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700 Club Interactive - July 19, 2017

ABC News anchor Byron Pitts discusses overcoming difficult childhood circumstances and his desire to help young people do the same. Read Transcript


Gordon: HELPING HANDS

AND A COMPASSIONATE HEART.

A FORMER HOMELESS DRUG

ADDICT HAS A LIFE-CHANGING

ENCOUNTER.

THEY DIDN'T TREAT ME

LIKE I WAS NOBODY.

THEY SHOWED ME LOVE.

THEY SHOWED ME GRACE.

THEY SHOWED ME MERCY.

Gordon: AND NOW HE IS

SHOWING MERCY TO OTHERS.

> PLUS, ABC NEWS

CORRESPONDENT BYRON PITTS,

AND HOW HE OVER CAME

HARDSHIP WITH HOPE, ON THE

NEXT "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

RETAIL GIANT HOBBY LOBBY

RECENTLY RAN INTO TROUBLE

AND ARE NOW BEING FORCED

TO FORFEIT THOUSANDS OF

IRAQI ARTIFACTS AND PAY A

$3 MILLION FINE.

Terry: PROSECUTORS

WHO FILED THE CIVIL

COMPLAINT SAID IN 2010 AND

2011, HOBBY LOBBY BOUGHT

NEARLY 6,000 ARTIFACTS,

HAD INCLUDED BLOCKS WITH

ANCIENT WRITING.

THE COMPLAINT SAID, QUOTE,

"THE RETAILER FAILED TO

HEED THE WARNING OF A

CORPORATE PROPERTY LAW

EXPERT WHO ADVISED THE

ITEMS MAY HAVE BEEN LOOTED

FROM IRAQI SITES.

Gordon: HE SAID, WE

SHOULD HAVE EXERCISED MORE

OVERSIGHT AND CAREFULLY

QUESTION HOW THE AC

ACQUISITIONS WERE HANDLE.

GREEN WENT ON TO SAY HOBBY

LOBBY IS NEW TO THE

ACQUISITION MARKET, AND

HOBBY LOBBY PURCHASED IT

FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE

BIBLE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

THAT IS GOING TO OPEN

LATER THIS YEAR, AND I,

FOR ONE, AM LOOKING

FORWARD TO IT.

I'VE SEEN THE PLANS FOR

ALL OF THE DIFFERENT

EXHIBITS, AND IT IS A

WONDERFUL THING THAT THEY

ARE DOING.

AND THE COLLECTION THEY'VE

ASSEMBLED OF BIBLES IS ONE

OF THE FOREMOST IN THE

WORLD.

I THINK YOU WOULD TO GO TO

THE VATICAN LIBRARY TO

FIND ANYMORE RESOURCES.

Terry: WHEN YOU START

DEALING WITH HISTORICAL

THINGS LIKE THAT, IT'S

ANOTHER BALLGAME.

I MEAN, YOU REALLY NEED TO

HAVE ALMOST LIKE A SPECIAL

LEGAL COUNSEL BACKGROUND

IN ALL OF THAT.

Gordon: YOU DO.

AND YOU NEED TO HAVE

CURATORS, BOTH IN TERMS OF

AUTHENTICITY -- THERE ARE

A LOT OF FAKES OUT

THERE -- AND YOU HAVE TO

BE VERY CAREFUL IN THE

ACQUISITION AND THE

PURCHASE TO MAKE SURE,

FROM A CULTURAL

STANDPOINT, YOU'RE CLEAR

WITH THE LAWS OF THE

COUNTRY WHERE THE

ARTIFACTS WERE FOUND, AS

WELL AS CLEAR WITH THE

U.S. CUSTOMS.

Terry: TO THEIR

CREDIT, THEIR GOAL WAS TO

LET AS MANY PEOPLE ENJOY

THOSE ARTIFACTS AS

POSSIBLE.

SO NOW WE'LL ENJOY WHAT IS

THERE.

> HERE IS A STORY FROM

BAZOOKA THABRAZIL THAT IS GOING

VIRAL.

TAKE A LOOK.

*

*

[SINGING IN DIFFERENT

LANGUAGE]

*

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[LAUGHTER]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Terry: WOW!

Gordon: THAT'S A

MODERN DAY MEDICAL

MIRACLE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE

DOCTORS AND TO THAT

HOSPITAL FOR BEING SO

DILIGENT WITH THE CARE.

> A HUSBAND RECENTLY

SAID HIS WIFE WAS A

GENEROUS PERSON AND A

LOVING PERSON.

"I BELIEVE GOD CHOSE HER

FOR THIS PURPOSE SO A

MIRACLE COULD HAPPEN," AND

THAT IS AMAZING.

Terry: AND THEN HE

CHOSE THE WHOLE FAMILY,

JUST TO EXPRESS THE VALUE

OF LIFE, HUMAN LIFE.

WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT.

Gordon: A THE LOT OF

THE DOCTORS IN BRAZIL

FOUGHT FOR THE UNBORN, AND

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

CONTINUES FIGHTING TO TAKE

THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN.

AND THEY COMPLETED AN

UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP

WITH A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

TEAM.

Terry: LAST NIGHT THE

SEATTLE STORM HELD A

"STAND WITH PLANNED

PARENTHOOD RALLY," TO

RAISE FUNDS FOR PLANNED

PARENTHOOD IN THE GREAT

NORTHWEST AND THE HAWAIIAN

ISLANDS.

THEY HOSTED A FUNDRAISING

AUCTION, AND $5 FROM EVERY

TICKET SOLD TO THAT GAME

IS GOING TO BE DONATED TO

PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

Gordon: WELL, ON THIS

ONE, I'M ACTUALLY OKAY

WITH IT.

IF PEOPLE WANT TO SUPPORT

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITH --

Terry: NOT WITH MY

TICKET.

Gordon: IT'S A FREE

COUNTRY.

MY PROBLEM WITH PLANNED

PARENTHOOD IS TAX DOLLARS

GOING TO IT.

AND WHY SHOULD PEOPLE WHO

DON'T BELIEVE IN ABORTION

BE FORCED, BY TAX POLICY,

TO SUPPORT IT?

YOU KNOW, YOU GET INTO THE

ORIGINS OF PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, AND THE

WRITINGS OF MARGARET

SANGER, AND YOU LOOK AT

HER HISTORY.

SHE IS QUITE CLEARLY

TARGETING LOW INCOME

AREAS, BOTH IN HER

WRITINGS, AND PLANNED

PARENTHOOD, WHEN THEY SET

UP THE CLINICS, ARE QUITE

CLEARLY TARGETING LOW

INCOME AREAS.

SO IS THIS A SUBTLE

GENOCIDE HAPPENING TO KEEP

UNDESIRABLES AWAY.

AND WHY SHOULD THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT BE INVOLVED IN

THIS?

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

AND, ALSO, I THINK WE ALL

NEED TO BE REALLY WISE

ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE

MONEY THAT CHANGES HANDS

HERE AND WHO IS BENEFITING

FROM, REALLY, THE KILLING

OF UNBORN BABIES.

AND YOU KNOW, THERE IS ALL

THIS -- WE GIVE

INFORMATION TO WOMEN WHO

ARE IN NEED MEDICALLY, BUT

THEN WE'VE SEEN TAPED

MESSAGES WHERE WHEN YOU

CALL AND ASK -- NOT

MESSAGES, BUT

CONVERSATIONS, DO YOU

SUPPLY PRENATAL

COUNSELLING?

NO, WE DON'T TO THAT.

Gordon: AND ALL OF

THE VIDEOS OF THE SELLING

OF BABY PARTS -- IT IS

ASTOUNDING THAT WE HAVEN'T

OPENED OUR EYES TO IT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY

WORD FOR IT.

JUST DO A GOOGLE SEARCH OF

MARGARET SANGER AND HER

WRITINGS WILL COME UP.

AND DO ANOTHER GOOGLE

SEARCH OF UGENICS AND

HERE.

AND IT IS CURIOUS SHE

COULD GET SUPPORT FROM

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.,

WHICH I FIND INCREDIBLE,

THAT HE WOULD WRITE A

LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT.

LOOK AT THAT HISTORY AND

MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.

Terry: MINE MONTHS

AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW

DEVASTATED THE MIDEAST --

Gordon: NEARLY 300

STUDENTS WERE IN FAIR

BLUFF LAST WEEK, HELPING

TO REPAIR AND REBUILD.

I GET UP AT 5:30 IN THE

MORNING, WORK UNTIL 4:00,

AND WE START AGAIN THE

NEXT DAY.

WE COME TOGETHER AND ARE

THE HANDS AND FEET OF

CHRIST THIS WEEK.

Gordon: THAT SEEMS

LIKE A LOT OF WORK.

Terry: AND A LOT OF

HOPE.

Gordon: FOR THOSE WHO

VOLUNTEER,

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE

THE HANDS AND FEET OF

JESUS EXTENDED, AND WHAT A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO.

> UP NEXT, HE OVERCAME

CHILDHOOD ILLITERACY TO

BECOME AN EMMY

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST.

BYRON PITTS JOINS US TO

Terry: SUCCESS IS A

SUBJECTIVE TERM, AND IT'S

OFTEN DEFINED BY ACHIEVING

PROSPERITY.

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, ABC NEWS

CORRESPONDENT BYRON PITTS

IS A SUCCESS, AND HIS ROAD

TO ACHIEVEMENT STARTED

EARLY BY OVERCOMING SOME

TRULY DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES.

Reporter: BYRON PITTS

IS AN EMMY AWARD-WINNING

JOURNALIST.

OVER THE COURSE OF HIS 30

YEAR CAREER, HE HAS

COVERED SOME OF THE

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES OF

OUR TIME.

BUT WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW

IS BYRON STRUGGLED WITH

STUTTERING AND COULDN'T

READ UNTIL THIRD GRADE.

THROUGHOUT HIS TRAVELS, HE

MET OTHERS WHO FACED

DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES IN

HIS LIFE.

HE SHARES THOSE IN HIS

BOOK, "BE THE ONE."

Terry: BYRON, WELCOME

TO "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

THANK YOU.

Terry: YOU COVERED

HURRICANE KATRINA AND

2012011 -- CRAZY, CRAZY

THINGS THAT DEMANDED A

LOT.

AND YET YOU KAL CAME FROM

ORIGINS THAT WERE REALLY

DIFFICULT.

YOU STRUGGLED WITH READING

AND YOU WERE A STUTTERER.

WHAT LED YOU TO

JOURNALISM.

MY MOTHER WAS A FIRM

BELIEVER -- WE WERE

TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THE

POWER OF PRAYER, AND SHE

BELIEVED IN LIFE THERE ARE

NO STUMBLING BLOCKS, JUST

STEPPING STONES.

AND CLARISE PITTS IS AN

AMAZING WOMAN.

I WAS INCREDIBLY PROUD OF

HER.

WE THOUGHT TOGETHER WITH

THE CHALLENGES, WE IMPROVE

BECAUSE OF GOD'S GREATEST

GIFTS TO US.

Terry: YOU HAVE TO

HAVE ENCOUNTERED ALONG THE

WAY, BYRON, PEOPLE WHO

DIDN'T SEE THE PROMISE

THERE.

BECAUSE STUTTERING IS A

VERY OBVIOUS THING WHEN

YOU'RE TRYING TO

COMMUNICATE WITH

FRIENDS --

SURE.

Terry: AND

TEACHERS -- YOU WOULD LIKE

TO THINK EVERY TEACHER

SEES THE PROMISE IN EVERY

CHILD.

HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THAT

STUFF?

THROUGH PRAYER AND

PERSISTENCE --

Terry: EVEN AS A KID,

YOU HAD THAT?

YES.

I BELIEVE I INHERITED IT

FROM MY MOTHER, WHO IS A

TOUGH-MINDED WOMAN.

EARLY IN MY NETWORK CAREER

AT CBS NEWS, I HAD A

PRODUCER TELL ME I WOULD

NEVER BE ON HIS SHOW

BECAUSE I WASN'T GOOD

ENOUGH.

Terry: SOME PEOPLE

WOULD HAVE GONE HOME AT

THAT POINT.

HERE IS WHAT

HAPPENED -- I'M FROM EAST

BALTIMORE.

SO MY ONE INSTINCT WAS TO

REACH ACROSS THE TABLE AND

CHOKE HIM OUT.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT I THOUGHT BETTER OF

THAT.

AS I WAS WALKING OUT OF

THE OFFICE, I STOPPED AND

SAID, I'M RESPECTFUL OF

YOUR POSITION AND I'M

RESPECTFUL OF YOUR

OPINION.

BUT KNOW THIS: WHEN I'M

HOME ALONE AT NIGHT IN THE

DARK ON MY KNEES, NEVER

ONCE HAVE I CALLED YOUR

NAME.

Terry: WOW.

WOW, GO YOU.

A YEAR LATER HE LOST

HIS JOB --

Terry: AND YOU'VE GOT

YOURS.

YES, SO FAR.

Terry: YOU SAY THAT

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT PEOPLE

WHO MOVE THEIR FEET.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

THERE IS A GREAT

AFRICAN PROVERB THAT SAYS,

WHEN YOU PRAY, MOVE YOUR

FEET.

Terry: I LIKE THAT.

PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY,

LORD, GIVE ME A JOB.

HAVE YOU APPLIED?

HAVE YOU GONE BACK TO

SCHOOL TO FURTHER YOUR

EDUCATION?

SO ALL THESE YOUNG

PEOPLE -- NOT ALL OF THEM

HAVE STRONG FAITH, BUT

THERE IS A FAITH SPIRIT IN

ALL OF THEM, EVEN IF THEY

DON'T CLAIM IT YET.

THEY WERE ALL DEALT A BAD

HAND.

THIS ONE KID, PAPI, FROM

THE CONGO, HE WALKED FROM

THE CONGO TO SOUTH AFRICA.

I ASKED PAPI, WHERE WOULD

HE HIDE TO PROTECT

HIMSELF?

AND HE WAS A RAISED

CHRISTIAN, AND SO HIS SAFE

PLACE WAS THE CHURCH, THE

CHURCH INSIDE HIS HEART.

IT KEPT HIM SAFE.

ALL OF THEM WERE

OPTMISTIC.

MOST OF THEM HAVE GREAT

FAITH.

BUT HE ALSO DID THE

PRACTICAL WORK.

ONE OF THE KIDS, M MICHAELA,

DIRT POOR, WHILE WORKING

36 HOURS A WEEK AT A

BARBECUE JOINT, SHE

GRADUATED.

SHE HAD GREAT FAITH, BUT

SHE DID THE WORK.

Terry: GOING THROUGH

WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH AND

HAVING TO OVERCOME THE

THINGS YOU HAD TO

OVERCOME, CHANGE THE WAY

YOU LOOK AT PEOPLE TODAY?

I THINK SO.

I'M AN OPTMISTIC PERSON.

I SEE GOOD AND GOD'S GRACE

EVERY PLACE.

SOME MIGHT ARGUE THAT I'M

NAIVE.

I HAD A COLLEAGUE ONCE --

I WON'T NAME THEM -- AND

WE WERE HAVING A

CONVERSATION, AND THEY

SAID -- I'M CHRISTIAN,

RAISED TO BE RESPECTFUL OF

ALL FAITHS, BUT YOGI BERRA

SAID, ALWAYS DANCE WITH

THE ONE WHO BRUNG YOU.

AND SO WE WERE HAVING THIS

CONVERSATION, AND THIS

RESPECTED JOURNALIST SAID,

I DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD.

AND I SAID, OKAY, I'LL

PRAY FOR YOU.

SO I THINK I AM OPTMISTIC.

PEOPLE HAD TO SEE THE BEST

IN ME, SO I SEEK TO SEE

THE BEST IN OTHER PEOPLE.

I WANT TO THINK I'M

EMPATHETIC, BUT IT IS

SOMETHING I KNOW I NEED TO

WORK AT MORE.

I KNOW IF GOD CAN WORK

WITH SOMEONE LIKE ME, THEN

THERE IS WORK HE CAN DO

FOR ALL OF US.

Terry: IT IS JUST SO

FUN TO SEE HOW GOD TOOK

SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLED WITH

STUTTERING AND READING --

IF THERE ARE TWO THINGS

YOU NEED TO BE A

JOURNALIST IS TO BE ABLE

TO READ AND TO BE ABLE TO

SPEAK WELL.

RIGHT.

Terry: AND HERE YOU

ARE, NOT ONLY IN AN

AWESOME POSITION, BUT

YOU'RE DOING THOSE THINGS

AND DOING THEM REALLY

WELL.

BUT ISN'T THAT A GOD WAY?

OH, NO QUESTION.

HOW ELSE DO YOU COMPLAIN EXPLAIN

IT?

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN A KID,

BASED ON WHERE I'M FROM,

I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO WHERE

I AM.

I GUESS I'VE WORKED HARD,

BUT IT SPEAKS TO GOD'S

AMAZING GRACE.

WE WERE TALKING EARLIER

ABOUT THE ANOINTING OIL

FOR DAVID.

WHAT GOD HAS FOR US, HE

WILL DEFY GRAVITY TO GIVE

US WHAT IS OURS.

MAN CAN'T GIVE IT TO US;

MAN CAN'T TAKE IT AWAY.

Terry: I THINK OF

YOUR MOM, TOO, WHO WAS

SUCH A POWERFUL INFLUENCE

IN YOUR LIFE.

YEAH.

Terry: BECAUSE SHE

SAW WHAT WAS IN YOU, AND

SHE CALLED IT FOR YOU, AND

SHE CALLED IT INTO FORCE

IN A WAY THAT YOU COULD

BELIEVE IT.

OH, YEAH.

TO BE YOUR CHILD'S BIGGEST

ADVOCATE -- SHE WAS -- MY

MOTHER BELIEVED IN ME

BEFORE I KNEW TO BELIEVE

IN MYSELF.

SHE POURED LOVE AND

KINDNESS INTO ME.

I PLAYED FOOTBALL THROUGH

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE.

MY MOTHER NEVER MISSED ONE

OF MY GAMES.

AND MY SOPHOMORE YEAR IN

COLLEGE, MY MOM HAD MAJOR

SURGERY.

SHE SCHEDULED SO SHE COULD

MAKE IT, BUT THERE WERE

COMPLICATIONS.

AND SO SHE CALLED MY

BROTHER, AND SHE SAID,

COME AND BRING YOUR WINTER

COAT.

SO HE BRINGS HIS BIG COAT.

GIVERS IT TO MY MAMA, THEY

SNEAK HER OUT OF THE

HOSPITAL SO SHE COULD COME

TO MY GAME.

IT'S RAINING -- AND I

DIDN'T EVEN PLAY.

I WAS ON THE BENCH.

BUT WHEN I TURNED AROUND

ON THE SIDELINE, AND THERE

WAS MY MOTHER STANDING IN

THE COAT, AND MY BROTHER

WAS HOLDING HER UP BECAUSE

SHE WAS STILL WEAK.

IF A CHILD CAN HAVE TWO

LOVING PARENTS, THAT'S

GREAT.

BUT EVEN IF YOU JUST HAVE

ONE -- MY MOTHER GAVE US

EVERYTHING.

SHE GAVE US EVERYTHING.

Terry: WELL, SHE WAS

THE ONE.

THAT'S THE TITLE OF THE

BOOK, "BE THE ONE."

GET AHOLD OF BYRON'S BOOK.

THE SUBTITLE IS: "SIX

STORIES OF TEENS

OVERCOMING HARDSHIP WITH

HOPE."

IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

THANK YOU.

Terry: COMING UP,

THIS DRUG-ADDICTED MAN

WANTED TO BE FREE, BUT

NOBODY WOULD HELP HIM.

I EVEN WENT TO THE

MENTAL HEALTH ONE DAY AND

I TRIED TO TURN MYSELF IN.

AND I SAID, I'M A DRUG

ADDICT AND I'M CRAZY.

WILL YOU GUYS PLEASE HELP

ME.

AND THEY SAID, GET OUT OF

HERE.

WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE

POLICE.

Terry: YOU WON'T

BELIEVE HIS

TRANSFORMATION.

WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY WHEN

WE RETURN.

Gordon: MOST OF CODY

HUFF'S LIFE WAS SPENT

HOMELESS, ABUSING DRUGS,

AND AVOIDING LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

NOW COD CODY WORKS ON THE SIDE

OF THE POLICE, GIVING FOOD

AND CLOTHES TO THE

HOMELESS.

Reporter: IT'S A

SIGHT OFTEN SEEN ON THE

BACK STREETS OF LAS VEGAS,

CODY DRIVING THROUGH THE

NEIGHBORHOODS AND STOPPING

ANYWHERE WHERE HE FINDS

THE HOMELESS WHO NEED

FOOD.

HEY, BRO, HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD.

WATER?

Reporter: HE RUNS

THIS FOOD PANTRY OUT OF

HIS GARAGE, SOMETHING HE

STARTED TO HELP PEOPLE

JUST LIKE HE WAS 13 YEARS

AGO.

I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS

LIKE TO BE HUNGRY.

AND WHEN SOMEBODY CARES

FOR YOU AND SHOWS YOU THE

LOVE OF CHRIST, THAT

TOUCHES SOMETHING DEEP

INSIDE OF YOU.

Reporter: LIKE

EVERYONE LIVING IN THE

STREETS, CODY HAS A STORY.

HIS STARTS IN NORTHERN

CALIFORNIA.

I CAME FROM A VERY

ABUSIVE FAMILY.

I BEGAN RUNNING AWAY AT 13

YEARS OLD.

BEING TOLD EVERY DAY THAT

I WAS UNWANTED AND I WAS A

MISTAKE, AND THAT MY MOM

WISHED SHE NEVER HAD ME,

IT MADE ME FEEL HORRIBLE.

IT MADE ME FEEL UNWANTED

AND UNLOVED, ALL OF THOSE

THINGS.

I INTERNALIZED THAT.

I BEGAN USING DRUGS TO

MASK THOSE FEELINGS.

Reporter: CODY SPENT

MUCH OF HIS TEEN YEARS IN

AND OUT OF JUVIE.

THEN AFTER DROPPING OUT OF

HIGH SCHOOL, HE MOVED TO

MONTEREY, WHERE HE LIVED

WITH A GROUP OF HIPPIES.

I FELT LIKE I HAD A

GROUP OF GUYS AROUND ME

WHO ALWAYS HAD MY BACK NO

MATTER WHAT.

I FELT LIKE I WAS

IMPORTANT.

I FELT LOVE AND

ACCEPTANCE.

LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.

Reporter: HE ALSO

STARTED DEALING COCAINE.

I COULD GO OUT AND BUY

ANYTHING THAT I WANTED TO

BUY, BUT THAT'S NOT

HAPPINESS.

IT ONLY MAKES YOU HAPPY

FOR A-MINUTE.

Reporter: OVER THE

NEXT 27 YEARS, CODY SPENT

A LOT OF TIME IN JAIL.

HE ALSO DEVELOPED AN

ADDICTION TO HEROIN.

DRUGS TAKE OVER.

THEY TAKE OVER YOUR

THOUGHTS, YOUR EMOTIONS.

I MEAN, A DRUG ADDICT WILL

DO ANYTHING TO GET DRUGS,

ANYTHING.

Reporter: HOPING A

CHANGE OF SCENERY WOULD

HELP HIM BREAK THE CYCLE

OF ADDICTION, CODY MOVED

TO LAS VEGAS AND STOPPED

USING.

BUT IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE

HE DISCOVERED CRACK

COCAINE AND ENDED UP

LIVING ON THE STREETS.

I WOULD EAT OUT OF

GARBAGE CANS.

I THOUGHT ABOUT STEPPING

OUT IN FRONT OF BUSES AND

ALL KINDS OF STUFF.

> DO YOU NEED PRAYER

TODAY?

I NEED PRAYER EVERY

DAY.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE

LIKE THAT ANYMORE.

I HAD NO SELF-RESPECT.

I EVEN WENT TO THE MENTAL

HEALTH ONE DAY AND I TRIED

TO TURN MYSELF IN.

I SAID, I'M A DRUG ADDICT.

I'M CRAZY.

WOULD YOU GUYS PLEASE HELP

ME?

AND THEY SAID, GET OUT OF

HERE.

WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE

POLICE.

Reporter: IT HAD BEEN

ABOUT A YEAR WHEN A MAN

TOLD HIM WHERE HE COULD

GET A FREE SHOWERS AND

SOME FOOD.

SHE SAID, CODY, YOU

LOOK LIKE YOU NEED A HUG.

AND I SAID, DON'T COME

NEAR ME, I SMELL TOO BAD.

AND SHE SAID, NO, YOU

DON'T SMELL, AND SHE

HUGGED ME.

I SAID, YOU KNOW, JESUS

LOVES YOU.

AND I SAW THE LOVE OF

CHRIST IN HER EYES.

IT WAS COMPLETE TOTAL

HONESTY, ALONG WITH

COMPLETE TOTAL LOVE.

Reporter: AS CODY

STARTED GOING TO THE

CHURCH, HE WAS ACCEPTED

WITH OPEN ARMS.

THEY DIDN'T TREAT ME

LIKE I WAS NOBODY.

THEY DIDN'T TREAT ME LIKE

I DIDN'T MATTER.

THEY SHOWED ME LOVE.

THEY SHOWED ME GRACE.

THEY SHOWED ME MERCY.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

HE WENT BACK TO HIS

MAKESHIFT HOME IN A PATCH

OF BUSHES AND PRAYED.

THIS IS THE PLACE I

SAID, LORD JESUS, I REPENT

OF ALL OF MY SIN.

I BEG YOUR FORGIVENESS.

AND I BEGAN TO NAME ALL OF

THE SIN THAT I COULD

REMEMBER AT THAT MOMENT.

AND I PRAYED PROBABLY FOR

HALF AN HOUR.

AND I BEGAN TO CRY BIG

TEARS.

AND GOD TOUCHED ME.

AND WHEN I GOT DONE

PRAYING, I STOOD UP.

AND I WAS NO LONGER A DRUG

ADDICT.

I WAS SET FREE FROM DRUGS.

Reporter: CODY'S NEW

CHURCH FAMILY EVENTUALLY

GAVE HIM A CAR, A PLACE TO

STAY, AND A JOB TO HELP

HIM START BUILDING A LIFE

FOR HIMSELF.

YOUR WORST DAYS ARE

BEHIND YOU.

AND YOUR BEST DAYS ARE IN

FRONT OF YOU.

BECAUSE IF YOU'VE GOT

JESUS IN YOUR HEART, HE'LL

MAKE A WAY WHERE THERE IS

NO WAY.

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: NOW OVER A

DECADE LATER, HE IS

MARRIED AND HE AND HIS

WIFE, HEATHER, ARE RUNNING

THEIR MINISTRY CALLED

"BROKEN CHAINS."

IT NOT ONLY PROVIDES FOOD

FOR THE HOMELESS, BUT

REACHES THEM WITH GOD'S

MESSAGE OF HOPE.

I FOUND EVERYTHING THAT

I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL

OF MY LIFE IN JESUS

CHRIST.

ANY PROBLEM THAT YOU COULD

BE HAVING IN YOUR LIFE,

WHATEVER IT IS, IF IT IS

RELATIONSHIP, IF IT IS

MONEY, IF IT'S A JOB,

WHATEVER -- MAYBE YOU

COULD BE A DRUG ADDICT

LIKE ME.

YOU CRY OUT TO JESUS, AND

JESUS IS ALWAYS THERE FOR

YOU.

HEAVENLY FATHER, I LIFT UP

MY BROTHER TO YOU, GOD, IN

THE NAME OF JESUS, GOD.

Gordon: ALL YOU HAVE

TO DO IS CRY OUT TO HIM.

AND HE WILL BE THERE.

HE IS THERE FOR YOU.

IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE

AND HAVE OUR BEING.

DON'T THINK HE IS HOLDING

SOMETHING AGAINST YOU.

DON'T THINK THAT HE IS MAD

AT YOU.

HE'S NOT.

HE LOVES YOU.

AND HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH

THAT HE WANTS YOU TO BE

WITH HIM FOR ALL ETERNITY.

HE PAID THE PRICE FOR

EVERY SIN.

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE HIM.

AND IN THAT BELIEF, THEN

COMES THE STEP OF, JESUS,

CAN YOU CHANGE ME?

CAN YOU CHANGE ME FROM MY

INNERMOST BEING?

SO THE THINGS I USED TO

WANT TO DO, THE

COMPULSIONS THAT

OVERWHELMING ME, WILL BE

NO MORE.

YOU CAN HAVE THIS, AND YOU

CAN HAVE IT TODAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS THE

SAME THING THAT CODY DID.

JUST PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO

COME IN.

LET'S DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

DON'T TURN AWAY.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY WHERE

YOU FIND A LIVING GOD.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT,

JUST SAY HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU AND I

ASK THAT YOU FORGIVE ME,

THAT YOU SET ME FREE FROM

EVERY COMPULSION THAT HAS

THIS HOLD ON ME.

SET ME FREE FROM THAT.

AND IF YOU'LL DO THIS, I

WANT TO FOLLOW YOU ALL THE

DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, FOR I PRAY

IT IN JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, GIVE THEM YOUR

LOVE.

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