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Christian World News: April 5, 2013

On Christian World News, April 5: Egyptian Christians face increased kidnappings, North Korea ranked no. 1 for Christian persecution, and Nigeria Christians ask for prayer after new attacks, and more. Read Transcript


Wendy: TODAY ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

HUNDREDS OF MUSLIM WOMEN

GATHER AT A CHURCH.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHY THESE

CHRISTIANS ARE OPENING THEIR

ARMS AND THEIR HEARTS TO

HELP THEM.

PLUS, TROUBLE ON THE KOREAN

PENINSULA AS THE NORTH

THREATENS WAR, THE COUNTRY'S

CHRISTIANS ARE HOPING FOR A

GLOBAL CALL TO PRAYER.

AND IRAN IS ONE OF THE MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES ON THE

PLANET FOR CHRISTIANS, YET

SWEDEN TRYING TO FORCE

CHRISTIANS SEEKING ASYLUM TO

GO BACK.

OUR EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON

THEIR DIRE SITUATION.

Wendy: WELCOME TO

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

EVERYONE, I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

MORE THAN 70,000 PEOPLE HAVE

DIED IN SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR IN

THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND

MARCH WAS THE DEADLIEST

MONTH YET.

BUT THERE IS HOPE AMID ALL

OF THE TRAGEDY AS CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARIES ARE TRYING TO

HELP MORE THAN A MILLION

PEOPLE ESCAPE THE BRUTAL

FIGHTING.

Reporter: MORE THAN 100

BURQA-CLAD REFUGEES FILED

INTO THIS CHURCH IN NORTHERN

JORDAN FOR A TWO-DAY WOMEN'S

CONFERENCE.

IT IS A BIT UNUSUAL TO SEE

SO MANY MUSLIM WOMEN IN

CHURCH, BUT, THEN AGAIN,

THESE ARE UNUSUAL TIMES IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, AND PEOPLE

ARE SEEKING COMFORT WHEREVER

IT IS OFFERED.

THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IN

SYRIA IS OVERWHELMING.

AT LEAST 80,000 PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN KILLED, AND ONE MILLION

HAVE FLED THE COUNTRY.

JORDAN IS HOSTING ALMOST

HALF A MILLION REFUGEES, AND

OFFICIALS SAY THAT FIGURE

COULD DOUBLE BY THE END OF

THE YEAR.

THERE IS A MIX OF ANGER AND

SADNESS AMONG THESE VEILED

WOMEN, WHO HAVE SEEN THINGS

NO ONE SHOULD EVER HAVE TO.

THERE WAS AN AREA BESIDE

OUR HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE

ABUSING THE GIRLS AND THE

WOMEN, AND KILLING THEIR

MEN.

IT WAS HORRIBLE.

WE HAD TO LEAVE.

Reporter: MOST BLAME

SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR

al-ASSAD.

I HOPE TO GO BACK TO

SYRIA AND BUILD AGAIN, BUT

WE DON'T WAND BASHAR.

Reporter: NEARLY ALL

WHO HAVE ESCAPED HAVE A

HEARTBREAKING STORY.

16-YEAR-OLD ROPA LOST HER

FATHER IN THE BLOODY CIVIL

WAR.

SHE, HER MOTHER, AND YOUNGER

SIBLINGS ESCAPED TO JORDAN,

BUT SHE MISSES HER FATHER

AND HER COUNTRY.

TODAY, AT LEAST FOR A FEW

HOURS, THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN

RELIEF FROM THEIR PAIN.

I FEEL LIKE I'M WITH MY

FAMILY.

I FEEL BETTER.

Reporter: MISSIONARIES

FROM PARTNERS INVITED THEM

TO HEAR ABOUT JESUS, AND

EVEN TAKE PART IN A

FOOT-WASHING CEREMONY.

AS PART OF THE MISSION TEAM,

I TOOK PART AS WELL.

FOR MANY, THEIR FEET HAVE

WALKED MORE THAN 100 MILES,

ESCAPING GUNFIRE, AND UNDER

THE COVER OF DARKNESS, TO

COME HERE TO JORDAN, WHERE

CHRISTIANS ARE MYSTERYING

THE LOVE OF JESUS.

Wendy: THERE WERE HUGS,

TEARS, AND SMILES, AND

DIFFERENCES IN CULTURE AND

RELIGION SEEMED TO VANISH.

SEVERAL OF THE WOMEN

SITTING UP THERE HAD TEARS

ALREADY COMING DOWN THEIR

EYES BEFORE THEY EVEN SAT

DOWN.

I KNOW GOD WAS MOVING IN

THEIR HEART.

THEY DON'T KNOW JESUS IS

THEIR SAVIOR YET, BUT OUR

PRAYER IS BEFORE THIS

CONFERENCE IS OVER THEY'LL

KNOW JESUS NOT JUST AS A

PROPHET, BUT AS THEIR

SAVIOR.

Reporter:

Wendy: THE WOMEN

ENJOYED A LUNCH OF CHICKEN

AND RICE AS THEIR CHILDREN

PLAYED.

MANY WERE PROFOUNDLY MOVED

BY THE EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS DIFFICULT AT THE

BEGINNING, BUT WE FOUND KIND

PEOPLE, LIKE THE CHRISTIANS

HERE, HELPING US TO SURVIVE

IN JORDAN.

Wendy: NO ONE KNOWS HOW

MUCH LONGER THE WAR WILL GO

ON, OR IF THERE WILL EVEN BE

A SYRIA TO GO BACK TO.

ALTHOUGH JORDAN HAS

WILLINGLY OPENED ITS DOORS,

NOT EVERYONE HERE IS HAPPY

ABOUT THE REFUGEES TAKING

THEIR JOBS AND HOUSING.

THE MIDDLE EAST DIRECTOR TOM

DOYLE CALLED EIGHT TH IT

THE WORST HUMANITARIAN

PROBLEM IN 20 YEARS.

REMEMBER, THERE IS STILL

A WAR GOING ON IN IRAQ, AND

THEY'VE GOT THOSE REFUGEES,

AND A LOT OF EGYPTIANS,

TOO.

AND SO THERE HAS BEEN AN

OPPORTUNITY TO FEED THEM,

CLEAT CLOTHE THEM, REACH

OUT TO THEM WITH JESUS'

LOVE, AND THEY ARE SEEING A

DIFFERENCE.

*

Wendy: THIS IS THE

ANCIENT CITY OF JERESH,

WHERE JESUS VISITED AND DID

MANY MIRACLES.

IN THE BACKGROUND, YOU CAN

ALSO SEE THE MODERN CITY OF

JERESH, HOME TO THOUSANDS OF

SUNNI MUSLIMS.

AND JESUS IS APPEARING TO

THEM 2,000 YEARS LATER, MANY

IN DREAMS AND VISIONS.

AND THEY SAID THEY HAD A

DREAM ABOUT JESUS, THEY SEEM

HOW CHRISTIANS ARE TREATING

THEM, AND THEY CAN'T HELP

BUT BE DRAWN INTO JESUS.

I THINK CHRISTIANS OUGHT

TO BE KNOWN FOR, ONE WORD,

LOVE.

LOVE IS ACTIVE, AND IT IS

GOING TO REACH OUT, AND SHOW

THE PEOPLE WHO JESUS WAS.

AND IN HIS LIFE, AND IN THIS

AREA, IN THE DE CAPILUS, HE

ALWAYS WENT TO THE ONES THAT

ARE DESPISED.

THE SYRIANS ARE DESPISED,

THE SUNNI MUSLIMS ARE BEING

PUSHED OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

WHAT BETTER TIME THAN FOR

JESUS TO SHOW THEM HIS LOVE

FOR THEM.

Wendy: I WAS ESPECIALLY

MOVED BY ROPA WHO TOLD ME IN

PERFECT ENGLISH, I LOVE YOU,

THE ONLY ENGLISH WORDS SHE

KNEW.

SHE SHARED HER FOOD WITH ME,

AND ON OUR LAST DAY PUT A

PURPLE WATCH ON MY WRIST,

THAT I KNOW WAS DEAR TO

HER.

SHE LISTENED TO THE STORY OF

JESUS DYING ON THE CROSS SO

SHE COULD HAVE ETERNAL

LIFE.

AND THANKS TO THE LOVE SHE

RECEIVED IN JORDAN, SHE IS

NOW OPEN TO A RELATIONSHIP

WITH JESUS.

I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I

WILL NEVER LOOK AT A BURQA

THE SAME WAY AGAIN.

THAT TRIP TRULY CHANGED MY

LIFE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE

MINISTRIES THAT ARE HELPING

THESE REFUGEES, YOU CAN GO

TO cbnnews.com, AND YOU

CAN POST YOUR WORDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT AND YOUR

PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS OF

SYRIA'S WAR ON OUR

Facebook PAGE AS WELL.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

IS ON EDGE AS NORTH KOREA

RATCHETS UP HIS RHETORIC AND

PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS.

THE REGIME HAS CUT OFF

COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE

SOUTH, AND PROCLAIMED THAT A

STATE OF WAR EXISTS BETWEEN

THE TWO COUNTRIES.

IT HAS ALSO THREATENED THE

UNITED STATES, AND MOVED TWO

MISSILES IT SAYS IT CAN

TRAVEL A CONSIDERABLE RANGE

TO ITS EAST COAST.

SOUTH KOREA SAYS THERE ARE

NO SIGNS THAT THE NORTH IS

PREPARING FOR A FULL-SCALE

CONFLICT, BUT THE U.S. IS

TAKING NO CHANCES.

IT IS SENDING GUIDED MISSILE

DESTROYERS, AND LAND-BASED

INTERCEPTORS FOR MISSILE

DEFENSE.

THEY TELL OPEN DOORS U.S.A.

THAT THE COUNTRY IS ON A WAR

FOOTING, AND THEY ARE ASKING

THE COUNTRY TO PRAY FOR

THEIR COUNTRY.

THEY ARE NOT BEING

DISCOURAGED, BUT THEY NEED

OUR PRAYERS.

THEY'RE REALLY PLEADING FOUR

OU FOR OUR PRAYERS IN THE

WEST BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT IS

VERY IMPORTANT.

THEY ASK SPECIFICALLY FOR

PEACE IN THEIR REGION, AND

THAT THE LORD MAY COME INTO

THE HEART OF KIM JONG UN AND

ALSO GIVE WISDOM TO OUR

OFFICIALS IN THE UNITED

STATES AND CHINA AND SOUTH

KOREA IN THE IMPORTANT

DECISIONS THEY HAVE TO

MAKE.

Wendy: JOINING US NOW

IS CBN CHIEF NATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT, GARY LANE.

THE U.S. IS SENDING WARSHIPS

INTO THE REGION.

THIS SOUNDS SERIOUS?

JUST IN CASE THINGS GET

OUT OF HAND.

A LOT OF THIS IS BLUSTERING,

WENDY.

Wendy: WHAT ROLE DOES

NORTH KOREA PLAY?

CHINA HAS HAD NORTH KOREA

AS A PROXY STATE, AND CHINA

WANTS TO DOMINATE THIS

REGION THE WESTERN

ASIANPATHIC.

THE ASIAN PACIFIC.

THEY WOULD LIKE TO CONTROL

THE OIL AND THE ENTIRE

REGION, AND THEY WOULD LIKE

TO SEE THE U.S. OUT OF

THERE.

IF THINGS ARE BROUGHT DOWN

TO THE BRINK OF WAR, AND

CHINA COULD STEP IN AND

BRING US BACK FROM THAT

BRINK OF WAR IT WOULD

ENHANCE THEIR STATURE.

Wendy: WE KNOW NORTH

KOREA IS A BIG PERSECUTOR OF

CHRISTIANS.

THEY'RE NUMBER ONE ON THE

LIST NOW.

HOW MANY CHRISTIANS ARE

THERE IN NORTH KOREA, AND

WHAT DOES THE POSSIBILITY OF

WAR MEAN TO THEM?

AT LEAST 100,000

CHRISTIANS, AND SOME

ESTIMATES ARE 400,000.

THERE IS PROBABLY BETWEEN

100,000 TO 200,000, BUT NO

ONE KNOWS FOR CERTAIN

BECAUSE THE CHRISTIANS ARE

IN A LOT OF DANGER.

THEY MEET PRIVATELY, TWO,

THREE PEOPLE IN A HOUSE

CHURCH BECAUSE YOU CAN'T

TRUST ANYBODY FROM THE

OUTSIDE.

IF THEY'RE DISCOVERED TO BE

CHRISTIANS, THEY'RE ARRESTED

AND THROWN IN CHRISTIAN.

AND SOME HAVE BEEN EXECUTED

FOR THAT.

IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO BE A

CHRISTIAN THERE.

RIGHT NOW THEY'RE UNDER AS

MUCH PRESSURE AS EVERYONE

ELSE IS.

Wendy: THE CHURCH IS

ASKING FOR PRAYER.

WE HEARD FROM OPEN DOORS

THEY'RE REALLY BEGLING FOR

BEG -- BEGGING FOR PRAYER.

HOW CAN PRAYER CHANGES

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS.

WE NEED TO PRAY.

WE HAVE A STORY ABOUT

CHURCHES IN EAST AFRICA THAT

WERE UNDER THREAT, AND THEY

PRAYED AND GOT TOGETHER, AND

NOTHING HAPPENED AT EASTER

TIME.

AND ASK PASTOR NAZACANI, AND

HE WILL TELL YOU IT IS THE

PRAYERS THAT HELPED HIM IN

PRISON, AND ALSO LED TO HIS

EARLY RELEASE.

WE NEED TO PRAY.

Wendy: AND WE'RE ALSO

PRAYER FOR PASTOR ABEDINI

AND OTHERS IN IRAN.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Wendy: THANK YOU,

GARY.

COMING UP, THE CHURCH UNDER

THREAT IN AFRICA, USING

FAITH AND PRAYERS TO FIGHT

FOR THEIR FREEDOM IN

CHRIST.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS ARE

APPEALING FOR PRAYER AFTER A

NEW ROUND OF VIOLENCE

THERE.

ATTACKS DURING THE EASTER

SEASON LEFT AS MANY AS 80

PEOPLE DEAD.

MORE THAN 4,000 WERE

DISPLACED.

AT LEAST 19 CHRISTIANS HAVE

BEEN KILLED SINCE EASTER.

WELL, EAST AFRICA'S

CHRISTIANS ARE THANKING GOD

FOR PEACE AND SAFETY THIS

PAST EASTER.

MUSLIM EXTREMISTS IN KENYA

AND TANZANIA HAD PLEDGED TO

ATTACK CHURCHES ON THE

HOLIDAY.

THE EASTER THREATS TURNED

OUT TO BE EMPTY, BUT

CHRISTIANS IN THOSE

COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN UNDER

ATTACK THIS YEAR.

GARY LANE HAS MORE FROM

NAIROBI.

Reporter: MILITANTS

TIED TO al-SHABAB MADE THE

THREAT AGAINST EAST AFRICAN

CHRISTIANS.

THE GROUP CALLS ITSELF

"MUSLIM RENEWAL."

FATHER EVEREST MOSHI WAS

GUNNED DOWN IN SANZIBAR, AND

THEY MAY HAVE BEEN

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLING

OF A SOMALI PASTOR.

THEY ISSUED A STATEMENT

FOLLOWING THOSE KILLINGS

"MANY MORE WILL DIE.

WE WILL BURN HOMES AND

CHURCHES.

WE ARE NOT FINISHED.

AT EASTER, PREPARE FOR

DISASTER."

DOZENS OF CHURCHES HAVE BEEN

ATTACKED IN TANZANIA.

INCLUDING THE EVANGELICAL

CHURCH IN KEONGA.

MILITANT MUSLIMS BURNED THE

CHURCH FEBRUARY 19th, TWO

DAYS AFTER THE MURDER OF

CATHOLIC PRIEST MOSHI.

THEY TOOK ALL OF THE

BLESSING CHAIRS THAT WERE

HERE AND PLACED THEM BY THE

ALTER.

THEY POURED GASOLINE OVER

THEM AND SET THEM ON FIRE.

THEY SAID IT IN PUBLIC, IT

IS NO LONGER HIDDEN, THEY

DON'T WANT THE CHRISTIANS.

Reporter: IT WASN'T THE

FIRST TIME THE CHURCH

SUFFERED PERSECUTION.

A MOB WIELDING HAMMERS

KNOCKED DOWN THE CHURCH IN

2011.

HE SAYS THEY WILL NOT

SUCCEED IN DRIVING THE

CHURCH AWAY.

IF THE BUILDING IS NO

LONGER HERE, WE CHRISTIANS

WILL STILL WORSHIP GOD ON

THE SOIL.

WE WILL REMAIN UNTIL THE

GLORY OF GOD IS MANIFESTED

HERE.

Reporter: AND IN

NEIGHBORING KENYA, THIS

BISHOP SAYS HIS CHURCH

MEMBERS ARE ON ALERT.

ARMED POLICE WILL GUARD THE

CHURCH BUILDING NEAR NAIROBI

THIS EASTER SUNDAY.

THE CHURCH HAS BEEN

FRIGHTENED BECAUSE OF WHAT

HAS BEEN HAPPENING LATELY,

IN THE PAST TWO YEARS IN

KENYA.

BUT WE SHALL PREVAIL.

THE WORD OF GOD SHALE

PREVAIL.

THE PEOPLE, CALLED BY MY

NAME, SHALL HUMBLE

THEMSELVES AND PRAY, GOD

WILL RESTORE OUR LAND.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS, NAIROBI, KENYA.

Wendy: THANKS, GARY.

COMING UP, IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS FLED TO SWEDEN

FOR SAFETY, AND NOW THEY'RE

IN DANGER OF BEING SENT

BACK.

Wendy: CHRISTIANS IN

IRAN FACE ARREST, TORTURE,

AND EVEN DEATH.

SOME OF THOSE CHRISTIANS

HAVE BEEN SEEKING ASYLUM IN

SWEDEN.

BUT SWEDISH IMMIGRATION

OFFICIALS ARE PLANNING TO

SEND THEM BACK TO IRAN.

DALE HERD HAS THAT STORY

FROM STOCKHOLM.

Reporter: IRAN IS ONE

OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES

IN THE WORLD FOR CHRISTIANS,

BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE THE

SWEDISH GOVERNMENT INTENDS

TO SEND THESE FORMER

MUSLIMS.

THEIR REQUEST FOR ASYLUM

THAT COULD SAVE THEIR LIVES,

DENIED.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT'S

ATTITUDE TOWARDS IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS FACING

DEPORTATION WOULD SEEM TO BE

AS COLD AS THE SWEDISH

WINTER.

THE IRANIAN'S SAY SWEDEN'S

IMMIGRATION BOARD SIMPLY

DOES NOT CARE THAT THEY MAY

FACE PRISON OR TORTURE IF

THEY RETURN TO IRAN.

Reporter: RAZA HAS BEEN

IN HIDING AFTER HIS ASYLUM

REQUEST WAS REJECTED.

IN IRAN, IT IS SHARÍA --

Reporter: HIS PASTOR,

BER BERKER, STILL CAN'T

BELIEVE HIS ASYLUM REQUEST

WAS DENIED.

I THOUGHT THIS SHOULD BE

A PIECE OF CAKE.

THIS MAN HAS BROUGHT OTHER

MUSLIMS TO THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

IF HE IS A FRAUD, HE IS A

VERY BAD ONE BECAUSE HE IS

BRINGING PEOPLE TO THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

BUT, STILL, THEY DENIED

HIM.

THAT MADE ME LOOK INTO WHAT

IS GOING ON?

Reporter: WHAT I IS

GOING ON ACCORDING TO

GABRIEL DONNER IS A BADLY

RUN ASYLUM PROCESS, AND IN

SOME CASES, ANTI-CHRISTIAN

BIAS.

WHEN YOU APPLY FOR

ASYLUM, YOU HAVE TO PRESENT

YOUR CASE.

IF YOU CLAIM YOU ARE A

CONVERT, YOU HAVE TO HAVE

SOME EVIDENCE OF

CONVERSION.

A CERTIFICATE OF BAPTISM OR

MEMBERSHIP IN A

CONGREGATION.

Reporter: BUT HE SAYS

SOME EVIDENCE IS OFTEN

MISSING FROM THE ASYLUM

REQUEST BECAUSE MANY

ATTORNEYS DON'T INCLUDE IT.

SOME DON'T UNDERSTAND

SWEDISH LAW OF WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE A CHRISTIAN OR HOW

DANGEROUS IRAN IS.

THIS RESULTS IN A LOTTERY

WHERE SOME PEOPLE WIN AND

SOME LOSE.

Reporter: SOME OF THE

LOSERS IS THIS FAMILY.

THEY LEFT I'S LA ISLAM AND

THEY NOW FACE DEPORTATION.

WE HAVE TOLD OUR FAMILIES

IN IRAN WE ARE CHRISTIAN

NOW, AND THEY HAVE DISOWNED

US.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A FAMILY TO

RETURN TO.

OUR BLOOD IS NOW HALAL, IT

IS HOLY FOR MUSLIMS TO KILL

US.

Reporter: MATAB SAYS A

SWEDISH OFFICIAL TRIED TO

COMFORT HER BY SAYING YES,

THEY PROBABLY WOULD BE

THROWN INTO AN IRANIAN

PRISON, BUT NOT KILLED.

SHE IS IN HIDING AND SAYS

WHEN SHE TRIED TO TESTIFY

ABOUT HER CHRISTIAN FAITH TO

IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS, THEY

THOUGHT SHE WAS LYING.

OFFICIALS DON'T SEEM TO

UNDERSTAND WHY A MUSLIM

WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

THEY ASKED ME, WHY DIDN'T

YOU BECOME A JEW?

Reporter: RAZA SAYS AN

IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL TOLD

HIM WHEN HE IS DEPORTED TO

IRAN, ALL HE NEEDS TO DO IS

TELL EVERYONE HE IS A

MUSLIM, NOT A CHRISTIAN, AND

HE'LL BE FINE.

I'M SAYING, AFTER THAT

I'M A CHRISTIAN, AND YOU

CANNOT THINK LIKE THAT.

THE EXPANDED ARGUMENT IS

NOBODY CONVERTS TO

CHRISTIANITY OUT OF TRUE

BELIEF.

WHY WOULD ANYBODY DO

ANYTHING OF A SORT.

Reporter: MICAH,

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR

THE SWEDISH MIGRATION BOARD,

DESCRIBES AN AGENCY THAT

SEEMS TO BE OVERWHELMED BY

ASYLUM-SEEKERS.

WE HAVE ABOUT A THOUSAND

PEOPLE COMING EVERY WEEK.

WE HAVE TO HAVE A PROPER

PROCEDURE AND GIVE PEOPLE

ANSWERS IN DUE TIME.

IF WE SAY NO, YOU CAN GO TO

THE COURTS, BUT, OF COURSE,

THE VOLUME IN THE SYSTEM IS

A CHALLENGING TASK FOR US.

Reporter: BUT IT

SHOULDN'T BE HARD FOR

SWEDISH OFFICIALS TO

UNDERSTAND THAT IRAN IS A

VERY DANGEROUS PLACE FOR

CHRISTIANS.

THE CASE OF PASTOR US YUSEF

NARDARKHANI BROUGHT WORLD

WAS ATTENTION, WHEN HE WAS

CONVICTED OF APOSTASY AND

CONVICTED TO DEATH.

AND PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI HAS

BEEN GIVEN AN EIGHT-YEAR

STEPHENS FO EIGHT-YEAR

SENTENCE FOR THREATENING THE

NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR

BUILDING A PRISON.

HE IS IN PRISON BECAUSE

HE LOVES JESUS.

Reporter: THE PASTOR

SAYS HIS EIGHT YEAR SENTENCE

HAS ALREADY AMOUNTED TO

DEATH.

HE HAS BEEN TORTURED AND HAS

INTERNAL BLEEDING.

RAZA WAS A FAMOUS SINGER IN

IRAN AND REFUSED TO HELP THE

ISLAMIC REGIME, GETTING HIM

IN TROUBLE BEFORE, AND

MAKING HIM AN EVEN BIGGER

TARGET IF HE IS SENT BACK.

HE HAS BEEN PUT IN

PRISON.

THEY TRIED TO RECRUIT HIM AS

AN INFORMANT.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING

TO HAPPEN TO HIM IN PRISON.

IS IT BEING TORTURED?

IS IT BEING LEFT ALONE?

WE DON'T KNOW THIS.

Reporter: BUT THESE

CHRISTIANS ALL TOLD US THEY

HAVE GIVEN THEIR SITUATIONS

TO GOD.

JESUS ACCEPTED ME, AND

NOW I'M VERY FREE.

Reporter: WE ASKED

SWEDEN'S IMMIGRATION BOARD

IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE DANGER

OF SENDING THE CHRISTIANS

BACK TO IRAN?

AND THEY SAID THEY DID.

THE HISTORY BOOKS WILL

SAY SOMETHING PRETTY NASTY

ABOUT THIS MATTER IN THE

FUTURE.

Reporter: DALE HERD,

CBN NEWS, STOCKHOLM.

Wendy: THANK YOU,

DALE.

AN INCREDIBLE STORY.

YOUR PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL,

AND YOU CAN MAKE YOU'RE

VOICE HEARD.

JUST GO TO OUR WEB PAGE AT

cbnnews.com TO FIND OUT

HOW.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: MORE THAN 60,000

MEXICANS HAVE DIED IN

DRUG-RELATED VIOLENCE IN THE

PAST SIX YEARS, BUT MANY

PARENTS WORRY ABOUT ANOTHER

KIND OF VIOLENCE, THE KIND

THEIR KIDS SEE ON TV.

BUT CBN IS OFFERING A

DIFFERENT KIND OF PROGRAM,

AND TV EXECUTIVES ARE TAKING

NOTE.

ESTABAN CASTRO REPORTS FROM

MEXICO CITY.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AND

COLORFUL COUNTRY, MEXICANS

ARE GETTING FED UP WITH THE

VIOLENCE, NO MATTER WHERE IT

COMES FROM.

TV PROGRAMS ARE VERY

VIOLENT.

THEY OFFER THINGS THAT ARE

NOT GOOD FOR MY CHILDREN.

SO INSTEAD WE PREFER GOING

OUT FOR A WALK OR READING A

BOOK.

Reporter: MORE THAN

32 MILLION CHILDREN LIVE

HERE IN MEXICO, BUT IT IS

NOT ALWAYS EASY FOR THEM TO

FIND SOMETHING WORTH

WATCHING ON TELEVISION.

PARENTS OF THEIR CHILDREN

ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE

PROBLEM, AND SO ARE THE TV

STATIONS.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR NEW

PROGRAMS TO BROADCAST.

ETA GREAT, A PRODUCER IN

MEXICO, SAYS THEIR POLICY IS

TO REJECT PROGRAMS WITH

VIOLENT CONTENT.

WE THINK VIOLENCE STARTS

AT HOME, AND IT IS GOING TO

BE VERY HARD TO ELIMINATE

VIOLENCE WHEN WE HAVE A

PROBLEM THAT IS NOT ONLY

COMING FROM EXTERNAL

SOURCES, BUT FROM OUR OWN

HOMES.

Reporter: THAT'S WHAT

CARDENA DECIDED TO AIR A

"SUPERBOOK" SPECIAL ON THE

LIFE OF JESUS THIS EASTER

WEEKEND.

WHILE THE NEW "SUPERBOOK"

SERIES AIRED FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN MEXICO, THIS CHURCH

HOSTED AN EVENT, ALLOWING

CHILDREN TO MEET GIZMO

PERSONALLY AND WATCH THE

"SUPERBOOK" SPECIAL.

SHE INVITED SOME OF HER

NEIGHBORS, NOT JUST TWO OR

THREE, BUT 22.

I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY

OF JESUS WITH THESE

CHILDREN.

OTHERWISE, WHERE WE LIVE, IT

WILL BE VERY HARD FOR THEM

TO KNOW ABOUT HIM.

Reporter: HE DIDN'T

MISS A DETAIL OF THIS

STORY.

THIS PROVES TO ME THAT

JESUS IS IS THE SON OF GOD.

Reporter: AS A TEACHER,

HE RARELY SEES CHILDREN

PAYING ATTENTION TO ANYTHING

FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.

I WAS GLAD TO SEE THE

BOYS AND GIRLS WATCH THE

SHOW WITHOUT BLINKING.

THAT IS VERY HARD BECAUSE

CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS MOVING.

I'M SURE THEY ARE RECEIVING

THE MESSAGE.

Reporter: SHE IS

RIGHT.

WHEN SHE INVITED CHILDREN TO

COME FORWARD FOR PRAYER, THE

REACTION SURPRISED HER EVEN

MORE.

8-YEAR-OLD KEVIN WAS AMONG

THE FIRST TO WALK UP TO THE

FRONT OF THE AUDITORIUM,

JUST LIKE THE CHARACTERS IN

THE STORY, HE WANTED

SOMETHING FROM GOD.

I TOLD JESUS TO COME TO

MY HOUSE.

TO FORGIVE MY SINS, BECAUSE

GOD IS THE FATHER.

Reporter: NOW CBN HOPES

MORE AND MORE MEXICAN

TELEVISION STATIONS SEE

"SUPERBOOK" AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A NEED

IN THE MARKET.

SO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS

GOING TO BE AN EYE-OPENER

FOR SOME OF THE TV

STATIONS.

IN THE PAST, THEY HAVE NOT

BEEN INTERESTED IN THESE

KIND OF PROGRAMS.

Reporter: HOPEFULLY

THIS ENTHUSIASM --

"SUPERBOOK"!

Reporter: -- WILL GO

VIRAL.

CBN NEWS, MEXICO CITY.

Wendy: THAT'S SO MUCH,

ESTABAN, AND WE WOULD LIKE

TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MUNDO

CHRISTIANO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

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