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Christian World News: February 7, 2014

Defending the oppressed. President Obama makes the case for promoting religious liberty. What action will he take to protect persecuted believers around the world? Plus, death in the Nubas. Sudan's Omar Bashir renews attacks against Christians ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, DEFENDING THE

OPPRESSED.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKES THE

CASE FOR PROMOTING RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY.

WHAT ACTION WILL HE TAKE TO

PROTECT PERSECUTED BELIEVERS

AROUND THE WORLD?

PLUS, DEATH IN THE NUVAS.

BASHIR RENEWS ATTACKS

AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND BLACK

AFRICANS.

WHY IS HE WAGING WAR AGAINST

HIS OWN PEOPLE?

AND STANDING IN THE GAP.

IN A NO MAN'S LAND BETWEEN

GOVERNMENT TROOPS AND

OPPOSITION PROTESTORS.

UKRAINE'S CHURCHES BRING A

MESSAGE OF PEACE.

THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

TAKES A STAND FOR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

ASSIGNMENT.

U.S. PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK A

STRONG STAND FOR RELIGIOUS

LIBERTY THIS WEEK.

SPEAKING AT THE NATIONAL

PRAYER BREAKFAST IN

WASHINGTON, THE PRESIDENT

HIGHLIGHTED PROMOTING

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE

WORLD.

HE ALSO MADE PLEAS FOR

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI AND

MISSIONARY KENNETH BAE.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT

JENNIFER WISHON REPORTS.

Reporter: CALLING IT

KEY TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND

A CENTRAL TENANT OF AMERICAN

DIPLOMACY, PRESIDENT OBAMA

FOCUSED HIS REMARKS ON

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND

PUBLICLY CALLED FOR THE

RELEASE OF CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARY KENNETH BAE, WHO

IS IMPRISONED IN NORTH

KOREA, AND PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI, IMPRISONED IN

IRAN.

President Obama: WE

PRAY FOR PASTOR SAEED

ABEDINI.

HE HAS BEEN HELD IN IRON

IRAN FOR MORE THAN 18

MONTHS.

SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN

PRISON ON CHARGES RELATING

TO HIS CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.

AND AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK

FOR HIS FREEDOM, TODAY,

AGAIN, WE CALL ON THE

IRANIAN GOVERNMENT TO

RELEASE PASTOR ABEDINI SO HE

CAN RETURN TO THE LOVING

ARMS OF HIS WIFE AND

CHILDREN IN IDAHO.

Reporter: THE

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

HAS INCREASED IN SOME

COUNTRIES.

NORTH KOREA LEADS THE LIST,

THAT INCLUDES IRAQ,

AFGHANISTAN, AND AMERICA'S

ALLY, SAUDI ARABIA.

HONESTLY, WE'VE BEEN

WAITING FOR THIS.

LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF

CHRISTIANS MARTYRED FOR

THEIR FAITH DOUBLED FROM THE

PREVIOUS YEAR.

SO IT'S BEEN A MYSTERY AS TO

WHY IT HAS TAKEN THIS LONG.

NEVERTHELESS, WE'RE EXCITED

AND ENCOURAGED, I SHOULD

SAY, THAT HE HAS MADE A

STATEMENT, A STRONG

STATEMENT, I THINK, AND

HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE SOME

ACTION ON THIS POINT.

DIPLOMACY CAN BE

UNCOMFORTABLE, THE PRESIDENT

SAYS, ESPECIALLY IN DEALING

WITH COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA,

THAT ARE STRATEGICALLY AND

ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT TO

THE U.S.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE

STRESSES TO CHINESE LEADERS

THAT CHINA'S POTENTIAL RESTS

ON UP HOLDING UNIVERSITY

RIGHTS, INCLUDING RIGHTS FOR

CHRISTIANS.

THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF TOLD

THE GROUP OF BIPARTISAN

LAWMAKERS AND POLICY SHAPERS

HE IS THANKFUL FOR GOD'S

GUIDANCE IN HIS LIFE, A

FAITH JOURNEY THAT BEGAN

WITH HIS WORK WITH CHURCHES

AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER.

President Obama:

GRATEFUL NOT ONLY BECAUSE I

WAS BROKE AND THE CHURCH FED

ME, BUT BECAUSE IT LED TO

EVERYTHING ELSE.

IT LED ME TO EMBRACE JESUS

CHRIST AS MY LORD AND

SAVIOR.

IT LED ME TO MICHELLE, THE

LOVE OF MY LIFE, AND BLESSED

US WITH TWO EXTRAORDINARY

DAUGHTERS.

Reporter: POVERTY

DRAINS HUMAN DIGNITY,

ACCORDING TO DR. RASHID

SHAW.

HE IS INTIMATELY ASSOCIATED

WITH THE WORLD'S WOES, AND

SAYS BY REMAINING DEVOTED TO

FAITH, CHRISTIANS CAN

TRANSFORM THE WORLD BY

HELPING TO END EXTREME

POVERTY.

BECAUSE THIS IS NOW

ACHIEVABLE.

BUT ONLY IF ALL OF US, FROM

SCIENCE, BUSINESS,

GOVERNMENT, AND FAITH COME

TOGETHER FOR THE POOR.

Reporter: A WOMAN WHO

KNOWS ABOUT OVERCOMING

SHARED HER TESTIMONY.

HAWAIIAN SURFER BETHANY

HAMILTON BECAME A HOUSEHOLD

NAME WHEN SHE LOST HER LEFT

ARM TO A SHARK.

FOR MANY OF US, IT IS

EASY TO LOOK AT THE THINGS

OF THIS WORLD TO SOLVE OUR

OBSTACLES, BUT WHEN WE

SUBMIT OUR LIVES TO CHRIST,

HIS GRACE, MERCY, TRUTH,

PEACE, AND LOVE WILL BRING

TRUE FULFILLMENT TO OUR

LIVES.

Reporter: JENNIFER

WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Wendy: DR. DAVID CURRIE

IS C.I.A C.E.O. OF "OPEN

DOORS MINISTRY U.S.A., O,"

AND I ASKED HIM FOR HIS

RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S

SPEECH.

Wendy: DOCTOR, WHAT WAS

YOUR RESPONSE TO THE

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH?

OPEN DOOR HAS BEEN -- A

LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T

UNDERSTAND THAT CHRISTIANS

ARE THE LARGEST PERSECUTED

MINORITY IN THE WORLD.

SO WE WERE ENCOURAGED BY HIS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN

AMBASSADOR AT THE STATE

DEPARTMENT FOR RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES AND THE

PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES.

AND WE SEE IT AS A GOOD

FIRST STEP.

IT IS A BIG ISSUE.

THERE IS A LOT THAT HAS TO

BE DONE.

AND CERTAINLY THERE HAS BEEN

A BIG VOID IN THIS ISSUE

FROM THE ADMINISTRATION.

BUT WE THINK THIS IS A GOOD

FIRST STEP.

Wendy: DR. CURRIE, DO

YOU THINK THOSE WORDS WILL

BECOME ACTION?

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK HIS

WORDS WILL HAVE?

WELL, IF THE

ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWS

THROUGH AND BEGINS TO LET

THEIR VOICE BE HEARD ON THIS

ISSUE, IN OTHER WORDS, HOLDS

UP THE ISSUE OF FREEDOM TO

EXPRESS YOUR RELIGIOUS

BELIEFS, IF THEY STAND UP

AND DO THE RIGHT THING ON

THIS ISSUE, IT IS GOING TO

HAVE A BIG IMPACT.

THE WORLD IS LOOKING TO

AMERICA TO STAND UP AND BE

HEARD ON THIS ISSUE.

AND THERE ARE JUST MILLIONS

OF CHRISTIANS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN NORTH KOREA,

WE BELIEVE THERE ARE

CHRISTIANS THAT ARE

IMPRISONED FOR THEIR FAITH.

NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE

ANY UNCIVIL ACTIVITY AS YOU

AND I WOULD KNOW IT, BUT

SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WANTED

TO READ AND STUDY THE WORDS

OF JESUS AND WANTED TO CALL

THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS.

AND THAT'S JUST IN ONE

COUNTRY.

THERE ARE OTHER COUNTRIES

AROUND THE WORLD WHERE THERE

ARE EVEN MORE CHRISTIANS

IMPRISONED FOR THEIR FAITH.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE,

AND AMERICA NEEDS TO BE

HEARD ON IT.

Wendy: DID YOU EXPECT

THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE SUCH A

STRONG STAND FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD?

WELL, HONESTLY, WE'VE

BEEN WAITING FOR THIS.

LAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF

CHRISTIANS MARTYRED FOR

THEIR FAITH DOUBLED FROM THE

PREVIOUS YEAR.

SO IT'S BEEN A MYSTERY AS TO

WHY IT HAS TAKEN HIS LONG.

NEVERTHELESS, WE'RE EXCITED

AND ENCOURAGED, I SHOULD

SAY, THAT HE HAS MADE A

STATEMENT, A STRONG

STATEMENT, I THINK, AND

HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE SOME

ACTION ON THIS POINT.

Wendy: YOU SAY HE CAN

FOLLOWUP BY APPOINTING A

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

AMBASSADOR.

WHAT KIND OF PERSON SHOULD

THE PRESIDENT PICK?

I THINK WE NEED SOMEBODY

IN THIS ROLE AT THE STATE

DEPARTMENT WHO WILL

UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS

HERE.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS.

THERE ARE OTHER RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES AROUND THE WORLD

THAT ARE NOT FREE TO EXPRESS

THEIR BELIEFS.

BUT CERTAINLY CHRISTIANITY

IS THE LARGEST RELIGIOUS

MINORITY AROUND THE WORLD,

AND WE NEED SOMEBODY WHO

UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND

THE WORLD.

Wendy: WHAT CAN OUR

VIEWERS DO TO HELP THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH?

CERTAINLY ONE OF THE

ELEMENTS THAT IS CRITICALLY

IMPORTANT IS THAT CHRISTIANS

OF ALL FAITHS, OF ALL

STRIPES, STAND UP AND BE

HEARD ON THIS ISSUE.

WE NEED TO STAND BEHIND OUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN

CHRIST.

AND SUPPORT THESE KINDS OF

ACTIONS.

AND WHEN THERE IS NO ACTION,

LET OUR VOICE BE HEARD.

MAKE THIS AN ISSUE OF PRAYER

IN OUR CHURCHES, IN OUR

SMALL GROUPS, AND TALK TO

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE

SURE THAT CHRISTIANS ARE

UNDERSTOOD AND HEARD ON THIS

IMPORTANT ISSUE.

Wendy: DR. DAVID

CURRIE, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

BEING WITH US.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

Wendy: IT HAS BEEN MORE

THAN 20 YEARS SINCE

COMMUNISM COLLAPSED AND

FREEDOM SWEPT THROUGH THE

COUNTRIES OF THE FORMER

SOVIET UNION.

SADLY THOSE NEW-FOUND

LIBERTIES WERE SHORT-LIVED.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS FROM THE

REGION CAME TO WASHINGTON

THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE NEW

CHALLENGES THEY FACE.

Reporter:

REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL

OVER THE FORMER SOVIET UNION

GATHERED ON CAPITOL HILL TO

BEMOAN WHAT IS HAPPENING.

ONCE THOUGHT ONCE THE COMUSM

COMMUNISM AND ATHEISM WAS

THRONE OUT, PEOPLE CAN

FLOURISH.

THE HEAD OF THE

RUSSIAN-AMERICAN INSTITUTE

OPENED THIS BRIEFING AND

TALKED TO CBN NEWS ABOUT THE

DIRE REALITIES IN RUSSIA,

WHERE IT APPEARS VLADIMIR

PUTIN IS SET ON CRACKING

DOWN, WHEN FOR YEARS IT

LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ON THE

SIDE OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.

WE CALL IT PUTIN ONE AND

PUTIN TWO.

WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO POWER,

HE WAS A POSITIVE

INFLUENCE.

BUT AFTER HIS SECOND TERM,

HE ROLLED BACK A LOT OF THE

FREEDOM ISSUES, HUMAN RIGHTS

ISSUES.

AND IT HAS BEEN A VERY

DIFFICULT DIRECTION WE'RE

GOING IN.

Reporter: THIS DOCTOR

WAS ALSO PESSIMISTIC AS HE

LOOKED AT THE LACK OF

LIBERTY ACROSS THE MANY

FORMER SOVIT SOVIET

STATES.

YOU HAVE NO RESTRICTIONS

FROM GOVERNMENT AND ALSO

FROM SOCIETY -- I MEAN

ISLAMIC SOCIETY, AND SO THIS

IS NEW CHALLENGES FOR

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES AND FOR

CIVIL SOCIETY AS WELL.

Reporter: DR. BERNBALM

WAS QUICK TO POINT OUT IT IS

REALLY HARD TO GENERALIZE,

BUT HE SAID WHAT HE IS

SEEING ACROSS EURASIA IS NOT

VERY HOPEFUL.

THEY ELIMINATE

OPPOSITION, ELIMINATE THE

FREE PRESS, ELIMINATE THE

RIGHT FOR OPPOSITION

CANDIDATES TO FORM POLITICAL

PARTIES, SO IT MAKES IT

VERY, VERY DIFFICULT.

Reporter: LAWMAKERS

STOPPED BY TO WISH THESE

EURASIAN LEADERS WELL,

INCLUDING ONE FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOMS INTERNATIONALLY.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW HIGH

HEART IS WITH YOU.

I DON'T THINK YOU COULD BE

DOING A GREATER WORK.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS THE

FOUNDATION OF ALL HUMAN

FREEDOM.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, WASHINGTON.

Wendy: AMEN.

WELL, SCOTLAND HAS PASSED A

MEASURE LEGALIZING GAY

MARRIAGE.

THE MARRIAGE AND CIVIL

PARTNERSHIP BILL MADE IT

THROUGH PARLIAMENT IN A VOTE

OF 105-18.

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SAYS

PASSING THE MEASURE WAS THE

RIGHT THING TO DO.

EVEN THOUGH IT FACED

OPPOSITION FROM THE CHURCH

OF SCOTLAND AND THE SCOTTISH

CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THE MEASURE SAYS RELIGIOUS

GROUPS CANNOT BE FORCED TO

PARTICIPATE IN GAY

MARRIAGES.

COMING UP, A SUFFERING

PEOPLE CONTINUES TO FEEL THE

PAIN.

PRESIDENT BASHIR RENEWS HIS

WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF

THE MA MANUBA MOUNTAINS.

*

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IS

HAVING A HORRIFIC EFFECT ON

CHILDREN.

A NEW UNITED NATIONS REPORT

SAYS GOVERNMENT FORCES HAVE

TORTURED, MAIMED, AND

SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN

THERE.

AND THAT REBELS RECRUITED

KIDS FOR COMBAT, EVEN USING

THEM AS HUMAN SHIELDS.

THE REPORT ESTIMATES AT

LEAST 10,000 CHILDREN HAVE

DIED SINCE THE CONFLICT

BEGAN BACK IN MARCH OF

2011.

U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN

KI-MOON URGES THE TWO SIDES

TO WORK TO PROTECT THE LIVES

OF CHILDREN.

WELL, NIGERIAN OFFICIALS

BELIEVE THE BOKO HARAM GROUP

IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ATTACK

THAT KILLED A PASTOR AND HIS

MEMBERS.

THE GROUP LAUNCHED AN ATTACK

ON A PREDOMINANTLY CHRISTIAN

VILLAGE.

THE GUNMEN TARGETED CHURCH.

10 OTHER WORSHIPPERS WERE

ALSO KILLED.

THE al-QAEDA-LINKED BOKO

HARAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR

THOUSANDS OF DEATHS IN

NORTHERN NIGERIA OVER THE

LAST SEVERAL YEARS.

MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE FLED

FOR FEAR OF ATTACK.

IN SUDAN, THE ISLAMIST

GOVERNMENT IS STEPPING UP

ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

AND BLACK AFRICANS IN THE

NUBA MOUNTAINS.

THE VIOLENCE IS PART OF

PRESIDENT BAS BASHIR'S

PURSUIT OF ETHNIC AND

RELIGIOUS CLEANSING.

Reporter: SUDAN'S NUBA

MOUNTAINS USED TO BE A

SERENE PLACE, WHERE MUSLIMS

AND CHRISTIANS LIVED SIDE BY

SIDE IN PEACE.

BUT THIS IS THEIR EXPERIENCE

IN 2014.

FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES,

SUDANESE PRESIDENT BASHIR

HAS WAGED WAR AGAINST THE

PEOPLE OF THE NUBAS, MUSLIMS

AND CHRISTIANS ALIKE HAVE

RESISTED HIS EFFORTS TO

ISLAMIZE THEM.

THEY BELIEVE HE SEES THEM AS

INFIDELS, AND HE WANTS TO

KILL THEM AND SEIZE THEIR

OIL.

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST,

IBRAHIM SAYS MANY AMERICANS

MISTAKENLY BELIEVE THAT

FIGHTING ENDED IN THE NUBAS

WHEN SOUTH SUDAN GAINED

INDEPENDENCE NEARLY THREE

YEARS AGO.

HE SAYS THE OPPOSITE IS

TRUE.

THE WAR AGAINST ITS PEOPLE

IS ESCALATING.

EVERY DAY, DAILY, THERE

IS BOMBING, DESTROYING THE

SCHOOL, EVEN THE FACILITIES,

THE HEALTH CENTERS,

CHARITIES, AND EVERYTHING.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

THE NEWS SERVICE, NUBA

REPORTS, SUDAN GOVERNMENT

BOMBINGS IN THE NUBA

MOUNTAINS INCREASED IN 2013

TO AT LEAST 120 JUST TWO

MONTHS LATER.

LATE LAST MONTH A BARAGE OF

48 ROCKETS HIT A SCHOOL AND

NEAR A MARK PLACE IN THE

CITY OF COWBA.

WHILE NOBODY WAS KILLED, THE

NUBAS WERE ALARMED BY THE

NEW FORM OF ATTACK,

PARACHUTE BOMBS.

THEY'RE MORE DEADLY AND ARE

MUST QUIETER AND LESS

NOTICEABLE WHEN THEY FALL

FROM THE SKY.

IT IS LIKE TOTALLY

FOCUSING TO DESTROY THE LIFE

OF THE PEOPLE.

THEY TARGET EVEN THE

CIVILIANS.

THEY DON'T FOCUS ON ANYTHING

ELSE.

THIS IS THE SITUATION.

Reporter: RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM ADVOCATE TINA

RAMALLAH FROM "HARD WIRED,"

SAYS BASHIR IS AT THE HEART

OF EVERY CONFLICT, FROM

DARFUR TO THE NUBA

MOUNTAINS.

THE CONFLICT IS NOT

BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND

CHRISTIANS.

IT IS BETWEEN BASHIR AND HIS

REGIME.

IT IS EXTREMELY OPPRESSIVE.

IT INCLUDES SOUTH SUDAN.

HE IS CONSTANTLY PITTING

GROUPS OFF OF EACH OTHER AND

INSTIGATING PROBLEMS EVEN IN

SOUTH SUDAN.

Reporter: THE

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

HAS ISSUED A WARRANT AGAIN

BASHIR FOR WAR CRIMES AND

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

SO FAR THE SUDANESE

PRESIDENT HAS AVOIDED

ARREST.

AND WE'RE NOT DOING

ANYTHING TO BRING HIM IN.

Reporter: SO WHAT CAN

WE DO AS THE U.S.?

AS THE CHURCH OR

NON-GOVERNMENTAL

ORGANIZATIONS, WE CAN COME

ALONGSIDE THE PEOPLE OF

SUDAN TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE

THE TRAINING TO ARTICULATE

TRUE HUMAN RIGHTS.

WITHOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

THERE WILL BE NO PEACE IN

SUDAN.

Reporter: FROM

CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS

ALIME, FROM CARTUN SOUTH TO

THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, GARY

LANE, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UKRAINE'S BATTLE

FOR FREEDOM.

AS THE PROTESTORS AND POLICE

SQUARE OFF, THE CHURCH

PREACHES THE GOSPEL OF

PEACE.

Wendy: WELCOME BACK.

UKRAINIANS ARE STILL ON

EDGE, MONTHS INTO THE

POLITICAL CRISIS THAT

DIVIDES THEIR COUNTRY.

PROTESTORS AND POLICE ARE

STILL FACING OFF IN DOWNTOWN

KIEV.

OUR OWN GEORGE THOMAS

REPORTS FROM THE SCENE.

George: WENDY, I'M

STANDING HERE IN KIEV'S

INDEPENDENT SQUARE.

BACK IN NOVEMBER, THIS WAS

THE EPICENTER, THE FOCUS

POINT, FOR HUNDREDS OF

THOUSANDS OF UKRAINIANS

DEMANDING FREEDOM, JUSTICE,

MORE HUMAN RIGHTS, AND FOR

THE PRESIDENT OF THIS

COUNTRY TO STEP DOWN.

IT IS ALSO THE FLASH POINT

OF VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN

PROTESTORS AND POLICE.

AND HAVING SPENT MANY DAYS

HERE ON THE SQUARE, I CAN

TELL YOU WITHOUT A SHADOW OF

A DOUBT, FROM THE

PROTESTORS' POINT OF VIEW,

THEY ARE READY TO FACE MORE

ATTACKS FROM THE

GOVERNMENT.

I CAN ALSO TELL YOU THAT IT

IS THE COUNTRY'S CHRISTIANS

THAT HAVE LITERALLY STOOD IN

THE GAP FOR PEACE.

57-YEAR-OLD UGWENNIE, FATHER

OF FIVE, AND ISLE EDUCATED,

JOINS DEMONSTRATORS ON THE

FRONT LINES OF THIS UKRAINE

SHOWDOWN.

I'M HERE TO FIGHT AGAINST

THE EVILS OF MY GOVERNMENT.

George: SINCE NOVEMBER,

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

UKRAINIANS HAVE TAKEN TO THE

STREETS, DEMANDING

GOVERNMENT REFORM.

I WANT THE PRESIDENT AND

HIS OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT

GONE.

George: FOR OVER TWO

WEEKS, THEY HAVE BEEN ON

THIS STREET IN THE HEART OF

THE CAPITAL CITY, WHERE IT

LOOKS AND SMELLS LIKE A WAR

ZONE.

AND THE MOMENT YOU ENTER

THIS AREA -- YOU CAN SMELL

IT, YOUR CLOTHES BEGIN TO

SMELL LIKE SMOKE.

LOOK AT THE GROUND.

IT IS JUST BLACK.

BLACK FROM THE FIRES THAT

HAVE BEEN BURNING HERE FOR

SEVERAL WEEKS.

HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME

UP HERE, AT THE VERY FRONT

OF THE BATTLE LINE, WATCHING

HIS SO-CALLED ENEMY ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE

BARRICADES.

UKRAINE'S ELITE SPECIAL

FORCES NOUN AS BERCUT.

WE KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR

FORCES, WHAT KIND OF

EQUIPMENT THEY HAVE.

WE HAVE TO BE READY.

George: HE SAYS THE MEN

STANDING GUARD ON HIS SIDE

ARE A MOTLEY CRUE FROM ALL

WALKS OF UKRAINIAN LIFE.

WE HAVE DOCTORS,

ENGINEERS, CARPENTERS,

BUSINESSMEN, LABORERS,

ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO WANT

JUSTICE.

George: MANY OF THEIR

FACES ARE COVERED IN BLACK

SOOT.

MOST FOLKS HERE EXPECT A

MAJOR ASSAULT FROM THE

GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE

REPAIRING THEIR DEFENSE.

LOOK AT HOW HIGH THIS

BARRICADE IS.

I'M STANDING, AND THIS IS

ME, AND THAT'S HOW HIGH THE

BARRICADE IS.

FOLKS, I'VE SPENT DAYS

FILLING THE SANDBAGS WITH

SNOW.

THEY'RE READY BECAUSE THEY

KNOW PROBABLY ABOUT

200 YARDS IN THIS DIRECTION

ARE HUNDREDS OF BERCUT, THE

UKRAINIAN POLICE, WHO ARE

FULLY ARMED, FULLY READY TO

DO ANY KIND OF ACTION IF

CALLED UPON TO DO SO.

STANDING BETWEEN SUCANOFF'S

MEN ARE CHRISTIANS.

EVERY DAY THEY COME NOT TO

PROTEST, BUT TO SING AND

PRAY FOR PEACE.

IN THE BACKGROUND, A POLICE

OFFICER WITH A BULL HORN

WARNS THEM NOT TO COME TOO

CLOSE.

BUT THE WARNING DOESN'T

SCARE NADIA, WHO TRIES

REPEATEDLY TO HAND BIBLE

VERSES TO THE MEN IN BLACK.

I HAVE CHRIST IN ME.

WHY SHOULD I BE AFRAID?

I WANTED TO GIVE OUR

BROTHERS A TEXT OF PSALM

91.

THESE MEN ARE NOT OUR

ENEMIES.

THEY ARE OUR BROTHERS, OUR

SONS.

George: THIS CHRISTIAN

MOTHER FACING THE POLICE

WEEPS FOR HER SON, WHO WAS

REPORTEDLY KILLED DURING

VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN

POLICE AND ANTI-GOVERNMENT

PROTESTORS.

FOR WHAT?

FOR WHAT DID YOU KILL MY

SON?

AND NOW ANOTHER SON IS

MISSING.

George: THIS PAST

SUNDAY, AS THOUSANDS WERE

GATHERING ON INDEPENDENCE

SQUARE, THE EPICENTER OF THE

POLITICAL CRISIS, HUNDREDS

OF CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS

FANNED OUT.

THEY HAD A MISSION, THEY HAD

15,000 COPIES OF THE GOSPEL

OF JOHN TO HAND OUT.

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO THE

POLITICIANS TO SOLVE OUR

CRISIS.

BUT WE'RE HERE TO SAY IT IS

NOT POLITICS, BUT JESUS

CHRIST WHO IS THE ANSWER FOR

UKRAINE.

George: AND SINCE LAST

NOVEMBER, THE CHURCHES HERE

IN UKRAINE HAVE BEEN

ACTIVELY INVOLVED.

THEY'VE SEIZED THE

OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TRUTH

AND HOPE INTO THE POLITICAL

CRISIS.

CHURCHES HAVE HELD 24-HOUR

PRAYER VIGILS.

THEY HAVE CONDUCTED NUMEROUS

EVANGELISTIC OUTREACHES.

CBN KIEV HAS BEEN ACTIVELY

INVOLVED, AS THEY HAVE BEEN

FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, USING

TELEVISION AND OTHER

EVANGELISTIC TOOLS TO SHARE

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS

EXCITING TO ME IS THAT WE

ARE NOT EMBARRASSED TO NAME

THE NAME OF GOD, NOT

EMBARRASSED TO NAME THE NAME

OF JESUS CHRIST.

WE'VE GOT PLACARDS OUT THERE

ON MIDUNG SAYING, "PRAY TO

JESUS.

JESUS HAS THE FUTURE FOR OUR

NATION."

AND THEY'RE PRAYING FROM THE

STAGE DOWN THERE MORNING AND

NIGHT.

THEY OPEN UP EVERY MORNING

WITH THE LORD'S PRAYER.

George: CBN NEWS HAD AN

INTERVIEW WITH THE FORMER

HEAD OF DEFENSE HERE IN

UKRAINE, AND HE TOLD ME HOW

ENCOURAGED HE WAS BY THE

ROLE THE CHURCH WAS

PLAYING.

ALL CHURCHES, ALL

DENOMINATIONS, WITH NO

EXCEPTIONS, THEY ARE HERE.

THEY ARE SPREADING AN

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON THOSE

BARRICADES.

AND WHEN THE POLICE STARTED

TO ATTACK, IT WAS THE

CHRISTIANS WHO STOOD AND

CALLED FOR PEACE.

George: AS I HAVE SPENT

TIME HERE ON THE STREETS OF

KIEV, MEETING WITH

DEMONSTRATORS, BUT ALSO MORE

IMPORTANTLY WITH THE CHURCH,

THEY SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE

TO SPEAK HOPE AND LAY THOSE

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS THAT

THEY PRAY WILL ONE DAY BRING

PEACE AND PROSPERITY TO

THEIR NATION.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

KIEV, UKRAINE.

Wendy: GEORGE,

PHENOMENAL REPORTING, AND WE

APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE

AND BRAVING THE COLD

TEMPERATURES.

FOR MORE, MAKE SURE YOU

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

CWNEWS.ORG.

AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, "OPERATION BLESSING"

IS PROVIDING CLEAN WATER TO

A VILLAGE IN HONDURAS.

DURING THE DRY SEASON, THE

SMALL COMMUNITY OF NEW HOPE

HAS ONLY A NEARBY RIVER AS A

WATER SOURCE.

BUT RECENTLY IT RAN DRY.

"OPERATION BLESSING" TEAMS

PARTNERED WITH A LOCAL

ORGANIZATION TO DRILL A WELL

FOR THE COMMUNITY.

O.B. DELIVERED ALL OF THE

MATERIALS NECESSARY TO BUILD

A WATER RESERVOIR AND SYSTEM

TO PIPE WATER INTO EVERY

HOME.

TODAY EVERY FAMILY HAS

ACCESS TO WATER WHENEVER

THEY NEED IT.

JESUS SAID, WHATEVER YOU'VE

DONE TO THE LEAST OF THESE,

YOU HAVE DONE ONTO ME.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US THIS WEEK.

GEORGE WILL BE BACK WITH US

NEXT WEEK.

WE'RE SEE GLAD.

WE'VE MISSED HIM.

UNTIL THEN, GOOD-BYE.

AND FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, GOD

BLESS YOU.

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