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700 Club Interactive - December 19, 2017

A meth cook faces twenty-five years in prison, see how a miracle set him free. Read Transcript


Andrew: A METH DEALER

Andrew: A METH DEALER

HEARS A VOICE --

THIS IS NOT REAL.

Andrew: -- JUST IN

THE KNICK OF TIME.

HOW IT LANDED HIM A SECOND

CHANCE.

THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE

WHO COULD DO IT.

Andrew: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, GOOD MORNING,

AND THANKS FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

AN ADORABLE FATHER AND SON

ARE SHOWING OFF THEIR

MOVES IN NUMEROUS DANCE

VIDEOS POSTED TO SOCIAL

MEDIA.

STANLEY FREELAND HAS BEEN

DANCING WITH HIS

4-YEAR-OLD SON SINCE HE

WAS JUST TWO YEARS OLD.

THE DUO HAS SOME SERIOUS

MOVES.

THE FATHER-SON DUO HAS

EVEN RECORDED AN ABC SONG

IN THE STUDIO THAT THEY

POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

TAKE A LOOK.

* A B C D E F G H I J K L

M N O P *

*

NOW I KNOW MY ABCs *

*

*

* QRSTUVW YZ

Andrew: STANLEY SAYS,

I SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH

HIM.

I KNOW THAT IT WILL BRING

OUR RELATIONSHIP CLOSER

AND GIVE US SOMETHING WE

HAVE IN COMMON.

IT IS GOOD TO SPEND AS

MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN WITH

YOUR CHILD, JUST AS WELL

AS A MOTHER IS FOR HER

CHILD, AND A FATHER SHOULD

BE THERE AS WELL.

WAY TO GO, GUYS.

FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE

TRIED TO TEACH OUR

CHILDREN OR WORKED ON

HOMEWORK WITH THEM, WE

KNOW THAT IS A PAINFUL

PROCESS.

I KNOW WITH MY BOYS I TRY

TO MAKE IT FUN, IF I CAN.

IT REMINDS ME OF WHEN I

WAS TAKING SEMINARY

COURSES, AND I WAS WORKING

ON GREEK AND HEBREW, AND I

DO NOT HAVE A GIFT FOR

THOSE LANGUAGES.

SO MY SONS AND I MADE

FLASH CARDS.

IF I GOT AN ANSWER RIGHT,

THEY HAD TO GIVE ME A

STANDING OVATION.

AND IF I GOT IT WRONG,

THEY GOT A CHANCE TO BOO

ME.

AND THEY HAD FUN WITH

THAT.

AND HEARING THEM BOO CARD

AFTER CARD AFTER CARD

BECAME FUNNY.

IT IS FOND MEMORIES.

> A TEXAS DAD KEEPS GOOD

ON A PROMISE TO HIS SON.

BUT IT IS NOT ONE THE TEEN

WANTED HIS FATHER TO KEEP.

17-YEAR-OLD BRADLEY HOWARD

WAS GETTING IN TROUBLE FOR

TALKING TOO MUCH IN HIS

PHYSICS CLASS.

HIS TEACHER KEPT E-MAILING

HIS FATHER, WHO ALSO GOES

BY BRADLEY, AND HE SAID HE

WOULD SHOW UP AND SIT NEXT

TO HIM IN CLASS IF HE

DIDN'T STOP.

HE ACTUALLY SHOWED UP IN

CLASS.

BRADLEY'S SISTER SHOWED UP

HIS PICTURE OF THEIR DAD

HANGING OUT WITH BRADLEY

IN CLASS.

SOME ARE SAYING IT IS TOO

EMBARRASSING, BUT MOST ARE

SAYING THAT BRADLEY DID

THE RIGHT THING.

WOULD YOU EVER SHOW UP TO

YOUR CHILD'S CLASS AND SIT

NEXT TO YOUR SON OR

DAUGHTER?

I KNOW MY FATHER WOULD

NEVER HAVE DONE THAT.

BUT MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE

SAT NEXT TO ME FOR AS LONG

AS IT TOOK.

> JIM SAYS HIS MISSION

TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL HAS

NOT STOPPED THERE.

THE ACTOR RECENTLY SHARED

THAT HIS REAL JOB IS NOT

BEING A STAR ON SCREEN,

BUT, RATHER, TELLING

PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.

HE SAID, "MY REAL DUTY IS

TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE

GOSPEL EVERY DAY AND TO

GIVE WITNESS TO THE

TRUTH."

JIM HAS BEEN VERY BOLD

ABOUT HIS FAITH.

IT REMINDS US OF WHAT PAUL

SED IN 2 CORINTHIANS: WE

ARE CHRIST'S AMBASSADORS,

AS IF GOD IS MAKING HIS

APPEAL THROUGH US.

IT IS VERY EXCITING, AND

IT CAN ALSO BE A LOT OF

PRESSURE.

I KNOW IN MY LIFE, I HAD

TO CHANGE MY WAYS BECAUSE

EVEN THOUGH I WAS A

CHRISTIAN AND A

CHRIST-FOLLOWER, I

REALIZED I WAS A POOR

WITNESS FOR HIS LOVE AND

FAITHFULNESS.

AND IT CAUSED ME TO MAKE

SOME CHANGES IN MY LIFE SO

I COULD BE A WITNESS.

WE HAVE A BROCHURE FOR

YOU, BY THE WAY, IF YOU

WOULD LIKE.

IT IS CALLED "WITNESSING."

YOU CALL 1-800-700-7000.

IT WILL HELP YOU LEARN A

GREAT WAY TO WITNESS TO

THOSE YOU LOVE.

> SPEAKING OF SHARING

THE GOSPEL, FIVE FORMER

SOVIET REPUBLICS, WHERE

THE ONLY SAFE PLACE TO

TALK ABOUT JESUS IS

ACTUALLY THE WORKPLACE.

HEAR HOW THEY ARE

SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS.

THAT'S NEXT AFTER THIS.

STAY WITH US.

Hey, everybody.

Andrew: THE GROWTH OF

RADICAL ISLAM HELPED MAKE

2016 ONE OF THE WORST

YEARS EVER FOR CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION.

CHRISTIANS CONTINUED TO

FACE ALMOST DAILY.

HARASSMENT FOR SHARING THE

GOSPEL.

EVEN STILL, SOME ARE

SPEAKING OUT.

TAKE A LOOK.

George: A CHRISTIAN

LIVING IN ANY OF THE FIVE

FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS

CAN EXPECT INTIMIDATION,

HARASSMENT, OR WORSE, JAIL

TIME FOR TELLING OTHERS

ABOUT THEIR FAITH.

ARTURO, NOT HIS REAL NAME,

IS FROM UZBEKISTAN.

I AM CALLED TO BE A

WITNESS FOR CHRIST, BUT

THAT HAS BEEN A DANGEROUS

CALLING.

George: MAXIM LIVES

IN NORTHERN TAJIKISTAN.

WHEN THE AUTHORITIES

DISCOVER SOMEONE HAS

CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY,

THEY WILL GATHER

RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND

FAMILY OF THE ACCUSED, AND

BRING HIM OR HER BEFORE AN

ISLAMIC CONGREGATION OF

ELDERS.

HE THEN HAS TO DECIDE

BETWEEN FAITH OR FAMILY.

George: 25 YEARS

AFTER THE SOVIET UNION

DISAPPEARED AND THESE

REPUBLICS GAINED THEIR

INDEPENDENTS, THE

SO-CALLED FIVE STAND

STATES HAVE BECOME

REPRESSIVE AND HOSTILE

TOWARDS PEOPLE OF FAITH.

IN RECENT YEARS,

CHRISTIANS HAVE COME UNDER

INTENSE PRESSURE HERE IN

CENTRAL ASIA.

IN AN ATTEMPT TO CRACK

DOWN ON RADICAL ISLAM,

THESE FIVE GOVERNMENTS

HAVE ENACTED LAWS CURBING

THEIR ACTIVITIES.

BUT INSTEAD OF GOING AFTER

MUSLIMS, THESE GOVERNMENTS

ARE USING THEIR LAWS TO GO

AFTER CHRISTIANS.

DR. MICHAEL CHARENCOF

FOLLOWS ISSUE IN THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION.

THESE LAWS HAVE FORCED

CHRISTIANS TO BE MORE

CREATIVE.

George: HE SAYS WHILE

CHURCHES AND CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS WAGE

SUSPICION, INDIVIDUAL

RELATIONSHIPS GO VIRTUALLY

UNNOTICED.

WE HAVE DISCOVERED

BEING A WITNESS IN THE

WORKPLACE IS PROBABLY THE

ONLY SAFE PLACE FOR

EVANGELIZATION.

George: ON A RECENT

SATURDAY MORNING, HUNDREDS

OF YOUNG CHRISTIANS FROM

ACROSS THE REGION MET FOR

THE FIRST EVER NEXT

GENERATION INITIATIVE.

THE EVENT WAS THE

BRAINCHILD AND DREAM OF

SERGEI.

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO

OVERSTATE THE SIGNIFICANCE

OF THE GATHERING.

George: HE GREW UP IN

THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

AND REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS

LIKE AS A YOUNG CHRISTIAN,

TRYING TO DISCOVER HIS

PURPOSE IN LIFE.

I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO

STUDY IN THE UNIVERSITIES

BECAUSE I WAS A CHRISTIAN.

AND THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE

TERRITORY OF THE SOVIET

UNION, YOU COULD NOT FIND

EVEN ONE CHRISTIAN

PROFESSOR, CHRISTIAN

DOCTOR, OR CHRISTIAN

LAWYER.

EVEN THE WORD "BUSINESS"

WAS A FOREIGN WORD FOR

CHRISTIANS OF THAT TIME.

George: HE BROUGHT

TOGETHER ENTREPRENEURS,

DOCTORS, EDUCATORS,

LAWYERS, AND MEDIA EXPERTS

TO TEACH YOUNG

PROFESSIONALS HOW TO BE

EFFECTIVE WITNESSES FOR

CHRIST IN THE MARKETPLACE.

THIS IS A GENERATION

THAT DIDN'T GROW UP IN A

REPRESSIVE SOVIET MINDSET.

SO THEY HAVE A UNIQUE

PERSPECTIVE, UNIQUE GIFTS

AND TALENTS, THAT CAN

BRING TRANSFORMATION INTO

THEIR COMMUNITIES.

George: 31-YEAR-OLD

UMMET WORKS AS AN I.T.

SPECIALIST FROM

TURKMENISTAN.

I'M LEARNING THAT

BUILDING LONG-TERM

RELATIONSHIPS IS VITAL.

George: 17 YEARS OLD

MIRIAM TEACHES ENGLISH IN

KAZAKHSTAN.

MY PARENTS AND ALL OF

MY RELATIVES ARE AGAINST

ME BECAUSE I'M A

CHRISTIAN.

George: SHE SAYS

MEETING OTHERS WHO HAVE

ALSO ENDURED MUCH FOR

THEIR FAITH AND STILL WANT

TO BE USED BY GOD WAS A

HUGE ENCOURAGEMENT.

THIS GATHERING IS ALSO

IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT IS

TEACHING US HOW TO SAFELY

COMBINE OUR PROFESSION

WITH OUR PASSION FOR

CHRIST.

TO SEE A LOT OF YOUNG

PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY

INTERESTED IN BEING USEFUL

FOR GOD IS INSPIRING TO

ME.

AND IT HAS BEEN A

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO

NETWORK WITH OTHERS.

George: HE SAYS IT IS

UP TO THESE YOUNG

PROFESSIONALS TO INSTILL

BIBLICAL VALUES INTO THEIR

SOCIETY.

ONLY THEN WILL THEY SEE

LASTING CHANGE.

EVEN THOUGH ISLAM IS

THE DOMINANT RELIGION, AND

RADICAL ISLAM IS BECOMING

MORE INFLUENTIAL HERE, I

AM SO BLESSED TO WITNESS

THE COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE

DEMONSTRATED BY YOUNG

CHRISTIANS IN CENTRAL

ASIA.

* MY GOD

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

KURDISTAN.

Andrew: A LOT OF

TIMES IN THE UNITED STATES

WE FEEL WE'RE BEING

PERSECUTED FOR OUR FAITH,

AND THAT'S A REASONABLE

RESPONSE TO WHAT IS GOING

ON IN THIS COUNTRY.

BUT THEN WE LOOK AT OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

CHRIST AROUND THE WORLD

AND THE PHYSICAL DANGER

THEY'RE IN, AND REALLY ALL

THEY'RE ASKING FOR US TO

DO IS PRAY FOR THEM.

JOIN ME NOW FOR A MOMENT

AS WE LIFT THEM UP IN

PRAYER TO THE LORD.

FATHER GOD, WE LIFT UP

BELIEVERS SCATTERED AROUND

THE WORLD, IN SO MANY

COUNTRIES, FATHER GOD, WHO

ARE EXPERIENCING

PERSECUTION.

SO OFTEN THEY SAY, DON'T

EVEN PRAY THAT THE

PERSECUTION STOPS, BUT

GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO

ENDURE.

FATHER GOD, WE PRAY FOR

STRENGTH, FOR COURAGE, FOR

FAVOR, AND FOR PROTECTION,

FATHERED GOD.

AND WE ALSO DO PRAY YOU

WILL INTERCEDE AND PROVIDE

SAFETY.

JUST INTERCEDE WITH YOUR

HOLY SPIRIT.

YOUR ANGELS GUARDING AND

PROTECTING.

FATHER GOD, WE THANK YOU

FOR THE EXAMPLE THEY ARE

TO US.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO

CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THEM

AROUND THE WORLD.

> I WANT TO SHARE WITH

YOU ONE OF MY FAVORITE

STORIES I'VE SEEN THIS

YEAR ABOUT WHAT CBN IS

DOING TO HELP PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD IN A VERY

PRACTICAL WAY.

PEOPLE LIKE MARIA, WHO IS

SUPPORTING HER YOUNG SON.

THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO BEG

FOR WATER ON THE SIDE OF

THE ROAD.

WHEN THE FLOODWATERS CAME

TO HER HOUSE, MARIA

WATCHED FROM HER ROOF AS

ALL OF HER EARTHLY

POSSESSIONS WERE

DESTROYED.

Through Translator:

SO MANY THINGS WERE

DESTROYED.

THE ONLY THING WE COULD DO

WAS SAVE OURSELVES.

Andrew: TORRENTIAL

RAINFALL ACROSS PERU OVER

THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAVE

LED TO SEVERE FLOODING AND

MUDSLIDES, LEAVES TENS OF

THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER

AND RUNNING WATER AND

OFTEN WITHOUT EVEN A PLACE

TO SLEEP.

MARIA, HER 9-YEAR-OLD SON

AND ELDERLY PARENTS NOW

SLEEP ON THE FLOOR SINCE

THEIR BEDS WERE WASHED

AWAY BY THE RIVER.

Through Translator:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T GO ON

ANYMORE.

BUT THEN I THINK OF MY

SON.

HE IS THE REASON THAT I

LIVE.

AND I THINK, I HAVE TO

KEEP FIGHTING FOR HIM.

Andrew: THE SOLE

PROVIDER FOR HER FAMILY

SINCE HER HUSBAND DIED

FOUR YEARS AGO, MARIA

TRIED TO PICK UP THE

PIECES AFTER THE WATER

SUBSIDED AND KEEP HER

FAMILY ALIVE.

WITH NO SOURCE OF CLEAN

WATER, THEY WERE FORCED TO

BEG ON THE SIDE OF THE

ROAD, HOPING SOMEONE WOULD

BRING THEM SOME WATER TO

DRINK.

Through Translator:

PEOPLE WOULD PASS BY, AND

WE WOULD SAY, WATER,

WATER, BUT THEY DIDN'T

GIVE US ANY.

THEN SOME PEOPLE FROM CBN

FOUND US WITH OUR BUCKETS,

AND THEY SAID, LET'S GO TO

THE CHURCH.

THERE IS WATER THERE.

Andrew: CBN HAD

ARRIVED EARLIER THAT DAY.

AT A NEARBY CHURCH WE

INSTALLED WATER PURIFYERS

WHICH CREATED THOUSANDS OF

GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER

FOR THIS DEVASTATED

COMMUNITY.

AFTER MARIA AND HER FAMILY

RECEIVED SOME WATER, WE

HEARD ABOUT THEIR

SITUATION AND HOW THEIR

BEDS HAD BEEN DESTROYED.

SO WE DECIDED TO DO

SOMETHING MORE FOR THIS

HARD-WORKING MOTHER AND

HER PARENTS.

CBN SURPRISED MARIA WITH

NEW BEDS, A MOSQUITO NET,

AND AN IN-HOME WATER

FILTER.

FROM ALL MY HEART,

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

Andrew: MARIA CAN NOW

FOCUS ON GETTING HER

FAMILY BACK ON THEIR FEET

AND MOVING FORWARD.

I AM ALWAYS THINKING TO

GET THE THINGS WE NEED AND

KEEP GOING.

THIS WILL BE ENOUGH FOR US

BECAUSE I AM GOING TO WORK

EVEN HARDER TO BE ABLE TO

COME OUT OF THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY

BLESSED.

Andrew: CBN PARTNERS,

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DID YOU SEE MARIA'S MOTHER

THERE AS THEY WERE

BRINGING IN A NEW MATTRESS

FOR THE FAMILY, JUST THE

JOY AND EMOTION ON HER

FACE.

IMAGINE YOU'VE GOT A CHILD

AND YOU'RE ALSO TAKING

CARE OF YOUR ELDERLY

PARENTS, AND A FLOOD COMES

AND WIPES OUT EVERYTHING

YOU HAVE.

THERE IS NOWHERE TO SLEEP

AND NOTHING TO DRINK.

THEY HAD TO BEG ON THE

SIDE OF THE ROAD FOR

SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS

WATER, WHICH WE TAKE FOR

GRANTED.

CBN WAS ABLE TO REACH OUT

AND HELP AND PROVIDE NOT

ONLY WATER, BUT NEW

MATTRESSES, AND ALSO

THINGS FOR THEM MOVING

FORWARD.

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

YOUR PARTNERSHIP.

IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN A

"700 CLUB" MEMBER, YOU

JUST CALL 1-800-700-7000.

AND YOU SAY, I WOULD LOVE

TO JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

IT IS JUST 65 CENTS A DAY,

$20 A MONTH, AND YOU CAN

HELP PEOPLE LIKE MARIA'S

FAMILY.

> STILL TO COME, A METH

ADDICT WHO FACED 25 YEARS

AFTER BEING RATTED OUT BY

HIS OWN WIFE.

I PLED GUILTY.

I WAS ALREADY CONVICTED.

WHO IS GOING TO GET ME OUT

OF THIS?

Andrew: STAY WITH US

AND SEE HOW A MIRACLE SETS

HIM FREE, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Andrew: FOLSUM, SAN

QUENTIN, THESE ARE TWO

PLACES ROY CALLED HOME.

HE WAS A HARDENED

CRIMINAL.

BUT AS HE WAS FACING YET

ANOTHER SENTENCE, ROY

IGNORED HIS LAWYER AND

HEEDED THE ADVICE FROM

SOMEONE ELSE.

> ROY'S PRISON I.D. IS

MORE THAN JUST A REMINDER

OF HIS CRIMINAL PAST.

IT IS A PICTURE OF SOMEONE

HE CALLS THE OLD ROY.

A HARDENED MAN WHO SPENT

HIS LIFE STRUGGLING TO

LOVE AND BE LOVED.

I REMEMBER AS A CHILD,

MY DAD WOULD GET ANGRY,

AND I GOT SEE DESCENTTIZED DESED

THAT HE COULD BEAT ME AND

I WOULDN'T CRY.

MY MOM NEVER HUGGED ME.

SHE NEVER TOLD ME SHE

LOVED ME.

I KNEW THERE WAS MORE.

I KNEW THERE WAS.

Andrew: WHEN ROY WAS

12, HE THOUGHT HE FOUND

WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR.

I FOUND SOME MARIJUANA

ONE DAY ON THE WAY HOME

FROM SCHOOL.

I GOT HOME AND SMOKED THIS

MARIJUANA AND IT WAS A

WHOLE LOVE AFFAIR FOR ME

AFTER THAT.

IT JUST TOOK ME AWAY FROM

ALL OF THE CHAOS, THE

FIGHTING, THE SCREAMING,

THE YELLING AND THE FEARS,

ALL OF THE THINGS THAT

WERE GOING ON IN MY LIFE.

Andrew: BY AGE 15 HE

WAS ADDICTED TO METH AND

DRINKING HEAVILY.

HE WAS KICKED OUT OF HIGH

SCHOOL AT 17 FOR SELLING

DRUGS ON CAMPUS.

BUT TO ROY IT WAS WORTH

IT.

I LOOKED AT MY DRUG

LIFE LIKE IT WAS A

RELATIONSHIP.

MY DRUGS NEVER LET ME

DOWN.

THEY ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL

GOOD.

THEY ALWAYS COVERED UP ALL

OF THAT PAIN.

Andrew: ROY GOT

MARRIED AND HAD A FAMILY

BUT CONTINUED DEALING

DRUGS.

AT 25 HE WAS BUSTED IN A

DRUG TASKFORCE STING, BUT

HE WAS SENTENCED TO YEARS

IN FOLSUM, AND HIS WIFE

DIVORCED HIM.

WHEN THE DIVORCE WAS

OVER AND I WAS STANDING

THERE BY MYSELF, ALL I

WANTED WAS MY WIFE AND

KIDS BACK.

AND IT HURT.

I WAS, LIKE, THIS IS NOT

REAL.

IT DOESN'T LAST.

SO I DEVELOPED AN ATTITUDE

THAT NOTHING WAS GOING TO

LAST, AND I WAS GOING TO

TAKE AS MUCH FROM IT AS I

COULD BEFORE IT WAS OVER

BECAUSE I WASN'T GOING TO

GET TAKEN AGAIN.

Andrew: ONCE OUT OF

PRISON, ROY MARRIED AGAIN

AND BEGAN MANUFACTURING

METHAMPHETAMINE.

HIS WIFE HOPED IF SHE

TURNED HIM IN, HE WOULD

FINALLY GET SOBER IN JAIL.

BUT WHEN SHE TIPPED OFF

POLICE, SHE DIDN'T KNOW

ABOUT HIS LONG LIST OF

PAST CONVICTIONS.

ROY WAS ARRESTED AND FACED

25 YEARS IN PRISON.

WHILE OUT ON BAIL, ROY

SAYS HE RECEIVED SOME

UNEXPECTED GUIDANCE.

I HEARD GOD SPEAK TO

ME.

AND I KNEW WHO IT WAS FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE.

GOD SPOKE TO ME AND TOLD

ME, DON'T LIE.

I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF MY

LIFE, AND I WAS SICK AND

TIRED OF THE LYING, AND I

WAS SICK AND TIRED OF MY

LIFE BEING A COMPLETE LIE

ALWAYS.

IN RELATIONSHIPS, WITH THE

COPS, WITH EVERYONE AROUND

ME.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS.

Andrew: ROY HAD

SOMETIMES ATTENDED CHURCH

WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS WHEN

HE WAS A BOY.

I RAN OVER TO THE CROSS

AND I GOT ON MY KNEES AND

I JUST STARTED PRAYING.

FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS,

FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE I'VE

HURT, THE PEOPLE I'VE

THREATENED AND PUSHED

AROUND.

JUST GIVE ME A CHANCE.

I DON'T WANT TO GO TO

PRISON, BUT, GOD, IF

THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT ME

TO BE, THAT'S WHAT I'LL

DO.

I PRAYED FOR MY FAMILY AND

I PRAYED FOR THE JUDGE.

AND I GOT UP AND I WENT TO

COURT.

Andrew: HE HAD

SURRENDERED HIS LIFE TO

CHRIST AND NOW TRUSTED GOD

WITH HIS FUTURE.

IN COURT, ROY CONFESSED

HIS CRIMES.

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAID

THAT JUSTICE DEMANDED THE

LONGEST SENTENCE.

MY OWN ATTORNEY SAID,

WHY DID YOU PAY ME ALL OF

THAT MONEY TO PLEAD

GUILTY.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE

JUDGE SPOKE UP AND SAID,

IF EVER THERE WAS A MAN

WITH INTEGRITY, IT IS THAT

MAN RIGHT THERE.

Andrew: THE JUDGE

ORDERED ROY TO SPEND SEVEN

MONTHS IN A CHRISTIAN

REHAB PROGRAM.

ROY SAYS IT WAS GOD'S

GRACE THAT GAVE HIM THE

CHANCE HE DIDN'T DESERVE.

THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE

WHO COULD DO THAT.

WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES

LIKE THAT?

I ALREADY PLED GUILTY.

I WAS CONVICTED.

WHO IS GOING TO GET ME OUT

OF THIS?

IT AIN'T ME OR ANYBODY I

KNOW.

Andrew: ROY

SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

REHAB AND HAS BEEN SOBER

EVER SINCE.

AND HE IS STILL MARRIED TO

HIS WIFE, KELLY, AND HE

SAYS HE IS HAPPY SHE

TURNED HIM IN.

I KNOW GOD LOVES ME.

IT IS THROUGH HIS GRACE

AND MERCY THAT I CAN LOVE

TODAY.

HE HAS GIVEN ME MY LIFE

BACK.

HE HAS GIVEN ME MY

CHILDREN.

HE HAS GIVEN ME THAT LOVE.

Andrew: TODAY ROY AND

KELLY LEAD "HOMELESS

MINISTRIES."

AND IT FEEDS PEOPLE IN THE

PARKS EVERY WEEKEND.

AND OLD ROY IS NOW NEW

ROY, THANKS TO THE LOVE OF

CHRIST.

I HAD A GUY STEP UP IN

THE PARK AND HE SAID, WHO

DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

I'VE DONE DRUGS WITH YOU.

AND HE SAID, WHO GIVES YOU

THE RIGHT TO COME OUT

HERE?

AND I SAID JESUS CHRIST

DID.

Andrew: DID YOU HEAR

ROY SAY GOD ACCEPTED HIM

JUST FOR WHO HE WAS.

SO OFTEN WE THINK WE NEED

TO CHANGE SO GOD WILL

ACCEPT US.

THAT IS BACKWARDS

THINKING.

WE COME TO GOD THE WAY WE

ARE, AND THEN HE CHANGES

US.

HE CAN CHANGE THE

CONDITION OF OUR HEART.

HE CAN CHANGE OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

BUT MORE THAN OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, HE DOES

WANT TO CHANGE THE

CONDITION OF OUR HEART AND

WORK WITH OUR SPIRIT.

ROY SAID AT ONE POINT THAT

HE WAS GETTING

SATISFACTION OUT OF SIN.

FOR A TIME THAT HAPPENS,

BUT ROY FOUND OUT THAT

ENDS.

AND MAYBE IT HAS ENDED FOR

YOU, OR IT IS GOING TO.

BUT JUST LIKE ROY RECEIVED

THIS AMAZING PARDON AND

GRACE FROM THE JUDGE AND

FAVOR, WE HAVE A GOD WHO

PAID THE PRICE FOR FREEDOM

FOR US.

JESUS PAID THE RANSOM FOR

US.

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT TIME

WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING,

THE RANSOM PAYMENT WAS

PAID TO FREE A SLAVE SO

THE SLAVE FOUND FREEDOM.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS HAS DONE

FOR US.

THE ONE WHO KNEW NO SIN

BECAME SIN SO WE COULD

HAVE RIGHT-STANDING WITH

GOD.

YOU CAN'T EARN THIS LOVE.

SO MANY OF US HAVE TRIED

IT.

THIS IS SOMETHING GOD JUST

GIVES TO US.

BUT WE HAVE TO BE

OBEDIENT, AND, LIKE ROY,

LISTEN TO THE VOICE.

AND IF GOD IS SPEAKING TO

YOU TODAY, AND IF YOU'RE

WATCHING THIS, HE IS, AND

HE DESIRES TO EMBRACE YOU

AND SAY, SON, DAUGHTER,

GIVE ME YOUR HEART.

GIVE ME YOUR LIFE.

LET ME LIGHT YOUR PATH.

AND TODAY CAN BE A GREAT

BEGINNING FOR YOU.

TO BEGIN THIS WONDERFUL

PURSUIT OF JESUS CHRIST.

HE CAN DO THINGS IN YOUR

LIFE THAT YOU COULDN'T

EVEN THINK POSSIBLE

BECAUSE LIFE IS DESIGNED

FOR US TO FOLLOW JESUS,

NOT THE PATH WE SET OUT

FOR OURSELVES.

WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME

NOW, IF YOU FEEL LIKE ROY

DID, WHERE GOD IS CALLING

YOU TO LIFE WITH HIM.

FATHER, I HEAR THIS

AMAZING TESTIMONY, THIS

WONDERFUL STORY OF HOW YOU

TOOK A MESS OF A LIFE AND

CLEANED IT UP, NOT ONLY

FOR YOUR HONOR AND GLORY

DID YOU DO SO, LORD, BUT

TO SHOW ROY WHAT ABUNDANT

LIFE REALLY IS.

AND HOW YOUR AMAZING LOVE

CAN COMPLETELY TRANSFORM A

HEART.

AND TAKE AWAY THE STAIN OF

SIN.

TAKE AWAY OUR SHAME.

TAKE AWAY OUR GUILT.

AND PUT US IN

RIGHT-STANDING WITH YOU,

FATHER, BECAUSE OF JESUS

CHRIST DID.

THE SINLESS ONE WHO BECAME

SIN FOR US.

NOW, FATHER, THIS DAY I

DEVOTE MY LIFE TO YOU.

I ASK YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO

HELP ME ON THIS JOURNEY.

I CAN'T DO IT ALONE.

USED PROMISED THE HOLY

SPIRIT, THE ADVOCATE, THE

SPIRIT OF TRUTH TO BE WITH

US.

AND, FATHER, I CLAIM THAT

TODAY.

LET YOUR HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE

ME IN THIS NEW PATH, AND

THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME

WITH ALL OF MY SIN AND ALL

OF MY SHAME.

THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME

CLEAN, JESUS.

I THANK YOU FOR THIS

AMAZING LOVE, AND I GIVE

YOU MY LIFE IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU'D LIKE FURTHER

PRAYER, YOU CAN CALL US AT

1-800-700-7000.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH

PSALM 62: 1: "TRULY MY

SOUL SILENTLY WAITS FOR

GOD.

FROM HIM COMES MY

SALVATION."

AND THAT SALVATION IS A

WONDERFUL, FREE GIFT.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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