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On Newswatch, May 31: Learning to love the sequester; Delayed crops could mean higher food prices, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT OF ON

"NEWSWATCH," MUCH TO DO

ABOUT NOTHING, WHY IT SHOWS

ALL OF THE SEQUESTER FEAR

TACTICS WERE UNTIL BUT EMPTY

RHETORIC.

Wendy: PLUS, TEACHING

THE GOSPEL IN THE LARGEST

MUSLIM COUNTRY.

HOW INDONESIANS BRAVE

PERSECUTION AND DEATH

THREATS TO HEAR THE GOOD

NEWS.

Mark: AND HOOPS, HOPE,

AND FAITH IN GOD.

THE INSPIRING STORY OF A

YOUNG BOY WHO PERSEVERED

GENS AL AGAINST ALL ODDS TO

SEE HIS DREAMS COME TRUE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

MARK MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

Mark: A NEW REPORT

SHOWS ALL OF THE SEQUESTER

SCREENING WAS NOTHING BUT

HYPE.

IT HAS BEEN MONTHS SINCE THE

CROSS-THE BOARD SPENDING

CUTS.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. REMAINS THE

SAME, AT 5.3%, MUCH LOWER

THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

AND THE "WASHINGTON POST"

REPORTS THAT 40,000 JOBS

HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN ADDED IN

THE WASHINGTON AREA.

MEANWHILE OTHERS ARE

ACTUALLY APPLAUDING THE

SEQUESTER.

PAUL STRAND TELLS US WHY.

WE LOVE THE IDEA OF THE

SEQUESTER.

Reporter: SEQUESTER

SUPPORTERS LIKE JOHN, HEAD

OF THE TEXAS-BASED INSTITUTE

FOR POLICY INNOVATION, SAYS

ANY MOVE WASHINGTON MAKES TO

SLOW DOWN ITS WILD SPENDING

IS A GOOD MOVE.

HE POINTS OUT IN 2011, BOTH

THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS

CAME UP WITH AND APPROVED

THE SCHEME TO HAVE THE

CROSS-THE BOARD SPENDING

CUTS.

WE THINK THAT WAS A GREAT

IDEA.

WE OUGHT TO BE PLANNING

SEQUESTER TWO AND SEQUESTER

THREE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE

NOTHING ELSE HAS WORKED.

Reporter: SOME IN

WASHINGTON SAY THESE ARE

DEEP CUTS IN SPENDING, BUT

JOE SAYS NOT REALLY.

MOST AMERICAN FAMILIES

WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT A CUT,

THEY SPEAK ABOUT SPENDING

LESS MONEY THIS YEAR THAN

LAST YEAR.

Reporter: MOST OF THE

DEPARTMENTS ARE RIGGED TO

AUTOMATICALLY RISE SEVERAL

PERCENTAGE POINTS EVERY

YEAR.

IF THE GOVERNMENT IS

PLANNING TO SPEND 5% MORE

NEXT YEAR, AND NOW THEY'RE

ONLY GOING TO SPEND 3% MORE,

THEY CONSIDER THAT TO BE A

DRASTIC CUT.

AND THAT IS THE NATURE OF

THE SEQUESTER.

IN ALMOST EVERY FEDERAL

DEPARTMENT SPENDING GOES UP,

NOT DOWN.

Reporter: BUT JUST LESS

THAN IT WAS GOING TO GO UP.

THE ONLY REAL CUTS HIT THE

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND EVEN

THEN IT IS ONLY CUT BACK TO

2007 SPENDING LEVELS.

THE YEAR WHEN AMERICA'S

MILITARY WAS ENGAGED IN BOTH

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

SO IF THAT AMOUNT OF

MONEY IS ENOUGH TO FIGHT TWO

WARS AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS

PROBABLY NOT A DRASTIC CUT.

AND DON'T FORGET, DEFENSE

SPENDING IMMEDIATELY STARTS

GOING UP AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

Reporter: WHICH IS WHY

FOLKS LIKE JOE WANT TO SEE

MORE SEQUESTERS, BUT WITH

REAL CUTS AND REAL LIMITS ON

SPENDING.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A

LIMIT, YOU DON'T BUDGET.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LIMIT,

YOU DON'T MAKE CHOICES.

YOU DO EVERYTHING.

Reporter: AND THAT

SOMETHING BELIEVERS IN

LIMITED GOVERNMENT JUST

CAN'T ABIDE.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Wendy: A GOVERNMENT

REPORT SAYS TWO OF THE

LARGEST ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS

ARE IN BAD SHAPE.

THEY ANTICIPATE MEDICARE'S

GIANT JUST FUND TO RUN DRY

BY 2026, TWO YEARS LATER

THAN WHAT WAS PROJECTED LAST

YEAR.

HOWEVER, SOCIAL SECURITY IS

STILL ON TRACK TO RUN OUT BY

2033.

AFTER THOSE DATES, BENEFITS

CAN STILL BE PAID, BUT AT

REDUCED RATES, STARTING AT

ABOUT 75%.

CURRENTLY 58 MILLION

AMERICANS RECEIVE SOCIAL

SECURITY BENEFITS, WITH THE

NUMBER GROWING AS 10,000

BABY-BOOMERS REACH

RETIREMENT.

TURNING OVERSEAS NOW, THE

SYRIAN REGIME OF BASHAR

al-ASSAD JUST GOT A BIG

BOOST FROM RUSSIA.

A RUSSIAN-ARMED SHIPMENT HAS

ARRIVED, AND THAT MAY

INCLUDE ANTI-AIRCRAFT

MISSILES.

IT WOULD BE A BIG GAME

CHANGE.

ISRAEL RECENTLY LAUNCHED AN

AIR STRIKE NEAR DAMASCUS,

WITH MASS WEAPONS INTENDED

FOR HEZBOLLAH.

BASHAR IS WARNING HE WILL

RETALIATE TO ANY AIR

STRIKE.

AND HEZBOLLAH IS RAMPING UP

ITS FIGHTING, AND THE U.N.

SECURITY COUNCIL HAS

LABELLED ONE OF THE GROUPS,

CALLED al-NUSRA, A FRONT

GROUP FOR AL-QAEDA.

Mark: ISRAELIS ARE

ALREADY PRACTICING DEFENSE

DRILLS, INCLUDING WITH

WEAPONS OF MASS

DESTRUCTION.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THE STORY

FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: ISRAELIS

HEADED FOR BOMB SHELTERS, AS

PART OF A NATIONWIDE DRILL,

TO PRACTICE WHAT TO DO IN

CASE OF WAR.

IT I IN WAR TIMES, THEY

KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO AND

THEY WON'T BE FRIGHTENED.

Reporter: DUBBED

TURNING POINT SEVEN, THE

THREE-DAY DRILL SIMULATED

ROCKET AND MISSILE ATTACKS

ON ISRAELI CITIES, THAT

INCLUDES CHEMICAL AND

NON-CONVENTIONAL STRIKES.

THE DRILL IS ANNUAL, BUT THE

GOVERNMENT HELD THIS ONE

WITH TENSIONS HIGH ON THE

ISRAELI-ISLAMIC BORDER.

THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST

SCENARIOS THAT ISRAEL COULD

THINK ABOUT.

Reporter: MORE THAN

80,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED SO FAR IN SYRIA'S

TWO-YEAR CIVIL WAR.

BUT ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE

EXPERT JACQUES TOLD NEITHER

THOSE LOYAL TO PRESIDENT

BASHARD, NOR THOSE OPPOSING

HIM, ARE WINNING.

WE HAVE A STALEMATE ON

THE GROUND.

WHICH MEANS THIS CIVIL WAR

COULD LAST FOR SEVERAL

YEARS.

Reporter: AND SYRIAN

OPPOSITION FORCES HAVE BEEN

OVERRUN BY THOUSANDS OF

JIHADIS WHO WANT TO

REESTABLISH THE CALIPHATE.

THE FIRST THING THEY DID

WAS TO ASK ALL OF THE

CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LIVING

THERE TO LEAVE TOWN.

Reporter: NIRIA SAYS

THERE ARE TWO POSSIBLE

OUTCOMES, ASSAD SURVIVES AND

HIS ALLIES, HEZBOLLAH ARE

STRENGTHENED, OR HE FALLS

AND THE JIHADIS TAKE OVER.

ONE IS A NIGHTMARE, AND

THE SECOND ONE IS A WORST

NIGHTMARE.

Reporter: THE U.S. AND

EUROPE SAY THEY ARE WORKING

TO BOLSTER THE REBEL FORCES,

BUT SOME SAY THAT WOULD BE A

MISTAKE.

WHEN YOU TAKE A

DICTATORSHIP OUT, YOU CREATE

A POLITICAL VACUUM.

WHO IS USING THIS POLITICAL

VACUUM IS THE MUSLIM

EXTREMISTS.

THAT'S THE SCENARIOS WE SAW

HAPPENING IN EGYPT AND YEMEN

AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THIS WILL BE A MUCH BIGGER

MISTAKE.

Reporter: ISRAELI

OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL STAY

OUT OF THE CONFLICT UNLESS

THEY NEED TO DEFEND THEIR

CITIZENS.

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

WARNED ISRAEL WILL CONTINUE

WITH EFFORTS TO STOP SYRIA

FROM TRANSFERRING WEAPONS TO

HEZBOLLAH.

DESPITE ALL OF THE TALK OF

WAR, MANY ISRAELIS SAY

THEY'RE NOT CONCERNED.

ISRAEL IS A REALLY STRONG

COUNTRY AND WE CAN BEAT

EVERYONE.

I'M AFRAID.

I DON'T WANT TO BE IN A

WAR.

I'M NOT AFRAID YET, BUT

I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.

REALLY NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT

BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT

IT IS VERY DANGEROUS.

Reporter: STILL, WHILE

MOST ISRAELIS ARE HOPING FOR

THE CALM TO CONTINUE, THEY

KNOW THEY MUST PREPARE FOR

WAR.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: BACK HERE AT

HOME, MORE TORNADO THREATS

ALL ACROSS THE MIDWEST, IN

INCLUDING MOORE, OKLAHOMA,

WHERE RESIDENTS ARE STILL

RECOVERING FROM THE MASSIVE

TWISTER THAT HIT LAST WEEK.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE.

Reporter: TORNADO

SEASON GOT OFF TO A LATE

START THIS YEAR, BUT IT

SEEMS TO BE MAKING UP FOR

LOST TIME.

WITH MORE THAN A THOUSAND

REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER

OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

OVERNIGHT, REPORTS OF

SEVERAL TORNADOES ACROSS THE

MID-WEST.

A STORM CHASER CAUGHT THIS

DRAMATIC VIDEO OF THE

TORNADO THAT TOUCHED DOWN IN

YORK, NEBRASKA.

AND THIS VIDEO SHOWS ROOFS

TORN OFF BUILDINGS FROM A

TORNADO THAT HIT THE TULSA,

OKLAHOMA, AREA.

THESE BLACK STORM CLOUDS

HAVE RESIDENTS IN THOSE

AREAS CONTINUING TO BRACE

FOR THE WORST.

FORECASTERS SAY THE CITIES

IT IS MOST DANGER OF SEEING

TORNADOES TODAY ARE KANSAS

CITY, TULSA, AND OKLAHOMA

CITY.

RESIDENTS OF MOORE,

OKLAHOMA, ARE WORKING TO

CLEAN UP THE DAMAGE FROM THE

EF5 TWISTER THAT HIT THEM

LAST WEEK.

AND THEY'RE ALSO KEEPING

THEIR EYES ON THE SKY,

FEARFUL OF ANOTHER

DEVASTATING STORM.

ARE YOU REPLAYING IN YOUR

HEAD OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT

DAY?

IT IS NOT GOING AWAY.

Reporter: COUNSELLING

SERVICES ARE BEING OFFERED

FOR FREE IN MOORE AND OTHER

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES HIT

BY RECENT TORNADOES.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS ALSO

ON THE GROUND IN MOORE,

HELPING RESIDENTS COPE AND

PICK UP THE PIECES.

AFTER TWO DAYS, YOUR

EMOTIONS REALLY START TO

DROP.

AND THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND

HOME DEPOT, WHERE I WORK,

AND DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS,

CHURCHES, THAT ARE HERE TO

HELP US.

THAT LIFTS OUR SPIRITS SO

MUCH.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

MONEY.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

ANYTHING BUT JUST A HUG.

AND IT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS,

YOUR EMOTIONS.

AND FOR THAT I'M FOREVER

GRATEFUL.

Reporter: VOLUNTEERS

ARE HANDING OUT HOME DEPOT

GIFT CARDS AND WORKING WITH

RESIDENTS TO CLEAR DEBRIS.

THEY'RE ALSO PROVIDING THOSE

ALL-IMPORTANT HUGS AND

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT THROUGH

PRAYER.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

Mark: GREAT TO SEE ALL

OF THAT SUPPORT THERE.

WELL, RAINY WEATHER AND

COOLER TEMPERATURES THIS

SPRING ARE MAKING LIFE TOUGH

FOR FARMERS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

MANY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO

DELAY PLANTING CROPS, AND

THAT COULD LEAD TO HIGHER

PRICES AT THE GROCERY

STORE.

Reporter: USUALLY CROPS

WOULD BE GROWING BY NOW IN

THIS RAIN-DRENCHED FIELD IN

WISCONSIN.

THERE ARE A LOT OF FIELDS

THAT ARE REALLY SUPER WET

RIGHT NOW WITH ALL OF THE

RAIN AND MORE ON THE WAY.

Reporter: MARK'S FARM

FIELDS ARE ON TOP OF THE

HILL, SO THEY'RE NOT AS

LIKELY TO HAVE STANDING

WATER.

BUT LIKE MANY FARMERS ACROSS

THE COUNTRY, HE STILL FACES

DIFFICULTIES FROM A WET,

CHILLY SPRING.

SO FAR THIS YEAR

EVERYBODY HAS BEEN BEHIND,

JUST DUE TO THE WEATHER.

AND EVERY TIME IT RAINS,

THEY JUST GET FARTHER

BEHIND.

Reporter: THAT INCLUDES

DELAYS IN PLOWING FIELDS,

PLANTING CROPS, AND

HARVESTING EARLY SPRING

HAY.

THIS HAY FIELD IS NOWHERE

NEAR READY TO BE CUT, THAT

IS BAD NEWS FOR HIS

LIVESTOCK WHICH USED TO EAT

THAT HAY.

A LOT OF FARMERS WERE OUT

OF HAY, AND SO THEY'VE BEEN

BUYING A LOT, WAITING FOR

THE CROP TO GROW.

Reporter: CROPS THAT

FARMERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO

PLANT ARE EMERGING SLOWLY.

THE LATEST CROP REPORT FROM

WISCONSIN'S AGRICULTURE

DEPARTMENT SHOWS SO FAR ONLY

2% OF FARMERS REPORT THEIR

FIRST ALFALFA CUTTING THIS

YEAR, COMPARED TO 59% LAST

YEAR.

SOME OF THE OTHER CROPS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY BATTLING

RAINY, COOL CONDITIONS

INCLUDE ARKANSAS' RICE CROP,

WASHINGTON'S CHERRY CROPS,

NORTH CAROLINA'S PEANUT

CROP, AND CORN AND SOYBEAN

CROPS ACROSS THE MIDWEST.

FARMERS HOPE DRY, SUNNY

WEATHER IS AROUND THE CORNER

TO JUMP-START THE GROWING

SEASON.

Mark: THEY SURE DO.

A COOL, SOGGY SPRING COULD

MEAN LOWER YIELDS, AND

HIGHER PRICES AT THE GROCERY

STORE.

Wendy: HOPE NOT.

MARIJUANA IS ALREADY LEGAL

IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON,

AND NOW A FIREAR NOW A

FORMER MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE

WANTSF WANT WANTS TO TAKE

IT A STEP FURTHER AND NAME

THE BRAND.

HE WANT TO NAME IT AFTER HIS

GREAT GRANDFATHER AND HOPES

TO IMPORT IT FROM MEXICO.

HE HAS SUPPORT FROM VINCENT

FOX WHO FOUGHT THE DRUG

CARTELS DURING HIS

PRESIDENCY, BUT IS NOW AN

AVID SUPPORTER O AGAINST

PROHIBITION.

WE KNOW PROHIBITION

DOESN'T WORK, NOT EVEN IN

THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

Wendy: THEY THINK IT

WILL GENERATE HUNDREDS OF

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

REVENUE, BUT RIGHT NOW

IMPORTING MARIJUANA VIOLATES

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL LAW.

Mark: YOU HEARD THE

EXPRESSION THAT THE THIRD

TIME IS A CHARM?

IT APPLIED AT THE 36th

ANNUAL SPELLING BEE.

IT IS GERMAN DERIVED

YITTISH.

NO WAY.

Mark: THAT'S

13-YEAR-OLD ARVIND MAHANKALI

OF NEW YORK.

HE FINISHED THIRD IN THE

TOURNAMENT THE PREVIOUS TWO

YEARS.

BUT IF HE COULD SPELL

KNAIDEL CORRECTLY, HE WOULD

FINALLY TAKE HOME THE

TROPHY.

KNAIDEL, K-N-A-I-D-E-L.

KNAIDEL.

YOU ARE CORRECT.

[APPLAUSE]

Mark: GOOD FOR HIM.

PERSEVERANCE.

HE DID IT, AND ALONG WITH

THE TROPHY, HE TOOK HOME

$30,000.

WOW, IT PAYS, WENDY, TO BE A

GOOD SPELLER.

Wendy: COMING UP, SEE

HUNDREDS COME FORWARD TO

ACCEPT CHRIST IN THE BIGGEST

MUSLIM COUNTRY ON EARTH.

Mark: THE VATICAN

REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED

NATION SAYS 100,000

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD

ARE KILLED EVERY YEAR FOR

THEIR FAITH.

IN AN ADDRESS TO THE HUMAN

RIGHTS COUNCIL AND THE U.N.,

THE ARCHBISHOP SAYS CREDIBLE

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MORE

THAN 100,000 CHRISTIANS ARE

VIOLENTLY KILLED BECAUSE OF

SOME RELATION TO THEIR FAITH

EVERY YEAR.

OTHER CHRISTIANS AND OTHER

BELIEVERS ARE IS SUBJECTED

TO FORCED DISPLACEMENT, TO

THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR

PLACES OF WORSHIP, TO RAPE

AND ABDUCTION OF THEIR

LEADERS.

HE SAID MANY OF THESE

ATTACKS TAKE PLACE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, AND

ASIA.

EVERY WEEK PASTORS PREACH AT

EVANGELISITIC MEETINGS

AROUND THE WORLD, BUT IT

ISN'T SO EASY IN INDONESIA,

WITH THE LARGEST MUSLIM

POPULATION OF ANY NATION.

Wendy: EGYPTIAN

AMERICAN PASTOR MICHAEL

YUSEF SPOKE THEIR RECENTLY,

AND SOME WHO HEARD HIM WERE

ACTUALLY THREATENED.

BUT AS JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS,

THAT DIDN'T KEEP HUNDREDS

FROM RESPONDING TO THE GOOD

NEWS.

Reporter: INDONESIA IS

HOME TO MORE THAN

200 MILLION MUSLIMS, THAT'S

NEARLY 13% OF THE GLOBAL

MUSLIM POPULATION.

SO WHEN THE PREPARATIONS

BEGAN FOR A VISIT TO JAKARTA

BY DR. MICHAEL YUSEF, IT

WASN'T AN EVERY DAY

HAPPENING.

WHAT HAS MAN TO GAIN IF

HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD BUT

LOSES HIS SOUL.

Reporter: YUSEF BROUGHT

A MESSAGE OF GOD'S LOVE TO

INDONESIA.

15,000 PEOPLE CAME, AND SOME

FACING PERSECUTION.

BUT THE MOST AMAZING

THING TO ME IS THE HUNDREDS

OF PEOPLE THAT RESPONDED TO

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE BY COMING

FORWARD.

DANGEROUS AS IT WAS FOR SOME

OF THEM, AND YET THEY WERE

FEARLESS.

THE LOVE OF CHRIST CAPTURED

SO MANY OF THEM, THAT

HUNDREDS WERE COMING IN

EVERY ONE OF THOSE THREE

NIGHTS.

Reporter: YUSEF SAYS

ONE PASTOR BROUGHT 300

PEOPLE TO THE GATHERING,

EVEN THOUGH HE WAS

THREATENED WITH DEATH.

AND, OF COURSE, THERE WAS

THREATS BY SOME EXTREMISTS,

AND THE MAN WITH JOY OF THE

LORD SAID, IT DOESN'T

MATTER, WHAT CAN THEY DO TO

ME?

SO NIGHT AFTER NIGHT HE

WOULD BRING FOLKS IN TO HEAR

THE GOSPEL MESSAGE, SOME FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

Reporter: ORGANIZERS

SAY HUNDREDS CAME TO HEAR

CHRIST'S WORD.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, BEATING

THE ODDS.

HOW A LIFE-THREATENING

DISEASE LED THIS MAN AND HIS

FAMILY BACK TO FAITH AND

RECOVERY.

Mark: WHAT WOULD YOU DO

IF A LIVE THREATENING

ILLNESS ROBBED YOU OF THE

ABILITY TO WALK AND TALK AND

FORCED TO START ALL OVER.

Wendy: IT WAS A STORY

THAT WAS YOU SO COMPELLING

THEY'RE MAKING A MOVIE ABOUT

IT.

IT IS CALLED HUVI, AND I

RECENTLY TRAVELLED TO TEXAS

TO SEE THE TIMEIN FILMING

IN PERSON.

THE ALL AR-STAR CAST IS

PUTTING TOGETHER THE STORY

OF HUVI, A YOUNG MAN WHO

OVERCAME INCREDIBLE ODDS

BECAUSE OF FAITH AND

COURAGE.

HE BRINGS THE STORY OF

TRIUMPH TO THE BIG SCREEN.

WHEN 16-YEAR-OLD ERIC HUVI

ELLIOT COLLAPSES ON THE

BASKETBALL COURT, AFTER HIGH

RISK SURGERY, HE MUST LEARN

ALL OF THE FUNDAMENTALS,

WALKING, TALKING, AND EVEN

THINKING CLEARLY.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE

IN AN UNDERDOG STORY, AND I

FEEL LIKE THIS IS AN

ULTIMATE UNDERDOG STORY,

DOING THESE TYPES OF THINGS

WHERE I'M WALKING WITH A

CANE.

AND IT MADE ME REALLY HUMBLE

AND MADE ME WANT TO ASK

QUESTIONS AND UNDERSTAND HIS

STRUGGLE AND HIS WAY OF

OVERCOMING IT.

Reporter: HUVI'S REAL

LIFE PARENTS SAY THEY CAN

RELATE WELL TO THE BIBLICAL

STORY OF JOB.

DURING THE TIME HUVI WAS

SICK, THEIR DAUGHTER ALSO

GOT VERY SICK, AND RUTH LOST

HER JOB, AND OVERWHELMING

MEDICAL BILLS THREATENED TO

UNDO EVERYTHING THE COUPLE

HAD WORKED A LIFETIME TO

BUILD.

LIKE IN JOB, EVEN

WELL-MEANING CHRISTIAN

FRIENDS ACCUSED THEM OF NOT

BEING RIGHT WITH GOD.

I HAVE FRIENDS WHO SAID

YOU MUST HAVE TERRIBLE SIN

IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU'RE

BEING PUNISHED FOR, JUST

LIKE IN THE BOOK OF JOB.

THAT'S WHY WE RELATED SO

MUCH TO JOB.

THESE WERE CHRISTIANS

FRIENDS.

Reporter: WITH HIS

FAMILY'S LOVE AND TENACITY,

AS WELL AS HIS RELENTLESS

DETERMINATION TO GET BACK ON

THE COURT, HUVI SURPRISES

EVERYONE, EVEN HIS PARENTS.

I BELIEVED HE WOULD MAKE

IT BACK.

I DIDN'T THINK HE WOULD MAKE

IT BACK TO THE LEVEL THAT HE

DID.

AND WE WOULD LOOK OUT THE

WINDOW AND WONDER, OH, MY

GOODNESS, WHAT HAVE WE

INSPIRED HIM TO DO.

BUT AGAINST ALL ODDS, AND

EVEN WHEN THE THERAPY WAS

OVER, HE CONTINUED IT ON HIS

OWN AT HOME.

Reporter: JEFF WROTE A

BOOK ABOUT HIS SON'S AMAZING

COMEBACK.

AFTER BEING REJECTED BY MORE

THAN 100 PUBLISHERS, HE

SELF-PUBLISHED, BUT DIDN'T

SELL MANY COPIES.

BUT FIVE YEARS LATER, JEFF

AND RUTH GOT A CALL OUT OF

THE BLUE, THAT SOMEONE

WANTED TO MAKE A MOVIE OUT

OF THEIR STORY.

IT IS PRETTY AMAZING HOW

IT HAS ALL COME TOGETHER.

SO MANY TIMES WE LITERALLY

GAVE UP AND SAID, GOD, IF

THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN,

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE

OVER.

AND EVERY SINGLE TIME HE

DID.

WHEN I GAVE UP, HE TOOK

OVER.

Reporter: WE ARRIVED ON

THE SET THE DAY THEY WERE

FILMING A DRAMATIC CAR

ACCIDENT SCENE.

DR. PATRICK OF SEINFELD FAME

PLAYS THE FATHER.

HE SAYS IT WAS INSPIRING TO

HAVE THE REAL JEFF, WHO WAS

ONE OF THE EXTRAS, ON THE

SET.

AT THE END OF A TAKE, HE

WOULD SAY SOMETHING, AND I

WOULD SAY I DID IT

DIFFERENTLY.

Reporter: AND HE SAYS

HIS MOTHER IS VERY HAPPY SHE

IS IN A FAITH-BASED MOVIE

FOR A CHANGE.

SHE IS THRILLED.

SHE IS PART OF THE

CONTINGENCY THAT IS TRYING

TO GET "FAMILY GUY" OFF THE

AIR.

Reporter: ACTRESS

LAUREN HOLLY, AND REAL LIFE

MOTHER OF THREE BOYS, PLAYED

HUVI'S MOTHER, RUTH.

WHEN I READ THE SCRIPT, I

CRIED MORE THAN ONCE, AND I

JUST REALLY WANTED TO BE A

PART OF IT.

AND NOW THAT I'VE GOTTEN TO

KNOW RUTH, WE'RE GOING TO BE

FRIENDS FOREVER.

Reporter: THE REAL LIFE

HUVI LEARNED TO READ AGAIN,

DRIBBLE, AND NOT ONLY PLAY

BASKETBALL AGAIN, BUT WENT

ON TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP

TO PLAY COLLEGE BALL, WHERE

HE SCORED 30 POINTS AND A

WINNING SHOT IN A REGIONAL

GAME.

I REALIZED I WAS SO CLOSE

TO NOT HAVE THIS LIFE.

AND EVERY DAY IS A GIFT FROM

GOD.

YOU REALLY NEED TO CHERISH

IT.

JUST LOVE ON YOUR WIFE, LOVE

ON YOUR KIDS.

THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO

DO.

Wendy: HUVI, A STORY OF

FAITH, LOVE, AND A FAMILY'S

RESOLVE TO TRUST GOD AND NOT

GIVE UP.

IT COMES TO THEATERS SOME

TIME NEXT YEAR.

Mark: IT'S GRADUATION

SEASON, AND THIS YEAR NEARLY

TWO MILLION COLLEGE DEGREES

ARE BEING HANDED OUT ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

Wendy: BUT NOT BEFORE

GRADUATES SIT IN ON ONE

FINAL LECTURE.

HERE IS WHAT THEY'VE HEARD

FROM SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS, FROM

PRESIDENTS TO COMEDIANS.

YOUR LIFE IS YOUR STORY.

DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

IF ANYONE HAS A CELL

PHONE, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT

TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS

TURNED ON.

I WOULDN'T WANT ANY OF YOU

TO MISS A TEXT OR A TWEET

WHILE I'M GIVING MY SPEECH.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND GO

FOR IT.

THERE IS SOMETHING THAT

YOU CAN GIVE TO SOMEONE.

STAND UP TO THOSE WHO

CAN'T STAND, AND SPEAK FOR

THOSE WHO CAN'T SPEAK.

WE WANT YOU TO DM --

DARE I SAY IT -- CHANGE THE

WORLD.

[LAUGHTER]

Wendy: I LOVE THE WAY

HE SAID THAT, CHANGE THE

WORLD, MARK.

Mark: I KNOW.

A LOT OF BIG NAMES THERE.

Wendy: QUITE AN

IMPRESSIVE LIST.

JULIE ANDREWS.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

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