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The 700 Club - February 9, 2018

A teenage gang member has a death wish and plans to pull the trigger. Watch what saved his life. Plus, the Emmy-winning correspondent who wants to bring good news to your children. Read Transcript


Announcer: THE

FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS

SPONSORED BY CBN.

COMING UP...THE EMMY

WINNING CORRESPONDENT WHO

WANTS TO BRING GOOD NEWS

TO YOUR CHILDREN.

> PLUS...

A DOOR OPENED TO

DARKNESS.

Gordon: ...A TEENAGED

GANG MEMBER WITH A DEATH

WISH, AND HE PLANNED TO

PULL THE TRIGGER.

I WOULD RATHER DIE THAN

TO LIVE LIKE THIS.

I'M DONE WITH THIS.

I'M NOT DOING THIS

ANYMORE.

Gordon: WATCHED WHAT

SAVED HIS LIFE, ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB."

*

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES

FROM THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO THE

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS

BEEN AMERICA'S TREATMENT

OF ISRAEL, AND SOME OF THE

PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THE

JEWISH STATE HERE IN THE

U.S.

Terry: PAUL STRAND

BRINGS US THIS REPORT ON

HOW THE I.R.S. TARGETED A

PRO-ISRAEL GROUP, AND

ABOUT JUST WHERE U.S.

TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Reporter: SOME THINK

THEY SHOULD WEAPONIZE MANY

AGENCIES, THE COMPANY HERE

IN PENNSYLVANIA REALIZES

THAT IS TRUE BECAUSE THEY

HAD TO STRUGGLE WITH THE

I.R.S.

THEY WANTED TAX-EXEMPT

STATUS FOR "Z" STREET, THE

"Z" STANDING FOR ZION.

BUT INSTEAD OF GETTING THE

NORMAL APPROVAL IN SIX

MONTHS, THE I.R.S. HELD UP

THEIR APPLICATION FOR

SEVEN YEARS.

AND THE MARCUSES HEARD...

THERE IS A SPECIAL UNIT

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHICH

LOOKS AT THESE

APPLICATIONS TO DETERMINE

WHETHER THE ORGANIZATION'S

ACTIVITIES ARE

INCONSISTENT WITH THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S

POLICIES.

Reporter: "Z" STREET

BELIEVES IN THE RIGHT OF

JEWS TO LIVE ANYWHERE,

INCLUDING THE AREAS

COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE

OCCUPIED TERRITORIES,

WHICH INCLUDE CITIES AND

TOWNS CALLED SETTLEMENTS.

THE I.R.S. OFFICIALS

TRIED TO SEE WHETHER THEY

COULD REVOKE TA TAX-EXEMPT

STATUS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

THAT SUPPORT WHAT'S CALLED

THE SETTLEMENTS.

Reporter: THAT'S AN

EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS CALLED

VIEWPOINT DISCRIMINATION,

WHERE AN ORGANIZATION GETS

TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY THE

GOVERNMENT BECAUSE ITS

VIEWPOINTS ARE DIFFERENT

FROM THE GOVERNMENT'S

VIEWPOINTS.

IN THIS CASE, THOSE OF THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OF

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THIS WAS PART OF AN

OVERALL CAMPAIGN BEING

WAGED BY THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO ISOLATE

ISRAEL FOR ITS SETTLEMENT

ACTIVITY.

Reporter: BUT THE

MARCUSES ARE LAWYERS, AND

SO "Z" STREET SUED THE

I.R.S., SAYING THEY WERE

VIOLATING THEM THEIR

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

THE I.R.S. FOUGHT BACK

WITH ALL SORTS OF

ARGUMENTS, ALL EVENTUALLY

THROWN OUT BY COURTS.

ONE OF THOSE ARGUMENTS

WAS...

WE CAN'T SUE THEM

BECAUSE THEY'RE THE

GOVERNMENT.

EXCUSE ME?

I MEAN, THE BILL OF RIGHTS

WAS CREATED TO PROTECT

CITIZENS FROM

CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS

BY THE GOVERNMENT.

Reporter: THE TAX

AGENCY THEN HINTED MAYBE

"Z" STREET WOULD BE

SUPPORTING TERRORISM IF IT

SUPPORTED ISRAEL.

ISRAEL IS A COUNTRY

WHERE TERRORISM HAPPENS TO

ISRAELIS.

THEY'RE NOT THE

PERPETRATORS OF TERRORISM.

Reporter: THE

MARCUSES ALSO FOUND DURING

THE LONG BATTLE THAT THE

GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO ASKING

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIEWS

OF OTHER PRO-ISRAEL

NON-PROFIT GROUPS.

THEY WERE ASKED, WHAT

ARE YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF THE

LAND OF ISRAEL?

THAT'S ASTOUNDING, THAT

THE I.R.S. -- ANYONE AT

THE I.R.S. COULD THINK

THAT THAT WOULD BE A

LEGITIMATE QUESTION.

Reporter: THE FEDS

FINALLY GAVE UP AND

SETTLED ON FEBRUARY 1st.

I'M SURE THEY THOUGHT

THEY WOULD JUST GRIND US

TO DUST, BUT THEY DIDN'T

REALIZE WE'RE LIKE

TERRIERS, WE GOT OUR TEETH

IN THESE PEOPLE AND WE

DIDN'T LET GO.

Reporter: THERE IS

EVIDENCE OF THIS ATTITUDE

TOWARDS ISRAEL IN MORE

AGENCIES THAN JUST THE

I.R.S.

CHANCELLOR SAYS DURING THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION...

THEY ISOLATED ISRAEL,

AND THEIR TENDENCY TO

SHIFT TOWARDS IRAN.

AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

WAS THE INCLINATION OF

THOSE WITHIN THE STATE

DEPARTMENT.

Reporter: BUT IT

ENDED UP FUNDING GROUPS

WHICH SUPPORTED

PALESTINIANS BUT WENT

AGAINST ISRAEL.

WE PROVIDE ROUGHLY

$600 MILLION A YEAR TO THE

PALESTINIANS.

Reporter: THEY ARE

SUPPOSED TO BASICALLY BE

CHARITY, BUT IT CAN BE

HARD TO FIND OUT WHERE THE

MONEY IS OR ISN'T GOING.

THIS MAN IS WITH M.G.O.

MONITOR IN ISRAEL.

HE SAYS THE PROBLEM HAS

BEEN...

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO

ASCERTAIN WHICH

ORGANIZATIONS WERE

RECEIVING FUNDS AND FOR

WHAT PURPOSE.

SOME OF THE FUNDS ARE

EASIER TO TRACK THAN

OTHERS.

OVERALL, THOUGH, I BELIEVE

THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER HAS

REACHED FRUSTRATION.

Reporter: BUT AS

TRUMP HIMSELF MIGHT POINT

OUT, THERE IS DEAL THE

SWAMP THAT NEEDS TO BE

CLEANED OUT BEFORE SUCH

PROBLEMS CAN BE TOTALLY

CLEAR UP.

PAUL STRAND, REPORTING

FROM PENN VALLEY,

PENNSYLVANIA.

Gordon: IF THERE IS

EVER A STORY THAT MAKES

YOU MAD, THAT STORY HAS TO

MAKE YOUED MAD.

YOU MAD.

HERE WE HAVE GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES ACTING IN

VIOLATION OF THE

CONSTITUTION, AND LIMITING

FREE SPEECH, LIMITING

FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, AND

WITHHOLDING WHAT THEY

SHOULD DO AS GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES.

THEY SHOULD EXPEDITIOUSLY

PROCESS THESE KINDS OF

APPLICATIONS TO THE I.R.S.

SO PEOPLE CAN TAKE

ADVANTAGE OF THE LAWS THAT

CONGRESS HAS PASSED.

THEY'RE ACTING ILLEGALLY.

THEY'RE ACTING

UNCONSTITUTIONALLY.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THEY'RE

ACTING WITHOUT ANY PENALTY

AT ALL.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF

THE I.R.S. CASES RECENTLY,

ALL THE TEA PARTY CASES,

EVERYTHING THAT HAS

HAPPENED WHERE IT HAS BEEN

EXPOSED THEY WITHHELD

THESE ORGANIZATIONS'

REGISTRATIONS FOR

POLITICAL REASONS OR

IDEOLOGICAL REASONS -- THE

EMPLOYEES THAT DID THAT

HAVE SUFFERED NO

CONSEQUENCES AT ALL.

I FIND THAT ABSOLUTELY

INCREDIBLE.

BUT IN THIS CASE, IT IS

NOT JUST THE I.R.S.

YOU HAVE OFFICIALS WITHIN

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT

CALLING AND TALKING WITH

OFFICIALS WITHIN THE STATE

DEPARTMENT, AND ACCORDING

TO THAT LAWSUIT, THERE WAS

ONE EMPLOYEE IN THE

DIPLOMATIC CORPS IN ISRAEL

INQUIRING, CAN WE REVOKE

THE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF

NON-PROFIT AMERICAN

ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE

SUPPORTING ISRAEL IN THE

WEST BANK.

I FIND THAT ABSOLUTELY

INCREDIBLE, THAT YOU WOULD

USE THE I.R.S. AS A WEAPON

IN ORDER TO CHANGE POLICY.

IT JUST IS MIND-BOGGLING.

AND THEY DO IT SEEMINGLY

WITHIN IMPUNITY.

THERE IS NO PENALTY AT

ALL.

AND IT'S NOTHING NEW.

WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE

RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL IN

1948, TRUMAN HAD TO

OVERCOME HIS OWN STATE

DEPARTMENT.

WHEN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO

WHAT ROOSEVELT DID -- HERE

HE IS THE C.I.A. OPERATIVE

THAT ENGINEERED THE COUP

IN IRAN IN THE 1950s, HE

SET UP A FUND USING

TAXPAYER MONEY IN ORDER TO

LOBBY FOR PRO-ARAB CAUSES

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES,

AND HE DID THAT IN THE

1960s.

YOU SEE THIS AGAIN AND

AGAIN AND AGAIN.

BUT FOR THE I.R.S. TO GET

AWAY WITH ASKING QUESTIONS

ABOUT RELIGIOUS BELIEF,

DRUMMING UP FAKE THINGS,

THAT YOU'RE SOMEHOW

SUPPORTING TERRORISM --

WELL, HERE IS THE REAL

THING THAT IS GOING ON:

OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE

SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN

TERRORISTS.

WE HAVE ALREADY PROVEN IT.

THE "PAY TO SLAY" PROGRAM

WITHIN THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY, OUR TAX

DOLLARS -- NOT OUR

DONATIONS -- OUR TAX

DOLLARS ARE GOING TO

SUPPORT THE TERRORISTS AND

THEIR FAMILIES.

IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THAT

STOP.

I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A

FULL AUDIT OF THE SUPPORT

THAT THE U.S. HAS GIVEN

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

IT IS OVER $5 BILLION

SINCE 1994.

BUT THERE IS $350 MILLION

OF OUR TAX DOLLARS GOING

TO PAY TERRORISTS AND

THEIR FAMILIES IN THE WEST

BANK AND IN THE GAZA

STRIP.

AND IT IS THE "PAY TO

SLAY" PROGRAM.

AND THEY'RE PAID BASED ON

HOW MUCH DAMAGE THEY DO,

HOW MANY ISRAELIS DO THEY

KILL?

AND THERE IS INCENTIVES

FOR IT.

THAT NEEDS TO END.

RIGHT NOW THERE IS A BILL

BEFORE THE SENATE.

IT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

IT IS CALLED "THE TAYLOR

FORCE ACT."

WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS

GO TO THE PHONE AND CALL

THE CAPITAL SWITCH BOARD.

ASK FOR YOUR SENATOR.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO

MAKE TWO CALLS SO YOU GET

BOTH OF THEM.

AND SAY, LET'S GET "THE

TAYLOR FORCE ACT" PASSED.

202-224-3121.

WRITE IT DOWN.

LET'S GET THE "TAYLOR

FORCE ACT.

>ACT" PASSED.

> INVESTORS ARE HOPING

FOR A REBOUND ON WALL

STREET AFTER ANOTHER

BRUTAL SELLOFF ON

THURSDAY.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THAT

STORY.

Efrem: GORDON, STOCKS

HAVE SUFFERED THROUGH SOME

OF THE WORST LOSSES IN TWO

YEARS, BUT MANY EXPERTS

SAY IT IS IMPORTANT TO

KEEP AN EYE ON THE LONGER

TERM.

I'M NOT OVERALL

CONCERNED ABOUT THE MARKET

VOLATILITY.

I THINK THE FUNDAMENTALS

ARE QUITE STRONG.

JUST AS MARKETS E GO GO DOWN

VERY QUICKLY, THEY TEND TO

RECOVER VERY QUICKLY AS

WELL.

Efrem: SMALL-CAP SOME ANALYSTS

SAY THEY STILL EXPECT THE

MARKET TO HIT RECORD HIGHS

AGAIN WITHININEVERAL

MONTHS.

> LAWMAKERS FINALLY

APPROVED A SPENDING PLAN,

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS

SIGNED IT.

THE DEAL APPEASED MOST

REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS,

BUT IT INFURIATED BUDGET

HAWKS.

JENNIFER WISHON HAS MORE

ON HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS

WILL BE SPENT.

Jennifer: HIGH DRAMA

IN THE U.S. SENATE AT

MIDNIGHT.

JUST AS FUNDING RAN OUT

FOR THE GOVERNMENT, RAND

PAUL MOUNTED A ONE-MAN

PROTEST.

HE IS OUTRAGED THE

$400 BILLION BIPARTISAN

SPENDING PLAN ADDS

HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS TO

THE NATION'S $20 TRILLION

DEBT.

THIS IS EXPLODING.

THIS DEFICIT IS EXPLODING,

AND THERE IN THE ALARM YOU

SHOULD SEE.

Reporter: ONCE

SENATOR PAUL STEPPED

ASIDE, THE SENATE PASSED

THE DEAL 71-28.

AS MOST PEOPLE SLEPT, BOTH

SIDES GOT MOST OF THE

SPENDING THEY WANTED FOR

THE G.O.P., HUGE INCREASES

FOR DEFENSE.

FOR DEMOCRATS, A BIG BOOST

FOR DOMESTIC AGENCIES, AND

ALSO FUNDING FOR DISASTER

RELIEF, CHILDREN'S HEALTH

CARE AND OPIOID ADDICTION.

THIS AGREEMENT WILL

ALSO ALLOW US TO STEP OFF

THIS CAROUSEL OF

SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILLS

THAT DO NOTHING BUT HURT

OUR MILITARY AND STYMIE

OUR ABILITY TO FOCUS ON

OTHER ITEMS.

Reporter: THEY SAY

THE BILL DOESN'T INCLUDE A

SOLUTION FOR AMERICA'S

SO-CALLED DREAMERS,

ILLEGALS BROUGHT HERE WHEN

THEY WERE CHILDREN.

ALL WE WANT IS A

CHANCE.

PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE US

THAT OPPORTUNITY.

Reporter: SPEAKER

PAUL RYAN PROMISES TO WORK

ON AN IMMIGRATION MEASURE,

ONE PRESIDENT TRUMP CAN

SUPPORT.

MY COMMITMENT TO

WORKING TOGETHER ON AN

IMMIGRATION MEASURE THAT

WE CAN MAKE LAW IS A

SINCERE COMMITMENT.

WE WILL SOLVE THIS DACA

PROBLEM.

SOMETIMES I THINK THE

SPEAKER THINKS HE IS

SPEAKER OF THE WHITE

HOUSE, NOT THE SPEAKER OF

THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES.

Reporter: THE HOUSE

EASILY PASSED THE SPENDING

PLAN EARLY THIS MORNING.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

EXPECTED TO SIGN IT.

IN FACT, THE WHITE HOUSE

NEVER SHOWED SIGNS IT WAS

WORRIED THE BILL WOULDN'T

PASS.

NOW CONGRESS CAN OPERATE

OUTSIDE THE CONSTANT

THREAT OF A GOVERNMENT

SHUTDOWN.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: AND, GORDON,

THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY

SIGNED THAT BILL.

Gordon: THE GOOD NEWS

IS WE HAVE A FUNDED

GOVERNMENT.

THE BAD NEWS IS WE'RE

TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

DEBT.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF WHEN

WILL THE WORLD STOP BUYING

OUR PAPER?

BECAUSE THAT'S ESSENTIALLY

WHAT'S GOING ON.

THE WORLD IS FINANCING OUR

DEFICIT.

YOU LOOK AT THE TREASURY

BILL OPTIONS THIS WEEK,

AND ONE OF THE CAUSES OF

THE STOCK MARKET GOING

DOWN IS THAT THE TREASURY

BILL IS NOW PAYING MORE

THAN 3% A YEAR.

THAT'S THE LATEST AUCTION

AS OF YESTERDAY FOR BOTH

THE 10-YEAR NOTE AND THE

30-YEAR NOTE.

AT WHAT POINT, AS THAT

INTEREST RATE GOES UP --

WHEN YOU START THINKING

ABOUT PAYING INTEREST RATE

ON A VARIABLE RATE ON

$20 TRILLION OF DEBT, AT

WHAT POINT DOES THE

INTEREST PAYMENT ALONG

DWARF EVERYTHING ELSE

WE'RE DOING.

AS LONG AS THE FEDERAL

RESERVE RATE WAS BELOW 2%,

OKAY, 2% ON $20 TRILLION

DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A WHOLE

LOT.

BUT WHEN YOU START TALKING

5% -- I REMEMBER IN THE

1970s, T-BILL RATES

BEING OVER 15%.

WELL, 15% ON $20 TRILLION

IS A LOT OF MONEY.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY

FOR THAT?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR

FUTURE DEFICITS, WHEN YOU

START PAYING YOUR INTEREST

WITH DEBT?

THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE IN

THE LONG-TERM.

EVERYONE KNOWS IT, BUT WE

DON'T SEEM TO HAVE THE

POLITICAL WILL TO STOP IT.

TERRY?

Terry: COMING UP, SHE

IS A NEWS REPORTER WHO HAS

COVERED TERRORIST ATTACKS

AND SEEN THE WORST THE

WORLD HAS TO OFFER.

NOW SHE WANTS TO SHARE

ABOUT SOMEONE OF ITS

BLESSINGS.

ABC'S LINSEY DAVIS JOINS

US LIVE, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: THERE IS SO

MUCH BAD NEWS TODAY, AND

MOST PARENTS DO THEIR BEST

TO SHIELD THEIR CHILDREN

FROM THE WORST OF IT,

WHILE STILL HELPING THEM

DISCOVER ALL OF THE GOOD

THAT TRULY EXISTS IN THE

WORLD AROUND THEM.

JOURNALIST LINSEY DAVIS IS

ONE OF THOSE PARENTS, AND

SHE IS DOING IT WITH A NEW

BOOK.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: SHE IS AN

EMMY AWARD-WINNING

CORRESPONDENT FOR ABC

WORLD NEWS, GOOD MORNING

AMERICA, AND "NIGHTLINE."

SHE HAS COVERED VARIOUS

NATURAL DISASTERS, LIKE

THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI,

AND MULTIPLE HURRICANES.

HER BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT

TO DATE, THOUGH, IS HER

3-YEAR-OLD SON, WHO IS THE

INSPIRATION FOR HER NEW

BOOK, "THE WORLD IS AWAKE:

A CELEBRATION OF EVERY DAY

BLESSINGS."

THE SPLENDOR OF GOD'S

BLESSINGS ALL AROUND US

THROUGH THE LENS OF THE

VERY YOUNG.

Terry: ABC NEWS

CORRESPONDENT LINSEY DAVIS

JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT HER

NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK CALLED

"THE WORLD IS AWAKE."

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME, TERRY.

Terry: IT WAS REALLY

YOUR OWN SON WHO WAS THE

SINCINSPIRATION FOR THIS.

YES.

HE WAS ABOUT 2 YEARS OLD,

AND WE WERE IN THE CAR,

AND HE SAID, MOMMY, DOES

GOD OPEN UP THE FLOWERS.

AND I WAS HAPPY THAT HE

MADE THIS CONNECTION

BETWEEN GOD AND NATURE,

AND I FIGURED IF HE IS

ABLE TO DO IT AS A

2-YEAR-OLD, THERE ARE SO

MANY OTHER TODDLERS WHO

ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO

GET THIS GENTLE

INTRODUCTION TO GOD.

Terry: THERE IS SO

MUCH BAD NEWS IN THE

WORLD.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

BOMBARDED WITH IT ON EVERY

SIDE.

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR US

TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO

RECOGNIZE THE GOOD BECAUSE

THERE IS MORE GOOD THAN

THERE IS BAD AROUND US,

BUT YOU CAN BE OVERWHELMED

BY THE NEGATIVE.

YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

AND ESPECIALLY BECAUSE

THAT'S MY OCCUPATION AS A

JOURNALIST.

AND SO MY SON AND HUSBAND,

OBVIOUSLY, TOO, THEY OFTEN

WATCH THE NEWS.

AND SO MY SON SEES THESE

THINGS.

I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE A

CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO COMBAT

THAT, IN A WAY.

AND AT THE SAME TIME KIND

OF DRAW MORE ATTENTION TO

JUST WHAT HE SEES, AND

WHAT ALL KIDS SEE.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE,

YOU CAN FIND BUTTERFLIES

AND BUNNY RABBITS AND

RAINBOWS.

THOSE KINDS OF THINGS ARE

EVERYWHERE.

AND I REALLY WANTED TO

REINFORCE THAT AND THE JOY

OF THAT.

I THINK SO MUCH TIMES

OFTEN AS ADULTS, WE'RE

ABLE TO PUT BLINDERS ON.

WE STOP SEEING THOSE

EVERYDAY BLESSINGS.

Terry: SOMETIMES I

THINK IT IS BECAUSE

THEY'RE LITTLE, AND IT'S

EYE LEVEL, AND THE TALLER

WE GET, THE FURTHER WE GET

FROM RECOGNIZING IT.

AND I THINK WE GET USED

TO IT.

SO IT CAN BE A SNOW

STOMPLESNOWSTORM,AND I'M THINKING, OH, BOY

IT IS GOING TO TAKE A LONG

TIME TO GET TO WORK.

AND MY SON IS OUT THERE

SAYING, LOOK AT THE

SNOWFLAKES AND TOUCHING

THEM.

AND YOU CAN MARVEL OVER

THOSE LITTLE THINGS AND

REMEMBER THAT EXCITEMENT

YOU HAD WHEN IT WAS YOUR

FIRST TIME EXPERIENCING

IT.

Terry: PSALM 118

SAYS, "THIS IS THE DAY

THAT THE LORD HAS MADE AND

I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD

IN IT."

THAT'S THE FOUNDATION

OF THIS BOOK.

AND THE FIRST WORDS ARE "A

BUTTERFLY FLOATS THROUGH

THE SUN AND THE SHADE."

AND THERE ARE SEVERAL

REFERENCES TO THE BIBLE.

WE CAN TALK ABOUT IN LUKE,

WHEN JESUS SAID TO THE

DISCIPLES, IF THE PEOPLE

WON'T PRAISE ME, THE ROCKS

WILL SING.

AND SO WE TALK ABOUT HOW

THE ROCKS WILL SING.

AND I THINK AS A 2, 3, 4,

5-YEAR-OLD, YOU'RE NOT

ABLE TO REALIZE GOD'S

INVOLVEMENT IN THE STORY

LINES.

SO THIS WAS A WAY OF KIND

OF MEETING CHILDREN WHERE

THEY ARE.

Terry: TALK A LITTLE

ABOUT THAT.

WE HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD

GRANDDAUGHTER LIVING WITH

US, AND I HAVE OTHER

GRANDCHILDREN, AND THE

CONCEPT OF GOD, WHO YOU

CAN'T SEE AND WHO'S VOICE

IS NOT AUDIBL AUDIBLE, YOU USED

NATURE TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

A FRIEND OF MINE WAS

SAYING, SHE AND HER

4-YEAR-OLD WERE EATING ICE

CREAM, AND OUT OF NOWHERE

HE SAID, WHERE DOES GOD

COME FROM?

AND SOMETIMES I'M STUMPED.

AND ONE TIME MY SON SAID,

WHERE IS GOD?

AND HE SAID, IS HE IN

HEAVEN?

AND I SAID YES.

AND HE SAID, WHEN WE GO ON

THE PLANE, WILL I BE ABLE

TO SEE HIM?

I THINK YOU HAVE TO TRY TO

FIND THOSE THINGS.

AND SO TO HIS POINT O,, WHEN

HE SAYS, DOES GOD OPEN UP

THE FLOWERS -- YES, HE

DOES.

Terry: IT IS SUCH A

MAGICAL THING TO USE

NATURAL AND SUCH A REAL

THING BECAUSE THERE IS

SUCH BEAUTY IN IT.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THIS

BOOK ARE SO WONDERFUL.

THEY'RE WHIMSICAL AND

THEY'RE REAL AND COLORFUL.

WHOEVER DID THIS WITH YOU

IS AMAZING.

YES.

AND THE WORLD YOU USED,

WHIMSICAL -- WHEN THE

PUBLISHER PRESENTED

OPTIONS FOR ME, I SAID,

THAT'S WHAT I REALLY WANT

IT TO BE.

I DON'T WANT THIS TO BE

SOMETHING THAT IS

CONSIDERED CHILDREN WILL

FIND TOO HARSH OR SHOVING

SOMETHING DOWN THEIR

THROAT.

I JUST WANTED IT TO BE

MAGICAL AND JUST THE

FEELING OF FUN AND THE

EXCITEMENT OF EVERY DAY.

Terry: I ALSO LOVE

THE FACT THAT THE CHILDREN

IN THIS BOOK ARE CHILDREN

OF COLOR.

BECAUSE I DON'T SEE VERY

MANY BOOKS LIKE THAT.

BOTH THE CHILDREN IN THE

BOOK, THE BOY AND THE

GIRL, ARE IN COLOR.

THAT WAS DELIBERATE ON

YOUR PART?

YES.

BECAUSE MY SON IS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WINDOW

AND A MIRROR IN CHILDREN'S

BOOKS.

A WINDOW TO SEE A WORLD

THAT IS UNFAMILIAR TO

THEM, AND A MIRROR TO SEE

THEMSELVES.

SO THEY NEED TO SEE THIS.

AS THIS WORLD IS BECOMING

MORE COLORFUL, AND YET WE

SEEM TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE

DIVISION, IN ORDER TO HAVE

THAT SPIRIT OF INCLUSION,

YOU NEED TO SEE THERE ARE

ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE.

WHEN WE HAVE THE ZOO OR

THE MARKETPLACE, THERE ARE

KIDS OF EVERY COLOR OR ANY

KIND OF RACE.

I FEEL LIKE ANY CHILD WILL

BE ABLE TO POINT AND SAY,

THAT LOOKS LIKE ME.

THAT LOOKS LIKE MY

GRANDMOTHER.

THAT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR

SELF-AFFIRMATION FOR

CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO

FIND THEMSELVES.

Terry: I LOVE THE

FACT THAT AT SUPPER TIME,

THE FAMILY IS SITTING ALL

TOGETHER --

AND THOSE KINDS OF

VALUES WE OFTEN LOST.

PEOPLE ARE SO CONNECTED

THAT WE'RE SO

DISCONNECTED.

AND THAT WAS REALLY

IMPORTANT TO ME.

Terry: IT IS

BEAUTIFULLY, BEAUTIFULLY

DONE.

WE READ IT LAST NIGHT, AND

BOTH OF US ENJOYED IT.

IT WAS REALLY WONDERFUL.

A CELEBRATION OF EVERYDAY

BLESSINGS, WHO DOESN'T

WANT TO TEACH THEIR

CHILDREN THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK,

"THE WORLD IS AWAKE."

AND IT IS AVAILABLE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

GET A HOLD OF IT.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

GANG MEMBER WHO WAS TIRED

OF BEING SHOT AT BY

OTHERS, SO HE RESOLVED TO

SHOOT HIMSELF.

MY PARENTS DIDN'T CARE.

MY SISTERS DIDN'T CARE.

BROTHERS, UNCLES, NO

ONE -- THAT'S WHERE I WAS

AT.

SO I WAS, LIKE, I WOULD

RATHER DIE THAN TO LIVE

LIKE THIS.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

STOPPED HIM FROM PULLING

THE TRIGGER, WHEN E WE

Gordon: DAMIEN

JACKSON'S GANG WAS HIS

FAMILY.

WITH THEM HE WOULDN'T BE

REJECTED, HE WOULDN'T BE

ABUSED, AND HE WOULDN'T BE

TOLD BY ANYONE THAT THEY

WISHED HE WAS DEAD.

STILL, DAMIEN FELT HIS

LIFE WAS GOING TO COME TO

A TRAGIC END, AND EVEN

WORSE, HE FELT AS IF HE

WOULD BE THE ONE TO MAKE

THAT HAPPEN.

I REMEMBER LITERALLY

EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL,

WHEN I WOULD WALK UP TO

O THE DOOR AND TURN THE

DOORKNOB, I WOULD

LITERALLY SIGH.

I WOULD OPEN IT, AND OKAY,

WHAT AM I WALKING INTO?

Reporter: THINGS WERE

MUCH DIFFERENT NOW FOR

DAMIEN JACKSON.

WHEN HIS MOM STARTED

FEELING PRESSURE FROM THE

POLICE, THEY E FLED T FLED TO A

POOR NEIGHBORHOOD IN

GEORGIA.

MOM WAS DRUNK.

SHE WOULD SAY, I HATE YOU.

I WISH I NEVER HAD YOU.

I SHOULD HAVE JUST SHOVED

YOU BACK UP INSIDE OF ME

WHEN YOU CAME OUT.

YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED.

Reporter: HIS SENSE

OF WORTH DIMINISHING, HE

STARTED GETTING INTO

FIGHTS, TAKING HIS ANGER

OUT ON OTHERS.

I SORT OF FELT LIKE I

WAS IMPOSING MY WILL ON

THEM, AND NOW THEY FEEL

PAIN.

I'M NOT NOTHING.

I CAN BEAT THIS PERSON.

Reporter: HE ALSO

STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA.

GET HIGH, STAY HIGH,

AND JUST DON'T THINK ABOUT

LIFE.

I DIDN'T LIKE TO SIT BACK

AND THINK HOW MESSED UP MY

FAMILY WAS.

Reporter: THEN WHEN

DAMIEN WAS A TEENAGER, HIS

FATHER ANNOUNCED HE WAS

GAY AND NO LONGER WANTED A

FAMILY.

HIS MOTHER TOOK THE KIDS

AND MOVED IN WITH ANOTHER

MAN, BUT HE DIDN'T WANT A

FAMILY, EITHER.

HE WOULD BE SO NASTY.

HE WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT

EVERYTHING.

UNTIL ONE DAY HE SAID TO

MY MOM, I'M SICK OF THIS.

I DON'T WANT THEM HERE.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE: EITHER

THEY GO OR YOU GO.

AND MY MOM, SHE JUST

LOWERED HER HEAD AND SAID,

SORRY, Y'ALL HAVE TO GO.

A DOOR OPENED FOR

DARKNESS, AND I JUST WENT.

I SAID, I'M UNLOVED, NUN

CARES ABOUT MENOONE CARES ABOUT ME, AND SO

I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING

UNTIL I DIE.

SOMEONE IS GOING TO KILL

ME, AND THEN THIS LIFE

WILL BE OVER.

Reporter: FORCED TO

LIVE ON THE STREETS, HE

STARTED DOING DRUGS AND HE

JOINED A GANG THAT AT

FIRST FELT LIKE THE FAMILY

HE NEVER HAD.

YOU LAUGH, YOU JOKE,

YOU GO TO PARTIES, YOU

TALK TOGETHER, BUT THEN

WHEN THE OTHER SIDE OF IT

COMES IN IS WHEN YOU START

TO REALIZE, NO, THIS IS

SERIOUS.

WHEN YOU'RE GETTING SHOT

AT, WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRYING

TO KILL YOU -- I WAS

ACTUALLY SURE MY ENTIRE

LIFE THAT I WOULD DIE

BEFORE 18.

Reporter: AT ONE

POINT HE DECIDED IT WOULD

BE BETTER IF HE TOOK A

HANDGUN AND DID IT

HIMSELF.

BUT SOMEONE WALKED IN

BEFORE HE PULLED THE

TRIGGER.

MY PARENTS DIDN'T CARE,

MY BROTHERS, SISTERS, SUNG

UNCLES, NO ONE.

I WOULD RATHER DIE THAN

LIVE LIKE THIS.

Reporter: AFTER TWO

YEARS OF LIVING ON THE

STREETS, HE WAS FOUND

GUILTY OF ATTACKING AN

UNDERCOVER COP.

FACING PRISON, HE ASKED

FOR HELP.

I ALWAYS SAID THAT

LITTLE QUICK, GOD, HELP ME

GET OUT OF HERE.

I THINK THIS TIME,

SINCERELY, THE DIFFERENCE

WAS I HAD HAD ENOUGH.

I SAID, LORD, IF YOU ARE

REAL, HELP ME THIS TIME.

BECAUSE I NEED TO SEE A

SIGN.

IF YOU GET ME OUT OF HERE,

THAT IS GOING TO BE MY

SIGN TO ME THAT YOU ARE

REAL.

AND I PROMISE YOU I'M

GOING TO DO MY PART.

Reporter: THEN

INSTEAD OF PUSHING FOR

JAIL TIME, PROSECUTION

RECOMMENDED DAMIEN BE PUT

ON PROBATION, AND THE

JUDGE AGREED AND ORDERED

HIM TO GO LIVE WITH HIS

FATHER.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME

I SAW GOD WORK IN MY

FAVOR.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, I THINK

THIS IS MY MIRACLE.

Reporter: AWAY FROM

THE GANG AND DRUGS, HE

BOUGHT A BIBLE AND STARTED

READING.

BUT HE STILL FELT

SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

I SAID, HOW CAN GOD

ACCEPT ME AND FORGIVE ME

AFTER EVERYTHING I'VE

DONE?

I KNOW THAT MAYBE I HAD A

CHANCE, BUT I IT'S LIKE AN

INNER BATTLE.

WHEN HE HELPED ME GET OUT

OF JAIL, I KNEW, OKAY,

THIS HAS TO BE GOD.

BUT THAT DIDN'T MAKE ME

FEEL LIKE I'M FORGIVEN AND

I'VE SAVED AND WELCOME.

I STILL WRESTLE EVERY DAY

WITH THE THINGS I'VE DONE.

Reporter: AT CHURCH,

A PASTOR STARTED TEACHING

HIM ABOUT GOD'S LOVE AND

FORGIVENESS, BUT EVEN THEN

HE FOUND IT HARD TO

ACCEPT.

EVERY WEEK I WOULD ASK,

BECAUSE IT WAS, LIKE, I

WASN'T BELIEVING HE HAD

ACCEPTED ME YET AND I WAS

REALLY HIS.

I REALIZED I COULDN'T JUST

EXPECT FOR EVERYTHING TO

AUTOMATICALLY FEEL

PERFECTMENT PERFECT.

I HAD TO BELIEVE.

I HAD TO BELIEVE THAT HE

FORGAVE ME.

THAT'S WHEN I SAID, GOD,

I'M NO LONGER IN THIS

GAME.

I'M DONE WITH THIS.

I'M YOURS.

I WANT MORE OF YOU AND

LESS OF ME FROM NOW ON.

I'M GOING TO PURSUE YOU,

I'M GOING TO GET CLOSER TO

YOU, AND I'M GOING TO

BRING YOU TO THIS WHOLE

WORLD.

Reporter: HAVING

ACCEPTED GOD'S

FORGIVENESS, HE WAS ABLE

TO FORGIVE HIS PARENTS FOR

PAST LIFE.

AT 21, HE BECAME 41, HE BECAME A PASTOR.

IF THEY HAVE GOD IN

THEIR LIFE, THEY CAN

CHANGE.

GOD DIDN'T LOOK AT ME THE

WAY PEOPLE DID.

THEY SAW A CRIMINAL, A

GANG-BANGER, A THUG, A

DANGEROUS GUY.

GOD LOOKED AT ME AND SAW A

HURT CHILD, A HURT SOUL.

I HAD TO FIND MY PEACE AND

MY HAPPINESS IN JESUS.

I HAD TO REALIZE HIS LOVE

IS ENOUGH.

Gordon: AND IT WILL

BE ENOUGH FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

ACCEPT IT.

NOW, WHAT HAPPENED TO

DAMIEN SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN

TO ANYONE.

YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE YOUR

MOTHER SAY TO YOU, I WISH

YOU WEREN'T BORN, I WISH

YOU WEREN'T HERE.

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE THING

TO TELL A CHILD.

AND YOU GET AN IDENTITY OF

THAT.

WHEN YOUR PARENTS SAY

THINGS OVER YOU, YOU TAKE

AN IDENTITY FROM THAT.

AND IT STARTS TO FOLLOW

YOU.

AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH

DAMIEN, YES, GANGS, YES

DRUGS, YES FIGHTS, ALL

THESE THINGS.

BUT THEN HE CAME TO A

POINT IN A JAIL CELL AND

HE PRAYED A VERY SIMPLE

PRAYER.

AND HE WASN'T MESSING

AROUND.

HE WAS SAYING FROM HIS

HEART, GOD, IF YOU'RE

THERE, IF YOU'RE REAL,

COULD YOU SHOW UP?

AND GOD DID.

IT WAS AMAZING THAT HE GOT

LET GO.

BUT THEN HE SHARED HIS

STRUGGLE THE TO BELIEVE

THAT HE WAS REALLY

FORGIVEN, THAT HE WAS

REALLY ACCEPTED.

AND THAT COMES FROM BOTH

THE THINGS HE DID AND THE

THINGS THAT WERE SPOKEN

OVER HIM.

AND IT GOT ATTACHED TO HIS

THOUGHT PROCESS AND BECAME

A SOURCE OF HIS THOUGHTS.

WELL, JESUS KNOWS ALL

ABOUT THAT.

HIS VERY FIRST SERMON, YOU

GO TO THE GOSPEL OF

MARK -- HIS VERY FIRST

SERMON: THE TIME IS

FULFILLED.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT

HAND.

REPENT -- IS OUR ENGLISH

WORD, AND THE GREEK WORD

IS CHANGE YOUR THINKING,

AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS.

DAMIEN HAD TO CHANGE HIS

THINKING.

BECAUSE OF THE WORDS SAID

OVER HIM, HE HAD TO CHANGE

HIS THINKING AND BELIEVE

THAT GOD LOVED HIM, THAT

GOD HAD FORGIVEN HIM, THAT

GOD HAD SET HIM FREE, THAT

GOD HAD A PLAN AND A

PURPOSE FOR HIS LIFE, THAT

HE WANTED TO GIVE HIM A

HOPE, HE WANTED TO GIVE

HIM RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE,

AND JOY.

AND DAMIEN GOT TO THE

POINT WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO

CHANGE HIS THINKING.

SO OFTEN WE EXPECT GOD TO

DO THAT, WHEN WE'RE NOT

LISTENING TO THE CLEAR

WORDS OF JESUS IN HIS

FIRST SERMON.

HE EXPECTS US TO O D DO THAT.

HE HAS PROVIDED THE GOOD

NEWS.

HE HAS PROVIDED THE

FORGIVENESS.

HE HAS PROVIDED THE

ACCEPTANCE.

WHAT HE IS WAITING FOR US

TO DO IS TO CHANGE OUR

THINKING AND ACTUALLY

BELIEVE IT.

AND ONE OF THE WAYS YOU

KNOW YOU BELIEVE IT IS

WHEN YOU ACT IT.

WHERE YOU SAY, I AM

FORGIVEN.

I'M GOING TO ACT FORGIVEN.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET THOSE

THOUGHTS OF CONDEMNATION

HARM ME ANYMORE.

AND IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

THAT CHANGE OF THINKING,

WELL, THERE IS A SOURCE.

YOU CAN ASK JESUS TO HELP

YOU WITH THAT.

LET HIM BE YOUR FAITH.

LET HIM BE YOUR LOVE.

LET HIM BE YOUR ALL IN

ALL.

AND DAMIEN GOT TO THAT

POINT.

LORD, I WANT LESS OF ME

AND MORE OF YOU EVERY DAY.

NOW, IF YOU WANT TO START

THIS JOURNEY, IF YOU WANT

TO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP,

THE SAME STEP THAT DAMIEN

DID, BOW YOUR HEAD, LET'S

PRAY TOGETHER, AND REALIZE

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

I DON'T CARE THE NEGATIVE

WORDS THAT WERE SPOKEN

OVER YOU.

GOD IS A LOVING, HEAVENLY

FATHER.

HE ACCEPTS YOU JUST THE

WAY YOU ARE, BUT HE LOVES

YOU SO MUCH HE DOESN'T

WANT TO LEAVE YOU THERE.

HE WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOUR

THOUGHTS, YOUR INNERMOST

BEING, AND GIVE YOU THAT

HOPE AND THAT FUTURE THAT

HE SO LONGS FOR YOU TO

WALK INTO.

ALL IT TAKES IS TO ASK FOR

IT.

SO BOW YOUR HEAD, LET'S

PRAY, AND LET'S LET GOD DO

ALL OF THE REST.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME, SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I SEE WHAT YOU'VE

DONE FOR OTHER PEOPLE, AND

I WANT THAT FOR ME.

AND, JESUS, YOU KNOW THE

SIN IN MY LIFE.

YOU KNOW THE THINGS THAT

I'VE DONE WRONG.

AND RIGHT NOW I JUST TURN

FROM THEM.

AND I TURN TO YOU.

AND I ASK FOR YOUR

FORGIVENESS.

AND, JESUS, I WANT TO

CHANGE MY THINKING.

I WANT TO CHANGE HOW EVEN

THOUGHTS ARE GENERATED

FROM MY INNERMOST BEING.

SO I WANT LESS OF ME AND

MORE OF YOU.

ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

HEAR MY PRAYER, COME INTO

MY HEART, CHANGE ME, SET

ME FREE, FOR I ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I JUST ASK FOR

THEM TO HAVE A RENEWING OF

THEIR MIND, THE RENEWING

THAT COMES FROM YOU.

POUR IT OUT ON THEM, LORD

GOD, YOUR LOVE, YOUR

ACCEPTANCE, AND LET THEM

KNOW THAT TODAY THEIR

PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD AND

ANSWERED.

I ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME,

THERE IS ONE THING I WANT

YOU TO DO.

THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU'LL

BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART AND

THEN CONFESS WITH YOUR

MOUTH, YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

SO I WANT YOU TO CONFESS

WITH YOUR MOUTH.

I WANT YOU TO LET SOMEBODY

KNOW, I JUST PRAYED AND

ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO

MY HEART.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN: 1-800-700-7000.

WHEN YOU CALL, I'VE GOT

SOMETHING FREE FOR YOU.

IT IS A PACKET CALLED "A

NEW DAY."

AND THERE IS A C.D. AND A

BOOK FILLED WITH

SCRIPTURES.

LISTEN TO THE C.D.

IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO

DO NEXT, HOW TO LIVE THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE.

IT IS ALL FREE.

1-800-700-7000.

TERRY, OVER TO YOU.

Terry: STILL AHEAD,

SHE WAS A STRESSED-OUT MOM

TRYING TO RAISE HER

SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD BY

HERSELF.

NOW SHE HAS NO WORRIES.

FIND OUT WHY, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"THE 700 CLUB."

THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE

UNDER WAY IN SOUTH KOREA,

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME INS

HISTORY, NORTH KOREA AND

SOUTH KOREA ARE COMPETING

UNDER A NEUTRAL FLAG.

KIM JONG-UN'S SISTER

ARRIVED OVERNIGHT,

BECOMING THE FIRST MEMBER

OF HER FAMILY TO VISIT

SOUTH KOREA SINCE THE

KOREAN WAR IN THE EARLY

1950S.

AND MIKE PENCE IS ALL

THAT, HOPING TO MAKE A

STATEMENT WITH A SPECIAL

GUEST, FRED WARMBIER, WHO

IS THE FATHER OF OTTO

WARMBIER.

> "OPERATION BLESSING"

HAS RESTORED WATER FOR A

REMOTE MEXICAN COMMUNITY

THAT SUFFERED FROM A

DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE

LAST YEAR.

THE WATER WELLS IN SANTA

MARIA WERE CONTAMINATEDED

AFTER THE SEPTEMBER QUAKE,

LEAVING FAMILIES WITH

NOTHING SAFE TO DRINK.

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PARTNERED TO RESTORE THEIR

WATER.

AS THEY TRANSPORTED THE

UNIT BY BOAT TO THE SMALL

ISLAND, HIGH WINDS THAT

THREATENED THEIR JOURNEY

CALMED DOWN.

THOSE WHO OBSERVED IT

CALLED IT MIRACULOUS.

AND THE COMMUNITY IS NOW

ABLE TO ENJOY CLEAN AND

SAFE DRINKING WATER.

YOU CAN ALWAYS LEARN MORE

ABOUT WHAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS DOING BY

VISITEVISITING ITS WEBSITE AT

ob.org.

GORDON AND TERRY ARE BACK

WITH MORE OF "THE 700

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

CLUB" RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: THERE USED TO

BE TIMES IN OLIVIA'S LIFE

WHERE SHE WOULD FIX A MEAL

AND SHE WOULDN'T EAT ONE

BITE OF IT.

THAT'S BECAUSE SHE WAS A

SINGLE MOM WHO COULDN'T

AFFORD TO FEED HERSELF AND

HER CHILDREN, BUT THAT'S

NOT LONGER THE CASE, AND

IT'S THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE

YOU.

Reporter: OLIVIA AND

HER NEW HUSBAND, JOSEPH,

BUILT THEIR MARRIAGE ON A

FOUNDATION OF LOVE, FOR

FAMILY AND FOR GOD.

WE SPEND TIME TOGETHER.

AND WE ALSO PUT THE LORD

FIRST.

Reporter: OLIVIA'S

DAUGHTER, AISHA, STRUGGLES

WITH SEVERAL DISABILITIES,

INCLUDING A HEARING

IMPAIRMENT.

SHE ATTENDS THE ALABAMA

INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF AND

BLIND.

SHE LOVES IT.

I'M VERY PROUD OF AISHA.

SHE HELPS ME OUT A LOT,

ESPECIALLY AT HOME.

SHE IS NOT ONLY MY

DAUGHTER, BUT SHE IS MY

BEST FRIEND.

Reporter: NOT LONG

AGO, SHE WORKED A NIGHT

SHIFT FOR THE ELDERLY.

I WORKED OVERTIME NONE

STOP, JUST TRYING TO MAKE

ENDS MEET.

I CAME HOME TIRED ALL THE

TIME.

Reporter: LACK OF

PROPER NUTRITION, DIABETES

AND JOB STRESS ALL TOOK A

TOLL ON OLIVIA'S HEALTH.

I WAS IN A COMA IN

I.C.U.

THEY HAD TO ADMIT INTO THE

HOSPITAL, AND I ALMOST

LOST MY LIFE.

Reporter: OLIVIA

RECOVERED, BUT THE

FINANCIAL STRESS OF

PROVIDING FOR HER CHILDREN

REMAINED.

I COULD NOT ACTUALLY

PAY MY RENT.

I STRESSED A WHOLE LOT

ABOUT IT, WONDERED HOW I

WAS GOING TO FEED MY

CHILDREN.

SOME DAYS WHEN I WOULD FIX

A MEAL, TRYING TO MAKE IT

LAST FOR TWO OR THREE

DAYS, I DON'T EAT

ANYTHING.

I JUST LET MY CHILDREN EAT

FIRST.

AND THEN WHAT WAS LEFT

OVER, THEN I EAT IT

MYSELF.

Reporter: IN THE

MIDST OF HER STRUGGLES,

OLIVIA FOUND OUT ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING"

PARTNER "LOAVES AND

FISHES."

WHEN I'M LOW ON BUDGET,

THEY HELP ME WITH WHAT I

NEED.

NOT JUST FOR FOOD, BUT

ALSO WITH CLOTHES AS WELL.

AND THEY ALSO HAVE A SMILE

ON THEIR FACE.

Reporter: EARLIER

THIS YEAR, OLIVIA MARRIED

JOSEPH.

AND SHE RECENTLY FOUND A

JOB WITH MUCH BETTER

HOURS, WORKING AT A

DIFFERENT NURSING HOME,

AND TOGETHER THEY'RE ABLE

TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

OLIVIA SAID SHE WILL

ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR THE

HELP WHEN SHE NEEDED IT

MOST.

FOR THOSE WHO GIVE TO

"OPERATION BLESSING," I

WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR

HELPING ME WHEN I WAS

STRUGGLING, WHEN I DIDN'T

HAVE ANY FOOD FOR ME AND

MY CHILDREN.

IT IS A BLESSING.

IF I COULD JUST HUG EACH

AND EVERY ONE OF YOU

ALL -- THANK YOU FROM THE

BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

I LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY.

Terry: HOW DO YOU PUT

A PRICE TAG ON THE GIFT OF

HOPE?

YOU CAME RIGHT INTO THE

MIDDLE OF AN INCREASINGLY

DIFFICULT SITUATION, AND

YOU GAVE THIS WOMAN AND

HER FAMILY LIFE AGAIN, AND

A HAND-UP, AS WELL AS A

HUG.

"700 CLUB" MEMBERS, YOU'RE

DOING THAT IN SO MANY

WAYS, HERE AT HOME AND ALL

AROUND THE WORLD AS WELL.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING

YOU TO BE A PART OF WHAT

WE'RE DOING.

THE REST OF YOU WHO

HAVEN'T JOINED "THE 700

CLUB," IT IS A GREAT DAY

TO DO THAT.

65 CENTS A DAY, $20 A

MONTH, MAKES YOU A "700

CLUB" MEMBER.

YOU CAN DO THAT BY CALLING

OUR TOLL-FREE NUMBER:

1-800-700-7000.

JUST SAY, YO YOU WANT TO JOIN.

AND WHEN YOU DO, WE'VE GOT

A GREAT GIFT.

IT IS PAT'S D.V.D. CALLED

"ANSWERED PRAYER."

CALL NOW AND WE'LL GET THE

GIFT OUT TO YOU RIGHT

AWAY.

> COMING UP, BASKETBALL

GREAT VIN BAKER REVEALS

WHAT HIS FANS NEVER SAW ON

THE COURT.

I WOULD DO IT TO

MAINTAIN AN EVEN KEEL.

OTHERWISE I WOULD BE

ANXIOUS, BUT I REALIZED I

HAD BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC.

Terry: FOLLOW VIN'S

JOURNEY FROM ALL STAR TO

BARRISTA, AFTER THIS.

BARRISTA, AFTER THIS.

Terry: WIN BAKER MADE

$100 MILLION FROM HIS NBA

CAREER, AND HE SQUANDERED

IT ALL.

HE WENT FROM SPORTS ALL

STAR TO BARRISTA, AND HE

TOLD TOM BUEHRING, HE HAS

NEVER BEEN HAPPIER.

Reporter: WHEN THE

STRAIGHT PATH WINDS, THE

HOPE IS IT BRINGS A

RETURN.

YOU CAN ALWAYS COME

HOME.

CONNECTICUT HAS ALWAYS

BEEN HOME FOR ME.

IT JUST REMINDS ME OF MY

BEGINNING, SPIRITUALLY.

MY EARLIEST MEMORY IS

SINGING IN THE CHOIR AT

NINE YEARS OLD.

IT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN

SPECIAL TO ME.

I AM HAPPY TO HAVE COME

HOME TO A FEAST.

I SEE PEOPLE THAT I GREW

UP WITH AND I WENT TO HIGH

SCHOOL WITH, AND THEY'RE

ALL WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

I HAVE GREAT FRIENDS HERE.

PEOPLE THAT I KNOW

DIFFERENTLY.

HERE I'M NOT VIN BAKER,

I'M JUST VINNIE.

Reporter: THIS IS

WHERE YOU DID SIXTH,

SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH GRADE?

YES.

THIS WAS MY SCHOOL.

NOW IT IS THE OLD SAYBROOK

RECREATIONAL CENTER.

THIS IS WHERE VIN, JR. AND

I COME AND WORK OUT.

Reporter: IT IS WHERE

YOU GOT YOUR LIVELIHOOD

AND WHERE YOU GOT YOUR

NAME.

YOU HAD A DISTINGUISHED

BASKETBALL CAREER.

ALL AMERICAN, DRAFTED,

EIGHTH PICK MILWAUKEE

BUCKS, 1993, AND THEN, OF

COURSE, HAVING SUCH EARLY

SUCCESS, NBA ALL STAR,

OLYMPIAN, MY ALL BRAND

JORDAN SHOE, A LOT OF

WONDERFUL THINGS THAT

BASKETBALL BROUGHT ME.

Reporter: WHEN WAS

THE PEAK OF YOUR NBA

CAREER?

MY FIRST YEAR IN

SETTLE, I WON 61 GAMES.

I WENT FROM BEING AN

ALL-STAR TO THE NEXT

LEVEL.

AND SO THAT CHANGES YOUR

WHOLE TITLE.

YOU BECOME A WINNER.

Reporter: SO YOU

INHERIT OPPORTUNITIES BY

COMING TO THE NBA, BUT YOU

ALSO GET A LIFESTYLE?

UH-HUH.

IF YOU'RE NOT CAPABLE OF

HAVING DISCRETION, THEN

YOU'LL FALL INTO IT.

I DIDN'T COME FROM A PARTY

BACKGROUND, BUT ONCE I

STARTED TO DRINK AND HANG

OUT AND PARTY, IT WENT

FROM CASUAL FUN TO NOW I

REALLY NEED TO DRINK.

NOW I HAVE TO DO IT TO

SURVIVE BECAUSE MY BODY IS

NOT SURVIVING WITHOUT ONE.

Reporter: DID YOU

DRINK DURING GAMES?

YEAH.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I

HAD TO.

I THINK THE PRESSURE OF

MAINTAINING THIS LEVEL OF

BASKETBALL MADE ME

ANXIOUS.

AND I WOULD HAVE

WITHDRAWALS, THE SHAKES,

THE NOISE OF THE CROWD, SO

I WOULD DRINK DURING THAT

TO MAINTAIN AN EVEN KEEL.

OTHERWISE I WOULD BE

ANXIOUS, MY BODY SHAKING.

MAYBE I'M NOT AS GOOD AS I

THOUGHT I WAS BECAUSE I

DIDN'T REALIZE I'D BECOME

AN ALCOHOLIC.

Reporter: NO MORE

HIDING.

YOUR GAME FALTERS, YOU'RE

TRADED TO BOSTON, YOUR

FOUND OUT, SUSPENSIONS,

RELEASES, YOU LOSE YOUR

CAREER AND EVERYTHING WITH

IT.

THE NAME VIN BAKER AT

THAT TIME WASN'T GOOD.

ALL OF THE STORIES, ALL OF

THE RUMORS, ALL OF THE

MONEY LOSS, I COULDN'T

FIGHT IT AT THAT POINT.

HE KNEW I WAS BROKEN.

Reporter: WHAT DID

ROCK BOTTOM LOOK LIKE?

I WAS SPIRITUALLY

EMPTY.

LOSING EVERYTHING WASN'T

ROCK BOTTOM.

ROCK BOTTOM WAS WHEN I

DIDN'T FEEL CONNECTED TO

CHRIST.

I HAD DONE SO MUCH WRONG

WITH ALCOHOLISM, AND SOME

OF THE CHOICES I MORALLY

MADE WAS AGAINST GOD AND

EVERYTHING THAT I STOOD

FOR AND EVERYTHING HE

WANTED ME TO BE.

Reporter: THE IN AND

OUT OF REHABS, THIS LAST

ONE WAS DIFFERENT.

DIDN'T YOU TELL THEM I'LL

BE OUT IN A WEEK?

I HAD A REAL

CONVERSATION WITH THE

LORD.

I NEED YOU NOW.

AND I CRIED OUT GOING TO

REHAB.

ALL I NEEDED WAS TO GET

PHYSICALLY WELL SO I

WOULDN'T HAVE SEIZURES,

BUT I KNEW THE MAINTENANCE

WAS GOING TO BE COMING TO

THE LORD AND COMING TO

CHURCH IN PRAYER.

USUALLY THESE STORIES END

IN DEATH, BUT THE AWESOME

THING IS YOU CAN CHANGE

THE ENDING.

AND THE ONLY WAY TO TURN

THAT AROUND IS THROUGH

CHRIST.

Reporter: VIN REACHED

OUT TO ONE OF HIS FORMER

NBA OWNERS, HOWARD

SCHULTZ.

I CONSIDERED HOWARD

FAMILY AND A CLOSE FRIEND

AND HE DID TAKE A CHANCE

ON ME.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE

OPPORTUNITY TO COME IN

HERE AND PUT THIS GREEN

APRON ON.

COMING OUT OF RECOVERY, I

NEEDED A PLACE WHERE I

COULD GRIND AND WORK,

LITERALLY AND

FIGURATIVELY, OUT A LOT OF

THINGS I WAS GOING THROUGH

SPIRITUALLY.

Reporter: MORE

PRESSURE IN THE NBA, OR

MAKING THE CUSTOMIZED

ORDERS.

I WOULD SAY MAKING THE

CUSTOMIZED ORDERS.

Reporter: DOES

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE LOOK

DIFFERENT TO YOU NOW?

OH, GOSH, IT MEANS

EVERYTHING TO ME.

BECAUSE AT ONE POINT I

THOUGHT I WAS NOT LOVED BY

ANYONE.

I WAS IN SUCH A BAD PLACE,

I DIDN'T THINK I COULD BE

LOVED.

AND THAT'S WHEN I FOUND

OUT THAT HIS LOVE IS

UNCONDITIONAL.

THE BIBLE SAYS NEW MERCIES

EVERY MORNING, SO I WAKE

UP EVERY MORNING NEEDING A

NEW MERCY.

I HAVE SIX YEARS OF

SOBRIETY, BUT I NEED YOU

TODAY.

I HAVE A HEALTHY FEAR OF

MY PAST AND A GREAT

ADORATION AND RESPECT FOR

THE LORD.

Reporter: VIN IS NOW

ORDAINED.

HIS RECENT BOOK, "GOD AND

STARBUCKS," OFFERS AN

ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND

REDEMPTION.

IT HAS BEEN A BEAUTIFUL

PROCESS COMING BACK HOME

TO MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN

AND MY SON, WHO HAS SIGNED

WITH A SCHOLARSHIP TO PLAY

FOOTBALL.

AND NOW I HAVE A CHANCE TO

COME BACK AND DO

BROADCASTING.

THEY TOOK A CHANCE ON ME

AND I'M TRULY BLESSED TO

BE BACK IN MILWAUKEE.

Reporter: HOW DO YOU

MAINTAIN THE PERSPECTIVE

THERE IS WORTH EVEN IN THE

WORST OF IT?

I'M CONVINCED THAT

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED

TO ME IN THE NBA HAD TO

HAPPEN FORD FOHAPPEN IN ORDER FOR ME TO

HAVE A GOD PERSPECTIVE.

IT WENT FROM WHY ME TO WHY

NOT ME.

AND WHEN YOU CAN GET TO

THE WHY NOT ME, BIG

CHANGES WILL HAPPEN.

I KNEW THERE WOULD BE JOY

IN RUNNING BACK TO A

FORGIVING FATHER.

Terry: WHAT A GREAT

STORY.

IF YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE

ABOUT VIN'S REMARKABLE

STORY, YOU CAN READ ABOUT

IT IN HIS NEW BOOK, "GOD

AND STARBUCKS."

WHAT A GREAT STORY OF

REDEMPTION.

Gordon: I LOVE IT.

AND THE "WHY NOT ME," WHY

CAN'T I CHANGE MY FUTURE.

Terry: THIS IS SANDRA

WHO SAYS, "WE RAISED OUR

DAUGHTER IN CHURCH AND

SENT HER TO A CHRISTIAN

SCHOOL UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL

AND THEN HOME-SCHOOLED HER

HER.

AT 17 SHE DOESN'T WANT TO

ATTEND CHURCH. AND NOW AT

18, SHE IS ASKING FOR

BIRTH CONTROL.

SHE WANTS ME TO HELP HER

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

SHE DOES NOT WORK, SO I

WOULD BE PAYING THE

CO-PAY, SO HOW SHOULD I

HANDLE THIS?"

Gordon: TERRY, YOU

ASK THE EASIEST QUESTIONS.

SANDRA, I REALLY FEEL FOR

YOU.

IN TODAY'S CULTURE, WHAT

IS CALLED "THE HOOKUP"

CULTURE, IS OUT OF

CONTROL.

AND THE PORNOGRAPHY

CULTURE -- I WAS READING,

OF ALL PLACES, IN THE "NEW

YORK TIMES," AND THEY WERE

DOING A WHOLE INDEPTH

STUDY OF HOW PORNOGRAPHY

IS SHAPING JUNIOR HIGH

SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR

VIEWS ON SEXMENT S SEX.

SO A 17, 18-YEAR-OLD

DAUGHTER WHO WANTS TO GET

ON BIRTH CONTROL -- I'M A

PROTESTANT, SO FOR ME

BIRTH CONTROL IS OKAY.

IF YOU'RE NOT AND YOUR

CHURCH TEACHES AGAINST

THAT, YOU'VE GOT A VERY

TOUGH CHOICE TO MAKE

BECAUSE ONE OF THE

CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL

ACTIVITY IS PREGNANCY.

AND SO IS YOUR DAUGHTER

READY FOR THAT AND ARE YOU

READY FOR THAT?

SO PRAY FOR WISDOM BUT I

WOULDN'T CONDEMN YOU IF

YOU PROVIDED CONTRACEPTION

FOR YOUR DAUGHTER.

I WOULD SAY THAT'S OKAY.

BUT THAT'S ME.

AND THAT'S MY CHOICE.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENT

ONE.

> HERE IS A WORD FROM

PSALM 5: "LET ALL WHO

TAKE REFUGE IN YOU BE

GLAD.

LET THEM EVER SING FOR

JOY.

SPREAD YOUR PROTECTION

OVER THEM THAT THOSE WHO

LOVE YOUR NAME MAY REJOICE

IN YOU."

IN YOU."

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