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700 Club Interactive: Life is a Gift - August 20, 2013

See how two families learned to anchor their trust in God in the midst of infertility. Read Transcript


Gordon: A COUPLE WANTS

TO START A FAMILY.

IT WAS PROBABLY NINE

YEARS AFTER WE STARTED

TRYING.

WE WERE TIRED.

Gordon: AND ALMOST

GIVES UP.

THE BREAKTHROUGH WAS WHEN

I KIND OF THROUGH UP MY

HANDS AND SAID, YOU KNOW,

THIS ISN'T ABOUT ME.

Gordon: HEAR HOW

LETTING GO OF THEIR DREAMS

LED TO A DOUBLE MIRACLE ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

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PROGRAM.

TODAY WE'RE GOING TO

INTRODUCE YOU TO JOHN AND

ROSE SMITH.

AS A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE,

ALL THEY WANTED WAS TO START

A FAMILY.

IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE HAVING

A BABY, THOUGH, SEEMED LIKE

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY

IMPOSSIBLE.

Terry: MONTH AFTER

MONTH OF DISAPPOINTMENT

TURNED INTO YEAR AFTER YEAR

OF FRUSTRATION.

AND WHILE THE BABIES

WOULDN'T COME, MANY

QUESTIONS DID.

IT WAS PROBABLY NINE

YEARS AFTER WE STARTED

TRYING.

WE WERE TIRED.

I WAS TIRED OF THIS

JOURNEY.

WE PROBABLY STARTED TALKING

ABOUT HAVING A FAMILY A YEAR

BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED.

TWO YEARS AFTER WE WERE

MARRIED, WE HAD JUST MOVED

INTO OUR FIRST HOME, AND WE

THOUGHT, LET'S FILL THESE

BEDROOMS.

TWO YEARS INTO, WE'RE

THINKING, MAYBE THIS IS

TOUGH.

AND FOUR OR FIVE YEARS IN,

IT STARTS TO GET REALLY,

REALLY TOUGH.

WHEN YOU START TO HAVE

FRIENDS HAVING FAMILIES

AROUND YOU, IT BECOMES MORE

AND MORE EVIDENT.

I WEP WENT THROUGH A PRETTY

LOW PERIOD, WONDERING, WHY

DOES GOD GIVE ME THIS DESIRE

AND NEVER REALIZATION OF THE

HOPE.

THE BREAKTHROUGH CAME WHEN I

KIND OF THREW UP MY HANDS

AND SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS

ISN'T ABOUT ME.

I DON'T WANT TO STOP LIVING

AND SHARING IN OTHER

PEOPLE'S JOY.

SO WHEN I STARTED TO LET GO

OF THE PRESSURE TO HAVE A

FAMILY, I REALLY EXPERIENCED

WHAT I WOULD FEEL THE LOVE

OF GOD WAS.

PROVERBS 13: 12 SAYS,

UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER

DISAPPOINTMENT, AT THE END

OF THE DAY, AFTER SO MUCH OF

IT, YOU FINALLY LOOK AT EACH

OTHER AND GO, WE'RE EITHER

GOING TO BELIEVE THE PROMISE

OR WE'RE GOING TO GO CRAZY.

HOPE DOESN'T DIE BECAUSE

YOU WANT IT TO.

WE DECIDED TO WORK WITH OUR

FERTILITY DOCTORS TO TRY

I.U.I., WHICH IS ARTIFICIAL

IINSEMINATION.

AND WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK

OUT, WE DECIDED WE'RE GOING

TO TAKE THE SUMMER OFF.

WHAT HAPPENED IS A MIRACLE.

WE GOT PREGNANT NATURAL.

I REMEMBER STANDING OUTSIDE

MY GARAGE, AND SHE COMES OUT

AND SAYS, I THINK I'M

PREGNANT.

I SAID, WHY NOT TAKE ANOTHER

TEST TO CONFIRM THIS.

I PROBABLY TOOK ABOUT

SEVEN PREGNANT TESTS BECAUSE

I DIDN'T BELIEVE THESE

STICKS WERE ACTUALLY TELLING

THE TRUTH.

IT WAS AUGUST OF 2009 WHEN

DURING ONE OF OUR DOCTOR'S

VISITS, WHERE WE WERE TO SEE

THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR BABY,

WE WENT IN, AND THE BABY WAS

ON THE SCREEN, BUT THERE WAS

NO HEARTBEAT.

AND IT WAS...IT WAS A PRETTY

DEVASTATING MOMENT.

YOU WERE SO OVERWHELMED BY

THE TRAGEDY AND THE

DISAPPOINTMENT, THAT YOU

CAN'T -- YOU CAN'T SEE

OUTSIDE OF THAT.

I THINK, HONESTLY, WHEN YOU

HAVE JESUS LIVING IN THE

MIDDLE, IN THE MIDDLE OF

YOUR MARRIAGE, HE REALLY

SORT OF ACTS AS THE GLUE,

THE ADHESIVE THAT KEEPS YOU

TOGETHER.

IF HE IS THE PROMISED

KEEPER, HE IS NOT GOING TO

LEAVE US LIKE THIS.

I JUST FELT SUCH FAITH.

IT WAS NOT MYSELF, AND I IT

WASN'T ROSE, AND SHE FELT

THE SAME THING.

WHAT WAS INTERESTING IS,

THIS WAS A SIGN OF HOPE.

THE FACT I HAD NEVER BEEN

PREGNANT, AT THIS POINT, IT

WAS NINE YEARS, THERE WAS

SOMETHING THAT WAS REBORN IN

ME.

WE WENT BACK TO OUR

FERTILITY DOCTOR.

WE WEREN'T PLANNING ON IT,

BUT IN THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE I

SAID, HEY, WHAT IF WHY TRY

THE I.U.I. AGAIN.

AND SO WHEN DECEMBER 31ST

ROLLED AROUND AND THE PHONE

RANG, WE WERE PRETTY

SURPRISED.

THE VOICE ON THE OTHER END

OF THE LINE SAID, YOU'RE

TEST RESULTS CAME IN AND

YOU'RE PREGNANT.

THERE WAS A MOMENT WHEN I

WAS ALMOST JUST AFRAID TO

BREATHE.

IT WAS SO SURREAL.

AND THERE WAS JUST SUCH

THIS IS GOD.

THIS IS HOPE.

IT WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE.

IT WAS TWO WEEKS LATER

THAT WE WENT IN FOR OUR

FIRST ULTRASOUND.

BEFORE SHE SAID ANYTHING,

I SEE TWO LITTLE CIRCLES.

THE DOCTOR WAS LOOKING AT

THE SCREEN AND SAID THERE

WERE TWO BABIES.

IT WAS THIS OVERWHELMING

FEELING OF YOU TRUSTED US

NOT WITH ONE, BUT TWO.

IT IS JUST OUT OF THE

REALM OF POSSIBILITY WHEN

YOU WANT SO MUCH FOR SO LONG

TO HAVE ONE, IT'S -- WHEW!

HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE

HEART SICK, BUT WHEN THE

HOP DESIRE COMES, IT IS

LIKE EATING AN APPLE OFF THE

TREE.

I NEVER ENDED UP ON BED

REST.

I WORKED ALL THE WAY UP

UNTIL THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH

AND FELT GREAT.

AND WE WENT IN FOR O OUR

INDUCTION, BUT I JUST

REMEMBER SEEING OUR FIRST

SON COME OUT, AND EYES WIDE

OPEN.

AND HEARING FROM BEHIND

HIM, HERE COMES THE NEXT

ONE.

AND TURNING AROUND AND

RUNNING BACK TO THE WINDOW

AND SEEING MEHGAN COME OUT

WITH ALL ARMS AND LEGS

STRETCHED OUT.

I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN

REBORN.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE THE

SENSE OF THE GOODNESS OF

GOD.

YOU'RE ABLE TO HOLD YOUR

BABIES IN YOUR ARMS, AND YOU

REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING WAS

WORTH IT.

BUT IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE

JOURNEY THAT YOU'VE COME

THROUGH.

AND I THINK THAT'S GOD'S WAY

OF HELPING US ALWAYS TO

REMEMBER TO BE CARING AND

EMPATHETIC TO OTHERS.

THEY AREN'T THE MESSAGE.

THE MESSAGE IS JESUS.

AND THAT, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY

WILL OVERWHELM ME EVERY DAY

OF MY LIFE, AS LONG AS I

LIVE.

AND I THINK I WILL FOREVER

BE GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

WHEN YOU CAN POINT BACK

TO JESUS AND MAKE HIM THE

FOCUS, AND IF YOU CAN FIND A

WAY TO ANCHOR YOURSELF TO

JESUS, YOU CAN WEATHER

ANYTHING.

Gordon: YOU CAN WEATHER

ANYTHING, ANYTHING.

AS LONG AS YOU KNOW WHERE

YOU STAND.

IF YOU STAND ON THAT ROCK,

YOU STAND ON JESUS AND HIS

PROMISES, THEN NO MATTER

WHAT, YOU'LL SEE IT

THROUGH.

IF GOD BE FOR US, WHO CAN

STAND AGAINST US?

THAT'S WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL

WROTE.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE

SCRIPTURE JOHN AND ROSE ARE

QUOTING.

IT COMES FROM PROVERBS, AND

IT IS CHAPTER 13, VERSE 12.

IT HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AS

AN OBSERVATIONAL PROVERB AS

TO WHAT HAPPENS IN LIFE.

HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE

HEART SICK.

IF YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING ON TO

A PROMISE AND IT HASN'T

HAPPENED FOR YOU, THEN YOU

KNOW FIRSTHAND WHAT IT

MEANS.

YOU GET HEART-SICK BECAUSE

THE PROMISE HASN'T COME TRUE

FOR YOU.

AND SO YOU KEEP HOPING.

YOU KEEP WAITING.

AND THE WORST IS WHEN YOU

ACTUALLY LOSE YOUR FAITH

FROM IT BECAUSE YOUR HEART

IS SICK.

BUT THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE,

AND WHAT WE SAW WITH JOHN

AND ROSE WHEN THEY HAD

TWINS, IT IS THE TREE OF

LIFE.

WHEN THE WISH COMES TO PASS,

WHAT YOU'RE HOPING FOR,

WAITING FOR, WHEN IT COMES,

IT IS A TREE A LIFE, AND IT

BRINGS NEW LIFE TO YOU, NEW

JOY TO YOU.

IT IS AN INCREDIBLE

FEELING.

THAT'S JUST THE

OBSERVATION.

AND FOR SOME OF YOU, IF

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH VALLEY

EXPERIENCE, WHERE YOU'RE

HEART-SICK, YOUR HOPE HAS

BEEN DEFERRED, WHETHER THAT

IS YOU'RE WAITING FOR A

HEALING, FOR THE SALVATION

OF A LOVED ONE, YOU'RE

WAITING FOR A FINANCIAL

MIRACLE -- WHATEVER THAT

SITUATION IS, AND MAYBE

YOU'RE LIKE JOHN AND ROSE,

AND YOU'RE WAITING FOR A

CHILD, AND YOU'RE DEFERRED

AND YOU'RE GETTING

HEART-SICK, AND SOME OF YOU

MAY HAVE EVEN LOST HOPE AND

LOST FAITH, AND HAVE

WONDERED, WHERE IS GOD IN

ALL OF THIS, HERE IS SOME

ADVICE FOR YOU: IF YOU TRY

TO MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN,

THERE IS NO POWER AVAILABLE

IN YOURSELF TO MAKE IT

HAPPEN.

AND THE SOONER YOU ABANDON

THE SELF-EFFORT, THE SOONER

YOU'LL SEE THE ANSWER.

JOHN AND ROSE SAID VERY

CLEARLY THROUGHOUT THAT

PIECE, THEY DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHERE THEIR HOPE

WAS COMING FROM.

IF YOU CAN IMAGINE WAITING

NINE YEARS, AND FINALLY

SAYING, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO

STOP THE MEDICAL

PROCEDURES.

YOU FINALLY GET PREGNANT,

AND THEN THE BABY DIES IN

THE WOMB, WHERE DO YOU FIND

HOPE IN THAT SITUATION?

THEY SAID THEY FOUND IT IN

GOD.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS.

HERE IS THE APOSTLE PAUL IN

ROMANS 15: "NOW MAY THE GOD

OF HOPE" -- AND WHEN YOU

UNDERSTAND HE IS THE GOD OF

HOPE, NOT YOU.

HOPE ISN'T SOMETHING YOU

MANUFACTURE.

IT'S A GIFT FROM GOD.

"MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL

YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE

IN BELIEVING THAT YOU MAY

ABOUND IN HOPE BY THE POWER

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."

SO IF YOU'RE SUFFERING, IF

YOU'RE HEART-SICK, DON'T

LOOK FOR THE SOLUTION WITHIN

YOURSELF.

LOOK FOR THE SOLUTION IN

GOD.

LET THE GOD OF HOPE BRING

YOU HOPE THROUGH THE POWER

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AND JUST HUMBLE YOURSELF AND

SAY, GOD, I'M DESPERATE.

I NEED YOU.

I NEED THE HOPE THAT YOU

PROVIDE.

WITHOUT HOPE, THERE IS NO

FAITH.

THERE IS NOT EVEN A

POSSIBILITY FOR FAITH.

SO YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THAT.

THAT'S A FIRST.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND

HE'LL PROVIDE IT TO YOU, AND

THROUGH THE POWER OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT HE'LL GIVE THAT

TO YOU SUPER NATURALLY,

WELL, THAT'S A REAL

BREAKTHROUGH.

BECAUSE IT IS NOT YOUR

WORK.

IT'S NOT YOUR EFFORT.

IT IS WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY

DONE.

IT IS WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY

DONE FOR YOU.

IT IS HIS PROMISE FOR YOU

THAT ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE THE

HOPE.

YOU CAN HAVE THE HOPE BASED

ON THE PROMISE.

NOW, HERE IS A SECOND PLACE

WHERE YOU CAN FIND HOPE.

IT'S IN SCRIPTURE.

AGAIN FROM ROMANS, 15: 4-5:

"FOR WHATEVER THINGS WERE

WRITTEN BEFORE WERE WRITTEN

FOR OUR LEARNING, THAT WE,

THROUGH THE PATIENCE AND

COMFORT OF THE COUNTRIES,

MIGHT HAVE HOPE."

DON'T BASE YOUR HOPE ON

WISHFUL THINKING.

BASE YOUR HOPE ON WERE THE

SCRIPTURE PROMISES.

AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

ALL THE PROMISES ARE YES AND

AMEN FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN

CHRIST JESUS, THAT LITERALLY

MEANS YOU CAN GO TO ANY

PROMISE IN THE BIBLE, AND

YOU CAN READ IT, AND YOU CAN

SAY THAT'S FOR ME.

GOD WROTE THAT FOR ME.

NOW, WHEN YOU READ THE

BIBLE, SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT

TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE ENEMY

KNOWS THE SCRIPTURE, TOO.

AND IF THE DEVIL USES THE

SCRIPTURE AGAINST JESUS

CHRIST WHEN HE TEMPTED HIM

IN THE DESERT, HE CAN DO

THAT WITH YOU.

BECAUSE HE IS TRYING TO

DEFEAT YOUR HOPE.

HE IS TRYING TO DEFEAT YOUR

FAITH.

HE IS TRYING TO BRING DOUBT

INTO THE SITUATION.

SO HE'LL USE SCRIPTURES OF

JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU ALL DAY

LONG.

HE'LL TRY TO CONVINCE YOU

THERE IS NO HOPE FOR YOU

BECAUSE YOU DID SOMETHING

BAD AND YOU CAN'T CLAIM THIS

PROMISE.

REALIZE THE GREATEST

PROMISE, THAT THERE IS NO

MORE CONDEMNATION FOR HOSE

THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST

JESUS.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THE

JUDGMENT BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN

EXEMPTED FROM THE JUDGMENT

BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS

CHRIST.

SO TAKE THE PROMISES OF GOD,

TAKE THE ONES THAT GIVE YOU

HOPE.

READ THEM, MEMORIZE THEM,

AND SAY THEM TO YOURSELF

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

WE NEED TO RENEW OUR MINDS

BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN SEPARATED

FROM GOD SO LONG THAT WHEN

WE GET REUNITED, WE HAVE

TROUBLE BELIEVING IT.

SO WE'VE GOT TO RENEW OUR

MINDS.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

THROUGH READING THE

SCRIPTURE.

WHEN YOU READ THE SCRIPTURE,

YOU RENEW YOUR MIND, YOU

RENEW YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS,

AND YOU START BELIEVING

THEM, AND THAT LEADS TO

HOPE.

NOW, LET'S LOOK TO ABRAHAM.

HE IS CALLED THE FATHER OF

OUR FAITH.

AND WE'LL STAY IN ROMANS, 4:

2 0-22: "ABRAHAM DID NOT

WAIVER, BUT WAS STRENGTHENED

IN FAITH, GIVING GLORY TO

GOD, AND BEING FULLY

CONVINCE THAT WHAT GOD HAD

PROMISED, GOD WAS ABLE TO

PERFORM."

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD

PROMISES AND HE IS ABLE TO

PERFORM THAT PROMISE, YOU

CAN BE LIKE ABRAHAM.

YOU CAN HOPE AGAINST HOPE.

YOU CANNOT CONSIDER THE

DEADNESS OF YOUR OWN BODY.

BUT THE PROMISE IS FOR YOU

AND FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

TO THE EVERLASTING GLORY OF

WHO?

OF GOD.

IT BRINGS GOD GLORY WHEN HIS

PROMISES ARE FULFILLED.

SO REST IN THAT.

AND IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

WITH HOPE, REALIZE IT'S A

GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

ASK HIM.

HE'S A PERSON.

GO TO HIM.

ASK HIM.

I NEED THE BOWE POWER THE

HOPE WORKING IN MY LIFE.

WILL YOU GIVE THAT TO ME.

READ THE SCRIPTURES.

READ THEM EVERY DAY.

MEMORIZE PROMISES FOR YOU

THAT WILL IMPACT YOUR LIFE

AND GIVE YOU THE HOPE TO SEE

YOU THROUGH.

AND THEN DON'T WAIVER IN

UNBELIEF, BUT BELIEVE THAT

SAME GOD IS ABLE TO

PERFORM.

IF YOU'LL DO THIS, JUST LIKE

JOHN AND ROSE, YOU CAN GET

YOUR BREAKTHROUGH.

IF YOU HAVE A SCRIPTURE THAT

HAS TOUCHED YOUR LIFE AND

HELPED YOU IN YOUR TIME OF

NEED, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

OUR "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE"

Facebook FAN PAGE, AND

POST YOUR STORY, AND WE'D

LOVE TO COME OUT AND

INTERVIEW YOU AND TELL THE

WORLD THE SCRIPTURE THAT SAW

YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT

TIME.

COMING UP, MEET A MISSIONARY

WHO IS GIVING YOUNG ORPHAN

GIRLS IN THE CONGO A SAFE

HOME.

ALL OF THAT IS UP NEXT.

Terry: IN PARTS OF THE

CONGO, ARMED REBELS RUN

FREE.

THEY'VE BEEN KNOWN TO INVADE

VILLAGES, RAPE THE YOUNG

WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT LIVE

THERE.

IT'S A PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN

GOING ON FOR YEARS, BUT NOW

MANY OF THE VICTIMS ARE

BEING RESCUED AND HAVE A

SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME.

TAKE A LOOK.

I'M STANDING IN THIS FIELD

TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO

SHARE WITH YOU SOMETHING

THAT WEIGHS HEAVILY ON MY

HEART.

HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD,

IN THE CONGO, IN FIELDS JUST

LIKE THIS, YOUNG GIRLS AND

WOMEN ARE BEING BRUTALLY

RAPED BY REBEL SOLDIERS.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LOOK

FOR VEGETABLES IN THE FIELD,

AND I MET SOME MEN, AND THEY

RAPED ME.

THE SOLDIERS MET US IN THE

HOUSE, AND THEY RESCUED MY

SISTER AND I, AND TWO RAPED

ME.

Terry: IMAGINE BEING SO

FEARFUL OF THOSE SOLDIERS

THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO GO

INTO YOUR OWN FIELD TO GET

FOOD.

AND AFTER AN ATTACK, THERE

IS NO POLICE OFFICER OR

JUDGE WHO WILL PUNISH THE

RAPIST.

THESE GIRLS ARE AFRAID.

SOME ARE ANGRY, AND THEY

HAVE LITTLE HOPE OF ANYTHING

BETTER.

A FEW YEARS AGO "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" TEAMED UP WITH

MISSIONARY RUEN EDWARDSON

WHO GOES INTO THESE REMOTE

AREAS TO FIND AND RESCUE

THESE GIRLS.

HOW ARE

HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW?

I DO NOT FEEL VERY WELL

BECAUSE I STILL HAVE SOME

WOUNDS.

I AM STILL FEELING VERY

BAD.

I CAN SEE YOUR EYES ARE

VERY SAD.

SO ARE MANY, MANY RAPED

HERE?

THEY WERE SIX.

Terry: THAT YOUNG GIRL

WAS RAPED BY SIX MEN.

I WAS SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT

NINE OUT OF 10 YOUNG GIRLS

IN THE REMOTE AREA WERE

RAPED.

NINE OUT OF 10.

I HAVE HEARD HORRIBLE

REPORTS.

SOME OF THESE GIRLS ARE SO

BADLY INJURED, THEY MAY

NEVER BE ABLE TO HAVE

CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN.

BUT ON THIS DAY AND THE

CONGO, THERE IS HOPE.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS PART

OF THE RESCUE OF 23 GIRLS.

THEY'LL BE TAKEN TO A SAFE

PLACE NEAR GOMA, CALLED THE

DENA CENTER.

THESE RESCUED BEGAN SEVEN

YEARS AGO WHEN A 2-YEAR-OLD

LITTLE GIRL WAS BRUTALLY

RAPED BY SOLDIERS.

RUEN PAID FOR THE SURGERY TO

REPAIR HER BODY, AND

PROVIDED A HOME FOR HER TO

LIVE AND BE SAFE.

THE GIRL AS NAME WAS DINA.

AND TODAY'S DINA'S CENTER IS

HOME TO 130 GIRLS WHO ARE

OVERCOMING THEIR PAST.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" CONTINUES

TO SUPPORT THIS MINISTRY

BECAUSE WE SEE AMAZING

RESULTS HERE.

THE GIRLS ARE BEING EDUCATED

AND THEY'RE LEARNING JOB

SKILLS.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY

ARE ENJOYING BEING CHILDREN,

FREE FROM THE FEAR OF

ATTACK.

SOME OF THE OLDER GIRLS HAVE

LEFT DINA'S CENTER AND ARE

LIVING SUCCESSFUL LIVES.

WE'RE FURNISHING THIS NEW

CLASSROOM BUILDING,

REPLACING THIS OUTDOOR

KITCHEN, AND CONTINUING TO

PROVIDE FOOD, CLOTHING, AND

MEDICAL CARE FOR 130 GIRLS.

AND ALL ARE IN NEED OF

COUNSELLING.

OF COURSE, AS FUNDS PERMIT,

WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESCUE

MORE GIRLS.

WON'T YOU JOIN US?

BECOME FAMILY TO CHILDREN

LIKE THESE, WHO SO

DESPERATELY NEED OUR HELP.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT

WHEN I HEAR ABOUT THINGS

LIKE THAT, SUCH INJUSTICE,

SUCH VIOLENCE AGAINST

ANYONE, SOMETHING RISES UP

INSIDE OF YOU THAT JUST

SAYS, I NEED TO DO

SOMETHING.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THIS

HOME FOR GIRLS.

WE'RE EXPANDING INTO ANOTHER

AREA OF CONGO, AND WE WERE

LOVE TO HAVE YOU BE A PART

OF WHAT WE'RE DOING.

ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW YOU

CAN STEP INTO

HOPELESSNESS -- THAT'S WHAT

GORDON WAS TALKING ABOUT

EARLIER.

WE CAN BRING THE HOPE OF

CHRIST TO PEOPLE IN

DESPERATE SITUATIONS.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING

AROUND THE WORLD WITH

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," TOUCHING

THE LIVES OF ORPHANS AND

VULNERABLE CHILDREN, CALL

THAT NUMBER THAT IS ON YOUR

SCREEN.

IT'S 1-800-759-0700.

JUST SAY, I WOULD LIKE TO

GIVE TO THE WORK OF

"ORPHANS' PROMISE." OR YOU

CAN LOG ON TO cbn.com AND

GIVE THAT WAY.

UP NEXT, A WOMAN STRUGGLING

WITH INFERTILITY HOLDS ON TO

ONE SIMPLE PROMISE.

WE HAVE HER STORY OF FAITH

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: THE WOMAN IN OUR

NEXT STORY BELIEVES GOD IS

THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE.

AND WHEN DOCTORS TOLD HER

SHE MAY NEVER HAVE CHILDREN,

SHE PUT HER THEORY TO THE

TEST.

THE DOCTOR SAID POLY

CYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME IS

ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF

INFERTILITY.

MY HEART HAD ALWAYS BEEN TO

BE A MOTHER.

I JUST FELT, LIKE, LORD, WE

TRIED THE INFERTILITY

TREATMENTS, AND THAT DIDN'T

WORK.

WE TRIED ADOPTION, AND THAT

DIDN'T CARE.

WE TRIED FOSTER CARE, AND

THAT DIDN'T WORK.

WHAT IS GOING ON.

THERE WERE DAYS I WAS IN BED

CRYING, LORD, WHAT IS WRONG

WITH ME?

PLEASE HELP ME.

PLEASE CURE ME.

THAT'S WHEN IT STARTED TO

JUST OVERTAKE ME.

I TURNED 30, AND I JUST TOLD

THE LORD I JUST WANT 30 TO

BE MY BEST YEAR.

AND I HAD TO SUBMIT THAT

WHETHER I HAD CHILDREN OR

NOT -- BECAUSE FOR ME IT HAD

BECOME AN OBSESSION, TO GET

PREGNANT.

AND IF I COULDN'T DO THAT,

TO HAVE CHILDREN BY ANY

MEANS NECESSARY.

THAT CAN GET UNBALANCED WHEN

YOU PUT THAT ABOVE OTHER

THINGS, OTHER MORE IMPORTANT

THINGS IN YOUR LIFE.

I HAD TO SUBMIT THAT TO THE

LORD.

YES, I'M 30.

I DON'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN

YET, BUT I KNOW THAT GOD IS

THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE.

I WENT ON A FAST.

AND I TOLD THE LORD, IF I

HAVE TO FAST FOR THE NEXT

FEW YEARS, FEW MONTHS,

HOWEVER LONG, I NEED TO HAVE

A BREAKTHROUGH.

I NEED TO HAVE A SUBMITTED

HEART.

I GOT MYSELF INTO SOME GOOD

BIBLE TEACHINGS ABOUT FAITH,

ABOUT BELIEVING THE LORD.

AND BELIEVING IN THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

IN JANUARY, I TURNED 30, AND

ON MARCH 5th, WE FOUND OUT

WE WERE PREGNANT, ABSOLUTELY

NATURALLY, SUPER

NATURALLYLY.

NATURALLY.

AND SO GOD JUST GAVE US THE

DESIRES OF OUR HEART.

EARLY ON I WENT TO THE

DOCTOR TO CONFIRM THE

PREGNANCY.

AND AS WE WERE HEARING THE

HEART, TEARS WERE WELLING

UP.

AND WE WERE LIKE, THAT'S A

HEARTBEAT.

I ASKED THE ULTRASOUND TECH

TO LOOK AT MY OVARY AND SEE

IF THE CYSTS WERE STILL

THERE.

AND SHE SAID, WHAT CYSTS.

AND SHE SHOWED US THE

ULTRASOUND AND SAID, WE

DON'T SEE ANY.

IT WAS JUST REALLY

CONFIRMATION THAT GOD DOES

HEAR US AND LOVE US AND IS

THE GIVER OF GOOD GIFTS.

MY NAME IS RENELLE ROBERTS.

AND MY DAUGHTER IS DAPHNE

ROBERTS, AND SHE IS THREE

MONTHS OLD.

Terry: HE IS THE GIVER

OF GOOD GIFTS.

I WAS THINKING, GORDON, AS

YOU WERE TEACHING BEFORE,

THAT THESE SORT OF

CHALLENGES AND CRISES IN

LIFE EITHER MAKE US BITTER

OR BETTER.

IT REALLY IS A CHOICE WHERE

YOU'RE GOING TO PLACE YOUR

THOUGHT LIFE, THE ATTITUDE

OF YOUR HEART.

WORSHIP SO OFTEN PRECEDES

THE VICTORY OF THE BATTLE.

I THINK THAT THERE IS SO

MUCH TO BE SAID FOR EXACTLY

WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT,

DISCOVERING WHAT GOD'S WORD

HAS TO SAY.

STANDING ON THAT.

BREATHING IT.

LIVING IT.

AS SHE DID.

PLACING THAT AROUND YOU SO

THAT YOU SEE IT EVERYWHERE

THAT YOU LOOK.

Gordon: SO THAT YOU

MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND

NIGHT.

AND THE PROMISES THEN BECAME

PART OF YOUR THOUGHT

PROCESS.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE SYMPTOM

AS OPPOSED TO THE SOLUTION,

YOUR THOUGHTS WILL BE

OVERWHELMED BY THAT.

RENELLE COULD HAVE BEEN

OVERWHELMED BY THE PAIN OF

THAT.

BY THE HEARTBREAK OF THAT

YOU WON'T HAVE CHILDREN.

SHE COULD HAVE INCORPORATED

THAT WORD, I WON'T EVER HAVE

CHILDREN.

INSTEAD, SHE SAID, I'M GOING

TO INCORPORATE THE WORD OF

GOD, WHICH SAYS THE BARREN

WILL GIVE BIRTH.

THAT'S WHAT GOD'S WORD

SAYS.

I CAN HAVE THAT BE PART OF

MY THOUGHT PROCESS.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU

GET THE BREAKTHROUGH.

UNTESTED FAITH IS NO FAITH

AT ALL.

REALIZE THAT.

WHEN VARIOUS TRIALS AND

TROUBLES, TRIBULATIONS COME

YOUR WAY, THE BIBLE SAYS

WE'RE TO COUNT IT ALL AS JOY

BECAUSE IT GIVES US

ENDURANCE.

AND WHEN WE HAVE FAITH THAT

TURNS INTO WORKS, THEN

REALLY JOY COMES.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

ENCOURAGED AND ARE SAYING,

THAT'S FOR ME.

THAT'S WHAT I WANT.

SO TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

IF YOU HAVE A NEED IN YOUR

LIFE, JUST AS AN ACT OF

FAITH, LAY YOUR HAND ON THAT

NEED.

IF IT IS A NEED FOR HEALING,

LAY YOUR HAND ON THE AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS HEALED.

IF IT IS THROUGHOUT YOUR

BODY, LAY YOUR HAND ON YOUR

OWN HEAD.

IF THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND

YOU, ASK THEM TO COME AND

PRAY FOR YOU.

IF IT IS A FINANCIAL NEED,

TAKE OUR YOUR CHECKBOOK,

YOUR WALLET, AND LET'S

SYMBOLICLY PRAY THAT GOD

WILL PROVIDE ACCORDING TO

HIS RICHES AND GLORY.

IF IT IS A LOVED ONE, GET A

PICTURE AND LET'S PRAY OVER

THAT.

OR IMAGINE THEM IN YOUR MIND

AND WE'LL AGREE WITH YOU.

AND LET'S LET GOD DO THE

MIRACLE.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THE NEEDS

OF THE AUDIENCE TO YOU NOW.

AND WE JUST SPEAK HOPE.

WHERE THEY HAVEN'T HAD HOPE,

WE ASK THROUGH THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT HOPE

WOULD BE BIRTHED IN THEIR

HEARTS.

AND FOLLOWING HOPE WOULD BE

FAITH, THE FAITH THAT

APPROPRIATES, THE FAITH THAT

TAKES.

SO KINGDOM OF GOD, COME.

WILL OF GOD BE DONE.

AND BY THE PROMISES OF GOD,

WE KNOW THE WILL.

AND SO WE NOW PRAY IN

ACCORDANCE WITH THE

PROVINCE, AN PROMISE, AND

WE SAY BE HEALED NOW IN

JESUS' NAME.

WE CLAIM PSALM 118, SEND NOW

PROSPERITY.

WE CLAIM IT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

FOR LOVED ONES WHO ARE AWAY,

MAY THE PRODIGALS COME

HOME.

MAY MARRIAGES BE RESTORED.

MAY CHILDREN BE RAISED WITH

LOVE AND COMFORT AND

SECURITY.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

TERRY, GOD IS GIVING YOU

SOMETHING?

Terry: I AM PRAYING FOR

PEOPLE WITHIN THE CIRCLE OF

MY OWN FAMILY WHO ARE NOT

WALKING WITH THE LORD RIGHT

NOW.

AND SOMETIMES YOU LOOK AT

THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEY

CAN SEEM SO DISTANT, SO

FAR.

I JUST WANT YOU TO BELIEVE

FOR THOSE IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU HAVE CRIED OUT FOR, THAT

YOU HAVE HEARD IN YOUR HEART

FOR, THAT YOU HAVE WONDERED,

GOD, HOW WILL THIS EVER BE.

GOD, WE CALL FORTH THAT WHAT

IS NOT WILL BE, AND THAT WE

AND OUR HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE

SAVED.

AND, FATHER, THOSE YOU'VE

GIVEN US WILL COME TO KNOW

YOU.

I AGREE WITH GORDON IN THAT

PRAYER.

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OUT

THERE, LET'S STAND TOGETHER

FOR THOSE WE LOVE AND WHO

ARE PRAYING FOR.

THOSE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH

HEALTH ISSUES.

GOD, WE ASK YOU TO POUR OUT

THE POWER OF YOUR HEALING

SPIRIT IN JESUS' NAME.

Gordon: LORD, SEND

MESSENGERS AFTER YOUR OWN

HEART TO PREACH THE GOOD

NEWS TO THEM.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORT ABOUT WHAT

GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU, SO

GIVE US A CALL.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

SO IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO

AGREE WITH YOU IN PRAYER.

IT IS OUR HONOR AND

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM HEBREWS: FOR YOU

HAVE NEED OF ENDURANCE SO

THAT AFTER YOU'VE DONE THE

WILL OF GOD, YOU MAY RECEIVE

THE PROMISE."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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