Celebrate Independence Day with a veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart AND the Congressional Medal of Honor. Plus, The Navy SEAL who overcame impossible odds to become a decorated member of Americaâ€™s elite warriors.
- [Announcer] The followingprogram is sponsored by CBN.
- [Gordon] Coming up,celebrate Independence Day
with a veteran who was awarded
a Purple Heart and theCongressional Metal of Honor.
- That was a day of course,I will never ever forget.
- [Gordon] An Iwo Jima hero honors
the soldiers of yesterday and today.
- I wear it on their honor, not mine.
And I still feel that same way today.
- [Gordon] Plus the NavySeal who should never have
made it to training.
How one decorated memberof America's elite
overcame impossible oddson today's 700 Club.
Welcome to the 700 Club,and happy Independence Day.
Today we want to celebratethe heroes who've made
our freedoms possible.
- Heroes like Hershel Woody Williams,
one of only four Metal of Honor recipients
from World War II still alive.
William served his country in the Marines
during the Pacific Theater.
He took fire on thefront lines on Iwo Jima,
and his actions on that island saved lives
and helped win the battle.
Here's his story.
- [Narrator] They've beencalled The Greatest Generation.
But Woody Williams, a 94 yearold World War II veteran,
a recipient of the PurpleHeart and the Congressional
Metal of Honor doesn't considerhimself as great or heroic.
- I've always said theheroes are those who never
got to come home.
They are the true heroes.
Regardless of how theirlife was sacrificed.
They still did it for us, and America.
So they to my mind are the heroes.
- [Narrator] Woody experiencedcombat for the first
time at Guam in 1944.
And seven months later, hisheroic efforts on the small
island of Iwo Jima were akey component of overtaking
His captain asked him to attack a Japanese
pill box with his 70 pound flame thrower.
Woody then chose four fellowMarines to give him cover.
- When the commanding officersaid this is what we're
going to do, you never questioned that,
or said well why should we do that?
Or I don't wanna do that.
No, that just never was done.
So I don't know that I had any particular
apprehension about doingwith the flame thrower.
That was my job.
That's what I'd been trained to do,
and when he said will you do it,
what am I gonna do?
Yeah, I'm gonna do it.
- [Narrator] The four hourattack was successful.
With it's success and others like it,
the Marines took controlof the lone airstrip
on the island.
- All of a sudden, Marines around me,
I'm talking about threeor four, five Marines
that were around me,now are saying something
about a flag.
And they're firingtheir M1's into the air.
And I guess curiosity got the best of me,
I wondered what they're doing, you know.
So I don't remember whether I stand up,
or just look around, buthere they are doing that
and they're pointing towardMount Suribachi you know.
Saying something about the flag.
But I turned around, and I see the flag
on Mount Suribachi, but when I saw that,
and these other Marinesare doing this crazy stuff,
I start doing the same thing.
Which is now, Old Glory isflying on Mount Suribachi.
That was one of thefirst things that you did
to make sure that theJapanese knew we're here
you know, and Old Glory says we are.
- [Narrator] The iconicphoto made headlines
around the world.
Woody remembers Joe Rosenthal,the man behind the camera.
- I talked to him twotimes before he died.
And he told me it was just an accident
that he got that photo.
He had that big oldcamera that they carried
I think it weighted 14 or 15pounds, it was a big thing.
They developed the film,and sent it on the AP wire
to the states, and there is the picture.
He did not know himself,he didn't know what he had.
But I think that, theflag on the front page
of every major newspaper in the country
did something for America, I really do.
I think it lifted the whole spirit.
- [Announcer] The followingOctober, President Truman
decorated Woody with aCongressional Metal of Honor.
- I don't remember what hesaid to me I was so scared.
I never thought I'd seea president, certainly
not that close, you know.
That was a day of course,I will never ever forget.
And it wasn't until muchlater that I realized
that I received themetal because of others.
Not just because of what I did.
Others made it possiblefor me to receive it.
My commanding officer,the witnesses that were
willing to testify, hadthey not been willing
to do that, you would'venever heard of Woody
Williamson at all.
So I have, and particularlytwo Marines that day
that I had no idea who theywere, and I didn't learn
until this past October who they were,
two Marines that day sacrificed their life
So even though I didn't know their names,
I did realize that happenedbecause of the testimony
that others gave, andthe way we talked when
we got back to Guamand that sort of thing.
So I've always said I'mjust the caretaker of it.
I wear it in their honor, not mine.
And I still feel that same way today.
- [Announcer] Woody is also a veteran
of the Christian faith.
He accepted Christ as hissavior on Easter Sunday 1962.
He taught Sunday School athis church for 42 years.
In 2010, he establishedthe Hershel Woody Williams
Congressional Metal of Honor Foundation.
The foundation honorsfamilies and relatives
who have lost loved ones inservice to their country.
The foundation has erectedstatues in 38 states
to honor the families.
- Now these monuments that the communities
are putting up, I'm not doing that.
I'm just a clog, I'm just a wheel,
a motivator, a something.
But the communities that are doing that
take a great deal of pridein the fact that they are
for the first time in ourhistory recognizing those
who made that sacrifice for all of us.
We couldn't be the country we are,
we couldn't have theprivileges that we have
if it were not for thoseindividuals who are willing
to go into the armed forcesand protect the values
that we all treasure.
So every veteran has a pride in his soul.
He may not express it,but deep down in his soul,
I believe that everyveteran feels good about
what he did to keep America America.
- Let's honor them as wecelebrate Independence Day,
let's honor those whohave given their lives,
who have served our country.
That was World War II, it's been called
The Greatest Generation, butthere's a generation today
who is fighting in Iraq,fighting in Afghanistan,
with multiple deployments,10, 11, 12 deployments
away from their families.
Let's celebrate them andrealize they're heroes too.
Well coming up, we'llhave today's top headlines
from the CBN Newsroom.
- And welcome back to the 700 Club.
There's a new warning todayas Americans celebrate
the 4th of July.
Extreme heat is hittingmuch of the nation,
leading to hazardous conditions.
Along with that scorching heat, dozens
of dangerous wildfiresare burning out west.
Mark Martin has the story.
- [Mark] On this Independence Day,
for millions of Americans itwill feel like temperatures
in the triple digits.
In Boston, authorities brought in large
fans to cool the crowds for upcoming
4th of July festivities.
- You need to stay hydrated.
- [Mark] The scorching heat brought
a commuter train to ahalt in Philadelphia,
knocking out the power.
- Stuck on train now for almost two hours
and it's probably about120 degrees on this train.
- [Mark] In New Jersey, rescue workers
helped evacuate 50 seniorsfrom a nursing home
after the air conditioningstopped working.
The temps soared above 100 degrees.
Out west, the heat anddry winds are fueling
more than 40 wildfiresin nearly a dozen states.
The spring fire insouthern Colorado spread
to nearly 80,000 acres.
It's the second largest in state history.
This social media footageshows one of the more
than 100 homes destoyed by the flames.
- It looked like Hiroshimahad another A bomb
dropped on it.
- [Mark] Officials say an illegal campfire
started the massive wildfire.
In Utah, leaders theredeclared a State of Emergency.
The governor urges commonsense this Independence Day.
- Only do a campfire ina designated campground.
Don't leave fires unattended.
Be careful of fireworks.
- [Mark] Mandatory evacuation orders
have been issued for thousands of homes
in the fire zones.
Mark Martin, CBN News.
- Federal authoritiesare revealing new details
about an Ohio man's planto launch terror attacks
during the 4th of July celebrations.
They stopped him in time,but as Erik Rosales reports,
extra security measures arebeing taken across the country.
- Here in the nation'scapital, the 4th of July
celebration will bringthousands to the National Mall.
The fences are already up,and you can already see
an increase in police presence.
Just like in other citiesacross the country,
like New York and Boston.
- I want to remind everyonethat the 4th of July
is a family event.
Be smart, if you seesomething say something.
- There's no specificcredible threat to this 4th
of July celebration.
That said, we understand it isa symbolic American holiday.
- [Erik] Law enforcement know attacks
like the one foiled inCleveland can happen anywhere.
A 30 page complaintdetailed how Demetrius Pitts
wanted to carry out the attacks.
The feds say he not onlywanted to have bombs
explode at Cleveland's4th of July celebrations,
but also at a church, theRock and Roll Hall of Fame,
and other beloved Cleveland landmarks.
- He looked for locations to park a van
that would be packed with explosives.
He talked about taking targetslike St. Johns Cathedral
off the map, and justyesterday he discussed
giving remote control carspacked with explosives
and shrapnel to the children
of our military uniform members.
- [Erik] Pitts allegedlywanted to hit Philadelphia.
The affidavit said a map withmultiple landmark targets
was also found.
Agents say Pitts thoughthe was meeting with another
Al Qaeda sympathizer but it was really
an undercover FBI agent.
- The undercover and Mr. Pittshad a lengthy conversation.
Pitts again on his own expressedhis allegiance to Al Qaeda,
his desire to participatein a terror attack
on July 4th in Cleveland, Ohio.
- [Erik] Pitts remainslocked up, awaiting trial.
- Authorities say thebest advice, if you see
something, say something.
Your tip may prevent an attack.
Erik Rosales CBN News, Washington.
- As Americans celebrateindependence, some Iranians
are dreaming they'll befree one day as well.
Public anger is risingagain in Iran, feeding
the idea of possible regime change
in the Islamic Republic.
But as Chris Mitchell reports,protests have been met
by violence from authorities.
- [Chris] Iranian policefired on protestors
demonstrating in thestreets about salty, muddy
drinking water during asevere drought in the country.
While Iran's Foreign Ministerdownplayed this incident,
it follows last week's protestat Tehran's Grand Bazaar
outside Iran's Parliament,and in dozens more locations
- We are now, I believe,very realistic in being
able to see an end of the regime in Iran.
We can see it.
- [Chris] Mayor Rudy Giulianisited those demonstrations
at the annual meeting ofIran's main opposition group.
- They continue to growand grow with numbers
that now threaten to topple the regime.
When that happens, then freedomis right around the corner!
- [Chris] Giulianicredited President Trump's
decision to pull out ofthe Iranian Nuclear Deal
and reimpose sanctions forputting enormous pressure
on Iran's economy.
He noted today's protestswere coordinated,
and that even more economic pressure could
soon hit an Iranian economy,already in free fall.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
addressed the impact of the sanctions.
- In complete contrastto what the international
experts said, not onlyhas the reimposition
of sanctions not united the Iranian public
around the regime, thecomplete opposite is happening.
- [Chris] Netanyahu hasalso used social media
to speak directly to the Iranian people
during the unrest.
Michael Oren, Israel'sDeputy Minister of Diplomacy
told CBN News, Israelis trying to resurrect
an historic friendship.
- You know, the Iranianand Jewish people have an
It goes back 2500 years.
We were never at war with these people.
Their government, their regimehas been at war with us.
Up to 1979, up to the Iranian Revolution
we had excellent relationswith the Iranian people.
We want to go back towhere those relations were
in 1979, and to restorewhat we see as an aberration
in our historic friendship.
- [Chris] Despite the growing opposition
to the Iranian regime, Oren is cautious
about expecting change.
- For many years, I've been hearing about
imminent change of governments in Iran.
For the last 40 years, it hasn't happened.
So let's be cautious aboutit, and frankly, let's hope.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.
- And Gordon and Terrywill be back with much
more of today's 700 Club, it's coming up
right after this.
- [Narrator] Coming up.
- We are selling an American Icon.
- [Narrator] 500 millionstars, and 100 million stripes.
That's what it takes to make10 million flags a year.
- People still look at the USflag for what it symbolizes.
Which it symbolizes freedom.
- [Narrator] InsideAmerica's oldest and largest
flag company, next.
- This 4th of July, millions of Americans
will be displaying the flag as a tribute
to our nations vets, andmillions of those flags
will be Annin Flags.
They're from the familyowned company that's been
producing flags like OldGlory for six generations.
Take a look.
(Star Spangled Banner instrumental music)
- [Narrator] The White House.
The North and South Poles.
All of these iconic placeshave one thing in common.
Flags made by Annin Flagmakers.
- [Announcer] I believe theyare setting up the flag now.
- [Bob] Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong
planted an Annin flag on the moon.
That was something thatAnnin was extremely proud of.
- [Narrator] Annin isthe oldest and largest
flag manufacturer in the United States.
Vice President of SalesBob Caggiano has been
with Annin for over 40 years.
- Annin actually startedin 1820 at ship's chandlers
on the Hudson.
And around 1847 the sonstook over the business
and they just wantedto go into flag making.
- [Narrator] After sixgenerations, the company
is still family owned.
And it makes all sorts offlags, from their plants
in Coshocton, Ohio andSouth Boston, Virginia.
But their bestseller is Old Glory.
They produce 10 million US flags a year.
That's 500 million starsand 130 million stripes
to be exact.
- We are selling an American icon
and regardless of what may be happening
any time, people still look at the US flag
for what it symbolizes,which it symbolizes freedom.
Annin Flagmakers grewup alongside America.
In 1849 the young company was commissioned
to make the flags forPresident Zachary Taylor's
inauguration, and they'vemade them for every
- I've always said Anninis a footprint of America.
When you go back to 1820,and when you think about
there's not too many othercompanies that are around.
And because we make aUS flag, whether it was
the Civil War or WorldWar I or World War II,
Annin has been there.
- [Narrator] Flags start outas bolts of American made
white fabric, which is thendyed, cut, sewn and packaged.
Some of them are printed onindustrial screen printers.
But employees say the flagis much more than a product.
- It is the single greatest symbol
that recognizes our country.
The fact that someonewants to display that
in front of their businessor in front of their home,
or they want to presentthat to someone as a gift,
to me, that's pride in country.
And I think that's pretty awesome.
- When you come in, andyou see all this red,
white and blue hangingevery day, everybody
takes pride in their work.
(sewing machine spinning)
- With a flag thatrepresents your country,
it's something that you really enjoy doing
you know, because you'redoing it for your country.
- [Narrator] Annin Flags haveflown in times of celebration,
like the grand opening of Yankee Stadium
as well as times of mourning,
such as Abraham Lincoln's funeral.
But for Bob, the most meaningful flags
are those that honorveterans who have made
the ultimate sacrifice.
- America has gone to war in other places
so they could have thefreedom that we have here.
Who did that?
It was our veterans, it was our soldiers
that are currently deployed.
And they went out thereand fought that war,
because they believed in something.
They believed in the American flag,
and they believed in freedom.
Every time you see a veteran,you should thank them.
- [Narrator] For theveterans and military spouses
employed at Annin, flagmaking is a special craft.
- My husband is actually aformer Marine, so this job
means a lot to me, because ofwhen he served the country.
- It means freedom, you know.
Stuff that people have foughtfor for years and years.
Had nobody fought it, we wouldn'tbe flying that right now.
- But I'm close to flags, andI feel closer to the flags
since I did serve.
I still get goosebumpswhen I see the flag go up.
- [Narrator] No matter where it's found,
the US flag representsvalues Americans all share.
- It's a rallying point.
To me, that flag just meansthe unity and the freedoms
that us as all Americans have.
It's something we reallyall should be proud of.
- Absolutely, and as wecelebrate Independence Day,
you're gonna see Old Gloryflying here, there and everywhere
and we thought you'denjoy this story of some
of the history that broughtit about, but also the values
and the ideals that arerepresented by the flying
of the flag, and the independencethat we enjoy, Gordon?
- Well life for a militaryfamily can be tough.
They have to deal with long deployments,
frequent relocation, and tight budgets.
So when Helping the Home Front found out
that a Marine named Adamwas getting married,
they wanted to make surethat he and his new fiance
would be able to starttheir new lives together
- [Narrator] Beautiful San Diego harbor,
where pleasure boats abound,shares the same waters
as one of the busiestNavy ports in the world,
Naval Base San Diego.
It's from here that MarineSargent Adam deployed
for seven months.
His desire to serve ourcountry was instilled
at an early age because of the patriotic
family members who served before him.
- My grandfather served in the Korean War.
My stepfather, he is Army,looking at the uniform
that they wore, and what it represented.
Just as a kid, you justwant to be a part of it.
I realize it really was family tradition.
- [Narrator] Homecoming was extra special,
since his fiance Delmiwas waiting for him.
- When I actually saw him, Icouldn't contain my excitement.
I've heard his voice, so Iremembered how that sounded.
But to be able to see himin person, it was just
It was just one of the bestmoments that we've had.
- [Narrator] Afterhomecoming, Delmi stayed
a week with friends sothe couple could finish
planning for the wedding, and the move.
Together, they faced thereality of a very lean budget.
They had to arrange tomove Delmi's belongings
Plus they needed furniturefor their first home.
While separated, Delmidid everything she could
to make sure they were financially set up
for success, working longhours to pay off her debt
before getting married.
- I wanted to be debt free.
That's just a personalgoal that I gave myself
and continuing to placeGod first in everything
that we do.
- [Narrator] Adam savedas much as he could
during deployment, but wasn'tsure if it would be enough.
- I'm thankful to have beenable to save up the money.
However, I know it's going everywhere.
I know it's going to a wedding, it's going
to an apartment, it'sgoing to transportation.
So it's definitely beena concern, something
that's in the back of mymind that yes, I'm thankful
to have been able to save what I saved,
but it'll be spent accordingly.
- [Narrator] Knowing theirconcerns, Pillar Church
contacted CBN's Helping theHome Front to ask to relieve
some financial pressure.
Pastor Trace Martinez wasthrilled that we would
- Because we are a smallchurch, and I know a lot
of churches fall into thiscategory, we just don't
have the resources as much as we'd love to
pour into one particular family in need
on the scale that Helpingthe Home Front does.
That's not somethingthat we're able to do,
and to have that as aresource is tremendous for us.
- [Narrator] PastorTrace invited the couple
over to deliver the big news.
- One of the things that CBN wants to do
to bless your family, and start you guys
off on the right foot, isto pay for your entire move
from Texas to California.
CBN wants to cover that cost completely.
- Oh my God!
- That's awesome, thank you very much.
- There's actually more that they
wanna do for you.
CBN's actually gonna contribute the funds
to be able to buy whatyou need in furniture
to finish out establishing your household.
- Oh my God, that's so exciting.
- That's awesome, thankyou very much, wow.
- Very humbling.
I don't know what to say,but I'm just so happy
- Thank you, that's overwhelming to hear.
- [Narrator] CBN tookAdam and Delmi shopping
to pick out furniture.
A few months later, thecouple headed to Texas
to tie the knot.
When it was time to moveDelmi to California,
CBN paid for the entire move.
- It's a blessing to beable to be a part of this.
To be able to share it to others.
To be able to speak aboutan amazing community
that CBN is and the 700 Club that helps
so many other families in need.
So I really pray that this continues.
- And you can be a part of it. How?
By giving to Helping the Home Front.
It's a wonderful programwhere we recognize
that the families of service members are
And we wanna help them.
So you can be a part of it.
All you have to do iscall us, 1-800-700-7000.
Or you can go to the website, CBN.com.
- Well still ahead, theNavy Seal who may not
have had to fight the badguys with one leg tied
behind his back, he just had to deal
with most of his childhoodfeeling like that.
He's gonna share his unbelievable story
of overcoming when we come back.
- And welcome back to the 700 Club.
There are new reportsAmerican pastor Andrew Brunson
could soon get hisindependence day from Turkey.
He's a missionary whohas been held hostage
in a Turkish prison as apolitical pawn since 2016.
The Turkish governmentwants the US to hand over
a controversial Islamic clericin exchange for Brunson.
But now the US congresshas taken steps to sanction
Turkey for jailing Pastor Brunson.
As a result, reports frominside Turkey indicate
he could be released afterhis next hearing, July 18th.
Doctor David Jeremiah isreaching massive crowds in India
with Biblical teaching.
The host of TurningPoint recently preached
to 160,000 people in fiveservices at Calvary Temple
in Hyderabad, India.
Doctor Jeremiah says quote,
"My most passionate goal in all things
is to ensure Jesus Christ is glorified
and lifted up as the Way,the Truth and the Life".
Remember, you can alwaysget the latest from CBN
News by going to our website.
We'll be back with muchmore of today's 700 Club
coming up right after this.
- Only a small percentage of Navy recruits
make it to Seal training.
Only a fraction of thosewho make it to training
are able to finish it.
Patrick Bisher is one of the few deemed
physically and mentally tough enough
to earn his trident.
Not bad for a guy whom doctors said would
never be able to walk.
- [Narrator] Patrick Bisherwas born with a severe
bone disease and spent aportion of his childhood
in leg braces.
When doctors said hewould never walk again,
Patrick proved them wrong.
That same determinationcarried him through
the grueling Navy SealBUDS Training in 2006.
But a parachute accidentnearly crippled him,
leaving Patrick's career in jeopardy.
In his book, No Surrender, Patrick shares
why he never gave up,even in his darkest hour
and offers life lessonsto help those fighting
battles of their own.
- Well Patrick Bisher is here with us now,
and we welcome you to the 700 Club.
- Thank you for having me.
- You were the kind ofkid I'm not gonna lie,
as the mother, I'm reading that book going
holy cow, you have to tiethis guy down, I mean.
- You were into stuff fromthe time you were little
really, there was somethingin you that just made you
wanna do the daring and the dangerous.
- Yeah, yeah.
- At what point then didyou find out that you had
this issue with yourhips, with your bones,
because you didn't know it for awhile.
- Right, and I didn't haveit, I didn't develop it
until I was about nine years old.
And then that's when my parents noticed
that I was limping along,and trying to be normal.
- And I mean even thenit was a while before
doctors figured out what to do about it.
I mean that must've beenvery frustrating to you
as a nine year old whohad this inner thing
that just wanted to jumpoff of tall buildings.
- Right, right.
(laughing)- What was that like for you?
Because you had legbraces, I mean it changed
everything in you life asthey started to treat you.
- It did, it did.
So I just, I didn't know what I had until
the doctors told me,but I had so much pain,
and it was so difficult totry to do all the things
that I used to be ableto do, and to just be
told that you can't do them anymore.
It's tough for a kid, you know.
- Well and it wasn't just not being able
to do the things you'd always done.
I mean the treatmentsjust seemed never ending.
It was like one thing on top of another.
And then you'd get tothe end of a procedure
or a surgery, and they'dsay well it didn't really
go as well as we thought it was going to.
I mean how did you handle that as a kid,
and how did your parentshelp you move through that?
- I just tried to stay positive.
I really tried to focus onthe shortest goal possible
that I could try to reach.
And if you let negativity into your mind
and into your heart,
then that's all that will come out.
So I was blessed to haveparents that told me
that I could do thingsinstead of limiting me
and telling me that I shouldn't try.
- Well the other aspect of that of course,
is your peers.
I mean a lot was impactedby the braces that
you had to wear wereheavy, and encumbering.
And going to school hadto be just as painful
as the disease itself.
How did you handle howkids responded to it?
- It's tough, because kidsaren't politically correct.
- [Terry] No.
- So kids tell the truth,and often at times, it hurts.
And so being made fun of,and being bullied as a kid
really hardened me,and hardened my spirit.
And so that helped me later on in life.
But it helped me grow up really fast also.
And it just, it was Godbuilding me and working
me and trying to figure out.
- In you, kind of.
- It was in me to go through this process,
and God used that to help me become
who I am today.
- Did you have faith in your life as a kid
when you were going through all this?
- I grew up in the church,my dad was an elder
at the church, my parentswere very involved
in the church.
But I didn't have a deepand meaningful relationship
with God, and didn't havea Christ centered life
because I was dealingwith all of my issues,
and my pain physically.
- Were you angry with God?
- I was angry with God.- I don't blame you.
- I talk about that, and I express
that to people throughout.
- So how did you work with that?
I mean here you are,you've got these issues
that are recurring, andthat are leaving you
having to contend with allof this as you're growing up,
and I think anybody at that stage of life
going through that wouldsay God where are you.
How did you get to theplace where you just
let God do what he was doing in your life
and you decided to learn something?
- Well I had to hit rock bottom first.
I was so prideful in my accomplishments,
and what I was doing,that I idolized myself.
I became my own idol,I became the superman
that I thought I was.
And God had to humble me in order for me
to be saved, and so.
- [Terry] That happens to a lot of us.
- Well I hit rock bottomwhen I had that parachute
accident, and I could no longer go and be
the person who I thought I should be.
And God really put iton my heart and said no.
You are a warrior, butyou're a spiritual warrior.
And He uses me now in thatworld, instead of physical.
- I'm gonna ask you to backtrack a second
so people can get the picture of this.
You actually decide togo into the military,
and to become a Seal, I meanthat's that same quality
I see in your book in youwhen you were like a kid.
What made you thinkyou could do that after
all you'd been through?
Because it's grueling.
- Just the people tellingme that I couldn't.
They said that youcan't walk, so I walked.
They said you can't run, so I ran.
They said you can't playsports, so I played sports.
And then what is the ultimate goal?
What is the biggest challenge?
And for me, I wanted toserve at some capacity
and I wanted to be a helpful person.
I wanted to serve in the military,
because I thought that I am a warrior,
and I need to help otherswho can't help themselves.
And defend this nation.
And it drove me to see whatthe biggest challenge was.
And at that time, nobodyreally knew what Seals were,
and then I found out thatit's a grueling program,
and hardly anybody can make it through.
I said that's it.
That's my next challenge.
- Yeah, that's for me!
Well, then the Seals BUDS training.
I mean, that is even more grueling.
So you make it through that, and then
you jump out of an airplane.
Parachute out of an airplane,you didn't just jump
you parachuted out of the airplane.
But you had an accident thatput an end to everything
that you had worked for.
- Mm hmm.
- I mean, first of all you could've died.
But second, sometimesit's almost harder to live
and have to contend withthe aftermath of that.
How did you handle that?
- Well the injury wassomething that I thought
that I could overcome,because I had already
overcame so many other obstacles.
And that was finallythe one that limited me.
I could not even walk.
- [Terry] Even you.
My hip actually had lockedup, and I had to push
it with my arms, just for it to move.
And that was very traumatic.
Very hard to overcome.
- But you walked out heretoday for this interview.
- [Patrick] Yes I did.
- And you've written abook called No Surrender,
Faith, Family and Finding Your Way.
What do you want thetakeaway of those who read
your book to be?
- I would like others to be able to read
and then apply thelessons that I've learned
through my time, and overcoming adversity.
That it's not about metrying to preach to people
or tell people how to live their life,
but to see the lessonsthat I have learned,
and to gain that wisdomso that they don't have to
go though that themselves.
- May it be so.
It's an amazing story,you're an amazing guy.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, unbelievable.
You can get even more ofPatrick Bisher's story
in his book, it's called No Surrender,
Faith, Family and Finding Your Way.
It's available nationwidewhere books are sold.
Thank you for being with us.
- Thank you so much for having me.
- What an amazing story you've got.
Yeah, happy Independence Day.
- [Patrick] Yeah, happy 4th of July, happy
- Thank you.
- Well coming up, a wife'sworst fears are confirmed.
Her husband is lost at sea.
- [Rex] I mean it was hot.
Right on top of your head.
You're getting dehydrated,getting jellyfish stung.
Of course the swimming, the swimming.
I mean it'd almost kill you.
- [Gordon] Watch whatthis man had to endure
during 20 hours at sea.
- The weather was perfectwhen Rex Willimon and six
family members took off fora day of deep sea fishing.
But when it got dark andthey hadn't returned,
his wife knew they werein serious trouble.
- [Keisa] Something's not right.
I said they should be getting back.
Mom said no, they'regonna fish until dark.
I said no, Rex told mehe'd be in by six o'clock.
(emergency radio chatter)
- [Narrator] Keisa Willimon was worried.
Her husband Rex and sixother family members
left that morning for a day of fishing
off the coast ofCharleston, South Carolina.
Now it was late and they hadn't returned.
That's because 12 hoursearlier, they ran into trouble.
- The next thing I know,one engine hiccupped.
And it cut itself off.
So reached down and hit the starter.
Clack, clack, clack.
Probably 10 seconds later,the water alarm went off.
First thing that came to mindwas I better start praying.
You know, three foot of waterin the bottom of a boat,
there's no stopping it.
- [Narrator] Rex put out a mayday call.
Then just minutes later, the boat
went down 20 miles from shore.
The only thing above water was the bow,
which the men and threeboys used to stay afloat.
In just a short time, the elements started
taking a toll.
The group was alsoexhausted from swimming,
because twice the currentpulled them from the boat.
- I mean, it was hot.
Right on top of yourhead, the water was cold.
You're getting dehydrated,getting jellyfish stung.
Of course, the swimming,the swimming was just
I mean, it'd almost kill you.
Just trying to stay up with the boat.
(emergency radio chatter)
- [Narrator] Meanwhile, the Coast Guard
had begun their search.
But the mayday Rex putout had been cut short,
and they were looking forthe boat two miles off shore,
18 miles from where the boat went down.
They found no sign of Rex and the others
and called off the search.
(emergency radio chatter)
As the final hours ofdaylight came to an end,
the group faced more challenges.
- When it first started getting dark dark,
you know I was like we'regonna spend the night out here.
I could feel the sharks.
I was either kicking them,or they were hitting me,
one of the two.
- [Narrator] Rex and his brother-in-law
were the only ones who saw the sharks,
but they didn't tell the others.
Thankfully, the sharksdidn't stick around.
At home, Rex's wife Keisacalled the Coast Guard.
They told her about thesearch earlier in the day,
and asked her to go to the marina
to see if the boat was there.
When she saw the slip was empty,
she reported it to the Coast Guard.
Then she took out herBible and began to pray.
- It was James 1:6.
"But let him ask infaith, nothing waivering.
For he that wavereth islike a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossed".
It was like God was tellingme you put your faith
in me, I'll get you through anything.
- [Narrator] With someadditional information
from Keisa, the CoastGuard resumed their search.
But time was running out.
The temperature haddropped, and now they faced
the threat of hypothermia.
- All night long, we were in the water.
I mean, it was so cold we were shivering.
I mean our teeth werechattering continuously.
You know, there ain't nothing you can do.
But we would wrap ourlegs around each other
underwater, and just huddledup as tight as we could get.
But I mean it still, it's cold.
- [Narrator] Friends and family prayed
through the night.
The stranded group alsoprayed as they watched
Coast Guard chopperssearch the dark waters.
At home, the women knew theirprayers had been answered.
- My mom looked at me, shesaid, "we better go get ready".
And I said yeah, they're gonna be calling.
- [Narrator] Then justbefore sunrise, a spotlight
broke the darkness.
After 20 hours at sea,the men were rescued.
- When they turned aroundand put the spotlight
on us, we were oh, it was.
It was Sunday morning.
(emergency radio chatter)
- [Narrator] Everyonewas brought to safety
and treated for dehydration and sunburn.
Recently, the familycame together to remember
the events of that weekend.
But one mystery remains.
How did that 38 footcabin cruiser stay afloat
for 20 hours in 65 feet of water?
Rex believes there's only one answer.
- Oh, there was angelssitting underneath the boat.
I mean, there's no doubt.
Even when the went out to rescue the boat
and pull it back in, hehooked to it with his lines
and it sank you know.
It was there for the time that God needed
it to sit there.
- And He is there for you for the time
that you need Him.
The Bible says He is our very present help
in time of need.
He wants to protect His children.
He wants to provide for His children.
And He wants to heal His children.
Jesus said it very clearly.
Here's a Gentile woman whocomes to him for her daughter.
Now, I think a lot ofpeople go through life
thinking they're not worthy to get healed.
That they're not important enough for God
to pay attention to them.
Or they've done some bad things.
I can't possibly get healed.
Take encouragement fromthis story in the Bible.
Where a Gentile comes to Jesus.
Gentile means not livingkosher, not sacrificing
at the temple, not pure, not clean.
The proper Jew couldn'teven go and eat with them.
So she comes to Jesus for her daughter.
And Jesus says somethingvery curious to her.
It's not good, it's notfit to give the children's
bread to the dogs.
Now can you imagine aminister of the Gospel
saying that to somebody today?
Jesus was doing it for effect.
He wanted to both remindher she wasn't qualified
to get the Messiah, thepromised Jewish savior.
She wasn't qualified.
But he loved her response,and he was provoking
And she said well eventhe dogs get the crumbs
from the table.
And that pleased him.
She persevered through.
So you persevere through tosay I know God can provide.
I know He wants to provide.
I need to just convince myself of that
in order to get the children's bread.
Now here's something else for you.
You find it in the Lord's Prayer.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Jesus is not telling us to pray for that
just to get food.
He's telling us to pray toget the spiritual sustenance
that we need, the mannawe need every single day.
The children's bread.
Now parents, you're used togiving bread to your children.
You give them breakfast,you give them lunch,
you give them dinner, yougive them a midnight snack.
You're used to that.
You do it every single day.
You don't miss a single day.
Well that's our heavenly Father.
He doesn't wanna miss asingle day in your life.
So together, let's cometo Him and say, even us.
Even poor sinners like us.
We get the bread, we get access.
And Jesus enables us to be His children.
He wants us to be withHim for all eternity.
That means He wants toprovide for us here and now.
So let's pray, with that in mind.
And let's just believe and seewhat Jesus will do for you.
Lord, we just lift those who have needs.
We come together, believing now
that the children's bread is our right.
That because you diedfor us, you enabled us
to be adopted into your family.
You enabled us to be thechildren of the most high God.
You did all of this for us,while we were yet sinners.
So today, in accordancewith your instructions,
we pray give us this day our daily bread.
Give us what we need spiritually for life,
for health, for everything Lord God.
Stretch forth your hand to dowonders, to do miracles today.
For we ask it in Jesus name.
There's a woman namedTina, you've had a blockage
in your right ear, ringingin that ear, loss of hearing
in that ear, pressure in thatear, God has just released
all of that.
He's brought back your hearing.
What you couldn't do before.
Close up your good leftear, and realize your right
ear is hearing perfectlynow, and that swelling
and pain is leaving you rightnow in Jesus mighty name.
- There's a young person,you're watching this program
and you have gotten hooked on opioids.
Your parents don't even know it.
You are crying out to God, help me.
I don't wanna destroy my family.
I don't wanna destroy my own life.
God has heard your prayer.
Surrender your heart to him right now.
Lift up your hands andreceive your freedom,
in Jesus' name.
But walk in that freedomwith the Lord from here out.
- There are many peoplejust being delivered from
compulsions now, thatyou no longer control.
Your will is no longer in control.
You're a slave to compulsion.
In Jesus' name, be healed of that.
He came to set the captives free.
So that you wouldn't be aslave to anything anymore.
You would be a child of the most high God.
Set them free, set thecaptives free Lord God.
Renew their minds, theirinnermost being, their spirits.
Take away cravings, takeaway the compulsion now.
In Jesus' name.
- There's someone else,you've had an ankle injury
and you have this strangeclicking in your ankle.
It's actually very uncomfortable.
And it makes your gait odd.
God is healing that for you right now,
almost like lubricatingthat ankle joint again.
You're not gonna have that anymore.
You're not gonna feel it,you're gonna walk freely.
- There's someone, you've got headaches.
And it's almost like there's fire in you.
You feel it like a burning pain.
God is healing you of that.
He's taking it all awayfrom you now in Jesus' name.
- Someone else, you have arash, it's all on the insides
of your arms and your legs.
And your skin is so tender there.
It bleeds sometimes, and nothing you do
seems to get rid of it.
But God is healing that condition for you.
It's going to heal up,dry up, and you'll not
have it again in Jesus' name.
- Someone with pain in your right neck,
going into your rightshoulder, God just released you
of that right now in Jesus' name, amen.
If you need prayer, we're here for you.
All you have to do is call us.
We want to wish you avery happy 4th of July.
We leave you these wordsfrom 2 Corinthians.
"Now the Lord is Spirit, andwhere the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is freedom".