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700 Club Interactive - August 22, 2017

See how Kyle Maynard, a man born without arms or legs, climbs the tallest mountain in Africa. Read Transcript


Andrew: A MAN WITH NO

ARMS OR LEGS SETS OUT ON A

MISSION, TO CLIMB THE

HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN

AFRICA.

SHE SAID, YOUR CRAZY.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN

GO AND DO KILIMANJARO.

AND I TOLD HER, I DON'T

KNOW, BUT WE'LL FIGURE IT

OUT.

Andrew: SEE HOW HE

DID JUST THAT.

> PLUS...FIND OUT HO TO

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF

STROKE, ALL ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

WHAT STARTED OUT AS A

REGULAR DAY BECAME A DAY

12-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIE

FLURRY WOULD NEVER FORGET.

SHE WAS REUNITED WITH HER

DAD, ARMY CAPTAIN JOSHUA

FLURRY.

THE ZOO HAD CAMERAS

ROLLING AND SHARED THE

HEART-WARMING MOMENT ON

TWITTER AND Facebook.

TAKE A LOOK.

*

PLEASE PUT YOUR HANDS

TOGETHER!

[APPLAUSE]

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERING]

Andrew: GOD BLESS THE

FLURRY FAMILY, AND THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR

SERVICE.

IT IS HARD TO WATCH THESE

VIDEOS WITHOUT GET

TEARY-EYED AS THOSE

CHILDREN RUN TO EMBRACE

MOM OR DAD.

IT IS PRECIOUS TO SEE

ALWAYS SEE THEE CHILDREN

TO RUN UP TO MOM AND DAD.

AND TO THINK WE HAVE A

DAD, AND THAT JESUS CHRIST

RUNS TO US.

HE RUNS TO US WHEN WE'RE

IN NEED, AND HE IS ALWAYS

THERE, ADVANCING TOWARDS

US WITH OPEN ARMS.

A UTAH MAYOR SPENT A NIGHT

IN A HOMELESS SHELTER AS

HE WAS DECIDING ON A NEW

HOMELESS SHELTER.

HE WENT UNDERCOVER OVER A

WEEKEND IN MARCH, AND HE

DESCRIBES NOT FEELING

SAFE, AND WITNESSING

VIOLENCE, DRUG USE, AND

HEARTBREAKING SCENES WITH

FAMILIES.

HE SAYS IT WAS EXHAUSTING

TRYING TO FIND FOOD AND A

BED, AND SHARED IT WAS A

FACT-FINDING MISSION AND

NOT A PUBLICITY STUNT.

SAYING THE FOLLOWING: "SEE

WHAT I SAW WAS SHOCKING.

I CAME AWAY FROM THIS

EXPERIENCE KNOWING WE HAD

TO GO FORWARD, WE HAD TO

CHANGE THE SYSTEM.

EVEN IF IT IS THE END OF

ME POLITICALLY.

IT IS ABOUT DOING THE

RIGHT THING FOR PEOPLE WHO

ARE IN CRISIS.

IF I HAVE A PAY A PERSONAL

PRICE FOR MOVING THIS

FORWARD, IT IS A PRICE I'M

WILLING TO PAY."

IT TOOK MANY, MANY MONTHS

FOR PEOPLE TO FIND OUT,

AND HE IS MAKING A REAL

DIFFERENCE IN HIS

COMMUNITY.

BRAVO.

HE SPENT DONATIONS TO

COVER HIS EXPENSES.

> THE MUSEUM OF THE

BIBLE IS OPENING THREE

BLOCKS FROM THE U.S.

CAPITAL.

THEY WILL SUGGEST A $15

DONATION.

AND IT WILL OFFER GUESTS

THE ABILITY TO RESERVE

TIME AND FREE TICKETS.

OUR MISSION IS TO INVITE

ALL PEOPLE TO ENGAGE WITH

THE BIBLE.

THE 430,000 SQUARE FOOT

MUSEUM WILL HAVE EIGHT

FLOORS OF ARTIFACTS, A

RESTAURANT, GARDEN,

PERFORMING ARTS THEATER,

AND A GRAND BALLROOM.

IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS

A MUST-SEE MUSEUM AND ONE

OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED

AND BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED

MUSEUMS OPENING IN 2017.

IT CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE

IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH A

TRIP.

> UP NEXT, INFORMATION

THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

EVERY 40 SECONDS SOMEONE

HAS A STROKE.

THERE IS ALMOST TWO

MILLION BRAIN CELLS DOING

EVERY MINUTE WHILE THAT

BLOOD FLOW IS CUT OFF.

Andrew: THERE IS SOME

GOOD NEWS: 80% OF STROKES

ARE PREVENTABLE.

FIND OUT HOW AFTER THIS.

Andrew: SUDDEN

NUMBNESS ARE WEAKNESS,

CONFUSION, TROUBLE SEEING,

AND SEVERE HEADACHE.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF

THESE SYMPTOMS, YOU NEED

TO ACT FAST.

QUICK ACTION CAN MEAN THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE

AND DEATH.

TAKE A LOOK.

Gordon: IN THE NEXT

40 SECONDS, SOMEONE IN THE

UNITED STATES WILL BE

ATTACKED BY OUR NATION'S

FIFTH LEADING CAUSE OF

DEATH.

IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO

WATCH THIS SEGMENT,

SOMEONE WILL LOSE THEIR

LIFE TO A STROKE.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO

KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

FROM THIS DEVASTATING

KILLER.

WHEN U OUR PATIENTS COME

IN, THEIR CRITICALLY ILL.

A MAJOR FUNCTION OF THEIR

BRAIN IS NOT FUNCTIONING

PROPERLY.

Gordon: HIERAT THIS HERE AT THIS

STROKE CENTER THAT THE

DOCTORS WORK TO HELP THE

PATIENTS SUFFERING THE

EFFECTS OF STROKE.

USING STATE OF THE ART

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, THEY

CAN QUICKLY PINPOINT THE

AREAS OF THE BRAIN THAT

HAVE BEEN AFFECTED AND

TAKE ACTION.

IT IS A SITUATION WHERE

EVERY SECOND COUNTS.

WHEN A BLOOD CLOT GOES

UP INTO THE BRAIN INSIDE

THE ARTERY AND CUTTING OFF

BLOOD FLOW, THERE IS NOT

ENOUGH OXYGEN AND

NUTRIENTS TO THE BRAIN.

THERE IS ALMOST TWO

MILLION BRAIN CELLS DYING

EVERY MINUTE WHILE THAT

BLOOD FLOW IS CUT OFF.

Gordon: JUST LIKE A

HEART ATTACK, A STROKE CAN

STRIKE ANYONE AT ANY TIME.

AND JUST AS IN A HEART

ATTACK, THE LACK OF BLOOD

FLOW DAMAGES THE BRAIN.

THERE ARE TWO BASIC

TYPES OF STROKE.

THE FIRST IS WHERE A BLOOD

CLOT ENDS UP INSIDE AN

ARTERY AND CLOGS IT IS UP

AND CAUSES LOW BLOOD FLOW

TO THE BRAIN.

THE SECOND, A LITTLE LESS

COMMON, IS WHERE A VEIN

HAS AN ARTERY OR VEIN THAT

BLEEDS AND CAUSES PRESSURE

ON THE BRAIN.

Gordon: KNOWING THE

WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE

AND ACTING QUICKLY ARE THE

KEYS TO PROTECTING

YOURSELF OF THOSE YOU

LOVE.

IF A STROKE IS SUSPECTED,

REMEMBER, BE FAST.

AT FIRST IS BALANCE.

THE PERSON MAY BE UNSTEADY

IN THEIR WALKING.

THE SECOND IS EITHER EYES.

AND THEY MAY HAVE A

WEAKNESS ON ONE SIDE OF

THE FACE OR THE OTHER.

THE NEXT IS AN ARM

WEAKNESS.

AND THE NEXT ONE IS SLUR

SLURRING OF THEIR SPEECH.

Gordon: CALL 9-1-1

IMMEDIATELY IF YOU OR

ANYONE YOU KNOW IS

EXPERIENCING ANY OF THOSE

SYMPTOMS.

THE AMBULANCE WILL RUSH

THE STROKE TO THE NEAREST

CENTER.

AND SCANS WILL BE

PERFORMED TO DECIDE IF A

STROKE HAPPENED AND WHAT

TREATMENT IS NEEDED.

THAT ALLOWS US TO START

GETTING THE INTRAVENOUS

MEDICINES TO TRY TO BREAK

UP THAT CLOT GOING EVEN

FASTER, AND WE START

LOOKING FOR WHICH ARTERY

AND VEIN CAUSED THE

PROBLEM.

WE CAN IMMEDIATELY GO UP

INSIDE THE ARTERY AND TRY

TO REMOVE CLOTS THAT ARE

BLOCKING IT.

AND WE CAN TRY TO SEAL IT

OFF IF IT IS CAUSING

BLEEDING INTO THE BRAIN.

Gordon: WHAT IF YOU

COULD PRESS THE REWIND

BUTTON BEFORE A STROKE HAS

HAPPENED?

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL

STROKE ASSOCIATION, UP TO

80% OF ALL STROKES ARE

PREVENTABLE.

PROTECTING YOURSELF STARTS

WITH GETTING THE FACTS.

THE RISK FACTORS FOR

STROKE INCREASE WITH

ADVANCING AGE, USUALLY DUE

TO THINGS LIKE

LONG-STANDING HIGH BLOOD

PRESSURE, HYPERTENSION,

DIABETES WITH HIGH BLOOD

SUGARS, HIGH CHOLESTEROL,

AND THINGS THAT ARE

UNTREATED, AND LONG-TERM

SMOKING.

THE LONGER THAT GOES, THE

MORE INJURY THERE ARE TO

THE BLOOD VESSELS.

Gordon: GETTING YOUR

BLOOD PRESSURE UNDER

CONTROL IS YOUR FIRST LINE

OF DEFENSE.

WHAT IS ONE OF THE BEST

WAYS TO DO THAT THIS?

LOSE WEIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN

HEART ASSOCIATION, LOSING

AS LITTLE AS 10 POUNDS CAN

HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD

PRESSURE, NEARLY AS MUCH

AS THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE

BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION.

AND IT WILL ALSO LOWER

YOUR RISK OF TYPE 2

DIABETES.

PEOPLE WHO ARE DIABETIC

ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR

STROKE, HEART DISEASE, AND

ALZHEIMER'S.

HERE IS ONE SIMPLE WAY TO

LOSE WEIGHT: DRINK WATER.

A STUDY IN THE U.K. FOUND

THAT ADULTS WHO DRANK

16 OUNCES OF WATER 30

MINUTES BEFORE MEALS WERE

ABLE TO DROP NINE POUNDS

OVER 12 WEEKS.

GO FOR A WALK.

WALKING EVERY DAY CAN HELP

YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND LOWER

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.

WALKING WITH A FRIEND CAN

HELP YOU BUILD AN

ENJOYABLE HABIT.

AND PARTNER WITH YOUR

DOCTOR.

BE SURE TO ASK QUESTIONS

DURING YOUR NEXT OFFICE

VISIT.

REMEMBER YOU ARE THE

BIGGESTED ADVOCATBIGGEST ADVOCATE FOR YOUR

HEALTH.

IF YOU HAVE ANY

HEART-RELATED ISSUES, TALK

ABOUT IT.

UNTREATED HEART CONDITIONS

SETS THE STAGE FOR STROKE.

ONE OF THE OTHER RISK

FACTORS FOR ESCHEMIC

STROKE IS AN IRREGULAR

HEARTBEAT.

LITTLE CLOTS CAN FORM AND

GO UP AND LODGE IN THE

BRAIN, CUTTING OFF BLOOD

FLOW.

Gordon: DON'T

DISREGARD IMPORTANT

WARNING SIGNS.

IF YOU NOTICE A SUDDEN

HEADACHE OR BECOME

LIGHT-HEADED, OR YOUR

VISION IS BLURRED OR YOU

HAVE TROUBLE SPEAKING,

EVEN IF IT GOES AWAY,

DON'T IGNORE IT.

YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING

A MINI STROKE OR A T.I. A.

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AS

STROKE AT THE ONSET.

IT IS JUST THAT THEY GET

BETTER VERY QUICKLY.

SO WE TREAT THEM

IDENTICALLY.

AND A T.I.A.IS A STROKE

THAT CAN BE PREVENTED IN

THE FUTURE.

PREVENTING THAT BRAIN

INJURY IS SO MUCH BETTER

THAN TRYING TO TREAT THE

STROKE ONCE IT OCCURS.

Gordon: PREVENTING A

STROKE IS POSSIBLE.

FIND OUT YOUR RISK FACTORS

AND START MAKING NECESSARY

CHANGES.

THE BIBLE SAYS A HEART AT

PEACE GIVES LIFE TO THE

BODY.

GOD LOVES YOU AND CARES

ABOUT EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR

LIFE.

ASK HIM TO HELP YOU AS YOU

PRACTICE NEW, HEALTHY

HABITS.

HE DELIGHTS TO DO GOOD

THINGS FOR HIS CHILDREN.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Andrew: WELL, THAT

STORY CERTAINLY HITS CLOSE

TO HOME FOR ME.

MY FATHER HA HAD A STROKE,

AND HE NEVER CAME BACK

FROM IT.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

INFORMATION.

WATCH "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" THROUGHOUT

THIS WEEK, AND EXPERTS

WILL TELL YOU HOW YOU CAN

DISCOVER THE SECRET TO A

YOUNGER BRAIN AND HOW TO

CHANGE DANGEROUS HABITS

THAT THREATEN YOUR HEALTH.

YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO LIVE

SMARTER AND STAY MENTALLY

SHARP.

OR YOU CAN ORDER OUR

D.V.D., WHICH HAS ALL FIVE

PARTS OF THIS SERIES, AND

IT IS COMPLETELY FREE.

LOG ON TO cbn.com.OR

CALL 1-800-700-7000.

JUST TELL THE PERSON WHO

ANSWERS THE PHONE, YOU

WANT THAT D.V.D. "PROTECT

YOUR BRAIN."

> STILL AHEAD, A MAN

BORN WITHOUT ARMS OR LEGS

DEFEATS THE ODDS.

WE'RE SO QUICK TO

DISMISS THE FACT THAT

WE'RE ABLE TO DO THESE

AMAZING THINGS.

I'M GOING TO CLIMB MOUNT

KILIMANJARO.

Andrew: LET'S SEE HOW

HE DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

STAY WITH US.

Andrew: WE HAVE AN

AMAZING STORY TO SHARE

WITH YOU NOW.

KYLE MAYNARD IS A MAN WHO

LIVES BY THE MOTTO, "NO

EXCUSES."

HE LIVES WITH NO ARMS AND

NO LEGS, BUT HE IS NOT ONE

TO EVER BACK DOWN.

Reporter: KYLE

MAYNARD IS TOUGH, REAL

TOUGH.

HE IS A CHAMPION WRESTLER,

HE CAN BENCH 420 POUNDS,

AND EVERY DAY HE CONQUERS

THE IMPOSSIBLE.

EMERSON SAID, DO NOT GO

WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD.

GO KNEED WHERE THERGO KNEEDGO INSTEAD WHER E THERE IS

NO PANEL AN PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL.

> MY PARENTS, THEY HAD A

NORMAL PREGNANCY.

THEY WENT AND SAW THE

ULTRASOUND, AND THE DOCTOR

SAW THERE WAS NOTHING

REALLY OUT OF THE

ORDINARY.

SO THEY HAD NO IDEA THAT

ANYTHING WAS GOING TO

HAPPEN, THAT I WAS GOING

TO BE BORN DIFFERENT,

UNTIL I WAS.

Reporter: NORMALLY

CONGENITAL AMPUTATION

AFFECTS ONLY A FINGER OR A

TOE.

IN THIS CASE, KYLE WAS

LEFT WITH NO LIMBS.

HIS PARENTS WERE LEFT WITH

QUESTIONS ON HOW TO RAISE

THEIR CHILD.

WHAT REALLY BLOWS ME

AWAY ARE THE DECISIONS MY

MOM AND DAD MADE.

THEY HAD TO MAKE THEM WHEN

THEY WERE SUPER YOUNG.

MY MOM WAS THE NURTURING

STUFF AND DIDN'T WANT TO

SEE ME STRUGGLE.

MY DAD REALIZED BY HELPING

ME DO EVERYTHING WASN'T

MAYBE THE BEST SOLUTION TO

THE PROBLEM.

SAYING, LIKE, IN LEARNING

HOW TO EAT.

HE WILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT

HOW TO EAT ON HIS OWN OR

STARVE.

Reporter: AS YOU CAN

IMAGINE, IT WASN'T EASY.

BUT KYLE LEARNED THE

BASICS.

AND SOON HE WASN'T JUST

ABLE TO DO THE THINGS

OTHERS COULD DO, HE WAS

DOING THEM BETTER.

MY MOM TELLS THE STORY

ABOUT WHEN I GOT IN THE

CLOSET AND RIPPED ALL OF

THE CLOTHES OFF THE RACK.

SHE WAS PARTIALLY A LITTLE

TICKED OFF AT ME, AND

PARTIALLY, WOW, THIS IS

COOL THAT YOU DID THAT.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

HE REACHED MIDDLE SCHOOL,

KYLE WANTED TO TAKE IT UP

A NOTCH.

ONE DAY HE TOLD HIS MOM HE

WANTED TO GO OUT FOR THE

FOOTBALL TEAM.

HIS MOM CALLED THE COACH,

AND THE COACH SAID SURE.

I REMEMBER THE VERY

FIRST FOOTBALL GAME I

PLAYED IN, ONE OF THE

FIRST PLAYS THAT THEY RAN

WAS COMING RIGHT UP THE

MIDDLE.

AND I REMEMBER THAT

MOMENT.

AND MY WAY OF TACKLING

PEOPLE WAS TAKING MY

HELMET AND SMASHING IT

INTO THEIR LEGS AS HARD AS

I COULD.

IN THAT MOMENT, I HAD

FOUND AN 11-YEAR-OLD'S

VERSION OF A PURPOSE IN

LIFE.

Reporter: AT THE

TIME, KYLE WAS JUST A

FIFTH GRADE KID WHO HAD TO

WORK TWICE AS HARD TO GET

HALF AS FAR.

HIS PARENTS, WHO WERE

CHRISTIANS, HAD ASSURED

HIM THAT THERE WAS A GRAND

PLAN FOR HIS LIFE.

NOW KYLE UNDERSTOOD.

HIS GOAL: SEE THE

IMPOSSIBLE, BEAT THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

AND I DEFINITELY, YOU

KNOW, WAS AT A PRETTY BIG

DEPTH OF DISPAIR AT 10

YEARS OLD, AND HAD A LOT

OF FEAR OF WHAT THE FUTURE

WAS GOING TO BE.

I WAS DEFINITELY AT THE

POINT WHERE I LOST A LOT

OF HOPE, AND DIDN'T SEE

REASON EVEN TO GO ON.

I REALLY THINK MAKING MY

FIRST TACKLE IN FOOTBALL

MIGHT HAVE BEEN WHAT

NEARLY SAVED MY LIFE.

Reporter: THAT MOMENT

FUELED A COMPETITIVE

NATURE INSIDE KYLE.

SO AFTER FOOTBALL, HE TOOK

UP WRESTLING.

SOON HE WAS WINNING

MATCHES.

AND IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE

THE NO--LEGGED MAN BECAME

A MEDIA SENSATION.

HE WROTE A BOOK CALLED "NO

EXCUSES."

AND HE ALSO BECAME A

POPULAR MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKER WHO MAKES DOZENS

OF TV APPEARANCES.

HE IS ONE OF THE MOST

INSPIRING YOUNG MEN YOU

WILL EVER HEAR ABOUT.

Pat: HE IS STRONG,

TOO, I MIGHT ADD.

Reporter: KYLE

MAYNARD IS TOUGH.

HE HAS TO BE.

HE HAS NO ARMS OR LEGS,

BUT HE MAKES UP FOR THAT

WITH AN INDOMITABLE

SPIRIT, ONE BUOYED BY

FAITH IN CHRIST.

PART OF CHRIST'S

MESSAGE WAS TEACHING US SO

WE CAN GO DO WAY MORE THAN

THAN WE THINK WE CAN.

WE CAN TELL A MOUNTAIN TO

MOVE FROM HERE TO HERE,

AND WE CAN DO IT.

WHAT IF THAT'S THE LITERAL

TRUTH, AND WE'RE JUST SORT

OF, LIKE, JUST BEING SAFE.

WE'RE SO QUICK TO DISMISS

THE FACT THAT WE CAN GO

AND DO THESE AMAZING

THINGS.

BEING CONNECTED TO

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN

OURSELVES IS THE ONLY WAY

TO REACH THAT.

Reporter: YOU HAVE

YOUR HERO, WHO FACES THE

GREAT OBSTACLE, OVERCOMES

IT, AND LIVES HAPPILY EVER

AFTER.

BUT IN KYLE'S CASE, THIS

IS WHERE HIS STORY REALLY

BEGINS.

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, KYLE

WENT ON THE SPEAKING

CIRCUIT.

BEFORE LONG, KYLE

CONSIDERED DOING SOMETHING

HE HAD NEVER REALLY DONE

BEFORE: QUIT.

I PUT ON 25, 30 POUNDS

IN LIKE A THREE OR FOUR

MONTH BOOK TOUR.

PEOPLE WOULD TELL ME AFTER

MY SPEECH THAT MY STORY

WAS INSPIRING, AND I KNOW

THEIR INTENT WAS IT WOULD

MAKE ME FEEL GOOD, BUT A

LOT OF TIMES IT DIDN'T.

A LOT OF TIMES IT JUST

MADE ME FEEL DIFFERENT.

Reporter: DURING THIS

TIME KYLE CAME UP WITH A

NICKNAME FOR HIMSELF: THE

DEPRESSED MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKER.

I WAS ALONE.

I WAS 19 YEARS OLD, 20

YEARS OLD, AND SPEAKING TO

PRESIDENTS OF FORTUNE 500

COMPANIES, AND I THOUGHT,

WHO AM I TO SPEAK TO YOU.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I WAS

LIVING THE MESSAGE I WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

Reporter: AND THEN A

TURNING POINT.

A CHANCE MEETING AT AN

AIRPORT WITH TWO SOLDIERS

WHO SAID THEY SAW KYLE ON

TV AND WERE INSPIRED BY

HIS LIFE.

I THINK THAT MADE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE, IN

LEARNING TO ACCEPT THAT

AND EMBRACE THAT.

AND ANYTHING THAT I DO,

PUT MY BEST INTO IT.

I'M COMPETITIVE.

THAT WAS A BIG

GAME-CHANGER FOR ME.

Reporter: IN 2011,

KYLE MET A GOLD-STAR

MOTHER.

HER SON, CORY JOHNSON, HAD

BEEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

EARLIER THAT YEAR.

SHE TOLD KYLE THAT HER SON

HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO

TRAVEL AND SEE MOUNT

KILIMANJARO.

AND SOON KYLE HAD A NEW

CHALLENGE.

I TOLD MY FRIEND THAT

NIGHT, I'M GOING TO CLIMB

MOUNT KILIMANJARO.

AND SHE WAS, LIKE, YOU'RE

CRAZY.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'RE

GOING TO GO AND DO

KILIMANJARO?

AND I TOLD HER, I DON'T

KNOW, BUT WE'LL FIGURE IT

OUT.

Reporter: KILIMANJARO

HAS BEEN CALLED THE HOUSE

OF GOD.

IT'S SO HIGH THAT CLIMBERS

WILL PASS THROUGH FIVE

ECOLOGICAL EXPWOAN ZONES BEFORE

GETTING TO THE SUMMIT.

IT IS -15 AT THE TOP.

IT IS A TAXING CLIMB FOR

ANYONE, BUT KYLE WOULDN'T

BACK DOWN.

I'VE GOT SOME REALLY

AMAZING PEOPLE IN MY LIFE

THAT I'M BEEN SO FORTUNATE

TO HAVE.

INSTEAD OF THEM TELLING ME

YOU'RE CRAZY, YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO DO IT, MOST OF

THEM ARE, LIKE, WOW,

THAT'S COOL, HOW CAN I

HELP?

I HAVE FRIENDS WHO DUCT

TAPED TOWELS ON TO MY

BODY.

WE HAD TO COME UP WITH A

WHOLE NEW SYSTEM.

Reporter: THERE ARE

RISKS TO THE CLIMB.

THE HIGHER YOU GO, THE

LESS OXYGEN THERE IS TO

BREATHE.

THE COLDER IT GETS, THE

GREATER THE RISK FOR

FROSTBITE.

KYLE WAS GOING TO DEAL

WITH THIS FOR 3 30 MILES,

CRAWLING EVERY INCH OF THE

WAY.

NOBODY REALLY TOLD ME I

SHOULDN'T BEAR CRAWL ON MY

ELBOWS AND KNEES.

THERE IS THIS MOMENT OF

INTENSE SUFFERING.

AND WHY AM I HERE?

WHY DID I DO THIS?

AND THEN THERE ARE MOMENTS

WHERE IT'S, LIKE, WOW,

THIS IS REALLY COOL.

Reporter: AFTER A

GRUELING JOURNEY, KYLE WAS

NEAR THE TOP.

THE IMPORTANT THING WASN'T

HOW CLOSE HE WAS TO THE

SUMMIT, IT WAS HOW FAR HE

HAD ALREADY COME.

I'M SITTING ON ICE AND

I'M LOOKING BACK, AND I

COULD SEE THE ENTIRE TRAIL

I JUST CAME UP.

IT WENT ON AND ON AND ON,

OUT OF SIGHT.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WOW, WE

REALLY WENT THAT FAR.

IT WAS AMAZING.

Reporter: HEMMINGWAY

ONCE WROTE, ALL HE COULD

SEE, AS WIDE AS THE WORLD,

WAS THE SQUARE TOP OF

KILIMANJARO, AND THEN HE

KNEW THAT THERE WAS WHERE

HE WAS GOING.

KYLE MAYNARD WAS THERE,

19,000 FEET IN THE AIR,

THE FIRST QUADRUPLE

AMPUTEE TO SUMMIT THE

MOUNTAIN.

AND ONCE AGAIN, HE BEAT

THE IMPOSSIBLE.

I HELD IT TOGETHER AT

THE TOP UNTIL I CALLED MY

MOM.

AND SHE STARTED CRYING.

AND I JUST BROKE.

AND I STARTED CRYING AFTER

THAT, TOO.

AND A COUPLE MOMENTS AFTER

THAT, I GOT TO PAY TRIBUTE

TO A FALLEN SOLDIER.

AND IN THOSE REALLY TOUGH

MOMENTS WHEN I WAS FEELING

SORRY FOR MYSELF AND READY

TO QUIT, A LOT OF IT WAS

THINKING, MAN, HE WILL

NEVER GET A CHANCE TO BE

HERE AND CLIMB THIS

MOUNTAIN.

IT KEPT ME GOING.

IT WAS THE GREATEST HONOR

IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: KYLE

RETURNED HOME AND EARNED

AN ESPE AWAR ESPY AWARDS FOR HIS

EFFORTS.

AND NOW HE IS WORKING NOT

TO JUST CONQUER THINGS,

BUT TO HELP OTHERS DO THE

SAME.

WHATEVER GIFTS WE'RE

GIVEN, WE HAVE TO SHARE

IT.

SOMETIMES THAT MEANS DOING

THINGS THAT ARE

UNCOMFORTABLE, THAT EVERY

FIBER IN YOUR BODY DOESN'T

WANT TO DO, BUT YOU DO IT

ANYWAY.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I USED

TO PRAY I WOULD WAKE UP

WITH ARMS AND LEGS, AND

NOW THERE IS NOTHING IN

THE WORLD THAT YOU COULD

OFFER ME TO HAVE ME LIVE

MY LIFE AGAIN DIFFERENTLY.

I FEEL LIKE IT IS THE

BIGGEST BLESSING I'VE EVER

RECEIVED.

Andrew: WHILE, KYLE

MAYNARD.

IF WE'RE NOT INSPIRED BY

HIS STORY AND HIS LIFE, WE

NEED TO CHECK OUR PULSE.

HE IS SIMPLY AN

UNBELIEVABLE MAN.

IT MAKES ME REFLECT ON THE

FACT THAT SOMETIMES THE

DOLDRUMS I GET IN,

MELANCHOLY OR FEELING

SORRY FOR MYSELF FOR A

CIRCUMSTANCE I'M IN OR HOW

I'M BEING TREATED.

KYLE MAYNARD DOESN'T HAVE

TIME FOR THAT.

IF WE'RE CHRIST

FOLLOWERS -- IF I COULD

JUST TALK TO CHRISTIANS

RIGHT NOW -- IF WE'RE

LIVING A DEFEATED LIFE, WE

HAVE TO CHECK OUR

PERSPECTIVE ON WHERE WE

ARE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS.

WE'RE NOT CALLED TO LIVE

THAT WAY.

WE'RE NOT CALLED TO LIVE

SORRY FOR OURSELVES.

JESUS PROMISES US AN

ABUNDANT LIFE, FULL OF

JOY.

NOT NECESSARILY HAPPINESS,

THAT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

WILL BE HAPPY, BUT JOY

THAT IS FOUND IN

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

AND IF YOU'RE LIVING IN A

DEFEATED FASHION, IF WE'RE

NOT EXCITED ABOUT OUR

FAITH AND WHAT OUR SAVIOR

HAS DONE FOR US, LOOK AT

KYLE MAYNARD AND THE

EXAMPLE HE IS.

THAT HE TRULY CAN DO ALL

THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHO

GIVES HIM STRENGTH.

EVEN WHEN HE WAS SPEAKING

TO COMPANIES, MOTIVATIONAL

SPEAKING, HE ACKNOWLEDGED,

HE WAS TRANSPARENT AND

TRUTHFUL.

I HAD MY DAYS OF SORROW.

IT WASN'T JUST ALWAYS

UPBEAT.

YET HE PERSEVERED, AND HE

STILL HAS TROUBLES AND

CHALLENGES EMOTIONALLY,

JUST LIKE ALL OF US.

BUT HE SAID, LORD, I'M

GOING TO SERVE YOU, I'M

GOING TO FIND MY STRENGTH

IN YOU.

FOR US TODAY, WE NEED TO

RECOGNIZE IT IS SINFUL FOR

US TO LIVE DISCOURAGED AND

NOT BE VICTORIOUS, AT

LEAST IN OUR RELATIONSHIP

WITH CHRIST AND ALL HE HAS

DONE FOR US.

IF HE DOES NOTHING MORE

FOR US, THE THAN THE SACRIFICE

ON THE CRIES SO WE COULD

HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, THAT

REALLY IS ENOUGH.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH 2

TIMOTHY 1: 7: "FOR GOD HAS

NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF

FEAR, BUT OF POWER AND OF

LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND."

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME

TODAY.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, YOU

CAN ALWAYS CALL US AT

1-800-700-7000.

UNTIL TOMORROW, I'M ANDREW

KNOX.

WE'LL SEE YOU THEN.

BYE-BYE.

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