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700 Club Interactive - September 11, 2017

The six-year-old who became a civil rights hero, just by walking to school. Ruby Bridges shares about the day that changed America. Read Transcript


THE

Andrew: THE And

6-YEAR-OLD WHO BECAME A I S

CIVIL RIGHTS HERO.

I THOUGHT I STUMBLED

INTO A PARADE.

Andrew: JUST BY

WALKING TO SCHOOL.

FOUR, VERY TALL, WHITE

MEN WERE STANDING AT THEE

DOOR.

Andrew: HE REMEMBERS

THE DAY THAT CHANGED

AMERICA.

I REMEMBER THEM

CHANTING, TWO, FOUR, SIX,

EIGHT, WE DON'T WANT TO

INTEGRATE.

Andrew: AND SEE HOWNT T

SHE IS STILL AT WORK

TODAY.

>ON TODAY'S "700

CLUBN TO INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME CLU

TO THE PROGRAM.NG A

MORE THAN ONE OUT OF EVERY

FIVE STUDENTS REPORTSS

BEING BULLIED, AND HALF OF

BULLYING SITUATIONS STOP

WHEN SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY A

PEER, INTERVENES.

Terry: WELL, AN IOWA

PRINCIPAL IS MAKING A

GUTZY SACRIFICE TO BACK UP

ONE OF HIS STUDENTS.ED H

PRINCIPAL TIM HADLEYT OF

RECENTLY SHAVED HIS HEADS

IN FRONTTO OF THE STUDENTS

TO SUPPORT A CHILD WHO WAS

BULLIED FOR SHAVING HIS

OWN HEAD.

THE SIXTH GRADER SHAVED

HIS HEAD TO SUPPORT HIS

GRANDFATHER, WHO WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

JACKSON SAYS BEFORE HIS

PRINCIPAL STEPPED IN, HE

WAS BULLIED FOR HIS NEWFOR

LOOK.

PRINCIPAL HADLEY SAYS HE

WANTED TO SHOW THE

STUDENTS THAT IT IS

IMPORTANT TO STAND UP FOR

EACH OTHER AND SUPPORT ONE

ANOTHER.

JACKSON IS NOW FEELING

MORE CONFIDENT, AND PLANS

TO CONTINUE SHAVING HIS

HEAD UNTIL HIS GRANDFATHER

IS IN REMISSION.

WOW, KUDOS TO BOTH OF

THEM.

Andrew: AND PRINCIPAL

HADLEY GOING ABOVE AND

YOND.

I HBEYOND, I CAN TELL YOU

THAT'S A TOUGH LOOK

SOMETIMES.

Terry: WE TRY NOT TO

BULLY ANDREW HERE. And

Andrew: IT IS A SWEET

STORY.

Terry: AND GREAT TO

SEE A PRINCIPAL GIVE A

VISUAL LESSON TO EVERYBODY

IN THE SCHOOL.

Andrew: VERYLE

POWERFUL.

MUCH MORE THAN A LECTURE.

> THE EXPECTANT ARRIVAL

OF A COUPLE'S TWINS IS

CELEBRATED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

FOR THEIR HONESTY OF THEIR

INFERTILITY.

LAUREN SHARED THAT THEY

HAD BEEN TRYING TO

CONCEIVE, AND EXPLAINED

THEIR INSPIRATIONAL

JOURNEY, SAYING WE PRAYED

FOR 953 DAYS, 452 NEEDLES,

THOUSANDS OF TEARS, ONE

CORRECTIVE SURGERY, FOUR

LECTROZOL ATTEMPTS, THREE

FAILED TRANSFERS, AND ONERANS

AMAZING GOD.

THE WALKERS ARE EXPECTINGG

AGOD. BOY AND A GIRL AND THEY

PLAN TO NAME THEM DUKE AND

DIANA.

WHAT A JOURNEY FOR THEM.

Terry: I THINK A LOT

OF TIMES IF YOU HAVEN'T

DEALT WITH INFERTILITY

YOURSELF, YOU DON'T

REALIZE NOT ONLY CAN THAT

BE A LONG PROCESS TO

BECOME PREGNANT, BUT

PAINFUL.

IT IS A COMMITMENT ON

EVERY LEVEL.

Andrew:TO AND EVEN

CASUAL CONVERSATION CAN BE

HEARTBREAKING.EAKI

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE

AT ALL GETTING PREGNANT.

IT IS WONDERFUL THEY'RE

SHARING THEIR JOURNEY ANDGE

PEOPLE ARETT CELEBRATING

WITH THEM.

Terry: WE

CONGRATULATE YOU AS WELL.

> IN OTHER NEWS, ALEXIS

PENASHVAGA REVEALED THAT HER

GRANDMOTHER WAS

HOSPITALIZED AND ON LIFE

SUPPORT AFTER HER LUNGS

COLLAPSED, HER HEART

STARTING FAILING AND HER

STOMACH STOPPED WORKING.

SHE AND HER FAMILY

PREPARED TO SAY GOOD-BYE

WHEN LOCAL CHURCH MEMBERSRCH

CAME AND PRAYED OVER HER

GRANDMOTHER FOR FIVE

HOURS.

YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE THAT.ER G

THEN HER GRANDMA WOKE UP

COMPLETELY HEALED.

THE DOCTORS HAVE NO

EXPLANATION FOR HER

RECOVERY, AND KEEP RUNNING

TESTS TO TRY TO MAKE SENSE

OF IT ALL, BUT ALEXA SAYS

SHE KNOWS WHAT HEALED HER

GRANDMATTER.

IT IS GOD'S GRACE THAT

HEALED HER GRANDMOTHER.

Andrew: THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

Terry: TO HAVE A

CHURCH FAMILY THAT WOULD

COME AND STAND OVERFAMI

SOMEONE WHO WAS REALLYER S

PRETTY MUCH GIVEN UP BY

THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND

JUST BELIEVED FOR GOD TO

MOVE --

Andrew: DRAMATIC

PICTURES OF HER IN THAT

HOSPITAL BED AND THEN

AFTER PRAYER AND WHAT

DOCTORS ARE SAYING -- WHAT

A WONDERFUL TESTIMONY OF And

THE POWER OF GOD.OF T

COMING UP, SHE WAS ONE

OF THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN

TO INTEGRATE INT INTO AN

ALL-WAIT SCHOOL.

I REMEMBER THEM

CHANTING, TWO, FOUR, SIX,T, W

EIGHT, WE DON'T WANT TO

INTEGRATE.

AND THEY KEPT POINTING AT

ME AND SAYING, WE'RE GOING

TO POISON HER AND HANG RUB

HER.

Andrew: RUBY SHARES

HER STORY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

THAT'S NEXT.

Andrew: IT IS AN

ICONIC IMAGE OF THE CIVIL

RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

A PAINTING BY NORMAN

ROCKWELL CALLED "THE

PROBLEM WE ALL LIVE WITH."

IT DEPICTS THE DAY

6-YEAR-OLD RUBY BRIMP BRIDGES

WAS ESCORTED TO SCHOOL BY

SIX MARSHALS, AND THAT WAS

56 YEARS AGO,AS AND Y SHE

STILL REMEMBERS IT LIKE IT

WAS YESTERDAY.

WHEN WE TURNED THE

CORNER, I SAW ALL OF THESEPEOP

PEOPLE.ter:

NOVEMBER 14, 1960, IT

WAS RUBY'S FIRST DAY OF

SCHOOL IN NEW ORLEANS.

I REMEMBER THEM

CHANTING, TWO, FOUR,UR,

SIX,ALITY, W,

EIGHT, WE DON'T WANT TO THE

INTEGRATE.

Reporter: NOW

WASHINGTON WAS PUTTING

PRESSURE ON LOUISIANA ANDW

OTHER STATES THAT HAD YET

TO COMPLY.SURE

IN A VEILED ATTEMPT TO

APPEAR COMPLIANT, CITYMPLY

OFFICIALS IN NEW ORLEANS

GAVE 150 BLACK

KINDERGARTENERS AN

ENTRANCE EXAM, ONE THEY

HAD NO CHANCE OF PASSING.

BUT 650 PASSED THAT TEST,

AND ONE OF THEM WAS RUBY.

EVERYONE WAS COMING

OVER AND CONGRATULATING MY

PARENTS.

SHE IS SO SMART; SHE

PASSED WITH NO PROBLEM.

I THOUGHT I WAS SOTHAT

SMART THAT I PASSED THIS

TEST THAT WOULD ALLOW MEDE T

TO GO FROM FIRST GRADE TO

COLLEGE.

Reporter: THREELLEG

GIRLS, INCLUDING RUBY,

WERE SELECTED TO ATTEND

WILLIAM FRANCE ELEMENTARY.

BUT BY THE FIRST DAY, THE

OTHER TWO GIRLS HAD

DROPPED OUT, MAKING RUBY

THE ONLY BLACK STUDENT INOPPE

THE SCHOOL.

MY PARENTS ONLY SAID,

RUBY, YOU'RE GOING TO GO

TO A NEW SCHOOL TODAY, AND

YOU BETTER BEHAVE.

THERE WAS A KNOCK AT THE

DOOR, AND MY PARENTS

OPENED THE DOOR, AND FOUR

VERY TALL WHITE MEN WERE

STANDING AT THE DOOR.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT THEM

AND THINKING, WHO ARE

THEY?

Reporter: THOSE FOUR

MEN WERE UNITED STATES

MARSHALS SENT UNDER ORDER

OFTH PRESIDENT EISENHOWER.

ONE OF THE MEN WAS CHARLESHE M

BUSHES.

>RLESBURKES. WE

WELL, WE HAD A LOT OFAT W

DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST

WHAT WE WERE DOING.

THE MAIN THING WAS TO BE

SURE SOMETHING HAPPENED TO

HER.

WE WOULD TELL HER, JUST

STAY CLOSE TO US. R

WE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

THERE WERE BARRICADES

EVERYWHERE.

THERE WERE CAMERAS

EVERYWHERE.

I THOUGHT I HAD STUMBLED

INTO A PARADE.

I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS

MARDI GRAS.

IT DIDN'T SEEM TO

BOTHER HER ANY.

SHE WAS JUST DOING WHAT

SHE HAD BEEN TOLD TO DO.Y'

Reporter:S RUBY'SELL.

MOTHER WENT AS WELL.ONCE

ONCE INSIDE, THEY WERE

TAKEN TO THE PRINCIPAL'S

OFFICE WHERE THEY STAYED

ALL DAY. W

THERE THEYAT WATCHED WHITERA

PARENTS SCRAMBLE INMB AND

OUT OF CLASSROOMS, TAKING

THEIR CHILDREN OUT OFCHIL

SCHOOL.

500 KIDS WALKED OUT OF

SCHOOL THAT DAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS

GOING ON BECAUSE NOBODY

EXPLAINED ANYTHING TO ME.

FINALLY THE BELL RANG, AND

SOMEONE CAME INTO THE

OFFICE AND THEY SAID,E

SCHOOL IS DISMISSED.

YOU CAN LEAVE.N LE

AND I REMEMBER SITTING

THERE AND THINKING, WOW,

COLLEGE IS EASY.

Reporter: BY THE NEXT

DAY, THE CROWDS HAD

DOUBLED.

AND THEY KEPT POINTING

AT MEAT AND SHOUTING.

[YELLING]

THEY KEPT SAYING WE'RE

GOING TO POISON HER, WE'RE

GOING TO HANG HER.WE'R

I WAS IN FAVOR OF WHATT

WE WERE DOING.

I KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING

WAS RIGHT, AND WE WERE

GOING TO MAKE SURE IT

HAPPENED.

Reporter: THIS TIME

RUBY WAS TAKEN TO A

CLASSROOM.

I REMEMBER LOOKING INTO

THATCL CLASSROOM, AND ALL I

SAW WAS EMPTY DESKS.

I DIDN'T SEE ONE CHILD.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WAS ONE PERSON THERE, HER

TEACHER, BARBARA HENRY.

COMING FROM BOSTON, SHE

WAS THE ONLY ONE WILLING

TO TEACH RUBY.

I REMEMBER LOOKING AT

HER AND THINKING, SHE'S

WHITE.

I HAD NEVER SEEN A WHITE

TEACHER BEFORE.

SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKEIKE

THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE.

SHE WASN'T.

I ALWAYS SAY THAT SHE

SHOWED ME HER HEART. Rep

Reporter: THE

FOLLOWING WEEKS STUDENTS

STARTED TOST RETURN, BUT THE

PRINCIPAL CONFINED RUBY TO

HER CLASSROOM AND DIDN'T

ALLOW HER TO PLAY OUTSIDEOUTS

OUR EAT IN THE CAFETERIA.RIA.

I REMEMBER GOING TO THE

BACK OF THE CLASSROOM TOSROO

SHARPEN MY PENCIL, AND YOU

COULD LOOK ON TO THE

PLAYGROUND.

AND THERE WAS THIS HUGE

OAK TREE WITH SWINGS AND

SLIDESOA AND BASKETBALL

GOALS.

AND I KEPT THINKING, AS I

SHARPENED MY PENCIL, WHERE

ARE THE KIDS?

Reporter: BY THE END

OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THEHE S

PROTESTS HAD DISBANDED,

AND RUBY WAS FINALLY

ALLOWED TO MEET THE OTHER

CHILDREN.

I FINALLY FOUND THEM.

I WAS SO EXCITED.

SO I WENT IN TO PLAY WITH

THEM.

THIS LITTLE BOY LOOKED AT WIT

ME AND HE SAID, I CAN'TEM.

PLAY WITH YOU.AID,

MY MOM SAID NOT TO PLAY

WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE A

NIGGER.

SO THAT'S WHAT THIS IS

ABOUT.

IT'S NOT MARDI GRAS.

AND THIS ISN'T COLLEGE.

IT'S ABOUT ME.

IT'S ABOUT ME AND THE WAY

I LOOK AND THE COLOR OF MYAND

SKIN. A

AND INND MY MIND, THAT WASOKAY

OKAY.

YES, HE HURT MY FEELINGS,

BUT I WASN'T ANGRY WITH

HIM BECAUSE I FELT LIKE HE

WAS EXPLAINING TO ME WHY

HE COULDN'T PLAY WITH ME.

IF MY PARENTS SAID, RUBY,

DON'T PLAY WITH HIM, HE'S

ASIAN, HISPANIC, INDIAN,

MUSLIM, WHITE, MIXED RACE,

JEWISH, GAY, I WOULD NOT

HAVE PLAYED WITH HIM.

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THERE

WAS ANYTHING FOR ME TO

FORGIVE.T IN

THE FACT THAT IN MY MINDTO M

HE WAS EXPLAINING TO ME,

AND THAT I WOULD HAVE DONE

THE SAME THING.AS A

IT WASN'T LIKE I WAS ANGRY

WITH HIM.HERE

SO THERE WAS NOTHING THERE

TO FORGIVE.

THE FACT THAT WHEN I

PASSED THE CROWD, I

THOUGHT IT WAS MARDI GRAS,

THERE WAS NOTHING THERE

FOR ME TO FORGIVE.

Reporter: RUBY

RETURNED THE FOLLOWING

YEAR.

SHE

HAD A NEW TEACHER AND

A ROOM FULL OF CLASSMATES.E WE

SHE WENT ON TO ATTEND AN

INTEGRATED HIGH SCHOOL,

AND EVENTUALLY GRADUATEDNE

FROM A KANSAS CITY

BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH A

DEGREE IN TRAVEL AND

TOURISM.

WHEN SHE MARRIED AND BEGAN

RAISING A FAMILY, SHE

TAUGHT HER CHILDREN TOFALL

RELY ON GOD.

SHE ALWAYS CALLS ON HER

FAITH AND MAKES SURE THAT

YOU DO SO AS WELL.

SO IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT

YOU GO THROUGH, IT DOESN'T

MATTER WHO DISLIKES YOU,

AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THATG AS

FAITH AND THAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,

YOU'RE FINE.

Reporter: RUBY

RETURNED TO WILLIAM FRANCE

ELEMENTARY IN 1993 WHEN

SHE ENROLLED HER FOUR

NIECES.

SHE WITNESSED THE SAME

RACISM SHE HAD SEEN AS A

LITTLE GIRL.

SO SHE VOLUNTEERED AS A

PARENT LIASON.

SOON AFTER SHE LAUNCHEDHE R

THE RUBY BRIDGES'

FOUNDATION AND BEGAN

SHARING HER STORY WITH

STUDENTS ALL OVER THE U.S.

I SEE HOPE THAT MOST OF

US DON'T SEE.

I'M IN SCHOOLS EVERY DAY..

I'M SO HUMBLED BY THE WAY

MY STORY MOVES THE KIDS.

IT'S SO SIMPLE.

HOW MRS. HENRY DIDN'T

JUDGE ME.

HOW ALL I WANTED WAS A

FRIEND.

KIDS GET THAT.

THEY UNDERSTAND THAT.

OUR KIDS KNOW NOTHING

ABOUT RACISM.IT'S

IT'S US, AS ADULTS, WE

TAKE RACISM AND WE PASS IT

ON TO OUR KIDS, AND THAT'S

WHY IT IS STILL AROUND.

EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

COME INTO THE WORLD WITH A

CLEAN HEART.

I BELIEVE THAT IF WE ARETO G

GOING TO GET PAST OUR, EV

RACIAL DELIVERANCES, EVEN

TODAY, IT'S GOING TO COME

FROM OUR KIDS.

Reporter: IT HAS BEENRU

OVER 55 YEARS SINCE RUBY

WALKED UP THOSE STEPS AND

TOOK HER PLACE IN HISTORY.

TODAY HER LEGACY CONTINUES

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.APPY

I WAS HAPPY TO SEE WHAT

SHE DID BECAUSE I KNEW IT

COULD BE DONE.

I'VE ALWAYS TOLD RUBY THAT

I'M GLAD I WAS ABLE TO

HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH

IT.

TO HAVE EQUALITY, ITKES

TAKES SOMEONE WITH COURAGE

TO MAKE THAT CHANGE SO

THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER.D YO

AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A

GREATGR FAITHFUL FOUNDATION

TO STAND UP FOR SOMETHING

THAT YOU TRULY BELIEVE.

MY SUPERHERO, SHE DOES

THAT EVERY DAY.

OUT OF THE

COMMANDMENTS, IF YOU COULD

ONLY KEEP ONE, THE ONE YOU

SHOULD KEEP IS LOVE THYAT I

NEIGHBOR.

THAT IS THE KEY.

I HAVE TO CARE ABOUT YOU

AS A PERSON AND A HUMAN

BEING.

I REALLY BELIEVE THE

LONGER I LIVE, THAT IT

REALLY HAS EVERYTHING TO

DO WITH LOVE.

Terry: BOY, THAT

WRAPS IT UP IN A NET

SHELLNUTSHELL. Andrew: RUBY BRIDGES

AND HER FAMILY ARE TRUE

AMERICAN HEROS.

MY DAUGHTER IS ALMOST SIX

YEARS OLD --

Terry: CAN YOU

IMAGINE --

Andrew: NO. AND

AND I GOT CHILLS WHEN IT

WAS REVEALED SHE WOULD BE

THE ONLY ONE ATTENDING.

TO CONSIDER MY DAUGHTER

MARCHING IN THAT SCHOOL BY

HERSELF, WITH THE

EXCEPTION OF FOUR

MARSHALS, AND THE COURAGE

OF THAT LITTLE GIRL AND

THAT FAMILY, AND TO THINK

IT IS ONLY

FIVE DECADES

AGO.

Terry: AND THATI JU

FAMILY.

I JUST MARVEL THAT HAD

THEY NOT BEEN STRONG, HAD

THEY NOT SAID, RUBY CAN DOEED

THIS, WE WOULDN'T BE WHERE

WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT

PEOPLE LIKE THAT.

SO IN LESS THAN SIX

DECADES, I MEAN THIS HAS

CHANGED THE FACE OF A

NATION.

AND WE SAY THANK YOU TO

RUBY AND TO HER FAMILY AND

TO OTHERS LIKE THEM, WHO

HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE ANDE

WHO HAVE DONE IT IN LOVE. A

HERE D IS A WOMAN WHO COULD

HAVE BEEN BITTER, SHE

COULD HAVE BEEN ANGRY, ANDER A

INSTEAD SHE DID SOMETHING AND

POSITIVE WITH IT THAT IS

CHANGING ALL KINDS OF S

LIVES.OM

THAT'S GREATMENT.

> GREAT.

> STILL TO COME, A YOUNG

GIRL IS ABUSED AND

ABANDONED.

I FELT LIKE I WAS

NOTHING.

Terry: SEE HOW A

LOCAL CHURCH NOT ONLY

CHANGED HER LIFE, BUT

TRANSFORMED AN ENTIRE

ORPHANAGE, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Terry: CHILDREN ARE

SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTED

AND LOVED, BUT THAT IS NOT

ALWAYS THE CASE.

WE WANT YOU TO MEET THREE

CHILDREN.

THEY'RE ALL FROM KENYA.

THEY'RE ALL ORPHANS.

AND AT ONE TIME THEY ALL

CRIED FOR FREEDOM.

THEY HAVE COME FROM UTTER

POVERTY AND DISPAIR.

THEY LIKENED THEIR JOURNEY

TO THE ISRAELITES BREAKING

OUT OF BONDAGE, AND IT ISS

A FITTING COMPARISON.

THEIR ORPHANAGE WAS RUN BY

A GROUP OF CORRUPT

INDIVIDUALS WHO WEREALS

POCKETING THE MONEY

INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR

THE CHILDREN.

THE ORPHANS WERE EATING

STALE AND MOLDY FOOD, HAD

NO UNIFORMS TO GO TO

SCHOOL, AND WERE ALWAYSAND

FEARFUL OF THE DRUNKEN

NIGHT GUARD WHO WOULD HIT

THEM.

ALL OF THIS COMBINED WITH

THEIR OWN ISSUES OF

CHILDHOOD ABANDONMENT AND

LOSS.S MO

ERIC'S FATHER DIED WHEN HE

WAS THREE.

A YEAR LATER, HIS MOTHER

COMMITTED SUICIDE.

ALICE LOST HER FATHER AT

AGE THREE.

THAT'S WHEN HER MOTHER

STARTED BEATING HER.

EUNICE'S PARENTS DIED WHENUT N

SHE WAS FOUR AND NINE.

SHE WAS PASSED BETWEEN

RELATIVES, BUT NO ONE HAD

THE MONEY TO CARE FOR HER.

I FELT LIKE I WAS

NOTHING.

Terry: EUNICE

REMEMBERS SHE WISHED THENER B

THAT SHE HAD NEVER BEEN

BORN.

ERIC'S AUNT USED TO BEAT

HIM BECAUSE SHE DIDN'TCAUS

WANT HIM IN THEIR HOME.

ONE DAY SHE DROPPED HIM AT

THE ORPHANAGE.

UNDERSTANDABLY, HE HAD A

LOT OF ANGER INSIDE.

AT THAT TIME, I WANTED

TO BE A POLICE OFFICER.ER.

I THOUGHT OF BEING A

TEACHER SO I CAN HELP

CHILDREN.

Terry: ALICE LIVED: AL

WITH BEATINGS FOR EIGHT

YEARS BEFORE SOCIAL

WORKERS BROUGHT HER TO THEBROU

ORPHANAGE.

BUT CONDITIONS THERET CO

WEREN'T MUCH BETTER, ANDCH B

SHE PLANNED TO RUN AWAY.

I WAS THINK OF GOING

AND LIVING ON THE STREETS,

INSTEAD OF LIVING SUCH A

HORRIBLE LIFE.

Terry: CONDITIONS AT

THE ORPHANAGE REACHED A

CRISIS POINT.GHT

ONE NIGHT THE DRUNKEN

CARETAKER ALLOWED A RAPIST

GANG INTO THE COMPOUND.

BUT NEIGHBORS HEARD, THEPPED

POLICE WERE CALLED, AND

THE ATTACK WAS STOPPED.

WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF

THE ONGOING ABUSE AND

NEGLECT, MEMBERS OF A

LOCAL CHURCH CAME TO

VISIT.

WHEN THEY SAW THE EXTENTY SA

OF THE NEED, THEY REACHED

OUT WITH FOOD, CLOTHING,

AND ENCOURAGEMENT.URAG

IN A VERY UNUSUALIE

DECISION, AUTHORITIES

ASKED THE CHURCH TO TAKE

OVER THED ORPHANAGE.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" CAME

ALONGSIDE THE LOCAL

CHURCH, PROVIDING

IMMEDIATE FUNDS TO GET THE

CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL.OL.

THE PARTNERSHIP OF

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" HAS"ORP

HELPED US TAKE THESE

CHILDREN OUT OF A VERY

DEEP PIT.

WE COULD NOT BELIEVE

OUR EARS WHEN THEY TOLD

US.

LIKE A DREAM, THINGS

STARTED CHANGING.

GOOD MEALS, NEW UNIFORMS,

NEW SHOES, NEW CLOTHES,UN

AND WE WERE ABLEIF TO GO

BACK TO SCHOOL.

AND THAT IS WHEN WE

STARTED LIVING.RVIV

Terry: WELL, JOINING

ME NOW IS PASTOR CARLAPORT

PORTER OF "LIVING FAITH

INTERNATIONAL."

ANDATIO WE'RE SE SO GLAD TO HAVE

YOU HERE.

THANK YOU, TERRY.

Terry: WE'RE SO GLAD

TO BE INVOLVED IN THE WORK

YOU'RE DOING IN KENYA.

CARLA, WHEN I FIRST SAWED

THIS STORY, WHAT TOUCHED

ME SO MUCH WAS THE ABILITY

OF THESE CHILDREN TO

COMMUNICATE THEIR PAIN AND

THEIR HEALING.

I MEAN, THAT'S

ASTONISHING.

I SEE ADULTS WHO DON'T GET

TO THAT PLACE.

HOW DID YOU HELP THESE

KIDS COME FROM BROKENNESSDNES

AND WOUNDEDNESS AND A LACK

OF SELF-ESTEEM TO A PLACE

OF SINGING ABOUT THE

FREEDOM GOD HAS GIVEN

THEM?

WELL, TERRY, I THINK

ONE OFERRY THE MOST IMPORTANTHE P

THINGS IS THE ANOINTING

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US, THE

SPIRIT OF ADOPTION, THATTO O

WE TAKE THEM INTO OUR OWN

HEARTS AS OUR VERY OWN

CHILDREN.

WE'RE NOT JUST, QUOTE,

UNQUOTE, HELPING THEM,

CARING FOR THEM, BUT WE

RECEIVE THEM INTO OURTHEM

HEARTS, INTO OUR CHURCHMMUN

COMMUNITY AND LOVE THEM AS

OUR VERY OWN CHILDREN.

AND YEARS AGO THE LORD HAD

SHARED WITH MY LATE

HUSBAND AND ME, DON'T JUST

KEEP THEM ALIVE; GIVE THEM

A LIFE.

ANDAN THAT BROUGHT SUCH A

CHANGE IN OUR HEARTS THATWE

WE STOPPED S HELPING THEM

AND WE BEGAN FATHERING AND

MOTHERING THEM.

THEY KNOW THEY'RE LOVED.LOVE

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO MEET

THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN, NOT

JUST PHYSICALLY,

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, BUT THE

NEED TO BE LOVED AND

ACCEPTED, AND THEY FEEL A

LIBERTY TO COMMUNICATE

WHAT

IS IN THEIR HEART. IS

THEY KNOW THEY MATTER.

Terry: DID THE CHURCH T

WIND UP BECOMING AWARE OF

THE NEED THERE AND THENRE A

STEPPING IN?

WE SIMPLY -- ONCE APE

YEAR IN OCTOBER, WE AS A

CHURCH, DO COMMUNITY

OUTREACH.

WE LOOK FOR NEEDS IN THE

COMMUNITY AND WE MAKE A

SPECIAL EFFORT.

AND WE HAD BEEN TOLD ABOUT

THIS ORPHANAGE, AND THAT

ITNAGE WAS IN DIRE NEED.

AND SO ONE OF OUR CARE

GROUPS IN THE CHURCH SAID,

PASTOR, WE WANT TO REACHORPH

OUT TO THIS ORPHANAGE.

AND THAT WAS THE

BEGINNING.

WE FOUND THEM IN DESPERATE

NEED, WITHOUT FOOD,T

WITHOUT PROPER SANITATION,

TERRIBLE LIVING

CONDITIONS, AND VERY

REJECTED BY THE COMMUNITY.

AND WE WERE TOLD, WELL, NO

ONE WILL LET US COME TO

CHURCH.NO

WHEN WE WALK INTO A

CHURCH, EVERYONE MOVES

AWAY FROM US.

SO THEY HAD EXPERIENCED

TREMENDOUS REJECTION.

AND I TOLD THEM, WE WOULD

LOVE FOR YOU TO COME TO TO

OUR CHURCH.URCH

AND WE BEGAN SENDING ABUS

MINI BUS EVERY SUNDAY TO

PICK THEM UP AND BRING WOU

THEM TO CHURCH.

THEY WOULD COME HUNGRY,

DEHYDRATED.

THEY WEREN'T CLEAN.

THEY, YOU KNOW, HADRRIB

TERRIBLE ODOR AND SO

FORTH.

AND WE BEGAN TO REALIZE,

OH, THIS IS MUCH DEEPER

THAN HELPING AN ORPHANAGE

FOR ONE TIME.

AND EVENTUALLY THE

GOVERNMENT ASKED US TO

TAKE OVER THE ORPHANAGE.

Terry: TALK ABOUT THE

POWER OF EDUCATION BECAUSE

IT CREATES A HOPE AND A

FUTURE THAT YOU DON'T

REALLY HAVE WITHOUT IT.

YOU DON'T.

IN FACT, YOU'LL BE

CONSIGNED TO A LIFE OF

POVERTY.

YOU CAN RESCUE A CHILD AND

LEAD THEM IN THE SAME

CIRCUMSTANCES, OR YOU CANCHIL

RESCUE A CHILD AND BRINGE IN

DELIVERANCE IN THEIR LIFE

FROM GENERATIONS OF

POVERTY AND LACK OF

EDUCATION.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THATAT Y

YOU MEET THE PHYSIOLOGICAL

AND EMOTIONAL NEED SO THEYVE

BEGIN TO HAVE SELF-ESTEEM

AND REALIZE I MATTER.

BUT WHAT I'M FOCUSED AFTER

THAT IS THEIR DESTINY IN9:

GOD. 1

BECAUSE JEREMIAH 29: 11 IS

FOR EVERY ORPHAN AND EVERY

VULNERABLE CHILD, GOD HAS

A GOOD PLAN FOR THEM.FOR

BUT THEY NEED AN

EDUCATION.

SO I'M IN THE PROCESS OF

BUILDING HERITAGE

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY.

THE LORD HAS TOLD US,

RAISE UP LEADERS FOR ME.

AND WITH THIS ACADEMY, I

WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER THEM

WHAT WE'RE NOT ABLE TO

FIND IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

IN KENYA.: YO

Terry: YOU'RE GOINGE A

TO CHANGE A NATION WITHVE T

THIS.

OH, I RECEIVE THAT,

TERRY.

I BELIEVE THAT.WO

PRAISERD GOD.

Terry: LISTEN, ONE OF Ter

THE THINGS I SEE IN THE

LIVES OF EVERY ONE OF IS

THESE CHILDREN IN THAT

STORY IS PEOPLE WHO SHOULD

HAVE LOVED THEM WHO SHOULD

HAVE CARED ABOUT THEM,

WERE ABUSIVE TO THEM.EM.

YES.

Terry: HOW DO YOU

HELP THEM WALK THROUGH THE

FORGIVENESS?

BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GET TO

THE FREEDOM THEY'VE GOTTEN

TO WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO

RELEASE PEOPLE WHO HARMED

THEM.

TERRY, I TELL THEM,

YOU'VE HAD A DIFFICULT

BEGINNING.

BUT WE TEACH THEM THE

GOSPEL.

YOU'VE HAD A DIFFICULT

BEGINNING, BUT NOW WITH

GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE TO YOU.U.

BUT THE KEY TO THE POWER

OF GOD WORKING IN YOUR

LIFE IS FOR YOU TO WALK IN

FORGIVENESS.

AND SO WE WORK WITH THEM

IN FORGIVING EVERYONE,

FROM PARENTS TO OTHER MEM

FAMILY MEMBERS TO PEOPLE

THAT HAVE BEEN IN THEIR

LIVES, ALL WHO HAVE ABUSED

THEM, BECAUSE WITHOUT THATAUSE

FORGIVENESS, YOU HAVE ANU HA

INVISIBLE BARRIER THAT

PREVENTS GOD'S PLAN FROM

BEING FULFILLED.

Terry: WE WANTGO TO

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO

AND FOR BEING HERE WITH US

TODAY.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW IF YOU

WOULD LIKE TO HELP

CHILDREN AT CARLA'S AT

ORPHANAGE AND BE PART OF

THE WORK THAT "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" IS DOING AROUND

THE

WORLD, PARTNER WITH

US.

OUR NUMBER IS

1-800-700-7000.

YOU CAN MAKE1- A DIFFERENCE.EREN

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

YOU CAN SET PEOPLE FREE.T

> WE WANT TOTO LEAVE YOU

WITH A WONDERFUL SCRIPTURE

FROM THE BOOK OF PSALMS

TODAY, PSALM 82: 3:

"DEFEND THE POOR AND

FATHERLESS, DO JUSTICE TO

THE AFFLICTED AND THE

NEEDY."

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US TODAY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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