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700 Club Interactive - March 13, 2017

While serving a 25 year prison sentence for dealing drugs, Jaime Torres found the freedom and acceptance he always craved. Read Transcript


Gordon: A BOY SAVES

HIS FATHER'S LIFE WITH A

LITTLE HELP FROM...

ANGELS.

Gordon: PLUS...THE

TRAFFICKER BUSTED BY THE

F.B.I.

I HAD TO GO GET THAT

MONEY BY ALL MEANS

NECESSARY.

Gordon: SEE WHAT

FINALLY BROKE THIS

HARDENED CRIMINAL.

I STARTED CRYING.

I CRIED HARD.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

*

Gordon: WELL, GOOD

MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

WHEN A 3,000-POUND TOILET

PRIUS FELL ON TOP OF HIS

FATHER, 8-YEAR-OLD J.T.

PARKER WAS THE ONLY ONE

THERE TO HELP.

Terry: WITHOUT

HESITATION, THE 50-POUND

IDAHO BOY LITERALLY JUMPED

INTO ACTION.

HERE IS HOW THAT MIRACLE

UNFOLDED.

I COULDN'T MOVE AT ALL.

I YELLED TO J.T., I SAID,

JACK IT UP QUICK.

JACK IT UP QUICK, AND THEN

I PASSED OUT.

I BLACKED OUT.

IT WAS ON HIS HANDS, AND I

THOUGHT, THIS IS IT.

THERE IS NO WAY HE COULD

JACK THIS CAR UP BECAUSE

IT TOOK BOTH MY SON AND I

TO GET IT JACKED UP THE

FIRST TIME.

IT WAS SCARY, AND I

DIDN'T THINK THAT I COULD

JACK THE CAR UP, BUT I

JUST KEPT ON TRYING.

I WENT LIKE THIS AND I

PUSHED.

Terry: AFTER ABOUT 15

AGONIZING MINUTES OF

JUMPING AND JUMPING, THE

CAR BEGAN TO RISE.

HIS OLDER BROTHER CAME

OUTSIDE, SAW WHAT WAS

HAPPENING, AND CALLED

9-1-1.

AND SOON AFTER, A

HELICOPTER ARRIVED TO TAKE

THE DAD TO THE HOSPITAL.

Gordon: WELL, J.T.'S

DAD ENDED UP WITH SEVERAL

BROKEN RIBS.

THE YOUNG HERO WAS LATER

HRPD BHONORED BY THE RED CROSS

FOR HIS ACTIONS.

WHEN A REPORTER ASKED HIM

HOW HE DID IT, HERE IS

WHAT HE AND HIS MOM HAD TO

SAY.

Reporter: WHERE DO

YOU THINK THAT STRENGTH

CAME FROM?

ANGELS.

MY GRANDPA, WHO PASSED

ON, AND MY SISTER WHO

DIED, WE BELIEVE WAS THERE

HELPING HIM.

IT IS A MIRACLE.

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO

DESCRIBE IT.

THERE IS NO WAY THAT

LITTLE BOY COULD HAVE DONE

THAT.

I JUST FELT LIKE IT WAS A

RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAD

TO TELL PEOPLE THAT

MIRACLES STILL EXIST.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL MIRACLE.

IMAGINE AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY

SAYING, I'VE GOT THE

PRESENCE OF MIND, I CAN

SAVE MY DAD WITH GOD'S

HELP.

ANGELS ARE GOING TO BE

HERE HELPING ME.

THAT IS A WONDERFUL STORY.

Terry: IT REALLY IS.

NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN.

Gordon: WELL, FOR THE

FIRST TIME A ONCE-BAND

ATHEIST COMMERCIAL IS

AIRING ON SOME NETWORKS.

IT FEATURES RONALD REAGAN,

THE SON OF THE LATE

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN,

PROUDLY PROCLAIMING HIS

ATHEIST VIEWS.

Terry: THE COMMERCIAL

AIRED ON "MORNING JO," ON

MSNBC LAST WEEK, AND WILL

AIR ON CNN.

I'M RONALD REAGAN, AN

UNABASHED ATHEIST.

I'M ALARMED BY THE

INTRUSIONS OF THE SECULAR

GOVERNMENT.

I'M ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT

THE FREEDOM FOR RELIGION

FOUNDATION.

ATHEISTS AND AGNOSTICS,

WORKING TO KEEP STATE AND

CHURCH SEPARATE, JUST LIKE

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

INTENDED.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE

"FREEDOM FROM RELIGION"

FOUNDATION, RONALD REAGAN,

LIFE-LONG ATHEIST, NOT

AFRAID OF BURNING IN HELL.

Terry: REAGAN'S OTHER

SON IS BOYCOTTING CNN.

HE POSTED THIS REACTION ON

TWITTER: "OUR FATHER IS

CRYING IN HEAVEN."

Gordon: IT SHOWS JUST

HOW FAR WE HAVE COME IN

OUR CULTURE.

AT THE SAME TIME, IN THE

INTEREST OF FREE SPEECH,

IF YOU'RE CHRISTIAN, IF

YOU'RE JEWISH, IF YOU'RE

MUSLIM, IF YOU'RE

BUDDHIST, IF YOU'RE HINDU,

AND EVEN IF YOU'RE NONE OF

THE ABOVE, YOU HAVE A

RIGHT, IN OUR COUNTRY, TO

THAT VIEW, AND EXERCISE

YOUR RIGHT.

WE ALL NEED TO HAVE THAT.

AT THE SAME TIME, "FREEDOM

FROM RELIGION" SOUNDS LIKE

YOU'RE TRYING TO ADVANCE

AN AGENDA, WHERE YOU WANT

TO RESTRICT SPEECH FROM

OTHER PEOPLE.

AND SPECIFICALLY PEOPLE OF

FAITH, WHO DO BELIEVE.

AND THAT'S ONE WHERE, WAIT

A MINUTE, DO I HAVE THE

RIGHT, UNDER THE BILL OF

RIGHTS, TO THE FREE

EXERCISE OF RELIGION?

THIS ISN'T JUST FREE

EXERCISE OF WORSHIP, WHICH

WOULD LIMIT ME TO A

CHURCH, BUT FREE EXERCISE

OF MY RELIGION.

AND PART OF MY RELIGION

MEANS I NEED TO TELL OTHER

PEOPLE ABOUT IT.

THAT WE ARE THE WITNESSES

OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND IF YOU'RE TRYING TO

RESTRICT THAT WITH

"FREEDOM FROM RELIGION,"

THINK AGAIN.

WE HAVE THAT RIGHT.

WE HAVE FREE SPEECH.

WE HAVE FREEDOM OF

ASSEMBLY.

WE HAVE FREEDOM OF

RELIGION.

WHICH MEANS WE GET TO

PRACTICE OUR RELIGIONS AS

THE DICTATES OF OUR

CONSCIENCE COMMAND US TO.

SO LET'S NOT TAKE IT TOO

FAR.

Terry: AND THE

MISGUIDED UNDERSTANDING OF

WHAT THE SEPARATION OF

CHURCH AND STATE ACTUALLY

MEANT WITH OUR FOUNDING

FATHERS.

Gordon: THEY ALL

PRAYED AND THEY ALL SIGNED

THE CONSTITUTION "IN THE

YEAR OF OUR LORD."

SO LET'S REMEMBER THAT.

Terry: YES.

> WELL, HERE IS ANOTHER

FIRST IN HISTORY: THE

UNITED STATES MILITARY IS

PROMOTING A MUSLIM

CHAPLAIN TO OVERSEE AN

ENTIRE DIVISION.

ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL

KHALID SABAZ WILL PROVIDE

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TO

MORE THAN 14,000 MOSTLY

CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS.

Gordon: THE

LIEUTENANT IS ONE OF ONLY

10 MUSLIM CHAPLAINS IN THE

U.S. MILITARY.

THIS SUMMER HE WILL BECOME

CHAPLAIN OF THE ARMY'S

SEVENTH INFANTRY DIVISION

AT JOINT BASE

LEWIS-McCORD IN

WASHINGTON.

THIS IS A CHANGE.

THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE FIRST.

THERE HAVE BEEN JEWISH

CHAPLAINS IN THE PAST, A

LOT OF CHRISTIAN

CHAPLAINS, AND THIS IS THE

FIRST MUSLIM.

Terry: I'M CONFUSED

ABOUT THIS.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WAS

MORE THAN ONE CHAPLAIN

ASSIGNED TO A GROUP.

IF YOU WERE A CATHOLIC,

THERE WAS A CATHOLIC

PRIEST.

IF YOU WERE A PROTESTANT,

THERE WAS A PROTESTANT

PREACH.

Gordon: THERE WAS A

HEAD CHAPLAIN FOR THE

ENTIRE DIVISION, BUT WHAT

DOES THAT MEAN GOING

FORWARD.

AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IF

THAT INFANTRY DIVISION IS

CALLED TO FIGHT?

THAT WOULD BE AN

INTERESTING CHAPEL.

> IN OTHER NEWS, GETTING

A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP IS A

PROBLEM FOR MANY PEOPLE

LIVING IN ISRAEL.

THAT'S BECAUSE EVERY

MORNING AT 5 a.m., THE

MOSQUE SEND OUT THEIR CALL

TO PRAYER OVER LOUD

SPEAKERS.

AND HERE IS WHAT THAT

SOUNDS LIKE.

[LOUD CHANTING]

Terry: A LOT OF

MOSQUE AMPLIFY CALL TO

PRAYERS, AND ONE VERSION

WERE STOP ANY CALL TO

PRAYER BETWEEN 11 p.m.

AND 7 a.m.

OTHER PROPOSES TO BAN

APPLICATION IN RE RESIDENTIAL

AREAS.

Gordon: ARAB

LAWMAKERS, WHO REPRESENT

ALMOST 20% OF THE

POPULATION OF ISRAEL ARE

CALLING THE LAW A RACIST

ACT.

AND SOME FEAR IT WILL

SPREAD HATE AND IGNITE

TENSIONS BETWEEN MUSLIMS

AND JEWS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW

THAT MUSLIMS LIVING IN

ISRAEL GET THE RIGHT TO

VOTE AND GET THE RIGHT TO

BE IN THE SENATE.

IT IS A DEMOCRATIC

SOCIETY, SO THEY HAVE

THESE RIGHTS.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE

CALLS OF PRAYER, AND

SPECIFICALLY THE CALL TO

PRAYER AT 5 A.M., AND THE

FIVE TIMES THAT MUSLIMS

PRAY DURING THE DAY --

THAT IS COMING INTO PLAY

RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED

STATES.

DETROIT IS LOOKING AT VERY

INTERESTING ISSUES WITH

THE CALL TO PRAYER, AND

THE AMPLIFICATION OF THAT

FROM THE MOSQUE TO THE

ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE'RE -- DEERBORN,

MICHIGAN, IS ANOTHER ONE.

WE'LL SEE.

IF YOU'VE EVER SPENT THE

NIGHT IN ISRAEL, YOU HAVE

HEARD THE CALL TO PRAYER

IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS,

AND THE MOSQUE CAN BE VERY

LOUD.

Terry: HERE IS

ANOTHER CONCERN FOR YOU

THAT OUGHT US GET OUR EARS

UP --

Gordon: IT SEEMS THAT

BRITISH COURTS NOW

CONSIDER PARTS OF THE

BIBLE HATE SPEECH.

IN WHAT IS BEING CALLED A

340MODERN DAY HARASSY TRIAL,

THEIR CRIME, PREACHING THE

BIBLE IN PUBLIC.

Terry: THE PROSECUTOR

SAID QUOTING PARTS OF THE

KING JAMES BIBLE IN MODERN

BRITAIN SHOULD BE

CONSIDERED TO BE, QUOTE,, QUOTE,

"A, QUOTE,"ABUSIVE AND SHOULD BE

CONSIDERED A CRIMINAL

MATTER."

IT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT

THE STATE OF FREEDOM OF

SPEECH AND OF FREEDOM OF

RELIGION IN THE U.K.

TAKE A LOOK.

YOU ARE NOT WELCOME,

OKAY?

YOU ARE HURTING MY ARM.

WHY ARE YOU HURTING MY

ARM?

YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THIS

TO ME, SIR!

YOU ARE CHALLENGING

MUSLIMS.

WE'RE JUST SAYING WHAT

THE BIBLE SAYS.

THAT'S FINE.

WELL, IF IT'S FINE, WHY

ARE YOU ARRESTING ME?

Gordon: THAT IS A

VERY INTERESTING CASE.

AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO

SEE SIMILAR THINGS RIGHT

HERE IN AMERICA.

IS IT OKAY TO QUOTE

CERTAIN PARTS OF LEVITICUS

OR THE FIRST CHAPTER OF

ROMANS IN PUBLIC?

IS IT OKAY TO RECITE THESE

VERSES, OR ARE YOU GOING

TO BE LABELLED WITH HATE

SPEECH?

TO SEE AN ACTUAL ARREST

BECAUSE SOMEONE STOOD ON A

STREET AND READ FROM A

BIBLE, AND IN THE UNITED

KINGDOM, IS ABSOLUTELY

ASTOUNDING TO ME.

BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

AND THAT CAN HAPPEN HERE

IN THE UNITED STATES.

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE OUR

FREEDOMS ARE AT STAKE.

OUR FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE.

AND TO ANYONE WHO SAYS,

WELL, I DON'T FIND FREEDOM

OF CONSCIENCE IN THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION, IT IS

DEFINITELY THERE IN THE

U.N. CHARTER.

AND THE U.S. IS A

SIGNATORY TO THAT, THAT

ONE OF THE BASIC HUMAN

RIGHTS RECOGNIZED BY THE

U.N. IS FREEDOM OF

CONSCIENCE.

AND DO YOU HAVE THAT?

AND CAN YOU SAY WHAT IS ON

YOUR CONSCIENCE, IN

ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR

RELIGION, WITHOUT BEING

ARRESTED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

THIS?

Terry: I THINK THE

THING THAT IS CONCERNING

IS OFTEN WHAT HAPPENS IN

EUROPE IS ON ITS WAY HERE.

AND SO IT IS -- IT SHOULD

BE OUR CONCERN.

I GUESS THE QUESTION IS:

WHAT DO WE DO TO PROTECT

THAT RIGHT IN A DAY AND

AGE THAT WE LIVE IN WHERE

IF I SAY SOMETHING THAT

YOU DON'T AGREE WITH, YOU

REACT SOMETIMES VERY

VIOLENTLY.

WE'RE SEEING THAT IN

EVERYDAY POLITICS HERE IN

AMERICA.

AND YOU KIND OF SLU SHRUG YOUR

SHOULDERS.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Gordon: WHAT I DON'T

WANT TO SEE IS THE FULL

AUTHORITY OF THE STATE

BEING BROUGHT TO BEAR TO

RESTRICT SPEECH OR

RELIGIONS ACTIVITY.

NO ONE HAS A CHANCE

AGAINST THAT ONE.

ONE.

Gordon: WE ARE SEEING

IT WITH BAKERS, AND

FLORISTS.

ARE WE GETTING TO THAT

LEVEL WHERE THE STATE IS

GOING TO ENFORCE

POLITICALLY-CORRECT

SPEECH, AND IT DOESN'T

MATTER IF IT IS A QUOTE

FROM THE BIBLE.

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: WE NEED TO BE

VIGILANT WITH THIS.

AND HOW DO WE ACT?

YES, WE NEED TO VOTE.

HAS SOME OF THAT BEEN

TAKEN BY COURTS THAT ARE

UNELECTED?

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO

CHANGE THAT?

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO

CHANGE OUR CULTURE?

FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE

NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT GOD

IS STILL SOVEREIGN.

JESUS IS STILL ON THE

THRONE.

AND WHAT DOES HE COMMAND

US TO DO?

WELL, HE COMMANDS US TO

LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

BUT HE ALSO COMMANDS US TO

PREACH THE GOSPEL.

PREACH THE GOSPEL.

KEEP PREACHING THE GOOD

NEWS, THAT THERE IS A

SAVIOR WHO WILL SAVE US

FROM OUR SINS.

Terry: AND THAT

VIGILANCE IS THE BEGINNING

OF THAT, THAT YOU TALK

ABOUT.

STILL AHEAD WITH NO

MEDICAL CARE, A SIMPLE

FOOT INJURY ALMOST LED TO

THIS LITTLE BOY LOSING HIS

LEG.

SEE HOW YOU HELPED HIM GET

BACK ON HIS FEET AGAIN,

WHEN WE RETURN.

Terry: TALJON IS A

YOUNG BOY WHO LIVES IN

CHINA.

WHEN HE INJURED HIS LEG,

HIS PARENTS COULDN'T

AFFORD THE PROPER

TREATMENTS FOR HIM, AND

SOON HE WAS FACING AN

AMPUTATION.

HE REMEMBERS HOPSCOTCHING

WITH HIS LITTLE SISTER,

FAYEE.

>FAYE.

MY BROTHER WAS ALWAYS

BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE AT

HOPSCOTCH.

BUT A LOT OF TIMES HE

STILL LET ME WIN.

Terry: THEN HE

SLIPPED AND HURT HIS LEG.

SINCE HIS PARENTS ARE

MIGRANT WORKERS, THEY

COULDN'T AFFORD PROPER

MEDICAL CARE FOR TAJON.

I WAS CRIPPLED AND HAD

TO STAY IN BED.

I COULDN'T GO TO SCHOOL

WITH MY SISTER ANYMORE.

Terry: HE ULTIMATELY

LOST FEELING IN HIS LEFT

LIMB.

IT WAS LIKE MY LEG

DIDN'T EVEN EXIST ANYMORE.

IT WOULDN'T LISTEN TO ME

AND I JUST FELL DOWN.

Terry: SO WHEN SOME

FLAMES CAUGHT HIS FOOT ON

FIRE, HE DIDN'T NOTICE A

THING UNTIL HE HAD BEEN

SEVERELY BURNED.

WITHOUT CORRECT ATTENTION,

HE GOT AN INFECTION THAT

DEFORMED HIS FOOT AND MADE

HIS LEG WORSE.

TAJON'S FOOT LOOKED

LIKE A HORSE'S HOOF.

I HAD TO CARRY HIM TO THE

BATHROOM.

I WANTED TO GIVE UP.

MY PARENTS WOULDN'T LET

ME.

EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT HAVE

TO HAVE MY LEG AMPUTATED.

I SAID TO MY SON, LET'S

TALK TO THE LORD.

I PRAYED, JESUS, YOU ARE

ALMIGHTY.

PLEASE HELP MY SON.

Terry: THEN A PASTOR

TOLD CBN ABOUT TAJON.

WE PROVIDED SURGERY TO

TREAT HIS BURN, INFECTION,

AND WITHERED LEG.

WE COVERED THE COST OF

INJECTIONS TO HELP HIS

NERVES AND MUSCLE GROW.

AND WE PAID FOR

MEDICATION, WHICH TREATED

HIS NERVE PROBLEMS SO HE

COULD FEEL AGAIN.

AND WE PAID FOR SURGERY

FOR HIS LEG.

THROUGH THE PROCESS, TAJON

AND HIS SISTER PRAYED TO

BECOME CHRISTIANS.

JESUS IS THE ONE WHO

MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE.

WITHOUT HIM AND CBN, I

NEVER WOULD BE ABLE TO

WALK AGAIN OR HOPSCOTCH

WITH MY SISTER.

CBN REMINDS ME OF

JESUS, BECAUSE JESUS

HELPED PEOPLE, AND HE

HELPED MY BROTHER.

Terry: JESUS HELPED

PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T HELP

THEMSELVES.

THIS LITTLE BOY, JUST IN

THE RECOUNTING OF WHAT HE

HAD GONE THROUGH, JUST

WEAKS, THINKING OF THE

PAIN AND THE FEAR OF

LOSING HIS LEG.

BUT YOU, "THE 700 CLUB"

MEMBERS, CAME INTO THE

MIDDLE OF THAT LITTLE

BOY'S NEED.

YOU GAVE HIM THE ABILITY

TO RUN AND PLAY AND BE A

NORMAL CHILD AGAIN.

WE SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THAT IS JUST THE KIND OF

THING THAT "700 CLUB"

MEMBERS ARE DOING AROUND

THE WORLD EVERY DAY OF THE

WEEK.

WILL YOU JOIN WITH US?

GO TO YOUR PHONE AND CALL.

IT'S 65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, TO BECOME A MEMBER.

EVEN THE CALL IS

TOLL-FREE: 1-800-700-7000.

WE'LL SEND YOU "THE SECRET

KINGDOM."

THESE ARE THE TEACHINGS

FROM PAT ON THE PRINCIPLES

FROM GOD THAT WORK IN THE

WORLD AROUND US.

SO CALL NOW.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, HE

WAS TAILED BY THE FEDS FOR

AN ENTIRE YEAR BECAUSE

THEY WANTED TO PUT HIM

AWAY FOR LIFE.

I'M WORRIED SICK.

I'M AFRAID.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO

SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE

IN PRISON.

Gordon: HEAR WHY HE

SAYS HE HAD TO GO TO

PRISON TO FIND FREEDOM.

THAT'S UP NEXT.

Gordon: JAMIE TORREZ

HAS BEEN AMBUSHED, SHOT

SIX TIMES IN HIS CHEST,

AND EVEN HAD HIS THROAT

SLIT BY AN ANGRY EX-WIFE.

BUT NOTHING EVER SHOOK HIM

TO HIS CORE UNTIL HE MET

AN UNUSUALLY HAPPY MAN

INSIDE PRISON.

I DIDN'T FIT IN.

THE KIDS WOULD START

LAUGHING AT ME.

AND THE MORE THEY LAUGHED,

THE MORE I GOT ANGRIER.

Reporter: AS A MIXED

RACE CHILD, JAMIE WAS

OFTEN THE CHILD OF

RIDICULE.

HIS MOTHER WAS WHITE AND

UNMARRIED.

HIS FATHER WAS A PUERTO

RICAN, WHO HE NEVER MET.

MY FATHER DECEIVED MY

MOM.

HE ALREADY HAD A FAMILY.

IT CRUSHED MY MOM.

Reporter: HIS

TROUBLES INCREASED WHEN

HIS MOM MARRIED AND HAD

OTHER CHILDREN.

THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN THEM BEING WHITE

AND ME BEING DARK-SKINNED.

I STARTED HANGING OUT

WITH PEOPLE WHO ACCEPTED

ME.

BUT THOSE PEOPLE WERE

AFFILIATED WITH GANGS.

AND I LOVED THEM BECAUSE

THEY WERE JUST LIKE ME.

I FELT, LIKE, MAN THIS IS

REALLY WHAT I'VE BEEN

LOOKING FOR.

I FIT IN.

THEY ASKED ME TO DO

WHATEVER, AND BECAUSE I

LONGED FOR THEIR APPROVAL,

I DID WHATEVER IT TOOK TO

EARN THEIR LOVE.

Reporter: JAMIE'S

ZEAL OFTEN GOT HIM INTO

TROUBLE.

WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS MOM

SENT HIM TO PUERTO RICO TO

MEET HIS REAL DAD.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, I

WAS, LIKE, WOW, I HAVE AN

IDENTITY.

I BELONG HERE.

COME TO FIND OUT THAT MY

DAD WAS A DRUG DEALER IN

PUERTO RICO.

AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

I STARTED WORKING WITH MY

DAD AND I BECAME ADDICTED

TO SMOKING WEED AND THEN

THE COCAINE.

AND THEN YOU LOOK TO

SUBSIDE THAT PAIN AND THAT

REJECTION.

BECAUSE I FELT, EVEN

THOUGH I WAS IN PUERTO

RICO WITH MY REAL DAD, I

STILL FELT REJECTED.

I JUST DIDN'T FIT IN.

THE ONLY TIME I FELT A

LITTLE GOOD WAS WHEN I WAS

HIGH.

Reporter: JAMIE

EVENTUALLY MOVED BACK TO

THE STATES, AND HE KICKED

HIS DRUG HABIT, BUT STAYED

IN THE DRUG TRADE.

I GOT HOOKED UP WITH

SOME CUBANS IN COLOMBIANS,

AND I GOT INVOLVED WITH A

CREW THAT WAS REAL STRONG.

MONEY WAS MY GOD.

THE MONEY AND DRUGS I HAD,

THE MORE PEOPLE

ACKNOWLEDGED ME, AND I

LOVED THAT.

I HAD TO GO GET THAT MONEY

BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY.

I DIDN'T CARE WHAT IT

TOOK.

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

HIS 20s, JAMIE'S DRUG

BUSINESS GREW, WHICH PUT

HIM ON THE F.B.I.'S RADAR.

SO THEY BUILT A CASE

AND THEN THEY ARRESTED ME.

THEY WERE TRYING TO GIVE

ME A LIFE SENTENCE.

I WAS SCARED.

TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I

WAS SCARED, LIKE A LITTLE

KID.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TO

SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE

IN PRISON AND DIE THERE.

Reporter: WHILE

AWAITING HIS TRIAL, JAMIE

MET GENE LAWSEN, AND FOR A

MAN IN PRISON, HE WAS

UNUSUALLY HAPPY.

I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT,

I'M AFRAID, AND HERE THIS

MAN IS SENTENCED TO 25

YEARS, AND HE IS WALKING

AND DOESN'T HAVE A CARE

AND THE WORLD.

AND DEEP DOWN, I DIDN'T

TELL HIM, BUT I WANTED

WHAT HE HAD.

HE HAD A PEACE AND I

LONGED FOR THAT.

Reporter: OVER THE

NEXT FEW YEARS, GENE

TALKED ABOUT THE PEACE

THAT COMES FROM FAITH IN

JESUS, NO MATTER WHERE YOU

ARE.

BUT JAMIE RESISTED, AFRAID

IT WOULD MAKE HIM APPEAR

WEAK.

UNTIL ONE SUNDAY HE FOUND

HIMSELF OUTSIDE THE PRISON

CHAPEL.

AND I WENT IN THERE AND

I SAT ALL THE WAY IN THE

BACK BECAUSE I'M STILL

CONSCIENCE OF HAVING MY

HOME BOYS SEEING ME.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

THIS MAN STARTED SPEAKING.

IT SEEMED LIKE EVERYTHING

HE WAS SAYING WAS DIRECTLY

AT ME.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I

WAS LIVING.

IT WAS PIERCING MY HEART.

IT WAS LIKE HE WAS IN MY

THOUGHTS.

IT WAS LIKE THIS MAN WAS

IN MY HEART.

I FELT THIS GREAT URGE TO

CRY.

I RAN OUT OF THAT CHAPEL,

AND I RAN HARD TO MY CELL.

AND I STARTED CRYING.

I CRIED HARD.

I NEVER -- IT WAS A

DIFFERENT KIND OF CRY.

AND I SAID, GOD, IF YOU'RE

REAL, GIVE ME WHAT GENE

HAS.

I WANTED WHAT GENE HAD.

AND THEN I WENT TO SLEEP.

Reporter: A COUPLE

HOURS LATER, JAMIE WOKE UP

AND WENT LOOKING FOR GENE.

HE FOUND HIM IN THE

CAFETERIA AND TOLD GENE

ABOUT HIS ENCOUNTER WITH

GOD.

HE ASKED ME A QUESTION,

HE SAID, DO YOU WANT TO

FEEL THIS PEACE FOREVER?

AND I SAID, YES, SIR.

HE OPENED THAT LITTLE

BLACK BOOK AND HE WENT TO

ROMANS 10, AND HE SHARED

WITH ME THE GOSPEL, THE

PLAN.

AND I SAID THE SINNER'S

PRAYER AND I REPENTED OF

MY SIN.

AND I RECEIVED THE LORD IN

MY HEART.

I FELT A WEIGHT COME OFF

ME.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT IN

PRISON, IT IS MEANT FOR

YOU TO LOSE YOUR FREEDOM,

BUT, ACTUALLY, I FOUND MY

FREEDOM IN PRISON.

AND THEN MY JOURNEY

STARTED WITH JESUS.

Reporter: JAMIE LOST

HIS CASE AND WAS SENTENCED

TO 25 YEARS.

BUT HAVING FOUND PEACE AND

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH CHRIST,

PRISON DIDN'T SCARE HIM

ANYMORE.

HE USED THE TIME INSIDE TO

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS.

"THE 700 CLUB" WILL

COME ON IN THE MORNING,

AND, BOY, I WOULD GET

INSPIRED.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD USED

TO START MY FIRST BIBLE

STUDY IN JAIL.

GOD USED ME AS A

MISSIONARY IN PRISON.

AND EVERYWHERE I WENT, I

STARTED A BIBLE STUDY.

Reporter: LATER, A

NON-PROFIT PICKED UP HIS

CASE AND FOUGHT FOR A

MISTRIAL.

THEY WON.

AND AFTER SERVING ONLY 10

YEARS, JAMIE WAS SET FREE.

TODAY, BY THE GRACE OF

GOD I GO ALL AROUND THE

COUNTRY AND TELL PEOPLE OF

A GREAT GOD, WHO IS ABLE

TO REDEEM, CHANGE -- I

DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR PAST

LOOKS LIKE.

IT COULD BE THE WORST OF

THE WORST, AND HE LOVES

YOU UNCONDITIONALLY, AND

HE HAS A FUTURE FOR YOU.

PLEASE, JUST TRUST HIM.

JUST CRY OUT TO HIM.

HE LOVES YOU WITH

EVERYTHING IN HIM.

Gordon: HE LOVES YOU

WITH EVERYTHING IN HIM.

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH THAT

HE SENT JESUS TO DIE FOR

YOU. THAT'S THE GOSPEL,

THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS

BECOME OUR SALVATION.

HE PAID THE PRICE FOR

EVERY SIN, EVERY MISTAKE,

EVERYTHING WE HAVE EVER

DONE WRONG.

HE PAID THE PRICE FOR IT.

WHY?

BECAUSE HE LOVES US

UNCONDITIONALLY.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN UP

FIRST.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE

RIGHT FIRST.

NO.

HE SAYS, I WILL COME TO

YOU.

I WILL GIVE YOU PEACE NOT

AS THE WORLD GIVES; I WILL

GIVE IT TO YOU ETERNALLY.

YOU WILL HAVE IT.

IT WILL BE IN YOUR HEART.

YOU CAN WALK WITH IT EVERY

DAY.

AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT,

HE SAYS, I'LL OPEN YOUR

EARS.

I'LL GIVE YOU MY WORDS.

I SPEAK WITH YOU.

I'LL WALK WITH YOU.

I'LL OPEN THE EYES OF YOUR

UNDERSTANDING.

SO YOU CAN REALLY SEE AND

APPRECIATE IT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE

SEPARATED FROM GOD

ANYMORE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DO

THE SAME PRAYER: JESUS, IF

YOU'RE REAL, IF YOU'RE

THERE, COULD YOU COME TO

ME?

IF YOU WANT THIS, BOW YOUR

HEAD WITH ME.

LET'S PRAY A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER AND LET JESUS DO

ALL THE REST.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I CALL TO YOU.

I ASK YOU NOW TO COME INTO

MY HEART, TO FORGIVE ME OF

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT

I'VE DONE WRONG.

AND GIVE ME YOUR PEACE AND

YOUR SECURITY.

HEAR MY PRAYER, CLEANSE ME

OF MY SIN, FOR I ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME,

GIVE ME A CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I PRAYED.

I'VE GOT A FREE PACKET FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

AND IT WILL BE SENT OUT TO

YOU FREE OF CHARGE.

HERE IS A VERSE FROM THAT

CHAPTER IN ROMANS: "FOR

WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME

OF THE LORD SHALL BE

SAVED."

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