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Christian World News: June 14, 2013

This week on Christian World News: Sweden grants asylum to an Iranian Christian convert. But why did he have to fight so hard to stay? And what made the swedes change their stance? Witness to the United Nations: Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife ... Read Transcript


George: TODAY ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

FINDING SANCTUARY, WHY DID

HE HAVE TO FIGHT SO HARD TO

STAY, AND WHAT MADE THE

SWEDES CHANGE THEIR STATUS.

Wendy: AND WITNESS TO

THE UNITED NATIONS, PASTOR

SAEED ABEDINI'S WIFE PLEADS

WITH IRAN TO RELEASE HER

HUSBAND FROM JAIL, AND

DELIVERS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

TO WORLD LEADERS.

George: PLUS SUPERMAN

FLIES AGAIN.

WE TAKE YOU ON THE SET OF

THE NEW MOVIE AND LEARN

ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS

BEHIND THE "MAN OF STEEL."

SWEDEN OPENS ITS DOORS TO AN

IRANIAN CHRISTIAN SEEKING

ASYLUM.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

A CHRISTIAN CONVERT FROM

ISLAM IS BREATHING EASIER

TODAY.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT HAS

DECIDED IT WILL NOT DEPORT

HIM BACK TO HIS HOME COUNTRY

OF IRAN.

George: BIG NEWS.

MIGRATION OFFICIALS REVERSED

THEIR DECISION AFTER MEDIA

REPORTS, INCLUDING A STORY

BY OUR VERY OWN STORY BY

DALE HURD.

TODAY SWEDISH CHRISTIANS ARE

CREDITING CBN NEWS AS A

FACTOR IN RAZA'S FREEDOM.

Reporter: IN MARCH, CBN

NEWS BROUGHT YOU THIS STORY

OF RAZA JABARI, WHO ALONG

WITH MANY OTHER IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS IN SWEDEN FACED

DEPORTATION BACK TO IRAN AND

GRAVE DANGER.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT'S

ATTITUDE TOWARDS IRANIAN

CHRISTIANS FACING

DEPORTATION WOULD SEEM TO BE

AS COLD AS THE SWEDISH

WINTER.

THE IRANIANS SAY SWEDEN'S

IMMIGRATION BOARD SIMPLY

DOES NOT CARE IF THEY FACE

PRISON OR TORTURE IF THEY

RETURN TO IRAN.

*

Reporter: JABARI, A

FAMOUS SINGER IN IRAN, WHO

REFUSED TO BE A GOVERNMENT

INFORMANT, WAS HIDING IN

SWEDEN AFTER HIS ASYLUM

REQUEST WAS REJECTED.

IN ISLAM, IT IS SHARI'A

AND IT IS EVERY MUSLIM MAN

WHO LEAVES THE ISLAM MUST BE

KILLED BECAUSE THIS MAN IS A

PROSTATE.

Reporter: HIS PASTOR

STILL CAN'T BELIEVE RAZA'S

ASYLUM REQUEST WAS DENIED.

I THOUGHT, THIS SHOULD BE

A PIECE OF CAKE.

I MEAN, THIS MAN HAS BROUGHT

OTHER MUSLIMS TO THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE

CHRISTIAN BAPTISM.

I MEAN, IF HE IS A FRAUD, HE

IS A VERY BAD ONE BECAUSE HE

IS BRINGING PEOPLE TO

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

BUT, STILL, THEY DENIED

HIM.

THAT MADE ME LOOK INTO WHAT

IS GOING ON?

Reporter: WHAT IS GOING

ON?

AB CORG TACCORDING TO A

SWEDISH LAWYER 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'RE A

CONVERT, YOU HAVE TO SHOW

SOME EVIDENCE OF HAVING BEEN

CONVERTED, CERTIFICATE OF

BAPTISM, OR MEMBERSHIP IN A

CONGREGATION.

Reporter: BUT DONNOR

SAYS THAT CRUCIAL EVIDENCE

IS OFTEN MISSING FROM ASYLUM

APPLICATIONS BECAUSE TOO

MANY STATE-APPOINTED LAWYERS

DON'T INCLUDE IT.

BEN SPENDS HIS TIME TRYING

TO RESCUE CHRISTIAN

ASYLUM-SEEKERS.

ABOUT EVERY WEEK FIVE OR

SIX CHURCHES CALL ME AND SAY

THESE PEOPLE WHO COME TO

CHURCH, THEY ARE REAL

CONVERTS.

THEY ARE MEMBERS IN OUR

CHURCH, BUT THE IMMIGRATION

BOARD, THEY DON'T BELIEVE

THEY ARE CHRISTIANS.

WHAT SHALL WE DO?

Reporter: BUT RAZA'S

CASE HAS A HAPPY ENDING.

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT HAS

DECIDED TO GRANT HIM

PERMANENT RESIDENCY, AND HIS

PASTOR, KYE BURGER, SAYS

CBN'S STORY CHANGED THE

POLITICAL CLIMATE FOR

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES SEEKING

ASYLUM.

BUT OTHERS MAY BE IN

JEOPARDY, LIKE ALI AND THEIR

GIRL, SARINA.

THEY NOW FACE DEPORTATION.

WE HAVE TOLD OUR FAMILIES

IN IRAN THAT 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: THE GOOD NEWS

IS RAZA CAN STAY IN SWEDEN,

BUT OTHER IRANIAN CHRISTIANS

ARE STILL IN DANGER.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, DALE.

CHRISTIANS CONTINUE TO SPEAK

OUT FOR SAEED ABEDINI.

THE IRANIAN-BORN PASTOR IS

SERVING AN 8-YEAR PRISON

SENTENCE FOR SHARING THE

GOSPEL INSIDE IRAN.

THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

AND THE WHITE HOUSE RECENTLY

CALLED ON RIERN T IRAN TO

SET HIM FREE, AND HIS WIFE,

NAGHMEH, APPEARED BEFORE THE

UNITED NATIONS TO PLEAD FOR

HER HUSBAND'S RELEASE.

FOR MORE THAN 250 DAYS,

SAEED ABEDINI HAS LANGUISHED

INSIDE ONE OF THE MOST

BRUTAL PRISONS IN THE

WORLD.

WHY IS HE BEING HELD?

BECAUSE HE EXERCISED HIS

RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

EXPRESSION, AND PEACEFUL

ASSEMBLY.

Wendy: RECENTLY HIS

WIFE TOOK HER HUSBAND'S CASE

BEFORE THE U.N. HUMANS

RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA.

I HOPE THAT MY PRESENCE

HERE TODAY WILL PUT A FACE

TO THOSE WHO SUFFER WHEN A

GOVERNMENT DOES NOT UP HOLD

ITS OBLIGATION TO PROTECT

THESE FREEDOMS.

Wendy: THE 33-YEAR-OLD

IRANIAN-BORN U.S. CITIZEN IS

SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN

PRISON FOR HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH AND HAS ENDURED

TORTURE.

ON AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS

THE IRAN GOVERNMENT HAS

PHYSICALLY TORTURED MY

HUSBAND.

IT HAS CAUSED MY HUSBAND TO

HAVE DOZEN SYMPTOMS OF

INTERNAL BLEEDING.

Wendy: THE WHITE HOUSE

SAYS IT WAS DEEPLY CONCERNED

ABOUT PASTOR ABEDINI'S

PLIGHT, AND PROMISED TO

KEEPING PRESSING UNTIL HE

WAS BACK HOME WITH HIS

FAMILY.

WE CONDEMN IRAN'S

CONDEMNATION OF THE

UNIVERSAL RIGHT OF FREEDOM,

AND CALL ON THE IRANIAN

AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE

MR. ABEDINI.

Reporter: BUT ABEDINI

IS NOT ALONE.

LAST MONTH IRANIAN

AUTHORITIES SHUT DOWN THE

LARGEST PERSIAN CHRISTIAN

CHURCH, AND AUTHORITIES ARE

REPORTEDLY TARGETING

INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

DEEMED DANGEROUS, INCLUDING

GROWING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.

JUST BEFORE ENDING HER U.N.

SPEECH, NAGHMEH SAID ON

Facebook SHE WANTED TO USE

HER APPEARANCE TO PLANT THE

SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

BEFORE A GLOBAL AUDIENCE.

SAEED BELIEVES IN

FORGIVENESS OF SIN THROUGH

JESUS CHRIST, AND WHOEVER

ACCEPTS THIS FORGIVENESS OF

SIN CAN BE RECONCILED TO THE

GOD OF PEACE AND LOVE.

THIS IS THE GOD OF PEACE AND

LOVE WE'RE ALL SEARCHING

FOR.

Wendy: PASTOR ABEDINI

IS NOT ALONE IN THAT

PRISON.

THERE IS ANOTHER IRANIAN

PASTOR IN URGENT NEED OF

PRAYER.

HE HAS BEEN IN JAIL LONGER

THAN SAEED ABEDINI.

HE IS SUFFERING FROM

INTERNAL BLEEDING AND A

PAINFUL SKIN CONDITION, AND

HE IS WALKING WITH A LIMP

BECAUSE OF A SLIPPED DISK IN

HIS BACK.

HE HAS LED MANY IRANIAN

MUSLIMS TO JESUS CHRIST.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP PASTOR

IRANI AND PASTOR ABEDINI,

YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

cbnnews.com, AND THERE

YOU'LL FIND LINKS TO

PETITIONS WHERE YOU CAN SIGN

ON THEIR BEHALF.

George: THE UNITED

STATES IS STEPPING UP ITS

ASSISTANCE TO REBEL FORCES

IN SYRIA.

THE WHITE HOUSE CONFIRMED

THAT THE ASSAD REGIME HAS

USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE

CIVIL WAR.

ABOUT 150 PEOPLE DIED IN

THOSE ATTACKS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS SYRIA

HAS CROSSED A, QUOTE,"RED

LINE" THAT REQUIRES THE U.S.

TO RESPOND.

BUT THE WHITE HOUSE HASN'T

MADE CLEAR WHAT KIND OF

ASSISTANCE IT WILL PROVIDE

TO THE SO-CALLED REBELS.

THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT THE

U.S. COULD END UP ARMING

SOME OF ITS ENEMIES SINCE

SOME OF THE GROUPS ARE

AFFILIATED WITH AL-QAEDA.

Wendy: A U.S. SENATOR

SAYS AMERICA SHOULD NOT GIVE

FUNDING TO THE ENEMIES OF

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND

ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST.

KENTUCKY'S RAND PAUL MADE

THAT ARGUMENT AT A FAITH AND

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

COALITION IN WASHINGTON,

D.C.

HE SAYS PEOPLE ARE ON THE

RUN AND BEING PERSECUTED,

AND AMERICA SHOULD STOP

HELPING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE

CHANGE THEM.

THERE IS A WAR ON

CHRISTIANITY, NOT JUST FROM

THE LIBERAL ELITES HERE AT

HOME, BUT WORLDWIDE.

AND YOUR GOVERNMENT, AND

MORE CORRECTLY, YOU ARE

HAVING TO PAY FOR IT.

YOU'RE BEING TAXED TO SEND

MONEY TO COUNTRIES THAT ARE

NOT ONLY INTOLERANT OF

CHRISTIANS, BUT OPENLY

HOSTILE.

Wendy: SENATOR PAUL

POINTED OUT THAT SOME REGIME

PUT CHRISTIANS TO DEATH FOR

BLASPHEMY AGAINST ISLAM, OR

THEY KILL MUSLIMS WHO

CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY.

George: JOINING US IS

OUR COURSE SPONDER GAR --

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE, WHO

IS JUST BACK FROM THE SYRIA

BOARDER.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS

U.S. TAXPAYERS' MONEY GOING

TO PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD?

HE IS SPOT ON ABOUT THAT,

GEORGE.

THINK ABOUT PAKISTAN, WHERE

THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T

PROTECT CHRISTIANS, AND

$8.5 BILLION WE HAVE CENTER

THERE, AND EGYPT, $2 BILLION

A YEAR.

George: WE JUST SEND

THEM THE MONEY?

WE SEND THEM THE MONEY

AND THEY USE IT HOW THEY

WANT TO USE IT.

AND THEY'RE PERSECUTING

CHRISTIANS THERE.

George: LET'S TALK

ABOUT SYRIA, AND THESE

SO-CALLED REBEL GROUPS.

THE UNITED STATES SAYS

THEY'RE GOING TO START

ARMING THE OPPOSITION

FIGHTERS.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THEM?

CAN WE TRUST THEM?

AND HOW DO THEY VIEW

CHRISTIANS?

THEY HAD AN INTENSIVE

LOBBYING EFFORT ON CAPITOL

HILL.

PEOPLE THINK IT IS JUST ONE

GROUP.

THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF

GROUPS.

AND THERE ARE MALITIAS.

AND THERE IS A GROUP WE FEEL

WE CAN TRUST, AND THEY'RE

NOT AL-QAEDA.

WE CAN SEND THE WEAPONS TO

THEM.

BUT CAN WE KEEP THEM OUT OF

THE HANDS OF THE

AL-QAEDA?

WE'LL SEE.

THAT'S WHY THE PRESIDENT HAS

BEEN RELUCTANT TO SEND

ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE

BECAUSE THEY CAN TURN AROUND

AND USE THEM AGAINST OUR

COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT.

George: YOU WERE AT THE

BORDER, SPECIFICALLY

FOCUSING ON THE WAVE OF

REFUGEES COMING ACROSS THE

BORDER.

THE MAJORITY ARE MUSLIMS,

BUT THE ONES REACHING OUT TO

THEM ARE CHRISTIANS?

YES.

IT IS WONDERFUL, AND THEY'RE

RESPONDING.

THE MUSLIMS ARE RESPONDING

TO THAT.

I WENT INTO A TENT FOR SOME

MUSLIMS AND THEY ALLOWED ME

TO PRAY FOR THEM.

AND RARELY DO THEY TURN THE

CHRISTIANS DOWN ON THAT.

THE CHRISTIANS ARE THE ONCE

WHO ARE THE FIRST

RESPONDERS, AND THEY'RE

FEEDING THEM AND

ADMINISTERING TO THEM.

AND THEY'RE SAYING HOW ELSE

CAN WE HELP YOU?

WE'RE INTERESTED IN YOU AND

YOUR FUTURE AND YOUR

FAMILY.

George: REAL QUICKLY,

WE REPORTED ON THE STORY OF

THE MASS EXITOUS OF

CHRISTIANS OUT OF THE MIDDLE

EAST.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP

THIS MASS EXITOUS?

POLITICALLY WE HAVE TO

PUT PRESSURE ON THOSE

GOVERNMENTS TO STOP THE

PERSECUTION AND TO PROTECT

THE CHRISTIANS.

AND DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE

POWER OF PRAYER.

ASK GOD TO PROTECT THEM AND

HELP THEM.

George: AND THEY

DEFINITELY NEED OUR

PRAYERS.

YES, THEY DO.

George: THANK YOU,

GARY.

Wendy: A BIG VICTORY

FOR CHURCHES IN THE CZECH

REPUBLIC.

THE COUNTRY'S HIGHEST COURT

UPHELD A GOVERNMENT PLAN TO

PAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

THE MONEY IS COMPENSATION

FOR PROPERTY THE FORMER

COMMUNIST REGIME SEIZED FROM

THE GROUP.

THE CHURCH HAS BEEN FIGHTING

THIS BATTLE SINCE THE 1989

FALL OF COMMPLE.

COMMUNISM.

UNDER THE PLAN, 16 RELIGIOUS

GROUPS, INCLUDING CATHOLICS,

PROTESTANTS, AND JEWS, WILL

GET $3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT

30 YEARS.

AND THEY'LL GET 56% OF THEIR

PROPERTY NOW HELD BY THE

STATE.

George: UP NEXT, HE IS

CALLED "THE MAN OF STEEL."

SOME SAY HE IS SYMBOLIC OF

THE MAN FROM GALILEE.

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE

RELIGIOUS MESSAGE IN THE NEW

SUPERMAN MOVIE.

Wendy: IT'S ONE OF THE

MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF

THE SUMMER, "MAN OF STEEL"

OPENS IN THEATERS WORLDWIDE

THIS WEEK, BUT MANY ARE

WONDERING WHO IS THIS NEW

SUPERMAN?

I HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT DOWN

WITH SOME OF THE STARS OF

THE FILM, INCLUDING LITTLE

KNOWN BRITISH ACTOR HENRY

KAVILLE, WHO PLAYS THE MAN

OF STEEL, TO TALK ABOUT HIS

ROLE OF A LIFETIME.

IT'S GOING TO CHANGE THE

WORLD.

Wendy: YOU MIGHT SAY

HENRY KAVILLE WAS BORN TO

PLAY SUPERMAN, ALTHOUGH

UNTIL NOW, MANY PEOPLE WERE

SAYING HENRY WHO?

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SUPER

STARDOM THAT SUPERMAN IS

GOING TO BRING YOU?

I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY

CAN READY FOR THAT.

I'M GOING TO HAVE TO BE AS

READY AS I CAN BE AND RIDE

THE WAVE AND ENJOY IT AND

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES IF

THEY COME.

Wendy: IN "MAN OF

STEEL" THERE ARE PLENTY OF

PUNCHES AS SUPERMAN TRIES TO

KEEP THE EVIL GENERAL ZOD

FROM WIPING OUT LIFE ON

EARTH.

TO SOME, HE WAS THE

GUARDIAN ANGEL.

Wendy: REPORTER LOIS

LANE TEAMS UP WITH SUPERMAN

TO SAVE THE DAY.

ISN'T SHE SORT OF A HERO,

TOO?

YES.

SHE DEFINITELY IS WILLING TO

PUT HER OWN SAFETY AT RISK.

Wendy: IT HAS BEEN SAID

SINCE SUPERMAN'S CREATION

THAT SUPERMAN IS A KIND OF

TYPE CREATURE.

HIS CRYP CRYPTONIAN SENDS

HIS ONLY SON TO EARTH TO

SAVE MANKIND, AND SUPERMAN

IS 30 YEARS OLD WHEN HE

FINALLY REVEALS HIS SUPER

POWERS, THE SAME AGE AS

JESUS WHEN HE WENT TO THE

CROSS.

THE DIRECTOR SAYS THE

SYMBOLISM IS A PART OF THE

SUPERMAN STORY HE WANTED TO

EMBRACE.

ALLOWING PEOPLE TO HAVE A

CONVERSATION ABOUT WHATEVER

RELATIONSHIP THEY HAVE WITH

JESUS, OR THE JESUS STORY

THROUGH THE MOVIE, I THINK

IS UNDENIABLE IN THE

MATERIAL.

AND IF YOU DON'T INCLUDE IT

IN THE FILM, THEN YOU REALLY

SORT OF DENY THE MYTHOLOGY

THAT IS SUPERMAN.

Wendy: RUSSELL CROWE

PLAYS SUPERMAN'S FATHER, AND

KEVIN COSTNER PLAY'S

SUPERMAN'S EARTHLY FATHER,

WHO REALIZES EARLY ON HIS

SON HAS SUPER POWERS.

CAN I JUST PRETEND I AM

YOUR SON.

YOU ARE MY SON.

I THINK THAT'S THE GREAT

THING ABOUT LIFE, BEING ABLE

TO MAKE DISCOVERIES ON YOUR

OWN.

BUT WHAT HAPPENS IS

SOMETIMES A PARENT CAN FRAME

IT FOR YOU.

AND IF YOU ADORE YOUR

PARENTS, YOU WANT TO END UP

ON THE SIDE OF WHAT YOU FEEL

IS RIGHT.

Wendy: AND WE LEARNED

SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING

ABOUT THE FAMOUS "S" ON

SUPERMAN'S CHEST.

IT IS NOT AN "S."

IN MY WORLD, IT MEANS HOPE.

Wendy: WHAT HOPE DOES

SUPERMAN BRING?

IT IS THAT HOPE AGAINST

THE ODDS, TO BEAT ALL ODDS.

NO MATTER HOW STEEP OR HOW

GRAND.

AND IT'S JUST STANDING UP,

FACING THE TROUBLES, AND

GOING, I WILL NOT

SURRENDER.

George: YOU HAVE

WATCHED THE MOVIE.

ARE THE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS

SUBTLE?

Wendy: NO.

YOU CAN'T MISS THEM.

THERE IS A HUGE MURAL OF

JESUS BEHIND HIM, AND IT IS

REALLY INTERESTING HOW THEY

WEAVED THAT RELIGIOUS

SYMBOLISM INTO THE MOVIE.

I THINK CHRISTIANS WILL

ENJOY IT.

IT IS WELL-DONE.

George: OK, COMING UP,

WE TRAVEL TO DAGESTAN, AND

WE MEET CHRISTIANS IN THE

REGION WHO RISK THEIR LIVES

TO TELL HOW GOD IS AT WORK

IN THE MUSLIM COUNTRY.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THIS SHOW.

CHECCHECHNYA, DAGESTAN,

NORTH CAUCUSES, PLACES

PEOPLE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD

OF BEFORE THE BOSTON

MARATHON BOMBINGS.

THE TWO BROTHERS ACCUSED OF

CARRYING OUT THE ATTACKS

LIVED IN THIS VIOLENT AREA

OF RUSSIA BEFORE MOVING TO

THE UNITED NATIONS.

TODAY RADICAL MUSLIMS ARE

STILL FIGHTING FOR CONTROL

OF THE REGION.

IN A FALL THREE-BEDROOM

HOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF

TOWN, RAMZA AND HIS WIFE

SPEND A FEW QUIET MOMENTS

READING THE BIBLE AND

PRAYING.

I'M NOT A POLITICAL

PERSON, NEVER HAVE BEEN,

NEVER WANT TO BE BE.

MY FOCUS IS ON LOVING

PEOPLE.

George: SPEAKING ON THE

CONDITION, WE HIDE HIS

IDENTITY, RAMZA IS AMONG A

HANDFUL OF CHRISTIANS

SECRETLY SHARING THE GOSPEL

IN ONE OF RUSSIA'S MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES.

I'VE BEEN ARRESTED MANY

TIMES.

I'M CONSTANTLY WATCHED BY

THE RUSSIAN POLICE AND

RADICAL ISLAMISTS, BUT I

WILL NEVER STOP PREACHING.

THIS IS MY HOME.

George: HOME IS THE

NORTH CAUCUSES REGION.

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES,

RADICAL MUSLIMS HAVE FOUGHT

ALMOST DAILY TO TAKE OVER

THE REGION FOR ISLAM.

THEIR GOAL, TO TURN FIVE

RUSSIAN REPUBLICS, INCLUDING

CHECHNYA AND DAGESTAN, INTO

ONE HUGE ISLAMIC EMIRATE.

THE PEOPLE OF NORTH

CAUCUSES HISTORICALLY

PROTECTIVE THE TRADITIONAL

FORM OF ISLAM.

BUT THAT HAS CHANGED AS MORE

PEOPLE EMBRACE A RADICAL

FORM OF ISLAM.

George: THE TWO

BROTHERS SUSPECTED IN THE

BOSTON MARATHON ATTACKS WERE

BORN AND RAISED IN THE NORTH

CAUCUSES BEFORE MOVING TWO

TO THE U.S.

IN 2010, THE OLDER BROTHER

SPENT SIX MONTHS HERE IN

DAGESTAN.

HE MADE REGULAR VISITS TO

THIS MOSQUE IN THE CAPITAL

CITY.

TAMARAN REPORTEDLY MET TWO

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, BOTH OF

WHOM WERE LATER KILLED IN

SHOOTOUTS WITH THE RUSSIAN

FORCES.

CHECHNYA WAS ONCE THE

EPICENTER OF THE ISLAMISTS'

BATTLE.

RUSSIA FOUGHT TWO BRUTAL

WARS AGAINST CHECHYNAN

FIGHTERS IN THE 1990s,

TRYING TO STOP THEM FROM

ISLAMIZING THE PROVINCE.

HE WAS ONLY A YEAR OLD WHEN

THE FIRST WAR STARTED.

AS I GREW OLDER, I HEARD

STORIES FROM MY PARENTS OF

HOW HORRIBLE IT WAS BACK

THEN.

George: TENS OF

THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, AND

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

CHECHENS DISPLACED.

I REMEMBER MY PARENTS AND

I CROSSING THE BORDER TO A

NEIGHBOURING PROVINCE, ONCE

THE BOMBS STARTED FALLING.

George: IT LEFT THE

PROVINCE IN RUINS.

THE CAPITAL CITY, COZNI, WAS

DID MATED. WAS-- DECIMATED.

THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT HAS

BEEN POURING IN BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS, AND IN FACT TODAY

CHECHNYA RECEIVES THE MOST

MONEY OUT OF ALL 85

PROVINCES.

THE EVIDENCE IS EVERYWHERE:

REBUILT STREETS.

WALLS ONCE RIDDLED WITH

BULLET HOLES ARE GONE.

NEW APARTMENTS GOING UP, AND

SKYSCRAPERS RISING TO THE

SKIES.

I DON'T THINK ANYONE

COULD HAVE IMAGINED THE

CHANGES HAPPENING THIS

FAST.

George: AND THE KREMLIN

IMPOSED A LEADER OF

CHECHNYA, WHO HAS RULED WITH

AN IRON FIST, CRACKING DOWN

SEVERELY ON RADICAL IT

ISLAMISTS IN THE PROVINCE.

HE HAS MANAGED TO KEEP

THEM UNDER CONTROL FOR NOW.

George: BUT NOW THOSE

TI TOO SCARED TO SPEAK ON

CAMERA SPEAK OF THE ANGER.

THE JIHADISTS HAVE NO TAKEN

THE FIGHT TO THE PROVINCE OF

DAGESTAN.

IN MAY, A FEMALE SUICIDE

BOMBER ATTACKED THE CAPITAL,

INJURING THOUSANDS.

THEY ARE CALLED BLACK WIDOWS

BECAUSE MANY ARE KILLED BY

SECURITY FORCES.

MORE THAN A DOZEN BLACK

WIDOWS HAVE CARRIED OUT

SUICIDE MISSIONS SINCE

2000.

BACK IN 1999, A GROUP OF

RADICAL MUSLIMS ATTEMPTED TO

TURN DAGESTAN INTO AN

EMIRATE RULED BY ISLAMIC

SHARI'A LAW.

THE RUSSIAN ARMY STEPPED IN

AND QUICKLY STAMPED THAT

OUT.

BUT SINCE THEN, THIS

PROVINCE, HOME TO ABOUT

2.5 MILLION PEOPLE, HAS

TODAY SOME 3,000 MOSQUES AND

GROWING.

SASHA, ANOTHER SECRET

CHRISTIAN BELIEVER LIVED

NEXT DOOR TO TWO ISLAMIC

INSURGENTS KILLED DURING A

POLICE RAID.

WE HAVE TAKEN SIMILAR

PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT HIS

IDENTITY.

SASHA SAYS HE ACTIVELY

SHARES THE GOSPEL WITH

MUSLIMS IN THE NORTH

CAUCUSES, BUT IT ISN'T

EASY.

HE WAS TWICE BEATEN BY

MUSLIMS.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT GOD

WOULD PROTECT ME AS HIS

SON.

BUT THEN I UNDERSTOOD IF WE

HAVE THE HONOR TO BELIEVE IN

OUR SAVIOR, WE ALSO HAVE THE

HONOR TO ENDURE THINGS HE

WENT THROUGH IN SOME WAYS.

WHEN WE ARE PERSECUTED AND

FEEL PHYSICAL PRESSURE IN

OUR LIVES, THEN WE IN

REALITY START TO UNDERSTAND

AND FEEL HOW CLOSE GOD IS TO

US.

George: THE PROVINCES

OF THE NORTH CAUCUSES ARE

ONE OF THE LEAST EVANGELIZED

PLACES ON EARTH.

THE RISING ISLAMIC FERVOR

HAS PREVENTED MANY RUSSIANS

FROM EVEN VISITING THE

REGION.

BUT FOR RAMZA, SASHA, AND

OTHER BELIEVERS WHO WORK

QUIETLY IN THE SHADOWS, IT

IS A RISK WORTH TAKING TO

MAKE THE LIFE OF JESUS

KNOWN.

ONLY JESUS CAN CHANGE

LIVES.

Wendy: WHAT A GREAT

EXPERIENCE.

George: AND THE

CHALLENGE IS THAT THE

BELIEVERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH

THIS ON A DAILY BASIS, ON

TRYING TO MINISTER THE

GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN A

VERY, VERY HOSTILE, AND

DIFFICULT CONDITION.

BUT THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY

BELIEVE THIS NAME CAN BRING

FREEDOM AND LIBERTY.

Wendy: AMEN.

GREAT REPORT.

THANKS, GEORGE.

STAY WITH US.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

George: CBN'S "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" IS LITERALLY

BRINGING LIGHT TO AN

ORPHANAGE IN CAMBODIA.

Wendy: TEAMS INSTALLED

A SOLAR-POWERED SYSTEM TO

THE ORPHANAGE.

AND IT RUNS LIGHTS SO THE 90

CHILDREN CAN STUDY IN THE

EVENINGS.

BEDROOMS AND CLASSROOMS ARE

ALSO COOLER NOW THAT FANS

CAN RUN.

I KNOW THEY'RE LOVING THAT.

NOTHING LIKE A.C. WHEN IT IS

100°.

George: THAT'S RIGHT.

FOLKS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US ON THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

FROM ALL OF US HERE,

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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