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700 Club Interactive - September 4, 2017

See how 13-year-old Scotty Parker aims to 'change the world' with bike rides across the U.S. Read Transcript


HONESTLY, I WASN'T

HAPPY LIVING.

Andrew: A WOMAN WHO

WANTED TO DIE.

I REMEMBER FEELING SO

ANGRY AND HURT AND

HOPELESS.

Andrew: NEARLY GETS

HER WISH.

I STARTED FLIPPING ON

THE FREEWAY, AND THEN

EVERYTHING WENT BLACK.

Andrew: PLUS...SEE

WHY THIS 13-YEAR-OLD

CYCLED OVER 3,000 MILES

ACROSS AMERICA.

ALL ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> GOOD MORNING.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

YOU KNOW IT CAN BE HARD TO

ADJUST FROM THE DOG DAYS

OF SUMMER TO THE BUSY,

FAST PACE OF THE SCHOOL

YEAR, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'VE

HAD A SUMMER FILLED WITH A

LOT OF FUN AND SUN.

HAVE YOU HAD THAT KIND OF

SUMMER?

Terry: I'VE HAD THAT

KIND OF SUMMER AND THAT

KIND OF WHIPLASH.

Andrew: SCHOOL IS

HERE.

Terry: CHILDREN

AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE

HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL,

WITH MANY EXCITED TO SEE

THEIR FRIENDS AND MEET

THEIR FRIENDS.

BUT THERE ARE A FEW

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES TO MAKE

THE START OF A NEW SCHOOL

YEAR A LOT MORE FUN.

TAKE A LOOK.

I'M TOMMY.

AND MY NAME A EDDIE.

HOW'S IT GOING, EVERYBODY.

YEAH, WE JUST WANTED TO

TELL YOU IT IS BACK TO

SCHOOL TIME.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME.

IS EVERYBODY READY?

BACK TO SCHOOL!

I'VE GOT THE NEW

BACKPACKS FOR BACK TO

SCHOOL.

AND YOU'VE GOT AN OLD --

WHAT I'VE GOT IS A

HIPSTER FANNYPACK RIGHT

HERE.

THIS IS WHAT ALL OF THE

COOL KIDS WILL BE DOING,

TAKING THEIR STUFF ON

THEIR HIP TO SCHOOL.

BUDDY, THAT'S A LUNCH

BOX.

NO, IT IS NOT.

I'VE GOT MY PENCILS AND

HERE AND MY LUNCH MONEY IS

HERE.

LOOK, OH, SOMEONE IS

CALLING ME?

HELLO.

BAM, IT'S GONE.

MY HIPSTER LUNCH PAIL.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL.

WELCOME BACK BACK TO

SCHOOL, FOLKS.

IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME,

COMPLETELY AWESOME.

IF YOU HAVE ONE OF

THOSE, DON'T WEAR THAT.

WEAR IT.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE BEAT

UP.

COOL KIDS, ALL DAY

LONG.

NOT COOL.

HASHTAG ALL DAY LONG.

HE IS GOING TO GET BEAT

UP, HASHTAG ALL DAY LONG.

Andrew: I THINK THE

HIPSTER FANNYPACK WAS THE

ONLY THING NOT ON MY

CHILDREN'S LIST.

I WAS AMAZED.

THE OTHER DAY I WALKED

INTO THE ROOM MY WIFE HAS

BEEN KEEPING THE SCHOOL

SUPPLIES WE NEED, AND IT

LOOKED LIKE A STORE IN

THERE.

WE HAD TO ORDER THIS

BINDER ABOUT THIS THICK.

AND ONE OF MY SON IS SO

SWEET, HE SAYS, I CAN USE

LAST YEARS.

IT'S ALL SHREDDED.

IT IS QUITE AN INVESTMENT

FOR FAMILIES.

Terry: SO IF YOU HAVE

AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP

FAMILIES OUT AND YOU CAN

DO IT, PLEASE DO IT.

BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE

MULTIPLE CHILDREN, IT IS A

MONEY OUTLAY FOR THAT.

Andrew: EVEN IF IT IS

PUBLIC SCHOOL, YOU'VE GOT

TO GET PREPARED FOR THE

FIRST DAY.

Terry: I DID NOT KNOW

UNTIL THIS YEAR -- WE'RE

RAISING OUR GRANDDAUGHTER,

AND I DIDN'T KNOW THERE

WERE YELLOW NUMBER TWO

PENCILS CALL TICONEROSAS

NUMBER TWO.

Andrew: NOT ONLY THE

SUPPLIES, BUT ALL OF THE

EMOTIONS, THE EXCITEMENT

AND THE FEAR -- AND THAT'S

KIND OF JUST THE PARENTS.

Terry: YEAH.

THE KIDS ARE DOING GREAT.

IT DOES CHANGE LIFE UP.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL.

GETTING THE KIDS UP, YOU

HAVE TO FEED THEM IN THE

MORNING, MAKE LUNCH, AND

SEND THAT WITH THEM, AND

RUSHING THEM OUT THE DOOR

TO CATCH THE SCHOOL BUS.

IF YOU'RE A SINGLE MOM OF

TWO, IT CAN BE EVEN MORE

DIFFICULT.

Andrew: THAT'S RIGHT.

FOR BARBARA, IT SEEMED

LIKE ANYTHING COULD GO

WRONG DID GO WRONG.

HER TWO BOYS HAD MISSED

THE SCHOOL BUS -- THAT'S

NOT UNCOMMON -- HER CAR

WASN'T WORKING, AND ALL OF

HER FAMILY LIVES TOO FAR

AWAY TO HELP.

AS SHE WENT BACK INSIDE TO

CHANGE SO SHE COULD ASK A

NEIGHBOR FOR HELP, ONE OF

HER BOYS SPOTTED A POLICE

OFFICER, BRETT WARMAN, AND

ASKED HIM FOR A RIDE.

THE OFFICER HAPPILY SAID

YES, AND THE TWO BOYS GOT

A POLICE ESCORT AND

ARRIVED TO SCHOOL IN

STYLE.

IN STYLE, YES, BUT IT

COULD HAVE APPEARED THEY

WERE DOING SOMETHING

WRONG.

BARBARA SAYS, I CAN'T

THANK HIM ENOUGH.

I'M GLAD BROUGHT HIM IN MY

LIFE AT THE MOMENT I

NEEDED THEM --

Terry: AND THOSE BOYS

WILL NOT BE BULLIED THIS

YEAR.

Andrew: THAT'S FOR

SURE.

I HARDLY EVER TOOK THE BUS

BECAUSE IN MY HOUSE --

Terry: WE WALKED.

Andrew: WE WALKED.

OUR HOUSE WASN'T AN UP AND

AT'EM.

MMIAMI MOTHER > THE LIST OF DANGERS

THAT GO ALONG WITH YOUR

CHILD'S iPHONE, THERE IS

BULLYING AND MUCH MORE.

Terry: THESE THINGS

CAN MAKE OUR KIDS A TARGET

FOR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES,

AND SOMETIMES EVEN DEADLY

EVENTS.

SUICIDE IS ONE OF THE

ISSUES THAT SEEMS TO BE

PREVALENT.

BUT A NEW SOFTWARE FOR

PARENTS WANTS TO SAVE

THAT.

TAKE A LOOK.

BART CAN HELP.

IT IS THE TIME-SAVING AND

SMART WAY TO HELP KEEP

YOUR CHILDREN SAFE,

WITHOUT HAVING TO SPEND

HOURS READING THROUGH ALL

OF THEIR MESSAGES AND

POSTS.

JUST SIGN UP, AND WORK

WITH YOUR CHILD TO CONNECT

THEIR ACCOUNTS.

IT TAKES LESS THAN TWO

MINUTES.

BART'S WATCHDOG ANALYZES

YOUR CHILD'S ONLINE ISSUES

FORB CYBER BULLYING AND

EVEN DEPRESSION.

IT ALERTS YOU WITH E-MAILS

AND TEXT MESSAGES IF IT DE

TEXTS ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS.

AND IT RECOMMENDS ACTIONS

TO HELP YOU HANDLE THE

SITUATION AFFECTIVELY.

BART PUTS THE POWER IN

YOUR HANDS TO PROACTIVELY

ADDRESS DIGITAL DANGERS TO

YOUR CHILD.

AND BECAUSE BART IS

UNOBTRUSIVE, IT HELPS YOU

BUILD TRUST, TEACHING THEM

TO BE SAFE AND BECOME

SAVVY CITIZENS.

Andrew: PARENTS HAVE

SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT.

IT IS A GREAT IDEA FOR

PARENTS, AND ESPECIALLY

THOSE WHO ARE NOT

CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY

TO MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA.

Terry: AND CHILDREN

ARE SO SMART.

THEY CAN HIDE IT AND THEY

CAN WORK AROUND IT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW

SAFE-PROOF THIS WHOLE

THING IS, BUT IT SOUNDS

LIKE A WONDERFUL

OPPORTUNITY.

Andrew: GOOD

RESOURCE.

Terry: THERE ARE LOTS

OF STUDENTS WAITING TABLES

SO THEY CAN EARN MONEY SO

THEY CAN GET WHAT THEY

NEED.

FOR MOST, IT IS NOT EVERY

DAY YOU GET EVEN A 20%

TIP.

FOR A HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT,

IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.

KAYLA RECENTLY WAITED ON A

COUPLE FROM AUSTRALIA.

SHE MENTIONED HER STUDENT

LOAN AND WORKING LONG

HOURS, AND THE COUPLE PAID

THEIR $200 TAB AND TO CAR

KAYLA'S SURPRISE, THEY

LEFT HER A $400 TIP.

Andrew: SHE WENT

THERE TO GIVE THEM

FLOWERS, AND THE NEXT DAY

THE COUPLE RETURNED AND

OFFERED TO PAY OFF SOME OF

HER SCHOOL LOANS, MORE

THAN $10,000.

AND WHEN ASKED HOW SHE

COULD EVER THANK THEM,

THEY TOLD HER, BE YOUR

BEST POSSIBLE SELF, DREAM

BIG, AND STRIVE FOR YOUR

GOALS.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT

SHE INTENDS TO DO.

IT SERVES AS A REMINDER

THERE ARE REALLY GREAT

PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

I'M HEADED TO WAIKIKI WHEN

THIS SHOW IS OVER.

I LOVE -- THE SURPRISE OF

IT IS HALF OF WHAT MAKES

IT SO SPECIAL.

Andrew: A PLEASANT

SURPRISE.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

Andrew: WE'RE

FINISHING SUMMER.

Terry: UH-HUH.

Andrew: ARE YOU A BIG

JETSKIER, TERRY?

[LAUGHTER]

Andrew: YOU LAUGH --

Terry: NO.

TALK ABOUT A PERSONAL

WATERCRAFT, AND I DIDN'T

EVEN KNOW WHAT IT WAS.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A BOAT

YOU OWNED OR SOMETHING.

Andrew: I GREW UP ON

THE WATER -- WE LIVED AND

THE RIVER -- AND WHEN I

WAS OLD ENOUGH TO RIDE A

JETSKI BUT YOUNG ENOUGH TO

BE TRICKED, MY BUDDY HAD A

JETSKI AND HE SAID, YOU

WANT TO RIDE IT, AND HE

SAID, IF THE OUTSIDE GETS

TO WET, IT WILL CATCH ON

FIRE.

AND SINCE THEN I REALIZED

HE WAS LYING TO ME.

A COOL STORY, A GROUP OF

OVER 45 JETSKIERS SPENT

EIGHT DAYS CRUISING

600 MILES ON THE TENNESSEE

RIVER THIS SUMMER, RAISING

OVER $10,000 FOR THE

CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK

HOSPITALS IN THE TENNESSEE

WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY.

Terry: IT BEGAN IN

1997 AS AN EVENT FOR

JETSKI ENTHUSIASTS, AND IT

HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO AN

ANNUAL EVENT, WITH

PARTICIPANTS REPRESENTING

AS MANY AS 19 STATES.

RIDERS LOG THROUGH EIGHT

DAMS AND STOP TO ENJOY THE

SIGHTS ALONG THE RIVER.

THE EVENT IS THE LONGEST

RUNNING ORGANIZED EVENT IN

THE UNITED STATES FOR

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT, AND

IT HAS RAISED OVER

$300,000.

WOW, WAY TO GO.

Andrew: HOW DO YOU

HANDLE STORMS?

THAT MUST BE FRIGHTENING.

Terry: YOU HOP INSIDE

SOME PLACE WITH WINDOWS

AND SIT BACK AND ENJOY.

> WELL, COMING UP, MEET

THE 13-YEAR-OLD WHO BIKED

OVER 3,000 MILES, RAISING

OVER -- GET THIS -- HALF A

MILLION DOLLARS TO PROVIDE

CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

WORLDWIDE.

SCOTTIE PARKER IS HERE.

HE IS LIFE RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Terry: WELL, SUMMER

IS USUALLY A TIME FOR KIDS

TO PLAY OUTSIDE, TO BIKE,

TO SWIM.

13-YEAR-OLD SCOTTIE PARKER

HAS TAKEN BIKING TO A

WHOLE NEW LEVEL, BIKING

ACROSS AMERICA FOR CLEAN

WATER.

TAKETAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: WHEN MOST

13-YEAR-OLDS ASKS TO GO ON

A BIKE RIDE, THEY USUALLY

MEAN AROUND THE BLOCK.

NOT FOR SCOTTIE PARKER.

HIS RIDE WENT FROM

CALIFORNIA TO SOUTH

CAROLINA.

AFTER HEARING KIDS HIS OWN

AGE WERE LIVING WITHOUT

CLEAN WATER AND

SANITATION, HE PUT HIS

COMPASSION INTO ACTION.

TEAMING UP WITH WATER

MISSION, SCOTTIE'S

3300-MILE JOURNEY RAISED

MORE THAN $570,000 TO HELP

DESIGN, BUILD, AND

IMPLEMENT SAFE WATER

PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD.

SCOTTIE HOPES HIS EIGHT

WEEKS OF PEDALLING WILL

INSPIRE OTHERS TO CARE

ABOUT PEOPLE IN NEED AND

SPREAD LOVE.

Terry: WELL, JOINING

ME NOW IS SCOTTIE PARKER.

IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

YOU'RE A MAN ON A MISSION.

THAT'S GREAT.

YOU KNOW, MOST KIDS BIKE

AROUND THE BLOCK, SCOTTIE.

YOU'RE NOT EVEN OLD ENOUGH

TO DRIVE, AND HERE YOU ARE

BIKING ACROSS AMERICA.

WHERE DID THAT IDEA COME

FROM?

WHEN I WAS SEVEN, I SAW

PICTURES OF KIDS, WHO WERE

JUST LIKE ME, EXCEPT THEY

WERE DRINKING THESE

TERRIBLY DIRTY WATERS THAT

I WOULD NEVER DRINK.

IT MADE MY HEART HURT

KNOWING THAT EVERY 21

SECONDS A CHILD UNDER THE

AGE OF FIVE DIES BECAUSE

OF SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS

WATER.

FOR MY EIGHTH BIRTHDAY, I

ASKED FAMILY AND FRIENDS

TO DONATE MONEY INSTEAD OF

GIFTS FOR MY BIRTHDAY

PARTY.

AND WE GOT $618, AND I

THOUGHT, THAT WAS A LOT OF

MONEY.

BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS, I

THOUGHT ABOUT IT, AND I

THOUGHT, THAT'S NOT

ENOUGH.

AND SO FOR MY 10th

BIRTHDAY, WE RODE OUR

BIKES ACROSS THE STATE OF

SOUTH CAROLINA AND RAISED

OVER $70,000 FOR CLEAN

WATER.

Terry: THAT'S

AMAZING.

AS THINGS PROGRESSED, YOU

DETERMINED TO DO THIS HUGE

CROSS-COUNTRY BIKE RIDE.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU

TO DO THAT?

EIGHT WEEKS.

Terry: HOW FAR DID

YOU GO EVERY DAY?

ON AVERAGE, 75 MILES A

DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK.

Terry: YOU MUST HAVE

MET SOME AMAZING PEOPLE

ALONG THE WAY.

WHAT JUMPS OUT AS

MEMORABLE TO YOU?

SO, WE WERE HEADING TO

A HOTEL, SO WE WERE

OFF-ROUTE AND SO WE HAD TO

LOAD OUR BIKES UP AND HOP

IN THE CAR.

WE WERE AT A GAS STATION,

GETTING GAS, AND THIS LADY

WALKS UP AND SHE HAD

LOOKED UP THE STORY, AND

SHE SAID, I WANT TO GIVE

YOU THIS $5.

THIS IS ALL I HAVE.

AND THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO

GET BACK TO HOME.

THAT WAS MONEY FOR A BUS

TICKET TO GET BACK HOME.

BUT SHE WANTED PEOPLE TO

HAVE CLEAN WATER, SO SHE

GAVE ALL SHE HAD.

Terry: WOW, GOD

BLESSES THAT, DOESN'T HE.

I KNOW YOU'RE A YOUNG MAN

OF FAITH.

HOW HAS YOUR FAITH PLAYED

A ROLE IN ALL OF THIS?

OVER THIS WHOLE TRIP, I

COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT

WITHOUT GOD.

THE WHOLE TIME, SOME OF

THOSE DAYS, IT GOT HARD

GOING UP THESE HOT

MOUNTAINS.

I THOUGHT PHILIPPIANS 4:

13: "I CAN DO ALL THINGS

THROUGH GOD WHO

STRENGTHENS ME."

WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS

THE KID WHO WASN'T THAT

GREAT AT ANY SPORTS AT

ALL.

SO GOD USED ME TO RIDE

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SO HE

CAN USE ANYBODY.

Terry: ISN'T THAT

AWESOME?

UH-HUH.

Terry: DOESN'T IT

MAKE YOU FEEL SIGNIFICANT,

THAT GOD LOOKED DOWN AND

SAID, I WANT THAT GUY.

> TALK TO ME HOW YOU

TRAINED FOR THIS.

75 MILES A DAY, YOU DON'T

JUST HOP ON A BIKE AND DO

THAT.

WE HAD TO TRAIN FOR TWO

YEARS BEFORE THE RIDE.

EVERY WEEKEND, WE WERE

SAYING NO INVITES TO GO

ANYWHERE BECAUSE WE WERE

ON OUR BIKES THE WHOLE

WEEKEND.

AND AFTER SCHOOL, IT WAS

EITHER RUNNING OR BIKING

OR SWIMMING RIGHT AFTER

SCHOOL.

Terry: YOU REALLY HAD

TO FOCUS ON THIS.

FOR TWO YEARS, BOY, THAT'S

A LONG TIME.

DID YOU HAVE ANY MOMENTS

ALONG THE WAY, WHERE YOU

SAID, I DON'T KNOW IF I

WANT TO KEEP GOING?

I DID HAVE A FEW OF

THOSE, BUT THEN YOU THINK,

AND YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE

KIDS WHO ARE STILL DYING,

AND WHOSE TO HELP THEM?

I WANTED TO BE THE PERSON

TO HELP THEM.

Terry: GOOD FOR YOU.

YOU RAISED MONEY FOR AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED "WATER

MISSION," WHY THEM?

WHEN I FIRST HEARD

ABOUT THE GLOBAL WATER

CRISIS, IT WAS THROUGH

THEM AT MY CHURCH.

AND SO I HEARD ABOUT IT

FROM THEM, SO I DECIDED TO

RAISE MONEY FOR THEM.

AND NOT ONLY DO THEY

PROVIDE CLEAN WATER, BUT

THEY PROVIDE THE LIVING

WATER OF CHRIST, WHICH NO

OTHER ORGANIZATION REALLY

DOES THAT OUT THERE FOR

WATER.

BECAUSE THEY TAKE THAT

OPPORTUNITY OF THE JOY

THAT THESE PEOPLE AND THEY

SELL THETELL THEM THAT WAS CHRIST,

AND HOW CHRIST HAS A PLAN

FOR THEIR LIFE.

Terry: HOW DO YOU

FRIENDS REACT TO WHAT

YOU'RE DOING?

A FEW OF MY FRIENDS

THINK I'M CRAZY, AND A FEW

OF MY FRIENDS WANT TO GO

WITH ME.

Terry: DO YOU HAVE

FRIENDS THAT BIKE WITH

YOU?

NOT REALLY BECAUSE

NOBODY ELSE REALLY HAS THE

TIME.

I GAVE UP PRETTY MUCH

EVERYTHING FOR THIS RIDE.

BUT, I MEAN, SOMETIMES ME

AND MY FRIENDS WILL GO FOR

A CASUAL RIDE.

AND THEY'LL BE, LIKE, WHAT

WAS IT LIKE GOING ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

AND I WAS, LIKE, IT IS

KIND OF LIKE THIS, JUST A

BIKE RIDE.

Terry: WHAT WERE SOME

OF THE DIFFICULTY YOU

ENCOUNTERED?

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE HEAT

AND GOING UP SOME OF THE

MOUNTAINS, BUT THEN YOU'VE

GOT WIND, YOU'VE GOT

ELEVATION AND THE WEATHER

SCENARIO.

DO YOU GO EVERY DAY UNLESS

IT IS LIFE-THREATENING?

YES.

WE WERE VERY LUCKY ON THE

RIDE.

WE WOULD RIDE, EVEN IF IT

WAS POURING DOWN RAIN, AS

LONG AS IT WASN'T

LIGHTNING.

BUT WE ONLY HAD ONE DAY

WHERE IT WAS BARELY

DRIZZLING.

Terry: OUT OF THE

HOLE TIME?

52 DAYS OF RIDING, WE

ONLY HAD ONE DELAYED

START, WHICH WAS, LIKE,

TWO HOURS, AND WE HAD SOME

RAIN, AND THAT WAS IT.

Terry: WOW, THAT'S

AMAZING.

I THINK WE GOT ALL OF THE

REST OF THAT RAIN HERE IN

VIRGINIA AND THE LAST

MONTH OR SO.

TELL ME ABOUT THE BIKE

ITSELF?

DID YOU GO THROUGH A

MR. ONUMBER OF TIRES?

AS A TEAM, WE HAD ABOUT

60 FLATS FOR THE WHOLE

ENTIRE TRIP.

I HAD ABOUT FIVE.

ONE OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS

ACTUALLY HAD 30.

Terry: 30 BY HIMSELF?

THAT PERSON NEEDS A NEW

BIKE.

HOW MANY RODE?

ME AND ONE OF MY

FRIENDS WOULD BE IN THE

CAR, AND THEN THREE OTHER

RIDERS.

Terry: WOW!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO

KIDS WHO ARE -- I SAY

KIDS, AND YOU'RE A YOUNG

MAN, BUT YOU WERE A KID

WHEN YOU STARTED THIS --

WHO HAVE A HEART FOR

PEOPLE IN NEED.

PEOPLE NEED WATER, THEY

NEED EDUCATION, THEY NEED

CLOTHING, THEY NEED

FAMILIES -- WHAT ADVICE

WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE

WHO IS SAYING THEY WOULD

LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

NO IDEA IS TOO SMALL.

NO PERSON IS TOO SMALL.

GOD CAN USE ANYBODY.

IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA TO

HELP CHANGE THE WORLD,

STICK WITH IT AND KEEP

GOING.

AND, I MEAN, GOD WILL

MULTIPLY IT.

I'M JUST A KID WHO KNEW

HOW TO RIDE A BIKE.

I DON'T HAVE $612,000.

GOD TOOK MY GIFT OF RIDING

A BIKE AND MULTIPLIED IT

SO NOW TENS OF THOUSANDS

OF PEOPLE HAVE CLEAN

WATER.

Terry: THAT'S

AMAZING.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO

WHEN YOU'RE OUT OF SCHOOL

FINALLY?

I DON'T KNOW.

Terry: I'M SURE GOD

HAS A VERY BIG PLAN.

STICK WITH IT, WHATEVER IT

IS.

IT'S GOING TO BE GOOD.

YOU'VE DONE A WONDERFUL

THING, AND CHILDREN'S

LIVES AROUND THE WORLD ARE

TOUCHED BECAUSE OF YOUR

COMMITMENT AND COMPASSION

TOWARDS THEM.

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU

DID.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: IF YOU WOULD

LIKE TO HELP SCOTTIE RAISE

MONEY FOR FOR CLEAN WATER, YOU

CAN GO TO

Scottiesride.com.

STILL TO COME, SHE FLIPPED

HER CAR AND WOKE UP

SURROUNDED IN FLAMES.

I SAID, OH, MY GOD, I'M

IN HELL, AND I DESERVE

THIS.

Andrew: SEE HOW SHE

WAS LITERALLY SNATCHED

FROM DEATH, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Andrew: GRACE'S

FAMILY LIFE WAS A BLUR OF

DRUG ACTIVITY AND EVEN

DEATH.

SHE THOUGHT THE WORLD

WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF

SHE WERE DEAD, BUT THAT

CHANGED ONE NIGHT WHEN SHE

GOT A GLIMPSE OF HER

ETERNITY.

I WASN'T HAPPY LIVING.

I DON'T WANT TO BE ALIVE

IF I'M LIVING IN THIS

WORLD STRUGGLING DAY TO

DAY AND NOT ACCOMPLISHING

ANYTHING.

I'M GOING TO GET IN MY

CAR, AND WHATEVER HAPPENS,

HAPPENS.

I DON'T WANT TO BE ALIVE.

Reporter: LIFE HAD

ALWAYS BEEN A PAINFUL ROAD

FOR GRACE GONZALES.

HER CHILDHOOD LEFT HER

FEELING WORTHLESS.

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A

DRUG DEALER AND GANG

LEADER.

MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ALSO A

MAID BY DAY, BUT THEN SHE

WOULD SPEND HER NIGHTS IN

THE BAR.

MY DAD -- I JUST REMEMBER

HIM BEING OUT A LOT.

AND MY MOM WAS ALWAYS --

SHE WAS JUST ALWAYS TOO

BUSY.

Reporter: THEN HER

SISTER GABRIELLA DROWN

WHEN GRACE WAS JUST SIX.

RIGHT BEFORE WE FOUND

HER FLOATING IN A CREEK, I

HAVE A MEMORY OF HER

COMING UP TO ME AND ASKING

IF SHE COULD PLAY WITH ME

AND THE OTHER KIDS, AND I

TOLD HER NO BECAUSE I FELT

THAT SHE WAS TOO SMALL.

AND I JUST WANTED TO BE

WITH THE OLDER KIDS.

I FELT GUILTY, AND I FELT

ANGRY AT MYSELF.

SO I QUICKLY LEARNED AS A

CHILD TO SHUT MYSELF OFF

TO THOSE FEELINGS.

AND TO NOT FEEL ANYTHING

AT ALL.

Reporter: BUT THE

FEELINGS WERE STILL THERE,

EATING AWAY AT HER SPIRIT.

SO AT AGE 12, GRACE

STARTED USING DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL.

BY HER MID-TEENS, SHE WAS

AN ADDICT.

FROM THE TIME I WAS

SMALL, I QUICKLY FELT THAT

I COULD DO NO RIGHT,

ESPECIALLY AFTER THE DEATH

OF MY SISTER.

AND THEN GROWING UP, I

JUST FELT THAT EVERY TIME

I DID SOMETHING WRONG,

WHETHER IT WAS MY FAULT OR

NOT, I GOT PUNISHED FOR

IT.

IF THIS IS THE LIFE THAT

IS DESTINED FOR ME TO

LIVE, I'M GOING TO GIVE IT

ALL I'VE GOT.

BY THE TIME I WAS 25 YEARS

OLD, I WAS EITHER GOING TO

BE DEAD OR IN PRISON FOR A

VERY LONG TIME, AND I WAS

OKAY WITH THAT.

I DIDN'T FEEL THAT I HAD

ANY VALUE.

Reporter: GRACE WAS

KICKED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

AT 16 FOR DRUG ABUSE AND

LEFT HER CHAOTIC HOME.

FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS,

SHE LIVED ON THE STREETS,

LANDING IN JAIL MULTIPLE

TIMES FOR STEALING OR

DEALING DRUGS.

THOUGH GRACE HAD HEARD

ABOUT GOD, SHE DOUBTED HE

EXISTED.

I WOULD HOPE THAT THERE

WAS REALLY A GOD AND THAT

HE WAS REAL.

I WOULD ACTUALLY, I GUESS,

CALL OUT TO HIM.

AND I WOULD TELL HIM, YOU

TOOK THE WRONG ONE.

MEANING YOU TOOK THE WRONG

SISTER BECAUSE I'M NOT

DOING ANYTHING MEANINGFUL

WITH MY LIFE.

I'M A DRUG ADDICT.

I'M AN ALCOHOLIC.

I'M ON THE STREETS.

I'M HURTING PEOPLE.

I'M HURTING MYSELF.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT

WHEN GRACE WAS 22, SHE

OVERDOSED.

SHE LATER AWOKE, ANGRY TO

BE ALIVE.

SHE THEN SPEAD OFF IN HER

CAR, HOPING TO END IT ALL.

I REMEMBER FEELING SO

ANGRY AND HURT AND

HOPELESS.

AND I MIGHT DIE, AND

THAT'S OKAY.

I DIDN'T CARE.

IT WAS JUST ABOUT 20

MINUTES AFTER THAT, I

WRECKED.

I STARTED FLIPPING ON THE

FREEWAY.

AND THEN EVERYTHING WENT

BLACK.

Reporter: A

BY-STANDER RUSHED TO HELP

AND DRAGGED HER OUT OF THE

CAR.

FLAMES SURROUNDING

ME -- I FELT A FEAR IN MY

HEART AND IN MY MIND THAT

I HAD NEVER FELT BEFORE.

I SAID, OH, MY GOD, I'M IN

HELL, AND I DESERVE THIS.

AND THAT NEXT MOMENT, A

HAND OR AN ARM REACHED IN

FROM BEHIND ME AND

SNATCHED ME OUT OF THERE.

AND WHEN I WOKE UP, I WAS

IN AN AMBULANCE, BEING

WORKED ON BY PARAMEDICS.

AND I THOUGHT, I HAVE TO

GIVE THIS GOD A CHANCE.

AND I SAID, GOD HELP ME.

BUT WHEN I SAID IT, I

MEANT IT.

AND THAT'S IT, I WAS OUT

AGAIN.

I WOKE UP 10 HOURS LATER,

BY MYSELF, IN A HOSPITAL

ROOM, NEXT TO AN OPEN

WINDOW.

THE SUN WAS SHINING IN.

AND WHEN I WOKE UP AND SAW

THAT, I FELT AS IF I

LITERALLY SAW JESUS.

AND THAT FILLED ME WITH

HOPE.

AND BECAUSE HE SAVED MY

LIFE, NOW HE CAN HAVE IT.

Reporter: THAT WAS

JUST THE FIRST STEP OF A

LONG JOURNEY FOR GRACE.

HER LEG WAS BADLY MANGLED

IN THE ACCIDENT, LEAVING

HER WHEELCHAIR-BOUND.

THOUGH SHE BEGAN TO READ

THE BIBLE AND LISTEN TO

CHRISTIAN MUSIC, SHE WAS

STILL ADDICTED.

AFTER TWO YEARS, DOCTORS

SAID AM PE AMPUTATING HER LEG

WAS THE ONLY OPTION.

TWO DAYS LATER, WHEN I

WENT BACK TO THE HOSPITAL,

THEY SAID, WE DON'T KNOW

WHAT HAPPENED, BUT YOUR

INFECTION IS GONE.

YOU WILL WALK AGAIN.

THAT GAVE ME THE HOPE.

AND I MADE A DECISION

RIGHT THERE, IN MYSELF,

THAT SAID, I CAN TRUST

GOD.

Reporter: GRACE COULD

NOW LET GOD TAKE FULL

CONTROL OF HER LIFE.

WITH HER LEG HEALED, HE

ALSO OVERCAME HER

ADDICTIONS.

SOON SHE ENROLLED IN TEXAS

BIBLE INSTITUTE.

AS SHE DREW CLOSER TO GOD,

SHE FELT HIS LOVE WASH

AWAY THE PAIN AND GUILT

SHE CARRIED FOR SO MANY

YEARS.

MY HEART WAS DIFFERENT.

I WAS NO LONGER FILLED

WITH ANGER.

I WAS NO LONGER FILLED

WITH HURT.

THAT HAD BEEN REPLACED BY

GRATEFULNESS.

I AM THE HAPPIEST I'VE

EVER BEEN.

AND I FEEL LIKE I WANT

PEOPLE SO BADLY TO GET IT,

THAT THIS HOPE IS

AVAILABLE AND ATTAINABLE

FOR EVERYONE.

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS.

Andrew: GRACE IS SO

RIGHT ON.

SHE HAD SO MUCH GOING

AGAINST HER.

EVEN AS A CHILD, HER

FAMILY SITUATION.

AND THEN SHE GOT INTO

CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE SHE

SAID, I DON'T EVEN WANT TO

FEEL ANYMORE.

I DONT WANI DON'T WANT TO FACE THESE

FEELINGS.

I'M GOING TO SHUT THEM

OUT.

AND SOMETIMES THAT IS AN

UNDERSTANDABLE THING.

WHAT I ASK YOU TODAY IS

DON'T SHUT OUT JESUS' LOVE

FOR YOU WHEN THINGS SEEM

SO BAD.

OFTEN WE FEEL LIKE I'M TOO

MUCH OF A MESS TO GO TO

JESUS FIRST.

LET ME GET MYSELF IN

ORDER.

LET ME CHANGE SOME THINGS

ABOUT MYSELF AND THEN I

CAN GO TO HIM MORE

COMFORTABLY.

NO.

WE CAN'T REALLY CLEAN

OURSELVES UP.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT

JESUS' SACRIFICE ON THE

CROSS, HIS BLOOD

SACRIFICE -- WE KNEEL

BEFORE THAT CROSS AND WE

SAY, LORD, I'M NOT ASHAMED

TO ADMIT I NEED YOU TO

CLEAN ME UP.

SO HERE I AM.

YOU KNOW EVERYTHING I HAVE

FACED, THE MISTAKES I'VE

MADE, WHAT I'VE TRIED TO

DO RIGHT, AND HERE I AM.

AND WE SEE THE WONDERFUL

SMILE ON GRACE'S FACE AT

THE END OF THAT STORY, AS

SHE HAS BEGUN TO

UNDERSTAND THE ABUNDANT

LOVE OF GOD THROUGH HIS

SON JESUS CHRIST.

AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY,

IF YOU'RE IN A SITUATION

WHERE YOU JUST FEEL LIKE

YOU NEED SOMEONE TO PRAY

WITH YOU, PLEASE CALL US

AT 1-800-700-7000.

THERE IS NO JUDGMENT HERE.

WE JUST WANT TO LIFT YOU

UP IN PRAYER.

1-800-700-7000.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH ROMANS

15: 13: "NOW MAY THE GOD

OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL

JOY AND PEACE AND

BELIEVING THAT YOU MAY

ABOUND IN HOPE BY THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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