The Christian Broadcasting Network

Browse Videos

Share Email

700 Club Interactive - May 23, 2018

A teen is rushed to the ER and then lapses into a coma. See how one family fights for her life. Read Transcript


Gordon: A TEEN IS

RUSHED TO THE E.R.

WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IS A

BLEED ON THE BRAIN.

Gordon: AND THEN

LAPSES INTO A COMA.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING,

I MAKE NO PROMISES.

Gordon: PLUS...A

QUESTIONABLE REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT.

NOBODY THOUGHT IT WAS A

GOOD IDEA.

FROM FRIENDS TO FAMILY, TO

PASTORS, NOBODY.

AND PEOPLE HERE, THE

ADULTS, DIDN'T WANT US

HERE.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

THE DEAL PAID OFF IN MORE

WAYS THAN ONE.

GOD JUST KIND OF TOOK

THE REINS, AND HONESTLY,

IT TOOK ON A LIFE OF IT'S

OWN.

Gordon: WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

SOFTBALL IS ONE OF THE

MOST POPULAR SPORTS IN THE

WORLD.

IT IS PLAYED BY ALL AGES

WITH THOUSANDS OF TEENS

THAT COMPETE IN

TOURNAMENTS YEAR-ROUND.

Terry: JOCELYN WAS

JUST 14 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE

GOT HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A

SOFTBALL DURING BATTING

PRACTICE WITH A FRIEND.

SHE RECEIVED A CONCUSSION,

WHICH THEN LED TO A BRAIN

BLEED, THAT HER DOCTORS

SAID USUALLY EQUATES TO

DEATH.

I SAID, JUST TRY TO EAT

SOMETHING.

IT MIGHT MAKE YOU FEEL

BETTER.

SHE ATE A LITTLE BIT AND

SAID, I CAN'T EAT ANYMORE.

I JUST WANT TO GO HOME.

Reporter: IT HAD BEEN

SEVERAL HOURS SINCE

JOCELYN TROYER GOT HIT IN

THE HEAD WITH A SOFTBALL

DURING PRACTICE.

NOW OUT TO DINNER WITH A

FAMILIESAFAMILY, SHE WAS GETTING

WORSE.

WE GET OUT INTO THE

PARKING LOT, SHE THROWS

UP.

SO I KNEW SHE HAD A

CONCUSSION.

HER PARENTS DECIDED TO

TAKE HER TO THE E.R.

I THOUGHT WE WOULD

GOING TO GO THROUGH A

COUPLE OF TESTS AND BRING

HER BACK HOME.

SHE WOULD ANSWER

QUESTIONS YES OR NO, BUT

SHE WASN'T ACTING LIKE A

NORMAL 14-YEAR-OLD.

SO THE C.A.T. SCAN GOT

ORDERED, AND THEN

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

DR. CAMERON COMES IN, AND

HE GOES, YOU GUYS, I WANT

TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING.

WHAT YOU ARE SEEING RIGHT

HERE, THIS IS A BLEED ON

THE BRAIN.

Reporter: AN ARTERY

HAD RUPTURED, PUTTING

MASSIVE PRESSURE ON THE

BRAIN.

THE ARTERY IS PUMPING

AND PUMPING, AND THERE WAS

NO PLACE TO GO EXCEPT TO

PUSH THE BRAIN.

IT IS CALLED HERNIATION,

AND THAT USUALLY EQUATES

TO DEATH.

Reporter: MOMENTS

LATER, JOCELYN LAPSED INTO

A COMA.

I JUST REMEMBER HIM

SAYING, WE'RE SENDING HER

NORTH, BUT I MAKE YOU NO

PROMISES.

I WAS IMMEDIATELY, LIKE,

IT'S YOURS, GOD.

I RECOGNIZED THAT IT

WASN'T UP TO US.

Reporter: BUT A BAD

STORM HAD MOVED IN, AND

THE MEDEVAC CHOPPER WAS

GROUNDED.

JOCELYN WOULD HAVE TO BE

TAKEN THE 60 MILES IN AN

AMBULANCE.

EVERYBODY IS ON PINS

AND NEEDLES BECAUSE SHE

HAS A LONG AMBULANCE RIDE

RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER.

COULD SHE DETERIORATE AND

CRASH 30 MINUTES UP THE

ROAD?

SHE COULD, AND THEN WHAT

DO YOU DO.

Reporter: KEVIN AND

SUSAN STARTED MAKING THEIR

WAY TO AKRON.

I GOT MY PHONE OUT.

I HAVE A VERY, VERY STRONG

CHRISTIAN LADY FRIEND.

I CALLED HER AND SAID,

PRAYER CHAINS, WHATEVER

YOU CAN DO.

SOME LADIES AT CHURCH,

SOME LADIES AT SCHOOL.

I ACTUALLY FELT A VERY

CALM COME OVER, LIKE, THIS

ISN'T MINE.

THIS IS YOURS, GOD.

Reporter: THE

AMBULANCE CREW GOT JOCELYN

TO THE HOSPITAL SAFELY,

WHERE SHE WAS RUSHED INTO

SURGERY.

SOON FRIENDS AND FAMILY

STARTED GATHERING IN THE

WAITING ROOM TO PLAY.

THE COACH SHOWED UP.

OUR PASTOR, WHO WAS KNEW

TO THE AREA, DROVE UP.

AND NOW YOU'RE PRAYING,

LET HER SURVIVE THE

SURGERY.

Reporter: PEOPLE

WATCHING A BASKETBALL GAME

AT JOCELYN'S HIGH SCHOOL

ALSO GOT THE WORD.

THE NEXT THING YOU

KNOW, WE'RE GETTING TEXT

MESSAGES AT THE BASKETBALL

TEAM.

EVERYBODY IS PASSING

AROUND, PRAY FOR JOCELYN.

Reporter: AT

3 a.m., THE TROYERS

LEARNED THAT JOCELYN HAD

MADE IT THROUGH SURGERY,

AND THEY WERE ALLOWED TO

SEE HER IN I.C.U.

WHETHER SHE HAD ANY

PERMANENT DAMAGE WAS YET

TO BE SEEN.

I WAS JUST HOPING FOR

THE BEST BECAUSE AT THAT

TIME, YOU'RE STILL NUMB.

YOU'RE TRYING TO JUST TAKE

IT ALL IN.

YOU'RE JUST HOPING

EVERYTHING COMES OUT OKAY.

YOU'RE A LITTLE

FEARFUL, BUT VERY VERY

REALISTIC.

ALL YOU HAVE IS THE

MONITOR IS THAT BEAT.

Reporter: THROUGHOUT

THE DAY, NURSES WOKE

JOCELYN UP TO CHECK ON HER

AND ASK HER SIMPLE

QUESTIONS.

YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH A

LOT OF SPUNK, A LOT OF

FIRE, A LOT OF

COMPETITIVENESS.

THEY WOKE THE KID EVERY

HOUR.

THEY WOULD ASK HER HER

NAME AND THE DATE.

AND THEN THEY WANTED TO

SWITCH IT UP A LITTLE BIT,

AND THE GUY SAYS TO HER,

AND WHO IS THE PRESIDENT?

SHE LOOKS UP AND SHE SAYS,

I AM.

AND MY HEART JUST SANK.

Reporter: A COUPLE OF

HOURS LATER SHE REALIZED

JOCELYN WAS BACK TO

HERSELF.

AND SHE WAS LIKE, MOM,

I'M NOT THAT BAD.

I KNOW THE PRESIDENT IS

BARACK OBAMA.

AND SHE WAS, LIKE I WAS, LIKE, YOU CAN'T

DO THAT.

THAT'S WHEN I KNEW WE HAD

OUR KID BACK.

THAT LITTLE BIT OF WIT

TOLD ME SHE WAS FINE.

Reporter: JOCELYN IS

BACK IN THE GAME.

ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE

WERE IN ALL OF THE RIGHT

PLACES THAT NIGHT.

I THINK THAT HEALTH

CARE PROVIDERS ARE TOOLS

FOR A HIGHER POWER.

THERE IS A 16-YEAR-OLD OUT

THERE WHO IS LEADING A

NORMAL LIFE, AND I WAS

ABLE TO PLAY A SMALL ROLE

IN THAT.

AND THAT WAS THE ONLY

TAKE-AWAY I NEED.

PRAYER IS JUST

POWERFUL.

PRAYER IS REALLY THAT

TIPPING OF THE SCALE, SO

TO SPEAK.

Reporter: JOCELYN'S

DOCTOR ADVISED AGAINST

PLAYING SOFTBALL, BUT DID

ALLOW HER TO TRY A NEW

SPORT.

SHE MADE IT TO THE STATE

TOURNAMENT SIX MONTHS

AFTER HER INJURY.

SHE CREDITS GOD FOR HER

SURVIVAL.

I BELIEVE THAT HE HAS A

PURPOSE FOR ME IN MY LIFE.

WE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS

YET, BUT HE DEFINITELY

DOES.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT HE

KEPT ME ON THIS EARTH.

Terry: WHAT A

WONDERFUL STORY.

YOU KNOW, IT BEGINS WITH

SUCH ANXIETY AND SUCH

CONCERN AND EVEN FEAR.

I THINK OF HOW WONDERFUL

THE ABILITY TO GET ONLINE

AND CALL PEOPLE INTO THE

POWER OF PRAYER -- WHAT A

BLESSING THAT WE LIVE IN A

DAY AND A TIME WHERE YOU

CAN DO THAT.

WE HEAR STORY AFTER STORY

AFTER STORY OF THE PEOPLE

OF GOD GETTING BEHIND

PEOPLE THEY DON'T EVEN

KNOW.

BUT THEY JUST BECOME THIS

PRAYING ARMY --

Gordon: AND GOD

ANSWERS PRAYER.

Terry: YES.

Gordon: JOSEPH WRITES

IN, "MY SON WAS IN A

REALLY BAD CAR ACCIDENT,

AND WE NEED A MIRACLE.

DOCTORS SAY THEY DON'T

KNOW IF HE'LL MAKE IT OUT

OF SURGERY, SO PLEASE

PRAY."

AND DENISE SAYS, "MY

FATHER ALMOST DIED AND NOW

IS IN REHAB, RECOVERING

FROM SEPSIS.

PLEASE PRAY FOR HIS BODY

TO FULLY HEAL SO I CAN

BRING HIM HOME."

AND SHARON SAYS, "PLEASE

PRAY FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER

EMILY, SHE SUFFERS FROM

DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND

LOW SELF-ESTEEM.

WE ARE REALLY WORRIED

ABOUT HER HURTING

HERSELF."

LET'S TAKE ALL OF THESE TO

NEED.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN

TWO OR MORE AGREE TOUCHING

ANYTHING, IT SHALL BE DONE

FOR THEM BY MY FATHER IN

HEAVEN.

AND LET'S JUST TRUST THAT.

LET'S JUST STAND ON THAT,

IF YOU WILL.

AND SAY, WE BELIEVE.

WE BELIEVE THE WORDS OF

JESUS.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO

PRAY.

JOIN WITH US.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THESE

NEEDS TO YOU, AND AS

PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT,

JOSEPH CRYING OUT FOR HIS

SON, AND DENISE CRYING OUT

FOR HER FATHER, AND FOR

EMILY, LORD GOD, WE JUST

LIFT ALL OF THEM TO YOU.

WE COME AGAINST THE

SEPSIS, THIS INFECTION, WE

COME AGAINST THE TRAUMA

FROM THE INJURIES, LORD

GOD.

AND, LORD, WE COME AGAINST

THIS DEPRESSION.

YOU CAME THAT WE MIGHT

HAVE RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE,

AND JOY.

SO, LORD, STRETCH FORTH

YOUR HAND TO DO WONDERS,

TO DO MIRACLES.

AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE

WATCHING RIGHT NOW,

WHATEVER THEIR NEED,

YOU'RE THE ANSWER TO EVERY

HUMAN NEED.

SO WE PRAY FOR THEM, TOO.

AND WE ASK FOR HEALING,

FOR FINANCIAL RECOVERY,

FOR FAMILIES TO BE BROUGHT

BACK TOGETHER.

FOR CHILDREN.

LORD, RAISE THEM IN

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

GIVE THEM A HOPE AND A

FUTURE IN YOU.

Terry: FATHER, WE

JUST PRAY ALSO FOR

CHILDREN WHO HAVE STRAYED

FROM HOME, THAT YOU WOULD

BRING HOPE INTO THE HEARTS

OF THEIR FAMILIES, THAT

THEY WOULD STAND IN BELIEF

FOR THEIR HOMECOMING AS

YOU GO OUT TO FIND AND

BRING THEM BACK, FATHER.

Gordon: LORD GOD,

ANYONE WITH DEPRESSION,

ANYONE WITH ANXIETY,

ANYONE WITH THOUGHTS OF

SELF-HARM, LORD GOD, WE

BREAK THAT OVER THEM.

AND WE ASK THAT THE LIGHT

OF YOUR PRESENCE AND JOY

LIFT UP YOUR COUNTENANCE

AMONG THEM, LORD GOD, AND

GIVE THEM YOUR PEACE.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN AND AMEN.

IF YOU NEED MORE PRAYER,

CALL US: 1-800-700-7000.

CALL US NOW.

> WELL, COMING UP, A

FAMILY MOVES TO THE INNER

CITY OF NASHVILLE.

ONE DAY, I THINK THERE

WERE PROBABLY 35 KIDS

OUTSIDE, AND WE WERE JUST

GETTING TO KNOW THEM.

AND ONCE WE GOT TO KNOW

THEM --

WE'RE ALMOST LIKE A

NEIGHBORHOOD MOM AND DAD.

Gordon: WELL, SEE HOW

THEIR FRONT PORCH HAS

IMPACTED AN ENTIRE

COMMUNITY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS

THEIR STORY.

AFTER THIS.

Gordon: FOR MOST OF

US, OUR HOME IS A PLACE OF

SAFETY AND SECURITY.

SO YOU CAN IMAGINE

MICHELLE'S CONCERN WHEN

HER HUSBAND, TOM, ASKED

HER TO MOVE TO A DANGEROUS

INNER NASHVILLE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE COUPLE WOULD SOON SEE

RENOVATIONS TAKING PLAGUES

ON MORTAKE PLACE ONMORE THAN JUST THEIR

HOUSE.

TAKE A LOOK.

WE WERE REALLY HERE TO

FLIP IS HOUSE OR TWO.

WE HAD NO INTENTIONS OF

STAYING HERE BEYOND AN

HOUR A DAY.

I STARTED MEETING SOME OF

THE PEOPLE AND STARTED

THINKING, WE COULD LIVE

HERE.

I HAD THIS SAME DREAM FOUR

NIGHTS IN A ROW, THAT WE

WERE LIVING IN THIS HOUSE.

THIS HOUSE HAD BEEN

CONDEMNED FOR 16 YEARS.

AND I FELT LIKE I NEEDED

TO TELL MY WIFE ABOUT

THIS.

SO SHE RELUCTANTLY AGREED

TO COME DOWN.

TO ME, IT DIDN'T LOOK

LIKE IT WOW LIVABLE.

WAS LIVABLE.

YOU COULDN'T TELL FROM ONE

ROOM TO THE NEXT, IS THIS

A BATHROOM OR A KITCHEN?

I WAS OPEN TO DIVERSITIY,

TO RAISING OUR CHILDREN IN

A MULTI-CULTURAL

NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT 12 YEARS

AGO, THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WAS

DANGEROUS.

THERE WAS NO LOGICAL

REASON TO MOVE HERE.

IT CAME ABOUT WHERE I

HAD TO MAKE A DECISION TO

BUY THE HOUSE OR NOT.

AND SO SHE AGREED ENOUGH

FOR ME TO BUY THE HOUSE,

NOT TO MOVE HERE.

ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AFTER

TOM HAD BROUGHT THE IDEA

TO ME, AND I WAS SITTING

IN A COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

SESSION, AND THIS AMAZING

LEADER WAS TALKING.

AND I DON'T REMEMBER

ANYTHING ELSE THAT DAY,

BUT SHE SAID, YOU KNOW,

SOMETIMES GOD CALLS YOU TO

LIVE DISPROPORTIONATE TO

WHO YOU ARE.

AND I THOUGHT, THAT'S

REALLY WHAT IT IS FOR ME.

THINGS DIDN'T GET ANY

EASIER, BUT I JUST FELT

THIS FIGHT TO BE HERE.

NOBODY THOUGHT IT WAS A

GOOD IDEA.

FROM FRIENDS, FAMILIES,

PASTORS, NOBODY.

AND PEOPLE HERE, THE

ADULTS, DIDN'T WANT US

HERE.

WE HAD TO BE READY TO WALK

INTO THE WIND, IF WE

BELIEVED GOD WAS CALLING

TOUUS FOR SOMETHING.

ODDLY ENOUGH, THE

CONCERN FOR SAFETY STARTED

TO GO AWAY SHORTLY AFTER

WE MOVED HERE.

I REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD

HAVE A SENSE OF FEAR BEING

HERE, BUT KNOWING THE KIDS

AND HAVING THEM IN OUR

HOME, WE JUST HAD A PEACE

ABOUT IT.

AND THERE WOULD BE A

BUNCH OF KIDS IN OUR YARD,

AND IT HAPPENED DAY AFTER

DAY.

AND WE WOULD GET ON THE

FRONT PORCH, WE WOULD GO

IN THE FRONT YARD AND PLAY

CONNECT FOU 4 AND ALL KINDS OF

GAMES WITH THEM.

ONE DAY, I THINK THERE

WERE PROBABLY 35 KIDS

OUTSIDE.

MICHELLE WAS COMING

THROUGH THE HALL, AND SHE

LOOKED AND SHE SAID, I

DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO

WORK.

I WANT TO BE OUT HERE.

AND SO THAT WAS VERY

SCARY FOR ME.

SO WE FILED FOR THE

NON-PROFIT.

GOD JUST KIND OF TOOK THE

REINS, AND, HONESTLY, IT

TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN.

WE NEVER HAD THE INTENTION

OF STARTING A MINISTRY.

I KNEW THAT THE NEEDS WERE

BIGGER THAN US, AND PEOPLE

WERE WANTING TO HELP.

AND, REALLY, YOU HAVE TO

BE ORGANIZED IN ORDER TO

ALLOWED PEOPLE TO HELP,

ESPECIALLY AT THE LEVEL

THAT WE NEEDED.

I'M STILL SURPRISED AT THE

NUMBERS OF KIDS.

BECAUSE NOTHING WE DO IS

AN RSVP.

AT SOME OF OUR EVENTS

WE'VE HAD UP TO 300 PEOPLE

COME.

THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF

TIMES WHEN IT FELT LIKE

THE FIVE LOAVES, WE DIDN'T

KNOW IF IT WOULD BE

ENOUGH, AND IT IS ALWAYS

ENOUGH.

IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE

TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE

HERE UNLESS THEY'RE HERE.

WE'RE KIND OF LIKE A

NEIGHBORHOOD MOM AND DAD.

THERE IS A GAP WHERE A

PARENT CAN HELP AND WHERE

SOCIAL SERVICES DROP OFF.

WE HAVE TRIED TO STAND IN

THAT GAP.

THAT GAP MAY BE A PROM

DRESS.

THAT GAP MAY BE, HEY, I

NEED A JOB SO I CAN MAKE

MONEY TO TAKE MY

GIRLFRIEND TO THE PROM.

IF YOU'RE GREAT

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

CLOSES DOWN, MOM MAY NOT

BE HOME YET.

SOMETIMES IT IS SITTING IN

COURT WITH SOMEBODY ON

THEIR SIDE.

SOMETIMES IT IS ANSWERING

THE CALLS BECAUSE ONE OF

OUR BOYS HAS BEEN

ARRESTED.

MY HOPE IS THAT WE CAN

HOLD A HAND WITH THEM

WHILE THINGS ARE HARD.

I HOPE THE BOYS I

MENTOR OR SPEND TIME WITH,

I HOPE THEY BECOME DADS.

I HOPE THEY LOVE GOD.

I HOPE THEY'RE COMMITTED

TO THEIR LIFE, COMMITTED

TO THEIR CHILDREN.

THEY'RE COMMITTED, AND ALL

OF A SUDDEN IT CHANGES THE

GENERATIONS.

IT CHANGES THEIR LIFE, BUT

IT ALSO CHANGES THE LIFE LIVES

OF PEOPLE AROUND THEM.

MY ULTIMATE HOME IS

THAT WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS

FOR ETERNITY, THAT WE HAVE

KIDS AND MOMS THAT WE GET

TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH.

I WISH THERE WAS A FRONT

PORCH MINISTRY EVERY 10

BLOCKS, AS FAR AS KIDS ARE

ALLOW TO WALK.

I DON'T WANT TO PUT A LID

OR A CAP ON GOD, BECAUSE

IF YOU WOULD HAVE TOLD ME

10 YEARS AGO WE WOULD BE

DOING THIS, I WOULD HAVE

SAID, YOU'RE CRAZY.

THERE IS NO WAY.

THE GREATEST NEED IN

THIS IMPOVERISHED

NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS FULL

OF PROBLEMS, DRUGS,

PROSTITUTION -- YOU HEAR

ABOUT DROP-OUT RATES AND

ALL KINDS OF STUFF.

BY FAR THE GREATEST NEED

IS LOVE.

IT SOUNDS SIMPLE, BUT IT

IS NOT.

CARING FOR KIDS OR THE

MOMS AND WHAT THEY GO

THROUGH.

WHEREVER PEOPLE ARE, THEY

CAN LOVE ON PEOPLE.

ALL OF US HAVE A FRONT

PORCH MINISTRY.

ALL OF US HAVE A PLATFORM

IN SOME WAY.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO

SOMETHING BIG.

YOU CAN START WITH

SOMETHING SMALL, AND GOD

WILL GROW THAT.

Gordon: THAT'S

ACTUALLY THE SECRET: GOD

ALWAYS STARTS WITH

SOMETHING SMALL.

HE IS JUST LOOKING FOR,

ARE YOU WILLING?

AND THEN WHEN YOU START

THE WORK, REALIZE HE

REJOICES.

DO NOT DESPITE THE DAYS OF

SMALL BEGINNING BECAUSE

THE LORD REJOICES THAT THE

WORK HAS BEGUN.

HERE IS A COUPLE WHO --

THAT'S A PRETTY WILD IDEA.

LET'S GO DO THIS AS A REAL

ESTATE INVESTMENT.

ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS THAT

THAT IS THE STARTING IDEA.

BUT THEY GET INTO IT, AND

THEY FIND THE REAL NEED

HERE AND THE NEED FOR

EVERYONE IS LOVE.

AND THEY WALKED THAT OUT.

AND YOU SEE THE JOY THEY

HAVE.

THE JOY, THE PURPOSE, AND

THEN THE EXTENDED FAMILY.

TO SAY, THESE ARE OUR KIDS

NOW.

WE'RE INVESTED IN THEM.

WE'RE INVESTED FOR THE

GENERATIONS.

THAT IS CHRISTIANITY IN

ACTION.

THAT IS THE HANDS AND FEET

OF JESUS CHRIST EXPANDED.

AND WHAT A WONDERFUL

THING.

AND ALL PEOPLE NEED

AMERICAN STOC, ALLYOU NEED IS THAT LITTLE

IDEA.

AND THEN SAY, LET'S TAKE

THIS SERIOUSLY, AND LET'S

INVEST OUR LIVES IN IT,

AND LET'S DO IT.

TERRY, YOU CERTAINLY HAVE

DONE THIS.

YOU HAVE DONE ON SOME GOD

ADVENTURES THAT HAVE

STARTED OFF AS LITTLE

IDEAS.

Terry: I WAS THINKING

AS YOU WERE TALKING AND AS

WE HAD WATCHED THAT -- WE

ALL KNOW THAT THE WORLD

NEEDS LOVE.

THAT'S JUST AN EASY THING

TO SAY.

BUT LOVE CAN'T HAPPEN

WITHOUT THE RELATIONSHIP.

IT JUST CAN'T HAPPEN

WITHOUT IT.

YOU HAVE TO INVEST FIRST,

AND THE OTHER COMES RIGHT

ALONG WITH IT.

Gordon: DISCIPLESHIP

DOESN'T HAPPEN OUTSIDE OF

RELATIONSHIP.

FAMILY DOESN'T HAPPEN

OUTSIDE OF RELATIONSHIP.

FAMILY ISN'T SOMETHING YOU

DO ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

IT IS SOMETHING YOU DO

FACE TO FACE.

TEARMTS I THIN Terry: I THINK OF ALL

OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING

THROUGH OUR COUNTRY

RACIALLY, AND I THINK, IF

I DON'T KNOW YOU, HOW AM I

GOING TO LOVE YOU?

IT IS A HOLLOW WORD UNTIL

YOU PUT SOME FEET TO IT.

Gordon: AND ONE OF

THE THINGS SHE REALLY SAID

WAS, ONE OF OUR BOYS WAS

IN JAIL.

AND THAT ONE SENTENCE

SUMTIOSUMSIT ALL UP.

Terry: YEP.

THERE IS A COMMITMENT

THERE.

PRETTY WONDERFUL.

Gordon: SO LET ME

ENCOURAGE YOU OUT THERE,

IF YOU GET A GOD-SIZED

IDEA AND IT SEEMS LIKE,

HOW CAN I EVER DO THIS,

REALIZE IT IS NOT YOU

DOING IT; IT IS GOD DOING

IT THROUGH YOU.

AND ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES

I LIVE BY IS THAT GOD HAS

VOLUNTARILY LIMITED

HIMSELF TO OUR UNLIMITED

POTENTIAL.

ALL HE IS LOOKING FOR IS

PEOPLE WHO SAY YES, I'M

WILLING.

GOD, CAN YOU USE ME?

I KNOW I TOOK A GREAT

ADVENTURE TO MOVE MY

FAMILY TO MANILA, AND I'M

SO GLAD I DID.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID

I'M CRAZY.

AND MAYBE I WAS, BUT IT

WAS STILL THAT MADE ALL OF

THE DIFFERENCE, TO JUST

SAY YES TO GOD.

Terry: THERE IS A

CERTAIN IGNORANCE

SOMETIMES IN INITIATING

THOSE THINGS THAT IS A

BLESSING.

Gordon: YES.

IF I KNEW I WAS DOING, I

WOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT.

Terry: EXACTLY.

BUT WHAT GREAT IDEAS COME

OUT OF THOSE SMALL HOLY

SPIRIT MOMENTS.

> STILL AHEAD, FRESH

WATER FOR A SCORCHED

VILLAGE.

SEE HOW IT HAS CHANGED ONE

MOTHER'S LIFE IN A MOMENT.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: TEKO IS A

MOTHER WHO'S CHILDREN WERE

SICK AND STARVING BECAUSE

OF A LACK OF CLEAN WATER.

SOME DAYS ALL SHE AND HER

FAMILY HAD TO EAT WERE

TREE LEAVES.

BUT NOT ANYMORE.

THANKS TO A PARTNERSHIP

BETWEEN CBN AND INNOVATION

AFRICA.

Reporter: MANY DAYS

TEKO WALKS FOUR MILES TO

THE RIVER TO FETCH WATER.

Through Translator:

ONE DAY ANIMALS TRAMPLED

THE WATER.

I WAS SO THIRSTY AND TOO

WEAK TO LOOK FURTHER, SO I

DRANK IT.

BUT I COULDN'T GIVE IT TO

MY CHILDREN.

THEY FELL ASLEEP CRYING.

Reporter: WITH BARELY

ENOUGH WATER TO DRINK,

GROWING CROPS IS

PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

WHEN THERE IS NOTHING

ELSE, PEOPLE GATHER TREE

LEAVES TO EAT.

WE DON'T EAT IT ALL.

I SAVED SOME FOR LATER.

WITHOUT WATER, EVERYTHING

IS DIRTY.

MY CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS

SICK.

SOMETIMES THEY COUGH UP

BLOOD.

I WONDERED WHY GOD GAVE ME

MY CHILDREN.

I WOULD RATHER SUFFER

ALONE THAN TO SEE THEM

SUFFER.

Reporter: TEKO WORKS

HARD EVERY DAY TO PROVIDE

FOR HER CHILDREN.

SHE AND MANY OTHERS CUT

GRASS TO SELL IN THE

MARKET.

AFTER CUTTING AND BUNDLING

THE GRASS, AND WALKING

SOMETIMES FIVE MILES OR

MORE TO THE MARKET, A

WOMAN CAN EXPECT TO SELL

ONE BUNDLE FOR ABOUT 30

CENTS.

THAT'S THE PRICE OF A

SMALL HANDFUL OF TOMATOES.

THERE WAS A DAY WHEN NO

ONE WOULD BUY IT.

I WALKED AT THE WAY BACK

HOME, HOPING SOMEONE WOULD

LET US BORROW SOME FOOD,

BUT NO ONE HAD ANYTHING.

Reporter: WHEN CBN

AND I INNOVATION AFRICA

STARTED DRILLING FOR

WATER, FINALLY THEIR

SEARCH HAD ENDED.

THIS IS JUST A TEMPORARY

TAP.

WE'RE INSTALLING NINE

PERMANENT TAPS, TOTAL.

WE'RE BUILDING A TALL

WATER TOWER OVER HERE, AND

THAT WILL GIVE US THE

PRESSURE TO PIPE WATER A

MILE IN THAT DIRECTION AND

A MILE IN THAT DIRECTION.

SO PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGES

WILL HAVE FRESH, CLEAN

WATER, JUST A FEW MILES

FROM HOME.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

IN MY LIFE TO HAVE WATER

THIS CLOSE.

THE NEXT TIME YOU VISIT,

YOU WILL SEE TOMATOES,

UNIONS, AND OTHER

VEGETABLES TABLE GROWING, FOR US

TO EAT AND SELL IN THE

MARKET.

Reporter: THANKS TO

CBN AND INNOVATION AFRICA,

TEKO AND HER FAMILY AND

MANY OTHER FAMILIES HAVE

FRESH, CLEAN WATER AND

NUTRITIOUS FOOD RIGHT AT

THEIR FINGERTIPS.

NOW MY CHILDREN CAN

SIMPLY WALK TO THE TAP AND

DRINK.

I CAN FINALLY CLEAN

EVERYTHING.

I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE

OF AMERICA IN THE NAME OF

JESUS CHRIST.

MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.

Terry: ISN'T IT AN

AMAZING THING TO KNOW THAT

YOU AND I ARE GIVEN THE

OPPORTUNITY, REALLY, TO

STEP INTO THE MIDDLE OF A

NEED LIKE THAT AND SAY,

YOUR LIFE IS FOREVER

CHANGED.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE LOVE

OF GOD IN ACTION.

AND I THINK IT IS SO

AMAZING THAT HE INCLUDES

YOU AND I IN THE CHANCE TO

MAKE THAT KIND OF A

DIFFERENCE.

IF YOU HAVEN'T JOINED "THE

700 CLUB," THERE IS A

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR

YOU TO DO THAT TODAY.

IT IS 65 CENTS A DAY, $20

A MONTH.

WHILE THAT MAY NOT SEEM

LIKE A LOT, WHEN WE ALL

LINK ARMS TOGETHER, AND

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS

AND THOUSANDS OF US HAVE,

WE ARE TOUCHING AND SAVING

LIVES, LIKE TEKO'S AND HER

CHILDREN AND THE VILLAGE

THAT THEY LIVE IN.

SO THANK YOU IF YOU'RE A

"700 CLUB" MEMBER.

IF YOU'RE NOT, TODAY IS A

GREAT DAY TO JOIN.

IF YOU JOIN AND USE

SOMETHING WE CALL PLEDGE

EXPRESS, WE HAVE A SPECIAL

GIFT FOR YOU.

IT IS "POWER FOR LIFE"

TEACHINGS AND YOU'LL GET

ONE EVERY MONTH.

SO CALL OUR TOLL-FREE

NUMBER: 1-800-700-7000.

SAY, I WANT TO JOIN "THE

700 CLUB" AND I WOULD LIKE

TO DO IT USING PLEDGE

EXPRESS.

THANK YOU.

Gordon: HERE IS A

WORD FROM MATTHEW, AND

IT'S THE WORDS OF JESUS:

"FOR I WAS HUNGRY, AND YOU

GAVE ME TO EAT.

I WAS THIRSTY, AND YOU

GAVE ME SOMETHING TO

DRINK.

I WAS A STRANGER, AND YOU

INVITED ME IN.

NAKED, AND YOU CLOTHED ME.

I WAS SICK, AND YOU

VISITED ME.

I WAS IN PRISON, AND YOU

CAME TO ME."

LET THOSE WORDS INSPIRE

YOU, AND REALIZE WHATEVER

YOU DO, YOU'RE DOING IT

UNTO THE LORD.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


CBN.com | Do You Know Jesus? | Privacy Notice | Prayer Requests | Support CBN | Contact Us | Feedback
© 2012 Christian Broadcasting Network