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CBN NewsWatch: April 4, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, April 4: Army: Fort Hood shooter 'mentally unstable', Court upholds NY ban on church in schools, and US re-evaluating role in Mideast Peace talks, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

NEUTRAL, WHAT LED TO THE

FORT HOOD SHOOTING?

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY MAY

HAVE AN IDEA AS TO WHAT SET

THE GUNMAN OFF.

Wendy: PLUS,

WORSHIPPING IN SCHOOLS, WHY

SOME NEW YORK CHURCHES MAY

NO LONGER HAVE A PLACE TO

MEET.

Mark: AND CBN NEWS

HEADS TO ALASKA TO SEE HOW

SOME WOUNDED WARRIORS ARE

FINDING HEALING AND HOPE.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

QUESTIONS REMAIN TONIGHT

ABOUT THAT DEADLY SHOOTING

AT FORT HOOD.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

ARMY INVESTIGATORS ARE

LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE

SOLDIER WHO WENT ON A

SHOOTING RAMPAGE WEDNESDAY.

THEY NOW SAY THAT HIS

UNSTABLE MENTAL HEALTH IS

THE MAIN REASON HE SHOT 19

PEOPLE.

MEANWHILE, CHURCHES IN THE

AREA ARE PREPARING FOR

SUNDAY'S SERVICES AND HOPING

TO HELP THOSE STRUGGLING IN

THE AFTERMATH.

HEATHER CELLS HAS MORE.

Reporter: THE ARMY SAYS

IT HAS STRONG EVIDENCE THAT

IVAN LOPEZ HAD AN UNSTABLE

PSYCHIATRIC OR PSYCHOLOGICAL

CONDITION, AND CALLED THAT

THE FUNDAMENTAL CAUSE FOR

WEDNESDAY'S TRAGEDY.

INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO

LOOKING INTO AN ARGUMENT

THAT LOPEZ HAD WITH ANOTHER

SERVICE MEMBER BEFORE THE

ATTACK.

BUT THE ARMY SAYS

AUTHORITIES HAD NO REASON TO

BELIEVE THAT LOPEZ WOULD

HARM ANYONE.

WE HAD NO INDICATION,

NONE ON THE RECORD OF THE

EXAMINATION THAT WAS ANY

SIGN OF LIKELY VIOLENCE,

EITHER TO HIMSELF OR TO

OTHERS.

NO SUICIDAL IDEATION.

Reporter: INVESTIGATORS

DON'T BELIEVE LOPEZ TARGETED

SPECIFIC SOLDIERS DURING HIS

ATTACK, AND THEY DON'T

BELIEVE HE HAD ANY TIES TO

POTENTIAL TERRORISTS, BUT

THEY HAVE NOT RULED IT OUT.

NEIGHBORS HAVE EXPRESSED

SHOCK OVER THE SHOOTING.

I SAW HIM AT LUNCH, YOU

KNOW.

AND HE SEEMED PERFECTLY

FINE.

AND IT IS JUST MIND-BLOWING,

REALLY.

Reporter: CHURCHES IN

THE AREA SAY IT IS A LOT FOR

THE COMMUNITY TO DEAL WITH

JUST FIVE YEARS AFTER THE

PREVIOUS SHOOTING AT FORT

HOOD.

AND A LITTLE OVER 20 YEARS

AFTER THE MASSACRE AT LUBE'S

CAFETERIA IN KILLEEN.

WE HAD A NUMBER OF

CIVILIANS THAT WORKED IN THE

ROOM WHERE THE FORT HOOD

TOOK PLACE.

FIVE YEARS IS NOT TOO LONG

TO BE WITNESSING MASS

MURDER.

Reporter: PASTOR

WALLACE REWROTE THIS

SUNDAY'S SERVICE AFTER THE

SHOOTING.

THE NEW FOCUS, ROMANS 8.

THIS WORLD DOESN'T

CHALLENGE THE WORD OF GOD.

GOD IS STILL GOD.

Reporter: A POWERFUL

MESSAGE FOR THOUSANDS IN

THIS COMMUNITY, STRUGGLING

TO FIND COMFORT AND HOPE.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: AND COMING UP

LATER ON "NEWSWATCH," WE'LL

TAKE A LOOK AT ONE GROUP

WORKING TO HELP SOLDIERS

SUFFERING FROM PTSD.

STICK AROUND FOR THAT.

Mark: DOZENS OF

CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS

GROUPS THAT MEET IN NEW YORK

SCHOOLS MAY HAVE NOWHERE TO

CELEBRATE EASTER OR

PASSOVER.

THAT'S BECAUSE OF A RULING

FROM THE SECOND CIRCUIT

COURT OF APPEALS.

THE JUDGES UPHELD THE

STATE'S BAN ON RELIGIOUS

SERVICES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

ONE PASTOR SAYS HE EXPECTS

THE CASE TO GO TO THE

SUPREME COURT, AND HE IS

PRAYING THAT THE DECISION

WILL BE OVERTURNED.

THE FIGHT OVER CHURCHES IN

NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS HAS

BEEN GOING ON FOR MORE THAN

A DECADE.

CHARLENE AARON VISITED WITH

ONE NEW YORK PASTOR.

Wendy: SHE SURE DID,

WHO ARGUES THAT THE CHURCHES

ARE DOING A LOT OF GOOD FOR

THE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY

MEET.

AND HE SAYS HE IS COMMITTED

TO STAY.

Reporter: PASTOR DIMUS

IS ONE OF MANY PASTORS IN

NEW YORK FIGHTING FOR THE

RIGHT TO HOLD SERVICES IN

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE CITY.

THERE IS SO MUCH PRAYER

THAT IS GOING FORWARD.

THERE IS SO MANY PEOPLE, YOU

KNOW, JOINING US IN THE

FIGHT.

Reporter: 16 YEARS AGO,

THE BRONX HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH

SUED THE CITY OVER A SCHOOL

POLICY, PREVENTING CHURCHES

FROM HOLDING WORSHIP

SERVICES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

MANY HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHY

NEW YORK CITY WOULD EVEN

WANT TO FORCE CHURCHES OUT

OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

PASTOR DIMUS SAYS HOMOSEXUAL

ACTIVISTS ARE BEHIND THE

PUSH.

IT WAS QUITE EVIDENT THAT

THE L.B.G.T. COMMUNITY STOOD

UP AND SAID YOU GUYS ARE

PREACHING AGAINST THE

CHURCH -- SORRY, YOU GUYS

ARE PREACHING A DOCTRINE

THAT IS AGAINST, YOU KNOW,

GAY MARRIAGE, AND THAT'S WHY

WE'RE COMING AGAINST YOU

GUYS.

WE DON'T WANT YOU TO HAVE

CHURCHES IN SCHOOLS.

WE'RE COMING AGAINST YOU.

Reporter: CHURCHES THAT

HOLD SERVICES IN PUBLIC

SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY

CENTERS JUST LIKE THIS ONE

ALL ACROSS NEW YORK CITY SAY

THE MINISTER THEY OFFER IS

CHANGING LIVES, AND THEY ARE

PREPARED TO CONTINUE THE

FIGHT.

WE CLOSED DOWN THE GANGS

IN THAT AREA.

WE SHUT DOWN DRUG

OPERATIONS.

GOD IS MOVING IN THE BRONX.

HE IS MOVING THROUGH

AFFINITY CHURCH.

IT IS JUST GREAT PEOPLE THAT

LOVE JESUS.

AND THEY JUST HAVE WILD,

RADICAL FAITH TO SEE GOD,

YOU KNOW, DO SOME AMAZING

THINGS.

Reporter: THEY HOPE

THAT INCLUDES VICTORY FOR

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Mark: THE CO-FOUNDER OF

INTERNET GIANT MOZILLA IS

STEPPING DOWN FROM HIS ROLE

AS C.E.O. BECAUSE OF HIS

SUPPORT OF TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE.

A PUBLIC OUTCRY BEGAN ALL

BECAUSE OF A DONATION HE

MADE IN SUPPORT OF

CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 8.

SIX YEARS AGO, IKE GAVE

$1,000 TO THE CAMPAIGN

WORKING TO PASS THE MEASURE

BANNING GAY MARRIAGE IN

CALIFORNIA.

THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED

PROP 8 LAST YEAR, BUT IKE'S

DONATION TO THE CAUSE LED TO

WIDESPREAD CRITICISM OF HIS

ROLE.

THE COMPANY HAS APOLOGIZED

FOR THE PROMOTION, SAYING

THEIR ACTIONS DID NOT MEET

EXPECTATIONS OF COSTUMERS.

Wendy: FOR MORE, WE

TURN TO PETER SPRIGG, A

SENIOR FELLOW AT THE FAMILY

RESEARCH COUNCIL.

PETER, IS AMERICA COMING TO

THE POINT WHERE PEOPLE CAN

NO LONGER SUPPORT WHAT THEY

BELIEVE IN WITHOUT FEARING A

POLITICALLY CORRECT

BACKLASH?

WE APPEAR TO BE MOVING IN

THAT DIRECTION.

AND IT IS A VERY TROUBLING

DEVELOPMENT, INDEED.

IT IS VERY STRANGE THAT ANY

CORPORATION WOULD THINK THAT

THEIR COSTUMERS EXPECT THEM

TO CENSOR PRIVATE ACTIVITY

AND SPEECH OF ANY EMPLOYEE,

OR EVEN THEIR CHIEF

EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AND TO

PUNISH THEM FOR SOMETHING

THEY DID SIX YEARS EARLY,

TAKING A POSITION THAT WAS

IN ACCORDANCE WITH A

MAJORITY OF THE VOTERS IN

CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS

BARACK OBAMA AT THE TIME,

WHEN HE WAS ELECTED

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

SO THIS IS REALLY A NEW

McCARTHYISM WE'RE SEEING,

WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING

INTERROGATED, ARE YOU NOW OR

ARE YOU EVER BEEN IN SUPPORT

OF NATURAL MARRIAGE?

AND IF THE ANSWER IS YET,

APPARENTLY THEY'RE TO BE

BARRED FROM LEADERSHIP IN

CORPORATE AMERICA.

Wendy: WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT MOZILLA THAT

THEY APOLOGIZED FOR

PROMOTING BRENDAN?

HE SHOULD BE PROMOTED ON

THE BASIS OF HIS ABILITY.

OBVIOUSLY HE HAD ABILITY.

HE WAS A CO-FOUNDER OF THE

COMPANY.

HE WORKED WITH THEM SINCE

1998.

THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY NOTHING

DEFICIENT IN HIS

PERFORMANCE.

AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE

THAT HE, IN ANY WAY, I WAS

DISRESPECTFUL TO

SELF-IDENTIFIED GAY

EMPLOYEES OR COSTUMERS.

SO THIS IS ENTIRELY ON THE

BASIS OF HIS PRIVATE

POLITICAL ACTIVITY, WHICH

HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS

ROLE IN THE COMPANY.

I THINK IT IS OUTRAGEOUS.

Wendy: PETER, WOULD YOU

CONSIDER BRANDON IKE'S

SITUATION AN INJUSTICE?

AND WHAT COULD BE DONE TO

STOP THAT?

THEIR COSTUMERS,

MOZILLA'S COSTUMERS SHOULD

LET THEM KNOW.

IT CAN HAVE AN EFFECT AMONG

GROUPS THAT HAVE SIGNIFICANT

SUPPORT FROM CHRISTIANS OR

CONSERVATIVES.

THE PRODUCERS OF "DUCK

DYNASTY", AND THE OWNERS OF

CRACKER BARREL GOT A SWIFT

LESSON WHEN THEY TRIED TO

PUNISH ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF

THAT "DUCK DYNASTY" CLAN FOR

HAVING PRO-FAMILY VIEWS.

THEY HAD TO BACK OFF.

JUST LAST WEEK WORLD VISION,

WHEN THEY TRIED TO

COMPROMISE WITH THE

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA, THEY HAD

TO BACK OFF ONLY TWO DAYS

LATER BECAUSE OF THE

OUTCRY.

SO PEOPLE DO HAVE POWER, BUT

THAT POWER MAY BE DEFUSED A

LITTLE BIT IN A SECULAR

COMPANY LIKE MOZILLA.

Wendy: WELL, USE YOUR

VOICE.

THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT.

PETER SPRIGG, THANKS SO

MUCH.

MARK?

Mark: THE UNITED STATES

WILL RE-EVALUATE ITS ROLE IN

MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS.

THIS AFTER RECENT MOVES FROM

BOTH ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN

LEADERSHIP, WHICH ALL BUT

ENDED NEGOTIATIONS.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY SAYS IT IS TIME FOR A

REALITY CHECK,

ADDING, QUOTE,"THERE ARE

LIMITS TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME

AND EFFORT THAT THE UNITED

STATES CAN SPEND IF THE

PARTIES THEMSELVES ARE

UNABLE TO TAKE CONSTRUCTIVE

STEPS."

MEANWHILE, VIOLENCE IS

STIRRING IN THE REGION AS

THE HOPE FOR PEACE TALKS

DIM.

DOZENS OF PALESTINIANS THREW

STONES AT ISRAELI TROOPS

TODAY.

THEY RESPONDED WITH TEAR

GAS.

THE CLASHES COME AFTER

ISRAEL ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD

NOT GO THROUGH WITH A FOURTH

ROUND OF PRISONER RELEASES

THAT WAS A CONDITION OF

PEACE TALKS WITH THE

PALESTINIANS.

Wendy: AFGHANISTAN IS

CHOOSING A NEW PRESIDENT

THIS WEEKEND.

AND AS VOTING GETS LOVER,

VIOLENCE IS ESCALATING.

THE TALIBAN HAVE VOWED TO

DISRUPT SATURDAY'S

ELECTIONS, BUT EVEN WITH

THOSE THREATS, AFGHAN

CITIZENS ARE DETERMINED TO

CAST THEIR VOTES.

THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN

ARE MORE COMMITTED TO GO TO

THE POLLING STATIONS.

FOR MANY REASONS.

NUMBER ONE, THEY WANT TO SAY

NO TO THE TALIBAN.

I WILL VOTE FOR THE

CANDIDATE OF MY CHOICE.

AND WE ARE NOT SCARED OF THE

TALIBAN OR SUICIDE

ATTACKERS.

I'LL GO AND CAST MY VOTE.

I AM NOT SCARED OF TALIBAN

OR ATTACKS.

I WILL CAST MY VOTE.

Wendy: NEARLY 200,000

AFGHAN FORCES ARE BEING

DEPLOYED TO PROTECT VOTERS

AND POLLING STATIONS.

Mark: THE CLOCK IS

TICKING TO FIND THE BLACK

BOXES FROM THE MISSING

MALAYSIAN PLANE.

SEARCHERS ARE NOW LOOKING

UNDER WATER IN A RACE

AGAINST TIME.

ONLY A FEW DAYS REMAIN

BEFORE THE DEVICES ON THE

BATTERIES ON THE DEVICES DIE

OUT.

THE HEAD OF THE JOINT SEARCH

OPERATION ANNOUNCED TODAY

THAT AN AUSTRALIAN AND A

BRITISH NAVY SHIP ARE

SEARCHING UNDER WATER,

COVERING THE SOUTHERN INDIAN

OCEAN.

THE SEARCH HAS BEEN HARD THE

PAST FEW WEEKS BECAUSE OF

BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Wendy: COMING UP, A

LOOK AT WHAT IS BEHIND AN

INCREASE IN AUTISM IN

AMERICA.

Mark: MORE FALLOUT FROM

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE

PLAN.

IT USED TO BE YOU COULD BUY

HEALTH INSURANCE AT ANY TIME

DURING THE YEAR, BUT NOT

NOW.

MANY WHO DID NOT SIGN UP

DURING THE OBAMACARE OPEN

ENROLLMENT PERIOD WILL FIND

IT IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY

INSURANCE NOW.

THAT'S BECAUSE SUR INSURERS

ARE REFUSING TO SELL TO

INDIVIDUALS AFTER THE

ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS,

BLOCKING OUT THE YOUNG AND

HEALTHY, AS WELL AS THE

ELDERLY AND SICK.

THE REST WILL HAVE TO WAIT

UNTIL THE NEXT OPEN

ENROLLMENT PERIOD, WHICH

DOESN'T START UNTIL

NOVEMBER.

Wendy: AUTISM WAS

VIRTUALLY UNHEARD OF JUST A

GENERATION AGO.

NOW THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN

BEING DIAGNOSED WITH IT IS

SKYROCKETING.

LORI JOHNSON TAKES A LOOK AT

WHAT IS BEHIND THIS INCREASE

AND WHAT PARENTS NEED TO

KNOW.

Reporter: CHILDREN WITH

AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

BEHAVE ABNORMALLY, FROM MILD

SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS TO A

SEVERE INABILITY TO

COMMUNICATE.

THE NUMBER DIAGNOSED WITH AN

A.F.D. HAS JUMPED TO ONE IN

68, ACCORDING TO THE C.D.C.

JUST TWO YEARS AGO, IT WAS

ONE IN 88, AND SEVEN YEARS

AGO, ONE IN 150.

PART OR MUCH OF THE REASON

FOR THE INCREASE IS THAT

AWARENESS HAS INCREASED.

THE C.D.C.'S COLLEEN BOYLE

SAYS IT COULD BE THAT

DOCTORS ARE GETTING BETTER

AT IDENTIFYING THESE

CHILDREN.

BOYS ARE FIVE TIMES MORE

LIKELY TO BE AUTISTIC THAN

GIRLS.

THE AVERAGE AGE OF DIAGNOSIS

IS FOUR.

BUT AUTISM ADVOCATES SAY IT

IS BETTER TO CATCH IT BY AGE

TWO, ADDING THAT THE SOONER

CHILDREN ARE DIAGNOSED AND

ENROLLED IN TRAINING

PROGRAMS, THE GREATER THEIR

SUCCESS IN THE LONG RUN.

DIAGNOSIS MIGHT HAPPEN AT

TWO OR FOUR AND A HALF OR

FIVE OR EIGHT, BUT PEOPLE

LIVE WITH AUTISM THROUGHOUT

THEIR ENTIRE LIFE.

Reporter: SINCE THERE

IS NO PHYSICAL WAY TO TEST

FOR AUTISM, SUCH AS A BLOOD

TEST, A DIAGNOSIS IS BASED

ON THE CHILD'S BEHAVIOR.

PARENTS SHOULD SEE A

QUALIFIED PHYSICIAN,

PREFERABLY A PEDIATRIC

NEUROLOGIST, IF THEIR CHILD

ISN'T REACHING KEY

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES.

FOR EXAMPLE, BY AGE ONE, A

CHILD SHOULD BE POINTING AND

TRYING TO SAY WORDS.

A COMPLETE LIST OF HOW YOUR

CHILD SHOULD BE BEHAVING AT

WHAT AGE IS ON THE C.D.C.

WEBSITE CALLED "LEARN THE

SIGNS, ACT EARLY."

RESEARCHERS STILL DON'T KNOW

WHAT CAUSES AUTISM, BUT THE

LATEST FINDINGS INDICATE IT

BEGINS DURING PREGNANCY.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH

CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY

OF CALIFORNIA AND PUBLISHED

IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL

OF MEDICINE, THE BRAINS OF

AUTISTIC CHILDREN DEVELOP

ABNORMALLY, BEGINNING IN THE

SECOND OR THIRD TRI

TRIMESTER.

WHAT CAUSES THAT

DISCORRUPTION IS UNCLEAR.

SOME POINT TO GENETIC

FACTORS COMBINED WITH

EXTERNAL ONES, SUCH AS

ILLNESS DURING PREGNANCY, AN

OLDER FATHER, TRANS-FATS OR

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS.

SCIENTISTS ARE CAREFUL NOT

TO SPECULATE BECAUSE FOR

YEARS SOME THEORIZED

CHILDHOOD VACCINES CAUSED

AUTISM, A CLAIM THAT MOST

SCIENTISTS NOW SAY WAS

FALSE.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, HOW

AMERICA'S HEROS AND THEIR

FAMILIES ARE FINDING HEALING

IN ALASKA.

Wendy: WITH THIS WEEK'S

SHOOTING AT FORT HOOD, THERE

IS RENEWED FOCUS ON PTSD

AMONG SERVICE MEMBERS HOME

FROM WAR.

BUT IT IS NOT JUST SOLDIERS

WHO SUFFER FROM THESE

INJURIES.

THEIR FAMILIES DO AS WELL.

Mark: FOR TONIGHT'S

FOCUS REPORT, I TRAVELLED TO

ALASKA TO LOOK AT A PROGRAM

BRINGING PEACE AND HEALING

TO WOUNDED WARRIORS AND

THEIR LOVED ONES.

OUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN A

PLANE, THE MAIN SOURCE OF

TRANSPORTATION TO PORT

ALLSWORTH, A VILLAGE LOCATED

ABOUT 150 MILES SOUTHWEST OF

ANCHORIDGE.

WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR

SPOUSES FOLLOW THIS

BREATHTAKING PATH IN A

SEARCH FOR HEALING OF THEIR

BODIES, MINDS, AND

MARRIAGES.

LANDING ON THIS DIRT RUNWAY

BEGINS A WEEK UNLIKE ANY

OTHER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Mark: AS THEY EXIT,

THEY RECEIVE A HEROS'

WELCOME FROM PORT ALLSWORTH

RESIDENTS AND THE STAFF AND

VOLUNTEERS.

THEY COME OFF THE PLANE

CRYING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT

GET THAT TYPE OF WELCOME

WHEN THEY CAME HOME WHEN

THEY WERE WOUNDED, BECAUSE

THEY JUST CAME HOME BY

THEMSELVES.

THERE WAS NO BIG PARADE OR

ANYTHING.

AND MOST WILL SAY, I CAN'T

BELIEVE YOU DID THAT FOR

ME.

IT IS JUST THE MOST

HEART-WARMING THING.

THEY FEEL SO LOVED.

Mark: THE COZY RETREAT

IS AN OASIS FOR VETERANS AND

SPOUSES PARCHED BY WAR.

SAMARITAN'S PURSE RUNS THE

PROGRAM, KNOWN AS "OPERATION

HEAL OUR PATRIOTS."

WE WANT THESE COUPLES TO

EXPERIENCE GOD'S HEALING IN

THEIR LIVES.

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST

THE PHYSICAL HEALING, THAT'S

IMPORTANT, BUT I'M TALKING

ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL AND

EMOTIONAL HEALING AND ALSO

THE HEALING OF THEIR

MARRIAGES.

SO MANY OF THESE COUPLES

BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES

THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH ARE

FINDING THEMSELVES GOING IN

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT,

DIVORCE ENDED ABOUT 30,000

MILITARY MARRIAGES IN 2011.

PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS

HERE MEANS SIMPLY GETTING

THEIR MINDS OFF WOUNDS AND

DAY TO DAY STRESS BY

EXPERIENCING LIFE

ALASKA-STYLE.

THAT INCLUDES BEARS,

FLY-FISHING, KAYAKING, AND,

OF COURSE, R & R.

IT IS FUN TO SEE THE

EXCITEMENT ON THEIR FACE

WHEN THEY WALK IN THE

CABIN.

Reporter: SANDY LANE

AND HER HUSBAND, MARK,

MANAGE THE MARRIAGE RETREAT

CENTER.

IT IS A BLESSING TO BE

HERE, FIRST OF ALL TO BE

PART OF AN ORGANIZATION, A

MISSION, TO TENDS TO THE

WOUNDED COUPLES.

NOT ONLY IS THE SPOUSE

WOUNDED, BU THE PERSON THAT

SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES,

BUT THE OTHER SPOUSE IS ALSO

WOUNDED IN SO MANY WAYS.

Mark: OVER A THREE AND

A HALF MONTH PERIOD, 150

COUPLES FROM ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY ARRIVE HERE AT

SAMARITAN LODGE, ALASKA.

SOME OF THE WOUNDED WARRIORS

HAVE INJURIES WHICH ARE

VISIBLE.

OTHERS HAVE WOUNDS WHICH ARE

NOT SEEN.

THIS IS THE LATEST AND

GREATEST MILITARY ISSUE X3,

MADE BY AUTOBACH OUT OF

GERMANY.

THIS KNEE WAS DEVELOPED FOR

GUYS TO RETURN TO ACTIVE

DUTY.

Mark: WHILE SERVING IN

AFGHANISTAN, AND I.E.D. TOOK

OFF BILLY RIGHT LEG AT THE

KNEE.

I REMEMBER FLYING THROUGH

THE AIR AND WORRYING HOW I

WAS GOING TO LAND.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LAND ON MY

HEAD, AND REALIZING THAT MY

FOOT WAS GONE.

Mark: JENNIFER, WHEN

YOU LOOK DOWN THERE AT THE

PROSTHETIC LEG, WHAT GOES

THROUGH YOUR MIND?

HE'S A PRETTY AMAZING GUY

TO OVERCOME ALL THAT HE HAS

GONE THROUGH.

IT SEEMS NATURAL NOW.

IT'S JUST PART OF HIM.

Mark: STILL, INJURIES

LIKE THIS AND THEIR NEW

CHALLENGES TAKE A TOLL ON A

MARRIAGE.

AFTER THEIR TIME AT

SAMARITAN LODGE ALASKA,

HOWEVER, BILLY AND JENNIFER

RENEWED THEIR VOWS, ONE OF

THREE COUPLES TO DO SO

DURING OUR TIME HERE.

IT WAS PERFECT FOR US.

WE REALLY NEEDED A TIME FOR

US TO RECONNECT, AWAY FROM

EVERYTHING.

ESPECIALLY JUST UNPLUGGING

FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.

JUST BEING ABLE TO FOCUS ON

WHAT WE'RE DOING, WHAT IS

RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US.

THAT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY

HELPFUL FOR US.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO

RECHARGE EVERY ONCE IN A

WHILE AND TAKE TIME FOR EACH

OTHER.

Mark: HERN NAANDO AND

MARIS HAVE RECHARGED.

HERNANDO SUFFERS POST-TRAUMA

STRESS DISORDER, THE

INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR.

THE RELIGIOUS ASPECTS HIT

THE BIGGER ELEMENTS OF LOVE

AND SUPPORT.

I WOULD SAY THAT ALL

SERVICE MEMBERS NEED TO SEEK

GOD AND ADDRESS THE ISSUES

THAT ARE GOING ON.

Mark: 15 DAYS AFTER DAN

STEVENS RETIRED AS A NAVY

CHAPLAIN, HE TOOK ON THE

SAME ROLE AT SAMARITAN LODGE

ALASKA.

HE HAS WITNESSED DOZENS OF

LIVES CHANGED THANKS TO

SALVATION THROUGH JESUS

CHRIST.

MY MISSION HERE IS TO

HELP PEOPLE COME TO KNOW THE

LORD JESUS CHRIST.

THAT HAS BEEN MY MISSION IN

THE MILITARY, IS TO HELP

PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE.

AND I NOW BAPTIZE YOU IN

THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE

SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

[CHEERING]

[APPLAUSE]

Mark: AND SO BROKEN MEN

AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN SO

MUCH ARRIVE IN ALASKA NOT

KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT, AND

LEAVE HERE TRANSFORMED BY

THE HEALING POWER OF GOD.

Wendy: WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE STORY, MARK.

I JUST ABOUT CRIED WHEN

THOSE COUPLES WERE RENEWING

THEIR VOWS.

Mark: ISN'T IT

WONDERFUL TO SEE HOW GOD

PUTS THE MOST BROKEN OF

PEOPLE BACK TOGETHER.

Wendy: I BET THAT WAS A

LIFE-CHANGING TRIP FOR YOU

AS WELL.

Mark: IT WAS ONE OF MY

FAVORITE STORIES.

Wendy: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

CHURCH IS USING FREE WEIGHTS

AND TANNING BEDS -- WOW, TO

SPREAD THE GOSPEL?

Wendy: WELL, MIXING

FAITH WITH FITNESS.

Mark: THAT'S EXACTLY

WHAT ONE NEW YORK CHURCH IS

DOING TO REACH THEIR

COMMUNITY.

QUEENS UNITED PRESBYTERIAN

CHURCH HAS BROUGHT A GYM.

THEY ARE HOPING PEOPLE WHO

COME TO WORK OUT WILL

EVENTUALLY BE INTERESTED IN

WORSHIPPING WITH THEM, TOO.

THEY WANT TO HELP STRENGTHEN

MINDS, BODIES, AND SOULS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK

WE'RE DOING SOMETHING WHICH

IS UNORTHODOX.

CHURCH ISN'T ABOUT JUST

GOING TO SOME PLACE ON

SUNDAY AND CLAPPING YOUR

HANDS.

IT IS ABOUT DOING SOMETHING

YOU BELIEVE IN.

THE SERVICE HERE IS

FANTASTIC.

NO COMPLAINTS.

Mark: THAT'S GREAT.

FROM TREADMILLS TO TANNING

BEDS, THE PLACE HAS IT ALL.

AND THE FITNESS CENTER IS

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY AND FREE

FOR CHURCH MEMBERS.

I LIKE THAT.

THE CHURCH'S MAIN BUILDING

IS ABOUT 10 BLOCKS AWAY FROM

THE GYM.

Wendy: THEY'RE TAKING

CARE OF THE TEMPLE OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT.

I KNOW WHEN I'M WORKING OUT,

I PRAY A LOT.

HELP ME, JESUS.

Mark: THAT'S GOOD, TO

BREAKTHROUGH.

Wendy: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF

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