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CBN NewsWatch: August 27, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 27: Defense Sec. Hagel says U.S. 'ready to go' on Syria; Raging fires may contaminate San Fran water; Egyptian Christians' 'radical' Response to Islamists; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

PREPARING FOR MILITARY

ACTION IN SYRIA, A LOOK AT

WHAT THAT COULD MEAN HERE IN

THE U.S. AND IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

Wendy: PLUS CONTAINING

THE RIM FIRE.

CREWS BATTLE THE BLAZE

THREATENING PARTS OF

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.

Mark: AND THE

MIRACULOUS STORY OF A MAN

WHO WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

AFTER 45 MINUTES OF BEING

DEAD.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

AS THE SITUATION IN SYRIA

REACHED A TIPPING POINT?

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

THE UNITED STATES SAYS IT IS

UNDENIABLE THAT THE SYRIAN

GOVERNMENT USED CHEMICAL

WEAPONS AGAINST ITS OWN

PEOPLE.

DALE HURD HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: JUDGING FROM

THE RHETORIC COMING OUT OF

THE MOUTHS OF WESTERN

LEADERS, THE U.S. AND ITS

ALLIES SEEMED TO ALREADY

HAVE DECIDED TO ATTACK

SYRIA.

EVEN BEFORE U.N. INSPECTORS

HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO FULLY

INVESTIGATE WHO WAS BEHIND

THE NERVE GAS ATTACK THAT

KILLED 355 PEOPLE.

THE U.S. HAS PICKED OUT

POTENTIAL PARAGRAPHS, AND

DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK

HAGEL TOLD THE B.B.C. THAT

OUR MILITARY IS READY TO

GO.

THE UNITED STATES

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS

READY TO CARRY OUT THOSE

OPTIONS.

Reporter: SECRETARY OF

STATE JOHN KERRY SAYS THE

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT MUST BE

HELD ACCOUNTABLE, AND ANYONE

WHO DOUBTS THE ASSAD REGIME

WAS BEHIND THE ATTACK COULD

SOMEHOW BE IMMORAL.

ANYONE WHO COULD CLAIM

THAT THIS ATTACK OF THIS

STAGGERING REALIZATION, MUST

CHECK THEIR OWN MORAL

COMPASS.

Reporter: 9% THOUGHT

PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD ACT.

THAT NUMBER IMPROVES TO ONLY

25% IF IT IS PROVEN THE

ASSAD GOVERNMENT CARRIED OUT

THE ATTACK.

RUSSIA, AN ALLY OF SYRIA,

SAID THERE IS NO EVIDENCE

THAT THE BASHAR REGIME DID

IT.

AND THE ARAB LEAGUE, WHICH

IS DOMINATED BY NATIONS

HOSTILE TO SYRIA, TODAY

BLAMED THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT

FOR THE ATTACK.

DAMASCUS SAID IT DIDN'T DO

IT AND WARNED THE U.S. TO

STAY OUT.

RECENTLY SOME HAVE CALLED

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S

MIDDLE EAST POLICY A

DISASTER AFTER THE WHITE

HOUSE BACKED THE EXTREMIST

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT,

GOING AGAINST THE MAJORITY

OF EYPTIANS.

I THINK THEY HAVE TO

ESTABLISH SOME DEGREE OF

CREDIBILITY NOT ONLY FOR

SYRIA, BUT FOR THE BROADER

REGION.

Reporter: OFFICIALS SAY

ANY ATTACK WOULD BE

LIMITED.

GETTING DRAWN INTO A GROUND

WAR IN SYRIA IS THE LAST

THING THIS PRESIDENT NEEDS.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: JAMES PHILIPS IS

THE SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

FOR MEDICAL EAST AFFAIRS AT

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND

HE JOINS US WITH MORE.

WHAT KIND OF MILITARY

INTERVENTION MIGHT BE USED

IN SYRIA, AND DO YOU THINK

IT IS A GOOD IDEA FOR THE

U.S.?

I THINK THE U.S. HAS

MOBILIZED A FLEET OF SHEEPS

IN THE EASTERN

MEDITERRANEAN, INCLUDING AT

LEAST FOUR OLIVE

BURKE-GUIDED MISSILE

DESTROYERS, AND TO AIRCRAFT

DESTROYERS ARE REPORT MANY

IN RANGE, AND THERE COULD BE

AIR STRIKES LAUNCHED FROM

TWO DIFFERENT BASES IN

TURKEY AND PERHAPS FROM

ELSEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THE ADMINISTRATION, I THINK,

MUST TAKE SOME KIND OF

ACTION BECAUSE THE

PRESIDENT, A YEAR AGO,

WARNED THAT THE USE OF

CHEMICAL WEAPONS WOULD BE A

RED LINE.

AND THE ASSAD REGIME HAS

REPEATEDLY USED CHEMICALS.

AND THE ATTACK ON

AUGUST 21st IS ONLY THE

MOST RECENT EPISODE.

Mark: WHAT IS AT STAKE

FOR THE U.S. IF WE GET

INVOLVED IN SYRIA?

WELL, I THINK THERE WILL

BE NO LOVE LOST IF ASSAD'S

REGIME IS OVERTHROWN.

IT HAS SUPPORTED TERRORISM

AGAINST THE UNITED STATES,

OUR CITIZENS, AND OUR

ALLIES.

IT IS NOT ALIGNED WITH

IRAN.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE

LONG-TERM GOALS OF THE

STRIKE SHOULD BE TO

OVERTHROW THE ASSAD REGIME,

BUT THAT IS NOT GOING TO

HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON.

I THINK IT WOULD BE A

MISTAKE FOR THE U.S. TO

COMMIT ITSELF NOW TO DOING

THAT.

I THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE

MISTAKE IF THE U.S. SENT

TROOPS INSIDE SYRIA.

BUT I THINK THE U.S. HAS TO

WORK WITH ITS ALLIES,

ESPECIALLY THE NATO ALLIES

AND TURKEY, ISRAEL, TO A

LESSER EXTENT JORDAN, WHICH

IS MORE VULNERABLE, AND PUT

INCREASING PRESSURE ON THE

ASSAD REGIME, AND HELP

MODERATE ELEMENTS OF THE

OPPOSITION TO OVERTHROW THAT

REGIME.

BUT REALIZING THAT MERELY

OVERTHROWING ASSAD WILL NOT

BE THE END OF THE STORY

BECAUSE al-QAEDA AND OTHER

ISLAMIST EXTREMIST GROUPS

ARE MUSHROOMING INSIDE

SYRIA, AND THEY STILL POSE A

THREAT NOT ONLY TO SYRIANS,

BUT TO AMERICANS.

Mark: JAMES, SOME

PEOPLE COMPARE ANY U.S.

INTERVENTION IN SYRIA TO THE

2003 INVASION IN IRAQ.

ARE THERE SIMILARITIES?

I HOPE IT DOESN'T COME

DOWN TO AN INVASION.

BECAUSE SYRIA, IN SOME WAYS,

COULD BE EVEN MORE OF A

PROBLEM IN TERMS OF A U.S.

OCCUPATION FORCE.

BECAUSE al-QAEDA AND THE

al-NUSRA FRONT ARE MUCH

STRONGER IN SYRIA TODAY THAN

THEY WERE IN IRAQ IN 2003.

I THINK THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION WILL TRY TO

DO THIS FROM THE AIR, FROM

THE SEA, WITHOUT PUTTING IN

SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND.

Mark: OKAY.

JAMES PHILIPS OF THE

HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,

SIR.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: U.S. TREASURY

SECRETARY JACOB LUE WARNS

CONGRESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT

WILL RUN OUT OF BILL TO PAY

ITS BILLS BY MID-OCTOBER.

UNLESS HE RAISES THE MONEY.

HE SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO

PREDICT EXACTLY WHEN THE

DEBT CEILING WILL BE

REACHED.

THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS MORE

THAN IT TAKES IN, RUNNING UP

ANNUAL DEFICITS OF MORE THAN

$4 TRILLION IN EACH OF THE

PAST FOUR BUDGET YEARS.

AND MASSIVE FEDERAL DEFICITS

COULD BE THE BIGGEST

FINANCIAL CHALLENGE THE U.S.

FACES FOR DECADES.

THAT'S A FINDING FROM THE

SURVEY OF THE NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION FOR BUSINESS

ECONOMICS.

THE ECONOMISTS BELIEVE

DEFICITS WILL BE EVEN MORE

OF A PROBLEM IN THE FUTURE

BECAUSE OF THE BALLOONING

COSTS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND

MEDICARE.

THOSE COSTS WILL KEEP RISING

AS THE U.S. POPULATION GETS

OLDER.

Mark: THE WORLD'S

LARGEST SOCIAL NETWORKING

SITE SAYS GOVERNMENTS AROUND

THE WORLD ARE DEMANDING THE

PERSONAL INFORMATION OF ITS

USERS.

Facebook RELEASED DATA

SHOWING GOVERNMENT AGENTS IN

74 COUNTRIES DEMANDED

INFORMATION ON ABOUT 38,000

Facebook USERS DURING THE

FIRST PART OF THIS YEAR.

AND GET THIS, HALF OF THOSE

ORDERS WERE FROM AUTHORITIES

IN THE U.S.

IN THE PAST, Facebook AND

OTHER TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED FOR

HELPING THE NATIONAL

SECURITY AGENCY SECRETLY

COLLECT DATA ON COSTUMERS.

BUT FEDERAL LAW GIVES

GOVERNMENT THE RIGHT TO

DEMAND DATA WITHOUT SPECIFIC

WARNLTS.

Wendy: IT NEVER ENDS.

MORE THAN 4500 STRUCTURES

ARE IN THE LINE OF FIRE AS A

MASSIVE BLAZE BURNS NEAR

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.

BUT FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY'RE

MAKING PROGRESS IN THE

BATTLE.

THE FIRE IS ABOUT 20%

CONTAINED.

WE'RE STARTING TO GET A

LITTLE BIT OF A HANDLE ON

THIS THING.

IT HAS BEEN A REAL TIGER.

IT HAS BEEN GOING AROUND

TRYING TO BITE ITS OWN TAIL,

AND IT WON'T LET GO.

BUT WE'LL GET THERE.

Wendy: WEATHER

CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN A

CHALLENGE FOR THE THOUSANDS

OF FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING

WITH WHAT HAS BEEN NAMED THE

RIM FIRE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

SAYS HIGHER HUMIDITY

TOMORROW COULD HELP.

THERE IS CONTINUED WORRY,

HOWEVER, THAT HEAVY SMOKE

AND ASH COULD AFFECT THE SAN

FRANCISCO WATER SUPPLY.

85% OF THE CITY'S WATER

COMES FROM A RESERVOIR NEAR

THE FIRE.

Mark: HUNDREDS LINED UP

FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES TODAY

AS NEW MEXICO'S LARGEST

COUNTY BEGAN ISSUING THEM TO

SAME-SEX COUPLES.

A JUDGE RULED ON MONDAY FOR

GAY MARRIAGE TO BE LEGAL IN

THE STATE.

SAYING NEW MEXICO'S

CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS

DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS

OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

THAT AFTER A LESBIAN COUPLE

SOUGHT AN EMERGENCY RULING

BECAUSE ONE OF THEM IS

DYING.

Wendy: NEW YORK AND

MASSACHUSETTS COULD BE THE

NEXT STATES TO BAN SO-CALLED

CONVERSION THERAPY.

THAT'S THE TREATMENT METHOD

THERAPISTS USE TO TRY TO

HELP KIDS GET RID OF

UNWANTED ATTRACTION TO

PEOPLE OF THE SAME-SEX.

NOW LAWMAKERS IN BOTH NEW

YORK AND MASSACHUSETTS ARE

CONSIDERING MEASURES TO

OUTLAW THE PRACTICE.

JUST LAST WEEK NEW JERSEY

GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE

SIGNED A BILL MAKING HIS

STATE THE SECOND STATE TO

BAN CONVERSION THERAPY.

Mark: COMING UP, A LOOK

AT HOW THE CHURCH IS

RESPONDING TO PERSECUTION IN

EGYPT.

Mark: AT LEAST 13

CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

ARRESTED SINCE JULY IN IRAN,

BBUT THE CHARGES AGAINST

THEM REMAIN UNKNOWN.

REVEREND SAM SAYS THAT NOW

THAT PRESIDENT ROUHANI HAS

EXPRESSED HIS DETERMINATION

TO REOPEN LINES OF DIALOGUE

WITH THE WEST, IRAN SHOULD

IMPROVE TREATMENT OF ITS

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES.

AND CHRISTIANS ARE FACING

SENTENCES THAT RANGE FROM

YEARS IN PRISON TO EXILE FOR

THEIR CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES.

Wendy: OVER THE PAST

TWO WEEKS, THE CHURCH IN

EGYPT HAS SUFFERED ITS WORST

ATTACKS IN CENTURIES.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL FOUND OUT,

THE ATTACKS WERE MET WITH

CHRISTIAN LOVE.

Reporter: THE CITY OF

MINIA SITS AT THE EPICENTER

OF THE PERSECUTION AGAINST

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

THIS IS THE AMARE TADRE

CHURCH IN EGYPT.

THIS IS A 100-YEAR-OLD

CHURCH.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IT HAS BEEN

COMPLETELY DESTROYED ON THE

INSIDE.

ONE EGYPTIAN EXPERT SAID THE

VIOLENCE AGAINST THE

CHURCHES IN EGYPT IS THE

WORST IN NEARLY 700 YEARS.

THIS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO AIRED

FOR THE FIRST TIME EN

NATIONWIDE TV SHOWS THE

INSIDE OF THE SANCTUARY IS

COMPLETELY GUTTED AND THE

ALTER DESTROYED.

NOW THE CHURCH USES THIS

MAKESHIFT ALTER OUTSIDE, AND

THE PASTOR COMPLAINED

EXPLAINED TO US THEY STARTED

HOLDING THEIR SERVICES AT

6:30 IN THE MORNING.

ENGINEERS SAY THE CHURCH

WOULD NEED TO BE TORN DOWN

BEFORE IT COULD BE REBUILT.

TO BE SURE THAT

EVERYTHING IS BURNED, THEY

PUT FIRE IN EVERY PLACE.

BEFORE THIS, THEY MAKE US

SIGN FOR CHRISTIAN PLACES OR

CARS OR HOUSES OR

BUILDINGS.

AND IF THE PLACE HAS AN "X"

ON IT, THEY BURNED THE

PLACE.

Reporter: THE CHURCHES

WEREN'T THE ONLY TARGETS.

SCHOOLS, CARS, AND

BUSINESSES OWNED BY

CHRISTIANS WERE DESTROYED.

MUSLIM RADICALS MARKED

CHRISTIAN BUSINESSES WITH A

BLACK "X" BEFORE TORCHING

THEM.

PERHAPS MOST SHOCKING WITH

THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS

CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGE.

THIS IS A COPTIC CHRISTIAN

ORPHANAGE CALLED CHRIST'S

SOLDIERS.

MUSLIM MOBS CAME IN HERE AND

DESTROYED THE BUILDING,

LEAVING ABOUT 200 CHILDREN

WITHOUT SHELTER.

BUT THEY WANTED TO LEAVE A

MESSAGE FOR THE ATTACKERS,

AND THEY WROTE IT ON THE

WALL OUTSIDE.

AND IT SAID, "YOU MEANT TO

HURT US, BUT WE FORGIVE

YOU.

GOD IS LOVE, EVERYTHING

WORKS OUT FOR GOOD."

THEY ALSO WROTE, "LOVE YOUR

ENEMIES."

AND EVANGELICAL MINISTRIES

BORE THE BRUNT OF MANY

ATTACKS.

THEIR STORE IN NEARBY NUSHUT

WAS ALSO DESTROYED.

THE BIBLE SOCIETY'S MAIN

BOOKSTORE IN CAIRO, AND NOW

THE BIBLE, CHRISTIAN BOOKS,

AND CHILDREN'S MATERIALS ARE

IN SHAMBLES.

FOR THE LAST 150 YEARS,

WE'VE BEEN OPERATING.

WE HAVE BOOK SHOPS IN THE

STREETS, IN A ALEXISDRIA.

Reporter: MORE THAN 60

CHURCHES WERE ATTACKED, FROM

FRO FROM FROM MANIA AND

EGYPT.

THEY USED THE CHURCHES AS

SCAPEGOATS FOR THE ARMY'S

DECISION TO BREAK UP TWO

BROTHERHOOD PROTEST CAMPS IN

CAIRO.

AND THEY BLAME THE CHURCH

FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE

OUSTER OF MOHAMMED MORSI.

BUT CHRISTIANS POINT OUT

MANY OF THEIR MUSLIM

NEIGHBORS PROTECTED THEM AND

DEFENDED THEM.

THEY SEE THIS AS THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD AGAINST THE

CHRISTIANS.

AND EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE

BEEN TARGETED, THEY HAVE

BEEN RESPONDING WITH

FORGIVENESS, PRESSING ON IN

THE FACE OF PERSECUTION.

THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS AT

THE AMIR TADRO CHURCH MEETS

IN AN ALCOVE OF THE

BUILDING.

THEY ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE

NAMESAKE OF THE CHURCH, WHO

WAS A CHRISTIAN MARTYR.

IT IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.

THIS DAY, I THINK, THE

CHILDREN HAVE LIFE

EXPERIENCES.

THEY SEE HOW WE FORGIVE OUR

ENEMIES.

WE RESPOND AS EVERY OTHER

CHRISTIAN HAS RESPONDED IN

EGYPT.

WE ARE IN EGYPT TO SERVE.

WE ARE IN EGYPT TO

DEMONSTRATE THE CHRISTIAN

LOVE.

WE DO EVERY EFFORT TO BE

SELF-RESTRAINED AND TO SHOW

THE CHRISTIAN LOVE THAT THE

LORD TAUGHT US TO SHOW.

Reporter: THE CHURCHES

ARE ASKING FOR PRAYER AND

SUPPORT FROM THE CHURCH

WORLDWIDE.

THEY CAN PRAY FOR US ALL

THE TIME.

ASK JESUS TO SAVE US.

WHAT HAPPENS IN EGYPT

AFFECTS EVERYBODY.

WE'RE ASKING THEM TO PRAY

FOR THE COUNTRY AND WE'RE

ASKING THEM TO PRAY FOR

CHRISTIANS.

WE'RE ALSO ASKING THEM TO

PRAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT, FOR

THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT,

THAT THE LORD MAY GIVE THEM

WISDOM AND GUIDANCE IN EVERY

DECISION THEY MAKE.

Reporter: WHILE LIVING

UNDER THREATS, THEY VOW TO

MAINTAIN THEIR MINISTRIES.

THEY SAY THE BUILDINGS HAVE

BEEN DESTROYED, BUT THEIR

CHURCH GOES ON.

AND THEIR FAITH REMAINS IN

JESUS CHRIST, WHO PROMISED

HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

MINIA, EGYPT.

Mark: AND THE PAKISTANI

GIRL WHO SURVIVED A TALIBAN

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT LAST

YEAR HAS BEEN GIVEN THE

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S

PEACE PRIZE.

MALALA IS AN OUTSPOKEN

ADVOCATE OF GIRLS'

EDUCATION.

THAT LED A TALIBAN GUNMAN TO

SHOOT THE TEENAGER IN THE

HEAD AND NECK WHILE ON HER

WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.

SHE MOVED TO THE U.K. TO

RECOVER AND STUDY, AND SHE

WILL RECEIVE THE CHILDREN'S

PEACE PRIZE NEXT MONTH IN

THE NETHERLANDS.

AND SHE IS A LEADING

CONTENDER FOR THIS YEAR'S

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

Wendy: UP NEXT, THE

AMAZING STORY OF A MAN WHO

WAS DECLARED DEAD, AND WHAT

HE SAYS BROUGHT HIM BACK TO

LIFE.

Wendy: WELL, IT'S AN

UNBELIEVABLE STORY.

AN OHIO MAN CAME BACK TO

LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD FOR 45

MINUTES.

Mark: TONY ASTOUNDED

THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND

MADE HEADLINES AROUND THE

WORLD.

CHARLENE ISRAEL JUST

TRAVELLED TO OHIO TO

DISCOVER WHY HE SAYS IT IS

HIS FAITH THAT BROUGHT HIM

BACK TO LIFE.

Reporter: 37-YEAR-OLD

TONY YALI IS THANKFUL HE

COULD ATTEND CHURCH WITH HIS

FAMILY.

IT FEELS GREAT.

I WAS ALWAYS A BELIEVER, BUT

IT IS A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

NOW.

Reporter: IN THE EARLY

MORNING OF AUGUST 5th,

TONY HAD DIFFICULTY

BREATHING AND WENT INTO

CARDIAC ARREST.

4 A.M., THE LORD WOKE ME

UP.

THERE IS NO OTHER

EXPLANATION.

I DON'T GET UP AT 4 A.M.

SOMETHING JUST WOKE ME UP.

I HEARD HIS BREATHING.

AND AS A NURSE, I KNEW IT

WAS NOT CORRECT.

I TURNED ON THE LIGHT, TRIED

TO WAKE HIM UP.

AND HE WOULDN'T WAKE UP.

I TOOK HIS PULSE, AND HE

DIDN'T HAVE A PULSE, SO I

WENT INTO MY TRAINING AND

DID C.P.R.

Reporter: TONY WAS

RUSHED TO THE E.R. AT THIS

HOSPITAL, WHERE HE LATER

CODED.

DOCTORS WORKED ON HIM FOR 45

MINUTES TO SAVE HIS LIFE.

HE WAS LATER PRONOUNCED

DEAD.

HIS FAMILY WAS SHOCKED AND

HEARTBROKEN.

I JUST DROPPED.

MY STOMACH DROPPED.

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

FEEL.

I JUST CRIED.

IT WAS OVERWHELMING

SHOCK.

A LOT OF GRIEF.

Reporter: WHILE NURSES

PREPARED THE BODY FOR HIS

FAMILY'S FINAL VIEWING,

MELISSA KEPT BELIEVING FOR

THE IMPOSSIBLE.

MY 17-YEAR-OLD COUSIN,

WHO IS A PREACHER, LAID HIS

HAND UPON ME, AND THE LORD

SPOKE THROUGH HIM, AND HE

CALLED ME HIS CHILD.

HE SAID A WHOLE LOT MORE,

WHEN I DON'T REMEMBER, BUT

HE ALSO SAID IF WE WOULD

JUST BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD

BE DONE.

FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I

KNEW.

I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE

ALL RIGHT.

Reporter: PASTOR PAUL

SENTORO AND HIS WIFE,

JENNIFER, WERE AT THE

HOSPITAL WITH TONY'S

FAMILY.

PASTOR PAUL SAID HE HAD

RECENTLY BEEN TEACHING ON

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

AND THE COUPLE HAD ALSO

BEGAN TALKING TO TONY

17-YEAR-OLD SON, LAWRENCE,

ABOUT THE FAITH IN GOD.

HE HAD HIS HEAD DOWN AND

HE WAS PRAYING, AND THEN THE

WORD CAME IN, AND THE

DOCTORS CAME IN, AND THEY

HAD SUCH GRIEF.

I'LL NEVER FORGET THE SOUNDS

OF THE WAILING AND THE

SCREAMING, AND LAWRENCE

JUMPED UP AND HE HIT THE

WALL REALLY HARD.

I SAW LAWRENCE AS HE WAS

TURNED TO THE WALL.

SHAKING HIS HEAD, AND THEN

ALL OF A SUDDEN HE

STRAIGHTENED UP, AND IT WAS

AS IF HE HAD THIS SECOND

WIND.

Reporter: REFUSING TO

ACCEPT HIS FATHER'S DEATH,

LAWRENCE DID SOMETHING

EXTRAORDINARY.

SOMETHING JUST CLICKED.

SO I JUST CAME OUT, AND I

SAID, DAD, YOU'RE NOT GOING

TO DIE TODAY.

I SPOKE AGAINST THE

SPIRIT OF DEATH IN MY

PRAYER, AND I ASKED THE LORD

TO GIVE HIM LIFE AND TO CALL

HIM BACK.

AND WHEN I DID THAT,

LAWRENCE RUNS OUT INTO THE

HALLWAY, AND WE WERE

ACTUALLY IN AGREEMENT.

HE DECLARED THE DOCTORS

MUST NOT GIVE UP HOPE ON HIS

DAD.

HE SAID THAT A COUPLE OF

TIMES.

HE SAID THAT HE SPOKE

TOWARDS HIS DAD AND POINTED

TOWARDS HIS DAD AND SAID HIS

DAD WOULD LIVE.

Reporter: IMMEDIATELY,

TONY'S BODY BEGAN TO SHOW

SIGNS OF LIFE.

FULLY AWAKENED FIVE DAYS

LATER WITH NO SIGNS OF HEART

DAMAGE OR DEFECTS.

THERE ARE SO MANY LITTLE

THINGS THAT NEED TO GET

OUT.

THERE ARE MIRACLES THAT

HAPPEN AFTER THAT BIG ONE

THAT EVERYBODY IS CLINGING

TO.

EVEN DOWN TO ME COMING OUT

WITH NO BROKEN RIBS AND NOT

BEING SORE.

Reporter: HOSPITAL

OFFICIALS HAVE NO MEDICAL

EXPLANATION FOR TONY'S

MIRACULOUS RECOVERY.

THEY AGREE THERE WAS DIVINE

INTERVENTION.

I TRULY THINK WER WITH

THE POWER OF ALL OF THAT

PRAYER, AND ALL OF THE

THINGS THAT WERE BEING DONE

FOR HIM, WAS THE PERFECT CO

LECENES OF GOD IN OUR

LIVES.

I JUST THINK WE'RE

CREATED BY AN AMAZING GOD.

THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER:

GOD.

PEOPLE WHO DOUBT WILL SAY

IT IS MEDICAL.

AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE SAY IT

IS PROOF OF WHAT I ALREADY

KNOW TO BE TRUE.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

DOESN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING

ABOUT DEATH, NO WHITE LIGHT,

NO VISIONS OF HEAVEN, AND NO

ANSWERS WHY THIS HAPPENED.

BUT HE SAYS HIS FAITH IS

STRONGER AND MORE REAL THAN

EVER.

GOD STEPS IN WHEN MAN CAN

DO NO MORE.

THEY LITERALLY HAD COME TO

THE END AND SAID WE CAN DO

NO MORE.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

ALSO WANT PEOPLE TO WORSHIP

GOD, NOT THE MIRACLE.

OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME

GOD.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS, DAYTON,

OHIO.

Mark: HE IS AN AWESOME

GOD.

PRAISE YOU, GOD.

UP NEXT, MEET A 9-YEAR-OLD

WHO BECAME A HERO OVER HIS

HOLIDAY VACATION.

Mark: FAMILY VACATIONS

ARE ALWAYS MEMORABLE FOR

PARENTS, AND THAT'S

ESPECIALLY THE CASE FOR ONE

FAMILY AFTER THEIR SON

BECAME A HERO.

Wendy: THE 9-YEAR-OLD

WAS ABLE TO STAY CALM UNDER

PRESSURE AND SAVORING THE

LIFE OF A TODDLER THAT WAS

DROWNING.

HE NOTICED A 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL

FACEDOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF

THE POOL.

THAT'S WHEN HE JUMPED INTO

ACTION.

HE PULLED HER OUT OF THE

WATER, AND TWO BY-STANDERS

PERFORMED C.P.R. ON THE

LITTLE GIRL.

WE WERE JUST PLAYING, AND

THEN SHE WAS JUST UNDER

WATER.

AND IT WAS REALLY WEIRD.

I'M REALLY AMAZED THAT SHE

IS STILL ALIVE.

WHEN THEY PUT YOU THROUGH

THE LIFE-SAVING TRAINING IN

THE U.K., YOU NEVER THINK

YOU'RE GOING TO NEED IT.

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE ON

HOLIDAY.

Wendy: ETHAN'S MOM SAID

HE LEARNED SWIMMING SAFETY

AT A YOUNG AGE.

AND HE IS BEING HONORED WITH

A MEDAL FOR HIS QUICK

ACTION.

AND THE WYNDHAM HOTEL IS

THANKING ETHAN BY SENDING

HIM TO -- GUESS WHERE?

Mark: DISNEY WORLD.

Wendy: THAT'S RIGHT.

THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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