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700 Club Interactive: Persecution & Prayer - March 18, 2014

Evangelist Paul Dhinakaran shares about the persecution of the Church within India and how fellow believers can make a difference. Read Transcript


Gordon: COMING UP, AS

ONE COUNTRY STRUGGLES FOR

FREEDOM --

WE PRAYED AND GOD

ANSWERED.

Gordon: -- ANOTHER WAR

THREATENS TO TEAR IT APART.

SHE WAS MY DAUGHTER.

SHE WAS MY FRIEND.

Gordon: ON THE NEXT

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

IT'S BEEN MONTHS SINCE

EGYPTIANS CHASED THEIR

PRESIDENT OUT OF OFFICE.

AND MANY MUSLIMS THERE STILL

BLAME CHRISTIANS FOR THAT

UPRISING.

IN EGYPT'S COPTIC COMMUNITY,

THEY FACE ATTACKS ALMOST

EVERY DAY.

Terry: AT GEORGE THOMAS

REPORTS, THOSE CHRISTIANS

ARE DEEPLY WORRIED ABOUT THE

FUTURE IN THEIR ON

HOMELAND.

George: JULY 3, 2013,

AS THE SUN SETS OVER CAIRO,

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

EGYPTIANS CELEBRATE IN TAR

TAHRIR, OR LIBERATION

SQUARE.

IT WAS GAME OVER FOR

MOHAMMED MORSI.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE

SUPREME CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

WILL RULE THE COUNTRY DURING

THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.

MOHAMMED MORSI WAS AN

ISLAMIST LEADER WHO HAD BIG

DREAMS FOR EGYPT.

TBOORP

George: AS EGYPT'S

FIRST DEMOCRATICALLY

DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED

PRESIDENT, HE RULED THE

COUNTRY.

BUT AFTER ONE YEAR IN

OFFICE, MUSLIMS HAVE HAD

ENOUGH.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

BELIEVED MORSI WAS GOING TO

GLORIFY EGYPT, AND TURN IT

INTO AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY.

George: THAT WORRIED

BULLUS BECAUSE HE IS PART OF

THE 10% OR SO OF EGYPT'S

POPULATION THAT IS

CHRISTIAN.

EVERYONE KNEW WE WERE

ALSO PROTESTING AGAINST THE

MORSI GOVERNMENT.

George: FAMIR, A

PROMINENT CHRISTIAN,

BELIEVES MORSI'S REMOVAL WAS

NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE.

CHRISTIANS FELT LIKE A

HEAVY BURDEN HAD REMOVED

FROM OUR NATION.

WE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED

SUCH AN OUT COME WAS

POSSIBLE, BUT WE PRAYED AND

GOD ANSWERED.

George: BUT THEN CAME

THE ISLAMIC THREATS.

WE STARTED GETTING

MESSAGES ON TELEVISION, IN

MOSQUE AND ON THE STREETS,

PEOPLE SAYING THEY WERE

GOING TO KILL CHRISTIANS FOR

DEMONSTRATING AGAINST MORSI

AND THE BROTHERHOOD.

THEY SAID OUR FAMILY, OUR

CHILDREN, OUR HOMES AND

BUSINESSES WOULD BE

TARGETED.

George: AND IT TURNED

OUT EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS HAD

EVERY REASON TO BE

CONCERNED.

THE STREETS WERE QUIET

THAT EVENING.

I REMEMBER THERE WEREN'T TOO

MANY CARS ON THE ROAD.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WALKING

AROUND.

George: BULLUS' WIFE

WAS AT HOME THE EVENING THEY

GOT THE CALL THAT CHANGED

THEIR LIVES FOREVER.

Reporter: MY FRIEND WAS

SCREAMING ON THE PHONE.

JESSE HAS BEEN SHOT.

JESSE HAS BEEN SHOT.

George: THE DAY WAS

AUGUST 6, AROUND 7:15 IN THE

EVENING.

JESSE HAD JUST WALKED OUT OF

CHURCH, HAVING FINISHED NINE

DAYS OF A 10-DAY VACATION

BIBLE SCHOOL.

SHE HAD WALKED DOWN THIS

VERY STREET AND CAME TO THIS

SPOT THAT I'M STANDING AT.

AND ONE SINGLE SHOT TO THE

HEART ENDED HER LIFE.

Translator: JESSA WAS

JESSE WAS OUR ONLY LITTLE

CHILD.

SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON.

George: SHE WAS ONLY 10

YEARS OLD.

WHEN SHE TURNED 10, I

COULD SEE OUR LITTLE GIRL

SLOWLY TURNING INTO A

BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY.

SHE WAS MY DAUGHTER; SHE WAS

MY FRIEND.

George: THOUGH NO ONE

HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY,

JESSE'S PARENTS BELIEVE SHE

WAS KILLED BECAUSE OF HER

FAITH.

BECAUSE WE SUPPORTED

MORSI'S REMOVAL AND THE

ARMY'S CRACKDOWN ON THE

BROTHERHOOD, THEY ARE READY

TO EXPLODE AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

George: THAT FURY

EXPLODED DAYS AFTER JESSE'S

MURDER.

ON AUGUST 14th, HOURS

AFTER THE ARMY VIOLENTLY

BROKE UP TWO BROTHERHOOD

PROTESTS IN CAIRO, MORSI

SYMPATHIZERS LAUNCHED

ATTACKS, AND WHEN IT WAS

OVER, THEY DESTROYED 200

CHRISTIANS PROPERTIES, AND

43 CHURCHES SERIOUSLY

DAMAGED.

SHOPS, BUSINESSES, CARS AND

HOMES BELONGING TO

CHRISTIANS WERE ALSO

TARGETED.

MOST OF THE ATTACKS HAPPENED

IN CENTRAL EGYPT.

IT WAS THE WORST ORGANIZED

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS

IN 700 YEARS.

DR. SAMA SADI, A RECENT

UNIVERSITY GRAD AND NATIVE

OF EGYPT SAID AUTHORITIES

DID LITTLE TO STOP THE

ATTACKS OR TO IDENTIFY THOSE

RESPONSIBLE.

SADI IS BASED IN THE U.S.

AND TRAVELS FREQUENTLY TO

EGYPT.

CBN NEWS MET HIM IN CAIRO

WHILE HE MINISTERED TO

PASTORS WHO HAD LOST CHURCH

BUILDINGS DURING THE

ASSAULT.

MOST OF THE PASTORS

AFFECTED ARE SO POOR, SO THE

LORD HELPED THEM THROUGH OUR

FRIENDS IN AMERICA, TO MEET

SOME OF THEIR FINANCIAL AND

PHYSICAL NEEDS.

THE PASTORS ARE GRATEFUL

THAT PEOPLE IN THE U.S.

STOOD BESIDE THEM DURING

THEIR TRIALS.

George: FOUR MONTHS

AFTER MORSI'S REMOVAL,

PEOPLE HERE ARE WORRIED

ABOUT AN ISLAMIC-LED

INSURGENCY AGAINST

CHRISTIANS AND THE NEW

GOVERNMENT.

ON OCTOBER 21st, MASKED

GUNMEN RIDING A MOTORCYCLE

PULLED UP TO A CHRISTIAN

WEDDING AT A CHURCH IN CAIRO

AND KILLED FOUR PEOPLE,

INCLUDING AN 8-YEAR-OLD

GIRL.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THEY

ARE TARGETING ALL OF EGYPT,

AND NOT ONLY CHRISTIANS.

THIS IS ENOUGH.

George: WITH THE

SPECTOR OF CHRISTIAN

VIOLENCE STILL RISING,

BULLUS AND HIS WIFE RESOLVE

TO MINISTER TO THEIR

COUNTRYMEN.

AFTER JESSE'S DEATH, GOD

GAVE US A BIGGER DESIRE TO

PRAY FOR THE TERRORISTS AND

OUR COUNTRY, NOT JUST FOR

CHRISTIANS, BUT FOR MUSLIMS,

TOO.

ONLY GOD CAN OPEN HEARTS AND

EYES TO SEE TRUTH AND

EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, CAIRO.

Gordon: THE HEAD OF THE

COPTIC CHURCH IN THE WAKE OF

THESE SAID WE'RE USED TO

MARTYRDOM.

THAT'S WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE

IN THE CHRISTIAN MINORITY IN

EGYPT TODAY.

WE ARE USED TO MARTYRDOM.

AND IT'S GONE FROM BEING A

MAJORITY CHRISTIAN

CULTURE -- EGYPT WAS FAMOUS

FOR ITS CHRISTIANITY 1500,

1600 YEARS AGO, BUT WHAT HAS

HAPPENED, AND NOW THE

PERSECUTION.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT THIS, AND YOU CAN

ALWAYS KEEP UP TO DATE WITH

THE LATEST STORIES FROM

GEORGE THOMAS BY FOLLOWING

HIM ON Facebook, JUST GO

TO Facebook.COM/GEORGE

THOMAS REPORTING, AND BE ONE

OF THE 1.3 MILLION FRIENDS

WHO HAVE LIKED HIS PAGE.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL AHEAD,

WE'RE GOING TO BE PRAYING

FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH IN

EGYPT, AS WELL AS AROUND THE

WORLD.

SO PLEASE STAY AND PRAY WITH

US.

Gordon: HE WAS CALLED

THE APOSTLE OF INDIA, AND IT

WASN'T UNCOMMON FOR HUNDREDS

OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO

SHOW UP WHEN HE PREACHED.

WELL, HE TRAGICALLY PASSED

AWAY IN 2008, BUT HIS LEGACY

CONTINUES THROUGH HER SON,

DR. PAUL, WHO IS NOW THE

PRESIDENT OF JESUS CALLS

MINISTRY AND MY DEAR

FRIEND.

AND I CALLED YOUR FATHER MY

INDIAN DADDY.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Gordon: I LOVED THOSE

DAYS WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER,

GOING THROUGH INDIA, DURING

THE INSTITUTE OF POWER

MINISTRY.

IT WAS WONDERFUL.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH,

GORDON, FOR BEING A

BROTHER.

Gordon: WE JUST SAW

THIS PIECE ABOUT PERSECUTION

OF CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT.

IS THAT GOING ON TODAY IN

INDIA?

WELL, WHAT WE SAW IS

HEARTBREAKING.

IN THE LATE 1990s WE HAD

PERSECUTION.

AND MISSIONARIES WERE

THERE.

AND IN 2004 IT CAME TO A

POINT WHEN THE ELECTIONS

WERE DUE IN INDIA, AND THE

LORD SPOKE TO MY FATHER AND

SAID, BRING ALL THE PEOPLE

WHO COULD PRAY TOGETHER

ACROSS THE NATION, AND PRAY

BEFORE THE ELECTIONS.

THEY PRAYED FOR 72 HOURS.

AND I WILL HEAR THAT PRAYER

AND HEAL THE LAND AND CHANGE

THE SITUATION IN THE

NATION.

AND SURELY GOD DID HEAR THE

PRAYERS AND A NEW GOVERNMENT

CAME TO PASS AND DOORS

OPENED.

AND TODAY, BY THE GRACE OF

GOD, WE HAVE GREAT MOVEMENT

OF GOD.

RECENTLY WE HAD 500,000

PEOPLE IN ONE OF OUR

MEETINGS IN GUJURA.

AND 59 PRAYER TOWERS TODAY.

AND THE CHURCH IS

OVERFLOWING IN EVERY CITY.

AND THE GOVERNMENT --

Gordon: GUJURA --

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT

THE POLITICAL PARTY IN POWER

WAS THE P.A. G., AND THEY

ALLOWED THIS KIND OF

MEETING?

YES.

AND I MET THE MINISTER, AND

IT WAS A MASSIVE CROWD.

WE HAVE ONLY 1.2 MILLION

CHRISTIANS IN THAT STATE.

AND, OF COURSE, THE LEADERS

OF THE NATION NOW KNOW THE

POWER OF PRAYER, THE PRAYER

WE PRAYED.

AND THEY HAVE OPENED THE

DOORS OF THEIR OFFICES FOR

US TO COME AND PRAY WITH

THEM BEFORE THE ELECTION.

Gordon: GOD SPOKE TO

YOU TO TAKE THIS POWER OF

PRAYER TO PRAYER TOWERS, IN

STRATEGIC AREAS, AND MAJOR

CAPITALS AROUND THE WORLD.

HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE NOW?

WE HAVE 12, AND THE MOST

IMPORTANT IS ISRAEL.

AND THE LORD TOLD ME, NOT

ONLY PRAYING, BUT PROPHETLY

PRAYING HIS PRAYER OVER THE

NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

HE SAID BEFORE THE SECOND

COMING COMES TO PASS,

REVELATIONS 10, 7, AND 11,

YOU'RE TO PROPHESY TO KING'S

KINGS SO THE RIGHT LEADERS

WILL COME.

SO THEY SHOW HIS PLANS FOR

THE HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS,

THE WATER PROBLEMS, AND

THROUGH THE YOUNG PEOPLE, TO

HAVE SOLUTIONS TO FIND THOSE

TECHNOLOGIES, AND BRING

SOLUTIONS TO HUMANITY, LIKE

JOSEPH.

AND SO ISRAEL -- HE ASKED ME

TO ESTABLISH A PRAYER TOWER,

AND WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A

PRAYER TOWER RIGHT IN THE

CENTER OF JERUSALEM.

AND THEN THE NATIONS OF THE

WORLD WILL SEND PEOPLE TO

PRAY.

AND WE NEED A LOT OF PEOPLE

TO COME AND PRAY IN ISRAEL.

Gordon: THAT'S IN

FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY,

THAT PEOPLE WILL COME TO

ZION AND LEARN OF THE LORD.

YES.

Gordon: GOD HAS SPOKEN

TO YOU ABOUT AMERICA.

WHAT DID HE TELL YOU?

IN 2008, THE LORD SHOWED

ME THAT AMERICA WOULD OPEN

ITS DOOR TO ALL OF THE

PHILOSOPHIES OF THE WORLD.

AND WHEN THAT IS ENCOURAGED

EVEN AT THE LEVELS OF THE

GOVERNMENT, IT WILL BRING A

FREEZE TO THE GOVERNMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL GET

FROZEN.

AND MANY VOICES WILL BE

HEARD IN THE COUNTRY, AND

PEOPLE WOULD NOT KNOW WHICH

VOICE TO TURN TO, ESPECIALLY

IN GOVERNMENT.

AND THAT WOULD AFFECT THE

LIFE IN THE NATION.

BUT THEN THE LORD SAID, I

POUR MY SPIRIT AMONG THE

YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THEY WOULD

GET MY REVELATION IN

BUSINESS, AND THEY WOULD

RISE UP IN AMERICA.

THEY WOULD AFFECT THE

LEADERSHIP OF THIS NATION.

AND YESTERDAY I WAS PRAYING

IN A PRAYER ROOM BEHIND

CAPITOL HILL, OPPOSITE THE

SUPREME COURT, ALONG WITH

DICK SIMMONS, AND THE HOLY

SPIRIT CAME AND SPOKE.

AND HE SAID, VERY SHARPLY,

FROM NOW ON, I'M GOING TO

GET THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA

TIRED OF THE WICKED WAYS OF

THE ADULTS IN THIS COUNTRY.

THE FATHERS BEHAVING

TREACHEROUSLY WITH THEIR

MOTHERS, AND THE LOOSE

LIFE.

NO SECURITY MANY TIMES WHEN

THEY GO TO PUBLIC PLACES.

AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE

GOING TO BECOME FRUSTRATED

WITH THIS.

AND THE LORD SAID, THAT'S

WHEN I'M GOING TO POUR MY

SPIRIT UPON THESE SONS AND

DAUGHTERS.

AND THEY ARE GOING TO RISE

UP IN AMERICA.

AND THROUGH THEM, I'M GOING

TO BRING A NEW WAVE THE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, FROM AMONGST

THE YOUNG KIDS OF THIS

NATION.

Gordon: AMEN.

LET'S PRAY FOR THAT.

WOULD YOU LEAD US?

LET'S PRAY FOR THAT AND

LET'S PRAY FOR THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH AROUND THE

WORLD, A PRAYER THAT GOD'S

PLAN WOULD BE VISITED.

SURE.

FATHER, YOU LOVE THE LITTLE

CHILDREN, LORD.

YOU TOOK THEM IN YOUR ARMS

AND YOU EMBRACED THEM.

AND YOU SAID, UNLESS YOU

BECOME LIKE A LITTLE CHILD,

YOU WILL NOT ENTER INTO THE

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

THAT GOD, FATHER, YOU HAVE A

PLAN TO BLESS THE YOUNG KIDS

OF AMERICA.

THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF

AMERICA.

TODAY WE PRAY THAT YOUR

MIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT WILL

ENTER INTO THEIR SPIRITS,

ENTER INTO THEIR MINDS, AND

FILL THEM, LORD, AND LET

THAT LITTLE ONE IN AMERICA

BECOME A THOUSAND.

LET THAT SMALL ONE BECOME A

MIGHTY NATION, THAT AMERICA

GROWS THROUGH THESE LITTLE

ONES ANOINTED BY THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

AND EVERY SOUL TOUCHED

THROUGH CBN, LET THEM

RECEIVE YOUR GRACE AND

MULTIPLY, AND LET THEM BRING

BLESSINGS TO AMERICA, LORD.

THANK YOU FOR DOING IT.

WE GIVE YOU ALL OF THE

GLORY, EVEN NOW.

ALL OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE, THE

YOUNG KIDS WHO ARE

WATCHING.

I SEE A YOUNG GIRL PHILOMI,

AND GOD IS TOUCHING YOU

RIGHT NOW.

ALL OF THE CANCER IN YOUR

BODY IS BEING HEALED BY THE

POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

YOU SHALL RISE UP AND WALK

AND PROCLAIM THE POWER OF

GOD, EVEN THROUGH MUSIC.

AND MANY WILL BE HEALED.

THE ANOINTING OF KATHRYN

COLEMAN WILL COME TO YOU AND

YOU WILL BE A BLESSING FOR

THOUSANDS.

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR HEALING

THESE CHILDREN WHO ARE

WATCHING.

RESTORE THEM, REDEEM THEM,

AND GIVE THEM HOPE IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

Gordon: AMEN.

PAUL, THANK YOU FOR BEING

WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT TO

KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS

MINISTRY "JESUS CALLS," AND

HIS WORK WITH PRAYER TOWERS

AROUND THE WORLD, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS GO TO

CBN.COM.

OVER TO YOU, TERRY.

Terry: COMING UP, AN

UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP FORGED

ON THE BATTLEFIELD OF WAR.

WE KNEW THAT THE PEOPLE

ATTACKING US WERE

AMERICANS.

SO WE GREW UP WITH THE IDEA

THAT AMERICA IS SO BAD.

THERE IS A REASON THIS

WOMAN HAS BEEN PUT IN MY

LIFE.

AND SHE WAS GOING TO DIE IF

I DIDN'T DO SOMETHING.

Terry: HEAR WHAT TOOK

THIS FRIENDSHIP FROM THE

HEART OF WAR TO THE

HEARTLAND OF AMERICA.

THAT'S NEXT.

Terry: GROWING UP IN

BAGHDAD, ROSS WATCHED BOMBS

STREAK ACROSS THE SKY AND

FELT EXPLOSIONS SHAKE HER

HOUSE.

BUT AS TERRIFYING HAS THAT

WAS, IT WAS NOTHING AS

COMPARED TO HER SCARIEST

JOB, WORKING WITH AN

AMERICAN REPORTER.

Reporter: 10 YEARS AGO,

THEIR LIVES WERE AS

DIFFERENT AS COULD BE.

DON WAS A RESPECTED

JOURNALIST WITH A FAMILY AND

THE AMERICAN DREAM.

RAFF WAS A YOUNG MUSLIM

WOMAN LIVING IN BAGHDAD,

STRUGGLING TO FIND HERSELF

IN A WAR-TORN EXISTENCE.

THEN IT HAPPENED,

SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001.

WHEN SEPTEMBER 11TH

HAPPENED, I HAD AN

OVERWHELMING FEELING THAT MY

LIFE WAS GOING TO CHANGE.

IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER THAT

THAT I ENDED UP BEING HIRED

BY NBC NEWS.

AND I WAS GOING TO FIND

MYSELF IN A WAR.

I GREW UP IN BAGHDAD, IN

A FAMILY OF 10 KIDS.

I WAS 10 YEARS OLD WHEN THE

GULF WAR STARTED.

AND I WOULD SIT HOME AND

WATCH THE WAR RIGHT OUTSIDE

MY DOOR.

AND ITS BOMBING.

TO US IT WAS COLORS IN THE

SKY AND LOUD NOISES.

AND WE WOULD ASK MY PARENTS

ABOUT IT, AND THEY WOULD

SAY, OH, IT'S JUST BAD

PEOPLE.

WE LATER KNEW THAT THE

PEOPLE WHO WERE ATTACKING US

WERE AMERICANS.

SO WE GREW UP WITH THE IDEA

THAT AMERICA IS SO BAD.

Reporter: RAFF'S

GOVERNMENT SENT HER TO STUDY

ENGLISH.

AND SHE BECAME A TRANSLATOR

FOR NBC IN 2003.

IT WAS KIND OF A STRUGGLE

TO JUST STAY FOCUSED.

THIS IS A JOB, I NEED TO

MAKE THE MONEY, AND I NEED

TO BE CAREFUL UNTIL I KNOW

WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE.

PEOPLE DIDN'T SEE ME AS

SOMEONE WHO IS HELPING THE

COUNTRY.

Reporter: DON TEAGUE

WAS ON ASSIGNMENT IN

BAGHDAD, WHEN HE STRUCK UP

AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP WITH

HIS TRANSLATOR, RAFF.

THE TWO WERE ON ASSIGNMENT

TOGETHER AT A LOCAL SCHOOL

WHEN INSURGENTS ATTACKED.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A

HAPPY STORY, TALKING TO THE

KIDS AND TALKING TO

EVERYBODY.

AND THEY SAID, WE HAVE ONE

MORE INTERVIEW.

WE WENT AND WE TRIED TO DO

THE INTERVIEW WHEN THE BOMB

WENT OFF.

AND WHEN IT WENT OFF, I

COULD NOT THINK OF A THING

AT THAT TIME.

I JUST FROZE IN MY PLACE.

THE FIRST THING I HEARD

AFTER THAT WAS DON'S VOICE.

HE WAS SAYING, RAFF, IT'S A

BOMB.

COME INSIDE.

COME INSIDE.

SO WE RAN TO THE CAR, AND

EVERYONE GOT THEIR BODY

BAGS.

AND DON, AT THE TIME, PUT

HIS BODY VEST ON AND LOOKED

AT ME AND SAID, WHERE IS

YOURS?

Reporter: RAFF DIDN'T

HAVE HER BODY ARMOR THAT

DAY.

AND HE TOOK HIS OFF AND

SAID, HERE, TAKE MINE.

I WAS AWARE OF THE FACT I

WAS ALIVE, AND I WAS GOING

TO GO HOME TO MY LIFE AND

KIDS.

AND RAFF WAS THERE NEXT TO

ME, AND SHE WAS HOME.

THIS WAS AS GOOD AS IT WAS

GOING TO GET FOR HER.

SO THEN ALL OF THESE

IDEAS STARTED HITTING ME IN

THE HEAD, LIKE, WHAT IF

THESE KIDS ARE HURT?

WHAT IF ONE OF THEM GOT

KILLED IN THIS BOMB?

WHY WOULD MY OWN PEOPLE KILL

MY OWN PEOPLE?

WHY WOULD A FOREIGNER, THAT

I DON'T EVEN KNOW, THAT I

JUST MET A FEW WEEKS AGO,

GIVE MY HIS VEST?

IT WAS A WAKEUP CALL TO ME.

THAT MAYBE EVERYTHING THAT I

KNOW ABOUT EVERYTHING IS MY

LIFE IS WRONG.

AND MAYBE I NEED TO RE-THINK

EVERY SINGLE STEP OF MY

LIFE.

Reporter: ALL OF THE

CREW MEMBERS MANAGED TO

ESCAPE UNHARMED THAT DAY.

THERE WAS A REASON THIS

WOMAN HAD BEEN PUT IN MY

LIFE.

AND SHE WAS GOING TO DIE IF

I DIDN'T DO SOMETHING.

Reporter: DON AND HIS

WIFE, KIKI, WITH THE HELP OF

OTHER NBC CORRESPONDENTS,

FOUGHT TO BRING RAFF TO THE

UNITED STATES FOR ASYLUM.

IT TOOK SEVEN MONTHS OF

REALLY BEATING OUR HEADS

AGAINST THE WALL.

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE.

Reporter: BUT DURING

THOSE SEVEN MONTHS, DESPITE

THE ODDS, DON AND KIKI

PRAYED AND HELD TIGHT TO

THEIR FAITH, AND RAFF

FINALLY MADE IT SAFELY TO

THE UNITED STATES.

BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL I SAW

HER SITTING IN MY LIVE

LIVING ROOM THE DAY SHE GOT

HERE -- SHE STILL HAD HER

SCARF ON AND HER LONG

CLOTHES ON, AND IT HIT ME

LIKE A TON OF BRICKS.

OH, MY GOSH, SHE HAS LEFT

EVERYTHING.

I COULD SEE HOW MUCH GOD

LOVED HER.

NOT BECAUSE HAD WHO SHE WAS

GOING TO BE OR WHAT SHE WAS

GOING TO DO, BUT JUST

BECAUSE OF HER.

I WAS LOOKING AT THE WAY

THEY TREATED ME.

THEY OPENED THEIR HOUSE AND

HEARTS TO ME.

I HAD A TALK WITH KIKI AND I

SAID, WHY ARE YOU HELPING

ME?

AND SHE SAID, GOD TOLD ME

TO.

AND I DID NOT UNDERSTAND

BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW THAT

GOD.

AND A AT THE TIME, ALL I

HAD IN MIND WAS THE GOD I

GREW UP WITH.

AND, YEAH, I DIDN'T HAVE

THAT MUCH OF A STRONG

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

AND THEN I STARTED

QUESTIONING OTHER

THINGS, LIKE, WHY WAS I

SAVED?

WHY WAS I THAT LUCKY?

I WAS IN A BOMBING?

I WAS IN A SHOOTING.

I WAS IN A KIDNAPPING

ATTEMPT.

I WAS SO MANY DIFFERENT

THINGS, BUT I STAYED SAFE.

WAIT A SECOND, THAT'S THE

GOD THAT SHE'S TALKING

ABOUT.

THAT'S THE GOD THAT HAS

FAITH IN ME.

THAT'S THE GOD THAT HAS BEEN

WITH ME ALONG THE WAY.

Reporter: FINALLY,

AFTER FOUR YEARS IN THE

UNITED STATES, A DREAM

HELPED RAFF MAKE A

DECISION.

I WAS DYING IN THE DREAM,

AND I WAS RUNNING AWAY FROM

MY HOUSE, WHICH HAD THE WORD

"SIN" ON IT.

Reporter: IN THE DREAM,

RAFF FOUND HERSELF ON THE

EDGE OF A MOUNTAIN, WITH NO

WAY TO CROSS TO THE OTHER

SIDE.

THERE IS THIS LADY THE

TELLS ME I'M GOING TO DIE

ANY MINUTE.

AND SHE NEEDS TO TEACH ME

WORDS TO CROSS THE BRIDGE TO

GOD.

AND I COULDN'T EVEN

UNDERSTAND THE WORDS.

AND I WAS, LIKE, TEACH ME

QUICK.

AND THEN I DIED AND I WOKE

UP, AND I WAS REALLY

SCARED.

AND I WENT AND GRABBED MY

COMPUTER, AND IT CAME UP

WITH A SITE THAT SAYS,

IMAGINE YOURSELF ON THE EDGE

OF A MOUNTAIN.

HE MUST BE WITH ME IN THE

DREAM.

AND IT GOES TO EXPLAIN THAT

THIS IS WHERE YOU ARE IN

LIFE.

AND YOU ARE WITH YOUR SINS

ON ONE SIDE OF THAT

MOUNTAIN.

ON THAT EDGE.

AND THE ONLY WAY TO CROSS

THAT GAP BETWEEN YOU AND THE

OTHER EDGE OF THE MOUNTAIN

TO GOD IS BY ACCEPTING

CHRIST.

Reporter: ONE WEEK

LATER, RAFF ASKED KIKI TO

HELP HER PRAY.

KIKI LED HER TO A PRAYER TO

RECEIVE CHRIST.

IT IS A RELATIONSHIP.

IT FEELS -- YOU KNOW,

WHENEVER I NEED HIM, I CAN

TALK TO HIM.

IT'S A LOVE RELATIONSHIP,

YOU KNOW, RESPECT AND

FRIENDSHIP, NOT FEAR.

I'M NOT SCARED OF GOD.

I LOVE HIM.

Reporter: TODAY RAFF IS

ATTENDING UNIVERSITY IS

TOURING THE COUNTRY WITH DON

TO SHARE THEIR STORY.

THE TWO HAVE COLLABORATED ON

A BOOK CALLED, "SAVED BY HER

ENEMY."

I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT

THE STORY OF RAFF AND SEE

HOW HE MOVED IN HER LIFE

OVER A SERIES OF YEARS, AND

SO MANY THINGS THAT THERE

WAS NO OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN,

THAT ULTIMATELY LED HER TO

HIM, I THINK THAT BECOMES

THE MESSAGE OF THE BOOK.

I JUST HOPE THAT PEOPLE

WOULD, YOU KNOW, REALIZE

THAT THERE IS MORE TO GOD,

AND THERE IS MORE TO

PEOPLE.

AND WHEN GOD IS WORKING IN

PEOPLE'S LIVES, IT'S ALL

DIFFERENT BECAUSE GOD IS

WORKING EVERYBODY'S LIFE IN

A DIFFERENT WAY.

WHETHER IT IS LITTLE OR

MUCH.

HE IS THERE, AND HE IS DOING

HIS WORK.

Terry: RAFF SAID SHE IS

NOT AFRAID OF GOD.

IN MANY OTHER CULTURES AND

MANY OTHER FAITHS, GOD IS

SOMEONE UNREACHABLE, A

RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM

UNATTAINABLE, SOMETHING TO

BE EARNED.

BUT OUR GOD -- OUR GOD CALLS

US BY NAME.

COMES TO US RIGHT WHERE WE

ARE, EVEN IN THE MESS OF OUR

OWN MAKING AND SAYS, I WANT

YOU TO BE MINE.

I'VE DIED FOR YOU.

I'VE PAID THE PRICE FOR

YOU.

I'VE CREATED ETERNITY FOR

YOU.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT GOD,

WHO LOVES YOU THAT

PERSONALLY, WHO HAS FORGIVEN

YOUR SINS, THEN TODAY IS A

GREAT DAY FOR YOU TO MEET

HIM.

YOU CAN INVITE HIM INTO YOUR

HEART JUST BY SPEAKING TO

HIM, CONFESSING YOUR SINS.

BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO

PRAY WITH SOMEONE TODAY, YOU

CAN CALL THAT TOLL-FREE

NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

JUST ASK THE PERSON ON THE

OTHER END OF THE LINE TO

PRAY WITH YOU TODAY.

GOD HAS INVITED YOU TO BE

PART OF HIS FAMILY.

GORDON?

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM JAMES:

"BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO

REMAINS STEADFAST UNDER

TRIAL, FOR WHEN HE HAS STOOD

THE TEST, HE WILL RECEIVE

THE CROWN OF LIFE, WHICH GOD

HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO

LOVE HIM."

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