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700 Club Interactive - February 23, 2018

An online "friend" almost lured Mackenzie Baldwin to Kosovo & away from her faith and family thru deception. See how the truth came out and set her free! Read Transcript


SOME PORTIONS OF

NORFOLK ARE VERY

DIFFICULT.

Gordon: THESE COPS

ARE GETTING SOME BACKUP.

YOU DON'T KNOW UNTIL

YOU'RE IN THE GAME.

Gordon: AND TOGETHER

THEY'RE CLEANING UP THE

STREETS.

THAT'S THE COMMUNITY,

AS WELL AS THE CHURCH.

Gordon: SEE HOW

POLICE AND PASTORS ARE

TEAMING UP.

I PRAY, LORD, THAT THE

SCRIPTURE BE FULFILLED IN

HIS LIFE.

Gordon: PLUS...THE

REAL-LIFE STORY THAT

SOUNDS LIKE THE PLOT OF A

HOLLYWOOD THRILLER: A

FATHER HAS TO RESCUE HIS

DAUGHTER FROM HUMAN

TRAFFICKERS.

ALL ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

BILLY GRAHAM, SADLY, IS NO

LONGER WITH US, BUT HE

WILL ALWAYS BE KNOWN AS

AMERICA'S PASTOR.

THROUGHOUT HIS DECADES OF

MINISTRY, HE DEVELOPED A

FRIENDSHIP WITH MANY,

INCLUDING US HERE AT CBN.

Terry: A COMMON GOAL

OF REACHING THE WORLD FOR

CHRIST BROUGHT CBN AND

BILLY TOGETHER.

JOHN JESSUP HAS A LOOK AT

THAT RELATIONSHIP.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, REVEREND GRAHAM HAS

BEEN FEATURED ON "THE 700

CLUB."

ONE OF THE EARLIEST

APPEARANCES CAME IN 1976,

WHEN GRAHAM WAS FEATURED

IN THE CBN SPECIAL "IT'S

TIME TO PRAY, AMERICA."

IN OCTOBER 1979, BILLY

GRAHAM DELIVERED THE KEY

NOTE ADDRESS AT THE

DEDICATION OF CBN'S STUDIO

HEADQUARTERS BUILDING.

HE SAID THE NEW FACILITY

WOULD HELP CBN TO BRING

HOPE TO A HURTING WORLD.

WE SEE MILLIONS OF

PEOPLE EMBARKED ON A

MASSIVE BINGE OF ESCAPISM,

TRYING DESPERATELY TO

AVOID THE PROBLEMS OF

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND

PLEASURE, OR ANY ONE OF A

THOUSAND OTHER THINGS.

AND IT IS IN THIS WORLD OF

UNCERTAINTY THAT THIS

BUILDING IS BUILT BY FAITH

AND COURAGE AND VISION TO

PROCLAIM THE ONE CERTAIN

THING, THE GOSPEL OF OUR

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

[APPLAUSE]

Reporter: THAT NIGHT,

UNDER THE STARS, GRAHAM

ENCOURAGED THE CHRISTIAN

BROADCASTING NETWORK TO

LIVE UP TO ALL IT COULD BE

THROUGH CHRIST.

I BELIEVE THAT CBN AND

THIS BUILDING AND ITS

GREAT FACILITY, THE MOST

MODERN IN THE WORLD, IS A

BEACHHEAD FOR CHRIST IN

THE COMMUNICATIONS OF THE

FUTURE.

Reporter: WHO KNEW

THEN THAT PAT ROBERTSON

AND GRAHAM WOULD SHARE A

LIFE-CHANGING AND HISTORIC

MOMENT IN 1990.

THEY MET TOGETHER AT THE

BRANDONBURG GATE IN EAST

GERMANY, THREE SHORT

MONTHS AFTER THE FALL OF

COMMUNISM.

AND NOW THESE PEOPLE

CAN COME IN FREEDOM.

IT IS A HEAVY DAY FOR

GERMANY.

IT IS.

Reporter: PEOPLE WERE

STILL CHIPPING AWAY AT THE

BERLIN WALL, AS THE TWO

LEADERS MARVELLED THEY HAD

LIVED TO SEE SUCH TIMES.

BOTH WERE EXCITED AT THE

OPPORTUNITY TO BRING

CHRIST TO MILLIONS BEHIND

THE IRON CURTAIN.

THE LORD DIDN'T SAY

JUST GO TO THE CAPITALIST

COUNTRIES.

HE SAID GO TO THE WHOLE

WORLD.

Reporter: DECADES

LATER, THE TWO EVANGELISTS

CAME TOGETHER ONE FINAL

TIME AT GRAHAM'S 95th

BIRTHDAY PARTY.

Pat: IT IS SUCH A JOY

TO CELEBRATE HIS 95th

BIRTHDAY.

IT IS A GREAT TRIBUTE TO A

GREAT MAN.

Reporter: JOHN

JESSUP,S CB, CBN NEWS.

Gordon: I STILL

REMEMBER HIS DEDICATION OF

THE BUILDING THAT WE'RE IN

RIGHT NOW.

IT WAS THEN A BIG LEAP

FORWARD FOR CBN IN 1979.

HIS WORDS RANG IN MY EARS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, WE

HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO

REACH EVERY TRIBE, EVERY

NATION.

AND IT JUST WAS AN

INCREDIBLY STIRRING

MOMENT, WHERE YOU

UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS

ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

SO LET'S DO IT.

AND LET'S DO IT IN OUR

GENERATION.

Terry: YEARS AGO IN

MILWAUKEE, WHERE I WAS

WORKING AT THE TIME, I HAD

A CHANCE TO INTERVIEW HIM

ON AIR, AND I SAID TO HIM,

IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND

DO ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE

OVER AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU

DO?

WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

AND HE SAID, I WOULDN'T

LET PEOPLE RUN ME AROUND

TO SO MANY EVENTS.

I WOULD HAVE SPENT MORE

TIME IN THE WORD OF GOD.

BOY, IF YO HE NEEDED TO SPEND

MORE TIME IN THE WORD OF

GOD, HEADS UP TO THE REST

OF US.

Gordon: IF YOU HAVE

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE

LIBRARY WHERE HE SENT TIME

IN THE WORD OF GOD -- THEY

HAVE IT DOWN IN NORTH

CAROLINA, AND IT'S A GOOD

TOUR.

I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO.

Terry: ABSOLUTELY.

IN OTHER NEWS, "BLACK

PANTHER" IS MAKING

HISTORY, AND IT HAS MADE

OVER $430 MILLION IN

REVENUE IN LESS THAN A

WEEK.

ONE OF THE STARS

CONTRIBUTING TO THAT

SUCCESS IS BREAKOUT

ACTRESS LA LATICIA.

Gordon: THE ACTRESS

RECENTLY SHARED HOW SHE

TOOK A HIATUS FROM ACTING,

AND EVEN STEPPED AWAY FROM

A MOVIE ROLE TO FOCUS ON

HIS IDENTITY AND HER

FAITH.

TAKE A LOOK.

UM, I WAS GOING THROUGH

A VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN

MY LIFE.

I JUST NEEDED TO TAKE A

BREAK FROM ACTING, BECAUSE

I REALLY IDOLIZED IT.

SO I CAME OFF OF IT, AND I

WENT ON A JOURNEY TO

DISCOVER GOD AND MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

AND I BECAME A CHRISTIAN.

AND IT REALLY JUST GAVE ME

SO MUCH LOVE AND LIGHT

WITHIN MYSELF, AND SO

MUCH -- I FELT SECURE.

AND I FELT LIKE I DIDN'T

NEED VALIDATION FROM

ANYONE ELSE OR FROM

GETTING A PART.

MY HAPPINESS WASN'T

DEPENDENT ON THAT.

IT WAS DEPENDENT ON MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

I CENTERED IN WHO I AM,

AND I'M REALLY GRATEFUL.

I'M NOT PERFECT.

ESPECIALLY AS A CHRISTIAN,

YOU'RE NOT PERFECT, BUT

YOU'RE WORKING EVERY DAY

AND TRYING TO STAY

CONNECTED.

IT HAS HELPED ME A LOT, SO

I'M REALLY GRATEFUL.

Gordon: WELL, THAT'S

WONDERFUL.

YAY!

TODAY SHE CREDITS HER

SUCCESS TO HER

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE

YET, BUT I WANT TO GO SEE

IT.

I WAS ACTUALLY DISCOURAGED

BY IT BEING SOLD OUT.

Terry: THAT'S A GOOD

SIGN.

Gordon: THAT IS A

GOOD SIGN.

Terry: GO BACK.

Gordon: IT IS A

LANDMARK MOVIE.

IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO

CHANGE A LOT OF ATTITUDES.

THE AMAZING THING, THEY'RE

SELLING OUT THEATERS IN

AFRICA, TOO.

Terry: AWESOME.

SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL,

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.

AND WHAT A MATURITY IN

HER, TO STEP AWAY FROM THE

THING THAT IS YOUR IDOL

AND THAT YOU LOVE AND THAT

HAS GIVEN YOU YOUR PUBLIC

IDENTITY --

Gordon: TO UNDERSTAND

THAT THERE IS MORE TO LIFE

THAN THAT.

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN

THE SUCCESS AND THE MONEY

AND THE FAME -- ALL OF

THOSE THINGS.

AND REALIZING THAT THE

GREATEST THING IS WHAT IS

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

WHO AM I?

YAY!

> WELL, THE WINTER

OLYMPICS ARE WINDING DOWN,

AND MARK McMORRIS HAD TO

PINCH HIMSELF RECENTLY

AFTER WINNING A BRONZE

MEDAL.

REALIZING HE ALMOST DIDN'T

MAKE IT TO SOUTH KOREA DUE

TO A LIFE-THREATENING

ACCIDENT.

Terry: IT WAS A

COMEBACK OF EPIC

PROPORTIONS.

11 MONTHS AGO, HE NEARLY

LOST HIS LIFE IN A

SNOWBOARDING ACCIDENT.

WHEN HE AWOKE FROM A

MEDICALLY INDUCED COMEY,

HCOMA, HEHAD 17 BROKEN BONES AND A

RUPTURED SPLEEN.

HE WROTE AFTER THE

ACCIDENT, "I KIND OF HAVE

A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK ON

LIFE NOW.

YEAH, IT IS DEFINITELY A

MIRACLE AND I AM REALLY

THANKFUL."

HE POSTED A PHOTO OF HIS

FELLOW WINNERS WITH THE

WORDS "THANK YOU, LIFE."

> THAT IS QUITE AN

ACCIDENT TO COME BACK

FROM.

Gordon: AND IN 11

MONTHS, TO GO FROM THAT TO

WINNING A BRONZE MEDAL IN

THE VERY SPORT THAT CAUSED

THE ACCIDENT, YOU GO,

OKAY.

Terry: WELL-DONE.

> A 4-YEAR-OLD FROM

TEXAS HAS BECOME THE

LATEST INTERNET STAR AFTER

RECITING THE ABCs.

Gordon: THE VIDEO WAS

POSTED TO Facebook, AND

IT HAS NOW HAD SIX MILLION

VIEWS, AND HERE IS THE

CLIP.

[INAUDIBLE]

"C"?

CAST YOUR CARES ON THE

LORD AND HE WILL SUSTAIN

YOU.

[INAUDIBLE]

"P"?

PRAISE THE LORD ON MY

END MOST BEING, PRAISE HIS

HOLY NAME.

[INAUDIBLE]

> "W"?

WE ARE BORN CONQUERS

FOR HIM TO LOVE US.

"X"?

MAY I NEVER BOAST,

EXCEPT IN OUR LORD JESUS

CHRIST.

"Y"?

YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF

THE WORLD.

Terry: WOW!

Gordon: HOW IS HE

DOING THAT THE AT FOUR?

I CAN'T DO THAT AT 60.

Terry: THAT'S

AMAZING.

GO, MOM AND DAD, CAN I

JUST SAY.

SOMEBODY SPENT SOME TIME

THERE.

Gordon: THAT IS A

WORK OF PROGRESS.

A NEW YORK CITY

FIREFIGHTER IS PAYING

TRIBUTE TO THE 58 VICTIMS

OF THE OCTOBER SHOOTING BY

SPREADING GOOD ACROSS THE

COUNTRY AND INSPIRING

OTHERS WITH ONE ACT AT A

TIME.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: A MAN AND A

VAN AND A MISSION.

THAT IS TOMMY MARR'S

STORY.

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE?

Reporter: A NEW YORK

FIREFIGHTER, A HUSBAND, A

DAD, AND A GUY WHO SEES

SOMETHING BAD IN THE

WORLD, AND THEN HE PUSHES

BACK WITH KINDNESS.

IT STARTED AFTER THE

OCTOBER MASS SHOOTING IN

LAS VEGAS.

THE PLAN WAS I HAD

BRACELETS MADE WITH EACH

PERSON'S NAME ON IT THAT

DIED.

I WOULD SHOW UP IN THEIR

TOWN, DO A RANDOM ACT OF

KINDNESS IN THEIR HONOR.

Reporter: TOMMY HAS

BEEN GETTING OUT TO ALL OF

THE COMMUNITIES FROM WEST

VIRGINIA TO CALIFORNIA,

AND IN EACH PLACE

PERFORMING AN ACT OF

KINDNESS.

IN PENNSYLVANIA, IN A

LAUNDROMAT, TOMMY TAPED

ENVELOPES FULL OF

QUARTERS, EACH IN HONOR OF

BILL WOLFE, WHO CAME FROM

THAT TOWN.

ON A COLD COLORADO DAY, IT

WAS HAND WARMERS TO HONOR

CHRISTOPHER MOYBEL.

HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE

GUY TO PUT HIMSELF BEFORE

SOMEONE ELSE.

ALWAYS.

Reporter: AND GUESS

WHAT?

IT'S CATCHING ON.

INSTAGRAM IS FILLING UP

WITH PICTURES OF CHECKS

PICKED UP BY STRANGERS,

AND DOING SO WITH THE

"HONOR 58" HASHTAG.

AS TOMMY SAYS...

FOR ME, THERE IS NO

BETTER REMEMBERING THAN

HONORING.

Reporter: AND TOMMY

IS SHOWING HOW.

Gordon: HA HASHTAG "58"

IS A GOOD WAY TO HONOR

THEIR MEMORY.

Terry: COMING UP, SHE

WAS A RISING HIGH SCHOOL

SENIOR WHO PLANNED TO RUN

AWAY TO KOSOVO, ABANDONING

HER FAMILY, HER FRIENDS

AND HER FAITH.

MACKENZIE BALDWIN AND HER

FATHER SHARE THEIR

RIVETING STORY, AND YOU

DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

Terry: MACKENZIE

BALDWIN WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL

WHEN SHE WAS SEDUCED

ONLINE BY A CHARMING YOUNG

MAN FROM KOSOVO.

THE MORE ATTACHED SHE

BECAME TO HIM, THE MORE

DETACHED SHE BECAME TO HER

FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND

EVEN HER FAITH.

Reporter: THE

BALDWINS ARE A STRONG AND

CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY.

BUT HAPPENED TO OLDEST

DAUGHTER MACKENZIE THE

SUMMER BEFORE HER SENIOR

YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL.

SHE MET A MUSLIM MAN

ONLINE AND KEPT IT A

SECRET FOR ALMOST A YEAR.

SHE ABANDONED HER FAMILY,

HER FRIENDS, AND EVEN HER

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

IN THEIR BOOK, "ALMOST

GONE," JOHN AND MACKENZIE

SHARE BOTH SIDES OF THEIR

RIVETING STORY, AND HOW

THE BALDWINS CAME WITHIN

DAYS OF LOSING MACKENZIE

FOREVER.

Terry: JOINING ME NOW

IS JOHN BALDWIN AND HIS

DAUGHTER, MACKENZIE.

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE

INTERACTIVE SHOW.

IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

MACKENZIE, IT IS NOT

UNUSUAL FOR SOMEONE IN

HIGH SCHOOL TO MEET

SOMEONE INTERESTING ONLINE

AND TO BEGIN TO WRITE BACK

AND FORTH.

FOR THAT YOU, IT STARTED

PRETTY INNOCENTLY, RIGHT?

SO AT WHAT POINT DID YOU

REALIZE MAYBE THIS WAS

MORE THAN YOU ANTICIPATED

IT WAS GOING TO BE AND IT

BEGAN TO CHANGE YOUR

BEHAVIOR?

WELL, IT KIND OF

DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF

PERSPECTIVE YOU HAVE.

IN THE MOMENT, I REALIZED

WAY TOO LATER.

IT WAS PROBABLY SIX TO

SEVEN MONTHS WHEN I

REALIZED HE MAY BE

MANIPULATING SOME OF MY

BEHAVIOR, BUT I STILL KEPT

SO IN LOVE WITH HIM.

BUT I KIND OF HAD A LITTLE

BIT OF CLARITY THAT MAYBE

HE IS DOING THIS.

BUT LOOKING BACK NOW, I

SEE THAT I WAS WITHIN THE

FIRST MONTH THAT HE

STARTED THIS MANIPULATION.

Terry: WOW!

HERE YOU ARE, YOUR A

PROTECTIVE, LOVING,

INVOLVED DAD.

YOU WERE ALWAYS A REALLY

TIGHT FAMILY.

AND YOU HAD EVEN BEYOND

THAT, STRONG FAMILY

SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS AND

RELATIVES AND THINGS.

YOU KNOW, WHEN OUR KIDS

GET TO BE IN HIGH SCHOOL,

I MEAN, THEY START HAVING

THOUGHTS OF THEIR OWN,

MINDS OF THEIR OWN,

OPINIONS OF THEIR OWN.

HOW DID YOU HANDLE THIS AS

YOU SAW IT START TO BEGIN?

YOU KNOW, THE SIGNS AT

FIRST WERE REALLY SUBTLE.

WE JUST SAW THAT -- WE

JUST KNEW THAT FRIENDS

THAT WE NORMALLY SAW

WEREN'T COMING OVER AS

MUCH.

WE WERE CURIOUS.

WE WOULD ASK HER ABOUT IT,

BUT SHE WOULD HAVE AN

EXCUSE.

WHEN MACKENZIE ASKED FOR

THE QURAN, THAT WAS THE

FIRST TIME THAT OUR

ANTENNA OBVIOUSLY WENT UP.

IT WAS A VERY UNUSUAL

REQUEST.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I JUST

LOOKED AT IT AS IT WAS THE

BEGINNING OF A SPIRITUAL

JOURNEY FOR HER.

HER PATH IS GOING TO BE

DIFFERENT FROM WHY I GREW

UP WITH IN THE '60s AND

'70s.

AND SO I JUST TRIED TO BE

CALM ABOUT IT.

AND WE JUST AGREED SHE WAS

GOING TO DO A COMPARISON

WITH THE BIBLE.

AND YOU CAN COME TO ME

WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

AND I THOUGHT IT WAS HER

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

Terry: MACKENZIE, I

THINK FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE

WHO GROW UP IN STRONG

CHRISTIAN HOMES, YOU KNOW,

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW

WHAT YOU BELIEVE, BUT IT

IS STILL KIND OF YOUR

PARENTS' FAITH IN A WAY.

IS THAT PART OF WHAT LEFT

YOU VULNERABLE AT THIS

POINT, DO YOU THINK?

IT ABSOLUTELY WAS.

HE WOULD -- I FEEL LIKE WE

ALL SOMEWHAT GET

QUESTIONED ON OUR FAITH.

NOT NECESSARILY IN A

THREATENING WAY, BUT WE

ALL KIND OF GET ASKED.

AND NORMALLY IT IS JUST

BIBLE SCHOOL ANSWERS THAT

YOU CAN TELL THEM, AND

THEN THEY'LL GO AWAY.

AND HE WAS ASKING ME STUFF

THAT I HAD BEEN ASKED

BEFORE ABOUT THE TRINITY,

AND HOW THE BIBLE COULD BE

WRITTEN BY SO MANY

DIFFERENT PEOPLE BUT STILL

BE ACCURATE.

AND I COULD ANSWER THOSE

QUESTIONS TO AN EXTENT.

BUT I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR

HIM TO CONTINUE TO ASK ME

MORE AND MORE QUESTIONS,

TRYING TO DELVE FARTHER

INTO WHAT HE WAS ASKING ME

TO WHERE I COULDN'T DEFEND

MYSELF, MY FAITH.

Terry: SO HERE YOU,

AND YOU START OUT

COMPARING THE BIBLE AND

THE QURAN, BUT AT SOME

POINT THE BIBLE KIND OF

WENT OFF TO THE CORNER,

AND THE QURAN BECAME A

VOCAL POINT, EVEN WHEN YOU

WERE CONSIDERING CHANGING

YOUR FAITH.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

WELL, A LONG PROCESS,

IS THE EASY WAY TO SAY IT.

AS FAR AS ME PUTTING THE

BIBLE ASIDE, THAT WAS

INDICATIVE OF WHAT I WAS

DOING WITH MY WHOLE LIFE.

I WAS MOVING EVERYTHING

ASIDE, AND PUTTING HIM,

ADAM, IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

AND THE QURAN WAS JUST A

PART OF IT.

Terry: AT THIS POINT,

YOU SEE YOUR DAUGHTER KIND

OF PULLING AWAY FROM

EXTENDED FRIENDS, BUT

YOU'RE ACTUALLY FEELING IT

IN YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP

WITH HER AND HER

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

FAMILY AS A WHOLE.

WHAT DID YOU DO, JOHN?

IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.

YOU KNOW, I TRIED TO REACT

REALLY STRONGLY.

I JUST THOUGHT IF I COULD

JUST TALK HER OUT OF THIS

WHOLE THING, FORCE HER

BACK INTO HER FAITH -- AND

WE HAD LONG, EXTENDED,

VERY INTENSE DISCUSSIONS.

WE WERE JUST DEALING WITH

IT AS REBELLION.

SHE IS FIGHTING AGAINST

OUR CORE BELIEFS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A

POINT, AFTER A LONG TIME,

THAT I REALIZED I WAS

REALLY MAKING IT MORE

ABOUT ME THAN I WAS ABOUT

HER.

Terry: WOW.

AND WHEN I REALLY

REALIZED THAT, I WAS

REALLY MORE CONCERNED

ABOUT THE REFLECTION IT

HAD ON ME AS A CHRISTIAN,

AS A DEACON, AS A FATHER,

AND I WAS ABLE TO LET THAT

GO AND JUST LEARN TO GET

ON THE LEVEL WHERE SHE

WAS.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHERE

SHE WAS, BUT I WAS JUST

GOING TO TRY TO LOVE HER

ANYWAY, AND KEEP THE

BRIDGE OPEN BETWEEN US,

AND THAT CHANGED

EVERYTHING.

Terry: AND ALONG THE

WAY, YOU, MACKENZIE, WERE

PLANNING ON ACTUALLY

EXITING THE COUNTRY.

YOU HAD A TRIP ALREADY

PLANNED TO EUROPE, SO WHAT

STARTED AS A CASUAL LET'S

TRY TO MEET EACH OTHER

SOME DAY ACTUALLY BECAME

PLANNED.

WERE YOU SCARED ABOUT

DOING THAT AT ALL?

I WAS.

I HAD SEVERAL TIMES WHEN I

WOULD LAY IN MY BED AND

THINK, WHAT AM I DOING?

I HAD PUSHED AWAY MY

FRIENDS, MY FAMILY, AND MY

FAITH.

BUT AT SOME POINT, I

LOOKED AROUND AND I DIDN'T

FEEL LIKE I HAD MY FRIENDS

OR MY FAMILY OR GOD --

LIKE I SAID, I HAD PUSHED

IT ALL AWAY.

SO I KIND OF FELT LIKE I

HAD GONE SO FAR, I

COULDN'T TURN BACK NOW.

I COULDN'T JUST WALK DOWN

THE STAIRS AND SAY, NEVER

MIND, GUYS, SORRY I PUT

YOU THROUGH ALL OF THIS

AWFULNESS.

I FELT LIKE I HAD TO GO

THROUGH WITH THIS.

AND I FELT LIKE I WANTED

TO.

Terry: SO ALONG THE

WAY, JOHN, REALLY BY THE

GRACE OF GOD, YOU FIND OUT

ABOUT THIS PLAN FOR HER

LEAVING.

AND WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR

YOU?

I HAD A FRIEND OF MINE

CALL ME.

I WAS ON A BUSINESS TRIP

ON THE EAST COAST.

AND HE JUST SAID, I DON'T

KNOW IF YOU UNDERSTAND

WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT

MACKENZIE HAS BEEN IN THIS

SECRET RELATIONSHIP FOR A

YEAR.

WERE YOU AWARE OF THAT?

AND I SAID, NO.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT A SECRET

RELATIONSHIP.

I KNEW SHE WAS INTERESTED

IN ISLAM.

WELL, JOHN, SHE IS ENGAGED

TO A MAN OVERSEAS.

SHE IS GOING TO LEAVE AS

EARLY AS TWO WEEKS.

IT WAS LIKE AN EXPLOSION

THAT GETS TOO CLOSE TO

YOUR EARS AND YOU JUST

HEAR RINGING.

BUT ONCE I WAS ABLE TO GET

MY ARMS AROUND IT, I

REALIZED THAT SHE WAS A

VICTIM, AND THAT SHE WAS

IN DANGER.

AND WE HAD BEEN TREATING

IT AS BEING SOMETHING

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

AND IT REALLY JUST CHANGED

THE WAY WE APPROACHED IT

FROM THAT POINT ON.

Terry: SO THE F.B.I.

ACTUALLY GETS INVOLVED.

THAT WAS A BLESSING, THAT

YOU WENT RIGHT TO THE TOP

OF THE HEAP, AND SAID, I

NEED YOUR HELP, RATHER

THAN JUST HAVING A GENTLE

CONVERSATION.

BECAUSE YOU WERE READY TO

GO --

UH-HUH.

Terry: WHAT CHANGED

YOUR MIND?

IT WAS THE FINAL

MEETING WITH THE F.B.I.

WE HAD HAD ONE EARLIER,

AND I STILL WANTED TO BE

WITH ADAM.

I DECIDED NOT TO GO TO

KOSOVO ANYMORE BECAUSE OF

THAT INITIAL INTERVIEW.

BUT ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATER,

THREE WEEKS LATER, WE HAD

A FINAL MEETING WITH AGENT

SHERIDAN, AND HE SAID, YOU

KNOW, MACKENZIE, WE REALLY

HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE

CAN.

BUT WE WILL TELL YOU IF

YOU TEXT HIM AND SAY THERE

IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO

BRING HIM HERE, THERE IS

NOTHING, AND NOTHING YOUR

FAMILY CAN DO, YOU'RE

GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE

THIS OUT ON YOUR OWN, HE

WILL TEXT YOU BACK AND

SAY, OKAY, YOU COME TO

KOSOVO, WE'LL GET MARRIED,

AND WE CAN GO BACK TO THE

U.S.

SO ON THE WAY HOME, I DID

DECIDE TO TEXT HIM THAT

FINALLY.

AND I TOLD HIM EXACTLY

THAT, I CAN'T BRING YOU

HERE.

AND HE SAID, OKAY, WELL,

YOU COME AND WE'LL GET

MARRIED AND WE'LL GO HOME.

AND I STARTED REALIZING

THAT, YOU KNOW, HE WAS

PREDICTABLE.

HE REALLY WAS.

AND THE F.B.I. WAS RIGHT.

AND THEN LATER ON THAT

NIGHT I LOOKED AROUND AND

SAW ALL OF THIS DAMAGE

THAT I HAD DONE.

AND I JUST REALIZED LOVE

SHOULD NOT DO THIS TO ME,

OR DO IT TO MY FAMILY OR

ANYTHING.

Terry: WELL, GOOD

THING YOU HAVE A SMART

DAUGHTER, HUH?

UH-HUH.

Terry: TOGETHER THEY

HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK

CALLED "ALMOST GONE: 25

DAYS AND ONE CHANCE TO

SAVE OUR DAUGHTER," AND IT

IS A COMPELLING STORY.

EVERY PARENT SHOULD READ

THIS.

EVERY YOUNG PERSON SHOULD

READ THIS SO YOU CAN

UNDERSTAND THE WORLD TODAY

IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT IT

APPEARS TO BE.

THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING

HERE FOR THE MESSAGE YOU

BRING TO US.

IT IS WISE COUNSEL IN THE

CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN

TODAY.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Gordon: STILL TO

COME, A POLICE CHIEF WITH

A UNIQUE IDEA TO BREAK

DOWN BARRIERS.

WOULDN'T IT BE A

FANTASTIC IDEA IF CLERGY

AND POLICE COULD PATROL

TOGETHER IN SOME OF OUR

MOST PROBLEMATIC AREAS IN

OUR CITY.

Gordon: SEE HOW THE

CLERGY PATROL IS BUILDING

A BETTER COMMUNITY AND

DRIVING DOWN THE CRIME

RATES, WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: WELL, TOO

OFTEN TENSION BETWEEN

POLICE AND CITIZENS ERUPTS

IN VIOLENCE.

AND THAT'S WHY THE POLICE

CHIEF IN OUR NEXT STORY

CAME UP WITH A PLAN TO

DEFUSE THAT.

AS A RESULT, THE CITY HAS

POSTED ITS LOWEST CRIME

RATE IN CLOSE TO 20 YEARS.

TAKE A LOOK.

DRIVEBY, OFFICER DOWN!

TWO BLACK MEN ARE DEAD

AFTER COUNTERING WITH

POLICE.

IT HAS MANY CONCERNED

ABOUT POLICE NATIONWIDE.

Reporter: THESE DAYS

RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN

COMMUNITY AND POLICE ARE

OFTEN STRAINED.

BUT NORFOLK, VIRGINIA,

PLEASE CHIEF LARRY HAD AN

IDEA TO BREACH THE

EVER-GROWING GAP.

A LOT OF THESE

INCIDENTS ARE JUST DOWN

THE STREET FROM THE

CHURCH.

WOULDN'T IT BE A FANTASTIC

IDEA IF CLERGY AND POLICE

COULD PATROL TOGETHER IN

SOME OF OUR MOST

PROBLEMATIC AREAS IN THE

CITY.

Reporter: CHIEF BOONE

SHARED HIS IDEA WITH LOCAL

PASTORS.

THEY WERE LIKE, I LIKE

THAT IDEA.

I SAID, CAN I HAVE YOUR

SUPPORT.

AND, OF COURSE, THEY ALL

SAID, ABSOLUTELY.

Reporter: THEY CALL

IT "THE CLERGY PATROL,"

WHERE POLICE AND LOCAL

PASTORS, LIKE THIS MAN,

WORK SIDE BY SIDE.

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA

FOR PASTORS TO REALLY

ENGAGE THE POLICE, AND NOT

TO JUST WAIT FOR A CRISIS,

BUT TO BUILD A

RELATIONSHIP, TRYING TO

FIND WAYS TO DE-ESCALATE

SITUATION.

Reporter: WHEN

OFFICERS RESPOND TO A

CALL, THE CLERGY STAY IN

THE PATROL CAR.

ONCE IT IS SAFE, THEY CAN

MINISTER AWAY THEY CAN.

WE'RE THERE TO SUPPORT

AS NEEDED.

I'VE EVEN PRAYED FOR GUYS

WHO WERE, YOU KNOW, IN

HANDCUFFS AND ASKED FOR

PRAYER.

AND IN MOST CASES, PEOPLE

WELCOME PRAYER.

HE IS GOING TO OFFER

YOU A FEW WORDS OF WISDOM,

COUNSELLING, WHATEVER THE

CASE MAY BE.

AND THAT BENEFITS THE

COMMUNITY.

IT BEN NITS TH BENEFITS THE

GOVERNMENT, I.E. POLICE,

AS WELL THE CHURCH.

Reporter: REVEREND

LEROY BREAKS HAS BEEN A

NORFOLK POLICE CHAPLAIN

FOR 30 YEARS, AND THEY SAY

THEY'RE SERVING THE

COMMUNITY.

THEY ARE BOTH SERVING

AND PROTECTING.

POLICE CALL IT THE

COMMUNITY, AND THE

PASTORS, CLERGY, CALL IT

THE CONGREGATION.

JESUS SENT THEM OUT THERE

IN TWOS SO THEY COULD LEAN

ON ONE ANOTHER AND ENHANCE

THE COMMUNITY.

Reporter: HE ALSO

KNOWS HOW THE PRESENCE OF

A PASTOR CAN BRING CALM TO

A STRESSFUL SITUATION.

WHEN YOU HAVE THAT

CALMNESS OF POLICE AND

CLERGY TOGETHER, IT BRINGS

UP AN ATMOSPHERE AND

ENVIRONMENT OF PEACE.

THEY ARE GIVING US

CREDIBILITY IN SOME OF THE

COMMUNITIES THAT WE DON'T

HAVE IT.

Reporter: THE PROGRAM

IS ALSO GIVING PASTORS A

DEEPER UNDERSTANDING AND

RESPECT FOR THE OFFICERS

AND THE WORK THEY DO.

DON'T LET YOUR

CONGREGATION THINK THAT

THE POLICEMAN IS A ROBOT.

NO, HE IS A HUMAN BEING,

WITH A FAMILY -- SOMEONE

WHO CARES.

THESE PASTORS ARE

REALIZING WHAT THEY

THOUGHT THEY KNEW, BUT YOU

DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU'RE IN

THE GAME THE CHALLENGES

THAT THESE OFFICERS GO

THROUGH.

AND THEY HAVE A MUCH

GREATER APPRECIATION FOR

WHAT THEY DO.

BEING INVOLVED WITH THE

POLICE ALLOWS US TO ENTER

INTO A NEW REALITY ALL THE

TIME.

MOST OF THEM ARE SAYING,

THIS HAS BEEN

LIFE-CHANGING FOR ME.

Reporter: PERHAPS

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, THE

CLERGY PATROL IS RESTORING

HOPE FOR A STRONGER

COMMUNITY AND A BRIGHTER

FUTURE.

BLESSINGS TO YOU, MY

SISTER.

Reporter: HELPING

NORFOLK POST ITS LOWEST

CRIME RATE IN 17 YEARS.

I THINK CLERGY AND

PATROL IS A BRIDGE.

AND ON THAT BRIDGE WE

BUILD A RELATIONSHIP THAT

REALLY FORTIFIES THE

FUTURE AND STRENGTHENS THE

PUBLIC SAFETY IN OUR

COMMUNITY.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE

NORFOLK UNITED, UNITED

WITH ALL PEOPLE.

WHERE ALL PEOPLE COME

TOGETHER.

IT WILL GET THERE ONE DAY,

IF WE KEEP DOING WHAT

WE'RE DOING.

Gordon: THAT IS THE

KEY: CAN YOU BE A

BLESSING?

WHEN YOU APPROACH IT THAT

WAY, HOW CAN TOGETHER WE

SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF OUR

CITIES?

WHAT A WONDERFUL PROGRAM.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE

NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE

WONDERFUL PASTORS WHO SAID

YES, I'LL GO ON PATROL

WITH YOU.

I'LL PRAY WITH PEOPLE.

> HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALMS 133: "BEHOLD

HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT

IT IS FOR BRE BRETHREN TO

DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY."

STISTRIVE FOR THAT, STRIVE

FOR UNITY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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