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CBN NewsWatch: June 7, 2016

On CBN Newswatch, June 7: Too soon? Media declares Clinton the presumptive nominee; The United States’ influence on China’s LGBT community, and more. Read Transcript


THANKS FOR JOINING US

FOR CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M CHARLENE AARON.

THE NEWS MEDIA HAS

PREEMPTED TODAY'S

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES,

DECLARING HILLARY CLINTON

THE WINNER.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS

CLINTON HAS ALL OF THE

DELEGATES NEEDED TO SECURE

THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION,

BUT BERNIE SANDERS IS

QUITTING, AND HE IS

PUSHING FOR A LASTING

IMPACT ON THE DEMOCRATIC

PARTY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT

COMES TO ISRAEL.

Reporter: HILLARY

CLINTON HAS THE 2,383

DELEGATES NEEDED TO CLINCH

THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION

ACCORDING TO THE

ASSOCIATED PRESS.

SUPER DELEGATES PUTTING

HER OVER THE TOP BEFORE

TODAY'S PRIMARIES EVEN

STARTED.

WE HAVE A REALLY

IMPORTANT ELECTION NOW.

Reporter: STILL,

CLINTON URGED VOTERS TO

HEAD TO THE POLLS IN THE

SIX STATES SET TO VOTE

TODAY, INCLUDING THE

BIGGEST, CALIFORNIA.

WE'RE GOING TO COME OUT

OF THE PRIMARY EVEN

STRONGER TO TAKE ON DONALD

TRUMP.

Reporter: BERNIE

SANDERS' CAMPAIGN IS

ACCUSING THE MEDIA OF

RUSHING TO JUDGMENT,

SAYING IN A STATEMENT, IT

IS WRONG TO COUNT THE

VOTES OF SUPER DELEGATES

BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY VOTE

AT THE CONVENTION THIS

SUMMER.

SECRETARY CLINTON DOES NOT

HAVE, AND WILL NOT HAVE,

THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF

DELEGATES TO SECURE THE

NOMINATION.

THE SUPER DELEGATES WON'T

ACTUALLY VOTE UNTIL

JULY 26th, AND SANDERS

INTENDS TO SPEND THE TIME

UNTIL THEM CONVINCING THEM

HE IS THE STRONGER

CANDIDATE.

SANDERS MAY BE ON HIS WAY

OUT, BUT HE IS LEAVING A

LASTING IMPACT, TRYING TO

CHANGE THE PARTY'S

PLATFORM ON ISRAEL.

SANDERS WOULD LIKE TO

INCLUDE IN THE PLATFORM

EXPLICIT REFERENCES TO THE

ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF

PALESTINIAN LANDS,

RECOGNIZING PALATINE'S

RIGHT TO STATEHOOD.

HE HAS NAMED SOME

PRO-PALESTINIANS TO THE

PLATFORM CLINIC, INCLUDING

THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE

B.D.S. MOVEMENT, BOYCOTT,

DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS.

THERE ARE SOME INDICATION

THAT THE PARTY'S

GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS ARE

ALREADY MOVING TOWARDS THE

PALESTINIAN SIDE AND AWAY

FROM ISRAEL.

A RECENT PEW RESEARCH

CENTER ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A

DECADE, THE PERCENTAGE OF

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SIM

THEEFSIM PATHSIZING WITH THE

PALESTINIANS STRONGER.

THE DEMOCRATS COULD BE

MOVING TOWARDS MORE

SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN,

AND POSSIBLY LESS FOR

ISRAEL IN THE FUTURE.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Charlene: TROPICAL

STORM COLIN MADE LANDSIDE.

IT FORCED GOVERNOR RICK

SCOTT TO DECLARE A STATE

OF EMERGENCY ON MONDAY.

MEANWHILE, "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS HELPING FLOOD

VICTIMS IN TEXAS.

HISTORIC FLOODING IN THE

LONE STAR STATE HAS BEEN

DEADLY AND HAS FORCED MANY

FROM THEIR HOMES.

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

NOW ON THE SCENE TO HELP

THE VICTIMS.

A TRUCKLOAD OF FOOD AND

HYGIENE ITEMS ARRIVED

TODAY TO HELP THOSE WERE

SOME OF THE ITEMS THEY

LOST, AND WE PREPARE TO

COORDINATE VOLUNTEERS TO

HELP GUT HOMES AND HELP

GET THINGS CLEANED UP.

Charlene: "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS ALSO OFFERING

PRAYER AND COMFORT FOR

THOSE IN THE REGION.

> AUTHORITIES HAVE

DECIDED NOT TO FILE

CHARGES OF THE PARENTS OF

THE BOY WHO FELL INTO THE

ZOO ENCLOSURE.

SOME OF THEM HAVE CALLED

FOR THE BOY'S MOTHER TO BE

CHARGED.

BUT THE PROSECUTOR SAYS

THE MOM DID NOTHING WRONG.

SHE WAS BEING ATTENTIVE

TO HER CHILDREN, BY ALL

WITNESS ACCOUNTS, AND THE

3-YEAR-OLD JUST SCAMPERED

OFF.

AND IF ANYONE DOESN'T

BELIEVE A 3-YEAR-OLD CAN

SCAMPER OFF VERY QUICKLY,

THEY'VE NEVER HAD KIDS.

Charlene: THE

PROSECUTOR SAYS THE ZOO

DID LOSE A BEAUTIFUL

ANIMAL, BUT HE POINTS OUT

THAT A GORILLA IS STILL AN

ANIMAL IS NOT EQUAL TO A

HUMAN LIFE.

> A GROUP OF MODERN DAY

CHRISTIAN ABOLITIONISTS

ARE USING A MODERN SHOW ON

SLAVERY.

Reporter: A MODERN

EXHIBIT IN LONDON MIGHT

SEEM LIKE A STRETCH, BUT

IT WAS AN IDEA SENT FROM

GOD IN A DREAM.

ACCORDING TO MIRABEL

GALVIN.

I'VE BEEN SAYING, WHAT

CAN I DO, HOW CAN I BEST

SERVE IN THIS AREA.

AND I ALSO HAVE HAD

ANOTHER DREAM.

I BELIEVE IN A GOD WHO

SPEAKS THROUGH DREAM, AND

HE GAVE ME A DREAM ABOUT

DOING A GARDEN, WHICH

SPOKE ABOUT MODERN

SLAVERY.

Reporter: WE CAUGHT

UP WITH MIRABEL'S DESIGNER

AS SHE WAS WORKING HARD TO

PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES

ON THE DISPLAY.

I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE

FACT THAT MODERN SLAVERY

IS A CRIME THAT IS HIDDEN,

WHEREAS OLD SLAVERY WAS

ACCEPTABLE FOR ONE PERSON

TO OWN ANOTHER PERSON.

THESE DAYS IT IS ILLEGAL.

SO IT IS A HIDDEN CRIME,

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

AND I THOUGHT THE EASIEST

WAY TO DO THAT WAS TO

PLACE SOME DOORS IN THE

GARDEN.

SO THERE ARE FRONT DOORS,

TYPICAL ENGLISH FRONT

DOORS, STANDING UPRIGHT IN

THE GARDEN.

AND THEY ARE BRIGHTLY

COLORED, WITH LOVELY

PLANTING AROUND THE FRONT

OF THEM.

BUT THEN BEHIND THOSE

DOORS, IN THE CENTER OF

THE GARDEN, IT REPRESENTS

THE CAPTIVE SPACE OF

MODERN SLAVES.

SO IT IS DARK AND THERE IS

NO PLANT LIFE.

Reporter: THE MODERN

SLAVERY GARDEN IS MEANT TO

RAISE AWARENESS THERE ARE

27 MILLION SLAVES IN THE

WORLD TODAY.

THE CHALLENGE IN FIGHTING

THE MODERN SLAVERY

MOVEMENT IS THAT IT IS

LARGELY UNSEEN.

OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF

MIND.

WHETHER PEOPLE ARE

WORKING IN BRUSSELS,

CANNABIS FARMS AND

DOMESTIC, ALL OF THE FORMS

OF SLAVERY IS LARGELY

HIDDEN.

Reporter: MIRABEL IS

URGING PEOPLE TO FIND OUT

IF THERE IS SLAVERY IN THE

PRODUCTS THAT PURCHASE, BY

TAKING A PHOTO OF THE

PRODUCT THEY PURCHASE WITH

THE HASHTAG, ARE THERE

SLAVES.

IF A WHOLE ARMY OF

PEOPLE ARE ASKING A

QUESTION OF THE COMPANY,

IS THERE SLAVERY IN YOUR

SUPPLY CHAIN, OBVIOUSLY,

THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO

PAY ATTENTION.

Reporter: WE'RE HAPPY

TO REPORT THAT THE MODERN

SLAVERY GARDEN WAS AWARDED

A GOLD MEDAL.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS,

LONDON.

Charlene: FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN 200 YEARS, A

TEAM OF EXPERTS HAS

STARTED RENOVATIONS ON A

SITE THAT SOME SAY WAS THE

TOMB OF JESUS.

THE PROJECT IS HAPPENING

IN THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY

SEPPLECUR.

EXPERTS HOPE THEY WERE CAN

UNCOVER HISTORY IN THE

HOLY PLACE.

IT IS A HOLY PLACE.

THERE ARE LAYERS OF

HISTORY OF HUMAN

CONSTRUCTIONS AND

RECONSTRUCTIONS AROUND AND

INVOLVING CHRIST.

AND WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING

TO DO IS TO DOCUMENT AND

MONITOR ALL OF THE LAYERS

OF HISTORY, WHICH ARE

GIVEN MATERIAL TO SCHOLARS

FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS

AROUND THE GLOBE.

AND THIS IS ASYLUM TO

EVERYBODY.

Charlene: THE PROJECT

IS EXPECTED TO COST ABOUT

$3.3 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS.

> A MAN IN NEW YORK IS

SHOWING OFF HIS

MEMORIZATION SKILLS ACROSS

THE COUNTRY.

HE HAS COMMITTED 20 BOOKS

OF THE BIBLE TO MEMORY.

THAT'S ABOUT A THIRD OF

THE KING JAMES' VERSION.

TOM MEYER TRAVELS THE

COUNTRY PERFORMING A

UNIQUE ONE-PERN SHOW,

WHERE HE RECITES MEMORIZED

SCRIPTURE.

GENERALLY HE PRESENTS ONE

BOOK PER APPEARANCE.

HIS MOST POPULAR REQUESTS

ARE THE BOOK OF GENESIS

AND REVELATION.

HE SAYS HE STARTED

MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE AS A

BORED KID IN CHURCH.

I WOULD JUST READ THE

FAMOUS STORIES IN THE

BIBLE AND JUST BE AMAZED

AT HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY WERE

AND HOW INTERESTING THEY

WERE WITH JUST THE WORDS

THEMSELVES.

Charlene: TOM SAYS

HIS MAIN MISSION IN

MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE IS TO

INSPIRE PEOPLE.

> COMING UP, HOW THE

SUCCESS OF GAY ACTIVISTS

IN THE U.S. IS FUELING THE

GAY MOVEMENT IN CHINA.

SEE HOW THE CHURCH IS

RESPONDING WITH LOVE AND

TRUTH.

Charlene: LAST YEAR'S

SUPREME COURT'S DECISION

ON LEGALIZING SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE IS HAVING AN

IMPACT BEYOND THE SHORES

OF THE UNITED STATES.

NOW CHANGE IN AMERICA IS

BRINGING INCREASED DEMANDS

FOR SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE IN

CHINA.

MING FE LI HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: THE CHINESE

LGBT COMMUNITY IS CHANGING

SOCIETY.

ACCORDING TO CHINA'S

HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THERE

ARE APPROXIMATELY THREE

MILLION MALE HOMOSEXUALS

IN THE COUNTRY.

THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO

RISE RAPIDLY.

MOST OLDER CHINESE PEOPLE

BELIEVE GAY MARRIAGE IS

SHAMEFUL TO THE FAMILY.

THEY BELIEVE GAY MARRIAGE

DEVALUES TRADITIONAL

CHINESE CULTURE.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

THERE IS NO WAY I CAN

ACCEPT THIS.

HAPPY MARRIAGES SHOULD

ONLY HAPPEN BETWEEN A MAN

AND A WOMAN.

NO LAW SHOULD CHANGE THAT.

Reporter: HOWEVER,

MILLENNIALS IN BEIJING

EXPRESS CHEERFUL

ACCEPTANCE AND POSITIVE

SUPPORT.

MAE BELIEVSUPPORT.

THEY BELIEVE TRUE LEAVE

SHOULD BE AMONG ANY TWO.

I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY

CHINESE PEOPLE CAN'T

ACCEPT IT.

IT IS HONORED IN THE

UNITED STATES TODAY.

PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO THE

U.S. TO PROTECT THEIR TRUE

LOVE.

Reporter: DIAMOND HAS

BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR

THE CHINESE LGBT COMMUNITY

FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS.

HE SAYS THE U.S. SUPREME

COURT DECISION IS

ENCOURAGING TO THE LGBT

COMMUNITY.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

MANY OF OUR MEMBERS ARE

THRILLED ABOUT THIS NEWS.

Reporter: DESPITE THE

NEWS, DIAMOND MENTIONS

MEMBERS IN THE LGBT GROUP

IN CHINA ARE SLOWLY

FIGHTING THROUGH SOME

MAJOR OBSTACLES.

FOR EXAMPLE, TWO CHINESE

YOUNG MEN FROM THE

CHUNGSHA PROVINCE FAILED

TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE.

THEY HELD A HUGE CEREMONY

TO SHOW THEIR TRUE LOVE TO

THE WORLD.

MANY OF THEM ARE STILL

STRUGGLING FOR SOCIAL

ACCEPTANCE.

PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW

CHALLENGING IT IS.

OUR MEMBERS WENT THROUGH

MANY COUNSELLING SESSIONS

JUST TO LEARN HOW TO TELL

THE TRUTH TO THEIR OWN

FAMILY MEMBERS.

WE ARE CONFIDENT THE

CHINESE LGBT WILL HAVE A

BETTER FUTURE.

Reporter: THEY ARE

EAGER TO SHARE THEIR

VIEWS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

HISTORY, GAY MARRIAGES ARE

OPENLY DISCUSSED AMONG

CHINESE CHRISTIANS.

THE CHINESE CHURCH LEADERS

WANT TO POINT THE

CONGREGATION IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

Through Translator:

IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEGREES

THIS ISSUADDRESSTHIS ISSUE RIGHT NOW.

WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR

WE DO NOT TEACH HATRED.

Reporter: CHINESE GAY

ACTIVISTS ARE PUSHING FOR

CHANGE THAT COULD VERY

WELL REACH EVERY CORNER OF

CHINESE SOCIETY.

MEANWHILE, CHINESE

CHURCHES WILL CONTINUE TO

CHALLENGE THEIR

CONGREGATIONS TO JOIN THE

DISCUSSION.

SOME CHURCHES ARE EVEN

WILLING TO HOST OPEN

DISCUSSIONS WITH LGBT

MEMBERS,O HELP THEM FIND

THE TRUTH.

CHINESE CHURCHES CLARIFY

IT IS MORE JUST WINNING

THE ARGUMENT.

IT IS ABOUT EXCHANGING

VIEWS AND UNDERSTANDING

THE TRUTH.

FOR CBN NEWS, MUNG FE LI.

Charlene: UP NEXT, HE

IS AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE

COMEDIENNE.

SHANDA PIERCE REMEMBERS

THE TIME WHEN SHE WAS

LAUGHING IN THE DARK, WHEN

WE RETURN.

Charlene: SHONDA

PIERCE HAS WON MORE AWARDS

THAN ANY OTHER WOMAN IN

COMEDY.

NOT LONG AGO, LAUGHTER

WASN'T EAS EASY FOR THE

CHRISTIAN COMEDIENNE.

SHE BATTLED DEPRESSION AND

LOSS JUST AS A FILM CREW

SAT DOWN WITH HER.

I MARRIED A MAN.

I DID MY PART.

41 YEARS I'VE BEEN MARRIED

TO THE SAME MAN.

DON'T CLAP, YOU DON'T KNOW

HIM.

Reporter: SHONDA

PIERCE HAS BEEN SERVING UP

LAUGHTER TO SELLOUT CROWD

TO SELLOUT CWD FOR

YEARS.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE

FUNNY?

OH, DEAR LORD.

MY MOTHER USED TO GET

TICKLED AT ME WHEN SHE WAS

TRYING TO SUBPOENAING ME.

SPANK ME.

AND SO IF I COULD MAKE HER

LAUGH, SHE WOULD QUIT

SPANKING ME.

I WAS ALWAYS PRONE TO

AUDITION FOR THE FUNNY

ROLES INSTEAD OF THE

LEADING LADY.

I WANTED WHATEVER WAS

GOING TO MAKE THE CROWD

LAUGH.

I HAD A TENDENCY TO LEAN

THAT WAY, WITHOUT EVEN

KNOWING THERE WAS SUCH A

THING AS A STAND-UP

COMEDIENNE.

Efrem: SHE BEGAN HER

CAREER BY IMITATING MINNIE

PEARL.

CAN YOU STILL DO MINNIE

PEARL?

OH, YES.

HOWDY!

AND I STILL LOVE IT AND

DOGS STILL BARK.

Efrem: SHE HAS COME A

LONG WAY SINCE THOSE DAYS.

SHE IS THE LEADING FEMALE

COMEDIENNE IN THE COUNTRY.

HE WILL SUCK THE WALLS

THROUGH HIS NOSTRILS.

[LAUGHTER]

WHICH WAS MY DREAM AS A

YOUNG CHILD, WHEN I GROW

UP, I WANT TO MARRY A

ROOTING PIG SOME DAY.

Efrem: HOW DO YOU

BECOME THE MOST REWARDED

FEMALE COMIC?

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE

DAY I GOT A CALL OR A

LETTER FROM THE R.R.I.A.,

THE PEOPLE THAT GIVE YOU

GOLD RECORDS AND PLATINUM

C.D.s.

THEY HAD A LITTLE FUNCTION

FOR ME IN NASHVILLE, AND I

WENT AND GOT MY LITTLE

AWARD.

AND I SAID, I FIND THIS SO

HARD TO BELIEVE, THERE ARE

SO MANY WONDERFUL COMICS

OUT THERE.

AND THEY GO, WE KNOW.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHO YOU

WERE, EITHER.

THAT HUMBLES YOU REAL

QUICK.

Efrem: AND AUDIENCES

HAVE MADE HER THE QUEEN OF

CLEAN.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO BE

CLEAN AND FUNNY?

I DON'T THINK IT IS.

I NEVER HAD TO CLEAN UP MY

MOUTH TOO MUCH.

I GREW UP IN THE BIBLE

BELT AND A PREACHER'S KID.

I COULDN'T STRING A TON OF

CUSS WORDS TOGETHER IF I

TRIED -- WELL, I PROBABLY

COULD IF I GOT REALLY,

REALLY MAD.

BUT IT WASN'T IN MY

UPBRINGING.

IT IS NOT EVEN BACK IN THE

RECESSES OF MY MIND.

IF I STUB MY TOE, I'M

GOING TO SAY FIDDLE STICKS

OR OUCH.

IT IS NOT THAT IT HAS BEEN

HARD TO STAY CLEAN; IT HAS

BEEN HARD TO MAKE A NAME

FOR YOURSELF IN THE COMEDY

WORLD BEING A CLEAN COMIC.

Efrem: LOOKING TO

EXPAND HER REACH A FEW

YEARS AGO, SHONDA AND HER

TEAM DECIDED TO PRODUCE A

DOCUMENTARY ON HER LIFE.

A LOT HAPPENED DURING

THAT, BUT I'M SURE YOU DID

THE NOT ANTICIPATE THAT

WHEN THE CAMERAS STARTED

ROLLING?

NO, WE DID NOT.

WE GOT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT

MOVIE THAN I THINK WE WERE

GOING TO GO AFTER.

GOOD MORNING WITH SOME

SAD NEWS TO REPORT.

OUR DEAR FRIEND, CHRISTIAN

COMEDIENNE SHONDA PIERCE'S

HUSBAND OF 31 YEARS, DAVID

PIERCE, DIED FOLLOWING

BRAIN SURGERY ON TUESDAY

NIGHT.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

GO OUT TO HER AND HER TWO

CHILDREN.

TUESDAY NIGHT SHONDA'S

POST SIMPLY READ: "DAVID

IS HOME."

Efrem: AND WHILE

FILMING, SHONDA ALSO LOST

HER MOTHER AND OPENED UP

ABOUT HER HUSBAND'S BATTLE

WITH ALCOHOLMENT.

>ALCOHOL.

I DIDN'T DRINK IN HIGH

SCHOOL.

I DIDN'T DRINK IN COLLEGE.

I DIDN'T DRING FOR THE

FIRST 20 YEARS OF OUR

MARRIAGE.

DEATH PUTS A THE LOT OF

THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE.

THE RECOGNITION THAT YOU

CAN'T DO ANYTHING OVER.

YOU CAN NEVER SAY ANOTHER

WORD TO THAT HUMAN BEING

AGAIN -- THAT WILL CHANGE

YOU.

Efrem: AND THE

DOCUMENTARY IS CALLED

"LAUGHING IN THE DARK."

MY PERSONAL LIFE TOOK

SUCH A TURN THAT THE STORY

BECAME ABOUT SURVIVING,

AND GOD'S GRACE IN THE

MIDDLE OF SURVIVING.

HOW DO YOU TELL A WORLD

THAT JESUS IS GOOD WHEN

EVERYTHING IS FALLING

APART -- HOW DO YOU DO

THAT?

AND HOW DO YOU KEEP MAKING

A LIVING AS A COMIC WHEN

YOUR MOTHER PASSES AND

YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH

YOUR KIDS AND YOUR HUSBAND

PASSES -- HOW DO YOU DO

THAT?

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THE

MOVIE BECAME, HOW DO YOU

LAUGH EVEN IN THE DARK?

Efrem: IN SHARING HER

LIFE, SHONDA IS OPEN ABOUT

BATTLING DEPRESSION.

WHEN I WATCHED THAT

MOVIE, WHEN I SAW THAT ON ON

THE BIG SCREEN, I REMEMBER

GOING, WOW, THAT YOUNG

LADY HAS BEEN THROUGH SO

MUCH.

AND I'M SO PROUD OF HER.

IT ALMOST FELT LIKE AN

OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE.

SO WHAT I'M HOPING IS NOW

THAT IT IS RELEASED ON

D.V.D., AND PEOPLE CAN

WATCH IT IN A MORE

INTIMATE SETTING, MY

PRAYER IS IT DOES OPEN A

DIALOGUE ABOUT ADDICTION

AND DEPRESSION AND

SEPARATION AND ANXIETY --

ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT

WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO NOT

WANT TO TALK ABOUT AS

CHRISTIANS.

Efrem: SHONDA WILL

ALSO KEEP TALKING ABOUT

THEM, NOW THAT SHE IS BACK

ON THE ROAD DOING COMEDY.

ONE OF MYFAVORITE

COMEDIENNES, LUCILLE BALL

SAID, I'M NOT FUNNY; I'M

BRAVE.

I OPEN UP TO PEOPLE ABOUT

MY PAIN AND THE STRUGGLES

IN MY OWN LIFE WITH A FEW

JOKES THROWN IN HERE AND

THERE.

WE LAUGH TOGETHER, WE CRY

TOGETHER, WE'RE TELLING

EACH OTHER STORIES.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MAKES

ME BRAVE, BUT I DO KNOW IT

MAKES ME BLESSED.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, NASHVILLE,

TENNESSEE.

Charlene: THIS

REMARKABLE DOCUMENTARY

ABOUT SHONDA PIERCE IS

CALLED "LAUGHING IN THE

DARK," AND YOU CAN FIND

OUT HOW TO BUY IT AND THE

BIBLE STUDY THAT GOES

ALONG WITH IT BY GOING TO

cbnnews.com.

Charlene: SINCE THE

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE

OF ISRAEL, MILLIONS OF

JEWS HAVE MOVED THERE.

LIKE ALON AND HANNA WAGNER

AND THEIR FIVE CHILDREN.

AFTER THEY MOVED FROM THE

UNITED STATES, THEY FOUND

IT HARD TO MAKE A LIVING

IN THEIR NEW HOME.

THEY EVEN HAD A TOUGH TIME

PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE,

UNTIL THEY OPENED THEIR

DOOR TO CBN ISRAEL.

Reporter: ALON AND

HANNA WAGNER ARE MESSIANIC

JEWS, WHO IMMIGRATED TO

JERUSALEM FROM THE UNITED

STATES WITH THEIR

CHILDREN.

WE REALLY WANTED TO BE

IN THE CENTER OF GOD'S

WILL.

WE KNEW THAT WAS HIS WILL,

FOR US TO RETURN TO

JERUSALEM, TO ISRAEL.

Reporter: THEY TRIED

TO START A CLEANING

BUSINESS, LIKE THE ONE

THEY HAD IN AMERICA, BUT

SOON WOUND UP IN DEBT.

IN THE BEGINNING, I

THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE

LIKE IN THE STATES.

BUT HERE IT IS DIFFICULT

BECAUSE THE MONEY THAT I

MAKE, THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH.

IT WAS JUST A LOT OF

STRESS IN ADAPTING TO THE

CULTURE, TO THE COUNTRY.

IT WAS A LOT OF MIXED

EMOTIONS.

Reporter: THE WAGNERS

KEPT WORKING AND BELIEVING

GOD WOULD HELP THEM, BUT

THERE WERE DAYS WHEN THEY

STRUGGLED TO GET BY.

THERE WERE A FEW TIMES

THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH

FOR FOOD.

SOMETIMES MY WIFE SAID,

WE DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO

EAT.

SO THAT WAS VERY HARD FOR

ME.

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN

A FRIEND FROM THEIR

MESSIANIC CONGREGATION

TOLD THEM ABOUT CBN

ISRAEL.

FIRST, WE MADE SURE THE

FAMILY HAD ENOUGH FOOD TO

MAKE IT THROUGH THE TOUGH

TIME.

THEN WE EVEN GOT THEM A

PROFESSIONAL FLOOR

POLISHER SO THEY COULD DO

LARGER, BETTER-PAYING

JOBS.

THEY GOT ME THE

MACHINE, AND I USE THE

MACHINE AND WE MADE MONEY.

WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE

CAN GIVE THE TESTIMONY TO

THE OTHERS.

WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO

CBN AND TO THIS MINISTRY.

MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU WILL

RECEIVE 100 TIMES WHAT YOU

HAVE GIVEN.

THE GOD OF AB ABRAHAM, ISAAC,

AND JACOB WOULD BLESS YOU

ABUNDANTLY.

Charlene: THAT IS

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TO

SEE THAT CBN IS WORKING IN

THE LIFESTYLE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN

ISRAEL AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

AT cbnnews.com.

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