A teacher who had been a mentor becomes a mother in a story of finding family in the classroom. Plus, she wasnâ€™t behind the wheel, but she still let a drunk take the keys.
- [Narrator] The followingprogram is sponsored by CBN.
- [Reporter] Coming up, ateacher who had been a mentor.
- [Bennie] This kid is leaving.
- [Reporter] and later, a mother.
- [Anthony] Yeah, you can adopt me.
- [Reporter] A story of finding family
in the classroom.
- [Bennie] I needed himprobably as much or more
than he needed me.
- [Reporter] Then shewasn't behind the wheel
but she still let a drunk take the keys.
- [Heather] The investigator looks at me
and he says, do you have any idea
what happened here tonight?
- [Reporter] Her story ofrecovery on today's 700 Club.
- Hi everybody, happy Fridayand welcome to the 700 Club.
In the news, Hamas saysa truce is in effect
after it launched aseries of explosive rocket
and airstrikes against Israel Thursday.
Israel says the quietfrom Hamas will be met
with quiet from Israel
but as John Waage reportsthat doesn't do much to calm
the nerves of the Israeliswho live along the border
(rockets taking off)
- The current lull beganafter Hamas grad rocket
landed in Beersheba,Israels third largest city,
Israel responded by blowingup a five story building
it says was a Hamas headquarters.
For more than 10 years,Israelis living near
the Gaza Strip have had to put up
with deadly rocket attacks,flaming kites and balloons,
terror tunnels and much more
and this is ground zero,the city of Sderot.
- The children is very frightened,
they're scared and they're crying.
- [John] During a 24 hourperiod, Hamas pounded Israeli
communities near Gazawith nearly 200 rockets,
now it's quiet.
Assi Annakovish is a farmer,he says even his cows
give less milk because of the rockets.
- This destruction isnot good for the cows.
- [John] Despite thecurrent halt in fighting,
Israel's securitycabinet directed the Army
to act with force againstterrorist perpetrators.
- The IDF is committed todefend the state of Israel,
it's civilians and its sovereignty
and we are ready and preparedfor different scenarios
- [John] But YadidiyaHarush, who lives in a border
community, says thegovernment needs to deal
more harshly with Hamas.
- They're goal is tocontinue this conflict
as long as they can,
we have to understand Hamaswith a long term agreement,
Hamas is no longer relevant
and they're entireexistence is based on hatred
and killing and death.
We make our lives Holy whilethey make they're death.
- [John] John Waage, CBN News, Sderot,
near the Israeli, Gaza border.
- Well, Hamas may be sayingthat a truce is in effect
but you remember, before those bombs fell,
before that intrusion happened,
there were discussions for peace.
So don't take their wordabout much of anything
but pray for Israel, pray for Jerusalem,
pray for the leadership there.
Ya know, it's almost likeGod has set us as believers
as the guard on the wall for them,
so let's make sure thatwe do that faithfully.
Well here at home, thegovernor of Virginia
has issued a state ofemergency as thousands
mark the one yearanniversary of deadly protest
Wendy Griffith has thatstory from the CBN newsroom.
- That's right Terri, thisyear, instead of marching
the Unite the Right movementplans to demonstrate
in the nations capital.
CBNs Amber Strong showsus how police and churches
in DC plan to keep the peace.
- [Amber] One year after violencebetween white nationalist
and counter protestorsrocked the college town
of Charlottesville, Virginia,
(crashing and screaming)
DC police are tightening their defenses,
preparing for round two.
- I can assure you that theplanning and coordination
amongst MPD and our localand federal partners
has been seamless.
- The organizer of thatCharlottesville Unite the Right
rally has requested permission to gather
here, at Lafayette Park rightacross from the White House
this weekend and counter protestors
like the Democratic Socialist of DC,
well, they plan to hit the streets too.
DC Police Chief, Peter Newsham, says,
well his department has aduty to preserve the right
to free speech, it mustalso protect citizens.
- The law allows forfirst amendment assemblies
of any kind, the lawdoes not allow for injury
to persons or destruction of property.
- [Amber] This week DCMetro assured to CBN News
they will work to keepthe rallyers separate,
a major factor leading to theviolence in Charlottesville.
They also tell us, quote, "OurSpecial Operations Division
is equipped to handledemonstrations of any stature."
And in Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam,
declaring a state ofemergency in preparation
for any demonstrations,
particularly in Charlottesville.
Meanwhile, standing on the side of peace,
dozens of pastors who planto gather in both places.
- We're gonna worshipJesus and then intercede
for the peace of Charlottesville
but also for the peace of the Nation.
- [Amber] Bishop Harry Jackson,who helped lead a prayer
march after last yearsdeadly events says a lot
has happened since then.
Charlottesville churches areworking to close the doors
- Jesus said, in the lastdays that nation will rise
up against nation, ethnicgroup against ethnic group
that's going to continue to happen,
racial hatred will happenand will be played out
everywhere except wherethe church has risen
strong as salt and light.
- Here in Washington,members of the United
Methodist Church willhost a Sunday service
on the National Mall.
Reverend Dr. Stacey Cole told CBN News
the event will be, "Theexercise of MLK's observation
that the church is called tobe the conscience of a nation.
In that spirit, we callpeople to come together
and speak the truth in love."
Now the organizer of thatevent tells us they expect
more than 3000 peoplefrom across denominations
an event they are called United To Love.
Amber Strong, CBN News, Washington.
- Thanks Amber.
Well church leaders inCalifornia are worried
state law makers will soon pass a bill
that could restrict their ministry.
The bill outlaws sexualorientation change efforts
and could strip therapist and churches
of their ability to help thosewith same sex attraction,
it could also forbid thesale of books on that topic.
Greg Burt, a spokesman forthe California Family Council
says, now is the time forbelievers in California
to contact their law makers.
- We've got some indicationsthat they're starting
to get worried becausethe churches are starting
to speak up
and legislatures need churchesnot to come out against them,
there are plenty of Christiansstill in this state,
if they all speak up at once
that makes legislatures very nervous.
- LGBT supporters of the billoppose Christian counseling
to change sexual orientation,
they say it's led to pain and suffering.
The California legislativesession ends August 31st.
Well the final frontiermay soon become the next
military battle ground.
The Trump administration iscalled for a US Space Force
by the year 2020.
Vice President MikePence says it's necessary
to protect US dominance in space,
as America facing growingthreats from China and Russia.
The first step would be tocreate a US Space Command
by the end of the year, itwould have dedicated resources
and be led by a Four Star General,
a new Secretary of Space.
The Pentagon will set upan office to buy satellites
and develop new technology such as lasers
and other weapons.
- The space environmenthas fundamentally changed
in the last generation,what was once peaceful
and uncontested is nowcrowded and adversarial.
Today, other nations areseeking to disrupt our space
based systems and challengeAmerican supremacy in space
as never before.
- Congress would have toapprove the new Space Force.
Well day after day, we seeChristianity under attack
here in the UnitedStates and in some cases
it's become very ugly and personal.
No one knows that more thanVice President Mike Pence,
he became a target thisweek in a scathing opinion
piece in the New York Times
but now supporters arespeaking out in his defense.
CBNs Jenna Browder hasthat story from Washington.
- In just months afterThe Views, Joy Behar,
apologized for her demeaning remarks about
the Vice Presidents faith,an even more vicious attack
by columnist Frank Bruni.
The headline, Mike Pence, Holy Terror,
in it Bruni calls Penceself-infatuated, a bigot
and a liar.
His argument, President Trump may be bad
but Vice President Pencewould be even worse
because of his deeply held andpracticed religious beliefs.
What is your response to thiscolumn in the New York Times?
- It just shows youthe never ending attack
on Christianity, Christiansand really people of faith
by the liberals and their name sake leader
in the New York Times.
- [Jenna] Marc Lotter,the Vice Presidents former
press secretary, has knownPence for more than 25 years.
- They're attacking a man, a good man
and the Vice Presidentof the United States
for primarily being a Christianand someone who believes.
- The piece claims Penceis determined to, quote,
"Mold the entire nation inthe shape of his own faith,
a regressive, repressiveversion of Christianity."
Are Pence's viewsregressive and repressive?
- No, absolutely not.
He's worried about thesuccess of our entire country
and everyone in it.
- [Jenna] Franklin Grahamand other faith leaders
quickly jumped to the defense.
On Facebook, Graham wrote, quote,
"I am disappointed that the New York Times
would stoop so low, I'venever seen such hatred
poured out against such a good man.
Secretary of Energy, RickPerry, also took a stand
and said he's experiencedthe same kind of criticism.
- Mike lives his lifethrough his lens of faith
and again, I go back to whatpart of the 10 Commandments,
which one of those do you not like
and we argue in this country about
a lot of different things.
- So help me God.
- [Jenna] Lotter saysPence meant those words
and Americans should wanta leader who practices
what he preaches.
- That's the kind of leaderwe should aspire to want
and as long as we're focusedon everyone's success,
on everyone's well being andthose words that are given
to us in the Constitution, theDeclaration of Independence,
that's where our focusshould be for elected leaders
and that's what we have inVice President Mike Pence.
- [Jenna] In Washington,Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- Thanks Jenna.
Well Terry, the bible says we'llbe persecuted for our faith
so I guess this shouldn'tcome as too big of a surprise.
- It doesn't come as asurprise Wendy but boy,
I'm sure the rest of you agree with me,
you just kinda shake your head saying,
how did we get here.
Yesterday, if you saw,we ran a story about
Pastor Greg Lowry out in California
who's holding just a forum,
I guess like Billy Graham gathering
in a stadium out there
and a billboard was taken down,advertising where that was
and when it was going to happen,
no spiritual message on it,
just because he was holding a bible
and that was offensive to someone.
This is the United States of America,
you kinda feel likeyou went away somewhere
and came back and suddenlyeverything had changed.
Ya know, there's such a lackof civility in our culture
today and how wecommunicate with each other
but to see this kind of ranting go on
in print about a manstrictly because of his faith
is so un-American and really troubling.
We all need to be inprayer and as Wendy said,
at the same time notsurprised that what has been
prophesied is coming to pass
but let's be faithfulin the hour we live in.
Well coming up, theycalled the woman who ran
this bakery crazy
and then they tried her secret recipe.
- I had to take all thesteps and put it together,
so I got in there and Isaid okay, here we go,
here we go mom, let's do this
and first time, they came out great.
- See what makes these kolaches so special
when we come back.
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Tara McGraw is planting seeds for Christ
on a street corner in Dallas, Texas.
She's not a sidewalk evangelistor part of a ministry
to the homeless, she'sa Czech bakery owner.
Commuters headed towardsthe Dallas North Tollway
each morning are her customersand her mission field.
Caitlin Burke brings us her story.
♪ Oh, Zamykal kolaches, itcame from my grand mom ♪
♪ And if you come to Dallas ♪
♪ You gotta get you some ♪
- [Caitlin] It's nearlyimpossible to drive past
this shop unaware.
♪ Oh, Zamykal kolaches, onetaste and you'll agree ♪
♪ It's the best kolache causethe lord gave it to me ♪
- Tara McGraw openedZamykal Kolache Bakery
here less than a year ago.
Although Texans have enjoyedthe Czech dessert for decades.
A kolache is a type ofpastry that holds fruit,
chocolate or even cream cheese,
fruit is my personal favorite
and the Zamykal recipe has been perfected.
Making the same treats herancestors first brought
to Texas wasn't McGraws career plan
but it was the dream of her mom,
who's also responsible for the song.
- Hours she would do that, hours.
I don't know where she got the energy.
- When I first opened, thecars would pass and no one
looked from side to side,they were mainly interested
in am I gonna catch thesignal light or not.
So I just got out there with my towel
and just basically started waving at them
and then in my waving I just got bored
and started making up a tune
and it got rhythmic and theZamykal kolache song was born.
- My mother had more energythan anyone I have ever met
in my life, she had avery big personality,
she was bubbly, she was thelady that when she walked
in the room that's when the party started
and she did everything,she could do anything
and when she decided shewas gonna do the kolaches
she was gonna do itbig, so she got into it
and she had fun.
- [Caitlin] That was in Calvert, Texas,
a small town betweenCollege Station and Waco.
Locals lovingly knew heras the crazy kolache lady.
- Oh, that's beautiful.
- [Caitlin] But then she got sick
and in 2015, Jody Powers,lost her battle with leukemia,
the store closed.
- I ended up with abakery full of equipment
and I didn't know what to do with it,
so I thought well, we can bake kolaches.
- [Caitlin] At first,Tara considered the move
a gift to her late mother,
then she realized the bakerywas really a gift for her.
- She sang her song,
it's the best kolache causethe lord gave it to me, hey
and I thought, okay, God gave this to her
and God gave this to me.
So I'm gonna go and takeit, I'm gonna sing the song
and it's just a way thatwe sorta spread the word
a little bit.
- [Caitlin] But she foundout that getting things
up and running wouldn't be easy.
Tara faced a pretty steep learning curve.
- When my mom was aliveI would not learn to make
the kolaches because she was sick
and I wanted her to make the kolaches,
I wanted her to live and to make them
but my aunt came and shehelped get the place going
but then it was time forher to go back to Houston
where she's from and Istill didn't really know
how to do it all that well.
I knew the steps and I'ddone 'em one at a time
but I had to take all thesteps and put 'em together.
So I got in there and Isaid okay, here we go,
here we go mom, let's do this
and first time, they came out great.
- [Caitlin] Now that she'sgot the hang of things,
Tara's taking her momsdream and building on it.
- We're getting set up witha whole bunch of different
lines of fudge and we're gonna be doing
fresh baked pies cause wealready do the fruit fillings
for our kolaches.
- [Caitlin] So then,the crazy kolache lady
of Calvert, Texas lives on.
Reminders of her placedall over the bakery,
including her endlessenergy and personality.
Caitlin Burke, CBN News, Dallas, Texas.
- Now that's a positive work environment,
can I just say and as you look at that
doesn't your mouthwater just a little bit,
like for a cup of coffee and a kolache.
Looks like they have a great business
and what a wonderful tradition to carry on
that mom has left a legacy that continues.
Well coming up, a teacherremembers a student
who wasn't just trying to get good grades,
he was trying to find a family.
- Said, well, if you're gonna be my kid,
if he was ever my kid he'd have to be good
and he said, "for how long,"
and I said, "forever, Godwhat are you talking about?"
- Hear an inspirational story
that began in the classroomand ended in an adoption
center, that's next.
Dr. Bennie Berry is the teacherwhose students love her,
in fact, a few joke theywanted her to be their mother
but as soon as she foundout one of her students
- Some days I felt upset and angry, lost.
They'd taken me from my safe place
and placed me in a home with strangers,
I mean, I didn't have any help
or anyone to turn toor anything like that.
- [Narrator] Anthony wasplaced in foster care
when he was six yearsold due to his birth moms
drug use while pregnantwith his baby sister.
He knew about Gods lovethrough his grandmother
and tried to stay hopefulin a tough situation.
- I prayed sometimeswhen I was feeling down
or then other days I'd question him,
why am I here, why can'tfind anyone to love me,
why can't I go back home.
- [Narrator] He lived ingroup homes for nine years,
hoping to be adopted, yetafraid of being let down.
- I didn't get my hopesup for anything, basically
cause I didn't wannaget my hopes up too high
and it not happen cause deepdown I wanted it to work,
I wanted to get out the system,
I didn't wanna deal with the bonds
of being a ward of the state anymore,
I just wanted to have a loving family,
a forever home.
- [Narrator] At 15 years oldand after a failed adoption
he began losing hope, he gotin trouble at his high school
and was sent to PathwaysAlternative school
where he met Dr. Bennie Berry,a teacher at the school.
- And he came there and he volunteered
to say the pledge at thebeginning of the day,
he volunteered, he was inthe ROTC at his home campus,
he volunteered to hang the flag.
I was impressed, I felt like,oh this kid is a leader,
this kid is a leader, he'sdifferent from the rest,
he has initiative.
- [Narrator] Bennie wassingle and has no children
of her own, in class,students joked that they loved
Dr. Berry and wished she was their mom,
Anthony jumped in and wasn't joking.
- The discussion went to families
and some of the kids hadsaid, well, I been trying
to get Ms. Berry to take me home
and so Anthony said, oh, youcan take me home for real
and I said, well no, yourparents are doing the best,
respect your parentsthe way you respect me
and you'll be okay
and he's like, no really,I'm in foster care.
And so, a couple of students and myself,
we didn't know and wekinda gasped, like really,
you're in foster care?
- I actually was like,yeah, you can adopt me,
will you, have you thought about adoption.
Then we got deeper into the conversation.
- And I said, well, ifyou're gonna be my kid,
if you was ever my kid,you have to be good
and he said, "for how long,"
and I said, "forever," god,what are you talking about?
So, he said, well you can look me up,
I can be adopted, you can take me home.
- [Narrator] Anthony gaveBennie his information
and the adoption website.
- I had never planned on adopting
because I didn't know, Ididn't know the process
for adopting, only thingI knew about adoption
is what I've seen onlike a Lifetime movie.
I never really believe, I'llsay in the first few days,
that it was something that I could do.
- It came time for me to leave Pathways
and I was like, don't you forget about me
and she didn't forget.
- When it became more real, I had to,
I had to pray about everything,
I asked God to order my steps,
everything that I wanted todo, I was like, okay Lord,
show me that what I'm doingis not just raw emotion,
it is what I really should do.
So I felt like God wasshowing me, yeah, this is what
you need to do, step by step, ordering it,
- [Narrator] To Bennies amazement,there were no road blocks
to the application processand soon they began
a trial adoption period.
Later that year, onNational Adoption Day 2017,
Bennie officially adopted Anthony.
- I was very nervous, it was, ya know,
all that anxiety and attention,
like this is reallyhappening, today's the day.
We both couldn't sleep the night before,
we spent most of the timetalking to each other,
that was a very good bonding period.
- National Adoption Daywas an emotional day,
my name was put on his birth certificate,
his name was officially changed,
it became real on that day.
Everything we had prayed for,every step that I had asked
God to order, we're nowat the end of the road,
it's over, it is official, we are family,
no body can change it.
- [Narrator] The traitthat best defines this new
family of two is gratitude
for one another and toGod, who opened the door
and their hearts.
- He's bringing us all the way,
he's carrying us, likehe carried the cross,
he's carrying us on his back.
I'm thankful for her just loving me
and taking a 16 year old,15 going on 16 year old boy
into her home, a troubled boy at that.
I love it, it's somethingthat I never thought
I would have.
For someone my age to get adopted,
it's very rare.
- I didn't know that Icould love somebody so much,
besides my parents.
I needed him probably as much or more
than he needed me.
I don't tell him a lotbecause I don't want him
to think he has the upper hand.
But I am more than proud of him,
I thank God for theopportunity to help mold
somebody who I know isgonna do wonderful things.
- What a picture of howit's supposed to be,
a picture of how it's not supposed to be
and then a picture ofhow it's supposed to be.
Ya know, children werenot meant to be raised
in systems, they were meantto be raised in families
and that's a God idea and canyou see all of the reasons
why, this was a youngman that was troubled
because he didn't know who he was,
he felt unlovable, he feltlike he was hanging out there
by himself not knowing how to live life
and then along came BennieBerry, God bless her,
and I know that Anthonyhas brought much to Bennies
life as well.
But ya know, the process began really,
when Bennie took Anthony'srequest seriously,
when she began to look into it,
when she began to say,God, could you be in this.
Because God ask us to dounusual things sometimes,
difficult things sometimes,things we wouldn't have
seen ourselves doing buthere's the big message,
Bible says God putsthe lonely in families,
there are children likeAnthony stuck in the system,
been there for years andyears, moved from family
to family to family but never belonging
and they would love to have a family.
If God lays that on your heart,
do your homework andpray and then find out
whether you're supposedto consider the same
decision that Bennie Berry did.
There's a child looking for you,
are you the one who has theheart, the steadfastness,
the time and the callof God upon your life
to be there.
God adopted us and whata wonderful picture
of that great love thathe had to make us his own,
to give us his name and then to love us
and stand with us throughthe journey of life,
what a great story.
Well here's another great story,
ya know, we believe thatfamily is a God idea,
after Lilia's husband diedshe struggled to support
her three children as a single mom,
soon the family had no heat,they had no electricity,
no running water.
That's when Lilia, stillgrieving for her husband,
found out that she mightlose her children as well.
- [Narrator] Lilia and her three children
live in Transnistria near Moldova,
they work hard to keeptheir small home tidy
and their garden well tended,
they're just happy to be together
because not long ago, theywere almost torn apart.
- They wanted to takeus away from our mother.
- [Narrator] It had onlybeen a few months since Lilia
and her children hadfaced another tragic loss.
- When my husband died,
I did not want to leave.
- [Narrator] Lilia struggledto support her family
and her home fell into disrepair,
they had no heat, no electricity
and no running water.
But despite theirdesperate living condition,
Lilia's children remained devoted to her.
- She is my mother, she gave us life,
I love her very, very much.
- I only wanted one thing,that my kids would be near me,
that they could go toschool and live normally.
- [Narrator] Governmentsocial workers heard about
the families livingconditions and came with an
ultimatum, make improvements in one week
or we will take your children.
- I was so afraid that Iwould lose my mother forever.
- [Narrator] That's when CBNsOrphan Promise stepped in,
we heard about Lilia andher children from a local
church partner in our KeepingFamilies Together Program,
we began the needed repairsto Lilia's house immediately.
- They help us to makerepairs, they brought seeds
and all the tools weneeded to plant the garden.
They gave us food as wewait for our garden to grow
and two piglets.
- [Narrator] We also repaired their oven
and fence and connectedtheir house to clean
running water and toensure that their home
will never be lost to foreclosure,
we helped provide the fundsto pay it off completely.
- [Lilia] Oh thank you, it's ours now.
I will get more opportunities for work.
- Thank you very much for everything.
- Orphans Promise is CBNsoutreach to vulnerable
and orphan children around the world.
One of the things we arealways doing is stepping in
to desperate situationslike this so the children
don't become orphaned.
These children would havebeen thrown into a system,
thrown into an orphanageand may have never been able
to be with their mom again.
My own daughters came outof an orphanage of 350 kids,
that's not a home, that's an institution.
This is a mom who loved her children
and who came upon hard times,
can you imagine howterrifying it would have been
for those kids to have beentake away from their mom.
You allow us because ofyour kindness and generosity
to step right into themidst of that situation,
keep this family together,help them to prosper,
understand that it was the love of God
that brought all of this to them
and we stay in touch withthese people that we serve.
So we wanna say thankyou, this is one family
that represents thousands thatyou are making a difference
in the lives of.
So thank you.
If you'd like to be apart of the work that
Orphans Promise is doing around the world,
we would love to have youjoin us on that endeavor
and you can do it by givingyour gift to Orphans Promise.
You can go to OrphansPromise.orgif you'd like to find
out more about what we're doing
but we'd love to tellyou more about the story
of children in need around the world
and we say thank you in advance.
Ya know, this is the next generation,
we can change lives,we can change families,
we can change communities,
ultimately, we believe thatyou can change nations.
So help us invest inthese lives won't you.
Still ahead, after a night of drinking,
a young woman wakes upwith blood on her hands,
in more ways than one.
- He took their driverslicense and he threw em at me
across the table and hesaid, "you, you've murdered
these two people."
- [Terry] Find out whathappened after the accident
when we come back.
- And welcome back to the 700 club.
Prison reform tookcenter stage during talks
in New Jersey between President Trump
and state leaders Thursday.
Trump supports the First Step Act,
that bill just passed the house,
it aims to give prisoninmates a second chance
and help get them back into the workforce.
Mississippi's governor joinedthe Commander in Chief,
he stressed the importanceof prison ministry.
- When we bring faith backinto the prison system
our prisoners have hope again.
- The First Step Act is nowbeing debated and modified
in the Senate before going to a vote.
Operation Blessing ishelping to brighten smiles
This remote community has noaccess to modern dental care,
OB teams provided freedental cleaning and checkups
for all the children there.
They also taught kids the bestway to care for their teeth,
as well as lessons on general hygiene.
Everyone went home withan oral hygiene kit
that included toothpaste and a toothbrush.
Good for them.
You can find out moreabout Operation Blessing
by going to their website that's OB.org.
Terry will be back withmore of today's 700 Club
right after this.
- There's a law on the booksin the state of Tennessee
it's called DUI by allowance,
a passenger can be charged for a crime
if they knowingly lettheir friend drive drunk.
It's a crime Heather Heck was guilty of
after she was in a carinvolved in a fatal accident.
- [Narrator] Heather Heck wasraised by a single mother,
when she was 12 yearsold, Heather found out
who her father was, eventhough he was never around
Heather longed to know him.
- Although I had a really loving family,
there was a piece of me that was missing,
I wanted to know who my dad was,
I wanted to have a relationship with him.
I remember being a kidand watching other fathers
interact with their daughtersand it was something
that I always wanted for myself.
- [Narrator] Several yearslater, Heather finally got
a chance to meet her father.
- I was 18 years old,very excited that this man
wanted to attempt to havea relationship with me
and so when I knocked onthe door an aunt answered
the door and looked at me andsaid this isn't a good time
and about that time I sawmy father walk behind her
through the hall, look atme and continue to walk by
and for whatever reasonhe didn't wanna see me
and after that night I stopped trying.
And it began to spiralall of these feelings
that I had bottled up for years
just feeling like I wasn't good enough,
that I wasn't worthy to be loved,
the feeling of being rejected
and for me it was really the turning point
in my own lifestyle.
From that point I didn'twanna feel anything
and I really turned to drugsand alcohol after that point
just to be numb.
- [Narrator] Heather hadgrown up in the church
and learned about Gods love for her
but her drug and alcoholabuse had blinded her
to what she knew to be true.
- So I didn't have to deal with the hurt
or the brokenness or even dealwith all of these emotions
about my father, just feeling inadequate.
I liked the way that drugsand alcohol made me feel
because I didn't have to feel anything.
- [Narrator] Heather gotpregnant and had a son, Jonah,
even though she was a single mom,
her lifestyle still revolvedaround drugs and alcohol.
One night after smokingpot and excessive drinking
Heather was riding ina car with her friend,
the driver also drinking,
crashed into another car killingthose two people instantly.
Heather was charged with DUI by allowance.
- And I remember the investigatorlooks me and he says,
"Do you have any idea whathappened here tonight,"
and I said no and he tookthe couple that passed away,
he took their drivers licenseand he threw 'em at me
across the table and hesaid, "You, you've murdered
these two people,"
and that's really when theweights, the full weight
of the reality of what had happened,
that's when it hit me andI remember looking down
at this couples face that I'll never know
and knowing that becauseof me and my actions
they weren't going hometo see their family.
- [Narrator] The accidentthrew Heather into a deep
- I had the audacity to be angry at God
throughout all of itbecause I was angry at him
because he took them and he left me
and I knew I didn't deserve to live.
- [Narrator] A week later,Heathers mom asked her
to go to church with her,
Heather agreed to go.
- I think that in that moment,I finally heard the Gospel
with my heart and not my head
and I realized that theweight that I was carrying
was this weight of sin butsee Jesus had come to take
that weight so I could be free.
I walked down to the alterand it was a, I was a mess
and a woman at the front,she stepped out and met me
and brought me back withher and helped me walk
the rest of the way.
That day, for the first time in my life,
it was as if, I finallygot it, that God loved me
with this unending, neverfailing, all consuming love.
No matter how hard Itried to run from him,
he pursued me, he never gave up
and really started thinkingabout what kind of love
would go to those kind of lengths
and it dawned on me, thekind of love that would die
on a cross.
- [Narrator] Heatherasked Jesus into her heart
that day, women from the church loved her
and taught her what itmeant to be a Christian.
- I had a woman who was patient with me
and she just began to walk with me
and break things down like repentance
and baptism and little bylittle God was shifting things
and I was changing.
I didn't even realizethat he was doing it,
it wasn't that I had to try or strive,
just the more that we got in the word
the more that he just began to renew me.
- [Narrator] A year after the deadly DUI
the case finally went to trial,
Heather plead guilty to felony charges
and had to serve one year in prison.
- We began a bible studythere in this maximum security
facility everyday and wegrew to almost 30 women
and the entire atmosphere in that place
began to shift,
we saw signs and wonders and miracles
and I saw us one by one,these women began to give
their lives to Jesus.
- [Narrator] Heather alsolearned to forgive her father
who had passed away years before.
- Forgiveness is a hardthing because it wasn't
letting him off the hook
but it was just really kindof taking back the power,
it was a really healing moment
and the truth is unless we forgive them
how can God forgive usand who are we, ya know,
to hold anything against anyone?
- [Narrator] Heather neverknew her earthly father
but her heavenly fatherwas there all along.
- Every little girl wants a hero,
a knight in shining armorthat will rescue her
and it's the beauty of God,
when you begin to understandthe Father heart of God
and really he is thefather to the fatherless
and he heals all things, all wounds
and he fills every bit ofemptiness with his love.
- [Narrator] Today, Heatherworks for a campus ministry
called Every Nation.
She says, the leaders oftomorrow are on the college
campuses of today.
Heather loves to sharethe gospel of Christ
with students wheneverand wherever she can.
- My spiritual journey hasbeen more of just really
the story of restoration,I know that many times
we think about the cross, wejust think about salvation
but the things is the crossdoesn't just bring salvation,
it brings restoration.
Looking back at my lifeand the mess that was there
the one things that sumsup what Jesus has done
is he has restoredeverything that was broken.
- What an incredible story,what an incredible picture
of the unbelievable, unexpected,undeserved, unimaginable
love of God.
And it's for all of us, it's for you.
Ya know, sometimes whensomething happens in your life
and maybe your situation hasbeen something like Heathers
where maybe your maybeyour mom or your dad
weren't there for you,maybe neither of them were
like Anthony in our other story
but ya know, it leaves a hole inside of us
because we are created to be relational
and we're created to know our creator.
Really he is the only onewho can fill that hole
and this is the reason why,
we are all flawed human beings,
we're not meant to meeteach others deepest soul
and heart needs, God's meant to do that,
God wants to do that.
Even when we've messed up,even in something as serious
as Heather faced wherepeople lost their lives
because of choices that she made.
God is able to take thebroken, to take the guilt,
to take the shame involved in something
and give you a brand new beginning,
to take you to a placeof complete restoration.
Restoration means you goback to the way it was
before any of the sin,any of the wrong doing,
any of the poor decisions were made,
you get restored, you become made whole.
This is the way it's said in the Bible,
if any man is in Christ hebecomes a brand new creation,
old things pass away andall things become new,
is that something you need in your life?
Boy, I sure needed it in mine
and here's the great things, it's ongoing.
You know, even after youmake a commitment to Christ
you're still not perfect,you're still not going to make
all the wise choices you should
but forgiveness is ongoingbecause God is eternal
the same yesterday, today and forever
and his love for you is unending.
So when we come to him with humble hearts,
understanding who he is andthat we need and want him,
he is waiting with open arms for us.
Would you like to do that today?
Let's do it together right now,
come with me I'll show you how to do this,
you just bow your head inhumility and recognizing
your need and you say this.
Jesus, I am a sinner andI am in need of a savior
and though I have known yourname I've used you name,
I've used your name recklessly
but today I'm coming toyou asking you humbly
to be the savior of my soul,
will you forgive my sins,will you change my heart,
will you come into the middle of my life
and change the way I think,the way I see things,
the way I do things,the choices that I make,
I want to know you fully,
I want to be known fully by you
and I wanna live for you Lord.
Thank you for giving me a fresh beginning,
fill me now with your holy spirit
and begin the process of changing my life
so that I am a follower of yours,
thank you for loving meand waiting for me God,
in Jesus name I pray.
If you've prayed that prayeryou've begun an amazing
journey, we wanna help you grow in it,
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Well Marcia Stamey is an avid swimmer
and she enjoys teaching water aerobics
but when she hurt her kneeMarcia's active lifestyle
came to a halt until oneday when she was watching
the 700 Club.
- Teaching water aerobicsand helping these older
women stay healthy means something to me
and it's a ministry.
- [Narrator] Exercisehas long been a priority
for Marcia Stamey.
- Since I was in my 30s I have swam laps,
like about three times a week,
about a half a mile each time.
- [Narrator] In October2012, Marcia asked her son
to help her move a largeglass dining table.
- I said, Johnathan I cando it, I'm really strong
and so it was just too heavy.
- [Narrator] She did itbut could feel the strain
in her knee.
- I said ya know, I thinkI just did something
I shouldn't have done.
About two days later that'swhen I started feeling
the pain and it would getbetter and it would get worse
and then about six months later,
I think it was in April, it popped.
When I was standing orwalking I had to drag it,
I was in so much pain.
- [Narrator] Marcia'sdoctor said that if the pain
persisted she would need surgery,
so she asked her church to pray
and she found encouragementhearing the prayers
on the 700 Club.
- What Gordon does a lot of times,
he says, now we're getting ready to pray
and he said, I wantyou to put your hand on
that place that is hurtingand so that's what I did.
And he said, there issomebody that has their hand
on their right knee.
- There's someone withproblems in their right knee
and God is just healing that,
he's restoring the cartilage.
What the doctors said can'tbe done is being done now
in Jesus name.
- And I went, what
and the fact that he said almost the exact
words that the doctor said.
The next day my leg was 50% better,
within three days I had no pain.
It hasn't bothered me in two years.
I'm always amazed at the Lord
cause he's so wonderful
and when you stand forsomething like that,
ya know, faith is what places him.
- Listen, God doesn'tjust love and forgive
and provide, he heals
and we wanna pray for youtoday as we have these last
This is Glenda, to encourage your faith,
who wrote in and said, "OnJune 8th of this year, 2018,
at the end of the prayers,just before signing off,
Gordon said that someonewas suffering from a pain
on the right shoulder and neck.
I received that for myselfand put my left hand
on my right shoulder,I accepted my healing
and began praising God.
I'm still pain free, praise the Lord."
And then Mari says, "I sufferedwith sciatic nerve pain
for months. I wasn'table to walk at times,
I would have to crawland I was on crutches.
The doctor told me thatif I felt it in my foot
I'd be in trouble.
Unfortunately it hasalready reached my foot.
Then one day I was watching the 700 Club
when one of the hostsaid that God was healing
a sciatic nerve, I criedout and claimed it.
That was last year and I havebeen pain free ever since."
As we close out our time together today,
let's go to the Lord in prayer,
let's ask for your needs.
Pray with me right now, won't you.
Father, we join our hearts and our minds
and we come to you as your children,
you are a good, good father.
You know the need of everyperson who's praying with me
right now, every person who's hurting,
physically, financially,emotionally, relationally.
Jesus, will you reachout now with your power
with your mercy and your grace,
will you touch people fromthe top of their heads
to the bottom of their toes
with your incredible healing power,
will you pull back thescale from their eyes,
will you help them to see things clearly,
will you help them tostand for their healing,
to walk in your mercy and grace
and the declare victory today
because you won it for us on the cross
2000 years ago.
In Jesus name we pray.
Thanks for being with us today,
we leave you with thesewords from Psalm 46,
"Be still, and know that I am God,
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
God bless you.