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700 Club Interactive - April 12, 2017

3-time Sports Emmy Award winning broadcaster Ernie Johnson faces adversity through adoption of a special needs child, the loss of his father, and cancer diagnosis. Read Transcript


Andrew: HE'S THE FACE

OF TURNER SPORTS, AND THE

HOST OF INSIDE NBA.

WE'RE JUST LIKE FOUR

GUYS SITTING AROUND IN A

LIVING ROOM WATCHING A

GAME.

Andrew: THE SCRIPT

THAT CAUGHT HIM BY

SURPRISE.

THEY SAID, IT'S CANCER.

I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW HOW

ELSE TO COME OUT AND SAY

IT.

Andrew: THAT AND MORE

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

WELL, IF YOU'VE WATCHED A

MAJOR SPORTING EVENT OVER

THE PAST 30 YEARS, CHANCES

ARE YOU KNOW BROADCASTER

ERNIE JOHNSON.

WILL DAWSEN SAT DOWN WITH

ERNIE TO DISCUSS LIFE'S

UNSCRIPTED MOMENTS AWAY

FROM THE CAMERAS.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: HE IS ONE

OF THE MOST RESPECTED

BROADCASTERS IN SPORTS,

BEST KNOWN FOR THE

NINE-TIME EMMY

AWARD-WINNING "INSIDE THE

NBA," WITH CHARLES

BARKLEY, KENNY SMITH, AND

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL.

WE'VE JUST LIKE FOUR

GUYS SITTING AROUND IN A

LIVING ROOM WATCHING THE

GAME.

Reporter: MUCH OF THE

SHOW'S APPEAL LIES IN ITS

OFF-BEAT, UNSCRIPTED

NATURE LED BY ERNIE, WHO

GAVE ME A TUTORIAL TYING

HIS SIGNATURE BOW TIE.

SO THIS IS THE

TRADEMARK NBA BOW TIE.

THIS IS PRESSURE NOW.

THAT'S ONE TAKE.

I MEAN TO TELL YOU, THAT

WAS ICE WATER IN THE

VEINS.

Announcer: ERNIE

JOHNSON GIVES UP A CENTER

FIELD SINGLE.

Reporter: ERNIE

JOHNSON, SR. WAS A MAJOR

LEAGUE PITCHER.

GIVING ERNIE, JR. A FRONT

ROW SEAT FOR BASEBALL AND

A LOVE FOR SPORTS.

YOU GO DOWN TO THE

BATTING CAGE, AND HANK

AARON IS ASKING YOU HOW

YOUR LITTLE LEAGUE IS

DOING?

IT WAS PRETTY GOOD.

Reporter: ERNIE WOULD

FOLLOW IN HIS FATHER'S

FOOTSTEPS, NOT IN

BASEBALL, BUT THROUGH

BROADCASTING.

THAT'S WHEN HE MET CHERYL.

THE TWO MARRIED.

IN 1990, ERNIE GOT HIS BIG

BREAK WHEN T.N.T. ASKED

HIM TO BECOME THE NBA

HOST.

ON THE OUTSIDE, IT

WOULD APPEAR THAT WE'VE

GOT IT ALL.

AND I'VE KIND OF FOLLOWED

MY SCRIPT AT THAT POINT.

BEAUTIFUL WIFE, GREAT JOB.

A BOY AND A GIRL THAT WE

HAD.

YOU KNOW, WHY MESS WITH

THIS?

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN

THE SCRIPTED LIFE BECAME

UNSCRIPTED.

CHERYL SEES THIS ABC

SPECIAL ON 20/20 ABOUT

THESE ROMANIAN ORPHANS

BEING WEAR HOUSED.

WAREHOUSED.

AND I SAID, I THINK WE

ARE SUPPOSED TO ADOPT A

ROMANIAN CHILD.

AND HE LAUGHED.

I SAID, YOU'RE SERIOUS?

WE TOLD THE ADOPTION

AGENCY WE WERE LOOKING FOR

A LITTLE GIRL, UNDER A

YEAR OLD, NO PERMANENT

HANDICAPS, THAT WE COULD

GIVE A FRESH START IN THE

UNITED STATES.

TURNS OUT THE FIRST CHILD

SHE SEES IN AN OR NAG ORPHANAGE

IS THIS LITTLE BOY WHO WAS

ALMOST THREE.

AND HIS LITTLE LEGS

WERE CURLED UP, AND HE

COULDN'T SPEAK.

AND I CALLED ERNIE, AND I

SAID, I SAW THIS LITTLE

BOY.

HE DOESN'T MEET ANY OF THE

CRITERIA, BUT I DON'T

THINK I CAN LIVE MY LIFE

WONDERING WHAT HAPPENS TO

HIM.

AND I CAN HEAR IN HER

VOICE THAT HER HEART HAS

BEEN MOVED IN A WAY THAT

I'VE NEVER SEEN IT.

I SAID, BRING HIM HOME.

Reporter: MICHAEL

JOHNSON CAME HOME IN 1991.

HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.

DOCTORS SAID HE WOULD

NEVER TALK AND HE WOULD

NEVER BOND WITH ANYONE.

HE WALKED.

HE CERTAINLY TALKS, AND HE

BONDS WITH EVERYBODY.

THROUGH ALL OF THIS, HE

BECOMES HIS REMARKABLE,

REMARKABLE INFLUENCE ON

EVERYBODY BECAUSE HE HAS

THIS TREMENDOUS SPIRIT.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

LATER, ERNIE AND CHERYL

ADOPTED AGAIN.

ERNIE'S CAREER COULDN'T

HAVE BEEN BETTER.

THE ONLY THING MISSING WAS

CHURCH.

ERNIE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

GOOD FOR THE KIDS.

IT TURNS OUT HE WAS THE

ONE AFFECTED.

AND WE WALK IN, AND

WITHIN THE FIRST TWO

WEEKS, I WAS GETTING

PIERCED.

AND THE MORE I HEARD, AND

THE MERE FACT THAT I WAS

OPENING THE BIBLE AT THE

AGE OF 41 -- WHY HAVE I

KEPT THIS HIDDEN AWAY AND

CLOSED FOR SO LONG?

AND SO IT BASICALLY WENT

FROM A ME-CENTEREDCENTERED

EXISTENCE TO A

CHRIST-CENTERED EXISTENCE.

Reporter: 2003 WAS A

BIG YEAR FOR THE NBA.

ERNIE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN

MORE EXCITED.

BUT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE

GAME, ERNIE DISCOVERED

SOMETHING THAT WOULD MAKE

2003 A BIG YEAR FOR ALL OF

THE WRONG REASONS.

AND AI I'M SHAVING ON THIS

SIDE, AND I COULD SEE, YOU

KNOW, A BUMP, THAT WOULD

RAISE WHEN I MADE MY FACE

LIKE THIS, TO DO THIS.

AND I SAID, THAT'S

STRANGE.

I CAME UP WITH A MILLION

DIFFERENT THINGS THAT IT

COULD BE.

I SAID, OH, IT WILL GO

AWAY ON ITS OWN.

AND IT DIDN'T.

Reporter: SO ERNIE

FINALLY DECIDED TO GET IT

CHECKED OUT.

HE THOUGHT IT WAS WHAT

IS CALLED A BENIGN CAROTID

TUMOR.

Reporter: BUT AT

LEAST IT ALLEVIATED YOUR

FEARS SOMEWHAT THAT IT

WASN'T LIKELY CANCER.

YEAH.

BECAUSE HE USED THE WORD

"BENIGN," AND I SAID,

BOOM, GOOD.

BUT IF YOU WANT A SECOND

OPINION, I CAN TET THA SET THAT UP

FOR YOU.

Reporter: THE SECOND

OPINION CONFIRMED HIS

WORST FEARS, HE HAD

NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA, AND

INCURABLE BUT TREATABLE

CANCER.

NOW HE HAD TO BREAK THE

NEWS TO CHERYL.

I SAID, IT'S CANCER.

I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO

COME OUT AND SAY IT.

I DON'T WISH THAT ON ANY

PERSON.

HE WAS SCARED.

AND WE WERE ALL SCARED.

Reporter: ERNIE

SOUGHT ADVICE FROM HIS

PASTOR, BUT HE REALLY JUST

WANTED TO VENT.

I SAID, KEVIN, RIGHT

NOW WHAT I WANT TO DO IS

PUNCH GOD RIGHT IN THE

NOSE.

NOW, WHERE ARE WE RIGHT

NOW?

ARE WE TRUST WITH A

QUESTION MARK?

AND HE IS WRITING THIS

DOWN ON A BROWN STARBUCKS'

NAPKIN.

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST GOD

IF?

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST

WHEN?

ARE WE GOING TO TRUST GOD

WITH A QUESTION MARK?

OR ARE WE GOING TO TRUST

GOD PERIOD?

WE'RE LOOKING AT WHERE

JESUS IS LOOKING AT THE

BLIND MAN ON THE SIDE OF

THE ROAD, AND HE SAYS,

YOU'RE ASKING THE WRONG

THING.

IT IS NOT WHY THIS

HAPPENED, BUT HOW IS GOD

GOING TO USE THIS.

IT BECAME MY MANTRA: TRUST

GOD, PERIOD.

Reporter: ERNIE THERE

WAS A TIME DURING THAT

PROCESS THAT YOU BECAME

RESOLVED TO BEAT THIS

THING?

SURE.

ONCE YOU'RE TOLD, AFTER

THOSE TESTS, HERE IS WHAT

YOU'VE GOT AND HERE IS

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO,

THEN YOU JUST PUT YOUR

HEAD DOWN AND GO.

THEN YOU EXEELT.

ReporterCOMPETE. Reporter: AND THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT HE DID.

ERNIE'S CANCER BATTLE WAS

VERY PUBLIC.

AND WITH A RENEWED TRUST

IN GOD, HE NEVER MISSED A

SHOW.

THANKS TO ALL OF GUYS,

AND THANKS TO EVERYBODY

OUT THERE WHO SENT ME

E-MAILS.

YOU KNOW IT IS THE

FIRST THING EVERYBODY

DOES.

OF COURSE.

Reporter: DEALING

WITH HIS CANCER HEAD-ON

THROUGH TREATMENTS, ERNIE

GOT THE NEWS IN 2007 HE

WAS CANCER-FREE.

THINGS WERE BACK ON TRACK.

BUT IN 2011, HIS DAD AND

BEST FRIEND PASSED AWAY.

AS HE CAME TO GRIPS WITH

THE LOSS OF HIS FATHER,

JUST TWO MONTHS LATER

ERNIE GOT A CALL AND HIS

SON'S MICHAEL'S LIFE WAS

IN DANGER.

SHE'S ON THE PHONE WITH

ME, AND SHE'S GOT A

DOCTOR, AND SHE SAYS, WE

NEED PERMISSION TO

INTUBATE, TO PUT SOMETHING

DOWN HIS THROAT TO HELP

HIM BREATHE.

Reporter: MICHAEL WAS

PUT ON A VENTILATOR.

HE WOULD SPEND THE NEXT

NINE WEEKS IN A HOSPITAL

BEFORE FINALLY COMING

HOME.

HE WOULD NEVER COME OFF

THE VENTILATOR, SO ERNIE

AND CHERYL TURNED HIS

BEDROOM INTO AN AT HOME

I.C.U.

WE KNOW HE IS BORROWED,

BUT WE WANT TO BORROW HIM

AS LONG AS WE CAN.

HE IS THE TOUGHEST GUY

I KNOW.

WE'VE GOT TO DO EVERYTHING

WITH MICHAEL.

WE'VE GOT TO SCRATCH EVERY

ITCH AND TAKE CARE OF

EVERY NEED.

AND FOR US, THERE IS

SOMETHING THAT IS DEEPLY

SPIRITUAL THERE BECAUSE

YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING

TO SERVE.

AND WHILE CHERYL AND I

HAVE WENT INTO THAT WHOLE

ADOPTION THING SAYING

MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING

FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO GIVE

THEM A BETTER LIFE, HE HAS

DONE MORE FOR US THAN

WE'VE DONE FOR HIM.

Reporter: IN HIS NEW

BOOK, "UNSCRIPTED," ERNIE

REFLECTS ON HIS OWN STORY

AND THE LESSONS HE HAS

LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

WHEN I SEE THE IMPACT

MICHAEL HAS HAD WITH HIS

LIMITED CAPABILITIES, WHEN

I LOOK AT MY OWN PERSONAL

EPISODE WITH CANCER, THIS

IS JUST ANOTHER PAGE IN

THIS STORY THAT GOD HAS

WRITTEN FOR MY LIFE.

WHEN YOU'VE SEEN WHAT HE

HAS DONE IN THE PAST, YOU

SAY, I'M GOING TO TRUST

AGAIN.

I'M NOT GOING TO TRUST IF.

HEY, GOD, IF THIS TEST

COMES BACK OKAY, YOU AND

ME, WE'RE BOYS -- NOT A

QUESTION MARK, NOT A

COMMA, NOT AN IF, NOT A

WHEN.

IT'S TRUST GOD, PERIOD.

Andrew: WOW, ERNIE

JOHNSON, A MAN WITH A LOT

OF WISDOM.

WE THANK ERNIE AND HIS

FAMILY FOR THE TREMENDOUS

EXAMPLE THEY ARE TO US.

AND REPORTER WILL DAWSEN

IS WITH US NOW.

AND WILL IS WEARING HIS

BOW TIE.

I GUESS THAT WAS -- YOU

LEARNED THAT FROM ERNIE

HIMSELF?

ERNIE JOHNSON IS A BOW

TIE JEDI.

IF YOU PUT ONE OF THESE

THINGS ON, YOU ALMOST HAVE

TO HAVE THE FORCE TO DO

IT.

Andrew: DID YOU KNOW

HOW TO DO IT BEFORE YOU

MET WITH ERNIE?

I TRIED IT A FEW

TIMES -- I ACTUALLY OWNED

A FEW BOW TIES OF MY

OWN --

Andrew: A CLIP-ON?

NO, NOT A CLIP-ON.

Andrew: SO HE IS A

VERY BUSY MAN.

OH, TOTALLY.

Andrew: WHAT WAS IT

LIKE SPENDING A DAY WITH

HIM?

STARTING OUT AT THE

SPORTS STUDIOS, HE TAKES

YOU AROUND, DO YOU WANT TO

MEET SHAQ?

OF COURSE I WANT TO MEET

SHAQ.

SO THERE ARE GUYS THAT GET

A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

RESPECT, BUT WITH ERNIE,

HE TALKS AND EVERYBODY

LISTENS.

IT IS CONTROLLED CHAOS,

AND IT IS ERNIE'S CHAOS.

THEY HAVE A DEEP

ADMIRATION AND LOVE FOR

ERNIE JOHNSON.

Andrew: IT IS

EVIDENT.

TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT

THIS FAMILY'S DESIRE TO

ADOPT.

25, 30 YEARS AGO IN

ROMANIA, YOU HAVE THIS

ORPHAN CRISIS.

THESE ORPHANS, ESPECIALLY

THE ONES WITH DISABILITIES

LIKE MICHAEL'S, WERE BEING

WAREHOUSED.

THE ONLY DAY HE SPENT

OUTSIDE WAS THE DAY HE WAS

ABANDONED IN THE PARK.

SO HE IS TAKEN INTO THE

ORPHANAGE, AND WHEN CHERYL

GOES OVER THERE -- AND

THEY TALK MORE ABOUT THIS

IN THE BOOK.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE

BOOK.

THE LADY AT THE ORPHANAGE

SAID, "BOY NO GOOD, DON'T

TAKE."

IT IS SO DIFFERENT --

GOD'S ECONOMY IS SO

DIFFERENT FROM OURS IN

THIS WORLD.

WE PLACE VALUE IN THE

WRONG PLACE.

GOD SAYS EVERY LIFE IS

VALUABLE.

IF YOU ASK ERNIE, HE IS

GOING TO TELL YOU -- AND I

MET MICHAEL -- THAT HE IS

A TREMENDOUS, A TREMENDOUS

YOUNG MAN.

Andrew: WHAT DO YOU

THINK HE MEANT WHEN HE

SAID MICHAEL HAS A

TREMENDOUS SPIRIT?

BECAUSE SOMEBODY NOT

KNOWING THE STORY MAY NOT

SEE A WHOLE LOT OF

COMMUNICATION GOING ON

THERE?

MICHAEL WAS ASKED TO BE

PART OF HIS BASKETBALL

TEAM AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL.

NOT BECAUSE HE HAD A GOOD

JUMP SHOT, OR HE COULD DO

ANYTHING, BECAUSE IT TOOK

EVERYTHING HE HAD TO DO

ANYTHING.

AND THE COACH THERE WANTED

HIS PLAYERS TO UNDERSTAND

MAXIMUM EFFORT IS

SOMETHING THAT THIS GUY

GIVES ALL OF THE TIME.

READ THE BOOK.

HE TURNS OUT TO HAVE A

HUGE IMPACT ON ALL OF

THESE GUYS' LIVES.

Andrew: I WAS REALLY

GIVEN A LOT TO THINK ABOUT

WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE

CANCER DIAGNOSIS, JOHN 9,

AND WHEN HE IS TALKING

ABOUT THAT NAPKIN MOMENT.

THAT'S POWERFUL STUFF.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND ERNIE IS JUST A

REGULAR GUY.

HE IS LIKE A GUY YOU WOULD

GO OVER TO HIS HOUSE AFTER

CHURCH, HE AND HIS WIFE,

CHERYL.

BUT TRUSTING GOD, PERIOD,

THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS

OF LIFE.

I ALSO THINK ABOUT

ADOPTION, ANDREW, AND HOW

MICHAEL WAS REJECTED BY

THE ORPHANAGE, SHOULD HAVE

BEEN REJECTED THE

BEGINNING, BUT, AGAIN, IN

GOD'S ECONOMY, JESUS WAS

DESPISED AND REJECTED BY

MEN, ISAIAH 53, AND HE HAS

A LOT TO SAY ABOUT

ADOPTION.

AND FOR US AS BELIEVERS,

THAT'S WHO WE WERE BEFORE

WE CAME TO CHRIST.

HE SET HIS LOVE ON US.

AND AS A RESULT, HE CALLED

US INTO HIS KINGDOM.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY.

IT'S MICHAEL'S STORY,

ERNIE'S STORY, IS A

BEAUTIFUL TESTAMENT TO

LOVING GOD AND TRUSTING

GOD.

Andrew: AND ERNIE WAS

HEARTBROKEN AT HIS

FATHER'S DEATH.

THEY HAD A VERY CLOSE

RELATIONSHIP, DIDN'T THEY?

ABSOLUTELY.

IF YOU WERE A KID LIKE ME

AND YOU, YOU REMEMBER

BEFORE ESPN, IF YOU WANTED

TO WATCH A BASEBALL GAME

DURING THE WEEK ON A

TUESDAY NIGHT, YOU WERE

TUNING IN TO WGN, OR TBS,

AND HIS VOICE WAS THE

VOICE OF THE ATLANTA

BRAVES' AMERICA'S TEAM.

HIS VOICE WAS A SOUNDTRACK

OF THAT AT A YOUNG AGE.

HE AND HIS FATHER WERE SO

CLOSE.

I BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY

DAD FOR HIS BIRTHDAY A

COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.

IT IS A TESTAMENT TO

INTERGENERATIONAL

RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILY

AND HOW TIGHT-KNIT THEY

ACTUALLY WERE.

Andrew: AND A LOT OF

GOOD LESSONS FOR LIFE-LONG

BELIEVERS WHEN WE

ENCOUNTER HARD TIMES.

WE WWE APPRECIATE YOU BEING

HERE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR

MORE ABOUT ERNIE'S LIFE,

THE BOOK IS CALLED,

"UNSCRIPTED," AND IT IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS

ARE SOLD.

> COMING UP, SHE IS

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THROUGH THE POWER OF

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FIND OUT WHAT SHE SAYS SHE

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THAT'S WHEN WE RETURN.

Andrew: FOR JOANNA,

"SUPERBOOK" GIVES HER A

CHANCE TO SEE THE HEROS OF

THE BIBLE IN ACTION.

AND IT GIVES HER SOMETHING

FUN TO DO WITH HER FAMILY

EVERY WEEK.

Reporter: JOANNA

ALEXANDER LOVES FRIDAYS

BECAUSE THAT'S THE NIGHT

HER GRANDCHILDREN COME TO

VISIT, AND THEY WATCH

"SUPERBOOK" TOGETHER.

"SUPERBOOK" GIVES MY

GRANDCHILDREN THE WORD OF

GOD.

THE LESSONS I'VE

LEARNED BY WATCHING

"SUPERBOOK" IS NOT LYING.

AND NOT TO BE PRIDEFUL OF

THINGS YOU'RE BETTER AT

THETHAN THEM.

Reporter: JOANNA

WATCHED "SUPERBOOK" AS A

CHILD.

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NEW "SUPERBOOK" CLUB, SHE

RECEIVES A NEW EPISODE

EVERY MONTH.

MY FAVORITE "SUPERBOOK"

EPISODE IS "PAUL AND THE

SHIPWRECK."

PAUL HAD TO HAVE A

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

STRENGTH.

Reporter: AND EVERY

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LIFE LESSON.

I WAS WATCHING JACOB

AND ESAU, AND I GREW UP

WITH BROTHERS.

Reporter: THIS FRIDAY

NIGHT, THERE WERE EXTRA

SMILES.

LOOK AT THIS!

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Andrew: MY FAMILY

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I HAVE THREE CHILDREN.

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> UP NEXT, A PASTOR WHO

BEGAN LOSING HIS MIND TO

DEMENTIA...FIND OUT HOW HE

WAS MIRACULOUSLY HEALED.

AND I WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU

WHEN WE COME BACK, SO

PLEASE STAY WITH US.

Andrew: WELL, RICHARD

SCUFF HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS

HAPPENING TO HIM.

HE WAS JUST 60 YEARS OLD

WHEN HIS BRAIN BEGAN TO

MISFIRE.

HE CHALKED IT UP TO SENIOR

MOMENTS AND DENIEDING DENIED

ANYTHING WAS SERIOUSLY

WRONG UNTIL IT COST HIM

HIS JOB.

Reporter: PASTOR

RICHARD SCUFF KEPT A

SECRET FROM HIS WIFE AND

HIS CHURCH.

I WAS HAVING TROUBLE

WRITING CHECKS AND DIALING

THE PHONE.

AND I WASN'T GETTING

ANYTHING DONE.

I WOULD GO TO CHURCH AND

JUST LOCK MYSELF IN THE

OFFICE AND NOT EVEN ANSWER

THE PHONE, NOT SEE

ANYBODY.

AND FOR A PASTOR, THAT'S A

HARD THING.

I THOUGHT IT WAS AN

EMOTIONAL PROBLEM.

I THOUGHT HE'S NOT CARING

OR WE'RE NOT CONNECTING

LIKE WE USED TO, WHAT IS

GOING ON HERE?

Reporter: IT SOON

BECAME EVIDENT TO THE

CHURCH BOARD THAT

SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH

THEIR PASTOR.

GINA REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS

LIKE TO TALK TO RICHARD.

HE WOULD GET FIXATED ON

THINGS, AND YOU WOULD HAVE

A CONVERSATION AND YOU

WOULD THINK, SOMETHING IS

NOT RIGHT HERE.

I COULDN'T CONTROL MY

BRAIN.

PEOPLE WOULD SAY THINGS TO

ME, AND I WOULD ANSWER

THEM, BUT IT WOULD BE --

IT WOULDN'T EVEN BE WHAT

THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.

Reporter: THE CHURCH

BOARD ASKED RICHARD TO

STEP DOWN FROM HIS

POSITION AND TO SEE A

DOCTOR TO DETERMINE THE

NATURE OF HIS PROBLEMS.

THROUGH AN M.R.I. AND A

C.A.T. SCAN, HIS DOCTOR

DISCOVERED HE HAD A FORM

OF DEMENTIA AND

ALZHEIMER'S WITH NO KNOWN

CURE.

WHEN THE DOCTOR SAID

YOUR HUSBAND HAS DEMENTIA

LEWY BODY DISEASE, THAT

WAS THE HARDEST DAY OF MY

LIFE TO HEAR THAT.

TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN, IT

WAS JUST, LIKE, HOW CAN

THIS HAPPEN TO A MAN OF

GOD?

THIS IS SO MAJOR.

I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS

OVER.

Reporter: THE DOCTORS

SAID THE SYMPTOMS WOULD

ONLY GET WORSE AND ADVISED

THE COUPLE TO MOVE TO A

SINSINGLE STORY HOME BECAUSE

RICHARD WOULD NOT BE ABLE

TO WALK UP OR DOWN STEPS.

DESPITE THE PROGNOSIS,

THEY BELIEVED THAT GOD TO

HEAL AND RESTORE RICHARD'S

MIND.

I SAID, HONEY, THIS IS

NO MORE THAN A COLD FOR

GOD.

WE'VE SEEN HIM HEAL ALL

KINDS OF THINGS, CANCERS,

AND EVERYTHING.

AND NOW THIS IS NOT A BIG

THING FOR GOD.

GOD CAN DEAL WITH IT.

WE PRACTICED THE

PROTOCOL OF WHAT THE WORD

OF GOD SAYS: IF ANYBODY IS

SICK AMONG YOU, THEN THE

LEADERS OF THE CHURCH, THE

ELDERS OF THE CHURCH,

SHOULD LAY HANDS ON THAT

PERSON AND PRAY OVER THEM

IN FAITH.

AND THEY STOOD IN FAITH

AND EXPECTATION.

WE JUST KEPT STANDING

ON THE WORD OF GOD.

EVEN THOUGH DAYS YOU

WOULDN'T FEEL IT, AND YOU

MAY SEE HIM AND BE

DISCOURAGED, BUT WE JUST

DIDN'T LOOK AT THAT.

WE KEPT LOOKING TO THE

WORD OF GOD.

Reporter: RICHARD

SAYS DURING A TIME OF

PRAYER, HE HEARD GOD TELL

HIM TO USE ALL THINGS

AVAILABLE FOR HIS

NUTRITION.

HE STARTED TAKING COCONUT

OIL.

WE STARTED TO REALLY

INVEST IN OUR HEALTH.

Reporter: THEY SOON

BEGAN TO SEE IMPROVEMENT

IN HIS MEMORY AND MENTAL

CAPACITY.

THIS IS HUGE.

I'M ABLE TO DIAL THE

PHONE.

I'M ABLE TO GO UP THE

STEPS WITHOUT TRIPPING.

THIS IS BIG.

Reporter: TWO YEARS

AFTER RICHARD'S DIAGNOSIS,

THEIR DOCTOR WAS AMAZED BY

THE LEVEL OF HIS RECOVERY.

WHEN THE DOCTOR CAME

OUT AND SAID, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT YOU'RE DOING -- I

DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

DOING, BUT KEEP DOING IT.

WELL, WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT

WE'RE DOING: WE PRAYED.

IT WAS GOD.

IT WAS GOD.

BUT WE USED ALL OF THE

TOOLS.

WE WERE OPEN TO -- WE FELT

THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYING,

CHANGE YOUR DIET, ADD

THESE THINGS INTO YOUR

DIET.

THIS IS GOING TO HELP YOU.

Reporter: THEY

ATTRIBUTED RICHARD'S

HEALING TO THEIR FAITH IN

GOD.

RICHARD IS ABLE TO PREACH

AGAIN, AND HE IS SHARPER

THAN HE WAS BEFORE HIS

DEMENTIA.

I'VE GOT MY HUSBAND

BACK.

THAT IS AMAZING, AND I'VE

GOT HIM BACK FULLY.

JESUS SAID, WITH MAN IT

IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WITH

GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

AND WE HAD TO HOLD ON TO

THAT SCRIPTURE.

WE HAD TO STAND ON THE

WORD OF GOD.

YOU NEED TO GET A

SCRIPTURE, AND YOU NEED TO

STAND ON IT.

AND SAY, NO, MY GOD SAYS,

BY HIS STRIPES I AM

ALREADY HEALED.

I AM NOT SICK.

I AM WELL, FIGHTING OFF

SOME FOREIGN SUBSTANCE

TRYING TO COME INTO MY

BODY, AND I WILL NOT ALLOW

IT.

AND, JESUS, I KNOW YOU'RE

HEALING ME AND CONFESS IT

AND LIVE IT.

Andrew: SOME RIGHT

NOW WHO MAYBE HAVE JUST

SEEN THAT STORY, AND I

THINK OF PSALM 25.

"LORD, LOOK UPON MY

AFFLICTION AND DISTRESS."

AND YOU MAY FEEL SO WEARY

AND SO BEATEN DOWN WITH

WHAT YOU'RE FACING, THAT

IT COULD BE HARD FOR YOU

TO PRAY.

MAYBE YOU'RE EXHAUSTED.

AND IT IS MY PRIVILEGE NOW

TO PRAY FOR YOU.

IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T

EVEN VOICE IT THROUGH THE

PAIN, ALLOW THIS TO BE A

MOMENT WHERE I CAN PRAY

FOR YOU, AND ALL OF THE

VIEWERS WATCHING, WE CAN

PRAY TOGETHER FOR WHAT IT

IS YOU'RE FACING.

LET'S BRING OUR NEEDS TO

THE LORD, WHO LOVES US

DEARLY AND DESIRES TO HEAR

US CRY OUT TO HIM.

FATHER GOD, WE KNOW YOU

WERE WOUNDED FOR US ON

THAT CROSS.

WE THINK OF THE 53rd

CHAPTER OF ISAIAH: "BY

YOUR STRIPES WE ARE

HEALED."

FATHER GOD, I PRAY FOR

THOSE WHO ARE WEARY, WHO

ARE BEATEN DOWN AND

EXHAUSTED, AND WHO ARE

QUESTIONING MAYBE EVEN

YOUR FAITHFULNESS, LIKE

THAT PASTOR -- I'M A MAN

OF GOD, WHY IS THIS

HAPPENING TO ME -- FATHER

GOD, SO HELP US UNDERSTAND

WHAT YOUR PLAN IS AND

WHERE YOU ARE, FATHER GOD.

WE KNOW YOU'RE A FAITHFUL,

LOVING GOD, BUT, LORD, IN

SOME MOMENTS, IT CAN BE

DIFFICULT TO TRUST.

SO WE THINK OF THE CROSS.

THAT'S WHERE THE POWER IS.

WE THINK OF YOUR DEATH AND

WE THINK OF YOUR

RESURRECTION, FATHER GOD,

THAT YOU DEFEATED DEATH.

NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS,

I SPEAK HEALING FOR PEOPLE

CRYING OUT FOR PHYSICAL

HEALING.

IF YOU NEED PHYSICAL

HEALING NOW, TOUCH THAT

PART OF YOUR BODY OR NAME

IT.

FATHER GOD, YOU SEE THE

NEED AND YOU SEE THE HURT,

BUT, LORD GOD, YOU SEE THE

MUSTARD SEED OF FAITH

ALSO.

I PRAY THAT YOU WILL

MINISTER TO THOSE IN

DESPERATE NEED OF HEALING

AND HOPE.

LET US FOCUS ON THE CROSS

AND YOUR RESURRECTION AND

YOUR LOVE FOR HUMANITY.

THANK YOU ALMIGHTY FATHER,

FOR SENDING YOUR SON JESUS

TO DIE FOR US SO WE COULD

SPEND ETERNITY WITH YOU.

KNACK FOR HEARING OUR

PRAYERS.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD: "HE PRE-DESTINED US

FOR ADOPTION THROUGH HIS

SON, JESUS CHRIST,

ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE

OF THIS WILL."

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