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CBN NewsWatch: June 21, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, June 21: Republicans skeptical of sweeping immigration bill; Centrifuges spin on as West sizes up a 'new' Iran; Nik Wallenda's life on a high wire Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," MORE D.C.

DEBATE OVER IMMIGRATION AND

SECURE THE BORDER.

CAN CONGRESS REACH A

BIPARTISAN SOLUTION?

PLUS, THE STOCK MARKET TAKES

A DIVE.

IS IT A SIMPLE CORRECTION,

OR ARE WE IN FOR A ROUGH

ECONOMIC RIDE?

AND NIK WALLENDA ON WHY HE

IS PLANNING A WALK ACROSS

THE GRAND CANYON AND A FAITH

THAT GIVES HIM THE COURAGE

TO DO IT.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL

ARE ON THE VERGE OF AN

IMMIGRATION DEAL.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

THE PLAN WOULD OPEN A

PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR

UP TO 11 MILLION ILLEGAL

IMMIGRANTS.

THE BIPARTISAN MEASURE ALSO

DOUBLES THE NUMBER OF AGENTS

ALONG THE U.S./MEXICAN

BORDER.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: SUPPORTERS

ARE HOPEFUL FOR BIPARTISAN

VOTES ON THE FAR-REACHING

IMMIGRATION BILL.

WE ARE ON THE VIRGE OF A

HUGE BREAKTHROUGH.

Reporter: FOR

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS,

INCREASED SECURITY WAS THE

DEALBREAKER IN SUPPORTING

THE MEASURE.

AN EMERGING DEAL ON THE

LEGISLATION CALLS FOR A

DOUBLING OF THE BORDER

PATROL, WITH 20,000 NEW

AGENTS, 18 UNMANNED

SURVEILLANCE DRONES, AND

350 MILES OF NEW FENCING,

AND AN ARRAY OF FIXED AND

MOBILE DEVICES TO MAYBE TAIN

MAINTAIN VIGILANCE.

SOME G.O.P. LAWMAKERS ARE

SKEPTICAL.

NOW, I DON'T THINK

ANYBODY DENIES THAT THE

AMNESTY IS THE ONE THING

THAT WILL HAPPEN.

THIS BILL, AND THE

PROMISES SURROUNDING IT, ARE

FULL OF HALLOW AND OPENLY

ILLUSIONERY ASSERTIONS.

Reporter: RALPH REED OF

THE FREEDOM COALITION

REJECTS THE IDEA, THAT

IMMIGRATION REFORM BE DONE

FOR POLITICAL OR ELECTORAL

REASONS.

IF YOU FIX THE BROKEN

ILLEGAL SYSTEM BY CREATING A

TEMPORARY WORKER PROGRAM, BY

ALLOWING FOR A PRO-FAMILY

ENTRY SYSTEM -- I'M NOT

TALKING ABOUT CHAIN

MIGRATION.

I'M TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN

AND SPOUSES, YOU WON'T HAVE

AS MUCH OF AN INFLUX OF

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BECAUSE

PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO COME

HERE LEGALLY.

Reporter: A FINAL VOTE

ON THE LEGISLATION IS

EXPECTED BY THE END OF NEXT

WEEK.

THE NEXT MOVE WOULD BE UP TO

THE HOUSE, WHERE REPUBLICANS

ARE OVERWHELMING OPPOSED TO

PROVISIONS THAT WOULD GRANT

CITIZENSHIP TO IMMIGRANTS

LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

ILLEGALLY.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Mark: THE STOCK MARKET

WAS JITTERY AGAIN ON THE

HEELS OF NEWS THAT THE FED

MAY RAISE INTEREST RATES.

NOW INVESTORS WANT TO KNOW

WAS IT JUST A CORRECTION OR

SHADES OF THINGS TO COME?

GARY LANE HAS MORE.

Reporter: THE FALL CAME

AFTER FEDERAL RESERVE BORD

CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE

ANNOUNCED THE FED MAY START

PULLING BACK FROM ITS

ECONOMIC STIMULUS EFFORTS.

IT IS LIKE A PERFECT

STORM OUT THERE THIS WEEK.

Reporter: THAT WILL

BRING HIGHER INTEREST RATES

AND SOME INVESTORS FEAR IT

WILL HARM ECONOMIC GROWTH.

HOUSING PRICES ARE

INCREASING IN MANY PARTS OF

THE COUNTRY.

THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR

SELLERS, BUT BUYERS ARE

PAYING 1% MORE FOR A

MORTGAGE.

INTEREST RATES ON MOST HOME

LOANS ARE NOW UP TO MORE

THAN 4%.

SOME ECONOMISTS SAY THE

PUBLIC SHOULD NOT BE ALARMED

BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS

IMPROVING.

175,000 JOBS WERE ADDED LAST

MONTH, AND SO FAR THIS YEAR

THE STOCK MARKET IS STILL UP

MORE THAN 11%.

MOST ANALYSTS BELIEVE

THURSDAY'S MARKET SLIDE WAS

JUST A CORRECTION, NOT A

SIGN OF MORE VOLATILITY TO

COME.

THEY BELIEVE THE MARKETS ARE

SIMPLY ADJUSTING.

COMING TO TERMS WITH A NEW

REALITY AS THE PERIOD OF

U.S. GOVERNMENT STIMULUS MAY

BE NEARING AN END.

OUR ECONOMY IS GETTING

BETTER.

AND NOW IT IS TIME FOR US TO

SEE HOW WE D CAN DO IT ON

OUR OWN.

ONCE WE GET THROUGH THAT

PEER, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO

REALIZE WE'RE GOING TO BE

OKAY AND THINGS

Mark: HE SAYS 20,000

PAGES OF REGULATIONS HAVE

BEEN ADDED TO THE BILL BY

BUREAUCRATS.

A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN

PENNSYLVANIA IS EXEMPT FROM

OBAMACARE'S CONTRACEPTION

COVERAGE MANDATE FOR NOW.

A FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS GENEVA

COLLEGE COULD EXCLUDE

COVERAGE OF BIRTH CONTROL

AND THE MORNING-AFTER PILL

FROM THE HEALTH INSURANCE

PLANS IT OFFERS STUDENTS.

THE RULING WAS ISSUED THIS

WEEK BECAUSE THE SCHOOL ONLY

HAD UNTIL THURSDAY TO PICK A

HEALTH PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR.

THE INJUNCTION WILL REMAIN

IN EFFECT UNTIL THERE IS A

RULING ON THE SCHOOL'S

LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE

CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE.

AS WE REPORTED EARLIER THIS

WEEK, THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

EXODUS INTERNATIONAL IS

CLOSING ITS DOORS.

THEY TRIED TO HELP GAY MEN

AND WOMEN THROUGH WHAT IS

KNOWN AS REPARATIVE THERAPY,

WHICH HOLDS THAT SEXUAL

ORIENTATION CAN BE CHANGED

WITH GOD'S HELP.

IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON ITS

WEBSITE, ALAN CHAMBERS

APOLOGIZED FOR PROMOTING

REPARATIVE CEREMONY.

THE STATEMENT SAYS IN PART,

"I AM SORRY FOR THE PAIN AND

HURT MANY OF YOU HAVE

EXPERIENCED.

I AM SORRY THAT MANY OF YOU

SPENT YEARS WORKING THROUGH

THE SHAME AND GUILT YOU FELT

WHEN YOU'RE ATTRACTIONS DID

NOT CHANGE."

HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS

DR. MARK ORHOUSE WITH

REGENT'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

OF PSYCHOLOGIST AND

COUNSELLING.

WELCOME, MARK.

THANK YOU.

Mark: REPARATIVE

THERAPY HAS COME UNDER A

GREAT DEAL OF SCRUTINY AND

CRITICISM.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SEXUAL

ORIENTATION CAN BE CHANGED?

WELL, I THINK WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT CAN GOD BRING

ABOUT HEALING AND CHANGE,

WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

WHEN YOU LOOKED AT THE

APOSTLE PAUL, HE ASKED,

WOULD YOU REMOVE THIS THORN

IN MY FLESH, AND GOD DECIDED

NOT TO.

SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHEN

PEOPLE DON'T EXPERIENCE AS

MUCH CHANGE AS THEY HOPED.

Mark: IN ESSENCE,

THOUGH, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT

SEXUAL ORIENTATION SOMEWHAT

CAN BE CHANGED?

THE STUDY I PARTICIPATED

IN CONDUCTING OVER A

SEVEN-YEAR SPAN SHOWED THAT

SOME PEOPLE WERE

EXPERIENCING MEANINGFUL

SHIFTS ALONG A CONTINUUM,

BUT NOT EVERYBODY DID.

IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE

PROBABLY DIDN'T EXPERIENCE

AS MUCH CHANGE AS THEY HAD

HOPED FOR GOING INTO THE

PROCESS.

BUT I DO THINK SOME PEOPLE

DID, AND SOME PEOPLE

EXPERIENCED MEANINGFUL

CHANGE.

Mark: EVEN ALAN

CHAMBERS, THE PRESIDENT OF

EXODUS, WHO IS MARRIED TO A

WOMAN NOW, SAYS HE STRUGGLES

WITH SAME-SEX ATTRACTION.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO

SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES IN

THAT WAY?

WHEN SOMEONE IS PURSUING

CHANGE OR HEALING, I

CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE THEM IN

THAT ENDEAVOR, BUT I ALSO

THINK IT IS WISEST TO PURSUE

THE THINGS THAT PROMISES

US.

SO WHEN GOD PROMISES US

SANCTIFICATION AND CHRIST

LIKENESS, I THINK THAT IS A

BETTER FOCAL POINT FOR

SOMEBODY, TO PURSUE THEIR

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND TO

GROW IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP

WITH CHRIST.

THAT CAN BE DONE INDEPENDENT

OF WHETHER THEIR ATTRACTIONS

CHANGE.

IF THEIR ATTRACTIONS DO

CHANGE, THAT WAS WHAT THEY

WERE PURSUING AND HOPING

FOR, BUT IF THEY DON'T

CHANGE AS MUCH AS THEY HAD

HOPED FOR, I WANT THEM TO

KNOW THEY'RE LOVED BY GOD,

THEY CAN BE MATURE IN

CHRIST.

AND I THINK SOMETIMES WE

TAUGHT A MESSAGE TO BE A

MATURE CHRISTIAN, YOU HAVE

TO HAVE COMPLETE

ORIENTATION, AND I THINK

THAT IS MISLEADING TO

PEOPLE.

Mark: IN OTHER WORDS,

DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP IF

YOU'RE STILL HAVING THESE

ATTRACTIONS, AND PURSUE THE

WILL OF GOD, AND THAT WILL

BRING ABOUT HEALING TO

VARYING DEGREES.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE ALL HAVE THINGS WE

CONTEND WITH.

AND SOMETIMES THOSE THINGS

DON'T CHANGE DRAMATICALLY

OVER THE COURSE OF OUR

LIVES.

ALTHOUGH THEY CERTAINLY

CAN.

Mark: OKAY.

HOW SHOULD WE, AS

CHRISTIANS, NAVIGATE THIS

VERY DELEGATE DEBATE OVER

HOMOSEXUALITY, REPARATIVE

THERAPY, GAY MARRIAGE, AND

SO ON.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE

CHURCH IN ALL OF THIS?

I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE

SOME HUMILITY ABOUT WHAT WE

KNOW AND DON'T KNOW.

THE POSITION I TAKE IS ONE

OF CONVICTED CIVILITY.

WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE

CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS IN A

CULTURE THAT IS REALLY

STEEPED IN CULTURE WARS

TODAY.

I THINK THE CHURCH IS AT ITS

BEST WHEN IT SORT OF STANDS

ABOVE THE CULTURE WARS AND

SAYS WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE

MINISTRY.

WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK TRUTH,

BUT WE'RE GOING TO DO IT

WITH CIVILITY.

WE'RE GOING TO BE RESPECTFUL

OF PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE WITH

DISAGREE WITH.

Mark: WHAT DID YOU

THINK ABOUT ALAN CHAMBERS

APOLOGIZING TO THE

COMMUNITY?

I HEARD HIM APOLOGIZING

FOR WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN HURT BY THE

MINISTRY.

IT IS AN UMBRELLA MINISTER,

WHERE THERE ARE LOCAL

CHAPTERS DOING THEIR

MINISTRY, AND THEIR

APPROACHES TO CARE, AND

THEY'RE AFFILIATED WITH

EXODUS.

THERE MAY HAVE BEEN THINGS

GOING ON THAT WEREN'T AS

HEALTHY.

I DON'T KNOW ALL OF WHAT

HAPPENED.

I THINK HE WAS APOLOGIZING

FOR SOME OF THOSE

EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE BEEN

HURTFUL TO PEOPLE.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE WASN'T

APOLOGIZING FOR HIS VIEWS

ABOUT SEXUALITY OR MARRIAGE

OR THINGS ALONG LINES.

Mark: ALL RIGHT.

ONCE AGAIN, DR. MARK ORHOUSE

WITH THE REGENT UNIVERSITY

SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGIST AND

COUNSELLING.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND

YOUR RESEARCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

Mark: COMING UP, MEET

IRAN'S NEW LEADER.

SOME SAY HE IS A MODERATE,

AND OTHERS SAY HE IS JUST

THE SAME AS THE OLD BOSS.

Mark: AFTER EIGHT

BOMBATIC YEARS UNDER MAKMUD

AHMADINEJAD, IRAN HAS A NEW

PRESIDENT.

HIS NAME IS HASSAN ROHANI.

BUT WHO IS HE, AND DOES HE

REPRESENT THE CHANGE THE

WEST HOPES FOR?

HERE IS CHRIS MITCHELL.

Reporter: IRAN'S NEW

LEADER IS WESTERN EDUCATED,

AND SPEAK SIX LANGUAGES.

UNLIKE THE ABRASIVE MAKMUD

AHMADINEJAD, HE PRESENTS A

SOFTER IMAGE.

IT LED SOME WESTERN LEADERS

TO BRAND IRAN'S NEW

PRESIDENT A MODERATE, WHO

CAN CHANGE IRAN.

NOTHING IS GOING TO

CHANGE.

IT IS GOING TO BE A NEW

STYLE.

THERE WILL BE AN BIZARRE.

Reporter: THEY SAY

ROHANI DIFFERS FROM MAKMUD

AHMADINEJAD IN STYLE, BUT

NOT IN POLICY.

THEY EXPECT IN THE NEXT

FEW MONTHS SOME KIND OF AN

OVERTURE BUY THIS

NICE-LOOKING MAN, WHO HAS A

FATHERING FACE, AND SPEAKS

THE RIGHT LANGUAGE.

SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE HE KNOWS

THE WEST WANTS TO HEAR,

WHILE EXACTLY CONTINUING

WITH THE PLAN OF IRAN AND

URANIUM.

HE IS A CLERGY, AS I

SAID.

HE IS A HIGH DEGREE OF

CLERGY.

NOT AYATOLLAH, BUT PRETTY

HIGH IN THE RANKS OF SHI'ITE

ISLAM.

Reporter: AMAR GINDON

SAYS A CARTOON POSTED ON

Facebook SHOWS THE ESSENCE

OF ROHANI'S ELECTION, WHERE

HE IS SHOWN PAINTING A

BEAUTIFUL IRANIAN MISSILE.

IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER, BUT

IT IS STILL A MISSILE.

AND HE SAID HIMSELF THAT

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO STOP

THE CENTRIFUGES.

Reporter: WHILE THE

PRESIDENT IS THE FACE OF

IRAN, THE REAL POWER LIES

WITH THE SUPREME LEADER

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI.

DON'T THINK THAT ROHANI

IS GOING TO DEVELOP HIS OWN

POLICY.

THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE

SUCH A THING.

HE IS GOING TO PRESENT A

POLICY, WHICH IS GOING TO

CONTINUE TO BE CREATED BY

THE SUPREME LEADER.

Reporter: THOSE

POLICIES INCLUDE IRAN'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM, ITS SUPPORT

OF SYRIA, AND ALLIANCE WITH

RUSSIA.

ROHANI ALSO HAS A LONG

HISTORY IN A REGIME THAT

PERSECUTES CHRISTIANS, AND

BUILT THE WORLD'S LARGEST

TERRORIST NETWORK.

HE BOASTED THAT IRAN'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM ADVANCED

DURING HIS NEGOTIATIONS.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

NETANYAHU CALLS THAT TALK

ENRICHED, WHICH ALLOWS

IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

BREATHING ROOM.

AND SOME THINK HE IS MORE

DANGEROUS.

HE COULD BE MORE

DANGEROUS BECAUSE HE IS

GOING TO SAY THINGS YOU WANT

TO HEAR.

Reporter: HE WARNS THE

WEST MAY BE HEADED TO AN

UNFAMILIAR ORIENTAL

BIZARRE.

THEY KNOW IT IS OUR SET

RULES.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE WEST

DOESN'T KNOW THE RULES.

Reporter: WHILE THE

WEST TAKES STOCK OF IRAN'S

NEW PRESIDENT, BONE GINDON

AND SHARON SAY THE

CENTRIFUGES WILL KEEP

SPINNING, WHILE IRAN GROWS

CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR BOMB.

THE DANGER IS BECAUSE HE

IS NICER, HE CAN BUY MORE

TIME, AND THEN IT MIGHT BE

TOO LATE.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Mark: UP NEXT,

GOD-FEARING DARE-DEVIL NIK

WALLENDA IS AT IT AGAIN.

HE TALKS ABOUT HIS NEXT WALK

ON THE HIGH WIRE, ACROSS THE

GRAND CANYON.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

LAST YEAR ON JUNE 15th,

MIC WALLACEBURG BECAM-NIK

WALLENDA BECAME THE FIRST

PERSON EVER TO WALK ACROSS

NIAGARA FALLS.

THIS JUNE 21st, HE WILL

PLAN TO WALK ACROSS THE

GRAND CANYON.

WHY DOES HE DO IT?

HIS ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU

ESPECIALLY SINCE AT ONE TIME

NIK PLANNED TO BECOME A

PEDIATRICIAN.

MY GREAT GRANDFATHER SAID

LIFE IS ON THE WIRE, AND

EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST

WAITING.

Reporter: NIK

WALLENDA'S LIFE IS ALWAYS

ABOUT KEEPING BALANCE.

NIK FACES UNIQUE CHALLENGES

AS A NORMAL GUY WITH A NOT

SO NORMAL JOB.

IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO

RELATE TO SOMEBODY WHO WALKS

ON A CABLE THE SIZE OF A

NICKEL A THOUSAND FEET IN

THE AIR, AND I UNDERSTAND

THAT.

Reporter: NIK'S FAMILY

HAS BEEN PERFORMING

PROFESSIONALLY FOR MORE THAN

200 YEARS.

HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER

BROUGHT HIGH WIRE PERFORMING

IN THE COUNTRY IN THE

1900s.

HE CREATED THE SEVEN

PERSON.

> PIER ON THE WIRE.

HE CREATED THE LEGACY, AND I

LIVE IN THE SHADOWS OF HIM.

EVERYTHING I DO IS TO PAY

TRIBUTE TO HIM, BECAUSE I

WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM IF HE

DIDN'T PAVE THAT ROAD AND

PASS ON THAT MANTRA THAT I

LIVE BY, WHICH IS NEVER GIVE

UP.

Reporter: NIK DIDN'T

ALWAYS PLAN TO FOLLOW IN HIS

FAMILY'S FOOTSTEPS.

AS I WAS GROWING UP, MY

FAMILY WAS STRUGGLING TO

MAKE ENDS MEET, AND I SAW

THAT.

AND MY PARENTS SAID, THIS

ISN'T A CAREER PATH YOU

SHOULD TAKE.

GO TO SCHOOL AND STUDY AND

GO TO COLLEGE.

I GOT ACCEPTED TO GO TO

SOUTHEASTERN BIBLE COLLEGE

IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA.

I PLANNED ON GOING THERE AND

EVENTUALLY GOING OFF TO

BECOME A PEDIATRICIAN.

BUT I STRUGGLED BECAUSE I

HAD SO MUCH PASSION FOR

PERFORMING.

Reporter: AND THEN

NIK'S FAMILY WAS ASKED TO

PERFORM A SEVEN-PERSON

PYRAMID AND TWO FAMILY

MEMBERS WERE KILLED.

I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO

BE MY FINAL GOOD-BYE.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO

PERFORM IN DETROIT AND WE

COULD REGAIN THIS LEGACY AND

SHOW OUR FAMILY COULD STILL

DO THIS STUFF?

Reporter: THE

PERFORMANCE WAS SUCCESSFUL,

AND THE EXTENSIVE MEDIA

COVERAGE GOT NIK'S

ATTENTION.

I THOUGHT, I AM GOING TO

CARRY THIS ON, BUT I'M GOING

TO CARRY IT ON IN A BIG

WAY.

AND THAT WAS REALLY MY

MINDSET FROM THAT POINT ON.

Reporter: NIK WENT ON

TO SET SEVEN WORLD RECORDS,

BUT IT WASN'T ALWAYS EASY.

THERE WERE STILL ALWAYS

STRUGGLES.

I'VE BEEN EXTREMELY BLESSED

SINCE THEN AND HAD AMAZING

OPPORTUNITIES.

OF COURSE, NIAGARA FALLS WAS

ONE OF THOSE.

AND ONE OF THE MOST

MEMORABLE WALKS WAS GOING

BAN TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO

RICO, WHERE MY GRANDFATHER

DID LOSE HIS LIFE.

THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY

MIND THAT GOD HAS LAID THESE

DESIRES IN MY HEART, TO

CARRY ON THIS FAMILY

INDUSTRY.

I THINK GOD HAS GIVEN ME A

VERY UNIQUE CHALLENGE, AND I

CAN USE THAT TO BRING GLORY

TO HIS NAME.

THERE WAS A HEADLINE IN THE

NEWSPAPER, THE TIM TEBOW OF

THE TIGHT ROPE.

WHICH IS REALLY COOL.

HE USED THAT PLATFORM OF

PAYING FOOTBALL, AND HE

TOUCHED A LOT OF PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

AND I HAVE AN AMAZING

PLATFORM AS WELL.

Reporter: NIK TRAINS

HARD FOR EACH PERFORMANCE

AND SAYS HE DOESN'T CONSIDER

HIS FEATS DEATH-DEFYING.

I DON'T SEE WHAT I DO AS

BEING MORE DANGEROUS THAN A

POLICE OFFICER.

WHAT I DO IS EXTREMELY

CALCULATED.

I DON'T THINK GOD HOLDS ME

ON THE WIRE AS I'M WALKING

ACROSS, BUT GOD HAS GIVEN ME

A UNIQUE TALENT, AND IT IS

UP TO ME TO TRAIN PROPERLY.

IF I WERE TO FALL, GRAVITY

PULLS YOU DOWN.

I TRAIN ON THE HIGH WINDS.

AND IN OVERTRAINING, I KNOW

I'VE WALKED THE WIRE IN

TRAINING IN 90 MILE-AN-HOUR

WINDS, AND THAT DIDN'T BLOW

ME OFF.

WE HAVE RESCUE CREWS

STANDING BY WHO CAN BE

ANYWHERE ON THAT WIRE IN 60

SECONDS TO PULL ME TO

SAFETY.

IT IS IMPORTANT I ALWAYS

MAINTAIN THAT HIGH LEVEL OF

RESPECT FOR WHAT I DO.

Reporter: NIK SAYS HIS

BIGGEST CONCERN DURING HIS

WALK ACROSS NIAGARA FALLS

WAS THE TETHER HE WAS MADE

TO WEAR.

IT IS SOMETHING I WAS

UNACCUSTOMED TO AND VERY

UNCOMFORTABLE WITH.

I'M EXCITED I'M ABLE TO DO

THIS NEXT WALK THE WAY MY

FAMILY HAS DONE IT FOR

GENERATIONS.

THE TETHER CAN ACTUALLY

CAUSE YOU TO TRIP UP.

IT CAN TANGLE AROUND YOUR

NECK.

MY GRANDGRAND FATHER HAD A

BROTHER WHO FELL INTO THE

NET AND WAS KILLED.

AND WHAT WAS PASSED DOWN IF

YOU HAVE A NET, YOU KNOW YOU

CAN USE IT AND YOU BECOME

RELAXED.

Reporter: HE AND HIS

WIFE BOTH COME FROM A LONG

LINE OF PERFORMERS AND HAVE

THREE CHILDREN TOGETHER.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME

THAT EVERY TIME BEFORE I DO

ANY OF THESE BIG EVENTS, I

GET IN A CIRCLE AND PRAY

WITH MY FAMILY.

I ALWAYS SAY GIVE GOD THE

GLORY.

LET GOD GET THE GLORY OUT OF

WHAT I'M DOING.

THAT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT

TO ME THAT PEOPLE DON'T

PRAISE NIK WALLENDA, BUT

THEY PRAISE GOD FOR THESE

AMAZING ABILITIES.

FOR ME, MYSELF, IT IS HARD

TO DENY THERE IS A GOD WHEN

YOU SEE THE GRAND CANYON.

THAT'S WHY I LIKE TO SHOW

THESE AMAZING PLACES OFF

AROUND THE WORLD.

I WOULD WALK ACROSS NIAGARA

FALLS, THE GRAND CANYON, IF

NO ONE WAS THERE.

IT IS ABOUT FULFILLING A

DREAM.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE

ARE INSPIRED BY WHAT I DO.

THEY SEE IT AS AN

INSPIRATION, THAT THEIR

DREAMS ARE POSSIBLE, TOO.

Reporter: IT ALL MAY

SEEM A BIT NERVE-WRACKING,

BUT NIK SAYS HIS MOST

PEACEFUL MOMENTS HAVE BEEN

ON THE WIRE.

WHILE I'M THAT WIRE,

PEOPLE CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW

CAN YOU BE PEACEFUL?

WHEN I'M PRAISING GOD, THERE

IS NO ONE ELSE TO TALK TO.

THERE IS THAT PRAYER

CLOSET.

AND THE WIRE OFTEN IS AND

HAS BEEN MY PRAYER CLOFTD.

CLOSET.

Reporter: NIK HAS

WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED

"BALANCE," AND HE SAYS IT IS

IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT FOCUS

ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT.

THERE WERE WATERS BOILING

UNDERNEATH ME, BUT INSTEAD

OF FOCUSING ON ALL OF THE

PROBLEMS I HAD AROUND ME, I

FOCUSED ON THE END.

VERY, VERY SIMILAR TO OUR

WALK WITH CHRIST.

IT IS NOT ALWAYS ROSY, IT

ISN'T ALWAYS EASY, AND LIFE

ISN'T ALWAYS A DREAM, BUT

WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

AND THERE IS THAT LIGHT AT

THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

Mark: YOU CAN WATCH NIK

WALLENDA'S WALK ACROSS THE

GRAND CANYON LIVE THIS

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd, ON THE

DISCOVERY CHANNEL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Mark: IT HAS BEEN ONE

MONTH SINCE AN EF5 TORNADO

RIPPED THROUGH MOORE,

OKLAHOMA.

24 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND

THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND

BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN IN THE AREA SINCE THE

STORM HIT.

O.B. CREWS CONTINUE TO HELP

RESIDENTS CLEAN UP DEBRIS

AND REPAIR DAMAGE.

VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO OFFERING

EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL

SUPPORT, THROUGH HUGS AND

PRAYER.

RESIDENTS ARE THANKFUL FOR

THE SUPPORT.

A MAN GAVE ME THIS

CROSS.

HE MADE IT FROM SCRAPS FROM

THE TORNADO, AND I

APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH.

THAT MEANS EVERYTHING TO

ME.

HE WAS AN "OPERATION

BLESSING" VOLUNTEER.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU

TO EVERYBODY, TO "OPERATION

BLESSING."

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

Mark: THAT'S

WONDERFUL.

WELL, FOR MORE ON HOW YOU

CAN HELP "OPERATION

BLESSING," VISIT OUR WEBSITE

AT CBN NEWS.

AND THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

TIME.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

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