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700 Club Interactive - June 29, 2017

Telly Award winning Studio 5 host, Efrem Graham brings his weekly “Top 5” trending topics from the world of entertainment and lifestyle. Read Transcript


Gordon: A WOMAN

YEARNS FOR A DIFFERENT

LIFE, YET FINDS HERSELF

REPEATING HISTORY.

I WAS SO NUMB.

I DRANK UNTIL I BLACKED

OUT.

Gordon: SEE HOW SHE

FOUND TRUE HAPPINESS.

> PLUS, THEY'RE PERSONAL

TRAINERS WITH A PASTOR.

>PAST.

THE TRAINERS HERE HAVE

SPENT SIGNIFICANT TIME

BEHIND BARS.

Gordon: NOW BUILDING

A BETTER BODY AND FUTURE.

IT IS A LIFE-CHANGING

WORKOUT.

Gordon: ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THIS

WEEK'S TOP FIVE TRENDING

STORIES FROM "STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...THE B.E.T. AWARDS

ARE HANDED OUT.

[YELLING]

Efrem: WITH CHANCE

THE RAPPER TAKING HOME

BEST NEW ARTIST AND THE

HUMANITARIAN AWARD, FOR

HIS RAISING MILLIONS TO

HELP CHILDREN IN CHICAGO'S

PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

THANK GOD.

THANK YOU JESUS.

[APPLAUSE]

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

*

Efrem: TWO

UNFORGETTABLE TALENT

SHOWS.

16-YEAR-OLD JASON GREY ON

ABC'S "BOY BAND."

* HALLELUJAH

* HALLELUJAH

* HALLELUJAH

YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU

WERE HAVING FUN OUT THERE.

I WAS SINGING FOR

JESUS.

IF I'M SINGING FOR JESUS,

I'M HAVING FUN.

YOU'VE GOT A SERIOUS

ANOINTING.

YOU SING WITH A LOT OF

POISE.

YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A

GOD-GIVEN GIFT, BUT SOME

OF THE MOST AMAZING POP

SINGERS HAVE COME FROM THE

GOSPEL WORLD.

THANK YOU, JADEN.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

Efrem: AND THIS

29-YEAR-OLD ON NBC'S

"AMERICA'S GOT TALENT."

I WAS IN A PLANE CRASH

WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD

BACK IN NIGERIA.

IT TOOK THE LIVES OF 190 109

PASSENGERS, AND I WAS ONE

OF THE TWO SURVIVORS.

*

WHILE LYING IN THE

HOSPITAL BED, BANDAGED

HEAD TO FOOT, NOT BEING

ABLE TO MOVE, MUSIC WAS

ESCAPE.

AND THAT'S WHY IT MEANS SO

MUCH TO ME.

* PEOPLE FALL LOVE IN A

MYSTERIOUS WAYS *

* MAYBE JUST A TOUCH OF

YOUR HAND *

* ME, I'M FALLING IN LOVE

WITH YOU EVERY SINGLE

DAY *

* I JUST WANT TO SHOW YOU

I AM *

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...

I DREAMED OF THIS DAY

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID.

AND IT'S HERE.

AND SO I'VE DECIDED THANK

GOD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Efrem: DERRICK CARR

INKS A RECORD-SETTING

FIVE-YEAR, $125 MILLION

CONTRACT EXTENSION.

AND HE SHARES A POWERFUL

MONEY LESSON.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT

FOR THE KIDS OUT THERE

WATCHING THIS, TO LET THEM

KNOW THAT I NEVER CHASED

THE MONEY IN THIS WHOLE

PROCESS.

I TRY TO BE THE BEST

VERSION OF MYSELF EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

IS THERE ONE THING THAT

YOU'RE GOING TO SORT OF

SPLURGE ON?

CHICK-FIL-A.

I'LL PROBABLY GET SOME

CHICK-FIL-A.

THE FIRST THING I'LL DO IS

PAY MY TITHE, LIKE I HAVE,

BECAUSE, LIKE, IN COLLEGE,

I GAVE $700 O700 ON A

SCHOLARSHIP CHECK.

THE EXCITING THING FOR ME,

HONESTLY, IS THIS MONEY

WILL HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE.

Efrem: PEOPLE LIKE

THOSE PEOPLE IN HAITI CARR

WANTS TO HELP.

> NOW TO NUMBER TWO,

JONATHAN McREYNOLDS

ANNOUNCES HIS FOUNDATION

IS SET TO AWARD TWO $5,000

SCHOLARSHIPS.

APPLICATIONS GO LIVE

JULY 1st.

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR

FULL ATTENTION...

Efrem: BY THE WAY,

McREYNOLDS IS REALLY A

COLLEGE GRADUATE.

> AT NUMBER ONE...

IT IS NOT EXACTLY A

CONFERENCE.

IT IS NOT EXACTLY

DISNEYLAND.

Efrem: AFTER A BRIEF

HIATUS IN 2016, T.D. JAKES

RETURNS TO DALLAS THIS

WEEK.

YOU'VE GOT FAITH,

YOU'VE GOT FIRST-TIME,

FIRST-SEEN MOVIES.

> AND JOINING US NOW

WITH A FIRST LOOK INSIDE

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT SOME

MEGAFEST ARE ACTORS ASHING

AND BRYAN WHITE.

YOU'RE SPIRITUALLY

GROUNDED AND YOU'RE A

PERSON THAT PUTS GOD

FIRST.

IF YOU'RE CONFUSED ABOUT

WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN, I

DON'T THINK A LOT IS

POSSIBLE.

FOR ME, THERE IS NO

CAREER WITHOUT A

CONNECTION TO GOD AND MY

PURPOSE AND MY FAITH.

Gordon: EFREM IS HERE

MORE TO TALK MORE ABOUT

THIS.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO KICK

OFF?

Efrem: I GUESS WE

BEGIN WITH THE TALENT

COMPETITIONS AND THE

AMAZING --

Gordon: WASN'T THAT

INCREDIBLE.

Efrem: THE

16-YEAR-OLD ON ABC, AND

HIS MOM IS A CHOIR

DIRECTOR.

NO SURPRISE THERE.

HE IS ONE OF FIVE KIDS,

AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY

SINGS.

HE IS THE ASSISTANT CHOIR

DIRECTOR TO HIS MOM, NO

SURPRISE THERE.

THE ANOINTING CAN BE HEARD

IN HIS VOICE.

Gordon: HE WAS RAISED

TO DO THAT.

Efrem: YES, HE WAS.

> AND THE PLANE CRASH

SURVIVOR, TO HEAR THAT YOU

ARE ONE OF TWO OF 109 TO

SURVIVE?

WE'RE GOING TO INTERVIEW

HER LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SPEAK TO

HER.

HER HEART AND HER PASSION.

SHE LIVES IN HOUSTON,

TEXAS, NOW.

SHE MOVED THERE AFTER THE

CRASH TO BE TREATED AT

SHRINER'S HOSPITAL, AND

HER FAMILY HAS RELOCATED

THERE.

BUT TO SURVIVE THAT,

FINISH, AND GO TO

COLLEGE --

Gordon: AND THE INNER

STRENGTH TO BE ABLE TO DO

ALL OF THAT.

Efrem: YES.

WE KNOW WHAT IT IS TO DO

THAT.

Gordon: AND WHAT CAN

WE EXPECT FROM "MEGAFEST?"

Efrem: THERE IS THE

INTERNATIONAL FAITH AND

FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL THAT

HAPPENS THERE.

"MULLY" IS ONE OF FILMS

BEING INTERVIEWED.

IT IS ABOUT AN AFRICAN MAN

WHO GIVES UP MILLIONS TO

HELP THE POOR.

THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

SPEAKING, JOHN GRAY,

CHERYL BEATTY.

THERE ARE TWO CREWS THERE.

I'M NOT GOING THERE THIS

YEAR, BUT WE'LL BE

FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA AND

LOOKING FOR THE REPORTS.

T.D. JAKES TOOK A BREAK

LAST YEAR, AND HE IS

MAKING UP FOR IT HIS YEAR.

IT STARTS TODAY AND

CONTINUES THROUGH THE

WEEKEND.

Gordon: OKAY.

DERRICK CARR, I THINK HE

MIGHT MAKE ME A RAIDERS'

FAN.

HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN?

[LAUGHTER]

Efrem: I KNOW.

Gordon: WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE TESTIMONY TO

PUT OUT THERE.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY

FROM HIM.

WHEN HE WAS IN COLLEGE,

SORT OF AN AWAKENING TO

HIS FAITH.

HE WENT TO COLLEGE, FRESNO

STATE.

PLAYING FOOTBALL.

HIS GIRLFRIEND AT THE

TIME, WHO'S NAME IS

HEATHER, WHO IS NOW HIS

WIFE.

SHE WRITES HIM A LETTER

AND SAYS, YOU'RE NOT THE

MAN I THOUGHT YOU WERE.

AND THAT TAKES HIM ABACK

BECAUSE HE IS SAYING HE IS

A CHRISTIAN, BUT HE IS

PARTYING AND HE IS DOING

ALL THESE THINGS THAT HE

SHOULDN'T BE DOING.

AND THAT WAS A WAKEUP

CALL.

AND HE GETS A WAKEUP CALL,

AND HE SAYS, GOD THEN SAID

TO HIM -- HE COULD CLEARLY

HEAR GOD'S VOICE -- HE

SAID, I'VE GOT PLANS FOR

YOU AND YOU'RE MESSING

THEM UP.

AND HE THEN WENT AND

BEGGED FORGIVENESS FROM

HIS TEAM.

HE SAYS, I'VE BEEN

PROFESSING TO BE A

CHRISTIAN, BUT YOU HAVEN'T

SEEN ME LIVE IT.

WATCH ME FROM THIS POINT

ON, AND I PROMISE YOU I'M

GOING TO FOLLOW AFTER GOD.

AND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS,

YEAH, GOD HAD SOME BIG

PLANS FOR YOU AND YOU

HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN WHAT YOU

SHOULD BE DOING.

Gordon: I'M LOOKING

FORWARD TO THEIR SEASON.

YOU HEAR THAT CONVICTION

IN HIS VOICE, AND YOU GO,

OKAY, YEAH.

GOD'S GOING TO TAKE HIM

PLACES.

Efrem: AGREED.

AGREED.

AND IT IS SEE BEAUTIFUL TO

SEE.

$125 MILLION OVER FIVE

YEARS.

AND HE SAID, I'VE NEVER

CHASED THE MONEY.

I'VE NEVER CHASED THE

MONEY.

Gordon: AND TO HEAR

HIM SAY, I'M GOING TO

TITHE, JUST LIKE I TITHED

ON MY SCHOLARSHIP CHECK.

THAT IN AND OF ITSELF IS

UNUSUAL.

THAT IS NOT CASH MONEY TO

YOU.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE

TO PAY TUITION.

SO THAT MEANS HE'S GOING

TO COME OUT OF POCKET TO

DO THAT.

HERE HE IS SAYING, THE

FIRST THING I'M GOING TO

DO IS PAY MY TITHES.

THE SECOND THING I'M GOING

TO DO IS GO HAVE SOME

CHICK-FIL-A.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

WE'VE GOT ANOTHER GIVING

STORY.

JONATHAN McREYNOLDS IS

GIVING AWAY $10,000 IN

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS.

WHY?

Efrem: HE BELIEVES

AFTER READING THE BOOK OF

JOB, WHEN HE WAS STUDYING

FOR HIS MASTER'S DEGREE,

THERE WAS A CHARACTER WHO

INITIALLY DIDN'T BELIEVE

THAT WISDOM CAN COME FROM

YOUNG PEOPLE.

SO HIS ORGANIZATION IS

CALL "ALAHU NATION."

AND HE DESIRES TO

ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO

ARE FOLLOWING GOD'S HEART,

THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO

WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE OLD FOR

GOD TO USE YOU.

THAT IT IS YOUR SPIRIT

THAT MATTERS, NOT YOUR

AGE.

HE IS STILL IN HIS 20s,

WORKING ON HIS THIRD

ALBUM, TEACHING COLLEGE IN

CHICAGO, THE SCHOOL HE

GRADUATED FROM.

AND HE WANTS TO SEE THAT

HAPPEN.

HIS MOM HELPS HIM TO LEAD

OF FOUNDATION.

I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH

JONATHAN, AND IT IS

BEAUTIFUL TO SEE THE HEART

OF GOD IN HIM.

Gordon: JEREMIAH AND

TIMOTHY --

Efrem: WE NEED MORE

OF THEM.

Gordon: I CAN'T LEAVE

IT WITHOUT COMPLAN CHANCE THE

RAPPER.

Efrem: HE IS AMAZING.

HE SAID THAT EVEN WHEN

WAS -- BEFORE HE RECORDED

HIS FIRST ALBUM HE WAS

CONCERNED AND WORRIED

ABOUT PEOPLE WOULD RECEIVE

HIM PUTTING HIS FAITH IN

HIS MUSIC, BUT HE WENT

AHEAD AND DID IT ANYWAY.

Gordon: GOOD CALL.

Efrem: YES, INDEED.

> HE HAD A MEETING WITH

THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS,

WALKED OUT OF THAT MEETING

DISAPPOINTED WITH WHAT HE

GOT IN TERMS OF TRYING TO

GET THE GOVERNOR TO

RESTORE MILLIONS TO

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING AND

BICKERING, HE SAID, NOPE,

I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING.

SO HE HAS RALLIED THE

CHICAGO BULLS, HE HAS

GIVEN MONEY OUT OF HIS OWN

POCKET.

HE HAS GIVEN A PORTION OF

HIS TOUR PROCEEDS.

AND HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO

CONTINUOUSLY RAISE

MILLIONS FOR CHICAGO

PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

HE WENT TO MAKE UP THE

DIFFERENCE AND BRIDGE THE

DIVIDE THAT THOSE KIDS ARE

FACING.

Gordon: I THINK WE

NEED MORE OF THAT.

THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL --

WELL, LET'S GIVE BACK IN.

LET'S GIVE BACK TO THE

NEXT GENERATION COMING UP.

BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, WHO

IS GOING TO DO IT?

IF WE'RE WAITING FOR

GOVERNMENT, YOU MIGHT WAIT

A LONG TIME.

Efrem: YOU'LL BE

WAITING A LONG TIME.

Gordon: THE PROBLEM

WITH GOVERNMENT, IT COMES

AND GOES.

Efrem: ABSOLUTELY.

Gordon: BUT IF THE

NEIGHBORHOOD GETS BEHIND

THE SCHOOL, THEN --

Efrem: YES.

I APPLAUD HIM AND B.E.T.

APPLAUDS HIM AS WELL.

Gordon: IF YOU LIKE

THE TOP FIVE, YOU WILL

WANT TO WATCH THE SHOW,

"STUDIO 5."

YOU CAN WATCH IT ON ROKU

OR YOU CAN GO TO

cbnnews.com "STUDIO 5."

> COMING UP, HER HOME

WAS LIKE A TORNADO, ONLY

MORE DESTRUCTIVE.

SEE WHY SHE SAYS HER LIFE

IS BROKEN NO MORE RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: MARY ANN'S

FATHER WAS A DRUNK, HER

MOTHER WAS AN ADDICT.

SO IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT

WHEN MARY ANN WAS 12, HER

TWO BEST FRIENDS WERE JACK

DANIELS AND COKE.

AND SOON SHE FOUND HERSELF

FOLLOWING IN HER PARENTS'

FOOTSTEPS.

MY CHILDHOOD GROWING UP

WITH AN ABUSIVE DAD AND

ALCOHOLISM -- IF I COULD

DESCRIBE IT IN A WEATHER

REPORT, IT WOULD BE

TORNADO.

UNPREDICTABLE.

Reporter: MARY ANN'S

DAD WAS A RAGING ALCOHOLIC

WHO BEAT HER MOM AND

THREATENED THEM WITH GUNS.

AND THE POLICE WOULD

COME OFTEN BECAUSE IT WAS

ALWAYS ANOTHER DOMESTIC

VIOLENCE CASE.

Reporter: MARY ANN

WAS 12 WHEN HE PICKED UP

HER FATHER'S HABITS.

WHAT COMPELLED ME TO

DRINK, AND WHAT WAS

MISSING IN MY LIFE WAS

PEACE, WAS LOVE.

I FELT ABANDONED MY ENTIRE

LIFE.

I FELT LIKE A MISTAKE.

Reporter: MARY ANN'S

FATHER DIED FROM CANCER

WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH

SCHOOL, BUT SHE STILL FELT

HIS INFLUENCE ON HER LIFE.

AT 17 MARY ANN MARRIED A

MAN JUST LIKE HIM.

I KNOW IT IS

DYSFUNCTIONAL, BUT TO ME,

THE MORE CONTROL, THE MORE

ABUSE MEANT THE MORE LOVE.

Reporter: AFTER FOUR

YEARS, THEY DIVORCED, AND

MARY ANN JOINED THE AIR

FORCE.

EVEN THOUGH IT GAVE HER

STABILITY AND HOPE FOR THE

FUTURE, SHE LOOKED TO MEN

AND ALCOHOL FOR WHAT THE

MILITARY COULDN'T GIVE

HER.

I WENT FROM BEND TO

BEND TO FIND LOVE.

THE DRINKING, WHAT DIDN'T

IT DO FOR ME.

I WAS SO NUMB.

I MEAN, I DRANK UNTIL I

BLACKED OUT.

Reporter: THEN MARY

ANN MET MICHAEL, A FIGHTER

PILOT, WHO WAS ALSO A

CHRISTIAN.

UNLIKE MOST OF THE MEN SHE

PURSUED, HE REFUSED HER

SEXUAL ADVANCES.

INSTEAD, HE STARTED

SHARING HIS FAITH IN

CHRIST AND TAKING HER TO

CHURCH.

WHEN I SAW THIS LIGHT

IN HIM, THAT HE WASN'T

LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THAT

HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DRINK.

AND HIS VALUE WASN'T

CAUGHT UP IN BEING A

FIGHTER PILOT.

I REALIZED I WANTED TO

KNOW MORE ABOUT JESUS.

Reporter: MARY ANN

WAS AFRAID TO TELL MICHAEL

ABOUT HER PAST.

BUT HER CONTINUAL BOUTS

WITH DRUNKENNESS MADE IT

OBVIOUS TO HIM SHE WAS

CARRYING SOME DEEP-SEATED

PAIN.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE.

SHE WAS DEFINITELY SOMEONE

WHO WAS DYING FOR GOD IN

SOME WAY.

Reporter: EVENTUALLY,

MICHAEL WAS TRANSFERRED TO

ARIZONA.

THEN A FEW MONTHS LATER,

MARY ANN WENT TO PHOENIX

FOR A FRIEND'S WEDDING.

SHE VISITED MICHAEL, READY

TO SHARE HER STORY.

MICHAEL IMMEDIATELY

THOUGHT HER LIFE RESONATED

WITH THE BOOK OF JOB.

WHY THE BOOK OF JOB?

BECAUSE AS SHE IS TELLING

ME ALL OF THIS, TO ME IT

WAS INSTANTANEOUSLY A

MATCH FOR POOR JOB, WHO

JUST LOST IT ALL.

Reporter: AS MIKE

BEGAN TO READ THE STORY TO

HER, NEITHER OF THEM HAD

ANY IDEA HOW THEIR LIVES

WOULD CHANGE.

MY HEART WAS RACING.

MY BODY FELT LIKE IT WAS

ON FIRE.

AND THE WORD OF GOD WAS

ALIVE.

GOD BEGAN TO SPEAK TO ME,

ALMOST WITH HIS OWN VOICE.

IN THAT MOMENT, I SAID,

FORGIVE ME, FATHER, FOR I

HAVE QUESTIONED YOU MY

ENTIRE LIFE.

JUST LIKE AT THE END OF

JOB, JOB SAID TODAY I KNOW

YOU.

EVERYTHING WAS MADE NEW IN

THAT MOMENT.

I WAS CRYING BECAUSE I WAS

SO HAPPY.

I WAS LIKE I COULD

BREATHE.

I FELT FREE.

I FELT ALIVE.

LIKE, WHAT IS THIS?

I'VE NEVER FELT THIS IN MY

LIFE.

NO AMOUNT OF DRINKING, NO

AMOUNT OF GETTING HIGH HAS

EVER BEEN ABLE TO COMPARE

TO THIS LOVE.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, MARY ANN

SURRENDERED HER HEART TO

JESUS.

WHEN I REPENTED AND

GAVE MY LIFE TO GOD, AND I

ASKED FOR HIM TO FORGIVE

ME OF ALL OF THAT VIAL

BACKGROUND, HE DELIVERED

ME MIRACULOUSLY FROM

ALCOHOL.

Reporter: TWO WEEKS

LATER, MIKE DID SOMETHING

HE WANTED TO DO SINCE SHE

GAVE HER LIFE TO CHRIST:

PROPOSE TO MARY ANN.

THEY SAY AT THAT MOMENT,

GOD GAVE THEM A SIGN OF

PROMISE.

A MASSIVE RAINBOW

IMMEDIATELY CAME OUT.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, GOD,

THIS IS GOOD.

THIS IS FUNNY.

I COULDN'T HAVE ARRANGED

FOR THIS.

I HAD NO RESERVATION.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO BE

MRS. McMILLAN.

I COULDN'T WAIT TO BE ONE

WITH HIM.

Reporter: MARY ANN

HAS BEEN SOBER FOR 17

YEARS.

TODAY THE McMILLANS HAVE

TWO CHILDREN, AND THEY

STARTED A MINISTRY CALLED

"BROKEN NO MORE."

MARY ANN HAS WRITTEN A

BOOK ABOUT HER LIFE TO

HELP LEAD OTHERS TO

FREEDOM IN CHRIST.

MY IDENTITY IS NO

LONGER ALCOHOLIC, DAMAGED

GOODS.

MY IDENTITY IS I AM BORN

OF GOD AND THE EVIL ONE

CAN'T TOUCH ME.

THERE IS A GOD WHO LOVES

YOU MORE, AND HE DOESN'T

SEE YOUR SIN.

HE SEES HIS BLOOD.

YOU'RE NOT TOO DAMAGED TO

REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE

SAME GOD WHO TOUCHED ME.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK

THE SAME GOD WHO RESCUED

ME TO RESCUE YOU, AND GOD

WILL USE WHAT THE ENEMY

MEANT FOR EVIL FOR YOUR

GOOD, I PROMISE.

Gordon: MARY ANN HAD

A TREMENDOUS

TRANSFORMATION.

AND SHE FOUND SOMETHING.

SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF GOD.

AND WHEN SHE FOUND IT, IT

CHANGED EVERYTHING.

IT CHANGED HER WHOLE

OUTLOOK ON LIFE.

MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE MARY

ANN.

MAYBE YOU HAD A TROUBLED

CHILDHOOD.

MAYBE YOU MADE A LOT OF

WRONG DECISIONS.

MAYBE ALONG THE WAY YOU

QUESTIONED, IS THERE A

GOD?

IF THERE IS A GOD, WHY ARE

ALL OF THESE BAD THINGS

HAPPENING TO ME?

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

HERE MARY ANN FINDS IN THE

BOOK OF JOB, WHEN YOU

FINALLY MEET HIM, YOU

FINALLY UNDERSTAND.

ALL OF THE QUESTIONS GO

AWAY, AND IT IS ALL

REPLACED WITH HIS LOVE.

IF YOU WANT THAT, HERE IS

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY

THIS: JESUS, IF YOU'RE

REAL, IF YOU CAME FOR ME,

IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME,

COULD YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT AND

YOU'RE NOT KIDDING

AROUND -- IF YOU PRAY THAT

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS: WHEN YOU SEEK ME

WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,

THEN YOU'LL FIND ME.

IF YOU WANT HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO

TO THE PHONES AND PICK IT

UP AND MAKE A PHONE CALL

1-800-700-7000.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO

PRAY TO RECEIVE JESUS.

I WANT THIS.

I HEAR ABOUT IT.

I HEAR WHAT HE HAS DONE

FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

I WANT IT IN MY OWN LIFE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU

THAT THERE IS A GOD WHO

LOVES YOU AND CAN CHANGE

YOU FROM YOUR INNERMOST

BEING.

SO IF YOU WANT PRAYER,

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

> STILL TO COME, MEET

SOME OF THE BEST PERSONAL

TRAINERS IN BOSTON, WHO

ALSO HAPPEN TO BE EX-CONS.

I'VE BEEN ARRESTED FOR

A LOT OF THINGS.

Gordon: SEE WHY THESE

TRAINERS ARE ALL PUMPED UP

ABOUT A SECOND CHANCE,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: MORE THAN 50%

OF THE SHOOTINGS IN BOSTON

CAN BE TRACED TO JUST 1%

OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO

LIVE THERE.

SEGREGATION AND ISOLATION

OFTEN PUSH THESE TEENAGERS

TO VIOLENCE.

BUT A FEW YEARS AGO, A

TEAM OF TRAINERS BEGAN

USING WEIGHTLIFTING TO

GIVE VIOLENT OFFENDERS A

SECOND CHANCE.

TAKE A LOOK.

SQUEEZE YOUR LATIMUS

MUSCLES.

Reporter: PERSONAL

TRAINERS HERE AT INNER

CITY WEIGHTLIFTING ARE

CONSIDERED SOME OF THE

BEST IN BOSTON.

TRAINED BY WORLD-CLASS

INSTRUCTORS, THEY'RE

SOUGHT OUT BY SOME OF THE

CITY'S TOP BUSINESSMEN AND

WOMEN.

AS WE FOUND OUT, THIS IS A

JOB THAT IS SAVING THEIR

LIVES.

IT'JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE

TRAINERS HERE HAVE SPENT

SIGNIFICANT TIME BEHIND

BARS.

NOW THEY HAVE A WAY TO GET

OUT OF THE CYCLE THAT KEPT

PUTTING THEM BACK IN JAIL.

I'VE BEEN IN JAIL A FEW

TIMES.

I MEAN, I'VE BEEN ARRESTED

FOR A LOT OF THINGS.

THE LAST TIME I DID TIME

WAS IN 2013.

THAT WAS MY LAST CASE, FOR

A FIREARM.

Reporter: AT THE RIPE

YOUNG AGE OF 31, CARLOS

HAS BEEN SHOT, SEEN

FRIENDS DIE, AND BEEN

ARRESTED FOR THINGS HE'S

DONE AND THINGS HE HASN'T.

HE SAYS THE VIOLENCE FROM

HIS OLD LIFE WASN'T AS

MUCH OF A CHOICE AS IT WAS

SURVIVAL.

PUTTING A GUN ON YOUR

HIP IS PART OF YOUR -- IT

IS A PART OF YOUR -- HOW

SHALL I SAY -- YOU'RE

OUTFIT.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

IT IS NOT LIKE A PERSON IS

WAKING UP SAYING, I'M

GOING TO GO OUT AND SHOOT

SOMEBODY.

IT IS KILL OR BE KILLED

OUT THERE.

Reporter: WHEN IT

COMES TO GETTING OFF THE

STREET, PLENTY OF PROGRAMS

OFFER HELP, BUT NOT A REAL

WAY OUT.

IT IS JUST WHAT WE

KNOW.

IT IS OUR JOB AND HOME ALL

IN ONE.

WE DECIDE WE HAVE TO GET

IT HOW WE GET IT BECAUSE

EVERYTHING ELSE IS NOT

GOING TO WORK OUT.

THEY HAVE TO.

Reporter: ABOUT RENT.

THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

FOOD.

THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

CLOTHES.

AND THEY HAVE TO WORRY

ABOUT THAT FROM AS YOUNG

OF AN AGE THEY CAN

UNDERSTAND THOSE CONCEPTS.

Reporter: THAT IS

JOHN FEINMAN.

ON THE SURFACE, HE SHARES

LITTLE IN COMMON WITH

SOMEONE LIKE LEMON, BUT HE

HAS A PASSION FOR

DISRUPTING THE SYSTEM THAT

LEMON SAYS ALMOST

DESTROYED HIM.

HE STARTED INNER CITY

WEIGHTLIFTING, OR I.C.W.

ONE EARLY CHALLENGE, HOW

TO CHANGE LIVES FROM

WEIGHT TRAINING WITH THE

REALITY OF LIFE ON THE

STREETS.

I THOUGHT SOMEHOW

WEIGHT TRAINING, WE COULD

GET GUYS INTO THE OLYMPICS

AND GET THEM COLLEGE

SCHOLARSHIPS, AND THEN WE

REALIZED, MOST OF THE

STUDENTS WE'RE WORKING

WITH HAVE BEEN SHOT.

THEY'RE COMING FROM

FAMILIES THAT MAKE LESS

THAN $10,000 A YEAR.

THE IDEA OF SHOWING UP AT

3:00 TO WORK OUT TOGETHER,

COOL DOWN, STUDY FOR

HOMEWORK TOGETHER, WHEN

MOST OF THE GUYS END UP

BEING EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL

OR DROPPED OUT FOR SAFETY

REASONS, IS RIDICULOUS.

Reporter: STILL, THE

I.C.W. TEAM MOVED FORWARD,

KNOWING THEY STILL HAD A

LOT TO LEARN.

THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE

THIS MODEL WORK IS TO

LISTEN, AND NOT TO TRY TO

SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM, OR

THINK WE HAVE THE

SOLUTION.

BUT, INSTEAD, JUST TO

RESPECT THE CHALLENGES OUR

STUDENTS ARE GOING THROUGH

AND BE THERE BY THEIR

SIDE.

Reporter: BY

LISTENING, THEY DISCOVERED

WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR

PROGRAM.

FIRST, THEY LEARNED PEOPLE

WANTED A TRUE SENSE OF

COMMUNITY.

SECOND, MANY PEOPLE ON THE

STREETS LACK HOPE.

FOR MOST OF OUR

STUDENTS, THEIR SIX MONTH

OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS DEATH

OR JAIL.

SO WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT

EDUCATION OR A CAREER.

Reporter: THIS IS

WHERE WEIGHT TRAINING

MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

NOT ONLY DOES IT OFFER

COMMUNITY, I.C.W. PROVIDES

A CAREER TRACK IN PERSONAL

TRAINING.

IT DOES CREATE AN

INCOME FOR OUR STUDENTS.

IT STARTS TO BRIDGE SOCIAL

CAPITAL.

NOT ONLY WAS IT CREATING A

JOB, BUT A STAFF NETWORK

FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE A

PART OF, TO LEAN ON, TO

HELP SOLVE THE CHALLENGES

THEY'RE FACING DAY TO DAY.

AND GIVING PEOPLE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SEE OUR

STUDENTS AS WHO THEY ARE

AS A HUMAN.

IF YOU SEE ME RUNNING,

YOU KNOW I'M RUNNING TO

THE GYM.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE A

KID LIKE ME WHO IS

RUNNING, YOU AUTOMATICALLY

THINK HE IS RUNNING FROM

THE COPS.

Reporter: IN 2016,

NEARLY 400 I.C.W. CLIENTS

TRAINED WITH A STUDENT

TRAINER.

SARAH TOLD US HOW HER

PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD

CHANGED AS SHE GOT TO KNOW

HER TRAINER.

IT REALLY IS A WIN/WIN.

I'M COMING HERE AND I'M

GETTING AN AMAZING

WORKOUT, AND MY TRAINER IS

AWESOME, BUT THEY'RE

GETTING THIS ENTIRE NEW

CAREER AND THIS ENTRY

POINT INTO THIS WORLD THAT

IS A LOT SAFER AND A LOT

MORE ACCOMMODATING THAN

ANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN USED

TO.

IT IS A LIFE-CHANGING

WORKOUT.

Reporter: THAT MOVED

SARAH TO USE HER NETWORK

TO BRING HER TRAINER OTHER

CLIENTS AND PROVIDE HIM

WITH ODD JOBS TO MAKE

EXTRA CASH.

I'VE HIRED ERIC TO COME

DO GROUP WORKOUTS WITH OUR

PORTFOLIO COMPANIES.

AND THEY'VE CONTINUED TO

USE THEM.

Reporter: AS

COMMUNITIES AND NETWORKS

BECOME INCLUSIVE,

OPPORTUNITIES BECOME

ENDLESS.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS,

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

Gordon: WHAT A

WONDERFUL IDEA.

AND IT'S AMAZING HOW

THINGS -- HOW VERY SLOW

IDEAS CAN LEAD TO

WONDERFUL CHANGE RIGHT

WHERE YOU LIVE.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALMS 103: "HE HAS

REMOVED OUR SINS AS FAR

FROM US AS THE EAST IS

FROM THE WEST."

FOR ALL OF US HERE, GOD

BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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