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700 Club Interactive - August 29, 2016

An innocent man is sentenced to spend years behind bars…see how he regains his freedom. Read Transcript


Andrew: ACCUSED...

Andrew: ACCUSED...

THE SHERIFF WAS GOING

TO DO EVERYTHING IN HIS

POWER TO MAKE SURE I WAS

CONVICTED.

Andrew: ...AND

CONVICTED.

I WAS YELLING, I DIDN'T

DO THIS.

I DIDN'T DO THIS.

I LIVED WITH SERIAL

KILLERS AND RAPISTS, CHILD

MOLESTERS.

Andrew: FOR A CRIME

HE DIDN'T COMMIT.

SEE HOW HE IS SET FREE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

*

Andrew: GLOORNG, AND

GOOD MORNING,AND WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

THE UNITED STATES IS KNOWN

AS THE LAND OF THE FREE.

AND YET THIS COUNTRY HAS

THE HIGHEST INCARCERATION

RATE IN THE WORLD.

AND MANY INCARCERATED ARE

FREE.

19-YEAR-OLD MICHELLE

LAWLESS WAS FOUND IN HER

CAR, BRUTALLY BEATEN AND

SHOT TO DEATH.

JOSH KEYSER, AN

18-YEAR-OLD GANG MEMBER,

WAS ARRESTED.

A PROSECUTOR BROUGHT HIM

TO TRIAL AND BUILT A CASE

AGAINST HIM.

THE ONLY PROBLEM: JOSH

KEYSER WAS INNOCENT.

I KNEW THE SHERIFF WAS

GOING TO EVERYTHING IN HIS

POWER TO MAKE SURE I WENT

TO PRISON.

I KNEW I WAS INNOCENT, BUT

I KNEW HE DIDN'T CARE.

THE EVIDENCE SPOKE IN MY

FAVOR.

THERE WAS D.N.A. FOUND

UNDERNEATH THE VICTIM'S

FINGERNAIL.

THE F.B.I. TESTED THE

D.N.A. AND EXCLUDED ME.

THERE WAS NO FINGERPRINT,

NO MOV, NO CONNECTION TO

THE VICTIM.

Andrew: IT TOOK ONLY

THREE AND A HALF HOURS OF

DELIBERATION FOR THE JURY

TO ARRIVE AT THEIR

VERDICT: GUILTY.

JOSH WAS SENTENCED TO 60

YEARS IN PRISON FOR A

MURDER HE DID NOT COMMIT.

IT'S STILL HARD TO

THINK ABOUT.

EVERYTHING WENT NUMB.

IN THE DISTANCE I HEARD

YELLING AND SCREAMING.

AND I REALIZED THAT AT

THAT MOMENT WHAT I WAS

HEARING WAS MYSELF.

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T DO

THIS.

I DIDN'T DO THIS.

Andrew: BEFORE THE

TRIAL EVER BEGAN, JOSH

RECEIVED A BIBLE IN JAIL

AND HAD STARTED READING

IT.

HE SAYS HE RENEWED HIS

CHILDHOOD FAITH.

I JUST KEPT READING,

READING THE SCRIPTURES.

KEPT READING THE

SCRIPTURES.

AND I WAS FINDING MYSELF

KNOWING I ALWAYS BELIEVED

THIS STUFF.

I WAS LEANING ON JESUS.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE AN

OPTION.

HE BECAME MY BEST FRIEND.

HE BECAME THE PERSON I

TALKED TO ABOUT EVERYTHING

BECAUSE I HAD NOBODY ELSE

TO TALK TO AT TIMES.

Andrew: THAT FAITH

BECAME HIS ONLY SOURCE OF

HOPE AS HE ENTERED THE

MISSOURI PENITENTIARY,

ONCE LABELLED THE BLOOD

BLOODIEST 40 ACRES IN

HISTORY.

I LIVED WITH MURDERERS,

RAPERS, CHILD MOLESTERS.

Andrew: JOSH SAYS IT

WAS GOD WHO KEPT HIM ALIVE

AND GAVE HIM HOPE.

I LITERALLY HAD MEN

GAMBLING AS TO HOW LONG IT

WOULD TAKE ME TO BE KILLED

OR RAPED.

THE HAND OF GOD WAS ON ME

THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE

EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS AN AWFUL

EXPERIENCE, BUT I BECAME

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

I BECAME A CHRISTIAN.

WHEN YOU HAVE CHRIST IN

THAT PLACE, YOU CAN SEE

THE SUNSHINE.

YOU NOTICE THE LIFE AROUND

YOU.

THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF

GETTING TO KNOW THE LORD.

IS LIVING IN THAT

NIGHTMARE, BUT LIVING IN

PURPOSE, WHERE THERE IS NO

PURPOSE.

LIVING IN PEACE WHERE

THERE IS NO PEACE.

FEELING FREE WHERE

EVERYTHING AROUND YOU IS

CONFINED.

Andrew: INMATES AND

CHAPLAINS ALIKE WITNESSED

JOSH'S FAITH AND THE

PERSECUTION THAT CAME WITH

IT.

IT WAS A CONSTANT

BARAGE FOR JOSH TO STAND

SO STRONG WITH HIS FAITH,

THAT GOD WAS GOING TO

DELIVER HIM FROM THESE

THINGS.

HE FOCUSED IN ON THE WORD

AND HE FOCUSED IN ON HIS

GOD, AND HE STILL HAD THAT

HOPE WHEN IT SEEMED LIKE

NO ONE ELSE BELIEVED IN

HIM.

Andrew: BUT AFTER TWO

FAILED APPEALS AND LITTLE

HOPE FOR RELEASE, THERE

WERE MOMENTS WHEN JOSH

STRUGGLED TO KEEP GOING.

ON TWO OCCASIONS HE PRAYED

THAT GOD WOULD END HIS

LIFE.

I DID NOT WANT TO WAKE

UP UNTIL DAY IN PRISON.

I WAS TIRED.

AND I HAD HAD ENOUGH.

AND HE WOULD TELL ME

QUIETLY, I GOT YOU THIS

FAR, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK

I CAN'T GET YOU TO WHERE I

WANT YOU?

AND HE STARTED WHISPERING

IN MY HEART AND MY MIND:

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, NONE

OF THIS IS GOING TO MEAN

ANYTHING.

Andrew: AROUND THAT

TIME, JAMES WILLIAMS, FROM

LOVE, INC., A PRISON

MINISTRY, HEARD JOSH'S

STORY AND GOT HIS CASE

REOPENED.

I WANTED TO BE DECLARED

INNOCENT, JUDICIAL

TERMINOLOGY.

AND GOD GAVE ME A PEACE

ABOUT THAT.

GOD WAS ABOUT TO SHOW OFF.

HE WAS ABOUT TO DO

SOMETHING THAT HAD NEVER

BEEN DONE BEFORE.

I KNEW THAT AND I BELIEVED

THAT.

Andrew: AFTER 16

YEARS IN PRISON FOR A

MURDER HE DID COMMIT, JOSH

HAD A NEW TRIAL.

THIS TIME BY CLEAR AND

CONVINCING EVIDENCE HE WAS

DECLARED INNOCENT.

AN OUTCOME ONLY JOSH HAD

SEEN COMING.

I HAD SEEN GOD DELIVER

ME FROM SITUATION AFTER

SITUATION AFTER SITUATION,

PEOPLE THAT TRIED TO

ATTACK ME, BEAT ME, RAPE

ME, KILL ME.

AND I HAD SEEN GOD DELIVER

ME FROM TIME AFTER TIME

AFTER TIME AFTER TIME.

HOW CAN I EXPECT ANYTHING

DIFFERENT.

AND THAT TIME CAME.

I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR WHAT

THE JUDGE DID.

I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR MY

ATTORNEYS AND THE PEOPLE

IN MY LIFE.

BUT ABOVE ALL I'M THANKFUL

BECAUSE GOD GAVE THEM TO

ME.

IT WAS HE WHO SET ME FREE,

IN MY SPIRIT, MY MIND, AND

MY BODY.

Reporter: TODAY JOSH

IS A FREE MAN.

HE SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH

PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT HIM AND

ENCOURAGES HIM IN HIS

FAITH.

HE ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO

PUT THEIR HOPE IN JESUS IN

THEIR TIME OF TROUBLE.

IN YOUR MOMENT OF

DESPERATION, TURN TO

JESUS.

I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT

THE LORD IS THE LORD OF

HOPE.

AND HE IS NOT INTIMIDATED

BY ANYBODY'S PROBLEMS.

HE IS NOT SHOCKED BY YOUR

STRUGGLES AND SINS.

HE CAN HANDLE YOU.

AND HE CAN HANDLE ANYTHING

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.

AND HE STILL DOES

MIRACLES.

AND ON OCCASION, HE

REACHES INTO A PRISON AND

HE SETS A MAN FREE AFTER

16 YEARS.

THAT'S THE JESUS I WANT

PEOPLE TO KNOW.

Andrew: WE HEAR

JOSH'S AMAZING STORY, AND

WE HEAR HIM CREDIT AND

THANK PEOPLE LIKE HIS

ATTORNEYS AND OTHERS WHO

ADVOCATED FOR HIS FREEDOM.

AND IT SHOWS THAT AS

PATIENT AS JOSH WAS, IT

TOOK THE WORK OF SOMEONE

ELSE TO BRING HIM FREEDOM.

THERE IS A NATURAL

PARALLEL THERE WITH OUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

MANY OF US FEEL LIKE WE'RE

HOSTAGE TO OUR SIN

PROBLEM, THAT WE'RE IN A

CELL OF OUR OWN MAKING

BECAUSE OF OUR INABILITY

TO BREAK ADDICTIONS.

AND WE HAVE NO ESCAPE.

BUT THANKS TO THE WORK OF

JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS,

THERE IS ESCAPE FOR US.

BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS

THAT CHRIST GAVE HIMSELF

AS A RANSOM FOR ALL MEN.

FOR YOU.

WHAT'S A RANSOM?

IN THE FIRST CENTURY A

RANSOM WAS PAID TO FREE A

SLAVE.

A SLAVE COULDN'T AFFORD IT

ON HIS OWN, BUT WAS MADE

FREE BY THE WORK OF

SOMEONE ELSE, BY THE

PAYMENT OF SOMEONE ELSE.

AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS HAS

DONE FOR US.

BUT WE HAVE AN ENEMY WHO

SEEKS TO DESTROY US.

THERE IS THE SAYING THAT

THE DEVIL'S GREATEST TRICK

IS TO CONVINCE THE WORLD

HE DOESN'T EXIST.

BUT HIS GREATEST TRICK IS

TO CONVINCE US THAT GOD,

THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU

AND LOVES YOU DESPERATELY

IS YOUR ENEMY BECAUSE

YOU'RE NOT WORTHY.

YOU'RE TOO FILTHY, YOU'VE

DONE TOO MUCH, YOU CAN'T

BE REDEEMED.

THAT'S A LIE FROM THE PIT

OF HELL.

JESUS CALLS SATAN OUR

ENEMY, THE THIEF WHO COMES

TO STEAL AND KILL AND

DESTROY.

BUT JESUS SAYS THAT I COME

TO GIVE YOU LIFE, LIFE

THAT IS ABUNDANT.

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

THE WRITER OF HEBREW SAYS

WE THROW OFF ALL THAT

ENTANGLES US AND FIX OUR

EYES ON JESUS, TO NOT

BELIEVE THE LIE OF THE

ENEMY.

GOD LOVES US SO

DESPERATELY THAT HE SENT

HIS SON TO PAY THE PRICE

FOR OUR REDEMPTION.

THE ENEMY TELLS YOU THAT

THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY

FOR FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IN

YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU

DON'T DESERVE IT.

WELL, THERE IS A LITTLE

BIT OF TRUTH IN THERE: I

DON'T DESERVE IT, AND

NEITHER DO YOU, BUT GOD

HAS MADE WAY THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST.

I HAVE BROKEN THROUGH

ADDICTION, IN MY OWN LIFE,

BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS HAS

DONE AND THE POWER OF HIS

LOVE.

IF YOU'RE SOMEONE WHO HAS

NEVER WALKED IN

FELLOWSHIP, IN FRIENDSHIP,

WITH JESUS, I ENCOURAGE

YOU TODAY TO TAKE THAT

STEP.

IT CAN BE THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR

LIFE UP UNTIL THIS VERY

HOUR.

THIS IS A STRATEGIC DAY IN

YOUR LIFE.

TO SURRENDER ALL, AND TO

TRULY FIX YOUR EYES ON

JESUS AND SAY, LORD, I'M

IN A PRISON OF MY OWN

MAKING SPIRITUALLY.

I'M HOPELESS.

I'VE GOT ADDICTION.

I'M WALKING IN DARKNESS.

BUT I UNDERSTAND AND I

HEAR THAT YOU CAN BRING ME

FREEDOM, AND I ASK FOR

THAT TODAY.

PERHAPS YOU'VE WANDERED

AWAY FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.

YOU WERE IN RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS CHRIST, BUT

THROUGH SOME BAD DECISIONS

AND WEAK MOMENTS YOU'VE

WALKED AWAY AND YOU FEEL

YOU'RE NOT WORTHY TO BE

REDEEMED.

I'M HERE TO TELL YOU YOU

ARE.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PRAY

WITH ME NOW, TO RECEIVE

THAT FREE GIFT THAT JESUS

HAS GIVEN US.

FATHER GOD, I UNDERSTAND

YOU LOVE ME, AND YOU LOVE

ME SO DESPERATELY THAT YOU

SENT YOUR SON, YOUR

INNOCENT SON, TO PAY THE

PRICE BECAUSE OF MY SIN

PROBLEM.

AND WHERE I COULD DO

NOTHING TO EARN YOUR LOVE,

YOU GIVE IT FREELY IF I

ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE OF

JESUS.

AND TODAY, LORD, RIGHT

NOW, I'M ASKING YOU TO

RESTORE MY RELATIONSHIP

WITH YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD,

BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN YOUR

SON.

AND I BELIEVE IN THE POWER

OF HIS SACRIFICE AND

RESURRECTION -- NOT JUST

THE CROSS, BUT THE

RESURRECTION FROM THE

DEAD.

AND I CAN DWELL IN

ETERNITY WITH YOU, FATHER.

THANK YOU FOR THAT GREAT

HOPE.

LORD, TAKE THE ADDICTION

FROM ME.

TAKE THE HEARTACHE, TAKE

THE HOPELESSNESS.

TAKE MY SHAME; I LEAVE IT

AT THE CROSS.

FATHER, I PRAY RIGHT NOW

YOU WILL SHOW ME HOW TO

FOLLOW YOU IN THE MIDST OF

MY CIRCUMSTANCES, LEAD ME

IN YOUR LOVE.

I'M RELYING ON YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT, LORD, TO SHOW ME

YOUR WONDERFUL LOVE.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GIVE US

A CALL IF YOU'VE PRAYED.

IT'S 1-888-777-1999.

WE HAVE SOMETHING WE WANT

TO SEND YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IT IS A GREAT TEACHING

THAT WILL SHOW YOU WHAT IS

NEXT FOR YOU.

HOW DO WE BEGIN TO GROW

AND LEARN MORE ABOUT

SCRIPTURE?

WHAT TYPE OF CHURCH SHOULD

WE BE A PART OF?

IT IS A WONDERFUL THING TO

TAKE THIS FIRST STEP IN

UNDERSTANDING THE WORD OF

GOD, AND NOW WE NEED TO BE

DISCIPLED TO CONTINUE TO

GROW IN THAT RELATIONSHIP.

> COMING UP, AN INNOCENT

MAN IS SENTENCED TO 271

YEARS BEHIND BARS, AND HE

WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

4% OF PEOPLE SENTENCED

TO DEATH ARE ACTUALLY

INNOCENT.

SO HAVE ALL OF THOSE

ERRORS BEEN CORRECTED?

Andrew: WE'LL HEAR

HOW TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING

THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED.

Andrew: RECENTLY A

FORMER TEXAS PROSECUTOR

WAS DISBARRED FOR SENDING

AN INNOCENT MAN TO DEATH

ROW.

THE DEFENDANT SPENT NEARLY

TWO DECADES BEHIND BARS.

AS CHARLENE AARON REPORTS,

THESE TYPES OF CASES HAVE

CAUSED SOME CONSERVATIVE

CHRISTIANS TO SHIFT THEIR

ATTITUDE ON CAPITAL

PUNISHMENT.

Reporter: MARVIN

ENJOYS WORKING AS A

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN

VIRGINIA.

A DREAM JOB OF IS SINCE

AGE 10.

IT IS A DREAM THAT ALMOST

NEVER CAME TRUE.

ON JULY 17, 1982, A REPORT

CAME IN THAT A BLACK MAN

HAD RAPED AND BRUTALLY

BEATEN A WHITE WOMAN.

POLICE IMMEDIATELY NAMED

ANDERSON A SUSPECT.

THEY ASKED ME, DO YOU

KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE

RAPE THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE

OVER THE WEEKEND.

AND MY RESPONSE WAS,

NOTHING OTHER THAN WHAT I

HEARD PEOPLE IN THE

COMMUNITY TALKING ABOUT.

Reporter: ANDERSON

HAD NO CRIMINAL RECORD.

POLICE OBTAINED A PHOTO

I.D. FROM HIS JOB.

THEY SHOWED THE VICTIM

THAT COLOR PHOTO ALONG

WITH SIX OTHER BLACK AND

WHITE MUGSHOTS.

SHE POINTED OUT ANDERSON

FROM THE PHOTO SPREAD AND

THE LINEUP.

EVERYBODY IN THE LINEUP

WAS ESCORTED OUT.

WHEN HE CAME BACK IN, I

LOOKED AT HIM, AND I SAID,

SHE IDENTIFIED ME?

AND HE SAID, YES.

AND I STARTED CRYING.

Reporter: DURING THE

TRIAL, THE VICTIM

MAINTAINED ANDERSON

SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, BEAT

HER, AND LEFT HER FOR

DEAD.

MEANWHILE, PEOPLE IN THE

COMMUNITY TOLD POLICE THAT

ANOTHER MAN, JOHN OTIS

LINCOLN, WAS RESPONSIBLE,

AND A BICYCLE THAT HAD

BEEN USED DURING THE

ATTACK WAS IDENTIFIED BY

THE OWNER, WHO SAID

LINCOLN HAD STOLEN IT

ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE

THE ATTACK.

AND YET ANDERSON WAS FOUND

GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO

210 YEARS IN PRISON.

THE ENTIRE ROOM WENT

DARK.

Reporter: IN 1988,

SIX YEARS AFTER ANDERSON

WENT TO PRISON, LINCOLN

CONFESSED TO THE CRIME,

BUT THE ORIGINAL JUDGE IN

THE CASE REFUSED TO VACATE

ANDERSON'S SENTENCE.

HE REACHED OUT TO ANYONE

HE THOUGHT COULD HELP

PROVE HIS SENATES.

IN 1994, "THE INNOCENCE

PROJECT" TOOK HIS CASE.

THEY WORK TO CLEAR PEOPLE

WRONGFULLY CONVICTED.

THEY SAID THE SYSTEM

MISHANDLED HIS CASE ON

SEVERAL LEVELS.

WE WERE VERY TROUBLED

BY THE LINEUP, AND THE

IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURE

THAT LED TO HER EYE

WITNESS IDENTIFICATION IN

THE CASE.

ASIDE FROM THAT, THERE WAS

THIS VERY TROUBLING

EVIDENCE POINTING TO

ANOTHER PERSON AS THE

ACTUAL PERPETRATOR IN THE

CRIME.

Reporter: ACCORDING

"THE INNOCENCE PROJECT,"

EYE WITNESS

MISIDENTIFICATIONS, FALSE

CONCESSIONS, AND

GOVERNMENT MISCONDUCT ARE

THE LEADING PROBLEMS IN

WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS.

D.N.A. EVIDENCE MADE A

DIFFERENCE IN ANDERSON'S

CASE.

THEY GOT A PROFILE THAT

THEY COULD RUN IN THE DATA

BASE, AND LO AND BEHOLD,

THE D.N.A. WAS CONSISTENT

WITH OTIS LINCOLN.

Reporter: SINCE 1989,

D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY HAS

HELPED TO EXONERATE MORE

THAN 300 PEOPLE IN 37

STATES, A REASON WHY SOME

IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY

HAVE RECONSIDERED THEIR

POSITION ON THE DEATH

PENALTY.

LAST YEAR THE NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION OF

EVANGELICALS REVERSED ITS

LONG-STANDING SUPPORT OF

THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF

D.N.A. EVIDENCE HAS

PROVIDED NEW WAYS FOR US

TO PROBE THE GUILT OR

INNOCENCE OF THOSE WHO ARE

CONVICTED OR ACCUSED OF

CRIMES.

Reporter: SPEAKING TO

CONGRESS LAST YEAR, POPE

FRANCIS CALLED ON THE U.S.

TO ABOLISH THE DEATH

PENALTY.

THE GROUP AGREED, SAYING

IN A STATEMENT: "THE DEATH

PENALTY DOES NOT MAKE

SOCIETY FURTHER, AND IT

CAN INFLICT ADDITIONAL

HARM ON MURDER VICTIMS'

FAMILIES.

IN LIGHT OF THESE CONCERNS

AND WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

AND BOTCHED EXECUTIONS,

MORE STATES SHOULD HEED

THE POPE'S CALL TO END THE

DEATH PENALTY."

SHE QUESTIONS THEIR FAITH

HAD TECHNOLOGY NOT BEEN

AVAILABLE IN THEIR CASES.

4% OF PEOPLE SENTENCED

TO DEATH ARE ACTUALLY

INNOCENT.

ALL OF THOSE ERRORS

CORRECTED?

IT WOULD BE ERRONEOUS FOR

US TO THINK SO.

WE DON'T ALWAYS GET IT

RIGHT.

Reporter: MARVIN

SPENT 15 YEARS IN PRISON

AND TWO YEARS ON PAROLE.

IN 2002, HE WAS FULLY

EXONERATED AND RECEIVED

COMPENSATION FROM THE

STATE OF VIRGINIA.

TODAY HE SERVES AS CHIEF

OF THE HANOVER FIRE

DEPARTMENT.

HE SAYS SPENDING TIME FOR

A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT

WAS PAINFUL, BUT HE IS NOT

BITTER.

HE CREDITS GOD FOR A

SECOND CHANCE AT

FULFILLING HIS LIFE'S

PASSION.

I TALKED TO GOD AND

ASKED HIM TO TAKE OVER MY

LIFE, DO WHAT HE WANTS TO

DO WITH IT.

I TRIED AND I DIDN'T

SUCCEED.

SO I'M PUTTING MY FAITH IN

YOU.

AND I THINK I'M DOING

PRETTY WELL TODAY.

Reporter: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS, HANOVER

COUNTY, VIRGINIA.

Andrew: MARVIN, YOU

ARE AN INSPIRATION.

YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT

YOU WENT THROUGH, IT

INSPIRES US ALL.

WHATEVER YOUR VIEW ON THE

DEATH PENALTY, HEARING A

STORY LIKE MARVIN'S, AND

THINKING OF ANYONE

INNOCENT BEING PUT TO

DEATH GIVES US ALL PAUSE

WHEN IT COMES TO THAT

ISSUE.

> UP NEXT, WE'RE GOING

TO BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND

YOUR FAMILY.

BUT, FIRST, A CAREER

CRIMINAL WHO TURNED HIS

LIFE AROUND AFTER JUST

GETTING A BITE TO EAT.

Andrew: WHEN CAREER

CRIMINAL JOSE RODRIGUEZ

WALKED INTO A LOCAL FOOD

PANTRY, HE WAS JUST THERE

FOR THE FREE GROCERIES.

BUT INSTEAD, HE LEFT WITH

A WHOLE NEW LIFE.

Reporter: JOSE

RODRIGUEZ IS A FULL-TIME

TRUCK DRIVER, SO HE HAS

SEEN MOST OF THE UNITED

STATES THROUGH THE WINDOW

OF HIS 18-WHEELER.

THIS JOB MEANS A NEW START

FOR JOSE BECAUSE FOR 23

YEARS HE WAS IN AND OUT OF

TROUBLE, SPENDING A LOT OF

TIME BEHIND BARS.

I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT

ABOUT GOING TO WORK,

WORKING FOR A LIVING.

IT NEVER CROSSED MY MIND.

Reporter: HE HAD

TROUBLE HOLDING A JOB AND

PROVIDING FOR HIS FAMILY.

THEN HE FIND A FLIER FROM

"OPERATION BLESSING."

I WENT TO RECEIVE SOME

FOOD, AND LITTLE DID I

KNOW THAT GOD WAS USING

THE FOOD BANK TO GET A

GRIP ON ME.

AT THE STORE,

EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE,

LIKE THE FOODS AND THE

VEGETABLES.

AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE,

BECAUSE I'M THE COOK.

I KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO

BE SOMETHING HEALTHY FOR

MY CHILDREN AND MY

HUSBAND.

IT IS A BLESSING,

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE

UNEMPLOYED.

BUT ALWAYS ON TUESDAY WE

KNEW THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING," "HEART OF

COMPASSION," THERE

SOMETHING THERE LIKE CLOCK

WORK.

Reporter: IN ADDITION

TO RECEIVING FOOD, JOSE

WAS DEVELOPING A

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

IT LIKE YOU GET

REENERGIZED.

IT MEANS A LOT.

NOT JUST THE FOOD THAT

THEY GIVE OUT, BUT THE

WORSHIP AND HOW THEY BRING

GOD INTO OUR LIVES.

THE LORD WAS DOING

SOMETHING IN HIM, BREAKING

HIM.

I THOUGHT HE WOULD NEVER

BE THE WAY HE IS NOW,

OPENLY PRAISING GOD.

Reporter: JOSE

STRAIGHTENED HIS LIFE OUT

AND FOUND FULL-TIME WORK

AS A TRUCK DRIVER.

HE GIVES THE CREDIT FOR

THAT TO GOD, THE SUPPORT

HE FOUND AT "HEART OF

COMPASSION," AND THE

PRAYERS OF HIS FAMILY.

HIS BOSSES ARE ALWAYS

TELLING HIM, GIVE ME

ANOTHER DRIVER JUST LIKE

YOU, ONE THAT KNOWS GOD,

JUST LIKE YOU.

Reporter: NOW JOSE

SHARES HIS STORY WITH

ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN,

AND IS GRATEFUL FOR THE

HELP HIS FAMILY RECEIVED

IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.

THERE IS A LOT OF

HUNGER OUT THERE.

AND THANK GOD THAT

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN THERE.

Andrew: I WANT TO

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

PARTNER, YOU HAVE HELPED

MAKE SUCH A TREMENDOUS

DIFFERENCE.

HERE IS THIS GENTLEMAN WHO

SHOWS UP, IN ORDER TO GET

FOOD, BECAUSE HE IS

HUNGRY.

HE WINDS UP OBTAINING THE

FOOD, GETS A JOB, AND

FINDS JESUS CHRIST AS A

RESULT BECAUSE OF WHAT

YOU'VE DONE.

BECAUSE IF YOU'RE A "700

CLUB" PARTNER, YOU

CONTRIBUTED TO THAT

AGENCY, AND YOU MADE

SALVATION AND HUMANITARIAN

WORK POSSIBLE.

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PRAYER REQUESTS.

THE FIRST IS FROM SAMWELL:

"I HAVE BEEN FALSELY

ACCUSED, ARRESTED, AND PUT

IN PRISON.

I WAS THERE FOR NINE

MONTHS, AND I LOST MY JOB,

AND I LOST MY FAMILY.

NOBODY BELIEVED I WAS

INNOCENT.

THANKS BE TO GOD BECAUSE

HE IS EVER FAITHFUL AND I

AM NOW A FREE MAN.

PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL

HELP ME FIND A JOB AND

RESTORE MY FAMILY."

LOIS WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR MY SON CHARLES.

HE IS IN PRISON IN OHIO.

PRAY FOR GOD TO KEEP HIM

SAFE AND FOCUSED ON THE

FUTURE AND NOT ON THE

PAST.

MY SON HAS RESTORED HIS

FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, AND

I PRAY HE HOLDS ON TO

THAT."

FINALLY GRACE WRITES, "MY

TWO DAUGHTERS AND I HAVE

BEEN WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

AND SLANDERED IN THE

PUBLIC EYE.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US TO FIND

PEACE AND FORGIVENESS."

IF YOU HAVE A NEED IN YOUR

LIFE, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO

PRAY WITH ME NOW.

IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE HERE

THE "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

TO SHARE THE BURDENS YOU

HAVE IN YOUR LIFE.

WHATEVER YOUR GOING

THROUGH, WHATEVER YOUR

NEED IS, WHATEVER FEARS

YOU HAVE, WE WOULD LOVE TO

PRAY WITH YOU FOR THAT.

THERE IS A GREAT COMMUNITY

RIGHT NOW THAT IS JOINING

IN PRAYER FOR YOUR NEEDS.

SO LET'S PRAY.

FATHER GOD, WE HEAR THE

HEART CRIES OF ES THESE THESE

PEOPLE.

FOR SAMWELL AND LOIS AND

GRACE, LORD, WE ARE ASKING

THAT YOU REVEAL YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT IN THESE LIVES, IN

THE NAME OF JESUS.

FATHER, THERE ARE SO MANY

HURTING AND DEALING WITH

ANXIETY AND DEALING WITH

FEAR.

LORD, WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP

I NEED TO TAKE?

WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE IN

THIS CIRCUMSTANCE, LORD?

SO MANY ARE DEALING WITH

BEING INCARCERATED,

WATCHING THIS PROGRAM

RIGHT NOW IN A PRISON, IN

A JAIL, LORD, FEELING

HOPELESS.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD

FOR ME?

DO I HAVE A FUTURE?

CAN YOU DO SOMETHING WITH

MY LIFE, WHICH I SEEM TO

HAVE RUINED.

THE GOOD NEWS IS, LORD,

YOU ARE NEVER DONE WITH

US.

YOUR STORY IS A REDEMPTIVE

STORY, HOW YOU REDEEM

MANKIND AND YOU DO IT

PERSONALLY IN OUR LIVES.

YOUR NOT THROUGH WITH US,

FATHER.

LEAD US ALONG THE PATH YOU

DESIRE US TO WALK.

FATHER GOD, FOR THOSE

DEALING WITH FEAR AND

ANXIETY, LORD, WE BIND

THOSE SPIRITS IN THE NAME

OF JESUS.

FATHER, FOR THOSE LOOKING

FOR FINANCIAL

BREAKTHROUGHS -- THEY

DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'RE

GOING TO PAY THEIR NEXT

BILL, LORD -- THERE IS

CONCERN AND FEAR, HOW AM I

GOING TO MANAGE?

LORD GOD, REVEAL YOURSELF.

WE PRAY FOR THOSE

FINANCIAL BLESSINGS FOR

YOUR CHILDREN WHO ARE

SEEKING YOUR FACE AND YOUR

FAVOR.

FATHER GOD, FOR OUR FAMILY

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHO

ARE LOST IN DARKNESS, WHO

DON'T KNOW YOU, LORD, WE

PRAY RIGHT NOW AND WE SAY

THEIR NAME, AND WE ASK

YOU, LORD GOD, TO REVEAL

YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE,

SOUL-SAVING LOVE, THE

RESCUE MISSION THAT YOU

ARE ON THAT NEVER ENDS.

AND WE ASK ALL OF THESE

THINGS IN THE NAME OF

JESUS.

AMEN.

AMEN.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH HEBREWS

13: 3: "REMEMBER THOSE IN

PRISON AS IF YOU WERE

THERE YOURSELF.

REMEMBER, ALSO, THOSE

BEING MISTREATED, AS IF

YOU FELT THEIR PAIN IN

YOUR OWN BODIES."

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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