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CBN NewsWatch: June 5, 2013

On Newswatch, June 5: Saeed's wife uses UN speech to 'plant Gospel,' Rice to replace nat'l security adviser Tom Donilon, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," PLEADING FOR

PASTOR SAEED.

MORE ON HIS WIFE'S CALL FOR

RELEASE IN FRONT OF WORLD

LEADERS AT THE UNITED

NATIONS.

Wendy: PLUS, THAT HUGE,

HISTORY-MAKING TORNADO AND

HOW "OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STILL ON THE SCENE IN

OKLAHOMA.

Mark: AND MEET ONE MAN

WHO IS BRINGING FRESH FOOD

INTO THE INNER CITY.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE WHITE HOUSE AND U.S.

STATE DEPARTMENT ARE AGAIN

CALLING ON IRAN TO RELEASE

AND AMERICAN PASTOR JAILED

FOR HIS FAITH.

Mark: SAEED ABEDINI IS

SERVING AN EIGHT-YEAR PRISON

SENTENCE FOR SHARING THE

GOSPEL INSIDE IRAN.

HIS WIFE APPEARED THIS WIFE

BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS TO

PLEAD FOR HER HUSBAND'S

RELEASE.

Wendy: GEORGE THOMAS

HAS MORE.

George: FOR 251 DAYS,

SAEED ABEDINI HAS LANGUISHED

INSIDE ONE OF THE MOST

BRUTAL PRISONS IN THE

WORLD.

WHY IS HE BEING HELD?

BECAUSE HE EXERCISED HIS

RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

EXPRESSION, AND PEACEFUL

ASSEMBLY.

George: ON TUESDAY, HIS

WIFE TOOK HER HUSBAND'S CASE

BEFORE THE U.N.'S HUMAN

RIGHTS COUNCIL.

I HOPE MY PRESENCE WILL

PUT A FACE TO THOSE WHO

SUFFER WHEN A GOVERNMENT

DOES NOT UP HOLD THE

OBLIGATION TO PROTECT THESE

FREEDOMS.

George: THE CITIZEN IS

SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN

PRISON FOR HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH, AND WHILE IN PRISON

HAS ENDURED TORTURE.

ON AT LEAST TWO KNOWN

OCCASIONS IRAN'S OFFICIALS

HAVE PHYSICALLY TORTURED MY

HUSBAND.

IT HAS CAUSED MY HUSBAND TO

HAVE SYMPTOMS OF INTERNAL

BLEEDING.

George: THE WHITE HOUSE

SAYS IT WAS DEEPLY CONCERNED

ABOUT PASTOR ABEDINI'S

PLIGHT AND PROMISED TO PRESS

FOR HIS RELEASE UNTIL HE WAS

BACK HOME WITH HIS FAMILY.

THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

ALSO CONDEMNED.

WE CONDEMN IRAN'S REFUSAL

OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE

THIS IN EVERY WAY WE

POSSIBLY CAN, THROUGH EVERY

CHANNEL WE POSSIBLY CAN.

George: BUT ABEDINI IS

NOT ALONE.

LAST MONTH IRANIAN

AUTHORITIES SHUT DOWN THE

LARGEST PERSIAN LANGUAGE

CHURCH AND ARRESTED ITS

PASTOR.

WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO

GO BEFORE IRANIANS PICK

THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT,

AUTHORITIES ARE TARGETING

INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

DEEMED DANGEROUS, INCLUDING

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.

JUST BEFORE ENDING HER U.N.

SPEECH, NAGHMEH SAID ON

Facebook SHE WANTED TO USE

HER APPEARANCE TO PLANT THE

SEEDS OF A GOSPEL MESSAGE

BEFORE A GLOBAL AUDIENCE.

IRAN HAS KEPT S SAEED IN

PRISON BECAUSE HE BELIEVES

IN FORGIVENESS OF SIN

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, AND

WHOEVER ACCEPTS THIS

FORGIVENESS OF SIN CAN BE

RECONCILED TO THE GOD OF

PEACE AND LOVE, THE PEACE

AND LOVE WE'RE ALL SEARCHING

FOR.

Mark: JORDAN SEKULOW

WITH THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR

LAW AND JUSTICE JOINS US

NOW.

DO YOU THINK NAGHMEH'S PLEA

WILL HAVE ANY EFFECT?

WE WERE TOLD FROM

AMBASSADORS FROM VARIOUS

COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD,

WHO HAVE BEEN HELPFUL

ALREADY, WHATEVER WE'RE

DOING IS KEEP IT UP BECAUSE

SAEED IS IN THE TOP LIST OF

CONCERNS.

AND WITH THE FOCUS ON IRAN

AND THEIR UPCOMING

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS NEXT

WEEK, THE TIMING, WHICH IS

SET A LONG TIME IN ADVANCE,

BUT YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT

THE SUPER NATURAL, IF YOU

WILL BECAUSE THE FACT IS IT

CAME TOGETHER AT A TIME WHEN

THERE IS A RENEWED FOCUS ON

IRAN, AND TO HAVE NAGHMEH

THERE, HOW UNPRECEDENTED IS

THAT?

MOST PEOPLE FACING PIS KIND

OTHIS KIND OF PERSECUTION,

THEIR FAMILY WOULD BE THAT

IN THAT COUNTRY, AND IT

WOULD BE SUICIDAL TO GIVE

THAT KIND OF TESTIMONY AND

RETURN BACK TO IRAQ.

IT IS VERY UNIQUE THAT SHE

CAN SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR OF

RETRIBUTION, AND CERTAINLY

IF YESTERDAY WAS ANY

INDICATION, THERE WAS A

RENEWED INTEREST.

PEOPLE COULDN'T LOOK AWAY.

IT IS A REAL HUMAN RIGHTS

CASE.

IT IS REAL WHEN IT IS THE

WIFE.

Mark: DIVINE FAVOR FOR

HER, DEFINITELY.

NOW THE REGIME IS TARGETING

OTHER CHRISTIANS IN IRAN.

WHY DO THEY SAY CHRISTIANS

ARE DANGEROUS, JORDAN?

IRAN SEES NO DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND

POLITICS.

WITH THEIR VERSION OF ISLAM

AND HOW THEY GOVERNOR.

THOUGH WE LOOK AT SAEED'S

RECORD AND SAY HE HAS NEVER

PARTICIPATED IN ANY

PROTESTS.

HE WAS NEVER AN OPPOSITION

POLITICAL LEADER.

HE STAYED AWAY FROM

POLITICS, AND YET HE IS

LUMPED TOGETHER WITH SOME OF

THE TOPP POLITICAL LEADERS

IN THE COUNTRY.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

MINORITY OF THE MINORITY

POPULATIONS IN IRAN THAT ARE

CHRISTIAN.

TO ACT AS IF IT IS SOME

FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO

NATIONAL SECURITY, WE KEPT

POINTING THAT OUT AT THE

UNITED NATIONS.

WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WOULD

CONSIDER SAEED ABEDINI OR A

CHRISTIAN PASTOR A NATIONAL

SECURITY THREAT?

WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU

ABOUT THE STABILITY OF THAT

COUNTRY IF THEY REALLY

BELIEVE THAT.

Mark: IS THERE ANY

UPDATE ON PASTOR SAEED'S

PHYSICAL CONDITION?

HE GOT OUT OF SOLITARY

CONFINEMENT EARLIER.

THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS

TIME TO BE SEEN AS A

POLITICAL DISSIDENT IN IRAN

IN THE PRISONS.

SO WHILE HIS PHYSICAL HEALTH

HAS IMPROVED, AND HE FEELS

DURING HIS SOLITARY TIME HE

MAY HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY

HEALED, AND HAD THIS KIND OF

GOD EXPERIENCE, AND IT IS

VERY BIBLICAL TO BE IN THOSE

KIND OF EXPERIENCES AND GO

THROUGH THIS KIND OF

PERSECUTION, THIS IS STILL A

TIME WHERE WE BELIEVE IT IS

VERY CRITICAL, TO GET

THROUGH THE ELECTION NEXT

WEEK, WHERE IRAN IS KNOWN TO

ELIMINATE THREATS TO AND

DISTRACTIONS.

AND AFTER THE ELECTION, IRAN

IS KNOWN TO OPEN UP THE

DOORS TO SOME PRISONS,

ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE

IDENTIFIED AS POLITICAL

PRISONERS.

HER HEALTH IS BETTER THAN IT

WAS A MONTH AGO, AT THE SAME

TIME, HE IS IN SERIOUS

DANGER UNTIL THAT ELECTION

IS OVER.

IF THERE IS ANY KIND OF

PROTEST OR ANY KIND OF

AFTERMATH, THAT'S WHEN

THINGS CAN GET VERY, VERY

DANGEROUS AGAIN.

Mark: ALL RIGHT, JOR

SEC SUCCESS WIT SEQUOIA

WITJAY SECULO.

Wendy: PAKISTAN'S PRIME

MINISTER WANTS TO PUT AN END

TO AMERICAN DRONE STRIKES.

NEWLY ELECTED NAWA SHARIF

MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT

DURING HIS FIRST SPEECH IN

PARLIAMENT.

THE U.S. USING DRONES TO

AFFECT EXTREMISTS OF

AL-QAEDA.

BUT THE DEADLY STRIKES ANGER

MANY PAKISTANIS WHO SAY

DRONES KILL MORE CIVILIANS

THAN TERRORISTS, A CLAIM THE

U.S. DENIES.

IN SYRIA, IT SEEMS PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD REGIME

IS GAINING POWER IN THE

CIVIL WAR.

THE ARMY ANNOUNCED A CAPTURE

OF A STRATEGIC TOWN NEAR THE

LEBANESE BORDER.

THIS COMES ONLY ONE DAY

AFTER FRANCE AND BRITAIN

CONFIRMED THE USE OF

CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE

WAR.

OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS,

THE SYRIAN ARMY HAS BEEN

STEADILY MOVING IN ON THE

REBELS IN KEY BATTLEGROUND

AREAS.

ON WEDNESDAY, THE SYRIAN

ARMY FORCES READ A STATEMENT

ON STATE TV.

THEY SAID THEY HOPE THEIR

LATEST VICTORY WILL SEND A,

QUOTE,"CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL

OF THOSE PARTICIPATING IN

THE AGGRESSION AGAINST

SYRIA."

Mark: PRESIDENT OBAMA

TODAY ANNOUNCED

CONTROVERSIAL U.N.

AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE TO

REPLAYS TOM DONLIN AS THE

SECURITY ADVISORY.

Prime Minister

Harper ADVISORY.

President Obama: THEY

PUTS HER COUNTRY FIRST.

WITH HER BACKGROUND AS A

SCHOLAR, SHE UNDERSTANDS

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP.

Mark: MR. OBAMA

ORIGINALLY NOMINATED HER FOR

SECRETARY OF STATE, BUT

ANGER OVER HER HANDLING OF

THE BENGHAZI ATTACK FORCED

HER OUT OF THE RUNNING.

AND HE ANNOUNCED HUMAN

RIGHTS EXPERT SAMANTHA POWER

AS RICE'S REPLACEMENT.

THE ROLE OF NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISOR DOES NOT

REQUIRE SENATE

CONFIRMATION.

Wendy: TURNING NOW TO

THE I.R.S.'S TARGETING OF

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE

COALITION FOR THE LIFE OF

IOWA SAYS THE I.R.S. ASKED

ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE

GROUP'S PRAYERS.

MEMBERS OF THE COALITION

WOULD GATHER OUTSIDE PLANNED

PARENTHOOD TO PRAY.

DURING HER HOUSE TESTIMONY,

THE GROUP'S PRESIDENT SAID

THE I.R.S. WANTED TO KNOW

EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE PRAYING

ABOUT, AND SAID TAX-EXEMPT

STATUS WOULD ONLY BE

APPROVED IF THE COALITION

PROMISED NOT TO DEMONSTRATE

OUTSIDE THOSE CLINICS.

ONCE THE IOWA COALITION FOR

LIFE HIRED A LAWYER, THE

I.R.S. BACKED OFF THOSE

REQUESTS.

Mark: THE REPUBLICANS

IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY

SUBCOMMITTEE PROMISED TO

EXTEND FRANK'S ABORTION BILL

TO APPLY TO THE ENTIRE

COMPANY.

THEY ADVANCED THE PAIN

CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD

PROTECTION ACT TO THE

COMMITTEE.

THE BILL WOULD BAN ABORTIONS

AFTER 20 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

IN THE U.S. IN ALL CASES,

EXCEPT WHEN THE MOTHER'S

LIFE WAS IN DANGER.

ALL FOUR DEMOCRATS VOTED

AGAINST IT, SAYING THE BILL

WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

THE 1973 SUPREME COURT

DIVISION ROE VS. WADE SAYS A

WOMAN CAN HAVE AN ABORTION

UNTIL ABOUT THE 24th WEEK

OF PREGNANCY.

Wendy: AN ARTIST WHO'S

PAINTING WAS REMOVED SAYS

THE PENTAGON IS CENSORING

CHRISTIAN ART.

IT IS CALLED "BLESSED ARE

THE PEACEMAKERS," AND

REFERENCES MATTHEW 5: 9.

IT WAS PART OF THE

COLLECTION TO HONOR THE

HEROS WHO RESPONDED TO THE

9/11 ATTACKS.

BUT IT WAS REMOVED LESS THAN

AN HOUR AFTER THE MILITARY

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOUNDATION

COMPLAINED.

THIS IS THE SAME

ORGANIZATION WHO'S LEADER

CALLED RELIGIOUS

PROSELYTIZING A NATIONAL

SECURITY THREAT IN A PRIVATE

MEETING WITH PENTAGON

OFFICIALS LAST APRIL.

THE ARTIST TOLD FOX NEWS ON

ITS FACE IT SEEMS LIKE

NOTHING SHORT OF A CLEAR

ANTI-CHRISTIAN AGENDA.

Mark: THE DEADLY

TORNADO THAT TORE THROUGH

OKLAHOMA IS ONE FOR THE

HISTORY BOOKS.

IT WAS THE WIDEST EVER

RECORDED, COMING IN AT

2.6 MILES.

THE OKLAHOMA MEDICAL

EXAMINER'S OFFICE SAYS THE

DEATH TOLL FROM THIS TWISTER

IS NOW UP TO 19.

MEANWHILE "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS STILL ON THE

GROUND IN MOORE.

OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS,

THEY'VE COORDINATED AND SENT

OUT MORE THAN 2500

VOLUNTEERS.

WHAT GROUPS DO WE HAVE

THAT THIS IS THEIR FIRST

DAY, COMING TO VOLUNTEER?

WHERE ARE YOU.

GUEST: GUYS FROM, OVER

HERE?

MOBILE, ALABAMA.

Mark: TEAMS SUPPORT

RESIDENTS THROUGH HARD WORK

AND PRAYER.

FOR MORE ON HOW YOU CAN HELP

"OPERATION BLESSING," CHECK

OUT THE WEBSITE

CBNNEWS.COM.

Wendy: IT WILL TAKE A

LOT OF HARD WORK, BUT THEY

CAN DO IT.

AFTER A PERIOD OF DROUGHT,

FINALLY SOME RAIN FOR SOUTH

TEXAS, BUT FARMERS SAY IT

STILL MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO

SAVE THEIR CROPS.

SEEDS WERE PLANTED BACK IN

APRIL, BUT THEY SAT IN DRY,

PARCHED GROUND FOR ALMOST

TWO WEEKS BEFORE ANY RAIN

CAME.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

THIS CROP SHOULD BE UP TO MY

ELBOW AT LEAST RIGHT NOW.

AND IT COMES UP TO ABOUT MY

KNEE.

WE SHOULD HAVE GRAIN HEADS

ON TOP OF THE STALK, AND WE

DON'T.

Wendy: AFTER RECENT

HEAVY RAINS, FIELDS LOOK

MORE LIKE PONDS THAN FARM

LANDS, BUT VETERAN FARMERS

SAY COME LATE JUNE AND JULY,

INTENSE HEAT MIGHT KILL

THEIR CROPS.

THEY SAY THEIR ONLY HOPE IS

THEY GET ANOTHER 10 TO

12 INCHES OF RAIN BY THE END

OF SEPTEMBER.

Mark: COMING UP,

SCIENCE VERSES FAITH.

WHY A UNIVERSITY IN BELGIUM

FIRED THE PROFESSOR YOU JUST

SAW THERE.

Wendy: A BIG VICTORY

FOR CHURCHES IN THE CZECH

REPUBLICAN.

THE COUNTRY'S HIGHEST COURT

U.HELD A GOVERNMENT PLAN TO

PAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

THE MONEY IS COMPENSATION

FOR PROPERTY, THE FORMER

COMMUNIST REGIME SEIZED FROM

THROWS GROUPS.

THOSE GROUPS.

UNDER THE PLAN, 16 RELIGIOUS

GROUPS, INCLUDING CATHOLICS,

PROTESTANTS AND JEWS WILL

GET $3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT

30 YEARS.

AND THEY'LL GET 56% OF THEIR

PROPERTY THAT IS NOW HELD BY

THE STATE.

IN BELGIUM, CONTROVERSY OVER

A RESEARCHER FIRED FOR BEING

TOO RELIGIOUS.

Mark: THAT'S BECAUSE

THE SCHOOL THAT FIRED HIM IS

A HISTORICALLY CATHOLIC

UNIVERSITY.

DALE HURD HAS THE STORY FROM

THE CITY OF LUVIN.

Reporter: THE CATHOLIC

UNIVERSITY OF LUVIN IS THE

OLDEST AND LARGEST

UNIVERSITY IN BELGIUM.

IT WAS FOUNDED IN THE

1400s UNDER THE APPROVAL

OF THE VATICAN.

BUT AS MODERN EUROPE HASEK

HAS SECULARIZED, SO HAS THE

UNIVERSITY.

PEOPLE CAN BELIEVE A LOT

OF CRAZY STUFF AND NOT GET

FIRED FROM THEIR JOBS, BUT A

SENIOR RESEARCHER ASSOCIATE

AT THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

OF LUVIN DISCOVERED YOU

BETTER NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD

CAN HEAL.

Reporter: HIS WORK AT

THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR

WORK AND SOCIETY FOR 11

YEARS WITHOUT A NEGATIVE

REVIEW WHEN HE WAS SUDDENLY

FIRED.

IF YOU WERE TO ASK ME,

DID YOU GET A NEW CONTRACT,

I WOULD HAVE SAID, YES, OF

COURSE.

DO YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH

YOUR COLLEAGUES?

NO.

EVERYTHING IS FINE.

A WEEK LATER I'M OUT.

AND I'M LIKE, WHAT

HAPPENED?

Reporter: WHA WHAT

HAPPENED IS THE CATHOLIC'S

UNIVERSITY'S DISPLEASURE

WITH HIS WEBSITE,

powerthroughlove.PE.

THE UNIVERSITY SAW SOME

MOVIE CLIPS OF PEOPLE GIVING

TESTIMONY OF BEING HEALED.

THEY CALLED THAT

UNSCIENTIFIC.

Reporter: THE

UNIVERSITY SAID WHEN A

RESEARCHER WORKING ON

MATTERS OF A SCIENTIFIC OR

MEDICAL NATURE LET'S

RELIGIOUS TAKE THE PLACE OF

SCIENCE, HE COMPROMISE THE

SCIENTIFIC REPUTATION OF THE

UNIVERSITY AND BREAKS THE

BONDS OF TRUST WITH THE

UNIVERSITY.

IF I'M FIRED BECAUSE OF

BELIEVING SOMETHING

UNSCIENTIFIC LIKE THAT, THAT

JESUS CHRIST HEALS, I'M

FINE.

BUT IT IS WRONG.

Reporter: WARD KENNIS

SERVES IN THE FLEMISH

PARLIAMENT.

I WAS VERY MUCH SURPRISED

THAT A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY,

WHICH IS ALSO THE UNIVERSITY

WHERE I STUDIED MYSELF, WAS

BEHAVING LIKE THIS.

Reporter: RICK TORIS,

ON FACULTY AT THE

UNIVERSITY, IS ALSO A

NATIONAL MEDIA FIGURE WHO

WROTE ABOUT THE CASE FOR THE

FLEMISH NEWSPAPER.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION MEANS

PEOPLE CAN BELIEVE WHATEVER

THEY LIKE.

Reporter: TORUS WAS

RECENTLY ELECTED FALT

ELECTED FACULTY DEAN, AND

TOLD HAD RE-ELECTED, HE

WOULD REHIRE FERNANDO.

A RIGHT IS NOT A RIGHT

WHEN IT CANNOT BE

EXERCISED.

Reporter: FERNANDO, WHO

HAS A HEART FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH,

ESPECIALLY IN PAKISTAN,

TELLS US HE FEELS PRIVILEGED

TO HAVE SUFFERED FOR

CHRIST.

BUT HE WANTS THOSE

CHRISTIANS WHO COME AFTER

HIM TO BE PROTECTED FROM

DISCRIMINATION.

ONE DAY I WILL STAND IN

FRONT OF THE LORD, AND HE

WILL SAY TO ME, WELL DONE.

AND THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS.

THE REST IS DETAILS.

Reporter: DALE HURD,

CBN NEWS IN LUVIN, BELGIUM.

Mark: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

MAN IS WORKING TO BRING THE

FRESH FOOD TO FAMILIES IN

THE INNER CITY.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE

YOUR FOOD COMES FROM AND

WHAT'S BEEN DONE TO IT?

I KNOW I HAVE.

Wendy: YOU MIGHT NOT

WANT TO KNOW.

THAT'S WHY SO MANY PEOPLE

HAVE GONE BACK TO BUYING

FOOD THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY,

FROM LOCAL FOLKS THEY CAN

TRUST.

Mark: IN TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT, LORI JOHNSON

TELLS US THE UNIQUE STORY OF

ONE MAN WHO IS TAKING LOCAL

FOOD TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED

IT THE MOST.

Reporter: EARLY IN THE

MORNING, MARK LILY DRIVES

HIS FARMERS' MARKET ON

WHEELS FROM RICHMOND,

VIRGINIA, TO THE

COUNTRYSIDE.

HE STOPS AT A NUMBER OF

FAMILY FARMS TO PICK UP THE

FOOD HE'LL SELL A LITTLE

LATER WHEN HE RETURNS TO THE

CITY.

AND TALK ABOUT FRESH, THESE

MELONS WERE ON THE VINE AT

SUNRISE AND WILL BE ON

SOMEONE'S DINNER TABLE AT

SUNSET.

MOST TIMES IT IS NOT

SPRAYED WITH HEAVY

CHEMICALS, AND IT'S VERY LOW

INTENSIVE FARMING.

THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT OF

PESTICIDES OR HERBICIDES.

THE SOIL, MORE THAN LIKELY,

THE SMALLER FARMS ARE

ROTATING THEIR CROPS, AND

THEY'RE THROWING ORGANIC

MATTER BACK INTO THE SOIL.

Reporter: LOCAL PRODUCE

IS ALSO HEALTHY, BECAUSE IT

IS PICKED RIPE, WHEN

VITAMINS ARE AT THEIR PEAK.

ON THE OTHER HAND, PRODUCE

THAT IS SHIPPED LONG

DISTANCES IS PICKED EARLY

AND OFTEN SPRAYED WITH

CHEMICAL RIPENERS.

THEY PUT ALL KINDS OF

PRESERVATIVES ON THE FOOD.

I'VE EVEN HEARD OF THEM

SPRAY PAINTING THE FOOD TO

GIVE IT COLOR.

Reporter: AND MARK GOES

LOCAL FOR DAIRY, LIVESTOCK

AND DAIRY.

IT TAKES LESS FUEL TO

TRANSPORT THE FUEL FROM FARM

TO MARKET.

THE FAR FARTHEST THAT MARK

TRAVELS IS 150 MILES FOR

PURE MAPLE SYRUP AND

ORGANIC, WHOLE GRAIN BREAD.

AND THEN AFTER HE COLLECTS

THE FOOD, HE HEADS BACK TO

THE CITY, THE INNER CITY.

THIS ROVING FARMERS' MARKET

MAKES ITS STOPS IN SO-CALLED

FOOD DESERTS.

URBAN AREAS WHERE THOUSANDS

OF PEOPLE WITHOUT

TRANSPORTATION LIVE MORE

THAN A MILE FROM A GROCERY

STORE.

HERE FOLKS HAVE LITTLE

CHOICE BUT TO BUY WHATEVER

UNHEALTHY PROCESSED FOOD IS

AVAILABLE AT A CONVENIENCE

STORE, NEXT TO THE

CIGARETTES AND LOTTERY

TICKETS.

YOU ALL WANT TO EAT SOME

FRESH VEGETABLES?

YES.

I'VE GOT A WHOLE BUS FULL

OF STUFF RIGHT HERE.

I THINK IT IS A BLESSING

FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE --

BASICALLY EVERYBODY BECAUSE

EVERYBODY DON'T HAVE A

RIDE.

Reporter: MARK TEACHES

HIS COSTUMERS ABOUT WHAT HE

SELLS AND WHAT HE DOESN'T.

I'VE HAD PEOPLE EX ME FOR

BANANAS AND PINEAPPLES, AND

ALL KINDS OF STUFF THAT

DOESN'T GROW IN VIRGINIA,

MUCH LESS IN SYSTEM.

SO THERE IS A WHOLE

EDUCATION PROCESS.

Reporter: AND HE

TEACHES THEM HOW TO COOK

FOODS THEY DON'T NORMALLY

PUT ON THEIR TABLE.

HE ACCEPTS FOOD STAMPS, AND

IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT

DISTRIBUTING HEALTHY FOOD,

HE SOMETIMES JUST GIVES IT

AWAY.

HE HAS EVEN GOTTEN THE

ATTENTION OF CITY LEADERS.

I THINK IT IS A MARVELOUS

IDEA.

IT REALLY HELPS TO EDUCATE

THE POPULATION AND GIVE THEM

AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE

ACCESS TO REALLY FRESH

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT

THEY MIGHT NOT NORMALLY BE

ABLE TO GET TO.

Reporter: VISITING

RETIREMENT HOMES IS ALSO A

PRIORITY BECAUSE SENIORS

ESPECIALLY NEED A HEALTHY

DIET.

I THINK IT IS A BEAUTIFUL

THING BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME

PEOPLE IN HERE THAT ARE

DIABETICS AND SO THIS AND SO

ON, AND THEY CAN GET FRESH

VEGETABLES, AND IT IS

ORGANIC, WHICH IS

FANTASTIC.

IT IS HARD FOR SOME OF US

TO GET TO THE STORE.

IF WE DO GET TO THE STORE,

WE'VE GOT TO CATCH THE

BUS -- TWO BUSES, AND WE'VE

GOT TO CATCH TWO BUSES

BACK.

SO I THINK THIS IS REALLY

WONDERFUL.

Reporter: MARK HAS BEEN

DOING THIS FOR FOUR YEARS.

HE GOT THE IDEA MANY YEARS

AGO, BUT NEEDED THE PROPER

MOTIVATION TO BEGIN.

I WAS FORTUNATE.

I GOT FIRED FROM MY JOB.

THAT WAS THE BEST THING THAT

EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

Reporter: MARK HAD A

BIG DREAM TO TAKE HEALTHY

FOOD TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T

NORMALLY GET IT, BUT HE HAD

A SMALL BUDGET.

SO HE BOUGHT HIS OLD CHURCH

BUS FOR $3600 OFF CRAIGSLIST

AND MADE THE SHELVES OFF OF

SCRAP WOOD.

WITHIN A MONTH, HE WAS ON

THE ROAD AND MADE ENOUGH

MONEY TO SUPPORT HIS

FAMILY.

HE HOPES MORE PEOPLE WILL

HOP ON THE FOOD BANDWAGON

BECAUSE HE SAYS AMERICA'S

FOOD IS UNSUSTAINABLE.

MARK SAYS HE HAS NEVER

WORKED THIS HARD, BUT HAS

NEVER BEEN HAPPIER, KNOWING

HIS COSTUMERS DON'T HAVE TO

WORRY ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD

COMES FROM.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS,

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

Wendy: UP NEXT, A

MICHIGAN TEEN'S MIRACULOUS

RECOVERY JUST IN TIME FOR

GRADUATION.

Wendy: AND FINALLY, A

MICHIGAN TEEN WAS NOT

EXPECTED TO GRADUATE AFTER

SUFFERING A LIFE-THREATENING

BRAIN INJURY.

Mark: BUT THIS WEEK HE

SURPRISED EVERYONE BY

WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE TO

ACCEPT HIS DIPLOMA.

HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD

NEARLY TWO MONTHS AGO.

HE WAS AT A PARTY WHEN A

FIGHT BROKE OUT.

WHEN THE HONOR STUDENT AND

FOOTBALL STAR JUMPED IN TO

BREAK IT UP, HE WAS HIT WITH

A BULLET.

NOW HE IS PROVING THAT

NOTHING IS GOING TO KEEP HIM

BACK FROM THE NEXT CHAPTER

IN HIS LIFE.

[CHEERING]

FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO

THANK GOD.

IT IS SO GOOD TO BE ALIVE.

[APPLAUSE]

AND I AM COMPLETELY

REHABILITATED.

I FORGOT A LOT OF STUFF, I

FORGOT HOW TO WALK, I FORGOT

HOW TO TALK.

I DIDN'T FORGET HOW TO EAT.

[LAUGHTER]

Mark: PRAISE GOD.

AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY,

INSTEAD OF THROWING HIS

GRADUATION CAP, HE THREW HIS

HELMET.

HIS OWN VERSION OF A VICTORY

LAP.

WHAT A MIRACLE.

Wendy: I GOT CHILLS.

HE IS A POPULAR GUY.

Mark: HE WAS.

Wendy: EVERYBODY WAS

CRYING AND SO HAPPY TO SEE

HIM.

HE DIDN'T FORGET HOW TO EAT,

THOUGH.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

Mark: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF

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