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CBN NewsWatch: May 14, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, May 14: For many, Common Core standards aren't adding up, Benham Twins: HGTV flap won't silence our faith, and VA scandal puts chief's career in jeopardy, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

THE FIGHT OVER COMMON CORE,

HOW TEACHERS ARE STEPPING UP

TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE

EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS.

Mark: PLUS, IS

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY UNDER

ATTACK IN AMERICA?

WHY SOME SAY YES, AND

THEY'RE BLAMING THE CHURCH.

AND HOW ONE VETERAN IS

HELPING FELLOW SOLDIERS

RECOVER FROM THE EMOTIONAL

TRAUMA OF WAR.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

SOME TEACHERS ARE TAKING UP

THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMON

CORE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M HEATHER

CELLS.

Mark: AND I'M MARK

MARTIN.

A NUMBER OF TEACHERS' UNIONS

ARE STANDING UP TO THE

STANDARDS.

GROUPS IN CHICAGO, NEW YORK

STATE, AND TENNESSEE HAVE

COME OUT AGAINST COMMON

CORE.

AND NOW AN OREGON TEACHERS'

UNION IS JOINING THE FIGHT.

THE OREGON EDUCATION

ASSOCIATION WANTS THE STATE

TO DROP THE TESTS FOR MATH

AND READING NEXT SPRING, BUT

THE STATE'S EDUCATION CHIEF

IS REFUSING TO DO THAT.

EVEN SO, AS JOHN WAGGI

REPORTS, A GROWING NUMBER OF

TEACHERS AND PARENTS ARE

FIGHTING COMMON CORE.

DERRICK IS DOING HIS

SCHOOL WORK IN HIS DAD'S

OFFICE.

AND DERRICK'S BROTHER ALSO

STUDIES WITH DAD, WHO USES

THE SAME MATERIAL AT COMMON

CORE, BUT HELPS HIS KIDS

MAKE SENSE OF IT.

THIS IS NOT

TIME-WASTING.

REAL MATH IS QUICK.

Reporter: THE OREGON

TEACHERS' UNION OBJECTS TO

THE COMMON CORE MATH AND

READING TESTS BECAUSE OF

CONCERNS THAT TEACHERS' ARE

STILL ADJUSTING, SO STUDENTS

WON'T BE PREPARED AND MANY

WILL FAIL.

YOU DON'T GET TO SEE WHAT

YOU GOT WRONG OR RIGHT.

Reporter: BUT THE STATE

SAYS THE TESTS WILL STAY

BECAUSE THE CURRENT BAR FOR

STUDENTS IS SET TOO LOW.

THIS DEBATE IS PLAYING OUT

ACROSS THE NATION.

ALL BUT A HANDFUL OF THE 50

STATES HAVE ADOPTED THE MATH

AND READING STANDARDS.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

KAREN SWALLOW SUPPORTS

COMMON CORE.

THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS

ARE SIMPLY ASKING STUDENTS

TO READ TEXT CAREFULLY,

UNDERSTAND WHAT A TEXT IS

SAYING AND HOW IT IS MAKING

AN ARGUMENT, WHICH IS REALLY

IMPORTANT.

Reporter: BUT THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TIED

SCHOOL FUNDING TO COMMON

CORE, PRODUCING FEARS OF

OVERREACH AND A LOSS OF

LOCAL CONTROL.

PARENTS CAN'T GET RELIEF

FROM THEIR STATE OFFICIALS.

THEY REALLY CAN'T GET RELIEF

FROM FEDERAL OFFICIALS IN

MANY RESPECTS.

AND THEY'RE LEFT WITH NO ONE

TO GO TO.

Reporter: THE CONFLICT

OVER COMMON CORE JUMBLES THE

NATION'S NORMAL POLITICAL

BATTLE LINES.

SOME CONSERVATIVES SUPPORT

IT, OTHERS HATE IT.

LIBERAL TEACHERS' GROUPS

WANT IT POSTPONED, WHILE

LIBERAL BUREAUCRATS INSIST

IT STAY.

IN THE MIDDLE, KIDS AND

PARENTS WHO WANT A QUALITY

EDUCATION.

JON WASAGA, CBN NEWS.

Heather: AND FOR MORE

ON COMMON CORE, WE TURN TO

THE DEAN OF REGENT

UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF

EDUCATION.

THANKS A LOT FOR JOINING US

TODAY.

MY PLEASURE.

Heather: IT IS

INTERESTING WE'RE SEEING

SOME TEACHERS' UNIONS IN KEY

AREAS SAYING WE'RE NOT SO

SURE ABOUT COMMON CORE.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

WHAT WE'RE NOT HEARING IN

THE DEBATE IS TEACHERS ARE

BEING MEASURED.

AND THE PROBLEM WITH THE

TESTS ARE THAT THE CUT

SCORES, THE SCORES THAT

SOMEONE HAS TO PASS THE TEST

BY, ARE VERY HIGH.

AND THAT'S THESE OTHER

GROUPS THAT ARE COMING IN

SAYING, LOOK, WE NEED

EQUITY, WE WANT TO STRETCH

OUR KIDS, KIDS AT RISK, BUT

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE

TEACHERS SAID DON'T BE

UNREALISTIC BECAUSE YOU'RE

GOING TO BE JUDGING ME ON

THE VERY HIGH CUT SCORES.

Heather: SO TEACHERS

COULD BE FINANCIALLY

PENALIZED IF THEIR KIDS

DON'T TEST WELL?

EVENTUALLY THEY COULD BE

FIRED.

Heather: I THINK THE

COMMON CORE HAS CAUGHT A LOT

OF PEOPLE BY SURPRISE, AND A

SURVEY SHOWS A LOT OF PEOPLE

DON'T KNOW ABOUT COMMON

CORE.

WHY HAS IT CAUGHT US BY

SURPRISE?

HAS IT BEEN ROLLED OUT

QUICKLY?

NO.

IT STARTED WHEN THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF ED WAS FORMED

BACK IN THE REAGAN

ADMINISTRATION.

AND AS IT GREW, AND THE

FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION

GREW, THERE IS MORE AND MORE

OF A DEMAND, BIPARTISAN, TO

HAVE A COMMON NATIONAL

CURRICULUM.

AND SO THROUGHOUT THE

YEARS -- AND IT DIDN'T

MATTER WHO WAS PRESIDENT --

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT JUST

GREW AND GREW AND GREW.

AND NOW WE'RE SEEING THE

FRUIT COME OUT THROUGH THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, BUT IT

STARTED DECADES EARLIER.

Heather: WHAT IS YOUR

ADVICE TO YOUR EDUCATION

MAJORS WHO LIKELY WILL HAVE

TO BE IMPLEMENTING THIS

COMMON CORE AND THE

CURRICULUM THAT GOES WITH

THESE STANDARDS?

STAY OUT OF THE FRAY.

THINK OF YOUR KIDS.

REALIZE THAT THE MAIN

VARIABLE THAT CONTROLS

LEARNING IS THE RELATIONSHIP

WITH THEIR STUDENTS.

AND THAT TO USE THE COMMON

CORE, OR ANY STANDARD THAT

THEY HAVE, AS GUIDELINES,

AND JUST DO WHAT THEIR

CONSCIENCE SAYS TO DO IN

TERMS OF THE BEST WAY TO

APPROACH THE

TEACHING-LEARNING

ENVIRONMENT.

LOVE THE KIDS, TEACH THE

KIDS, AND THEY WON'T LOSE.

Heather: GOOD WORDS OF

WISDOM.

DEAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING

US.

IT HAS BEEN A WEEK SINCE

BROTHERS JASON AND DAVID

BENHAM LOST THEIR SHOW ON

HGTV AFTER COMPLAINTS ABOUT

THEIR BIBLICAL VIEWS ON

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE.

AND NOW THEY'RE TALKING

ABOUT THE FALLOUT, AND FOR

THE FIRST TIME WE'RE HEARING

FROM THEIR WIVES.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: A WEEK AFTER

THEIR SHOW GOT CUT,

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND

BUSINESS OWNERS DAVID AND

JASON BENHAM ARE STILL

MAKING HEADLINES.

BUT INSTEAD OF DEFENDING

THEIR REPUTATION, THEY'RE

USING EACH INTERVIEW TO

SHARE THEIR FAITH.

WE FEEL AS THOUGH GOD

WANTS US TO ACTUALLY STAND

UP, LIFT HIM UP, LIFT UP HIS

STANDARD, SILENCE THIS

BULLY, AND LIFT UP THE

BANNER OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND THIS SITUATION.

AND SO THAT'S OUR GOAL RIGHT

NOW.

Reporter: THEY SAY THAT

BULLY IS AN AGENDA FROM SOME

MILITANT GAY GROUPS AND

OTHERS ON THE LEFT BEARING

DOWN ON AMERICA IN WHAT SOME

DESCRIBE AS A SILENCING WAR

ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

HGTV CANCELLED THE SHOW LAST

WEEK, ANNOUNCING ITS

DECISION IN A TWEET, AFTER

THE WEBSITE, "RIGHT WING

WATCH," PUBLISHED SOME OF

DAVID'S PAST COMMENTS ON

PRO-LIFE AND PRO-TRADITIONAL

MARRIAGE VIEWS.

IS IT NOW BECOMING A

CULTURAL SIN TO BELIEVE IN

THE BIBLE?

WHERE WE ARE IN TERMS OF

NATIONAL SIN, WHERE WE

APPROVE OF WHAT GOD

DISAPPROVES OF -- WHEN WE DO

THAT, IT WILL ULTIMATELY GET

TO THE POINT TO WHERE THAT

SIN WILL BECOME AN AGENDA

THAT NOT ONLY DOMINATES AND

PERMEATES, IT SEEKS TO

ASSASSINATE ANYONE WHO

SPEAKS AGAINST IT.

Reporter: SURPRISINGLY,

THEY LAY THELY BLAME O THE

BLAME ON THE CHURCH.

WE HAVE MORE CHURCHES IN

AMERICA THAN WE EVER HAD.

JUST IN CHARLOTTE, WE HAVE

1300 CHURCHES, AND YET WE'RE

ABORTING MILLIONS OF BABY

BOYS AND GIRLS, LITTLE IMAGE

BEARERS OF GOD.

WE CAN'T JUST KEEP HAVING

CHURCH ANDALLOWING TO HAVE

THIS AND THINK THAT THE

BLESSING OF GOD WILL BE ON

OUR NATION.@C

Reporter: WHILE THEY'VE

ENDURED NASTY CRITICISM,

THEY SAY THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN

ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT

THEY RECEIVE ONLINE AND IN

PERSON.

BUT THEIR BIGGEST

SUPPORTERS, THEIR WIVES WHO

SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY TO CBN

NEWS.

IT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE

WEEK.

HOW ARE YOU ALL HOLDING UP?

IT IS REALLY NEAT TO SEE

HOW THE LORD HAS PREPARED US

AND OUR KIDS DURING THIS

TIME.

THERE HAS BEEN SUCH GRACE

OVER US.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE REACHED

OUT WITH SUCH SUPPORT AND

LOVE.

Reporter: WHAT IS IT

THAT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW

ABOUT DAVID?

AND WHAT IS IT YOU WANT

PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT JASON?

I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW HE

HAS A HUGE HEART FOR THE

LORD AND A HUGE HEART FOR

THE PEOPLE.

WHEN YOU GET TO SPEAK TO HIM

ONE-ON-ONE, YOU'LL SEE IT IS

THE REAL DEAL.

THERE IS NOBODY I RESPECT

MORE THAN JASON.

I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THE MAN

OF GOD THAT HE IS.

AND I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THE

HUSBAND AND FATHER HE HAS

BECOME.

Reporter: THE WIVES AND

THEIR HUSBANDS HAVE BEEN

SURPRISED ATSUPPORT

THEY'VE GOTTEN FROM PEOPLE

ACROSS THE POLITICAL AND

IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM.

WE CAN'T EVEN COUNT THE

AMOUNT OF E-MAILS AND TWEETS

COMING TO US FROM FOLKS IN

THE GAY COMMUNITY AND FROM

MUSLIMS, FROM SO MANY PEOPLE

THAT COMPLETELY DISAGREE

WITH OUR BELIEFS BUT SAY WE

STAND WITH YOU.

Reporter: THE TWO ARE

DEVOTED TO FINISHING THE

PROJECTS FROM THEIR NOW

CANCELLED SHOW, AND OFFERING

TO TAKE NO COMMISSION ON THE

HOUSES THEY SELL TO HELP THE

CASH-STRAPPED FAMILIES

WILLING TO FLIP THEIR

HOMES.

THE BROTHERS HAVE EMPHASIZED

THEY DON'T HATE OR

DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GAYS OR

ANYONE ELSE, AND WHEN IT

COMES TO THE BATTLE AGAINST

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, THEY SAY

THEY WON'T BACK DOWN.

WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS NOT

JUST REPRESENT CHRIST IN A

LOVING WAY.

WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS WIN

THIS BATTLE.

WE WANT TO FIGHT IT SO THAT

WE CAN WIN IT.

AND WHEN THE ENEMY SHOWS UP,

STAND UP AND DON'T BACK

DOWN.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING IN

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

Heather: IF YOU'D LIKE

TO SEE MORE OF JOHN'S

INTERVIEW WITH THE BENHAM

BROTHERS AND THEIR WIVES,

MAKE SURE YOU VISIT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

Mark: VETERANS AFFAIRS

SECRETARY ERIC SHENSEKI IS

DUE TO TESTIFY ON CAPITOL

HILL.

MANY ARE CALL FOR HIS

RESIGNATION AFTER

ALLEGATIONS THAT V.A. HEALTH

CLINICS COVERED UP DELAYS IN

TREATMENT.

IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA, THOSE

DELAYS ARE BEING BLAMED FOR

AT LEAST 40 DEATHS.

THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE JUST

THE LATEST TO QUESTION THE

QUALITY OF VETERANS' HEALTH

CARE.

A VERMONT WIDOW SAYS BETTER

TREATMENT COULD HAVE SAVED

HER HUSBAND'S LIFE.

HE WAS KILLED DURING A

VIOLENT OUTBURST CAUSED

THOUGHT TO BE CAUSED BY

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER.

IF WE CAN'T TAKE CARE OF

OUR VETERANS, WE SHOULDN'T

BE SENDING THEM OFF TO WAR.

IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, YOU

KNOW.

BECAUSE THEY'RE COMING BACK,

AND THIS IS THE RESULT.

Mark: DEFENSE SECRETARY

CHUCK HAGEL USED TO SERVE AS

THE V.A. DEPARTMENT CHIEF,

AND HE SAYS IT IS TIME FOR

THE DEPARTMENT TO DO BETTER

FOR AMERICA'S VETERANS.

Heather: PROVERB'S PIC

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PICK TO

HEAD THE HEALTH CARE WAS ON

CAPITOL HILL.

SHE DEFENDED THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT BEFORE A SENATE

COMMITTEE, SAYING THAT THE

LAW HAS IMPROVED THE ECONOMY

AND REDUCED HEALTH CARE

COSTS.

REPUBLICANS DISAGREE, BUT

MANY STILL PLAN TO VOTE IN

HER FAVOR.

SHE WOULD REPLACE KATHLEEN

SEBELIUS, WHO MANY BLAME FOR

THE DISASTEROUS ROLLOUT OF

OBAMACARE.

Mark: A FEDERAL JUDGE

IS REFUSING TO PUT A STAY ON

GAY MARRIAGE IN IDAHO.

SAME-SEX COUPLES THERE WILL

BE ABLE TO WED AS SOON AS

FRIDAY.

THAT AFTER A DISTRICT JUDGE

RULED THE STATE'S BAN ON GAY

MARRIAGE IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

WE WON!

[LAUGHTER]

WE'RE ESTATIC.

IT'S TIME.

IT IS.

IT'S BEEN TIME.

I'M JUST GLAD IT'S FINALLY

REALLY TIME.

Mark: FOUR LESBIAN

COUPLES SUED THE STATE OVER

THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

VOTERS APPROVED IN 2006.

IDAHO'S GOVERNOR CALLS THE

DECISION,

QUOTE,"DISAPPOINTING AND A

SMALL SETBACK."

HE SAYS HE IS COMMITTED TO

UP HOLDING THE WILL OF THE

PEOPLE AND IS APPEALING THE

RULING.

Heather: COMING UP, A

DEADLY MINE EXPLOSION.

HOW RESCUERS IN TURKEY ARE

WORKING TO SAVE THOSE STILL

TRAPPED.

Heather: TIME IS

RUNNING OUT FOR RESCUERS TO

REACH THE MORE THAN 200

WORKERS TRAPPED IN AN

UNDERGROUND COAL MINE IN

TURKEY.

AT LEAST 230 ARE DEAD AFTER

AN EXPLOSION YESTERDAY, AND

OVER 200 ARE STILL TRAPPED

INSIDE.

SOME MORE THAN A QUARTER

MILE UNDERGROUND.

OFFICIALS SAY THERE WERE

AROUND 800 PEOPLE INSIDE THE

MINE AT THE TIME OF THE

EXPLOSION.

MUCH MORE THAN NORMAL SINCE

WORKERS WERE PREPARING FOR A

SHIFT CHANGE.

MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE ARE

WORKING ON RESCUE EFFORTS,

WHILE LOVED ONES ARE

ANXIOUSLY AWAITING ANY

NEWS.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS

HAPPENING, WOUNDED, MISSING,

I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING.

Translator: I WOULD LIKE

TO SAY THAT THE PAIN WE HAVE

LEFT BEHIND IS NOT JUST THAT

OF THE BRETHREN WE HAVE

LOST.

IT IS OUR SHARED PAIN, THE

PAIN OF 77 MILLION.

Heather: THE FIRE IS

STILL BURNING IN THE MINE,

RELEASING DEADLY CARBON

MONOXIDE AND HINDERING

RESCUE EFFORTS.

Mark: SOME VILLAGERS IN

NIGERIA ARE TAKING THE FIGHT

AGAINST BOKO HARAM INTO

THEIR OWN HANDS.

LOCALS IN NORTHERN AREAS OF

THE COUNTRY ARE FORMING

VIGILANTE GROUPS TO COMBAT

ATTACKS BY THE RADICAL

ISLAMIC GROUP.

THEY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT

AND MILITARY AREN'T DOING

ENOUGH, SO THEY'LL FIGHT

BOKO HARAM THEMSELVES.

MEANWHILE, THE SEARCH

CONTINUES FOR THE MORE THAN

27270 SCHOOL GIRLS

KIDNAPPED BY THE BOKO

HARAM.

THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IS

INDICATING THEY'RE WILLING

TO NEGOTIATE WITH BOKO HARAM

TO GET THE GIRLS BACK.

Heather: UP NEXT, FROM

PHYSICAL TO SPIRITUAL

WOUNDS, HOW ONE VETERAN IS

HELPING THOSE RETURNING HOME

FROM WAR.

Heather: LIFE IN THE

MILITARY CAN BE EXTREMELY

STRESSFUL, AND THAT STRESS

SOMETIMES STAYS WITH PEOPLE,

OF COURSE, EVEN AFTER THEY

HAVE LEFT THE SERVICE.

Mark: AS CHARLENE AARON

EXPLAINS, ONE MAN IS ON A

MISSION TOHELP VETERANS

HEAL FROM THEIR SCARS.

AND HE IS DOING IT ONE

PRAYER AT A TIME.

BEFORE BECOMING A PRIEST,

NIGEL MUMFORD SPENT SEVEN

YEARS AT A DRILL INSTRUCTOR

FOR ENGLAND'S ROYAL MARINE

CORPS.

HIS MILITARY SERVICE

INCLUDED COMBAT, WHERE HE

EXPERIENCED THE HORRORS OF

WAR UP CLOSE.

I WAS SHOT AT THREE

TIMES, BLOWN UP FIVE TIMES,

AND I WAS WOUNDED IN THE

HEAD.

Reporter: HIS WOUNDS,

HOWEVER, WERE NOT ONLY

PHYSICAL.

THE BIGGEST FEAR I HAD AS

A DRILL INSTRUCTOR IS THAT

ONE OF THE GUYS I WAS TAKING

THROUGH BASIC WOULD DIE, AND

THEN FOUR OF THEM DID, AND

THAT PUSHED ME RIGHT OVER

THE EDGE.

I COULDN'T SPEAK FOR A

WEEK.

I STUFFED IT VERY BADLY FOR

SIX MONTHS, WITH FULL-BLOWN

SHELL SHOCK.

Reporter: RECOVERY HAS

BEEN A LONG PROCESS.

A CAR WOULD BACKFIRE AND

I WOULD HIT THE DECK AND

ROLL OVER WITH AN IMAGINARY

GUN IN MY HAND.

IT HAS BEEN VERY SLOW.

Reporter: THAT ALL

CHANGED WHEN HE RECEIVED

HEALING FOR HIS EMOTIONAL

AND MENTAL PAIN THROUGH A

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

I WAS SUDDENLY BACK ON

THE STREET, AND GOD REALLY

DID SOMETHING WITH ME, AND

HE BROUGHT THE MEMORY BACK

BUT WITH CHRIST IN THE

MEMORY.

THAT WAS THE DEFINING

MOMENT.

Reporter: AFTER RUNNING

FROM WARS IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN, U.S. MILITARY

PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN KILLING

THEMSELVES IN AN ALARMING

NUMBERS.

AN ESTIMATED 22 VETS COMMIT

SUICIDE EVERY DAY.

THE PSYCHIATRISTS BLAME IT

ON POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER.

FATHER NIGEL MUMFORD HOPES

TO PROVIDE RELIEF THROUGH

HIS MINISTRY CALLED "THE

WELCOME HOME MINISTRY."

IT IS A RETREAT FOR VETERANS

WHO SUFFER FROM PTSD.

IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE

THEM A SAFE PLACE TO BEGIN

THE HEALING PROCESS.

WE DON'T CONDEMN.

WE DON'T CONDONE.

WE LISTEN.

WE INVITE CHRIST INTO THE

MEMORY.

WE REPLAY THE D.V.D. IN

THEIR MIND AND AT SOME POINT

PUSHING THE PAUSE BUTTON AND

HAVING THEM LOOK AROUND FOR

CHRIST.

WHERE IS CHRIST IN THIS

MEMORY?

THAT IS THE KEY FOR SETTING

CAPTIVES FREE FROM MEMORIES

THAT HAUNT.

Reporter: OF THE TWO

MILLION AMERICAN VETERANS

FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN,

EXPERTS ESTIMATE AS MANY AS

300,000 MAY SILENTLY SUFFER

FROM PTSD.

MAKING PROGRAMS LIKE

"WELCOME HOME" VITAL.

IF WE CAN SAVE ONE LIFE

OR HUNDREDS OF LIVES THROUGH

THIS MINISTRY, IN BRINGING

CHRIST INTO THAT WOUND,

KNOWING THAT MEMORIES CAN BE

HEALED, THAT'S THE KEY.

Reporter: A KEY GOAL IS

HELPING VETS DEAL WITH THE

MEMORY AND PAIN OF TAKING A

HUMAN LIFE.

GOD TOLD ME TO ANOINT THE

TRIGGER FINGER OF THIS MAN

WHO WAS A SNIPER, AND TO PUT

OIL ON THE FINGER AND SET

THAT TRIGGER FINGER FREE.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IS THOU

SHALL NOT KILL, BUT IN

ECCLESIASTES, IT SAYS WILL

IS A TIME TO KILL AND A TIME

TO HEAL.

FOR VETERANS, THAT'S A BIG

DEAL.

I'VE MET PEOPLE WHO WERE SO

HURT BY THAT.

I RELEASE THIS FINGER

FROM WHAT IT HAD TO DO.

[SOBBING]

THANK YOU, JESUS.

THANK YOU FOR RELEASING THIS

RIGHT NOW.

IT IS FINISHED NOW.

IT IS FINISHED.

WELCOME HOME.

WELCOME HOME.

Reporter: JOE LONGED TO

BE FREE FROM TORMENTING

THOUGHTS FOLLOWING THIS

SERVICE IN VIETNAM.

HE SAYS HELP FROM

GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED

PROGRAMS ONLY LASTED A SHORT

TIME.

SO HE DIDN'T PUT MUCH FAITH

IN THE "WELCOME HOME"

INITIATIVE.

WHEN I WENT, HONESTLY, MY

THOUGHTS ABOUT IT WAS THIS

IS ANOTHER ONE OF THEM DEALS

WHERE I'M GOING TO GO TO

ANOTHER PROGRAM, AND I'M

GOING TO LEAVE THERE JUST

LIKE I GOT THERE.

I MIGHT FEEL BETTER

SURFACELY, FOR A DAY OR TWO,

AND THEN THE SAME OLD, SAME

OLD.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I

EXPERIENCED OUT OF ALL OF

THOSE COPING STUFF.

Reporter: THIS TIME

AROUND, HE SAYS, SOMETHING

CLICKED.

THERE IS A GENERAL PEACE

ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT WAS

NEVER THERE BEFORE.

AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE

ANYBODY -- AND I THINK GOD

CAN REALLY, HONESTLY, USE

THIS TO SHOW A PERSON HIS

REALNESS.

BECAUSE IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH

THIS THING FOR 40 YEARS, AND

YOU SEE IT TAKEN CARE OF,

ANY PART OF IT AT ALL, I

MEAN YOU'VE GOT TO SEE GOD

IN IT.

Reporter: OTHER VETS

AGREE THAT SPIRITUAL

CONNECTION IS THE KEY TO

LASTING PEACE.

YOU CAN PROVIDE

PHYSICALLY NURTURE AND

EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT IF YOU

DON'T HAVE A SPIRITUAL

BACKUP AND A BACKGROUND ON

THINGS TO REALLY HELP

PEOPLE, AND HAVE THE LORD

JUST COME IN AND REALLY

MINISTER GRAPHICALLY TO

THESE PEOPLE, IT IS ONLY

REALLY A PATCH JOB.

Reporter: MUMFORD HOPES

TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM

THROUGH CHURCHES AND OTHER

ORGANIZATIONS.

D.V.D. TEACHINGS ARE

AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS TO USE,

WITH THE HOPE THAT COMBAT

VETERANS CAN FIND THE

HEALING AND FREEDOM THEY

DESPERATELY NEED AND SO

RIGHTFULLY DESERVE.

IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE HOLDING A

SOUL IN YOUR HAND FOR A

MOMENT.

AND YOU'RE JUST SEEING THAT

PERSON MELT AND COME BACK TO

REALITY.

Reporter: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

Mark: WOW, WHAT A

POWERFUL STORY.

UP NEXT, HOW CHRISTIANS CAN

LEARN FROM THE EXAMPLES OF

THOSE WHO SPEAK OUT ABOUT

THEIR FAITH.

Heather: WELL, AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE NEWSCAST,

WE BROUGHT YOU THE STORY OF

THE BENHAM BROTHERS, LOSING

THEITV SHOW AFTER SPEAKING

OUT ABOUT THEIR RELIGIOUS

BELIEF.

Mark: THEY'RE NOT THE

ONLY ONES WHO FACED BACKLASH

FOR SUCH OPINIONS.

MODELI'S C.E.O. WAS OUSTED

AFTER SUPPORTING PROPOSITION

8.

PHIL ROBERTSON WAS BRIEFLY

BANNED FROM "DUCK DYNASTY"

AFTER HE MADE COMMENTS.

AND CHICK-FIL-A FACED

PROTESTS AFTER DAN CATHY

EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT FOR

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE.

THIS PASTOR SAYS THEIRS AND

STORIES LIKE THEIRS SHOULD

BE AN EXAMPLE FOR

BELIEVERS.

IF YOU'RE ONLY KNOWN BY

NEGATIVE STATEMENTS, YOU'RE

ONLY GOING TO GET A

BACKLASH.

WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO SEE IS

WE'RE CONSISTENT IN OUR

FAITH AND IN SERVING AND

HELPING THE COMMUNITY.

IF A BELIEVER WANTS TO KNOW

HOW CAN I MAKE A STATEMENT

AND HOW CAN I STAND UP FOR

MY FAITH AND NOT BE

DEMONIZED, THEN BE

CONSISTENT, NOT JUST ON

STATEMENTS ON MARRIAGE, BUT

IN SHOWING THE LOVE YOU'RE

SUPPOSED TO SHOW TO

EVERYBODY.

Mark: CBN NEWS WANTS TO

KNOW IF YOU THINK IT IS

IMPORTANT FOR BELIEVERS TO

STAND UP FOR THEIR FAITH IN

THIS WAY.

CONNECT THROUGH Facebook

AND TWITTER.

Heather: THE CONCLUDING

THOUGHT.

Mark: WE'RE

EXPERIENCING A LOT OF

PERSECUTION LATELY.

IT IS PART OFAEING

CHRISTIAN.

Heather: THAT IS ALL

FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

Mark: REMEMBER YOU CAN

E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS AND

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