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On CBN Newswatch, June 1: Will last-minute wrangling change Trump's mind on climate deal?; Noose found at D.C. museum that highlights African-American history, and more. Read Transcript


Mark: THANKS FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M MARK MARTIN.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE

PLANS TO ANNOUNCE HIS

DECISION ON THE PARIS

CLIMATE AGREEMENT TODAY,

BUT LAST-MINUTE PRESSURE

FROM CHINA COULD AFFECT

HIS PLANS.

THE CHINESE PREMIER ARGUED

IN FAVOR OF IT, AND SAYING

"FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

IS, QUOTE, "AN

INTERNATIONAL

RESPONSIBILITY."

HIS DAUGHTER AND HER

HUSBAND WANT IT, BUT CHIEF

STRATEGIST STEVEN BANNON

AND MORE THAN 20 G.O.P.

SENATORS WANT OUT.

THE PRESIDENT IS LIKELY TO

BOW OUT, BUT SO FAR HE IS

NOT SAYING.

ARE YOU GETTING OUT?

President Trump:

YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT

VERY SOON.

Mark: THE PRESIDENT

MADE A CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO

WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS

CLIMATE AGREEMENT.

HE SAYS HE'LL ANNOUNCE HIS

DECISION AT A ROSE GARDEN

CEREMONY TODAY AT 3:00.

> THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE

COMMITTEE IS DIGGING

DEEPER INTO ITS

INVESTIGATION ON RUSSIA

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ISSUED

SEVEN SUBPOENAS, FOUR OF

THEM ARE DIRECTLY RELATED

TO ALLEGATIONS OF RUSSIA'S

INTERFERENCE WITH THE

ELECTION, INCLUDING SOME

FOR TRUMP'S FORMER

SECURITY PERSON, MICHAEL

FLYNN.

AND THEY ISSUED SUBPOENAS

TO F.B.I. AND THE C.I.A.

THEY ARE INVESTIGATING

WHETHER THESE AGENCIES

UNMASKED THE IDENTITIES OF

TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS.

> ALTHOUGH THE U.S.

SUCCESSFULLY STOPPED A

MOCK LONG-RANGE MISSILE,

NORTH KOREA IS STILL

PURSUING A NUCLEAR MISSILE

THAT COULD REACH THE

CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.

BUT MISSILE DEFENSE

EXPERTS SAY AFTER THIS

LATEST TEST, BRING IT ON.

THEY SAY IT SENDS A CLEAR

MESSAGE TO KIM JONG-UN, WE

WILL NOT BE BULLIED.

ERIC GONZALES HAS THE

DETAILS.

THREE, TWO, ONE,

IGNITION.

Reporter: IT WAS THE

FIRST LIVE-FIRE INTERCEPT

TEST OF AN

INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC

MISSILE IN HISTORY, COMING

AT A CRITICAL TIME.

IT IS HISTORIC, FOR THE

COUNTRY, FOR THE WORLD,

MAKING OUR PLANET, O OUR

COUNTRY SAFE FROM NORTH

KOREA.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME EVER

IN HISTORY THAT WE SHOT

DOWN AN ICBM MISSILE.

Reporter: RICKY

ELLISON STARTED THE

ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT

THE DEFENSE PROGRAM AND TO

KEEP ALL AMERICANS SAFE.

HE WAS PERSONALLY INVITED

TO WATCH THE LAUNCH.

THE BIG CAMP THREATENS.

THEY CANNOT INVEST ENOUGH

MONEY, THEY CANNOT CREATE

THE TECHNOLOGY TO HOLD THE

UNITED STATES HOSTAGE WITH

A NUCLEAR WEAPON A

BALLISTIC MISSILE.

THIS IS A TREMENDOUS,

TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT FOR

JUST THE DETERRENT ABILITY

IT HAS.

Reporter: ELLISON

CALLS IT A WIN/WIN FOR THE

AMERICAN PUBLIC BECAUSE IT

GIVES THE PRESIDENT AND

COMMANDERS MORE OPTIONS TO

CHALLENGE NORTH KOREA.

AS THE MOCK WARHEAD ROSE

ACROSS THE PACIFIC, MORE

THAN 4,000 MILES AWAY,

WITHIN AN HOUR, THE

FIVE-FOOT LONG INTERCEPTOR

HIT ITS MARK.

IT IS DESCRIBED AS THE

EQUIVALENT OF HITTING ONE

SPEEDING BULLET WITH

ANOTHER.

IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT

CALCULATION.

YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT

WHERE THE INTERCEPT IS

GOING TO OCCUR SOMEWHERE

DEEP IN OUTERSPACE.

THAT IS TRULY ROCKET

SCIENCE IN EVERY SENSE OF

THE WORLD.

Reporter: BOTH THE

PENTAGON AND THE MISSILE

DEFENSE EXPERTS SAY THE

REAL WORK CONTINUES:

PICKING THROUGH THE DATA

TO ENSURE THE SAME OUT

COME EACH TIME.

WE'RE GOING TO ADD MORE

CAPABILITY AND CREATE

BETTER SOFTWARE AND

HARDWARE, BUT WE HAD SOME

BIG FIRSTS THIS TIME.

WE HAD THE FIRST EVER

AVIONIC PACKAGE IN THE

BOOSTER, WHICH IS THE

THREE STAGES THAT PUT THE

KILL VEHICLE IN THE RIGHT

SPOT.

Reporter: ELLISON

SAYS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

PLANS TO INSTALL EIGHT NEW

ROCKETS AT VANDENBERG

BEFORE THE END OF THE

YEAR.

CBN NEWS.

Mark: FIGHTING

BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINE

ARMY AND MAUTE REBELS

AFFILIATED WITH ISIS HAS

CAUSED TENS OF THOUSANDS

OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR

HOMES IN MINDANAO.

MANY ARE NOW RESIDING IN

THE CITY OF AVIGON.

LUCILLE TALUSAN SAYS CBN'S

EFFORTS TO HELP THE

REFUGEES WERE DELAYED IN

ONE VILLAGE.

Reporter: IN ONE OF

THE TOWNS THEY WERE ABOUT

TO GO TO, THERE WERE

SIGHTINGS OF ISIS.

SO THEY'RE STILL GOING TO

THAT TOWN, BUT IN ANOTHER

AREA.

IT WILL BE AT 6:00 IN THE

EVENING, AND THERE WILL BE

A FEEDING.

AND THEY ARE DISTRIBUTING

SOME MASKS AND SLIPPERS

AND SOME CLOTHES AND FOOD.

Mark: THE

PHILIPPINES' PRESIDENT HAS

DECLARED MARTIAL LAW AND

PLEDGES AN ALL-OUTLAW TO

DEFEAT ISIS.

TO HEAR MORE FROM LUCILLE,

LOG ON TO THE GLOBAL

BLAINE BLOG AT

cbnnews.com.

> COMING UP, WE'RE

HEADING TO AMMUNITION

HILL, A PLACE WHERE

ISRAELI TROOPS FOUGHT ONE

OF THE FIRST URBAN WARFARE

BATTLES 50 YEARS AGO.

SEE HOW ONE OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT BATTLES IN

Mark: THE NEW FILM

"WONDER WOMAN" IS

OFFICIALLY BANNED FROM

THEATERS IN LEBANON.

IT CAME FROM THE GROUP THE

BOYCOTT OF THE

ISRAEL-LEBANON

RELATIONSHIP.

THE MAIN ACTRESS IS AN

ISRAELI AND A FORMER

SOLDIER IN THE ISRAELI

ARMY.

THE BOYCOTT GROUP SAYS

THAT GADOT IS A SUPPORTER

OF ISRAEL'S MILITARY AND

POLICIES AGAINST THE

REGION OF GAZA.

GRAND CINEMA AND THE

WARNER BROTHERS ANNOUNCED

THE BAN ON THEIR TWITTER

FEEDS.

> THE SIX-DAY WAR IN

1967 WAS NOT ONLY A

TURNING POINT IN ISRAEL'S

HISTORY, IT ALSO PLAYED A

PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE

DEVELOPMENT OF THE I.D.F.,

THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES.

ONE OF THE FIRST URBAN

WARFARE BATTLES TOOK PLACE

IN JERUSALEM, AND IT SET

THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE.

SCOTT ROSS SPOKE WITH AN

I.D.F. COMMANDER WHO TOLD

HIM HOW THE IMPACT OF THAT

CONFLICT IS STILL BEING

FELT 50 YEARS LATER.

Scott: THE 55th

PARATROOPERS BRIGADE STILL

SERVES AS A RESERVE UNIT

TODAY, AS IT DID IN THE

1967 BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM.

WE'RE PART OF THE

98th DIVISION, WHICH IS

EQUIVALENT OF THE 101st

AIRBORNE DIVISION IN THE

U.S. ARMY.

Scott: THIS

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

COMMANDS THE 28th

RESERVE BATTALION OF THE

55th BRIGADE.

WE DO THE MOST

INTERESTING AND MOST

DANGEROUS AND CHALLENGING

MISSIONS IN THE I.D.F., SO

I BELIEVE.

AND AS PARATROOPERS, WE

LIVE UP TO OUR CODE:

WALKING ON OUR FEET IN THE

NIGHT QUIETLY AND HITTING

THE ENEMY WHEREVER HE IS

WITHOUT HIM KNOWING ABOUT

IT.

Scott: HE TOOK ME

THROUGH THE TRENCHES AT

AMMUNITION HILL, WHERE

BATTALION SOLDIERS FOUGHT

FOR JERUSALEM 50 YEARS

AGO.

AMMUNITION HILL WAS THE

BUNKER OF THE JORDANIAN

POLICE ACADEMY, WHICH IS

JUST BEHIND US.

AND THE POLICE CAD E ME ACADEMY WAS

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THAT

SPECIFIC BATTLE BEFORE

THEY CONTINUED TOWARDS THE

OLD CITY.

Scott: THIS WAS DAY

TWO OF THE SIX SIX?

DAY TWO.

AFTER TAKING THE POLICE

ACADEMY, THEY ADVANCED

TOWARDS AMMUNITION HILL.

Scott: HOW MANY MEN

WERE HERE FIGHTING?

THEY BEGAN WITH ALMOST

200, AND VERY, VERY FEW

REMAINED STANDING AT THE

END OF THE BATTLE.

Scott: MY, MY, MY.

BUT THEY WEREN'T TRAINED

FOR THIS KIND OF WARFARE,

WERE THEY?

THEY WERE VERY

DESCRIBED.

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A

DISAPPOINTMENT NOT BEING

PARACHUTEED TO FIGHT THE

EYPTIANS, BUT THEN IT

BECAME ONE OF THE HARDEST

BATTLES.

Scott: IT IS HARD TO

UNDERSTAND HOW MEN WITH

EQUIPMENT ON THEIR BACKS,

I ASSUME, RIFLES,

GRENADES, WHATEVER OTHER

EQUIPMENT THEY HAD -- HOW

DID THEY MAKE THE THROUGH

THESE NARROW, NARROW

TRENCHES TO TAKE THE ENEMY

ON?

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF

THEM HAD TO CLIMB ABOVE.

THE STORY IS DESCRIBED,

YOUNG SOLDIERS TELLING

THEIR COMMANDERS, I'M

GOING TO GO UP WITH MY

MACHINE GUN, AND AS YOU'RE

WALKING DOWN IN THE

TRENCH, I'LL GO UP TOP.

THEY ADVANCED ONE, TWO,

FIVE FEET, AND THE NEXT

GUY CLIMBED UP, AND THE

PREVIOUS ONE WAS HIT.

SOME PULLED BACK THE

INJURED TOWARDS THE

INJURED FACILITY WITH THE

DOCTORS BEHIND, BUT THEY

HAD TO KEEP ADVANCING.

Scott: I CAN STAND

HERE AN AMERICAN AND LOOK

AT OUR HISTORY AND TALK

ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY

WAR AND THE CIVIL WAR, AND

THAT'S HUNDREDS OF YEARS

AGO.

AND THIS IS 50 YEARS AGO.

YES.

Scott: I DON'T WANT

TO GET OVERLY DRAMATIC --

HOW CAN YOU -- BUT THIS IS

HALLOWED GROUND.

DO YOU SEE IT THAT WAY?

YES, IT IS.

THIS IS HOLY GROUND THE

WAY WE SEE IT.

BECAUSE OUR FRIENDS, OR

COMRADES FELL HERE.

IT BECAME A NATIONAL

MONUMENT.

Scott: STANDING BY

THE HALF TRACK THAT

BARRELED THROUGH LION'S

GATE INTO THE OLD CITY, HE

TOLD ME OF THEIR HONOR IN

CONTINUING THE HERITAGE OF

THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE

THEM.

HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANY OF

THE MEN WHO FOUGHT AND

SOME OF YOUR FATHERS,

GRANDFATHERS, AND TALKED

TO THEM ABOUT THE EMOTION

OF THAT EVENT?

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

EVERY YEAR ON THE SIX-DAY

WAR COMMEMORATION TODAY,

WE TALK TO THEM AND

REMEMBER THEM.

Scott: WHAT MOTIVATED

THESE MEN?

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

STARTING WITH YOUR

FRIENDS, YOUR CA COMRADES,

WHAT YOU CALL FRIENDS,

THAT'S WHAT CAUSES YOU TO

ROSE UP.

CONQUERING JERUSALEM IS

IMPORTANT, BUT AT THE

MOMENT WHEN YOU RISE UP

TOWARDS THE FIRE, IT IS

FOR YOUR FRIENDS.

Scott: ARE YOU MEN

MOTIVATEDED LIKE THAT

TODAY?

WE BELIEVE SO.

WE LOOK UP TO THEM.

THE YOUNG SOLDIERS IN

THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND

THEIR VALUES ARE AS GOOD

AS WE WERE THEN.

Scott: HE TOLD ME HOW

IMPORTANT THE LESSONS OF

THAT WAR ARE TO SOLDIERS

TODAY.

HOW HAS THE PAST AFFECTED

THE FUTURE, THE TRAINING

OF THE MEN NOW?

THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM IN 1967 WAS ONE

OF THE FIRST BATTLES IN

URBAN WARFARE.

AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND

TODAY, IN I.D.F. AND ANY

OTHER WESTERN ARMY, THE

CHALLENGE OF FIGHTING

TERRORISTS AND OTHER

ORGANIZATIONS WHICH ARE

FIGHTING FROM WITHIN

CIVILIAN AND URBAN WARFARE

ENVIRONMENT BECOMES THE

MORE COMMON PART OF

WARFARE, AND WE'RE

LEARNING.

Scott: EVEN TODAY

YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DESTROY

YOU, ANNIHILATE YOU, WIPE

YOU OFF THE MAP AND DRIVE

YOU INTO THE SEA.

YOUR EXISTENCE IS

QUESTIONED.

DO PEOPLE LIVE IN FEAR?

I'M A RESERVE SOLDIER.

80% OF MY TIME I WITH MY

FAMILY AND MY WORK,

ENJOYING LIFE AND HAVING A

GREAT TIME.

I THINK MOST ISRAELIS LIVE

A PEACEFUL, VERY HAPPY --

I'D SAY WESTERN LIFESTYLE.

EVERY COWN COUPLE OF YEARS, WE

HAVE A FEW WEEKS OF

ATTENTION, AND NOW IS OUR

TURN.

Scott: SCOTT ROSS FOR

CBN NEWS AT AMMUNITION

HILL IN JERUSALEM.

Mark: CBN HAS

PRODUCED A DOCUMENTARY

ABOUT THE SIX-DAY WAR, AND

IT'S CALLED "IN OUR HANDS:

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM."

ENCORE PRESENTATIONS OF

THE FILM HEAD TO THEATERS

ON JUNE 1 AND 6th.

GET YOUR TICKETS BY GOING

Mark: TOURISTS FOUND

A NUCE INSIDE THE NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN

HISTORY AND CULTURE ON

WEDNESDAY.

THE NEW MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY.

OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS THE

SECOND NUCE LEFT AT THE

SMITHSONIAN SITE IN LESS

THAN A WEEK.

IT WAS FOUND IN THE

SEGREGATION SECTION OF THE

HISTORY GALLERIES BY

MUSEUM VISITORS.

THE MUSEUM'S FOUNDING

DIRECTOR SAID IN A

STATEMENT THAT THE

INCIDENT IS A REMINDER OF

THE CHALLENGES

AFRICAN-AMERICANS STILL

FACE.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING

THAT INCIDENT.

> WHEN IT COMES TO

TALKING ABOUT RACE IN

AMERICA, TENSIONS OFTEN

RUN HIGH.

EVEN WITHIN THE BLACK

COMMUNITY, THERE CAN BE

DISAGREEMENT ON WHAT IS

THE RIGHT APPROACH.

CAITLIN BURKE BRINGS US

THE STORY OF ONE MAN WHO

IS TAKING ON THE ISSUE IN

HIS OWN WAY.

*

Reporter: PLAYING

MUSIC COMES AS NATURALLY

AS BREATHING FOR

58-YEAR-OLD BLUES MUSICIAN

DARYL DAVIS.

I'VE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC

PROFESSIONALLY SINCE 1980,

WHEN I GRADUATED COLLEGE

AT THE AGE OF 22.

Reporter: THROUGH

MUSIC, DAVIS HAS FORMED

SOME UNIQUE FRIENDSHIPS.

THAT'S SAM PHILIPS, THE

MAN WHO DISCOVERED ELVIS

PRESLEY, CHUCK BERRY,

DOLLY PARTON.

Reporter: AND ALSO

SOME UNLIKELY ONES.

THAT IS THE HEAD OF THE

KU KLUX KLAN.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

HAPPEN TO GET FRIENDS WITH

HIM?

COUNTRY MUSIC HAD MADE

A RESURGENCE IN THIS

COUNTRY.

AND I WAS THE ONLY BLACK

GUY IN THIS COUNTRY BAND,

AND CONSEQUENTLY, THE ONLY

BLACK GUY IN MANY OF THE

PLACE WHERE WE PLAYED.

Reporter: ONE PLACE

WAS THE SILVER DOLLAR

LAUNCH IN FREDERICTON.

A WHITE MAN STOPPED DAVIS

AS HE WALKED OFF THE

STAGE.

HE SAID, I REALLY LIKE

Y'ALL'S MUSIC.

AND I SAID THANK YOU AND I

SHOOK HIS HAND.

AND HE MAKES THE REMARK,

AND HE CLINKS MY CLASS AND

CHEERS ME.

HE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS

THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAT

DOWN AND HAD A DRINK WITH

A BLACK MAN.

I THOUGHT, THIS GUY IS

REALLY HAVING A NIGHT OF

FIRSTS.

AGAIN, I WAS NAIVE.

AND I WASN'T TRYING TO BE

FACTITIOUS.

AND I SAID, WHY IS THAT?

HE STARED AT THE TABLETOP

AND DIDN'T ANSWER ME.

AND A FRIEND GOES, TELL

HIM, TELL HIM, TELL HIM.

AND I GO, TELL ME.

AND FINALLY HE SAYS, I'M A

MEMBER OF THE KU KLUX

KLAN.

Reporter: DAVIS

PONDERED ONE QUESTION: HOW

CAN YOU HATE ME WHEN YOU

DON'T KNOW ME?

HIS UN:30LY K.K.K.

CONNECTION INSPIRED HIM TO

START GETTING ANSWERS.

SOME YEARS LATER, I

DECIDED I WAS GOING TO

WRITE A BOOK ON THE KLAN.

Reporter: HIS

RESEARCH OFTEN PUT HIM IN

SOME DANGEROUS SITUATIONS,

BUT IT ALSO LED TO AN

UNEXPECTED CHANGE IN THE

RELATIONSHIP HE SHARED

WITH CERTAIN KLAN MEMBERS.

I WOULD ASK THEM

QUESTIONS AND THEN THEY

WOULD ANSWER THE

QUESTIONS.

BUT THEY WOULDN'T ASK FOR

MY OPINION.

AND THEN OVER TIME, I WAS

WOULD SAY, SO WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT BLAH, BLAH,

BLAH.

AND THEY WOULD SAY, I

THINK DAH, DAH, DAH, AND

THEN THEY WOULD SAY, WHAT

DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT,

DARYL.

WAIT A MINUTE, ALL OF A

SUDDEN I HAVE VALUE?

Reporter: DAVIS HAS

CONVINCED 25 MEMBERS OF

THE KU KLUX KLAN TO LEAVE

THE ORGANIZATION SIMPLY

THROUGH CONVERSATION.

WHEN THEY DID SO, THEY

GAVE ME THEIR UNIFORMS.

THIS UNIFORM REPRESENTS

WHITE SUPREMACY, AND

YOU'RE TAKING IT OFF AND

GIVING IT TO A BLACK MAN?

Reporter: THE NEW

GENERATION IS FIGHTING

RACISM THEIR OWN WAY.

RATHER THAN TRYING TO

CHANGE ONE MIND AT A TIME,

AS DAVIS HAS DONE, THIS

ACTIVIST GENERATION IS

USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO

REACH THE MASSES.

SOME HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF

DAVIS, SAYING HE IS

DEFEATING THEIR PURPOSE

WITH HIS RELATIONAL

APPROACH.

THE FACT THAT I WOULD

SIT DOWN AND SPEND SO MUCH

TIME WITH THE ENEMY, WHEN

I SHOULD BE DEVOTING MY

TIME TO CHANGING THE

SYSTEM OF WHITE SUPREMACY.

Reporter: DAVIS

BELIEVES THE YOUNGER

GENERATION HAS THE RIGHT

INTENT, ALTHOUGH THEIR

INTENT TAINTS THE

MISSIONS.

YOU DON'T CHANGE THE

SYSTEM WITHOUT CHANGING

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE

SYSTEM, OKAY?

THAT'S WHY I'M SITTING

DOWN WITH THEM, AND I'VE

HAD SUCCESS.

Reporter: CAITLIN

BURKE, CBN NEWS,

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.

Mark: MORE THAN 50

YEARS AGO, THE BEACH BOYS

SANG "CATCH A WAVE AND

YOU'LL BE SITTING ON TOP

OF THE WORLD."

AND TODAY SURFING IS AS

POPULAR AS EVER.

WENDY GRIFFITH TRAVELLED

TO THE WHITE SANDY BEACHES

OF PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, TO

LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES

AND DISCOVERED THIS WAS NO

ORDINARY SURF CAMP.

DID YOU KNOW THAT

SURFING IS IN THE BIBLE?

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, WHEN

PAUL WAS SHIP WRECKED, IT

SAID THEY RODE TO SHORE ON

PLANKS.

Wendy: BEN MARTIN

DISCOVERED SURFING AS A

YOUNG BOY.

HIS NATURAL TALENT LED HIM

TO COMPETE.

AT ONE POINT HE ALMOST

WENT PRO BUT DIDN'T MAKE

THE CUT.

WITH HIS DREAM GONE, BEN

DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

AND FELL INTO DRUGS AND

CRIME.

ONE NIGHT, WHILE HIGH ON

OXYCONTIN AND ALCOHOL, HE

FLIPPED HIS CAR SEVERAL

TIMES ON THE INTERSTATE.

THAT'S WHEN HE HEARD GOD

SPEAK.

AND HE SAID, YOU'VE

BEEN ASKING ME TO HELP

YOU, AND I AM.

BUT IT'S GOING TO BE HARD,

BUT I WILL SEE YOU

THROUGH.

I WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO

THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.

Wendy: BEN DID RETURN

TO THE ACCIDENT SCENE, WAS

ARRESTED AND ENDED UP

SPENDING THREE MONTHS IN

JAIL.

I WAS ON SO MUCH

OXYCONTIN, THAT YOU DIE

FROM COMING OFF THE

WITHDRAWALS.

I LITERALLY LOOKED LIKE A

FISH FLOPPING ON THE

FLOOR.

AND HE CAME INTO THAT JAIL

CELL, AND IT WAS LIKE THE

WOMAN THAT WAS CAUGHT IN

ADULTERY.

HE SHOWED UP AT MY WORSE

MOMENT AND HE SAID, I

DON'T CONDEMN YOU.

NOW GO AND SIN NO MORE.

THAT GIFT OF NO

CONDEMNATION GAVE ME THE

POWER TO OVERCOME.

HE CHANGED ME IN THAT JAIL

CELL.

Wendy: AFTER THAT

NIGHT, BEN NEVER LOOKED

BACK AND FELT GOD URGING

HIM TO USE HIS TALENTS TO

TEACH OTHERS THE JOY OF

SURFING.

AND HE JUST GAVE ME

REALLY A SIMPLE FORMULA,

ALMOST THE ABCs OF

SURFING.

AND WITH THAT AND HIS

ANOINTING AND HIS GRACE,

I'VE BEEN ABLE TO TEACH

JUST ABOUT ANYONE HOW TO

SURF.

THE BEST SURFER IS THE ONE

HAVING THE MOST FUN.

Wendy: THESE SURFERS

HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER

THE COUNTRY HERE TO

PENSACOLA, AND ALTHOUGH

THEY LOVE THE GREAT WAVES,

WHAT THEY REALLY LIKE

ABOUT THE SURF CAMP IS THE

SPIRITUAL COMPONENT.

WE DIDN'T REALIZE IT

WAS A CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY,

AND SO WHEN HE PRAYED

BEFORE WE STARTED --

FATHER, I PRAY THAT THE

JELLYFISH WOULD DISAPPEAR

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

WE WERE, LIKE, ARE YOU

KIDDING.

AND NOW WE WANT TO LIVE

HERE NOW AND SURF WITH

HIM.

Wendy: JESUS AND

SURFING DO GO TOGETHER?

ABSOLUTELY, ESPECIALLY

WITH ALL OF THE JELLYFISH

OUT THERE.

Wendy: WHAT IS IT

LIKE TO SURF AS AN ADULT?

WHEN YOU ACTUALLY GET

UP, IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU'RE

A KID AND YOU'RE RIDING A

BIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOU ACTUALLY STAND UP AND

YOU'RE JUST -- I DON'T

KNOW, THE WIND IS BLOWING

IN YOUR HAIR.

IT IS A GREAT FEELING.

IT'S A GREAT FEELING,

YEAH.

BEN HAS ALWAYS HELPED

US AND ENCOURAGED US TO GO

TO GOD.

HE USES THE SURFING TO

HELP WITH UNDERSTANDING

CHRIST.

HE BAPTIZED BACK IN MAY.

HE SHOWS US THE WAY, ALONG

WITH OUR PARENTS.

Wendy: I JUST SAW YOU

CATCH A PRETTY COOL WAVE.

HOW DO IT FEEL TREG.

>? IT WAS PRIEL PRETTY

ENJOYABLE.

THEY TIE A LOT INTO THE

BIBLE, LIKE THE LEASH IS

YOUR LIFELINE.

Wendy: WHAT DO YOU

LOVE ABOUT SURF CAMP?

I LOVE THAT I CAN STILL

SURF AT MY AGE.

AND TO BE ABLE TO DO IT

WITH MY SON IS EVEN MORE

EXCITING.

Wendy: IF YOU THOUGHT

YOU COULD NEVER SURF,

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

AND GUESS WHAT?

I WAS WRONG.

Wendy: BEN SAYS

ADULTS HAVE MORE FEARS

ABOUT SURFING THAN KIDS.

WE HAVE TO OVERCOME ALL

OF THE FEARS OF WHY THEY

CAN'T.

FEAR IS SOMETHING THAT THE

WORLD TAUGHT US.

SO WHEN YOU BREAKTHROUGH

THAT, WHEN YOU PUSH

THROUGH AND SEE THAT, WOW,

YOU REALLY CAN, IT REALLY

DOES CHANGE YOU.

WHERE DID WE LEARN WE

COULDN'T?

Wendy: AND BEN ALSO

LIKES TO EASE FEARS ABOUT

WHAT IS UNDER THE WATER.

THAT'S WHY I

INCORPORATE PRAYER.

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF

PRAYER.

AND GOD HAS DEFINITELY

KEPT ME SAFE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE GET

SHARKS A LOT IN THE WATER.

WE'RE PUTTING OUR FAITH IN

ACTION, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE

ENTER INTO THE GULF, AND

WE'RE DEPENDING ON GOD TO

KEEP US SAFE.

Wendy: FOR BEN,

SURFING IS NOT ONLY A

PASSION, BUT A WAY TO

REACH PEOPLE THAT MAY

NEVER ENTER A CHURCH WITH

THE LOVE OF JESUS.

I REALLY DO FEEL LIKE

I'M SERVING THE LORD WHEN

I'M SURFING BECAUSE IT IS

A TALENT THAT HE GAVE ME.

I FEEL LIKE I'M GLORIFYING

HIM WITH THAT.

IIT HAS OPENED DOORS FOR ME

TO SHARE THE GRACE THAT HE

HAS SHED UPON ME.

Wendy: WENDY

GRIFFITH, CBN NEWS.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA.

Mark: THAT'S IT FOR

NOW.

HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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