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CBN NewsWatch: March 12, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, March 12: New Obama mandate: Overtime pay, Florida election victory a referendum on Obamacare?, and Pastor Saeed shackled and refused Medical Treatment, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

MID TERM ELECTION PREVIEW IN

FLORIDA.

HOW ONE REPUBLICAN'S WIN

COULD BE A SIGN OF WHAT'S TO

COME.

PLUS, EXPANDING OVERTIME

PAY.

THE LATEST PUSH FROM THE

PRESIDENT THAT HAS SOME

WORRIED ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

AND MEET A MAN WHO ATTENDS

CHURCH AT THE SAME PLACE HE

LIVES, ON THE STREETS.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

SOME SAY IT'S A SIGN OF

WHAT'S AHEAD IN THE MID-TERM

ELECTIONS.

GOOD EVENING, I'M LORI

JOHNSON.

REPUBLICANS WON A MAJOR

VICTORY ON TUESDAY IN A

FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION.

THE KEY ISSUE AMONG THE

CANDIDATES, THE PRESIDENT'S

HEALTH CARE PLAN.

SOME ARE SAYING THE G.O.P.

WIN IS A WARNING SIGN TO

DEMOCRATS, AND IT COMES AS

OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT

PREDICTIONS FALL SHORT.

GARY LANE REPORTS.

Reporter: POLITICAL

EXPERTS SAY THE FLORIDA

SPECIAL ELECTION WAS REALLY

A REFERENDUM ON OBAMACARE.

DAVID JOLLY MADE REPEALING

THE LAW A CENTER PIECE OF

HIS FLORIDA DISTRICT 13

CAMPAIGN.

AND WHEN ALL OF THE VOTES

WERE COUNTED ON TUESDAY

NIGHT, THE REPUBLICAN WAS

DECLARED THE WINNER.

YOUR CONCERNS ARE MY

CONCERNS, AND I PLEDGE EVERY

DAY TO WORK WITH YOU AND FOR

YOU.

Reporter: PERHAPS

WORKING TO MAKE DRASTIC

CHANGES TO THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT, OR TO FIGHT TO

SCRAP IT AND BEGIN AGAIN.

THAT'S BECAUSE THE MAJORITY

OF LIKELY AMERICAN VOTERS

OPPOSE THE LAW.

56% VIEW IT UNFAVORABLY

ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL.

AND THERE ARE FEWER SIGNUPS

THAN EXPECTED, ONLY

4.2 MILLION BY THE END OF

FEBRUARY.

IT FALLS 4.5 MILLION SHORT

OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S GOAL.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST SIGNUP

SHORT FALLS IS WITH YOUNG

ADULTS.

ONLY 25% OF ENROLLEES ARE

BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND

24.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

SAYS THAT FIGURE NEEDS TO BE

40% TO HELP OFFSET THE COSTS

FOR UNHEALTHY AND OLDER

ENROLLEES.

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS URGED

YOUNG AMERICANS TO SIGN UP.

IF YOU'RE 25 YEARS OLD

AND YOU MAKE 25,000 A YEAR,

YOU CAN FIND A PLAN THAT

WILL COST YOU $105 A MONTH.

MY GUESS IS YOU CAN'T FIND A

PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES FOR

$105 A MONTH.

Reporter: AND PRESIDENT

OBAMA WAS ALSO ON THE STOMP

FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE

ACT.

A COMEDIAN ACTOR QUESTIONED

THE PRESIDENT ON THE SHOW

"FUNNY OR DIE."

WHAT DID YOU COME HERE TO

PLUG?

President Obama: FIRST

OF ALL, I THINK IT IS FAIR

TO SAY I WOULDN'T BE WITH

YOU HERE TODAY IF I DIDN'T

HAVE SOMETHING TO PLUG.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT?

OH, YEAH.

THAT'S THE THING THAT

DOESN'T WORK.

WHY WOULD YOU GET THE PERSON

WHO CREATED THE ZOOM CREATE

YOUR WEBSITE?

President Obama: HEALTH

CARE.GOV WORKS GREAT NOW.

IF THERE IS ONE THING

THAT UNIFIES POL SESSIONS

POLITICIANS IN BOTH PARTIES

IS THEIR TOP PRIORITY IS

PRESERVING THEIR

CONGRESSIONAL HIDE.

IF ENOUGH DEMOCRATS REALIZE

THEY STAND WITH OBAMACARE

AND LOSE, OR THEY LISTEN TO

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HAVE

A CHANCE AT STAYING IN

OFFICE, THAT'S THE ONE WAY

WE'LL DO IT IN 2015.

IF NOT, WE'LL DO IT IN

2017.

Lori: WE TURN TO

REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST FILL

PHILIP STUTTS.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Lori: WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE FLORIDA ELECTION MEANS?

A FEW THINGS STAND OUT.

ALEX SINX RAN FOR GOVERNOR

AND SHE WON THIS DISTRICT.

PRESIDENT OBAMA WON THIS

DISTRICT TWICE.

SHE OUTRAISED DAVID JOLLY.

DAVID JOLLY STILL WON.

THEY MADE IT A REFERENDUM ON

OBAMACARE, AND IT IS A

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR

REPUBLICANS IN THE 2014

MID-TERMS.

Lori: WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD DO AT

THIS POINT, TO TAKE FULL

ADVANTAGE OF THE COUNTRY'S

GROWING DISCONTENT WITH

OBAMACARE?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

I THINK THE INTERESTING PART

IS KEEP RUNNING AS THEY'RE

RUNNING.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS IS

WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS

DOING.

HE WAS DOWN IN FLORIDA LAST

WEEK FOR VACATION.

HE HAS PLAYED OVER 50 ROUNDS

OF GOLF IN THE LAST YEAR.

HE WAS, AS YOUR STORY JUST

POINTED OUT, WAS GIVING AN

INTERVIEW WITH A COMEDIAN,

KIND OF POKING FUN AT

OBAMACARE.

THESE THINGS UNDERMINE WHAT

HE IS TRYING TO DO.

IT IS CREATING A DISTRUST

AMONG VOTERS.

WE'RE SEEING THAT IN THE

POLLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

AND REPUBLICANS NEED TO

CONTINUE TO RUN ON THAT.

BUT THEY ALSO NEED TO

PROVIDE A SOLUTION.

AND I THINK THEY'RE WORKING

TOWARDS THAT.

Lori: THE CRUCIAL YOUNG

ADULTS ARE NOT SIGNING UP

FOR OBAMACARE.

DO YOU THINK THAT MEANS

THEY'RE BECOMING

DISILLUSIONED WITH THE

PRESIDENT OR WITH THE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY?

I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS

THAT.

WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS

THEY'RE STAYING ON THEIR

PARENTS' PLANS MORE THAN

ANYTHING ELSE.

AND THEY -- I JUST HEARD

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS SAYS THAT

A HUNDRED DOLLAR PLAN IS

CHEAPER THAN BUYING A PAIR

OF RUNNING SHOES.

THAT'S A HUNDRED DOLLARS A

MONTH, $1200 A YEAR.

I'VE NEVER BOUGHT RUNNING

SHOES THAT COST $1200.

YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE SAYING

THAT IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR

THEM.

NOT T TO MENTION THE OLDER

AMERICANS WHO'S PREMIUMS ARE

ABOUT TO EXPLODE.

Lori: DO YOU THINK IT

WILL HELP DEMOCRATS IN

NOVEMBER, OR ARE THEY

ALREADY LOST THE BATTLE?

I THINK WHAT WE'RE GOING

TO SEE THIS FALL IS PREMIUMS

ARE GOING TO GO UP.

THEY'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT

PREMIUMS.

THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT

THAT.

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS EVEN SAID

PREMIUMS ARE GOING UP, JUST

THE OTHER DAY.

THAT IS GOING TO BE A HUGE,

HUGE ANCHOR TO DEMOCRATS'

HOPES OF TRYING TO GET BACK

INTO THE MAJORITY IN

CONGRESS IN 2014.

Lori: ALL RIGHT, PHILIP

STUTTS, THANKS AS ALWAYS,

FOR YOUR INSIGHTS.

THANK YOU.

Lori: PRESIDENT OBAMA

IS FACING HIS LOWEST PUBLIC

APPROVAL RATING YET.

A NEW "WALL STREET JOURNAL"

NBC NEWS POLL FINDS ONLY 41%

OF AMERICANS APPROVE OF HOW

THE PRESIDENT IS DOING HIS

JOB.

SOME 54% DISAPPROVE.

MEANWHILE, THOSE ON THE

RIGHT AREN'T DOING MUCH

BETTER.

45% OF THE AMERICANS HAVE A

NEGATIVE VIEW OF THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PLANS TO

BOOST OVERTIME PAY.

HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE

LABOR DEPARTMENT COULD

AFFECT MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS, BUT CRITICS SAY

IT COULD BE YET ANOTHER

JOB-KILLER.

JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS.

Reporter: EARLIER THIS

YEAR, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED

AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, RAISING

THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR SOME

FEDERAL WORKERS TO MORE THAN

$10 AN HOUR.

NOW HE MAY DIRECT THE LABOR

DEPARTMENT TO FORCE MORE

EMPLOYERS TO PAY OVERTIME

FOR CERTAIN SALARIED

WORKERS.

CRITICS SAY HIS POLICIES ARE

JOB-RESTRICTERS, IF NOT

JOB-KILLERS FOR AMERICAN

EMPLOYERS.

WHAT THEY NEED IS JOBS,

NOT FOOD STAMPS.

WHAT THEY NEED IS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON THAT

FIRST RUNG OF THE ECONOMIC

LADDER, WHERE THEIR LABOR IS

NOT WORTH VERY MUCH, AND

CLIMB THAT LADDER THROUGH

HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE AND

EDUCATION.

Reporter: BUT SOME

ECONOMIC ANALYSTS SAY THE

RUNGS HAVE BEEN MISSING IN

THE RECENT YEARS.

THE ECONOMISTS SAY THAT

THESE MID-TIER JOBS HAVE

BEEN HALLOWED OUT.

AND FOR THOSE ON THE LOW

END, IT IS PRETTY HARD TO

CLIMB UP.

Reporter: RICHARD

WILSON STARTED AT WAL-MART

STOCKING SHELVES.

IT IS TWO YEARS LATER, AND

HE IS WAITING FOR A PROMISED

PROMOTION.

I FIND MYSELF LIKE MANY

AMERICANS DID WHAT THEY WERE

SUPPOSED TO DO, ONLY TO FIND

OUT THE JOBS WE WERE

PROMISED ARE NOT THERE.

Reporter: AND THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT ISN'T MAKING

THINGS EASIER THROUGH MORE

REGULATIONS.

WE HAVE ABOUT 140 MILLION

COSTUMERS THAT SHOP IN OUR

STORES EACH WEEK.

IF THOSE PEOPLE ARE GETTING

MORE OPPORTUNITIES AND ARE

EARNING HIGHER INCOMES AND

THERE IS A VIBRANT MIDDLE

CLASS, THAT WILL LEAD TO

MORE DISPOSABLE INCOME IN

PEOPLE'S WALLETS AND

POCKETBOOKS AND WE'LL GET

OUR FAIR SHARE OF THAT.

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT'S CLASS WARFARE

ARGUMENTS ARE POPULAR WITH

HIS POLITICAL BASE, BUT A

WEAK RECOVERY MAY CAUSE

EMPLOYERS TO PULL BACK, AND

THAT COULD MEAN ONE MORE

SIGN OF TROUBLE IN

NOVEMBER.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Lori: AND AMERICAN

PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN IS

BEING REFUSED MEDICAL

TREATMENT.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI'S

HEALTH IS DETERIORATING AS A

RESULT OF PRISON BEATINGS.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE REPORTS THAT

OVER A WEEK AGO HE WAS MOVED

FROM HIS JAIL CELL TO A

PRIVATE HOSPITAL FOR

TREATMENT, BUT TODAY THAT

TREATMENT STOPPED.

PASTOR SAEED WAS SHACKLED

AND WAS REFUSED MEDICAL

CARE.

AND HOSPITAL DOCTORS SAID HE

MUST LEAVE AND RETURN TO

PRISON.

FOR MORE ON THIS AND HOW YOU

CAN JOIN THE MILLIONS

CALLING FOR PASTOR SAEED TO

BE RELEASED, YOU CAN VISIT

OUR WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

ALSO OVERSEAS, TODAY GAZA

MILITANTS FIRED DOZENS OF

ROCKETS INTO SOUTHERN

ISRAEL.

THE MALITIA GROUP IS

CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THE ATTACK, SAYING THAT IT

WAS TO AVENGE THE DEATH OF

THREE OF ITS MEMBERS DURING

AN ISRAELI AIR STROKE.

ISRAELI'S MILITARY SAYS THE

IRON DOME STOPPED AT LEAST

THREE OF THE ROCKETS.

THE REST FELL ALONG BORDER

COMMUNITIES.

THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF

CASUALTIES.

THE UNITED STATES IS

COMMITTED TO BACKING

UKRAINE'S NEW GOVERNMENT.

THAT'S THE MESSAGE PRESIDENT

OBAMA IS SENDING RUSSIA BY

MEETING WITH THE NEWER

UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER.

AND CONGRESS IS CONSIDERING

NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

FOR HAVING MILITARY FORCES

ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE.

WHILE WE RESPECT,

OBVIOUSLY, THAT RUSSIA HAS

DEEP HISTORICAL, CULTURAL,

AND OTHER KINDS OF INTERESTS

WITH RESPECT TO UKRAINE, AND

PARTICULARLY CRIMEA, NOTHING

JUSTIFIES A MILITARY

INTERVENTION.

Lori: UKRAINIANS IN THE

CRIMEAN PENINSULA ARE

PREPARING TO VOTE SUNDAY

WHETHER TO REMAIN PART OF

UKRAINE OR TO BREAK AWAY AND

JOIN RUSSIA.

SEARCH EFFORTS CONTINUE

TONIGHT FOR THAT MISSING

MALAYSIAN PLANE, AND

AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RULING

OUT ANY POSSIBLE CAUSE FOR

ITS SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE.

IT HAS BEEN FIVE DAYS SINCE

FLIGHT 370 DISAPPEARED WITH

239 PEOPLE ON BOARD.

TODAY MORE NATIONS JOINED

THE SEARCH FOR THE PLANE,

AND THE SEARCH AREA HAS BEEN

EXPANDED TO COVER 36,000

SQUARE MILES.

AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RULING

OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A

MECHANICAL FAILURE, PILOT

ERROR, SABOTAGE, OR

TERRORISM.

COMING UP, AN IRAQI WOMAN'S

CHILDHOOD DREAM COMES TRUE.

WATCH HER BECOME AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN.

Lori: IRAQ WAS ONCE

HOME TO A THRIVING CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY, BUT NOT ANY

LONGER.

NOW BELIEVERS ARE FLEEING

THE COUNTRY, OFTEN COMING TO

THE UNITED STATES.

JOHN JESSUP INTRODUCES US TO

ONE IRAQI WOMAN WHO RECENTLY

BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.

A WOMAN AND CHRISTIAN?

GIVE IT A LITTLE LONGER.

Reporter: LUCILLE HAS

ALWAYS BEEN BRIGHT AND

OPTMISTIC, BUT UNLIKE HER

POSITIVE PERSONALITY, MANY

OF HER CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

WERE SCARE SCARRED BY THE

DARK CLOUDS OF WAR.

I NEEDED TO GET AWAY.

I JUST COULDN'T SEE ANY

FUTURE FOR MYSELF.

Reporter: SHE AND HER

FAMILY FLED BAGHDAD IN 1991

TO ESCAPE WHAT SEEMED LIKE

ENDLESS FIGHTING.

SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD WHEN

THE NEARLY DECADE-LONG

IRAN-IRAQ WAR STARTED, AND

19 WHEN U.S. TROOPS LAUNCHED

OPERATION DESERT STORM.

SHE CONVINCED HER DAD TO

TAKE HER TO A COUNTRY SHE

ALWAYS DREAMED OF VISITING.

I BEGGED MY FATHER.

I SAID, DAD, PLEASE JUST GO

TO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY.

LET'S JUST TRY.

IT WAS A DREAM TO ME.

I DIDN'T GROW UP WITH THAT,

SO I REALLY WANTED IT.

Reporter: SHE AND HER

FATHER HAD ROUNDTRIP TICKETS

TO VISIT RELATIVES IN

KENTUCKY.

BUT HER AUNT HAD OTHER PLANS

FOR LUCILLE, AND THEY DIDN'T

INCLUDE RETURNING TO THE

DICTATORIAL RULE OF SADDAM

HUSSEIN.

SHE TOLD MY FATHER, THIS

GIRL -- I WILL NEVER EVER

LET HER LEAVE BACK WITH

YOU.

AND MY FATHER WAS, LIKE,

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

SHE IS MY DAUGHTER.

Reporter: HER AUNT

HELPED HER GET INTO THE

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY'S ARC

ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM.

FEELING MORE AMERICAN AS

TIME WENT BY.

BEING IRAQI IS WHO I AM,

AND BEING AMERICAN IS WHO I

GROW INTO.

Reporter: AND RECENTLY

ON THE 21st ANNIVERSARY OF

THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS, SHE

TOOK THE OATH AND BECAME AN

AMERICAN CITIZEN.

SURROUNDED BY OUR FOUNDING

DOCUMENT AT THE NATIONAL

ARCHIVES IN WASHINGTON,

D.C.

THIS COUNTRY IS WONDERFUL

IN OPENING ITS DOORS TO

IMMIGRANTS.

VERY OFTEN YOU COME AND YOU

RUSH THROUGH THE PROCESS.

FOR ME IT WAS MORE OF A

GROWING EXPERIENCE.

SO TODAY IT WAS MORE LIKE

I'M SEALING THE DEAL.

Reporter: SHE STILL

CARES DEEPLY FOR HER NATIVE

IRAQ AND IT'S PEOPLE, BUT

HER HOPES HAVE DIMMED ON AN

ISSUE THAT HITS CLOSE TO

HOME, THE GROWING

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

HONESTLY, I DON'T SEE A

FUTURE.

Reporter: LUCILLE IS AN

IRAQI CHRISTIAN, HOLD TO ONE

OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST

CHRISTIAN POPULATIONS.

IT IS CONSIDERED A VERY

HONEST AND FAIR COMMUNITY,

AND THEY GAVE A LOT TO IRAQ,

TO THE COUNTRY.

Reporter: BUT AFTER THE

IRAQ WAR BEGAN, CHRISTIANS

BECAME AN EASY TARGET,

FREQUENTLY PERSECUTED,

TORTURED OR KILLED.

IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, OF THE

NEARLY ONE MILLION

CHRISTIANS WHO CALLED IRAQ

HOME, ONLY ABOUT A THIRD ARE

LEFT, WITH MORE FLEEING

DAILY.

ANCIENT AND HISTORIC

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES ARE

THREATENED AS NEVER BEFORE.

Reporter: THE SITUATION

IS IT SAME IN EGYPT, WHERE

UNREST IS MAKING IT NEARLY

IMPOSSIBLE FOR ONCE ANCIENT

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES TO

SURVIVE.

AS A NEW AMERICAN CITIZEN,

LUCILLE HAS HIGH HOPES THE

COUNTRY SHE NOW CALLS HOME.

SHE PLANS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF THE RIGHTS SHE NEVER KNEW

IN IRAQ, LIKE VOTING.

THIS SPRING SHE PLANS TO

CAST HER VERY FIRST BALLOT

FOR A FELLOW IRAQIAN THAT IS

RUNNING IN CONGRESS.

THIS HAPPENS IN THE

UNITED STATES.

IT GAVE ME THE HOPE, LIKE

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU

WANT.

YOU CAN BE ANYONE YOU WANT

TO BE.

THAT'S WHAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL

ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Lori: UP NEXT, MEET THE

WOMAN REACHING THOSE WITHOUT

HOMES THROUGH A CHURCH

WITHOUT WALLS.

Lori: EMERGENCY CREWS

ARE STILL SIFTING THROUGH

THE DEBRIS OF A BUILDING

COLLAPSE IN NEW YORK CITY.

AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE WERE

KILLED, AND DOZENS ARE STILL

MISSING.

AN EXPLOSION HAPPENED THIS

MORNING IN EAST HARLEM,

LEVELLING TWO BUILDINGS, ONE

OF WHICH HOUSED A CHURCH.

RIGHT NOW AUTHORITIES SUS

SPEK SUSPECT A GAS LEAK IS

BEHIND THE BLAST.

RECORD HIGH NUMBERS OF

HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE SEEKING

SHELTER IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE COALITION FOR THE

HOMELESS REPORTS NEARLY

54,000 PEOPLE STAYED IN

OVERNIGHT SHELTERS IN

JANUARY, THE HIGHEST NUMBER

EVER RECORDED.

MORE THAN 22,000 OF THOSE

WERE CHILDREN.

ON AVERAGE HOMELESS FAMILIES

IN NEW YORK CITY WILL STAY

IN A SHELTER FOR ALMOST 15

MONTHS.

NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN

600,000 AMERICANS ARE

HOMELESS.

AND FOR THOSE LIVING ON THE

STREETS OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH

CAROLINA, ONE GRANDMOTHER IS

PROVIDING HELP.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS HER STORY

IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT.

Reporter: THE STREETS

OF CHARLOTTE ARE HOME TO

MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE.

LORI "HOTDOG" MONTGOMERY IS

ONE OF THEM.

YOU ARE WHERE GOD WANTS

YOU TO BE AT THAT TIME THAT

HE WANTS YOU TO THERE.

I AM JUST RESIDENTIALLY

DISVACHED.

DISADVANTAGED.

REAR

Reporter: AT 63, RORY

CAN FIT ALL HE OWNS IN A

SHOPPING CART.

BUT HE IS NOT BITTER ABOUT

HIS LIFE.

IF I CAN DO SOMETHING

GOOD FOR SOMEBODY WHO DON'T

HAVE, MAYBE SOMEBODY WHO

HAVE CAN DO SOMETHING FOR

SOMEBODY ELSE WHO DON'T

HAVE.

Reporter: AND HIS HEART

IS PUMPED EVEN BIGGER ON

SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

WHEN HE JOINS DOZENS OF

OTHER HOMELESS FOR CHURCH IN

THIS PARKING LOT.

YOU'RE ON THE CORNER OF

THE BLOCK, AND YOU AIN'T IN

THE RIFF-RAFF.

AND IT MIGHT BE THE TIME

THAT SOMETHING HAPPENS AND

GOD PUT ME HERE.

Reporter: THE TIRELESS

GRANDMOTHER BEHIND THIS

GROWING CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

IS FREDDIE POWER.

BY GOD'S GRACE I'M NOT

THERE.

WE ALL COULD BE THERE.

Reporter: THIS IS THE

SECOND HOMELESS CHURCH

MS. FREDDIE HAS STARTED

THROUGH HER "KEEPING HOPE

ALIVE" MINISTRY.

THEY COME FROM

ENCOURAGEMENT, PRAYER --

HE WILL ALWAYS TAKE CARE

OF ME.

HE WILL ALWAYS TAKE CARE

OF ME.

-- AND FOOD.

HOW IS YOUR JOB GOING?

IT'S OKAY.

Reporter: THIS IS STILL

A WALK OF FAITH FOR

MS. FREDDIE, WHO EMPTIED HER

BANK ACCOUNT TO BY GROCERIES

FOR THAT VERY FIRST SERVICE

IN 2008.

22 PEOPLE GAVE THEIR

HEART TO JESUS IN THAT

WEEKEND.

I SAID, OKAY, GOD, WHAT ARE

YOU DOING HERE?

SHOULD I DO IT AGAIN?

AND HE SAID YES.

AND SOMEONE GAVE ME MONEY.

AND 22 MORE PEOPLE GAVE

THEIR HEART TO JESUS.

AND THEN HE SAID, I WANT YOU

TO START A CHURCH FOR THE

HOMELESS.

PUT OUT A FEW PLASTIC CHAIRS

AND I'LL BRING THE PEOPLE.

Reporter: FREDDIE

POWERS' FIRST CHURCH FOR THE

HOMELESS STARTED HERE ON THE

STREETS OF CHARLOTTE.

IT IS A CORNER WITH REAL

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR

THE CITY.

HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

I DIDN'T SEE YOU LAST WEEK.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE IT MEETS ACROSS THE

STREET FROM THE SITE OF A

FAMOUS CHURCH, BUILT BY

ALFRED GARR IN THE 1930s.

EVEN DURING THE

DEPRESSION, HE BROUGHT THE

OLD COLLISIUM OF CHARLOTTE,

A BRICK AT A TIME TO BUILD

THIS.

THE WALLS ARE THIS THICK.

AND HE PAID THEM A SANDWICH

A DAY FOR THEM WORKING.

ISN'T THAT AMAZING?

HE BELIEVED IN THAT CHURCH,

AND HE BELIEVED THAT THE

HOLY SPIRIT WAS COMING.

Reporter: MS. FREDDIE

SAYS SHE AND HER TEAM STILL

WITNESS MIRACLES IN THE

NEIGHBORHOOD TODAY.

SOMEONE INVITED ME TO

COME TO THE LAND, AND THE

BUILDING WAS THERE THEN, AND

WE FELT THE PRESENCE OF THE

LORD STILL ON THE PLACE.

FOR ALL OF THE MIRACLES THAT

HAPPENED DURING THAT TIME.

THAT'S WHAT IS SO GREAT

ABOUT IT.

WE SHOW UP AND GOD DOES THE

REST.

I DON'T DO THAT PART.

I DON'T DO THE MIRACLES, BUT

HE DOES.

AND HE SAVES PEOPLE AND

HEALS PEOPLE.

Reporter: HOTDOG IS ONE

OF THOSE MIRACLE.

THOUGH BLIND IN ONE EYE, HE

CAN STILL CREATE WORKS OF

ART LIKE THIS, WITH JUST A

PENCIL, A Q-TIP AND AN

ERASER.

I USE WHAT I CAN.

HE HAS SUCH TALENT.

HE IS AMAZING.

AND THERE HE IS, ON THE

STREETS.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

Reporter: MS. FREDDIE

OFFERS ONLY ONE PRAYER FOR

HOTDOG AND FOR THE OTHER

WALKING MIRACLES ON THESE

STREETS.

I WANT TO BE REAL TO THEM

RIGHT WHERE THEY'RE AT.

I WANT THEM TO LIVE A SUPER

NATURAL MIRACLE LIFE RIGHT

WHERE THEY'RE AT.

Reporter: AND THAT'S

WHY SOME CALL HER

CHARLOTTE'S MOTHER TERESA.

YOU WILL FIND IT.

YOU'RE DOING GOOD.

I'LL BE HERE.

Reporter: EPHRAIM

GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, CHARLOTTE,

NORTH CAROLINA.

Lori: UP NEXT, BRACE

YOURSELVES FOR A SPECIALTY

COFFEE THAT IS A TREAT FOR

YOUR TASTEBUDS, BUT NOT YOUR

BUDGET.

Lori: HERE IS A

QUESTION FOR COFFEE-LOVERS:

HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO

PAY FOR THAT DAILY FIX OF

CAFFEINE.

BUDEN, A NEW SPECIALTY

COFFEE SHOP IN NEW YORK CITY

HAS A $10 LATTE ON THEIR

MENU.

IT WILL KEEP ME UP FOR 48

HOURS NON-STOP.

Lori: BUDEN'S OWNERS

SAY THE $10 LATTE USES RARE

AND EXPENSIVE ETHIOPIAN

BEANS, WITH A SPECIAL SYRUP,

WHICH DRIVES UP THE PRICE.

WHILE SOME COSTUMERS ADMIT

TO SPLURGING ONCE IN A

WHILE, FOR THE MOST PART

THEY STICK TO $2.50 A CUP.

AND THERE ARE THOSE OF US

WHO THINK $2.50 IS A TOO

MUCH TO SPEND FOR A CUP OF

COFFEE.

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

AT NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

TOMORROW.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

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