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700 Club Interactive - July 21, 2017

A grieving woman falls into a cycle of addiction, prostitution, and prison, until a divine encounter in solitary confinement turns her life around. Read Transcript


Andrew: SHE WORKED

Andrew: SHE WORKED

THE STREETS AND THE STRIP

CLUB.

GETTING IN CARS WITH

MEN THAT WOULD ABUSE ME

AND BEAT ME AND BREAK MY

JAW, BREAK MY NOSE.

Andrew: ALL FOR THE

FIX SHE CRAVED.

I COULDN'T GO 15

MINUTES WITHOUT HAVING A

NEEDLE IN MY ARM OR

SMOKING CRACK.

Andrew: SEE WHAT

FINALLY SET HER FREE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

THE ISLAMIC STATE'S ATTACK

AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN

EGYPT CONTINUE TO

ESCALATE.

Terry: YOU MAY

REMEMBER THE PALM SUNDAY

CHURCH BOMBINGS, WHEN ISIS

CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR

KILLING OVER 40 PEOPLE IN

TWO COPTIC CHRISTIAN

CHURCHES.

ON AN EGYPTIAN NEWS

NETWORK, A WOMAN WHO'S

HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN ONE

OF THOSE BOMBINGS WAS

ASKED ABOUT WHAT SHE

THOUGHT ABOUT THE

BOMBEDINGS.

WOE APOLOGIZE FOR THE SUB

TITLES, BUT WE THINK YOU

WOULD WANT TO SEE THIS.

Andrew: WHEN YOU HEAR

THAT NEWS ANCHOR ALMOST IN

DISBELIEF SAYING THESE

PEOPLE ARE MADE OF A

DIFFERENT SUBSTANCE.

JESUS TOLD US TO BE SALT

AND LIGHT AND THAT THE

WORLD WOULD RECOGNIZE THAT

HE CHANGES US.

Terry: IT DOES GIVE

PAUSE AND CALL PEOPLE TO

THINK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING

ON.

GOD BLESS THE CHRISTIANS

WHO HAVE ENDURED THIS.

WE NEED TO BE PRAYING FOR

THEM AND FOR THEIR

FAMILIES.

> HERE IS SOMETHING THAT

HOPEFULLY IS A LIGHTER

NOTE THAT WILL BRING A

SMILE TO YOUR FACE.

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE

HEARD IT ALL --

Andrew: MAYBE IT

WON'T BE A SMILE.

Terry: JUST WHEN YOU

THINK YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL,

PEOPLE ARE NOW TYING THE

KNOT WITH THEMSELVES, AND

THERE IS A WORD FOR THIS,

SILOGAMY.

Andrew: SHE DESCRIBES

THIS NEW RELATIONSHIP

TREND AS WOMEN SAYING YES

TO THEMSELVES.

ERICA SAID SHE WAS TIRED

OF PEOPLE ASKING HER WHY

SHE WAS SINGLE.

AND THE CEREMONY WAS A WAY

TO SHOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY

THAT SHE DIDN'T NEED A

PARTNER.

SHE WAS ENOUGH.

Terry:

BUSINESS-MINDED PEOPLE ARE

LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE ON

WHAT HAS BECOME A GLOBAL

MOVEMENT.

COMPANIES LIKE "MARRY

YOURSELF," AND " I MARRY

ME.COM" AND IT INCLUDES A

RING AND VOWS.

THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTING

TO READ, HUH?

JUST SAYING.

Andrew: I'M NOT

SAYING.

I READ A COUPLE OF WEEKS

AGO THAT A WOMAN HAD

MARRIED A TRAIN STATION.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: FREE FARE,

JUST SAYING.

Andrew: SHE HAD

ACTUALLY MARRIED A TRAIN

STATION.

I DON'T KNOW.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: WELL, IT TURNS

OUT MANY MILLENNIALS FEEL

THEY HAVEN'T BEEN

ADEQUATELY PREPARED FOR

ADULTHOOD.

Andrew: AS WE WERE

SAYING.

Terry: AND SO TWO

WOMEN IN PORTLAND, MAINE,

STARTED AN ADULTING

SCHOOL.

Andrew: AND STUDENTS

ARE LEARNING HOW TO GIVE A

GOOD HANDSHAKE, HOW TO

TALK POLITELY ON THE

PHONE, AND HOW TO BALANCE

A CHECKBOOK, OR EVEN MORE

BASIC, WHAT IS A CHECK

ANYWAY?

Terry: YOU DON'T

THINK ABOUT THAT.

THIS SCHOOL IS MORE

POPULAR, MORE SCHOOLS LIKE

THIS ARE SURE TO POP UP

AROUND THE COUNTRY.

OTHER SKILLS THEY TEACH

INCLUDE MAKING EYE CONTACT

AND REPRESENTING YOURSELF

AT A JOB INTERVIEW.

Andrew: AND THEY HAVE

HOW-TO CLASSES, LIKE HOW

TO CHECK YOUR OIL, JUM JUMP

START YOUR BATTERY, HOW TO

SEW A BUTTON, BOIL AN

EGG -- IS THAT REALLY ONE,

BOIL AN EGG -- HOW TO FOLD

A FITTED SHEET, REMOVE A

STAIN FROM YOUR SHIRT OR

WASH A LOAD OF CLOTHES.

Terry: THOSE ARE ALL

HANDY THINGS TO KNOW.

LET ME SAY IN REGARD TO

BOILING THE EGG --

Andrew: WHAT COULD

YOU POSSIBLY HAVE TO SAY

ON THAT?

Terry: BECAUSE IF YOU

DO IT WRONG -- YOU KNOW

I'M TELLING THE TRUTH

HERE -- GET THE SHELL OFF

OF IT AND SHOW ME.

IT CAN BE ONE MICROSPOT.

Andrew: IT IS

ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING

BECAUSE MILLENNIALS GET A

BAD RAP FOR THE WORLD I'M

GROWING UP IN IS DIFFERENT

FROM THE OTHER

GENERATIONS, BUT THEY'RE

SAYING, NO, LET ME LEARN

THESE SKILLS.

Terry: BUT THE

MILLENNIALS HAVE GOOGLE,

WHICH WE DO NOT.

Andrew: HOW DO I

CHANGE THIS TIRE, HERE IS

A VIDEO, BOOM.

> SPEAKING OF TEACHING

MILLENNIALS, SCOTT FREEL

ISN'T SHY WHEN IT COMES TO

SHARING THE GOSPEL.

HE WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY

OF GEORGIA TO PREACH TO

COLLEGE STUDENTS.

Terry: WATCH HOW HE

RESPONDS TO ONE WOMEN WHO

ASKS HIM A QUESTION.

THINK ABOUT WHETHER OR

NOT WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU

IS TRUE OR NOT.

IT IS EITHER TRUE OR IT IS

FALSE.

BUT IT IS NOT JUST MY

BELIEFS.

IT IS ONE OR THE OTHER.

IS THAT FAIR?

UH-HUH.

DO YOU WANT TO SAY

ANYTHING BEFORE YOU SCOOT?

YEAH, DOES THAT MEAN I

CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT AND

I'M FORGIVEN?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

LET ME ANSWER IT IN TWO

STEPS.

NUMBER ONE, GOD WILL

FORGIVE ANY SINNER BECAUSE

JESUS IS DIVINE AND HIS

SACRIFICE CAN FORGIVE ANY

SIN.

IF YOU'RE SAYING, H'MMM, I

CAN GO ABOUT SINNING ALL I

WANT TO BECAUSE I'M

COVERED LIKE THAT, IT

WOULD BE LIKE A YOUNG MAN,

A BOY, WHO GOES OUT

CAMPING WITH HIS FATHER.

THEY SET UP CAMP ON THE

SHORE OF THE BEACH.

DAD SAYS, SON, WHATEVER

YOU DO, I'M GOING TO TAKE

A NAP.

DON'T GO INTO THAT BOAT

BECAUSE IT IS

ALLIGATOR-INFESTED WATER.

THE KID SAYS, OKAY, DAD.

DAD FALLS ASLEEP, AND THE

KID STARTS LOOKING AT THE

PADDLE BOAT, AND HE GOES

OUT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE

LAKE.

ALL OF A SUDDEN A BUNCH OF

ALLIGATORS START SWIRLING

AROUND.

HE GETS A LITTLE PANICKED.

HE TIPS OVER AND PASSES

OUT.

THE NEXT THING HE KNOWS IS

HE WAKES UP WITH HIS HEAD

ON THE SAND, LOOKING UP AT

THE SKY.

AND HE LOOKS OVER AND HIS

DAD HAS BEEN CLEARLY

MAULED BY ALLIGATORS.

HE IMMEDIATELY KNOWS, I

BLEW IT AND MY DAD JUMPED

IN TO RESCUE ME.

HE SAVED ME FROM THAT.

NOW IMAGINE IF THAT YOUNG

MAN THEN SAID, THANKS,

DAD, AND HE WENT BACK OUT

INTO THE BOAT AND DID IT

AGAIN.

YOU WOULD SAY, HE DOESN'T

DESERVE THE SACRIFICE OF

HIS FATHER.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

JESUS ACTUALLY DIED FOR

YOU IN A VERY NASTY,

HUMILIATING WAY, YOU DON'T

WHEN WE COME BACK.

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Andrew: TOBY MAC IS

ONE OF JUST A FEW

CHRISTIAN ARTISTS WHO HAS

TOPPED THE BILLBOARD 200

CHARTS.

AND HE HELPED JUMP-START

THE CAREERS OF OTHERS AS

WELL.

RECENTLY WE SPOKE WITH HIM

BACK STAGE AT ONE OF HIS

CONCERTS.

HE REVEALED AFTER 30 YEARS

IN THE INDUSTRY, HIS MUSIC

NOW CARRIES A BRAND NEW

MESSAGE.

TOBY MAC WAS JUST 19 WHEN

HE CAME ON THE CHRISTIAN

MUSIC SCENE WITH A HIP-HOP

ROCK TRIO.

MANY SONGS HE WROTE, LIKE

"JESUS FREAK," CAME ON THE

RADIO AND CROSSED OVER.

HE HAS SINCE BECOME A SOLO

ARTIST AND IS ON TOUR WITH

HIS SIXTH ALBUM, "THIS IS

NOT A TEST."

* THIS IS NOT, THIS IS NOT

A TEST *

I WANT TO BE AS

TRANSPARENT AS I CAN BE.

SOMETIMES I THINK PEOPLE

THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN

YOUR MUSIC IS COMING FROM

A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

THAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO

HAVE ALL OF THE ANSWERS

AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO

HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER.

I THINK THAT DAY IS LONG

BEHIND US.

I DON'T HAVE IT ALL

TOGETHER.

I DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE

ANSWERS.

I'M A RECOVERING

PERFECTIONIST.

I WANT THINGS TO BE RIGHT,

AND SOMETIMES I CAN DRIVE

PEOPLE AROUND ME CRAZY.

AND SOMETIMES IT GETS

BETTER, AND SOMETIMES IT

DOESN'T.

SO NOW I KIND OF HAVE A

COUPLE OF RULES THAT HELP

ME TO NOT BE A

PERFECTIONIST.

ONE IS, DOES THE SONG MAKE

YOU FEEL SOMETHING?

IF THE SONG MAKES YOU FEEL

SOMETHING, THEN IT IS

GOOD.

AND THE SECOND IS, DOES

THE SONG HAVE A UNIQUE

PERSPECTIVE?

* YOU LOVED ME ENOUGH TO

PURSUE ME *

IS THERE A UNIQUE LOOK

ON LOVE THIS TIME?

WILL PEOPLE LEAVE TALKING

ABOUT THAT SONG, TALKING

ABOUT THE CONCEPT?

*

*

* NOW I'M HOPELESSLY

DEVOTED *

Andrew: AFTER OVER 30

YEARS OF TOURING, AND

WORKING WITH ARTISTS LIKE

LE CRAE, HE HAS ALSO

LEARNED THE SIGNIFICANCE

OF COLLABORATION.

IT IS EASY FOR PEOPLE

TO OVERLOOK HOW MUCH OF A

GROUP EFFORT PUTTING OUT A

RECORD IS, OR WRITING A

SONG, CAN BE.

I NEED CO-WRITERS AND

CO-PRODUCERS, AND GUYS WHO

HELP US PUT OUR SHOW

TOGETHER, AND I DEFINITELY

NEED A STRONG WIFE, AND

I'M THANKFUL FOR HER.

I JUST FOUND I'M NOT A

ONE-MAN SHOW.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE

STRENGTHS THAT I DON'T

HAVE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

GIVE IT UP FOR HOLLY.

*

Andrew: AND WITH SIX

GRAMMYS AWARDS AND OVER

11 MILLION UNITS IN CAREER

SALES, IT IS OBVIOUSLY

WORKING.

I'M HONORED TO BE

SURROUNDED BY GUYS WHO

WILL TELL ME THE TRUTH

ABOUT MYSELF, THE GOOD,

THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.

AS THE LEADER OF AN

ORGANIZATION OR A BAND OR

A TOUR, YOU TOTALLY

SECLUDE YOURSELF AND STAY

AWAY FROM PEOPLE, OR YOU

CAN BE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES

AND LET THEM BE IN YOUR

LIVES.

AND THAT PATH IS HARDER.

IT'S WAY HARDER, BUT IT'S

RICHER.

Andrew: THERE IS NO

QUESTION TOBY IS

PASSIONATE.

IT IS A TRADE HE CREDITS

TO HIS FATHER, WHO DIED IN

2015.

MY DAD WAS A DRIVEN

MAN.

HE DEFINITELY TAUGHT ME TO

PUSH MYSELF TO BE THE BEST

I COULD BE.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON WHAT

YOU'RE TRYING TO PURSUE.

LOCK IN AND GO HARD.

THAT'S KIND OF HOW MY DAD

RAISED ME.

Andrew: WHILE LOSING

HIS DAD WAS HARD, IT WAS

THE THREE YEARS TOBY SPENT

TAKING CARE OF HIM THAT

CHANGED HIS LIFE.

IT'S TOUGH.

IT'S TOUGH TO WATCH.

JUST TO SEE A MAN THAT DID

EVERYTHING I NEEDED FOR

ME, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN

I'M MEETING HIS NEEDS.

I LEARNED REALLY WHAT LOVE

WAS THROUGH CARING FOR MY

DAD.

WHEN YOU'RE IN THE

TRENCHES ON BEHALF OF

SOMEONE ELSE, IT'S THE

DEEPEST LOVE.

I HAD NEVER REALLY BEEN

THERE.

I LOVE MY CHILDREN, I LOVE

MY WIFE, BUT THERE IS A

DEEPER LOVE WHEN YOU'RE

DOING EVERYTHING FOR

SOMEONE AND THEY CAN'T DO

IT FOR THEMSELVES.

Andrew: IN TRUE TOBY

MAC FASHION, THAT

EXPERIENCE INSPIRED THE

WORDS FOR HIS LATEST SONG,

"LOVE FEELS LIKE."

IT ALSO SHOWED TOBY WHAT

HIS LIFE AND MUSIC WAS

ABOUT ALL ALONG.

GOD MADE ME TO SERVE.

SERVING IS THE ULTIMATE

CALLING.

IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

THING WE CAN DO.

* THE GREATEST OF THESE IS

LOVE *

I ALWAYS VIEWED IT AS

GOD BREATHED SOMETHING

THROUGH ME TO SERVE

PEOPLE.

GOD BREATHED SOMETHING

THROUGH ME IN THE FORM OF

A SONG TO SERVE HUMAN

KIND.

THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT

MY JOB, IS THE VERY PEOPLE

THAT I INTENDED FOR THIS

SONG TO STRIKE, TO

RESONATE WITH THEM, WE'RE

SINGING THIS SONG

TOGETHER.

THAT IS SUCH A FULFILLING

MOMENT AS AN ARTIST.

AND THEN YOU USE THAT

MOMENT NOT TO BRING IT

INTO YOU BUT TO TURN IT

OVER TO THE KING.

THAT'S WHAT I LOVE TO DO.

Andrew: JUST WHEN YOU

HEAR TOBY MAC TALK ABOUT

THE FACT THAT HE DIDN'T

SAY THIS, BUT WE DO LIVE

OUR CHRISTIAN LIVES AND WE

THINK WE KNOW LOVE, WE

THINK WE KNOW GOD'S LOVE

AND HOW WE LOVE EACH

OTHER.

BUT AS TOBY EXPERIENCED,

THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR

LIVES, LIKE WHAT HAPPENED

WITH HIS FATHER, AND WE

LEARN A WHOLE NEW DEPTH OF

Terry: DAWN KNIGHTON

WAS A DRUG ATTACK FOR 26

YEARS.

TO FEED HER HABIT, SHE

SOLD HER BODY.

DAWN SANK TO THE LOWEST OF

THE LOW.

HOMELESS, SHE LIVED IN AN

ABANDONED BUILDING WITH NO

ELECTRICITY AND NO WATER.

THEN THROUGH THE KINDNESS

OF STRANGERS, DAWN FOUND

HER WAY OUT.

Reporter: AS A CHILD,

DAWN WAS THE GIRL WHO FELT

LIKE SHE NEVER FIT IN.

I ALWAYS WANTED PEOPLE

TO LIKE ME.

I THOUGHT THAT MY LOOKS

WERE THE ONLY THING THAT I

HAD GOING FOR ME.

I HAD VERY LOW SELF-WORTH,

VERY LOW SELF-ESTEEM.

Reporter: HER PARENTS

DIVORCED WHEN SHE WAS

YOUNG.

DAWN KNEW THAT THEY LOVED

HER, BUT WITH HER MOM

WORKING TWO JOBS, DAWN WAS

ON HER OWN MUCH OF THE

TIME.

THERE WAS AN ABSENCE OF

MOTIVATION AND AFFECTION.

I HAD A VOID INSIDE ME TO

FIT IN.

I BEGAN TO LOOK FOR THAT

AFFECTION AND THAT LOVE IN

ALL OF THE WRONG PLACES.

Reporter: DAWN

STARTED GETTING INTO

FIGHTS AND CHASING BOYS.

AT 14 SHE MET HER HIGH

SCHOOL SWEETHEART AND THEY

BEGAN USING AND SELLING

DRUGS.

TRYING TO PLEASE

PEOPLE, TRYING TO FIT IN,

WANTING PEOPLE TO LIKE ME.

I WAS FEELING LIKE I WAS

DIFFERENT, BUT WHEN I WAS

DOING DRUGS AND SELLING

DRUGS, PEOPLE LIKED ME AND

THEY WANTED TO BE AROUND

ME BECAUSE THEY WANTED

WHAT I HAD.

Reporter: AT 17 DAWN

MARRIED AND HAD A BABY.

THEN JUST TWO YEARS LATER,

HER HUSBAND WAS KILLED IN

A CAR ACCIDENT.

I WAS DEVASTATED.

I FELT LIKE THAT I HAD

LOST THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.

I WAS MAD AT GOD.

I WAS MAD AT THE WORLD.

AND MY LIFE BEGAN TO

SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL.

MY DRUG ADDICTION GOT A

LOT WORSE.

I JUST REALLY DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO HELP THE PAIN THAT

I WAS FEELING AT THE TIME.

Reporter: IN THE

YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, DAWN

WENT THROUGH SEVERAL

MARRIAGES.

SHE ALSO STARTED WORKING

IN STRIP CLUBS AND FOR

ESCORT SERVICES.

I WOULD LATCH ON TO

WHOEVER AND WHATEVER I

COULD, JUST TO MAKE ME

FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY CARED

ABOUT ME.

AND IT JUST LED ME TO HURT

AFTER HURT AFTER HURT.

JUST TIME AFTER TIME OF

GETTING IN CARS WITH MEN

THAT WOULD ABUSE ME AND

BEAT ME AND BREAK MY JAW,

BREAK MY NOSE.

I WAS SO HOPELESS.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, DAWN WAS IN AND

OUTOF JAIL, OFTEN HOMELESS,

AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A

FIX.

MY DRUG ADDICTION HAD

GOTTEN SO OUT OF CONTROL,

I COULDN'T GO 15 MINUTES

WITHOUT HAVING A NEEDLE IN

MY ARM OR SMOKING CRACK.

Reporter: SHE FELT

SHE WAS BEYOND EVEN GOD'S

HELP.

I HAD THOUGHT ALL

THROUGH MY LIFE THAT JESUS

WAS LIKE THIS ABRAHAM

LINCOLN GUY, SITTING IN

THIS BIG CHAIR WITH A LIST

OF THINGS I HAD DONE

WRONG.

I NEVER FELT LIKE I COULD

EVER MEASURE UP TO BE

SOMEBODY THAT GOD WOULD

LOVE.

Reporter: BUT THEN AT

40 YEARS OLD, AFTER 26

YEARS OF ADDICTION, SHE

REALIZED THAT GOD WAS THE

ONLY ONE WHO COULD HELP.

I WAS JUST CRYING OUT

TO GOD IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE NIGHT.

BEING IN A HOUSE WITH NO

ELECTRICITY AND WATER, AND

GOD PUT IT ON MY HEART TO

GO TO A CHURCH HERE IN

DAYTONA, AND THEY HAD A

HOMELESS OUTREACH, AND

THEY GAVE ME A SHOWER, GOT

ME CLEAN CLOTHES, THEY FED

ME BREAKFAST AND THEY DID

A BIBLE STUDY.

WHEN THE PASTOR PREACHED

HIS MESSAGE AND DID AN

ALTER CALL, I RAN TO THE

ALL WITH A CRACK PIPE IN

MY HAND.

AND I CRIED OUT TO GOD,

I'M SICK AND TIRED OF

LIVING THIS LIFE.

AND THE PASTOR'S WIFE CAME

DOWN AND SHE PRAYED OVER

ME.

I WENT BACK TO THE STREET,

BUT SOMETHING HAD CHANGED

IN ME.

AND I KNEW THERE WAS A

GLIMMER OF HOPE IN MY LIFE

THAT DAY, BUT I DIDN'T

KNOW HOW TO KEEP IT.

Reporter: TWO WEEKS

LATER DAWN WAS ARRESTED.

KICKING AND SCREAMING AS

SHE WAS TAKEN INTO JAIL,

SHE WAS PUT INTO A

STRAIGHTJACKET AND SENT TO

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

I KNEW I NEEDED JESUS

MORE THAN I HAD EVER

NEEDED HIM BEFORE IN MY

LIFE.

HE JUST POURED HIS LOVE IN

MY BROKEN PLACES.

AND I BEGAN TO SURRENDER.

I BEGAN TO SURRENDER MY

MIND, MY WILL, AND MY

EMOTIONS TO HIM.

I CRIED OUT AND I SAID,

EVERYTHING THAT I AM, AND

EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE,

I'LL GIVE TO YOU.

I SAW HIM AS A FATHER WITH

HIS ARMS OPEN WIDE.

AND HE WAS RUNNING TO ME.

AND AS HE HELD ME AND HE

CARESSED ME AND HE TOLD ME

HOW MUCH HE LOVED ME, AND

HE TOLD ME I WAS HIS

FAVORITE.

Reporter: WHEN DAWN

WAS RELEASED FROM SOLITARY

CONFINEMENT, SHE BEGAN TO

STUDY THE BIBLE.

AS SHE SERVED HER ONE-YEAR

PRISON SENTENCE, SHE GREW

IN HER FAITH AND NEVER

CRAVED DRUGS AGAIN.

WHEN HE GAVE ME A NEW

PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE, I

BEGAN TO HAVE MY EYES ON

HIM.

AND, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THAT

I HAD WORTH BECAUSE HE

LOVED ME.

Reporter: AFTER HER

RELEASE IN 2007, DAWN

ENROLLED IN BIBLE COLLEGE

AND WENT ON TO EARN HER

Ph.D.

SHE HAS REBUILT

RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALL OF

HER CHILDREN.

AS AN EVANGELIST AND

COUNSELLOR, SHE MINISTERS

TO WOMEN IN PRISON.

THEREFORE ANYONE IS IN

CHRIST, YOU ARE A NEW

CREATION.

OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED

AWAY AND ALL THINGS BECOME

NEW.

THAT CHANGED MY IDENTITY.

EVEN THOUGH I WAS ONCE A

PROSTITUTE, HE HAD WASHED

ME CLEAN.

MY WORTH NOW WAS FROM HIM.

Terry: ON THE DAY

THAT YOU FEEL THE MOST

WORTHLESS, THE LEAST

LOVABLE, INCAPABLE OF

HAVING ANYONE CARE ABOUT

YOU, GOD LOVES YOU AS MUCH

AS HE DID AS YOU WERE

BEING FORMED IN YOUR

MOTHER'S WOMB, AS WHEN

YOU'RE FOLLOWING ALL OF

THE RIGHT PATHS.

HIS LOVE NEVER CHANGES.

I LOVE WHEN SHE SAID, WHEN

I SAW HIM, HE WAS RUNNING

TO ME.

GOD IS ALWAYS RUNNING TO

US.

HE STANDS, HE WAITS, HE

RUNS, HIS ARMS ARE OPEN

WIDE.

AND THERE IS NOTHING WE

CAN DO TO EARN THAT.

IT IS SO HARD TO GRASP

THAT, ISN'T IT?

BECAUSE IN THE WORLD, NO

ONE WOULD LOVE US LIKE

THAT.

NO ONE IS CAPABLE OF

LOVING US LIKE THAT.

WE SAY SO GLIBBLY THAT GOD

IS LOVE, BUT WE DON'T EVEN

UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE

OF WHAT WE'RE SAYING.

GOD LOVES YOU.

HE LOVES YOU COMPLETELY

AND WHOLLY, AND WITHOUT

HOLDING BACK ANYTHING.

AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU

CAN DO TO EARN THAT OR TO

STOP THAT.

BUT YOU CAN RECEIVE IT.

YOU SEE, WE HAVE AN ENEMY

WHO PROWLS AROUND LIKE A

HUNGRY LION.

AND HE BEGINS BY TELLING

US LIES.

THE LIES STARTED IN DAWN'S

LIFE WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.

SHE DIDN'T FEEL WANTED.

SHE DIDN'T FEEL THAT THE

KIDS REALLY CARED ABOUT

HER.

SHE DIDN'T FEEL SHE HAD

ANYTHING TO OFFER.

AND WE START ACTING OUT OF

THAT.

WE START LIVING AS THOUGH

THAT'S WHO WE ARE.

WE GIVE UP OUR IDENTITY,

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,

JUST TO HAVE A LITTLE

ADMIRATION FROM THE WORLD,

WHEN THE TRUTH IS WE'VE

HAD ALL THAT WE NEED OR

COULD WANT ALL ALONG THE

WAY.

AND YET THE CREATOR OF THE

UNIVERSE WAITS.

ISN'T THAT ASTONISHING?

THAT THE ONE WHO CREATED

THE SUN AND THE MOON AND

FLUNG THE STARS INTO THE

HEAVEN WAITS FOR YOU AND

FOR ME, AND THEN COMES

RUNNING TOWARDS US,

SAYING, I'M OVER HERE.

I'VE BEEN HERE ALL ALONG.

LET ME HEAL YOU.

LET ME LOVE YOU.

LET ME CARESS YOU, LIKE

SHE FELT THE CARESS OF GOD

IN THAT PRISON CELL.

THAT CAN BE YOURS TODAY IF

YOU JUST SAY YES.

YOU JUST SAY YES.

I NEED YOU, GOD.

I DON'T WANT TO BE WITHOUT

YOU.

EVEN IF I COULD, I DON'T

WANT TO BE WITHOUT YOU.

I WANT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE

TO OFFER.

AND INVITE HIM INTO YOUR

LIFE.

LET HIM FORGIVE YOUR SIN.

LET HIM TOUCH YOUR HEART.

LET HIM CHANGE YOU FROM

THE INSIDE OUT.

> IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO

PRAY WITH SOMEONE ABOUT A

NEED IN YOUR LIFE, OUR

NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE:

1-800-700-7000.

GOD IS LOVE.

ANDREW?

Andrew: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM

ROMANS 5: 11: "SO NOW WE

CAN REJOICE IN OUR

WONDERFUL NEW RELATIONSHIP

WITH GOD BECAUSE OUR LORD

JESUS CHRIST HAS MADE US

FRIENDS OF GOD."

WHAT A GREAT SCRIPTURE FOR

THAT STORY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

FOR TERRY MEEUWSEN, I'M

ANDREW KNOX, FOR "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE'LL SEE

YOU NEXT TIME.

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