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700 Club Interactive - December 1 , 2016

An electrical company that's re-wiring lives, see how their giving ex-cons a second chance. Read Transcript


I WAS A METH ADDICT FOR

ABOUT 20 YEARS.

Gordon: AN ELECTRICAL

COMPANY...

I WOULD PROBABLY BE IN

A PRISON CELL SOMEWHERE.

Gordon:...THAT IS

RE-WIRING LIVES.

THEY REPROGRAMMED ME TO

BECOME PRODUCTIONAL IN

SOCIETY.

NONE OF US ARE PERFECT.

ALL OF US HAVE MADE

CHOICES THAT WE LOOK BACK

AND SAY, I WOULD DO THAT

DIFFERENTLY.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

TODAY WE HAVE A LOOK AT

THIS WEEK'S TOP FIVE

TRENDING STORIES FROM

"STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE: HILLSONG UNITED

WRAPPED ITS U.S. TOUR AND

IS ON TO ISRAEL.

IN BETWEEN, THIS

LONG-AWAITED SNAPSHOT.

THE AUSTRALIA BAND WAS

HONORED WITH ITS FIRST

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD IN

THE CONTEMPORARY

INSPIRATIONAL AWARD.

* MY HEART BEATS

Efrem: THE BAND HAS

BEEN NOMINATED THREE YEARS

IN A ROW.

BY THE WAY, THIS VIDEO IS

THE BAND'S VISUAL ALBUM,

FILMED ACROSS ISRAEL

EARLIER IN THE YEAR,

TITLED "OF DIRT AND GRACE,

LIVE FROM THE LAND."

* MY HEART IS BREATHING,

MY SOUL IS BREATHING *

* I FOUND MY LIFE

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR:

* MARY DID YOU KNOW

Efrem: JOAQUIN

PHOENIX IS PLAYING THE

ROLE OF JESUS IN THE BIO

PIC, MARY MAGDALENE.

AND THE U.S. DAILY MAIL

HAS RELEASED THESE IMAGES

FROM THE SET.

HE STARS ROONIE MARA.

THE MOVIE IS DUE OUT

SOMETIME IN 2017.

> A SNEAK PEEK AT THE

RESURRECTION OF GAVIN

STONE IS NUMBER THREE.

I AM THE ALPHA AND THE

OMEGA.

THE BEGINNING AND THE END

OF ALL THINGS.

Efrem: GAVIN STONE IS

A WASHED UP ACTOR WHO

PRETENDS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

TO PLAY THE ROLE OF JESUS

IN A CHURCH PRODUCTION.

THAT IS ACTUALLY THE

EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT

JESUS WAS ABOUT.

HE WASN'T AN

ATTENTION-SEEKER.

I MEAN, WHY NOT?

Efrem: THIS CLEAN

COMEDY HITS THEATERS

JANUARY 20th.

> AND NOW TO NUMBER TWO:

I WILL NAME YOU GIZZY.

Efrem: THE REMAKE OF

THE 1977 LANDMARK MINI

SERIES "ROOTS" IS NOW

AVAILABLE TO BINGE WATCH

ON HULU.

THE POWERFUL SLAVE STORY

IS BASED ON THE A ALEX

HAYLEY NOVEL.

MANY PEOPLE WONDER, WHY DO

"ROOTS" AGAIN IN LIGHT OF

HOW WELL-IT WAS RECEIVED

AND HOW WELL YOU DID?

IF WE WERE GOING TO

MAKE THIS VERY IMPORTANT

AMERICAN STORY HAVE

RESONANCE FOR THIS NEW

GENERATION OF AMERICANS,

THEN WE NEEDED TO RETELL

IT.

Efrem: AND AT NUMBER

ONE:

OUR LORD TO SAID TO

THEM, GO, YEE, INTO THE

WHOLE WORLD AND PREACH THE

GOSPEL.

Efrem: A LOOK AT THE

MOVIE "SILENCE."

HE HAS RENOUNCED GOD IN

PUBLIC AND RENDERED THE

FAITH.

IT SEEMS TO ME OUR

MISSION HERE IS MORE

URGENT THAN EVER.

Efrem: ANDREW

GARFIELD AND ADAM DRIVER

PLAY TWO 17th CENTURY

JESUIT PRIESTS WHO FACE

VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION

WHEN THEY TRAVEL TO JAPAN

TO LOCATE THEIR MENTOR.

THE PRAYER IS FOR YOUR

GLORY.

THEY ARE SUFFERING.

Efrem: THIS FILM IS

AN EPIC ADAPTATION OF THE

1966 NOVEL.

Gordon: WELL, FOR

MORE ON THIS, WE'VE GOT

EFREM JOINING US.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

BACK.

Efrem: IT IS GREAT TO

BE HERE.

Gordon: HILLSONG

AGAIN -- FIRST THEY SAY

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO SING

ANY OF THEIR OLD SONGS AND

NOW THEY'RE WINNING AWARDS

AND GOING TO ISRAEL.

WHAT'S UP?

Efrem: THEY'VE HAD A

REALLY GREAT YEAR.

FROM THE SONG, TO THEIR

RISE TO POPULARITY, TO THE

AMERICAN TOUR THAT DID

WELL.

YOU GET YOUR FIRST AWARD.

THEY WILL BE TOURING WITH

THEIR PASTOR IN APRIL IN

ISRAEL.

Gordon: AND THERE IS

ALSO THE HILLSONG CHANNEL.

Efrem: THAT'S RIGHT.

I FORGOT ABOUT THAT, TOO.

AND I REMEMBERED TALKING

TO THE PASTOR, PASTOR

HOUSTON, AND HE SAID

PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO HIM,

YOU'RE GOING -- THIS CAN

ONLY LAST SO LONG.

AND HE SAID, YEAH, I AGREE

IT CAN ONLY LAST SO LONG.

BUT THIS HAS BEEN NOW MORE

THAN 20 YEARS.

Gordon: I WOULD

DISAGREE, SORRY TO SAY.

THEY'RE GOING STRONG.

Efrem: STRONG.

Gordon: AND I WOULD

SAY THEY'RE JUST HITTING

THEIR STRIDE.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

AND IF YOU SEE THIS

MUSICAL ALBUM THAT THEY

DID, THERE IS A STORY

BEHIND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF

THEM.

THIS HERE, ALL OF THIS WAS

SHOT IN ISRAEL.

THEY LITERALLY SAID THEY

CLIMBED UP THIS MOUNTAIN

WITH THE BAND, AND THEY

HAD PROBABLY ABOUT AN HOUR

BEFORE THE SUN WAS GOING

TO SET AND THEY WOULD LOSE

LIGHT.

AND THEY GOT IT IN.

AND THEIR MUSIC, THE WHOLE

THING, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL.

I ENJOY JUST WATCHING AND

LOOKING UP AND FINDING THE

STORY BEHIND EVERY SHOOT.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

Gordon: I'M SURPRISED

THEY DID IT ON TOP OF A

MOUNTAIN.

IT IS A LITTLE WINDY.

Efrem: AS YOU SAW.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: IT IS TOUGH

TO DO.

> LET'S GO BACK TO

"ROOTS."

AND MY FIRST QUESTION WAS

YOUR FIRST QUESTION: WHY A

REMAKE?

Efrem: LEVAR BURTON

STARRED AT KUNTA KINTE,

AND I REMEMBER BEING A KID

AND BEING MADE TO WATCH

THIS WHEN IT FIRST

PREMIERED.

Gordon: YOU WERE MADE

TO WATCH IT?

Efrem: I DIDN'T EVEN

KNOW IT WAS ON.

MY MOM SAID, YOU'VE GOT TO

WATCH THIS.

EVERY NIGHT BEDTIME WENT

AWAY AND I SAT AND I

WATCHED THIS.

AND I SAID, WOW.

BUT I GOT INTO IT, AND I

REMEMBER KUNTA KINTE VERY

WELL.

MY FIRST QUESTION TO HIM

WAS: WHY REMAKE IT?

AND HE SAID HE HAD A

CONVERSATION WITH THE

PERSON WHO CO-PRODUCED

THIS WITH HIM, AND HE WAS

HESITANT AS WELL, BUT IN

SHOWING IT TO CHILDREN AND

YOUNGER PEOPLE, AND THEY

WERE, LIKE, I GET WHY THIS

IS IMPORTANT, BUT IT IS

KIND OF SLOW, KIND OF

STALE.

AND STORY-TELLING CAN BE

DONE BETTER TODAY THAN IT

COULD BE DONE IN THE

1970s.

Gordon: WELL, IT WAS

DONE AS A SERIES.

AND IT WAS WITHIN THAT

FORMAT, AND YOU HAVE TO

EXTEND BECAUSE OF A

CERTAIN TIME THING.

AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE SORT

OF A RETELLING TO CATCH

YOUR AUDIENCE UP AND ALL

OF THAT KIND OF THING.

Efrem: AND TODAY

PEOPLE DO BINGE WATCHING

MORE THAN ANYTHING.

Gordon: SO HOW MANY

EPISODES ARE THERE?

Efrem: I DON'T RECALL

HOW MANY.

IT'S NOT THE SEVEN.

IT IS A LOT SHORTER.

IT IS SPE SPEAD UP WITH ACTORS

CAN RECOGNIZE AND MUSIC

YOU CAN WATCH IT.

I HAVE NOT WATCHED IT.

I'M KIND OF LIKE ONE OF

THOSE WHO ONCE I GET

ATTACHED TO SOMETHING, I

DON'T WANT IT NEW.

Gordon: ONCE THE

RECIPE WORKS, DON'T CHANGE

IT.

Efrem: I CAN GO BACK

AND WATCH THE OLD AGAIN.

IT HAS BEEN WELL-RECEIVED

THUS FAR.

I BET YOU I CAN GET MY SON

TO BINGE WATCH THIS BEFORE

I COULD GET HIM TO WATCH

THE ORIGINAL.

Gordon: IF FOR NO

OTHER REASON, TO HAVE IT

COME TO A NEW GENERATION,

THAT SHORT ATTENTION SPAN

THEATER.

> WE'VE GOT A LOT OF

MOVIES COMING OUT THAT ARE

CHRISTIAN-THEMED.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: WHICH ONE IS

YOUR FAVORITE SO FAR?

Efrem: "THE

RESURRECTION OF GAVIN

STONE," ONLY BECAUSE IT IS

REALLY FUNNY.

I LOVE TO SEE CHRISTIANS

DIVE INTO COMEDY.

I CAN SAY THIS, REGENT

UNIVERSITY DID "UNLAWFULLY

YOURS" EARLIER THIS YEAR.

AND WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT

WAS IT WAS FUNNY.

Gordon: WAS

HILARIOUS.

Efrem: IT WAS FUNNY.

AND I THINK WE'LL GET THE

SAME FROM "THE

RESURRECTION OF GAVIN

STONE."

IT HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER A

UNIQUE GROUPING BECAUSE WE

HAVE THE WORLD WRESTLING

FEDERATION, A CHURCH AND A

HORROR FILM COMPANY.

THESE ARE THE THREE WHO

ARE BEHIND THIS FILM.

IT IS AN UNUSUAL GROUP.

WE'VE GOT A FORMER

WRESTLER IN THIS FILM.

SO I THINK PEOPLE ARE

GOING TO LAUGH AND ENJOY

THAT ONE.

THE OTHER TWO I HAVE NOT

SEEN YET, SO I'M

CAUTIOUSLY OPTMISTIC ABOUT

WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO

HAVE.

Gordon: CAUTIOUSLY

OPTMISTIC.

Efrem: THE WAY

CRITICS HAVE DESCRIBED

MARY MAGDALENE AS BUYING

INIGMATIC AND

INTERESTING -- I'M A

LITTLE CAUTIOUS ABOUT

THAT.

Gordon: YOU CAN GET

INTO A THEATERLOGICAL THEOLOGICAL DISPUTE

OF HOW BIG SHE WAS.

WAS SHE THE WOMAN THAT

SEVEN SPIRITS WERE CAST

OUT OF?

ALL OF THESE THINGS.

I, FOR ONE, WOULDN'T WANT

TO PRODUCE THAT MOVIE.

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THE

STORY LINE?

AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE

TAKING POSITIONS.

AND SOME POSITIONS YOU'RE

GOING TO FIND A WHOLE LOT

OF OPPOSITION TO.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

I AM VERY MUCH LOOKING

FORWARD TO MARTIN

SCORCESE'S "SILENCE,"

ABOUT TWO JESUIT PRIESTS.

IN THE 17th CENTURY,

THEY GO INTO JAPAN, TRYING

TO RESCUE THEIR MENTOR,

THEIR HERO.

HE HAS ACTUALLY -- TUESDAY

AND WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK

HE IS SCREENING THAT FILM

AT THE VATICAN.

Gordon: H'MMM.

Efrem: AND TO TAKE IT

THERE FIRST WHEN IT IS

ABOUT JESUIT PRIESTS, THAT

SAYS A LOT TO ME.

Gordon: THE JESUITS

RAN AFOWL OF THE

VATICAN -- I'LL SAY I'M

BIAS TO REALLY WANT TO

LIKE THIS FILM BECAUSE THE

JESUITS ARE MY HEROS.

WHAT THEY DID IN JAPAN AND

CHINA AND VIETNAM AND

INDIA AND MALAYSIA IS

UNPARALLELLED IN MISSION

HISTORY.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: AND FRANCIS

XAVIER -- ALL OF THESE

TOWERING FIGURES OF FAITH.

AND YOU WANT IT TO BE

GOOD.

Efrem: I WANT IT TO

BE GOOD, AND I'M GLAD THAT

THEY ARE SCREENING IT AT

THE VATICAN FIRST.

POPE FRANCIS SEEMS TO BE

RECEPTIVE TO IT.

HE AND MARTIN SCORCESE HAD

A MEETING YESTERDAY THAT

LASTED ABOUT 15 MINUTES,

WITH HIS FAMILY.

SO I'M VERY, VERY HOPEFUL.

THE BOOK ITSELF IS

POWERFUL.

SO I KNOW IT COST NEARLY

$50 MILLION TO MAKE THIS

FILM.

Gordon: OUCH!

Efrem: AND MARTIN

SCORCESE HAS SAID IT IS A

FILM 24 YEARS IN THE

MAKING.

THEY'RE RELEASING IN

DECEMBER 23rd IN NEW

YORK AND L.A., AND THEN IT

WILL BE RELEASED

NATIONALLY IN JANUARY.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO

THAT.

I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE

GOOD.

Gordon: CAUTIOUSLY

OPTMISTIC.

WITH FINGERS CROSSED --

Efrem: PLEASE LET IT

BE GOOD.

Gordon: IF YOU

ENJOYED OUR CONVERSATION

TODAY, YOU'LL WANT TO

WATCH EPISODES OF EFREM'S

WEEKLY SHOW, "STUDIO 5."

YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT ON

ROKU OR GO TO CBN

NEWS/"STUDIO 5."

WE WANT TO BUILD A

PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CARE

ABOUT EACH OTHER AND IT IS

A COMMUNITY.

Gordon: SEE HOW THE

BOTTOM LINE FOR THIS

BUSINESS IS GIVING EX-CONS

A SECOND CHANCE, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: FINDING A JOB

CAN BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE

FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL

RECORD.

SO ONE COLORADO BUSINESS

IS TRYING TO HELP OUT BY

GIVING EX-CONVICTS A

SECOND CHANCE.

CBN'S STEPHANIE RIGGS

BRINGS US THE STORY.

Reporter: THE OBVIOUS

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS HERE,

ELECTRICIANS WIRING A NEW

BUILDING.

THE NOT SO OBVIOUS THING

GOING ON HERE IS THE

WIRING OF NEW LIVES.

THE WAYFIELD ELECTRICAL

GROUP IS KNOWN FOR ITS

TOP-NOTCH STATE O STATE-OF-THE-ART

PROJECTS, AND IT IS NOT

ONLY GIVING PEOPLE SECOND

CHANCES, BUT GIVING BACK

TO THE COMMUNITY IN

GENERAL.

I THINK IT IS PART OF

HOW I'M WIRED.

NONE OF US ARE PERFECT.

ALL OF US HAVE MADE

CHOICES IN THE PAST WHERE

WE LOOK BACK AND SAY, I

WOULD HAVE DONE THAT

DIFFERENTLY.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THE BEST

IN PEOPLE AND BELIEVE IN

THEM.

WE WANT TO BUILD A PLACE

WHERE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT

EACH OTHER AND IT IS A

COMMUNITY.

NO MATTER WHAT HAS

HAPPENED IN THE PAST, WE

CAN MOVE THROUGH THAT AND

GET THROUGH A BETTER

PLACE.

Reporter: KARLA

NUGENT IS ONE OF THE

FOUNDERS OF WAYFIELD

ELECTRICAL GROUP, A

BUSINESS OF LIGHT.

I WAS DOING COK COCAINE,

PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING I

COULD GET MY HANDS ON.

ABOUT 10 YEARS LATER IS

WHEN I FOUND METH, AND

BECAME HABITUAL AT THAT.

AND THAT'S ALL I DID FOR,

LIKE, THREE YEARS.

Reporter: SCOTT

ALMOND CREDITS HER WITH

SAVING HIS LIFE.

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS

IN JAIL, AND WE WERE

GETTING SOME SHEETS, AND

THEY SAID, THESE ARE THE

FELON-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES.

IT WASN'T REALLY A BIG

LIST.

IT WAS PROFESSIONALLY

DONE.

IT WAS HAND-WRITTEN.

Reporter: SCOTT IS

NOW A JOURNEY MAN

ELECTRICIAN AT WAYFIELD

GROUP.

HE COMES AS A VETERAN OF

DESERT STORM AND A

GRADUATE OF A DRUG AND

REHAB PROGRAM.

I HELP BUILD

INFRASTRUCTURE.

THIS IS THE COMMUNITY I

LIVE IN.

I'VE WORKED ON LOTS OF

SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS.

I WAS ADDICTED TO

ALCOHOL, AND I WAS AT THE

POINT WHERE I COULD GO

LOOK FOR A JOB, AND

WAYFIELD TOOK A CHANCE ON

ME.

I WAS A METH ADDICT FOR

ABOUT 20 YEARS.

Reporter: CURT, WHERE

WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT JESUS

CHRIST AND THIS COMPANY?

I WOULD PROBABLY BE IN

A PRISON CELL, HONESTLY,

SOMEWHERE.

WITHOUT PIER ONE I WOULD

DEFINITELY BE IN PRISON.

Reporter: WHY IS

THAT?

THEY TOOK A CHANCE ON

ME AND LET ME IN THEIR

PROGRAM, AND PRETTY MUCH

REPROGRAMMED ME TO BE

FUNCTIONAL IN SOCIETY AND

TO TRUST THE LORD AND TO

TRUST MYSELF AND FIGHT THE

ADDICTION EVERY DAY, JUST

BELIEVE IN MYSELF THAT I

CAN DO IT.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

AGO, THE DENVER BUSINESS

JOURNAL MADE NUJENTGENT

CORPORATE CITIZEN OF THE

YEAR.

IT IS WHAT MAKES ME

EXCITED.

IT IS WHAT MAKES ME

CONNECT TO PEOPLE.

I WANT TO BE KNOWN AS A

WOMAN OF FAITH AND LIVING

THAT.

WE WOULDN'T BE IN THE

POSITION WE ARE IF IT

WASN'T FOR JESUS IN OUR

LIVES AND HOW THAT HELPS

US PUSH THROUGH THINGS,

AND JUST KNOWING I'VE GOT

MY BIBLE PROMISE BOOK IN

MY DRAWER.

SO EVERY TIME I HAVE TO

QUOTE A VERSE OR SOMETHING

LIKE THAT, WHETHER IT IS

ANGER, SAD, FRUSTRATION, I

HAVE ALL OF THE LITTLE

POINTS I CAN POINT TO.

THAT ALL HELPS GET THROUGH

TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Reporter: WHEN MOST

OF US SWITCH O FLIP ON A LIGHT

SWITCH, WE DON'T GIVE IT A

SECOND THOUGHT.

BUT FOR SCOTT AND OTHERS,

IT IS THE LIGHT AT THE END

OF A VERY DARK TUNNEL.

Gordon: THAT'S THE

STORY OF GIVE-BACK TUESDAY

EVERY SINGLE DAY.

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING, TO

GIVE PEOPLE A HOPE AND A

FUTURE, TO LET THEM KNOW

GOD STILL LOVES THEM.

> STILL TO COME, A TOUGH

GUY ON THE FAST-TRACK TO

PRISON.

BUT THERE WAS JUST ONE

PROBLEM...

I WANTED TO BE THAT

GUY.

HEY, YOU DON'T MESS WITH

ABRAHAM OR HE IS GOING TO

GET YOU.

IN REALITY, I WAS SCARED.

Gordon: HE IS NOT

SCARED ANYMORE, BUT HE IS

ALSO NOT TRYING TO BE

TOUGH, EITHER.

SEE WHAT CHANGED HIM WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Gordon: ABRAHAM

LEARNED AT A YOUNG AGE HOW

TO FIGHT, HOW TO STEAL,

HOW TO DEAL.

HE WAS ON A PATH HEADING

STRAIGHT TO JAIL UNTIL A

STRANGER INVITED HIM

SOMEWHERE ELSE.

I WAS AT THE TOP OF OUR

WOODEN STEPS, AND I

REMEMBER LOOKING DOWN THE

STEPS AND SEEING MY DAD

WITH HIS HANDS AROUND MY

MOM'S NECK.

MY MOM BASICALLY FIGHTING

FOR HER LIFE.

Reporter: GROWING UP,

ABRAHAM BELLENGER LIVED IN

CONSTANT FEAR AND CHAOS.

HIS FATHER WAS AN ABUSIVE

ADDICT, AND HIS MOTHER

SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES.

THEY DIVORCED WHEN ABRAHAM

WAS SIX, FORCING HIS MOM

TO TAKE ON THREE JOBS TO

PROVIDE FOR HIM AND HIS

SISTER.

MY MOM WAS WORKING ALL

OF THE TIME.

MY DAD IS NOT PRESENT.

I WAS JUST SO AFRAID.

I WAS ALONE.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I HAD

ANYBODY I COULD TURN TO.

Reporter: AT SCHOOL,

ABRAHAM WAS BULLIED FOR

BEING POOR, WHICH MADE HIM

FEEL EVEN MORE ISOLATED

AND ALONE.

I STARTED DEVELOPING

ANGER ISSUES.

I FELT LIKE IT WAS ME

AGAINST THE WORLD.

I STARTED STEALING,

STARTING FIGHTS, TRYING TO

BE THIS BIG, MEAN, STRONG

MAN.

BUT REALLY INSIDE I WAS

STRUGGLING.

I WAS JUST THIS LITTLE BOY

THAT WAS FEARFUL OF NOT

BELONGING.

FEELING TEMPORARY, LIKE I

HAD NO LASTING PURPOSE.

Reporter: HE WAS IN

MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN HIS

MOTHER REMARRIED, BUT HIS

STEPFATHER WAS COLD AND

VERBALLY ABUSIVE.

UNDER HIS ROOF, ABRAHAM

GREW MORE DESPERATE TO

FIND A PLACE TO FIT IN AND

TO PROTECT HIMSELF FROM

ANYONE WHO TRIED TO HURT

HIM.

IT WAS THEN HE FOUND A

GANG.

I STARTED FINDING

CROWDS THAT I COULD HANG

AROUND WHERE I FELT

PROTECTED.

THEY HAD THIS BIG

REPUTATION OF, YOU KNOW,

DON'T MESS WITH THIS GUY;

HE IS GOING TO GET YOU.

I TRIED TO FIT IN WITH

THAT CROWD.

I WANTED TO BE THAT GUY,

THAT, HEY, YOU DON'T MESS

WITH ABRAHAM OR HE IS

GOING TO GET, WHEN IN

REALITY I WAS SCARED.

Reporter: BY 15, HE

HAD DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL,

WAS RUNNING WITH A GANG

AND DEALING DRUGS.

WHILE IT GAVE HIM A SENSE

OF SECURITY AND BELONGING,

ANOTHER FEAR EMERGED.

I HAD A GREAT FEAR OF

THAT I WOULD JUST KIND OF

FLOAT THROUGH AND LIVE AND

DIE, AND THAT'S IT.

I FELT LIKE I WAS JUST

THERE, BUT I WASN'T.

THERE WAS REALLY NO

MEANING IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

18, ABRAHAM WAS ARRESTED

ON POSSESSION CHARGES.

SOMEONE ELSE TOOK THE RAP

AND HE GOT OFF WITH JUST

ONE YEAR OF PROBATION.

AFTERWARDS, HE ATTEMPTED

TO GET HIS LIFE STRAIGHT.

AS MUCH AS I WANTED TO

CHANGE, I COULDN'T CHANGE

MYSELF.

I HAD ALL OF THIS FEAR,

ALL THIS HURT, ALL THIS

ANGER, ALL OF THIS SENSE

OF WANTING TO BELONG AND

FIT IN, BUT EVERYTHING I

TRIED, NOTHING WORKED.

NOTHING WORKED.

SO I FIGURED, WELL, I'LL

TRY SELLING A LITTLE BIT

MORE DRUGS.

Reporter: ONE

SATURDAY ABRAHAM WAS

WALKING THE STREETS,

LOOKING TO MAKE A SCORE.

HE HAD JUST PASSED BY A

CHURCH WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN

APPROACHED HIM AND INVITED

HIM TO THE SUNDAY CHURCH

SERVICE.

ABRAHAM WAS TAKEN BY HER

KINDNESS AND SAID YES,

HOPING HE MIGHT MAKE A NEW

FRIEND.

THE NEXT DAY, WHEN HE WENT

INTO THE CHURCH, HE

EXPERIENCED SOMETHING HE

NEVER HAD BEFORE.

I'M WALKING IN, RIGHT

AT THE TIME OF PRAYER.

AND AS MANY PEOPLE AS WERE

IN THERE, I FELT ALONE.

BUT I'M FEELING A SENSE OF

LIGHTNESS, LIKE OH, THIS

IS PRETTY NICE.

NOW I'M HEARING THIS

MESSAGE, THERE IS PURPOSE.

THERE IS HOPE.

AND I'M, LIKE, HE'S

SPEAKING TO ME.

IT WAS THE THING I WAS

HUNGERING FOR AND

THIRSTING FOR ALL OF THESE

YEARS.

I SAID, OH, MY GOODNESS,

THIS IS IT.

I HAVE TO COME BACK.

Reporter: THAT NIGHT

HE RETURNED FOR THE

EVENING SERVICE.

GOD HIMSELF CAME TO ME

RIGHT THERE AND LET ME

KNOW I'M WHO YOU'VE BEEN

SEARCHING FOR.

I'M THE BELONGINGS YOU

NEED.

HE SHOWED ME HE WAS THERE

WITH ME THE WHOLE TIME.

HE TOOK MY LONELINESS AND

FILLED IT WITH HIS LOVE.

HE FILLED IT WITH HIS

GRACE.

I WAS, LIKE, ALL RIGHT,

LORD, THIS IS IT.

I WANT YOU.

I DON'T WANT ANYTHING

ELSE.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, ABRAHAM FOUND

WHERE HE BELONGED, IN THE

ARMS OF HIS HEAVENLY

FATHER.

IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS, HE

REALIZED HIS PURPOSE AND

BECAME A PREACHER.

HE EVEN FOUNDED A CHURCH,

WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW.

THESE DAYS HE KEEPS PRETTY

BUSY AS A HUSBAND AND

FATHER OF FIVE.

AND HE CREDITS GOD FOR ALL

OF IT.

JESUS CHRIST LITERALLY

CAME INTO MY LIFE AND

SPOKE LIFE INTO ME.

HE STEPPED IN AND SHOWED

ME, LIKE, I WAS HERE THE

WHOLE TIME.

I HAVE A PURPOSE FOR YOU.

I HAVE A DESTINY FOR YOU.

THERE WAS NOTHING ANYONE

ELSE COULD HAVE DONE; ONLY

GOD CAN DO IT.

Gordon: ONLY GOD CAN

DO IT.

WHEN YOU GET TO THAT

REALIZATION THAT YOU CAN'T

DO IT ON YOUR OWN, THERE

IS NOT ENOUGH WILL POWER,

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH GOOD

INTENTION, THERE IS NOT

ENOUGH OF ANY OF THAT TO

CHANGE YOU AND TO CHANGE

YOU FROM YOUR INNERMOST

BEING, ONLY GOD CAN DO

THAT WORK.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET

HIM TO DO IT?

WELL, YOU HAVE TO COME TO

HIM.

YOU HAVE TO HUMBLE

YOURSELF, AND YOU HAVE TO

SAY, GOD, I CAN'T DO THIS,

BUT I KNOW YOU CAN.

WILL YOU HELP ME?

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

THIS, IF YOU NEED HELP

WITH PRAYER, IF YOU SAY, I

JUST WANT TO TURN MY LIFE

AROUND, I WANT TO HAVE A

FRESH START, I WANT TO

HAVE A NEW BEGINNING,

WELL, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN: 1-800-700-7000.

> WELL, EVERY DAY HAJARA

HAD TO FACE HER GREATEST

FEAR: A DIRTY POND ON THE

EDGE OF HER VILLAGE.

SHE HAD GOOD REASON TO BE

SCARED BECAUSE THE TOXIC

WATER KILLED HER BROTHER.

Reporter: HAJARA

DOESN'T MIND HELPING OUT.

IN FACT, SHE LIKES FEEDING

THE GOATS AND WORKING WITH

HER DAD ON THE FARM.

BUT GETTING WATER FROM THE

VILLAGE POND IS ONE CHORE

SHE DREADS.

I GET SCARED EVERY TIME

I GO THERE TO GET WATER.

THE WATER IS SO DIRTY, IT

SMELLS.

I'M SCARED TO TOUCH IT.

BECAUSE THAT WATER KILLED

MY BROTHER.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

AGO, HER OLDER BROTHER

DIED OF CHOLERA AFTER

DRINKING THE CONTAMINATED

WATER.

HIS DEATH AHEAD HER WORRY

THAT THE REST OF HER

FAMILY WOULD DIE, TOO.

SOMETIMES SHE WOULD NOT

DRINK WATER FOR DAYS, FOR

FEAR SHE MIGHT DIE.

I WAS AFRAID I WOULD LOSE

HER TO DEHYDRATION.

Reporter: WHEN CBN

DUG A WELL IN THEIR

VILLAGE, HAJARA'S FATHER

WATCHED HER DRINK CLEAN

WATER FOR THE VERY FIRST

TIME IN HER LIFE.

THE WATER TOOK AWAY HER

FEAR OF DEATH.

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH

OF A BLESSING THIS WELL IS

TO US.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

THIS WONDERFUL GIFT.

I FEEL LIKE YOU'VE GIVEN

ME MY LIFE BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: AND THANK

YOU.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF "THE

700 CLUB," YOU'RE PART OF

THAT BLESSING.

BECAUSE A PORTION OF EVERY

GIFT GOING INTO THE WORK

OF "OPERATION BLESSING" TO

HELP PEOPLE.

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL AROUND THE

WORLD.

YOU'RE A PART OF

EVERYTHING WE DO WHEN YOU

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB," AND

YOU GET TO BE A PART OF

IT, TOO.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

JUST $20 A MONTH.

THAT BREAKS OUT TO 65

CENTS A DAY.

SO IF THAT'S YOU, GIVE US

A CALL: 1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

NOW, IF YOU WANT TO GIVE A

SPECIAL GIFT JUST SO THAT

PEOPLE CAN HAVE CLEAN

WATER, WE HAVE SOMETHING

ON THE GIVING PAGE OF

cbn.com, AND YOU CAN GET

TO IT FROM

700clubinteractive.com,

EITHER WAY, WHERE YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO

WATER WELLS.

HOW MUCH DOES ONE OF THOSE

MECHANICAL WELLS COST?

IT'S ROUGHLY $1800.

WE HAVE SOME THAT ARE

SOLAR-POWERED, THAT

PROVIDE WATER FOR AN

ENTIRE VILLAGE, PROVIDE

LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS.

THOSE ARE MORE EXPENSIVE.

THOSE AVERAGE IN THE

$35,000 RANGE.

REALIZE YOUR GIFT, NO

MATTER HOW SMALL, CAN GO

INTO THAT AND PROVIDE THAT

SO THAT OTHERS CAN HAVE

CLEAN DRINKING WATER.

THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT IT

IS A DESIGNATED FUND.

SO 100% OF YOUR GIFT WILL

GO INTO WATER WELLS

FORTUNATE PEOPLE IN NEED.

SO IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT,

YOU CAN CALL US AND SAY, I

WANT TO GIVE TO WATER

WELLS, 1-800-700-7000.

OR YOU CAN GO TO CBN.COM,

AND THERE ON THE GIVING

PAGE THERE IS A PLACE

WHERE YOU CAN DESIGNATE

YOUR GIFT FOR FRESH WATER.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM ROMANS 15: "NOW

MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL

YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE

AND BELIEVING, THAT YOU

MAY ABOUND IN HOPE BY THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN

TOMORROW.

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