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Christian World News: April 11, 2014

This week on Christian World News: Death sentence in Pakistan. A Christian couple is convicted of blaspheming Mohammed, but religious rights advocates say the charges and the trial are a sham. Plus, up from the ashes. Twenty years ago, nearly ... Read Transcript


TODAY ON CHRISTIAN WORLD

NEWS, DEATH SENTENCE.

IN PAKISTAN, A CHRISTIAN

COUPLE IS CONVICTED OF

BLASPHEMYING.

THE CHARGES AND THE TRIAL

ARE A SHAM, SAY CHRISTIANS.

Wendy: PLUS, UP FROM

THE ASHES.

20 YEARS AGO, NEARLY ONE

MILLION PEOPLE DIED IN THE

RWANDAN GENOCIDE.

TODAY THE COUNTRY IS SEEING

AN ECONOMIC AND SPIRITUAL

RENEWAL.

Tom: AND THE

UNDERGROUND COFFEE PROJECT.

SEE THE NOVEL IDEA THAT IS

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE FROM A

LIFE OF SIN AND CRIME.

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Tom: A CHRISTIAN MAN

AND HIS WIFE FACE DEATH IN

PAKISTAN.

HELLO, EVERYONE, I'M GEORGE

THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

A JUDGE IN PAKISTAN HAS

SENTENCED A CHRISTIAN COUPLE

TO DEATH ON FALSE CHARGES OF

BLASPHEMY.

THE JUDGE ORDERED THEIR

EXECUTION AFTER CONVICTING

THEM FOR SENDING A TEXT

MESSAGE CRITICAL OF THE

ISLAMIC PROPHET MOHAMMED.

GARY LANE HAS DETAILS.

Reporter: SCENES LIKE

THIS HAVE BECOME ALL TOO

FAMILIAR IN PAKISTAN.

MUSLIM MILITANTS GO ON A

RAMPAGE, READY TO KILL

ANYBODY ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY

AGAINST THEIR HOLY BOOK.

AND IMAM ACCUSED THIS

CHRISTIAN AND HIS WIFE OF

TEXTING HIM A BLASPHEMOUS

MESSAGE AGAINST MOHAMMED.

POLICE ARRESTED AND JAILED

THE COUPLE.

KEITH DAVIS OF THE GROUP

"RESCUE CHRISTIANS" SAYS THE

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE TWO

ARE BOGUS.

THE WIFE CANNOT WRITE.

SHE IS ILLITERATE.

AND THE HUSBAND IS A CRIPPLE

FROM THE WAIST DOWN.

THEY HAD A CELL PHONE THEY

LOST, AND THEY REPORTED IT

MISSING TO THE OWNER OF THE

STORE.

THE STORE MANAGER TESTIFIED

IN COURT THAT IT WAS

REPORTED STOLEN, AND WAS

REPORTED MISSING TO HIM.

Reporter: DESPITE A

LACK OF EVIDENCE, HE AND HIS

WIFE WERE SENTENCED TO

DEATH.

THE NAVY SAYS MUSLIM

EXTREMISTS EITHER BRIBED POR

INTIMIDATED BOTH THE

PROSECUTOR AND THE JUDGE IN

THE CASE.

WE HAD PEOPLE WITH

PRIVATE MEETINGS WITH THE

JUDGE, WHO SAID, I HAVE TO

CONVICT, SENTENCE TO DEATH,

OTHERWISE I WILL BE KILLED.

Reporter: LIKE DAVIS,

JEFF KING, FROM

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN

CONCERN, BELIEVES THE

CHRISTIAN COUPLE WILL

EVENTUALLY BE RELEASED.

NOW THE COUPLE WILL SIT

IN PRISON FOR THE NEXT FIVE

TO SIX YEARS UNTIL IT

REACHES THE HIGH COURT.

THEY'RE OFTEN RELEASED THEN,

IF THEY'RE NOT KILLED IN

PRISON, THOUGH.

IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT

HAPPENS WITH THEIR KIDS.

Reporter: THEY HAVE

BEEN WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS.

HAVE THEY EVEN BEEN ABLE TO

SEE THE PARENTS?

NO, THEY CANNOT SEE THEIR

PARENTS.

THE EXTREMISTS WANT TO KILL

THE WHOLE FAMILY.

Reporter: AND THE

GRANDFATHER IS NOT A YOUNG

MAN.

I'M SURE HE'S CONCERNED

ABOUT HIS ABILITY TO CARE

FOR THESE CHILDREN.

YES.

HE IS 86 YEARS OLD.

SO HE IS NOT IN A POSITION

TO PROVIDE AID AND TO BRING

THESE CHILDREN UP.

BUT OUR ORGANIZATION HAS THE

ABILITY TO HELP THESE

CHILDREN.

Reporter: PAKISTANI

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ALONE.

OTHERS, LIKE AZI BIBI WASTE

AWAY IN PRISON, ALSO ACCUSED

OF BLASPHEMY AND SENTENCED

TO DEATH.

CASES LIKE THIS AND

OTHERS MAKE A LOT OF NOISE

AND THEY GET THE ATTENTION.

BUT THE TRAGEDY IS THERE ARE

SO MANY MORE AND THEY'RE

SITTING QUIETLY.

Reporter: WHAT CAN BE

DONE?

BOTH KING AND DAVIS SAYS THE

U.S. GOVERNMENT GIVES

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH

YEAR TO PAKISTAN.

AND WITH THAT MONEY COMES

POLITICAL LEVERAGE, TO GAIN

THE RELEASE OF THOSE LIKE

THIS COUPLE.

OUR GOAL IS TO SECURE

THEIR RELEASE.

WE'RE GOING TO PUT AS MUCH

PRESSURE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN

TO TRY AND DO THAT.

WE ALL KNOW TO PRAY, BUT

AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE TO

GET ON THE PHONE WITH OUR

LEGISLATORS AND SAY, WHAT IS

GOING ON.

WITHOUT STRONG POLITICAL

PRESSURE FROM THE UNITED

STATES, IT'S NOT GOING TO

HAPPEN.

Reporter: GARY LANE,

CBN NEWS.

Wendy: TO SEE MORE FROM

KEITH JEFFRIES AND JEFF

KING, LOG ON TO THE GLOBAL

LANE.COM.

Tom: OTHERS ARE FLEEING

THEIR HOMES IN AN EFFORT TO

ESCAPE THE VIOLENCE.

THIS LATEST OUTBREAK COMES

AS THE UNITED NATIONS

SECURITY COUNCIL APPROVED A

MEASURE TO SEND NEARLY

12,000 EXTRA PEACEKEEPING

TROOPS TO THE REGION.

THEY WON'T ARRIVE UNTIL

SEPTEMBER, HOWEVER.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC HAS

BEEN IN CHAOS SINCE MARCH

2003 WHEN MUSLIM REBELS

SEIZED POWER AND LAUNCHED A

BRUTAL ATTACK AGAINST

CHRISTIANS.

AND SOME CHRISTIAN MALITIA

BEGAN ATTACKING.

OPEN DOORS U.S. SPOKE WITH

ONE WOMAN WHO SUFFERED A

TRAGIC LOSS, BUT SHE IS

DETERMINED TO FORGIVE AND

LOVE HER ENEMIES.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Tom: AND WE WANT TO

HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS AND

PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCH IN

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

PLEASE POST THEM TO OUR

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS PAGE.

Wendy: THIS WEEKEND

MARKS THE 20th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE TRAGEDY IN REWANDA.

AND THE ECONOMY WAS IN

RUINS.

BUT NOW IT HAS BECOME ONE OF

AFRICA'S SURPRISING SUCCESS

STORIES.

Tom: AND ONE REGION OF

HOME-GROWN ENTREPRENEURS.

AND REGENT UNIVERSITY IS

HELPING HUNDREDS OF RWANDANS

TURN BRIGHT IDEAS INTO

THRIVING BUSINESSES.

Reporter: REWANDA WAS

ONCE CALLED A TROPICAL

SWITZERLAND IN THE HEART OF

AFRICA.

TODAY THAT BEAUTY HAS

RETURNED TO THE LANDSCAPE

AND TO THE FACES IN THIS

EAST AFRICAN NATION.

WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND IN

TOWN, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE

COUNTRY HAS A DIRECTION.

Reporter: MANY CREDIT

PRODUCT PAUL KAGAMI FOR

GIVING THE COUNTRY THAT

DIRECTION.

YOU WANT YOUR PEOPLE TO

HAVE OWNERSHIP.

Reporter: IT WAS CAGAMI

AND THE RWANDA PATRIOTIC

FRONT THAT LED ITS PEOPLE

OUT OF GENOCIDE IN 1994.

THIS LAND OF A THOUSAND

HILLS SAW NEARLY A MILLION

PEOPLE KILLED IN JUST 100

DAYS OF ETHNIC VIOLENCE.

DURING THAT TIME, SERGE

CAMARI RETURNED TO RWANDA

FROM CONGO AND JOINED THE

ARMY IN FIGHTING.

THERE WERE SO MANY

PROBLEMS GOING ON.

AT ONE TIME YOU HAVE ONE

GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

KILLING THE OTHERS.

AND YOU ALSO HAVE ANOTHER

GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

WORKING HARD TO STOP THE

KILLING AND TO ALSO BRING

BACK SO MANY RWANDANS THAT

WERE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE

COUNTRY.

AND IT HAPPENED.

THAT'S ONE THING I'M PROUD

OF BEING RWANDAN, THAT WE

SOLVED OUR OWN PROBLEMS.

Reporter: SERGE IS

HELPING BOOST HIS COUNTRY'S

GROWING ECONOMY.

HE OWNS JAYLIN'S BAKERY, A

SPOT FOR RWANDAN TRANSPLANTS

TO SOCIALIZE, SATISFY THEIR

SWEET TOOTH, AND EVEN GRAB A

FRESHLY BAKED BAGEL.

IT IS ONLY TWO AND A HALF

MONTHS WE'RE HERE, AND IT IS

INFECTIOUS.

Reporter: HE BEGAN

WRITING HIS BUSINESS PLAN AS

A STUDENT AT RWANDAN'S

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CENTER.

IT IS A HANDS-ON SCHOOL

CREATED BY REGENT

UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR

ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

IT CHANGED WHAT I LEARNED

OR KNEW ABOUT BUSINESS.

ONE PARTICULAR THING THAT I

REMEMBER IS THAT THEY TAUGHT

US TO DO BUSINESS NOT FROM

OUR HEAD BUT FROM OUR

HEART.

Reporter: SERGE IS ONE

OF 200 ENTREPRENEURS WHO

LEARNED TO BUILD A

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THROUGH

THE REGENT'S DEVELOPMENT

CENTER HERE IN RWANDA.

AND THAT KIND OF SUCCESS HAS

ALLOWED THE SCHOOL TO EXPAND

ITS PROGRAM TO UGANDA AND

INDIA.

JASON BENEDICT HELPED TO GET

THE CENTER RUNNING.

THE GOVERNMENT HERE IN

RWANDA THREW THE DOOR OPEN

FOR US AND SAID, WE WANT TO

BE THE FIRST.

SO THEY ACTUALLY HELPED MAKE

THAT HAPPEN.

WE'RE AMONG THE TOP AND

FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN

AFRICA.

AND A PLACE WHERE DOING

BUSINESS IS CONVENIENT.

Reporter: JIM BUSKO IS

THE DEVELOPMENT CENTER'S

C.E.O.

THE FORMER BANKING EXECUTIVE

IS ALSO A GRADUATE WITH TWO

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES.

OUR AIM IS TO MAKE SURE

THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS A

PROFITABLE BUSINESS.

Reporter: THE B.B.C.

PAIRS GRADUATES WITH MENTORS

FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

JIM BASKO SEES ALONG EVEN

BIGGER LESSON, TAUGHT BY THE

SCHOOL.

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO

THE COMMUNITY.

HOW DO YOU SUPPORT OTHER

INDIVIDUALS TO REACH THEIR

FULL POTENTIALS.

Reporter: THAT LESSON

COMES BACK AT JAYLIN'S

BAKERY.

THE BAKERY IS NAMED AFTER

HIS WIFE.

WHO CAME TO RWANDA FROM

CANADA.

I REMEMBER THEY SAID, IT

IS GOOD TO FIND A BUSINESS

WHERE YOU HAVE A SKILL.

AND HAVE PEOPLE WHO WILL

WORK WITH YOU WHO HAVE THE

SKILL.

AND I REMEMBERED THAT IN MY

OWN FAMILY, I HAVE A WIFE

WHO IS AN EXTEN EXCELLENT

BAKER.

IT WAS, LIKE, HERE IS A

GIFT FROM GOD.

THAT'S HOW WE'RE TREATING

THIS PLACE.

IT IS A GIFT.

SO WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR

THAT.

Reporter: SERGE AND

JENNIFER EMPLOY 20 PEOPLE.

17 OF THEM STRUGGLING

WOMEN.

THEY ALL COME FROM

SITUATIONS WHERE THEY WOULD

NOT BE ABLE TO PAY THE RENT,

PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, PAY

FOR SCHOOL FEES FOR THEIR

CHILDREN.

AND THEY EARN A SMALL SALARY

HERE, SO THEY'RE ABLE TO DO

SOME OF THAT.

WE HELP THEM OUT WITH THEIR

MEDICAL NEEDS ON TOP OF

THAT.

Reporter: AS THEY LEARN

TO MAKE COOKIES, CAKES, AND

CUPCAKES, SERGE AND JENNIFER

WORK TO --

TO GET THEM TO DREAM.

TO MAKE THEM KNOW THEY WERE

CREATED WITH A PURPOSE.

IT IS NOT ABOUT MAKING MONEY

AT ALL.

Reporter: THIS BAKERY

IS A MINI BUSINESS

DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

THE SAME FOUNDATION.

FOR 18 MONTHS TO TWO YEARS,

THEY HAVE THEIR FEASIBLE

BUSINESS PLAN, AND IT IS

GOING TO WORK.

THEY CAN GO AND IMPLEMENT

THEIR BUSINESS, AND WE'LL

HELP THEM DO THAT.

THEY SAVE SOME CAPITAL, AND

WE'LL ADD TO IT.

THEY CAN START THEIR OWN

ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESSES.

IT IS GREAT THAT THEY WORK

HERE.

I LOVE EACH ONE OF THEM, YOU

KNOW?

BUT I WANT THEM TO MOVE

BEYOND ME.

Reporter: IT IS A

CONCEPT THAT CAN ONLY ADD TO

THE COUNTRY'S BEAUTY.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

CAGALI, RWANDA.

Wendy: COMING UP, AFTER

DECADES OF FIGHTING, MUSLIM

REBELS SIGN A PEACE DEAL

WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE

PHILIPPINES.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR

CHRISTIANS WHO SPENT YEARS

LIVING IN THE LINE OF FIRE?

Wendy: A WELL-RESPECTED

PRIEST HAS BEEN MURDERED IN

THE SYRIAN CITY OF HOMS.

FATHER FRANCIS VANDER LOOT

LIVED IN SYRIA FOR MORE THAN

40 YEARS.

HE REFUSED TO LEAVE, INSTEAD

STAYING IN A REBEL-HELD AREA

TO CONTINUE HIS WORK WITH

REFUGEES AND CIVILIANS.

FATHER VANDER LOOT'S MURDER

IS HIGHLIGHTING FEARS AMONG

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA.

THEY HAVE INCREASINGLY

BECOME TARGETS AS HARD-LINE

ISLAMIC REBELS GAIN

CONTROL.

Tom: VOTERS ARE

FLOCKING TO THE POLLS IN THE

WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY.

THEY'RE DECIDING WHICH PARTY

WILL CONTROL THEIR FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

THE OPPOSITION B.J.P. PARTY

IN INDIA MAY CONTROL ENOUGH

VOTES TO CONTROL THE

GOVERNMENT IN PARLIAMENT,

AND THAT IS CAUSING

CHRISTIANS TO BE CONCERNED.

THEY'RE AFRAID.

WHAT THEY'RE SEEING IS WHAT

THIS IS, WHICH IS GOING TO

BE DESTROYED BY STRUGGLES,

AND IN MANY PLACES BECAUSE

OF THE AGGRESSIVE WAY

SOMETIMES THE NEW LEADERSHIP

BEHAVES IN THIS COUNTRY.

Tom: AND YOU CAN

IMAGINE, CHRISTIANS IN INDIA

ARE ASKING FOR PRAYERS.

Wendy: WELL, FOR MORE

THAN 100 YEARS, ISLAMIC

REBELS IN THE SOUTHERN

PHILIPPINES HAVE WAGED WAR

WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

Tom: AND NOW, AFTER

MORE THAN 17 YEARS OF

NEGOTIATIONS, THEY HAVE

SIGNED AN HISTORIC PEACE

AGREEMENT WITH A MAJOR

FACTION OF THE REBEL

COALITION.

CBN ASIA CORRESPONDENT

LUCILLE TALUSEN HAS MORE.

Reporter: THE HISTORIC

PEACE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED

BY MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE

GOVERNMENT AND THE MORAL

ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT,

WHICH REPRESENTS THE MUSLIMS

IN THE PRESENT PEACE

AGREEMENT, IS THE BIGGEST

BREAK-AWAY GROUP OF THE

NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT.

IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR,

SOME MEMBERS OF MLN S

SEIZED THE CITY, AND LEFT

SOME 200 DEAD.

THIS MAN WAS ONE OF THE

VICTIMS OF THE WAR IN

RWANDA.

OUR HOUSE WAS JUST A FEW

MINUTES AWAY FROM THE

FIGHTING.

IT WAS VERY TRAUMATIC FOR MY

FAMILY.

THAT'S WHY I AM SO HAPPY

THAT THE PEACE AGREEMENT WAS

FINALIZED.

Reporter: THERE ARE

OTHER MUSLIM GROUPS TO

RECKON WITH BEFORE THIS

PEACE PROCESS CAN BE

SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED.

BUT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE

MLIF, INCLUDING THE CHURCH,

SAY THIS AGREEMENT IS THE

KEY TO PEACE IN THE

PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM AREA.

THIS MAN SAYS, "CHRISTIAN

INVOLVEMENT FOR FINDING

PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS FOR THE

DECADES-OLD CONFLICT IN

MINDANAO, HELPED END THE

INSURGENT INSURGENCY THAT

LEFT APPROXIMATELY 150,000

DEAD SINCE 1970."

IN THAT SITUATION, WE HAD

A NO HOLDS BAR DISCUSSION.

WE WILL HAVE FREEDOM OF

WORSHIP, FREEDOM OF

EXPRESSION.

AND THEN THE MUSLIM LEADER

SAID, CAN YOU PRAY FOR US.

CAN YOU MANAGE THE MUSLIM

LEADER ASKING A CHRISTIAN

PRIEST TO PRAY.

Reporter: THE

PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT FULLY

SUPPORTS THE PEACE PLAN AND

GAVE A WARNING TO ANYONE WHO

ATTEMPTS TO DERAIL IT.

I WILL NOT LET PEACE BE

SNATCHED FROM MY PEOPLE

AGAIN.

NOT NOW, WHEN WE HAVE

ALREADY UNDERTAKEN THE MOST

DIFFICULT AND MOST

SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO ACHIEVE

IT.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

THE OPPOSITION FROM THE

DIFFERENT ISLAMIC GROUPS, IT

MAY STILL BE A LONG AND

TOUGH JOURNEY BEFORE PEACE

IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES CAN

FINALLY BECOME A REALITY.

LUCILLE TALUSEN, CBN NEWS,

MANILA.

Wendy: UP NEXT,

TRANSFORMATION, THE MINISTRY

THAT USES COFFEE BEANS TO

HELP DRUG ADDICTS AND

CRIMINALS START A BRAND NEW

LIFE.

Wendy: HERE IN AMERICA,

MILLIONS GET CAUGHT UP IN

DRUG ADDICTION AND THE CYCLE

OF CRIME.

AND THOSE WHO GET SUCKED IN

OFTEN GET TUCK THERE.

Tom: AND PRISONS HAVE A

VERY POOR RECORD OF HELPING

THESE PEOPLE BREAK FREE, BUT

ONE MINISTRY IS SEEING SOME

REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

CAITLIN BURKE WENT TO

WASHINGTON STATE TO BRING US

THIS LOOK AT SOMETHING

CALLED THE UNDERGROUND

COFFEE PROJECT.

Reporter: IT IS MORNING

IN THIS SMALL TOWN OF

BERLINGTON.

AND IN THE BASEMENT OF THIS

100-YEAR-OLD BANK BUILDING,

THE UNDERGROUND COFFEE

PROJECT BEGINS ANOTHER DAY'S

WORK.

THESE MEN COME FROM A

DIFFERENT KIND OF

UNDERGROUND: GANGS, PRISON,

DRUG ADDICTION.

WHILE I WAS A HEROIN

ADDICT AND A METH ADDICT AND

COCAINE ADDICT, AND I USED

ALL OF THOSE ON A DAILY

BASIS.

SO FOR 17 YEARS I WAS IN

AGREEMENT WITH EVIL.

Reporter: AT

UNDERGROUND COFFEE, IT IS

ABOUT MORE THAN JUST

ROASTING THE COFFEE BEANS.

THERE IS A PROFOUND MESSAGE

FOR THE MEN IN HOW THE BEANS

GET FROM THIS TO THIS.

THESE COLD, HARD, UGLY

BEANS COME INTO THE

ROASTER.

AND THE HEAT CHANGES THEM

AND CHANGES THEIR CHARACTER,

CHANGES THEIR APPEARANCE,

CHANGES THEIR AROMA AND

THEIR FLAVOR.

Reporter: AND THAT'S

EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WITH

ZACH.

IN TIME, THE FIRE OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT CRACKED HIS

SHELL, CONS FORMING

TRANSFORMING THIS ONCE

VIOLENT, ANGRY MAN INTO A

HOLY MAN.

Reporter: WHAT IS YOUR

MESSAGE NOW?

TO SHARE WITH PEOPLE WHO

ARE SUFFERING, AND SUFFER

WITH THEM.

JESUS WOULD GO TO SUFFER

WITH THEM, AND EVEN WHEN

THEY WERE GUILTY AND FULL OF

SIN, THAT DIDN'T SEPARATE

THEM FROM HIM.

Reporter: THE

UNDERGROUND COFFEE PROJECT

IS PART OF A MINISTRY WITH A

HEART FOR PEOPLE ON THE

MARGIN, AND IT ALL BEGAN

WITH THE BEANS.

HONDURAS, 1981, NEWLYWEDS

BOB AND GRACIE WERE DEEPLY

MOVED BY THE POVERTY THERE.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE THERE

ATTRIBUTED THEIR POVERTY TO

GOD'S WILL.

WHEN WE BEGAN DESIEPG

DISCIPLING THEM IN FARMING

PRACTICE, THEN SUDDENLY GOD

WAS OFF THE HOOK IN A SENSE,

AND THAT OPENED THE WAY FOR

US TO TALK ABOUT GOD

DIFFERENTLY.

Reporter: BUT IT BECAME

CLEAR THAT THE LAST THING

THOSE HONDURAN PEASANTS

WANTED WAS A SERMON.

IT WAS THE SAME AS A

SCROLLEDING.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE WE WORK

WITH ASSUMED THAT CHURCH IS

A PLACE WHERE YOU GO TO BE

REMINDED OF ALL OF THE

THINGS YOU'RE NOT DOING.

Reporter: BOB EXPLAINS

IN HIS BOOK HOW HE HELPED

THEM DISCOVER FOR THEMSELVES

THE TRUTH OF GOD'S

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

IN TIME, TIERA NUEVA, OR NO

OR NEW EARTH WAS BORN.

AND THEN THEY MOVED BACK TO

WASHINGTON.

AND

I ALWAYS GOT TURNED DOWN

BECAUSE OF MY CRIMINAL

BACKGROUND BECAUSE AN ACTIVE

GANG MEMBER.

BUT BOB ALWAYS ACCEPTED ME

WITH OPEN ARMS AND TOLD ME

JESUS LOVE LOVES ME NO

MATTER WHAT.

Reporter: BUT JULIO'S

SHELL WAS ESPECIALLY HARD TO

CRACK.

FOR 18 YEARS HE WAS IN AND

OUT OF JAIL.

FINALLY HE HAD NOWHERE ELSE

TO TURN.

A BOUNTY HAD BEEN PUT ON HIS

HEAD.

JULIO WAS ON THE RUN.

I WAS PRAYING.

AND I SAID, GOD, I'LL

SURRENDER TO YOU.

AND THE FIRST THING THAT

CAME INTO MY MIND WAS PASTOR

ROBERT, AND TIERA NUEVA.

AND WE BAPTIZED HIM FIVE

DAYS AFTER HE CAME.

WE WATCHED HIM GROW INTO AN

AMAZING SORT OF MAN OF GOD.

SO I GUESS I REALLY BELIEVE

IN THE IMPORTANCE OF

PERSEVERANCE.

I DIDN'T FEEL I WAS

WORTHY OF GOD'S LOVE FROM

ALL OF THE BAD THINGS I HAD

DONE IN MY PAST.

I WAS, LIKE, HOW WOULD GOD

WANT TO USE ME.

AND I REMEMBER PASTOR ROBERT

TOLD ME, REMEMBER PAUL?

AND JESUS USED HIM TO HELP

PEOPLE AND REACH OUT TO THE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: TIERA NUEVA

STRIPS AWAY THE MINISTRY,

AND THEY BEAR WITNESS AS

MODERN DAY SOULS ARE

TRANSFORMED INTO THE IMAGE

OF CHRIST.

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

CLIESH

Tom: AND FINALLY ON THE

BROADCAST, HERE IS A SIGHT

YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE.

Wendy: CELL PHONE VIDEO

OF CHRISTIAN HUMAN SHIELDS

PROTECTING A CHURCH FROM

DESTRUCTION IN EASTERN

CHINA.

MEMBERS OF SAN JUNG CHURCH

IN WEN ZU WERE JOINED BY

NEIGHBORING CHURCHES THIS

WEEK TO PREVENT GOVERNMENT

DEMOLITION OF THEIR

BUILDING.

THEY SANG SONGS AND PRAYED.

CHURCH LEADERS SAY COMMUNIST

PARTY OFFICIALS FEAR THE

RAPID SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY

AND VIOLENCE IN THAT

PROVINCE.

INTERESTING.

Tom: VERY INTERESTING.

FOLKS, THAT'S IT.

WE'RE DONE FOR THIS WEEK.

Wendy: WE'VE BEEN

AROUND THE WORLD, AND IT WAS

FUN.

Tom: ENCOURAGING

STORIES.

Wendy: UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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-"NEWSWATCH," APRIL 11,

2014.

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