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700 Club Interactive - May 8, 2017

The six-year-old who became a civil rights hero, just by walking to school. Ruby Bridges shares about the day that changed America. Read Transcript


Andrew: THE

Andrew: THE

6-YEAR-OLD WHO BECAME A

CIVIL RIGHTS HERO.

I THOUGHT I STUMBLED

INTO A PARADE.

Andrew: JUST BY

WALKING TO SCHOOL.

FOUR TALL, VERY WHITE

MEN, WERE STANDING AT THE

DOOR.

I REMEMBER THEM CHANTING,

"TWO, FOUR, SIX,ALITY, WE, EIGHE

DON'T WANT TO INTEGRATE."

WE TAKE RACISM AND WE PASS

IT ON TO OUR KIDS.

Andrew: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

MORE THAN ONE OUT OF EVERY

FIVE STUDENTS REPORTS

BEING BULLIED.

AND HALF OF BULLYING

SITUATIONS STOP, WHEN

SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY A

PEER, INTERVENES.

Terry: PRINCIPAL TIM

HADLEY RECENTLY SHAVED HIS

HEAD IN FRONT OF THE

SCHOOL STUDENTS TO SUPPORT

A CHILD WHO WAS BULLIED

AFTER SHAVING HIS OWN

HEAD.

THE BOY HANDLING THE

RAZORS IS 11-YEAR-OLD

JACKSON JOHNSTON.

THE 6-YEAR-OLD SHAVED HIS

HEAD TO SUPPORT HIS

GRANDFATHER, WHO WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

JACKSON SAYS BEFORE HIS

PRINCIPAL STEPPED IN, HE

WAS BULLIED FOR HIS NEW

LOOK.

THE PRINCIPAL SAID HE

WANTED TO SHOW THE

STUDENTS IT IS IMPORTANT

TO STAND UP FOR EACH OTHER

AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER.

JACKSON IS NOW FEELING

MORE CONFIDENT, AND PLANS

TO CONTINUE SHAVING HIS

HEAD UNTIL HIS GRANDFATHER

IS IN REMISSION.

WOW, KUDOS TO BOTH OF

THEM.

Andrew: AND PRINCIPAL

HADLEY REALLY GOING ABOVE

AND BEYOND.

I CAN TELL YOU, THAT'S A

TOUGH LOOK SOMETIMES.

Terry: WE TRY NOT TO

BULLY ANDREW HERE.

Andrew: A SWEET

STORY.

Terry: A REALLY SWEET

STORY.

AND GREAT TO SEE A

PRINCIPAL GIVE A VISUAL

LESSON TO EVERYBODY IN THE

SCHOOL.

Andrew: VERY

POWERFUL.

AN EXPECTANT COUPLE'S

POST ON THE FUTURE ARRIVAL

OF THEIR TWINS HAS BEEN

CELEBRATED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

BY MILLIONS FOR THEIR

OPENNESS ON INFERTILITY.

THEY PLACED TWO ONESIES

INSIDE ALL OF THE NEEDLE

STHEY USED FOR IN VITRO

FERTILIZATION.

THEY SAID THEY HAD

THOUSANDS OF TEARS, ONE

CORRECTIVE SURGERY, TWO

I.V.S F.ROUNDS, THREE

FAILED TRANSFERS, AND ONE

AMAZING GOD.

THEY ARE EXPECTING A BOY

AND A GIRL AND PLAN TO

NAME THEM DUKE AND DIANA.

Terry: IT CAN BE A

LONG PROCESS TO BECOME

PREGNANT, BUT PAINFUL,

TOO.

IT IS A COMMITMENT ON

EVERY LEVEL.

Andrew: AND JUST

CASUAL CONVERSATION CAN BE

HEART BREAKING IN THE

PROCESS, SOMEONE SAYING,

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE

GETTING PREGNANT.

PEOPLE ARE SHARING THEIR

JOURNEY WITH THEM.

Terry:

CONGRATULATIONS.

"SPY KIDS" ACTRESS ALEXA

SHARED A MESSAGE.

SHE REVEALED HER GRANDMA

WAS HOSPITALIZED AND WAS

ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER HER

LUNGS COLLAPSED, AND HER

HEART STARTED FAILING.

THEN LOCAL CHURCH MEMBERS

CAME AND PRAYED OVER HER

GRANDMOTHER FOR FIVE

HOURS, AND HER GRANDMOTHER

WOKE UP, COMPLETELY

HEALED.

THE DOCTORS HAVE NO REASON

FOR HER RECOVERY.

BUT ALEXA SAYS, QUOTE,"

GOD'S GRACE IS WHAT

HEALED HER.

IT IS MIRACLES LIKE THIS

THAT REMINDS ME OF HOW

GREAT OUR GOD IS".

> TO HAVE A CHURCH

FAMILY THAT WOULD COME AND

STAND OVER SOMEONE WHO WAS

PRETTY MUCH GIVEN UP BY

THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND

JUST TO BELIEVE FOR HER,

THAT'S AWESOME.

Andrew: AND WHAT A

WONDERFUL TESTIMONY TO THE

POWER OF GOD.

Terry: THANK YOU,

LORD.

Andrew: COMING UP,

SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN

TO INTEGRATE INTO AN

ALL-WHITE SCHOOL.

I REMEMBER THEM

CHANTING, "TWO, FOUR, SIX,

EIGHT, WE DON'T WANT TO

INTEGRATE."

AND THEY KEPT POINTING AT

ME AND SHOUTING, SAYING

WE'RE GOING TO POISON HER.

Andrew: RUBY BRIDGES

SHARES HER HISTORY-MAKING

STORY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

Andrew: A PAINTING BY

NORMAN ROCKWELL CALLED

"THE PROBLEM WE ALL LIVE

WITH."

THE IMAGE DEPICTS THE DAY

THAT 6-YEAR-OLD RUBY

BRIDGES WAS ESCORTED TO

SCHOOL BY FOUR U.S. DEPUTY

MARSHALS.

THAT WAS 55 YEARS AGO, AND

TODAY SHE STILL REMEMBERS

IT LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.

WHEN WE TURNED THE

CORNER, I SAW ALL OF THESE

PEOPLE.

Reporter:

NOVEMBER 14, 1960, IT WAS

6-YEAR-OLD RUBY BRIDGES'

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT

WILLIAM FRANCIS ELEMENTARY

IN NEW ORLEANS.

I REMEMBER THEM

CHANTING, "TWO, FOUR, SIX,

EIGHT, WE DON'T WANT TO

INTEGRATE."

Reporter: IT HAD BEEN

FIVE YEARS SINCE THE

SUPREME COURT MANDATED THE

DESEGREGATION OF SCHOOLS.

AND NOW WASHINGTON WAS

PUTTING PRESSURE ON STATES

THAT HAD YET TO COMPLY.

THEY GAVE THE

KINDERGARTENERS AN

ENTRANCE EXAM, WHICH THEY

HAD NO CHANCE OF PASSING,

BUT RUBY WAS ONE WHO

PASSED.

EVERYONE WAS COMING

OVER AND CONGRATULATING MY

PARENTS.

SHE IS SO SMART.

WE SO PROUD OF HER.

I THOUGHT I WAS SO SMART

THAT I PASSED THIS TEST

THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO GO

FROM FIRST GRADE TO

COLLEGE.

Reporter: THREE

GIRLS, INCLUDING RUBY,

WERE SELECTED TO ATTEND

WILLIAMS FRANCIS

ELEMENTARY.

BUT BY THE FIRST DAY, THE

TWO OTHER GIRLS DROPPED

OUT.

MAKING RUBY THE ONLY BLACK

GIRL IN THE SCHOOL.

THERE WAS A KNOCK AT

THE DOOR.

MY PARENTS OPENED THE

DOOR, AND FOUR VERY TALL,

WHITE MEN WERE STANDING AT

THE DOOR.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THEM

AND THINKING, WELL, WHO

ARE THEY?

Reporter: THOSE FOUR

MEN WERE UNITED NATIONS

MARSHALS, SENT UNDER ORDER

OF PRESIDENT EISENHOWER.

THEIR JOB WAS ESCORT RUBY

TO AND FROM SCHOOL.

ONE OF THE MEN WAS CHARLES

BURKES.

WE HAD A LOT OF

DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST

WHAT WE WERE DOING.

THE MAIN THING WAS JUST BE

SURE NOTHING HAPPENED TO

HER.

WE WOULD TELL HER, JUST

STAY CLOSE TO US.

WE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

THERE WERE BARRICADES

EVERYWHERE.

THERE WERE CAMERAS

EVERYWHERE.

I THOUGHT I STUMBLED INTO

A PARADE.

I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS

MARDI GRAS.

IT DIDN'T SEEM TO

BOTHER HER ANY.

SHE WAS JUST DOING WHAT

SHE HAD BEEN TOLD TO DO.

Reporter: RUBY'S

MOTHER WENT AS WELL.

ONCE INSIDE, THEY WERE

TAKEN TO THE PRINCIPLE'S

OFFICE, WHERE THEY STAYED

ALL DAY.

THERE THEY WATCHED WHITE

PARENTS SCRAMBLE IN AND

OUT OF CLASSROOMS, TAKING

THEIR CHILDREN OUT OF

SCHOOL.

500 KIDS WALKED OUT OF

SCHOOL THAT DAY.

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS

GOING ON BECAUSE NOBODY

EXPLAINED ANYTHING TO ME.

FINALLY THE BELL RANG, AND

SOMEONE CAME INTO THE

OFFICE AND THEY SAID,

SCHOOL IS DISMISSED.

YOU CAN LEAVE.

AND I REMEMBER SITTING

THERE AND THINKING, WOW,

COLLEGE IS EASY.

Reporter: BY THE NEXT

DAY, THE CROWDS HAD

DOUBLED.

AND THEY KEPT POINTING

AT ME AND SHOUTING.

THEY KEPT SAYING WE'RE

GOING TO POISON HER.

WE'RE GOING TO HANG HER.

I WAS IN FAVOR OF WHAT

WE WERE DOING, AND KNEW

WHAT WE WERE DOING WAS

RIGHT, AND WE WERE GOING

TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENED.

Reporter: THIS TIME

RUBY WAS TAKEN TO A

CLASSROOM.

I REMEMBER LOOKING INTO

THAT CLASSROOM, AND ALL I

SAW WAS EMPTY DESKS.

I DIDN'T SEE ONE CHILD.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WAS ONE PERSON THERE, HER

TEACHER, BARBARA HENRY.

COMING FROM BOSTON, SHE

WAS THE ONLY ONE WILLING

TO TEACH RUBY.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT

HER AND THINKING, SHE'S

WHITE.

I HAD NEVER SEEN A WHITE

TEACHER BEFORE.

SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE

THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE.

SHE WASN'T.

I ALWAYS SAY THAT SHE

SHOWED ME HER HEART.

Reporter: THE

FOLLOWING WEEK STUDENTS

STARTED TO RETURN, BUT THE

PRINCIPAL CONFINED RUBY TO

HER CLASSROOM AND DIDN'T

ALLOW HER TO PLAY OUTSIDE

OR EAT IN THE CAFETERIA.

I REMEMBER GOING TO THE

BACK OF THE CLASSROOM TO

SHARPEN MY PENCIL, AND YOU

COULD LOOK ON TO THE PLAY

GROUND.

AND THERE WERE THESE HUGE

OAK TREES, AND SWINGS AND

SLIDES AND BASKETBALL

HOOPS.

AND I KEPT THINKING, AS I

SHARPENED MY PENCIL, WHERE

ARE THE KIDS?

Reporter: BY THE END

OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THE

PROTESTS HAD DISBANDED,

AND RUBY WAS FINALLY

ALLOWED TO MEET THE OTHER

CHILDREN.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

SO I WENT IN TO PLAY WITH

THEM.

THIS LITTLE BOY LOOKED AT

ME AND SAID, I CAN'T PLAY

WITH YOU.

MY MOM SAID NOT TO PLAY

WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE A

NIGGER.

SO THAT IS WHAT THIS IS

ABOUT?

IT'S NOT MARDI GRAS.

AND THIS ISN'T COLLEGE.

IT'S ABOUT ME.

AND IT'S ABOUT ME AND THE

WAY I LOOK AND THE COLOR

OF MY SKIN.

AND IN MY MIND, THAT WAS

OKAY.

YES, HE HURT MY FEELINGS.

BUT I WASN'T ANGRY WITH

HIM BECAUSE I FELT LIKE HE

WAS EXPLAINING TO ME WHY

HE COULDN'T PLAY WITH ME.

IF MY PARENTS SAID, RUBY,

DON'T PLAY WITH HIM, HE IS

ASIAN, HISPANIC, INDIAN,

MUSLIM, WHITE, MIXED RACE,

JEWISH, GAY, I WOULD NOT

HAVE PLAYED WITH HIM.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THERE

WAS ANYTHING FOR ME TO

FORGIVE.

THE FACT THAT IN MY MIND

HE WAS EXPLAINING TO ME,

AND THAT I WOULD HAVE DONE

THE SAME THING.

IT WASN'T LIKE I WAS ANGRY

WITH HIM.

SO THERE WAS NOTHING THERE

TO FORGIVE.

THE FACT THAT WHEN I

PASSED THE CROWD, I

THOUGHT IT WAS MARDI GRAS.

THERE WAS NOTHING THERE

FOR ME TO FORGIVE.

Reporter: RUBY

RETURNED THE FOLLOWING

YEAR.

SHE HAD A NEW TEACHER AND

A ROOM FULL OF CLASSMATES.

SHE WENT ON TO ATTEND AN

INTEGRATED HIGH SCHOOL AND

EVENTUALLY GRADUATED FROM

KANSAS CITY BUSINESS

SCHOOL WITH A DEGREE IN

TRAVEL AND TOURISM.

WHEN SHE MARRIED AND BEGAN

RAISING A FAMILY, SHE

TAUGHT HER CHILDREN TO

RELY ON GOD.

SHE ALWAYS FALLS ON HER

FACE, AND SHE MAKES SURE

THAT YOU DO SO AS WELL.

SO IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT

YOU GO THROUGH.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO

DISLIKES YOU.

AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THAT

FAITH AND THAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,

YOU'RE FINE.

Reporter: RUBY

RETURNED TO WILLIAM

FRANCIS IN 1993 WHEN SHE

ENROLLED HER FOUR

NIECES.SHE WITNESSED THE SAME

RACISM.

SO SHE VOLUNTEERED AS A

PARENT LIASON.

AND SHE LAUNCHED THE RUBY

BRIDGES' FOUNDATION, AND

BEGAN SHARING HER STORY

WITH STUDENTS ALL OVER THE

U.S.

I SEE HOPE THAT MOST OF

US DON'T SEE.

I'M IN SCHOOLS EVERY DAY.

I'M SO HUMBLED BY THE WAY

MY STORY MOVES KIDS.

IT'S SO SIMPLE.

HOW MRS. HENRY DIDN'T

JUDGE ME.

HOW ALL I WANTED WAS A

FRIEND.

KIDS GET THAT.

THEY UNDERSTAND THAT.

OUR KIDS KNOW NOTHING

ABOUT RACISM.

IT'S US, AS ADULTS, WE

TAKE RACISM AND WE PASS IT

ON TO OUR KIDS, AND THAT'S

WHY IT'S STILL AROUND.

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

COME INTO THE WORLD WITH A

CLEAN HEART.

I BELIEVE THAT IF WE ARE

GOING TO GET PAST OUR

RACIAL DIFFERENCES, EVEN

TODAY, IT'S GOING TO COME

FROM OUR KIDS.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

OVER 55 YEARS SINCE RUBY

WALKED UP THOSE STEPS AND

TOOK HER PLACE IN HISTORY.

TODAY HER LEGACY CONTINUES

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I WAS HAPPY TO SEE WHAT

SHE DID BECAUSE I KNEW IT

COULD BE DONE.

I'VE ALWAYS TOLD RUBY THAT

I'M GLAD WAS ABLE TO HAVE

SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT.

TO HAVE EQUALITY, IT

TAKES SOMEONE WITH COURAGE

TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, SO

THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER.

AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A

GREAT FAITHFUL FOUNDATION

TO STAND UP FOR SOMETHING

THAT YOU TRULY BELIEVE.

MY SUPERHERO, SHE DOES

THAT EVERY DAY.

OUT OF THE

COMMANDMENTS, IF YOU COULD

ONLY KEEP ONE, THE ONE YOU

SHOULD KEEP IS LOVE THY

NEIGHBOR.

THAT IS THE KEY.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARE

ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON AND

A HUMAN BEING.

I REALLY BELIEVE THE

LONGER THAT I LIVE, THAT

IT REALLY HAS EVERYTHING

TO DO WITH LOVE.

Terry: BOY, THAT

WRAPS IT UP IN A NUTSHELL,

DOESN'T IT?

Andrew: YOU TALK

ABOUT HEROS IN THIS

COUNTRY, RUB BUY BRIDGES RUBY BD

HER FAMILY ARE TRUE HEROS.

MY DAUGHTER IS ALMOST 6

YEARS OLD, AND I GOT

CHILLS WHEN IT WAS

REVEALED SHE WOULD BE THE

ONLY ONE ATTENDING.

TO CONSIDER MY DAUGHTER

MARCHING INTO THAT SCHOOL

BY HERSELF, AND THE

COURAGE OF THAT LITTLE

GIRL AND THAT FAMILY, AND

TO THINK IT IS ONLY FIVE

DECADES AGO.

Terry: AND THAT

FAMILY, I JUST MARVEL THAT

HAD THEY NOT BEEN STRONG,

HAD THEY NOT SAID, YOU

KNOW WHAT, RUBY CAN DO

THIS, WE NEED TO DO THIS,

WE WOULDN'T BE WHERE WE

ARE TODAY WITHOUT PEOPLE

LIKE THAT.

Andrew: THAT'S RIGHT.

Terry: SO IN LESS

THAN SIX DECADES, THIS HAS

CHANGED THE FACE OF A

NATION.

WE SAY THANK YOU TO RUBY

AND TO HER FAMILY AND

OTHERS LIKE THEM WHO HAVE

MADE A DIFFERENCE AND WHO

HAVE DONE IT IN LOVE.

HERE IS A WOMAN WHO COULD

HAVE BEEN BITTER AND

ANGRY, AND INSTEAD SHE HAS

DONE SOMETHING POSITIVE

WITH IT.

> STILL TO COME, A YOUNG

GIRL IS ABUSED AND

ABANDONED.

I FELT LIKE I WAS NOT A

BEING.

Terry: SEE HOW A

LOCAL CHURCH NOT ONLY

CHANGED HER LIFE BUT

TRANSFORMED AN ENTIRE

ORPHANAGE, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Terry: CHILDREN ARE

SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTED

AND LOVED, BUT THAT IS NOT

ALWAYS THE CASE.

WE WANT YOU TO MEET THREE

CHILDREN.

THEY'RE ALL FROM KENYA.

THEY'RE ALL ORPHANS, AND

AT ONE TIME THEY ALL CRIED

FOR FREEDOM.

> THEY HAVE COME FROM

UTTER POVERTY AND DISPAIR.

THEY LIKENED THEIR JOURNEY

TO THE ISRAELITES BREAKING

OUT OF BONDAGE, AND IT IS

A FITTING COMPARISON.

THEIR ORPHANAGE WAS RUN BY

A GROUP OF CORRUPT

INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE

POCKETING THE MONEY,

INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR

THE CHILDREN.

THE ORPHANS WERE EATING

STALE AND MOLDY FOOD, AND

HAD NO UNIFORMS TO GO TO

SCHOOL, AND WERE ALWAYS

FEARFUL OF THE DRUNKEN

NIGHT GUARD WHO WOULD HIT

THEM.

ALL OF THIS COMBINED WITH

THEIR OWN ISSUES OF

CHILDHOOD ABANDONMENT AND

LOSS.

ERIC'S FATHER DIED WHEN HE

WAS THREE.

A YEAR LATER, HIS MOTHER

COMMITTED SUICIDE.

ALICE LOST HER FATHER AT

AGE THREE.

THAT'S WHEN HER MOTHER

STARTED BEATING HER.

EUNICE'S PARENTS DIED WHEN

SHE WAS FOUR AND NINE.

SHE WAS PASSED BETWEEN

RELATIVES, BUT NOBODY

SEEMED TO HAVE THE MONEY

TO CARE FOR HER.

I FELT LIKE I WAS NOT A

BEING.

AND EVEN WHEN I SAW OTHER

CHILDREN, I SAW THEM

BETTER THAN ME.

Terry: EUNICE

REMEMBERS SHE WISHED THEN

THAT SHE HAD NEVER BEEN

BORN.

ERIC'S AUNT USED TO BEAT

HIM BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T

WANT HIM IN THEIR HOME.

ONE DAY SHE DROPPED HIM AT

THE ORPHANAGE, AND

UNDERSTANDABLY, HE HAD A

LOT OF ANGER INSIDE.

AT ONE TIME, I WANTED

TO BE A POLICE OFFICER.

I THOUGHT OF BEING A

TEACHER, SO I COULD BEAT

CHILDREN THE WAY MY MOM

USED TO BEAT ME.

Terry: ALICE LIVED

WITH BEATINGS FOR EIGHT

YEARS BEFORE SOCIAL

WORKERS BROUGHT HER TO THE

ORPHANAGE.

BUT CONDITIONS THERE

WEREN'T MUCH BETTER, AND

SHE PLANNED TO RUN AWAY.

I WAS THINKING OF GOING

AND LIVING ON THE STREETS

INSTEAD OF LIVING SUCH A

HORRIBLE LIFE.

Terry: CONDITIONS AT

THE ORPHANAGE REACHED A

CRISIS POINT.

ONE NIGHT THE DRUNKEN

CARETAKER ALLOWED A RAPIST

GANG INTO THE COMPOUND.

BUT NEIGHBORS HEARD, THE

POLICE WERE CALLED, AND

THE ATTACK WAS STOPPED.

WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF

THE ONGOING ABUSE AND

NEGLECT, MEMBERS OF A

LOCAL CHURCH CAME TO

VISIT.

WHEN THEY SAW THE EXTENT

OF THE NEED, THEY REACHED

OUT WITH FOOD, CLOTHING,

AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

IN A VERY UNUSUAL

DECISION, AUTHORITIES

ASKED THE CHURCH TO TAKE

OVER THE ORPHANAGE.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" CAME

ALONGSIDE THE LOCAL

CHURCH, PROVIDING

IMMEDIATE FUNDS TO GET THE

CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL.

THE PARTNERSHIP OF

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" HAD

HELPED US TAKE THESE

CHILDREN OUT OF A VERY

DEEP PIT.

WE COULD NOT BELIEVE

OUR EARS WHEN THE PASTOR

MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

LIKE A DREAM, THINGS

STARTED CHANGING.

GOOD MEALS.

NEW UNIFORMS.

NEW CLOTHES.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO GO

BACK TO SCHOOL.

AND THAT IS LIVING, NOT

SURVIVING.

Terry: WELL, JOINING

ME NOW IS PASTOR KYLE

PORTER OF "LIVING FAITH

INTERNATIONAL."

AND WE'RE SO GLAD TO HAVE

YOU HERE.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

Terry: WE'RE SO GLAD

TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE

WORK YOU'RE DOING IN

KENYA.

CARLA, WHEN I FIRST SAW

THIS STORY, WHAT TOUCHED

ME SO MUCH WAS THE ABILITY

OF THESE CHILDREN TO

COMMUNICATE THEIR PAIN AND

THEIR HEALING.

UH-HUH.

Terry: THAT'S

ASTONISHING.

I SEE ADULTS WHO DON'T GET

TO THAT PLACE.

HOW DID YOU HELP THESE

KIDS COME FROM BROKENNESS

AND WOUNDEDNESS AND A LACK

OF SELF-ESTEEM TO A PLACE

OF SINGING ABOUT THE

FREEDOM GOD HAS GIVEN

THEM?

WELL, TERRY, I THINK

ONE OF THE POST IMPORTANT

THINGS IS THE ANOINTING

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US, THE

SPIRIT OF ADOPTION.

THAT WE TAKE THEM INTO OUR

HEARTS AS OUR VERY OWN

CHILDREN.

WE'RE NOT JUST, QUOTE,

UNQUOTE, HELPING THEM,

CARING FOR THEM, BUT WE

RECEIVE THEM INTO OUR

HEARTS, INTO OUR CHURCH

COMMUNITY AND LOVE THEM AS

OUR VERY OWN CHILDREN.

AND YEARS AGO THE LORD HAD

SHARED WITH MY LATE

HUSBAND AND ME, DON'T JUST

KEEP THEM ALIVE; GIVE THEM

A LIFE.

AND THAT BROUGHT SUCH A

CHANGE IN OUR HEARTS THAT

WE STOPPED HELPING THEM

AND WE BEGAN FATHERING AND

MOTHERING THEM.

THEY KNOW THEY'RE LOVED.

YOU HAVE TO MEET THE NEEDS

OF CHILDREN, NOT JUST

PHYSICALLY,

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, AND THEY

FEEL A LIBERTY TO

COMMUNICATE WHAT IS IN

THEIR HEART.

THEY KNOW THEY MATTER.

Terry: DID THE CHURCH

WIND UP BECOMING AWARE OF

THE NEED THERE AND THEN

STEPPED IN?

ONCE A YEAR IN OCTOBER,

WE, AS A CHURCH, DO

COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

WE LOOK FOR NEEDS IN THE

COMMUNITY AND WE MAKE A

SPECIAL EFFORT.

AND WE HAD BEEN TOLD ABOUT

THIS ORPHANAGE, AND THAT

IT WAS IN DIRE NEED.

AND SO AS ONE OF OUR CARE

GROUPS IN THE CHURCH SAID,

PASTOR, WE WANT TO REACH

OUT TO THIS ORPHANAGE, AND

THAT WAS THE BEGINNING.

WE FOUND THEM IN DESPERATE

NEED.

WITHOUT FOOD, WITHOUT

PROPER SANITATION.

TERRIBLE LIVING

CONDITIONS.

AND VERY REJECTEDED BY THE

COMMUNITY.

AND WE WERE TOLD, WELL,

NO ONE WILL LET US COME TO

CHURCH.

WHEN WE WALK INTO A

CHURCH, EVERYONE MOVES

AWAY FROM US.

SO THEY HAD EXPERIENCED

TREMENDOUS REJECTION.

AND I TOLD THEM, WE WOULD

LOVE FOR YOU TO COME TO

OUR CHURCH.

AND WE BEGAN SENDING A

MINIBUS EVERY SUNDAY TO

PICK THEM UP AND BRING

THEM TO CHURCH.

AND THEY WOULD COME

HUNGRY, DEHYDRATED.

THEY WEREN'T CLEAN.

THEY, YOU KNOW, HAD

TERRIBLE ODOR AND SO

FORTH.

AND WE BEGAN TO REALIZE,

OH, THIS IS MUCH DEEPER

THAN HELPING AN ORPHANAGE

FOR ONE TIME.

AND EVENTUALLY THE

GOVERNMENT ASKED US TO

TAKE OVER THE ORPHANAGE.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THE

POWER OF EDUCATION,

BECAUSE IT CREATES A HOPE

AND A FUTURE THAT YOU

DON'T REALLY HAVE WITHOUT

IT.

YOU DON'T.

IN FACT, YOU'LL BE

CONFINED TO A LIFE OF

POVERTY.

YOU CAN RESCUE A CHILD AND

LEAVE THEM IN THE SAME

CIRCUMSTANCES.

OR YOU CAN RESCUE A CHILD

AND BRING DELIVERANCE IN

THEIR LIFE.

FROM GENERATIONS OF

POVERTY AND LACK OF

EDUCATION -- IT IS VERY

IMPORTANT THAT YOU MEET

THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND

EMOTIONAL NEEDS SO THAT

THEY BEGIN TO HAVE

SELF-ESTEEM AND REALIZE, I

MATTER.

BUT THEN WHERE I'M FOCUSED

AFTER THAT IS THEIR

DESTINY IN GOD.

BECAUSE JEREMIAH 29: 11 IS

FOR EVERY ORPHAN AND EVERY

VULNERABLE CHILD, GOD HAS

A GOOD PLAN FOR THEM.

BUT THEY NEED AN

EDUCATION.

SO I'M IN THE PROCESS OF

BUILDING HERITAGE

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY.

THE LORD HAS TOLD US,

RAISE UP LEADERS FOR ME.

AND WITH THIS ACADEMY, I

WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER THEM

WHAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO

FIND IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

IN KENYA.

Terry: YOU'RE GOING

TO CHANGE A NATION WITH

THIS.

OH, I RECEIVE THAT,

TERRY.

I BELIEVE THAT.

Terry: I GIVE IT AS A

WORD.

PRAISE GOD.

Terry: ONE OF THE

THINGS I SEE IN THE LIVES

OF EVERY ONE OF THESE

CHILDREN IN THAT STORY IS

PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE

LOVED THEM, WHO SHOULD

HAVE CARED ABOUT THEM,

WERE ABUSIVE TO THEM.

YES.

Terry: HOW DO YOU

HELP THEM WALK THROUGH THE

FORGIVENESS?

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET TO

THE FREEDOM THEY'VE GOTTEN

TO WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO

RELEASE PEOPLE WHO HARMED

THEM.

TERRY, I TELL THEM,

YOU'VE HAD A DIFFICULT

BEGINNING.

BUT WE TEACH THEM THE

GOSPEL.

YOU'VE HAD A BEGINNING,

BUT NOW WITH GOD ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

TO

YOU.

BUT THE KEY TO THE POWER

OF GOD WORKING IN YOUR

LIFE IS FOR YOU TO WALK IN

FORGIVENESS.

AND SO WE WORK WITH THEM

IN FORGIVING EVERYONE,

FROM PARENTS TO OTHER

FAMILY MEMBERS TO PEOPLE

THAT HAVE BEEN IN THEIR

LIVES -- ALL WHO HAVE

ABUSED THEM -- BECAUSE

WITHOUT THAT FORGIVENESS,

YOU HAVE AN INVISIBLE

BARRIER THAT PREVENTS

GOD'S PLAN FROM BEING

FULFILLED.

Terry: WE WANT TO

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO

AND FOR BEING HERE WITH US

TODAY.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP

CHILDREN AT CARLA'S

ORPHANAGE OR HOME, THEN

PARTNER WITH US.

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-800-700-7000.

AND YOU CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

YOU CAN SET PEOPLE FREE.

WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH

A WONDERFUL SCRIPTURE FROM

THE BOOK OF PSALMS TODAY,

PSALM 82: 3: "DEFEND THE

POOR AND FATHERLESS.

DO JUSTICE TO THE

AFFLICTED AND NEEDY.

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