOL TO GET

WATER FOR HIS FAMILY.

MY PARENTS ALWAYS TOLD

ME, WITHOUT AN EDUCATION,

IT WOULD BE HARD TO FIND A

JOB.

I WANTED TO GO BACK TO

SCHOOL.

Gordon: SEE HOW

VIEWERS LIKE YOU HELPED

HIM REACH THAT GOAL, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

CIOUS

Gordon: A DIRTY POND

WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF

WATER FOR A TEENAGER FROM

CAMBODIA NAMED RATANA.

AND HE HAD TO WALK FIVE

MILES JUST TO GET A DRINK.

THEN CBN DUG A WELL IN

RATANA'S VILLAGE, AND NOT

ONLY DID IT QUENCH HIS

THIRST, IT GAVE HIM AND

HIS FAMILY SOMETHING FAR

MORE VALUABLE.

Reporter: EVERY DAY

DURING THEIR SIX MONTH DRY

SEASON, 13-YEAR-OLD RATANA

WALKED FIVE MILES TO A

POND BESIDE A BUDDHIST

TEMPLE.

THERE HE COLLECTED TWO

BUCKETS OF WATER FOR HIS

FAMILY.

HE SOMETIMES SAID A QUICK

PRAYER BEFORE LEAVING.

PART OF THE YEAR RATANA'S

PARENTS WORK ON A SUGAR

CANE FARM IN CAMBODIA.

OTHER MONTHS THEY WORK IN

THEIR RICE FIELD.

THEY WERE ABLE TO SAVE A

FEW EXTRA DOLLARS EACH

YEAR, AND WITH THAT THEY

INVESTED IN A VEGETABLE

GARDEN AND CHICKENS.

BUT WHEN THE DRY SEASON

HIT, THEIR GARDEN AND

THEIR CHICKENS DIED FROM A

LACK OF WATER.

WITH NO MONEY FROM FEES

FROM SELLING THE CHICKENS,

RATANA WAS FORCED TO DROP

OUT OF SCHOOL.

MY PARENTS OLD TOLD ME,

WITHOUT AN EDUCATION IT

WOULD BE HARD TO FIND A

JOB.

I WANTED TO GO BACK TO

SCHOOL.

Reporter: TO HELP HIS

FAMILY AND OTHERS IN THE

VILLAGE SOLVE THEIR WATER

PROBLEM, CBN DUG A WELL

FOR THEM.

NOW EVERYONE HAS FRESH,

CLEAN WATER TO DRINK.

I'M SO HAPPY AND

EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW

WELL.

Reporter: THEN TO

HELP HIS FAMILY RECOVER

WHAT THEY LOST, WE GAVE

THEM VEGETABLE SEEDS, A

FEW CHICKENS, DUCKS, AND A

COUPLE OF PIGS.

THE UNENDING SUPPLY OF

WATER FROM THE NEW WELL IS

HELPING THEIR LITTLE FARM

TO FLOURISH.

NOW THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY

FOR RATANA TO HEAD BACK TO

SCHOOL.

MEANWHILE, THE FAMILY WAS

SO GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP

WE GAVE THEM, THAT THEY

ALL DECIDED TO GO TO

CHURCH, WHERE THEY HEARD

THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL,

PRESENTED BY THE PASTOR.

WE PRAYED TO BECOME

CHRISTIANS.

I FELT SO PEACEFUL INSIDE.

NOW MY WHOLE FAMILY GOES

TO CHURCH TOGETHER.

I'M SO OVERWHELMED.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

EVERYTHING.

Gordon: AND THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

THAT.

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NOW.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

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SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE A

PART OF IT.

I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE, NOT

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AROUND THE WORLD.

IF YOU WANT TO, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS JOIN.

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> STILL TO COME, AN

ALABAMA CHURCH IS SERVING

UP HOPE.

IF YOU LISTEN, YOU'LL

HEAR I A NEED WHEREVER YOU

GO.

YOU NEED TO TRY TO FILL

THOSE NEEDS.

Gordon: SEE HOW THEY

FILL THOSE NEEDS WITH THE

HELP OF AN OLD BEAT-UP

Gordon: WHEN PASTOR

THOMAS MARTIN SAW AN OLD

SALVATION ARMY FOOD TRUCK

FOR SALE, HE SAW MORE THAN

JUST A BEAT-UP OLD TRUCK.

PASTOR THOMAS SAW A NEW

WAY TO SERVE HOPE TO THE

LOCAL COMMUNITY.

LIKE ANY GOOD PASTOR,

THOMAS MARTIN HAS A HEART

FOR HIS COMMUNITY.

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,

WE'LL COME GET YOU.

JUST COME OUT ON SUNDAY

MORNING.

Reporter: IT IS

SOMETHING HE SHARES WITH

HIS CHURCH.

WE JUST WANT TO BLESS

YOUR COMMUNITY WITH DINNER

TONIGHT.

Reporter: FROM YARD

WORK TO MINOR YARD WORK,

HE AND HIS CHURCH ARE

ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO

CHURCH.

GOD DIDN'T JUST CALL US

TO COME TO CHURCH, BUT TO

BE THE CHURCH.

A BIG PART OF WHAT THAT

IS, THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ON

OUR PLATE, IS THE FOOD

TRUCK MINISTRY.

Reporter: YOU HEARD

HIM RIGHT, A FOOD TRUCK.

IT STARTED WHEN A FRIEND

TOLD PASTOR MARTIN ABOUT

AN OLD TRUCK HE WAS

SELLING.

IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH.

I FELT LIKE GOD WAS

SAYING, WHY DON'T YOU DO

SOMETHING.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN DAVID

SAID, THOMAS, WHY DON'T

YOU DO SOMETHING.

I COULD FEEL THE SENSE

THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS

GUIDING ME.

Reporter: AND HIS

LITTLE CHURCH CAUGHT THE

VISION, TOO, AND RAISED

$15,000 IN ONE WEEK,

ENOUGH TO BUY AND FIX THE

TRUCK.

WE BEGAN TO EQUIP THE

TRUCK AND PUT IN

APPLIANCES AND CLEAN IT

UP.

THE TRUCK IS AWESOME.

IT HAS A SIX-BURNER STOVE

AND A BIG COMMERCIAL OVEN.

WE SHOW UP, AND THEY COME

RUNNING TO RECEIVE A GOOD

DINNER.

WE AVERAGE BETWEEN 200 AND

300 PEOPLE AT ONE TIME.

BUT YOU CAN ONLY FEED SO

MANY PEOPLE AT ONE TIME.

Reporter: SO PASTOR

MARTIN PLANS ON GETTING AN

OLD BUILDING.

WE NEED AN AREA WHERE

WE CAN FIX BULK FOOD, AND

PUT IT ON THE FOOD TRUCK,

AND THEN GO OUT IN THE

COMMUNITY AND SERVE HOT

FOOD ONE PLATE AT A TIME

FOR THE PEOPLE.

WE HAVE THE HEART TO OPEN

UP A TRUE SOUP KITCHEN TO

BE OPENED UP DIFFERENT

DAYS OF THE WEEK, TO SERVE

FOOD STRAIGHT OUT OF THE

CHURCH, AS AN EXTENSION OF

WHAT WE DO.

OUR HEART IS TO BE ABLE TO

FEED AND LOVE THIS

COMMUNITY.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO US

TO HAVE YOU ALL COME.

IT IS JUST WONDERFUL

AND WE LOVE IT.

THANK YOU.

Reporter: AND THE

FOOD TRUCK HAD AN

UNEXPECTED EFFECT.

AS WE BEGAN TO SERVE

AND DO THIS MINISTRY,

OTHER CHURCHES IN OUR AREA

HAVE STEPPED UP AND SAID,

HEY, WE CAN HELP YOU WITH

THIS.

I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF

GOING THE OUT AND REACHING

OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, TO

OTHER CHURCHES, AND

TEAMING UP WITH THEM TO DO

MINISTRY.

IF YOU LISTEN, YOU'LL

HEAR A NEED WHEREVER YOU

GO.

AND YOU NEED TO FILL THAT.

TO HELP YOUR FELLOW

MAN, THAT IS ONE OF THE

MAIN REASONS FOR BEING

HERE ON EARTH.

THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL

OVER THE PLACE THAT ARE

LIVING A LIFE THAT TRULY

IS HOPE DEFERRED.

THEY REALLY CAN'T SEE THAT

TOMORROW WILL BE A BETTER

DAY.

BUT I CAN TELL YOU FOR

SURE THAT WHEN THAT TRUCK

PULLS UP INTO AN AREA

WHERE SOME PEOPLE ARE

REALLY NEEDY AND WE FLIP

DOWN THAT COUNTER, AND THE

SMELLS OF HOT FOOD BEGINS

TO GO OUT THOSE WINDOWS, I

BELIEVE THAT SOMEHOW WE'RE

MAKING THEM UNDERSTAND

THERE IS HOPE FOR ME.

SOMEONE LOVED ME.

SOMEONE SAW ME.

SOMEONE WAS WILLING TO

DRIVE UP HERE AND PULL UP

THIS TRUCK IN MY DRIVEWAY

AND SHOW THE LOVE OF

CHRIST TO ME.

Reporter: SERVING UP

CHRIST'S LOVE TO JASPER,

WITH A SIDE OF HOPE.

Gordon: SERVING UP

LOVE WITH A SIDE OF HOPE.

I LOVE IT.

I LOVE THE IDEA.

I KNOW ABOUT SALVATION

ARMY TRUCKS, WHEN THEY'RE

DONE WITH THEM IT WOULD BE

PRETTY ROUGH.

BUT HERE IT IS, GETTING

YET ANOTHER LIFE BECAUSE

SOMEBODY GOT AN IDEA.

NOW, HERE IS A STORY FOR

YOU, AND IT COMES OUT OF A

CALIFORNIA CHURCH.

IT'S FROM A FRIEND OF

MINE.

IT WAS RIGHT AFTER

CALIFORNIA HAD SOME NEW

REGULATIONS ABOUT THE

MENTALLY ILL, AND SO A LOT

OF PEOPLE GET PUT OUT OF

INSTITUTIONS AND ON THE

STREET.

AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY

IDEA HOW TO LIVE.

WHEN YOU GO FROM

INSTITUTIONAL LIFE TO NOW

YOU HAVE TO GET A JOB, AND

NOW YOU HAVE TO GET A

PLACE TO LIVE, AND NOW

WHAT DO YOU DO?

THEY WERE HAVING A LOT OF

TROUBLE WITH THAT.

SO HE FOUND HIS HOMELESS

MAN IN A PARK, AND HE

STILL HAD HIS MENTAL

ILLNESS, AND WHAT DO YOU

DO WITH THAT?

AND SO HE SAID, I'VE GOT

TO DO SOMETHING.

AND SO HE BROUGHT HIM INTO

HIS HOME.

HE GAVE HIM A SHOWER.

HE GOT HIM CLEANED UP.

GAVE HIM FOOD.

PUT HIM ON HIS OWN COUCH

FOR THE NIGHT.

AND THEN BROUGHT HIM TO

CHURCH THE NEXT DAY.

AND HE WENT TO THE PASTOR,

AND HE WAS FULL OF

COMPLAINT.

HE SAYS, WHERE WAS THE

CHURCH WHEN THIS GUY

NEEDED HELP.

I FOUND HIM OUT IN THE

PARK.

AND HERE ARE ALL OF THE

THINGS I DID FOR HIM.

AND THE PASTOR LOOKED AT

HIM AND SAID, LOOK, YOU

TOOK HIM INTO YOUR HOME,

YOU BATHED HIM, YOU GAVE

HIM FOOD, YOU FOUND A WAY

FOR HIM TO SLEEP IN YOUR

HOUSE THAT NIGHT, AND HE

STARTED LAUGHING AND SAID,

YOU ARE THE CHURCH.

YOU ARE THE ONE.

BE THE CHURCH.

DON'T THINK OF THE CHURCH

AS A BUILDING.

THINK OF YOU ARE THE BODY

OF CHRIST.

YOU ARE HIS HANDS

EXTENDED.

YOU ARE HIS FEET.

AND WHEN YOU GET THAT

ATTITUDE, WONDERFUL THINGS

CAN HAPPEN.

WELL, DON'T FORGET TO HEAD

RIGHT OVER TO Facebook

TO HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR

PRODUCERS, WHO WILL BE

TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN

HELP OTHERS IN YOUR

COMMUNITY.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE

STREAMING LIVE FROM THE

STUDIO TODAY, RIGHT AFTER

THIS SHOW.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM LUKE: "IF YOU

HAVE TWO SHIRLTS SHIRTS, GIVE ONE

TO THE POOR.

IF YOU HAVE FOOD, SHARE IT

WITH THOSE WHO ARE

HUNGRY."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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