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CBN NewsWatch: December 13, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 13: Nagmeh Abedini: Iran can't take Saeed's Faith; Kansas man arrested for planning airport terror attack; Potential economic sanctions really anti-Semitism; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

PLEADING FOR HER HUSBAND'S

RELEASE.

CBN NEWS SITS DOWN WITH THE

WIFE OF AN AMERICAN PASTOR

IMPRISONED IN IRAN.

Wendy: PLUS, NEW

SANCTIONS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, BUT NOT WHERE YOU

MIGHT EXPECT.

WHY ISRAEL IS ABOUT TO FACE

HARSH EUROPEAN UNION

PENALTIES.

Mark: AND FROM PICKING

UP TRASH TO FORCED

PROSTITUTION.

HOW ONE OF INDIA'S SO-CALLED

UNTOUCHABLES FOUND FAITH AND

LEARNED TO FORGIVE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH NEWS

OUT OF KANSAS.

A MAN THERE HAS BEEN

ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES

SAY HE WAS PLANNING A TERROR

ATTACK AT THE WICHITA

AIRPORT.

Mark: THE 58-YEAR-OLD

WAS REPORTEDLY RADICALIZED

AFTER READING ISLAMIC

EXTREMIST MATERIAL ON THE

INTERNET.

THE SUSPECT, TERRY LEE LOAN

WORKED AT THE AIRPORT.

HE PLANNED TO DRIVE A CAR

FULL OF EXPLOSIVES INTO AN

AIRPORT TERMINAL.

HE FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES.

Wendy: AND FOR MORE ON

THIS, WE TURN TO OUR

TERRORISM ANALYST, ERICK

STAKELBECK.

ERICK, THE SUSPECT DOESN'T

FIT THE TYPICAL PROFILE OF A

JIHADIST.

TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT.

Reporter: A 58-YEAR-OLD

WHITE MALE -- THIS IS

ASTOUNDING.

WE'VE COVERED SO MANY OF

THESE TERROR PLOTS ON U.S.

SOIL HERE ON "NEWSWATCH,"

AND EVERY TIME IT SEEMS LIKE

USUALLY IT IS A YOUNG MUSLIM

MALE, MANY TIMES OF MIDDLE

EASTERN OR SOUTH ASIAN

DESCENT, BUT WE HAVE SEEN A

PATTERN OVER THE LAST FEW

MONTHS.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOSTON

BOMBERS, TWO YOUNG WHITE

MALES, AND THIS IS ALSO A

WHITE MALE, BUT 58 YEARS

OLD.

WHEN DID HE CONVERT TO

ISLAM.

IT SEEMS LIKE HE IS A

RELATIVELY RECENT CONVERT.

IT OPENS UP A WHOLE NEW CAN

OF WORMS, TO SEE SOMEONE IN

THIS DEMOGRAPHIC TURN TO

JIHAD.

Wendy: IT REALLY DOES.

IS THERE A GROWING THREAT OF

MUSLIMS HERE IN THE U.S.

BEING RADICALIZED?

SINCE 2009, IN

PARTICULAR, DOZENS OF

ARRESTS ON AMERICAN SOIL OF

USUALLY YOUNG AMERICAN

MUSLIMS.

A BIG, BIG PROBLEM.

WE SEE PLOT AFTER PLOT.

WE'VE HAD GREAT LAW

ENFORCEMENT WORK, WENDY, AND

A LOT OF LOC.

LUCK.

THANK BACK TO THE TIME

SQUARE BOMBING AND THE BOMB

DIDN'T GO OFF.

UNDERWEAR BOMBING, CHRISTMAS

2009, AND THE BOMB DIDN'T GO

OFF.

SO SOME LUCK THERE, TOO.

THIS SUSPECT IN THE WICHITA

PLOT WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE

AIRPORT.

THIS IS A JIHADIST'S DREAM,

TO HAVE THAT KIND OF

ACCESS.

Wendy: VERY SCARY.

ERICK STAKELBECK, WE ALWAYS

APPRECIATE YOUR INSIGHTS.

Mark: POLICE RESPONDED

TO REPORTS OF AN ACTIVE

SHOOTER AT A COLORADO HIGH

SCHOOL.

HE IS SAID TO BE DEAD DUE TO

A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT.

THE HIGH SCHOOL IS LOCATED

IN SUBURBAN DENVER.

HERE YOU CAN SEE STUDENTS

BEING EVACUATED FROM THE

BUILDING.

DETAILS ARE STILL EMERGING,

AND FOR THE LATEST ON THIS

STORY, VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

Wendy: NAGHMEH ABEDINI,

THE WIFE OF THE AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN IS

ASKING AMERICA'S LAWMAKERS

NOT TO ABANDON HER HUSBAND.

SHE WENT ALL THE WAY TO

CONGRESS WITH THAT PLEA.

AFTER THURSDAY'S TESTIMONY,

SHE SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH

CBN'S JOHN JESSUP, AND TELLS

HIM HOW HER HUSBAND'S

IMPRISONMENT HAS AFFECTED

HER FAMILY.

Reporter: NAGHMEH

ABEDINI DESCRIBES HERSELF AS

A NORMAL, EVERYDAY MOM, BUT

FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A

HALF, HER LIFE HAS BEEN

ANYTHING BUT.

IT IS JUST REASSURING TO

KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE

STANDING WITH YOU.

THIS HEARING TODAY WAS ONE

OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE I

KNEW I WAS NOT ALONE.

THERE WAS PEOPLE IN OUR

GOVERNMENT STANDING WITH

ME.

Reporter: LAST SUMMER,

DURING A TRIP TO LAUNCH AN

ORPHANAGE FOR UNWANTED GIRLS

IN IRAN, HER HUSBAND, PASTOR

SAEED ABEDINI, WAS ARRESTED

AND CHARGED WITH THE

THREATENING IRAN'S NATIONAL

SECURITY.

BUT THE REAL CRIME IS

SOMETHING MOST OF US TAKE

FOR GRANTED: HIS RELIGIOUS

FAITH.

IN 2000 ABEDINI LEFT ISLAM

TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

HE HAS BEEN BEATEN AND

TORTURED, AND WITH HIS

HEALTH DECLINING, HE IS NOW

SERVING AN EIGHT-YEAR

SENTENCE IN A PRISON

RESERVED FOR THE COUNTRY'S

MOST VIOLENT CRIMINALS P.

> CRIMINALS.

THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T TAKE

THE ONE THING HE HAS, AND

THAT'S HIS FAITH IN JESUS.

Reporter: HE WIFE MADE

THE TREK FROM IDAHO TO

TESTIFY ON CAPITOL HILL.

TELLING LAWMAKERS SHE FELT

FORSAKEN BY HER OWN

GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY FAILED

TO INCLUDE SAEED'S RELEASE

AS PART OF THE NEWLY

BROKERED DEAL WITH IRAN.

I WAS HOPING WITH ALL OF

MY HEART THAT OUR GOVERNMENT

WOULD NOT ABANDON HIM.

Reporter: SHE FELT LIKE

IT DID, PUTTING HUMAN RIGHTS

ON THE BACK BURNER FOR THE

WORLD TO SEE.

WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET

PASTOR ABEDINI FREED.

HE IS IN JAIL UNDER HARSH

CONDITIONS IN IRAN.

WE THINK THAT SHOULD HAVE

BEEN PART OF THE

NEGOTIATIONS.

I THINK WE NEED TO BE MORE

FORCEFUL.

IT NEEDS TO BE A PRIMARY

PART OF OUR DISCUSSIONS,

THAT YOU REALLY SHOULDN'T --

A COUNTRY THAT WE'RE HAVING

NEGOTIATIONS WITH SHOULDN'T

BE HOLDING HOSTAGE ONE OF

OUR CITIZENS, AND FOR

TRUMPED UP RELIGIOUS

ALLEGATIONS.

Reporter: FOR NAGHMEH,

SHE SAYS THE FAILURE

REMINDED HER OF ONE OF

JESUS' PARABLES.

IT IS LIKE LEAVING THE 99

SHEEP AND GOING AFTER THE

ONE.

THAT'S THE HEART OF GOD.

HE CARES ABOUT THAT ONE

PERSON.

HE IS A GOD OF JUSTICE FOR A

NATION, BUT ALSO FOR ONE

PERSON.

AND I PRAY THAT GOD GIVES

WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE, BE IT

PRESIDENT OBAMA OR SECRETARY

OF STATE JOHN KERRY, WHOEVER

IT IS, THAT THEY WOULD GET

THE HEART OF GOD.

Reporter: WITH TWO

YOUNG KIDS, REBECCA AND

JACOB, SHE SAYS IT GETS

ESPECIALLY TOUGH DURING

BIRTHDAYS AND SPECIAL

OCCASIONS.

AND WITH CHRISTMAS AROUND

THE CORNER, IT WILL BE

ANOTHER HOLIDAY WITHOUT A

HUSBAND AND A FATHER.

WHAT WE STARTED DOING IS

SET AN EMPTY PLACE FOR SA

YE SAEED FOR CELEBRATIONS,

REMEMBERING HIM, AND PRAYING

FOR HIM.

Reporter: THROUGH IT

ALL, NAGHMEH HAS BEEN

ENCOURAGED BY THE PRAYERS

AND SUPPORT OF FELLOW

BELIEVERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

ADVOCATES.

SHE HAS BEEN EQUAL SURPRISED

THTHAT THEY'VE BEEN

ENCOURAGED BY HER STRENGTH.

I HOPE PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU

CAN CLING TO THE LORD AND BE

OKAY WITH WHATEVER HAPPENS

IN YOUR LIFE AND HAVE THAT

PEACE AND JOY.

I HOPE THAT PEOPLE SEE THAT

AND THEY SEE IT IS NOT ME.

WHEN THEY SAY YOU'RE A

STRONG PERSON, I REALLY WANT

TO SAY, I HOPE YOU SEE JESUS

IN THIS BECAUSE I'M NOT A

STRONG PERSON.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

Mark: YOU DEFINITELY

SEE JESUS IN NAGHMEH.

FOR MORE ON HOW YOU CAN JOIN

THOSE AROUND THE WORLD

CALLING FOR PASTOR SAEED'S

RELEASE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

Wendy: WELL, THE UNITED

NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL HAS

WELCOMED THE NUCLEAR

AGREEMENT REACHED WITH IRAN

LAST MONTH.

BUT WARNED SANCTIONS WILL

REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL A

FINAL DEAL IS REACHED.

AS OUR NEGOTIATORS SEEK A

COMPREHENSIVE DEAL, WE WISH

THEM THE BEST.

YET UNTIL THERE IS A DEAL,

THIS COUNCIL MUST MAINTAIN

PRESSURE ON IRAN.

Wendy: IRAN AGREED TO

STOP ENRICHING URANIUM OVER

THE NEXT SIX MONTHS IN

EXCHANGE FOR NO NEW

SANCTIONS DURING THAT

PERIOD.

ISRAEL, HOWEVER, WARNS

AGAINST EASING SANCTIONS ON

IRAN.

IT ARGUES THE NUCLEAR

PROGRAM IS NOT PEACEFUL, AND

ONLY INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE

WILL GET IRAN TO FULLY

DISMANTEL ITS NUCLEAR

WEAPONS PROGRAMS.

THE U.S. IS PUSHING FOR MORE

SANCTIONS IF IRAN VIOLATES

THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT.

MEANWHILE, THE EUROPEAN

UNION IS ABOUT TO IMPOSE

HARSH SANCTIONS ON A COUNTRY

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

IT IS NOT IRAN.

IT'S ISRAEL.

Mark: THE NEW RULES

COULD LEAD TO THE CREATION

OF A PALESTINIAN STATE RIGHT

NEXT DOOR TO ISRAEL.

CHRIS MITCHELL BRINGS US THE

STORY FROM BRUSSELS,

BELGIUM.

Reporter: NEW ECONOMIC

GUIDELINES WOULD PROHIBIT

MONEY FROM THE E.U. TO

ISRAELI COMMUNITIES BEYOND

WHAT IS CALLED THE GREEN

LINE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE WEST

BANK.

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FUNDING,

PRIVATE ISRAELI ENTITIES

MUST PROVE THEY HAVE NO TIES

TO THE WEST BANK, THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS AND EAST JERUSALEM.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT COULD

RUN INTO THE MILLIONS.

SOME BELIEVE THE MOVE IS

PART OF A GROWING

ANTI-SEMITISM MOVING ACROSS

EUROPE.

THOSE NEW E.U. GUIDELINES

ARE BEING ESTABLISHED HERE

IN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, AT THE

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT.

THEY REPRESENT A MAJOR

ECONOMIC CHALLENGE TO ISRAEL

AND COULD PREDETERMINE THE

BORDERS OF A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE.

THESE GUIDELINES THAT

BASICALLY RESTRICT ANY TYPE

OF FINANCIAL CORPORATION

BETWEEN EUROPE AND THESE

TERRITORIES.

AND IT IS MORE COMPLICATED

THAN YOU WOULD THINK BECAUSE

EVEN IF YOU HAVE ONE PERSON

FROM UNIVERSITY WANTING TO

ENGAGE IN A MULTI-MILLION

PROGRAM WITH THE E.U., IF

YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE ONE

PROFESSOR LIVING, SAY, IN

EAST JERUSALEM, IT WOULD BE

IMPOSSIBLE WITH THESE NEW

GUIDELINES.

Reporter: ANDREW TUCKER

WITH CHRISTIANS FOR

INTERNATIONAL, SAY THE

GUIDELINES PUT EUROPE IN THE

POSITION OF CREATING A

JEW-FREE STATE.

I THINK THE THING THAT

CONCERNS US MOST IS THE

SIGNAL THAT IT IS GIVING.

AND WE'RE CONCERNED THAT

EUROPE IS ON THE SLIPPERY

SLOPE TOWARDS ENFORCING THE

CREATION OF A PALESTINIAN

STATE.

AND IT WILL BE A PALESTINIAN

STATE WHERE JEWS WILL NOT BE

WELCOMED.

Reporter: TUCKER AND

OTHERS FEEL THIS SLIPPERY

SLOPE WOULD PRESSURE ISRAEL

TO CREATE A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE BASED ON

THE SO-CALLED 1967 BORDERS.

DIVIDE JERUSALEM AND MAKE IT

ILLEGAL FOR JEWS TO LIVE

THERE.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE

GUIDELINES TO SAY THAT THE

JEWS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE

IN A NEW PALESTINIAN STATE.

BUT WE WOULD SEE IT AS PART

OF A BROADER PROJECT WHEREBY

EUROPE IS SAYING ALL ISRAELI

SETTLEMENTS ARE ILLEGAL.

WHICH MEANS ANY JEW LIVING

IN SO-CALLED EASTERN

JERUSALEM, AND YOU KNOW

BETTER THAN I DO THIS IS THE

HEART OF JEWISH JERUSALEM,

JUDEA AND SAMARIA -- IS

ILLEGAL.

ONCE YOU BUY INTO THAT, THEN

IT'S A QUESTION OF TAKING

AND IMPLEMENTING

ADMINISTRATIVE STEPS TO MAKE

IT A REALITY.

AND THE GUIDELINES ARE JUST

ONE EXAMPLE.

Reporter: ISRAEL AND

THE E.U. DID SIGN AN

ECONOMIC AGREEMENT RECENTLY

CALLED HORIZON 2020, BUT THE

FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS

REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE

DISPUTED TERRITORIES.

ISRAEL'S REPRESENTATIVE TO

THE E.U. FEELS THAT HURTS

BOTH ISRAELIS AND

PALESTINIANS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THESE

TERRITORIES BEHIND THE 67

BORDERS, IT MEANS ALSO THAT

ALSO THE PALESTINIANS LIVING

AROUND THESE SETTLEMENTS ARE

NOT GOING TO BENEFIT.

Reporter: IT REMINDS

SANDEL OF THE ANTI-SEMITISM

SPAWNED IN THE 1930s.

IT IS ANTI-SEMITISM 201.

IT IS MORE SOPHISTICATED,

BUT IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE IN

TERMS OF DEMONIZING JEWS AND

DEMONIZING THE JEWISH STATES

AND MAKING LIFE DIFFICULT

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE

IN THE DISPUTED

TERRITORIES.

I KNOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE

UPSET BY HEARING ME SAY

THIS, BUT I DO SEE

SIMILARITIES.

THEN THEY SIMPLY SAID DON'T

BUY FROM JEWS.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, EUROPEAN

PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS,

BELGIUM.

THE WAR MEMORIAL CROSS ON

TOP OF MT. SOLEDAD IN

CALIFORNIA MUST COME DOWN.

THAT IS THE RULING FROM A

FEDERAL JUDGE IN SAN DIEGO.

HE SAYS IT VIOLATES THE

SO-CALLED SEPARATION OF

CHURCH AND STATE.

THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF

APPEALS RULED IN 2011 THAT

THE CROSS IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THE

SUPREME COURT DECIDED NOT TO

TAKE THE CASE, SO IT WENT

BACK TO THE FEDERAL JUDGE.

BUT HE SAYS THE ORDER TO

TAKE DOWN THE JUDGE WOULD BE

PUT ON HOLD IF THERE IS AN

APPEAL.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE CALLS THE

DECISION TO REMOVE THE

CROSS, QUOTE,"DEEPLY

FLAWED."

THEY ANNOUNCED PLANS TODAY

TO FILE AN AMICUS BRIEF IN

CASE OF AN APPEAL.

Wendy: COMING UP,

KILLING IN THE NAME OF

COMPASSION.

HOW A EUROPEAN COUNTRY IS

ONE STEP CLOSER TO CHILD

YOUT EUTHANASIA.

Wendy: BELGIUM IS ONE

STEP CLOSER TO LEGALIZING

THE EUTHANASIA OF CHILDREN,

NOW THAT THE SENATE HAS

OVERWHELMING PASSED A BILL

ALLOWING IT.

THEY ALREADY ALLOW

EUTHANASIA FOR ADULTS.

THE NEW BILL REMOVES ALL AGE

LIMITS.

IT WOULD ALLOW CHILDREN TO

CHOOSE TO DIE IF THEY'RE IN

GREAT PAIN AND SUFFER FROM A

TERMINAL CONDITION.

A DECISION MANY SAY A CHILD

IS NOT EQUIPPED TO MAKE.

THE CHILD DOESN'T HAVE

THE MATURITY TO GET MARRIED,

OR TO BUY ALCOHOL OR TO BUY

CIGARETTES.

AND NOW WE ARE TRYING TO SAY

THEY MIGHT HAVE THE

POSSIBILITY TO ASK FOR

EUTHANASIA.

Wendy: GOOD POINT.

A CHILD WOULD NEAT PARENTAL

CONSENT AND WOULD HAVE TO

WRITE A WRITTEN REQUEST TO

DIE.

IT KNOW GOUS TO THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES WHERE I IT

IS EXPECTED TO PASS.

Mark: KIM JONG-UN HAS

EXECUTED HIS OWN UNCLE.

JONG WAS CONSIDERED THE MOST

SECOND IN COMMAND.

JUST DAYS AGO NORTH KOREA

ALSO ACCUSED JONG OF

CORRUPTION, WOMANIZING, AND

TAKING DRUGS.

THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE

U.S. TO ESTABLISH A

TASKFORCE TO DEAL WITH ANY

NORTH KOREAN PROVOCATION.

OUR GOVERNMENT EXPECTS

THAT NORTH KOREA'S RECENT

DEVELOPMENT COULD BRING A

BLOODY PURGE AND REIGN OF

TERROR.

Mark: MANY SOUTH KOREAN

GOVERNMENT BRANCHES HAVE

BEEN PUT ON HIGH ALERT.

STILL TO COME, HOW ONE

MINISTRY IS WORKING TO BRING

NEW LIFE TO WOMEN IN INDIA.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS IN

INDIA ARE WORKING TOGETHER

TO DEMAND EQUAL

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

BUT INDIAN POLICE RECENTLY

ATTACKED PEACEFUL PROTESTORS

WITH WATER CANNONS AND

CANES.

THE PROTEST WAS ORGANIZED BY

CHURCHES AND MUSLIM GROUPS.

THEY WANT LEGAL RIGHTS FOR

CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM

DALITS.

THOSE ARE PEOPLE OF A LOWER

CASTE IN INDIA.

THEY USED TO BE CALLED

"UNTOUCHABLES."

DALITS WHO ARE HINDUS, BUD

BUDDHISTS AND SIKHS HAVE

CERTAIN RIGHTS.

ABOUT 70% OF THE CHRISTIANS

IN INDIA ARE DALITS.

Wendy: WOMEN IN INDIA

SAY SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHANGE

ITS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THEIR

GENDER.

FOR YEARS CHRISTIAN

MINISTRIES HAVE BEEN WORKING

TO HELP INDIAN WOMEN

OVERCOME THE ODDS.

GEORGE THOMAS TELLS US ABOUT

ONE LADY WHO FOUGHT ABOUT

TERRIBLE POVERTY AND ABUSE

AND LEARNED TO FORGIVE.

George: IT HAS BEEN

SAID THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE

KNOWN DEFEAT, KNOWN

SUFFERING, KNOWN STRUGGLE,

AND HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY OUT

OF THE DEPTH.

BARARJU IS ONE OF THEM.

I HAVE HAD A DIFFICULT

LIFE SINCE MY CHILDHOOD AND

EXPERIENCED MORE HORRIBLE

THINGS THAN MOST PEOPLE MY

AGE.

George: AT A YOUNG AGE,

SHE WAS FORCED BY HER

PARENTS TO JOIN THE RANKS OF

INDIA'S SO-CALLED RAG

PICKERS.

THESE ARE MEN, WOMEN, AND

YOUNG CHILDREN WHO RUMMAGE

THROUGH FILTHY GARBAGE

HEAPS.

LOOKING FOR ANYTHING THAT

CAN BE RECYCLED, METAL,

PLASTIC, ROTTEN AND

DISCARDED FOOD.

MY DAY STARTED AT 4:00 OR

5:00 IN THE MORNING AND I

WOULD PICK TRASH FOR ABOUT

10 HOURS.

George: ON A GOOD DAY,

SHE WOULD EARN ABOUT $2.

THAT WAS ONLY A GOOD DAY.

THERE WERE MILLIONS OF

SQWIRMING MAGGOTS, AND SHE

WOULD COMPETE WITH OTHER RAG

PICKERS FOR A FEW SCRAPS.

WHEN I WAS OLDER, MY

MOTHER TOLD ME I WASN'T

BRINGING IN ENOUGH MONEY

FROM THE TRASH, SO I WAS

FORCED TO SLEEP WITH MEN.

I BECAME A PROSTITUTE.

George: WE TEARS

WELLING UP IN HER EYES, SHE

TALKS OF THE RAGE AGAINST

HER PARENTS.

I FELT LIKE RUNNING

AWAY.

I WAS ANGRY, I WANTED TO

KILL THEM.

I WANTED SOMETHING TERRIBLE

TO HAPPEN TO THEM.

George: RUPA IS A DALIT

OR SO-CALLED UNTOUCHABLE.

THEY LABELS DALITS LOWEST OF

THE LOW, IMPURE, LESS THAN

HUMAN.

ALMOST ALL RAG PICKERS ARE

DALITS.

LIKE HER, MANY YOUNG GIRLS

END UP AS PROSTITUTES OR GET

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF HUMAN

TRAFFICKING.

WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, I

BEGIN TO CRY.

George: BUT THAT'S THE

PAST.

TONIGHT IS GRADUATION NIGHT,

AND RUPA IS ALL SMILES.

THE RUPA OF OLD IS NOT

THE RUPA YOU SEEN TODAY.

I CANNOT BEGIN TO EXPLAIN TO

YOU WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN MY

LIFE.

George: SHE HAS GOD AND

JEAJEANALEE TO THANK FOR

THIS TRANSFORMATION.

WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO

THIS NIGHT BECAUSE WE SEE

OUR WOMEN BEING LIBERATED,

BEING EMANCIPATED.

George: SHE RUNS A

WOMEN'S CENTER, A CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY THAT TAKES IN,

REHABILITATES AND EMPOWERS

SCORES OF YOUNG WOMEN AT

RISK.

ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO, RUPA

CAME TO THE CENTER LOOKING

FOR HELP.

HERE SHE GOT COUNSELLING,

LEARNED HOW TO SPEAK

ENGLISH, TOOK SEWING AND

COMPUTER CLASSES AND

EVENTUALLY HAD HER DIGNITY

RESTORED.

SHE ALSO MET DOZENS OF OTHER

WOMEN LIKE HERSELF WHO HAD

SIMILAR EXPERIENCES.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO

PERSONALLY COMMUNICATE TO

THEM IS I WOULD NEVER, EVER

GIVE UP ON ANY ONE OF THOSE

WOMEN.

NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES

THEY FALL BECAUSE I KNOW IT

IS A STRUGGLE FOR THEM.

George: TODAY THE

TERIKA CENTER IS JUST ONE OF

A HANDFUL OF CHRISTIAN

MINISTRIES OPERATING HERE IN

INDIA, TRYING TO RESCUE

THOUSANDS OF DALIT WOMEN

FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND

SEXUAL BONDAGE.

FOR MANY OF THESE VICTIMS,

SUCH MINISTRIES ARE A LIFE

LIGHT TO A BETTER FUTURE.

RUPA SAID IT WAS AT THE

CENTER SHE DISCOVERED WITH

GREAT DELIGHT HER WORTH IN

GOD'S EYES.

I COME FROM A SINGLE

BACKGROUND.

I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN I CAME HERE, I STARTED

READING THE BIBLE, AND THEN

UNDERSTOOD WHAT FREEDOM

REALLY MEANS AND HOW MUCH I

REALLY MEAN TO GOD.

George: ULTIMATELY IT

IS THE BIBLE'S VIEW OF THEM

THAT SHE SAYS BRINGS LASTING

TRANSFORMATION.

THEY CAN'T BELIEVE IT

BECAUSE ALL OF THESE YEARS

THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT

THEY'RE LOWER THAN ANIMALS.

AND HERE WE ARE TELLING THEM

THAT THEY ARE CREATED IN THE

IMAGE OF GOD.

AND THAT JUST HITS THEM, IT

JUST BLOWS THEM AWAY.

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY ON A

George: ON A RECENT

FRIDAY EVENING, RUPA JOINED

THE OTHERS HONORING THEIR

COMPLETION OF AN 18-MONTH

COURSE.

AND SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE

THAT NIGHT WERE RUPA'S

MOTHER AND FATHER.

THEY TOLD CBN NEWS THIS WAS

THE PROUDEST OPERATE OF

THEIR LIVES.

THE TERIKA CENTER HAS

DONE A GREAT JOB.

MY DAUGHTER IS A DIFFERENT

PERSON.

I FEEL BAD FOR THE THINGS

WE DID TO HER.

NOW I WANT HER TO STUDY AND

HAVE A GOOD FUTURE.

George: PERHAPS IT IS

THIS IMAGE OF RUPA HOLDING

HER FATHER'S HAND THAT

SPEAKS VALUES OF ONE LIFE

BEING TRANSFORMED BY THE

POWER OF THE GOSPEL.

SHE TOLD CBN NEWS SHE HAS

FORGIVEN HER PARENTS FOR

FORCING HER INTO

PROSTITUTION.

EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I GO

TO BED, I THANK GOD FOR

TERIKA CENTER AND I THANK

GOD FOR RESCUING ME FROM MY

PAST.

George: THESE DAYS, SHE

WORKS IN A LARGE DEPARTMENT

STORE LOCATED ON THE LARGEST

SHOPPING STREET IN THE CITY,

THE SAME STREET WHERE SHE

ONCE PICKED TRASH.

BUT HER HEART IS TO MINISTER

TO BROKEN WOMEN.

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO

SHOWED LOVE TO ME, AND I

WANT TO DO THE SAME FOR

OTHERS.

THAT WILL MAKE ME HAPPY.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, BANGALOR,

VIRGINIA.

Mark: WHAT A POWERFUL

STORY.

UP NEXT, SEE THE SURPRISE

CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS AT A

CHICAGO MALL GOT THIS WEEK.

BACK IN A MOMENT.

Wendy: FINALLY TODAY,

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING CAN GET A

BIT HECTIC, AND SOMETIMES IT

CAN ROB THE SEASON OF ITS

MAGIC.

Mark: THAT'S WHY A

CHICAGO MALL TOOK THE

CHRISTMAS STOPPING

EXPERIENCE TO A WHOLE NEW

LEVEL.

A CROWD IN THE CITY'S BUSY

SHOPPING DISTRICT GOT

TREATED TO A CONCERT FROM

DISTINGUISHED CELLIST

YOYOMA.

TICKETS TO SEE HIM COULD

COST A LOT, BUT SHOPPERS GOT

TO SEE A POP-UP PERFORMANCE

FOR FREE.

I'VE SEEING Y YOYOMA.

I JUST LUCKED INTO THIS.

Mark: FROM SOMEONE WHO

USED TO TAKE CELLO LESSONS,

THAT WOULD BE QUITE THE

EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS AN PROMOTION FOR A

PROGRAM THAT HE LEADS WITH

THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY.

Wendy: YOU USED TO TAKE

CELLO LESSONS?

Mark: YES.

Wendy: YOU SHOULD GIVE

US A CONCERT?

Mark: OH, NO.

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