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Christian World News: January 3, 2014

This week Christian World News: Terror attacks rock Russia. While some fear for the safety of the Olympic games in February, we’ll introduce you to a man who has dedicated his life to bringing peace to the region. Plus, Iraq's Christians are ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, TERROR ATTACKS ROCK

RUSSIA, AND SOME FEAR FOR

THE SAFETY OF THE OLYMPIC

GAMES IN FEBRUARY.

WE WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO

A MAN WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE

TO BRINGING PEACE TO THIS

VOLATILE REGION.

PLUS, CHRISTIANS UNDER

ATTACK.

THIS WOMAN FEARS FOR THE

FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY'S

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

AND STANDING FIRM.

HOW THIS BAND OF CHRISTIANS

STOOD AGAINST THE PRESSURES

OF THEIR CULTURE AND WON A

SPIRITUAL BATTLE.

*

George: HELLO,

EVERYONE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

WENDY GRIFFITH, MY

COLLEAGUE, IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

TERRORISTS STRIKE A CITY IN

SOUTHERN RUSSIA, NOT FAR

FROM WHERE THE WINTER

OLYMPICS WILL BE HELD.

DEMONSTRATING THE POWER OF

ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM, AND

THE NEED FOR THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE IN ONE OF THE

WORLD'S MOST VOLATILE

REGIONS.

TWO TERROR ATTACKS IN TWO

DAYS ROCKED THE RUSSIAN CITY

OF BOLOGRAD.

IT IS ABOUT 400 MILES FROM

SOCHI, THE SITE OF NEXT

MONTH'S WINTER OLYMPICS.

AND THE ATTACKS RAISED FEARS

FOR THE SAFETY OF TRAVELLERS

HEADED TO THE GAMES.

CAITLIN BURKE HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: EXPLOSIONS

ROCKED THE RUSSIAN CITY OF

VOLGOGRAD, TWO DAYS IN A

ROW.

OFFICIALS SAY A SUICIDE

BOMBER BELOW HIMSELF UP ON A

TROLLEY BUS, KILLING AT

LEAST 14 PEOPLE AND WOUNDING

NEARLY 40 OTHERS.

HERE YOU CAN SEE THE BOMBING

THAT HAPPENED ONLY A DAY

EARLIER AT THE TRAIN

STATION.

THAT BLAST CAUGHT BY A

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA.

THERE WERE BODIES

EVERYWHERE, THIS WOMAN

SAID.

INSIDE THE TRAIN STATION

EVERYTHING IS DESTROYED.

AT LEAST 17 PEOPLE WERE

KILLED IN THAT ATTACK.

THE BOMB GOING OFF JUST

AFTER NOON ON A PEAK TRAVEL

DAY IN RUSSIA.

RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES SAY THE

BOMBINGS ARE RELATED, AND NO

DOUBT ACTS OF TERRORISM.

RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT THE

SAFETY OF THE WINTER

OLYMPICS IN SOCHI IN ONLY

SIX WEEKS.

I THINK THE RUSSIAN

GOVERNMENT HAS SOMETHING TO

FEAR, AND THAT IS THE

POTENTIAL LOSS OF FACE, THE

POTENTIAL EMBARRASSMENT TO

THEM IF THESE TERRORISTS ARE

ABLE TO PULL OFF ONE OR MORE

MAJOR TERRORIST EVENTS.

Reporter: VOLGOGRAD IS

AN IMPORTANT TRAIN LINK FROM

MOSCOW TO SOCHI.

WHICH IS ONLY A LITTLE MORE

THAN 400 MILES AWAY.

BOTH CITIES LOCATED NEAR THE

UNSTABLE CAUCUS REGION,

WHERE THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS

HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A BRUTAL

REBELLION FOR THE PAST TWO

DECADES.

THEY CALLED FOR ATTACKS

AGAINST TARGETS IN RUSSIA,

INCLUDING THE WINTER

OLYMPICS.

THE CRE KREMLIN HAVE

EMPLOYED THOUSANDS OF

RUSSIAN PERSONNEL FOR THE

GAMES.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

George: BY THE WAY,

SINCE THE LATE '90s,

ISLAMIC RADICALS HAVE WAGED

A BLOODY INSURGENCY.

CHRISTIANS, WELL, THEY FACE

PERSECUTION THERE, BUT

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ARE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

HERE IS A STORY OF ONE MAN

WHO'S LIFE MISSION IS TO

BRING THE GOSPEL OF PEACE TO

THE REGION.

DINATI IS NOT PROUD OF HIS

PAST, AND HE GETS

UNCOMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT

IT.

I LEFT HOME WHEN I WAS 13

YEARS OLD AND GOT ENTANGLED

WITH THE WRONG CROWD.

I DID A LOT OF THINGS I'M

ASHAMED OF.

George: HE IS FROM A

SMALL RUSSIAN CITY, AND HIS

LIFE READS LIKE A HOLLYWOOD

MAFIA THRILLER, DRUGS, ARMED

ROBBERY, PROSTITUTION, HIRED

ASSASSIN, MONEY LAUNDERING,

GUN SMUGGLING, YOU NAME IT,

AND HE DID IT ALL, AND THEN

SOME.

IT IS AS IF I BECAME THE

DEVIL'S SLAVE.

I EVEN REMEMBER MAKING A

PACK WITH SATAN TO SERVE

HIM.

George: AND HIS DEEDS

EVENTUALLY CAUGHT UP WITH

HIM.

I WAS ARRESTED AND

SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN

PRISON.

George: THAT'S THE

PAST.

AND TO WITNESS THE POWER OF

A LIFE TRANSFORMED BY GOD,

LOOK NO FURTHER THAN DINATI

TURCUN.

THE YEAR WAS 1987, AND THE

FORMER SOVIET UNION FACED

HUGE CHANGES AND A YOUNG MAN

SAT IN PRISON.

I HAD A BAD REPUTATION IN

PRISON.

SOMEONE WHO CULT-LIKE

POWERS.

George: ONE DAY SOME

CHRISTIANS CAME TO SHARE THE

LOVE OF JESUS.

HE SAYS IT IS THE FIRST TIME

HE HAD EVER HEARD THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE.

BUT IT TOOK FOUR YEARS FOR

IT TO SINK IN.

IN 1991 I REALIZED ITS

TRUE MEANING.

I DROPPED TO MY KNEES IN THE

PRISON CELL AND TOLD GOD I

WAS A SINNER.

FROM THAT MOMENT I WENT FROM

SERVING SATAN TO SERVING

JESUS.

George: THE PRISON

MIRACULOUSLY SHORTENED HIS

SENTENCE BY FIVE YEARS.

HE WAS RELEASED IN 1996.

THE DAY AFTER HE WALKED OUT

OF PRISON, HE WALKED INTO A

BIBLICAL TRAINING SESSION,

WHICH FOCUSES ON BRINGING

THE GOSPEL TO THE FORMER

SOVIET UNION.

THE CLASSES TAUGHT ME HOW

TO SHARE MY NEW FAITH WITH

OTHERS.

AND THEY ALSO PUT IN MY

HEART TO PLAN CHURCHES AND

TRAIN THE NEXT GENERATION OF

LEADERS IN MY COUNTRY.

George: HE WAS BAPTIZED

SHORTLY THERE AFTER.

AND NOW FOR MORE THAN 10

YEARS, HE HAS BEEN LEADING A

CHURCH IN THE CAUCUS

REGION.

I AM CONVINCED IT IS THE

LOVE OF CHRIST THAT CAN TURN

THIS REGION AROUND.

George: THAT IS A

TREMENDOUS SHOW OF FAITH

BECAUSE RADICAL ISLAMISTS

HAVE RAGED SCORES AND SCORES

OF TERRORIST TAKES, WHICH

HAVE KILLED THOUSANDS AND

DISPLACED MANY MORE.

TURCUN'S GOAL: REACH THIS

REGION WITH MESSAGES OF

RECONCILIATION AND FORGIVE

FORGIVENESS.

ONE WAY IS TO REACH YOUTH.

THIS MAN IS A MEMBER OF

TURCUN'S CHURCH AND HELPS

WITH THE CAMPS.

THESE KIDS HAVE N TO

KNOW THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

TO VIOLENCE.

WE SPEND TIME PLAYING GAMES

WITH THEM AND BUILDING

RELATIONSHIPS.

IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY

TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.

George: MANY PARENTS

SAY THE CAMPS ARE GOD-SENT.

I LOVE IT WHEN THEY TALK

ABOUT PEACE AND GETTING

ALONG WITH OTHER ETHNIC AND

RELIGIOUS GROUPS.

THEY'RE HELPING TO BUILD

BRIDGES.

George: IN ONE AREA THE

LOCAL PARTY TOOK OUT

NEWSPAPER ADS PROMOTING THE

YOUTH PROGRAMS.

WHEN HE IS NOT COORDINATING

CAMPS OR PREACHING, HE

TRAINS LOCAL BELIEVERS TO

BECOME FUTURE LEADERS HERE.

IT IS ALL ABOUT MISSIONS

AND CHURCH PLANTING.

George: WORKING HERE IS

NOT WITHOUT ITS HARDSHIPS.

IT INCLUDES THE VOLATILE

REGION OF CHECHNYA, WHERE

THEY HAVE BATTLED BACK AND

FORTH TO CONTROL THE

PROVINCE.

THERE IS RELATIVE PEACE NOW,

BUT ISLAM'S INFLUENCE IS

GROWING.

WITH THE HELP OF THE RUSSIAN

GOVERNMENT AND SEVERAL

MUSLIM COUNTRIES, INCLUDING

SAUDI ARABIA, CHECHNYA HAS

TODAY ERECTED WHAT COULD BE

THE LARGEST MOSQUE IN

EUROPE.

FOR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS

LIVING IN THIS PROVINCE,

LIFE FOR THEM CANNOT ONLY BE

CHALLENGING BUT POTENTIALLY

DANGEROUS.

ROMSAN HAS FIRSTHAND

EXPERIENCE.

CBN NEWS AGREED TO CONCEAL

HIS IDENTITY FOR

PROTECTION.

I HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY

WARNED FROM LOCALS AND

RADICAL MUSLIMS TO STOP

TEACHING, BUT I WILL NOT.

I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO

TELL OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST, NO

MATTER THE COST.

George: IT'S THE PRICE

THAT ROMSOM AND DINATI AND

OTHERS ARE WILLING TO DO.

GOD CHANGED MY LIFE FOR A

REASON IN PRISON, TO BRING

HOPE TO PEOPLE.

George: HIS RUSSIAN

CHURCH MINISTRIES ARE GOING

TO BE EVANGELISMTHE SOCHI

GAMES.

COMING UP, AN ESCAPE FROM

IRAQ.

ON THE DAY THIS IRAQI

CITIZEN BECAME A U.S.

CITIZEN, SHE GRIEVES FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCHES BACK

HOME IN IRAQ.

George: IRAN'S CHURCHES

ARE UNDER PRESSURE TO STOP

HOLDING SERVICES IN THE

FARSI LANGUAGE.

ST. PETERS CHURCH IN TEHRAN

IS THE LATEST TO ANNOUNCE

THAT FARSI SPEAKING

CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER

ALLOWED TO ATTEND.

A CHURCH CUSTODIAN ON SUNDAY

REFUSED TO ALLOW SEVERAL TO

ENTER THE CHURCH.

AND THE PASTOR ANNOUNCED

THAT ALL SERVICES WILL NOW

BE HELD IN ANOTHER

LANGUAGE.

THE NEW REGULATIONS ARE

BEING ENFORCED BY THE

HARD-LINED REPUBLICAN

GUARD.

THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE

FORCING CHURCHES TO CLOSE.

IN NEIGHBOURING IRAQ,

CHURCHES ARE UNDER ATTACK

NOT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, BUT

FROM ISLAMIC RADICALS.

ON CHRISTMAS DAY 37

CHRISTIANS DIED WHEN

TERRORISTS TARGETED THEIR

NEIGHBORHOOD AND CHURCHES.

THE SITUATION HAS CAUSED

MANY IRAQI CHRISTIANS TO

FLEE THEIR HOME LAND.

JOHN JESSUP INTRODUCES US TO

ONE IRAQI CHRISTIAN WHO FLED

TO AMERICA, BUT HER HEART

REMAINS WITH HER PERSECUTED

BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

A WOMEN AND CHRISTIAN,

FROM IRAQ.

GIVE IT SOME MORE TIME.

Reporter: LUCILLE HAS

ALWAYS BEEN BRIGHT AND

OPTMISTIC, BUT UNLIKE HER

POSITIVE PERSONALITY, MANY

OF HER CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

WERE SCARRED BY THE DARK

CLOUDS OF WAR.

I WAS VERY DETERMINED --

I NEEDED TO GET AWAY.

I JUST COULDN'T SEE ANY

FUTURE FOR MYSELF.

Reporter: SHE AND HER

FAMILY FLED BAGHDAD IN 1991,

TO ESCAPE WHAT SEEMED LIKE

ENDLESS FIGHTING.

SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD WHEN

THE NEARLY DECADE-OLD

IRAN/IRAQ WAR STARTED, AND

19 WHEN U.S. TROOPS LAUNCHED

OPERATION DESERT STORM.

SHE CONVINCED HER DAD TO

TAKE HER TO A COUNTRY SHE

ALWAYS DREAMED OF VISITING.

I BEGGED MY FATHER,

PLEASE, LET'S GO TO THE

AMERICAN EMBASSY.

LET'S JUST TRY.

IT WAS LIKE A DREAM TO ME,

LIBERTY AND FREEDOM OF

EXPRESSION.

I DIDN'T GROW UP WITH THAT,

AND I REALLY WANTED IT.

Reporter: SHE AND HER

FATHER HAD ROUNDTRIP TICKETS

TO VISIT RELATIVES IN

KENTUCKY.

BUT HER AUNT HAD OTHER PLANS

FOR LUCILLE, AND THEY DIDN'T

INCLUDE RETURNING TO THE

DICTATORIAL RULE OF SADDAM

HUSSEIN.

SHE TOLD MY FATHER, THIS

GIRL -- I WILL NEVER EVER

LET HER LEAVE BACK WITH

YOU.

MY FATHER WAS LIKE, WHAT ARE

YOU TALKING ABOUT?

SHE IS MY DAUGHTER.

Reporter: LUCILLE'S

AUNT GOT HER INTO COLLEGE,

AND SHE GRADUATED AND

STARTED IN DESIGN, FEELING

MORE AMERICAN AS TIME WENT

BY.

IRAQI IS WHO I AM.

BEING AMERICAN, ON THE OTHER

HAND, IS WHO I BECAME, WHO I

GREW INTO.

Reporter: AND RECENTLY

ON THE 222nd ANNIVERSARY

OF THE U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS,

SHE TOOK THE OATH.

*

Reporter: AND BECAME AN

AMERICAN CITIZEN.

SURROUNDED BY HER FOUNDING

DOCUMENT AT THE NATIONAL

ARCHIVES IN WASHINGTON,

D.C.

THIS COUNTRY IS WONDERFUL

IN OPENING ITS DOORS TO

IMMIGRANTS.

AND VERY OFTEN YOU COME AND

YOU RUSH THROUGH THE

PROCESS.

FOR ME IT WAS MORE OF A

GROWING EXPERIENCE.

AND SO TODAY IT WAS MORE

LIKE I'M SEALING THE DEAL.

Reporter: SHE STILL

CARES DEEPLY FOR HER NATIVE

IRAQ AND ITS PEOPLE, BUT HER

HOPES HAVE DIMMED ON AN

ISSUE THAT HITS CLOSE TO

HOME: THE GROWING

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

HONESTLY, I DON'T SEE A

FUTURE.

I THINK IT DOESN'T LOOK

GOOD.

Reporter: LUCILLE IS AN

IRAQI CHRISTIAN, HOME TO ONE

OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST

CHRISTIAN POPULATIONS.

IT IS CONSIDERED VERY

HONEST AND FAIR COMMUNITY.

Reporter: BUT AFTER THE

IRAQ WAR BEGAN, CHRISTIANS

BECAME AN EASY TARGET,

FREQUENTLY PERSECUTED,

TORTURED OR KILLED.

IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, OF THE

MORE THAN 1 MILLION

CHRISTIANS WHO CALLED IRAQ

HOME, ONLY ABOUT A THIRD ARE

LEFT, WITH MORE FLEEING

DAILY.

THERE IS JUST NO DOUBT

THAT ANCIENT AND HISTORIC

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES ARE

THREATENED AS NEVER BEFORE.

Reporter: THE SITUATION

IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME IN

SYRIA AND EGYPT.

WHERE CIVIL UNREST IS MAKING

IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR

ONCE ANCIENT CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITIES TO SURVIVE.

WITH MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS

ON THE VIRGE OF EXTINCTION,

THEY SAY IT IS THE TIME FOR

CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA TO

STAND UP FOR THEIR FELLOW

BELIEVERS.

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL

THING THAT INDIVIDUAL

COMMUNITIES AND CHURCH

COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE OF

INDIVIDUALS CAN DO IS TO

REACH OUT TO THEIR MEMBER OF

CONGRESS AND SAY, YOU KNOW

WHAT, THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY

TO ME?

AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU

ARE DOING FOR IT.

Reporter: FOR LUCY

LUCILLE, SHE HOPES PEOPLE

CAN FIND THE PATH TO FREEDOM

SIMILAR TO HER OWN JOURNEY.

JOHN JESSUP, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

George: UP NEXT, TAKING

A STAND FOR THEIR FAITH.

THESE EVANGELICALS RISK

THEIR HOMES AND THEIR

FAMILIES TO STAY TRUE TO THE

GOSPEL.

*

George: WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW.

CHRISTIANS IN THE MUSLIM

WORLD AREN'T THE ONLY ONES

FACING OPPOSITION FOR THEIR

FAITH.

ONE INDIGENOUS GROUP IN

COLOMBIA IS SEEING MANY OF

ITS MEMBERS COMING TO

CHRIST, AND THEY'RE PAYING A

HEAVY PRICE FOR THAT.

GREG MESSELMAN OF CANADA

BRINGS US THIS REPORT.

Reporter: WHEN YOU SEE

THE JOY OF THESE INDIGENOUS

PIAZ CHRISTIANS FROM THE

NASA TRIBE, IT IS HARD TO

IMAGINE ALL THEY HAVE HAD TO

ENDURE BECAUSE OF THEIR

FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

WE HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED

SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ARE

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.

WE DON'T WANT TO COME UNDER

THE TRIBAL LEADERS AND DO

THE THINGS THEY SAY WE HAVE

TO DO.

Reporter: MARCO WAS ONE

OF THE LEADERS OF THIS

REFUGEE VILLAGE IN THE ANG

ANGEAN MOUNTAINS STOOD UP

BECAUSE WHAT THEY WERE BEING

TOLD TO DO WAS WRONG,

STEALING, AND ABANDONING

CHRISTIANITY.

AS A RESULT OF THEIR STAND,

MARCO SAYS THEY WERE

THREATENED BY THE VILLAGE

LEADERS, WHO HAVE TIES TO

THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED

FORCES OF COLOMBIA, ALSO

KNOWN AS FARC.

WE HAVE ALSO BEEN

THREATENED BY DEATH,

PSYCHOLOGICAL THREATS.

THEY SAY THEY WILL TAKE AWAY

OUR MEDICAL AID AND THERE

WILL BE NO SCHOOL FOR OUR

CHILDREN AND THEY WILL CUT

OFF ELECTRICITY AND WATER.

Reporter: AS A RESULT,

ABOUT 150 FAMILIES TRAVELLED

ABOUT 150 KILOMETERS AND SET

UP A TEMPORARY VILLAGE ON A

FARMER'S LAND.

LIVING IN LITTLE HUTS WITH

DIRT FLOORS.

IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE TO

SURVIVE.

OUR PEOPLE HAD TO DO

SOMETHING.

WE NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD

HAVE TO BEG FOR MONEY TO

SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES.

SLOWLY WE GOT THE TRUST OF

THE FARMERS IN THE REGION,

AND ONE BY ONE THEY STARTED

TO HIRE PEOPLE FROM OUR

TRIBE.

NOW OUR PEOPLE HAVE WORK.

Reporter: AROUND THREE

DOZEN CHRISTIAN FAMILIES

FROM OTHER VILLAGES IN THE

REGION ALSO MOVED TO THE

MAKESHIFT VILLAGE, AFTER

BEING EXPELLED FROM THEIR

COMMUNITIES.

SOME OF THEM HAD BEEN BADLY

BEATEN UP, INCLUDING ON

THEIR LEGS, BEFORE BEING

CHASED OUT.

THE ANGER TOWARDS THE

CHRISTIANS EVEN LED TO THIS

CHURCH BEING DESTROYED,

WHICH WAS SECRETLY VIDEO.

YOU CAN SEE MEN ON THE ROOF

DISMANTLING THE BUILDING.

BUT IT WAS THE TORTURE OF

THE BELIEVERS THAT WAS SO

HATEFUL.

WHAT TRIGGERED IT WAS

WHEN THE WIVES WERE

SUBMITTING TO THEIR HUSBANDS

AND NOT THE TRIBAL LEADERS,

ABOUT WORSHIPPING THE LORD.

SO THE TRIBE DESCENDED ON

THEM AND PUT THEIR HUSBANDS

IN JAIL FOR 72 HOURS, AND

THOSE TORTURE MACHINES THAT

RIPPED THEIR LIMBS, AND ALSO

GAVE THEM 20 LASHES.

SOME MORE; SOME LESS.

AFTER THAT WE WERE FORCED TO

LEAVE.

Reporter: LENORE TOLD

US HOW ONE YOUNG GIRL HAD

BEGGED THE TRIBAL LEADERS TO

BEAT HER, INSTEAD OF HER

FATHER, FEARING HE WOULD BE

KILLED.

THEY GRANTED HER REQUEST,

WHIPPING HER FROM THE WAIST

DOWN.

THE PRESSURE WAS

INCREASING MORE AND MORE,

AND THE TRIBAL LEADERS

STARTED TO COME DOWN ON US

BECAUSE OF OUR BELIEF IN

GOD, THAT HE IS BIGGER THAN

THE GODS THAT THE TRIBES

BELIEVED IN.

SO WE WERE FASTING AND

PRAYING ABOUT THIS.

FINALLY THEY DESTROYED

EVERYTHING AND KICKED US

OUT.

Reporter: LENORE'S

HUSBAND, WILSON, WAS A

LEADER IN THE CHURCH.

IN APRIL OF 2013, WILSON WAS

JUST HEADING OUT TO CALI TO

SELL RASPBERRIES IN THE CITY

WITH A DOZEN OF HIS FELLOW

COWORKERS WHEN THEY WERE

STOPPED BY MEMBERS OF THE

LOCAL TRIBAL POLICE.

WILSON AND THE OTHERS, THAT

INCLUDED WOMEN, WERE TAKEN

TO A SECLUDED AREA WHILE THE

TRIBAL POLICE DECIDED WHAT

TO DO WITH THESE

CHRISTIANS.

WE HAD TO ENDURE HUNGER

AND COLD FOR THREE DAYS.

Reporter: THEN THEY

TORTURED THE MEN BY PUTTING

THEM IN STOCKS, SOMETHING

LIKE THIS.

AND THEN THEY PUT THE

WOOD REALLY TIGHT AROUND MY

LEGS.

AND THEN THEY HANG YOU UP

SIDE DOWN FOR 15 MINUTES.

AFTER THAT, MY LEGS GOT NUMB

AND I COULDN'T WALK.

I FELL TO THE FLOOR.

THEY PUT ME IN A CHAIR AND

WHIPPED ME 15 TIMES.

THEY ALSO WHIPPED MY

FRIENDS.

I PRAYED THAT THE LORD WOULD

HELP ME GET THROUGH THE

WHIPPING.

Reporter: WILSON SAYS

THE LORD ANSWERED HIS

PRAYER.

AFTER THE WHIPPING, THEY

SAID TO ME, THIS IS YOUR

FAULT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN

TERRIBLE.

I TOLD THEM I DIDN'T DO

ANYTHING WRONG.

THE ONLY THING I DIDN'T DO

WAS THE WITCHCRAFT.

AND I TOLD OTHERS NOT TO

PARTICIPATE IN THAT.

I PRAYED THE LORD WOULD HELP

ME ENDURE.

I DIDN'T FEEL ANYTHING.

THE LORD MADE IT SO I DIDN'T

FEEL THE PAIN WHILE THEY

WERE WHIPPING ME.

THE OTHER BROTHERS AND

SISTERS PRAYED THE SAME

THING, AND THE LORD GAVE US

ALL THE STRENGTH.

SOME OF THEM FADED.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS

PARTNER, RUSSELL STANDOW,

THERE ARE MORE THAN 400,000

INDIGENOUS BELIEVERS IN FOUR

STATES IN SOUTHERN COLOMBIA,

AMONG THE 3.5 MILLION

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.

THEY ARE ONE OF THE

LARGEST TRIBES IN COLOMBIA.

IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST

INTENSE PERSECUTION

SITUATIONS, BUT THIS IS

PROBABLY WHERE THE GOSPEL IS

GROWING THE FASTEST RIGHT

NOW, AMONG THE NAS NASA

INDIANS.

Reporter: THEY HAVE

SEVERAL DOZEN CHRISTIAN

STATIONS ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY, BROADCASTING THE

GOSPEL INTO SOME OF THE MOST

DANGEROUS PLACES ON EARTH.

THIS NEW VILLAGE FOR THESE

INDIGENOUS CHRISTIANS NOT

ONLY HAVE THEIR OWN CHURCH

BUILDING, BUT ALSO THEIR OWN

RADIO STATION LIKE THIS ONE,

TO PROCLAIM THE ONE TRUE

GOD, EVEN TO THOSE WHO

VIOLENTLY OPPOSE THE

GOSPEL.

THE LORD HAS GIVEN US

WAYS OF HELPING THESE PEOPLE

TO WHERE WE'RE PERCEIVED AS

PART OF THE ANSWER.

AND MANY TIMES EVEN THE

NON-CHRISTIAN INDIANS THANK

US.

AS WE LOOK BACK AND SEE

WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE, YES,

WE HAVE GOTTEN STRONGER AND

HAVE BEEN STRENGTHENED.

Reporter: STRENGTHENED

TO CONTINUE TO LIVE FOR

CHRIST AND ADVANCE HIS

KINGDOM IN COLOMBIA.

I'M GREG BUSTLEMAN FOR

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

George: AND OUR SPECIAL

THANKS TO GREG BUSTLEMAN FOR

THAT REPORT.

YOU CAN FIND MORE OF THEIR

STORIES AT D.O.M. CANADA'S

WEBSITE.

YOU CAN FIND A LINK ON OUR

WEBSITE.

WE'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER

THIS.

George: AND FINALLY ON

THE BROADCAST TODAY, THE

CREATORS OF THE POPULAR YOU

VERSION OF THE BIBLE APP

HAVE JUSTICE RELEASED A NEW

EDITION OF BRINGING THE

BIBLE TW TO THE NEXT

GENERATION.

IT WAS LAUNCHED BY THE

INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY "ONE

HOPE," WHICH WORKS TO REACH

CHILDREN ACROSS THE GLOBE.

MY COLLEAGUE, WENDY

GRIFFITH, RECENTLY SPOKE

WITH ONE OF THE PASTORS WHO

HELPED CREATE THE APP.

HE EXPLAINS WHAT THEY HOPED

TO ACCOMPLISH.

TAKE A LOOK.

I WANTED TO CREATE A WAY

TO HELP PARENTS ENGAGE THEIR

CHILDREN IN THE BROADER SORT

OF GRAND NARRATIVE OF THE

BIBLE.

SO WE PUT TOGETHER AN APP

FROM THE GROUND UP THAT WE

DESIGNED TO REALLY BE

DESIGNED FOR A 4-YEAR-OLD TO

10-YEAR-OLD TO EXPERIENCE.

SO IT HAS THE ABILITY FOR

KIDS TO HEAR BIBLE STORIES,

TO READ BIBLE STORIES, AND

TO ALSO INTERACT WITH THE

STORY.

THERE IS VARIOUS GAMING-TYPE

ELEMENTS THAT GIVE THEM

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR FINDING

VARIOUS OBJECTS AND

COMPLETING IT.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,

WHAT WE REALLY WANT THEM TO

DO IS BE ABLE TO SEE THE

BIGGER STORY OF SCRIPTURE

AND NOT JUST INDIVIDUAL

STORIES.

SO IT STARTS WITH SIX

STORIES THAT WILL GROW AND

EXPAND TO 40 IN TOTAL.

WHEN WE FULLY FINISH THE

APP.

Wendy: HOW CAN FOLKS

GET THE APP?

PEOPLE CAN GO TO

Bible.com/kids AND IT WILL

REDIRECT YOU TO THE RIGHT

PLACE TO GET IT.

IT IS COMPLETELY FREE.

Wendy: PASTOR, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

GREAT TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU.

George: FOLKS, THIS IS

OUR FIRST SHOW OF THE YEAR.

WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL,

HAPPY 2014, FROM ALL OF US

HERE AT CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, THE FOLKS IN THE

CONTROL ROOM AND THE

STUDIO.

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU COULD JOIN

US FOR THIS WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE

AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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