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Matt Crouch hosts Guest Erik Erikson from Reykjavik, Iceland

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December 19, 2018
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Matt Crouch hosts Guest Erik Erikson from Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - We welcome you to the beautiful city of Reykjavik
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  • right here in Iceland.
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  • My guest is Erik Erikson, and I'm gonna try
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  • to say the name of the cathedral
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  • over our shoulders here.
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  • It is Hallgrimskirkja,
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  • something close, is that close?
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  • - Very close, very close, you did a good job.
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  • - Hallgrimskirkja is the name
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  • of the cathedral right here.
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  • We welcome you, wherever you're watching too.
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  • A beautiful day here in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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  • The Hotel Leifur Eriksson is right behind.
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  • That's your sister's hotel.
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  • - Correct, correct, yeah.
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  • - We have Leif Erikson the explorer,
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  • who if you read a Icelandic history book,
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  • discovered America, right?
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  • - Yeah, that's right.
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  • We say that he discovered America before Columbus.
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  • - Got it. - Maybe some kind of fight.
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  • - Yeah, some Christopher Columbus,
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  • but if you're here in Iceland, it's Leif Erikson.
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  • So, let me just say this, the cathedral behind us
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  • with the beautiful cross on top,
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  • this is a modern structure built in the 70's
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  • here in Iceland, but back about the year 1000,
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  • what happened here in Iceland?
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  • - [Paul] So Thor, Odin were the gods
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  • that the Icelandic people worshiped, the Vikings really.
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  • - [Erik] Vikings, yeah.
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  • And the King of Norway, he said,
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  • They were very afraid, so they came
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  • together to Parliament,
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  • - Somehow a kind of a threat to the sons
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  • of the noble people, that if you don't
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  • become a Christian nation, we're gonna kill your sons.
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  • We're talking about the history of Christianity here,
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  • but at one point, regardless of how it happened,
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  • Iceland became a Christian nation in the year 1000, roughly.
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  • - And we have a cross on our flags that mean
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  • that we are a Christian nation.
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  • - Okay, so after all the years then,
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  • Christianity, maybe the flame started to burn low,
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  • and there was a time when this part of the country
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  • needed Christian television. - Oh, yeah.
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  • - And God put that in your heart.
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  • - That's right, and that make a totally change in Iceland
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  • when we started '92, and that helped totally change
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  • in Iceland.
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  • We are very thankful for how God put TBN in our way
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  • and make it possible to have a transmitter
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  • and reaching out to the people.
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  • Not only to Iceland, but to all Scandinavia.
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  • - So, a lot of people, Erik, over the years
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  • have seen you, you haven't changed a day
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  • since all those years, you looked exactly the same.
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  • My father has interviewed you many times
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  • right here in Reykjavik, and the story
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  • of how we would come here on occasion
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  • because our airplane needed to be refueled.
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  • So my dad saw an article in the newspaper
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  • and he called you, and TBN and the Erikson family
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  • and the Eriksson clan got connected
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  • many, many, many years ago.
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  • Now, the update though is some very exciting,
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  • brand new, 2018 brand new information, which is what, Erik?
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  • What has recently happened here in Iceland
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  • with Omega TV, one of the Trinity family of networks?
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  • - In Iceland, for the Christianity,
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  • when we have a few new channels coming to the people
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  • in Iceland, TBN, Hillsong and Smile A Child,
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  • that make it because before we have to make a subtitle
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  • of every English program.
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  • But Iceland people, they understand English.
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  • So now it's flowing freely to every house here
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  • in Reykjavik area.
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  • - [Paul] The big breakthrough that you mentioned is
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  • really this week digital television is on the air here
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  • with brand new channels right here in Reykjavik.
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  • - [Erik] And I feel it is going to change everything
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  • here in Iceland.
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  • We feel that some breakthrough is coming in Iceland.
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  • - And the reason that this is uniquely different is
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  • because the digital new TV channels
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  • that are here now are not required
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  • to be dubbed into Icelandic.
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  • They can be free to air in the English language.
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  • So, brand new Christian TV.
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  • TBN has been sending programs over all the years,
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  • but you were having to translate, dub,
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  • it was very costly. - Yeah, very costly.
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  • - Very expensive.
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  • - Slowing the process very much, you know.
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  • And all the children, from small they understand English.
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  • And I was very excited this morning when I was watching
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  • the Smile A Child, I was thinking about my granddaughter
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  • and grandson, think about the privilege
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  • they can watch Christian content.
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  • - And guess what, we have good news for you.
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  • TBN has just completed our deal with NBC Universal,
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  • and Veggie Tales now is back in production.
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  • We're making many, many, I think we've got 30
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  • new episodes of Veggie Tales coming,
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  • just like the old original ones, brand new ones,
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  • brand new, all being done right now.
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  • Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki is a part
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  • of the new productions, the same ones
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  • that made them back in the day.
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  • So those new episodes will be on the way right here
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  • in English to Reykjavik and to all of Iceland, really,
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  • and on satellite then to Scandinavia.
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  • But this is a unique thing,
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  • because not before this week have we had
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  • Christian television in English,
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  • which everyone understands anyway,
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  • it's brand new here this week.
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  • - Yeah, correct, correct.
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  • And we've had such wonderful things taking place
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  • in Iceland, and I believe something special,
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  • revival is taking place out of this.
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  • Because people are thirsty for something more
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  • than they have been used to watch.
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  • Now they have a brand new anointed program every single day.
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  • - So, Iceland is kind of an interesting place.
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  • It's always been a beautiful spot.
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  • It's always been a unique place,
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  • but it has caught the attention of the world
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  • through a couple of things.
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  • You have a volcano covered in ice over here,
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  • and the name of it?
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  • - Okay, say it one more time.
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  • - Okay, and say the name of the cathedral.
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  • - (laughing) Okay.
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  • This is an amazing language.
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  • You had your volcano over here that blew up,
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  • and the whole world heard about Iceland
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  • because of your volcano.
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  • And I'm not sure everyone was excited about that,
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  • because it stopped the airline traffic
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  • between kind of going over the North Atlantic there,
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  • so that was kind of a big deal.
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  • Then there's this little television network
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  • in America called HBO.
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  • And it has this little TV show called Vikings, yeah?
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  • - Yeah, a little bit, yeah.
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  • - And then also this other little one
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  • called Game of Thrones, have you heard of this one?
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  • - Yeah. - Okay.
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  • Well, that's probably why all the tourists are here now,
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  • because Game of Thrones, Star Wars,
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  • and for some reason, this little part of the world now
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  • is like a very north 66 degrees north Hollywood.
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  • Because a lot of production is being done here now.
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  • So whatever the reason, why the tourists come
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  • doesn't matter, because now, in English,
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  • 24 hours a day, Christian television.
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  • Three brand new networks, Omega TV,
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  • part of the Trinity family of networks.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Let's talk a little bit about Leif Erikson over here.
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  • What do your books say about Leif Erikson?
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  • - [Erik] He just discovered Iceland.
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  • And others say as well he discovered America.
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  • And that's maybe some contradiction
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  • with what we have heard.
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  • - The folks in Iceland certainly believe
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  • what is written, "Leifr Eiricsson, son of Iceland,
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  • "discoverer of Vinland, the United States of America,
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  • "to the people of Iceland on the one thousandth anniversary
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  • of the....
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  • - [Erik] I think it is the government.
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  • - In 1930, so in 930 you became a republic.
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  • - Yeah, that's right.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - If you just flipped on, we are in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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  • Erik Erikson has been operating Omega TV here,
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  • the brand new, brand new news is that this week
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  • three new 24 hour a day signals,
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  • four new networks, because of digital television,
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  • are on the air.
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  • Thank you to the TBN partners for the finances necessary
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  • to send this transmitter, the build out, everything.
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  • What is new here now?
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  • What is the new equipment, new transmitters?
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  • - This is a most exciting time with three new channels
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  • to Iceland, TBN, Hillsong, Smile a Child,
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  • 24 hours every single day.
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  • That will make such a change for the people in Iceland.
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  • And we want to say thank you so much
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  • for supporting what you are doing here in Iceland.
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  • We are so thankful for TBN, God has been gracious to us
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  • to send Paul Crouch to Iceland,
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  • with such a warm heart and nice heart
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  • to working with Iceland with good news of Jesus Christ.
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  • - That's so awesome, my daddy just loved it
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  • when he would find somebody with a 10 watt transmitter.
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  • - And you called me early in the morning and you asked,
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  • "Is this TV station?"
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  • And you asked how big transmitter we were using,
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  • and I said, "We are using 10 watts transmitter."
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  • And you said, "Yeah, everything start like this."
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  • (laughter)
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  • - The 10 watts went to a hundred and then a hundred
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  • to a thousand, and now I guess the good news is
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  • very soon the tower here's gonna have
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  • some new panels and what, a 5.000 watt tower.
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  • - [Erik] 5.000, and the only high-powered in Iceland.
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  • - Only one! - Yeah.
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  • This will be the only high-powered station in Iceland,
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  • Christian station reaching the lost in Iceland.
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  • - For years Omega TV, one of the TBN family of networks,
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  • was the largest transmitter in this part
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  • of the entire country and the most powerful.
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  • Now, four on the air, Omega TV, TBN,
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  • Hillsong, and then a combination of Juice
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  • and Smile of A Child.
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  • Brand new programming, free to air,
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  • on the air this week right here in Reykjavik.
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  • Thank you, Lord, for a beautiful day here.
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  • And what a great announcement, Christians TV's expanding
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  • right here in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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  • (upbeat violin music)
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  • This is a very unique week for Christian television
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  • here in Iceland, home of the Vikings,
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  • Game of Thrones, all of that, Star Wars was shot
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  • over here, a lot of it.
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  • And a lot of tourists are now coming here.
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  • Your tourism is increasing so fast
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  • you don't even really know how to handle it.
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  • - That's correct, it has been explosion.
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  • And it's a great blessing for people in Iceland
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  • as well, you know.
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  • We have more than two million people coming every year
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  • to Iceland, it has grown very fast,
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  • like 15, 20, 30% every year.
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  • This is, as I told you before,
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  • it's a total breakthrough for Christianity.
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  • And now I believe something is taking place.
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  • - A new breakthrough for right here in Reykjavik,
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  • the people of Reykjavik, all the tourists,
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  • and this is, for a day in late fall,
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  • this is beautiful weather.
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  • My hands are a little bit numb.
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  • Let's go over to the Leifur Eriksson Hotel
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  • and get a cappuccino.
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  • (upbeat violin music)
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  • This is probably one of the most unique
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  • look angles for a satellite dish that I've ever seen.
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  • This angle, if you take the earth,
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  • and we're way up at 66 degrees north,
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  • so this satellite is looking almost into the ground.
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  • I mean, it looks like it's almost looking into the ground,
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  • which shows where we are in the world.
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  • We're in Iceland, brand new digital transmitters inside.
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  • Let's take a look.
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  • Feel like home?
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  • Server, digital.
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  • So it's one satellite taking John Hagee's show
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  • to all over America, another satellite takes it
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  • over the Atlantic, it's in Spain,
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  • then Spain turns it around, goes up to Hapsburg.
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  • When Hapsburg comes down, we're catching that signal
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  • here in Iceland, so this signal has traveled
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  • hundreds of thousands of miles to get here
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  • in a matter of seconds I'm sure.
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  • When you take the whole world and look
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  • at North America and South America,
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  • Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia,
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  • and then you look at the entire world,
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  • you have to go very, we're right here,
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  • little tiny Iceland, and so many tourists now
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  • are coming and really invading Iceland up here.
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  • 66 degrees north in latitude.
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  • It's like being basically in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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  • So it's a very, very beautiful island,
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  • and really interesting because it's
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  • where the European and the North American
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  • tectonic plates meet and Iceland was formed
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  • out of two tectonic plates that were coming up,
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  • and it's very volcanic.
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  • This is Iceland, which one is the one
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  • that made the eruption?
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  • - [Erik] Eyjafjallajokull.
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  • - This is your facility, and we're now in Reykjavik.
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  • - Right there, yeah.
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  • - The beautiful island of Iceland.
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  • What time this is-- - 2002.
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  • - 2002.
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  • - When TBN first came to Scandinavia.
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  • - God's not gonna forget the Scandinavian area
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  • of this world, he loves them too.
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  • And he died for them too.
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  • And we're gonna have gospel Christian television
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  • up there also, I know it in my spirit.
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  • Honey, how many times have I said,
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  • "The day is coming we're gonna build
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  • "Christian TV stations on Soviet Russian soil.
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  • "I know it in the spirit."
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  • And now I see the first crack in the door.
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  • Oh, hallelujah, I'm gonna run around the building here
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  • in a minute, I'm getting so excited.
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  • Because I see the fulfillment of the prophecies
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  • that the Lord has given to us years ago, years ago.
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  • This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached
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  • in all the world.
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  • - Wow, your hair was darker then.
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  • - [Erik] Yeah, that's correct.
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  • - It's a little lighter now, so's mine.
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  • So this is your call center?
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  • - Yeah. - You have phones available
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  • for people that are calling in.
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  • - Yeah. - Beautiful.
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  • So, now we're in Reykjavik.
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  • This is your TV studio facility.
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  • What other kind of programs do you want to insert
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  • into the TBN/Omega feed?
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  • And that would be in the language of--
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  • - Icelandic. - Icelandic.
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  • - Yeah, that's right.
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  • Yeah, we have a different program,
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  • different program, testimony program,
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  • and mostly people with a testimony.
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  • - So, testimonies of people that have come off drugs
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  • is a major thing that you want to put on the air.
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  • Testimonies work beautifully here in Iceland.
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  • - I grew up in a small town in Central California.
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  • I knew about God, I knew about Jesus,
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  • but I never really had that intimate relationship with him.
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  • Made a couple of bad decisions, which led me
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  • to trying methamphetamines for the very first time.
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  • And as soon as I tried it, it got a hold of me.
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  • From the very first hit I was addicted.
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  • I would go out and I would either steal from my family,
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  • steal from friends or neighbors.
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  • That's where meth would take you and it would lead you
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  • down that road to where there's nothing you care about
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  • more than being high.
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  • I even spent 19 months in prison for possession
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  • of controlled substances.
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  • And when I got out, I wasn't using meth,
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  • but I'd still smoke weed here and there, I'd drink.
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  • I didn't know what to do, didn't know where to go.
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  • So my neighbor Ray comes up to me one day
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  • and he says, "Travis, I know what you're doing.
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  • "God knows what you're doing, don't approve of it.
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  • "But he loves you, and I want you to watch TBN with me."
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  • So the first day we watched it together,
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  • and I think it was Joseph Prince that was on.
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  • - To hear the message of forgiveness of sins.
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  • - [Travis] Sometimes I'd stay up all night long,
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  • two or three days at a time, but I kept watching TBN,
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  • I kept watching the different pastors
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  • and listening to what they'd say.
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  • - And take you into the fullness of your destiny.
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  • - I remember one morning I was really feeling heartbroken
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  • and sorry for the things I was doing.
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  • I was just really sad.
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  • And that's the moment I actually fell to the floor
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  • in my trailer and I actually cried out to God.
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  • I was longing, I was reaching for something.
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  • Anything, just a touch from him, just a word,
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  • just anything, and I was laying there
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  • and I was crying, I was crying out to the Lord,
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  • "Please forgive me, please forgive me."
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  • And I just kept saying that over again,
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  • over and over again, "Please forgive me."
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  • And as I laid there crying, it felt this sense
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  • of warmth come over me, and it was like this weight,
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  • this burden, this darkness was lifted.
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  • And I felt this hope and I felt the joy,
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  • and I no longer wanted to smoke meth,
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  • I no longer wanted to do the things that I was doing.
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  • I couldn't stop what I was doing,
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  • but inside I didn't want to do it anymore.
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  • I was evicted from where I was living,
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  • so I was homeless for about a week
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  • and I was living in the back of my truck.
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  • I called my cousin Shawn and his wife, and they let me in.
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  • They said under one condition, I needed to get help.
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  • So they told me about this place called Restoration Ranch
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  • down near San Diego, California.
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  • And coming to the ranch I felt accepted,
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  • I was welcomed, I felt loved, I felt safe, secure.
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  • You can really feel the presence of God here.
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  • Staying here at the ranch as I did for close to a year
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  • really helped my walk and my life
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  • and really learning how to trust God.
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  • Something I learned while I was here was
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  • really how to become a man of integrity,
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  • how to be a Christian man.
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  • I had the opportunity recently to go
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  • on the TBN Hillsong United tour
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  • to experience and be baptized in the River Jordan.
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  • When I was baptized and went under the water,
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  • I went down as Travis, I came back up as a new man,
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  • somebody who's on fire for Christ,
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  • somebody who doesn't just want to live a saved life
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  • but live a called life.
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  • I really don't know where I would be today without TBN.
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  • If it wasn't for the pastors on there
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  • and it being on 24 hours a day,
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  • especially for someone like me, I'd probably be lost.
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  • When I stand at the cross now, I feel accepted.
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  • I feel joy and thankfulness.
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  • I don't feel ashamed, I don't feel guilty.
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  • I feel at one with God because of what he's done for me.
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  • And the pain and the hurt and the sorrow
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  • that he went through for somebody like me,
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  • you can't help but feel joy and thankfulness.
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  • The amazing thing is, I was once hopeless,
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  • and now I'm hopeful, and Christ just turned me
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  • from a nobody to a somebody.
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  • I am now a child of God.
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  • - It's now late afternoon, and we're kind of
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  • in the busy part of the downtown of Reykjavik.
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  • And the wind has stopped, the sun has warmed,
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  • and for us to come on this day with no wind, no rain,
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  • it was meant to be.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Erik Erikson, we're right here, brand new channels,
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  • right here in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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