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CBN NewsWatch: August 24, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 24th: President Trump is hoping the threat of a government shutdown will fast-track a spending bill to fund his border wall with Mexico; Many people believe Muslim refugees are a potential security threat but a group of ... Read Transcript


Efrem: THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

PRESIDENT TRUMP I IS IS THE

HOPING THE THREAT OF A

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WILL

FAST-TRACK A SPENDING BILL

TO FUND HIS BORDER WALL TO

MEXICO.

BUT IT IS A HARDLINE

APPROACH THAT COULD

BACKFIRE.

Reporter: PRESIDENT

TRUMP IS WILLING TO TAKE A

STAND TO GET HIS

GOVERNMENT WALL,

THREATENING A SHUTDOWN IF

CONGRESS DOESN'T SIGN OFF

ON IT.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WE Reporter: THE

LAWMAKERS RETURNED IN

WASHINGTON IN EARLY

SEPTEMBER, AND HAVE ONLY A

SMALL WINDOW OF TIME

BEFORE THE BUDGET

DEADLINE.

THE GOVERNMENT'S CURRENT

FUNDING IS SET TO EXPIRE

ON OCTOBER 1st.

I DON'T THINK ANYONE IS

INTERESTED IN HAVING A

SHUTDOWN.

Reporter: HOUSE

SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAYS HE

BELIEVES LAWMAKERS WOULD

WORK TO PASS A SHORT-TERM

SPENDING BILL IN

SEPTEMBER.

RYAN ALSO SAID THE

GOVERNMENT COULD KEEP

OPERATING WHILE AT THE

SAME TIME TRYING TO FOLLOW

THROUGH ON THE PRESIDENT'S

PRIORITY OF SECURING THE

BORDER.

WHILE WE WORK ON DOING

WHAT WE ACTUALLY SAID WE

WOULD DO, WHAT WE'VE DONE

ALREADY IN THE HOUSE, AND

WHICH WE NEED TO DO, WHICH

IS CONTROL OUR BORDER.

I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO

CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO.

Reporter: DEMOCRATS,

MEANWHILE, OUTRIGHT

REJECTED TRUMP'S THREAT OF

A SHUTDOWN WITH NANCY

PELOSI CALLING IT

DESTRUCTIVE AND POINTLESS,

AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER

CHARLES SCHUMER SAYING IT

WOULDN'T ACCOMPLISH

ANYTHING.

THE PRESIDENT IS ALSO

CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO

GET RID OF THE FILIBUSTER,

WHICH WOULD MAKE IT EASIER

FOR REPUBLICANS TO PUSH

THE BILL THROUGH.

BECAUSE OF THE SENATE

FILIBUSTER RULES, THE

SPENDING BILL TO FUND THE

WALL REQUIRES 60 VOTES TO

ADVANCE.

THE REPUBLICANS HOLD ONLY

52 SEATS.

SO FAR NO DEMOCRAT IS

EXPECTED TO SUPPORT THE

BORDER WALL SPENDING BILL.

DEMOCRATS ARE LIKELY TO

HAVE A BUDGET ISSUE OF

THEIR OWN, TRYING TO KEEP

TAXPAYER MONEY GOING TO

PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

A POSSIBLE SHUTDOWN COULD

HAVE ANOTHER BIG DOWNSIDE

FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AND

REPUBLICANS.

IT WOULD INTERFERE WITH

THE PRESIDENT'S TOP

PRIORITY: A TAX PLAN TO

HELP REBUILD THE ECONOMY.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: THE WHITE

HOUSE IS GIVING THE

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SIX

MONTHS TO RE-INSTITUTE A

BAN ON TRANSGENDERS

SERVING IN THE MILITARY.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS

REPORTING A NEW WHITE

HOUSE MEMO LISTS

DEPLOYABILITY, THE ABILITY

TO SERVE IN A WAR ZONE OR

SPEND MONTHS ON A SHIP AS

A CAUSE FOR DISMISSING A

TRANSGENDER PERSON.

AND IT ENDS MEDICAL

TREATMENT FOR THE

CONDITION KNOWN AS GENDER

TRANSPHORIA.

AND LGBT ADVOCATES SAY IT

SHOULD BE LIKE OTHER

PEOPLE.

> IT IS ANOTHER LEGAL

DEFEAT FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL COACH IN

WASHINGTON STATE WHO IS

REMOVED FROM HIS JOB FOR

PRAYING.

A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT

AGREED WITH A LOWER

COURT'S RULING NOT TO

ALLOW COACH JOE KENNEDY TO

RETURN TO HIS JOB.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

DISMISSED HIM AFTER HE

REFUSED TO STOP PRAYING AT

MID-FIELD AFTER FOOTBALL

GAMES.

KENNEDY IS SUING THE

DISTRICT ON RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM GROWNLDZ.

GROUNDS.

> AND HE SOUGHT AN

INJUNCTION AGAINST THE

DISTRICT, ALLOWING HIM TO

RETURN TO WORK UNTIL A

DECISION IS DECIDED

WEDNESDAY, THE COURT RULED

AGAINST THE COACH.

> IN THE NETHERLANDS, A

MAN WAS ARRESTED IN

CONNECTION TO A POSSIBLE

TERROR ATTACK.

THAT MAN WAS DRIVING A VAN

OUTSIDE AN AMERICAN ROCK

CONCERT VAN IN ROTTERDAM.

THE DUTCH POLICE CANCELLED

THE CONCERT AFTER

RECEIVING A WARNING FROM

POLICE.

THE DRIVER WAS ARRESTED

AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR

QUESTIONING.

A BOMB SQUAD SEARCHED THAT

VAN.

A SPANISH NEWS AGENCY

REPORTS THAT THERE WAS NO

LINK TO JIHADIST

TERRORISM.

> MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE

MUSLIM REFUGEES ARE A

POTENTIAL SECURITY THREAT,

AND SOME SIMPLY SEE THEM

AS PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP

FINDING A HOME AND A

LIVELIHOOD.

AND OTHERS SEE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE SOME

OF THESE REFUGEES, NOT

ONLY FOR NOW BUT FOR ALL

ETERNITY.

Reporter: I'M

STANDING ON MARS HILL, THE

VERY SPOT WHERE THE

APOSTLE PAUL FIRST

INTRODUCED THE AFFINIANS

TO THE ONE GOD.

2,000 YEARS LATER,

EVANGELISTS ARE STILL

PREACHING THE GOSPEL HERE.

BUT INSTEAD OF TRAVELLING

LONG DISTANCES LIKE THEY

DID DURING THE TIMES OF

PAUL, THOSE THEY ARE

HOPING TO REACH ARE COMING

TO THEM.

THEY ARE COMING BY THE

TENS OF THOUSANDS.

REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS

FLEEING WAR AND HARDSHIP

IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES,

SEEKING REFUGE AND A MORE

PROMISING FUTURE.

GREECE IS THEIR FIRST STOP

IN EUROPE.

I CAME TO GREECE WITH

NO PURPOSE IN MIND.

NOT FOR MONEY, NOT FOR

WEALTH.

I JUST WANT TO FORGET WHAT

HAPPENED TO MY CHILDREN.

I WANT TO LIVE IN A SAFE

PLACE AND FORGET MY

CHILDREN.

Reporter: IN 2015, A

SNIPER IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL

WAR KILLED AMAL'S HUSBAND.

A WEEK LATER, WHILE STILL

GRIEVING HIS DEATH, SHE

TRAVELLED TO SEE HER

SISTER.

I LEFT MY SONS AT HOME

AND WENT TO VISIT MY

SISTER, WHO LIVES SEVEN

HOURS AWAY.

HER HUSBAND HAD JUST

PASSED AWAY.

I WENT TO COMFORT HER.

ISIS MEMBERS CAME IN THE

HOUSE AT NIGHT WHEN MY

SONS WERE SLEEPING AND

SLAUGHTERED THEM.

Reporter: TRAUMATIZED

AMAL LEFT THE HURT AND

HEARTACHE OF SYRIA BEHIND.

SHE MADE HER WAY TO TURKEY

AND THEN GREECE.

ALONE IN A STRANGE LAND,

SHE SOON LOST HOPE.

I HAVE NO ONE TO TALK

TO.

I FEEL LIKE MY HEAD IS

GOING TO EXPLODE.

I CANNOT SLEEP IF I DO NOT

TAKE A SLEEPING AID.

I'M NOT USED TO BEING

ALONE.

I'M USED TO HAVING MY SONS

AROUND ME.

Reporter: AROUND THAT

SAME TIME, OTHER REFUGEES

FOUND A CARING FAMILY AT

THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH OF

BESELANIKI.

WE SAW THAT NEED COMING

TO OUR DOOR, COMING TO OUR

CITY, AND WE HAD TO REACT.

Reporter: AS A PART

OF THAT OUTREACH, A

VOLUNTEER NAMED KATIE

APPROACHED AMAL.

I SAT DOWN NEXT TO HER

AND I HUGGED HER, AND I

SAID, IT'S OKAY TO PRAY TO

GOD.

AND SHE SAID, IT'S OKAY.

Reporter WHEN KATIE SAW ME, SHE

HUGGED ME AND HELPED ME.

SHE TOOK ME TO CHURCH,

WHERE I SHOWERED, AND SHE

GAVE ME CLOTHES.

WHEN I VISITED THE CHURCH

ON FRIDAY, I FELT SO

COMFORTABLE AND I SLEPT

THAT NIGHT WITHOUT TAKING

A SLEEPING PILL.

I WAS SO HAPPY.

I LOVED THE PROGRAM.

EVERYTHING I HEARD WAS SO

TRUE.

IT IS ALL IN THE BIBLE.

IT WAS A HAPPY DAY FOR ME.

Reporter: AFTERWARD,

AMAL UNDERWENT AN

OPERATION TO REMOVE A SPOT

ON HER LIVER.

AND SHE TOLD CBN NEWS HOW

THE EXPERIENCE GREW HER

FAITH.

IT IS TRUE THAT MY

CHILDREN WERE TAKEN AWAY,

BUT GOD STOOD BY ME WHEN I

NEEDED HIM DURING THE

SURGERY.

AFTER MY SURGERY, MY

CONNECTION TO GOD BECAME

PROCEDURMORE STRONG BECAUSE I CAME

TO THE CHURCH.

Reporter: AMAL THEN

DEMONSTRATED HER

COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.

I WAS BAPTIZED BECAUSE

I TRUST GOD SO MUCH.

Reporter: THE UNITED

NATIONS PLACED AMAL ALONG

WITH A MUSLIM FAMILY.

SHE TOLD US SHE WANTS GOD

TO USE HER WHERE SHE IS.

I WANT TO SHOW GOD'S

LOVE TO OTHERS HERE AND BE

AN EXAMPLE TO PEOPLE.

I'M PRAYING THAT I'LL

FORGET MY PAIN AND

EXPERIENCE A NEW, HEALTHY

LIFE, FULL OF JOY.

Reporter: AND AFTER

VISITING REGULARLY WITH

AMAL, HER NEW FRIEND,

KATIE, IS OPTMISTIC FOR

THE FUTURE.

AMAL MEANS HOPE.

AND I THINK THERE IS HOPE

FOR HOPE.

THERE IS HOPE FOR AMAL.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS, GREECE.

Efrem: NOTHING IS BY

CHANCE.

> COMING UP, WE'RE

HEADING INTO THE KITCHEN

TO TALK FRESH FRUITS,

VEGETABLES, AND FARMERS

MARKETS.

STAY WITH US.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACK TO CBN "NEWSWATCH."

WE'RE KICKING OFF A NEW

SEGMENT TO HELP YOU

EXPLORE HEALTHY CHOICES

WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD AND

NUTRITION.

WE'RE CALLING IT "OH,

TASTE AND SEE."

I'M JOINED WITH THE

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH AND

CHEF, LINDSAY.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HE.

WE KNOW FARMERS MARKETS

ARE VERY POPULAR THIS TIME

OF YEAR.

PEOPLE SHOP THE MARKETS

HOPING TO GET LOCAL

PRODUCE.

HOW CAN BUYERS KNOW FOR

SURE THEY'RE GETTING LOCAL

GOODS.

THE BIGGEST THING IS TO

TALK TO THE FARMERS.

AT THE FARMERS' MARKET,

YOU'VE GOT THE ADVANTAGE

OF HAVING EVERYBODY THERE.

AND THEY'RE ALWAYS HAPPY

TO TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER

AND THEIR OWN PRACTICES

AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

Efrem: MANY PEOPLE

ARE WONDERING WHEN IT

COMES TO ORGANIC VERSUS

LOCAL, IS THERE A BETTER

OPTION?

WELL, SOME THINGS DON'T

GROW IN YOUR AREA.

IF YOU WANT THAT PRODUCE,

ORGANIC IS GOING TO BE

BETTER THAN CONVENTIONALLY

RAISED.

BUT A LOT OF YOUR LOCAL

FARMERS MAY NOT BE

CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BUT

THEY MAY STILL HAVE

ORGANIC PRACTICES.

IT IS JUST AN EXPENSIVE

PROCESS, SO SOMETIMES

SMALL FARMS CAN'T AFFORD

THE STEPS THAT IT TAKES TO

GET THE LITTLE GREEN

LABEL.

Efrem: BUT THAT

DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE

GROWING THINGS

ORGANICALLY?

YES.

MOST ARE REALLY, REALLY

PROUD.

I WORK FOR ONE THAT FAR

EXCEEDS THE STANDARDS.

Efrem: WE HEAR FREE

RANGE, BIODYNAMIC, AND THE

LIST GOES ON AND ON WHEN

IT COMES TO OUR FOOD.

WHAT SHOULD WE BE

LISTENING FOR AND LOOKING

FOR?

IT IS ALL OVERWHELMING.

UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF

THEM ARE JUST MARKETING

TERMS.

NATURAL DOESN'T MEAN

ANYTHING.

ORGANIC WITH THE LITTLE

GREEN LABEL, THAT DOES

MEAN SOMETHING.

THERE IS A PROCESS FOR

THAT.

MOST OF THE REST OF THEM,

FREE RANGE, IT IS MOSTLY

MARKETING.

WITH EGGS, FOR EXAMPLE,

PASTURE RAISED IS WHAT YOU

SEE.

BUT WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR WITH EGGS, WHEN YOU

OPEN IT UP, THIS BEAUTIFUL

COLOR.

THAT'S WHAT COLOR YOUR

EGGS SHOULD BE.

Efrem: ANY OTHER

ADVICE YOU WANT TO GIVE TO

PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO

GETTING OUT TO THE

FARMERS' MARKET AND

SHOPPING?

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE A

HARD TIME JUST FINDING A

MARKET.

THERE ARE SOME GREAT

ORGANIZATIONS LIKE "BUY

FRESH, BUY LOCAL," OR

THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION

CALLED "LOCAL HARVEST,"

AND IT IS

localharvest.org.

AND YOU CAN FIND OUT WHO

HAS C.S.A.s AND OTHER

THINGS FOR CONNECTING WITH

LOCAL FOODS.

Efrem: IN TERMS OF

GOING TO THE MARKET, LOCAL

HONEY, WHY IS IT GOOD TO

BUY HONEY THAT IS

PROCESSED LOCALLY?

IF YEAR GETTING LOCAL

HONEY FROM BEES THAT ARE

IN YOUR AREA, THEY'RE

COLLECTING POLLEN.

AND POLLEN IS WHAT IS

REALLY ANNOYING TO

ALLERGIES AND CAUSING THE

PROBLEMS.

IF YOU GET RAW HONEY THAT

IS UNPROCESSED AND

UNHEATED, IT WILL HAVE A

LOT OF ENZYMES TO THAT YOU

WITH FIGHTING THOSE

ALLERGIES.

Efrem: VERY GOOD

ADVICE.

LINDSAY, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

WE KNOW HOW TO BUY THINGS

FROM OUR FARMERS' MARKET.

NEXT TIME SHE JOINS US,

SHE IS GOING TO SHOW US

HOW TO CLEAN AND STORE

THOSE PRODUCTS, WHICH IS

ALSO IMPORTANT.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE

TODAY.

THANK YOU.

SO CORN HERE, TOMATO

HERE, SQUASH HERE.

S.

GOOD THING YOU DIDN'T

LAND IN BROOKLYN BECAUSE

BROOKLYN --

HEY, LET'S GET STARTED.

Efrem: THAT WAS A

SCENE FROM THE FILM "ALL

SAINTS," WHICH HITS

THEATERS THIS WEEKEND.

JOINING US NOW TO TALK

MORE ABOUT IT IS THE STAR,

JOHN CORBETT.

HE PLAYS FATHER MICHAEL

SPURLOCK.

ANY CONCERN PLAYING A

REAL-LIFE CHARACTER?

WELL, HE WAS A

SALESMAN.

HE HAD A WIFE AND A KID,

12 YEARS OLD, AND HE

DECIDES HE WANTS TO BE OF

SERVICE TO PEOPLE.

HE BECOMES AN ORDAINED

EPISCOPALIAN PASTOR.

HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT IS TO

SHUTTER THIS CHURCH.

EVERYBODY HAS LEFT AND

GONE TO THE MEGA CHURCH

DOWN THE ROAD.

HE HAS 12 PARISHIONERS

LEFT.

IF HE DOES A GOOD JOB, HE

IS GOING TO GET HIS OWN

PARISH.

AND THE FIRST WEEK, 30

REFUGEES SHOW UP FROM

BURMA.

AND THE RELOCATION PROGRAM

PUTS THEM RIGHT IN SMYRNA,

TENNESSEE.

AND HE HAS TO FIGURE OUT

IF HE HAS TO SAY, SORRY,

THE INN IS FULL, OR --

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO

COOK WITH A GAS OVEN, THEY

DON'T KNOW HOW TO RIDE ON

A BUS.

HE CAN TURN THEM AWAY OR

MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT AND

LET THEM IN, AND THAT'S

WHAT HE CHOOSES TO DO.

I LIKE THE STRUGGLE WITH

THAT AND WHAT TO DO, AND

HOW DO WE HELP OUR FRIENDS

AND NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE

FROM OTHER PLACES.

Efrem: DID HIS LIFE

INSPIRE YOU ANY?

HIS LIFE INSPIRED ME A

LOT.

I'M THINKING, I'M 56 NOW,

AND I'VE BEEN DOING THIS

FOR 30 YEARS.

I'M THINKING, OKAY, I DO

LIKE ACTING.

IT'S ENJOYABLE.

BUT, MAN, HOW MANY SUMMERS

DO I HAVE LEFT, REALLY?

AND HAVE I DONE ENOUGH TO

HELP OTHER PEOPLE?

SHOULD I TAKE LESS TIME TO

DO THIS AND MORE TIME TO

BE OF SERVICE TO PEOPLE?

YEAH, HE HAS REALLY BEEN

INSPIRING TO ME.

Efrem: WHAT WOULD YOU

SAY IN TERMS OF WHO THIS

FILM IS FOR.

WE KNOW IT IS A

FAITH-BASED FILM, BUT IT

SEEMS LIKE IT IS A FILM

FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

WE WORKED HARD NOT TO

MAKE IT A FAITH-BASED FILM

BECAUSE SOMETIMES THEY GET

A BAD NAME.

THEY HAVE JAMES EARL JONES

AS THE VOICE OF GOD.

WE DIDN'T WANT THAT IN OUR

MOVIE.

OUR DIRECTOR IS JEWISH.

HIS NAME IS STEVE GOMER.

AND I'M CATHOLIC.

AND WE DON'T PRAY IN

TONGUES IN THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH.

SO ALL OF THESE WEIRDOS

GOT TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS

MOVIE, REALLY JUST ABOUT

HELPING OTHERS.

I FEEL LIKE IT IS A

STRAIGHT AHEAD DRAMA LIKE

"TENDER MERCIES" WITH ROBE

ROBERT DUVALL IN THE

'80s.

WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS

MOVIE -- I'VE SEEN THIS

MOVIE SEVERAL TIMES --

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WALK

OUT THERE WHEN THE CREDITS

ARE ROLLING AND THE MUSIC

IS BLASTING GOING, WHERE

IS THE APPLEE'S.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE

THINKING ABOUT THINGS.

Efrem: I KNOW IT WAS

SHOT IN TENNESSEE -- TELL

ME WHAT THAT WAS LIKE?

GOD SPEAKS TO MICHAEL.

HE IS TAKING A LITTLE WALK

AROUND THE CHURCH, AND HE

IS IN A FIELD, AND HE

HEARS A VOICE.

AND HE LOOKS AROUND, AND

NO ONE IS THERE, AND HE

KNOWS HE IS NOT HEARING

VOICES.

HE IS NOT TALKING TO

HIMSELF.

HE SAID IT IS A MALE

VOICE.

HE HAS NEVER HEARD IT

BEFORE, AND HE HASN'T

HEARD IT SINCE, BUT IT

SIMPLY SAYS, I'VE GIVEN

YOU THESE FARMERS.

YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS

BOTTOM LAND, WHICH IS

FERTILE GROUND, 20 PLUS

ACRES, COME ON, YOU KNOW

WHAT TO DO.

SO THAT'S REALLY WHAT HE

TRIED TO DO.

HE TRIED TO SAVE THE

CHURCH, TO OFFSET THE

COSTS BY PLANTING CROPS

AND SELLING SOME OF IT,

AND FEEDING THESE PEOPLE

BECAUSE THEY PLANT A THING

CALLED SOUR LEAF, WHICH

THEY LOVE AND IT IS IN

THEIR DIET.

YOU KNOW, THINGS DON'T

WORK OUT THE WAY THEY'RE

SUPPOSED TO WORK OUT IN

LIFE, AND THEY DON'T WORK

OUT LIKE THAT IN THIS

MOVIE, BUT HE GIVES IT THE

OLD COLLEGE TRY, BUT

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

HAPPENS INSTEAD OF WHAT IS

SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

AND THAT'S WHAT OUR MOVIE

IS ABOUT.

Efrem: THE FILM HITS

THEATERS THIS FRIDAY, AND

YOU SHOULD GO AND CHECK IT

OUT.

JOHN CORBETT, THANK YOU.

EFREM!

Efrem: THANK YOU.

STAY WITH US.

THERE IS MUCH MORE OF CBN

Efrem: MANY STUDENTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SCHOOL

IS ABOUT TO BEGIN.

AND "SUPERBOOK" AND

"OPERATION BLESSING" ARE

TEAMING UP TO GIVE ONE

NEIGHBORHOOD IN NORFOLK,

VIRGINIA A FRESH START.

CBN DELIVERED 400 SCHOOL

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES.

THEY SAY THEY WANT TO

PLANT THE SEED OF GOD'S

WORD IN THOSE KIDS' LIVES.

ALL OF THESE, AS WE

PACK THEM, WE PRAYED OVER

EVERY BAG.

WE PRAYED OVER THE

CHILDREN, THAT THEY WOULD

BE ABLE TO LEARN, THAT

THEY WOULD HAVE WHAT THEY

NEEDED, THAT THEIR

FAMILIES WOULD BE BLESSED.

THERE ARE JUST SO MANY

NEEDS IN THESE FAMILIES,

AND WE JUST TRY TO COVER

ALL OF THAT IN PRAYER.

Efrem: AND "OPERATION

BLESSING" WAS ALSO ABLE TO

SERVE THOSE FAMILIES A HOT

MEAL.

SO AS THOSE KIDS HEAD BACK

TO SCHOOL, THE QUESTION

IS: EXACTLY WHAT ARE THEY

EATING?

LORIE JOHNSON SHOWS US

WHAT IS IN TODAY'S SCHOOL

LUNCHES IS A LOT LIKE WHAT

YOU'RE EATING AT POPULAR

RESTAURANTS.

TAKE A LOOK.

Lorie: THEY'LL NEVER

BE AS GOOD AS MOM'S HOME

COOKING, BUT TODAY'S

SCHOOL LUNCHES ARE EARNING

TRAISTRAIGHT "A"s.

THE SPAGHETTI IS REALLY

GOOD.

Lorie: THEY HAVEN'T

ALWAYS SCORED SUCH HIGH

MARKS.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,

SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE STARTED

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT

NUTRITION AND BEGAN

OFFERING MUCH HEALTHIER

CHOICES, LIKE THIS FRESH

CHICKEN SALAD.

THE PROBLEM WAS KIDS

DIDN'T ALWAYS CHOOSE WHAT

WAS BEST FOR THEM.

NEW FEDERAL NUTRITION

STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS

EMPHASIZE WHOLE GRAINS,

FEWER CALORIES, NO

TRANS-FATS, AND MORE GREEN

VEGETABLES.

IN FACT, KIDS ARE REQUIRED

TO CHOOSE FRUITS AND

VEGETABLES.

BUT WHEN THOSE ITEMS WERE

DISCOVERED IN THE TRASH,

IT WAS BACK TO THE DRAWING

BOARD.

SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

THINGS THAT HAVE GOOD EYE

APPEAL, THAT MEET, OF

COURSE, THE NUTRITIONAL

COMPONENTS, BUT ALSO FOODS

THAT KIDS ARE FAMILIAR

WITH.

THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

Lorie: TODAY THE KIDS

ARE ENJOYING A MEXICAN

FIESTA, SIMILAR TO WHAT

THEY'RE USED TO EATING AT

CHIPOTLE.

OTHER DAYS, KNOCKOFFS FROM

MORE OF THEIR FAVORITE

RESTAURANTS, LIKE PINERA.

ALL FOR $2.50 A MEAL.

WE STILL HAVE THINGS

LIKE CHICKEN NUGGETS ON

THE MENU, BUT IS NOT THE

SAME AS IT WAS A FEW YEARS

AGO.

PIZZA WILL HAVE LOW-FAT

CHEESE AND MAYBE TURKEY

PEPPERONI.

AND CHICKEN NUGGETS WOULD

HAVE A WHOLE GRAIN

BREADING.

Lorie: NATIONWIDE,

NEARLY THREE-FOURTHS OF

SCHOOLS RELY ON STUDENT

TASTE TESTS.

ABOUT HALF OFFER

GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS.

ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OFFER

SALAD BARS, AND TWO-THIRDS

BUY PRODUCE GROWN AT

NEARBY FARMS.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE'LL BE

LOOKING AT LOCAL APPLES.

SEASONALITY IS REALLY

IMPORTANT TO US.

Lorie: KIDS STIL STILL

HAVE THE OPTION OF MAKING

OTHER CHOICES, BUT THEY'VE

LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF

EATING RIGHT.

DO YOU EVER GET ANY ICE

CREAM?

I USUALLY GET ICE CREAM

OR SOME CHIPS EVERY WEEK,

LIKE ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS,

IF IT IS A SPECIAL DAY,

LIKE MY BIRTHDAY OR

SOMETHING, THAT'S WHAT I

WOULD GET.

I WOULD GET SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

[APPLAUSE]

HI, GUYS.

WELCOME TO THE NUTRITION

EXPRESS.

Lorie: THIS CONVERTED

SCHOOL BUS IS A MOBILE

CLASSROOM.

SO THIS IS MY PLATE.

THIS IS A HEALTHY WAY OF

EATING.

Lorie: THIS HANDS-ON

APPROACH MEANS THE MESSAGE

TENDS TO REALLY SINK IN.

WHAT TYPES OF FOODS ARE

HEALTHY?

I THINK OF FRUITS AND

VEGETABLES.

AND FOODS THAT DON'T HAVE

TOO MANY CALORIES.

Lorie: SO WHEN IT

COMES TO HEALTHY SCHOOL

LUNCHES, A THE

THREE-PRONGED APPROACH

WORKS BEST: BEEFED UP

STANDARDS, BETTER

MARKETING, AND TEACHING

KIDS WHAT IT MEANS TO

CHOOSE WISELY.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: AND I'D LIKE

TO LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE.

FATHER, THANKS FOR LOVING

ME SO MUCH THAT YOU

SACRIFICED YOUR SON TO

RESTORE ME TO A RIGHT

RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.

MY SALVATION BEGINS AND

ENDS WITH YOU.

WITH THAT WORD, MAKE THIS

A THANKFUL THURSDAY.

THAT WILL DO IT FOR THIS

EDITION OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

WE'LL SEE YOU RIGHT BACK

HERE COME TOMORROW.

GOOD-BYE.

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