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Christian World News: January 17, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Hope for Egypt. As citizens line up to support a draft constitution, we’ll tell you why Christians believe it's good news for their community. Plus, Standing up for Saeed. American pastors are risking arrest ... Read Transcript


Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, HOPE

FOR EGYPT.

EGYPTIANS LINE UP TO SUPPORT

A DRAFT CONSTITUTION, AND

WHY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IT IS

GOOD NEWS FOR THEIR

COMMUNITY.

PLUS, STANDING UP FOR

SAEED.

AMERICAN PASTORS ARE RISKING

ARREST, WITH WEEKS OF

PROTEST OUTSIDE THE WHITE

HOUSE.

AND UNKNOWN, UNWANTED,

AND UNLOVED.

Wendy: MILLIONS OF

CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTS

STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE.

NOW THE CHURCH IN ONE

EUROPEAN NATION IS LEADING

THE EFFORT TO SAVE ORPHANS.

*

Wendy: AFTER A YEAR OF

TURMOIL, A GLIMMER OF HOPE

FOR EGYPT'S CHRISTIANS.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

AND I'M GARY LANE.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

IS IT A NEW DAY IN EGYPT?

THE COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS

HOPE SO.

THEY TURNED OUT IN HUGE

NUMBERS TO VOTE FOR A NEW

CONSTITUTION THIS WEEK.

THE DOCUMENT DEEMPHASIZES

THE ROLE OF ISLAM, AND

GRANTS GREATER RIGHTS FOR

EGYPT'S WOMEN AND RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES.

Reporter: MEMBERS OF

EGYPT'S INTERIM GOVERNMENT

DESCRIBED THE REFERENDUM AS

THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY FOR

THEIR NATION.

ONE FULL OF STABILITY,

JUSTICE, AND FREE FROM

TERRORISM.

EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

ABIL TALKED TO THE PRESS

AFTER CASTING HIS VOTE.

WE ARE LAYING THE

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW

POLITICAL FOUNDATION, HE

SAID, ONE THAT WILL LEAD US

TO ALL WORKING TOGETHER AND

STARTING TO BUILD EGYPT.

MANY EGYPTIANS ARE HOPING

THE REFERENDUM WILL PROPEL

THE COUNTRY INTO A NEW ERA.

BUT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

CALLED FOR A BOYCOTT OF THE

VOTE BECAUSE THE NEW

CONSTITUTION EMPHASIZES

SECULARISM.

IT EFFECTIVELY STRIPS THE

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

WRITTEN BY THE BROTHERHOOD,

AND APPROVED IN A 20-12

VOTE.

THIS WOMAN, A FORMER MAYOR,

SAYS THE NEW CONSTITUTION

WILL GIVE POWER BACK TO THE

PEOPLE.

I WANT MY ABILITY AS AN

EGYPTIAN TO CHOOSE.

I CAN CHOOSE THE ARMY OR THE

POLICE OR A CIVILIAN.

THIS IS MY CHOICE.

THE WORLD ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT

DEMOCRACY.

LET ME CHOOSE MY DEMOCRACY.

Reporter: THE NEW

CONSTITUTION BANS POLITICAL

PARTIES BASED ON RELIGION.

IT LIMITS THE ROLE OF

ISLAMIC LAW IN LEGISLATION,

AND IT GIVES WOMEN EQUAL

RIGHTS.

BUT SOME ARE STILL BENT ON

DESTROYING EGYPT IN THE

INTERIM.

DESPITE TIGHT SECURITY, THIS

COURTHOUSE NORTH OF CAIRO

WAS NEARLY BLOWN OFF ITS

FOUNDATION TUESDAY MORNING.

THE BOMBING OCCURRED JUST

YARDS AWAY FROM ONE POLLING

STATION.

NO ONE WAS KILLED IN THE

COURTHOUSE BLAST, BUT AT

LEAST FIVE PRO-MORSI

DEMONSTRATORS HAVE

REPORTEDLY DIED IN CLASHES

WITH SECURITY FORCES IN

AREAS OF UPPER EGYPT.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,

RECENTLY LABELLED A

TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BY

THE GOVERNMENT, HAS CALLED

FOR A BOYCOTT.

REGARDLESS, LINES WERE LONG

AT MANY POLLING STATIONS

TUESDAY MORNING.

AND A POLL TAKEN BY THE

BASIRA GROUP LAST MONTH

INDICATED A HEAVY VOTER

TURNOUT.

76% OF RESPONDENTS SAY THEY

PLANNED TO PARTICIPATE.

AND 74% SAID THEY WOULD VOTE

YES.

THE HEAD OF THE COPTIC

CHURCH URGED CHRISTIANS TO

VOTE YES.

IT WILL ALLOW EGYPT TO GO

FORWARD TO A BETTER FUTURE.

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL SAYING

AMONG ARABS, SAYING YES

INCREASES THE BLESSING.

Reporter: THAT'S

BECAUSE THE AMENDED

CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP AND THE

BUILDING OF CHURCHES.

Wendy: GARY, YOU'VE

MADE MANY TRIPS TO EGYPT.

IF THIS CONSTITUTION PASSES,

WHAT WILL THE IMPACT BE ON

THE CHRISTIANS?

Reporter: IT LOOKS LIKE

IT HAS PASSED.

ABOUT 98% OF THE PEOPLE HAVE

APPROVED IT.

IT IS GOOD FOR THE

CHRISTIANS, WENDY.

IT GIVES THEM MORE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM.

IT ALSO GIVES THEM THE RIGHT

TO BUILD CHURCHES AND TO

PRACTICE THEIR FAITH

FREELY.

SO THE KEY NOW, I THINK, IS

IF THE ARMY AND THE INTERIM

GOVERNMENT HONOR THAT.

Wendy: THE MILITARY

STILL CONTROLS EGYPT?

YES.

Wendy: AND THAT BACK

MUBARAK, SO WHY ARE THEY

CHANGING NOW?

WELL, MUBARAK OFTEN

ALLOWED THE EXTREMISTS TO

ATTACK THE CHRISTIANS FOR

HIS OWN BENEFIT.

BECAUSE THE CHRISTIANS

NEEDED THE ARMY AND NEEDED

HIM.

BUT NOW I THINK THERE IS A

REALIZATION THAT THIS

REVOLUTION, THE CHRISTIANS

ARE PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE

FOR THAT.

IF THEY ARE TO BUILD A

STABLE AND PROSPEROUS EGYPT,

THEY'LL NEED THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY, ABOUT 10% OF THE

POPULATION.

Wendy: GARY, TALK ABOUT

THE ROLE OF CHRISTIANS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHY IT

IS SO IMPORTANT IT NOT BE

RULED BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS.

IT IS THE MOST RADICAL

COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST,

ABOUT 85 TO 88 MILLION

PEOPLE.

IF YOU HAVE A STABLE EGYPT,

YOU HAVE A STABLE MIDDLE

EAST AND A STABLE ISRAEL.

Wendy: INTERESTING.

GARY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

SAIRG THAT.

WORLD LEADERS GATHERED IN

ISRAEL FOR THE MEMORIAL OR

FORMER PRIME MINISTER ARIEL

SHARON THIS WEEK.

HE PASSED AWAY AFTER

LINGERING EIGHT YEARS IN A

COMA, BROUGHT ON BY A

MASSIVE STROKE BACK IN

2006.

HE WAS REMEMBERED AS A

MILITARY AND POLITICAL GIANT

WHO HELPED DEFEND AND SHAPE

ISRAEL FROM ITS FOUNDING IN

1948.

HE ALSO STOOD UP FOR

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

IN 1989, HE SPOKE ON CBN'S

"700 CLUB" ABOUT THE PLIGHT

OF CHRISTIANS CAUGHT IN THE

MIDDLE OF LEBANON'S BLOODY

CIVIL WAR.

SOME SAY HIS WORDS STILL ARE

RELEVANT TODAY AS CHRISTIANS

ARE FLEEING THE MIDDLE

EAST.

LOOK AT WHAT SHARON SAYS

ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON

CHRISTIANS AND THE FAILURE

OF WESTERN DEMOCRACIES TO

PROTECT THEM.

HE SAID THIS MORE THAN 20

YEARS AGO.

WE, THE JEWS, BEING A

SMALL NATION AND A MINORITY,

WE UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO

SUPPORT AND BACK THAT SMALL

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, WE CAN

SEE THE DISASTER IN

LEBANON.

WE CAN SEE THE PROBLEMS, THE

HEAVY SHELLING BY THE

SYRIANS, AND WHAT BOTHERS ME

IS THAT THE FREE WORLD, THE

WESTERN DEMOCRACIES, ARE NOT

TAKING THE STEPS IN ORDER TO

HELP THE CHRISTIANS.

I THINK THE WORLD SHOULD

COME UP AND STICK TO ITS

COMMITMENTS, NOT TO LET THE

SYRIANS AND THE TERRORIST

ORGANIZATIONS, THE ARAB

TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, TO

THREATEN THE SMALL CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY.

Wendy: THAT WAS ARIEL

SHARON 20 YEARS AGO.

YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THIS

INTERVIEW AND LEARN MORE

ABOUT THE LIFE OF ARIEL

SHARON ON OUR WEBSITE,

CWNEWS.ORG.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HIS

ADMINISTRATION IS COMMITTED

TO PROMOTING RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM ACROSS THE GLOBE.

SO JENNIFER WISHON ASKED

PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNY TO

GIVE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW,

AND TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE THAT THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS DOING

EVERYTHING IT CAN TO HELP

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN

IRAN.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE ARE APPEALING TO THE

IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, WHEN IT

COMES TO THOSE WHO ARE BEING

HELD.

AND WE HAVE.

AND I HAVE RAISED IT

FREQUENTLY FROM THIS

PODIUM.

AND WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

BROADLY, WE AGGRESSIVELY

SUPPORT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND MAKE CLEAR OUR

OPPOSITION TO POLICIES IN

COUNTRIES THAT RESTRICT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

AND THAT'S A BROAD,

COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT.

DESPITE AMERICA'S NEW

NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN,

CARNEY SAYS THE

ADMINISTRATION'S POSTURE

TOWARDS IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

ATROCITIES AND TIES TO

TERRORISM REMAINS THE SAME.

Wendy: AMERICAN PASTORS

ARE TAKING A BOLD STEP IN

THEIR EFFORTS TO GET

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DO MORE

FOR PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI.

THEY'RE CALLING ON CHURCH

LEADERS TO COME TO THE WHITE

HOUSE AND RISK ARREST.

EVERY MONDAY, FROM NOW UNTIL

MARCH.

PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS.

Reporter: PASTORS PUT

THEIR FREEDOM ON THE LINE TO

BRING ATTENTION TO SAEED

ABEDINI, SENTENCED TO EIGHT

YEARS IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S

MOST BRUTAL PRISON, WHILE

THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT

REPORTEDLY DOES NOTHING TO

SECURE HIS FREEDOM.

THESE PASTORS SAY IT IS TIME

FOR MORE THAN TALK.

WE BELIEVE OUR CULTURE IS

DYING FOR A MODEL.

WE ALSO BELIEVE THERE ARE

MANY COURAGEOUS MEN IN THE

PULPITS IN AMERICA WHO

UNDERSTAND IT IS TIME TO ACT

NOW.

Reporter: THESE PASTORS

ARE RISKING ARREST IN FRONT

OF THE WHITE HOUSE TO STAND

WITH AN AMERICAN PASTOR

IMPRISONED IN IRAN.

THEY POINT OUT PRESIDENT

OBAMA HAS NEVER REACHED OUT

TO SAEED'S WIFE AND

CHILDREN.

THAT'S ONE REASON NAGHMEH

ABEDINI WILL JOIN THE

PROTEST.

IF PRESIDENT OBAMA WON'T

REACH OUT FOR HER AND WON'T

STAND FOR HER HUSBAND AND

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH, SHE

IS COMING TO HIS FRONT

YARD.

SHE WILL PERSONALLY

INVITE PASTORS FROM ACROSS

THE COUNTRY TO COME AND STAY

WITH HER AND HER CHILDREN

BECAUSE HER HUSBAND IS BEING

NEGLECTED IN A FOREIGN JAIL,

WITH NO REPRESENTATION,

EXCEPT FOR THE CHURCH.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.

COMING UP, WHAT DOES

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HAVE TO DO

WITH ENDING SYRIA'S NUCLEAR

WAR OR STOPPING SYRIA'S

NUCLEAR PROGRAM?

THE ANSWER WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Wendy: RELIGIOUS

HOSTILITIES AROUND THE WORLD

ARE GETTING WORSE.

A NEW RESEARCH REPORT SAYS

SOCIAL HOSTILITIES INVOLVING

RELIGION REACHED A SIX-YEAR

PEAK IN 2012.

22% OF 200 COUNTRIES AND

TERRITORIES EXAMINED HAD

HIGH OR VERY HIGH NUMBERS OF

INCIDENTS IN 2012.

THAT WAS UP FROM 20% IN

MID-2007.

AND THOSE INCIDENTS INCREASE

IN EVERY MAJOR REGION,

EXCEPT FOR THE AMERICAS.

JOINING US WITH MORE FROM

WASHINGTON IS DR. ROBERT

GEORGE, CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S.

COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

DR. GEORGE, THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US.

The Doctor: IT'S MY

PLEASURE, GARY.

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY

THOSE FINDINGS AND WHY THE

INCREASE IN RELIGIOUS

HOSTILITIES AROUND THE

WORLD.

The Doctor: I'M SORRY

TO SAY I WAS NOT SURPRISED,

AND WE'RE VERY, VERY

CONCERNED ABOUT

DETERIORATING CONDITIONS FOR

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN NATIONS

ACROSS THE GLOBE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WE CAN

DO TO REVERSE THIS TREND OF

INCREASED RELIGIOUS

HOSTILITIES.

The Doctor: WE NEED TO

PRIORITIZE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

IN OUR FOREIGN AND

DIPLOMATIC POLICY.

THAT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF

MORAL THINKING.

THAT'S ACTUALLY A MATTER OF

LAW.

THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM ACT, WHICH WAS

PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW

IN 1998, REQUIRES THAT OUR

GOVERNMENT GIVE PRIORITY TO

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

ONE THING THAT WE NEED TO DO

IS TO LIVE UP TO THE

REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATUE

WHEN IT COMES TO DEFENSE

DESIGNATING CERTAIN

EGREGIOUS PEOPLE, AS

COUNTRIES OF PARTICULAR

CONCERN ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WHEN THE

STATE DEPARTMENT DOES THAT,

UNLESS STEPS ARE TAKEN FOR A

WAIVER, CERTAIN SANCTIONS

FOLLOW.

AND WE KNOW THESE SANCTIONS

FROM PAST EXPERIENCE CAN BE

USEFUL.

LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT

ABOUT SYRIA.

THE PEACE TALKS BEGIN I IN

GENEVA ON WEDNESDAY.

THE PLIGHT OF THAT COUNTRY'S

CHRISTIANS IS VERY

IMPORTANT.

DO YOU THINK THAT WILL BE ON

THE AGENDA?

The Doctor: WE ARE

RAISING THE ROOF, TRYING TO

MAKE SURE THAT IT'S ON THE

AGENDA.

WE THINK IT IS VERY

IMPORTANT THAT

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE

RELIGIOUS MINORITY GROUPS

ARE REALLY REPRESENTED THERE

AND HAVE THEIR VOICES

HEARD.

THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL.

YOU CANNOT FACTORY LEGIONS

FREEDOM OUT OF THE

EQUATION.

NOT JUST IN SYRIA, BY THE

WAY, WHERE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

IS DISHONORED, AS IT HAS

BEEN IN SYRIA, BY BOTH SIDES

IN THAT CIVIL WAR.

YOU GET MORE CIVIL STRIFE.

YOU GET ECONOMIC STAGNATION,

YOU GET VIOLENCE, AND YOU

GET EXTREMISM, INCLUDING

TERRORISM THAT THREATENS OUR

OWN PEOPLE AND INTERESTS.

THE UNITED STATES HAS A VERY

CONCRETE STAKE IN ENSURING

THAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS

RESPECTED AND ELEVATED IN

COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

WHERE IT IS DENIED,

ESPECIALLY PLACES LIKE

SYRIA.

SYRIA IS SUCH A SAD,

TERRIBLE CASE.

IT IS ANOTHER CASE OF

CHRISTIANS, AMONG OTHERS,

BEING AMONG THE PERSECUTED.

MANY CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ, WHO

HAD TO FLEE IRAQ BECAUSE OF

RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION, FLED

TO SYRIA.

AND NOW THEY'RE HAVING TO

FLEE FROM SYRIA.

NOW, THIS IS REALLY A

SITUATION THAT IS OUT OF

CONTROL.

AND WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE IT

IN OUR OWN FOREIGN AND

DOMESTIC POLICY.

WE, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US,

DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN,

LIBERAL, IS CONCERNED ABOUT

THE PLIGHT OF PASTOR

ABEDINI.

BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST,

SOMETIMES IMPRISONED AND

TORTURED AND KILLED FOR

THEIR FAITH.

THIS IS THE CRADLE OF

CHRISTIANITY.

THE VERY EARLY CHRISTIANS

WERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE FAITH SPREAD TO THE

GENTILE WORLD BEGINNING IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE TERM CHRISTIAN WAS FIRST

APPLIED TO THE FOLLOWERS OF

JESUS.

YOU MENTIONED SAEED

ABEDINI.

SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY

SUGGESTED HE DIDN'T WANT

LINKAGE IN THE NUCLEAR TALKS

WITH IRAN ON THAT ISSUE.

DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE

LINKED?

SHOULD WILL BE A DISCUSSION

THERE?

I THINK IT IS A BAD

MISTAKE, A TERRIBLE

DIPLOMATIC MISTAKE, ONE THAT

WILL RESULT IN NO PROGRESS

BEING MADE IF WE SWEEP

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ASIDE AND

IMAGINE THAT THAT CAN BE

SACRIFICED IN ORDER TO MAKE

PROGRESS ON COMBATING

NUCLEAR ARMS OR TERRORISM OR

ANYTHING ELSE.

IT'S A PACKAGE.

IF YOU WANT PROGRESS IN ANY

OF THESE DOMAINS, YOU'RE

GOING TO HAVE TO PUT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT THE TOP

OF THE LIST AND MAKE SOME

PROGRESS ON THAT ONE.

DR. ROBERT GEORGE, WE

APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR

EFFORTS.

The Doctor: MY

PLEASURE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

Wendy: AND UP NEXT,

SEEING UKRAINE'S O ORPHAN

E EPIDEMIC.

HOW CHRISTIANS ARE SEEING

THAT EVERY ORPHAN IS ADOPTED

BY A FAMILY.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

MILITANT BUDDHISTS ARE

ATTACKING CHRISTIANS IN THE

ISLAND NATION OF SRI LANKA.

THIS MOB, LED BY RADICAL

BUDDHIST MONKS, ATTACKED TWO

CHRISTIAN PRAYER CENTERS IN

A RESORT TOWN.

WERE YOU ONTHE MILITANTS

SAID THE CHRISTIAN CENTERS

HAVE BEEN ORDERED CLOSED AND

WERE VIOLATING THE LAW BY

STAYING OPEN.

THE CHRISTIANS SAID THE

BUILDINGS WERE REGISTERED.

SIGNS AND WINDOWS WERE

SMASHED.

BIBLES AND DOCUMENTS,

DESTROYED.

Gary: THEY'RE UNKNOWN

AND UNWANTED AND UNLOVED.

MILLIONS OF ORPHANED

CHILDREN WORLDWIDE LIVE

WITHOUT PARENTAL CARE.

Wendy: NOW HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN THE

EASTERN NATION OF UKRAINE

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN

THE LIVES OF THE MOST

VULNERABLE.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS MORE FROM

KIEV.

George: TO THE HUMAN

MIND, IT SEEMS ALMOST

IMPOSSIBLE.

BUT SPEND TIME WITH THE

ASIAH FAMILY, AND THEY'LL

SOON CONVINCE YOU THAT WITH

GOD, ALL THINGS ARE

POSSIBLE.

THE MOMENT YOU SEE AN

ORPHAN'S EYES, I PROMISE IT

WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

George: 10 YEARS AGO,

VE SVETLANA LIVED A HARD

PAST.

BOTH HAD A RADICAL ENCOUNTER

WITH JESUS CHRIST THAT

CHANGED THEIR LIVES

FOREVER.

I BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR

GOD.

I COULD SEE THE PATH THAT I

NEEDED TO GO ON.

George: THE COUPLE'S

DREAM: TO SEE THEIR NATION

OF UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS.

IF SOMEONE TOLD ME 10

YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE THESE

MANY CHILDREN, AND WOULD BE

MARRIED TO AN H.I.V.

POSITIVE MAN, I WOULD SAY

THAT IS HUMANP IMPOSSIBLE. HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE, BUT GOD

BIRTHED IN US SOMETHING

SPECIAL.

George: THEY BECAME THE

FIRST FAMILY IN UKRAINE TO

ADOPT A CHILD WITH H.I.V.

NOT JUST ONE, BUT SEVEN

H.I.V. POSITIVE CHILDREN.

IF WE WANT TO SEE A

UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS,

CHRISTIANS HAVE TO BE A PART

OF THE SOLUTION.

George: AND CHRISTIANS

ARE ANSWERING THE CALL.

SVETLANA JOINED HUNDREDS OF

PASTORS AND CHRISTIAN

LEADERS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS

OF THE GLOBE IN KIEV

RECENTLY FOR A SUMMIT ON

ORPHAN CARE.

THE ORGANIZER LEADS A

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT TO CARE

FOR UKRAINE'S ORPHAN.

GOD WANTS EVERY ORPHAN TO

BE IN A FAMILY.

HOW IS GOD GOING TO DO IT?

IT IS THROUGH THE CHURCH.

ADOPTION AND PROVIDING A

HOME FOR AN ORPHAN IS AN

INTEGRAL PART OF THE

GOSPEL.

George: AND THIS IS A

CROWD THAT IS VERY SERIOUS

ABOUT SEEING A UKRAINE

WITHOUT ORPHANS.

SITTING IN THE CROWD, THERE

ARE ABOUT 160 FAMILIES THAT

HAVE EITHER ADOPTED A

UKRAINIAN CHILD OR TODAY ARE

FOSTER PARENTS.

THIS MAN IS ONE OF THEM.

HE IS A PASTOR, AND ALONG

WITH HIS WIFE, THEY HAVE 31

FOSTER CHILDREN.

SHOULD ALL FAMILIES TAKE

31 CHILDREN IN, LIKE WE

DID?

NO.

BUT IF THIS MOVEMENT IS TO

HAVE A LASTING IMPACT,

CHRISTIAN LEADERS MUST SET

AN EXAMPLE, AND THEY ARE.

GOD HAS BEEN MOVING ON THE

HEARTS OF PASTORS TO LEAD

THE CHARGE.

George: PAUL IS VERY

ENCOURAGED BY WHAT HE SEES

HAPPENING IN UKRAINE.

THE POTENTIAL HERE IS

HUGE BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS

ENGAGED ACROSS

DENOMINATIONAL LINES, TO BE

A MODEL TO COUNTRIES AROUND

THE WORLD, HOW THE CHURCH

CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR

CHILDREN.

George: PENNINGTON IS

WITH "CHURCHES FOR

ORPHANS."

PENNINGTON HAS SIX CHILDREN,

FIVE OF WHOM ARE ADOPTED.

THE ONLY WAY TO REACH

140 MILLION ORPHANS AROUND

THE WORLD IS THROUGH THE

CHURCH.

ONLY THE CHURCH IS BIG

ENOUGH.

ONLY THE CHURCH HAS THE

POWER AND THE MANDATE TO

REACH THAT MANY CHILDREN IN

A SUSTAINED WAY.

George: PASTORS IN

RUSSIA, BELARUS, ROMANIA,

HAVE STARTED SIMILAR

NATIONS.

THE PRESIDENT OF COMPASSION

INTERNATIONAL SAYS HE IS

MOVED BY THE PASTOR'S

DEDICATION TO THE VISION.

THEY DO IT WITH AN

UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD

COMMITS TO BLESS ORPHANS AND

THOSE WHO DO BLESS ORPHANS.

TO SEE AN AUDACIOUS VISION

THAT THESE GUYS ACTUALLY ARE

QUALIFIED TO TALK ABOUT

BECAUSE THEY'RE DOING IT.

George: STEVE WEBBER

CALLS THE MOVEMENT A

MIRACLE.

WEBBER LEADS CBN'S UKRAINE

OFFICE, WHICH HAS AN ACTIVE

ORPHANS OUT REACH.

20 YEARS AGO, THERE WAS

SUCH A SIGMA AGAINST THE

ORPHANS THAT CHRISTIANS

WOULD FAKE PREGNANCY BY

CARRYING A PILLOW BEFORE

THEY WOULD TAKE AN ORPHAN.

TODAY WE'RE PREACHING, TAKE

THE ORPHANS HOME IN OUR

CHURCHES.

George: AND THE PUBLIC

IS TAKING NOTE.

AT A NATIONALLY TELEVISED

EVENT THAT DREW UKRAINE'S

RICH AND FAMOUS, SVETLANA

AND HER HUSBAND WERE HONORED

WITH THE PRIDE OF THE NATION

AWARD FOR THEIR HEART FOR

ORPHANS.

THERE WAS HARDLY A DRY EYE

IN THE CROWD AS PEOPLE STOOD

AND APPLAUDED.

WE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT ANY

AWARDS.

WE SIMPLY WERE DOING WHAT

WAS ON OUR HEARTS TO DO.

WE HAVE ONLY GOD TO

THANK.

HE SHOWED US HOW TO LOVE THE

UNLOVABLE.

WITHOUT HIM, WE HAVE NO

LIFE.

WITHOUT HIM, MY CHILDREN

HAVE NO HOPE.

WITHOUT HIM, THE ORPHANS OF

UKRAINE HAVE NO HOPE.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, KIEV, UKRAINE.

Gary: FINALLY TODAY IN

THE PHILIPPINES, TYPHOON

VICTIMS NEED NOT ONLY FOOD,

WATER AND SHELTER, THEY NEED

EMOTIONAL SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

AS WELL.

Wendy: THEY SURE DO.

THAT'S WHY ONE GROUP OF

ISRAELI COUNSELLORS IS

THERE, PARTNERING WITH CBN

TO HELP PEOPLE COPE WITH THE

TRAUMA.

LUCILLE TALUSEN REPORTS.

Reporter: MORE THAN TWO

MONTHS SINCE TYPHOON HAIYAN

STRUCK THE PHILIPPINES,

SURVIVORS LIKE THIS WOMAN,

STILL FEEL HAUNTED BY THEIR

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.

THE WATER WAS RISING.

MY SISTER AND I IMMEDIATELY

RAN OUT OF THE HOUSE AND

SWAM IN THE STREET TO HIGHER

GROUND.

MY SISTER, WHO DID NOT KNOW

HOW TO SWIM, HELD ON TO A

WATER JUG.

Reporter: LORRAINE AND

HER SISTER LIVED IN

TACLOBAN.

MONICA STILL FEELS THE

TRAUMA.

I STILL SHAKE, AND I AM

AFRAID EVERY TIME IT RAINS

HARD AND I HEAR THE STRONG

WIND.

Reporter: ASIDE FROM

ATTENDING TO THE SPIRITUAL

NEEDS OF THE VICTIMS OF

TYPHOON HAIYAN, CBN HAS

BROUGHT IN EXPERT

COUNSELLORS.

THIS IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE

COPE WITH THEIR TRAGIC

EXPERIENCES SO THAT THEY CAN

MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES.

WE CHOOSE TO PARTNER WITH

CBN BECAUSE YOU'RE REALLY

WILLING TO GIVE ANY HELP

THAT IS NEEDED EVERYWHERE.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR'S

GROUP HELPS TRAIN VARIOUS

GOVERNMENT UNITS, THE RED

CROSS, AND SEVERAL SCHOOLS.

IT IS VERY SIMPLE:

ACTIVATE THE PERSON,

ACTIVATE YOURSELF.

TRY TO STAY OUT OF

HELPLESSNESS.

I FEEL VERY RELAXED NOW.

I WILL TEACH THIS TO MY

FAMILY AND APPLY IT TO MY

TWO DAUGHTERS, WHO ARE MOST

TRAUMATIZED IN TRYING TO

SAVE THEMSELVES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, ISRAELI

RELIEF COALITION, AND TO

CBN.

YOU ENLIGHTENED OUR MINDS

AND TAUGHT US NOT TO LOSE

HOPE.

Reporter: LUCILLE

TALUSEN, CBN NEWS.

Gary: THANK YOU FOR

JOINING US THIS WEEK.

I ENJOYED BEING HERE.

Wendy: IT'S NICE TO

HAVE YOU HERE.

AND I WANTED TO GRADUATE

LUCILLE, BECAUSE SHE GOT THE

PRESIDENT'S AWARD.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF

US HERE, GOOD-BYE AND GOD

BLESS YOU.

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