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700 Club Interactive - July 11, 2017

Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown discusses his faith and reactions after five police officers were killed in the summer of 2016. Read Transcript


Gordon: HE WAS A DRUG

ADDICT MAKING LIFE OR

DEATH DECISIONS.

AT THAT POINT, I

DECIDED I WAS NOT GOING TO

PRISON.

I WAS GOING TO END MY LIFE

THAT DAY.

Gordon: YOU'LL FIND

OUT IF HE GOT WHAT HE

WANTED.

> PLUS...LAST YEAR FIVE

OFFICERS LOST THEIR LIVES

IN A DALLAS SHOOTING.

RETIRED POLICE CHIEF DAVID

O'BROWN JOINS US TO TALK

ABOUT HIS TESTED FAITH AND

HOW HE WAS CALLED TO RISE,

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

IN 2016, OUR NATION

SUFFERED THE DEADLIEST

INCIDENT ON LAW

ENFORCEMENT SINCE 9/11.

FIVE POLICE OFFICERS LOST

THEIR LIVES THAT DAY.

AND WHAT WAS NEEDED MOST

WAS STRONG LEADERSHIP.

WELL, THAT LEADERSHIP CAME

FROM NOW RETIRED DALLAS

POLICE CHIEF DAVID BROWN.

Reporter: IN JULY OF

2016, A SNIPER KILLED FIVE

DALLAS POLICEMEN.

THE GUNMAN SAID HE WAS

RETALIATING BECAUSE OF

REPEATED KILLINGS OF

UNARMED BLACK MEN BY WHITE

COPS.

DAVID BROWN ENDED THE

SHOOTING SPREE AND

RESTORED ORDER.

HE SAYS GOD CALLED HIM TO

PROTECT HIS CITY.

IN HIS NEW BOOK, "CALL TO

RISE," DAVID SHARES HOW

HIS FAITH GUIDED HIM

THROUGH 33 YEARS ON THE

FORCE, AND HOW TO MAKE

POSITIVE CHANGES IN YOUR

COMMUNITY.

Gordon: WELL, CHIEF

BROWN JOINS US NOW.

IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HAVING ME.

Gordon: TAKE US BACK

TO THAT MOMENT, WHERE YOU

GOT THE PHONE CALL THAT

OFFICERS WERE BEING

KILLED.

RIGHT.

IN THE CONTEXT OF THAT

MOMENT, IT IS I HAD NOT

LOST ANY OFFICERS IN THE

LINE OF DUTY DURING MEYER MY

TENURE OF POLICE CHIEF.

AND SO THIS PHONE CALL WAS

SIGNIFICANT FOR ME THAT WE

HAVE OFFICERS DOWN AND WE

HAVE AN ACTIVE SHOOTING

DOWNTOWN, AND THAT IT WAS

CONTINUING TO PUT PEOPLE'S

LIVES AT RISK.

SO IT WAS A VERY SIMINAL

MOMENT FOR ME TO HEAR THE

NEWS AND TO RISE TO THE

OCCASION.

Gordon: WHAT WAS YOUR

FIRST RESPONSE, GUT

REACTION?

ANGER.

BECAUSE I KNEW SOME OF THE

THINGS THAT HAPPENED OVER

THE JULY FOURTH WEEKEND

LAST YEAR HAD RATCHETED UP

THE VITRIOL, WITH THE

PHILANDO CASTILE SHOOTING

AND THE SHOOTING IN BATON

ROUGE OF AUSTON STERLING.

SO WE WERE, OBVIOUSLY,

VERY CURB IN O CURB IN OUR PLANNING,

BUT A LONE SNIPER DECIDED

TO DIVIDE US EVEN FURTHER.

Gordon: SO YOU HAD

ANTICIPATED THERE WOULD BE

VIOLENCE?

NO.

ACTUALLY, WE WORKED WITH

THE PROTESTORS, AND WERE

VERY CONFIDENT THERE WOULD

NOT BE VIOLENCE.

AND WE HAD WORKED IN THE

COMMUNITY, SINCE WAS

CHIEF, TO BRING PEOPLE

TOGETHER.

WE HAD FOCUSED ON YOUNG

PEOPLE, AND WE HAD A

COMMUNITY

POLICING-ORIENTED EFFORT,

THAT HAD US TOGETHER AS A

DALLAS COMMUNITY.

BUT FOR THIS SNIPER COMING

AND TRYING TO DIVIDE US.

Gordon: LET'S JUST

GET INTO THE UNDERLYING

ISSUE, WHICH IS THE

PERCEPTION THAT POLICE

FORCES TEND TO BE

EXTRAORDINARILY VIOLENT IN

DEALING WITH THE BLACK

COMMUNITY.

AND FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE,

IS THAT TRUE?

IS THERE REALITY TO THE

PERCEPTION?

AND THERE IS ALSO

PERCEPTIONS OF WHITE COPS

COMING TO THESE

COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND

WHO SACRIFICE EVERYTHING,

RISK THEIR LIVES TO

PROTECT THEM.

AND YOUR WORLD VIEW CAN BE

SHAPED BY EITHER

PERCEPTION.

WHAT IS TRUE THAT FIVE

COPS GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR

PEOPLE WHO WERE PROTESTING

THEM.

THEY RAN TOWARDS BULLETS.

THEY PUT THEMSELVES AS

HUMAN SHIELDS FOR PEOPLE

WHO WERE JUST CALLING

THEIR PROFESSION RACIST.

SO YOU JUXTAPOSE PEOPLE

GIVING THEIR LIVES WITH

THIS PERCEPTION --

Gordon: AT THE TIME

THEY WERE DOING IT, THEY

DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE THE

TARGETS.

THEY HAD NO IDEA THEY

WERE THE TARGETS.

Gordon: THERE IS AN

ACTIVE SHOOTER, AND WE

HAVE CIVILIANS WE NEED TO

PROTECT.

NOT JUST CIVILIANS.

THESE WERE MAJORITY BLACK

IN THE CROWD PROTESTING.

THESE WERE THE VERY PEOPLE

WHO WERE PROTESTING

POLICING IN OUR COUNTRY.

AND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE

SHOTS RANG OUT, THESE

OFFICERS RAN TOWARDS

GUNFIRE, REGARDLESS OF

RACE, ETHNICITY, BELIEFS,

POSITION.

THEY SACRIFICED THEIR

LIVES FOR THESE PEOPLE.

SO THERE IS NO QUESTION IN

MY MIND THAT THE FACTS

SUPPORT THAT POLICING IS A

NOBLE PROFESSION OF.

BruceBRAVE,

COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, WILLING

TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES

FOR ALL OF US.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

YOUR STORY BECAUSE YOU GO

INTO IT IN THE BOOK.

WHAT GOT YOU INVOLVED IN

LAW ENFORCEMENT?

I WAS A SENIOR AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AND

THE CRACK EPIDEMIC HIT

THIS CITY.

FRIENDS OF MINE BECAME

ADDICTED TO CRACK COCAINE,

AND I WANTED TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

I LEFT SCHOOL MY SENIOR

YEAR, AND PUT IN AN

APPLICATION, AND BECAME A

DALLAS POLICE OFFICER.

MY FIRST BEAT WAS MY OLD

NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WAS WILLING TO PUT SKIN

IN THE GAME TO MAKE A

CHANGE.

Gordon: WHY?

IT WAS HOW I WAS

RAISED.

MOTHERS TEACH ALL THEIR

KIDS THIS, IF YOU WANT

SOMETHING DONE RIGHT, BE

WILLING TO DO IT YOURSELF.

THAT'S MY UPBRINGING, THAT

YOU SERVE PEOPLE.

THAT YOUR FRUSTRATIONS,

MAYBE EVEN YOUR

DISAPPOINTMENTS IN HOW

YOU'RE BEING TREATED BY

PEOPLE, REQUIRES YOU TO BE

PART OF THAT SOLUTION, TO

BE PART OF THAT CHANGE YOU

WANT TO SEE.

DON'T EXPECT OTHERS TO DO

SOMETHING FOR YOU.

YOU DO IT YOURSELF, IS HOW

I WAS RAISED AND HOW I WAS

BROUGHT UP.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

THINGS I ABSOLUTELY

ADMIRED ABOUT HOW YOU

HANDLED THE CRISIS IN

DALLAS, YOU'RE SAYING,

LOOK, IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS

WITH THE POLICE FORCE,

WE'RE HIRING.

YOU CAN BE PART OF THE

SOLUTION.

RIGHT.

AND IT IS A BROADER

MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT.

PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT

GOVERNMENT NOT DOING

ENOUGH OR DOING TOO MUCH,

WHERE YOU FIND A DEFICIT

IN GOVERNMENT, THE WAY OUR

DEMOCRACY WORKS, IS THAT

YOU PARTICIPATE IN IT TO

MAKE THOSE CHANGES.

THAT IS HOW OUR COUNTRY

WAS FOUNDED.

IT WHEN OUR COUNTRY HAS

BEEN AT ITS BEST, WHEN

PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN

SOLUTIONS, AND NOT JUST

COMPLAIN, WHICH YOU HAVE

EVERY RIGHT TO, BUT

SIGNIFICANT CHANGE HAPPENS

WHEN YOU PUT SKIN IN THE

GAME.

Gordon: HOW DID FAITH

SUSTAIN YOU TRO.

YOU?

YOU HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE

TRAGEDIES.

YES.

I HAVE A JOB-LIKE STORY IN

MY LIFE.

MY FIRST POLICE PARTNER

WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF

DUTY.

MY BROTHER WAS KILLED AS A

POLICE OFFICER.

MY SON KILLED AN OFFICER

IN A SUBURBAN CITY BECAUSE

HE IS BIPOLAR, AND THEN

KILLED HIMSELF.

YOU WERE THINK I WOULD NOT

ONLY GIVE UP MY FAITH BUT

QUIT THE JOB.

JUST THE OPPOSITE

HAPPENED.

GOD GIVES ME THIS MERCY TO

BE ABLE TO RISE ABOVE MY

TRAGEDY AND USE THAT

TRAGEDY UPON REFLECTION --

AT THE TIME, I DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHY I HAVE TO

GO THROUGH THIS.

WE NEVER REALLY UNDERSTAND

WHY WE GO THROUGH

DIFFICULTIES IN OUR LIVES,

BUT IF WE WOULD JUST SIT

STILL AND TRUST GOD, TRUST

HIS GRACE, WHEN WE GET TO

JULY 7th, I KNOW WHAT TO

SAY TO THE FAMILIES TO

CONSOLE THEM.

I KNOW HOW TO CONSOLE OUR

DEPARTMENT, OUR CITY, AND

I'M ON THE WORLD STAGE.

AND I'M ABLE TO ACTUALLY

SHARE MY FAITH ON THE

WORLD STAGE.

AND I REFLECT, THINKING,

THIS IS WHAT GOD HAD FOR

ME.

THIS IS WHAT HE HAS BEEN

PREPARING ME FOR MY WHOLE

LIFE.

Gordon: YOU SAW IT

FROM THAT STAGE, BUT IN

THE MIDDLE OF IT --

BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S

WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE

ARE -- THEY'RE IN THE

MIDDLE OF THAT STRUGGLE,

THAT JOB EXPERIENCE --

WHAT KEPT YOU SAYING, I'M

GOING TO MOVE FORWARD.

I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP.

I'M NOT GOING TO TURN MY

BACK ON GOD.

I'M GOING TO GO FORWARD.

ACTUALLY, THERE IS A

MOMENT IN THE BOOK WHERE I

DESCRIBE A PARTICULAR

SCENE, WHERE MY PARTNER IS

KILLED.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS FIRST

IN 1988, WALTER, AND I'M

28 YEARS OLD.

AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY

BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD

PEOPLE AT THAT POINT.

AND I WANT TO QUIT MY

FAITH AND I WANT TO QUIT

THE JOB.

I GO TO A PRAYER SERVICE

AT A SMALL SERVICE TO SAY

GOOD-BYE TO THE LORD, AND

IN THE FIRST SERVICE,

THERE IS TESTIMONY AFTER

TESTIMONY OF OLDER LADIES

WHO ENCOURAGED ME TO STAY.

I COME BACK THE NEXT

WEDNESDAY AND THE NEXT

WEDNESDAY, AND THE NEXT

WEDNESDAY, AND I ENCOURAGE

MY FAITH AND ENCOURAGE TO

STAY ON THE JOB.

YES, WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH

TRIALS.

BEING SAVED DOESN'T EXEMPT

YOU FROM TRAGEDY.

IT ACTUALLY HELPS YOU USE

TRAGEDY FOR THE BETTERMENT

OF OTHERS.

Gordon: IF ANYTHING,

IT QUALIFIES YOU.

YES, SIR.

YES, SIR, THAT'S EXACTLY

IT.

Gordon: YOU SAY YOU

WANT TO FOLLOW ME, OKAY --

WE'RE GOING TO SEE.

Gordon: TAKE UP YOUR

CROSS.

HE WE GO.

YES.

Gordon: DO YOU SEE A

SOLUTION FOR THE RACIAL

DIVIDE WE'RE IN NOW?

I DO.

Gordon: I KNOW I

THOUGHT WE HAD A LOT OF

PROGRESS, BUT ALL THE

RECENT EVENTS, FRANKLY,

GET YOU DISCOURAGED.

IT DOES, BUT I FIND

HOPE IN IT.

I THINK THAT, FIRST OF

ALL, THE CHURCH IS THE

SOLUTION.

THAT WE SHOULD BE THE

EXAMPLE.

IT IS NOT COINCIDENCE THAT

I'M A CHRISTIAN, AND I'VE

GONE THROUGH THIS, AND I'M

HERE TODAY SHARING IT ON

THIS SHOW.

THAT'S NO COINCIDENCE.

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT

I'M A POLICE CHIEF, AND IF

YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED, I'M

BLACK.

AND ONLY THROUGH MY FAITH

WAS I ABLE TO NAVIGATE THE

MOST DIFFICULT CRISIS IN

POLICING SINCE 9/11, AND

THAT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE.

I'M SAYING IT IS THROUGH

FAITH IN CHRIST THAT I'VE

BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE AND

RECONCILE RACE AND

POLICING AND CRISIS AND

TRAGEDY, THROUGH FAITH.

I HOPE TO PLAY A SMALL

PART, BUT THE CHURCH HAS A

BROADER PART TO PLAY IN

BEING THAT EXAMPLE THAT

HEALS THE WOUND, THAT BOMB

IN GILIAD IS FOR OUR

WOUNDS.

I BELIEVE THROUGH THE

CHURCH WE CAN BE

RECONCILED.

I BELIEVE IT.

Gordon: AMEN.

I BELIEVE IT, TOO.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "CALL

TO RISE," AND IT IS

AVAILABLE NOW NATIONWIDE.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET IT.

IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH A

JOB EXPERIENCE, THIS BOOK

WILL ENCOURAGE YOU.

AND IT WILL GET YOU TO THE

POINT WHERE YOU WILL SAY,

YES, I CAN COME BACK FOR

ONE MORE PRAYER MEETING.

THANK YOU BEING WE US.

MY PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: ONE AMERICAN

SOLDIER HAS A SOLUTION FOR

HAITI'S TEENAGED ORPHAN

PROBLEM.

THIS SCENE WHERE THEY

CAME FROM AND WHERE THEY

ARE NOW IS HUGE FOR US.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

THEY'RE HELPING, WHEN WE

COME BACK.

Gordon: AGIN AGING OUT OF

THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IN

AMERICA CAN BE EXTREMELY

DIFFICULT.

NOW IMAGINE AGING OUT IN A

THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.

CAITLIN BURKE WENT TO

HAITI TO FIND OUT HOW ONE

MINISTRY IS PREPARING

THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE

REAL WORLD.

Reporter: IN AMERICA,

WE HAVE STATISTICS TO TELL

US WHEN SOMETHING ISN'T

WORKING.

FOSTER CARE IS A PRIME

EXAMPLE.

THE NUMBERS CLEARLY SHOW A

SYSTEM IN CRISIS.

WE KNOW WHEN KIDS AGE OUT

OF THE SYSTEM AT 18, 20%

BECOME HOMELESS.

HALF WILL BE UNEMPLOYED,

AND LESS THAN 3% WILL EARN

A COLLEGE DEGREE.

COUNTRIES LIKE HAITI DON'T

HAVE THE BENEFIT OF

STATISTICS AND RESEARCH.

YET ANYONE LIVING THERE

CAN TELL YOU THAT THOSE

TOO OLD FOR ORPHANAGES

RARELY HAVE A CHANCE.

THEY OFTEN END UP ON THE

STREETS, COMMITTING CRIME,

FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION,

OR DEAD.

HUNTER AND JILLIAN SAW

THIS ALL TOO OFTEN WORKING

IN A LOCAL ORPHANAGE.

WHEN THEY WERE TOLD BY THE

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

TO BASICALLY THROW OUT ALL

18-YEAR-OLDS, THEY CHOSE

ANOTHER OPTION.

WE DECIDED TO START

THIS NEW PROGRAM.

WHEN WE STARTED IT, WE

REALLY WANTED TO HAVE A

PLACE THAT THE YOUTH WOULD

BE ABLE TO LEARN AND

FINISH THEIR EDUCATION,

LEARN SOMETHING BIGGER AND

BETTER, LEARN THE SKILLS

THEY NEEDED TO LIVE

INDEPENDENTLY.

OUR YOUN YOUNGEST -- WE HAVE

TWO 18-YEAR-OLDS AND OUR

OLD DEFICIT IS 23.

Reporter: THEY TEACH

INDEPENDENT LIVING AND

HELP YOUNG ADULTS LEARN TO

FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION OR

FURTHER THEIR CAREER.

WE DO WHAT IS CALLED AN

INDEPENDENT TRANSITION

INVENTORY WHEN THEY ENTER

THE HOUSE, AND WE UPDATE

THAT ONCE A YEAR.

AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH

THEM OUTLINING THEIR

SHORT-TERM GOALS AND THEIR

LONG-TERM GOALS FOR THEIR

TEACHER.

ONCE THEY ACCOMPLISH THEIR

LONG-TERM GOALS, THAT'S

WHEN WE LOOK TO MOVING MEM

OUTHEM OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Reporter: MANY OF

THESE TEENS DON'T

UNDERSTAND HOW A FAMILY

FUNCTIONS.

THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TAUGHT

BASIC LIFE SKILLS OR GIVEN

ANY RESPONSIBILITIES.

MANY PEOPLE WILL DO

CHORES FOR YOU IN YOUR

PLACE, LIKE WASH YOUR

CLOTHES, OR EVEN MAKE

THINGS FOR YOU.

WE WANTED THEM TO HAVE

THESE CHORES, HAVE JOBS

AROUND THE HOUSE.

SO WE TAUGHT THE CHILDREN

TO COOK THEIR OWN FOOD,

CLEAN THEIR OWN CLOTHES.

IT IS NOT EXACTLY LIKE

EVERY HOME IN HAITI

BECAUSE IT IS IN A BIG

HOUSE, AND THERE ARE LOTS

OF PEOPLE LIVING HERE, BUT

IT'S A MUCH CLOSER MODEL

THAN WHAT THEY HAD AT THE

INSTITUTIONALIZED

ORPHANAGE.

Reporter: AND A

HAITIAN COUPLE ALSO LIVES

AT THE HOUSE.

IT LOOKS DIFFICULT FOR

A MOTHER AND FATHER TO

HAVE 17 KIDS.

WE HELP THEM BE STRONG,

AND TO LEARN WHAT CAN MAKE

THEM SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE,

WE HELP THEM IN YOUR

STUDIES.

AND WE FEEL THEY'RE

GROWING IN THE WORK

THEY'RE DOING.

Reporter: REGARDLESS

OF THEIR EDUCATION, EACH

YOUNG ADULT IS ENCOURAGED

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE

AMEAS ADULT PROGRAM.

WE WANTED THEM TO BE

ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN

MONEY TO BUY THINGS AND TO

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE MONEY.

BECAUSE THAT'S A SKILL

THEY DON'T LEARN IN

SCHOOL.

AND NOT GROWING UP IN A

HOME, THEY DIDN'T WATCH

THEIR PARENTS AND LEARN

HOW TO DO THAT.

SO IF THEY WERE JUST

THROWN OUT IN THE WORLD

RIGHT NOW, ONCE THEY GOT

MONEY IN THEIR HANDS, THEY

WOULD PROBABLY SPEND IT.

SO WE CREATED THIS PROGRAM

WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE MONEY

FOR THEMSELVES.

Reporter: AMEO'S

HOUSE TAKES THESE YOUTH

FROM THE ORPHANAGES AND

TURNS THEM INTO PRODUCTIVE

CITIZENS.

CITIZENS WHO CAN HAVE AN

IMPACT ON NOT ONLY THE

FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY,

BUT ALSO ON THE CHURCH.

BEING ABLE TO BE ACTIVE

AND WORK IN THE YOUTH'S

LIVES, IS TO PREPARE THEM.

WE PREPARE THEM FOR THE

OUTSIDE LIFE SO THEY CAN

BE USEFUL EVERYWHERE THEY

GO.

THEY CAN BE THE LEADER.

Reporter: JEROME

HELPS WITH EDUCATION PLANS

AND CRUCIAL LEADERSHIP

SKILLS.

YOU SEE THAT THE

COUNTRY NEEDS PEOPLE TO

STAY HERE, TO BE ACTIVE,

TO BE HELPING EACH OTHER,

AND TO EDUCATION AS A KEY

TO EMPOWER THE OLD

COUNTRY.

Reporter: SINCE AMEOS

OPENED IN 2013, SEVERAL

YOUNG ADULTS HAVE MADE IT

TO UNIVERSITIES OR

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS.

HUNTER AND JILLIAN SAY

THEIR TRUE VIEW OF SUCCESS

IS SEEING THOSE

TRANSFORMED FROM LIKELY

LOST CAUSES TO POTENTIAL

LEADERS.

SEEING WHERE THEY CAME

FROM AND WHERE THEY ARE

NOW IS HUGE FOR US, JUST

THEIR PERSONALITIES, THEIR

CHARACTERS, THEIR

COMMITMENT TO THEIR FAITH

AND TO THE CHURCH.

THEY HAVE HOPE NOW, I

THINK, AND THAT JUST

CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Reporter: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS, HAITI.

Gordon: THE AMEOS

HOUSE IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE

OF HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

AT CBN, WE WANT TO REACH

CHILDREN WITH THE GOSPEL.

AND MONG YONG IS A YOUNG

GIRL FROM CHINA WHO LOVES

TO READ BIBLE STORIES.

BUT SHE SOMETIMES HAD

TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING

THEM, UNTIL SHE DISCOVERED

"SUPERBOOK" IN MANDARIN.

Terry: MEET

8-YEAR-OLD MONG YONG FROM

CHINA.

MY NAME MEANS TO BE

BLESSED BY GOD.

Terry: SHE ASKED HER

PARENTS FOR A CHILDREN'S

BIBLE WHEN SHE WAS TWO.

AND NOW SHE LOVES JESUS.

HE SAID, WHEN YOU COME

TO ME, I'LL LISTEN.

SO I FEEL HE IS VERY NEAR

TO ME.

AND I'M REALLY INTERESTED

IN THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE.

Terry: BUT SHE ALWAYS

HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

WHETHER I READ THE

BIBLE TO HER OR SHE READ

IT HERSELF, SHE DIDN'T

REALLY UNDERSTAND

EVERYTHING.

I WISHED I COULD SEE

WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY OWN

EYES.

Terry: SO SHE STARTED

LOOKING AT CHRISTIAN

STORYBOOKS AND DRAWING

PICTURES FROM THE BIBLE.

THEN SHE WAS INTRODUCED TO

"SUPERBOOK" IN MANDARIN.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH

"SUPERBOOK" THE FIRST TIME

I SAW IT.

IT HELPED ME TO KNOW GOD

BETTER.

AND THE CHARACTERS LOOK SO

REAL.

I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH

"SUPERBOOK" BECAUSE IT'S

AN ACCURATE REPUTATION OF

THE BIBLE, AND IT'S SAFE.

WHEN SHE WAS ASK ME, CAN I

SEE "SUPERBOOK" TODAY, I

SAID YES.

SHE WOULD START TO CHEER.

Terry: SHE WATCHED

"THE FIRST CHRISTMAS"

ONLINE 20 TIMES IN TWO

MONTHS.

I ALWAYS POINT OUT THAT

CHRIS GAVE HIS TREASURE TO

THE POOR BOY IN THE STORY,

AND THAT TOUCHED HER

HEART.

Terry: SHE COUNTED

HER COINS AND DONATED THEM

ALL TO CBN FOR

"SUPERBOOK."

THEN SHE MADE A PERSONAL

VISIT TO A CBN-SPONSORED

SPECIAL-NEEDS SCHOOL AND

INTRODUCED THE CHILDREN

THERE TO "SUPERBOOK."

I WANTED TO HELP

CHILDREN IN NEED, LIKE

CHRIS DID.

AND I WANTED TO HELP THEM

BELIEVE IN GOD.

Terry: MONG YONG

CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH THE

NEXT EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK" IN MANDARIN.

I WANT TO SHARE

"SUPERBOOK" WITH MORE AND

MORE NEEDY CHILDREN.

IT FEELS REALLY GOOD TO

HELP OTHERS.

[CHEERING]

WE LOVE "SUPERBOOK"!

Gordon: CHILDREN LOVE

"SUPERBOOK."

THEY LOVE THE STORIES OF

THE BIBLE, AND WE WANT TO

GET "SUPERBOOK" TO THEM.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF

IT.

HOW?

BY JOINING THE "SUPERBOOK"

D.V.D. CLUB.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

WELL, YOU JUST CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

AND SAY, YES, I WANT TO BE

A MEMBER.

AND FOR YOUR GIFT OF $25

OR MORE, WE'LL SEND YOU

THREE COPIES OF THE LATEST

EPISODE, WHICH IS PETER

AND CORNELIUS.

YOU'LL HAVE ONE TO KEEP,

AND TWO TO GIVE AWAY, SO

YOU CAN BE A PART OF

SHARING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE WITH THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

WE'RE UP TO 42 LANGUAGES,

ON OUR WAY TO 55

LANGUAGES, SO THE CHILDREN

CAN UNDERSTAND THESE BIBLE

STORIES.

AND IT IS AMAZING WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN THE WORD OF

GOD GETS TO THEM.

AND WHEN THE BIBLE

CHARACTERS ARE SPEAKING,

THEY'RE SPEAKING VERSES

DIRECTLY FROM THE BIBLE.

WE WANT TO GET THE WORD OF

GOD TO THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

CALL US NOW:

1-800-700-7000.

> WELL, COMING UP, HE

WAS A DRUG ADDICT WITH A

DEATH WISH.

I JUST WANTED TO DIE.

THAT'S ALL I KEPT TELLING

MYSELF EVERY DAY.

I'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW

TO KILL MYSELF.

Gordon: YOU DON'T

WANT TO MISS HIS MIRACLE

TRANSFORMATION WHEN WE

RETURN.

Gordon: THROUGHOUT

HIS CRIMINAL CAREER, STEVE

BENNER HAD STOLLEN

LAPTOPS, CARS, AND EVEN A

BRAND NEW HOT TUB.

HE DID IT FOR THE MONEY

AND FOR THE DRUGS.

AND THEN ONE DAY STEVE

PLANNED ON TAKING

SOMETHING WORTH FAR MORE

THAN ANYTHING HE HAD EVER

STOLEN BEFORE: HIS OWN

LIFE.

I WAS RUNNING THE

STREETS AND CRAZY, AND I

DIDN'T WANT TO STOP.

AND I THOUGHT THE ONLY WAY

TO DO THAT WAS TO DIE.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MY

LIFE ANYMORE.

I HAD LOST EVERYBODY THAT

I HAD THAT HAD MEANT

ANYTHING TO ME.

Reporter: STEVE

BENNER WAS 12 YEARS OLD

WHEN HIS FATHER ABANDONED

HIS FAMILY FOR ANOTHER

WOMAN.

SOON AFTER STEVE'S LIFE

TOOK A DARK TURN.

I STARTED RUNNING THE

STREETS AT NIGHT, YOU

KNOW, DRINKING ALCOHOL AND

SMOKING MARIJUANA.

MY FATHER WASN'T THERE TO

SAY, LOOK, THAT'S NOT WHAT

YOU'RE SUPPOSED DO.

Reporter: BY THE AGE

OF 17, STEVE HAD DROPPED

OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.

CASUAL DRUG USE TURNED

INTO FULL-FLEDGE

ADDICTION.

THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I

DID METHAMPHETAMINE EVERY

WEEK.

I WOULD SMOKE METH AND BE

UP FOR A WEEK AT A TIME.

IT BECAME SOMETHING THAT I

HAD TO DO DAILY IN ORDER

TO JUST BE NORMAL.

I DIDN'T WORK.

I SURVIVED AND PAID FOR MY

DRUG HABIT BY SELLING

DRUGS AND STEALING.

Reporter: HIS MOTHER,

WHO WAS A CHRISTIAN, WAS

BATTLING CANCER AND

FIGHTING FOR STEVEN'S SOUL

IN PRAYER.

I PUT HER THROUGH HELL.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE MY MOM

DIED, SHE SAT ME DOWN AND

SHE LOOKED ME IN THE EYE,

AND SHE SAID, MY FRIEND

AND I HAVE BEEN PRAYING

FOR YOU, AND I HAVE A

MESSAGE FOR YOU.

AND SHE SAID, IN FIVE

YEARS, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

BE THE SAME PERSON.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LOOK

THE SAME.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO ACT

THE SAME.

PEOPLE WON'T EVEN

RECOGNIZE YOU.

AND I LOOKED AT HER AND I

LAUGHED, AND I GOT UP AND

WALKED AWAY.

Reporter: WHEN HIS

MOTHER DIED, HE USED METH

TO BLOCK HIS RAGE AND

PAIN.

METHAMPHETAMINE NUMBED

ME.

I FELT NO PAIN.

I DIDN'T FEEL ANYTHING.

ALTHOUGH I WAS VERY ANGRY,

NOTHING MATTERED.

HAVING A GOOD JOB DIDN'T

MATTER.

HAVING A FAMILY DIDN'T

MATTER.

NOTHING MATTERED.

Reporter: AFTER YEARS

OF DRUG ABUSE AND CRIMINAL

ACTIVITY, STEVE WAS CAUGHT

BREAKING INTO A HOME.

POLICE TRAPPED HIM IN A

NEARBY BUSINESS RESTROOM.

AT THAT POINT, I

DECIDED I WAS NOT GOING TO

PRISON.

I WAS GOING TO END MY LIFE

THAT DAY.

AND I PULLED OUT A LARGE

KNIFE AND I KICKED THE

BATHROOM STALL OPEN.

AND THEY TRIED TO TALK ME

INTO PUTTING THE KNIFE

DOWN, AND I TOLD HIM IF HE

GOT CLOSE TO ME, I WAS

GOING TO KILL YOU.

AND HIS PARTNER SHOT ME IN

THE NECK WITH A TASER, AND

I WENT DOWN AND DROPPED

THE KNIFE.

Reporter: IN JAIL, HE

WAS PLACED ON SUICIDE

WATCH.

I JUST WANTED TO DIE.

THAT'S ALL I KEPT TELLING

MYSELF EVERY DAY.

I'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW

TO KILL MYSELF.

I REALIZED THAT EVERYTHING

I HAD BEEN DOING MY ENTIRE

LIFE HAD LEFT A TRAIL OF

HURT AND PAIN FOR OTHER

PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T DESERVE

IT.

I LOOKED AT MYSELF AND I

REALIZED THE MONSTER I HAD

BECOME.

I WAS FULL OF ANGER AND

HATE AND ADDICTED TO

DRUGS, AND I DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO COPE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Reporter: AN INMATE

IS STEVE'S CELL BLOCK

ENCOURAGED STEVE TO TURN

TO GOD.

I PICKED UP A BIBLE.

AND I STARTED READING.

AND THE WORDS WERE JUMPING

OFF THE PAGE AT ME.

I STARTED LEARNING THAT I

COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THE

TERRIBLE THINGS I HAD

DONE.

Reporter: ALONE IN

HIS CELL, STEVE ASKED GOD

TO FORGIVE HIM.

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU

CAN FIX MY LIFE, YOU CAN

HAVE IT.

I'M WORTH NOTHING.

I HAVE COMPLETELY SCREWED

MY LIFE UP.

AND, HERE, IT'S YOURS.

I FELT WARM.

I FELT HIS PRESENCE.

I KNEW THAT I HAD JUST

MADE A DECISION FOR

CHRIST.

I HAD HOPE AGAIN.

IT WAS, LIKE, I WOKE UP

ONE DAY AND I JUST HAD

PROBABLY -- I SMILED FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN 20

YEARS.

AND I REALIZED IT AND I

GOT GOOSE BUMPS.

Reporter: STEVE SAYS

GOD IMMEDIATELY SET HIM

FREE FROM DRUG ADDICTION.

AT THAT MOMENT, HE

REALIZED IT HAD BEEN FIVE

YEARS SINCE HIS MOTHER HAD

TOLD HIM THAT HIS LIFE

WOULD CHANGE.

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

I WAS HAPPY.

AND I WAS LOOKING AT SEVEN

YEARS IN PRISON, AND I

WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT IT.

I HAD PEACE.

Reporter: AFTER

SERVING HIS SENTENCE,

STEVE WAS RELEASED FROM

PRISON IN 2014.

THE HOLE LEFT IN HIS HEART

BY HIS DAD'S REJECTION HAD

FINALLY BEEN FILLED WITH

LOVE FROM HIS HEAVENLY

FATHER.

I FEEL LOVE THAT I

HAVEN'T FELT IN SO MANY

YEARS.

I HAVE A FATHER THAT I CAN

DEPEND ON NOW.

HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR

FORSAKE ME.

YOU'RE NEVER TOO FAR GONE.

AS LONG AS YOU'RE HERE AND

STILL BREATHING, GOD CAN

REACH DOWN IN THE PIT OF

HELL AND PULL YOU OUT AND

HE CAN CLEAN UP YOUR

MESSES.

AS LONG AS YOU'RE STILL

BREATHING, IT IS NOT TOO

LATE.

YOU CAN ASK FOR HELP.

Gordon: AND THE SAME

TRANSFORMATION THAT

HAPPENED TO STEVE CAN

HAPPEN TO YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DO

THE SAME THING.

FOR SOME OF YOU, YOU KNOW

GOD IS REAL.

YOU HAD ENCOUNTERS WITH

HIM WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG,

AND FOR WHATEVER REASON

YOU WENT AWAY.

I'VE GOT REALLY GOOD NEWS

FOR YOU: GOD IS NOT

KEEPING ANY RECORDS OF

WRONGS.

HE IS NOT HOLDING ANYTHING

AGAINST YOU.

HE STILL WANTS YOU TO COME

HOME.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY

THE SAME PRAYER THAT STEVE

PRAYED.

JESUS, WILL YOU BECOME

LORD OF MY LIFE?

WILL YOU SET ME FREE FROM

THIS?

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

THEY'LL BE SOMEBODY ON THE

OTHER END OF THAT LINE.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO JUDGE

YOU.

WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN

YOU.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU GOD

LOVES YOU.

HE HAS A PLAN AND A

PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALM 40: "HE ALSO

BROUGHT ME UP OUT OF A

HORRIBLE PIT, OUT OF THE

MEYERY CLAY AND SET MY

FEET UPON A ROCK AND

ESTABLISHED MY STEPS."

HE'LL DO THAT FOR YOU

TODAY IF YOU TRUST HIM.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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