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Christian World News: July 19, 2013

This week on Christian World News: What's to become of Egypt's Coptic Christians? How these believers are struggling to protect their faith, and their families, as Islamists target them for revenge. Plus, archaeologists discover an ancient home ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS" WHAT IS TO BECOME OF

EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS?

HOW THESE BELIEVERS ARE

STRUGGLING TO PROTECT THEIR

FAITH AND FAMILIES AS ISLAMIST

TARGET THEM FOR REVENGE.

PLUS DIG THIS!

ARCHAEOLOGIST DISCOVER AN

ANCIENT HOME IN THE HOLY LAND.

COULD IT BE THE HOME OF ONE OF

THE MOST REVERED PROPHETS.

WHY DO CHRISTIANS SUFFER FROM

DEPRESSION AND HOW CAN THEY

OVERCOME IT?

EGYPT'S CHRISTIANS FAITH WRATH

OVER ANGRY ISLAMISTS.

HELLO EVERYONE, I AM GEORGE

THOMAS NUCH.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

CHRISTIANS HAVE SUFFERED EVEN

MORE SINCE OUSTED PRESIDENT

MORSI.

YOUNG WOMEN TARGETED AND FORCED

CONVERSION TO ISLAM.

GARY LANE HAS MORE.

REPORTER: THIS TIME IT IS THE

FUNERAL OF A BELOVED COPTIC

PRIEST JULY 6TH AS HE DROVE HIS

CAR AFTER AN AFTERNOON OF

SHOPPING IN NORTHERN SINAI TOWN.

FATHER'S MURDER IS NO SURPRISE

TO THE CHRISTIANS.

CHRISTIANS HAVE STRUGGLED FOR

YEARS NOT ONLY TO PROTECT THEIR

CHURCHES, HOMES AND BUSINESSES,

BUT ALSO THEIR DAUGHTERS.

REPORTER: ONE OF THE

CHALLENGES FACING CHRISTIAN

FAMILIES PARTICULARLY IN UPPER

EGYPT IS THE KIDNAPPING OF YOUNG

CHRISTIAN GIRLS.

IT HAPPENS WHEN THEY ENTER THEIR

EARLY TEEN YEARS.

SOME RELOCATE TO CHRISTIAN

VILLAGES.

MANIL WANTED TO PROTECT

HERSELF FROM FORCED CONVERSION.

SHE NOTICED MUSLIM GIRL AND BOYS

ATTEMPTING TO LURE MARIAM AWAY

FROM FAMILY AND FAITH.

THE GIRLS SAID COME WITH US,

YOU WILL GIVE YOU MONEY.

YOU ARE HAVING A HARD LIFE.

YOUNG BOYS SENDING YOUNG GIRLS

TO DO THIS.

I FEARED THEY WOULD KIDNAP HER

AND DEMAND A LOT OF MONEY OR

RETURN HER AND NOT BE IN THE

SAME WAY.

HER HUSBAND HAS DIFFICULTY

FINDING WORK.

I AM MUCH HAPPIER, IT IS SAFE

FOR MY DAUGHTERS.

THE WORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY

HUSBAND ARE LITTLE.

REPORTER: MARIAM'S FAMILY

BORROWED MONEY FOR FOOD AND

THEIR HOUSE PAYMENT.

SHE AND FAMILY ARE NOT ALONE.

LAST YEAR A HEARING REVEALED

NUMBER OF DISAPPEARANCES AND

ABDUCTION OF CHRISTIAN GIRLS

INCREASING.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING EXPERT

MICHELLE CLARK TOLD OF 800

CASES.

STILL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

DEBUNK CLAIMS CHRISTIAN GIRLS

ARE BEING TRAFFICKED.

THEY INSIST THEY ARE NOT DOING

THIS.

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTY

SECRETARY.

BOY AND GIRL FROM DIFFERENT

RELIGIONS LOVE EACH OTHER AND

THUS ONE CONVERTS IN ORDER TO

GET MARRIED.

FAMILIES DO NOT ACCEPT THAT.

NEITHER OF CHURCH ACCEPT THEM.

REPORTER: THEY CLAIM IT IS A

SOCIAL PROBLEM NOT A RELIGIOUS

ONE.

THEY TOLD ME IT OFTEN FAILS.

THIS IS A VERY SENSITIVE

ISSUE FOR US.

WE TRIED THE GOVERNMENT.

SOMETIMES WE SUCCEED.

SOMETIMES NO.

REPORTER: THE MORSI

GOVERNMENT DID LITTLE TO CURTAIL

THE TRAFFICKING.

POLITICAL CHANGE GIVE MANY

EGYPTIANS HOPE.

THEY PRAY THE NEXT GOVERNMENT

WILL TREAT THE KIDNAPPING

COMPLAINTSERIOUSLY.

CBN PROVIDED SEED MONEY FOR A

SMALL CLOTHING BUSINESS.

WE WILL SELL NEW CLOTHING AND

IT WILL HELP FEED MY FAMILY.

MAY THE AMERICAN CHRISTIANS THAT

HELP US HAVE A LONG LIFE AND MAY

GOD BE WITH THEM TO HELP ME AND

OTHERS BECOME SELF-SUPPORTING.

REPORTER: IT BRINGS A CLIMER

OF HOPE IN EGYPT.

GARY, MUBARAK, UNDER MUBARAK

FOR CHRISTIAN WAS TOUGH.

IT IS.

ON JULY 6 WHEN THE FATHER WAS

KILLED, ANOTHER ONE SEVERED HEAD

FROM HIS BODY.

CHRISTIANS ARE LEAVING NORTHERN

SINAI.

BECAUSE THE CHRISTIANS

OVERWHELMING SUPPORTED MORSI'S

REMOVAL?

IS IT A BACKLASH?

REPORTER: THEY DID.

THE EXTREMIST ARE ATTACKING THE

CHRISTIANS.

IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE

COUNTRY, UPPER EGYPT, CHRISTIANS

ARE NOT GOING OUT ON THE

STREETS.

THEY ARE CLOSING THE BUSINESSES.

THEY ARE BEING MARKED.

ONES FOR CHRISTIAN HAVE A RED X

AND REMINISCENT OF THE HOLOCAUST

AND THE JEWS.

THEY ARE ONLY TO PROTECT FEDERAL

INSTITUTIONS.

CHRISTIANS ARE BASICALLY ON

THEIR OWN.

WHAT DO THEY HOPE FOR THE

FUTURE?

MORE PARTICIPATION IN THE

GOVERNMENT.

ALREADY SEEN TWO CHRISTIANS

APOINTEDED TO THE CABINET.

THANK YOU.

THE BIBLICAL PROPHET ELIJAH

HEALED THE SICK, RAISED THE DEAD

AND CALLED DOWN FIRE FROM

HEAVEN.

CBN NEWS LOOKS AT AN

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.

IT COULD CONTAIN ELIJAH'S HOUSE.

REPORTER: THIS IS IN THE

JORDAN VALLEY.

DURING 16 YEARS OF DIGGING,

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FOUND A 3,000

YEAR OLD WELL PLANNED CITY AND A

UNIQUE HOUSE THAT MIGHT HAVE

BEEN HOUSE OF ELIJAH.

HOUSE WAS FOUND OF A UNIQUE

TYPE, TWO POTTERY ALTARS USED

FOR BURNING.

REPORTER: LEAD ARCHAEOLOGIST

POINTS OUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE

STRUCTURE OF THE HOUSE.

NORMALLY HOUSES HAVE ONE

ENTRANCE LEADING TO A LARGE

SPACE WITH ROOMS ALL AROUND.

THIS WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO WINGS.

TWO WINGS CONNECTED WITH A

BEDROOM.

EACH OF THE WINGS HAS AN OPENING

TO THE STREET.

REPORTER: OUTSIDE THE ROOM

INCENSE ALTARS MAY HAVE BEEN

USED TO SEND AN OFFERING TO GOD.

ARCHAEOLOGIST DISCOVERED A ROOM

WITH A TABLE AND BENCH AND A

POTTERY SHARD DATED TO THE 9TH

CENTURY WITH ELIJAH.

WE FIND RED INK ON POTTERY.

BROKEN UNFORTUNATELY.

REPORTER: ELIJAH WENT

THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL

FROM JERICHO TO SAMARIA.

IT IS VERY TEMPTING.

IT IS EXACTLY THE PERIOD WHEN

ELIJAH ACTED, 2ND HALF OF 9TH

CENTURY.

REPORTER: HE WAS TOLD TO SELL

THEM TO PAY CREDITORS.

RAISING DEAD AND INSTRUCTING

SYRIAN ARMY COMMANDER TO WASH IN

THE JORDAN RIVER 7 TIMES TO BE

HEALED OF LEPROSY.

WE CAN SOME HOW BELIEVE

EITHER IT WAS THE LUCK THIS HOLY

MAN WAS BY THE NAME OF ELIJAH OR

ELIJAH, THE PROPHET HIMSELF.

REPORTER: ANOTHER DISCOVERY

IS DISCOVERY OF TWO DIFFERENT

INSCRIPTIONS MENTIONING FAMILY

OF MENSHI.

ELIJAH TOLD THE ANOINT JHOOD.

HE PASSED THAT OUT TO DO THE

ANOINTING.

REPORTER: MANY ARCHAEOLOGIST

SHY AWAY FROM DRAWING

CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE.

SOME SEE IT AS A WAY OF PUTTING

PIECES TOGETHER.

ARCHAEOLOGIST IS LIKE A HUGE

PUZZLE.

WE PUT THE EXCAVATIONS TOGETHER.

WE BRING IT IN INTO A LARGE

PICTURE, LARGE PUZZLE.

TRYING TO DECIPHER THE CULTURE

OF THE ISREALITES.

REPORTER: FOR KERRY SUMMERS

IT IS EVEN MORE.

IT IS LIKE ANY OTHER

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, EVERY SCOOP

OF DIRT PROVES THE BIBLE.

REPORTER: FUTURE OF THE SITE

IS UNCERTAIN, MUD BRICKS ARE

DETERIORATING.

EXPERTS ARE HOPING IT CAN BE

PRESERVED.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

TELLRAHOVE, ISRAEL.

LATER ON THE BROADCAST.

MENTAL ILLNESS, HOW CHRISTIANS

ARE DEALING WITH AN ISSUE TOO

OFTEN IGNORED IN THE CHURCH.

CORY MONTEITH'S DEATH FROM

TOXIC MIX OF ALCOHOL AND HEROIN

SHEDS LIGHT.

HE ADMITTED TO STRUGGLING WITH

ADDICTION SINCE HE WAS A TEEN

AND COMPLETED A DRUG REHAB

PROGRAM LAST APRIL.

WE ASKED DR. LINDA MINTLE.

YOU NEED MORE AND MORE TO GET

THE SAME POWER OF THE EFFECT

THAT THE DRUG DOES TO YOU.

THE DRUG GIVES YOU SUCH AN

INCREDIBLE FEELING AND A HIGH,

YOU WANT MORE AND MORE.

IT IS HARDER TO BREAK THE CYCLE

BECAUSE OF THE SUPPOSED POSITIVE

EFFECTS.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT WILL POWER.

YOU CANNOT WILL YOURSELF OFF OF

THIS BIOLOGICAL PULL IN THE

BRAIN.

YOU NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING

BIGGER THAN YOURSELF AND

TRANSSTRAN

TRANSCENDENT POWER OF GOD IS

NECESSARY IN ANY ADDICTION

TREATMENT.

THANKS, DR. LINDA.

YOU CAN SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW

AT CBN.COM.

MENTAL HEALTH IS BECOMING A

MAJOR TOPIC FOR MANY IN AMERICA,

AFTER SUICIDES ROCKED TWO PROMPT

PROMINENT FAMILIES.

REPORTER: FRANK PAGE ALONE AT

HOME WHEN THE CALL CAME THAT

WOULD CHANGE HIS WORLD.

HIS 32-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER,

MELISSA HAD TAKEN HER LIFE.

ALTHOUGH SHE STRUGGLED FOR

YEARS, PAGE KNEW SOMETHING

CHANGED.

TWO DAYS BEFORE SHE DIED, I

SAID NOBODY KNOWS YOU LIKE YOUR

DADDY, I KNOW SOMETHING IS BAD

WRONG.

PLEASE.

SHE WAS GETTING READY TO GO TALK

TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH PHYSICIAN.

TELL HIM YOUR DADDY THINKS YOU

NEED TO BE HOSPITALIZED.

REPORTER: HE SERVED AS A

MEGACHURCH PASTOR.

HE CALLED PARENTING HIS OLDER

DAUGHTER HIS MOST DAUNTING TASK.

THAT IS WHY WE WROTE "MELISSA."

PAGE AND WIFE INVITED US TO TALK

ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTER, ENDURING

GRIEF AND HOPE.

PAGES SAY MELISSA ACCEPTED

CHRIST AS A CHILD.

HER LIFE WASN'T EASY.

WE WORRIED ABOUT HER

CONSTANTLY.

WANTED TO HELP HER.

SHE STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTIVE

ISSUES, BEHAVIORAL ISSUES,

REBELLION ISSUES.

SHE WAS GIFTED BEYOND WORDS AND

STRUGGLED BEYOND WORDS.

REPORTER: IN HER 20S, REACHED

STABILITY, SHE MARRIED.

THEN A BOUT WITH CANCER LED TO A

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION.

SHE NEVER MENTIONED SUICIDE

LEAVING THE PAGES IN SHOCK.

SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE IN

NOVEMBER.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST

CHRISTMAS?

I DON'T REMEMBER.

I DON'T.

WE WERE STILL IN THAT FOG.

SECOND CHRISTMAS, IT WAS EVEN

WORSE.

REPORTER: AFTER MORE THAN

THREE YEARS, PAGES DESCRIBE THE

GRIEF AS WAVES ROLLING IN WITH

FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY BUT

THEIR GREAT COMFORT KNOWING

MELISSA IS IN HEAVEN.

PEOPLE SAY IF YOU COMMIT

SUICIDE YOU ARE GOING TO HELL.

REPORTER: IT IS A BELIEF

PAGES WANT THE CHURCH TO

CHALLENGE.

YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT

IF YOU BELONG TO CHRIST AND YOU

ARE HIS CHILD NOTHING CAN

SEPARATE YOU.

IT IS A FAMILY THING.

FAMILY NEVER CHANGES.

REPORTER: PAGES HOPE TO

CHANGE GROWING AWARENESS ON

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS.

STARTED IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

AND IN APRIL WITH PASTOR

WARREN'S SON'S SUICIDE.

IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, I

THINK GOD IS GOING TO USE ALL

THOSE THINGS, BAD THINGS TO

BRING FORTH A MOVEMENT AMONG

GOD'S PEOPLE.

REPORTER: AT ITS ANNUAL

CONVENTION IN HOUSTON, THEY

PRESENT AN AWARENESS OF MENTAL

HEALTH ISSUES AND EASE STIGMA TO

ENCOURAGE TO PROACTIVELY

MINISTER TO THOSE SUFFERING.

THERE ARE LEGITIMATE ISSUES

PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH.

THE CHURCH NEEDS TO BE A PLACE

WHERE WE SAY WE UNDERSTAND.

REPORTER: PAGE SAYS THE LOCAL

CHURCH CAN HELP THROUGH SUPPORT

GROUPS, COUNSELING OR SIMPLY

AWARENESS OF COMMUNITY

RESOURCES, MORE THAN 36,000

PEOPLE TAKING THEIR LIVES EACH

YEAR, IT COULD MEET AN ENORMOUS

NEED.

HEATHER SELLS, CBN NEWS.

UP NEXT, MEET AN AMERICAN

MISSIONARY THAT RISKED ITS LIFE

IN RIO'S MOST DANGEROUS SLUMS

AND THE GANG LEADER THAT JUST

DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH.

WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

BRAZIL HAS ONE OF THE FASTEST

GROWING CHURCH POPULATIONS IN

LATIN AMERICA.

POVERTY IS STILL A HUGE ISSUE

WITH MORE THAN 11 MILLION PEOPLE

LIVING IN SLUMS.

AMERICAN MISSIONARY ERICK

REES SPENT DAYS IN POVERTY AND

BRINGS LIGHT TO RIO DE JANEIRO.

WHAT MAKES ME LOVE RIO IS

SEEING THE HURTING PEOPLE IN

COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS JUST

TRYING TO SURVIVE.

TRYING TO PAY THE BILLS, PUT

FOOD ON THE TABLES.

I SEE THAT EVERY PERSON HERE IS

A CREATION OF GOD AND THAT WHEN

CHRIST WENT TO THE CROSS, HE

WENT FOR THESE PEOPLE, TOO.

REPORTER: THIS IS WHERE ERICK

REES WORKS.

HE THINKS OFTEN OF THE DANGER

KNOWING HE MIGHT NOT COME BACK.

I WROTE A LETTER TO MY WIFE,

IF I DON'T RETURN, YOU BE

STRONG, LET MY GIRLS KNOW DAD IS

GOING TO MISS THEM.

REPORTER: MINISTRY IS HARD

EVEN FOR THE BRAZILIANS.

IT IS HARD BECAUSE THE

CHRISTIAN PEOPLE HERE IN BRAZIL

THINK IN OTHER COUNTRIES DON'T

WANT TO DO THESE KIND OF JOBS,

DON'T WANT TO GO AT NIGHT TO

SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD, TO PREACH

THE WORD OF GOD.

THEY WANT TO STAY IN THEIR BIG

CHURCH AND WATCH A GOOD SERMON.

REPORTER: YET THE AMERICAN

COUPLE KEEPS REACHING OUT TO

GANG MEMBERS, PROSTITUTES AND

DRUG DEALERS.

FROM THE BEGINNING, IT IS NOT

SO HARD FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THE

PEOPLE WE ARE MINISTERING TO.

IT IS TRYING TO BE, MINISTER TO

SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS JESUS WHO

JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE A DRUG

TRAFFICKER OR MILITIA.

REPORTER: REES AND FAMILY

CAME TO BRAZIL 13 YEARS AGO AS

SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONARIES

FROM ALBANY, GEORGIA.

HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE GAINING A

TALK WITH THE GOD FATHER.

THE GOD FATHER USED TO WANT TO

KILL REES.

HE HELPED THE COMMUNITY WHICH

HAS MANY NEEDS, FINANCIALLY.

HE DIDN'T COME TO HELP WITH THE

FINANCIAL PEACE BUT BRING THE

PEACE MANY NEED.

REPORTER: SHORTLY AFTER THE

INTERVIEW, A RIVAL GANG KILLED

THE GOD FATHER.

HE FIRST ACCEPTED CHRIST.

PEOPLE ARE DYING AND GOING TO

HELL.

NEEDING TO KNOW LIFE CAN BE

CHANGED.

REPORTER: REES NOW FINDS HELP

FROM A BRAZILIAN PASTOR WITH A

BACKGROUND.

I TRIED TO SEE AT TIMES.

WHEN I LOOKED BEHIND THERE WAS A

POLICE GUY SHOOTING AT US.

ONE OF THOSE SHOTS GOT ME HERE.

EVEN IF IT WERE THE LAST MINUTE

OF MY LIFE, GOD WOULD FORGIVE ME

OF MY SINS.

THAT TIME HAS COME.

I STARTED A NEW LIFE WITH JESUS.

GRACE OF GOD HAS BROUGHT THAT

GOD NOT FROM NEAR DEATH,

SHOOTINGS, TO NOW, A BEAUTIFUL

FAMILY, A LOVELY WIFE, AWESOME

KIDS.

ONLY THE GRACE OF GOD COULD DO

THAT.

REPORTER: RAMONA REES

SUPPORTS HER HUSBAND IN

MINISTRY.

SHE BEFRIENDS OTHER WOMEN.

A MOTHER AND FORMER PROSTITUTE.

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES HIS

WORK AND THAT PERSON RECEIVES

CHRIST AND I CAN SEE THEM BEING

BAPTIZED AND JOIN IN THE CHURCH,

THAT IS THE BIGGEST REWARD.

AS THE REESE'S DEAL WITH THE

WORK, THEY REMIND THEM WHY THEY

CAME IN THE FIRST PLACE.

STAN JETER, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, STAN.

GREAT STORY.

YOU CAN FIND DAILY STORIES

AROUND THE GLOBE GO TO

CWNEWS.ORG.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

FINALLY THIS WEEK OPERATION

BLESSING IS HELPING A SMALL

FARMING COMMUNITY DEEP IN THE

FOREST.

THE VILLAGE IS LOCATED

HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM

ELECTRICITY AND RUNNING WATER.

OPERATION BLESSING TEAM SET UP A

FREE MEDICAL CLINIC.

FAMILIES RECEIVED FILTERS TO

PURIFY WATER AND FARMERS GIVEN

NEW TOOLS TO HELP THEM FARM

HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM

ELECTRICITY AND WATER.

I CAN'T IMAGINE.

OPERATION BLESSING DOING

GREAT WORK AROUND THE WORLD.

FOLKS THAT IS IT FOR THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF "CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS." THAT'S RIGHT.

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