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Christian World News: June 21, 2013

This week on Christian World News…Iran elects a new president. What does he believe and what will be the impact on Christians? Plus, secret believers. Christians from several nations of the former Soviet Union came together recently and CBN ... Read Transcript


George: TODAY ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, IRAN

ELECTS A NEW PRESIDENT.

WHAT DOES HE BELIEVE, AND

WHAT WILL THE IMPACT BE ON

CHRISTIANS?

Wendy: PLUS, SECRET

BELIEVERS, CHRISTIANS FROM

SEVERAL NATIONS THE FORMER

SOVIET UNION CAME TOGETHER

RECENTLY.

WE WERE THERE TO WITNESS

THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME

EVENT.

George: AND SHE TRULY

IS THE BLIND LEADING THE

BLIND.

BUT THIS CHRISTIAN WOMAN IS

HELPING MUSLIM CHILDREN

OVERCOME THEIR DISABILITIES

AND LIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE

FULLEST.

George: HISTORIC, THE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN HAS

A NEW PRESIDENT.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

AFTER EIGHT TURBULANT YEARS

OF MAKMUD AHMADINEJAD, IRAN

HAS A NEW PRESIDENT.

HIS NAME IS HASEED RUWAN

ASSA ASSANI.

Reporter: IRAN NOOSE

NEW LEADER IS WESTERN

EDUCATED, WITH A LONG RESUME

IN IRAN'S REVOLUTION.

HE PRESENTS A SOFTER IMAGE.

HIS ELECTION LED SOME

WESTERN ELECTIONS TO BRAND

HIM A MODERATE, WHO CAN

CHANGE IRAN.

HEBREW UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

MOSHI SAYS HE DIFFERS FROM

MACMOUD IN A FEW WAYS.

THIS NICE-LOOKING MAN,

HAS A FATHERLY FACE, AND

SPEAKS THE RIGHT LANGUAGE --

SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE HE KNOWS

THE WEST WANTS TO HEAR, WITH

EXACTLY CONTINUING THE PLAN

OF IRAN.

HE IS A CLERGY, AS I

SAID.

HE IS A HIGH DEGREE OF

CLERGY.

NOT AYATOLLAH, BUT PRETTY

HIGH IN THE RANKS.

Reporter: IRANIAN

EXPERT HAMAR SAYS A CARTOON

POSTED ON Facebook SHOWS

THE ESSENCE OF HIS

ELECTION.

WHERE HE IS SHOWN PAINTING A

BEAUTIFUL IRANIAN MISSILE.

IT LOOKS MUCH BETTER, BUT

IT IS STILL A MISSILE.

HE SAID THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

STOP THE CENTRIFUGES.

Reporter: WHILE THE

PRESIDENT IS THE FACE OF

IRAN, THE REAL POWER LIES

WITH AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI.

DON'T THINK RUANIN IS

GOING TO HAVE HIS ON

POLICY.

HE IS GOING TO PRESENT A

POLICY, WHICH IS GOING TO

CONTINUE TO BE CREATED BY

THE SUPREME LEADER.

Reporter: THOSE

POLICIES INCLUDE IRAN'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM, ITS SUPPORT

OF SYRIA, AND ALLIANCE WITH

RUSSIA.

AND ROHANI HAS A LONG

HISTORY IN A REGIME THAT

PER PERSECUTES CHRISTIANS.

THEY SAY THE CENTRIFUGES

WILL KEEP SPINNING, WHILE

IRAN DRAWS CLOSER TO A

NUCLEAR BOMB.

THE DANGER IS THAT

BECAUSE HE IS NICER, HE CAN

BUY MORE TIME.

AND THEN IT MIGHT BE TOO

LATE.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

George: JOINING US NOW

IS DAVID IGNAZAR.

DAVID, GREAT TO HAVE YOU

BACK ON THE SHOW.

HIS ELECTION, DO YOU SEE

THIS AS A POSITIVE

DEVELOPMENT FOR CHRISTIANS?

AND IF SO, WHY?

WELL, I WOULD SAY THAT

THE ELECTION OF ROHANI AS

THE PRESIDENT COULD BE

REASON FOR SOME CAUTIOUS

OPTIMISM FOR CHRISTIANS.

AND THAT IS NOT BECAUSE HE

IS A REFORMER WHO WANTS TO

CHANGE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC,

BUT BECAUSE HE IS A

PRAGMATIST WHO REALIZES HE

NEEDS TO DO A DEAL WITH THE

WEST IN ORDER TO LIFT SOME

OF THE SANCTIONS THAT HAVE

HURT IRAN.

George: DO YOU THINK

THAT PRAGMATISM COULD WORK

OUT BADLY FOR CHRISTIANS?

THE REALITY IS EVEN IF

THE PRESSURE IS LIFTED, THE

CHRISTIANS WILL CONTINUE TO

BE MONITORED.

THEY'LL CONTINUE TO BE

OBSERVED BY THE GOVERNMENT,

AND THEY WILL LIVE WITH THE

PRESSURE THAT ANY TIME

PERSECUTION COULD COME

BACK.

AND SO IT IS IMPORTANT FOR

US TO CONTINUE TO PRAY.

THIS IS CERTAINLY THAT

NOTHING HAS CHANGED, AND IT

WON'T CHANGE OVERNIGHT.

THERE COULD BE SOME BETTER

DAYS AHEAD, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, THE FUNDAMENTAL SYSTEM

IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE, AND

CHRISTIANS WILL LIVE WITH

THE KNOWLEDGE THAT PRESSURE

COULD COME BACK AT ANY

TIME.

PERSECUTION COULD COME BACK

AT ANY TIME.

George: IN 2005,

MACMOUD BEGAN HIS TERM BY

CRACKING DOWN ON

CHRISTIANS.

EIGHT YEARS LATER, WHAT HAS

BEEN HIS LEGACY AS IT

RELATES TO THE UNDERGROUND

CHURCH IN IRAN.

UNDER PRESIDENT MAKMUD

AHMADINEJAD'S PRESIDENCY,

HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN

ARRESTED.

PEOPLE ARE STILL IN PRISON,

AND SOME ARE SUFFERING

GREATLY FOR A LONG TIME IN

THE PRISON.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE CHURCH

HAS GROWN.

MOST IRANIAN CHRISTIANS WILL

LOOK AT THE HARDSHIP, BUT

REALLY LOOK THAT OVER THE

PAST EIGHT YEARS, THE CHURCH

HAS GROWN.

AND WHATEVER THEY DID TO TRY

AND PUT PRESSURE ON THE

CHURCH TO MAC IT G MAKE IT

GO AWAY, AND STOP PEOPLE

FROM TURNING TO CHRIST, HAS

NOT WORKED.

IN FACT, MORE PEOPLE ARE

COMING TO CHRIST NOW THAN

WHEN MAKMUD AHMADINEJAD

FIRST CAME TO POWER.

THEY NEED TO REALIZE THAT

PERSECUTION WILL NOT STOP

THE CHURCH GROWING.

George: HOWEVER, DAVID,

WE LEARNED THIS WEEK THAT

SEVERAL HOUSE CHURCH

CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN

SENTENCED TO JAIL.

MIGHT THAT BE A SIGN OF

ROHANI'S STRATEGY?

OR WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

I DON'T THINK IT HAS

NECESSARY ANYTHING TO DO

WITH ROHANI.

I THINK IT WAS IN THE

PIPELINE BEFOREHAND.

ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW THE

EXACT DETAILS ON THAT.

BUT WE ARE HOPEFUL THERE

WILL BE SOME HELP FOR THE

CHURCH, BUT AT THE SAME

TIME, WE UNDERSTAND THAT

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT

FUNDAMENTALLY THINGS ARE

GOING TO CHANGE UNDER THIS

REGIME.

George: JUST BEFORE THE

ELECTION, THE STATE TOLD THE

ASSEMBLY OF CHURCH GOD IN

TEHRAN TO CLOSE ITS DOORS.

DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON

THEIR SITUATION FOR US,

DAVID?

Reporter: WELL, IT IS A

SAD SITUATION THAT BASICALLY

BECAUSE THIS CHURCH, THE

CENTRAL ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

CHURCH IN TEHRAN HAS THEIR

SERVICES IN PERSIAN, THEY

HAVE BEEN TOLD TO CEASE

THEIR ACTIVITIES.

AS FAR AS I KNOW, THAT

HASN'T CHANGED.

WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO PRAY

FOR A PASTOR, ONE OF THE

LEADERS OF THAT CHURCH, WHO

WAS ARRESTED.

AND THE MEMBERS OF THE

CHURCH WHO ARE STILL WITHOUT

A CHURCH BUILDING TO GO TO.

BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THEY

WILL CONTINUE TO MEET

TOGETHER IN THEIR HOMES

BECAUSE THAT'S THEIR RIGHT,

TO WORSHIP THE LORD AND

PRACTICE THEIR FAITH.

George: DAVID, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US

ON THE BROADCAST.

THANK YOU.

George: AND TO LEARN

MORE ABOUT ELAN MINISTRIES

AND THEIR WORK IN IRAN, YOU

CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

Wendy: SUPPORTERS OF

EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS

MET THIS WEEK IN

WASHINGTON.

THEY WARN THE COPTICS FACE

GROWING PERSECUTION UNDER

MOHAMMED MORSI.

THEY QUOTED A NIGERIAN

BISHOP WHO HAS SEEN ISLAMIST

PERSECUTION IN HIS OWN

COUNTRY.

HE SAID IF WE HAVE A

FAITH WORTH LIVING FOR, IT

IS A FAITH WORTH DYING FOR.

DON'T YOU -- THAT'S US --

COMPROMISE THE FAITH WE ARE

LIVING AND DYING FOR.

I SAID, WE ARE COMPROMISING

THAT FAITH.

THE COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN

EGYPT ARE LIVING AND DYING

FOR IT.

I BELIEVE WE WILL HAVE

FREEDOM, AND WE MUST USE OUR

FREEDOM TO DEFEND THE

FREEDOM OF OTHERS.

Wendy: BARONESS COX IS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE

HUMANITARIAN AID TRUST.

George: A WEEK OF

MASSIVE PROTESTS HAVE SHAKEN

THE NATION OF BRAZIL.

PROTESTORS SAY THEY ARE

TIRED OF PAYING HIGH TAXES

WHILE GETTING LOW QUALITY

SERVICES FROM A CORRUPT

GOVERNMENT.

MEANWHILE, THERE ARE

SECURITY CONCERNS FOR

THOUSANDS OF THE FOREIGN

VISITORS ATTENDING AN

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER

TOURNAMENT.

THE BRAZILIAN CHURCH IS

PRAYING AND TAKING ACTION.

A COALITION OF MINISTRIES

HAS MOBILIZED THOUSANDS TO

SHARE THEIR FAITH NEAR THE

STADIUMS AND AMONG THE

PROTESTORS.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: THE BIBLE

SOCIETY OF BRAZIL IS

COORDINATING A MOVEMENT

"FAIR PLAY BRAZIL."

WHICH IS AN EFFORT TO AWAKEN

PEOPLE TO ETHICAL

PRINCIPLES.

THE PRINCIPLES OF LIFE THAT

THE BIBLE PRESENTS.

George: CHURCHES ARE

ALSO PREPARING TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF VISITORS COMING

TO BRAZIL FOR THE WORLD CUP

SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN 2014,

AND THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

IN 2016.

Wendy: WELL, HOPE,

FAITH, AND LOVE WERE IN

GREAT ABUNDANCE AS HISPANIC

CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE U.S.

JOINED TOGETHER FOR A

THREE-DAY CONFERENCE TO TALK

ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING THE

LATINO COMMUNITY.

IT CULMINATED WITH A

POWERFUL PRAYER BREAKFAST.

PAUL STRAND WAS THERE.

*

Reporter: MUSIC AND

PRAYER.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Reporter: FILLED THE

ROOM AT THE NATIONAL

HISPANIC PRAYER BREAKFAST.

HUNDREDS GATHERED TO PRAY

FOR THE NATION, THEIR

LEADERS AND COMMUNITIES,

WORLD PEACE, AND MORE.

WE KNOW THAT THERE IS

POWER IN NUMBER.

THE BIBLE SAYS THREE BONDED

CORD IS A LOT STRONGER THAN

A TWO-BONDED ONE.

I THINK THAT IS TRUE IN

EVERY SENSE OF THE WORLD.

Reporter: ONE TOPIC ON

EVERYONE'S MIND?

IT HAS BEEN SO MANY YEARS

SINCE PRESIDENT BUSH

DECLARED THAT WE NEEDED TO

CREATE SOME COMPREHENSIVE

IMMIGRATION REFORM.

AND NOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS

IN HIS SECOND TERM, AND HE

PROMISED IN HIS FIRST TERM

HE WOULD DO SOMETHING AND

NOTHING HAPPENED.

Reporter: WILL IT PASS,

AND IF SO, WHEN?

WE SPOKE WITH SENATOR

REID AND WE'RE HOPING BY

JULY 4th THE SENATE WILL

HAVE AN AGREEMENT.

WE SPOKE WITH LEADERS OF THE

REPUBLICAN HOUSE, MR. CANTOR

AND HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM, AND

THEY'RE GOING TO BE PICKING

IT UP RIGHT AWAY.

IT IS OUR HOPE AND PRAYER WE

WILL HAVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

BEFORE THE SUMMER IS OVER.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

THE MEASURE APPEARS TO BE

GAINING STEAM, IT COULD

STILL TAKE TIME.

ROMANS 2: 12 TELLS

US, "REJOIT REJOICE IN

HOPE.

BE PATIENT IN TRIBULATION,

BE CONSTANT IN PRAYER."

I CAN'T THINK OF ANOTHER

COMMUNITY THAT ROMANS

DESCRIBES BETTER THAN

YOURS.

Reporter: IMMIGRATION

WASN'T THE ONLY THING ON

PEOPLE'S MINDS.

EDUCATION IS THE KEY.

I'M TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION

IN TERMS OF LEARNING THE

LANGUAGE EFFECTIVELY,

LEARNING A PROFESSION.

IF YOU LEARN THE SKILLS TO

BE PAID A LITTLE MORE MONEY,

AND YOU CAN LIVE, YOU KNOW,

AT A BETTER INCOME LEVEL,

BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING,

AND THEREFORE IMPROVING THE

POSSIBILITIES FOR YOUR

CHILDREN TO DO BETTER IN

LIFE.

Reporter: AND THERE WAS

ONE COMMON THEME AT THE

EVENT.

WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT

IS IN CHAOS, AND THE TRUTH

IS THE CHURCH IS THERE TO

PRESENT HOPE.

AND WE'RE HERE TO REPRESENT

THE ARMS AND THE FEET OF

JESUS.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

George: COMING UP, THEY

CAME FROM ACROSS CENTRAL

ASIA, SECRET BELIEVERS WHO

ARE TRULY LIVING OUT THE

GOSPEL UNDER TREMENDOUS

PERSECUTION.

Wendy: 100,000

CHRISTIANS ARE MURDERED

BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH EVERY

YEAR.

AND IN MANY CASES,

GOVERNMENTS ARE TO BLAME

BECAUSE THEY PASSED LAWS

THAT RESTRICT RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

George: A FEW MONTHS

AGO, I HAD EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

TO A GATHERING OF SECRET

BELIEVERS INSIDE A FORMER

SOVIET REPUBLIC.

AND I GOT THIS CLOSE-UP LOOK

AT WHAT LIFE IS REALLY LIKE

FOR CHRISTIANS WHO FACE

DAILY PERSECUTION.

George: THE SETTING

COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE

IDEAL.

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL

LOCATION, 70% OF THE COUNTRY

IS MOUNTAIN.

LOCALS CALL IT A SECOND

CITIZEN OF ASIA.

George: IT IS

WINTERTIME IN CURDS

KURDISTAN.

OUR GOAL WAS TO FIND A

SAFE PLACE AWAY FROM THE

CITY, TO NOT DRAW THE

ATTENTION OF THE

AUTHORITIES.

George: FOR A FEW DAYS,

FATALI AND A HANDFUL OF

CHRISTIANS GATHERED IN THIS

SECLUDED VILLA, ABOUT A TWO

HOURS DRIVE OUTSIDE THE

CAPITAL CITY.

WE WORSHIP, PRAY, AND

STRATEGIZE HOW TO

EFFECTIVELY SHARE THE LOVE

OF CHRIST'S IN OUR

COUNTRIES.

George: CBN NEWS CANNOT

SHOW YOU THEIR FACES OR

REVEAL THEIR REAL NAMES FOR

SECURITY REASONS.

PEOPLE FROM KURDISTAN,

UZBEKISTAN, KAZAKHSTAN, ALL

FORMER REPUBLICS IN CENTRAL

ASIA, EXPERIENCING A RISING

TIDE OF HOSTILITIES AGAINST

BELIEVERS.

ALL ARE MEMBERS OF A

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THAT IS

REACHING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO

OPENLY SHARE ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

DOING SO WILL GET YOU

BEATEN, ARRESTE ARRESTED OR

KILLED.

LAST YEAR WAS A DIFFICULT

YEAR FOR YOU?

FORTUNATELY, I WASN'T

ARRESTED, BUT I WAS

INTERROGATED BY SECRET

POLICE.

ACCUSED OF GATHERING PEOPLE

IN MY HOUSE.

George: HE RUNS

TRAINING OF UZBEC LEADERS.

YOU CAN'T RELAX.

YOU'RE CONSTANTLY UNDER

STRESS.

YOU CAN'T TRUST ANYONE.

George: DAUD IS FROM

KAZAKHSTAN, THE LARGEST OF

THE FIVE COUNTRIES.

THERE WERE NO KAZAK

CHRISTIANS BASKETBALL IN THE

1990s, TODAY, HOWEVER,

THERE ARE 16,000, BUT STRICT

RELIGIOUS LAWS MAKE IT VERY

DIFFICULT FOR CHURCHES TO

REGISTER.

ACCORDING TO OUR LAW, YOU

CANNOT ATTEND CHURCH UNTIL

YOU ARE 18 YEARS OLD.

THAT MEANS WE CANNOT HOLD

YOUTH MEETINGS OR BIBLE

STUDIES.

George: TERRUZ IS FROM

KAZAKHSTAN.

THIS IS HOME VIDEO OF HIS

SECRET HOUSE CHURCH,

SMUGGLED OUT OF THE COUNTRY

AND OBTAINED EXCLUSIVELY BY

CBN NEWS.

THE MEETINGS ARE SMALL.

THE PEOPLE IN THIS VIDEO

KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS AT

STAKE.

OUR PARENTS TOLD US SINCE

CHILDHOOD, THAT ONE DAY WE

MAY HAVE TO SACRIFICE OUR

LIVES.

George: 1,000 OF THEM

ARE CHRISTIANS.

BE THANKFUL EVERY DAY,

REJOICING EVERY SOUL THAT

COMES INTO HEAVEN, THAT'S

WHAT KEEPS US GOING.

George: RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM EXISTS IN ALL FIVE

COUNTRIES UNDER THE

CONSTITUTION, BUT BARELY.

A MORE RADICAL MOVEMENT IS

TAKING PLACE IN CENTRAL

ASIA.

DETREDIMITRI IS A HUMAN

RIGHTS LAWYER IN

UZBEKISTAN.

HE SAYS THEY CONTROL ALL

RELIGIONS.

GROUPS FROM SAUDI,

TURKEY, AND ELSEWHERE ARE

COMING WITH A DIFFERENT

INTERPRETATION OF ISLAM.

SOME OF THE RADICAL GROUPS

HAVE ENGAGED IN TERRORIST

ACTIVITIES.

George: ORECK WORKS IN

REMOTE VILLAGES OF

KAZAKHSTAN.

THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE

IN THE '90s, PEOPLE COULD

OPENLY SHARE THE GOSPEL, BUT

EVENTUALLY ISLAM STARTED TO

GAIN MOVEMENT.

George: HERE IN THE

MULTIPLIES OF KURDISTAN, THE

HORSES AND OTHER POPULAR

MODES OF TRANSPORTATION,

ESPECIALLY TO GET AROUND

SOME OF THE TOUGH TERRAINS

AND THE STEEP HILLS -- YOU

KNOW, FOR THE BELIEVERS,

THIS IS A SPIRITUAL OASIS

BECAUSE IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY

TO GET AWAY FROM THE ALMOST

DAILY ROUTINE OF HARASSMENT

AND PERSECUTION FROM THE

AUTHORITIES, AND TO COME

TOGETHER IN A SAFE PLACE, A

BEAUTIFUL PLACE, AND TO GET

SPIRITUALLY ENERGIZED.

THE BEAUTY, THE BACKDROP,

THE SCENERY, WHAT A

WONDERFUL DISTRACTION FROM

OUR DAILY CHALLENGES.

TO SEE THESE BELIEVERS IN

THE SAME PLACE AT ONE TIME

IS SO ENCOURAGING.

WE DRAW STRENGTH FROM EACH

OTHER.

WE KNOW WE'RE NOT IN THIS

SPIRITUAL BATTLE ALONE.

George: ENCOURAGED AND

REENERGIZED, THE BELIEVERS

ARE BACK HOME NOW, AND

UNCERTAIN OF THE DAYS

AHEAD.

YET THEY STAND BOLDLY

CONVINCED OF A CALLING TO

MAKE THE NAME OF JESUS

CHRIST KNOWN.

NO MATTER THE COST.

Wendy: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL

PLACE.

George: YOU KNOW, IT IS

A RESPITE, AN OASIS, IN THE

MIDST OF ALL OF THE

CHALLENGES THEY FACE.

THEY COME TOGETHER AND THEY

GET REFRESHED AND ENERGIZED,

AND THEY REALIZE THEY'RE NOT

IN THIS ALONE.

THEY'RE TOGETHER WITH OTHER

BELIEVERS.

Wendy: A FANTASTIC

REPORT.

THANKS FOR MAKING THE

JOURNEY OVER THERE.

COMING UP, IN EAST

JERUSALEM, A BLIND CHRISTIAN

WOMAN LEADS MUSLIM CHILDREN

TO HOPE.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THIS WEEK'S EDITION

OF CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

OUR NEXT STORY GIVES NEW

MEANING TO THE PROVERB "THE

BLIND LEADING THE BLIND."

IT IS HAPPENING IN A SMALL

LEARNING CENTER IN EAST

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: THAT'S WHERE

DISABLED PALESTINIAN WOMEN

ARE LEARNING SKILLS THAT

GIVE THEM CONFIDENCE AND

HOPE FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE

LIFE.

ALL BECAUSE OF A PALESTINIAN

CHRISTIAN WHO WOULD NOT

ALLOW HER OWN BLINDNESS KEEP

HER FROM HELPING OTHERS.

Reporter: EVERY TIME

LIDIA GOES GROCERY SHOPPING,

SHE FACES OBSTACLES.

THE ROWS ARE VERY, VERY

DIFFICULT, AND THEY NEVER

THINK OF BLIND PEOPLE, AT

LEAST NOT IN EAST JERUSALEM

OR THE WEST BANK.

Reporter: MISS LIDIA

SHOPS NOT ONLY FOR HERSELF,

BUT FOR THE EDUCATIONAL

CENTER SHE FOUNDED 30 YEARS

AGO IN EAST JERUSALEM.

ALTHOUGH SHE IS A

PALESTINIAN TEACHER, HER

STUDENTS ARE MOSTLY MUSLIM.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS

CENTER IS TO HELP THESE

WOMEN TO BE INDEPENDENT.

IF WE HADN'T STARTED THIS

CENTER, MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE

LEFT WITHOUT EDUCATION,

WITHOUT A JOB, WITHOUT ANY

INTEREST, PERHAPS, IN LIFE.

Reporter: CAREMA JOINED

THE STAFF AFTER GOING

THROUGH THE SCHOOL'S

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

PROGRAM.

THEY GAVE ME THE

PERMISSION TO DO EVERYTHING,

AND I FEEL CONFIDENCE IN

MYSELF.

Reporter: STUDENTS

LEARN TO READ AND

WRITE,-ALONG WITH SKILLS

THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF

THEMSELVES.

THEY CREATE PRODUCTS TO

SELL, GIVING THEM AN

OPPORTUNITY TO EARN AN

INCOME.

EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS

SPECIAL ATTENTION, AND WE

GET THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL,

JUST UP TO WHERE THEY NEED

TO GO.

SOME FINISH UNIVERSITIES,

AND IF NOT, THEY GO TO THE

VOCATIONAL CENTER.

AT LEAST THEY HAVE SOMETHING

TO HELP THEM IN THE FUTURE.

Reporter: MISS LIDIA

WAS BORN NEAR JERUSALEM AND

LOST HER SIGHT WHEN SHE WAS

ONLY TWO.

BUT SHE WAS DETERMINED THAT

BLINDNESS WOULD NOT HOLD HER

BACK.

AS I GREW UP, IF I TOOK

OVER SOMETHING, I WAS ALWAYS

DETERMINED TO DO IT.

IF I WAS QUITE CONVINCED

THAT THIS HAD TO BE, I

ALWAYS GOT THROUGH.

Reporter: THAT SAME

DETERMINATION IS NOW TURNING

OTHER LIVES AROUND.

MUNA COULDN'T SPEAK WHEN SHE

ARRIVED AT THE CENTER.

WEEKS LATER HER FAMILY

NOTICED A STRIKING

DIFFERENCE.

WE WERE REALLY SURPRISED

BECAUSE SHE WAS TALKING AND

UNDERSTANDING WHAT SHE IS

SAYING.

THERE WAS A LOT OF JOY AND

THE FAMILY BECAUSE SHE ALSO

WAS HAPPY SHE COULD SAY

THINGS AND PEOPLE CAN

UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE IS

WANTING AND WHAT SHE IS

TRYING TO SAY.

Reporter: MUNA'S FATHER

UNDERSTANDS DISABILITIES.

HE OVERCOME CHILDHOOD POLIO

TO EARN A DEGREE IN

BUSINESS.

NOW HIS DAUGHTER IS ON HER

WAY TO A MORE FRUITFUL LIFE

AS WELL.

THERE ARE MANY MORE WOMEN IN

EAST JERUSALEM AND THE WEST

BANK WHO COULD USE THIS KIND

OF HELP.

I'M, ALL THE TIME,

PRAYING THAT THE LORD WOULD

GIVE US A BUILDING THAT WE

COULD DO ALL OUR WORK IN

ONE -- UNDER ONE ROOF.

BUT IF WE DO NOT HAVE A

BUILDING LARGE ENOUGH, WE

CANNOT HELP HALF THE PEOPLE

THAT WE REALLY NEED TO

HELP.

Reporter: YET SHE IS

DETERMINED TO KEEP THE

CENTER'S DOORS OPEN.

EVERYBODY IN LIFE, EVERY

CHILD, HAS TO BE GIVEN A

CHANCE TO PROVE WHAT THEY

CAN DO.

SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE

VERY SUCCESSFUL.

OTHERS, NOT.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

BLINDNESS AT ALL.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY

SHOULD BE GIVEN AN

OPPORTUNITY.

Reporter: HEATHER

CELLS, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: A GREAT STORY.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

PEACE CENTER FOR THE BLIND

ON OUR WEBSITE.

JUST GO TO CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

George: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, CBN'S "SUPERBOOK"

AIRED NATIONWIDE IN THE FILE

PIENSPIENS-- PHILIPPINES.

Wendy: TO RAVE

REVIEWS.

AN ESTIMATED 1.2 MILLION

PEOPLE WATCHED THE EPISODE.

AND IT WAS RATED ONE OF THE

TOP SHOWS OF THE DAY, AND

THERE WERE MORE THAN 1800

SALVATIONS THAT WE KNOW OF.

HOPEFULLY EVEN MORE.

George: TERRIFIC

PRODUCTION.

Wendy: VERY EXCELLENT.

WELL-DONE.

IT IS GOOD FUN TO WATCH.

George: WELL, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

IT IS THE END OF THE SHOW.

WE'VE GOT TO GO.

THANKS FOR JOINING US,

EVERYBODY.

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

FROM ALL OF US HERE GOOD-BYE

AND, OF COURSE, GOD BLESS

YOU.

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