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700 Club Interactive - April 5, 2018

A boating accident on the Colorado River leaves a high school football coach fighting for his life. Read Transcript


Gordon: A BOATING

ACCIDENT LEAVES A MAN

GASPING FOR AIR.

I JUST WHISPERED, THIS

IS MY LAST BREATH.

Gordon: WATCH WHAT

SAVED HIS LIFE.

> PLUS...A FOOTBALL STAR

CONSPIRES TO KILL HER

DAUGHTER AND HER GRANDSON.

CHERICA HAS BEEN SHOT,

AND THEY'RE TAKING THE

BABY BY CESAREAN SECTION.

Gordon: SEE HOW SHE

FORGIVES THE MURDERER ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

MANY PEOPLE ENJOY THE

LEISURELY ACTIVITY OF

BOATING, LIKE A ROW BOAT

OR A PADDLE BOAT.

DAVID BEEZER AND HIS

FAMILY HAD BEEN BOATING ON

THE SAME STRETCH OF WATER

ON THE COLORADO RIVER FOR

YEARS.

SO WHEN HE WENT FROM

FULL-SPEED AHEAD TO A

SLAMMING DEAD STOP, HE

KNEW HE AND EVERYONE WITH

HIM WERE IN GREAT DANGER.

I'M LAYING IN THE

AMBULANCE, AND I'M TRYING

TO BREATHE, AND IT'S JUST

GETTING SHALLOWER AND

GETTING HARDER.

I COULDN'T PUSH AIR

ANYMORE.

IT WOULDN'T GO THROUGH.

I LOOKED UP AND THEM, AND

I JUST WHISPERED, THIS IS

MY LAST BREATH, AND THAT'S

THE LAST THING I REMEMBER.

Reporter: JULY OF

2016, DAVID BEEZER LAY

DYING IN THE BACK OF AN

AMBULANCE.

THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

COACH WAS IN NEED OF

SEVERAL MIRACLES AFTER A

BOATING ACCIDENT WITH HIS

FAMILY ON THE COLORADO

RIVER LEFT HIM FIGHTING

FOR LIFE.

I HAD BEEN UP AND DOWN

THROUGH THAT AREA, YOU

KNOW, THOUSANDS OF TIMES.

EACH TRIP WE WOULD GO,

THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO

GET IN AND OUT, BACK TO

WHERE WE WERE CAMPING OR

WHERE OUR HOUSE WAS.

THE SUN WAS SETTING, AND

IT WAS COMING DOWN AT AN

ANGLE.

AND THERE WAS A GLISTENING

SHIMMER ON THE WATER, BUT

YOU COULDN'T TELL HOW DEEP

IT WAS.

Reporter: A SAND BAR

HAD DEVELOPED SINCE THE

LAST TIME DAVID CRUISED

HIS STRETCH OF THE RIVER.

HE DROVE HIS BOAT ON TO

THE SAND BAR AT NEARLY

40 MILES PER HOUR.

WE WENT FROM DOING FULL

SPEED, WITH A BOAT FULL OF

PEOPLE, HAVING A GREAT

TIME, TO ZERO WITHIN JUST

A FEW FEET.

THE FULL FORCE OF THE

COLLISION WAS RIGHT ON MY

NECK.

I HAD HIT THE STEERING

WHEEL RIGHT AT MY VOICE

BOX AND AIRWAY, AND

IMMEDIATELY I COULD FEEL

IT WAS BECOMING DIFFICULT

TO BREATHE.

MY FIRST CONCERN WAS MY

FAMILY, MY KIDS.

BUT THE INABILITY -- I

PHYSICALLY COULDN'T REALLY

DO ANYTHING BECAUSE I WAS

IN REALLY BAD SHAPE.

I KNEW THAT I WAS IN

TROUBLE.

Reporter: WITHOUT

MEDICAL ATTENTION, HE KNEW

HE WOULD SOON BE UNABLE TO

BREATHE.

IT BECAME VERY

DIFFICULT TO BREATHE VERY

QUICKLY.

AND I COULD FEEL IT

TIGHTENING UP.

AND I COULD FEEL MY AIRWAY

STARTING TO CLOSE.

THAT WAS THE TIME THAT YOU

REALLY CRY OUT TO GOD AND

SAY, YOU KNOW, I CAN'T DO

THIS, AND I'M GOING TO

NEED YOU TO SEE US THROUGH

THIS.

AND THE ONLY WAY I COULD

HAVE PEACE WAS KNOWING

THAT I KNEW WHO HELD MY

FUTURE.

Reporter: DAVID AND

HIS FAMILY ARE CHRISTIANS.

AS THEY PRAYED, THEY SAW

GOD'S HAND IN THEIR I'M OF

NEED.

MY WIFE TRIED TO CALL

9-1-1.

AND WE'VE BEEN IN THAT

AREA A LOT, AND COULD

NEVER GET A CELL PHONE TO

WORK FROM THAT AREA.

AND WE TRIED MANY TIMES IN

THE PAST, YOU KNOW, TO TRY

TO CALL AND CHECK ON

SOMETHING BACK HOME.

AND WE NEVER GOT THROUGH.

THAT DAY THE PHONE CALL

IMMEDIATELY WENT THROUGH

TO 9-1-1.

Reporter: FIRST

RESPONDERS QUICKLY ARRIVED

AT A NEARBY BOAT RAMP, BUT

HAD TO WAIT FOR A

SHERIFF'S BOAT THAT WAS

STILL 20 MINUTES AWAY.

THANKFULLY AN OFF-DUTY

SHERIFF HEARD ABOUT THE

SITUATION AND RUSHED TO

THE SAND BAR IN HIS

PERSONAL BOAT.

IF THE OFF-DUTY SHERIFF

HAD NOT COME, WITH

CERTAINTY I WOULD HAVE

DIED ON THE BOTTLE IN

FRONT OBOAT IN FRONTOF MY KIDS.

Reporter: WHILE IN

TRANSIT TO A HOSPITAL IN

YUMA, ARIZONA, HE SENT A

TEXT TO A FRIEND AT

CHURCH.

I SAID WE'D BEEN IN AN

ACCIDENT, AND I THOUGHT

EVERYBODY ELSE WAS GOING

TO BE OKAY.

AND I SAID I WAS IN BAD

SHAPE; PRAY FOR ME.

Reporter: HUNDREDS OF

PEOPLE BEGAN PRAYING FOR

DAVID AS NEWS GOT OUT

ABOUT THE ACCIDENT.

BEFORE E H HE REACHED THE

HOSPITAL, HIS LUNG

COLLAPSED AND HE PASSED

OUT.

THE DOCTOR EXPLAINS THE

SEVERITY OF HIS CONDITION.

WHAT DAVID EXPERIENCED

IS CALLED A LARYNGEAL

FRACTURE, AND IT IS A

LIFE-THREATENING INJURY

BECAUSE OF ITS AFFECTS ON

THE AIRWAY AND THE PERSON

WHO SUFFERS IT, HIS

ABILITY TO BREATHE.

HIS VOCAL CORD SWELLED,

AND WHEN YOU SWELL IN YOUR

ANYWAYAIRWAY, YOU DIE.

Reporter: DAVID WAS

PLACED IN AN INDUCED COMA

FOR FIVE DAYS, GIVING HIS

AIRWAY TIME TO HEAL.

THE FIRST TRAUMA

DOCTOR, WHEN I WOKE UP, HE

LOOKED AT ME AND SAID,

THERE IS ONLY ONE REASON

YOU'RE ALIVE, G-O-D, AND I

KNEW IT.

I HAD BEEN IN THAT

AMBULANCE.

AND I KNEW THAT I NEEDED A

MIRACLE TO MAKE IT.

Reporter: AFTER HIS

RELEASE FROM THE HOSPITAL,

DAVID EXPERIENCED INTENSE

PAIN AND DIFFICULTY

BREATHING ONCE AGAIN.

HE WAS READMITTED FOR AN

EMERGENCY TRACHEOTOMY DUE

TO A GROWTH IN HIS AIRWAY

CALLED A GRAND LOMA.

WE DESCRIBE THAT IN

LAYMAN'S TERMS AS PROUD

FLESH.

IT IS TISSUE THAT GROWS IN

THE SETTING OF HEALING.

IN A SMALL AREA LIKE THE

AIRWAY, THAT CAN BE VERY

PROBLEMATIC.

Reporter: A THEY TOOK

ANOTHER LOOK AND WERE

SURPRISED AT WHAT THEY

DIDN'T SEE.

HE WENT IN WITH A

CAMERA, AND THE MASS WAS

GONE.

HE HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING

LIKE THAT.

HE LOOKED AT IT AND SAID,

IT'S NOT THERE.

IT PROBABLY WAS YOU

DIVINE INTERVENTION.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE

WERE PRAYING FOR DAVID.

DAVID WAS VERY FORTUNATE

THAT HIS GRANULOMA DID GO

AWAY ON ITS OWN.

Reporter: A WEEK

LATER, DAVID HAD HIS TRACH

REMOVED AND WAS CALLING

PLAYS FOR HIS HIGH SCHOOL.

DAVID IS THANKFUL FOR THE

ANSWERED PRAYERS AND THE

HEALING THAT KEPT HIM

ALIVE.

I HAVE A WIFE AND KIDS,

AND HE HAS GIVEN ME THE

ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO BE

A DAD.

I'M THANKFUL FOR MY

FRIENDS WHO RALLIED FOR ME

INCREDIBLY, THE PRAYERS OF

THE SCHOOL FAMILY, THE

CHURCH FAMILY, JUST THE

OUTPOURING OF LOVE.

YOU NEVER REALLY REALIZE

HOW MUCH YOU'RE LOVED

UNTIL YOU GO THROUGH A

SITUATION LIKE THIS.

THERE ARE TIMES WHERE YOU

KNOW THAT THE GAME IS

BEYOND YOUR LEVEL, AND

THIS SITUATION WAS

CERTAINLY -- I KNEW THAT I

HAD NO ROLE IN STAYING

ALIVE.

IT WAS GOD'S HAND AND

GOD'S MERCY ALONE THAT

WOULD KEEP ME ALIVE.

Gordon: WELL, LIFE

CAN COME AT YOU VERY

QUICKLY, AND COME AT YOU

WITH SOME REALLY HARD

THINGS.

FOR DAVID AND HIS FAMILY,

THEY'RE OUT ON A BOATING

JOURNEY, THEY'RE OUT NOR A FOR A

DAY OF FUN.

AND THEN TRAGEDY HAPPENS.

AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN

TRAGEDY HAPPENS?

WHERE CAN YOU GO WITH

THAT?

WELL, THERE IS ONE PLACE

WE ALL KNOW WE CAN GO, AND

THAT IS TO GOD IN PRAYER.

AND HE WILL ANSWER THAT

PRAYER.

HE WILL PROVIDE THINGS

THAT ARE SEEMINGLY

COINCIDENTAL BUT ABSOLUTE

MIRACLES.

THAT CELL PHONE CALLS CAN

GO THROUGH.

THAT A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY

JUST HAPPENED TO BE ON THE

SAME BODY OF WATER WITH A

BOAT, ABLE TO BRING HIM TO

SHORE.

THE EMERGENCY TEXT RIGHT

THERE.

GETTING HIM TO THE

HOSPITAL.

ALL OF THESE THINGS.

AND THEN FOR THE THINGS

THE DOCTORS COULDN'T DO,

GOD WAS ABLE TO DO.

WHEN THE HEALING WASN'T

GOING PROPERLY, THEY WERE

GETTING READY FOR YET

ANOTHER PROCEDURE, GOD

TOOK CARE OF IT.

HE WILL ANSWER PRAYER.

AND HE WILL BE YOUR VERY

PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF

TROUBLE.

SO IF YOU HAVE NEED RIGHT

NOW, LET'S PRAY TOGETHER.

AND LET'S REALIZE GOD IS

THE ANSWER TO EVERY HUMAN

NEED.

AND HERE IS THE OUTLINE OF

PRAYER THAT HE HAS GIVEN

US.

IT'S THE LORD'S PRAYER.

THAT HIS WILL WILL BE DONE

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.

SO START THINKING ABOUT

HEAVEN.

IS THERE ANYBODY SICK

THERE?

IS THERE ANYBODY CRYING

OUT IN NEED?

ARE THERE ANY TEARS?

THE ANSWER IS NO.

WELL, THAT SHOWS US GOD'S

WILL.

SO LET'S PRAY THAT HIS

WILL WOULD BE DONE IN YOUR

LIFE TODAY.

PRAY WITH ME.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT,

JUST SAY HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, WE COME TO YOU AND

WE COME BOLDLY TO YOUR

THRONE OF GRACE.

AND WE ASK RIGHT NOW FOR

THIS NEED, FOR YOU SUPPLY

ALL OUR NEED ACCORDING TO

YOUR RICHES AND GLORY.

SO RIGHT NOW STRETCH FORTH

YOUR HAND TO DO MIRACLES,

MIRACLES OF HEALING,

MIRACLES OF PROVISION,

MIRACLES OF RESTORATION.

LET YOUR WILL BE DONE ON

EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

AND WE ASK IT ALL IN

JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

HAVING PROBLEMS WITH YOUR

RIGHT JAW, AND IT'S VERY

PAINFUL.

IT'S PAINFUL FOR YOU TO

OPEN.

AND YOUR WHOLE JAW HAS

BEEN, LIKE, MISALIGNED,

AND GOD IS ABLE TO

RESTORE.

HE IS ABLE TO PUT THAT JAW

JOINT BACK INTO PLACE,

INTO PROPER ALIGNMENT.

HE IS ABLE TO REALIGN

EVERYTHING AND RESTORE YOU

NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE,

YOU'VE BEEN SUFFERING WITH

BLURRY VISION, AND YOU

JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THE

CAUSE IS.

AND YOU'VE BEEN IGNORING

IT, AND YOU'RE NOT EVEN

PRAYING FOR IT RIGHT NOW,

BUT GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING

ABOUT YOU.

HE NUMBERS THE VERY HAIRS

ON YOUR HEAD, AND HE IS

RESTORING YOUR VISION NOW

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US AND LET US KNOW.

IT'S OUR HONOR, OUR

PRIVILEGE, TO STAND WITH

YOU IN PRAYER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE:

1-800-700-7000.

WELL, COMING UP, CHERICA

ADAMS WAS ABOUT TO BECOME

A MOTHER WHEN THE

UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED.

9-1-1.

MY BABY HAS BEEN SHOT.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I DON'T KNOW.

RAE CARRUTH DID THIS.

Gordon: STAY TUNED

Gordon: SAUNDRA ADAMS

WAS LOOKING FORTH TO THE

BIRTHDAY OF HER

GRANDCHILD.

HER DAUGHTER, CHERICA, WAS

EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT AND

EXPECTING A MARRIAGE

PROPOSAL FROM HER

BOYFRIEND, BUT THAT

PROPOSAL NEVER CAME.

THE SUMMER, I BELIEVE,

OF 1997, MY DAUGHTER

CALLED ME TO SAY SHE MET

THIS FANTASTIC GUY.

RAE CARRUTH, WHO WAS

PLAYING FOR THE CAROLINA

PANTHERS AT THE TIME.

SHE WAS INSTANTLY

INFATUATED WITH HIM.

HE HAD A GREAT SMILE, AND

JUST OUTGOING, FUN-LOVING.

I HAD NO REASON NOT TO

LIKE HIM.

BUT HE WAS NOT THE PERSON

THAT SHE THOUGHT HE WAS.

HE WAS MORE OF A LADIES'

MAN.

BY THE TIME THAT SHE FOUND

OUT THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT,

THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS

VERY TUMULTUOUS.

HE WAS ALMOST LIKE A

DOCTOR JEKYLL MR. HYDE

TYPE OF GUY.

HE SEEMED TO BE REALLY

EXCITED AT FIRST, BUT THEN

HE TOLD HER HE DIDN'T WANT

TO START HAVING A LOT OF

CHILDREN ILLEGITIMATELY.

HE ALREADY HAD ONE SON,

AND HE WASN'T THERE FOR

HIM.

CHERICA ALWAYS WANTED TO

BE A MOM.

SHE WAS NOT GOING TO HAVE

AN ABORTION.

NOVEMBER 16th, THIS WAS

GOING TO BE THEIR FIRST

OFFICIAL DATE AS A COUPLE

AGAIN.

SHE REALLY THOUGHT THAT

THE RELATIONSHIP WAS

TAKING A STEP FORWARD.

SHE EVEN HAD IN THE BACK

OF HER MIND, I THINK, MOM,

HE MIGHT EVEN ASK ME TO

MARRY HIM TONIGHT.

9-1-1.

I'VE BEEN SHOT.

WHERE ARE YOU AT?

I'M EIGHT MONTHS

PREGNANT.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I DON'T KNOW.

MY BABY'S DADDY IS RAE

CARRUTH.

HE WAS IN THE CAR IN FRONT

OF ME AND HE SLOWED DOWN.

WHERE IS HE?

I THINK HE DID IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO

THINK.

OKAY.

I DON'T REMEMBER

GETTING DRESSED, I DON'T

REMEMBER DRIVING.

I JUST REMEMBER SHOWING UP

AND BEING AT THE HOSPITAL.

WHEN I GOT THERE AND RAE

WASN'T THERE, MY INITIAL

REACTION WAS, HE DOESN'T

KNOW.

I'M CALLING HIM AND PAGING

HIM, TELLING HIM CHERICA

HAS BEEN SHOT AND SHE'S IN

SURGERY.

THEY ARE TAKING THE BABY

BY CESAREAN SECTION, AND

YOU NEED TO GET HERE AS

QUICKLY AS YOU CAN.

I JUST REMEMBER WAITING

HOURS.

AND WHEN HE DID SHOW UP,

HE SHOWED UP WITH ANOTHER

COUPLE AND ANOTHER WOMAN.

AND MY HEART JUST SANK.

NOT ONCE DID HE ASK ME HOW

SHE WAS DOING.

NOT ONCE DID HE ASK ME,

DID MY SON MAKE IT?

OR, HOW IS MY SON?

I REMEMBER THAT LONG WALK

TO THE NEONATAL UNIT, AND

WHEN I SAW CHANCELLOR, OH,

HE WAS JUST THE MOST

PRECIOUS SIGHT.

HE HAD ALL LITTLE TUBES

ALL OVER HIM AND

EVERYTHING, BUT HE WAS

JUST BEAUTIFUL.

THE DOCTORS GAVE US SUCH A

GRIM PROGNOSIS, WITH THE

CEREBRAL PALSY, THAT EVERY

PART OF HIS BRAIN HAD BEEN

AFFECTED.

ALL ALONG I KNEW -- I HELD

ON TO MY FAITH THAT GOD IS

IN CONTROL OF THIS.

WHO SHOT 24-YEAR-OLD

CHERICA ADAMS WHILE SHE

WAS DRIVING ALONG RAY ROAD

IN SOUTHEAST CHARLOTTE.

POLICE SAY SHE WAS

TRAVELLING TOWARDS TOWN

WHEN FOUR SHOTS WERE FIRED

INTO HER DRIVER SIDE

WINDOW.

IT IS INCONCEIVABLE TO

US HOW ANYONE COULD COMMIT

THE COWARDLY DEEDS THAT

HAVE LEFT THEM FIGHTING

FOR THEIR LIFE.

Reporter: THE MAN

THEY MOST WANT TO TALK TO

IS HER BOYFRIEND, RAE

CARRUTH.

IT IS OUR HOPE AND

BELIEF THAT ALL OF THE

PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR

BRINGING OUR CHILD AND

GRANDCHILD TO THE BRONC OF

DEATH WOULD BE BROUGHT TO

JUSTICE WITH SWIFTNESS AND

CERTAINTY.

THE DOCTORS HAD TO

INDUCE A COMA.

FOR 28 DAYS SHE FOUGHT.

WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION.

IT WAS A DIFFICULT

DECISION, BUT IT WAS ONE

THAT I MADE WITH PEACE,

KNOWING THAT I STILL HAD

CHERICA WITH ME THROUGH

CHANCELLOR.

HER LEGACY IS LIVING ON.

HER LIVING WON'T BE IN

VAIN, AND NEITHER WILL HER

DEATH.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATORS

RECEIVED INFORMATION ON

DECEMBER 15, 1999, THAT

MR. CARRUTH WAS STAYING IN

A MOTEL.

THEY FOUND HIM HIDING

IN THE TRUNK OF A TOYOTA

IN A MOTEL PARKING LOT.

THE TRIAL, IT WAS NOT

ABOUT CHERICA.

IT WAS ABOUT RAE AND HIS

LASCIVIOUS LIFESTYLE.

WE'RE NOT EVEN GETTING THE

GIST OF WHY WE'RE HERE.

SOMEONE HAS LOST THEIR

LIFE.

SHE WAS LOOKING SO FORWARD

TO TURNING 25.

THE PLANS AND ASPIRATIONS

THAT SHE HAD IN LIFE AND

THE PLANS THAT SHE HAD FOR

HER CHILD WERE JUST ALL

JUST SNUFFED OUT WITH THIS

HEINOUS CRIME.

THE REALLY WONDERFUL THING

IS THAT CHERICA KEPT A

JOURNAL, A PREGNANCY

JOURNAL.

AND SHE WROTE DOWN SUCH

DETAILED NOTES.

THERE WERE SEVERAL TIMES

IN HER JOURNAL SHE

MENTIONED HOW RAE PARKED

IN A REALLY REMOTE AREA.

SHE BELIEVED SOMEONE HAD

BEEN IN HER APARTMENT.

IT COINCIDED WITH WATKINS'

TESTIMONY ABOUT HOW HE HAD

TAKEN MONEY FROM RAE TO

SHOOT HER.

I REALLY SAY THAT

CHERICA'S VOICE WAS EVEN

SPEAKING FROM THE GRAVE.

AS THE DEFENDANT RAE

CARRUTH IS GUILTY OF

DISARMING HIS FIREARM,

GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY TO

COMMIT MURDER, AND NOT

GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE

MURDER.

I TRULY BELIEVE THAT

FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE.

IT'S NOT A FEELING.

AND SOMETIMES I HAD TO

MAKE THAT CHOICE THOUSANDS

OF TIMES A DAY.

I PRAY THAT HE COMES TO AN

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND A

REPENTANCE BECAUSE GOD CAN

USE HIS LIFE TO TOUCH SO

MANY MORE PEOPLE.

BUT IF HE NEVER DOES THAT,

AND IF HE NEVER ASKS ME TO

FORGIVE HIM, IT'S NOT

ABOUT HIM.

IT'S ABOUT CHANCELLOR.

I THINK HE HAS BEEN

SMILING SINCE HE WAS BORN.

HE EVEN HAD A SMILE THEN.

HE IS SO AMAZING.

ANYBODY AROUND ME, IF THEY

HAD DOUBTS OF IF THERE WAS

A GOD AND HOW GOOD GOD IS,

THEY CAN SEE IT THROUGH

CHANCELLOR.

SAY HEY, MOMMY ANGEL.

HEY, MOMMY ANGEL.

HE IS MY MIRACLE BOY.

GOD WAS RIGHT IN THE

MIDDLE OF ALL OF IT

BECAUSE HE WAS ABLE TO LET

CHERICA DRIVE THAT CAR

AFTER SHE HAD BEEN SHOT,

WITH FOUR BULLETS IN HER.

SHE WAS BLOWING THE HORN

TO GET ATTENTION.

SHE WAS ABLE TO CALL FOR

HELP.

SHE WAS ABLE TO GET TO THE

HOSPITAL TO DELIVER THIS

BABY.

SHE WAS ABLE TO LIVE FOR

28 DAYS.

THAT WAS NOTHING BUT GOD

AND HIS ANGELS WORKING

OVER TIME.

HE SAYS THAT HE'LL NEVER

LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US,

AND HE HAS NOT DONE THAT.

I'M SO GRATEFUL.

SO GRATEFUL.

THEY DIDN'T BURY CHERICA.

THEY PLANTED HER.

SO SHE IS STILL GROWING

AND GROWING AND GROWING.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

FORGIVE?

HOW DO YOU YOU GET TO THE

POINT OF FORGIVENESS TO

SAY, I RELEASE THAT

PERSON.

THEY OWE ME NOTHING.

JESUS TALKED ABOUT THE

PERSONIMPORTANCE OF IT, AND

THERE IS A WONDERFUL

PARABLE, AND IT IS A

CURIOUS ONE AT THE SAME

TIME.

A MAN OWED A HUGE SUM OF

MONEY TO THE RULER, TO THE

KING.

IN TODAY'S DOLLARS, IT WAS

IN THE BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS.

AND THERE WAS NO WAY HE

COULD PAY IT BACK.

AND YOU JUST CAN'T EARN

ENOUGH TO PAY THAT KIND OF

SUM BACK.

YOU CAN'T WORK OFF THAT

DEBT.

THERE IS JUST NO WAY.

AND SO THE KING CAME TO

HIM ASKING FOR PAYMENT.

AND WHEN HE WASN'T ABLE TO

PAY, HE DIRECTED THAT HE

BEEN THROWN IN PRISON.

UNDER THE LAW OF THOSE

DAYS, IF YOU COULDN'T PAY

YOUR DEBTS, YOU WENT TO

DEBTORS' PRISON, AND YOUR

FAMILY WOULD BE SOLD INTO

SLAVERY.

WELL, THE MAN BEGGED GOD

FOR FORGIVENESS, AND

BEGGED THE KING.

AND THE KING FORGAVE HIM.

SO THE MAN GOES HIS WAY,

FREE FROM THE DEBT.

AND HE RUNS INTO SOMEBODY

THAT HAS A DEBT TO HIM.

AND HE SEIZES HIM AND

SAYS, I NEED YOU TO PAY

THAT RIGHT NOW.

AND THE MAN WAS UNABLE TO

PAY.

AND SO HE ENDED UP

THROWING HIM INTO PRISON.

AND WHEN THE KING FOUND

OUT ABOUT THIS TALE, HE

REVOKED HIS REDEMPTION,

REVOKED HIS FORGIVENESS,

AND TOOK THE MAN.

AND THEN SAYS SOMETHING

VERY CURIOUS, AND NOW

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF

JESUS, AND HE IS TALKING

ABOUT HIS FATHER, GOD THE

FATHER.

AND THE KING SAID TO HIM,

"TAKE HIM TO PRISON.

DELIVER HIM TO THE

TORTURERS UNTIL EVERY DEBT

IS PAID."

NOW, THAT'S THE SYMBOL FOR

YOU AND ME.

WHEN WE RECEIVE

FORGIVENESS FROM HIM --

AND WE ALL KNOW THE THINGS

THAT WE'VE DONE WRONG.

AND LITERALLY, WE DO IT ON

A DAILY BASIS.

WE THINK BAD THOUGHTS

ABOUT PEOPLE.

WE HAVE BAD MOTIVATIONS

FOR WHAT WE'RE DOING.

YOU START THINKING OF

ADDING UP ALL OF THAT OVER

A LIFETIME, AND IT BECOMES

A MONUMENTAL DEBT.

BUT GOD FORGIVES US.

AND THEN WHEN SOMEONE DOES

SOMETHING AGAINST US, EVEN

AS MONUMENTAL AS WHAT

HAPPENED TO THAT FAMILY,

AND WE HOLD IT AGAINST

THEM, WELL THE AFFECT OF

IT IS TO DELIVER US TO THE

TORTURERS, UNTIL OUR OWN

DEBTS ARE PAID.

WHEN WE FORGIVE -- SHE

SAID IT VERY ACCURATELY,

THAT IT'S NOT A FEELING;

IT'S A DECISION.

WHEN WE FORGIVE, THEN THE

TORTURE NO LONGER HAPPENS.

WE'RE NO LONGER IN THAT

CYCLE OF REVENGE AND ANGER

AND BITTERNESS, AND OUR

LIVES ARE NOT CONSUMED BY

THE TORTURE OF OUR OWN

THOUGHTS.

WHEN WE LET THEM GO -- I'M

NOT SAYING YOU GET INTO

RECURRING INJURY -- I AM

SAYING WHEN INJURIES

HAPPEN, OFFENSES HAPPEN,

WHEN YOU LET IT GO AND YOU

SAY, THEY OWE ME NOTHING,

I FORGIVE THEM, I WANT

THEM TO WALK FREE, THEN

YOU REALLY HAVE TRUE

FREEDOM.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THIS

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

I DO HAVE A POST-SCRIPT TO

THE STORY FROM RAE KAR.

RAE

CARRUTH.

HE SAYS, "I'M APOLOGIZING

FOR THE LOSS OF HER

DAUGHTER.

I'M APOLOGIZING FOR THE

IMPAIRMENT OF MY SON.

I FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED.

I JUST WANT HER TO KNOW

THAT TRULY I AM SORRY FOR

EVERYTHING."

> WELL, STILL TO COME, A

SINGLE FATHER TAKES IN HIS

EX-WIFE'S SIX-YEAR-OLD

DAUGHTER SO SHE WON'T END

UP IN AN ORPHANAGE.

I WAS SHOCKED.

I WAS CLOSE TO MY

STEPDAUGHTER, AND I

COULDN'T IMAGINE WHY SHE

Gordon: WELL, DAN WAS

ALREADY STRUGGLING TO MAKE

ENDS MEET AS A SINGLE

DAUGHTER, EVEN SO, HE

WELCOMED HIS STEPDAUGHTER

INTO HIS HOME AFTER HER

MOTHER ABANDONED HER.

BEN WAS DOWN TO HIS LAST

60 CENTS WHEN HE RECEIVED

A HAND-UP TO TRIPLED HIS

INCOME.

Terry: BEN IS A

SINGLE FATHER.

HE HAS BEEN RAISING HIS

3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER GRACE,

EVER SINCE HIS WIFE TOOK

THEIR OLDER DAUGHTER AND

LEFT.

BUT HE HAS RECEIVED HELP

FROM A CENTER IN THAILAND

SUPPORTED BY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE."

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

TAKE CARE OF MY DAUGHTER,

BUT THE STAFF HERE GAVE ME

LOTS OF ADVICE.

I TRUST THEM BECAUSE THEY

HAVE TAKEN VERY GOOD CARE

OF GRACE.

Terry: BEN HAD

PROVIDED WITH THE ONLY JOB

HE COULD FIND, WORKING

PART-TIME AT AN ALUMINUM

SHOP.

THEN HE LEARNED THAT HIS

6-YEAR-OLD STEPDAUGHTER

WAS GOING TO BE ABANDONED

AT AN OR NAGE.

ORPHANAGE.

I WAS SHOCKED.

I WAS CLOSE TO MY

STEPDAUGHTER AND COULDN'T

IMAGINE WHY HER MOTHER

WOULD LEAVE HER, TOO.

Terry: BEN DECIDED TO

TAKE IN HIS STEPDAUGHTER

AND RAISE HER, TOO.

BUT THIS PUT A STRAIN ON

THE FAMILY FINANCES.

BEN REMEMBERS THE DAY WHEN

HE WAS DOWN TO HIS LAST 60

CENTS.

I DID NOT HAVE MONEY TO

BUY FOOD.

SO WE WENT TO MY SISTER'S

HOUSE AND ATE A MEAL THERE

EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH.

I FELT SO DISCOURAGED.

I WANTED TO DO BETTER FOR

MY DAUGHTERS.

Terry: WORKING WITH A

LOCAL PASTOR, "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" GAVE BEN

EVERYTHING NEEDED TO START

AN ALUMINUM SHOP AT HOME.

HE NOW MAKES DOORS,

WINDOWS, SHELVES, AND

OTHER ITEMS FOR HOUSES AND

BUSINESSES IN THE

COMMUNITY.

HIS INCOME HAS TRIPLED,

AND HIS CHILDREN NO LONGER

GO HUNGRY.

WE FEEL GOD'S LOVE AND

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." THANK

YOU FOR BEING LIKE FAMILY

TO US.

THANK YOU, "ORPHANS'

PROMISE."

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GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

"STUDIO 5,"

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