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CBN NewsWatch: January 22, 2015

On CBN NewsWatch today - Jan 22: ‘Answered prayer.’ Obama calls Saeed ‘top priority’; US, Cuba tackle obstacles to normalizing relations; ISIS silent as Japan ransom deadline nears; and more. Read Transcript


AVA: THANKS FOR JOINING

US FOR CENTS PE CBN

?IEWNCHE"NEWSWATCH," I'M

EFREM GRAHAM.

Heather: AND I'M

HEATHER SELLS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MET

PRIVATELY WITH SAEED

ABEDINI'S WIFE, NAGHMEH ON

WEDNESDAY.

AS CAITLIN BURKE REPORTS, IT

CAME AFTER NAGHMEH WROTE AN

OPEN LETTER WITH THE

PRESIDENT, ASKING TOR A

FACE-TO-FACE MEETING.

Reporter: THE

CONVERSATION ONLY LASTED 10

MINUTES, BUT NAGHMEH ABEDINI

SAYS IT WAS AN ANSWER TO

PRAYER.

I TOLD HIM I HAVE NOT

EATEN FOOD FOR ALMOST FOUR

DAYS, AND THAT I PRAYED AND

PRAYED FOR A MEETING WITH

HIM, I PETITIONED GOD.

AND THIS MEETING WAS AS A

RESULT OF THAT.

AND HE SMILED AND HE

NODDED.

Reporter: PASTOR

ABEDINI IS A U.S. CITIZEN

WHO HAS BEEN IN PRISONED IN

IRAN SINCE SEPTEMBER OF

2012, ON CHARGES RELATED TO

HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD NAGHMEH

THAT BRINGING HER HUSBAND

HOME IS A TOP PRIORITY.

PASTOR SAEED'S TWO CHILDREN

CAME TO THE MEETING WITH THE

PRED.

THEIR SON, JACOB, HAD A

QUESTION OF HIS OWN.

MY SON ASKED HIM IF HE

COULD GET HIM HOME BY HIS

BIRTHDAY.

AND HE SAID, JACOB, WHEN IS

YOUR BIRTHDAY?

AND HE SAID MARCH 17th.

AND THE PRESIDENT SAID, IT

WILL BE VERY HARD, BUT I'LL

TRY.

Reporter: JACOB WAS

FOUR YEARS OLD WHEN HIS

FATHER WAS FIRST TAKEN, AND

THIS YEAR HE WILL BE SEVEN.

ABEDINI WAS GIVEN AN EIGHT

YEAR SENTENCE, ACCUSED OF

BUILDING A CHURCH IN PRIVATE

HOMES.

HE HAS NOT GOTTEN THE

FULL MEDICAL CARE THAT HE

NEEDS THAT IS STILL A REAL

ISSUE THAT HANGS OUT THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUCH

RATHER HAVE SAEED HOME TO

DEAL WITH THE MEDICAL ISSUES

THAN PROLONG HIS

IMPRISONMENT IN IRAN.

Reporter: THE AMERICAN

CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

HAS BEEN WORKING TO SEE

PASTOR ABEDINI SET FREE.

MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE

SIGNED THEIR LETTER URGING

THE PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH

THE ABEDINI FAMILY.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: WEDNESDAY HOUSE

REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO DROP

A BILL THAT VIRTUALLY

CRIMINALIZES ALL LATE-TERM

ABORTION.

Heather: THE MEASURE

WOULD BAN ABORTIONS PAST 20

WEEKS OF PREGNANCY, AND IT

WOULD ONLY ALLOW EXCEPTIONS

FOR RAPE VICTIMS WHO

REPORTED THE RAPE TO LAW

ENFORCEMENT.

THE DECISION COMES ON THE

EVE OF AN ANNUAL "MARCH FOR

LIFE" THAT IS TAKING PLACE

TODAY IN OUR NATION'S

CAPITAL.

IT WAS 42 YEARS AGO IN THIS

STATE THAT THE U.S. SUPREME

COURT CREATED A

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO

ABORTION.

SO PRO-LIFERS MARCH EVERY

YEAR-TO-END ABORTION IN

AMERICA.

WE'LL BRING YOU MORE ON

TOMORROW'S PROGRAM.

Efrem: AMERICA HAS SEEN

MORE THAN 60 MILLION

ABORTIONS SINCE 1973 IN THE

ROE VS. WADE SUPREME COURT

DECISION.

WE POINT TO THAT NUMBER

TODAY BECAUSE JANUARY IS

NATIONAL SANCTITY OF LIFE

MONTH.

AND JOINING US NOW IS A

WOMAN ON THE FRONT LINES OF

THAT WORK.

MARY MARGARET GIBSON IS WITH

"EVENT TELL" AND LEADS A

MISSION CALLED "SAVE THE

MOTHER, SAVE THE CHILD."

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF "SAVE

THE MOTHER, SAVE THE

CHILD?"

IT IS A COMMUNITY

MINISTRY OF EVENT TELL, AND

BY THAT I MEAN WE ARE SET UP

SPECIFICALLY TO WORK IN THE

COMMUNITY THAT IS THE

FAITH-BASED PREGNANCIES, AND

THE CHURCHES WHO WORK WITH

THEM, AND THE PAIR CHURCH

MINISTRIES, TO TRAIN AND

EQUIP EVERYBODY TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL IN THAT UNIQUE

CONTEXT OF THE PREGNANCY

CENTER, AND THEN MOVE FROM

THE GOSPEL TO DISCIPLESHIP

WITH THOSE YOUNG FOLKS WHO

MAKE A DECISION TO CARRY

THEIR BABY TO TERM.

Efrem: NOW YOU TEACH

WHAT IS BEING CALLED

CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM

FOR THESE WOMEN.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

CONVERSATIONAL

EVANGELISM IS LISTENING VERY

INTENTLY TO THE PERSON

YOU'RE WITH.

YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO

THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE

PERSON WHO IS RIGHT IN FRONT

OF YOU, WHAT THEIR NEEDS

ARE, WHAT THEIR SPIRITUAL

SITUATION IS, WHAT THEIR

BACKGROUND IS LIKE, AND WHAT

ARE THE ISSUES THAT BROUGHT

THEM TO THE PREGNANCY CENTER

SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A

CONVERSATION WITH SOME

INTEGRITY WITH THAT PERSON

AND HELP THEM IN ANY WAY YOU

CAN.

Efrem: NOW, I KNOW YOU

HAVE A FOCUS ON AMERICA, BUT

HOW FAR-REACHING IS YOUR

WORK?

WE HAVE TRAINED FOLKS IN

ABOUT 14 COUNTRIES NOW.

AND THAT INCLUDES SOME IN

SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA,

THE 10 PREGNANCY CENTERS IN

ISRAEL, A NUMBER OF CENTERS

IN HUNGARY, RUSSIA, AND

OTHER PLACES IN EASTERN

EUROPE.

AND WE GO WHEREVER THE LORD

LEADS US IN THIS.

EVENT TELL HAS OVER 50

LANGUAGES FOR THE MATERIALS

THAT WE CAN USE IN THOSE

COUNTRIES.

SO WE ACTUALLY USE MOST OF

THOSE 50 LANGUAGES HERE IN

THE UNITED STATES.

Efrem: WHAT DO YOU WANT

BELIEVERS TO REMEMBER MOST

IN THIS MONTH THAT IS DUBBED

"NATIONAL SANCTITY OF LIFE

MONTH."

THE DECISION OF RIGHTS IS

REALLY I IMMATERIAL IF THE

CHURCH TAKES SERIOUSLY THE

CALL WE HAVE TO CARE FOR THE

LEAST OF THESE.

IF THAT IS THE CALL WE HAVE,

THEN GRACE IS THE ANSWER.

Efrem: MARY MARGARET

GIBSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR YOUR TIME.

VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

Heather: U.S. AND CUBAN

OFFICIALS ARE MEETING IN

HAVANA TODAY TO TALK ABOUT

NORMALIZING RELATIONS.

ON THE U.S. SIDE, IT IS THE

HIGHEST DELEGATION TO VISIT

THE COMMUNIST COUNTRY IN

MORE THAN TWO DECADES.

THE TWO COUNTRIES WILL

DISCUSS HOW TO BRING A CUBAN

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S., AND

HOW TO REOPEN THE AMERICAN

EMBASSY IN HAVANA.

CUBA ALSO WANTS OFF A U.S.

LIST OF STATE SPONSORS OF

TERRORISM, A MOVE THAT

WASHINGTON SAYS IT IS

CONSIDERING.

THE U.S. SO FAR HAS REFUSED

DEMANDS FOR CHANGES TO

MIGRATION POLICY WHICH DO

GRANT VIRTUALLY AUTOMATIC

LEGAL RESIDENCY TO ANY CUBAN

THAT ARRIVES HERE.

Efrem: JAPAN COULD

NEGOTIATE WITH ISIS IN

RELEASE TWO OF ITS

CITIZENS.

AN EXPERT SAYS HE IS

PREPARED TO HELP THE

GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATE.

BUT 72 HOURS IS NOT ENOUGH

TIME.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID

JAPAN IS TRYING TO REACH

ISIS, AND THAT TOKYO IS

PREPARED TO CONSIDER ALL

POSSIBLE WAYS TO SAVE THEM.

TUESDAY ISIS SAID IT WOULD

KILL THE HOSTAGES WITHIN 72

HOURS UNLESS IT RECEIVES

$200 MILLION IN RANSOM.

THE DEADLINE IS BELIEVED TO

BE SOME TIME ON FRIDAY.

Heather: THE UNITED

NATIONS IS HOLDING ITS FIRST

MEETING FOCUSING ON

ANTI-SEMITISM.

TODAY'S INFORMAL SESSION

COMES IN RESPONSE TO A

GLOBAL INCREASE IN VIOLENCE

AGAINST JEWS.

AND IT WAS SCHEDULED EVEN

BEFORE THE RECENT ATTACK ON

A KOSHER SUPERMARKET IN

PARIS.

A FRENCH PHILOSOPHER WILL

DELIVER AN ADDRESS, AND

THERE WILL BE SPEECHES FROM

CANADIAN, GERMAN, AND FRENCH

AMBASSADORS.

Efrem: MAHMOUD ABBAS

HAS BEEN PRESSING THE U.N.

TO CREATE A PALESTINIAN

STATE IN THE BIBLICAL LAND

OF ISRAEL.

WHILE SOME SEE HIM AS THE

BEST PARTNER FOR PEACE,

PALESTINIAN INSIDERS SAY HIS

REGIME IS RIDDLED WITH

CORRUPTION, PAID FOR BY

WESTERN TAX DOLLARS.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THIS

STORY.

Reporter: MAHMOUD ABBAS

HAS LED THE FIGHT FOR

PALESTINIANS SINCE THE 2004

DEATH OF YASSER ARAFAT.

IN ADDITION TO LEADING A

LEADERSHIP OPENING, ARAFAT

LEFT BEHIND SECRET BANK

ACCOUNTS, FILLED WITH A

BILLION DOLLARS OR MORE IN

PUBLIC FUNDS, IN

INTERNATIONAL AID TAKEN FROM

HIS OWN PEOPLE.

AND WHERE ABBAS TOOK OVER,

PALESTINIANS HOPED FOR

CHANGE.

WHEN HE CAME TO POWER, HE

SPOKE ABOUT REFORMING THE

SECURITY SERVICES AND THE

JUDICIARY.

IT MEANS THAT HE RECOGNIZED

THAT THERE IS CORRUPTION.

Reporter: AKMED LIVES

IN A WEST BANK CITY UNDER

PALESTINIAN CONTROL.

WE HAVE HIDDEN HIS IDENTITY

TO PROTECT HIS LIFE.

WHAT HAPPENED WAS THEY

CREATED WAYS TO COVER UP

CORRUPTION WHEN COMPLAINTS

WERE MADE.

Reporter: ABOUT TWO

MILLION PEOPLE LIVE HERE IN

THE WEST BANK, BIBLICAL

JUDEA AND SAMARIA, UNDER

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY RULE.

WHILE THE WORLD BLAMES

ISRAEL FOR OPPRESSING

PALESTINIAN, SOME SAY THE

PALESTINIANS THEMSELVES ARE

MOST OFTEN THE OPPRESSORS.

MOST OF THE PALESTINIANS

KNOW ABOUT THE CORRUPTION.

BUT THE NORMAL CITIZENS ARE

AFRAID BECAUSE THERE IS

TERROR AGAINST THEM, AND

THEY KNOW THEY CANNOT DO

ANYTHING.

AND THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES

AND CHILDREN COULD BE

SUBJECTED TO DANGERS AND

SEXUAL ABUSE.

Reporter: AKMED SAYS

AUTHORITIES LIE ABOUT

PEOPLE, SAYING THEY'RE

DEALING DRUGS, COLLABORATING

WITH ISRAEL, OR ACTING

IMMORALLY IF THEY HAVE A

PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST

SOMEONE.

I KNOW ANOTHER CASE WHERE

SOMEBODY ASKED SOMEONE FROM

FATAH TO GIVE HIS PAY, BUT

HE REFUSED.

AFTER THAT, A GROUP CAME

AFTER MIDNIGHT, ENTERED HIS

HOME AND KILLED HIM AND THEY

ABUSED HIS FAMILY AND THREW

HIM FROM THE WINDOW AND BEAT

HIS CHILDREN VERY BADLY.

WHEN PEOPLE INTERVENED, THEY

ISSUED A STATEMENT, SAYING

THIS MAN WAS AN AGENT OF

ISRAEL.

Reporter: HUMAN RIGHTS

ATTORNEY CALEB SAYS HE IS

CONCERNED BOTH ABOUT ISRAEL

AND ALSO FOR PALESTINIANS

LIVING UNDER ABBAS.

IF SOMEBODY IN THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WAS TO

STAND IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

AND CRITICIZE MAHMOUD ABBAS,

THEY'LL BE ARRESTED, MANY

TIMES TORTURED, AND

SOMETIMES THEY JUST

DISAPPEAR.

THERE IS A HUGE FEAR

FACTOR.

Reporter: AND TO MAKE

THINGS WORSE, THIS

CORRUPTION AND OPPRESSION IS

FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BY

TAXPAYERS IN THE WEST.

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS

COMMITTED MORE THAN

$5 BILLION TO THE

PALESTINIANS SINCE THE

MID-1990s.

AND YET THE AVERAGE

PALESTINIAN IS STILL LIVING

IN ABJECT POVERTY.

Reporter: WHILE ABBAS

IS BLASTING ISRAEL AND

PUSHING HARD FOR RECOGNITION

OF AN INDEPENDENT STATE,

SOME ARE SAYING IT WOULD

ONLY BE A DISASTER.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

THE WEST BANK, BIBLICAL

JUDEA AND SAMARIA.

Heather: COMING UP, A

NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WEIGHT

GAIN, AND THE WINTER BLUES.

FIND OUT HOW TO LIGHTEN YOUR

MOOD AND YOUR WEIGHT.

Efrem: PLUS A CBN NEWS

LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN US

BEFORE, FEATURING OUR

BIGGEST STORIES.

THE PROGRAM IS GOING TO RUN

ON SUNDAY, STARTING AT

10:45.

IT IS INTERACTIVE, SO YOU

GET A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH

THE REPORTERS.

JOIN US LIVE AT 10:45 ON THE

ABC CHANNEL AND ON SOCIAL

MEDIA.

Heather: WINTER WEATHER

IS MARCHING ACROSS THE

COUNTRY, AND IT IS DUMPING

SNOW AND ICE ALONG THE WAY.

FORECASTERS SAY PEOPLE

LIVING IN THE SOUTH ARE

EXPERIENCING THE WORST

SNOWSTORM OF THE SEASON.

THE SYSTEM COULD GAIN

STRENGTH, POTENTIALLY

FORMING A NOR'EASTER THIS

WEEKEND.

Efrem: FREEZING

TEMPERATURES, GREY SKIES,

THESE THINGS CAN LEAD TO

WHAT MANY CALL THE WINTER

BLUES.

Heather: IN THE LAST 30

YEARS, DOCTORS HAVE

OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED IT AS

AN ACTUAL MEDICAL

CONDITION.

Efrem: IT IS CALLED

"SEASONAL EFFECTIVE

DISORDER," AND LORI JOHNSON

SHOWS US HOW YOU CAN BEAT

IT.

Lori: LIKE MILLIONS OF

AMERICANS, MISTY PETER'S

MOOD CHANGES WITH THE

SEASONS.

GENERALLY I'M A HAPPY

PERSON.

Lori: BUT IN THE

WINTER, SHE GETS THE BLUES.

THAT'S BECAUSE OF A SEASONAL

EFFECTIVE DISORDER, OR

S.A.D.P.

YOU LOOK OUTSIDE, AND

YOU'RE NOT AS MOTIVATED TO

DO THINGS.

YOU WOULD RATHER SIT AROUND

AND EAT.

Lori: THE REASON PEOPLE

GET SAD IS BECAUSE OF THE

DECREASED SUNLIGHT IN THE

WINTER, WHICH CAN DISRUPT

OUR SA SARCADIAN RHYTHM.

MELATONIN REACHES ITS

HIGHEST LEVELS AT NIGHT, BUT

PEOPLE LIKE MISTY ALSO HAVE

INCREASED MELATONIN LEVELS

DURING THE DAY.

THEN THERE IS SEROTONIN,

WHICH IS TRIGGERED BY

SUNLIGHT AND MAKES US FEEL

HAPPY.

BUT PEOPLE WITH S.A.D. HAVE

LOW LEVELS OF SEROTONIN.

DR. WAYNE REYNOLDS SAYS THE

DISORDER SEVERELY AFFECTS 5%

OF AMERICANS, AND ANOTHER

20% HAVE A MILD CASE AND

DON'T EVEN REALIZE IT.

INTERESTINGLY, A LOT OF

PEOPLE WILL PUT ON WEIGHT.

WE ALWAYS SORT OF BLAMED IT

ON THE WINTER MONTHS, PEOPLE

ARE LESS ACTIVE IN THE

WINTER MONTHS.

BUT PEOPLE WITH S.A.D., HAVE

A CRAVING FOR CARBOHYDRATES.

Lori: WOMEN ARE USUALLY

AFFECTED MORE THAN MEN, AND

IT IS MORE PREVALENT IN

NORTHERN CLIMATES.

BUT REYNOLDS SAYS THESE

PEOPLE DON'T NEED TO SUFFER

ANYMORE.

AND SO MANY PEOPLE TEND

TO IGNORE IT AND JUST CHALK

IT OFF AS THE WINTER BLUES.

AND WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS

THERE ARE OPTIONS AND THERE

ARE TREATMENTS FOR IT.

Lori: LIGHT THERAPY IS

A VERY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT.

IT INVOLVES SITTING IN FRONT

OF A SPECIALIZED LIGHT BOX

FOR 30 MINUTES A DAY.

IT NEEDS TO HAVE A POWER OF

10,000 LUX, WHICH IS MORE

THAN 20 TIMES STRONGER THAN

THE AVERAGE LIGHTBULB.

IT IS LIKE SITTING

OUTSIDE, SITTING AT THE

BEACH OR UNDER THE SUN.

IT DOESN'T EMIT ANY HIT, BUT

IT IS A VERY BRIGHT LIGHT,

KIND OF LIKE THE SUN.

LIKE YOUR OWN PERSONAL BOX

OF SUNSHINE.

Lori: TANNING BEDS ARE

NOT AN ACCEPTABLE

TREATMENT.

DR. DAVID PARISER, PAST

PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN

ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY SAYS

THERE IS NEVER A GOOD REASON

TO STEP INTO A TANNING BED.

THE WORLD HEALTH

ORGANIZATION HAS CLASSIFIED

ULTRAVIOLET TANNING

EQUIPMENT AS KNOWN

CARCINOGENS.

IT IS CLEARLY THE CASE,

DESPITE ARGUMENTS FROM THE

TANNING INDUSTRY.

TANNING CAUSES SKIN CANCER.

Lori: IN ADDITION TO A

LIGHT BOX, YOU WERE ALSO

BRIGHTEN YOUR WINTER BY

USING HIGHER WATTAGE

LIGHTBULBS OR SIMPLY OPENING

THE BLINDS.

IF YOU HAVE S.A.D., AND WORK

IN A DARK ENVIRONMENT, LIKE

THE CBN NEWS ROOM, WHICH HAS

NO WINDOWS, MAKE IT A POINT

TO SPEND A FEW MINUTES

OUTSIDE EVERY HOUR OR SO.

AND ONE OF THE

RECOMMENDATIONS IS, AND

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS

FOR YEARS, BUT TAKE A WINTER

VACATION AND GET DOWN TO THE

CARRIBEAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU

LIVE IN THOSE NORTHERN

CLIMATES.

Lori: OR INSTEAD OF

GIVING IN AND REACHING FOR

YOUR COMFORTER, REACH FOR

YOUR GYM BAG INSTEAD.

EXERCISE PUMPS OXYGEN INTO

THE BRAIN, MAKING US ALERT

AND ENERGETIC.

AND IT RELEASES ENDORPHINS

THAT CREATE A FEELING OF

EUPHORIA.

IF THERE IS A DAY I'M

HAVING A BAD DAY, YOU KNOW,

I'M STRESSED OUT, I'M TIRED,

SOMETIMES WORKING OUT

REVERSES ALL OF THAT.

I COME INTO THE GYM AND I

FORGET ABOUT MY PROBLEMS,

AND I CONCENTRATE ON WHAT

I'M DOING PHYSICALLY AND IT

HELPS ME MENTALLY.

Lori: SO IF YOU SUFFER

FROM SEASONAL AFFECTIVE

DISORDER, A FEW LIFESTYLE

CHANGES CAN HELP YOU ENJOY

WINTER, AND SPRING WILL BE

HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: HOP IN A TAXI ON

THIS ISLAND, YOU'LL GET MORE

THAN A LIFT.

UIST GET YOU'LL GET A DOSE

OF INSPIRATION.

Heather: AND COMING UP,

IN JUST THREE DAYS, HAVE YOU

EVER HAD A QUESTION FOR ONE

OF OUR REPORTERS?

IT IS ALL PART OF OUR CBN

SPECIAL AIRING AT 10:45 ON@@@@

SUNDAY ON THE ABC FAMILY@@@@

CHANNEL.

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Heather: WELL, MANY

CHRISTIANS HAVE THEIR PRAYER

TIME IN THEIR CARS.

IN THE PHILIPPINES, THOUGH,

CITY LEADERS ARE MAKING IT A

LITTLE EASIER.

Efrem: THEY'VE PASSED A

THERLAW THAT PUTS

SCRIPTURES ON PUBLIC

TRANSPORTATION, BECAUSE THE

CITY WANTS THE WORLD TO KNOW

HOW MUCH THEY LOVE GOD'S

WORD.

George: 395 MILES SOUTH

OF MANILA, SMACK IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE PHILIPPINES,

LIES A TROPICAL PARADISE

DRIPPING WITH NATURAL

BEAUTY.

IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY THE

ISLAND PROVINCE OF BOHOL IS

ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST

FAMOUS TOURIST

DESTINATIONS.

MILE AFTER MILE OF PRISTINE,

WHITE SANDY BEACHES ATTRACT

SCORES OF OUTDOOR

ENTHUSIASTS FROM AROUND THE

WORLD.

BUT THE TRANQUIL ISLAND

GET-AWAY IS ALSO FAMOUS FOR

SOMETHING ELSE: THOUSANDS OF

NOISY BUT FAST THREE-WHEELED

MOTORIZED TAXIS KNOWN AS

TRICYCLES.

IT CAN GET YOU TO ANY

PART OF THE ISLAND.

IT IS CHEAP AND YOU CAN FIT

BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN

PEOPLE AT ONE TIME.

George: DENNIS HAS

BUILD THE TRICYCLES FOR 10

YEARS.

BUT HE AND MANY OTHERS WHO

LIVE IN BOHOL WILL TELL YOU

THESE ARE NO ORDINARY

TRICYCLES.

NOT ONLY IS THIS THE MOST

RELIABLE FORM OF

TRANSPORTATION, BUT ON THE

BACK OF EACH TRICYCLE IS A

MESSAGE OF HOPE.

George: 22 YEARS AGO,

THE PROVINCE PASSED A CITY

ORDINANCE REQUIRING THAT A

SCRIPTURE BE PAINTED ON THE

BACK OF ALL TRICYCLES.

LUCILLE IS A CITY

COUNCILLOR.

WITH A BIBLICAL MESSAGE

ON THE BACK OF THE UNIT,

COMMUTERS GET TO SEE THE

MESSAGE EVERY DAY, AND IT

HELPS, IN A WAY, PRESERVE

THE PEACE OF OUR CITY.

George: THIS MAN SAYS

THE BIBLE ON WHEELS HAS

RESULTED IN LOWER CRIME

RATES, STRONGER FAMILIES,

AND A RELATIVELY PEACEFUL

CITY, COMPARED TO OTHER BIG

CITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES.

EVERY DAY COMMUTERS GET

TO SEE THE BIBLICAL MESSAGE

ON THE TRICYCLES.

AND WHO WOULD THINK OF CRIME

WHEN THEY SEE BIBLICAL

PASSAGES EVERYWHERE.

George: AT TACLOBAN

CITY HALL, THIS MAN HAS BEEN

HANDING OUT LICENSES AND

BIBLE VERSES FOR DRIVERS WHO

WANT TO OPERATE THE TAXIS.

WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW

THAT WE ARE A GOD

GOD-FEARING CITY AND THESE

BIBLE VERSES HELP US DRAW

CLOSER TO GOD.

George: HE SAYS ANY

OPERATOR WHO REFUSES TO PUT

ONE ON WILL BE FINED OR HIS

OR HER LICENSE REVOKED.

WE ONLY ISSUE 3,000

LICENSES EACH YEAR, AND EACH

ONE MUCH HAVE A VERSE ON IT,

NO DUPLICATE VERSES

ALLOWED.

George: HE GOES TO CITY

HALL, AND THEY GIVE HIM A

PERMIT AND A BIBLE VERSE.

HE TAKES THAT BIBLE VERSE

AND COMES HERE.

THIS MAN HAS BEEN PAINTING

SCRIPTURES ON THE BACK OF

THESE VEHICLES.

I LOVE THE SCRIPTURES.

AS I PAINT THEM ON THE

TRICYCLES, I ALSO GET

INSPIRED BY THEM.

THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND

IT GIVES US GUIDANCE.

George: THE SCRIPTURE

VERSE TODAY IS FROM JOHN 14:

6: "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH,

AND THE LIFE."

NOW, WHEN YOU READ THE

WORD OF GOD, YOU CAN'T HELP

BUT FEEL ALIVE.

EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF GOD'S

WORD MAKES YOU HAPPY.

George: A SENTIMENT

ECHOED BY MANY DRIVERS AND

PASSENGERS THAT CBN NEWS MET

ON THE STREETS.

PEOPLE THANK ME ALL OF

THE TIME FOR MY SCRIPTURE

VERSE.

THEY SAY IT TOUCHED THEM.

IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD REMINDER

THERE IS A GOD.

I'M HAPPY TO READ THE

BIBLE PASSAGES, ESPECIALLY

WHEN I HAVE A PROBLEM.

IT GIVES ME HOPE.

George: WHEN YOU READ

THIS WORD, DOES IT BRING

ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU?

YES.

George: HOW?

TO HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

George: LOCALS ADMIT

THE TRICYCLES ARE NOISY AND

AT TIMES CAN BE AN EYE SORE,

BUT APART FROM THEIR

CONVENIENCE, ISLAND FOLKS

HERE SAY IT IS THE MESSAGE

ON THE BACK THAT RESIDENTS

AND VISITORS ALIKE SHOULD

FOCUS ON.

IT REMINDS US OF THE

IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE AND

WE WERE FOCUS ON THE

GOODNESS OF GOD AND ALL OF

THE WONDERFUL THINGS HE HAS

DONE FOR US.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, THE PHILIPPINES.

Heather: YOU CAN'T

PROVE THAT THE LOWER CRIME

RATE IS CONNECTED WITH THE

BIBLE VERSES, BUT YOU HAVE

TO WONDER.

Efrem: INDEED.

TACLOBAN, HERE WE COME.

STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: THIS TIME OF

YEAR CBN'S "THE 700 CLUB"

HOLDS A TELETHON TO SUPPORT

THE WORK OF ALL OF THE

MINISTRIES ASSOCIATED WITH

US, THE CHRISTIAN

BROADCASTING NETWORK.

Heather: CBN NEWS IS A

SIGNIFICANT PART OF THAT

MINISTRY, AND WE'RE VERY

THANKFUL TO BE A TRUSTED

NEWS SOURCE FOR YOU.

WE ARE AIRING A SPECIAL

PROGRAM ON SUNDAY ON ABC

FAMILY, HIGHLIGHTING OUR

MOST POPULAR OR SIGNIFICANT

STORIES.

WE WANT TO ASK YOU TO JOIN

US FOR THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY

AND DO SOMETHING YOU'VE

NEVER DONE BEFORE, CHAT WITH

US LIVE.

BE SURE TO JOIN US SUNDAY

NIGHT AT 10:45 EASTERN.

SOMETHING NEW FOR ALL OF

US.

Efrem: STAY UP WITH

US.

Heather: THAT'S IT FOR

US TODAY ON CBN NEWS TODAY.

YOU CAN FIND OUR EXCLUSIVE

COVERAGE AT CBNNEWS.COM.

Efrem: IF YOU WANT TO

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

ABOUT THE STORIES YOU'VE

SEEN HERE TODAY, YOU CAN DO

IT ON Facebook OR AT CBN

NEWS AT TWITTER.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

HERE NEXT TIME.

IT IS THURSDAY, MAKE IT A

THANKFUL ONE.

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