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On Newswatch, May 21: Okla. Governor calls for prayer, Senators grill IRS officials: Did the White House know?, and more. Read Transcript


Wendy: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," A CITY

DESTROYED.

CBN NEWS IS IN MOORE,

OKLAHOMA, A DAY AFTER THAT

DEADLY TORNADO DEVASTATED

THE COMMUNITY.

PLUS, STORIES OF SURVIVAL,

AS PEOPLE BEGIN PICKING UP

THE PIECES.

WE'LL BRING YOU MORE ON

PEOPLE WHO MIRACULOUSLY MADE

IT THROUGH THAT STORM.

AND YOU'LL MEET A GROUP OF

DOCTORS WHO ARE CROSSING

CULTURAL LINES TO HELP KIDS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE

TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

WENDY GRIFFITH.

EMERGENCY CREWS ARE STILL

DIGGING THROUGH THE RUBBLE

IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA,

TONIGHT.

THAT AFTER A MASSIVE TORNADO

SLAMMED THE SUBURB OF

OKLAHOMA CITY YESTERDAY.

AND TONIGHT THE COMMUNITY OF

ABOUT 41,000 PEOPLE IS

BRACING FOR MORE HEARTACHE.

RIGHT NOW 24 PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN KILLED -- CONFIRMED

KILLED -- INCLUDING AT LEAST

NINE CHILDREN, BUT THAT

NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO RISE.

WELL, PEOPLE IN THE DISASTER

ZONE SPENT THE DAY TRYING TO

RECOVER AND CLEAN UP AS THE

STATE'S GOVERNOR ASKED

AMERICA TO PRAY FOR

OKLAHOMA.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS DETAILS.

Reporter: MORE THAN 24

HOURS AFTER THIS MONSTER

TWISTER CUT A 20-MILE PATH

OF DESTRUCTION --

OH, MY GOD, I WAS PRAYING

TO GOD SO MANY TIMES.

HONESTLY, I WAS, LIKE, I'M

NOT GOING TO SEE TOMORROW.

WE THOUGHT IT WAS A WALL

CLOUD, AND IT WAS THE

TORNADO.

IT WAS PRETTY BIG.

George: RESIDENTS OF

THE BATTERED TOWN OF MOORE,

OKLAHOMA --

IT LOOKED LIKE A WAR

ZONE.

George: -- ARE SLOWLY

COMING TO GRIPS WITH THE

DEVASTATING REALITY AROUND

THEM.

THERE IS A CAR PART IN MY

BEDROOM.

George: IT PACKED WINDS

UP TO 200 MILES PER HOUR,

AND THIS IS WHAT IT LEFT IN

ITS PATH, BLOCK AFTER BLOCK

AFTER BLOCK OF INDESCRIBABLE

DEVASTATION.

YOUR WHOLE LIFE IS TORN

UP SIDE DOWN.

George: DANIEL SPENT

THE DAY CLEANING UP DEBRIS

AND SALVAGE WHAT IS LEFT OF

HIS HOME.

IT IS JUST GOING TO TAKE

A WHILE.

George: AND IT IS A

SCENE PLAYED OUT ACROSS TOWN

AS EMERGENCY WORKERS

SEARCHED THE RUINS FOR

SURVIVORS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA OFFERED HIS

PRAYER AND SUPPORT TO THE

PEOPLE OF MOORE.

President Obama: THE

PEOPLE OF MOORE SHOULD KNOW

THEIR COUNTRY WILL REMAIN ON

THE GROUND, THERE FOR THEM,

BESIDE THEM.

George: SOME OF THE

MOST HEARTBREAKING STORIES

HAVE BEEN ABOUT CHILDREN.

THE TOWN'S TWO SCHOOLS TOOK

A DIRECT HIT.

THE FIRST, BRIARWOOD

ELEMENTARY WAS COMPLETELY

DESTROYED, BUT MIRACULOUSLY

NO ONE WAS KILLED.

WE WERE TOLD TO GET INTO

OUR TORNADO PRECAUTION

SYSTEMS.

Reporter: A MUCH

DIFFERENT STORY AT PLAZA

TOWER SCHOOL, WHERE WALLS

COLLAPSED, KILLING SEVEN

CHILDREN.

BUT DESPITE THE DEATH AND

DEVASTATION, THE STATE'S

GOVERNOR VOWS THEY'LL BOUNCE

BACK.

OKLAHOMA HAS GONE THROUGH

THIS IS COUPLE OF

SOMETIMES.

WE'RE RESILIENT, STRONG,

COURAGEOUS PEOPLE.

George: AND IT IS NOT

OVER YET.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

SAYS THE SAME STORM SYSTEM

THAT BROUGHT MONDAY'S

TWISTER COULD STRIKE PARTS

OF NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS,

SOUTHEASTERN OAK OBAMA,

OKLAHOMA, AND NORTHERN

ARKANSAS THIS WEEKEND.

Wendy: IT IS SO HARD TO

BELIEVE THAT'S REAL.

THERE ARE MANY STORIES OF

TRAGEDY COMING OUT OF THIS

DISASTER, BUT THERE ARE ALSO

STORIES OF HOPE.

CBN'S MICHELLE WILSON IS IN

OKLAHOMA AND BRINGS US ONE

FAMILY'S AMAZING STORY OF

SURVIVAL.

I WAS JUST WAITING TO BE

SUCKED UP.

I FELT LIKE WE WERE GOING TO

BE SUCKED UP.

Reporter: MESSAGE SMITH

AND HER DAUGHTER, ALEXIS,

QUICKLY DROVE TO PICK UP HER

ELDEST DAUGHTER, JEWEL, WHO

WAS IN GYM CLASS.

AND THAT'S WHEN IT HIT.

BEHIND ME IS THE GYM,

WHERE THE KIDS WERE TOLD TO

TAKE COVER.

AND JUST LOOKING AT THE

MAGNITUDE OF THE WRECKAGE,

IT IS A WONDER THAT ANYONE

SURVIVED.

THEY SAID EVERYBODY GET

DOWN, AND THE LIGHTS WENT

OUT.

YOU COULD HEAR IT, AND THE

CEILING JUST STARTING

FALLING DOWN ON US.

OUR EARS WERE POPPING.

Reporter: AS MELISSA

AND HER DAUGHTERS HUDDLED IN

THE GYM, THEY FOUND OUT IT

WASN'T AS SAFE AS THEY

THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.

I JUST GOT ON TOP OF MY

KIDS.

I'M BLEEDING IN THE BACK OF

MY HEAD NOW.

Reporter: THERE ARE

JUST MILES OF DOWNED POWER

LINES, AND PEOPLE ARE

EVERYWHERE.

PARENTS ARE HERE TO PICK UP

THEIR CHILDREN, AND THEY'RE

JUST TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF

IT ALL.

WE SPOKE TO THIS FAMILY WHO

TOOK SHELTER IN A NEARBY

BUILDING.

THEY ALL SURVIVED.

I SAID, GOD, UM, PLEASE

HELP US STAY SAFE IN THE

TORNADO, IF WE HAVE ONE.

AND THEN I SAID AMEN.

Wendy: AMAZING.

MICHELLE JUST HAPPENED TO BE

IN OKLAHOMA WHEN THE TORNADO

HIT.

THANKS, MICHELLE.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

WORKING TO PROVIDE DISASTER

RELIEF TO FOLKS IN THE

HARDEST HITS PART OF

OKLAHOMA.

O.B. WILL BE WORKING WITH

LOCAL CHURCHES AND AGENCIES

ACROSS THE STATE.

HEATHER CELLS HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: JUST HOURS

AFTER THE DEADLY TORNADO

HIT, THIS "OPERATION

BLESSING" CONVOY WAS HEADING

TO MOORE.

THE OKLAHOMA CITY SUBURB IS

JUST FOUR HOURS NORTH ON

I-35 FROM GRANDBERRY, TEXAS,

WHERE "OPERATION BLESSING"

SPENT THE LAST WEEK,

ATTENDING TO SURVIVORS OF

THAT TORNADO.

MORE THAN 500 VOLUNTEERS

HAVE WORKED TO CLEAR TREES

AND DEBRIS AND HELP FAMILIES

LIKE THE THOMPSO THOMPSONS

RECOVER THEIR BELONGINGS.

THE "OPERATION BLESSING"

VOLUNTEERS WERE IMMEDIATELY

ABLE TO START BOXING UP

EVERYTHING THAT WAS STILL

LEFT.

WE FOUND BABY PICTURES,

PICTURES THAT WE THOUGHT WE

LOST, IN THE RUBBLE.

Reporter: THOMPSON SAYS

GOD SAVED HIM AND HIS WIFE

AND TWO BABIES THE NIGHT THE

TORNADO HIT.

HE HAD JUST CHANGED JOBS,

ALLOWING THE FAMILY TO

ATTEND CHURCH ON THE OTHER

SIDE OF TOWN.

THE TORNADO CAME THROUGH

SO QUICK THAT NOBODY -- I

HEARD NOBODY HAD TIME TO

REACT WHEN IT CAME THROUGH

AND TAKE SHELTER.

LIKE I SAID, IF I WAS AT

WORK STILL, AND WITH THE

KIDS AND THE WIFE HERE, I

DON'T SEE HOW THEY WOULD

HAVE MADE IT, BEING THE

DESTRUCTION THAT IT IS.

Reporter: NOW

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

SHIFTING GEARS TO FOCUS ON

THE DISASTER IN OKLAHOMA.

IT LOADED TWO TRUCKLOADS OF

FOOD AND RELIEF SUPPLIES

LAST NIGHT TO SEND TO THE

DEVASTATED AREA, AND IT WILL

COORDINATE WITH PARTNER

CHURCHES AND AGENCIES TO

PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED HELP TO

THE VICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE

TRAGEDY.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: FOR MORE ON WHAT

YOU CAN DO TO HELP

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND

THEIR WORK THERE OKLAHOMA,

YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

AFTER THE LAST FEW DAYS, IT

IS SAFE TO SAY TORNADO

SEASON IS IN FULL SWING.

BUT FORECASTERS SAY SO FAR

2013 HAS BEEN PRETTY QUIET

ON THE TWISTER FRONT.

THIS YEAR MARKS THE LONGEST

THE U.S. HAS GONE INTO THE

MONTH OF MAY WITHOUT SEEING

AN EF1 OR STRONGER TORNADO.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE

NATIONAL SEVERE STORM'S

LABORATORY.

THEY SAY A COOL SPRING HAS

KEPT THE NUMBER OF TORNADOES

DOWN SO FAR.

AND THAT TYPICALLY THE

TORNADO SEASON BEGINS IN THE

MIDWEST ABOUT A MONTH

EARLIER THAN WE'VE SEEN THIS

YEAR.

FOR MORE WE TURN NOW TO JOE

BISTARDI OF WEATHER

BELL.COM.

THE TORNADO THAT HIT MOORE

WAS MASSIVE.

HOW DO THESE GIANT TWISTERS

FORM?

WELL, YOU NEED A CLASH IN

THE ATMOSPHERE TO DO THIS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE ASSUME IT IS

BECAUSE IT IS WARM, AND,

INDEED, THERE IS WARM, HUMID

AIR AROUND, BUT YOU ALSO

NEED A LOT OF COLD AIR TO

PRODUCE THESE THINGS.

WHEN YOU GET THE TYPE OF

MID-AND UPPER LEVEL

SITUATION LIKE WE HAD

YESTERDAY, WITH VERY, VERY

POWERFUL OUT OF SEASON COLD

SWATHS SWEEPING INTO THE

PLAINS, AND THE ATMOSPHERE

COMING OUT OF MEXICO, AND

THE WARM, MOIST GULF AIR,

YOU GET THAT INTERSECTION.

THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL

PLAINS, AND THIS IS WHY WE

CALL IT TORNADO ALLEY, IS

NATURALLY SET UP FOR THIS

TYPE OF THING IN SPRING.

BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE COLD

WEATHER, IT HAS BEEN ONE OF

THE COLDEST SPRINGS WE'VE

EVER HAD IN THE UNITED

STATES, THERE HAS BEEN A

LACK OF TORNADO ACTIVITY.

SO FINALLY WHEN THE WARM,

HUMID AIR MAKES AN

APPEARANCE, THERE IS STILL

ENOUGH COLD AIR TO CAUSE A

CLASH TO CAUSE THE TYPE OF

THING WE SAW YESTERDAY.

Wendy: SOME PEOPLE

POINT OUT AND SAY THIS IS

PART OF A WILD WEATHER

PHENOMENON.

BUT BIG TORNADOES LIKE THIS

ARE NOTHING NEW, ARE THEY?

OH, NO.

THIS IS COMMON.

TORNADIC ACTIVITY HAS BEEN

FALLING OVERALL SINCE THE

LAST COLD CYCLE OF THE

PACIFIC OCEAN.

YOU'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND,

AND I KEEP PREACHING THIS,

AND ONE OF THESE DAYS IT

WILL CATCH ON, WE'RE IN THE

SAME CYCLE WE WERE IN THE

1950S, WHEN THE PACIFIC

TURNED COLD AND THE ATLANTIC

WAS STILL WARM.

WE SAW A LOT OF HOT,

HURRICANE ACTIVITY ALONG THE

EASTERN SEABOARD, A LOT OF

HEAT AND DROUGHT IN THE

PLAINS, AND WE SAW A LOT OF

TORNADO ACTIVITY.

FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE TRY TO

MAKE MORE OF THIS THAN WHAT

IT ACTUALLY IS.

YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT GLOBAL

WARMING.

IT IS NOT THE RAPTURE.

IT IS WHAT NATURE -- NATURE

IS DOING WHAT NATURE IS

MEANT TO DO.

IT IS AN ETERNAL BALANCING

ACT.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T WANT

TO DIMINISH WHAT HAS

HAPPENED IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA,

OR JOPLIN, OR ANY OF THESE

PLACES, BUT IF YOU GO BACK

AND LOOK AT THE ACTUAL

RECORDS AND THE ACTUAL FACTS

OF THE MATTER, THE TORN

TORNADIC ACTIVITY HAS BEEN

DOWN OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF

DECADES COMPARED TO WHERE IT

WAS.

Wendy: JOE BISTARDI,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

HERE.

EFFICIENT THAT.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Wendy: SENATE LAWMAKERS

GOT A CHANCE TO GRILL TOP

I.R.S. OFFICIALS OVER THE

AGENCY'S TARGETING OF

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS, AND AN

ADMISSION FROM THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION THAT KEY

PLAYERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

WERE IN FACT INFORMED OF THE

SCANDAL AHEAD OF TIME.

JOHN WAGGI REPORTS.

Reporter: THREE MEN

WERE ON THE HOT SEAT TODAY,

INCLUDING JAY RUSSELL

GEORGE, THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL

WHO SUBMITTED THE REPORT

DETAILING THE I.R.S.

SCANDAL, AND OUTGOING AGENCY

HEAD STEPHEN MILLER.

DOUGLAS SHUMAN ALSO

TESTIFIED.

HE WAS THE ONE RUNNING THE

I.R.S. WHEN AGENTS WERE

TARGETIN TARGETING

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

TODAY'S HEARINGS WERE THE

FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR

LAWMAKERS TO QUESTION

SHUMAN.

HE LEFT THE I.R.S. LAST

NOVEMBER WHEN HIS FIVE-YEAR

TERM ENDED.

I INTEND TO GET TO THE

BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED.

Reporter: SENATOR

BAUCUS CALLED ON THE MEN TO

ACCOUNT FOR THE SCANDAL THAT

HAS, QUOTE,"LOST THE

PUBLIC'S TRUST."

TODAY'S HEARING COMES A DAY

AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE

ADMITTED THAT THE I.R.S. DID

INFORM SENIOR OFFICIALS IN

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OF

THE INAPPROPRIATE SCRUTINY,

INCLUDING A TOP WHITE HOUSE

LAWYER, KATHRYN ROOM

ROOMLER.

SHE REPORTEDLY MADE THE CALL

NOT TO INFORM THE

PRESIDENT.

SHE MADE A DECISION OR

THE JUDGMENT THAT IT WAS NOT

NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE TO

INFORM THE PRESIDENT OF

THIS.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE HAD PREVIOUSLY

MAINTAINED THAT IT FIRST

LEARNED OF THE SCANDAL

THROUGH PRESS REPORTS.

REPUBLICANS QUESTIONED THAT

CLAIM FROM THE BEGINNING.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THE DIRECTOR OF

THE EXEMPT ORGANIZATION'S

DIVISION OF THE I.R.S. IS

REPORTED TO HAVE A HISTORY

OF HARASSMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE WEEKLY

STANDARD, LOIS LEARNER

WORKED FOR THEM BEFORE

JOINING THE I.R.S.

SHE WAS ACCUSED OF

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

HARASSMENT THERE, AFTER AN

INVESTIGATION INTO THE

CHRISTIAN COALITION.

THE F.C.C. ACCUSED THEM OF

WORKING WITH CANDIDATES TO

SPEND MONEY ON CERTAIN

ISSUES.

IN THE END, THE F.E.C.

LACKED PROOF.

TURNING OVERSEAS, A PUSH TO

LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE IN THE

UNITED KINGDOM IS CREATING A

STIR BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

PARLIAMENT.

THE BILL IS BEING DEBATED IN

THE LOWER HOUSE THIS WEEK.

CHRISTIANS GATHERED TO PRAY

AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE MONDAY

AND TUESDAY.

AND THEY'RE NOT ALONE IN

THEIR SUPPORT.

MANY CONSERVATIVES OPPOSE

THE BILL, AND THEY'RE

BREAKING RANKS WITH PRIME

MINISTER DAVID CAMERON TO

SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE

MEASURES.

MORE THAN HALF VOTED FOR

AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD WEAKEN

THE GAY MARRIAGE

LEGISLATION.

THE ISSUE IS THREATENING TO

SPLIT APART CAMERON'S

GOVERNMENT.

COMING UP, MEET A GROUP OF

PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS

PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF

DISASTEROUS SITUATION.

Wendy: WELL, ARE YOU A

PREF FERFER ARE YOU READY

FOR A ECONOMIC DISASTER OR

EVEN A LONG POWER OUTAGE.

THERE IS ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE

PREPARED FO FORECAST FEES

FOR CAS CASTFIES BIG AND

SMALL.

WE CAN HAVE TERRORIST

ATTACKS, NAC NATURAL

DISASTERS, EARTHQUAKES.

KEITH IS A DIE-HARD

PREPPER, AND HE STARTED A

BUSINESS HELPING PEOPLE GET

READY.

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WE

SUFFER IN NORTH AMERICA IS

COMPLACENCY.

PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE NOTHING

HAS HAPPENED IN "X" AMOUNT

OF YEARS, NOTHING BAD WILL

EVER HAPPEN.

SURVIVALISTS ARE

SOMETIMES PORTRAYED AS

WILD-EYED CRAZIES, BUT WITH

THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND

IN TODAY'S WORLD, BEING

PREPARED IS MORE POPULAR

THAN EVER.

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH

CAROLINA, A COUPLE OF

THOUSAND PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER

AT A SEMINAR TO DISCUSS THE

RISKS AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY

CAN DO ABOUT IT.

IT IS VERY ENVIRONMENTAL,

VERY GREEN, AND IT IS VERY

EASY TO DO.

Reporter: JOEL

HENDERSON IS THE CO-OWNER OF

GREEN GOLD FILTERS, ONE OF

THE VENDORS AT THE PREPPER

CONVENTION.

HIS PATENTED FILTRATION

SYSTEM IS HELPING FOLKS TO

ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING THAT

AMERICA HAS BEEN TRYING TO

DO FOR YEARS, RUN A VEHICLE

WITHOUT FOREIGN OIL.

IF ANYBODY HAS A DIESEL

ENGINE, YOU CAN USE USED

COOKING OIL AS AN

ALTERNATIVE FUEL.

GO TO THE RESTAURANT, THE

LOCAL RESTAURANT HERE IN

NASHVILLE, INDIAN

RESTAURANT, AND THIS IS

THEIR USED COOKING OIL THEY

WERE THROWING IT AWAY.

WE PICKED IT UP, AND RAN IT

THROUGH OUR FILTER SYSTEM,

AND WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE

DIESEL FUEL I CAN PUT IN MY

TANK.

Reporter: THIS PUSH IS

BEING PUSHED ALONG BY A NEW

TREND IN TELEVISION SHOWS.

THE

DOOMSDAY PREPPERS IS THE

HIGHEST RATED SHOW ON

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

PEOPLE ARE PREPPING FOR ANY

OF LIFE'S UNCERTAINTIES,

WHETHER THAT BE AN ECONOMIC

COLLAPSE TO SOLAR PROBLEMS.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE

PREPARED.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

CHALLENGES FOR THE SHOW IS

MOST PREPPERS AREN'T EAGER

TO ADVERTISE THEIR

STOCKPILES BECAUSE IF THE

BOTTOM DROPS OUT, LOOTING

COULD BE A PROBLEM.

WE UNDERSTAND IT COULD BE

A RISK TO PEOPLE.

WE RESPECT PEOPLE'S PRIVACY

ON THE SHOW, WE DON'T HAVE

TO SAY YOUR LAST NAME OR

FIRST NAME OR WHERE YOU ARE

FROM.

BUT OUR VIEWERS CAN LEARN

MORE ABOUT PREPPING.

BUT KEITH SAYS THE FIRST

STEP TO BEING PREPARED HAS

NOTHING TO DO WITH CANNED

FOOD OR BOTTLED WATER.

YOUR FIRST THING IN

PREPAREDNESS FOR ME,

PERSONALLY, IS YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

IF YOU BUILT A SOLID

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST, THEN AFTER THAT, IF

YOU CAN GET FOOD, WATER

STORED AWAY, A LITTLE TREAT

AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE,

IT WILL ALL FALL INTO

PLACE.

YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO FEED

YOURSELF, FEED YOUR FAMILY,

HELP A NEIGHBOR, HELP A

FRIEND.

Reporter: 100 YEARS

AGO, IT WASN'T STRANGE FOR A

FAMILY TO HAVE A BASEMENT

FULL OF FOOD.

BUT THAT HAS CHANGED.

MOST AMERICANS TODAY HAVE

LESS THAN THREE DAYS SUPPLY

OF FOOD STORED UP, AND MANY

HAVE NO EMERGENCY SUPPLIES,

OR EVEN A FIRST-AID KIT.

BUT WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE

OF AMERICA GETTING MORE AND

MORE FRAGILE EVERY DAY,

MAYBE IT IS NOT A BAD IDEA

TO STOCK UP JUST IN CASE.

FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION

IN NORTH CAROLINA, I'M CHUCK

HOLTON FOR CBN NEWS.

Wendy: WE'RE COMING TO

YOUR HOUSE, CHUCK.

UP NEXT, HOW ONE MINISTRY IS

WORKING TO SAVE THE KIDS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

ISRAEL HAS NO DIPLOMATIC

TIES WITH IRAQ, BUT THERE IS

ONE GROUP OF DOCTORS LOOKING

PAST COUNTRY LINES.

THEY'RE WORKING TO GIVE

LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT TO

KIDS.

IT IS ALL PART OF "SAVE A

CHILD'S HEART," A GROUP THAT

HAS TREATED CHILDREN WITH

CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

FROM MANY NATIONS, INCLUDING

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

OUR JULIE STALL BRINGS US

ONE GIRL'S STORY.

Reporter: THESE

CHILDREN LOOK HAPPY,

HEALTHY, AND ACTIVE.

BUT JUST WEEKS AGO, EACH ONE

OF THEM FACED DEATH.

THEY NEEDED OPEN-HEART

SURGERY, AND THEY GOT IT

THROUGH "SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART" IN ISRAEL.

THE IDEA BEHIND "SAVE A

CHILD'S HEART" IS TO PROVIDE

LIFE-SAVING HEART CHILDREN

FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

Reporter: THAT WAS THE

CASE WITH CHRISTIAN.

RHEUMATIC FEVER DAMAGED HER

HEART.

SHE BECAME THE 25th

PATIENT OF "SAVE A CHILD AS

HEART."

EVEN SIMPLE WALKING WAS

DIFFICULT FOR HER.

Reporter: SISTER AN

ANGELICA RUNS THE CHILDREN'S

HOME WHERE ESTER LIVES.

SHE HEARD ABOUT THE PROGRAM

FROM A VOLUNTEER WHO JUST

HAPPENED TO BE RIDING THE

SAME BUS FROM KENYA TO

TANZANIA.

SHE CONTACTED "SAVE A

CHILD'S HEART" AND LEARNED A

TEAM WAS ACTUALLY HEADING TO

TANZANIA TO CLIMB MT. KILL

KIL CLIMB MOUNT

MT. KILLAMANJAA.

TWO MINUTES LATER, SHE WAS

IN ISRAEL.

THE DOCTOR OPERATED FOR

HOURS, RECONSTRUCTING THE

VALVE IN ESTER'S HEART.

NOW SHE CAN LIVE A NORMAL

LIFE.

SHE WILL HAVE TO TAKE

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE SO HER

VALVE WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED

AGAIN.

Reporter: THE SCREAK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS MORE

THAN 50% OF THE CHILDREN

TREATED HAVE HAVE BEEN

PALESTINIAN, FROM THE WEST

BANK AND THE GAZA STRIP.

IT IS A VERY POSITIVE

MESSAGE, WHICH SENDS OUT TO

THE MIDDLE EAST, FROM

ISRAEL, ABOUT PEOPLE WORKING

TOGETHER FROM DIFFERENT

NATIONALITIES AND DIFFERENT

RELIGIONS, FOR THE BEST OF

OUR CHILDREN.

Reporter: PART OF THE

PROGRAM'S GOAL IS TO TRAIN

DOCTORS FROM DEVELOPING

COUNTRIES, LIKE DR. GODFREY,

WHO WILL WORK IN ISRAEL FOR

FIVE YEARS.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE ONE

OF ITS KIND FOR MY COUNTRY.

SO HOPEFULLY WHEN I GO BACK,

I WILL ACTUALLY START THE

OPEN-HEART SURGERY ALSO FOR

THE YOUNG CHILDREN.

Reporter: BEFORE AND

AFTER SURGERY, THE CHILDREN

LIVE IN THIS HOUSE.

USUALLY WITH A PARENT OR

CARE-GIVER.

THE HOUSE MOTHER SAYS THE

CHANGE IN THE CHILDREN IS

AMAZING.

YOU SEE THE CHILDREN

GOING HOME HEALTHY.

YOU KNOW, YOU SEE CHILDREN

THAT SOMETIMES CAN BARELY

WALK, PRACTICALLY RUNNING TO

THE MINIBUS TO GO TO THE

AIRPORT.

THEY'RE SMILING AND LOOKING

FORWARD TO GOING HOME, AND

YOU KNOW THEY HAVE A

FUTURE.

Reporter: LESS THAN TWO

WEEKS AFTER HER SURGERY,

ESTER WAS DANCING WITH HER

NEWFOUND FRIENDS AND SANG

THE SONG SHE SINGS AT HOME.

*

* I LOVE GOD

* HE'S LIKE A RIVER IN MY

SOUL *

Reporter: JULIE STALL,

CBN NEWS, HALOM, ISRAEL.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HELP

FOR BUSINESS.

HOW ONE TOWN ALONG THE

JERSEY SHORE IS RECOVERING

AFTER HURRICANE SANDY.

KILIMANJAR MT. KILOMETER

Wendy: A MAJOR

MILESTONE THIS WEEK FOR A

SEASIDE TOWN IN NEW JERSEY.

THE BOARDWALK IN LAVALET WAS

DESTROYED WHEN HURRICANE

SANDY HIT THE JERSEY SHORE.

BUT GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

WATCHED THE FINAL NAILS

BEING HAMMERED INTO THE

NEWLY REBUILT BOARDWALK,

BUILT JUST IN TIME FOR

SUMMER.

THIS IS THE FIRST SYMBOL

FOR US OF MAKING SURE THIS

WEEK THAT EVERYBODY ACROSS

THE STATE, ACROSS THE

REGION, AND ACROSS AMERICA

KNOWS THAT THE JERSEY SHORE

IS OPEN FOR THE SUMMER AND

READY TO RECEIVE OUR

COSTUMERS.

[APPLAUSE]

Wendy: CHRISTY SAYS HE

HOPES HIS VISIT WILL HELP

GET THE WORD OUT THAT COME

MEMORIAL DAY, ALL OF THE

BEACHES IN LAVALET WILL BE

OPEN, AS WELL AS 95% OF ITS

BUSINESSES.

THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE

JERSEY SHORE.

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT "NEWSWATCH" AT

CBN.COM.

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