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700 Club Interactive - May 31, 2017

Author Gary Thomas shares one word that can radically change your marriage. Read Transcript


Andrew: HATEDED

BECAUSE OF HER RACE.

THE LITTLE ARYAN BOYS

WOULD THROW MANURE AT ME.

Andrew: FACING THE

HORRORS OF A CONCENTRATION

CAMP.

THEY DRAGGED OLD MEN BY

THEIR BEARDS, OUT OF THEIR

HOMES, AND SHIPPED THEM

OFF.

Andrew: FIND OUT HOW

SHE WAS RESCUED TODAY ON

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> GOOD MORNING AND

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

AADOLESCENCE BETWEEN

CHILDHOOD AND BECOMING

ADULT IS RELATIVELY NEW.

IT WASN'T UNTIL THE 20th

CENTURY THAT THE TERM WAS

COINED.

AND NOW THE MEANING HAS

BEEN REDEFINED.

Terry: IN SOME

INCIDENCES, ADOLESCENCE

CAN GO UP TO THE AGE OF

30, PROMPTING A GOVERNOR

TO WRITE "THE RECENTLY

VANISHING ADULT."

HE MET WITH US TO DISCUSS

THE SHIFT IN OUR CULTURE.

WHEN YOU'RE GROWING UP,

THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF

THINGS THAT HAPPEN AS

YOU'RE TAKING OFF THE

TRAINING WHEELS, AS YOU GO

THROUGH ADOLESCENCE.

IT IS IMPORTANCE TO

PROTECT LITTLE KIDS WHEN

THEY'RE AT A STAGE OF

DEPENDENCY.

BUT OUR GOAL AS PARENTS

AND AUNTS AND UNCLES, IS

TO HELP THEM TAKE OFF THE

TRAINING WHEELS, SO THEY

CAN BECOME INDEPENDENT,

AND THEY WERE LIVE A LIFE

OF GRATITUDE TO GOD BY

DOING MEANINGFUL WORK IN

THE COMMUNITY.

A LOT OF THAT COMING OF

AGE INVOLVES SOME SCABS

AND SOME SCAR TISSUE AND

SOME TOUGH LOVE.

RIGHT NOW I THINK WE'RE

DOING A BAD JOB, OF THE

PARENTS' AND GRANDPARENTS'

GENERATION BY PROTECTING

OUR KIDS TOO MUCH.

SCAR TISSUE IS THE

FOUNDATION OF FUTURE

CHARACTER.

AND WE'RE NOT CELEBRATING

IT ENOUGH WITH OUR KIDS.

Andrew: WHAT DO YOU

THINK, TERRY?

DO WE TRY TO PROTECT OUR

KIDS TOO MUCH?

Terry: I THINK THERE

IS SOME TRUTH TO THAT.

YOU KNOW THE SAYING, WHAT

DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU

STRONGER?

I THINK THERE ARE SOME

ATTRIBUTES TO THIS.

NOW WHEN CHILDREN COMPETE

IN SPORTS PROGRAMS,

EVERYBODY GETS A TROPHY,

WHETHER THEY WIN OR NOT.

Andrew: OUR TEAM IS

DECIDING THAT RIGHT NOW.

Terry: I THINK TO

HELP CHILDREN REALLY

PREPARE FOR LIFE --

Andrew: YOU DON'T

THINK THEY SHOULD GET A

TROPHY?

A.

TerryI LOVE WHAT KEVIN LEMANSAYS, OUR J OB IS NOT TO BE

A SNOWPLOW FOR OUR

CHILDREN.

LET THEM FACE THINGS.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO MY

SON WAS ON A TEAM WITH A

COACH THAT WAS A LITTLE

ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES,

AND I SAID TO MY WIFE, I

KNOW MY SON DOESN'T

RESPOND TO THIS TYPE OF

TREATMENT.

MAYBE WE SHOULD REMOVE HIM

FROM THE TEAM?

AND SHE SAID, NO.

HE HAS TO LEARN HOW TO

DEAL WITH TOUGH PEOPLE.

AND SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY

RIGHT.

Terry: I AGREE WITH

THE SENATOR.

> WELL, THERE IS NO

DENYING THE BOX OFFICE

SUCCESS OF FAITH-BASED

FILMS, SUCH AS "THE

SHACK," AND "HEAVEN IS FOR

REAL."

BUT ONE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER

SAYS THAT THE FAITH-BASED

LABEL MAY BE DOING MORE

HARM THAN GOOD.

Andrew: HE RECENTLY

TOLD FAITH WIRE ONCE THE

LABEL IS DROPPED, YOU CAN

FILM WHATEVER YOU WANT, AS

LONG AS IT IS NOT FAKE.

SOMETIMES ONCE A FILM IS

RELEASED AND IT IS BILLED

AS FAITH-BASED, THERE ARE

ACTORS WHO HAVE REMOVED

THEMSELVES FROM THE

PUBLICITY AND SAID, I'M

NOT GOING TO BE INVOLVED

IN MARKETING A FAITH-BASED

FILM.

OR WE'VE SEEN SCHOOL

SYSTEMS WHO HAD GROUP

D.V.D.s OR TICKETS

PURCHASED, AND ONCE IT IS

FAITH-BASED, THEY PULL OUT

OF IT.

Terry: IN OUR SOCIETY

TODAY, IN OUR CULTURE

TODAY, THERE COULD BE

SOMETHING NEGATIVE

ATTACHED TO THAT.

FOR SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE

WITHOUT ANY SPIRITUALITY

IN THEIR LIVES.

SO YOU WONDER HOW MANY

PEOPLE MISSED SEEING A

MOVIE JUST BECAUSE IT IS

TAGGED LIKE THAT.

Andrew: THE PASSION

OF THE CHRIST WAS NOT A

FAITH-BASED FILM, AND IT

WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.

> OFTEN YOU HEAR THE

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH

CHILDREN SPENDING TOO MUCH

TIME PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.

BUT ONE PARENT IN JAPAN IS

ENCOURAGING HIS SON TO

PLAY.

Terry: THE

10-YEAR-OLD HAD RETINAL

BLASPHOMA, BUT THAT HASN'T

STOPPED HIM FROM PLAYING

HIS FAVORITE GAMES.

HE WROTE A LETTER TO

NINTENDO THANKING HIM FOR

THE GAME.

AND THEY RESPONDED AND

SAID, WE HAVE PASSED ON

YOUR LETTER TO NINTENDO'S

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

WE WANT TO KEEP MAKING

GAMES THAT EVERYONE CAN

HAVE FUN PLAYING, SO THANK

YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

WOW, GO, NINTENDO.

Andrew: AND THAT

LITTLE BOY DOES GET

PERFECT SCORES AND NEVER

LOSES AND SAID YOU CAN

MAKE THE GAMES EVEN HARDER

IF YOU WANT TO.

Andrew: COMING UP, HE

SAYS YOUR MARRIAGE CANNOT

ONLY SURVIVE, BUT IT CAN

THRIVE WITH JUST ONE WORD.

AND WE'RE GOING TO FIND

OUT WHAT THAT WORD IS FROM

AUTHOR GARY THOMAS.

AND THAT'S COMING UP NEXT.

Andrew: WHAT IF THERE

WAS ONE WORD THAT COULD

TRANSFORM YOUR MARRIAGE?

I BET YOU WOULD LIKE TO

KNOW WHAT THAT WORD IS.

OUR NEXT GUEST IS THE

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

"CHERISHED."

TAKE A LOOK.

GARY THOMAS HAS BEEN

HELPING THOUSANDS OF

COUPLES TURN THEIR

RELATIONSHIPS AROUND.

HE SAYS THERE IS ONE WORD

THAT CAN RADICALLY DO

THAT.

CHERISH IS SORT OF THE

SPICE.

YOU CAN LOVE WITHOUT

CHERISHING, BUT YOU CAN'T

CHERISH WITHOUT LOVING.

LOVE IS IMPORTANT, BUT I

WANT TO GO TO THAT NEXT

LEVEL.

Andrew: IN HIS BOOK,

"CHERISH," GARY CHALLENGES

US TO LOVE WELL AND SHOWS

US HOW TO TREASURE OUR

SPOUSE LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

GARY THOMAS JOINS YOU NOW.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: I HAVE TO

ADMIT WHEN I WAS READING

YOUR BOOK, IT STRUCK ME

THAT LOVE AND CHERISH, THE

WEDDING VOWS -- CHERISH

HAS NOT BEEN PART OF MY

VOCABULARY.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

IT TAKES MARRIAGE TO A

WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL.

LOVE IS IMPORTANT, IT IS

THE FOUNDATION OF A

RELATIONSHIP.

BUT WE NEED TO GET TO THE

POINT WHERE OUR SPOUSE

FEELS SPECIAL, AND

MARRIAGE BECOMES AN ACT OF

WORSHIP TOWARDS GOD, AND

DELIGHTING IN OUR SPOUSE,

IN GOD'S SON OR DAUGHTER,

IT GIVES US GREATER

DELIGHT FOR OUR SPOUSES

AND GIVES GREATER PLEASURE

TO OURSELVES.

Andrew: YOU SAID A

LOT OF COUPLES DIVORCE

WITHOUT EVER REALLY

KNOWING WHO THEIR SPOUSE

WAS.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

THE JOURNEY FROM ME TO

WE IS ABOUT 15 YEARS.

IT TAKES TIME FOR US, EVEN

AFTER WE HAVE MADE THE

VOWS, TO START THINKING

ABOUT OURSELVES AS A

COUPLE.

WE'RE STILL THINKING ABOUT

OURSELVES AS INDIVIDUALS.

SO WHEN WE GET SO

FRUSTRATED FIVE, SIX,

SEVEN YEARS INTO THE

MARRIAGE, WE DON'T REALLY

KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO

ACTUALLY BE ONE YET.

IT JUST TAKES TIME FOR OUR

BRAINS TO FORM.

Andrew: A LOT OF

COUPLES EARLY IN THE

JOURNEY SAY, WE'LL NEVER

BEEN LIKE THAT.

BUT MY WIFE AND I HAVE

SEEN THAT.

WE'VE BEEN AT A WEDDING

WHERE A COUPLE DELIGHTED

IN EACH OTHER, AND THEN 15

YEARS LATER -- I HAD AN

INCIDENT FROM A WOMAN

REFERRED TO HER HUSBAND AS

A COOK, WHEN I REFERRED TO

HIM AS A CHEF.

HE FEEDS PEOPLE AT SENIOR

CITIZENS, AND IT IS A

NOBLE CALLING, AND FOR

SOME REASON IT BECAME A

POINT OF CONTEMPT, INSTEAD

OF BEING PROUD OF HIM.

I WANT TO CHERISH MY

SPOUSE.

I WANT TO DELIGHT IN MY

SPOUSE.

I WANT TO THINK THE BEST

OF MY SPOUSE.

Andrew: DO YOU THINK

MEN AND WOMEN REALIZE THE

DANGER TO A MARRIAGE WHEN

THEY COMPARE THEIR SPOUSE

TO SOMEONE ELSE?

NO.

AND THE THING IT, IT MAKES

NO SENSE.

COMPARING OUR SPOUSE'S

WEAKNESS TO ANOTHER

SPOUSE'S STRENGTH NEVER

MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER.

IT DISRURCHES YOU.

DISCOURAGES YOU.

IT TENDS TO MAKE YOUR

SPOUSE GIVE UP.

YOUR SPOUSE FEELS LIKE, I

KNOW I CAN'T PLEASE HIM

ANYWAY, SO WHY EVEN TRY?

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST

DESTRUCTIVE THINGS WE CAN

DO.

Andrew: AND SOMETIMES

PERHAPS MAYBE EVEN MEN IN

THE MARRIAGE SAY, I'M NOT

EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE OR

VERBALLY ABUSIVE TO MY

WIFE, BUT BEING APATHETIC

TO THE RELATIONSHIP CAN BE

JUST AS DAMAGING.

IT IS SO DAMAGING IN

LARGE PART.

STEREOTYPES AREN'T ALWAYS

TRUE, BUT IN GENERAL,

WOMEN TEND TO BE MORE

EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN

THE SUCCESS OF THEIR

MARRIAGE THAN GUYS.

IF OUR MARRIAGE ISN'T

DOING WELL, WE TEND TO

FOCUS MORE ON A HOBBY OR A

JOB OR WHATNOT.

AND WIVES HAVE OTHER AREAS

WHERE THEY CAN DO THAT.

BUT SO OFTEN, A WIFE IS

EVEN MORE FRUSTRATED WHEN

HER MARRIAGE ISN'T

CONNECTING.

SO WHEN WE JUST TAKE THAT

CAVALIERLY, WHEN THEY FEEL

LIKE, I'VE GIVEN HIM

EVERYTHING, MY FUTURE, MY

HOPES, MY BODY --

EVERYTHING THAT I'VE HOLD

DEAR, AND HE DOESN'T EVEN

WANT IT ANYMORE, HE

DOESN'T EVEN APPRECIATE IT

ANYMORE -- I DON'T THINK

WE UNDERSTAND AS MEN HOW

DEVASTATING IT CAN BE TO A

WOMAN, HER SENSE OF WORTH,

HER SOUL, HER

SATISFACTION, WHEN SHE IS

NOT CHERISHED.

WE'RE THE ONLY ONES THAT

CAN CHERISH OUR WIFE THAT

WAY.

IT WOULD BE A SIN FOR

ANOTHER MAN TO CHERISH HER

THAT WAY.

OUR KIDS HAVE TWO PARENTS

TO CHERISH.

HOPEFULLY ONE DAY THEY'LL

HAVE THEIR OWN SPOUSE TO

CHERISH.

OUR PARENTS HAVE MANY KIDS

TO CHERISH.

WE'RE CALLED TO HOLD OUR

ONE SPOUSE IN A PARTICULAR

REGARD, TO CHERISH THEM

LIKE NO ONE ELSE DOES.

SO IF WE DON'T DO IT, NO

ONE ELSE WILL.

THAT'S WHY IT IS SUCH AN

INJURY NOT TO CHERISH OUR

SPOUSE.

Andrew: AND SOME

SPOUSES MAY APPROACH

MARRIAGE LATER IN YEARS,

WE'RE JUST GOING TO

TOLERATE EACH OTHER.

BUT YOU SAY THE OPPOSITE

ABOUT THAT.

YOU SAY MARRIAGE IS LIKE A

BALLET.

GEORGE TALKED ABOUT HOW

WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE

BALLET, THEY GO TO SEE THE

BALLERINA.

IT IS NOT THE MALE DANCER.

IT IS A GUY WHO

UNDERSTANDS THE

BALLERINA'S WEAKNESSES,

NOT SO HE CAN CHASTISE

HER, BUT SO HE CAN GO,

THIS IS WHERE SHE REALLY

NEEDS TO BE SUPPORTED.

I NEED TO MAKE HER FEEL

SAFE SO SHE CAN ATTEMPT TO

DO SOMETHING SHE WOULDN'T

BE ABLE TO DO IF I WASN'T

WITH HER.

HIS JOB IS WHAT I CALL

SHOWCASING HER.

WHAT IF WE HAD THAT

ATTITUDE IN MARRIAGE: I

WANT TO SHOWCASE MY

SPOUSE.

MY JOB IS TO MAKE HER LOOK

GOOD, TO MAKE OTHERS SEE

HER GIFTS.

WHEN I JUST FOCUS ON LOVE

SO OFTEN, IT IS THE

REVERSE: IS SHE SHOWCASING

ME OR EXHIBITING ME?

WHEN I CAN CHANGE THAT

MINDSET, MY JOB TODAY IS

TO MAKE MY SPOUSE LOOK

GOOD TO MY FRIENDS AND TO

MY KIDS AND TO OTHERS, AND

TO SPEAK WELL OF HER, AND

THAT'S THE BEGINNING

PROCESS OF CHERISHING HER.

Andrew: THERE IS THE

HONEYMOON PERIOD, AND THAT

GOES THROUGH STRAIN, AND

THEN OUR INDIVIDUAL HURTS

BEGIN TO BE REVEALED LATER

IN MARRIAGE.

WE NEED TO SEE THE

IMPORTANCE OF THAT.

PEOPLE COME INTO MARRIAGE

WITH HURT.

RIGHT.

THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT

A CHERISHING MARRIAGE,

BECAUSE IT CAN BE SUCH A

HEALING PLACE.

WE ALL COME INTO MARRIAGE

BROKEN AND WOUNDED AND

HURTING.

I'M JUST ASTONISHED I GOT

A WOMAN TO MARRY ME.

THERE ARE SOME SUPERSTARS

WHO GO INTO MARRIAGE AND

THEY THINK THEY HAVE

EVERYTHING TOGETHER -- I

WASN'T.

I WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR

KIDS.

I HAD THE PERFECT EAGLE

SCOUT OLDER BROTHER, THE

STRONGER SECOND BROTHER --

SO WHAT MARRIAGE CAN BE IF

WE CHERISH EACH OTHER,

WHAT BLOWS ME AWAY,

ANDREW, IS HERE IS A WOMAN

WHO LITERALLY KNOWS ME

BETTER THAN ANY OTHER

PERSON ON THIS PLANET, AND

SHE STILL LIKES ME, SHE

STILL RESPECTS ME, AND SHE

CHERISHES ME.

WHAT THAT DOES IS HELPS ME

TO RECEIVE GOD'S LOVE.

BECAUSE GOD KNOWS EVEN

WORSE THINGS ABOUT ME THAN

MY WIFE DOES, AND YET HE

STILL AFFIRMS ME.

WHEN YOU HAVE TWO PEOPLE

BUILDING EACH OTHER UP

LIKE THAT -- I CHERISH YOU

FOR WHO YOU ARE --

INFATUATION IS ALL ABOUT

AN ILLUSION.

SO WHEN YOU CAN CHERISH

THE SPOUSE YOU TRULY KNOW,

IT IS SPIRITUALLY

ENRICHING AND IT BUILDS UP

YOUR MARRIAGE.

Andrew: THE BOOK IS

CALLED "CHERISH," THE ONE

WORD THAT CHANGES

EVERYTHING FOR YOUR

MARRIAGE.

IT IS A WHOLE NEWOU NEW OUTLOOK

ON HOW TO APPROACH YOUR

MARRIAGE.

> UP NEXT, SHE ENDURED

MORE THAN JUST YOUR

TYPICAL PLAYGROUND

BULLYING.

THE LITTLE ARYAN BOYS

WOULD THROW DOG MANURE AT

ME AND HORSE MANURE AT ME,

AND GIRLS WOULD BEAT ME UP

AND CALL ME JEW BRAT.

Andrew: DON'T MISS

THE HORRIFYING STORY OF A

Terry: AS A YOUNG

GIRL, ANITA DITMAN WAS

TEASED BY HER CLASSMATES

AND HATED BY HER

COUNTRYMEN.

THAT'S BECAUSE SHE WAS

HALF JEWISH AND LIVED IN

NAZI GERMANY.

BEFORE LONG, SHE WAS

FORCED OUT OF HER HOME AND

INTO THE GHETTOS, AND

LATER A CONCENTRATION

CAMP.

I WAS OVERWHELMED BY

THE SIZE OF THE AUDIENCE.

BUT ONCE THE MUSIC

STARTED, I BECAME

COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS TO MY

ENVIRONMENT.

AND I DANCED AND I

DANCEDED.

AND IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL.

WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, I

COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EARS.

Terry: 6-YEAR-OLD

ANITA'S FIRST BALLET

RECITAL WAS BETTER THAN

SHE COULD HAVE IMAGINED,

ESPECIALLY FOR A JEWISH

GIRL IN 1943 GERMANY.

I HAD AN OVERWHELMING

APPLAUSE.

AND I THOUGHT, THIS CAN'T

HAPPEN.

ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE

ARYANS.

Terry: IT HAD ONLY

BEEN A FEW MONTHS SINCE

ADOLPH HITLER WAS

APPOINTED CHANCELLOR, AND

ALREADY HIS ANTI-SEMITIC

PROPAGANDA WAS TAKING

HOLD.

A NEWSPAPER REVIEW THE

NEXT DAY SAID IT ALL.

THEY SAID, THE DANCE

WAS SUPERBING PERFORMED BY

ANITA DITMAN, FAR ABOVE

HER AGE, BUT THE GERMAN

PEOPLE NO LONGER WANT TO

BE ENTERTAINED BY A JEW.

RIGHT THERE AND THEN, IT

WAS LIKE THE WHOLE WORLD

WAS FALLING APART.

HITLER BECOMES THE

LEADING SPOKESMAN FOR THE

NAZIS.

THEIR SLOGAN: "GERMANY

AWAKE."

Terry: ANITA WAS BORN

TO A JEWISH MOTHER AND A

GERMAN FATHER, AND EVEN

THOUGH SHE WAS RAISED AN

ATHEIST, THAT HARDLY

MATTERED TO THE NAZI

REGIME.

WE HAD TO REGISTER AS

EITHER JEW OR ARYAN, AND I

SAID TO MY MOTHER, WHERE

DO I GO?

I'M A LITTLE OF BOTH.

AND SHE SAID, YOU'RE GOING

TO BE UNDER THE

UNDESIRABLES.

Terry: PERSECUTION

SOON FOLLOWED, ESPECIALLY

IN SCHOOL.

THE LITTLE ARYAN BOYS,

THEY WOULD THROW DOG

MANURE AND HORSE MANURE AT

ME.

AND GIRLS WOULD COME AND

BEAT ME UP AND CALL ME JEW

BRAT.

Terry: ALL THE WHILE,

ANITA HAD TO DECLARE

ALLEGIANCE TO HITLER.

WE HAD TO SING THE

GERMAN ANTHEM, AND I

REVOWED I WOULD NEVER LET

THAT WORD, HAI HEIL HITLER,

COME OVER MY LIPS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Terry: FEARING

REPERCUSSIONS FROM THE

NAZIS, ANITA'S FATHER

DIVORCED HER MOTHER AND

ABANDONED THE FAMILY.

SOON AFTER THE GESTAPO

CAME TO THEIR HOME AND

TOOK ANITA, HER MOTHER,

AND OLDER SISTERS TO THE

GHETTOS.

IT WAS THERE ANITA MET A

WORKING CLASS GERMAN

FAMILY WHO DIDN'T ASCRIBE

TO HITLER'S HATRED OF THE

JEWISH PEOPLE.

THEY SAID ONE DAY,

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO

CHURCH WITH US?

I SAID, YEAH.

I HAD NEVER BEEN TO A

CHURCH.

IT HAD BEAUTIFUL, BIG,

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS.

THEY DEPICTED CHRIST'S

BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH, AND

RESURRECTION.

AND I KEPT LOOKING AT HIM.

AND I WAS SO OVERWHELMED.

SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME.

CHRIST CAME INTO MY LIFE,

INTO MY HEART.

AND I SAID, WELL, I HAD A

PEACE INSIDE OF ME THAT I

HAD NOT KNOWN BEFORE, AND

I FELT A SECURITY.

NO MATTER HOW THINGS GOT

BAD IN SCHOOL AND

EVERYTHING, IT DOESN'T

MATTER.

AND BALLET WAS NO LONGER

IMPORTANT.

I HAD TRADED IT IN FOR

SOMETHING MUCH BETTER.

Terry: TO ANITA'S

MOTHER AND SISTER, IT WAS

NOTHING MORE THAN A

FANTASY.

BUT ANITA KNEW JESUS WAS

REAL.

AND THE NEXT DAY SHE TOLD

HER FRIENDS WOULD HAD

HAPPENED.

I STARTED TO CRY, AND I

SAID, WHAT CAN I DO TO

MAKE THEM BELIEVE ME.

AND THEY SAID, YOU DO

NOTHING.

TURN IT OVER TO THE LORD.

HE IS GOING TO DO THE

DOING.

YOU JUST LOVE YOUR MOM,

LOVE YOUR SISTER.

WHEN THEY SEE YOUR

HAPPINESS, EVEN IN THE

MIDST OF ALL OF THE

HORRIBLE THINGS THAT ARE

HAPPENING, THE LORD JESUS

WILL DO HIS THING.

Terry: THREE YEARS

LATER, IN 1937, ANITA

BEGAN ATTENDING SCHOOL AT

A LUTHERAN CHURCH THAT WAS

STILL OPEN TO JEWISH

CHILDREN.

ONE DAY THE MINISTER

VISITED THEIR HOME.

HE BROUGHT EACH ONE OF

US A BIBLE.

AND HE SAID, WE WOULD BE

VERY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU IN

OUR CHURCH.

AND MY MOTHER SAID, AREN'T

YOU TAKING CHANCES?

YOU COULD GET LOCKED UP.

BUT HE SAID, HOW CAN I

POSSIBLY NOT BE INTERESTED

IN HELPING GOD'S PEOPLE?

Terry: ANITA'S MOTHER

STARTED ATTENDING CHURCH

AND EVENTUALLY GAVE HER

LIFE TO CHRIST.

MEANWHILE, THE PASTOR

TRIED TO SECURE VISAS SO

THAT THE THREE OF THEM

COULD FLEE THE COUNTRY.

BUT ONLY HER SISTERS

ARRIVED AND SHE ESCAPED TO

ENGLAND.

THE NEXT DAY,

SEPTEMBER 1st, 1939,

GERMANY INVADED POLAND.

Announcer: ADOLPH

HITLER PLUNGES MANKIND

INTO A SECOND WORLD WAR.

Terry: WITH THE

BORDERS NOW CLOSED AND

HEAVILY GUARDED, ANITA AND

HER MOTHER WERE TRAPPED.

Announcer: NEXT THE

NAZIS LAUNCHED A

SYSTEMATIC CAMPAIGN OF

HARASSMENT, PERSECUTION,

AND EVEN MURDER.

THEY BURNED ALL OF THE

SYNAGOGUES.

THEY DEMOLISHED ALL OF THE

STOREFRONTS OF JEWISH

BUSINESSES.

THEY DRAGGED OLD MEN BY

THEIR BEARDS, OUT OF THEIR

HOMES, AND PUT THEM INTO

POLICE WAGONS AND SHIPPED

THEM OFF TO WHO KNOWS

WHERE.

Terry: AT 15, A ANITA

WAS BANNED FROM SCHOOL AND

FORCED INTO HEAVY LABOR,

ALONGSIDE HER MOTHER.

FOR YEARS THEY LIVED IN

CONSTANT FEAR AS THE

GESTAPO TOOK AWAY THEIR

FAMILY AND FRIENDS ONE BY

ONE.

THEN ON JANUARY 7th,

1944, THEY CAME FOR HER

MOTHER.

I DIDN'T KNOW AT FIRST

WHERE THEY HAD TAKEN HER.

THEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS A

CAMP IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, A

VERY BAD CAMP.

Terry: SEVEN MONTHS

LATER, ANITA WAS SENT TO

THE BARTO CONCENTRATION

CAMP, WHERE FOR HOURS ADAY

SHE DUG DITCHES.

AND EVENTUALLY DEVELOPED

BLOOD POISONING DUE TO THE

UNTREATED BLISTERS ON HER

RIGHT FOOT.

I COULDN'T DARE TO LET

THEM KNOW I WAS LIMPING.

BECAUSE THEY HAD THE

ATTITUDE IF YOU THINK

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE FIT

TO WORK, WE'LL SHOOT YOU

ON THE SPOT OR ELSE CLUB

YOU TO DEATH.

AND I SAID, LORD, KEEP MY

STRONG.

Terry: THERE ANITA

MET OTHERS WHO ALSO LOVED

JESUS.

WE WERE HOUSED IN A

FILTHY OLD COBURN.

WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO

SPEAK TO EACH OTHER.

BUT WHEN THE GUARDS WENT

LOOKING, THOSE OF US WHO

LOVED THE LORD COULDN'T

HELP BUT TALK ABOUT IT.

AND WE WOULD SIT AND

REHEARSE VERSES.

ESPECIALLY ROMANS 8: 28:

"WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS

WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD."

AND WE ASKED THE LORD, IF

YOU WANTED US TO LIVE,

WOULD HE PLEASE HELP US TO

ESCAPE.

LEAVE IT UP TO THE LORD.

HE DEVISED A FANTASTIC

PLAN.

Terry: IN

JANUARY 1945, HITLER'S

FORCES WENT INTO FULL

RETREAT AS THE SOVIET

UNION CLOSED IN ON

GERMANY.

ANITA AND FOUR OTHER GIRLS

WERE PUT ON A WAGON FOR

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER CAMP.

USING CIGARETTES AND SOME

CHANGE, THEY BRIBED THEIR

DRIVER, A POLISH P.O.W.,

TO TAKE THEM TO THE

NEAREST TRAIN STATION.

A TRAIN SURROUNDED BY

GERMANY SOLDIERS WAS ABOUT

TO LEAVE.

IN A DARING MOVE, ANITA

APPROACHED ONE OF THE MEN,

CLAIMING THEY WERE FLEEING

THE RUSSIANS.

I SAID, COULD WE RIDE

WITH YOU?

WE'RE SEPARATED FROM OUR

FAMILIES BECAUSE OF THE

WAR.

IS THERE ROOM?

AND HE SAID, WE WILL MAKE

ROOMS.

Terry: THEY GOT OFF

IN GERMANY WHERE ANITA

SOUGHT MEDICAL TREATMENT

FOR HER NOW BADLY INFECTED

LEG.

SHE WAS STILL RECOVERING

IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN

RUSSIAN SOLDIERS OVERTOOK

THE CITY ON APRIL 21st,

1945.

A FEW DAYS LATER, THE WAR

IN GERMANY ENDED.

[EXPLOSIVE SOUNDS]

Terry: ONCE RELEASED

FROM THE HOSPITAL, ANITA

SPENT THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS

HITCHHIKING THROUGH

WAR-TORN CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

THEN ON THE MORNING OF

JUNE 7th, SHE REACHED

THE CAMP WHERE HER MOTHER

HAD BEEN HELD, AND FINALLY

REUNITED WITH HER MOTHER.

AT FIRST WE DIDN'T SAY

ANYTHING.

WE WERE JUST SO STUNNED.

AND THEN FINALLY WE HUGGED

EACH OTHER AND PRAISED THE

LORD AND CRIED.

ANOTHER ONE OF GOD'S

MIRACLES.

IT WAS SO AMAZING WHAT GOD

DID.

Terry: ONE YEAR LATER

ANITA AND HER MOTHER

IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED

STATES AND MADE A NEW LIFE

IN MINNESOTA.

NOW AS A GRANDMOTHER, SHE

SHARES HER STORY OF HOW

SHE SURVIVED THE

HOLOCAUST.

A MIRACLE SHE CREDITS TO

JESUS, WHO SHE MET WHEN

SHE WAS JUST SEVEN YEARS

OLD.

HE SAID THAT THE LITTLE

CHILDREN COME UNDER ME

BECAUSE THEIRS IS THE

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

UNLESS YOU BECOME LIKE

LITTLE CHILDREN, YOU

CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM

OF HEAVEN.

IT TAKES THAT KIND OF A

FAITH.

I HAVE AN AWESOME GOD.

I KNOW HOW AWESOME HE IS.

Terry: I AM ALWAYS SO

TOUCHED WHEN I HEAR

STORIES LIKE ANITA'S, OF

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENDURED

AND GONE THROUGH SO MANY

DIFFICULTIES, BEYOND

ANYTHING THAT I HAVE EVER

EXPERIENCED, AND PROBABLY

YOU AS WELL.

AND GOD WILLING, WE NEVER

WILL.

BUT SHE DIDN'T JUST

ENDURE.

SHE ACTUALLY FLOURISHED.

AND THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE

SHE HAD A LIVING

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE OTHER

THINGS THAT STRIKES ME

ABOUT HER STORY IS THAT IT

DIDN'T COME BECAUSE SHE

WAS IN SOME AMAZING CHURCH

SERVICE OR A BIBLE STUDY

OR SOMEBODY WAS HOUNDING

HER, TRYING TO GET HER TO

A PLACE OF COMMITMENT.

IT WAS SOMETHING THAT

QUIETLY HAPPENED BETWEEN

HER HEART AND THE HEART OF

HER SAVIOR.

YOU KNOW, MANY TIMES I

THINK WE ARE PUT OFF BY

RELIGION, BY THINGS THAT

WE THINK WE NEED TO GO

THROUGH, ACTIONS THAT WE

NEED TO TAKE.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

IS, GOD IS RIGHT WITH YOU

RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.

IF YOU'VE NEVER

EXPERIENCED THAT KIND OF

LOVE, IF YOU'VE NEVER

EXPERIENCED THE FREEDOM

THAT COMES FROM HIS

FORGIVENESS, IF YOU'VE

NEVER EXPERIENCED THE

EMPOWERMENT THAT COMES

FROM HIS PRESENCE IN YOUR

LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS AS

SIMPLE AS THAT PRAYER THAT

SHE PRAYED.

YOU KNOW, GOD, JUST COME

INTO MY HEART, BE MY

SAVIOR.

YOU CAN PRAY THAT RIGHT

NOW, WHERE YOU ARE.

AND THE POWER OF GOD IS

SOMETHING THAT SUPERSEDES

ANYTHING THAT WE KNOW.

YOU KNOW, LIFE WILL THROW

SOME HARSH THINGS AT YOU.

THERE WILL BE CHALLENGES

THAT WILL FACE YOU.

BUT IN THE MIDST OF IT

ALL, THE PRESENCE OF GOD'S

SPIRIT, THE POWER OF HIM

AT WORK ON YOUR BEHALF IN

THE MIDST OF YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, THE KEEPING

POWER OF GOD TO HOLD YOU

WHERE YOU ARE IS AMAZING.

THE OTHER THING THAT SET

THIS WOMAN'S FREE IS HER

WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE.

TO FORGIVE WHAT HAD BEEN

DONE TO HER AND HER

FAMILY.

WHAT HAD BEEN STRIPPED

AWAY FROM HER LIFE,

PEOPLE, THINGS,

INVOLVEMENTS.

AND YET IN THE END SHE WON

BECAUSE THE LOVE OF CHRIST

WAS ALIVE IN HER HEART.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT, TOO.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMEONE

TO PRAY WITH YOU TODAY,

OUR NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-800-700-7000.

Andrew: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH

REVELATION 22: "SURELY I

AM COMING SOON.

AMEN, COME LORD JESUS.

THE GRACE OF THE LORD

JESUS BE WITH YOU ALL."

AMEN.

FOR TERRY MEEUWSEN, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, AND WE'LL SEE

YOU TOMORROW ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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