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700 Club Interactive - April 27, 2018

Tina Beauchamp wanted to escape the shame of abuse from her childhood. She tried to fill her life with distractions, until she found value and purpose in Christ. Read Transcript


YOU START TO THINK THAT

YOU ARE JUST TRASH, AND

YOU'RE NOT WORTH ANYTHING.

Gordon: HER FEAR LED

HER INTO DEPRESSION.

THERE WAS SOMETHING

THAT CAME ON ME.

IT FELT LIKE AN

OPPRESSION.

Gordon: UNTIL SHE

READ HER BIBLE OUT OF

DESPERATION.

YOU'RE THAT THING THAT

I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR

FOR SO LONG.

Gordon: PLUS...FROM

ALL OF THE WORLD, THEY'RE

RETURNING TO ISRAEL.

I'M FROM BROOKLYN, NEW

YORK.

Gordon: SEE THE

PROPHETIC RETURN ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

THE BIRTH OF A ROYAL BABY

HAS MADE FRONT-PAGE NEWS

IN RECENT DAYS, WITH

PHOTOS OF THE HAPPY ROYAL

COUPLE CRADLING THEIR

NEWBORN ON THEIR WAY HOME

FROM THE HOSPITAL.

WELL, MEANWHILE, ANOTHER

BABY IS FIGHTING FOR HIS

LIFE, AND 24-MONTH-OLD

ALFIE EVANS HAS BEEN IN A

COMA FOR A YEAR.

ON MONDAY, ALFIE WAS

SCHEDULED BY COURT ORDER

TO HAVE HIS LIFE SUPPORT

SYSTEM REMOVED AGAINST HIS

PARENTS' WISHES.

Terry: NEWS OF HIS

REACHED THE VATICAN, AND

THE POPE REPLIED; "I RENEW

MY APPEAL THAT THE

SUFFERING OF HIS PARENTS

MAY BE HEARD, AND THEIR

DESIRE TO SEEK NEW FORMS

OF TREATMENT MAY BE

GRANTED."

ITALY WAS READY TO

TRANSPORT HIM FROM THE

HOSPITAL IN LIVERPOOL, BUT

THE BRITISH JUSTICES WOULD

NOT ALLOW IT, SAYING THEY

THOUGHT HE WAS TOO SICK TO

TRAVEL.

THE LORD JUSTICE SAYS THIS

IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF

ALFIE, AND THAT THE RIGHT

OF HIS PARENTS FALLS INTO,

QUOTE, "SUBSIDIARY

CATEGORY."

ALFIE SURVIVED ON HIS OWN

FOR DAYS, EVEN DESPITE A

SIX-HOUR TIMEFRAME WHEN HE

WAS NEITHER FED NOR HIGH

DREIDEHYDRATED BY THE MEDICAL

STAFF.

ONE MADE THIS STATEMENT:

IN BRITAIN, YOU CAN FLY

YOUR LOVED ONE TO ITALY TO

END YOUR LIFE, BUT IF YOU

TRY TO FLY THEM THERE FOR

PRESERVE HIS LIFE, THEY

WILL HOLD THEM HOSTAGE

UNTIL THEY DIE.

Gordon: WHY WOULD YOU

HOLD FOOD AND WATER FROM

AN INFANT?

THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY

SENSE.

Terry: WHEN SOMEONE

IS ABOUT TO TERMINATE

SOMEONE'S LIFE, WHY DO

THEY CARE IF THE PARENTS

CHOOSE TO TRY AN ALTERNATE

OPPORTUNITY FOR CARE?

IT MAKES NO SENSE.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

TO HAVE MORE UPDATES ON

BABY ALFIE, GO TO

cbnnews.com.

> YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD

ABOUT JAMES SHAW, JR. WHO

STOPPED THE DERANGED

GUNMAN IN A WAFFLE HOUSE.

HE JUST WENT HOURS AFTER

THE INCIDENT -- DESPITE

WOUNDS AND BULLET WOUNDS,

JAMES WENT TO CHURCH AFTER

BEING RELEASED FROM THE

HOSPITAL.

HE SAYS HE IS NOT A

GREATLY RELIGIOUS PERSON,

BUT HE KNEW THERE WAS

SOMETHING WITH HIM,

HELPING HIM GET THE GUN

FROM THE ATTACKER.

I'M NOT A HERO.

I'M JUST A REGULAR PERSON.

AND I THINK...I THINK, UM,

ANYBODY COULD HAVE DID

WHAT I DID.

Gordon: WELL, POLICE

SAY HE SAVED LIVES.

NOT ONLY THAT, HE SET UP A

GO FUND ME PAGE FOR THE

VICTIMS.

AND SO FAR IT HAS RAISED

$150,000.

AND I THINK HE IS

ABSOLUTELY A HERO.

I DON'T KNOW TOO MANY

PEOPLE THAT SAY, OKAY, THE

GUNMAN JUST PAUSED TO

RELOAD, SO NOW IS MY

CHANCE.

AND I'M GOING TO GRAB THAT

GUN AWAY FROM HIM.

BUT, YES, HE ABSOLUTELY

SAVED LIVES.

AND HE IS A HERO.

Terry: TALK ABOUT

BEING STRATEGICALLY

POSITIONED.

GOD REALLY INTERVENED

THROUGH HIM.

> WELL, A BEAUTIFUL

PHOTO OF KINDNESS HAS GONE

VIRAL.

A DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF IN

PENNSYLVANIA, HELPING AN

ELDERLY MAN VISIT HIS

WIFE.

84-YEAR-OLD ROGER BAKER

HAD NO WAY TO GET TO THE

HOSPITAL.

HE CALLED THE POLICE FOR

HELP, AND JASON BENTLEY

DECIDED TO ESCORT BAKER

HIMSELF.

WHEN THEY ARRIVED, A NURSE

SNAPPED THIS PHO PHOTO, AND IT

HAS INSPIRED PEOPLE TO

HELP SENIORS IN DIFFICULT

SITUATIONS.

Gordon: THAT IS A

GREAT ILLUSTRATION OF HOW

POLICE REALLY DO HELP US.

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING.

> HAVE YOU EVER HEARD

THE PHRASE, "BE CAREFUL OF

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP"?

SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND

EVIDENCE FOR SOMETHING

CALLED NEUROHOMOPHILI.

RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT

RESPONSES ARE

EXCEPTIONALLY SIMILAR

AMONG FRIENDS, AND

SIMILARITY DECREASES WITH

THE INCREASING DISTANCE IN

A REAL-WORLD SOCIAL

NETWORK.

THIS SUGGESTS WE ARE

SIMILAR TO OUR FRIENDS IN

HOW WE PERCEIVE AND HOW WE

RESPOND TO THE WORLD

AROUND US, AND THAT CAN BE

GOOD AND BAD.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: OKAY, LET ME

THINK ABOUT THAT.

Gordon: HAVE YOU EVER

BEEN AROUND A MAD MOB?

YOU KNOW HOW VIRAL THAT

GOES.

AND PEOPLE START THINKING

ALONG THE SAME LINES.

AT THE SAME TIME, I'VE

SEEN, PARTICULARLY IN

CHURCH MEETINGS, WHEN

EVERYONE GETS OF THE SAME

MIND, WHEN YOU COME INTO

ONE ACCORD, THEN AMAZING

THINGS CAN HAPPEN.

Terry: POWER IN

UNITY, RIGHT?

> AND ON THE TOPIC OF

HEALTH, WE KEEP FINDING

MORE BENEFITS TO EATING

OKRA.

I'M A NORTHERN GIRL.

I'M NOT SURE I'M DOING

THIS.

IT IS ORIGINALLY THOUGHT

TO BE WEST AFRICA AND

SOUTH ASIA, AND NOW OKRA

IS GROWN AND CUL CULTIVATED

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

IT IS KNOWN TO HELP

CRAVINGS, FATIGUE,

DIABETES, CHOLESTEROL,

BRITTLE BONES, EYESIGHT,

AND IMMUNE AND DIGESTIVE

SYSTEMS.

MAYBE I'M CHANGED MY MIND.

IT CAN BE ADDED TO BROTH,

TO STEWS, AND TO SALADS.

ARE YOU AN OKRA FAN?

Gordon: IF IT IS DONE

RIGHT.

OKRA DONE WRONG CAN BE

GUMMY.

IF IT IS REALLY DONE

WRONG, IT CAN GET REALLY

BITTER.

BUT IF IT IS DONE RIGHT --

Terry: SO IF YOU'VE

GOT A GREAT RECIPE, LET US

KNOW.

Gordon: IT IS THE KEY

INGREDIENT IN JUMBOLIA.

> COMING UP, THEY'RE

FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD,

TO A PLACE WHERE MANY HAVE

NEVER BEEN.

SEE WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE

FLOCKING TO ISRAEL.

Terry: THERE WERE

ONLY ABOUT 600,000 JEWS

LIVING IN PALESTINE WHEN

ISRAEL RECEIVED STATEHOOD

IN 1948.

TO THRIVES AS A FEW

NATION, IT WOULD NEED

CITIZENS, BUT WHERE WOULD

THEY COME FROM?

SCOTT ROSS TAKES A LOOK AT

JUST HOW IT HAPPENED THEN

AND TODAY.

Scott: THEY COME FROM

ALL OVER THE WORLD TO A

PLACE MANY HAVE NEVER

BEEN.

YET THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE

LONGED TO RETURN TO THIS

LAND FOR THOUSANDS OF

YEARS.

I'M SARAH, FROM FRANCE.

>

I, I'M FRO HI, I'M FROM URUGUAY.

I'M HERE BECAUSE I LOVE

ISRAEL.

I'M NIKITA, FROM

RUSSIA.

I'M FROM BROOKLYN, NEW

YORK.

I MADE ALIYAH IN DECEMBER.

I'M HERE BECAUSE IT IS THE

ONLY JEWISH STATE THERE

IS.

Scott: IT IS CALLED,

ALIYAH, LITERALLY, GOING

UP.

TAKEN FROM BIBLICAL TIMES,

THE TERM DESCRIBES WHEN

PEOPLE WENT UP TO

JERUSALEM TO WORSHIP AT

THE TEMPLE.

NOW IT MEANS IMMIGRATING

OR RETURNING TO ISRAEL.

YOU'RE AN AMERICAN?

YUP.

Scott: WHY DID YOU

COME?

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL

COUNTRY.

I LOVE IT HERE.

Scott: YEAH.

ARIZONA IS BEAUTIFUL.

ARIZONA IS BEAUTIFUL,

BUT IT IS NOT ISRAEL.

Scott: LAST YEAR,

27,000 IMMIGRANTS ARRIVED

IN ISRAEL, INCLUDING 3600

FROM THE UNITED STATES.

FOR ALMOST 3,000 YEARS

WE WERE DISCONNECTED, BUT

WE WERE PRAYING FOR

JERUSALEM.

AND IT CONTINUES EVERY

DAY.

Scott: I SPOKE WITH

NATAN SHARANSKY, LEADER OF

THE JEWISH AGENCY, WHICH

OVERSEES BRINGING THE

JEWISH PEOPLE HOME.

I'M VERY PROUD TO BE

THE HEAD OF THE

ORGANIZATION NOW WHICH

BROUGHT 3.5 MILLION JEWS

FROM OTHER AREAS.

Scott: HE MADE

HEADLINES IN THE '80s AS

A POLITICAL PRISONER IN

THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.

INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE LED

TO HIS RELEASE, AND HE

IMMIGRATED TO ISRAEL IN

1986.

I LOVE TO BE IN THE

AIRPORT AND TO SEE THE

MOMENT WHEN THEY'RE GOING

DOWN FROM THE AIRPLANE.

BECAUSE YOU THINK, AFTER

EACH OF THESE PEOPLE THERE

ARE AT LEAST 50

GENERATIONS OF JEWS WHO

WERE PRAYING AND DREAMING

ABOUT COMING TO JERUSALEM.

EACH OF THEM.

IT IS CALLED A HUGE CIRCLE

OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF

EXILE.

Scott: ISAIAH,

JEREMIAH, AND EZEKIEL ALL

SPOKE OF A TIME WHEN GOD

WOULD BRING THE JEWISH

PEOPLE BACK TO THE LAND OF

ISRAEL.

THE PROPHET AMOS SAYS THEY

WILL NEVER BEEN DISPERSED

AGAIN.

ALTHOUGH THEY'RE PART OF

AN EXCITING JOURNEY,

IMMIGRANTS FACE A WHOLE

NEW WORLD WHEN THEY

ARRIVE.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE LEFT

EVERYTHING.

LEFT THEIR FRIENDS, THEIR

FAMILIES, LEFT THE FOOD,

THE JOBS.

AND THEY'RE COMING HERE TO

START A NEW LIFE.

Scott: THAT'S WHY THE

STATE WORKS TO CREATE A

SMOOTH TRANSITION.

ZEBRI LEADS AN ABSORPTION

CENTER IN JERUSALEM.

NEW IMMIGRANTS LIVE HERE

FREE FOR FIVE MONTHS SO

THEY CAN FOCUS ON LEARNING

HEBREW AND LIVING IN

ISRAEL.

THEY CALL IT THE FIRST

HOME IN THE HOMELAND.

THEY'RE COMING HERE AND

THEY HAVE LIKE A SOFT

LANDING.

THEY DON'T NEED TO BE

AFRAID OF THINGS.

WE HELP THEM TO BE PART OF

ISRAEL, BUT STEP BY STEP.

Scott: HOW IMPORTANT

IS IT THAT THEY LEARN

HEBREW?

THE MAIN REASON THAT

THE PEOPLE ARE HERE IN

THIS ABSORPTION CENTER IS

TO GET TO KNOW THE

LANGUAGE.

THE HEBREW IS THE KEY TO

THE ISRAELI SOCIETY.

IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF

ISRAEL, IF YOU WANT TO BE

THE LEADER OF THIS

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, YOU

NEED TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE.

Scott: UPON EXALON IS

MAINLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE

A DEGREE.

THERE AR ARE THERE CONFLICTS

BETWEEN THEM, ADJUSTING TO

ONE ANOTHER?

YES.

THEY ARE DIFFERENT PEOPLE

FROM DIFFERENT PLACES.

THE LANGUAGE IS THE DIFFERENT,

THE CULTURE IS DIFFERENT.

SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT IS

GOING ON HERE IN THE

EVENING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

BECOMING FRIENDS FOR LIFE.

Scott: DO A MAJORITY

OF THEM STAY IN ISRAEL?

THE FIRST AND SECOND

YEAR ARE THE HARDEST ONES.

IF YOU SURVIVE THE TWO

YEARS, PEOPLE ARE STAYING

IN ISRAEL.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR

HOME.

Scott: I SPOKE WITH

SOME OF THE STUDENTS ABOUT

THEIR EXPERIENCES.

I THINK IT IS THE LAND

OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AND

THAT IS WHY I AM HERE.

I WANT TO ESSENTIALLY COME

HOME AND TO BE WITH MY

FELLOW JEWS AND TO FIND A

JEWISH HUSBAND.

Scott: WHY DID YOU

COME?

I FEEL THIS IS THE

HOMELAND OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

2,000 YEARS WE HAVE OUR

HOMELAND.

THAT'S EXCITING TO BE A

PART OF.

Scott: WHAT KIND OF

WORK WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET

INTO?

I STUDIED ACCOUNTING

AND FINANCE, SO HOPEFULLY

SOMETHING IN THAT AREA.

Scott: DO YOU WANT TO

GET MARRIED?

YES, FOR SURE.

THAT'S WHY I'M HERE IN

JERUSALEM.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS.

MAYBE I CAN FIND ONE OF

THEM.

Scott: I ASKED

SHARANSKY IF HE THINKS ALL

OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE NEED

TO COME HOME?

THE PROPHETS TALK ABOUT

THE GATHERING OF PEOPLE IN

THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

AND THEY WANT TO HELP THE

PEOPLE TO MAKE THIS

DECISION NOT BY GIVING

ORDERS, NOT BY PUSHING

THEM, NOT BY SHAMING THEM,

BUT SIMPLY BY GIVING THEM

THE FEELING OF HOW GOOD IT

IS.

Scott: SCOTT ROSS FOR

CBN IN JERUSALEM.

Terry: YOU KNOW, YOU

FEEL SUCH ADMIRATION FOR

THOSE WHO MAKE THAT

DECISION BECAUSE OF THE

DIFFICULTY, AND THEN YOU

FEEL KIND OF CONCERNED FOR

THEM BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE

ELEMENTS THAT THEY ARE

NOT --

Gordon: YOU WERE VERY

CONCERNED, WHILE THAT

PIECE WAS RUNNING, HOW ARE

THEY GOING TO FIND JOBS?

Terry: GOD LOOKS

AFTER THEM.

IT IS AN AMAZING STORY OF

HOW THEY HAVE POPULATED

ISRAEL.

Gordon: HAPPY

ANNIVERSARY, ISRAEL.

IT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING 70

YEARS SINCE THE FORMATION

OF THE MODERN STATE OF

ISRAEL.

AND IT'S ALSO WONDERFUL

HOW MUCH THEY ARE FINDING

OUT ABOUT THE ISRAEL OF

THE FIRST CENTURY.

AND THEY'RE REDISCOVERING

THE WATER WELLS.

THEY REDISCOVERING THE

IRRIGATION CHANNELS.

AND THEY'RE MAKING THE

DESERT BLOOM AGAIN.

ALL OF THE GREAT

TECHNOLOGY COMING OUT OF

ISRAEL AND ALL OF THE

HUMANITARIAN WORK COMING

OUT OF ISRAEL --

Terry: IT IS AN

AMAZING PLACE TO VISIT.

> COMING UP, THE SECRET

HIDDEN IN A CHILD.

I WOULD SAY, I NEED TO

GO PLAY INTO THE WOODS,

AND SHE WOULD KNOW.

OR VICE VERSA.

Terry: SEE WHAT THEY

WERE TRYING TO ESCAPE

FROM, WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: FROM THE TIME

WHEN SHE WAS JUST THREE

YEARS OLD, TINA LIVED IN

FEAR.

DAD WASN'T AROUND, AND MOM

WAS KNOWN TO JUST

DISAPPEAR FOR MOST OF THE

DAY.

SO TINA WAS POWERLESS TO

STOP FROM BEING SEXUALLY

ABUSED BY A SIBLING.

THIS TRAUMA HAUNTED HER

FOR DECADES, UNTIL SHE

LEARNED THAT SHE HAD A

HOPE AND A FUTURE.

IT WAS ALWAYS AFTER

SOMETHING HORRIBLE

HAPPENED, I WOULD SAY, I

NEED TO GO PLAY INTO THE

WOODS BELIEVERS AN, AND SHE WOULD KNOW.

Reporter: TINA AND

HER SISTER PLAYED THEIR

GAME OF MAKE BELIEVE

OFTEN, ONE PRETENDING TO

BE LOST, THE OTHER COMING

TO HER RESCUE.

MORE THAN A GAME, IT WAS

AN ESCAPE FROM A SEXUALLY

ABUSIVE SIBLING.

IT WAS VERY CONFUSING,

BECAUSE AS A LITTLE KID,

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS

GOING ON.

AS YOU GET A LITTLE OLDER,

THIS ISN'T RIGHT,

SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.

AND YOU START TO THINK

THAT YOU ARE JUST TRASH,

AND THAT YOU'RE NOT WORTH

ANYTHING.

Reporter: TINA GREW

UP IN A POOR NEIGHBORHOOD

IN CALIFORNIA, WITH A

SINGLE MOTHER OF FIVE.

SHE HARDLY KNEW HER

FATHER.

THEIR MOTHER NEGLECTED

THEM, AND THE ONLY

ATTENTION SHE GAVE CAME

THROUGH HARSH CRITICISM.

I JUST REMEMBER BEING

SAD ALL THE TIME.

IT IS, LIKE, WHERE IS THAT

LOVE?

YOU GET UP EVERY DAY, AND

YOU'RE A SHELL OF A

PERSON.

THERE IS NOTHING TO LOOK

FORWARD TO.

Reporter: THE ONE

TIME TINA WORKED UP THE

NERVE TO SAY SOMETHING

ABOUT THE ABUSE, HER

MOTHER DID NOTHING ABOUT

IT.

IT IS THE ULTIMATE

BETRAYAL, AND IT IS ALMOST

AS THOUGH THAT'S IT.

IF YOU'RE OWN MOTHER WON'T

DEFEND YOU OR TRY TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT, IT

CONFIRMS IN YOUR MIND THAT

YOU ARE WORTHLESS.

Reporter: THE SEXUAL

ABUSE STOPPED WHEN TINA

STOOD UP TO HER ABUSER AT

AGE 10, BUT THE CHAOS AND

PHYSICAL ABUSE AT HOME

CONTINUED.

AT 13, SHE DOWNED A BOTTLE

OF ASPIRIN, TRYING TO

ESCAPE THE PAIN.

WHEN THAT FAILED, SHE

TURNED TO PROMISCUITY,

DRUGS, AND ALCOHOL.

IT WAS, LIKE, OH, MY

GOSH, I'M NUMB WHEN I'M

DOING THIS.

I WAS MUCH MORE FREE.

I WAS ABLE TO LAUGH.

THINGS BECAME FUNNY.

Reporter: AT 16, WITH

NO AMBITIONS OR HOPE FOR

HER FUTURE, SHE DROPPED

OUT OF SCHOOL.

AND AT 18 SHE MARRIED A

PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY

ABUSIVE MAN.

THE DAY WE GOT MARRIED,

SOMETHING SORT OF BROKE IN

ME.

AND I REMEMBER JUST

BREAKING DOWN AND CRYING.

AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE

THERE THOUGHT, OH, SHE'S

SO HAPPY, SHE'S CRYING.

THAT'S NOT WHY I WAS

CRYING.

I WAS CRYING BECAUSE I

FELT LIKE I HAD SEALED MY

FATE.

LIKE, WELL, THIS IS THE

BEST I CAN DO.

THIS IS WHAT I'M GOOD FOR,

TO BE ABUSED.

Reporter: THEY MOVED

TO THE EAST COAST TO BE

CLOSER TO HER HUSBAND'S

FAMILY.

AFTER EARNING HER G.E.D.

AND LANDING A JOB IN

BANKING, TINA POURED

HERSELF INTO HER WORK.

I WOULD GO TO WORK AND

I WOULD DO AN EXCELLENT

JOB BECAUSE I WANTED THAT

PRAISE.

MY BOSSES ALWAYS LOVED ME.

SO THAT BECAME MY NEW

DRUG, MY NEW ESCAPISM.

Reporter: AFRAID HER

HUSBAND WOULD HURT HER IF

SHE TRIED TO LEAVE, SHE

ENDURED THE MARRIAGE.

AFTER NINE YEARS, TWO OF

HER SISTERS GAVE HER THE

COURAGE AND A PLANE TICKET

TO LEAVE AND FLY BACK TO

CALIFORNIA.

BUT SOON SHE WAS BACK TO

FINDING ESCAPE THROUGH

DRUGS AND UNHEALTHY

RELATIONSHIPS.

AT THIS POINT, I'M

STILL TRYING TO FILL

MYSELF WITH SOMETHING.

AND ALL OF THIS OTHER

STUFF OVER HERE TO THE

LEFT IS NOT WORKING.

IT WORKS TEMPORARILY, BUT

IT WEARS OFF.

Reporter: IN HER

30s, TINA DECIDED TO

VOLUNTEER AT A LOCAL

CHURCH'S MINISTRY,

THINKING THAT HELPING

OTHERS MIGHT FILL THE

VOID.

SHE EVEN BEGAN ATTENDING

SUNDAY SERVICES ON

OCCASION.

THEN ONE MORNING SHE WOKE

UP FEELING A DARKNESS SHE

HAD NEVER FELT BEFORE.

THERE WAS SOMETHING

THAT CAME ON ME.

IT FELT LIKE AN

OPPRESSION.

AND I HAD BEEN DEPRESSED

BEFORE, SO I KNEW WHAT

THAT FELT LIKE.

THIS WAS VERY DIFFERENT.

I WOKE UP WITH IT.

I WAS AT WORK WITH IT.

AND IT WAS -- IT REALLY IS

HARD TO DESCRIBE BECAUSE

IT IS SUCH A DARK PLACE.

Reporter: THE FEELING

GOT WORSE, AND SHE DECIDED

TO GO TO A WOMEN'S BIBLE

STUDY.

THE STUDY WAS ON THE BOOK

OF JAMES.

BECAUSE THIS DARKNESS,

THIS OPPRESSION, WAS SO

SEVERE, I SAID, I'VE GOT

TO TRY IT.

I'VE GOT TO TRY SOMETHING.

I'M DESPERATE.

THIS DARKNESS IS ON ME,

EVEN THOUGH I'M OPENING

THE BIBLE UP.

THEY ASKED ME TO READ, AND

I'M THINKING, OH, MY GOSH,

OKAY.

AS SOON AS I START READING

JAMES, THAT OPPRESSION

WENT AWAY.

AND THAT DARKNESS NEVER

CAME BACK.

Reporter: WANTING TO

KNOW MORE, SHE STARTED

DIGGING INTO THE BIBLE FOR

ANSWERS.

ONE NIGHT SHE ARRIVED

EARLY TO BIBLE STUDY AND

NOTICED THE SCRIPTURE

REFERENCE ON THE BOARD.

JEREMIAH 29: :11, SO I

LOOKED IT UP.

THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR ME.

I KNOW THE PLANS THAT I

HAVE FOR YOU YOU YOU, DECLARES THE

LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER

YOU, NOT TO HARM YOU, TO

GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A

FUTURE.

I THOUGHT, EICH M OH, MY GOSH,

YOU REALLY ARE PURSUING

ME.

Reporter: SOON AFTER

SHE MADE A DECISION.

ALL THAT STUFF THAT

HAPPENED TO ME IN THE

PAST, HE'S RENEWED ME AS

HIS DAUGHTER.

AND WHAT JESUS DID ON THE

CROSS, HIM GOING, STEP BY

STEP, CARRYING THAT CROSS

FOR US, IT HIT ME IN THAT

MOMENT, AND I FELL DOWN ON

MY KNEES.

JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT

HAPPENS IN THIS LIFE, AND

NO MATTER WHAT HAS

HAPPENED IN THIS LIFE,

YOU'RE IT.

YOU'RE IT FOR ME.

YOU'RE THAT THING THAT

I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR

FOR SO LONG.

Reporter: AFTER

GIVING HER LIFE TO CHRIST,

SHE REALIZED SHE STILL

NEEDED TO HEAL FROM HER

PAST.

SHE SOUGHT COUNSELLING

FROM A CHRISTIAN THERAPIST

AND ASKED GOD FOR HELP.

I REMEMBER MY FIRST

COUNSELLING APPOINTMENT,

AND I SAID, JESUS, PLEASE

COME WITH ME.

HE WAS ALREADY THERE.

HOLD MY HAND.

I NEED FOR YOU TO HOLD MY

HAND GOING IN HERE.

Reporter: AS SHE GREW

IN HER FAITH, TINA OVER

CAME THE HURT FROM HER

PAST.

SHE NOW WORKS WITH VICTIMS

OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND

HAS PLANS TO OPEN A

WOMEN'S SHELTER.

SHE SAYS THAT JESUS TOOK

AWAY ALL OF HER PAIN AND

GAVE HER PURPOSE INSTEAD.

HE IS USING WHAT I WENT

THROUGH TO HELP WOMEN NOW

THAT DON'T KNOW HIM, THAT

DON'T FEEL THAT THEY HAVE

VALUE OR WORTH.

AND I'M THERE TO SAY THAT

YOU DO.

YOU ABSOLUTELY DO.

Gordon: GOD GIVES YOU

VALUE.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

THAT YOU YOU'RE WORTH WHAT

JESUS PAID FOR.

YOU'RE WORTH THAT PRICE.

HE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE

SO THAT YOU COULD BE

RESTORED TO HIM.

WE GO THROUGH LIFE, AND

SOME BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN

TO US.

AND FOR TINA, SOME REALLY

BAD THINGS HAPPENED.

AND THROUGH THAT, SHE TOOK

ON AN IDENTITY THAT THE

ONLY THING THAT SHE WAS

GOOD FOR WAS TO BE ABUSED.

WELL, GOD NEVER INTENDED

THAT FOR TINA.

THAT WASN'T HIS PLAN AND

PURPOSE FOR HER.

THAT WASN'T THE HOPE AND

THE FUTURE HE HAD IN MIND

FOR HER.

BUT HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS:

THAT EVEN THOUGH THESE

THINGS HAPPEN TO US, EVEN

THOUGH WE DO BAD THINGS,

GOD DOESN'T GIVE UP ON US.

THINK ABOUT THIS, THINK

ABOUT HOW GOD CREATED THE

PLAN OF SALVATION.

HE CREATED A WAY OUT.

HE CREATED A GOOD PATH FOR

YOU.

BEFORE YOU WERE EVEN

BEFORE.

AND HE CHOSE YOU AND SAYS,

I WANT TO SHOW FORTH MY

GLORY IN YOU.

NOW, HERE'S A LESSON FOR

US FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL.

HERE IS SOMEONE -- HE

WASN'T ABUSED; HE WAS THE

ABUSER.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK AT

BOTH SIDES OF THIS.

YES, THERE ARE VICTIMS OF

ABUSE, BUT THE ABUSERS,

TOO, WHAT DO THEY CARRY?

WHAT KIND OF GUILT AND

SHAME DO THEY HAVE?

WELL, HERE IS THE APOSTLE

PAUL WHO SAYS, I WAS AN AN

INJURIOUS MAN.

I WAS MEAN.

I DRAGGED WOMEN OFF TO

PRISON.

I PUT THEM IN CHAINS.

I PERSECUTED THE CHURCH.

BUT THEN, WHEN IT PLEASED

GOD, HE SHOWED UP FOR ME.

THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAID, HE

SHOWED UP FOR ME AND HE

CHANGED ME.

AND THEN PAUL WAS ABLE TO

WRITE: "BEHOLD, ALL

THINGS ARE MADE NEW."

NOW, IF THAT CAN HAPPEN TO

PAUL, IF THAT CAN HAPPEN

TO SOMEONE WHO PUT WOMEN

AND MEN IN CHAINS AND HAD

THEM BEATEN, WHAT CAN GOD

DO FOR YOU?

HOW CAN HE TRANSFORM YOU?

HOW CAN HE GIVE YOU A HOPE

AND A FUTURE?

NOW, HOW DO YOU GET THIS?

WELL, YOU DO IT THE SAME

WAY TINA DID.

IT STARTED WITH HER

READING ALOUD FROM THE

BOOK OF JAMES.

AND THAT WAS A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE.

HERE IT IS, HERE IS THE

PRAYER FOR YOU: JESUS, IF

YOU'RE REAL, IF YOU'RE

THERE, COULD YOU SHOW ME?

AND IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

SHOW UP.

AND THEN DO EXACTLY WHAT

TINA DID.

GET A BIBLE AND ASK GOD TO

SHOW YOU WHAT VERSES TO

READ, WHERE TO START.

AND THEN START READING

THEM OUT LOUD, AND HAVE

THAT RENEW YOUR MIND.

PAUL TALKED ABOUT HOW

SCRIPTURE LITERALLY RENEWS

YOUR THINKING, RENEWS WHAT

YOU THINK ABOUT YOURSELF.

FOR TINA, IT WAS THE

WONDERFUL VERSE FROM

JEREMIAH: I HAVE A HOPE

AND A FUTURE FOR YOU.

WHAT VERSE WILL GOD SHOW

YOU?

SO DO IT TODAY AND REALIZE

HE LOVES YOU.

HE CAME JUST FOR YOU.

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

> HERE'S A WORD: "BE

STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.

DO NOT FEAR OR BE IN DREAD

OF THEM, FOR IT IS THE

LORD YOUR GOD WHO GOES

WITH YOU."

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