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Christian World News: March 21, 2014

This week on Christian World News: As Russia claims Crimea, eastern Ukraine is on the verge of chaos. See what happens when a group of Christians comes under attack by pro-Russian demonstrators. Plus, crisis in Central Africa. How a ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, AS RUSSIA CLAIMS

CRIMEA, EASTERN UKRAINE IS

ON THE VIRGE OF CHAOS.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A

GROUP OF CHRISTIANS COMES

UNDER ATTACK BY PRO-RUSSIAN

DEMONSTRATORS.

Wendy: PLUS, CRISIS IN

CENTRAL AFRICA.

HOW A MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN

CONFLICT THREATENS THOUSANDS

OF PEOPLE.

George: YOU MAY NOT

KNOW HIS NAME, BUT YOU

PROBABLY HAVE HEARD THIS

SONGS.

WE'LL LIKE AT THE LIFE OF

MUSIC PIONEER HARRY

T.BERLON.

EAST AND WEST IN A STANDOFF

AS RUSSIA ANNEXES CRIMEA

FROM UKRAINE.

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S

EDITION OF CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

I'M GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

WELL, RUSSIA COMPLETED ITS

PLAN TO ANNEX CRIMEA THIS

WEEK.

RUSSIAN MILITARY FORCES TOOK

CONTROL OF THE PENINSULA

THREE WEEKS AGO.

NOW PRESIDENT PUTIN HAS

SIGNED THE DEED INTO LAW.

THE U.S. AND THE EUROPEAN

UNION SLAPPED SANCTIONS ON

PUTIN'S INNER CIRCLE AND

RUSSIAN BANKS, BUT STOPPED

SHORT OF PLEDGING MILITARY

SUPPORT TO UKRAINE'S NEW

GOVERNMENT.

RUSSIA HAS SAID IT DOES NOT

INTEND TO SEND TROOPS INTO

EASTERN UKRAINE.

MANY UKRAINIANS BELIEVE MORE

PUTIN IS ENGINEERING A

TAKEOVER OF THEIR COUNTRY.

GEORGE, YOU'VE BEEN ON THE

GROUND IN UKRAINE A COUPLE

OF TIMES IN THE LAST MONTH.

I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT

THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE ARE

FEELING RIGHT NOW?

George: VERY TENSE.

PARTICULARLY THOSE OF

RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC

BACKGROUNDS.

RECENTLY I SPOKE WITH A

GROUP OF EVANGELICAL

CHRISTIANS, AND THEY TALKED

ABOUT COMING FACE TO FACE

WITH AN ANGRY MOB OF

PRO-RUSSIAN DEMONSTRATORS.

MARCH 16th, THIS MAN AND

SIX AMERICANS TRAVELLING ON

THIS BUS HAD JUST FINISHED

MINISTERING AT A WOMEN'S

PRISON WHEN DOZENS OF

PRO-RUSSIAN DEMONSTRATORS

CONFRONTED THEM ON THE

STREETS.

I WAS REALLY AFRAID ABOUT

MY TEAM.

George: CONFRONTATION

WAS FILMED AND UPLOADED TO

YouTube.

IT HAPPENED IN THE

SOUTHEASTERN UKRAINIAN CITY

OF MARIAPOL, NOT TOO FAR

FROM RUSSIA'S BORDER.

IT WAS JUST REAL ANGER,

AND VERY CRAZY PEOPLE.

I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THIS.

George: HE RUNS A

CHRISTIAN ORPHAN MINISTRY.

HE SAYS THE DEMONSTRATORS

WHO WERE CHANTING, RUSSIA,

RUSSIA, TRIED TO PULL HIS

TEAM OFF THE BUS.

FORTUNATELY, THEY MANAGED TO

GET AWAY UNHURT, BUT NOT

BEFORE WINDOWS WERE SMASHED

AND THEIR TIRES SHOT.

THE INCIDENT MADE THE LOCAL

NEWS.

HE SAYS RUSSIA IS SENDING

MEN ACROSS THE BORDER TO

CITIES LIKE THIS TO

INSTIGATE CHAOS, AND CREATE

A REASON FOR A BROADER

RUSSIAN INVASION OF

UKRAINE.

I HAVE 32 ADOPTED

CHILDREN.

I AM AFRAID ABOUT MY

CHILDREN.

WE HAVE A REAL CHANCE FOR

WAR.

George: UKRAINE'S PRIME

MINISTER SAYS SUCH

INSTIGATORS WILL BE DEALT

WITH.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

HAVE GATHERED CONVINCING

EVIDENCE OF THE

PARTICIPATION OF RUSSIAN

SPECIAL FORCES IN ORGANIZING

UNREST IN THE EAST OF OUR

COUNTRY.

THERE IS NO PLACE IN UKRAINE

FOR THESE WAR MONGERS.

George: VIOLENT

PROTESTORS HAVE BROKEN OUT

IN MANY KEY REGIONS, AND IN

SOME CASES PRO-RUSSIAN

DEMONSTRATORS HAVE TAKEN

OVER GOVERNMENT BUILDING,

REPLACING THE EUROPEAN UNION

FLAG WITH THE RUSSIAN FLAG.

THIS MAP SHOWS THE EXTENT OF

THE PRO-RUSSIAN PROTEST.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN DONSK --

HUNDREDS STORMED THE

GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, AND

THE CLASHES FOR AND AGAINST

RUSSIA ARE BECOMING MORE

FREQUENT AND VIOLENT.

THE STAKES COULDN'T BE

HIGHER.

RUSSIA IS ADDING MORE

EQUIPMENT AND MILITARY AT

THE BORDERS.

THEY WANT TO ADVANCE AS FAR

AS KIEV, THE CAPITAL, WITHIN

TWO OR THREE HOURS.

George: BY THE WAY, THE

IMPLICATIONS OF RUSSIA'S

ACTIONS GO FAR BEYOND

UKRAINE.

MANY BELIEVE THAT VLADIMIR

PUTIN HAS GLOBAL AMBITIONS.

AUTHOR JOEL C. ROSENBERG HAS

WRITTEN SEVERAL BEST-SELLERS

ABOUT RUSSIA AND ISRAEL AND

THE END TYPES.

EARLIER THIS WEEK I SPOKE

WITH HIM ABOUT THE LATEST

DEVELOPMENTS.

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN

2000 A.D.INVADES GEORGIA,

AND NOW HE HAS TAKEN CONTROL

OF CRIMEA.

HE DOESN'T SEE HIMSELF

SIMPLY AS THE PRESIDENT OF

RUSSIA.

HE SEES HIMSELF AS A CZAR.

HE WANTS TO REBUILD THE

GLORY OF MOTHER RUSSIA.

AND THE CZARS -- MY FAMILY

ARE ORTHODOX JEWS AND

ESCAPED UNDER THE CZAR THE

SECOND.

THEY ARE IMPERIALISTS.

THEY WANT TO EXPAND.

AND PUTIN HAS NOT BEEN

STOPPED IN ANY OF THESE

EXCURSIONS.

I THINK HE IS PROBING, AND I

THINK HE WILL TAKE MORE THE

MOMENT HE THINKS HE CAN GET

IT.

George: MANY JEWS ARE

FEARFUL OF THE GROWING

RUSSIAN INTRUSION.

CLEARLY THERE IS A QUESTION

ABOUT SOME OF THE GROUPS IN

THE UPRISING, THE PROTESTS

IN UKRAINE.

DO THEY HAVE A REASON TO BE

CONCERNED?

THEY SHOULD BE

CONCERNED.

IN MANY WAYS, I THINK THEY

SHOULD BE ON PLANES HEADING

TO ISRAEL.

THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE WAS

A DISASTER IN WORLD WAR II.

IT IS AMAZING THAT THE JEWS

DECIDED TO STAY, GIVEN THE

HISTORY OF ANTI-SEMITISM,

NOT JUST IN RUSSIA, BUT IN

UKRAINE.

THEY'VE BEEN FAIRLY SAFE,

AND THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE

GOTTEN COMFORTABLE.

IN MANY WAYS, I THINK WE'RE

GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE

ISRAEL MAY HAVE TO START AIR

LIFT THESE JEWS TO ISRAEL.

George: LET'S TALK

ABOUT BIBLICAL PROPHECY, AND

I KNOW YOU HAVE WRITTEN SO

MUCH AND IT IS A PART OF THE

THINGS YOU KEEP VERY CLOSE

EYE ON.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

ABOUT ISRAEL AND RUSSIA?

THE MAIN PROPHECY IS

EZEKIEL 38 AND 39, AND A

RUSSIAN DICTATOR RISES IN

MAGDOD, AND TEAMS UP WITH

PERSIA, WHICH WE KNOW IS

IRAN.

AND DO YOU THINK VLADIMIR

PUTIN IS THIS EVIL DICTATOR

OF WHICH THE BIBLE SPEAKS,

PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME?

IT IS TWO EARLY TO MAKE A

PREDICTION LIKE THAT.

I THINK IT IS A FAIR

STATEMENT HE IS A DICTATOR,

AND HE IS BUILDING A AN

ALLIANCE WITH IRAN.

HE IS SELLING ARMS TO IRAN.

HE IS SELLING NUCLEAR

TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN.

HE IS DEFENDING IRAN AT THE

U.N.

George: YOU HAVE

WRITTEN A NEW NOVEL CALLED

"THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE," AND

TELL US ABOUT THE DANGERS OF

FORGETTING ABOUT THE

HOLOCAUST.

THAT'S WHY I WROTE THIS

BOOK.

I WENT IN NOVEMBER 2011 TO

AUSCHWITZ WITH SOME PASTORS,

AND WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW IS

THAT MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE

HAD TRIED TO ESCAPE FROM

AUSCHWITZ, AND ONLY A

HANDFUL GOT OUT.

NEXT MONTH, APRIL, IS THE

70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

FIRST TWO ESCAPED.

TWO MEN ESCAPED AND TWO MORE

THE NEXT MONTH.

THEY ESCAPED NOT JUST TO

SAVE THEIR OWN LIVES, BUT TO

WARN THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES

IN THE A ALLIES, THIS IS

WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING.

I THINK THE DANGER IS WHEN

WE SEE DANGER RISING AND WE

SEE GENOCIDE IN MOTION OR

CONFLICTS HEADING TOWARDS

GENOCIDE, DO WE REALLY MEAN

"NEVER AGAIN."

BUT THEN THERE WAS CAMBODIA,

RWANDA, SUDAN.

AND WE'RE SEEING A MELTDOWN

AND A CATASTROPHE IN SYRIA.

WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY

WE'LL NEVER LET PEOPLE BE

EXTERMINATED AGAIN?

I HOPE THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE

WILL NOT ONLY TAKE PEOPLE

INTO THE STORY, MEANING

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS WHO WENT

THROUGH THIS, BUT WE'LL ASK

OURSELVES AGAIN, ARE WE

WILLING TO STAND AGAINST

EVIL WHEN IT RISES.

George: THE BOOK IS

CALLED "THE AUSCHWITZ

ESCAPE."

AS ALWAYS, A GREAT PLEASURE

TO HAVE YOU ON THE

BROADCAST.

GREAT TO SEE YOU.

Wendy: GREAT

INTERVIEW.

LOVE THOSE TWO GUYS.

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR

THOUGHTS ON RUSSIA'S MOVES

AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS.

YOU CAN POST YOUR OPINIONS

ON OUR C.W.N.Facebook

PAGE.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK?

WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU

THINK.

George: OKAY, UP NEXT,

WAR IN CENTRAL AFRICA.

MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS, THEY

ARE KILLING EACH OTHER IN

REVENGE ATTACKS.

HOW TO STOP THE CONFLICT.

Wendy: WELL, A DEADLY

BATTLE IS TAKING PLACE IN

THE CENTRAL AFRICAN

REPUBLIC.

THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS

DESCRIBE SCENES OF

LAWLESSNESS.

George: THOUSANDS HAVE

DIED AND MORE THAN A MILLION

ARE HOMELESS.

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS

WEEK, AN AFRICAN RELIGIOUS

DELEGATION PLEADED FOR

HELP.

GARY LANE HAS THAT STORY.

Reporter: THE THREE-MAN

DELEGATION CAME TO AMERICA

SEEKING FOR HELP FROM

CONGRESS AND OTHERS WHO

WOULD LISTEN.

WE ARE HERE IN WASHINGTON

AS CATHOLICS, MUSLIMS, AND

CHRISTIANS BECAUSE OUR AREA

IN IS A CRIES.

Reporter: THEY IN THE

MIDST OF UPHEAVAL, ONE THAT

IS STILL CLAIMING LIVES.

THE SITUATION IS CRITICAL

NOW, AND WE NEED TO ACT

IMMEDIATELY AND QUICKLY.

YOU HAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND

CHILDREN KILLED OPENLY.

Reporter: THE RECENT

VIOLENCE BEGAN WHEN REBELS

OVERTHROUGH THE GOVERNMENT

IN MARCH 2013.

MUSLIM MALITIAS STARTED

ATTACKING CHURCHES AND

CREDIT CARD HOME CHRISTIAN

HOMES AND BUSINESSES.

IS THAT TRUE?

IT IS TRUE.

IT IS COMPLIEF COMPILED OF

80% OR 90% MUSLIM.

CERTAINLY THEY HAVE PILLAGED

AND BURNED AND KILLED AND

STOLE MANY VEHICLES AND

PLACES THAT BELONG TO THE

CHURCH.

AT THE SAME TIME, THEY HAVE

ALSO DONE THE SAME THINGS TO

THE ISLAMIC PEOPLE AS THEY

HAVE COME.

WHEN I SAW HOW THEY ARE

BEHAVING, I BEGAN TO EXPLAIN

TO THEM WHAT THEY ARE DOING

HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

ISLAM.

A GOOD MUSLIM DOESN'T KILL.

Reporter: BUT THE

ANTIBALAKAS RETALIATED.

THEY BEGAN TO OCCUPY

TOWNS AND VILLAGES.

THEIR ABUSES OF CIVILIANS

WERE SO GREAT, THAT THE

MUSLIMS HAD TO FLEE, AND

MANY MOVED INTO OUR CHURCHES

AND PARISHS.

WE CAN SAY WE HAVE SAVED THE

LIVES OF MOST OF THE MUSLIMS

WHO HAVE REMAINED.

Reporter: MORE THAN

700,000 PEOPLE HAVE FLED THE

VIOLENCE ARE NOW INTERNALLY

DISPLACED.

ANOTHER 300,000 ARE REFUGEES

IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES.

THIS PASTOR SAYS MANY

CHRISTIANS LIKE HIM HAVE

TAKEN MUSLIM FAMILIES INTO

THEIR HOMES.

A SMALL NUMBER OF FRENCH

TROOPS ARE ATTEMPTING TO

KEEP THE PEACE.

BUT RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAY IT

IS NOT ENOUGH.

THEY WANT ADDITIONAL OUTSIDE

HELP.

THEY SAY U.N. PEACEKEEPERS

ARE NEEDED, AND WESTERN

NATIONS SHOULD INCREASE

ASSISTANCE TO THE REFUGEES

AND THE INTERNALLY

DISPLACED.

ALL OF THESE STORIES MAKE

US THINK OF THE TALE OF THE

GOOD SAMARITAN.

AND FOR US, THAT COULD BE AN

AMERICAN WHO IS WATCHING THE

TV NOW AND MIGHT WANT TO

COME TO HELP OUR COUNTRY.

Reporter: AND THE

ARCHBISHOP AND IMAM URGE

PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR THE

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE, WE

SHOULD FORGIVE OUR ENEMIES.

THE PRAYERS HAVE TO BE

ORIENTED TO DISARM HEARTS.

Reporter: THEY ANY IT

ISAY IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO

BRING ABOUT PEACE AND START

REBUILDING THEIR COUNTRY.

Wendy: CBN PROGRAMS AND

HUMANITARIAN WORK ARE

HELPING PEOPLE IN AFRICA.

RECENTLY GARY TALKED TO OUR

DIRECTOR FOR FRENCH-SPEAKING

AFRICA TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

CBN'S WORK AND THE CRISIS

AND CENTRAL AFRICA

REPUBLIC.

Reporter: JOINING US

NOW IS JOHN CASTLE, CBN

DIRECTOR FOR FRANCOPHONE,

AFRICA.

IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOU

HERE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF INQUIRIES

ABOUT CENTRAL AFRICAN

REPUBLIC.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE

MOST MISUNDERSTOOD THING?

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT BEHIND

THE VIOLENCE THERE.

GARY, YOU AND I WILL DEFEND

OUR LOVED ONES TO THE DEATH,

AND THIS IS WHAT MANY PEOPLE

ARE DOING THERE BECAUSE OF

THE OPPRESSION AND THE

VIOLENCE THAT IS GOING ON

THERE.

IT IS NOT THAT CHRISTIANS

ARE GATHERING TOGETHER AND

ORGANIZING VIOLENCE TO

DEFEAT MUSLIM NEIGHBORS OR

INVADERS.

SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THESE

ARE NOT ORGANIZED CHRISTIAN

MALITIAS.

Reporter: WHY AREN'T

THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE

VIOLENCE?

BECAUSE WE KNOW THE MILITANT

MUSLIM FORCES CAME IN AND

STARTED KILLING CHRISTIANS

AND DESTROYING CHURCHES.

SO WHY AREN'T THE CHRISTIAN

LEADERS SPEAKING UP MORE, OR

ARE THEY?

THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS ARE

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THIS

INVASION.

AND IN DEFENSE OF THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND

CRYING OUT FOR HELP.

WHATEVER HELP THAT THE WEST

COULD OFFER, TO HELP

ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING.

AND THEY'RE

EX-COMMUNICATING THOSE

CHRISTIANS, OR SO-CALLED

CHRISTIANS, THAT ARE JOINING

THE ANTI-BALAKAS, ARE THEY

NOT?

THIS IS MY

UNDERSTANDING.

I HEARD THAT CHRISTIANS

ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN

THE VIOLENCE ARE

EX-COMMUNICATED.

WHAT IS CBN DOING?

WE ARE SHOWING OUR

PROGRAMS.

WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE

THERE IN BANGI, WHO SENT HIS

WIFE AND CHILDREN OUT

BECAUSE OF THE DANGER OF THE

SITUATION.

I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH

HIM AND ASKED HIM TO SUBMIT

A PROPOSAL FOR US TO

CONSIDER AS TO HOW WE MIGHT

HELP IN SOME FORM OR FASHION

TO ALLEVIATE THE SUFFERING

IN THE COUNTRY.

Reporter: AND HOW ARE

WE HELPING AND OTHER AREAS

OF SOUTH AFRICA?

WE HAVE "SUPERBOOK"

COMING OUT IN FRENCH, AND WE

PLAN TO HAVE IT LAUNCH

AROUND EASTER TIME ON

TELEVISION.

WE HAVE 13 EPISODES DONE IN

FRENCH.

AND WE HAVE EIGHT COUNTRIES

RIGHT NOW, I THINK 86 CLUBS

OR SO, AND OVER 17,000

CHILDREN THAT ARE ENROLLED

IN OUR "SUPERBOOK" CLUBS,

AND THE KIDS JUST LOVE IT.

OUT OF THE 17,000, WE HAVE

HAD 2,000 HAVE MADE

COMMITMENTS TO JESUS

CHRIST'S.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT OUR

"SUPERBOOK," AS WELL AS OUR

FRENCH LANGUAGE TELEVISION

PROGRAM, AND THE

HUMANITARIAN WORK THAT WE

DO.

Reporter: YOU DO A LOT

OF WELLS IN FRANCOPHONE,

AFRICA?

WE DO WELLS, WHEELCHAIR

DISTRIBUTION, AND MEDICINE

DISTRIBUTION.

AND WE RECENTLY DISTRIBUTED

SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS

WORTH OF MEDICINE IN

SENAGAL.

AND WE'VE GOT A LOT GOING

ON.

Reporter: YOU'RE A BUSY

MAN AND CBN IS BUSY IN THAT

PART OF THE WORLD.

WE'LL HAVE TO PRAY FOR THE

"SUPERBOOK" OUTREACH DURING

THAT TIME.

GOD BLESS YOUR MINISTRY.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU, GARY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

George: UP NEXT, THE

MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC.

A LOOK AT THE LIFE OF HARRY

T.BERLEY.

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW HIS NAME,

BUT YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD

HIS MUSIC.

* LET MY PEOPLE GO

George: HARRY

T. BURLEIGH WAS THE GRANDSON

OF A SLAVE, AND ONE OF THE

MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN

AMERICAN MUSIC.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE

20th CENTURY, HE SHINED AS

A WORLD-CLASS COMPOSER, A

RANGER, AN ARTISTIC

PIONEER.

AND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN

MUSICIAN PLAYED A HUGE ROLE

IN THE RACIAL DIVIDE AT THE

HEIGHT OF JIM CROWE,

AMERICA.

Wendy: AND HE IS THE

SUBJECT OF THE NEW BOOK

"NOBODY KNOWS, THE HARRY T.

BURLEIGH STORY."

I RECENTLY SPEAK WITH THIS

GENTLEMAN ABOUT THE LIFE OF

THIS MUSICAL PIONEER.

AUTHOR CRAIG JOINS ME MORE

TO TELL US ABOUT HARRY T.

BURLEIGH.

THANK YOU, WENDY.

IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE

HERE.

Wendy: WHAT ARE SOME OF

THE SONGS WE MIGHT RECOGNIZE

FROM HARRY T. BURLEIGH?

THE BOOK IS CALLED

"NOBODY KNOWS," AND I WORKED

WITH BAKER PUBLISHING ON THE

TITLE BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT

WAS A GREAT IDEA BECAUSE

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE SONG

"NOBODY KNOWS."

Wendy: YOU MEAN...

* NOBODY KNOWS

YOU SING IT BEAUTIFULLY.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT SONG,

BUT NOBODY KNOWS THAT HARRY

T. BURLEIGH WAS ONE OF THE

FIRST PEOPLE TO MAKE IT

KNOWN TO THE WORLD.

AND NOBODY KNOWS WHO WROTE

THAT SONG.

THAT EMERGED WHEN SLAVES

WOULD COME TOGETHER

ILLEGALLY IN THE WOODS AND

CRY OUT TO GOD IN FREEDOM.

SPONTANEOUSLY THE HOLY

SPIRIT WOULD WORK THROUGH

THEM AND BRING FORTH WHAT

PAUL CALLED HYMNS AND SPIRIT

SONGSMENSONGS.

AND THESE SONGS MEANT SO

MUCH TO THEM THEY WERE

PASSED ALONG ORALLY, WHICH

WAS THE AFRICAN TRADITION.

AFTER THE SILVE CIVIL WAR,

A LOT OF YEARS WENT BY AND

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO REMEMBER

THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE SO

PAINFUL, BUT THE NEXT

GENERATION BROUGHT THEM

BACK.

Wendy: WHAT WOULD BE

ANOTHER SONG?

"WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY

CRUCIFIED MY LORD."

"SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT,"

AND I COULD GO ON AND ON.

Wendy: HARRY

T. BURLEIGH MUST HAVE FACED

A LOT OF OBSTACLES EARLY

ON.

HE WAS INVITED TO THE

RITZ HOTEL TO MEET THE FRANK

SINATRA OF HIS DAY.

AND HARRY T. BURLEIGH WAS

NOT ABLE TO GO MEET HIM ON

THE REGULAR ELEVATOR.

WE THINK THE SOUTH WAS WHERE

ALL OF THE RACISM WAS, BUT

MCCORMICK CAME DOWN AND HE

SAID, CHANGE YOUR POLICY OR

I'M LEAVING NOW.

AND THEY WOULDN'T CHANGE THE

POLICY, SO HE LEFT AND NEVER

CAME BACK.

Wendy: CRAIG, HE WAS

OBVIOUSLY A MAN OF FAITH.

TELL US ABOUT HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

HIS MOTHER TAUGHT FROM

THE HEBREW BIBLE IN OUR HOME

TOWN OF EERIE,

PENNSYLVANIA.

AND THAT'S HOW I KNOW ABOUT

HIM.

IN THE AFTERNOON, HE WOULD

TAKE HIS GRANDFATHER TO THE

MISSION WHERE THEY WOULD

SING THE SPIRITUALS.

AND WHEN THEY GOT TO NEW

YORK CITY, HE DID THE SAME

THING ALL OVER AGAIN.

THEY USED TO HAVE A YEARLY

CELEBRATORY SERVICE OF THE

SPIRIT THAT EVENTUALLY NBC

AND CBS PICKED UP AND POSTED

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THERE IS ONE STORY ABOUT HIS

FAITH THAT STANDS OUT.

HE USED TO GO BEFORE ANYONE

ELSE WENT TO THE CHURCH, AND

HE WOULD SIT THERE AND

PRAY.

AND THE PASTOR WOULD ALWAYS

COME IN AND SAY, HOW ARE YOU

DOING, MR. BURLEIGH, AND HE

WOULD SAY, I'M JUST GETTING

A FEEL FOR GOD.

HE LOVED GOD AND HE BROUGHT

THE LORD'S WORL WORD TO THE

WORLD THROUGH THE

SPIRITUALS.

Wendy: YOU CAN FIND

THIS BOOK ON AMAZON, AND

ALSO BARNES AND NOBEL.

CRAIG, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BEING WITH US.

THANK YOU, WENDY.

IT'S A PLEASURE.

George: NOT TOO LONG

AGO, THOUSANDS OF CUBANS

CAME TO SEE A COLLECTION OF

ANCIENT BIBLE ARTIFACTS PUT

ON DISPLAY.

Wendy: THE CULTURAL

EVENT ENJOYED THE APPROVAL

OF CUBA'S GOVERNMENT AND

EXPOSED A NEW GENERATION TO

BIBLICAL TRUTH.

Reporter: OVER THE

21-DAY EVENT, THOUSANDS OF

CUBANS CAME TO VIEW ANCIENT

BIBLE MANUSCRIPTS AND

ARTIFACTS, DISPLAYED AT

HAVANA'S MAIN CATHEDRAL.

MOST CAME FROM THE PRIVATE

COLLECTION OF STEVE GREEN.

NORMAN IS CURATOR OF THE

COLLECTION.

THERE ARE REALLY EXCITING

ARTIFACTS HERE THAT TELL NOT

ONLY THE HISTORY OF HOW WE

GOT THE BIBLE, BUT THE

IMPACT THAT SPAIN AND

LATIN-AMERICA HAD ON THE

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE.

Reporter: FROM DEAD SEA

SCROLLS TO JEWISH TORAHS,

THE EXHIBIT LED VISITORS

FROM THE HISTORY AND THE

MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE.

JOINING THE GUEST,

CUBAN-AMERICAN EDUCATOR,

CARLOS TANTO.

YOU CAME INTO THE SPACE,

AND WATCHED THE VIDEO ABOUT

WHAT THE BIBLE WAS, WHAT IT

MEANT TO THE CHRISTIAN

LIFE.

AND THEN YOU MOVED THROUGH

THE ENTIRE EVENT WHICH

INCLUDED A RE REPLICA OF

THE GUTENBURG PRESS.

SO PEOPLE COULD HAVE THE

PASSAGE IN THE BIBLE PRESSED

AND TAKE IT WITH THEM.

Reporter: OVER 6,000

CUBANS VISITED THE

EXPEDITION THE FIRST WEEK,

CURIOUS ABOUT A BOOK THAT

HAD LONG BEEN SUPPRESSED.

THEY HAD NOT A LOT OF

EXPERIENCE WITH THE BIBLE

FOR 21 YEARS.

BIBLES WEREN'T ALLOWED ON

THE BIBLE FOR YEARS.

BUT SO MANY FOLKS WERE

INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT THIS

WAS ALL ABOUT.

Reporter: CUBAN

CHRISTIANS SAW THIS AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE GOD'S

WORD TO A GENERATION THAT

GREW UP UNDER COMMUNISM WHEN

THE CHURCH WAS SUPPRESSED.

IT WAS A WAY TO

EVANGELIZE THIS COUNTRY.

I'VE ALWAYS READ ABOUT

THOSE THINGS IN THE BIBLE,

AND TO SEE THEM PERSONALLY,

IT'S A PRIVILEGE.

I THINK IT IS A SPECTACULAR

EXPERIENCE.

I BELIEVE THIS IS A GREAT

OPPORTUNITY TO ANNOUNCE THE

GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST THROUGH

THESE AND THROUGH HIS WORD.

Reporter: THE

EXHIBITION BROUGHT TOGETHER

EVANGELICAL AND CATHOLIC

LEADERS AND HAD THE SUPPORT

OF THE UNITED BIBLE

SOCIETY.

THE GREEN COLLECTION WILL

EVENTUALLY BE HOUSED IN

WASHINGTON, D.C., IN A

PRIVATELY-FUNDED MUSEUM OF

THE BIBLE, PROJECTED TO OPEN

IN 2017.

STAN JETER, CBN NEWS.

George: I THINK IT IS

PRETTY HISTORIC THAT THEY

HOLD THIS IN CUBA.

Wendy: DID YOU SEE THAT

CHURCH?

George: BEAUTIFUL.

Wendy: BEAUTIFUL

STORY.

THANKS, STAN.

George: IT'S TIME TO

SAY GOOD-BYE.

Wendy: GOOD-BYE.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, FROM ALL OF

US HERE AT CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS

YOU.

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