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700 Club Interactive - October 30, 2017

20 Iranian Christians embark on a secret journey to celebrate baptism. Read Transcript


Gordon: FORMER

MUSLIMS GO ON A SECRET

JOURNEY.

THIS WAS MY WISH BEFORE

I DIED.

Gordon: RISKING THEIR

LIVES TO BE BAPTIZED.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THEY BELONG TO

JESUS.

Gordon: SEE THEIR

COURAGEOUS ACT OF FAITH ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

CAFFEINE-SEEKERS WHO VISIT

EBEBENEZERS COFFEE HOUSE ARE

ALSO HELPING THE

NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Terry: THAT'S BECAUSE

EACH PENNY THAT COMES IN

GOES TO COFFEE WITH A

CAUSE.

Reporter: MOST TRENDY

COFFEE SHOPS TALK ABOUT

THEIR BEANS, ROSTERS, OR

FREE WI-FI, BUT NOT THIS

ONE.

IT IS A KINGDOM CAUSE.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE A D.C. CHURCH IS

THE FORCE BEHIND EACH CUP

AT THIS COFFEE HOUSE.

BACKTRACK TO 1908, WHEN

THE BUILDING BEGAN AS A

DINER ACROSS FROM UNION

STATION TO SERVE

TRAVELLERS ON THE TRAIN.

YEARS LATER, THE DINER

CLOSED.

AND AT ONE POINT THE

ABANDONED BUILDING EVEN

SERVED AS A CRACK HOUSE,

THAT IS UNTIL 2006, WHEN

NATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH

STEPPED IN.

IT TURNED THAT CRACK

HOUSE INTO A COFFEE HOUSE,

AND I THINK THAT BACK

STORY IS NOT JUST A FUN

BACK STORY, BUT IT IS A

PICTURE OF WHAT I BELIEVE

GOD DOES IN ALL OF OUR

LIVES.

HE TAKES THOSE BROKEN

PLACES AND BRINGS HEALING.

Reporter: THAT

HEALING IS NOW A PART OF

THE CAF CAFFEINE ROUTINE THAT

KEEPS PEOPLE GOING.

WHEN PEOPLE WALK IN,

THEY THINK THEY'RE WALKING

INTO A COFFEE HOUSE.

THE REALITY IS THEY'RE

WALKING INTO AN ANSWERED

PRAYER.

THE IDEA ACTUALLY COMES

FROM SCRIPTURE, BELIEVE IT

OR NOT.

JESUS DIDN'T JUST HANG OUT

IN THE SYNAGOGUE.

HE HUNG OUT AT WELLS.

WELLS WERE NATURAL

GATHERING PLACES IN

ANCIENT CULTURE.

Reporter: THE

POST-MODERN WELL SERVES

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE A

YEAR, AND ALL PROFITS GO

TO MISSION TRIPS.

I LIKE THE CAUSE AND

WHAT IT GOES FOR, TO

SUPPORT MISSION TRIPS AND

FURTHER THE CALL TO

CHRIST.

Reporter: ONE MISSION

AIMS TO HELP A NEW

GENERATION STRENGTHEN

THEIR FAITH, THANKS IN

PART TO COFFEE VEIL, THE

D.C. DREAM CENTER OPENING

SOON TO INSPIRE KIDS.

PEOPLE BEGIN TO DREAM

AGAIN WHEN THEY SEE THIS

NEW BUILDING BEGINNING.

I HEAR IT ALL OF THE

TIME.

THEY COME UP TO ME AND

SAY, IS THIS FOR US?

AND I SAY, YES, THIS IS

FOR YOU.

THIS IS FOR THE COMMUNITY.

THIS IS WHAT THE LORD HAS

DONE.

Reporter: THE CENTER

FEATURES A BASKETBALL

COURT TO BUILD FRIENDSHIP

AND TEAMWORK.

AND IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS

A MEETING PLACE, AND EVEN

FOR PRAYER.

THAT PRAYER WILL CONTINUE

IN THE CENTER'S NEW

CLASSROOM, DANCE STADIUM,

COMPUTER LAB, AND ROOFTOP

VIEW OF CAPITOL HILL.

ALL FREE TO KIDS IN NEED.

WE WANT KIDS TO EITHER

WRITE A DREAM, PRAY FOR A

DREAM, OR SOMEHOW BECOME A

PART OF A DREAM.

Reporter: AND EACH

CUSTOMER PLAYS A PART

BECAUSE THEIR PURCHASE

HELPS A KID IN NEED FIND

THEIR WAY THROUGH FAITH.

THEY DON'T GET TO HEAR

THAT.

OH, GOD DID SOMETHING FOR

ME?

I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT

THAT.

I HAVE A LITTLE

FORMULA: THE HOLY SPIRIT

PLUS CAFFEINE EQUALS

AWESOME.

Reporter: IT IS

AWESOME.

I'M BEN KENNEDY FOR CBN

NEWS IN WASHINGTON.

Gordon: THAT'S A

WONDERFUL TAKE.

Terry: MY KIND OF

MINISTRY.

I'LL TAKE MY BLACK.

Gordon: ARE YOU GOING

TO D.C. TO GET A CUP?

Terry: I'M NOT GOING

TO D.C. TO GET A CUP, BUT

IF I'M IN D.C. --

Gordon: YOU'LL STOP

AND GET A CUP?

Terry: IA.

YEAH.

IT IS COOL.

Gordon: AND HE IS

ALSO TRACKING INTO

SOMETHING THAT GOES BACK

IN HISTORY.

BAPTIST TISTS USED TO DESIGNATE

EVERY GIFT INTO HOME

MISSIONS AND ANOTHER 10%

INTO FOREIGN MISSIONS.

AND HE IS SAYING, EVERY

CUP WE'RE GOING TO DO

LOCAL AND WE'RE GOING TO

DO FOREIGN AND WE'RE GOING

TO BE A BLESSING.

Terry: IT JUST LOOKS

LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO HANG

OUT.

Gordon: MARK'S OFFICE

LOOKED PRETTY NICE, TOO.

Terry: A LOT LIKE

YOUR OFFICE -- WHERE DID I

PUT THAT BOOK --

Gordon: I CAN FIND

IT.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN

PROVE IT.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: WITH SO MUCH

NEGATIVITY RAGING ACROSS

AMERICA, SOME RESIDENTS IN

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, HAVE

SET OUT ON A MISSION TO

TRY TO CHANGE THINGS BY

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO

PRAY.

Terry: THE FRESNO "B"

REPORTS THAT PRAYER TENTS

ARE POPPING UP IN EMPTY

LOTS AROUND THE CITY, WITH

LOCAL CHRISTIANS PRAYING

FOR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS

OF LIFE.

IT ALL STARTED LAST SPRING

WHEN AN ORDAINED PASTOR

DECIDED TO TAKE TO THE

STREETS OF FRESNO TO

SIMPLY PRAY FOR PEOPLE.

THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT

COME THROUGH HERE THAT ARE

GOING TO WORK AS A NURSE,

OR THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING

DOWNTOWN, SO IT'S NOT JUST

TO THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY

OR THE POOR COMMUNITY THAT

IS BEING TOUCHED BY THIS.

THE LORD, IN THE MIGHTY

NAME OF JESUS, I ASK THAT

YOU WOULD TOUCH THIS

MOTHER'S HEART, GOD, AND

REMIND HER THAT YOU MAKE

ALL THINGS RIGHT.

SO, FATHER, IN HER MIND

AND IN HER HEART, TAKE

THAT BURDEN OFF OF HER.

IN JESUS' NAME.

I ASK, LORD, THAT YOU

GIVE ME THE STRENGTH.

I THANK THE LORD.

DO IT, LORD.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU

NEED, PONCHO, BUT HE DOES.

Gordon: BOY, THAT'S

AN AWESOME IDEA.

Terry: IT'S A GREAT

IDEA.

I LOVE THAT.

WOW!

I WISH I HAD THOUGHT ABOUT

THAT.

Gordon: THE

TABERNACLE OF PRAYER.

LET'S JUST SET IT UP.

Terry: ALL HAPPENING

AROUND THE CITY.

Gordon: AND IT'S ALL

FREE, TOO.

Terry: A GREAT IDEA.

> SPEAKING OF PRAYER,

STUDENTS AT EAST CATHOLIC

HIGH SCHOOL IN CONNECTICUT

SAY PRAYER IS EXACTLY WHAT

THIS NATION IS MISSING.

THE STUDENTS PRODUCED A

TWO-MINUTE VIDEO THAT HAS

GONE VIRAL ON Facebook.

Gordon: ON THEIR POST

THEY WROTE: "ENOUGH IS

ENOUGH; IT'S TIME TO TAKE

A STAND."

TODAY STUDENTS AT EAST

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL RISE

UP AND DECLARE THAT WE'RE

MORE CONCERNED WITH GOD

THAN WE ARE WITH BEING

POLITICALLY CORRECT.

HERE IS THEIR VIDEO.

*

Terry: WOW!

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO SHARE THAT VIDEO, YOU

CAN FIND IT ON OUR

Facebook PAGE.

GO TO

Facebook.com/700club,

AND TALK ABOUT A MOVING

VIDEO.

IT'S JUST STUDENTS

STANDING WITH THE CARDS,

BUT, YOU KNOW, EVERY ONE

OF THOSE CARDS, YOU LOOK

AT IT AND GO, THAT'S TRUE.

HAVE WE BECOME, YOU

KNOW -- ARE WE PRAYER

SHAMING IN OUR CULTURE?

ARE WE ACTIVELY CAUSING

PEOPLE TO SAY YOU CAN'T

SAY THAT IN PUBLIC?

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: AND JUST

TODAY THERE IS A STORY OF

A JUDGE WHO IS BEING ASKED

TO RESIGN BECAUSE HE WON'T

PARTICIPATE IN GAY

MARRIAGES.

IT VIOLATES HIS

CONSCIENCE.

YOU LOOK AT THESE THINGS,

AND BEING A TRADITIONAL

CHRISTIAN, AN ORTHODOX

CHRISTIAN, BELIEVING IN

THE TEACHINGS OF THE

APOSTLES, AND HOLDING TO

THE TEACHINGS OF THE

APOSTLES, SOMEHOW WE'RE

NOT WELCOME IN THE PUBLIC

ANYMORE.

SO, YAY, LET'S SHARE THAT.

Terry: WHAT IS

WONDERFUL ABOUT THAT IS IT

IS YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE

SAYING, WE NEED TO STAND

UP.

WE NEED TO BE HEARD.

WE NEED TO SPEAK FOR THE

RIGHT THAT IS OURS.

I LOVE THAT BECAUSE PRAYER

HAS BEEN BEING BOOTED OUT

FOR A NUMBER OF DECADES

NOW.

SO YAY TO THIS SCHOOL AND

TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO

HAVE TAKEN A STAND.

Gordon: AND THE

ENCOURAGING THING ABOUT

THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR

NATION TODAY IS THEY ARE

TAKING A STAND.

AND THEY ARE FAR MORE

PRO-LIFE THAN THE ADULTS.

THEY ARE TAKING A STAND,

SO YAY!

> WELL, HERE IS A

QUESTION FOR YOU: DO YOU

LOOK AT YOUR CELL PHONE

DURING DINNER?

WELL, IF YOU SAID YES,

COMEDIAN WILL FARRELL

HOPES TO CHANGE THAT.

Terry: IN A NEW

SERIES OF PUBLIC SERVICE

ANNOUNCEMENTS, THE ACTOR

IN HIS OWN SIGNATURE

STYLE, ENCOURAGES FAMILIES

TO PUT DOWN THE DEVICE

DURING DINNER.

SO, SWEETIE, TELL ME

ABOUT ER YOUR DAY.

TODAY I WAS DRIVING TO

THE GROCERY STORE AND I

SAW A DOG.

YOU SAW A DOG.

DADDY, PUT YOUR PHONE

IN THE BASKET.

BUT THE BASKET IS SO

CROWDED NOW.

PUT IT IN THE BASKET.

PUT IT IN THE BASKET.

PUT IT IN THE BASKET.

ALL RIGHT.

AS LONG AS IT IS IN THE

BASKET, THOUGH, I CAN

TECHNICALLY STILL TOUCH

IT, RIGHT?

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: IT'S HUMERUS,

HUMOROUS, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, IT DOES TOUCH HOME.

LEAVE THE CELL PHONES AT

THE DINNER TABLE.

IF YOU'VE HAD DINNER WITH

CHILDREN RECENTLY, IT IS

VERY HARD TO -- IT'S

NOT --

Terry: TURN THAT OFF.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: I THINK WE'RE

ALSO GETTING INTO A STAGE

WHERE WE'RE ABSOLUTELY

ADDICTED.

AND HERE IS A TEST FOR

YOU: CAN YOU LEAVE YOUR

PHONE BEHIND AND NOT FEEL

ANXIOUS?

AND IF THE ANSWER IS YOU

FEEL ANXIOUS, THEN YOU MAY

HAVE A PROBLEM.

[LAUGHTER]

Gordon: JUST SAY IT.

Terry: I'M NOT SAYING

A WORD.

Gordon: JUST SAY IT.

CAN YOU ACTUALLY LIVE A

DAY WITHOUT THAT THING?

YOU KNOW?

IT MIGHT BE GOOD TO HAVE A

DEVISE FAST ON OCCASION.

Terry: YEAH.

Gordon: JUST TO GET

IN TOUCH WITH REALITY.

BUT, ANYWAY --

Terry: THAT'S A

SOCIAL TERM, A DEVICE

FAST.

Gordon: I'LL START A

TREND.

MAYBE THERE WILL BE A

HASHTAG.

WHO KNOWS?

> COMING UP, 2 20 IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS EMBARK ON A

DANGEROUS MISSION.

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

THIS MOMENT FOR NEARLY

NINE YEARS.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THEY BELONG TO

JESUS.

Gordon: HEAR WHY

FORMER MUSLIMS ARE WILLING

TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO GET

BAPTIZED.

STAY WITH US.

Gordon: WELL, HERE IS

A SURPRISE FACT THAT MOST

PEOPLE DON'T KNOW:

CHRISTIANITY IS GROWING

FASTER IN IRAN THAN ANY

OTHER COUNTRY IN THE

WORLD.

THE POPULATION THERE IS

STILL OVERWHELMING MUSLIM,

YET TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE

LEAVING ISLAM AND BECOMING

CHRISTIANS.

RECENTLY A GROUP OF

IRANIAN CHRISTIANS GOT

BAPTIZED, AND THEY INVITED

OUR REPORTER, GEORGE

THOMAS, TO DOCUMENT THE

OCCASION.

George: ON A RECENT

FRIDAY, 600 MILES EAST OF

TEHRAN, NOT TOO FAR FROM

THE AFGHANISTAN/TURK

AFGHANISTAN/TURKMENISTAN

BORDER, 20 IRANIANS

PREPARED FOR A SECRET

JOURNEY OUT OF THEIR

COUNTRY.

FOR THEIR SAFETY, WE HAVE

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 THE

PERSON FROM SHARING THEIR

NEW FAITH WITH OTHERS.

George: MOST OF THESE

NEW CHRISTIANS PAID A

PRICE FOR ABANDONING

ISLAM.

THE GOVERNMENT SCARES

CHRISTIANS, IMPRISONS

THEM, KICKS THEM OUT OF

SCHOOL AND FIRES THEM FROM

THEIR JOB, ALL IN AN

EFFORT TO STOP THEM FROM

EVANGELIZING.

George: CBN NEWS MET

THEM SHORTLY AFTER THEY

LEFT IRAN.

DUE TO THE SENSITIVE

NATURE OF THIS REPORT, CBN

NEWS HAS AGREED NOT TO

REVEAL OUR LOCATION NOR

THE NAMES OF THE

INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED

WITH THIS STORY.

*

George: AND THIS IS

WHY THEY LEFT IRAN FOR A

FEW DAYS.

*

George: FOR THE FIRST

TIME, ALL 20 FOLLOWED

CHRIST IN BAPTISM.

*

INSIDE IRAN, IF THE

GOVERNMENT FOUND OUT YOU

WERE BAPTIZED, YOU WOULD

BE AUTOMATICALLY

IMPRISONED.

AND SO 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 RENOWNED

MUHAMMAD AND PROFESSED

THEIR FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST IN A SWIMMING POOL

RENTED FOR THE OCCASION.

53-YEAR-OLD SARI BORIS

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

FACE.

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 MUSHARD,

WHICH ALSO HAPPENS TO BE

ONE OF SHI'A ISLAM'S MOST

HOLIEST CITIES.

ELI HIH SAID THE QURAN

LEFT HER WITH MORE

QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.

THIS WAS THE APPOINTED

TIME FOR ME TO GET

BAPTIZED.

ALSO, I KNOW GOD USED THE

PAST 11 YEARS TO GROW MY

FAITH SO I COULD ENDURE

DIFFICULT TIMES.

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 SENSE OF

GROWTH IN AN UNDERGROUND

CHURCH ANYWHERE ELSE

BEFORE.

George: MIKE, AN

IRANIAN AT BIRTH, IS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT

HABAD TV.

IN 2006, IT BECAME THE

FIRST 24-HOUR FARI CHANNEL

TO BEAM CHRISTIAN PROGRAMS

INTO IRAN.

THE MAJORITY CAME TO FAITH

BY WATCHING HABAD TV.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD THAT THEY BELONG TO

JESUS.

THEY WANT TO TELL THE

WORLD WHAT WAS BEFORE IS

DEAD AND NOW THEY'RE A NEW

CREATION.

George: HE 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,

WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS,

HAVE VIEWED ONE OR MORE OF

OUR PROGRAMS ON THE

SATELLITE TV, AND ALSO ON

THEIR MOBILE DEVICES.

THAT ROUGHLY TRANSLATES TO

ABOUT 20% OF IRAN'S

POPULATION.

AND THAT IS AN

OVERWHELMING NUMBER.

George: HABAD IS NOW

ONE OF FOUR SATELLITE

CHANNELS BROADCASTING

CONTINUOUS CHRISTIAN

PROGRAMMING INTO IRAN.

SINCE WE DIDN'T KNOW

OTHER BELIEVERS OR WERE

PART OF THE HOUSE CHURCH,

THERE WAS NOBODY TO HELP

US GROW IN OUR FAITH.

WE COULD ONLY GROW WITH

WATCHING THE HABAD 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

HABAD TV, TEACHING FOLKS

HOW TO SAFELY RUN A HOUSE

CHURCH INSIDE IRAN.

GOD IS USE THIS SHOW TO

NOT ONLY SHARE THE GOSPEL,

BUT TO EQUIP THE HOUSE

CHURCHES.

George: AND THEY SAY

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 PERSECUTES

THEM, HOPING TO UNDO THEIR

FAITH, BUT THE RESULT IS

THE OPPOSITE AS MORE COME

TO FAITH.

George: AFTER A FEW

DAYS OF FELLOWSHIP,

TEACHING AND

ENCOURAGEMENT, THE 20

BELIEVERS RETURN TO IRAN,

ENERGIZED AND COMMITTED TO

SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST

WITH THEIR COUNTRYMEN.

THESE IMAGES SHOULD

ENCOURAGE CHRISTIANS 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 COMMUNICATE

THAT.

WE ARE HOPING THAT THE

RESULTS THAT ARE BEING

SHARED IN THE WEST WILL

ENCOURAGE THE BODY OF

CHRIST IN THE WESTERN

WORLD 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.

*

Gordon: I HOPE THAT

STORY ENCOURAGES YOU.

IT REALLY ENCOURAGES ME,

HOW GOD IS MOVING.

WITH SO MANY OF THE

HEADLINES TODAY, THE

TERRORISM, THE RISE OF

RADICAL ISLAM, ISIS,

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,

HEZBOLLAH, ALL OF THESE

VARIOUS GROUPS, HAMAS, AND

YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE

STRIFE, AND HERE THE

PRINCE OF PEACE IS MOVING.

AND HE IS MOVING IN IRAN,

MOVING IN SYRIA, MOVING IN

EGYPT.

AMAZING THINGS ARE

HAPPENING.

AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE

THE CHURCH EXPAND, TO SEE

THE CHURCH GROW, TO SEE

THE KINGDOM OF GOD GROW.

AND WE NEED TO REALIZE

THAT WHEN JESUS SAID THE

GATES OF HELL WILL NOT

PREVAIL AGAINST IT, THAT

MEANS WE'RE AN ADVANCING

CHURCH.

THAT MEANS THAT IS NOT A

DEFENSIVE THING.

WE'RE AN ADVANCING CHURCH,

AND WE GET TO ADVANCE EVEN

IN THE TOUGHEST AREAS.

Terry: SOMETIMES --

THE TOUGHEST AREAS IS

RIGHT.

Gordon: WE ALL BECOME

BETTER CHRISTIANS UNDER

PERSECUTION.

Terry: YEAH.

IT'S CHARACTER DEVELOPING.

Gordon: THERE IS

SOMETHING TO THAT.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME,

LET'S JUST REJOICE.

WHAT AN AMAZING GOD.

Terry: AMEN.

> COMING UP, A FORMER

DRUG ADDICT BATTLES LIVER

DISEASE AND HEPATITIS "C"

FOR 17 YEARS.

SEE HOW HE IS

SUPERNATURALLY HEALED IN

CHURCH.

PLUS, WE'LL BE PRAYING FOR

Terry: EDDIE BOMEREZ

WAS A DRUG ADDICT FOR MORE

THAN 30 YEARS, AND IN AND

OUT OF REHAB DURING THAT

TIME.

AFTER HE FINALLY STAYED

CLEAN FOR FIVE YEARS, HIS

DOCTOR GAVE HIM A

DOUBLE-WHAMI DIAGNOSIS:

EDDIE HAD LIVER DISEASE

AND HEPATITIS "C."

Reporter: WHEN EDDIE

WAS IN HIS 20s, HE

STRUGGLED WITH DRUG

ADDICTION.

THEN A FRIEND INVITED HIM

TO CHURCH.

AS SOON AS I WALKED IN

THERE, IT WAS LIKE

SOMETHING WAS HELPING ME.

ALL I CAN TELL YOU IT WAS

GOD.

AND THAT NIGHT I GOT

SAVED.

Reporter: EDDIE TRIED

REHAB BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL

AND RETURNED TO USING

HEROIN AND COCAINE.

I BLACKSLID, AND I WAS

EMPTY.

REALLY, I WAS EMPTY.

I WAS CONFUSED.

I COULDN'T MAKE DECISIONS.

I COULDN'T CHANGE.

I COULDN'T SLEEP.

SO I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M GOING TO GO BACK.

I WANT TO ASK GOD TO TAKE

ME BACK.

I'M GOING TO BEG HIM TO

TAKE ME BACK.

Reporter: IN 1996,

EDDIE WENT TO CHURCH AND

REDEDICATED HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST.

THEY LAID HANDS ON ME.

THEY PRAYED FOR ME.

Reporter: AND HE ALSO

WENT TO REHAB AND OVER

CAME ADDICTIONS.

HE LIVED CLEAN AND SOBER

FOR FIVE YEARS, AND THINGS

WERE LOOKING UP WHEN EDDIE

BEGAN EXPERIENCING

ABDOMINAL PAIN.

THE YEARS OF I.V. DRUG USE

HAD CAUGHT UP TO HIM.

I WENT TO THE DOCTOR,

AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME I

HAD LIVER DISEASE AND I

HAD HEPATITIS "C."

AND I SAID, WELL, I'M

GOING TO DIE.

Reporter: WITH

MEDICATION, EDDIE LIVED

WITH THE DISEASE FOR OVER

15 YEARS.

THEN ONE DAY HE HAD A

REVELATION WHILE WATCHING

ONE OF HIS FAVORITE SHOWS,

"THE 700 CLUB".

SOMETHING BEGAN TO

HAPPEN.

I'M YOUR SON.

ANYBODY CAME TO YOU, YOU

HEALED THEM AND YOU

FORGAVE THEIR SINS.

NOW, I'M YOUR SON AND I

WANT YOU TO DO THE SAME

FOR ME.

Reporter: EDDIE BEGAN

PRAYING AND CALLED THE

PRAYER CENTER AT CBN.

I TALKED TO A VERY NICE

LADY.

AND WE BEGAN TO PRAY.

AND SHE SAID, LOOK, JESUS

DIDN'T COME TO THIS WORLD

TO SAVE YOU AND THEN TO

KILL YOU WITH HEPATITIS.

SHE PRAYED FOR ME, AND

AGAIN I FELT A PEACE.

I FELT LIKE, DON'T WORRY

ABOUT IT.

I WAS ALREADY CLAIMING

VICTORY.

Reporter: EDDIE

CONTINUED TO PRAY FOR

HEALING.

THAT WAS IT.

ONCE IN A WHILE I FEEL

SOME SHARP PAIN, BUT I

SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, LORD?

I TOLD YOU, JESUS, THIS IS

THE ENEMY TRYING TO

CONTRADICT YOUR BLESSINGS

AND YOUR MIRACLE, TRYING

TO TELL ME THAT I'M NOT

COMPLETELY HEALED, BUT I

AM HEALED BECAUSE IF YOU

HEALED ME, I'M GOING TO

STAY HEALED.

Reporter: ONE EVENING

EDDIE ATTENDED A HEALING

SERVICE AT HIS CHURCH.

WHOEVER PRAYED FOR ME,

HE SAID, I WANT TO DECLARE

THIS MAN HEALED.

I NEVER TOLD HIM ABOUT MY

HEPATITIS.

HE JUST SAID, FROM THE TOP

OF HIS HEAD TO THE BOTTOM

OF HIS HEELS, HE IS

COMPLETELY HEALED.

AND WHEN HE SAID THAT, I

FELT SOME PEACE AND

HAPPINESS.

AND I THANKED GOD.

Reporter: A FEW WEEKS

LATER, EDDIE WENT TO HIS

DOCTOR TO GET THE RESULTS

OF SOME BLOOD WORK.

SO I GO BACK AND HE

SAID, EDDIE, I'VE GOT GOOD

NEWS AND BAD NEWS.

I SAID, GIVE ME THE BAD

NEWS.

AND HE SAID, THE BAD NEWS

IS, I'M GOING TO MISS YOU.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

COMING BACK TO SEE ME

AGAIN.

THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT IS

TRUE.

YOU'RE CLEAN.

Reporter: EDDIE SHOWS

NO SIGNS OF HEPATITIS OR

LIVER DISEASE.

TODAY HE IS ACTIVE IN HIS

LOCAL CHURCH AND MINISTERS

TO THE HOMELESS AND TO

PRISONERS AROUND HOUSTON.

WHEN GOD DOES

SOMETHING, HE FINISHES IT.

FROM THE DAY I LEAVE THIS

EARTH TO THE DAY I GO MEET

HIM, I'M GOING TO BE

HEALED.

AS LONG AS I LIVE, I'M

GOING TO GLORIFY HIS NAME.

Terry: WHEN GOD DOES

SOMETHING, HE FINISHES IT.

THAT IS A GREAT TRUTH,

ISN'T IT.

I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OF

YOU TODAY WHO ARE WATCHING

EDDIE'S STORY AND YOU ARE

SAYING, I WANT THAT TO BE

ME.

SO DOES GOD.

SO WE WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU

TODAY.

WE WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME

TO ASK THE CREATOR OF THE

UNIVERSE, THE ONE WHO SAW

YOU WHEN YOU WERE BEING

FORMED IN YOUR MOTHER'S

WOMB, TO COMPLETE WHATEVER

HEALING YOU NEED, FROM THE

TOP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE

BOTTOM OF YOUR HEELS, AS

EDDIE SAID.

SO LET'S PRAY.

Gordon: LORD, WE LIFT

THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED, AND

WE DECLARE OVER THEM THAT

YOU ARE THE GOD WHO

FORGIVES ALL OF OUR

INEQUITY AND WHO HEALS ALL

OUR DISEASE.

SO, LORD, STRETCH FORTH

YOUR HAND TO YOUR CHILDREN

NOW AND GIVE THEM THE

HEALING THAT THEY NEED.

AND WE ASK THAT A

REVELATION OF YOUR

FORGIVENESS AND YOUR LOVE,

THAT NOW THERE IS NO MORE

CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO

IN CHRIST JESUS.

DO IT, LORD GOD, FOR WE

ASK IT IN JESUS' NAME.

IN JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

SUFFERING FROM LUNG

DISEASE, AND IT IS RELATED

TO SMOKING, AND YOU'RE

BLAMING YOURSELF.

YOU'RE ACTUALLY LIMITING

GOD.

LET IT GO TO HIM RIGHT NOW

IN JESUS' NAME.

AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND

REALIZE HE IS HEALING YOU

OF THAT RIGHT NOW.

C.O.P.D. IS GONE NOW IN

JESUS' NAME, BE HEALED.

AMEN AND AMEN.

HERE IS A WORD FROM

PROVERBS 8: "WHOEVER FINDS

ME FINDS LIFE AND OBTAINS

FAVOR FROM THE LORD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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