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Christian World News: May 9, 2014

This week on Christian World News: worldwide protests for the Nigerian schoolgirls help captive by Islamic rebels. They're rallying around the cry: bring back our girls. Plus, America’s right to pray. The U.S. Supreme Court issues a major ... ... Read Transcript


Wendy: THIS WEEK ON

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS, A

GLOBAL OUTCRY, WORLD WHY

PROTESTS FOR THE NIGERIA

SCHOOL GIRLS HELD CAPTIVE BY

ISLAMIC REBELS.

THEY'RE RALLYING AROUND THE

CRY, "BRING BACK OUR

GIRLS."

PLUS THE RIGHTS TO PRAY.

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

ISSUES A MAJOR RULING

SUPPORTING PRAYER IN PUBLIC

PLACES.

AND...INTO THE EPICENTER.

THE CENTER OF EGYPT'S WORST

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS

IN 700 YEARS.

SOME OF THE SURVIVORS SHARE

THEIR AMAZING STORIES.

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Wendy: WELCOME TO

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

"BRING BACK OUR GIRLS," THAT

WAS THE GROWING GLOBAL

OUTCRY THIS WEEK FOR THE

RETURN OF 200 KIDNAPPED

NIGERIAN SCHOOL GIRLS.

AMERICAN CHRISTIANS ARE NOW

JOINING IN SOLIDARITY WITH

NIGERIANS AND OTHERS

DEMANDING ACTION.

AMBER STRONG BRINGS US THIS

STORY FROM WASHINGTON.

Reporter: CHRISTIAN

LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE

UNITED STATES ARE GATHERING

TO PRAY FOR THE MORE THAN

200 NIGERIAN GIRLS KIDNAPPED

THREE WEEKS AGO AND URGING

FELLOW CHRISTIANS TO TAKE

ACTION.

WE ARE HERE TO PRAY FOR A

SAFE RETURN OF THESE YOUNG

GIRLS WHO ARE STUDENTS AND

WHO'S ONLY GUILT IS THAT

THEY SEEK EDUCATION.

IT IS, IN FACT, A BLACK

EYE TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

FOR CHRISTIANS TO BE SILENT

BECAUSE THESE GIRLS HAVE

BEEN ABDUCTED.

Reporter: THE

ABDUCTIONS WERE THE WORK OF

THE ISLAMIC TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION BOKO HARAM, WHO

HAVE SINCE KIDNAPPED AS MANY

AS 11 MORE GIRLS.

IN A VIDEO RELEASED EARLIER

THIS WEEK, THE GROUP

ANNOUNCED IT WOULD DO JUST

THAT, PROMISING TO CONVERT

THE DAUGHTERS OF CHRISTIANS

AND SELL THEM.

Translator: THERE IS A

MARKET FOR SELLING HUMANS.

ALLAH SAYS I SHOULD SELL.

Reporter: THE UNITED

STATES IS SENDING MILITARY

ADVISORS TO HELP IN THE

SEARCH.

OUR EMBASSY IN ABUJA IS

PREPARED TO FORM A

COORDINATION CELL THAT COULD

PROVIDE EXPERTISE ON

INTELLIGENCE,

INVESTIGATIONS, AND HOSTAGE

NEGOTIATIONS, AND TO HELP

FACILITATE INFORMATION

SHARING AND VICTIM

ASSISTANCE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

SCORES OF RALLIES ARE TAKING

PLACE WORLDWIDE UNDER THE

"BRING BACK OUR GIRLS"

BANNER.

FORGET WHERE YOU CAME

FROM, TODAY WE ARE ALL ONE.

FORGET WERE LANGUAGE YOU

SPEAK.

IT IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL

UNDERSTAND.

Reporter: PROTESTORS

GATHER IN FRONT OF THE

NIGERIAN EMBASSY, CRITICAL

OF THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT,

GOODLUCK JONATHAN.

WE ARE ANGRY AT THE

PRESIDENT BECAUSE WE WANT

HIM TO DO MORE.

LIKE, NO ONE CAN COME INTO

THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE AND

KIDNAP HIS CHILDREN FOR OVER

TWO WEEKS AND NOTHING IS

DONE ABOUT IT.

Reporter: A NON

PARTISAN GROUP OF CONGRESS

MET FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE

AND PRAYER, AS THE LIVES OF

THE GIRLS, AGED 15 TO 18,

NOW HANG IN THE BALANCE.

WE ALL JOIN HANDS TODAY

IN PRAYER AND LEGISLATIVE

ACTION, CALLING FOR THE

SWIFT RETURN OF THESE 276

GIRLS.

WE, THE WOMEN OF THE SENATE,

WILL BE MEETING WITH JOHN

KERRY IN A FEW DAYS TO TALK

ABOUT THIS SITUATION.

YOU HAVE A MOTHER AND A

FATHER, BUT YOU HAVE A LOT

OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS

AROUND THE WORLD.

WE FIGHT FOR THE WOMEN IN

IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, AND ALL

OF AFRICA.

Reporter: ECHOING AN

INTERNATIONAL CRY OF SUPPORT

AND SOLIDARITY FOR THE WOMEN

OF NIGERIA AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

AMBER STRONG, CHRISTIAN

WORLD NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, AMBER.

GARY LANE IS SENIOR

INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT

FOR CBN NEWS, AND HE IS HERE

TO TELL US MORE ABOUT BOKO

HARAM.

FIRST, THOUGH, WHY WOULD

THIS GROUP TARGET THESE

SCHOOL GIRLS?

Reporter: WELL, SCHOOL

GIRLS ARE WEAK, RIGHT?

THEY'RE VULNERABLE.

THEY DON'T FIGHT BACK, LIKE

STRONGER MALES WOULD.

BEYOND THAT, WENDY, THEIR

WHOLE IDEA, BOKO HARAM MEANS

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, OR

WESTERN EDUCATION, IS

FORBIDDEN.

SO THEY TARGET SCHOOL GIRLS,

AND OTHERS WHO ARE BEING

EDUCATED.

Wendy: WHAT ARE THE

GOALS AND THE METHODS OF

BOKO HARAM?

Reporter: WELL, THEIR

GOAL IS SHARI'A LAW.

THEY WANT TO IMPOSE SHARI'A

LAW.

THEIR INTERPRETATION OR

BRAND OFSHARI'A LAW,

ESPECIALLY ON THE NORTHERN

PART OF NIGERIA, BUT

EVENTUALLY THEY WANT TO SEE

IT ALL OVER NIGERIA.

AND THEY DON'T WANT ANY

CHRISTIAN POPULATION IN

NORTHERN NIGERIA.

Wendy: ISN'T IT

INTERESTING, THEY SAY WE'RE

VERY RELIGIOUS AND WE WANT

SHARI'A LAW, AND THEY SAY

THE QURAN SAYS KIDNAPPING IS

PERFECTLY FINE.

Reporter: THEY SAY THE

KIDNAPPING IS PERFECTLY

FINE.

IT HAS BEEN GOING ON IN THE

AREA FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS,

SO THIS IS NOTHING NEW.

WHAT IS NEW, I THINK, IS THE

WESTERN REACTION TO THIS.

THIS HAPPENED TWO AND A HALF

WEEKS AGO, AND NOW WE'RE

SUDDENLY HEARING ABOUT IT.

AND BOKO HARAM HAS BEEN

SPREADING TERROR FOR MORE

THAN FIVE YEARS.

WHY NOW?

Wendy: PROBABLY PUTTING

A FACE ON IT, AND SEEING

THESE YOUNG GIRLS, AND

KNOWING THIS IS A VULNERABLE

GROUP OF PEOPLE.

Reporter: BUT THEY

HAVEN'T SPOKEN OUT WHEN

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES HAVE BEEN

BOMBED OR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

HAVE BEEN BOMBED.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD A LOT FROM

WESTERN MEDIA OR FROM OUR

OFFICIALS.

Wendy: GARY, HOW CAN

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HELP

NIGERIA FIGHT THESE

TERRORISTS?

JOHN KERRY AND PRESIDENT

OBAMA HAS SAID WE'RE SENDING

SOME ADVISORS THERE AND SOME

COUNSELLORS.

BEYOND THAT, WE EVENTUALLY

SEE SOME DRONES BEING

BROUGHT IN TO SEARCH THE

AREA FOR BOKO HARAM.

MANY OF THEIR OPERATIVES ARE

WORKING IN NEIGHBORING CHAD

AS WELL.

Wendy: YOU'VE BEEN ON

THE GROUND THERE.

HOW ARE THEY REACTING TO ALL

OF THIS?

Reporter: WELL, THE

CHRISTIANS ARE FRIGHTENING.

BECAUSE THEY'RE SPREADING

THEIR TERROR TO OTHER PARTS

OF NIGERIA THAT HAVE BEEN

OUT OF TOUCH, OR HAVEN'T

BEEN TARGETED IN THE PAST.

FOR EXAMPLE, ABUJA, THE SAME

TOWN THESE GIRLS WERE

KIDNAPPED, THE WORST ATTACK

EVER IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF

NIGERIA OCCURRED WITH A BUS

BOMBING IN ABUJA, AND THEY

HAVE NOT DONE THAT BEFORE.

Wendy: WE CONTINUE TO

PRAY FOR THESE GIRLS, 200

GIRLS --

Reporter: MORE THAN 270

GIRLS, AND FOR THE

CHRISTIANS THERE BECAUSE

THEY'RE UNDER PRESSURE.

Wendy: THANKS SO MUCH.

IN OTHER NEWS, A SUDANESE

WAR PLANE BOMBED A CATHOLIC

HOSPITAL IN SOUTHERN SUDAN.

WATCH AS THIS PRIEST SPOTS

THE PLANE AND RUNS FOR COVER

AS IT DROPS ITS BOMBS.

THE ISLAMIC REGIME HAS WAGED

WAR AGAINST BLACK AFRICANS

AND CHRISTIANS IN THE AREA

FOR DECADES.

BASHIR IS WANTED BY THE

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL

COURTS FOR CRIMES AGAINST

HUMANITY.

THEY CALLED ON BASHIR TO

PROTECT THE HOSPITAL FROM

FUTURE ATTACKS.

INTERNATIONAL LAW DEMANDS

THAT CIVILIANS ARE PROTECTED

DURING CONFLICTS.

BUT THE ATTACK ON THE

HOSPITAL IS A DIRECT

VIOLATION OF THIS

FUNDAMENTAL HUMANITARIAN

PRINCIPLE.

IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE

SACREDNESS OF ALL HUMAN

LIFE, WHICH WE MUST PROTECT

AT ALL COSTS.

Wendy: THE HOSPITAL WAS

ATTRIBUTABLE CAPACITY

BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS

INCREASING ITS ATTACKS TO

DRIVE PEOPLE FROM THE

REGION.

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN

THAT BOMBING.

THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT

HAS UNLEASHED MORE

INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC

AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

THIS TIME FOR RAMPID HUMAN

RIGHTS ABUSES.

A RECENT NORTH KOREA REPORT

CALLS THE U.S. A LIVING

HELL, WHERE ELEMENTARY

RIGHTS TO EXISTENCE ARE

RUTHLESSLY VIOLATED.

ERIC FOLLY OF SEOUL U.S.A.

SAYS HE EXPECTS THAT

ACCUSATION MAY CAUSE CHINA

TO CRACK DOWN ON MISSIONARY

ACTIVITY ALONG THE NORTHERN

KOREAN BORDER.

THAT COULD TAKE THE FORM

OF INCREASED DEPORTATION,

PARTICULARLY OF SOUTH KOREAN

MISSIONARIES, AND GIVING THE

NORTH KOREAN STATES A FREER

HAND IN INVESTIGATING

CHURCHES IN THE AREA, AND

MISSIONARIES AS WELL.

Wendy: FOLEY SAYS NORTH

KOREA MADE THE ALLEGATIONS

BECAUSE CHRISTIAN

MISSIONARIES ARE AFFECTIVELY

SPREADING THE GOSPEL

THROUGHOUT THE KOREAN

PENINSULA.

MORE THAN 175 AMERICAN

CHRISTIAN LEADERS SIGNED A

PLEDGE OF SOLIDARITY,

SUPPORTING PERSECUTED

CHRISTIANS IN OTHER PARTS OF

THE WORLD.

EVANGELICAL AND ORTHODOX

CHRISTIAN LEADERS CAME

TOGETHER AT THE NATION AS

CA CAPITAL FOR THE EVENT.

THIS CARDINAL SAYS THE WORLD

CANNOT BE SILENCED,

ESPECIALLY WHILE SOME OF THE

OLDEST COMMUNITIES ARE

DRIVEN INTO EXILE.

AND THEY SPECIFICALLY

MENTIONED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

AND SYRIA.

AND THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN

BAGHDAD SAYS IRAQI CHILDREN

ASK HIM, HAS THE WORLD

FORGOTTEN US?

YOU CAN TELL THOSE SUFFERING

CHRISTIANS THEY'RE NOT

FORGOTTEN.

JUST POST A MESSAGE OF

ENCOURAGEMENT OR PRAYER ON

OUR C.W.N.Facebook PAGE,

AND LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE

STANDING WITH THEM.

AND UP NEXT, A SPLIT

DECISION.

THE SUPERIOR COURT UP HOLDS

THE RIGHT TO PRAY BEFORE A

PUBLIC MEETING.

BUT THE NARROW VICTORY

PROMISES MORE BATTLES FOR

THE FUTURE.

Wendy: THE FIRST OPENLY

GAY BISHOP OF THE CHURCH

SAYS HE IS DIVORCING HIS

HUSBAND.

THE COUPLE HAD BEEN MARRIED

SINCE 2010, WHEN NEW

HAMPSHIRE LEGALIZED GAY

MARRIAGE.

THE UNION CREATED

INTERNATIONAL UPROAR, AND

MANY BROKE AWAY FROM THE

MAIN CHURCH.

ROBINSON LEFT HIS WIFE AND

TWO CHILDREN WHEN HE OPENLY

DECLARED HE WAS GAY.

A VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AT THE SUPREME

COURT.

THE COURT RULED IN FAVOR OF

PUBLIC PRAYERS AT COUNCIL

MEETINGS AT A TOWN IN NEW

YORK, EVEN IF THOSE PRAYERS

ARE CHRISTIAN.

THE RULING COULD HAVE A

NATIONWIDE IMPACT.

JOHN JESSUP HAS THAT STORY

FROM WASHINGTON.

Reporter: THE HIGH

COURT RULING CENTERS ON AN

ACTION THAT DATES BACK TO

OUR FOUNDING, WHEN THE FIRST

CONTINENTAL CONGRESS IN 1774

BEGAN WITH CHRISTIAN

PRAYERS.

240 YEARS LATER, AMERICA IS

MUCH MORE RELIGIOUSLY

DIVERSE THAN BACK THEN.

PART OF THE REASON, AN

ATHEISTAND JEW CHALLENGED

PRAYERS AT@PUBLIC MEETINGS

IN THE TOWN OF GREECE, NEW

YORK.

THEY CLAIM THE PRAYERS WERE

MOSTLY CHRISTIAN, MADE THEM

UNCOMFORTABLE, AND AMOUNTED

TO COERCION.

BUT IN THE MAJORITY OPINION,

JUSTICE KENNEDY WARNED

AGAINST THE COURTS BECOMING

CENSORS OF RELIGIOUS SPEECH,

WRITING "GOVERNMENT IS

PROHIBITED FROM PRESCRIBING

PRAYERS, IN ORDER TO HAVE A

PREFERRED SYSTEM OF BELIEF

OR CODE OF BEHAVIOR."

IT WOULD BE A FEW STEPS

REMOVED FROM THAT TO REQUIRE

CHAPLAINS REDACT THEIR

MESSAGE, IN ORDER TO MAKE IT

ACCEPTABLE TO THE PUBLIC

SPHERE.

THIS IS PICTURESQUE CAROL

COUNTY, AND IT IS A PEACEFUL

PLACE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF

BALTIMORE.

BUT AT THE INTERSECTION OF

FAITH AND POLITICS, THERE IS

A STORM BREWING AND IT IS

DRAWING NATIONAL ATTENTION.

A GROUP OF RESIDENTS SUED

THE COUNTY BECAUSE THE

OPENING PRAYERS WERE ONLY

CHRISTIAN.

HOURS AFTER THE SUPREME

COURT RULING, THE SAME JUDGE

LIFTED HIS TEMPORARY BAN

THAT HAD PROMPTED ONE

COMMISSIONER TO TAKE THIS

STAND.

I THINK THAT IS AN

INFRINGEMENT ON MY FIRST

AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF FREE

SPEECH AND FREE RELIGION.

AND I THINK IT IS A WRONG

RULING, BUT OUT OF RESPECT

FOR MY COLLEAGUES, I'M NOT

SURE HOW STRONGLY THEY FEEL

ABOUT IT, I'M WILLING TO GO

TO JAIL OVER IT.

Reporter: COMMISSIONER

FRASER APPEARED ON FOX NEWS

D.V.D.IN DEFENDING HER

STANCE.

HAVE YOU ASKED NOTHING IN

MY NAME.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

AND YOUR JOY SHALL BE FULL.

SO THAT'S HOW I PRAY.

Reporter: THE COUNTY,

THE COMMISSIONERS, AND THEIR

LEGAL TEAM WENT SILENT.

COMMISSIONER FRASER AND

CAROL COUNTY DENIED REQUESTS

FOR INTERVIEWS.

WHILE THEY REMAIN

TIGHT-LIPPED, PEOPLE AROUND

THE COUNTY HAD STRONG

OPINIONS.

YOU'RE THOUGHTS OF

OPENING UP THE COMMISSION

HEARINGS WITH PRAYER?

I AGREE 100%.

Reporter: AND HOW ABOUT

OPENING THE PRAYER IN THE

NAME OF JESUS?

YES, I AGREE WITH THAT,

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK THAT'S THE PART

THAT MAKES IT VERY SPECIFIC

TO CHRISTIANITY.

IF IT WERE JUST EVERYONE

PRAYING FOR A HIGHER POWER,

THAT WOULD BE.

Reporter: MONICA MILLER

SAYS THE SUPREME COURT

RULING WON'T MAKE MUCH OF A

DIFFERENCE IN THE CAROL

COUNTY CASE.

THE TOWN WAS MAKING AN

EFFORT TO BE ALL-INCLUSIVE,

BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE

PRAYER ENDED UP BEING

CHRISTIAN, THOUGH THERE WERE

OTHERS.

IN THIS CASE, IF THE COUNTY

STADIUMED TO COMPLETELY

CHANGE ITS PRACTICE AND DO

SOMETHING EXACTLY LIKE THE

TOWN OFGREECE, PERHAPS THAT

WOULD BE OKAY.

Reporter: JORDAN

SEKULOW OF THE AMERICAN

CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE

DISAGREES.

WHAT THE COURT SAID TODAY

IS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE

PRAYER, AND THERE IS A

CHRISTIAN PRAYING, THEY CAN

ABSOLUTELY CLOSE THEIR

PRAYER IN JESUS' NAME.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THAT

DISTINCTION ANYMORE.

I THINK THAT WILL HAVE AN

IMPACT ON A NUMBER OF

CASES.

Reporter: JOHN JESSUP,

CBN NEWS, CAROL COUNTY,

MARYLAND.

Wendy: COMING UP, HOW

RADICAL MUSLIMS TARGETED

EGYPT'S CHRISTIANS FOR

DESTRUCTION.

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Wendy: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYONE.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WILL

NEVER RETURN TO EGYPT.

THAT'S THE DECISION OF ABDEL

FATAH al-SISI, THE FORMER

MILITARY CHIEF WHO REMOVED

THE BROTHERHOOD'S ISLAMIST

PRESIDENT LAST SUMMER.

al-SISI IS ALMOST CERTAIN

TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY IN THE

UPCOMING ELECTION.

IN THE FIRST TV INTERVIEW OF

HIS CAMPAIGN, HE SAYS IT IS

NOT HIM WHO IS FINISHED WITH

THE BROTHERHOOD, BUT RATHER

THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE.

AN EGYPTIAN COURT SENTENCED

HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO DEATH

OR LIFE IN PRISON FOR

INSTIGATING VIOLENCE AFTER

THE OUSTER OF MOHAMMED

MORSI.

COPTIC CHRISTIANS SUFFERED

TERRIBLY IN THAT TIME.

GEORGE THOMAS TAKES US TO

THE CENTER OF THE BRUTALITY,

WHERE CHRISTIANS ARE DYING

FOR THEIR FAITH.

WE WANT TO WARN YOU THAT

SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THIS

STORY ARE GRAPHIC.

George: AUGUST 20,

2013.

Translator: WE WERE AT

WORK WHEN WE HEARD MUSLIMS

WERE BURNING CHURCHES.

George: IN THE SMALL

VILLAGE OF DELGA, FOUR HOURS

SOUTH OF CAIRO.

Translator: LEADERS IN

THE MOSQUES WERE TELLING

MUSLIMS, ATTACK CHRISTIANS

AND KILL THEM.

[YELLING]

George: KUDROS AND HIS

FATHER, BOTH CHRISTIANS,

WERE IN THEIR FAMILY BARBER

SHOP WHEN A MOB OF MUSLIMS

ATTACKED THEM.

THEY BROKE INTO THE SHOP,

TOOK EVERYTHING AND BURNED

THE PLACE DOWN.

George: CRUDOS MANAGED

TO ESCAPE.

HIS FATHER WASN'T SO

FORTUNATE.

THEY CAUGHT MY FATHER AND

SHOT HIM MULTIPLE TIMES.

THEN THEY DRAGGED HIS BODY

TO THE MOSQUE.

George: WARNING, THE

FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE

GRAPHIC.

[YELLING]

George: THAT AFTERNOON

SOMEONE WITH A CELL PHONE

RECORDED THIS VIDEO OF

CRUDOS' FATHER'S BODY

RIDDLED WITH BULLETS, BEING

DRAGGED THROUGH THE

STREETS.

Reporter: WHEN

WHEN THEY REACHED THE

MOSQUE, THEY DRAGGED HIS

BODY THROUGH THE VILLAGE.

George: ALL THE WAY

CHANTING ARABIC FOR "GOD IS

GREAT," AND HE WAS BURIED

HOURS LATER IN A NEARBY

CEMETERY.

THE NEXT DAY SOMEBODY DUG

UP HIS BODY AND DRAGGED IT

THROUGH THE VILLAGE AGAIN.

THEY DID IT THREE TIMES THAT

DAY.

George: CRUDOS AND HIS

FAMILY HAVE SINCE ESCAPED

FROM DELGA.

WE HAVE NO MONEY, NO

CLOTHES, NO JOB.

OUR HOME IS DESTROYED.

OUR BUSINESS IS DESTROYED.

George: DELGA IS PART

OF THE MINYA PROVINCE,

CENTER OF THE WORST VIOLENCE

AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN SEVEN

CENTURIES.

300 HOMES, 100

BUSINESSES, 15 CHURCHES, AND

ABOUT 10 CHRISTIAN

ORGANIZATIONS WERE DESTROYED

IN MY PROVINCE.

George: THIS MAN IS

HEAD BISHOP OF MINYA'S

COPTIC CHURCH, HOME TO THE

LARGEST NUMBER OFCHRISTIANS

IN EGYPT.

HE SAYS THE KILLING AND

ARSON ATTACKS HAPPENED

BECAUSE CHRISTIANS SUPPORTED

THE REMOVAL OF FORMER

ISLAMIST PRESIDENT MOHAMMED

MORSI AND HIS MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD GOVERNMENT.

BUT THE COST TO EGYPT'S

COPTIC COMMUNITY HAS BEEN

STAGGERING.

MORE THAN 100 CHURCHES,

HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND

BUSINESSES DESTROYED.

AND TODAY THE GOVERNMENT

SAYS IT WILL TRY TO REBUILD

ALL THE PLACES OF WORSHIP,

BUT THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT

ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST

EVERYTHING, THEIR LIVELIHOOD

AND THEIR HOMES?

Translator: CHRISTIANS IN

EGYPT ARE EXPECTING DEATH AT

ANY TIME.

George: AND HE SHOULD

KNOW.

DAYS BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW,

HE WAS THE TARGET OF AN

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT.

DRIVING THROUGH THE TOWN IN

MINYA, GUNMEN BEGAN FIRING

AT HIS CAR.

Translator: I THANK THE

LORD I'M STILL ALIVE, BUT

I'M LIKE ANYBODY ELSE HERE.

WE ALL FACE DANGERS.

George: CHRISTIANS MAKE

UP ABOUT 10% OF EGYPT'S

80 MILLION POPULATION.

THEY FACE DAILY HARASSMENT,

NEARLY A YEAR AFTER MORSI'S

OUSTER AND THE GOVERNMENT'S

CRACKDOWN ON THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

THEY PUT A GUN IN MY HEAD

AND IN MY MOUTH.

I STARTED TO PRAY, LORD, MY

LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

I'M READY TO GO WHEN MY TIME

IS UP.

George: WE OBSCURED HIS

IDENTITY FOR SECURITY

REASONS. HE WAS ABDUCTED BY

GUNMEN AND TORTURED FOR TWO

DAYS.

NO FOOD, NO LIGHT, NO

SLEEPING.

I WAS BLINDFOLDED THAT

ENTIRE TIME.

AND THEY KEPT BEATING ME,

PUNCHING ME IN THE FACE, ON

MY SHOULDER AND ON MY BACK.

George: KIDNAPPERS

ROUTINELY TARGET

CHRISTIANS.

I ASKED ONE OF THE

KIDNAPPERS, WHY DO YOU JUST

KIDNAP CHRISTIANS?

AND HE SAID, CHRISTIANS ARE

WEAK.

THEY DON'T RETALIATE AND

THEY HAVE MONEY.

George: AFTER HOURS OF

NEGOTIATIONS, THEY SETTLED

ON $43,000, STILL A HUGE SUM

THAT JOSEPH SAYS HIS FAMILY

COULD NOT AFFORD TO PRAY.

THAT'S WHEN FRIENDS FROM HIS

CHURCH STEPPED IN.

Reporter IN.

I HAD SOME MONEY IN

SAVINGS, BUT THE REST OF THE

RANSOM MONEY CAME FROM

CHURCH MEMBERS.

I CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH

FOR SAVING MY LIFE.

George: HE SAYS THE

SECURITY CONDITIONS HAVE LED

SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND

FAMILIES TO LEAVE MINYA, BUT

HE ENCOURAGES THEM TO STAY.

WE ARE TELLING THE

CHURCH, WE MUST CONSIDER IT

AN HONOR TO ENDURE THIS

PERSECUTION, OTHERWISE IT

WILL CONTRADICT THE LEVEL OF

OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR FACE.

George: EGYPT HOLDS

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS LATER

HIS MONTH.

JOSEPH IS PRAYING THE

COUNTRY WILL SEE BETTER

DAYS.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S

TIME IN OFFICE ALMOST

DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY.

BUT WETHANKFUL THEY

NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

FINISH THEIR TERM.

George: MEANWHILE,

CRUDOS AND HIS FAMILY ARE

STILL HIDING IN AN

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, BUT

HOPE TO ONE DAY GO BACK HOME

TO DELGA.

CHRISTIANS VIEW THE

CURRENT OPERATION AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS ABOUT

CHRIST THROUGH OUR

SUFFERING.

WE HAVE TO BE TOLERANT AND

KEEP PRAYING FOR OUR

ENEMIES.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM

EGYPT.

Wendy: THANKS, GEORGE.

AND REMEMBER TO KEEP THOSE

CHRISTIANS IN YOUR PRAYERS.

AND TO FIND DAILY STORIES

ABOUT THE CHURCH AROUND THE

GLOBE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Wendy: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, AN ISRAELI

ARCHEOLOGIST SAID HE FOUND A

LEGENDARY CITADEL FOUND BY

KING DAVID.

THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN

CONFLICT IS WRAPPED UP IN

THE DISCOVERY.

THE ARCHEOLOGIST FOUND IT IN

EAST JERUSALEM.

ARABS WANT THAT LAND AS THE

CAPITAL FOR A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE.

THE DISCOVERY ALSO REKINDLES

THE DEBATE AS USING THE

BIBLE AS A FIELD GUIDE TO

INVESTIGATE MANY RUINS.

FOR MANY THE BIBLE IS A

DUSTY BOOK SITTING ON THE

SHELF, BUT HERE WE ACTUALLY

SEE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

MATCHING THE ARCHEOLOGY IN

ITS PLACE.

Wendy: THE EXCAVATION

COST $10 MILLION U.S.

DOLLARS, AND IS NOW OPEN TO

TOURISTS.

FASCINATING.

THE BIBLE COMES TO LIFE IN

THE HOLY LAND.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT

CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

GOOD-BYE AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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