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On CBN Newswatch, Oct. 9: Runaway train? Nations race to stop Ebola pandemic; Enterovirus spread by illegal immigrant children? and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: THANKS FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

Charlene: AND I'M

CHARLENE AARON.

GROWING FEARS THAT THE

DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS COULD

KEEP SPREADING IN THE U.S.

ANOTHER TEXAS MAN IS IN

QUARANTINE WITH POSSIBLE

SYMPTOMS, AND AIRPORTS ARE

BEEFING UP SCREENINGS FOR

PEOPLE COMING FROM COUNTRIES

HARD HIT BY THE OUTBREAK.

THE FIRST VICTIM TO DIE OF

EBOLA IN THE UNITED STATES

WAS REMEMBERED DURING A

MEMORIAL IN DALLAS WEDNESDAY

NIGHT.

THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN'S DEATH

HAS HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE ON

HIGH ALERT, AS THEY TRY TO

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE

DEADLY VIRUS IN THE U.S.

THE FIBER OFFICIALS ARE NOW

MONITORING THE SITUATION IN

DALLAS, WHERE DUNCAN WAS

VISITING WITH FAMILY,

KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON

ANYONE WHO CAME INTO CONTACT

WITH HIM.

A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WHO WENT

INTO DUNCAN'S APARTMENT IS

BEING KEPT IN ISOLATION

AFTER COMING DOWN WITH

FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.

HIS FAMILY IS TAKING A WAIT

AND SEE APPROACH.

WE'RE WAITING TO GET ALL

OF THE FACTS, MAKING SURE

NOTHING GETS BLOWN OUT OF

PROPORTION.

WE'RE WAITING TO SEE.

WHILE WE'RE BEING TOLD

THE RISK IS MINIMAL, AN

OVERABUNDANCE OF CAUTION IS

WHAT WE'RE TAKING TO MAKE

SURE THAT THE PUBLIC HEALTHY

AND SAFETY IS PROTECTED.

Charlene: MEANWHILE,

EBOLA SCREENINGS ARE BEING

PUT IN PLACE AT KEY

AIRPORTS.

TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM

WEST AFRICA WILL HAVE THEIR

TEMPERATURES TAKEN AS A

PRECAUTION.

WHAT WE'RE DOING IS

PUTTING IN ADDITIONAL

PROTECTION.

WE'VE BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT

AS LONG AS EBOLA CONTINUES

TO SPREAD IN AFRICA, WE

CAN'T MAKE THE RISK ZERO

HERE.

Charlene: PRESIDENT

OBAMA SAYS THE NEW EFFORTS

PROVIDE AN EXTRA LAYER OF

PROTECTION, ON TOP OF

PROCEDURES ALREADY IN PLACE

AT SEVERAL AIRPORTS.

BUT THE FOCUS IS STILL ON

STOPPING THE EPIDEMIC IN

WEST AFRICA.

WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SAY

THE PROCEDURES WILL ALLOW

THE U.S. TO ISOLATE,

EVALUATE, AND MONITOR

TRAVELLERS.

THESE FIVE AIRPORTS, AS

YOU MAYNO MAY KNOW, ARE THE

DESTINATION OF 94% OF

INDIVIDUALS WHO TRAVEL TO

THE UNITED STATES FROM THE

THREE COUNTRIES THAT ARE

CURRENTLY AFFECTED BY EBOLA

RIGHT NOW.

SO THE VAST MAJORITY OF

PASSENGERS FROM THOSE

COUNTRIES WOULD BE SUBJECT

TO THIS ADDITIONAL LAYER OF

SCREENING.

Charlene: BUT SOME IN

CONGRESS, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND

REPUBLICANS, QUESTION WHAT

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S

PLANS ARE FOR TACKLING THE

CRISIS.

ACCORDING TO THE HILL,

REPUBLICAN SENATOR DAVID

VITOR IS URGING COLLEAGUES

TO BLOCK ANY ADDITIONAL

FUNDING TO COMBAT THE DEADLY

VIRUS UNTIL THE PRESIDENT IS

MORE CLEAR ABOUT HIS PLANS

TO STOP THE OUTBREAK.

VITOR ALSO SUGGESTS THAT THE

ADMINISTRATION BORRO BAR

FOREIGN NATIONALS FROM

COUNTRIES DEALING WITH EBOLA

FROM ENTERING THE U.S.

AND THEY ARE REQUIRING

ADDITIONAL DETAILS TO BE

PROVIDED TO CONGRESS.

Efrem: WE TURN TO

LIBERIA WHERE CHURCHES ARE

HELPING TO FIGHT THE SPREAD

OF EBOLA.

VOLUNTEERS ARE TRAINED AND

EQUIPPED BY CBN'S "OPERATION

BLESSING" ARE DISTRIBUTING

SANITATION EQUIPMENT.

THEY'RE ALSO DELIVERING

MUCH-NEEDED FOOD TO

QUARANTINED VICTIMS WHO ARE

CUT OFF FROM SOCIETY.

OUR GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS

NOW FROM MONROVIA.

George: SPEND TIME WITH

ALLISON DOLE...AND SOON...

LET US PRAY.

FATHER, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS, WE WANT TO THANK YOU

TODAY.

George: ...HEAR THE CRY

OF A LIBERIAN PASTOR

DETERMINED TO BRING HOPE TO

HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY,

GRIPPED WITH FEAR.

WE COME TO SHARE THE LOVE

OF JESUS WITH YOU AND SAY

THAT EBOLA IS REAL.

George: ON TUESDAY

MORNING, PASTOR DOLE, ALONG

WITH DOZENS OF CHURCH

MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM

"OPERATION BLESSING"

CANVASSED A VILLAGE SOUTH OF

LIBERIA'S CAPITAL CITY.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS A

BLESSING WHO HAS COME.

THEY HAVE COME IN THEIR OWN

WAY TO SAY JESUS LOVES US.

George: CARRYING

BUCKETS AND SUPPLIES TO MAKE

CHLORINE WATER.

THE KEY TO FIGHTING THIS

DEADLY DISEASE: AWARENESS

AND PREVENTION.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PARTNERING WITH NUMEROUS

LOCAL CHURCHES, ESPECIALLY

IN THE SMALL TOWNS AND

VILLAGES OF LIBERIA.

TODAY THEY'RE HANDING OUT

BUCKETS WITH THE MESSAGE

"STAY SAFE FROM EBOLA."

THEY DROP IN A FEW TABLETS

OF CHLORINE AND FILL IT WITH

WATER.

WE ARE ISSUING THE

BUCKETS TO THE COSTUMERS AS

THEY COME TO EAT BREAD AND

WHATEVER, TO WASH THEIR

HANDS BEFORE THEY ARE SERVED

TO PREVENT THE VIRUS.

George: PASTOR DOLE'S

CHURCH IS IN THIS VILLAGE.

HE SAYS THE MAJORITY OF

FOLKS LIVING HERE ARE POOR

AND CANNOT AFFORD THE BASIC,

YET CRITICAL, SUPPLIES.

AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE

VILLAGE --

PEOPLE WITH EBOLA, PEOPLE

SUSPECTED TO HAVE EBOLA, ARE

STIGMATIZED BY THEIR FRIENDS

AND NEIGHBORS.

NO ONE WANTS TO BE AROUND

THEM.

George: ANOTHER TEAM

LED BY "OPERATION

BLESSING'S" DAVID DARR IS

BRINGING SACKS OF RICE, OIL,

FLOUR, SUGAR, AND OTHER

SUPPLIES TO FAMILIES IN

QUARANTINE.

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ABLE

TO GO OUT AND GET SUPPLIES,

AND NO ONE IS BRAVE ENOUGH

TO BRING THEM THE SUPPLIES.

THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

DON'T WANT TO GO NEAR THEM.

WE CAN'T TAKE IT TO THE

HOUSE, SO WE'RE GOING TO

LEAVE IT ON THE STEP HERE

FOR THEM.

George: EXERCISING

CAUTION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

GENEROSITY.

OF COURSE, FATHER.

WE UNDERSTAND.

THEY APPRECIATE IT, YOUR

GENEROSITY.

George: THIS MAN'S

DAUGHTER DIED LAST WEEK FROM

EBOLA.

YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

WE'RE HERE WITH YOU.

WE'RE NEVER ALONE.

WE HAVE GOT JESUS HERE.

AMEN.

AMEN.

George: KEEPING SOME

DISTANCE AWAY, CBN NEWS

TALKED TO HIS GRANDCHILDREN,

15 AND 6, ORPHANED BY

EBOLA.

DO YOU MISS YOUR MOM?

YEAH.

George: I'M SO SORRY.

THIS IS A SAD REALITY OF

LIFE IN THE EBOLA HOT ZONE.

AN INVISIBLE ENEMY THAT

CONTINUES TO CLAIM LIVES AND

BRING UNTOLD HEARTACHE FOR

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES.

FOR AID GROUPS LIKE

"OPERATION BLESSING," IT IS

ALL ABOUT PREVENTION,

AWARENESS, AND HELPING THOSE

CAUGHT IN EBOLA'S DEADLY

STRAIN.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

MONROVIA, LIBERIA.

Charlene: THE

AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS

MIGHT BE SLOWING DOWN THE

ISLAMIC TERRORIST GROUP, BUT

U.S. MILITARY LEADERSHIP

SAYS IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO

STOP THEM.

REUTERS REPORTS ISIS HAS

SEIZED MORE THAN A THIRD OF

THE BORDER TOWN OF KOBANI.

THE PENTAGON PRESS SECRETARY

OF STATEED THAT AIRSTRIKES

AREN'T ENOUGH AND COMPETENT

GROUND FORCES ARE NEEDED TO

SUCCESSFULLY RETAKE

TERRITORY.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

INSISTED AGAIN THAT THE

GROUND FORCES WILL NOT BE

AMERICAN.

President Obama: OUR

STRIKES CONTINUE ALONGSIDE

OUR PARTNERS.

IT REMAINS A DIFFICULT

MISSION.

AS I'VE INDICATED FROM THE

START, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING

THAT IS GOING TO BE SOLVED

OVERNIGHT.

Charlene: MEANWHILE THE

F.B.I. SAYS THEY HAVE

RECEIVED TIPS ABOUT THE

IDENTITY OF AN ISIS FIGHTER

SHOWN IN VIDEOS WITH A

MASK.

THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR SAID

TRACKING DOWN THE DOZEN

AMERICANS RECRUITED BY ISIS

IS A TOP PRIORITY.

Efrem: SYRIAN REBELS

KIDNAPPED ABOUT 20

CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING A FRAN

CRISCAN PRIEST.

THEY CONFIRMED THE

ABDUCTIONS.

THE ISLAMIC NUSRA FRONT TOOK

THE PRIEST FROM THE

CHRISTIAN VILLAGE ON

OCTOBER 5th.

20 OTHER BELIEVERS,

INCLUDING YOUNG BOYS AND

GIRLS WAS ALSO TAKEN.

THERE HAS BEEN NO WORD OF

THEM SINCE.

ISLAMIC FIGHTERS IN SYRIA

ARE TARGETING CHRISTIANS AND

OTHER RELIGIOUS MINORITIES.

Charlene: THERE IS MORE

UNREST IN MISSOURI,

FOLLOWING ANOTHER DEADLY

SHOOTING INVOLVING A POLICE

OFFICER AND AN 18-YEAR-OLD.

THIS HAPPENED IN SOUTH ST.

LOUIS LAST NIGHT AND SPARKED

ANGRY PROTESTS.

POLICE SAY AN OFF-DUTY

OFFICER WAS PATROLLING AN

AREA FOR A PRIVATE SECURITY

COMPANY WHEN HE BEGAN TO

CHASE THREE YOUNG MEN.

AND THE OFFICER GOT INTO AN

ALTERCATION WITH ONE OF THEM

AND EXCHANGED GUNFIRE.

I KNOW EMOTIONS ARE

HIGH.

BUT WHAT THE REALITY TELLS

ME IS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL

POINTED A GUN AT A POLICE

OFFICER, FIRED AT LEAST

THREE ROUNDS AND CONTINUED

TO PULL THE TRIGGER.

Charlene: THE

18-YEAR-OLD DIED, BUT

REPORTS SAY HE HAD SHOT

SEVERAL TIMES AT THE

OFFICER.

Efrem: A T-SHIRT

COMPANY IN KENTUCKY HAS BEEN

FOUND GUILTY FOR REFUSING TO

PRINT GAY T-SHIRTS.

THEY FILED A COMPLAINT IN

2012 AGAINST THE T-SHIRT

COMPANY, SAYING THEIR

REFUSAL TO PRINT THE

T-SHIRT, VIOLATES THE

ORDINANCE WHICH PROHIBITS

PUBLIC BUSINESSES FROM

REFUSING SERVICE BASED ON

SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

THE ALLIANCE FOR FREEDOM

DEFENDED THEM SAYING THAT NO

ONE SHOULD BE FORCED BY THE

GOVERNMENT OR BY ANY OTHER

CITIZEN TO PROMOTE OR

ENDORSE IDEAS TO WHICH THEY

DISAGREE.

Charlene: COMING UP,

STRESS WREAKS HAVOC ON YOUR

BODY'S T-CELLS.

LEARN HOW TO BOOST YOUR

IMMUNITY AND FIGHT OFF

ILLNESS, WHEN WE COME BACK.

Charlene: WELL, FOR

CENTURIES SCRIPTURE HAS BEEN

TELLING US WE SHOULDN'T

WORRY AND WE SHOULD

FORGIVE.

NOW DOCTORS ARE TELLING US

THE SAME THING.

AS IT TURNS OUT, THOSE

ATTITUDES ARE GOOD FOR OUR

HEALTH.

Efrem: ALL THIS WEEK WE

HAVE BEEN SHOWING YOU WAYS

TO STRENGTHEN YOUR IN MUN

IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND HERE IS

GORDON ROBERTSON WITH

TODAY'S TOPIC: REDUCING

STRESS.

Gordon: IT IS THE

NEWEST FRONTIER IN MEDICINE,

THE STUDY OF HOW THOUGHTS

AND FEELINGS CAN AFFECT THE

IMMUNE SYSTEM.

THE MORE SCIENTISTS LEARN

ABOUT HOW THE BODY REACTS TO

STRESS, THE MORE THEY

REALIZE HOW DEADLY STRESS

IS.

CHRONIC STRESS NEGATIVELY

IMPACTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Gordon: MANY HEALTH

CARE EXPERTS SAY REDUCING

STRESS IS THE BEST THING YOU

CAN DO FOR YOUR HEALTH.

EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN

DIET, EXERCISE, AND SLEEP.

STRESS DECREASES THE

PRODUCTION OF

DISEASE-FIGHTING T-CELLS,

AND LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO

FUNCTION.

IF THEY CAN'T FUNCTION

AND THEY CAN'T PRODUCE THEIR

CHEMICALS, IF YOU WILL, THAT

HELP DESTROY ANYTHING

FOREIGN THAT IS IN THE BODY,

LIKE A VIRUS, LIKE A CANCER

CELL, LIKE A BACTERIA.

Gordon: STRESS HAPPENS

WHEN WE FEEL FEAR, WORRY,

AND PESSIMISM.

THOSE EMOTIONS REDUCE OUR

BODY'S ABILITY TO FIGHT OFF

COLDS AND FLU.

A UCLA STUDY FOUND THAT LAW

STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THEIR

FIRST SEMESTER WITH AN

OPTMISTIC ATTITUDE HAD MORE

DISEASE-FIGHTING T-CELLS

THAN THE STUDENTS WHO

STARTED THE SEMESTER FEELING

PESSIMISTIC.

ANOTHER OBVIOUS FORM OF

STRESS IS ANGER.

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT YOU

SHOULD CALM DOWN AND COUNT

TO 10, OR MAYBE 100, BEFORE

YOU SEND THAT E-MAIL.

BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN

YOU STAY FRUSTRATED, HOLD ON

TO A GRUDGE --

SHE DID IT AGAIN?

Gordon: -- OR EVEN

CONSTANTLY FEEL THAT LIFE IS

UNFAIR, YOU ARE HARMING YOUR

HEALTH.

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT COUPLES

WHO FREQUENTLY USE SARCASM

AND INSULTS HAVE FEWER

T-CELLS.

WHAT DO YOU DO THIS TIME

TO SCREW IT UP?

Gordon: THEY ALSO HAVE

HIGHER LEVELS OF STRESS

HORMONES AND TAKE UP TO 40%

LONGER TO RECOVER FROM

INJURIES THAN THOSE WHO STAY

POSITIVE AND AFFECTIONATE

DURING THEIR DISAGREEMENTS.

HERE IS ANOTHER SURPRISE:

THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORM OF

STRESS IS THE COMBINATION OF

GRIEF AND LONELINESS.

WIDOWS ARE FAR MORE LIKELY

TO BECOME ILL DURING THE

YEAR AFTER THEIR SPOUSES

DIE.

THE REASON IS THAT NEGATIVE

EMOTIONS TRIGGER THE RELEASE

OF STRESS HORMONES, LIKE

ADRENALIN AND CORTISOL.

IT IS OKAY IF IT LASTS ONLY

A FEW MINUTES, BUT REPEATED

STRESS OVER A LONG PERIOD OF

TIME DAMAGES YOUR BODY.

WE CAN DEVELOP AN

INCREASED HEART RATE OVER

TIME, AN INCREASE IN OUR

BLOOD PRESSURE OVER TIME,

BECAUSE OF THIS CONSISTENT

AMOUNT OF ADRENALIN BEING

RELEASED.

HIGHER LEVELS OF CORTISOL

INCREASE OR INFLAMMATION,

AND THAT INFLAMMATION LEADS

TO DIABETES, HEART DISEASE,

CANCERS, INFECTIONS.

Gordon: THE GOOD NEWS

IS THERE ARE NATURAL WAYS TO

REDUCE CORTISOL AND

ADRENALIN.

LIGHT EXERCISE IS THE BEST.

SO TAKE A WALK, GO FOR A

SWIM, OR RIDE A BIKE.

THESE ACTIVITIES CAN HELP

YOU FEEL BETTER, ESPECIALLY

IF YOU'RE OUTDOORS.

EXERCISE INCREASES OXYGEN

LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE BODY,

WHICH RELIEVES STRESS, AND

STIMULATES ENDORPHINS, THE

BODY'S NATURAL PAINKILLERS.

AND EXERCISE ALSO INCREASES

BRAIN CHEMICALS LIKE

DOPAMINE AND SEROTONIN.

THOSE ARE CHEMICALS THAT

ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN HOW WE

ARE ABLE TO REDUCE ANXIETY,

REDUCE FEELINGS OF

DEPRESSION.

SO EXERCISE IS A TERRIFIC

WAY THAT WE CAN AND SHOULD

HELP TO LOWER DAILY STRESS.

Gordon: YOU CAN ALSO

REDUCE STRESS BY REGULAR

PRAYER.

SCHEDULE A QUIET TIME FOR

PRAYER AND TAKE TIME JUST TO

BE STILL.

IN ONE EXPERIMENT, PEOPLE

WHO MEDITATED OVER AN

EIGHT-WEEK PERIOD MADE MORE

ANTIBODIES THAN THOSE WHO

DIDN'T.

THEY ALSO MAINTAINED A

STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM FOUR

MONTHS LATER.

WHILE YOU'RE PRAYING, MAKE

SURE THAT YOU'VE FORGIVEN

EVERYONE WHO MAY HAVE

WRONGED YOU.

FORGIVENESS REDUCES STRESS.

SO THE IDEA OF BEING ABLE

TO LET GO, NOT NECESSARILY

AGREEING WITH WHAT HAS BEEN

DONE, IF YOU FEEL LIKE

YOU'VE BEEN WRONGED, BUT

BEING WILLING TO ACCEPT WHAT

HAPPENED, MOVE FORWARD, AND

NOT CONSISTENTLY LOOK IN

YOUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR.

Gordon: AFTER YOU'VE

PRAYED AND FORGIVEN, GO OUT

AND CONNECT WITH PEOPLE, AND

LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU

CARE.

WHEN WE ARE IN SOCIAL

SITUATIONS, WHEN WE ARE

BEING CARE-GIVERS OR

PROVIDING VOLUNTEERISM FOR

OTHERS, IT PROVIDES US

INTERNALLY WITH A SENSE OF

WELL-BEING.

Gordon: A SIMPLE TOUCH

FROM ANOTHER PERSON REDUCES

STRESS.

AND A GENTLE HUG RELOSES

OXITONAN.

A STUDY OF PEOPLE BETWEEN 18

AND 35, FOUND THOSE WHO HAD

SIX OR MORE FRIENDS WERE

FOUR TIMES MORE ABLE TO

FIGHT OFF VIRUSES THAN

PEOPLE WITH FEWER

CONNECTIONS.

AND WHILE YOU'RE

SOCIALIZING, LAUGH.

ACCORDING TO A VARIETY OF

STUDIES, LAUGHTER ACTIVATES

T-CELLS AND INCREASES

PRODUCTION OF ANTIBODIES.

EVEN THINKING ABOUT A FUNNY

EVENT CAN HAVE A POSITIVE

EFFECT.

IN ONE STUDY, MEN WERE TOLD

THREE DAYS IN ADVANCE THAT

THEY WERE GOING TO WATCH A

FUNNY VIDEO.

THEIR STRESS LEVELS DROPPED

IMMEDIATELY.

SO ADD THESE THINGS TO YOUR

DAILY ROUTINE: EXERCISE, HUG

SOMEBODY, LAUGH, AND HAVE A

QUIET TALK WITH GOD.

THEY ARE SOME OF THE BEST

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LIVE A

HEALTHY LIFE.

Charlene: AND ALL THIS

WEEK WE HAVE BEEN SHOWING

YOU WAYS TO BOOST YOUR

IMMUNE SYSTEM IN OUR

"PROTECT YOUR HEALTH"

SERIES.

YOU CAN WATCH THIS SERIES

AND GET A D.V.D. COPY OF IT

BY GOING TO CBN.COM.

Efrem: UP NEXT, A MAJOR

AWARD FOR VEGGIE TALES.

WE'LL TAKE YOU BEHIND THE

SCENES WITH LARRY THE

CUCUMBER FOR THE 20th

ANNIVERSARY OF THIS

BLOCKBUSTER SERIES, AFTER

THIS.

Charlene: THE

BLOCKBUSTER CHRISTIAN

ANIMATION SERIES CALLED "VEG

GEVEGGIE TALES" HAS ONE A

DUB AWARD.

THE ACTOR BEHIND LARRY THE

CUCUMBER ACCEPTED THE AWARD

AT THE GOSPEL ASSOCIATION

CEREMONY IN NASHVILLE.

Efrem: IF YOU'RE

YOUNGER THAN 20 YEARS OLD OR

YOU'RE A PARENT OF A CHILD

YOUNGER THAN 20 YEARS OLD,

YOU'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR

WITH VEGGIE TALES.

AND IT'S STILL GROWING

STRONG.

* IF YOU LIKE TO TALK TO

TOMATOES *

Efrem: THAT SILLY THEME

SONG SERVES AS "VEGGIE

TALE'S" WELL KNOWN SONG.

MIKE I'S COMPANY LAUNCHED

THE SERIES JUST IN TIME FOR

CHRISTMAS IN 1983.

YOU REALLY COULDN'T DO

LIMBS OR ARMS OR HAIR OR

CLOTHES.

SO IF WE WERE GOING TO TELL

A HALF HOUR STORY, WE NEEDED

REALLY SIMPLE CHARACTERS.

Efrem: THAT'S WHY THEY

CHOSE TO ANIMATE

VEGETABLES.

NO ONE UNDERSTANDS, THOUGH,

HOW THEY CREATED MORE THAN

40 EPISODES, SOLD MORE THAN

70 MILLION D.V.D.s, AND

HAVE NOW JOINED FORCES WITH

DREAMWORKS.

I REMEMBER FINISHING THAT

FIRST SHOW AND THINKING,

WOW, WE DID IT, WE DID ONE

SHOW OF ANIMATION.

AND THEN WE WERE ABLE TO DO

A SECOND AND A THIRD, AND

THEN IT REALLY CAUGHT ON

WITH OUR CHRISTIAN

BOOKSTORES AND WITH FANS.

Efrem: FAN FAVORITES

ARE THE SERIES' HOSTS, THE

TOMATO AND THE CUCUMBER.

I'M BOB, THE TOMATO.

AND I'M --

THE GUY WHO ATE MY PIE.

I DO THE VOICE FOR

SEVERAL OF THEM, SCALLOPS

AND CUCUMBERS.

Efrem: LARRY THE

CUCUMBER, AND BOB THE

TOMATO, HAVE BEEN INSPIRED

KIDS FOR 20 YEARS.

AND SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED

DURING THAT TIME, BUT THE

MESSAGE HAS STAYED THE

SAME.

I MESSED UP.

WELL, I MESS UP ALL OF

THE TIME, TOO, AND GOD

FORGIVES ME.

WE FELT THERE WAS A REAL

NEED FOR STORIES THAT WERE

TOLD FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF

THE ASSUMPTION THAT THERE IS

A GOD WHO MADE US, WHO LOVES

US, AND HAS A PLAN FOR OUR

LIVES.

Efrem: CELEBRITIES LIKE

WANWAYNE BRADY ARE ADDING

THEIR VOICES.

AND KELLY PICKLER PLAYS

MERIBELLE.

AND ACTOR TERRY CRUZ IS

BRUCE THE UNION IN CELERY

NIGHT FEVER.

I'VE BEEN A FAN FOR THE

LONGEST TIME.

MY OLDEST IS 27 NOW.

I REMEMBER THE SONGS AND THE

LESSONS, AND THEY JUST COME

BACK AT YOU.

IT STAYS IN YOUR BRAIN AND

IT NEVER LEAVES.

THAT GOES FOR PARENTS, TOO

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

BUT THE GOOD THING IS WE

ENJOYED IT, TOO.

Efrem: THE ADDED STAR

POWER IS EXPANDING "VEGGIE

TALES" AUDIENCE.

I WANT TO HELP BRING

BIBLICAL VALUES TO KIDS AND

FAMILIES EVERYWHERE.

Efrem: THE BIG IDEA'S

TEAM RENEWED THAT COMMITMENT

TO FAMILIES AND OPENED ITS

DOORS EXCLUSIVELY TO CBN

NEWS AND MOMS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY WHO WRITE SOME OF

THE LEADING PARENTING

BLOGS.

THE VEGGIE TALES DAY

INCLUDED A LOOK AT THE

ARTISTRY --

I DO A CIRCLE FOR THE

HEAD.

Efrem: AND THE AUDIO

WORK.

GIVE A BIG HAND TO THE

VEGGIE TALES.

Efrem: COME ON,

MERIBELLE, YOU CAN'T LOVE

SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LOVE YOU

BACK.

CA KATRINA, WE CAN ALL

BE NASTY SOMETIMES, BUT

EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE

LOVED.

* VEGGIE TALES

Efrem: THESE VEGETABLES

WITH A MESSAGE ARE STILL

FRESH FOR ANOTHER

GENERATION.

Charlene: A VERY GOOD

STORY.

Efrem: AND THEY NOW

HAVE AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON

NETFLIX, WHICH IS DOING

QUITE WELL, AND MOMS ARE

VERY PLEASED.

Charlene: I CAN

IMAGINE.

Efrem: YOU BET.

STAY WITH US.

WE'RE COMING RIGHT BACK.

Charlene: FINALLY

TODAY, THE HINDI LANGUAGE

VERSION OF "THE 700 CLUB" IS

CELEBRATING NINE YEARS OF

BROADCASTING THE GOSPEL IN

INDIA.

Efrem: THE SHOW IS

CALLED E.N.Z., AND IT SHARES

A MESSAGE OF HOPE, THE REAL

LIFEúh STORIES OF PEOPLE'S

WHO'S LIVES WERE CHANGED

THROUGH GOD.

E.N.Z. CURRENTLY AIRS ON A

MAJOR HINDI NETWORK WITH A

POTENTIAL AUDIENCE OF

168 MILLION HOMES ALL ACROSS

INDIA.

AND IT ALSO AIRS IN PAKISTAN

AND CAN BE SEEN ELSEWHERE

THROUGHOUT THE INDIAN

SUBCONTINENT.

THEY RECEIVE AN AVERAGE OF

4,000 CALLS, AND ALMOST

2,000 TEXT MESSAGES EVERY

SINGLE MONTH.

Charlene: I'M AMAZED,

AS ALWAYS.

PRAISE GOD.

THAT'S GOING TO DO IT FOR

NOW ON CBN NEWS TODAY.

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

COVERAGE OF THE ISSUES YOU

CARE MOST ABOUT AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

Efrem: AND TO TELL US

ABOUT THE STORIES YOU HAVE

SEEN HERE TODAY, YOU CAN DO

IT AT Facebook OR ON CBN

NEWS AT TWITTER.

HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US RIGHT

HERE NEXT TIME.

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