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CBN NewsWatch: February 27, 2018

On CBN Newswatch, Feb 27: A Supreme Court decision means good news for dreamers; parts of Europe are colder than the Arctic circle; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher will remain closed indefinitely; a new study shows hate-crimes against Jewish ... Read Transcript


THIS IS CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING US

FOR CBN "NEWSWATCH."

I'M MARK MARTIN.

A SUPREME COURT DECISION

MEANS GOOD NEWS FOR

DREAMERS.

THOSE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN

BY THEIR PARENTS.

IT AFFECTS THE TEMPORARY

PERMIT PROGRAM FORTUNATE

THEM CALLED DACA.

HEATHER SELLS MORE ON THAT

AND THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN

TO BUILD A BORDER WALL.

Heather: THE SUPREME

COURT DECISION MEANS THAT

THE PRESIDENT CANNOT END

THE DACA PROGRAM FOR

DREAMERS ON MARCH 5th.

THAT BUYS THEM AND

CONGRESS SOME TIME.

WE TRIED TO GET IT

MOVED QUICKLY BECAUSE WE

WOULD LIKE TO HELP DACA.

I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS

ROOM WANTS TO HELP WITH

DACA, BUT THE SUPREME

COURT JUST RULED IT HAS TO

GO THROUGH THE NORMAL

CHANNELS.

Heather: THE WHITE

HOUSE BELIEVES THAT DACA

IS UNLAWFUL.

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ARGUED

THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA

EXCEEDED HIS EXECUTIVE

AUTHORITY WHEN HE STARTED

THE PROGRAM.

DACA ALLOWS DREAMERS TO

APPLY FOR TEMPORARY

PERMITS, THAT GIVES THEM

THE ABILITY TO STAY IN THE

U.S. SO THEY CAN STUDY AND

WORK.

ANDREA WORKS IN SOCIAL

MEDIA, AND DANIELLA IS

GETTING HER MASTER'S

DEGREE.

BOTH HAVE LIVED HERE SINCE

CHILDHOOD AND RELY ON

DACA.

I THINK THEY DON'T

UNDERSTAND HOW PRESSING IT

IS, THAT IT IS LITERALLY

OUR LIVES AT STAKE.

Heather: THE SUPREME

COURT DECISION BUMPS THE

CASE BACK TO THE LOWER

COURTS, LIKELY GOING TO

THE NINTH CIRCUIT FIRST.

THE PRESIDENT CRITICIZED

THAT LIBERAL-LEANING COURT

MONDAY, AND NOW THAT THE

PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO END

THE PROGRAM ON MARCH 5th

IS BLOCKED, LAWMAKERS MAY

BE TEMPTEDED T TEMPTED TO PUT OFF

DECIDING ON DACA ONCE

AGAIN.

IF THEY DO TAKE ACTION,

THE COURT CASE WILL BECOME

MOOT, AND THE HILL IS

REPORTING THAT REPUBLICAN

SENATORS PLAN TO PUT A

DACA FIX IN NEXT MONTH'S

GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL.

MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT

IS SEEKING $18 MILLION TO

MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANS TO

BEEF UP SECURITY ALONG THE

BORDER AND BUILD A WALL.

HE'LL VISIT CALIFORNIA IN

THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO

CHECK OUT WALL PROTOTYPES

NEAR SAN DIEGO.

IF THE PRESIDENT CAN GET A

WIN ON THE WALL AND A WIN

ON DACA, HE'LL BE ABLE TO

DEMONSTRATE TO SOME OF HIS

KEY CONSTITUENTS AND

INDEPENDENT VOTERS THAT HE

CAN GET THE JOB DONE.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: HERE IS A LOOK

AT SOME OF THE OTHER BIG

HEADLINES WE'RE FOLLOWING

IN THE CBN NEWSROOM:

PARTS OF EUROPE ARE COLDER

THAN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE.

FORECASTERS SAY WARM

TEMPERATURES NEAR THE

NORTH POLE IS CAUSING THE

WACKY EFFECT.

AND A RARE SNOWSTORM

WHIPPED THROUGH ROME ON

MONDAY.

MEANWHILE SNOW AND HAIL

DROPPED IN PARTS OF

CALIFORNIA.

> THOUSANDS OF TEACHERS

WILL GATHER AT THE WEST

VIRGINIA STATE CAPITAL

DEMANDING PAY RAISES.

THIS IS DAY FIVE OF A

STATEWIDE TEACHER WALKOUT.

TEACHERS AND UNIONS WANT

BETTER PAY AND BENEFITS.

ABOUT 20,000 TEACHERS AND

13,000 EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN

ON STRIKE.

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED

SINCE LAST THURSDAY.

> THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY

SEPULCHRE WILL REMAIN

CLOSED INDEFINITELY.

IT WAS CLOSED TO PROTEST

ISRAEL'S PLAN TO TAX

CHRISTIAN PROPERTY.

THE CHURCH IS THE PLACE

BELIEVED TO BE THE PLACE

WHERE JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED

AND RESURRECTED.

AND YOU CAN FIND MORE ON

THESE STORIES ON cbn.com

CBN.COM.

> A NEW STUDY SHOWS HATE

CRIMES AGAINST JEWS ARE

HITTING RECORD LEVELS IN

THE UNITED STATES.

HARASSMENT, THREATS, AND

VANDALISM TARGETING JEWS

ARE UP 57%.

THE INCIDENTS INCLUDED 163

BOMB THREATS ON JEWISH

CENTERS.

952 ACTS OF VANDALISM AT

TECEMETERIES, AND 19 CASES

OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT.

THE CIVIL RIGHTS

ORGANIZATION SAYS THESE

ARE THE SECOND HIGHEST

NUMBERS IN 40 YEARS.

> CBN NEWS HAS CLOSELY

FOLLOWED THE CONTROVERSIAL

PRACTICE KNOWN AS "PAY TO

SLAY," WHERE THE

PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT

REWARDS TERRORISTS FOR

ATTACKING ISRAEL.

NOW WE HAVE ACCOUNTS OF

HOW THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY BRUTALLY

TORTURES ITS OWN CITIZENS

WHO TRY TO SAVE LIVES BY

PREVENTING SUCH ATTACKS.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

DOZENS OF PALESTINIAN

ABUSE VICTIMS ARE BREAKING

THEIR SILENCE.

Chris: WHAT DO YOU

CALL A MAN WHO SAVES THE

LIVES OF INNOCENT MEN,

WOMEN, AND CHILDREN?

A HERO?

NOT IF YOU'RE A

PALESTINIAN PREVENTING

TERROR ATTACKS AND SAVING

THE LIVES OF JEWISH

ISRAELIS AND OTHERS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator: I

KNOW THEY TRY TO GO AND

KILL PEOPLE ON THE STREET.

THEY TRY TO BLOW UP BUSES.

Chris: THAT'S NOT THE

VIEW OF THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY WHO CONDEMN THIS

MAN AND OTHERS AS

COLLABORATORS FOR HELPING

ISRAEL.

SOME SAY THOUSANDS OF

PALESTINIANS UNDERWENT

TORTURE, EVEN DEATH, FOR

ACTS THE REST OF THE WORLD

WOULD CALL HEROIC.

THAT'S WHY AN ISRAELI LAW

FIRM HERE IS REPRESENTING

52 ACCUSED COLLABORATORS

AND SUING THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY FOR

COMPENSATION.

WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE

TO REPRESENT THOSE ARABS

WHO WERE TORTURED, TO GIVE

A LITTLE BIT OF COMFORT

AND TRY TO PROTECT THOSE

PEOPLE.

Chris: THE VIOLENCE

TOOK OFF IN THE 1990s,

AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE

OSLO ACCORDS BETWEEN

ISRAEL AND THE P.L.O.

THAT IS WHAT IS CALLED THE

PEACE PROCESS TODAY.

Reporter: TERROR WAS

RAMPANT IN ISRAEL.

THERE WEREN'T JUST A FEW

PALESTINIANS HELPING

ISRAEL TO FIGHT TERRORISM.

Chris: THE OSLO

ACCORDS REQUIRED THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO

FIGHT TERROR.

BUT ACCORDING TO THIS

ATTORNEY, THAT DIDN'T

HAPPEN.

THEY CARRIED OUT

ACTIONS AGAINST THOSE

COLLABORATORS THAT WERE

TRYING TO PREVENT TERROR.

THEY TORTURED THEM, A

TORTURE THAT WAS HELL, TO

GET A CON NESS FRO CONFESSION FROM THEM

THAT THEY HELPED ISRAEL.

Chris: THE STORIES

ARE HIDEOUS.

THEY TOOK HIS LITTLE

SISTER, A TEENAGER,

BROUGHT HER TO JAIL, AND

THREATENED HIM, IF YOU

DON'T CONFESS, WE'LL RAPE

YOUR SISTER.

THEY HAD NO RED LINES.

SO HE CONFESSED, BUT IT

DIDN'T HELP.

SHE WAS MURDERED.

WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH

UNTIL SHE DIED, WE DON'T

KNOW.

Chris: THIS MAN, WHO

WE'LL CALL BARBER, TO PRO

PROTECT HIS IDENTITY.

THEY ASKED ME, WHEN DID

YOU START WORKING FOR THE

ISRAELIS?

AND I SAID, I DON'T WORK

FOR THE ISRAELIS.

THEY BEAT YOU FROM EVERY

DIRECTION, UNTIL YOU

FAINTED, CURSING YOU FROM

THE MORNING UNTIL THE

NIGHT.

IN THE END, YOU'RE GOING

TO DIE AND WE'LL THROW YOU

ON THE GARBAGE.

WE'LL DO THIS AND THIS AND

THIS.

WE WILL RAPE YOU.

Chris: ACCORDING TO

BARBER, HE FACED NO

OFFICIAL CHARGES OR HAD

HIS DAY IN COURT.

HIS PARENTS COULDN'T

VISIT, AND THE RED CROSS

WAS APPARENTLY NEVER

NOTIFIED OF HIS

CONFINEMENT.

EVERY DAY, FOR SEVEN

MONTHS, I WAS UNDER

INTERROGATION FROM NIGHT

UNTIL MORNING, BEATINGS,

BURNING MY HANDS -- THEY

USED EVERYTHING.

FINALLY THEY STUCK A WIRE

UP MY PRIVATE PARTS AND

THEY LIT IT ON FIRE.

Chris: AFTER SEVEN

LONG MONTHS, HE SIGNED A

BLANK PIECE OF PAPER THAT

SERVED AS A CONFESSION.

HE THEN WORKED IN THE

PRISON FOR TWO YEARS,

UNTIL HIS PARENTS RAISED

ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY HIS

FREEDOM.

PEOPLE CAME TO MY

HOUSE, THREE MEN.

ONE OF THEM SAID, EXCUSE

ME, CAN YOU COME TO US TO

OUR INTERNAL SECURITY OF

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY?

I SAID FINE.

I COULDN'T TELL THEM NO.

THE MINUTE I WALKED IN

THEIR DOOR, MAYBE FOUR MEN

FELL ON ME AND STARTED

BEATING, BEATING ME TO

DEATH.

Chris: WHEN THEY

STOPPED, THEY LEFT HIM

BRUISED, BEATING, AND

ALONE.

IN THE EVENING HE CAME

TO ME, AND THE

INTERROGATOR SAID TO ME,

I'M HITLER.

YOU KNOW WHAT HITLER DID

TO THE JEWS?

AND I SAID YES.

AND HE SAID, LIKE HITLER

DID TO THE JEWS, I'M GOING

TO DO TO YOU,

COLLABORATORS.

Chris: THEN IN 2002,

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE

SECOND INTIFADA, ISRAEL

BEGAN "OPERATION DEFENSIVE

SHIELD IERAS AN," AND THE GUARDS

RAN AWAY, AND AKMED WAS

FREED.

AFTER TWO OR THREE

DAYS, THEY CAME TO OUR

VILLAGE WITH MASKS AND

WEAPONS, AND THEY STARTED

TO SHOOT AT MY HOUSE.

THEY WANTED TO TAKE ME OUT

AND KILL ME, BUT GOD

DIDN'T WANT ME TO DIE AT

THAT MOMENT.

SO I ARGUED WITH THEM AND

ESCAPED TO THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

Chris: FREEDOM HASN'T

BEEN EASY, HOWEVER, FOR

THESE FALSELY ACCUSED

PALESTINIANS.

MANY DON'T HAVE ISRAELI

CITIZENSHIP OR MEDICAL

INSURANCE.

OTHERS CAN'T WORK BECAUSE

OF PHYSICAL INJURIES AND

EMOTIONAL TRAUMA.

PLUS, THEY'RE SEPARATED

FROM THEIR FAMILIES.

THE STATE HAS A BIG

OBLIGATION TO THESE

PEOPLE.

AND THE TIME HAS COME THAT

WE PAY THEM BACK THEIR

REWARD.

Chris: FORTUNATELY

THEY NOW HAVE HOPE.

MORE THAN 15 YEARS AFTER

THE TORTURE ENDED, THEIR

LAWYERS WON A SUIT,

LEADING TO A 2,000-PAGE

VERDICT FROM THE JUDGE,

ONE OF THE LONGEST IN

ISRAEL'S HISTORY.

INITIALLY, IT PROVIDES THE

VICTIMS ABOUT $420,000,

ENOUGH TO COVER MEDICAL

EVALUATIONS.

THE NEXT MOVE:

DETERMINING THE EXTENT OF

THEIR INJURIES AND

CLAIMING AN ESTIMATED

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

DAMAGES FROM THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

THAT MONEY COULD BE

DEDUCTEDED FROM THE

$200 MILLION IN TAX MONEY

THAT ISRAEL COLLECTS ON

BEHALF OF THE P.A. EACH

MONTH.

THE PALESTINIANS WILL

NOT GIVE IT TO US.

THEY ARE GIVING MONEY TO

TERRORISTS WHO KILL OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Chris: AND THAT IS

KNOWN AS "PAY TO SLAY."

EACH YEAR THE P.A. DOLES

OUT SOME $300 MILLION IN

COMPENSATION TO TERRORISTS

TO ATTACK ISRAELIS.

YOUR TAX MONEY GOES TO

TERROR.

INSTEAD THAT, YOU NEED TO

SUPPORT THIS CAUSE BY

HELPING THE PEOPLE WHO

PREVENT TERROR, AND YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO

RISK THEIR LIVES TO

PREVENT SUICIDE BOMBERS TO

BOMB INSIDE BUSES WITH

CHILDREN AND WOMEN.

THOSE ARE HEROS.

Chris: THIS ATTORNEY

SAYS THE STORY IS EVEN

MORE SHOCKING.

ROME SAYS OF THE MORE THAN

230 HUMAN RIGHTS

ORGANIZATIONS THEY

NOTIFIED, 99% REPLIED THEY

HAVE NO MEANS TO HELP.

WHERE IS THE U.N. AND

EVERYBODY WHO LIKES TO

SPEAK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

THIS IS THE REAL STORY.

Chris: ONLY ONE GROUP

TOOK THE CHALLENGE.

WITH THINK THAT DEALING

WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF

PALESTINIANS IS OUR

OBLIGATION, NO MATTER WHAT

OUR POLITICAL VIEW IS.

Chris: MARY SHALLEM

SAYS HELPING THESE MEN IS

WHAT BEING HUMAN IS ALL

ABOUT.

WE HAVE AN EXPLANATION

WHY THE OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS

ORGANIZATIONS DIDN'T TAKE

CARE OF IT -- THEY DIDN'T

WANT TO SUE THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

AND WE ARE DEALING WITH

COLLABORATORS WHO HAVE THE

SECURITY OF ISRAEL.

Chris: THEY HAVE

TAKEN THE FIRST STEPS IN A

LONG BATTLE.

NOW THEY HOPE ISRAEL AND

THE WEST WILL JOIN THEM IN

STANDING BEHIND THESE

UNSUNG HEROS.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Mark: AND TO LEARN

MORE ABOUT ENDING "PAY TO

SLAY," VISIT

CBNNEWS.COM.

> COMING UP, CHRISTIANS

ACROSS AMERICA ARE PACKING

IN THE PEWS AND ALSO

PACKING ON THE POUNDS.

SEE WHAT IS BEING DONE TO

HELP THE FAITHFUL SHED THE

FAT WHEN WE RETURN.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

SHE IS BEST KNOWN FOR

STARRING IN THE '990'S

FILM, "CLUELESS."

STACEY HAS OFFICIALLY

LAUNCHED HER BID FOR

CONGRESS IN CALIFORNIA.

THE WEBSITE SHOWS SHE

FILED PAPERWORK TO RUN AS

A REPUBLIC CAAN IN THE CITY

OF LYNNWOOD.

TIME REPORTS THAT IN 2012,

BERIGAN HELPED IN BARACK

OBAMA RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

IN FLORIDA.

> TURNING NOW TO HEALTH

NEWS.

IF YOU EVER GO TO CHURCH

EVENTS, YOU KNOW THERE IS

OFTEN PLENTY OF FOOD.

AND OBESITY IS

PARTICULARLY RAMPANT AMONG

CHURCH-GOERS.

BUT THE NEWS ISN'T ALL

BAD.

LORIE JOHNSON TELLS US

ABOUT A PROGRAM DESIGNED

TO HELP THE CHURCHES

SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS

WITHOUT EXPANDING THEIR

WAIST LINES.

Lorie: OVER ALL, THE

CHURCH DOES A PRETTY GOOD

JOB OF AVOIDING UNHEALTHY

THINGS LIKE SMOKING,

DRUGS, AND PROMISCUITY,

BUT MISSES THE MARK WHEN

IT COMES TO OBE OBESITY.

RESEARCH SHOWS THOSE WHO

ATTEND CHURCH IN THE 20s

ARE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME

OBESE.

I ACTUALLY PRAYED ABOUT

IT BECAUSE I WENT TO MY

OWN CHURCH SAW THEM

SERVING HOTDOGS,

DOUGHNUTS, ICE CREAM,

BACON, AND SAUSAGE.

I'M, LIKE, THEY'RE GIVING

YOU ALL OF THIS FOOD TO

KILL YOU EARLY.

SAVE THEM AND THEN KILL

THEM.

Lorie: HE FEELS IT IS

HIGH TIME THE CHURCH DEALS

WITH ITS WEIGHT PROBLEM.

IT IS JUST NOT OKAY

WHEN YOUR BODY IS THE

TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,

FOR CHURCHES TO BASICALLY

POISON YOU WITH

LOW-QUALITY FOOD AND

THINK, WELL, THAT'S WHAT

WE'VE ALWAYS DONE, SO IT'S

OKAY.

Lorie: AS A BRAIN

IMAGING SPECIALIST,

DR. AIMAN STUDIED TWO

STUDIES SHOWING THAT AS

WEIGHT INCREASES, THE

BRAIN ACTUALLY SHRINKS.

IT IS WIDELY KNOWN THAT

OBESITY LOWERS QUALITY OF

LIFE, ADDS MILLIONS TO

HEALTH CARE COSTS, AND CAN

LEAD TO AN EARLY GRAVE.

NATIONWIDE, THE SOUTH

LEADS THE PACK.

AND THAT'S ALSO WHERE

THERE ARE MORE EVANGELICAL

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.

AND I'M NOT OKAY WITH

THAT.

YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE BELT

WIDENING.

Lorie: WITH THAT IN

MIND, THE DOCTOR

CO-DEVELOPED A

CHURCH-BASED WEIGHT LOSS

PROGRAM KNOWN AS "THE

DANIEL PLAN."

WHILE THE CLASSES LAST SIX

WEEKS, THE DIET IS

INTENDED AS A LIFE-LONG

DISCIPLINE.

I FEEL SO GOOD NOW.

I SWIM A MILE A DAY.

I WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR AT

ONE TIME.

I COULDN'T KEEP MY

BALANCE.

BUT NOW LOOK AT ME.

Lorie: 75-YEAR-OLD

PHYLLIS NEIL JOINED THE

"DANIEL PLAN" AT HER

YORKTOWN VIRGINIA CHURCH.

SHE SUFFERED FROM PAIN,

DEPRESSION, AND COULDN'T

SLEEP, DUE TO A NUMBER OF

HEALTH ISSUES.

VI VICODIN AND AMBIEN AND

PROZAC -- I WAS ON SO MUCH

STUFF.

Lorie: SHE EVENTUALLY

LOST 65 POUNDS, FELT

HAPPY, AND SLEEPS LIKE A

BABY.

AND GOD JUST TOOK

CONTROL.

AND HE HAS JUST BLESSED MY

LIFE SO MUCH.

Lorie: HER

75-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND,

DENNIS, GOT ON BOARD, TOO.

I LOST 65 POUNDS JUST

BY EATING GOD'S FOOD.

Lorie: DENNIS AND

PHYLLIS BELIEVE SO MUCH IN

THE PROGRAM THAT THEY NOW

TEACH OTHERS.

ONE OF THE THINGS I

TELL PEOPLE IN OUR CLASSES

IS IF GOD CAME DOWN TODAY

AND SAID, LOOK, I WANT YOU

TO DO THIS TASK FOR ME,

AND THEN YOU TELL ME

YOU'RE NOT PHYSICALLY FIT

TO DO IT BECAUSE YOU'RE

OVERWEIGHT, THAT DOESN'T

WORK.

Lorie: THE NEILS

EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE

OF BREAKING FREE FROM

PROCESSED FOOD BECAUSE OF

INGREDIENTS LIKE M.S.G.,

INDUSTRIAL OILS, AND HIGH

FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

DIABETES, CANCER, ALL

OF THAT IS RELATED -- IT'S

SUGAR.

WE'VE GOT TO GET THAT OUT

OF OUR SYSTEM.

Lorie: INSTEAD OF

PACKAGED ITEMS, PHYLLIS

FILLS THEIR KITCHEN WITH

NATURAL, WHOLE FOODS, FREE

OF CHEMICALS AND

SWEETENERS.

CHICKEN STRIPS, CUT-UP

VEGETABLES, BOILED EGGS,

BEANS, CHEESE, AND NUTS.

YOU'LL SEE I KEEP FRUIT

AVAILABLE.

MY GRANDCHILDREN COME IN

THE HOUSE AND THEY DON'T

ASK FOR CANDY HERE.

THEY GO OVER AND GET A

PIECE OF FRUIT.

AND THEIR PARENTS ARE SO

HAPPY FOR THEM.

Lorie: DRINKING

PLENTY OF WATER HELPS US

MANAGE OUR WEIGHT BECAUSE

BELIEVE IT OR NOT,

SOMETIMES OUR BRAIN TRICKS

US INTO THINKING WE'RE

HUNGRY WHEN WE'RE ACTUALLY

JUST THIRSTY.

PEOPLE ADHERING TO THE

"DANIEL PLAN" EXERCISE

REGULARLY AND ATTEND

SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS.

SO WHILE OBESITY CONTINUES

TO PLAGUE THE CHURCH,

CHRISTIANS NATIONWIDE ARE

SHEDDING MILLIONS OF

POUNDS, THANKS TO THE

"DANIEL PLAN," NAMED AFTER

THE HERO WHO'S DIET

REFLECTED HIS COMMITMENT

TO GOD.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Mark: STILL AHEAD, IT

IS A CHURCH LIKE YOU'VE

NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

WE'LL SHOW YOU THE STORY

BEHIND THIS BRIGHT HOUSE

OF WORSHIP WHEN WE RETURN.

Mark: A FORMER CHURCH

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HAS

BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A

WORK OF ART, LITERALLY.

CBN'S BEN KENNEDY TAKES US

INSIDE THE TECHNICOLOR

CHURCH IN THE NATION'S

CAPITAL.

Reporter: IT IS ONE

BUILDING THAT IS HARD TO

MISS.

YOU CAN SEE IT FROM,

YOU KNOW, 395, FROM THE

HIGHWAY.

THAT HIGHWAY SEES 175,000

CARS A DAY.

Reporter: ODDS ARE

THAT DRIVEBY AUDIENCE WILL

LEAD TO A NEW ATTENTION

FOR THIS FORMER CHURCH'S

NEW LIFE AS A TRUE WORK OF

ART, A HIDDEN GEM IN THE

HEART OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE ABILITY TO REVIVE

THAT AND STILL KEEP THE

SAME THEMES OF A CHURCH,

WHICH IS REALLY A

COMMUNITY CENTER.

Reporter: BUILT IN

1886, THIS CHURCH OUTGREW

THE CHAPEL, PUT UP THE

PROPERTY FOR SALE, AND

MOVED TO A NEW BUILDING

JUST DOWN THE STREET.

FOR YEARS IT REMAINED

VACANT, AND THAT IS UNTIL

2012, WHEN AN IDEA

BLOSSOMED.

THESE ARE CHERRY

BLOSSOMS, AND WE ARE

INSIDE.

Reporter: ALLOWING IT

TO TRANSFORM INTO A SPACE

FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE

COMMUNITY.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE ON THE

BALCONY OF WHAT USED TO BE

A CHURCH.

TAKE A LOOK.

THIS IS WHERE THE

CONGREGATION USED TO SIT.

IMAGINE SOME ROWS OF PEWS,

AND THE PASTOR UP FRONT.

IT NOW A VERY LARGE SPACE

FOR ACTIVITIES.

Reporter: EVEN THE

PIANO HAS BEEN FINE TUNED

INTO MODERN ART.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH

ATLANTA-BASED ARTIST ALEX

BURRER WHO SPENT NEARLY A

MONTH JUST PAINTING THE

OUTSIDE OF 700 DELAWARE

AVENUE SOUTHWEST.

> WAS IT A CHALLENGE TO

PAINT SOMETHING THIS

LARGE, A CHURCH?

YEAH.

BECAUSE IT WAS A THREE

DIMENSIONAL PIECE OF

ARCHITECTURE, I WANTED TO

GIVE IT A SCULPTURAL FEEL.

THERE ISN'T AN AREA

THAT WASN'T TOUCH WITH

PAINT OR SOME KIND OF

CREATIVE CONTENT OR

CHARACTER.

AGAIN, THAT IS SOMETHING

THAT NO OTHER SPACE CAN

REALLY OFFER.

Reporter: AND THAT

CREATIVITY ATTRACTS

TOURISTS INSIDE TO TAKE A

CLOSER LOOK.

YOU'RE JUST VISITING,

OR...

OKAY.

Reporter: FOR 131

YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

WALKING INSIDE THIS CHURCH

TO PRAY, WORSHIP, AND NOW

CAN STILL APPRECIATE

CREATION.

TO BE ABLE TO SHARE

THAT STORY OF NOT JUST

WHAT WE'VE DONE BUT WHAT

THE CHURCH CONGREGATION

BEFORE US HAS DONE.

Reporter: BEN

KENNEDY, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Mark: WOW, THAT IS

ONE BRIGHT CHURCH.

A LOT OF TALENT DISPLAYED

THERE.

> WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

WITH MORE OF CBN

"NEWSWATCH."

STAY WITH US.

Mark: "SUPERBOOK" IS

WINNING CHILDREN'S HEARTS

FOR THE LORD ALL ACROSS

ROMANIA.

CBN HAS PARTNERED WITH

ALPHA OMEGA TV TO MAKE

"SUPERBOOK" AVAILABLE.

CURRENTLY IT IS

BROADCASTING SEASONS ONE

AND TWO IN THE ROMANIAN

LANGUAGE, AND THERE HAVE

BEEN SEVEN LARGE-SCALE

LIVE "SUPERBOOK" EVENTS

WITH HUNDREDS OF KIDS IN

ATTENDANCE. 800 CHILDREN

SO FAR HAVE CONFESSED

THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST

AFTER SEEING THE GOSPEL

PRESENTATION ONLINE.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

> THAT'S IT FOR NOW ON

CBN "NEWSWATCH."

YOU CAN FIND MORE

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cbnnews.com.

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