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Christian World News: October 4, 2013

Today on Christian World News: We take you to Iraq, where Christian churches are under fire. In the 10 years since the U.S. invasion, hundreds of thousands of Christians have left the country. Many are finding refuge and a new life in ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, WE TAKE YOU TO

IRAQ TO VISIT A CHURCH UNDER

FIRE.

IN THE 10 YEARS SINCE THE

U.S. INVASION, HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS HAVE

LEFT THE COUNTRY.

MANY ARE FINDING REFUGE AND

A NEW LIFE IN NEIGHBORING

NATIONS, WHILE OTHERS HAVE

CHOSEN TO STAY AND FACE THE

DANGER FOR THE SAKE OF THE

GOSPEL.

*

AND WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL

EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

THIS WEEK WE HIGHLIGHT THE

CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ.

IT BEGAN AFTER THE FALL OF

SADDAM HUSSEIN, AND VARIOUS

GROUPS STRUGGLED FOR POWER.

IN THE CROSS HAIRS, THE

COUNTRY'S CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY, ONE OF THE OLDEST

IN THE WORLD, THE CHURCHES

HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED AND

THEIR NUMBERS HAVE

DWINDLED.

GREG MUSSELMAN BRINGS THE

FIRST OF TWO REPORTS.

WE BEGIN AT ST. GEORGE'S

CHURCH.

ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH IN

THE IRAQI CAPITAL HAVE HAD

MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE

KILLED FROM THEIR CHURCH IN

THE PAST 10 YEARS.

THE BRITISH-BORN MINISTER

DUBBED THE VICTOR OF

BAGHDAD, WHO WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH MULTI-SCLEROSIS 15

YEARS AGO, SAYS HE HAS NO

INTENTION OF LEAVING

BAGHDAD, DESPITE THE DANGERS

FACING CHRISTIANS.

THE ATTACKS AND THE

OPPOSITION ISN'T AVERT AND

ALWAYS OBVIOUS.

BUT IT IS ALWAYS THERE, JUST

UNDER THE SURFACE.

IT IS AT EVERY LEVEL IN

SOCIETY.

CHRISTIANS ARE CHRISTIANS.

THEY'RE A MINORITY.

THEY ARE TO BE SIDELINED,

AND THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE

CONSIDERED A GREAT RISK

BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FOLLOW

THE WAY OF THE MAJORITY OF

PEOPLE HERE.

WHO FOLLOW EITHER SHI'A OR

SUNNI ISLAM.

Reporter: I'M STANDING

FRONT OF THE TI TIGRES

RIVER.

AND CHRISTIANITY GOES ALL

THE WAY BACK TO THE 1st

CENTURY.

IN THE MID-1990s, THERE

WERE MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION

CHRISTIANS HERE.

BUT WITH WAR, A MILLION

CHRISTIANS OR MORE HAVE LEFT

THE COUNTRY SINCE THAT TIME,

DECIMATING THE CHURCH.

AND WHERE HAVE THEY

GONE?

THEY'VE GONE TO SWEDEN,

DETROIT, CHICAGO, AND

CANADA.

AND WE WANT THEM HERE.

Reporter: ANDREW WHITE

ENCOURAGES THE CHRISTIANS TO

STAY IN IRAQ.

AND I SAY TO THEM, I'M

NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU.

PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME.

Reporter: BUT IT IS

EASY TO UNDERSTAND WHY

CHRISTIANS STILL IN THE

COUNTRY WANT TO LEAVE.

REBECCA AND OLLIE HAD BEEN

MARRIED FOR OVER TWO

DECADES, AND WERE RAISING

THEIR THREE CHILDREN IN

MOZEL, A LARGE CITY IN THE

NORTHWEST, LOCATED ON THE

WEST BANK, OPPOSITE THE

ANCIENT SYRIAN CITY.

THEY JOINED AN EVANGELICAL

HOUSE CHURCH IN 2009.

IT WAS DURING THAT TIME HE

BECAME MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT

HIS FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

THERE WAS A BIG

DIFFERENCE.

IT WAS LIKE A BOMB.

HE BECAME LIKE A BOMB.

HE PRAYED EVERY DAY FOR

THREE HOURS, FROM MIDNIGHT

UNTIL 3:00MENT HE WOUL:00.

HE WOULD COME AND WAKE ME

AND SAY LET'S PRAY

TOGETHER.

HE ASKED THAT WE BE FILLED

WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

HE PRAYED FOR SICK PEOPLE.

Reporter: AS A RESULT,

OLLIE HAD AN INSATIABLE

DESIRE TO LEAVE MUSLIMS TO

JESUS, EVEN GOING TO THE

MOSQUES TO TELL THEM ABOUT

THE GOSPEL.

IN THIS PHOTO TAKEN IN 2011,

HE WAS PRAYING OVER MOZEL,

WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE OFTEN

SINGLED OUT FOR ATTACKS BY

MILITANT MUSLIMS.

HE LED SEVEN MUSLIMS TO

CHRIST, AND BROUGHT HIS

FIRST CONVERT FROM ISLAM

HOME WITH HIM TO WASH HIS

FEET.

OLLIE'S BOLDNESS ALSO DREW

THE ATTENTION OF ISLAMISTS

WHO WANTED TO SILENCE HIM.

SHE BELIEVES HER HUSBAND WAS

WARNED MANY TIMES TO STOP

TELLING MUSLIMS ABOUT

CHRIST.

OLLIE WAS KIDNAPPED ON MARCH

13th, 2012, AND WAS

TORTURED FOR THREE DAYS

BEFORE BEING SHOT NINE

TIMES.

REBECCA'S PASTOR WARNED HER

NOT TO OPEN THE CASKET TO

SEE HER HUSBAND'S

BULLET-RIDDEN BODY, BUT SHE

DID ANYWAY.

HE TOLD ME THEY SHOT HIM

FIVE TIMES IN THE HEAD.

I SAID, NO, I WANT TO SEE

HIM.

SO THEY OPENED THE CASKET.

WHEN I SAW HIM, I SAW A BIG

SMILE ON HIS FACE.

AFTER THAT, THEY CLOSED IT

AND WE GOT READY TO TAKE HIM

TO HIS VILLAGE.

WHEN THEY TOOK HIM TO THE

CHURCH, A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE

SAYING BAD THINGS ABOUT

THOSE WHO KILLED HIM.

BUT I DIDN'T ACCEPT THAT

INTO MY HEART.

I WAS PRAYING FOR THOSE

PEOPLE WHO KILLED HIM.

I AM PROUD OF HIM BECAUSE HE

DIED FOR JESUS.

George: EARLIER I SPOKE

WITH GREG MUSSELMAN ABOUT

HIS VISIT TO IRAQ.

GREG, YOU SPENT A LOT OF

TIME WITH CANNON ANDREW

WHITE, WHO IS THE VICOR OF

BAGHDAD.

WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST

ABOUT THIS GENTLEMAN?

THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS

ABOUT THIS MAN THAT IS

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

HE COULD LEAVE AND GO BACK

TO ENGLAND AND HAVE SAFETY

THERE.

HE SAYS, I CAN'T.

THESE ARE MY PEOPLE.

I MUST STAY HERE.

HE HAS A MEDICAL CLINIC

GOING THERE.

THEY'RE DOING DENTISTRY.

THEY'RE FEEDING THE POOR.

AND THEY'RE HAVING TIMES

WHEN MUSLIMS ARE COMING

THERE AND HEARING ABOUT

CHRIST.

HE JUST LOVES THE IRAQI

PEOPLE.

George: DOES HE HAVE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO SORT OF

PLAY THE PEACEMAKER ROLE

BETWEEN THE SHIIA AND THE

SUNNIS?

ABSOLUTELY.

WHEN WE WERE THERE, WE MET

WITH CANON ANDREW WHITE AND

ONE OF THE TOP SUNNI LEADERS

IN THE COUNTRY.

THE GUY IS WEARING SO MANY

HATS AND DOING SO MANY

THING, AND HE JUST CONTINUES

TO IMPRESS ME WITH HIS

PASSION AND DESIRE.

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF

SICKNESS.

AS YOU KNOW, HE HAS M.S., SO

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT AT

TIMES WITH HIS HEALTH.

BUT HE CONTINUES TO GO ON

AND DO THE WORK THE LORD HAS

CALLED HIM TO DO.

George: HOW DIFFERENT

ARE THESE SO-CALLED

UNDERGROUND CHURCHES FROM

THE REGULAR CHURCHES THAT

STILL MEET IN ACTUAL CHURCH

BUILDINGS?

THE UNDERGROUND CHURCHES

WOULD BE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE

MIGHT SEE IN CHINA.

THEY'RE IN HOMES.

PEOPLE ARE COMING TOGETHER.

AGAIN, THEY HAVE TO BE VERY

CAREFUL BECAUSE SOME OF THE

AREAS, MOZEL, BAGHDAD, OF

COURSE, AND EVEN INTO THE

NORTH, THEY HAVE TO BE VERY

CAREFUL THEY'RE NOT TARGETED

BECAUSE THEY'RE MEETING IN

SECRET, ESPECIALLY WHEN

YOU'RE REACHING MUSLIMS.

George: AND, GREG,

OBVIOUSLY THE CHRISTIANS IN

IRAQ ARE SEEING WHAT IS

TAKING PLACE AROUND THEIR

NEIGHBORHOOD.

DO THEY HAVE APPREHENSION?

DO THEY SAY, WE NEED TO GET

OUT OF HERE, PERHAPS TO THE

UNITED STATES, OR SOMEWHERE

ELSE OUT OF THIS BAD

NEIGHBORHOOD?

DEFINITELY.

THERE ARE THOSE WE SPOKE TO

THAT SAID, CAN WE COME WITH

YOU BACK TO CANADA.

THERE IS SUCH DANGER THERE.

I CAN IMAGINE IF YOU'VE GOT

A WIFE AND CHILDREN, THAT

YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF

THERE.

YOU WANT TO HAVE SAFETY.

THEY ARE VERY AWARE OF

CERTAINLY WHAT IS GOING ON

IN THEIR COUNTRY, AND ALSO

IN THE SURROUNDING COUNTRIES

AS WELL, AND ALL OF THE

TURMOIL.

LIKE ANY OF US, WE JUST WANT

TO LIVE IN PEACE, AND THAT'S

WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO,

MANY OF THEM, UNLESS THEY

FEEL THAT GOD HAS

SPECIFICALLY CALLED THEM.

AND FOR THE MATURE BELIEVES

WHO BELIEVE THEY'RE SUPPOSED

TO BE THERE TO ADVANCE THE

GOSPELS.

IN MY TRAVELS AROUND THE

WORLD, AND I'VE INTERVIEWED

PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, AND

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU

UNDERSTAND IS THEY REALLY

HAVE AN INTERNAL

PERSPECTIVE.

THEY REALIZE THIS ISN'T HOW

IT ENDS.

THERE IS HOPE AT THE END.

AND THE FACT THAT THEY KNOW

WHEN THEY DIE THEY WILL BE

WITH THE LORD JESUS

FOREVER.

THAT'S WHAT GIVES THEM HOPE

TO CONTINUE ON.

George: GRE GREG

MUSSELMAN, THANK YOU FOR

YOUR INSIGHTS AND FOR GOING

TO IRAN.

UP NEXT, SHE LOST HER

HUSBAND AND FEARED FOR HER

SONS.

SO THIS IRAQI CHRISTIAN FLED

TO LEBANON.

TODAY SHE IS BUILDING A NEW

LIFE WITH THE HELP OF A

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY.

MOSUL

George: BEFORE 2003,

THERE WERE ABOUT 1.5 MILLION

CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ.

TODAY THERE ARE LESS THAN

HALF A MILLION.

VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION

HAVE DRIVEN MOST TO SEEK

REFUGE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE

MIDDLE EAST.

GARY LANE FOUND ONE FAMILY

MAKING A NEW LIFE WITH THE

HELP OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

IN BEIRUT, LEBANON.

Reporter: CHRISTIANS

ARE STILL LEAVING IRAN AS

VIOLENCE THERE GROWS IN THE

ABSENCE OF THE PRESENT OF

AMERICAN TROOPS.

RAYMOND IBRAHIM IS A CBN

CONTRIBUTOR.

THEY'RE ALWAYS IN THE

MIDDLE AND THE FIRST TO GET

TARGETED BECAUSE THEY'RE

WEAK AND OUTNUMBERED.

THEY GET ATTACKED.

IT IS SAD WHEN YOU THINK

BECAUSE THE CHRISTIANS ARE

AN INDIGENOUS POPULATION.

Reporter: SOME HAVE

FOUND SAFETY IN BEIRUT.

CBN'S HUMANITARIAN PARTNER

ORGANIZATION "HEART FOR

LEBANON" IS HELPING THIS

WOMAN AND OTHER REFUGEES.

SHE CAME AFTER HER HUSBAND

WAS KIDNAPPED IN MOSUL.

I RECEIVED A CALL FROM MY

HUSBAND'S PHONE, ONLY IT

WASN'T MY HUSBAND ON THE

OTHER END.

A MAN TOLD ME WE ARE THE

ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAN.

YOUR HUSBAND IS WITH US.

YOU MUST PREPARE $250,000 IF

YOU EXPECT US TO RETURN

HIM.

Reporter: SHE SAYS THE

KIDNAPPERS WOULD NOT ALLOW

HER TO TALK TO FARID.

INSTEAD, THEY PUT ANOTHER

KIDNAPPED VICTIM ON THE

PHONE.

IT WAS THE VOICE OF OUR

FRIEND, YVONNE, WHO HAD BEEN

KIDNAPPED ALONG WITH FARID.

SHE SAID MY HUSBAND COULD

NOT SPEAK BECAUSE HIS VOICE

WAS HOARSE FROM ALL OF THE

SCREAMING HE DID DURING THE

BEATINGS AND TORTURE HE

RECEIVED.

WHEN I TOLD THE KIDNAPPERS I

DID NOT HAVE $250,000 TO

GIVE THEM, THEY SAID IT WAS

MY PROBLEM.

THEY TOLD ME TO GO GET IT

FROM THE CHURCH.

Reporter: THEIR CHURCH

COULD NOT AFFORD THE

RANSOM.

AS THE DAYS PAST, SHE HEARD

NOTHING FROM THE

KIDNAPPERS.

NOW MORE THAN A YEAR AND A

HALF LATER, SHE ASSUME FARID

IS DEAD.

SHE AND HER CHILDREN FLED TO

LEBANON.

SHE MOVED INTO THIS SMALL

TWO-ROOM APARTMENT IN

BEIRUT.

ONE OF HER SONS FOUND A JOB

AT A LOCAL SUPERMARKET.

HIS ENTIRE SALARY IS NEEDED

JUST TO PAY THE RENT.

"HEART FOR LEBANON" HELPS

WITH SOME FOOD AND

GROCERIES.

THEY ARE SUCH KIND

PEOPLE.

THEY GIVE AID TO IRAQIS AND

THEY HAVE TAKEN CARE OF MY

HEALTH.

Reporter: CBN AND

"HEART FOR LEBANON" PROVIDED

MEDICAL CARE AND MUCH-NEEDED

CORRECTIVE SURGERY ON

FARELLE'S LEFT EYE.

I AM RELIEVED.

I THANK THE LORD IT WAS

SUCCESSFUL.

Reporter: SHE REGULARLY

ATTENDS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

WITH OTHER IRAQI WOMEN AT

THIS "HEART FOR LEBANON"

CENTER.

SHE HAS OVERCOME THE

CHALLENGES OF LIVING AS A

STRANGER IN AN UNFAMILIAR

LAND.

EVERYBODY WILL FACE

DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE, BUT

JESUS TOOK CARE OF ME AND

HAS HELPED ME OVERCOME MY

HARDSHIP.

I PRAY TO GOD AND THANK

JESUS IN ALL THINGS.

Reporter: A TRAGIC PAST

NOW TRANSFORMED INTO A

BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR FARELLE

AND OTHER IRAQI CHRISTIANS

IN LEBANON.

George: AND GARY IS

BACK FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

AND HE JOINS US NOW.

WERE YOU SURPRISED TO FOUND

IRAQIS IN LEBANON?

NO, NOT TO FIND THEM IN

BEIRUT OR PARTS OF LEBANON

BECAUSE I HAD MET THEM

BEFORE A COUPLE YEARS

EARLIER.

I THINK WHAT SURPRISED ME IS

THEY'RE STILL COMING.

I THOUGHT THEY WERE DONE AND

SETTLED IN NOW, BUT THERE

ARE NEWCOMERS ARRIVING.

George: THIS IS A

TEMPORARY HOME FOR THEM.

DO THEY HAVE ANY DESIRE TO

GO BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND?

YOU HAVE MET SOME.

SURE, THEY WANT TO GO BACK.

MANY HAVE GONE TO CANADA AND

THE U.S.

BUT THOSE SETTLED IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, THEY'RE SETTLED

IN, BUT THEY STILL HAVE THIS

LONGING AND DESIRE TO RETURN

TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY.

MANY OF THESE CHRISTIANS

HAVE BEEN IN IRAQ FOR

CENTURIES, GENERATION AFTER

GENERATION.

IT IS THEIR HOME.

WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO RETURN

TO YOUR HOME.

George: AND, OBVIOUSLY,

THEY SEE THE CHANGING

LANDSCAPE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND THEY'RE

FRIGHTFUL.

THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT

WHETHER THEM AS CHRISTIANS

WILL SURVIVE IN THE REGION.

AND LEBANON ISN'T THE

SAFEST PLACE NOW EITHER.

WE'VE SEEN MORE BOMBINGS

THROUGHOUT BEIRUT AND THAT

AREA.

BUT, YES, IT ISN'T JUST

IRAQ.

WE'RE SEEING IT IN SYRIA AND

IN EGYPT.

I THINK THE DIFFERENCE HERE,

IN SYRIA, SURE, THERE HAVE

BEEN MANY CHRISTIANS

KILLED.

AND I WOULD SAY PROBABLY

IRAQ IS SIMILAR TO SYRIA IN

THAT.

IN EGYPT, RIGHT NOW AT THIS

POINT, IT IS MOSTLY CHURCHES

AND SO FORTH.

BUT SYRIA AND IRAQ, WE'RE

SEEING CHRISTIANS KIDNAPPED,

EXTORTION, TERRORISTS TRYING

TO GET MONEY FROM THEIR

FAMILIES.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

FARELLE.

George: AND TO THIS

VERY POINT, GARY, YOU SEE

THIS SITUATION IN EGYPT, AND

YOU SEE IT UNFOLDING IN

EGYPT, AS WELL AS IN SYRIA.

ARE WE LIVING IN A

POST-CHRISTIAN MIDDLE EAST?

I HOPE NOT, DON'T YOU BUT

IT DIDN'T LOOK GOOD AT THIS

POINT.

MUSLIMS ARE TRYING TO --

RADICAL MUSLIMS ARE TRYING

TO DRIVE CHRISTIANS OUT OF

SYRIA, OUT OF IRAQ, AND NOW

OUT OF EGYPT.

EGYPT, IT IS GOING TO BE

HARDER BECAUSE YOU HAVE A

POPULATION THERE.

MANY MORE CHRISTIANS THERE,

10 MILLION, POSSIBLE

POSSIBLY, OR EVEN MORE.

George: THE VICOR OF

BAGHDAD WAS SAYING, I'M

HERE, COME BACK.

ISN'T THAT ENCOURAGING?

George: YES, BUT WHAT

IS THE IMPACT WITH ALL OF

THESE CHRISTIANS EXITING THE

COUNTRY.

HE IS SETTING THE

EXAMPLE.

HE WANTS THEM TO BE SALT IN

LIGHT.

IF ALL OF THE CHRISTIANS

LEAVE, WHO IS GOING TO BE

SALT IN LIGHT.

WHO IS LEFT TO LEAD THE

MUSLIMS TO CHRIST.

IF THEY'RE ALL GONE, NO ONE

IS LEFT TO DO THAT.

George: THAT IS CLEARLY

WHAT THE MUSLIMS, AT LEAST

THE RADICAL MUSLIMS, WANT TO

ACHIEVE BY KICKING THE

CHRISTIANS OUT OF THE

REGION.

CERTAINLY.

BUT HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS.

IN PLACES LIKE EGYPT, I JUST

HEARD A REPORT TODAY, 1,000

MUSLIMS ARE COMING TO CHRIST

EACH DAY SIMPLY FROM THE

INTERNET, FROM GOING ON THE

INTERNET AND LEARNING ABOUT

CHRIST THERE.

1,000 A DAY.

IMAGINE HOW MANY MORE ARE

COMING FROM ONE-ON-ONE

CONTACT.

George: AND I'M SURE

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THE

VIOLENCE THAT ERUPTED ACROSS

THE REGION, AND MUSLIMS HAVE

GOT TO BE ASKING THE

QUESTION, IS THIS WHAT MY

FAITH IS ABOUT?

DESTROYING CHURCHES?

KILLING CHRISTIANS?

AND MANY I HAVE MET IN

PLACES LIKE SYRIA AND IRAQ

AND EGYPT ARE SAYING, NO,

THIS ISN'T WHAT ISLAM IS ALL

ABOUT.

THESE ARE MILITANTS WHO ARE

DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY WANT

TO TAKE OVER AND ESTABLISH A

CALAFATE.

KEEP PRAYING.

George: THANK YOU SO

MUCH, GARY, AS ALWAYS.

UP NEXT, A LIGHT IN THE

DARKNESS.

HOW THIS BAGHDAD CHURCH IN

SPREADING THE SALT AND LIGHT

OF THE GOSPEL DESPITE

CHANGES CIRCUMSTANCES.

George: MORE THAN 10

YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE

FALL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN.

STABILITY REMAINS AN ELUSIVE

MATTER.

WHILE ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND

TOMORROW CONTINUES, SOME

BOLD CHRISTIANS HAVE CHOSEN

TO REMAIN IN IRAQ DESPITE

THE DANGERS.

ONCE AGAIN, HERE IS

CONTRIBUTING CORRESPONDENT

GREG MUSSELMAN.

Reporter: SHARING THE

GOSPEL OPENLY IN BAGHDAD AND

OTHER PLACE IN IRAQ IS VERY

DANGEROUS.

CANON WHITE SAYS SOME OF THE

MOST EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM IS

TAKING PLACE AT ST. GEORGE'S

CHURCH.

IT IS ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY

AND SHOWING THE LOVE OF

JESUS IN PRACTICAL WAYS.

AND THINGS LIKE MAJOR

EVANGELISITIC TALK -- MOST

OF THE WOMEN HAVE COME.

Reporter: AS A RESULT,

MANY OF THE WOMEN SEE THAT

CHRISTIANS REALLY CARE ABOUT

THEM.

WE HAVE A CONGREGATION OF

OVER 600 MUSLIM WOMEN.

AND WHY DO WE HAVE THEM

COMING HERE?

BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM AND

SERVE THEM.

AND SO WE HAVE A WONDERFUL

CLINIC HERE WITH DOCTORS,

DENTISTS, LABORATORIES,

PHARMACY, X-RAY UNITS, STEM

CELL UNITS.

WE DO EVERYTHING.

WE HAVE A BIG FEEDING

PROGRAM.

WE HAVE A KINDERGARTEN.

AND ALL OF THESE SERVICES

ARE NOT JUST OFFERED TO THE

CHRISTIANS BUT EVERYBODY IN

OUR COMMUNITY.

Reporter: THESE

EVANGELICAL PASTORS IN IRAQ,

WHO'S FACES WE CAN'T SHOW

FOR SECURITY REASONS, NOT

ONLY HAVE THE CHALLENGE OF

TRYING TO DO KINGDOM WORK IN

A WAR ZONE, BUT THEY'RE

CONSTANTLY HAVING TO TRAIN

NEW LEADERING IN THEIR

CHURCHES.

WHILE MANY ASK THEIR PEOPLE

TO STAY IN THEIR COUNTRY,

THEY KNOW EACH PERSON HAS TO

DO WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT

FOR THEIR FAMILIES.

THIS PASTOR HAS SEEN HIS

CHURCH GO FROM AROUND 300

PEOPLE TO JUST 60.

Translator: IN OUR

CHURCH, OVER 200 PEOPLE HAVE

LEFT IN THE LAST FIVE

YEARS.

I TRAINED, DISCIPLED AND

WORKED HARD WITH THEM, AND

NOW I HAVE TO START AGAIN.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

MANY HAVE LEFT, PASTOR

EMMANUEL CONTINUES TO LOOK

FOR WAYS TO SPREAD THE

GOSPEL.

GOD HAS OPENED THE DOORS

FOR US.

AND WE ARE TRYING TO OPEN A

THIRD ONE IN MOSUL.

Reporter: EMMANUEL SAYS

THE RESPONSE TO THE

BROADCASTS HAVE BEEN VERY

POSITIVE, AND PEOPLE ARE

BECOMING FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

CHRIST.

AMAZING THINGS ARE

HAPPENING.

Translator: MANY, MANY

MUSLIMS ARE CONTACTING ME AT

THE CHURCH, AND BECAUSE OF

THE RADIO PROGRAM, AND THEY

SAY THEY HAVE SEEN JESUS IN

DREAMS AND VISIONS.

Reporter: 29-YEAR-OLD

ZUHAO IS ONE OF THEM.

HE IS NOW A CHRISTIAN FROM A

SUNNI MUSLIM BACKGROUND, WHO

ENCOUNTERED JESUS IN A

VISION AND IT RADICALLY

CHANGED HIS LIFE IN 2008.

Translator: AFTER THE

VISION, ALL I COULD SEE WAS

THE LIGHT IN FRONT OF MY

EYES.

I COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING FOR

ABOUT THREE HOURS.

AFTER THE VISION, I WOKE UP

AND WAS SHOUTING, "JESUS

CHRIST, BAPTIZE ME."

AFTER GOING INTO THE BIBLE

DEEP, I NOW KNEW THAT JESUS

CHRIST WAS THE SON OF GOD

AND WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN

MARY.

Reporter: SUHAL, WHO

WORKS AS A SECURITY GUARD,

CAME TO REALIZE WHAT HE WAS

TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS FROM THE

QURAN WAS NOT TRUE, AND NOW

HOLDS TO WHAT THE BIBLE

TEACHES ABOUT CHRIST.

Translator: JESUS DIED,

JESUS WAS RESURRECTED, AND

JESUS IS COMING TO THE WORLD

AGAIN.

Reporter: SUHAL KNOWS

THERE ARE MILITANT MUSLIMS

WHO WOULDN'T THINK TWICE

ABOUT KILLING HIM BECAUSE HE

LEFT ISLAM FOR

CHRISTIANITY.

HE HAS BEEN THREATENED BY

MEMBERS OF HIS OWN FAMILY

BECAUSE OF HIS DECISION TO

FOLLOW JESUS.

Translator: MY UNCLE IS

AN IMAM, AND HE KEPT TELLING

ME WHAT I DID WAS HORRIBLE

AND UNBELIEVABLE, AND IT WAS

NOT OKAY FOR A MUSLIM TO

BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

HE SAID WE MUST ABANDON YOU,

AND YOU SHOULD BE KILLED.

JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED FOR MY

SINS.

I DIDN'T GIVE HIM ANYTHING

BACK.

I'M JUST A REGULAR

CHRISTIAN, AND FOR MY SINS,

HE GOT CRUCIFIED, AND HIS

HOLY BLOOD WAS SHED ON THE

CROSS.

IT IS NOTHING IF I GET

KILLED FOR HIS NAME.

Reporter: IN SPITE OF

THE DANGERS, SUHAL IS FIRM

IN HIS FAITH IN CHRIST.

WHEN I ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD

EVER RETURN TO ISLAM, HIS

ANSWER WAS FIRM.

Translator: NO, NO, NO,

NO, NO.

WE BELIEVE GOD HAS SOMETHING

REALLY SPECIAL FOR US IN

IRAQ.

YEAH, MANY, MANY CHRISTIANS

LEFT.

BUT STILL WE HAVE ANOTHER

30 MILLION LEFT HERE IN

IRAQ, AND WE NEED TO DO THE

WORK, AND THE JOB, EXACTLY

WHAT PAUL SAID.

Translator: I LIKE IRAQ.

I LIKE TO LIVE HERE.

MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WENT TO

GERMANY.

I BELIEVE GOD HAS PUT A

RESPONSIBILITY FOR ME TO

PRAY FOR IRAQ.

I'LL NEVER LEAVE.

AS AN IRAQI CHRISTIAN, I

WISH TO STAY IN MY COUNTRY

AND PRAY FOR THE SITUATION

HERE.

George: AND OUR SPECIAL

THANKS TO GREG MUSSELMAN

FROM THE VOICE OF THE

MARTYRS CANADA, FOR

PROVIDING MUCH OF THE

MATERIAL IN THIS REPORT.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT THEIR

WEBSITE, FIND THE LINK AT

OUR PAGE ON CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK RIGHT

AFTER THIS.

George: WE HOPE YOU'VE

BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS SPECIAL

ON CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ.

WE ENCOURAGE OUR VIEWERS TO

PRAY AND SUPPORT CHRISTIANS

THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

DURING THESE VERY TURBULENT

TIMES.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE

BROADCAST, WE THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING US.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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-"NEWSWATCH" AND PROMOS,

OCTOBER 4, 2013.

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