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CBN NewsWatch: November 30, 2016

On CBN Newswatch, November 30: Trump to leave business empire to focus on 'making America great again'; ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio university attack, and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: STRAIGHT AHEAD

ON "NEWSWATCH,"

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD

TRUMP FILLS MORE KEY

POLES, AND MAKES A BIG

ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIS FAMILY

BUSINESS.

WE'VE GOT ALL OF THE

LATEST ON THE TRUMP

TRANSITION.

> AND WHEN ARSONISTS LET

ISRAEL'S FORESTS, WE'LL

SHOW YOU HOW THIS BRAVE

AMERICANS RUSHED IN TO

HYPE.

HELP.

AND WHY THESE REFUGEES

COULD BE FORCED INTO A

HOTBED OF ISLAMIC

VIOLENCE.

> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

DONALD TRUMP IS RACING

TOWARDS THE PRESIDENCY

WITH MORE CABINET PICKS, A

TWITTER FIRESTORM, AND A

BIG WIN ON JOBS.

AND AMERICAN COMPANY

ANNOUNCING IT WILL NO

LONGER MOVE TO MEXICO

BECAUSE OF TRUMP.

AND THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

TWEETING TODAY HE IS GOING

TO STEP DOWN FROM HIS

FAMILY BUSINESS SO HE CAN

FOCUS ON RUNNING THE

COUNTRY.

OUR HEATHER SELLS IS ON

THIS STORY.

Heather: A HEAVY

STREAM OF VISITORS AT

TRUMP TOWERS THIS WEEK

PROVIDES A GLIMPSE FOR THE

CABINET POSTS.

AMONG THE LATEST, STEVEN

MINUTIN.

HE WILL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN

SHAPING TRUMP'S TAX

POLICY.

ALSO WILBUR ROSS FOR

COMMERCE SECRETARY, AND

ELAINE CHOW FOR SECRETARY

OF TRANSPORTATION.

SHE SERVED UNDER THE

SECOND PRESIDENT BUSH, AND

SHE IS THE WIFE OF

MITCHELL McCONNELL.

AND TRUMP APPARENTLY

OFFERED A POST TO ROBERT

JOHNSON, THE FOUNDER OF

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT

TELEVISION.

HE DECLINED, SAYING THAT

AS ENTREPRENEUR, HE DIDN'T

WANT TO O GO INTO

GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY.

BUT HE SAID HE NEVER

THOUGHT TRUMP WAS A

RACIST.

FOR NOW, THE BIGGEST

QUESTION IS WHO WILL GET

THE NOD FOR SECRETARY OF

STATE.

FOR DAYS TRUMP HAS BEEN

MEETING WITH POTENTIAL

CANDIDATES.

THE SECRETARY OF

STATE'S ROLE IS SO

IMPORTANT TO A PRESIDENT.

HE NEEDS TO CHOOSE SOMEONE

HE IS VERY COMFORTABLE

WITH.

Reporter: IN ADDITION

TO TALKING WITH SENATOR

BOB CORKER, TRUMP ENJOYED

A DINNER WITH MITT ROMNEY

TUESDAY NIGHT.

ROMNEY, DESPITE CALLING

TRUMP A PHONY AND FRAUD

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, NOW

PRAISING TRUMP FOR HIS

VICTORY IN THE ELECTION

AND HIS MESSAGE OF

INCLUSION.

I'VE BEEN IMPRESSED BY

WHAT I'VE SEEN IN THESE

TRANSITION EFFORTS.

Heather: AND ALSO UP

FOR A POST IS DAVID

PETRAEUS.

HE CREATED A BIT OF A

FIRESTORM ON TWITTER,

SAYING THAT NOBODY SHOULD

BE ALLOWED TO BURN THE

AMERICAN FLAG.

IF THEY DO, THERE MUST BE

CONSEQUENCES, PERHAPS LOSS

OF CITIZENSHIP OR A YEAR

IN JAIL.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS

RULED THAT FLAG-BURNING IS

CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED

SPEECH.

EVEN SO, MANY AMERICANS

AGREE WITH TRUMP, AND

HILLARY CLINTON ALSO ONCE

TRIED TO CRIMINALIZE FLAG

BURNING.

ONE BIG WIN FOR DONALD

TRUMP, WORD OF A CAMPAIGN

PROMISE TO KEEP JOBS IN

AMERICA.

THIS TIME THE INDIANA AIR

CONDITIONING COMPANY

CARRIER.

IF I WERE IN OFFICE

RIGHT NOW, CARRIER WOULD

NOT BE LEAVING IND ID,

THAINDIANAIND, THAT I CAN TELL YOU.

Heather: CARRIER SAYS

NOW IT WILL KEEP NEARLY

1,000 JOBS IN THE HOOSIER

STATE.

OTHERS THAT TOP TRUMP'S

LIST, REPEALING OBAMACARE,

FIXING THE IMMIGRATION

SYSTEM, AND STRENGTHENING

THE ECONOMY BY CUTTING

TAXES AND GOVERNMENT

REGULATIONS, AND BRINGING

BACK JOBS.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: ISIS IS TAKING

CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY,

CALLING THE ATTACKER A

SOLDIER OF THE ISLAMIC

STATE.

DONALD TRUMP HAS TWEETED:

"ISIS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR

THE TERRIBLE STABBING

ATTACK AT THE OHIO

UNIVERSITY BY A SOMALI

REFUGEE WHO SHOULD NOT

HAVE BEEN IN OUR COUNTRY."

MEANWHILE, NEW REPORTS

THAT THE ATTACKER'S FAMILY

RECEIVED AID WHEN THEY

MOVED TO THE USE FROM

PAKISTAN IN 2014.

AN OFFICIAL FROM THE

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF

DALLAS SAID THEY GAVE HIS

FAMILY SHELTER FOR 23

DAYS.

AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE

ARE DEAD IN ALABAMA AFTER

A SUSPECTED TORNADO SWEPT

THROUGH THE SOUTH LAST

NIGHT.

THE THREE PEOPLE WHO DIED

WERE IN A MOBILE HOME IN

NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA IN A

COMMUNITY THERE CALLED

ROSALI.

THERE WERE A NUMBER OF

OTHER INJURIES IN THE

AREA.

16 TO 20 BUILDINGS WERE

DESTROYED.

OTHER POSSIBLE TORNADOES

WERE SPOTTED ACROSS THE

SOUTH, IN LOUISIANA,

MISSISSIPPI, AND SOUTHERN

TENNESSEE.

> RAGING WILDFIRES AND

HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS SENT

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES IN

GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE.

THE FIRES HAVE KILLED AT

LEAST THREE PEOPLE,

SENDING MORE THAN A DOZEN

OTHERS TO THE HOSPITAL

WITH BURNS OR SMOKE

INHALATION.

THE FLAMES EVEN

THREATENING DOLLYWOOD.

THE OFFICIALS SAY THEY

HAVE NOT SEEN A FIRE LIKE

THIS IN YEARS.

THERE WERE TIMES LAST

NIGHT WHEN WE HAD WIND

GUSTS IN EXCESS OF

87 MILES PER HOUR.

THAT IS HURRICANE FORCE.

Efrem: THE FIRE HAS

DESTROYED AT LEAST 150

BUILDINGS, INCLUDING

ENTIRE CHURCHES.

RAINS HAVE HELPED, BUT

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO

BRACE THEMSELVES FOR A

LONG FIGHT AHEAD.

> THE FIRES THAT RAVAGED

ISRAEL OVER THE PAST WEEK

AND A HALF WERE SOME OF

THE WORST IN ITS HISTORY.

WHILE ISRAELI FIREFIGHTERS

STRUGGLED TO BRING THE

FLAMES UNDER CONTROL,

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

FROM THE U.S. CAME TO HELP

DURING THE CRISIS.

CHRIS MITCHELL IS ON THAT

STORY.

Chris: FOUR MAJOR

FIRES SWEPT THROUGHOUT

ISRAEL, THEY WERE

DANGEROUS AND DIFFICULT.

THEY WERE BAD.

THEY WERE BAD.

I'VE BEEN ON SOME WILD

LAND FOREST FIRES BACK IN

THE STATES, AND THEY WERE

JUST AS BAD AS THOSE.

IF YOU STAND IN FRONT

OF IT, IT WILL BURN RIGHT

OVER YOU.

IF YOU TRY TO RUN BEHIND

IT, YOU CAN'T CATCH UP TO

IT.

Chris: WITH ISRAELI

FIREFIGHTERS STRETCHED TO

THEIR LIMIT ON

THANKSGIVING DAY, THE CALL

WENT OUT TO U.S.

FIREFIGHTERS TO HELP.

AMAZING, HOW ALL OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE STOOD

BEHIND ISRAEL WHEN WE MADE

THE CALL.

PROBABLY WITHIN SIX

HOURS WE HAD 39 PEOPLE

READY TO GO.

Chris: WHEN THEY

ARRIVED, THEY DEPLOYED

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

YOU'VE GOT TO HIT THE

GROUND RUNNING.

AS SOON AS WE GOT HERE, WE

STARTED GOING ON CALLS

RIGHT AWAY.

WE WERE ABLE TO HELP OUT

WITH SOME WILD LAND FIRES

AND APARTMENT FIRES.

Chris: THEY CAME AS

PART OF A PROGRAM CALLED

E.V.P., EMERGENCY

VOLUNTEER PROJECT.

THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT

IS TO FIND THE SUPPORTERS

OF ISRAEL THAT WANT TO

HAVE THEIR BOOTS ON THE

GROUND IN ISRAEL DURING

CRISIS.

Chris: SOME CAME

DURING BIG MOMENTS IN

THEIR LIVES.

JUST BEFORE I CAME, I

PROPOSED TO MY GIRLFRIEND,

AND SO SHE IS NOW MY

FIANCEE.

AND WE'VE BEEN DOING

WEDDING PLANNING OVER THE

PHONE.

Chris: TO ISRAELI

FIREFIGHTERS, IT MEANT A

LOT TO SEE SO MANY COME.

IT IS A GOOD FEELING TO

US TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE

OVERSEAS CARES ABOUT US

AND IS THINKING ABOUT US.

Chris: E.V.P.

VOLUNTEERS ALSO RESPONDED

DURING THE 2014 WAR WITH

HAMAS, IT IS A CALL

FIREFIGHTERS ANSWER WHEN

THEIR BROTHERS CALL.

IT IS A BROTHERHOOD,

JUST LIKE YOUR FAMILY AT

HOME.

THIS IS MY FAMILY AT WORK.

AND WE KEEP IN CONTACT,

EVEN WHEN WE'RE NOT IN

ISRAEL.

Chris: MANY OF THE

U.S. FIREMEN ARE

CHRISTIANS AND FEEL A CALL

TO STAND WITH ISRAEL.

FROM THE VERY

BEGINNING, I BELIEVE THAT

GOD COMMANDS US TO STAND

BY THEM.

THAT WE ARE TO BE AN

ADVOCATE TO FOR ISRAEL.

WE'RE TO LOVE THEM.

MY FIRST TRIP HERE, I WAS

GIVEN PROPHETIC WORDS,

ISAIAH 40: "COMFORT MY

PEOPLE."

SO IT MEANS EVERYTHING.

Chris: IT IS A

RELATIONSHIP THAT IS

EXPECTED TO KEEP GROWING.

THIS IS NOT GOING TO

STOP.

WE LOVE BEING HERE.

THEY LOVE HAVING US HERE.

IT IS TRULY AN HONOR

FOR ME TO COME HERE AND BE

WITH THE GUYS HERE IN THE

FIRE STATION.

WHEN WE CALLED OUR

FRIENDS AND WE ASKED FOR

THEIR HELP, THEY CAME.

AND THEY CAME BIG TIME.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: WE ARE

LEARNING MORE ABOUT SOME

OF THE VICTIMS KILLED

DURING MONDAY'S DEADLY

PLANE CRASH IN ALCOHOLIA. COLOMBIA.

AT LEAST EIGHT OF THEM

WERE MEMBERS OF A CHURCH

IN CHAPPAQUA, BRAZIL.

HE SAID, PRAYING FOR ALL

OF BRAZIL, INCLUDING THE

CHURCH, WHICH IS GRIEVING

IMMENSELY.

AT LEAST 71 PEOPLE WERE

KILLED IN THE CRASH.

RIGHT NOW INVESTIGATORS

ARE STILL LOOKING INTO

WHAT CAUSED THAT CRASH.

> U.S. MILITARY VETERANS

RALLIED OUTSIDE HAMPSHIRE

COLLEGE IN AMHURST TO

RAISE THE U.S. FLAG.

IT WAS A PEACEFUL

DEMONSTRATION, IN RESPONSE

TO THE SCHOOL'S DECISION

TO TAKE DOWN THE AMERICAN

FLAG.

THE FLAG CONTROVERSY CAME

AFTER THE ELECTION, WHEN

ANGRY STUDENTS LASHED OUT

AND SET THE FLAG ON FIRE.

AN ACTION THESE VETERANS

CALLED AN INSULT TO THEIR

SACRIFICE.

BLOOD, SWEAT, AND

TEARS, RIGHT RED, WHITE, AND

BLUE, THAT'S WHAT THIS

FLAG REPRESENTS.

IT STANDS FOR ALL THE

VETERANS AROUND THE WHOLE

NATION, EVERYBODY WHO

FOUGHT FOR THIS FLAG.

TOO MUCH BLOOD HAS BEEN

SHED FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR

OUR FREEDOM.

Efrem: SCHOOL

OFFICIALS SAY THEY WELCOME

PEACEFUL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT

THE FLAG DECISION.

> STILL TO COME, IT HAS

BEEN A HAVEN FOR REFUGEES

FOR 25 YEARS.

AND NOW IT IS BEING SHUT

DOWN.

SO WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

TO THOUSANDS OF WOMEN AND

CHILDREN?

THAT STORY IS NEXT.

Efrem: THE WORLD HAS

BEEN FOCUSED ON THE TITLE

BEEN FOCUSED ON THE TITLE

WAVE OF REFUGEES FLEEING

FROM THE MIDDLE EAST.

BUT A SIMILAR TRAGEDY IN

AFRICA HAS BEEN BASICALLY

IGNORED.

A QUARTERLY OF ALL OF THE

DISPLACED PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD ARE IN AFRICA.

AND MOST OF THEM LIVE IN A

DESERT REFUGEE CAMP NEAR

THE BORDER OF KENYA AND

SOMALIA.

NOW THERE IS TALK OF

CLOSING THIS CAMP BECAUSE

OF THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC

TERRORISM.

GEORGE THOMAS TAKES US

INTO WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED

THE LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP

IN THE WORLD.

George: GETTING

CLEARANCE TO VISIT THE

CAMP IS NOT EASY.

AFTER WEEKS OF WAITING,

THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT GAVE

CBN NEWS THE GREEN LIGHT

TO LAND ON A DIRT AIR

STRIP IN THE MIDDLE OF A

PARCHED AND BARREN DESERT.

270 MILES NORTHEAST OF

KENYA'S CAPITAL CITY,

NAIROBI.

YOU LAND THERE.

YOU GET IN A CAR AND YOU

START DRIVING ON A DUSTY

ROAD.

THERE IS NO TARMAC ROAD.

SOME MOUNTAINS OFF IN THE

DISTANCE.

YOUR STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE DESERT WITH

NOTHING, PURELY NOTHING.

George: WELCOME TO

DADAAB, THE WORLD'S

LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP.

THEY LIVE IN THESE

CAMPS, WHICH ARE

ESSENTIALLY MAKESHIFT

CAMPS.

George: THEY DOT THE

ARID LANDSCAPE.

THE CLIMATE IS BRUTAL, HOT

ALL YEAR WITH HARDLY A

DROP OF RAIN.

CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN WORKS

INED DADAAB.

THE FOOD, THE

EDUCATION, THE

HOSPITALIZATION, THE

MEDICAL CARE, THE WATER,

THE TOILETS -- EVERYTHING

IS PROVIDED TO HIM.

George: IBRAHIM WAS

20 YEARS OLD WHEN WAR

DISRUPTED LIFE AS HE KNEW

IT.

Through Translator:

WE WERE FORCEDED TO FLEE

FROM SOMALIA, ACROSS THE

BORDER INTO KENYA.

THIS IS WHERE WE ENDED UP.

George: HE HOPE HIS

STAY HER WOULD BE

SHORT-LIVED.

A TEMPORARY PLACE TO WAIT

OUT THE VIOLENCE.

THAT NEVER HAPPENED.

NOW, 25 YEARS LATER WITH

17 CHILDREN, FOUR

GRANDCHILDREN, AND TWO

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN,

IBRAHIM, LIKE SO MANY

OTHERS HERE, HAS

WITNESSEDED MULTIPLE

GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES

GROWING UP IN DADAAB.

WHEN THE CAMP OPENED UP IN

1992, IT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED

TO HOLD 90,000 PEOPLE,

TODAY, MORE THAN 340,000

REFUGEES CALL THIS PLACE

HOME.

THE MAJORITY OF THEM

SOMALIS, FLEEING CIVIL

WAR.

THEY'VE LOST THEIR

HOMES.

THEY'VE LOST THEIR

FAMILIES AND THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

George: TERESA IS

WITH AN AGENCY THAT

OVERSEES OPERATIONS IN

DADAAB, HER GROUP PROVIDES

REFUGEES WITH FOOD, WATER,

HEALTH CARE, AND

EDUCATION.

FOR ALL OF THE

DIFFICULTIES, SHE SAYS --

THIS IS THE SAFEST

PLACE THAT THE REFUGEES

CAN GO TO, THE PLACE THEY

NOW CALL HOME.

George: BUT THAT'S

ABOUT TO CHANGE.

THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT

WANTS TO CLOSE THE CAMP

AND SEND SOMALI REFUGEES,

LIKE MOHAMED, WHO RUNS AN

ICE-MAKING FACTORY IN THE

CAMP, BACK TO THEIR HOME

LAND.

HE IS NERVOUS ABOUT

RETURNING.

SOMALIA IS STILL IN THE

MIDDLE OF AN ISLAMIC IN

INSURGENCY.

IT IS STILL A DANGEROUS

PLACE.

THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT

HAS EXPRESSED CONCERNS

ABOUT SECURITY, MOSTLY

TERRORISM, FOLLOWING

VARIOUS ATTACKS IN THE

COUNTRY.

George: SO THE

REPATRIATION IS UNDER WAY.

DURING OUR VISIT, CBN NEWS

FILMED CHAOTIC SCENES AS

AUTHORITIES TRIED TO

FINGERPRINT HUNDREDS OF

REFUGEES.

THIS REPATRIATION

OPERATION IS CAUSING US SO

MUCH STRESS.

I ESCAPE HERE WITH MY

CHILDREN.

SOME OF THEM GOT LOST ON

THE WAY HERE.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY

ARE.

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS

SAFE, NOW THE GOVERNMENT

WANTS ME TO LEAVE.

George: THE

GOVERNMENT CLAIMS SOME

24,000 REFUGEES HAVE

VOLUNTARILY LEFT THE CAMP

THIS YEAR.

SINCE THE AUTHORITIES

ANNOUNCED BACK IN MAY THEY

WERE PLANNING TO SHUT DOWN

THE WORLD'S LARGEST

REFUGEE CAMP, A NEW POLL

JUST OUT IN KENYA SHOW

THAT THE MAJORITY OF FOLKS

IN THE COUNTRY SUPPORT THE

GOVERNMENT'S DECISION.

ONCE THEY CLOSE DOWN

DADAAB, THE SECURITY CASES

WILL ACTUALLY GO DOWN AND

KENYA WILL BE A SAFER

PLACE.

George: STILL, HUMAN

RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE ACCUSED

KENYAN AUTHORITIES OF

INTIMIDATING REFUGEES INTO

LEAVING AGAINST THEIR

WILL.

THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE

CAMPS ARE A THREAT TO THE

NATIONAL SECURITY.

IT MAY BE A THREAT, BUT

NOT EVERYBODY AT THE CAMP

IS A TERRORIST.

George: FOR NOW,

IBRAHIM TRIES TO GIVE HIM

FAMILY HOPE, BUT KNOWS THE

FUTURE AHEAD IS UNCERTAIN.

Through Translator:

I'M THANKFUL THAT KENYA

HAS HOSTED US FOR THE LAST

25 YEARS, BUT IT WILL BE A

BIG MISTAKE TO RETURN US

TO A WAR ZONE.

IT IS LIKE THROWING PEOPLE

INTO A FIRE.

George: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS, DADAAB

REFUGEE CAMP.

Efrem: UP NEXT, THE

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF

"TRUE CRIME," AND "DON'T

SAY A WORD," TALKS ABOUT

THE REAL LIFE MOMENT OF

TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMED HIM

FROM AN ATHEIST TO A

BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN.

Efrem: ANDREW CLAYVIN

IS A BEST-SELLING

AUTHORITY. BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.

BUT YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD

ABOUT HIS RELIGIOUS

JOURNEY FROM ATHEIST TO

CHRISTIAN.

HE WAS RAISED IN JUDAISM

BY PARENTS WHO DIDN'T

BELIEVE IN GOD, BUT EVEN

AS A YOUNG MAN, ANDREW WAS

ON A QUEST FOR TRUTH.

AND AS HE TOLD SCOTT ROSS,

ONE DAY HE FOUND IT.

BECAUSE I WAS UNHAPPY

AS A CHILD, I BECAME

ADDICTED TO DAYDREAMS.

AND THAT REALLY TAUGHT ME

HOW TO WRITE.

Reporter:

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ANDREW

CLAYVIN GREW UP AN ANGRY

YOUNG MAN.

THAT'S PROBABLY WHY THE

CHARACTERS IN HIS BOOKS

ARE USUALLY TOUGH AS NAILS

AND LOOKING FOR ANSWERS.

HERE YOU ARE, A

GREAT-NECK JEW, AS IN LONG

ISLAND.

LONG ISLAND.

Reporter: WITH A

JEWISH BACKGROUND -- WERE

YOU RELIGIOUS?

WE WERE RAISED IN THE

RELIGION.

WE WERE TAUGHT AND SENT TO

HEBREW SCHOOL, AND WE

WOULD CELEBRATE YOM KIPPUR

AND CERTAIN HOLIDAYS, AND

WE WERE BARMITZVAHED, BUT

MY PARENTS REALLY DIDN'T

BELIEVE IN GOD.

Reporter: IT MADE NO

SENSE TO ANDREW, SO HE

THREW HIMSELF INTO

LITERATURE.

BECAUSE I DIDN'T GET

ALONG WITH MY FATHER, I

LOOKED FOR MALE HEROS IN

FICTION.

AND I MODELED MYSELF AFTER

THESE GUYS.

AND THE MORE I READ, THE

MORE I FOUND THAT

CHRISTIANITY WAS AT THE

CENTER OF ALMOST EVERY

GREAT STORY THAT I LOVED.

WE DIDN'T HAVE A NEW

TESTAMENT IN MY HOUSE.

WE WERE JEWS.

SO I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT

MYSELF A NEW TESTAMENT AND

STARTED TO READ THE GOSPEL

ACCORDING TO LUKE TO FIND

OUT WHAT EVERYBODY WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

IT CONVINCED ME THAT THIS

FIGURE OF JESUS AT THE

CENTER OF WESTERN CULTURE.

WHICH I LOVED.

AND THAT WAS NOT A

RELIGIOUS IDEA.

THAT WAS A LITERARY IDEA.

Reporter: YOU WERE IN

A SEARCH FOR TRUTH.

YOU WERE OUTLOOKING FOR

TRUTH.

AND THIS WAS ALL PART OF

IT, BUT YOU DIDN'T

RECOGNIZE IT THEN.

I NEVER -- THAT WAS ONE

OF THE THINGS THAT

BOTHERED ME ABOUT THE KIND

OF JUDAISM I WAS RAISED

IN.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL

RELIGION, BUT WHEN YOU

EMPTY OF IT OF GOD, IT HAS

NO REASON.

IT IS A QUEST FOR ME, TO

MAKE SURE THAT THE THINGS

I'M SAYING HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH REALITY.

Reporter: HIS SEARCH

FOR TRUTH MADE HIM REALIZE

THAT LIFE DIDN'T MAKE

SENSE WITHOUT THE

EXISTENCE OF GOD.

BUT HE STILL HAD NO

CONNECTION TO HIM.

I BEGAN IN MY MIND TO

ACTUALLY BELIEVE THERE WAS

A GOD.

BUT I DIDN'T QUITE KNOW IT

YET.

THERE WAS A BIT OF A LACK

OF COMMUNICATION.

SO WHAT I DID ONE DAY IS I

DID AN EXPERIMENT.

I WAS READING A BOOK, AND

THIS GUY, BEFORE HE WENT

TO SLEEP SAID A PRAYER.

I THOUGHT, IF HE CAN SAY A

PRAYER, I CAN SAY A

PRAYER, TOO.

IT SORT OF SEEMED RANDOM,

LIKE PRAYING TO A GOD WHO

WASN'T THERE.

BUT IN MY MIND I HAD

ALREADY HAD COME TO

BELIEVE.

I SAID THIS THREE WORD

PRAYER: THANK YOU LORD.

AND I WOKE UP THE NEXT

MORNING AND TRULY

EVERYTHING HAD CHANGED.

THERE WAS A NEW CLARITY TO

EVERYTHING.

MY HEART WAS FILLED WITH

GRATITUDE.

I WAS EXPERIENCING A JOY

THAT HAD BEEN THERE, BUT

HAD BEEN LOCKED AWAY.

SUDDENLY KNOWING GOD

OPENED ME UP TO MY OWN

EXPERIENCE OF LIFE.

AND MY PRAYERS GOT LONGER

AND MORE ELABORATE.

I WOULD PRAY IN MEYER CAR

ANMY CAR ANDALL OF THIS AND IT

TRANSFORMED MY LIFE.

ONE DAY I WAS DRIVING IN

THE SANTA BARBARA HILLS,

AND I SAID THE SAME

PRAYER.

I SAID, THANK YOU, LORD.

YOU CHANGED EVERYTHING,

AND WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

ALMOST LIKE A VOICE, THE

WORDS CAME INTO MY MIND,

NOW YOU SHOULD BE

BAPTIZED.

Reporter: BAPTIZED?

YES.

AND I SAID, YOU'VE GOT TO

BE KIDDING ME OUT LOUD.

Reporter: THERE IS A

PRAYER FOR YOU.

THERE WAS AN ANSWER I

WAS NOT EXPECTING.

AND IT REALLY DID CREATE

TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS, A LOT

OF ANXIETY IN MY MIND.

MY FATHER WAS STILL ALIVE,

AND EVEN THOUGH HE AND I

HAD NEVER GOTTEN ALONG, WE

HAD MADE A PEACE, AND HE

WAS A GOOD GRANDFATHER,

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO START

THAT TROUBLE.

I HAD TO THINK, IS THIS

VOICE THE VOICE OF GOD OR

SOME KIND OF DELUSION.

SOME KIND OF CRAZY IDEA

THAT CAME INTO MY MIND.

AFTER FIVE MONTHS OF

LOOKING AT IT, I SAID,

NOPE; IT MAKES PERFECT

SENSE.

I KNOW EXACTLY WHY I CAME

TO THAT DECISION.

I UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT

VOICE WAS TELLING THE

TRUTH.

Reporter: DO YOU

CONSIDER YOURSELF A

COMPLETED JEW?

I DON'T LIKE TO USE

WORDS LIKE "COMPLETED

JEW," BECAUSE SOME JEWS

FIND IT AN INSULT.

ALL I SAY, FOR MYSELF, I

NEVER KNEW MY JEWISH SELF

UNTIL I FOUND CHRIST.

Reporter: WHAT IS THE

DREAM NOW?

WHAT IS THE VISION NOW?

I WANT TO REMEMBER

PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE ME,

WHO ARE LIVING IN A WORLD

WHERE EIGHT ATHEISM IS THE

DEFAULT SETTING.

I WANT TO SPEAK INTO THAT

WORLD THAT WE ARE ALL

LIVING, OF BROKEN PEOPLE,

OF TERRIBLE VIOLENCE AND

HATRED AND SORROW AND

GRIEF, AND SAY AND SPEAK

OF JESUS THERE.

BECAUSE GOD IS GOD OF THE

REAL WORLD.

HE IS NOT GOD OF A FANTASY

WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING

WORKS OUT FOR THE BEST.

HE IS GOD OF THIS WORLD,

OF TROUBLE AND PAIN.

I DON'T WANT TO FORGET THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE, LIKE I

WAS, SITTING THERE

THINKING, I DON'T KNOW HOW

TO LIVE.

IF I CAN JUST, LIKE, MAYBE

PUT THE NEXT STEP IN FRONT

OF ME.

YOU CAN'T JUMP ACROSS THE

OCEAN.

YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE A STEP

AT A TIME.

IF I CAN PUT A STEP IN

FRONT OF PEOPLE, THAT

WOULD BE GREAT.

I WOULD CONSIDER MYSELF A

VERY SUCCESSFUL GUY.

Efrem: "SUPERBOOK'S"

GIZMO RECENTLY JOINED

FORCES WITH OTHER SUPER

HEROS AT COSTA RICA'S

COMIC-CON VENTION IN SAN

JOSE.

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EVENT WENT TO THE SOUP

KITCHEN.

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