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700 Club Interactive - May 2, 2018

Brothers David & Jason Benham were fired by HGTV for their faith and lost their reality show, but they continue to live boldly for the Lord and share the lessons they learned along the way. Read Transcript


I'M TWO MINUTES OLDER.

I'M AN INSTALLER.

I'VE BEEN CARRYING HIM FOR

37 YEARS.

Gordon: TWIN BROTHERS

WHO TOOK A STAND FOR THEIR

FAITH AND LOST THEIR TV

SHOW.

THEY'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT

LIFE'S HIGHS AND LOWS.

> PLUS...THE VOLUNTEER

WHO IS EMPOWERING WOMEN IN

AN UNLIKELY WAY.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

YES.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Gordon: ALL ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

> WELL, WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

A NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN

BECAME A MOTHER IN AN

UNEXPECTED WAY.

SHE ADOPTED THE BABY OF A

PREGNANT WOMAN SHE MET ON

AN AIRPLANE.

Terry: SHE WAS

EXPECTING A BABY BOY AND

LEAVING AN ABUSIVE

RELATIONSHIP WHEN SHE

HAPPENED TO SIT NEXT TO

TEMPLE PHIPS ON THE PLANE.

WHEN SHE WENT INTO EARLY

LABEL, SHE CALLED TEMPLE

FOR SUPPORT.

SHE ARRIVED AT THE

HOSPITAL AND WAS

UNEXPECTANTLY ASKED IF SHE

WOULD BECOME HIS MOM.

Gordon: SAMANTHA KNEW

TEMPLE WOULD BE A GREAT

MOTHER TO HER SON AND

HISTORY NEVER

SECOND-GUESSED HER

DECISION.

TEMPLE NAMED THE BABY

VAUGHN, AND THE TWO

SEPARATED HIS FIRST

BIRTHDAY TOGETHER AND HAVE

BECOME FRIENDS.

Terry: WHAT A PLUS

FOR VAUGHN, TWO WOMEN WHO

LOVE HIM.

Gordon: STRANGERS ON

A PLANE.

Terry: SPEAKING ON

AIRPLANE, BRIANNA AND HER

HUSBAND, ROBERT, PLANNED A

TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND FOR

THEIR HONEYMOON WHEN

BRIANNA'S SISTER REALIZED

SHE WOULD BE ON THEIR

CONNECTING FLIGHT.

SHE SAW IT AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO PLAN A

UNEXPECTED WEDDING GIFT.

Gordon: SHE GOT

PASSENGERS TO WRITE

WELL-WISHES TO THE COUPLE

BY PASSING OUT GOODIE BAGS

WITH CHOCOLATE, AND A NOTE

THAT SAID, MY SISTER AND

HER HUSBAND ARE ON THEIR

WAY TO THEIR HONEYMOON.

AND IF YOU COULD WRITE A

PIECE OF ADVICE AND PASS

IT UP TO SEATS "A" AND

"B," AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A

WONDERFUL FLIGHT.

Terry: BRIANNA AND

HER HUSBAND WERE TAKEN

ABACK BY THE MEANINGFUL

SURPRISE AND ENJOYED

READING ALL OF THE ADVICE

THEY GOT WHILE THEY HEADED

OFF TO NEW ZEALAND.

Gordon: DON'T STRESS

THE SMALL STUFF, AND PUT

YOUR SPOUSE FIRST.

Terry: GREAT IDEA.

HOW FUN.

Gordon: WELL, A

SINGLE MOTHER OF FIVE IS

GOING VIRAL AFTER POSTING

A GRADUATION PICTURE THAT

ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO NEVER

GIVE UP.

Terry: 33-YEAR-OLD

AISHA CHAMPS NEVER THOUGHT

SHE WOULD ACHIEVE MUCH AS

A CHILD IN AND OUT OF THE

FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, WHO

DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

AND HAD HER FIRST CHILD AT

AGE 19.

BUT FAST FORWARD, FIVE

KIDS LATER, AND AISHA IS

ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM LAW

SCHOOL.

SHE SAYS A WORD FROM A

WOMAN AT CHURCH CHANGED

HER LIFE.

Gordon: THE WOMAN

TOLD AISHA THAT GOD WANTED

HER TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

TO GET HER G.E.D., SO SHE

COULD EVENTUALLY FOLLOW

HER DREAMS AND BECOME A

LAWYER.

YET IT WAS A DREAM AISHA

HAD NEVER SHARED OR

THOUGHT POSSIBLE.

SHE IS THANKFUL TO THAT

WOMAN, HER FIVE CHILDREN,

AND THE LORD, SAYING GOD

SAID I CAN, AND IF GOD BE

BEFORE ME, WHO CAN BE

AGAINST ME.

NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST

ME SHALL PROSPER.

I WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT

GOD, AND ALL PRAISE AND

GLORY GOES TO HIM.

HE BROUGHT ME TO AND

THROUGH MY TRIALS AND

TRIBULATIONS AND STAYED

WITH ME ALL ALONG THE WAY.

I'M A LIVING TESTIMONY OF

WHAT GOD CAN DO.

THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME

OF JESUS.

AND AMEN TO THAT WOMAN OF

COURAGE, WHO GAVE THE WORD

TO ENCOURAGE, TO BUILD UP.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED

TO DO.

SO OFTEN WE HAVE AN IMAGE

OF CHURCH AS A PLACE WHERE

WE'RE GOING TO HEAR A LOT

OF NEGATIVE THINGS, AND

THOU SHALT NOTs, AND

THAT KIND OF THING, BUT

THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE A

PLACE WHERE WE BUILD EACH

OTHER UP.

WHAT AN ENCOURAGING WORD,

TO SAY, I KNOW YOUR

THOUGHTS AND YOUR SECRET

DISNEY SIREDESIRES OF YOUR HEART, AND

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO

DO TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

Terry: AND SHE DID

IT.

AND FIVE BEAUTIFUL

CHILDREN.

YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRACK

HER STORY AND SEE WHERE

GOD TAKES HER NEXT.

HE OBVIOUSLY HAS A PLAN.

GREAT JOB.

> WELL, A CONNECTICUT

WOMAN IS ON A MISSION TO

EMPOWER WOMEN THROUGH

BEAUTY.

IT IS NOT ALL HAIR AND

MAKEUP, ALTHOUGH THAT

PLAYS A PART, BUT TAKE A

LOOK.

Reporter: FOR MORE

THAN 15 YEARS, TINESHA

WORKED AS MAKING PEOPLE

BEAUTIFUL, AND THEN SHE

SAW THE LIGHT.

BEAUTY IS GOD.

THAT'S MY DEFINITION OF

BEAUTY.

IT A DIVINE BEAUTY.

IT IS BEAUTY THAT CAN ONLY

COME FROM GOD.

Reporter: SHE

REALIZED HER CALLING WAS

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST

GIVING SOMEBODY A

BEAUTIFUL HAIR-STYLE.

IT WAS ALSO ABOUT

TRANSFORMING THE WAY THEY

SAW THEMSELVES ON THE

INSIDE.

WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE

IF I COULD MAKE MY CLIENTS

WHOLE AND COMPLETE?

FROM THAT POINT ON, WHAT

BECAME MY MISSION IS TO

HELP PEOPLE REDISCOVER WHO

THEY TRULY ARE.

AND IT ALL STARTS FROM THE

INSIDE.

Reporter: THAT LED

TINESHA TO START HER

FOUNDATION, "EMPOWERING

THROUGH BEAUTY," WHICH

TOOK HER OUT OF THE SALON

AND INTO HOMELESS

SHELTERS.

SHE AND HER VOLUNTEERS GO

ON A MISSION TO FIND AND

SERVE THOSE IN NEED.

I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

THIS MAKES.

I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE IT

MAKES WHENEVER YOU HAVE A

JOB INTERVIEW, BUT YOU'RE

LIVING IN A SHELTER AND

YOU CAN'T AFFORD A

HAIRCUT.

Reporter: AND WHILE

THE MAKEOVERS HAPPEN,

TINESHA IS MOST INTERESTED

IN THESE WOMEN'S HEARTS.

THE BEAUTY COMES FROM

THE INSIDE.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT,

WHAT WE DID TODAY IS NOT

GOING TO MATTER.

Reporter: ON ANY

GIVEN DAY IN THE

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT

AREA, OVER 1,000 PEOPLE

ARE HOMELESS.

"EMPOWERING THROUGH

BEAUTY" HOLD WOMEN GET

BACK ON THEIR FEET, AND

HOLDS EVENTS THAT GIVE JOB

RESOURCES AND H.I.V.

TESTING.

IN ONE DAY WE HELD OVER

300 SERVICES FOR 100 WOMEN

AND FAMILIES.

I FELT BEAUTIFUL FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

I GAVE IT A TRY.

I LET MY GUARD DOWN.

USUALLY MY MOTHER DOES MY

HAIR.

AND IT WAS JUST SOMETHING

TO EMPOWER ME.

WE PARTNER WITH SALONS

THROUGHOUT WHEREVER.

WHOEVER WOULD LIKE TO GET

INVOLVED WITH OUR

FOUNDATION, WE PARTNER

WITH THEM AND WE ARE ABLE

TO SEND OUR CLIENTS FROM

OUR PARTNERING SHELTERS TO

BE ABLE TO GO OUT TO THE

SALONS AND THEIR COMMUNITY

TO GET THEIR LAYER

SERVICE.

Reporter: TO DATE,

99% OF THE WOMEN WHO GO

THROUGH THE "EMPOWERING

THROUGH BEAUTY" WOMEN'S

SHELTER PROGRAM GO ON TO

RECEIVE HOUSING AND

EMPLOYMENT.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS,

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT.

Gordon: THAT IS A

WONDERFUL THING TO DO.

I'VE GOT A WAR STORY.

WE WERE DOING RELIEF WORSE

INTO PAATAS, THE TRASH

DUMP, AND SOME MAKEUP

ARTISTS CAME TO ME AND

SAID, WE WOULD LOVE TO GO

ON YOUR MISSIONS TO THE

TRASH DUMP.

AND WE WANT TO GIVE THEM

MAKEOVERS.

AND AT THE TIME, I WAS

LIKE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

THEY DON'T EVEN GET ENOUGH

FOOD.

Terry: THEY'RE

DIGGING THROUGH OTHER

PEECIALPEOPLE'S FOOD TO FIND A

LEFTOVER HAMBURGER.

THIS IS IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

Gordon: AND I FINALLY

GOT TALKED INTO IT.

AND I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, IS

THIS GOING TO WORK?

YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE

TRANSFORMATION.

YOU CAN GO WITH FOOD AND

LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS, BUT

UNTIL THAT SELF-IMAGE

CHANGES, AND TO SEE THE

FACES WHEN THEY SAW

THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR

FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND

THE RECOGNITION THAT I AM

BEAUTIFUL, I AM SOMEBODY,

IT IS EMPOWERING.

Terry: SOMETIMES

THERE IS SOMETHING, ALSO,

WHEN YOU'RE IN A VERY

ISOLATING, POVERTY-RIDDLED

SCENARIO LIKE THAT, JUST

TO HAVE A HUMAN TOUCH THAT

IS GENTLE, SOMEBODY SAYING

YOU'RE VALUABLE.

Gordon: AND SOMEONE

CARES.

WE'RE GOING TO GET YOU

LOOKING GOOD.

Terry: A GREAT IDEA.

GREAT IDEA.

Gordon: COMING UP,

FORMER PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL PLAYERS DAVID AND

JASON BENHAM -- THE TWINS

SHARE ABOUT LIFE'S HIGHS

AND LOWS, AND HOW THEIR

CHILDHOOD DREAMS GAVE THEM

THE FUEL TO LIVE THEIR

FAITH BOLDLY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THEM.

THAT'S UP NEXT, RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WELL, TWINS

DAVID AND JASON BENHAM

GREW UP WITH BIG DREAMS.

SO WHEN THEY FOUND

THEMSELVES IN THE CENTER

OF A MEDIA FIRESTORM, WHEN

HGTV CANCELLED THEIR

REALITY SHOW, "FLIP IT

FORWARD," THEY KNEW THEY

NEEDED AN EVEN BIGGER

TRUST IN GOD.

I'M TWO MINUTES OLDER.

I'M AN INSTALLER.

I'VE BEEN CARRYING HIM FOR

37 YEARS.

AT LEAST I CAN HIT A

CURVEBALL.

DUDE, YOU CANNOT HIT

THAT CURVEBALL.

Reporter: MANY OF US

CAME TO KNOW THE BENHAM

BROTHERS AFTER THEY WERE

FIRED FROM HGTV DUE TO

THEIR BIBLICAL VALUES.

IT IS NOT WHAT DAVID AND

JASON HAD IN MIND, BUT

THESE FORMER PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL PLAYERS DREW

STRENGTH FROM AN EARLIER

TIME IN THEIR LIVES, WHEN

GOD STEPPED IN AND BLEW

THEM AWAY WITH HIS

FAITHFULNESS.

IN THEIR MEMOIR, "MIRACLE

IN SHREVEPORT," GOD SHOWED

THEM HOW TO HAVE THEIR

MIRACLE.

Gordon: THANK YOU

GUYS FOR BEING HERE.

YOU GUYS ARE BOLD.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE BOLD, YOURSELF.

Gordon: EVERY TIME I

TURN AROUND IN THIS BOOK,

OR EVERY TIME YOU GUYS

TURN AROUND IN THIS BOOK,

YOU'RE ON A BASEBALL FIELD

AND YOU'RE PRAYING.

YES.

Gordon: DOES THAT

ATTRACT ATTENTION OR WHAT?

IT DOES, AND IT

ATTRACTS ATTENTION TO GOD.

A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK THE

QUESTION, DOES GOD REALLY

CARE ABOUT SPORTS?

DOES HE REALLY CARE THAT

ALL OF THE NFL GUYS GET TO

THE CENTER OF THE FIELD

AFTER A GAME, OR DOES HE

REALLY CARE WHEN A

BASEBALL PLAYER HITS A

HOMERUN AND GIVES GOD THE

GLORY?

WHAT HE CARES ABOUT IS OUR

HEART.

AND THIS BOOK THAT WE

WROTE IS REALLY JUST THAT,

IT COVERS A 20-YEAR PERIOD

OF OUR LIVES, LONG BEFORE

WE EVER MADE IT TO HDTV OR

ANHGTV,OR ANY OF THESE OTHER

THINGS, WE HAD A STORY OF

GOD WORKING BEHIND THE

SCENE BEFORE WE COULD EVEN

SEE HIM.

Gordon: DAVID, TELL

ME ABOUT THE ANSWERED

PRAYERS.

HOW DID THOSE PRAYERS IN

CENTER FIELD GET ANSWERED?

WELL, YOU SEE, OUR DAD

RAISED US TO LOVE THE GAME

OF BASEBALL.

HE WAS OUR BASEBALL COACH

BACK IN THE 1980s, WITH

THE SOCKS YANKED UP TO HIS

KNEECAPS.

AND SO WE ALWAYS LOVED THE

GAME OF BASEBALL.

OUR GOAL WAS TO GET

SCHOLARSHIPS TO PLAY

BASEBALL IN COLLEGE AND

THEN PLAY PROFESSIONALLY.

SPECIFICALLY FOR HE AND I,

WE WANTED TO PLAY

PROFESSIONALLY ON THE

EXACT SAME TEAM IN THE

EXACT SAME STADIUM.

A STADIUM THAT WE HAPPENED

TO HAVE A DREAM, ALONG

WITH OUR DAD, THAT WE

SHARED IN SHREVEPORTMENT

IT WASHREVEPORT.IT WAS THA>LE "A" TEAM

FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO

GIANTS.

WE WOULD PASS THAT FIELD

EVERY YEAR ON VACATION,

AND OUR DAD WOULD PRAY

WITHS US.

GUYS, LET'S PRAY THAT ONE

DAY GOD GETS YOU TO PLAY

ON THAT FIELD, IN THAT

STADIUM, ON THE EXACT SAME

TEAM.

Gordon: AND THAT

PRAYER GOT ANSWERED?

IT DID IN THE MOST

MIRACULOUS WAY.

I ENDED UP GETTING DRAFTED

BY THE METS OUT OF HIGH

SCHOOL.

AND JASON DIDN'T GET

DRAFTED, AND THAT CRUSHED

HIM, AND IT CRUSHED ME.

AND WE'RE GOING TO GET ALL

EMOTIONAL HERE.

AND WE SIGNED BASEBALL

SCHOLARSHIPS AT LIBERTY,

AND I GOT DRAFTED BY THE

METS, BUT JASON DIDN'T.

AFTER COLLEGE, I GOT

DRAFTED BY THE RED SOX,

AND HE GOT DRAFTED BY THE

ORIOLES.

AND HE BREAKS HIS LEG IN

HALF.

HE ENDS UP REHABILITATING,

BUT THEN GETS LET GO.

AND HE IS NOT EVEN PLAYING

PRO BALL.

I GOT TRADED TO THE ST.

LOUIS CARDINALS AND

CONVINCED HIM TO COME

WATCH ME PLAY.

SO ONE DAY HE IS SITTING

THERE IN FLIP-FLOPS AND

SHORTS, AND THE VERY NEXT

DAY HE IS ON THAT TEAM.

AND YOU'VE GOT TO GET THE

BOOK TO FIND OUT HOW THAT

HAPPENED.

AND THAT NIGHT JASON ENDED

UP PINCH-HITTING.

AND HE GOT A BASE HIT.

HE HIT A DOUBLE OFF THE

WALL.

HE ACTS LIKE IT IS A

MIRACLE THAT I GOT A HIT.

Gordon: I BET IT WAS

AIT WASA CURVEBALL.

IT WAS LUCK.

SO WE GO BACK INTO THE

CLUBHOUSE, AND THE

REPORTERS ARE THERE

TALKING TO JASON AT HIS

LOCKER, AND THE COACH

COMES IN.

AND WE HADN'T EVEN LOOKED

AT THE SCHEDULE.

THE COACH COMES INTO THE

CLUBHOUSE AND SAYS, GUYS,

EVERYBODY GET HERE AT

9 a.m. TOMORROW, WE'LL

LOAD THE BUS AND WE'RE

GOING TO SHREVEPORT.

AND HE AND I WERE, LIKE,

WHAT?

WE HADN'T EVEN LOOKED AT

THE SCHEDULE.

AND IMMEDIATELY WE LOOKED

BACK AND WE WERE LIKE, IF

JASON DIDN'T BREAK HIS

LEG, HE WOULDN'T HAVE

GOTTEN RELEASED, AND IF HE

WASN'T RELEASED, HE

WOULDN'T BE HERE.

IT REALLY SHOWS THAT GOD

IS ON THE THRONE.

AND YOU CAN TRUST HIM.

Gordon: TALK ABOUT

YOUR DAD, HE IS YOUR COACH

AND THEN HE DOESN'T LET

YOU PLAY ON SUNDAY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AT FIRST HE DIDN'T LET US

PLAY.

AND THEN, OF COURSE, HE

BROUGHT US INTO THE

DECISION.

WE WERE RAISED -- AND

WE'RE DOING THIS WITH OUR

KIDS, TOO -- IT IS NOT

ABOUT HONORING THE

SABBATH, THE SABBATH IS

SATURDAY, ANYWAY.

Gordon: AND IT CAN BE

SUNDAY, TOO.

THE APOSTLE JOHN SAID IT

WAS THE LORD'S DAY.

AMEN.

THE ANGLE HE TAUGHT US

IS WE'RE FASTING BASEBALL

ON SUNDAY.

FASTING IS DENYING

YOURSELF IN THE PHYSICAL

SO YOU CAN GAIN SOMETHING

IN THE SPIRITUAL.

IN AMERICA, OUR FAITH

DOESN'T REALLY COST US A

WHOLE LOT.

BUT WHEN YOU DON'T PLAY A

GAME THAT YOU LOVE, YOU'RE

DENYING YOURSELF IN THE

PHYSICAL SO YOU CAN GAIN

SOMETHING IN THE

SPIRITUAL.

WE LEARNED HOW TO PAY A

PRICE FOR OUR FAITH EARLY

IN LIFE, SO THAT WHEN THE

TIME CAME AND HGTV FIRED

US FOR OUR BELIEFS, WE

RECOGNIZED WE HAVE BEEN

DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE, AND

WHAT WE'RE GAINING IN THE

SPIRITUAL IS FAR GREATER

ANYWAY.

Gordon: WHY DO WE

LOOK AT IT AS WE'RE

SACRIFICING.

JESUS SAID IT, THE SABBATH

IS MADE FOR US.

IT IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE

US AND STRENGTHEN US.

BUT WE TEND TO THINK OF

IT, WHY CAN'T I GO

SHOPPING TODAY?

WHY CAN'T I DO WHATEVER I

WANT TODAY?

OR ESPECIALLY IN

TODAY'S CULTURE, THERE IS

THE HELPER IDOLTRY OF

SPORTS.

WE WANTED TO GET DRAFTED,

AND WE WANTED

SCHOLARSHIPS, WHICH IS

WHAT ALL THESE PARENTS SAY

WHEN THEY GIVE THEIR

ENTIRE WEEKEND, WHEN

THEY'RE NOT GOING INTO

CHURCH OR GETTING A CHANCE

TO LOCK IN WITH A LOCAL

COMMUNITY WITH THE LORD --

JASON AND I ENCOURAGE

THIS, WE WE SAY TO PARENTS,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE

YOUR KIDS PLAYING ON

SUNDAY.

SHOW THEM TO GIVE THAT UP.

GOD HAS ACTUALLY GIVEN

THAT DAY TO YOU AND IT

WILL REJUVENATE YOU, AND

IT WILL BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

AND ULTIMATELY THAT

SCHOLARSHIP THAT YOU WANT,

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF

THAT.

WE'VE SEEN IT IN OUR OWN

LIVES, AND YOU CAN SEE IT

IN YOURS AS WELL.

Gordon: AMEN.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU GUYS?

REAL ESTATE GOING WELL?

WE'VE STILL GOT OUR

FAMILY OFagW COMPANIES.

WE'RE TRAVELLING THE

COUNTRY AND SPEAKING A LOT

RIGHT NOW, REALLY

ENCOURAGING CHRISTIANS

TODAY IN OUR CULTURE

BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM SEEM

TO BE GETTING A LITTLE

DISCOURAGED.

BUT WE'RE SEEING A GROUND

SWELL.

THERE IS A REMNANT RISING

WHO SAYS, NO MATTER WHAT,

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN

THE CULTURE, I'M GOING TO

STAND FOR JESUS, NO MATTER

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY

REPUTATION.

DAVID AND I GET A CHANCE

TO GET TO SPEAK TO

CHRISTIANS ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY, ENCOURAGING THEM

TO KEEP STANDING STRONG.

AND ONE OF THE MESSAGES

OF THIS BOOK, WHEN YOU GET

DONE READING IT, NO MATTER

WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE,

WHETHER YOU'RE STRUGGLING

WITH A MARRIAGE OR

FINANCES OR YOU HAVE A

WAYWARD CHILD OR EVEN THE

CULTURAL SITUATION WE'RE

IN MORALLY AND

SPIRITUALLY, WE KNOW THAT

GOD IS ON THE THRONE.

HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS.

HE IS THE SOVEREIGN RULER

OVER THE REALM OF MANKIND.

AND HE IS WRITING YOUR

STORY AND YOU CAN TRUST

HIM.

Gordon: AMEN.

ANY TV IN THE FUTURE?

YOU'RE GOING TO SOURCE IT

OUT OF SHREVEPORT?

> WELL, "MIRACLE IN

SHREVEPORT," IT IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS

ARE SOLD.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

IT IS GREAT HAVING YOU.

THANK YOU, MAN.

GOD BLESS YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: STILL TO COME,

THIS MODEL CAME TO THE

TOP, BUT IT CAME WITH A

PRICE.

I DON'T THINK I EVER

FELT GOOD ENOUGH.

I KNEW THAT I HAD TO KEEP

THE WAY THAT I TRULY FELT

UNDER A MASK.

Terry: SEE HOW SHE

FOUND HER TRUE WORTH AND

IDENTITY WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Terry: JENNIFER

STRICKLAND WAS DISCOVERED

ONE AND SOON BECAME ONE OF;nV 

ARMANI'S FAVORITE MODELS.

SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS LIVING

THE DREAM, BUT IN REALITY

SHE WAS LIVING A SILENT

NIGHTMARE.

MY DIARY WAS MY VOICE.

IT WAS THE WAY THAT I

COULD SPEAK.

I HAD FRIENDS THAT WERE

CHEERLEADERS OR PROM

QUEENS OR VOLLEYBALL

PLAYERS, AND I WAS NOT

THAT.

I JUST WANTED TO BE LIKE

EVERYBODY ELSE.

I DIDN'T DREAM ABOUT BEING

A MODEL.

BUT IT WAS THIS PLACE

WHERE I WAS ACCEPTED.

I KNEW THAT I HAD TO KEEP

THE WAY THAT I TRULY FELT

UNDER A MASK.

I DON'T THINK I EVER FELT

GOOD ENOUGH.

I BUILT MY CAREER ON TV

COMMERCIALS AND CATALOGS.

THEN WHEN I GRADUATED FROM

COLLEGE, I STARTED TO DO

THE RUNWAY.

I SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE TO

GET TO THAT STAGE, AND

WHEN I GOT THERE I FELT SO

EMPTY.

I LOOKED AROUND AT ALL OF

THE GIRLS BEHIND THE

SCENES.

YOU COULD SEE EVERY RIB

DOWN THEIR BACKS.

YOU COULD SEE THEIR

LONGING TO BE APPROVED IN

THE WAY THAT THEY WOULD

LEAN INTO THE MIRROR AND

LEAN INTO THE CAMERA.

AND I BECAME SO

UNCOMFORTABLE IN MY OWN

SKIN.

TO THE POINT THAT

ULTIMATELY THAT MADE ME

SICK.

AND I THOUGHT, WELL, I'VE

GOT THE ARMANI SHOWS.

I HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE

KING OF FASHION; I'M FINE.

BUT I WOULD GO HOME AND I

WOULD WRITE IN THE PAGES

OF MY DIARY.

THEY WERE THIS RECORD OF

THIS CONVERSATION BETWEEN

MY BODY AND MY SPIRIT.

MY BODY HAVING TO BE

SOMETHING THAT IT WAS

NEVER GOING TO BE, WHICH

WAS PERFECT, AND MY

SPIRIT, SAYING, I WANT TO

BE FREE.

MODELS DON'T SPEAK.

YOU JUST WEAR THE OUTFIT

AND TAKE THE PICTURE.

BUT I HAD THIS LONGING TO

SAY SOMETHING.

I TRIED TO FILL THE

EMPTINESS WITH EVERYTHING

OUR WORLD SAYS IS GOING TO

FILL IT.

I'M STANDING ON THE STAGE

OF ARMANI STUDIOS, AND HE

NOTICED THAT THE WAISTLINE

IS NOT HITTING ME THE

SAME.

I'VE GAINED ABOUT THREE OR

FOUR POUNDS.

BUT HE CAN SEE IT, AND HE

WAS, LIKE, OH, NO, NO, NO.

AND MY AGENCY WAS ANGRY

WITH ME AND DISAPPOINTED

WITH ME.

AND MY JOBS STARTED

DROPPING OFF, AND MY

CAREER WENT ON A REAL

DOWNHILL SPIRAL.

I RAN.

I WENT TO ROME.

AND IT WAS THERE IN ROME

THAT MY BACKPACK WAS

STOLEN.

AND I REALIZED THAT MY

BRIGHT YELLOW DIARY WAS INi

THE BACKPACK.

I STARTED TO CRY.

I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IS GOD

IS REAL.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF YOU

HEAR ME.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU SEE

ME.

BUT IF YOUsaH DO, WILL YOU AT

LEAST SAVE MY DIARY?

IT WAS LIKE SOMEBODY STOLE

MY VOICE.

AND I JUST WANTED TO KNOW2
Ob

THAT SOMEONE WOULD=h
HEAR

IT.

ONE DAY I WENT ON A WALK

IN THE PARK, AND THERE

WERE SOME PEOPLE HANDING

OUT BIBLES.

THEY BARELY SPOKE ANY

ENGLISH, BUT THEY LOOKED

INTO MY EYES AND THEY

SEEMED TO CARE.

I STARTED READING THAT

THERE WAS THIS WIDE ROAD

AND THIS NARROW ROAD.

AND

AND EVERYBODY IS ON IT,

BUT IT LEADS TO

DESTRUCTION.

AND THEN THERE WAS THIS

NARROW ROAD THAT LEADS TO

LIFE.

I'M WALKING DOWN THIS

REALLY WIDE ROAD ONE DAY

INTO THE CENTER OF MUNICH,

AND AS I'M WALKING ALONG,

I'M9H3 HOLDING MY LITTLE

PORTFOLIO, AND SUDDENLY

THIS MAN JUST STOPS ME IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD.

HE WAS SORT OF OUT OF

TIME.

AND HE SAYS TO ME, WHERE

ARE YOU GOING?E1!@&C @&C@

AND I SAID, WELL, I'M

GOING TO A CASTING.

AND HE SAID, MY DEAR, YOU

CANNOT SELL BEAUTY; YOU

CANNOT SELL YOUR FAITH.

TURN AROUND.

GO TO ZUTZ, THE HIGHEST

MOUNTAIN IN ALL OF MUNICH,

BUT THEN GO HOME.

IT WAS LIKE HE GAVE ME

COURAGE.

HE SAID, YOU'RE WORTH MORE

THAN THAT.

SO I TURNED AROUND, AND I

TOOK MY LITTLE "GOOD NEWS"

BIBLE AND I WENT.

AND I LAID DOWN ON THE

SNOW AND I GAVE MY LIFE TO

CHRIST.

WHEN I WENT BACK TO MY

APARTMENT, THERE WAS THIS

LITTLE BROWN PACKAGE ON MY

DOOR STEP.STEP.

AND INSIDE WAS MY YELLOW

DIARY.

SOMEBODY FOUND IT

300 MILES SOUTH OF ROME,

UNDER THE SEAT, ON A

TRAIN.

I KNEW THAT GOD HEARD ME.

AND I KNEW THAT GOD HAD A

PURPOSE FOR ME.

WHEN I LEFT, I WAS THE

CAGED BIRD.

I WAS GOING TO FIND WHAT I

WAS GOOD AT.

I WAS GOING TO HAVE MY OWN

DREAMS.

I HAD SO MUCH RESENTMENT.

AND I WENT THROUGH A LONG

PERIOD OF FORGIVENESS.

GOD HAS HELPED ME TO

RELEASE MY PAST.

AND I AM NOT DEFINED BY

THE FACT THAT I WAS A

MODEL.

I AM DEFINED BY MY

HEAVENLY FATHER.

I HAD TO LOSE MY VALUE TO

FIND IT.

AND I FOUND IT IN CHRIST.

AND IN THE PAGES OF THAT

LITTLE "GOOD NEWS" BIBLE,

WHERE HE SAID, IF YOU'RE

BROKEN, I LOVE YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE LOST, I

ADORE YOU.

AND IF YOU'RE POSSESSED, I

CAN FREE YOU YOU.

ANYOU.

AND IF YOU YOU'RE SICK,:I CAN

HEAL YOU.

IF YOU'RE AFRAID, I'LL BE

YOUR COURAGE AND YOUR

KING.

Terry: GOD'S WORD IS

FULL OF PROMISES FOR YOU

AND FOR ME.

THIS IS ONE THAT SO FITS

THE STORY THAT WE JUST

HEARD, AND MAYBE IT FITS

YOUR STORY AS WELL.

HE'LL GIVE YOU BEAUTY FOR

ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR

MORNING, AND A GARMENT OF

PRAISE FOR A SPIRIT OF

HEFNESSHEFHEAVINESS, THE PLANTING OF

THE LORD SO THAT HE WILL

BE GLORIFIED.

THE WORLD WILL PROMISE YOU

MANY, MANY THINGS.

AND OFTEN, IF WE GO DOWN

THAT PATH -- I'VE DONE IT

MYSELF -- YOU YO BUY THE LIE,

AND THE PATH STARTS TRYING

TO DEFINE WHO YOU ARE.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY,

YOU REALIZE, AFTER YOU'VE

USUALLY MADE SOME PRETTY

WRONG CHOICES, THAT IT IS

NOT WHO YOU ARE.

THAT IT IS EMPTY, THAT IT

IS HALLOW.

AND YOU COME UP WITH THAT

QUESTION, SURELY THERE IS

MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS.

THERE IS.

IT IS A PERSON.

IT IS JESUS CHRIST.

HE CAME TO SET THE CAPTIVE

FREE.

WE'RE CAPTIVE TO SO MANY

THINGS IN OUR LIVES, BUT

HE REDEEMS WHAT HAS BEEN

LOST.

EVEN THOUGH WE'VE MADE

WRONG CHOICES.

HE COMES AFTER US TO SET

US FREE, TO GIVE US LIFE,

TO GIVE US FULLNESS.

COME TO JESUS.

IF YOU NEED TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE TODAY, OUR LINE IS

TOLL-FREE.

IT'S 1-800-700-7000.

GOD LOVES YOU, AND HE IS

WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU.

SO CALL US.

WE'D LOVE TO PRAY WITH

YOU.

Gordon: HERE IS A

WORD FROM EPHESIANS: "PUT

ON THE NEW SELF, WHICHlyoa

IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD AND

HAS BEEN CREATED IN

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

OF THE TRUTH."

GOD BLESS.

YOU.

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