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700 Club Interactive - April 16, 2018

Innovation Africa, an Israeli NGO, partners with CBN to build solar-powered wells that bring fresh water to desperate villages in Africa. Read Transcript


Gordon: FAM FAMINE FORCES

VILLAGERS TO EAT TREE

LEAVES AND DRINK COW'S

BLOOD.

WE ARE HERE WITH NO

SOLUTION.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

Gordon: SEE HOW

ISRAELIS ARE BRINGING

FOOD, SOLAR TECHNOLOGY,

AND JOBS TO UGANDA'S

SECOND STARTING, ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF

STATEHOOD, ISRAELIS HAVE

BEEN PIONEERS IN THE USE

OF SOLAR POWER.

WELL, NOW THEY'RE USING

THAT KNOWLEDGE TO BRING

CLEAN WATER AND

ELECTRICITY TO VILLAGES IN

AFRICA.

Terry: AND THERE IS

HISTORY BETWEEN EARLY

JEWISH LEADERS AND ONE OF

THE NATIONS IN SUB SAHARA

AFRICA.

WE LOOK BACK AT THE UGANDA

SCHEME.

Reporter: IN 1903, A

WAVE OF BLOODY MASSACRES

SWEPT THROUGH THE JEWISH

COMMUNITIES OF THE RUSSIAN

EMPIRE.

OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS,

MORE THAN 2,000 JEWS WERE

SLAUGHTERED.

AND THOUSANDS MORE WERE

FORCED TO FLEE THEIR

HOMES.

DESPERATE TO FIND A SAFE

HAVEN FOR THEM, ZIONIST

LEADER THEODORE HERZL

SOUGHT HELP FROM GREAT

BRITAIN.

IN RESPONSE, THE BRITISH

COLONIAL SECRETARY OFFERED

HIM LAND IN NORTHERN

UGANDA, THEN A BRITISH

COLONY.

ULTIMATELY, THE ZIONISTS

TURNED DOWN THE OFFER AND

CHOSE TO WAIT FOR LAND IN

PALESTINE INSTEAD.

AND THE SO-CALLED UGANDA

SCHEME WAS ABANDONED.

NOW, MORE THAN A CENTURY

LATER, THE JEWISH PEOPLE

ARE IN CARAMOJA AT LAST.

THIS TIME TO HELP SAVE A

REGION ON THE BRINK OF

DESTRUCTION.

TODAY IT IS A WASTELAND OF

FAMINE, DISEASE, AND

STARVATION.

A PROLONGED DROUGHT HAS

LEFT HALF THE POPULATION

STRUGGLING JUST TO STAY

ALIVE.

THERE IS VERY LITTLE FOOD

AND NO CLEAN WATER.

Through Translator: I

AM PRAYING TO GOD TO KEEP

ME FROM THE DISEASE THAT

ATTACKED MY CHILD BECAUSE

OF THE WATER WE DRINK.

HE BECAME SICK AND DIED.

I AM PRAYING TO JESUS TO

HELP US, THAT WE MAY NOT

BE INFECTED ANYMORE.

Reporter: IN THIS

VILLAGE, CHILDREN SURVIVE

BY EATING MICE AND RATS.

IN ANOTHER VILLAGE, PEOPLE

BLEED THEIR CATTLE AND

DRINK THE BLOOD FOR

NUTRITION.

AND STILL OTHERS HAVE

NOTHING BUT SEEDS AND

LEAVES FOR FOOD.

SO THEY EAT THE LEAVES

OF THE TREES RIGHT NOW?

YEAH.

WHAT IS IT?

SHOW ME.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

IT'S NOT HUMAN.

AS A MOTHER, YOU HAVE

TO MAKE A CHOICE.

IF YOU HAVE LEAVES, WHO

ARE YOU GOING TO GIVE IT

TO?

WHO, FROM YOUR KIDS, ARE

YOU GOING TO HELP TO

SURVIVE, AND WHO NOT?

THAT'S A CHOICE THAT THEY

HAVE TO DO EVERY DAY.

AND AS A MOTHER OF THREE

KIDS, I DON'T WANT TO EVEN

THINK ABOUT MAKING A

CHOICE LIKE THIS.

CHOOSING BETWEEN YOUR

CHILDREN, WHICH ONE WILL

SURVIVE, IT'S BREAKING MY

HEART.

IT'S NOT EASY TO BE AN

AFRICAN WOMAN.

UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT WE ARE

SEEING IN THIS VILLAGE IS

THAT CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY

GIRLS AND MOTHERS, ARE

SPENDING HOURS A DAY TO

LOOK FOR WATER.

Through Translator: I

AM SO SAD FOR MY CHILDREN

WHO DIED BECAUSE OF THE

DIRTY WATER WE DRINK.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator: I

AM IN FEAR OF MY THREE

LIVING CHILDREN BECAUSE

THEY ARE OFTEN SICK FROM

THE WATER.

MY CHILDREN COUGH ALL THE

TIME.

IF I LOSE ANY MORE

CHILDREN, I WILL BE IN

DEEP SORROW.

THE WATER HAS MADE ME

SUFFER.

AT TIMES, WE LACK WATER

COMPLETELY.

WE CANNOT EVEN COOK

BECAUSE THERE IS NO WATER.

WE FEEL CHEST PAINS FROM

CARRYING A JAR.

I AM PLEADING FOR GOD TO

HAVE MERCY ON US SO THAT

WE CAN BE HEALTHY.

WE ARE HERE WITH NO

SOLUTION.

WHAT SHALL WE DO?

THE SOLUTION IS SO

SIMPLE.

WE, THE JEWS, FACED THE

SAME DIFFICULTIES WHEN WE

FIRST CAME BACK TO ISRAEL

IN THE LATE 1800s.

WHEN THE JEWS FIRST CAME

BACK TO ISRAEL, WHAT THEY

FOUND IS DRY LAND, BARREN,

AND OUT OF NECESSITY THEY

WERE FORCED TO CREATE, TO

INNOVATE, SO THEY CAN PUMP

WATER, SO THEY CAN GROW

FOOD.

AND I REALIZED WHAT WE

SHOULD DO IS SIMPLY

TRANSFER THE SAME

TECHNOLOGY, THE SAME

KNOW-HOW THAT WE HAVE IN

ISRAEL, BACK TO THE

AFRICAN NATIONS.

AND THAT'S HOW IT ALL

STARTED.

"INNOVATION AFRICA" WAS

FUNDED NINE YEARS AGO WITH

A VERY SIMPLE MISSION,

WHICH IS: TO BRING

ISRAELI SOLAR

TECHNOLOGIES, AND TO

TRANSFORM SCHOOLS AND

MEDICAL CENTERS, AND MOST

IMPORTANTLY, TO PUMP

WATER.

WE HAVE TRANSFORMED OVER

130 VILLAGES.

SO FAR WE HAVE HELPED ONE

MILLION PEOPLE.

AND IT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE,

BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT

THE CHALLENGE, THE

CHALLENGE IS SO MUCH

BIGGER.

IN AFRICA, TODAY INSTEAD

OF 620 MILLION PEOPLE WHO

DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO

ENERGY...

THIS ISRAELI ENGINEER

DESIGNED A SYSTEM THAT

ALLOWS TECHNICIANS BOTH IN

ISRAEL AND IN AFRICA TO

MONITOR THE OUTPUT OF

SOLAR ENERGY IN EACH

VILLAGE.

I'M BUILDING A PLATFORM

WHICH ENABLES REGIONAL

MANAGERS TO KNOW WHAT IS

GOING ON BECAUSE THEY'RE

THE ONES WHO NEED TO

MAINTAIN THE PROJECT AND

FIX IT IF SOMETHING IS

BROKEN.

IF THEY SEE AN ALERT, A

RED OR ORANGE ALERT, IT

TELLS THEM WHAT WE THINK

HAPPENED.

Reporter: FROM THE

MONITORING SYSTEM TO THE

DRIP IRRIGATION IN THE

FIELDS, THE TECHNOLOGY IS

ALL MADE IN ISRAEL.

ONCE YOU ARE EXPOSED TO

A NEED, YOU KNOW WHAT IS

THE WAY -- YOU START

THINKING OF THE WAY.

YOU SAY, THERE IS A WAY --

WELL, I WAS AN ELECTRICAL

ENGINEER WHO WAS WORKING

FOR AN ISRAELI UTILITY

COMPANY, AND I WASN'T

AWARE OF THESE NEEDS.

BUT ONCE I WAS EXPOSED TO

THEM, I UNDERSTOOD THAT

MAYBE WE CAN BUILD A TOOL

TO HELP THEM.

THEY HAVE ACCESS NOW TO

WATER NOT ONLY THAT THEY

CAN DRINK, BUT THROUGH

DRIP IRRIGATION THEY CAN

GROW MORE FOOD WITH LESS

WATER.

Reporter: "INNOVATION

AFRICA" HAS PROVIDED SOLAR

POWER FOR MORE THAN 130

VILLAGES IN AFRICA.

BUT NOTHING PREPARED THE

TEAM FOR WHAT THEY SAW IN

UGANDA'S DESOLATE CARAMOJA

DISTRICT.

YOU SEE HOW THESE

PEOPLE, HOW THEY ARE

AFFECTED.

Reporter: 4600 PEOPLE

LIVE IN THIS VILLAGE.

BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT,

THEY HAVEN'T HAD WATER FOR

MONTHS.

THERE IS NO WATER AT

ALL?

NO WATER AT ALL.

SO WHAT DID THEY EAT?

ASK THEM WHAT DID THEY

EAT?

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

THEY GO ON THE STREETS

AND GET STUFF.

FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS

THEY HAVEN'T HAD ANYTHING.

YOU DIDN'T EAT FOR

THREE DAYS?

Reporter: IN THIS

VILLAGE, THE ELDERLY ARE

THE MOST VULNERABLE.

THIS WOMAN TIED A ROPE

AROUND HER STOMACH TO TRY

TO EASE HER HUNGER PAINS.

SHE IS ONE OF SEVERAL

PEOPLE WHO ARE SLOWLY

STARVING TO DEATH IN THIS

VILLAGE.

SHE IS ANOTHER CASE OF

SOMEBODY WHO DIDN'T EAT

FOR MANY DAYS AND IS ABOUT

TO DIE OF HUNGER.

CAN I GET SOME FOOD,

PLEASE?

CAN I GIVE HER A

BANANA?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO EAT?

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

GOD BLESS YOU.

Reporter: THE

"INNOVATION AFRICA" TEAM

LEFT THE FOOD THAT THEY

HAD WITH THE VILLAGERS,

AND RETURNED LATER WITH

SACKS OF CORN AND BEANS.

AND SINCE THAT FIRST

VISIT, THEY HAVE SENT

SEVERAL TONS OF FOOD TO

THE VILLAGE.

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU

FOOD NOW.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

WE'RE GOING TO COME

BACK -- PLEASE TELL THEM

WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

WE'RE GOING TO COME

BACK TO PUMP WATER.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

I MUST SAY, ONE OF THE

WORST THINGS I'VE SEEN,

AND I'VE BEEN IN AFRICA A

LONG TIME.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU

TRUTHFULLY, MY HEART IS

BROKEN.

MY HEART IS BROKEN.

Reporter:

CONSTRUCTION IS NOW UNDER

WAY FOR A SOLAR-POWERED

WELL IN THE VILLAGE.

AND THEY WILL SOON

EXPERIENCE A NEW LIFE THAT

SOLAR ENERGY HAS BROUGHT

TO OTHER VILLAGES.

ONCE BARREN LAND IS NOW

BLOOMING WITH MANGO AND

CASHEW TREES, SWEET POTE

POTATOES, AND MANY OTHER

CROPS.

AND SOLAR POWER, FROM

"INNOVATION AFRICA," IS

FUELING A VARIETY OF OTHER

BUSINESSES, ALL DESIGNED

TO HELP WOMEN EARN A

LIVING.

FROM SMALL VEGETABLE SHOPS

TO SEWING CENTERS, AND

EVEN CHARGING STATIONS FOR

CELL PHONES.

SOMETHING THAT IS

INCREDIBLE IN THE VILLAGES

IS THAT THEY DO NOT SHOES,

THEY DO NOT FOOD, AND THEY

DO HAVE CELL PHONES.

ONE OF THE BUSINESSES THAT

WE'VE BEEN OPERATING IS

HAVING A SMALL CELL PHONE

CHARGING STATION.

THEY'RE GOING TO NEED

MONEY TO REPLACE THE

LIGHTBULBS.

THEY NEED MONEY TO REPLACE

THE BATTERIES.

SO BY HAVING AN ONGOING

BUSINESS, WE CAN MAKE SURE

THAT THE PROJECT IS

SUSTAINABLE.

Reporter: MORE THAN

17,000 PEOPLE ARE TREATED

HERE AT NASUNGA HEALTH

CENTER, A BUILDING WITH NO

ELECTRICITY.

GIVING BIRTH IN THE

VILLAGE CAN BE VERY

CHALLENGING.

WHEN IT COMES YOUR TIME

AND IT'S IN THE DARK, YOU

HAVE TO GIVE BIRTH IN THE

DARK.

WHEN A MOTHER COMES IN

IN LABOR, I FIND IT VERY

DIFFICULT BECAUSE THERE IS

NO LIGHT.

IF THERE IS NO LIGHT, WE

WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE

WHAT WE ARE DOING, OR

WHICH PART OF THE MOTHER

TO TOUCH.

IF YOU SUCCEED AND THE

BABY COMES OUT WELL, IT IS

A GOD'S MERCY.

Reporter: THE

CLINIC'S ONLY LIGHT COMES

FROM KEROSENE LAMPS.

KEROSENE IS NOT

HEALTHY.

THERE IS A SMALL THING IT

PRODUCES THAT WILL AFFECT

BOTH THE MOTHER, THE

MID-WIFE, AND THE BABY,

WHICH IS BEING BORN.

I'VE BEEN WORKING HERE

AT NIGHT WITHOUT LIGHT.

I'M REALLY AFRAID.

I USE KEROSENE DURING AN

EXAMINATION OF PATIENTS,

AND WE'RE AFRAID SOMETIMES

I MAKE A WRONG DECISION ON

THE PATIENT I DO EXAMINE,

AND WE ARE AFRAID THAT THE

WORK I DO WOULDN'T BE THE

WAY IT IS IF WE HAD LIGHT.

NOT ONLY YOU GIVE THEM

LIGHT, SO THE NURSE CAN

TREAT THE PATIENTS AT

NIGHTTIME, BUT ALSO WE

PROVIDE THEM WITH A SMALL

REFRIGERATOR.

AND FINALLY THEY CAN HAVE

ACCESS TO VACCINES AND

MEDICINES.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I

USED TO HEAR THAT JESUS

WAS BORN FROM ISRAEL.

SO WE ARE REALLY TO HAPPY

TO SEE PEOPLE FROM ISRAEL.

YOU ARE OUR FATHERS AND

MOTHERS FROM ISRAEL.

Reporter: "INNOVATION

AFRICA" IS ALSO POWERING

CHURCHES, MOSQUES, AND

SCHOOLS ACROSS THE

CONTINENT.

PLACES LIKE THIS PRIMARY

SCHOOL, WHERE STUDENTS NO

LONGER HAVE TO STUDY BY

KEROSENE OR CANDLELIGHT.

[CHEERING]

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

CARAMOJA, MORE THAN 15,000

PEOPLE NOW HAVE ACCESS TO

ELECTRICITY AND CLEAN

WATER FOR THE FIRST TIME.

ARE YOU READY TO HAVE

CLEAN WATER?

[CHEERING]

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[CHEERING]

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO

COME ALL THE WAY FROM

ISRAEL TO UGANDA.

NOW AND FOREVER THEY WILL

HAVE CLEAN WATER ALL THE

TIME.

NO MORE SUFFERING.

NO MORE SEARCHING FOR

WATER.

NO MORE CHILDREN BEING

SICK WITH DIARRHEA.

IT'S FINISHED.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[CHEERING]

THANK YOU, GOD, THAT WE

NOW HAVE CLEAN WATER.

NOW I WILL DRINK CLEAN

WATER, COOK CLEAN FOOD AND

EAT CLEAN FOOD.

YOU GO BACK TO THE

VILLAGE AFTER A NEW

MONTHS, AND YOU SEE HOW

MUCH FOOD THEY WERE ABLE

TO GROW.

THEY'RE HEALTHIER.

THE WATER IS CLEAN.

AND ONCE YOU GIVE THEM

ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER,

GOOD WATER, THEY HAVE MORE

TIME.

THE SECOND THING THAT

YOU'RE SEEING IMMEDIATELY

IS HOW MANY MORE CHILDREN

ARE GOING TO SCHOOL,

ESPECIALLY GIRLS.

YOU GO BACK TO PRIMARY

SCHOOL AND YOU SEE IT IS A

FULL HOUSE.

Through Translator:

BEFORE, OUR BODIES WERE

SICK BECAUSE OF HUNGER.

BUT TODAY WE ARE HEALTHIER

BECAUSE OF VEGETABLES AND

WATER.

> AND ALL OF THE

CHILDREN WILL BE

HEALTHIER, TOO.

THANK YOU, "INNOVATION

AFRICA," FOR BRINGING

EVERYTHING.

WHEN YOU BRING ACCESS

TO WATER TO WOMEN, YOU

EMPOWER THEM.

YOU GIVE THEM BACK THEIR

INTEGRITY TO BE ABLE TO

TAKE CARE OF THEIR

CHILDREN.

HERE ARE THE GOOD

THINGS ABOUT THIS WATER

THAT THE ISRAELIS GAVE US.

I CAN MAKE BRICKS, WATER

MY PASSION FRUIT, AND I

ALSO OPENED A SMALL SHOP.

GOD GAVE US THE LAND,

THE WATER, AND THE SUN.

AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL,

SINCE ITS CREATION, WE

HAVE BEEN USING THESE

RESOURCES FOR A BETTER

LIFE.

WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN

AFRICA, WE'RE TRYING TO DO

THE SAME.

OUR OWN CONTRIBUTION, OUR

MODEST CONTRIBUTION IN

JUST THE TECHNOLOGY, SO

THEY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO

WHAT IS THEIRS: THE SUN,

THE WATER, THEIR LAND.

WITH ACCESS TO CLEAN

WATER, OPPORTUNITIES ARE

ENDLESS.

[SINGING IN FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Gordon: WELL, TO

SUPPORT ISRAEL AND

CELEBRATE ITS 70th

ANNIVERSARY, CBN HAS

RELEASED A BRAND NEW

DOCUMENTARY ON D.V.D.

CALLED "TO LIFE: HOW

ISRAELI VOLUNTEERS ARE

CHANGING THE WORLD."

WELL, "TO LIFE" TELLS THE

STORY OF FIRE

ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE

TRANSFORMING LIVES ACROSS

THE GLOBE.

YOU JUST SAW ONE OF THE

STORIES.

AND THERE ARE FOUR OTHERS

ON THIS D.V.D.

THE D.V.D. HAS

CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND THE

MOVING INTERVIEWS.

YOU'LL SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT

ISRAELI VOLUNTEERS ARE

DOING TO SAVE LIVES IN THE

AFTERMATH OF THE NEPAL

EARTHQUAKE.

AND THERE IS A SPECIAL

HOSPITAL TREATING

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN WITH

HEART DEFECTS.

IT'S AMAZING WHAT THEY'RE

DOING.

SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET

THE D.V.D., ALL YOU HAVE

TO DO IS CALL US.

AND IT'S OUR THANK YOU FOR

YOUR GIFT OF $10 OR MORE.

AND THAT GIFT GOES INTO

THE WORK OF CBN ISRAEL, TO

NOT JUST DO THESE

WONDERFUL DOCUMENTARIES,

IT ALSO GOES INTO OUR CBN

NEWS BUREAU.

IT GOES TO DO HUMANITARIAN

WORK WITHIN ISRAEL.

SO YOUR $10 WILL GO A LONG

WAY.

IF YOU WANT TO GET A COPY

OF IT, JUST CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

OR YOU CAN GO TO cbn.com

TERRY?

Terry: WELL, UP NEXT,

A COLLEGE STUDENT TRIES TO

END HER LIFE.

I HAD JUST WOKEN UP

FROM A COMA, AND DOCTORS

HAD GIVEN ME LESS THAN A

10% CHANCE OF SURVIVING,

AND I FELT NOTHING BUT

DISAPPOINTMENT THAT I WAS

STILL ALIVE.

Terry: SEE HOW

BLOGGER RUTH SUCO FOUND

HOPE AND A TRUE REASON FOR

LIVING.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS HER

STORY, AND IT'S NEXT.

Terry: TRAUMATIC

CHILDHOOD FLASHBACKS

HAUNTED RUTH SUCO, AND

COMBINED WITH A BUSY

COLLEGE SCHEDULE AND A

DIFFICULT MARRIAGE, IT ALL

BECAME A DEADLY

COMBINATION.

I HAD JUST WOKEN UP

FROM A COMA THAT DOCTORS

HAD GIVEN ME LESS THAN A

10% CHANCE OF SURVIVING,

AND I FELT NOTHING BUT

DISAPPOINTMENT THAT I WAS

STILL ALIVE.

WHEN I WAS 21, I WAS A

SENIOR IN COLLEGE, GOING

TO A SMALL SCHOOL IN GRAND

RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.

I WAS MARRIED AT THE TIME.

AND MY WHOLE WORLD KIND OF

STARTED TO UNRAVEL.

PII STARTED GETTING MORE AND

MORE DEPRESSED, AND I WAS

TAKING A REALLY HEAVY

COURSE LOAD, AND I STARTED

DRESSING IN ALL BLACK, I

LOST LIKE 30 POUNDS IN A

MONTH, AND I WAS JUST A

MESS.

I ALSO STARTED HAVING ALL

OF THESE FLASHBACKS TO

SOME ABUSE THAT HAD

HAPPENED WHEN I WAS A

CHILD.

THE ABUSE WENT ON FOR

ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

IT WAS INCREDIBLY

TERRIFYING.

MY SOLUTION WAS THAT A GOD

THAT WAS REAL WOULDN'T

HAVE LET ANY OF THAT STUFF

HAPPEN TO ME.

AND IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD,

LIFE HAD NO MEANING.

I HAD SIX BOTTLES OF

PRESCRIPTION PILLS, AND I

LINED THEM ALL UP ON THE

TABLE AND CHASED THEM WITH

A BOLT O BOTTLE OF VODKA.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BROKE

DOWN MY DOOR, MY HEART

STOPPED IN THE AMBULANCE,

AND IT WAS PUT ON LIFE

SUPPORT.

THEY GAVE ME ABOUT A 10%

CHANCE OF EVER WAKING UP.

I HAD MANY MORE

HOSPITALIZATIONS.

I HAD ENDED UP DIVORCED.

I HAD TO FILE FOR

BANKRUPTCY.

MY FRIENDS KIND OF JUST

ALL DISAPPEARED, AND I HAD

NOTHING, LITERALLY

NOTHING, AND I WAS AT ROCK

BOTTOM.

I CALLED UP A NEW

THERAPIST, AND I SAID, I

JUST SPENT THE LAST TWO

AND A HALF YEARS OF MY

LIFE TALKING ABOUT EVERY

BAD THING THAT HAS

HAPPENED TO ME.

AND I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO

TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE.

I WOULD GO THREE TIMES A

WEEK AND TALK TO HER ABOUT

HOW TO PUT ONE FOOT IN

FRONT OF THE OTHER.

I STARTED TO RECOVER FROM

THE DEPRESSION, BUT I

NEVER RECOVERED FROM THE

LOSS OF FAITH.

I MET CHUCK, MY HUSBAND.

I LOVED HIM SO MUCH, AND

WE WERE GREAT TOGETHER,

AND WE HAD A GREAT LIFE.

AND YET EVEN WITH

EVERYTHING THAT WE HAD, I

ALWAYS FELT LIKE THERE WAS

STILL SOMETHING MISSING.

WE STARTED ATTENDING

CHURCH KIND OF

RELUCTANTLY, AND THE

PEOPLE THERE WERE JUST SO

NICE AND SO WELCOMING.

AND WE HAD BEEN FEELING SO

LONELY FOR SO LONG, THAT

IT WAS SORT OF, LIKE, IT

WAS NICE.

ONE DAY I JUST REMEMBER

SITTING THERE IN CHURCH

AND GOING, OKAY, GOD.

I GIVE UP.

YOU CAN HAVE ME.

AND THAT WAS IT.

IT WAS THIS JUST MOMENT OF

PEACE AND CLARITY AND

KNOWING THAT THAT WAS

WHERE I WAS SUPPOSED TO

BE, AND IT WAS AMAZING.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE I HAD

BEEN STANDING IN FRONT OF

A TAPESTRY, AND I WAS THIS

CLOSE, AND I COULDN'T SEE

THE WHOLE PICTURE.

BUT WHEN GOD PULLED ME

BACK, AND I WAS ABLE TO

SEE THAT THROUGH

EVERYTHING I HAD GONE

THROUGH, HE WAS ALWAYS

PUTTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE

RIGHT TIME.

THERE IS HOPE, EVEN IF YOU

CAN'T SEE IT RIGHT NOW.

OUR SALVATION HAPPENS

DESPITE OF EVERYTHING WE

DO.

WE ARE SAVED NOT BECAUSE

OF WHAT WE DO, BUT BECAUSE

OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE FOR

US.

HE NEVER TURNED HIS BACK

ON ME.

Terry: HE NEVER TURNS

HIS BACK ON ANY OF HIS

CHILDREN.

AND YET SO OFTEN WE WILL

LET THE CARES OF LIFE, THE

CHALLENGES OF LIFE, THE

DISCOURAGEMENTS OF LIFE

COME IN AND JUST KIND OF

EDGE OUT OUR JOY.

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN

OVERNIGHT.

IT HAPPENS A LITTLE BIT AT

A TIME.

AND ESPECIALLY IF WE'RE

REALLY BUSY AND WE'RE NOT

IN THE WORD AND WE'RE NOT

HAVING FELLOWSHIP WITH

BELIEVERS WHO OFFER HOPE

AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO US,

BECAUSE GOD USES US TO

ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER.

LATELY IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT

HOME HOW MANY PEOPLE

SUFFER WITH DEPRESSION.

I HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO

JUST LOST A SON TO

SUICIDE.

I THINK HOW SUICIDE IS

SUCH A PERMANENT SOLUTION

TO WHAT IS OFTEN A

TEMPORARY PROBLEM.

AND I WONDER IF WE COULD

SPEAK TO THOSE WHO HAVE

MADE THAT CHOICE, IF THEY

WOULD LOOK BACK AND SAY, I

WISH I'D SOUGHT HELP.

I WISH I HAD WAITED.

I WISH I HAD GONE TO

SOMEONE WITH MY NEED.

YOU KNOW, PART OF WHAT WE

ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AS A

FAMILY OF GOD, I BELIEVE,

IS TO TAP INTO EACH OTHER.

YOU KNOW, TO JUST SEE EACH

OTHER, TO RECOGNIZE NEED,

TO BE WILLING TO INVEST

OURSELVES IN IT, AND TO BE

WILLING TO RECEIVE IT.

YOU KNOW, SO OFTEN WE DO

WHAT RUTH TALKED ABOUT, I

THINK.

WE GET A LITTLE BIT OF

SOMETHING FROM GOD THAT

TAKES CARE OF ONE AREA,

AND WE KIND OF KEEP MOVING

ON, BUT WE'VE NEVER DONE

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH

THIS BIG, DARK THING OVER

HERE THAT STAYS WITH US

SOMETIMES FROM CHILDHOOD.

YOU KNOW, JESUS SAID THAT

WE COULD COME TO HIM WITH

EVERYTHING, THAT HIS YOLK

WAS EASY AND HIS BURDEN

WAS LIGHT.

SO HE MUST HAVE KNOWN WHEN

HE SAID THAT, THAT THESE

THINGS THAT WEIGH UPON US

ARE HEAVY, AND THEY CAN

WEIGH US DOWN AND THEY CAN

BE MORE THAN WE CAN BEAR.

AND YET HE INVITES US TO

GIVE IT TO HIM.

TO PUT IT UP ON THE ALTER

AND TO SAY, GOD, WILL YOU

TAKE THIS FOR ME?

WILL YOU MOVE IN MY HEART?

WILL YOU YOU MOVE IN MY

LIFE?

WILL YOU BRING HOPE TO ME

IN THE MIDST OF IT?

SOMETIMES FOR JUST A FEW

SEASONS WHERE IT IS DARK

AND IT IS HOPELESS.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU

TODAY TO TAKE YOUR NEED TO

JESUS.

HE IS NOT ONLY ABLE TO

HANDLE IT, HE WANTS TO.

HE INVITES YOU AND I DO TO

DO.

HE IS THE REDEEMER OF WHAT

HAS BEEN LOST.

HE IS THE SAVIOR.

HE SAYS THAT HE WILL

REDEEM AND RESTORE UNTO US

WHAT THE ENEMY HAS MEANT

FOR EVIL, AND HE WILL WORK

IT FOR GOOD.

SO TODAY, COME TO JESUS

WITH WHATEVER YOUR NEED

IS.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU

RIGHT NOW TO STOP AND PRAY

WHERE YOU ARE.

WHATEVER IT IS THAT HAS

BROUGHT DARKNESS INTO YOUR

CIRCLE, YOUR SPACE, GIVE

IT TO JESUS RIGHT NOW.

JUST PUT IT UP ON THE

ALTER AND SAY, JESUS, I

CAN'T LIFT THIS ANYMORE.

I CAN'T BEAR THIS ANYMORE.

I'M GIVING IT TO YOU, AND

I'M ASKING YOU TO GIVE ME

YOUR YOLK.

I'M ASKING YOU TO MAKE MY

BURDEN BEARABLE AND TO

BRING HOPE AND LIGHT INTO

MY LIFE.

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