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President Donald Trumpheads to England today
after delivering a sternlecture to members of NATO.
At the alliance summitin Brussels Wednesday
the president said it's time the Europeans
foot more of the billfor their mutual defense.
Our Gary Lane is on this story.
- [Gary] After scolding Nato on Wednesday
President Trump praisedthe alliance on Thursday.
Members agreed to increasetheir defense spending
by at least 33 billion dollars.
- NATO is much stronger nowthan it was two days ago.
I can tell you that NATO nowis really a fine-tuned machine,
people are paying moneythat they never paid before.
They're happy to do it.
And the United States is beingtreated much more fairly.
- [Gary] What prompted the NATO decision?
The president took on members
of the 69 year old NATO alliance
by questioning Germany'srelationship with Russia.
- Germany as far as I'mconcerned is captive to Russia.
So we're supposed to protect Germany
but they're gettingtheir energy from Russia.
- [Gary] A 12 billiondollar Gazprom pipeline
doubles the amount of natural gas flowing
from Russia into western Europe.
The United States says it makes NATO
more dependent on Russia for energy.
That means increasedRussian political influence
and leverage on an alliance
that America spends billions of dollars
to help defend against Russia.
- Of course we understandthat when we stand together
also when dealing withRussia we are stronger.
- But Trump says most NATO members
aren't spending their fair share.
Only six of 29 members arespending barely two percent
of their gross domesticproduct on defense.
The United States spends 3.6%.
The president wants to seeeach NATO member spend 4%.
The United Kingdom is next onPresident Trump's itinerary.
Anti-Trump protestors areexpected to be out in full force.
Some voicing their displeasurewith the American president
by displaying this baby balloon.
One of the highlights of thepresident's England visit
will be a meeting with theQueen at Windsor Castle.
Gary Lane CBN News.
- Here now is a look at someof the other major stories
we're following for you todayinside the CBN newsroom.
Papa Johns founder JohnSchnatter has resigned
as chairman of his companiesboard for racist remarks.
He admitted he used aracially insensitive word
during a media trainingsession about race in May.
Along with his resignationhe issued an apology saying,
regardless of the context I apologize.
Simply stated, racism hasno place in our society.
This is just the latestcontroversy for Schnatter,
he previously tried todownplay comments he made
about NFL players protestingduring the National Anthem.
Police have arrested StormyDaniels at an Ohio strip club.
Her attorney tweeted the news early today
stating she was arrested forallegedly allowing a customer
to touch her while she was on stage.
USA Today reports Ohiolaw prohibits anyone
from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.
Daniels attorney called the arrest
a set-up and politically motivated.
Daniels is currently suing President Trump
over a hush agreement about an affair
she claims to have had with him.
An FBI agent who's anti-Trumptext messages fueled suspicion
is expected to testifybefore Congress today.
Peter Strozk will tellhis side of the story
for the first time publicly
regarding derogatory text messages
during his time leading investigations
into Hilary Clinton's email scandal
and Russia as well asPresident Donald Trump.
He said that he has neverallowed personal opinions
to affect his work.
Now for more on these storiesand others throughout the day
you can always check out cbnnews.com.
Everyone is strong in mind and heart,
that from the doctor inThailand threatening,
treating the boys rather,
and their soccer coach
rescued from deep withinthat flooded cave.
The 12 boys made two finger victory signs
from their hospital beds,
they are right now in an isolation ward
recovering from their 18 day ordeal.
Their parents watch with relieffrom behind a glass wall.
They're being treated for lung infections
but overall doctors saythey are doing quite well.
We are learning the boy's coach
told the Navy Seals who rescued them,
the order in which theboys should be carried out.
They'll spend seven days in the hospital
and then go home to continue resting.
A Thai official whooversaw the rescue mission
calls it a symbol of unity among mankind.
As senators begin the process
of vetting Supreme Courtnominee Brett Kavanaugh,
disclosure forms show heis not nearly as wealthy
as many of the justices on the court.
Kavanaugh has a bankaccount worth $65,000.
Add to that a retirementaccount worth about $500,000
and the equity in his home
and he has an additionalmillion dollars in wealth.
Disclosures show he also has little debt
beyond his home mortgage.
The annual salary fora circuit court judge,
his current job, is about $220,000.
A White House spokespersonsays Kavanaugh's bank account
shows he's devoted to hislife of public service.
The so-called fire season ofCalifornia no longer exists.
That's because fighting fires there
has become almost a full time job.
As Heather Sells shows us
this is costing the state 45 lives
and billions in damage just the last year.
- California firefightershave a new normal.
It's focusing on the fire risk year round
and not just during fire season.
- I think we're very prepared
but there's no where else in the nation
that burns like California.
- [Heather] The golden statehas become the burning state.
Ground zero for wildfires.
Insurance estimate show half
of the more than four million U.S. homes
at high or extreme risk ofwildfire are in California.
And wildfires are gettingworse in both size and scope.
What's driving it?
For starters California's vegetation.
Plus cool moist winters
followed by longerhotter and dryer summers.
It's a recipe for worldclass fire conditions.
An extended drought combinedwith bark beetle infestation
has killed off 129 million trees.
Those dead dry trees representan instant fire hazard.
Fire officials say manycommunities can go up in minutes.
Just last October firesin the wine country
that destroyed thousands ofhomes and killed 15 people
were started mainly by treesfalling on power lines.
Cal Fire wants the public,even those in urban areas
to be aware and ready toevacuate when conditions warrant.
- When the firefighters arespending the first 12 hours
going in and just evacuatingpeople and not fighting fire
that should be a clueto the public that hey,
the fire service professionals
can't even start fighting fire
because they need to getpeople out of harms way.
That's how bad it is right now.
- [Heather] Homeownerscan also take simple steps
like clearing brush from their homes
not only to protect their own property
but their communities as well.
Reporting in Sacramento,Heather Sells CBN News.
- The federal government hasreopened it's investigation
into the murder of Emmett Till.
He is the black teenagerwho was brutally killed
by two white men inMississippi back in 1955.
The men were tried and acquitted
and later confessed to thecrime in a magazine interview.
Emmett Till's case was closed back in 2007
after federal agents saidthe suspects were dead.
Now the justice department says
it is reinvestigating the murder
after receiving some new information.
Teenagers today face all kinds of pressure
from getting good grades
to avoiding alcohol anddrugs while in school.
In such a complicated world
one church wants to reach asmany young people as possible
with one simple message,
God has a plan for your life.
Our John Jessup explains.
- It's here against the backdrop
of these majestic mountainsin Colorado Springs
where students comefrom across the country
seeking the God of all creationfor changing their lives
and in the lives of othersin their generation.
On this sunny day thousands of students
from more than 30 statesfile into New Life Church.
They come to DesperationStudent Conference
to learn about purposeand living on mission.
From Christian speakers like Louie Giglio
and artists like Kari Jobeand Elevation Worship.
This is Ian Watkin's third year.
He believes Desperation speaksdirectly to his generation.
- We're just like so hungry andpassionate in different ways
and we're looking for answers
but we're looking to the wrong places.
I believe that theyprovide a lot of answers
and that's Christ.
- [John] Ian says he discoveredthe answer for himself
on his very first visitwhen he became a Christian.
Now as part of a ministrycalled Move of God,
Ian sees his story repeated each year.
- Pray with me, dear Jesus,
I admit I'm a sinner.
- [John] Many here commit to follow Jesus
learning to become fearless in their faith
and devote themselves to making disciples.
- This generation hasbeen mis-characterized
as being narcicisstic,self-centered, materialistic
and all the rest of those things
and those are certainlychallenges within our culture
but I really do believe and we believe
that God is raising up ageneration that is really looking
to be able to make adifference in their world.
- [John] It's a message the students
are putting into action.
- Whether you're in the locker room
or you're in the hallwaysat school, be that light.
So I think what it really does
is create this culture andthis hunger and understanding
that to be wherever youare, to have that passion,
to have that, be desperateto see people know Christ.
- [John] And that passionkeeps them hungry for more.
- [Ian] I'm gonna keepcoming back as long as I can,
as long as they'll let me.
'Cause I just love seeing young kids
just hungry after Christ.
- This is the 17th year
for the Desperation Student Conference.
And with so many teenagelives being changed here
organizers say that's what keepsthem going year after year.
John Jessup, CBN Newsreporting in Colorado Springs.
- Coming up, she performedhundreds of abortions
but then she had a revelation,one that changed her life.
You're gonna hear herstory coming up next.
And welcome back.
Dr. Kathi Aultman wasonce an avid supporter
of a woman's right to choose
and personally performedhundreds of abortions.
But that all changed aftera spiritual revelation.
Our Charlene Aaron sat downwith the former abortionist
for her amazing story of transformation.
- [Charlene] Kathi Aultmanwanted to be a doctor
so she could help women.
After receiving her license
she took a job at a Florida women's clinic
to perform abortions.
- There was no question in my mind
that a woman shouldhave the right to choose
whether she wanted to be pregnant or not.
And that was the most important thing.
I didn't consider the fetusin the equation at all.
- [Charlene] Aultman wenton to become director
of a local Planned Parenthood.
Where she says examining
the parts of abortedbabies fascinated her.
- I was looking at it completely
from a scientific standpoint,
totally devoid of anyemotion and it was amazing
and I used to send the differentparts down to pathology.
And then on our pathology rotation
we would look at thoseslides and it fascinated me.
- [Charlene] She even performedabortions while pregnant.
- I didn't see any problem with that.
My baby was wanted, their baby wasn't.
It didn't seem to bother thewomen that I was aborting.
But yeah I saw no contradiction in that.
No problem with it.
- Dr. Aultman said theonly time she had qualms
about what she was doing
was when she worked in theintensive care unit for newborns.
That's where Aultman foundherself trying to save babies
who were the same age as those she killed.
Thoughts she quickly dismissed.
- If she wanted the baby
then I did everything I could
to give her a happy healthy baby.
If she miscarried I wouldbe distraught with her.
And upset about losing that baby.
- [Charlene] After having her first child
the doctor came face toface with three cases
that changed her thinking.
One involved a young girlwho had three abortions,
all performed by Aultman.
- I went to the clinic manager and I said,
I don't want to do this,
she's just using abortionas birth control.
And they said I didn't have theright to make that decision,
it wasn't a judgmentthat I should be making
and I needed to do the procedure.
- [Charlene] In 1983 afterattending a church service
and a private meeting with the pastor
Aultman became a Christian.
- He gave me Josh McDowell's
Evidence That Demands A Verdict.
It was that point that Ifinally understood who Jesus was
and at that point really Icommitted my life to him.
And then he just startedthe long hard work
of transforming me.
- [Charlene] Part of that transformation
included no longer doing abortions.
Still Aultman held on to her belief
that a woman had the right
to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
Two years later after reading an article
comparing abortion with the Nazi Holocaust
she saw herself as a mass murderer.
- I probably murderedmore people than Ted Bundy
or any of the mass murderers
if you consider all theabortions that I did.
- [Charlene] After talkingwith a Christian counselor
Aultman received muchneeded peace and healing.
- And during that time
in my mind I could seeJesus' gown and his feet.
And I was at his feet crying
and he said to me, are youmore powerful than I am?
Are you more important than I am?
Are you stronger than I am?
That I can forgive you butyou cannot forgive yourself?
At that point I understoodthat he had forgiven me
and that I needed to forgive myself.
And that was where Ireally had my healing.
- [Charlene] Aultman is nowretired and has dedicated
the remainder of her lifeto fighting for the unborn.
As a board certified OB-GYN and a fellow
of the American College ofObstetricians and Gynecologists
she recently urged lawmakers
to pass the Heartbeat Protection Act.
A measure that would ban abortionsat six weeks of pregnancy
after an unborn babiesheartbeat is detected.
- I support the Heartbeat Protection Act
because it uses the heartbeat,a very concrete sign of life
that people can identify with
to define when the fetusshould be protected.
- [Charlene] She is grateful everyday
for the opportunity to speakfor those she once silenced.
- I'm so thankful that he'susing me to save babies now
when once I used to kill them.
And that's very healingand restorative in itself.
- [Charlene] Charlene AaronCBN News, Jacksonville Florida.
- [Efrem] A boy from Ugandais kidnapped at age six
and then forced to become a child soldier.
See what happens next,
we got the story comingup after this break.
The Lord's Resistance Army kidnapped Jonah
when he was just six yearsold growing up in Uganda.
As a child soldier
that group forced himto do unspeakable things
and his story could haveended with his own death.
But God had other plans.
One of Jonah's captors sethim on the path of salvation.
Take a look.
- I heard stories ofrebels that killed everyone
and burned entire villages.
So when our neighborsscreamed, they're here,
I ran and hid all day.
But they still found me.
- [Narrator] Jonah toldme the incredible story
of his capture andeventual release and rescue
from the Lord's Resistance Army.
He was taken captive with many other boys
when he was just six years old.
- I was the youngest among them.
We walked for days thenarrived at the base.
The commander gave me a big stick
and ordered me to kill a man.
If I didn't do it they would kill me.
I beat him and beat him
but I was so small andweak he would not die.
Then I said just let me die too.
I'm too young to kill this man.
- [Narrator] The LRA commandergathered all the boys around
and told them not to cry or shout
but only to laugh and celebratewhat was about to happen.
- They made the man liedown and cut him in pieces
as he begged for mercy.
There was so much blood,my heart cried out for him
but I kept it inside.
I lost all my good memories
and only saw the madness around me.
- [Narrator] Forced to fight for the LRA
Jonah was badly injuredduring a crossfire.
The soldiers asked himif he wanted to rest.
- When they ask that it meansthey'll make you rest forever.
I said, I can walk.
I prayed and asked God to take me home.
I knew it was out of my hands.
I could no longer do anything.
- [Narrator] Nobody took care of Jonah
so when his wound didn't heal
a soldier took him to anempty field to kill him.
But instead of shootinghim the soldier let him go.
- I wanted to get as far away as possible.
I stayed in abandoned huts as I fled.
And everywhere I wentI was in so much pain.
At night I woke up andheard a voice saying
you have to keep on going.
I looked to see who spokebut there was no one.
Now I know it was God.
- [Narrator] In one abandoned hut
Jonah found beans and a few matches
and managed to start a fire.
An army fighting the rebels saw the smoke
and surrounded the hut.
When they found Jonah alonethey took him to safety.
Jonah went back to his village,
reunited with his familyand joined a peace club.
The club was startedby Exile International
a ministry supported byCBNs Orphan's Promise.
Through the peace club
he learned about the God who saved him.
- Even before I knewhim he took care of me.
I have given my life to Christ
and I know there's nothingI have outside of God.
You didn't find me byaccident, God sent you to me,
and your love and acceptancehas helped heal my heart.
- Many of the kids whocome to these peace clubs
are either war orphansor former child soldiers.
But here in a therapeutic setting
they sing songs and play games.
Early on when they start coming
a lot of the skits they put on
have to do with violence and war.
But in time they're doing little plays
about school and their friends
because here they have achance to be kids again.
We also enrolled Jonah ina Christian boarding school
where he's doing very well.
- My life is complete.
You have cared for me like a parent
and given me everything I need.
There is nothing I can give you in return
but I pray that Godwill bless every person
who has been a part of helping me.
- Jonah's amazing story.
You can learn about our Orphan's Promise
by going to it's website.
We'll be right back.
Time now for your Thursday thankful
and today I pray you will join me
in this prayer of gratitude,
Father I thank you thatyou are always who I need,
what I need and when I need.
You are indeed the answer to it all.
With that word be sure to make this
a very thankful Thursday.
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