Underground Reality Challenges Teens' Faith

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CWN.com - Take two teens from Australia's Blue Mountains, unite them with six American teens and send them to Vietnam.

The result?  Underground Reality.

Click Play to watch more from Brad Konemann as he speaks with CBN News.

Aussie Brad Konemann was the oldest member of the team sent to Vietnam by the Voice of the Martyrs USA and Australia. He says it wasn't your typical youth mission's trip.

"We were going over there to encourage Christians, we were going over there to learn from Christians whose faith is just in your face," Konemann said. "This was information and emotion soaking into us, so it's completely different, I think."

Tani Kruik was the other Australian teen appearing in a recently released two-hour DVD documenting the journey.

It's now been more than a year and a half since the trip. Truik says she'll always remember her covert meeting with tribal Christians in the central highlands - an area closed to foreigners.

But she prays regularly for a young Vietnamese girl she met who was persecuted for her faith.

"That was the changing point of the trip for me," Kruik said. "It made me want to live more like she did, no fears standing up for God and living everyday for him."

As for Brad - how has the Underground Reality trip and the video changed the life of this unassuming Christian?

he says the experience was more faith challenging than life changing.

"It's really changed what I think it is to live for Jesus, just seeing courage under fire, joy and hope in the face of hardship," he said.

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