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CBN NewsWatch: August 13, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 13: Syrian Kurds rescue Yazidis from Iraq mountain; Mosul Dam: ticking bomb in terrorists' hands; Israel unmoved by UN probe, stands ground on Hamas; and more. Read Transcript


Charlene: THANKS FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN NEWS

TODAY, I'M CHARLENE AARON.

Efrem: AND I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

THE STRANDED YAZIDIS

REFUGEES THAT ARE STRANDED

ON THE MOUNTAINTOP ARE

FINALLY BEING RESCUED.

THEY'VE BEEN STRANDED FOR

MORE THAN A WEEK WITH LITTLE

FOOD AND WATER.

NOW SYRIAN KURDISH RESCUERS

HAVE COME TO THEIR RESCUE.

GARY LANE HAS THE LATEST.

Reporter: WEAK AND

DEHYDRATED, SOME OF THE

YAZIDIS RESCUED HAVE MADE IT

SAFELY TO THIS REFUGEE CAMP

JUST INSIDE SYRIA.

MANY, LIKE THIS LITTLE GIRL,

NEEDED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL

ATTENTION.

HER FEET BLISTERED FROM THE

LONG JOURNEY UP AND DOWN THE

MOUNTAIN.

THE SITUATION IN THE CAMP

IS STILL KIND OF PRIMITIVE.

WE'RE TRYING TO IMPROVE IT,

TO MAKE IT BETTER, TO

INCREASE THE TENTS.

LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT

TENTS.

SO IT NEEDS TO BE

INCREASED.

FOR NOW THE ESTIMATED NUMBER

IS 12,000 PERSONS.

Reporter: SOME OF THE

ELDERLY FELL ON THE

MOUNTAINSIDE WHILE FLEEING

THE ISLAMIC STATE

MILITANTS.

THEY'RE BEING TREATED FOR

BROKEN BONES. THE UNITED

NATIONS SAYS AS MANY AS

150,000 MORE IRAQI REFUGEES

MAY ARRIVE HERE WITHIN THE

NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

THE GROWING NUMBER OF

IRAQIS, ESPECIALLY

CHRISTIANS, ARE SEEKING

ASYLUM IN THE WEST.

THE NEW HEAD OF THE ANGLICAN

CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA,

ARCHBISHOP FREER SAYS THE

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD

EMULATE FRANCE IN GRANTING

ASYLUM REQUESTS.

AND SAYS THE WORLD CAN NO

TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE

RISING PERSECUTION OF

CHRISTIANS.

WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT

NOW IN NORTHERN IRAQ IS OFF

THE SCALE OF THE HUMAN

TERROR WE HAVE SEEN OVER

RECENT YEARS.

IN A WORLD WHERE EVEN

DISTANT NATIONS ARE OUR

NEIGHBOR, WE CANNOT ALLOW

THESE ATROCITIES TO

UNLEASHED.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

CHUCK HAGEL SAYS THE

PENTAGON WILL BEEF UP ITS

PRESENCE IN NORTHERN IRAQ.

I RECOMMENDED TO THE

PRESIDENT, AND THE PRESIDENT

HAS AUTHORIZED ME TO GO

AHEAD AND SEND ABOUT 130 NEW

ASSESSMENT TEAM MEMBERS UP

TO NORTHERN IRAQ IN THE

IRBIL AREA, TO TAKE A CLOSER

LOOK, AND GIVE A MORE

INDEPTH ASSESSMENT OF WHERE

WE CAN CONTINUE TO HELP THE

IRAQIS.

Reporter: AND IN

BAGHDAD, IT APPEARS PRIME

MINISTER NOURI AL-MALIKI IS

LOSING HIS GRIP ON POWER.

MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY AND

A GROWING NUMBER OF MILITARY

SUPPORTERS ARE DISTANCING

THEMSELVES FROM HIS DEVISIVE

RULE.

THAT COULD MEAN IRAQ IS

HEADING TOWARDS A MORE

INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Charlene: AND EVEN

THOUGH THE YAZIDIS ARE

ESCAPING FROM THAT

MOUNTAINTOP, THOUSANDS MORE

IRAQIS ARE STILL IN DANGER

FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE MILITANT ARMY MAY NOW

HOLD IN ITS HANDS THE MEANS

TO DO MASSIVE DAMAGE TO THE

ENTIRE COUNTRY.

CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS FROM

NORTHERN IRAQ.

Reporter: WHEN ISIS

SWALLOWED UP LARGE SWATHS OF

TERRITORY, THEY ALSO

CAPTURED WHAT MIGHT BE THE

BIGGEST WEAPON OF ALL IN

IRAQ, THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST

DAM.

THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO FOR

THE WORLD HAS BEEN WHEN A

TERROR GROUP GETS THEIR

HANDS ON A WEAPON OF MASS

DESTRUCTION.

NOW JUST ABOUT A TWO-HOUR

DRIVE FROM IRIL IN NORTHERN

IRAQ, ISIS HAS DONE JUST

THAT.

WHEN IT CAPTURED THE MOSUL

DAM, EXPERTS KNEW THE GROUP

HAD A NEW WEAPON OF TERROR.

WE ARE TOLD THIS DAM IS

LIKE AN ATOMIC BOMB.

Reporter: THIS KURDISH

ENGINEER WARNS THE MOSUL

DAM, ONCE CALLED THE MOST

DANGEROUS DAM IN THE WORLD

IN THE BEST OF TIMES, NOW

REPRESENTS A TICKING TIME

BOMB IN THE HANDS OF ISIS.

I THINK NOW IT IS TOO

DANGEROUS.

EVEN IF NOT BLASTED BY ISIS,

THE DAM WILL DESTROY ITSELF

BECAUSE THERE IS NOBODY

THERE TO REHABILITATE IT.

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

DAM WAS BUILT ON POOR SOIL,

AND NEEDS A REGULAR INFUSION

OF GROUT TO STABILIZE IT AND

WAS POORLY DESIGNED.

THE DAM WAS NOT DESIGNED

TO RESIST THIS TYPE OF

EARTHQUAKE.

Reporter: IF I'SIS

FAILISIS FAILS TO MAINTAIN

THTHE DAM, IT COULD BURST.

HE SAYS THAT WOULD BE A

CATASTROPHE, AND SEND A WALL

OF WATER 60 FEET HIGH TO

MOSUL THAT WILL REACH ALL

THE WAY TO BAGHDAD.

MAYBE 500,000, 600,000

PEOPLE WILL BE KILLED IN ONE

DAY.

Reporter: HE FEELS AN

INTERNATIONAL EFFORT SHOULD

BE MADE TO RECAPTURE AND

SECURE THE DAM.

EVEN IF ISIS DOES NOT

DESTROY IT.

THEY COULD HOLD THE COUNTRY

HOSTAGE WITH THE THREAT OF A

DISASTER.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE U.S.

CONTINUES THE AIRDROPS FOR

THE YAZIDIS.

PEPESHMERGA COMMANDERS ON

THE FRONT LINES SAID WHEN

THEY TAKE OVER A TOWN, ISIS

COMES IN LIKE A LAMB, BUT

TURNS INTO A WOLF.

FIRST OF ALL, THEY DON'T

DO ANYTHING.

THEY SAY CALM DOWN UNTIL

THINGS GET BETTER.

THEN WHEN THEY HAVE FULL

CONTROL OF AN AREA, THEY

START KILLING PEOPLE.

Reporter: THEY

THREATENED THIS IRAQI,

WORKING IN A POWER PLANT.

THEY SAID IF YOU

PERSONALLY ARE NOT GIVING

BAGHDAD ELECTRICITY, THEY'LL

DESTROY YOUR FAMILY.

Reporter: THEIR

BARBARISM IS CONTINUING FROM

ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT.

THIS PICTURE OF A BOY WITH

THE HEAD OF A SYRIAN SOLDIER

HAS GONE VIRAL.

HIS FATHER SAID, "THAT'S MY

BOY."

IT IS SO HARD TO IMAGINE

A HUMAN BEING DOING THIS.

IT IS SO HARD.

IT IS THE WORK OF THE

DEVIL.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, IRBIL, KURDISTAN.

Efrem: EGYPT'S TOP

CLERIC IS CONDEMNING THE

BLOODY TORTURE.

HE SAYS THEY HAVE TARNISHED

THE IMAGE OF ISLAM AND IS

VIOLATING ITS MOST SACRED

PRINCIPLES.

HE CALLED FOR AN

INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL

RESPONSE TO THE TERRORISTS'

THREATS, SAYING THE ARAB

WORLD'S FUTURE IS FACING A

HARD TEST.

Charlene: ISRAEL AND

HAMAS ARE APPROACHING THE

FINAL HOURS OF A THREE-DAY

CEASE-FIRE, AND ISRAELI

LEADERS ARE WARNING THE

WORLD THEY WON'T TOLERATE A

ENCLAV A TERRORIST ENCLAVE

IN GAZA.

Reporter: THE STAKES

ARE HIGH FROM BOTH SIDES.

GAZA MUST REBUILD FROM THE

POUNDING IT HAS ALREADY

TAKEN, AND ISRAELIS ARE MORE

THAN WEARY AFTER A DECADE OF

ROCKET ATTACKS THAT PRODUCE

CONSTANT STRESS.

BUT THE CHANCES OF A

LONG-LASTING AGREEMENT DON'T

LOOK GOOD.

IF HAMAS DOESN'T AGREE TO A

CEASE-FIRE, ISRAEL WILL

STRIKE HARDER THAN IT DID IN

THE FIRST WAVE OF "OPERATION

PROTECTIVE SHIELD."

AND HE SAYS ISRAEL MUST GET

RID OF HAMAS IN ORDER FOR

THERE TO BE PEACE IN THE

REGION.

WHETHER ISRAEL FORGES A

TEMPORARY TRUCE WITH HAMAS

OR NOT, THE COUNTRY'S

LEADERS CAN COUNT ON ANOTHER

WAR FROM THE PALESTINIANS.

A SERIES OF U.N.

INVESTIGATIONS AND CRIMINAL

CHARGES IN INTERNATIONAL

COURTS.

THE U.N. HAS ALREADY NAMED

WHAT SOME IN ISRAEL CALL A

KANGAROO COURT, TO

INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE WAR

CRIMES.

WILLIAM SHABAS WON'T EVEN

SAY IF HE BELIEVES HAMAS IS

A TERROR GROUP.

JERUSALEM SAYS IT WON'T

COMPLY WITH THE COMMISSION,

DESPITE THE U.N.'S WEAK

ATTEMPTS TO SOUND BALANCED.

IT HAS A DUTY TO PROTECT

ITS CITIZENS FROM ROCKET

ATTACKS BY HAMAS AND OTHER

THREATS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE

FIGHTING HAS RAISED SERIOUS

QUESTIONS ABOUT ISRAEL'S

RESPECT FOR THE PRINCIPLES

OF DISTINCTION AND

PROPORTIONALITY.

Reporter: HAMAS,

MEANWHILE, TRIED TO RALLY

SUPPORT AMONG GAZANS, IN

CASE THE MOST RECENT TRUCE

COLLAPSES.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: BACK HERE AT

HOME, TORRENTIAL RAINS ARE

CAUSING SEVERE FLOODING IN

STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

FROM THIS RESCUE IN ARIZONA,

WHERE A MAN JUMPS FROM THE

ROOF OF HIS CAR ON TO A FIRE

TRUCK, TO BALTIMORE, WHERE

FLASH-FLOODS COVERED SIDE

ROADS, LEAVING PEOPLE

STRANDED.

THEY ALSO SWAMPED THE

BALTIMORE BELTWAY, WHERE

TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP FOR

HOURS.

IN DETROIT, HUNDREDS OF CARS

WERE STUCK.

MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED ALONG

THE EAST COAST TODAY WITH

FLASHFLOOD WARNINGS IN

EFFECT.

Charlene: THE FAMILY OF

AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN

DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA IS

PLEADING FOR HIS RELEASE.

HE HAS BEEN DETAINED FOR

MORE THAN TWO MONTHS FOR

SO-CALLED HOSTILE ACTS

AGAINST THE COUNTRY.

HE IS SUSPECTED OF LEAVING A

BIBLE IN A NIGHTCLUB IN THE

NORTHERN CITY OF CHONGING.

HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, SEEN

HERE WITH THEIR ATTORNEY,

APOLOGIZED FOR THE NORTHERN

KOREAN GOVERNMENT, ASKING

FOR MERCY.

IN A STATEMENT, THE FAMILY

SAYS, QUOTE,"THEY'RE

DESPERATE FOR HIS RELEASE

AND RETURN HOME."

Efrem: A BRIDAL SHOP

OWNER IS REFUSING TO SELL

WEDDING GOWNS TO A LESBIAN

COUPLE.

THAT IS STIRRING UP DEBATE

IN ONE PENNSYLVANIA TOWN.

THEY ARE CONSIDERING IF THEY

SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION TO

MAKE SUCH ACTION ILLEGAL.

THIS COMES AFTER THE OWNER

OF THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE MADE

THE PRESS.

THEY SAID IT WOULD BREAK

GOD'S LAW.

MILLER'S ATTORNEY SAYS IT

BREAKS HER FIRMLY AND

HONESTLY HELD RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS.

Charlene: THE NAVY IS

REMOVING ALL OF THE GIDEON

BIBLES IN ALL OF THE HOTELS

ON ITS BASES.

THE MOVE CAME AFTER A LETTER

FROM THE ATHEIST FREEDOM

FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION.

THEY CITE A LETTER FROM A

HOTEL HOUSEKEEPER WHO SAID

IT WAS PART OF THE POLICY

FOR NEXCOM.

A CHAPLAIN STATED, A BIBLE

IN A HOTEL ROOM IS NO MORE

ILLEGAL THAN A CHAPLAIN IN A

CHURCH.

IT IS TIRESOME TO SEE

LEADERS CAVE INTO ACTIVIST

GROUPS OFFENDED BY ANYTHING

CHRISTIAN.

THERE ARE 24,000 NAVY

GATEWAY GUEST ROOMS ON NAVY

BASES WORLDWIDE.

Efrem: COMING UP, HOW

CAN SOMEONE SO FUNNY ON THE

OUTSIDE BE SO DEPRESSED ON

THE INSIDE.

WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO

ROBIN WILLIAMS.

Efrem: LEGENDARY

ACTRESS LAUREN BACALL HAS

DIED AT THE AGE OF 9.

THE TWO-TIME TONY

AWARD-WINNER AND

ACADEMY-AWARD WINNER DIED ON

TUESDAY AT A NEW YORK CITY

HOSPITAL.

SHE SUFFERED FROM A

SUSPECTED STROKE.

THE ACTRESS WAS BEST KNOWN

FOR HER SULTRY-VOICED ROLES

OPPOSITE HER HUSBAND,

HUMPHREY BOGART, IN THEIR

MOVIES.

SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER

CONFIDENT EXPRESSION, WHICH

EARNED HER THE NICKNAME "THE

LOOK."

Charlene: MORE DETAILS

ARE EMERGING IN THE DEATH OF

ACTOR ROBIN WILLIAMS.

AUTHORITIES SAY HE COMMITTED

SUICIDE BY HANGING HIMSELF

WITH A BELT AT HIS BEDROOM

AT HIS HOME.

HE ALSO HAD SUPERFICIAL CUTS

ON HIS WRIST AND A POCKET

KNIFE WAS FOUND NEARBY.

HE WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE BY

HIS WIFE, SUNDAY NIGHT,

BEFORE SHE WENT TO BED.

A PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO

WILLIAMS BECAME CONCERNED ON

MONDAY WHEN HE FAILED TO

RESPOND TO KNOCKS ON HIS

BEDROOM DOOR.

HE HAD LONG STRUGGLED WITH

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND

DEPRESSION.

Efrem: DR. LINDA MENTAL

JOINS US BY SKYPE.

SHE IS A LICENSED FAMILY

THERAPIST AND WRITES A

BLOG.

ROBIN WILLIAMS MADE PEOPLE

LAUGH, BUT IN HIS PERSONAL

LIFE HE SUFFERED FROM DEEP

DEPRESSION.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT

THE DISEASE?

IT IS IRONIC THAT ONE OF

THE FIXES FOR DEPRESSION IS

LAUGHTER, AND YET HE WASN'T

ABLE TO HAVE THAT SAME SORT

OF INTERNAL SENSE OF

HAPPINESS OF HOPE.

DEPRESSION IS THE MOST

COMMON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE

IN OUR COUNTRY.

AND IT IS VERY TREATABLE.

THAT'S THE ONE THING I WANT

TO SAY AT THE BEGINNING,

THAT IT IS SOMETHING WE DO

HAVE TREATMENT FOR.

BUT IT IS CHARACTERIZED BY

FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS,

HELPLESSNESS, CHANGES IN

APPETITE, A PERSISTENT

FEELING OF BEING SAD AND

DOWN, RESTLESSNESS,

IRRITABILITY.

IN MEN, IT TENDS TO TAKE

MORE OF AN ANGRY, IRRITABLE

RESTLESS FEEL WITH

DEPRESSION.

Efrem: I'M SURE MANY

PEOPLE ARE WONDERING HOW A

PERSON WHO WAS SO FUNNY ON

THE OUTSIDE -- HOW CAN THEY

STILL HAVE SUCH INTERNAL

STRUGGLES?

THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH

DEPRESSION, IT IS NOT

SOMETHING YOU CAN ALWAYS SEE

WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOMEBODY.

SO ANYBODY CAN PUT ON A

HAPPY FACE.

HE WENT OUT, HE DID HIS

JOB.

HE WAS VERY FUNNY AND

ENTERTAINED A LOT OF

AMERICA, BUT IN THE INSIDE,

OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE THINGS

HE WAS STRUGGLING WITH AND

INNER DEMONS HE WAS DEALING

WITH.

WE KNOW FOR A LONG TIME IN

THE '70s AND '80s, HE

WAS VERY OPEN ABOUT HIS

COCAINE ADDICTION AND

STRUGGLES WITH THAT.

WE KNOW HE HAD A 20-YEAR

PERIOD OF SOBRIETY AND FELL

OFF THE WAGON.

WE KNOW IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR

HE WAS BACK IN RECOVERY.

AND WE KNOW THAT IN 2009 HE

HAD AN AN AORTAL VALVE

PROCEDURE.

AND THAT OFTEN HAS

DEPRESSION THAT ACCOMPANIES

THEM.

SO OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS A

GREAT DEAL OF TURMOIL THAT

WAS GOING ON INSIDE THAT WE

DIDN'T SEE IN THE VERY FUNNY

EXTERIOR.

Efrem: MANY PEOPLE IN

OUR AUDIENCE ARE PEOPLE OF

FAITH AND THINK DEPRESSION

SHOULDN'T AFFECT THEM, BUT

IT CAN HIT ANYONE?

IT CAN ANYONE.

SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE

PRE-DISPOSED TO DEPRESSION.

THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF

DEPRESSION, LIKE A BIPOLAR

DEPRESSION THAT HAS A

GENETIC LINK TO IT.

IF YOU ARE FEELING DOWN, AND

YOU ARE FEELING PERSISTENT

SADNESS, YOU NEED TO GET

SOME HELP FOR THAT BECAUSE,

AGAIN, DEPRESSION IS VERY

TREATABLE.

THE DIFFERENCE I THINK FOR

THE FAITH COMMUNITY IS THAT

DEPRESSION IS CHARACTERIZED

BY A PERVASIVE SENSE OF

HOPELESSNESS AND

HELPLESSNESS, AND I WOULD

HOPE AS WE TALK TO ONE

ANOTHER IN THE CHURCH ABOUT

THE HOPE THAT WE HAVE IN

CHRIST AND THE COMPLETE JOY

THAT IS POSSIBLE BY HAVING A

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, BY

PUTTING ON THE GARMENT OF

PRAISE, AS THE SCRIPTURE

SAYS, FOR THAT SPIRIT OF

HEAVINESS, THAT THERE ARE

PRESCRIPTIVE THINGS WE CAN

DO, IN ADDITION TO OUR

BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST, THAT

COULD GIVE US THAT HOPE,

THAT WE TRUST WOULD PREVENT

SOMEONE FROM COMMITTING

SUICIDE FROM DEPRESSION.

Charlene: UP NEXT, A

CRY FOR HELP FROM A SINGLE

DAD RAISING HIS AUTISTIC SON

BY HIMSELF.

WATCH HOW BOTH FATHER AND

SON GET THE SUPPORT THEY

NEED AFTER THIS.

Charlene: PARENTING A

CHILD IS A HUGE JOY AND A

TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY.

AND IF THE CHILD HAS SPECIAL

NEEDS, IT CAN BE DOWNRIGHT

OVERWHELMING, SPECIAL FOR

SINGLE PARENTS.

Efrem: PAUL STRAND

BRINGS US A STORY OF A

SPECIAL HAVEN FOR CHILDREN

WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

GAVE BIRTH TO A CHILD WITH

AUTISM, THEY THOUGHT THEY

CAN HANDLE IT BECAUSE THEY

HAD EACH OTHER.

TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT

THIS.

WE'LL DO IT TOGETHER.

THERE WON'T BE ANY CHALLENGE

HE FACES THAT WILL BE THAT

GREAT THAT THE TWO OF US

WON'T BE ABLE TO HAND.

Reporter: BUT AN

UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE CHANGED

ALL OF THAT.

ANTONIA, WHO GAVE UP HER

MILITARY CAREER TO TAKE CARE

OF THEIR SON, DIED FROM AN

AGGRESSIVE CANCER.

ABOUT SIX WEEKS AFTER SHE

FOUND OUT, THINGS GOT

WORSE.

AND IT WAS OF COURSE QUICK,

VERY UNEXPECTED.

Reporter: SPIRITUALLY,

GARY COULD HARDLY HANDLE

ANTONIA'S DEATH.

IT PLASTERED MY FAITH.

Reporter: RESTRICKEN,

THIS BUSY SOLDIER STRUGGLED

ON ALONE AND FOUND SINGLE

PARENTING ALMOST TOO MUCH.

CHALLENGING.

OVERWHELMING, DEPRESSING,

AND SOMETIMES IT SEEMED LIKE

IT WOULD BE AN ULTIMATE

FAILURE.

Reporter: GARY AND HIS

SON LIVED AND NEAR ISOLATION

BECAUSE IT WAS HARD GOING

OUT WITH THE BOY OR FINDING

SOMEONE TO CARE FOR HIM.

UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE

JUDGE YOUR CHILD.

Reporter: THEN HE

DISCOVERED JILL'S HOUSE,

WHERE THE CARE-GIVERS LAVISH

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS,

WHILE GIVING THEIR PARENTS A

MUCH-NEEDED BREAK.

WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THE

MOST VULNERABLE.

Reporter: JILL'S HOUSE

IS NAMED FOR PASTOR

SOLOMON'S WIFE, JILL.

BY HER FIRST

THANKSGIVING, SHE HAD 17

GRAN GRANDMAL SEIZURES.

Reporter: CARING FOR

HER TURNED INTO A 24-HOUR A

DAY JOB THAT UTTERLY

EXHAUSTED HER PARENTS.

JUST WANTING A NIGHT OF

SLEEP, LED THEM TO THINK WE

NEED TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT FOR FAMILIES JUST

LIKE OURS BECAUSE THERE IS

NOTHING OUT THERE THAT

EXISTS FOR THEM.

Reporter: FOR PARENTS

OF SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILDREN,

THEIR CARE CAN BECOME A

FULL-TIME JOB, EVEN AN

AROUND THE CLOCK ONE.

AND IT IS HARD TO FIND HELP

BECAUSE HOME BABY-SITTERS

HAVE THE SPECIAL TRAINING IT

TAKES TO CARE FOR SUCH

CHILDREN.

AND IF YOU CAN'T GET BREAKS,

YOU, YOURSELF, CAN SPIRAL

INTO A WEARINESS AND EVEN

DEPRESSION.

THIS HAS BECOME A SANCTUARY

IN PLACE OF JOY, FOR FOLKS

LIKE THE MCNEILS.

THIS FAMILY FOUND OUT

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, BOTH

THEIR KIDS, WAVERLY AND

OLIVER, SUFFER FROM A

GENETIC DISORDER, WHICH IS

LIKELY TO KILL THEM BEFORE

THEY REACH ADULTHOOD.

IT WAS A DARK DAY WHEN THEY

HEARD THE FATAL VERDICT FOR

WAVERLY.

SHANNON'S FIRST QUESTION

TO A ROOM FULL OF DOCTORS

IS, IS SHE GOING TO DIE?

THE DOCTOR MATTER OF

FACTUALLY SAID, YES.

Reporter: BUT LITTLE

WAVERLY HAD NO IDEA AS THEY

DROVE AWAY FROM THE

DOCTORS'.

WAVERLY WAS IN THE BACK

SEAT SINGING, "IF YOU'RE

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW," AND IT

WAS HEARTBREAKING TO SEE HER

SWEET LITTLE FACE SINGING AS

HAPPY AS IF NOTHING HAD

HAPPENED.

Reporter: AND THEN CAME

THE SAME VERDICT FOR

OLIVER.

SHANNON TRADED HER OUTSIDE

CAREER FOR WHAT HAS BECOME

ALL-CONSUMING CARE AND

ENDLESS THERAPY.

TAKE JUST THE LAST YEAR.

WE HAD ALMOST 400

APPOINTMENTS WHEN YOU ADDED

THE DOCTORS' APPOINTMENTS.

Reporter: THE DAYS THEY

STAY AT THEIR HOUSE HELPS

THEM AND IT IS MAGIC FOR THE

KIDS.

IT IS GREAT TO SEE THEM

HAVE EXPERIENCES WE THOUGHT

THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE.

Reporter: THE MCNEILS

GLADLY ACCEPT THE HELP

BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THE

ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST

THEM AND THEIR MARRIAGE.

HAVING A CHILD WITH

SPECIAL NEEDS, THE DIVORCE

RATE GOES UP.

THE LOSS OF A CHILD, IT GOES

UP MORE.

THE LOSS OF TWO, PRETTY

HIGH.

Reporter: INSTEAD OF

TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF

WAVERLY AND OLIVER'S FATE,

THEY FOCUS ON THE GOOD.

THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN A

PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE THAT

THEY'RE LIVING VERY WELL AND

WITH DIGNITY.

AND THEY TOUCH A LOT OF

PEOPLE.

Reporter: AND THEY SEE

THEIR CHILDREN BRING OUT THE

BEST OF SOME PEOPLE, LIKE

THOUGH CARE-GIVERS AT JILL'S

HOUSE.

I LOVE FINDING THOSE

MOMENTS OF GRACE AND BEAUTY

THAT OUR KIDS KIND OF HAVE

INSPIRED.

Reporter: DAFRON

SUGGESTS LETTING GOD REACH

YOU IN THE BEST WAY TO REACH

OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WHO MIGHT BE IN SIMILAR

SITUATIONS.

YOU DON'T SEE THOSE

FAMILIES OUT AND ABOUT IN

THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT IS

DIFFICULT FOR THEM BE

THERE.

START SOMETHING SIMPLE.

Reporter: ONE PLAN

INVOLVES USING CHRISTIAN

CAMP FACILITIES DURING THEIR

OUTSEASON. OFF-SEASON.

AND IF YOU REACH OUT, YOU'LL

FIND SURPRISES.

LIKE CARING FOR SEAN, WHO

WAS TOLD HE WOULD LIKELY

NEVER SPEAK, AND SAID HIS

FIRST TWO WORDS, JILL'S

HOUSE.

AND JOSH, BORN WITHOUT EYES,

AND YET DISPLAYING HIS

MUSICAL GIFTS TO JILL'S

HOUSE.

MATT McNEILL BELIEVES

THERE ARE FEW DEEDS MORE

DIVINE THAN REACHING OUT TO

THESE KIDS.

JESUS SAID, WHAT YOU DO

TO THE LEAST OF THESE, YOU

DO UNTO ME.

IT IS HARD TO THINK OF

SOMEONE WHO COUNTS AS MORE

SORT OF THE LEAST OF THESE

THAN A KID WHO IS BORN WITH

EVERYTHING JUST SORT OF

STACKED AGAINST THEM.

Reporter: IT IS A

READY-MADE MISSION FOR

CARING HEARTS.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

JILL'S HOUSE, McCLAIN,

VIRGINIA.

Charlene: FINALLY

TODAY, THE SON OF EBOLA

STRICKEN NURSE NANCY

WRITEBOL SAYS SHE IS GETTING

BETTER.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH TODAY,

HE SAYS HIS MOTHER'S EYES

HAVE BRIGHTENED, AND SHE IS

EVEN JOKING A LITTLE.

HE WAS WORRIED SHE WASN'T

GOING TO MAKE IT WHEN SHE

FIRST ARRIVED AT EMORY

HOSPITAL LAST WEEK, BUT NOW

THEY EXPECT HER TO RECOVER,

BUT THEY HAVEN'T

ELABORATED.

THE EBOLA VIRUS HAS KILLED

MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE.

Efrem: PRAYER CHANGES

THINGS.

Charlene: THAT'S IT FOR

NOW ON CBN NEWS TODAY.

YOU CAN FIND OUR EXCLUSIVE

COVERAGE OF THE ISSUES YOU

CARE MOST ABOUT ON

CBNNEWS.COM.

Efrem: HOPE YOU WILL

JOIN US AGAIN RIGHT HERE

NEXT TIME.

MAKE IT A WONDERFUL

WEDNESDAY, EVERYBODY.

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