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700 Club Interactive - July 16, 2018

Two friends survive a boat crash in alligator-infested waters in the middle of the night near Baton Rouge. Read Transcript

- [Narrator] A man shareshis testimony on Facebook.

- The blood of Jesus Christmade that thing happen for me.

- [Narrator] And getsover 10 million views.

- It done delivered you,boy, like the UPS truck.

- [Narrator] Plus, alate-night boat crash.

- [Boater] It was dark, Icouldn't see and couldn't breathe.

- [Narrator] Leaves two men stranded

in gator-infested waters.

- There was tons of them on the bank.

- [Narrator] Their divine rescue.

- I wanted to cry when I saw 'em.

- [Narrator] On today's700 Club Interactive.

- Welcome to the show.

A video of nurses and staff praying

at the Covenant HealthHospital in Lubbock, Texas,

has gone viral.

Sonia Diaz posted the video that's had

over 20 million views on Facebook.

Her caption reads, "We prayevery day for our patients

"and families and co-workers,and today was also a

"farewell to two great nurses."

- [Terry] In the video, onenurse prays over two nurses,

who are leaving to workat other locations.

As the camera pans around the circle,

you can see co-workersare bowing their heads

and reaching out their hands toward them.

If I'm ever sick, I'm headin' to Lubbock.

- Yeah, you want a hospital that prays.

- Yes, wow.

- They realize that God isthe source of all healing,

and what medical sciencecan't do, God can.

- Yeah, well, here is ahappy ending story for you.

Eight-year-old, August GussyBridges, was headed home

from the Norfolk airport recently

when she suddenlyrealized she had left her

beloved stuffed dog, Cookie Dough,

on a table in the terminal.

Well, her parents immediatelycalled the airport

to check with lost and found.

They were told theairport police would try

to track them down, and they did.

- Well, when the family pickedhim up a few days later,

they discovered CookieDough had been busy.

Kelly Bridges, Gussy'smom, posted these pictures

on Facebook saying, "Gussywent to pick it up today,

"and they gave her thisbook, and I about cried."

- The handsome bookletshows Cookie Dough all

over the airport at counters and kiosks,

driving cars and trucks,riding the escalator,

wearing a rescue uniform, having lunch.

He was even dubbed anhonorary police officer.

Turns out when the staff heard how upset

the little girl was, they wanted to,

quote, put a special touchon returning the toy.

Well, mission accomplished.

What a sweet thing to do.

- Very sweet thing to do, yeah.

Well, Tromone Reeves, whoalso goes by his rapper name,

Second Chance, stood inhis front yard in Georgia,

and recorded a video on his phone.

He wanted his Facebook friendsto know what God had done

in his life.

- Well, Second Chance never imagined

in just a few weeks timethat that video would have

over 10 million views.

Here's a little of whathe shared that day.

- I want to get on hereand I wanna share a bit

of my testimony.

And I hope this can helpsomeone who struggles

with the same thing that I struggle with.

I was a alcoholic, a drug addict.

Only four years ago, I had four DUI's,

and a lot of charges pending against me.

And I was facin' prison time.

But God had another plan for my life.

He landed me in a drug court program

that I really didn'twanna be in at the time,

but I thank God for it now.

I moved back home.

He blessed me with a job.

I prayed and I asked Godto forgive me for my sins,

and create in me a newheart, or a new mind,

and a new spirit.

After that prayer, God gaveme a promotion on a job

only three months after I got hired on.

After that, I worked the jobfor a little over a year,

got on Christian Mingle,

I met my soon-to-be wife.

And the Bible says, aman who finds a wife,

finds a good thing andobtain favor with the Lord.

Instantly, after I got married,

I got my second promotion.

Come on, somebody.

And let me tell you how good our God is.

May the 31st, and Ijust closed on my home.

Me and my wife closed on our first home.

Check it out.

Look at that.

Look at God, man.

We talkin' about a alcoholic,

a drug addicted alcoholic.

I'm talkin' about a guy who,

every dollar that he got,

I wanted a beer, Iwanted a shot of liquor,

because I knew I didn'thave enough to get high.

So I just want to encourageanybody who's strugglin'

with alcohol and drug addiction, man,

you can beat it, man.

By the blood of Jesus Christ,

the blood of Jesus Christ,

made that thing happen for me.

It done delivered you,boy, like the UPS truck.

You understand me?

Yeah, I'm gonna showyou one more time, man.

It may not be much to some,

but it's a big deal to me.

I got a place where I can put my family,

provide for my family.

God will work that thing out, man.

You just gotta receive it, I promise you.

- Now that's a wonderful home.

That's a wonderful- Yes, really.

- Home for all of us.- It really is beautiful.

- To say, okay, here you'vegone from drug addiction,

from alcoholism, to owning that and, yes,

I'm gonna remember that line.

He's gonna deliver youjust like the UPS truck.


That's the direct line.

- I love this, I mean, he'sjust tellin' it like it is.

And the fact that is hashad that many views is,

I think, indicative, ofthe fact that people,

a lot of people are outthere hopin' for redemption,

and a lot of people haveexperienced it and are saying,

yes and amen, you know.

- You can make it out.- Yes.

- Given the epidemic we're having.

- Yes.- With opiate addiction.

Yeah, let that be a voice of hope to you.

- Way to go, Second Chance.- Yes.

You can come out and you can have hope.

You can have a future.

You can have a family.

You can have what iswonderful things to have.

Yeah, he can deliver you,

- He makes all things new.- Just like UPS, FedEx

combined, he can be there.

Well, the White House ispointing to a crime fighting

methods in Texas as an examplefor the nation to follow.

- The Lone Star State'scrime rate is falling,

and it's actually puttingfewer people behind bars

by moving from a lock-'em-up mentality,

to one of rehabilitation.

John Jessup shows us anextraordinary example of how it's

changing lives for peopleon both sides of the system.

- All rise.

(bangs gavel)

- [John] As a formerpolice officer, prosecutor,

and judge, Robert Newsomewould appear to typify

Texas law and order.

When he judges cases, however,

Newsome follows two other principles:

justice and compassion.

- So my judicial philosophyis, yes, I believe in the law.

I promote the law.

I stand with the law.

But on the other hand,there's a place for mercy

built into our law.

- Sulphur Springs posts thispicture-perfect town square,

but like most stories, lifehas many twists and turns.

One such turn began 20years ago when Judge Newsome

met a young man in his court house,

who was on the wrong side of the law.

- Well, this is the courtroom where I was sentenced

to five 99 year sentences.

- [John] Ron Adkins fellinto a life of crime at 14.

After a string of burglaries,a jury hammered him

with almost 500 years in prison.

At 22, and with no hopeof ever leaving lock-down,

Ron lashed out.

- So I set about makinga reputation for myself,

makin' a life for myself in the prison.

I became really violent.

- [John] He joined a prison gang,

fought inmates and staff,

and racked up 250 prison violations.

That put him in solitary,

where he would eventually spend 13 years.

Alone and suicidal, hesays he turned to God

and a worn-out Bible.

- Half the pages were missing'cause I'd been using it

for rolling papers.

I'd been smokin' cigaretteswith Bible paper.

All that was left of theBible was the New Testament.

- [John] Ron learnedabout grace, forgiveness,

and God's love.

So he left the gang for a Bible study.

In 2012, Ron experiencedhis first miracle;

a surprise review that resultedin parole more than 80 years

before his projected release in 2095.

- I didn't even think it wasreal 'til I actually got out

of the gate. (laughs)

- [John] Once out of prison,he found work and also began

sharing his story atchurches and conferences.

- Father God, I love you and I thank you.

- [John] That's how he met his wife,

also a former felon, andnow an ordained minister,

and a licensed Christian counselor.

Then one day while sitting in church,

he ran into someone from his past.

- It dawned on me, I told Pastor.

I said, you know what,I think that's the judge

that sentenced me tofive 99 year sentences.

He's like, no, I don't think so.

- Afterwards, I went up to Ron.

- He came up to me, and he's like.

- I said, are we okay?

- You know, I just felt myheart go out to him, you know.

- And he grabbed me andhugged me, you know, real big.

- It was good.

- [John] Baring theirpast, the judge and the man

he put away, forged afuture based on faith.

- I never did go to prison.

I never did do some of thethings that Ron has done,

but I'm a sinner saved bygrace, just like Ron is.

We're brothers, we're brothers.

- [John] This new relationshipincludes getting together

each week at Judge Newsome's home.

- Come on in, everybody.

- [John] Where neighbors,family, and other former convicts

spend time together, singing and praying.

♪ You're a good, good Father ♪

♪ It's who you are, it's who you are ♪

♪ And I'm loved by you ♪

- To go in the judge's livingroom and have them treat me

just like one of the family, you know.

It was just really awesomeand God's just developed

a relationship where, I mean,him and his wife are like

Momma and Poppa to me, you know.

- [John] And the rippleeffect of this unlikely story

expands much further into the community.

- Not long after Ronstepped out of prison,

he returned to the placewhere he was once jailed

to share a message offreedom to men searching

for hope and purpose.

- Don't ever discount anything with God,

'cause once he's in your life,

he's workin' through every detail, man.

- [John] In the room nextdoor, his wife, Dawn,

shares her story with the women in jail.

♪ I once was lost ♪

Ron's relationship withJudge Newsome opened the door

for him to reach others whoidentify with this story.

They cling to his everyword, eager to experience

the spiritual freedom he proclaims.

- Just give it all to Godand let's get set free.

Let's get some forgiveness in your heart.

You know what's in their lives, Lord.

I just pray you reveal it to them, God.

- [John] While critics questionthe merits of faith-based

prison programs, SheriffTatum tells CBN News,

this one makes a difference.

Through Ron and Dawn's ministry,

inmates and even somestaff have been baptized.

According to Judge Newsome,it sparked a mini-revival

in the county.

Ron believes this newchapter is evidence of God

re-writing his past tocreate a lasting legacy.

- In the very place where Iwas sentenced to die in prison,

he's gonna use us to bringdead things back to life.

And that's what he's doin'.

In the jail, in the worship nights,

in the prayer meetings.

He's just bringin' dead things to life.

- [John] John Jessup, CBN News,in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

- He's bringing dead things to life.

I like to remind people you can never be

too dead for resurrection.

He specializes in that.

When things are impossible,that's exactly when God steps in

and says, yeah, I can change this.

I can turn this around.

- Boy, that's two storieswe've heard so far;

Second chance and thenRon and his wife as well,

and the judge, I mean it just is,

the power of Christ tochange lives is amazing.

Well, up next, they play acritical role for the FBI

at crime scenes, but theseG-men aren't special agents,

they're chaplains.

- When you're dealin' withpeople who are intentionally

evil, you need to beintentionally spiritual.

- [Terry] Hear how theFBI chaplains are helping

our nation's top law enforcement agency.

All that when we come back.

- In the aftermath of a terrorist attack,

investigators often see horrific scenes.

That's why a special teamof spiritual counselors

is on call.

CBN's national securitycorrespondent, Eric Rosales,

tells us more about the FBI chaplains.

- [Eric] September 11, 2001.

A day when terroristshijacked four airplanes to use

in suicide attacks tokill nearly 3000 people.

Those who lived throughit, remember the carnage

like it was yesterday some 17 years later.

- It's chaos initially.

You know, it's completely unexpected.

- [Eric] Steve Davis works for the FBI,

but not as an agent, he's an FBI chaplain.

He was first on the sceneafter the plane crashed

into the Pentagon on September 11th.

- Dealing with people that were dealing

with the unthinkable.

You know, whether itwas, you know, the bodies

of children on the plane,

dealing with the human remains,

that takes a toll on a person.

- [Eric] After 19 years on the job,

Davis says he's seen the spiritual battle

between good and evil.

- In federal law enforcement,you're dealing with people

who are intentionally evil,

and that's a whole different breed.

And when you're dealin' withpeople who are intentionally

evil, you need to beintentionally spiritual,

or find some means of neutralizing it,

because evil, it's notjust toxic, it's corrosive.

- [Eric] To help overcomethat evil, the department has

130 FBI chaplains scatteredthroughout the nation.

They are part of a volunteercrisis intervention team

that provides spiritualfirst aid to FBI agents

often working chaoticscenes with mass casualties;

like last year's Las Vegas shooting.

- Talking with the person,

helping them just saywhat they need to say,

trying to give them a bottle of water,

if they want prayer, praying with them,

meeting there where theyare, that's what Jesus did.

He met us where we are, andbecame like us in all things,

except for sin.

- [Eric] Chaplain Davis says it's all

about spiritual balance.

The FBI first added chaplains in 1991,

after employees involved in shootings

and other gruesomeinvestigations asked for support

beyond mental health professionals.

- I will try to go into thelocal field office once a week,

and basically be present.

- It's not just major crisis situations

where chaplains are used,

they're also inside eachof the field offices

across the country,

and have the same securityclearance as an agent.

They provide spiritualguidance when employees

are facing difficult situationsand personal tragedies

in their private lives.

- Just, you know, kind oftenderize the environment

to the fact that there'ssomeone here who cares,

and who cares not onlyabout the personnel,

knows what's happening in the field,

but also caring abouttheir family and, you know,

who they are as a person.

- The bureau understandsthat all of its employees

are human and have all of theproblems everybody else does.

Plus all of the problemsthat come along with the job.

- [Eric] Chaplains saymost of their counseling

happens months after a crime scene clears.

They say their reward comesin helping these people

realize the difference they are making.

- God is on the side of justice,

and because God is on the side of justice,

those who are in the bureau,in the department of justice,

are enforcing and arethe peacemakers for God.

- I'm glad the bureaurealizes we're more than just

minds and bodies.

We have a heart and human spirit.

- Why do you do it?

- It's a calling.

No other reason.

There's absolutely no reasonto deal with the stress

and the problems other than a calling,

and equipping, a sense of compassion.

- FBI chaplains say therole of law enforcement has

changed so much over the years.

Agents are taught touphold the Constitution,

and protect America.

That means keep us freeand safe at the same time.

That's a stressful and dangerous job,

where spiritual guidance from chaplains

can make a big difference.

Eric Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

- Now there's a story aboutthe FBI you won't be seeing

in mainstream media.

The current clamor overtheir role in the election,

their role now on an investigation.

We need to keep in mindthere's some very dedicated

people who have all ofour interests at heart,

and they need our support.

They need our help as well.

And isn't it wonderfulthe FBI's providing that

and saying, we need chaplains.

We need help for ourpeople after they witness

these horrific things.

Let's counsel them.

So kudos to the program, kudos to the FBI.

Well, up next, their grandson was stranded

in the middle of the bayou,

but after their failed rescue attempt,

they were the ones who needed to be saved.

- I said, Lord, if you don'tget my head above water,

you can take me home now.

- There was no doubt inmy mind, he was gone.

- [Narrator] And to make mattersworse, they weren't alone.

See how these two friendssurvived a harrowing night

in the swamp.

Stay with us.

(dramatic music)

- Mike Turner and BillyBennett were speeding

along the Louisiana Bayou.

Their grandson was out there somewhere,

stuck in the swamp with a disabled boat.

But shortly after Mike and Billy embarked

on their rescue mission,

they were thrown into the dark waters.

And soon the two men werein a fight to stay alive

in a swamp filled with gators.

- He never answered me.

I was convinced that he was gone.

There was no doubt in mymind that I killed my friend.

And I was, it, uh,

it was a bad feelin'.

- [Narrator] Friday night ofFather's Day weekend 2016,

Mike Turner got a latenight urgent phone call

from his grandson,Landon, asking for help.

- He said, me and Danny'sfroggin' at Rue Dot,

and we broke down.

I need you to come get me.

I said alright.

I'm gonna call your otherpawpaw and get him to ride

with me so I won't have tocome by myself in the middle

of the night, and he said, okay.

So I hung up.

- [Narrator] Soon after,Mike picked up Billy,

Landon's other grandfatherwho had been in poor health

since he had open heart surgery.

They launched Mike's boat after midnight

in the swamps near Baton Rouge,

and began searching forLandon's disabled boat.

- It was a bright, moonlitnight, so I didn't use my light

to drive the boat.

You could see pretty good,but there was some stumps

in the water that we could not see.

They were submerged about six inches.

We were running about 38 milesan hour last time I looked,

and then, bam, big bang,

all I knew was it was dark.

I couldn't see and couldn't breathe,

didn't know which way was up.

Didn't know what happened.

And I hit my head on something,

and it was the steering wheel of my boat.

Then I realized we flipped the boat.

- [Narrator] Mike wastrapped under the boat,

and Billy was nowhere to be seen.

- When I got my bearings back,

I started hollerin' for Billy.

And I hollered about threetimes, he never answered me.

I just knew, there was nodoubt in my mind, he was gone.

- [Narrator] Billy hadbeen tossed from the boat.

He wasn't wearing a lifejacket and his rubber boots

pulled him under.

He struggled to breatheand prayed for his life.

- My boots felt like twocinder blocks pullin' me down.

I said, Lord, if you don'tget my head above water,

you can take me homenow, 'cause I'm spent.

The stamina is gone, and itwas just like he put his hands

under my boots,

and just raised me up.

- [Narrator] Mike couldnow see Billy struggling

about 40 feet from the boat.

- He was wearin' out quick,and he told me he wasn't hurt,

but he wasn't gonna last muchlonger with these boots on.

So I swam back under the boat,unlocked the compartment,

got the life jackets out.

- Well, he threw a life jacket that landed

about four foot from me,and it was all I could do

to get to the life jacket.

- [Narrator] Mike was ableto reach Billy and slowly

pulled him back to the boat.

They rested together on the capsized hull,

both thankful to be alive.

- How we made it through the initial wreck

without gettin' hurt, only God knows.

That's the only thing that,

that's the only thing it can be.

- [Narrator] They tried tosignal trucks on a nearby

overpass with Mike'sflashlight, but no one stopped.

When he shone his light in the water,

it revealed a new problem.

- He said look over your left shoulder.

So I turned my head and looked,

and there was three alligators,like formin' a semi-circle,

about 10 or 15 feet from the boat.

And he says, now lookover your right shoulder.

So I look over my right shoulderand there was three more.

- This is 1:30 in the morning,and it's their feedin' time.

They're nocturnal.

And it was just making menervous, 'cause when I started

shining the bank, there wastons of 'em on the bank,

and they're all comin' in the water.

They were curious as to whatwe were doing and what we were,

as if we had food for 'em.

Those alligators had me thinkin'they were comin' to get us.

- And I've been around gators all my life,

but never in a situation like that.

- I was doin' some heavy,heavy, heavy prayin' to myself

while I was in that water,

askin' God please get me out of this.

- [Narrator] While they waited and prayed,

Mike later found outLandon was also praying.

- He said God, please helpme get this motor started,

because he knew somethinghad happened to us.

It'd been hours and wehadn't shown up yet.

So but they didn't know why.

So after he, soon as he saidthat, next time he tried

to crank the motor, it cranked.

- [Narrator] Landon droveback towards the boat launch.

Around 3:30 in the morning,Billy saw a light on the water,

as Landon's boat slowly approached.

- I wanted to cry when I saw him.

It was very emotional.

- I think we'd have been here all night,

and I did not wanna spend all night there.

It's just, they were God sent.

- [Narrator] Once backon shore, they knew God

had answered their prayers asthey tested Landon's motor.

- I said, Landon, crank thatmotor, see if it'll crank.

And it was locked up,it wouldn't turn over.

So you tell me what it was.

There's no doubt in my mind what it was.

Nobody'll ever change my mind.

It was God.

It was God.

- [Narrator] That Sunday after church,

Mike and Billy gathered with their family

and celebrated Father's Day,

thankful God was with themin their time of need,

and had heard their prayers.

- It was good, it was almost like

the first Father's Day I ever had.

- Yep, to me it was like a rebirth.

The good Lord had give me a second chance,

because Mike and I both

could've lost our lives the night before,

and Landon woulda lostboth his grandfathers

at the same time.

And so everybody was very, very joyous

over what had happened, how it ended up.

And it brought my family closer together,

made 'em realize that you canbe here today and be gone,

it might not be a tomorrow.

I look forward to every day,

thanking him for what he'sdone, what he's gonna do,

and what he hadn't done yet.

- Jesus Christ was watchin' over us,

you could almost feel himwhen we were in that water.

I knew he was helping us.

If it wasn't for him, wewouldn't be here talking

to you right now.

- It's an amazing story, isn't it?

You know, when I watchthis, I think of the fact

that God has many, manynames, but the one that

most comes to mind as Iwatch Mike and Billy's story,

is Jehovah El Roi, I amthe God who sees you.

You know, he sees us in our need.

He sees us in our struggle.

He sees us right where we're at.

And he meets us right there.

He doesn't ask us to jump through hoops

or accomplish anything grand.

His protection is part ofour inheritance when we

belong to him.

Don't wait until you'rein a crisis situation.

Come close to him now, know him, love him.

If you need prayer, our linesare always available to you.

One, eight hundred, sevenhundred, seven thousand, call.


- We leave you this word from Psalms.

God bless you, we'll see you again.

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