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CBN NewsWatch: January 15. 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 15: NSA monitoring thousands of computers worldwide, Senate: 'Benghazi could have been prevented', High Court weighs buffer zone abortion challenge, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," NEW REVELATIONS

ON N.S.A. SPYING, WHAT THEY

COULD MEAN AS THE PRESIDENT

PLANS TO ANNOUNCE REFORM IN

THE AGENCY.

PLUS, SPEAKING OUT

AGAINST ABORTION.

THE SUPREME COURT HEARS

ARGUMENTS ON BUBBLE ZONES

AROUND CLINICS.

Mark: AND SEE WHAT'S

BEING DONE TO BRING HOPE AND

HELP TO EGYPT'S SUFFERING

CHILDREN.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

WHO SHOULD OVERSEE THE

SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES OF

THE NATIONAL SECURITY

AGENCY?

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

A PRESIDENTIAL TASKFORCE

WEIGHED IN ON THE ISSUE

DURING CAPITOL HILL

TESTIMONY THIS WEEK, THAT AS

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PREPARE

PAIRING TO N.S.A. REFORM

FRIDAY IN A MAJOR SPEECH.

Mark: MEANWHILE, THERE

ARE NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT

AGENCY MONITORING AROUND THE

WORLD.

AS JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY, IT IS

PROVIDING EVEN MORE FUEL FOR

N.S.A. CRITICS.

Reporter: THE N.S.A.

WAS ALREADY IN TROUBLE HERE

AT HOME FOR REQUESTING PHONE

COMPANIES TO COLLECT

MILLIONS OF RECORDS OF

PRIVATE CITIZENS.

THE PRESIDENT MAY LEAD THE

DECISION ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT

IT TO CONGRESS.

THEY HAVE CONCLUDED THIS

PHONE RECORD PROGRAM IS NOT

UNIQUELY VALUABLE ENOUGH TO

JUSTIFY A MASSIVE INTRUSION

ON AMERICANS' PRIVACY.

Reporter: THE N.S.A.

USED SECRET TECHNOLOGY TO

MONITOR THOUSANDS OF FOREIGN

COMPUTERS, INCLUDING SOME

BELONGING TO THE RUSSIAN

MILITARY, DRUG CARTELS, AND

EVEN U.S. PARTNER -- SUCH AS

SAUDI ARABIA, INDIA, AND

PAKISTAN.

BUT IT IS THE REVELATIONS

MADE BY E EDWARD SNOWDEN

THAT FORCE ITS THE

APPOINTMENT OF A GROUP TO

LOOK INTO ABUSES OF SECTION

215 OF THE PATRIOT ACT.

OUR JUDGMENT ABOUT THE

GOVERNMENT HOLDING THE DATA

IS THE PRIMARY DANGER OF THE

PROGRAM IS NOT IF IT IS USED

ONLY IN THE WAY IN WHICH IT

ITS YOUTH IS AUTHORIZED, BUT

THAT IT LEAVES SITTING OUT

THERE A HUGE AMOUNT OF

INFORMATION, PERSONAL

INFORMATION, ABOUT AMERICANS

THAT COULD BE ABUSED IN

AWFUL WAYS.

Reporter: WE HAVE SEEN

THIS MOVIE BEFORE.

WE KNOW HOW IT ENDS.

WE KNOW EVENTUALLY IF THAT

MUCH INFORMATION REMAINS IN

THE HANDS OF GOVERNMENT FOR

THAT LONG, IT WILL

EVENTUALLY BE ABUSED.

IT WILL BE MANIPULATED FOR

PARTISAN AND OTHERWISE

NEFARIOUS PURPOSES.

Reporter: THE TOLD THE

SENATE COMMITTEE THAT THE

SECRET COURT OVERSEES N.S.A.

ACTIVITIES SHOULD NOT BE

MAKING DECISIONS ON LAW OR

POLICIES WITHOUT AN

OPPOSITION VOICE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, UNLESS

THERE IS A VERY STRONG

NATIONAL SECURITY

JUSTIFICATION ON THE OTHER

SIDE, TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT

THEIR GOVERNMENT IS DOING.

Reporter: ALL THREE

BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE

LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN THE

FUTURE BATTLE BETWEEN

PROTECTING PRIVACY AND

SAFEGUARDING AMERICANS,

ESPECIALLY AGAINST

TERRORISM.

AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH

FRIDAY, THE MAIN BURDEN MAY

FALL ON CONGRESS, THE BRANCH

CLOSEST TO THE PEOPLE.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: JUDGES ON THE

SECRET FISA COURT STRONGLY

OPPOSE ANY REFORMS ON

TRANSPARENCY.

IN A LETTER TO THE SENATE

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE

JUDGES SLAM THE PROPOSAL AS

UNNECESSARY AND COUNTER

COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.

Mark: SETON MOTLEY

JOINS US WITH MORE.

HOW DAMAGING TO THE U.S. IS

THE REVELATION THAT THE

N.S.A. HAS SPYWARE IN OTHER

COUNTRIES?

I THINK IT IS VERY

DAMAGING.

I THINK WE NEED TO DO SOME

OF THESE THINGS, AND WE

DON'T NEED THE WORLD KNOWING

WE'RE DOING SOME OF THESE

THINGS.

WE NEED TO DO SOME OF THESE

THINGS.

AND THE WORLD DOESN'T NEED

TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

SO IT HURTS US A GREAT DEAL

THAT THIS HAS BEEN

REVEALED.

Mark: SO WHAT DO YOU

EXPECT TO COME OUT OF THE

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON

FRIDAY?

NOT MUCH.

IT IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE

TYPICAL OBAMA SPEECHES WHERE

HE TAKES 20 MINUTES TO SAY

NOTHING.

HE IS NOT GOING TO -- HE

WANTS TO, FOR SOME REASON,

CONTINUE TO COLLECT DATA ON

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF

INNOCENT AMERICANS AND

SOMEHOW EXTEND

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO

NON-CITIZENS, WHICH, OF

COURSE, IS RIGHT IN LINE

WITH HIS LINE TO EXTEND

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, ETC.,

ETC.

HE WANTS TO AT THIS RATE,

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR

PEOPLE WHO WANT T ARE

SUPPOSED TO HAVE THEM, BUT I

DON'T EXPECT A WHOLE LOT

FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA ON

FRIDAY.

Mark: BOTH REPUBLICANS

AND DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE

ARE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE

INTRUSIVENESS OF THE

N.S.A.'S MONITORING.

WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

WELL, I THINK IT TELLS

YOU, ONE, WE'RE APPROACHING

AN ELECTION.

AND, TWO, THE HAND IN GLOVE

WITH THAT IS THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT THE

N.S.A. IS DOING

DOMESTICALLY.

I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THE

NECESSITY OF IT

INTERNATIONALLY.

THEY DON'T SEE HOW IT IS

CORRECT AND CONSTITUTIONAL

TO DO IT DOMESTICALLY.

THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

SAYS, "UNREASONABLE SEARCH

AND SEIZURE."

I THINK IT IS HARD TO SAY

THAT COLLECTING DATA ON

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS IS REASONABLE.

SO I THINK THE FACT THAT

YOU'RE SEEING BIPARTISAN

OPPOSITION TO WHAT THE

N.S.A. UNDER THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS DOING JUST

TELLS YOU IT IS RESONATING

WITH PEOPLE WHAT IS GOING

ON.

Mark: AND QUICKLY, IS

THERE ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS

LEVEL OF SURVEILLANCE HAS

ACTUALLY DONE ANYTHING TO

KEEP AMERICANS SAFER?

NO.

THEY KEEP SAYING IT IS, BUT

WHEN ASKED FOR SPECIFICS,

THEY CANNOT PROVIDE IT.

NO.

YOU KNOW, THE RUSSIANS

HANDED US TSARNAEV BROTHERS

ON A SILVER PLATTER AND WE

DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WITH

THAT.

WE HAVE NEDAN HASAN IN

TEXAS, AND WE COULDN'T DO

ANYTHING WITH THAT.

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT

THIS BLANKET SURVEILLANCE OF

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS

HELPING AT ALL, NO.

Mark: ALL RIGHT.

SETON MOTLEY OF "LESS

GOVERNMENT," THANKS FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: THAT DEADLY

ATTACK ON THE U.S. CONSULATE

IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA, COULD

HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.

THAT'S THE FINDING OF A

SENATE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE BLAMES THE

STATE DEPARTMENT AND

SECURITY AGENCIES FOR NOT

PREVENTING THE 2012 ATTACK

THAT KILLED FOUR AMERICANS,

INCLUDING THE U.S.

AMBASSADOR SEEN THERE.

THE BIPARTISAN REPORT SAYS

DESPITE WARNINGS OF

TERRORIST ACTIVITY, THE U.S.

DID NOT INCREASE SECURITY AT

THE AMERICAN OUTPOSTS, AND

ANALYSTS INACCURATELY CITED

PROTESTS AS THE REASON FOR

THAT ATTACK.

THE SENATE IS MAKING 18

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE

SECURITY AT OTHER DIPLOMATIC

AND INTELLIGENT POSTS

OVERSEAS.

Mark: THE SUPREME COURT

TODAY HEARD ARGUMENTS OVER

ABORTION CLINIC BUBBLE

ZONES.

THOSE ARE THE AREAS SOME

STATES SET UP, PREVENTING

PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES FROM

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST

ABORTION NEAR A CLINIC.

THE HIGH COURT IS TRYING TO

DETERMINE IF THE ZONES ARE

LEGAL.

AS PAUL STRAND REPORTS, IT

IS A CASE THAT PITS THE FREE

SPEECH RIGHTS OF AMERICANS

TO A WOMAN'S SO-CALLED RIGHT

TO AN ABORTION.

Reporter: MASSACHUSETTS

SET UP 35-FOOT BUBBLE ZONES

AROUND THE ENTE ENT

ENTRANCES AND EXITS OF

ABORTION ZONES AFTER ANGRY

CONFRONTATIONS.

THERE WERE LARGE GROUPS

OF PEOPLE STANDING SHOULDER

TO SHOULDER IN OUR DOORWAY,

USUALLY SCREAMING AT FULL

VOLUME.

NOT QUIET COUNSELLING.

TRYING TO PREVENT OUR

PATIENTS AND STAFF FROM

COMING INTO THE HEALTH

CENTER.

Reporter: WALL SAYS SHE

HERSELF EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCED THIS UP CLOSE.

WITH SOMEONE INCHES FROM

MY FACE, SCREAMING AT ME

FULL VOLUME, IN THE ENTRANCE

WAY.

Reporter: THEY SAY THIS

BUBBLE ZONE IS NEEDED TO

PREVENT PREGNANT WOMEN FROM

HARASSMENT, BUT PRO-LIFERS

SAY IT COULD CHANGE PREGNANT

WOMEN'S MINDS.

QUIET COUNSELLING THAT TALKS

WOMEN OUT OF ABORTIONS,

WHICH THEY COULD NO LONGER

DO.

MRS. McCULUM AND OTHERS

HAVE BEEN GREATLY HINDERED

IN THEIR MINISTRY.

THIS IS A REAL WORLD

UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW THAT IS

CLAIMING REAL LIVES.

Reporter: McCULUM AND

OTHERS SUED OVER THE LAW.

SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T HARASS

WOMEN, BUT HELPS THEM.

SHE SAYS MOST WOMEN DON'T

REAMLY WANT AN ABORTION.

THEY JUST CAN'T SEE A WAY

OUT UNTIL SOMEBODY LIKE HER

COMES ALONG.

IF I MISS THEM, I HAVE TO

STOP AT THE LINE.

THAT'S WHAT IS INFURIATING,

JUST LOSING ONE BABY IS ONE

TOO MANY.

ONE FOURTH OF OUR YOUNG

PEOPLE ARE MISSING.

Reporter: A NUMBER OF

JUSTICES IN THEIR

QUESTIONING SEEMED TO POSTAL

THIS MASSACHUSETTS LAW, THE

FATE OF SIMILAR BUFFER LAWS

AROUND THE COUNTRY NOW HANGS

IN THE BALANCE.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS, THE

SUPREME COURT.

Wendy: THE

REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE IS SET

TO APPROVE THE $1.1 TRILLION

SPENDING DEAL.

THAT'S WITHOUT THE VOTES OF

SOME CONSERVATIVES WHO

OBJECT TO THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT FUNDING FOUND IN

THE MEASURE.

THE BILL PROVIDES AN

ADDITIONAL $20 BILLION FOR

DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC

PROGRAMS AND FUNDS THE

GOVERNMENT THROUGH

SEPTEMBER.

THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO

APPROVE THE LEGISLATION

BEFORE THE END OF THE WEEK.

Mark: THE UNITED STATES

WILL SEND $380 MILLION

ADDITIONAL DOLLARS IN

HUMANITARIAN AID TO SYRIA.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY SAYS THE MONEY WILL GO

TO HELP CIVILIANS WHO ARE

SUFFERING.

THE U.S. PLEDGE CAME DURING

THE UNITED NATIONS

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN

CONFERENCE AND WAS ONE OF

MANY FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

KUWAIT SAYS IT WILL SEND

$500 MILLION IN AID.

SAUDI ARABIA, $250 MILLION.

AND THE UNITED KINGDOM IS

PLEDGING OVER $160 MILLION.

THE HEAD OF THE U.N. SAYS

SYRIA NEEDS A TOTAL OF

$6.5 BILLION TO CARE FOR

REFUGEES AND CIVILIANS.

Wendy: COMING UP, CBN

NEWS ENTERS THE WORLD OF

CROPPERS, TO SHOW YOU WHY

SOME ARE STOCKING UP ON

SUPPLIES.

Wendy: CBN'S "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS WORKING TO

BRING RELIEF TO THOSE STILL

BEING AFFECTED BY THAT WATER

CRISIS IN WEST VIRGINIA.

LAST WEEK A CHEMICAL SPILL

CONTAMINATED THE WATER

SUPPLY FOR OVER 300,000

RESIDENTS.

LEAVING THEM WITHOUT WATER

FOR DRINKING, SHOWERING,

COOKING OR EVEN WASHING

THEIR HANDS.

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

PARTNERED WITH A LOCAL UNION

MISSION, PROVIDING BOTTLED

WATER, SHOWER TRAILERS,

DIAPERS, AND OTHER RELIEF

SUPPLIES.

THIS IS WONDERFUL.

THIS IS NOTHING BUT A

BLESSING.

THEY ARE REALLY TREATING

ME WONDERFUL HERE.

THEY HAVE GIVEN ME PAPER

TOWELS AND PLATES AND

WATER.

AND ANY KIND OF ASSISTANCE I

NEED.

I HAD TO VA EVACUATE MY

TW TWO CHILDREN BECAUSE MY

OLDER SON HAS ASTHMA.

THESE PEOPLE ARE A

BLESSING AND THEY HAVE NO

IDEA.

Wendy: SO NICE TO SEE

O.B. THERE IN MY HOME STATE

AND CITY.

TODAY O.B. DISTRIBUTED OVER

35,000 BOTTLES OF WATER.

THE WATER SUPPLY HAS BEEN

RESTORED TO ABOUT HALF THE

AFFECTED COSTUMERS.

Mark: THE EVENTS IN

WEST VIRGINIA HAVE MANYING

WONDERING HOW THEY WOULD

HANDLE A DISASTER.

WHETHER IT IS A NATURAL

DISASTER OR A POWER CRISIS,

THERE IS ONE GROUP THAT IS

ALWAYS PREPARED.

THEY'RE CALLED PREPPERS, AND

THEY'RE GROWING IN NUMBER.

WE CAN HAVE AN ECONOMIC

COLLAPSE, WE CAN HAVE

TERRORIST ATTACKS, WE CAN

SOCIAL UNREST, A NATURAL

DISASTER, EARTHQUAKES,

TYPHOONS.

Reporter: KEITH

RECENTLY STARTED A BUSINESS

HELPING OTHERS GET READY,

TOO.

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WE

SUFFER IN NORTH AMERICA IS

COMPLACENCY.

PEOPLE THINK NOTHING BAD

WILL EVER HAPPEN.

YOU KNOW, SURVIVAL IISTS

ARE SOMETIMES PORTRAYED AS

WILD-EYED, WAITING FOR THE

APOCALYPSE.

Reporter: BUT BEING

PREPARED IS MORE POPULAR

THAN EVER.

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH

CAROLINA, A COUPLE OF

THOUSAND PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER

AT THE CAROLINA READINESS

SEMINAR TO DISCUSS THE RISKS

AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY CAN

DO ABOUT THEM.

IT IS VERY ENVIRONMENTAL,

VERY GREEN.

IT TAKES A COUPLE OF FOSSEL

FUELS, AND VERY EASY TO DO.

Reporter: JOEL

HENDERSON IS THE CO-OWNER OF

GREEN GOLD FILTERS.

ONE OF THE PREPPERS.

HIS PATENTED FILTRATION

SYSTEM IS HOPING FOLKS

ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING THAT

AMERICA HAS BEEN TRYING TO

DO FOR YEARS, RUN A VEHICLE

WITHOUT FOREIGN OIL.

IF ANYBODY HAS A DIESEL

ENGINE, TRUCK, TRACTOR,

GENERATOR, YOU CAN USE USED

COOKING OIL AS AN

ALTERNATIVE FUEL.

IF YOU GO TO THE RESTAURANT

HERE, THE LOCAL RESTAURANT

HERE IN NASHVILLE, AN INDIAN

RESTAURANT, THIS IS THEIR

USED COOKING OIL THEY WERE

THROWING AWAY.

WE RAN IT THROUGH OUR

FILTERED SYSTEM, AND NOW WE

HAVE A DIESEL FUEL I'LL PUT

RIGHT IN MY TANK.

Reporter: THIS MOVEMENT

IS BEING HELPED ALONG BY A

NEW TREND ON TELEVISION

SHOWS ABOUT THIS SUBJECT.

THE MOST POPULAR IS NATIONAL

GEOGRAPHIC'S "DOOMSDAY

PREPPERS."

IT IS THE HIGHEST RATED

SHOW EVER ON NATIONAL

GEOGRAPHIC.

IT IS A SHOW ABOUT YOUR

AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY,

UNIQUE PEOPLE THAT ARE

PREPPING FOR ANY OF LIFE'S

UNCERTAINTYS, WHETHER THAT

BE AN ECONOMIC COLLAPSE TO A

SOLAR FLARE.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

CHALLENGES FOR THE SHOW IS

MOST PREPPERS AREN'T EAGER

TO ADVERTISE THEIR STOCKPILE

OF APPLIES, SINCE IF THE

BOTTOM DROPS OUT, LOOTING

COULD BE A REAL PROBLEM.

WE UNDERSTAND IT COULD BE

A RISK TO PEOPLE, BUT WE DO

RESPECT PEOPLE'S PRIVACY ON

THE SHOW.

WE DON'T SAY YOUR FIRST NAME

OR LAST NAME OR WHERE YOU'RE

FROM.

WE HAVE EACH PREPPER GIVE A

TAKE-AWAY TO OUR VIEWERS SO

THEY CAN LEARN MORE.

Reporter: BUT KEITH

SAYS THE FIRST STEP TO BEING

PREPARED HAS NOTHING TO DO

WITH CANNED FOOD OR BOTTLED

WATER.

THE FIRST THING IN

PREPAREDNESS, FOR ME,

PERSONALLY, IS YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

IF YOU BUILD A SOLID

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST, THEN AFTER THAT, IF

YOU CAN GET FOOD, WATER

STORED AWAY, A LITTLE SAFE

RETREAT, THINGS THAT OF

NATURE, IT WILL ALL FALL

INTO PLACE.

YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO FEED

YOURSELF, FEED YOUR FAMILY,

HELP A NEIGHBOR, HELP A

FRIEND.

Reporter: 100 YEARS

AGO, IT WASN'T STRANGE FOR A

FAMILY TO HAVE A BASEMENT

FULL OF FOOD.

BUT THAT HAS CHANGED.

MOST AMERICANS HAVE LESS

THAN THREE DAYS' SUPPLY OF

FOOD, AND MANY DON'T HAVE

EVEN A FIRST-AID KIT.

BUT WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE

OF AMERICA GETTING MORE AND

MORE FRAGILE EVERY DAY,

MAYBE IT ISN'T A BAD IDEA TO

STOCK UP, JUST IN CASE.

I'M CHUCK HOLTON FOR CBN

NEWS.

Wendy: CHUCK, WE'RE

COMING TO YOUR HOUSE, JUST

SO YOU KNOW.

UP NEXT, HOW ONE GROUP IS

STILL WORKING TO BRING AID

TO THE ORPHANS OF THE ARAB

SPRING.

Wendy: IN THE PAST FEW

DAYS, VOTERS IN EGYPT HAVE

BEEN DECIDING THE FATE OF

THE COUNTRY'S NEXT

CONSTITUTION.

AND AS PEOPLE HAVE HEADED TO

THE POLLS, VIOLENCE HAS

BROKEN OUT THERE.

Mark: IT'S JUST THE

LATEST SIGN RADICAL ISLAM

REMAINS A THREAT IN EGYPT.

ATTACKS BY MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD SUPPORTERS THERE

HAVE HIT COPTIC CHRISTIANS

ESPECIALLY HARD, INCLUDING

WIDOWS AND ORPHANS.

Wendy: IN TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT, GARY LANE

EXPLAINS HOW ONE GROUP OF

THESE OUTCASTS IS SURVIVING

WITH HELP FROM AMERICAN AND

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS.

THE SITUATION, OF COURSE,

IS GETTING WORSE.

THERE IS A LOT OF

INSECURITIES, AND

INSTABILITY THAT IS

HAPPENING IN EGYPT.

IT IS THE WEAKEST AND THE

MOST VULNERABLE THAT SUFFER

THE MOST.

Reporter: 25% OF ALL

EGYPTIAN LIVE AT OU OR

BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL,

EARNING LESS THAN $2 A DAY.

MANY ARE WIDOWS.

AN ESTIMATED 1.7 MILLION

EGYPTIAN CHILDREN ARE

ORPHANS.

RAHMAN IS A FOUNDER OF

COPTIC ORPHANS, WHICH

REACHES OUT TO EGYPTIAN

WIDOWS AND THEIR CHILDREN.

ONCE A FATHER PASSES

AWAY, YOU HAVE NOTHING.

THE FIRST STEP, OF COURSE,

CHILDREN ARE PULLED OUT OF

SCHOOL.

THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO SEND

THEM TO SCHOOL.

THEY THEN BECOME THE CHILD

LABOR, THE CHILD BRIDES.

THEY BECOME THOSE THAT ARE

ABUSED AND THEY GROW TO

PERPETUATE THIS POVERTY.

Reporter: THE WIDOWS

AND ORPHANS ARE TREATED AS

SOCIAL OUTCASTS.

UNLIKE AMERICANS, EGYPTIANS

HAVE NO UNEMPLOYMENT OR

SOCIAL SECURITY.

31-YEAR-OLD NAMA'S HUSBAND,

GEORGE, DIED FROM STOMACH

CANCER FOUR YEARS AGO.

SHE AND HER TWO CHILDREN

HAVE STRUGGLED EVER SINCE.

THEY LIVE IN A SMALL,

ONE-ROOM APARTMENT.

A CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEER

REGULARLY VISITS HER AND HER

CHILDREN.

IF THE CHRISTIAN CHILDREN

HERE ARE TO HAVE A BRIGHTER

FUTURE, THEY NEED AN

EDUCATION.

11-YEAR-OLD ANTONIO HERE

COULD BARELY READ LATE LAST

YEAR.

BUT AFTER 15 SESSIONS WITH A

VOLUNTEER FROM COPTIC

ORPHANS, HE NOW CAN READ

BIBLE STORIES.

HE STARTED OUT WITH JUST

SENDING MONEY, SENDING MONEY

TO THE CHILDREN.

THEN WE REALIZED, WAIT A

MINUTE, TO REALLY HELP THEM,

TO GET THEM ON THEIR FEET,

WE NEED TO FOCUS ON

EDUCATION.

Reporter: A CHRISTIAN

TUTOR HELPED THIS

16-YEAR-OLD GET BETTER

GRADES IN SCHOOL.

LAST YEAR THE SCHOOL RANKED

HIM NUMBER TWO IN HIS

FRESHMAN CLASS.

HIS FATHER, A TAILER, DIED

AT THE AGE OF 38.

HIS MOTHER LEARNED SKILLS OF

HER OWN, BUT HAD NO MONEY TO

GET STARTED.

CARING CHRISTIANS PROVIDED

HER WITH THE SEED MONEY TO

OPERATE A SMALL HAIR SALON

IN HER HOME.

BEFORE I HAD NO SOCIAL

LIFE.

I WAS AFRAID TO GO OUT IN

PUBLIC.

I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH

SELF-ESTEEM.

I TALK TO PEOPLE NOW.

I'M A TOTALLY DIFFERENT

PERSON.

I THANK GOD THIS SALON IS

PROVIDING FOOD AND CLOTHING,

EVERYTHING WE NEED.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS

THE LORD WHO IS PROVIDING

FOR US.

Reporter: 15-YEAR-OLD

I'M MA IMAN WAS ONLY 3

YEARS OLD WHEN HIS FATHER

DIED.

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS DONATED

MONEY TO PAY HIS SCHOOL FEES

SO HE COULD REMAIN IN

SCHOOL.

THEY ALSO PAID FOR HIS

MOTHER'S HEART SURGERY.

SHE NOW DOES SOME SMALL

SEWING JOBS TO HELP PROVIDE

FOR HER FAMILY.

THEY LIVE IN SEVERAL ROOMS

OF THIS HOUSE, BUT THE

LANDLORD WANTS THEM TO

LEAVE.

IMAN TAKES THIS VOLUNTEER ON

A TOUR OF THE HOUSE THAT

COPTIC CHRISTIANS ARE

BUILDING FOR THEIR FAMILY.

THEIR HELP HAVE MADE A

BIG DIFFERENCE.

THE CHILDREN WOULD NOT HAVE

BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH

SCHOOL.

THEY ARE NOW DOING WELL IN

THEIR CLASSES.

I'M SO THANKFUL TO GOD FOR

THE HELP THEY HAVE GIVEN

US.

Reporter: THEY NOW HAVE

A BRIGHTER FUTURE BECAUSE OF

THE HELP OF CARING AMERICAN

AND EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS.

[YELLING]

Reporter:

UNFORTUNATELY, THE RISE OF

THE ISLAMISTS MAY CAUSE

GREATER PERSECUTION AGAINST

NON-MUSLIMS, AND THAT MAY

LEAD TO MORE WIDOWS AND

ORPHANS IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

RIAD SAYS MANY CHRISTIANS

ARE READY FOR THE NEXT WAVE

OF PERSECUTION.

MANY OF THE CHRISTIANS

HAVE TOLD ME, I'M WILLING TO

DIE FOR CHRIST, LITERALLY.

AND THEY WILL BE PUT IN SUCH

A SITUATION.

WE WANT TO BE MORE AND MORE

READY TO PAIR AND TO SUPPORT

AND TO MAKE THE CHRISTIANS

IN EGYPT STRONGER AND

STRONGER.

ACTUALLY, CHRIST GIVES US AN

OFFER TO WORK BESIDE HIM.

AND TO ME, I THINK THAT'S

THE GREATEST HONOR.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS, LUXOR, EGYPT.

Mark: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

COMMUNITY IS HELPING A

COUPLE IN NEED HAVE THE

WEDDING OF THEIR DREAMS.

Wendy: AFTER RECEIVING

SOME DEVASTATING NEWS, ONE

MASSACHUSETTS COUPLE WILL BE

GETTING MARRIED SOONER THAN

EXPECTED.

Mark: ALL THANKS TO

THEIR GENEROUS COMMUNITY.

ERIC AND JENNIFER WERE

PLANNING THEIR SUMMER

WEDDING, AND THEN ERIC WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE FOUR

PANCREATIC CANCER AND GIVEN

SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR TO

LIVE.

WITH LIMITED TIME AND

MEDICAL BILLS PILING UP, THE

COUPLE DECIDED ON A QUICK

CITY HALL WEDDING.

WE DECIDED TO CANCEL IT

BECAUSE BASICALLY WHEN

YOU'RE GIVEN SIX MONTHS TO A

YEAR TO LIVE, THAT LOOKS

LIKE EIGHT MONTHS DOWN THE

ROAD.

I WASN'T WAITING.

WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE

GOT MARRIED.

WE HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR EACH

OTHER OUR WHOLE LIVES.

NOW THAT I FOUND HER, I'M

NOT GOING TO LET HER GO.

Mark: WOW, THAT'S TRUE

LOVE.

WHEN THEIR COMMUNITY GOT

WORD OF THE PLAN, THEY

DECIDED TO STEP IN.

LOCAL VENDORS ARE GIVING THE

COUPLE THEIR DREAM WEDDING.

THE VENUE, THE DRESS, THE

CAKE, THE D.J., EVERYTHING

AT NO COST.

THE BIG DAY IS

JANUARY 24th.

SAY A PRAYER FOR ERIC.

Wendy: INDEED.

HE NEEDS A MIRACLE.

Mark: YES, HE DOES.

Wendy: THAT'S A GREAT

LOVE THAT THEY HAVE THOUGH.

GOD BLESS THEM.

THAT'S WILL DO IT FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

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