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700 Club Interactive - August 7, 2017

"Saving Moses" founder Sarah Bowling visits to discuss saving babies from countries with the world's highest mortality rates. Read Transcript


Gordon: THEY ARE

Gordon: THEY ARE

SILENT VICTIMS.

BABIES AROUND THE WORLD

ARE DYING FROM A

ABANDONMENT AND

MALNUTRITION.

SARAH BOWLING JOINS US TO

DISCUSS HOW HER

ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO SAVE

BABIES FROM COUNTRIES WITH

THE HIGHEST MORALITY RATE,

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

FROM A NATION WITH THE

HIGHEST POPULATION OF SEX

WORKERS TO ANOTHER TORN

APART BY 40 YEARS OF CIVIL

WAR.

Terry: SARAH BOWLING

IS AT WORK, TRYING TO MEET

THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO

NEED IT MOST.

HERE IS HER STORY.

Reporter: SARAH

BOWLING IS THE DAUGHTER OF

WORLD REKNOWED BIBLE

TEACHER MARILYN HICKY.

THEIR TELEVISION SHOW IS

BROADCAST IN 130

COUNTRIES.

SARAH IS ALSO THE FOUNDER

OF "SAVING MOSES," A

GLOBAL MISSIONS

ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO

REDUCING INFANT DEATHS.

"SAVING MOSES" PROVIDES

NUTRITION CLINICS IN

AFRICA, AND A FACILITY IN

ASIA, THAT ALLOWS YOUNG

CHILDREN TO STAY SAFE AND

OFF THE STREETS AT NIGHT.

Terry: JOINING US NOW

IS SARAH BOWLING.

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE

SHOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

Terry: YOUR MOM IS

SUCH A WELL-KNOWN BIBLE

TEACHER AND SPEAKER AND

AUTHOR.

YOU CO-HOST A PROGRAM

WITH.

WHAT IS THAT LIKE?

IT IS GOOD.

I MEAN, SHE KNOWS HER

BIBLE BETTER THAN ANYBODY.

Terry: YEAH.

BUT SHE IS ALSO REALLY

PERSONALABLE, KIND AND

COMPASSIONATE.

Terry: THOSE ARE ALL

HALLMARKS OF WHO SHE IS.

AND I KNOW SHE IS ON AN

INTERNATIONAL TRIP RIGHT

NOW --

YUP.

SHE JUST DID PAKISTAN THIS

WEEKEND.

AND SHE IS 85, SO SHE IS

THE ENERGIZER BUNNY.

Terry: WHERE DID YOUR

HEART FOR MISSIONS BEGIN?

PROBABLY WHEN I WAS

FIVE.

MY PARENTS STARTED TAKING

ME TRAVELLING

INTERNATIONALLY.

AND THEN I STARTED TO JUST

EXPERIENCE IT, AND I WENT

TO ORAL ROBERT'S

UNIVERSITY, AND DID MY

FIRST MISSIONS TRIP WHEN I

WAS 19, TO EASTERN EUROPE,

AND REALLY GOT A HEART FOR

CHINA.

WENT TO CHINA AND TOOK

SOME BIBLES IN THERE.

AND I STARTED TRAVELLING

AND WANTED TO BE A

MISSIONARY.

I THOUGHT I WOULD BE A

MISSIONARY TO EAST EUROPE

AND LOVED IT.

Terry: HOW DID YOU

WIND UP GOING TO ETHIOPIA?

BECAUSE THAT WAS THE

BEGINNING OF YOUR

ORGANIZATION.

MY MOM STARTED GOING TO

ETHIOPIA AT THAT TIME, AND

THAT WAS THE REAL FAMINE

TIME.

AND THE FIRST I WENT, WE

VISITED GONDOLA, AND WE

SAW THESE NEWBORNS THAT

WERE ABANDONED.

AND THIS ORPHANAGE TOOK

THEM IN OUT OF THE

GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART,

AND WHEN I VISITED THEM, I

WAS DONE.

I THOUGHT, BABIES.

Terry: PEOPLE THINK

IF A BABY IS ABANDONED OR

LEFT FROM DRUG USAGE, THAT

AN ORPHANAGE IS ALWAYS

AVAILABLE.

BUT THAT WASN'T WHAT YOU

EXPERIENCED?

NO.

MY EXPERIENCE IS THE OR

ORPHANAGES HAVE LIMITED

RESOURCES, AND THEY DON'T

OFTEN TAKE BABIES AND

TODDLERS BECAUSE THOSE

RESOURCES GET EATEN UP

REALLY FAST.

WHEREAS A FIVE-YEAR-OLD

DOESN'T TAKE NEAR THE

AMOUNT OF RESOURCES.

I UNDERSTAND WHY.

SO FOR ME, I'M PASSIONATE

ABOUT THAT.

MOSES WAS ABANDONED AT

THREE MONTHS OLD, SO THAT

IS A BIG DEAL.

Terry: GOD HAD BIG

PLANS FOR HIM.

TOTALLY.

Terry: AND HE DOES

FOR EVERY ONE OF US.

IF WE UNDERSTOOD WHAT WE

WERE MISSING WHEN WE DON'T

STEP UP TO THE PLATE, WE

MIGHT REALLY CHANGE THE

WAY WE FOCUS.

Reporter: EXACTLY.

MOSES, THE 10

COMMANDMENTS, SINAI, THE

TABERNACLE -- ALL OF THESE

THINGS -- I MEAN, THE BOOK

OF GENESIS CAME FROM

MOSES.

AND WHEN HE WAS THREE

MONTHS OLD, HIS LIFE WAS

HANGLY LITERALLY BY A

THREAD.

WHO KNOWS.

Terry: BUT HE WAS

SAVED.

THUS, "SAVING MOSES."

SO THIS IS A GREAT

MOTIVATION FOR YOU.

AND YOU FOUND DIFFERENT

NEEDS IN DIFFERENT PLACES.

TALK A LITTLE ABOUT ANGOLA

BECAUSE THAT IS SUCH A

STRIFE, WORN-TORN NATION.

THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST,

IF NOT THE TOP THREE

HIGHEST, INFANT MORALITY

RATES IN THE WHOLE WORLD,

AND IT IS DUE TO

MALNUTRITION, PRIMARILY.

THE MOMS WILL GET

PREGNANT, AND THEIR OWN

BODIES DON'T HAVE THE

NUTRIENTS --

Terry: TO PRODUCE

MILK.

YEAH.

SO THESE BABIES -- WE HAVE

SIX MALNUTRITION CLINICS

IN ANGOLA, AND WE HAVE A

MALNUTRITION FORMULA THAT

WE PROVIDE.

AND NOW WE'RE HELPING THE

MOMS STAY IN THE CLINICS,

SO THE MOMS WILL STAY AND

KEEP THEIR BABIES THROUGH

THE WHOLE SCHEME OF THE

EATING PROGRAM.

AND THE BABIES GO HOME AND

THEY SURVIVE.

THAT'S A POWERFUL

EXPERIENCE.

Terry: A BABY THAT

COMES THROUGH ONE OF YOUR

CENTERS, THE SURVIVAL RATE

IS --

80% TO 90%, BECAUSE OF

THE MALNUTRITION FORMULA.

WITHOUT THE FORMULA, 60%

TO 70% OF THOSE BABIES

DIE.

IT IS LIFE OR DEATH,

LEGITIMATELY.

Terry: AFGHANISTAN,

IN TODAY'S WORLD WITH ALL

THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH,

YOU DON'T EXACTLY HAVE

WARM AND FUZZY FEELINGS

ABOUT THAT, BUT YOU SEE A

DIFFERENT SIDE TO THAT?

AFGHANISTAN HAS THE

HIGHEST INFANT MORALITY

FOR OBVIOUS REASONS,

BECAUSE OF THE WAR AND

MEDICAL ACCESS IS JUST NOT

THERE.

AND IN THE RURAL

COMMUNITIES, WHICH IS

WHERE WE WORK, THAT'S

WHERE IT IS THE MOST

DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS.

Terry: AND ARE YOU

WELCOMED?

YES, WE ARE.

BECAUSE WE'RE JUST THERE

FOR BABIES.

WE DO INFANT

IMMUNIZATIONS.

WE TEACH HEALTHY, SAFE

BIRTHING PRACTICES.

IT IS JUST ABOUT BABIES.

IF YOU CAN'T HAVE A WARM

HEART ABOUT A BABY --

Terry: WHAT'S UP WITH

YOU?

EXACTLY.

THAT'S A PROBLEM.

WE NEED TO TALK THROUGH

THAT.

Terry: AND THEN YOU

ARE IN CAMBODIA WITH

UNIQUE WORK THERE, AND ONE

THAT PEOPLE MIGHT FIND

UNUSUAL FOR CERTAIN

INTERESTING AND MAYBE EVEN

A LITTLE SQUEAMISH THINGS.

TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE

DOING THERE?

WE DO NIGHT CARE IN

CAMBODIA.

WE TAKE CARE OF THE BABIES

OF PROSTITUTES WHILE THEY

WORK.

THESE PEOPLE ARE, LIKE,

YOU'RE FACILITATING

PROSTITUTION.

AND MY EXPERIENCE IS THESE

MOMS DON'T REALLY WANT TO

BE IN THAT INDUSTRY.

Terry: THEY WANT TO

FEED THEIR FAMILIES.

EXACTLY.

THEY'RE DOING THE MOST

DEPLORABLE WORK TO KEEP

THEIR BABIES ALIVE.

Terry: WHAT WOULD

HAPPEN IF YOU WEREN'T

THERE?

THOSE BABIES ARE ON THE

BED WITH MOM AS SHE IS

WORKING.

OR THEY'RE UNDER THE BED.

I MET ONE BOY WHO WAS LEFT

ABANDONED FOR 12 HOURS AT

A TIME BECAUSE HIS MOM HAD

NO CARE FOR HIM.

Terry: SO VULNERABLE.

I MET A LITTLE

2-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS SELLING

CONDOMS FOR HER MOM'S

CLIENTS.

SO WITHOUT NIGHT CARE --

WE HAVE FOUR NIGHT CARE

CENTERS IN CAMBODIA --

Terry: AND WHAT DO

YOU DO IN NIGHT CARE?

MOM WILL DROP HER BABY

OFF WITH US.

WE GIVE THEM A BATH

BECAUSE THEY'RE PRETTY

DIRTY.

WE WASH THEIR CLOTHES.

WE GIVE THEM DINNER.

WE TEACH THEM LITTLE

STUFF, ABCs, AND

WONDERFUL THINGS.

AND WE PUT THEM TO BED.

AND MOMS COLLECT THEM IN

THE MORNING WHEN THEY'RE

DONE WORKING.

Terry: WHAT I HEAR

YOU SAYING, SARAH, THROUGH

THE LOVING OF THEIR

CHILDREN, YOU'RE ABLE TO

REACH THE HEART OF THE

MOMS.

YOU BET.

TERRY, YOU KNOW THIS, THE

WAY TO OUR HEART --

Terry: THROUGH OUR

KIDS.

YOU WOULD DO ANYTHING

FOR YOUR KIDS.

YESTERDAY IS TOO LATE.

SO REACHING THE MOMS --

BECAUSE WE LOVE -- WE

GENUINELY LOVE THEIR

BABIES.

THE MOMS ARE, LIKE, WOW,

OH, MY GOODNESS.

AND CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU,

HELP YOU, WHATEVER.

Terry: AND SOMETIMES

EVEN TEACHING THE MOMS HOW

TO LOVE THEIR BABIES.

THANK YOU, SARAH, FOR WHAT

YOU DO.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT

SARAH'S WORK, "SAVING

MOSES," BY GOING TO

savingMoses.org.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU

TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

GORDON?

Gordon: COMING UP, HE

WAS $52,000 IN DEBT AND

HAD NO HOPE.

FIND OUT HOW HIS PRAYERS

WERE ANSWERED WHEN WE

RETURN.

Gordon: DON RICHARDS

IS A MATURITY HAIRSTYLIST,

AND HIS CLIENTS COME FROM

ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.

BUT JOHN STILL REMEMBERS

THE DAYS WHEN HE LOST HIS

FIRST SALON AND WAS SOON

$52,000 IN DEBT.

WITH NO RELIEF IN SIGHT,

HE PRAYED FOR A MIRACLE.

Reporter: JOHN

RICHARDS HAS BEEN A

HAIRSTYLIST FOR 50 YEARS.

IN THE 1970s, HE MADE A

COSTLY MISTAKE.

THE I.R.S. CLASSIFIED ALL

HIS STYLISTS AT EMPLOYEES,

AND DEMANDED ALL OF THE

BACK TAXES.

THE STYLISTS ALL LEFT.

THEY ALL WALKED OUT ON

ME.

I HAD THIS HUGE RENT.

AND THEY LEFT ME.

I WAS LEFT ALONE.

Reporter: JOHN LOST

HIS BUSINESS.

THAT'S WHEN HE STARTED

USING CREDIT CARDS TO PAY

HIS BILLS AND HOUSEHOLD

EXPENSES.

BY 2002, JOHN AND HIS

WIFE, LYNETTE, WERE

$52,000 IN DEBT.

AT THAT POINT, IT WAS

THE LOWEST WE HAD BEEN.

I ALWAYS KNEW GOD ALWAYS

TAKES CARE OF US.

I ALWAYS HAD THAT

ASSURANCE, BUT IT WAS

TOUGH.

Reporter: JOHN AND

LYNETTE HAD BEEN CBN

PARTNERS SINCE 1983.

AND THEY KEPT GIVING TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

LYNETTE WANTED TO MAKE

SURE WE KEPT TITHING.

WE HAVE TO HONOR GOD NO

MATTER WHAT.

IN 2002, I STARTED ASKING

GOD FOR A FINANCIAL

MIRACLE.

EVERY MORNING I PRAYED,

GOD, I NEED A MIRACLE.

GOD, I NEED A MIRACLE.

Reporter: ONE

AFTERNOON WHILE WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB," JOHN AND

LYNETTE JOINED PAT AND

GORDON AS THEY PRAYED.

PAT JUST GOT DOWN

PRAYING, AND NOTHING

HAPPENED.

AND THEN SOMETHING

INTERESTING HAPPENED.

THERE WAS FOUR SECONDS

LEFT OF THE PROGRAM, AND

GORDONED SAID, EXCUSE ME,

DAD --

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMEONE NAMED JOHN, WHO IS

PRAYING FOR A FINANCIAL

MIRACLE, AND GOD HAS HEARD

YOUR PRAYER AND HE IS

GOING TO GIVE YOU THAT.

I THOUGHT, WHAT?

BECAUSE THE SHOW WAS OVER.

GOD PROVED HIMSELF TIME

AND TIME AGAIN.

Reporter: JOHN WENT

BY HIS OLD SALON AND

NOTICED IT WAS STILL

EMPTY.

HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED HIS

FORMER LANDLORD.

HE CAME BACK WITH THIS

NUMBER OF LESS THAN A

THIRD OF WHAT I WAS PAYING

I SAID, CLIFF, CHECK THAT

OUT.

IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE

TRUE.

HE TOLD ME, THAT'S NOT

RIGHT.

IT IS $600 A MONTH.

I SAID, I'LL TAKE IT.

THE FIRST TWO YEARS, I

DOUBLED WHAT I HAD TOOK IN

THE YEAR BEFORE.

IN 2005, WE PAID OFF ALL

OF OUR DEBT.

IN 2006, MY BUSINESS

REALLY STARTED TAKING OFF.

ONE YEAR -- I BELIEVE IT

WAS 2007, I TOOK IN JUST

SHY OF $400,000 IN MY

BUSINESS.

Reporter: THEN IN

2008, THE STOCK MARKET

TOOK A DIVE.

MOST OF JOHN'S CLIENTS

MADE TOP DOLLAR FOR HAIR

EXTENSIONS, BUT WHEN THE

ECONOMY TANKED, MANY OF

THEM DISAPPEARED.

HE WAS FACING THE

POSSIBILITY OF LOSING HIS

SALON AGAIN.

WE NEED ANOTHER

MIRACLE.

SO WE PRAYED, AND WE

DECIDED TO JUMP TO

FOUNDER'S CLUB.

WE WERE, LIKE, LORD, YOUR

WORD SAYS TO GIVE.

AND THE MEASURE YOU GIVE

WILL BE THE MEASURE YOU'LL

BE RECEIVING.

SO WE DID THAT.

THE NEXT DAY WE JUMPED TO

FOUNDER'S CLUB.

MY BUSINESS STARTED DOING

BETTER.

AND SOMETHING AMAZING

HAPPENED IN 2012.

IT WAS FEBRUARY THAT THIS

GIRL SHOWED UP.

HER NAME IS BECKY.

AND SHE WANTED EXTENSIONS,

BUT NOBODY COULD DO HER

HAIR.

I'M ONE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO

CAN DO HAIR EXTENSIONS

AFTER CHEMO, ON ONE INCH

OF HAIR.

THIS IS SO GOD.

ONLY GOD COULD DO THIS.

I NEVER SAW THIS COMING.

Reporter: A LOCAL

NEWS STATION COVERED

BECKY'S TRANSFORMATION,

AND IT WAS POSTED ON

YouTube AND

Facebook.

AND THAT THING WENT

VIRAL.

I HAD PEOPLE COMING IN

FROM PERU, BELGIUM,

AUSTRALIA, THE

PHILIPPINES.

Reporter: JOHN IS

ALREADY BOOKING

APPOINTMENTS FOR NEXT

YEAR, AND HE AND LYNETTE

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE

MINISTRIES OF CBN.

IT IS NOT THAT GOD

NEEDS OUR MONEY.

IT IS BECAUSE WE'RE

OBEDIENT TO HIS WORD.

OUT OF SACRIFICE, GOOD

USES THAT.

WE ARE TO HELP OTHERS, AND

WE ARE TO GIVE SELFLESSLY,

AND IT IS A JOY TO GIVE.

IF YOU WANT TO GO ON A

RIDE OF A LIFETIME, GIVE.

I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT.

BUT IT IS GOD'S RULE: GIVE

AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN TO

YOU.

Gordon: GIVE AND IT

SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU.

WE CALL IT THE LAW OF

RESIPROCITY.

SO OFTEN WE SAY, I'LL GIVE

WHEN I HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.

BUT THE GENEROUS MAN GIVES

GENEROUSLY, AND HE STANDS

BY THAT AND LIVES BY THAT.

HOW DID GOD GIVE BACK?

HE GAVE BACK IN UNUSUAL

WAYS.

PART OF JOHN GIVING WAS HE

WAS GIVING TO CHEMO

PATIENTS.

AND HE WAS GIVING HOPE.

HE WAS GIVING A FUTURE.

HE WAS GIVING HIS LIVES

BACK.

IT IS THE VERY THING

YOU'RE USING TO BLESS

OTHER PEOPLE THAT GOD WILL

TURN AROUND AND IT WILL BE

SUCH A BLESSING TO YOU.

GOD IS AN AMAZING GOD.

YOU CAN TRUST HIS WORD.

AND WHEN JESUS SAYS TO

YOU, GIVE AND IT WILL BE

GIVEN UNTO YOU, AND HE

SAYS IT IS HEAPED UP,

PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN

TOGETHER AND RUNNING OVER,

FOR WITH THE MEASURE YOU

USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED

BACK TO YOU.

NOW, SOME OF YOU, YOU'VE

BEEN TIPPING GOD.

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ALL IN.

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN LIKE

JOHN, SAYING THROUGH THICK

AND THIN, I'M GOING TO BE

A TITHER.

AND THEN JOHN SAID, I'M

GOING TO GIVE EVEN MORE.

I'M GOING TO GIVE OVER AND

ABOVE THAT.

YOU SAW THE BLESSINGS THAT

HAPPENED.

HE GAVE OUT OF HIS NEED,

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD LOVES.

HE LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.

IF YOU WANT TO START DOING

THAT, GIVE US A CALL.

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

HOW MUCH IS IT?

$20 A MONTH, 65 CENTS A

DAY.

SOME OF YOU CAN JOIN AT A

HIGHER LEVEL.

WE'VE GOT "THE 700 CLUB"

GOLD AT $40 A MONTH.

WE'VE GOT THE THOUSAND

CLUB, WHICH BREAKS OUT TO

$84 A MONTH.

AT WHATEVER LEVEL GOD IS

SPEAKING TO YOU, DO IT

NOW.

PICK UP THE PHONE NOW AND

CALL.

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, SHE

LOVED A GOOD NOVEL, BUT

WHEN HER OWN STORY FACED A

CRISIS, SHE LONGED FOR A

RESOLUTION.

I CAME INTO A VERY DARK

PLACE.

MY FORMULA FOR LIFE PROVED

FAULTY.

Terry: FIND OUT IF

TESSA HAD A HAPPY ENDING,

WHEN WE RETURN.

Gordon: TESSA LOVES

TO READ.

HER FAVORITE STORIES OR

THE ROMANCE NOVELS FROM

CLASSIC LITERATURE.

SHE DREAMED THAT ONE DAY

HER PRINCE WOULD COME TO

SWEEP HER OFF HER FEET.

AND THEN ONE NIGHT TESSA

FOUND THE MAN SHE WAS

LOOKING FOR WHILE SHE WAS

ASLEEP.

I WAS BORN IN IRAN.

I WAS A VERY THOUGHTFUL,

SERIOUS CHILD.

I GREW UP BELIEVING THAT

ALL FAITHS WERE MORE OR

LESS THE SAME.

IT WAS A MANMADE THING; IT

ANSWERED OUR NEEDS.

AND I JUST WASN'T ONE OF

THOSE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED

IT.

I ADORED MY DAD.

I FELT MY DAD REALLY FELT

THE SAME ABOUT ME.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MY

DAD WAS A VERY BUSY MAN.

HE WASN'T HOME VERY OFTEN.

I KNEW HE LOVED ME.

THERE WAS NEVER A DOUBT IN

MY MIND.

BUT I WASN'T QUITE SURE

THAT I WAS ENOUGH.

AND SO I LEARNED TO

STRIVE, TO BE LOVABLE.

BY THE TIME I WAS A

TEENAGER, THERE WAS A

PROFOUND SENSE OF

LONELINESS THAT HAD

SETTLED IN MY HEART.

BECAUSE OF MY PARENTS

DIVORCE, MY MOM, MY

SISTER, AND I WENT TO

ENGLAND.

MY FATHER REMAINED IN

IRAN.

OUR COMMUNICATION WAS VERY

LIMITED.

WITH THE REVOLUTION AND

EVERYTHING, IT ALMOST

BECAME IMPOSSIBLE -- I

COULDN'T GO BACK.

AND SO THE WORLD CAME

BETWEEN US.

BUT MY HEART DIDN'T FULLY

UNDERSTAND THAT.

DIDN'T GRASP THAT.

WHAT I GRASPED WAS, MY

DADDY IS NOT HERE.

IF MY DADDY WANTED TO BE

HERE, HE WOULD MAKE A WAY.

SO I LOST MY FAMILY.

I LOST MY HOME.

I LOST MY LANGUAGE.

I MADE THIS VOW THAT I,

MYSELF, WOULD NEVER

DIVORCE BECAUSE I SAW THE

PRICE OF IT IN MY HEART.

I STARTED ATTENDING A

BOARDING SCHOOL FOR YOUNG

LADIES.

WE HAD TO ATTEND CHURCH.

THEY TOLD THOSE OF US WHO

WERE FROM A DIFFERENT

FAITH BACKGROUND, WE COULD

IS IT IN THE BALCONY AND

READ OUR OWN FAITH BOOKS.

I USED TO SNEAK ROMANCE

NOVELS UNDER MY UNIFORM.

THE HARLEQUIN AND ALSO THE

MORE LITERARY KIND, LIKE

THE JANE AUSTIN.

THAT ULTIMATE STORY ABOUT

A PERSON WHO IS REJECTED

FROM CHILDHOOD THROUGH NO

FAULT OF HER OWN, AND

SOMEONE ADMIRED BY

EVERYONE ELSE, SOMEONE

RECOGNIZED AS MIGHTY AND

GOOD, FINALLY LOOKS AT HER

AND SEES HER WORTH.

THAT WAS THE STORY MY

HEART WAS HUNGRY FOR.

IT WAS ALL RESPONDING TO

THIS NEED, TO THIS CORE

NEED, FOR SOMEONE TO SEE

ME EXACTLY AS I WAS AND

STILL LOVE ME AND

ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY

FIND ME WORTHY.

WORTHY OF PURSUIT.

WORTHY OF LOVE.

I MET A YOUNG MAN AND WE

FELL IN LOVE.

SOME 21-YEAR-OLDS ARE

QUITE MATURE.

THAT WASN'T US.

WITHIN A FEW YEARS YOU

COULD SEE THE CRACKS IN

OUR MATURITY REFLECTED IN

OUR MARRIAGE.

WHEN THAT MARRIAGE

ESSENTIALLY ENDED, I CAME

INTO A VERY DARK PLACE.

MY FORMULA FOR LIFE PROVED

FAULTY.

IF I WAS GOOD ENOUGH, IF I

WAS SMART ENOUGH, IF I

WORKED HARD ENOUGH, IF I

WAS ENOUGH, THEN I COULD

BE HAPPY.

AND THAT HADN'T WORKED.

I HAD A DREAM ABOUT JESUS

ONE NIGHT.

WHAT IS TRULY AMAZING

ABOUT THAT DREAM IS THE

ONLY TIME I WENT TO CHURCH

WAS THOSE YEARS WHEN I WAS

IN BOARDING SCHOOL.

I NEVER HEARD THE GOSPEL.

I NEVER READ THE BIBLE.

BUT THIS IS THE THING, I

KNEW HE WAS THE SON OF

GOD.

I KNEW IT ABSOLUTELY.

AND WHEN HE CAME CLOSER, I

LOOKED INTO HIS EYES, AND

IN THOSE EYES I SAW

SOMETHING I WILL NEVER SEE

IN THIS WORLD: THE MEASURE

OF LOVE THAT PUT HIM ON

THE CROSS, AND THE DEPTH

OF POWER.

THEY SHOWN THROUGH THOSE

EYES.

AND I ALMOST FELL ON MY

KNEES BECAUSE I COULDN'T

STAND ANYMORE.

AND HE JUST WENT LIKE THIS

TO ME, AND I KNEW WHAT HE

MEANT WAS, FOLLOW ME.

AND HE WASN'T JUST SAYING

FOLLOW ME A FEW STEPS.

HE WAS SAYING, FOLLOW ME.

I WOULD HAVE DONE

ANYTHING.

I WOKE UP FROM THE DREAM

NOT A CHRISTIAN.

I STILL DOESN'T REALLY

KNOW WHAT THE GOSPEL WAS.

JESUS HIMSELF HAD TOLD ME

THE GOSPEL.

BUT I WOKE UP WITH AN

UNSHAKEABLE PEACE.

VERY QUICKLY AFTER THAT,

THE LORD SURROUNDED ME

WITH CHRISTIANS.

THEY ALL INVITED ME TO

CHURCH.

THEY INVITED ME TO BIBLE

STUDY.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

MY LIFE, I BEGAN TO HEAR

THE GOSPEL, READ THE

BIBLE.

AND I THOUGHT, WHAT'S ALL

THIS?

GIVE ME A LIST OF DOs

AND DON'Ts THAT WILL FIX

MY LIFE.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS LOOKING

FOR.

SO I DIDN'T FULLY

UNDERSTOOD.

BUT THE PEOPLE AROUND ME I

UNDERSTOOD; THEY WERE

DIFFERENT.

THERE WAS AN OLD PRIEST,

AND HE CAME TO ME AND HE

SAID, WHEN ARE YOU GOING

TO COME TO CHRIST, TESSA?

ALL OF THE THOUGHTS IN MY

HEAD WERE SOME KIND OF

ANSWER TO JUST SWAT AWAY

THAT QUESTION.

SO I OPENED MY MOUTH TO DO

THAT VERY THING.

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAME

OUT OF MY MOUTH?

WHAT CAME OUT OF MY MOUTH

WAS: I ALREADY DID.

AND AS THE WORDS CAME OUT

OF MY MOUTH, I REALIZED I

DO BELIEVE.

HE ASKED ME TO FOLLOW HIM,

AND I DO WITH ALL OF MY

HEART.

GOD, HE IS SOMEONE GREATER

THAN OTHER MEN.

HE IS THE KING OF KINGS.

HE PURSUES US.

HE WAS THE ONE WHO SAW ME,

THIS FAULTY, AVERAGE,

FALLEN YOUNG GIRL, AND HE

SAT HIS AFFECTIONS ON ME.

MY WORTH ISN'T IN WHAT I

DO.

MY WORTH IS THAT JESUS

CALLED ME HIS BELOVED.

Gordon: AND THAT'S

YOUR WORTH, TOO.

YOU ARE WORTH WHAT HE PAID

FOR YOU.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT, THAT HE LOVES YOU SO

MUCH THAT HE WANTS TO BE

RECONCILED TO YOU, HE

WANTS TO EMBRACE YOU, HE

WANTS YOU TO -- YOU WANTS

TO CALL YOU HIS VERY

OWN -- WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT TO HIM YOU'RE WORTH

THE PRICE HE PAID -- WHEN

YOU FINALLY GET THAT

REVELATION, THEN

EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE.

IT'S THE GOODNESS OF GOD

THAT LEADS TO REPENTANCE.

IT IS NOT THE THREAT OF

PUNISHMENT.

IT IS NOT FEAR OF HELL.

IT IS NOT ANY OF THOSE

THINGS.

THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS THE

GOODNESS OF GOD.

THAT LEADS

TO REPENTANCE.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW

MUCH HE LOVES YOU, HOW

MUCH HE CHERISHES YOU, HOW

MUCH HE WANTS TO BE JUST

WITH YOU, THAT HE'S GOT A

PRIVATE TIME JUST FOR YOU.

HE KNOWS YOU BY NAME.

HE'S CALLED YOU.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY

YES.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU.

I WANT TO FOLLOW YOU.

LET TODAY BE THE DAY WHERE

YOU SAY, YES.

WHERE YOU MEET HIM.

WHERE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

LOVE.

WHERE YOU HAVE THAT

REVELATION OF HOW MUCH HE

LOVES YOU.

IF YOU WANT IT, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS ASK FOR IT.

SO BOW YOUR HEAD WITH ME.

LET'S PRAY A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER.

AND WHAT JESUS HAS DONE

FOR OTHERS, HE WILL DO FOR

YOU.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT,

JUST SAY HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I COME TO YOU AND,

JESUS, I WANT TO FOLLOW

YOU.

I WANT TO KNOW THE LOVE

THAT OTHERS HAVE

EXPERIENCED FROM YOU.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT FOR

MYSELF.

SO, JESUS, COME INTO MY

HEART, MAKE ME NEW, FOR I

ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED, CALL ME.

LET ME KNOW.

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I PRAYED.

I WANT JESUS IN MY HEART.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM MARK: "THE KING

WILL REPLY: TRULY I TELL

YOU, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR

ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE

BROTHERS AND SISTERS YOU

DID FOR ME."

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