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Christian World News: April 4, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Revival in North Africa. In the past 20 years, thousands of African Arabs have given their hearts to Jesus Christ. And, message from the Vatican. Pope Francis sends a clear signal that bishops living a lavish ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS, REVIVAL IN NORTH

AFRICA.

IN THE PAST 20 YEARS,

THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN ARABS

HAVE GIVEN THEIR HEARTS TO

JESUS CHRIST.

AND...A MESSAGE FROM THE

VATICAN.

POPE FRANCIS SENDS A CLEAR

SIGNAL THAT BISHOPS LIVING A

LAVISH LIFESTYLE SHOULD

FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF

JESUS.

PLUS...THE REAL STORY BEHIND

THE MOVIE THAT IS BLOWING

THE COMPETITION OUT OF THE

WATER.

WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE "

"NOAH'S ARK."

WELCOME TO CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, EVERYONE.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

A CHRISTIAN REVIVAL IS

TOUCHING THE NORTHERN MOST

REACHES OF AFRICA.

ONCE HOSTILE TO THE GOSPEL,

NOW TENSE TENS OF THOUSANDS

OF MUSLIMS ARE FOLLOWING

JESUS.

GEORGE THOMAS BRINGS US THIS

EXCLUSIVE STORY.

George: THESE IMAGES OF

NORTHERN AFRICANS

WORSHIPPING HAVE NEVER BEEN

SEEN BEFORE ON TELEVISION.

AS THE SUN SETS OVER THE

MEDITERRANEAN SEE, MUSLIMS

ACROSS THIS PART OF AFRICA

ARE CONVERTING TO FAITH IN

JESUS CHRIST IN RECORD

NUMBERS.

WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

NORTH AFRICA, ALL THE WAY

FROM MORITANIA TO LIBYA IS

UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY

OF MISSIONS.

George: PINO, A

GRADUATE OF REGENT

UNIVERSITY, HAS SPEND YEARS

TRAVELLING THE REGION TO

DOCUMENT THE

TRANSFORMATION.

I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF

RECORDING TESTIMONIES AND

LISTENING TO FIRSTHAND

STORIES OF MEN AND WOMEN, OF

ALL AGES, WHERE THEY CAN BE

SITTING IN A ROOM AND SEE

THE PRESENCE OF GOD APPEAR

TO THEM IN REALITY.

IT IS LIKE A VISION.

SOME OF THEM TELL STORIES OF

HAVING A CONVERSATION.

IT IS NOT JUST A LIGHT THAT

APPEARS.

George: HIS INTERVIEWS

CONFIRM WHAT EXPERTS SAY IS

A PROFOUND MOVE OF GOD IN

THE PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM

NATION OF WESTERN SAHARA,

MOROCCO, ALGERIA, AND

TUNISIA.

SOMETIMES I FEEL

JEALOUS.

HOW COME HE IS VISITING THE

MUSLIMS AND NOT THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

George: EXPERTS SAY THE

GROWTH OF CHRISTIANITY,

ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST 20

YEARS, HAS BEEN

UNPRECEDENTED.

AND NOWHERE IS THAT GROWTH

MORE EVIDENT THAN IN THE

NORTH AFRICAN NATION OF

ALGERIA.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

George: PASTOR SALA

LEADS ONE OF THE LARGEST

CHURCHES IN ALGERIA, WHERE

99% OF THE POPULATION IS

MUSLIM.

HE SAYS EVERY NEW CHRISTIAN

IN HIS CHURCH CAME FROM A

MUSLIM BACKGROUND.

SOME 1200 BELIEVERS ATTEND

THE CHURCH.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

George: MEN LIKE ZENA,

WHO WAS INVITED TO ATTEND

THE PASTOR'S CHURCH, PRAY.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

George: OTHERS, LIKE

FAHAD, SPEAK OF MIRACULOUS

ENCOUNTERS.

HE SAYS HE WAS ILLITERATE

AND COULDN'T READ THE BIBLE

WHEN HE ACCEPTED THE LORD.

AND THEN GOD MADE A CHANGE.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

George: EVEN THOUGH

ALGERIA IS OVERWHELMING

MUSLIM, THE GOVERNMENT HAS

GIVEN PROTESTANT CHURCHES A

FREEDOM TO REGISTER THEIR

CONGREGATIONS.

IT IS THE FIRST MUSLIM

ARAB GOVERNMENT WHO

RECOGNIZES OFFICIALLY

CHURCHES FROM ISLAM.

George: YUSEF IS A

LEADING ALGERIAN PASTOR.

AND HE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT

WILL HARASS AND INTIMIDATE

CHRISTIANS FROM TIME TO

TIME, BUT THE LEVEL OF

PERSECUTION IS NOTHING LIKE

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO.

GOD HAS GIVEN US MANY

OPPORTUNITIES TO WITNESS, AT

THE POLICE STATIONS, AT THE

COURTS.

AND ACTUALLY ONCE I WENT TO

THE POLICE STATION, AND THEY

GAVE ME 45 MINUTES TO SPEAK

ABOUT JESUS.

THEY SAID, TELL US ABOUT

JESUS, PLEASE.

George: BUT ALGERIA AND

THE COUNTRIES OF NORTH

AFRICA WEREN'T ALWAYS OPEN

TO THE GOSPEL.

PETER'S A VETERAN MISSIONARY

IN THESE PARTS.

THERE IS THAT PARABLE

THAT THE SOWER WENT OUT TO

SOW, AND THE SEEDS FELL ON

STONEY GROUND.

George: FOR SECURITY

REASONS, WE ALTERED HIS

VOICE AND CONCEALED HIS

IDENTITY.

THE RELIGION AND CULTURE

WERE UNSYMPATHETIC TO

ANYTHING THAT WAS FOREIGN.

George: PETER BELIEVES

THE ARRIVAL OF SATELLITE TV

AND THE INTERNET HAVE

DRAMATICALLY CHANGED

PEOPLE'S PERCEPTION OF

CHRISTIANITY.

TODAY IN NORTH AFRICA, ON

TV YOU CAN HEAR NATIVE ARAB

CHRISTIANS TALKING ABOUT

THEIR FAITH, MATURE

CHRISTIANS ANSWERING

QUESTIONS AND INVOLVED IN

DEBATE.

George: EMBOLDENED BY

GOD'S POWER, ALGERIAN

CHRISTIANS ARE NOW ON A

MISSION TO TAKE THE GOSPEL

TO THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE

GLOBE.

GOD HAS PUT IN OUR HEART

TO SEND 1,000 MISSIONARIES

BY THE YEAR 2025.

AND I REALLY BELIEVE MAYBE

ONE DAY AMERICA WILL END UP

WITH SOME MUSLIM CONVERT

MISSIONARIES.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, ALONG THE SHORES

OF THE MEDITERRANEAN.

Wendy: BEAUTIFUL.

THANKS, GEORGE.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI'S WIFE

SAYS HE IS DOING BETTER NOW

THAT HE IS GETTING SOME

MEDICAL TREATMENT.

THAT'S HER HUSBAND.

THE AMERICAN PASTOR HAS BEEN

JAILED IN IRAN FOR 18

MONTHS.

HE WAS RECENTLY TRANSFERRED

TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT

OF HIS INJURIES HE SUFFERED

IN PRISON.

HIS WIFE, NAGHMEH, TOLD

FAITH RADIO HER HUSBAND IS

FINALLY RECEIVING DECENT

MEALS AND PAIN MEDICATION

BUT SAYS HE STILL NEEDS

SURGERY.

MORE THAN TWO MILLION

SYRIANS HAVE FLED THE

FIGHTING IN THEIR COUNTRY.

MANY ARE LIVING IN TERRIBLE

CONDITIONS INTENT CITIES

THAT LACK EVEN THE BASIC

NECESSITY, PROPER FOOD,

CLOTHING AND EVEN WATER.

CBN'S EPHRAIM GRAHAM SPOKE

WITH PATRICK CLINE, OF

"VISION BEYOND BORDERS,"

ABOUT THEIR WORK AMONG THE

REFUGEES.

Reporter: PATRICK, TELL

US ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF

THESE CAMPS AND THE

CONDITIONS THERE.

WE SAW IN THE URBAN

REFUGEES, IN AMMAN, JORDAN,

20 TO 30 PEOPLE LIVING IN A

ONE-ROOM APARTMENT, SHARING

ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET.

BUT IN THE TENTS, THE PEOPLE

HAD VERY LITTLE, AND IT WAS

VERY COLD AND THERE WAS A

LOT OF MUD.

BARELY PRIMITIVE

CONDITIONS.

Reporter: "VISION

BEYOND BORDERS," IS WORKING

TO PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED

ASSISTANCE.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

WHEN I WENT THE FIRST

DAY, WE HELPED ABOUT 200

FAMILIES.

THESE WERE CHRISTIANS

FAMILIES FROM CHRISTIAN

BACKGROUNDS.

WE GAVE THEM BLANKETS,

MATTRESSES, PILLOWS, AND

THEY HAD CLOTHES AND ALSO

FOOD AND LITTLE HEATERS.

THE NEXT DAY WE WENT TO A

TENT CITY AND HELPED 185

MUSLIM FAMILIES, GIVING THEM

LITTLE WOOD STOVES AND

BLANKETS AND MATTRESSES AS

WELL.

Reporter: WE'RE HEARING

THAT YOU'RE PROVIDING THE

BASIC NEEDS THEY NEED

THERE.

BUT THEY HAVE DEEPER NEEDS

THAN JUST THE BASIC

NECESSITIES OF LIFE.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

A LOT OF THEM ARE OPENING

THE GOSPEL.

THEY'RE SAYING, WE ARE

SEEING THESE MILITANTS KILL

OUR PEOPLE AND RUN US OUT OF

OUR COUNTRY.

AND HERE ARE CHRISTIANS

COMING IN AND BRINGING AID

TO US.

WE WANT TO KNOW WHY THE

CHRISTIANS ARE DIFFERENT.

IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO

MINISTER THE GOSPEL TO

THEM.

Reporter: AND YOU'RE

PRINTING 40,000 ARABIC

BIBLES TO GIVE TO REFUGEES.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO

ACCOMPLISH WITH THAT?

MANY ARE SEARCHING AND

ASKING FOR THE TRUTH.

AS WE PROVIDE SCRIPTURES TO

THEM AND THEY READ THE WORD

OF GOD AND WE HAVE PEOPLE TO

FOLLOW UP WITH THEM, WE ARE

HOPING TO SEE MANY OF THEM

COME TO FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST.

Reporter: ARE YOU

SEEING SOME OF THAT?

WE REALLY ARE.

PEOPLE ARE FINDING HOPE.

WHEN I WAS THERE, WE WENT TO

THE REFUGEE CAMPS IN ISLAM,

AND WE SAID, CAN WE PRAY FOR

PEOPLE?

AND SHE SAID YES.

AND WE SAID, IN THE NAME OF

JESUS?

AND THEY SAID YES.

AND NOBODY REFUSED PRAYER,

EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ALL

MUSLIMS.

Reporter: CAN YOU SHARE

ONE TESTIMONY?

I REMEMBER GOING INTO --

THIS LADY WAS LIVING DOWN IN

THE BASEMENT.

AND HER SON WAS LAYING ON

THE GROUND.

I THINK HE HAD BEEN HIT BY

SHRAPNEL.

WE WENT TO SEE HER

CONDITIONS.

IT WAS I IMPLORABLE, AND WE

LAID HANDS ON HER SON.

AND THEY KEPT SAYING THANK

YOU.

Reporter: PATRICK

CLINE, "VISIONS BEYOND

BORDERS," THANK YOU FOR YOUR

TIME.

THANK YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Wendy: IF YOU WANT TO

HELP, GO TO OUR WEB PAGE,

AND YOU'LL FIND A LINK TO

THEIR MINISTRY AT

CWNEWS.ORG.

AND THEY ARE SENDING A

MESSAGE TO SOME HIGH LIVING

CHURCH LEADERS, REPENT OR BE

REPLACED.

Wendy: A CELL PHONE

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM POPE

FRANCIS TO CHARISMATIC

CHRISTIANS IN THE U.S. HAS

GONE VIRAL.

IT STARTED WHAT SOME

RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE

CALLING A NEW ERA WITH THE

BRANCH OF THE PROTESTANT

CHURCH.

THE POPE RECORDED A VIDEO

GREETING IN JANUARY TO A

CLERGY FRIEND IN TEXAS.

COPLAND PLAYED THE MESSAGE

TO A GATHERS OF MINISTRY

LEADERS AND PASTORS.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Wendy: THE POPE ASKED

THE CHURCH LEADERS TO PRAY

FOR HIM, ADDING HE WILL PRAY

FOR THEM AS WELL.

WELL, DAYS AFTER THE POPE

REMOVED A GERMAN BISHOP FOR

HIS LAVISH LIFESTYLE, THE

ARCHBISHOP OF ATLANTA IS

APOLOGIZING FOR BUILDING A

MANSION COSTING MORE THAN

$2 MILLION.

BUT THAT ONLY CAME AFTER

LOCAL PERISHNERS EXPRESSED

OUTRAGE AT THE PRICE TAG ON

HIS NEW HOME.

CHARLENE REPORTS.

I THINK WHEN YOU'RE IN

POLITICS OR RELIGION, YOU'RE

CALLED TO A DIFFERENT

LIGHT.

YOU HAVE TO LIVE

DIFFERENTLY.

YOU REPRESENT ALL PEOPLE.

Reporter: THAT'S THE

SENTIMENT OF MANY CATHOLICS

ACROSS ATLANTA, WHEN IT

COMES TO THIS $

$2.26 MILLION,000 SQUARE

FOOT HOME.

IN LETTERS, E-MAILS, AND A

MEETING, LOCAL CATHOLICS

TOLD THE ARCHBISHOP THE

PRICE TAG FOR HIS NEW HOME

WAS OUD LAND DISH.

OUTLANDISH.

I THINK THE POPE HAS SET

THE PRECEDENT OF HOW WE

SHOULD LIVE, AND I THINK IT

IS SIMPLY.

Reporter: THE HOUSE,

LOCATED IN ONE OF THE

WEALTHIEST NEIGHBORHOODS,

INCLUDES TWO DINING ROOMS

AND AN ELEVATOR.

CHURCH OFFICIALS SAY HE

NEEDED A NEW HOME AFTER

GIVING UP HIS HOME, WHERE

PARISH PRIESTS WILL NOW

SAY.

THE NEW HOME WAS BUILT USING

FUNDS FROM A $15 MILLION

GIFT FROM THE NEPHEW OF

MARGARET MITCHELL.

THAT GIFT WAS TO BE USED FOR

GENERAL RELIGIOUS AND

CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

BUT THE ARCHBISHOP

DEMOLISHED A 1-STORY HOME

AND REPLACED IT WITH A

MANSION.

POPE FRANCIS HAS ASKED US

TO BE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED

ABOUT THE POOR AND

DISENFRANCHISED.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE

BIGGEST CONCERNS OF THE

PARISHIONERS OF CHRIST OF

KING, WHO WERE SO

DISAPPOINTED.

Reporter: POPE FRANCIS

HAS MADE IT CLEAR HE EXPECTS

HIS PRIESTS AND BISHOPS TO

CONTINUE HIS MODEST LIVING,

TO DENOUNCE THE IDOLATRY OF

MONEY.

GREGORY HAS NOW APOLOGIZED,

SAYING, I FAILED TO CONSIDER

THE IMPACT OF THE FAMILIES

THROUGH THE ARCHDIOCESE, WHO

ARE STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR

MORTGAGES, UTILITIES,

TUITION AND OTHER BILLS,

FAITHFULLY RESPOND REAR

AFTER YEAR TO MY PLEAS TO

ASSIST WITH FUNDING OUR

MINISTRIES AND SERVICES."

POPE FRANCIS RECENTLY

REMOVED A GERMAN ARCHBISHOP

FOR SPENDING $43 MILLION ON

A MANSION.

GREGORY SAYS HE WILL BEGIN

THE PROCESS OF SELLING THE

MANSION.

CHARLENE AARON, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: UP NEXT, FEELING

CONFUSED BY THE RECENT MOVIE

ABOUT THE STORY OF NOAH?

THIS BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

STRAIGHTENS IT OUT AND TAKES

US RIGHT INSIDE THE ARK.

.

Wendy: THE THE STORY OF

NOAH ONLY TAKES UP A FEW

CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE, AND

THE MAIN CHARACTER BARELY

SPEAKS AT ALL.

SO THERE IS ROOM FOR

CREATIVE LIBERTIES.

BUT CRITICS OF THE NEW MOVIE

SAY THE DIRECTOR TOOK THEM

TOO FAR.

SCOTT ROSS SAT DOWN WITH ONE

AUTHOR WHO GAVE HIM THE REAL

STORY BEHIND NOAH'S ARK.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

HE'S GOING TO DESTROY THE

WORLD.

Reporter: LAST WEEKEND,

THE STORY OF NOAH AND THE

ARK MADE ANOTHER EPIC

PASSAGE FROM THE PAGES OF

THE BIBLE AND HISTORY TO

HOLLYWOOD'S BIG SCREEN.

THE DIRECTOR'S CREW AND

ALL-STAR CAST CONVINCINGLY

RECREATED THE WORLD OF

NOAH'S TIME.

THE FILM'S CREATORS

ACKNOWLEDGE THEY TOOK

ARTISTIC LICENSE WITH THE

BIBLICAL NARRATIVE, A

PROCESS THEY DIDN'T TAKE

LIGHTLY.

WE HAD TO TRY AND FIGURE

OUT HOW TO TELL THE STORY

AND BE FAITHFUL TO WHAT IS

IN THE BIBLE EXPLICITLY, AND

FIGURE OUT HOW TO ADDRESS

THE TANTALIZING QUESTIONS.

Reporter: IN FACT,

SEVERAL WELL-KNOWN

EVANGELICAL LEADERS HAVE

ENDORSED HIS FILM.

THEY SAY OVERALL THE MOVIE

REFLECTS THE THEMES OF

JUSTICE AND MERCY FOUND IN

SCRIPTURE.

I RECENTLY SPOKE WITH LARRY

STONE, AUTHOR OF "NOAH, THE

REAL STORY," WHO SHARED SOME

INSIGHTS ON THE FILM AND THE

GENESIS ACCOUNT.

THE BIBLE SAYS GOD

DESTROYED THE WORLD BECAUSE

OF THE EVIL OF MANKIND.

THE MOVIE TENDS TO DEFINE

THAT EVIL AS ENVIRONMENTAL

DESTRUCTION.

AND SO NOAH, THE PRODUCER

SAID, THE FIRST

ENVIRONMENTALIST.

I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD GET

ALL BENT OUT OF SHAPE

BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FOLLOW

THE BIBLE CLOSELY.

Reporter: OKAY, IN THE

SPIRIT OF ARTISTIC

INTERPRETATION, THAT SEEMS

FAIR.

THE PRODUCER DESERVES CREDIT

WHERE HIS PRE-PLUGGED WORLD

IN GENESIS AGREE, IT WAS

VIOLENT.

ONE TRANSLATION SAYS

EVIL, EVIL, EVIL.

MEN AND WOMEN THOUGHT OF

NOTHING BUT EVIL MORNING,

NOON, AND NIGHT.

AND GOD REPENTED THAT HE HAD

MADE MAN AND SAID, I'M GOING

TO DESTROY THE EVIL THAT I

SEE ON THE EARTH.

AND NOAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS

MAN.

AND GOD SAID, BUILD AN ARK

FOR THE SAVING OF YOUR

FAMILY.

DEATH BY WATER.

A GREAT FLOOD IS COMING.

WE BUILD A VESSEL TO DEFY

THE STORM.

Reporter: USING A SET

AND DIGITAL IMAGING, THE

FILM-MAKERS CREATED AN ARK

WITH THE SAME DIMENSIONS

FOUND IN THE BIBLE.

IT WAS 75 FEET WIDE,

45 FEET HIGH -- IT WAS TIME

AND A HALF OF A FOOTBALL

FIELD AND HALF AS WIDE.

THE LARGEST WOODEN SHIPS

EVER MADE WERE PARTICULARILY

THE CHINESE TREASURE SHIPS

BACK IN THE 1400s, AND

THESE WERE AS LONG AS THE

ARK AND SLIGHTLY WIDER.

AND THERE ARE RECORDS OF

THEM TRAVELLING ALL OVER THE

FAR EAST.

Reporter: HOW LONG DID

IT TAKE NOAH TO BUILD IT?

60 TO 80 YEARS.

Reporter: DID HE HAVE

HELP?

THE BIBLE DOESN'T SAY.

UNDOUBTEDLY HIS SONS HELPED,

BUT HE PROBABLY COULD HAVE

EMPLOYED OTHERS TO HELP,

TOO.

Reporter: WHAT DID THEY

KNOW ABOUT TECHNOLOGY THEN?

SAWS, HAMMERS, NAILS?

WE TEND TO THINK THAT

PEOPLE IN THE ANCIENT TIMES

DIDN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO

DO THE THINGS WE DO.

BUT LOOK AT THE PYRAMIDS, SO

THEY CERTAINLY HAD SOME

TECHNOLOGY.

IT BEGINS.

PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK, HOW

DID NOAH GET THE ANIMALS.

THE BIBLE SIMPLY SAYS GOD

BROUGHT THEM.

Reporter: HOW MANY

ANIMALS, APPROXIMATELY, WERE

IN THE ARK?

IS THERE ANY WAY OF

ESTIMATING THAT?

THERE IS.

THE KEY THERE IS AFTER THEIR

KIND.

DOES "KIND" MEAN SPECIES?

THERE ARE BETWEEN THREE AND

30 MILLION SPECIES.

OR DOES "KIND" MEAN FAMILY.

SO DID NOAH HAVE TO TAKE A

DACHSUND AND A SCHNAUZER AND

A WOLF?

GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE MOST

HE WOULD HAVE HAD ON THE ARK

IS 16,000 ANIMALS, WHICH IS

A LOT, BUT THEY COULD HAVE

FIT.

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY.

THERE ARE OVER 300 FLOOD

STORIES AROUND THE WORLD,

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

FROM AUSTRALIA TO INDIA TO

GREECE TO SOUTH AMERICA TO

NORTH AMERICA.

IS IT BECAUSE THEY BORROWED

FROM ONE ANOTHER?

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT THE

NOAH STORY BORROWED ANOTHER

EPIC.

OR PERHAPS THESE STORIES ARE

ALL A COLLECTIVE MEMORY OF

ONE GREAT, WORLDWIDE FLOOD.

Reporter: PEOPLE SAY,

YOU TALK ABOUT GOD BEING

LOVE.

YES.

Reporter: HOW DOES THAT

EQUATE WITH A GOD WHO SAID,

I'M GOING TO DESTROY EVERY

MAN, WOMAN, CHILD, ANIMAL ON

THIS PLANET?

BECAUSE I THINK WE TEND

TODAY TO ATTRIBUTE TO GOD

ONLY THE ATTRIBUTE OF LOVE

AND DON'T REALIZE THAT GOD

IS HOLY AND CANNOT

COUNTENANCE SIN.

SO THAT THE EVIL IN US IS

REPUGNANT TO GOD, EVEN

THOUGH HE LOVES US.

Reporter: NOW, GOD MADE

A COVENANT WITH NOAH THEN

AND SAID HE WOULD NEVER

AGAIN DESTROY THE WORLD WITH

WATER.

RIGHT.

JUST AS THE ARK SAVED NOAH

AND HIS FAMILY AND CERTAIN

ANIMALS, AT THAT TIME, THE

CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST IS

WHAT SAVES US TODAY.

Reporter: THE ONLY

SOLUTION TO OUR EVIL IS THE

PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.

THAT'S WHY HE CAME THE FIRST

TIME TO DIE.

HE'S THE ARK.

HE'S THE ARK.

YES.

Reporter: WHILE THE

BIBLE DOESN'T SAY HOW NOAH'S

FAMILY SURVIVED A YEAR

ADRIFT, THE BOX OFFICE NOAH

SAW PLENTY OF DRAMA.

Wendy: I'VE SEEN IT,

BUT I'M GOING TO RESERVE MY

COMMENTS SO YOU CAN SEE IT

FOR YOURSELF.

WE'D LIKE TO HEAR YOUR TAKE

ON THE NEW NOAH MOVIE.

DOES IT TAKE THE BIBLE STORY

TOO FAR?

IS IT AN OPPORTUNITY TO

SHARE THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN

AND REDEMPTION?

OR IS IT JUST GOOD

ENTERTAINMENT?

YOU CAN JOIN THE DEBATE ON

OUR CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS

Facebook PAGE.

AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: IN COSTA RICA'S

MOUNTAINOUS COFFEE COUNTRY,

CHRISTIANS JOINED FORCES TO

OFFER PEOPLE FREE HEALTH

CARE AND ENTERTAINMENT.

ALONG WITH A LIFE-CHANGING

STATEMENT.

STAN JETER REPORTS.

Reporter: THEY CALLED

THE FESTIVAL JOY.

AND THEY SHARED MUCH,

INCLUDING FREE HEALTH CARE.

THE GOAL IS TO PREACH THE

GOSPEL.

TO LET THEM KNOW ABOUT

JESUS.

THE FESTIVAL SIDE WAS A WAY

TO GETTING TO PEOPLE.

WE BLESS THEM.

WE LOVE THEM, AND WE SHOW

THEM THE LOVE OF CHRIST

THROUGH WHAT WE DO FOR

THEM.

THE WHOLE IDEA IS PREACHING

THE GOSPEL TO THEM.

IT IS ABOUT JESUS.

Translator: FIRST WE GIVE

SOMETHING TO THE COMMUNITY.

WE BELIEVE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE

TO LISTEN IF YOU DON'T GIVE

THEM SOMETHING IN EXCHANGE.

Reporter: OVER 20

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND

MINISTRIES PROVIDED

VOLUNTEERS AND SERVICES.

THEY JOINED A FULL TEAM OF

EVI EVANGELISTS, WHO'S

IMPACT WAS FELT THROUGHOUT

THE CITY.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT WE

HAVE QUITE A FEW EVANGELISTS

BECAUSE THEY HAVE

COMPLEMENTARY GIFTS.

AS THEY COME TOGETHER, WE

CAN REACH THE ENTIRE CITY.

WE CAN GO TO SCHOOLS, INTO

THE PRISONS, INTO THE

CHURCHES.

SOME HAVE THE GIFT OF

PERSONAL EVANGELISM, AND

OTHERS HAVE IT IN MAS.

MASS.

Reporter: THIS BOY

TURNED OUT FOR SKATEBOARDING

AND B.M.X. SKATEBOARDING

EXHIBITIONS.

THE JOB IS TO CATCH THE

ATTENTION OF THE YOUTH WHO

ARE IN THE STREETS, AND WHO

ENJOY SPORTS, SKATEBOARDING,

AND B.M.X.

Reporter: AND OTHER

EVENTS PULLED IN ENTIRE

FAMILIES.

ALONG WITH GIZMO, THE ROBOT

FROM "SUPERBOOK" CARTOON

SERIES.

AND CHURCH MEMBERS WERE

THERE WHEN PEOPLE RESPONDED

TO THE INVITATION TO FOLLOW

CHRIST, AN OPPORTUNITY GIVEN

DURING EACH OF THE

FESTIVAL'S MANY EVENTS.

THIS IS NOT THE WORK OF

ONE MAN.

IT IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT IN COLLABORATION WITH

ALL OF THE EVANGELISTS.

Reporter: A WORK THAT

THE CHURCH EXPECTS WILL LAST

FOR YEARS TO COME.

STAN JETER, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANK YOU SO

MUCH, STAN.

GREAT WORK THEY'RE DOING

THERE IN COSTA RICA.

AND THEY'VE GOT SOME GREAT

COFFEE THERE AS WELL.

THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE

ON CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, GOOD-BYE,

AND FROM ALL OF US HERE, GOD

BLESS YOU.

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