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CBN NewsWatch: July 27, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, July 27: Pentagon mum as Trump's transgender ban draws praise, scorn; Deadline passes for parents and hospital to agree on death plan for Charlie Gard, and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: THANKS FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

SENATE REPUBLICANS CAN'T

AGREE ON A REPLACEMENT

HEALTH CARE BILL FOR

OBAMACARE, SO PLAN "B" MAY

BE WHAT IS CALLED A SKINNY

BILL.

IT GETS RID OF PARTS OF

OBAMACARE.

DALE HURD IS ON THIS

STORY.

THE AMENDMENT IS NOT

AGREED TO.

Reporter: WITHOUT THE

VOTES TO REPEAL AND

REPLACEMENT OBAMACARE,

SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE

LOWERING THEIR SIGHTS AND

TRYING TO UNITE BEHIND A

SO-CALLED SKINNY REPEAL,

WHICH WOULD ONLY UNDO SOME

OF THE MOST UNPOPULAR

PARTS OF OBAMACARE.

WE WANT TO GET

LEGISLATION TO PASS.

Reporter: THE SKINNY

BILL IS AN ATTEMPT BY

REPUBLICANS TO KEEP THEIR

PROMISE ALIVE TO REPEAL

AND REPLACE OBAMACARE.

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO

SADDLE UP AND PUT IT ALL

ON THE TABLE AND SAY THIS

IS MY POSITION.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

TRUMP CALLED OUT

REPUBLICAN SENATORS LIKE

ALASKA'S LISA MURCOWSKI

FOR VOTING AGAINST REPEAL

AND REPLACE.

President Trump: ANY

SENATOR WHO VOTES AGAIN

REPEAL AND REPLACE IS

TELLING AMERICA THEY ARE

FINE WITH THE OBAMACARE

NIGHTMARE.

Reporter: A SKINNY

REPEAL WOULD PROBABLY END

THE OBAMACARE MANDATES

THAT MOST PEOPLE BUY

INSURANCE OR PAY A

PENALTY, AND IT WOULD NOT

REQUIRE THAT MOST

EMPLOYERS PROVIDE HEALTH

INSURANCE FOR THEIR

WORKERS.

IT WOULD KEEP OBAMACARE'S

EXPANSION OF MEDICAID FOR

LOW INCOME AMERICANS IN 31

STATES, AND REQUIRE

INSURERS TO PROVIDE

COVERAGE FOR ANYONE

REGARDLESS OF THEIR

HEALTH.

MOST SENATORS HOPE THE

SKINNY BILL WILL PASS AND

THEN TURN INTO REPLACEMENT

ONCE IT GOES TO THE JOINT

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

BEFORE THE HOUSE AND

SENATE.

Efrem: THE PENTAGON

IS NOT RELEASING THE

NUMBER OF TRANSGENDER

TROOPS NOW SERVING IN THE

MILITARY, FOLLOWING THE

PRESIDENT'S MOVE TO BAN

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FROM

SERVING IN THE U.S. IN A

CAPACITY IN THE MILITARY.

ERIC GONZALES, OUR CBN

NATIONAL SECURITY

CORRESPONDENT TAKES A LOOK

AT THE REACTION.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

TRUMP ANNOUNCED PLANS TO

REINSTATE THE TRANSGENDER

BAN THROUGH TWITTER ON

WEDNESDAY.

THE PRESIDENT SAID

AMERICAN FORCES MUST BE

FOCUSED ON DECISIVE AND

OVERWHELMING VICTORY, AND

COULD NOT AFFORD TO

ACCOMMODATE THEM.

AND HE VOICED THIS IS A

VERY EXPENSIVE AND

DISRUPTIVE POLICY, AND

BASED ON CONSULTATION HE

HAS HAD WITH HIS NATIONAL

SECURITY TEAM, CAME TO THE

CONCLUSION IT ERODES

MILITARY READINESS AND

UNITE COHESION, AND MADE

THE DECISION BASED ON

THAT.

Reporter: THE

ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER

JAMES MATTIS LAST MONTH

DELAYED A REVIEW OF AN

OBAMA POLICY THAT ALLOWED

OPENLY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

TO JOIN THE MILITARY.

Reporter: WE REFER

ALL STATEMENTS TO THE

WHITE HOUSE, AND WE WILL

CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY

WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TO

ADDRESS THE NEW GUIDANCE

BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

ON TRANSGENDERS SERVING IN

THE MILITARY.

A STUDY SHOWS THERE ARE

BETWEEN 2500 AND 7,000

MEMBERS ON ACTIVE DUTY AND

UP TO 4,000 IN THE

RESERVES.

LAWMAKERS ARE DEBATING THE

CURRENT PRACTICE OF

REQUIRING THE PENTAGON TO

PAY FOR GENDER TRANSITION,

WHICH COST TAXPAYERS OVER

$4 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS.

KEVIN McCARTHY APPEARED

ON CBN'S "FAITH NATION."

IT LOOKS LIKE PRESIDENT

TRUMP HAS COME OUT, AFTER

TALKING TO HIS GENERALS

AND OTHERS, SAYING THAT

MAYBE IT IS NOT THE BEST

FOR THE MILITARY

CURRENTLY.

OUR PRESIDENT IS THE

COMMANDER IN CHIEF.

HE MAKES DECISIONS AFTER

TALKING WITH FIELD

COMMANDERS.

HE HAS A D.O.D. LEADERSHIP

TEAM, THE HEAD OF JOINT

CHIEFS.

IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO

SUPPORT THAT MILITARY

TEAM.

THIS IS THEIR DECISION, SO

WE WILL SUPPORT IT.

IT SEEMS TO ME IF

SOMEONE COMES TO THE

MILITARY WITH THE NOTION

OF SAYING I WANT TO SERVE

MY COUNTRY AND WANT TO

PROTECT THIS, THE LAST

GREAT HOPE OF MANKIND ON

EARTH, AT LEAST THEY

SHOULD FIGURE OUT -- AND I

SAY THIS WITHOUT MALICE --

FIGURE OUT WHETHER YOUR A

MAN OR WOMAN FIRST AND

THEN COME TO THE MILITARY

AND SERVE THIS COUNTRY.

Reporter: THERE IS NO

WORD YET ON HOW THIS

POLICY WOULD AFFECT THE

FUTURE OF TRANSGENDER

AMERICANS CURRENTLY

SERVING IN THE U.S.

MILITARY.

ERIC GONZALES, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: PRESIDENT

TRUMP IS SET TO NOMINATE

KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM

BROWNBACK AS THE

AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

IF CONFIRMED BY THE

SENATE, HE'LL RUN THE

STATE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE

WHICH PROMOTES RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM THROUGH FOREIGN

POLICY.

HE TWEETED, RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM IS THE FIRST

FREEDOM, THE CHOICE OF

WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR OWN

SOUL.

I'M HONORED TO SERVE SUCH

AN IMPORTANT CAUSE.

> THE STRONG FAITH OF

AMERICA'S FOUND FOUNDERS LED

THEM TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY IN A SPECIAL WAY.

BUT THAT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

IS FACING HARSH ATTACKS.

Reporter: WHEN

AMERICA BECAME A

CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC,

MOST OF ITS FOUNDERS

BELIEVED IN GOD.

MICHAEL PAULSON SAYS

THAT'S WHY IT MAKES SO

MUCH SENSE THEY PROTECT

THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WITH

THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

IF GOD MAKES COMMANDS

ON PEOPLE, THOSE COMMANDS

ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN

WHAT THE STATE REQUIRES.

Reporter: BUT HE

WORRIES IN AN INCREASINGLY

SECULAR SOCIETY, THAT

SENSE IS DECAYING.

IT IS KIND OF A LOST

PERSPECTIVE IN THE MODERN

ERA.

Reporter: HE IS

CONCERNED ABOUT A GROWING

HOSTILITY TOWARDS THOSE

PRACTICING THEIR FAITH,

ESPECIALLY IN BUSINESS.

IT BECOMES A VIEW THAT

RELIGION IS AN

AFFIRMATIVELY HARMFUL

THING, AND PROTECTING WHAT

YOU DON'T THINK

CORRESPONDS TO ANY

OBJECTIVE TRUTH IS KIND OF

LIKE PROTECTING COOKINESS.

Reporter: THEY THINK

ACTIONS LIKE THOSE, GOING

AGAINST BAKERS, ARE ACTIVE

DISCRIMINATION.

YOU CAN MAKE A KU KLUX

KLAN CAKE OR AN

ANTI-MUSLIM CAKE.

BY MAKING IT A

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, THE

SUPREME COURT HAS GIVEN

FUEL TO THE FORCES THAT

WHICH TO OVERRIDE THE

CLAIMS OF RELIGIOUS

CONSCIENCE.

Reporter: BUT HE

POINTS OUT THOSE INSISTING

RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS ARE

WRONG FOR ACTIVITIES LIKE

ABORTION OR SAME-SEX

MARRIAGE IS A HUGE

BARRIER.

THE CONSTITUTION

PROTECTS RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY.

Reporter: AS SOCIETY

BECOMES MORE SECULAR,

PAULSON THINKS BELIEVERS

WILL HAVE TO DEFEND THEIR

FAITH THAT MAKES LOGICAL

SENSE TO OTHERS PANA.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IOTHERS.

IT IS NOT IRRATIONAL TO

BELIEVE IN GOD.

AND WE NEED TO EXPLAIN THE

PREMISES THAT UNDERLIE THE

RELIGIOUS FAITH TO PEOPLE

WITH COMPETING

PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEFS.

> IT IS OBVIOUSLY TRUE

THE MORE SOCIETY BECOMES

SECULARIZED, THE LESS

STRONGLY IT WILL VALUE AND

PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY STRONG

FOR ALL CHRISTIANS,

MUSLIMS, AND JEWS.

Reporter: WE MAY BE

ENTERING AN AGE WHERE

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS

THREATENED LIKE NEVER

BEFORE IN AMERICA.

WHICH IS WHY IT IS MORE

IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT

THERE BE EFFORTS IN THE

PUBLIC SQUARE TO PRESERVE

IT.

Efrem: THE PARENTS OF

CHARLIE GARD HAVE MADE THE

DECISION TO MOVE THE IN

FABINFANT TO HOSPICE CARE.

THEY HAVE UNTIL NOON ON

THURSDAY TO AGREE ON AN

END OF LIFE PLAN.

SAYING THAT THE DECISION

IS, QUOTE, "IN CHARLIE'S

BEST INTEREST TO BE MOVED

TO HOSPICE."

GARD'S PARENTS HAD FOUGHT

TO BRING THEM TO THE

UNITED STATES, BUT

CONCEDED ON WEDNESDAY THAT

THE BEST DECISION FOR

THEIR SON WAS HOSPICE

CARE.

THEY HOPE FOR A TEAM OF

DOCTORS SO THEY CAN SPEND

MORE TIME WITH HIM BEFORE

HIS LIFE SUPPORT IS TURNED

OFF.

A WISCONSIN COMPANY IS

SET TO BECOME THE FIRST IN

AMERICA TO GIVE ITS

EMPLOYEES THE OPPORTUNITY

TO HAVE MICROCHIP

IMPLANTS.

THE PLAN IS VOLUNTEER, AND

IT WOULD ALLOW THE

EMPLOYEES TO USE THE CHIPS

IMPLANTED IN THEIR HANDS

TO BUY THINGS, USE THE

COPY MACHINE, OPEN DOORS,

AND SO ON.

IT IS THE NEXT THING

THAT IS INEVIDENTABLY

GOING TO HAPPEN AND WE

WANT TO BE A PART OF IT.

Efrem: THE COMPANY IS

PAYING FOR THE CHIPS,

EMPHASIZING THAT THE CHIPS

WOULD NOT INCLUDE G.P.S.

THAT WOULD ALLOW IT TO

TRACK ITS EMPLOYEES.

> AS FREEDOM OPENS ITS

DOORS TO MUSLIM REFUGEES,

THEY'RE SHOVING CHRISTIAN

CONVERTS OUT, EVEN THE

ONES WHO FACE PER PERSECUTION

BACK HOME.

WE'LL HEAR FROM ONE

IRANIAN ACTRESS WHO FACES

SIX MONTHS IN PRISON IF

Efrem: A FEW YEARS

AGO SWEDEN OPENED ITS

DOORS TO MORE MIGRANTS

THAN THE REST OF EUROPE

COMBINED, BUT NOW THE

SWEDES HAVE YANKED THE

WELCOME MAT, AND

CHRISTIANS ARE BEING SENT

BACK TO THEIR HOME

COUNTRIES, TO FACE AN

UNCERTAIN FUTURE AND DEATH

IN POSSIBLE MUSLIM

NATIONS.

DALE HURD REPORTS ON ONE

SUCH CASE FROM SWEDEN.

Reporter: SWEDEN IS

ABOUT TO DEPORT AIDEEN

STRANDSSON BACK TO THE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN,

WHERE SHE FACES TORTURE,

RAPE, AND EVEN DEATH IN AN

IRANIAN PRISON.

BUT THE SWEDISH OFFICIALS

HAVE TOLD HER BECOMING A

CHRISTIAN WAS HER

DECISION, AND NOW IT IS

HER PROBLEM AND NOT

THEIRS.

THIS FROM A NATION THAT

THINKS OF ITSELF AS ONE OF

THE MOST HUMANE COUNTRIES

IN THE WORLD.

AFTER ALL, SWEDEN IS THE

HUMANITARIAN SUPER POWER

WHICH WELCOMED REFUGEES

WITH OPEN ARMS, UNTIL THE

GOVERNMENT TOOK TOO MUCH

POLITICAL HEAT AND DECIDED

SOME HAVE TO GO, WHETHER

IT KILLS THEM OR NOT.

SWEDEN'S MIGRATION BOARD

EVEN VIOLATES ITS OWN

PRINCIPLES, THAT IT WILL

NEVER DEPORT

ASYLUM-SEEKERS TO A NATION

WHERE THEY WILL BE HARMED.

THE IMMIGRATION BOARD

HAS ON ITS HOME PAGE

INFORMATION ABOUT EACH

COUNTRY.

AND IN THE INFORMATION

REGARDING IRAN, THERE ARE

PLENTY OF REPORTS STATING

THAT IT IS STANDARD TO

TORTURE AND TO RAPE IN

IRANIAN PRISONS.

THE QUESTION WE HAVE BEEN

ASKING IMMIGRATION TIME

AND TIME AGAIN IS: WHY ARE

YOU PUTTING THIS

INFORMATION ON YOUR HOME

PAGE IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW

IT?

Reporter: THIS

SWEDISH ATTORNEY HAS

ASSISTED AN ESTIMATED

1,000 CHRISTIAN

ASYLUM-SEEKERS FACING

DEPORTATION.

DO YOU THINK IN AIDEEN'S

CASE THEY THINK SHE IS

LYING OR THEY JUST DON'T

CARE?

PRIMARILY, THEY JUST

DON'T CARE.

IT IS NUMBERS.

THEY HAVE PROMISED THE

PUBLIC IN SWEDEN THAT THEY

WILL DEPORT MORE PEOPLE

THAN BEFORE AND THEY HAVE

TO FILL THE QUOTA.

Reporter: AIDEEN

STRANDSSON CAME TO SWIED SWEDEN

ON A WORK VISA AND ADOPTED

HER LAST NAME.

SHE SAYS SHE CAME TO

CHRIST IN IRAN AFTER

SEEING VIDEO OF MUSLIMS

STONING A WOMAN TO DEATH.

AND I DECIDED THAT I

DON'T WANT TO BE MUSLIM

ANYMORE.

Reporter: AND THEN

SHE HAD A DREAM.

I HAD A DREAM ABOUT

JESUS.

HE WAS SITTING NEAR ME,

AND HE TOOK MY HAND.

Reporter: IN IRAN,

WHERE IT CAN BE DEADLY TO

CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY,

AIDEEN KEPT HER CONVERSION

LARGELY A SECRET.

BUT WHEN SHE CAME TO

SWEDEN, SHE REQUESTED A

PUBLIC BAPTISM.

I WANTED A BAPTISM IN A

PUBLIC BECAUSE I WANT TO

SAY I DON'T AFRAID

ANYMORE.

I'M FREE AND I'M CHRISTIAN

AND I WANT EVERYONE TO

KNOW ABOUT IT.

Reporter: IRANIAN

INTELLIGENCE MOST LIKELY

ALREADY KNOWS, TOO.

ARTICLE 33 ON THE GENEVA

CONVENTION ON REFUGEES

PROHIBITS NATIONS FROM

DEPORTING ASYLUM-SEEKERS

BACK TO THEIR HOME

COUNTRIES IF THEY FACE

DANGER.

BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED

SWEDEN.

CBN NEWS HAS INTERVIEWED

SEVERAL PEOPLE IN SWEDEN

FACING DEPORTATION WITH

THAT THREAT.

HE SAYS PART OF THE

PROBLEM IS THAT MIGRATION

OFFICIALS DON'T UNDERSTAND

WHY SOMEONE WOULD BECOME A

CHRISTIAN.

AND THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A

CHRISTIAN.

LESS 20% OF SWEDES SAY

THEY BELIEVE IN GOD.

THIS IS MOST APPARENT

WHEN THEY COME TO THE

QUESTION WHEN A CONVERT

SAYS I CONVERTED BECAUSE

OF THE LOVE I HAVE

RECEIVED FROM JESUS

CHRIST.

AND THEY ALMOST MOCKINGLY

ASK THE CONVERT, WHAT DO

YOU MEAN BY LOVE?

THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE

MESSAGE IN THE BIBLE.

IT'S JUST COMPLETELY ALIEN

TO THEM.

Reporter: THE SWEDISH

MIGRATION BOARD'S PRESS

OFFICER TOLD US, IF THE

PERSON HAS WELL-FOUNDED

REASONS TO FEAR

PERSECUTION DUE TO

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, HE SOR

SHE WILL BE GRANTED ASYLUM

IN SWEDEN.

BY AIDEEN'S ASYLUM REQUEST

HAS BEEN REJECTED.

A SWEDISH IMMIGRATION

OFFICIAL TOLD HER IT

WOULDN'T BE AS BAD FOR HER

IN IRAN AS SHE EXPECTED,

BECAUSE SHE WOULD ONLY

HAVE TO SPEND ABOUT SIX

MONTHS IN PRISON.

DONNER TOLD US OF A

SIMILAR CASE WHERE AN

IRANIAN WOMAN WAS IN

PRISON AFTER BECOMING A

CHRISTIAN.

AFTER HER RELEASE, SHE

WAS SILENT.

AFTER SIX WEEKS, SHE THREW

HERSELF OUT FROM A WINDOW

ON THE FOURTH FLOOR AND

KILLED HERSELF.

SIX MONTHS AS A WOMAN

IN A PRISON IS NO PROBLEM.

THEY DON'T CARE.

NO, THEY DON'T CARE

ABOUT IT.

Reporter: DALE HURD,

CBN NEWS, STOCKHOLM.

Efrem: IF YOU WANT TO

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP

AIDEEN, SIMPLY GO TO

cbnnews.com.

> IT IS CALLED "THE

WORSHIP WAGON," AND IT IS

BRINGING CHURCH TO THE

UNREACHED.

WE TAKE YOU -- WE'LL TELL

YOU THIS STORY NEXT.

Efrem: A FIRST IN

COSTA RICA, AN HISTORIC

GATHERING AS CHURCH

LEADERS AND POLITICIANS

TOOK TO THE STREETS IN SAN

JOSE, IN OPPOSITION TO

GENDER IDENTITY EDUCATION.

THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION

MINISTER WANTS TO INCLUDE

THE TOPIC IN COSTA RICAN

SEX EDUCATION INSTRUCTION,

BUT THOUSANDS OF

EVANGELICALS RALLIED TO

VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR

BIBLICAL VALUES AND TO

PRAY FOR STUDENTS AND THE

NATION'S SCHOOLS.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGED

PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

TO GET INVOLVED TO ADVANCE

A PRO-FAMILY SOCIETY AND

GOVERNMENT.

Reporter THE CHURCH HAS TO

DEFINE ITSELF ON THESE

ISSUES, AND THEN IT MUST

UNITE, AND ALWAYS, IT MUST

PRAY.

WE SHOULD PRAY.

WE SHOULD BE A VOICE, A

VOICE OF THE EVANGELICALS

AND THE AMERICAN

CONTINENT, AND DEFEND OUR

VALUES AND DEFENDING LIFE

AND DEFENDING FAMILY.

Efrem: AN OUTREACH

MINISTRY IN KANSAS CITY,

MISSOURI, HAS COME UP WITH

A UNIQUE WAY TO REACH THE

CITY'S HOMELESS

POPULATION.

INSTEAD OF PEOPLE GOING TO

CHURCH, IT BRINGS THE

CHURCH TO THE PEOPLE WITH

A VEHICLE CALLED "THE

WORSHIP WAGON," AND LIVES

ARE BEING RESTORED ONE

SERVICE AT A TIME.

* I KNOW YOU CAN MAKE ME

NEW *

Charlene: SONGS OF

PRAISE FILL THE AIR UNDER

THIS BRIDGE NEAR DOWNTOWN

KANSAS CITY.

THIS CHURCH BEHIND ME,

WHICH DOESN'T HAVE ANY

WALLS AND NO PEWS, IS

TOUCHING THE LIVES OF SOME

OF THE MOST UNREACHED

PEOPLE IN THE HEART OF

KANSAS CITY.

WELCOME TO "THE WORSHIP

WAGON," A MOBILE CHURCH

SERVING THE POOR AND

HOMELESS.

THOUGH ATTENDING THE

CHURCH ON WHEELS

PARTICIPATE IN A WEEKLY

NON DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE

EACH MONDAY NIGHT AND ARE

ENCOURAGED TO COME AS THEY

ARE.

BRUCE AND JILL CAME UP

WITH THE IDEA.

WE'LL SET UP SOMETIMES,

ABOUT 5:30 IN THE EVENING,

AND NO ONE WILL BE HERE.

AND THEN WE'LL GET THE

MUSIC GOING, AND YOU'LL

SEE PEOPLE DRIFTING OUT OF

THE WOODS, WHICH IS BEHIND

US, ALONG WITH THE

MISSOURI RIVER, WHERE

ABOUT 100 PEOPLE LIVE, 100

HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVE THERE

YEAR-ROUND, AND THOSE ARE

OUR PARISHIONERS.

MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN

WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS

FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS NOW.

WE TRIED REALLY HARD IN A

FEW DIFFERENT WAYS TO

THINK ABOUT TAKING PEOPLE

OUT OF THE STREET AND INTO

A WORLD IN WHICH WE FEEL

MORE COMFORTABLE.

AND WE LEARNED SOME

LESSONS THAT WAY, THAT

MAYBE THAT'S NOT ALWAYS

THE BEST WAY TO BRING

GOD'S WORD TO THOSE

PEOPLE.

WE DECIDED TO BRING THE

CHURCH ON TO THE STREET

INSTEAD.

Charlene: EACH WEEK

VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL

CHURCHES FILL THE WAGON

WITH EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR

THE SERVICE.

WE HAVE A SIMPLE,

SINGLE-AXLE TRAILER, BUT

IN THAT TRAILER, WE HAVE A

REALLY PROFESSIONAL-GRADE

SOUND SYSTEM THAT IS VERY

COMPACT, AND WE CAN WHEEL

THE IT OUT AND GET IT SET

UP VERY QUICKLY.

WE HAVE A QUIET GENERATOR

THAT POWERS THE WHOLE

SOUND SYSTEM.

WE CAN HAVE A COMPLETE

BAND HERE PLAYING WORSHIP

MUSIC WITH JUST THAT

SYSTEM.

AND ALSO IN THE TRAILER

WE'VE GOT A TON OF CHAIRS.

IN THE WINTER, WE PUT A

COMMERCIAL-GRADE HEADER,

IT RUNS OFF DIESEL.

IT LOOKS LIKE A HUGE

SATELLITE INSTALLATION.

AND SOME GUYS WILL JUST

COME TO GET WARM AND THEN

THEY HEAR THE GOSPEL.

IT IS FUN TO SEE HOW THAT

HAPPENS.

Charlene: RAIN OR

SHINE, THE WHEELS KEEP

ROLLING.

WE'VE BEEN DOWN HERE

EVERY MONDAY BUT ONE, FOR

A YEAR AND A HALF.

AND THE ONLY REASON WE

MISSED IT IS BECAUSE THIS

ROAD OVER HERE WAS TOO ICY

TO DRIVE DOWN.

WE'VE BEEN DOWN HERE WHEN

IT WAS IN THE TEENS, AND

WE'RE ALL SHIVERING IN OUR

CAPS AND GLOVES.

AND WE'VE BEEN OUT HERE

WHEN IT HAS BEEN 100, AND

THERE HAS BEEN

THUNDERSTORMS ROLLING

AROUND AS WELL, AND RAIN.

WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH

THIS AMAZING LOCATION THAT

COVERS US.

AS LONG AS THERE IS NOT A

TORNADO RIGHT ON TOP OF US

OR ICE ON THE STREET, I

THINK WE HAVE LICENSE TO

BASICALLY COME DOWN HERE

AND SET UP SHOP.

Charlene: VOLUNTEER

MELVIN COLE SAYS HE OFTEN

SEES EXTRAORDINARY

REACTION FROM THOSE IN THE

AUDIENCE DURING WORSHIP.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WILL

GET UP AND HIGH-FIVE YOU

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

SONG.

AND THEY'LL DANCE AROUND.

I MEAN, I DANCE WITH THEM.

I GET OUT AND SHAKE HANDS

AND DANCE WITH THEM.

YOU REALLY WANT THE PEOPLE

TO FEEL CONNECTED AND THAT

WE ALL ARE WORSHIPPING GOD

TOGETHER.

Charlene: BEVERLY

COLE SAW HER LIFE

TRANSFORMED BY THE

MINISTRY.

A MESSAGE SHE NOW SHARES

WITH OTHERS.

IT WAS A DRUG ADDICT

FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

I KNOW GOD CHANGED ME FROM

THE INSIDE OUT.

I KNOW IF HE COULD CHANGE

ME, HE COULD CHANGE

ANYBODY.

Charlene: MEANWHILE,

THE WORSHIP WAGON PLANS TO

CONTINUE BRINGING CHURCH

TO THE DOWN AND OUT, IN

NEED OF HOPE AND HEALING.

GOD WORKS WITH US WHERE

WE'RE AT.

I THINK THAT'S THE BIGGEST

STORY HERE ABOUT "WORSHIP

WAGON," IS BRINGING GOD

AND BEING HIS EYES AND

EARS, HANDS AND FEET,

WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE AT,

INSTEAD OF THINKING YOU

CAN BRING THE PEOPLE TO

WHERE YOU'RE AT.

Charlene: CHARLENE

AARON, CBN NEWS, KANSAS

CITY, MISSOURI.

Efrem: YOU CAN SEE

THAT WAGON IN KANSAS

CITY,

MISSOURI.

Efrem: THANKS TO

"OPERATION BLESSING,"

CHILDREN IN GUATEMALA ARE

IN A SAFER SCHOOL

ENVIRONMENT.

THE ONLY SCHOOL IN A SMALL

FARMING COMMUNITY NOT FAR

FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

WAS ALMOST SHUT DOWN

BECAUSE IT HAD FALLEN INTO

DISREPAIR.

THE PARENTS BUILT A

TEMPORARY SCHOOL, BUT

SCORPIONS WERE FALLING

FROM THE DAMAGED ROOF INTO

THE CLASSROOMS, LANDING ON

THE CHILDREN AS THEY

STUDIED.

THEN "OPERATION BLESSING"

STEPPED IN AND BUILT A NEW

SCHOOL.

THE CHILDREN NOW HAVE TWO

CLASSROOMS WITH GOOD

VENTILATION FOR HOT

WEATHER AND SOLID METAL

ROOFS.

AND THEY HAVE BUILT

BATHROOMS, A RAIN

CATCHMENT SYSTEM FOR WATER

AND A HANDWASHING STATION.

> RIGHT NOW IT IS TIME

FOR YOUR THURSDAY

THANKFUL.

I'M MOST THAN THANKFUL FOR THIS

TRUTH: GOD IS AS ARTIST.

GIVE HIM THE CANVAS OF

YOUR LIFE AND WATCH HIM

CREATE A MASTERPIECE.

HE IS THE POTTER AND WE

ARE THE CLAY.

IT DOESN'T ALWAYS FEEL

GOOD, BUT HE IS MAKING AND

MOLDING US TO BE ALL THAT

HE HAS CALLED US TO BE.

IN THE END, AND EVEN IN

THE PROCESS, IT WILL BE

MORE THAN YOU CAN DREAM OR

IMAGINE.

> THAT IS GOING TO DO IT

FOR THIS EDITION CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND

MORE OF OUR EXCLUSIVE

COVERAGE OF THE ISSUES YOU

CARE MOST ABOUT ALWAYS AT

cbnnews.com.

GOOD-BYE.

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

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