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Christian World News: March 14, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Three years of carnage, atrocity, and heartbreak. Syria's civil war reaches a sad milestone. We'll tell you how Christians are affected and how they're helping. Plus, the Christian called to lead Ukraine for ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, THREE YEARS OF

CARNAGE.

ATROCITY AND HEARTBREAK.

SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR REACHES A

SAD MILESTONE.

AND WE'LL TELL YOU HOW

CHRISTIANS ARE HELPING AND

HOW THEY'RE AFFECTED.

Wendy: PLUS, HE

BELIEVES GOD'S HAND IS

GUIDING EVENTS IN HIS

KILOMETRE, AN COUNTRY, AND

HE IS COUNTING ON THE CHURCH

TO BRING RECONCILIATION.

George: AND THE CROSS

DISCOVERED IN 9/11 IS GIVING

HOPE TO SOME PEOPLE.

SO WHAT ARE SOME TRYING TO

KEEP IT OUT OF THE 9/11

MUSEUM?

HELLO, EVERYONE, WELCOME TO

THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WEN

WENDY GRIFFITH.

THIS WEEK MARKS THE THIRD

ANNIVERSARY OF SEA SYRIA'S

CIVIL WAR.

IT HAS BECOME WHAT SOME ARE

CALLING THE WORST

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND

MODERN TIMES, WITH

CHRISTIANS CAUGHT IN THE

CROSS-FIRE.

JOHN WAGGI HAS MORE.

Reporter: EARLY IN

2011, WHILE SEEDS OF THE

ARAB SPRING WERE

GERMINATING, SIGNS OF SYRIAN

UPRISINGS, PROTESTS THE

COUNTRY'S DICTATOR,

PRESIDENT BASHAR

al-ASSAD, BEGAN TO

APPEAR ON YouTube.

THOSE PROTESTS WOULD

MUSHROOM INTO A FULL-SCALE,

THREE-YEAR CIVIL WAR WITH

STAGGERING COSTS.

MORE THAN 140,000 DEAD AND

AT LEAST A THIRD OF THE

COUNTRY'S 23 MILLION PEOPLE

FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES.

MILLIONS OF REFUGEES ARE NOW

LIVING IN CAMPS IN TURKEY,

LEBANON, AND JORDAN.

SYRIA IS RATED ONE OF THE

WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS

PLACES FOR CHILDREN, AND

THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN

MURDERED.

THE WAR ALSO HELPED PRODUCE

CHAOS IN U.S. FOREIGN

POLICY.

President Obama: TO USE

POTENTIAL WEAPONS OF MASS

DESTRUCTION ON CIVILIAN

POPULATIONS CROSSES ANOTHER

LINE, AND THAT IS GOING TO

BE A GAME-CHANGER.

Reporter: ONE RESULT:

REDUCED U.S. INFLUENCE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, AND ALLIED

SKEPTICISM THAT AMERICA WILL

MAKE GOOD ON ITS

COMMITMENTS.

ASSAD RESURFACED IN DAMASCUS

THIS WEEK, A SIGN HE IS NOT

OVERLY WORRIED ABOUT THREATS

FROM UNITED STATES AND

EUROPE.

AND SOME TIED TO AL-QAEDA

MAKE LIFE DANGEROUS FOR

CHRISTIANS AND OTHER SYRIAN

MINORITIES.

THEY HELD A GROUP OF

ORTHODOX NUNS HOSTAGE FOR

MONTHS, RECENTLY LETING

LETTING THEM GO AFTER

RECEIVING A RANSOM.

AND THE REBELS HAVE ATTACKED

HISTORIC CHRISTIAN TOWNS,

TARGETING CHURCHES AND

MONASTERIES.

THEY ARE FORCING CHRISTIANS

TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, PAY A

TAX, OR, QUOTE,"FACE THE

SWORD."

MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE DIED,

AND THOUSANDS, SUCH AS

NICHOLAS GEORGE, HAVE FLED.

BECAUSE OF THE FIGHTING,

EVERYONE IN MY AREA WAS

STUCK INSIDE THEIR HOUSE.

THEY COULD NOT BUY

ANYTHING.

IT WAS VERY DANGEROUS FOR ME

EVEN TO TRY TO OPEN MY

SHOP.

Reporter: DIPLOMATS

MEETING IN EUROPE HAVE TRIED

TO FORGE AN AGREEMENT

BETWEEN THE WARING FACTIONS,

BUT PLUMES OF SMOKE RISING

IN SYRIAN CITIES SIGNAL THAT

THE END TO THE CRISIS IS NOT

AT HAND.

IF YOU WERE, I THINK, A

CHRISTIAN FATHER IN SYRIA,

LOOKING AT YOUR CHILDREN AND

THEIR FUTURE, YOU KNOW, I

THINK YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO

GET OUT.

AND NOT JUST NOW, FOR

SAFETY, BUT FOR THE FUTURE,

TOO.

I THINK YOU WOULD BE SAYING,

GO TO EUROPE.

GO TO AMERICA.

Reporter: JOHN WAGGI,

CBN NEWS.

George: THANK YOU,

JOHN.

ANOTHER PASTOR HAS BEEN

ARRESTED IN IRAN.

OFFICIALS ARE HOLDING THE

PASTOR AND TWO OF HIS

MEMBERS.

PRESENT TRUTH MINISTRIES

REPORTS INTELLIGENCE FORCES

ATTACKED A GROUP OF

CHRISTIANS AS THEY WERE

HAVING A CHURCH PICNIC.

THE AGENTS BEAT SEVERAL

MEMBERS AND TOOK THEM ALL

INTO CUSTODY, HOLDING THEM

FOR SIX HOURS BEFORE

RELEASING ALL BUT PASTOR

AMIN AND TWO OTHERS.

THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED

AND COULD BE HELD FOR UP TO

A MONTH WHILE AUTHORITIES

INVESTIGATE.

Wendy: IT JUST NEVER

ENDS THERE, GEORGE.

CHRISTIANS IN UKRAINE SAY

THEIR COUNTRY IS AT A

CRITICAL TURNING POINT.

AND THEY HAVE LITTLE TIME TO

MAKE SURE THEY GET THINGS

RIGHT.

George: BIG TIME.

IN RECENT WEEKS, I HAVE

SPENT SOME TIME WITH

UKRAINIAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS,

AND DESPITE THE CHAOS,

THEY'RE CONFIDENT GOD HAS

HIS HAND ON THEIR COUNTRY.

THIS PASTOR COULDN'T BE

PROUDER OF HIS COUNTRY'S NEW

LEADER.

HE IS A BORN-AGAIN

CHRISTIAN AND LOVES GOD.

FOR SEVERAL YEARS, OLEKSANDR

TURCHINOV HAS ANDED THE

CHURCH IN KIEV AND SERVES AS

DEACON.

IT IS VERY RARE, NOT JUST

FOR UKRAINE, BUT FOR THE

ENTIRE REGION, FOR A BAPTIST

CHRISTIAN TO RUN THE

COUNTRY.

George: HE SAID THAT

GOD IS WORKING IN HIS

COUNTRY.

HE IS ASKING BELIEVERS

WORLDWIDE TO PRAY.

I'M SO GLAD HE HAS BEEN

GIVEN SUCH A POSITION.

BUT FROM ANOTHER

PERSPECTIVE, IT IS VERY

SCARY BECAUSE WE ARE

EXPERIENCING VERY DIFFICULT

TIMES.

WE ARE BANKRUPT AS A NATION

AND THERE ARE MANY ENEMIES.

George: WHEN PROTESTS

STARTED LAST NOVEMBER,

UKRAINIAN CHRISTIANS FOUND

THEMSELVES PLAYING THE ROLE

OF PEACEMAKER.

THIS MAN IS A LEADER OF THE

ANTI-GOVERNMENT

DEMONSTRATORS.

DURING THE GUN FIGHTS,

THERE WAS A PREACH WHO WAS

STANDING THERE WHO GAVE HIS

LAST WORDS TO DYING PEOPLE,

AND HE PERSONALLY TOLD ME 20

PEOPLE DIED ON HIS HANDS.

George: MEN LIKE THIS

FATHER LITERALLY RISK THEIR

LIVES TO STAND IN THE GAP.

IT HAPPENED JUST A FEW

FEET FROM HERE.

HUNDREDS OF UKRAINIAN POLICE

STOOD ON ONE SIDE, AND

ANTI-GOVERNMENT

DEMONSTRATORS ON THE OTHER,

AND WE TOOK OUR PLACE IN THE

MIDDLE, CALLING FOR CALM.

George: VICTORIA

TRAVELLED TO MIDONG, GROUND

ZERO OF THE MASS

DEMONSTRATIONS, TO PRAY FOR

FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVED

ONES.

AND SHE ALSO GIVES THANKS TO

MEN LOOK THE FATHER.

I SAW PROTESTANT,

CATHOLIC, AND OTHERS HELPING

THOSE FOR AND AGAINST THE

GOVERNMENT.

THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE ALSO

HEROS.

AS MUCH AS THOSE WHO GAVE

THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM.

George: FOR MONTHS HERE

IN MIDONG, THE UKRAINIAN

CHURCH PLAYED THE ROLE OF

PEACEMAKER.

TODAY IT IS PREACHING A

MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION.

WE ARE PREACHING HIS

MESSAGE IN ALMOST EVERY

SERVICE, AND ENCOURAGING

PEOPLE TO DEMONSTRATE IN

PRACTICAL WAYS HOW WE CAN

HEAL OUR NATION.

George: ALEXANDER

BUPABOY SAYS HIS COUNTRY HAS

A SMALL WINDOW OF

OPPORTUNITY TO GET THINGS

RIGHT.

PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY, BUT

WE CANNOT OVERCOME EVIL WITH

EVIL.

WE HAVE TO BE MORE

FORGIVING.

George: DAYS AFTER THE

MASSACRE, THIS CHURCH

ERECTED THIS TENT FOR

COUNSELLING.

ENTIRE FAMILIES WITH

CHILDREN ARE COMING AND

ASKING HOW THEY CAN HELP

MOVE OR COUNTRY FORWARD

AFTER ALL OF THE VIOLENCE

AND BLOODSHED.

THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT

FOR US.

George: ONE THAT LITVIN

AND BELIEVERS HERE SAY MUST

BE COVERED IN PRAYER AND

FORGIVENESS.

Wendy: GEORGE, WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE TIME TO BE OVER

THERE AND TO SEE THIS FIRST

HAND.

WHAT ABOUT OLEKSANDR

TURCHINOV, WILL HE EVER GET

A CHANCE TO LEAD WITH RUSSIA

BREATHING DOWN THEIR NEXT?

George: IT IS TOUGH

BECAUSE THERE ARE ELECTIONS

IN MAY.

AND NOW WITH RUSSIA

CONTINUING THIS POTENTIAL

INCURSION INTO THE COUNTRY,

IT IS A GREAT QUESTION.

YOU CAN JOIN WITH THE PEOPLE

OF UKRAINE AND CONNECT WITH

THEM ON OUR C.W.N.Facebook

PAGE, WHERE YOU CAN SEND

THEM YOUR PRAYERS AND

ENCOURAGEMENT.

Wendy: THE CRISIS IN

UKRAINE'S IS SHAKING THE

WORLD, BUT IT HAD AN IMPACT

ON ONE AMERICAN FAMILY.

DON AND JANE FOUND

THEMSELVES STUCK IN THE

UKRAINE.

THEY WENT TO ADOPT FOUR

KIDS, WITH NO IDEA WHEN TO

GET HOME.

EVERY DAY IT WAS A FEW

MORE DAYS.

Wendy: THEY SAY THEIR

FAITH IN CHRIST GAVE THEM

STRENGTH.

WHEN WE WOULD GET TO THE

LOWEST PART, WE WOULD GET A

Facebook MESSAGE FROM

SOMEBODY AT CHURCH OR A

FRIEND THAT WOULD SAY, YOU

KNOW, JUST HANG IN THERE.

THE LORD IS WITH YOU.

AND THOSE LITTLE THINGS ARE

REALLY WHAT GOT US THROUGH.

Wendy: AFTER THEIR LONG

BATTLE, THE JENKINS FAMILY

IS RELIEVED TO BE BACK, AND

THEY CAN HONESTLY SAY THERE

IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

George: UP NEXT, FOR

MANY THIS CROSS IS A SYMBOL

OF HOPE IN THE MIDST OF SO

MUCH TRAGEDY.

BUT SOME CLAIM IT IS A

SOURCE OF PAIN AND THEY WANT

IT BANISHED FROM THE PUBLIC

SQUARE.

Wendy: HERE IN THE

U.S., NEW YORK CITY PASTORS

ARE RALLYING AROUND AN

EVANGELICAL CHURCH THAT LOST

EVERYTHING IN WEDNESDAY'S

DEADLY GAS EXPLOSION IN EAST

HARLEM.

SPANISH CHRISTIAN CHURCH

OCCUPIED THE FIRST FLOOR OF

ONE OF THE TWO BUILDINGS

THAT WERE LEVELLED.

THEY BEGAN HOLDING

ROUND-THE-CLOCK PRAYER

VIGILS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

AND ANOTHER HISPANIC CHURCH

JUST TWO BLOCKS AWAY -- HE

TOLD CBN NEWS WHY THE EFFORT

IS IMPORTANT.

THIS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST

CHURCHES IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND PASTOR PEREZ IS VERY

ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY.

THE MAJORITY ARE STILL

PUERTO RICANS, AND PASTOR

PEREZ IS FROM PUERTO RICO.

AND WE COME TOGETHER TO HELP

EACH OTHER, ESPECIALLY IN

THIS GREAT TRAGEDY THAT WE

SUFFER.

BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE A HELL.

WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDED

CLOTHING, FOR EXAMPLE,

BECAUSE THEY LOST

EVERYTHING.

HYGIENE ELEMENTS, AND MANY

OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK, AND

THE RED CROSS, AND

ESPECIALLY THE SALVATION

ARMY, AND OUR CHURCHES IN

THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WE HAVE

BEEN COMING TOGETHER TO

PROVIDE SOME BRAND NEW

CLOTHING TO THE PEOPLE WHO

HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM

THIS TRAGEDY.

Wendy: THE SALVATION

ARMY IS SHELTERS SURVIVORS

FROM THE DESTROYED BUILDING,

PLUS DOZENS OF FAMILIES

EVACUATED FROM NEARBY

APARTMENTS DAMAGED BY THE

BLAST.

AND INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE AN

AGED, FAULTY GAS PIPE MAY

HAVE CAUSED THAT EXPLOSION.

George: IT WAS A SYMBOL

OF HOPE AND GRACE FOR MANY

AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS.

TWO STEEL BEAMS FORMING A

CROSS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE

OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.

AND IT WAS SET TO BE

INCLUDED IN A NEW MUSEUM SET

TO OPEN THIS YEAR.

BUT A NEW GROUP OF ATHEISTS

IS SUING THE MUSEUM TO KEEP

THE CROSS OUT.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

CALLED THE MIRACLE CROSS,

FORMED BY TWO BEAMS FROM THE

WORLD TRADE CENTER.

THE NEW 9/11 MUSEUM WANTS TO

PUT IT IN ITS BUILDING, AND

MOST LOVE THE IDEA.

I LOST MY GOOD FRIEND,

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

CHAPLAIN, AND 10 OTHER

FRIENDS.

THIS IS A SIGN OF

CONSOLATION.

IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO HURT

ANYONE.

Reporter: BUT ATHEISTS

SAID THEY WERE HURT.

THEIR LAWYER SAID THE

PLAINTIFFS WERE SUFFERING

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PAIN

BECAUSE OF THE CROSS,

INCLUDING INDIGESTION,

HEADACHES, AND ANXIETY.

IN COURT, THEIR LAWYER SAYS

THE ARTIFACT SCREAMS

CHRISTIANITY.

HE SAYS THEY NEED TO INCLUDE

A PLAGUE THAT SAYS ATHEISTS

DIED HERE, TOO.

WE HAVE A RELIGIOUS

ARTICLE.

Reporter: BUT A PANEL

OF JUDGES ASKED WHAT'S THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CROSS

AT THE 9/11 MUSEUM AND

RELIGIOUS OBJECTS IN OTHER

PUBLIC MUSEUMS?

A LAWYER FOR THE 9/11 MUSEUM

ARGUED, RESCUE WORKERS HAD A

HORRIFIC EXPERIENCE AFTER

9/11.

THEY TOOK SOME COMFORT IN

THIS OBJECT.

AND HE ARGUED THAT A PLAQUE

FOR ATHEISTS MIGHT SOUND

NICE, BUT IT IS NOT

JUSTIFIEDMENT.

MUSEUMS CENSOR HISTORY.

THEY DON'T MAKE UP HISTORY.

THEY TELL HISTORY AS IT

HAPPENS.

THE CROSS IS PART OF THE

HISTORY.

THE PLAQUE IS NOT.

Reporter: THE 9/11

MUSEUM IS SLATED TO OPEN IN

MAY.

THE ATHEIST CASE WAS THROWN

OUT BY A JUDGE LAST YEAR,

BUT THE ATHEISTS FILED AN

APPEAL.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UP NEXT,

BROADCASTING FREEDOM.

A TV PROGRAM OFFERS

SPIRITUAL SOLUTION FOR 250

PEOPLE.

HOW THE MESSAGE IS TAKING

ROOT IN THEIR HEARTS AND

THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

George: WELCOME BACK TO

THE BROADCAST.

A CHRISTIAN TELEVISION

PROGRAM BASKETBALL IN THE

BENGALI LANGUAGE IS POISED

TO REACH 250 MILLION IN

SOUTH ASHIA.

IT IS DESIGNED TO OFFER THE

BENGALI PEOPLE ANSWERS TO

THE EVERY DAIDAY PROBLEMS

THEY FACE.

FLIPPING THROUGH THE

CHANNELS ONE SUNDAY MORNING,

A SONG CAUGHT OUR

ATTENTION.

THE SONG WAS PART OF

"SHAMADAADAN," CBN'S

PROGRAM.

I WAS FACING A PROBLEM I

COULD NOT SHARE WITH ANYONE,

BUT THE SONG RELIEVED ME

FROM MY PAIN.

I EXPERIENCED PEACE

LISTENING TO THE SONG.

THE SONG WAS VERY

COMFORTING, AND THE SONG

DESCRIBED THE PAIN AND

SUFFERING OF JESUS.

Reporter: SO THE

FOLLOWING SUNDAY, SHE

WATCHED "SHAMADAN" AGAIN AND

THEN CALLED THE PHONE NUMBER

ON THE SCREEN FOR PRAYER FOR

HER GRANDMOTHER.

SHE IS VERY OLD, AND SHE

WAS HAVING ARTHRITIS

PROBLEMS.

SHE WAS SUFFERING FOR MANY

YEARS BUT DID NOT GET

CURED.

SHE COULDN'T STAND UP IF SHE

WAS SITTING.

AND IF SHE SAT DOWN, SHE

COULD NOT GET UP.

SHE ALWAYS HAD TO WALK

HOLDING A STICK.

Reporter: A FEW HOURS

LATER, AN EXCITED PERSON

CALLED THE "SHAMADAM"

COUNSELLORS TO SHARE THE

NEWS WITH THEM.

AFTER THE PRAYER, MY

GRANDMA SAID, RUMPA, BECAUSE

YOU CALLED "SHAM "SHAMADAN

AND PRAYED FOR ME, I AM

FINE.

I HAVE NO PAIN IN WALKING.

SO I CALLED AGAIN TO GIVE

THANKS.

Reporter: AS RUMPA

WATCHED THIS PROGRAM WEEK

AFTER WEEK, HER FAITH IN

JESUS CHRIST INCREASED, AND

MANY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

I ENCOURAGED MANY TO

WATCH THE PROGRAM AND CALL

THE NUMBERS TO GET A

SOLUTION FOR THEIR

PROBLEMS.

I TOLD THEM, YOU WILL FEEL

GOOD IF YOU TALK WITH THEM.

IF YOU SHARE YOUR PROBLEMS

WITH THEM.

Reporter: SOON EVERY

HOME IN THE BASMARI VILLAGE

STARTED WATCHING

"SHAMADAN."

ENCOURAGED BY WHAT THEY SAW,

MANY BEGAN TO CALL THE PHONE

NUMBERS FOR PRAYER.

THE COUNSELLORS PRAYED WITH

THEM AND TOLD THEM ABOUT

JESUS.

WHEN THEY GOT ANSWERS TO

THEIR PRAYERS, THEY SHARED

THE NEWS WITH THEIR

RELATIVES, TOO.

AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO

ATTEND A CHURCH.

[SINGING]

THE NUMBER INCREASED

AFTER WATCHING THE

"SHAMADAN" PROGRAM.

APPROXIMATELY 80 PEOPLE WERE

ADDED TO THE CHURCH.

BEFORE THERE WERE 20 TO 25

PEOPLE.

BUT AFTER WATCHING THE

PROGRAM, NOW THERE ARE 100

PEOPLE.

Reporter: GOD USED

"SHAMADAN" TO TRANSFORM

RUMPA'S LIFE AND THAT OF HER

FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

TODAY THEY WORSHIP AND PRAY

TO JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR

LORD AND SAVIOR.

WE BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN

BE SAVED, THAT THEY CAN GET

PEACE, ONLY IF THEY COME TO

JESUS.

AND FOR THAT REASON WE

BELIEVE IN HIM AS OUR LORD

AND MASTER.

Wendy: WHAT AN AMAZING

STORY.

"SHAMADAN" HAS BEEN

RECOGNIZED FOR ITS

EXCELLENCE.

IT WAS AWARDED THE

INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION

AWARD.

AND RECENTLY GARY LANE SPOKE

TO THE DIRECTOR ABOUT

"SHAMADAN" AND THE PEOPLE IT

SERVES.

Reporter: JOINING US IS

VIVIENNE ISAAC.

THERE ARE 250 MILLION

BENGALIS IN THE WORLD.

WHO ARE THEY AND WHERE ARE

THEY LIVING?

THE BENGALIS LIVE IN THE

WESTERN REGION OF INDIA, AND

IN THE NEIGHBORING COUNTRY,

BANGLADESH.

IN INDIA MOST OF THEM ARE

HINDUS, AND IN BANGLADESH,

THEY ARE MUSLIMS.

BUT THEY ARE ALL

BENGALLY-SPEAKING PEOPLE,

AND THIS PROGRAM REACHED OUT

TO THEM.

Reporter: TELL US A

LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE

PEOPLE.

WHAT ARE THEY UP AGAINST?

HOW ARE THEY LIVING?

THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF

POVERTY.

POVERTY EVERYWHERE.

AND THERE ARE PLACES WHERE

THEY DON'T HAVE PROPER

FOOD.

THERE IS CROWDING.

AND YOU MUST HAVE SEEN THEM

TAKING BATHS ON THE STREETS

THERE.

Reporter: NOT JUST POOR

PHYSICALLY, BUT ALSO

SPIRITUALLY.

SPIRITUALLY, THERE IS

ALMOST DARKNESS OUT THERE.

WE DIDN'T KNOW MUCH UNTIL

THE PROGRAM STARTED.

AND WHEN THE PROGRAM --

ACTUALLY, WHEN IT STARTED,

THEY BEGAN CALLING.

AND WHEN THEY STARTED

CALLING, THEY WOULD WEEP.

THEY WOULD TALK.

NORMALLY ON THE PROGRAMS,

WHEN THEY CALL IN, WE HAVE

FIVE TO EIGHT MINUTES TIME

SET FOR THEM.

BUT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN MERE.

IT IS 30 MINUTES.

IT IS A TOLL-FREE LINE.

THEY KEEP CALLING AND CRYING

ON THE PHONE.

I ASKED SOME OF THEM, WHY DO

YOU TAKE A CALL FOR 30

MINUTES.

PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO GET ON

THE LINE.

AND THEY SAID, THEY DID NOT

HAVE ANYBODY TO TALK TO.

Reporter: AND MANY ARE

COMING TO CHRIST?

MANY ARE COMING TO

CHRIST.

THERE ARE FAMILIES COMING TO

CHRIST.

Reporter: ONCE THEY DO

COME TO CHRIST, HOW DO YOU

PLUG THEM IN?

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR THEM?

WE DO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH

THEM ON TELEPHONE FOR ONE OR

TWO MONTHS.

AND DURING THIS TIME, WE

HAVE ON GROUND SOME PASTORS

IN THE DIFFERENT AREAS, WHOM

WE ARE ALSO IN TOUCH WITH.

SLOWLY WE TURN THEM ON TO

THE NEARBY CHURCHES.

Reporter: ARE WE SEEING

INTO CHURCHES?

WE ARE SEEING NEW

CHURCHES BEING STARTED.

AND WE'RE SEEING CHURCHES

BEING FILLED WITH MORE AND

MORE PEOPLE.

Reporter: THAT IS

WONDERFUL, AMAZING.

JUST FROM ONE PROGRAM THAT

HASN'T EVEN BEEN ON THE AIR

FOR, WHAT, A YEAR?

JUST A LITTLE MORE THAN A

YEAR.

Reporter: WHAT NEXT?

WE TRY TO COME ON AIR

MORE OFTEN, THAN JUST

SUNDAYS, SO WE CAN REACHMORE

AND MORREACH MORE AND MORE

PEOPLE WITH THE LOVE OF

CHRIST.

Reporter: AS MORE

PEOPLE COME, THERE IS

PROBABLY MORE PERSECUTION.

ARE SOME SEEING OPPOSITION

FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND

NEIGHBORS, THAT SORT OF

THING?

IT IS A HUGE BATTLE.

IT IS HIGHLY RELIGIOUS,

VERY, VERY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

THERE, AND IT IS GOING TO BE

A BATTLE FOR THEM.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CALL IN

THAT THEIR MOTHER DOESN'T

LIKE IT, OR THE FATHER

DOESN'T LIKE IT, OR THE

HUSBAND DOESN'T LIKE THEM TO

PRAY.

THIS WILL BE A BATTLE AND

WE'RE PRAYING FOR THOSE

PEOPLE OUT THERE.

Reporter: HOW CAN WE

PRAY?

WHAT SHOULD OUR VIEWERS BE

PRAYING?

PRAY THAT THEY -- THAT

GOD WILL STRENGTHEN THEM IN

THEIR FAITH AND THEY WILL

STAND FOR FAITH.

BECAUSE WHEN THEY'RE TALKING

TO A COUNSELLOR, IT'S OKAY.

BUT THEY'RE NOT TALKING TO A

COUNSELLOR ALL OF THE TIME.

THEY'RE GOING BACK INTO

THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE

NORMAL WORSHIP OF DEITIES.

AND IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO

TAKE THEM OFF-LINE.

CULTURE IS A VERY, VERY

DIFFICULT VIEW.

YOU HAVE TO PRAY ON LOT ON

THIS.

Reporter: NOT JUST FOR

THOSE INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO

FOR YOUR STAFF AND FOR THE

COUNSELLORS AND CBN INDIA.

WHAT CAN WE PRAY FOR THEM?

THESE PEOPLE ARE ONLINE

24 HOURS.

WE TOLD THEM AT NIGHT, PUT

OFF YOUR PHONE, BUT THEY

SAID, NO.

PEOPLE IN DESPERATION ARE

CALLING.

SO THEY ARE THERE ALL OF THE

TIME IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE

WHO ARE OUT THERE,

BATTLING.

SO PRAY FOR THE STAFF AND

THE TEAM IN CBN INDIA WHO DO

THE STORIES, FOR THE

COUNSELLORS WHO RECEIVE THE

CALLS.

KEEP THEM VERY STRONGLY IN

PRAYER.

Reporter: AND IT IS SO

IMPORTANT, IS IT NOT?

YES.

THE NEGATIVE FORCES WILL NOT

KEEP QUIET, SO WE NEED TO

PRAY STRONG PRAYERS.

Wendy: STEVE HILL, THE

EVANGELIST ASSOCIATED WITH

THE BROWN HILL REVIVAL HAS

DIED.

HE FOUGHT A LONG BATTLE WITH

CANCER, AND SUCCUMB TO THE

DISEASE AT HIS ALABAMA

HOME.

HE IS BEST KNOWN AS ONE OF

THE LEADERS OF A REVIVAL

THAT BEGAN ON FATHER'S DAY,

1994, AT BROWNSVILLE

ASSEMBLY OF GOD.

CHURCH LEADERS

SAID, QUOTE,"A MIGHTY WIND

OF GOD'S POWER BLEW THROUGH

THE SERVICE THAT DAY AND

SPARKED A REVIVAL."

George: A LONG TIME

DEFENDER OF GLOBAL RELIGIOUS

RIGHTS HAS DIED AT HIS

ILLINOIS HOME.

REVEREND KEITH RODERICK WAS

SECRETARY OF THE COALITION

OF THE DEFENSE OF HUMAN

RIGHTS.

HE WAS A LONG TIME ADEQUATE

FOR OPPRESSED RELIGIOUS

MINORITIES.

HE SPENT MUCH OF HIS TIME

LOBBYING CONGRESS ON BEHALF

OF SUFFERING CHRISTIANS IN

COUNTRIES LIKE IRAQ AND

SUDAN.

HE WAS AN OCCASIONAL GUEST

ON CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

AT A CHICAGO CONFERENCE IN

2012, HE URGED CHRISTIANS TO

SPEAK OUT FOR THE PERSECUTED

CHURCH.

TO THE CHRISTIAN

COMMUNITY OF THE UNITED

STATES, WE, WHO ALLOW THE

OPPRESSION, SHARE THE

CRIME.

WE WILL BE DOOMED TO SHARE

IN THE CONSEQUENCES.

George: FOR MORE ON

REVEREND RODERICK LOOK FOR

GARY LANE'S BLOG AT GLOBAL

LANE AT cbnnews.com.

Wendy: STEVE HILL WAS

ONLY 60 YEARS OLD.

George: AND HIS

INFLUENCE WAS HUGE.

FOLKS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US THIS WEEK.

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