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CBN NewsWatch: December 31, 2014

CBN NewsWatch: December 31, 2014: Crews rush to find AirAsia flight's black boxes; UN Security Council rejects Palestinian bid for statehood; Be stress free: Heal yourself with generosity; and more. Read Transcript


WELCOME TO THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

I'M LORI JOHNSON,.

Efrem: AND I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

NOW THAT THE CRASH SITE HAS

BEEN IDENTIFIED, THE RUSH IS

ON TO FIND THE BLACK BOXES

FROM FLIGHT 8501.

THE NAVY SHIPS ARE ON

LOCATION TO FIND THIS MOST

CRITICAL PIECE OF EVIDENCE,

IN THEIR SEARCH FOR ANSWERS

AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO BRING

DOWN THE PLANE.

THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO

DIED IN THE AIR ASIA PLANE

CRASH GATHERED TO PRAY

WEDNESDAY AT THE CRISIS

CENTER AT THE AIRPORT.

AS SEARCH CREWS RECOVERED

BODIES FROM THE CRASH SITE

IN THE JAVA SEA.

THERE WERE 162 PEOPLE ON

BOARD WHEN THE PLANE WENT

DOWN IN BAD WEATHER ON

SUNDAY.

THE REMAINS AND A DEBRIS

FIELD WERE DISCOVERED ABOUT

SIX MILES FROM THE LAST

POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE

PILOT, AND ONLY ABOUT

100 FEET DEEP INTO THE

WATER.

SONAR IMAGES HAVE IDENTIFIED

WHAT APPEAR TO BE LARGE

PARTS OF THE PLANE, BUT

WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE NOT

IDEAL, AND STRONG CURRENTS

ARE MOVING THE WRECKAGE.

DIVERS ARE ALSO CONTINUING

THEIR SEARCH FOR MORE

BODIES, WITH THE HELP OF

HUNDREDS OF U.S. SAILORS.

WE ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY

THE NEWS.

Efrem: IT IS STILL

UNCLEAR EXACTLY WHAT

HAPPENED AND WHY.

SOME SPECULATE THE PILOT MAY

HAVE CAUSED A STALL BY

TRYING TO GAIN ALTITUDE TOO

QUICKLY.

SO FAR THE BODIES OF THOSE

RECOVERED DID NOT HAVE

LIFEVESTS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT

SUGGESTS THERE WAS NO TIME

FOR PASSENGERS OR THE CREW

TO SOUND THE ALARM.

AND SOME OF THE METAL

WRECKAGE DISCOVERED HAD BURN

MARKS, WHICH SUGGEST AN

EXPLOSION OR A POSSIBLE

FIRE.

SO ONCE YOU HAVE THE

DEBRIS, YOU LOOK AT IT ALL.

AND FIRE STANDS OUT.

EXPLOSION STANDS OUT.

WAS IT RIPPED APART, OR WAS

SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON

HERE.

Efrem: U.S. SAILORS ARE

HELPING WITH 24-HOUR SEARCH

OPERATIONS WITH HELICOPTERS'

ADVANCED RADAR AND SONAR.

Lori: HERE AT HOME, THE

NEW YORK MAYOR MET WITH

POLICE LEADERS ON TUESDAY IN

AN EFFORT TO WORK OUT THEIR

DIFFERENCES.

BILL BRATON WAS ALSO AT THE

MEETING.

THE PUBLIC REST BETWEEN DE

BLASIO AND POLICE HAS GROWN

WIDER IN RECENT DAYS.

ON MONDAY, THE MAYOR WAS

BOOED AT A GRADUATION

CEREMONY FOR NEW POLICE

OFFICERS.

ONE UNION OFFICIALS SAY

DEBLASIO'S CRITICISM OF THE

POLICE HAVE LED TO

A, QUOTE,"ANTI-COP

ATMOSPHERE."

AND THE NYPD IS WORKING TO

SOFTEN ITS IMAGE AND ENGAGE

IN THE COMMUNITY IT SERVES.

ONE OF THE WAYS IT IS DOING

SO IS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.

THEY ARE SENDING THEIR TOP

BRASS TO AN IN-HOUSE TWITTER

SCHOOL, AND NOW EVERY

PRECINCT AND SPECIAL

COMMANDS HAVE AN ACCOUNT.

AND THEY DEVELOPED A BLOG

THAT HIGHLIGHTS DEPARTMENTAL

UNITS.

Efrem: THE PENTAGON HAS

RELEASED TWO MORE PRISONERS

AT GUANTANAMO.

A GOVERNMENT TASKFORCE SAYS

THE MEN ARE NO LONGER A

THREAT, BUT CAN'T BE SENT

BACK TO THEIR HOME

COUNTRIES.

THEY'LL BE RESETTLED IN

CENTRAL ASIA, THE NATION OF

KYRZAKHSTAN.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

RELEASED SEVERAL DETAINEES

FROM GUANTANAMO BAY IN

RECENT WEEKS.

THE REPUBLICANS SAY THE

PRESIDENT IS EXCEEDING HIS

CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY.

Lori: A PROPOSAL WOULD

HAVE ESTABLISHED A

PALESTINIAN STATE WITHIN A

YEAR AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM

ALL WITHOUT A NEGOTIATED

SETTLEMENT WITH ISRAEL.

CBN MIDDLE EAST

CORRESPONDENT JULIE STALL

HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: THE FAILED

RESOLUTION WAS A BLOW TO THE

PALESTINIAN BID TO GAIN

SUPPORT FROM THE

INTERNATIONAL BODY THAT

WOULD HAVE IMPOSED A

SOLUTION ON ISRAEL.

THE RESULT OF TODAY'S

VOTE SHOWS THAT THE SECURITY

COUNCIL, AS A WHOLE, IS

CLEARLY NOT READY AND

WILLING TO SHOW ITS

RESPONSIBILITIES IN A WAY

THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR AN

ADOPTION OF A COMPREHENSIVE

RERESOLUTION AND ALLOW US

TO OPEN THE DOORS FOR PEACE

AND A JUST AND LASTING

SOLUTION BASED ON

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

Reporter: PRIOR TO THE

VOTE, AN ISRAELI DIPLOMAT

CHARGED THE PALESTINIANS

WITH DOING EVERYTHING

POSSIBLE TO AVOID DIRECT

TALKS WITH ISRAEL.

THEY HAVE ENGAGED IN A

NEVER-ENDING STRING OF

POLITICAL GAMES, AND NOW

THEY'RE OPERATING INTO THIS

COUNCIL WITH A PREPOSTEROUS

UNILATERAL PROPOSAL.

I HAVE NEWS FOR THE

PALESTINIANS: YOU CANNOT

AGITATE AND PROVOKE YOUR WAY

TO A STATE.

Reporter: THE

RESOLUTION CALLED FOR ISRAEL

TO LEAVE THE WEST BANK BY

2017.

THAT'S THE AREA ISRAEL WON

IN THE 1967 SIX-DAY WAR AND

MANY ISRAELIS CONSIDER THEIR

BIBLICAL INHERITANCE.

SAMANTHA POWERS CALLED THE

RESOLUTION DEEPLY UNBALANCED

AND SAID IT WOULD UNDERMINE

NEGOTIATIONS.

WE VOTED AGAINST THIS

RESOLUTION, NOT BECAUSE

WE'RE COMFORTABLE WITH THE

STATUS QUO.

WE VOTED AGAINST IT BECAUSE

WE KNOW WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS

AS WELL, PEACE WILL COME

FROM HARD CHOICES AND

COMPROMISES THAT MUST BE

MADE AT THE NEGOTIATING

TABLE.

TODAY'S STAGED CONNOTATION

IN THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

WILL NOT BRING THE PARTIES

CLOSER TO ACHIEVING A

TWO-STATE SOLUTION.

Reporter: IT IS NOT

CLEAR WHAT STEPS THE

PALESTINIANS WILL TAKE NOW,

BUT IT IS LIKELY THE U.S.

WILL INCREASE THE PRESSURE

ON ISRAEL AND THE

PALESTINIANS TO RETURN TO

NEGOTIATIONS.

JULIE STALL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: WE RETURN TO THE

PHILIPPINES WHERE AT LEAST

53 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A

TROPICAL STORM HIT THE

ISLAND.

IT MADE LAND FALL ON SUNDAY,

AND TRIGGERED DEADLY

FLASHFLOODS BE LANDSLIDES

AND PACKED WINDS UP TO

130 MILES PER HOUR.

JUST LAST MONTH, SUPER STORM

HAGGITH KILLED 1500 PEOPLE.

TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP

PEOPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES

RECOVER AFTER NATURAL

DISASTERS LIKE THIS ONE, LOG

ON TO THE

THEcbn.com/DISASTER

RELIEF.

Lori: SOCIALIST

PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE

PROPOSED TAXES UP TO,

IMAGINE THIS, 75% ON PEOPLE

EARNING ABOVE ONE MILLION

EUROS A YEAR, THAT'S ABOUT $

1.2 MILLION AMERICAN

DOLLARS.

ONE CRITIC CALLED IT CUBA

WITHOUT THE SUN.

MANY FLED THE COUNTRY TO

AVOID PAYING THE TAXES.

LIKE ACTOR DEPPERDU, WHO

AVOID PAYING THE TAXES.

Efrem: IT IS NEW YEAR'S

EVE, AND AS THE YEAR WINDS

DOWN, MANY PEOPLE ARE

WINDING DOWN THEIR BUSINESS

FOR 2014, INCLUDING

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.

UP TO 75% OF AMERICANS MAKE

A DONATION OF SOME FORM

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

BUT CHECKS HAVE TO BE

POSTMARKED TONIGHT FOR THOSE

WHO WANT TO DEDUCT THEIR

GIFT FOR THIS YEAR.

Lori: THE BIBLE TELLS

US TO GIVE, AND NOW, BELIEVE

IT OR NOT, DOCTORS AGREE.

GENEROSITY IS GOOD FOR YOUR

HEALTH, FROM PREVENTING

CANCER AND HEART DISEASE TO

BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM.

THE FACTS ARE CLEAR: GIVERS

LIVE LONGER, HAPPIER,

HEALTHIER LIVES.

SEVERAL RECENT STUDIES

SHOWED GENEROSITY TRIGGERED

A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES, ALL GOOD, BOTH

MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

HERE AT THE WORLD REKNOWED

CLEVELAND CLINIC,

DR. MICHAEL MCKEE DEVELOPS

WAYS TO ENHANCE THE INNER

HEALING RESPONSE OF

PATIENTS.

THERE ARE TREMENDOUS

HEALTH BENEFITS TO GIVING.

Reporter: STRESS LEADS

TO ILLNESS, AND DR. MCKEE

SAYS GIVING CAN REVERSE THE

DEADLY AFFECTS OF STRESS.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER

YOU GIVE TIME OR MONEY OR

WHETHER IT IS TO A LOVED ONE

OR A COMPLETE STRANGER.

WE KNOW THAT THE GIVING

TENDS TO REDUCE BLOOD

PRESSURE, SLOW HEART RATE.

AGAIN, GIVING REDUCES

STRESS.

IT REDUCES DEPRESSION.

Reporter: RESEARCHERS

FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES

OF HEALTH STUDIED M.R.I.s

OF PEOPLE WHO GAVE TO

VARIOUS CHARITIES.

THEY FOUND GENEROSITY

STIMULATES THE REWARD CENTER

IN THE BRAIN, RELEASING

CHEMICALS THAT STRENGTHEN

OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

WE KNOW, AGAIN, THERE IS

A RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS.

THESE ARE THE KIND OF

MAGICAL CHEMICALS THAT COME

FROM VARIOUS AREAS IN THE

BRAIN AND THEY FLOOD

THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM.

THEY'RE COUSINS, BASICALLY,

BUT SOME REDUCE PAIN.

SOME KIND OF SEEK OUT

SICK-LOOKING CELLS AND EXERT

A HEALING EFFECT ON THEM.

THEY HAVE MANY DIFFERENT

POSITIVE EFFECTS.

Reporter: DR. STEVEN

DEUTSCHE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF

PSYCHIATRY AT THE EASTERN

VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL.

HE SAYS DOCTORS COMMONLY USE

GIVING IN TREATING

DEPRESSION.

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO

NOT BE SO SELF-ABSORBED AND

TO THINK ABOUT OTHERS.

WE EVEN TELL PEOPLE TO

PRACTICE BEING CONCERNED AND

INVESTED IN OTHER PEOPLE.

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

MORE PEOPLE GIVE, THE EASIER

IT GETS.

SOMETIMES THEY MAY FEEL

INITIALLY THAT IT IS

FRAUDULENT, THAT IS NOT WHO

THEY REALLY ARE.

BUT OVER TIME, IT BECOMES

MORE AND MORE COMFORTABLE

FOR THEM AND IT DOES HAVE A

POWERFUL THERAPEUTIC

EFFECT.

Reporter: SO PEOPLE WHO

FEEL POWERLESS OR WORTHLESS

FIND A NEW PURPOSE AND VALUE

BY SEEING THEIR ACTIONS HELP

OTHERS.

AND THEY TEND TO LIVE LONGER

AND HEALTHIER LIVES.

Lori: ONCE AGAIN, THE

THINGS WE'VE BEEN READING

ABOUT IN THE BIBLE FOR

THOUSANDS OF YEARS ARE

ACTUALLY GOOD FOR NOT ONLY

OUR SPIRIT BUT FOR OUR

PHYSICAL HEALTH AS WELL.

Efrem: COMING UP,

FINDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF

CHAOS.

SEE HOW "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

IS HELPING UKRAINIANS CAUGHT

IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR.

.

Efrem: TODAY WE'RE

CONTINUING OUR COVERAGE OF

THE STORIES IN THE NEWS OVER

THE YEARS.

RUSSIA'S VLADIMIR PUTIN

RESPONDED BY ANNEXING THE

CRIMEA PENINSULA AND BACKING

REBEL FIGHTERS IN THE EAST.

Lori: THE FIGHTING HAS

TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL ON THE

POPULATION.

CBN'S "ORPHANS' PROMISE" HAS

BEEN HELPING TO MEET THE

PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS

OF THE UKRAINIANS CAUGHT IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE CRISIS.

GEORGE THOMAS BROUGHT US

THIS STORY FROM THE WAR

ZONE.

George: SALINA WILL BE

THE FIRST TO ADMIT SHE IS IN

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY.

IN 22 YEARS OF WORKING FOR

CBN, HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED

ANYTHING LIKE THIS?

NO.

I HAVE DEALT WITH SOCIAL

DISASTERS ALL MY TIME, BUT

THIS IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST

CHALLENGE.

George: SINCE THE

CRISIS ERUPTED, SHE AND HER

TEAM HAVE WORKED AROUND THE

CLOCK, DISTRIBUTING

HUMANITARIAN AID.

TODAY PEOPLE NEED FOOD,

TOMORROW THEY NEED MEDICAL

ASSISTANCE, OR YOU HAVE TO

EVACUATE THEM FROM THE WAR

ZONE.

WE WEREN'T READY FOR THIS

KIND OF DISASTER.

BUT LIFE PUT US IN THESE

CIRCUMSTANCES, THAT WE HAD

TO RISK OUR LIVES TO SAVE

CHILDREN AND FEED THEM.

George: FOR SEVERAL

MONTHS NOW "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" HAS BEEN RUNNING A

HOT LINE, CONNECTING A

STREAM OF REFUGEES COMING

OUT OF THE WAR ZONE HERE IN

THE EAST.

AND THE CRIMEAN PENINSULA.

WITH FAMILIES AND CHURCHES

WILLING TO HELP.

THIS WAR HAS SHOWN THE

TRUE FAITH OF THE PROTESTANT

CHURCH IN UKRAINE.

THEY'RE UNITED IN HELPING.

THE GOVERNMENT COULDN'T

HANDLE THE FLOW OF REFUGEES,

BUT THANKS TO THE

CHRISTIANS, WE WERE ABLE TO

RESPOND.

George: SHE HAS MADE

SEVERAL TRIPS HERE TO THE

WAR ZONE, AND EACH TIME

STRUGGLES WITH THE MAGNITUDE

OF SUFFERING AND

HEARTBREAK.

IN 23 YEARS, I'VE

COORDINATED HUNDREDS OF

HUMANITARIAN DISTRIBUTIONS,

BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD TO HAND

OUT BREAD TO PEOPLE.

IT IS A SHAME IN UKRAINE,

THE COUNTRY THAT GROWS

WHEAT, PEOPLE WOULD BE IN

NEED OF BREAD.

George: THIS IS A WAR

THAT IS HAPPENING ON THE

DOORSTEP OF UKRAINE.

UKRAINE IS A PEACEFUL

NATION.

WE GAVE AWAY OUR NUCLEAR

WEAPONS.

WE HAVE NO REAL ARMY.

I NEVER THOUGHT OUR NATION

WAS AT RISK, ESPECIALLY FROM

RUSSIA.

George: ABOUT 1,000

RUSSIAN TROOPS STILL

REPORTEDLY OPERATE IN

UKRAINE, WITH AN ADDITIONAL

20,000 ON THE RUSSIAN SIDE

OF THE BORDER.

THOUSANDS OF THE PRO-RUSSIAN

SEPARATISTS CONTROL LARGE

CHUNKS OF EASTERN UKRAINE.

THE SITUATION IS DANGEROUS

AND DIRE.

SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE

VACATED TO THE WAR ZONE WERE

IN SUCH SHOCK THEY WERE

CLOSE TO A BREAKDOWN.

George: IN BETWEEN

HANDING OUT BREAD AND

SUPPLIES TO HUNDREDS OF

FAMILIES, SHE SAYS HER TEAM

IS ALWAYS READY TO MEET MORE

THAN JUST PHYSICAL NEEDS.

WE HAVE MANY

OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE, PRAY

WITH THEM.

I HAVE NOTICED HOW THIRSTY

PEOPLE ARE FOR THE WORK OF

GOD.

THEY GRAB BIBLES FROM OUR

HANDS.

PEOPLE ARE OPEN.

George: NEARLY A WEEK

AFTER A TENUOUS CEASE-FIRE

WAS SIGNED, EXPLOSIONS ROCK

THE DONETSK REGION

OVERNIGHT.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

EASTERN YUKON.

Efrem: UP NEXT, FROM

NORTHERN IRAQ, SEE HOW

CHURCHES IN KURDISTAN ARE

GIVING SHELTER AND COMFORT

TO CHRISTIAN REFUGEES WHO

HAVE LOST EVERYTHING.

CLIRCH

Lori: THIS YEAR THE

ISLAMIC ISIS ARMY SWEPT

THROUGH NORTHERN IRAQ,

FORCING THOUSANDS OF

REFUGEES INTO A LIFE WITHOUT

HOMES, JOBS, AND FAMILIES.

MANY ARE CHRISTIANS WHO TOLD

TALES OF HORROR AND

BRUTALITY AT THE HANDS OF

THE JIHADI ARMY.

Efrem: CHRIS MITCHELL

SHOWS US HOW CHURCHES AND

HELPING TO FILL THAT VOID

WITH HELP AND HOPE.

HERE IS THE REPORT FROM

IRBIL, KURDISTAN.

Reporter: OVER THIS

PAST WEEK, THE ARMY OF ISIS

SWALLOWED UP PARTS OF IRAQ

LIKE A DARKNESS.

IN JUST ONE DAY, TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS FLED

VILLAGES JUST ABOUT 25 MILES

AWAY.

MOST HAVE COME HERE TO

IRBIL, WITH NOTHING MORE

THAN THE CLOTHES ON THEIR

BACK.

THEY TAKE EVERYTHING FROM

THE HOUSE, FROM THE STORE,

EVERYTHING.

BECAUSE THEY ARE

CHRISTIANS.

THEY HATE CHRISTIANS

ESPECIALLY.

WE DON'T KNOW WHY.

Reporter: IT WAS LEAVE

OR DIE.

THEY SAY IF ANYONE DON'T

BECOME LIKE MUSLIMS, WE

GONNA KILL THEM.

EACH ONE.

FROM BABIES, WOMEN, OLD

MEN.

Through Translator: WE

DON'T HAVE ANYTHING HERE.

THEY BOMBED THE CHURCHES AND

ALREADY TOOK OUR HOUSES.

WE HAVE NOTHING HERE, NO

MONEY, NO I.D., NO TRAVEL

DOCUMENTS.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW TO

THE CHRISTIANS, THE YES THE

YAZIDIS, AND THE MINORITIES,

IS GENOCIDE.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IS WHAT

HAPPENED 200 YEARS AGO WITH

THE JEWS.

Reporter: DR. AKMED

HEARS STORIES OF THE

BARBERISM OF ISIS.

ISIS WAS KILLING AND

SHOOTING THE KIDS AND

PEOPLE.

AND THEY WERE LAYING THEM ON

THE GROUND, AND THEY BRING

TRACTORS AND THEY WALK OVER

THEM, IN FRONT OF THEIR

FAMILIES.

THEY TAKE WOMEN OUT OF THEIR

HOUSES, SO LET'S SAY EVERY

FAMILY THAT HAS THREE

DAUGHTERS, THEY WOULD TAKE

ONE.

Reporter: IN THE WAKE

OF THE ISIS ADVANCE,

THOUSANDS OF ETHNIC YAZIDIS

ESCAPED TO A MOUNTAIN

OUTSIDE THE TOWN OF SINJAR.

WHILE THESE CHRISTIANS FOUND

SHELTER AT THIS CATHOLIC

COMPOUND IN IRBIL.

A FEW WEEKS AGO, THESE

FAMILIES FLED WHEN ISIS

CLEANSED MOSUL OF

CHRISTIANS.

THEY GAVE US FOUR

CHOICES: EITHER CONVERT TO

ISLAM, PAY A TAX, OR LIVING

THE CITY, OR THE SWORD.

THEY ARE USING THE SWORD TO

CUT OFF HANDS AND BEHEADING

OTHERS.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE

BEHAVIOR OF HUMAN BEINGS.

Reporter: ISIS LOOTED

THEIR PROPERTIES AND LEFT

THEM DESTITUDE.

THEY TOOK THIS WOMAN'S

DENTURES, WEDDING RING, AND

DOCUMENTS.

THEY TOOK EVERYTHING.

WE ASKED THEM, PLEASE, GIVE

US SOMETHING TO SHOW WE

OWNED OUR CAR, OUR HOME.

THEY SAID HERE YOU HAVE

NOTHING.

Reporter: ISIS SEARCHED

ONE HOME AND DISCOVERED TWO

NEW TESTAMENTS, ONE WITH A

CAMOUFLAGE ON THE OTHER AND

THE OTHER WITH AN AMERICAN

FLAG INSIDE.

THEY ACCUSED THEM OF BEING

BOTH A MISSIONARY AND A

SPY.

ISIS PUT HIS NAME ON THE

LIST, BUT HE TOLD HIS STORY

BUT ASKED US TO HIDE THIS

IDENTITY.

HEY, GET BACK.

YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN.

THE TERRORIST TOLD ME WE

WILL KILL YOU.

Reporter: SOMETIMES THE

PRESSURE IS OVERWHELMING.

FORGIVE THEM BECAUSE THEY

DON'T KNOW -- THEY DON'T

KNOW WHAT THEY WANT.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

THESE CHRISTIANS ARE THE

ORIGINAL PEOPLE OF THE

REGION, MANY SIMPLY WANT TO

LEAVE.

THEY'RE PLEADING FOR THE

U.S., THE U.N., AND POPE

FRANCIS TO HELP.

WE'RE ASKING THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO

COME AND LOOK AND SEE HOW

ALL OF THE PEOPLE ARE LIVING

HERE.

Reporter: WHERE CAN YOU

GO WHEN YOU'VE LOST ALMOST

EVERYTHING?

MANY OF THE CHURCHES IN

IRBIL LITERALLY OPENED THEIR

DOORS FOR THE MANY CHRISTIAN

REFUGEES THAT HAVE FLED THE

ADVANCE OF ISIS.

THEY SIMPLY FEEL IT IS THE

CHURCH'S CALLING TO PROVIDE

REFUGE FOR FAMILIES LIKE

THESE.

THE CURDSMAN CHURCH

TRANSFORMED THEIR BUILDING

INTO A TRUE SANCTUARY.

THE PASTOR OPENED DOORS FOR

BOTH CHRISTIANS AND

NON-CHRISTIANS.

WE WANTED TO SHOW THOSE

PEOPLE, WE DON'T CARE THAT

THEY ARE CHRISTIANS,

YAZIDIS, MUSLIMS.

WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT.

THEY'RE HUMAN BEINGS, AND

THEY HAVE BEEN KICKED OUT OF

THEIR HOME BY ISIS AND THE

TERRORIST GROUPS.

SO THIS IS WHY WE WANTED TO

SHOW THEM THAT.

AS CHRISTIANS, WE LOVE THEM

AND WE'RE VERY GLAD TO HAVE

THEM HERE AND TO SERVE

THEM.

Reporter: THIS MAN LED

A MINI EXODUS OF SEVERAL

FAMILIES TO THE CHURCH.

ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE

PEOPLE HERE, THE PASTOR IS

REALLY SHOWING THE LOVE OF

JESUS.

Reporter: ACROSS TOWN,

AT THE A.O.G. CHURCH,

FAMILIES WHO ARE NOW SAFE

TALKED ABOUT THE VIOLENT

ULTIMATUM THEY RECEIVED.

WE HAD BEEN TOLD BY ISIS,

IF WE DON'T CONVERT TO

ISLAM, EITHER THEY WOULD

KILL US OR WE WOULD HAVE TO

LEAVE THE CITY.

WE PREFER TO DIE RATHER THAN

CONVERT TO ISLAM.

GOD HAS CREATED US AS

CHRISTIANS, AND WE DON'T

WANT TO CONVERT TO ISLAM.

THE POWER OF GOD KEEPS US

AND STRENGTHENS US TO REMAIN

AS CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: MOST WILL

NEVER RETURN, LIKE THIS

POLICEMAN, WHO ESCAPED WITH

HIS FAMILY AND 10-DAY-OLD

BABY.

I'M ALREADY WANTED BY THE

ISLAMIC TROOPS OVER THERE.

AND SECONDLY, I'M A

CHRISTIAN.

AS A MINORITY, I'M ALSO

WANTED BY ISIS.

SO WE CANNOT GO BACK THERE

ANYMORE.

Reporter: MOST TOLD US

THEY SIMPLY WANT TO LEAVE

IRAQ.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OR

THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR OUR

PROBLEM BECAUSE WE CANNOT GO

BACK TO OUR HOMES AND WE

CANNOT STAY HERE.

WE WANT TO GO OUT, EVEN IF

THEY PROVIDED INTERNATIONAL

PROTECTION, WE DON'T WANT TO

KEEP STAYING HERE.

Reporter: THEIR

LONG-TERM FATE REMAINS ONE

OF THE MAJOR QUESTIONS IN

THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

IRBIL, KURDISTAN.

Efrem: FINALLY TODAY, A

FAMILY IN TENNESSEE

IS USING

SOCIAL MEDIA TO SEARCH FOR A

COUPLE WILLING TO ADOPT

THEIR SIX UNBORN CHILDREN.

Lori: MEET THE WATTS

FAMILY.

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION GAVE

THEM FOUR KIDS, AND THE

PROCESS LEFT THEM WITH SIX.

THE MOTHER IS USING

Facebook TO FIND THE

PERFECT COUPLE TO DONATE

THEM TO, BUT THERE IS A

CATCH.

I WOULD REALLY LIKE FOR

THE FAMILY THAT TAKES THEM

TO REALLY WANT A LARGE

FAMILY.

Lori: THE WATTS FAMILY

WANTS TO SEE ALL OF THE

EMBRYOS DONATED TO JUST ONE

FAMILY SO THE SIBLINGS

AREN'T SPLIT UP ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

I GET THAT, YEAH.

HOPEFULLY THEY'LL

FIND

THAT

FAMILY.

Efrem: THAT IS THE

PRAYER.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT NOW

FOR CBN NEWS TODAY.

WE

HAVE EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE

ON CBNNEWS.COM.

Lori: TO TELL US ABOUT

THE STORIES YOU'VE SEEN HERE

TODAY, YOU CAN DO THAT ON

Facebook OR AT CBN NEWS AT

TWITTER.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

NEXT TIME.

HAVE A GREAT DAY.ñ

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