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700 Club Interactive - March 8, 2018

Operation Smile Founders, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, make a difference by bringing smiles to children's faces around the world. Read Transcript


HE'S GOING TO TAKE HIS

LIFE.

Gordon: 20 VETS ARE

LOST TO SUICIDE EACH DAY.

THAT'S A FIGURE THAT IS

DUMB-FOUNDING.

Gordon: SEE HOW THE

MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR

MILITARY ARE GETTING THE

HELP THEY NEED FOR FREE.

WE VETERANS NEED TO BE

THE EXAMPLES OF WHAT A MAN

CAN ENDURE AND OVERCOME.

Gordon: PLUS...A

PLASTIC SURGEON AND A

NURSE HELP KIDS AROUND THE

WORLD.

HEAR MORE ABOUT THEIR

INSPIRING STORY, ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

HERE IS EFREM GRAHAM WITH

THIS WEEK'S TOP FIVE

STORIES FROM "STUDIO 5."

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FIVE...

MY HUSBAND AND I WENT

TO ISRAEL FOUR AND A HALF

YEARS AGO AND HAD ONE OF

THE MOST LIFE TRANSFORMING

EXPERIENCES EVER.

Efrem: THAT

LIFE-TRANSFORMING GIFT HAS

GIVEN BIRTH TO KATHIE LEE

GIFFORD'S LATEST BOOK.

Efrem: WHAT INSPIRED

YOU TO WANT TO TACKLE

THIS?

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN

GOING TO ISRAEL, GOING TO

THE HOLY LAND SINCE I WAS

17 YEARS OLD.

I WAS A BIG BIBLE NERD

FROM THE TIME I BECAME A

CHRISTIAN SINCE I WAS 12

YEARS OLD.

AND I'VE BEEN AN ACTRESS

ALL MY LIFE, SO I'M VERY

CINEMATIC IN THE WAY I

THINK.

AND I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO

PICTURE JESUS IN THESE

SETTINGS, AND PICTURE ALL

OF THE HEROS OF THE BIBLE,

AND EVEN THE ANTI-HEROS,

YOU KNOW?

I WANTED IT TO COME TO

LIVE FOR ME OFF THE PAGES

OF THE SCRIPTURE.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

FOUR...

THERE IS NOT THE

TIME --

Efrem: BALTIMORE

PASTOR JAMAL BRYANT IS ONE

OF 18 REAL LIFE VOICES,

ANNA DEAVERE BRINGS TO

LIFE IN HER ONE WOMEN

SHOW, "NOTES FROM THE

FIELD."

YOU CAN SEE THE PAIN IN

THE MAN'S FACE.

YOU PUT LEG SHACKLES ON A

MAN WHO CAN BARELY WALK TO

THE PADDY WAGON?

THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE TO

ME.

Efrem: HOW EMOTIONAL

DOES THIS GET FOR YOU?

I KNOW WATCHING IT, I'M

OFTEN MOVED TO TEARS.

I WILL SAY THAT WHEN I

WAS ON THE ROAD, ACTUALLY

DOING THE INTERVIEWS,

WHICH IS A LOT OF WORK IN

A BRIEF AMOUNT OF TIME,

THAT IS AN EMOTIONAL

EXPERIENCE.

AND I THINK I WAS A VERY

STRICT MOTHER.

ANYTHING INVOLVING MY

KIDS, I WAS VERY INVOLVED.

I USED TO EVEN GO AT

NIGHTTIME -- ONE OF THE

CHARACTERS THAT I PORTRAY

IN "NOTES FROM THE FIELD"

IS A WOMAN NAMED DENNIS

DODSON, WHO IN THE CREDIT

CARDS INSTITUTION FOR

WOMEN, AND WHO IS GETTING

HER COLLEGE DEGREE BECAUSE

A LOCAL COLLEGE HAS A

PROGRAM THERE.

AND SITTING WITH SOMEBODY

LIKE DENISE, WHO HAS

REALLY TRANSFORMED HER

LIFE -- AND KNOWING IT IS

GOING TO BE HARD FOR HER

TO GET THE GOVERNOR TO LET

HER OUT -- I SADE THA SAY THAT'S

WHERE I HAVE MY EMOTIONAL

EXPERIENCES.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

THREE...

THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES.

Efrem: SOME OF YOUR

FAVORITE ARTISTS ARE USING

THEIR PLATFORMS TO RAISE

MONEY FOR ST. JUDE'S

HOSPITAL WITH A T-SHIRT

CAMPAIGN.

PASTOR WILLIAM McDOWELL

AND OTHERS ARE AMONG THOSE

SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT.

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO

JOIN ME AND BE A PARTNER

IN HOPE.

Efrem: AT NUMBER

TWO...

*

Efrem: A MEMBER OF

ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING

GIRL GROUPS OF ALL TIME,

T.L.C., IS SHARING THE

STORY OF HER RETURN TO

FAITH.

HERE IS VIDEO OF ROSONDA

THOMAS MEETING THE PASTOR

OF AMAZING CHRISTIAN MEDIA

AT LAST WEEK'S NATIONAL

RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS'

CONVENTION.

SHE ALSO POSTED THIS PHOTO

AND INSTAGRAM WITH THE

NESS: "I CANNOT BELIEVE I

JUST MET MY HERO AND

PASTOR, PASTOR DOUG AND

HIS LOVELY WIFE KAREN.

THANK YOU JESUS."

I THINK EVERYBODY CAN

RELATE TO THAT, THAT'S

TRUE, THAT HAPPENED TO ME.

Efrem: AT NU NUMBER

ONE...DISNEY'S

MUCH-ANTICIPATED FILM, "A

WRINKLE IN TIME" HITS

AMERICAN THEATERS WITH AN

ALL-STAR CAST.

WE SEE YOUNG MEG, AND SHE

STRUGGLES WITH NOT LIKING

ALL OF HERSELF.

YOU THREE ARE POWERFUL,

STRONG, CONFIDENT WOMEN.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU

DEALT WITH THAT STRUGGLE

OF NOT LIKING A PART OF

YOURSELF?

ARE YOU KIDDING?

I HAVE THAT SO FREQUENTLY.

I THINK IT IS A DAILY

STRUGGLE.

I THINK TURNING 40 WAS A

BIG MARKER FOR ME.

WOW, I'M GOING TO RELEASE

CARING ABOUT WHAT OTHER

PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ME.

I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY,

BUT I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M

HERE TO CARE ABOUT OTHER

PEOPLE'S OPINIONS ANYMORE.

IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL

YOU'RE, LIKE, REALLY 50.

YOU STILL HAVE A LITTLE

BIT LEFT, DON'T YOU?

OH, YEAH.

IT KEEPS SHOWING UP.

52, 53, IT'S OVER.

OKAY.

THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW.

I STRUGGLE WITH IT ALL OF

THE TIME.

I THINK THAT ONE OF THE

NICE THINGS ABOUT DOING A

MOVIE LIKE THIS, WITH A

CENTRAL MESSAGE, IS THAT

YOU CAN BE SOMEONE WHO IS

THE STAR OF THE MOVIE LIKE

THIS, AND YOU'RE LIKE I

LOVE MYSELF.

YOU HAVE TO PROJECT THAT,

AND BY SAYING THAT, YOU

BELIEVE IT.

I BELIEVE IT TO BE TRUE,

SO I JUST HAVE TO REMIND

MYSELF.

I'M A LITTLE OLDER, SO

I'M NOT STRUGGLING WITH

IT.

BUT I WILL SAY THIS, IN

THE MOVIE -- THIS IS THE

FUNNIEST THING, THE MOMENT

WHERE AVA SAYS, TELL HER,

BE A WARRIOR, I WAS

STRUGGLING WITH JUST

WALKING ON THE BEAMS.

SO I'M PLAYING THIS

CELESTIAL POWERFUL BEING,

AND SO I TURN AROUND AND

SAY, BE A WARRIOR!

AND THEN I GO, CAN

SOMEBODY GET ME TIME.

Efrem: "A WRINKLE IN

TIME" IS IN THEATERS MARCH

13th.

WE ARE SEARCH WARRIORS.

WARRIORS WHO PIERCE THE

GOOD AND THE LIGHT IN THE

UNIVERSE.

Gordon: WELL, EFREM

IS HERE WITH MORE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

"WRINKLE IN TIME," IS IT

GOING TO BE GOOD?

Efrem: I WOULD SAY

YES.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOVIES

I WATCHED AND I GLAD I

HAVE A DAUGHTER BECAUSE

SHE IS GOING TO BE SO

EXCITED TO SEE THIS FILM.

Gordon: HAVE YOU SEEN

IT?

Efrem: I HAVE SEEN

IT.

IT IS VERY WELL DONE.

I'M TAKING HER MARCH

9th, AND I'VE SECRETLY

ORDERED HER ALL OF THE

DOLLS FROM THIS FILM.

SHE'S GOT ALL OF THEM

COMING HER WAY.

Gordon: YOU

PREORDERED EVERYTHING?

Efrem: I DID.

I LOVED THE FILM, AND IT

IS JUST SUCH A CELEBRATION

OF YOUNG WOMEN.

IT IS BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

IT IS DIRECTED BY AVA

DUVENE, WHO ORIGINALLY

PASSED IT ON.

AND WHAT REALLY INFORMED

HER TELLING THIS STORY IS

THE GIRL IS TRYING TO FIND

HER FATHER, WHO IS LOST IN

THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD, BUT

AVA LOST HER FATHER TO

DEATH RIGHT BEFORE TAKING

THIS FILM, AND THIS

ALLOWED HER TO DIVE INTO

THAT EXPERIENCE BECAUSE

HER AND HER FATHER WERE

REALLY CLOSE.

AND FOR HER TO LOSE HIM --

SHE HAS NO CHILDREN OF HER

OWN, BUT THEY HAD A GREAT

RELATIONSHIP AND NOW SHE

EXPLORES THAT LOST.

AND SHE GOT OPRAH WINFREY,

REESREESEREESE WITHERSPOON, THEY'RE

IN THE FILM.

I THINK PEOPLE WILL BE

PLEASED TO SEE IT.

CH.

Gordon Gordon: ANY REACTIONTO THE REL
EASE DATE

BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO BE

RIGHT ON TOP OF "BLACK

PANTHER."

SO YOU HAVE THE SAME

STUDIO COMPETING WITH

ITSELF?

Efrem: IT IS.

THEY'RE HOPING IT IS GOING

TO DO WELL.

I CAN SAY FOR DISNEY --

THEY CALL IT THE DISNEY

MACHINE, AND THEY HAVE

POURED EVERYTHING INTO

PUBLICIZING THIS FILM, AND

THEY'RE PROBABLY THINKING,

OKAY, "BLACK PANTHER" HAS

HAD A STRONG RUN, AND AT

LEAST THIS WILL COME ALONG

AND DO WELL AGAINST IT.

Gordon: AND YOU WANT

IT TO DO WELL?

Efrem: YES, I WANT IT

TO DO WELL.

I HAVE SEEN "BLACK

PANTHER" TWICE.

Gordon: AND YOU TOOK

YOUR BOYS.

LET'S GO ON TO T.L.C.

Efrem: I KNEW SHE WAS

A WOMEN OF FAITH AT ONE

POINT AND HAD DRIFTEDED.

BUT I DID NOT KNOW OF HER

RETURN.

SHE SAID SHE SPENT THE

LAST TWO YEARS WATCHING

DOUG BATCHER ONLINE AND IT

REMINDED HER WHAT SHE WAS

MISSING.

AND SHE SPENT THE LAST TWO

YEARS WATCHING, STUDYING,

PRAYING, AND FOLLOWING,

AND WHEN SHE FOUND OUT HE

WAS GOING TO BE AT N.R.B.,

SHE FLEW IMMEDIATELY TO

NASHVILLE.

Gordon: FROM THE

MEETING, IT LOOKS LIKE

THEY KNEW EACH OTHER.

AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

Efrem: THEY HAD ONLY

TALKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

SHE WAS A FAN, FOLLOWING

HIM ONLINE.

THAT WAS THEIR FIRST TIME

MEETING HIM IN PERSON.

AND SHE WAS OVER JOYED.

YOU HAVE THIS BIG-TIME

CELEBRITY OVER JOYED WITH

BEING A MINISTER.

IT GOES TO SPEAK TO THE

POWER OF STREAMING,

TELEVISION, AND PUTTING

THE GOSPEL OUT THERE, JUST

LIKE WE'VE BEEN DOING ALL

THESE YEARS.

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS

WATCHING AND WHO IS

BLESSED BY IT.

AND SHE SAID, I'VE SPENT

THE LAST TWO YEARS

WATCHING YOU, AND IT IS

BECAUSE OF YOU THAT I'VE

COME BACK TO CHRIST.

I'M VERY EXCITED.

Gordon: YAY!

Efrem: AND IMAGINE

HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO SEE

THAT AND SEE HER AND

FOLLOW THAT.

Gordon: KATHY LEE

GIFFORD HAS A NEW BOOK

COMING OUT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Efrem: I MET HER FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN THAT

INTERVIEW.

YOU SEE KATHY LEE

GIFFORD --

Gordon: WE'VE GOT TO

GET YOU A BUDGET FOR

ROOMS.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE STAYING

IN MOTEL 6 OR SOMETHING --

Efrem: I WILL SAY, I

HAD NO IDEA OF THE DEPTH

OF HER BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE.

SHE TOOK FOUR RABBINICAL

TRIPS TO ISRAEL TO WRITE

THIS BOOK BECAUSE SHE

LOVES THE WORD OF GOD BUT

WANTED TO DIVE EVEN DEEPER

TO REALLY JUST LIVE WHAT

SHE HAS BEEN READING ON

THE PAGES.

LITERALLY, I THINK I ASKED

HER ONE QUESTION ABOUT

THAT BOOK, AND THAT'S THE

WHOLE INTERVIEW.

SHE IS IN THAT MUCH LOVE

WITH VISITING ISRAEL.

SHE SKIPPED HER HIGH

SCHOOL GRADUATION TO GO TO

ISRAEL.

Gordon: WOW.

THAT I DIDN'T KNOW.

Efrem: SHE DID NOT GO

TO HER HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION BECAUSE IT WAS

HER FIRST CHANCE TO GO TO

ISRAEL.

Gordon: WAY BACK IN

THE EARLY DAYS OF CBN,

KATHY LEE GIFFORD USED TO

COME TO A TINY U.H.F.

STATION IN PORTSMITH,

VIRGINIA, CHANNEL 27, AND

SHE SAID, I WOULD SING MY

LITTLE HEART OUT.

AND THIS WAS BACK IN THE

EARLY 1970s.

Efrem: SHE REMINDED

ME SHE CAME HERE WITH HER

SISTER AS WELL.

HER SISTER WAS SINGING AT

THE TIME, TOO.

Gordon: YEAH.

THEY WERE A DUET, AND THIS

WAS BEFORE ALL HER AMAZING

FAME AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED

IN HER LIFE.

Efrem: A VERY STRONG

WOMAN OF FAITH.

Gordon: FOR ALL OF

THE LATEST IN

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, CHECK

OUT EFREM'S WEEKLY SHOW

CALLED "STUDIO 5."

AND EFREM WILL SEE YOU

AGAIN NEXT WEEK.

Efrem: I'LL BE BACK.

Gordon: COMING UP,

THE DANGER SOLDIERS FACE

AFTER SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

WE'RE LITERALLY LOSING

20 VETS A DAY TO SUICIDE

BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE

ACCESS TO PROPER CARE.

THAT'S A FIGURE THAT IS

DUMBFOUNDING, AND WE OUGHT

TO BE ALARMED BY THAT.

Gordon: SEE HOW THIS

MAN IS WORKING TO CHANGE

Gordon: ACCORDING TO

COLLATERAL DAMAGE PROJECT,

A NON-PROFIT, MORE

VETERANS LOSE THEIR LIVES

TO POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

THAN COMBAT.

THIS GROUP HOPES TO STOP

VETERANS FROM COMMITTING

SUICIDE BY PROVIDING

TREATMENT FREE OF CHARGE.

TAKE A LOOK.

NOW WE'RE GETTING INTO

THE PERSONALITY

ASSESSMENTS, THE MMPI.

Reporter: CLINICAL

PSYCHOLOGIST DR. TIMOTHY

BARCLAY IS A BUSY GUY.

IN ADDITION TO TEACHING

PSYCHOLOGY TO THE NEXT

GENERATION AT LIBERTY

UNIVERSITY, HE ALSO HELPS

PATIENTS AT A PRIVATE

PRACTICE.

IN THE AREAS OF THE

BRAIN THAT ARE

UNDERFUNCTIONING, WE WOULD

SEEK TO INCREASE THAT

ACTIVITY.

Reporter: PRIOR TO

THIS LIFE, BARCLAY WAS ALL

ABOUT THE MILITARY AND LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

HE SERVED IN THE ARMY AND

THEN 20 YEARS AS A POLICE

OFFICER.

IN ALL WALKS HE HE SEEKS THE

SAVE, AND NOW THAT PASSION

IS RESCUING VETERANS ON

THE VIRGE OF ENDING IT

ALL.

IT WAS THROUGH MY YEARS

ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

THAT I WAS EXPOSED TO

MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL

ILLSNESS, THAILLNESS.

Reporter: BARCLAY

SAYS TREATING VETERANS HAS

BEEN FRUSTRATING BECAUSE

MANY TAKE 10 OR MORE

PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS.

YOU'RE NOT REALLY

TREATING THE CORE ISSUE

BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE

LOOKING AT IS ALL OF THE

SYNERGISTIC SIDE EFFECTS

OF THE COMBINATIONS OF

MEDICATIONS.

Reporter: PLUS, HE

SAYS THE TREATMENT NEEDED

TO GET TO THE CORE OF

COMPLEX TRAUMA IS RARELY

COVERED BY INSURANCE.

HE BELIEVES THAT ADDS UP

TO A BROKEN SYSTEM.

IT WAS LAST YEAR, JUST

REALLY THINKING ABOUT THIS

IN ERNEST, AND HOW CAN I

CIRCUMVENT THIS, AND WHAT

CAN I DO TO REALLY TREAT

THE POPULATION THAT I'M

TRULY PASSIONATE ABOUT,

BUT WITHOUT GIVING THESE

SERVICES AWAY AND GOING

BANKRUPT IN THE PROCESS.

IT WAS LIKE A LIGH LIGHTBULB

THAT WENT OFF.

THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT

EFFECTIVELY IS THROUGH A

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION,

AND TO RAISE FUNDS AND TO

DO WHAT WE DO HERE IN

PRIVATE PRACTICE, BUT TO

OFFER THAT TO VETERANS.

Reporter: THAT IDEA

LED TO "THE COLLATERAL

DAMAGE PROJECT," OR

C.D.P., TO HELP VETS

BATTERINBATTLING POST-TRAUMATIC

STRESS.

THEY'RE BASICALLY

COLLATERAL DAMAGE TO OUR

CURRENT SYSTEM.

Reporter: THE MAIN

GOAL OF THE COLLATERAL

DAMAGE PROJECT IS

RESTORING WHAT WAR HAS

TAKEN.

AND THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH

THE ORGANIZATION SAY THEY

RECOGNIZE THAT VETERANS

WERE WILLING TO GIVE THEIR

LIVES FOR US AND OUR

COUNTRY, AND THAT THE

LEAST THEY CAN DO IS OFFER

THEM THE BEST KIND OF CARE

AT NO COST.

SO ANYBODY WHO HAS A

PASSION AND A HEART FOR

VETS, UNDERSTANDING THE

CURRENT CRISIS, THAT WE'RE

LITERALLY LOSING 20 VETS A

DAY TO SUICIDE BECAUSE

THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO

PROPER CARE, THAT'S A

FIGURE THAT IS

DUMBFOUNDING, AND WE OUGHT

TO BE ALARMED BY THAT.

SO PEOPLE WHO ARE

COMPELLED BY THAT NEED TO

GIVE TO THIS ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: AS FUNDS

COME IN, C.D.P. WILL OFFER

VETERANS AN INTENSE, FOUR

FOUR-WEEK PROGRAM,

INCLUDING BRAIN MAPPING,

AND NON INVASIVE BRAIN

STIMULATION TECHNIQUES.

THE RED COLOR WE'RE

SEEING ON THE SIDES OF THE

BRAIN BASICALLY ARE

TELLING YOU THAT THIS

PERSON HAS AN OVERACTIVE

MIND, MAYBE AN AGGRESSIVE

DISORDER OF SOME SORT --

WELL, THEY WOULD HAVE

SOME EMOTIONAL

DISREGULATION, SOME

AGGRESSIVE-TYPE

TENDENCIES.

Reporter: THE PROGRAM

WILL ALSO OFFER A YEAR OF

FOLLOWUP CARE FOR FREE.

DR. DAVID NICKELSON WORKS

WITH BARCLAY.

C.D.P. IS GOING TO BE A

GREAT PROGRAM.

I THINK THE GENIUS OF THAT

IS BRINGING TOGETHER

MULTIPLE METHODS OF

TREATING TRAUMA, DOING IT

IN A VERY INTENSE FORMAT,

WHICH IS GREAT FOR

MILITARY FOLKS.

THEY'RE USED TO AN INTENSE

ENVIRONMENT, AND THEY'LL

DO WELL IN THAT

ENVIRONMENT.

AND BRINGING IT ALL UNDER

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

AND RECOGNIZING THAT

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AND

REDEMPTION IS PART OF

EVERY WARRIOR'S STORY.

IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT.

Reporter: CURRENTLY

DR. BARCLAY IS TREATING

VETERANS IN THE LYNCHBURG,

VIRGINIA AREA.

BUT HIS GOAL IS TO EXPAND

IT TO A LARGE-SCALE

CENTER, TREATING THE MOST

SEVERE CASES OF PTSD AND

T.B.I. FOR VETERANS ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

ONE OF THOSE PATIENTS IS

RETIRED MARINE ISAAC

COLEY.

I COULD SIT HERE AND

TELL YOU THE NORMAL

SYMPTOMS OF NIGHTMARES,

SLEEPWALKING, MY WIFE

ACTUALLY HAD TO SLEEP WITH

A PILLOW IN BETWEEN US

BECAUSE OF HOW VIOLENT I

WOULD GET IN MY SLEEP.

I HAD THE V.A. THAT WOULD

POP ME FULL OF PILLS AND

MEDICATIONS, AND I HAD THE

SUPPORT GROUPS.

AND I COULDN'T FIND WHAT I

NEEDED.

Reporter: COLEY SAYS

THE TREATMENTS AND

SPIRITUAL ASPECT MADE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE, INCLUDING

SAVING HIS MARRIAGE.

ON TOP OF THAT, HIS

MEDICATIONS WENT FROM AS

MANY AS 10 TO JUST ONE.

> WOULD YOU SAY YOU'RE A

WALKING MIRACLE?

I'D SURE...I DON'T

KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD

SAY THAT BECAUSE THAT

SEEMS TO GIVE ME A LITTLE

BIT TOO MUCH CREDIT.

I THINK THAT IF I -- WHEN

YOU FIRST SAID THAT, WHAT

CAME TO MIND WAS ALL OF

THE MIRACLES THAT HAVE

HAPPENED IN MY LIFE TO

BRING ME TO WHERE I AM.

BY THE GLORY OF GOD, AND

BY HIS DIVINE LEADING,

THROUGH PEOPLE LIKE JIM

BARCLAY, AND THE C.D.P.

PROGRAM.

Reporter: HE WANTS TO

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE

PROJECT TO FELLOW

VETERANS.

A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO,

A FRIEND OF MINE CALLED

ME, AND HE WAS GOING TO

TAKE HIS LIFE.

AND I TOLD HIM -- I SAID,

NO.

I SAID, WE VETERANS NEED

TO BE THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT

A MAN CAN ENDURE AND

OVERCOME.

Reporter: MARK

MARTIN, CBN NEWS,

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA.

Gordon: WE NEED TO

TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS.

I THINK WE NEED TO STOP

CALLING IT A DISORDER, BUT

POST TRAUMATIC INJURY.

YOU GET EXPOSED TO WHAT

THEY'RE EXPOSED TO ON A

BATTLEFIELD, YOU CAN'T

HELP BUT COME AWAY WITH

SOME KIND OF TRAUMA AS A

RESULT OF THAT, AND WE

NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

IF YOU WANT MORE

INFORMATION ABOUT THE

COLLATERAL DAMAGE PROJECT,

JUST GO TO THEIR WEBSITE,

collateraldamageproject.or

g.

> STILL AHEAD, THEY A

BROUGHT SMILES TO

THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN'S

FACES OVER THE PAST 35

Gordon: BILL AND

KATHY JOIN US NOW LIVE.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

TAKE ME BACK TO THAT VERY

FIRST TRIP TO THE

PHILIPPINES, AND WHAT

HAPPENED ON IT?

IT OBVIOUSLY CHANGED

THINGS FOR YOU.

WHAT HAPPENED?

35 YEARS AGO, WE WERE

BOTH ASKED TO JOIN A GROUP

IN THE PHILIPPINES.

I HAD A PEDIATRIC NURSING

BACKGROUND, PLASTIC

SURGERY PEDIATRIC

BACKGROUND.

WE JOINED THIS GROUP.

WE TOOK OUR OLDEST

DAUGHTER.

WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE

WERE ABOUT TO SEE.

WE HAD NEVER BEEN OUT OF

THE UNITED STATES.

AND LO AND BEHOLD, WE

LANDED IN NAGA CITY, AND

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF

KIDS SURROUNDED US,

FAMILIES BEGGING US TO

TAKE CARE OF THEIR CHILD.

HONESTLY, WE COULD ONLY

TAKE CARE OF MAYBE 40.

THAT'S ALL OF THE SUPPLIES

WE HAD.

WE SAID, WHAT DO WE DO?

HOW DO WE TAKE CARE OF

THESE KIDS?

IT IS THE THING THAT DROVE

US, WE CAN DO THIS.

WE HAVE THE SKILLS.

WE WOULD GET THE PEOPLE

AND WE WOULD RETURN AND

TAKE CARE OF THE REST OF

THOSE CHILDREN.

LO AND BEHOLD, MORE SHOWED

UP THE NEXT TIME.

AND THAT WAS IT.

AND NOW WE'RE IN 60

COUNTRIES.

WE TOOK CARE OF 20,000

CHILDREN THIS YEAR.

Gordon: I'VE BEEN TO

NAGA CITY, AND I KNOW WHAT

YOU'VE EXPERIENCED.

TO OUR VIEWERS WHO MAY NOT

HAVE GONE TO A THIRD-WORLD

COUNTRY -- FOR THE

PHILIPPINES, THAT'S ABOUT

AS REMOTE AS YOU GET.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Gordon: WERE YOU AT

ALL PREPARED FOR WHAT YOU

WERE GETTING READY TO GET

INTO?

WE HAD NO IDEA.

PEOPLE BASICALLY HAD THE

CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS.

THESE FAMILIES WERE

BEGGING AT US.

THERE WERE ONLY 14 OF US,

AND WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF

THIS ROOM, NOT SO BIG,

REALLY HOT, AND THEY WERE

JUST INCHING UP TO US,

LIKE, TAKE MY CHILD.

TAKE MY CHILD.

WE WERE SO OVERWHELMED.

IT STUCK IN YOUR MIND

FOREVER.

Gordon: MOST PEOPLE

DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT

IS LIKE TO BE DAY TO DAY

WHERE YOU'RE INCOME IS A

DOLLAR A DAY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Gordon: AND IF YOU'RE

CHILD HAS A MEDICAL

PROBLEM, THERE IS NO WAY.

THERE IS NO PATH FORWARD.

IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF

WORKING HARDER.

THERE IS NO WAY.

SO IF YOU'RE STANDING

THERE AND YOU HAVE THE

ABILITY, THEY'RE GOING TO

SAY, I'VE GOT TO GET TO

YOU.

UH-HUH.

Gordon: BILL, LET ME

ASK YOU MORE A MEDICAL

PROBLEM.

IN THE U.S., WE DON'T SEE

THAT BECAUSE IT'S ALL

TAKEN CARE OF IN THE FIRST

WEEK, THE OPERATION DONE,

AND LIFE MOVES ON.

WHY IS THERE SUCH A

PREVALENCE?

IT IS PROBABLY

NUTRITIONAL AND GENETIC TO

SOME EXTENT.

NOBODY KNOWS EXACTLY.

WE HAVE THE LARGEST

GENETIC STUDY OF CLEFTS IN

THE WORLD.

AND WE'VE COLLECTED 14,000

STUDIES.

AT SOME POINT IN TIME, IF

WE'RE ABLE TO RAISE THE

MONEY, WE CAN STUDY THEM

AND COME UP WITH CAUSES.

BUT I THINK THAT, BOTTOM

LINE, AS I REFLECT BACK ON

THOSE FIRST DAYS, THERE

WAS INCREDIBLE GUILT.

THE PEOPLE WEREN'T MAD AT

US FOR NOT TAKING CARE OF

THEIR KIDS.

THEY SAID, THANKS FOR

TRYING, WHICH WAS EVEN

WORSE, EMOTIONALLY, FOR

US.

IT GAVE US THING OF, OH,

MY GOD, WE HAVE TO DO

SOMETHING.

THANK GOD SOMEBODY CAME

INTO MY OFFICE AND SAID,

YOU OUGHT TO CALL PAT

ROBERTSON OR WRITE TO HIM.

I WROTE HE HIM A LETTER, AND

A WEEK LETTER HE WROTE

BACK AND SAID, NO PROBLEM.

WE'LL HELP YOU WITH THE

FUNDING.

AND THAT WAS THE GENESIS

OF "OPERATION SMILE."

WE'LL PUT OUT 160 MISSIONS

THIS YEAR, 12,000 MEDICAL

VOLUNTEERS, AND I THINK IT

IS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOOD

AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT THEY

CAN DO SOMETHING IN AS

LITTLE AS 45 MINUTES,

CHANGE A KID'S LIFE

FOREVER, MAN, WHY NOT.

IT IS A MIRACLE FOR

THESE KIDS, THESE

FAMILIES.

A DOLLAR A DAY, AND THAT'S

REAL.

Gordon: LET'S TALK

ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF YOU

GUYS.

WHAT GOT YOU TO THE POINT

TO SAY, I'M ALL IN?

BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE

STARTING OUT, YOU'RE

LEAVING CAREERS, YOU'RE

LEAVING A SUCCESSFUL

PRACTICE, YOU'RE LEAVING

WHAT, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, IS

THE AMERICAN DREAM, TO GO

HELP PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD.

AT THAT POINT IN TIME, YOU

DIDN'T SEE THAT THERE WERE

GOING TO BE 300,000

SURGERIES AND 60

COUNTRIES.

YOU JUST HAD THE MEMORY OF

NAGA CITY IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

WHAT GOT YOU TO THE POINT

THAT YOU WERE ALL IN?

I THINK THAT WE BOTH

HAVE ENERGY.

WE BOTH DON'T BELIEVE

THINGS ARE IMPOSSIBLE.

AND WE DON'T LIKE NOs.

AND SO IT WAS A SITUATION

WHERE IN YOUR VISION YOU

COULD SEE IT HAPPENING.

YOU KNEW WHAT WOULD

MOTIVATE PEOPLE, AND WHY

NOT DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS

THAT WOULD ENHANCE YOUR

LIFE AND OTHER PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

I THINK REASONABLY IT IS

THE CONCLUSION, AND

EMOTIONALLY IT IS THE

ACTION.

IF YOU CAN TOUCH PEOPLE'S

EMOTIONS AND YOU CAN SEE A

KID BEFORE AND AFTER, IN

LITTLE AS 45 MINUTES, WHY

NOT DO THAT.

AND PEOPLE WILL HELP YOU

BECAUSE THEY CARE, ALSO.

I THINK THAT FIRST TRIP

WE CAME BACK, IT WAS

CHRISTMAS.

AND I'M THINKING, OH, MY

GOSH, WE'VE GOT FIVE

KIDS -- WE DID TAKE OUR

OLDEST DAUGHTER, SO SHE

EXPERIENCED IT.

BUT I THOUGHT, I HAD TO GO

OUT AND BUY SOME GIFTS FOR

OUR KIDS, AND I COULDN'T.

I GOT TO THE STORE AND I

SOBBED AND SAID, HONESTLY,

THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE

THANKFUL.

Gordon: WE'RE OUT OF

TIME.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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