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700 Club Interactive - February 9, 2018

Mindy’s dysfunctional home life and depression drives her to the streets where she turns to drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain. Read Transcript


Gordon: REJECTEDED

AND ABANDONED.

I JUST WANTED TO BE

LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY.

I FELT LIKE I REALLY

DIDN'T FIT IN WITH MY

FAMILY.

MY DAD WAS NEVER THERE.

I JUST FELT WORTHLESS.

Gordon: SHE ESCAPED

INTO A WORLD OF DRUGS,

ALCOHOL, AND STRIPPING.

SHE PULLS UP IN HER

RED, CONVERTIBLE CORVETTE,

AND SHE GOES, HOW WOULD

YOU LIKE TO GO FROM MAKING

$4.90 AN HOUR TO $490 A

DAY.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES CAN BE

FRIGHTENING, ESPECIALLY IF

THAT EMERGENCY TAKES PLACE

ABOARD A PLANE AT 30,000

FEET.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO A

PASSENGER TRAVELLING FROM

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, TO

MONTEGO BAY.

Terry: JOHN AND

MATTHEW, TWO

ANESTHESIOLOGISTS WERE ON

THAT FLIGHT, AND NOTICED

AN ELDERLY WOMAN IN

CARDIAC ARREST.

THE DOCTORS CONSTRUCTED A

MAKESHIFT VENTILATOR.

THE MEN PUSHED OXYGEN INTO

HER LUNGS FOR 45 MINUTES

BEFORE MAKING AN EMERGENCY

LANDING IN FT. LAUDERDALE.

HIS WIFE POSTED ON

Facebook THAT IT WAS

BOTH AMAZING AND

TERRIFYING AT THE SAME

TIME TO WITNESS MY HUSBAND

AND HIS FRIEND DO

SOMETHING THEY DO EVERY

DAY; SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.

IT WAS GOOD TO WITNESS SO

MANY GOOD SAMARITANS

PRAYING AND HOLDING THEM

UP DURING THE ENTIRE DEAL.

I'M SO THANKFUL GOD PLACED

THEM THERE AT THE RIGHT

TIME.

Gordon: THAT WAS

ABSOLUTELY AT THE RIGHT

TIME.

TWO PEOPLE THAT ARE

EXPERTS IN MAKING SURE

SOMEONE HAS ENOUGH OXYGEN

AS THEY GO THROUGH SURGERY

TO BE ON BOARD, AND TO

IMPROVISE, TO SAY WE HAVE

OXYGEN TANKS AND MASKS,

AND WE CAN MAKE THIS

HAPPEN.

Terry: AND THEY DID.

Gordon: HEROS COME IN

ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, AND

IF YOU HAVE EVER READ ANY

COMIC BOOKS, YOU KNOW THEY

ALL HAVE DIFFERENT

ABILITIES.

Terry: ONE YOUNG MAN

DECIDED TO SHOW SOME THAT

THEIR DISABILITIES MAKE

THEM SUPER.

> TAKE A LOOK.

*

ARE YOU EXCITED?

OH, WOW, LOOK AT YOU!

THAT'S AMAZING, RIGHT?

Gordon: THAT IS

AMAZING.

I LOVE THAT.

WHAT A GREAT IDEA.

LET'S TAKE CHILDREN WITH

DISABILITIES AND SHOW THEM

THEY CAN BE SUPER HEROS.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

Terry: IT REALLY IS.

> WELL, FEBRUARY IS

AMERICAN HEART MONTH AND

SOME NEW YORK HOSPITALS

ARE RAISING AWARENESS IN A

TINY WAY.

Gordon: THROUGHOUT

THE MONTH, NEWBORNS AT

ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER WILL

BE WEARING LITTLE RED HATS

KNITTED BY VOLUNTEERS.

ONE 10-YEAR-OLD SAVED HIS

MONEY BY RAKING LEAVES,

KNITTING MORE THAN 20

HATS, AND HE SAYS THE HATS

RAISE AWARENESS.

HEART DISEASE, IT HURTS

THEM WHEN THE BABY IS

OLDER.

THE MOM WILL BE LOOKING AT

THE HAT AND SAY, I CNLTD CAN'T

BELIEVE YOU FIT INTO THIS.

Terry: I THINK ALL

MOMS SAY THAT LATER ON.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: A 10-YEAR-OLD

COMMITTED TO DOING THAT,

THAT'S PRETTY ASTONISHING.

HATS OFF TO YOU, SO TO

SPEAK.

> WELL, AS LONG AS THERE

HAVE BEEN WARS, MILITARY

WORKING DOGS HAVE SERVED

IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES.

RECENTLY ONE SPECIAL AIR

FORCE SERVICE DOG AND

COMPANION WAS LAID TO REST

AND GIVEN A HERO'S

GOOD-BYE.

Gordon: RICO WAS A

GERMAN SHEPHERD AND HE

SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN IN

2013, WHERE HE EARNED A

BRONZE STAR.

HE SERVED EIGHT YEARS AND

DEVELOPED A DEGENERATIVE

SPINAL CORD INJURY.

"THE BOND THAT RICO AND I

SHARED WAS SPECIAL.

IT STARTED OFF AS

PARTNERS, THEN WE DEPLOYED

AND IT COMPLETELY CHANGED.

WE BECAME FAMILY.

I NEEDED HIM TO KEEP ME

AND THE OTHERS AROUND US

SAFE.

HE WAS AN AMAZING CANINE,

FRIEND, PARTNER, AND

FAMILY MEMBER."

AND ANYONE WHO HAS EVER

HAD A DOG KNOWS, YES, THEY

BECOME MEMBERS OF THE

FAMILY.

Terry: AND EVEN MORE

SO WHEN THERE IS A

LIFE-SAVING ELEMENT ADDED

TO THE WHOLE THING.

Gordon: AND YOU

REALIZE THAT THAT DOG IS

WILLING TO PUT ITSELF IN

HARM'S WAY TO KEEP YOU

SAFE.

AND WILL DO SO WILLINGLY

AND DO SO EVEN TO THE

POINT OF SACRIFICING THEIR

LIFE.

Terry: IT IS ALWAYS

INSPIRING TO SEE THE BOND

FROM THE DOG'S SIDE, TOO.

IT'S JUST LIKE YOU'RE

SAYING, NOTHING GETS

BETWEEN US.

Gordon: WE'VE ALL

SEEN THE PICTURES OF

SERVICE DOGS AT THE

FUNERAL OF THEIR PARTNER,

AND JUST THE MOURNING THAT

THEY GO THROUGH.

LET'S HONOR RICO.

> UP NEXT, MOST PEOPLE

SPEND A DAY AT THE

AMUSEMENT PARK FOR FUN AND

LASTING MEMORIES.

ALL TAWNIE RECEIVED WAS

NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES.

I WAS AN EMOTIONAL

WRECK.

I WAS UPSET AND CRYING ALL

OF THE TIME.

I JUST DIDN'T FEEL MYSELF.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

SHE WAS MIRACULOUSLY

HEALED, AND WE'LL BE

PRAYING FOR YOU RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: YOU KNOW THOSE

PHOTOS YOU GET AT THE END

OF A ROLLER COASTER RIDE?

TAWNIE CUNNINGHAM HAS ONE,

AND IT CAPTURED THE EXACT

MOMENT HER NECK WENT OUT

OF WHACK.

MONTHS OF PAIN FOLLOWED

UNTIL THE DAY SHE WAS

WATCHING A TV SHOW.

TAKE A LOOK.

[LAUGHTER]

THERE WE ARE.

YAY!

Reporter: TAWN TAWNIE AND

HER HUSBAND WERE ENJOYING

A DAY AT THE SANTA CRUZ

BOARDWALK WHEN THEY

DECIDED TO RIDE THE ROLLER

COASTER.

YOU COME DOWN AT 60

SOMETHING MILES PER HOUR,

AND YOU COME DOWN REAL

QUICK.

I WAS SITTING WHERE SHE

WAS SITTING, AND ALL OF A

SUDDEN I WAS LIKE THIS,

AND SHE CAME SLAMMING INTO

ME.

HER BODY WENT THIS WAY,

AND HER HEAD WAS STILL

STRAIGHT, IN THEN...

IT WAS AWFUL.

Reporter: TAWNIE WAS

GRATEFUL THAT THE POP SHE

FELT IN HER NECK ONLY GAVE

HER A HEADACHE.

BUT TWO MONTHS LATER, SHE

BEGAN EXPERIENCING INTENSE

NECK PAIN AND HAD TROUBLE

TURNING HER HEAD.

IT WAS A BURNING FROM

THE BACK OF MY HEAD TO THE

CENTER OF MY SHOULDER, ON

THE RIGHT SIDE.

JUST A REAL DEAL BURNING.

I COULDN'T EVEN SLEEP.

I TOOK A LOT OF ASPIRIN

AND MUSCLE RELAXERS.

I WAS AN EMOTIONAL WRECK.

I WAS UPSET.

I WAS CRYING ALL THE TIME.

I JUST -- YOU KNOW, I JUST

DIDN'T FEEL MYSELF.

Reporter: SHE CALLED

A SPINE SPECIALIST BUT

WOULD HAVE TO WAIT TWO

MONTHS FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

IN THE MEANTIME, SHE TRIED

HER BEST TO COPE WITH THE

DAILY PAIN.

THEN ONE MORNING SHE WAS

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB."

I HAD MY HAND PLACED ON

THE BACK, RIGHT SIDE OF MY

NECK AT THIS TIME.

AND I HAD MY HEAD DOWN AND

I WAS PRAYING.

AND I HEARD...

Gordon: SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU INJURED THE RIGHT SIDE

OF YOUR NECK.

IT'S IN THE BACK.

GOD'S HEALING THAT,

RESTORING THAT.

THAT MUSCLE IS JUST

RELAXING NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

INSTANTLY I RECEIVED

IT.

AND I JUST JUMPED UP AND I

WAS HAPPY, AND I MOVED MY

HEAD BAC BACK AND FORTH.

AND I HAD NO MORE PAIN

FROM THAT DAY FORTH.

Reporter: TAWNIE HAS

BEEN PAIN-FREE, AND ABLE

TO MOVE HER NECK FREELY

EVER SINCE.

SHE CANCELLED HER

APPOINTMENT WITH THE

SPECIALIST.

INSTEAD, SHE GIVES THANKS

TO THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.

HE INSTANTLY HEALED ME.

I'VE ALWAYS HAD FAITH IN

THAT, BUT TO EXPERIENCE IT

FOR MY OWN, MY GOODNESS,

I'M OVERWHELMED.

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.

Terry: TAWNIE WAS

MOVED TO TEARS BY THE

GOODNESS OF GOD AND THE

REALITY OF THE MIRACLE

THAT HE DID FOR HER.

AND HE LOVES YOU, TOO.

AND SO THIS ISN'T JUST

SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS TO

A FEW PEOPLE.

HE IS THE HEALER, AND WE

WANT TO EXTEND THAT TO YOU

AS WE PRAY TODAY AS WELL.

Gordon: YEAH.

IT HAPPENS FOR EVERYONE.

AND WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET

TO THAT POINT WHERE YOU

CAN BELIEVE FOR HEALING?

SOMETIMES PEOPLE COME TO

ME AND SAY, YOU MUST HAVE

GREAT FAITH AND THAT KIND

OF THING.

NO.

NO.

HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON: I

KNOW SOME GREAT FACTS.

HERE IS A FACT FOR YOU:

JESUS CAME AND HE WALKED

THE EARTH, AND HE CAME

FROM HEAVEN.

HE WAS WITH GOD AT THE

BEGINNING.

BY HIM AND THROUGH HIM ALL

THINGS WERE MADE.

AND HE CAME AND HE LIVED A

SINLESS LIFE.

IT'S AMAZING.

HE LIVED A SINLESS LIFE.

AND THEN HE VOLUNTEERED.

HE WENT TO THE CROSS AS A

SACRIFICE FOR YOU AND ME.

HIS BLOOD IS DIVINE.

HIS LIFE WAS SIN-FREE.

HE WAS THE PERFECT

SACRIFICE.

AND WITH THAT SACRIFICE,

HE PROVIDED THE

FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND THE

HEALING OF ALL OF OUR

DISEASE.

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT

THE BIBLE SAYS, THAT HE

FORGIVES ALL OF OUR

INIQUITY, HE HEALS ALL OF

OUR DISEASE.

AND THEN THE WONDERFUL

THING, HE DIDN'T STOP

THERE.

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD

THREE DAYS LATER.

AND NOW HE IS WITH GOD THE

FATHER.

AND WHAT IS HE DOING?

HE IS PRAYING FOR YOU.

HE EVER LIVES TO GIVE

INTERCESSION FOR YOU.

SO RIGHT NOW JESUS IS

LOOKING AT YOU FROM

HEAVEN, AND ANYWAY, I WANT

TO PRAY.

I WANT TO INTERCEDE, THAT

THE MESSAGE, THE BEAUTIFUL

FACTS OF MY LIFE, MY

DEATH, MY RESURRECTION

WOULD BREAKTHROUGH AND

HEAL.

THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING.

SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

ARE YOU THINKING YOU'VE

GOT TO CONVINCE GOD?

YOU'VE GOT TO BEG GOD?

YOU'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING

ELSE?

THAT IT'S THE CROSS OF

JESUS PLUS SOMETHING ELSE?

NO.

JUST REST IN HIM.

LET HIM BE YOUR

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

LET HIM BE YOUR PEACE.

LET HIM BE YOUR HEALING.

LET HIM BE YOUR FAITH.

WHEN YOU HAVE ALL OF THAT,

YOU'LL HAVE YOUR HEALING.

SO TERRY AND I ARE GOING

TO PRAY.

ALL I ASK YOU TO DO IS

BELIEVE.

START SAYING, I STAND ON

THESE FACTS.

THESE AREN'T CHANGEABLE

THINGS.

THESE ARE FACTS.

HE IS ALIVE FOREVER MORE.

THERE ARE FACTS.

I'M STANDING ON THEM.

I'M RECEIVING THEM.

IT IS NOT BASED ON

ANYTHING I DO.

IT IS BASED ON WHAT HE HAS

ALREADY DONE.

AND WHEN YOU BELIEVE

THAT -- HIS WORDS ARE:

BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE

ALREADY RECEIVED AND YOU

WILL HAVE IT.

SO LET'S DO THAT AND LET'S

BELIEVE THAT AND LET HIM

DO ALL OF THE REST.

LORD, WE JUST COME TO YOU

AND WE LIFT THE NEEDS OF

THE AUDIENCE TO YOU RIGHT

NOW.

AND AS PEOPLE ARE

STRETCHING FORTH THEIR

FAITH IN WHAT YOU HAVE

DONE, AND THEY'RE SAYING,

I RELY ON JESUS, I RELY ON

HIS SACRIFICE, I RELY ON

HIS STRIPES, I RELY ON HIS

DEATH AND RESURRECTION, I

RELY ON HIS PRAYERS FOR ME

RIGHT NOW.

HE IS MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.

HE IS MY PEACE.

HE IS MY HEALING.

HE IS MY SAVIOR.

HE IS MY FAITH.

AND I RELY AND HIM.

SO LORD GOD, STRETCH FORTH

YOUR HAND TO DO MIRACLES.

RESTORE.

HEAL.

DELIVER.

FOR WE ASK IT ALL IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'VE

HAD AN INJURY, AND IT

SEEMS TO AFFECT YOUR

ENTIRE JAW, FROM THE END

ALL THE WAY BACK INTO YOUR

NECK, AND GOD IS HEALING

THAT.

HE IS RESTORING BONE.

HE IS ABLE TO KNIT THINGS

BACK TOGETHER PROPERLY.

YOU'RE JUST RELEASED FROM

THAT PAIN RIGHT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE WITH

DEEP PAIN IN YOUR RIGHT

SHOULDER.

GOD IS HEALING YOU.

HE IS SETTING YOU FREE

FROM THAT.

WHAT YOU COULDN'T DO

BEFORE, DO IT NOW.

RAISE THAT RIGHT ARM AND

REALIZE WHAT A TREMENDOUS

MIRACLE.

THERE IS NO MORE PAIN,

NUMBNESS, TINGLING.

IT IS ALL GOWN NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

TERRY?

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE WITH AN EYE

CONDITION.

ACTUALLY, YOU ALREADY KNOW

GOD IS DOING SOMETHING.

YOU CAN SENSE IT.

THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE

FROM, LIKE, BEHIND YOUR

EYEBALL AND IT IS SO

UNCOMFORTABLE.

YOU ARE BEING SET FREE

FROM THAT RIGHT NOW.

JUST BEGIN TO PRAISE THE

LORD AND THANK HIM.

Gordon: JUST RAISE

YOUR ARMS TO HIM AND START

PRAISING HIM FOR WHAT HE

HAS DONE, WHO HE IS, AND

JUST RECEIVE FROM HIM.

AND LET IT JUST BE LIKE

THE OIL OF GLADNESS, JUST

POURING OVER YOU.

JUST FILL YOUR SPIRIT WITH

JOY, PEACE, RIGHTEOUSNESS

IN HIM.

LET HIS PRAISE, THE PRAISE

OF JESUS, EVER BE EVER ON

YOUR LIPS.

PRAISE HIM NOW.

RECEIVE FROM HIM NOW.

FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN AND AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, LET US KNOW.

SHARE YOUR GOOD REPORT.

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

AND IF YOU NEED PRAYER FOR

ANYTHING, WE BELIEVE IN

PREVAILING PRAYER.

WE BELIEVE IN PERSISTENCE

IN PRAYER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET

SOMEONE TO AGREE WITH YOU

IN PRAYER IS GIVE US A

CALL: THE 1-800-700-7000.

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, COMING

UP, EXOTIC DANCING, DRUGS,

AND ALCOHOL NEARLY CAUSED

MINDY HER LIFE.

I REMEMBER LAYING

THERE, AND I FELT MY

SPIRIT BEING RIPPED AWAY

FROM MY BODY.

I REALIZED I WASN'T EVEN

IN MY BODY ANYMORE.

Terry: FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENED NEXT, RIGHT AFTER

THE BREAK.

Gordon: BY DAY, MINDY

CRANE WAS A LOVING WIFE

AND MOTHER.

AT NIGHT, SHE WAS A

STRIPPER.

MINDY CRAVED THE LUCRATIVE

LIFESTYLE THAT STRIPPING

PROVIDED FOR HER FAMILY,

UNTIL THE NIGHT SHE FELT

HER SPIRIT BEING RIPPED

FROM HER BODY.

Reporter: A TIME LONG

REMEMBERED, THE NIGHT

6-YEAR-OLD MINDY CRANE'S

FATHER TOOK HER FROM THE

ONLY PERSON SHE FELT LOVED

HER.

ALL NIGHT LONG I CRIED

FOR MY GRANDMOTHER.

AND IT WAS PRETTY

TRAUMATIC FOR ME BECAUSE I

FELT LIKE SHE WAS MY MOM.

Reporter: FOUR YEARS

HAD PASSED SINCE MINDY AND

HER TWO SISTERS MOVED IN

WITH THEIR GRANDMOTHER

AFTER THEIR REAL MOTHER

WALKED OUT.

NOW THAT HER DAD

REMARRIED, THEY WOULD BE

LIVING WITH HIM, HIS NEW

WIFE, AND HER THREE

CHILDREN.

NEITHER HER DAD NOR

STEPMOTHER HAD TIME FOR

MINDY.

I JUST WAS FEELING VERY

REJECTED AND ABANDONED

GROWING UP AND BEING IN

THAT FAMILY.

I JUST WANTED TO BE LOVED

UNCONDITIONALLY.

I WANTED SOMEBODY TO

REALLY LOVE ME AND SPEND

TIME WITH ME.

AND I WANTED TIMES TO BE

WITH MY DAD.

Reporter: SHE WAS

ALSO SUFFERING FROM

DEPRESSION.

I HAD A LACK OF

IDENTITY.

I FELT LIKE MY MOM DIDN'T

WANT ME.

I FELT LIKE I REALLY

DIDN'T FIT IN WITH MY

FAMILY.

MY DAD WAS NEVER THERE.

I FELT WORTHLESS.

I FELT LIKE I DIDN'T HAVE

ANY WORTH.

I FELT LIKE I JUST WASN'T

GOOD ENOUGH.

Reporter: AT 11 YEARS

OLD, SHE TOOK SOME PILLS

SHE FOUND IN THE MEDICINE

CABINET, IN THE FIRST OF

MANY FAILED SUICIDE

ATTEMPTS.

I REALLY WANTED TO DIE.

I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT

THE PILLS WERE GOING TO DO

WITH ME, TO BE HONEST WITH

YOU.

AND I WOULD TAKE AS MANY

OF THEM AS I THOUGHT I

NEEDED TO DIE.

Reporter: AT ONE

POINT SHE WAS PRESCRIBED

MEDICATION, BUT IT DIDN'T

HELP.

AS A TEENAGER, SHE TURNED

TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

I DIDN'T CARE ANYMORE,

REALLY.

I FELT LIKE I WAS NUMBING

MYSELF FROM ALL OF THE

PAIN AND ALL THE HURT.

I STARTED REBELLING.

I STARTED TRYING TO FIND

MY VALUE AND MY SELF-WORTH

IN THE ATTENTION OF MEN.

I WAS GETTING ATTENTION

THAT I THOUGHT I WANTED.

Reporter: WANTING TO

ESCAPE HER HOME LIFE,

MINDY GOT A FAST FOOD JOB

AT 16.

SHE WAS WORKING WHEN

SOMEONE SHE KNEW TOLD HER

THAT BEING A STRIPPER

COULD BE HER TICKET OUT.

SHE PULLS UP IN HER RED

CONVERTIBLE CORVETTE, AND

SHE SAYS, HOW WOULD YOU

LIKE TO GO FROM MAKING

$4.90 AN HOUR TO $490 A

DAY?

MAN, THAT WOULD BE

AWESOME.

Reporter: SHE RAN

AWAY FROM HOME, DROPPED

OUT OF SCHOOL, AND USED A

FAKE IDEA TO GET A JOB

DANCING AT A CLUB.

SHE HAD MONEY AND

INDEPENDENCE FROM HER

PARENTS, BUT IT CAME AT A

COST.

COST: HER DIGNITY.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I

WOULD FEEL LIKE, MAN, THIS

ISN'T RIGHT, BUT IF I DO

JUST ENOUGH DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL, I COULD KIND OF

DROWN OUT MY CONSCIENCE SO

I COULD DO IT.

AND IT BECOMES THE NORM

FOR YOU.

Reporter: PREGNANT AT

17, MINDY GAVE UP DRUGS

AND DANCING TEMPORARILY.

BUT AS A SINGLE MOM, SHE

FELT STRIPPING WAS HER

ONLY OPTION.

I NEEDED A JOB WHERE I

COULD PAY SOMEBODY TO

WATCH MY CHILD AND BE ABLE

TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH

MY KID AS I COULD, AND BE

ABLE TO AFFORD TO TAKE HIM

TO GO DO THINGS.

AND THAT WAS A JOB FOR ME.

Reporter: IN HER

20s, SHE MET AND MARRIED

LANCE AND THEY HAD TWO

DAUGHTERS.

AGAIN, SHE FELT THE MONEY

SHE MADE STRIPPING

PROVIDED THE HOME LIFE SHE

ALWAYS DESIRED.

FAMILY WAS A REAL BIG

THING WITH ME.

SO I WANTED TO MAKE MY OWN

FAMILY BE THE TYPE OF

FAMILY THAT I NEVER HAD.

Reporter: EVEN THEN,

SHE COULDN'T ESCAPE THE

OVER POWERING SENSE OF

SHAME OR THE DRUGS SHE

USED TO COVER IT.

THEN A FRIEND STARTED

TELLING MINDY ABOUT GOD

AND INVITED HER TO A

CHURCH SMALL GROUP.

MINDY SAW HOPE BUT

BELIEVED SHE HAD TO FIX

HERSELF FOR GOD TO ACCEPT

HER.

I JUST FELT LIKE, YOU

KNOW, EVENTUALLY I'LL GROW

OUT OF THIS STUFF.

EVENTUALLY I'LL BE

RELIGIOUS, AND HE'LL BE

HAPPY WITH ME.

THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE

FOR ME TO HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

IF I JUST COULD BE GOOD

ENOUGH, HE WOULD ACCEPT

ME.

Reporter: BUT SHE

CONTINUED DOING DRUGS AND

DANCING.

ONE NIGHT, WHILE PARTYING

AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE, MINDY

OVERDOSED AND FELT LIKE

SHE WAS DYING.

I REMEMBER LAYING THERE

AND I FELT MY SPIRIT JUST

BEING WHIPPED AWAY FROM MY

BODY.

AND I REALIZED I WASN'T

EVEN IN MY BODY ANYMORE.

Reporter: AT FIRST,

MINDY FEARED SHE WAS ABOUT

TO FACE GOD'S JUDGMENT.

INSTEAD, SHE FELT

OVERWHELMED BY HIS LOVE.

I JUST REMEMBER JUST

FEELING THAT LOVE.

IT WAS SO AMAZING THAT I

WOULD HAVE LEFT

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: SO MINDY

QUIT HER JOB.

AND FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS

SHE TRIED TO GET HER LIFE

STRAIGHT TO BE ACCEPTABLE

TO GOD.

THEN AT A SPECIAL CHURCH

SERVICE SHE FINALLY HEARD

THAT GOD WANTED HER JUST

AS SHE WAS.

ME AND MY SON, THAT

NIGHT WE WALKED UP THERE.

AND I STARTED WEEPING.

I STARTED CRYING.

I KNEW IF GOD COULD SAVE

ME, THAT IT WOULD IN MY

BEST INTEREST TO SURRENDER

MY LIFE TO HIM.

AND THAT'S WHAT I DID THAT

NIGHT.

Reporter: MINDY

STOPPED USING DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL AND STARTED

GROWING IN HER

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.

SO I STARTED GETTING SO

EXCITED BECAUSE I ALREADY

STARTED CHANGING.

AND THAT CHAIN STARTED

GOING AWAY.

THE MORE I STARTED SEEING

JESUS, THE MORE I STARTED

LIKING WHO I AM.

I NO LONGER STARTED

LOOKING TO OTHER THINGS TO

VALIDATE ME.

WHETHER MY PARENTS

APPROVED OF ME OR THEY

DIDN'T -- I KNEW THAT GOD

DID.

HIS LOVE COMPLETELY

TRANSFORMED ME.

Reporter: SON AFTER,

HER HUSBAND, LANCE,

ACCEPTED CHRIST AS WELL.

TODAY MINDY RETURNS OFTEN

TO THE STREETS OF NEW

ORLEANS, NOT TO WORK BUT

TO SHARE THE LOVE OF GOD.

SHE KNOWS FIRSTHAND HOW

THAT LOVE CHANGED HER.

WHEN JESUS STEPS IN, IT

IS ALMOST LIKE THE PEOPLE

THAT LOOKED AT YOU AND

THOUGHT YOU WERE ONE WAY,

AND THEY SEE YOU AND THEY

HAVE A RESPECT FOR THE NEW

CREATION.

I DON'T HAVE TO SIT THERE

AND EARN IT OR HAVE TO

PROVE MYSELF TO THEM.

THEY KNOW IT IS GENUINE.

SO I DON'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN

MYSELF.

THEY'RE, LIKE, WOW, I KNOW

JESUS IS REAL.

Gordon: HE IS REAL,

AND HE WANTS TO CHANGE

YOU, AND CHANGE YOU FROM

YOUR INNERMOST BEING.

THEY CALL IT BEING BORN

AGAIN, BUT THE GREEK IS SO

MUCH RICHER THAN THAT.

IT MEANS YOU'RE

REGENERATED.

YOU'RE RESTARTED.

GENEROUS IS WHERE WE GET

THE WORD GENESIS.

FROM THE BEGINNING.

AND THE WONDERFUL THING IS

THAT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT,

WHEN YOU HAVE THAT

REGENERATION, THEN WHAT

YOU USED TO DO, WHAT USED

TO HAVE HOLD OF YOU, NO

LONGER DOES.

YOU WANT TO DO THE THINGS

THAT LEAD TO LIFE AND LIFE

MORE ABUNDANTLY.

YOU TURN AWAY FROM THE OLD

TO RECEIVE THE NEW.

AND WITH THAT NEW,

SUDDENLY ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES OPEN UP

IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU

FIND THAT YOU WERE CREATED

FOR A PURPOSE, THAT HE HAS

GOOD WORKS FOR YOU TO WALK

INTO, THINGS FOR YOU TO DO

THAT WILL SATISFY YOUR

HEART.

IF YOU WANT THIS, THERE IS

A VERY SIMPLE PRAYER FOR

YOU.

JESUS, IF YOU'RE REAL, IF

YOU REALLY CAME FOR ME, IF

YOU REALLY ARE MY SAVIOR,

IF YOU REALLY CAN FORGIVE

ME, IF YOU REALLY CAN

CHANGE ME, COULD YOU SHOW

ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER.

HE'LL SHOW UP FOR YOU.

NOW, IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

THIS PRAYER, WE'RE HERE

FOR YOU.

ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, I NEED TO GET

SAVED.

I NEED TO GET REGENERATED.

I NEED JESUS IN MY LIFE.

WHEN YOU CALL, WE HAVE A

FREE PACKET CALLED FOR YOU

CALLED "A NEW DAY."

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