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CBN NewsWatch: August 31, 2017

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 31: Chemical plant explodes, death toll rises as Harvey’s grim aftermath unfolds, 'Bring back Main Street': Trump pushes tax overhaul, mum on details, and more. Read Transcript


Efrem: AND THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US FOR CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

WE BEGIN IN TEXAS, WHERE

FLOODWATERS ARE FINALLY

RECEDING, BUT THEY ARE

LEAVING BEHIND SOME

GRUESOME DISCOVERIES.

THE OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL

HAS SURPASSED 35 AND

CONTINUES TO CLIMB, AS

EMERGENCY WORKERS CONTINUE

TO DISCOVER THE BODIES OF

PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOMES

AND CARS.

DALE HURD IS ON THE STORY.

Reporter: IN CROSBY,

TEXAS THIS MORNING, THERE

HAVE BEEN TWO EXPLOSIONS

AT THE ARKEMA CHEMICAL

PLANT.

PLANT OFFICIALS SAID

WITHOUT GENERATORS, THE

CHEMICALS WOULD EXPLODE.

THE AREA MAKES PEROXIDE.

NOW A TROPICAL DEPRESSION

HARV RE, IHARVEY WILL RELEASE ITS

DEAD, AS EMERGENCY WORKERS

AND FAMILY MEMBERS FIND

MORE BODIES.

AND MEANWHILE, THE LIVING

ARE JUST COMING TO GRIPS

WITH THE GRIM AFTERMATH.

IT'S THE WHOLE

NEIGHBOURHOOD.

ALL OF MY YEARS ON THIS

EARTH, I HAVE NEVER SEEN

ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

Reporter: IN PORT

ARTHUR, THIS HOME IS UNDER

WATER.

THE STORM THAT PARALYZED

HOUSTON IS PREDICTED TO BE

ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE

NATURAL DISASTERS IN U.S.

HISTORY, AND STANDS TO BE

ONE OF THE LARGEST

HUMANITARIAN AND

REBUILDING CHALLENGES IN

U.S. HISTORY.

IN HOUSTON'S HARRIS

COUNTY, OFFICIALS ARE

ESTIMATING UP TO 40,000

HOMES ARE GONE.

100,000 IS CERTAINLY

NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION.

Reporter: OFFICIALS

ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR,

MARKING BRIGHT ORANGE

"C"s ON HOMES THAT ARE

CLEAR.

THOSE RETURNING TO THEIR

HOMES MUST SIFT THROUGH

WATER-LOGGED POSSESSIONS.

THIS IS IN MY BLOOD,

WHERE I'M FROM.

I'M NOT GOING.

I'M NOT LEAVING.

Reporter: TEXAS

GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT HAS

PRAISED TEX TEXANS FOR THEIR

SPIRIT AND THE WAY THEY

HELPED ONE ANOTHER.

WHAT AMERICANS HAVE

SEEN ON TV ARE THE WAY

TEXANS ARE.

WE ALWAYS SUPPORT AND OPEN

EACH OTHER, AND WE

ESPECIALLY UNITE IN TIME

OF TRAGEDY.

WE, OF COURSE, HAVE HAD A

LOT OF STATE, LOCAL, AND

EVEN NATIONAL GUARD AND

RESCUE MEMBERS HELPING

OUT, BUT YOU'VE SEEN

FELLOW TEXANS GET THEIR

BOATS OUT AND RESCUE

OTHERS.

I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU THE

NUMBER OF LIVES THAT HAVE

BEEN SAVED SIMPLY BY

NEIGHBORS HELPING

NEIGHBORS.

Reporter: DALE HURD,

CBN NEWS.

Efrem: CBN'S

"OPERATION BLESSING" HAS

BEEN ON THE GROUND HELPING

TEXANS SINCE BEFORE HARVEY

EVEN MADE LAND FALL.

ERIC GONZALES SHOWS US HOW

THIS HELP IS GIVING THE

VICTIMS HOPE.

Reporter: SPREADING

THE LOVE OF JESUS THROUGH

FOOD AND CLOTHES AND

SHOES, THAT'S WHAT

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

ALL ABOUT.

SCENES LIKE THIS, THAT ARE

HAPPENING ALL OVER THE

STATE OF TEXAS.

AND I'VE SEARCHED AND

SEARCHED AND SEARCHED,

TRYING TO FIND FOOD FOR

DAYS.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

I'VE FOUND ANY KIND OF

FOOD, AND I'M SO GRATEFUL

FOR IT.

THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY

MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU

HAVE DONE.

Reporter: MARY FISHER

DECIDED TO RIDE OUT THE

STORM IN HER MOBILE HOME

WITH HER THREE

GRANDCHILDREN.

THE COASTAL TEXAS PROPERTY

FLOODED BY SATURDAY NIGHT.

SHE SAYS WITHOUT THE

GENEROSITY OF "OPERATION

BLESSING," THEY WOULD HAVE

NOTHING TO EAT.

THERE ARE NO RESOURCES

DOWN HERE.

THAT 18-WHEELER AND THE

FOOD AND CLOTHES PEOPLE

HAVE BROUGHT IN IS THE

LIFE BLOOD OF THIS

COMMUNITY.

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW

MUCH PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

AFFECTED.

THERE WERE FAMILIES WHO

WERE JUST WEEPING.

IT IS SUCH A JOY TO KNOW

THAT PEOPLE REACH OUT AND

HELP.

Reporter: WORKING

WITH LOCAL CHURCHES,

"OPERATION BLESSING"

CONTINUES TO DELIVER

TRUCKLOADS OF FOOD, ALONG

WITH HOPE FOR HARVEY'S

VICTIMS.

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY IN

ACTION.

YOU CAN SEE IT RIGHT HERE

TODAY.

AMEN TO THAT.

Reporter: "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS SET UP IN

SOME OF THE HARDEST AREAS

HIT, LIKE ROCKPORT, WHERE

ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE

GONE, TO TAFT, WHERE

HUNDREDS LINED UP IN

SEARCH OF CLEAN DRINKING

WATERMENT.

>WATER.

IT HAS CAUSED A LOT OF

HEART ATTACK IN PEOPLE'S

LIVES, AND CHILDREN TO BE

STRESSED OUT.

WE'RE GETTING THE SUPPLIES

AND SHARING THE LOVE OF

JESUS WITH THEM, AND

INVITING THEM TO A

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

THE LORD.

BECAUSE OF "OPERATION

BLESSING," WE'RE OKAY NOW.

IN LOVE, IN FAITH, AND

EVERYTHING.

THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN

SAY, BUT THANK YOU, WHICH

DOESN'T FEEL LIKE ENOUGH.

Reporter: ONE BY ONE,

FAMILIES WENT HOME WITH

FOOD AND THE LOVE OF JESUS

AND WHAT IT MEANS TO

SERVE.

Efrem: PRESIDENT

TRUMP ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR

MASSIVE TAX REFORMS ON

WEDNESDAY.

HE SAYS HE WANTS TO,

QUOTE, "BRING BACK MAIN

STREET."

THE PLAN INCLUDES CUTTING

THE CORPORATE TAX RATE

FROM 35 35% TO 15%.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS THE

CUTS UNLEASH AMERICA'S

BUSINESS POTENTIAL,

LEADING TO MORE JOBS AND

HIGHER WAGES, BUT HE NEEDS

CONGRESS TO DO IT.

President Trump: I AM

FULLY COMMITTED TO WORKING

WITH CONGRESS TO GET THIS

JOB DONE.

AND I DON'T WANT TO BE

DISAPPOINTED BY CONGRESS.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump: YOU

UNDERSTAND ME.

Efrem: THE

PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL IS

THE BIGGEST TAX REFORM

PLAN SINCE RONALD REAGAN.

> A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS

BLOCKED A CONTROVERSIAL

SANCTUARY CITY'S LAW SET

TO GO INTO EFFECT IN TEXAS

ON FRIDAY.

THE LAW GAVE OFFICERS THE

AUTHORITY TO ASK PEOPLE IF

THEIR IN THE U.S. LEGALLY

WHEN STOPPED.

THE LAW IS VIEWED AS ONE

OF THE TOUGHEST

IMMIGRATION MEASURES IN

THE COUNTRY.

DESPITE PROTESTS FROM

BUSINESSES AND OTHER

GROUPS, IT PASSED THE

LEGISLATURE WITH LITTLE

TROUBLE.

TEXAS GOVERNOR ABBOTT SAYS

HE WILL APPEAL THAT

JUDGE'S DECISION.

> THE HIGH NUMBERS OF

PEOPLE IN PRISON, HAVE

POLITICIANS AND

RELIGIOUS-MAKERRELEGIONSRELIGIOUSLEADERS R E-THINKING THE

POLICY.

OUR JOHN JESSUP INTRODUCES

US TO A TEXAS MAN ON A

TWO-FOLD MISSION, TO SAVE

SOULS AND CLOSE PRISONS.

Reporter: DAVID

HOWELL KNOWS A GOOD

INVESTMENT WHEN SHE SEES HE SEES

ONE.

AT 14, HE STARTED WORKING

IN THE OIL INDUSTRY.

TODAY HE MAKES A LIVING

BUYING OLD UNDERGROUND

PIPES, AND REHABILITATING

THEM, GIVING SECOND LIFE

TO WHAT MANY MAY CONSIDER

WASTE.

IT IS ULTIMATE

RECYCLING TO ME.

AND IT IS STEEL THAT CAN

BE USED AND REUSED.

Reporter: IN A WAY,

DAVID'S CAREER HAS COME

FULL CIRCLE, MUCH LIKE

THIS LIFE.

IF YOU CAN IMAGINE A

TOTAL SELF-CENTERED LIFE,

ME, ME, ME, AND THAT WAS

ME, ME, ME.

A LOT OF THAT CENTERED

AROUND ALCOHOL, SEX,

MONEY -- ALL THE THINGS --

AND JUST TAKING CARE OF MY

OWN PERSONAL NEEDS.

Reporter: AS A YOUNG

HUSBAND AND FATHER, HE

WANTED TO ABANDON HIS

DESTRUCTIVE LIFESTYLE.

SO HE TURNED TO ALCOHOLICS

ANONYMOUS AND SOON AFTER

FOUND HIMSELF IN CHURCH.

I WENT TO A.A. AND

BECAME MR. A.A.

WHEN I BECAME A CHRISTIAN,

I SAID THIS IS GOING TO BE

AN ALL OR NOTHING DEAL FOR

ME AS WELL.

Reporter: NOW SOBER

FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS,

DAVID DEDICATED HIS NEW

LIFE TO SHARING HIS STORY

WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD

LISTEN.

I WOULD FIND PEOPLE

OUTSIDE A MEETING AND

WOULD GO TO LUNCH OR

COFFEE, AND I WOULD WRITE

STICK FIGURES AND SHOW

PEOPLE THE STORY OF JESUS.

THE A.A. CROWD BEING

PART OF THAT, AND HE USED

A LOT THERE AND

EXPERIMENTED THERE, AND I

THINK THAT WAS SORT OF HIS

TESTING GROUND.

Reporter: SEVERAL

YEARS AGO, HE WROTE A BOOK

CALLED "HOW TO BE A CHILD

OF GOD," AND THAT OPENED A

NEW DOOR.

EVEN THOUGH HE IS A

GIFTED EVANGELIST, HE

REALLY HAD SEEN THIS

COMING.

I NEVER SAW THIS COMING.

Reporter: AFTER 30

YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY, HE

IS SPENDING LESS TIME

RECLAIMING OLD PIPES ON

THE OIL FIELD AND SPENDING

MORE TIME ON THE MISSION

FIELD, RECLAIMING SOULS

FOR CHRIST.

IN PLACES LIKE THIS,

BEHIND WIRE FENCING, WITH

ARMED GUARDS AND UNDER

CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE,

DAVID HOWELL'S BOOK IS

MAKING THE BIGGEST IMPACT.

CBN NEWS OBTAIN RARE

ACCESS TO TALK WITH

PRISONERS ABOUT THE VALUE

OF DAVID'S 52-PAGE HOW-TO

GUIDE.

SINCE I READ THAT BOOK,

I CHANGED MY LIFE.

Reporter: CARIS

ANXIOUSLY AWAITS HIS

RELEASE.

HAS THERE BEEN A CHANGE IN

YOUR PERSONALITY AND YOUR

BEHAVIOR?

I LEARNED HOW TO TIE MY

TONGUE.

I'VE BEEN READING MY BIBLE

MORE, DOING A LOT OF BIBLE

STUDIES.

YES, DEFINITELY.

Reporter: DO YOU

THINK OTHERS HAVE NOTICED

THE CHANGES AS WELL?

YES.

MY FRIEND HAS BEEN TELLING

ME.

Reporter: WHAT HAS HE

TOLD YOU?

HE SAID, YOU'RE GOING

ALL HOLY ON ME.

AND I SAID, WHEN I GET

OUT, I CAN'T BE WHO I USED

TO BE.

Reporter: JACKIE'S

ANGER DECISIONS LANDED HIM

IN JAIL FOR 20 YEARS.

HE WROTE TO DAVID TO TELL

HIM HIS BOOK WAS AMAZING

AND OPENED HIS EYES TO A

LOT HE DIDN'T KNOW.

I'M A TRUE BELIEVER

THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR

MY SINS.

WHEN I READ THAT BOOK, IT

WAS LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH

AIR.

Reporter: CBN NEWS

WAS THERE THE MOMENT BOTH

MEN GOT TO PERSONALLY

THANK THE AUTHOR.

FOR DAVID, IT CONFIRMS HIS

IDEA TO KEEP REACHING OUT

TO MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND

BARS.

HERE I AM, A REDNECK

FROM SOUTH TEXAS, AND WHAT

DO I KNOW ABOUT WRITING A

BOOK ABOUT JESUS.

BUT I ROUGH-NECKED WITH

THEM.

FOR ALL OF THOSE YEARS, HE

GOT CAUGHT AND I DIDN'T.

HE'S IN PRISON, AND I'M

NOT.

Reporter:

RICKPRITCHARD HANDS OUT

COPIES OF HOW TO BE A

CHILD OF GOD, AND HE SAYS

IT PRODUCES REAL CHANGE IN

A PLACE OF PHYSICAL AND

OFTEN SPIRITUAL BONDAGE

BONDAGE.

THEY'RE FREE.

THE SMILE ON THEIR FACES,

AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE FREE.

Reporter: DAVID WANTS

TO GET 600,000 COPIES OF

THIS BOOK INTO STATE

PRISONS AND COUNTY JAILS,

ALL WITH THE IDEA OF

HELPING PEOPLE EXPERIENCE

FREEDOM.

THAT'S WHAT WE SAY IN

PRISON EVANGELISM,

CHANGING HEARTS AND

CLOSING PRISONS.

THE RETURN IS INCREDIBLE.

Reporter: I'M JOHN

JESSUP FOR CBN NEWS.

Efrem: MANY PEOPLE

SAY ONE REASON WE NEED TO

REFORM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM

IS SIMPLE: THE U.S. PUTS

MORE PEOPLE IN PRISON THAN

ANY OTHER COUNTRY.

> COMING UP, ISRAEL IS

THE LONE JEWISH STATE IN A

SEA OF MUSLIM COUNTRIES.

THIS WEEK MANY JEWS ARE

CELEBRATING A CRUCIAL STOP

ON THE ROCKY ROAD THAT LED

TO THE CREATION OF THE

JEWISH NATION.

Efrem: MORE THAN TWO

MILLION MUSLIMS ARE

GATHERING IN SAUDI ARABIA

TO CELEBRATE THE PEAK OF

THE ANNUAL ISLAMIC

PILGRIMAGE KNOWN AS THE

HAJ.

PEOPLE FROM 160 COUNTRIES

ARE CON VIRGING ON THE

HOLY CITY OF MECCA TODAY.

THEY WILL ARRIVE AT

MOUNTAIMT. ARAFAT TO SPEND THE

DAY IN PRAYER AND

PERFORMING RELIGIOUS

RITUALS.

THEY MUST MAKE THE JOURNEY

AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR

LIFESTYLE.

> THE JEWISH STATE OF

ISRAEL IS A TINY COUNTRY

IN A SEA OF MUSLIM

NATIONS.

THE ROAD TO STATEHOOD WAS

MARKED WITH MANY

MILESTONES, INCLUDING A

KEY EVENT IN SWITZERLAND

MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO.

JOHN WAGGI HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: IN 1897,

JEWISH LEADERING FROM

AROUND THE WORLD GATHERED

IN BOSAL, SWITZERLAND, TO

INTRODUCE THE IDEA OF A

JEWISH STATE.

THEY WERE TRYING TO

COMBINE THE PRACTICAL WITH

THE IDEAL.

THE IDEAL WAS TO ESTABLISH

A JEWISH STATE, BUT THERE

WERE ALREADY PRACTICAL

STEPS ON THE GROUND.

Reporter: THIS

HISTORIAN SAYS JEWISH

PIONEERS WERE ALREADY

HERE, TRYING TO FARM THE

BARREN LAND.

THE THEED THEE THEORDORE HERTZL SAID

WE NEED A STATE.

Reporter: IN 1949,

THE FATHER OF MODERN

ZIONISM WAS REBURIED HERE

IN THIS JERUSALEM CEMETERY

THAT WAS NAMED FOR HIM.

HIS NAME LIES NEXT TO SOME

OF THE GREATEST MILITARY

LEADERS AND STATESMAN.

HE INITIALLY BELIEVED THE

JEWISH PEOPLE SHOULD

ASSIMILATE INTO THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD TO BE

ACCEPTED.

THAT CHANGED AFTER HE

WITNESSED RAMPANT

ANTI-SEMITISM IN FRANCE.

HE THEN WROTE ABOUT THE

IDEA OF A JEWISH STATE.

ON AUGUST 29, 1897, HE

OPENED THE FIRST ZIONIST

CONGRESS, DECLARING THEY

WERE LAYING THE FOUNDATION

STONE OF THE HOUSE THAT

WOULD SHELTER THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

CONGRESS WANTED TO SET

UP AN IDEA, A PROGRAM.

THEY CALLED IT THE BAZEL

PROGRAM.

IT WAS A STARRY-EYED

PROGRAM BUT WITH ITS FEET

ON THE GROUND.

Reporter: IT WAS THE

ORGANIZATION OF VARIOUS

JEWISH GROUPS WORLDWIDE.

THEY WANTED TO GET THEM

TOGETHER ON THE SAME PAGE,

ORGANIZE FINANCING,

ORGANIZE TRANSPORT,

CONTINUING ORGANIZATION

FOR BRINGING PEOPLE FROM

MANY, MANY COUNTRIES,

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, INTO

THIS FAR AWAY COUNTRY THAT

WAS MOSTLY DESERT.

AND, AGAIN, THEY SUCCEED.

Reporter: HE SAID THE

NAME ZION POINTED THE

IMPORTANCE GOD HIMSELF PUT

ON THIS PLACE.

IT COME FROM A HEBREW

TERM, WHICH LITERALLY

MEANS THE PLACE THAT GOD

MADE HIS MARK.

HE SIGNIFIED IT.

GOD SAYS, "AND I WILL TAKE

YOU TO THE PLACE THAT I

WILL DESIGNATE, THAT I

WILL HAVE MARKED, WHICH I

HAVE CHOSEN," AND THAT IS

ZION.

THAT IS GOD'S PLACE ON

EARTH, WHERE HE CHOOSES TO

BE THE RECOGNIZED.

OF COURSE, HE IS

EVERYWHERE.

BUT HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW

THAT HE HAS GOT HIS FEET,

AS IT WERE, ON THE GROUND,

IN JERUSALEM, ON THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

Reporter: AND IN JUST

50 YEARS, DESPITE RUSSIAN

PERSECUTION, TWO WORLD

WARS, AND THE HOLOCAUST,

ISRAEL WAS REBORN.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Efrem: STILL AHEAD,

HE IS A FAMOUS ACTOR WHO

STIRRED HIS NATION WHEN HE

ACCEPTED CHRIST.

NOW HE IS PREACHING THE

GOSPEL TO HIS COUNTRYMEN.

WE'VE GOT THAT STORY.

*

Efrem: A GROUP OF

SOME 150 CHRISTIAN LEADERS

IS CONFIRMING BIBLE

SEXUALITY.

THE COUNCIL OF BIBLICAL

MANHOOD AND WOMENHOOD

AFFIRMS MARRIAGE IS

BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE

WOMAN, AND APPROVING

HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN.

THE MESSAGE COMES AT A

TIME WHEN SOME

EVANGELICALS HAVE CHANGED

THEIR VIEWS.

"OUR TRUE IDENTITY AS MALE

AND FEMALE IS GIVEN BY

GOD.

IT IS ONLY FOOLISH TO TRY

TO MAKE OURSELVES WHAT GOD

DID NOT ENTEND US TO BE."

> HERE IN AMERICA,

PEOPLE ARE OFTEN

FASCINATED WITH

CELEBRITIES PROFESS THEIR

FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

APPARENTLY, THOUGH, WE ARE

NOT THE ONLY ONES.

IN TAIWAN, A POPULAR MOVIE

STAR AMAZED THE NATION

WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HE HAS

BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

MUNG FE LI HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: THE BEAUTY

AND TRANQUILITY OFF THE

TAIWANESE WILDERNESS IS

THE OPPOSITE OF CITY LIFE.

COMPARING WITH CHINA,

TAIWAN IS STILL A GROWING

NATION.

THERE ARE ONLY 200,000

PEOPLE LIVING ON THIS

ISLAND.

THE MAJORITY OF THIS

POPULATION CHOOSE TO LIVE

IN MAJOR CITIES.

OTHERS WANT TO BE AWAY

FROM THE NOISES.

THE PURPOSE: DISCOVERING

SOMETHING NEW ABOUT THE

NATION.

I BELONG HERE.

I ENJOY LIVING HERE EVERY

SECOND OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: LIN CHI IS

A POPULAR TAIWANESE ACTOR.

THE CHARACTERS HE PLAYED

DELIGHTED VIEWERS

NATIONWIDE.

COME TO THINK OF IT, I

WAS LIVING IN A LUXURIOUS

LIFE.

I GUESS I NEVER WORRIED

ABOUT ANYTHING.

AND I DIDN'T WANT ANY

CHANGES.

BEING A STAR MADE ME FEEL

GOOD ALL THE TIME.

SKYROCKETING TO STARDOM

AND WEALTH AT A YOUNG AGE,

LI SOON EMBRACED MORE

PLEASURE.

I DRANK ALL THE TIME.

AND I FELT ONLY ALCOHOL

COULD PROVIDE ME WITH

HAPPINESS.

TO SOME EXTENT, ALCOHOL

COULD HEAL SOME EMOTIONAL

WOUNDS FROM MY PAST.

Reporter: LITTLE DID

HE KNOW, HIS BODY BECAME

WEAK.

HIS FAMILY WAS WORRIED

ABOUT HIM, AND HE WAS

ANXIOUS ABOUT HIS FUTURE

CAREER.

ONE DAY DURING A FAMILY

TRIP, LI WALKED INTO A

SMALL VILLAGE AND WAS

AMAZED BY THE TRIPLE

CULTURE.

HE DISCOVERED A SMALL

CHURCH, AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME ASKED GOD TO HEAL HIS

BODY AND HIS EMOTIONAL

WOUNDS.

Reporter: AS I

PRAYED, I FELT THE SPIRIT

WAS TELLING ME SOMETHING.

GOD WANTED ME TO GIVE UP

EVERYTHING I HAD AND MOVE

HERE TO THE CHURCH.

I JUST OBEYED HIS

COMMANDS.

Reporter: NOT ONLY

THAT, HE MOVED HIS ENTIRE

FAMILY TO THE AREA, AND

USED ALL HIS SAVINGS TO

BUILD A CHURCH BUILDING

FROM SCRATCH, AND THIS WAS

THE NEXT CHURCH HE EVER

BUILT.

THE NEXT DECISION I

MADE WAS TO ENROLL IN

CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY.

I WAS MOVED BY HIS

PASSION FOR JESUS AT

SCHOOL.

I COULD TELL HE WAS

GENUINELY LOOKING FOR WAYS

TO KNOW JESUS.

I AM VERY GRATEFUL THAT

JESUS CHANGED MY HUSBAND.

HE IS THE CENTER OF OUR

FAMILY.

Reporter: HE QUIT ALL

OF HIS BAD HABITS AND

STARTED TO LIVE AS A TRUE

FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST.

JESUS HEALS PEOPLE AS

HE TRAVELLED MANY PLACES.

COMPARING WHAT HE DID,

LEAVING SEEMS TRIVIAL.

I'M WILLING TO BE MORE

LIKE HIM.

Reporter: BESIDES

PASTORING THE CHURCH, LI

AND HIS WIFE REGULARLY

INVITE VILLAGERS TO JOIN

FAMILY MEALS.

GOD PROVIDED US WITH

MORE THAN WE NEED.

TODAY WE ARE DOING THE

SAME THING FOR OTHERS IN

NEED.

EVERYTHING BELONGS TO OUR

SAVIOR.

Reporter: JUST LIKE

THE MOUNTAINS, EVERYTHING

AROUND LI AND HIS FAMILY

IS PURE AND INNOCENT.

AS HE SAYS, GOD DIDN'T

JUST BRING HIM HERE.

HE GAVE HIS FAMILY A NEW

WAY OF LIVING WITH PEACE

AND JOY.

TODAY, HE INVITES

CELEBRITIES TO LISTEN TO

HIS STORIES, AND HE TELLS

THEM HOW GOD HAS CHANGED

HIS LIFE, AND IS GUIDING

HIS FAMILY TO UNDERSTAND

HIS PLAN FOR THEIR LIVES.

I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS, I

LOVE THE WATER, I LOVE THE

PEOPLE.

EVERYTHING IS GIVEN TO ME

BY GOD.

WE ARE ONE FAMILY.

Reporter: MUNG FE LI,

CBN NEWS, BEIJING, CHINA.

Efrem: WONDERFUL.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A

CELEBRITY TO USE YOUR

PLATFORM TO SPREAD THE

GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL.

STAY WITH US.

Efrem: IT IS TIME FOR

YOUR THURSDAY THANKFUL.

TODAY I'M GRATEFUL TO KNOW

THIS ONE WORD,

NEVERTHELESS.

CONSIDER THIS, THE WORLD

MAY WRITE YOU OFF,

NEVERTHELESS, AND GOD IS

PREPARED TO ELEVATE YOU.

THE WORD MAY SAY YOU'RE

TOO BIG, TOO SMALL, AND

EVEN TOO DUMB,

NEVERTHELESS, GOD SAID YOU

ARE THE ONE HE HAS CHOSEN.

THERE IS A NEVERTHELESS IN

ALL OF OUR LIVES, AND

EMBRACE YOURS TODAY.

THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR

THIS EDITION OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF OUR

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE

ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

ALWAYS AT cbnnews.com.

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TODAY.

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HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN

RIGHT HERE NEXT TIME.

HAVE A THANKFUL THURSDAY.

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

"THE 700 CLUB," AUGUST 31,

2017.

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