On this week's episode, can the world stop Boko Haram from terrorizing Christians; Christians help Congo heal amid conflict; Surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia; and more.
Today on Christian World News
Boko Haram in Nigeria strikes again. At least
24 Christians killed in recent attacks and
now there's a growing call to bring the deadly
terrorist group to justice.
A new pharaoh? Egyptian President Mohammed
Morsi makes a bold power grab, and the new
constitution is pushed through without the
input of Christians or moderates.
"The Pink Room." A look at the film that's
exposing the dark world of sex trafficking
and bringing victims a message of hope.
As Nigeria's Christians suffer more attacks,
the international community seeks more tools
to fight Islamic terrorists.
Hello, everyone, I'm George Thomas.
And I'm Wendy Griffith.
Twin car bombings at a Protestant church on
a military base in Nigeria killed at least
15 people. It happened in the city of Jaji,
in Kaduna state in the Muslim north.
Officials say a bus packed with explosives
rammed into St. Andrew Military Protestant
Church right after Sunday services. About
ten minutes later, a car parked just outside
the church exploded as people fled from the
The radical Islamic group Boko Haram is suspected
in the attack. Boko Haram is blamed for killing
more than 760 Nigerians this year alone.
Ann Buwalda is executive director of Jubilee
Campaign, a group that defends religious liberty.
She joins us now from our bureau in Washington,
Ann, the international criminal court has
just released a report that Boko Haram has
in fact committed crimes against humanity.
What does that mean for Nigeria and its Christians?
The Christians in Nigeria have made an effort
in recent years to request that the international
criminal court find that the Boko Haram has
been responsible for these acts of violence.
And what this means is that they are going
to receive justice. Hopefully, the international
criminal court will now take this to the next
step, will take the investigative process
to the point of actual indictment.
The next step is to actually call up specific
individuals as terrorists and designate them
as terrorists. And in fact the United States
earlier this summeró the United States Department
of Stateódid designate three leaders of the
Boko Haram as terrorists.
Unfortunately, the State Department has not
designated the Boko HaramÖas a foreign terrorist
organization. We believe that still has to
happen and we are encouraging people to sign
up with a petition to the White House requesting
that the Boko Haram be put on the foreign
terrorist organization list.
This is an organization responsible, in our
account, this year alone, 1,317 civilians
in Nigeria have been killed by Boko Haram.
No other country in the world has had that
death toll of civilians, not even Afghanistan.
Ann, let me just jump in just a few seconds
that we have remaining. Why do you think the
Nigerian government has been unable so far
to stop Boko Haram? Is it a lack of will or
is there something else? Quickly, please.
I believe that it's an inability to effectively
prosecute those responsible. I also believe
that there is pressure from outside, including
from the United States, to actually negotiate
with these terrorists. And that's something
that needs to change and stop.
Prosecutions need to take place; impunity
needs to stop.
There appears to be a new extremist group
that has surfaced and is claiming credit for
a recent attack in Abuja. It obviously raises
the question: is stopping Boko Haram the answer
or is there a deeper problem that you see
It's a first step. As we know, from many countries
where terrorist organizations are active,
they mutate. One terrorist organization gets
too much attentionóperhaps their funds are
cut offóa new one pops up. It's still the
same people behind it.
The root causes have not changed and the Nigerian
government needs to get to the root cause.
Okay, terrific. Ann Buwalda of the group Jubilee
Campaign, great to have you back on the broadcast.
Thank you very much. Good to be here.
The United Nations General Assembly voted
overwhelmingly to recognize the Palestinian
Authority as a non-member state. Some say
the vote could put even more obstacles between
Israel and the PA and hinder further peace
Here's Chris Mitchell from Jerusalem.
The historic vote passed overwhelmingly: 138
in favor, 41 abstentions, and nine against.
Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas said
they would accept nothing less than an independent
state in the West Bank and Gaza with East
Jerusalem as its capital.
This time we are determined to go. Nothing
is going to shake us. The train has left the
station. There is no way we can be deterred,
we can be frightened, we can be pushed around.
And I think this determination has become
greater after this war in Gaza.
Palestinians in the West Bank, known biblically
as Judea and Samaria, celebrated the vote.
Palestinians also celebrated in Hamas-controlled
It's a wonderful feeling, it's amazing. God
willing, unity between Fatah and Hamas will
happen very soon in the near future. We will
be brothers and together we will destroy the
Israeli entity. God willing, we are going
to victory, victory, victory.
The vote was largely symbolic but Abbas seized
on the symbolism calling the vote a birth
certificate for the state of Palestine. Palestinians
say the U.N. backing will strengthen their
hand in negotiations. But Israel says it will
make talks even tougher.
The truth is when the party is over and when
people wake up tomorrow morning they'll see
that nothing has changed, that reality on
the ground remains as is. The only way forward
is not meaningless theatre at the United Nations.
The only way forward is to have meaningful
Both Israel and the U.S. suffered a huge blow
The path to a two-state solution that fulfills
the aspirations of the Palestinian people
is through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New
We have made very clear to the Palestinian
leadership - you know I met with President
Abbas just last week - that we oppose Palestinian
efforts to upgrade their status at the U.N.,
outside of the framework of negotiations to
achieve a two-state solution.
For now, nothing has really changed. But it
could give Palestinians some clout if they
take Israelis to the international criminal
court. They could also force the question
of the fate of Jerusalem or the fate of hundreds
of thousands of Israelis who live in their
biblical homeland of Judea and Samaria.
Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.
Meanwhile next door, protests rocked Egypt
this week as President Mohammed Morsi moved
to expand his power.
First, he issued a decree giving him control
of all branches of government.
After that, Morsi backed the constitutional
assembly as it rushed through the country's
new constitution two months early without
the input of Christians or other minorities.
Now, some are calling Morsi a new pharaoh.
Once again, here's Chris Mitchell.
For days, anti-Morsi protestors have battled
against police. They want Morsi either to
step down or rescind his decrees.
The position is obvious. There is no negotiation.
And the political powers will not meet with
President Mohammed Morsi until he has cancelled
the constitutional declaration.
Morsi's decree stated no one can reverse or
change any of his decisions. This effectively
puts him in control of all branches of Egypt's
government: executive, legislative and judicial.
Morsi claims his decrees are only temporary.
But many political leaders disagree, like
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad El Barade.
We have a new pharaoh in town. I mean, after
we thought we have moved from the pharaoh
type to the 21st century we are back to having
a new pharaoh. The country, in short, is falling
Egypt's stock market lost ten percent of its
value over the political instability while
many pro-Morsi demonstrators defended his
Also last week, Christian leaders withdrew
from the assembly drafting a new constitution.
They objected to the majority Islamists, who
are redefining what Sharia law means.
Here in Jerusalem some are concerned about
what Morsi's actions mean for long-term relations
between Israel, Egypt and the rest of the
While Morsi gained international prestige
by helping to broker a ceasefire between Israel
and Hamas, one former ambassador told CBN
News Morsi's latest actions look like he's
trying to establish an Iranian-style religious
Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.
He's one of only a handful of Christians who
survived the Killing Fields. How this man
is still reaching out with God's love to his
countrymen in Cambodia.
The 2012 Redemptive Film Festival recently
honored more than 30 films for their redeeming
story lines, including "The Pink Room." It
chronicles young girls in Cambodia trapped
in sex trafficking.
But as Heather Sells reports, its message
is one of hope.
When they sleep with me I feel so depressed.
"The Pink Room" lets the viewers in on the
pain of young, trafficked girls in the village
of Swi-Pak. The main economy here: child prostitution.
Tragically, pedophiles from around the world
arrive daily to take advantage.
So what you doing here? So what are you going
to do when you're done with your coffee?
But "The Pink Room" is quick to focus on a
redemptive ministry in Swi-Pak. Agape International
Missions helps to restore girls who are rescued.
Pink Room director Joel Sandvos says he wanted
to tell their stories.
We focused on hope, we focused on restoration.†
It's not about just talking about how bad
the problem is and everything but it really
sets itself apart because it's about solutions
and it's about hope and in the end people
are crying tears of joy rather than tears
of depression and frustration.
"The Pink Room" shows how the Agape Ministry
rebuilds young lives like Mien's. After watching
her brothers and sisters go hungry, she decided
at age 14 to enter a brothel. She quickly
found herself trapped in torture and bondage,
worse than she had imagined.
But when she arrived at the Agape home, she
found a new world, beginning with a princess
They've heard before from their customers,
their guests, "I love you," and so they're
like, "yeah, I've heard that before." But
then they start living it and believing it.
It's really just an honor to be a part of,
Sandvos is currently re-editing the documentary
for PBS. And he says it's already awakening
the church as viewers begin to see how to
help children who've suffered unspeakable
People are very hopeful when they talk to
us. They say, "I've seen a lot of documentaries
on sex trafficking but this one actually made
me feel good and I was actually happy and
Heather Sells, CBN News.
From 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge killed
nearly two million Cambodians. Barnabas Mam
is one of only 200 Christians to survive the
Killing Fields. He's written a book about
that time called "Church Behind The Wire."
Recently, I spoke with him about his experience.
You were actually sent to a prison camp. How
did you survive?
I was only the Christian in the camp. I learned
to restore my hope by speaking Psalm 23 twice
day, in the morning and in the evening, and
also to learn to worship God with only a few
hymns that I could remember well, especially
"How Great Thou Art."
My life was spared because of the miracle
of God. So for me, survival was a miracle
day after day.
When some of my friends were interrogated
and they missed the mark and they got killed
so I was so fearful that I would be killed
too. Then Psalm 23, verse 4: "Even though
I walk in the valley of the shadow I shall
fear no evil for the Lord is with me, thy
rock and thy staff they comfort me."
So that was a source of hope for me.
Eventually you were released and you became
a church planter. Can you give our viewers
real quickly a sense of how strong is the
church in Cambodia today?
You know, after the Killing Fields [there
were] only 200 Christians out of 10,000 that
survived the four years of the reign of terror
that was known as the Killing Fields.
And then the church went underground for another
ten years. Only by 1993 that the church in
Cambodia, the church of the survivals, was
granted the freedom of worship.
But now from 1993 to date there are about
half a million Christians all over Cambodia,
basically because of exponential growth.
Are people free to leave Buddhism, for example,
and embrace Christianity and is there a price
to pay if they do become a believer in Christ?
In Asia there is a price to pay and it tests
the sincerity of the commitment of our faith.
In my case when I accepted the Lord, I got
rejected by my family, especially by my uncle,
the senior man who raised me in the Buddhist
Now some young people, you know, while they
are going on to their study at the college
in Phnom Penh, once their parents or their
tutors know that they've become a Christian
they may stop their support. But that's a
test of faith.
How can we pray for Cambodia, the Cambodian
Pray that the men and women who are called
to serve God as leaders and shepherds may
continue to grow, and as the leaders grow
that the flock will also grow alongside.
And also pray that the one day materialism
may come and grasp the heart of the people
in Cambodia, pray that our leaders over there,
the Christians over there, may not be polluted
by materialism at all; they will stand firm
in their faith in Christ.
Fantastic standing firm in their faith
in Christ. Barnabas Mamóthe book is called
"Church Behind The Wire," a must to readóthank
you so much for all you do for the Gospel
of Jesus Christ in Cambodia. Thank you again
for joining us on the broadcast.
A celebration in the highlands of Guatemala.
We'll tell you about the great gift that brought
so many people.
Welcome back to the show.
Christian humanitarian relief efforts in eastern
Congo are moving forward despite military
gains by armed rebels. An anti-government
militia called M23 recently seized territory
Jon Cassel is CBN's director for French speaking
Africa. He says the ministry is partnering
with a hospital and area churches to give
Congolese urgent medical care.
A group of Congolese pastors that are in charge
of locating the patients in the rural areas
that are the most distressed and seeing that
they are informed of what CBN is doing and
then they can bring them in to the Heal Africa
clinic and be served.
To hear more of Jon Cassel's comments log
on to The Global Lane at cbnnews.com.
The indigenous people of northern Guatemala
are caught in the middle of fighting between
drug gangs and government troops.
Recently, however, they had reason to put
aside their troubles and celebrate. Stan Jeter
Drummers, children and trumpet players led
the procession down the narrow streets of
San Cristobal, in the highlands of Guatemala.
Marching with them, visitors from the United
States, Germany and China. Some of them grew
up in the Pokomchi culture.
You know, we were walking in the parade this
morning and there was a sea of Pokomchi faces,
young and old. All of a sudden I felt tears
coming out of my eyes. It feels amazing.
Linguists Boris and Beth Ramirez are a big
reason for this celebration.
There are no words to express how you feel.
That's right. We're linguists, but we're wordless
at this point.
It's God's Word that's the cause of the celebration.
The New Testament is now available in the
Pokomchi language. And the Ramirezes are the
linguists that finished the translation.
Twenty-seven years ago the Ramirez family
moved to northern Guatemala to pick up the
project started by German translators Ted
and Gloria Engel in 1969.
Forty-three years later, the Pokomchi speakers
finally have a New Testament they can read
Very joyful, very happy to have in our hands
the New Testament in Pokomchi.
The modern Bible translation movement actually
began here in Guatemala. This is where a Caqchikel
Indian famously challenged missionary Cameron
Townsend, who was selling Spanish Bibles:
"If your God is so smart," he said, "why can't
he speak Caqchikel?"
Not all Guatemalans speak Spanish. Over 40
percent are descendants of the ancient Mayas
and they speak 21 different languages.
Today Townsend's vision for providing God's
Word in every language has literally circled
the globe. Wycliffe Bible Translators, which
he founded in 1942, is leading a final push
to begin translations in the 2,100 languages
still without a Bible.
Translators have a slow and tedious calling.
Ramirez spent years studying the Pokomchi
language, then hired a native speaker, Abelino
Caal, to help, but almost fired him for his
lack of computer skills.
I bless the Lord for having prevented me from
making that big mistake. Because this is the
man who truly finished the New Testament.
Caal himself is grateful his people will now
understand God's Word more clearly.
Using the Word of God and seeing the church
grow through the Word of God when there is
The translators worked with partner ministries
to produce a Pokomchi version of the Jesus
Film, along with a dramatized audio New Testament
sponsored by the Faith Comes By Hearing Mission.
But the work of translation comes at a price,
and according to Wycliffe veteran Bob Gunn,
the challenges multiply as the project nears
Over and over, we have deaths, critical illness,
financial reversals. All kinds of things happen
at the last.
But those hardships are forgotten on a day
like this. With the translated New Testament
safely delivered, Ramirez believes a new world
of opportunity will open up for the Pokomchi
And I believe that God has called the Mayan
church to send their own missionaries. So
I believe that that's what we are going to
see with the use of the Scriptures: a missionary
Pokomchi church sending missionaries, Pokomchis,
to the world.
Stan Jeter, CBN News.
And you can see more great stories about the
work of the church around the globe at our
Christian World News website. Find it at cbnnews.com.
We'll be right back.
finally on our broadcast this week
An Iranian Christian threatened with expulsion
from Sweden is expressing his gratitude to
CBN and our viewers.
Yeah, Reza Jebbari is a convert from Islam.
He moved to Sweden and applied for asylum
fearing persecution in Iran. Swedish officials
originally rejected his request, but our coverage
of his story and your response helped put
pressure on Swedish officials.
They halted the deportation order and granted
Jebbari a new hearing. Now Reza and his pastor
asked that we share this video with you.
I want to say special thanks for the CBN channel,
especially all the American people by the
CBN channel active in the internet.
We don't think it could have been done without
Jebbari's lawyer is hopeful that Reza will
soon be granted permanent residency in Sweden.
The power of Christian media! Isn't that fantastic!
Yeah, it's awesome. And the power of prayerÖ
Öis very important.
And thanks to all our viewers.
Yeah. Well, folks, that's all for this week's
edition of Christian World News. I hope you've
enjoyed the show.
Until next week, from all of us here, good-bye
and God bless you.