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700 Club Interactive - September 8, 2016

A Los Angeles police officer serves the homeless and addicted on Skid Row and helps them reclaim their lives. Read Transcript


Gordon: THEY CALL HIM

SKID ROW ANGEL COP.

YOU WANT SOME WATER?

Gordon: HE IS NOT

JUST A POLICE OFFICER.

THEY BECAME LIKE MY

FAMILY, WHERE MANY OF

THEM -- SOME OF THEM CALL

ME DION.

Gordon: HE IS SOMEONE

WHO CARES.

I'M WORKING ON A

PROGRAM.

Gordon: L.A.P.D.

OFFICER DION JOHNSON JOINS

US LIVE ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THE NEXT TIME YOU

ENCOUNTER A POLICE

OFFICER, REMEMBER THIS: HE

OR SHE IS MORE THAN JUST A

UNIFORM.

THE PERSON BEHIND THE

BADGE IS SOMEONE'S MOTHER,

FATHER, BROTHER, SISTER,

SON OR DAUGHTER, AND WITH

ALL OF THE BAD PRESS THE

POLICE HAVE GOTTEN LATELY,

TODAY WE WANT TO PUT A

HUMAN FACE ON THE MEN AND

WOMEN IN BLUE.

SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON

POLICE IN AMERICA'S SECOND

LARGEST CITY.

LAST WEEK THE L.A. DREAM

CENTER TEAMED UP WITH THE

L.A.P.D. TO PROVIDE

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN

THE PROJECTS OF

LOS ANGELES.

WE'RE OUT HERE IN

PUEBLO, WHICH IS IN SOUTH

L.A., ONE OF THE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENTS HERE.

WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT THE

LOS ANGELES POLICE

DEPARTMENT.

ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE

ABOUT OUR POLICE

DEPARTMENT IS THAT THEY'RE

ALL ABOUT JUST BREAKING

DOWN STEREOTYPES.

I LOVE WHAT THE L.A.P.D.

ARE DOING, AND WE GET TO

BE A PART OF IT.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO

SO MANY MORE EVENTS LIKE

THIS IN THE FUTURE.

TODAY WE HAVE THE

LOS ANGELES POLICE

DEPARTMENT AND

PARTNERSHIP, AND THEY'RE

ESTABLISHING BETTER

RELATIONSHIPS, TRYING TO

CHANGE THE PUEBLO DEL RIO

COMMUNITY.

THE KIDS WHO LIVE HERE, WE

WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO

DREAM AND LIVE OUT THOSE

DREAMS.

BASICALLY WE WANT TO

MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT.

WE WANT TO DEVELOP

RELATIONSHIPS, DECREASE

CRIME, SHOW THE CITIZENS

OF LOS ANGELES THAT WE'RE

HERE FOR THEM.

OUR PURPOSE IS TO SERVE

THEM, TO MAKE OUR

COMMUNITY SAFE, AND HELP

IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

Gordon: PROUD TO

PARTNER WITH THE L.A.P.D.,

AND THANKS FOR YOUR

SERVICE -- THAT'S A

WONDERFUL MESSAGE.

MAYBE YOUR CHURCH COULD DO

SOMETHING.

MAYBE IT IS NOT AS BIG AS

WHAT YOU JUST SAW IN THAT

VIDEO, BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO

AND HOW CAN YOU REACH OUT

TO YOUR OWN COMMUNITY?

WELL, WHEN HE JOINED THE

LOS ANGELES POLICE

OFFICER, DION JOSEPH GOT

ASSIGNED TO THE BEAT NO

ONE WANTED, TO PATROL THE

HOMELESS CAPITAL OF

AMERICA, L.A.'S SKID ROW.

Reporter: LIKE MANY

CITIES, LOS ANGELES HAS A

LONG HISTORY OF TENSION

BETWEEN MINORITIES AND

POLICE.

DION JOSEPH SAYS THE ROAD

TO RECONCILIATION STARTS

WITH PRAYER.

THE WAY I POLICE THESE

PEOPLE, THE WAY I TREAT

THEM, IT PLEASES MY FATHER

IN HEAVEN.

I DON'T CARE IF YOUR

BLACK, WHITE, MUSLIM, JEW,

GAY OR STRAIGHT, I'M GOING

TO WORK HARD FOR YOU.

Reporter: UNDER HIS

LEADERSHIP, CRIME ON SKID

ROW HAS DROPPED 18%.

TODAY HER SHARES HOW THE

LORD LEADS HIM TO CHANGE

SKID ROW BY SHARING FAITH,

BRINGING JUSTICE, AND

BUILDING GENUINE

RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE

IN NEED.

Gordon: IT IS OUR

HONOR TO HAVE ON THE SHOW

SENIOR LEAD L.A.P.D.

OFFICER DION JOSEPH.

I APPRECIATE YOU HAVING

ME.

Gordon: YOU DIDN'T

WANT SKID ROW?

NO, SIR, I DIDN'T.

Gordon: WHAT CHANGED

YOUR HEART?

HOW DID YOU TURN TO LOVE

IT?

BEING THERE FOR A FEW

MONTHS, WORKING THE

STREETS OF SKID ROW, KIND

OF AGAINST MY WILL, AFTER

A WHILE, I HAD PEOPLE

COMING UP TO ME GOING,

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT

YOU, SOMETHING IN YOUR

EYES, YOU'RE REALLY GOING

TO TRY TO HELP ME TODAY.

THEY WERE RIGHT.

I COULDN'T TURN THEM AWAY.

I WOULD BE AT THE END OF

WATCH, AND I WOULD STOP

AND HELP THEM.

MY MOTHER AND FATHER WERE

ENGAGED IN OUTREACH THEIR

ENTIRE 47-YEAR MARRIAGE BY

HELPING TO RAISE 41 FOSTER

CHILDREN, IN ADDITION TO

ME, MY SISTERS, AND

NEPHEWS AND NIECES.

THEY DID IT WITH AN

UNCONDITIONAL FORM OF

LOVE.

AND THOSE KIDS REALLY

BENEFITED FROM IT.

AND MY DAD, HE HAD A

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, AND

HE MADE SOMETHING OF

HIMSELF, BUT HE DIDN'T

FORGET WHERE HE CAME FROM.

AND HE WOULD HIRE

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD

CRIMINAL RECORDS, OR WHO

MADE MISTAKES, OR WHO

COULDN'T GET JOBS BECAUSE

OF RACISM, AND HE NEVER

CALLED THEM EMPLOYEES.

HE WOULD CALL THEM HIS

FRIENDS.

AND MY MOTHER WOULD FEED

THE HOMELESS FOR 10 YEARS,

UP UNTIL SHE PASSED AWAY.

SHE MISSED BIRTHDAY

PARTIES, AND SHE WAS LATE

TO MY WEDDING BECAUSE SHE

HAD TO FEED THE HOMELESS.

AND SO I REALIZED AFTER A

WHILE I WAS HOME.

I WAS HOME.

Gordon: IT IS UNUSUAL

TO HEAR SOMEBODY SAY SKID

ROW BECAME MY HOME.

YUP.

Gordon: BECAUSE IT IS

A PLACE FOR THE HOMELESS.

YUP.

Gordon: YOU PEN PIONEERED

SOMETHING NEW.

I AM TRYING TO IMAGINE

MYSELF, WHAT WOULD I DO IN

FACING THOSE SITUATIONS.

I'M AFRAID I WOULD GIVE

INTO HOPELESSNESS.

WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY DO

HERE?

BUT YOU DIDN'T.

NO.

Gordon: HOW DID YOU

CHANGE THINGS?

I BELIEVE IN SOMETHING

I CALL GRASSROOTS

POLICING.

THE PROGRAMS THAT MY

DEPARTMENT ARE GREAT AND

WONDERFUL, BUT WHEN I

PASSED OUT INFORMATION

INTO THE COMMUNITY WITH A

BADGE ON, A LOT OF TIMES

THEY WOULD LOOK AT IT AND

GO, AHH.

BUT THEY LOVED ME.

SO WHEN I STARTED PASSING

OUT THE SAME INFORMATION

FROM OFFICER DION JOSEPH,

AND PUTTING MY PERSONAL

THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW I FEEL

ABOUT SERVING THEM AND HOW

MUCH I CARE ABOUT THEM,

THEY STARTED TO TAKE THOSE

THINGS INTO CONSIDERATION

AND IT STARTED TO CHANGE

THE RELATIONAL DYNAMIC

WITH THE COMMUNITY.

IT WENT FROM BEING, OH,

THERE IS THAT COP WHO IS

GOING TO ARREST US, TO OH,

THAT'S FAMILY RIGHT THERE.

COMING FROM A GRASSROOTS

PERSPECTIVE.

Gordon: THAT'S

UNUSUAL TO HEAR, THAT

YOU'RE DEALING WITH PEOPLE

AT SKID ROW.

AND IT'S AMAZING, YOU'VE

REDUCED THE CRIME RATE.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUCCESS

STORIES, PEOPLE THAT FOUND

HOMES AND GOT THEIR LIVES

BACK?

I HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF

STORIES, BUT WE'D BE HERE

ALL DAY.

Gordon: YOU'VE GOT A

BOOK.

I'LL PLUG THE BOOK.

IT IS "DIARY OF A SKID ROW

COP," SO IF YOU WANT TO

HAVE ALL OF THOSE STORIES,

YOU CAN HAVE THEM.

I WAS ABLE TO HOUSE 150

HOMELESS PEOPLE IN 10

YEARS, AND NOW THAT'S

NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT

WE'RE DEALING WITH, BUT

THAT IS 150 WHO ACTUALLY

WANTED TO CHANGE, WHEN WE,

AT THE TIME, CREATED AN

ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY

COULD ACTUALLY THINK

TOWARDS CHANGE.

BACK THEN THE ENVIRONMENT

WAS SO BAD, THE TEMPTATION

TO FAIL WAS TOO GREAT.

THOSE 150 PEOPLE ARE

PEOPLE WHO DESIRE CHANGE,

AND I WAS GLAD TO BE THE

MECHANISM TO HELP GET THEM

TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Gordon: HOW IMPORTANT

IS IT TO GET PEOPLE TO

BELIEVE THEY CAN CHANGE?

A LOT OF THE FOSTER

KIDS WE BROUGHT IN WHEN I

WAS A CHILD, THEY DIDN'T

BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY

HOPE.

THEY BELIEVED THEY WERE

WORTHLESS.

THEY WERE ABUSED.

I RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN I'M

TALKING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE

ON SKID ROW.

THEY'RE SCARRED SO DEEP.

YEAH, YOU CAN COME ONCE A

MONTH AND THROW FOOD AND

CLOTHES AT ME, AND THAT'S

NICE, AND THEN I'LL

CONTINUE TO DESTROY

MYSELF.

BUT FOR SOMEBODY TO COME,

IN MY POSITION, TO WALK

WITH YOU EVERY DAY, AND TO

SHAKE YOUR HAND AND HUG

YOU, EVEN IF YOU'RE

COVERED IN SCABBIES, I'LL

HUG YOU.

IT IS BEING HUMAN.

PUTTING DOWN YOUR UNIFORM

SO YOU CAN BE HUMAN, AND

YOUR PEOPLE CAN THEN SEE

YOUR UNIFORM AS A BEACON

OF HOPE.

Gordon: ARE YOU

SEEING AN INCREASE OF

HOSTILITY ON THE STREET

TODAY?

WELL, ABSOLUTELY.

IN MANY PARTS OF L.A.

THANKFULLY IN SKID ROW, I

BUILT SUCH A RELATIONSHIP

THAT NOTHING ANYBODY CAN

SAY CAN REALLY TEAR IT

DOWN.

I'M FAMILY.

BUT WE HAVE SOME NEW FACES

COMING TO SKID ROW, DUE TO

RECESSION AND OTHER

ISSUES, AND THEY DON'T

KNOW ME.

I WAS JUST DRIVING MY CAR

THE OTHER DAY, AND

SOMEBODY SAID, HOW MANY

BODIES WHICH YOU GOT,

OFFICER?

AND THAT MEANS HOW MANY

PEOPLE HAVE YOU KILLED.

AND I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY

BODIES IN OVER 20 YEARS.

SO WE WANT TO BE PROACTIVE

AND HAVING THE

NON-ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS

WITH PEOPLE TO REALLY TURN

THE TIDE.

WE'RE UP AGAINST A LOT.

BUT IF YOU KEEP LOVING AND

KEEP FIGHTING, YOU CAN

TURN THE TIDE.

Gordon: HOW CAN

CHURCHES HELP THE LOCAL

POLICE?

PARTICULARLY THE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCH --

SIT DOWN AND TALK TO US.

COME SIT DOWN AND TALK TO

US.

I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE, COME

FOR A SKID ROW TOUR WITH

ME.

GIVE ME ABOUT THREE HOURS

OF YOUR TIME, AND I'LL

CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM MY

MOUTH, NOT FROM SOMETHING

YOU SAW ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

NOT FROM SOMETHING YOU

HEARD FROM SOME EXTREME

GROUP.

YOU'LL HEAR FROM MY MOUTH

HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE

COMMUNITY, AND YOU'LL SEE

THE RELATIONSHIP I HAVE

WITH THE COMMUNITY.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE A TERM

CALLED "BREAKING THE

TUNNEL VISION" IN POLICE

WORK.

I BELIEVE THERE IS THIS

GREAT KAZEM WHERE BOTH

SIDES HAVE TUNNEL VISION.

MY GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU

UNCOMFORTABLE IN YOUR

WORLD AND COME OUT AND

MEET ME AND KNOW THAT I

LOVE YOU.

I WANT TO SERVE YOU.

I WANT TO SERVE YOU.

AND THE CHURCHES WOULD BE

EXTREMELY POWERFUL IF THEY

WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE THAT,

JUST EVERYBODY THINKING

OUTSIDE THE BOX, PUTTING

DOWN YOUR WALLS, AND LET'S

BUILD BRIDGES.

BECAUSE THE CHURCH USED TO

BE VERY, VERY INFLUENTIAL

YEARS AGO.

I KNOW THAT INFLUENCE HAS

BEEN DIMINISHED, AND IT

DOESN'T MATTER IF THEIR

CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM,

WHATEVER, BUT THEY USED TO

BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.

AND THAT'S WHERE I THINK

THE CHURCH COULD BENEFIT,

NOT JUST THE POLICE, BUT

ALL COMMUNITIES.

Gordon: IT SOUNDS

LIKE THE CHURCH IS TAKING

A BACK SEAT TO IT, INSTEAD

OF BEING THE FOREFRONT OF

SOCIAL CHANGE AND JUSTICE

AND HELPING PEOPLE.

RIGHT.

Gordon: I THINK WE'VE

ALL SUFFERED WITH, THIS

PROBLEM IS TOO GREAT AND I

DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS OR I

DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY OR

WHATEVER.

AND IF YOU EVER GET TO

THAT POINT IN YOUR LIFE,

COME TALK TO ME.

BECAUSE THERE WAS NO

CHALLENGE GREATER THAN

SKID ROW, AND I'M STILL

HERE.

IT HAS BEEN 19 YEARS.

AND RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT

GOOD.

OUR HANDS ARE TIED BECAUSE

OF A LOT OF CHANGE IN-LAWS

AND CHANGE IN VIEWPOINTS,

AND AS A RESULT, CRIME IS

BEGINNING TO SKYROCKET

AGAIN.

BUT I STILL HAVEN'T LEFT.

THE ONE VICTORY THEY CAN'T

TAKE AWAY FROM ME IS THE

RELATIONSHIP I'VE BUILT

WITH THE PEOPLE, AND I

BELIEVE THAT IS IMPORTANT

IN THE WHOLE SCHEME OF

THINGS.

Gordon: WHAT WOULD

YOU SAY TO FOLKS WHO SAY

WHAT WE NEED IS INCREASED

LAW AND ORDER?

YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE

NEEDS TO BE A BALANCE.

THERE ARE TWO SIDES THAT

CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS IF

THEY HAVE TOO MUCH POWER.

I'M A CRIME CONTROL

ADVOCATE, I BELIEVE IN LAW

AND ORDER, BUT IF YOU GIVE

CRIME CONTROL ADVOCATES

TOO MUCH POWER, PEOPLE

OFTEN TEND TO BE LEFT IN

THE COLD.

THAT CAN HAPPEN.

THAT'S REAL.

AND THEN YOU HAVE DUE

PROCESS ADVOCATES.

SOME OF THEIR HEARTS ARE

IN THE RIGHT PLACE, BUT IF

YOU GIVE THEM TOO MUCH

POWER, THEN YOU TAKE AWAY

THE ABILITY FOR POLICE TO

ADEQUATELY KEEP PEOPLE

SAFE.

SO THERE HAS TO BE

BALANCE.

THERE HAS TO BE BALANCE

BETWEEN THE TWO.

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT

POLITICAL PREFERENCES, BUT

THERE ARE TWO IDEOLOGIES

THAT CREATED SKID ROW.

THERE ARE THE EXTREME

RIGHT, NOT IN MY BACKYARD.

TAKE THE HOMELESS OUT OF

MY AREA SO WE DON'T HAVE

TO DEAL WITH THEM.

AND THEN YOU HAVE THE

OTHER EXTREME WHICH SAYS,

BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE

POOR, BECAUSE THEY'RE

HOMELESS, BECAUSE THEY'RE

FRANCHISED, HANDS OFF AND

LET THEM DO WHAT THEY WANT

TO DO IN THE NAME OF

HUMANISM.

ONE SIDE CREATES ASYLUM

WITHOUT WALLS, AND THE

OTHER SIDE, WHEN YOU TAKE

THE HANDS-OFF APPROACH, IT

PUTS THEM IN DANGER.

AND THE TWO EXTREMES SEEM

TO BE RUNNING THE RUSE.

THAT HAS TO DIE AND WE ALL

HAVE TO COME TO THE

MIDDLE.

YES, THERE NEEDS TO BE

ENFORCEMENT, AND YOU

CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT TO

CHANGE, AND WE ALSO NEED

THE PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO

HELP PEOPLE TO CHANGE.

SO LET US CREATE THE

ENVIRONMENT AS LAW

ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, SO

THOSE PEOPLE CAN HAVE MORE

INFLUENCE IN CHANGING

PEOPLE'S LIVES.

Gordon: AMEN.

AND AMEN.

I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, IF

YOU WANT TO SEE DOWN AND

OUTERS, GO TO SKID ROW.

BUT REALIZE THIS: YOU CAN

NEVER BE TOO DEAD FOR A

RESURRECTION.

SO IF YOU WANT TO HEAR

MORE SKID ROW STORIES, YOU

CAN GET A COPY OF HIS

BOOK, "DIARY OF A SKID ROW

COP."

AND YOU CAN GO TO HIS

WEBSITE, DionJoseph.org

AND YOU CAN GET A COPY OF

IT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

I APPRECIATE IT.

Gordon: CBN IS

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AMERICA" CAMPAIGN.

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AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO

DO THAT, AND YOU'RE NOT

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THE NUMBER IS ON THE

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AND TELL US HOW WE CAN

PRAY FOR YOU AND PLACER

DOMAND PLEDGETHAT YOU, IN TURN, WILL

PRAY FOR AMERICA.

YOU CAN LOG ON TO

prayforAmerica.com.

AND WE'VE GOT ALL 50

STATES COVERED IN PRAYER.

WE WANT TO HAVE EVERY

SINGLE STATE FILLED WITH

THOSE RED DOTS.

THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

ALREADY SIGNED UP AND

SAID, YES, WE WANT TO PRAY

FOR AMERICA, THROUGHOUT

THE 40 DAYS.

AND ON OUR Facebook

PAGE, EVERY SINGLE HOUR,

WE'RE GOING TO BE POSTING

PRAYERS FOR AMERICA.

NOT JUST FROM HERE IN

AMERICA, BUT FROM AROUND

THE WORLD.

SO YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY

PEOPLE HAVE PLEDGED TO

PRAY.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

IT.

AND WHEN YOU JOIN WITH US,

AND SAY, YES, I WANT TO

PRAY, WE'RE GOING TO SEND

YOU A BUMP STICKER WITH AN

AMERICAN FLAG, WITH THE

WORDS "LET'S PRAY."

AND YOU CAN SHARE IT ON

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ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS USE

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> UP NEXT, TWO STRANGERS

BECOME FAST FRIENDS JUST

IN THE KNICK OF TIME.

I SAID, GOD IS PRETTY

AWESOME, BUT IS THIS

REALLY FOR REAL?

Gordon: HEAR HOW

Gordon: DON HERBERT

AND TIM JONES WERE A

PERFECT MATCH.

THEY JUST DIDN'T KNOW IT

AT THE TIME.

THANKS TO A CHANCE

MEETING, A CALL FROM

Facebook, AND A STEP OF

FAITH, THEY WOUND UP

SAVING EACH OTHER'S LIVES.

Reporter: WHEN DON

AND BRENDA HERBERT STOPPED

AT A CHURCH YARD SALE ONE

SATURDAY IN OCTOBER 2014,

THEY DIDN'T KNOW IT WOULD

TAKE THEM ON A JOURNEY

THAT WOULD SAVE TWO LIVES.

IT STARTED WHEN DON HEARD

MUSIC COMING FROM INSIDE

THE CHURCH.

ME BEING A GOSPEL

SINGER, THAT WAS JUST LIKE

SAYING, COME ON IN.

COME ON.

Reporter: THERE HE

MET PASTOR TIM JONES WHO

SHARED DON'S LOVE FOR

GOSPEL MUSIC.

DON TOLD HIM ABOUT HIS

SINGING QUARTET.

HE GOT READY TO WALK

OFF, AND I SAID WE'RE

HAVING A REVIVAL, AND

WOULD YOU POSSIBLY COME

AND SING.

I WENT OUT YARD SALEING

WITH MY WIFE, AND I DIDN'T

EXPECT ANYTHING.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WAS SOMETHING DON DIDN'T

SHARE WITH HIS NEW FRIEND.

SIX MONTHS EARLIER, HE HAD

A LIVER TRANSPLANT.

THE TRANSPLANT WAS

SUCCESSFUL, BUT HIS

KIDNEYS STARTED FAILING,

AND HE NEEDED ANOTHER

TRANSPLANT.

DON DIDN'T SEEM TOO

WORRIED.

I HAD A STRONG FAITH

THAT GOD WAS GOING TO TAKE

CARE OF ME, NO MATTER WHAT

HAPPENED.

Reporter: BUT LINDA'S

FAITH, HOWEVER, WAS

QUICKLY ERODING, AND HAD

BEEN FOR YEARS.

I WAS MORE DEPRESSED

AND MORE DISCOURAGED THAN

DON EVER FELT.

HE HAD THAT FAITH.

Reporter: TWO WEEKS

LATER, SHE REALIZED SHE

COULD NO LONGER BEAR THE

WEIGHT ON HER OWN.

I SAID, LORD, YOU TOLD

ME YOU WOULDN'T GIVE ME

ANYMORE THAN I CAN HANDLE.

AND HE SAID, WELL, THAT'S

NOT REALLY WHAT I SAID.

BECAUSE IF YOU COULD

ALWAYS HANDLE THE THINGS,

WHY WOULD YOU EVER NEED

ME?

SO YOU NEED TO JUST

RELEASE IT, GIVE ME YOUR

BURDENS, AND I'LL CARRY

THEM.

AND I DID.

Reporter: THE NEXT

DAY DON WENT FOR A CHECKUP

AT DUKE MEDICAL CENTER.

THERE DOCTORS DISCOVERED

BLOCKAGES IN DON'S HEART

AND HE NEEDED SURGERY.

BUT HIS WEAKENED KIDNEYS

WOULDN'T SURVIVE THE

PROCEDURE, AND DON WOULD

HAVE TO GO ON DIALYSIS

UNTIL HE FOUND A DONOR,

WHICH COULD TAKE FIVE TO

SEVEN YEARS.

I SAID, WOW, I CAN'T

BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS

BROUGHT ME THROUGH THIS

MAJOR TRANSPLANT, AND HERE

I AM FACING SOMETHING LIKE

THIS.

Reporter: LATER

BELINDA SENT OUT A

DESPERATE PLEA ON

Facebook.

THE LORD SPOKE TO ME

AND HE SAID, PUT IT ON

Facebook.

PUT IT OUT THERE.

PUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

ASK SOMEBODY.

IF YOU DON'T ASK, YOU

DON'T RECEIVE.

IT IS SO HARD TO ASK

SOMETHING SO TREMENDOUS

AND SO HUMBLING.

BUT I WANT THE MAN THAT I

LOVE TO LIVE A LONG LIFE.

I WANT TO GROW OLD WITH

HIM BY MY SIDE.

DON HAS OVER 500 FRIENDS

ON Facebook.

AND I THOUGHT SURELY

SOMEBODY WILL SEE THIS.

SOMEBODY.

Reporter: THAT PERSON

WAS PASTOR TIM.

BY THEN HE AND DON HAD

BECOME FRIENDS ON

Facebook.

THE THING THAT REALLY

TUGGED AT MY HEART WAS ON

DOWN IN THE POSTAL, SHE POST, SHE

SAID, I LOVE HIM, HE IS MY

BEST FRIEND, AND I CAN'T

IMAGINE GOING THROUGH MY

LIFE WITHOUT MY BEST

FRIEND BY MY SIDE.

AND I GOT TEARS IN MY

EYES, AND I THOUGHT, WOW,

WHAT A THING TO PUT ON

Facebook.

TIM CALLED BELINDA

RIGHT AWAY.

I SAID, I BELIEVE THAT

GOD IS SHOWING ME

SOMETHING, AND I WOULD

LIKE TO HELP YOU IN SOME

WAY, AND EVEN UP TO --

EVEN UP TO POSSIBLY BEING

A KIDNEY DONOR.

HE WAS THE FIRST ONE

THAT EVEN ANSWERED THE

POST, AND HE WOULD BE THE

ONE.

BECAUSE IF GOD TOLD HIM,

HOW COULD IT NOT BE SO?

Reporter: THE TWO

FAMILIES TALKED ABOUT IT,

AND THEN AFTER MUCH

PRAYER, TIM DECIDED TO

DONATE HIS KIDNEY TO HIS

NEW FRIEND.

GOD SAYS, HEY, THERE IS

A PLAN.

I'VE GOT A PLAN FOR YOU.

YOU SAY YOU HAVE FAITH IN

ME, THEN STEP OUT ON YOUR

FAITH AND LET ME DO THE

REST.

I NEVER DOUBTED IT.

I SAID, WOW, THIS

GENTLEMAN IS THINKING

ABOUT GIVING ME A KIDNEY,

AND I JUST MET HIM A

COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

I SAID, WOW, GOD IS PRETTY

AWESOME, BUT IS THIS

REALLY FOR REAL?

YOU KNOW.

Reporter: STILL,

THERE WAS ONLY A ONE IN

20,000 CHANCE OF TIM BEING

A MATCH.

AFTER WEEKS OF EXHAUSTIVE

TESTING, THE RESULTS CAME

BACK.

MR. JONES, I'VE GOT

GREAT NEWS FOR YOU.

YOU ARE A DIRECT MATCH FOR

DON HERBERT.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW!

I REMEMBER CALLING THEM

AND THEY WERE OFF THE

CHARTS HAPPY, AND SHE WAS

CRYING.

AND THAT POINT IT WAS JUST

A MATTER OF HOW ARE WE WHEN ARE WE

GOING TO PERFORM THE

SURGERY.

Reporter: AND THEN A

WEEK LATER ON MARCH 9,

2015, THE TWO MEN WENT

INTO SURGERY.

THE TRANSPLANT WAS A

SUCCESS.

BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER LIFE

SAVED THAT DAY.

WHILE DOCTORS WERE

OPERATING ON TIM, THEY

DISCOVERED SOMETHING THAT

UNDETECTED WOULD HAVE BEEN

FATAL.

THEY SAID, WOW, WHAT AN

AMAZING STORY.

YOU HAD AN ANEURYSM, WHICH

DID NOT AFFECT THE KIDNEY

WHATSOEVER, BUT IF IT

WOULD HAVE STAYED IN MY

BODY, IT WOULD HAVE

RUPTURED AND KILLED ME.

Reporter: WITHIN A

COUPLE OF DAYS, NEWS OF

THE PERFECT MATCH WAS

WIDESPREAD.

TODAY DON AND TIM ARE

DOING GREAT.

THEY OFTEN MINISTER

TOGETHER, TO SHARE THEIR

STORY OF GOD'S GOODNESS,

AND, OF COURSE, THEIR LOVE

FOR GOSPEL MUSIC.

IF ANYBODY CAN DOUBT

THIS STORY, I SAID, THIS

GOES TO SHOW WHO GOD IS.

THIS IS WHY WE'RE SUPPOSED

TO OBEY GOD.

I'M THE ONE THAT

BENEFITED FROM THIS.

DON GOT THE KIDNEY, BUT I

GOT THE LORD.

I SIT BACK JUST IN AWE

OF HOW GOD CAN WORK, YOU

KNOW, WITH DOING SOMETHING

LIKE THIS.

HOW HE DIRECTED ME TO A

YARD SALE ON A SATURDAY,

TO MEET A PASTOR, WHO

WOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE

ME A KIDNEY, AND NOT ONLY

BE A BLOOD-TYPE MATCH, BUT

HE WAS A PERFECT MATCH.

Gordon: WHAT AN

AMAZING MIRACLE STORY.

IF YOU'RE GOING INTO LIFE

AND WONDERING, IS THIS TOO

MUCH FOR ME TO BEAR, KEEP

IN MIND THAT IF HE WASN'T

THERE FOR YOU, YOU

COULDN'T BEAR IT.

BUT BECAUSE HE IS THERE,

BECAUSE YOU NEED HIM, YOU

CAN CRY OUT TO HIM AND YOU

CAN GET THE ANSWER TO YOUR

PRAYER.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER FOR

ANYTHING, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE:

1-800-700-7000.

STILL AHEAD, "SUPERBOOK'S"

END OF SUMMER

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH,

COMPLETE WITH BARBECUE,

BACKPACKS, AND BEST OF

ALL, AN APPEARANCE FROM

GIZMO.

Gordon: SCHOOL IS

BEGINNING AGAIN FOR MANY

STUDENTS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, AND CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" AND "OPERATION

BLESSING" TEAMED UP TO

GIVE ONE NEIGHBORHOOD IN

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, A FRESH

START OF ITS OWN.

MARK MARTIN BRINGS US THAT

STORY.

Reporter: PARK PLACE,

NORFOLK, IT LOOKS LIKE A

COMMUNITY RIDDLED WITH

VIOLENCE, POVERTY, AND

GANG ACTIVITY.

BUT INSIDE THE DOORS OF

THIS CHURCH, HUNDREDS OF

CHILDREN ARE HEARING THE

GOSPEL FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE WORKER BEGAN MANY

YEARS AGO, WHEN GOD

UPROOTED JOE AND LATISHA

AND PLANTED THEM IN ONE OF

THE TOUGHEST NEIGHBORHOODS

IN NORFOLK.

WHEN WE GOT HERE, WE

WALKED INTO THIS WONDERFUL

MISSION FIELD.

EVERYWHERE WE TURNED, WE

SAW CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

AND SO WE SAW AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

THAT'S WHAT WE HAD BEEN

LOOKING FOR, AND THAT'S

WHAT WE HAD BEEN TRAINING

FOR.

WE'RE SEWING HAPPY TO BE

ABLE TO DO THAT.

Reporter: CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" AND "OPERATION

BLESSING" HAVE MINISTERED

TO PEOPLE AROUND THE

GLOBE, AND NOW THEY'RE

BRINGING IT BACK HOME.

AS THE TEAM HANDED OUT

SCHOOL SUPPLIES,

DISTRIBUTED FOOD, SHOWED

"SUPERBOOK'S" "A GIANT

ADVENTURE," AND SHARED THE

GOSPEL.

WE FLEW IN JUST FOR

THIS LOCAL EVENT BECAUSE

IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO

US TO NOT ONLY BE ACTIVE

AROUND THE COUNTRY, BUT

RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

IT IS OUR MISSION AT

"OPERATION BLESSING" TO

SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS IN

REAL PRACTICAL WAYS.

WE WANT TO SEE HIM

GLORIFIED, AND WE WANT TO

BE ABLE TO HAND OUT

BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL

SUPPLIES TO FAMILIES WHO

OTHERWISE WOULDN'T BE ABLE

TO AFFORD THEM.

Reporter: GIZMO

BROUGHT THE FUN AND TAUGHT

THE CHILDREN THAT JESUS

LOVES THEM.

SOME OF THESE KIDS,

THEY DON'T SEE A FUTURE

FOR THEMSELVES.

JUST LIKE DAVID IN THE

EPISODE THEY'RE GOING TO

WATCH, HE WAS PLUCKED OUT

OF OBSCURITY.

AND PEOPLE DIDN'T SEE THE

VALUE OF HIM, BUT GOD DID.

GOD SAW HIS HEART.

WE WANT KIDS TO REALIZE

GOD SEES THEM.

HE HAS GIVEN EACH OF THEM

A DREAM AND A DESIRE, AND

HE WANTS TO FULFILL IT FOR

THEM.

Reporter: IT IS A

MESSAGE THAT THE

McDANIELS BELIEVE WILL

DRAW A HURTING COMMUNITY

TO THE BODY OF CHRIST.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO

BRING THE COMMUNITY BACK

TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Reporter: MARK

MARTIN, CBN NEWS, NORFOLK,

VIRGINIA.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL RELIEF EFFORT.

THANK YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU WERE PART

OF THAT.

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT

GOES INTO THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL, GOES INTO

THE WORK OF "OPERATION

BLESSING," GOES INTO THE

WORK OF ALL WE DO AROUND

HERE.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS JOIN US.

1-800-700-7000.

AND SAY, YES, I WANT TO

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY.

IF YOU WANT TO GIVE

"SUPERBOOK," WE HAVE

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU

CALLED THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

WHERE FOR A GIFT OF $25 OR

MORE, WE'LL SEND YOU NOT

JUST ONE COPY, BUT THREE

COPIES OF IT, SO YOU CAN

SHARE IT WITH YOUR CHURCH,

WITH YOUR FAMILY, WITH

YOUR FRIENDS.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

TAKING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

WE'RE DOING IT IN THE

INNER CITY IN NORFOLK,

VIRGINIA, AND WE'RE ALSO

DOING IT AROUND THE WORLD.

WE'RE CLOSING IN ON 50

LANGUAGES.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF ALL

OF IT WHEN YOU JOIN THE

D.V.D. CLUB.

SO CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM 1 CORINTHIANS:

"A SPIRITUAL GIFT IS GIVEN

TO EACH OF US SO WE CAN

HELP EACH OTHER."

FOR ALL OF US HERE, GOD

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