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Christian World News: April 19, 2013

This week on Christian World News, a Christian pastor realizes his dream of running in the Boston Marathon, only to find that his first priority will always be people. Plus, amid threats of war on the Korean peninsula a Christian missionary ... ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" FIGHTING BACK AGAINST

TERROR IN THE WAKE OF THE DEADLY

BOMBING IN BOSTON, BELIEVERS

TAKE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TO THE

VICTIMS.

AND THREATS OF WAR ON THE KOREAN

PENINSULA.

WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A MAN WHO

IS LEADING A DIFFERENT KIND OF

ARMY.

ONE HE BELIEVES WITH CONQUER

NORTH KOREA FOR CHRIST.

PLUS IN ECUADOR, THIS

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SAYS

HOMOSEXUALS CAN CHANGE.

HE IS FORBIDDEN TO RUN FOR

OFFICE OR EVEN VOTE.

HE MIGHT EVEN FACE JAIL TIME.

WELCOME TO "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" EVERYONE I AM WENDY

GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON ASSIGNMENT.

AMERICANS ARE ROCKED BY THE

TERROR ATTACK THAT STRUCK THE

BOSTON TERROR ATTACK.

THE BOMB SPREAD SHRAPNEL THROUGH

THEIR BODIES.

MANY TENDED TO WOUNDS AND

EVACUATED THEM TO HOSPITALS.

PASTOR JOE PERSINO WAS RUNNING

IN HIS EVER FIRST BOSTON

MARATHON.

I SPOKE TO HIM WHAT HE SAW AND

HOW HE REACTED IN THE CHAOS.

IT WAS SURREAL.

I WAS RUNNING, LOOKING FORWARD

TO FINISHING AND SAW SEVEN OR

EIGHT POLICE OFFICERS ON FOOT

RUNNING INTO TOWN.

THAT WAS MY FIRST INDICATION,

SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

NEXT SIGN WAS 30 TO 40 RUNNERS

CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT FROM

RUNNING.

APPARENTLY A POLICE OFFICER

STOPPED US.

I HAD RUN SIX OTHER MARATHON,

THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS DRASTICALLY

WRONG.

WHAT DID YOU DO, JOE.

HOW DID YOU HELP THOSE AROUND

YOU AT THAT TIME?

LADY BESIDE ME WAS BESIDE

HERSELF.

I SAID MISS, I AM A MINISTER,

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

SHE WAS OVERTAKEN OF EMOTION,

HER TWIN SISTER WAS RUNNING THE

SAME RACE AND FINISHED AND

DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT HER.

I TRIED TO CONSOLE HER.

SHE WAS ALMOST INCONSOLABLE.

VERY, VERY PHYSICAL.

SHE ASKED ME TO PRAY WITH HER.

VERY DRAMATIC, COLLAPSED ON HER

KNEES BEGGING FOR MINISTRY, FOR

REASSURAN

REASSURANCE.

SHE WAS UTTERLY ABLE TO CONTACT

HER BROTHER-IN-LAW AND REASSURED

HER SISTER WAS FINE.

PASTOR JOE, I IMAGINE THERE

WILL BE PART OF YOUR SUNDAY

SERMON, WHAT WILL YOU TELL YOUR

CONGREGATION ABOUT YOUR

EXPERIENCE?

I WILL TELL THEM EVIL IS REAL

BUT THAT GOD IS GOOD.

GOD DOESN'T CALL EVIL.

HE CAN STILL REACH AND COMFORT

PEOPLE AND GOD STILL LOVES

PEOPLE AND HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST.

BIGGEST TAKE AWAY FOR ME, THIS

WAS MY BUCKET LIST ITEM, MY

DREAM TO RUN THE BOSTON

MARATHON.

THAT WAS SECONDARY TO PEOPLE.

HURTING PEOPLE WAS FOREMOST ON

MY MIND.

ABSOLUTELY.

NO DOUBT GOD HAD YOU THERE.

CAN ANYTHING COME OUT OF THIS

THAT IS GOOD?

MANY PEOPLE LOST THEIR LEGS AND

LOVED ONE.

A LOT OF GOOD.

GOD IS BRINGING A LOT OF GOOD

OUT OF IT.

LOVE FAR FOR PEOPLE,

PRIORITIZING.

GOD BASICALLY REIGNITING PASSION

TO THE HURTING TO THE LOST.

REORDER OUR LIVES IN SUCH A WAY,

WE NUMBER OUR DAYS ARE RIGHT.

WE ARE HERE FOR A MOMENT.

COMFORTING WORDS, PASTOR JOE

IN MASON CITY, ILLINOIS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT FULL INTERVIEW

AT OUR "CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS"

WEB PAGE AT CBNNEWS.COM.

THE SUSPECTS CAME TO THE U.S.

FROM A REGION IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA

KNOWN FOR RADICALISM.

GARY LANE, WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT

THIS REGION?

IT IS IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA.

AN ISLAMIC REGION.

RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING

TRYING TO CONTROL THAT AREA.

YOU HAVE 90% OF THE PEOPLE IN

CHECHNYA AND DAGESTAN ARE SUNNI

MUSLIMS.

THEY HAVE WANTED INDEPENDENCE

FROM RUSSIA.

THESE YOUNG GUYS HAD BEEN IN

THE UNITED STATES OVER A DECADE,

GOING TO OUR UNIVERSITY, HAD NEW

CARS, ENJOYING THE AMERICAN WAY

OF LIFE, YET STILL PART OF THIS

GLOBAL JIHAD AGAINST AMERICA.

THEY WERE CHECHNYA NATIONALS

ALSO BECAME RADICALIZES OR

MILITANTS.

ONE OF THEM WAS OUT OF THE

COUNTRY FOR A SHORT WHILE, WHERE

WAS HE?

A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

CHECHNYA IS A PLACE WHERE

TERRORISTS ARE BASED.

CHECHNYAIANS HAVE BEEN IN JIHAD,

AND IRAQ AND OTHER PLACES AROUND

THE WORLD.

THANK YOU, WE APPRECIATE IT.

TURNING TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA.

NORTH KOREA ISSUED MORE THREATS.

AMERICAN AND SOUTH KOREAN FORCES

REMAIN ON HIGH ALERT.

ALL THIS TALK OF WAR COMES AS NO

SURPRISE TO ONE NORTH KOREAN

DEFECTOR, GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS

FROM SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

REPORTER: THREATS TO ATTACK

SOUTH KOREA AND AMERICA, IT IS

NORMAL FOR THIS MAN.

CBN IS TAKING ACTIONS TO PROTECT

HIM.

HE LIVES IN NORTH KOREA.

TWO OR THREE TIMES IT IS GOING

TO ATTACK THE ENEMIES.

THIRD GENERATION NORTH KOREAN

CHRISTIANS KNOWN TO DEFECT TO

SOUTH KOREA.

HIS LIFE AS A SECRET BELIEVER

INSIDE THE COMMUNIST NATION

DETAILED IN THE BOOK "THESE ARE

THE GENERATIONS."

YOU ARE LIFE IS MARKED WITH RISK

THE MOMENT YOU ACCEPT JESUS

CHRIST AS SAVIOR.

THAT IS THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR

BEING A MEMBER OF THE

UNDERCHURC

UNDERCHURCH.

A PRICE HE AND FAMILY PAID

ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF

CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY.

MY ENTIRE FAMILY INCLUDING

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WERE ALWAYS

EVANGELIZING.

WE DID THIS IN SECRET AND HAD TO

BE CAREFUL.

AUTHORITIES BECAME SUSPICIOUS.

EVENTUALLY RELEASED FROM

PRISON WITHOUT BEING CHARGED.

HE SAYS THAT WAS A MIRACLE.

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF FAMILY

INCLUDING MOTHER AND BROTHERS

ARE IN A NORTH KOREAN

CONCENTRATION CAMP BECAUSE OF

THEIR OWN EVAN JELL LISTIC

ACTIVITY.

THEY WERE SENT TO A

CONCENTRATION CAMP BECAUSE

AUTHORITIES FOUND A BIBLE IN THE

HOUSE.

SOME 200,000 CHRISTIANS HELD

IN PRISON CAMPS, ESTIMATED

30,000 ARE CHRISTIANS.

ERICK FOLEY, AN AMERICAN LIVING

IN SEOUL AND TRAIN DEFECTORS TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL.

80% OF DEFECTORS ARE IN

REGULAR CONTACT WITH FAMILY

MEMBERS.

THE FRONT LINE KOREAN MINISTER

ISN'T ON THE BORDER WITH CHINA.

IT IS HERE IN SEOUL

REPORTER: FOLEY HOLDS

REGULAR CLASSES FOR NORTH

KOREANS WHO HAVE DEFECTED TO

SOUTH KOREA.

HE SAYS IT IS HIGHLY STRATEGIC

FOR REACHING THEM AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

WORKERS ARE SENT ABROAD FOR

YEARS.

THEY CAN REACH THEIR FAMILY

MEMBERS BY GOING TO CHINA,

RUSSIA, MONGOLIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

REPORTER: THEY SAY THE BEST

WAY IS TO REMEMBER THE

UNDERGROUND BELIEVERS QUIETLY IN

THE SHADOWS.

THEY ARE THE FAITHFUL ONES

THAT ENDURE SO MUCH TO SHARE

JESUS.

PRAY GOD WILL GIVE THEM STRENGTH

AND MORE BOLDNESS.

MOST IMPRESSIVE THAT DOESN'T

CHANGE.

THE NORTH KOREAN CHURCH IS

FOCUSSED ON BEING FAITHFUL AND

PROPAGATING THE GOSPEL.

THANKS, GEORGE.

IN EGYPT, THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD SUPPORTERS GATHERED

IN CAIRO DEMANDING PRESIDENT

MOHAMMED MORSI CLEANSE THE

JUDICIARY.

MORSI SUPPORTERS SAY THE

PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO RID THE

JUDICIARY OF CORRUPTION.

AMERICAN COPTICS GATHERED IN

FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE TO

DEMAND JUSTICE.

F

PROTESTERS BELIEVE THE UNITED

STATES SHOULD DO MORE TO PROTECT

THE CHRISTIAN IN ORDER FROM

ATTACKS.

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD NEED

TO PRAY AND STAND WITH THEM.

FLA F

WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS

ONE AND PUSH TO ALLOW COPTIC

CHRISTIANS TO REMAIN IN EGYPT.

THEY ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN

THERE.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF COPTIC

CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED EGYPT IN

THE PAST TWO YEARS.

HE SAYS HOMOSEXUALS CAN CHANGE.

NOW HE IS STRIPPED OF ALL

POLITICAL RIGHTS AND COULD EVEN

GO TO PRISON, THE SHOCKING STORY

FROM ECUADOR.

CAN COURT IN ECUADOR HAS

STRIPPED A FORMER PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE FOR SAYING PUBLICALLY

HOMOSEXUALS COULD CHANGE.

NOW THE EVANGELICAL POLITICIAN

COULD BE SENT TO PRISON FOR HATE

CRIMES.

THE ELECTORAL COURT STRIPPED

FORMER CANDIDATE NELSON ZANFELA

OF ALL RIGHTS.

THEY SAID HE MAY NOT VOTE OR

SERVE IN OFFICE FOR A YEAR.

THEY FINED HIM 3,000 YEARS FOR

HIS COMMENTS ON HOMOSEXUALS.

IT SHOULD COST THE ECUADOREAN

PEOPLE ON REACTIONARY PUBLIC

SPEECH.

ZAVALA SPOKE AGAINST

HOMOSEXUALS, HERE IS WHAT HE

SAID IN A TELEVISION INTERVIEW.

WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS

INCAPABLE OF SOLVING THE PROBLEM

OF HOMOSEXUALITY, I UNDERSTAND,

AS CHRISTIANS WITH 112 YEARS OF

HISTORY IN ECUADOR AND 2,000

YEARS ON EARTH, WE HAVE SHOWN

OVER AND OVER HOMOSEXUALITY CAN

BE CHANGED.

TODAY IN OUR CHURCHES, PASTORS

WHO USED TO BE HOMOSEXUALS.

HE FACES A PRISON SENTENCE UP

TO THREE YEARS FOR COMMITTING A

HATE CRIME.

FULL PROTECTION IS GRANTED TO

MINORITY GROUPS.

WE ARE SEEING SOME HOW THEY ARE

NOT BEING TOTALLY FAIR TO US.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHURCH IN

OUR COUNTRY.

HE HOPES TO APPEAL HIS

CONVICTION.

JOHN WAAGE, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, JOHN.

AS MARGARET THATCHER WAS LAID TO

REST, MANY REFLECTED ON HER

CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES.

KEY CHRISTIAN LEADERS TESTIFIED

TO HER STRONG FAITH.

MARGARET THATCHER WILL BE

REMEMBERED AS PRIME MINISTER FOR

11 YEARS, MANY LEADERS ARE

HIGHLIGHTED IN THE CHRISTIAN

VALLEY AS A COMMITTED BELIEVER.

SHE GREW UP IN THE METHODIST

CHURCH DIED OF A STROKE AT AGE

87.

HER CHRISTIAN FAITH WAS

EVERYTHING SHE STOOD FOR AS A

LEADER, SHE QUOTED FROM FRANCES.

SHE WAS A VERY EXPLICIT

CHRISTIAN IN THAT FAMOUS

STATEMENT, SHE WAS SAYING THESE

ARE THE VALUES, I WANT TO LIVE

MY LIFE BY.

NOW A WELL KNOWN CAMPAIGNER

ON BEHALF OF THE PERSECUTOR

CHURCH REMEMBERS THE TIME SHE

WAS SUMMONED TOLD SHE WAS

RECOMMENDED TO BECOME A PEER IN

THE HOUSE OF LORDS.

I HAD FALLEN DOWN WITH

AMAZEMENT.

WHAT WAS IMPRESSIVE WAS SHE SAID

YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOT FREEDOM TO

SPEAK AND VOTE ACCORDING TO

CONSCIENCE.

ALSO BELIEVES MARGARET

THATCHER WAS DRIVEN BY CHRISTIAN

PRINCIPLES PARTICULARLY WHEN SHE

WAS CAMPAIGNING CHRISTIANITY TO

BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS.

SHE WAS VERY CLEAR IN THE

CHRISTIAN VALUES.

ONE OF THE AREAS WHERE I WAS

ACTIVE IN THE 1980S WAS BRINGING

CHRISTIANITY, TEACHING OF OUR

HERITAGE BACK INTO THE TEACHING

OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN OUR

SCHOOLS.

FOR 15 YEARS, HARVEY THOMAS

DIRECTED FOR BILLY GRAHAM

1978-

1978-1991.

THE THING SHE SAID TO ME MOST

OF ALL, WE HAVE TO DO IT THIS

WAY BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT.

PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE

AND HISTORY WILL JUDGE.

HER MOTIVATION WAS BECAUSE SHE

BELIEVED IT WAS THE RIGHT THING

TO DO.

THAT IS WHY SHE DID IT.

THAT CAME FROM HER CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

HER STRONG BELIEVE IN GOD

INSPIRED HER POLICIES.

LORD KERRY SUGGESTS IT WAS

BECAUSE OF THE UNIVERSAL TRUTHS

THAT LEFT A LASTING IMPACT AND

LED TO THE END OF THE COLD WAR.

DESPITE THE SADNESS OF HER

PASSING, REASSURED HER QUALITY

OF LIFE IS FAR GREATER IN

HEAVEN.

I FEEL A SENSE OF SADNESS,

SHE WAS A GREAT LEADER AS

CHRISTIAN BELIEVE.

AS THE COUNTRY PAYS THEIR

RESPECTS DURING MARGARET

THATCHERS FUNERAL.

UNLIKE MANY OF THOSE THAT

SUCCEEDED HER, SHE CHOOSE TO

ABANDON HER BELIEFS WHICH HELPED

MAKE GREAT BRITAIN, GREAT.

PETER WOODING FOR CBN NEWS,

LONDON, ENGLAND.

THANKS, PETER.

UP NEXT, KURT WARNER TALKS ABOUT

HIS NEW REALITY SERIES

"EXPERIMENT THE MOMENT"

WITH THE HOST WITH HIS OWN

CINDERELLA STORY.

WELCOME BACK TO "CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS." SO MANY PEOPLE FEEL

LIKE THEIR LIVES PAST THEM BY

BEFORE THEY COULD DO THE THINGS

THEY DREAMED OF DOING.

PRO-FOOTBALL STAR KURT WARNER

SAYS IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.

HE HAS A NEW REALITY SHOW CALLED

"THE MOMENT."

IT IS ABOUT GIVING PEOPLE A

SECOND CHANCE.

EVERYBODY HAS A DREAM.

I AM HERE TO GIVE YOU A

SECOND CHANCE.

KURT WARN ER WANTS TO GIVE

THEM A SECOND CHANCE TO FULFILL

THIS BIGGEST DREAM.

ONE DREAM, YOU ARE NOT

GETTING IT.

CLEARLY I HAVE MORE TO SAY.

DREAMS ARE AS DIVERSE OF THE

PEOPLE, FROM A PROFESSIONAL

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER TO SYMPHONY

CONDUCTOR TO RACE CAR DRIVER,

NINE PEOPLE WILL BE PUT TO THE

TEST TO SEE IF THEY HAVE WHAT IT

TAKES AND WON'T BE EASY.

THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN

TRYING FOR, FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

KURT WARNER WENT FROM

STOCKING GROCERY STORE SHELVES

IN IOWA TO LEADING ST. LOUIS

RAMS TO A SUPER BOWL JUST A FEW

YEARS LATER.

FIVE WEEKS LATER HE WAS CUT.

HE TRIED OTHER TEAMS, EVEN OTHER

LEAGUES.

EVERYBODY SAID WE ARE NOT

INTERESTED.

I DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE UP ON MY

DREAM.

I KNEW I HAD TO TAKE A JOB AND

PAY BILLS.

I TOOK A JOB STOCKING SHELVES AT

A GROCERY STORE.

I KNEW I MAY GET A COUPLE HOURS

OF SLEEP, GO WORK OUT AND MAKE

SURE I WAS CHASING MY DREAM AND

MY FUTURE WIFE, BRENDA WITH TWO

KIDS, I WOULD HELP TAKE CARE OF

THE KIDS WHILE SHE WENT TO

NURSING SCHOOL.

BY MAKING $5.50 AN HOUR AT A

GROCERY STORE, HE GOT THE

OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY ARENA

FOOTBALL IN IOWA.

I TRIED TO GET BACK INTO THE

NFL.

EVERYONE AROUND ME WAS SAYING AT

SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT

UP, THIS ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.

THEY DON'T GIVE 27-YEAR-OLD

INDIVIDUALS A CHANCE TO PLAY IN

THE NFL, JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN AT

THE QUARTERBACK POSITION.

WHAT A REMARKABLE COME BACK.

APPARENTLY COACH DICK VERMEAL

OF THE ST. LOUIS RAMS DIDN'T

AGREE AND GAVE HIM A CHANCE OF

PLAYING IN THE NFL.

SOMETHING HE NOTICED ABOUT ME

HE WANTED TO GIVE ME A CHANCE.

HERE I AM 27 YEARS OLD, I AM A

ROOKIE IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL

LEAGUE.

THE REST IS HISTORY.

HE WOULD GO ON TO BE THE BEST

UNDRAFTED FOOTBALL PLAYERS,

FOLLOWING A 12-YEAR CAREER.

ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES IN

NFL HISTORY.

WHY CAN WANT EVERYTHING PLAY

OUT LIKE I HAD HOPED?

IT WOULD.

I SEE HOW GOD USED THIS STORY.

I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING.

THE FACT HE WAS BLESSED TO

GET A SECOND CHANCE MAKES HIM

THE PERFECT HOST FOR "THE

MOMENT."

EVERYBODY NEEDS A CHANCE FOR

SOMEBODY TO STEP IN AND GET A

SECOND CHANCE BECAUSE LIFE HAS

TAKEN THEM IN A DIFFERENT

DIRECTION.

LETTING PEOPLE KNOW YOU DON'T

HAVE TO GIVE UP.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO BE WHAT

YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE.

HE SAYS THE WHOLE THEME OF

SECOND CHANCES IS SOMETHING

THOSE OF US THAT SERVE A GOD OF

SECOND CHANCES CAN IDENTIFY

WITH.

WHEN I PICK UP THE BIBLE,

THAT IS EVERYBODY'S STORY IN THE

BIBLE.

GOD TAKING PEOPLE EVERYBODY SAYS

NO WAY, CAN'T HAPPEN, NO CHANCE

AND DOING AMAZING THINGS.

I GOT YOUR BACK.

YOU GOT THIS.

THANK YOU.

IT IS TO HOPE OF EACH PERSON

FEATURED IN "THE MOMENT."

THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO TRAIN WITH

AN EXPERT IN THEIR FIELD,

PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW AND

HOPEFULLY LAND A JOB OF A

LIFETIME.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THEY TAKE

AWAY FROM "THE MOMENT?"

I HOPE THEY ARE OPEN TO WHAT

LIFE COULD BE AND THEY ARE TRULY

GOING TO CHASE AFTER WHATEVER IT

IS THEY WANT NO LIFE.

ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL

INTERVIEWS I HAVE EVER HAD THE

PLEASURE OF DOING.

HERE IN THE U.S. YOU CAN SEE

KURT WARNER ON "THE MOMENT"

THURSDAYS AT 10:00 P.M., YOU

DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

FINALLY THIS WEEK, GEORGE

BEVERLY SHAY, THE VOICE OF BILLY

GRAHAM'S CRUSADES DIED.

HE OFTEN SANG A PEACEFUL HYMN

BEFORE GRAHAM PREACHED.

HE SAID BILLY LOVED THE QUIET.

SHAY WAS THE MOST HUMBLE

GRACEFUL MAN.

I LOVED HIM AS A BROTHER.

GEORGE BEVERLY SHAY WAS 104

YEARS OLD.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US

FROM ALL OF US HERE OT

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS." UNTIL

NEXT WEEK GOOD-BYE, AND GOD

BLESS YOU.

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