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700 Club Interactive - May 1, 2018

Heidi Baker gives personal insight into living from the presence of God and the lifelong continuous influence of the Holy Spirit. Read Transcript


Gordon: HER CAR WAS

SMASHED BY A MAC TRUCK.

I COULD SEE THAT IT WAS

HER CLOTHES, BUT I

COULDN'T SEE THAT IT WAS

HER.

IT FRIGHTENED ME.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

WORLDWIDE PRAYERS LED TO

AN MIRACULOUS RECOVERY AND

I WASN'T UNFORESEEN

CELEBRATION ONE YEAR

LATER.

> PLUS...LIVING FROM THE

PRESENCE, HEIDI BAKER IS

HERE TO SHARE HOW YOU CAN

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

A RECENT STUDY REVEALED

THAT THE MAJORITY OF

MILLENNIALS HAVE LOST

FAITH IN THE

TWO-POLITICAL-PARTY

SYSTEM.

IN FACT, 71% OF

MILLENNIALS SUPPORT A

BRAND NEW POLITICAL PARTY.

Terry: WHILE AMERICA

IS MORE POLARIZED THAN

EVER, ONE MAN IS LEADING A

MOVEMENT TO UNIFY

CHRISTIANS.

AMBER C. STRONG HAS THAT

STORY.

Reporter: IT MIGHT

NOT BE UNUSUAL TO SEE A

REPUBLICAN AND A DEMOCRAT

FACE OFF IN FRONT OF A

MICROPHONE, BUT IN THIS

CASE, REPUBLICAN JAMES

LANGFORD AND DEMOCRAT

CHRIS COONS SAT DOWN TO

DISCUSS THEIR CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

AND THE MAN BEHIND THE

CONVERSATION...

BEING GOOD BIBLICAL

CHRISTIANS CAN BE A LONELY

PLACE.

Reporter: GIBINI

ALONG WITH MICHAEL WEAR

HOST A PODCAST, WHERE

THEY'RE TACKLING TOUGH

ISSUES, AND ALLOWING

POLITICIANS, NO MATTER

WHAT THEIR PARTY, A CHANCE

TO SHARE THEIR FAITH.

I'VE BEEN IN POLITICS

FOR ALMOST A DECADE.

SO WHEN I SAY THAT, I MEAN

RUNNING COMPAIGNS, DOING

CAMPAIGN CONSULTING.

Reporter: IN 2016,

GIBINI RAN ON A BIBLICAL

PLATFORM, PROMOTING HIS

PRO-LIFE AND CHRISTIAN

BELIEFS.

[INAUDIBLE]

Reporter: THAT LED TO

ATTACKS FROM MEMBERS OF

HIS OWN PARTY.

WHO EVEN TRIED TO HAVE HIM

REMOVED FROM THE GEORGIA

DELEGATION.

I CAME TO A POINT IN

URBAN POLITICS WHEN I WAS

THINKING, I ENJOY DOING

THIS, BUT I'M GETTING

PUSHED FURTHER AND FURTHER

TO THE LEFT ON EVERY

ISSUE.

Reporter: AND HE IS

NOT ALONE.

MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES

FEEL PUSHED TO THE EDGES

AND AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE.

AND IT DOESN'T APPEAR TO

BE THE WISH OF VOTERS.

ACCORDING TO THIS POLL,

71% OF MILLENNIALS FEEL

BOTH PARTIES DO A POOR JOB

OF REPRESENTING THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WANT A

THIRD PARTY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF

CHRISTIANS WHO ARE SAYING,

I WANT TO BE ENGAGED IN

POLITICS, BUT I DON'T WANT

TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE

LEFT OR ALL THE WAY TO THE

RIGHT.

Reporter: WHILE

GIBINI DIDN'T GET LOVE

FROM SOME DEMOCRATS, HE

ALSO FELT EXCLUDED FROM

SOME REPUBLICAN CIRCLES

THANKS TO TWO WORDS:

SOCIAL JUSTICE.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR

SAYS, "I'M GLAD I'M NOT A

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR."

"THE CULT OF SOCIAL JUST

WARRIORS," AND SO ON.

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOME

CIRCLES HAS BEEN DEFILED

AS TO ANYTHING PEOPLE WANT

TO DO.

Reporter: MOVEMENTS

WRAP THEMSELVES IN A

SOCIAL JUSTICE BLANKET,

AND GIBINI BELIEVES IT IS

TIME FOR THAT TO END.

WE'RE SAYING, LET'S

RECLAIM THIS WORD, BECAUSE

IT DOESN'T BELONG TO THOSE

PEOPLE WHO ARE DEFILING

THEM.

Reporter: HIS VIEW OF

SOCIAL JUSTICE MEANS

CALLING FOR AN END TO

THINGS LIKE ABORTION AND

POLICE BRUTALITY, WHILE

SUPPORTING CRIMINAL

JUSTICE REFORM.

WE'RE ABOUT FAMILY.

AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE

THAT PEOPLE AREN'T BEING

INCARCERATED UNNECESSARILY

BECAUSE IT BREAKS UP

FAMILY.

Reporter: SO HOW DO

YOU CUT THROUGH THE

CONFUSION?

BY BRINGING BOTH SIDES

TOGETHER, WHICH GIBINI

DID.

HEE STARTED THHE STARTED THE MOVEMENT TO

HELP CHRISTIANS REALIZE

THE ANSWER DOESN'T ONLY

LIE WITHIN PARTY LINES.

WHILE SOME MILLENNIALS SHY

AWAY FROM RELIGION AND

POLITICS, THE TEAM SAY

THEY'RE DETERMINED TO TAKE

THEIR MESSAGE FROM THE

CHURCH PEWS TO THE STREETS

OF WASHINGTON.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT

THEY'RE SEEKING TO DO

BECAUSE THEY'RE SEEKING TO

BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE,

BETWEEN BIBLICAL VALUES

AND SOCIAL EQUITY.

AND THOSE TWO HAVE DIVIDED

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

FOR FAR TOO LONG.

AS THOUGH GOD RIDES THE

BACKS OF DON KEY DONKIES OR

ELEPHANTS.

YOU CAN HAVE A

GENERATION THAT BRINGS

THOSE TOGETHER AND GIVES A

FULL UNDERSTANDING OF GOD,

AND NOT A PARTIAL

UNDERSTANDING OF GOD, THEN

WE CAN GET THE HOLISTIC

NATURE OF GOD OPERATING IN

OUR MIDST.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE

THAT CHRISTIANS ARE

TRANSCENDING THE

PARTISANSHIP WE SEE TODAY.

Reporter: SO GIBINI

WILL REMAIN FOCUSED, BY

STIRRING THE CONVERSATION

AND PROVIDING PLATFORMS

WHERE BELIEVES, LEFT AND

RIGHT, GET A SEAT AT THE

TABLE.

*

Reporter: AMBER C.

STRONG, CBN NEWS, IN

ATLANTA, GEORGIA.

Gordon: ALL RIGHT,

TERRY, I'VE GOT TO ASK

YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK

ABOUT "SOCIAL JUSTICE"?

HAS IT GOTTEN SO TAINTABLE

THAT IT IS NO LONGER

USABLE?

Terry: I DON'T KNOW

IF IT IS NO LONGER

YIEWIVELONGER USABLE,BUT IT NEEDS TO BE

REDEFINED.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TODAY?

Gordon: I'M OF THE

MIND, LET'S JUST STOP THE

JUSTICE PART.

WHAT ABOUT JUST LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL?

AND LET'S PURSUE JUSTICE.

AND, YOU KNOW, JESUS

REINFORCED THAT, THAT

WE'RE TO LOVE MERCY BUT

ACT JUSTLY AND WALK

HUMBLY.

THAT NEEDS TO BE

THROUGHOUT OUR CULTURE, AT

EVERY LEVEL OF OUR

CULTURE.

Terry: YOU KNOW, THE

GREAT THING ABOUT THE

GOSPEL IS IT TAKES US

OUTSIDE OF OUR OPINIONS.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: EVEN IN USING

A WORD LIKE "JUSTICE," AND

ISOLATING IT TO ITSELF,

YOU KNOW, WE'RE SO

IMPACTED BY OUR PARENTS,

BY OUR HISTORY, BY OUR

BACKGROUND, BY OUR LIVES

TODAY VERSES SOMEONE

ELSE'S LIFE.

I JUST THINK ONLY JESUS

AND ONLY A RESOLUTION TO

THAT CAN COME FROM

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN

THAT, SOMETHING BIGGER

THAN US.

Gordon: I'LL JUST

UNDERLINE WE SHOULD NEVER

LET OUR POLITICS EXCUSE

BAD BEHAVIOR.

Terry: WOW, THERE IS

A BUMPER STICKER IN THAT.

Gordon: REGARDLESS OF

WHERE YOU ARE IN THE

DIVIDE.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS ROOM

FOR A THIRD PARTY?

Terry: I'D LIKE TO

THINK SO, BUT THEN I SAY,

SO WHAT WOULD THE THIRD

PARTY BE?

BECAUSE PART OF THE

DIVISION TODAY IS FOR SOME

PEOPLE, SOME OF THE ISSUES

ARE SO MORALLY SIGNIFICANT

THAT COMPROMISE ISN'T

POSSIBLE.

IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A

PARTY WHERE YOU COULD BE

HEARD WITHOUT SUCH A

JUDGMENT, BUT THEN WHAT?

WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THAT?

Gordon: I THINK

YOU'RE HITTING IT: CAN

YOU BE HEARD?

ON EITHER SIDE, CAN YOU BE

HEARD?

IF YOU WANT TO SAY, WELL,

MAYBE PERHAPS WE NEED SOME

MORE TAXES IN ORDER TO PAY

DOWN OUR DEFICIT, YOU'RE

GOING TO BE SHOUTED OUT.

IF YOU SAY, ON THE OTHER

SIDE, WELL, MAYBE WE

SHOULD HAVE SOME

RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION.

LATE-TERM ABORTION IS JUST

HORRIBLE.

WHY ARE WE SUPPORTING

THAT?

YOU ARE GOING TO BE

SHOUTED DOWN.

SO IT IS THE POLARIZATION

THAT IS ACTUALLY CREATING

A VACUUM, THAT A THIRD

PARTY COULD COME IN.

I DON'T SEE STRUCTURALLY

HOW THAT WORKS BECAUSE

WE'VE BEEN A TWO-PARTY

SYSTEM FOR SO LONG.

NOW HOW DO YOU FORM

MAJORITIES IN THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES OR IN THE

SENATE IF YOU HAVE A

30-YEAR MEMBER IS NOW A

THIRD PARTY?

WHERE DO YOU FORM

GOVERNING --

Terry: I DON'T KNOW

IF THAT WOULD LEVEL THE

PLAYING FIELD OR

COMPLETELY TEAR IT UP.

Gordon: IT MIGHT

INTRODUCE SOME MORE

CONFUSION.

BUT IT IS FUN TO TALK

ABOUT.

Terry: IT IS.

> UP NEXT, SHE SPENT

MORE THAN 35 YEARS ON THE

MISSION FIELD IN SOME OF

THE WORLD'S POOREST

PLACES.

NOW HEIDI BAKER WANTS TO

SHARE WHAT SHE HAS LEARNED

ABOUT EXPERIENCING THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

SHE IS HERE WITH US RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Terry: HEIDI BAKER

HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOTHER

THERESA AMONG THE

MOZAMBIQUE.

SHE CREDITS THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WANTS

OTHERS TO EXPERIENCE THAT

SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE AS

WELL.

Reporter: ROLLAND AND

HEIDI BAKER MINISTERED TO

THE POOR IN ASIA AND

ENGLAND BEFORE MOVING TO

MOZAMBIQUE IN 1985.

SINCE THEN, HEIDI HAS

FACED INCREDIBLE

CHALLENGES, LIKE FEEDING

THOUSANDS OF HUNGRY

CHILDREN EVERY DAY.

BUT SHE HAS ALSO SEEN

COUNTLESS MIRACLES, AND

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF

GOD.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW

ABOUT THE PRESENT, YOU

HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR

PAST.

Reporter: HEIDI

TEACHES US HOW TO BRING

LIFE AND HOPE TO EVERY

MOMENT OF OUR LIVES, USING

HER INTERACTIVE MANUAL,

"LIVING FROM THE PRESENT."

Terry: WE ARE EXCITED

THAT HEIDI JOINS US NOW.

IT IS ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO

HAVE YOU HERE.

TALK ABOUT MOZAMBIQUE.

I MINE MEAN, MOST PEOPLE HAVE

NEVER BEEN THERE AND WILL

NEVER GO THERE.

BUT YOU HAVE BEEN THERE

FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

SO WHAT LED YOU THERE?

I KNOW IT IS THE SPIRIT?

DEFINITELY THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

WHEN I WAS 16, I WAS TAKEN

UP IN A VISION AND HEARD

AFRICA, ASIA, AND EN ENGLAND.

SO MY HUSBAND AND I WERE

PRAYING OVER -- AFRICA ISS

MASSIVE, AND WHERE WERE WE

TO GO, AND WE HEARD THE

LORD SAY, GO TO THE

POOREST NATION.


A
ND THE

LORD SAID, I TOLD YOU TO

GO TO THE POOREST SECTION

ON THE PLANET.

AND WE'VE BEEN TO 109

NATIONS, BUT MOZAMBIQUE IS

OUR HOME.

IT IS WHERE WE LIVE.

IT IS WHERE OUR DOGS ARE.

IT IS WHERE MOST OF OUR

GRANDCHILDREN ARE.

Terry: YOU WANTED TO

SEE MIRACLES.

YOU WANTED TO SEE THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

MOVE.

HOW DID THAT BEGIN FOR

YOU?

DESPERATION.

BUT THE THING IS -- I'D

ALWAYS SEEN LITTLE THINGS.

HEADACHES AND STOMACH

STOMACHACHES, BUT THEN I

HAD A WORD FROM A MAN

NAMED RANDY CLARK, AND HE

LAID HANDS ON ME.

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE CRAZY

SITUATION.

I RAN FROM A HUGE CROWD OF

PEOPLE -- I RAN IN, FELL

ON MY KNEES, AND I STARTED

MAKING NOISES IN CHURCH.

I MEAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

EMBARRASSING.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY

DIDN'T JUST PULL ME OUT

WITH SECURITY.

THAT MAN LAID HANDS ON ME,

AND HE SAID, GOD WANTS TO

KNOW, DO YOU WANT THE LAND

MOZAMBIQUE.

AND HE DIDN'T KNOW ME?

WE WERE JUST HIDDEN WITH

THE POOR OF THE EARTH.

AND HE SAID, THE BLIND

WILL SEE, THE DEAF WILL

HEAR, THE CRIPPLE WILL

WALK, THE DEAD WILL BE

RAISED, AND THE POOR WILL

HEAR THE GOOD NEWS.

AND THEN THE POWER OF GOD

HIT ME.

AND I -- I MEAN, THE POWER

HIT ME.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO

DIE.

AND I HEARD THE LORD SAY,

GOOD, I WANT YOU DEAD.

AND HE SAID THAT TO ME,

AND IT DIDN'T EVEN SOUND

NICE.

BUT HE LET ME DIE, REALLY

DIE TO SELF.

AND THEN I PRAYED FOR

BLIND PEOPLE FOR A YEAR,

AND NOBODY SAW IT.

THEY DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING.

I'D STICK THEIR EYES INTO

THE SUN, AND NOTHING.

AND ONE DAY THE BLIND

STARTED SEEING.

Terry: AND YOU KEPT

ON KEEPING ON?

YEAH, I DID.

AND THE FIRST THREE BLIND

PEOPLE I SAW HAD MY NAME,

IDA.

MY NAME IS MAMA IDA AT

HOME.

AND WITH THE THIRD IDA,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A

PROPHET TO KNOW SOMETHING

IS UP.

AND GOD SAID, YOU'RE

BLIND.

HE VERY CLEARLY TOLD ME I

WAS BLIND.

AND I STARTED WEEPING.

AND I TOLD HIM I WAS A

MISSIONARY.

AND THAT'S SO

EMBARRASSING.

GOD TELLS YOU YOU'RE

BLIND, AND YOU TRY TO

JUSTIFY IT.

BUT GOD...AND THEN I SAID,

I WORK WITH THE POOR.

IT IS REALLY SAD WHAT I

DID.

GOD IS TELLING ME GO TO --

I WORK WITH THE POOR, AND

HE SAID, YOU'RE BLIND.

AND THE THIRD TIME HE SAID

IT TO ME, I PUT MY HANDS

ON MY EYES, AND WHEN I

OPENED THEM, I SAW -- I

SAW THE WORLD.

I SAW THE CHURCH.

I SAW THE NATIONS.

I SAW THE CHURCH IN NEED

OF FRESH BREAD.

I SAW THE LOST ALL AROUND

THE ENTIRE PLANET.

Terry: WOW!

AND THOUGH MOZAMBIQUE

IS MY HOME AND MY GREATEST

JOY IS TO BE THERE, I CAN

SEE.

AND I CAN SEE A WORLD IN

NEED OF A SAVIOR.

AND A CHURCH IN NEED OF

FRESH BREAD.

Terry: YEAH.

AND MY LIFE IS NO

LONGER MY OWN.

AND NOW WE'RE WATCHING GOD

JUST ABSOLUTELY TEACH HIS

BODY THAT EVERY SINGLE

PERSON GETS TO PLAY.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

Terry: YES.

OF COURSE.

WE ALL GET TO DO THIS

STUFF.

OUR LITTLE CHILDREN CAN

PLAY FOR THE BLIND AND

THEY'LL SEE.

AND IT IS NOT JUST IN

MOZAMBIQUE.

ANY NATION YOU GO TO, IF

YOU YOU LIV LIVE IN THE PRESENCE,

THEN YOU GET TO STEP IN,

RIGHT THERE IN A STORE --

Terry: IN YOUR

NEIGHBORHOOD.

ANYWHERE.

AND YOU CAN SEE GOD CRASH

IN.

GOD DOESN'T LIVE IN A BOX,

AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE

KEPT IN THE WALLS OF THE

CHURCH.

HE WANTS EVERY BELIEVER TO

LIVE IN HIS PRESENCE AND

GO DO THIS STUFF.

Terry: IN FACT, HE

SAYS, GO YEE.

> IS THAT WHAT

INSTRUCTED YOU AND YOUR

HABIT TO DO THIS MANUAL?

YEAH.

WE WANT ABSOLUTELY EVERY

BELIEVER TO KNOW THEY CAN
-%

LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF

GOD.

IT IS NOT JUST, LET'S GO

TO A CONFERENCE AND GET

BLASTED.

WE ACTUALLY NEED TO LIVE

IN THE PRESENCE, SO THAT

WHEREVER WE GO, WE'RE WITH

HIM WHERE HE IS.

HE'S EVERYWHERE.

GOD IS EVERYWHERE.

HE IS OMNIPOTENT,

OMNIPRESENT.

BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO

BE CONNECTED WITH HIM?

WHEN YOU'RE WALKING AROUND

AND YOU SEE SOMEBODY

HURTING, YOU'RE BRAVE

ENOUGH, BECAUSE YOU'RE

FULL ENOUGH --

Terry: SURE ENOUGH.

YEAH.

SOME PEOPLE WORRY, WHAT IF

I PRAY FOR THEM AND THEY

DON'T GET HEALED?

WELL, THEY'RE GOING TO

FEEL LOVED.

IF THEY FEEL LOVE FROM GOD

AND THEY FEEL LOVE EVEN

FROM A PERSON FILLED

WITHED GOD, ISN'T THAT

SOMETHING?

Terry: AND THERE IS A

DISCIPLINE TO IT, TOO.

EVERYBODY LOVES TO GO AND

GET THAT ELECTRICAL

ZAPPING, IF YOU WILL --

IT'S AWESOME.

Terry: BUT THIS IS

DIFFERENT.

THIS IS ABOUT WALKING

24/7, 365, WITH THE

KNOWLEDGE OF, THE PRESENCE

OF, AND THE POWER OF GOD

ALIGNED IN YOU.

RIGHT.

Terry: HOW DOES ONE

START THAT JOURNEY?

WELL, BASICALLY YOU

BECOME POOR.

POOR, POOR, POOR IN

SPIRIT.

YOU KNOW, YOU REALIZE YOU

CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT

GOD, NOTHING WITHOUT THE

MIND OF CHRIST.

YOU CAN -- YOU CAN GO

AHEAD AND DO ALL KINDS OF

STUFF, BUT NOTHING THAT

REALLY MATTERS.

BUT THEN THE OPPOSITE --

THAT'S TRUE, TOO, WITH HIM

YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING.

WITH HIM YOU YOU CA CAN DO

ANYTHING HE IS INVOLVED

IN, INCLUDING SEEING BLIND

EYES OPENED, OR

MULTIPLYING FOOD, OR JUST

BEING NICE TO YOUR

HUSBAND.

Terry: THAT LATTER

ONE MIGHT BE THE HARDEST.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: I WANT YOU ALL

TO KNOW ABOUT THIS.

THIS IS HEIDI'S NEW BOOK.

IT IS AN INTERACTIVE

MANUAL, AND IT IS CALLED

"LIVING FROM THE

PRESENCE."

IF YOU WANT TO SEE HEIDI

PRAY FOR OUR AUDIENCE, GO

TO OUR "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" Facebook

PAGE, BUT YOU NEED TO GET

THIS.

IT IS AWESOME.

THANK YOU, MY FRIEND.

GOOD TO BE HERE, TERRY.

Gordon: COMING UP,

STUDENTS DRIVING FROM A

CHURCH RETREAT MAKE A

TRAGIC U-TURN.

THEY'RE IN THE CAR, AND

THEY CAN'T GET OUT OF THE

CAR, AND THEY'RE

SCREAMING.

AND THERE IS GLASS AND

BLOOD AND EVERYTHING

EVERYWHERE.

Gordon: STAY TUNED TO

SEE THE MIRACLE MARRIAGE

THAT TAKES PLACE ONE YEAR

Gordon: LIFE WAS FULL

OF CHANGES FOR ASHLEY

STEVENS.

WITHIN ONE YEAR SHE WOULD

GRADUATE COLLEGE, GET

ENGAGED, AND MARRY THE

LOVE OF HER LIFE.

ONLY THE WEDDING DATE WAS

HALTED AFTER AN ACCIDENT

LEFT HER WITH SEVERE BRAIN

DAMAGE AND FIGHTING FOR

HER LIFE.

Reporter: BRAD AND

ASHLEY STEVENS MET AT

STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY

OF NEBRASKA.

AFTER DATING FOR ABOUT A

YEAR, BRAD KNEW SHE WAS

THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE.

SHE IS KIND AND SWEET,

AND AT THE SAME TIME,

DRIVEN.

I WAS DRAWN MORE AND MORE

TO HER.

Reporter: THEY GOT

ENGAGED AFTER GRADUATION

AND SET A WEDDING DATE IN

MAY OF 2009.

AT THE TIME, ASHLEY WAS

WORKING FOR THE FELLOWSHIP

OF CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

STUDENTS.

THE MORNING OF

DECEMBER 12, 2008, THE

STAFF WAS DRIVING TO A

RETREAT.

AFTER MISSING A TURN, THE

CAR ASHLEY AND SOME

CO-WORKERS WERE IN MADE A

U-TURN, AND WAS HIT BY A

MACK TRUCK.

FATHER METEO WAS FOLLOWING

IN ANOTHER CAR.

I LITERALLY CAME UPON

IT PROBABLY WITHIN A

MINUTE AFTER IT HAPPENED.

IT WAS A HORRIFYING

SITUATION BECAUSE THEY ARE

IN THE CAR AND THEY CAN'T

GET OUT OF THE CAR, AND

THEY'RE SCREAMING, AND

THERE IS GLASS AND BLOOD

AND EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE.

WE WERE PRAYING AND

INTERCEDING ON THEIR

BEHALF.

THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TRYING

TO DO BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT

WE COULD DO AT THAT

MOMENT.

Reporter: FATHER

METEO CALLED 9-1-1.

FOUR OF THE GIRLS THAT

MINOR INJURIES, BUT ASHLEY

SUFFERED MAJOR HEAD AND

FACIAL TRAUMA.

SHE WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO

THE NEBRASKA MEDICAL

CENTRE.

CENTER.

A MUTUAL FRIEND CALLED

BRAD TO LET HIM KNOW.

THEN BRAD'S BROTHER DROVE

HIM TO THE HOSPITAL.

I DON'T REMEMBER A LOT

OF THE DETAILS OF THAT

DRIVE.

I JUST REMEMBER PRAYING,

JUST BE WITH ASHLEY.

JUST BE WITH ASHLEY.

JUST BE WITH ASHLEY.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT

WAS HAPPENING.

Reporter: WHEN BRAD

ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL,

HE FATHER METEO FOUND A

NURSE.

SHE TOLD ME THAT ASHLEY

MIGHT NOT MAKE IT.

I HADN'T THOUGHT THAT THIS

COULD BE THE END FOR

ASHLEY.

I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT THE

FACT IT COULD KILL HER.

WE WENT BACK TO THE

EMERGENCY ROOM, AND SHE

WAS REALLY BANGED UP.

IT WAS ROUGH.

I COULD SEE IT WAS HER

CLOTHES, BUT I COULDN'T

SEE THAT IT WAS HER.

AND IT FRIGHTENED ME.

Reporter: FRIENDS

ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL,

OFFERING PRAYERS AND

SUPPORT.

THE LOBBY IN THE

WAITING AREA HAD FILLED UP

WITH JUST STUDENTS FROM

CAMPUS, FRIENDS OF

ASHLEY'S, FRIENDS OF MINE.

THE SUPPORT AND THE

COMMUNITY OF FAITH JUST

KEPT BUILDING.

THERE WAS THIS HUGE

RESPONSE OF PRAYER, WHICH

WAS WHAT WE NEEDED.

I CAN'T OVEREMPHASIZE HOW

IMPORTANT THAT IS.

YOU TURN TO GOD AND PUT

YOURSELF IN HIS PRESENCE

AND IN HIS CARE, AND

THAT'S THE BEST THING WE

CAN DO IN ANY SITUATION

LIKE THAT.

Reporter: OVER THE

NEXT FEW DAYS, PRAYERS FOR

ASHLEY WENT AROUND THE

WORLD.

HER BRAIN PRESSURE WAS

REACHING DANGEROUS LEVELS,

AND DOCTORS PUT IN A DRAIN

TO REMOVE EXCESS SPINAL

FLUID.

THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE

SHE WAS GOING TO LIVE

THROUGH THIS.

AND THERE WAS NO GUARANTEE

IF SHE DID LIVE THROUGH

THIS, WHAT HER RECOVERY

WOULD LOOK LIKE.

Reporter: HER

SWELLING CAME DOWN, BUT

THERE WERE STILL

COMPLICATIONS.

BRAD SET UP A CARING

BRIDGE PAGE WITH UPDATES

AND PRAYER REQUESTS FOR

ASHLEY.

ALL THROUGHOUT HER

RECOVERY, SHE WOULD COME

AGAINST CHALLENGE AND

CHALLENGE AND CHALLENGE,

AND WE WOULD SPECIFICALLY

ASK FOR PRAYERS FOR THAT

CHALLENGE, AND THEY'D BEEN

MET.

THAT'S REALLY

IMPORTANT, THAT WE LEARN

HOW TO BE ABLE TO PRAY

FROM OUR HEART AS WELL.

AND WE WERE ALL DOING

THAT, JUST TALKING

ABOUT -- TELLING THE LORD

WE WERE TOTALLY ENTRUSTING

THE SITUATION TO HIM,

KNOWING HE COULD TAKE CARE

OF THE SITUATION BETTER

THAN, OBVIOUSLY, WE CAN.

GIVE IT TO HIM.

GIVE IT TO HIM.

Reporter: AFTER ONE

MONTH IN THE I.C.U.,

ASHLEY WAS FINALLY STABLE

ENOUGH TO BE MOVED.

SHE WAS FLOWN TO ATLANTA

TO BEGIN INTENSIVE REHAB.

THE FIRST TRIAL, IS SHE

GOING TO LIVE AND WILL SHE

KNOW ME?

THOSE QUESTIONS WERE

ANSWERED, THANK GOODNESS.

Reporter: IN

JUNE 2009, SHE WAS

RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

TO START OUTPATIENT REHAB.

SHE PRESSED ON AND

STEADILY GREW STRONGER,

FINDING ENCOURAGEMENT FROM

THE PRAYERS POSTED ON HER

Facebook PAGE.

IT WAS, AT THE TIME,

THE MOST IMPORTANT

MEDICINE FOR ME, JUST TO

FEEL COVERED IN PRAYER, TO

FEEL ENCOURAGED, AND TO

FEEL SUPPORTED, THAT I

WASN'T ALONE.

HAVING ALL THESE

PRAYERS ANSWERED, HAVING

HER RECOVERY PROGRESS,

HAVING SO MANY PEOPLE JUST

LOVE US, AND LOVE US IN SO

MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, AND

TO PRAY FOR US, MY FAITH

WAS STRENTHENED IN A WAY

THAT HAD NEVER -- THAT I'D

NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

Reporter: ASHLEY AND

BRAD MARRIED THAT DECEMBER

ON THE ONE-YEAR

ANNIVERSARY OF HER

ACCIDENT.

INSTEAD OF HAVING THAT

DATE ALWAYS BE A REMINDER

OF THE PAIN, WE WANTED IT

TO BE A REMINDER OF JOY.

AND WE WANTED TO RECLAIM

THAT MOMENT FOR THE GLORY

OF GOD.

WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE

THE FRUITS OF THE PRAYERS.

JUST HAVE A PARTY, RATHER

THAN MAKING IT INTO A SAD

ANNIVERSARY.

Reporter: TODAY,

ALMOST 10 YEARS LATER,

ASHLEY AND BRAD ENJOY

THEIR TIME WITH THEIR

THREE LITTLE GIRLS, TIME

THEY KNOW THEY MIGHT NOT

HAVE WITHOUT THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR THOSE

PRAYERS AND THOSE COMMENTS

AND THAT ENCOURAGEMENT, I

WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM

TODAY.

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR

PRAYER LIFE WAS CRITICAL.

NOT O ONLY DO I THINK TO HER

RECOVERY, BUT FOR US

COMING TOGETHER AS A

COUPLE, TO CREATE THE

FOUNDATION THEN FOR OUR

FAMILY.

THERE IS NO BURDEN TOO

SMALL NOT TO ASK FOR

PRAYER, YOU KNOW?

OFTEN WHEN BIG THINGS LIKE

THIS HAPPENS, LIKE

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, WE ALL

RALLY UP AND ASK FOR

PRAYER.

BUT WE NEED TO REMEMBER

THAT GOD WORKS IN SMALL

WAYS, TOO.

WHETHER IT IS PRAYING FOR

KIDS OR MARRIAGES OR, YOU

KNOW, JOB LOSS --

THERE IS NOTHING IN

YOUR LIFE THAT CAN'T BE

TAKEN TO GOD IN PRAYER.

Gordon: AND WE CAN

PRAY FOR YOU NOW.

REALIZE THERE IS NO BURDEN

TOO SMALL FOR HIM.

THERE IS NO PROBLEM TOO

BIG.

AND DON'T JUST LET IT BE

THE BIG TIMES, WHERE YOU

COME AND SAY, GOD, I NEED

YOU NOW.

HEIDI SAID IT QUOTING

JESUS: "BLESSED ARE THE

POOR IN SPIRIT."

WHEN YOU YOU GE GET INTO THE

GREEK BEHIND THAT, IT IS

THOSE WHO ARE PHYSICALLY

INCAPABLE OF WORKING.

WHEN YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOU

CAN'T WORK FOR IT, ALL YOU

CAN DO IS SAY, DADDY, I

NEED HELP.

I NEED YOU.

AND WHEN YOU GET TO THAT

PLACE OF HUMILITY, TO SAY,

I'M TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON

YOYOU, WELL, THAT'S WHEN THE

MIRACLES HAPPEN.

SO WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

SAY, I NEED GOD RIGHT NOW.

IT IS NOT BASED ON HOW GOD

YOUR PRAYER IS, OR HOW

MUCH FAITH YOU THINK YOU

CAN DRUM UP, OR HOW MUCH

YOU'VE READ THE BIBLE --

IT'S NOT BASED ON ANY OF

THAT.

IT IS BASED ON BEING LIKE

A LITTLE CHILD AND SAYING,

DADDY, I NEED YOU.

LORD, WE LIFT THOSE WHO

HAVE NEEDS RIGHT NOW, AND

WE JUST SAY OVER THEM THAT

NO BURDEN IS TOO SMALL, NO

PROBLEM IS TOO BIG FOR

YOU.

AND YOU ARE THE GOD WHO

WORKS MIRACLES.

AND YOU DO THAT EVERY DAY.

AND IT'S YOUR DESIRE TO

PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

SO LORD GOD, WE JUST

CONFESS WE DON'T HAVE THE

ABILITY.

WITHOUT YOU, WE CAN DO

NOTHING.

BUT WITH YOU, WE CAN DO

ALL THINGS.

SO STRETCH FORTH YOUR HAND

TO DO MIRACLES.

HEAL THOSE WHO HAVE

PROBLEMS IN THEIR BODIES

NOW, IN JESUS' NAME.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'VE

HAD A WITHERED RIGHT ARM

AND IT IS PARALYZED, AND

GOD IS JUST RESTORING THAT

FOR YOU RIGHT NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

STRETCH IT OUT AND RECEIVE

YOUR MIRACLE.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE ELSE IN A

WHEELCHAIR, YOU'VE BEEN IN

A CAR ACCIDENT, AND GOD IS

GOING TO HEAL YOU

COMPLETELY.

YOU'LL WALK AGAIN.

Gordon: AMEN.

AND AMEN.

> HERE IS A WORD:

"CONFESS YOUR SINS TO EACH

OTHER AND PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER SO THAT YOU MAY BE

HEALED."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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