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Christian World News: December 28, 2012

On Christian World News, Dec. 28: A year in review: Boko Haram 'enjoys' killing Christians; Gracia Burnham 10 years later; Egypt’s Islamization could spark Coptic awakening; and more. Read Transcript


TODAY ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" OUR BEST STORIES OF 2012,

INCLUDING THE SHAKE UP IN THE

MIDDLE EAST AND HOW THE

REVOLUTION IN EGYPT IS AFFECTING

THE COUNTRY'S 2000-YEAR-OLD

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

IN NIGERIA, THE DEADLY TERRORIST

GROUP WAGING WAR ON THE CHURCH.

AND OUR VISIT WITH GRACEA

BURNHAM, 10 YEARS AFTER THE

RESCUE THAT FREED HER FROM

MUSLIM REBELS AND TOOK HER

HUSBAND'S LIFE.

WELCOME TO OUR YEAR IN REVIEW

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

ELECTIONS BROUGHT THE MOUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD INTO POWER.

THOUSANDS ARE FLEEING THE

COUNTRY.

AS THIS WAVE OF UNPRECEDENTED

IMMIGRATION GROWS, THEY MAYBE ON

THE VERGE OF AN AWAKENING.

YOU HAVE AN EMBOLDENED LOCAL

ISLAMIST, THAT ONE OF THEIR

BRETHREN IS IN POWER TO WHAT

THEY SEE IS GOD'S MESSAGE ON THE

GROUNDS WITHOUT A GOVERNMENT.

CREEPING ISLAMIZATION HAS THE

COPTIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

NERVOUS.

MANY HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY.

IT IS AN EXODUS.

DAVID ALTON IS WITH THE HUMAN

RIGHTS CAMPAIGN.

A LOT OF KILLINGS.

CHURCHES BOMBED.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN RAPED.

ALL SORTS OF THINGS TAKING

PLACE.

100,000 COPTIC CHRISTIANS HAVE

FLED THE COUNTRY.

MY LOCAL CHURCH IN FAIRFAX,

WE HAVE SEEN A SERIOUS WAVE OF

IMMIGRATION FROM EGYPT SINCE THE

REVOLUTION.

THAT IS ONE CHURCH IN THE U.S.

IRANIAN PASTOR SAYS SOME OF

HIS MEMBERS FLED FOR THE UNITED

STATES.

THAT IS NOT JUST CHRISTIANS

LEAVING.

THEY FLED THE COUNTRY.

THEY DON'T FEEL SAFE WITH COMING

WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

MANY EGYPTIANS REMAIN BECAUSE

THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO GO ANYWHERE

ELSE.

IN THE SENSE OF THE BETTER

EDUCATED, MORE WELL OFF, PEOPLE

THAT ARE THE JOB CREATORS, ONES

THAT GIVE HIGHER DONATIONS TO

THE CHURCH, THOSE WILL BE THE

ONES THAT WILL BE LEAVING.

THAT WILL MEAN LESS

OPPORTUNITY AND HELP FOR NEEDY

CHRISTIANS.

WESTERN AID SHOULD BE STOP UNTIL

THE GOVERNMENT UPHOLDS RELIGIOUS

LIBERTIES.

WE NEED TO BE INSISTING IT BE

THE KEY FOR THE WESTERN

GOVERNMENT.

STILL MANY LIKE THESE SAY

THEY WILL STAY IN EGYPT.

OTHERS SAY THEIR CHURCH MEMBERS

ARE FOCUSSED ON GOD'S PROMISES.

HE CARES FOR US AND WILL NOT

FORSAKE US.

WE BELIEVE IN GOD'S PLAN FOR

EGYPT AND FOLLOW IT.

THE RISE OF THE ISLAMIST AND

INCREASED PERSECUTION IS

BRINGING EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS

CLOSER TOGETHER.

ALL THE CHURCHES ARE DOING A

LOT OF PRAYER AND TALKING ABOUT

THE FUTURE, GIVING HOPE FOR THE

FUTURE.

EVENTS LIKE THIS IN THE

DESERT NORTH OF CAIRO ATTRACTED

MORE THAN 50,000 EGYPTIAN

CHRISTIANS AND FOUR DAYS OF

PRAYER.

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARE

CONCERNED ABOUT BROTHERS AND

SISTERS IN CHRIST.

WE DEFINITELY NEED YOUR

PRAYERS.

LORD TELLS US TO PRAY FOR ONE

ANOTHER.

YOU PRAY FOR US AND WE WILL PRAY

FOR YOU.

YOU CAN LOOK AT COPTIC

HISTORY WITH A SENSE OF SADNESS

OF THE CONTINUOUS DECLINE.

YOU CAN LOOK AT IT TO THE SENSE

OF HOW THE HANDS OF GOD HAS

PROTECTED HIS PEOPLE AND MADE

THEM SURVIVE THROUGH EVERYTHING

THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS, CAIRO.

THANKS, GARY, A RADICAL

MUSLIM GROUP IN NIGERIA KILLED

800 PEOPLE THIS YEAR.

THE AL-QAEDA-LINKED FIGHTERED

DECLARED WAR ON CHRISTIANS

CARRYING OUT MULTIPLE ATTACKS ON

CHRISTIAN HOMES AND CHURCHES,

INCLUDING A DEVASTATING CAR BOMB

ON CHRISTMAS DAY ONE YEAR AGO.

AS GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS THERE

ARE CALLS FOR REVENGE, ALSO

FORGIVENESS.

*

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY, WE

CAME TO CHURCH TO CELEBRATE THE

BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.

PEOPLE STARTED COMING AS EARLY

AS 6:00 IN THE MORNING.

IT WAS GOING TO BE A JOYOUS

OCCASION.

REPORTER: BUT IT NEVER TURNED

OUT THAT WAY.

A SUICIDE BOMBER IN A VEHICLE

PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES DROVE UP

THIS BUSY STREET AND STOPPED IN

FRONT OF THIS CHURCH.

THIS MAN AND 17-MONTH-OLD SON

JUST WALKED OUT THE CHURCH FRONT

DOORS WHEN THE EXPLOSION

HAPPENED.

AROUND ME I COULD SEE BODIES

ON FIRE.

WITHIN MINUTES, HUSBANDS BECAME

WIDOWERS AND PARENTS CHILDLESS.

IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER 8:00

THAT CHRISTMAS MORNING, ONE

SERVICE JUST CONCLUDING AND THE

NEXT ABOUT TO BEGIN.

26 OF THE 44 PEOPLE THAT DIED

ATTENDED ST. THERESA'S CHURCH.

THE PEOPLE THAT CARRIED OUT

THE ATTACK ARE OF THE DEVIL.

BOKO HARAM CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS AND

SEVERAL MORE ATTACKS IN OTHER

PARTS OF NIGERIA THAT CHRISTMAS

DAY.

BOKO HARAM'S GOAL IS TO TURN IT

INTO AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY.

I AM VERY ANGRY.

THEY ARE TRYING TO GET ME TO

RESPOND OUT OF ANGER, I WILL

NOT.

HE AND SON SPENT SEVERAL

WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL RECOVERING

FROM BURNS, TODAY YOU WILL FIND

THEM PRAYING FOR THE ATTACKERS.

THEY TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE

OF FORGIVENESS.

BOKO HARAM SHOULD REPENT,

STOP DOING EVIL WORK AND

CONFESS.

THAT ISN'T LIKELY TO HAPPEN

ANY TIME SOON, 200 MILES NORTH

OF THE CHURCH.

SO MANY PEOPLE LOVED MY

HUSBAND.

THEY WOULD NOT LET ME SEE MY

FATHER'S BODY.

HE WAS BEYOND RECOGNITION.

HE WAS SHOT IN THE MOUTH,

ELBOW AND BACK.

I AM ASKING GOD TO BRING

PEACE TO OUR CITY.

NORTHERN NIGERIA'S IMPORTANT

CITY OF KANO WITH PRAYER.

ON JANUARY 20TH, 26 DAYS AFTER

THE CHRISTMAS DAY MASSACRE, BOKO

HARAM KILLED 185 PEOPLE IN A

STRING OF COORDINATED ATTACKS IN

KANO.

IT WAS THE GROUP'S DEADLIEST

STRIKE TO DATE.

AMONG THE DEAD WERE LOVED ONES

OF THESE CHRISTIAN FAMILIES.

I CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO BRING MY

HUSBAND BACK.

BIBLE SAYS WE SHOULD LOVE OUR

ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THEM.

BOKO HARAM SPOKESMAN HAS

DECLARED WAR ON THE GOVERNMENT

AND THE CHRISTIANS.

IN A VIDEO RELEASED HE SAID I

ENJOY ANYONE THAT GOD COMMANDS

ME TO KILL THE WAY I ENJOY

KILLING CHICKENS AND RAMS.

EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN CHRISTIANS

IN SOUTH AND MUSLIMS IN THE

NORTH.

KANO IS OVERWHELMING MUSLIM.

THEY USE THE CITY AND

SURROUNDING AREAS AS A BASE OF

OPERATION.

THIS IS DIFFICULT TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL IN THE EXTREME

NORTHERN PARTS OF NIGERIA.

JOSHUA WORKS QUIETLY.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL HIS

IDENTITY.

HE SAYS THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

CONSIDER CHRISTIANS AS INVADERS

AND MEMBERS OF A WESTERN

RELIGION.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE.

BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN, I AM

VIEWED AND TREATED AS A SECOND

AND THIRD AND FOURTH-CLASS

CITIZEN.

BOKO HARAM IS PROVOKING

CHRISTIANS INTO ATTACKING

MUSLIMS.

SOME NEIGHBORHOODS ARE TAKING

MEASURES TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.

OTHERS RELY ON GOD FOR

PROTECTION AND TAKE COMFORT IN

HIS WORD.

EVEN WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE

DARK VALLEY OF DEATH, I WILL NOT

BE AFRAID, FOR YOU ARE CLOSE

BESIDE ME.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

KANO, NIGERIA.

THANK YOU, GEORGE.

UP NEXT, THE GRACEA BURNHAM

STORY, HOW SHE AND HER KIDS ARE

STILL SERVING THE LORD, TODAY,

STAY TUNED.

IN 2012, GRACIA BURNHAM

MARKED 10 YEARS SINCE THE END OF

HER CAPTIVITY AT THE HANDS OF

KILLERS.

I TALK WISDOM GRACIA ABOUT HER

EXPERIENCE AND HOW SHE HAS BEEN

REACHING OUT TO HER FORMER

CAPTORS.

THE COUPLE HAD BEEN

CELEBRATING THEIR 18TH WEDDING

ANNIVERSARY WHEN TERRORISTS

ATTACKED THEM.

ABU SAYYAF FIRST BROUGHT THEM

HERE WHEN THEY WERE KIDNAPPED IN

2001.

THEY SPENT A YEAR IN THESE

JUNGLES, CONSTANTLY ON THE RUN

NEVER KNOWING WHERE THEIR NEXT

MEAL WAS COMING FROM.

COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON GOD.

IF WE NEEDED A DRINK OF

WATER, I ASKED GOD FOR A DRINK

OF WATER.

IF WE CAME TO THE STREAM, I

DRANK THE WATER.

IT WAS WATER AND GOD PROVIDED IT

FOR US EVEN IF IT WAS DIRTY.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST

ABOUT THAT DAY?

I REMEMBER WE HADN'T EATEN

FOR WE WERE GOING ON OUR 10TH

DAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD LIVE FOR

10 DAYS WITHOUT FOOD.

WE HAD SALT AND WATER.

WE WOULD EAT LITTLE LEAVES FROM

CERTAIN PLANTS WE WOULD PASS BY.

WE WERE WEAK AND EXHAUSTED.

I TOLD MARTIN, I DON'T KNOW HOW

MUCH LONGER WE CAN DO THIS.

HE SAID GRACIA, I THINK WE ARE

GOING TO GET OUT OF HERE, I

DON'T KNOW WHEN.

ABOUT NOON ON JUNE 7TH, 2002,

SHOTS RANG OUT AS THE PHILIPPINE

MILITARY ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE

THEM.

I IMMEDIATELY WAS SHOT IN THE

LEG AND SLID DOWN THE HILL AND

CAME TO REST BESIDE MARTIN.

HE WAS BLEEDING FROM HIS CHEST.

THEY SAW I WAS ALIVE AND CAME

AND STARTED DRAGGING ME UP THE

HILL.

I LOOKED BACK AT MARTIN AND HE

WAS WHITE.

THAT IS WHEN I KNEW HE WAS DEAD.

THEY KIND OF BANDAGED ME UP AT

THE TOP OF THE HILL AND CALLED A

HELICOPTER.

IT CAME AND LIFTED ME RIGHT OUT

OF THERE.

YEAH.

BEFORE THEIR YEAR IN

CAPTIVITY MARTIN WAS A PILOT.

MARTIN FLEW DR. ALLEN MILLICOR

TO REMOTE VILLAGES.

TO ME MARTIN AND GRACIA, I

SAID WHY NOT MARTIN AND GRACIA.

I THINK THE PEOPLE ABDUCTED SEE

WHAT CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE.

GRACIA, THE ABU SAYYAF TOOK

SO MUCH FROM YOU.

HOW DO YOU FIND FORGIVENESS?

I ASKED HIM, WOULD YOU BUILD

FORGIVENESS IN MY LIFE?

HELP ME START TO LOVE THESE

GUYS, HE DID IT.

TODAY SEVERAL ABU SAYYAF

MEMBERS HAVE COME TO KNOW THE

LORD BECAUSE GRACIA BEGAN TO

FORGIVE.

SOME OF THE VERY GUYS THAT

HELD US HOSTAGE GOT A HOLD OF

THOSE THINGS WE PRINTED AND

IMPACTED THEIR LIVES.

GOD SOME HOW USED IT AND SO FAR

FOUR, FOUR OF THEM HAVE COME TO

KNOW THE LORD.

GRACIA ALSO WROTE THE "NEW

YORK TIMES" "IN THE PRESENCE OF

MY ENEMIES" SHE IS ALSO A MUCH

SOUGHT AFTER SPEAKER.

HER STORY RESONATES WITH

EVERYONE.

TODAY GRACIA'S YOUNGEST SON

STUDIES MUSIC, THE SAME SCHOOL

WHERE HIS PARENTS MET AND

MARRIED.

OLDEST SON JEFF A MISSION PILOT

LIKE HIS DAD AND DAUGHTER MINDY

MARRIED A NEW TRIBES MISSIONARY

LIKE GRACIA.

I AM A GRANDMA TWICE, YEAH.

THE CHILDREN ARE GROWN AND FINE

AND LOVE THE LORD.

SO, THE REST OF WHAT HAPPENS TO

ME IS JUST ICING ON THE CAKE.

GRACIA SAYS LIKE THE TITLE OF

HER SECOND BOOK, SHE IS LEARNING

TO FLY AGAIN.

IT WOULD BE AWFUL IF I HAD

GONE THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE THING

AND COME OUT ON THE OTHER END

THINKING I HAD ANYTHING TO DO

WITH IT.

SO IF I AM FLYING TODAY, IT IS

BECAUSE OF GOD'S GOODNESS IN MY

LIFE.

ONE OF THE GREATEST

PRIVILEGES OF MY LIFE COVERING

THAT STORY AND MEETING GRACIA

AND HER FAMILY "IN THE PRESENCE

OF MY ENEMIES" I COULDN'T PUT IT

DOWN.

YOU CAN VISIT THE MARTIN AND

GRACIA BURNHAM WEBSITE.

FIND THE LINK AT CBNNEWS.COM.

COMING UP, ONE OF THE WORLD'S

GREATEST BOXERS, LUCILLE

TALUSAN'S CONVERSATION WITH

MANNY PACKAL.

CHAMPION BOXER MANNY PACQUIAO

BECAME THE LASTEST BOXER TO USE

HIS FAME TO SHARE HIS FAITH.

LUCILLE TALUSAN HAS HIS STORY.

THE BOXER'S ASSOCIATION NAMED

HIM FIGHTER OF THE DECADE.

MANNY "PAC-MAN" PACQUIAO'S

PARENTS SEPARATED WHEN HE WAS IN

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

EXTREME POVERTY FORCED HIM TO

LEAVE HOME AND FIND A JOB IN

MANILA AT AGE 13 TO SUPPORT HIS

FAMILY.

HE SOLD FLOWERS AND WORKED IN

CONSTRUCTION SITES JUST TO

SURVIVE.

HE MANAGED TO BE ON THE

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL AMATEUR

BOXING TEAM.

THE REST IS HISTORY.

THE WORLD WITNESSED PACQUIAO

WIN.

HE SUCCOMBED TO THE TEMPTATIONS

OF THE WORLD.

I WENT TO CHURCH BUT I WAS

DRINKING AND GAMBLING, CARELESS

WORDS CAME OUT OF MY LIFE.

I COMMITTED ADULTERY.

I DIDN'T CARE. MANNY FELL

TO THE GUILT OF HIS SINS WHEN HE

BEGAN READING THE WORD OF GOD.

HE REMEMBERED HEARING THE DREAM

MY SISTER STOPPED GOING TO

SCHOOL BECAUSE I WAS NOT SENDING

THEM THE MONEY.

I CRIED, BLAMING MYSELF FOR

SPENDING ALL THE MONEY ON

ALCOHOL.

ON THAT NIGHT I HEARD THE VOICE

OF GOD IN MY DREAMS.

HIS VOICE WAS 10 TIMES LOUDER

THAN THUNDER.

HE SAID MY CHILD, MY CHILD, WHY

HAVE YOU GONE ASTRAY.

I FORGOT ABOUT THE DREAM.

WHEN I STARTED READING THE

BIBLE, THE FIRST VERSE I READ

SAID GOD TALKED TO MAN THROUGH

DREAMS.

WOW, MY DREAM WAS REAL.

SINCE THEN MANNY BECAME

HUNGRY FOR THE WORD OF GOD

LEADING TO A DEEP PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.

NOW HE HAS BIBLE STUDY EVERYDAY

MEMORIZING VERSES BY HEART.

HE SAYS THE WORD OF GOD IS HIS

WEAPON AGAINST TEMPTATION.

KEEP THIS ALWAYS ON YOUR LIPS

SO YOU MAYBE CAREFUL THEN YOU

WILL BE -- WHEN YOU MEDITATE THE

WORDS AND KEEP THE WORDS OF GOD

ON YOUR LIPS AND HEART AND MIND

YOU WILL BE GUIDED.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GUIDE YOU.

MANNY BELIEVES JESUS IS

COMING SOON.

HE GRABS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO

SPREAD THE GOSPEL.

HE BELIEVES GOD USES HIM AND

OTHER FAMOUS CHRISTIAN ATHLETES

LIKE TIM TEBOW AND JEREMY LIN TO

SPREAD THE GOSPEL.

THEY WILL LISTEN AND BELIEVE.

HIS PASTOR IS HIS SPIRITUAL

MENTOR.

THESE PEOPLE, TIM TEBOW,

JEREMY LIN AND MANNY PACQUIAO,

IT IS FOR THE WORLD TO SEE, YOU

LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THEIR

LIVES?

HONORING GOD, FINE, WHAT ABOUT

YOU?

I BELIEVE WE ARE IN THE LAST

DAYS AND GOD IS USING THESE

WORLD CHAMPIONS TO REACH OUT.

THIS HE SAYS WILL HELP HIM

WIN THE ULTIMATE FIGHT AND

CONQUER EVIL.

YOU WILL BE HATED BY EVERYONE

BECAUSE OF ME.

WHEN YOU ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST IN

YOUR LIFE AS YOUR LORD AND

SAVIOR, YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

AND YOU OBEY, HUH?

OBEY HIS COMMANDMENT.

LUCILLE TALUSAN, CBN NEWS,

PHILIPPINES.

FINALLY TODAY IN OUR OPINION,

THE BEST STORY OF 2012 AN

IRANIAN COURT RELEASED

IMPRISONED PASTOR YOUSEF

NADARKHANI FROM PRISON.

HE HAD BEEN FACING A DEATH

SENTENCE FOR THE CRIME OF

APOSTASY.

HERE IS EFREM GRAHAM

REPORTER: THIS THE SCENE

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE

BEEN PRAYING TO SEE, PASTOR

YOUSEF NADARKHANI ALIVE AND FREE

AND EMBRACED WITH HIS FAMILY.

AN IRANIAN COURT SENTENCED

YOUSEF NADARKHANI TO DEATH FOR

THE CRIME OF LEAVING ISLAM.

HE WAS GIVEN SEVERAL CHANCES TO

RECANT HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH.

HE REFUSED EVERY TIME.

WHEN ASKED TO REPENT BY THE

JUDGES.

HE SAID REPENT MEANS TO RETURN,

WHAT SHOULD I RETURN TO THE

JUDGE REPLIED TO THE RELIGION

OF YOUR ANCESTORS.

A TWITTER CAMPAIGN REACHED MORE

THAN THREE MILLION PEOPLE A DAY.

INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY PUT

PRESSURE.

THE JUDGE CONVICTED HIM OF FOR

EVANGELIZING CHRISTIANS.

HE IS FREE BUT STILL IN GREAT

DANGER.

CARL MULLER TOLD CBN NEWS HE

MAYBE MORE AT RISK AFTER HE IS

RELEASED.

IN FACT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN

NUMEROUS CASES IN IRAN, SOMEONE

MAYBE JEW DSUDICIALLY ACQUITTED BUT

THEY CAN SIMPLY DISAPPEAR OR

TORTURED AND ARRESTED WITHOUT

ANY JUDICIAL PROCESS.

BY NO MEANS IS PASTOR YOUSEF

NADARKHANI FREE AND CLEAR.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

WOW WHAT A STORY, THANKS TO YOU

THAT WAS A MIRACLE.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS SPECIAL E

EDITION OF BEST STORIES OF 2012.

JOIN US NEXT WEEK FOR A BRAND

NEW YEAR

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