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On CBN Newswatch, March 22: Series of attacks hit Brussels airport, subway; Majority of Palestinians support knife attacks on Israelis; Big Wig candidates make case for Israel at AIPAC conference; and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: TODAY ON

"NEWSWATCH," THE DEATH

TOLL RISES AFTER A SERIES

OF ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS.

SEE WHAT'S AHEAD AS

OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR

SUSPECTS.

PLUS, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS

IN CUBA, WORKING TO

RESTORE ECONOMIC TIES.

HEAR WHAT IT COULD MEAN

FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN

THE ISLAND NATION.

AND...

THERE IS NOT ANOTHER

FEELING THAN WALKING WHERE

CHRIST HAS WALKED.

I HAVE BEEN SO MOVED BY

BEING HERE.

I'M SO GLAD I CAME.

Efrem: AND TERRORISM

IN ISRAEL.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW THE

LATEST WAVE OF VIOLENCE IS

IMPACTING VISITS TO THE

HOLY LAND.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US FOR CBN NEUTRAL.

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A

SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS

THROUGHOUT BRUSSELS, AND

MORE THAN 50 WERE INJURED.

THE BLAST OCCURRED AT THE

CITY'S AIRPORT AND AT A

SUBWAY STATION NEAR THE

EUROPEAN UNION.

THE ATTACKS COME JUST DAYS

AFTER POLICE ARRESTED THE

MAIN SUSPECTS IN THE PARIS

ATTACKS.

CHARLENE AARON HAS THIS

STORY.

Charlene: TWO

EXPLOSIONS ROCKED THE

BRUSSELS AIRPORT AS

HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS

WERE TRYING TO CHECK IN

DURING THE EARLY MORNING

RUSH-HOUR.

PASSENGERS WERE EVACUATED

FROM THE TERMINAL WHERE

THE BLASTS OCCURRED.

YOU FELT THE EXPLOSION.

WE ONLY SAW SOME

SMASHED WINDOWS.

WE DIDN'T GET ANY

INFORMATION.

I WALKED THROUGH A

MESS, A LOAD OF STUFF,

SMOKE, WATER DRIPPING FROM

THE CEILING.

WE HAD TO WALK THROUGH

PUDDLES.

AND WE WERE EVACUATED.

Charlene: AND

SEPARATE STRIKES WERE

REPORTED IN VARIOUS

LOCATIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

ANOTHER BLAST AT THE

SUBWAY STATION WAS RIGHT

NEXT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

HEADQUARTERS.

THE AIRPORTS AND SUBWAY

SYSTEMS ARE SHUT DOWN.

BRITISH AIRPORTS ARE

INCREASING SECURITY, AND

PRIME MINISTER CAMERON IS

CONVENING THE GOVERNMENT'S

EMERGENCY COMMITTEE.

THE OFFICIALS CALLED THE

BLASTS TERRORISM, SIMILAR

TO THE ATTACK THAT TOOK

PLACE IN PARIS IN

NOVEMBER, THAT KILLED 130

PEOPLE.

THE BOMBINGS HAPPENED ONLY

DAYS AFTER THE PRIME

SUSPECT IN THE PARIS

ATTACKS, SALA ABSELAM, WAS

ARRESTED.

THIS TINY NEIGHBORHOOD,

CALLED MOLENBEEK HAS

BECOME A PROBLEM FOR

EUROPE AS A WHOLE.

IT IS AN INCUBATOR FOR

RADICAL JIHAD.

IT HAS BECOME A REAL

HOTBED FOR RADICAL IMAMS

AND ISIS SYMPATHIZERS.

WE'VE SEEN SEVER RESIDENTS

OF THAT NEIGHBORHOOD LEAVE

AND GO TO SYRIA TO JOIN

ISIS.

AND NOW THEY'RE COMING

BACK.

Charlene: THE TERROR

THREAT LEVEL IN BELGIUM

HAS BEEN RAISED TO ITS

HIGHEST LEVEL AT ALL

TRANSPORTATION HUBBS.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: A NEW SURVEY

REVEALS MOST PALESTINIANS

IN THE WEST BANK SUPPORT

DAILY STABBING ATTACKS

AGAINST ISRAELIS.

THE INDEPENDENT

PALESTINIAN CENTER SAYS

SUPPORT HAS DROPPED NINE

POINTS IN THE PAST THREE

MONTHS.

TWO-THIRDS PREFER VIOLENCE

OVER PEACEFUL NEGOTIATIONS

IF CURRENT TENSIONS WERE

TO ESCALATE.

> VOTERS IN ARIZONA AND

UTAH HEAD TO THE POLLS.

DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY

CLINTON ARE LOOKING TO PAD

THEIR LEADS.

DEMOCRAT BERNIE SANDERS

AND TED CRUZ AND JOIN JOHN

KASICH ARE GROWING TO

REVERSE BOTH PARTY

FRONT-RUNNERS.

BOTH OF THE CANDIDATES

SPOKE ON MONDAY AT THE

ANNUAL APEC CONFERENCE.

THIS YEAR'S SPEAKERS ARE

MAKING BIG HEADLINES.

DAVID BRODY REPORTS FROM

THE NATION'S CAPITAL.

David: THE BIG

PRO-ISRAEL CONFERENCE ALSO

ATTRACTS AN "A" LIST OF

POLITICAL BIG WIGS,

LOOKING TO SHOW THEIR

SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL.

HILLARY CLINTON IS ONE OF

THEM.

AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS

NEED TO STOP INCITING

VIOLENCE, STOP CELEBRATING

TERRORISTS AS MARTYRS, AND

STOP PAYING REWARDS TO

THEIR FAMILIES.

[APPLAUSE]

David: WHILE HILLARY

CLINTON SHOWED UP AT APEC

HERE IN WASHINGTON, BERNIE

SANDERS DID NOT.

BUT THE BIG EVENT WAS THE

THREE REPUBLICAN

CANDIDATES ON STAGE,

SPECIFICALLY DONALD TRUMP,

WHO HAS SOME WORK TO DO IN

FRONT OF A PRO-ISRAEL

AUDIENCE.

HE IS UNDER CRITICISM FOR

SAYING AS PRESIDENT, HE

WANTS TO BE SEEN AS

NEUTRAL WHILE TRYING TO

NEGOTIATE A PEACE DEAL

BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE

PALESTINIANS.

TED CRUZ TRIED TO HIT HIM

ON THAT.

LET ME BE VERY, VERY

CLEAR: AS PRESIDENT, I

WILL NOT BE NEUTRAL.

AMERICA WILL STAND

UNAPOLOGETICALLY WITH THE

NATION OF ISRAEL.

David: BUT TRUMP'S

REMARKS WERE ANYTHING BUT

NEUTRAL.

IN A CRUCIAL SPEECH, WHERE

HE READ OFF A TELL

PROMPTETELEPROMPTERFOR THE FIRST TIME, HE

READ AN ADDRESS.

I SPEAK TO YOU DAY AS A

LIFE-LONG SUPPORTER AND

TRUE FRIEND OF ISRAEL.

THE PALESTINIANS MUST COME

TO THE TABLE KNOWING THAT

THE BOND BETWEEN THE

UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL

IS ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY

UNBREAKABLE.

AND THEY MUST COME TO THE

TABLE WILLING TO ACCEPT

THAT ISRAEL IS A JEWISH

STATE AND IT WILL FOREVER

EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE.

[APPLAUSE]

David: JOHN KASICH,

WHO IS A DISTANT THIRD IN

THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE,

DIDN'T GO AFTER TRUMP.

INSTEAD, HE PLAYED THE

LEADERSHIP CARD.

AS THE CANDIDATE IN

THIS RACE WITH THE DEEPEST

AND MOST FAR-REACHING

FOREIGN POLICY AND

NATIONAL SECURITY

EXPERIENCE, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, I DON'T NEED

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

David: THE

CONFERENCE'S MAIN GOAL IS

TO GET PARTICIPANT ACTIVE

ON ISSUES THAT MATTER TO

ISRAEL.

AMONG THE KEY CONCERNS IS

THE B.D.S. MOVEMENT THAT

STANDS FOR BOYCOTT,

DIVESTMENTS, SANCTIONS.

CBN WAS ON HAND AT THE

CONFERENCE, TRYING TO DO

THEIR PART TO HELP.

C.E.O. GORDON ROBERTSON

PRESENTED THEIR

DOCUMENTARY, CALLED "THE

HOPE, THE REBIRTH OF

ISRAEL."

THE PURPOSE OF THE

DOCUMENTARY IS

SIGNIFICANT.

Gordon: THE MORE I

GOT INTO IT, THE MORE I

DECIDED THAT THE WORLD

NEEDED TO SEE THIS AND

NEEDED TO BE EDUCATED,

PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF

WHAT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON

WITH THE B.D.S. MOVEMENT

TO TRY TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL.

THE MORE PEOPLE ARE

EDUCATED ON HOW ISRAEL

ACTUALLY CAME TO BE, WHAT

ARE THE HISTORICAL FACTS,

THE BETTER ABLE THEY ARE

TO ARGUE AGAINST B.D.S.

David: THERE IS NO

DOUBT ISRAEL NEEDS

AMERICA'S SUPPORT,

ESPECIALLY AFTER A TENSE

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

SO NOW THESE TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF PRO-ISRAEL

SUPPORTERS HERE IN

WASHINGTON, ARE LOOKING

FOR A NEW PRESIDENT WHO

WILL STAND STRONGER WITH

ISRAEL THAN EVER BEFORE.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: THE F.B.I.

SAYS IT WILL MAY BE ABLE

TO BYPASS APPLE TO UNLOCK

THE iPHONE OF ONE OF THE

SAN BERNARDINO TERRORISTS.

THEY WERE PLANNING TO

REQUEST APPLE BE FORCED TO

UNLOCK THE PHONE.

INSTEAD, AUTHORITIES SAY

THEY MAY BE ABLE TO HACK

INTO THE PHONE FROM A,

QUOTE,"OUTSIDE PARTY."

MILITANTS MURDERED FOR

WORKERS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

TERRORISTS RAIDED THEIR

OFFICES, KILLED THE

TRANSLATORS, AND DESTROYED

MATERIALS.

ONE TRANSLATOR SURVIVED.

THE MINISTRY IS PRAISING

GOD THAT WORK ON EIGHT

PROJECTS WERE NOT

DESTROYED.

A COORDINATOR IS ASKING

FOR PRAYER AS THE MINISTRY

HEALS.

AND SHE SAYS PRAY FOR

THOSE WHO'S HEARTS ARE SO

HARD, PRAY THE LORD WILL

OPEN THEIR EYES TO WHAT

THEY HAVE DONE.

TODAY PRESIDENT OBAMA

HAS BEEN MEETING WITH

CUBAN DISSIDENTS.

AND HE IS SPEAKING OUT FOR

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND

FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

THE VISIT COMES AT A TIME

OF RENEWED OPTIMISM IN THE

CUBAN CHURCH.

HE HAS BEEN ENJOYING SOME

RELAXED RESTRICTIONS, AND

HOPING FOR A FRUITFUL

PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN

CHURCHES.

HEATHER SELLS BRINGS US

THE STORY.

Heather: THOUSANDS OF

CHRISTIANS WORSHIPPED IN A

TWO-NIGHT OPEN-AIR RALLY

IN SANTIAGO.

TOTAL ATTENDANCE FOR THIS

LOCATION AND ANOTHER IN

HAVANA, 25,000.

EVEN MORE REA REMARKABLE, THE

CUBAN GOVERNMENT ALLOWED

IT.

IN RECENT MONTHS, THE

GOVERNMENT HAS INCREASED

ITS ARRESTS OF POLITICAL

DISSIDENTS, SO THIS

ORGANIZER CONSIDERS THESE

EVENTS A MIRACLE.

YOU HAVE TO DO

EVERYTHING LITERALLY BY

FAITH.

BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT SURE IF

THEY'RE GOING TO APPROVE

THE VISAS AND THE

PERMISSION.

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

Heather: WHAT DID

HAPPEN IS AN OUTPOURING OF

THE SPIRIT AS PEOPLE

WORSHIPPED, LISTENED TO

THE TEACHING, AND CAME TO

FAITH IN CHRIST.

MORE THAN 1400 CAME

FORWARD.

WHEN WE SEE SO MANY

PEOPLE GIVING THEIR LIVES

TO JESUS, THAT'S THE FIRST

AND MAIN FRUIT.

Heather: "WORSHIP

24/7," WHICH SPONSORED THE

EVENT, ALSO DISTRIBUTED

30,000 BIBLES.

SO IMPORTANT IN A COUNTRY

WHERE THEY ARE NOT EASILY

FOUND.

CORDONE SAYS BELIEVERS ARE

PLANNING TO LAUNCH A SMALL

CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE AND A

CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL.

THEY'RE ENCOURAGED TO SEE

A YOUNGER GENERATION WITH

NEW IDEAS OF WHAT CAN BE

DONE IN A COUNTRY WHERE

THE CHURCH HAS SUFFERED SO

MUCH FOR DECADES.

I SEE THEY ARE STARTING

DREAMING, THAT THERE IS

NEW HOPE, THAT THEY ARE

GETTING TOOLS, THEY ARE

BEING EMPOWERED.

Heather: MISSIONARIES

SAY CUBAN BELIEVERS ARE

ALSO CAUTIOUSLY OPTMISTIC

ABOUT WORKING WITH

AMERICAN CHURCHES, THANKS

TO THE EASING OF U.S.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS.

THEY WOULD REALLY LOVE

TO HAVE CHURCH-TO-CHURCH

PARTNERSHIPS, WHERE PEOPLE

COULD COME DOWN AND HELP

THEM WE AGRICULTURAL

PROJECTS AND OTHER

BUSINESSES, THAT WOULD

ALLOW THEM NOT ONLY TO

MEET THEIR OWN EXPENSES,

BUT ALSO TO DO THE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH THEY'RE

DREAMING OF DOING.

Reporter: STEWART AND

OTHER MISSIONARIES CAUTION

THAT AMERICANS SHOULD

APPROACH CUBAN CHURCHES

WITH GREAT RESPECT.

IN MANY WAYS, IT IS THE

CUBAN CHURCH THAT COULD

TEACH THE AMERICAN CHURCH.

AS A GLOBAL EXPERT ON

CHURCH PLANNING AND

EVANGELISM IN THE MIDST OF

EXTREME HARDSHIP.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: THE NFL HAS

COME OUT IN OPPOSITION OF

A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL

PASSED BY THE GEORGIA

LEGISLATURE.

THE LAW IS DESIGNED TO

PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RELIGIOUS

OBJECTIONS TO BEING

INVOLVED IN SAME-SEX

MARRIAGES.

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL HAS

RECEIVED A LOT OF PRESSURE

TO VETO THE BILL, NOT ONLY

FROM THE NFL, BUT FROM A

GROUP THAT INCLUDES

HUNDREDS OF MAJOR

COMPANIES.

THE BOARD IS DEFENDING

RELIGIOUS CITIZENS, SAYING

IT IS WRONG TO ACCUSE

PERSONS OF DISCRIMINATION

WHO LIVE AND CONDUCT THEIR

BUSINESSES ACCORDING TO

THEIR DEEPLY-HELD

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

> COMING UP, MODERN-DAY

PILGRIMS TALK ABOUT THEIR

FIRST TRIP TO ISRAEL.

SEE HOW THEIR TOUR OF THE

HOLY LAND MADE THE BIBLE

COME TO LIFE, AFTER THIS.

Efrem: THE JORDIAN

GOVERNMENT WILL INSTALL

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ON

THE TEMPLE MOUNT WITHIN

DAYS.

IT IS A RESPONSE TO

VIOLENCE AT THE HOLY SITE.

BUT ISRAEL WANTS CAMERAS

EVERYWHERE ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT, TO CATCH

PALESTINIANS HIDING

WEAPONS FOR ATTACKS

AGAINST JEWS.

BUT THE COUNTRY OF JORDAN

IS THE CUSTODIAN OF THE

HOLY SITE, AND ITS LEADERS

SAY THEY WILL ONLY ALLOW

THE CAMERAS TO BE PLACED

IN OPEN AREAS.

> WHEN MANY PEOPLE

CONSIDER A TRIP TO ISRAEL,

THEY WONDER, IS IT SAFE?

MOST TOURISTS TO THE HOLY

LAND NOT ONLY FEEL

COMPLETELY SECURE, THEY

DISCOVER A DESTINATION

BEYOND ALL OF THEIR

EXPECTATIONS.

Reporter: MUCH OF THE

WORLD ONLY KNOWS ISRAEL

FROM WHAT IT SEASON

TELEVISION NEWS OR READS

ON THE WEB.

THAT TYPICALLY INCLUDES

IMAGES OF VIOLENCE AND

WORDS LIKE "OPPRESSED."

BASED ON WHAT THE NEWS

MEDIA SHOWS, MANY WOULDN'T

EXPECT TO SEE SHOPPING,

RESTAURANTS, AND PEOPLE

GOING ABOUT THEIR DAILY

LIVES.

FOR EXAMPLE, THIS IS A

MANILA MALL, JUST OUTSIDE

THE WAWSTLE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY,

A COMBINATION OF

RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, AND

CAFES.

PEE TALKED WITWE TALKED WITH FIRST-TIME

TOURISTS ABOUT THE REALITY

THEY EXPERIENCED AFTER

THEIR ARRIVAL.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY WHEN

YOU TOLD THEM YOU'RE GOING

TO COME TO ISRAEL.

THEY QUESTIONED IT.

THEY SAID, DO YOU REALLY

BANT TO DWANT TO DO THAT?

IS IT SAFE?

THEY SAID, ARE YOU

CRAZY?

AND I SAID, NO.

AND NOTHING WAS GOING TO

STOP ME.

NOBODY COULD TALK ME OUT

OF IT.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

FEEL BEFORE YOU CAME?

PROBABLY A LITTLE

APPREHENSIVE, BUT EXCITED.

WE COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE

WHERE CHRIST HAS WALKED.

IT WAS MORE THAN I

EXPECTED.

IT WAS AMAZING.

Reporter: SOME FELT

COMING TO ISRAEL MIGHT

SEND A MESSAGE IN FIGHTING

BACK AGAINST THE GROWTH OF

TERRORISM.

I HAD SOME FRIENDS WHO

SAID, WHY DON'T YOU COME

ALONG.

AND I SAID, I'M NOT SURE I

SHOULD.

IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE

DANGEROUS.

AND THEN I THOUGHT,

GOODNESS, LIFE IS

DANGEROUS.

I CAME FROM THE BOSTON

MARATHON.

I MEAN, THERE IS SO MUCH

GOING ON, I'M NOT GOING TO

WORRY ABOUT IT.

IF YOU STOP MOVING, THE

BAD GUYS WIN.

IT'S RIDICULOUS.

Reporter: TUVIA

ARRANGED THEIR TOUR WITH

AN EYE ON ANCIENT HISTORY

AND CURRENT EVENTS.

I TOLD HIM I WANTED TO

COME OVER HERE AND LOOK AT

THE WORLD THAT IS HERE AND

THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE,

AND THE PLACES WHERE THE

BIBLE EVENTS TOOK PLACE.

AND FOR THEM IT HAS BEEN

AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE.

IT IS IN THE CONTEXT OF

ISRAEL TODAY.

Reporter: TAMMY HAS

LED TOURS HERE FOR MORE

THAN 20 YEARS.

ISRAEL DOESN'T COME IN

THE CATEGORY OF TOURIST

DESTINATIONS.

ISRAEL IS NOT THE BAHAMAS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN PARIS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN WARM.

I BELIEVE ISRAEL IS THE

STAGE OF YOUR FAITH.

AND I BELIEVE COMING TO

ISRAEL WILL ENCOURAGE YOU

IN YOUR WALKING WITH THE

LORD.

Reporter: AND WHAT

WAS IT LIKE AFTER THESE

TOURISTS MADE THEIR LEAP

OF FAITH TO COME TO

ISRAEL?

TO SEE THAT THE

ISRAELIS REALLY HAVE THEIR

ACT TOGETHER.

IT FELT VERY COMFORTABLE.

THE PEOPLE ARE

WONDERFUL.

THEY'RE VERY PROFESSIONAL

AND CARING, AND THEY

REALLY WANT TO MAKE US

FEEL WELCOME.

IT IS A VERY

SOPHISTICATED,

COSMOPOLITAN CITY.

SO WHEN WE GOT HERE,

THERE WAS SUCH A PEACE.

THE WHOLE TIME WE HAVE

BEEN HERE, I HAVE NEVER

FELT NOT SAFE.

Reporter: AND THEY

DID KNOW ISRAEL HAS BEEN

EXPERIENCING ITS OWN WAVE

OF TERROR.

THEY TOLD US THERE WERE

PLACES YOU DEFINITELY

DON'T WANT TO GO.

BUT THERE ARE PLACES IN

ANY CITY IN THE UNITED

STATES YOU DON'T WANT TO

GO TO.

Reporter: THE

JERUSALEM MAYOR TOLD CBN

NEWS DESPITE THE CURRENT

VIOLENCE, JERUSALEM IS A

SAFER CITY THAN MOST.

WE HAVE THE BEST POLICE

IN THE WORLD.

WE HAVE THE BEST SECURITY

FORCES PER CAPITA.

WE'RE AS SAFE AS LONDON,

WHEN YOU REALLY CHECK THE

NUMBERS.

WHEN I FLY TO AMERICA, I

PRAY TO COME BACK HOME

SAFELY TO JERUSALEM

BECAUSE THE CRIME RATES IN

AMERICA ARE SIX TIMES MORE

PER CAPITA THAN IN

JERUSALEM.

Reporter: AND HOW DID

THESE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS

FEEL AFTER WALKING IN THE

STEPS OF JESUS?

IT WAS QUITE MOVING.

IT PLAW BROUGHT ME TO TEARS A

FEW TIMES.

I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER

READ THE BIBLE THE SAME

WAY ANYMORE.

I'VE BEEN SO MOVED BY

BEING HERE.

I WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR

ANYTHING.

I FELT THE LORD WITH ME

THROUGH THIS TRIP.

HE HAS BEEN SPEAKING TO MY

HEART AND DOING GOOD WORK

IN THERE.

AND I WOULDN'T TRADE IT

FOR ANYTHING, EITHER.

I'M SO GLAD I CAME.

Reporter: IT ALSO

BROUGHT THE BIBLE TO LIFE.

FOR ME IT REALLY TIED

THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE

NEW TESTAMENT IN WEIGHS I WAYS I

COULD NOT HAVE DONE HAD I

NOT COME HERE.

I REALLY BELIEVE AFTER

YOU HAVE COME TO ISRAEL,

YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME.

FOR SEVERAL REASONS: FIRST

OF ALL, YOU'LL READ THE

BIBLE IN A DIFFERENT

UNDERSTANDING.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

VISUALIZE WHATEVER YOU

READ, AND YOU'LL BE ABLE

TO UNDERSTAND THE JEWISH

CHRISTIAN BACKGROUND.

AND MY PRAYER IS WHEN YOU

COME TO ISRAEL, YOU WILL

LEAVE HERE PRAYING FOR THE

PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: UP NEXT, A

MOTHER'S HEARTBREAK.

HOW THIS MOM HANDLED THE

SHOCK OF HEARING HER SON

ANNOUNCE HIS IS GAY, EVEN

THOUGH HE WAS RAISED IN A

CHRISTIAN HOME.

Efrem: EACH

DAY WE'RE

ROLE OUT A NEW SEGMENT

FROM A SPECIAL REPORT

CALLED HOMOSEXUAL, A

CHRISTIAN VIEW.

TODAY WE LOOK AT THE

COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN PARENTS AND

CHILDREN.

ACCORDING TO ONE STUDY,

40% OF HOMELESS TEENAGERS

ARE GAY, MANY OF THEM

LIVING ON THE STREETS

BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN

REJECTED BY THEIR

FAMILIES.

CHRISTIAN PARENTS OF GAY

CHILDREN ARE IN A TOUGH

SPOT.

HOW DO THEY HOLD ON TO THE

BIBLICAL VIEW ON

HOMOSEXUALITY, AND AT THE

SAME TIME LOVE THEIR

CHILDREN UNCONDITIONALLY.

FOR ONE MOTHER, IT ALL

BEGAN WITH A LETTER.

I RECEIVED A LETTER

FROM HIM EXPLAINING TO ME

THAT IT WAS SOMETHING HE

COULDN'T KEEP ANY LONGER.

AND THAT HE BELIEVED

HIMSELF TO BE GAY.

HE SAID THAT HE WAS

PREPARED TO LOSE HIS

FAMILY OVER IT.

I JUST REMEMBER, YOU KNOW,

OF COURSE A SINKING HEART,

BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO DO

ANYTHING WRONG.

WHEN MY MOM GOT THE

LETTER, SHE E-MAILED ME

AND TOLD ME SHE LOVED ME

AND THAT SHE NEEDED TO

PROCESS IT.

AND I WAS CONSCIOUS OF THE

FACT IT HAD TAKEN ME ABOUT

EIGHT TO 10 YEARS TO FEEL

COMFORTABLE SAYING IT TO

HER, AND I NEEDED TO ALLOW

HER THE TIME TO PROCESS IT

FULLY.

I KNEW WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAID, AND I KNEW

HOW GOD FEELS ABOUT IT,

AND I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

TRANSCEND THE LOVE OF MY

CHILD INTO IMMEDIATELY

GOING INTO, YOU KNOW,

YOU'VE BEEN RAISED IN THE

CHURCH.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT

GOD'S BEST FOR YOU.

I WASN'T THINKING THAT WAS

WHAT I NEEDED TO BE

SAYING.

I JUST BEGAN TO SEEK AS

MUCH INFORMATION AS I

COULD.

I CONTACTED DIFFERENT

ORGANIZATIONS AND JUST

BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE WHAT

I COULD DO.

ONCE WE DID START

SPEAKING AGAIN, WE REALLY

HAD TO -- SHE WAS LEARNING

SOMETHING KNEW ABOUT ME,

AND I HAD TO LEARN WHAT

LIMITS I HAD IN REALLY

TALKING TO HER ABOUT MY

LIFE.

IT WAS AN AWKWARD FEW

YEARS OF DANCING AROUND

SOMETHING THAT WAS THE

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

WHEN I BEGAN TO TALK

WITH CLOSE FRIENDS, AND,

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE, LIKE,

OH, THIS IS AWFUL.

YOU DON'T LET HIM IN THE

HOUSE, DO YOU?

THERE IS NOT THAT

ACCEPTANCE OF THE

PERSONHOOD OF THE CHILD,

WHICH I THINK A PARENT

JUST WANTS THAT.

I'M NOT ASHAMED OF MY

CHILD.

I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE

PERSON HE IS.

HE IS AN INCREDIBLE

PERSON.

YOU'RE STILL DEALING

WITH THE TYPICAL

PARENT-CHILD STUFF, AND

THEN YOU JUST HAVE THIS

EXTRA LAYER ON TOP OF IT.

BUT I DO THINK THAT THE

FRANKNESS THAT NOW EXISTS

IN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

MOM, BECAUSE OF THE WAY IN

WHICH I CAME OUT TO HER,

HAS MADE THAT BETTER.

I NO LONGER FEEL LIKE THE

BLACK SHEEP BECAUSE I'M

THE GAY SON.

I DO THINK THAT MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MOM

IS A BIG PART OF THAT.

I JUST FEEL IN MY

HEART, WHEN I BEGAN MY

QUEST IS, I'M A MOM, AND,

YOU KNOW, I LOVE MY CHILD.

SO I WAS GOING TO KEEP

LOVING HIM THROUGH THIS.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT IS NOT

ANYTHING THAT WILL EVER BE

EASY FOR ME, BUT I'VE NOT

REJECTED MY CHILD.

Efrem: AND TO WATCH

THE ENTIRE SPECIAL, AS

WELL AS FULL INTERVIEWS

AND OTHER RESOURCES,

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

THAT IS

CBNNEWS.COM/CHRISTIAN

VIEWS.

STAY WITH US; WE'RE COMING

RIGHT BACK.

Efrem: IT IS TIME FOR

YOUR TUESDAY TWEETABLE.

HERE IS A THOUGHT TO

CONSIDER AS WE CONTINUE TO

CELEBRATE THIS EASTER

SEASON: CHRIST DID NOT DIE

TO GIVE US RELIGION.

HE DIED TO RESTORE US TO A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

AND THAT RELATIONSHIP IS

BIGGER THAN ANY RELIGION.

IT IS AN OPEN INVITATION

TO SPEAK AND BE WITH HIM

EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY.

CONSIDER THAT AND MAKE

THIS TUESDAY A TERRIFIC

ONE.

> THAT IS GOING TO DO IT

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