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700 Club Interactive - July 6, 2018

Former NFL running back and Dancing With the Stars winner Rashad Jennings discusses how his faith helped him over come childhood obstacles. Read Transcript


Andrew: FROM RICHES

Andrew: FROM RICHES

TO RAGS...

I WAS A PATHETIC,

DEFEATED MESS.

Andrew: FIND OUT HOW

THIS PRIVILEGED PRODIGAL

SON FELL FROM GRACE.

> AND RASHAD JENNINGS

SHARES HIS INSPIRING STORY

HERE IN STUDIO ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

HI, THANKS FOR JOINING US.

WE HAVE A GREAT SHOW

TODAY, INCLUDING RASH HAD RASHAD

JENNINGS, WHO TALKS ABOUT

HOW TO PERSEVERE IN THE

MIDST OF NAY-SAYERS

TELLING YOU YOU'RE NOT

GOOD ENOUGH.

> UP FIRST, THE ISLAND

OF PUERTO RICO WAS STRUCK

BY TWO DEADLY HURRICANES

IN ONE MONTH.

TODAY IT IS RACING THE

CLOCK TO REBUILD BEFORE

THE NEXT HURRICANE SEASON

STARTS IN JUNE.

HEATHER SELLS RECENTLY

VISITED THE U.S.

TERRITORY, AND BRINGS US

THIS LOOK AT A UNIQUE

PERSON IN THE RECOVERY,

THE CHURCH.

CHURCHES AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS, THEY

HAVE BEEN REALLY GREAT.

THEY WERE ACTUALLY THE

FIRST IN LINE WHEN THE

STORM HIT.

Heather: HURRICANE

MARIA BLASTED PUERTO RICO

TWO WEEKS AFTER HURRICANE

IRMA.

WITHIN HOURS, IT FLOODEDED FLOOD

THE ISLAND AND DESTROYED

BUSINESSES, AND KNOCKED

OUT 80% OF THE POWER

LINES.

IT MEANT LOSING THEIR

HOMES.

EVERYTHING CHANGED, HE

SAID.

THE UNTOLD STORY AFTER

MARIA, HOWEVER, CENTERS

AROUND THE CHURCH.

IT WAS LOCAL BELIEVERS AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS QUICKLY

RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS.

THE FIRST RESPONDERS

WERE REALLY NOT -- IT WAS

REALLY NOT THE GOVERNMENT.

IT WAS THE CHURCHES, THE

YOUNG PASTORS, THE YOUNG

CHURCH PLANTERS, ALL OVER

THE PLACE, JUST WORKING

TOGETHER.

THEY WERE LIKE TROOPS

ON THE GROUND.

THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR

PEOPLE.

THEY WERE HELPING.

THEY WERE DISTRIBUTING

FOOD THAT THEY ALREADY

HAD.

Heather: THE NEEDS

AFTER MARIA WERE MASSIVE,

AND COMPOUNDED BY THE

CONSTRAINTS OF A PUERTO

RICAN GOVERNMENT THAT ONLY

FOUR MONTHS BEFORE HAD

DECLARED BANKRUPTCY.

TODAY THE ISLAND CAN BEST

BE DESCRIBED AS FRAGILE.

EVEN IN SAN JUAN, THE

DESTRUCTION FROM MARIA IS

PAINFULLY OBVIOUS.

ACROSS PUERTO RICO, DOWNED

LINES REMIND EVERYONE OF

CONTINUING POWER PROBLEMS.

THOUSANDS DON'T HAVE

RUNNING WATER, AND AN

UNTOLD NUMBER OF HOMES

STILL NEED A ROOF.

THE PUERTO RICAN

GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS

RIPPED IT OFF.

HOWEVER, WE ARE BEING

TREATED AT SECOND-CLASS

U.S. CITIZENS.

I GUARANTEE YOU IF

MASSACHUSETTS OR FLORIDA

HAD A POWER OUTAGE LIKE WE

HAVE IN PUERTO RICO, IN

THREE MONTHS, TOPS, IT

WOULD BE 100% AGAIN.

Heather: FACED WITH

THIS SLOW RECOVERY AND

ANOTHER HURRICANE SEASON

QUICKLY APPROACHING, THE

ROLE OF CHURCHES AND

FAITH-BASED GROUPS BECOMES

EVEN MORE CRITICAL.

WITHOUT THEM, MANY, LIKE

ROLONDO AND HIS FAMILY,

HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN.

MOST RESIDENTS HAVE THE

CORRECT PAPERWORK TO SHOW

THEY OWN THEIR PROPERTY,

AND WITHOUT THAT

PAPERWORK, FEMA WILL NOT

HELP.

IN ROLONDO'S NEIGHBORHOOD,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

REBUILDING HOMES.

HE SAYS WITHOUT THE HELP,

HE AND HIS FAMILY WOULD BE

IN THE STREETS.

IN OTHER COMMUNITIES, IT

IS SUPPLYING WATER FILTERS

TO ENSURE CLEAN DRINKING

WATER.

LOCAL CHURCHES, LIKE

PASTOR GABRIEL'S CONTINUE

TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD AND

WATER.

AND TEAMS FROM THE

MAINLAND, LIKE THE

SOUTHERN BAPTIST NORTH

AMERICAN MISSION BOARD,

ARE WORKING ACROSS THE

ISLAND.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE

ARE REALLY GETTING A HEART

FOR PUERTO RICO, AND

SAYING, WE WANT TO BE HERE

AND BE INVOLVED.

Heather: DAVID

MELBURG, THE BOARD'S HEAD

OF RELIEF, SAYS HE EXPECTS

MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME

HERE WILL HAVE A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE.

COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL

COME SERVING IN THE AREA

AND GET A HEART FOR THE

PEOPLE, AND SAY, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

AFTER COLLEGE, I'M GOING

TO PLANT MY LIFE THERE.

Heather: AND IT IS

NOT JUST PHYSICAL HELP

PROVIDED BY THESE GROUPS.

THE FAITH COMMUNITY ARE

EXTENDED ARMS.

THEY HELP US WITH A

WORD OF FAITH, A WORD OF

HOPE.

AND THEY HOPE NOT ONLY

RECONSTRUCT THE MATERIAL

SIDE, BUT THEY HELP

RECONSTRUCT THE SPIRITUAL

SIDE, THE EMOTIONAL SIDE,

OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT IS A HOMERUN FOR US.

Heather: THAT HOMERUN

IS SPORTING DESPERATELY

NEEDED AS ISLANDERS

PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE

SEASON SOME FORECASTERS

ALREADY PREDICT WILL BE A

BAD ONE.

> REPORTING IN SAN JUAN,

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Andrew: THE BODY OF

CHRIST IS DOING SOME

AMAZING THINGS THROUGH

LOCAL CHURCHES AND

PARTNERING WITH

ORGANIZATIONS LIKE

"OPERATION BLESSING."

YOU CAN VISIT THEIR

WEBSITE AT ob.org.

> UP NEXT, HOW AN

UNLIKELY KID EVENTUALLY

BECAME AN NFL RUNNINGBACK,

AND MAYBE EVEN MORE

IMPRESSIVE, A "DANCING

WITH THE STARS"' CHAMPION.

RASHAD JENNINGS IS HERE IN

THE STUDIO WITH US NEXT.

STAY WITH US.

STAY WITH US.

Andrew: WELL, IF

YOU'RE ONE OF THE MILLIONS

OF AMERICANS WHO WATCHES

"DANCING WITH THE STARS,"

YOU'LL REMEMBER SEASON 24

CHAMPION, RASHAD JENNINGS.

HE IS A FORMER

AWARD-WINNING NFL

RUNNINGBACK, WHO HAS MADE

THE MOST OF LIFE'S

DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE WAS AN OVERWEIGHT TEEN

WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, BUT

HE HAD POOR VISION,

ASTHMA, AND A G.P.A. OF

.6.

.6.

HE VOWED NEVER TO DRINK OR

SMOKE, AND HE BELIEVES

THOSE TWO CHOICES SET HIM

ON A PATH TO THE NFL.

IN HIS BOOK, HE SHARES HOW

HE DEFIED THE ODDS STACKED

AGAINST HIM, AND OFFERS US

ADVICE ON HOW TO TAKE

CHARGE OF OUR LIFE AND

WIN.

RASHAD JENNINGS JOINS US

NOW.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE YOU HAVING ME

ON.

Andrew: YOU'RE AN

ELITE ATHLETE, AND IN YOUR

CHILDHOOD, THOUGH, PEOPLE

WOULD NOT, MAYBE, HAVE

SELECTED YOU AS A POSSIBLE

NFL PLAYER.

WHEN YOU'RE SIX YEARS OLD,

YOU GET BROUGHT TO THE

PEE-WEE LEAGUE?

I WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN

PICKED ON ANYTHING.

Andrew: BUT YOU'RE

BIG?

BIG, OVERWEIGHT, AND

DECENTLY COORDINATEDED, COORDINT

I WOULD GET TIRED PRETTY

QUICK.

Andrew: WELL, ASTHMA.

DEFINITELY ASTHMA.

I HAD A MAJOR ASTHMA

ATTACK, WHICH WAS A BIG

TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE.

BUT AS FAR AS BEING THAT

6-YEAR-OLD KID, I WAS

DEFINITELY PICKED LAST.

Andrew: YOUR BOOK IS

A GREAT CHRONICLE OF YOUR

STORY AND HOW YOU MADE IT

TO THE NFL.

AND PARENTS TOLD THE KIDS,

PLAY THE POSITION YOUR

COACH SAYS, BUT YOU WANTED

TO PLAY RUNNINGBACK.

YES.

DEFINITELY.

I WANTED TO LAY

RUNNINGBACK.

I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE

THEY WERE ALWAYS THE MOST

ATHLETIC.

GROWING UP AND WATCHING

BARRY SANDERS RUN THE BALL

AND ALL OF THE GREATS THAT

DO IT, AND I WANTED TO BE

ONE.

Andrew: EVENTUALLY

THEY PUT YOU IN THAT

POSITION AS AN

OPPORTUNITY, MAYBE, JUST

TO SILENCE YOU?

YES, IT WAS, MORE SO.

AND IN HIGH SCHOOL, I WAS

A FIFTH STRING

RUNNINGBACK.

AND WE ONLY HAVE FOUR

RUNNINGBACKS ON THE TEAM.

GIVE HIM FIF.

FIFTH.AMERICA.

Andrew: BUT YOU TOOKIT SERIO?

I TOOK IT SERIOUSLY.

I WAS THE PRETTIEST GUY

OUT THERE DURING PRACTICE,

BECAUSE PRACTICE WAS MY

TIME.

BUT DURING GAME TIME, I

KNEW I WASN'T GOING TO

PLAY.

I HAD MY LITTLE M&Ms,

AND SPRITE, AND ME AND MY

BUDDY, SPEEDY, WOULD WATCH

THE GAME.

Andrew:

UNFORTUNATELY, AT HOME

YOUR DAD WASN'T A REAL

ENCOURAGER FOR YOU.

AND WHEN YOU WERE 13, YOU

HAD QUITE A CONVERSATION

WITH HIM THAT KIND OF

CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF

YOUR FUTURE.

WHAT HAPPENED?

WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS

OLD, I WAS HOSPITALIZED

WIN SAS MA.

WITH ASTHMA.

I HAD AN ASTHMA ATTACK.

I'M BLOWING THROUGH THE

PEAK FLOW, AND IT ONLY

GOES A CENTIMETER.

I'M FIGHTING FOR LIFE,

MUCH LESS ANYTHING ELSE.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE NOT TO

BE ABLE TO BREATHE, BUT IT

IS TOUGH.

AND THE DOCTORS TOLD MY

DAD, THEY SAID, SIR, YOU

CAN'T SMOKE AROUND YOUR

SON ANYMORE.

MY DAD USED TO DRINK AND

SMOKE HEAVILY ALL OF THE

TIME.

I HAVE TWO OLDER BROTHERS,

AND I WAS THE WHOOPS, HE

WE GO AGAIN.

I GREW UP WITH A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

FATHER THAN MY OTHER

BROTHERS.

THEY SAID, SIR, YOU CAN'T

SMOKE AROUND HIM.

I GET OUT OF HOSPITAL AND

I GO HOME, AND MY FATHER

BEGINS TO SMOKE OUTSIDE.

AND FAST FORWARD A WEEK

LATER, HE BEGINS TO COME

BACK IN THE HOUSE,

SMOKING.

I'M IN THAT ROOM, I SMELL

THE SMOKE SEEPING THROUGH

THE VENTS, AND IT STARTS

TO CHOKE ME UP.

I PUT A PILLOW OVER MY

FACE, AND I KNOCK ON THE

DOOR, AND HE DOESN'T

ANSWER IT.

I GO IN, AND HE IS SITTING

IN THE CORNER DRINKING AND

SMOKING.

AND I SAID, DAD, COULD YOU

STOP DRINKING AND SMOKING

AND BE THERE FOR ME?

AND HE SAID, RASHAD, WHAT

DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU

GET OLDER.

PART OF ME KNOWS HE IS

BEING ARROGANT, BUT THE

OTHER PART IS HAPPY I GET

TO TELL HIM.

I SAID, DAD, I WANT TO

PLAY RUNNINGBACK IN THE

NFL.

BIG, OVERWEIGHT -- IT'S A

DREAM.

AND HE SAID, DO YOU YOU

THINK YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

MAKE IT TO THE NFL WITHOUT

DRINKING OR SMOKING

YOURSELF?

AND I LOOKED AT HIM, WITH

TEARS IN MY EYES, I SAID,

JUST TO PROVE YOU WRONG, I

WILL NEVER DO.

AND I HAVE NEVER,

LITERALLY TO PROVE HIM

WRONG.

HE WATCHES THE KNUCKLEHEAD

KID PROVE HIM WRONG, AND

SO HE STOPS DRINKING AND

SMOKING.

Andrew: AND YOU,

ALSO, WERE READY TO PLAY.

WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH

SCHOOL, I THINK A JUNIOR,

AND FOUR RUNNINGBACKS GO

DOWN.

YES.

Andrew: AND THEY CALL

ON YOU.

IT JUST SHOWS THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING

READY.

TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE

BIT.

YEAH.

ALWAYS -- I KEEP SOMETHING

WITH ME, AND IT'S WHEN

OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS

ITSELF, IT IS TOO LATE TO

PREPARE FOR IT.

I FEEL LIKE THE THINGS YOU

WANT IN LIFE ARE ALWAYS

GOING TO APPEAR AT LEAST

THREE GOOD TIMES.

THAT WHOLE STORY OF BEING

ON THAT SIDE LINE, AND

WE'RE PLAYING AGAINST A

HIGH SCHOOL RIVAL, AND

WE'RE PLAYING AGAINST THE

BROOKVILLE BEES, IT'S THE

LAST GAME OF THE SEASON,

JUNIOR YEAR.

WE DON'T HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE

PLAYOFFS.

THEY DO.

IF THEY BEAT US, THEY'RE

IN.

IF WE BEAT THEM, THEY'RE

OUT.

Andrew: BUT THE

RUNNINGBACKS START GOING

DOWN ONE BY ONE.

YES.

FIRST STRING GOT HURT,

SECOND STRING GOT HURT,

AND THE THIRD STRING GOT

HURT.

AND MY BUDDY, SPEEDY -- HE

IS NOT SPEEDY -- HE'S

EXCITED, YOU MIGHT GET A

CHANCE TO PLAY.

THE FOURTH STRING GETS

HURT.

AND HE IS GOING BALLISTIC,

YOU'RE NEXT.

THE COACH CATCHES EYE

CONTACT WITH ME, AND FINDS

A RECEIVER, AND PUTS HIM

IN BEFORE ME, AND HE GETS

HURT, AND FINALLY THEY HAD

NO CHOICE.

Andrew: AND YOU HAD

FOUR TOUCHDOWNS?

FOUR TOUCHDOWNS, TWO ON

OFFENSE, AND TWO ON

DEFENSE.

AND THERE WAS A SCOUT

THERE TO WATCH THE

STARTER.

AND HE SAID, I CAME TO

WATCH THE STARTER, BUT I

COULDN'T HELP BUT TO

NOTICE YOU.

AND HOW WERE YOUR GRADES.

AND I HAD TO TELL HIM I'M

A .6 AT THAT TIME, AND

THAT'S WHEN I TRANSFERRED

FROM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TO

PRIVATE.

MY PARENTS TOOK A MORTGAGE

AGAINST THE HOUSE TO PAY

THE OTHER PART OF THE

TUITION.

AND THEN I STOPPED MAKING

EXCUSES AND BLAMING

PEOPLE, AND TOOK OWNERSHIP

AND RESPONSIBILITY.

Andrew: THAT'S THE

KEY.

> WHAT WOULD YOU TELL

PEOPLE -- YOU OVER CAME A

LOT OF OBSTACLES, PEOPLE

TELLING YOU YOU COULDN'T

DO IT.

YOU WERE TRYING TO BE

READY WHEN YOU CAN.

WHAT'S THE MESSAGE YOU

REALLY WANT READERS TO GET

OUT OF THIS BOOK?

TRUTHFULLY, IT'S IN THE

TITLE "THE IFs IN LIFE."

WHEN YOU SPELL OUT "LIFE,"

"IF" IS IN THE MIDDLE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO SUBTRACT

THAT ONE WORD.

THE BIGGEST IF IS IF YOU

DON'T HAVE GOD IN YOUR

LIFE, HOW CAN YOU LIVE IT.

I GO THROUGH 15 CHAPTERS

SHARING ALL OF MY STORIES

ABOUT HOW THAT WORD KEEPS

POPPING OUT.

Andrew: IT IS A GREAT

BOOK.

I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

I APPRECIATE YOU IN

SHARING YOUR JOURNEY.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: RASHEED'S

BOOK IS CALLED "THE IF IN

LIFE."

COMING UP NEXT, A MAN

LOOKS TO DULL THE PAIN OF

HIS OWN EXISTENCE.

EVERY DAY WAS BEGINNING

THE SAME.

I WOKE UP LOOKING FOR THE

NEXT HIGH.

MY DAYS AND NIGHTS WERE

CENTERED AROUND ESCAPING

REALITY.

Andrew: FIND OUT WHY

HE IS NOW FULL OF HOPE.

AND THEN A PERFORMANCE OF

"RECKLESS LOVE."

DON'T GO AWAY.

DON'T GO AWAY.

Andrew: ANDREW

WILKINSON GREW UP AS A SON

OF PRIVILEGE.

WHEN HIS FATHER FELL FROM

GRACE, LIFE AS HE KNEW IT

DETERIORATED.

I GOT A TELEPHONE CALL

FROM MY FATHER.

I NEVER HEARD HIS VOICE

THE WAY HE SPOKE TO ME

THAT DAY.

HE TOLD ME THAT HE HAD

SOME TROUBLE.

I HAD NEVER HEARD HIM SAY

THOSE WORDS, EITHER, AND

THAT I NEEDED TO COME TO

THE HOUSE RIGHT AWAY.

Andrew: ANDREW'S

FATHER, WALLACE WILKINSON,

GREW HIS COMPANY INTO A

MULTI-MILLION BUSINESS.

HE WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF

KENTUCKY.

AFTER SERVING HIS TERM,

HOWEVER, HE RETURNED TO

FIND HIS COMPANY IN

DISARRAY.

THERE WAS FINANCIAL RUIN

TO HIS COMPANY.

MY DAD EXPLAINED TO US

HE WAS BEING FORCED INTO

INVOLUNTARY BANKRUPT, AND

HIS DEBT TOTALLED ABOUT

$480 MILLION.

AND IT WAS POTENTIALLY

CATASTROPHIC.

I REALIZED THAT OUR LIVES

WERE ABOUT TO CHANGE IN A

VERY BAD WAY.

Andrew: ANDREW AND

HIS BROTHER HAD LIVED

LIVES OF WEALTH AND

PRIVILEGE THROUGH MOST OF

THEIR CHILD HOODS.

ALTHOUGH THE COUPLE HAD

RAISED THEIR BOYS IN

CHURCH, ANDREW SAYS HE

NEVER KNEW CHRIST AND

BEGAN TO ABUSE ALCOHOL AND

DRUGS AT AN EARLY AGE.

I DID NOT UNDERSTAND

JESUS CHRIST AS MAN, I DID

NOT UNDERSTAND THE PLAN OF

SALVATION.

I WAS SPOILED, AND MY

BROTHER WAS SPOILED AS

WELL.

I WAS IMMATURE.

I WAS ARG.

ARROGANT.

I WAS IMMATURE.

MY IDENTITY WAS IN

MATERIAL POSSESSIONS.

MY IDENTITY WAS IN THINGS

THAT HAD NO FOUNDATION.

Andrew: IN 2002,

AFTER FIGHTING A LONG

BATTLE WITH CANCER,

ANDREW'S FATHER SUFFERED A

STROKE, AND ONE DAY LATER

HE WAS GONE.

MY FATHER PASSED AWAY

ABOUT A YEAR INTO THE

BANKRUPTCY.

AND MY MOTHER AND MY

BROTHER AND I WERE, FOR

LACK OF A BETTER WORD,

CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS,

YOU KNOW, HOLDING THE BAG.

Andrew: WHILE HIS

MOTHER DEALT WITH THE

FALLOUT FROM THE

BANKRUPTCY, ANDREW MOVED

TO THE DEBT-FRIENDLY STATE

OF FLORIDA TO PROTECT WHAT

FEW ASSETS WERE LEFT FROM

HIS FATHER'S ESTATE.

WHEN I CAME TO FLORIDA

IS WHEN I STARTED TO TURN

TO THE THINGS THAT I KNEW.

AND WHAT DID I KNOW?

I KNEW DRUGS AND I KNEW

ALCOHOL.

OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT

FOUR YEARS, I WENT ON A

ROAD OF ALL-OUT SELF

DESTRUCTION.

Andrew: WITH NO

DEGREE, NO CONTACTS, AND

FEW SKILLS, LIVING ALONG ALONE

IN A STRANGE STATE, ANDREW

CONTINUED TO TURN TO

DRUGS.

IT GAVE ME THE EXCUSE

TO BE A VICTIM.

EVERY DAY WAS BEGINNING

THE SAME.

I WOKE UP LOOKING FOR THE

NEXT HIGH.

MY DAYS AND NIGHTS WERE

CENTERED AROUND ESCAPING

REALITY.

Andrew: ONE MORNING,

ANDREW PULLED INTO A

CONVENIENCE STORE PARKING

LOT AND BEGAN TO GET HIGH

ON COCAINE AND VALIUM.

I PASSED OUT.

THE MANAGER CALLED THE

CITY POLICE IN SUMPTER

COUNTY.

THEY CAME AND FOUND ME

SLOUCHED OVER IN THE

DRIVER'S SEAT WITH SALIVA

AND MUCOUS COMING OUT OF

MY MOUTH.

Andrew: HE WAS

ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF

COCAINE AND GIVEN

PROBATION.

WHEN SEVERAL DRUG TESTS

CAME BACK DIRTY, HE LANDED

BACK IN JAIL.

DURING THAT TIME, HE AND

ANOTHER INMATE GOT INTO A

SCUFFLE.

UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM,

THIS WAS THE END OF THE

LINE FOR ME.

MY FATHER WAS DEAD.

ALL OF THE MONEY WAS GONE.

MY MOTHER WAS HEARTBROKEN

AND DISRESPONDENT OVER

WHAT I WAS DOING AND HOW I

WAS LIVING MY LIFE.

I HAD LIED, CHEATED AND

DECEIVED JUST ABOUT

EVERYBODY THAT I COULD,

AND HERE I WAS, THIS MAN

WAS THROWING MY BELONGINGS

OUT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE

COMMON AREA AND INSULTING

ME LIKE THAT.

I WAS A CHILD OF WRATH.

AND IT CAME POURING OUT OF

ME.

Andrew: ANDREW BEAT

THE MAN IN HIS JAIL CELL

UNTIL THE GUARDS

INTERVENED.

HE WAS LATER PUT IN A VAN

AND TAKEN TO ANOTHER

COUNTY WHERE HE WOULD

STAND TRIAL.

BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF

STOPS, THE TRIP TOOK 21

HOURS.

I WAS TRANSPORTED IN A

PART OF SHORTS, I HAD NO

SHIRT, AND I WAS SHACKLED

AT MY WRISTS AND ANKLES.

I WAS A PATHETIC,

DEFEATEDED MESS.

I JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE

POWER INSIDE OF ME TO DO

IT ON MY OWN.

THAT IS CALLED BEING

HOPELESS.

AND I HAD TO FACE THE

TRUTH ABOUT WHAT ANDREW

DID WITH HIS LIFE.

THE TRUTH WAS ANDREW, AT

THE HELM, HAD MADE A

DISASTER OUT OF HIS LIFE.

Andrew: IN THE BACK

OF THAT VAN, ANDREW TURNED

TO THE ONE HE HAD HEARD

ABOUT GROWING UP IN

CHURCH.

I GAVE THE FIRST

SINCERE PRAYER OF MY LIFE.

I PRAYED TO JESUS CHRIST.

AND HE ANSWERED MY PRAYER.

AS I WAS SITTING IN THE

BACK OF THAT VAN, I FELT

FORGIVENESS.

I FELT THE HOLY SPIRIT

COME INTO MY HEART.

AND I FELT THE LORD JESUS

CHRIST TELLING ME THERE

WAS A WAY, AND HE WAS THE

WAY, BUT I HAD TO GIVE UP.

I HAD TO SURRENDER.

AND I HAD TO FOCUS ON THE

FUTURE AND GOING FORWARD

IN HIS LOVE AND MERCY AND

COMPASSION.

Andrew: ANDREW WAS

SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN

PRISON.

WHILE THERE, HE BEGAN

STUDYING SCRIPTURE AND

SEEKING OUT SPIRITUAL

MENTORS.

WHEN I OPENED MY BIBLE

IN PRISON, THE VERY FIRST

WAS LUKE 19:10: AND IT

SAYS, "THE SON OF MAN HAS

COME TO SEEK THE LOST."

AND THOSE WORDS SEARED MY

SPIRIT.

Andrew: HE IMMERSEDED

IMMERSEDHIMSELF IN THE WORD OF D

AND WAS RELEASED A YEAR

LATER.

TODAY HE IS A HUSBAND AND

FATHER AND FINALLY KNOWS

WHAT IS TRUE AND VALUABLE.

THIS WORLD SCREAMS YOU

ARE WHAT YOU HAVE.

I HAVE INFINITELY MORE

THAN I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY

LIFE.

WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR,

I KNOW WHO ANDREW IS, AND

I KNOW WHAT IS IMPORTANT:

MY FAITH IN GOD, MY WIFE,

AND MY LITTLE GIRL.

Andrew: ANDREW ALSO

HAS A MINISTRY FOR

PRISONERS, AND LOVES

SHARING HIS MESSAGE OF

HOPE.

I REMEMBER WHAT IT IS

LIKE TO BE HOPELESS.

MY MISSION IN LIFE GOING

FORWARD IS TO SHARE YOU

ARE NOT HOPELESS, THERE IS

A WAY.

AND NOT ONLY IS THERE A

WAY, BUT LIFE CAN COME TO

YOU MORE ABUNDANTLY THEN

EVER BEFORE.

AND IT IS THROUGH THE WAY

OF JESUS CHRIST.

Andrew: WE HEARD

ANDREW AND HIS MESSAGE:

YOU ARE NOT HOPELESS.

YOU ARE NOT HOPELESS.

YOU HEARD HIM SAY HOW HE

TRIED TO COPE.

HE KNEW DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

AND FOR SO MANY OF US,

THAT'S A NATURAL THING.

IT'S WHAT WE KNOW.

IT IS OUR DEPENDENCE.

AND THEN WE COME TO THAT

REALIZATION THAT IT IS NOT

GOING TO.

SATISFY.

IT IS NOT GOING TO HEAL OR

HELP.

IT JUST NUMBS THE PAIN FOR

A FEW HOURS.

BUT YOU HEARD HIM SAY WHEN

HE OPENED SCRIPTURE, THAT

JESUS CAME TO SEEK AND

SAVE THE LOST.

ANDREW WAS LOST IN THAT

TRANSPORT VAN, HALF

DRESSED AND HOPELESS, SO

HE THOUGHT.

BUT THEN HE SAID, I PRAYED

A SINCERE PRAYER, AND THE

POWER OF GOD RESCUED HIM.

YOU'RE NEVER TOO FAR GONE

FOR THE LOVE AND RESCUING

POWER OF GOD TO SAVE YOU.

AND IN TALKING ABOUT

SEEKING AND SAVING THE

LOST, I WANT TO PLAY A

SPECIAL SONG HERE FROM

CORY ASBURY.

YOU KNOW IT.

IT'S VERY POPULAR, CALLED

"RECKLESS LOVE."

*

* BEFORE I SPOKE A WORD,

YOU HAVE WERE SINGING OVER

ME *

* YOU HAVE BEEN SO, SO

GOOD TO ME *

* BEFORE I TOOK A BREATH,

YOU BREATHED YOUR LIFE IN

ME *

* YOU HAVE BEEN SO, SO

KIND TO ME *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

* OH, IT CHANGES ME

* AND I COULDN'T EARN IT

* AND I DON'T DESERVE IT

* STILL YOU GIVE YOURSELF

AWAY *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING RECKLESS LOVE

OF GOD *

*

* WHEN I WAS AFAR, STILL

YOUR LOVE FOUGHT FOR ME *

* YOU HAVE BEEN SO, SO

GOOD TO ME *

* WHEN I FELT NO WORDS,

YOU CLAIMED IT ALL FOR

ME *

* YEAH, YOU DID

* YEAH, YOU DID

* YOU HAVE BEEN SO, SO

KIND TO ME *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

* OH, IT CHASES ME DOWN

* AND I COULDN'T EARN IT

* AND I DON'T DESERVE IT

* STILL YOU GIVE YOURSELF

AWAY *

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

* YEAH

* YEAH...

* THERE IS NO SHADOW YOU

WON'T LIGHT UP *

* MOUNTAIN YOU WON'T CLIMB

UP *

* COMING AFTER ME

* THERE IS NO WALL YOU

WON'T KICK DOWN *

* LIE YOU WON'T TEAR

DOWN *

* COMING AFTER ME

* THERE IS NO SHADOW YOU

WON'T LIGHT UP *

* MOUNTAIN YOU WON'T CLIMB

UP *

* COMING AFTER ME

* THERE IS NO WALL YOU

WON'T KICK DOWN *

* LIE YOU WON'T TEAR

DOWN *

* COMING AFTER ME

* OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

* IT CHASES ME DOWN

* AND I COULDN'T EARN IT

* I DON'T DESERVE IT

* STILL YOU GIVE YOURSELF

AWAY *

*

OH, THE OVERWHELMING,

NEVER-ENDING, RECKLESS

LOVE OF GOD *

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