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CBN NewsWatch: May 13, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, May 13: President Obama will meet with Syrian opposition leader, Heartland in recovery mode after turbulent storms, and Former Army Sgt. receives Medal of Honor, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

SYRIAN REBELS ASKING FOR

AID, AND THE HEAD OF THE

OPPOSITION IS IN WASHINGTON

TRYING TO GET WEAPONS FROM

THE UNITED STATES.

PLUS, MERS MAKES ITS WAY

TO AMERICA.

A LOOK AT THE RESPIRATORY

DISEASE AND WHY IT HAS THE

MEDICAL FIELD ON ALERT.

Mark: AND WHY SOME SAY

WITHOUT ANOTHER SPIRITUAL

AWAKENING, AMERICA COULD BE

LOST.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy:I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PLANNING

TO MEET WITH THE LEADER OF

SYRIA'S OPPOSITION FORCES.

Mark: THE MOVE COMES AS

THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT MAKES

GAINS ON THE BATTLEFIELD,

AND PRESIDENT BASHIR al-AS

SAD PLANS FOR VICTORY IN THE

ELECTION.

Wendy: HEATHER CELLS

REPORTS.

Reporter: JUST DAYS

AGO, THE BATTERED CITY OF

HOMS STOOD AS A REBEL

STRONGHOLD, BUT AFTER THE

BOMBING CAMPAIGN, THE REBELS

HAVE GIVEN UP.

TODAY THOUSANDS OF SYRIANS

ARESTREAMING BACK INTO

TOWN, AND THE REBELS ARE

GONE.

THEIR SURRENDER SCENE IS

PAVING THE WAY FOR PRESIDENT

BASHAR al-ASSAD.

THE U.S. ALREADY DENOUNCED

HIS JUNE 3rd ELECTION,

CALLING IT PHONY.

THIS MEEK IT IS MEETING IN

WASHINGTON WITH WHAT IT

CALLS THE MODERATE

OPPOSITION.

HIS COALITION, THE SYRIAN

OPPOSITION COALITION, THAT

HE HAS BUILT IS AN INCLUSIVE

AND MODERATE INSTITUTION,

COMMITED TO THE SYRIAN

PEOPLE AND TO THE PROTECTION

OF ALL PEOPLE, ALL

MINORITIES, ALL RIGHTS,

WITHIN SYRIA.

Reporter: JUST LAST

WEEK THE U.S. RECOGNIZED

THIS OPPOSITION GROUP AS A

DIPLOMATIC FOREIGN MISSION

AND PLEDGED $27 MILLION TO

HELP THE REBELS OUST ASAD.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID TODAY

HE WILL MEET WITH GARBA IN

WASHINGTON THIS WEEK, BUT IS

IT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE?

OFF THE COAST OF CYPRUS,

INTERNATIONAL SHIPS WAIT TO

COLLECT THE LAST OF SYRIA'S

CHEMICAL WEAPONS BEFORE A

JUNE 30th DEADLINE, AFTER

SYRIA ALREADY MISSED AN

APRIL CUTOFF.

EARLY ON TUESDAY, ALEADING

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SAYS IT

HAS STRONG EVIDENCE THAT

SYRIA USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

ON REBELS JUST LAST MONTH.

MORE GRIM NEWS FOR A COUNTRY

THAT HAS ALREADY LOST

150,000 PEOPLE IN ITS

CONFLICT.

HUMANITARIAN GROUPS SAY MORE

THAN THREE MILLION SYRIANS

HAVE NO ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL

GOODS AND SERVICES.

HEATHER CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AND FOR MORE ON

THE SITUATION IN SYRIA, WE

TURN NOW TO TONY BADRON, A

RESEARCH PERSON SPECIALIZING

IN SYRIA.

TONY, THE C.I.A. IS WORKING

WITH SOME REBELS, TRAINING

AND PROVIDING PROTECTIVE

EQUIPMENT, BUT SHOULD THE

U.S. PROVIDE MORE WEAPONS?

YES, CERTAINLY I THINK

THE EFFORT THAT THE U.S. IS

DOING RIGHT NOW IS WAY, WAY

TOO LITTLE TO ADDRESS THE

ACTUAL DYNAMICS OF THE

CONFLICT.

IT WAS RECENTLY SUCCESS --

SECRETARY KERRY WAS RECENTLY

HAVE QUOTED AS SAYING THAT

THE UNITED STATES WASTED A

YEAR IN GETTING ITS ACT

TOGETHER AND SUPPORTING AND

CONSOLIDATING THE REBELS.

ACTUALLY, THEY WASTED MORE

LIKE THREE YEARS, BECAUSE

THERE IS STILL YET TO BE ANY

SERIOUS PLAN OF WHAT THE

UNITED STATES WANTS TO

ACHIEVE IN SYRIA.

Mark: TWO YEARS AGO,

THE PENTAGON AND STATE

DEPARTMENT WANTED TO ARM AND

TRAIN REBEL GROUPS, AND THE

WHITE HOUSE SAID NO.

DID THE U.S. DROP THE BALL?

OH, WITHOUT QUESTION.

THE UNITED STATES HAS YET TO

REALLY ZERO IN ON THE CENTER

OF GRAVITY OF THE SYRIAN

CONFLICT, AND THAT IS THE

REGIME OF BASHIR, AND HE IS

THE HEAD, OBVIOUSLY, OF THE

REGIME.

INSTEAD, THE UNITED STATES

HAS CONCERNED ITSELF WITH

THE ACCIDENT TALALS OF THE

CONFLICT.

SO IT HASN'T ACTED AS A

SUPER POWER, THE ONE THAT

CAN SORT OF IMPOSE A

STRATEGIC GUIDELINE FOR THE

REBELS THEMSELVES, AS WELL

AS THEIR SORT OF SPONSOR

STATE, AND TO SORT OF

ACHIEVE WHAT IT WANTS TO

ACHIEVE IN SYRIA THE WAY IT

WANTS TO ACHIEVE IT.

AS OF YET, THE UNITED STATES

HAS BEEN MORE CONCERNED WITH

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN THE

MOST PASSIVE WAY POSSIBLE,

AND JUST TO AVOID

INVOLVEMENT IN ANY WAY.

Mark: TONY, A BIG

CONCERN WITH ARMING REBELS

IS THE ROLE OF al-QAEDA

WITHIN OPPOSITION FORCES.

TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT?

I THINK MUCH HAS BEEN

MADE OF THIS, BUT WHEN YOU

REALLY LOOK AT THE SPECIFICS

OF THE CONFLICT, THERE ARE A

NUMBER OF WAYS AROUND IT.

EVERYBODY HAS SAID, THE

POINT HAS BEEN MADE THAT,

WELL, IF YOU HAD ADDRESSED

THIS EARLIER, THE VACUUM

THAT AROSE, THAT ALLOWED

al-QAEDA TO ENTER, WOULD

NOT HAVE DEVELOPED IN THIS

WAY.

AND NOW IT IS KIND OF TOO

LATE.

WELL, IT REALLY ISN'T TOO

LATE.

THIS IS A DYNAMIC CONFLICT,

AND IF YOU WANT TO WORK WITH

A GROUP AND SET UP A GROUP

WITH THE HELP OF ACTIVE

INTELLIGENCE SERVICES FROM

ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT ARE

NEIGHBORING SYRIA, THERE IS

EVERY WAY TO DO SO.

AND THAT'S WHY EVEN AS OF

LAST YEAR, A LOT OF THE

CABINET MEMBERS IN THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION WERE STILL

ADVOCATING THIS SOURCE OF

ACTION.

SO THERE ARE CLEARLY WAYS

AROUND IT.

ONE OFTHE MORE EXTREME --

IT'S NOT REALLY AN

AL-QAEDA FACTION, THE

SO-CALLED ISLAMIC STATE IN

IRAQ AND SYRIA, OR THE

LAVANT, IT HAS BEEN FOUGHT

ABOUT THE VARIOUS REBEL

FORMATIONS, INCLUDING

ISLAMIST REBEL FORMATIONS.

SO THE NOTION THAT SOMEHOW

TO PAINT THE REBELS WITH

THIS BRUSH OF al-QAEDA OR

THAT WE CAN'T TOUCH THEM

BECAUSE THERE IS al-QAEDA

AMONG THEM I THINK IS MORE

OF AN EXCUSE TO DO NOTHING

THAN AN ACTUALLY SORT OF

SERIOUS REASON FOR NOT

GETTING INVOLVED.

Mark: OKAY, TONY

BADRON, THANKS FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS, SIR.

Wendy: NIGERIA SAYS IT

IS READY TO OPEN A DIALOGUE

WITH BOKO HARAM.

THE GOVERNMENT THERE IS

SEEKING THE RELEASE OF THE

NEARLY 300 GIRLS ABDUCTED BY

THE RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUP.

IT HAS BEEN A MONTH NOW

SINCE THE GIRLS WERE TAKEN

FROM THEIR SCHOOL AT

GUN-POINT.

SINCE THEN SOME GIRLS HAVE

BEEN FORCED TO CONVERT TO

ISLAM, AND SOME HAVE

REPORTEDLY BEEN FORCED TO

MARRY.

ONE NIGERIAN CABINET

OFFICIAL SAYS OPENING A

DIALOGUE COULD BE KEY IN

BRINGING THE GIRLS HOME.

A LOT OF PROMISES HAVE

BEEN MADE.

AND WE'RE STILL PURSUING

THOSE PROMISES.

Wendy: MEANWHILE, THE

UNITED STATES IS SENDING

SURVEILLANCE PLANES TO

NIGERIA TO HELP LOOK FOR THE

KIDNAPPED GIRLS.

Mark: A FORMER PRIME

MINISTER OF ISRAEL IS GOING

TO PRISON FOR SIX YEARS.

EHUD OLMER WAS SENTENCED ON

CHARGES OF TAKING BRIBES.

AND HE WAS FINED MORE THAN

$400,000.

IT MARKS THE FIRST TIME A

FORMER PRIME MINISTER WILL

SERVE JAIL TIME.

HE WAS CHARGED IN CONNECTION

WITH A CONTROVERSIAL

BUILDING PROJECT IN

JERUSALEM WHILE HE WAS MAYOR

THERE.

HIS LAWYER SAYS THE

PUNISHMENT IS SEVERE, AND HE

WILL APPEAL TO THE SUPREME

COURT, BUT SOME ISRAELIS

THOUGHT THE PUNISHMENT WAS

JUSTIFIED.

THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS

FINALLY DOING SOMETHING

ABOUT A POLITICIAN.

THEY THINK THEY'RE ABOVE THE

LAW.

THEY THINK THEY'RE EXEMPT

FROM ALL CONSEQUENCES, AND

NOW THERE ARE SOME

CONSEQUENCES.

WE HAVE AN EX-PRESIDENT

SITTING IN JAIL.

WE HAVE EX-MINISTERS SITTING

IN JAIL, AND OLMER DID A LOT

FOR THIS COUNTRY.

AND NOBODY TAKES IT FROM

HIM.

BUT WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG.

IT WAS CRIMINAL.

AND, UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM,

HE WILL HAVE TO SERVE HIM

TIME, HIS SENTENCE.

THAT'S IT.

Mark: TURNING TO OTHER

OFFICIALS THAT WERE ALSO

CONVICTED OF BRIBERY AND

MONEY LAUNDERING, INCLUDING

ANOTHER FORMER JERUSALEM

MAYOR AND THE CHAIRMAN OF A

MAJOR ISRAELI BANK.

Wendy: NEW DIPLOMATIC

EFFORTS ARE UNDER WAY TO

DEFUSE THE CRISIS IN

UKRAINE.

GERMAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER

ARRIVED IN KIEV TODAY.

HE IS TRYING TO JUMP START

TALKS BETWEEN UKRAINE'S

GOVERNMENT AND SUFFERISTS.

MEANWHILE, PLANS FOR AN

UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL

ELECTION CONTINUE TO MOVE

FORWARD.

MAY 25th VOTE WILL PLAY A

CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE FUTURE

OF THE COUNTRY.

Mark: A FORMER ARMY

SERGEANT IS BEING AWARDED

THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS

HEROISM DURING COMBAT IN

AFGHANISTAN.

KYLE J.WHITE IS THE SEVENTH

LIVING RECIPIENT OF THE

AWARD.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESENTED

HIM WITH THE MEDAL DURING A

WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY THIS

AFTERNOON.

HE SAVED A FELLOW SOLDIER'S

LIFE AND HELPED EVACUATE

OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM

AFTER BEING AMBUSHED IN

AFGHANISTAN IN 2007.

Wendy: THE SECOND CASE

OF MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY

SYNDROME HAS BEEN CONFIRMED

IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE CENTERS FOR DEC CONTROL

DISEASE CONTROL AND

PREVENTION SAYS A MAN IS NOW

IN ISOLATION FOLLOWING HIS

DIAGNOSIS.

THE LETHAL RESPIRATORY VIRUS

WAS FIRST FOUND IN PEOPLE

BACK IN 2012, AND SINCE THEN

THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 500

CASES, THE MAJORITY BEING

FOUND IN SAUDI ARABIA.

NEARLY 140 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED BY THIS VIRUS CALLED

MERS.

AND WE TURN TO OUR HEALTH

CORRESPONDENT, LORI JOHNSON,

WHO HAS MORE.

LORI, ABOUT 27% OF PEOPLE

WHO GET MERS DIE.

THIS IS A BIG NUMBER.

TELL US, WHAT IS THIS

ILLNESS ABOUT?

Reporter: 27% IS PRETTY

DAUNTING, PLUS THERE IS NO

VACCINE AND NO TREATMENT, SO

IT SOUNDS SCARY.

BUT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE

AFRAID, AND CERTAINLY NOT

PANIC, BECAUSE IT IS VERY,

VERY RARE.

THE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT

IN THE U.S. ARE IN

ISOLATION.

IT IS A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS,

SO THERE ARE A LOT OF

SECRETIONS, AND IT IS

ACTUALLY A CORONA VIRUS, SO

IT IS LIKE THE COMMON COLD,

SO YOU GET IT FROM BREATHING

AIR THAT PEOPLE HAVE SNEEZED

OR COUGHED IN.

Wendy: THE BIGGEST

CONCERN IS AMONG HEALTH CARE

WORKERS.

WHY IS THAT?

WE KNOW THAT MERS, UNLIKE

THE COMMON COLD, IS VERY

DIFFICULT TO TRANSMIT AT

THIS POINT.

SO THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS.

YOU HAVE TO BE RIGHT UP IN

SOMEONE'S FACE, REALLY CLOSE

FOR THEM TO GET IT, WHICH IS

THE CASE, OF COURSE, WITH

HEALTH CARE WORKERS.

BOTH OF THE U.S. CASES ARE

HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO WERE

TREATING CASES IN SAUDI

ARABIA AND GOT ON A PLANE

BACK TO THE U.S.

Wendy: THERE SEEMS TO

BE A STRONG MIDDLE EAST

CONNECTION.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

THEY THINK THAT MERS, THE

MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY

SYNDROME, STARTED IN SAUDI

ARABIA IN ANIMALS, PROBABLY

CAMELS OR BATS, IN SAUDI

ARABIA.

IS WHAT THEY'RE THINKING AT

THIS POINT.

Wendy: WOW.

VERY INTERESTING.

DO WE NEED TO WORRY ABOUT

THIS?

NOT REALLY.

THE GOOD NEWS AT THIS POINT

IS IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO

BE INFORMED.

AND, REALLY, THE BEST THING

IS JUST A REMINDER TO

PROTECT OURSELVES FROM ALL

VIRUSES BY WASHING OUR HANDS

TO PREVENT GETTING SICK,

AND, OF COURSE,

STRENGTHENING OUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM, WHICH MEANS GETTING

ENOUGH SLEEP, GETTING THE

RIGHT VITAMINS, LIKE "C" AND

"D," AND CALCIUM AND

MAGNESIUM, AND FISH OIL AND

COCONUT OIL.

AND ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO

STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM IS TO REDUCE STRESS.

EXERCISE IS A GREAT STRESS

REDUCER.

ALSO GIVING AND CONNECTING

WITH PEOPLE IS A GREAT

STRESS REDUCER.

FRIDAY ON "THE 700 CLUB,"

I'M GOING TO HAVE A STORY

ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF

GIVING AND REDUCING STRESS,

WHICH IS RIGHT AT THE TOP OF

THE LIST.

Wendy: LORI, THANKS SO

MUCH FOR THAT ADVICE.

MARK?

Mark: COMING UP, SEVERE

STORMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT AREAS

ARE FACING THE WORST

CONDITIONS.

Wendy: A VOTE ON

POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION OF THE

KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE ISN'T

LIKELY ANY TIME SOON.

A BIPARTISAN SENATE EFFORT

TO APPROVE THE MEASURE HAS

STALLED.

THAT AFTER REPUBLICANS

BLOCKED AN ENERGY-EFFICIENCY

BILL TIED TO THE KEYSTONE

VOTE.

HARRY REID SAYS HE WOULD

HAVE ALLOWED FOR A SEPARATE

VOTE ON THE PIPELINE IF THE

SENATE PASSED THE ENERGY

BILL AS IS, BUT REPUBLICANS

WANTED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE

AMENDMENTS TO THE MEASURE.

THE SENATE VOTE ON THE

KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE

LIKELY WOULD HAVE PRESSURED

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO

ACT, ENDING YEARS OF DELAY

FOR THE PROJECT.

Mark: THE FIRST DAY OF

SUMMER IS STILL OVER A MONTH

AWAY, BUT THAT ISN'T

STOPPING THE SUMMER-LIKE

WEATHER.

AND WHILE HEATWAVES ARE

ALREADY HITTING SOME PARTS

OF THE COUNTRY, SNOW IS ALSO

STILL FALLING IN OTHER

AREAS.

AND SEVERAL STATES THEY'RE

UNDER FLASHFLOOD-WATCHES AND

WARNINGS.

Reporter: RESIDENTS

ACROSS THE NATION'S MID

SECTION ARE RECOVERING FROM

SEVERE WEATHER, AND STILL

BRACING FOR MORE.

EIGHT STATES, FROM

PENNSYLVANIA TO TEXAS, ARE

UNDER FLASHFLOOD-WATCHES AND

WARNINGS.

HEAVY RAINS BROUGHT FLOODING

IN ILLINOIS.

I LOOKED OUTSIDE, AND THE

WATER STARTED TO COME DOWN

REAL BAD.

AND THE NEXT THIMG THING

THING I KNOW, OUR BASEMENT

IS FILLING UP.

Reporter: IN OHIO, IT

ALMOST BURIED CARS IN A MALL

PARKING LOT.

WHILE IN TEXAS, LIGHTNING

SET SEVERAL FIRES.

THE SAME LINE OF SEVERE

STORMS UNLEASHED A CLUSTER

OF VIOLENT TORNADOES IN THE

MIDWEST OVER THE LAST FEW

DAYS.

IN NEBRASKA ON MONDAY,

TORNADOES RIPPED OFF

ROOFTOPS, DAMAGING HOMES AND

BUSINESSES, COSTING MILLIONS

OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

THE STATE'S GOVERNOR HAS

ISSUED A DISASTER

DECLARATION.

THE WINDS WERE SOMEWHERE

BETWEEN 70 TO 95 TO

100 MILES PER HOUR, AND

CLEARLY TODAY WE SAW THE

EXTENT OF WHAT THAT WIND

DAMAGE DID.

Reporter: PARTS OF

INDIANA AND IOWA WERE HIT BY

STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AND

HAIL, WHICH ALSO CAUSED SOME

POWER OUTAGES.

WE'RE CONCERNED PAW MY

HUSBANBECAUSE MY HUSBAND

AND I HAVE A LOT OF MEAT IN

THE REFRIGERATOR.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

OUT WEST, TEMPERATURES IN

THE TRIPLE DIGITS IN SOME

AREAS OF CALIFORNIA, PAIRED

WITH WINDS UP TO 80 MILES AN

HOUR ARE MAKING FOR AN

EXTREME RISK OF FIRES.

WHILE IN THE COLORADO

ROCKIES, RESIDENTS ARE

DIGGING OUT FROM AS MUCH AS

THREE FEET OF SNOW.

FORECASTERS SAY THE SAME

SYSTEM DUMPING ALL OF THAT

RAIN FROM TEXAS TO OHIO, IS

HEADING TO THE NORTHEAST BY

THIS WEEKEND.

Wendy: UP NEXT, A THIRD

GRADE AMERICAN AWAKENING.

HOW SOME SPIRITUAL LEADERS

ARE CALLING ON GOD TO SPARK

A REVIVAL IN THE COUNTRYCH

Mark: SOME SAY MORALITY

IN AMERICA IS ON THE

DECLINE, AND WITHOUT A THIRD

GRADE AWAKENING, THE LAND OF

THE FREE COULD BE LOST.

Wendy: AS PAUL STRAND

EXPLAINS IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS

REPORT, THERE IS A NEW PLAN

UNDER WAY TO SPARK THAT

AWAKENING THIS SUMMER.

YOU NEED TO SLAP YOURSELF

RIGHT NOW AND GET RIGHT WITH

GOD, FALL IN LOVE WITH

JESUS, AND STAND UP FOR

AMERICA.

Reporter: ORIGINALLY

FROM SOUTH AFRICA, PASTOR

RODNEY HOWARD BROWN SAYS GOD

SENT HIM TO AMERICA WITH A

WORD.

THERE IS COMING A

REVIVAL, OF SIGNS AND

WONDERS OF THE LOST.

HE SAID, GO TELL THE CHURCH

TO GET READY FOR THE COMING

REVIVAL.

Reporter: NOW HE AND

OTHERS HOPE TO SPARK THAT

REVIVAL, STARTING IN THE

NATION'S CAPITAL, HOLDING 14

MEGA MEETINGS IN EARLY JULY

AS AMERICA CELEBRATES ITS

238th BIRTHDAY.

WE HAVE COME TO LIGHT THE

FIRES IN THE BELLY OF THE

BEAST, IF YOU CAN PUT IT

THAT WAY.

Reporter: IT IS KNOWN

AS "CELEBRATE AMERICA" AND

IT WILL SOON BLANKET THE

MEDIA.

I'VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR

YOU, GOD IS NOT FINISHED

WITH THIS LAND.

Reporter: THEY HOPE AND

PRAY THIS EVENT WILL IGNITE

A THIRD GRADE AWAKENING AND

REVIVE AMERICA.

IN THE 1800s IT WAS A

GREAT AWAKENING, AND WE HAVE

TO HAVE ONE NOW.

Reporter: THIS BISHOP

AGREES.

REALLY AT THE ROOT OF

AMERICA'S PROBLEM, WE REALLY

HAVE A SPIRITUAL CANCER

THAT'S REALLY BEEN EATING

AWAY AT OUR NATION.

Reporter: RETIRED

GENERAL JERRY BOYKIN USED TO

FIGHT AMERICA'S PHYSICAL

ENEMIES OVERSEAS.

AND NOW HE IS FIGHTING

SPIRITUAL FOES.

HE SAYS WITHOUT A THIRD

GRADE AWAKENING, FORCES LIKE

THOSE WHO TOOK DOWN THE

MIGHTY EMPIRES OF THE PAST

WILL ALSO BRING DOWN THE

UNITED STATES.

WE'LL END UP EXACTLY LIKE

THESE OTHER EMPIRES, WHICH

ONLY LASTED, ON AVERAGE,

ABOUT 200 YEARS.

WE'RE GOING TO COMPLETELY

SELF-DISTRUCT.

Reporter: JACKSON

TICKED OFF SOME OF THE SINS

PLAGUING THE LAND.

WE'VE GOT SEX

TRAFFICKING.

WE'VE GOT ABORTION.

WE'VE GOT THE RESURGENCE OF

RACISM.

WE HAVE HATRED THAT IS

ABOUNDING.

3,000 BABIES ABORTED

EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THIS

COUNTRY.

WE HAVE OVER 300 MILLION,

AND WE USE 70% OF THE

WORLD'S DRUGS.

Reporter: BEFORE BOTH

THE FIRST AND SECOND GRADE

AWAKENING, THE COUNTRY WAS

IN A TAIL SPIN.

THERE WERE PREACHERS

READY TO GIVE UP, AND THE

NATION WAS IN A MORAL

PROBLEM, AND SIN ABOUNDED.

Reporter: HOWARD BROWN

SEES SIMILAR THINGS HERE IN

WASHINGTON.

NO MATTER WHO IS IN

POWER, GOD HAS TAKEN OUT IN

EVERY REALM OF OUR

GOVERNMENT, EVEN THOUGH THE

SCRIPTURE IS INGRAINED.

THEY CAN'T GET THAT OUT.

FROM WHAT I KNOW, WE SHOULD

BE GONE A LONG TIME AGO, BUT

GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH

THIS LAND.

SO IT IS TIME FOR THE CHURCH

TO RISE UP.

Reporter: BOYKIN

BELIEVES THE POWER TO SAVE

THE U.S. IS NOT IN

POLITICIANS, BUT IN ITS

BELIEVERS.

ME PLUS THE HOLY SPIRIT,

THAT'S A MAJORITY.

Reporter: IN THE

DAYTIME, THOUSANDS OF

SPECIALLY TRAINED CHRISTIANS

WILL HIT THE STREETS OF D.C.

TO EVANGELIZE.

JUST REALLY BELIEVE IN

GOD TO BRING US ACROSS THE

CAPITAL.

Reporter: THOSE 14

GIANT MEETINGS WILL FEATURE

WORSHIP AND LONG LOOKS AT

WHAT MADE AMERICA STRONG, AS

WELL AS WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO

MAKE IT STRONG AGAIN.

AND THERE ALSO WILL BE CALLS

FOR CHRISTIANS,' WHO'S WALK

IS WEAKENED, TO MAKE THEM

STRONG AGAIN.

AWAKENING BEGINS WITH

PEOPLE.

Reporter: THE EVENTS'

ORGANIZERS HAVE A GOAL, TO

SEE POLITICAL, SPIRITUAL,

AND BUSINESS LEADERS UNITING

THEMSELVES AND HUMBLING

THEMSELVES BEFORE GOD.

COMING TOGETHER IN THE

VERY HUB OF THE NATION AND

CRYING OUT TO GOD, FOR HIM

TO TRANSFORM US FIRST AND

THEN TO TRANSFORM OUR

NATION.

Reporter: THESE LEADERS

BELIEVE REVIVAL COULD THEN

SWEEP THE LAND.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS

CONTAGIOUS.

IF THE FEAR OF GOD WOULD

COME BACK IN THE PEOPLE, IT

WILL HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT

THROUGHOUT THE LAND.

IT WILL GO RIGHT THROUGH OUR

SCHOOLS.

IT WILL GO THROUGH OUR

UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES.

I KNOW THAT THE TIME IS

SHORT.

AND I KNOW IT IS TWO SECONDS

TO MIDNIGHT.

WE MUST RUN NOW.

WE MUST CARRY THE GOSPEL.

Reporter: FOR THIS TO

SUCCEED, THE ORGANIZERS OF

CELEBRATE AMERICA SAY THEY

NEED THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS

WHO ALREADY HAVE THE FIRE OF

REVIVAL BURNING IN THEIR

HEARTS, TO COME TO

WASHINGTON THIS JULY AND BE

FOOT SOLDIERS.

I'M ASKING WE, THE

PEOPLE, TO COME AND HELP

US.

IF YOU LOVE AMERICA AND YOU

LOVE THE NATION AND YOU LOVE

THE CONSTITUTION.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Wendy: A GREAT PIECE.

THANKS, PAUL.

UP NEXT, HOW A SCHOOL

PRESENTATION TURNED INTO AN

UNFORGETTABLE MEMORY FOR

ONE-THIRD GRADER.

Wendy: AND FINALLY,

MEMORIAL DAY JUST RIGHT

AROUND THE CORNER, MARK.

Mark: THAT'S RIGHT.

AND WHILE MANY SCHOOLS ARE

USING THE DAY TO TEACH KIDS

ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, ONE I I

SCHOOL I ONE IOWA SCHOOL IS

USING IT TO REUNITE A FATHER

AND DAUGHTER.

THE THIRD GRADER HAD NO IDEA

HER OWN DAD WAS BEHIND THE

WHOLE THING.

MAJOR JOHN MILLER HAS BEEN

IN AFGHANISTAN THE LAST NINE

MONTHS.

THE BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER

FLIER USED THE SCHOOL'S

PRESENTATION AS A COVER FOR

HIS SURPRISE RETURN.

DADDY!

IT'S GOOD TO HOLD HER

AGAIN AND JUST HAPPY TO BE

BACK WITH HER AND WITH MY

FAMILY.

I'M JUST REALLY HAPPY

THAT MY FAMILY IS ALL

TOGETHER NOW.

Mark: THIS WAS MAJOR

MILLER'S FOURTH

DEEMPLOYMENT.

WOW!

NOW THAT HE IS HOME, THE

FAMILY PLANS TO TAKE A

VACATION TOGETHER OVER THE

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

Wendy: NINE MONTHS FOR

A LITTLE KID IS LIKE AN

ETERNITY, TWO FINALL TO

FINALLY GET TO SEE HER DAD.

WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

Mark: THANKS FOR

WATCHING, AND HAVE A GOOD

NIGHT.

Wendy: GOOD NIGHT.

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