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Christian World News: September 13, 2013

This week on Christian World News: Caught in the middle, one of the world's oldest Christian communities comes under attack. How Syria's civil war is threatening the church. Plus, the dangers of doing good. The moment that this Christian leader ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, CAUGHT IN THE

MIDDLE.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES COMES

UNDER ATTACK.

HOW SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR IS

THREATENING THE CHURCH.

PLUS, THE DANGERS OF DOING

GOOD.

THE MOMENT THAT THIS

CHRISTIAN LEADER LEARNED HE

WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING

FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

AND MEET THE GOUDA NUNS.

13 SISTERS WHO MAKE 20,000

POUNDS OF CHEESE.

FIND OUT WHAT SECRET

INGREDIENT MAKES THEIR

PRODUCT A BEST-SELLER.

Wendy: AND WELCOME,

EVERYONE, TO THIS EDITION OF

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

IN SOUTHERN EGYPT, MUSLIMS

KILLED TWO CHRISTIAN MEN FOR

FAILING TO PAY THEM

PROTECTION MONEY.

MUSLIMS IN THE AREA ARE

DEMANDING CHRISTIANS PAY

THEM JIJA, A KIND OF TAX

THAT ISLAMIC LAW REQUIRES

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES TO PAY

MUSLIMS.

BUT THE TAX IS SO HIGH MANY

CHRISTIANS SIMPLY CAN'T AF

FOAFFORD IT.

THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS

REPORTS THAT A MUSLIM MAN

DEMANDED A CHRISTIAN IN A

VILLAGE TO PAY HIM NEARLY

$1500.

THE CHRISTIAN SOUGHT HELP

FROM LOCAL POLICE, BUT TO NO

AVAIL.

WHEN HE FAILED TO COME UP

WITH THE MONEY, SEVERAL

MUSLIMS WENT TO HIS HOME AND

SHOT HIM AND HIS COUSIN TO

DEATH.

THE MURDERS ARE JUST ONE

EXAMPLE OF HOW CHRISTIANS IN

SOUTHERN EGYPT ARE FACING

GREAT DANGER FROM THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD AND SUPPORTERS

OF FORMER PRESIDENT MOHAMMED

MORSI.

GARY LANE HAS MORE.

Reporter: EGYPTIAN

CHRISTIANS IN THE GIL OF

MINIA ARE AFRAID FOR THEIR

FUTURE.

CHRISTIAN ACTIVISTS ADEL

SHOWS WHAT IS LEFT OF THE

VIRGIN MARY MONASTERY IN THE

TOWN OF DELGA.

THESE ARE THE CHARRED SACRED

BONES OF MONKS.

THIS ANCIENT DOOR WAS

VANDALIZED.

NEARBY CHURCHES WERE ALSO

BURNED.

WE STILL DON'T HAVE A

CHURCH TO PRAY AT.

WE ARE STILL TRYING TO CLEAN

THEM UP.

WE HAVE FOUR CHURCHES IN THE

AREA, AND WE CANNOT PRAY IN

ANY OF THEM.

Reporter: THIS ANGLICAN

CHURCH IN THE MINIA VILLAGE

OF MIL MA LAW MALAWI WAS

ONE OF THE CHURCHES

ATTACKED.

HE SAYS THE ISLAMIC

MILITANTS OVERPOWERED HIM.

THE CHURCH WAS SURROUNDED

ON ALL SIDES.

THERE COULDN'T BE LESS THAN

A THOUSAND, TOTALLY

SURROUNDING THE CHURCH,

CARRYING WEAPONS.

RIOT

Reporter: THIS

CHRISTIAN DESCRIBES WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN ISLAMISTS

ATTACKED HER HOME.

SHE SAYS THEY THROUGH PETROL

BOMB AT IS, WHICH BURNED OUR

BALCONY.

WE BECAME FRIGHTENED AND RAN

AWAY.

WHILE THE TOWN OF DELGA IS

HOME TO MORE THAN 20,000

CHRISTIANS, IT HAS REMAINED

OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT CONTROL

SINCE ISLAMISTS THREW POLICE

OUT JULY THE 3rd.

THAT'S THE DAY MOHAMMED

MORSI WAS REMOVED FROM THE

PRESIDENCY.

EGYPT'S INTERIM GOVERNMENT

HAS NAMED A NEW POLICE

CHIEF, AND HAS PLEDGED TO

SEND REENFORCEMENTS TO

PROTECT THE CHRISTIANS.

STILL, MANY CHRISTIANS IN

DELGA AND ELSEWHERE IN

SOUTHERN EGYPT ARE LIVING IN

FEAR, BELIEVING A NEW WAVE

OF ATTACKS AGAINST THEM

COULD HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, GARY.

IN SYRIA, GOVERNMENT AND

REBEL TROOPS ARE FIGHTING

OVER AN HISTORIC CHRISTIAN

VILLAGE NEAR DAMASCUS.

MAALOULA IS HOME TO TWO OF

THE OLDEST SURVIVING MON

TARIESURVIVING MONASTERIES

IN THE WORLD, AND ONE OF THE

FEW PLACES WHERE THEY STILL

SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF

JESUS.

THEY ATTACKED HOMES, FORCING

HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS TO

FLEE.

MEANWHILE, CHRISTIANS IN

DAMASCUS MOURN THE DEATHS OF

THREE MEN WHO DIED TRYING TO

ESCAPE THE TOWN.

DR. EDALITA IS EDITOR OF A

WEBSITE, AND HE SPOKE TO

GARY LANE ABOUT THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TOWN OF

MAALOULA AND WHAT CHRISTIANS

FEAR FOR THEIR FUTURE.

Reporter: TELL US A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS

HISTORIC VILLAGE AND THE

SIGNIFICANCE OF IT?

IT IS A SIGNIFICANT

VILLAGE.

IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE

OF THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN

VILLAGES IN THE WORLD AND

THE OLDEST ONE IN SYRIA.

IT IS HOME TO TWO VERY

IMPORTANT MONASTERIES, CALL

TAKWA AND SAKIST.

AND THE COMMUNITY SPEAKS

ARAMAIC.

Reporter: DO YOU THINK

BOTH SIDES OF THE CIVIL WAR

COULD BE USING THIS TOWN TO

MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION?

I THINK SO.

AND I THINK THE OVERALL

SITUATION HERE IS ONE OF

GREAT TRAGEDY.

IT IS TRAGEDY FOR SYRIA, AND

IT IS A TRAGEDY FOR THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY OF

SYRIA.

THE NON-ISLAMIST REBELS HAVE

TRIED TO SHOW THEY ARE

TRYING TO RESPECT THE KEY

SITES AND HERITAGE SIGHTS

AND THE MONASTERIES OF MAAL

MAALOULA, AND THE BOTTOM

LINE IS THEY ARE PAYING A

PRICE FOR THE WAR IN SYRIA.

Reporter: WE'VE HEARD

SOME REPORTS THAT THE

FIGHTERS HAVE OCCUPIED A

CHURCH, THEY'VE DESTROYED

PART OF IT, AND EVEN KILLED

CHRISTIANS.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT

THAT?

I HAVEN'T HEARD YET ANY

CONFIRMATION OF CASUALTIES

OR DESTRUCTION, BUT I HAVE

SEEN THE REPORTS, AND THERE

IS VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THEM

ENTERING THE TARKIS

MONASTERY, AND THEY HAVE

GOTTEN SOME OF THE NUNS WHO

WERE THERE TO SAY THEY ARE

BEING TREATED WELL.

AGAIN, AS YOU MENTIONED AT

THE BEGINNING, THIS IS A

PUBLIC RELATIONS ISSUE FOR

THE REBELS BECAUSE THEY KNOW

THIS LOOKS VERY BAD TO THE

WEST, AS THE CONGRESS

DEBATES AUTHORIZATION FOR

THE USE OF FORCE IN SYRIA

AGAINST THE REGIME, MANY

ANALYSTS TEND TO BELIEVE AS

YOU WEAKEN THE REGIME, YOU

ALSO STRENGTHEN RA RADICAL

ISLAMISTS WHO ARE FIGHTING

THE REGIME, WHO WILL HAVE

THEIR SAY AND ARE HAVING

THEIR SAY IN THE SO-CALLED

LIBERATED AREAS OF SYRIA, IN

THE NORTH AND ELSEWHERE,

THEY'RE IMPOSING ISLAMIC

RULE.

MANY FEAR WHAT WILL HAPPEN

IN SYRIA WILL BE A REPLAY OF

WHAT HAPPENED IN IRAQ.

I'M SURE, GARY, YOU'RE

VIEWERS KNOW WELL THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY OF IRAQ,

LIKE THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

IN SYRIA HAS PLAYED SUCH AN

IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE

HERITAGE AND CULTURE AND THE

PERCEPTIONS OF TOLERANCE IN

THOSE COUNTRIES, AND THEY

HAD TO FLEE BECAUSE THEY

WERE TARGETED BY RADICAL

ISLAMISTS AFTER SADDAM

HUSSEIN WAS DEPOSED.

WE NEED TO THINK OF A WAY TO

BRING THIS WAR TO A CLOSE.

OVER 100,000 SYRIANS HAVE

DIED IN THIS WAR.

OVER TWO MILLION ARE

REFUGEES.

EVERY DAY THAT IT GOES ON,

MORE PEOPLE SUFFER, AND THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IS

SUFFERING ALONG WITH THE

REST OF SYRIA.

Reporter: OKAY,

DR. PARASELITA, THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU, GARY, FOR

HAVING ME.

Wendy: THE CRISIS IN

SYRIA HAS SOME PEOPLE

LOOKING AT PROPHECIES OF THE

END TIMES.

SOME CHRISTIANS POINT TO

PREDICTIONS IN THE BIBLE

ABOUT DAMASCUS, SUCH AS

ISAIAH 17.

VERSE ONE SAYS, "A PROPHECY

AGAINST DAMASCUS.

DAMASCUS WILL NO LONGER BE A

CITY, BUT WILL BECOME A HEAP

OF RUINS."

SOME CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES

HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN

SALES OF BOOKS RELATED TO

PROPHECY AND THE END TIMES.

RECENTLY I SPOKE TO

DR. CORNELIUS BECKER, AN

ORDAINED MINISTER AND A

PROFESSOR AT THE COLLEGE OF

ARTS AND SCIENCES.

AND I ASKED HIM ABOUT THESE

PROPHECIES AND HOW

CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE PRAYING

FOR SYRIA.

THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS

THAT ARE HAPPENING IN SYRIA

THAT MATCH SOME OF THESE

PROPHECIES.

WE CANNOT SAY IT IS THE

ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT.

I THINK AT THIS POINT IN

TIME WE CAN ASK OR PRAY THAT

SYRIA AND EGYPT AND DAMASCUS

WOULD REMEMBER THEIR CREATOR

AND TURN BACK TO CHRIST.

DAMASCUS AT ONE POINT WAS A

SANCTUARY FOR THE CHURCH.

AND MAYBE THAT'S THE WAY WE

CAN PRAY, MAY THEY RETURN

BACK TO THEIR ANCIENT ROOTS

OF CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Wendy: AND YOU CAN SEE

MY FULL INTERVIEW WITH

DR. BECKER AT OUR WEBSITE,

CBN.COM.

IN THE SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES,

A TENSE STAN STANDOFF

BETWEEN GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN

ISLAMIST REBELS.

THEY ARE HOLD BE ABOUT 300

VILLAGERS HOSTAGE IN THE

TOWN OF ZAMONGAA.

Reporter: THE SITUATION

REMAINS VERY TENSE AS

SPORADIC EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE

BETWEEN GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS

AND A GROUP FROM THE

LIBERATION FRONT CONTINUES.

I RECEIVED MESSAGES FROM A

CHURCH MATE WHO RUNS AN

ORPHANAGE THERE.

AND SHE SAYS PLEASE PRAY,

WHILE BUYING FOOD, WE HAD TO

HIDE IN A FLOWER SHOP WHEN

GUNFIRE BROKE OUT.

AND ANOTHER SAYS, A COUPLE

HAD BEEN SHOT WHILE

DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO PEOPLE

WHO ARE TRAPPED IN THEIR

HOMES.

THIS CITY HAS NOW BECOME A

GHOST TOWN, WITH ONLY

SECURITY FORCES AND TANKS

LINING UP THE STREETS.

THE M.N.L. F. MEN ARE USING

120 PEOPLE AS HUMAN SHIELDS,

AND AMONG THOSE TRAPPED ARE

TWO PRIESTS AND A PASTOR.

THE FIGHTING HAS SPILLED

OVER TO THE NEARBY ISLAND OF

MINDANAO.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE

VICTIMS OF THIS CRISIS ARE

MOSTLY THE MUSLIMS.

MEANWHILE, A CBN DISASTER

RELIEF TEAM DROVE 22 HOURS

TO THIS CITY TO HELP FEED

MORE THAN 15,000 EVACUEES

THERE.

LUCILLE TELLUSIN, CBN NEWS,

MANILA.

Wendy: COMING UP, HE

WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING,

BUT FOR ALL OF THE WRONG

REASONS.

LEARN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF

SPIRITUAL BURNOUT, NEXT.

CRIERCCHARGERS

Wendy: AND WELCOME BACK

TO CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

STUDIES ESTIMATE THERE ARE

MORE THAN FIVE MILLION

CHRISTIANS WORKING AT

FULL-TIME MINISTRY.

MORE THAN A MILLION OF THEM

ARE TAKING THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE TO NON-CHRISTIAN

PARTS OF THE WORLD.

SOME OF THEM ARE RISKING

THEIR LIVES TO PREACH THAT

MESSAGE.

BUT A LEADING MISSIONARY

SAYS THERE IS ANOTHER DANGER

TO DOING GOOD, AND HE IS

SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT

WHAT HE CALLS SPIRITUAL

BURNOUT.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM REPORTS FROM

RWANDA.

I WANT TO WAKE MYSELF UP

TO IT IS NOT JUST WHAT WE DO

BUT WHY WE DO IT.

Reporter: PETER GREER

HAS SPENT HIS PROFESSIONAL

LIFE DOING GOOD WORK IN THE

MISSION FIELD.

THE PRESIDENT OF "HOPE

INTERNATIONAL" LEADS A

GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST

POVERTY.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH HIM IN

RWANDA.

I'M PART OF A GENERATION

THAT HAS GROWN UP BELIEVING

THERE ARE HUGE NEEDS IN THE

WORLD, AND THE CHURCH NEEDS

TO RESPOND.

WE HAVE THROWN OURSELVES

INTO THE CAUSE OF SOCIAL

JUSTICE AND INTO MISSIONS,

AND WE HAVE BEEN BURNED OUT

AS A RESULT.

AND A LOT OF THIS BURNOUT

COMES BECAUSE WE HAVE

FORGOTTEN WHY WE SERVE.

Reporter: CHARITY AND

SERVICE HAS A DARK SIDE.

THIS IS WHAT PETER ADDRESSES

IN HIS BOOK, "THE SPIRITUAL

DANGER OF DOING GOOD."

HOW DO WE GIVE OUR FAMILY

OUR LEFTOVERS BECAUSE WE ARE

TOO BUSY DOING GOOD WORK.

HOW IS IT WE FORGET WHO

WE'RE BECOMING IN CHRIST

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE TIME?

WE'RE DOING SUCH GOOD

THINGS, WE DON'T HAVE TIME

TO GROW IN A REAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.

Reporter: GREER POINTS

OUT THOSE WHO WORK IN THE

MISSION FIELD ARE USUALLY

AWARE OF THEIR SACRIFICES OF

TIME, MONEY, AND EVEN

SAFETY.

BUT THEY DON'T EXPECT TO

FEEL THEIR MOTIVATION START

TO SLIP.

IT HAPPENED TO HIM MORE THAN

12 YEARS AGO.

WHILE GIVING BLANKETS TO

POOR REFUGEES LEFT

DEVASTATED AFTER A VOLCANO

ERUPTION.

I REMEMBER AT THAT

MOMENT, AS I WAS GIVING AWAY

BLANKETS, THAT ONE OF MY

FRIENDS WAS NOT FAR AWAY

SNAPPING PICTURES.

AND I WAS NOT THINKING ABOUT

THE INDIVIDUAL IN FRONT OF

ME.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE

PICTURES THAT WERE BEING

TAKEN AND ABOUT THE REACTION

THAT MY FRIENDS BACK HOME

WERE GOING TO HAVE WHEN THEY

SAW THESE PICTURES OF A

MASCULINE MOTHER TERESA

GIVING AWAY AND SERVING THE

POOR.

I WAS SO HIT BY MY OWN

HYPOCRISY.

THAT I WAS NOT LOVING THE

INDIVIDUAL IN FRONT OF ME.

I WAS PLAY ACTING FOR

SOMEONE VERY FAR AWAY.

Reporter: AND GREER

WARNS, SPIRITUAL DANGERS

LIKE THAT DON'T ONLY HAPPEN

ON THE MISSION FIELD.

THEY CAN HIT RIGHT HERE AT

HOME.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF

YOU'RE GIVING IN YOUR LOCAL

CHURCH OR YOU'RE GIVING

INTERNATIONALLY.

THE PRINCIPLES AND THE

UNDERLYING ISSUES ARE

EXACTLY THE SAME.

WE GIVE, WE GIVE, WE GIVE,

AND WE BURN OUT.

AND THE QUESTION IS: WHY IS

THAT?

I THINK PART OF IT IS

BECAUSE WE BUY INTO A LIE

THAT GIVING TO GOD MEANS

THAT WE GO WITHOUT

EVERESTING.

IT MEANS WE GO WITHOUT EVER

BEING REFRESHED OURSELVES,

AND I DON'T THINK THAT

HONORS GOD.

Reporter: EF GRAM, CBN

NEWS, KAGALI, RWANDA.

Wendy: UP NEXT, 20,000

POUNDS OF CHEESE MADE BY 13

NUNS.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW THEY DO

IT WHEN WE COME BACK.

Wendy: IT'S A BUSINESS

MODEL YOU WON'T SEE ANYWHERE

ELSE.

13 NUNS WHO MAKE CHEESE AND

THEY SELL OUT EVERY YEAR.

SO WHAT'S THEIR SECRET

INGREDIENT?

HEATHER CELLS TRAVELLED TO

THEIR MONASTERY IN VIRGINIA

TO FIND OUT.

Reporter: THIS IS THE

HEART OF THIS GLOWSTER

AREA.

THIS IS THE CHEESE BARN

WHERE THE 13 SISTERS AT "OUR

LADY OF THE ANGELS" MAKE

20,000 POUNDS OF GOUDA EVERY

YEAR.

MOST OF THEIR QUARTER

MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS IS

MAIL ORDER.

ALTHOUGH SOME DRIVE OUT

MONTHLY FOR THE CHEESE THEIR

COSTUMERS CRAVE.

THE FLAVOR IS GREAT.

IT IS ON THE MILD END IN

TERMS OF INTENSITY, BUT IT

IS DELICIOUS.

YOU CAN USE IT FOR COOKING

OR YOU CAN NASH IT WITH

SALAMI AND OLIVES AND

BREAD.

Reporter: WHEN THEY

STARTED, THE NUNS KNEW

NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO MAKE

CHEESE.

TODAY THEY CAN LITERALLY NOT

KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND FROM

FOOD CONNOISSEURS AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

IT SORT OF SELLS ITSELF.

PEOPLE GET IT AS A GIFT AND

THEY CALL AND SAY, CAN I

ORDER SOME OF THIS CHEESE?

Reporter: SISTER

BARBARA IS PART OF THE FIRST

SIX, WHO WAS SENT TO START

ANEW ON THIS GORGEOUS PIECE

OF LAND IN VIRGINIA.

THE GOAL: FOLLOW THE

CENTURY'S OLD RULES OF

ST. BENEDICT BY BUILDING A

LIFE BASED ON PRAYER, AND

ENGAGE IN MANUAL LABOR TO

SUPPORT THEMSELVES.

HAPPILY FOR THE SISTERS, THE

PROPERTY THEY BOUGHT ALREADY

FEATURED A CHEESE-MAKING

FACILITY.

WE WERE SO NAIVE.

WITH THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SO

SIMPLE.

THERE WAS SOME EQUIPMENT

THERE.

Reporter: BUT THE

SISTERS PERSEVERED, AND THEY

GOT IT RIGHT, REALLY RIGHT.

THEY ALLOW 32 DAYS A YEAR TO

MAKE THE GOUDA, AND EVERYONE

PITCHES IN.

SISTER MARIA IS THE

DESIGNATED CHEESE COOK.

THE 35-YEAR-OLD FROM SPAIN

MUST MANIPULATE SOME 6,000

POUNDS OF PASTURIZED MILK,

AND REN IT INTO SEVERAL

HUNDRED WHEELS OF CHEESE.

IT LOOKS EASY, BUT LIKE ANY

GOOD RECIPE, IT IS ALL ABOUT

PRECISION, GETTING THE RIGHT

TEMPERATURE, CUTTING THE

CURDS AT JUST THE RIGHT

MOMENT, AND FINALLY PRESSING

THE CHEESE.

OVER THE YEARS, THE SISTERS

HAVE NOT ONLY PERFECTED

THEIR TECHNIQUE, THEY HAVE

NEVER BUNGLED A BATCH.

THAT IS ALMOST UNHEARD OF.

SISTER LINDA IS SIDELINED

FROM THE CHEESE-MAKING WITH

AN INJURY, BUT SAYS HER

FELLOW SISTERS' ATTENTION TO

DETAIL IS KEY.

A BIG PART OF IT HAS BEEN

THEIR OPENNESS TO LEARNING.

AND THEIR ABSOLUTE

DEDICATION TO DOING IT

BETTER.

Reporter: THE SISTERS

SAY PRAYER IS ALSO A BIG

PART OF THEIR WORK.

FROM MAKING THE CHEESE TO

SHIPPING IT OUT.

WHILE I'M DOING IT, I'M

REALLY PRAYING FOR THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO EAT

THAT CHEESE.

I MEAN, I KNOW EVERY FAMILY,

EVERY PERSON HAS PROBLEMS.

FOR EVERY FIVE CHEESE

ORDERS THAT COME IN THE

MAIL, AT LEAST ONE, MAYBE

OUT OF EVERY FOUR, ONE WILL

HAVE A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS.

Reporter: PRAYER IS

ALSO THE REASON THE NUNS SAY

THEY WON'T GROW THEIR

BUSINESS.

PEOPLE WILL COME IN AND

SAY, YOU SOLD OUT LAST YEAR,

SO YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE MORE

NEXT YEAR, AREN'T YOU?

THE PRIORITY IS NOT THE

CHEESE.

THAT IS NOT WHY WE'RE HERE.

Reporter: WHAT IS

HAPPENING HERE, A SEEKING

AFTER THE LORD THAT IS

VISIBLY DISCERNABLE.

IT IS NUN TO SE FUN TO

SEE THE NUNS AND THEY'RE SO

KIND AND SLOW AND MELLOW,

AND IT SORT OF SLOWS YOU

DOWN A LITTLE BIT.

PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE

DOOR ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW A

LITTLE ABOUT OUR WAY OF

LIFE.

AND SO WE TELL THEM, AND

THEN WE ASK THEM IF THEY

WOULD LIKE TO STOP IN THE

CHAPEL FOR A MOMENT.

Reporter: WHEN THEY'RE

NOT IN THE CHAPEL OR MAKING

THE CHEESE, THE NUNS ADMIT

TO EATING IT, OFTEN.

AND THERE IS A PREFERRED

METHOD.

MY FAVORITE WAY TO HAVE

IT IS ON A PIECE OF TOAST

FOR BREAKFAST.

IF YOU TOAST THE BREAD, AND

THEN PUT A COUPLE OF THIN

SLICES OF CHEESE AND PUT IT

IN THE MICROWAVE FOR 25

SECONDS.

Reporter: SO WHAT IS

NEXT FOR THE SISTERS?

NO CHEDDAR OR HAVARTI, THEY

SAY.

IT IS STRICTLY GOUDA.

AS FOR THEIR NUMBERS, IT IS

CLEAR A NEW GENERATION IS

NEEDED SOME TIME SOON.

BUT THESE WOMEN BELIEVE IF

THEY REMAIN TRUE TO THEIR

CALLING, GOD WILL REPLENISH

THEIR RANKS IN HIS TIME.

WE ARE HERE TOGETHER

BECAUSE GOD CALLED US HERE,

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

WE ALL FOLLOWED WHAT WE

PERCEIVED TO BE GOD'S CALL

TO US INDIVIDUALLY.

WE NEVER KNEW EACH OTHER

BEFORE.

SO IT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE,

BUT PART OF A LARGER PLAN

THAT REMAINS A MYSTERY.

Reporter: IT IS A

BEAUTIFUL, HOLY MYSTERY THAT

IS UNFOLDING HERE AS THE

SISTERS SEEK OUT GOD AND

FIND WAYS TO MINISTER

THROUGH SIMPLE TWO-POUND

WHEELS OF CHEESE.

REPORTING IN CROZE,

VIRGINIA, HEATHER CELLS, CBN

NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS,

HEATHER.

JUST FOR THE RECORD, I DID

TRY THAT CHEESE, AND IT IS

JUST AS DELICIOUS AS IT

LOOKS.

THOSE NUNS ARE IN CROZE,

VIRGINIA.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, YOM KIPPUR IS THE

HOLIEST DAY OF THE JEWISH

YEAR.

THEY OBSERVE THIS DAY WITH

BOTH FASTING AND A SPECIAL

PRAYER.

CBN'S CHRIS MITCHELL

EXAMINES THE SIGNIFICANT OF

THIS PRAYER FOR BOTH JEWS

AND CHRISTIANS.

[CHANTING]

IT IS CALLED THE BADUE, A

PRAY FOR REPENTANCE AND A

PLEA FOR FORGIVENESS.

IT IS THE ESSENTIAL

PRAYER OF CONCESSION AND FOR

FORGIVENESS OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE ON YOM KIPPUR.

AND IT IS A PRAYER THAT THEY

PRAY, NOT ONLY ON BEHALF OF

THEMSELVES, BUT ON BEHALF OF

ALL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD.

Reporter: REVEREND

DAVID PELLEGI SERVES AS THE

DIRECTOR OF CHURCH IN THE

HEART OF JERUSALEM'S OLD

CITY.

SHHE STUDIED THE JEWISH

ROOTS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS.

HE SAYS JEREMIAH THE PROPHET

WROTE THAT THE HEART IS

DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS

AND DEEDS NEED TO FOLLOW

REPENTANCE.

ONE THING WE LEARN FROM

THE JEWISH PEOPLE, SOMETHING

QUITE IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY

ABOUT YOM KIPPUR.

THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY

YOU'RE SORRY.

YOU HAVE TO CONFESS, SAY

YOU'RE SORRY, AND THEN AT

THE SAME TIME TAKE PRACTICAL

STEPS TO CHANGE YOUR

BEHAVIOR.

Reporter: THE BADUI

CONTAINS SECTIONS TO BE SAID

CORPORATELY AND PRAYED BY

THE INDIVIDUAL.

THE GROUP REPEATS

CONFESSIONS LIKE, WE SIN

BEFORE YOU, WE BETRAYED

YOU.

WE SPOKE FALSELY.

NOW WE WANT TO REPENT AND

ASK YOUR FORGIVENESS.

THE INDIVIDUAL PRAYS IN

PART, O GOD AND FATHER,

MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, I

ACKNOWLEDGE MY SINS,

DESIRING TO LEARN WHAT IS

YOUR WILL CONCERNING ME AND

RESOLVING TO DEVOTE MYSELF

MORE FAITHFULLY TO YOUR HOLY

SERVICE."

PELLEGI SAYS CHRISTIANS CAN

FIND A PARALLEL BETWEEN YOM

KIPPUR AND THE TEACHINGS OF

JESUS.

WE HAVE A SAYING OF

JESUS, DON'T WE.

IF YOU BRING YOUR GIFT TO

THE ALTER AND YOUR BROTHER

HAS SOMETHING AGAINST YOU,

LEAVE YOUR GIFT AT THE ALTER

AND GO AND BE RECONCILED

WITH YOUR BROTHER.

JEWISH TRADITION SAYS GO GET

YOUR RELATIONSHIP RIGHT WITH

YOUR NEIGHBOR, WITH YOUR

BROTHER, WITH YOUR FAMILY

MEMBER.

FORGIVE AND BE RECONCILED,

AND THEN ON THE DAY OF

ATONEMENT, WHEN YOU BEGIN TO

FAST AND PRAY, AND TO

CONFESS, GOD WILL HEAR YOUR

PRAYER AND FORGIVE YOU AS

YOU HAVE FORGIVEN OTHERS.

IT IS A TEACHING OF JESUS,

AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS

PART AND PARCEL OF JEWISH

TRADITION, AND HERE THE TWO

LINE UP VERY NICELY.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Wendy: WELL, THAT'S

GOING TO DO IT FOR ALL OF US

HERE AT CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US THIS WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF

US HERE, GOOD-BYE AND GOD

BLESS YOU.

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-"NEWSWATCH" AND PROMOS,

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013.

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