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700 Club Interactive - October 5, 2016

A couple’s marriage is restored when they forgive the men who murdered their son. Read Transcript


Andrew: SEE YOU AT

THE POLLS.

TODAY, WHEN STUDENTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY PRAY

FOR THEIR SCHOOLS, SEE THE

PRAYER THAT WENT VIRAL.

ED GOD, WE LOVE YOU.

WE HONOR YOU.

[YELLING]

Andrew: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

AN AMAZING CLIP IS MAKING

THE ROUNDS ON Facebook.

IT IS OF A YOUNG MAN

LEADING PRAYER FOR A GROUP

OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

Terry: ANDREW, THIS

IS THE TYPE OF CLIP THAT

SHOULD GO VIRAL MORE

OFTEN.

IT HAS, IN ONE WEEK,

ALMOST 30 MILLION VIEWS.

TAKE A LOOK.

W WE PRAY FOR CHANGE

RIGHT NOW, FATHER.

WE PRAY FOR CHANGE IN

FAMILIES.

WE PRAY FOR CHANGE IN OUR

JOBS, IN OUR LIVES.

WE WANT YOU TO SHOW UP AND

SHOW UP RIGHT NOW.

GOD, WE LOVE YOU, WE HONOR

YOU, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU,

GOD.

GOD, WE ARE MAKING A

DIFFERENCE ONE STUDENT AT

A TIME.

THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE

BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU'VE

DONE, GOD.

LOOK AT WHAT YOU'VE DONE,

GOD.

I WANT TO PRAY FOR PRAISE.

GOD, I PRAY THAT YOU MAKE

A WAY RIGHT NOW, GOD.

ANYBODY IN THE HOSPITAL

RIGHT NOW, WITH A RELATIVE

IN THE HOSPITAL, I PRAY

FOR THEM RIGHT NOW, GOD.

BRING YOUR HOLY SPIRIT AS

A HEALER.

GOD, WE LOVE YOU.

WE HONOR YOU, AND WE

PRAISE YOUR NAME.

[YELLING]

Terry: YOU DON'T SEE

THAT ON THE EVENING NEWS

EVERY NIGHT.

Andrew: THAT WILL

GIVE YOU HOPE.

THAT'S THE ANSWER TO A LOT

OF PRAYERS, FOR A

DIFFERENT GENERATION

ASKING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

TO MOVE IN THE SCHOOLS.

THE STUDENTS WERE

ENCOURAGED AND

ENTHUSIASTIC AND WITH HIM

IN WHAT HE WAS DOING.

Terry: PRAYING ALONG

WITH HIM.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS SO

ENCOURAGING.

AND STUDENTS ALL AROUND

THE COUNTRY GATHERED LAST

WEDNESDAY TO PRAY FOR

THEIR SCHOOLS.

Andrew: "SEE YOU AT

THE POLLS" BEGAN IN 1990

WITH 10 STUDENTS PRAYING

AT THEIR SCHOOL.

26 YEARS LATER, MILLIONS

PRAY ON THEIR CAMPUSES ON

THE FOURTH WEDNESDAY IN

SEPTEMBER.

Terry: THE STUDENTS

MEET AT THE SCHOOL FLAG

POLE BEFORE THEY GO TO

SCHOOL.

THEY LIFT UP THEIR

FRIENDS, THEIR FAMILIES,

THEIR TEACHERS, THE SCHOOL

AND THE NATION TO GOD.

SO PRETTY WONDERFUL.

ONE MOM POSTED THIS

PICTURE OF HER SON AT

WIGWAM CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL

IN ARIZONA, SAYING EVEN

THOUGH HE WAS THE ONLY

ONE, THE LAST THING HE

FELT WAS ALONE.

HE TOLD ME, "JESUS IS ALL

I NEED, MOM."

Andrew: THAT'S SOME

REAL COURAGE.

Terry: KUDOS TO YOU.

Andrew: IT GIVES US

ALL SOME PERSPECTIVE.

> NOT EVERYONE WAS

ALLOWED TO PRAY.

AUSTIN EVERETT MADE THE

LOCAL NEWS WHEN HE AND HIS

FRIENDS WERE DENIED THE

RIGHT TO PRAY.

AND HE JOINS US NOW.

AUSTIN, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED LAST

WEDNESDAY BEFORE SCHOOL

STARTED.

YES, SIR.

I GOT TO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY,

ABOUT 7:00, AND OTHER

STUDENTS AND I, WE HAD

PLANNED TO PRAY AT THE

POLE AT 7:15.

AND I WHEN I CAME THROUGH

THE BUILDING, I WAS MET AT

THE DOOR BY AN R.O.T.C.

COLONEL, WHOM OF WHICH I

TOLD I WAS GOING TO PRAY

AT THE POLE.

AND HE TOLD ME TO HOLD ON.

HE GRABBED AN

ADMINISTRATOR, AND THE

ADMINISTRATOR TOLD US, IF

WE WANTED TO PRAY AT THE

POLE, THEN WE WOULD HAVE

TO GO DOWNTOWN TO HUMAN

RESOURCES, FORM A FORMAL

STUDENT ORGANIZATION, AND

HAVE THAT APPROVED THROUGH

THE SCHOOL BOARD.

AND THAT JUST KIND OF

STRUCK ME.

AND SO I WENT AND SAT BACK

DOWN.

I COMPLIED WITH WHAT HE

WAS SAYING.

AND IT WASN'T JUST ME HE

TURNED AWAY.

HE TURNED AWAY OTHER

MULTITUDES OF STUDENTS.

AND I SAT BACK DOWN.

AND IT TROUBLED ME.

SO I PUT OUT A POST ON

Facebook.

AND IT GOT A LOT OF

FEEDBACK.

BEFORE I KNEW IT, I WAS

BEING CONTACTED BY SEVERAL

PEOPLE TELLING ME THAT FOX

5 WANTED TO DO THE STORY.

SO WE DID THAT.

AND FOX 5 PUT THAT OUT.

AND NOW I'M HERE.

Terry: SO, AUSTIN, IS

THAT HOW THE LOCAL NEWS

HEARD ABOUT YOU, THROUGH

Facebook?

DID SOMEBODY CALL THEM?

WHAT INITIATED THAT?

YES, MA'AM.

MY MOTHER, ALONG WITH

OTHER PEOPLE, PUT IT OUT

ON A DISCUSSION PAGE,

WHICH IS LIKE A GROUP OF

OUR WHOLE COUNTY.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE

OUTRAGED BY IT, AND

SEVERAL PEOPLE CALLED FOX

5, AND THEY GOT IN TOUCH

WITH MY MOTHER, AND THAT'S

HOW THE BALL GOT ROLLING

ON THAT.

Terry: GO, MOM.

Andrew: WE HEARD THAT

DIDN'T LET THAT STOP YOU

FROM PRAYING.

YOU ORGANIZED SOMETHING

THE NEXT DAY.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

YES, SIR.

I WAS APPROACHED BY

SEVERAL OTHER STUDENTS WHO

SAID, I WANT TO TRY TO DO

THIS AGAIN.

AND I WAS ALL FOR IT, AND

SO I PUT OUT PRETTY MUCH

AN ALL-CALL ON Facebook

TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENTS, AS WELL AS

OTHERS, AND THEY SHARED

THE POST, TOO.

AND WE GOT UP ABOUT 30 OR

40 STUDENTS, AND WE MET AT

THE FLAG POLES THE NEXT

DAY AND WE PRAYED.

GRANTED, THE

ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T KNOW

ABOUT IT.

I DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE

BUILDING THIS TIME.

I WENT AROUND.

SO WOULD IT HAVE HAPPENED

AGAIN WHERE WE WERE

STOPPED AND TURNED AWAY --

IT'S VERY POSSIBLE.

WE DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE

BUILDING.

WE DID IT ON OUR OWN.

Terry: AUSTIN, IT

SEEMS TO ME LIKE A LOT OF

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE

TO THE POLE AND WHO ARE

PRAYING ARE PRAYING FOR

THE ADMINISTRATION, FOR

THE SCHOOL.

IT'S ODD TO ME THAT THAT

WOULDN'T BE AN

ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE,

WHO ARE TEACHING.

WHAT DID YOU AND YOUR

FRIENDS PRAY ABOUT ON DAY

TWO?

WE PRAYED FOR OUR

COUNTY, O OUR SCHOOL

DISTRICT, OR SCHOOL AS A

WHOLE AND EVERY STUDENT,

WE PRAYED FOR OUR

ADMINISTRATION AND FOR OUR

POLICE OFFICERS.

WE'RE VERY BIG SUPPORTERS

OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS.

WE PRAYED FOR ALL OF OUR

OFFICIALS AND FOR OUR

GRADES.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: I HEARD A BIG

AMEN ON THAT VIDEO WE

SHOWED WHEN IT CAME TO THE

GRADES.

Andrew: AUSTIN, WE'RE

VERY PROUD OF YOU FOR

TAKING A STAND.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: YOU'RE GOING

TO LOVE THIS NEXT STORY.

A SPECIAL PLAY DURING A

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL

GAME IN NORTH CAROLINA

MADE HEADLINES.

BEFORE WE SHOW YOU, HERE

IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

LOU STAMI WAS BORN WITH

QUADRIPLEGIC CEREBRAL

PALSY.

AND WHEN HIS FATHER PASSED

AWAY, THEY WANTED TO GIVE

HIM A MEMORY TO HONOR HIS

DAD.

Terry: LOU'S DAD

LOVED FOOTBALL -- I CAN

UNDERSTAND THAT COMING

FROM GREENBAY, AND LOU

INHERITED THAT SAME

PASSION FOR THE GAME.

HIS CLASSMATES FOUND A WAY

TO GIVE LOU THE CHANCE TO

SCORE A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST

THEIR SCHOOL'S BIGGEST

RIVAL, NONETHELESS.

TAKE A LOOK.

A PUSH FROM CLASSMATE

BRADEN WEST.

HE SHOWED OFF HIS WHEELS.

LOU MADE DEFENDERS FALL

AND HIS MOM HAPPY.

JUST LOOK AT THAT SMILE.

LOU DIDN'T JUST SCORE ANY

50-YARDER.

HE SCORED ON HIS BIGGEST

RIVAL.

THE SCORE DIDN'T COUNT,

BUT THE TEAMS MADE LOU'S

DAY, AND THAT COUNTS MORE

THAN ANYTHING.

DID YOU HAVE FUN?

YEAH.

Reporter: FOOTBALL AT

ITS BEST.

Terry: DID YOU SEE

THE SIGN ON HIS

WHEELCHAIR, "EAT MY DUST."

YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE IT.

Andrew: WE SEE THESE

KINDS OF THINGS FAIRLY

REGULARLY, AND THEY'RE

ALWAYS INSPIRING.

Terry: ALWAYS

WONDERFUL.

HE LOST THE ABILITY TO

SHAY THAT WITH HIS DAD.

SO GO, SCHOOL.

Andrew: A WONDERFUL

DAY.

> COMING UP, WILL THEIR

MARRIAGE SURVIVE THE

TRAGIC DEATH OF THEIR SON?

SEE HOW ONE COUPLE LEARNED

TO LOVE AGAIN WHEN THEY

DECIDED TO FORGIVE.

STAY WITH US.

Andrew: SOMETIMES

THINGS HAPPEN THAT MAKE US

PULL AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

THAT WE LOVE.

WHEN DENNIS AND JANINE

RECEIVED TRAGIC NEWS ABOUT

THEIR SON, A WALL OF

UNFORGIVENESS WENT UP, AND

THEIR MARRIAGE BEGAN TO

CRUMBLE.

DENNIS AND I WERE

MARRIED ABOUT 13 YEARS

AGO.

ACTUALLY, MY OLDEST SON

INTRODUCED US.

HE WAS REALLY A CLOSE

FRIEND OF MINE BEFORE I

EVER MET JANINE.

AND HE CAME IN WITH THIS

PRETTY LADY, AND

EVERYTHING ELSE IS KIND OF

HISTORY.

SO I CAME INTO THE

FAMILY WITH MY OTHER

CHILDREN.

AND DENNIS BROUGHT

DERRICK.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WAS

GOING TO FEEL, SO I PRAYED

HARD.

JANINE JUST STARTED

PRAYING THAT SHE WOULD

JUST HAVE A MOTHER'S HEART

FOR HIM.

AND GOD GAVE IT TO HER.

HE HAS THIS GREAT

LAUGH.

YOU CAN'T EVEN REPLICATE

IT, IT'S SO PRECIOUS.

AND WE JUST HAVE A GREAT

FAMILY.

AFTER THAT, WE WERE

BACK IN MINNESOTA, AND SHE

GOT A PHONE CALL, THEY

WERE LOOKING FOR DERRICK.

HE NEVER WOULD HAVE NOT

PICKED UP THE PHONE.

SO I KNEW IN MY HEART, BUT

NO ONE HAD TOLD ME THAT

DERRICK WAS GONE.

UNTIL THAT THURSDAY.

THE TRUTH ENDED UP

COMING OUT THAT IT WAS

SOME PEOPLE FROM DERRICK'S

PAST THAT HE HAD COME BACK

IN CONTACT WITH.

AND THEY HAD ALREADY TAKEN

DERRICK'S LIFE.

IT TURNS OUT HE HAD

ALREADY BEEN GONE FOR A

COUPLE OF DAYS.

OUR LIVES WERE NEVER

THE SAME.

WE WENT DOWN OUR OWN

PATHS.

THE ROAD WAS PRETTY

LONG FOR ME.

WAS WEARING THAT

UNFORGIVENESS AND THAT

ANGER.

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT

CHANGED ME.

I STILL DIDN'T HAVE THE

FORGIVENESS IN MY HEART

THAT I WANTED.

AND I WAS PRAYING FOR IT.

AND THEN JUST REALIZING

THAT IF IT WEREN'T FOR

JESUS AND HIS SACRIFICE,

THEN NO ONE WOULD EVER BE

FORGIVEN.

IT IS HARD FOR ME TO

SIT HERE AND EXPLAIN HOW

HUGE IT WAS BECAUSE GOD

JUST BEGAN CHANGING MY

HEART.

HE CHANGED MY HEART FOR

HIM, HE CHANGED MY HEART

FOR ME, HE CHANGED MY

HEART FOR DENNIS, AND HE

CHANGED MY HEART FOR THE

PEOPLE THAT HAD TAKEN

DERRICK'S LIFE.

IT WAS A YEAR AND A HALF

AFTER DERRICK DIED THAT

THEY HAD EVERYTHING THEY

NEEDED TO BRING THE DEATH

PENALTY TO THEM.

IT WASN'T UNTIL THE

SENTENCING, WHEN I SAW THE

PEOPLE FACE TO FACE, THAT

I REALIZED GOD HAD REALLY

GIVEN ME FORGIVENESS FOR

THESE PEOPLE.

AND I FELT THIS WAVE OF

COMPASSION COME OVER ME

THAT WAS SO STRONG.

OUR IMMEDIATE REACTION

WAS THAT WE DIDN'T WANT TO

SEE ANYMORE DEATHS.

WHEN I GOT UP ON THE

STAND, I JUST HAD TO TELL

THEM THERE WAS ANOTHER

WAY.

THAT THEY STILL HAD HOPE.

AND FOR THE NEXT

HOWEVER LONG IT WAS, HE

BEGAN TO PREACH THE

GOSPEL.

AND JUST TALK ABOUT JESUS.

AND YOU DON'T

UNDERSTAND, IN A SITUATION

LIKE THIS, WHAT POSSIBLE

GOOD COULD COME OUT OF IT,

OR HOW ANYTHING COULD EVER

BE BEAUTIFUL, BUT GOD CAN

DO ANYTHING.

GOD CAN BRING BEAUTY FROM

ANYTHING.

WE LEARNED HOW TO

FORGIVE.

AND IN THAT, WE HAVE A

BETTER FAMILY.

WE HAVE A BETTER

FRIENDSHIP.

OUR MARRIAGE WAS PUT

BACK TOGETHER.

Andrew: WELL, DENNIS

AND JANINE, WE MOURN WITH

YOU ON THE LOSS OF YOUR

SON, BUT WE MARVEL AT THE

HOLY SPIRIT AND THE POWER

OF GOD TO CHANGE YOUR

HEARTS.

AND FIND VICTORY IN

FORGIVENESS.

WHAT A MARVELOUS THING.

WE SEE HOW THE DEATH OF A

CHILD CAN WREAK HAVOC ON A

MARRIAGE.

IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO MOVE

PAST THAT.

AND THE ENEMY, SATAN, WILL

RUSH INTO THAT MOMENT AND

TRY AND CRUMBLE EVERYTHING

DOWN WHEN WE'RE DEALING

WITH TRAGEDY.

YET THIS WONDERFUL COUPLE

GAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TIME

AND THE ROOM TWO WORK IN

THEITO WORK INTHEIR LIVES.

NOT ONLY TO HELP THEM

OVERCOME THEIR GRIEF, BUT

TO HEAL THEIR MARRIAGE AND

EXTEND FORGIVENESS.

SOMETIMES I THINK THE MOST

OBVIOUS EVIDENCE OF THE

WORK OF GOD IN SOMEONE'S

LIFE IS WHEN THEY DISPLAY

FORGIVENESS.

AND ARE YOU WILLING TODAY

TO MAKE ROOM FOR GOD AND

GIVE HIM THE TIME HE NEEDS

TO WORK IN YOUR HEART?

THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD

WILL NOT GO WHERE HE IS

NOT REQUESTED, BUT WHEN HE

IS INVITED IN, HE WILL

RUSH INTO THAT SITUATION.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

DEALING WITH?

MAYBE IT IS UNFORGIVENESS.

MAYBE YOU ARE HAVING

TRAGEDY IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU'RE HAVING DIFFICULTY

OVERCOMING.

IT IS A PRIVILEGE FOR

TERRY AND I TO PRAY FOR

WHATEVER YOU'RE

EXPERIENCING.

LITS BRINLET'S BRING IT TO THE

THRONE ROOM OF GOD.

JESUS KNOWS AND HE DESIRES

TO WORK IN YOUR LIFE.

TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO

PRAY NOW.

FATHER GOD, THANK YOU FOR

THIS DEAR COUPLE WE SAW

TODAY.

AND WE KNOW THAT WHEN

WE'RE FOLLOWING YOU,

JESUS, WE STILL WITH DEAL

WITH THE REALITIES OF

LIFE.

SOMETIMES THEY'RE TRAGIC.

LORD GOD, WE SEE YOUR

POWER TO HEAL MARRIAGES.

WE SEE YOUR POWER TO BRING

ABOUT FORGIVENESS.

LORD GOD, FOR THOSE IN

NEED TODAY, WE PRAY YOUR

HOLY SPIRIT WILL

INTERCEDE.

TERRY?

Terry: LORD, YOU

KNOW, IT'S SO HARD TO LET

GO WHEN WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE

RIGHTEOUS IN OUR ANGER,

RIGHTEOUS IN OUR JUDGMENT,

RIGHTEOUS IN OUR

UNFORGIVENESS.

GOD, WOULD YOU JUST GIVE

CLEAR VISION TODAY TO ALL

OF US -- NOT JUST SOME OF

US, BUT TO ALL OF US, OF

THE FACT THAT WHEN WE'RE

OBEDIENT TO WHAT YOU ASK

US TO DO, EVEN WHEN WE

DON'T FEEL LIKE IT, THAT

YOU'VE GIVEN US THE KEYS

TO UNLOCK WHAT HOLDS US

BACK, TO UNLOCK WHAT

PUSHES US DOWN, AND TO

UNLOCK WHAT OCCUPIES OUR

HEARTS AND MINDS AND EATS

US ALIVE IF WE DON'T GIVE

IT TO YOU.

TODAY WE GIVE IT TO YOU,

FALTER.

TTO YOU,FATHER.

WE SAY TAKE THIS BURDEN,

TAKE THIS GRIEF.

AND WE FORGIVE.

WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE

DONE WRONG TO US.

WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD

CAUSE OTHERS TO COME TO

KNOW YOU, LORD.

IN THE END, ETERNAL LIFE

IS WHAT'S ON THE CHOPPING

BLOCK AND IT'S WHAT YOU'RE

INTERESTED IN.

WE WANT TO BE A PART OF

YOUR AGENDA.

WE WANT TO BE A PART OF

YOUR PURPOSE AND YOUR

PLAN.

USE US, GOD, BECAUSE WE'RE

WILLING TO SAY YES BEFORE

YOU.

WE ASK YOU TODAY TO DO A

MIRACULOUS, MIGHTY WORK IN

OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS.

AND, GOD, WHEN IT IS A

PROCESS, HELP US TO HANG

IN THERE AND KEEP DOING IT

BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT

THING TO DO.

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR

LOVING AND FO FOR FORGIVING

US.

THANK YOU FOR FILLING OUR

HEARTS.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

Andrew: AMEN.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

Terry: COMING UP, TWO

EX-CONVICTS SEE THEIR

DREAM BECOME A REALITY

AFTER 20 YEARS IN THE

MAKING.

FIND OUT HOW THEY'RE

HELPING PEOPLE TO

TRANSITION OUT OF PRISON

AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES.

IT'S ALL COMING UP AFTER

THIS.

Terry: WENDY HATCHER

WAS A BRITISH WOMAN WHO

MOVED FROM THE UNITED

STATES TO LONDON AND SPENT

30 YEARS DEVOTED TO A

PRISON MINISTRY.

HER EXAMPLE INSPIRED TWO

PEOPLE SHE ONCE DISCIPLED

BEHIND BARS TO FOLLOW IN

HER FOOTSTEPS.

CHARLENE AARON BRINGS US

THEIR REMARKABLE STORY.

Charlene: AT THE

YOUNG AGE OF NINE, TRAGEDY

STRUCK THE FAMILY OF

PAULINE ROGERS.

I WATCHED MY MOTHER, IN

SELF-DEFENSE, OF COURSE,

KILL MY FATHER.

BUT EVEN IN SELF-DEFENSE,

IT STILL WAS A TRAUMATIC

EXPERIENCE.

Charlene: MEMORIES

FROM THAT PAINFUL NIGHT

HAUNTED HER FOR YEARS.

THAT'S ALL I COULD

REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, WAS

THE GUNSHOT, THAT SOUND.

AND I WOULD GO TO BED

SOMETIMES AT NIGHT HEARING

THAT SOUND.

AND, OF COURSE, MY MOTHER

HAD TO BE TAKEN TO JAIL.

Charlene: TIME BEHIND

BARS WOULD EVENTUALLY BE

HER FATE AS ROGERS TURNED

TO SHOPLIFTING.

AT FIRST IT WAS A WAY TO

SUPPORT HER SIBLINGS.

BUT IT SOON TURNED INTO A

LIFESTYLE OF CRIME.

I JUST KEPT THE PROCESS

GOING WITH STEALING, YOU

KNOW.

ALL OF IT WAS NOT TO

BENEFIT MY SIBLINGS AND

CARE TAKING.

I WAS REAPING BENEFITS

BECAUSE I DRESSED GOOD.

I SMELLED GOOD.

YOU KNOW, SHOPLIFTING

AFFORDED ME THAT.

IT LANDED ME IN PRISON,

FOR SHOPLIFTING.

AND I HAD A SIX-YEAR

SENTENCE.

I STAYED IN PRISON THREE

YEARS.

Charlene: WHILE IN

PRISON, PAULINE CRIED OUT

TO GOD AND BECAME A

CHRISTIAN, SERVING AS AN

ASSISTANT TO THE CHAPLAIN.

SHORTLY AFTER GETTING OUT,

SHE MET AND MARRIED

FREDERICK, WHO ALSO HAD A

CRIMINAL PAST.

I -- IT WAS FOR ARMED

ROBBERY.

ME AND THREE OTHER GUYS.

AT THE TIME, I WAS

SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN

THE MISSISSIPPI STATE

PENITENTIARY.

AT THE AGE OF 15.

AT THE SAG AGE OF 16, I WAS IN

PRISON.

Charlene: EIGHT YEARS

INTO HIS SENTENCE,

FREDERICK GAVE HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST.

I MADE A PROMISE TO HIM

26 YEARS AGO, THAT I WOULD

SERVE HIM.

Charlene: NOW

ORDAINED MINISTERS, THE

ROGERS AIM TO KEEP THAT

PROMISE BY SERVING OTHER

EX-OFFENDERS.

PAULINE AND HER HUSBAND

RECENTLY OPENED THE HOME

BEHIND ME FOR WOMEN WHO

ARE COMING OUT OF PRISON.

IT IS THE HOME THAT HONORS

THE WOMAN WHO WAS A MENTOR

TO PAULINE WHEN SHE WAS

BEHIND BARS.

IN 1954, WENDY HATCHER, A

BRITISH CITIZEN AND WIFE

OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY

OFFICER LEFT LONDON FOR

HER NEW HOME IN JACKSON,

MISSISSIPPI.

A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN,

HATCHER ENTERED PRISON

MINISTRY, BECOMING THE

FIRST FEMALE CHAPLAIN IN

THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS.

THROUGH BIBLE STUDIES AND

COUNSELLING SESSIONS, SHE

MINISTERED TO HUNDREDS OF

INMATES, INCLUDING PAULINE

AND FREDERICK.

SHE SIMPLY LOVED.

SHE DIDN'T SEE COLOR.

NOT JUST WITH ME, BUT WITH

EVERYBODY THAT SHE SERVED.

SOME OF THE MEN THAT SHE

WAS UP AGAINST -- THESE

WERE CRIMINALS, RAPISTS,

MURDERERS, THIEVES,

EVERYTHING, MOLESTERS --

YOU NAME IT.

BUT SHE HAD NO FEAR.

HE JUST EXEMPLIFIED MORE

OF WHO CHRIST WAS IN HER

THAN SHE DID WITH THE

COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, THEIR

SIZE, THEIR CRIME -- NONE

OF THAT WAS A FACTOR.

Charlene: THAT LOVE

PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN

THEIR LIVES.

THE FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE

I EVER HAD, MISS HATCHER

DID IT.

Charlene: AND HATCHER

ALSO RISKED HER CAREER BY

GIVING PAULINE A PLACE TO

STAY AFTER HER TIME IN

PRISON.

I DIDN'T WANT TO GO

BACK TO THE ENVIRONMENT

THAT I HAD LEFT.

MISS HATCHER, AGAINST M.D.

O.C. RULES AND POLICIES

OPENED HER HOME, AND I

LIVED WITH HER UNTIL I GOT

MARRIED.

Charlene: MORE THAN

20 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE

PAULINE AND FREDERICK

WALKED OUT OF PRISON.

THEY KNOW THE HARDSHIPS OF

STARTING OVER AFTER

SERVING TIME AND DREAMED

OF HELPING OTHERS LIKE

THEM TRANSITION BACK INTO

SOCIETY.

I THINK THAT IN ORDER

FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN

INCARCERATED TO COME OUT

OF PRISON AND REALLY HAVE

A FAIR CHANCE.

THEY HAVE TO BE SURROUNDED

AROUND POSITIVE PEOPLE AND

POSITIVE THINGS.

AND IT HAS BEEN

YEARS -- 20 SOMETHING

YEARS OF TELLING HER OUR

VISION, WE WANTED TO DO

THIS.

AND SHE WAS OH, HONEY, I

HOPE I LIVE TO SEE IT.

Charlene: ON

JUNE 13th, THEY TURNED

THEIR DREAM INTO REALITY

BY OPENING THE WENDY

HATCHER TRANSITIONAL HOME,

A PLACE FOR FEMALE

EX-OFFENDERS TO RECEIVE

NECESSARY SUPPORT AND

HEALING.

HATCHER JOINED THEM FOR A

SPECIAL RIBBON CUTTING

CEREMONY.

THEY SAY IT ALLOWS THEM TO

HONOR THE WOMAN WHO GAVE

THEM HOPE AND DIRECTION.

I WANT HER TO NEVER

FORGET, AND I WANT THIS

STATE TO NEVER FORGET HER.

I WANT TO NEVER FORGET THE

IMPACT SHE HAD ON ME.

Charlene: SHE WRITES

ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES.

IN IT, SHE SAYS, I FEEL

GREATLY HONORED TO HAVE MY

NAME ON A HOME THAT WILL

CONTINUE TO NURTURE THOSE

IN NEED LONG AFTER I AM

GONE FROM THIS EARTH.

FREDERICK AND PAULINE

ROGERS ARE GRATEFUL TO BE

A PART OF THAT LEGACY.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS,

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI.

Terry: I LOVE THIS

STORY.

I LOVE THIS STORY BECAUSE

HERE IS A SINGLE WOMAN --

SHE'S NOT SINGLE.

SHE IS MARRIED, BUT ONE

LONE WOMAN COMES FROM

LONDON TO THE DEEP SOUTH,

AND FOR 30 YEARS SHE

INVESTS HERSELF IN THE

LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO NEEDED

A FRESH START, A NEW

BEGINNING.

YOU KNOW, THE POWER OF ONE

PERSON TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IS AMAZING.

AND WENDY HATCHER

CERTAINLY DID THAT.

TODAY PAULINE AND HER

HUSBAND CARRY ON THAT

TRADITION, AND THERE WILL

BE THOSE AFTER THEM.

WENDY HATCHER, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU INSPIRE US.

Andrew: A GREAT

STORY.

> IN INDONESIA, A

2-YEAR-OLD BOY SUFFERED

FROM JUVENILE CATARACTS,

AND HIS PARENTS COULDN'T

AFFORD TO HELP HIM.

HE WOULD HAVE GONE

COMPLETELY BLIND WITHOUT

HELP FROM CBN.

Reporter: WHEN

SULFIKER WAS BORN, HIS

FATHER SAW WHITE SPOTS

FORMING IN HIS SON'S EYES.

HE KNEW JUST LIKE HIS

WIFE, HIS SON WOULD GO

BLIND, TOO.

THE FIRST TIME I SAW MY

SON'S EYES, I WAS HARD

BROKEN.

I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT KIND

OF FUTURE HE WILL HAVE.

Reporter: OVER TIME,

SULFIKER'S EYES GOT WORSE.

EVERY TIME I COME HOME,

HE DOESN'T SEEM TO

RECOGNIZE ME.

IT MAKES ME SO SAD.

WHEN HE WALKS AROUND, HE

ALWAYS BUMPS INTO THINGS.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

LIVES IN THIS REMOTE

VILLAGE, WHERE HE DRIVES A

TAXI, AND SAVING ENOUGH

FOR SURGERY WAS OUT OF THE

QUESTION.

I EARN ONLY $2 A DAY.

HOW WOULD I BE ABLE TO PAY

FOR IT?

Reporter: THEN WE

CAME TO VISIT THEIR

COMMUNITY.

CBN TOLD US THEY WOULD

HELP OUR SON.

THAT WAS SUCH GOOD NEWS

FOR US.

Reporter: WITH TOOK

SULFIKER TO THE HOSPITAL,

WHERE THE SURGEON REPLACED

THE LENSES IN HIS EYES.

NO WHEN I COME HOME, MY

SON CALLS MY NAME.

HE RECOGNIZES ME.

I AM SO THANKFUL.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

HELPING MY SON TO SEE.

Andrew: THAT

GENTLEMAN SAYING HE MAKES

$2 A DAY, AND HE COMES

HOME AND HIS SON DOESN'T

EVEN RECOGNIZE HIM.

YET YOU MADE IT POSSIBLE

FOR US TO REACH ULTO AND

HELP.

OUT AND

HELP.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN

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IT IS JUST 65 CENTS A DAY.

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS: "REJOICE ALWAYS,

PRAY CONTINUALLY, GIVE

THANKS IN ALL

CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THIS IS

GOD'S WILL FOR YOU IN

CHRIST JESUS."

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU JOINED

US TODAY.

FOR TERRY MEEUWSEN, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE'LL SEE

YOU NEXT TIME ON "700 CLUB

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