A lifelong addict shares the five words that changed his life. Plus, how the digital age is changing our city streets when it comes to car buying.
- [Announcer] The followingprogram is sponsored by CBN.
- [Gordon] Coming up, a life-long addict.
- I looked in a mirror, I sawa junkie, I saw a convict.
- [Gordon] And the fivewords that changed his life.
- [David] I heard a voiceI'd never heard before.
- Plus, a Texas pastor
who rescues children from sex slavery,
on today's 700 Club.(dramatic news music)
Well, welcome to The 700 Club.
The saga of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation
to the Supreme Court isentering the end game.
After weeks of bitter partisan feuding
and accusations of sexual misconduct,
Senate Republicans are nowpressing forward to a vote.
- All this after thelatest FBI investigation
into his behavior as a teenagerrevealed no new evidence.
Now Washington is watchinga few key senators
who can make or break the nomination.
Jennifer Wishon has morefrom the nation's capital.
- The Senate is poised to takea crucial vote this morning
to advance Judge Kavanaugh's nomination
to the Supreme Court.
That sets up the possibilityof a full Senate vote Saturday.
But before that, senatorshave 30 hours to debate
and both sides have plenty to say.
On Capitol Hill, tensions are high.
Thursday, police arrestedmore than 300 people
for unlawfully demonstrating.
That as senators took turns viewing
the FBI's report in a secure location.
- So, none of these last minute
allegations have been corroborated,
as is confirmed by the seventh
and latest FBI investigation.
- [Jennifer] Critics, including former
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens,
are now saying Kavanaugh'spassionate defense
before the Senate shows he doesn't have
the right temperament to sit on the Court.
In what amounts to a closing argument,
Judge Kavanaugh penned an op-edin the Wall Street Journal,
addressing those concerns.
"I might have been too emotional at times.
"I know that my tone wassharp and I said a few things
"I should not have said.
"I hope everyone canunderstand that I was there
"as a son, husband and dad."
Democrats accuse theWhite House of limiting
the FBI investigation,saying it was too narrow
and should have included more witnesses.
- Democrats agreed thatthe investigation's scope
should be limited, we did not agree
that the White Houseshould tie the FBI's hands.
- Anybody that pushes back on the fact
that Dr. Ford wasn'tgiven ample opportunity
to make her case and state her case
has been livin' in a cave.
- [Jennifer] It's now down to a handful
of undecided senators onboth sides of the aisle.
Republicans Jeff Flake andSusan Collins have indicated
they're satisfied with the FBI report,
but they and fellow RepublicanLisa Murkowski have yet
to say how they'll vote, nor,has Democrat Joe Manchin.
At a campaign rally inMinnesota Thursday night,
President Trump pointed to new numbers
that suggest the Democrats' rage
against Kavanaugh is a political misfire.
is starting to backfire at a level
that nobody has ever seen before.
- Just weeks before the midterms,
a new NPR-PBS poll showsenthusiasm among Democrats
and Republicans is at a statistical tie.
That's a huge change for the GOP,
which lagged 10 points behind Democrats
before Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.
- I think the real casualty
in all of this is the Supreme Court
and who is going to stand
for nomination for the next vacancy?
We know there's going to be a vacancy
so you're gonna stand for that vacancy,
you're going to beconsidered by the Senate
and here's what's goin' to happen to you.
They're going to accuseyou of being a gang rapist.
They're going to accuse youof being a black-out drunk.
And then when you get mad about that,
they're gonna say, "Well,see you're intemperate
"and you shouldn't beon the Supreme Court."
This is a nightmare for the country
and the Democrats have already said
that this was a delay tactic.
They're tryin' to getit through the midterms
so that there's no consideration,
there's no vote before the midterms
and they're assuming they're going to win.
This has been a nightmare
and who is now going to stand?
That's the casualty here.
If the Senate is going toentertain allegations like this
and have national hearings on it,
who would ever want to go through that,
take their families through that?
Well, the Kavanaugh nomination has
certainly stirred strongemotion on both sides.
John Jessup has more on that story
from our CBN news bureauin Washington, John.
- Thanks, Gordon.
Protestors not only disruptedthe confirmation process,
they've also been harassingsenators in the hallways,
forcing Capitol Police toclose of areas of the building
and to escort lawmakersthrough public spaces.
Still, not all protesterscame to show their anger.
As Abigail Robertson shows,
some came for a verydifferent reason, to pray.
- Tensions are high, but civility is low
on Capitol Hill aheadof this weekend's vote
on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination,
leading Capitol Police toincrease security around the Hill.
Swing senators like Susan Collinsnow require police escorts
to protect them from beingheckled by protesters,
as well as the media.
- You guys really do, like,invade my comfort zone.
- [Abigail] Areas the mediaand public typically walk
through with ease have beenblocked these past few days.
Protesters have also takenover senators' offices
and sent rude and often harassingmessages to staff members.
The bitter back and forth on the Hill led
Senator Rand Paul's wife, Kelley,
to write an open letter toSenator Cory Booker calling
on him to retractstatements he said in July
that she says incite violence.
- Go to the Hill today.(audience applauding)
Get up, and please,
get up in the face ofsome Congress people.
- Perhaps he didn't mean it so literally,
but unfortunately, I think there are a lot
of people out there who arevery angry and maybe unstable.
And they take those kinds of words
and maybe take it to the next level.
- [Abigail] In the past 18 months,
she says her family hasexperienced violence
at a horrifying level, like the shooting
at her husband's Congressionalbaseball practice
and the assault thatlanded him in the hospital
with broken ribs and lung damage.
The Pauls were also oneof many Senate families
whose home address andpersonal information was
recently posted online.
- I think we're crossing a line
into a really dangerousand disturbing chapter.
- [Abigail] Kelley saysin the past three months,
things have felt a lotworse and it's hard for her
to watch and hear stories of senators
and their spouses beingharassed in public,
like Ted and Heidi Cruz.
- Those people were upin their face waving
their middle fingers andjust jabbing their fingers
in their face and sayinghorrible things to them.
It's really aggressive, it'sviolent, it's an assault.
That is the opposite ofmaking your views known.
- [Abigail] In the midst of this chaos,
groups are coming to the Capitol to pray.
- I don't think we have to pray perfectly,
I just think we have to pray.
And if we show up, God'll do the rest.
- Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Thanks, Abby.
Jerusalem's mayor announcedthat he plans to remove
the UN agency for Palestinianrefugees from the city saying,
the agency promotesincitement against Israel.
This comes days after thePalestinian Authority vowed
to keep paying terrorists.
The PA said financial support
to terrorist families willcontinue despite U.S. cuts
over the so-called pay-to-slay issue.
CBN Middle East Bureau ChiefChris Mitchell explains.
- [Chris] The PalestinianAuthority says taking care
of those who murderJews is a top priority.
- Early this year, the United States moved
to punish the PA for thispolicy known as pay-to-slay.
It put the Taylor Force Act into effect,
which cuts U.S. aid until thePA stops rewarding terrorists
and their families.
Australia followed suit in July,
but the rest of the world has yet to act.
- The international community,
first of all, has to recognize
that the PalestinianAuthority paying salaries
to terrorists is really a symptom
of the fundamental problem.
And that is that the PalestinianAuthority sees killing
Israelis and killingJews as something heroic.
- [Chris] Itamar Marcus is the founder
and director of Palestinian Media watch.
His organization has monitored reports
and speeches from the regionfor more than 20 years.
- The Palestinian Authority has put
these killers on a pedestal.
They've turned them intoheroes and role models
for the Palestinian people.
By now, they can't even backoff, they can't even backtrack.
They are gonna keeprewarding these killers
with money that they're getting,
to a large extent, from foreign donors.
You've got Abdullah Barghouti,
I would say the most notorious
Palestinian Authoritymastermind of terror.
He built the bombs forthe suicide bombings
in Sbarro restaurant in Zion Square.
Hebrew University, he killed Americans,
killed Europeans, killedaltogether 67 people.
He's serving 67 life sentences,
these are among the 67 people
and he's already alsoreceived about $200,000.
He will continue receiving salary,
eventually receiving $3,500 a month.
- [Chris] The Taylor ForceAct is not only a law,
but acts as a symbol as well.
- We created a special posterin memory of Taylor Force,
the American veteran whowas murdered in Tel Aviv.
The person who killed him was
a terrorist named Bashar Masalha,
who himself was killed rightafterward by Israeli forces.
So, Bashar Masalha's familyis now rewarded for life.
They've received, up 'til now, $13,000.
- [Chris] The 2018 budgetrewarding martyr's families
and wounded is nearly $200 million.
- Until the PalestinianAuthority changes its ideology
and sees murder as murder
and sees murder as something punishable,
there's no one really to talk to
on the Palestinian Authority side.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News.
- Thanks, Chris.
Gordon, back to you.
- Well, I applaud the Congressfor finally taking action
in passing the Taylor Force Act.
I also applaud theadministration for saying,
"We're going to abide by this."
It was up to the Secretary ofState to withhold those funds
and we need the moral courage to stand up.
Years ago, during the Bush Administration,
they had this so-called Bush Doctrine
where, if nation statessupported terrorism,
then the U.S. was going to respond.
Well, here we have thePalestinian Authority
clearly supporting terrorism
and clearly doing that for decades.
This has been going on along time under the watch
of both Democrat andRepublican administrations.
You look at these payments andmy guesstimate is one-third
of them was funded by youand me, by the U.S. taxpayer.
And you look at that and say,
"How in the world couldwe let that go on?"
But finally, it's stopping.
The next step is this UNRWA,the UN Relief Works Agency,
the Trump Administration has already moved
to stop the funding fromthe U.S. going to that.
But that's another onethat encourages incitement
of terrorism against Israel.
So finally, the world is waking up,
finally the funds are being stopped
and now it's up to thePalestinian Authority.
If you truly want peace,
well then you trulyhave to stop terrorism.
Well, I've got another news story for you.
It's a good one, it's actually good news.
In the middle of disasters,
Operation Blessing is striking back.
New Bern, North Carolina,devastated by Hurricane Florence,
more than 4300 homes weredamaged, like Julia McGriff's.
Julia tried to salvagewhat belongings she could,
but after a few days,exposure to the mold put
Julia in the hospital.
Well, that's when OperationBlessing came to her rescue.
- [Reporter] When Julia McGriff returned
to New Bern, North Carolinaafter Hurricane Florence,
she didn't realize how much damage
had been done to her home.
- My thought was, "My house has survived.
"I can mop up the floors,I can wash down things
"and I could stay here."
- [Reporter] But she couldn't.
The two-to-three feet offlood water had ruined
almost everything she owned.
- The refrigerator, thestove, my deep freezer,
it stopped workin' completely.
Dry wall has to be removed,cabinets have to be removed,
the bottom cabinets.
I was lookin' at thingsthat I thought I could keep
and come to find out,even if it dried out,
the mold'll still be there.
- [Reporter] She salvaged a few things
and put them in storage.
After just a few days, themold actually landed Julia
in the hospital with breathing trouble.
- I just wanted to holler and scream.
- [Reporter] When she heardabout Operation Blessing's
disaster relief efforts, andwe sent a team out to help,
things started to change.
- Like a calvary. (laughs)
They come in ready to workand they did. (laughs)
- [Reporter] We movedcabinets, took out drywall
and got everything ready forJulia's house to be dried out
so she can eventually move back home
without worrying aboutmold or breathing problems.
- It's like, kind of aburden's been lifted.
It just gave me relief.
It gave me some relief and happiness
because things are on theway to getting back on track.
- [Reporter] Julia wantsto make sure others get
the same help she got.
- Continue your donationsbecause it is really needed
to keep Operation Blessin' workin'.
Because they don't only do this for us,
they do for every disaster,
and the people that's in thedisaster really needs that.
Thank you all and thank God for ya.
- Thank you.
If you're a member of The700 Club, you're part of that
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You can also write to us at CBN Center,
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Just put on the memo line of the check,
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So, if you want to volunteer,
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If you're from out of town,please register in advance
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You can find more information at ob.org.
- Well, coming up, fromrideshares to autonomous vehicles,
the future of car ownership is here.
See how it's transforming our city roads,
all the way up to your driveway.
That's next.(upbeat music)
(dramatic news music)
- As millennials migrate to urban areas,
many find it's not practical to drive.
Now new methods oftransportation are springing up
all over the country
and as Caitlin Burke reports,technology is upending
what it means to own a car.
- [Caitlin] If you're inthe market for a new car,
you may want to get a clunker.
Experts say car ownership is changing
and they predict that before long,
it will look nothing likeit has for the past century.
- I think that futurecar ownership is going
to be a mixture of private ownership,
but an increasing numberof people will opt
for car sharing and ridesharing services.
- If you're looking for aglimpse into the future,
add Arlington, Texas to alist of cities to visit.
Here in the EntertainmentDistrict you can get a chance
to ride in an autonomous vehicle.
That means there's nobody driving,
however for now, there is acertified operator on board.
- Our two angles with theprogram are really testing
the technology in a real-world environment
and two, educating the public about it
and raising awareness.
So, the technology is very new,
it still has some limitations.
- [Caitlin] If ridingaround with no driver isn't
what you're looking for,
you can try Arlington's ondemand rideshare program, Via.
- It is a smartphone app-based service
where you can call up a ride,they will come within a block
or two of where you're located
and drop you off within a block
or two of where you'd like to go,
for a very cheap cost ofjust $3 per person per trip.
- [Caitlin] It sounds alot like Uber or Lyft,
the leaders in the ridesharemarket, the difference is cost.
- With Uber or Lyft, the cheapest trip
that we could find was about $6
and the most expensive was $14.
We could do all of those same trips
with Via in the servicearea for $3 per trip.
- Our next interview iswithin Via's service area,
so we decided to test it out.
We're sharing this ride in Via with Erman.
Erman, where are you going?
- I'm going to Centerpost Station.
- [Caitlin] Do you use Via a lot?
- Yeah, a lot, I work in Dallas,
so I usually use Via in themorning and the evenings
to go to work and come back from work.
- That's great.- Yeah.
- [Caitlin] Well, thanks for sharing
our ride with us. (laughs)
- It's a great pleasure.
- [Caitlin] Another technology company
in the rideshare space is Turo.
- Turo is a peer-to-peercar sharing marketplace.
So we enable car ownerswho have a car sitting
in their driveway to rent it out
and they rent these vehicles to travelers
who are looking for a unique experience.
- Why let a stranger drive your car?
Because it could ultimatelyhelp you pay for it.
While I may never be able toafford a car like this Tesla,
which typically sells for about $107,000,
if I buy one and then rentit out when I don't need it,
I could theoretically coverthe cost of owning it.
Pierre Arnold and hiswife started using Turo
to rent out their Tesla several years ago.
- Initially, we thought it would be fun
to just earn a littleextra income on the side
and then it turned into a thing
where we're making enoughmoney from doing it
that it totally pays for both of our cars.
Even to the point where we bought
a second car specifically to put on Turo.
- [Caitlin] The average owner renting
through Turo makes about $500 a month.
The Arnolds do so well,
they're adding another car to their fleet.
- We have a reservation in on a Model 3,
so we're going to finalizethat very shortly here
and then put that up on Turo right away.
So our intention with that one is
to specifically rent it out.
- [Caitlin] Even if youaren't looking for luxury,
owning a car and getting fromhere-to-there costs money.
- There are three componentsinto transportation costs.
The cost of vehicle ownership,
the cost of driving a car andthe cost of public transit.
- [Caitlin] Shima Hamidiresearches transportation
affordability and car dependency.
She says low income familiespay the most for car ownership,
mainly because affordablehousing is rarely close
to public transportation.
Technological advancements could alleviate
some of the financial burdenon these low-income families
by making the need to own apersonal vehicle obsolete.
Thomas Bamonte is theman charged with steering
the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas
towards the transportationmodel of the future.
- In this phase, it is engaging colleagues
and regional partners injust starting to think ahead.
What might the future looklike when 30%, 50%, 90%
of the rides are done via shared mobility?
- [Caitlin] There's stilla lot of uncertainty
around how all of the newtechnology will roll out
and its timeframe.
But Bamonte says thecities who have taken time
to prepare will be rewarded.
Caitlin Burke, CBN News, Arlington, Texas.
- Well, if you think electriccars are just somethin'
for kids, think againand things are changin'.
It's the old motto,"Change is here to stay."
So get ready, how we movearound in the United States,
throughout the world, is gettin' ready
for some really big changes.
- Well, coming up, ameth-cooking, drug-dealing addict.
- My main focus was makin' money,
sleepin' with girls and stayin' high.
When I died, I turn todust so why did anything
that I do today matter anyway?
- [Terry] See how this man gets an answer
to his question that he never expected.
(dramatic news music)
- David Stoeger had alreadyspent two years in prison
when he started cookingand distributing meth.
He was also using for two decades.
Besides suicide, David saw no way out
of his escalating addiction until a song
on the radio spoke to his heart.
- You know, it got tothe point I hated myself.
I looked in the mirror, I saw a junkie,
I saw a convict, I didn't see a good guy.
I saw nothing redeemable about me.
And if I don't see anythingredeemable about me,
then where do you go from there?
- [Reporter] David Stoeger held a deep
and confusing secret from hisparents since early childhood,
that he'd been molested by his babysitter.
- I remember them readinga paper about a kid
that had been molested and talkin'
about how that personwas nasty and disgusting,
and I thought that theywere talking about the kid,
not the perpetrator.
So, I put two and two together
and I was this disgusting, nasty kid.
- [Reporter] He held his secret close
and felt he deserved the painof his parents' later divorce
and beatings from hisgrandfather who he moved in with.
- He would beat me andthen call in to school
and say, "Hey, he's not gonnacome into school this week,
"he's gonna help me on the farm,"
and wait for the bruises to heal up
before he'd let me go back to school.
That was kind of my punishment
for bein' this disgusting, nasty kid,
so I internalized it even more.
- [Reporter] The mentaleffects of the abuse made
it hard to relate with other kids.
David was often alone.
One night while out walking,he met a group of kids
and joined them as they smoked a joint.
- Probably the second or third time
that the joint wentaround was the first time
that I can say I ever felt like I fit in.
And it numbed me, I wasn'tthinkin' about my past.
The next night I walked to the square,
I met the same group of kids and we drank.
If I drank enough or smoked enough
then I couldn't feel the pain
and I realized, over time,that if I stayed numb,
not only did I not think about my past
but nobody could hurt me now.
- [Reporter] In high school,David's drug use escalated
from marijuana and alcoholto methamphetamine.
- I ended up droppin' out of high school
because school got in theway of my partying time.
substance use progressed,
I ended up breakin' into sheds and garages
and stealin' stuff and pawnin' it
and ended up gettin'sentenced to prison at 20.
- [Reporter] After serving anear two-year prison sentence,
he learned how to cookand distribute meth.
Still using, David's lifeslid farther into darkness.
- I got to a point Ididn't care about my life,
I didn't care about anybody else's,
I didn't care if I hurt you.
My main focus was makin'money, sleepin' with girls
and stayin' high, that'sall I really cared about.
It was all about my pleasureand if I hurt somebody,
I could really care less.
When I died I turned to dust
so why did anything thatI do matter today anyway?
- [Reporter] David spent nearly
two decades addicted to meth.
He was an atheist and suicidal.
I never saw myself
I felt hopeless all the time,
I was depressed all the time.
My entire life I felt like everything
that had been done to meand everything I'd done,
I walked around with that on my shoulders.
It gets really heavy after awhile.
You're not in a drugworld for as long as I am
without doin' negative things.
- [Reporter] He tried to quit meth
and began drinking heavily.
Then, he met a couple whoinvited him to church.
After several weeks, he joined them.
- I liked to make fun of Christians
and try to make myself feelintellectually superior.
And that's kind of the person I was
and these people kindof hung on me anyway.
They loved me when I didn't love myself
and they cared about me whenI didn't care about myself.
- [Reporter] He continued going to church,
but felt powerless to stop drinking.
Then one day while on his way to a party
where he planned on getting drunk,
he heard a Christian song onthe radio that spoke to him.
- The first words out of the speaker were,
"I wish you could see me now.
"I wish I could show youhow I'm not who I was."
And when those words came out,
I heard a voice I'd never heard before
and it said, "Go home, you got this."
I thought about it and I pulledover to the side of the road
and I sat there and criedfor probably five-10 minutes.
When I could see again, Iturned around, I went home.
- [Reporter] Desperate for change,
he set up a meeting withJames, a pastor at the church.
- I've tried everything else.
(sighs) At this time I'dbeen to treatment more times
than I can count on one hand.
I've taken medication,
I've seen psychiatrists,psychologists and you know,
he's like, "Do you believethat Jesus died for your sins?"
That thought of not having to walk around
with all of my transgressions,
with not having tocontinue to beat myself up
for all the things people had done to me,
it did, it reduced me to tearswhen I was talkin' to James.
- [Reporter] David surrenderedhis life to Jesus that day,
he says everything changed.
- And I felt like aweight had been lifted.
All those things that I had onmy shoulders that whole time,
I mean, it just kind offelt like they disappeared.
It was nice to actually have hope
that there was more than just this life
and that hope gave me a whole new outlook.
- [Reporter] He was immediatelyset free from drugs,
alcohol and a broken view of himself.
- Christ took all of that from me.
I like the words, tabularasa, it means blank slate.
And I like that fact that I thought
that my life had already been written
and now I have a cleanslate to start over with.
- [Reporter] He went back to school
and earned a master'sdegree in social work.
He is now therapist,
extending hope to thosetrapped in addiction.
The wounds of his past have healed
since he found his identity in Christ.
- He's allowed me to see myself
as something other thana convict and a junkie.
I'm made in God's image.
I'm able to look at myself andnot see just a piece of junk
which is what I've alwaysthought my whole life.
I'm able to wake up in themorning with a smile on my face
and I'm able to be proudof the person I am today
and I'm able to give hope to other people.
Without Christ in my life,none of that happens.
- Maybe you live like David,he had this philosophy,
you actually find itmentioned in the Bible,
"Let's eat, drink and bemerry, for tomorrow we die."
David put it a little differently,
"I mean, if all we're goingto do is turn into dust,
"then what's the point?"
Well, we don't turn into dust,there is a life after death.
There is a God, he loves you,
he wants to be with you for all eternity.
He wants to give you a hope and a future
and he wants to turn your life around.
He doesn't want you addicted to things.
He doesn't want you in despair.
He doesn't want you to be without hope
because he is the God of all hope.
He's created specific thingsfor you to do in this life.
He's created good worksfor you to accomplish.
He's created things that will satisfy
the desires of your heart.
He's done all these thingsbecause of his great love.
And when we mess it up,when we pursue our own way,
he says, "I've got this, Ican turn it around for you.
"All you have to do is turn to me."
Now David did that and heturned around and in that,
he found who he truly was,
who he truly is
and that is a child of God
who is worth the pricethat God paid for you,
you're worth that.
No matter what's happened to you,
no matter what you've done,
you are worth what Jesuspaid on the cross for you.
In his eyes, you have infinite value.
He wants so desperatelyfor you to know that
that he gave his life for you.
"For God so loved the world
"that he gave his only begotten son.
"That whosoever," whosoever, that's you,
"whosoever would believein him would not perish,
"but have everlasting life."
And that life can start right now,
where you can know him,you can hear his voice.
He will come to you, hewill make you new again.
He'll give you that blank slate,
he'll write your lifestory all over again.
What does it take to get this?
You just have to ask for it
and when you do it with all ofyour heart, then he'll come.
For David, he didn'thave any other options.
He said, "Well, I've triedeverything else, I'll try this."
taste and see that the Lord is good.
When you reach out to him,you'll find he's been reaching
out to you the whole time.
All it takes is that prayer.
So if this is for you,if this is what you want,
don't change the channel,
don't take another day without him.
Let him come into yourheart, let him change you.
All you have to do is surrender.
So if this is for you, bowyour head with me, let's pray
and let Jesus do all the rest.
Pray with me.
Jesus, that's right, just sayhis name, say it out loud.
Jesus, you know the things that I've done.
You know the things thathave been done to me.
I hear you can change me,
I hear that you can make me new again,
that you can set me free,
that you can change mefrom my innermost being,
that you can give me a clean slate
and a new start.
could you do that for me?
Could you be my savior?
Could you come into my heart
and make me new?
And Jesus, if you do this,
I want to follow youall the days of my life.
Hear my prayer,
for I pray it
in Jesus name,
Father, for those who just prayed
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- Well, still ahead, a South African girl
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- And welcome back to The 700 Club.
In Canada, a historic event,more than 300 pastors say no
to a sexual orientationcurriculum in public schools.
SOGI is a gender-identification program
that pastors say confusesyoung children by forcing them
to choose a gender whenthey already have one.
They came out with the WestCoast Christian Accord,
which aligns sexualitywith Biblical principles.
The pastors are asking theBC Minister of Education
to stop the use of allSOGI-related resources in schools.
Operation Blessing stepped in to help
a man in need in El Salvador.
Jose Hernandez's lifewas turned upside down
after his leg was amputated
and he was forced to finda way to make a living.
With only an old, run-downwheelchair to get around,
Jose started his ownbusiness selling candy.
But one day, his wheelchaircollapsed and broke,
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Operation Blessing gotwind of his situation
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Jose says he has OperationBlessing and God to thank
for the encouragement to keep going.
You can learn moreabout Operation Blessing
by visiting its website, ob.org.
Gordon and Terry are back with more
of today's 700 Club right after this.
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- Well, right now I want tointroduce you to a little girl
whose smile lights up a room.
Her name is Olungaka andshe lives up to its meaning,
but not ago, her singlemom was desperate for a job
and struggling just to support her family.
- [Reporter] Olungaka is her mother's joy.
Her name literally means theunending great love of Jesus.
- She is such a happy child.
She always wants to help when I clean
so I give her the small socks and vests.
But in the past, she would get bored
and want to go to school with her friends,
I didn't have a job soI couldn't afford it.
- [Reporter] With no oneto look after her daughter,
it was hard for Nolindo to find work.
- Mondays were the only daysI had time to look for work.
I never found a job and alwayswent home feeling defeated.
- [Reporter] One nightwhile her daughter slept,
Nolindo cried out to God.
- [Nolindo] I askedhim for any kind of job
so that I could provide for her.
- [Reporter] Then, a friendreferred them to Life Child,
a ministry supported byCBN's Orphan's Promise.
We paid all of Olungaka's fees to attend
and Nolindo received mentoringas part of our program.
She started volunteering ata local neighborhood watch
and with our help and encouragement,
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- Without your help, wewould still be struggling.
I am thankful that I canfinally provide for my daughter.
I know God brought us all these blessings
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- My teacher tells me I am very smart.
Today we learned that God madethe heavens and the animals.
I learned to pray and I know
that Jesus hears me every time I pray.
- [Children] Bless ourhands and bless our food,
in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
- I love everything about being here,
especially the food and my friends.
But I don't like nap time
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- Well, up next, meet a man who shares
his last name with 700 children
and he's rescued more than 500girls from sex trafficking.
His amazing story when we come back.
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Well, Troy is a worldwide missionary
with a nationally-syndicatednewspaper column
and a radio show, he's alsothe author of 10 books.
Troy is a man on a radical mission
to demonstrate the goodnessof God, take a look.
- [Reporter] In 1995,Troy and Leanna Brewer
started feeding people outof the back of a truck.
Since then, Troy has given away
more than four million pounds of food.
He's even partnered withOperation Blessing in his efforts.
Today, he's the pastor of OpenDoor Church
in Ft. Worth, Texas, and hedoes more than feed people.
Troy and Leanna support 10orphanages around the world
and rescue girls from sex trafficking.
In his book, Good Overcomes Evil,
Troy says it doesn't take a lot of good
to overcome evil in this world,and shows us what happens
when we inject the goodness of God
in the lives of those around us.
- Well, Troy is hereand welcome to the show,
it's an honor to have ya.- Thank you, sir.
- Take us back to the beginning,how did you get started,
both with orphans and feeding the hungry?
- Well, it all started by simply wanting
to help an old man roof a roof.
He was one guy, he was in his 80s
and he was taking oneshingle, every single day,
up on the top of hisroof, nailin' it down,
spendin' all day up thereand then climbin' back down.
I saw him and my familyand I went over there,
helped him, threw bundlesover our shoulder,
climbed up there andjust decided to help him.
What we found out was thathe needed food as well,
and then we found out he had a girlfriend,
that was actually his girlfriend's house,
and she needed food.
Then, whenever we offered them food,
he said, "Well, I have anothergirlfriend across the street
"and she needs food as well."
Well, we became responsible
for feeding 71 isolated elderly people
and that was in 1991, is when that was.
That turned into a food bank,
which turned into OpenDoor Church,
which turned into orphanages.
Yeah, it all started like that.
- Did you ever expect to get
to the numbers that you have now?
- Well, no, I didn't expectto be doin' any of this.
You know, there's 16 Jehovah titles,
I'm sure you know all those,but the 17th is Jehovah Sneaky.
- (laughing) I haven't heard that one.
- Yeah, he didn't tell me.
He didn't tell me what it was--
- [Gordon] (laughing)That's not in the Bible.
- (laughs) It's not in the Bible.
No, sir, but--- Actually, it might be.
Isiah calls him, "Surelyyou are the God who hides."
- There you go and heis the God that hides
and it is the glory ofGod to conceal a thing,
but the honor of kings isto search out the matter.
And so, we're still searchin' it out,
but no, I'm surprised, I'm amazed.
I'm literally staggeredat the goodness of God
in the midst of so many good things.
- Well, tell us about some of them.
One of the things thatreally touches a lot
of people's hearts is what'sgoing on with sex trafficking
and it's not overseas,it's right here in America.
- Of course.
- [Gordon] And you've seen it first hand.
- You know, a lot of people think
that slavery ended along time ago, Gordon,
but there are more slaves alive right now
than have ever been in thehistory of the planet Earth.
That's hard for people towrap their head around,
but those statistics are real.
There are people all over the world
of every race, every culturethat you can imagine,
that are in such hopeless situations.
I first came across it becausewe do so much travelin',
we like to minister in trash dumps,
we take food there, we have orphanages.
And in stomping aroundin really bad places,
because I'm a middle-agedCaucasian American,
people would assume thatI was a sexual tourist.
They would go, "Oh, I knowwhat you're here for,"
and then they would bring me children
and ask me if I wanted to buy those.
The first couple oftimes that that happened,
it just floored me andthen the third and fourth
and fifth time, I began to expect it
and actually began to take money.
If anybody offers me a child,I'm gonna take that child
and I'm gonna put 'em in my home
and nobody's ever, everygoin' to hurt them again.
In that context, we did thatrandomly for years and years,
and then we starteddoin' this strategically,
just a couple of years ago
where we just reallystarted goin' after it.
Our goal last year was tosave 16 girls and we save 184,
and with the 184 came over 400 babies.
So just this year, we've already saved
over 600-some odd, about630 out of sexual slavery,
and there's been about 1,000 babies
that have come with them.
When I say that this thing is real
and that it's everywhere, it is.
- You say you went at it strategically,
I get a lot of people saying,"How do I get started?"
So when you say, "I did it strategically,"
what was the strategy?
- The strategy for us isto actually do outreaches
into prostitution communitiesthroughout the world.
We do medical outreaches andwe host that, we pay for that
and then when these girls get medicine,
we pay for that and then webuild relationships with them.
We introduce them toJesus and then we find out
what their situation is andhow can we liberate them.
- Do you ever deal with girlsthat want to go back into it?
- Not one time.- Not one time?
- I've never had one single girl
that we have ever liberated that said,
"I want that life again."
The deal is,
it's only Jesus--
- I gotta stop you, why do you say that,
because I hear that repeatedly,
that's it's reallytough to break the hold.
That there's somethinghappens to their dignity
where they just can't see another way.
- You can restore their dignity
and this is the process of redemption.
This is what Jesus offers
that the world doesn'toffer, is redemption.
So it's one thing to keepsomebody from doin' a job,
but it's another thingto give somebody a life.
These girls, there's not asingle little girl in the world
that says, "When I grow up,I wanna be a prostitute."
That's never happened in thehistory of the planet Earth,
that has never happened.
So these girls, when theyget their hearts restored,
they get their childhoodrestored, they get hope.
Where there was shame, now there's honor
and that's what redemption is.
So it's a huge, very, very,very relational process for us.
- How many now?
How many do you estimate you say?
- Well, just in the past twoyears it's been over 800,
but over the past 20 years, I don't know?
So, it's a lot.
- You also do somethingto the traffickers.
- We do.- What do you do?
- Well, we prosecute 'em. (laughs)
So we actually pay, wehave prosecuting attorneys
that we have brought togetherand their job is to make sure
that these traffickers go to jail.
We actually pay for thatand once they go to jail--
- Now, that puzzles me,
you have to pay for them to be prosecuted?
- Thank you.- Why?
- Thank you for askin' that,
because in most of thecountries we work in,
the governments do notprovide prosecuting attorneys,
they do not.
So people come from all over the world
to prey upon vulnerablepeople in those countries,
'cause they're like, "Well,even if I get arrested,
"you can't afford to hire a lawyer
"to make sure that I go to prison."
Well they don't know me, (laughs)
because we show up and we say,
"No, you know what, we're gonna fund that,
"we're gonna pay for that andthere is gonna be justice."
And then once that happens,
because we are the body of Christ,
now we have outreach teams that are goin'
into those very same prisons
and winnin' those guysas trophies of grace.
So, it's all about the goodness of God,
that's what it's about.
- And that's your book.- It is.
- Good Overcomes Evil.
One of the things in reading your book,
it was the last chapterand I think we're living
in that in America today,where you're saying,
"Christians, get ready,
"your own country's gonnastart persecuting you."
- Yes, sir, it's absolutely true.
We're standing with Christiansthat are being persecuted
all over the world, becauseI want to sow in to that.
And the reason why I'm sowing into that is
'cause I really believe,with all my heart,
it's not gonna be very much longer
before we are targeted the waythat Christians are targeted
all over the planet Earth.
It's gonna happen right here,
it actually already is happeningin many different ways.
But there's gonna come aday that we're gonna have
to stand against our own culture
in a way that is verydifferent from right now.
And it's very important
that we understand the power of goodness,
that we don't blow up or magnify evil,
but that we actually blow up
and magnify the goodness of God.
It's so important, wecan't stand otherwise.
- What would you advise Christians now,
'cause I think the attackright now is happening
reputationally, whereyou're being slandered.
What would advise someonegoing through that,
what should they do?
- If somebody is being slandered,
and by the way you will be,Jesus said that you will be.
We can see it goin' on right now,
you know, we can see it goin' on right now
all over the world.
Number one, you will be slandered.
But number two, it's not your name
that you are tryin' to make famous,
it's the name of Jesus thatyou're tryin' to make famous.
And this is what Jesus says,
there's actually an OldTestament commandment,
it's one of the great 10 Commandments
that says, "You shall not take the name
"of the Lord your God in vain," right?
To take the name of the Lordyour God in vain doesn't mean
to say a bad word, itdoesn't say, "Don't say."
It says, "Don't take,"and what that means is,
do not carry the person of Jesus
and use his name in a way
that doesn't accurately represent him.
We must be doin' that.- We're out of time.
Troy's book, it's calledGood Overcomes Evil,
it's available wherever books are sold.
God bless you, we'llsee you again next week.