Prisoner of Conscience: Wolf's Human Rights Crusade

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Recent CBN News headlines, such as the Iran Christian pastor facing death for his faith and the Sudanese "Lost Boy" blinded by his slave master, serve as reminders that human and religious rights are far from universal.

Those kinds of human rights abuses are a grim reality that Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has been fighting for decades to change.

From an orphanage in Afghanistan to refugee camps in Sudan, the Virginia congressman has traveled the world fighting for human rights.

Wolf admitted to CBN News his dream of serving in Congress dated back to childhood. But while he ran his campaign on local transportation issues, he soon discovered his real cause was global.

After witnessing Ethiopia's famine in the mid-1980s and seeing the results of Nicolae Ceauşescu's repressive Romanian regime, Wolf became a leading voice on human rights.

He credits a strong religious conviction for helping him to speak against wrong.

His work gained respect and partnership from across the political aisle as well as influencing policy, from the Reagan administration to the Clinton White House.

In his new book, Prisoner of Conscience, Wolf retraces his travels to some of the most dangerous places in the world.

He shares how he was moved by Christian faith and challenged to act using his influence in Congress.

Rep. Wolf will talk more about his new book and how the U.S. can be more effective in the global fight for human rights on "The 700 Club," Oct. 19. Check your local listings or check here at Wednesday after 10 a.m. ET for the interview.

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