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The 700 Club - September 29, 2017

He’s shining a light in the land of the stars. Devon Franklin looks back at twenty years in Hollywood. Plus, see where former Muslims are risking their lives to be baptized. Read Transcript


Wendy: COMING UP, THE

MAN SHINING A LIGHT IN THE

LAND OF THE STARS.

DEVON FRANKLIN LOOKS BACK

AT 20 YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD.

> PLUS...ON A SECRET

JOURNEY WHERE FORMER

MUSLIMS ARE RISKING THEIR

LIVES TO BE BAPTIZED.

THIS WAS MY WISH BEFORE

I DIE.

Wendy: AND A LOOK

BACK AT A HALF CENTURY OF

BROADCASTING THE GOSPEL,

CBN CELEBRATES 56 YEARS ON

THE AIR.

Pat: IT WASN'T ME; IT

WAS GOD.

Wendy: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

*

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "THE 700 CLUB."

THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY.

WE'RE CELEBRATING -- WE

WENT ON THE AIR OCTOBER 1,

1961, AND, OF COURSE, THIS

ISN'T THE 1st, BUT WE'RE

CELEBRATING THAT.

56 YEARS OF BROADCASTING.

Terry: DOES IT SEEM

LIKE JUST YESTERDAY IN

SOME WAYS --

Pat: I'M SERIOUS, IT

DOES.

BUT I'M ALSO COMMEMORATING

SOMETHING TODAY, NOT 56

YEARS, BUT ONE DAY.

Terry: ONE DAY.

Pat: MY

GRANDDAUGHTER, KATHRYN, MY

DAUGHTER ELIZABETH'S

DAUGHTER, GAVE BIRTH TO MY

11th GREAT GRANDCHILD

LAST NIGHT.

Terry: BOY OR GIRL?

Pat: A GIRL.

Terry: A LITTLE GIRL.

Pat: A BIG GIRL,

10 POUNDS OF GIRL.

Terry: WOW!

EASY FOR YOU TO SAY.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: THAT CHILD IS

GOING TO BE SOMETHING

ELSE.

BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO

IT.

JUST THINK, I HAVE 11, AND

A COUPLE MORE COOKING.

SO I'LL HAVE 13.

Terry: THE ROBERTSON

WAY.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: IT IS EXCITING.

Terry: IT IS

EXCITING.

CONGRATULATIONS.

Pat: TO COMMEMORATE

THIS EVENT, WE'RE JOINED

BY SOME OF THE FRIENDS WHO

MADE THIS MINISTRY

POSSIBLE.

THEY'RE HERE WITH ME

TODAY.

WILL YOU ALL GIVE

YOURSELVES A HAND?

GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF

YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: THIS IS A

SPECIAL COUNCIL OF 100,

AND THEY'RE HERE FOR A

WEEKEND, AND WE'RE

DELIGHTED TO SEE EVERY ONE

OF THEM.

DEAR, DEAR FRIENDS FROM

ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

> FIRST IN THE NEWS,

AFTER A WEEK, THE POWERFUL

HURRICANE MARIA DEVASTATED

PUERTO RICO.

PEOPLE THERE ARE STILL

DESPERATE FOR HELP.

Terry: NOW PRESIDENT

TRUMP HAS APPOINTED A

THREE-STAR GENERAL TO HEAD

UP THE U.S. MILITARY

RELIEF EFFORT, AND CBN'S

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PROVIDING THE PEOPLE OF

SAN JUAN WITH LIGHT AND

WITH HOPE.

AND GARY LANE HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: THESE ARE

THE LATEST VIEWS OF PUERTO

RICO, A DIRE HUMANITARIAN

CRISIS, BUT RAYS OF HOPE

ARE EMERGING.

MUCH-NEEDED U.S.

GOVERNMENT HELP IS

STARTING TO TRICKLE IN.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

WAS CRITICIZED FOR NOT

ACTING QUICKER, BUT THE

JONES ACT PROHIBITED

FOREIGN FLAGSHIPS FROM

MOVING RELIEF BETWEEN U.S.

PORTS.

NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS

WAIVED THE LAW, MOVING

FOOD, WATER, AND OTHER

SUPPLIES ARE NOW GETTING

TO PUERTO RICO.

BUT MOVING THEM TO THE

WORST-HIT AREAS IS

EXTREMELY DIFFICULTY.

A WEEK AFTER HURRICANE

MARIA HIT THE ISLAND AS A

CATEGORY 4 STORM, PEOPLE

ARE STILL WITHOUT

ELECTRICITY, AND WATER IS

IN SCARCE SUPPLY.

PEOPLE ARE WAITING IN LONG

LINES FOR GASOLINE TO

POWER THEIR GENERATORS AND

VEHICLES.

VERY FEW GAS STATIONS ARE

OPEN.

"OPERATION BLESSING'S"

DAVID DARD WAS ON THE

GROUND IN PUERTO RICO

EARLIER THIS WEEK.

I TALKED WITH DARD, WHO

SAID THE ISLAND HAS BEEN

DEVASTATED.

IT IS ONE OF THE WORST

DISASTERS I'VE EVER SEEN,

IN TERMS OF THE SCALE.

THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE WAS

HORRIFIC, AND THE DEATH

TOLL WAS HUGE, BUT IT WAS

FAIRLY LOCALIZED IN MANY

RESPECTS.

WHEREAS HERE YOU HAVE AN

ENTIRE ISLAND.

AND THIS IS A BIG ISLAND.

LOOK AT IT ON A MAP.

THIS ENTIRE ISLAND IS

FLATTENED.

Reporter: "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS WORKING WITH

THE ONLY FUNCTIONING

BAKERY TO PROVIDE BREAD

FOR PUERTO RICANS.

THIS SIGN READS, "THE

FIRST 700 FAMILIES WILL

RECEIVE FREE BREAD, THANKS

TO THE HELP OF "OPERATION

BLESSING".

AND LET THERE BE LIGHT.

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD LIVED IN

DARKNESS FOR MORE THAN A

WEEK.

NO LONGER.

O.B. HAS GIVEN THEM

SOLAR-POWERED LIGHTS.

THE SAN JUAN MAYOR HELPED

DISTRIBUTE THE LIGHTS, AND

SHOWED THEM HOW TO OPERATE

THEM.

ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET

THAT SPARK IN PEOPLE'S

EYES.

YOU HAVE CHILDREN SMILE.

THE COMMUNITY STARTS

GETTING NOISY AGAIN.

AND PEOPLE START CLAIMING

BACK THEIR STREETS.

IT'S NOT A CUBE OF LIGHT;

IT'S A CUBE OF HOPE.

Reporter: A BLESSING

IN DISGUISE, SAID MAYOR

CRUZ.

ONE CHILD WAS EXCITED

BECAUSE SHE COULD READ

AGAIN AT NIGHT.

AND HER NEIGHBORS, FELLOW

AMERICANS WHO RECEIVED THE

SOLAR-POWERED LIGHTS,

EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE.

THANK YOU, CBN!

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS.

Pat: WELL, I WANT TO

TELL YOU ABOUT "OPERATION

BLESSING."

DAVID DARD WAS THERE IN

PUERTO RICO.

HERE IS WHAT THEY'VE DONE

SO FAR: WE'VE SERVED 34 34

COUNTIES AND CITIES IN

TEXAS AND FLORIDA.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

COORDINATED OVER 7,000

VOLUNTEERS SO FAR.

WE'VE SENT 20 SEMI TRUCKS

FULL OF EMERGENCY FOOD,

WATER, AND SUPPLIES.

AND WE'VE GIVEN OUT

$159,000 IN CASH GRANTS TO

PARTNERING CHURCHES.

THAT'S JUST SOME OF THE

THINGS THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" HAS BEEN DOING

TO HELP THE PEOPLE WITH

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH

OF AID FROM VOLUNTEERS.

AND YOU CAN BE A PART.

HERE IS THE ADDRESS THAT

IS ON YOUR SCREEN:

"OPERATION BLESSING," CBN

CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH,

VIRGINIA, 23463.

Terry: RIGHT.

BOY, JUST GETTING STUFF TO

PUERTO RICO HAS GOT TO BE

HALF THE PROBLEM.

Pat: THAT JONES

ACT -- YOU SAY, WHAT'S

THAT?

IT MEANT YOU COULDN'T

BRING A FOREIGN CARRIER TO

CARRY GOODS FROM ONE PART

OF AMERICA TO ANOTHER ONE.

SO WE'RE WAIVING -- THE

PRESIDENT IS WAIVING THE

JONES ACT.

I THINK IT HAS TAKEN A

WHILE TO GET IT DONE

BECAUSE A LOT OF THE

SHIPPING COMPANIES DON'T

WANT THAT WEIGHT.

BUT THE GOODS ARE PILING

UP AT THE DOCKS IN PUERTO

RICO.

BUT, AGAIN, THE ROADS WERE

IMPASSEABLE.

REMEMBER, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS STILL IN

TEXAS, STILL IN FLORIDA,

NOW IN PUERTO RICO, ALL

DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO

HELP PEOPLE.

AND YOU CAN JUST PICK UP

THE TELEPHONE AND CALL IN.

1-800-700-7000.

AND YOU CAN CALL AND MAKE

A DIFFERENCE.

SO WE'RE HERE FOR A

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY

BROADCAST, AND WE'RE GLAD

TO SEE YOU ALL WITH US.

> NOW, HERE AT HOME, THE

WHOLE CONGRESS AS ONE MAN

STOOD AND APPLAUDED WHEN

CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE

RETURNED TO CAPITOL HILL.

AND CONGRESSMAN SCALISE --

THANK GOD FOR HIS RECOVERY

AFTER THAT TRAGIC

SHOOTING.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT

STORY.

John: SCALISE AND

FOUR OTHERS WERE INJURED

WHEN A GUNMAN OPENED FIRE

ON A EARLY MORNING

REPUBLICAN BASEBALL

PRACTICE.

HE THANKED THOSE WHO

HELPED SAVE HIS LIFE,

INCLUDING OFFICERS DAVID

BAILEY AND CRYSTAL

GREINER.

AND HE TOLD HIS COLLEAGUES

HOW HE SAW MANY ANSWERS TO

PRAYER THAT DAY.

IT STARTS WITH GOD.

[APPLAUSE]

WHEN I WAS LAYING OUT

ON THAT BALL FIELD, THE

FIRST THING I DID ONCE I

WAS DOWN AND I COULDN'T

MOVE ANYMORE, I JUST

STARTED TO PRAY.

AND I'LL TELL YOU, IT GAVE

ME AN UNBELIEVABLE SENSE

OF CALM, KNOWING THAT AT

THAT POINT IT WAS IN GOD'S

HANDS.

BUT I PRAYED FOR VERY

SPECIFIC THINGS.

AND I'LL TELL YOU, PRETTY

MUCH EVERY ONE OF THOSE

PRAYERS WAS ANSWERED.

THE POWER OF PRAYER IS

SOMETHING THAT YOU JUST

CANNOT UNDERESTIMATE.

[APPLAUSE]

John: THEY CALL HIS

RECOVERY MIRACULOUS.

> EXTREME MUSLIM GROUPS

AND SYSTEMATICALLY

KIDNAPPING YOUNG COPTIC

CHRISTIAN WOMEN ON ALMOST

A DAILY BASIS.

MUSLIM GROUPS PAY THEM

LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, AND

THE WOMEN ARE FORCED TO

MARRY THE MUSLIM MEN.

THE KIDNAPPERS ARE RARELY

ARRESTED BECAUSE POLICE

DON'T REPORT IT AS A

KIDNAPPING.

THEY SAY THE GIRLS WENT

MISSING, TO COVER UP THE

CRIMES OF THOSE THEY SEE

AS THEIR MUSLIM BROTHERS.

> A SIGN OF HOPE

EXPLODED IN UKRAINE

RECENTLY, EVEN THOUGH IT

REMAINS IN THE MIDDLE OF

AN ONGOING BLOODY CONFLICT

WITH RUSSIA.

THERE HAS ENTERED THE

STREETS TO CELEBRATE ONE

OF THE MOST IMPORTANT

EVENTS IN HISTORY.

Reporter: FAMILIES

CAME ONE BY ONE, YOUNG AND

OLD, TO THE HEART OF

YEERKUKRAINE FOR A GATHERING

CENTURIES IN THE MAKING.

WE ARE GATHERED HERE

TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE

COURAGE AND THE

DETERMINATION OF ONE MAN

500 YEARS AGO TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: MORE THAN

200,000 FILLED THE STREETS

OF KIEV TO ENJOY EXHIBITS,

PLAY ZONES, AND MUSIC

PERFORMANCES.

AND THEY ALSO HEARD FROM

INTERNATIONAL GUEST

SPEAKERS, INCLUDING CBN'S

OWN TERRY MEEUWSEN.

GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR

MEN AND WOMEN OF POWER AND

WEALTH.

HE IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE

WHO ARE LOOKING FOR HIM.

I SAY TO YOU THE SAME

THING THAT I SAY TO MY OWN

COUNTRY, BUT I SPEAK IT TO

YOU AS UKRAINE' UKRAINIANS.

BE THE ONE WHO STANDS BY

THE TRUTH, THE ONE WHO

HONORS GOD.

Reporter: NI NICK

VOYCHUCK BROUGHT A SPECIAL

MESSAGE TO UKRAINE'S

YOUTH.

MY HEART IS FOR THE

NEXT GENERATION OF

UKRAINE.

I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER ME

YOUR BROTHER, YOUR FRIEND.

I WILL COME TO UKRAINE

AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN,

BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE MORE

HOPE AND LOVE IN YOUR

COUNTRY.

Reporter:

"SUPERBOOK'S" GIZMO ALSO

JOINED IN ON THE

CELEBRATION, AS CHILDREN

HEARD THE GOSPEL IN THEIR

OWN LANGUAGE, AND WATCHED

BIBLE STORIES COME ALIVE

ON SCREEN.

THE EVENING ENDED WITH

WORSHIP, AND EVENT

ORGANIZERS SAY SEVERAL

THOUSAND PEOPLE GAVE THEIR

LIVES TO CHRIST.

WHILE THE REFORMATION

HAPPENED 500 YEARS AGO,

THE MESSAGE IS STILL CLEAR

TODAY: JESUS IS THE

ANSWER.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

John: IT'S AMAZING TO

SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN

UKRAINE.

Pat: TERRY, WHAT WAS

THIS ABOUT?

THIS WAS THE ANNIVERSARY

OF WHAT?

THE REFORMATION?

Terry: THE

REFORMATION.

Pat: HOW COME THEY

CELEBRATE IT?

Terry: BECAUSE IT

BROUGHT PROTESTANTISM TO

THEIR PART OF THE WORLD,

TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

AND THEY LOVE THE WORD OF

GOD.

THERE WERE HALF A MILLION

PEOPLE IN MIDON SQUARE.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.

Pat: HALF A MILLION

TURNED OUT?

Terry: YEAH.

Pat: I THOUGHT THEY

USED TO CELEBRATE THE

ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY TO

THE UKRAINE.

I REMEMBER WHEN CRAW I WAS

THERE, A THOUSAND YEARS OF

THAT.

THE UKRAINIANS HAVE HAD

THE GOSPEL FOR YEARS?

Terry: THEY HAVE HAD

THE GOSPEL FOR YEARS.

ESPECIALLY WITH TODAY,

WITH THE CONFLICT THAT IS

GOING ON THERE, THEY ARE

STANDING ON THE PROMISES

OF GOD.

IT WAS AMAZING, WHEN NICK

VOYCHUCK SPOKE, TO SEE THE

THOUSANDS WHO RAISED THEIR

HANDS TO COMMITMENT THEIR

LIVES TO GOD.

"SUPERBOOK" HAD A TENT,

AND KIDS WERE WATCHING THE

"SUPERBOOK" SERIES ALL

DAY.

IT WAS QUITE INSPIRING.

AND THERE WERE -- BEFORE

NICK CAME ON, THERE WERE

NUMEROUS SPEAKERS.

THERE WAS A PASTOR THERE,

WHO YEARS AGO HAD BEEN

IMPRISONED FOR HIS FAITH

FOR A LONG TIME.

HE LIVES IN THE UNITED

STATES NOW, BUT CAME BACK

FOR THIS SPECIAL

CELEBRATION.

Pat: AND THEY

RECOGNIZED YOU FROM "THE

700 CLUB"?

Terry: I WISH I COULD

TELL YOU.

WHENEVER I TRAVEL, IT IS

SO AMAZING TO ME.

IN THE MOST REMOTE PARTS

OF THE WORLD, PEOPLE COME

UP TO ME AND SAY, TELL PAT

ROBERTSON THANK YOU.

THAT'S HOW I FOUND JESUS.

YOU'LL HAVE A LONG LINE IN

HEAVEN.

Pat: I'LL HAVE PLENTY

OF TIME TO SIGN

AUTOGRAPHS.

Terry: THAT'S RIGHT.

Pat: WHAT'S NEXT?

Terry: WE MENTIONED

WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR

56th ANNIVERSARY ON THE

AIR.

TODAY OUR SIGNAL GOES

AROUND THE WORLD, BUT WHEN

WE STARTED, WE WERE LUCKY

IF WE COULD BE SEEN AROUND

THE BLOCK.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A WALK

THROUGH THE HISTORY OF

CBN'S MINISTRY, AFTER

THIS.

[APPLAUSE]

Terry: WELL, AT CBN

WE'VE POSTED A BIBLE VERSE

RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR DOORS,

MATTHEW 24: 14: "THE

GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

SHALL BE PREACHED INTO ALL

OF THE WORLD."

OUR MISSION TO DO JUST

THAT BEGAN ON

OCTOBER 1st, BACK IN

1961.

WE HAD LITTLE MORE THAN A

WEAK SIGNAL AND SOME

RAMSHACKLE EQUIPMENT, BUT

WITH GOD'S HELP, IT HAS

BEEN ENOUGH TO REACH THE

NATIONS.

Announcer: CBN, THE

CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING

NETWORK.

Terry: HI, EVERYBODY,

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB."

Reporter: WHEN YOU

TURN ON "THE 700 CLUB,"

YOU'RE WATCHING A PROGRAM

THAT HAS BEEN ON THE AIR

CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1966.

IT'S ONE OF THE

LONGEST-RUNNING DAILY

PROGRAMS IN TELEVISION

HISTORY.

Pat: I'VE PROBABLY

SEEN MORE PEOPLE COME TO

THE LORD THROUGH CBN THAN

ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION IN

THE WORLD.

BUT IT WASN'T ME, IT WAS

GOD.

Reporter: IT WAS AN

UNBELIEVABLE LEAP OF FAITH

FOR A MAN WHO DIDN'T OWN A

TV SET, TO JUMP INTO

TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Pat: I DIDN'T HAVE

ANY MONEY, BUT A LOT OF

FAITH, I SUPPOSE.

SO I GOT AN APPOINTMENT

WITH DAVID SNAR OFF, WHO

WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE

BOARD, AND I SAID WE

NEEDED TO BUY SOME

EQUIPMENT.

AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND

SAID, YOU DON'T SOUND LIKE

MUCH OF A BUYER TO ME.

Reporter: HE BOUGHT

THE EQUIPMENT HE NEEDED

FROM RCA, TO GET THE

TRANSMITTER AND CAMERA

WORKING.

HE WENT ON THE AIR WITH

HIS BIBLE IN HAND.

THE INAUGURAL BROADCAST OF

THE CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING

NETWORK MADE IT TO THE END

OF THE BLOCK, AND FROM

THERE IT NEVER STOPPED.

OVER THE DECADES, MILLIONS

ON EVERY CONTINENT HAVE

RESPONDED TO CHRIST AS PAT

SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO

VIEWERS.

Pat: LORD JESUS --

THAT'S RIGHT, PRAY WITH

ME.

LORD JESUS, YOU KNOW WHAT

I'VE BEEN THROUGH.

Reporter: TODAY CBN

PROGRAMMING IS SEEN IN

MORE THAN 100 NATIONS

AROUND THE WORLD.

COUNTRIES ONCE COMPLETELY

CLOSED TO THE GOSPEL ARE

NOW NEW FRONTIERS.

WHAT BEGAN IN TIDEWATER,

VIRGINIA, IS SPANNING THE

GLOBE.

ALL OF THE BEST HUMAN

STRATEGIES IN THE WORLD

COULDN'T ACCOMPLISH THAT

FEAT.

Gordon: CBN WAS THE

FIRST EVER TO START A

CHRISTIAN TELEVISION SHOW

IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

IT HAS PROFOUND

IMPLICATIONS FOR THE

CULTURE.

WHEN YOU SHOW PEOPLE WHAT

JESUS IS DOING TODAY FOR

PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE THEM,

TALK LIKE THEM -- NOT SOME

FAR-OFF STORY THAT

HAPPENED 2,000 YEARS

AGO --

Pat: I WANTED TO BE

PART OF GOD'S PLAN, AND I

THINK THAT HIS PLAN IS FOR

WORLD EVANGELIZATION, TO

BRING MILLIONS TO THE

KINGDOM, AND HE HAS LET ME

BE PART OF IT.

Reporter: IN 1978,

PAT WAS READING OUT OF THE

SCRIPTURES IN ISAIAH...

Pat: IS IT NOT TO

SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE

HUNGRY, AND TO PROVIDE THE

POOR WANDERER WITH

SHELTER, AND WHEN YOU SEE

THE NAKED, TO CLOTHE HIM.

Reporter: WITH THAT

MANDATE, IT STARTED

"OPERATION BLESSING."

AND PRESIDENT'S LIKE

RONALD REAGAN TOOK NOTICE.

"OPERATION BLESSING,"

THEY'VE GIVEN NEARLY

$2.5 MILLION TO MORE THAN

8500 CHURCHES, AND THIS

MONEY IS THEN MATCHED BY

THE LOCAL CHURCHES.

THE RESULT HAS BEEN

FANTASTIC.

Reporter: NOW

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED

CHARITIES IN THE WORLD.

A FLEET OF TRUCKS CROSS

THE NATION PROVIDING

HUNGER RELIEF, WATER WELLS

ARE DUG ON EVERY

CONTINENT, AND ORPHANS ARE

RESCUED.

IF A DISASTER STRIKES

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,

LIKE HURRICANE KA HURRICANE KATRINA,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

THERE WITH EMERGENCY

RELIEF.

Pat: IT'S FUNNY, WHEN

YOU'RE WALKING WITH GOD,

YOU DON'T HAVE ALL OF

THESE GRANDIOSE DREAMS

ABOUT THE FUTURE.

WHAT YOU HAVE IS, THIS IS

THE NEXT STEP, NEXT STEP,

NEXT STEP, AND YOU GO

WHERE GOD IS TELLING YOU,

AND SUDDENLY HERE IT ALL

IS.

Reporter: REGENT

UNIVERSITY BEGAN WITH 77

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN 1978.

TODAY MORE THAN 7,000

SCHOLARS ARE TRAINING IN

THE MAJOR DISCIPLINES.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR

LAW AND JUSTICE WAS

STARTED.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR

LAW AND JUSTICE, WE DEFEND

LIBERTY EN FREEDOM.

AND FREEDOM.

AND WHEN YOU TAKE IT AS A

MANDATE FROM GOD, IT IS

SOMETHING YOU DO WITH

EXCELLENCE.

WE DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE TO ENGAGE

IN FREE SPEECH IN THE

UNITED STATES AND AROUND

THE WORLD.

Reporter: DEE DEE

ROBERTSON STANDS IN AWE OF

IT ALL.

I HAVE DREAMED MORE

THAN I THOUGHT I COULD

EVER DREAM, AND I HAVE

DONE MORE THAN I HAVE EVER

DREAMED I COULD DO.

IT HAS BEEN A VERY

EXCITING LIFE.

WORKING FOR THE LORD IS AN

EXCITING THING TO DO.

FOLLOWING HIS LEADING AND

DOING THE THINGS THAT HE

WANTS YOU TO DO.

Reporter: THE STORY

OF THEIR MEETING HAS BEEN

TOLD BEFORE, BUT EVERY

TIME DEE DEE TELLS IT,

THERE IS STILL A SPARKLE

IN HER EYE.

THEY MET AT YALE.

PAT WAS STUDYING LAW, AND

DEE DEE WAS GETTING HER

MASTER'S IN NURSING.

SHE SAYS FROM THE FIRST

TIME SHE SAW PAT, THERE

WERE SPARKS -- REAL

SPARKS -- AND FIRE.

THAT'S KIND OF AN

EXCITING TALE.

HE CAME TO AN OPEN HOUSE

THAT THE STUDENT NURSES

HAD, AND I WAS TRYING TO

ESCAPE FROM SOMEONE ELSE.

AND I SAID I HAD TO WORK

AT THE REFRESHMENT TABLE.

AND I WENT DOWN THERE AND

THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD

DO, SO I TRIED TO LOOK

BUSY.

AND MY HAIR CAUGHT ON

FIRE, AND PAT JUMPED UP

AND PUT IT OUT WITH HIS

BARE HANDS.

SOMEHOW THE FIRE HE PUT

OUT IN MY HAIR MOVED TO MY

HEART, AND IT HAS NEVER

LEFT.

THERE WERE SOME VERY HARD

TIMES, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE

WERE FIRST STARTING OUT,

AND I HAD THREE CHILDREN,

THE OLDEST WAS THREE AND A

HALF, AND IT WAS JUST A

LOT OF WORK, A LOT OF

SACRIFICE.

I THANK THEM FOR THE

EXAMPLE THAT THEY SET.

THAT'S WHAT IS UNIQUE

ABOUT THE TWO OF THEM,

THEY BOTH WERE WILLING TO

SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO GOD.

THEY'RE A BEAUTIFUL,

BEAUTIFUL COUPLE TOGETHER.

GOD DEFINITELY KNEW WHEN

HE PUT THEM TOGETHER.

Reporter: THEIR

PASSIONATE LOVE FOR

CHRIST, FAITH IN HIS

GOODNESS, AND BELIEF IN

HIS CREATIVE POWER, ARE

THE HALLMARKS OF THE

ROBERTSON FAMILY.

Pat: SHE WAS MY FIRST

LOVE.

THAT WAS IT.

[APPLAUSE]

Terry: PRECIOUS

MOMENTS.

WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU

FEEL, AS YOU WATCH ALL OF

THAT?

Pat: IT BRINGS TEARS

TO MY EYES WHEN I THINK

ABOUT IT, VERY FRANKLY.

I THINK ABOUT THE GOODNESS

OF GOD, WHAT HE HAS DONE

OVER THESE YEARS.

THIS TIME HAS GONE BY SO

FAST.

I'LL SAY TO ANYBODY, I'M

87 YEARS OLD, AND IT HAS

GONE BY JUST LIKE THAT.

THE DAYS ARE LIKE A HAND'S

BREATH, AND THEY'RE GONE.

SO THE THING TO DO IS

TO -- EVERYTHING THAT YOU

CAN POSSIBLY DO THAT IS

SIGNIFICANT FOR THE LORD,

DO IT NOW.

GOD -- TERRY, OVER THE

YEARS, IT ISN'T SOME

GRANDIOSE PLAN I HAVE LAID

OUT.

GOD SAYS DO THAT -- YES,

SIR.

DO THAT -- YES, SIR.

READ IN THE BIBLE, DO

THAT.

HERE IS WHAT IT SAYS, AND

LET'S DO THAT.

AND YOU LOOK BACK, AND,

HEY, LOOK AT THAT.

THERE WAS A WHOLE PLAN

THAT GOD HAD.

Terry: TO BE GOD'S

PLAN, IT ALMOST HAS TO

UNFOLD LIKE THAT, DON'T

YOU THINK?

Pat: OF COURSE IT

DOES.

BUT HE DOESN'T GIVE YOU

THE BLUEPRINT OF

EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING

TO COME DOWN THE ROAD.

YOU TAKE IT BY FAITH.

THAT'S WHY FAITH IS.

FAITH IS THE EVIDENCE OF

THINGS YOU CAN'T SEE, THE

GREAT PROMISES OF GOD.

AND OVER THESE YEARS, IT

HAS BEEN SIMPLY FANTASTIC.

ALL RIGHT.

Terry: AND WE SIT ON

THE BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS OF

ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE AND

GET TO ENJOY THIS EVERY

DAY.

> OVER THE PAST 50 PLUS

YEARS, WE'VE HAD THE

CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH

PRESIDENTS, PRIME

MINISTERS, PLUS MOVIE

STARS AND ROCK AND ROLL

LEGENDS.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK

AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS

FROM THE LAST HALF

CENTURY.

Pat: WE'RE HERE BY

THE GOLDEN GATE OF

JERUSALEM.

SOME CALL IT THE EASTERN

GATE.

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE

JESUS CHRIST CAME AND

ENTERED THE CITY OF

JERUSALEM.

HE CAME DOWN FROM THE

MOUNT OF OLIVES AND CAME

UP THE WINDING PATHWAY AND

ROLLED INTO THE CITY.

AND THEY SAID, HOSANNA,

BLESSED IS HE THAT COMES

IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

Pat: YOU'RE SEEING

MORE PEOPLE COME TO THE

LORD THAN EVER IN YOUR

LIFE.

YES, WE ARE SEEING THEM

COMING TO THE LORD.

AND WATCHING THEM BECOME

DISCIPLES, WHERE THEY CAN

DEVELOP AS CHRISTIANS, I

THINK IS GOING TO BE SO

IMPORTANT.

AND WE REALLY NEED TO PRAY

FOR THOSE THAT ARE

TEACHING AND LEADING GOD'S

MEN AND WOMEN, THAT WE ARE

DISCIPLES, SO WE CAN GO

OUT AND GET THE HARVEST,

THE LATTER DAY HARVEST.

Pat: I HAVE ONE OF

THE GREAT PICTURES OF ALL

TIME.

ORAL IS WITH US, AND HE

WILL GIVING US SOME

PITCHING LESSONS, AND

MAYBE I'LL SHOW HIM HOW HE

CAN ENHANCE HIMSELF.

WELL, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'M GOING TO THROW A

BALL.

I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO SEE

WHAT THE RADAR GUN SAYS.

Pat: THERE IS A GUY

OVER THERE, AND HE IS A

LONG WAYS AWAY.

IT'S PRETTY FAR.

Pat: ALL RIGHT.

HERE WE GO.

YOU WANT ME TO THROW

ONE?

Pat: GO AHEAD, GO AT

IT.

YOU'VE GOT A RADAR GUN?

75.

ARE YOU GOING TO THROW

ONE?

Pat: YOU'VE GOT A

BALL FOR ME?

YEAH.

HAVE YOU PITCHED BEFORE?

Pat: WELL, YES, BUT

NOT LIKE YOU DO.

ALL RIGHT, SO YOU GET

YOURSELF READY LIKE THIS

AND THEN YOU LET IT GO,

HUH?

THAT WAS A LOT HARDER

THAN MINE.

SOMEHOW WE GOT 99 ON THAT

ONE, PAT.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: WOULD YOU PLEASE

WELCOME AMY GRANT AS SHE

SINGS "AL SHADI."

* AL SHADI

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SINGING IN A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

* AGE TO AGE YOU'RE STILL

THE SAME *

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: THANK YOU.

> IT HAS BEEN A LONG

TIME.

I REMEMBER WHEN YOU DID

YOUR FIRST CROSS-OVER

ALBUM, AND YOU CAME UP AND

SAID, WHAT CAN YOU SAY.

GOD HAS BLESSED YOU SO

MUCH.

HE REALLY HAS.

THEY CALLED ME AND THEY

SAID, WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO

PERFORM IN FRONT OF

PRESIDENT REAGAN'S

CABINET.

AND I SAID, I ALWAYS

WANTED TO SEE NANCY'S

CHINA.

AND I HAVE BEEN VERY

FORTUNATE TO MEET THE

PRESIDENT SEVERAL TIMES,

PRESIDENT REAGAN.

AND THEN WHEN I WAS

PERFORMING FOR PRESIDENT

BUSH, I REMEMBER THEY

CALLED AND THEY SAID, WE

WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO TO

THE WHITE HOUSE AND

PERFORM IN FRONT OF THE

BUSHES.

NOW...

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: WOULD YOU PLEASE

WELCOME TO "THE 700 CLUB"

MR. ROBMR. ROBERT DUVALL.

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: YOU'VE GOT THE

DUVALL FAN CLUB WITH YOU.

BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT THE

MOVIE, WE'RE HERE IN

VIRGINIA, AND I WANT TO

CLARIFY ONE THING.

I SAW ONE ARTICLE THAT

SAID YOU HAD A FARM OF

200 ACRES.

AND ANOTHER SAID YOU HAD A

FARM OF 350.

IS IT 350 OR 200?

360.

Pat: SO NEITHER ONE

WERE RIGHT.

HOW WAS YOUR FLIGHT IN?

TERRIFIC.

MY WIFE GETS THESE ECONOMY

TICKETS ON THE COMPUTER,

SO I FLEW FROM LOS ANGELES

TO NEW YORK FOR $8.

LET ME TELL YOU, YOU DON'T

GET MUCH SERVICE FOR $8.

AND THE CREW GETS ON BOARD

AND THEY TELL YOU WHAT A

WONDERFUL FLIGHT IT IS

GOING TO BE, AS YOU SAW

THERE.

AND THEN THEY SPEND ABOUT

15 MINUTES TELLING YOU HOW

YOU CAN GET KILLED ON THE

SAME FLIGHT, WHICH KIND OF

RELAXES EVERYBODY.

I GO A LONG WAY BACK.

Pat: YOU SURE DO.

YOU WERE BACK IN THE OLD

BUILDING --

YEAH.

I CALL THAT TORTILLA FLAT.

Pat: THAT AND WORSE.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,

WHEN I HAD DINNER WITH

YOU -- WE HAD JUST COME

FROM DUSTY'S WEDDING.

YOU AND DODI AND I, MY

LITTLE GIRL.

AND YOU SAID, THE LORD HAS

TOLD ME I'M GOING TO HAVE

A CHRISTIAN NETWORK, AND

THEN I WENT OUT THERE WITH

YOU TO DO THAT PROGRAM.

AND I SAID TO MYSELF, THIS

MAN IS EITHER THE GREATEST

VISIONARY I HAVE EVER MET,

OR HE IS A CRACK.

Pat: THERE ARE STILL

PEOPLE WHO AREN'T QUITE

SURE.

Terry: PERSONALLY, WE

VOTE FOR VISIONARY.

* HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU

* UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

* HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU

Terry: I'M GOING TO

GO WITH VISIONARY.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: WHAT A

WONDERFUL RECOLLECTION OF

ALL OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS.

Pat: SOME WONDERFUL

TIMES WE'VE HAD.

ROY AND DALE WERE JUST

SPECIAL FRIENDS.

ROY IS SUCH A HUMBLE GUY.

HE WAS KING OF THE

COWBOYS, BUT SO HUMBLE.

A VERY PRECIOUS MAN.

AND DALE WAS A GREAT LADY.

SHE WROTE THAT BOOK,

"ANGEL UNAWARE," AND SHE'S

JUST A BEAUTIFUL PERSON.

Terry: THEY LOVED CBN

AND VISITING HERE.

Pat: THEY'VE GONE TO

BE WITH THE LORD, BUT WE

MISS THEM TERRIBLY.

Terry: THERE ARE

THOUSANDS WHO HAVE COME

THROUGH CBN OVER THE

YEARS.

WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THIS

EVENT THE BEST WAY BE KNOW

POSSIBLE, WITH CAKE.

AND I'M SURE THE ONE IN

FRONT OF US IS FILLED WITH

VEGETABLES AND MAYBE A

LITTLE STEVIA.

BUT THE PARTNERS IN OUR

STUDIO AUDIENCE, WE

HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOU.

YOU'RE GETTING THE BIG

ONE.

FOR JUST A MOMENT, I'M

GOING TO CELEBRATE WITH

YOU AND INSIST THAT YOU

HAVE A PIECE OF CAKE.

Pat: ALL RIGHT.

Terry: WOULD YOU HAND

ME YOUR PLATE THERE?

THERE YOU GO.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

Pat: HAPPY

ANNIVERSARY.

CAN I GIVE YOU A PIECE?

Terry: I'LL TAKE MY

OWN.

Pat: OKAY, YOU'LL

TAKE YOUR OWN.

THIS IS MULTI-COLORED.

IT'S PURPLE --

Terry: IT IS ROYAL.

Pat: IS THAT WHAT IT

IS.

Terry: HAPPY

BIRTHDAY, HAPPY

ANNIVERSARY.

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: IT IS WONDERFUL

TO HAVE THESE PARTNERS

HERE WITH US.

IT IS JUST SO GREAT.

Terry: IT IS A GREAT

WAY TO CELEBRATE.

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE ALL

HERE.

WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED

FOR THIS AMAZING WEEKEND.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE OF

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE," SO

STAY WITH US.

[APPLAUSE]

P Wendy: COMING UP, IT

IS THE PLACE WHERE

CHRISTIANITY IS GROWING

FASTER THAN ANY OTHER

PLACE IN THE WORLD.

AND THE LOCATION MAY

SURPRISE YOU.

AND THEN...THE

HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER BEHIND

FILMS, SUCH AS "HEAVEN IS

FOR REAL," AND "THE KARATE

KID," DEVON FRANKLIN JOINS

US LIVE, LATER ON TODAY'S

SHOW.

[APPLAUSE]

Pat: WELL, WELCOME

BACK.

YOU'RE WATCHING THE 56th

ANNIVERSARY OF OUR

BROADCASTING.

OUR FIRST BROADCAST --

LISTEN, THAT EARLIER

STUDIO -- WE HAD ONE

CAMERA.

AND THAT CAMERA HAD CAUGHT

ON FIRE...

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: THAT SEEMS TO

BE A RECURRING THEME IN

YOUR LIFE.

Pat: I KNOW, MAN.

THIS IS TRUE, OUR SET WAS

A -- IT WAS A GREY CURTAIN

THAT HAD DRY ROT --

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: -- AND WE HAD A

LITTLE CARDBOARD CROSS

THAT HAD BEEN CUT OUT AND

PASTED TOGETHER WITH DUCT

TAPE OR SOMETHING.

SO THAT WAS THE CROSS.

THE CROSS WAS HUNG UP ON

THAT ROTTEN CURTAIN BEHIND

US.

AND WE HAD A LITTLE

PULPIT, A LITTLE THING,

AND THAT'S HOW WE WENT ON

THE AIR.

THAT WAS IT.

Terry: DESPITE NOT

THE DAY OF SMALL

BEGINNINGS.

Pat: REALLY, IT WAS

AS SMALL AS YOU COULD GET.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: AND ENGINEER --

THIS GUY -- I WON'T NAME

HIS NAME -- BUT HE DIDN'T

BELIEVE WE WERE GOING TO

GET ON THE AIR.

HE SAID, THERE IS NO WAY

YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THE

DEADLINE.

WE SAID OCTOBER 1st

WE'RE GOING TO GET ON THE

AIR.

AND HE DIDN'T HAVE THE

GEAR READY TO TURN THE

SWITCH SO WE COULD GO ON

THE AIR.

SO I SAID TO HIM, "H," "H" -- I

WON'T NAME HIM -- GET THAT

THING ON THE AIR.

WE'RE GOING TO THROW THE

SWITCH.

WELL, WE JUST CAN'T DO IT.

WELL, YOU'RE JUST GOING TO

HAVE TO DO IT.

SO ABOUT 3:00 IN THE

AFTERNOON, THEY FINALLY

THREW THE SWITCH AND WE

WENT ON THE AIR.

WE HAD A THOUSAND WATT

TRANSMITTER, AND WE DIDN'T

HAVE A MONITOR.

AND SO THERE WAS A LITTLE

CONVENIENCE STORE DOWN THE

STREET, WHERE THEY SOLD

NOTIONS AND A LITTLE BIT

OF CANDY AND STUFF, AND WE

RAN DOWN THERE TO SEE IF

WE WERE ON THE AIR.

Terry: LEAVING THE

CURTAIN AND THE CROSS AND

WHOEVER WAS WATCHING.

Pat: AND WE TURNED

THE MONITOR ON AND HERE

WAS THIS SNOWY LOOKING

MESS, AND WE WERE

BROADCASTING.

WE MADE IT AT LEAST DOWN

THE BLOCK.

Terry: I HAVE TO

THINK THAT GOD LOVED YOUR

SINCERITY IN THOSE DAYS.

YOU WERE GOING FORWARD NO

MATTER WHAT.

Pat: I THINK HE MUST

HAVE BEEN HAVING A BLAST

IN HEAVEN JUST LAUGHING AT

US BECAUSE IT WAS SO SILLY

AT THE TIME.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: ANYHOW, TO

CHANGE GEARS, FROM THE

LITTLE CONVENIENCE STORE

ALL THE WAY OVER TO AN

AREA WHERE CHRISTIANITY IS

GROWING FASTER THAN ANY

PLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

GUESS WHAT?

IT'S CALLED IRAN.

THE POPULATION THERE IS

OVERWHELMING MUSLIM, YET

TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE

ABANDONING ISLAM.

AND RECENTLY A GROUP OF

IRANIAN CHRISTIANS WERE

BAPTIZED, AND THEY INVITED

OUR REPORTER, GEORGE

THOMAS, TO DOCUMENT THAT

WONDERFUL OCCASION.

WATCH THIS.

George: ON A RECENT

FRIDAY, 600 MILES EAST OF

TEHRAN, NOT TOO FAR FROM

THE

AFGHANISTAN-TURKMENISTAN

BORDER, 20 IRANIANS

PREPARED FOR A SECRET

JOURNEY OUT OF THEIR

COUNTRY.

FOR THEIR SAFETY, WE'VE

CONCEALED THEIR IDENTITIES

AND CHANGED THEIR NAMES.

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

THIS MOMENT FOR NEARLY

NINE YEARS.

George: THE MISSION

TOOK MONTHS TO PREPARE.

IT WAS FRAUGHT WITH

DANGER.

THIS WAS MY WISH BEFORE

I DIE.

George: HE HELPED

ARRANGE THEIR TRAVEL.

THE MOMENT THE IRANIAN

GOVERNMENT DISCOVERS

SOMEONE HAS CHANGED THEIR

RELIGION, THEY WILL TRY

EVERYTHING TO STOP THEM

FROM SHARING THEIR NEW

FAITH WITH OTHERS.

George: MOST OF THESE

CHRISTIANS PAID A PRICE.

THEY KICK THEM OUT OF

SCHOOL AND MANY OTHER

TACTICS, ALL IN AN EFFORT

TO STOM THE STOP THEM FROM

EVANGELIZING.

George: HE KNEW WHAT

THEY WERE ABOUT TO

EXPERIENCE COULD LAND THEM

IN TROUBLE.

CBN NEWS MET THEM SHORTLY

AFTER THEY LEFT IRAN.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THIS

REPORT, CBN NEWS HAS

AGREED NOT TO REVEAL OUR

LOCATION, NOR THE NAMES OF

THE INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED

WITH THIS STORY.

AND THIS IS WHY THEY LEFT

IRAN FOR A FEW DAYS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL 20

FOLLOWED CHRIST IN

BAPTISM.

*

IF THE GOVERNMENT FOUND

OUT THAT YOU WERE

BAPTIZED, IT WOULD BE

AUTOMATIC IMPRISONMENT.

RATHER THAN DO THAT INSIDE

THEIR COUNTRY, THEY CAME

OUTSIDE FOR A SPECIAL

EVENT LIKE THIS.

George: ONE BY ONE,

THE YOUNG AND OLD GOT

DUNKED.

MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN,

ALL OF WHOM RENOUNCED

MUHAMMAD AND PR PROFESSED

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST, IN A SWIMMING POOL

RENTED FOR THE OCCASION.

THIS 53-YEAR-OLD WAITED 10

YEARS FOR THIS MOMENT.

I ACCEPTED CHRIST WHEN

I WAS 43 YEARS OLD.

THERE WAS NO WAY FOR ME TO

GET BAPTIZED IN IRAN

BECAUSE OF THE DANGERS WE

FACED.

TODAY MY FAITH IS

COMPLETE.

George: 16-YEAR-OLD

SARAH ACCEPTED CHRIST FOUR

YEARS AGO.

I BECAME A CHRISTIAN

AFTER SEEING JESUS IN A

DREAM.

AS I WAS GETTING BAPTIZED

THIS MORNING, I FELT THE

HOLY SPIRIT COME UPON ME

IN A NEW WAY.

George: ENTIRE

FAMILIES GOT BAPTIZED.

IT FEELS VERY GOOD.

I'M VERY HAPPY.

MY WHOLE FAMILY IS HAPPY.

George: AND WHAT

MAKES THIS BAPTISM ALL THE

MORE SIGNIFICANT IS THAT

THE MAJORITY OF IRANIANS

IN ATTENDANCE HAVE COME

FROM THE NATION'S THIRD

LARGEST CITY OF MUSHAD,

WHICH HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF

SHI'A ISLAM'S MOST HOLIEST

CITY.

THIS WOMAN, ONCE A DEVOUT

CHRISTIAN, SAYS THE QURAN

LEFT HER WITH MORE

QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.

THIS WAS THE APPOINTED

TIME FOR ME TO GET

BAPTIZED.

George: EXPERTS SAY

HER TESTIMONY, AND THAT OF

MANY OTHERS, POINTS TO

EVIDENCE THAT GOD IS

ADVANCING HIS KINGDOM IN

IRAN.

WE HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH

AN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH OF

I WASN'T UNDERGROUND

CHURCH ANYWHERE ELSE

BEFORE.

George: MIKE ANSARI,

AN IRANIAN AT BIRTH, IS A

DIRECTOR OF THIS

ORGANIZATION.

IN 2006, IT BECAME THE

FIRST 24-HOUR FARSI

CHRISTIAN CHANNEL TO BEAM

CHRISTIAN PROGRAMS INTO

IRAN.

THE MAJORITY CAME TO FAITH

BY WATCHING THE TV.

MANY BELIEVERS WAITED

MANY, MANY YEARS TO BE

BAPTIZED.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THEY BELONG TO

JESUS.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD WHAT WAS BEFORE IS

DEAD AND NOW THEY'RE A NEW

CREATION.

George: ANSARI SAYS

MANY IRANIANS, ESPECIALLY

THE YOUNG, FEEL

DISILLUSIONED WITH ISLAM,

AND RECORD NUMBERS ARE

TURNING TO THIS CHANNEL TO

LEARN MORE ABOUT

CHRISTIANITY.

ROUGHLY ABOUT

16 MILLION IRANIANS, IN

THE LAST 12 MONTHS, HAVE

VIEWED ONE OR MORE OF OUR

PROGRAMS ON SATELLITE TV,

AND ALSO ON THEIR GLOBAL

DEVICES.

THAT ROUGHLY TRANSLATES TO

ABOUT 20% OF IRAN'S

POPULATION.

AND THAT IS AN

OVERWHELMING NUMBER.

George: HABOT IS NOW

ONE OF FOUR SATELLITE

CHANNELS, BROADCASTING

CONTINUOUS CHRISTIAN

PROGRAMMING INTO IRAN.

SINCE WE DIDN'T KNOW

OTHER BELIEVERS WERE PART

OF THE HOUSE CHURCH, THERE

WAS NOBODY WHO COULD HELP

US GROW IN OUR FAITH.

WE COULD ONLY GROW WITH

THE HABOT TV.

George: NATHAN LED A

HOUSE CHURCH IN IRAN FOR

10 YEARS, UNTIL HE WAS

FORCED TO FLEE BECAUSE OF

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.

NOW HE HOSTS A SHOW ON

HABOT TV, SHOWING FOLKS

HOW TO SAFELY RUN A HOUSE

CHURCH INSIDE IRAN.

GOD IS USING THIS HOUSE

CHURCH SHOW TO NOT ONLY

SHARE THE GOSPEL, BUT TO

EQUIP THE HOUSE CHURCHES.

George: AND THE ONE

PLACE WHERE THE FAITH IS

GROWING THE MOST IS IN THE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

EDWARD SAYS THIS IS

NOTHING SHORT OF A

MIRACLE.

HIS BROTHER, AN ASSEMBLIES

OF GOD PASTOR, WAS

MURDERED IN IRAN FOR HIS

FAITH IN 1994.

HE SAYS NO MATTER HOW HARD

THE GOVERNMENT TRIES, IT

HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO STOP

THE SPREAD OF

CHRISTIANITY.

THEY ARE VERY SCARED OF

THE BIBLE.

AND THEY REALIZE MANY

IRANIANS ARE ATTRACTED TO

CHRISTIANITY.

THE GOVERNMENT EXECUTES

THEM, HOPING TO UNDO THAT

EFFECT, BUT THE RESULT IS

THE OPPOSITE, AS MORE COME

TO FAITH.

George: AFTER A FEW

DAYS OF FELLOWSHIP,

TEACHING, AND

ENCOURAGEMENT, THE 20

BELIEVERS RETURNED TO IRAN

AND ADJUST AND COMMITTED

TO SHARING THE LOVE OF

CHRIST WITH THEIR

COUNTRYMEN.

HE SAYS THESE EXCLUSIVE

IMAGES SHOW THAT GOD IS

MOVING ON THE HEARTS OF

IRANIANS.

THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD

NEWS THAT IS COMING OUT OF

IRAN, AND WE NEED TO

CELEBRATE THAT.

WE ARE HOPING THAT THE

RESULTS THAT ARE BEING

SHARED WITH THE CHURCH IN

THE WEST WOULD ENCOURAGE

THE BODY OF CHRIST, THAT

GOD IS VERY MUCH ALIVE

AMONG MUSLIMS AND HE IS

DOING A GREAT JOB.

*

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

*

Pat: THANKS, GEORGE.

THAT'S A WONDERFUL REPORT.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT

WE DON'T REALIZE IS,

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW

FAST ISLAM IS GROWING, BUT

CHRISTIANITY IS GROWING

FASTER.

BECAUSE PEOPLE'S HEARTS

ARE HUNGRY, AND THEY WANT

TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS, YOU'LL

KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE

TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN

BONDAGE -- SO MANY OF THEM

ARE IN BONDAGE TO WHAT

AMOUNTS TO A FALSE

RELIGION.

BUT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU

FREE.

AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE

HUNGERING FOR THE TRUTH

ALL OVER THE MUSLIM WORLD.

THEY'RE COMING TO FAITH IN

JESUS ALL OVER THE MUSLIM

WORLD.

WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, A

BROADCAST I IN ARABIC THAT

GOES OUT IN EUROPE AND ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE --

WE HAVE A HUGE AUDIENCE.

IT'S HUGE ON THE INTERNET,

OF PEOPLE WHO WATCH AND

ARE ACCEPTING THE LORD.

ANYHOW, IT IS GOOD.

Terry: IT HAS MADE

SUCH AN AMAZING IMPACT ON

THE WORLD.

> STILL AHEAD, THE MOVIE

PRODUCER WHO IS SPREADING

HIS FAITH THROUGHOUT THE

CITY OF ANGELS.

DEVON FRANKLIN REVEALS THE

HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENT.

THAT'S COMING UP.

WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB."

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS WILL BE ON THE

NATIONAL MALL IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. NEXT

WEEKEND FOR AN EVENT

CALLED "AWAKEN THE DAWN."

THEY'LL BE THERE TO PRAISE

GOD AND PRAY AND TO FILL

NEARLY 60 TENTS, AND EACH

WILL BE FILLED WITH

WORSHIP AND PRAYER 24

HOURS A DAY.

THE GOAL IS TO CALL

AMERICA BACK TO CHRIST.

YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW THIS

EVENT CAME ABOUT AND THE

ORGANIZERS' PLANS FOR IT

ON cbnnews.com.

> AS WE TOLD YOU EARLIER

IN THE SHOW, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS PROVIDING AID

IN PUERTO RICO.

IT'S ALSO STILL HELPING

PEOPLE IN TEXAS AFTER

HURRICANE HARVEY, WHICH

DESTROYED COUNTLESS HOMES,

INCLUDING PRI PRISCILLA'S.

SHE IS A DISABLED WOMAN IN

HER MID-60s, AND SHE WAS

FORCED TO SLEEP IN HER

GARAGE AFTER THE STORM

LEFT HER WITH NO BED AND

NO APPLIANCES.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

HELPED HER WITH WHAT WAS

LEFT OF HER HOME, BUT

DIDN'T STOP THERE, THEY

BOUGHT HER NEW APPLIANCES,

A BED, TOWELS, AND EVEN

INSTALLED A NEW AIR

CONDITIONING UNIT.

PAT AND TERRY WILL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

[APPLAUSE]

Terry: WELL, IF YOU

THINK YOU CAN'T BE

SPIRITUAL IN THIS SECULAR

WORLD OF HOLLYWOOD, LISTEN

TO THIS: ONCE DEVON

FRANKLIN WAS LOOKING FOR

AN INTERNSHIP, AND HE TOLD

THE G.M. OF A PRODUCTION

COMPANY HE COULDN'T WORKED

ON THE SABBATH.

YOU KNOW WHAT SHE TOLD

HIM?

WE CAN WORK AROUND THAT.

THAT WAS THE START OF A

TWO DECADE CAREER IN SHOW

BUSINESS TH.

AND DURING THAT TIME, DEV

DEVON FRANKLIN HAS NOT

LOST HIS FAITH.

Reporter: DEVON

FRANKLIN IS A PROMINENT

PRODUCER IN LOS ANGELES

AND A NEW YORK'S

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.

HE KNOWS IT IS TOUGH TO BE

A CHRISTIAN IN HOLLYWOOD,

BUT HE BELIEVES OUR FAITH

SHOULD NOT ONLY THRIVE IN

THE SECULAR WORLD, BUT

TRANSFORM IT.

IT IS ABOUT TAPPING

INTO WHO GOD HAS FORMED ME

TO BE, AND HAVING THE

FAITH TO WALK THAT OUT.

Reporter: IN HIS

BOOK, "THE HOLLYWOOD

COMMANDMENTS," DEVON

REVEALS SECRETS FROM 20

YEARS INMENT ENTERTAINMENT IN THE ENTERTAI NMENT

BUSINESS.

Terry: WELL, DEVON

FRANKLIN IS WITH US NOW,

AND WE WELCOME HIM BACK TO

THE PROGRAM.

IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOU

WITH US AGAIN.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Terry: YOU HAVE A

GREAT NEW BOOK CALLED "THE

HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS,"

AND THAT IS INTRIGUING.

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SAY

IN YOUR BOOK, SUCH A

CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT,

YOU SAID, THE CHURCH

DIDN'T TEACH ME HOW TO BE

SUCCESSFUL, HOLLYWOOD DID.

WHAT DO YOU MEET ABOUT

THAT.

I LOOK AT BIBLICAL

STORIES AND HOW THEY SAW

GOD IN BABYLON.

AND THEY WERE ON THE MOST

SECULAR PLANET AT THAT

TIME.

I WAS RAISED AS CHRISTIAN,

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT

MEANT UNTIL I WENT TO THE

MOST SECULAR ENVIRONMENT

ON THE PLANET, HOLLYWOOD,

AND HONORED MY FAITH.

AND THAT'S WHEN I SAW GOD

SHOW UP.

AND I LEARNED NOT JUST

SHOWING THE VALUE OF

FAITH, BUT IN SECULAR

ENVIRONMENTS, THERE IS A

LOT WE CAN LEARN: THE

VALUE OF SERVICE, THE

VALUE OF BEING GREAT, THE

VALUE OF EXCELLENCE.

I THINK TOO OFTEN WE, AS

SPIRITUAL PEOPLE, THINK

THERE IS NOTHING FOR US IN

THE SECULAR ENVIRONMENT.

I HAVE LEARNED THAT IS NOT

TRUE.

Terry: WE THINK WE

HAVE TO BOW TO SOMETHING

OTHER THAN WHAT WE BELIEVE

IN ORDER TO GET WHERE WE

WANT TO GO.

COMPLETELY.

AND THE HOLLYWOOD

COMAMEDMENTHOLLYWOODCOMMANDMENTS IS NOT FO R

PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD, IT IS

FOR EVERYONE.

JESUS SAID WE'RE SUPPOSED

TO BE SAT AND LIGHT.

SALT DOES NOT TRANSFORM.

WE CAN BE IN THE

ENVIRONMENT THAT GOD HAS

CALLED US TO BE AND WE CAN

TRANSFORM THE ENVIRONMENT

AND NOT HAVE THE

ENVIRONMENT TRANSFORM US.

Terry: MAYBE WE'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE

ENVIRONMENT THAT HAS THE

GREATEST NEED.

THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING.

WE HAVE TO GO WHEREVER GOD

HAS CALLED US, AND NOT DO

IT IN FEAR, BUT DO IT IN

FAITH.

AND KNOW SOMETIMES WE WILL

NOT SEE GOD OPERATE ON HIS

FULLEST POTENTIAL UNTIL WE

PUT HIM TO WORK, AND WHAT

BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN

IN A SECULAR ENVIRONMENT.

Terry: TALK ABOUT

THAT FOR A BUILT.

THERE HAVBIT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE I KNOW

HAVE A DESIRE TO PERFORM

AND THEY GO TO HOLLYWOOD

WITH THE BEST OF

INTENTIONS, BUT IN THE END

THEY LOOK MORE LIKE

HOLLYWOOD THAN HOLLYWOOD

IS LOOKING AT THEM AS

ANYTHING DIFFERENT.

THEY HAVE CONFORMED.

HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO DO

ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND NOT

FALL INTO THAT TRAP.

MATTHEW 33, SEEK YEE

FIRST THE KINGDOM OF

CHRIST.

I HAVE NEVER WANTED

HOLLYWOOD FOR HOLLYWOOD'S

SAKE.

I WANTED TO BE IN

HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE CHANGE.

HOLLYWOOD IS ONE OF THE

MOST INSPIRATIONAL AND

INFLUENTIAL MEDIUMS IN THE

WORLD.

I WANTED TO BRING HOPE, TO

BRING FAITH, AND TO BRING

GOD TO PEOPLE.

SOME PEOPLE MAY NEVER GO

TO A CHURCH, BUT THEY'LL

GO TO A MOVIE THEATER.

THEY MAY NEVER TUNE INTO A

LIVE STREAM OF SERVICE,

BUT THEY'RE GOING TO WATCH

TELEVISION.

FOR ME, I SAID,ED GOD,

SHO, GOD, SHOWME YOUR WAY.

WE NEED TO KNOW THAT FAITH

IS GOING TO BE THE PATH.

MY GREATEST TEMPTATION IS

NOT HOLLYWOOD.

YOU CAN ONLY BE TEMPTED BY

WHAT YOU WANT.

MY GREATEST TEMPTATION HAS

BEEN AMBITION.

I HAVE HAD TO LEARN HOW TO

CHECK MY AMBITION AND SEEK

GOD'S WILL.

Terry: AND YOU TALK

ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF

KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT, OF

HAVING THAT GOAL AND

HAVING IT BE THE RIGHT

GOAL.

NOT JUST AMBITION, NOT

JUST ELEVATION, BUT

SOMETHING THAT MATTERS.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE THAT?

YOU DEFINE THAT BY

KNOWING YOUR WHY.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AND

WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?

Terry: THE WHY IS THE

KEY.

YES.

BECAUSE TOO OFTEN WE KNOW

WHAT WE WANT TO DO, BUT WE

DON'T ASK THE QUESTION,

WELL, WHY?

WHY, GOD, DID YOU PUT THIS

DESIRE IN MY HEART.

WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE

INTENTION, AND HOW MANY

PEOPLE WER CAN BE REACHED FOR

YOUR GLORY IF I DO IT?

THAT WHY IS SO IMPORTANT.

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT IS

YOUR PRAYERS ALONE AREN'T

ENOUGH.

WE HAVE TO PRAY AND GET UP

AND PREPARE FOR WHAT WE

JUST PRAYED FOR.

WHY?

BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT

PRAYER WORKS.

AND FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS

DEAD.

THAT MEANS FAITH WITH

WORKS IS ALIVE.

WHEN I PUT PREPARATION

BEHIND MY PRAYER, I BECOME

UNSTOPPABLE.

Terry: THAT'S WHAT

PAT HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT

AS HE TALKED ABOUT THE

HISTORY OF CBN, THAT JUST

PRAYING IS THE FIRST STEP,

BUT THEN YOU'VE GOT TO

TAKE A STEP.

YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE A

STEP.

YOU CAN'T PRAY AND STAY.

YOU'VE GOT TO PRAY AND GO.

WE'RE HERE 56 YEARS OF

CBN, BUT THINK ABOUT IT,

CBN HAD TO GO INTO THE

SECULAR TELEVISION

ENVIRONMENT WITH THE

GOSPEL AND LOOK AT WHAT

GOD HAS DONE.

ONCE WE PUT HIM ON DISPLAY

WHEREVER WE ARE, WE ALLOW

THIM TO GEHIM TO GET THE GLORY AND

HE DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE.

THAT'S WHY I WROTE THE

BOOK.

YOU CAN BE STUCK IN YOUR

CAREER, YOU CAN FEEL

COMPLACENT, YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR GOD TO SHOW UP, AND I

WROTE THIS BOOK TO SHOW

ANYONE, WHEREVER YOU ARE,

YOU CAN BE WHATEVER GOD

CALLED YOU TO BE AND YOU

CAN BE WIDELY SUCCESSFUL

WITHOUT LOSING YOUR FAITH.

Terry: LET YOUR

LITTLE LIGHT SHINE.

YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE FILM

INDUSTRY NOW FOR A WHILE,

AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS

A REAL MARKET FOR

FAMILY-BASED, FAITH-BASED

FILMS TODAY.

ARE YOU SEEING THAT

CONTINUE?

OH, YEAH.

THERE IS A TREMENDOUS

MARKET AND APPETITE FOR

FILMS THAT ARE UPLIFTING

AND INSPIRATIONAL.

THE FILMS ARE GETTING MORE

SUPPORT.

AND AS A FAITH-BASED

FILM-MAKER, I CAN TELL YOU

THAT EVEN THOUGH WE'RE

MAKING STRIDES, WE STILL

NEED THE SUPPORT OF THE

AUDIENCE.

I DON'T WANT HOLLYWOOD TO

HAVE MORE FAITH IN OUR

FILMS THAN WE DO.

I CAN CONVINCE THE STUDIO

TO SPEND MILLIONS OF

DOLLARS ON THE FILM, BUT I

NEED THE AUDIENCE TO COME

AND SAY YES.

EVERY TICKET IS A VOTE FOR

WHAT YOU WANT.

MY NEW MOVIE, "THE STAR,"

IS THE FIRST ANIMATED

FAITH-BASED FILM SINCE

"THE PRINCE OF EGYPT."

IT IS THE STORY OF THE

NATIVITY BEFORE FROM THE

ANIMAL'S POINT OF VIEW.

BO, THE DONKEY IS THE

DONKEY THAT MARY AND

JOSEPH RIDE TO THE RANGER.

WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE

CAST, OPRAH WINFREY,

KRISTIN CHENOWETH, KELLY

CLARKSON, PATRICIA

HEATON -- WE HAVE EVERYONE

WHO CAME ABOARD TO MAKE

THIS MOVIE WHAT IT IS.

Terry: "THE STAR"

OPENS ON NOVEMBER 17th.

SO STAR YOUR CALENDAR.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE OF

DEVON'S STORY, GET THE

BOOK.

IT IS CALLED "THE

HOLLYWOOD COMMANDMENTS,"

AND IT IS IN STORES

NATIONWIDE.

IT WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR

OWN GOALS.

GOD BLESS YOU.

IT IS ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO

SEE YOU.

WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH

THESE WORDS FROM MATTHEW

28: 19: "GO, THEREFORE,

AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL

OF THE NATIONS, BAPTIZING

THEM IN THE NAME OF THE

FATHER, AND OF THE SON,

AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."

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