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CBN NewsWatch: June 24, 2014

As seen on "Newswatch," June 24: Sudan mom re-arrested one day after release, IRS chief brushes aside GOP 'obstruction' charges, and more. Read Transcript


HI, I'M MARK MARTIN WITH

THIS CBN NEWS "NEWSWATCH"

UPDATE.

THE SUDANESE MOTHER

CONDEMNED TO DIE FOR

REFUSING TO RENOUNCE HER

CHRISTIAN FAITH IS BACK IN

CUSTODY.

CAITLIN BURKE HAS DEALD

DETAILDETAILS ON HER

SHORT-LIVED FREEDOM AND

REARREST IN OUR TOP STORY

TONIGHT.

Reporter: MERIAM

IBRAHIM'S SUPPORTERS ARE

SHOCKED.

TAKEN FROM JUBILATION AT HER

RELEASE TO DEVASTATION AT

HER REARREST IN LESS THAN 24

HOURS.

IBRAHIM AND HER HUSBAND, AND

AMERICAN CITIZEN, HOPED TO

START A NEW LIFE TOGETHER IN

THE U.S. WITH THEIR TWO

CHILDREN, BUT SECURITY

FORCES STOPPED THE COUPLE AT

THE AIRPORT IN KHARTOUM.

TAKING HER ENTIRE FAMILY

INTO CUSTODY.

TINA RAMEREZ IS PRESIDENT OF

"HARD WIRED."

WE HEARD SHE WAS GIVEN AN

EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENT TO

TRAVEL SOUTH, AND HER AND

DANIEL AND THEIR TWO

CHILDREN WERE ON THE WAY

THERE.

BUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY

SAYS SHE DIDN'T HAVE ALL OF

THE PROPER PAPERWORK.

Reporter: SHE WAS

SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR

RENOUNCING ISLAM, BUT A

COURT OVERTURNED HIS

SENTENCING AND TURNED HER

FREE.

CHANCES ARE GOOD THEIR

FAMILY WILL AGAIN BE

RELEASED, BUT EVEN THEN

THEY'RE FAR FROM SAFE.

THEIR LAWYERS SAY THEY HAVE

ALREADY RECEIVED MANY DEATH

THREATS.

THERE ARE SEVERAL DEATH

THREATS AGAINST MERIAM, AND

EVEN US, THE DEFENSE TEAM.

Reporter: THE FAMILY

MAY BE ABLE TO FIND SAFETYú

IN THE U.S., THROUGH A

PROCEDURE THAT WOULD

RECOGNIZE IBRAHIM AS THE

WIFE OF AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT

THE U.S. EMBASSY DIDN'T

HANDLE THIS PROCESS THREE

YEARS AGO, WHEN DANIEL

APPLIED PREVIOUSLY.

IT IS SITUATIONS LIKE THIS

HELPS US REALIZE YOU DON'T

WAIT FOR AN EMERGENCY TO

DEAL WITH SOMETHING.

YOU SHOULD BE PREEMPTIVE IN

THESE SITUATIONS.

THERE WAS NEGLIGENCE ON THE

PART OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT

FOR NOT DEALING WITH IT

PROPERLY.

I BELIEVE THAT SHOULD BE

INVESTIGATED.

Mark: JORDAN SECULO

WITH THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR

LAW AND JUSTICE JOINS US FOR

MORE.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT

MERIAM'S SITUATION NOW?

MERIAM WAS AT THE

AIRPORT, EITHER DEPARTING TO

THE UNITED STATES DIRECTLY

OR THROUGH SOUTH SUDAN AND

THEN TO THE UNITED STATES.

THE PAPERWORK WAS DONE BY

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS ON

WHETHER OR NOT SHE HAS HER

PASSPORT OR NOT.

SHE MAY NOT.

BUT SHE WAS SEIZED BY THE

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND

SECURITY SERVICES OF SUDAN,

WHO DO NOT ANSWER TO

CRIMINAL COURTS.

THEY ARE OUTSIDE THE

JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

THEY OPERATE IN THE NATIONAL

SECURITY REALM.

THEY'RE KNOWN FOR TORTURE.

AND THEY'VE BEEN CALLED THE

AGENTS OF FEAR.

IT WASN'T JUST HER WHO WAS

TAKEN BACK AND REARRESTED.

HER HUSBAND AND THOSE TWO

CHILDREN.

SO AN AMERICAN CITIZEN HAS

NOW BEEN ALSO PUT INTO

CUSTODY.

AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS THIS

HAPPENED IN FRONT OF AND

WITH U.S. OFFICIALS

PRESENT.

Mark: WOW!

WHAT IS THE ACLJ DOING IN

ITS EFFORTS TO HELP WITH

MERIAM'S CASE?

THE FIRST IS TO GET ALL

OF THE FACTS AND KEEP ALL

THE PEOPLE MOBILIZED.

WE TALKED ABOUT THIS

YESTERDAY, WHEN MERIAM WAS

RELEASED FROM PRISON, THAT

THIS WASN'T OVER.

WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS

TOO MANY TIMES IN CASES

SIMILAR TO SUDAN, WHERE

PEOPLE ARE RELEASED, BUT

THAT'S NOT THE END OF THE

STORY.

THEY'RE NOT SAFE YET.

HERE, AGAIN, IT TRACKS WHAT

HAS HAPPENED BEFORE IN THESE

KIND OF CASES, THE REARREST

HERE NOW BY A DIFFERENT

SUDANESE GOVERNMENT AGENCY,

AND ONE THAT DOESN'T

ANSWER -- AS HER ATTORNEY

SAID TODAY, THEY CAN'T GO TO

COURT ON THIS.

THIS IS NOT A CRIMINAL

MATTER.

IT IS NOW A NATIONAL

SECURITY MATTER, WHERE THEY

CAN INDEFINITELY DETAIN

PEOPLE.

Mark: IT SEEMS LIKE

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY ISSUING A STATE

CONDEMNING HER IMPRISONMENT

HELPED WE THE APPEALS COURT

OVER TURNING MERIAM'S

SENTENCE.

WHAT SHOULD THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT DO NOW?

SECRETARY KERRY ISSUED A

STATEMENT YESTERDAY, LIKE

MANY OF US DID, PRAISING

WHAT HAD HAPPENED, AND

EXCITED ABOUT THE NEWS THAT

MERIAM WAS RELEASED.

IT WAS GOOD NEWS, BUT

ULTIMATELY IT WASN'T OVER

YET.

AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT,

NOT FAR FROM WHERE I AM AT

THE CBN STUDIOS HERE IN

WASHINGTON, D.C., THEY KNOW

ABOUT THE SITUATION AND

THEY'VE GOT TO SPEAK OUT.

I'M NOT SURE A WRITTEN

STATEMENT OR A BASIC

STATEMENT FROM THE SECRETARY

OF STATE OR EVEN THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES -- THAT'S BECAUSE

THEY HAVE NOW PUT A U.S.

CITIZEN INTO CUSTODY.

AND THEY DID THIS IN FRONT

OF U.S. OFFICIALS.

IF THAT PROVES TO BE TRUE,

WHERE THIS WAS ACTION TAKEN,

AND THERE WERE ABOUT 40

SECURITY FORCES, THESE

SPECIAL FORCES, TAKING HER

AWAY FROM U.S. OFFICIALS.

THIS IS NOT JUST AN A FRONT

TO MERIAM, IT'S AN AFFRONT

TO HER HUSBAND AND TO THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

THAT'S VERY SERIOUS WHEN YOU

TAKE THAT KIND OF ACTION

WITH OUR DIPLOMATS PRESENT.

Mark: JORDAN SECULA,

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR

TIME.

A HEATED HEARING OVER LAST

E-MAILS IN THE INVESTIGATION

OF THE I.R.S. FOR TARGETING

CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

THE E-MAILS BELONG TO FORMER

I.R.S. EMPLOYEE LOIS

LERNER.

BUT IT WAS THE I.R.S.

COMMISSIONER IN THE HOT

SEAT.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THE

STORY.

IT IS TIME FOR A SPECIAL

PROSECUTOR, SO WE CAN GET TO

THE TRUTH AND GET PAST THIS

SHAM OF AN INVESTIGATION

THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

IS DOING.

Reporter: WHY I.R.S.

CHAIRMAN JOHN KOSKINEN

BRUSHED ASIDE ALLEGATIONS

THAT THE I.R.S. BRUSHED

ASIDE THE DOCUMENTS.

CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN

CHALLENGED HIM DURING THE

HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND

GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE

HEARING MONDAY NIGHT.

HE SAYS THE SCANDAL IS OUT

OF CONTROL, WITH THE LOST

E-MAILS JUST ANOTHER

EXAMPLE.

CONGRESSMAN DOUG COLLINS

TOLD KOSKININ THE WHOLE

THING ISN'T SITTING WELL

WITH REPUBLICANS, MORE AND

MORE DEMOCRATS, AND THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE.

THE FACT THAT BARBARA

BOXER, CONTRIBUTED TO THE

PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN, IS

RUNNING THIS INVESTIGATION,

IS A JOKE.

IT IS WRONG.

THE FACT THAT THE F.B.I.

LEAKS TO THE WALL STREET ON

JANUARY 13th OF THIS YEAR

THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO BE

PROSECUTED, IS WRONG.

AND THE FACT THAT THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES.

THE HIGHEST OFFICIAL IN THE

EXECUTIVE BRANCH GOES ON

NATIONAL TELEVISION AND SAYS

THERE IS NO CORRUPTION, NOT

EVEN A SMIDGEON, IS WRONG.

Reporter: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY IS VISITING LEADERS IN

IRAQI, KURDISTAN.

AND HE HOPES THE MORE STABLE

GOVERNMENT AND ITS LEADERS

THERE WILL HELP BRING CALM

TO IRAQ AND SEE THE COUNTRY

HELP AVOID A CIVIL WAR.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS MORE FROM

IRBIL, THE CAPITAL.

Reporter: THE

MALIKI-LED GOVERNMENT IS

WEAK.

AND MUCH OF IRAQ HAS

DECINDER GREATED.

DECINDE DISINTEGRATED.

THIS IS THE COLORFUL OPEN

AIR MARKET IN IRBIL.

THE KURDS HAVE A LONG

HISTORY, AND NOW MANY FEEL

THEY MAY BE AT THE

CROSS-ROADS OF SPEANS

INDEPENDENCE AND STATEHOOD.

YES, SURELY, THIS IS OUR

OLD DREAM.

A VERY OLD DREAM FOR US, FOR

THE WHOLE KURDISH PEOPLE.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT.

AND NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME

FOR THE KURDISH PEOPLE TO

HAVE THEIR PENTAGON

INDEPENDENT STATE.

YES, THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME

BECAUSE THE IRAQI PEOPLE

DIDN'T ACCEPT US AS MUSLIMS

OR AS BROTHERS.

SO BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T

ACCEPT US AS BROTHERS, THAT

TIME IS OVER.

AND THIS IS WHY I THINK IT

IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DECLARE

AN INDEPENDENT STATE FOR THE

KURDS.

Reporter: THE BRITISH

AND FRENCH ESTABLISHED THE

CURRENT BORDERS OF IRAQ

AFTER WORLD WAR I.

IT IS POSSIBLE THE CURRENT

CRISIS WILL SPLIT IRAQ INTO

THREE REGIONS, SUNNI,

SHIITE, AND KURDISH.

KURDISH OFFICIALS SAY

DECLARING A STATE WOULD BE

HARD, BUT THAT THEY'VE

EARNED THE RIGHT.

THE INDEPENDENCE OF

KURDISTAN IS DEPENDENT ON

THE SITUATION.

I BELIEVE THAT THE BACK OF

GETTING INDEPENDENCE IS

COVERED WITH MINES.

WE CANNOT ACTUALLY STEP INTO

IT, BUT THE REALITY PROVES

AND SHOWS THE OUTSIDE WORLD

THAT THIS NATION IS REALLY

WORTHY TO GET INDEPENDENCE.

Reporter: FORMER

GOVERNOR AND PRESIDENTIAL

HOPEFUL MIKE HUCKABEE SAYS A

KURDISH STATE WOULD BE GOOD

FOR THE REGION.

THE KURDS REALLY ARE THE

ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE IN ALL

OF IRAQ THAT AMERICA SHOULD

BE GRATEFUL FOR AND TRYING

TO HELP.

THEY COULD CREATE A STABLE

GOVERNMENT AND A SENSIBLE,

SANE GOVERNMENT.

I THINK WE SHOULD DO

EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE

TO ENCOURAGE AT LEAST ONE

PIECE OF THAT REGION TO BE

STABLE.

Reporter: IT IS AN

HISTORIC TIME FOR THE MIDDLE

EAST.

IF THE KURDS DO DECLARE A

STATE, THEY'LL BEGIN TO

REDRAW THE BORDERS OF A NEW

MIDDLE EAST.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

IRBIL, NORTHERN IRAQ.

Mark: COMING UP UP, FOR

YEARS WE'VE BEEN TOLD THAT

MARRIAGES HAVE A 50/50 SHOT

AT 'TIL DEATH DO US PART.

AND FOR YEARS WE HAVE BEEN

LIED TO.

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE

STATE OF OUR UNIONS.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM QU AND

CHARLENE AARON ARE BACK WITH

MORE OF THAT STORY AFTER

THIS.

YOU'VE HEARD IT SAID OVER

AND OVER, HALF OF ALL

MARRIAGES END IN DIVORCE,

AND THINGS ARE JUST AS BAD

IN THE CHUMP A CHURCH AS IN

THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.

Ephraim: THERE IS JUST

ONE PROBLEM: IT JUST SIMPLY

IS NOT TRUE.

PAUL STRAND BRINGS US THIS

STORY.

Reporter: HARVARD

TRAINED RESEARCHER JOCKI

DECIDED TO TACKLE THE

LONG-TERM HELD BELIEFS ABOUT

DIVORCE.

FOR A PASTOR, IT MEANS

ALL OF MY WORK DOESN'T MEAN

VERY MUCH.

FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON IN A

CONGREGATION, THERE IS THIS

SUBTLE FEELING LIKE IF

THAT'S TRUE, IF ON SOMETHING

AS IMPORTANT AS MARRIAGE,

DOING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING,

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ABOUT

THE BIBLE?

Reporter: VIRGINIA

PASTOR DANIEL FLOYD SEES HOW

THIS CAN HURT THE FAITH.

THE 50% DIVORCE RATE

INSIDE THE CHURCH SAYS THAT

THE CHURCH MAKES NO

DIFFERENCE IN YOUR

MARRIAGE.

Reporter: ANGEL DAVIS,

PSYCHOTHERAPIST, SAYS IT

COULD EVEN GIVE PEOPLE

PERMISSION TO GIVE UP.

WHEN YOU HAVE A STATISTIC

LIKE THE 50%, IT GIVES YOU

THE OPTION.

IT, LIKE, BECOMES AN OPTION

IN YOUR MIND.

Reporter: FELDHAN SPENT

EIGHT YEARS INVESTIGATING

THE REAL NUMBERS, AND IN HER

BOOK "THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT

MARRIAGE," LAYS OUT WHAT SHE

FOUND.

FIRST, THE DIVORCE RATE IS

WAY BELOW 50%, AND MUCH

LOWER FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND

CHURCH.

SHE ESTIMATES THE OVERALL

DIVORCE RATE FOR THE COUNTRY

IS AROUND 31%.

SHE SAYS THE STUDIES OF

PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY GO TO

CHURCH ALL SHOW A MUCH LOWER

DIVORCE RATE FOR THEM.

MAYBE 15%.

MAYBE 20% FOR ALL MARRIAGES,

FIRST MARRIAGES, SECOND

MARRIAGES, THIRD MARRIAGES.

PASTORS NEED TO KNOW THIS.

PEOPLE NEED TO BE ABLE TO

LOOK AROUND THE AVERAGE

CONGREGATION AND SAY, YOU

KNOW WHAT?

MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WILL

HAVE STRONG AND HAPPY

MARRIAGES FOR A LIFETIME.

DOING WHAT GOD SAYS

MATTERS.

THAT IS A BIG DEAL TO KNOW.

Reporter: SHE CITES ONE

EXAMPLE WHERE A PASTOR

TRACKED 143 COUPLES HE HAD

MARRIED.

IT WAS 25, 27 YEARS

LATER, AND LESS THAN 10% HAD

BEEN DIVORCED.

Reporter: THIS COULD GO

A LONG WAY TO ERASING THE

DOUBT THAT CHRISTIANITY

MAKES NO DIFFERENCE.

THAT THERE IS NO POWER IN

IT TO TRANSFORM, AND THAT IS

JUST NOT TRUE.

THOSE STATISTICS, I THINK,

COULD HELP A LOT WITH THAT

BELIEF.

Reporter: PASTOR FLOYD

BELIEVES IT WILL BE A MAJOR

PLUS FOR THE FAITH WHEN THIS

NEW KNOWLEDGE GETS AROUND.

IF YOU HAVE REGULAR

CHURCH ATTENDANCE, AND IT

WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN

THE LON LONGEVITY OF YOUR

MARRIAGE, THAT WILL GO A

LONG WAY.

Reporter: FELDHAM SAYS

SHE SEES THIS INFORMATION

IMMEDIATELY PUMP UP THE

CONGREGATION'S FAITH.

YOU HEAR THIS GASP GOING

THROUGH THE CONGREGATION.

AND EVERYBODY STARTS

APPLAUDING.

Reporter: SHANTI'S

HUSBAND, JEFF, SAYS SUCH

HELP COULD BE CRUCIAL IN

HELPING A COUPLE SURVIVE.

SHANTI AND I HAVE HIT

ROUGH PATCHES, BUT WE NEVER

ONCE THOUGHT WE WEREN'T

GOING TO MAKE IT.

WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO.

SO YOU WORK THROUGH THE

TOUGH PATCHES AND YOU MOVE

ON TO THE OTHER SIDE.

AND THE OTHER SIDE IS ALWAYS

GOOD.

Reporter: FELDHAN SAYS

PEOPLE CAN MAKE OTHER

CHOICES TO DIVORCE-PROOF

THEIR MARRIAGE.

AN EXAMPLE:

PEOPLE WHO DECIDE NOT TO

LIVE TOGETHER BEFORE THEY

GET MARRIED.

THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HAVE

A REALLY GOOD EFFECT ON THE

MARRIAGE.

SO YOU MIGHT GET DOWN INTO

THE 5%, 10% DIVORCE ODDS.

Reporter: NOW FELDHAN

AND OTHERS HOPE PEOPLE WILL

SPREAD THE WORD.

TO BE ABLE TO GET THIS

INFORMATION INTO OTHER

PEOPLE'S HANDS QUICKLY, I

THINK WE CAN CHANGE THE PAR

PARADIGM FROM DISCOURAGEMENT

TO HOPE.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM

ATLANTA.

Ephraim: UP NEXT, MEET

A COUPLE WHO ADOPTED AN

EMBRYO.

THEIR CHILD IS NOW 15 YEARS

OLD, AND SHE'LL TELL WHAT ITIR L

IS LIKE TO BE A SNOWFLAKE

BABY, COMING UP AFTER THIS.

Ephraim: THEY'RE FROZEN

IN STORAGE LABS IN CLINICS,

UNBORN BABIES LEFT OVER FROM

FERTILITY TREATMENT.

AND THEY'RE USUALLY

TURNED OVER TO SCIENCE OR

DESTROYED.

BUT A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION

IS OFFERING ANOTHER

ADOPTION, A CHANCE AT LIFE.

Reporter: WELCOME TO

THE NIGHT LIGHT CHRISTIAN

ADOPTION AGENCY, HOME TO THE

SNOWFLAKE PROGRAM.

THE SNOWFLAKE PROGRAM IS

AN ADOPTION PROGRAM.

THEY CAN OFFER THOSE EMJOS

EMBRYOS TO ANOTHER COUPLE

FOR ADOPTION.

Reporter: THEY ARE

STORED IN CRYO TANKS LIKE

THESE.

THERE IS NO LIMIT ON HOW

LONG AN EMBRYO CAN BE

FROZEN.

SOME HAVE BEEN STORED FOR

MORE THAN 15 YEARS AND STILL

RESULTED IN SUCCESSFUL

PREGNANCIES.

JOHN AND MARLENE BECAME THE

FIRSTCUFIRST COUPLE TO

ADOPT AN EMBRYO THROUGH THE

SNOWFLAKE PROGRAM.

WE FELL LIKE WE HONORED

GOD WAS WE ADOPTED A EMBRYO

THAT NEEDED A HOME.

Reporter: THREE EMBRYOS

WERE TRANSFERRED ON

APRIL 11, 1998.

ON DECEMBER 31st, HANNAH

WAS BORN.

WHEN I SAW HER, I THOUGHT

SHE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

BABY I HAD EVER SEEN.

Reporter: NOW A HEALTHY

AND HAPPY 15-YEAR-OLD,

HANNAH LEARNED ABOUT HER

UNIQUE STORY AT AN EARLY

AGE.

SHE WAS ABOUT FIVE AND IN

KINDERGARTEN THEY WERE

PLANTING SEEDS.

MY MOM BOUGHT THIS PACKAGE

OF SEEDS, AND SHE PLANTED

THEM, AND SHE SAID, THAT WAS

YOU.

YOU WERE A FROZEN SEED, AND

THEY PUT THAT SEED IN MY

TUMMY TO GROW.

SO SHE HAD THAT

VISUALIZATION OF A SEED AND

HOW TINY A SEED IS.

AND I USED TO SAY, ONLY GOD

CAN SEE YOU, YOU WERE SO

TINY.

AND SHE USED TO SAY, MOMMY,

TELL ME ABOUT THAT PART OF

THE STORY AGAIN, TELL ME HOW

TINY I WAS.

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR CHILD,

ALL OF THE PIECES FIT

TOGETHER, AND YOU'RE GOING,

OH, THAT'S WHERE MY CHILD

WAS AT.

ON AVERAGE, ONE SNOWFLAKE

BABY IS BORN EVERY 10 DAYS.

STILL, THERE ARE A VERY

LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO

KNOW ABOUT FROZEN EMBRYO

ADOPTION, AND THE NUMBER OF

EMBRYOS GOING INTO STORAGE

CONTINUES TO RISE.

WE BEGAN THAT LIFE BEGINS

AT CONCEPTION.

WHICH MEANS AS SOON AS THE

EMBRYO IS CREATED.

AND FOR THESE EMBRYOS,

THEY'VE BEEN PLACED IN

FROZEN STORAGE, AND THAT

PROCESS OF DEVELOPING BEING

BORN, GROWING INTO ADULTHOOD

HAS BEEN HALTED AND

INTERRUPTED.

Reporter: TOM AND ANNA

WANTED LIFE FOR THEIR EXTRA

EMBRYOS.

AFTER YEARS OF TRYING TO GET

PREGNANT, THEY WERE

SUCCESSFUL WITH IN VITRO,

AND THEN BLESSED WITH A

SURPRISE.

OUR FIRST BORN WAS ANDY,

AND WE HAD HIM IN 2007.

SO AFTER THAT, A YEAR AFTER

ANDY WAS BORN, I FOUND OUT I

WAS PREGNANT.

Reporter: AFTER THE

BIRTH OF THEIR SECOND SON,

LUCAS, THE PETERSONS DECIDED

TO STOP TRYING TO CONCEIVE,

BUT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS.

SO A YEAR LATER, AFTER

LUCAS WAS BORN, I FOUND OUT

I WAS PREGNANT WITH LUISA.

SO IN FOUR YEARS WE HAD

THREE KIDS.

Reporter: AFTER MUCH

INDIVIDUAL PRAYER, THEY

DECIDED TOGETHER TO DONATE

THOSE EMBRYOS FOR ADOPTION.

IT BROKE MY HEART TO KNOW

I WAS GIVEN UP ON THE CHILD,

LETTING GO OF THE CHILD, BUT

THEN I REALIZED, AND IT JUST

CAME TO ME, IS THAT THAT IS

MY SEL SELFISHNESS.

IT IS ALMOST LIKE I HEARD

A VOICE, A CONSCIENCE VOICE,

OR GOD SPEAKING TO ME,

THEY'RE NOT YOURS.

AND THAT THOUGHT CAME TO MY

HEART AND IT JUST GAVE ME

SUCH PEACE.

Reporter: GOD MATCHED

TOM AND ANN'S EMBRYOS TO

PARENTS WHO GAVE THEM LIFE.

HE IS BIOLOGICALLY TOM AND

ANN'S, BUT HE HAS ADOPTED

PARENTS.

AMOS' PARENTS AGREED TO AN

OPEN ADOPTION, SO TOM AND

ANN ARE ABLE TO WATCH AS HE

GROWS.

YOU HAVE SO MUCH JOY AND

SO MUCH PEACE FROM YOUR

DECISION.

BUT IS THERE STILL SOME

PAIN?

WHEN HE GETS OLD ENOUGH

AND REALIZES THAT IS NOT HIS

BIOLOGICAL DAD, AND HE IS

GOING TO GO, WHO IS MY REAL,

BIOLOGICAL PARENTS, AND IF

HE HAS THIS THOUGHT THAT HIS

PARENTS DON'T LOVE HIM,

DIDN'T LOVE HIM AND THEY

GAVE HIM UP, IT'S LIKE -- I

THINK ABOUT THAT AND IT'S SO

FAR FROM THE TRUTH.

AND I LOVE THAT KID SO MUCH,

AND HE'S NOT EVEN -- I MEAN

I'M NOT THE FATHER TO THE

KID, BUT I LOVE HIM SO

MUCH.

Reporter: TOM AND ANN

SAY JUST AS WITH THE

CHILDREN THEY GAVE BIRTH TO,

THEY'VE ALWAYS LOVED THEIR

EMBRYOS, AND IT IS BECAUSE

OF THAT LOVE THEY CHOSE TO

GIVE THEM LIFE.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS, SAN

DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.

Charlene: THE JESUS

FILM IS ONE OF THE GREATEST

TOOLS EVER CREATED TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL.

EVERY EIGHT SECONDS

SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD

SOMEONE MAKES A DECISION TO

FOLLOW CHRIST AFTER WATCHING

IT.

Ephraim: THAT IS

EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO A

BOY IN INDIA, AND HE GOT THE

CHANCE TO SEE THE MOVIE

THANKS TO A MINISTRY OF

CBN.

Reporter: HIGH IN THE

MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN INDIA,

ONE VILLAGE IS SO REMOTE

THAT MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE

NEVER SEEN A MOVIE.

SO WHEN BASU HEARD THAT CBN

WAS GOING TO COME AND SHOW

THE JESUS FILM, H, HE

COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE IT.

I SAW A TRUE STORY OF

ABOUT HOW JESUS SUFFERED FOR

MANKIND SO WE COULD BE

SAVED.

I IMMEDIATELY GAVE MY HEART

TO THE LORD AND I STARTED

GOING TO CHURCH.

Reporter: BUT HIS

MOTHER HAD BEEN SUFFERING

FROM A DISEASE THAT GAVE HER

SEVERE BACK PAIN FOR ABOUT A

MONTH.

SO BASU DECIDED DO SOMETHING

HE NEVER DID BEFORE.

I DECIDED TO ASK THE

PASTOR TO PRAY WITH ME FOR

MY MOM'S BACK TO BE HEALED.

Reporter: SHE WAS

HEALED, AND BASU'S FAITH IN

JESUS INCREASED.

SOON AFTER THAT, HE WAS

BAPTIZED.

I FELT LIKE ALL OF MY

SINS ARE WASHED AWAY, AND I

HAD BECOME A NEW CREATION IN

CHRIST.

I LEFT ALL OF THE BAD THINGS

BEHIND, AND MY NEW LIFE

BEGAN.

I WILL SHARE MY JOY WITH MY

FAMILY.

AND IN TIME THEY WILL ALSO

BELIEVE IN JESUS.

Charlene: AND THE STORY

DOESN'T END WITH BASU.

THE CHURCH IN HIS VILLAGE

DOUBLED IN SIZE.

SO CBN DONATED A PROJECTOR

TO THE PASTOR THERE, AND NOW

HE IS TRAVELLING AND SHOWING

THE FILM TO OTHERS AND

LEADING EVEN MORE PEOPLE TO

CHRIST.

Ephraim: CAMPUS CRUSADE

PRODUCES THE FILM, AND

THEY'VE UPDATED THE FILM

THAT IS CELEBRATING ITS

46th ANNIVERSARY.

IT IS A POWERFUL FILM.

Charlene: THAT'S IT FOR

NOW ON CBN NEWS TODAY.

YOU CAN FIND COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

AT CBN.COM.

Ephraim: TAKE THE TIME

TO TELL US ABOUT THE STORIES

YOU'VE SEEN HER TODAY.

YOU CAN DO IT AT Facebook

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