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700 Club Interactive - DARC Training - January 18, 2017

An elite training camp helps prepare police officers for urban warfare. Read Transcript


Gordon: GO THROUGH

Gordon: GO THROUGH

THE ANTI-TERRORISM

TRAINING USED BY THE

POLICE.

IT FEELS REAL, IT

REALLY DOES.

Gordon: AND SEE HOW

THEY'LL PROTECT YOU DOING

AN ATTACK.

THIS IS TRAINING YOU

CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

AMERICANS TODAY KNOW THAT

A TERRORIST ATTACK COULD

HAPPEN ANY TIME, ANYWHERE.

SO LOCAL POLICE

DEPARTMENTS ARE GETTING

READY IN CASE TERRORISTS

STRIKE IN THEIR AREA.

CHUCK HOLTON VISITED ONE

TRAINING PROGRAM IN

ARKANSAS, WHERE POLICE

OFFICERS ARE BEING

PREPARED FOR THE WORST.

Reporter: IN THE WAKE

OF CONTINUING TERROR

ATTACKS AROUND THE WORLD,

IT IS CLEAR INTERNATIONAL

TERRORISTS ARE EVOLVING TO

USE EVER-MORE SPECTACULAR

AND BRUTAL TACTICS,

COORDINATED ATTACKS ON

MULT LOCATIONS CAN QUICKLY

BRING TOWNS TO A

STANDSTILL AND REPRESENT A

NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.

LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM

AROUND THE U.S. COME TO

THIS AREA.

DARSI HAS BEEN DEVELOPING

COUNTER-TERRORISM

TECHNIQUES FOR TWO

TECHNIQUES, AND OFFERS A

SPECIAL COURSE SEVERAL

TIMES EACH YEAR FOR LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

FORMER GREEN BERET RICH

MASON IS THE FOUNDER.

DARSI WAS STARTED IN

1996, AS A WAY FOR LAW

ENFORCEMENT AND THE

MILITARY TO GET

OFF-CAMPUS, AWAY FROM THE

FLAG POLE, AND TO FOCUS

COST-EFFECTIVE TRAINING.

IT FOCUSES ON URBAN

WARFARE AND

COUNTER-TERRORISM.

WE HAVE EVERYTHING FROM

SNIPERS TO PISTOL,

EXPLOSIVE-REACHING, AND

THING LIKE THAT.

Reporter: THE LAW

ENFORCEMENT

COUNTER-TERRORISM COURSE

BRINGS IN COPS FROM ALL

DIFFERENT AGENCIES AND

THROWS THEM TOGETHER IN A

CHAOTIC, HYPERREALISTIC

SCENARIO FROM DAY ONE.

IT IS DESIGNED TO

DEFEAT A MULTIPLE CELL

ATTACK, SIMILAR TO PARIS,

BUT WORSE IN SCALE.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT MAKES DARSI

TRAINING SO EFFECTIVE, IS

THEY HAVE THEIR COPS BRING

THEIR REAL EQUIPMENT.

THE SWAT GUYS BRING THEIR

SAME BODY ARMOR AND

HUMANITIES.

HELMETS.

BUT THERE IS ONE

DIFFERENCE, THIS SMALL

BLUE PIN THAT GOES IN

HERE.

THE REASON THAT IS

IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE OP

FORCES ARE LIVE GUYS, AND

THEY'RE SHOOTING BACK AT

YOU WITH THESE SAME

PLASTIC BULLETS.

THIS ISN'T PAINTBALL.

THESE THINGS REALLY HURT.

WHEN YOU GET HIT, YOU KNOW

IT.

IT MAKES THE TRAINING

PAINFUL, BUT VERY

REALISTIC.

THIS TRAINING IS VERY

IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT PUTS

EVERYTHING INTO CONTEXT

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE AGGRESSIVE NATURE OF A

LONE WOLF, WHICH IS

DIFFERENT FROM THE DAY TO

DAY ROUTINE LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

IT IS MASS CHAOS

INITIALLY BECAUSE YOU'RE

GOING TO GET REPORTS

COMING FROM A BUNCH OF

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.

Reporter: MIKE COWEN

IS A MEMPHIS COP WHO HAS

BEEN TO DARSI SEVERAL

TIMES.

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH

TACTICAL GUYS ON ONE TEAM

FOR A MAJOR EVENT LIKE WE

SAW IN PARIS.

SO HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY

TO TRAIN AND LEARN THESE

TACTICS AND BE ABLE TO

TEACH THESE TACTICS, SO WE

CAN ALL BE ON THE SAME

SHEET, IS WHY WE'RE HERE.

THIS IS TRAINING YOU

CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.

Reporter: LIEUTENANT

CHRIS AMLING IS A

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY IN

ARKANSAS.

WHEN YOU HAVE A GUY WHO

IS ACTIVELY TRYING TO HURT

YOU, AND IT IS NOT FOR

PLAY, IT IS REAL LIFE, YOU

PUT A LOT MORE INTO IT.

YOU TAKE YOUR TIME.

YOUR BREATHING GOES UP.

IT FEELS REAL, IT REALLY

DOES.

IT KEEPS CHANGING AND

GETTING MORE CHAOTIC

THROUGHOUT THE COURSE, AND

THAT IS DONE ON PURPOSE.

TO MAKE THE VALUE OF THE

TRAINING EVEN HIGHER.

YOU HAVE EVERYTHING

FROM SUICIDE VESTS TO

BEING SHOT AT.

IT IS KIND OF A FULL

SPECTRUM OF VIOLENCE, THAT

WE'RE ABLE TO SIMULATE FOR

THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND

TEAMS THAT COME OUT HERE.

Reporter: AND COPS

ARE LINING UP FOR THE

TRAINING.

MANY TAKING VACATION TIME

AND SPENDING THEIR OWN

MONEY TO BE HERE BECAUSE

THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AT

STAKE.

I MEAN, IT HAPPENS HERE

IN THE STATES, AND WE HAVE

TO PREPARE FOR THAT AND BE

READY FOR IT, WHETHER IT

IS ISIS OR HOME-GROWN

TERRORISM.

WE'VE GOT TO GET THIS

TRAINING AND PUT IT ON OUR

GUYS.

WE'VE GOT TO MAKE THIS

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

HAPPEN RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: WITH THE

NEXT ATTACK LIKELY A

MATTER OF WHEN, NOT IF,

THESE MEN ARE SPENDING

LOTS OF LATE NIGHTS AT

DARSI, MAKING SURE THEY'LL

BE READY.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER,

ABSOLUTELY.

THE MORE YOU KNOW AND THE

MORE YOU'VE EXPERIENCED,

IT DEFINITELY GIVES YOU AN

EDGE.

Reporter: FROM LITTLE

ROCK, ARKANSAS, I'M CHUCK

HOLTON FOR CBN NEWS.

Gordon: THEY'RE ON

VACATION TIME, PAYING

THEIR OWN WAY, TO GET THE

TRAINING THEY NEED TO HELP

YOU AND ME.

> WELL, STILL AHEAD, A

TOP COP WHO WASN'T ONE AT

ALL.

WE BEGAN TO SET GUYS

UP.

WE WOULD PULL THEM UP, AND

WE WOULD HANDCUFF THEM AND

TAKE THEIR DRUGS AND THEIR

MONEY.

Gordon: WHAT WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN THE REAL

POLICE SHOW UP, LATER ON

OUR SHOW.

Gordon: GOOD COP OR

BAD COP, STEVE WAS

NEITHER.

BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP HIM

FROM DONNING A BADGE AND

FLASHING HIS LIGHTS.

STEVE HAD NO INTEREST IN

UPHOLDING THE LAW; HE JUST

WANTED TO BREAK IT.

WE COME UP WITH THE

IDEA TO GET A BADGE, BLUE

AND RED.

WE WENT AND GOT HANDCUFFS

AND GUN HOLSTERS.

Reporter: WHEN STEVE

WASN'T RUNNING FROM

POLICE, HE WAS

IMPERSONATING THEM.

WE BEGAN TO SET GUYS

UP, AND WE WOULD PULL THEM

OVER AND HANDCUFF THEM AND

TAKE THEIR DRUGS AND THEIR

MONEY.

I DIDN'T HAVE NO REGARD

FOR THE LAW.

I JUST DIDN'T HAVE ANY

TYPE OF MORALS AT THE

TIME.

Reporter: STEVE'S

PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN HE

WAS A SMALL BOY.

AFTER THAT HE LIVED WITH

HIS MOTHER, WHO WAS A

CHRISTIAN, BUT HER

INFLUENCE WAS NOT ENOUGH

TO MAKE HIM CHANGE HIS

WAYS.

WHAT I KNEW OF GOD AND

JESUS WAS BECAUSE OF MY

MOM.

MY SISTERS AND THEM WOULD

SIT DOWN AND WATCH "THE

700 CLUB" ALL OF THE TIME.

PAT ROBERTSON.

SO WE KNEW ABOUT GOD, AND

WE KNEW ABOUT CHRIST.

I DIDN'T HAVE A REFERENCE

FOR HIM.

I DIDN'T WANT TO FOLLOW

HIM.

Reporter: STEVE BEGAN

DRINKING AND SMOKING POT

AT A VERY YOUNG AGE.

WE WOULD SMOKE IN THE

MORNING BEFORE WE WENT TO

SCHOOL.

IT ESCALATED.

I BEGAN TO DRINK.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

ANYBODY.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

MYSELF.

I USED ANYBODY THAT I

COULD TO WHERE I COULD GET

HIGH.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT ME.

Reporter: STEVE

SOMETIMES STAYED WITH HIS

FATHER, WHO WAS A

CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN

KENTUCKY.

WHILE THERE, STEVE WOULD

OFTEN VISIT THE JAILS AND

PRISONS WITH HIS DAD, BUT

SEEING THE MEN BEHIND BARS

DID LITTLE TO DETER HIP.

HIM.

WE COULD SEE THE

PRISONERS AND HOW THEY

LIVE AND THE JAIL CELLS,

AND IT NEVER CROSSED MY

MIND I WOULD END UP THERE.

Reporter: STEVE QUIT

SCHOOL IN NINTH GRADE.

THE ONLY JOB HE COULD GET

WAS WASHING DISHES.

BUT HE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY

TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY FOR

DRUGS.

I WORKED AT A

RESTAURANT WITH GUYS WHO

WERE DOING COKE AND CRACK.

THAT'S WHEN MY DRUG USE

GOT BAD.

Reporter: HE MEET

LISA AND THEY HAD TO

CHILDREN.

STEVE SOLD DRUGS TO

SUPPORT THEM, AND ALSO TO

SUPPORT HIS OWN HABIT.

I WOULD WAKE UP AND

THINK, IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO

OR THREE DAYS, AND THEY'D

BEEN, LIKE, YOU'VE BEEN

GONE FOR A WEEK AND A

HALF.

ONCE IT TOOK OVER MY LIFE,

I COULDN'T HOLD DOWN A JOB

ANYMORE.

Reporter: THEY

EVENTUALLY SPLIT UP, AND

HE CONTINUED HIS PERSONAL

LIFESTYLE.

HE BEGAN IMPERSONATING

POLICEMEN TO TAKE DOWN

DRUG DEALERS.

WE WOULD TAKE THEIR

MONEY AND LEAVE THEM OUT

ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

Reporter: STEVE LATER

MET PAULA, WHO HAD BEEN

RAISED IN CHURCH.

SHE KNEW STEVE WAS

SPENT

WHEN I REALLY KNEW HE

WAS GOING TO BE GOING

AWAY, THIS IS WHAT HE IS

FACING, I WANTED HIM TO

KNOW SOMEONE WOULD BE

THERE FOR HIM.

MY PARENTS HAD BEEN

MARRIED FOR MANY YEARS,

AND I KNEW AT THAT POINT

IN MY MIND, IF I COMMITTED

TO HIM, I WAS GOING TO BE

COMMITTED TO HIM.

Reporter: STEVE WAS

GIVEN A 15-YEAR SENTENCE.

WHILE IN PRISON, HE BEGAN

ATTENDING DAILY CHAPEL

SERVICES TO GET OUT OF HIS

CELL.

HEARING GOD'S WORDS

STARTED HAVING AN EFFECT

ON STEVE.

AS DID THE WORDS OF TWO

OLDER WOMEN WHO CAME TO

THE PRISON EVERY WEEK.

I REALLY SEEN CHRIST IN

THEM.

I SEEN THEIR -- JUST THAT

SHINE, THAT GLOW THAT YOU

SEE OTHER CHRISTIANS HAVE.

I WANTED TO BE MORE LIKE

THAT.

IF THAT'S WHAT A CHRISTIAN

WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, I

WANTED TO BE MORE LIKE

THEM.

Reporter: SLOWLY

STEVE'S HEART BEGAN TO

SOFTEN.

THEY SHOWED ME

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

I KNEW THE SEEDS THEY WAS

PLANTING, AND I WOULD

BEGIN TO THINK ON THOSE

THINGS, AND PONDER, AND GO

TO THE SCRIPTURES THEY

GAVE US.

I THINK THESE TWO WOMEN

WERE PLACED IN MY LIFE AT

THAT TIME BY GOD FOR ME.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

STEVE WAS READING HIS

BIBLE IN HIS CELL.

GOD OPENED MY EYES AND

SHOWED ME MY SIN AGAINST

HIM.

HE SHOWED ME WHO HE WAS,

AND HOW MUCH I NEEDED HIM.

AND THAT BROKE ME.

I FELL ON MY KNEES, AND I

ASKED HIM TO COME INTO MY

LIFE AND CHANGE ME.

Reporter: FOR OVER A

DECADE, STEVE SHARED HIS

NEW FAITH IN PRISON WHILE

PAULA FAITHFULLY VISITED

HIM.

AS HE GREW IN HIS FAITH,

SO DID SHE.

HE WAS RELEASED AFTER

SERVING 11 YEARS AND IS

NOW A FREE MAN.

THEY'RE EXPECTING THEIR

FIRST CHILD, AND STEVE

CONTINUES TO SHARE CHRIST

WITH INMATES.

THROUGH CHRIST AND

THROUGH HIS LOVE AND

THROUGH HIS GUIDANCE, YOU

HAVE HOPE FOR A FUTURE.

HE IS EVERYTHING TO ME.

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT I

COULD GO BY WITHOUT HIM.

I MEAN, HE'S MY REDEEMER.

HE SAVED ME FROM A LIFE OF

SIN.

HE SAVED ME FROM HELL.

HE SAVED ME FROM MYSELF.

HE IS MY HERO.

Gordon: AND HE'LL DO

THE SAME FOR YOU.

MAYBE YOU'RE NOT LIKE

STEVE.

BUT REALIZE THAT IF GOD

CAN DO THAT FOR STEVE,

WHAT CAN HE DO FOR YOU?

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH

HIM.

HE CAN TAKE THE MOST

HARDENED CRIMINAL, HE CAN

TAKE THE MOST HARDENED

ADDICT, THE MOST HARDENED

ALCOHOLIC -- HE CAN TAKE

THEM AND MAKE THEM

COMPLETELY NEW, CHANGE

THEM FROM THEIR INNERMOST

BEING, SO WHAT THEY USED

TO WANT TO DO, ALL OF

THOSE DESTRUCTIVE THINGS,

THEY NO LONGER WANT TO DO.

THEY WANT TO HAVE A HOPE.

THEY WANT TO HAVE A

FUTURE.

AND JESUS SUPPLIES THAT.

HE GIVES THAT TO YOU.

AND HE DOES SO FREELY.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET

IT?

WELL, IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

SO IF THIS IS FOR YOU, IF

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT, JUF

BOW YOUR HEAD WITH ME.

LET'S PRAY A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER, AND WHAT GOD HAS

DONE FOR OTHERS, HE WILL

DO FOR YOU.

HE WATCHES OVER HIS WORD

TO PERFORM IT.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT,

JUST SAY HIS NAME.

JESUS.

I WANT TO KNOW YOU, AND I

WANT YOU TO COME INTO MY

HEART AND CHANGE MY LIFE.

I'VE SEEN WHAT YOU'VE DONE

FOR OTHERS.

I'VE SEEN THE

TRANSFORMATION.

AND, JESUS, I WANT THAT.

SO COME INTO MY HEART,

MAKE ME NEW.

FORGIVE ME OF THE THINGS

THAT I'VE DONE WRONG.

SET ME FREE.

AND IF YOU DO THIS, I WANT

TO FOLLOW YOU ALL THE DAYS

OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK THAT YOU

FILL THEM WITH YOUR HOLY

SPIRIT, THAT YOU WOULD

CHANGE THEIR HEARTS, THEIR

SPIRITS, THEIR INNERMOST

BEING, AND MAKE THEM NEW.

DO IT, LORD, FOR WE ASK IT

IN JESUS' NAME.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME, THE

BIBLE SAYS THERE IS ONE

MORE THING YOU NEED TO DO:

YOU NEED TO CONFESS WITH

YOUR MOUTH.

AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR

HEART AND CONFESS WITH

YOUR MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE

SAVED.

SO WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO

IS MAKE THE PHONE CALL.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN: 1-888-777-1999.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY,

I PRAYED WITH THAT GUY ON

TV.

I ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

MY HEART.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FREE FOR YOU.

IT'S CALLED "A NEW DAY."

IN THERE THERE IS A C.D.

TEACHING, OF WHAT DO YOU

DO NOW?

HOW DO YOU LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE?

THERE IS ALSO A BOOKLET

FILLED WITH BIBLE VERSES,

SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT

IT IS ALL FREE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US, AND WE'LL SEND IT

RIGHT TO YOU:

1-888-777-1999.

> STILL AHEAD, A

90-YEAR-OLD WIDOW IS

DESPERATE FOR HELP.

MY ROOF HAD GOT BAD AND

THERE WAS ANIMALS GETTING

IN.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I WASN'T ABLE TO DO IT,

AND I KNEW I COULDN'T DO

IT.

Gordon: HEAR HOW THIS

DEAR LADY RECEIVES A

BLESSING AND THE SURPRISE

OF HER LIFE.

CARING FOR WIDOWS AND

ORPHANS.

SO WHEN A 90-YEAR-OLD

WIDOW NEEDED SOME MASSIVE

HOME REPAIRS, "OPERATION

BLESSING" WAS THERE TO

HELP.

Reporter: 90-YEAR-OLD

AGNES WAS FACING HEFTY

FINES, UP TO $2,500 A DAY.

A FAMILY MEMBER HAD BEEN

STORING HIS BELONGINGS AND

TRASH AT HER HOME FOR

YEARS.

WHEN THE NEIGHBORS

COMPLAINED, THE CITY TOOK

ACTION.

WE TRIED TO GET HIM TO

TAKE IT DOWN, BUT IT WAS

TERRIBLE.

ALL KINDS OF GARBAGE.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

HER AGE, AGNES HAS NOT

BEEN ABLE TO REMOVE THE

TRASH.

PLUS, HER HOME HAD FALLEN

INTO DISREPAIR.

WITH HOLES IN HER ROOF AND

NO AIR CONDITIONING, LIFE

WAS BECOMING VERY HARD FOR

THE ELDERLY WIDOW.

MY ROOF HAD GOTTEN BAD

AND THERE WAS ANIMALS AND

STUFF GETTING IN.

I KNEW I COULDN'T DO IT.

Reporter: WITH

NOWHERE TO TURN, AGNES

CONTACTED "OPERATION

BLESSING" TO SEE IF THEY

COULD HELP.

THEY'RE ANGELS.

THEY CAME IN AND CLEANED

OUT ALL OF THE STUFF, TORE

THE SHEDS DOWN AND TORE

THE TRAILER DOWN AND HAD

TAKEN EVERYTHING OUT.

Reporter: IN ADDITION

TO REPAIRING AGNES'

DAMAGED ROOF, WE GOT SOME

HELP FROM REGENT

UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS AND

DID A FEW LITTLE EXTRAS

FOR AGNES.

WE PUT IN A PATHWAY TO THE

BACKYARD, BUILT BEAUTIFUL

FLOWERBEDS, FINISHED THE

DEBRIS REMOVAL, AND

CLEANED OUT AGNES'

SHEDMENT.

SHED.

WHEN THEY STARTED

WORKING, THEY SURE DID A

GOOD JOB.

THEY'RE ALL MY LITTLE

ANGELS.

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL.

AND I NEVER WILL FORGET

THEM.

AND I LOVE THEM.

Reporter: AT THE END

OF A FULL DAY OF WORK,

"OPERATION BLESSING"

VOLUNTEERS HAD ONE LAST

SURPRISE.

THEY ASKED ME WHAT I

NEEDED, AND I SAID, I NEED

AN AIR CONDITIONER.

I SAID, PLEASE GET ME AN

AIR CONDITIONER.

AND SO THEY SURPRISED ME

WITH ONE.

GOD BLESS THEM AND THEY'RE

WONDERFUL AND I LOVE THEM

ALL.

I'VE BEEN BLESSED AND

BLESSED.

AND GOD HAS NEVER LEFT ME.

AND HE IS STILL WITH ME.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO BE A PART OF IT, PART

OF EVERYTHING WE'RE DOING

AROUND THE WORLD, IT IS

ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE

ENOUGH TO GIVE.

SO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

A PORTION OF EVERY GIFT

GOES INTO THE WORK OF

"OPERATION BLESSING" TO

HELP PEOPLE IN NEED.

ANOTHER PORTION GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN

INTERNATIONAL TO PREACH

THE GOSPEL AROUND THE

WORLD.

IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART

OF ALL OF IT, JUST JOIN

WITH US.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN 1-888-777-1999.

JUST CALL AND SAY, I WANT

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS IT?

$20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY.

AND WHEN YOU CALL AND

JOIN, I WANT YOU TO HAVE

THIS.

IT'S "HEAVEN, WHAT GOD HAS

PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO

LOVE HIM."

INSIDE THIS D.V.D., THERE

ARE THREE DIFFERENT

SECTIONS.

ONE IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE

DIED AND HAVE GONE TO

HEAVEN.

AND WE TELL THEIR STORIES.

YOU GET TO SEE THEM.

YOU GET TO HEAR THEM.

WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED AND

THEY CAME BACK.

AND THERE IS AN INTERVIEW

WITH A CARDIAC SURGEON,

WHO SAYS HE HAS HAD

PATIENTS DIE, GO TO

HEAVEN, AND THEN GET

REVIVED AGAIN.

AND MY FATHER HAS A

TEACHING ON, WHAT CAN

CHRISTIANS EXPECT IN

HEAVEN?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

ABOUT HEAVEN?

ALL YOURS WHEN YOU JOIN.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-888-777-1999.

> STILL AHEAD, THE

EIGHT-TIME ALL-STAR NBA

POWERHOUSE AND ONCE THE

SUPERMAN OF THE SLAM-DUNK.

DWIGHT HOWARD TALKS ABOUT

HIS MISSION ON AND OFF THE

COURT.

Gordon: IN 2004,

DWIGHT HOWARD CAME INTO

THE LEAGUE STRAIGHT OUT OF

HIGH SCHOOL AND STILL

WEARING BRACES.

HE GREW UP IN FRONT OF

MILLIONS OF FANS, MAKING

SOME VERY PUBLIC MISTAKES

ALONG THE WAY.

AS HE TOLD SEAN BROWN, NO

MATTER WHAT, HE REMAINS

FAITHFUL TO HIS MISSION.

OVER THE PAST 12

SEASONS, FEW PLAYERS HAVE

BEEN MORE DOMINANT INSIDE

THE PAINT THAN HOUSTON

ROCKETS' DWIGHT HOWARD.

HE ENTERED THE LEAGUE THE

FIRST OVERALL PICK IN THE

NBA DRAFT FRESH OUT OF

HIGH SCHOOL.

COMING INTO THE LEAGUE,

YOU HAD A MISSION.

WHAT WAS THE MISSION?

MY MISSION WAS TO

PREACH GOD'S WORD AND USE

THE NBA AS A PLATFORM FOR

GOD.

Reporter: BUT FOR A

19-YEAR-OLD ENTERING THE

NBA, DWIGHT SAYS IT WAS A

DAILY STRUGGLE TO STAY

FOCUSED ON GOD.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN

IT WAS VERY OVERWHELMING.

IT WAS, LIKE, THIS IS SO

MUCH.

EVERYTHING IS AT MY

DISPOSAL.

ALL I'VE GOT TO DO IS JUST

GO REACH.

Reporter: IN NINE

SEASONS WITH THE MAGIC,

DWIGHT BECAME A THREE-TIME

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE

YEAR, MADE SIX ALL-STAR

APPEARANCES.

BUT WITH SUCCESS CAME

TEMPTATION.

AND IN 2007, HE BECAME A

FATHER AND WASN'T MARRIED.

AND HE TOOK A LOT OF HEAT

BECAUSE OF IT.

IF YOU'RE A

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE AND

YOU COME OUT AND TELL THE

WORLD, HEY, I'M A

CHRISTIAN.

AND FOR SOME REASON FOR

THOSE WHO DON'T QUITE

UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT

MEANS, THEY ALL OF A

SUDDEN THINK YOU CAN'T

MAKE MISTAKES.

THAT IS CORRECT.

WHEN I CAME OUT, I WANTED

PEOPLE TO KNOW I AM A MAN

OF FAITH, AND I BELIEVE IN

GOD AND I WILL ALWAYS

BELIEVE IN HIM.

AND THE MINUTE I MESSED

UP, EVERYBODY SAID, YOU'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE A

CHRISTIAN.

BUT JESUS DIED ON THE

CROSS FOR OUR SINS.

SO IF HE IS WILLING TO

FORGIVE US, WHY CAN'T WE

FORGIVE EACH OTHER?

Reporter: TOWARDS THE

END OF THE 2012 SEASON,

RUMORS OF FRICTION BETWEEN

HIM, HIS COACH, AND

TEAMMATES BEGAN TO BREW.

EVERYBODY MADE ME LOOK

LIKE THE WORST GUY IN THE

WORLD, A COACH HATER AND A

GUY WHO HATES HIS

TEAMMATES, ALL OF THESE

THINGS THAT I AM NOT.

Reporter: AND THEN HE

WAS TRADED TO THE LAKERS,

AND THERE IT WAS DIFFICULT

FOR HIM TO PLAY AT A HIGH

LEVEL BECAUSE HE STILL

NEEDED TIME TO HEAL FROM

SURGERY.

I'M TRYING TO PLAY, BUT

I'M STILL NOT 100%.

AND I WAS GETTING

DEMOLISHED FOR THAT.

HE IS NOT PLAYING HARD

ENOUGH.

HE CAN'T DUNK ANYMORE.

AND I'M, LIKE, GOD, WHY DO

I HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS?

AND HE SAID, JUST KEEP

GOING, JUST STAY STRONG.

Reporter: WHEN THE

SEASON CONCLUDED, DWIGHT

WAS A FREE AGENT AND HE

DECIDED TO LEAVE

LOS ANGELES AND THAT

DIDN'T GO OVER WELL WITH

THE FANS.

AND EVERYBODY HATES ME

AGAIN.

AND I'M, LIKE, GOD, PLEASE

DO SOMETHING.

AND HE SAID, IF THE WHOLE

WORLD HATES YOU, I LOVE

YOU.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.

I THOUGHT, OKAY.

AND I JUST TRIED TO PUT

AWAY ALL OF THE HATE AND

EVERYTHING LIKE THAT AND

JUST FOCUS ON MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

Reporter: NOW DWIGHT

IS IN HIS THIRD SEASON

WITH HOUSTON.

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT,

HE WANTS TO WIN.

HE IS JUST WORKING HARD TO

REMEMBER HIS TRUE CALLING.

OH, WOW.

I MEAN, I JUST REMEMBER,

YOU KNOW, THIS WHOLE THING

LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.

WOW.

Reporter: WHEN YOU

LOOK AT THAT GUY, HOW IS

THAT GUY IN THAT NEWSPAPER

SHOT DIFFERENT FROM THE

GUY I'M SITTING ACROSS

FROM RIGHT NOW?

WELL, I WOULD SAY THIS

GUY IN THE NEWSPAPER IS

FULL OF LIFE, NO CARES IN

THE WORLD, NO WORRIES.

HE'S JUST A YOUNG KID WHO

DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

THE WORLD.

AND GUY THAT'S IN FRONT OF

YOU IS THE GUY WHO IS

HURT, BEEN AROUND, BEEN

THROUGH A LOT OF DIFFERENT

SITUATIONS.

AND IF I WAS TO GO BACK

AND TELL THE GUY IN THIS

PICTURE RIGHT HERE

SOMETHING, I WOULD SAY,

NEVER LET NOTHING STEAL

YOUR JOY BECAUSE YOU'RE

GOING TO GO THROUGH HELL.

Reporter: THAT'S A

LESSON DWIGHT HAD TO LEARN

THE HARD WAY.

TODAY HIS MISSION IS STILL

THE SAME.

WHEN I'M ON THE FLOOR,

LET PEOPLE SEE THE GUY IN

ME, WHETHER IT IS ME

HAVING FUN, BLOCKING A

SHOT AND SMILING, WHATEVER

IT MAY BE, BUT JUST HAVING

FUN AND PLAYING WITH PEACE

AND JOY.

Reporter: WHAT HAS

JESUS CHRIST MEANT TO YOU?

MAN, JUST, LIKE, MY

ROCK, MY FOUNDATION.

WHEN THINGS ARE GOING

WRONG, WHEN I'M AT A BAD

PLACE, WHEN I FAIL, I FEEL

LIKE HE IS THERE.

HE IS MY FOUNDATION.

HE HURTS WHEN I SIN, BUT

INSTEAD OF HIM TURNING HIS

BACK ON ME, HE'S, LIKE,

HEY, COME BACK.

I STILL LOVE.

I'M NOT GOING TO LEAVE.

I'M HERE FOR YOU.

WE CONNECT FOREVER.

SO THAT'S WHAT HE IS.

Gordon: WE'RE

CONNECTED FOREVER.

HIS PROMISE: HE WILL NEVER

LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US.

WONDERFUL WORDS FROM

DWIGHT: DON'T LET ANYTHING

STEAL YOUR JOY.

THOSE ARE WORDS TO LIVE

BY.

HERE IS ANOTHER WORD TO

LIVE BY, PSALM 18: 2: "THE

LORD IS MY ROCK AND MY

FORTRESS AND MY

DELIVERER."

LET HIM BE YOUR ROCK, YOUR

DELIVERER TODAY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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